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First editions and rare books, including copies in fine bindings, relating to history, travel and exploration in Asia, excluding Russia and India.

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  1. Oriental Repertory.
    DALRYMPLE, [Alexander.] Oriental Repertory.

    London : 1791-[7]

    First edition, first issue, large paper copy, from the stated print-run of 250 copies only, of this valuable compilation of researches into the history, culture, topography, commerce and natural history of India, Burma, Cochinchina, and China, consisting mostly of reports, charts and translation produced by agents of the East India Company, including... Learn More
    £19,500.00

    Stock Code: 115902

  2. Aziatskaya Rossiya Atlas.
    GLINKA, Grigoriy Vyacheslavovich. Aziatskaya Rossiya Atlas.

    St Petersburg : 1914

    First edition of this atlas considered "one of the finest achievements of pre-revolutionary Russian cartography" (National Library of Russia, Cartography Department on-line catalogue). Covering present day Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Siberia, it was designed to accompany Glinka's three-volume work of the same title,... Learn More
    £10,000.00

    Stock Code: 114845

  3. An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China...
    STAUNTON, George. An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China...

    London : 1798

    Second, corrected, edition of the official account of the first official British Embassy to China, headed by George, Earl Macartney; the first edition was published the previous year. Macartney was dispatched to Peking in 1792, travelling via Madeira, Tenerife, Rio de Janeiro, the Cape of Good Hope and Indonesia. He was accompanied by Staunton, and... Learn More
    £18,500.00

    Stock Code: 129560

  4. The Afghan War of 1879-80,
    HENSMAN, Howard. The Afghan War of 1879-80,

    London : 1881

    First edition, widely recognized as one of the most authoritative contemporary accounts of the Second Afghan War. Howard Hensman (d. 1916) was the only journalist covering the campaign and accompanied General Roberts's Kurram Valley Field Force, being the "embedded" correspondent for the Allahabad Pioneer, the Indian newspaper for which Churchill was... Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 139894

  5. Eimi.
    CUMMINGS, E. E. Eimi.

    New York : 1933

    First edition, signed limited issue, number 7 of 1,381 copies signed by the author, additionally inscribed "For H. W. from EEC. April 3". Eimi was a travelogue, in Cummings's signature abstract prose, of his visit to the Soviet Union in 1931. As explained on the limitation page, the unusual limitation was apparently simply a reflection of the number... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 138117

  6. Three years in Cachar,
    WRIGHT, M. J. Three years in Cachar,

    London : [1895]

    First edition. Account of the life of a female missionary in Assam, including a brief narrative of the events of 1890-91 when a punitive expedition was sent to Manipur in response to the murder of five British officers by insurgent Manipuris. The rebellion was brought to an end with the execution of the instigators, two members of the reigning house... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 140371

  7. Some Indian Experiences.
    MORTON, [Boyce William Dunlop], Lieut.-General. Some Indian Experiences.

    Cheltenham : 1913

    First edition. Morton joined the 30th Bengal Infantry in 1848 in the aftermath of Chillianwala and served in India until the 1890s. He was mentioned in despatches for the Cossyah and Jyntiah Hills Campaign, 1861-3 and from 1864 to 1884 was in civil employ acting as Deputy Commissioner in seven districts successively, including Darjeeling, 1867-73. Slight... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 140373

  8. The Originality of Japanese Civilization.
    WALEY, Arthur. The Originality of Japanese Civilization.

    Oxford : 1929

    First edition, sole printing, one of 250 copies. Waley wrote this essay for the British group attending the third conference of the Institute of Pacific Relations, held in Kyoto in 1929. The work was reprinted in Tokyo in 1941 by the Kokusai Bunka Shinkokai The Society for International Cultural Relations to commemorate the 2600th anniversary of the... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 140348

  9. [Photograph album, titled on front cover:] In Memory of My China Cruise.
    (CHINA.) BERRY, Charles Edmond, Yeoman 2nd Class, US Navy. [Photograph album, titled on front cover:] In Memory of My China Cruise.

