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The Campaign in India, 1857-58. From Drawings - ATKINSON, George Francklin - 1859. 
London: Day & Son, 1859 - Folio. Original dark red half roan professionally restored (inner joints strengthened), red pebble-grain cloth sides (with decorative blind-stamped panels), front cover gilt lettered and with a large gilt pictorial stamp. Marginal closed-tears to plates and letterpress skilfully repaired, letterpress foxed but overall a very good copy. Tinted lithograph vignette title and 25 plates (on 19 sheets) by Simpson, Walker, Bryson, McCulloch, Needham, Jones, Laby or Picken after Atkinson. First and only edition of this superb, but notoriously fragile, pictorial record of the Mutiny. The illustrations, genuinely spirited and exhibiting an eye for the telling detail, are based on the very accomplished sketches made by Atkinson (1822-1859) while he was serving as a captain with the Bengal Engineers (Ambala Division). He is better known for Curry and Rice (1858), his satirical view of social life in India during the Raj - also illustrated with lithographs - which was enormously popular and went through many editions. Abbey, Travel 486 (listing the scarce coloured issue); Sorsky 136. [Attributes: First Edition]
[Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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