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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. The Perfection of Military Discipline, After the Newest Method, as practised in England and Ireland, &c.
    (MILITARY DRILL.) ANON. The Perfection of Military Discipline, After the Newest Method, as practised in England and Ireland, &c.

    London : 1690

    Second edition, the Cottesloe Library copy, an unrecorded variant in a remarkably well preserved period binding. Licensed on 12 October 1689 the publication of this comprehensive military manual would have been given greater immediacy by appearing originally in the year of William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne (1 July 1690); it features a... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 137768

  2. Gordon and The Gordon Boys:
    HUTCHISON, Graham Seton. Gordon and The Gordon Boys:

    Woking : 1944

    First and limited edition, number 2 of 100 copies signed by the author and specially bound; inevitably extremely uncommon and represented but thinly among institutional libraries; with an additional presentation inscription on the front free endpaper from the author to his son, "James Graham Pinney Hutchison from Dad, Christmas 1944"; the recipient... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 141743

  3. The Ruin of the Soudan: Cause, Effect and Remedy.
    RUSSELL, Henry, & William Gattie. The Ruin of the Soudan: Cause, Effect and Remedy.

    London : 1892

    First and sole edition of this handsome, decidedly uncommon, and important account of the Mahdist War, also known as the Sudan Campaign, offering a valuable military and economic overview. Henry Russell, a special correspondent with the Daily News and Daily Telegraph, and by his own admission "well acquainted with colloquial Arabic", was ideally placed... Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 141761

  4. Eight Views of the Mauritius, comprising the Positions of the British Army,
    (MAURITIUS.) TEMPLE, Robert. Eight Views of the Mauritius, comprising the Positions of the British Army,

    London : 1813

    First and sole edition of this superb and extremely scarce visual record of the British capture of Mauritius in 1810. The aquatinting is by the accomplished Scottish engraver John Heaviside Clark - also known as "Waterloo Clark" for his sketches made in the immediate aftermath of the battle from on-the-spot drawings by Robert Temple, serving with the... Learn More
    £15,000.00

    Stock Code: 141697

  5. The French Army in Egypt, 1798-1801.
    VERTRAY, Jean-Baptiste, & G. L. B. Killick. The French Army in Egypt, 1798-1801.

    London : [1899]

    First and sole contemporary edition, remarkably uncommon, presented here in a handsome presentation binding. A fascinating and timely pairing of eye witness accounts of the two foreign military excursions in Egypt that framed the century: Napoleon's campaign of 1798-1801 and the Anglo-Egyptian War of 1882; as Killick notes chauvinistically in his preface,... Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 141561

  6. General Report upon the Administration of the Punjab Proper,
    (INDIA; PUNJAB.) General Report upon the Administration of the Punjab Proper,

    Lahore : 1854

    First Lahore edition, rare; a Calcutta edition was published in the preceding year. Following the Second Sikh War (1848-49) the Punjab was officially annexed by the East India Company and this highly-detailed volume was the first of a series of reports published by the Punjab Government, forming an important primary source for the history of the region... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 141013

  7. Jai Hind.
    (INDIAN NATIONAL ARMY.) SAHGAR, Lakshmi & SETH, Amritlal. Jai Hind.

    Bombay : 1945

    Scarce first edition of the story of the first all-female infantry fighting unit in military history by its commander. This fascinating and melodramatic text is 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), leader... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 129785

  8. For Queen and Country: the Career of Harry Payne Military Artist 1858-1927.
    CANE, Michael. For Queen and Country: the Career of Harry Payne Military Artist 1858-1927.

