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PAGET, W. H., & A. H. Mason.
A Record of the Expeditions against the North-West Frontier Tribes, since the Annexation of the Punjab. Compiled from Official Sources. Published by Authority.
London: Printed by Whiting & Co., Limited, 1884. Large square octavo. Near-contemporary library binding of maroon cloth, gilt-lettered spine, black-coated endpapers. Pale tan burn to edges of title page, remounted first map showing extensive repairs and tape marks, the adhesive from which professionally removed where possible although still showing but the map's overall appearance considerably improved, other maps with neat repairs to folds and closed tears, a few gatherings toward the end lightly bumped at lower corner. A complete copy, serviceably bound and clean. 29 folding maps (complete). First edition thus, revised and enlarged by Mason from Paget's original edition (Calcutta, 1874); rare, with two complete copies only traced on auction records and representation at institutional libraries diminutive. This is an important, well produced and highly-detailed account of warfare on the fractious North-West Frontier. Mason's remark that "since 1873 there has been a considerable amount of new matter to add to the history of the frontier tribes" reflects the almost incessant campaigning that took place. The maps are excellent and in this copy bear the stamp of the Intelligence Division of the War Office (dated 14 November 1893). Paget and Mason had both seen action on the North-West Frontier. Lieutenant-Colonel William H. Paget was an ensign with the 5th Punjab Cavalry when he was mentioned in despatches in 1853 during small punitive actions with the Punjab Irregular Force under Brigadier-General J. S. Hodgson. In 1867 he commanded a detachment of the regiment at Rajanpur, s … [Click Below for Full Description]
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