London: Hurst and Blackett... 1856. First Edition. Hardcover. Two volumes (complete), octavo size, 655 pp. Very good +. Item #20091004
These journals, published at the end of the Crimean War (which lasted for over two years),by George Cavendish Taylor (1827-1889) were his observations on that war, based on "some experience in the subjects"; as a first-hand observer, doubtless students of history and military strategy will find much of interest herein.
Interestingly, a contemporary review by the British publication "The Spectator", was rather disparaging: "[t]here is little new in Mr. Taylor's diary, from his work appearing so late. The correspondence of the daily press has told the story of the siege more consecutively and graphically..." (n.b., from the online version of a Spectator article published March 22, 1856).
From our brief perusal of these pages, it seems the book to be of interest to those who wish to learn more about the average British officer's perspective on some of the peoples and lands which were at war with the then-mighty British Empire, which, in 1856, was not yet at its height but still controlled the fates of millions.
Somewhat scarce, with only one other set online as of this writing and two auction records.
___DESCRIPTION: Half red leather with marbled paper boards, the spine compartments with gilt decorations and rules, brown leather spine labels with gilt lettering for the titles and green leather spine labels with gilt lettering for the volume numbers, all edges speckled red, Ex-Libris on the front pastedowns of Clifford Cyril Scott (see Provenance below), vintage pencil bookseller marks on the verso of the front free endpaper in Volume I ("2 vols 12/6 | 2 vols 10"), "Printed in Great Britain" stamped on the recto of the rear free endpaper in Volume I, and additional vintage pencil bookseller marks on both rear pastedowns ("2 Vols 3.20 set"); small octavo size (7.75" by 5"), pagination: Volume I, [i-iii] iv-viii,  2-322 [Errata] and Volume II, [i-iii] iv,  2-319 [publisher's ad].
___CONDITION: A set that is a bit better than very good, the marbled paper boards with minimal rubbing, the leather still a deep red colour, the corners with minimal rubbing, strong, square text blocks with all hinges solid, the interiors are clean and bright, and other than the Ex-Libris plates free of prior owner markings; some light rubbing to the leather, the top edges of the text blocks have toned to brown, and the paper covering the fore-edges of the board with a few small spots of wear; overall very good plus to near fine.
___PROVENANCE: With the Ex-Libris of Clifford Cyril Scott, who may have been the gentleman of that name mentioned in "The London Gazette" of May 19, 1896, listing him as a member of the 3rd Volunteer Battalion, the Northumberland Fusiliers, marking his promotion to Second Lieutenant in May of 1896.
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