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LYSTER, E. A. (ed.)

With Gordon in China.

Letters from Thomas Lyster, Lieutenant Royal Engineers.

London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1891 Stock Code: 125439
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A fascinating posthumous account

First edition. Thomas Lyster (1840-1865) was an Anglo-Irish British Army officer and aide to Gordon during his Chinese service. The work, compiled by Lyster's sister, contains a memoir, letters from his numerous commissions in China, of condolence to the family from Gordon and others, and a laudatory "Memorandum Respecting the Services of the Late Lieutenant Lyster, Royal Engineers", provided by Gordon. Lyster first arrived in China in August 1862, and was active both in a military role during the Taiping rebellion, and in surveying the countryside around Shanghai, which was previously undocumented by the British. His health declined in 1865, and he was sent home by the medical board in August, dying on the journey back to Ireland. Together the correspondence provides a fascinating insight into the day-to-day activities organising the "Ever Victorious Army", including visits to Nankin, "the great rebel stronghold", and their reception by the imperial general. This edition is uncommon, with only six institutional locations on Library Hub.

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Octavo. Original black cloth, gilt lettered spine, front cover titled in yellow with dragon motif and seal or "chop", pale orange coated endpapers. Portrait frontispiece with tissue-guard.


Portrait frontispiece with tissue-guard.


Spine gently rolled and touch of wear to extremities, light discolouration of cloth, top edge dust toned, faint marks to fore edge, front inner hinge just starting yet a very good copy.


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