    Chefoo (Yantai), Shanghai, Singapore : 1934-7

    A highly evocative album containing over 300 photographs, both personal and from commercial studios, recording the active service of the USS Parrott (DD-218) on the China Station with the Asiatic Fleet - part of Destroyer Division 58 - including the Asiatic neutrality patrol in 1935 and 1936, offering a wealth of images of China, Japan, the Philippines,... Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 115861

  10. Colonel Ball-Acton, C.B. An Appreciation.
    BALL-ACTON, Charles. Colonel Ball-Acton, C.B. An Appreciation.

    Guildford : 1906

    First and sole edition of this extremely uncommon memoir, Library Hub records the British Library copy only among British and Irish instructional libraries, WorldCat adding National Library of Ireland and universities of Calgary and Chicago. Ball-Acton was commissioned ensign in the 51st Foot (King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry) in 1851, and served... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 140290

  11. The Victoria Cross in Afghanistan, and on the Frontiers of India.
    ELLIOTT, William John, Major. The Victoria Cross in Afghanistan, and on the Frontiers of India.

    London : 1882

    First edition of this attractive and uncommon little book, with just three locations on Library Hub (British Library, Scotland, Oxford), WorldCat adding a further four (Ireland, Stanford, California State Library, Illinois). Elliott, who served in the War Department and Reserve Staff, gives lively accounts of eighteen VC-winning actions. Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 140295

  12. The Angami Nagas.
    HUTTON, John Henry. The Angami Nagas.

    London : 1921

    First edition, first impression. John Henry Hutton (1885-1968) was an English anthropologist who "became a member of the Indian Civil Service in 1909 and spent most of his administrative career in Assam, on the border between India and Burma, particularly in the Naga hills. From 1917 to 1919 he was political officer with responsibility for the Kuki... Learn More
    £45.00

    Stock Code: 134203

  13. Natural Dyeing Processes of India.
    MOHANTY, Bijoy Chandra; K. V. Chandramouli; H. D. Naik. Natural Dyeing Processes of India.

    Ahmedabad : 1987

    First edition, first printing, of this comprehensive guide to the dyeing techniques of India, retaining all the original samples of different textiles. Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 140149

  14. Northern Afghanistan or Letters from the Afghan Boundary Commission.
    YATE, C. E. Northern Afghanistan or Letters from the Afghan Boundary Commission.

    Edinburgh & London : 1888

    First edition, scarce. Sir Charles Edward Yate (1849-1940) administrator in India and politician, served on General Roberts's staff during the Second Afghan War. "From 1884 to 1886 he was attached to the Afghan boundary commission, a posting which supplied him with the material for a volume of descriptive letters, Northern Afghanistan (1888). In March... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 140230

  15. Glimpses of Life and Manners in Persia.
    SHEIL, Mary Leonora, Lady. Glimpses of Life and Manners in Persia.

    London : 1856

    First edition and only contemporary edition of the "first travel book on Persia by a woman" ( Nash, Travellers to the Middle East from Burckhardt to Thesiger, p. 114). Mary Anne Leonora Woulfe (1825-69) married Capt. Justin Sheil (18031871), an Indian Army officer in 1847. Her husband had had a distinguished career, educated Stonyhurst, he was commissioned... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 139756

  16. Incidents in the Sepoy War 1857-58.
    GRANT, Hope. Incidents in the Sepoy War 1857-58.

    Edinburgh : 1873

    First edition. "Grant was stationed at Ambala when the Indian mutiny broke out in May 1857. He was appointed brigadier of the cavalry which marched from Ambala to relieve Delhi, and on 8 June fought in the engagement at Badli-ki-sarai. Grant was made responsible for the security of the encampment on the ridge during the four-month siege of Delhi. He... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 140255

  17. Memoirs of Jeremiah Brasyer;
    BRASYER, Jeremiah. Memoirs of Jeremiah Brasyer;

    Bombay : [1892]

    First edition. Exceptionally uncommon memoir of remarkable career in the Indian Army. Just three copies of this Bombay imprint - BL, Minnesota, and Rochester, NY - on OCLC, together with 4 copies of the London edition of the same date. Born in 1810, Brasyer was brought up in Kent, a gardener by training. He enlisted in the Bengal Artillery in 1833,... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 140196

