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, expertly re-backed, retaining the original back-strip and with new endpapers; pp. vi, 66, 14 tinted lithographic plates with tissue guards; two text leaves with short marginal tears, occasional light spotting anmd strenghtening of gutters, still a good copy of a great rarity.
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.