Delhi - 1857.
The Siege, Assault, and Capture as given in the Diary and Correspondence of the late Colonel Keith Young.London & Edinburgh: W. & R. Chambers, Limited, 1902 Stock Code: 143211
First edition of this handsomely produced and important eye-witness account of the siege and storming of Delhi during the Indian Mutiny. "As the Bengal Army's Judge-Advocate-General, Colonel Young (1806-1862) was at Simla with army headquarters at the outbreak of the Indian Mutiny. He accompanied this headquarters to Delhi where he wrote nearly daily letters to his wife and kept a journal which have been integrated into this work... They form a most complete story of the Siege of Delhi from June to September 1857. Young addressed such issues as the physical and intellectual weakness of the British commanders before Delhi, the tediousness of waiting to launch an attack, the differing aims of certain key officers, and a running account of daily operations" (Riddick).
Octavo. Original dark blue cloth, gilt-lettered spine, front cover with Indian Mutiny Medal stamped in silver, white and red, dark brown-coated endpapers.
Photogravure portrait frontispiece of Young, 6 further photogravure portraits, 23 other plates (including collotype views), large folding coloured map; title page printed in red and black.
Binding skilfully refurbished, extremities of spine consolidated, gilt lettering retouched. A very good copy.
Riddick, Glimpses of India, 265; Sorsky 807 ("One of the detailed accounts of the siege. Young died at the age of 54, exhausted from his service in India. Includes a colour plate of suggestions for the design of the Mutiny medal").
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