  18. Beyond Khyber Pass.
    THOMAS, Lowell. Beyond Khyber Pass.

    New York : [1928]

    Revised edition of the preeminent American broadcaster's third book and signed by Thomas on the half-title. Originally published by The Century Company earlier the same year, this reprint is part of the "Century Vagabond Books of Travel". With a newspaper clipping from the Los Angeles Examiner concerning excavations in Balochistan, loosely inserted.... Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 140082

  19. Illustrations of Japanese Life.
    TAKASHIMA, Suteta, & Ogawa Kazumasa. Illustrations of Japanese Life.

    Yokohama : 1896

    First edition of this fine example of the popular genre of photographically illustrated books depicting Japanese costume and culture published at the end of the nineteenth century, these the work of the foremost Japanese photographer of the period, Ogawa Kazumasa (1860-1929), known for his pioneering work in photomechanical printing during the Meiji... Learn More
    £1,400.00

    Stock Code: 140033

  20. Out of This World.
    THOMAS, Lowell, Jr. Out of This World.

    New York : 1950

    First edition, first printing of this account of Thomas Jr.'s travels across Tibet, to Lhasa. Signed on the half-title by Thomas Jr. and his father, who also participated in the trip. Their time in Tibet had a great impact on both father and son, both of whom would go on to champion the Tibet issue in print and broadcast. Loosely laid in are ten newspaper... Learn More
    £95.00

    Stock Code: 140088

  21. Extracts from a Journal in the Months of June, July, August, and September, in the Year 1819.
    WESTON, Stephen. Extracts from a Journal in the Months of June, July, August, and September, in the Year 1819.

    London : 1820

    First and only edition. Stephen Weston, (1747-1830), antiquary, classical scholar, and minor Shakespearian. Educated Eton, and Exeter College, Oxford. "Weston accompanied Sir Charles Warwick Bampfylde of Devon as his tutor in a long tour of the continent. As a result of this tour he conceived a passion for travel and a particular love for France and,... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 139891

  22. Two Years in the Jungle.
    HORNADAY, William Temple. Two Years in the Jungle.

    New York : 1887

    Fourth edition, two years after the first. Account of an expedition undertaken by the noted American zoologist, conservationist, and taxidermist. He was sent to Asia by naturalist and collector Henry Augustus Ward, who founded specimen suppliers Ward's Natural Science, now Ward's Science. Hornaday became the first director of the New York Zoological... Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 139819

  23. The Bengal Mutiny:
    AIKMAN, William Robertson. The Bengal Mutiny:

    London : 1857

    First and only edition. William Aikman (1822 - 1903) was a religious writer and poet who joined the Indian Army in 1840, Eighth Regiment Native Infantry, Madras Establishment, some of his works were published under the pseudonym "A Soldier of the Cross". Blames a possible conspiracy fostered by the "highest caste among the Baboos of Calcutta" outraged... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 137196

  24. The Silk Road.
    HEDIN, Sven. The Silk Road.

    1938

    First edition in English, translated from the Swedish edition of 1936. " Sino-Swedish Expedition to Central Asia of 1933-35. This book deals with the exploration of the region round Lop-Nor." (Yakushi). Learn More
    £100.00

    Stock Code: 104257

  25. Defeat into Victory.
    SLIM, Field-Marshal Sir William. Defeat into Victory.

    London : 1956

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy from Slim, inscribed beneath the portrait frontispiece, "With humble duty, W.J. Slim, F.M.". A pencilled note to the front pastedown states that the book was presented to Princess Mary, a very suitable association, if true. In 1949 the 10th Gurkha Rifles, who were heavily involved in the Burma Campaign... Learn More
    £950.00

    Stock Code: 138798

  26. Soviet Russia:
    (RUSSIA.) Soviet Russia:

    London : 1924

    First edition of this account by the British foreign office of the newly established Soviet state. Scarce, with Copac listing copies in eight institutions. Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 126897

