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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. 116424

    The Life of a Travelling Physician,

    from his first introduction to practice; including twenty years’ wanderings through the greater part of Europe.
    First edition, a particularly attractive set in the original cloth. Lefevre (1796–1846), physician and traveller, knighted for his services to the British embassy in St Petersburg, "spent fifteen years in Russia, practising first and briefly in Odessa, before moving to St Petersburg. He returned to England in 1842. His very generalised Russian memoirs occupy all of vol. Learn More
    £1,250

    Date of Publication: 1843

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116424

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  3. Russian Ships in the Gulf 1899-1903.

    Russian Ships in the Gulf 1899-1903.

    First edition, first impression. "Using previously unpublished material from the Russian Navy Central Archives in St Petersburg, this book is the first publication of its kind, shedding new light on the period from 1899 to 1903 when Russia succeeded in penetrating the Arabian Gulf for a short time" (jacket blurb). Learn More
    £250

    Date of Publication: 1993

    Published: Reading

    Stock Code: 114443

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  4. Caucasian Battlefields.
    signed

    Caucasian Battlefields.

    A History of the Wars on the Turco-Caucasian Border 1828-1921.
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "To George R. Pope, with regards from one of the joint-authors, W. E. D. Allen. 18 June 1956". From the library of the distinguished author and authority on The Great Game, Peter Hopkirk (1930-2014), with his neat book label. The work of the extraordinary scion of a theatrical family and a brilliant Russian emigré, this work was described on publication as "the most complete and authoritative study of this subject available in the English language" (Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, XIX, 1, p206), and has recently been confirmed as "a classic study" (ODNB). Learn More
    £850

    Date of Publication: 1953

    Published: Cambridge

    Stock Code: 113956

    Signed: Yes

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  5. A Journey from Bengal to England through the Northern Part of India, Kashmire, Afghanistan, and Persia, and into Russia, by the Caspian-Sea.

    A Journey from Bengal to England through the Northern Part of India, Kashmire, Afghanistan, and Persia, and into Russia, by the Caspian-Sea.

    First edition thus. The first volume was published in Calcutta in 1790, the year before Forster's death, the whole being published for the first time as here. Forster, (c.1752-1791), was an officer of the HEIC on the Madras establishment, and between 1782 and 1784 undertook "a remarkable overland journey from Calcutta to Europe, travelling through Jammu to Kashmir, Kabul, Herat, Persia, across the Caspian Sea, and thence to Russia. Learn More
    £3,000

    Date of Publication: 1798

    Published: London:

    Stock Code: 113335

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  6. Embattled Borders.

    Embattled Borders.

    Eastern Europe from the Balkans to the Baltic.
    First edition, first impression of this generously illustrated eyewitness account of political ferment in eastern Europe in the aftermath of Versailles. Powell (1879-1958) was an American war correspondent who reported on the Western Front before being commissioned into the US army as an intelligence officer in 1917. When hostilities ceased he turned to travel writing. Learn More
    £95

    Date of Publication: 1928

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 111227

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  7. With Lord Stratford in the Crimean War.

    With Lord Stratford in the Crimean War.

    First edition, a highly pertinent association copy with the engraved armorial bookplate of Sir William John Codrington (1804-1884) to the front pastedown. Codrington arrived in the Crimea in September 1854 with the rank of major-general, in command of the 1st brigade of the light division. He won the praise of Raglan for his conduct at Alma and Inkerman and was promoted commander-in-chief during the siege of Sevastopol following the resignation of Raglan's successor Simpson in November 1855. Learn More
    £150

    Date of Publication: 1883

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 110762

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  8. Letters from the Crimea, the Danube and Armenia.

    Letters from the Crimea, the Danube and Armenia.

    August 18, 1854, to November 17, 1858. Edited by Demetrius C. Boulger.
    First edition, published during Gordon's confinement at Khartoum, a year before his death, the whole affair "a stigma on the national honour" according to the editor's preface. "It was as a young officer in the 39th Regiment that General Gordon landed in the Crimea at the end of 1854 … Upbeat in tone, his letters for the most part describe the idleness of camp life but he gives a detailed account of his part in the failed British assault on the Redan … and his search for war trophies in the evacuated Sevastopol fortress. Learn More
    £175

    Date of Publication: 1884

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 110397

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  9. A Long Way From Home.

    A Long Way From Home.

    First edition, first printing, in the first issue orange cloth binding, of this autobiographical work by one of the most important intellectuals associated with the Harlem Renaissance. Here, McKay recounts political and literary work undertaken during a journey across England, France, Germany, Spain, Russia, and northern Africa, including his meetings with notable reformers, politicians, and authors. Learn More
    £225

    Date of Publication: 1937

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 110125

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  10. On the Road to Khiva.

    On the Road to Khiva.

    First edition, scarce. "The Daily Telegraph's special correspondent in Khiva and later noted as a prolific author of stories for boys … Ker (1842-1914) left England in early March 1873 and travelled via St. Petersburg to the Black Sea and on to Tiflis, whence ‘my real journey commences'. It is this eventful journey from Orenburg via the border forts of Kazalinsk and Perovskii to Turkestan, Tashkent, and Samarkand that forms the substance of his book" (Cross). Learn More
    £1,250

    Date of Publication: 1874

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 109901

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  11. Picturesque Representations of the Dress and Manners of the Russians.

