Naval & Military History
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[RUSSELL, Charles Watts.] Log of the "Bayard" from London to Bombay.
Oundle : [c.1870]First and only edition, extremely uncommon, just two copies traced in libraries world-wide (Oxford and British Library). The Bayard was a three-masted sailing ship built by Liverpool shipbuilders T. Vernon and Son in 1864. It was acquired by the Sun Shipping Company in 1868, the year of the author's journey, undertaken seemingly for health reasons.... Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 143475
MILES, William Augustus. A Political Mirror;
1779First edition; the second edition of the following year omits the list of ships. A scarce and desirable piece of Americana with just eleven locations worldwide for this first edition. Unusually solely BL in the UK, the rest in the US - Huntington, Lilly, JCB, NYHS, Yale, Society of the Cincinnati, Clements and a few outliers. In commerce, the only... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 143439
CHURCHILL, Winston S. Signed original photograph of Churchill with his wife on the beach at Hendaye, July 1945.
France : 1945Splendid image of the soon to be ex-PM relaxing in France. Winston in siren suit with the legs rolled up, Clementine by his side, quite the diva in extravagant robe, wire-framed sunglasses in her hand, another photographer snapping them with a Rolleiflex caught in the shot. Signed and dated in the lower left-hand corner, "Winston S. Churchill, 1945".
This... Learn More£6,500.00
Stock Code: 142773
SOUTHEY, Robert. The Life of Nelson.
London : 1813First edition, second issue with page 258 of volume II correctly paginated. "Southey constructed an early-nineteenth century hero as a model for the young - in his words, a 'patriotic manual'. He told a friend that he would write 'such a life of Nelson as shall be put into the hands of every youth destined for the Navy'" (Knight, The Pursuit of Victory,... Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 142259
CLARKE, James Stanier, & John M'Arthur. The Life and Services of Horatio, Viscount Nelson, from His Lordship's Manuscripts.
London : Second complete edition, preceded by the 1809 first edition in two weighty folio volumes, and a much abridged single octavo edition in 1810; this edition was more manageable than the first, and originally issued in seven parts to be bound, as here, in three. It includes three appendices published for the first time: the recollections of Tom Allen, Nelson's... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 140504
LINEBARGER, Paul M. A. Psychological Warfare.
Washington : 1948First edition, first printing, of "the first general survey of Psychological Warfare. From the White House level to the psychological-warfare functions of a tank commander, from Gideon to Radio Moscow, from propaganda match-books to Karl Marx - it is all here, written so you can understand it" (rear panel). Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 143419
FITZALAN-HOWARD, Sir Miles Francis (ed.) Know the Chinese Communist Army.
[London] : 1965First 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 tactics, armour, paramilitary... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 143420
BRITISH NAVY. The Cruise of the "Agamemnon".
Plymouth : 1869First and sole edition of this compilation of Times newspaper articles documenting the voyage of HMS Agamemnon to lay the Atlantic Telegraph Company's first transatlantic telegraph cable. This work, which was published for private distribution, is now notably uncommonly, with just one copy traced institutionally worldwide, that held... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 142947
MILLER, Francis H. Memorandum as to the Origin of Naval Uniform.
London : 1884First editions of these uncommon works, this example with a neat contemporary list of Secretaries of the Admiralty from 1807 to 1849 loosely inserted. The two works collected here trace the development of the uniforms of the Royal Navy from the earliest recorded warrant granted by James I in 1604 to the revision of the Uniform Regulations issued in... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 142967
CHURCHILL, Winston S. Dunkirk to Berlin, June 1940 — July 1945.
London : 1956First edition of this attractive piece of lifetime Churchilliana, designed by naval officer Frank A. de Vine Hunt and issued "to commemorate the completion of publication of the reprint society edition of the Churchill War Memoirs" (slipcase). The map delineates Churchill's 19 overseas journeys as wartime prime minister, from the journey to Newfoundland... Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 143356
DAVIS, Richard Harding. Cuba in War Time.
