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SALE, Lady Florentia.

A Journal Of The Disasters In Affghanistan, 1841-2.

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Published: London John Murray, 1843

Stock Code: 127224

£150
OR On display in 100 Fulham Road

Notes

First edition. Lady Sale's diary account of the siege, fall, and retreat from Kabul was a great popular success. The author becoming "the heroine of the hour, renowned for her courage" (ODNB) and "was dubbed... the 'Grenadier in petticoats' by her husband's fellow officers: a force to be reckoned with" (Robinson, Wayward Women, p. 268). The narrative "graphically describes General Elphinstone's weak and vacillating leadership in the face of the insurgent Afghan chiefs and his army's subsequent retreat Sale's entries make clear the sense of confusion, poor discipline, non-existent organisation, and lack of planning which contributed to the terrible bloodshed of the retreat" (Riddick).

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Description

Octavo (189 x 116 mm). 20th century half dark brown cloth, light brown sides, marbled endpapers.

Illustrations

Folding plan of Kabul, and one other map.

Condition

Binding clean and tight, some browning and soiling to text block.

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