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JAMES, Captain Abraham.

The military costume of India

in an exemplification of the manual and platoon exercises of the native troops and the British army in general ...

Stock Code
101722
London, T. Goddard, Military Library, 1814
£12,500

Rare. No copy in the Travis collection (the best collection of illustrated works on India to come up in recent years, sold at Sotheby's in 2005).

Goddard was the leading military publisher of his day and had published various works on European armies. We believe this depiction of East India Company troops, both native and European, is his only non-European publication. The plates are lent further interest as the troops are depicted in the motions of the platoon exercises. Thus we see them marching, wheeling, managing the fire-lock, and even standing at ease. The text describes the actions depicted in the plates, thus making it a valuable work of reference. The author was an officer in the 67th Foot Regiment (later the Royal Hampshire).

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Description

First edition, folio (35 x 24 cm); viii, 2-35 pp., hand-coloured engraved title, 35 hand-coloured engraved plates, minor foxing to one plate and occasional staining, endpapers replaced, later quarter red morocco and cloth binding by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, spine in six parts with gilt text to second and third parts, raised bands.

Bibliography

Bobins I, 260; Colas 1536; Lipperheide 2265; Tooley 280.

Stock ID:101722

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