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JACK, [Lieut. Col. Alexander].
Six Views of Kot Kangra and the surrounding Country.

London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1847.
Abbey Travel II 473; not in Tooley. Bobins 258.
London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1847.

First edition. Large folio, tinted lithographed pictorial title, letterpress dedication and a leaf of descriptive text, 6 hand-coloured lithographed plates by G. Childs, J. Picken, T.S. Boys, and W. Walton after Jack, some heightened with gum Arabic, loose as issued, in modern morocco-backed marble boards, morocco labeling piece gilt on upper board. Alexander Jack of the Bengal Infantry was present at the battle of Aliwal and acted as Brigadier of the force sent against the fort at Kangra in the Punjab. He was commended for bringing up his 18-pounder guns which he had been advised to leave behind. The march was said, “to reflect everlasting credit on the Bengal artillery” (DNB). He was to die during the Cawnpore Mutiny with most of his men. Kot Kangara is the most robust and most important of the hill-forts in the Jalindhur Doab, and its capture by Brig. Wheeler was the bloodless achievement that closed the glorious campaign of the Sutlej...It is a beautiful and fertile country and is regarded as the "Cashmere of the Punjab." Coloured plates in order: Title page. 1. Crossing the River Beeas. 2. Crossing the River Guj. 3. Showing part of the road by which guns were taken up above the town of Milkera. 4. View of the mountains around Kot Kangra. 5. Gilt temple in the town of Mulkera. 6. Fortress of Kot Kandra.