Eyewitness account of the British expedition
An Account of the last mission and death of Thomas William Bowlby.
Compiled from records collected by his son. London printed for Private Circulation only 1906
First edition. 8vo (22 x 14.5 cm), pp. [vi], 406, [1, colophon], [1, blank]; two photographic portraits, one folding map. Contemporary half calf. Gilt on spine rubbed.
We locate a single copy at Harvard.
Thomas Bowlby was special correspondent to The Times with the British Expedition to China. While acting in that capacity, he was, with others, taken prisoner by the Chinese on the 18th September 1860, and died in captivity about a week later, after much suffering. This volume provides his diary from the 26th April to the 16th September 1860, his letters as special correspondent, which appeared in the Times, and private letters relating to some of the incidents of the expedition. The portraits are of Thomas Bowlby and Mrs Bowlby respectively, and the map is of the taking of the Taku forts.