1849 Recollections of an Old Soldier: A Biographical Sketch of the Late Colonel Tidy, C.B., 24th Regt. With Anecdotes of His Contemporaries
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First Edition, Leather Binding, Very Scarce
The first edition of this vanishingly scarce work, last sold at auction in 1964.
A touching biography on Colonel Francis Skelly Tidy, written by his daughter, Harriet Ward.
This detailed biography follows Tidy's career from when he entered the army in 1792 to his eventual death in 1835. In 1793, just one year into his career, Tidy was dispatched to the West Indies. During his long military career he was present at many important events, such as the siege of Fort Bourbon, and Waterloo. He was captured at Barville and held captive for fifteen months.
Tidy's daughter, Harriet Ward, was a notable author who wrote much about South Africa. She is best known today for her non-fiction 'Five Years in Kaffirland', and for her novel, the first English novel set entirely in England, 'Jasper Lyle'.
'Recollections of an Old Soldier' is an insightful biography that spans the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars.
Newspaper clipping from the 'Daily Telegraph' in 1996 tipped in to the recto of the front free endpaper, 'Waterloo relic is returned to regiment'; the article recounts how Tidy's Waterloo medal was stolen and return to the regiment.
In a half calf binding with marbled paper to the boards. Externally, smart. Leather is a little discoloured with light rubbing to the boards and raised bands. Minor bumping to the extremities. Crease to the head of the front board. Newspaper clipping tipped in to the recto of the front free endpaper. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are lightly age toned and generally clean with some occasional spots, including to the fore edge. Small closed tears to the head and tail of the title page.
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