Books from the Library of Peter Duckers

Date of Auction: 8th May 2019

Sold for £240

Estimate: £80 - £100

The Abridged Official History of the Afghan War 1878-80, by Major F. G. Cardew, John Murray, London 1908, 734pp., with pull-out maps and index, hardback, some wear to covers but otherwise good condition £80-£100


The six-volume official history of the campaign, compiled by Major-General C. Macgregor and Major F. G. Cardew was suppressed on the grounds that it contained ‘restricted’ information and was never officially published, though (rare) odd proof volumes sometimes appear. This “abridged” version was prepared by Cardew and is superbly detailed and thorough and the best single volume of the campaign by far.