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Letters from the Crimea, 1854-56.
Fareham: Printed and published by Henry Payne, 1899 - Octavo. Original purple frond-embossed cloth, title gilt to the front board. Cloth sunned to tan on the front board and spine, a little spotted on the lower, free endpapers browned, text toned, small snuff hole to one leaf, but very good. 28-pages. First and only edition, extremely uncommon, just two copies on Copac, Oxford and NLS. Service with the 79th Highlanders of Wilfrid Scawen Blunt's cousin, known as "Bitters" with whom Blunt spent time in Paris in the 1860s: "'Bitters' Currie seems today a character from fiction. In a sense Blunt too felt that his cousin had somehow opted out of the real world. Nevertheless he had good reason for devoting several pages of 'Alms to Oblivion' to the older man's portrait Service to his country in the Crimean War and Indian Mutiny had seemed to Bitters all that patriotism required. He had retired to his quarters in Paris at scarcely more than twenty-five years old, to live in idleness on an income of £1000 a year for the rest of his life. He was 'the handsomest man in Europe', but he was neither ambitious nor addicted to drink or gambling. Unhurried and content, he took his pleasures reasonably - and they limited virtually to women. Men admired him for his wit, tolerance and skill with the foil Women found his intuitive knowledge of their thoughts and weaknesses irresistible." (Longford, A Pilgrimage of Passion, p.61). [Attributes: First Edition]
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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