    Kingston, Surrey : 1977

    First edition, number 128 of 400 copies only. This detailed biography also serves as a comprehensive reference work for collectors of Payne's prolific and diverse output. Harry Payne (18581927) produced many series of oilette postcards for Raphael Tuck & Sons, once the world's largest postcard publisher, as well as their rivals Gale and Polden. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 141229

  9. Traces of Travel.
    DE GAURY, Gerald. Traces of Travel.

    London : 1983

    First edition of this account of service in the Middle East in World War Two. An appealing presentation copy, inscribed to an officer who saw action in the Western Desert, receiving the Military Cross in 1942: "For Desmond, Gerald de Gaury March 1983". The two would have met when de Gaury was in Arab liaison with SOE in Cairo and on the staff of the... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 141812

  10. The Grand Captain.
    DE GAURY, Gerald. The Grand Captain.

    London : 1955

    First edition, first impression, of the first full-length biography of the medieval Spanish general Gonzalo de Cordoba. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To Elizabeth Kinnear With very many thanks for her patient help Gerald de Gaury 19.7.55. London". Inscribed copies are particularly scarce, for de Gaury moved... Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 141817

  11. Peace, War, and Adventure:
    CHESTERTON, George Laval. Peace, War, and Adventure:

    London : 1853

    First edition of this well-written memoir of a fascinating career, this a particularly attractive copy. Chesterton served in the field train department of the Royal Artillery in the Peninsula and in the war of 1812 (burning of Washington, Baltimore, Battle of New Orleans) and subsequently, with the army of Columbia under Bolivar, as judge advocate of... Learn More
    £625.00

    Stock Code: 141072

  12. The Second World War.
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. The Second World War.

    London : 1948-54

    First editions, first impressions, of Churchill's masterpiece, signed or inscribed contemporarily in each volume, and exceptionally uncommon thus. The set was presented to Theresa Arnison, who with her husband Rowland, was a stalwart of the Woodford Conservative Association. Vol. I, inscribed on the half-title: "From Winston S. Churchill to Mrs. Arnison,... Learn More
    £27,500.00

    Stock Code: 137316

  13. 141592
    (MIDDLE EAST.) HART, R. Colloquial Syriac as Spoken in the Assyrian Levies.

    Mosul : 1926

    First and sole contemporary edition, extremely scarce, "compiled as a guide for both British and Assyrian personnel of the Iraq Levies to acquire a colloquial knowledge of the respective languages" (introduction). The Iraq Levies (also known as the Assyrian Levies) was the first Iraqi military force formed by the British in British-controlled Iraq,... Learn More
    £700.00

    Stock Code: 141592

  14. 141348
    YOWELL, Jack. (photographer) Mau Mau. A Pictorial Record.

    Nairobi : ?1953

    First and only edition, graphic record of the conflict containing horrific images of the atrocities committed by both sides, also a full-page portrait of Kenyatta, "In the world press he was styled 'Burning Spear' Kenyatta... this is a recent picture". South African-born Yowell was the owner of a photographic shop in Nairobi who worked as a freelance... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 141348

  15. Military Report Afghanistan.
    (AFGHANISTAN.) Military Report Afghanistan.

    Delhi : 1925.

    First and sole edition. Despite the sizeable print run of 3,000 copies this tremendously thorough-going official report is extremely scarce, an online search of institutional libraries citing just two locations, British Library and Duke University: the note in the present version reads, "this edition renders obsolete the Military Report on Afghanistan,... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 141128

  16. Cabool:
    BURNES, Sir Alexander. Cabool:

    London : 1842

    First edition of this posthumously published and attractively illustrated account of the author's remarkable experiences serving as an intelligence officer in India and Afghanistan during the early days of the Great Game. Burnes excelled at political work. His linguistic ability combined with adventurousness, boundless self-confidence, and a certain... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 141084

  17. Letter to Lord W. on the Mutiny in India,
    ORLICH, Leopold von. Letter to Lord W. on the Mutiny in India,

    Bath : 1858

    First edition in English, first published in German in Leipzig the previous year. No other copy traced, this clearly predating the 1858 translation published by Boone under the title "The Military Mutiny in India : its origin and its results. With Observations by Major-General Sir W.M.G. Colebrooke", of which 5 copies can be located world-wide. von... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 140654

  18. Diary of Travels and Adventures in Upper India,
    DAVIDSON, C. J. C. Diary of Travels and Adventures in Upper India,

    London : 1843

    First edition of this elusive, entertaining and informal account of northern India in the 1830s, presented here in bright examples of the original cloth bindings. A rather exasperated John F. Riddick remarks that "Lieutenant-Colonel Davidson's travel diary represents more of a pleasant diversion than a meaningful statement of what he saw", going on... Learn More
    £1,600.00

    Stock Code: 141268

  19. …So Few. A folio dedicated to all who fought and won the Battle of Britain, 10th July – 31st October 1940.
    (WORLD WAR TWO; RAF BOMBER COMMAND.) …So Few. A folio dedicated to all who fought and won the Battle of Britain, 10th July – 31st October 1940.

