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  1. 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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  2. Thirty-five Years in the Punjab, 1858-1893.
    First edition. "Reconstructed from letters to his mother and a personal diary, Elsmie fashioned a significant account of his administrative, judicial, and fiscal duties at numerous stations throughout the Punjab" (Riddick). An uncommon, and important account of the civilian administration of India by one of the last graduates... Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 103534

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  3. 51247
    Superb album commemorating the visit of Sir Charles Hardinge, 1st Baron Hardinge of Penshurst, Viceroy of India 1910-16, to Jodhpur in 1914. The album contains an excellent range of views and portraits, including a fine studio portrait of the young Maharaja Sumer Singh; formal group portraits with the viceroy, Lady Hardinge... Learn More
    £4,500

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  4. Commentaries on the Punjab Campaign, 1848-49.
    First edition, uncommon just 6 locations on Copac, OCLC adds 15. "The objective of this work is to supply from original and official sources, information on some points of interest, which have not been fully explained either in the Despatches relating to the Punjab campaign, or in other sources also reviewing the current... Learn More
    £1,650

    Stock Code: 106999

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  5. 76975
    First edition. Institutionally well-represented, but only one copy at auction in the last 40 years. Smyth "had been in India for twenty-six years and could claim to be well-informed" (Khurana, British Historiography on the Sikh Power in the Punjab, p96). He explains in his introduction that he was encouraged to write the... Learn More
    £2,500

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  6. 93265
    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

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  7. 122462
    First and sole edition, highly uncommon, a superlative visual record of India published in the wake of the First Anglo-Sikh War, a conflict which had engulfed the Punjab during the winter months of 1845-6. The fine plates are based on drawings made by the young Charles Stewart Hardinge, second Viscount Hardinge of Lahore... Learn More
    £12,500

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  8. 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
    £7,500

    Stock Code: 113334

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  9. 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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  10. 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
    £50,000

    Stock Code: 71620

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  11. 129862
    First edition thus. A map with its origins in Stanford's 1857 1:2,217,600 map "based on the surveys executed by order of the Honourable East India Company", retaining the circular title cartouche, and including the inset map of the Malay Peninsula, and infographics of the distances and bearings from Calcutta, Madras, and... Learn More
    £3,500

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  12. 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
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 79960

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  13. 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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  14.  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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 46277
    First edition. "Sailor's travels in India; lively account of scenes and society, mainly Nepal." (Handley) Francis Egerton was the second son of the 1st Earl of Ellesmere, he served as First Class Volunteer under Sir Robert Stopford in the operations against St. Jean d'Acre in 1840. Promoted Lieutenant in 1846, attached to... Learn More
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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 118351
    First and only edition, no other copy traced. The "entertainment" consisted of "Two processions, and a dance by the Orissa Paiks" - the latter described in the London Evening Standard report of the event as "the ancient yeomanry of the province, whose military duties have ceased, and who nowadays guard the palaces and treasuries... Learn More
    £75

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  26. 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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  27. 116344comp
    First edition, first impression of this anthropological study of Sujarupa, a village in Rajasthan, between 1950 and 1981. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author "For Mary, invaluable reader of imperfect chapters, from Morris", together with a laid-in postcard from the author, informing the recipient of Carstairs's appointment... Learn More
    £100

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  28. 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
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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. Sketches of Field Sports as followed by the Natives of India.
    First edition; a second appeared in 1827. Daniel Johnson (1766/7-1835), surgeon and author, "was appointed assistant surgeon in the Bengal medical service on 22 January 1789. He conducted experiments on snakebite, and later communicated his findings to his fellow Bengal surgeon James Johnson. He was promoted to surgeon on... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 114063

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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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
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    Stock Code: 112990

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  37. 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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  38. 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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    First edition in any European language, and the first procurable edition of the original Sanskrit, of the work identified by Sir Aurel Stein as "practically the sole extent product of Sanskrit literature possessing the character of a true chronicle" (cited after Mirsky, Sir Aurel Stein: Archaeological Explorer, p. 23). The... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 113705

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  40. 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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    First edition. Jacquemont travelled to India in 1828 as a plant-collector on behalf of the Jardin de Plantes, he visited Amber in Rajputana, met with the Ranjit Singh at his capital of Lahore, and visited the kingdom of Ladakh in the Himalayas, "travelling for three and a half years he encountered difficulties and privations... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 112745

