ROBERTS, Frederick Sleigh, first Earl.
Forty-One Years in India from Subaltern to Commander-in- Chief.
Twenty-third edition, published in September of 1897, of a runaway best-seller (first published in January of that year), hurtling through eight editions/impressions in the first month of publication alone. “Roberts was created Baron Roberts of Kandahar in January 1892 and, resisting efforts to prolong his tenure, left India in April 1893. No suitable appointment was immediately available, and he compiled his memoirs. Forty-one Years in India (1897) was a stirring story, not unbiased, which became a popular success and remains a useful historical source” (ODNB).
2 volumes, octavo (219 136 mm). Contemporary dark blue half morocco by Zaehnsdorf for Lauriat of Boston, decorative gilt spines, blue linen sides, top edges gilt, marbled endpapers. Title pages printed in red & black and with wood-engraved vignettes, volume I with steel-engraved portrait frontispiece of Roberts, 7 other portraits (steel-engraved or photogravure), 6 maps and plans (3 folding), volume II with frontispiece, 10 plates and portraits, 3 folding maps and folding panorama. Binding a little rubbed at extremities. A very good copy handsomely bound.
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