    London : 1990

    First edition, number 52 of 401 copies, signed by all six members of the creative team on the mounted authentication leaf. A magnificent tribute, containing 25 superb original silhouette portraits of distinguished RAF pilots from Britain and the Commonwealth, all signed by the sitter and the artist, Michael Pierce, together with his embossed stamp.... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 141274

  20. Years of Victory: 1802-1812.
    BRYANT, Arthur. Years of Victory: 1802-1812.

    London : 1944

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to Field Marshal George Francis Milne on the half-title, "For my much esteemed friend F. M. Lord Milne G.C.B. &c. Wishing him the complements of the Season & many many Happy New Years, Christmas 1944 - B". Milne was influential in the Second Boer War and the First World War,... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 141170

  21. Krijgs- en Geschiedkundig Overzigt van den Punjab,
    DE BOER, Pieter Anthonie. Krijgs- en Geschiedkundig Overzigt van den Punjab,

    The Hague : 1849

    First and sole edition of this scarce Dutch history of the Sikhs and the First Anglo-Sikh War, the subscribers list accounting for just 77 copies. It focuses on the strategic importance of the North-West Frontier, with particular regard to the Great Game.

    The author, P. A. de Boer (1818-1847), is described on the title page as a second-lieutenant... Learn More
    £4,250.00

    Stock Code: 140236

  22. Narrative of a Journey to Kalât,
    MASSON, Charles. Narrative of a Journey to Kalât,

    London : 1843

    First, and only contemporary, edition; an unusually well-preserved copy of this highly detailed account of a rarely visited and under-described region, an important pendant volume to Masson's account of his decade of pioneering travel and antiquarian investigation in Afghanistan, Baluchistan and the Punjab. An enigmatic figure embroiled in the machinations... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 139540

  23. Major General Sir Frederick Roberts - A Memoir.
    LOW, Charles Rathbone. Major General Sir Frederick Roberts - A Memoir.

    London : 1883

    First edition of Roberts' military career up to and including the 2nd Afghan War. Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 134468

  24. Military Memoirs of Mr. George Thomas,
    (THOMAS, George.) FRANCKLIN, William. Military Memoirs of Mr. George Thomas,

    Calcutta : 1803

    The Calcutta quarto, the true first edition preceding the London octavo edition by two years. Memoirs of the Irish freelance who became self-declared "dictator in all the countries belonging to the Sikhs south of the Sutlej". A handsome production.

    Born in Tipperary, Thomas arrived in Madras in 1781, possibly as a deserter from the Royal Navy.... Learn More
    £7,500.00

    Stock Code: 113334

  25. Sketch of Mairwara;
    DIXON, Charles George. Sketch of Mairwara;

    London : 1850

    Scarce first edition of this important record of the extensive irrigation system established in the Ajmer-Merwara region of south western Rajasthan; a fascinating and remarkably detailed account of British public works in India compiled by the regional superintendent responsible for carrying through the scheme.

    Dixon (d. 1857) was a lieutenant-colonel... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 110460

  26. Mooltan, during and after the Siege.
    DUNLOP, John. Mooltan, during and after the Siege.

    London : 1849

    First edition of an uncommon and attractively illustrated folio recording the five-month siege of Multan in Punjab, Pakistan. The British attempt to impose a new ruler on the city led to Dewan Mulraj's defiance, and to the siege which precipitated the Second Sikh War. Plates include images of the city itself, the key participants, and decisive moments... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 75337

  27. History of the Campaign on the Sutlej,
    (FIRST ANGLO-SIKH WAR.) History of the Campaign on the Sutlej,

    London : 1846

    First and only edition of this scarce contemporary publication, hurried through the press before the signing the Treaty of Lahore on 9 March 1846, but nonetheless a thorough account and here handsomely presented.

