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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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
    £250

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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
    £500

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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 33021
    New and Revised Edition. Learn More
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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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
    £250

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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 96682
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
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  30. 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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  31. 105504

    The River War.

    London, New York and Bombay: 1899

    First edition, first impression, second state with minor typographic error (second inverted comma missing after THE 'LONDON GAZETTE') corrected on p. 459 of volume II. The River War was Churchill's second book, preceded only by The Story of the Malakand Field Force (1898), "2,000 copies published on 6 November 1899" (Woods).... Learn More
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  32. 127095
    First and only edition of this German translation of two key studies of the Russian "imperial" campaigns in this contested region. Russia's conquest of the Caucasus was completed just four years later at the conclusion of the Russo-Circassian War. Both Fadeev and Milutin served in the General Staff of the Army of the Caucasus.... Learn More
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  33. 127262detail
    The New Edition, complete with the index and the volume of General Orders. Indispensable for the study of Wellington's campaigns, and perhaps the only source for the occasional glimpse of the man. This is a particularly handsome set, bound by Francis Bedford, "considered the leading English bookbinder of his time, surpassed... Learn More
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  34. 37120
    Second edition, revised, first one volume edition. 1000 copies printed on the 15th October, 1902. The text had been revised considerably, and a new chapter added describing the ultimate destruction of the Khalifa and the end of the war. Learn More
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  35. 111705
    First edition, first printing, first issue. Publisher's records indicate that 5,003 copies were printed. "The volume consists of 17 letters to the Morning Post, beginning with that of 31 March 1900 and concluding with that of 14 June in contrast to London to Ladysmith, the texts of the originally published letters were more... Learn More
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  36. 108986
    First edition, sole printing, in the second issue binding without the full stop after the date on the spine. During January and February of 1914 Lawrence and Leonard Woolley (the archaeologist who would later excavate Ur), together with a British Army surveying detachment, mapped the Negev region of the Sinai Peninsula.... Learn More
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  37. 70558
    First editions. Extremely uncommon and indispensable reference. There was a hiatus of 18 years between the publication of volumes II and III; the final two volumes were issued in a limited edition; and in any case it is believed that no more than 500 copies of the first two volumes were produced. Learn More
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  38. 125535
    First editions of the last three volumes; the first three volumes are third editions. Napier's work certainly divided opinion. "Soult considered it 'perfect', Sir Robert Peel 'eloquent and faithful', the Spanish general Alava felt it too pro-French, and a British officer in India demanded satisfaction on his return for a... Learn More
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  39. 125546detail
    The first three volumes third editions, published the same year as the first, volume IV the second, the rest first editions. Kinglake was in the Crimea in 1854, "witnessed the battle of the Alma from close hand, dined that night with Lord Raglan... helped the wounded, sketched and recorded the scenes in his diary. Kinglake... Learn More
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  40. 125487
    First edition in English following the Dresden edition of 1784, fairly uncommon just 10 locations on Copac, a similar number of additional records on OCLC. Saldern's handbook was widely adopted in the British Army; "An Inspector-General in the Prussian service from 1763 to 1785, where he enjoyed considerable reputation as... Learn More
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  41. 125132
    First edition. "Appointed Commissioner and Political Agent of Delhi, Greathed (1817-1857) accompanied the British forces during the Siege of Delhi until his death before the city's walls on September 19, 1857. Gathered here are a collection of 116 letters written to his wife in nearby Meerut nearly every day and sometimes... Learn More
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  42. 125154
    First edition of this engrossing eyewitness account of the Second Anglo-Sikh War (1848-49), published posthumously under the aegis of the author's father, John Sandford, archdeacon of Coventry. Daniel Augustus Sandford (1829-1849) - Rugby-educated, first commissioned in 1846 - served with the Second Bengal (European) Light... Learn More
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  43. 125119
    First edition of one of the most attractive Mutiny memoirs, with delightful plates of uniform, uncommon in the cloth. Dunlop's ressalah, a word derived from Arabic and Persian via Urdu and meaning a cavalry troop, was kitted out in khaki, a relatively early use (first adopted by the Indian Army's Corps of Guides in the 1840s).... Learn More
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  44. 125083
    Second edition, following the first of the same year. "On 5 June 1838 Havelock 1795-1857 was promoted captain without purchase in a vacancy caused by the death of 'a dear friend'. Havelock was then forty-three years old, and had twenty-three years' service. Well might he grumble that without the means to purchase, promotion... Learn More
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  45. 124969
    Second edition, first published in 1853, of this enthralling and unflinching account of action in the Second Anglo-Sikh War (1848-49) seen from the perspective of the rank-and-file soldier. "Corporal Ryder's memoirs relate his experiences in the 32nd Regiment from August 1846 to October 1849 with particular emphasis on his... Learn More
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  46. 124964
    First edition. "As one of two chaplains accompanying the Delhi Field Force besieging Delhi during the Indian Mutiny of 1857, the Reverend Rotton strove mightily to serve the religious needs of the army. The recollections follow Rotton's daily movement among the fourteen hospitals, the delivery of at least three sermons each... Learn More
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  47. 121130
    First edition. Elphinstone (1779-1859) was appointed to the East India Company through family influence, and arrived in Calcutta in 1796. He developed a strong interest in Indian literature and politics, and became proficient in Persian. In 1819, after postings in Afghanistan and Poona, he became governor of the recently... Learn More
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  48. 123841comp
    First editions, first impressions, trade issue, inscribed by the author in vol. IV on the front free endpaper, "To Craigavon, from Winston Churchill. August 1938". The recipient was James Craig, 1st Viscount Craigavon (1871-1940), and the first Prime Minister of Northern Ireland. Churchill was grateful for the Ulster loyalist... Learn More
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  49. 123948
    First edition, first impression. A Brief Record is a thorough account of the advance of the EEF from July 1917 to the end of October 1918, containing many articles, two of which (the explanatory sections on the verso of the plates facing 49-50, "Sherifian Co-operation in September", and 51-53, "Story of the Arab Movement")... Learn More
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  50. 117515
    First edition of this political tract, published in the years preceding the Mexican War of Independence, in an unusually excellent and richly decorated Mexican binding. Fernandez de San Salvador (1756-1842), was a writer and lawyer devotedly loyal to the Old Regime and the King of Spain, Ferdinand VII. The first of these... Learn More
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  51. 120857
    First edition, one of just 500 copies privately produced by the author, this a superb Royal Welch Fusiliers association copy, with gilt supralibros: "Presented to the Officers of the 2nd Bn. The Royal Welch Fusiliers by Lieutenant-Colonel D. M. Barchard", and with the ink stamp "Officers' Mess. 2nd Bn. Royal Welch Fusiliers"... Learn More
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  52. 108832
    First edition, first issue binding with the full stop after the date on the spine. During January and February 1914 Lawrence and Leonard Woolley (the archaeologist who would later excavate Ur), together with a British Army surveying detachment, mapped the Negev region of the Sinai Peninsula. The Negev was ruled by the Ottoman... Learn More
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  53. 1
    A handsome and highly interesting manuscript. The first published edition was issued by Arckstée & Merkus in Amsterdam in 1771, credited to "un Officier du Corps," the author previously identified by Barbier as Edme-Jean-Antoine Du Puget. Du Puget (1742-1802) was a member of an old aristocratic family from Bresse and was... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 41080

