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Mahratta Wars   10 Books
CANNON (Richard) Historical Record of the 53rd or The Shropshire Regiment of Foot: Containing an Account of the Formation of the Regiment in the Year 1755 & of its subsequent services to 1848. 1st Ed., xxxv+69pp., 3 col. plates. Parker. 1849  #57449
[HLMainPic] Useful early records inc. 1st Bn. in American War of Independence, Low Countries, West Indies, Mahratta Wars &c., 2nd Bn. raised in 1803 & served in the Peninsular War 1809-14 inc. (with much interesting detail). Orig. red cloth, gilt, nice clean copy, VG. See illustration on our website.   £65
DODWELL (Prof. H.H., MA) Ed. The Cambridge History of India. Vol. V: British India 1497-1858. 3rd Indian Reprint, xxii+690pp. VG in split dw. Delhi: S. Chand & Co. 1968  #52418
[HLMainPic] Penultimate vol. of magisterial study of India, this covering the 'British' period from first arrival to 1858, also other colonial interventions: Portuguese, French &c. Quite scarce in any edition. Orig. brown cloth, gilt, VG in split dw. See illustration on our website.   £25
DUFF (James Grant, Capt. in the 1st Regt BNI, &c.) History of the Mahrattas. 4th Ed., xvi+718pp. & xxv+661pp. Bombay: Times of India Office. 1878  #55450
[HLMainPic] Preliminary comments on geography, features, climate, people, religion &c. of the Mahratta country followed by historical survey from early times to 1819 (therefore including the British period of conquest: Mahratta wars &c.). Standard work. Later green cloth, gilt titles to sps., first & last few leaves of both vols. neatly laid onto archival paper, VG thus. Scarce. See illustration on our website.   £145
LAKE (Edward, Lt., HEIC's Madras Engineers) Journals of the Sieges of the Madras Army, in the Years 1817, 1818 & 1819, with Observations on the System, According to which such operations have usually been conducted in India, & a statement of the improvements that appear necessary. 1st Ed., text & atlas vol., [xvii]+255pp., Atlas: ivpp. + 22 large explanatory plans & views, some fldg. plan of the Battle of Nagpoor, 1817 (this hand coloured). Kingsbury, Parbery & Allen. 1825  #58856
[HLMainPic] Standard work on the Army of the Deccan & the operations of the third Mahratta War. Published by subscription (with "List of subscribers in India"). Very attractive recent half brown calf, gilt, marbled boards, raised bands, claret lettering labels to sp. of text vol. & front of Atlas vol., with several small unobtrusive stamps of Central Library, Simla & the Library of the Indian Staff College (these in the text volume only). Signature of George de Rhe Phillipe on tp of text vol. Nice copy & rare. See illustrations on our website.   £1250
MURLAND (Major H.F., 64th Pioneers) Records of the IV Madras Pioneers (Now the 64th Pioneers). 1759-1903. 1st Ed., [v]+314pp. (+ Corringenda slip bound-in opposite Contents), 4to, 2 fldg. maps in end-pocket. Bangalore: Higginbothams. 1922  #57586
[HLMainPic] Rare history with index of British officers, roll of Indian officers, &c. "A history in expanded diary form. The author gives particular attention to the origins & evolution of the Regt. & to its earlier wars... There are good accounts of various Frontier campaigns & the Third China War. A very helpful source of reference." - Perkins. Orig. blue cloth boards, gilt to front (regimental motif), expertly rebacked with orig. sp. panel laid down (the original cloth was rather fragile so when seen, which is rarely, the work is generally in a distressed state unless renovated as here). See illustration on our website.   £325
PALSOKAR (Col. R.D., MC) The Grenadiers: A Tradition of Valour. 1st Ed., xxiv+538pp., col. frontis., 5 other col. plates & 120 b/w illus., 49 maps. VG in sl. chipped dw. Jabalpur: The Regimental Centre. [1980].  #57929
[HLMainPic] The 4th Bombay Grenadiers (1922 title) from raising as 1st Indian Grenadiers in 1779 onwards, inc. Mysore Wars, Egypt 1801, Mahratta Wars, Central India in the Mutiny, Abyssinia, 2nd Afghan War, Burma, Somaliland &c., WW1 Mespot. &c., post-war NWF, WW2 PAIFORCE & Burma (inc. Kohima & Meiktila &c.) & post-1947 Indo-Pakistan Wars &c. Appenices inc. rolls of commanding officers & subedar-majors, gallantry awards (inc. MiDs) to all ranks, both pre- & post-Independence. "a comprehensive account of all the Grenadier battalions & their forebears between 1779 & 1980... gives proper recognition to this fine regiment" - Perkins. VG in sl. chipped dw & very scarce. See illustration on our website.   £165
PHYTHIAN-ADAMS (Lt.-Col. E.G., Madras Regt. &c.) Madras Infantry 1748-1943. 1st Ed., x+133pp., frontis. Madras: Govt. Press. 1943  #54902
[HLMainPic] The Madras Army, its regiments & campaigns, with a table of units noting when raised, changes in designation, disbanded &c. "A very detailed & readable narrative history... good descriptions of many small-scale actions... helpful notes on battle honours, unit lineages, & unit war services." - Perkins. Very nice copy, dec. paper covd. boards with green cloth backstrip, VG & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £95
QURESHI (Major M.I.) The First Punjabis: History of the 1st Punjab Regiment 1759-1956. 1st Ed., xix+484pp., col. frontis., 47 photos., 49 maps (several fldg.). VG in dw. Aldershot: G&P. 1958  #58725
[HLMainPic] The regiment, post-1922, consisted of six regular infantry bns. (their pre-1922 designations being 62nd, 66th, 76th, 82nd & 84th Punjabis & 1st Brahmins). Their experiences encompass a wealth of campaigns from 1759 onwards. WW1 mainly in Mespot., WW2 (when they had a further eight war-raised bns.) Western Desert, Italy, Paiforce & Burma. Roll of WW2 awards. "A tour de force" - Perkins 447. Orig. green cloth, gilt, VG in dw. See illustration on our website.   £175
WEBB (Lt.-Col. E.A.H.) History of the 12th (Suffolk) Regiment 1685-1913. 1st Ed., xxii+506pp., 4to, 17 col. & 29 b/w plates, 17 sketches/plans. Spottiswoode. 1914  #58244
[HLMainPic] Flanders, Germany, Gibraltar &c. in 18th Century; Mahratta Wars (Seringapatam); New Zealand; Afghanistan; Boer War &c. Orig. three-quarter morocco, gilt, red cloth boards, somewhat rubbed & worn, about VG. See illustration on our website.   £35
WILSON (Capt. W.A.M., 23rd Bombay Rifles) Historical Records of the 23rd Regiment (Second Battalion, Rifle Regiment), Bombay Infantry, Formerly the First Battalion, 12th Native Infantry. 1st Ed., 84pp. Bombay: Printed at the Education Society's Steam Press. 1894.  #56812
[HLMainPic] Raising in 1817 & subsequent services including Mahratta Wars (Battle of Kirkee &c.); Sind campaign; Persia & Central India (during the Mutiny); Afghanistan 1880; Burma 1885-88, &c. Service details of British officers, MOs &c. Perkins p.457: "useful summary of the Regt's evolution & various campaign services... neatlt arranged & the appendices are extensive." Orig. green cloth, rather speckled, several leaves loose, sound thus & rare. See illustration on our website.   £345




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