General Peter Lumsden’s copy of the The History of the Indian Revolt 1859


The History of the Indian Revolt and of the Expeditions to Persia, China, and Japan 1856 – 57 – 58. W & R Chambers [London] 1859, 1st large 8vo [10¼ x 7 ins].

4 maps [2 double page], numerous wood engraving illustrations throughout text, viii, 634pp. Roughly contemporary half leather gilt with marbled paper covered boards, minor wear but a very sound copy, armorial bookplate P. S. Lumsden  to front pastedown.  A standard work, which was very popular at the time as an accessible account but this one has good associations. Although we have been selling a large archive of Lumsden’s papers, photographs, books, etc this is the only example we have come across with his bookplate. feb6/4 SOLD 18th March 2023

General Sir Peter Stark Lumsden, G.C.B., C.S.I.. A.D.C. [1829-1918] had a very distinguished career in India, China, and Afghanistan and was the author of the standard work on his brother’s regiment Lumsden of the Guides. He joined the Bngal Army in 1847 and first saw action on the N.W.F. in 1851. In 1857 he was on a special mission to Kandahar and served in the China War with Napier. He rose to be Cheif of the Staff in India in 1870 and headed the British Commission for the Demarkation of the N. W. Boundary of Afghanistan 1884-5.