New York : 1897First edition. The Cuban struggle for independence, ongoing throughout the nineteenth century, was closely followed in the US, with many newspapers supporting an interventionist policy. Davis (1864-1916) was "convinced by his own experience that no man, whatever "his prejudices may be, can make this journey and not go home convinced that it is his duty... Learn More£225.00
Stock Code: 143355
MEREWETHER, J. W. B., Lieut.-Colonel & F. E. Smith. The Indian Corps in France.
London : 1917First edition of this "much under-valued... fluently written narrative" (Perkins), giving a complete account of the Corps in France from the outbreak of the war to October 1915, when they transferred to the Middle East. This copy inscribed by co-author F. E. Smith on the front pastedown; "General Sir John Cowans from the Author F.E.S. 1918."
F.... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 142737
WORLD WAR II. Handbook for Military Government in Germany.
Bushy Park, London : 1944First edition of this key document in the denazification of Germany, highly uncommon, published in December 1944 in an edition of 6, 000 copies; a high-level draft version circulated in the autumn of 1944 was considered too lenient toward Germany, Roosevelt describing it in a memo as "pretty bad" (Dobbins et al, p.20).
Secretary of the Treasury... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 134461
MCCORMICK, Richard Cunningham. A Visit to the Camp Before Sevastopol.
New York : 1855First edition, attractive account of the Crimean War with an interesting discussion of hospital conditions at Scutari. The author was a New York-born war correspondent who later became Governor of Arizona, and unlike many correspondents managed to catch a glimpse of Florence Nightingale in person. A fragile book and genuinely uncommon: Library Hub traces... Learn More£185.00
Stock Code: 142750
GROVES, Percy Robert Clifford, Brigadier-General. Behind the smoke screen.
London : 1934First edition of this timely reassessment of the importance of air power, proving "that there is an urgent need for a reorientation of the nations defensive system" (Swinton's preface). This copy inscribed on the front free endpaper to the chairman and managing director of Short Brothers; "To Oswald Short with kind regards from P. R. C. Groves, January... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 142780
GRAVES, Robert. Fairies and Fusiliers.
London : 1917First edition, first impression, one of 1,000 copies printed. Fairies and Fusiliers, Graves' third book, is dedicated to the Royal Welch Fusiliers and contains some of the author's most memorable war poems. Learn More£50.00
Stock Code: 140407
SHERMAN, William Tecumseh. Memoirs of General William T. Sherman. By Himself.
New York : 1875First edition, presented here in remarkably bright and fresh examples of the original cloth bindings, extremely uncommon in such superior condition.
"Penned with intelligence and passion, the volumes cover the periods of birth to the Meridian Expedition early in 1864 (vol. 1) and the remainder of the war to the commander's first decade following... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 143317
BRUNEL, Henry Marc, & Robert Edmund Froude. Nuneaton-Chester Canal Trip, 1898.
[Westminster : c.1900]First and only edition of this rare privately printed account of the late August 1898 ten-day canal cruise from Nuneaton to Chester, the second leg of the "Way to Kendal", undertook by five friends, including eminent engineers, started in 1894 from the Thames Oxford and finished in 1899 at Kendal in Westmorland.
Each one of the men was attributed... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 143005
LAWRENCE, T. E. Revolt in the Desert.
London : 1927First edition, large paper issue, number 127 of 315 copies, an intriguing association copy, accompanied by an autograph letter signed from the author. Though averse to signing his books, Lawrence sent the recipient, H. W. Jenny, a note to insert in this copy in the aftermath of an incident involving Lawrence, Jenny, and a man impersonating Lawrence... Learn More£6,750.00
Stock Code: 142913
D-DAY - JOWETT, H.A., Obs./Cdr., M.B.E. Seaborne: An account of the activities of the volunteers from Group 8 during their period of service with the Royal Navy as Aircraft Identifiers, May-July 1944.
