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PEARD, George Shuldham.

Narrative of a Campaign in the Crimea;

Including an account of the battles of Alma, Balaklava, and Inkermann.

Published: London: Richard Bentley, 1855

Stock code: 109720

Price: £650

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First edition, uncommon in the original cloth, seven copies traced in British and Irish institutional libraries. “Peard (1829-1918), a lieutenant in the 20th Regiment of Foot, who had arrived at Evpatoriia on 14 September, was one of the first serving soldiers to publish an account of the war, after being invalided to Scutari on 12 December 1854 and returning soon afterwards to England” (Cross). He was an eyewitness to the Charge of the Light Brigade, and back in Scutari “heard great praises of Miss Nightingale. Her kindness and the attention of the nurses cheered the poor sufferers in the hospital, the condition of which greatly improved after their arrival” (pp. 237-8).

Octavo (185 115 mm). Original red vertically-ribbed moiré cloth, spine lettered in gilt, covers panel-stamped with blind floral design, orange-coated endpapers. Spine sunned and gently rolled with light fraying to headcap, tips bumped, small faint mark towards fore edge of front board, superficial cracking to rear inner hinge. A very good copy.

Bibliography: Cross H57

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