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  1. 132809comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by both Auden and Isherwood on the title page and rare thus. Auden and Isherwood were commissioned by Faber and Faber and Random House to write a travel book about the East. They decided to visit China, then at war with Japan, in the spring and summer of 1938. On their travels they... Learn More
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  2. 131273
    A unique and remarkable souvenir made and inscribed by the pioneering passenger aviator Clara Adams: "To my friend Bill Schneider Jr. with kindest regards / Clara Adams Cabin 19 Airship Hindenburg, May 8, 1938 sic / First flight from Germany to the United States / Real pearl carried on this historic flight". The Hindenburg's... Learn More
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  3. 128879comp
    First edition, inscribed on behalf of the author in an elegantly flourished secretarial hand on the blank before the frontispiece: "To John Houseman Esqr. with every sentiment of Regard by his friend & humble servant, the author". Beatty (1773-1842) was ship's surgeon on the Victory at Trafalgar; he "joined the navy at an... Learn More
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  4. 124569
    First edition. List compiled just a few months before the conclusion of the War of Independence. These eighteenth-century Army Lists are becoming increasingly elusive, those with relevance to the American Wars being particularly desirable, and especially so when, as here, they are printed on thick paper, and presented in... Learn More
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  5. 80986
    First edition. Eighteenth-century Army Lists are becoming harder and harder to find, and those for the years of the American War of Independence are particularly desirable. Emendations in a contemporary to the pages relating to the First, Coldstream and Third Regiments of Foot Guards. Later armorial bookplate of the Col.... Learn More
    £750

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  6. 80987
    First edition. These eighteenth-century Army Lists are becoming harder and harder to find, and those for the years of the American War of Independence are particularly desirable. This is especially true when, as here, they are presented in the style of binding which seems to have been reserved by the War Office for presentation... Learn More
    £750

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  7. A List of the General and Field-Officers, As they Rank in the Army;
    First edition. These eighteenth-century Army Lists are becoming harder to find. Bookplate of Ernest, Duke of Cumberland, fifth son of George III and Queen Charlotte. Ernest studied at the University of Göttingen and then trained in the Hanoverian Army, fighting "with courage in Flanders and the Netherlands against the... Learn More
    £700

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  8. 132561comp
    First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed in the year of publication on the front free endpaper, "For Marguerite - who understands the search. from Anne - March 1955", and additionally signed by the author in full on the title page. In Gift from the Sea Lindbergh "wrote about balancing personal needs, social... Learn More
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  9. 122006comp
    First edition, subsequent issue with the "Awarded Nobel Peace Prize 1959" wraparound. Signed to front free endpaper "Phillip Noel-Baker 26th March 1960". Offering a vision of nuclear control through international agreements, the work won Noel-Baker the Nobel Peace Prize, culminating a lifetime of pacifist activity. Learn More
    £250

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  10. The Calling of the Sea.
    First edition, first impression. This poetry collection was published posthumously by Hodgson's widow, Betty ("Bessie") Gertrude Farnworth; Hodgson died in the First World War, killed by an artillery shell at Ypres on 17 April, 1918. Learn More
    £1,250

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  11. 132342
    First UK editions, first impressions, of Churchill's masterpiece, in a very handsome binding. Churchill's account was the single most important historical interpretation of the Second World War, and a major factor in Churchill being awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953. As Max Beloff observed, there was no statesman... Learn More
    £3,500

