Well illustrated Military Reminiscences by Colonel Welsh, 2 volumes 1830

£275.00

Welsh, Colonel James: Military Reminiscences; extracted from a Journal of nearly forty years Active Service in the East Indies. Smith Elder, and Co, [London] 1830 1st edition 8vo 2 volumes/

Vol I: 42 illustrations [maps & plans, full plates and text sketches], xiv, 354pp; vol II: Illustrations 43-91 including three folding plates of panoramic style, 347pp. All illustrations correct as listed. Modern quarter polished calf gilt with black title labels and grey paper covered boards, fine and perfectly sound. The contents are generally very clean, offsetting to title page & frontis of volume II, no previous ownership marks apart from an interesting contemporary signature to the half titles H Hatherley 1834 [see footnote]. There are two pencil notes to margins suggesting the owner had specific information about events. A good set of this interesting title by an officer on the Madras establishment of the Company. James Welsh [1775-186] joined the Madras Army in 1791, at the siege of Pondicherry, capture of Ceylon, with Wellesley in the Mahratta Wars and in several other actions. He eventually commanded the Northern Division of the Madras force, retiring with the rank of General. The introduction to the book is dated Cheltenham June 18th 1830 when he must have been on furlough.   mar25/1

The signature is not absolutely certain but appears to be that of N Henry Hatherley who appears in the the 1830 East India Register as Lieutenant Colonel of the 27th Madras NI based at Belllary.

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