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India India, Including campaigns on the North-West Frontier, Afghanistan and Burma, the Indian Mutiny and Anglo-Indian colonial life   71 Books
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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
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
India. A Collection of Postcard Views of British Barracks & other Military Buildings & Amenities at the height of the Raj; also some topographical views of the NWF &c. A fine collection of approx. 465 commercially produced postcards depicting British stations, mainly in Northern & Central India, also some in South India. A wide ranging variety of subjects & locations, being a combination of finely produced b/w photos., tinted postcards &c.  #56478
[HLMainPic] An exceptional collection of commercially produced postcards dating from the late 19th & early 20th Centuries depicting British cantonments, parade grounds, barrack buildings, hospitals, railway stations, clubs, soldiers' homes, post offices, &c., also various NWF views (Waziristan, Razmak Column, Khyber Pass, forts, camps &c.) & troops on the move. Locations include most of the major centres such as Simla, Rawalpindi, Quetta, Poona, Dalhousie, Mhow, Bareilly, Dagshai, Jhansi, Peshawar &c. A superlative potential resource for a publisher, researcher, or photographic archive interested in this field. See illustrations on our website.   £1200
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
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
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
ANGLESEY (Marquess of) A History of the British Cavalry 1816-1919. Vol. I: 1816-1850. 1st Ed., 336pp., 34 illus., 17 maps. VG in chipped/worn dw. Cooper. 1973  #62113
[HLMainPic] The now standard history of British Cavalry, this vol. includes much on Indian campaigns inc. Nepal war 1814-16, Mahratta & Pindari Wars, 1st Afghan & Sikh Wars. VG in dw & signed by author on tp. See illustration on our website.   £20
ASHTON (Dr. S.R.) British Policy Towards The Indian States, 1905-1939. 1st Ed., xiii+231pp., 2 maps. VG in dw. Curzon Press (SOAS 'London Studies on South Asia No. 2'). 1982  #59757
[HLMainPic] Scholarly study of the 'alliance' & interdependence of the Princely States & the Raj. VG in dw. See illustration on our website.   £15

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