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KINGLAKE, Alexander William.
The Invasion of the Crimea: its origin, and an account of its progress down to the death of Lord Raglan. {Together with:] Notes added to the Second and Third Editions of Mr Kinglake's History of the Invasion of the Crimea. Octavo, 15 pp., stitched as issued; lightly foxed, vertical
Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons, , 1863-87. 8 volumes, octavo (212 x 133 mm). Contemporary tree calf, brown morocco labels, elaborate tooling gilt to spines separated by raised bands, twin rule to boards gilt, marbled endpapers and edges. With numerous maps and plans. Some occasional light foxing, an excellent set. First editions throughout. A handsomely bound set. Kinglake was in the Crimea in 1854, "witnessed the battle of the Alma from close hand, dined that night with Lord Raglan... helped the wounded, sketched and recorded the scenes in his diary. Kinglake rode with the allies towards Sevastopol and watched them take up siege positions on upland to the south. From there, he saw the charges of the Heavy and Light Brigades on 25 October near Balaklava, though soon afterwards he was invalided back to England" (ODNB). Entrusted with the task of writing a history of the campaign by Lord Raglan's widow who had sent him all the papers in her possession he "undertook the task, and executed it with extraordinary care... [he] consulted French, Russian, and Turkish sources, and corresponded and interviewed exhaustively. He returned to the Crimea, hosted by the Russian engineer Todleben, who had so ably defended Sevastopol." The result was probably excessive, and most certainly somewhat prejudiced, out of loyalty to Raglan and "moral indignation" against Napoleon III, however "The literary ability in any case is remarkable; the spirit of the writing is never quenched by the masses of diplomatic and military information; the occasional portraits of remarkable men … [Click Below for Full Description]
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