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Afghan War   28 Books
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The India List, Civil & Military, January 1880. Issued by Permission of the Secretary of State for India in Council. lxxvii+632pp. (+ adverts.). Allen & Co. 1880  #57075
[HLMainPic] Contains roll of covenanted Indian Civil Service & branches inc. medical, forests, public works, judiciary, marine &c., also Gradation List & regimental listings for the Indian Army, indexed for Active & Retired officers. Attractive recent half calf, marbled paper covd. boards, VG. See illustration on our website.   £145
The London Cyclist Battalion: A Chronicle of Events Connected with the 26th (Middx.) V.R.C., & the 25th (C. of L.) Cyclist Bn., The London Regiment, & Military Cycling in General. 1st Ed., xi+292pp., 24 plates, 3 maps. Forster Groom, for the Regt. 1932  #57408
[HLMainPic] Valuable coverage of the early days of these "cads on castors" followed by active service in Waziristan 1917, Amritsar Rising & 3rd Afghan War (drafts also served in Mespot. in WW1). Officers rolls. Orig. pale blue cloth, sp. rubbed/worn o/w VG & very scarce.   £95
[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
CALLWELL (Maj.-Gen. Sir C.) & HEADLAM (Maj.-Gen. Sir J.) The History of the Royal Artillery from the Indian Mutiny to the Great War. 1st Ed., 3 Vols., in all some 1600pp., 6 portraits, 23 fldg. maps in separate mapcase, several fldg. tables &c. Woolwich: RA. 1931-1940.  #56915
[HLMainPic] Standard & detailed history. Vol. I, Armaments; Vol. II, Policy & Influence; Vol. III, Campaigns (1860-1914 inc. all corners of Empire, much on NWF, 2nd Afghan War, Egypt & Sudan, China 1860 & 1900, East & West Africa, Boer War &c.). Orig. blue cloth, gilt, VG throughout & distinctly uncommon, especially with 3rd volume & mapcase present. See illustration on our website.   £225
CANNON (Richard) Historical Record of the 3rd or King's Own Regiment of Light Dragoons: Containing an Account of the Formation of the Regiment in 1685 & of its subsequent services to 1846. 1st Ed., [x]+viii+vi+138pp., 2 col plates. Parker et al. 1847  #58209
[HLMainPic] Orig. red cloth, VG with 2 col. plates (as called for: uniform & battle of Sobraon). Includes Peninsular campaigns 1811-14, Afghan War 1842, Army of the Sutlej 1845, &c. See illustration on our website.   £65
CONDON (Brig. W.E.H., OBE) The Frontier Force Regiment. 1st Ed., xxii+592pp., 4to, col. frontis., 19 photos., 36 maps. Aldershot: G&P. 1962  #59487
[HLMainPic] Excellent history: Mutiny, 2nd Afghan War, Chitral, Tirah, China 1900 &c., WW1 in France, Aden, Mespot, Palestine; WW2 MEF & Burma. "An excellent book" - Perkins 472. Orig. khaki cloth, gilt, little rubbed/worn, splitting to sp., generally sound ex-NAM, & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £220
DURAND (Sir M.) The Life of Field-Marshal Sir George White, V.C., G.C.B., G.C.S.I., G.C.M.G., G.C.V.O., G.C.I.E., O.M., D.C.L., LL.D. 1st Ed., 2 Vols., x+448 & viii+328pp., portrait frontis. to each Vol., 23 illus., 15 maps. Blackwood. 1915  #59999
[HLMainPic] Distinguished services including Indian Mutiny with the Inniskillings at Fort Attock &c.; Afghanistan 1879-80 with the Gordon Highlanders (VC at Charasia; march from Kabul to Kandahar; Siege of Sherpur &c.); Nile 1884; brigade commander in Burma 1885-86; conducted Zhob Valley Expedition, 1890-91; C-in-C in India, 1893-98; Boer War (Siege of Ladysmith &c.). Orig. red cloth, gilt, ex-circ. lib., rather rubbed & worn, & the sp. gilt of Vol. II darkened, sound however, & very scarce. Inexpensive set. See illustration on our website.   £90
FORREST (Sir George, CIE) The Life of Lord Roberts, KG, VC. 1st Ed., xi+380pp., 8 plates. VG in chipped dw. Cassell. 1914  #48483
[HLMainPic] Life of Roberts & his campaigns from Indian Mutiny to 2nd Afghan & Boer wars. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, fine in chipped but VG dw & uncommon thus. See illustration on our website.   £25
HAMILTON (Trooper T.C., 15th Hussars) Diary of Our March from Meerut to Kandahar, October 1878 to April 1879. 1st Ed., [ii]+[ii]+74pp. No imprint but Meerut. 1879  #59971
[HLMainPic] Rare & detailed private account of the operations of the 15th Hussars in the second Afghan War. "...merely a simple narrative of the March of the 15th Hussars from Meerut to Khelat-i-Ghilzai & back again, detailing only events that came under the observation of a soldier in the ranks & as touching our own regiment... Each day's events were jotted down at the time they occurred... the book may be relied upon as a statement of facts. Meerut, August 1879." Despite the author's self-effacing statements the book contains much interesting detail on actions with the Southern Army during the campaign, inc. notes on the operations of detached Squadrons which he did not personally observe ("Reconnaissance of 'A' & 'C' Troops in the Arghasun Valley" &c.). Concludes with short account of the 1st Afghan War & an 'Epitome' of the regiment's marches during the campaign. No copies on Library Hub (formerly COPAC). Recorded by Victor Sutcliffe (in his 'Regiments of the British Army A Handbook With Book Lists - Part 2 - Cavalry & Armour') who states that it was used heavily by Wylly in his chapter on the campaign in the regimental history, & that it was published by Charles & Co. Medical Hall Press at Meerut in 1879. This copy came to me disbound & has been neatly bound in blue cloth with gilt title to front board & new tp. See illustration on our website.   £325
HARRINGTON (Peter) Ed. William Simpson's Afghanistan: Travels of A Special Artist & Antiquarian during the Second Afghan War, 1878-1879. 1st Ed., 289pp., num. illus., inc. 16 col. plates, 3 maps. Helion. 2016  #58383
[HLMainPic] Fine journals & illustrations of war artist with the Peshawar Valley Field Force. Orig. illustrated boards, VG. See illustration on our website.   £15

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