London. Allen. 1880. Stock ID #163347
Folding black and white map frontispiece, 196 + pp + 40 page publisher's catalogue. Index. Rebacked ex-library copy, Library stamps partially removed on prelims, library pocket lower endpaper. Neat handwritten notes about G. Ashmead-Bartlett to whom Malleson dedicated the book first leaves, occasional notes in text. . The same hand has written page numbers on the last 4 leaves of text. However other than these neat notes, which are quite interesting in their own way, the text of the book is generally good and clean. Fore edge marked in one place, corner of one leaf missing not affecting text. Cloth worn at corners. Good. George Bruce Malleson (1825 - 1898) was a British army officer and military historian probably best known for his "History of the Indian Mutiny" which continued Kaye's "A History of the Sepoy War in India, 1857–1858".
On retiring he turned to Indian military history. The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography describes his writing: "He had a broad grasp, great industry, and a vigorous and picturesque style, but was apt to be a strong partisan. He did much to draw attention to Russian expansion in central Asia and its potential threat to British rule in India." An interesting and quite lively example of Great Game literature. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 163347).
Price: $400.00 AU