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Sacred Songs and Solos: With Standard Hymns, Combined. 750 Pieces.
Morgan & Scott, 1889. 8vo. Bound in full contemporary morocco for presentation to General and Lady Galbraith, with his sterling silver monogram in relief on the upper board, five thin raised bands to the spine, gilt ruled turn-ins, all edges gilt with marbled endpapers, two red silk markers; unpaginated; very slight rubbing to the corners of the binding, offsetting from the turn-ins and monograph to the endpapers, otherwise a lovely, bright copy, in a unique binding; provenance: inscribed on the first blank to 'General and Lady Galbraith from their grateful Soldier - friends Soldiers Home Quetta. February 1899'. Little is known of the General Galbraith of this presentation, apart from that he served under Field Marshall Lord Roberts 'Lord Kandahar' in the Khyber Pass Region, Afghanistan and on the Northwest Frontier. The experienced Field Marshall wrote about the owner of this volume in his 1897 work Forty-One Years in India, 'Happily, I had a very able staff. Major Galbraith, the Assistant-Adjudant-General, though new to the work, proved exeptionally good' (vol. II, p. 124). Galbraith was a close confidant of Lord Kandahar during the Great Game campaigns, and excelled at the battle of Spingawi Kotal. When it seemed to have been won by the combined British, Afghan Rifles and Gurkhas, they came under sudden Afghan attack threatening the victory, 'had not Galbraith, whom I had sent with an order to the front, hurriedly collected a certain number of stragglers and met the Afghans with such a murderous fire that they broke and fled, leaving seventy dead in a space of about fifty yards square' (vol. II, p. 140). The late Victorian hymn book presented to Galbraith itself is rather Imperial and martial in selection and tone of pieces, opening with P. P. Bliss' Hold the Fort!, and containing other hymns titled Stand up for Jesus or A Battle Hymn for Missions, or fittingly for many victims: Travelling to the Better Land, which was definitely not Afghanistan.
      [Bookseller: Henry Sotheran Ltd.]
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