    Containing background to the campaign and detailed accounts of the major engagements together with nominal rolls of the killed and... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 140003

  28. The Sikhs and Afghans,
    ALI, Shahamat. The Sikhs and Afghans,

    London : 1846

    First edition of this unusual and uncommon travelogue of the north-west frontier, written by the expedition leader's Indian-born munshi and inscribed by him to the earl of Shaftesbury. A highly desirable copy, unopened, unrestored in the original cloth, and with an appealing association. The title is fairly well represented institutionally, but commercially... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 139555

  29. The Most Striking Events of a Twelvemonth's Campaign with Zumalacarregui, in Navarre and the Basque Provinces.
    HENNINGSEN, Charles Frederick. The Most Striking Events of a Twelvemonth's Campaign with Zumalacarregui, in Navarre and the Basque Provinces.

    London : 1836

    First edition, a very smart set in period calf of this signal and elusive eyewitness account of the First Carlist War (1833-40), Henningsen serving with the Carlist forces under the charismatic Basque officer General Tomás de Zumalacárregui, known affectionately to his troops as "Tio Tomás". The Edinburgh Review described it as "full of entertainment... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 141304

  30. Narrative of the Field Operations connected with The Zulu War of 1879.
    (ZULU WAR.) [ROTHWELL, John Sutton.] Narrative of the Field Operations connected with The Zulu War of 1879.

    1907

    Second edition, 1, 500 copies printed; a particularly nice copy of this inevitably uncommon official account of the Zulu War, with a fine martial provenance, inscribed boldly in pencil on the front pastedown, "W. V-S, 1/5th RG. FF"; this is Brig.-Gen. William Desmond Villiers-Stuart (1872-1961) who served with the 5th Royal Gurkhas (Frontier Force).... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 141133

  31. Extraits de l'Examen Critique du Militaire Française,
    BOHAN, François Philibert Loubat de. Extraits de l'Examen Critique du Militaire Française,

    1820

    Neatly written and clearly legible manuscript copy of Bohan's important and uncommon work.
    Originally published in Geneva 1781, "The third volume, including some extracts of the other two was reprinted Paris 1821 under the title of 'Principes pour monter et dresser les chevaux de guerre'" (Huth). The revision was carried out by the astronomer Joseph-Jérôme... Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 46213

  32. 141216
    (SOUTH AFRICA; ZULU WAR.) Wyld's Large Scale Military Sketch Map of Zulu Land.

    London : 1879

    Extremely attractive and uncommon map, highly useful in the interpretation of the campaign. James Wyld the younger had been educated at the Royal Military Academy at Woolwich but joined his father's firm which specialised in maps of areas of topical interest, such as a map of Afghanistan with notes and the routes of troops at the time of the First Anglo-Afghan... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 141216

  33. Northern Afghanistan or Letters from the Afghan Boundary Commission.
    YATE, C. E. Northern Afghanistan or Letters from the Afghan Boundary Commission.

    Edinburgh & London : 1888

    First edition, scarce, presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the half-title, "With the Author's kind regards, 1889"; both folding maps stamped, "Mobilization and Intelligence Dept., 23 May 1903". Interestingly, in 1903 Sir Henry McMahon, appointed to settle the Persia-Afghanistan boundary dispute, was in Helmand, in advance of his arbitration... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 141123

  34. The Story of the Malakand Field Force.
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. The Story of the Malakand Field Force.

    London, New York & Bombay : 1898

    First edition, home issue, sole printing, first state without the errata slip. Presentation copy from Churchill's younger brother Jack, inscribed in the recipient's hand on front free endpaper verso, "E. R. Kearsley from Jack Churchill". When this copy was presented, Captain Edward Reginald "Reggie" Kearsley DSO (1883-1976) was attending Harrow School... Learn More
    £8,750.00

    Stock Code: 137695

  35. Oeuvres.
    ROEDERER, Pierre Louis, comte. Oeuvres.

    Paris : 1853-9

    A handsome set of the works of Roederer (1754-1835), prominent French politician during the Revolution and first French Republic. This set was owned and custom bound for Yves Marsaudon (1899-1985), with his bookplate to front pastedowns and his gilt initials at foot of spines; a prominent free mason, Marsaudon converted from Catholicism to the Orthodox... Learn More
    £1,875.00

