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India India, Including campaigns on the North-West Frontier, Afghanistan and Burma, the Indian Mutiny and Anglo-Indian colonial life   175 Books
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The East India Military Calendar; Containing the Services of Gneral & Field Officers of the Indian Army. By the Editor of The Royal Military Calendar. Vol. I only (of three published), 1st Ed., vii+504pp., 4to. Kingsbury, Parbury, & Allen, Leadenhall Street. 1823  #56020
This rare volume contains biographies of several hundred officers of the H.E.I.C. Army, many of them with an immense amount of detail communicated by them directly to the editor &, inter al., much on the cmapiagns of late 18th & early 19th Centuries. Contemp. full hatched calf boards, sometime neatly rebacked with strengthened inner joints, edges/corners rubbed o/w very sound, VG, with Astley Terry armorial bookplate & contemp. ink ownership inscrips. of George Wemyss Dalrymple & J.H. Ribblethwaite. See illustration on our website.   £275
Standing Orders for the Light Cavalry of The Army of Fort St. George. Adjutant General's Office, Fort St. George, 1st August, 1848. [vi]+211pp. Madras: Printed & Published by J. Wright at the Commercial Advertiser Press. 1848.  #56703
[HLMainPic] BY AUTHORITY: orders & regulations for Regiments of Light Cavalry of the Madras Army. Contains details of the duties of all ranks, British & Indian, & much other matter such as Arms & Accoutrements; Clothing; Native Festivals, Furloughs; Punishments; Recruits & Drill, &c. Attractive 20th C. half calf, gilt, with raised bands & blind dec. to sp., marbled paper covd. boards. VG & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £225
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
Official History of Operations on the North-West Frontier of India 1936-1937. 1st Ed., xviii+256pp., 24 plates, 22 fldg. maps (inc. 3 in end-pocket). Delhi: Govt. of India Press. 1943  #55410
[HLMainPic] War against the Faqir of Ipi in Waziristan, with Order of Battle of "Wazirforce" & a full & detailed account of the background & conditions of air & ground operations. VG orig. red paper covd. boards, cloth spine, gilt. Just 750 copies printed & seemingly a very low survival rate as very few copies indeed have appeared on the market. Nice copy. See illustration on our website.   £450
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
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
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
Compilation of the General Orders, &c., Issued in 1842-47 by Sir Charles Napier, G.C.B., Major-General Governor of Scinde, to The Army Under His Command. 1st Ed., xvi+141pp. + viiipp. index. Bombay: Printed at The Times Press by James Chesson. 1850  #49913
[HLMainPic] Compiled by Lt.-Col. Edward Green, Asst. Adjutant-Gen., Scinde Div., who was Napier's AAG from 1843 "to the time he left the Province" & dedicated the Compilation to his former chief ("with permission"). He explains in the Preface that "I feel convinced that they will be earnestly read & studied by Officers who have the interest of their profession at heart... They are, however, matters of history [and] I have sought to prevent anything in these orders from giving offence, by excluding names & places... they will naturally be known to those who served in Scinde during the time they were issued, as all orders were printed & circulated throughout the Province." Contains sections of Civil Orders; Commisariat; Courts MKartial, Courts of Enquiry &c.; Marches & Routes; Miscellaneous Orders & Parades. Much interesting detail on Napier's administration of Scinde & control of the Army under his command. Contemp. blind qtr. calf, marbled paper covd. boards, retaining orig. printed wraps., somewhat brittle, corners & edges of the wraps. & some other leaves chipped, complete however, & pleasing & rare survival. See illustration on our website.   £250
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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