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  1. A Treatise on the Loop Formation for Rifle Volunteers.
    "AUTOMATOS" (pseud.) A Treatise on the Loop Formation for Rifle Volunteers.

    London : 1860

    First edition of a rather obscure tactical treatise based on the skirmishing techniques of the Parthians, written in the aftermath of the Orsini affair, when the French were expected on British shores at any moment and the Volunteer Force had sprung up in response. Uncommon: three copies only on Library Hub (BL, NLS, and Oxford), no copies on WorldCat.... Learn More
    £325.00

    Stock Code: 41461

  2. The Holy War in Tripoli.
    ABBOTT, George Frederick. The Holy War in Tripoli.

    London : 1912

    First edition, first impression, of this "fascinating contemporary account" of the Turco-Italian War of 1911-12 (Motadel, Islam and European Empires, p. 17). George Abbott, a British journalist, spent four months among the Turco-Arab forces fighting the Italian occupation of Cyrenaica, modern-day Libya. The resistance was led on the Arab side by Sufi... Learn More
    £475.00

    Stock Code: 129757

  3. 131921
    ABBOTT, George. Views of the Forts of Bhurtpoore & Weire.

    London : 1827

    First and sole edition of this attractive celebratory record of the Siege of Bharatpur (9 December 1825-18 January 1826). "The attack on Bharatpur was successful; the great Jat fortress, a menace to British rule ever since Lord Lake failed against it twenty years before, was destroyed" (ODNB). Scarce: Copac cites British Library only among British and... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 131921

  4. Grandsons.
    ADAMIC, Louis. Grandsons.

    London : 1935

    First UK edition, first impression. First published in the US earlier the same year. The story of the grandsons of a Slovenian immigrant who was killed during the Haymarket Riot in Chicago. From the publisher's archive with their stamp to the half-title. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 94167

  5. Nothing of Importance.
    ADAMS, Bernard. Nothing of Importance.

    New York : 1918

    First US edition, first printing, originally published by Methuen in the UK in 1917. Classic account of "everyday life and work in the trenches from the point of view of a fighting pacifist" (Falls). John Bernard Pye Adams (1890-1916), was a classics scholar educated Malvern and St. John's, Cambridge, who had spent time as assistant to the Educational... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 140719

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

    London : 1897

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

    Here Adye describes... Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 146140

  7. The Defence of Cawnpore.
    ADYE, John. The Defence of Cawnpore.

    London : 1858

    First edition. "Gives a detailed account of three days of battle during which Cawnpore was defended, preventing the creation of an enemy outpost in General Havelock's rear. Author defends General Windham's actions. Includes dispatches" (Ladendorf). A long-serving artillery officer, first commissioned out of RMA, Woolwich, at the head of his class in... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 133264

  8. The Defence of Cawnpore.
    ADYE, John. The Defence of Cawnpore.

    London : 1858

    First edition. "Gives a detailed account of three days of battle during which Cawnpore was defended, preventing the creation of an enemy outpost in General Havelock's rear. Author defends General Windham's actions. Includes dispatches" (Ladendorf).

    A long-serving artillery officer, first commissioned out of RMA, Woolwich, at the head of his... Learn More
    £575.00

    Stock Code: 92657

  9. The Sino-Japanese Hostilities 1937; [together with:] The Sino-Japanese Hostilities Shanghai 1937. Index.
    AH FONG PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO. The Sino-Japanese Hostilities 1937; [together with:] The Sino-Japanese Hostilities Shanghai 1937. Index.

    Shanghai & Wei-Hai-Wei : 1937

    First edition of the complete set of 200 silver gelatin photographs issued by the Ah Fong Photography Studio, recording the brutal siege and conquest of Shanghai by the Japanese at the opening of the Second Sino-Japanese War. Japan's failure to defeat China in this war became the key dynamic for what happened in Asia during the Second World War. In... Learn More
    £8,500.00

    Stock Code: 111970

  10. Reminiscences.
    AIRSHIPS - PORTSMOUTH COMMAND. Reminiscences.

    Portsmouth : 1919

    First and only edition of this rare illustrated history of the unit's vital work patrolling the English Channel, making them the "busiest" allied airship station of the war. Illustrations encompass individual and group portraits, ships on the ground and in the air, terrestrial and aerial views of the installations; text includes honours and awards.... Learn More
    £1,450.00

