Lot 24: Eyre (Lieutenant Vincent)



2015-09-09 13:53:15

Lot 24: Eyre (Lieutenant Vincent). Portraits of the Cabul Prisoners, [1843], 32 lithographed plates, including one folding (with small clear tape repair), each with printed caption, a few shaved affecting imprint, bound without the plates list, press cuttings tipped-in at front, with a 3 pp. autograph letter signed from E. Eyre (Emily Eyre, wife of Vincent), dated 11 July 1843, correcting some correspondence, contemporary tree calf gilt, rubbed and stained patch to upper cover, 8vo, together with The Military Operations at Cabul, which Ended in the Retreat and Destruction of the British Army, January 1842. With a Journal of Imprisonment in Affghanistan, by Vincent Eyre, 3rd ed., 1843, folding map (folds repaired to verso), some light spotting, previous owner inscription erased from head of title, manuscript note to front endpaper: "From W.S. Trevor, Major Gen. R.E. V.C. one of the captive children, to his daughter Florence, 14 Nov. 1903", contemporary tree calf as above, plus A Journal of the Distasters in Affghanistan 1841-2, by Lady Sale, seventh thousand, 1843, folding plans, publisher's list at end, press cuttings taped to front endpaper, contemporary tree calf gilt, 8vo. Interesting group relating to the British prisoners at Kabul captured during the first Afghan War of 1839-42. During the retreat from Kabul in January 1842, Lieutenant Eyre, his wife and a few other officers and families were captured by Akbar Khan and taken as hostages (the rest of the column was subsequently destroyed). They spent nine months in captivity (Eyre kept a diary and sketched the portraits of his fellow prisoners) before being rescued by General Sir George Pollock's relief force. William Spottiswoode Trevor (1831-1907) was ten years old when his father, Captain R.S. Trevor, was killed in Kabul and the Trevor family imprisoned with the others. William Trevor later won a VC in an action during the Bhutan War of 1864-65. (3) Dominic Winter's Printed Books and Maps Auction September 2015 Wednesday, 16th September 2015 Estimate: £400-600
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