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(EDWARDES, Sir Herbert.) RUSKIN, John.

Bibliotheca Pastorum. Vol. IV. A Knight's Faith.

Passages in the Life of Sir Herbert Edwardes.

George Allen, Orpington, Kent , 1885 Stock Code: 113913
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First edition of Ruskin's "most sustained commentary on both imperialism and India" (Patrick Brantlinger, "A postindustrial prelude to postcolonialism: John Ruskin, William Morris, and Gandhism", Critical Inquiry, vol. 22, no. 3, p. 470). "The following pages are in substance little more than grouped extracts of some deeply interesting passages in the narrative published by Sir Herbert Edwardes, in 1851, of his military operations in the Punjaub during the winter of 1848-1849 A Year on the Punjab Frontier. The vital significance of that campaign was not felt at the time by the British public, nor was the character of the commanding officer rightly understood. This was partly in consequence of his being compelled to encumber his accounts of real facts by extracts from official documents; and partly because his diary could not, in the time at his disposal, be reduced to a clearly arranged and easily intelligible narrative. My own abstract of it reduced the events preceding the battle of Kineyree 18 June 1848 within the compass of an ordinary lecture, which was given here at Coniston in the winter of 1883; but in preparing this for publication, it seemed to me that in our present relations with Afghanistan, the reader might wish to hear the story in fuller detail, and might perhaps learn some things from it not to his hurt" (Preface).

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Octavo. Original green cloth, gilt lettered spine, blind panelled sides, drab brown coated endpapers.

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Old dampstain to back cover, slight "bubbling" of cloth on front cover, stain at the foot of first few leaves. A good copy, clean and sound.

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