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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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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
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
Imperial Gazetteer of India. Provincial Series. Vol. X: Central Provinces to Coompta. New Ed., Published Under the Authority of HM Sec. of State for India in Council, vi+390pp., 2 fldg. maps (Indian Empire; Central Provinces & Berar). Oxford: Clarendon Press. 1908  #66781
[HLMainPic] Detailed gazetteer with much interesting detail on each location. Orig. green cloth, gilt, VG ex-lib. with customary stamps & labels. See illustration on our website.   £35
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
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
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
One-inch Sheet No. 38 N/14. N.W. Frontier Province. Malakand. Scale. 1 Inch to 1 Mile. Coloured fldg. paper map, 44x58cm approx., buff card covs. to front & rear, the front with title as above. Heliozincographed at the Survey of India Offices, Calcutta, Published under the direction of Col. S.G. Burrard, CSI, RE, FRS, Surveyor General of India. 1913  #66244
[HLMainPic] Good scale map of the Malakand region (Parts of the Peshawar, Dir & Lower Swat) from Talash down to the Banizai country in the south, inc. Swat River (east to west), Usman Kehl, &c. VG, nice clean example. Front cover title overprinted "Obsolete for Training Purposes." See illustrations on our website.   £65
Government of India. Army Department. Dress Regulations (India). 1931. Orig. printed paper covd. boards, [vii]+124pp. Calcutta: Govt. of India Central Publications Branch. 1932  #66191
[HLMainPic] Details of dress & uniform, distinctions &c. for all arms (infantry, cavalry, various corps, bodyguards, staff &c.). Orig. printed paper covd. boards, VG with several loosely inserted Amendment slips. See illustration on our website.   £125
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
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

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