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Letters on Amphibious Wars.

Published: London: John Murray, 1911

Stock code: 108834

Price: £300

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First edition, first impression. With a very appealing provenance: from the library of Admiral of the Fleet John Jellicoe, first Earl Jellicoe (1859-1935), the victor of Jutland, who “deserves his place alongside the heroes of another age” (ODNB), signed “Jh Jellicoe” on the front pastedown. Sir George Grey Aston (1861-1938) was a Royal Marines officer and military correspondent for The Times. “[In 1903] Aston was considered as a potential assistant secretary to the committee of imperial defence, but instead was recruited by Colonel Henry Rawlinson as an instructor at the Staff College (1904–7). Aston helped Rawlinson to forge closer army-navy links through joint exercises with the Naval War College. He advocated inter-service co-operation by writing a book, Letters on Amphibious Wars (1911), during his next posting, as a brigadier-general in South Africa (1908–12)” (ODNB). Letters on Amphibious Wars looks at four conflicts: the Chilean Civil War (1891), the Spanish American War (1898), the First Sino-Japanese War (1894-95) and the Russo-Japanese War (1904-05). Aston’s specialism in this field meant that he was called to give evidence to the Dardanelles commission in 1917. Uncommon.

Octavo. Original blue cloth, gilt lettered spine, red lettered on front cover. 3 folding campaign maps in pocket at end, 5 other folding maps. Spine slightly rolled, a couple of marks to covers, fore-edge foxed.

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