    Stock Code: 122618

  36. 140758
    HUTCHISON, G. S. Machine Guns. Their History and Tactical Employment

    London : 1938

    First edition of this highly-esteemed study by the wartime commander of 33rd Division Machine Gun Corps. Far from common, particularly so with the jacket, this an excellent copy. Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 140758

  37. Typed letter signed from each, to Air Commodore A. V. Harvey, MP.
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. & Clementine. Typed letter signed from each, to Air Commodore A. V. Harvey, MP.

    3 February 1948 and 14 March 1948

    Winston Churchill writes to invite his fellow Conservative MP Arthur Vere Harvey to a parliamentary luncheon: "Dear Harvey, I am asking a few of my Parliamentary colleagues to luncheon on Thursday, February 12, at 1 p.m., and I should be so glad if you could come. Yours sincerely Winston S. Churchill".
    Clementine Churchill wrote the following month... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 137038

  38. 140625
    SWAYNE, Harald George Carlos, Major. Seventeen Trips through Somaliland and a Visit to Abyssinia.

    London : 1903

    Third edition, the first published in 1895. Described by Czech as "an important work of sport and exploration". This edition enhanced by the addition of 14-page preface discussing the religious and nationalist insurrections of Sayid Mohamed Abdullah Hassan, referred to by the British at the time as the 'Mad Mullah', but considered by the Ottoman Porte... Learn More
    £325.00

    Stock Code: 140625

  39. An Ethiopian Diary.
    MACFIE, John William Scott. An Ethiopian Diary.

    Liverpool and London : 1936

    First and only edition. This copy signed by the author on the title page and with initialled note card dated 12/xii/36 mounted on the front pastedown. "Dr John William Scott Macfie (1879-1948), a Medical Officer with the Colonial Office who embarked on 8 tours of West Africa between 1910 and 1922. It was also during this time Macfie volunteered with... Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 140636

  40. Campaigning in South Africa.
    MONTAGUE, William Edward. Campaigning in South Africa.

    Edinburgh and London : 1880

    First edition of this surprisingly uncommon eye-witness account of the Anglo-Zulu War. This attractive copy with a highly appealing provenance: the front free endpaper verso bearing the ownership inscription of a serving officer, "Captain Belford, 17th Lancers". Ernest Augustus Belford (b. 1848) was present at the last major battle of the war, fought... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 141061

  41. History of the 2nd Punjab Infantry, 1849-1888.
    (INDIAN ARMY.) History of the 2nd Punjab Infantry, 1849-1888.

    Calcutta : 1889

    First edition of this rare unit history, "not seen" by the assiduous bibliographer of regimental histories, Roger Perkins. A second edition, of c.1903, is traceable institutionally by the copies at India Office Library/National Army Museum and National Museums Scotland (lacking the title page) only. This copy with an excellent provenance, a note at... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 140989

  42. At Ease. Stories I Tell to Friends.
    EISENHOWER, Dwight D. At Ease. Stories I Tell to Friends.

    Garden City, New York : 1967

    First edition, special issue, ad personam publication bookplate "At Ease. Published June 16, 1967, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania", with typed addition, "For Dr. C. H. Johnson" and Eisenhower's autograph salutation, "With affectionate regard Dwight D. Eisenhower". Carl Harold "Hal" Johnson was Eisenhower's principle physician during his retirement to Gettysburg.... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 140859

  43. Tales of the Wars of our Times.
    SHERER, Moyle. Tales of the Wars of our Times.

    London : 1829

    First and only contemporary edition. A pretty set of this collection of tales of the Napoleonic Wars by a serving soldier. Sherer, Moyle (17891869), attended Winchester College, but left on obtaining a commission in the 34th regiment. In 1809 he was ordered to Portugal with his unit, and took part in the engagements of Albuera, Arroyo dos Molinos, and... Learn More
    £325.00

    Stock Code: 140776

  44. English for Gurkha Soldiers - Angreji Sikne Postak.
    CROSS, John P. English for Gurkha Soldiers - Angreji Sikne Postak.

