COLBORNE, John, and Frederic BRINE. The Last Of The Brave; or Resting Places of Our Fallen Heroes in the Crimea and at Scutari. London, Ackermann, 1857.
Small folio. Original brown cloth, lettered and decorated in gilt, all edges gilt; pp. vi, 66, 14 tinted lithographic plates with tissue guards and one in outline; head and tail of spine with expert restorations, two text leaves with minor flaws, occasional light spotting, a good copy of a great rarity; contemporary presentation inscription to head of title-page.
First edition of a beautiful book production documenting the final resting places of fallen allied soldiers of the Crimean War. Field Marshal John Colborne, 1st Baron Seaton, after a long military carreer became High Commissioner of the Ionian Islands in February 1843, and having been promoted to full general on 20 June 1854, he became Commander-in-Chief, Ireland, in 1855. This beautifully illustrated book with lithographs printed by Day & Son presents as well very good views of the topography of Scutari and Balaklava in the middle of the19th century.