About Bates & Hindmarch


After a number of years in the antiques trade Jeffery Bates opened Bates and Hindmarch Antiquarian Books in North Yorkshire with an old friend and fellow bibliophile Ian Hindmarch. In the nineties Ian Hindmarch moved south to take up a chair at the University of Surrey and the business became solely owned by Jeffery Bates but retained its already well established name. Bates and Hindmarch deals primarily in books, photographs, documents and memorabilia of India and the East India Company, with emphasis on Viceroys, Princes of India, Royal Visits & Durbars, and military history. At the moment the business is conducted from a private address with stock kept in a secure store. Visitors are welcome but  strictly by appointment.

How to Buy

A large part of the inventory is available to view on the website [prices in sterling] or [prices in US dollars] where items can be bought on the secure site or you can also contact us directly by e-mail or telephone to order or make enquiries. Abebooks is an easily searchable website where our books can easily be compared with those of other booksellers.

On this website you can view some of the items currently in stock and contact Jeffery Bates for further information or to arrange purchase. Payment can usually be made by UK cheque, bank transfer, or PayPal. There will also be galleries of images of items we have sold in the past or which we have not yet put on sale. Many of these are rare images and, whilst the copyright remains with Bates and Hindmarch, we are happy for scholars, authors, institutions, collectors and others to use or reproduce these provided they notify us and grant the usual courtesy of acknowledging the source in any publication, whether in print or on line. The illustrations are not copied here to the highest publishing standards so that the resolution does not unduly slow down navigation of the site. This means that the original photographs will always be superior in quality to the images on the website. Sometimes we show details of a photograph but one of the images will always show the whole. FOR PERSONAL ATTENTION please e-mail or telephone 07966 176839


Jeffery Bates read history at the University of Wales and continued graduate studies at the University of Durham. He has travelled extensively in India since the early 1980s and is currently especially interested in the relationship between the princely rulers of  India and the East India Company and the Crown. His other areas of interest are in military history, vintage photographs, medals, heraldry, antiquarian folding maps, the Grand Tour, and decorative vellum bound books. He is a fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society and the Royal Geographical Society and a member of the Royal Society for Asian Affairs, Orders and Medals Research Society, and the Indian Military History Society. You can now follow him on instagram at @batesandhindmarch where images of our stock, present, past and forthcoming appear along with more eclectic views of life.


As well as offering items for sale via this website and via Jeffery Bates offers other services such as:

Direct purchasing. He is interested in buying items in his specialist areas. Valuations can be made for sale, probate or family division. In the past he has valued such varied things as the library of a major country house and the silver and medals of a British Army Regiment.

Consultation work for various auction houses, museums, film production, and other dealers within his specialist areas. This sometimes involves cataloguing material. Sale arrangements for private individuals or institutions which may involve negotiating with institutions or auction houses. Not being tied to any particular auction house enables him to suggest the best solution for a client, which may not always be to use a single auction house.

Putting together collections or libraries in his specialist field or more generally. In recent years he has put together a major collection on the East India Company for a client, libraries in a shooting lodge in the Scottish Borders, a large London town house, and a European villa.

Books for decorative purposes, especially those bound in vellum. We are happy to work with private clients or interior decorators who are interested in putting together displays, tablescapes, or furnishing bookcases.