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India India, Including campaigns on the North-West Frontier, Afghanistan and Burma, the Indian Mutiny and Anglo-Indian colonial life   159 Books
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The Coronation Durbar Delhi 1903. Official Directory (With Maps). 1st Ed., [ii]+iii+iv+208pp., 3 of 4 fldg. maps in pocket. Printed at the Foreign Office Press, Camp Delhi. Contemp. 1912  #59917
[HLMainPic] Contains: Lists of Occupants of the Principal Camps; Nominal Lists of native Chiefs &c.; Military Staffs & Regimental Camps, details of the various functions & amusements, miscellaneous info. on camp arangements, the Delhi Durbar Police Act. Includes roll of Indian Mutiny veterans (European, Eusrasion & Native) participating in the celebrations, noting their regt., province, home address/village, brief details of service &c. (around 200 listed in this section). Orig. wraps., loosely housed in red cloth, gilt, binder (formerly retained by ribbon: deatched now, as always). Useful source on police & military officers (listed under regimental headings) & other officials present, as well as the list of veterans attending. VG thus & very scarce survival, complete with three of four fldg. maps in front-pocket: Plan of the Camp; Disposition of Troops & General Arrangements; Central Camp (rare with these maps present: still lacking the less important Skeleton Map of Delhi) with ink inscrip. of "Capt. Barlow, Hampshire Regiment, Brig. Maj. Viceroy's Escort" i.e. Capt. N.W. Barlow. See illustration on our website.   £245
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
Selections from Speeches of Sir J.J.D. Latouche, KCSI, Lieutenant Governor of the United Provinces From 1901 to 1906. 1st Ed., [ii]+ii+90pp. Naini Tal: United Provinces Government Camp Branch Press. 1906  #57424
[HLMainPic] Speeches of consequence on various Indian affairs from 1898-1906, regarding legislation, unveiling of statues, educational improvements, &c. Much of interest on the British administration of the United Provinces. Orig. printed paper covd. boards with cloth backstrip, VG. See illustration on our website.   £35
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
Coronation Durbar, Delhi, 1911. Official Directory with Maps. 1st Ed., vi+388pp., 2 fldg. maps in endpocket (detailed coloured map of the Durbar cantonments, &c., delineating the location of each regiment's camp, &c., & a b/w map of the main arena, again noting the locations of various regiments &c.). Calcutta: Supt. of Govt. Printing, India. 1911  #60347
[HLMainPic] A comprehensive pocket guide to the various ceremonies taking place during the event, dignitaries & regiments involved, lists of the important personages & officials from each state or region, lists of the British officers of each participating regiment (Indian Army & British), roll of those in the Veteran's Camp (British & native officers & men, ordered by regiments), index of British officers & others. Orig. printed paper covd. boards with blue cloth backstrip, minor wear, lacking ffep but interestingly has six India Postage stamps of several denominations affixed to front blanl all with "Coronation Durbar 1911 12 Dec." postal cachets, this being the date of the Durbar. Generally VG indeed & complete with both maps. See illustration on our website.   £165
The Quarterly Army List of Her Majesty's British and Indian Forces on the Madras Establishment, 11th January 1875, Corrected to 11th January 1875. Includes regimental and Gradation Lists (including Civil Service) & War Services of Officers. Later red cloth, gilt, VG. Orig. soiled wraps bound in.  #23578
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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
Standing Orders of the Bombay Artillery. Compiled & Published Under the Authority of the Commander in Chief & Government. [iii]+253pp., errata slip bound-in facing tp. Bombay: Govt. Printing Office. D. Nicker, Printer. 1844  #57768
[HLMainPic] Customary rules & regs. for officers. NOCs & rank & file, inc. duties of gun-lascars, rosters for duty, guards & picquets, defaulters, barracks, rations & messing, hospital, ordnance, pay, dress &c. Much interesting detail on the organisatiion of the Bombay Artillery.Contemp. qtr. calf, marbled paper covd. boards, somewhat rubbed & worn but easily VG for the period with pencil owenership inscrip. of Col. F.W.M. Spring, compiler of the Bombay List of Officers published in 1902. See illustration on our website.   £145
Coronation Durbar, 1911. Being a Reprint of Articles & Telegrams previously published in the "Pioneer." 1st Ed., [v]+ii+249+lxxiipp., 28 illus., large fldg. plan of Durbar Camp, with index of locations. Allahabad: Pioneer Press. 1912  #59916
[HLMainPic] Considerable information about the event & persons & regiments involved. Listings of those awarded honours & distinctons in connection with the event (various grades of the Royal Victorian Order &c.) Orig. green cloth, gilt, minor wear, eps sympathetically renewed, the large fldg. plan torn but complete, VG thus. See illustration on our website.   £120
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  #60000
[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 & Military Orders for forces under command; Commissariat; Courts Martial, Courts of Enquiry &c.; Marches & Routes; Miscellaneous Orders & Parades including several episoodes where officers & men are brought to notice for good conduct. Much interesting detail & invaluable source on Napier's Army in Scinde. rare & not to date reprinted, but unlovely copy, black cloth, gilt to front, ex-RUSI with bookplate & lacking title page. See illustration on our website.   £145

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