  27. Oriental and Western Siberia:
    ATKINSON, Thomas Witlam. Oriental and Western Siberia:

    London : 1858

    First edition of this handsome book. Having trained as a stonemason, Atkinson became an architect carrying out some highly accomplished commissions in the Manchester area. Around 1844 "inspired by Alexander von Humboldt's accounts of Siberia, Atkinson then moved to St Petersburg There, in 1846, he abandoned architecture as a profession for the pursuits... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 139393

  28. India.
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. India.

    London : 1931

    First edition, wrappered issue, of this collection of Churchill's speeches on India, its place within the British Empire, and its potential self-governance. The 1930s are characterized as Churchill's wilderness years, with his unrelenting opposition to Hitler being seen as main cause for his ostracism. However "another, and earlier reason lay in his... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 139562

  29. Travels in the Regions of the Upper and Lower Amoor and the Russian Acquisitions on the confines of India and China.
    ATKINSON, Thomas Witlam. Travels in the Regions of the Upper and Lower Amoor and the Russian Acquisitions on the confines of India and China.

    London : 1860

    First edition. Having trained as a stonemason, Atkinson became an architect carrying out some highly accomplished commissions in the Manchester area. Around 1844 "inspired by Alexander von Humboldt's accounts of Siberia, Atkinson then moved to St Petersburg There, in 1846, he abandoned architecture as a profession for the pursuits of an explorer and... Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 139349

  30. The Ascent of Everest.
    HUNT, John. The Ascent of Everest.

    London : 1953

    First edition, first impression. This copy signed on the front free endpaper by Hunt, Edmund Hillary, and significantly by Tenzing Norgay in both Roman characters and Nepali, together with nine other members of the team: George Lowe, who had attempted Cho Oyu the previous year with Hillary; Michael Ward - the "medical linchpin" (Guardian obituary) of... Learn More
    £5,750.00

    Stock Code: 138578

  31. Black and White War Albums No. 3: The Tirah Campaign.
    (TIRAH CAMPAIGN.) BULL, René. Black and White War Albums No. 3: The Tirah Campaign.

    London : [1899]

    First and sole edition of this excellent visual record of the Tirah Campaign (1897-1898), prosecuted on the North-West Frontier against the Afridi; four of these "War Albums" were issued by the Black and White, a popular illustrated weekly: another two on the Sudan campaign and a naval number completing the series. René Bull is better known as an illustrator... Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 139178

  32. The Tourist's Guide to Lucknow.
    HILTON, Edward H[enry]. The Tourist's Guide to Lucknow.

    Lucknow : 1916

    Ninth edition, originally published in 1894. Chapter II contains Hilton's account of the Mutiny. At the time of the outbreak he was "one of the senior boys at the La Martiniere College, to the staff of which institution my parents belonged; hence I became pretty well conversant with passing events." The College is the only educational establishment... Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 139202

  33. On the Track of the Àbor.
    [SYNGE, Mark] as "Powell Millington". On the Track of the Àbor.

    London : 1912

    First edition, first impression, of this eyewitness account by an Indian Army major of the Abor Expedition on the North East frontier of India, described by Marshall as a "light-hearted account... Millington was involved in the communications side of the Expedition".

    "The Abor Expedition (1911-1912) was carried out to punish the perpetrators... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 139206

  34. The Life of John Nicholson, Soldier and Administrator.
    TROTTER, Lionel. The Life of John Nicholson, Soldier and Administrator.

    London : 1897

    First edition of the "standard biography of Nicholson" (Sorsky), whose actions during the Indian Mutiny, and his death at the head of the main storming party in the assault on Delhi, ensured that he was remembered as "a Victorian imperial hero, 'the saviour of Delhi'" (ODNB). Born in Dublin in 1821 and gazetted ensign in 1839, he was posted to the 27th... Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 139226

  35. Leaves from an Afghan Scrapbook:
    THORNTON, Ernest, & Annie Thornton. Leaves from an Afghan Scrapbook:

    London : 1910

    First edition, first printing, Imperial Library issue, of this colourful and rather uncommon first-hand account of life in Afghanistan, offering some fascinating insights. Ernest Thornton was Manager of Tanneries at Kabul, who in 1892 "was engaged by the ruler of Afghanistan, Amir ʻAbd al-Rahman Khān (reigned 18801901), to establish a tannery and... Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 139199

  36. Memoirs and Correspondence of Major-General Sir William Nott.
    (NOTT, Sir William.) STOCQUELER, J. H., ed. Memoirs and Correspondence of Major-General Sir William Nott.

