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  1. 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
    £300

    Stock Code: 113419

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  2. 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
    £650

    Stock Code: 113466

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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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
    £300

    Stock Code: 113701

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  6. ui1
    First edition, first impression, uncommon in the dust jacket. From the library of Captain W. H. Livens, with his ownership inscription on the front free endpaper; tipped-in to the verso of the front free endpaper is a typed letter signed from E. Stephen Brooks of The Times sending this as a review copy and requesting a review... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 113959

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  7. Caucasian Battlefields.
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "To George R. Pope, with regards from one of the joint-authors, W. E. D. Allen. 18 June 1956". From the library of the distinguished author and authority on The Great Game, Peter Hopkirk (1930-2014), with his neat book label. The work... Learn More
    £850

    Stock Code: 113956

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  8. Memoirs and Letters of the late Colonel Armine S. H. Mountain.
    Second edition, following the first of the preceding year; distinctly uncommon both in commerce and institutionally: Copac cites copies at only two British and Irish institutional libraries (BL, Glasgow), OCLC adds only eight more worldwide. Armine Simcoe Henry Mountain (1797-1854) was deputy adjutant-general to the Indian... Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 113911

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  9. The Campaign in Gallipoli.
    First edition in English, first impression, in a particularly attractive example of the jacket. Hans Kannengiesser commanded the Turkish 9th Division at Gallipoli, which was part of the Fifth Army under Liman von Sanders. This is one of the most important accounts of the campaign from the German standpoint: "Kannengiesser's... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 114008

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  10. Seymour Vandeleur, the Story of a British Officer.
    First edition, number 84 of 150 copies initialled by the author on the limitation leaf. A most attractive publication; a trade edition was published by Heinemann the following year. Vandeleur (1869-1901) was born in County Clare to a prominent soldiering family. He served in the conquest of Nigeria, in Uganda during the... Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 113689

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  11. General Sir William Howe's Orderly Book
    First edition, scarce in commerce and in British and Irish institutional libraries: Copac locating only the copy at the British Library; well represented in institutional libraries worldwide, but, according to OCLC, almost exclusively in the US.

    "This curious Orderly Book, which presents every detail of the administration... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 113608

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    First published in 1792 and reissued many times in the following two decades, Fawcett's handbook for infantry officers was one of his many "outstanding works which were crucial in preparing the army for the great struggle against revolutionary and Napoleonic France" (ODNB). This is a point stressed by J. A. Houlding: "It... Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 113478

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  13. Bibliotheca Pastorum. Vol. IV. A Knight's Faith.
    First edition of Ruskin's "most sustained commentary on both imperialism and India" (Patrick Brantlinger, "A postindustrial prelude to postcolonialism: John Ruskin, William Morris, and Gandhism", Critical Inquiry, vol. 22, no. 3, p. 470). "The following pages are in substance little more than grouped extracts of some deeply... Learn More
    £75

    Stock Code: 113913

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  14. Soldier's Training and Other Notes.
    First and only edition, extremely uncommon. Copac notes just BL, NLS, TCD, Oxford and Cambridge, OCLC adds copies at the Canadian War Museum and NYPL only. "Many of these observations had been written before the present war in South Africa had begun. The remainder are written from experience before the enemy. The ideas expressed... Learn More
    £850

    Stock Code: 110620

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  15. The Old Huntsman
    First edition, first impression. One of the author's key collections of war poetry. Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 107138

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  16. The Island Race.
    First edition thus, an abridgement by Timothy Baker of the four volumes of Churchill's History of the English-Speaking Peoples. Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 111644

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  17. Military Operations, France and Belgium, 1915.
    First edition, part of the official History of the Great War, begun under the direction of Edmonds shortly in 1919 and only completed in 2010, by which time the series had expanded to include 109 volumes. Before the war Edmonds worked in military intelligence, notably as head of MO5, the precursor to MI5. He was appointed... Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 112344

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  18. Military Operations, France and Belgium, 1918.
    First edition, part of the official History of the Great War, begun under the direction of Edmonds shortly in 1919 and only completed in 2010, by which time the series had expanded to include 109 volumes. Before the war Edmonds worked in military intelligence, notably as head of MO5, the precursor to MI5. He was appointed... Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 112341

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  19. A Forced March from My Home in Old England to My Home in the Regiment.
    First and only edition, extremely uncommon: only the British Library and Princeton copies traced in institutional holdings world-wide, one copy found in auction records, in 1952. The author, an officer in the 14th Regiment of the Madras Native Infantry, was on leave in London when he was ordered to rejoin his regiment in... Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 112178

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  20. The Career of Major George Broadfoot, C.B.,
    First edition. Uncommon memoir 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

