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RUSKIN (John) Comp. Bibliotheca Pastorum. Vol. IV. A Knight's Faith: Passages in the Life of Sir Herbert Edwardes. 1st Ed., ix+250pp. Orpington, Kent: George Allen. 1885  #62272
[HLMainPic] Ruskin's distillation of Edwardes's "A Year on the Punjab Frontier" (2 vols., 1851), which described Edwardes's important role in the defeat of the governor of Multan, Diwan Mulraj. "The following pages are in substance little more than grouped extracts of some deeply interesting passages in the narrative published… in 1851, of his military operations in the Punjaub during the winter of 1848-1849. The vital significance of that campaign was not felt at the time by the British public, nor was the character of the commanding officer rightly understood. This was partly in consequence of his being compelled to encumber his accounts… by extracts from official documents; & partly because his diary could not, in the time at his disposal, be reduced to a clearly arranged and easily intelligible narrative." Ruskin's abstract "reduced the events preceding the battle of Kineyree [18 June 1848] within the compass of an ordinary lecture… but in preparing this for publication, it seemed to me that in our present relations with Afghanistan, the reader might wish to hear the story in fuller detail, and might perhaps learn some things from it not to his hurt." (Preface). Attractive near contemp. half green morocco, raised bands to gilt dec. sp., marbled paper covd. boards, VG & a nice example. See illustration on our website.   £75


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