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  1. 125969
    First edition. Lady Sale's diary account of the siege, fall, and retreat from Kabul was a great popular success, the author becoming "the heroine of the hour, renowned for her courage" (ODNB), she "graphically describes General Elphinstone's weak and vacillating leadership in the face of the insurgent Afghan chiefs and his... Learn More
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  2. 127870comp
    First edition, signed limited issue. One of 25 signed copies on special paper, a further 250 trade copies were also issued. Learn More
    £750

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    PRC poster No. 97. Powerful typographic poster, appealing for recruits in the aftermath of the sinking of the Lusitania, one of the most controversial events of the First World War, and one which caused a considerable rise in anti-German sentiment in America, at the time still neutral. The text consists largely of a boldly... Learn More
    £250

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  4. 130348
    First edition. A truly remarkable survival, a full set of this compendious popular history retaining throughout the flimsy wraps from the original part issue. The work covers the period from the decay and collapse of the Ancien Régime to the Fall of Bonaparte, well-illustrated with portraits from drawings by the skilled... Learn More
    £1,250

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  5. 129017
    First collected edition, first impression. Although the publication statement in volume 1 gives 1951 as the date of issue, publication was delayed and all three volumes appeared simultaneously in an edition of 4,740 sets in September 1952; 500 sets of sheets were exported for the American edition, published in 1953. Eade... Learn More
    £975

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    First UK editions, first impressions (volume I of the Book Society issue). A remarkable set, each volume presented by Churchill to his first cousin Oswald Moreton Frewen, inscribed on the blank before the half-title (with the exception of vol. I, which is inscribed on the half-title):

    Vol. I: "Inscribed for Oswald... Learn More
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  7. 130014
    First edition of this collection of Henty's dispatches from the British Expedition to Abyssinia, and his second book overall. Learn More
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  8. 116665
    First edition of the first significant post-Trafalgar life of Nelson (the frontispiece is dated 7 January 1806), attractively presented here in the original boards. Charnock was prompted to write his biography by Nelson's "teacher, friend, and correspondent" (ODNB) Captain William Locker ("by him the present work was suggested"):... Learn More
    £950

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  9. 120117

    This enthralling album encompasses many aspects..."> Wonderfully engaging, wide-ranging and extensively-captioned visual record of China as seen through the eyes of a soldier in the US 15th Infantry Regiment ("The Old China Hands"), based in Tientsin (Tianjin) between 1929 and 1932, a period of bloody turbulence in China.