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  12. 86566
    First edition, extremely uncommon, Copac lists copies at National Maritime Museum and Oxford only, among British and Irish institutional libraries; OCLC adds seven copies in North America, and one at the Alexander Turnbull Library, New Zealand. Unusual naval conduct book, often referred to in the literature, but very rarely... Learn More
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  13. 131788
    First and sole edition, uncommon; this remains the primary printed source on the campaign. "A member of the Topographical Survey Department of India, Lieutenant Woodthorpe was attached from November 1871 to March 1872 to the military expedition sent to suppress the outrages of several hill tribes in the Cachar region on... Learn More
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  14. 126588comp
    A prominent member of the..."> First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Auntie Townshend. With love, from Rebecca". The recipient was Emily Townshend, one of the "Girton Five", the first students at the newly founded women's' college at Cambridge in 1869.
    A prominent member of the... Learn More
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  15. 125391
    ODNB) of the traveller and working-class nurse Betsi Davis's colourful life. It is notably scarce in commerce we can trace just one copy at auction, in 2017 and somewhat uncommon institutionally, Copac locating ten copies, OCLC adding a further four institutions..."> First edition of the "full and fascinating account" (ODNB) of the traveller and working-class nurse Betsi Davis's colourful life. It is notably scarce in commerce we can trace just one copy at auction, in 2017 and somewhat uncommon institutionally, Copac locating ten copies, OCLC adding a further four institutions... Learn More
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  16. 131064
    Fine group of ephemera with an excellent provenance, commemorating Enoch Powell's attendance at Churchill's state funeral at Saint Paul's Cathedral on 30 January 1965. Powell (1912-1998) was one of the foremost figures in British post-war politics, Conservative MP for Wolverhampton South-West (1950-74), Ulster Unionist MP... Learn More
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  17. 121290
    First edition, large paper copy. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To Mrs James with the author's best wishes. 1840". Pasted on the facing page is a manuscript letter from the author on a single page of a bifolium: "Greenwich Hospital 14 September 1840. Dear Madam, as you expressed much... Learn More
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  18. 92655
    First edition. Uncommon account of the Anglo-French naval interventions against Rojas's Argentine Confederation written by a participant. Mackinnon "obtained the particular mention of Commodore Sir Chas., Hotham for the skill he exemplified in the command of the rocket-party at San Lorenzo, which had been obliged to remain... Learn More
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  19. 122891
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
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  20. 85709
    First edition, first impression. The eighth book in Powell's Dance to the Music of Time sequence. Learn More
    £75

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  21. 127149
    Scarce, OCLC lists six locations. "Gurkha Reid" served under Charles Napier in the Sind campaign. He took control of the Sirmoor battalion of Gurkhas during the Mutiny, who proved their loyalty through their actions in Meerut and were in the fourth column of the 14th September assault on Delhi. After being wounded during... Learn More
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  22. 127212
    New edition. Aimed at a juvenile audience, Elliott and Knollys collect stories of "deeds of bravery by native soldiers of India" (p. iii.). With particular respect given to the Gurkhas and Sikhs, the authors assert that "native troops, officers and soldiers alike, showed a spirit of the firmest faith towards the British... Learn More
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  23. 85548
    First edition, first impression of the seventh book in the Aubrey-Maturin series. A beautiful, fresh copy. Learn More
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  24. 107191
    First edition, first issue with p.258 of volume II misnumbered as 852. "Southey constructed an early-nineteenth century hero as a model for the young - in his words, a 'patriotic manual.' He told a friend that he would write 'such a life of Nelson as shall be put into the hands of every youth destined for the Navy.'" (Knight... Learn More
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  25. 119931
    Fourth edition revised with addenda. A substantial history of the First World War. Learn More
    £750

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  26. The War in the Air,
    All are first editions, apart from volume I, originally published in 1922, which is a second impression "reprinted photographically from the corrected sheets of the first edition" (imprint). These corrections not noted by Wells. "The first volume of the official Air History goes outside its subject so far as to deal, in... Learn More
    £2,250

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  27. 11714
    Second edition (first published 1818) of this humorous poem, detailing the adventures of a new recruit in the navy. Learn More
    £300

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  28. 129532
    First and sole edition, uncommon on the market, comprising six essays originally contributed to the Calcutta Review between 1844 and 1856: "Military Defence of our Indian Empire", "The Kingdom of Oude", "Mahratta History and Empire", "Lord Hardinge's Indian Administration", "The Indian Army", "Army Reform". ODNB remarks... Learn More
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  29. 127145
    First edition, by a captain in the Bengal Engineers and garrison engineer at Lucknow. The narrative includes accounts of the Bozdar Expedition in the Dejerat Hills, March 1857, the Siege and Capture of Delhi, September 1857, Colonel Seaton's campaign in the Doab, December 1857, and the Siege and Capture of Lucknow, March... Learn More
    £450

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  30. 127107
    First edition. An excellent account of the formation and operations of General Roberts's expeditionary force. Captain Colquhoun, arrived only in time for the action on Peiwar Kotal, but compiled a detailed account of the preparation of the force and its advance from the diary of Major Collett, the assistant quartermaster-general.... Learn More
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  31. 125471
    First edition, conspicuously uncommon, ESTC citing just 14 locations worldwide (six in the UK, the remainder in the US), with only one copy appearing on auction records and that dating to 1937. Superb first-hand account that sheds light on a conflict in a contested area of North Africa where Britain had established a defensive... Learn More
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  32. 115600

    The Mutiny in Sialkot.