    Stock Code: 143630

  11. Graficheskoe izobrazhenie zabolevaemosti i smertnosti v Voenno-uchebnykh zavedeniyakh
    ALEXANDER III. Graficheskoe izobrazhenie zabolevaemosti i smertnosti v Voenno-uchebnykh zavedeniyakh

    St. Petersburg, : 1886

    First edition, one of perhaps a handful of copies made to inform the Alexander III (1845-1894) and his closest advisers of important and sensitive statistics relating to his empire's military colleges. Printed at the typo-lithographic press at the headquarters of Izmaylovsky Regiment of the Imperial Guard in Saint-Petersburg, the book offers an overview... Learn More
    £8,250.00

    Stock Code: 144320

  12. 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

  13. Diary of a March through Sinde and Affghanistan,
    ALLEN, Isaac Nicholson. Diary of a March through Sinde and Affghanistan,

    London : 1843

    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, the diary reflects an older and... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 133338

  14. Caucasian Battlefields. A History of the Wars on the Turco-Caucasian Border 1828-1921.
    ALLEN, W. E. D., & Paul Muratoff. Caucasian Battlefields. A History of the Wars on the Turco-Caucasian Border 1828-1921.

    Cambridge : 1953

    First edition. The work of the extraordinary scion of a theatrical family and a brilliant Russian emigré, this work was described on publication as "the most complete and authoritative study of this subject available in the English language" (Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, XIX, 1, p206), and has recently been confirmed as "a... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 85150

  15. La vie de Francois, seigneur de La Nouë, dit Bras-de-fer.
    AMYRAUT, Moïse. La vie de Francois, seigneur de La Nouë, dit Bras-de-fer.

    Leiden : 1661

    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 soldiers, but one of the most... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 116711

  16. A Journal of the Forces which sailed from the Downs, in April 1800. on a Secret Expedition under the Command of Lieut.-Gen. Pigot,
    ANDERSON, Aeneas. A Journal of the Forces which sailed from the Downs, in April 1800. on a Secret Expedition under the Command of Lieut.-Gen. Pigot,

    London : 1802

    First and only edition of this uncommon personal account of the operations against the French in the Mediterranean concluding with the Egyptian Expedition and the surrender at Alexandria, particularly prized for the account of Malta and views of the island after Anderson's own drawings; this copy in an extremely attractive and well-executed period-style... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 70550

  17. History of the War with America, France, Spain, and Holland;
    ANDREWS, John History of the War with America, France, Spain, and Holland;

    London : 1785-86

    Handsome set of the first edition of the first substantial, general history of the conflict by an Englishman, much of the material drawn from the Annual Register and the proceedings of the Commons, but considered by Lowndes to be "a judicious compilation."

    It was particularly prized in its day for the series of portraits which include the king,... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 131885

  18. The School of Fencing with a General Explanation of the Principal Attitudes and Positions peculiar to the Art.
    ANGELO, Domenico & Henry. The School of Fencing with a General Explanation of the Principal Attitudes and Positions peculiar to the Art.

    London : 1787

    First reduced edition of Domenico Angelo's renowned guide to swordsmanship, which was first published as a sumptuous folio in 1763, undoubtedly one of the most important such works ever issued in English. The editing and compression were undertaken by Domenico's son Henry "under the auspices of his father", who had recently retired to Eton where he... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 139926

  19. Journal of the Voyage to and Travels in India of Captain Joseph Hind, 26th Bengal Native Light Infantry.
    ANGLO-SIKH WARS. Journal of the Voyage to and Travels in India of Captain Joseph Hind, 26th Bengal Native Light Infantry.

    Belfast : 1914

    First and only edition, extremely uncommon with just a single copy traced at the University of Minnesota. The journal was compiled at the time from Hind's letters by his sister Amelia and was lost for some years before rediscovery in 1914. "Our father was only a young man of nineteen years of age when he went to join his Regiment in India, and therefore... Learn More
    £425.00

    Stock Code: 132795

  20. A List of the General and Field-Officers, As they Rank in the Army;
    ARMY LIST. A List of the General and Field-Officers, As they Rank in the Army;

    London : 1775

    First edition. These eighteenth-century Army Lists are becoming harder and harder to find, and those for the years of the American War of Independence are particularly desirable. This is especially true when, as here, they are presented in the style of binding which seems to have been reserved by the War Office for presentation copies. Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 80987

