ALEXANDER, James Edward Travels to the Seat of War in the East, through Russia and the Crimea, in 1829. With Sketches of the Imperial Fleet and Army, personal Adventures, and characteristic Anecdotes. London, Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, 1830.
Two volumes, 8vo. Contemporary half-calf over marbled boards, spine with raised bands, ornamented and lettered in gilt, marbled edges; pp. xxxi, 308; xii, 327, steel-engraved frontispiece, three hand-coloured uniform aquatint plates, eight aquatint-plates, one leaf of engraved sheet music, folding engraved map six woodengravings in the text; very light rubbing to bindings, one front fly-leaf with repared marginal tear, offestting from map, otherwise a very attractive and clean set with contemporary bookplates of John Drinkwater inside front covers.
First edition. 'A very interesting work detailing Alexander's experiences during the Russo-Turkish war … for which he received the Turkish order of the crescent. The plates and wood engravings … are after Alexander's own drawings. Alexander was a career officer in the British Army; he was knighted in 1838 and eventually became a general' (Atabey). Alexander saw action mainly on the Balkans.
Provenance: From the library of John Drinkwater (later John Drinkwater Bethune; 1762–1844), army officer and military historian.
Atabey 12; Abbey 229; not in Blackmer.