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  1. 116877
    Exemplary pre-Revolutionary War military document, linking two men with extensive service during the period. Joseph Cilley (1734-99) was born in Nottingham, New Hampshire, son of Captain Joseph Cilley of the Isle of Shoals. Cilley served as an officer in the American Revolution and earlier, in 1758 seeing action in the... Learn More
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  2. 101500
    First edition, first impression, of the author's second book, a collection of poetry based on his experiences during the First World War. Learn More
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  3. 122301
    First edition. William Napier was the brother of Charles Napier, who had conquered and administered Sindh and been a leading figure in British India prior to his resignation over his disagreements with Governor-General Lord Dalhousie. William Napier published both an account of the conquest of Sindh and the present volume,... Learn More
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  4. 120521comp
    Second English edition, two years after the first, which was published in the same year as the Leipzig German first. A "classic memoir by the commander of German forces in East Africa" (Edward G. Lengel, World War I Memories, 2004). A fascinating copy much enhanced by the addition of a quantity of related material, including... Learn More
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  5. 122094
    First edition. Lake was second in command and chief engineer during the defence of Kars, the last major operation of the Crimean War. With the city's capitulation, he spent a year as a prisoner of war in Russia; this is his autobiographical account of the events. The latter sections of the book gives an account of society... Learn More
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  6. 122068
    First edition, two volume issue. One of the finest contemporary histories of the Crimean War, lavishly illustrated with depictions of sea and land battles, portraits of the major individuals, and maps of the region. The edition was also issued as an eight volume set. With the bookplate of Sir Basil Liddell Hart, military... Learn More
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  7. 122062
    First edition. Le Turc was a London-based Frenchman, who published other technical manuals on ladders, cannons and bridges. The present work is a military treatise, addressed to George III, offering proposals to enhance the defences of British overseas possessions. An English translation was intended, with a prospectus produced,... Learn More
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  8. 122031comp
    First Aviation Book Club edition. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page "To Captain D. Mason with great sympathy Willy Coppens de Houthulst May 1971". Loosely inserted is a slip of paper on which is typed "Sorry to say that John Hamilton Ltd, the English Publisher, cheated in publishing DAYS ON THE... Learn More
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  9. 120074
    First edition. " another of Rawlinson's well researched and finely composed Indian Army unit histories. He covers the period from 1778 to 1940 in uniform detail, with many minor actions and individual acts of gallantry highlighted in the narrative. The principal campaigns described are - First Sikh War (1845-7), Second... Learn More
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  10. 115213
    Superb photograph album documenting the British reoccupation of Wana and the end of the 1919-20 Waziristan campaign in over 80 intimate original snapshots, supplemented by a run of atmospheric professional photographs from Holmes's souvenir series, "With the Wana Column", and several group officer portraits, all meticulously... Learn More
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  11. 115188
    An album of attractive professional photographs from the 22-day, 262-mile march from Rawalpindi to Razmak undertaken by the 1st Battalion of the King's Royal Rifle Corps in the winter of 1926, the images commencing with the crossing of the Khushal Gharh Bridge and subsequently depicting the battalion marching in formation... Learn More
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  12. 115199
    Deceptively extensive photograph album of military service in Waziristan during the Afridi and Red Shirt rebellions, with almost 100 original photographs of views, cantonments, operations, and native and British troops, complemented by attractive prints (mostly views) by prolific North-West Frontier photographers B. R. Tundan,... Learn More
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  13. 120594
    First edition of "the fullest contemporary account" of one of key engagements of the American War of Independence (Bruce). "In 1777, aged fifteen, Drinkwater joined as ensign a regiment of volunteers raised in Manchester, at a time of indignant excitement produced by the news of General Burgoyne's surrender at Saratoga.... Learn More
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  14. i1

    The Mint.

