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  1. Journal kept during the Russian War:

    Journal kept during the Russian War:

    From the Departure of the Army from England in April, 1854, to the Fall of Sebastopol.
    First edition. Elusive and highly desirable narrative of the Crimean War by the wife of Paymaster Henry Duberly of the 8th Hussars, part of the legendary light brigade. "Although she missed the battle of the Alma and saw only the aftermath of the battle of Inkerman, she witnessed the cavalry charges at Balaklava and the assault on Malakhov, experienced the winter privations, and rode into Sevastopol soon after it fell. Learn More
    £550

    Date of Publication: 1855

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 385635

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  2. 116938

    My Dear Churchill,

    and other open letters to persons in authority.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £50

    Date of Publication: 1941

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116938

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  3. 116711

    La vie de Francois, seigneur de La Nouë, dit Bras-de-fer.

    Ou sont contenuës quantité de choses memorables, qui servent à l’éclaircissement de celles qui se sont passées en France & au Pays-bas, depuis le commencement des troubles furvenus pour la Religion, jusques àl’an 1591.
    First edition of the first significant - and conspicuously scarce - biography of the "Huguenot paladin" François de La Noue (1531-1591), one of the great Protestant captains of the 16th-century Wars of Religion, described by the distinguished American historian John Lothrop Motley as "not only one of the most experienced soldiers, but one of the most accomplished writers of his age" (Dutch Republic, III p. Learn More
    £1,500

    Date of Publication: 1661

    Published: Leiden

    Stock Code: 116711

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  4. 116681

    The Life of Nelson.

    Second Edition.
    First published the previous year, this handsomely bound set fulfils Southey's wish to create a pocket edition, "clear and concise enough to become a manual for the young sailor, which he may carry about with him" (Preface). His Life of Nelson has rarely lapsed from print, and has been the cornerstone of Nelson biographies ever since. Learn More
    £450

    Date of Publication: 1814

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116681

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  5. 116665

    Biographical Memoirs of Lord Viscount Nelson, c. c. c.

    With observations, critical and explanatory.
    First edition of the first significant post-Trafalgar life of Nelson (the frontispiece is dated 7 January 1806), attractively presented here in the original boards. Charnock was prompted to write his biography by Nelson's "teacher, friend, and correspondent" (ODNB) Captain William Locker ("by him the present work was suggested"): "the information and the letters communicated by Locker gave the book, at the time, a value far above that of the numerous instant memoirs which were produced after Trafalgar" (ibid). Learn More
    £950

    Date of Publication: 1806

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116665

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  6. 116607

    Gallipoli Diary.

    First edition. " … fascinating and brilliantly-written … invaluable" (Falls). Account of the Dardanelles Campaign by its much disparaged commander. A very nice set, uncommon in the jackets. Learn More
    £295

    Date of Publication: 1920

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116607

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  7. 116587

    Simple Rhymes for Stirring Times.

    First edition, first impression, of this second (and much scarcer - Copac lists only four locations in the UK) collection of war poems by Jessie Pope (1868-1941), who was well known for her children's books and her jingoistic war poetry. She was the "certain poetess" to whom Wilfred Owen's "Dulce et decorum est" was sardonically directed. Learn More
    £100

    Date of Publication: 1916

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116587

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    Twelve Days.

    With a foreword by B. H. Liddell Hart, and eight drawings by Stanley Cursiter.
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to one of his company officers, "To George Hall, with every good wish and in memory of so many happy days spent together in 1916-1917 from Sidney Rogerson, Nov 14th 1933". Hall was one of Rogerson's two company officers, and is ever-present in the text - he is introduced on page 4: "George Hall was a very different type. Learn More
    £375

    Date of Publication: [1933]

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116585

    Signed: Yes

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  9. 116545

    The Theory of the Gyroscopic Compass and its Deviations.

    First edition, first impression, of the author's "pocket book" (Preface) chiefly intended for makers and users of gyrocompasses. A second edition was published in the US in 1944. Learn More
    £300

    Date of Publication: 1929

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116545

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    Revolt in the Desert.

    Presentation copy of the third impression, inscribed "To Brendy, Feb. 22. 1927, from Eric H. Kennington" on the front free endpaper, with an original sketch by Kennington of a baby's face with a halo and angel wings. With a laid-in slip of Kennington's Holly Copse (Goring Heath, Oxon) notepaper inscribed by his wife Celandine "To dear Brendy with ever-growing love & gratitude from Eric & Celandine Ap[ril] 1927", and Celandine's transcription of Lawrence's dedicatory poem to the complete edition Seven Pillars of Wisdom, "To S. Learn More
    £1,250

    Date of Publication: 1927

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116543

    Signed: Yes

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  11. 116494

    How to Pay for the War.

