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"Ready for Either" Incidents in the Life of a Young Cavalry Officer, by His Mother. 1st Ed. (with Foreword by Brig. G.K. Scott-Moncrieff) viii+140pp., portrait + plate of memorial brass in Greyfriar's Church, Reading, diagram. Simpkin Marshall. nd (c.1910).  #57448
[HLMainPic] Evocative volume printed in memory of Lt. Godfrey Hope Soole, 21st PAVO Cavalry. Mainly Soole's letters from India 1903-08, inc. the Mohmand Campaign 1908 in which he was killed at Umra Killi on 20th May 1908. Nice copy in the superior cushioned calf binding, gilt to front & spine, edges gilt. See illustration on our website.   £75
10th Duke of Cambnridge's Own Lancers (Hodson's Horse).] Nominal Roll of Officers Who Have Served with the Regiment 1857-1912. Reprinted from the Official Army Lists. 1st Ed., [iii]+94pp. Calcutta: Thacker, Spink & Co. 1913  #55473
[HLMainPic] Excellent records up to July 1912 including British & VCOs. Orig. red & blue cloth, gilt, VG. See illustration on our website.   £75
By Authority. Standing Orders for the Native Infantry of the Madras Army. Adjutant General's Office, Fort St. George. [vi]+206pp., diagram of kit layout, one or two fldg. sample forms, + xviipp. index & a leaf at end with musical scores for Fire Alarm calls (bugle, trumpet & drum) & several amendments c.1849-56 neatly pasted in. Madras: Printed & Published by J. Wright at the Commercial Advertiser Press. 1848  #49914
[HLMainPic] Rules & regulations for the Madras Army inc. Preliminary Remarks, Duties of Officers, Native Officers, Adjutant, QM, Native Adjutant, Havildars & other NCOs, Interior Economy, Clothing, Native Festivals &c., Regimental Guards, Parade & Drill, Regimental Schools, Surgeon & Hospital, Courts Martial, Drummers, Fifers & Band, Regimental Lines, Regimental Bazaar, & more. Contemp. qtr. tree calf with black leather sp. label (this chipped with some loss), little rubbed/worn, overall about VG, interesting & rare survival on the Madras Army in pleasing contemp. state. See illustration on our website.   £250
Bylaws of the 6th D.C.O. Lancer Co-operative Thrift Society Limited. 14pp., plain wraps., wire stitched. Sialkot: Public Electric Press. nd (c.1930).  #46883
Regimental societies such as this, co-operative in nature, existed to enable officers & men of the regt. to borrow money for necessities (these might include polo ponies &c.) at a preferential rate. All members paid into the savings scheme & owned a share. Ownership inscrip. of F.R.C. Stewart, joined 6th Lancers (Watson's Horse) 1930 & later Lt.-Col.   £8
Compilation of Standing General Orders which have been issued to Her Majesty's Forces in India [from 1814 to 1850]. 567pp. (including fldg. samples of forms) + 60pp. "Index to Standing Orders From 1814 to 1850 Inclusive" followed by additional ms. index on 4 further pages which completes the index as the printed version bound in this copy ceases among the 'S's. No imprint or date but evidently a contemporary official issue, with ms. note on the first leaf: "1st Battalion H.M.s 19th Regiment of Foot. Received at Barrackpore 6th August 1858."  #49912
[HLMainPic] Standing & General Orders issued by successive commanders-in-chief in India, or the Governor-General, concerning a wide range of subjects from pay & accounts to courts martial, Returns of various kinds, issue & use/abuse of kit & equipment (one index entry is 'Bayonets, punishment of Soldiers who use them in private broils'), canteens. clothing, clubs & societies, confidential reports, gratuities & medals, hospitals, inspections & so on providing a very in depth view of the organisation & regulations governing service in India during the first half of the 19th Century. Contemp. half morocco, gilt title to sp., plum cloth boards, somewhat rubbed, stained & worn but overall sound & a rare survival. See illustration on our website.   £250
Compilation of the General Orders, &c., Issued in 1842-47 by Sir Charles Napier, G.C.B., Major-General Governor of Scinde, to The Army Under His Command. 1st Ed., xvi+141pp. + viiipp. index. Bombay: Printed at The Times Press by James Chesson. 1850  #49913
