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  1. History Of the War In France And Belgium, in 1815.

    History Of the War In France And Belgium, in 1815.

    Containing Minute Details of the Battles of Quatre Bras, Ligny, Wavre, and Waterloo. [together with:] Plans and Maps to the History of the Waterloo Campaign. [&:] SIBORNE, H.T. Waterloo Letters: A Selection from Original and hitherto Unpublished Letters bearing on the Operations of the 16th, 17th, and 18th June, 1815, By Officers who served in the Campaign. Edited with Explanatory Notes …
    The History is the second edition, same year as the first - which "sold off in a very few days" - with minor corrections, and there was only one issue of the extraordinary, and highly sought-after, Plans and Maps, offering the best possible contour view of the field, outside of Siborne's model itself. The Letters are a first edition. Siborne's published works represent an unprecedented synthesis of wide-ranging research, informed direct enquiry, physical immersion, expert surveying, and cutting-edge visual representation. Learn More
    £5,500

    Date of Publication: 1844

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 79337

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  2. Military Antiquities respecting a History of the English Army,

    Military Antiquities respecting a History of the English Army,

    from the Conquest to the Present Time.
    New edition, with material additions and improvements, published after Francis Grose's death from an apoplectic fit on 12 May 1791, aged 52. "Grose was a sort of antiquarian Falstaff - at least he possessed in a striking degree the knight's physical peculiarities; but he was a man of true honour and charity, a valuable friend. His humour, his varied knowledge and his good nature were all eminently calculated to make him a favourite in society. Learn More
    £650

    Date of Publication: 1812

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 79231

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  3. Statement on the War. A Speech delivered in the House of Commons by The Prime Minister. 11 December 1941.

    Statement on the War. A Speech delivered in the House of Commons by The Prime Minister. 11 December 1941.

    Cohen identifies two publications carrying this speech, one issued by the British Library of Information in New York, and the present version, ascribing precedence to the NY issue without explanation. It seems unlikely that the American issue would be set up, printed, and wire-stitched before the explicitly stated publication date of this version, just three days after the speech was made. Learn More
    £300

    Date of Publication: 1941

    Published: [Cairo]

    Stock Code: 79214

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  4. Die Wehrmacht der Monarchie.

    Die Wehrmacht der Monarchie.

    Special double issue of this Austrian illustrated journal - May-June 1914 - a splendid visual celebration of the Austro-Hungarian army and navy on the eve of the First World War. Learn More
    £175

    Date of Publication: 1914

    Published: Vienna

    Stock Code: 79115

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  5. The Story of the XII Royal Lancers from 1715 to 1918.
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    The Story of the XII Royal Lancers from 1715 to 1918.

    First and only edition, only 24 copies printed (NAM online bibliography). This copy inscribed on the front free endpaper; "To Field Marshal Lord Birdwood, with kind regards & good wishes from Hob." Birdwood was gazetted into the 12th Lancers in 1885, and saw action with them in the Black Mountain and Tirah Expeditions. He has added pencilled marginalia through the sections relating to his period of service with the regiment, some representing reasonally substantial anecdotes; "I first met the Duke of Cambridge was [sic] in 1884 when I was a cadet at Sandhurst … " Lengthy portions on the regiment's service in South Africa and the Second World War. Learn More
    £650

    Date of Publication: 1945

    Published: Northampton

    Stock Code: 78515

    Signed: Yes

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  6. The Interest of Great Britain considered, with Regard to her Colonies,

    The Interest of Great Britain considered, with Regard to her Colonies,

    and the Acquisitions of Canada and Guadeloupe. To which are added, Observations concerning the Increase of Mankind, Peopling those Countries, &c.
    First edition of Franklin's "Canada Pamphlet", an important contribution to the debate on the relative merits of the retention of Canada or sugar-rich Guadeloupe following the impending victory in the Seven Years' War. Although contemporary opinion credited Franklin - this copy is annotated "by Mr. Frankland [sic] of America" on the title page - 19th-century scholarship attributed the pamphlet to Richard Jackson. Learn More
    £8,750

