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Rare first editions, deluxe and collectible editions of books, pamphlets, and ephemera relating to soldiers or armed forces on land, including military campaigns, history, organisation, fortification, and weaponry, from antiquity to the modern day.

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  1. Sea Power in its Relations to the War of 1812.
    MAHAN, A. T. Sea Power in its Relations to the War of 1812.

    London : 1905

    First edition, first impression, handsomely bound with an appropriately nautical theme, inscribed by an Eton master on the first blank as a leaving gift: "Colin Boyd, from A. C. Sheepshanks, on leaving Eton, July 1912".

    Sheepshanks went on to fight in the First World War, as probably did his former pupil. This military connection is foreshadowed... Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 147985

  2. Saracen Archery.
    LATHAM, J. D., & W. F. Paterson. Saracen Archery.

    London : 1970

    First edition. An extraordinary piece of scholarship that is remarkably hard to find for such a relatively recently produced book. A full translation and explanation of Taybugha Al-Ashrafi Al-Baklamishi Al-Yunani's previously unpublished Complete Manual of Archery for Cadets, originally composed for presentation to the sultan. Superbly produced, and... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 150428

  3. [Title in Russian:] Koncert dzhaz ansambl' - chasti vojsk nkvd.
    JAZZ IN RUSSIA. [Title in Russian:] Koncert dzhaz ansambl' - chasti vojsk nkvd.

    Russia : c.1945

    A genuinely remarkable object, advertising a jazz concert for NKVD units - the People's Commissariat for Internal Affairs, successors to the notorious OGPU - during the Second World War. The NKVD was renamed the MVD - Ministry of Internal Affairs - in 1946, so the event was clearly planned in wartime. Rather than the free expression and improvisations... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 149782

  4. Crusade in Europe.
    EISENHOWER, Dwight D. Crusade in Europe.

    Garden City, NY : 1948

    First edition, the handsomely produced signed limited issue, number 211 of 1,426 copies signed by Eisenhower on the leaf that prints his D-Day message to the troops. Copies in the original acetate jacket are certainly uncommon.

    Crusade in Europe made Eisenhower a rich man, "becoming one of the most widely translated and sold books of all time.... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 145034

  5. De re militari libri quatuor.
    VEGETIUS RENATUS, Flavius. De re militari libri quatuor.

    Paris : 1553

    Fifth Wechel edition, the fourth illustrated, of the Scriptores rei militaris (The writers of the art of war), which gathers the work of four Roman authors, Vegetius, Frontinus, Aelianus, and Modestus. The superb woodcuts were copied from Heinrich Steiner's 1529 Augsburg edition and first used by Wechel in 1532. This copy carries an appealing ancien... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 145044

  6. The War Diary of the Master of Belhaven 1914-1918.
    BELHAVEN, Ralph Gerard Alexander Hamilton, Master of. The War Diary of the Master of Belhaven 1914-1918.

    London : 1924

    First and only contemporary edition of this uncommon posthumously published memoir, a highly detailed day-by-day account of an artillery officer's service on the Western Front. This copy from the library of gunner and military historian Major Archibald Frank Becke, much enhanced by his meticulous annotation and indexing of the text, and by the addition... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 144545

  7. The Bow-mans Glory; or Archery Revived.
    WOOD, William. The Bow-mans Glory; or Archery Revived.

    London : 1682

    First edition; a second edition was published in 1691. Wood was Marshal of the Society of Finsbury Archers and he invokes the spirit of Agincourt to argue for continued English toxophily. Wood's funeral in 1691 was marked with three flights of whistling arrows.

    The work is dedicated to Charles II and opens with a poem "In Praise of Archery",... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 147061

  8. The World Crisis.
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. The World Crisis.

    London : 1923-31

    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 strategy.

    John Buchan... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 145874

  9. Revolt in the Desert.
    LAWRENCE, T. E. Revolt in the Desert.

    London : 1927

    First edition, large paper issue, number 281 of 315 numbered copies, of which 300 were for sale.

