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India Including campaigns on the North-West Frontier, Afghanistan and Burma, the Indian Mutiny and Anglo-Indian colonial life   176 Books
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Bylaws of the 6th D.C.O. Lancer Co-operative Thrift Society Limited. 14pp., plain wraps., wire stitched. Sialkot: Public Electric Press. nd (c.1930).  #46883
Regimental societies such as this, co-operative in nature, existed to enable officers & men of the regt. to borrow money for necessities (these might include polo ponies &c.) at a preferential rate. All members paid into the savings scheme & owned a share. Ownership inscrip. of F.R.C. Stewart, joined 6th Lancers (Watson's Horse) 1930 & later Lt.-Col.   £8
Frontier & Overseas Expeditions from India. Compiled in the Intelligence Branch, Army Headquarters, India. 8 Vols., facsimile reprints, approx. 2900pp. in all, num. fldg. maps. VG in dws. Delhi: Mittal. 1983.  #55712
[HLMainPic] Useful hardback reprint of very rare original official reports on the Indian Army's operations on the North-West & North-East Frontiers, in Burma, Afghanistan & other overseas expeditions down to Abor 1911-12. Originally published between 1907-1914 & containing much detailed & invaluable information. Complete set, including the fldg. maps, VG in worn dws. 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
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
Map. Survey of India. Sheet Nos. 72, 73, 78 & 79. The Katmandu, Darjeeling, Cuttack & Calcutta sheets printed together & retained in blue cloth cover with paper label to front. Survey of India. 1929.  #55668
[HLMainPic] Good coloured map extending from Katmandu eastwards to Gauhati & south to Cuttack, the mouths of the Ganges &c., across to Chittagong & Coxes 's Bazaar. 1.014 inches to 16 miles, plus inset of Calcutta & environs @ 1 inch to 4 miles.   £45
Stanford's Portable Map of India: India & The Adjacent Parts of Beluchistan, Afghanistan, Turkestan, The Chinese Empire, Burmah & Siam. New & Revised Edition. Coloured fldg. map, 85x76cm approx, cut into 35 compartments & laid down on linen, retained in publisher's orig. blindstamped & gilt red cloth cover. Edward Stanford. nd (c.1880).  #55667
[HLMainPic] Fine & detailed coloured printed map of India & its neighbouring states (86 mils to the inch) from Bokhara in the north to Ceylon & Sumatra in the south, also Burma entire & the frontiers of Baluchistan & Afghanistan to the west & China & Siam to the east. British & Indian Native States delineated, also French & Portuguese possessions & the boundaries between the three Presidencies, Bengal, Bombay & Madras. Cloth cov. sl. stained o/w VG throughout. See illustration on our website.   £125
Map of Burmah & The Surrounding Countries by James Wyld, Geographer to the Queen... 1886. Fldg. map, 64x80cm approx., cut into 24 compartments & laid down on linen with marbled paper to outside panels, attractive hand-coloured detail. James Wyld. 1886.  #55666
[HLMainPic] Very nice coloured map by the premier cartographer in London at that time, 30 miles to the inch, extending from Sikkim in the north-west through Nagaland & Manipur to Shan Provinces in the east & south to Tavay. Glossary, table of estimated road distances between towns inset; military stations, railways & proposed railways shown. VG. See illustration on our website.   £245
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
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
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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