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HARDINGE, Henry; Hugh Gough; Harry Smith.
The War in India. Despatches of. and other documents. Comprising the engagements of Moodkee, Ferozeshah, Aliwal, and Sobraon.
London: John Ollivier, 1846. London: John Ollivier,, 1846. The first serious challenge to … European military predominance" Octavo (216 x 132 mm). Later 19th-century half calf, spine with five raised bands, brown label in second compartment, remainder with a pretty foliate motif framed by concentric circles, dots and gilt fillets, head and tail decorated with a milled roll, foot also by a scrolling foliate roll, sides and corners trimmed with blind paired fillets, moderate green pebble-grain cloth sides, Serpentine pattern marbled edges and endpapers. Large folding regional map by James Wyld, 7 other maps and plans (3 folding and partially coloured) lithographed by Madeley. Attractive armorial bookplate (dated 1878) of Charles Arthur Wynne Finch (1841-1903), lieutenant-colonel Scots Guards. Light abrasions to spine, slight scrape to one corner otherwise a handsome copy. First edition of an early and key text on the First Sikh War (1845-6), "useful in the way it presents the campaign as it unfolds, rather than with the benefit of hindsight" (Smith, p.94), decidedly uncommon, this a very smart copy. The conflict has been described by Amarpal S. Sidhu as "the first serious challenge to … European military predominance". Hardinge, Gough, and Smith were all Peninsular veterans. At the outbreak of war Sir Henry Hardinge was governor-general of India but agreed to serve under Sir Hugh Gough as commander-in-chief. The latter's victories at Mudki, Ferozeshahr, and Sobraon were won largely through "sheer hard fighting" (ODNB), Gough's somewhat guileless tactics of the direct fron … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA/ ILAB. [London, United Kingdom]
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