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EDWARDES, Herbert B., Major.

A Year on the Punjab Frontier in 1848-49.

London: Richard Bentley, 1851 Stock Code: 135165
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An uncommon account, "narrated in a droll, low-key style"

First edition, decidedly uncommon. Edwardes' low-key style is perhaps at odds with his reputation as 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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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.


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 Trans-Indus Frontier of the Punjab and the Sikh Province of Mooltan inside rear pocket as issue


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 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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