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Northern Frontiers of India Northern Frontiers of India   20 Books
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North-West Frontier/Himalayas/Baluchistan/Tibet? Photograph Album. Good quality contemp. straight grain green morocco album containing approx. 45 photos., most being full plate views inc. several by Bremner. VG but for large tear to rear board, now closed).  #55504
[HLMainPic] Interesting contents but unfortunately no captions present, although a serious student of the region would no doubt be able to identify locations & individuals. Plates by Bremner include 26th (Baluchistan) Regt. of Bombay Infantry (group of three in Review & Marching Order), Cameliers, local constabulary, tribal groups, NWF landscape; other large plate group of five British & eight Indian Officers - i.e. the officers of a regiment which should be identifiable; Group at Army Signalling School, Poona, Class of '94; view of pack mule column in snow-covered rock-strewn valley; similar geography, tented camps, tribal jirga, British fort, staff officers' group (with general) & others similar. In all approx. 25 large whole plates photos. & 20 smaller photos. All clean & clear & would repay research. See illustrations on our website.   £500
Stanford's Sketch Map of the North-West Frontier of India, 1897. Coloured fldg. map, 81x67cm approx, cut into 30 compartments & laid down on linen, retained in publisher's orig. red cloth cover with title &c. on blue paper onlay to front. Edward Stanford. 1st Sept. 1897.  #55406
[HLMainPic] Fine & detailed colour printed map. 10 miles to the inch, of the Afghanistan border & NWF provinces from Jhelum (in the lower right-hand corner), NW to Peshawar & north to the "Russian Sphere of Influence" - as it is noted - including the Frontier from Matum to Gandamack, the Kabul River, Chitral &c. to Faizabad. VG indeed & no doubt printed in view of the major Frontier eruption of that year. See illustrations on our website.   £175
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
CHEVENIX TRENCH (Charles) The Frontier Scouts. 1st Ed., xxii+298pp., 16 plates, 13 maps. VG in in dw. Cape. 1985.  #54349
[HLMainPic] Locally recruited tribesmen of the NWF in 20th Century Frontier campaigns. Roll of British officers with details of their service in the Frontier Corps. An excellent study. VG in dw. See illustration on our website.   £20
DEVELIN (Sgt.-Major, RE) Views in Chitral Taken during the Advance of the 3rd Brigade of the Chitral Relief Force under the Command of Brigadier-General W.F. Gatacre, D.S.O., by Sergeant-Major Develin, R.E., 1895. 1st Ed., [iv]+18pp. letterpress followed by 127 fine full page photogravure plates (including four fldg. panoramas), oblong 4to. Maclure & Co. Contemp.  #55403
[HLMainPic] The story of the 1895 campaign for the Relief of Chitral in letterpress, reproducing Despatches of Gen. Low (commanding Chitral Relief Force), Capt. Townshend & Col Kelly (32nd Pioneers, commanding Gilgit Force), including Orders of Battle, statements of casualties & recommendations for awards, followed by the 127 finely produced plates from photos. taken by Sgt.-Major Develin, RE, Bombay Sappers & Miners, who accompanied the 3rd Brigade as Photographer. These exceptionally fine plates include views of all the geographical features traversed by the 3rd Brigade, including the Malakand Pass, Swat Valley, Lowari Pass, Ashreth Valley, Chitral River, Valley & Fort &c. (many showing troops on the march &c.), also regimental & staff groups, encampments, bridges, graves & other subjects. A very fine & rare compilation. Orig. red cloth, blindstamped boards, gilt title to front, minor rubbing & sl. fading to cloth, but a very nice copy & very rare. See illustrations on our website.   £1950
FINCASTLE (Lt. The Viscount, VC) & ELLIOTT-LOCKHART (Lt. P.C.) A Frontier Campaign: A Narrative of the Operations of the Malakand & Buner Field Forces 1897-1898. 2nd Ed., 232pp., 16 plates, fldg. map. Methuen (Colonial Library). 1898.  #55404
[HLMainPic] Standard account, with Appendix of officers killed & wounded. Orig. green cloth, gilt, minor damp tp leading edge o/w VG. See illustration on our website.   £45
FORBES (Archibald) The Afghan Wars 1839-1842 & 1878-1880. 2nd Ed., [vii]+337pp., 4 portraits, 5 plans. Seeley & Co. 1892.  #55421
[HLMainPic] Contains a complete account of both campaigns with plans of the principal actions. Orig. rust brown cloth, gilt, little stained & worn but near VG, sound & uncommon. See illustration on our website.   £45
GLEIG (Rev. G.R., MA, Principal Chaplain to the Forces) Sale's Brigade in Afghanistan, with an Account of the Seizure & Defence of Jellalabad. New Ed., ix+182pp. Murray. 1861.  #55424
[HLMainPic] Classic account of 1st Afghan War (first published 1846) & the exploits of both Indian & British regiments, "gathered chiefly from the manuscript journals of officers engaged in the campaign" & other sources. Orig. green cloth, gilt, little wear to cloth, front inner joint split, o/w VG. See illustration on our website.   £45
HOBDAY (Major E.A.P., RA) Sketches on Service During the Indian Frontier Campaigns of 1897. 1st Ed., 159pp., 57 full page engravings & 14 photo. portraits of the commanding officers & their staffs. Bowden. 1898.  #55476
[HLMainPic] Staff officer with Malakand & Mohmand Field Forces. Each of his drawings accompanied by a lengthy letterpress description. Orig. dec. green cloth, gilt, nice clean copy, VG. See illustration on our website.   £120
HOLDICH (Col. Sir Thomas, KCMG, KCIE, CB) The Gates of India: Being An Historical Narrative. 1st Ed., xv+555pp., 5 maps (two fldg.). Macmillan. 1910.  #55324
[HLMainPic] Extensive survey of the trans-frontier regions, largely the North-West Frontier, with historical account of both invasions & defensive arrangments, including much on exploration & events during the 'British' period. Based much on personal observation & extensive notes amassed during "twenty years of official wanderings." Holdich served on the NWF with the Indian Survey Dept. for many years, from the 2nd Afghan War to Tirah 1897 & after. Orig. red cloth, gilt, VG with bookplate of Officers' Mess Lib., Berwick & paper label to sp., VG thus & very scarce. See illustration on our website.   £125

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