Diary of a March through Sinde and Affghanistan,
with the Troops under the Command of General Sir William Nott and Sermons delivered on Various Occasions during the Campaign of 1842.London: J. Hatchard and Son, 1843 Stock Code: 133338
First edition. Allen was assistant chaplain to the Bombay establishment, and accompanied Nott's forces through the campaign from April 1841 to February 1843. "Allen's diary offers a perceptive vision of the landscapes bringing to mind Biblical scenes of the Old Testament Youthful and exuberant at the campaign's advent, the diary reflects an older and more mature cleric by its end" (Riddick). Ownership inscription of William Ord Mackenzie, assistant surgeon King's Dragoon Guards to the retained original front free endpaper, and a few informed pencil marginalia in his hand. Mackenzie, M.D. Edinburgh 1837, joined the staff as assistant surgeon in 1839 the King's Dragoon Guards being his first posting. His three and a half year period of service in Canada coincided with important political developments in the region, the territorial dispute between Maine and New Brunswick and, in the wake of the rebellion in Lower Canada in 1838, the unification of Canada in July 1840. Mackenzie's detailed diary of this period is now held by the Fisher Library, University of Toronto.
Octavo. Original red embossed cloth with Westleys & Clark binders' ticket to rear pastedown, titles in gilt on spine together with a trophy of native arms and a device of a tribesman with jezail, device of three Afghans on front board in gilt, and in blind on rear, blue endpapers.
Folding single-tint lithographic frontispiece of a panorama of Kabul, and 7 other tinted lithographic plates.
Sometime neatly restored overall, endpapers renewed, very occasional faint spotting; an excellent copy.
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