Outram & Havelock's Persian Campaign.
To which is prefixed, a Summary of Persian History, an Account of Various Differences between England and Persia, and an Inquiry into the Origin of the Late War, by George Townsend.London: G. Routledge & Co., 1858 Stock Code: 139204
First edition of this attractively illustrated and uncommon first person account of the brief, five month, Anglo-Persian War (1856-1857) prefaced by an account of Persia and of Anglo-Persian relations by the "prominent Tory journalist" (ODNB) George Henry Townsend. The conflict broke out due to Persia's repeated attempts to annex Herat from Afghanistan. Hunt served in the campaign with the 78th Highland Regiment of Foot, the excellent plates are based on his sketches, but he died of cholera at Calcutta before this account was published.
"An expeditionary force of 4, 000 British and Indian troops was sent from Bombay to the Persian Gulf, where it captured the port of Bushire on 29 November. Reinforcements arrived in the New Year, and on 8 February the combined force, under the leadership of Major-General Sir James Outram, decisively defeated a much larger Persian force near the village of Kush-ab... To increase the pressure on the shah, Outram re-embarked half his force in March and took it by sea across the Persian Gulf and up the Shat-el-Arab waterway as far as the town of Mohumra pictured here as the frontispiece. Unbeknownst to him, the Persians had already signed a peace treaty in Paris on 4 March, promising to withdraw from Herat and renouncing all claims over Afghanistan. They also undertook, at Palmerston's personal insistence, to abolish the slave trade in the Persian Gulf" (Saul David, Victoria's Wars: The Rise of Empire (2007), p. 283).
Octavo. Original dark blue wavy-grain cloth, title gilt to spine, blind panels to sides, pale yellow-coated endpapers.
Tinted lithographic frontispiece (with tissue guard) and 7 similar plates by T. Picken or E. Walker after Hunt, printed by Day & Son, wood-engraved illustration to text at p. 231.
Binding skilfully refurbished, extremities of spine and corners consolidated, gilt lettering retouched. light crease across top corner of title page. A very good copy, clean and sound.
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