    Garden City, New York: 1936

    True first edition, one of an edition of just 50 copies published to establish copyright, only 10 of which were for sale, priced at 500,000 this numbered 10 (U.K.) "One of Lawrence's avowed purposes in joining the RAF was to write of the ranks from the inside. He began immediately making notes when he enlisted in 1922.... Learn More
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  15. 122120
    First edition of this uncommon memoir of military service, mainly in India, one copy traced at auction. The work is usually attributed to noted army chaplain and author G. R. Gleig (1796-1888), whose celebrated account of service in the Peninsular War was called The Subaltern (1825), but the narrative is incompatible with... Learn More
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    First and only edition, limited to 40 copies for personal distribution by Viscount Carlow, founder of the Corvinus Press, as a Christmas gift, this copy inscribed on the presentation leaf "For Eileen, from Carlow, 1938". The text was printed verbatim from the original manuscript, which is now in the National Maritime Museum... Learn More
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  17. 121018
    Originally published in The Survey, the journal of the Charity Organization Society of New York, uncommon no physical copies traced on OCLC. Col. Ford (1867-1953) served with the military medical services in four conflicts. Firstly in the Spanish-American War, and then in 1912, while in Europe on sick leave, he volunteered... Learn More
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  18. 121062
    Second edition, a lovely copy of this key source for the biography of Sir James Brooke (1803-1868), army officer and first rajah of Sarawak: "a Victorian imperial hero, yet controversial and loathed by some, he founded a state and established a regime which lasted a century, and also influenced the fiction of Kipling, Conrad,... Learn More
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  19. 121238
    First edition of this extremely uncommon and indispensable reference work, containing over 7,000 records and much improved and expanded from its predecessor, Dodwell and Miles's Alphabetical List, which was published in 1838. There was an 18-year hiatus between the publication of the second and third volumes, and the dust... Learn More
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  20. Sketches in Afghaunistan
    First edition. Without doubt one of the finest illustrated books on Afghanistan, the plates depicting a selection of superb views on the march - Bolan Pass, Quetta, Khojak Pass, Kandahar, and Kabul. In 1833, after a furlough in England, Atkinson returned to his original profession as surgeon to the 55th NI, and in 1838 was... Learn More
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  21. 121152
    First edition in book form, compiled from a series of articles on "Indian Heroes" originally published in Good Words magazine (1866) and including biographies of Lord Cornwallis, John Malcolm, Mountstuart Elphinstone, Alexander Burnes, John Nicholson and others. "Kaye's works are still used by historians" (ODNB). Learn More
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  22. 120114
    Fascinating, well-documented and vivid album of original photographs taken by a cavalry officer attached to a mounted infantry unit in South Africa after the conclusion of the Second Boer War (31 May 1902). Lieutenant Moncrieff was serving with number 4 troop, "C" squadron of the 12th Mounted Infantry, known as The Highland... Learn More
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    First edition. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author "To F. L. Megson, Recalling old friends & 'Rather long ago', C. J. Wilson" on the front free endpaper. Wilson was regimental medical officer in the EAMR. The recipient was soldier and colonial administrator Forrest Loudon Megson (1894-1977): sometime executive officer... Learn More
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  24. 120950
    Second edition, the year after the first, scarce: four copies traced at auction in the last 40 years (one for the first); this copy in a handsome binding signed by Thouvenin, either Joseph l'Aîné (1790-1834) or his younger brother, also Joseph (d. 1844); Joseph l'Aîné was "the first artist who restored the art of binding... Learn More
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  25. 120865
    First edition, first impression, 2nd Corps commander Sir Horace Smith-Dorrien's copy, with his ownership inscription in blue pencil to the front board and his annotations to some 20 pages, of this extremely detailed stage-by-stage account of the first major action of the British Expedition Force (BEF) in the First World... Learn More
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  26. 119273
    First US edition. After covering Hancock's and Sherman's campaigns in the American Midwest, Stanley persuaded the New York Herald to employ him as special correspondent on the British expedition to Abyssinia, and was in Suez by January 1868. "Having joined Sir Robert Napier's forces at Annesley Bay, in the Horn of Africa,... Learn More
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  27. 120629
    First and only edition."The standard history, based on extensive use of primary sources" (Bruce). Remains a key text for the period. Uncommon. Learn More
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  28. 120634
    First edition, early state, plates watermarked 1812, 1815 or 1816, text 1806 or 1812; the plates have printed issue dates between 1815 and 1818, and were first assembled in book form in 1819. Abbey and Tooley are at variance on the status of differing issues, but Abbey concludes, "it would appear reasonable to assume that... Learn More
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  29. 90443
    First edition, evidently first state, and uncommon thus. Superbly detailed map of the Crimean Peninsula produced at the outbreak of the war in the region with "the Russian names, title and observations translated or rendered into English by Major Jervis himself, and various useful and important additions also made to the... Learn More
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  30. 120303
    First edition, presentation copy of the posthumously-edited memoirs of Stapleton Cotton, 1st Viscount Combermere, soldier and colonial administrator best-remembered for his actions in the Peninsular War and later as commander-in-chief of India, a post he held from 1825 to 1830. With an autograph letter signed from the author... Learn More
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  31. 119244
    First edition, first impression, of this posthumously published memoir by the man who set up the Khyber Rifles. Sir Robert Warburton (1842-1899) was appointed political officer of the Khyber in July 1879. A family copy with the ownership stamp of J. R. Warburton to front free endpaper verso and numerous newspaper clippings... Learn More
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  32. 117512
    First edition, first printing. William H. Carter (1851-1925) served as a mounted messenger for the Union in the Civil War, also serving in the Spanish-American war, the Indian wars and World War One. This is the first of Carter's six historical military works and provides a detailed account of the history and movements of... Learn More
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    The Conquest of Scinde.

