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EDWARDES, Herbert B., Major.

A Year on the Punjab Frontier in 1848-49.

London, Richard Bentley, 1851 Stock Code: 135165
£1,850.00

An uncommon account, ""narrated in a droll, low-key style""

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First edition, decidedly uncommon. Edwardes' low-key style is perhaps at odds with his reputation a brilliant soldier-diplomat, whose willingness to act on his own initiative, despite his lack of formal military training, was instrumental in defeating the dangerous insurrection at Multan.

His account include the establishment of a British administrative presence at Bunnu while he was a young army lieutenant seconded to the civil administration, "a tour of the province of Multan as a Land Revenue Officer, and as the commander of the troops used to crush the Sikh revolt at Multan... Edwardes's mixture of letters, reports, diary entries and narrative forms a gripping account nearly epic in enormity of the accomplishments it records" (Riddick). A second edition was issued in the same year.

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Description

2 volumes, octavo. Publisher's original red combed cloth with central pictorial decorations blocked in gilt and decorative borders in blind, titles in gilt on spines, dark blue endpapers with Remnant & Edmonds binder's ticket to rear pastedown of vol. 1.

Illustrations

Vol. I: lithographic portrait frontispiece and 2 further plates of views, a folding engraved panorama, a folding plan, a folding map coloured in outline of the <em>Trans-Indus Frontier of the Punjab and the Sikh Province of Mooltan</em> inside rear pocket

Condition

Armorial bookplates of Evelyn J. Shirley of Eatington Park, presumably Evelyn John Shirley M. P. (1788-1856), Sheriff of Warwickshire 1813-14, and Conservative Member for the Irish County Monaghan. Slight rubbing and sunning to spines, spine ends and part of vol. 2 rear joint chipped, a few small stains, very occasional faint foxing; very good set indeed.

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