An Account of the Last Mission and Death of Thomas William Bowlby: Compiled from Records collected by his son.
Published in London and Printed for Private Circulation only First Edition 1906. 1906. First edition hard back binding in original half navy leather, worn and faded gilt lettering between five raised bands to the spine, navy cloth boards, top edge gilt, navy marble end papers. 8vo. 9'' x 6''. Contains [vi], 406 printed pages of text, [1, colophon], [1, blank]; two monochrome mounted photographic portraits; one of Thomas Bowlby and one of Mrs. Bowlby, one single-sided folding map showing the plan of the country in the neighbourhood of the Taku Forts. Thomas Bowlby was special correspondent to The Times with the British Expedition to China. While acting in that capacity, he was, with others, taken prisoner by the Chinese on the 18th September 1860, and died in captivity about a week later, after much suffering. This volume contains his diary from the 26th April to the 16th September 1860, his letters as special correspondent which appeared in The Times, and private letters relating to some of the incidents of the expedition, namely: Extracts from Mr. H. B. Loch's narrative; Extract from General Sir Hope Grant's Correspondence; Leading articles and correspondence from 'The Times'; Extracts from Private Letters; and a poem by Tom Taylor 'Bowlby of 'The Times'. Apparently unrecorded and not listed among the sources for Thomas Bowlby's biography in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biographies, which notes that his 'China dispatches were informative and popular with readers of The Times'. Rubbing to the edges and corners of the leather covers, slight cracking to the outside bottom third of the front hinge, this does not show internally which is in near Fine condition.
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