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India Including campaigns on the North-West Frontier, Afghanistan and Burma, the Indian Mutiny and Anglo-Indian colonial life   160 Books
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

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