Life of General Gordon.

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General Gordon (1833-1885) fought in many wars, including the Crimea and China. When a serious revolt broke out in the Sudan, led by a Muslim reformer and self-proclaimed Mahdi, Gordon was sent to Khartoum with instructions to secure the evacuation of loyal soldiers and civilians, and depart with them. After evacuating about 2,500 British civilians he retained a smaller group of soldiers and non-military men. Besieged by the Mahdi’s forces, Gordon organized a city-wide defence lasting almost a year that gained him the admiration of the British public, but not the government, which had not wished to become entrenched. Only when public pressure to act became too great did the government finally reluctantly send a relief force. However it arrived two days too late, after the city had fallen and Gordon had been killed.

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H/b in the original illustrated boards.intact but in a rather shabby state,some damage to front hinge,plus top and bottom of spine,corners bumped stained, marked and dirty.Size 8×5 pp 8+369,inc adverts,no plates only portrait of subject,.decorations to chapter headings.Hinges cracking and weak.Binding fair but cracking in places.e/p’s and prelims dirty,some marks an smudges in the textblock, and some damage to some of the leaves.Otherwise intact and stable for its age. A poor–good copy.

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