Leeds : First and only edition, rare, just a single copy at IWM traced. This copy inscribed by the author: "H.P. Capel With Christmas Greetings 1944 H.A. Jowett." During the Normandy Landings a number of members of the ROC served as volunteers on board Royal Navy and US Navy ships: these men were temporarily entered into the RN and wore their ROC uniform with... Learn More£575.00
Stock Code: 140434
LAWRENCE, T. E. Secret Despatches from Arabia.
[Waltham St Lawrence] : 1939Limited edition, number 34 of 1,000 numbered copies, of Lawrence's contributions to the Arab Bulletin, inscribed by the proprietor of the Golden Cockerel Press, Christopher Sandford, on the front free endpaper: "To Charlie Norris from his old friend Christopher Sandford", and further signed on the colophon.
Sandford was the third and final owner... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 142629
FLAGS - FISHER, Henry. A Display of the Naval Flags of All Nations.
London : 1833Uncommon early ninetenenth-century flag reference. Library Hub locates a single copy of an earlier Fisher edition at the V & A, WolrdCat offers 6 locations for various editions between 1827 and 1840, and NAM have a copy of the present edition. Attractive compilation of British ensigns, together with national, state, port and trading company flags. Two... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 142581
FLAGS - NORIE, John William. To the Right Honourable the Master Wardens, Elder Brethren of the Trinity House. This Plate Descriptive of the Maritime Flags of all the Nations, Is most Respectfully Dedicated by their Obliged & humble Servt.
London : 1835An appealing contemporary presentation of this wonderful vexillological reference. Originally issued by William Heather in 1800, the sheet was reissued in an updated version by Norie after he took over the business on Heather's death, Norie had worked for Heather since 1797. Library Hub and WolrdCat list only BL for Heather's original edition. Wonderful... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 142564
FORESTER, C. S. Flying Colours.
London : 1938First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the front pastedown. This is the true first printing of Flying Colours issued in conjunction with the Book Society, preceding the single volume publication, and with the Book Society bookplate from one of its members, W. Cowden, to the front pastedown. Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 143143
FORESTER, C. S. The Happy Return.
London : 1937First edition, first impression, signed by Forester on the half-title.
This is the first Hornblower book; "with the publication of The Happy Return, Forester created his best-known character, Horatio Hornblower, a sensitive and gifted individual, the flowering of whose talents within the chain of naval command revealed the author's understanding... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 143150
INDIAN MUTINY - NORMAN, Sir Henry Wylie, & Mrs Keith Young. Delhi - 1857.
London & Edinburgh : 1902First edition of this handsomely produced and important eye-witness account of the siege and storming of Delhi during the Indian Mutiny. "As the Bengal Army's Judge-Advocate-General, Colonel Young (1806-1862) was at Simla with army headquarters at the outbreak of the Indian Mutiny. He accompanied this headquarters to Delhi where he wrote nearly daily... Learn More£225.00
Stock Code: 143211
ROSENDAHL, Charles Emery. What About the Airship?
New York : 1938First edition, first printing; a superb presentation copy, inscribed by the author across the front free endpaper, "With best wishes and happiest recollections of our airship service together, to Captain George W. Steele. Charles Emery Rosendahl, August 1938". The recipient was Rosendahl's predecesor as commander of the ZR-3 airship USS Los Angeles... Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 143198
SPANISH CIVIL WAR. Contemporary Poetry and Prose.
London : November 1936First edition of the seventh number of Contemporary Poetry and Prose, dedicated to supporting the republican side in the Spanish Civil War, including works by Federico Garcia Lorca (who had been killed that August) and David Gascoyne. The rear wrapper entreats readers "Arms for the people of Spain: Support all meetings and demonstrations to end the... Learn More£475.00
Stock Code: 142709
CHURCHILL, Winston S. Great Contemporaries.
