Hake, A. Egmont (Intro. & Notes).


1st ed., 1885. Lxv + 587 pp., frontis-port., + ills., + cold., maps incl. 1 fldg. Rebound in black cloth; gilt title ; original bookplate of Lt. Colonel H. Bonham-Carter, R.E. June 1925, re-laid ; 22 x 14cm. Frontis., re-attached, V.G.+. Early in 1884 Major-General Gordon was asked by the British government to proceed to the Sudan to relieve the garrisons in Egypt which were in rebel territory. A month after he reached Khartoum it was invested by the troops of the Mahdi (Mohammed Ahmed). The siege had lasted five months when a relief expedition was organized in England. In September, the advance up the Nile had begun, and early in November the troops entered the Sudan and the advance guard arrived on 28 January 1885, in the neighbourhood of Khartoum. It was too late. The palace had been taken two days earlier, and Gordon had been murdered on the palace steps. Printed from the original manuscripts and published in the year of his death, here are five journals kept by Major-General Gordon between September 10th and December 14th, 1884. They provide a most valuable first-hand insight into events from the pen of the most authoritative man to write about them. The journals are accompanied by 30 illustrations also by General Gordon.

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