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India India, Including campaigns on the North-West Frontier, Afghanistan and Burma, the Indian Mutiny and Anglo-Indian colonial life   81 Books
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Operations in Waziristan 1919-1920. Compiled by the General Staff, Army Headquarters, India. 1st Ed., x+187pp., 31 plates (many fldg.), 8 fldg. panoramas, 3 fldg. maps in text, 3 fldg. maps in end-pocket. Calcutta: Superintendent Government Printing. 1921  #64034
[HLMainPic] The scarce CONFIDENTIAL official account (including operations 1860-1920, with considerable detail on the little-known 1917 campaign) with valuable orders of battle &c. Individually numbered "Serial No. 301" but total no. produced is unknown to us. Orig. three-qtr. calf, green cloth, claret sp labels, gilt, the leather a little rubbed, stained & worn as always but overall VG, good copy & complete, with contemp. ink ownership inscrip. of "J.C.R. Gannon Major AMS Personal to C in C." (Note: Gannon appointed AMS [Personal] to Lord Rawlinson of Trent, 21/11/1920. He served in the Waziristan Campaign & was Mentioned in Despatches). See illustration on our website.   £350
The Army in India & its Evolution. Including an Account of the Establishment of the Royal Air Force in India. 1st Ed., xi+253pp. Calcutta: Govt. Press. 1924  #63449
[HLMainPic] An invaluable official survey of the IA with much on its organisation, manpower, establishments &c. during the Great War period, with Appendices showing strength & distribution in 1887, 1895, 1903, 1914-18 & 1923 &c., lists of units, details of the reserve system, &c. A prefatory note states that "The principal purpose of this book is to provide a contemporary account of the measures of reorganisation carried out in the Army of India after the Great War, & to describe in a connected form the essential features of the army as thus reconstructed." Packed with interesting statistics & detail on the WW1 era & earlier. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, VG ex-London Univ. Lib. (bookplate to paste-down, cloth not lib. marked). See illustration on our website.   £45
In Memory 1857. The Golden Commemoration of the Indian Mutiny Veterans at the Albert Hall Dec. 23rd 1907. Orig. dec wraps., 42pp. No imprint/date. Contemp.  #61665
[HLMainPic] Souvenir of the event including details of the commemorative parade & dinner plus lists of some hundreds of surviving officers & men, not all of whom attended the event. The list of officers is alphabetical & the lists of other ranks alphabetical within regimental lists. It has lost its ribbon tie (but that could be replaced), little marked & worn but signed to front "Eckford, 30 Roland Gardens" (Major A.H. Eckford is listing among the attendees: Alexander Haldane Eckford 1837-1914, commissioned 1854, served with 69th Native Inf. & Captain in the Bengal Staff Corps, in Civil Employ, 1866; Major & Cantonment Magistrate at Barrackpore 1874. War Services: "present at the siege & capture of Delhi in 1857 & was severely wounded on 19th July. Accompanied General Penny's Column into the Rohilcund, & was severely wounded in action at Kukerowlee on the 30th April 1858, receiving two sabre cuts while driving back Ghazees from the guns..." Also includes loosely inserted Menu Card (Mock Turtle soup etc.) & Programme of Music. Attractive & scarce survival including "the most complete & trustworthy" list of surviving veterans "that has ever been issued…" See illustration on our website.   £225
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
The Wellesley Papers: The Life & Correspondence of Richard Colley Wellesley Marquess Wellesley 1760-1842. By the Editor of "The Windham Papers." 1st Ed., 2 Vols., xix+325pp., portrait frontis., 16 plates & vii+415pp., portrait frontis., 16 plates. Herbert Jenkins. 1914  #64997
[HLMainPic] An important & rare record of the British administration of India, reproducing much original correspondence, &c. Wellesley was Governor of Madras, 1797-98; Governor-General of India, 1798-1805, & much involved in the Mahratta Wars (Seringapatam) &c. In 1809, Wellesley was appointed ambassador to Spain, landed at Cadiz just after the Battle of Talavera, & tried unsuccessfully to bring the Spanish government into effective co-operation with his brother (The Duke of Wellington), who, through the failure of his allies, had been forced to retreat into Portugal. Later Lord Lieutenant of Ireland among other senior public offices. Orig. red cloth, gilt, VG, ex-lib. Trinity College, Oxford, with presentation bookplates (gifted in memory of William Hunt) & loosely inserted round TC library labels which were previously affixed to the front boards, leaving traces of their removal. VG thus. See illustration on our website.   £165
Selections from Speeches of Sir J.J.D. Latouche, KCSI, Lieutenant Governor of the United Provinces From 1901 to 1906. 1st Ed., [ii]+ii+90pp. Naini Tal: United Provinces Government Camp Branch Press. 1906  #57424
