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ROBERTS, Frederick Sleigh, first Earl Roberts.
Forty-one Years in India.
London: Richard Bentley & Son,, 1897. 2 volumes, octavo (218 x 138 mm). Contemporary red half morocco by Bickers, spines with five low raised bands, gilt panelled and lettered direct, red "gold vein" marbled paper sides and endpapers, top edges gilt. Engraved portrait frontispiece portrait of Roberts, 27 plates and maps (some folding, two linen-backed), titlepages printed in red and black and with a wood-engraved vignette. One folding map in vol. I misfolded and standing proud of top edge, only slight rubbing to extremities, vol. II with light bump to head of spine, scattered foxing. A very good set. First edition of a runaway best-seller, hurtling through eight editions/impressions in the first month of publication alone, presented here in a smart and straightforward period binding. "Roberts was created Baron Roberts of Kandahar in January 1892 and, resisting efforts to prolong his tenure, left India in April 1893. No suitable appointment was immediately available, and he compiled his memoirs. Forty-one Years in India (1897) was a stirring story, not unbiased, which became a popular success and remains a useful historical source... Roberts was perhaps the ablest field commander since Wellington—quick to grasp a situation, bold and decisive in his solutions, and calm and confident in the face of difficulties. But he was prone to underestimate his opponents and to take risks, particularly with logistics. His performance in South Africa at the age of sixty-seven suggests that he had the potential to be one of the great commanders, but it was never tested in a European theat … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington [United Kingdom]
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