    The costs for production of the 1926 Seven Pillars of Wisdom had ballooned to such an extent that Lawrence was contemplating selling either his library or some of his property to clear the debt. Eventually he settled on the publication of an abridgement,... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 145706

  10. Seven Pillars of Wisdom.
    LAWRENCE, T. E. Seven Pillars of Wisdom.

    London : 1935

    First trade issue, limited edition, number 81 of 750 copies issued in this quarter pigskin binding, alongside a cheaper issue bound in cloth; scarce in the plain paper dust jacket. This first trade edition was preceded only by the unprocurable Oxford Times edition of 1922 (of which there were just eight copies printed), and the sumptuous 1926 Cranwell... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 127774

  11. Memoranda relative to the Lines thrown up to cover Lisbon in 1810.
    JONES, John Thomas, Colonel. Memoranda relative to the Lines thrown up to cover Lisbon in 1810.

    London : 1829

    The first appearance of Jones' detailed account of the Lines of Torres Vedras, the defensive works covering Lisbon created by Sir Richard Fletcher on Wellington's orders 1809-10. Jones was not allowed to publish these records in his famous Journals of Sieges carried on by the Army under the Duke of Wellington... 1811 to 1814 because of their continued... Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 145225

  12. A Sense of Dark.
    KEROUAC, Jack - MALLIOL, William. A Sense of Dark.

    New York : 1968

    First edition, first printing, of this anti-war novel, inscribed on the first blank "Happy Birthday to my Brother-in-Law John, Jack Kerouac", and with a signed letter of provenance from Jeffrey Weinberg (bookseller), dated 1983, stating that this copy was given to Kerouac by the publisher's agent for a possible review.

    The recipient was John... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 144437

  13. Memoirs of Edward Hare C. S. I., late Inspector-General of Hospitals, Bengal.
    HARE, Edward. Memoirs of Edward Hare C. S. I., late Inspector-General of Hospitals, Bengal.

    London : 1900

    First edition of the letters of Surgeon-Major Edward Hare (1812-1897), who invented "the first sustained successful use of quinine in the treatment of malaria while posted in 1843 to Segowiie deep in a malarious jungle near the Nepal border" (Riddick).

    Chiefly remembered for discovering his treatment for malaria, Hare served as the Director-General... Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 148824

  14. 141716
    ADEN; YEMEN. RAF Khormaksar / JARIC operational documents relating to punitive expeditions against dissident Bedouin tribes in the Aden Protectorate, and the Yemen Frontier War, 1955-59.

    Aden & Yemen : 1950s

    Fascinating archive of rare documents and maps concerning Royal Air Force punitive operations against dissident Bedouin tribes in the Aden Protectorate and against Yemen around the time of the Suez Crisis, an extension of imperial policing by the RAF advanced by Churchill in the 1920s, "the function of two tensions", the demobilisation of British forces... Learn More
    £8,500.00

    Stock Code: 141716

  15. The Russo-Japanese War. Compiled by The General Staff, War Office, [continued as;] The Official History of the Russo-Japanese War.
    (RUSSO-JAPANESE WAR) The Russo-Japanese War. Compiled by The General Staff, War Office, [continued as;] The Official History of the Russo-Japanese War.

    London, : 1909

    First Editions, except volume I which is the Second Edition with additional material "with regard to the opening phase of the campaign" and a fuller account of "the advance of the Japanese First Army through Korea, and details of the battle of the Ya-lu." Print runs between 2000 and 4500, but fragile and uncommon in sound condition and complete with... Learn More
    £875.00

    Stock Code: 150165

  16. The Mysore Letters and Dispatches of the Duke of Wellington, 1799-1805.
    WELLINGTON, Arthur Wellesley, 1st duke of. The Mysore Letters and Dispatches of the Duke of Wellington, 1799-1805.