    London : 1854

    First edition of this uncommon memoir, which remains the standard life, and an important source for the First Afghan War. Nott was commissioned as ensign in the East India Company's army in 1800, and posted to the 20th Bengal Native Infantry, serving with them in the expedition to the west coast of Sumatra in 1805. From 1811 until 1825 he served as... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 139223

  37. Recollections of a Lucknow Veteran 1845-1876.
    RUGGLES, J., Major-General. Recollections of a Lucknow Veteran 1845-1876.

    London : 1906

    First edition of this uncommon memoir. "Ruggles wrote this some 60 years after the Mutiny and relies on Martin Gubbins's work An Account of the Mutinies in Oude 1858 together with Ruggles's own notes. When the book was written there were still at least 25 survivors at the Lucknow Dinner" (Sorsky). Ruggles served with the 19th Punjabis, originally raised... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 139224

  38. The Life and Correspondence of Field-Marshal Sir George Pollock.
    LOW, Charles Rathbone. The Life and Correspondence of Field-Marshal Sir George Pollock.

    London : 1873

    First edition, this copy presented by the author to the Royal United Service Institution in 1904, with presentation label to front pastedown and their embossed library stamp to title page. This remains the only biography of Sir George Pollock (1786-1872), a lifelong Indian Army officer, who, with Sir William Nott, became one of the heroes of the disastrous... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 139221

  39. A Leader of Light Horse: Life of Hodson of Hodson's Horse.
    TROTTER, Lionel J. A Leader of Light Horse: Life of Hodson of Hodson's Horse.

    Edinburgh and London : 1901

    First edition, first impression, of this surprisingly uncommon and significant biography that "attempts to exonerate the great hero" (Ladendorf); it was reprinted in the Everyman Library in 1910. Learn More
    £50.00

    Stock Code: 139187

  40. The Life of Colin Campbell, Lord Clyde.
    SHADWELL, L. The Life of Colin Campbell, Lord Clyde.

    Edinburgh & London : 1881

    First edition of this "detailed memoir" (Ladendorf), sanctioned by Campbell's trustees and the foundation of all future biographies. Colin Campbell (1792-1863) began his varied and lengthy army career under Wellington's forces in Portugal during the Peninsular War. Over the next half century, he would see active service in the West Indies, China, Hong... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 139190

  41. The Life of Robert, Lord Clive:
    MALCOLM, Sir John. The Life of Robert, Lord Clive:

    London : 1836

    First edition of this important biography, the official life of Clive of India by Sir John Malcolm, another great Indian administrator. "By the time Malcolm wrote, no new material had appeared on Clive for more than forty years. The core of Malcolm's work was to be the large collection of manuscripts kept by Clive's son, the Earl of Powis" (Harrington,... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 139196

  42. [The Life of Muhammad.] "Mahometto Den" [馬哈黙伝]
    PRIDEAUX, Humphrey; TADASU, Hayashi, translator. [The Life of Muhammad.] "Mahometto Den" [馬哈黙伝]

    Tokyo : Meiji 9 [1876].

    First edition in Japanese, being the first Japanese book on the life of the prophet Muhammad, drawn from Prideaux's The True Nature of Imposture Fully Display'd in the Life of Mahomet (1697) and translated into Japanese by Hayashi Tadasu, later Japan's Minister for Foreign Affairs.
    Tadasu (1850-1913) studied in Britain from 1866 to 1868.... Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 138760

  43. Tokyo.
    KLEIN, William. Tokyo.

    Paris : [1964]

    First edition, first printing, French issue (both the French and Japanese issues were printed in Japan and issued apparently simultaneously). An important association copy, with Klein's contemporary signed presentation inscription on the half title to his friend Germano Facetti, and his wife, "to Germano, man of the future, noblest Roman of them all,... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 115928

  44. Regimental History of the 45th Rattray's Sikhs.
    McRAE, H. St. G. M. Regimental History of the 45th Rattray's Sikhs.

