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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
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  2. 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
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  3. 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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  4. 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.

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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    Stock Code: 99440

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  10. 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

    Stock Code: 93169

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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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    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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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
    £475

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  36. 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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  37. 122030
    First printing of this very scarce publication issued by the Communist Party USA. This defiant statement against General Franco and his benefactors in Germany and Italy was issued to promote the Party's head and deputy head, Earl Browder and James Ford respectively, in the 1936 US Presidential Campaign. Roosevelt's neutral... Learn More
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  38. 126903
    First edition, uncommon, just 5 locations on Copac, OCLC adds 10. As a boy Jonas Moore, (1627-79), "became a clerk in Durham city" (Taylor), but resolved to follow a career in mathematics, in which ambition he was encouraged by the prominent local Shuttleworth family of Gawthorpe Hall. Brought to the attention of Charles... Learn More
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  39. 126870
    The "Third Edition Corrected", first published 1760, all editions fairly uncommon just 5 locations for the current on OCLC. Appealing "conduct book" for young officers; "The time employed in reading them, will neither be long, nor, I flatter myself entirely thrown away. Some things I have said in them may so effectually... Learn More
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  40. 118614
    A price list showing the highest prices realised at public auction sales held by Joe Dyson, auctioneer, during the Siege of Ladysmith, 21st February 1900. It features 27 items, including: eggs per dozen (2, 8s.), 4 small cucumbers (15s. 6d.), and a bottle of jam (1, 11s.). An interesting curiosity, showing the extortionate... Learn More
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  41. 128967
    First edition, first issue with all required points where visible. Originally issued in 64 parts, the first 48 being issued by Fairburn, "the publication was then taken over by Cumberland, who issued 16 more parts" (Tooley). Abbey remarks that the "Fairburn venture must have been unsuccessful, for sets carrying his imprints... Learn More
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  42. 124884comp
    First editions, first impressions; volumes III and V presentation copies from Churchill to Douglas McGarel Hogg, each inscribed on the blank before the half-title, respectively: "To Douglas McGarel Hogg, from Winston S Churchill 3. 3. 27", and "Douglas, from Winston S. C". Volume III inscribed on the day of publication,... Learn More
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  43. 33021
    New and Revised Edition. Learn More
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  44. 94492
    The first volume, and last two are firsts, II-IV are seconds. The first volume was published by John Murray, who did not exercise his option on the next three having made a loss, Napier therefore published the rest of the history through Boone having raised the money by subscriptions. The work certainly divided opinion,... Learn More
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  45. 120027
    First edition. An important history of the War of 1812 by Charles Jared Ingersoll (1782-1862), "the bright and knowledgeable Republican who sat in the Thirteenth Congress, and who wrote two valuable treatises that further illuminate the domestic history of the war referring to both series, as presented here" (Donald R. Hickey,... Learn More
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  46. 129235
    The first three volumes are second editions, the later three firsts. The first volume was published by John Murray, who did not exercise his option on the next three having made a loss, Napier therefore published the rest of the history through Boone having raised the money by subscriptions. The work certainly divided opinion,... Learn More
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  47. 127546
    First edition, first impression. The second volume of Churchill's autobiographical writings, Thoughts and Adventures is a collection of magazine and newspaper journalism written in the same lighter, informal style as My Early Life, covering his early political career and service on the Western Front (with a near-silence... Learn More
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  48. 129020
    First edition of this collection of twenty essays compiled by Boswell as part of his long-standing campaign on behalf of the Corsican insurgents seeking independence from the Genoese - his first important work had been An Account of Corsica, the Journal of a Tour to that Island, and Memoirs of Pascal Paoli, published by... Learn More
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  49. Forty Centuries Look Down.
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the half title, "To Field Marshall Lord Milne with due salutes & all good wishes, F. Britten Austin. 4 Oct, 1936". Lord Milne was a distinguished military officer who served in the Boer War and the First World War, and who ended his career as Chief... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 85930

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  50. 64009
    Second edition, the same year as the first, the dedication dated just nine days after the first (1 October, rather than 22 September). A very timely publication, as Simes stresses in his secondary dedication "To the Officers of the Army": "From the rebellious conduct of the Americans it appears to me that there is a great... Learn More
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  51. 128999
    First editions, first impressions. Churchill began his history of the British Empire and the United States during his period in the political wilderness in the early 1930s, but did not complete it until after his retirement in the late 1950s. The events of the Second World War, the major interruption in the writing process,... Learn More
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  52. With Stanley's Rear Column.
    First edition of this important, highly critical narrative of the Emin Pasha relief expedition, published in the midst almost universal adulation that greeted Stanley on his return to England in 1890, and one of the "multiplication of different accounts which undermined his reputation just at the moment he had hoped it would... Learn More
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  53. 120807
    It is rare indeed that British Military History throws up a general who seriously could be considered as an exemplar of Sun Tzu's Sage Commander. And it is perhaps not particularly surprising, in view of the generally sanguinary tendencies of the historians of the British Army, that his greatest feat "being bloodless, has... Learn More
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  54. 128762
    First US edition of the first edition in English, which had been published in London earlier the same years, from the French original of 1846. A follower of Napoleon from the Coup of Brumaire, Montholon followed his Emperor into exile, acted as chief amanuensis for his memoirs, and remained with him to the end. Napoleon... Learn More
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  55. 127143detail
    First British editions, first impressions, of all of Churchill's major works, in attractive matching bindings by Bayntun of Bath. Churchill was a prolific writer in the fields of history, biography and politics, alongside forays into essays and fiction, with several volumes of his collected speeches also published. He received... Learn More
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    First separate edition, number 3 of 25 specially printed copies, initialled by Florence Emily Hardy, Thomas Hardy's second wife. This poem was written by Hardy for a special Armistice Day section of The Times, published on 11 November, 1920, on the occasion of the burial of the Unknown Soldier. An uncommon work with just... Learn More
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  57. 126702
    First edition of the first biography of Clive, the initial volume issued in the year following his death. It is certainly uncommon and this is a most appealing set in a contemporary plain trade binding. The supposed author is the French-born topographer Charles Caraccioli (b. 1722?), of whom little is known, although ODNB... Learn More
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  58. 127576detail
    The first nine volumes "New Editions", the rest firsts, complete with the index, and in this case with the additional volume of General Orders. Indispensable for the study of Wellington's campaigns, and perhaps the only source for the occasional glimpse of the man. The editor had served "in all the Peninsular engagements... Learn More
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  59. 96682
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
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  60. 127419
    First edition of this fascinating collection of brief notes and essays on military matters by the author of the famous Memoirs of the Extraordinary Military Career of John Shipp, published two years earlier. Serving largely in India, Shipp's remarkable bravery allowed him to perform "the unique feat of twice winning a commission... Learn More
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