    Date of Publication: 1760

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 78201

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  7. "Catalogue of an Exhibition of Paintings, Pastels, Drawings and Woodcuts illustrating Col.. T.E. Lawrence's Book "Seven Pillars of Wisdom". "

    "Catalogue of an Exhibition of Paintings, Pastels, Drawings and Woodcuts illustrating Col.. T.E. Lawrence's Book "Seven Pillars of Wisdom". "

    With Prefaces by Bernard Shaw and T.E. Lawrence.
    "Second edition", in fact second impression. "The preface written for the 1921 exhibition of Kennington illustrations, with the first three paragraphs omitted, was used for this catalogue for the second exhibition. George Bernard Shaw also contributed a preface saying more about Lawrence than the exhibition." Learn More
    £650

    Date of Publication: 1927

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 78056

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  8. T. E. Lawrence, Book Designer.

    T. E. Lawrence, Book Designer.

    His friendship with Vyvyan Richards.
    First edition, first impression. One of 200 copies bound in quarter cloth, from a total limited edition of 250 copies. Learn More
    £300

    Date of Publication: 1985

    Published: Seckar House, Wooley, Wakefield, West Yorkshire

    Stock Code: 77967

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  9. A Narrative of the Historical Events connected with the Sixty-ninth Regiment.

    A Narrative of the Historical Events connected with the Sixty-ninth Regiment.

    First edition. Butler was commissioned in the 69th in 1858, and served with them in India, accompanied Wolseley's Red River Expedition, and as one of the "Wolseley ring" was with him in Asante, and again in South Africa, and organized the boats for the Gordon Relief Expedition. This copy inscribed on the title page, "Capt. Phillimore RN, with the compliments of Lt. Learn More
    £150

    Date of Publication: 1870

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 77593

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  10. The Past Campaign: A Sketch of The War in the East,

    The Past Campaign: A Sketch of The War in the East,

    from the Departure of Lord Raglan to the Capture of Sevastpol.
    First edition. "This narrative of the past campaign in the East records the exciting scenes which I witnessed … It makes no pretension to Military criticism" (To the Reader). Woods was special correspondent for the Morning Herald at the Crimean War, one of the least common accounts of the conflict and here in an excellent copy. Learn More
    £600

    Date of Publication: 1855

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 77573

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  11. History of the Eleventh Hussars (Prince Albert's Own) 1908-1934.
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    History of the Eleventh Hussars (Prince Albert's Own) 1908-1934.

    First edition. This copy inscribed by the author, "Cuthbert Headlam with affection & esteem from Roger Lumley, 1936" and with Headlam's bookplate to the front pastedown. Lumley's father had been commanding officer of the regiment, and his brother Richard died in its service at Ploegsteert in October 1914, "shot by a sniper while kneeling up to look over a fence through his glasses … he had been … in France just a month … a small party assembled in the churchyard to pay last tribute to Richard Lumley. Learn More
    £375

    Date of Publication: 1936

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 77557

    Signed: Yes

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  12. The Linesman;

    The Linesman;

    or, Service in the Guards and the Line during England's Long Peace and Little Wars.;
    First and only edition. Uncommon, COPAC has BL, NLS, Oxford and Cambridge only, OCLC adds 6 copies in the USA and one in South Africa. Three-decker, giving a fictionalised account of life in the British Army in the first half of the nineteenth century, including campaigning and cantonment life in India, and the First Burma War. "It has been justly remarked that no work of fiction can equal in point of interest, one composed of incidents derived from the common occurrences of every-day life. Learn More
    £650

    Date of Publication: 1856

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 77542

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  13. Personalities and Reminiscences of the War.
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    Personalities and Reminiscences of the War.

