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India Including campaigns on the North-West Frontier, Afghanistan and Burma, the Indian Mutiny and Anglo-Indian colonial life   158 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

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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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Organization of the Native Army. [ii]+79pp. Allahabad: Pioneer Press. nd (c.1879).  #55898
[HLMainPic] Anonymous but evidently informed comments on the possible restructuring of the Indian Army to form a better model for active service than that available for the recent 2nd Afghan War - from which various examples are derived & in which the author participated. He advocates, inter alia, a two battalion system (Indian infantry regiments at that time were single battalion units with an inadequate reserve), with one battalion forming the depot/recruiting /training base to supply the battalion in the field. Originially published as a series of articles for the "Pioneer." Recent yellow cloth, gilt to sp., VG thus. See illustration on our website.   £75

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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

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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

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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

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