  21. A List of the General and Field-Officers, As they Rank in the Army;
    ARMY LIST. A List of the General and Field-Officers, As they Rank in the Army;

    London : 1774

    First edition. These eighteenth-century Army Lists are becoming harder to find. Bookplate of Ernest, Duke of Cumberland, fifth son of George III and Queen Charlotte. Ernest studied at the University of Göttingen and then trained in the Hanoverian Army, fighting "with courage in Flanders and the Netherlands against the French" (ODNB), commanding the... Learn More
    £700.00

    Stock Code: 65682

  22. A List of All the Officers of the Army,
    ARMY LIST. A List of All the Officers of the Army,

    London : 1783

    First edition. List compiled just a few months before the conclusion of the War of Independence. These eighteenth-century Army Lists are becoming increasingly elusive, those with relevance to the American Wars being particularly desirable, and especially so when, as here, they are printed on thick paper, and presented in the style of binding which seems... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 124569

  23. Personal Records of the Kandahar Campaign by Officers engaged therein.
    ASHE, Waller. Personal Records of the Kandahar Campaign by Officers engaged therein.

    London : 1881

    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 force led by General Roberts... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 127150

  24. Personal Records of the Kandahar Campaign by Officers engaged therein.
    ASHE, Waller. Personal Records of the Kandahar Campaign by Officers engaged therein.

    London : 1881

    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 force led by General Roberts... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 112747

  25. Military Operations: Gallipoli.
    ASPINALL-OGLANDER, Cecil. Military Operations: Gallipoli.

    London : 1929-32

    First edition, first impression of the Official History for the Gallipoli Campaign, awarded three stars by Cyril Falls in his War Books: A Critical Guide (1930), denoting a book "of superlative merit". He writes glowingly, "This is an official history into which rather more of the writer's personality and opinions have been allowed to penetrate than... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 141249

  26. Roger Keyes.
    ASPINALL-OGLANDER, Cecil. Roger Keyes.

    London : 1951

    First edition. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author "For Elizabeth, this memory of her wonderful father, with love from Cecil Aspinall Oglander, Oct 1951" on the initial blank, with the publisher's printed compliments slip ("Sent at the author's request") laid in. Elizabeth has annotated two pages (8 and 441) in the book, the first identifying... Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 118288

  27. War Lessons, New and Old.
    ASTON, G. G. War Lessons, New and Old.

    London : 1919

    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) was a Royal Marines officer... Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 108842

  28. Letters on Amphibious Wars.
    ASTON, G. G. Letters on Amphibious Wars.

    London : 1911

    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 "Jh Jellicoe" on the front pastedown. Sir George Grey Aston (1861-1938) was a Royal Marines officer... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 108834

  29. Souvenirs du Gâzi Moustafa Kemâl Pacha.
    ATATÜRK - DENY, Jean. Souvenirs du Gâzi Moustafa Kemâl Pacha.

    Paris : 1927

    First edition, an offprint from the Revue des Etudes Islamiques, decidedly scarce in commerce, and although well-represented institutionally, Library Hub cites only two copies in Britain (Cambridge and Eton). This is an early memoir of Atatürk, translated by Deny from the autobiographical anecdotes published in the government newspapers Milliyet and... Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 144804

  30. Sketches in Afghaunistan.
    ATKINSON, James. Sketches in Afghaunistan.

    London : 1842

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

    Stock Code: 131893

  31. Recueil de plusieurs Plans des Ports et Rades et de quelques Cartes particulières de la Mer Méditerranée,
    AYROUARD, Jacques. Recueil de plusieurs Plans des Ports et Rades et de quelques Cartes particulières de la Mer Méditerranée,

    [Paris or Marseille?] : 1732-46

    First and only edition of this uncommon collection of charts, including the first printed chart of Monaco, a large folding map of Marseilles, and accurate charts of most of the ports, harbours and bays of the region.

