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OUTRAM, Sir James.

Rough Notes of the Campaign in Sinde and Afghanistan in 1838-9.

Being Extracts from A Personal Journal Kept While on the Staff of the Army of the Indus. Illustrated with Plans of Ghizni and Khelat.

Bombay: American Mission Press, E.A. Webster, Printer, 1840 Stock Code: 118273

One of the first major conflicts of the Great Game

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True first edition, published in London later in the same year. First-hand account of the First Anglo-Afghan War, uncommon in either edition, Copac listing only four locations for this Bombay edition - BL, SOAS, Royal Asiatic Society, and Oxford University - and seven copies of the London edition, with just a single copy noted at auction. One of the first major conflicts of the Great Game, over influence in Asia, initiated by Britain's attempts to replace the increasingly pro-Russian emir Dost Mohammad with their own puppet Shah Shujah.

Outram "was attached in 1838 to Sir John Keane's staff, when commanding the Bombay Army through Kandahar and Ghazni to Kabul from Kabul he led the pursuit of Amir Dost Muhammad across the Hindu Kush, in 1839, and took a prominent part in the operations in South Afghanistan" (Buckland). Contemporary ownership inscription of George Barnes to the title page.

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Octavo. Original dark green waxed cloth over card wraps, later manuscript label to the spine.


3 folding lithographic plans on thin paper


A little rubbed and soiled, neat repair to the front joint, a couple of edge-splits within the text-block, moderate browning throughout, but overall very good.


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