[HLMainPic] Compiled by Lt.-Col. Edward Green, Asst. Adjutant-Gen., Scinde Div., who was Napier's AAG from 1843 "to the time he left the Province" & dedicated the Compilation to his former chief ("with permission"). He explains in the Preface that "I feel convinced that they will be earnestly read & studied by Officers who have the interest of their profession at heart... They are, however, matters of history [and] I have sought to prevent anything in these orders from giving offence, by excluding names & places... they will naturally be known to those who served in Scinde during the time they were issued, as all orders were printed & circulated throughout the Province." Contains sections of Civil Orders; Commisariat; Courts MKartial, Courts of Enquiry &c.; Marches & Routes; Miscellaneous Orders & Parades. Much interesting detail on Napier's administration of Scinde & control of the Army under his command. Contemp. blind qtr. calf, marbled paper covd. boards, retaining orig. printed wraps., somewhat brittle, corners & edges of the wraps. & some other leaves chipped, complete however, & pleasing & rare survival. See illustration on our website.   £250
Dagger Division: Story of the 19th Indian Division. Orig. dec. wraps., 44pp., photos. throughout, fldg. map. Bombay: DPR, WD. nd  #58108
[HLMainPic] The only history of the division's exploits in Burma 1944-45 inc. Irrawaddy Crossing, capture of Fort Dufferin, Mandalay &c. Minor wear, VG. See illustration on our website.   £35
Dress Regulations. (India) 1931. Facsimile reprint (with additional plates & intro. by Bill Carman), xii+124pp., 6 photos. VG in dw. Newport: Westlake. 1987  #44102
[HLMainPic] See illustration on our website.   £10
Frontier Warfare - India (Army & Royal Air Force). 1st Ed., [iii]+vii+229pp., fldg. map & 8 fldg. diagrams. New Delhi: Govt. of India Press. 1939  #57682
[HLMainPic] Published by Authority, "This manual is concerned with military operations against the tribesmen of the unadministered tribal territory which lies between the Indo-Afghan frontier - often termed the Durand line - on the west & the administrative border of British India on the east." Possibly the first official training manual to include co-operation of air & land forces on the NWF (although largely devoted to land operations, i.e. road protection &c.), based on "long & constant experience of warfare on the NWF & is intended as a guide to the conduct of operations by the two services & to indicate how they can best co-operate to obtain their common object." Orig. mustard cloth covd. boards, prinyed title to sp., minor wear, generally VG, this copy issued to 10th Bn. 12th F.F. Regt. in July 1939, with their ink stamp & loosely inserted slip "... Received 25 copies..." Rare. See illustration on our website.   £125
Government of the Central Provinces & Berar. Collection of Correspondence Relating to the Escape & Subsequent Adventures of Appa Sahib, Ex-Rajah of Nagpur, 1818-1840. Introductory note by Mr. J.W. Meldrum, ICS, Under Sec. to Govt., C.P. & Berar. 1st Ed., xxiv+133pp. Nagpur: Govt. Printing, C.P. & Berar. 1939  #58059
Appa Shaib, C-in-C of the Peshwa's Army at Nagpur, was installed as Rajah during a period of great turmoil in the Province with British assistance, but treacherously attacked the British in 1817, & was inevitably defeated (at Sitabaldi 26th/27th Nov. 1817: this resulted in the clasp 'Seetabuldee' for the Army of India Medal). Captured by the British, he escaped to Jodphur where he is said to have died in 1840. This work, after providing some background detail, mainly comprises correspondence, 1818-1819 & after, relating to his escape from the custody of Capt. E. Cave Browne, Commanding an Escort, & subsequent locations up to the acceptance of his death in 1840. Includes details of his escape & a list nine 'sepahees' who deserted from 1st Bn. 22nd Regt. N.I. at the same time (it was suggested that they had been bribed), with physical descriptions of the wanted men & a note of their home village & date of enlistment. Very rare as just 100 copies printed (quite why they were, in 1939, is a mystery). Orig. red cloth, blocked black to sp. & front, skilfully rebacked, VG thus & rare. See illustration on our website.   £125

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