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WELSH, James, Colonel.

Military Reminiscences extracted from a Journal of Nearly Forty Years’ Active Service in the East Indies.

Published: London: Smith, Elder, and Co. 1830

Stock code: 99446

Price: £750

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First edition. “Military Service in India and Ceylon, 1790-1829” (Bruce). Welsh (1775-1861) was born in Scotland, and in 1790 was commissioned as ensign in the army of the HEIC, the following year being posted to the 3rd European Regiment in Madras. He participated in the capture of Pondicherry, 1793, and in 1795 of Ceylon; served in the 2nd Mahratta War, 1803-5, being present at Ahmadnagar, Argaum, Gwilghar, and Makarsir; 1805-7 commanded a battalion at Poona, putting down a mutiny of native troops at Palamkotta; 1809 lead the assault at the taking of Arambooly, Travancore; and in 1812 put down a native rising in the Wainad. He spent 1829-37 in England before returning to India as GOC Northern Division, Madras, until 1847. Welsh’s memoirs “methodically trace nearly every step of the imposition of British control over South India. For the major encounters with the French, Dutch, and during the Mahratta War, he often lists the ‘order of battle’ and summarizes the casualties. Of some interest are Welsh’s recollections of service with Lord Cornwallis and Major General Arthur Wellesley, later the Duke of Wellington” (Riddick).

2 volumes octavo (213 132 mm). Modern red half calf, matching linen boards, title gilt to spines, foliate roll gilt to the spine and corner edges. Uncoloured aquatint frontispiece to each, and 20 other aquatint plates, 2 of them folding, 21 full-page wood-engraved illustrations, 14 maps and plans, 2 fo them folding one of these an aquatint, wood-engraved title-page vignettes and numerous similar illustrations to the text. Perhaps a little rubbed, some foxing and browning, and occasional offsetting to and from the plates, but overall a very good set.

Bibliography: Abbey, 547; Bruce 41010; Riddick 66

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