ROBERTS, Frederick, Field-Marshall Lord, of Kandahar. Forty-One Years In India from Subaltern to Commander-in-Chief. London, Richard Bentley And Son, 1897.
8vo. Two volumes. Original publisher's dark blue cloth, spines lettered in gilt, covers decorated gilt and blind, patterned endpapers; pp. xx, 511; xii, , 522, [64, publisher's catalogue including index]; engraved frontispiece to both volumes, 17 plates in various techniques (retaining tissue guards), 2 folding panoramas, 9 folding maps and plans in up to three colours; light rubbing to cloth, one map with repairs to folds, otherwise internally very good; ownership inscriptions, dated July, 1897, to half-titles.
First edition, 18th (vol. II) and 19th printing (a few months after the first issue). A magnificently produced and illustrated documentation of over four decades of Great Game, with battle plans of Kandahar, a panorama seen from Kabul, detailed maps, portraits of the Great Gamers, and high-altitude battle scenes, written by an old India hand, who had witnessed the Mutiny and fought in the Second Afghan War. Despite its great popularity, the lessons from this book had apparently not been learned.