Letters Written from the Crimea to Several Members of his Family.
Collected and edited by Mrs. Wykeham Martin of Leeds Castle.
First and only edition of this uncommon memorial volume, with three copies in British and Irish institutional libraries (British Library, Oxford and Senate House) and OCLC adding four copies world-wide. Eton-educated, Major Cornwallis served with the 4th Hussars in the Crimea and rode with them in the Charge of the Light Brigade, his account contained in his letters of the 27 October and 2 November 1854: “Dear Mama, I write you a line to allay any fears you may have about me, as you will see by the Times that the Light Cavalry Brigade were let into a sort of Chillianwallah trap and cut to pieces. It is unfortunately too true; but I am one of the lucky ones that escaped …” Tennyson’s Charge of the Light Brigade is printed as an epilogue.
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Octavo. Original blue cloth, title gilt to the spine, blind panels to the boards, pale grey surface-paper endpapers, binder’s ticket of Burn & Co., Kirby St, to rear pastedown. Spine very slightly sunned, lower outer corners negligibly bumped, these flaws minor: a fine copy.