A Biographical Sketch of Sir Henry Havelock, KCB.
Ninth Edition.London: James Nisbet and Co., 1858 Stock Code: 142058
Ninth edition, first published in the same year. Brock's biography of one of the great Victorian "Christian soldiers" enjoyed "an enormous circulation" (ODNB) and "was written to satisfy a public demand for details of the life of a fallen hero" (Ladendorf). Sir Henry Havelock (1795-1857), one of the most capable British commanders during the Mutiny, succeeded in relieving Lucknow but died there of dysentery while awaiting the arrival of Sir Colin Campbell. William Brock, a Baptist minister, opposed the Crimean War and was a member of the Peace Society it is perhaps, therefore, unsurprising that he "endured some bitter criticism from within and without the denomination" (ODNB) for his book, which draws upon letters and dispatches, and is dedicated to Havelock's widow.
Octavo (168 x 110). Contemporary circulating library binding of dark blue quarter roan, smooth spine divided by single gilt fillets, gilt-numbered "1089", blue Shell pattern marbled sides.
Stipple-engraved portrait frontispiece of Havelock by W. H. Mote after Frederick Goodall (with tissue guard), folding coloured lithograph plan of Lucknow, folding plain lithograph incorporating 2 maps (Havelock's advance to Cawnpore and advance to the Res
Binding skilfully refurbished, extremities of spine consolidated, endpapers sympathetically renewed, letterpress toned, some finger soiling, scatter of foxing and repaired closed-tear at fore margin of R2, yet this remains a good copy.
Ladendorf 119; Sorksy 193.
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