    Bangalore : 1862

    First and only edition, scarce just three locations on Library Hub - BL, Oxford, Leeds University - no additional copies on WorldCat. Contains Wellesely's desptaches to the resident at Mysore, Lt. Col. Barry Close, in the period immediately following the fall of Seringaptam when he was "busy repressing looting, enforcing on his own men respect for Indian... Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 147021

  17. Two North Korean air-drop propaganda "Christmas cards" - "Where there is Peace there is blessing".
    KOREAN WAR. Two North Korean air-drop propaganda "Christmas cards" - "Where there is Peace there is blessing".

    Korea : 1952

    Uncommon propaganda items from the last year of the Korean War, carrying carefully weighed messages separately to the American forces and to their British allies.

    That addressed to the British forces attempts to peel away support for their American allies; "It is 28 months since the Yanks dragged Britain into this war. Nearly 10,000 British lads... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 142447

  18. A Prisoner in Turkey.
    STILL, John. A Prisoner in Turkey.

    London : 1920

    First edition, first impression, of this account of Still's time as a prisoner of war. This work is uncommon, with only eight institutional holdings traced in the UK, this being a particularly attractive example.

    John Still (1880-1941) served in the 6th Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment of the 11th Division as a second lieutenant during the... Learn More
    £400.00

    Stock Code: 148133

  19. The Career of Major George Broadfoot, C.B.,
    BROADFOOT, William. The Career of Major George Broadfoot, C.B.,

    London : 1888

    First edition of this sought-after biography of the man described by his fellow political officer, Colin McKenzie, as "the foremost man in India".

    Broadfoot first served in India in the late 1820s with the 34th Native Infantry Madras Army. After returning to Britain to study at Addiscombe, he rejoined the Madras Army, commissariat department,... Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 111984

  20. Monody on Major André.
    SEWARD, Anna. Monody on Major André.

    Lichfield : 1781

    Second edition, signed by the author at the end of the poem (p. 28). Seward's stinging defence of the unfortunate Major John André "brought George Washington to defend himself against the charge of dishonouring a noble foe" (Backscheider, p. 8), sending a personal envoy to her with proof that his role in the affair was limited.

    André was one... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 147522

  21. How to Pay for the War.
    KEYNES, John Maynard. How to Pay for the War.

    London : 1940

    First edition, second impression, the corrected version, less common than the earlier uncorrected version in green card boards, of Keynes's most successful essay in persuasion, the application of his General Theory to wartime economy. The uncorrected version was published a few months previously.

    "Apart from suggesting ways of adding greatly... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 149951

  22. Two War Years in Constantinople:
    STUERMER, Harry. Two War Years in Constantinople:

    London : 1917

    First edition in English of this powerful eyewitness account of the Armenian Genocide. This copy has an excellent provenance: from the collection of Peter Hopkirk, with a number of his characteristic sticky notes at relevant sections of the text and with passages marked up in pencil markings; it was evidently used in the writing of his study of the... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 148044

  23. Secret Despatches from Arabia.
    LAWRENCE, T. E. Secret Despatches from Arabia.

    [Waltham St Lawrence] : 1939

    Limited edition, number 572 of 1,000 numbered copies, printed in Eric Gill's Perpetua type on handmade paper.

    "The majority of Lawrence's contributions to the Arab Bulletin are published in this volume. In addition to these items, 'Syrian Cross Currents', previously unpublished, is included; this was taken from a manuscript on Arab Bureau paper"... Learn More
    £875.00

    Stock Code: 146260

  24. Paths of Glory.
    COBB, Humphrey. Paths of Glory.

    New York : 1935

    First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed on the first blank "To Harry Lichtig, with cordial best wishes, from Humphrey Cobb", the recipient was, in all likelihood, the Hollywood agent from the Lichtig & Englander agency. This is a great association copy.

    Twenty-two years after its publication, Humphrey Cobb's anti-war masterpiece... Learn More
    £950.00

    Stock Code: 149523

  25. 141149
    WILD, Max. Secret Service on the Russian Front.

