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  1. 113334
    First edition, preceding the London edition, published in octavo, by two years. Born in Tipperary, Thomas arrived in Madras in 1781, possibly as a deserter from the Royal Navy. He began learning his trade as a freelance with "the Kanara Poligars, a group of armed chieftain-bandits. Thomas subsequently joined the nizam of... Learn More
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  2. Views in Chitral.
    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,... Learn More
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 99440

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  3. 71620
    First edition, with plates watermarked 1824. Having failed in his original ambition to be a portrait painter, Salt set out on an eastern tour in June 1802 as secretary and draughtsman to Viscount Valentia. "He visited India, Ceylon, and the Red Sea, and in 1805 was sent by Valentia on a mission into Abyssinia, to the ras... Learn More
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  4. 70570

    Tavernier (1605-1689) made six trips to Asia in search of fine jewels -..."> First small format edition, following the quarto firsts of Les Six Voyages (1676) and Recueil (1678); a beautifully presented set of this highly desirable edition of the voyages of this "most famous among the 'business travellers'" (Speake).

    Tavernier (1605-1689) made six trips to Asia in search of fine jewels -... Learn More
    £10,000

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  5. The Road to Oxiana.
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "To Sir Denison Ross, in memory of much help with this book and many others, from, Robert Byron". A superb association, the distinguished linguist and orientalist Sir Denison Ross (1871-1940) was professor of Persian... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 79960

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  6. Report of the Bombay Chamber of Commerce for the Year 1876-77.
    First and only edition, decidedly scarce: no copies cited in either Copac or OCLC. This attractive copy has an excellent provenance: bearing, on the front cover, the gilt arms and motto ("crux mihi grata quies" - "the cross gives me welcome rest") of the Adam family. This is almost certainly from the library of Sir Frank... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 111938

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  7.  1
    First edition. Fraser came as a merchant to Calcutta in 1813 and remained in India until 1820. In 1815 he spent some time with his brother William, a political agent to General Martindale, in the Himalayan region. In June 1815 Fraser penetrated almost to the source of the Ganges, reaching the shrine of the Mother Goddess,... Learn More
    £1,800

    Stock Code: 18914

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  8. A New Voyage to the East-Indies in the Year 1690 and 1691.
    First editions in English. The first part is a translation of Pouchot de Chantassin's Relation du Voyage et Retour des Indes Orientales pendant les Années 1690 & 1691. Par un Garde de la Marine Servant sur le Bord de Monsieur Duquesne (Paris, 1692). His name is not given in this translation, but appears in the privilege... Learn More
    £4,250

    Stock Code: 80264

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  9. A Picturesque Tour along the Rivers Ganges and Jumna, in India:
    First edition of one of the finest colour plate books on India, originally issued in six monthly numbers. "The illustrations are clear and bright, finely engraved, frequently printed in two colours, and well finished by hand they are a brave attempt to express what the author in the glittering and oriental peroration to... Learn More
    £17,500

    Stock Code: 107778

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  10. Oriental Field Sports;
    Limited issue, number 40 of 350 copies. An attractive facsimile of the original 1807 edition of "the most beautiful book on Indian sport in existence" (Schwerdt). Howitt "is first recorded as having a property at Chigwell, in Essex, and living as a gentleman of meansa keen sportsman, hunter, rider, and angler. A self-taught... Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 103401

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  11. Wanderings of a Pilgrim, in Search of the Picturesque,
    First edition. Uncommon, and highly sought-after particularly in the cloth. "Fanny and Charles Parks sailed for Calcutta in June 1822, finally leaving India in August 1845. Her account of her years in India, Wanderings of a Pilgrim in Search of the Picturesque, largely based on the journal which she kept for her mother,... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 95111

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  12. 87219
    Second edition, first published 1807-8. "The most beautiful book on Indian sport in existence" (Schwerdt). Howitt "is first recorded as having a property at Chigwell, in Essex, and living as a gentleman of meansa keen sportsman, hunter, rider, and angler. A self-taught artist, he turned professional when financial difficulties... Learn More
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  13. The Campaign in India, 1857-58.
    First and only edition of this superb, but notoriously fragile, pictorial record of the Mutiny. The illustrations, genuinely spirited and exhibiting an eye for the telling detail, are based on the very accomplished sketches made by Atkinson (1822-1859) while he was serving as a captain with the Bengal Engineers (Ambala Division).... Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 114091

