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India India, Including campaigns on the North-West Frontier, Afghanistan and Burma, the Indian Mutiny and Anglo-Indian colonial life   170 Books
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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
1st Bn. Hampshire Regiment, North-West Frontier: Razmak &c., 1937-39. Contemp. album containing 39 postcard sized photos., all captioned in ink, including various scarce & interesting views of forts, camp & regimental scenes. Several photos. missing o/w VG.  #55709
[HLMainPic] Nicely captioned views include Our Camp at Ghalanai where the track was; Tanks waiting for orders to move out; One of our outposts Ghalanai; the remains of one of the villages at Ghalanai; Our HQ at Ghalanai; Officers' tent Ghalanai; The Brigade marching back to Razmak; Our prisoners which we captured at Ghalanai; Cook house & staff at Ghalanai, &c. See illustrations on our website.   £225
Tribes on My Frontier: An Indian Naturalist's Foreign Policy. By EHA, with illus. by P.C. Macrae. 5th Ed., viii+216pp., num. sketches. Calcutta: Thacker Spink & Co. 1892  #51896
[HLMainPic] Humourous classic work of Anglo-Indian life concerning the insects & fauna that abounded & plagued the European population, from mosquitos to lizards, ants, crows, bats, frogs, spiders, &c. Attractive orig. pictorial green cloth with gilt titles to sp. & front, little wear to internal joints o/w VG & a nice copy. See illustration on our website.   £20
Standing Orders for the Light Cavalry of The Army of Fort St. George. Adjutant General's Office, Fort St. George, 1st August, 1848. [vi]+211pp. Madras: Printed & Published by J. Wright at the Commercial Advertiser Press. 1848.  #56703
[HLMainPic] BY AUTHORITY: orders & regulations for Regiments of Light Cavalry of the Madras Army. Contains details of the duties of all ranks, British & Indian, & much other matter such as Arms & Accoutrements; Clothing; Native Festivals, Furloughs; Punishments; Recruits & Drill, &c. Attractive 20th C. half calf, gilt, with raised bands & blind dec. to sp., marbled paper covd. boards. VG & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £225
Memoir of the Late Major Charles W. Yates. [23]pp. Darling & Son, Printers, Leadenhall St. nd (c.1829).  #50149
[HLMainPic] Yates was given a Cadetship in the HEIC in 1802 & first came to notice for good services in connection with the capture of the island of Banda in 1810, with the artillery. In 1824 he took command of the 26th Madras Native Infantry for service in Burma, was besieged at Kemmendine (on the Irawaddy near Rangoon) in December & repelled strong enemy attacks over a period of some ten days for which the regiment gained the battle honour of that name. Most of this work comprises Yates' despatch on these operations, also extracts from private correspondence regarding the affair. A few months later he died of cholera, on 12th March 1825. Orig. black cloth, blindstamped & gilt title to front, near fine & very rare. Curiously the pagination begins at p.5 although no matter appears to be missing & we can trace no other copy for comparison purposes (none on COPAC &c.), & the only other copy we have handled was similar. See illustration on our website.   £250
The Journal of the United Service Insitution of India. Vol.l LXVIII, No. 292, July 1938; Vol. LXIX, No. 296, July 1939; Vol. LXX Nos. 299 & 300, April & July 1940; Vol. LXXI Nos. 302, 303, 304 & 305, Jan., April, July & October 1941. Eight issues, each c.100pp. in orig. dec. wraps., several photos., num. fldg. maps & diagrams. Lahore: For the USII. Contemp.  #55204
[HLMainPic] Attractive & scarce professional journal for officers of the Indian Army. The issues here offered contain numerous interesting articles on NWF warfare (e.g., 'An Operation in the Vicinity of Spinwam, 20th Oct. 1937' by Lt.-Col. C.J. Wood MC; 'Operations in the Lower Shaktu Valley, 16th-18th November 1937' by Maj. T.H. Angus; 'The Ordnance Service in Waziristan, 1937' by Maj. M. Glover, &c.); pieces on other campaigns such as 'An Interlude in the Campaign in Norway' [1940] by An Indian army Officer; 'A Brigade at Dunkirk - And After' by Brig. J.G. Smyth, VC, MC; 'Wheels Over Eritrea' by Lt.-Col. G.S.R. Webb, MC & much more such as The European Long Service Soldier in India; Armoured Lorries; How to Live in India on your Pay; Some Aspects of Forest Warfare, &c. VG throughout. See illustrations on our website.   £225
The Quarterly Army List of Her Majesty's British and Indian Forces on the Madras Establishment, 11th January 1875, Corrected to 11th January 1875. Includes regimental and Gradation Lists (including Civil Service) & War Services of Officers. Later red cloth, gilt, VG. Orig. soiled wraps bound in.  #23578
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Lloyd's Sketches of Indian Life. 1st Ed., 18 chromo. litho. plates, large format (34 x 25 cm approx.). Chapman & Hall. 1890  #55964
[HLMainPic] Appealing & rare selection of plates by William Whitelock Lloyd (who served as an officer with the South Wales Borderers during the Zulu War, 1879, when he provided illustrations for the Illustrated London News; also served in India & following retirement in 1882 continued to illustrate various works). Consists of 18 plates, mostly three or four captioned vignettes, but some whole page illustrations, also captioned, depicting village & street scenes, native servants, sports, off-duty pursuits of a British officer in India, &c. Orig. printed paper covd. boards, with b/w line illus. to front of 'The Morning Shave' (which also appears in col. within the work), maroon cloth backstrip, contents somewhat loose (but still reasonably firm) in binding, except a few plates loose, edges a little chipped, plates all very clean & in excellent state. See illustration on our website.   £225
Vizier Ali Khan: Or, The Massacre of Benares, a Chapter in British Indian History. 2nd Ed., vii+100pp., frontis. Benares: Printed at the Medical Hall Press. 1881  #50011
[HLMainPic] Account of the anti-British unrest in Oudh in 1798 & how it was expeditiously halted. Orig. yellow printed glazed paper covd. boards with rust green backstrip, somewhat stained & distressed, pages edges chipped, also top corner of front board (with a little loss), sound enough thus & very scarce. See illustration on our website.   £50
Verbatim Report of The Debate on The Indian Civil Service in the House of Commons, June 29, 1975 [And:] Opinions of the Press on the Debate of the 29th of June, 1875, in the House of Commons, On the Indian Civil Service. 1st Ed., orig. printed wraps., 48pp., foolscap. J. Wakeham, Printer, Kensington. August 1875  #54708
[HLMainPic] Report of the debate plus press opinions contained in the last 10 pages. The debate particularly concerned "the position of the civilians in the N.W. Provinces of India" who felt that they were victims of a "scandalous breach of faith on the part of the Government," i.e. "Lord Dalhousie gave a pledge that half the Commissionerships & Assistant Commissionerships in the Punjab & Oudh should be given to the civilians of those provinces. But the promise has been flagrantly broken. Many of the best posts have been systematically conferred on military officers without any legal or scholastic education, & with no claim but the favour of some high dignitary at Calcutta..." Interesting debate on patronage in India & the ICS, with matter ranging all over India, not just the aforementioned territories. Wraps. somewhat foxed/stained, generally VG. See illustration on our website.   £45

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