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Rifleman and Hussar.
  • 108821

MARLING, Percival.

Rifleman and Hussar.

With a Foreword by Field-Marshal The Viscount Plumer.

Published: London: John Murray, 1931

Stock code: 108821

Price: £375

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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.

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.

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