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BRYANS, James William, & Staff Sergeant Beatson.

“On Guard,” being Extracts from the Journal of an Indian Subaltern.

[together with;] Reminiscences of the Zulu War; or the Worth of the Army Scripture Reader by a "Staff Sergeant."

Published: London: Jas. Nisbet & Co., 1882

Stock code: 70434

Price: £500

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First editions of both of these titles, here bound together, are uncommon, COPAC shows just three of the former and four of the latter title, OCLC adds no further copies. Nisbet was published largely for the evangelical and juvenile markets, and this little volume is no exception, combining elements of both. The first relates the conversion of Private Musgrave in India, while in the second, “The prefatory note, signed by H.J. Everard [actually W.J. Evered] Poole, contains a tract written by Mrs. Everard Poole entitled “What a Penny Once Did,” and relates an incident regarding a soldier leaving for Zululand. The second part … is contributed by Staff Sergeant Beatson” (Mendelssohn). Raugh incorrectly identifies Beatson as Finlay C. Beatson, who served with the 62nd Regiment at around the right dates, joining in 1873, becoming the adjutant in 1878, and later being second-in-command in the Second Boer War; the Staff Sergeant served with the 99th, and was very definitely ORs. An excellent copy.

Duodecimo. Original red cloth, title gilt to the upper board, blind panels to both boards, royal blue surface-paper endpapers. Very slightly damp-mottled on the boards, light toning, but a very good copy.

Bibliography: Mendelssohn, I, p.100; Raugh, Anglo-Zulu War, 2784, for the second-named.

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