LAWRENCE-ARCHER, James Henry, Capt.

Commentaries on the Punjab Campaign, 1848-49.

Including some Additions to the History of the Second Sikh War, from Original Sources.

London: Wm. H. Allen & Co., 1878 Stock Code: 143235
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"The Punjab Campaign, although perhaps not one of the most brilliant, was nevertheless … of the greatest importance in its results"

First edition of this uncommon and important narrative of the Second Sikh War (1848-49), combining eye-witness account with an overview of the campaign, this copy in a variant, possibly remainder, binding; the author served with the 24th Foot at both Chillianwalla and Gujrat and gives excellent detail of both battles.

"The objective of this work is to supply from original and official sources, information on some points of interest, which have not been fully explained either in the Despatches relating to the Punjab campaign, or in other sources also reviewing the current of events from the death of Ranjeet Singh to the period in question There is detail about the battles of Ramnagar, Chillianwalla, and Gujrat" (Chopra). Lawrence-Archer (1823-1889),was gazetted second-lieutenant in the 39th Foot in December 1840, and served with the 24th Foot throughout the war. He went on half-pay as a captain in January 1869 and remained on the half-pay list until his death in February 1889. He spent his later years in the composition of a range of historical and genealogical works.

Provenance: ownership inscription to half-title, "A. J. A. Jackson, Sandown, Isle of Wight, 2nd April 1894"; who served as an officer with the 18th Foot.

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Description

Octavo. Original dark maroon cloth, gilt-lettered spine, dark slate green-coated endpapers.

Illustrations

5 maps (one folding).

Condition

Binding skilfully refurbished, extremities of spines and corners consolidated. A very good copy, sound and clean, with the half-title and single advertisement leaf at end.

Bibliography

Bruce 4203; Chopra, Maharaja Ranjit Singh and his Time, p.127; just six locations on Library Hub, WorldCat adds 15.

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