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India India, Including campaigns on the North-West Frontier, Afghanistan and Burma, the Indian Mutiny and Anglo-Indian colonial life   104 Books
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Operations in Waziristan 1919-1920. (Second Edition). Compiled by the General Staff, Army Headquarters, India. 2nd Ed., viii+194pp., 31 plates (many fldg.), 8 fldg. panoramas, 4 fldg. maps in text, 3 fldg. maps in end-pocket. Calcutta: Superintendent Government Printing. 1923  #66211
[HLMainPic] The second & very much scarcer edition of this official account, which "cancels the previous (1921) edition, copies of which should be destroyed." As background the work includes operations 1860-1920, with considerable detail on the little-known 1917 campaign, with valuable orders of battle &c. The edition here offered is presumably amended &/or corrected, as its supersedes the original edition. It should not be confused with the cheaper edition issued without most of the maps & plans. Modern blue cloth, gilt title to sp., complete with all maps & plans (one additional to the 1st Edition) including 3 in endpocket. See illustration on our website.   £250
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
Ninth Report from The Select Committee Appointed to Take into Consideration The State of the Administration of Justice in the Provinces of Bengal, Nahar, & Orissa. 1st Ed., [ii]+128pp. Printed for J. Debrett. 1783  #65907
[HLMainPic] Report of the Select Committee of the House of Commons "instructed to consider how the British Possessions in the East Indies may be held & governed with the greatest Security & Advantage to this Country, & by what Means the Happiness of the Native Inhabitants may be best promoted." A critical report on the East India Company's Affairs in India; Effect on the Revenue Investment of the Company; various trades inc. Raw Silk, Cloth, Opium, Salt, Saltpetre &c. Rare contemp. & detailed study. Later half calf, leaves trimmed, text complete. See illustrations on our website.   £245
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
Government of India. Army Department. Dress Regulations (India) 1931 (Reprint 1942) (Incorporating Amendments up to & including Amendment No. 90 of December 1941). Orig. printed wraps., [ii]+v+140pp. Delhi: Manager of Pubns. 1942  #65773
[HLMainPic] Details of dress & uniform, colours of armlets of various HQs, branches & appointments, regimental distinctions & idiosyncracies, badges & devices, mess dress & forage caps, &c. Very scarce WW2 era edition (2000 copies printed). Around 20 Amendment slips dated between 1934-1941 loosely inserted. Nice clean copy. See illustration on our website.   £145
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
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
THE MOMAGU. 22nd Bty. Motor Machine Gun Service. The Only Paper Solely Devoted to This Battery. Orig. printed wraps., 24pp., 5 photos., several sketches. Lahore: Printed & Published at the Civil & Military Gazette Press. 1917  #66188
[HLMainPic] The first & possibly only issue of the journal of this Machine Gun Battery. Includes account of a NWF tour in 1916 based on diary of Lt. J. Hargreaves, various regimental sports news, &c. Orig. dec. wraps., heavily worn, remains of old selotape repairs, but doubtless a rare survival. See illustration on our website.   £65
Regulations for the Army in India. Reprint of Provisional Issue, 1st July 1937 (With Corrections issued up to April 1940.) Orig. printed paper covd. boards, [ii]+xiii+380pp. Published by Manager of Publications, Delhi. Printed by Manager, Govt. of India Press, Calcutta. 1941  #66192
[HLMainPic] Detailed regulations re training & discipline, duties & appointments of British Officers, BORs, Indian officers, &c. Also General Duties, training, &c. Orig. printed paper covd. boards, VG with num. tipped-in amendments, ink annotations &c. See illustration on our website.   £145
Memorials of a Young Soldier, Lieutenant Giffard, Northamptonshire Regiment. 1st Ed., [v]+68pp., portrait frontis. Clowes & Sons. 1898  #66183
[HLMainPic] A memoir of Lt. Cecil Lerrier Giffard, who was born in Guernsey in 1868 &, following service in the Militia, was commissioned in the 58th (2nd Bn. Northampstonshire Regt.) in 1890. He served in India with his regiment until KiA by a sniper's bullet during the Tirah campaign on 6th Nov. 1897 with the 48th (1st Northamptonshire). Includes extracts from his diaries & letters in India including the Tirah campaign. Orig. half white morocco boards & red cloth sides, gilt title to front panel, rebacked in matching calf with red leather letting label. VG thus & rare. See illustrations on our website.   £225

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