Title: Les Militaires Chretiens a la prise de Sebastopol, 1874
Author: Beau Jeune
Publisher: A Versailles, Chez L’edditeur Beau Jne
A late 19th century edition of Jeune’s work on the Christian soldiers in the capture of Sebastopol, focusing on the great siege of Sebastopol, one of the greatest sieges of the Victorian era, and the cumulation of the Crimean War. As the might of the once great Ottoman Empire slowly declined with the turn of the 19th century, the surrounding powers refused to allow Russia to encroach upon new territories and powers, while at the same time advocating for the rights of Christian minorities in the Holy Land. Thus, an alliance was formed between the Ottomans, the French, British, and Sardinians against the armies of Tsar Nicholas I and the Russian Empire, ending in the latter’s humiliating defeat.
This edition is bound in a richly decorated and ornate cartonnage binding of the period, adorned with golden gilt set against blue and white, with gilt flowers at the center.
One richly decorated cartonnage volume in 12mo, 264 pages
On note of condition this volume is in good shape, with rubbing and wear to the corners. The binding has worn down, with the gilt decoration peeled and faded in numerous spots. There is minor foxing and staining throughout.