HOLDSWORTH, Thomas Weston Eastbrook.
Campaign of the Indus: in a Series of Letters from an Officer of the Bombay Division.
With an introduction by A. H. Holdsworth Esq.
First edition. Extremely uncommon, OCLC with just 9 locations worldwide. Account of the First Afghan War in a series of letters written by Holdsworth to his family, and edited by his father; “I have determined, at the suggestion of my friends, to print those letters received from my son which detail the events of the campaign. As he was actively engaged with the Bombay division, his narrative may be relied upon so far as he had an opportunity of witnessing its operations; and it being my intention to have only a few copies printed, to give to those friends who may take an interest in his letters, I need not apologise for the familiar manner in which they are written …” (introduction). Holdsworth’s services with the 2nd Foot in Afghanistan included the storming and capture of Ghuznee (Medal) and of Khelat, where he was severely wounded. He subsequently served in the Southern Mahratta Campaign of 1844, including the storming of the Fortress of Punella; that in the Concan in 1845; the Eighth Xhosa, Frontier or “Kaffir” War in 1851-2; and he commanded four companies of the regiment in the expedition North of the Orange River, 1852-3. Holdsworth rose to the rank of Colonel, and in 1859 Deputy Quartermaster-General, North America.
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Octavo (190 117 mm). Modern red half morocco, title direct to the spine, bands, fleurons to compartments, marbled boards, all edges gilt. Half-title bound in. Tan-burn to the margins of the endpapers, blind stamp of RUSI to the title page, light toning, but a very good copy.