With Lord Stratford in the Crimean War (Signed copy)
Inscribed by James Henry Skene, aide to Stratford Canning, British Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire
First edition, hardback bound in the original green cloth with gilt titling to spine and armorial crest to upper board. 23 × 14.5cm, iv + 352pp.
Inscribed by the author verso the ffep, "The Lady Greathead with the author's kind regards"
James Henry Skene (1812–1886) was an author, traveller and British Consul at Aleppo from March 1855 to 1880. He had served on the Staff of the British Army through the Crimean War, and was appointed British vice-consul in Constantinople where he had worked for Lord Stratford, the British Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire. This is a fascinating view of the war from a diplomat's view.
A good copy. The green cloth is rubbed with some creasing to the head of the spine. The front hinge is cracked but still holding, the rear hinge less so. The pages are foxed throughout and the inner binding is pulled in places. However, the book remains in good readable condition and is a scarce title to find signed.