[LINDLEY, Augustus Frederick]
Ti-Ping Tien-Kwoh; The History of the Ti-Ping Revolution, including a Narrative of the Author's Personal Adventures
London: Day & Son, 1866. 2 volumes, 8vo. (10 1/8 x 6 1/2 inches). xvii, , 424; vii, , 425-842, pp. 19 tinted lithographed or chromolithographed views and plates (one folding), 2 folding maps.
Publisher's purple cloth, upper covers pictorially stamped in gilt, spine gilt, minor discoloration of one cover
First edition of an important first-hand account of the Taiping revolution.
In 1863, aged only twenty, Lindley resigned from the British merchant navy to fight on the side of the Taiping peasant rebels along with several other foreign volunteers. He engaged in the dramatic capture of one of Britain's best Yangzi gunships, the Firefly, which was handed to the Taiping leaders. Not listed in Cordier, Bibliotheca Sinica or Lowendahl.