    London : 1964

    First and only edition, print run of 9,000 copies, but no copies traced institutionally, rare. Ownership inscription of Colour Sergeant Budhi Bahadur Rana, 6th Gurkha Rifles. Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 140972

  45. 139463
    SÉGUR, Philippe-Paul, comte de. 1812 - 1912: Napoléon.

    Paris : 1912

    A lavishly produced edition of Ségur's "influential history of the Russian campaign" (Sandler) published to mark the centenary, originally issued in 1824 as Histoire de Napoléon et de la grande armée pendant l'année 1812. Ségur took part in the campaign as a general of brigade. The unfavourable portrait of Napoleon given in this book provoked representations... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 139463

  46. History of the 4th Regiment, Punjab Infantry.
    (INDIAN ARMY.) History of the 4th Regiment, Punjab Infantry.

    Calcutta : 1894

    First and sole edition of this rare regimental history, this with a particularly enticing provenance: neat marginal pencil markings at pages 28, 30 and 31 draw attention to a Jamadar Jowalla Singh, who during the storming of Lucknow was mentioned in despatches when he "distinguished himself considerably in leading on his men to the capture of a gun".... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 141000

  47. History of the Captivity of Napoleon at St. Helena;
    FORSYTH, William. History of the Captivity of Napoleon at St. Helena;

    London : 1853

    First edition. Forsyth sought to prove "by mere force of facts... that neither the British government nor Lowe were in fault as regards the treatment of Napoleon at St Helena" (p. x). Lowe was Napoleon's gaoler during his exile on St Helena, and soon became exasperated with the intransigence of his captive, apparently unaware that the pair were engaged... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 140969

  48. The Wreath of Victory, or Laurels of Wellington;
    (WELLINGTON, Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of.) The Wreath of Victory, or Laurels of Wellington;

    Dublin : 1818

    First edition of this rare graphic tribute to the Iron Duke, WorldCat locating a single copy, at the National Library of Ireland, with none appearing on auction records; Library Hub cites a copy at the National War Museum, Edinburgh, but dated 1821. As each section of four pages is paginated separately it is most likely that this was originally issued... Learn More
    £4,850.00

    Stock Code: 140044

  49. Scraps from my Sabretasche.
    STENT, George Carter. Scraps from my Sabretasche.

    London : 1882

    First edition of this scarce and colourful memoir, "full of material that would sound familiar to any reader of Kipling's stories set in India" and teeming with detail. This copy skilfully restored in the attractive original cloth.

    Stent's book includes a description of "an elephant who plays jokes on his keeper, to Stent's dressing up as a woman... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 140276

  50. Suggestions for the Assistance of Officers in Learning the Languages of the Seat of War in the East.
    MÜLLER, Max. Suggestions for the Assistance of Officers in Learning the Languages of the Seat of War in the East.

    London : 1854

    First edition of this interesting work, intended, as stated in the title, for the use of officers during the Crimean War, where "the languages spoken in the countries which the English army may occupy are very numerous. Some, such as Wallachian, Bulgarian, Servian, Albanian, Circassian, and Georgian, are but little known" (p. 1). In his lengthy introduction... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 140908

  51. Scheme and Orders for the Military Arrangements at Delhi in connection with the Coronation Durbar
    (DELHI DURBAR.) Scheme and Orders for the Military Arrangements at Delhi in connection with the Coronation Durbar

    Calcutta : 1911

    First and sole edition, produced in small numbers for the use of officials and inevitably scarce; an important primary source for the Delhi Durbar, "the most spectacular ceremony in the history of the British empire" (ODNB), held on 12 December 1911 to mark the coronation of George V and Mary of Teck as Emperor and Empress of India. These military arrangements... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 140854

  52. Kandahar in 1879;
    LE MESSURIER, Augustus. Kandahar in 1879;

    London : 1880

    First and sole edition of this decidedly uncommon and important eye-witness account of the Second Afghan War (1878-80). This copy with a distinguished provenance: from the library of Field Marshal Sir Neville Bowles Chamberlain (1820-1902), with his armorial bookplate. At 17 Chamberlain was commissioned ensign in the Bengal army and his career is elucidated... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 140749

  53. A Cavalry Manual for the use of Officers of the Bengal Cavalry.
    HILL, R. B. A Cavalry Manual for the use of Officers of the Bengal Cavalry.