    Ayrouard's work forms a working waggoner for the coast, recording soundings, anchorages, and pilotage notes on rocks and reefs,... Learn More
    £18,000.00

    Stock Code: 66701

  32. Recueil de plusieurs Plans des Ports et Rades et de quelques Cartes particulières de la Mer Méditerranée,
    AYROUARD, Jacques. Recueil de plusieurs Plans des Ports et Rades et de quelques Cartes particulières de la Mer Méditerranée,

    [Paris or Marseille?] : 1732-46

    First and only edition of this uncommon collection of charts, including the first printed chart of Monaco, a large folding map of Marseilles, and accurate charts of most of the ports, harbours and bays of the region. Ayrouard's work forms a working "waggoner" for the coast, recording soundings, anchorages, and pilotage notes on rocks and reefs, and... Learn More
    £12,500.00

    Stock Code: 106965

  33. Précis des pratiques de l'art naval, en France, en Espagne et en Angleterre,
    BABRON, Jean-Baptiste-Antoine. Précis des pratiques de l'art naval, en France, en Espagne et en Angleterre,

    Brest : 1817

    First and only edition. Uncommon, 4 copies only on WorldCat - BnF, NYPL, Fisher Library, Toronto, Danish Union Catalogue. Compiled by Babron (1772-1841), a frigate captain, who began work on it when 22, but was only able to finally publish after his retirement from the sea in 1813. In his introduction he explains that he became convinced that in France... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 98993

  34. Diary Without Dates; [together with:] The Happy Foreigner.
    BAGNOLD, Enid. Diary Without Dates; [together with:] The Happy Foreigner.

    London : 1918 & 1920

    Enid Bagnold's two wartime works, each inscribed by her to Dorothy Heath, her friend and fellow FANY driver, together with three letters and a postcard from Bagnold to Heath: Diary Without Dates is inscribed on the dedication page verso, "To Dorothy Heath (who said 'Did you write this?' and changed my career in France) with love from Enid 1919"; The... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 139421

  35. Bullets & Billets.
    BAIRNSFATHER, Bruce. Bullets & Billets.

    London : 1917

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

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

    Stock Code: 148880

  36. Bullets & Billets.
    BAIRNSFATHER, Bruce. Bullets & Billets.

    London : December 1916

    First edition, first impression, in the rare jacket. "No list of books on the Great War can be complete without those of Captain Bruce Bairnsfather. Superior persons and those who wish to impress the younger generation with the horror and beastliness of war sneer at his drawings to-day but to us in those old days they meant a great deal, sometimes... Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 120852

  37. Des Karpathes a Berlin un bond dans le style des Ballets Russes a la grande stupor de ces chiens d'Allemands et d'Autrichiens.
    BAKST, Léon. Des Karpathes a Berlin un bond dans le style des Ballets Russes a la grande stupor de ces chiens d'Allemands et d'Autrichiens.

    Paris : 1915

    Scarce, striking visual propaganda from the pen of the great Ballets Russes designer. Originally published as a double-page spread in number 18 of Cocteau and Iribe's short-lived satirical publication Le Mot, captioned as above. This unlettered version was issued as a fundraiser in a signed edition of 100 on superior japon impérial., this copy number... Learn More
    £4,250.00

    Stock Code: 137827

  38. Le Feu. (Journal d'une Escouade).
    BARBUSSE, Henri. Le Feu. (Journal d'une Escouade).

    Paris : 1916

    First edition, number I of XX special copies printed on papier vélin de cuve des Usine d'Arches in large paper format and signed by Barbusse for the bibliophiles of Les XX, this copy presented to the society's president Henri Lenseigne, with an autograph letter from Barbusse dated 6 October 1917, and the hand-addressed envelope, here bound in. In the... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 124386

  39. Collected Poems.
    BARING, Maurice. Collected Poems.

    London : 1925

    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Jeffrey indecipherable, from Maurice Baring, April 27, 1924." From the library of Anthony Hobson, with his bookplate to the front pastedown; Hobson (1921-2014) was the director of Sotheby's and noted bibliophile. Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 103489

  40. Greenwich Hospital, a Series of Naval Sketches, Descriptive of the Life of a Man-of-War's Man … By an Old Sailor.
    BARKER, Matthew Henry, & George Cruikshank (illus.). Greenwich Hospital, a Series of Naval Sketches, Descriptive of the Life of a Man-of-War's Man … By an Old Sailor.

    London : 1826

    First edition of this rollicking and highly attractive colour plate book, among Cruikshank's "most brilliantly comic treatments of naval life capturing with incomparable vivacity the frolics of tars ashore and at sea" (Johnson, p. 7). This copy presented in an attractive period-style binding.

    Cruikshank was a friend of Barker (1790-1846), who... Learn More
    £1,350.00

    Stock Code: 145496

  41. [The Regeneration trilogy:] Regeneration; The Eye in the Door; The Ghost Road.
    BARKER, Pat. [The Regeneration trilogy:] Regeneration; The Eye in the Door; The Ghost Road.