London : 1937First edition, first impression. Great Contemporaries is "an important part of the canon and belongs in every library" (Langworth). On receiving his advance copy, Neville Chamberlain wrote to Churchill:"How you can go on throwing off these sparkling sketches with such apparent ease & such sustained brilliance, in the midst of all your other occupations... Learn More£1,875.00
Stock Code: 143031
TRUCIAL OMAN SCOUTS. Union Defence Force Word List.
Deira, Dubai : 1973Rare second edition, following the first of 1969; traced to just one institutional library (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin). The Trucial Oman Scouts, originally the Trucial Oman Levies, established in 1951 (renamed 1956), "were a small, British-officered force drawn largely from the Trucial States to keep order in the seven shaikdoms. It marked a significant... Learn More£1,350.00
Stock Code: 131237
MIDDLE EAST. Patrol Arabic Course Handbook [drop-head title].
Aden : 1967Presumed first edition, rare, with no copies located by an online search of institutional libraries worldwide, and clearly published for limited circulation among British troops engaged throughout Bahrain, the Trucial States, Muscat and Oman, and South Arabia in the final period before gaining independence.
In the year of publication, the Radfan... Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 131243
LAWRENCE, T. E. Seven Pillars of Wisdom.
London : 1935First trade edition, limited issue, number 308 of 750 numbered copies issued in this quarter pigskin binding, alongside a cheaper issue bound in cloth. This first trade edition was preceded only by the unprocurable Oxford Times edition of 1922 (of which there were just eight copies printed), and the sumptuous 1926 Cranwell edition (limited to 211 copies).... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 142587
JAMES, Lionel. The Indian Frontier War.
London : 1898First edition of this detailed correspondent's account of Sir William Lockhart's campaign against the Orakzai and Tirah Afridis in 1897. This copy extensively annotated by a participant in the events described, with over two and half thousand words of correction, comment and commentary.
"In 1897 Lockhart was placed in command of the 40,000 strong... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 142653
CHURCHILL, Winston S. The First Collected Works. Centenary Limited Edition.
London : 1973-6First complete collected edition, one of 1,750 sets published. The Centenary Edition is the only full collected works of Winston Churchill, reproducing his 50 books in 34 volumes. The Library of Imperial History went bankrupt before the projected run of 3,000 sets could be completed, so "the print run never exceeded 2,000 copies and only 1,750 sets... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 129564
LAWRENCE, T. E. Seven Pillars of Wisdom.
London : 1935First trade edition, limited issue, number 732 of 750 copies issued in this quarter pigskin binding, alongside a cheaper issue bound in cloth. This first trade edition was preceded only by the unprocurable Oxford Times edition of 1922 (of which there were just eight copies printed), and the sumptuous 1926 Cranwell edition (limited to 211 copies).
"Lawrence... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 142931
LAWRENCE, T. E. The Letters of T. E. Lawrence of Arabia.
London : 1938First edition, first impression, first state, with errors at page 182 and 495 uncorrected, of the first major collection of T. E. Lawrence's letters; scarce in the jacket.
E. M. Forster made the first attempt to gather a collection of Lawrence's correspondence, but the task grew too big and the planned volume was shelved. David Garnett took over... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 142881
MANNING, Frederic, as Private 19022. Her Privates We.
London : 1930First trade edition, first impression. Her Privates We is a fictionalized account of Manning's experiences on the Western Front, particularly in the Battle of the Somme. Published the previous year in a limited edition of 525 copies as The Middle Parts of Fortune - the title being taken from the line in Hamlet immediately preceding "her privates we"... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 142734
LAWRENCE, T. E. - THOMAS, Lowell. With Lawrence in Arabia.
London : First UK edition, first impression, of the first account of T. E. Lawrence's involvement in the Arab Revolt, written by the man who coined the phrase "Lawrence of Arabia" and transformed Lawrence into one of the most enduring heroic figures of the First World War; scarce in such clean condition.
