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India India, Including campaigns on the North-West Frontier, Afghanistan and Burma, the Indian Mutiny and Anglo-Indian colonial life   88 Books
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Memorials of a Young Soldier, Lieutenant Giffard, Northamptonshire Regiment. 1st Ed., [v]+68pp., portrait frontis. Clowes & Sons. 1898  #66183
[HLMainPic] A memoir of Lt. Cecil Lerrier Giffard, who was born in Guernsey in 1868 &, following service in the Militia, was commissioned in the 58th (2nd Bn. Northampstonshire Regt.) in 1890. He served in India with his regiment until KiA by a sniper's bullet during the Tirah campaign on 6th Nov. 1897 with the 48th (1st Northamptonshire). Includes extracts from his diaries & letters in India including the Tirah campaign. Orig. half white morocco boards & red cloth sides, gilt title to front panel, rebacked in matching calf with red leather letting label. VG thus & rare. See illustrations on our website.   £225
Operations in Waziristan 1919-1920. Compiled by the General Staff, Army Headquarters, India. 1st Ed., x+187pp., 31 plates (many fldg.), 8 fldg. panoramas, 3 fldg. maps in text, 3 fldg. maps in end-pocket. Calcutta: Superintendent Government Printing. 1921  #64034
[HLMainPic] The scarce CONFIDENTIAL official account (including operations 1860-1920, with considerable detail on the little-known 1917 campaign) with valuable orders of battle &c. Individually numbered "Serial No. 301" but total no. produced is unknown to us. Orig. three-qtr. calf, green cloth, claret sp labels, gilt, the leather a little rubbed, stained & worn as always but overall VG, good copy & complete, with contemp. ink ownership inscrip. of "J.C.R. Gannon Major AMS Personal to C in C." (Note: Gannon appointed AMS [Personal] to Lord Rawlinson of Trent, 21/11/1920. He served in the Waziristan Campaign & was Mentioned in Despatches). See illustration on our website.   £350
The Army in India & its Evolution. Including an Account of the Establishment of the Royal Air Force in India. 1st Ed., xi+253pp. Calcutta: Govt. Press. 1924  #63449
[HLMainPic] An invaluable official survey of the IA with much on its organisation, manpower, establishments &c. during the Great War period, with Appendices showing strength & distribution in 1887, 1895, 1903, 1914-18 & 1923 &c., lists of units, details of the reserve system, &c. A prefatory note states that "The principal purpose of this book is to provide a contemporary account of the measures of reorganisation carried out in the Army of India after the Great War, & to describe in a connected form the essential features of the army as thus reconstructed." Packed with interesting statistics & detail on the WW1 era & earlier. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, VG ex-London Univ. Lib. (bookplate to paste-down, cloth not lib. marked). See illustration on our website.   £45
Government of India. Army Department. Dress Regulations (India) 1931 (Reprint 1942) (Incorporating Amendments up to & including Amendment No. 90 of December 1941). Orig. printed wraps., [ii]+v+140pp. Delhi: Manager of Pubns. 1942  #65773
[HLMainPic] Details of dress & uniform, colours of armlets of various HQs, branches & appointments, regimental distinctions & idiosyncracies, badges & devices, mess dress & forage caps, &c. Very scarce WW2 era edition (2000 copies printed). Around 20 Amendment slips dated between 1934-1941 loosely inserted. Nice clean copy. See illustration on our website.   £145
Ninth Report from The Select Committee Appointed to Take into Consideration The State of the Administration of Justice in the Provinces of Bengal, Nahar, & Orissa. 1st Ed., [ii]+128pp. Printed for J. Debrett. 1783  #65907
[HLMainPic] Report of the Select Committee of the House of Commons "instructed to consider how the British Possessions in the East Indies may be held & governed with the greatest Security & Advantage to this Country, & by what Means the Happiness of the Native Inhabitants may be best promoted." A critical report on the East India Company's Affairs in India; Effect on the Revenue Investment of the Company; various trades inc. Raw Silk, Cloth, Opium, Salt, Saltpetre &c. Rare contemp. & detailed study. Later half calf, leaves trimmed, text complete. See illustrations on our website.   £245
