New York: John B. Alden, Publisher, . 1st US edition thus, i.e., by this publisher. 215, [1 (blank)] pp. Frontis. 12mo. 7-1/4" x 4-3/4". Original publisher's terra cotta cloth binding with gilt stamped lettering/cover device. Square & tight with bright gilt to front cover. Spine ever so slightly darkened. Institutional bookplate on front paste-down & prior owner signature to ffep. Withal, a pleasing VG+ copy. Item #13856.2
"Major General Charles George Gordon CB (28 January 1833 – 26 January 1885), also known as Chinese Gordon, Gordon Pasha, and Gordon of Khartoum, was a British Army officer and administrator. He saw action in the Crimean War as an officer in the British Army. But he made his military reputation in China, where he was placed in command of the "Ever Victorious Army," a force of Chinese soldiers led by European officers. In the early 1860s, Gordon and his men were instrumental in putting down the Taiping Rebellion, regularly defeating much larger forces. For these accomplishments, he was given the nickname "Chinese Gordon" and honours from both the Emperor of China and the British." [Wiki].