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Bengal   11 Books
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BIRDWOOD (FM Lord) Khaki & Gown: An Autobiography. 1st Ed., 456pp., portrait frontis., 16 plates, 5 maps. Ward, Lock & Co. 1941  #53128
GOC ANZAC Corps 1915-18, much on Gallipoli & France. Earlier in the XI Bengal Lancers: Black Mountain, Tirah, Mohmand, Boer War, &c. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, worn ex-circ. lib. but sound reading copy.   £10
CUNNINGHAM (Lt.-Col. D.D., CIE) Plagues & Pleasures of Life in Bengal. 1st Ed., xi+385pp., 30 plates. Murray. 1907  #52861
[HLMainPic] The author's interest in natural history, developed during his service in India, resulted in this survey of "The smaller inmates of houses & garden" - that is to say, wasps & bees, ants, mosquitos, crabs & leeches & much more; also a section on the seasonal changes in a Bengal garden. Orig. green cloth, gilt, VG. See illustration on our website.   £30
INNES (Lt.-Col. P.R.) History of the Bengal European Regiment now the Royal Munster Fusiliers & How it Helped to win India. 2nd Ed., viii+574pp., col. frontis., 6 maps. Simkin, Marshall. 1885  #49544
[HLMainPic] Detailed history 1756-1858, inc. Sikh Wars & the Mutiny. Officers' roll &c. Perkins 385 notes that the only change from the 1st Ed., issued the same year, was the addition of a leaf of press reviews at the rear. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, little rubbed & worn (esp. at head & tail of sp.), rear inner joint with paper repair o/w VG. See illustration on our website.   £75
MACKENZIE (Col. A.R.D., CB) Mutiny Memoirs Being Personal Reminiscences of the Great Sepoy Revolt of 1857. 2nd Ed., [ix]+211+iv+iipp., frontis., 5 plates. Allahabad: Pioneer Press. 1892  #57616
[HLMainPic] Mackenzie was a subaltern with the 3rd Bengal Light Cavalry at Meerut on the outbreak of the Mutiny & was later in the Siege of Delhi & Relief of Lucknow (with other irregular cavalry regiments). Atmospheric account that first appeared in the columns of the Pioneer newspaper. The first edition was published in 1891 & both editions are rare. Contemp. black half morocco, little rubbed & worn, generally VG & rare. See illustration on our website.   £225
MCCANCE (Capt. S.) History of the Royal Munster Fusiliers. Vol. I: 1652-1860. 1st Ed., [xvi]+254pp., 4to, 5 col. plates, 31 b/w illus., 20 fldg. maps. Aldershot: G&P. 1927  #47985
[HLMainPic] Superb history. Raised as the Bengal Europeans, the regt. saw extensive service in India inc. Bhurtpore, Afghan & Sikh Wars, all of which are covered in good detail, also Burma 1852 & Indian Mutiny. Excellent orig. blue cloth, gilt, bevelled boards, near fine & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £145
MOORE (Charles) The Sheriffs of Fort William from 1775 to 1926: Their Dealings with some of the Judges of the East India Company; The old Jail at Calcutta; Jurors, Constables, Public Meetings; Early Municipal Elections, Doctors, Attorneys, Merchants, Barristers & other matters relating to the city of Calcutta during the past century. 2nd Ed., ix+516pp., approx. 30 portraits & other plates. Calcutta: Thacker, Spink & Co. 1926  #57249
[HLMainPic] Detailed work on policing, jails, administration of the law &c., in Calcutta & Bengal based on the "mass of documents... accumulated in the Sheriff's Office, which reveals, at first hand, much that may be of interest..." Orig. brown cloth, gilt, minor wear, VG. See illustration on our website.   £95
SANDHU (Maj.-Gen. G.S., PVSM) I Serve: Saga of the The Eighteenth Cavalry. 1st Ed., [xiii]+265pp., 19 col. & num. b/w illus. (inc. portraits), maps. VG in dw. Delhi: Lancer International. 1991  #57636
[HLMainPic] Bengal Lancers (formerly 6th KEO Cavalry & 7th Hariana Lancers) inc. WW1 Western Front, Mespot. & Palestine, WW2 Western Desert, Jammu & Kashmir 1965, 1971 &c. Now scarce. See illustration on our website.   £75
THORNTON (T.H., CSI) Colonel Sir Robert Sandeman: His Life & Work on Our Indian Frontier. A Memoir with Selections from His Correspondence & Official Writings. 1st Ed., [xxiv]+392pp., portrait frontis., 16 plates, fldg. map. Murray. 1895  #50139
[HLMainPic] Bengal Infantry 1856, later Probyn's Horse. Mutiny, Frontier Campaigns &c. Governor-General's Agent in Baluchistan 1877-92 whose "hold over the tribes became quite astonishing" & who introduced the Forward Policy of rule through influence rather than non-interferance. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, lottle worn, about VG. See illustration on our website.   £120
TYNDALE-BISCOE (Maj. A.S., RHA) The Sketch of the History of "F" Battery Royal Horse Artillery: Former Titles 1st Troop, 1st Brigade, Bengal Horse Artillery; 'A' Battery, 2nd Royal Horse Brigade; 'A' Battery, 'B' Brigade, Royal Horse Artillery. Compiled from Notes by Maj.-Gen. F.W. Stubbs, & from Battery Records by Maj. A.S. Tyndale-Biscoe, RHA.1st Ed., [iv]+64pp., 5 illus. Spottiswoode & Co. 1905  #55674
[HLMainPic] Mahratta Wars, Burma 1824-26, Afghan & Sikh Wars, Indian Mutiny, NWF 1897,. List of officers who served in the Battery 1801-1905. A revised edition was published in 1932. Orig. red cloth, VG. See illustration on our website.   £35
WILKINSON (Maj.-Gen. O., CB) & WILKINSON (Maj.-Gen. J.) The Memoirs of the Gemini Generals: Personal Anecdotes. Sporting Adventures, & Sketches of Distinguished Officers. 1st Ed., xii+441pp. Innes & Co. 1896  #53893
[HLMainPic] Twin brothers' memoirs: Osborn (Bengal Cavalry, Sikh Wars, NWF, Mutiny & 2nd Afghan War) & Johnson (15th Ft., Ceylon Rebellion 1848 &c.), together with short biogs. of 30 of their contemporaries. Orig. maroon cloth, gilt, VG. See illustration on our website.   £45

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