William Blackwood, 1st ed., 1855. Xv + 339 (+16) pp., cold., lithograph frontis., guarded, + 8 other lithograph & chromolithographic plates : 3 cold., (and 1 fldg.,) + 5 tinted (with 1 fldg.,) + a fldg., map. Re-backed with new spine & e.p.’s but retaining the original red cloth boards with their blind decorative tooling ; gilt to spine ; 23 x 15cm. A little typical rubbing to edges of covers ; sporadic foxing with one plate and adjoining page more notably affected than the rest of the book o/w V.G. Originally published in Blackwood’s Magazine, the author sent Blackwood’s a series of letters from the Crimea which gave a striking portrayal of the siege and were subsequently published here in book form. Chapter headings are as follows : The Rendezvous. The Movement to the Crimea. First Operations in the Crimea. Battle of the Alma. The Battle-Field. The Katcha and the Balbek. The Flank March. Occupation of Balaklava. The Position before Sebastopol. Commencement of the Siege. Attack on Balaklava. First Action of Inkermann. Battle of Inkermann. Winter on the Plains. Circumspective. Hospitals on the Bosporus. Exculpatory. Progress of the Siege. The Burial Truce. View of the Works. The Second Cannonade. Subsequent Operations. The Position Extended. Assault of the Mamelon and Quarries. The Conferences and Debates. Attack of the Malakhoff and Redan. Progress of the Siege. Battle of the Traktir Bridge. A Crisis in the Campaign. The General Assault. The Last Hours of Sebastopol. A Retrospect. A feature of this book is the nine lithographic plates, four of which are lavishly coloured, and there is also a folding map.