    Edinburgh and London: 1846

    First edition, presentation copy of Outram's account of the controversial annexation of Sind, inscribed "With the author's Complements" on the half-title of volume 1, probably in a secretarial hand. Having been specifically requested by Napier as commissioner for the treaty terms, Outram came to identify so closely with... Learn More
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  34. Institutes Political and Military, written originally in the Mogul Language, by the Great Timour, improperly called Tamerlane;
    First edition in English of the so-called Autobiographical Memoirs of Timur, or Temür, historically known as Tamerlane, the most powerful ruler in Muslim world, and founder of the Timurid dynasty. Current scholarship rejects the autobiographical claims of the original manuscript, but it remains one of the most reliable... Learn More
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  35. 118948
    Second edition, first published in 1766 with 17 plates. A richly illustrated drill book which references a number of contemporary battles and Generals, most often the practical use of the manoeuvres mentioned in the Seven Years' War. "This small drillbook laid out a series of manoeuvres for the battalion, most of which were... Learn More
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  36. Diary of a March through Sinde and Afghanistan,
    First edition. Allen was assistant chaplain to the Bombay establishment, and accompanied Nott's forces through the campaign from April 1841 to February 1843. "Allen's diary offers a perceptive vision of the landscapes bringing to mind Biblical scenes of the Old Testament Youthful and exuberant at the campaign's advent,... Learn More
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  37. Img1
    First and only edition, limited to 120 signed copies, this copy numbered 106 at the limitation leaf and on all plates; the printing-plates were destroyed on completion of the edition. Inevitably highly uncommon, just 8 locations on OCLC. Superb suite depicting off-duty scenes on the British Front including "Les Tambours... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 108171

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  38. The Pathan Borderland

    The Pathan Borderland.

    Calcutta and Simla: 1921

    Second edition, considerably enlarged; originally published in 1910. Scarce: Copac locates only two copies in British and Irish institutional libraries (BL, London Library), OCLC adds a further 11 worldwide. The author notes in his Preface that this new edition was revised in the aftermath of the Third Anglo-Afghan War (1919)... Learn More
    £200

    Stock Code: 110428

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  39. General Gatacre.
    First edition of this uncommon memoir. Gatacre (1843-1906) was on the Black Mountain Expedition of 1888 (also known as the Hazara Expedition), the Tonhon Expedition in Burma (1889-90), was engaged in the relief of Chitral (1895) and the retaking of the Sudan (1898) and held various commands in South Africa (1899-1900). "Gatacre... Learn More
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  40. 119432
    First edition of this extensive history of the Mexican-American War in which Ripley served; he was brevetted captain for gallantry at the battle of Cerro Gordo and major "meritorious conduct" at the battle of Chapultepec. Ripley took military leave from 1848 to 1849 to complete this work, "considered by some the best of... Learn More
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  41. 119339
    Third edition, published in the same year as the first edition. The third edition is revised and therefore often preferred. Edwards was Collector and Magistrate of Buduan, a small field station in Rohilcund; "The following Narrative, drawn up as opportunity offered, under circumstances of great personal danger and considerable... Learn More
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  42. i1
    First edition thus. "De Saxe's work is a comprehensive treatise on war. He puts forward his ideal military model, his "legion", and taking issue with the views and practices of his age, he advances many original ideas. However, rather than discussing his military doctrines, the aim of this book is to elucidate the intellectual... Learn More
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    Unbound pre-publication sheets of Churchill's second book, with his holograph corrections, some quite extensive, to 17 pages. Working papers from the early part of Churchill's writing career are exceedingly uncommon. Just one minor correction marked here seems to have been adopted in the published version, but a number were... Learn More
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  44. Le Soldat citoyen,

