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India Including campaigns on the North-West Frontier, Afghanistan and Burma, the Indian Mutiny and Anglo-Indian colonial life   174 Books
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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 East India Military Calendar; Containing the Services of Gneral & Field Officers of the Indian Army. By the Editor of The Royal Military Calendar. Vol. I only (of three published), 1st Ed., vii+504pp., 4to. Kingsbury, Parbury, & Allen, Leadenhall Street. 1823.  #56020
This rare volume contains biographies of several hundred officers of the H.E.I.C. Army, many of them with an immense amount of detail communicated by them directly to the editor &, inter al., much on the cmapiagns of late 18th & early 19th Centuries. Contemp. full hatched calf boards, sometime neatly rebacked with strengthened inner joints, edges/corners rubbed o/w very sound, VG, with Astley Terry armorial bookplate & contemp. ink ownership inscrips. of George Wemyss Dalrymple & J.H. Ribblethwaite. See illustration on our website.   £275
Lloyd's Sketches of Indian Life. 1st Ed., 18 chromo. litho. plates, large format (34 x 25 cm approx.). Chapman & Hall. 1890.  #55964
[HLMainPic] Appealing & rare selection of plates by William Whitelock Lloyd (who served as an officer with the South Wales Borderers during the Zulu War, 1879, when he provided illustrations for the Illustrated London News; also served in India & following retirement in 1882 continued to illustrate various works). Consists of 18 plates, mostly three or four captioned vignettes, but some whole page illustrations, also captioned, depicting village & street scenes, native servants, sports, off-duty pursuits of a British officer in India, &c. Orig. printed paper covd. boards, with b/w line illus. to front of 'The Morning Shave' (which also appears in col. within the work), maroon cloth backstrip, contents somewhat loose (but still reasonably firm) in binding, except a few plates loose, edges a little chipped, plates all very clean & in excellent state. See illustration on our website.   £225
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
Dress Regulations. (India) 1931. Facsimile reprint (with additional plates & intro. by Bill Carman), xii+124pp., 6 photos. VG in dw. Newport: Westlake. 1987.  #44102
[HLMainPic] See illustration on our website.   £10
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
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
The New Regulations for the Bengal Army; According to Minutes of Council & General Orders, Issued in Fort William, During the Months of May & June, MDCCXCVI. 81pp., fldg. table (Pay & Allowances/examples of Form of Long Roll), 3pp. publishers adverts. London: Printed for John Stockdale. 1797.  #42977
Various regulations, general orders &c., also Army Lists for regiments of the Bengal Presidency in 1796. Printed in Calcutta in 1796 & this edition in London the following year. Later replacement grey limp wraps., typed paper label to front, VG thus & very rare.   £145
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
Bylaws of the 6th D.C.O. Lancer Co-operative Thrift Society Limited. 14pp., plain wraps., wire stitched. Sialkot: Public Electric Press. nd (c.1930).  #46883
Regimental societies such as this, co-operative in nature, existed to enable officers & men of the regt. to borrow money for necessities (these might include polo ponies &c.) at a preferential rate. All members paid into the savings scheme & owned a share. Ownership inscrip. of F.R.C. Stewart, joined 6th Lancers (Watson's Horse) 1930 & later Lt.-Col.   £8

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