    London : 1991-93-95

    First editions, first impressions, all signed by the author on the title page. The novels explore the history of the First World War by focusing on the aftermath of trauma and are based on the writings of First World War poets. In 1995 the final book in the trilogy, The Ghost Road, won the Booker-McConnell Prize. Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 147635

  42. Journal of a March from Delhi to Peshâwur,
    BARR, William. Journal of a March from Delhi to Peshâwur,

    London : 1844

    First and only edition of this uncommon diary account of Wade's advance on Kabul via the Punjab and Khyber Pass during the First Anglo-Afghan War. Contains a detailed description of the Sikh Empire and is appealingly illustrated with high-quality lithographic plates from Barr's own picturesque landscapes. Barr, who commanded a column of horse artillery... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 139608

  43. Defiant City.
    BATÓ, Jo. Defiant City.

    London : 1942

    First edition, first impression. Wounded in the First World War, Bato remained in combat areas as a war artist. His charcoal drawings from this period were published in this book. Later his career took him to film, and he subsequently became assistant art director to Alexander Korda and Vincent Korda.

    Provenance: from the publisher's archive... Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 143873

  44. The Royal Regiment of Artillery at Le Cateau, Wednesday, 26th August 1914.
    BECKE, A. F. The Royal Regiment of Artillery at Le Cateau, Wednesday, 26th August 1914.

    Woolwich : January 1919

    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 War, the action on which Smith-Dorrien's... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 120865

  45. Rapport van den hoofdingenieur, adviseur voor scheepsbouw A.J.H. Beeloo en den ingenieur 2de klasse der marine H. Cop, betrekkelijk eene reis naar Engeland in 1883
    BEELOO, Adriaan Johan Hendrik & H. Cop. Rapport van den hoofdingenieur, adviseur voor scheepsbouw A.J.H. Beeloo en den ingenieur 2de klasse der marine H. Cop, betrekkelijk eene reis naar Engeland in 1883

    The Hague : 1884

    First and only edition, classified "Geheim" - Secret - this copy No.8 of an unknown limitation; inevitably uncommon, WorldCat records solely the copy in the Haagse Defensiebibliothek. Report of a tour of inspection down the Clyde made by two Dutch marine engineers Beeloo and Cop on the orders of the Dutch Ministry of the Marine, visiting the dockyards... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 126943

  46. Handbook of the Belgian Army 1934.
    BELGIAN ARMY. Handbook of the Belgian Army 1934.

    1934

    First edition. Uncommon, print run of just 750 copies; IWM copy only on Library Hub; no copy of this issue on WorldCat, a single copy of the previous iteration, of 1926, at Brown, but the present is considerably more substantial, by some 80 pages. Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 67734

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

    London : 1924

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

    Stock Code: 144545

  48. The Annexation of the Punjaub, and the Maharajah Duleep Singh.
    BELL, Thomas Evans. The Annexation of the Punjaub, and the Maharajah Duleep Singh.

    London : 1882

    First edition. "Bell describes the circumstances under which annexation was made and also the activities and role of Maharaja Dalip Singh as the last ruler based on original sources. Punjab papers of 1849 have been extensively used Appendix A contains extracts from the Blue Books and Appendix B from Letters and articles from the Times" (Chopra). Bell... Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 107636

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

    [No place : 1897]

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

    Stock Code: 143425

  50. Ré sans fard.
    BÉRAUD, Rémi. Ré sans fard.

    La Rochelle : 1989

    First edition, first impression. This copy profusely inscribed to RAF pilot and flying ace James Edgar "Johnnie" Johnson (1915-2001) from a visit to Ré in May 1990 with the Air Crew Association. Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 141070

  51. The campaign of Adowa and the rise of Menelik.
    BERKELEY, George F-H. The campaign of Adowa and the rise of Menelik.

    Westminster : 1902

    First edition of this detailed account of the first Italo-Ethiopian War, profusely annotated and corrected by the author in 1935, in preparation for the second edition, published the same year, very certainly on the occasion of the Second Italo-Ethiopian War. The author's corrections are in ink, pencil, and crayon, and include a loosely inserted rewriting... Learn More
    £400.00

    Stock Code: 133223

  52. A Report on Operation Plainfare (The Berlin Airlift), 25th June 1948 - 6th October 1949.
    BERLIN AIRLIFT - WILLIAMS, Thomas Melling, Air Marshal. A Report on Operation Plainfare (The Berlin Airlift), 25th June 1948 - 6th October 1949.

