BUTLER, John, Major. A sketch of the services of the Madras European Regiment during the Burmese War. By an officer of the Corps.

London, Smith, Elder and Co., 1839.


8vo. Original pale red cloth, front cover with title vignette blocked in gilt; pp. vii, 104; head and tail of spine with light wear; unopened: provenanance: Argyll bookseller's stamp on rear paste-down, bookplate of Steel Brothers & Company Limited, major investors in Burma, inside front cover.

Very rare first edition of this first-hand account of the First Burma War 'intended for the perusal of those who are immediately connected with the Regimant, and who will feel a particular interest in the record its recent services during the war in Burmah' (p. iii). This war, lasting from 1824 to 1826 cost the lives of about 15,000 Indian and British soldiers, an unknown number of Burmese lives, civilian and miltary, and led to a deep economic crisis of the East India Company.

Provenance: 'In 1870 William Strang Steel launched W. Strang Steel and Company in Burma and the company's first rice mill was established in 1871. A London office - Steel Brothers and Company - was opened in partnership with James Alison Steel in 1873. In 1890 the assets of both companies were transferred to the newly incorporated Steel Brothers and Company Limited. The company was involved in the milling and shipping of rice; teak and hard wood extraction; oil; cotton; and cement' (London Metropolitan Archives, online).

COPAC lists copies in the BL and National Library of Wales only.