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India India, Including campaigns on the North-West Frontier, Afghanistan and Burma, the Indian Mutiny and Anglo-Indian colonial life   106 Books
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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
Memoir of the Late Major Charles W. Yates. [23]pp. Darling & Son, Printers, Leadenhall St. nd (c.1829).  #50149
[HLMainPic] Yates was given a Cadetship in the HEIC in 1802 & first came to notice for good services in connection with the capture of the island of Banda in 1810, with the artillery. In 1824 he took command of the 26th Madras Native Infantry for service in Burma, was besieged at Kemmendine (on the Irawaddy near Rangoon) in December & repelled strong enemy attacks over a period of some ten days for which the regiment gained the battle honour of that name. Most of this work comprises Yates' despatch on these operations, also extracts from private correspondence regarding the affair. A few months later he died of cholera, on 12th March 1825. Orig. black cloth, blindstamped & gilt title to front, near fine & very rare. Curiously the pagination begins at p.5 although no matter appears to be missing & we can trace no other copy for comparison purposes (none on COPAC &c.), & the only other copy we have handled was similar. See illustration on our website.   £250
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
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
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
The Quarterly Army List of Her Majesty's British and Indian Forces on the Madras Establishment, 11th January 1875, Corrected to 11th January 1875. Includes regimental and Gradation Lists (including Civil Service) & War Services of Officers. Later red cloth, gilt, VG. Orig. soiled wraps bound in.  #23578
  £75
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
[MACGREGOR (Maj.-Gen. Sir C., KCB, CSI, CIE)] The Second Afghan War 1878-1880: Abridged Official Account produced in the Intelligence Branch Army Head-Quarters, India. Revised by Lt. F.G. Cardew, Intelligence Dept. 1st Ed., x+734pp., frontis. + 35 photos. & sketch maps (inc. a number of panoramas), 22 fldg. maps & plans. Murray. 1908  #60141
[HLMainPic] Substantial & very rare official history. The original history (which is exceedingly rare: a copy has never to our knowledge been seen on the market) was considered too sensitive for publication & issued for official use only, hence the eventual appearance of the abridged - but nevertheless extremely detailed - version here offered. Orders of Battle & other notes on troop movements &c. Excellent photos., maps & sketches. Orig. red cloth, gilt to sp. & titled in black to front, very small hole in sp., corners little stained, little rubbed, generally VG & complete with all maps, diagrams & plates. See illustrations on our website.   £650
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
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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