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  42. 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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  43. The Life and Correspondence of Major-General Sir John Malcolm;
    First edition. 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). This remains the primary source... Learn More
    £450

    Stock Code: 112004

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  44. The Life and Correspondence of Charles, Lord Metcalfe;
    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... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 112000

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  45. 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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  46. 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
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    Stock Code: 111981

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  47. A Gazetteer of the Territories under the Government of the East-India Company, and of the Native States on the Continent of India.
    First edition of this comprehensive gazetteer, an entirely invaluable reference work, this edition much preferred to that issued three years later condensed into an unmanageable single volume and issued without the map. The contents extend far beyond bald geographical information taking the historical, ethnographical and... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 111699

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  48. 1
    First edition. Uncommon. Some of the first fruits of Forrest's archival work which was to lead to the establishment of the Imperial Record Office in Calcutta, in 1884 " he was seconded to examine the records preserved in the Bombay secretariat - a task which bore fruit in a Maratha (1885) and a home (1887) series of state... Learn More
    £850

    Stock Code: 111543

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  49. The Risings on the North-West Frontier.
    First edition of this extremely useful chronological compilation; it is certainly uncommon, the print-run extending to 1,000 copies only, the printer's code reading "No. 15817-2-981,000"; an expanded second edition of 500 copies was printed in September (printer's code "No. 133230-9-98500"). Among British and Irish institutional... Learn More
    £875

    Stock Code: 111298

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  50. [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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  51. 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
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    Stock Code: 110460

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  52. Western Tibet and the British Borderland.
    First edition, first impression of "the most serious book on that region" (Yakushi) by a member of the Indian Civil Service and deputy commissioner of Almora. Sherring and Longstaff explored Garwhal and Ladakh together and Longstaff, with two alpine guides and six porters, made an attempt on Gurla Mandhata, which was foiled... Learn More
    £1,650

    Stock Code: 110431

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  53. Where Three Empires Meet.
    First edition of an interesting first-hand account of the Hunza-Nagar Campaign of 1891, part of the Great Game played out between Britain and Russia in Central Asia. "The author visited Kashmir as a literary tourist, he joined the Hunza-Nagar expedition as a volunteer, and saw some active service in the gorges of the Karakoram.... Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 110423

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  54. To Caubul with the Cavalry Brigade.
    Second edition, same year as the first. Uncommon account of the Second Anglo-Afghan War. Mitford "served with the 14th Regt. Bengal Cavalry (Lancers) throughout the period it was employed in the war, taking part in the advance on and occupation of Kabul, the action of Charasiab, and the operations around Kabul and the Defence... Learn More
    £575

    Stock Code: 109459

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  55. The Bengal Obituary:
    First edition. Uncommon, just 8 locations on Copac. Fascinating reference work, well described in a contemporary review in the Spectator: "This book, which has travelled to us from Calcutta contains the epitaph of the Europeans who have been buried in the Presidencies of Bengal and Agra, provided they have got a monument... Learn More
    £950

    Stock Code: 110594

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  56. .
    Later issue. Originally published in parts in 1804-5, and first published in book form in 1807, Martin Hardie remarks on the book's "somewhat interesting history". A professional artist, Solvyns was born in Antwerp in 1760, trained at the Academy there, and embarked on a career as a marine artist. Around 1790 he "went to... Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 105236

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  57. An Account of the Kingdom of Caubul and its Dependencies in Persia, Tartary, and India.
    Elphinstone stands out as one of the most remarkable figures in establishment of British..."> First edition of this superbly detailed regional study, well illustrated by the series of costume plates - "of excellent quality" (Abbey) - which are closer to individuated portraits than the "types" usually encountered in such works.
    Elphinstone stands out as one of the most remarkable figures in establishment of British... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 105235

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  58. 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
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 110425

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  59. Letters from India.
    First edition, limited to 500 numbered copies of which the first 100 were specially bound in morocco. Collection of letters sent by Lewis from what was to be his final wartime posting to Burma; "It is astonishing how this selection of fragments from letters to his wife and to his parents makes a unified whole, a book with... Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 110203

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  60. 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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