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WARE (J. Redding) & MANN (R.K.) The Life & Times of Colonel Fred Burnaby, Late Colonel-Commanding Royal Horse Guards - Blues. 1st Ed., [vii]+362pp., portrait frontis. Field & Tuer, The Leadenhall Press. nd (c.1887).  #57729
[HLMainPic] Scarce memoir of Col. Frederick Gustavus Burnaby (1842–1885). An Army officer & voyager, commissioned in the Horse Guards in 1859 but finding no opportunities for active service contrived to accompany Carlist forces in Spain as 'Times' correspondent in 1874; then travelled across Europe and Central Asia, earning great fame for his feats of exploration & intelligence gathering; took an early interest in aerial ballooning, spoke several foreign languages fluently, stood for parliament twice, & was much admired & feted in London Society. Yet he had still no experience with the British Army on campaigns, so went to Egypt for the Suakin campaign 1884 without official leave; there acted as Intelligence Officer to Gen. Valentine Baker & wounded at El Teb. In a similar capacity he accompanied Wolseley in the 1885 Nile expedition, when he was killed in hand-to-hand fighting at Abu Klea. Orig. olive green cloth, minor wear, one or two sections becoming loose, o/w VG with family inscrip on tp: "Eulalia E. Burnaby fr. her affec. Cousin Annie (indecipherable surname) Feb. 1887." Plus receipt for pharmaceutical supplies to a Capt. Burnaby, dated 1899, & a related note loosely inserted. See illustration on our website.   £125

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