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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. 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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  3. 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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  4. 116585comp
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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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 116071

    Lockhart's Advance Through Tirah.

    First edition. "In 1897 Lockhart was placed in command of the 40,000 strong Tirah expeditionary force, after Afridis attacked British outposts along the north-west frontier during the most serious outbreak of resistance to British rule in India since the mutiny. During the difficult extended fighting in the inaccessible mountains of Tirah, he skilfully conducted punitive operations against elusive Afridi and Orakzai fighters, armed with modern rifles. Learn More
    £125

    Date of Publication: 1898

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116071

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  11. 116059

    Recollections of a Highland Subaltern.

    During the Campaigns of the 93rd Highlanders in India, under Colin Campbell, Lord Clyde, in 1857, 1858 and 1859.
    First and only edition. Alexander maintained a diary throughout the Mutiny, in which his regiment, the 93rd Highlanders, achieved lasting fame, serving in the relief of Lucknow and later returning to besiege and capture the city after assisting Windham at Cawnpore. They then fought under Walpole in Rohilkand. Alexander's recollections are "impersonal, but frequently critical of army policy and with severe objections to Malleson's History of the Indian Mutiny" (Riddick). Learn More
    £150

    Date of Publication: 1898

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116059

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  12. 116053

    The Life of Field-Marshal Sir Frederick Paul Haines.

    W. H. Smith Sons Library label to front pastedown. Spine relined and refurbished, contents toned, light spotting to margins of frontispiece, faint offsetting to title, closed tear to folding map skilfully repaired, but a very good copy.
    First and only edition of the authorised biography of Haines (1819-1909), whose glittering career began in earnest under Lord Gough, whom he served as secretary in both wars against the Sikhs. in the First Sikh War hewas at Mudki before being wounded at Ferozshah; in the second he was at Ramnagar, Chilianwala and Gujrat. He then went to Crimea and fought at Alma, Balaclava and Inkerman, where he held the last line of British defence for six hours. Learn More
    £125

    Date of Publication: 1911

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116053

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  13. 116043

    Richard Baird Smith.

    The Leader of the Delhi Heroes in 1857. Private Correspondence of the Commanding Engineer during the Siege, and other Interesting Letters hitherto unpublished.
    First edition. "In the last week of June [1857] Baird Smith was ordered to Delhi to be chief engineer, replacing the ineffective and unpopular Major John Laughton, Bengal Engineers … Baird Smith was brave, energetic, determined, and decisive, but also apparently, ‘querulous through ill-health' … The siege-train arrived on 5 September, and in consultation with Captain Taylor, Baird Smith submitted a plan of attack which [Brigadier-General Archdale] Wilson, despite his divergence from Smith's views, had already directed him to prepare … After a heavy bombardment practicable breaches were made, and the assault took place on 14 September … Baird Smith had been ably seconded by Captain Taylor, whose work he unstintingly praised. Learn More
    £250

    Date of Publication: 1897

    Published: Westminster

    Stock Code: 116043

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  14. 116041

    Colonel Sir Robert Sandeman:

    His Life and Work on our Indian Frontier. A Memoir, with Selections from his Correspondence and Official Writings.
    First edition of this uncommon and important biography. Sandeman began his career with the Bengal Infantry in 1856 and was later with Probyn's Horse; during the Mutiny he was at the capture of Lucknow. From 1877 to 1892 he was governor-general's agent for the newly established protectorate of Baluchistan, its headquarters Fort Sandeman. He is probably best known for his advocacy of the Forward Policy, advocating "influence rather than non-interference", and his efforts in the region "bore fruit when the Second Anglo-Afghan War broke out in November 1878. Learn More
    £200

    Date of Publication: 1895

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116041

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  15. 116035

    The Military Memoirs of Lieut.-General Sir Joseph Thackwell.

    First edition. Wylly was granted full access to Thackwell's personal papers for attempt to rehabilitate his reputation after recent accounts had criticised his conduct in the Sikh campaigns. Thackwell (1781-1859) fought in the Peninsular War with a cavalry regiment and was wounded at Waterloo. He travelled to India in 1837 as commanding officer to he 3rd (King's Own) Light Dragoons, seeing service in the First Afghan War (including the capture of Ghazni), the Gwalior Campaign, the First Sikh War (as commander of cavalary at Sobraon), then in the Second Sikh War commanded the cavalry at Chilianwala, Gujrat, and in the pursuit to the Indus. Learn More
    £125

    Date of Publication: 1908

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116035

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  16. 116032

    Memoirs of General Sir Henry Dermot Daly.

    Sometime Commander of Central India Horse, Political Assistant for Western Malwa, etc., etc.
    First edition. Daly's memoir of his father "contains a large number of letters and journal entries tracing Daly's military career as it was shaped before Multan in the Second Sikh War, the raising of irregular troops on the Punjab frontier, action int he Mutiny of 1857, and civil administrative responsibilities in central India. Displaying a critical mind, Daly did not suffer fools gladly and suffered Sir Colin Campbell, Lord Gough, and Herbert Edwardes not at all. Learn More
    £95

    Date of Publication: 1905

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116032

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  17. 116027

    Life of Field-Marshal Sir Neville Chamberlain.

    First edition. Presentation copy from the publisher to Belgian-born political writer and French scholar Charles Saroléa, the title page with the partially effaced blind-stamp "with the publisher's compliments", Saroléa's ownership inscription, and the blind-stamp of the University of Keele, who acquired about half his library, one of the largest private libraries in Europe, on his death in 1953. Learn More
    £175

    Date of Publication: 1909

    Published: Edinburgh and London

    Stock Code: 116027

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  18. 116020

    The Campaign in Tirah 1897-1898.

    An Account of the Expedition against the Orakzais and Afridis under General Sir William Lockhart. Based (by permission) on Letters contributed to ‘The Times’.
    First edition. "Hutchinson's in-the-scene report offers a detailed account of the many skirmishes and battles which made up this campaign. In comparison to the letters of Churchill of the Malakand Field Force, Hutchinson grasped for detailed while Churchill sought the impression" (Riddick). Learn More
    £160

    Date of Publication: 1898

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116020

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  19. My African Journey.

    My African Journey.

    With sixty-one illustrations from photographs by the author and Lieutenant-Colonel Gordon Wilson, and three maps.
    First edition, first impression. My African Journey was the first book to derive purely from Churchill's journalism, as distinct from his work as a war correspondent. Before embarking he signed an extremely lucrative contract for the publication of a series of articles in The Strand, and for further publication in book form. What Churchill was offered is impressive testimony to his perceived drawing power, at £750 for five contributions he was receiving "more than Kipling, whom The Strand were paying £90 for his short stories; more than W. Learn More
    £650

    Date of Publication: 1908

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115964

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  20. A Narrative of the Operations of a Small British Force, under the Command of Brigadier-General Sir Samuel Auchmuty,

    A Narrative of the Operations of a Small British Force, under the Command of Brigadier-General Sir Samuel Auchmuty,

    employed in the Reduction of Monte Video, on the River Plate, A.D. 1807. By a Field Officer on the Staff.
    First and only edition, decidedly uncommon, only two copies on Copac - BL and Cambridge, which copy is listed twice - OCLC adds just seven world-wide. Sir Samuel Auchmuty (1758–1822) was born in New York, the son of the Rector of Trinity Church. His family was loyalist, and "having graduated BA at the college of New York, Auchmuty joined the British army, first as a volunteer, and was appointed ensign in the 45th regiment of foot on 11 January 1777. Learn More
    £2,500

    Date of Publication: 1807

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115911

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