    This enthralling album encompasses many aspects... Learn More
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  10. 115295
    First and only edition. Rare. OCLC locates the BL copy solely, apparently a copy in the National Library of India, together with an otherwise unrecorded edition of 1886; but no copy traced at auction. A remarkable photographically illustrated handbook for transport officers serving in India at the turn of the century. "In... Learn More
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  11. 111970
    First edition of the complete set of 200 silver gelatin photographs issued by the Ah Fong Photography Studio, recording the brutal siege and conquest of Shanghai by the Japanese at the opening of the Second Sino-Japanese War. Japan's failure to defeat China in this war became the key dynamic for what happened in Asia during... Learn More
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  12. 113334
    First edition, preceding the London edition, published in octavo, by two years. Born in Tipperary, Thomas arrived in Madras in 1781, possibly as a deserter from the Royal Navy. He began learning his trade as a freelance with "the Kanara Poligars, a group of armed chieftain-bandits. Thomas subsequently joined the nizam of... Learn More
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  13. Photographic Illustrations, with a Description of Mandalay & Upper Burmah Expeditionary Force, 1886-87.
    First and only edition. Extremely uncommon photographic record of the Third Anglo-Burmese War, COPAC locates BL and SOAS only, OCLC adds just 8 further copies worldwide. A printed slip from the publishers, tipped in after the second blank, explains that on 8 December 1887 their premises have been subject to "a serious fire... Learn More
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  14. Views in Chitral.
    First and only edition. A fine visual record of the 1895 expedition to relieve the siege of Chitral, an incident of the Great Game that became a considerable cause célèbre. The Russians were seen to be making solid advances in the region, pushing across the Khanates of Central Asia, a railway line following in their tracks,... Learn More
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  15. Seven Pillars of Wisdom, a triumph.
    One of the Cranwell or "Subscriber's" edition of 211 copies, this one of 170 "complete copies", inscribed by Lawrence on p. XIX "Complete copy. 1.XII.26 TES", with one manuscript correction to the illustration list, a "K" identifying Kennington rather than Roberts as the artist responsible for "The gad-fly". This copy is... Learn More
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  16. 65880detail
    Superb collection of material concerning the Chindits, includes Wingate's Report on the Operations of 77th Brigade; the original MS of the Hedley's book Jungle Fighter; a number of SEAC Chindit publications; a small trove of pieces from the collection of a serving Chindit officer, including intelligence reports, some excellent... Learn More
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  17. 130744
    First edition of Stanley's famous account of his 1886-9 expedition to relieve Emin Pasha, the governor of Equatoria who was supposedly besieged by Mahdist forces. Stanley's dealings with Pasha (who proved resistant to being "rescued"), his abandonment of his own rear column and his wider motives for his mission have all... Learn More
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  18. 129785
    First edition, scarce with only 3 locations in Copac (Oxford, Sussex and Cardiff; BL has a second printing). A fascinating and melodramatic text, now considered to be the fictionalised journal of a female Indian soldier fighting for the anti-British, Indian National Army during World War Two written by Captain Lakshmi (Sahgal),... Learn More
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  19. 129778
    Two contemporary publications of the address delivered by Desai in defence of the members of the Indian National Army on trail for treason, both produced around the same time (December 1945-January 1946). Scarce, the Congress Publication Board edition shows only one location on Copac (BL), the INA defence committee edition... Learn More
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  20. 128934comp
    A remarkable copy of this classic work, first published in 1959. Inscribed on the front free endpaper; "To His Royal Highness Prince Brigadier Abdul Wali on the occasion of your visit to The United States Military Academy, D.V. Bennett, Major General, USA, 11 March 1968". The set was presented as a memento to the Sandhurst-trained... Learn More
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  21. 127104
    First and only edition, uncommon with just seven copies listed on COPAC. Abbott (18041867) was the eldest of five brothers, four of whom served in India. He was educated Winchester and Addiscombe, commissioned as 2nd lieutenant in 1819 and posted to the Bengal Artillery. "His first active service was at the fort of Bakhara... Learn More
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  22. 127101
    Very fine example of this rare and impressive Great Game map in its sixth and most important iteration, its four discrete sections, when combined, covering an enormous area of Central Asia extending from the head of the Persian Gulf, in the southwest, up to Lake Balkhash, in the northeast, and from Astrakhan on the Caspian,... Learn More
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  23. 126765
    First and sole edition, very uncommon: OCLC locates just six copies, all in the USA. This attractively illustrated work, pubished in the same month that India gained its independence, was issued as a celebration of the Azad Hind (Free India) state and the Indian National Army, which lasted from 1942 to 1945. The editor and... Learn More
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  24. 125018
    Highly attractive scroll, described as an "aide memoire", showing the basic kamae or postures, and the attacking moves to be made from them, as taught by the "Pure Heart" or "Sincere" school connected with Shin Shin Ryu martial arts. The sequential moves are indicated by multiple blade positions around the core figure, the... Learn More
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  25. 122384
    First Hindostanee Press edition, originally published at London in 1799 "for the author"; the Mirror Press of Calcutta issued editions in 1819 and 1820. All first and early editions are rare. "Napoleon's invasion of Egypt in 1798 appeared to signal the further possibility of a strategic link-up with India. Until the matter... Learn More
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  26. 122391
