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ABBOTT, George.

Views of the Forts of Bhurtpoore & Weire.

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Published: London [J. M. Richardson], 1827

Stock Code: 131921

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First and sole edition of this attractive celebratory record of the Siege of Bharatpur (9 December 1825-18 January 1826). "The attack on Bharatpur was successful; the great Jat fortress, a menace to British rule ever since Lord Lake failed against it twenty years before, was destroyed" (ODNB). Scarce: Copac cites British Library only among British and Irish institutional libraries; OCLC adds just Yale, Library of Congress and Brown University. The list of subscribers is very short, 71 names taking 126 copies, 40 going to the East India Company and four to the British commander, Lord Combermere. The dedication to Combermere shows the massive Bhurtpore gun, captured at the siege, which stood for many years outside the Royal Artillery Barracks at Woolwich.

George Abbott, a lieutenant with the 15th Bengal Native Infantry (promoted captain 1838) was present at the storming. This volume appears to have been assembled for publication by his wife, who prints a letter from him that gives a vivid impression of events, "The attack was carried on in a very masterly style... The Europeans i.e. British line regiments, leading the storm in the most cool and deliberate style... The besieged stood to the best of their power, and fought desperately. In twenty minutes, ten regiments were in the town. The slaughter was immense, owing to some of the natives playing false after they had asked for quarter".

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Landscape folio (340 x 485 mm). Later 19th century dark red half morocco, gilt lettered spine, red vertical-grain cloth sides.


Pictorial title, dedication and 11 lithographed plates on india paper by William Gauci (2), Paul Gauci (2), J. D. Harding (4), J. S. Templeton (2), F. Mackenzie (2) and J. H. Lynch after Abbott, lithographed by Engelmann, Graf, Coindet & Co.


Binding refurbished, extremities of spine and corners consolidated, endleaves renewed. Plates and letterpress repaired at top fore-edge where dampstained throughout, other neat repairs to closed-tears at fore-edge. A skilfully refurbished copy, complete with the single leaf of letterpress and list of subscribers.


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