    London : 1932

    First edition in English of this romanticised memoir by Wild, a German intelligence officer who served on the Russian front during World War One. Originally published as In Geheimem Auftrag an der Ostfront in 1931. Learn More
    £50.00

    Stock Code: 141149

  26. Observations historiques sur l'origine, les services, & l'état civil des Officiers Irlandois au service de la France, adressées à l'Assemblée nationale.
    DILLON, Arthur. Observations historiques sur l'origine, les services, & l'état civil des Officiers Irlandois au service de la France, adressées à l'Assemblée nationale.

    Paris : 1792

    First edition of this scarce history of Irish regiments in the service of France since the flight of James II, which includes an extensive account of the Dillon's Regiment's part in the American Wars from 1779, in which Arthur Dillon,(17501794), the author of this pamphlet, commanded with distinction under d'Estaing at Grenada and in the siege of Savannah.... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 146968

  27. Standing Orders of the Fourth, or Queen's Own Regiment of Dragoons,
    NAPOLEONIC WARS - SOMERSET, Edward, lieutenant-colonel Lord. Standing Orders of the Fourth, or Queen's Own Regiment of Dragoons,

    Chichester : 1809

    First and presumed only edition, a single copy traced via WorldCat at Flinders University Library. "It being evident to all Military Men, that a set of fixed Regulations is absolutely necessary in every Regiment, in order to ensure an uniform system of discipline, as well as to guide and instruct young Officers; Lieut. Col. Lord Edward Somerset, (with... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 145962

  28. A History of the English-Speaking Peoples.
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. A History of the English-Speaking Peoples.

    London : 1956-58

    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, had reconfirmed his belief... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 128999

  29. 133343
    CHALMERS, John. Letters,

    Edinburgh : 1904

    First edition of Chalmers' letters, sent home from the Mutiny, which "were found after 50 years and published unaltered" (Ladendorf). "Chalmers went out to India in 1849 in the employ of the E.I.C. He served as a civil engineer and raised a regiment in the Punjab during the Mutiny. Served at Dehli and commanded the ladder party with Nicholson's column.... Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 133343

  30. Armenia:
    CURZON, Robert. Armenia:

    London : 1854

    First edition of this work by the English traveller, diplomat and author, Robert Curzon, 14th Baron Zouche (1810-1873), who, in 1842-1843, was joint British Commissioner in Erzurum as part of the British-Turkish-Persian-Russian boundary commission sitting to delineate the Turkish and Persian frontier. This book, published about a decade later, describes... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 133062

  31. Dress Regulations (India) 1931.
    Government of India Army Department. Dress Regulations (India) 1931.

    Calcutta : 1932

    First and sole contemporary edition, one of 3,000 copies printed, thoroughly and painstakingly updated with annotations and tipped-in printed slips. This is the last manual issued by the Indian army to describe full dress; it was used during the Second World War, and covers the regimental changes made to the army following the Great War.

    This... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 146983

  32. The Ruin of Zululand:
    COLENSO, Frances Ellen. The Ruin of Zululand:

    London : 1884-85

    First edition. Colenso (1849-1887) is described by SADNB as a "protagonist of the Zulu people," and like her father and sister a "strong champion" (Mendelssohn) of Cetewayo.

    In the second volume "there is an interesting account of the visit of Cetewayo to England, and of his interviews with members of the Royal family and Lord Kimberley Colenso... Learn More
    £675.00

    Stock Code: 146698

  33. History of the Conquest of Peru.
    PRESCOTT, William Hickling. History of the Conquest of Peru.

    London : [c.1880]

    An attractively bound set of the new and revised edition of Prescott's classic text on Peruvian history, first published in 1847. Prescott "had difficulty recreating the romantic narrative of Mexico in his next history, The Conquest of Peru (1847), because he disdained the character of the Pizarros and their followers" (ANB).