    First edition of this conspicuously uncommon history of Bhopal - at the time of publication under the protection of the presidency of Bengal - consolidating "all the information to be obtained in printed works" (p. v); Copac cites copies at just five British and Irish institutional libraries (BL, Manchester, SOAS, Oxford,... Learn More
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  27. 117485
    A naval officer's commonplace book from the last years of the 19th century containing rare ephemera, notably two printed documents of 1897 relating to the Hakodate Golf Club. These both predate the accepted date for the foundation of the "first golf club in Japan", at Kobe in 1901. Hakodate, on the northern island of Hokkaido,... Learn More
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  28. 129199detail
    First complete collected edition, number 127 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... Learn More
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  29. 130726comp
    First US edition, first printing, inscribed twice by the author; firstly to the title page "with my best wishes to Mr R L Patterson, A H Rostron, Nov. 11th 1935", and additionally to the frontispiece, "Sincerely A H Rostron". Accompanying this work are two signed autograph letters from the author to Patterson. The first,... Learn More
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  30. 129228
    First edition of this remarkable collection of 49 war correspondent's tales, with the signature of 39 of the correspondents on rice paper pasted beneath their submission. The idea for the book was conceived of by a group of war correspondents waiting to be sent to the front line with the Japanese Army at the Imperial Hotel... Learn More
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  31. 130602
    First edition. A history of France, concentrating on the Revolution, the rise of Napoleon and the outbreak of the Napoleonic wars, purportedly dictated by the ex-Emperor to Bertrand. Davois proposes Montholon as the author and O'Meara as the editor. Montholon accompanied Napoleon during his second exile, remaining with him... Learn More
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  32. 130013
    First edition of this collection of Henty's dispatches from the Second Anglo-Asante War, his sixth book overall. Learn More
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  33. 129550detail
    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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  34. 130429
    Fourth edition of Edmonds' translation of Caesar's Commentaries. Sir Clement Edmonds "had a high reputation for learning and as a writer on military art" (DNB); his translation of the Commentaries first appeared in 1600. "This excellent and well-known exposition of Caesar was always popular. The text is divided into short... Learn More
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  35. 130349
    First editions, first impressions. Working with astonishing speed and energy, Churchill produced this mammoth history of the First World War in the aftermath of electoral defeat. The work deals with his reorganization of the Royal Navy in the years leading up to the War, defends his Gallipoli policy, and criticises Haig's... Learn More
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  36. 130260
    First edition, first impression. Wilhelm Wassmuss arrived in Bushehr in 1909 as German vice-consul; "The British had little doubt that he was really an intelligence officer a striking looking man, who spoke fluent Persian and Arabic, he had travelled widely among the tribes of southern Persia, with some of whose chiefs... Learn More
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  37. 129214
    First edition of the collected and expanded articles of Kazumaro "Buddy" Uno relating to the battle for the island of Corregidor between Japanese and American forces during the first months of 1942. Uno, an American-born Japanese journalist and member of the Press Bureau of the Imperial Japanese Army, was posted to Manila... Learn More
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  38. 127135
    First edition. Verney's fascinating diary of the naval brigade of HMS Shannon's campaign in India. Led by Sir William Peel, son of Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel, the men saw action twice at Lucknow and in the battle of the Kallee-Nuddee. Peel was wounded at Lucknow and died of smallpox shortly after; "his services in the... Learn More
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  39. 125526
    First edition. "Reputedly, William IV proposed that a series of regimental histories should be compiled, whereby the general public could be apprised of the distinguished services rendered by the regiments of the British army the work of compilation was entrusted by royal warrant to Cannon. He started immediately and the... Learn More
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    First edition, first impression, this copy inscribed by the author with initials on the front free endpaper: "In gratitude for your help. C.S.M."; a timely contribution to the literature of the treatment of war neuroses by one of its most sympathetic practitioners. "In 1915 Myers was given a commission in the Royal Army... Learn More
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  41. 127557
    First, ?and only, editions, extremely uncommon, Copac locates copies of the first named at IWM and National Aerospace Library, which also has a bound volume containing the other two, together with Types of British Aeroplanes D.A.I 101., F.S. 21 not present here; of German Aeroplanes, there are copies at BL and at IWM, and... Learn More
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  42. 125965
    First English edition. Exceedingly uncommon, a single copy cited by Adams & Waters, at the Ministry of Defence, and only one other copy located in ESTC, COPAC, and OCLC, at Oxford. Not found in the National Maritime Museum's online catalogue.
    This translation of Michelot's Le portulan de partie de la Mer Mediterranée... Learn More
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  43. 127130
    First edition. Williams was the chaplain onboard HMS Pearl, whose crew were called upon to help put down the Indian Mutiny. After sailing to South America, Honolulu and the Sandwich Islands, the ship's company hears news of the uprising while docked in Hong Kong. Along with HMS Shannon, the ship was sent to Calcutta. Williams... Learn More