    Sialkot Cantonment: 1924

    First and only edition. Stated print-run of 1,000 copies. Extremely uncommon, just three locations on Copac (NLS, BL and Oxford); OCLC adds three more copies (Australian Defence Force Academy, Universities of Toronto and Minnesota). "Rich attempts to preserve what information remained concerning events at Sialkot" (Sorsky),... Learn More
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  33. Going Solo.
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the half-title, "Stephen & Rhona, Happy Christmas, Roald Dahl, 1986". Learn More
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  34. 131943
    First editions, a complete set of the core work "in Six Volumes", as originally issued, of this invaluable and comprehensive series, highly uncommon. The British Library notes that 250 sets were printed (cited on Copac); only some five sets of six or nine volumes have appeared at auction since 1975. Three supplementary... Learn More
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  35. 128627
    First edition. In 1780, "resolved to play his part in the now general war between Britain and the continental powers", Fullarton 1754-1808 raised his own regiment which was despatched to the Cape "only to see their design on the Dutch colony foiled by prior arrival of French reinforcements" (ODNB). Redirected to India, they... Learn More
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  36. 122365
    First edition of an important contribution to the literature of Tipu Sultan. "In light of Michaud's anti-Napoleonic stance, this interpretation of Indian history, relying upon the devastation by conquest of a utopian society, may be seen as a warning against French expansionist ventures... Undoubtedly Michaud is inviting... Learn More
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  37. 49246
    First edition. Attractive and well-produced account of a cruise around North and South America, and into the Caribbean. Uncommon, we have been unable to trace another copy of this cruise book. Not in NMM. Learn More
    £150

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  38. 129940comp
    First edition, signed by Admiral Sir Edward Parry on the first page, in his role as Director of Naval Intelligence. A scarce restricted government publication with 180 copies on the distribution list, 4 locations on OCLC and none on Copac. This is a comprehensive report on the Nazi Operation "Sealion", the planned German... Learn More
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  39. 131921
    First and sole edition of this attractive celebratory record of the Siege of Bharatpur (9 December 1825-18 January 1826). "The attack on Bharatpur was successful; the great Jat fortress, a menace to British rule ever since Lord Lake failed against it twenty years before, was destroyed" (ODNB). Scarce: Copac cites British... Learn More
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  40. 96189
    First edition, first impression of this anti-militarist political and economic study, and the author's most overtly Marxist work. From the publisher's archive, with their stamp to the front panel of the jacket and the front pastedown. Learn More
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  41. 96200
    First edition, first impression of this anti-militarist political and economic study, and the author's most overtly Marxist work. From the publisher's archive. Learn More
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  42. 93265
    First edition. Uncommon and unusual photographically illustrated memoir of Indian military service; "From 1845 to 1873, White's army career was tied to evangelical Baptist beliefs. Throughout his recollections from the First Sikh War through the Indian Mutiny of 1857, White wrote of his persecution by senior regimental officers... Learn More
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  43. 131911
    First edition. Written by Grant as he was dying of cancer, the work served as a death bed justification for the war against the Confederacy and for Grant's own conduct. The autobiography was published by Mark Twain, who marketed the book by using military veterans in uniform to raise subscriptions. It sold over 300,000 sets... Learn More
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  44. 131901

    Clifford Henry Mecham (1831-1865) joined..."> First and sole edition of one of the finest illustrated accounts of the Mutiny, "a book of superb... lithographic views of Lucknow, based on sketches that he made during the famous siege of the Residency in 1857 and the fighting at the Alambagh thereafter" (Fraser p. 166).