    A Radical Plan for the Chancellor of the Exchequer.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £100

    Date of Publication: 1940

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116494

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  12. 116417

    Admiral Duncan.

    First and limited edition, one of 100 large paper copies "for private circulation". With two interesting autograph letters signed from the author to a Colonel Noel, one presenting this copy and the other concerning his assistance with the preparation of the book: the earlier (dated 18 March 1896 and signed "Camperdown") to "Dear Colonel Noel": "I am very much obliged to you for sending me Lady Mary Duncan's letter [aunt to Admiral Duncan] - Lady M. Learn More
    £475

    Date of Publication: 1898

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116417

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  13. 116292

    Over to You.

    10 Stories of Flyers and Flying.
    First UK edition, first impression, preceded in the same year by the US edition. A collection of stories based on Dahl’s experiences in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War, Over to You was Dahl’s second book, his first of short stories and his first for adults. Learn More
    £375

    Date of Publication: 1946

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116292

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  14. 116168

    The Western Front. Drawings.

    With an introduction by General Sir Douglas Haig.
    First edition, complete as published in the original monthly parts, of Muirhead Bone's Western Front series, which contains the first iterations of his over 200 war images, selections from which were then reproduced in separate "deluxe" portfolios like the War Drawings. These parts issues were afterwards bound up into two volumes, so to have a set complete in parts as issued, let alone in such superb condition, is very uncommon indeed. Learn More
    £800

    Date of Publication: November 1916 - October 1917

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116168

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    The Prof.

    A Personal Memoir of Lord Cherwell.
    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To Robert [Blake] from Roy, 4.ix.59". Learn More
    £85

    Date of Publication: 1959

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116139

    Signed: Yes

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  16. 116124
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    The First Afghan War and its Causes.

    First edition, the Durand family copy of this "heavy, detailed account of British-Afghan relations preceding the war and of the war itself up to March of 1842" (Wilber), inscribed by the editor, Durand's son (Henry) Mortimer, in the margin of page vii, "Jo's first exam[inatio]n May 7. 89. Read quite fluently without a mistake, except that she read offices for officers, HMD, 7/5/89", "Jo" apparently one of his two children, and the paragraph indicated describing Durand's passage to India in 1828-9, a voyage "not altogether uneventful; for the ‘Lady Holland,' after running some risk from pirates, was wrecked on Dassan Island, and my father, exerting himself to save the lives and property of others, lost everything he possessed". Learn More
    £750

    Date of Publication: 1879

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116124

    Signed: Yes

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  17. 116110

    A Frontier Campaign.

    A Narrative of the Operations of the Malakand and Buner Field Forces, 1897-1898.
    First edition of this important eyewitness account. Dunmore, credited as Viscount Fincastle (a courtesy title he used until 1907), served in the campaign as a lieutenant with the 16th Lancers, and was also the official correspondent for The Times. He was awarded the Victoria Cross for rescuing an officer of the Lancashire Fusiliers under heavy fire, becoming the only journalist to receive the honour. Learn More
    £125

    Date of Publication: 1898

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116110

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  18. 116107

    The Blue Max.

    A Novel of the German Air Force in World War I.
    First edition, first printing. This novel is the source for the 1966 war film by the same name- a box-office hit that Peter Jackson named as one of the top six First World War films of all time. Learn More
    £175

    Date of Publication: 1964

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 116107

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  19. 116085

    "Lieut-General Sir James Outram's Campaign in India, 1857–1858; "

    comprising General Orders and Despatches relating to the Defence and Relief of the Lucknow Garrison, and Capture of the City, by the British Forces; also Correspondence relating to the Relief, up to the Date when that Object was effected by Sir Colin Campbell.
    First UK edition, greatly improved and expanded from the unprocurable Calcutta edition of 1858, and "printed for presentation to personal friends of Sir James Outram, who begs that it may be regarded as a private communication, and not a publication" (title page). It remains uncommon: five copies traced in British and Irish institutional libraries (Aberdeen, British Library, Leeds, National Library of Scotland and Oxford), OCLC adding a dozen world-wide. Learn More
    £1,500

    Date of Publication: 1860

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116085

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  20. 116078

    Field-Marshal Sir Donald Stewart.

    An Account of his Life, mainly in his own Words.
    First edition. Stewart (1824-1900) succeeded Sir Frederick Haines as commander-in-chief of India in 1881, remaining in the post until retirement in 1885. He began his career as ensign in the 9th Bengal native infantry in 1940, and served on the Afghan frontier (the Mohmand expedition in 1854 and the Aka Khel and Basi Khel in 1855), being mentioned in dispatches. Learn More
    £100

    Date of Publication: 1903

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116078

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