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The Story of the Malakand Field Force. An Episode of Frontier War, 1st edition, 2nd state, Longmans, Green, and Co., 1898,
half-tone frontispiece, 2 folding colour maps, 4 sketch-maps, errata slip tipped to p. 1 (indicating second state), 32 pp. publisher's catalogue dated '12/97' to rear, very faint mark to p. 1, a few small spots to edges very occasionally appearing in margins, original green cloth, a bright copy, 8vo, together with a contemporary pen-and-ink sketch of the Malakand Pass (spotted, 11.5 x 18 cm), and 1 albumen and 4 silver gelatin print photographs of native troops and a British officer, identified in manuscript captions versos or on mounts as the 30th Punjab Native Infantry and a Colonel O'Bryen (see note), some chipping, photographs including 2 large group portraits mounted on card (approximate dimensions 22 x 28 cm)
Woods A1(a). A bright copy of Churchill's first book, accompanied by a collection of contemporary photographs apparently depicting Lieutenant-Colonel James Loughan O'Bryen of the 31st Punjab Infantry (not the 30th regiment as indicated by the captions), whose death in action on 2 October is described by Churchill at pp. 245-6. Provenance: acquired by the vendor from a descendant of O'Bryen circa 2010.