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Guide for Mutiny tourists

MacCrea, R. Key to the tablets in the Memorial Church, Cawnpore, 1857. Calcutta [Thacker, Spink, & Co.] [1894]
8vo (23 x 14 cm), pp.[vi], ix, [1, blank], (5)-107, [1], with 15 plates. Bound in modern half calf over marbled boards. Small section torn from title, preface leaf with a long tear, partially detached, with remnants of an earlier tape repair. Initial leaves chipped and loosened. Majority of text block brittle but undamaged.
We locate one copy at the British Library.

A relic of Victorian "Mutiny pilgrimages" to the bloodiest sites of the 1857 mutiny, this book provides both a guide to the names of inscribed on the tablets of the Memorial Church at Cawnpore erected on the site on General Wheeler's stand at Cawnpore, and a guidebook to the principal sites of the massacres, such as the well and the slaughterhouse, now repurposed as memorials to the British dead. The manner in which each of the British casualties died is described, where known, in varying degrees of ghoulish detail, and a potted history of the events leading up to the massacres, and the principal actors, such as Wheeler and Canning, is provided, with copious references to other sources. The last plate depicts a Masonic inscription found in one of the rooms of the entrenchment, together with contemporary correspondence around its ambiguous meaning. The survival account of Amy (Amelia Anne) Horne, dated 1893, is printed as part of the text. The final page advertises a souvenir set of facsimiles of the Memorial Church's fourteen tablets, available mounted on card for 6 rupees or framed and glazed for 12 rupees. This a worn and fragile copy of a very rare book.