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  14. Journal of a Cavalry Officer;
    First edition, this copy inscribed by the author to his son; "William Wellesley Humbley with the best love of his father, The Author, Cressener House, St. Neots, Jany. 10 1882". Extremely uncommon, just 8 copies on Copac, OCLC adds 4 more, all in North America. One of the most elusive, and sought after, accounts of campaigning... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 101656

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  15. The Advantages of an Alliance with the Great Mogul:
    Second edition, the same year as the first, with an additional gathering at the end "obviating Doubts"; one of three printed attempts made by Morrison, a former major in the service of the East India Company, to attract attention to his proposal of an alliance with his employer Shah Alam II, the Mughal Emperor. The provinces... Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 94258

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  16. Diary of a March through Sinde and Afghanistan,
    First edition. Allen was assistant chaplain to the Bombay establishment, and accompanied Nott's forces through the campaign from April 1841 to February 1843. "Allen's diary offers a perceptive vision of the landscapes bringing to mind Biblical scenes of the Old Testament Youthful and exuberant at the campaign's advent,... Learn More
    £575

    Stock Code: 109458

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  17. The Pathan Borderland

    The Pathan Borderland.

    Calcutta and Simla: 1921

    Second edition, considerably enlarged; originally published in 1910. Scarce: Copac locates only two copies in British and Irish institutional libraries (BL, London Library), OCLC adds a further 11 worldwide. The author notes in his Preface that this new edition was revised in the aftermath of the Third Anglo-Afghan War (1919)... Learn More
    £200

    Stock Code: 110428

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  18. 115854
    First edition. James was Reuter's special correspondent on Lockhart's campaign against the Orakzai and Tirah Afridis in 1897. His narrative "catches such telling details as the dry water bottle and the Maxim's effectiveness, and is effectively complemented by a series of maps, etchings and photographs" (Riddick). "In 1897... Learn More
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  19. General Gatacre.
    First edition of this uncommon memoir. Gatacre (1843-1906) was on the Black Mountain Expedition of 1888 (also known as the Hazara Expedition), the Tonhon Expedition in Burma (1889-90), was engaged in the relief of Chitral (1895) and the retaking of the Sudan (1898) and held various commands in South Africa (1899-1900). "Gatacre... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 113922

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  20. 115890
    First edition. With the blind-stamp of Major Alan Harfield, noted military historian and author of The Indian Army of the Empress, 1861-1903, to the half-title. Jacob (1812-1858) travelled to India in 1828 as a second lieutenant in the Bombay artillery, spending seven years with his regiment in the Bombay presidency followed... Learn More
    £125

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  21. 116043
    First edition. "In the last week of June 1857 Baird Smith was ordered to Delhi to be chief engineer, replacing the ineffective and unpopular Major John Laughton, Bengal Engineers Baird Smith was brave, energetic, determined, and decisive, but also apparently, 'querulous through ill-health' The siege-train arrived on 5... Learn More
    £250

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  22. 116041
    First edition of this uncommon and important biography. Sandeman began his career with the Bengal Infantry in 1856 and was later with Probyn's Horse; during the Mutiny he was at the capture of Lucknow. From 1877 to 1892 he was governor-general's agent for the newly established protectorate of Baluchistan, its headquarters... Learn More
    £200

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  23. 116020
    First edition. "Hutchinson's in-the-scene report offers a detailed account of the many skirmishes and battles which made up this campaign. In comparison to the letters of Churchill of the Malakand Field Force, Hutchinson grasped for detailed while Churchill sought the impression" (Riddick). Learn More
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  24. 116071
    First edition. "In 1897 Lockhart was placed in command of the 40,000 strong Tirah expeditionary force, after Afridis attacked British outposts along the north-west frontier during the most serious outbreak of resistance to British rule in India since the mutiny. During the difficult extended fighting in the inaccessible... Learn More
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  25. The Mutiny in Sialkot.

