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Personal Adventures and Anecdotes of an Old Officer.
  • 110904

ROBERTSON, James P.

Personal Adventures and Anecdotes of an Old Officer.

Published: London: Edward Arnold, 1906

Stock code: 110904

Price: £150

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First edition. A lively memoir that includes a good deal of big game reminiscence – “of Asian hunting interest is his trip to the Nepal Terai after tiger and elephant” (Czech). Colonel James P. Robertson (1822-1916) was in India from 1842 and served with the 31st (Huntingdonshire) Regiment; he saw action in all of the major engagements of the First Anglo-Sikh War, was in the Crimea and fought in the Indian Mutiny. There is an interesting appendix listing Crimean and Indian Mutiny veterans present on the occasion of Edward VII’s state visit to Edinburgh in May 1903.

Octavo. Original red cloth skilfully refurbished, gilt lettered spine and front cover. 2 photogravure portraits of Robertson. Spine toned, light crease to front cover, frontispiece and title page a little foxed. A very good copy, clean and sound, with the publisher’s 16-page catalogue (dated October 1906) at the end.

Bibliography: Bruce 2311; Czech, Asian Big Game Hunting Books, p. 173; not in Riddick, Glimpses of India; Sorsky 911 ("Robertson served at Lucknow under Campbell and remained at the Alum Bagh under Outram. Aproximately 75pp. on the Mutiny").

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