Afghanistan [manuscript, C. 1840]..
Bound in half calf over marbled boards; spine rebacked in compartments with gilt bands and title. Hand written title label, Afghanistan on front board. Ink manuscript written on rectos of 16 leaves with a further 60 blank, with 2 leaves loosely inserted, one worn and sunned at edges. A very good copy.
4to MANUSCRIPT. 9 x 11 inches. 16 bound leaves of script over 18 pages (2 blank). Text in double columns.
Illustrated by sketch of figure on first page and by 5 heads on rear pastedown.
The manuscript is the work of Sir John William Kaye (1814-76), a leading military historian of British India and civil servant. He served as an officer in the Bengal Artillery and was transferred from the East India Company to the India Office when the government of India was reorganised. The content consists of early drafts of the 1851 first edition of his History of the War in Afghanistan and some transcriptions of source material used in the preparation of the work, including Elphinstone's Kingdom of Caubul of 1815. The manuscript text is discussed in much greater detail in the print out which accompanies this work.
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