A Journal of the Disasters in Afghanistan, 1841-2. Lady Sale.
A Journal of the Disasters in Afghanistan, 1841-2

A Journal of the Disasters in Afghanistan, 1841-2

London: John Murray, 1843. First edition. Hardcover. 8vo. [5], vi-xvi, [1], 2-451, [1], [1], 2-12, [4] pp. Three-quarter later red morocco over red cloth, spine in six compartments, lettered in gold; top edge gilt. Bound by Sangorski and Sutcliffe. Illustrated by a full-page map and a fold-out map in the rear. Includes a contemporary advertisement for Lieut. Eyre's Sketches in Afghanistan, Portraits of the Cabul Prisoners, noting "the plates will be published so as to bind up with Lady Sale's or Lieut. Eyre's Journals, and the Price will not exceed one guinea". Oxford DNB, James Lunt, "Sale, Sir Robert Henry". Lady Florentia Sale was married to Robert Henry Sale in 1809. Robert Sale would become a general for the British Army, and Lady Sale would follow him across the world, to each new posting General Sale received. Lady Sale, her youngest daughter Alexandrina, Alexandrina's husband, and baby daughter spent nine months as hostages of Afghan leaders, leaders who were carrying out the uprising against the British occupation of Kabul. The hostages, including Lady Sale, were attacked by the Afghan leaders, with Lady Sale's son-in-law losing his life. He was the only hostage to receive a proper burial (at the behest of Lady Sale herself). The surviving hostages were able to bribe their prison-guard, and fled to the mountains to meet General Sale's forces. Her journal records her time spent as a hostage, the harsh conditions of their captivity, and her critical observations of the British Army's actions in the First Anglo-Afghan War. Her book was well-received in England, and she is praised for her courage: "Lady Sale became the heroine of the hour, renowned for her courage. She was a woman of character and unafraid of speaking her mind". Lady Sale died in 1853, in Cape Town, traveling from her home in India to the Cape of Good Hope. A beautifully bound copy of a woman's bold narrative of her own captivity, and how she saw the crisis as it unfolded around her. Near Fine. Item #00009337

A Near Fine book with a spot or two of foxing to the advertisement tipped in, and the two leaves following it.

Price: $800.00