The Story of the Life and Services of Sir William Forbes Gatacre 1843-1906.London: John Murray, 1910 Stock Code: 140486
NotesFirst edition of this uncommon memoir. Gatacre (1843-1906) was on the Black Mountain Expedition of 1888 (also known as the Hazara Expedition), the Tonhon Expedition in Burma (1889-90), was engaged in the relief of Chitral (1895) and the retaking of the Sudan (1898) and held various commands in South Africa (1899-1900). "Gatacre was a brave, dedicated, hard-working, if unoriginal, professional soldier. As his wife wrote, 'It was the soldiering that he loved' (Gatacre, 118). He was a small, lean man with a bristling moustache. Conan Doyle wrote of 'his gaunt Don-Quixote Face, and his aggressive jaw'... Gatacre's successful career of colonial campaigning ended when he was inadequate, though also unlucky, in his actions against the Boers" (ODNB).
Octavo. Original dark blue cloth, gilt lettered spine and front cover, top edges gilt.
Photogravure portrait frontispiece of Gatacre by Emery Walker after Elliot & Fry, 9 plates from photographs, 4 folding maps (India & Burma, Upper Nile, Cape Colony & Orange Free State, Sudan & Abyssinia).
Binding skilfully refurbished, substantial repair to head of spine, extremities and corners consolidated, gilt lettering retouched, endpapers renewed, scattered foxing. A good copy, clean and sound.
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