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 along 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 middle of the19th century.