    Stock Code: 111984

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  21. The Court and Camp of Runjeet Sing.
    First edition, uncommon, particularly so in the cloth. The Hon. William Godolphin Osborne (1804-88), a younger son of the 5th duke of Leeds, was military secretary to the Governor General, his uncle Lord Auckland. "This daily journal chronicles Osborne's participation and observations as a member of a mission to the Court... Learn More
    £3,500

    Stock Code: 111981

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  22. The Advance of our West African Empire.
    First edition, first impression, of this attractive eyewitness account of the Hut Tax War of 1898-9, in which the tribes of the recently annexed hinterland of Sierra Leone rebelled violently against British rule. Wallis (1873-1945) served in the conflict with the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles), and was later appointed acting... Learn More
    £300

    Stock Code: 111733

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  23. The Life and Correspondence of Henry St. George Tucker.
    Family presentation copy of the second edition, inscribed by Henry Tucker's wife on the title page, "Clarice Elizabeth Tucker, from her affection mother Jane Tucker, 1859", in a superior binding with the gilt supralibros of the Tucker family to both covers. "In 1786 Tucker 1771/2-1851 sailed to Calcutta as a midshipman on... Learn More
    £625

    Stock Code: 111720

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  24. The Risings on the North-West Frontier.
    First edition of this extremely useful chronological compilation; it is certainly uncommon, the print-run extending to 1,000 copies only, the printer's code reading "No. 15817-2-981,000"; an expanded second edition of 500 copies was printed in September (printer's code "No. 133230-9-98500"). Among British and Irish institutional... Learn More
    £875

    Stock Code: 111298

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  25. Sketch of Mairwara;
    First edition of this important record of the extensive irrigation system established in the Ajmer-Merwara region of south western Rajasthan; scarce, "according to the English Catalogue, the work was privately printed, and Smith, Elder may therefore only have published it on Dixon's behalf" (Abbey). Dixon (d. 1857) was a... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 110460

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  26. Tigris Gunboats.
    First edition, first impression, very scarce in the eye-catching dust jacket. Tigris Gunboats was greeted with great enthusiasm by The Naval Review in 1932: "This is a book for which many naval officers must have looked, for the account of the work of the Royal Navy on the Tigris, as given in the Official History of Naval... Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 110286

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  27. Napoleon.

    Napoleon.

    Boston and New York: 1904-7

    First edition, presentation copy, warmly inscribed by the author in the first three volumes to his cousin, the orientalist Alice Getty, author of The Gods of Northern Buddhism (1914). In the first, "Miss Alice E. Getty with the cousinly greetings of the Author, Xmas 1905", in the second, "Miss Alice Getty with the warm regards... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 110073

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  28. Narrative of a Campaign in the Crimea;
    First edition, uncommon in the original cloth, seven copies traced in British and Irish institutional libraries. "Peard (1829-1918), a lieutenant in the 20th Regiment of Foot, who had arrived at Evpatoriia on 14 September, was one of the first serving soldiers to publish an account of the war, after being invalided to Scutari... Learn More
    £650

    Stock Code: 109720

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  29. Personal Narrative of Adventures in the Peninsula during the War in 1812-1813. By an Officer late in the Staff Corps Regiment of Cavalry.
    First edition of this decidedly uncommon Peninsula War narrative; Copac locates seven copies in British and Irish institutional libraries (Cambridge, Oxford, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Manchester, Scotland, Southampton); not in OCLC. Buckham served mainly with the commissary and his first-hand account is an important one, particularly... Learn More
    £825

    Stock Code: 109510

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  30. France and Tongking.
    First edition, uncommon. An important first-hand account of the Sino-French War of 1884-85 by Sir James George Scott (1851-1935), a British authority on Burma. "The publication of Scott's first book, The Burman: his Life and Notions (2 vols., 1882), gave him an immediate reputation; it was widely recognized as a classic... Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 109011

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    First US edition, large paper issue of 250 copies (this copy unnumbered). 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
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 108956

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  32. War Lessons, New and Old
    First edition, first impression. With a very appealing provenance: from the library of Admiral of the Fleet John Jellicoe, first Earl Jellicoe (1859-1935), the victor of Jutland, who "deserves his place alongside the heroes of another age" (ODNB), signed "Jellicoe" on the front pastedown. Sir George Grey Aston (1861-1938)... Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 108842

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  33. The Bloody Traffic.
    First edition, first impression. A look at armaments firms. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 108723

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  34. 110889comp
    First edition. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on a blank before the half-title: "Monsieur Albert Dunant de la part de l'auteur", apparently in a secretarial hand. An excellent familial association: Albert Dunant was a state councillor for the canton of Geneva; this copy also carries his attractive etched bookplate... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 110889

