ROBERTS, Frederick, Field-Marshall Lord, of Kandahar. Forty-One Years In India. From Subaltern to Commander-in-Chief. London, Richard Bentley And Son, 1897.
Two volumes, 8vo. Original publisher's dark blue cloth, spines lettered in gilt, covers decorated in gilt and blind, patterned endpapers; pp. xx, 511; xiv, , 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; very light marking to cloth, contemporary ownership inscriptions, dated June, 1897, to half-titles; a very good copy.
First edition, 19th printing (only four months after the first printing on January 2, 1897). A magnificently produced and illustrated documentation of over four decades of Great Game, including the Indian Mutiny, with battle plans of Delhi (siege of 1857), Kandahar, views, 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. Roberts' immense popularity was based on his ability to work with local fighters as equals, respect their traditions and leading by example as a good soldier and horseman. Despite its great popularity the lessons from this book were apparently not learned.