    First edition. Memoirs of commander of US 1st Division, 3rd Corps and finally the 2nd Army, from the arrival of the Americans to the Final Advance. The jacket blurb explains that when extracts were published in the press prior to publication "they created a sensation … for Bullard neither spares feelings nor begrudges praise" Falls concurs, and expands; " … it is really good, and particularly valuable because of the author's candid, though generally good-natured character sketches of the famous men, both French & American, with whom he was brought into contact … As a general view of the War held by an intelligent and instructed American soldier, his book is of value …" This copy inscribed by Bullard on the front free endpaper, "For a dear friend and old comrade A. Learn More
    £125

    Date of Publication: 1925

    Published: Garden City, NY

    Stock Code: 77429

    Signed: Yes

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  14. Journal of an Officer in the King's German Legion:

    Journal of an Officer in the King's German Legion:

    comprising an Account of his Campaigns and Adventures in England, Ireland, Denmark, Portugal, Spain, Malta, Sicily, and Italy.
    First edition in English, first published in German in Hanover the year previously. Hering was a surgeon with the KGL. He joined up when the French occupied Hanover in 1803, "leaving his homeland clandestinely and joining the newly-formed King's German Legion in England. Hering's account of how in August 1804 he made his way northwards via Gottingen, Hanover city and Hamburg to the small North Sea port of Husum conveys the impression that he was a young man leaving home for the first time. Learn More
    £600

    Date of Publication: 1827

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 77344

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  15. No.4 Canadian Hospital.

    No.4 Canadian Hospital.

    The Letters of Professor J.J. Mackenzie from the Salonika Front.
    First edition. A series of letters written by MacKenzie between May 1915 and June 1916. Includes a memoir by his wife Kathleen Cuffe Mackenzie. John Mackenzie only served briefly before being repatriated home to Canada because of a heart infection, which stayed with him and caused his untimely death in 1922. During The Great War Mackenzie joined No. Learn More
    £200

    Date of Publication: 1933

    Published: Toronto

    Stock Code: 77202

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  16. My Six Years with the Black Watch.
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    My Six Years with the Black Watch.

    1881-1887.
    First edition. Inscribed by the author: "To Colonel E.G. Grogan, with the sincere regard of the author. John Gordon, March 28th 1933." An autobiography of 6 years service in Egypt and the Sudan, including the Egyptian Campaign, The Nile Expedition, and the Battles of El Teb, Tamaai and Kirbekan. A detailed chapter is devoted to General Gordon and The Siege of Khartoum. Learn More
    £225

    Date of Publication: 1929

    Published: Boston

    Stock Code: 77155

    Signed: Yes

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  17. Revelations from the Secret Service. The Spy on Two Fronts.

    Revelations from the Secret Service. The Spy on Two Fronts.

    Translated by Captain Raglan Somerset.
    First English language edition, first impression of this book about First World War espionage that was originally published in France in 1929. An uncommon book, particularly in the jacket, only four copies in total are listed on COPAC. Learn More
    £475

    Date of Publication: [1930]

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 77044

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  18. The India List Civil and Military. January, 1887.

    The India List Civil and Military. January, 1887.

    Issued by Permission of the Secretary of State for India in Council.
    First edition. Superbly presented copy of an invaluable reference work. India Lists from this period are far from common. Learn More
    £675

    Date of Publication: 1887

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 76964

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  19. The India List Civil and Military. January, 1893.

    The India List Civil and Military. January, 1893.

    Issued by Permission of the Secretary of State for India in Council.
    First edition. Superbly presented copy of an invaluable reference work. India Lists from this period are far from common. Learn More
    £675

    Date of Publication: 1893

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 76963

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  20. The India List Civil and Military. January, 1892.

    The India List Civil and Military. January, 1892.

    Issued by Permission of the Secretary of State for India in Council.
    First edition. Superbly presented copy of an invaluable reference work. India Lists from this period are far from common. Learn More
    £675

    Date of Publication: 1892

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 76962

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