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  1. 133707
    First edition. Trained at Heatherley's, the Royal Academy Schools, the Munich Academy, and École des Beaux-Arts, at the outbreak of the War in 1914 Solomon was well-established as a society portraitist and painter of popular biblical, mythological, and other genre subjects. Signed up as a private in the Artist's Rifles,... Learn More
    £850

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  2. 116934comp
    All first editions. A nice group of titles presented to the military historian Sir Francis Tuker by the author. The first inscribed, "To F.S. Tuker from B.H. Liddell Hart, January 1945"; the second with tipped-in one-page typed letter signed, "Dear Tuker", enclosing the book and noting that it was written in 1944 but not... Learn More
    £500

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  3. 133631
    First edition. Highly influential military-historical study by "a sober and prudent soldier and a forceful exponent of the German conception of war" (Gat, The Development of Military Thought. The Nineteenth Century, p.112), this copy from the library of B.H. Liddell Hart, his bookplate to the front pastedown, pencil markings,... Learn More
    £350

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  4. 133407
    From the estate of Margaret Thatcher, with the presentation label incorporated beneath the map reading "Presented to the Right Honourable Margaret Thatcher MP on the occasion of the Gallipoli Commemoration 25 April 1990". Thatcher travelled to Turkey for the 75th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign, along with the Australian... Learn More
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  5. 66430
    First edition. These local vade mecums, annual publications produced using local materials, are inevitably uncommon on the market. Although substantial at around c.700 pages, they have a low survival rate. That they were retained after their supersession is demonstrated by the fact that this copy has the presentation inscription... Learn More
    £1,500

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  6. 132840comp
    Uncommon wartime 1:875,000 scale map of the Iberian Peninsula. The insufficiencies of the British Army's cartographic provision for the Peninsular War have been much discussed; "Except for a few broadsheet maps of Spain and Portugal, and William Faden's plans of the British possessions of Gibraltar and Minorca, the London... Learn More
    £1,250

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  7. 132180detail
    First and only edition. Single location on OCLC at BL, KVK adds a copy in the Austrian National Library lacking 2 plates; and copies in the Zentralbibliothek der Bundeswehr, Düsseldorf, and Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Sachsen-Anhalt, Halle. Decidedly uncommon infantry manual for the Imperial Russian Army from the... Learn More
    £2,250

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  8. Come and Do your Bit. Join Now: Card No. 7.
    First World War recruiting showcard, a reduced version of a very large wall poster (see Joseph M. Bruccoli collection, University of South Carolina, grtwrpstr166). An extremely uncommon format, designed to be hung in shops and offices, and highly desirable in such superb condition. Learn More
    £300

    Stock Code: 88002

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  9. 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
    £1,500

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  10. 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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  11. 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

    Stock Code: 65682

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  12. 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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  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
    £275

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  14. 122891
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £1,650

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  15. 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
    £750

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  16. 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
    £150

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  17. 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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  18. 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
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  19. 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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  20. 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
    £1,250

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  21. 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
    £400

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  22. 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
    £3,250

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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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
    £50

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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 131745
    First and sole edition of this attractively produced memorial to twenty-eight recipients of 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. Not... Learn More
    £650

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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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
    £225

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  40. 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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  41. 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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  42. 130014
    First edition of this collection of Henty's dispatches from the British Expedition to Abyssinia, and his second book overall. Learn More
    £1,875

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  43. 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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  44. 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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  45. 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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  46. 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
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 99440

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  47. 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
    £65,000

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  48. 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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  49. 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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  50. 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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  51. 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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  52. 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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  53. 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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  54. 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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  55. 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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  56. 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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  57. 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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  58. 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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  59. 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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  60. 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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