    "The reputation... Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 146173

  34. Through the Sikh War: A Tale of the Conquest of the Punjab.
    HENTY, G. A. Through the Sikh War: A Tale of the Conquest of the Punjab.

    London : 1894

    First UK edition of Henty's historical novel on the First and Second Anglo-Sikh Wars. It was originally published in the US the previous year. Learn More
    £50.00

    Stock Code: 146142

  35. The Conduct of Admiral Knowles
    KNOWLES, Sir Charles. The Conduct of Admiral Knowles

    London : 1758

    First edition of Admiral Sir Charles Knowles's (d. 1777) defence of his actions in the failed raid on the French Atlantic port of Rochefort in 1757, during the Seven Years' War. Attempting to provide Germany relief by diverting French forces, the raid pioneered the tactic of "descents" on the French coast, championed by William Pitt the Elder. Many... Learn More
    £325.00

    Stock Code: 146155

  36. The Chitral Expedition 1895.
    CHITRAL EXPEDITION. The Chitral Expedition 1895.

    Allahabad : 1895

    Second edition in book form of this scarce account of the 1895 expedition to relieve Chitral from a military coup led by Umra Khan (c. 1860, d. 1904), the tribal leader of Bajour in north-western India who was known as the "Napoleon of the Pathans". WorldCat records only one copy of this edition (at Cambridge) and none of the first.

    Chapter XI... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 146130

  37. Indian Frontier Policy: An Historical Sketch.
    ADYE, John. Indian Frontier Policy: An Historical Sketch.

    London : 1897

    First edition. General Sir John Miller Adye (1819-1900) was well known as the author of several campaign histories, and served in the Crimean War, the Indian Mutiny, the Afghan Wars, and the Anglo-Egyptian War. As an assistant adjutant-general of artillery in India, he defended Cawnpore against the Gwalior contingent in 1857.

    Here Adye describes... Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 146140

  38. The Trans-Caucasian Campaign of the Turkish Army under Omer Pasha:
    OLIPHANT, Laurence. The Trans-Caucasian Campaign of the Turkish Army under Omer Pasha:

    Edinburgh : 1856

    First edition of this engaging eye-witness account, presented here in the original attractive cloth binding. Oliphant (1829-1888) was a South-African born English writer, diplomat, and mystic, and served as a correspondent for The Times during the Crimean War, witnessing the siege of Sevastopol and the battle of the Ingour.

    "While the main allied... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 146620

  39. Jottings from an Indian Journal.
    FIELD, Sir John. Jottings from an Indian Journal.

    London : [1911]

    First edition, first impression, of the scarce journal of Major General Sir John Field, KCB (1821-1899). Field served in the 6th Bombay Infantry during the First Afghan War, helped secure Poona during the Indian Mutiny, and commanded the advanced brigade in the Abyssinian Expedition. He finished his career as the judge-adocate-general for the Bombay... Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 146107

  40. With Botha in the Field.
    RITCHIE, Moore. With Botha in the Field.

    London : 1915

    First edition, first impression, complete with the rare plates "Group of Rebel Leaders" and "Rebels rounded up after the capture of De Wet" (opposite page 8), removed from many copies by military censors pre-publication. Ritchie served in General Louis Botha's (1862-1919) bodyguard; here he provides a correspondent's account of the campaign in South... Learn More
    £85.00

    Stock Code: 146113

  41. The Pathan Revolt in North-West India.
    WOOSNAM MILLS, H. The Pathan Revolt in North-West India.

    Lahore : 1897

    Second edition (the same year as first) of this "attempt to bring together in the convenient form of a narrative the leading features of the present Frontier disturbances to the end of the Mohmand Campaign" of 1897 (preface). Library Hub records only nine copies of all three editions in the UK; this second edition is only held by the British Library.

    Winston... Learn More
    £325.00

    Stock Code: 146119

  42. La Pénétration Russe en Asie.
    WARTENBURG, Maximilian Graf Yorck Von; BÉGOUËN, Marcel-Paul-Henri (trans.) La Pénétration Russe en Asie.

