Lot 558India – Punjab – First Hand Account of...

Auction Date: 2/09/2014 at 01pm



India – Punjab – First Hand Account of the Sikh Wars. A Year on The Punjab Frontier in 1848-49 by Major Herbert B Edwardes London Richard Bentley 1st edition 1851. Vol I - xxiii 608 pp. Frontispiece engraved portrait of Edwardes & 4 plates (lacks map). Contents include: Vol II - xiv 734 pp. Colour frontispiece & 2 other colour plates & 2 folding. Major-General Sir Herbert Benjamin Edwardes (1819–1868) was an English administrator soldier and statesman active in the Punjab India. Edwardes served as ADC to Gough during the First Anglo-Sikh War and fought at Mudki on 18 December 1845 where he was wounded and at the final bloody rout of the Sikhs at Sobraon on 10 February 1846. Following the Sikh defeat in the First Anglo-Sikh War (1846–47) the Punjab came to be ruled by a British Resident seated at the historic capital of Lahore supported by a Council of Regency acting for the infant Maharaja Duleep Singh. In 1846 aged 27 Edwardes was appointed by the new British Resident Sir Henry Lawrence as Assistant Resident. He is best known as the “Hero of Multan” for securing the British victory in the Second Anglo-Sikh War. On 22 January 1849 Diwan Mulraj surrendered following negotiations directed by Edwardes. Sir Henry Lawrence praised Edwardes's pivotal role in the war stating that “Since the days of Clive no man had done as Edwardes”

Hammer Price: £600.00

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