Souvenirs of Military Life in Algeria.
Translated by Margaret Josephine Lovett.London: Remington and Co., 1886 Stock Code: 100786
Second edition in English, first published as Military Life in Algeria (Hurst and Blackett, 1853), and originally published as Souvenirs de la vie militaire en Afrique in Paris in 1852. The author, Louis Charles Pierre Castellane (1827-1884) was a French military officer and the second son of the Marshal of France Boniface de Castellane, appointed to Algeria in 1837. According to a note from the "Globe" (printed on the verso of the half-title to volume I), Castellane "at 17 went to Algeria enlisted as a simple private in a Zouave regiment, and won each stripe at the point of the bayonet, earning his epaulettes as a subaltern in the field whilst fighting under Colonel MacMahon... Some graphic accounts are given of the campaigns in which he took part and of the manners and customs of the troops out there".
2 volumes. Original mid-brown diapered cloth, title gilt to spines, fleur-de-lys in black to the centre of the front boards together with black rules head and tail, yellow surface-paper endpapers.
Folding map in colour at the rear of volume II.
Very light shelf-wear, small snag to the cloth on the rear board of volume II, some browning, one leaf in volume II clumsily opened and torn at head, but overall an exceptionally clean and bright copy.
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