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WOOSNAM MILLS, H.

The Tirah Campaign,

being the sequel to The Pathan Revolt in North-West India.

Lahore, "C. and M. Gazette" Press, 1898 Stock Code: 140722
£1,750.00

"It is rear-guard actions that make the Afridi campaign a valuable study to the military reader"

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First and sole edition of this remarkably scarce account of the Tirah campaign (1897-98), a punitive expedition against the Afridi of the North-West Frontier; an online search of institutional libraries citing six locations only, at the British Library, at Bateman's (Kipling's Sussex home, a presentation copy from the author), Oxford, Leiden, Minnesota, and Syracuse. After stints at various British newspapers Henry Woosnam Mills stepped into Kipling's shoes at the Lahore Civil and Military Gazette, and it was from that paper's telegrams and special war correspondence that he "compiled, enlarged and revised" this important and detailed account. As Captain H. L. Nevill wrote in his excellent Campaigns on the North-West Frontier (1912), "it is rear-guard actions that make the Afridi campaign a valuable study to the military reader".

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Description

Octavo (210 x 130 mm). Contemporary dark red half roan neatly rebacked with the original spine laid down, gilt label, blue French Shell pattern marbled sides.

Illustrations

Large folding operational map, 4 full-page lithograph maps (Dargai Heights, Khanki Valley, Saransar retirement, Tangao Pass).

Condition

Spine sunned and extremities consolidated. A very good copy, complete with half-title.

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