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HAYTER, Charles, Lieut.-Col. & Captain Harvey Kelly.

Manual of Packing and Loading Drill;...

and Other Subjects connected with the Transport of Troops applicable to Field Service. Compiled by …

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Published: Bombay & Calcutta At the Education Society's Press, Byculla [for] Thacker, Spink & Co.; Higginbotham & Co., 1883

Stock Code: 115295

£8,250
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First and only edition. Rare. OCLC locates the BL copy solely, apparently a copy in the National Library of India, together with an otherwise unrecorded edition of 1886; but no copy traced at auction. A remarkable photographically illustrated handbook for transport officers serving in India at the turn of the century. "In issuing a Manual on Transport packing and loading, in which is also briefly incorporated some of the more important subjects connected with Transport in the field, the endeavours of the compilers have been directed towards demonstrating in the simplest manner possible, how the maximum amount of carrying power may be obtained with the minimum amount of distress to the animal" (Preface). The well-illustrated, concise instructions cover the employment of mules, bullocks, camels, and elephants, and the humane approach suggested in the introduction is followed up with the inclusion in Chapter XI, "Veterinary Treatment in the Field" of "somewhat lengthy details", for which the authors apologise, pleading that "the variety of beasts of burden and their ailments with which the Transport Officer may have to deal renders it impossible to condense them any further without detracting from their utility". The advice "to stop a runaway elephant, blindfold him", however, would seem to be of somewhat limited utility. The photographic images portray the various pack animals under a wide range of loads, attended by their native handlers, and in a few cases with an armed, red-coated sergeant standing by. The lithographic plates show in detail the employment of the various knots, lashings and attachments required in the packing and loading processes. It is unlikely that any two serving officers of the time could muster comparable experience in the field to that of the authors. Lieut.-Col. Hayter "was employed in 1857-59 in Bengal, and served with the Shahabad Field Force under Brigadier Douglas, and accompanied Captain Place with a party of one subedar and 35 sepoys, and by stratagem surprised the rebel post at Maindoorah and captured 26 boats" (Hart's 1885). He served with the Eastern Bhutan Field Force in 1865-6 (Medal with Clasp), and also against the Naga Hill Tribes in 1867. In the Second Afghan war of 1878-80 he served in the Commissariat and Transport, and as Director of Transport at Kabul, "brevet of Lt.-Colonel, Medal, and received the thanks of the Governor General in Council for settling claims arising out of the campaign". He was similarly employed in the Mahsud Waziri Expedition of 1881, and more significantly was Director of Transport for the Indian Contingent in the Egyptian Campaign of 1882, present at the Battle of Tel-el-Kebir (mentioned in despatches, CB, Medal with Clasp, 3rd Class of the Medjidie, and Khedive's Star). Capt. Kelly, who is described on the title page as Deputy Assistant Commissary General for Transport in Madras subsequently served with the Burmese Expedition (1887-9) as Assistant Commissary General for Transport; was Brigade Transport Officer in the operations of the 3rd Brigade under Brigadier General Wolseley (MID, brevet of Lt-Colonel, medal with two Clasps); with the Poukhan Expedition in 1889 as Assistant Commissary General under Brigadier General Wolseley (Clasp) ; and in the operations in the Chin Hills and on the North East Frontier of Burma in 1891-2 as Principal Commissariat Officer under Major General Stewart. Authoritative, fascinating, and decidedly uncommon.

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Description

Octavo. Original red cloth, neatly rebacked, title gilt to front board.

Illustrations

Mounted albumen print as frontispiece and 33 other similar prints, together with 14 lithographic plates.

Condition

Boards somewhat soiled and showing signs of damp, endpapers a little mottled, some of the mounting leaves of lighter paper-stock browned, but overall the contents are sound, the frontispiece a little faded, but the others still strong with just a little paste-action related fade at the margins, certainly about very good.

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