    The Mutiny in Sialkot.

    Sialkot Cantonment: 1924

    First and only edition. Stated print-run of 1,000 copies. Extremely uncommon, just three locations on Copac (NLS, BL and Oxford); OCLC adds three more copies (Australian Defence Force Academy, Universities of Toronto and Minnesota). "Rich attempts to preserve what information remained concerning events at Sialkot" (Sorsky),... Learn More
    £400

    Stock Code: 115441

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  26. Eighteen Years in the Khyber 1879-1898.
    First edition, first impression of this uncommon memoir by the man who set up the Khyber Rifles. Sir Robert Warburton (1842-1899) was appointed political officer of the Khyber in July 1879. "In April 1880 he was invalided to England, and he did not return to the Khyber until 16 February 1882. From that time he remained on... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 113419

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  27. With the Zhob Field Force 1890.
    First edition. "Captain McFall's narrative describes the brief 1895 campaign of the Zhob Field Force in the Zhob Valley on the Indo-Afghan border. Attached to the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry as Baggage Officer, McFall's simple narrative accounts for troop movements and his transport problems. In the face of little... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 113918

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  28. Western India before and during the Mutinies: Pictures drawn from Life.
    Second edition, one year after the first, fairly uncommon, just 9 locations for this, and two for the first on Copac. This copy inscribed on the half-title: "To Sir Henry Rodes Green KL.C.S.I and C.B. from his old friend The Author", initialled and dated in 1874. "I have met with no work giving full insight into the duties... Learn More
    £650

    Stock Code: 112990

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  29. Memoirs and Letters of the late Colonel Armine S. H. Mountain.
    Second edition, following the first of the preceding year; distinctly uncommon both in commerce and institutionally: Copac cites copies at only two British and Irish institutional libraries (BL, Glasgow), OCLC adds only eight more worldwide. Armine Simcoe Henry Mountain (1797-1854) was deputy adjutant-general to the Indian... Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 113911

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  30. 90th Training Squadron in the China-Burma-India Theatre - personal photograph album with miniature format original photographs.
    A small collection of material documenting pilot training and service during World War II, concluding with combat duty in India and Burma. The miniature format photographs are largely scenes on or around the unit's base in India, and although small reveal considerable detail when viewed under a lens. The larger images include... Learn More
    £300

    Stock Code: 113374

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  31. Bibliotheca Pastorum. Vol. IV. A Knight's Faith.
    First edition of Ruskin's "most sustained commentary on both imperialism and India" (Patrick Brantlinger, "A postindustrial prelude to postcolonialism: John Ruskin, William Morris, and Gandhism", Critical Inquiry, vol. 22, no. 3, p. 470). "The following pages are in substance little more than grouped extracts of some deeply... Learn More
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  32. Personal Records of the Kandahar Campaign by Officers engaged therein.
    First edition of an important and uncommon source for the Second Afghan War. "Major Walter sic Ashe has compiled a group of twenty-three letters written by several unnamed officers of the British Army during the Second Afghan War they focus mainly on General Burrow's disastrous defeat at Maiwand, and the consequent relief... Learn More
    £300

    Stock Code: 112747

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  33. [Sammelband of travel narratives and digests.]
    An interesting sammelband of scarce travel narratives printed by the radical publisher and bookseller Sir Richard Phillips (1767-1840), including a rare collection of anonymous letters from William Parry's first arctic voyage, and the sole editions in English of Baron Hallberg's Reise durch Skandinavien (1818) and of Louis... Learn More
    £875

    Stock Code: 112632

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  34. A Forced March from My Home in Old England to My Home in the Regiment.
    First and only edition, extremely uncommon: only the British Library and Princeton copies traced in institutional holdings world-wide, one copy found in auction records, in 1952. The author, an officer in the 14th Regiment of the Madras Native Infantry, was on leave in London when he was ordered to rejoin his regiment in... Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 112178