    Picturesque Representations of the Dress and Manners of the Russians.

    Illustrated in Sixty-Four Coloured Engravings, With Descriptions.
    First edition thus. The plates are smaller versions of those in Miller's Costume of the Russian Empire, 1803, which are in turn derived from Georgi's 1776-80 work. Learn More
    £1,500

    Date of Publication: 1814

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 109877

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  12. Copies of Letters from Lieut. the Honble. Somerset John Gough-Calthorpe A.D.C. to Field Marshal Lord Raglan written during the Crimean War to different members of his family, &c.
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    Copies of Letters from Lieut. the Honble. Somerset John Gough-Calthorpe A.D.C. to Field Marshal Lord Raglan written during the Crimean War to different members of his family, &c.

    A fascinating family archive of 144 frank and detailed letters in typescript, from the originals, that Calthorpe wrote to his family and friends, spanning the years from 8 April 1854 to 24 July 1855. Somerset John Gough-Calthorpe (1831-1912), 7th Baron Calthorpe, was aide-de-camp to Lord Raglan, commander of the British expeditionary force in the Crimea. Learn More
    £2,250

    Date of Publication: [c.1900]

    Published:

    Stock Code: 109872

    Signed: Yes

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  13. Krim-Girai, Khan of the Crimea.

    Krim-Girai, Khan of the Crimea.

    Translated from the German of Theodore Mundt.
    First edition. Uncommon, just eight copies on Copac. A very pleasing association copy, being inscribed "With the Translator's love" on the first blank, and with the bookplate of Lord Raglan to the front pastedown. Richard Henry FitzRoy Somerset, 2nd baron Raglan was married to Eliot's cousin, Susan Caroline, famously his father, recently deceased at the time of presentation, had commanded the British forces in the Crimea, being responsible for the victories at the Alma and at Inkerman, and considered by some to be culpable for the disaster at Balaklava. Learn More
    £950

    Date of Publication: 1856

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 109183

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  14. Travels in Russia, &c. &c.

    Travels in Russia, &c. &c.

    First edition. "Fellow of the Society of Arts and author of other books of travel, Wilson travelled through Germany to reach the Russian frontier on 6 June 1824 … and spent the rest of the summer in St. Petersburg and Moscow. He returned to the capital and left for Finland at the end of September" (Cross). Nerhood remarks "professional traveller counsels patience … criticism of Russian's behaviour towards travelers should take into consideration the type of government under which they live". Learn More
    £750

    Date of Publication: 1828

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 109142

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  15. Antiquities of Kertch and Researches in the Cimmerian Bosphorus.

    Antiquities of Kertch and Researches in the Cimmerian Bosphorus.

    First and only edition, uncommon. "An example of the degree of technical virtuosity reached by this time in lithography, giving plates brilliant in effect, the equivalent of modern four-colour process work from photographs. It is very difficult to tell whether, or to what extent, the plates are touched by hand … The inks are excellent, with some strong velvety blacks" (Abbey). Learn More
    £2,250

    Date of Publication: 1857

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 109135

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  16. Recollections of Tartar Steppes and their Inhabitants.

    Recollections of Tartar Steppes and their Inhabitants.

    First edition, uncommon. Lucy Atkinson (1817-1893), traveller and writer, accompanied her husband, Thomas Witlam Atkinson, in Siberia, the Kirgiz steppes and eastwards as far as Irkutsk and the Chinese border. Her "vivid account, which is arranged as a series of letters to a friend, shows Lucy Atkinson to have been an indefatigable horsewoman who was held in respect by local people both for her equestrian skills and as a markswoman with pistol and rifle. Learn More
    £800

    Date of Publication: 1863

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 109010

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  17. Dreaded Hour.

    Dreaded Hour.

    First edition, first impression. Flamboyant memoirs of one of Britain's most successful intelligence agents of the First World War; "Hill's first assignment was in Greece, where he flew agents behind enemy lines. In 1917 he was sent to Petrograd as a member of the Royal Flying Corps mission and arrived amid the confusion of the Bolshevik Revolution. Learn More
    £325

    Date of Publication: 1936

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 108825

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  18. The Awakening of the East.

    The Awakening of the East.

    Siberia - Japan - China. Translated by Richard Davey. With a Preface by Henry Norman.
    First edition in English of the French economist's timely study of the "Far Eastern Question", first published in French in the same year as La rénovation de l'Asie. Learn More
    £50

    Date of Publication: 1900

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 108019

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  19. Dreiser Looks At Russia.

    Dreiser Looks At Russia.

    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £225

    Date of Publication: 1928

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 107449

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  20. Map of the Battle Fronts of Western Russia: Murmansk to Batum.

    Map of the Battle Fronts of Western Russia: Murmansk to Batum.

    BL records three issues between 1941-4. Uncommon, COPAC showing just 4 locations: BL, NLS, NLW, and Oxford; National Archives ‘site notes a copy at KCL in the Liddell Hart Military Archives [Brookepopham 11/23]; OCLC adds 4 locations in the USA, and the American University of Beirut. Highly detailed map - 1:3,220,177 ; 1 in. = 50.75 miles - covering an area from Finnmark in the North and the Dardanelles in the South, Emden in the West and Stalingrad in the East. Learn More
    £500

    Date of Publication: 1941

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 106372

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