    Simla : 1869

    Rare, unrecorded Indian cavalry manual; this copy with a fine military provenance, inscribed at head of the title page, "G. H. Elliott, 3rd Bengal Cavalry" and with a number of emendations in his hand noting updates to general orders. George Hambley Elliott (d. 1931) was gazetted ensign with the 91st Highlanders in July 1867, transferring to the 93rd... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 140765

  54. A Personal Narrative of the Outbreak and Massacre at Cawnpore,
    SHEPHERD, J. W. A Personal Narrative of the Outbreak and Massacre at Cawnpore,

    Lucknow : 1894

    Fourth edition of a popular Mutiny memoir by one of the few survivors of the Cawnpore massacre, originally published in the Calcutta and London Papers in 1857 under the title "Brief account of the Outbreak at Cawnpore", and in book form in a small edition of 500 copies in 1862. Shepherd was a Eurasian clerk of the Commissariat Department and Sorksy... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 140823

  55. A Picture of Lisbon, taken on the Spot:
    CARRÈRE, Joseph-Barthélemy-François. A Picture of Lisbon, taken on the Spot:

    London : 1809

    First edition of this timely English translation of Carrère's 1798 Voyage au Portugal et particulèrement Lisbonne. Evidently rushed onto a market craving information on Portugal following Soult's invasion in January 1809. It was variably received at the time: The Monthly Review correctly identifying that it was "derived from a French source", and... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 139694

  56. A Year on the Punjab Frontier in 1848-49.
    EDWARDES, Herbert B., Major. A Year on the Punjab Frontier in 1848-49.

    London : 1851

    First edition, decidedly uncommon. Edwardes' low-key style is perhaps at odds with his reputation a brilliant soldier-diplomat, whose willingness to act on his own initiative, despite his lack of formal military training, was instrumental in defeating the dangerous insurrection at Multan.

    His account include the establishment of a British administrative... Learn More
    £1,850.00

    Stock Code: 135165

  57. The Applications of Prophecy to the Crimean War;
    HILDEBRAND, G. B. The Applications of Prophecy to the Crimean War;

    London : 1864

    First and only edition, extremely uncommon - both Copac and OCLC list three locations (BL, NLS, Cambridge). The text concludes "End of Volume I", but this is all published. An extraordinary sustained exercise in apocalyptic biblical exegesis by a mind stimulated, or perhaps over-stimulated, by the ongoing war in the Crimea. The author saw the rise of... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 121341

  58. The Royal Artillery War Commemoration Book.
    (FIRST WORLD WAR.) The Royal Artillery War Commemoration Book.

    London : 1920

    First edition, first impression, of this notable gathering of soldiers' accounts and depictions of the First World War, as well as the Roll of Honour of officers. Several of the plates are by the renowned equestrian artist Gilbert Holiday (1879-1937). Holiday initially worked for the Graphic as a war artist before joining the army and serving... Learn More
    £600.00

    Stock Code: 139885

  59. An Enquiry into the Principles of Civil and Military Subordination.
    MACDIARMID, John, of Weem. An Enquiry into the Principles of Civil and Military Subordination.

    London : 1806

    Rare first and only edition of this investigation into "natural" and "artificial" subordination, and in particular into the specifically military institutions of the latter and their possible improvement. From the library of the marquess of Londonderry, an attractive copy with an excellent military provenance.

    Macdiarmid's (17791808) father... Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 139663

  60. From Cadet to Colonel.
    SEATON, Sir Thomas. From Cadet to Colonel.

    London : 1866

    First and sole edition of this lively military memoir of service in India. "Seaton commanded the 60th NI which mutinied at Umballah originally on May 10th he saw many years of action in India served at the Siege of Delhi and afterwards in the Doab and Rohilchund. Seaton was a good friend of Hodson. Approximately seven chapters on the Mutiny" (Sorsky).... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 140701

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