SHIPP, John.

The Military Bijou; or the Contents of a Soldier's Knapsack: being the Gleanings of Thirty-three Years' Active Service.

London: Whittaker, Treacher, and Co., 1831 Stock Code: 127419

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First edition of this fascinating collection of brief notes and essays on military matters by the author of the famous Memoirs of the Extraordinary Military Career of John Shipp, published two years earlier. Serving largely in India, Shipp's remarkable bravery allowed him to perform "the unique feat of twice winning a commission from the ranks before he was thirty-two" (ODNB), having sold out once to settle his debts. He was active in the Anglo-Nepal War and was on the staff of the left division of the 'grand army' under the marquess of Hastings in the Third Anglo-Maratha War. In 1823, following a betting scandal, he was court-martialled and discharged, but 'in consideration of his past services and wounds, and the high character that he had borne as an officer and a gentleman' he was commended to mercy, and was granted a pension by the East India Company when he sold out in 1825. He ended his life as the master of the Liverpool workhouse, "highly esteemed" and "in comfortable circumstances" (ibid).

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2 volumes, octavo (186 x 116 mm). Attractive contemporary blue finely diapered cloth, title gilt to spines, edges marbled.


With the finely-engraved contemporary crested bookplates of Col. George W. Wroughton of Stowell Lodge, Pewsey, elegantly printed on pale pink paper. Wroughton had served in the Peninsular with the 82nd Foot under his original name of George Wroughton Montague, he changed his name on inheriting Stowell from his aunt. Spines sunned, a few light markings to cloth, some foxing with a few light creases to contents. A very good copy.


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