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  35. The Career of Major George Broadfoot, C.B.,
    First edition. Uncommon memoir of the man described by his fellow political officer, Colin McKenzie, as "the foremost man in India". Broadfoot first served in India in the late 1820s with the 34th Native Infantry Madras Army. After returning to Britain to study at Addiscombe, he rejoined the Madras Army, commissariat department,... Learn More
    £850

    Stock Code: 111984

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  36. The Court and Camp of Runjeet Sing.
    First edition, uncommon, particularly so in the cloth. The Hon. William Godolphin Osborne (1804-88), a younger son of the 5th duke of Leeds, was military secretary to the Governor General, his uncle Lord Auckland. "This daily journal chronicles Osborne's participation and observations as a member of a mission to the Court... Learn More
    £3,500

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  37. The Risings on the North-West Frontier.
    First edition of this extremely useful chronological compilation. Uncommon, just 3 locations on Copac, BL, Oxford and Cambridge. Wrongly attributed in the past to Churchill, who did famously contribute to The Pioneer's reporting on the campaign of Sir Bindon Blood's Malakand Field Force. Ownership inscription of "E.W. Margesson,... Learn More
    £875

    Stock Code: 111298

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  38. Sketch of Mairwara;
    First edition of this important record of the extensive irrigation system established in the Ajmer-Merwara region of south western Rajasthan; scarce, "according to the English Catalogue, the work was privately printed, and Smith, Elder may therefore only have published it on Dixon's behalf" (Abbey). Dixon (d. 1857) was a... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 110460

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  39. Tirah. 1897.
    First edition. Sir Charles Edward Callwell (1859-1928) had one brief - rather unsuccessful - period of field command during the Boer War, his strengths lay elsewhere; "Callwell was an accomplished linguist, a skilled intelligence officer, and a prolific writer of quality on a wide range of military affairs and on military... Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 110899

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  40. The Indian Mutiny.
    First and only edition, extremely uncommon, Copac shows Oxford only, OCLC adds copies at the universities of Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Carefully researched and well written digested history of the Mutiny published for officers attempting to pass Staff College. The spectacular folding table, which opens 725 x 335 mm, offers... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 110425

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  41. Views in Chitral.
    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, advancing across the Khanates of Central Asia, a railway line following in their... Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 107629

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  42. Some Passages in the Life of an Adventurer in the Punjab.
    First edition, extremely uncommon, just two copies - BL and Oxford - on Copac, OCLC adds five more - NYPL, Yale, Harvard, universities of Minnesota and Missouri. One of the earliest commercial productions of this press, all Delhi imprints before 1850 are uncommon. Excellent copy of Lawrence's "fictionalised memoirs of Colonel... Learn More
    £3,500

    Stock Code: 107518

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  43. Wazirforce 1919-1920. Fifty Five Sketches.
    First and only edition, extremely uncommon Copac records copies at Oxford and IWM only, no copies on OCLC. Cartoons of officers involved in the Waziristan Campaign of 1919-20 by a participant, each identified, some with an additional humorous caption. The work of Capt. Borrowman of the 4th Gurkha Rifles, self-portrait here... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 108973

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  44. Memoirs and Correspondence of Major-General Sir William Nott.
    First edition of this uncommon memoir, 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 "superintendent... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 105377

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  45. image1
    Second edition, originally published in 1842, but with a new Introductory Letter (dated 1843); both editions are rare, this one recorded by Copac in only two British and Irish institutional libraries (BL, Cambridge), and OCLC locates just one (Peabody Essex Museum). Presentation copy from the author, inscribed at the head... Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 106216

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  46. Nine Years on the North-West Frontier of India,
    First edition. Cotton (1792-1874) arrived in India as a cornet without purchase in the 22nd Light Dragoons, becoming lieutenant in 1812. On the disbandment of the regiment he was placed on half-pay but continued to serve in India as a-d-c to Major-General Hare at Bangalore. In 1822 he purchased a company in the Buffs and... Learn More
    £650

    Stock Code: 103939

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  47. .
    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... Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 103558

