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The Story of the Campaign of Sebastopol Written in the Camp

By E Bruce Hamley

1855

William Blackwood and Sons : London

9" by 5.5"

xv, [2], 2-339, [1]pp

 

 

 

DETAILS

A finely bound, first edition copy of this important first hand account of this particular campaign during the Crimean War. With the original colour plates in a bright condition.

In a bright and sumptuous half morocco binding. Illustrated with nine lithographic plates total. With the coloured frontispiece, three coloured plates, and five tinted plates. The illustrations to this work were drawn by Hamley himself. Collated, complete. Written by Lieutenant General Sir Edward Bruce Hamley. Hamley was a Lieutenant Colonel at the time of writing. He served throughout the Crimean War as the aide-de-camp or ADC to Sir Richard Dacres. In this role he commanded the artillery and partook in all operations which lead to him becoming successively major and lieutenant-colonel. Throughout the Crimean War, Hamley contributed articles to 'Blackwood's Magazine' which gave a leading account of the progress of the campaign. Several of these articles have been republished in this work, leading this to be the first edition of these works in book form. This work pre-dates Hamley's magnum opus 'The Operations of War' which became a text-book of military instruction. Many regard this earlier work as crucial for his development and establishment as a military author. With the bookplate of Reginald Hildyard (1876-1965) to the front pastedown. Hildyard was a British Army officer who saw active service in the Second Boer War and the First World War. Hamley notes to the preface that his professional role 'afforded peculiar facilities for observation'. He re-iterates that the words written to this work were written in camp in the intervals of military duty 'at first in a tent, and after Christmas in a hut'. An important piece of military history, from the perspective of someone who was a key operator in the Crimean War.

CONDITION

In a half morocco binding with paper covered boards. Externally, in an excellent condition with just some minor shelfwear. Prior owner's bookplate to the front pastedown, General Sir Reginald Hildyard. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are bright with occasional scattered spots, mostly to the edges. Plates have a few light tide marks to the outer margins, not affecting the image with the odd spots to plates. The plates remain in a very bright condition.

Overall Condition: Very Good Indeed

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