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Letters from the Crimea
?Sri Lanka: c.1900 - Octavo. Wire-stitched in the original very pale yellow-green textured paper wraps, lettered on the upper panel. Just a little rubbed on the wraps, discoloured on the lower panel, staples mildly rusted, pale toning to the text, very good. 20-page pamphlet. No other copy traced, "These letters were written from the Crimea by Capt. H. Bird (the spelling of the name was afterwards changed to Byrde. Capt. Bird resigned his commission a few years after the Crimean War, going to Ceylon/Sri Lanka to take charge of his father's coffee plantation. He took great interest in the Volunteer movement, and for many years was Colonel of the Ceylon Light Infantry (Rifle Corps)" (preface,signed A.R.S., Capt. Bird's daughter Amy Rebecca married into the Scrimgeour family). Bird served with the 57th Regiment, The 'Die-Hards', the centrepiece of this collection of letters to his Uncle and Aunt Mais on Guernsey is a terrific 5-page account of the fall of Sebastopol; " explosions were continually taking place. The latter were magnificent, for there suddenly appeared a glare and then a huge mass of dust. One mass I saw looked exactly like an immense tree of brown yellowish colour". [Attributes: First Edition]
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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