London: Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans and Roberts. 1858. First edition. 8vo. 380pp. Publisher's orange embossed cloth titled in gilt to spine. Bright and sharp, slight bumping to spine ends and corners, minor edgewear, very good indeed, a very pretty copy. Internally clean, brown, glazed endpapers with ads to pastedowns, Edwards and Remnants bindery label to rear pastedown, evidence of the removal of a similar label to the front pastedown. Portrait frontispiece of Sir Henry Lawrence looking somewhat grim, perhaps unsurprisingly. Minor offsetting to title page. With folding map of the Residency and surrounding city. An eyewitness account by a civilian present in the Residency for the duration of the siege, or sieges if you wish to be more picky, and its subsequent liberation. Often viewed as a measurement of British fighting resolve during the enormous blow that was what is referred to as the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857 (also referred to as the First Indian War of Independence); the city was held, taken, lost and retaken at a cost of 2500 men, the final day's fighting of the lifting of the siege created no less than 24 Victoria Cross recipients, more than any other action in British military history. A handsome copy of a book more usually seen looking rather more mutinous. Item #42685
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