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CAVE-BROWNE, J.

The Punjab and Delhi in 1857.

Being a narrative of the measures by which the Punjab was saved and Delhi recovered during the Indian Mutiny.

Edinburgh and London : 1861 Stock Code: 140739
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First edition of this important and uncommon Mutiny memoir gathered from the author's journal entries, originally published in Blackwood's Magazine in 1858 as "Poorbeah Mutiny" (poorbeah, from the Hindi purbiya, meaning eastern, referring to Brahman and Rajput sepoys). The Rev. John Cave-Browne (1818-1898) was born at Nagpur, Maharashtra, as his father, Lt.-Col. Edward Cave-Browne, was serving with the HEIC. He was chaplain of the Punjab Moveable Column in 1857, and has been described as "the best known English authority on the events in that province" (Malik, p. 65). Ladendorf remarks that his narrative is "accurate enough reporting, but definitely biased for the noble British against the villainous natives", perhaps a rather facile judgement, Sorsky noting that his book "has been used as a reference by many other authors". The Punjab Moveable Column was led by Brig.-Gen. John Nicholson, whose portrait fronts volume II, an inspiring commander who nevertheless divided opinion by his "ferocious hatred of the mutineers" (ODNB). His force scored some notable successes through hard marching and decisive action before Nicholson was shot through the chest while leading the main storming-party into the breach at Delhi.

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Description

2 volumes, octavo. Original dark red straight-grain cloth, gilt-lettered spines, paired blind filet border to sides, front covers with large gilt stamp of the Flagstaff Tower, Delhi, bright blue-coated endpapers.

Illustrations

Engraved portrait frontispiece to each volume (with tissue guards), 8 maps and plans, large folding map of Delhi, all lithographed by W. and A. K. Johnston.

Condition

Bindings skillfully refurbished, extremities of spines and corners consolidated, gilt lettering retouched, grain of spines smoothed, title pages a little foxed, occasional finger soiling. A good set, clean and sound.

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