[HLMainPic] Speeches of consequence on various Indian affairs from 1898-1906, regarding legislation, unveiling of statues, educational improvements, &c. Much of interest on the British administration of the United Provinces. Orig. printed paper covd. boards with cloth backstrip, VG. See illustration on our website.   £35
Standing Orders, British Military Hospital, Rawalpindi. 1935. [ii]+74pp., printed on versos only, Rawalpindi: Commercial Union Press. 1935  #64818
[HLMainPic] Very interesting work including duties & organisation of Assistant Surgeons; Indian Hospital Corps; Military Nursing Service; RAMC, &c., with much unusual detail on the running & arrangements of the hospital. Orig. printed paper covd. boards with red cloth backstrip, somewhat serviceworn, generally VG with loosely inserted Fire Orders for the hospital, 60x30cm approx., dated May 1936. See illustration on our website.   £75
[BAYLEY (John Arthur) Reminiscences of School & Army Life, 1839-1859. 1st Ed., vii+206pp. No imprint/place. 1875  #62131
[HLMainPic] Engaging memoirs of Eton College (including an account of fagging: "Many a young peer, who in the nursery or school-room at home had never been controlled or contradicted, learnt a useful lesson when he found that he was bound, under pain of a thrashing, to run up Eton as fast as his legs could carry him & fetch a pound of sausages for Smith major's breakfast; Smith possibly being well known to be the son of a rich tradesman..."), further education in Germany then service in the 52nd Light Infantry from 1851. Served a year or two in Ireland until the regiment was ordered to India in 1853. He describes garrison social life & a march in the Punjab - 513 miles up the Grand Trunk Road to Umballa, &c., the annexation of Oude in 1856 & events of the Mutiny. He witnessed the atrocity of native soldiers blown from the mouths of cannon, various operations up country & the attack on Delhi in which he was wounded. A printed note to the title-page states that "The following Reminiscences were originally intended solely of the amusement of the writer's Nephews & Nieces. They are now printed for the use of such of his friends as may care to read them." Orig. red cloth, gilt title to front, little spotted & worn but VG, inscribed by author on tp: "C.D. Lucas from J.A. Bayley" (the recipient possibly Adml. Charles Davis Lucas VC) with one or two small ink corrections to the text & an interesting marginal statement next the account of the assault on the Kashmir Gate by the 52nd on 13th Sept. 1857, in which Bayley was wounded in command of a storming party. By the close of the action the 52nd had been "compelled to retire" but the marginal note states: "In 1876 General Campbell [commanding the 52nd in 1857], speaking to me on this subject, said - I retired in obedience to an order brought by a Staff Officer. J.A.B." Just five copies on Library Hub (formerly COPAC), confirming the identity of the author. Ladendorf 228. Raugh 6456. Bayley also contributed an article to the Ox. & Bucks. L.I. Chronicle 1905 on "The Beginning of the Indian Mutiny" & another short booklet "The Assault of Delhi: A Vindication of H.M. 52nd Light Infantry.... From the Aspersions of Sir John Kaye, in the Third Volume of his History of the Sepoy War." See illustrations on our website.   £450
ADYE (Lt.-Col. John, CB, RA) The Defence of Cawnpore, By the Troops under the Orders of Major General Charles A. Windham, C.B., in Nov. 1857. 1st Ed., 58pp., fldg. plan of Cawnpore "to illustrate the Battle of the 27th of November 1857" (with hand-coloured detail) & another fldg. map, Outline map of the Country round Cawnpore. Longman, Brown et al. 1858  #64287
[HLMainPic] Exceptionally rare first-hand account supplemented by texts of Windham's Official Despatches on operations at Cawnpore. "Gives a detailed account of three days of battle during which Cawnpore was defended, preventing the creation of an enemy outpost in General Havelock's rear. Author defends General Windham's actions." (Ladendorf 507). Arriving at Cawnpore, Adye discovered that Sir Colin Campbell had already left to relieve Lucknow. With the Gwalior contingent advancing on Cawnpore: "He took part in the actions fought there by Major-General Charles Ash Windham... He was present at the battle of 6 December, in which the Gwalior contingent was routed by Sir Colin Campbell after his return from Lucknow...". Orig. red cloth, blindstamped & gilt, some staining & wear, generally VG, with publisher's 24pp. catalogue of recent works bound in at rear & this copy inscribed "From Major General Dupuis CB" i.e. Gen. J.E. Dupuis, who commanded the Royal Artillery in India during the Mutiny. See illustrations on our website.   £425
AN EX-POLITICAL: [Pseud. of EASTWICK (E.B.)] Dry Leaves from Young Egypt. 3rd Ed., xx+393pp., chromo. litho. frontis., tinted litho. plates throughout. Hertford: Printed for the Author by Stephen Austin. 1851  #54451
[HLMainPic] Misleadingly titled experiences of a Political Officer in Sind, 1839-41, when it had been brought under British rule in furtherance of the policy of establishing influence over Afghanistan. Highly acclaimed account & rare. Rebound in green cloth, gilt title to spine, VG thus. See illustration on our website.   £125

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