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Frontier and Overseas Expeditions from India....

Compiled in the Intelligence Branch Division of the Chief of the Staff, Army Head Quarters, India. Vol. I: Tribes North of the Kabul River; vol. II: North-West Frontier Tribes between the Kabul and Gumal Rivers; vol. III: Baluchistan and the First Afghan War; vol. IV: North and North-Eastern Frontier Tribes; vol. V : Burma; vol. VI: Expeditions Overseas.

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Published: Simla & Calcutta Government Monotype Press & Superintendent Government Printing, 1907 - 1911

Stock Code: 131943

OR On display in 43 Dover Street


First editions, a complete set of the core work "in Six Volumes", as originally issued, of this invaluable and comprehensive series, highly uncommon. The British Library notes that 250 sets were printed (cited on Copac); only some five sets of six or nine volumes have appeared at auction since 1975. Three supplementary volumes were issued, Volume I, Supplement A, Operations Against the Mohmands (1908), Volume II, Supplement A, Operations against the Zakka Khel Afridis (1911) and Official Account of the Abor Expedition (1911-12). A further volume, Operations in Waziristan, was issued in 1921, although the question as to whether or not it is canonical is contested.

This is an expanded and enlarged version of W. H. Paget's A Record of Expeditions against the North-West Frontier Tribes (Calcutta, 1874) and A. H. Mason's updated version (London, 1884), superseding both, "as the latest edition of Paget and Mason had become out of print, it was decided to incorporate that work, revised and brought up to date, in the present volumes, instead of again issuing it as a separate compilation" (Preface). Volume VI includes accounts of Indian Army actions in Egypt and the Sudan, Abyssinia, Somaliland, British East Africa, Uganda, South Africa 1899-1901, Persia, the Arabian Peninsula, Aden, Ceylon, Malay Archipelago, and China (up to and including the Boxer Rebellion).

Provenance: stamps of the Curator, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst Museum (confined to endpapers), a few titles with stamp of Military Society, Aldershot; gilt press-marks at top fore-corner of front covers; vol. V (Burma) inscribed on the front pastedown, "C. E. Morris, 2/56th Rifles F. F., Ferozepore, 30-1-22". In 1922 the two battalions of the 56th Punjabi Rifles (Frontier Force) were amalgamated with other rifle unites to form the 13th Frontier Force Rifles. During the Second World War the unit served with distinction in the Burma Campaign.

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6 volumes, octavo (248 x 163 mm). Contemporary half calf, red morocco triple labels (vol. VI with white labels), green fine diagonal-grain cloth sides, inner hinges strengthened with cloth, red speckled edges.


49 maps and plans, mostly folding including 14 (as called for) in pockets at beginning or end of volumes; title pages printed in red and black; a printed slip bound into vol. III notes that "The general map of Afghanistan, which is not yet ready, will be


Vol. I rebacked with original spine laid down, general abrasions, a few volumes with round label removed from spine. A very good set, clean and sound.


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