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The Campaign in India, 1857-58. - ATKINSON, George Francklin - 1859. 
London: Day & Son,, 1859. From Drawings made during the eventful period of the Great Mutiny. Illustrating the military operations before Delhi and its neighbourhood. 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. Tinted lithograph vignette title and 25 plates (on 19 sheets) by Simpson, Walker, Bryson, McCulloch, Needham, Jones, Laby or Picken after Atkinson. Marginal closed-tears to plates and letterpress skilfully repaired, letterpress foxed but overall a very good copy. 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.
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