    Paris : 1900

    First edition in French, inscribed by the translator on the half-title "A mon ami de Germon, Terres lointaines descrites de loin mais tant/tres desirés. St Louis 18 juin 1900 Max". The recipient Louis de Germon (1863-1938) co-authored with the translator's brother Count Napoleon-Henri Begouën (1863-1956) the poetry collection Vers de couleur (1886)... Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 146454

  43. Seven Pillars of Wisdom.
    LAWRENCE, T. E. Seven Pillars of Wisdom.

    London : 1935

    First trade edition, first impression, O'Brien's so-called "Third English Edition," following the unprocurable Oxford Times edition of 1922 (of which there were just eight copies printed), and the sumptuous 1926 Cranwell edition (limited to 211 copies, with just 170 of them complete). This copy is attractively bound.

    "Lawrence had taken part... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 148204

  44. Collection of material relating to Wingate's Chindits and their campaigns in Burma.
    CHINDITS. Collection of material relating to Wingate's Chindits and their campaigns in Burma.

    1940s-80s]

    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 press photographs, and... Learn More
    £7,500.00

    Stock Code: 65880

  45. The Coming Victory of Democracy.
    MANN, Thomas. The Coming Victory of Democracy.

    New York : 1938

    First editions, first and second printings, both signed by Thomas Mann on the front free endpaper, of these two political essays published at the dawn of the Second World War.

    The Coming Victory of Democracy was a lecture delivered by Mann on a tour during the Spring of 1938, estimated to have been heard by more than 60,000, and "published in... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 149084

  46. Bullets & Billets.
    BAIRNSFATHER, Bruce. Bullets & Billets.

    London : 1917

    First edition thus, limited edition, number 41 of 100 copies only with an original drawing by Bairnsfather. This copy has an interesting provenance with pencilled on the front free endpaper "Keep in memory of Frank Houlton Putnam ('Happy') 51st Canadian Highland Division 1914-1918".

    In February 1930, Putnam's (1892-1930) obituary read "Mr. Putnam... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 148880

  47. A Revision of the Treaty.
    KEYNES, John Maynard. A Revision of the Treaty.

    London : 1922

    First edition, first impression, of Keynes's second work on the German reparations, arguing for a reduction in payments demanded from Germany.

    Following the success of Keynes's first work on the question of German reparations, The Economic Consequences of the Peace, the Sunday Times paid Keynes a large sum for five widely syndicated articles... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 148645

  48. A Revision of the Treaty.
    KEYNES, John Maynard. A Revision of the Treaty.

    London : 1922

    First edition, first impression, of Keynes's second work on the German reparations, arguing for a reduction in payments demanded from Germany.

    Following the success of Keynes's first work on the question of German reparations, The Economic Consequences of the Peace, the Sunday Times paid Keynes a large sum for five widely syndicated articles... Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 148644

  49. Typed letter signed, opposing US intervention in Cuba.
    RUSSELL, Bertrand. Typed letter signed, opposing US intervention in Cuba.

    6 May 1964

    Typed letter signed from Bertrand Russell to the editor of the Toronto Star Weekly, proposing - during a slight thawing in the Cold War - that the US should normalize and improve relations with Cuba. Russell writes "The attempts on the part of the United States to improve relations with the U.S.S.R. deserve support and, in particular the statement by... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 141406

  50. The U-Boat Mastered - two galley-proofs for The Second World War, heavily emended in Churchill's hand.
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. The U-Boat Mastered - two galley-proofs for The Second World War, heavily emended in Churchill's hand.