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  48. The Mutinies in Rajpootana:
    First edition. "Prichard (1825-74) served with the 15th Native Infantry in Rajputana. According to Malleson, he became disgusted with the military and left his regiment in 1858. Apparently he became a capable literary talent during his years in India" (Sorsky) Educated at Rugby, Prichard had previously seen action at Chillianwala... Learn More
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  49. Pen and Ink Sketches of the Life of a "Griffin" in India.
    The misadventures of a newly-arrived "Griffin" or young military officer in India in the mid-nineteenth century - drunken sports in the Mess, misunderstandings of local customs, outflankings by native servants, all very good-humoured and self-deprecatory. Similar to Charles D'Oyly's Tom Raw for the earlier part of the century.... Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 107192

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  50. Reminiscences Of Military Service with the 93rd Sutherland Highlanders.
    First edition of an uncommon memoir. Munro served as surgeon-general with the Sutherland Highlanders through both the Crimean War and Indian Mutiny. At Balaclava he witnessed the 93rd's famous stand in the face of oncoming Russian cavalry, the Thin Red Line, and gives a brief description in Chapter III. Learn More
    £150

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  51. On the Track of the Àbor.
    First edition, uncommon: just 6 locations on Copac. A first-hand account by an Indian Army major of the Abor Expedition on the North East frontier of India. "The Abor Expedition (1911-1912) was carried out to punish the perpetrators of a massacre of a British colonial official, a doctor and their coolies on the Assam border"... Learn More
    £300

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  52. The Story of the Malakand Field Force
    First edition, Colonial Library issue of Churchill's first book (the first and second printings are identical). The book relates Churchill's exploits with the Malakand field force, led by Sir Bindon Blood, on the Northwest Frontier of India in 1897, based on Churchill's despatches to the Daily Telegraph and the Pioneer Mail.... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 102189

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  53. With the Connaught Rangers in Quarters, Camp, and on Leave.
    First edition. Sprightly memoir of three decades of service with the 88th. Includes the Crimea, but largely relating to India with the briefest of possible mentions of the Mutiny. Posthumous bookplate of the Comte de Chambord verso of the front free endpaper, later collector's plate to the front pastedown. Decidedly uncommon,... Learn More
    £400

    Stock Code: 99047

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  54. Portrait miniature on ivory.
    Neil Benjamin Edmonstone (1765-1841) was the youngest of the five sons of Sir Archibald Edmonstone, first baronet of Duntreath. Edmonstone was admitted to the East India Company as a writer, travelling out Calcutta in 1783. "He soon gained entry to the secretariat: he was made deputy Persian translator by Earl Cornwallis... Learn More
    £950

    Stock Code: 98180

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  55. Military Reminiscences extracted from a Journal of Nearly Forty Years' Active Service in the East Indies.
    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;... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 99446

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  56. Essays and Lectures on Indian Historical Subjects.
    First edition, uncommon with just six locations on Copac, OCLC adding thirteen. "With the exception of the paper on Havelock these Essays and Lectures were compiled during the course of the past year. Their publication in connected form is due to the fact that the original editions of the most of them, published in India,... Learn More
    £450

    Stock Code: 99435

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  57. The Overcrowded Barracoon
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £75

    Stock Code: 98804

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  58. Indian Reminiscences.
    First edition. Uncommon and unusual photographically illustrated memoir of Indian military service; "From 1845 to 1873, White's army career was tied to evangelical Baptist beliefs. Throughout his recollections from the First Sikh War through the Indian Mutiny of 1857, White wrote of his persecution by senior regimental officers... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 93265

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  59. Hand-book to the Cotton Cultivation in the Madras Presidency:
    First edition. Fairly uncommon, just 16 locations worldwide on OCLC. An official publication compiled at a crisis point for the English cotton trade. The Lancashire Cotton Famine, the result of overproduction at a time of contracting markets and the interruption of imports due to the American Civil War, led to widespread... Learn More
    £850

    Stock Code: 96950

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    Well-kept, fully-captioned snapshot album of service with the 1st Bn. Seaforth Highlanders during the operations against the Zakka Khel afridis in the Bazar Valley, and the Mohmands on the Khyber Pass. A great number of identified portraits of fellow officers and NCOs - including Maj. The Hon. Douglas Forbes-Sempill, who... Learn More
    £1,650

    Stock Code: 94262

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