Sketches in the Soudan
Sketches in the Soudan
Sketches in the Soudan

VERNER, Captain Willoughby. Sketches in the Soudan.

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VERNER, Captain Willoughby. Sketches in the Soudan. London, R.H. Porter, 6 Tenterden Street, W., 1885.

Oblong folio. Contemporary full maroon morocco; raised bands on the re-backed spine, ruled and ornamented in gilt; front board lettered in gilt; bevelled edges; all edges gilt; marbled endpapers; unpaginated, with a lithographic frontispiece half-title, replicating the illustration on the original upper board, a list of subscribers, preface, contents, and 37 tinted lithographs by J.G. Keulemans after the author's original sketches, and one tinted lithographic map, all with accompanying text on opposite leaves; bookplate to paste-down, Provenance: that of Commander Robert N. Hamond, friend of Captain Robert Fitz-Roy of the 1831-36 Second Expedition on the Beagle, Hamond is present on the list of subscribers found at the beginning of the text; light rubbing to extremities; indentations to upper board; repaired tear to front fly-leaf; light spotting here and there as well as light offsetting from plates, but plates themselves bright and clean; a very good copy.
First edition. 'The following pages lay no claim to be a history of the Nile Expedition of 1884-5; they are simply taken from my diary and sketch-book, and retail my own personal experiences. For this reason, I have made the briefest allusion to events in which I did not take part (Preface). Verner, of the 3rd Battalion Rifle Brigade, was selected in September 1884 'to proceed to Egypt in charge of Nile boats'. In this way he took part in the attempted relief of Gordon at Khartoum, of which the Sketches forms a forcefully illustrated personal recollection.
Ibrahim-Hilmy II.307.

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