The Life of James O’Malley.
First and only edition of this uncommon military autobiography with a focus on the author’s service in the Crimea as corporal in the 17th Leicester Royal Bengal Tigers. Copac traces one copy in the British Isles (Cambridge), OCLC adds the National Library of Ireland and some two dozen locations across North America. “Initially at the British camp before Sevastopol, O’Malley subsequently took part in the expedition that travelled to Odessa and was present at the surrender of the fortress of Kinburn on 17 October 1855” (Cross). After leaving the army, Irish-born O’Malley emigrated to Quebec and joined the police force. Chapter Ten contains a vivid account of the Charge of the Light Brigade as told to the author.
Small octavo (175 117 mm). Original red-brown cloth, titles to spine gilt, front cover gilt-stamped with titles and royal coat of arms within twin frame. Spine-ends bumped, corners very lightly rubbed, a scattering of small faint markings to front cover, superficial cracking to hinge between pp. 190-1. A very good copy.
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