    London : 10 February & 19 April, 1950

    Working material towards Churchill's The Second World War is rarely encountered on the market: offered here is a revealing pair of galley proofs towards the section covering the climax of the war against the U-boats. This account was originally intended for Volume IV but was eventually incorporated into the first chapter of Volume V, The Closing of... Learn More
    £35,000.00

    Stock Code: 88386

  51. A Handbook on Anti-Mau Mau Operations.
    MAU MAU. A Handbook on Anti-Mau Mau Operations.

    Nairobi : 1954

    Classified "Restricted", this is the first and only contemporary edition of this manual for counter-insurgency operations in Kenya, building on the lessons being learned in Malaya. "This is much more a book of ideas than a book of rules. The operations in Kenya place much responsibility on junior leaders and even individual soldiers.... All ranks must... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 144668

  52. Sketches in Afghaunistan.
    ATKINSON, James. Sketches in Afghaunistan.

    London : 1842

    First edition. Without doubt one of the finest illustrated books on Afghanistan, the plates comprising superb views on the march - Bolan Pass, Quetta, Khojak Pass, Kandahar, and Kabul - published in the wake of the disastrous First Anglo-Afghan War, a conflict that held a ghastly fascination for a British public eager for images of an unexplored country... Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 131893

  53. 131921
    ABBOTT, George. Views of the Forts of Bhurtpoore & Weire.

    London : 1827

    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 Library only among British and... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 131921

  54. General Orders for the Information and Guidance of the Officers and Men,
    BENIN EXPEDITION 1897. General Orders for the Information and Guidance of the Officers and Men,

    [No place : 1897]

    Expedition leader Sir Harry Rawson's copy, his accompanying memo headed in pencil "Admiral's Copy". A genuinely rare and remarkable survival, these highly ephemeral orders relate to the punitive expedition conducted by the British against Benin in 1897; "justified as a legitimate military action... this brutal, violent colonial episode effectively... Learn More
    £5,750.00

    Stock Code: 143425

  55. The War of Atonement.
    HERZOG, Chaim. The War of Atonement.

    Boston : 1975

    First US edition, first printing, inscribed by the author on the title page: "For William Safire, in appreciation. Chaim Herzog".

    William Safire (1929-2009) was a long-time political columnist for The New York Times, and winner of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2006. He became friends with Herzog, and hosted him for dinners in New York.... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 148288

  56. Quartered Safe Out Here.
    FRASER, George MacDonald. Quartered Safe Out Here.

    London : 1992

    First edition, first impression. Fraser's acclaimed section-level account of his service with the Border Regiment in the Burma Campaign. Described by John Keegan as without doubt "one of the great personal memoirs of the Second World War", and by David Mamet as a "magnificent war memoir". Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 147710

  57. Karta sredney Azia. (Map of Central Asia.)
    CENTRAL ASIA. Karta sredney Azia. (Map of Central Asia.)

    Moscow : 1878

    First created in 1863, as Russia began its concerted expansion into the Central Asian khanates, considerably upping the stakes in the Great Game, this map covers an area bounded by Lake Urma, Iran in the West, into the Akmolinskaya Oblast in the North, Tien-Shan in the East, and as far as the Gulf of Oman and Balochistan in the South. It was updated... Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 128957

  58. The Mass Extermination of Jews in German Occupied Poland.
    KARSKI, Jan. The Mass Extermination of Jews in German Occupied Poland.

    London : 1943

    First and only edition. An early revelation of the methods of the Holocaust based upon the extraordinary work of Jan Karski. Karski was a remarkable figure: a graduate in law and diplomacy from Jan Kazimierz University, he served as a diplomat in Germany, Britain and Switzerland in the late 1930s, before joining the ministry of foreign affairs in 1939.... Learn More
    £3,250.00

    Stock Code: 147657

  59. A History of the English-Speaking Peoples.
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. A History of the English-Speaking Peoples.

    London : 1956-58

    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, had reconfirmed his belief... Learn More
    £1,375.00

    Stock Code: 132876

  60. Arms and Influence.
    SCHELLING, Thomas C. Arms and Influence.

    New Haven and London : 1966

    First edition, first printing, of the Nobel Prize-winning economist's study of the role of military capabilities in diplomacy, applying his interest in Game Theory to international relations. Learn More
    £475.00

    Stock Code: 147752

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