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JAMES, Lionel.

The Indian Frontier War.

Being an Account of the Mohmund and Tirah Expeditions 1897.

London, William Heinemann, 1898 Stock Code: 140510
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First edition. James was Reuter's special correspondent on General Sir William Lockhart's campaign against the Orakzai and Tirah Afridis in 1897. His narrative "catches such telling details as the dry water bottle and the Maxim's effectiveness, and is effectively complemented by a series of maps, etchings and photographs" (Riddick). "In 1897 Lockhart was placed in command of the 40,000 strong Tirah expeditionary force, after Afridis attacked British outposts along the north-west frontier during the most serious outbreak of resistance to British rule in India since the mutiny. During the difficult extended fighting in the inaccessible mountains of Tirah, he skilfully conducted punitive operations against elusive Afridi and Orakzai fighters, armed with modern rifles. Though for the most part consisting of guerrilla warfare, the campaign also included such bitterly contested engagements as the attack at Dargai and the withdrawal of the 2nd division down the Bara valley. For his services he received the thanks of the government of India, was made a GCB, and succeeded Sir George White as commander-in-chief in India in 1898" (ODNB).

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Octavo. Original red cloth, gilt-lettered spine, title in black to front cover with gilt pictorial block reproducing the plate at p. 70 (General Westmacott conducting the retirement from Jarobi), publisher's device in blind to back cover, untrimmed.


Frontispiece (with tissue guard) and 29 similar plates of which one double-page, from photographs and sketches, area map, 9 further maps and plans to the text.


Bookplate of Walker Library, St. Paul's School, to rear pastedown. Binding skilfully refurbished, extremities of spine and corners consolidated, gilt lettering retouched, some cockling of cloth. A very good copy, clean, sound and square.


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