SHADBOLT, Sydney Henry. The Afghan Campaigns of 1878-1880, Compiled from Official and Private Sources ... Comprising Historical and Biographical Divisions, and Containing a Rapid Sketch of the War, Maps Illustrating the Operations and the Movements of the Forces, One Hundred and Forty Permanent Photographs of Officers who Lost their Lives in the Campaigns and of Recipients of the Victoria Cross, with Memoirs Prepared from Materials Furnished by their Relations and Surviving Comrades, Summaries of the Movements in the Field of the Various Regiments which Were Engaged, and Separate Records of the Services of Every British Officer who Was Employed in the War. Historical Division [and: Biographical Division]. London,Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, and Rivington, 1882.
Two volumes, large 4to. Original half red hard-grained morocco, gilt, over morocco-grained cloth, spines gilt in compartments, lettered in 2 and with imprint at the foot, others decorated, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers; pp. I: [8 (blank l., half-title, verso blank, title, imprint on verso, contents, verso blank)], 352; II: [6 (half-title, verso blank, title, imprint on verso, contents, verso blank); mounted woodburytype frontispiece of Lieutenant-General Sir F.S. Roberts by the London Stereoscopic Company retaining guard, 20 plates bearing 140 mounted woodburytype portrait vignettes by the London Stereoscopic Company, retaining guards, one folding colour-printed lithographic map by Edward Weller, 5 lithographic maps by Weller, 3 partly coloured by hand; wood-engraved head- and tailpieces and initials, errata slip tipped onto verso of first plate in volume II, 'Now Ready, The South African Campaign, 1879. By S.H. Shadbolt', 4-page publisher's advertisement on an octavo bifolium bound in at the end of volume I; a little rubbed, scuffed and marked, some light spotting, skilfully-repaired tear on folding map, leaf bearing frontispiece slightly cockled, otherwise a very good set.
First edition. The two volumes of this lavishly-produced work are the 'Historical Division', which comprises a 'Sketch of the War' (pp. 1-111), followed by lists of those officers who served in a non-regimental capacity and brief accounts of the deployment of the various regiments which served in the Afghan campaigns, and the 'Biographical Division' contains plates of oval vignette portraits of the officers who lost their lives in the campaigns (plates I-XIX) and biographical notices of them (pp. 1-255) and a plate of oval vignette portraits of those who were awarded the Victoria Cross for acts of valour during the campaigns (plate XX) and corresponding biographical notices (pp. 257-269).