ALFORD, Henry S. L., & W. Dennistoun Sword.

The Egyptian Soudan.

Its Loss and Recovery. With Numerous Portraits, Illustrations and Maps and Records of the Services of the Officers (1896-8), Etc.

London: Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1898 Stock Code: 140484
£650.00

Presentation copy inscribed to Lord Kitchener of Khartoum

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First edition of this "valuable historical record" (Raugh); presentation copy from the authors, inscribed on the title page, "Lord Kitchener of Khartoum, With the Authors' Compliments".

In the Sudan Kitchener (18501916) "began a campaign noted as much for its impressive railway construction, organized by Percy Girouard, as for its battles. On 7 August Kitchener's army took Abu Hamed and then occupied Berber on 31 August. Here matters paused... By the beginning of 1898 Kitchener had received more money and British reinforcements. The first battle of the renewed campaign was fought at the Atbara on 8 April. Kitchener's victory was followed by an advance towards the Mahdist capital, Omdurman, which the Anglo-Egyptian forces reached on 1 September. On 2 September the Madhists attacked the Anglo-Egyptian position, and were mown down by Anglo-Egyptian firepower. The result was a decisive victory and the occupation of Omdurman, accompanied by vigorous repression" (ODNB).

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Description

Octavo (215 x 137 mm). 20th century red half calf by Bayntun, titles in gilt to black and green morocco spine labels, compartments tooled in gilt, red cloth boards, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt.

Illustrations

Monochrome frontispiece and 20 similar plates of portraits and views, 12 maps and plans, of which 7 folding.

Condition

Slight bumping to upper tips, the binding otherwise bright and firm, very occasional faint foxing, else internally clean; a very good copy. Presentation inscription slightly shaved by the binder.Loosely inserted is a portrait of Kitchener on a colour "Tuck's Post Card" from c. 1915, with a quote from Kitchener's address to the House of Lords on 25 August 1915.

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