Mother Country Fatherland. The Story of a British-born German Soldier.
First edition. Martin was born to a German father and a mother “of German descent [who] had been reared in England.” Despite being a sickly child, he fell under the thrall of Charles Lever’s “service novels” and decided on a career in the army, and once sent to his Fatherland for his health he settles on the idea of joining a Prussian cavalry regiment. And so it was that Martin found himself fighting with the Prussian 6th Dragoons in a war that took him to both the Western and the Eastern Fronts, and included a period as a prisoner in Siberia. Uncommon.
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Octavo. Original green cloth, title gilt to spine, green top-stain. 5 plates, maps to the text. A little rubbed, front free endpaper has at some point been neatly excised and then remounted, but otherwise a very good copy.