    Bielefeld, Germany : 1950

    First and only edition, classified RESTRICTED. This definitive report on the British effort in the Berlin Airlift, the first major crisis of the Cold War, was compiled under Air Marshal Williams as C-i-C British Air Forces of Occupation (Germany), who was awarded the DSM (US) for his services during the airlift. Until relatively recently this remarkable... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 135790

  53. Le Mécanique appliquée aux arts, aux manufactures, à l'agriculture et à la guerre;
    BERTHELOT, Claude-François. Le Mécanique appliquée aux arts, aux manufactures, à l'agriculture et à la guerre;

    Paris : 1782

    First edition. Described on the title as "Ingénieur-Mécanicien du Roi", Berthelot (1718-1800) rose from humble origins to the professorship of mathematics in the Military School in Paris, where in 1763 he invented a famous gun carriage for use in coastal artillery, though the invention was generally credited to Gribeauval who was largely responsible... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 108958

  54. Traité des Horloges Marines,
    BERTHOUD, Ferdinand. Traité des Horloges Marines,

    Paris : 1773

    First edition of this famous work describing Berthoud's marine timekeepers. Berthoud (1727-1807) and Pierre Le Roy vied to perfect the marine chronometer in the late 1760s, with Berthoud eventually judged to have the better design. No. 6 was one of the first timekeepers to be housed in the type of box that became the standard for all marine chronometers.... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 138824

  55. The Bagging of Baghdad.
    BETTS, Ernest. The Bagging of Baghdad.

    London : 1920

    First and only edition. Uncommon, as are all of the Lane's "On Active Service" series, represented in the UK at the six deposit libraries and IWM only. More uncommon still in the pictorial jacket, here a little compromised in condition but largely complete. Consistent with the series' aim of providing lively eyewitness accounts of the recent conflict,... Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 121703

  56. With Kelly to Chitral.
    BEYNON, W. G. L. With Kelly to Chitral.

    London : 1896

    First edition of what The Times called this "very racy account of the little campaign" to lift the siege of Chitral on the North-West Frontier in March-April 1895. Beynon (1866-1955) was a lieutenant with the 3rd Gurkha Rifles and a staff officer attached to Colonel Kelly's relief force who "probably saw as much campaigning on the North-West Frontier... Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 140456

  57. History of the 6th Cavalry Brigade 1914-1919.
    BICKERSTETH, J. B. History of the 6th Cavalry Brigade 1914-1919.

    London : [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 J.... Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 106246

  58. Naval Tactics and Trials of Sailing; illustrated by Diagrams of Several Evolutions.
    BIDDLECOMBE, George. Naval Tactics and Trials of Sailing; illustrated by Diagrams of Several Evolutions.

    London : 1850

    First edition. This copy from the library of the earl of Ellenborough with heirloom stamp to the front pastedown. Sir George Biddlecombe, (1807-1878), naval officer and hydrographer, joined the merchant navy at the age of 16, "he was an officer in the East India Company's navy in 1825-8. Passing as a second master in the Royal Navy in May 1828, he was... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 102412

  59. Der Krieg. Uebersetzung. Des russischen Werkes des Autors: Der zukünftige Krieg in seiner technischen, volkswirtschaftlichen und politischen Bedeutung. Johann von Bloch.
    BLOCH, Ivan Stanislavovich. Der Krieg. Uebersetzung. Des russischen Werkes des Autors: Der zukünftige Krieg in seiner technischen, volkswirtschaftlichen und politischen Bedeutung. Johann von Bloch.

    Berlin : 1898

    First edition in German, first published in Russian the year previously with a French translation issued the same year. This copy inscribed by Bloch on the half-title of volume I; "Herr Oberst Rohr vom Verfasser", and subsequently by the state librarian recording the gift of the set from Rohr's widow just two months after the outbreak of World War I.... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 85050

  60. Der Krieg. Uebersetzung.
    BLOCH, Jan Gotlib. Der Krieg. Uebersetzung.

    Berlin : 1898

    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 "Is War Impossible?"

    Bloch's... Learn More
    £5,500.00

    Stock Code: 46965

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