    Glasgow : 1933

    First and sole edition, issued "for private circulation only", decidedly uncommon Copac cites copies at just three British and Irish institutional libraries (BL, Scotland, York), Perkins adds National Army Museum and India Office and OCLC another 11 world-wide. Perkins describes McRae's book as "a full and readable history" covering "the story of the... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 123509

  45. Bitvi russkih s bukhartsami v 1868 godu I geroiskaia oborona goroda Samarkanda.
    KOL'DEVIN, N. Bitvi russkih s bukhartsami v 1868 godu I geroiskaia oborona goroda Samarkanda.

    St Petersburg : 1878

    Second edition, the first published in 1873. Uncommon, OCLC with just two locations of the first, LoC and BL, none for this second which appears to be more substantial with 44 pages as against the first's 29. Attractive propaganda piece recounting the story of the heroic Bokharan campaign for the troops. Following the Crimean War the Russian military... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 121924

  46. Karta Zakaspiyskogo Kraya. Sostavlena po Noveyshim Svedeniyam v Voyenno-Topograficheskom Otdele Kavkazskogo Voyennogo Okruga
    STEBNITSKY, Ieronym Ivanovich. Karta Zakaspiyskogo Kraya. Sostavlena po Noveyshim Svedeniyam v Voyenno-Topograficheskom Otdele Kavkazskogo Voyennogo Okruga

    [Tiflis] : 1875

    One of the earliest detailed maps to be made of the Transcaspian region - the area between the eastern shore of the Caspian Sea and the Aral Sea - which in the years immediately following the issue of this map, was annexed piecemeal to the Russian Empire following a series of brutal campaigns led by Generals Lomakin, Skobelev, and Annenkov. The map... Learn More
    £5,500.00

    Stock Code: 109039

  47. The Chitral Campaign.
    THOMSON, Harry Craufuird. The Chitral Campaign.

    London : 1895

    First edition, Empire Library issue. Well-informed journalistic account of the 1895 expedition to relieve Chitral from a military coup led by Umra Khan, the tribal leader of Bajour in north western India. Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 138612

  48. Memoirs of Major-General Sir Henry Havelock.
    (HAVELOCK, Henry.) MARSHMAN, John Clark. Memoirs of Major-General Sir Henry Havelock.

    London : 1860

    First edition of the first major biography of Sir Henry Havelock (1795-1857), "one of the best British generals of his time, a clever tactician with a good eye for ground. Cool in action, he won the confidence of his troops, who admired his courage. Something of a martinet, his deep religious feeling kept him somewhat apart. A lion in action, he could... Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 138607

  49. Notes on the Revolt in the North-Western Provinces of India.
    RAIKES, Charles. Notes on the Revolt in the North-Western Provinces of India.

    London : 1858

    First edition. "From 1831 until 1853 Raikes was based in the North-Western Provinces, becoming magistrate of Mainpuri in 1849 and publishing Notes on the North-Western Provinces in 1852. In 1853 he was appointed commissioner of Lahore. Three years later he returned to the North-Western Provinces as an officiating judge in the East India Company's chief... Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 133276

  50. Polozheniye o pereformirovanii armeyskoy kavalerii [Regulations on the Reformation of the Cavalry].
    (MILITARY) Polozheniye o pereformirovanii armeyskoy kavalerii [Regulations on the Reformation of the Cavalry].

    St. Petersburg : 1833

    First and only edition, genuinely scarce, a single copy traced to the Russian Presidential Library. A handsomely presented volume, a contribution towards Nicholas I's efforts at far-reaching reform of the army, a volume which would have had minimal distribution among those directly involved in the administration. This copy identified, by the gilt-stamped... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 133891

  51. Armenia:
    CURZON, Robert. Armenia:

    London : 1854

    First edition of this work by the English traveller, diplomat and author, Robert Curzon, 14th Baron Zouche (1810-1873), who, in 1842-1843, was joint British Commissioner in Erzurum as part of the British-Turkish-Persian-Russian boundary commission sitting to delineate the Turkish and Persian frontier. This book, published about a decade later, describes... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 133062

  52. Memorials of the Life and Letters,
    EDWARDES, Sir Herbert Benjamin. Memorials of the Life and Letters,

    London : 1886

    First edition, presentation copy from the author, inscribed warmly across the half-title in each volume, "Percy Alderson from Lady Herbert Edwardes in Memory of the first step into the well-trodden field of Military Life. December 1893, Brighton", and quoting stanzas two, five, seven and eight from Longfellow's "A Psalm of Life" (1838).