Lowell Thomas (1892-1981) met Lawrence in Jerusalem... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 142632
TEICHMAN, Oskar. The Diary of a Yeomanry M.O.
London : 1921First edition, first impression, in attractive condition. This work provides an important first-hand account of many key battles of the First World War. Teichman's "incomparable vivid description" of the landing at Suvla Bay in August 1915 has been described as "by far the best primary source" due to his graphic and diligently detailed account (Mortlock,... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 134443
EGYPTIAN CAMPAIGN 1882 - MAURICE, J. F. Military History of the Campaign of 1882 in Egypt.
London : 1887First edition, 1, 700 copies printed. Although well represented institutionally copies are seldom found with the letterpress and maps paired and presented in anything approaching an appealing contemporary binding, as here. With an attractive martial provenance: engraved armorial bookplates of Ernest N. Pedder and his ownership inscription to preliminary... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 141183
WELLINGTON, Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of. The Wreath of Victory, or Laurels of Wellington;
Dublin : 1818First edition of this rare graphic tribute to the Iron Duke, Library Hub locating a single copy, at the National Library of Ireland, with none appearing on auction records; WorldCat cites a copy at the National War Museum, Edinburgh, but dated 1821. As each section of four pages is paginated separately it is most likely that this was originally issued... Learn More£4,850.00
Stock Code: 140044
MALLETT, Alfred J. Small naval archive including original notice board announcement of VJ Day from submarine HM Submarine Terrapin.
1927-1962Slight and slightly scruffy, this nevertheless remains an evocative assemblage of documents from an extraordinarily long and highly distinguished naval career. Perhaps the "star" item being the two-page "Notice Board Copy", pencil on naval message pad, of the announcement of VJ Day from the submarine Terrapin, which was at that point returning via Suez... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 142705
FORREST, G. W. Field Marshall Sir Neville Chamberlain.
Edinburgh & London : 1909First edition of what remains the only biography of Sir Neville Chamberlain (1820-1902), the materials for which were largely provided by Chamberlain's sister, Harriet, and by his son. Chamberlain was a career British Army officer who served with great distinction through many campaigns. He travelled to India in 1837 and served in the First Afghan War... Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 142125
NORTON, John Bruce. The Rebellion in India: How to Prevent Another.
London : 1857First edition of this narrative and analysis of the of the Indian Rebellion of 1857-8 against the rule of the British East India Company. Norton, an officer in the Bombay Presidency, believed that the Rebellion was not a localised military mutiny but a national rebellion, and places the blame on British civil and military officials. He strongly criticises... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 129384
SHOWERS, Charles Lionel. A Missing Chapter of the Indian Mutiny.
London : 1888First edition of this account of the Indian Mutiny of 1857-8 written from the unpublished letters and diaries of the British Resident in the Mewar States of Rajputana during the mutiny, Charles Lionel Showers (1816-1895). This work contains information that Showers did not include in his official reports to the Government. It includes descriptions of... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 129432
GREATHED, H. H. Letters written during the Siege of Delhi.
London : 1858First 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 twice a day. In a simple, uncomplicated... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 125132
RICH, Gregory. The Mutiny in Sialkot.
Sialkot Cantonment : 1924First and only edition, the print run stated to be 1,000 copies only. "Rich attempts to preserve what information remained concerning events at Sialkot" (Sorsky), while Green draws attention to his use of "survivor's testaments" (Islam and the Army in Colonial India: Sepoy Religion in the Service of Empire, p. 84). In his preface, Rich writes, "since... Learn More£400.00
Stock Code: 115441
HARDINGE, Henry; Hugh Gough; Harry Smith. The War in India. Despatches of...
London : 1846First edition of an early and key text on the First Sikh War (1845-6), "useful in the way it presents the campaign as it unfolds, rather than with the benefit of hindsight" (Smith, p.94), decidedly uncommon, this a very smart copy. The conflict has been described by Amarpal S. Sidhu as "the first serious challenge to European military predominance".
