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Simpson, William (F.R.G.S.)
Meeting The Sun: A Journey All Round The World, Through Egypt, China, Japan, And California, Including An Account Of The Marriage Ceremonies Of The Emperor Of China. A very good copy with interesting provenance.
Longmans, Green, Reader And Dyer, London, 1874. 8vo. Bound in contemporary full calf with spine decorated in gilt between raised bands gilt; red leather title label; double gilt fillet to boards with central gilt escutcheons; edges gilt; marbled endpapers and edges. The leather is a bit rubbed and the corners a little bumped - a handsome copy. Twelve of the thirty chapters concern China. xii, 413pp.; complete with 48 plates from heliotypes. The front paste-down bears the bookplate of General Sir John Alexander Ewart (1821-1904) general and colonel of the Gordon Highlanders. After garrison duty in South Africa and Mauritius Ewart joined the 93rd. of Foot rising rapidly to become brevet lieutenant-colonel by November 1855. He served in the Crimea and was at the Alma and Balaklava - commanding the sixth company of " the thin red line ". On the 6th November 1856, Ewart was the first to apprise Lord Raglan of the Russian advance. He took part in the siege of Sevastapol and in May joined the expedition to the Sea of Azov and was at the capture of Kertch and Yenikale. For his Crimean service Ewart received numerous decorations. In 1857 Ewart and the 93rd fought in the Indian Mutiny, once more under the command of the illustrious Sir Colin Campbell (Lord Clyde). At Secunderabagh, Ewart personally captured a colour and received two sabre wounds and was recommended for the Victoria Cross. Ewart was again wounded losing an arm whilst fighting the Gwalior mutineers at Cawnpore. ( Dec. 1st. 1857) He received the Mutiny Medal with clasp and then commanded the 78th. (Ross-Shire Buffs (185 … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: McManmon, B.D. ABA, ILAB [Preston, LANCS, United Kingdom]
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