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India Including campaigns on the North-West Frontier, Afghanistan and Burma, the Indian Mutiny and Anglo-Indian colonial life   170 Books
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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
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
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
Madras General Orders, Isued at Fort St. George, 7th January-26th June 1858. 679pp., foolscap. Contemp.  #55211
[HLMainPic] Complete set January-June 1858 of the Governor-General of the Madras Presidency's G.O.s which were issued every few days & contain much information relating to the appointments, transfers & moves of both European & Indian officers of the Army in the Presidency; also some Indian O.R.s (e.g. re grants of pensions) & British O.R.s. (such as records of courts martial). During this period there is of course much matter relating to the Indian Mutiny inc. despatches from Lucknow, Delhi &c., details of awards, &c. Contemp. Indian half calf, first few leaves neatly renovated, little rubbed & worn, overall VG & rare. See illustration on our website.   £275
The Journal of the United Service Insitution of India. Vol.l LXVIII, No. 292, July 1938; Vol. LXIX, No. 296, July 1939; Vol. LXX Nos. 299 & 300, April & July 1940; Vol. LXXI Nos. 302, 303, 304 & 305, Jan., April, July & October 1941. Eight issues, each c.100pp. in orig. dec. wraps., several photos., num. fldg. maps & diagrams. Lahore: For the USII. Contemp.  #55204
[HLMainPic] Attractive & scarce professional journal for officers of the Indian Army. The issues here offered contain numerous interesting articles on NWF warfare (e.g., 'An Operation in the Vicinity of Spinwam, 20th Oct. 1937' by Lt.-Col. C.J. Wood MC; 'Operations in the Lower Shaktu Valley, 16th-18th November 1937' by Maj. T.H. Angus; 'The Ordnance Service in Waziristan, 1937' by Maj. M. Glover, &c.); pieces on other campaigns such as 'An Interlude in the Campaign in Norway' [1940] by An Indian army Officer; 'A Brigade at Dunkirk - And After' by Brig. J.G. Smyth, VC, MC; 'Wheels Over Eritrea' by Lt.-Col. G.S.R. Webb, MC & much more such as The European Long Service Soldier in India; Armoured Lorries; How to Live in India on your Pay; Some Aspects of Forest Warfare, &c. VG throughout. See illustrations on our website.   £225
Imperial Gazetteer of India. Provincial Series. United Provinces of Agra & Oudh: Vol. II: The Allahabad, Benares, Gorakhpur, Kumaun, Lucknow, & Fyzabad Divisions, & The Native States. 1st Ed., xxxiv+524pp., fldg. map (of the United Provinces). Calcutta: Superintendent of Govt. Printing. 1908.  #54831
[HLMainPic] Detailed gazetteer with much interesting detail on each location, supplemented by a comprehensive index. Orig. red cloth, gilt, minor wear, VG. See illustration on our website.   £125
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

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