    Uncommon,... Learn More
    £875.00

    Stock Code: 137806

  53. The Happy Valley.
    WAKEFIELD, William. The Happy Valley.

    London : 1879

    First edition. Wakefield was a medical officer to the British army in India and this is an account of travels he made in the summer of 1875, in which he "travelled over a great part of the Valley, saw the objects of interest most worthy of attention, and examined closely into the manners and customs of the inhabitants" (p. v). Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 127449

  54. Gallant Sepoys and Sowars.
    ELLIOTT, William John, Major & William Knollys, Lieut.-Col. Gallant Sepoys and Sowars.

    London : c.1890

    New edition, first separately published in 1882, originally formed part of Knollys' The Victoria Cross in the Colonies (1879). Aimed at a juvenile audience, Elliott and Knollys collect stories of "deeds of bravery by native soldiers of India" (p. iii.). With particular respect given to the Gurkhas and Sikhs, the authors assert that "native troops, officers... Learn More
    £95.00

    Stock Code: 122300

  55. Account of the Writings, Religion, and Manners, of the Hindoos:
    WARD, William. Account of the Writings, Religion, and Manners, of the Hindoos:

    Serampore : 1811

    The first volume was first published in 1806, but no copies traced, this full edition being issued in 1811 from the Mission Press that Ward laboured so hard to establish. Extremely uncommon, just one set traced at auction, maybe 20 locations institutionally. Trained as a printer, and working in that capacity on various newspapers in the Midlands, and... Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 102883

  56. 129657
    (INDIAN RAILWAYS.) Railway System of India.

    Calcutta : 1902

    Well presented map depicting the latest developments in the Indian railways covering the subcontinent from Baluchistan and Kashmir in the North to the Malay Peninsula in the East. This 1:5,068,800 map shows the state of the system at the beginning of a period of wide expansion, just one year after the establishment of the Indian Railway Board.
    Though... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 129657

  57. The History of the European Commerce with India.
    MACPHERSON, David. The History of the European Commerce with India.

    London : 1812

    First edition, first impression. Macpherson's most celebrated work was his Annals of Commerce, Fisheries and Navigation, which established him as a leading authority on the history of Britain's overseas trade. This, his final work, "opposed Adam Smith's view that the East India Company's monopoly was detrimental to the development of trade... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 118117

  58. Travels in India, during the Years 1780, 1781, 1782, & 1783.
    HODGES, William. Travels in India, during the Years 1780, 1781, 1782, & 1783.

    London : 1793

    First edition, in a superior Regency binding; a second edition was published the following year. "The first professional landscape artist to visit India and please such tastes for the picturesque and the sublime was William Hodges (1744-1797). He went with a highly individual vision and style of painting which had been formed while he was official artist... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 117400

  59. The Life and Correspondence of Charles, Lord Metcalfe;
    KAYE, John William. The Life and Correspondence of Charles, Lord Metcalfe;

    London : 1854

    First edition, a handsomely bound copy. Sir John William Kaye (1814-1876) had himself served in the Bengal Artillery before joining the civil service of the East India Company; he wrote extensively on India, his best known work being the valuable The History of the Sepoy War in India, 1857-8 (3 volumes, 1864-76). Charles Theophilus Metcalfe (1785-1846),... Learn More
    £325.00

    Stock Code: 112000

  60. Views in Chitral.
    DEVELIN, Sergeant-Major, Royal Engineers. Views in Chitral.

    London : 1896

    First and only edition. A fine visual record of the 1895 expedition to relieve the siege of Chitral, an incident of the Great Game that became a considerable cause célèbre. The Russians were seen to be making solid advances in the region, pushing across the Khanates of Central Asia, a railway line following in their tracks, and "had begun to show... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 99440

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