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(GRANT, Sir Hope.) KNOLLYS, Henry (ed.)

Life of General Sir Hope Grant.

With Selections from his Correspondence.

Published: Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1894

Stock code: 86115

Price: £375

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First edition. “The editor has adroitly woven chunks of Grant’s journal and pertinent letters with his own explanatory statements to form a remarkably interesting narrative … As a young subaltern of the 9th Lancers, Grant’s journal records his involvement in both Sikh Wars with particular insight into the assualt on the fortress at Multan and the subsequent battles at Chilianwalla and Gujrat … [also] Grant’s involvement in the Indian Mutiny of 1857 including the Siege of Delhi, the Second Relief of Lucknow, the final fall of Lucknow and mop-up operationns in Oudh and Rohilikhand” (Riddick). The second volume contains considerable material on the “widely recognized and highly successful Anglo-French campaign” in China in 1860, of which Grant was commander, and for which services he “was created GCB by Queen Victoria” (ODNB). Armorial bookplates of Jenico Preston, 14th Viscount Gormanston to the front pastedowns. Gormanston joined the King’s Royal Rifle Corps in 1855, and fought as a lieutenant in the Indian Mutiny. He retired from the Army in 1860, succeeded his father in 1876, served as Governor of the Leeward Islands 1885-7, Guiana, 1887-93, and Tasmania 1893-1900. He died in 1907.

2 volumes octavo. Original tan cloth, title gilt to the spine, crest of the 9th Lancers to the upper boards, double panel in blind to all boards, prussian blue surface-paper endpapers. Photogravure portrait frontispiece to each, and one other similar plate, 6 half-tone plates, 3 folding maps, 4 full-page plans in all. Spines a little darkened, now relined, light browning and a couple of touches of foxing to the fore-margin, but overall a very bright and appealing set.

Bibliography: Bruce 4011; "Useful for the China Wars and the Indian Mutiny"; Riddick 215; Sorsky 614

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