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KAYE, John William.

Lives of Indian Officers.

Illustrative of the History of the Civil and Military Service of India.

London : David Bogue, 1880 Stock Code: 140375
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A surprisingly uncommon posthumous edition of Kaye's classic work, issued as the Second Anglo-Afghan War (1878-1880) was drawing to a close, originally published in 1867 following its initial appearance as a series of articles entitled "Indian Heroes" in the monthly periodical Good Words (1866).

It comprises biographies of Lord Cornwallis, Sir John Malcolm, Mountstuart Elphinstone, Rev. Henry Martyn. Sir Charles Metcalfe, Sir Alexander Burnes, Captain Arthur Conolly, Major Eldred Pottinger, Major D'Arcy Todd, Sir Henry Lawrence, General Neill, and General John Nicholson. ODNB remarks that Kaye's works "are still used by historians, and his Sepoy War (1864-76) is still considered a standard work".

WorldCat locates complete sets of this edition at just nine institutional libraries, with only Oxford represented among British and Irish collections.

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3 volumes, octavo. Original red fine oblique-grain cloth, gilt lettered spines (the title set against a floral-patterned guidon), ornamental decoration in black to front covers, repeated in blind to back covers, gilt stamp of the Star of India to front covers, drab brown-coated endpapers.


Each volume bearing the imposing bookplate of the Royal Artillery Regimental Library, Woolwich, with shadow of library numerals to spines and faint trace of stamps to each title page and following page. Bindings skillfully refurbished, extremities of spine and corners consolidated, slight nick to spine of vol. III. A very good set, bright and square, that presents well on the shelf.


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