Division of the Chief of Staff. Army Headquarters. Mobilisation Branch. Case No. 672. Field Operations - Zakka Khel, 1908. Bazar Valley Field Force. From - 31st January 1908. To - 10th March 1908. 1st Ed., orig. printed paper covd. boards with cloth backstrip, 28pp. (Index to Correspondence) + 8pp. (Despatch Register) + 134pp. (Correspondence), foolscap format. Govt. of India Central Printing Office. 3rd April 1908.  #65147
[HLMainPic] Exceptionally rare CONFIDENTIAL report on aspects of the planning & execution of the operations against the Zakka Khel Afridis in 1908. Just 30 copies printed. The report/correspondence concerns the intense period of planning, build-up & mobilisation of the force, Orders of Battle & various details of staff appointments, &c., Scheme for Operations Against the Zakka Khel (much detail on the geographical conditions of the area of the impending operations), reports on the progress of troops & telegrams regarding the progress of the campaign during its most important period, up to 10th March 1908, all from original reproduced correspondence &c. An invaluable resource for a serious in-depth study of this particular campaign & also of the nature of preparations for any NWF expedition, from operational organisation & planning to logistical & medical needs, &c. Orig. printed paper covd. boards with cloth backstrip, heavily wormed, formerly dilapidated but professionally recased, VG this & housed in a fine fitted drop-side box with gilt title to sp. See illustrations on our website.   £900
Government of India. Army Department. Dress Regulations (India). 1931. Orig. printed paper covd. boards, [vii]+124pp. Calcutta: Govt. of India Central Publications Branch. 1932  #66191
[HLMainPic] Details of dress & uniform, distinctions &c. for all arms (infantry, cavalry, various corps, bodyguards, staff &c.). Orig. printed paper covd. boards, VG with several loosely inserted Amendment slips. See illustration on our website.   £125
Regulations for the Army in India. Reprint of Provisional Issue, 1st July 1937 (With Corrections issued up to April 1940.) Orig. printed paper covd. boards, [ii]+xiii+380pp. Published by Manager of Publications, Delhi. Printed by Manager, Govt. of India Press, Calcutta. 1941  #66192
[HLMainPic] Detailed regulations re training & discipline, duties & appointments of British Officers, BORs, Indian officers, &c. Also General Duties, training, &c. Orig. printed paper covd. boards, VG with num. tipped-in amendments, ink annotations &c. See illustration on our website.   £145
Operations in Waziristan 1919-1920. (Second Edition). Compiled by the General Staff, Army Headquarters, India. 2nd Ed., viii+194pp., 31 plates (many fldg.), 8 fldg. panoramas, 4 fldg. maps in text, 3 fldg. maps in end-pocket. Calcutta: Superintendent Government Printing. 1923  #66211
[HLMainPic] The second & very much scarcer edition of this official account, which "cancels the previous (1921) edition, copies of which should be destroyed." As background the work includes operations 1860-1920, with considerable detail on the little-known 1917 campaign, with valuable orders of battle &c. The edition here offered is presumably amended &/or corrected, as its supersedes the original edition. It should not be confused with the cheaper edition issued without most of the maps & plans. Modern blue cloth, gilt title to sp., complete with all maps & plans (one additional to the 1st Edition) including 3 in endpocket. See illustration on our website.   £250
One-inch Sheet No. 38 O/13. N.W. Frontier Province. Cherat. Scale. 1 Inch to 1 Mile. Coloured fldg. paper map, 44x58cm approx., buff card covs. to front & rear, the front with title as above. Heliozincographed at the Survey of India Offices, Calcutta, Published under the direction of Col. S.G. Burrard, CSI, RE, FRS, Surveyor General of India. 1913  #66242
[HLMainPic] Good scale map of the Cherat region (Peshawar District & Tribal Territory) from Aza Khel Bala & Nowshera in the north, down to Spela Mela &c. in the south. VG, nice clean example. See illustrations on our website.   £65

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