Rifleman and Hussar.
With a Foreword by Field-Marshal The Viscount Plumer.
First edition, first impression, of a remarkable autobiography by a remarkable soldier. Marling served in the First Boer War, 1880-81, Suakin Campaign 1884, winning the VC at Tamai, Nile Campaign 1884-85, Boer War 1899-1902, and Great War 1914-18, also spending five years in India. A very flavoursome narrative, demonstrated by its selection by Peter Ustinov for one of his last appearances on the BBC’s “Book at Bedtime,” a performance which caused quite a run of the title, which is uncommon enough at the best of times. A little-known treasure of the literature of colonialism, rarely found in the jacket.
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Octavo. Original green linen, title gilt to spine, Marling’s arms to the front board. With the dust jacket. Frontispiece and 9 other plates, 3 full-page maps, plan to the text. Mild browning to the endpapers, light foxing to the for-edge, but very good in slightly rubbed and soiled jacket, with tape reinforcement along the top edge, remains attractive.