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    First Macmilllan edition of the "Abridged and Revised Edition" in one volume, first issued by Thornton Butterworth in February 1931. Presentation copy from Churchill, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "Inscribed by Winston S. Churchill for S. C. Dyke, May 1942"; with a typed letter signed tipped to the front pastedown:... Learn More
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  45. 128417
    Limited edition, number 1 of 3,000 copies, in a handsome binding. A card, with the copyright date of 1979, is loosely inserted, presenting the book: "Dear Nod this book was limited to three thousand copies this is signed by the world famous bookbinder Robert Green (see cover page number one - R/G1). For Nod with thanks and... Learn More
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  46. 129393comp
    First edition of this detailed account. Sylvester, an assistant surgeon, served with the Central India Field Force and saw action against the Ranee of Jhansi at Gwalior and the pursuit and capture of Tantia Topi. "His recollections praise the prodigious feats of endurance displayed by the forces of General Sir Hugh Rose... Learn More
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  47. 129371
    Third edition of this eyewitness account of the First Afghan War, with an extensive subscriber's list featuring many British, Canadian, and Irish military men. Hall Wilton kept a daily journal during the Afghan war and not only detailed military events but also any murders, assassinations, and personal treacheries within... Learn More
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  48. 129377
    First edition of Thornhill's account of the Indian Rebellion of 1857-8 against the rule of the British East India Company. George Bruce Malleson used the work extensively for his influential 1891 work The Indian Mutiny of 1857 and noted that, "of all the books written regarding the Mutiny not one is more interesting... Learn More
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  49. 122798
    Third edition, with the bookplate of (W.) Harold Ingrams, the noted colonial officer who wrote a similar handbook for officers on Zanzibar and was known as a "charming, genial, humorous, and a slightly eccentric 'character'" (ODNB). Also with the ownership inscription of the novelist Alan Sillitoe to the front free endpaper.... Learn More
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  50. 129164
    Second Edition, first published the previous year. McLeod was the Surgeon of the Alceste which carried Lord Amherst on his embassy to China. The ship was wrecked in the Strait of Gaspar, all hands survived to be menaced by Malay pirates but eventually rescued by the East-Indiaman Ternate. The narrative... Learn More
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  51. 127147
    First edition. After receiving his M.D. from Edinburgh University, Ireland became an assistant surgeon in the East India Company with the Bengal Horse Artillery and was present at the siege of Delhi: "he was an eyewitness of almost every battle described; went over the ground; into the batteries; talked with the soldiers,... Learn More
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  52. 127129
    First edition. Scarce, with only six locations on Copac. Robertson, a member of the Bengal Civil Service, served as joint magistrate in the Saharunpore district. This is his first-hand account of the Indian Mutiny in this "rather isolated" area (p. 1). Robertson's "position frequently became that of the only European actor... Learn More
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  53. 127150
    First edition of an important and uncommon source for the Second Afghan War. "Major Walter sic Ashe has compiled a group of twenty-three letters written by several unnamed officers of the British Army during the Second Afghan War they focus mainly on General Burrow's disastrous defeat at Maiwand, and the consequent relief... Learn More
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  54. 127140
    First edition in a handsome, if slightly worn, binding, presented "with the author's kind regards" on the half-title (possibly in the hand of the publisher's clerk). Lowe was Assistant Surgeon to the Corps of Madras Sappers and Miners. He served in Persia in 1857 and was present at the bombardment and capture of Muhamara.... Learn More
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  55. 124566
    Unrecorded samizdat publication, an unusual and highly appealing piece from the Cold War era. This well-illustrated manual details the arsenals of US and NATO forces in the early eighties. The text is divided into colour-coded sections, the first containing "intercontinental strategic nuclear weapons", followed by "eurostrategic... Learn More
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  56. 90437
    As..."> First edition of the report of an investigation carried out in Germany during summer 1945, which included visits to A. Walther at the IPM, Darmstadt, and to the University of Göttingen. Page 63 gives a brief account of "Ing. Zuse's calculating machines", written before direct contact had been established with him.
    As... Learn More
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  57. 46965
    First edition in German, first published in Russian the year previously with a French translation issued the same year. Never fully translated into English, an "abridgement," actually a full translation of the final volume, the General Conclusions, was published in 1899 with an introduction by W. T. Stead under the title... Learn More
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  58. 129757
    First edition, first impression, of this "fascinating contemporary account" of the Turco-Italian War of 1911-12 (Motadel, Islam and European Empires, p. 17). George Abbott, a British journalist, spent four months among the Turco-Arab forces fighting the Italian occupation of Cyrenaica, modern-day Libya. The resistance was... Learn More
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  59. 129492
    First UK editions, first impressions, of Churchill's masterpiece, in a highly attractive binding. The Second World War ranks as one of the supreme historical achievements of the 20th century, and is commonly cited as a major factor in Churchill being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953. A man who had always primarily... Learn More
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  60. 129464
    First edition of a "classic of maritime law" (JFB), originally drafted around 1619 at the request of James I for an Anglo-Dutch conference on fishing rights. Among the Dutch representatives was Hugo Grotius, whose Mare Liberum of 1609 had proposed that the seas were free to all. The English lawyer and antiquarian Selden's... Learn More
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