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THOMSETT, Richard Gillham.
With the Peshawar Column, Tirah Expeditionary Force.
London: Digby, Long & Co., 1899. London: Digby, Long & Co.,, 1899. Octavo. Original red vertical-rib cloth, gilt-lettered spine, black-lettered front cover, paired blind fillet and decorative wraparound bands to spine and front cover, publisher's monogram to back cover, pale green floral-patterned endpapers. Binding skilfully refurbished, extremities of spine and corners consolidated, gilt lettering retouched, peripheral toning to letterpress. A very good copy, bright and square, with the publisher's 16-page catalogue at the end (dated September 1899). First and sole edition of this colourful and conspicuously scarce eye-witness account of the Tirah campaign (1897-98). Thomsett (b. 1857) was a lieutenant-colonel with the RAMC, had served in Afghanistan in 1878-80 and was later in Egypt (1882) and South Africa (1902). The Peshawar Column, under Brig.-Gen. A. G. Hammond VC, acted as one of the flanking forces to the Tirah Field Force, charged with burning Afridi villages, destroying watchtowers and confiscating winter forage; they also re-opened the Khyber Pass in the winter of 1898, to which Thomsett devotes a chapter, noting that the weather was "nice and balmy" and campaigning not all hardship: "while sitting down enjoying my sandwiches and cold tea soon after arrival, I noticed the wild thyme growing plentifully, and also that small crabs found their way up from the Khyber stream on to the grass where I was sitting". While stationed at Landi Kotal he gives an account of the ambush of piquets of the Oxfordshire Light Infantry, described in the chapter "Stirring Times, e … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA/ ILAB. [London, United Kingdom]

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