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  35. Remembering Kut.
    First edition, signed copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "Dorina Lockhart Neave, 26 April 1937". The terrible four-month siege of Kut in Mesopotamia, now Iraq, "was, arguably, Britain's worse military defeat since the surrender of Cornwallis's army in 1781 during the American Revolutionary War" (Patrick... Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 110481

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  36. The Indian Mutiny.
    First and only edition, extremely uncommon, Copac shows Oxford only, OCLC adds copies at the universities of Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Carefully researched and well written digested history of the Mutiny published for officers attempting to pass Staff College. The spectacular folding table, which opens 725 x 335 mm, offers... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 110425

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  37. Passages From My Life; together with Memoirs of the Campaign of 1813 and 1814.
    First edition in English, uncommon in the original cloth binding. Müffling (1775-1851) was a Prussian Generalfeldmarschal who, after a spell in the civil service of the Duke of Weimar, rejoined the army on the outbreak of the War of Liberation in 1813, and was placed on the headquarters staff of the army of Silesia. His... Learn More
    £650

    Stock Code: 107930

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  38. The Queen's Regulations and Orders for the Army.
    Rather spectacularly "choice", "extra gilt" large paper copy of the Queen's Regs. "Her Majesty has been pleased to give her approbation to the following Regulations and Orders they are applicable to all stations at which the troops may be serving; and General officers employed on the Staff, and commanding officers of regiments,... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 112005

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  39. Views in Chitral.
    First and only edition. A fine visual record of the 1895 expedition to relieve the siege of Chitral, an incident of the Great Game that became a considerable cause célèbre. The Russians were seen to be making solid advances in the region, advancing across the Khanates of Central Asia, a railway line following in their... Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 107629

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  40. Some Passages in the Life of an Adventurer in the Punjab.
    First edition, extremely uncommon, just two copies - BL and Oxford - on Copac, OCLC adds five more - NYPL, Yale, Harvard, universities of Minnesota and Missouri. One of the earliest commercial productions of this press, all Delhi imprints before 1850 are uncommon. Excellent copy of Lawrence's "fictionalised memoirs of Colonel... Learn More
    £3,500

    Stock Code: 107518

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  41. General Grivas on Guerrilla Warfare.
    First US edition in English, uncommon, this translation first published as Guerrilla Warfare and EOKA's struggle: a politico-military study (London 1964); issued first in the original Greek as Agon EOKA kai Antartopolemos (Athens 1964). Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the half-title verso: "Freely given to:... Learn More
    £350

    Stock Code: 107270

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  42. I. D. 1189. A Manual of Portugese East Africa.
    First and only edition, rare: not in Copac (British and Irish institutional libraries) or OCLC (institutional libraries worldwide); KVK locates one copy of the volume only (Österreichische Nationalbibliothek) and there is a complete set of the maps only in the National Library of Australia. A fascinating record of Mozambique... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 107217

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  43. Cours de Tactique.
    First edition, scarce: Copac lists only one location in British and Irish institutional libraries (BL), OCLC adds another two dozen worldwide but the majority of these are in Swiss libraries. Guillaume-Henri Dufour (1787-1875) was a Swiss general who "served in Napoleon's army, defending Corfu in 1813 and taking part in... Learn More
    £575

    Stock Code: 107202

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  44. The Battle of Waterloo:
    Third edition. Copac locates only two copies (Oxford, Trinity College Dublin) in British and Irish institutional libraries that match this collation of 304 pages; OCLC adds no further copies, although copies calling for 488 pp. are more common institutionally. Abbey calls for a plate of St Helena not present here but as... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 109509

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  45. Krim-Girai, Khan of the Crimea.
    First edition, a very pleasing association copy, inscribed "With the Translator's love" on the first blank and with the bookplate of Lord Raglan to the front pastedown. Richard Henry FitzRoy Somerset, second baron Raglan, was married to Eliot's cousin, Susan Caroline. His father, recently deceased at the time of presentation,... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 109183

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  46. Wazirforce 1919-1920. Fifty Five Sketches.
    First and only edition, extremely uncommon Copac records copies at Oxford and IWM only, no copies on OCLC. Cartoons of officers involved in the Waziristan Campaign of 1919-20 by a participant, each identified, some with an additional humorous caption. The work of Capt. Borrowman of the 4th Gurkha Rifles, self-portrait here... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 108973

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  47. Dreaded Hour.
    First edition, first impression. Flamboyant memoirs of one of Britain's most successful intelligence agents of the First World War; "Hill's first assignment was in Greece, where he flew agents behind enemy lines. In 1917 he was sent to Petrograd as a member of the Royal Flying Corps mission and arrived amid the confusion... Learn More
    £325

