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India India, Including campaigns on the North-West Frontier, Afghanistan and Burma, the Indian Mutiny and Anglo-Indian colonial life   82 Books
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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
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
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
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
Division of the Chief of Staff. Army Headquarters. Mobilisation Branch. Case No. 672. Field Operations - Zakka Khel, 1908. Bazar Valley Field Force. From - 31st January 1908. To - 10th March 1908. 1st Ed., orig. printed paper covd. boards with cloth backstrip, 28pp. (Index to Correspondence) + 8pp. (Despatch Register) + 134pp. (Correspondence), foolscap format. Govt. of India Central Printing Office. 3rd April 1908.  #65147
[HLMainPic] Exceptionally rare CONFIDENTIAL report on aspects of the planning & execution of the operations against the Zakka Khel Afridis in 1908. Just 30 copies printed. The report/correspondence concerns the intense period of planning, build-up & mobilisation of the force, Orders of Battle & various details of staff appointments, &c., Scheme for Operations Against the Zakka Khel (much detail on the geographical conditions of the area of the impending operations), reports on the progress of troops & telegrams regarding the progress of the campaign during its most important period, up to 10th March 1908, all from original reproduced correspondence &c. An invaluable resource for a serious in-depth study of this particular campaign & also of the nature of preparations for any NWF expedition, from operational organisation & planning to logistical & medical needs, &c. Orig. printed paper covd. boards with cloth backstrip, heavily wormed, formerly dilapidated but professionally recased, VG this & housed in a fine fitted drop-side box with gilt title to sp. See illustrations on our website.   £900
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
Minutes of Proceedings of the Royal Artillery Institution. Volume XXI. [1894]. 1st Ed., viii (Contents listing) + 622pp. (inc. Index), 21 plates, diagrams & maps. Woolwich: RA Inst. 1894  #65419
[HLMainPic] As well as various articles on gunnery & technical developments of artillery this volume contains: Saugor, C.P., A Story of 1857 (by Lt.-Gen. T. Nicholl, RA, regarding some events of the Indian Mutiny, with diagrams); Extracts from the Diary of Lt. F.W. Stubbs, Bengal Artillery, in 1857-58 &c. Contemp. half morocco, cloth sides with claret lettering label to sp., somewhat rubbed & worn, sound, about VG. See illustration on our website.   £35
Official History of Operations on the North-West Frontier of India 1920-1935. Three parts: Part I, Operations from the Dispersal of the Derajat Column in May 1920 till the commencement of the Red Shirt Movement in 1930. Part II, The Afridi & Red Shirt Rebellion 1930-1931, The Mohmand & Bajaur Operations 1931. Part III, The Loe Agra Campaign 1935. The Mohmand Campaign 1935. 1st Ed., viii+260pp., 2 col. & 18 b/w illus., 26 fldg. maps (inc. 2 in end-pocket). Delhi: Govt. of India Press. 1945  #65452
[HLMainPic] Full & detailed accounts of air & ground operations. Orders of Battle &c. Orig. red cloth, spine blocked in black, customary wear, VG, with some tape repair to the end-pocket maps VG. Armorial bookplate of Lt.-Col. M.E.S. Laws.One of 750 copies & seemingly a low survival rate as it is very scarce indeed. See illustrations on our website.   £395

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