OUTRAM, Sir James.

Lieut-General Sir James Outram's Campaign in India, 1857-1858;

comprising General Orders and Despatches relating to the Defence and Relief of the Lucknow Garrison, and Capture of the City, by the British Forces; also Correspondence relating to the Relief, up to the Date when that Object was effected by Sir Colin Campbell.

London: printed for private circulation only, by Smith, Elder and Co., 1860 Stock Code: 116085

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First UK edition, greatly improved and expanded from the unprocurable Calcutta edition of 1858, and "printed for presentation to personal friends of Sir James Outram, who begs that it may be regarded as a private communication, and not a publication" (title page). It remains uncommon: five copies traced in British and Irish institutional libraries (Aberdeen, British Library, Leeds, National Library of Scotland and Oxford), WorldCat adding a dozen world-wide. After the relief of Lucknow Outram was prevailed upon by his colleagues and subordinates to produce a digest of "authoritative statements regarding the recent campaign" (preface). In the original Calcutta printing "the Despatches and other documents were given, without reference to the chronological order of the events they described and without his Correspondence, both epistolary and telegraphic, which he had maintained during the recent stirring events" (preface). It survives in three copies in libraries world-wide (British Library, London Library, and University of Minnesota), and is untraced in commerce.

Outram was the resident at Lucknow from 1854 to 1856, when he became commissioner at Oudh. Shortly before the Mutiny he was appointed commander in the Anglo-Persian War. He returned to Bombay in June 1857, "reached Calcutta on 31 July, and on 8 August was given command of two divisions of the Bengal army occupying the country from Calcutta to Cawnpore inclusive, while he was also made chief commissioner of Oudh in succession to Sir Henry Montgomery Lawrence, killed in the defence of Lucknow. He took with him Robert Napier as his military secretary and chief of staff, and arrived at Dinapore on 19 August. On 1 September he was at Allahabad, and on 15 September he reached Cawnpore" (ODNB). From there he advanced with Havelock to Lucknow, graciously subordinating himself and accompanying Havelock only in his civil capacity as commissioner. Havelock's death left Outram to hold the Alambagh position until reinforced by Colin Campbell in March 1858. "The kaisarbagh fell to Sir Colin Campbell on the morning of 14 March. On 16 March Outram, having recrossed the Gumti, advanced through the Chattar Manzil and carried the residency. On the morning of 19 March Outram attacked the Musabagh, held by 5000 men and thirteen guns, and carried it, capturing twelve guns. So ended the capture of Lucknow" (idem). He was then made military member in the governor-general's council, and retired to England in 1860.

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Octavo. Original red-brown pebble-grain cloth, gilt-lettered spine refurbished and relined, covers panel-stamped with blind borders and floral centrepieces, red sprinkled edges, brown coated endpapers.


Ownership inscription of William Simpson (dated 1864) to p. iii, and his bookplate to the front pastedown above the contemporary bookseller's ticket of Myers & Co.; blind-stamp of Aberdeen University Library to front cover. Light toning, a few trivial spots. A very good copy.


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