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LAWRENCE, Henry Montgomery.

Essays, Military and Political, written in India.

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Published: London Wm. H. Allen & Co., 1859

Stock Code: 129532

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First and sole edition, uncommon on the market, comprising six essays originally contributed to the Calcutta Review between 1844 and 1856: "Military Defence of our Indian Empire", "The Kingdom of Oude", "Mahratta History and Empire", "Lord Hardinge's Indian Administration", "The Indian Army", "Army Reform". ODNB remarks that "throughout his career Lawrence showed considerable literary ability in a series of articles and books on Indian political and military affairs".

Sir Henry Lawrence (1806-1857) served with distinction in India, seeing action during the First Anglo-Afghan War (1839-42) and both Anglo-Sikh Wars (1845-49), but it was as the defender of Lucknow during the Mutiny that he was apotheosised. Mortally wounded early in the siege he remained lucid despite intense pain, and gave "detailed instructions about the conduct of the defence of the residency and ordered them never to surrender" (ibid.). He died of his wounds and was buried in the residency churchyard "attended only by the chaplain, as all the defenders had to remain at their posts" (ibid.).

Provenance: from the library of Sir Frederick William Traill-Burroughs (1831-1905), army officer, inscribed by him at the head of the title "F. Burroughs. XCIII 93rd Highlanders, 1865" and with his Rolfsay armorial bookplate: "Burroughs owned about 12,000 acres; his seat was on the island of Rousay or Rolfsay, Orkney, at Trumland House, which he built in 1876" (ODNB); library stamp of "Officer's Book-Club 93rd. Highlanders" on front free endpaper. Traill Burroughs "served with the 93rd under Sir Colin Campbell throughout the Crimean War, and was at the battle of the Alma and at Balaklava, when he commanded the left centre company of his regiment, the 'thin red line'" (ODNB). Again under Campbell during the Mutiny, he was in the forefront of the attack of the relief force that stormed the sikandarabagh and fought its way into the city. Later mentioned in dispatches for further actions during the campaign, his wounds disabled him for two years. On his return he was in action again on the north-west frontier before retiring, as commander of the 93rd, in 1873. A superb provenance.

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Description

Octavo. Original maroon pebble-grain cloth neatly rebacked with original gilt lettered spine laid down, ornamentally blind-stamped covers and spine, drab brick-red endpapers carrying publisher's advertisements.

Condition

Spine sunned, gilt rather faint, binding rubbed at extremities, a few old ink stains to sides. A good copy, clean and sound.

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