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HENSMAN, Howard.

The Afghan War of 1879-80,

being a Complete Narrative of the Capture of Cabul, the Siege of Sherpur, the Battle of Ahmed Khel, the brilliant March to Candahar, and the Defeat of Ayub Khan, with the Operations on the Helmund, and the Settlement with Abdur Rahman Khan.

London, W. H. Allen & Co., Publishers to the India Office, 1881 Stock Code: 139894
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First edition, widely recognized as one of the most authoritative contemporary accounts of the Second Afghan War. Howard Hensman (d. 1916) was the only journalist covering the campaign and accompanied General Roberts's Kurram Valley Field Force, being the "embedded" correspondent for the Allahabad Pioneer, the Indian newspaper for which Churchill was to report on the campaigns of the Malakand Field Force. Hensman was a colleague of Kipling's and a good friend of Churchill's military mentor Sir Ian Hamilton, who described him as "wiser than most on most matters" and "one of the kindest and best" (cited in Thomas Pinney, ed., Rudyard Kipling: Something of Myself and other autobiographical writings, CUP 1991, p. 233). He was also reputed to be the best bridge player in India.

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Octavo (223 x 132 mm). Recent dark brown half calf, gilt-lettered spine, moderate brown sand-grain cloth sides.


10 lithograph folding maps and plans.


Title page and dedication leaf attached at gutter to front free endpaper. A very good copy, clean and sound, presented in an unlovely but perfectly serviceable binding, with the publisher's 48-page catalogue at the end (dated June 1881).


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