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  54. 122824
    First and only edition of this rare pamphlet, marked "Restricted" and published the year before the beginning of the Cultural Revolution, two copies only traced in libraries (Australian War Mermorial and Canadian War Museum), none in commerce. Sections cover the army's history, doctrine, training, guerrilla and jungle warfare... Learn More
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  55. 122808
    Second and corrected edition of this operational gazetteer, printed only three weeks after the first, which was rushed out after the Argentine invasion of 2 April 1982. It contains over 3,000 entries for places and topographical features in the Falkland Islands and 1,000 for its dependencies, which then included South Georgia... Learn More
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  56. 109980
    First edition of this uncommon late Edo-period guide to Japanese heraldry. No copies located on OCLC, or National Diet Library. The Bunsei era - 1818-1830 - designates the early part of the reign of Emperor Ninko-tenno, who was enthroned in 1817 and died in 1846. This guidebook offers exhaustive contemporary documentation... Learn More
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  57. 84343
    First edition. The famous Nazi-hunter's exposé of Haj Amin al-Husseini, the controversial Grand Mufti of Jerusalem. Learn More
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  58. 122641
    No other copy traced, "These letters were written from the Crimea by Capt. H. Bird (the spelling of the name was afterwards changed to Byrde. Capt. Bird resigned his commission a few years after the Crimean War, going to Ceylon/Sri Lanka to take charge of his father's coffee plantation. He took great interest in the Volunteer... Learn More
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  59. Current Combat Leaflets.
    Extremely uncommon internal psyops production, classified "Restricted", and numbered 36 in an unstated print-run. No records on Copac, OCLC, or KVK, but copies located at UCL in the papers of Sir Gavin de Beer, the influential evolutionary embryologist who served as lieutenant-colonel in charge of psychological warfare in... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 113423

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