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India India, Including campaigns on the North-West Frontier, Afghanistan and Burma, the Indian Mutiny and Anglo-Indian colonial life   142 Books
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"Ready for Either" Incidents in the Life of a Young Cavalry Officer, by His Mother. 1st Ed. (with Foreword by Brig. G.K. Scott-Moncrieff) viii+140pp., portrait + plate of memorial brass in Greyfriar's Church, Reading, diagram. Simpkin Marshall. nd (c.1910).  #57448
[HLMainPic] Evocative volume printed in memory of Lt. Godfrey Hope Soole, 21st PAVO Cavalry. Mainly Soole's letters from India 1903-08, inc. the Mohmand Campaign 1908 in which he was killed at Umra Killi on 20th May 1908. Nice copy in the superior cushioned calf binding, gilt to front & spine, edges gilt. See illustration on our website.   £75
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
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 suibjects & 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.   £1400
The Bengal Obituary or, A Record to Perpetuate the Memory of Departed Worth: A Compilation of Tablets & Monumental Inscriptions from Various Parts of the Bengal & Agra Presidencies; to which is added Biographical Sketches & Memoirs of such as have Pre-eminently Distinguished Themselves in the History of British India since the Formation of the European Settlement to the Present Time. Facsimile reprint of 1851 1st Ed., orig. card wraps., ix+426pp. BACSA. 1983  #56475
[HLMainPic] Valuable source containing masses of information & a complete index of names. VG. See illustration on our website.   £25
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
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
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
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
Compilation of Standing General Orders which have been issued to Her Majesty's Forces in India [from 1814 to 1850]. 567pp. (including fldg. samples of forms) + 60pp. "Index to Standing Orders From 1814 to 1850 Inclusive" followed by additional ms. index on 4 further pages which completes the index as the printed version bound in this copy ceases among the 'S's. No imprint or date but evidently a contemporary official issue, with ms. note on the first leaf: "1st Battalion H.M.s 19th Regiment of Foot. Received at Barrackpore 6th August 1858."  #49912
[HLMainPic] Standing & General Orders issued by successive commanders-in-chief in India, or the Governor-General, concerning a wide range of subjects from pay & accounts to courts martial, Returns of various kinds, issue & use/abuse of kit & equipment (one index entry is 'Bayonets, punishment of Soldiers who use them in private broils'), canteens. clothing, clubs & societies, confidential reports, gratuities & medals, hospitals, inspections & so on providing a very in depth view of the organisation & regulations governing service in India during the first half of the 19th Century. Contemp. half morocco, gilt title to sp., plum cloth boards, somewhat rubbed, stained & worn but overall sound & a rare survival. See illustration on our website.   £250

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