GENERAL STAFF, INDIA. Military Report on Baluchistan. Part I … (2nd Edition, 1929). Calcutta, Government of India Press, 1929.
Small 8vo. Original eggshell cloth; front board lettered in black; pp. [x], xxii, 224; two folding maps in red and black in rear pocket; contemporary bookplate to paste-down; a few unobtrusive marks to cloth, a small tear to head of spine, and light rubbing to extremities; hinges expertly strengthened; light spotting to endpapers; map 1 with some small internal tears; a very good copy of a scarce military document, rubber stamp For MOBILIZATION purposes only on p. iii.
A top-secret military publication. This text reports on the general history, geography, and military contexts of Baluchistan, now known as Balochistan, a region of Pakistan. The authors begin with the 'British punitive expedition against the Maris, 1839,' and describes subsequent military activity, until 1927. The book also details the presence of different tribes in Balochistan, with 'the population of the area under report including Pathans, Khetrans, (Loralai) Baluchis, Jats and Brahuis (Sibi)' (text). The populations given from each district are taken from the 1921 census in this region. The maps illustrate the Zhob, Loralai, and Sibi regions, with map 2 also showing Ghilzai migrations over the area.
Only one other copy found at the British Library, which is also a second edition. 'Previous editions of Military Report on Baluchistan are rendered obsolete and should be destroyed' (p. iii).