[CRIMEAN WAR] – ELPHINSTONE, H[oward] C[rawfurd], Harry D. JONES and W[illiam] Edward M[oyses] REILLY.

Siege of Sebastopol. 1854-5.

£2,250

Siege of Sebastopol. 1854-5.
[Comprising:]
Journal of the Operations Conducted by the Corps of Royal Engineers [and]
An Account of the Artillery Operations Conducted by the Royal Artillery and Royal Naval Brigade before Sebastopol in 1854 and 1855.
George Edward Eyre and William Spottiswoode for the Queen's Stationery Office, London, 1859.

Description

First edition of this large work: a very good copy, complete with the 3 volumes of text and all maps, plans and views of Sevastopol – despite the slipcase label showing a somewhat inattentive collation by the H.M. Stationery Office stating “”Note.-This Volume is incomplete, no perfect copies are available for issue.””
Sir Elphinstone (1829-90) was born in Livonia (now Latvia) and was awarded the Victoria Cross in June 1855 for fearless conduct during the Crimean War. At the final assault on Sebastopol on 8 September he was wounded by a splinter on the left side of the head and lost an eye. He later became major-general.

Description

Three parts in 4 volumes 4to (29.5 x 23.5 cm) including a slipcase. Folding lithograph frontispiece by J. Ferguson after Cowell, Biddulph and a photograph by Robertson, lithographic title by Ferguson after Elphinstone, title, vi, 299, [1] pp., 6 lithographed tables by H. James and 6 numbered plates on 5 folding sheets of stronger paper; repeated lithographic title, title, table of contents, 638 pp., [1] l.; vii including title, 273 pp., [1] l.; atlas of 16 plates on 12 folding sheets of stronger paper, one on thiner — in all 22 plates plates lithographed by H. James under the direction of Cameron, numbered I-XX with XVIa and including a rarer 'Sheet III' on thiner paper, some with outline hand-colour; light spotting to text, maps with occasional soiling, some folds with short tears.
Contemporary red cloth, covers with blind-stamped panel decoration, flat spines lettered in gilt; spines rubbed and faded with shelfmark labels to foot, slipcase strengthened.

Provenance: York Public Library (booklabel to upper pastedowns and slipcase, embossed stamped to a few leaves).

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Stock ID: 81134