    Le Soldat citoyen,

    Dans le pays de la liberté [Neuchâtel]: 1780

    First edition of the author's advocacy of universal and compulsory conscription as the only certain way to unite citizens and the army. "A career officer since the 1760s, Joseph Servan (1741-1808) won notoriety in 1780 with the publication of Le Soldat citoyen, a long and detailed plan for reforming the army. Its central... Learn More
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  45. 116865
    Fascinating mimeographed report on the Home Guard battalion formed by engineers from the Gas Light and Coke Company in 1942, with a volume of fine photographs. Rare, with no other copy traced in libraries or in commerce, except an ambiguous reference in the National Archives at Kew. After repair work from the Blitz eased... Learn More
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  46. 117850
    First edition of this idiosyncratic stick-fighting handbook combining the "canne" method of Swiss master Pierre Vigny (referred to by Lang as "Vigui") with the "bois" method widespread in the West Indies. The author, a police superintendent in Kathiawar, was born in Grenada in 1887, and possibly came into contact with canne... Learn More
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  47. Hiroshima.
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "Dear Charlotte Chapman: Thanks for all the protection, and all the forwarding, and all the phoning. Put this away somewhere in the fervent hope that you've heard the last of it. Best, John Hersey Nov. 46". An excellent... Learn More
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  48. 114470
    First edition of one of the finest graphic representations of the American Civil War; this copy from the library of a Union army veteran: bookplate of William Bush Blackwell (1837-1922), who served as a first lieutenant and quarter master with the 26th Regiment New York Volunteer Infantry (the "2nd Oneida Regiment") and... Learn More
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  49. 116711
    First edition of the first significant - and conspicuously scarce - biography of the "Huguenot paladin" François de La Noue (1531-1591), one of the great Protestant captains of the 16th-century Wars of Religion, described by the distinguished American historian John Lothrop Motley as "not only one of the most experienced... Learn More
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  50. 116043
    First edition. "In the last week of June 1857 Baird Smith was ordered to Delhi to be chief engineer, replacing the ineffective and unpopular Major John Laughton, Bengal Engineers Baird Smith was brave, energetic, determined, and decisive, but also apparently, 'querulous through ill-health' The siege-train arrived on 5... Learn More
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  51. 116041
    First edition of this uncommon and important biography. Sandeman began his career with the Bengal Infantry in 1856 and was later with Probyn's Horse; during the Mutiny he was at the capture of Lucknow. From 1877 to 1892 he was governor-general's agent for the newly established protectorate of Baluchistan, its headquarters... Learn More
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  52. 116020
    First edition. "Hutchinson's in-the-scene report offers a detailed account of the many skirmishes and battles which made up this campaign. In comparison to the letters of Churchill of the Malakand Field Force, Hutchinson grasped for detailed while Churchill sought the impression" (Riddick). Learn More
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  53. 116085
    First UK edition, greatly improved and expanded from the unprocurable Calcutta edition of 1858, and "printed for presentation to personal friends of Sir James Outram, who begs that it may be regarded as a private communication, and not a publication" (title page). It remains uncommon: five copies traced in British and Irish... Learn More
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  54. 116071
    First edition. "In 1897 Lockhart was placed in command of the 40,000 strong Tirah expeditionary force, after Afridis attacked British outposts along the north-west frontier during the most serious outbreak of resistance to British rule in India since the mutiny. During the difficult extended fighting in the inaccessible... Learn More
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  55. The Mutiny in Sialkot.

    The Mutiny in Sialkot.

    Sialkot Cantonment: 1924

    First and only edition. Stated print-run of 1,000 copies. Extremely uncommon, just three locations on Copac (NLS, BL and Oxford); OCLC adds three more copies (Australian Defence Force Academy, Universities of Toronto and Minnesota). "Rich attempts to preserve what information remained concerning events at Sialkot" (Sorsky),... Learn More
    £400

    Stock Code: 115441

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  56. Eighteen Years in the Khyber 1879-1898.
    First edition, first impression of this uncommon memoir by the man who set up the Khyber Rifles. Sir Robert Warburton (1842-1899) was appointed political officer of the Khyber in July 1879. "In April 1880 he was invalided to England, and he did not return to the Khyber until 16 February 1882. From that time he remained on... Learn More
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  57. A Military Course for the Government and Conduct of a Battalion,
    First edition. 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 necessity of publishing something of this kind, for the instruction of the young and unexperienced sic officer". In his... Learn More
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  58. With the Zhob Field Force 1890.
    First edition. "Captain McFall's narrative describes the brief 1895 campaign of the Zhob Field Force in the Zhob Valley on the Indo-Afghan border. Attached to the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry as Baggage Officer, McFall's simple narrative accounts for troop movements and his transport problems. In the face of little... Learn More
    £300

    Stock Code: 113918

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  59. Anti Guerilla Operations in South East Asia
    A fascinating manual, classified..."> First edition, the back cover states: "Printed by RAOC Royal Army Ordnance Corps Printing Press, FARELF Far Eastern Land Forces 8211 - 2,500 print run. 12 / 62". Scarce: OCLC records just one copy (Australian War Memorial); no copy located by Copac in British and Irish institutional libraries.
    A fascinating manual, classified... Learn More
    £350

    Stock Code: 113553

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  60. A Circumstantial Report of the Evidence and Proceedings upon the Charges Preferred against His Royal Highness the Duke of York in the Capacity of Commander in Chief in the Months of February and March, 1809.
    First edition of the report which provoked one of the great scandals of the Georgian era, at the height of the war with France. Wardle initially served as a soldier in Sir William Watkins Wynn's Ancient British Regiment of light dragoons. After becoming member of Parliament for Okehampton in 1807 he quickly developed an... Learn More
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