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HOBDAY, Edmund Arthur Ponsonby.

Sketches on Service during the Indian Frontier Campaigns of 1897.

London: James Bowden, 1898 Stock Code: 144692
£150.00
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First edition. The author was Deputy Assistant Adjutant General with the 1st Brigade Malakand Field Force and an R. A., who "carried a sketch book with him throughout the operations". The drawings, which he touched up back at camp, appear on most pages of the book with an accompanying "diary-like text describing Hobday's impressions and involvement" (Riddick).

In Bindon Blood's despatch on the campaign he describes Hobday as "most energetic and indefatigable in assisting Colonel A. J. F. Reid and me in carrying out the multifarious work, which had to be done at the Malakand, and in the Swat valley on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd."

The illustration and text at pp. 86-7, "Lunch at Barwa," relates to a visit to "sundry refractory Khans" in the Jandul Valley, in which Hobday notes the presence of Lt. Churchill, 4th Lancers, in the party. Churchill himself recounts the details of this minor expedition in Chapter IX of his Malakand Field Force. Hobday's book can be used as a useful illustrated adjunct to Churchill's account of the campaign.

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Description

Tall octavo. Original maroon vertical-rib cloth over bevelled boards, title in gilt to spine and front cover, gilt block of "the Zig-zags to the Malakand" to the front cover, all edges gilt.

Illustrations

Half-tone portrait frontispiece of Bindon Blood and 13 other portraits, 57 full-page illustrations.

Condition

Embossed library stamp on title page of Roger John Fallas, Chelsham Place Farm, Surrey. Binding skilfully refurbished, extremities of spine and corners consolidated, gilt lettering retouched, a few old marks to back cover, one plate a little ragged at fore and lower edges, faint old tidemark at head of gutter throughout, yet this remains a good, bright copy.

Bibliography

Bruce 4359; Riddick 360.

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