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The Sepoy and his Suit.
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CULLIMORE, Daniel Henry.

The Sepoy and his Suit.

Or a Few Remarks on the Clothing of the Madras Army.

Published: Rangoon: Printed at the "Whittam" Press, 1874

Stock code: 103558

Price: £225

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First and, presumed, only edition, entirely unrecorded,this copy inscribed on the first page “J.M. Cullimore Esq. with the Author’s Compliments”. Cullimore offers a series of remarks on the various articles of dress usually provided for native troops in the Madras Army “collected from conversation with the Officers of the 36th, 30th N. Infantry Regiments,and from personal observation while in Medical charge of these Regiment during the late Camp of exercise held at Bangalore”, trusting that they “will not be uninteresting to many in the Madras presidency who have the interest of the Sepoy at heart”. His particular concern is directed towards boots “which in both acceptations of the word, are the understandings of an Army”, coming down firmly against sandals, which he deems unsoldierly; and he is equally against the “adoption of the Zouave Costume [which] is also on the tapis”. The quotes give a good sense of the tone of persiflage throughout. Cullimore (1846-1892) is recorded in Crawford’s Roll of the Indian Medical Service 1615-1930 as having been a Licentiate of the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland in and of the King and Queen’s College of Physicians in 1870, Assistant Surgeon 1872, and Surgeon 1873. The present publication is recorded as are also The Book of Climates, Consumption as a Contagious Disease – these two published by Bailière – and The Burmese – what do they know of Medicine?

Duodecimo. 9pp. Sewn in the original printed, pink paper wraps. Wraps a little rubbed, soiled and spotted, but complete, crease from old lengthways median fold, contents lightly browned and with a chip from the head margin of the last leaf, no loss of text.

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