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A History of the Indian Mutiny.

Reviewed and Illustrated from Original Documents.

Edinburgh & London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1904-1912 Stock Code: 140471
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First edition, complete with the elusive third volume, published eight years after the first two. "Essentially a comprehensive survey of the military operations of the British. Government records and personal narratives have been studied and compared for the sake of accuracy. Narrative style is surprisingly clear and many maps included. Relatively impartial. One of the standard histories" (Ladendorf). This is an uncommon work, still consulted today, most recently by Kaushik Roy in his The Army in British India: From Colonial Warfare to Total War 1857-1947 (Bloomsbury 2013).

Forrest's father, Captain George Forrest, served with the Bengal Artillery and won a VC for his defence of the Delhi magazine in May 1857, dying from the wounds he received on that occasion some two years later. The ever-reliable C. E. Buckland summarises Forrest's career: "educated privately and at St. John's College, Cambridge; appointed to Bombay Educational Department, 1872; Census Commissioner at Bombay, 1882; on special duty in connexion with Bombay Records, 1884-8; Professor of English History, Elphinstone College, 1887; Director of Bombay Records, 1888; Assistant Secretary to the Government of India; Director of Goverment of India Records, 1894-1900".

"In making so many documents available to the public he had opened the way for a new type of history of British India, one that broke with the privileged narratives of inside men... it was a lasting achievement" (ODNB).

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3 volumes, octavo. Original red cloth, gilt-lettered spines, black coated-endpapers.


39 plates, 11 maps and 3 larger folding maps (Delhi, Lucknow, India).


Bindings skifully refurbished, extremities of spines and corners consolidated, gilt lettering retouched, large folding map of Delhi supplied in facsimile, map of India split at fold, endpapers renewed, scattered foxing, fore-edge of first title page a little ragged. A very good set.


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