    Clifford Henry Mecham (1831-1865) joined... Learn More
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  45. 131893
    First edition. Without doubt one of the finest illustrated books on Afghanistan, the plates depicting a selection of superb views on the march - Bolan Pass, Quetta, Khojak Pass, Kandahar, and Kabul. In 1833, after a furlough in England, Atkinson (1780-1852) returned to his original profession as surgeon to the 55th NI, and... Learn More
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  46. 131814
    First and sole editions, rare, each of a print run of a mere 200 copies; not recorded on Copac or OCLC as being among any institutional holdings, although we have traced a copy of each at the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. Detailed reports covering these two minor conflicts on the North-West Frontier, giving statistics... Learn More
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  47. 131841
    First edition, an extremely handsome publication - exhibiting the usual high standards of the Chiswick Press - and an indispensable work of reference, containing a general history of the campaign, a series of detailed biographical accounts of officers killed in the war, recipients of the Victoria Cross and "separate records... Learn More
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  48. 131794
    First edition of this extremely useful chronological compilation; it is certainly uncommon, the print-run extending to 1,000 copies only, the printer's code reading "No. 15817-2-981,000"; an expanded second edition of 500 copies was printed in September (printer's code "No. 133230-9-98500"). Among British and Irish institutional... Learn More
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  49. 131756
    First and sole edition. "Mrs. Muter was married to Captain Muter of the 60th Rifles stationed at Meerut at the outbreak. He later served in the assault of Delhi with the fourth column. Mrs. Muter claimed to be the first woman to enter Delhi after it was taken by the English. Just outside of Portsmouth the Muter's ship The... Learn More
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  50. 131745
    First and sole edition of this attractively produced memorial to twenty-eight recipients of the the Victoria Cross, largely awarded during the Indian Mutiny. Very scarce: Copac locates just two copies among British and Irish institutional libraries (British Library and V&A), OCLC citing no others in international holdings.... Learn More
    £650

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  51. War is War.
    First edition, first impression of McLelland's best-selling war memoir. From the publisher's archive. Learn More
    £375

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  52. The Crimean Expedition, to the Capture of Sebastopol.
    First edition in English, same year as the first French. Bazancourt was appointed official historiographer by Napoleon III, and charged with the responsibility of producing a history of the French part in the war in the Crimea. He left in January 1855 and on his arrival "received, from the principal officers of the Army,... Learn More
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  53. 131741comp
    First edition of this privately printed and "hair-raising" Mutiny narrative (Richard Holmes), inscribed on the front free endpaper by the author's son: "from T. Gavin Jones, Sept. 1916". This is a slim but important civilian first-hand account, recounting Jones's "harrowing flight with a hapless band of missionaries, indigo-planters... Learn More
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  54. 130010
    First edition. This is part one, we have not been able to trace a second part. Scarce, with OCLC showing only 3 locations. A photo-book showing many scenes from the Sino-Japanese War, along with portraits of Japanese commanders. Learn More
    £750

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  55. The Road to Ulundi.
    First edition, limited to 1000 copies, this number 809 and numbered verso of the title, on the wrapping and mailing case. Crealock was Chelmsford's Military Secretary during the Zulu War, having served with him previously during the 1878 operations in the Eastern Cape. "Crealock rode with his artist's materials in his saddle-bag... Learn More
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  56. 78226comp
    Inscribed by the author on the half-title: "For Rita Hagemon with best wishes Dwight D. Eisenhower." Eisenhower's account of his war, widely thought to be one of the finest American military biographies, the NY Times considering that it gave "the reader true insight into the most difficult part of a commander's life." This... Learn More
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  57. 131483
    First and sole edition, "privately printed for his family by his wife after his death" (Streeter) in a putative print run of around fifty copies that were not offered for sale; with a familial presentation inscription at head of title: "Louise Evelina Du Pont from her Father, 5th May 1900". Louise Evelina (1877-1958), heiress... Learn More
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  58. 52021
    Second edition with corrections and a new foreword. Originally published in 1916. Learn More
    £300

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  59. 131538comp
    First edition, first printing, trade issue. Presentation copy, inscribed by Eisenhower on the half-title "For Miss Marguerite Nelson with best wishes Dwight D. Eisenhower", along with Eisenhower's personal 5-star compliments slip, inscribed "For Miss Marguerite Nelson with best wishes and a very Merry Christmas. Dwight D.... Learn More
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  60. 121741detail
    First complete collected edition, one of 1,750 sets published. The Centenary Edition is the only full collected works of Winston Churchill, reproducing his 50 books in 34 volumes. The Library of Imperial History went bankrupt before the projected run of 3,000 sets could be completed, so "the print run never exceeded 2,000... Learn More
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