Scenes in a Soldier's Life


001632 Longman and Company London 1860 Third Edition 16mo - over 5¾" - 6¾" tall Half-Leather Very Good Sub-titled "A Connected Narrative of The Principal Military Events in Scinde, Beeloochistan, and Afghanistan, During 1839, 1840, 1841, 1842 and 1843, Under Generals Lord Keane, Brooks, Sir E. Sale, Wiltshire, Pollock, Nott, England, M'Caskill, and Sir C. Napier." An eyewitness account of the First Afghan War, and as the author calls it "a soldier's simple Tale". Half red leather with marbled boards, gilt ruling, raised bands, gilt titles and decorations to spine, marbled edges and eps, 390pp. Flyleaf inscribed "To The Hon...ble G.S. Coppin MLC, with the best wishes of The Author, J.H.Wilton Melbourne 16 Feb 1861" George Coppin was a well-known figure in Australia at the time, as witness the following extract from "The Silent Showman - Sir George Tallis" by Michael & Joan Tallis (Wakefield Press, 1999) " One early great impresario was the amazing George Selth Coppin, sometimes called the father of Australian theatre. ......................He was in turn, and often at once, actor, theatre builder and manager, hotelier, politician, philanthropist and entrepreneur, importing stars, spectacles and pantomimes,and mounting lavish shows. always a visionary and gambler, he made and squandered riches with equal abandon. No move that Coppin made in his startling life was more consequential than his decision in 1873 to bring to Australia the American husband-and-wife acting team of James Cassius Williamson and Maggie Moore." Williamson went on to found the Australian entertainment empire J.C.Williamson Theatres. Corners worn, edges rubbed, with some rubbing also of the marbling to front and back covers, binding sound & tight. Scarce. $950.00AUD
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