EIGHTEEN YEARS IN THE KHYBER (1879-1898), by Robert Warburton - 1900 [1st Ed]


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Eighteen Years in the Khyber 1879-1898

by Robert Warburton 

FIRST EDITION. London: John Murray, Albemarle Street, 1900.

Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD condition.

  • Antiquarian binding features green cloth covers with black illustration (rifle) on front cover, as well as gilt lettering and filigree on rounded spine.
  • Volume displays gentle commensurate aging and wear overall.
  • Covers exhibit overall rubbing, and fading along edges, as well as bumping to corners, where boards are exposed.
  • Boards also display light occasional bumping, more to head edge of back board, with a strong bump to head corner of back. (See photos)
  • Shoulders are mostly cracked.
  • Spine is notably sunned, with frayed ends and shoulders, and shows some evidence of glue repair at foot. Foot corner of spine along back shoulder has a bump with a 1.25" mended tear into cloth, that goes across corner. (See photos)
  • Binding is overall secure, yet occasionally makes cracking sounds upon opening book. 
  • Endpapers display commensurate toning as well as some foxing. Front endpaper shows a signature from previous owner. (See photos)
  • Frontispiece is gently toned, and well preserved behind intact tissue guard that shows a dark offset. (See photos)
  • Title page is gently toned displaying minor foxing.
  • Illustrations are well preserved with gentle toning and light marginal foxing for most. (See photos)
  • Map at end of volume displays gentle overall toning, and has been mended with tape along four tears:
    • one 2.75" tear along middle left fold, minimally going into illustration;
    • a 4" tear descending from head edge, going 3" into illustration;
    • a 0.75" tear descending from head edge, not affecting illustration;
    • a 1" x 1.75" area into left of illustration. (See photos)
  • Map also displays some tears that are not mended, including a 1.75" tear going 0.75" into illustration along a fold from foot edge, and a 2.75" tear on blank part near gutter. 
  • Map shows some minimal stains from tape along edges.
  • Interior is gently age-toned exhibiting varying degrees of foxing: 
    • most pages are mostly free of foxing, with minimal marginal foxing and tiny smudges in margins;
    • some pages display light marginal foxing;
    • some pages in center of book show significant, darker marginal foxing occasionally going into text. (See photos)
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks. 
  • Text block edges are deckled, and display commensurate aging with foxing.
  • Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
  • SC20191204

351 pages. 6 x 9.25 inches.

Antiquarian binding features green covers with black illustration on front, as well as gilt lettering and simple filigree on rounded spine. Book features a portrait frontispiece as well as B&W photographic plates throughout. Features 17 illustrations and a fold-out map.

This is an autobiographical account of the events that took place between 1879 and 1898 in India, in the region then known as the Khyber. One of the most important posts in India during British rule, the Khyber pass was a strategic military area as well as a trade route between Central Asia and the Indian subcontinent. The author recounts with accuracy and honesty a story that is emblematic in the history of British rule in India, and adds to the fascinating narration of the military aspects, that of the daily worries and anxiety experienced in the guardianship of the most important post entrusted to him during his career.

Includes a preface and an introduction, as well as a table of contents with a list of illustrations. 

PROVENANCE: illustrated bookplate on front pastedown.

EDITION POINTS: First Edition.

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