Crimean Campaigning and Russian Imprisonment
First Trade Edition.
31cm x 23.5cm (box size), 17cm x 11cm (book size). [iv], 140 pages, 3 pieces of ephemera. Rebound in cloth with the original wrappers laid on, and housed in a custom clamshell box.
A unique association copy of this rare account of one of the most famous battles in British military history from the point of view of a non commanding officer together with his experiences in Russian captivity and his eventual release. Robert Stuart Farquharson (1832-1892) provides a highly detailed account of his participation in the famous Charge of the Light Brigade, October 25th, 1854, at the Battle of Balaclava, during the Crimean War, and his subsequent capture and imprisonment by the Russians. This copy inscribed on the front flyleaf to the author’s sister (Marion Farquharson) together with 3 pieces of ephemera: 1. The author’s ticket to the dinner commemorating the thirtieth anniversary of the Charge to be held at the Aquarium Westminster on Saturday the 25th October, 1884; 2. A newspaper cutting dated May 18th, 1892, mounted on card bearing the emblem of the East Lothian & Berwickshire Yeomanry Cavalry and with several date annotations in another hand and also bearing Farquharson’s signature, the clipping giving details of a testimonial dinner for Farquharson at The Royal Hotel upon his retirement from the bandmastership of the Lothians and Berwickshire Cavalry; 3. A flyer with press reviews of the book. An earlier edition was private printed for the author by Thomas Allan in 1883. This is the first trade edition with no other printings to date.
Rebound in cloth with the original wrappers laid on, new endpapers. Tanning to preliminaries. Minor soiling in places, small light stain to pages 68/9. 3.5cm closed tear at tail of page 15/6. Very minor rub to text on pages 134/5. Good Condition.
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