    Stock Code: 108825

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  48. Tirah. 1897.
    First edition. Sir Charles Edward Callwell (1859-1928) had one brief - rather unsuccessful - period of field command during the Boer War, his strengths lay elsewhere; "Callwell was an accomplished linguist, a skilled intelligence officer, and a prolific writer of quality on a wide range of military affairs and on military... Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 110899

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  49. Christian Victor: the Story of a Young Soldier.
    Second edition, published in May 1903 (following the first edition of March 1903). Prince Christian Victor of Schleswig-Holstein (1867-1900) was the favourite grandson of Queen Victoria and served in the 60th King's Royal Rifles. He saw action in the Hazara Expedition (1888), the fourth Anglo-Ashanti War (1895), served... Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 110678

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  50. Kaisei rikugun fukusei zu [Army Dress Code Amendments].
    First edition of this uncommon catalogue of Meiji Restoration military uniforms, OCLC, locates just three copies, the National Diet Library, LoC, and University of Michigan. Clearly illustrates how the modernising Japanese Army adopted uniforms resembling those of their American Civil War advisors, and the French Third Empire.... Learn More
    £1,850

    Stock Code: 108323

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  51. Memoirs and Correspondence of Major-General Sir William Nott.
    First edition of this uncommon memoir, an important source for the first Afghan War. Nott was commissioned as ensign in the East India Company's army in 1800, and posted to the 20th Bengal Native Infantry, serving with them in the expedition to the west coast of Sumatra in 1805. From 1811 until 1825 he served as "superintendent... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 105377

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  52. i1
    First edition. Presentation copy, inscribed by Cunynghame "From the author, to Dr. Heldermaier" on the half-title of the first volume: Dr Heldermaier is recorded as the headmaster of Worksop School in Nottinghamshire. Cunynghame (1812-1884), the son of a Scottish baronet and the illegitimate daughter of Edward Thurlow, the... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 112176

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  53. Approach March.
    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author "Hugh, in friendship, Julian, 30 November 1974" on the title-page. "Amery's military careermost engagingly described in his autobiography, Approach March (1973)was not highly successful, but it was adventurous, and adventure was something he craved. He was also of... Learn More
    £85

    Stock Code: 109846

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  54. Toes up. A Chronicle of Gay and Doleful Adventures of Alpini and Mules and Wine.
    First edition in English, originally published as Le Scarpe al Sole, Bologna, 1921. "Tales of the Alpini fighting against the Austrians in the Alps" (Lengel). Monelli saw action at Valsugana, Ortigara, and Caporetto, before being taken prisoner and held at the Festung Hohensalzburg. The original Italian title is taken from... Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 111604

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  55. With Lord Stratford in the Crimean War.
    First edition, a highly pertinent association copy with the engraved armorial bookplate of Sir William John Codrington (1804-1884) to the front pastedown. Codrington arrived in the Crimea in September 1854 with the rank of major-general, in command of the 1st brigade of the light division. He won the praise of Raglan for... Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 110762

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  56. History of the 6th Cavalry Brigade 1914-1919.
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on a preliminary blank: "From the Author, 14 Jan: 20". Also present: the signed ("D. Haig") original typescript of Haig's Foreword (2 leaves, dated 15th August 1919, on GHQ letterhead); an autograph letter signed from Haig's private secretary Lieutenant-Colonel... Learn More
    £350

    Stock Code: 106246

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  57. The Donkeys.
    First edition, first impression, of Clark's classic revisionist history of the BEF's opening campaigns of the Great War. Copies in anything approaching good condition, such as this, have become scarce. Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 105778

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  58. The Future of Infantry.
    First edition, second state. The first in Faber's short-lived Art of War series; the only other title was Fuller's Generalship of the same year. In a short piece adapted from a lecture given at Southern Command in the winter of 1931 the author argues that, following the horrors of the First World War, the infantry still... Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 105711

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  59. Nine Years on the North-West Frontier of India,
    First edition. Cotton (1792-1874) arrived in India as a cornet without purchase in the 22nd Light Dragoons, becoming lieutenant in 1812. On the disbandment of the regiment he was placed on half-pay but continued to serve in India as a-d-c to Major-General Hare at Bangalore. In 1822 he purchased a company in the Buffs and... Learn More
    £650

    Stock Code: 103939

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  60. Atlas of the United States of North America,
    First edition of this superbly executed, and timely atlas showing America on the eve of the American Civil War. David Rumsey describes the work as an "unusual collaboration between a Scot (Johnston), an American (Rogers), and an Englishman (Stanford). The maps are all on a scale of 54.5 miles to one inch, and are very well... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 103749

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