Hardinge,... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 142208
LEAGUE OF NATIONS. Covenant.
?Paris : 1919First and only printing of this original draft, docketed on the front wrapper by Louis L. Strauss, Herbert Hoover's assistant in Paris: "One of the first 100 copies of the original draft. Read by Woodrow Wilson at Paris, Feb. 1919". Library Hub locates just six copies of this draft: Peace Palace Library, Huntington, Princeton, Harvard Law School, Wellesley,... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 132162
ROOSEVELT, Franklin D. Naval Sketches of the War in California.
New York : 1939First edition, first printing, one of 1,000 copies. Presentation copy, inscribed by Roosevelt on title page, "Franklin D. Roosevelt, for Robert M. Morgenthau". Morgenthau (b.1919) is the son of Roosevelt's friend and Secretary of the Treasury during Roosevelt's presidency, Henry Morgenthau, Jr (1891-1967). At the time of presentation Robert Morgenthau,... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 119149
HAYLEY, William. Plays of Three Acts; written for a Private Theatre.
London : 1784First edition. Lovely copy of the collected theatrical works of this now largely forgotten, but once highly popular writer, exceptionally prettily bound and with an attractive provenance. Hayley is best remembered today as a friend and patron of George Romney and William Blake, and biographer of Milton.
Hayley (17451820) "although affluent was... Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 139629
MOORE, John. A View of Society and Manners in Italy:
London : 1781First edition. Handsome set of this highly-finished and popular Grand Tour memoir based on Moore's travels as tutor to the eighth duke of Hamilton. A pretty contemporary binding in excellent state, and an noble provenance.
Moore was trained in medicine at Glasgow, attended Hunter's lectures on anatomy in London, and studied surgery in Paris under... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 139632
MACDIARMID, John, of Weem. An Enquiry into the Principles of Civil and Military Subordination.
London : 1806Rare first and only edition of this investigation into "natural" and "artificial" subordination, and in particular into the specifically military institutions of the latter and their possible improvement. From the library of the marquess of Londonderry, an attractive copy with an excellent military provenance.
Macdiarmid's (17791808) father... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 139663
GRIFFITHS, Anselm John. Observations on some Points of Seamanship;
Cheltenham : 1824First edition. Uncommon, Library Hub lists BL, National Museums Scotland, Cardiff and NLW for this edition, WorldCat adds nine further copies including NMM, NYPL, and the US Navy Department Library. A wide-ranging guide on matters naval intended to "assist the rising officer in forming correct conclusions" (preface), it was first published at the expense... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 139310
CHURCHILL, Winston S. [Complete collection of major works, all first editions:]
1898-1961First British editions, first impressions, of all of Churchill's major works, in handsome matching bindings by Bayntun of Bath, altogether an imposing and comprehensive collection. Collections of Churchill's first editions in uniform bindings are scarce in commerce.
Churchill was a prolific writer in the fields of history, biography and politics,... Learn More£37,500.00
Stock Code: 139079
HORSBURGH, James. The India Directory, or, Directions for Sailing to and from the East Indies, China, Australia, and the Interjacent Ports of Africa and South America.
London : 1841-43Scarce fifth edition of this important and justly famous publication, much enlarged in successive editions from the first of 1809-11, which was to become the standard manual for the eastern navigation; this copy with an excellent nautical pedigree, having passed through the hands of a trio of American sea captains.
Provenance: mounted on a preliminary... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 139134
BROCK, William. A Biographical Sketch of Sir Henry Havelock, KCB.
London : 1858Ninth edition, first published in the same year. Brock's biography of one of the great Victorian "Christian soldiers" enjoyed "an enormous circulation" (ODNB) and "was written to satisfy a public demand for details of the life of a fallen hero" (Ladendorf). Sir Henry Havelock (1795-1857), one of the most capable British commanders during the Mutiny,... Learn More£45.00
Stock Code: 142058