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VERNEY, Edmund Hope.

The Shannon's Brigade in India.

Being some account of Sir William Peel's Naval Brigade in the Indian Campaign of 1857-1858.

London, Saunders, Otley and Co., 1862 Stock Code: 127135

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First edition. Verney's fascinating diary of the naval brigade of HMS Shannon's campaign in India. Led by Sir William Peel, son of Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel, the men saw action twice at Lucknow and in the battle of the Kallee-Nuddee. Peel was wounded at Lucknow and died of smallpox shortly after; "his services in the field were the highlight of the Lucknow campaigns. His men achieved unparalleled feats of arms and endurance that broke the will of the enemy" (ODNB). Another member of the brigade, William Hall, became the first black man to win the Victoria Cross for a feat of bravery at Lucknow, described by Verney in the book.
Verney himself was the son of Sir Harry Verney, Second Baronet. He also served in Crimea, receiving the medal, and was elected Liberal MP for North Buckinghamshire in 1885. Verney was an avid collector and objects he acquired are now in the British Museum and Pitt Rivers Museum. There are descriptions in this book of the booty seized at Lucknow. He married Margaret Hay Williams in 1868. As Lady Verney, she became a noted historian and educational advocate.

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Octavo. Original dark blue cloth, gilt lettering and decoration to spine, gilt illustration to front cover, dark brown surface-paper end papers.


Lithographic portrait frontispiece of William Peel printed on India paper and mounted, illustrations and plans in text, 2 folding maps (the Ganges and Lucknow).


Binders' ticket to rear pastedown. Binding furbished, spine and tips consolidated, lettering retouched, stain to front cover, text block browned, especially in margin, a few marks to interior, closed tears to one plan repaired. Remains a very good copy.


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