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  1. Small naval archive including original notice board announcement of VJ Day from submarine HM Submarine Terrapin.
    MALLETT, Alfred J. Small naval archive including original notice board announcement of VJ Day from submarine HM Submarine Terrapin.

    1927-1962

    Slight 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

  2. 142259
    SOUTHEY, Robert. The Life of Nelson.

    London : 1813

    First 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

  3. 142162
    LAWRENCE, T. E. Seven Pillars of Wisdom.

    London : 1935

    First trade edition, first impression, O'Brien's so-called "Third English Edition," following 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, with just 170 of them complete).

    "Lawrence had taken part in the preliminary planning of the... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 142162

  4. Field Marshall Sir Neville Chamberlain.
    FORREST, G. W. Field Marshall Sir Neville Chamberlain.

    Edinburgh & London : 1909

    First 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

  5. The Rebellion in India: How to Prevent Another.
    NORTON, John Bruce. The Rebellion in India: How to Prevent Another.

    London : 1857

    First 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

  6. A Missing Chapter of the Indian Mutiny.
    SHOWERS, Charles Lionel. A Missing Chapter of the Indian Mutiny.

    London : 1888

    First 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

  7. Letters written during the Siege of Delhi.
    GREATHED, H. H. Letters written during the Siege of Delhi.

    London : 1858

    First edition. "Appointed Commissioner and Political Agent of Delhi, Greathed (1817-1857) accompanied the British forces during the Siege of Delhi until his death before the city's walls on September 19, 1857. Gathered here are a collection of 116 letters written to his wife in nearby Meerut nearly every day and sometimes twice a day. In a simple, uncomplicated... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 125132

  8. The Mutiny in Sialkot.
    RICH, Gregory. The Mutiny in Sialkot.

    Sialkot Cantonment : 1924

    First 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

  9. The War in India. Despatches of...
    HARDINGE, Henry; Hugh Gough; Harry Smith. The War in India. Despatches of...

    London : 1846

    First 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

  10. Covenant.
    (LEAGUE OF NATIONS.) Covenant.

    ?Paris : 1919

    First 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". WorldCat locates just six copies of this draft: Peace Palace Library, Huntington, Princeton, Harvard Law School, Wellesley,... Learn More
    £7,500.00

    Stock Code: 132162

  11. Naval Sketches of the War in California.
    ROOSEVELT, Franklin D. Naval Sketches of the War in California.

    New York : 1939

    First 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

  12. Plays of Three Acts; written for a Private Theatre.
    HAYLEY, William. Plays of Three Acts; written for a Private Theatre.

    London : 1784

    First 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

  13. A View of Society and Manners in Italy:
    MOORE, John. A View of Society and Manners in Italy:

    London : 1781

    First 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

  14. An Enquiry into the Principles of Civil and Military Subordination.
    MACDIARMID, John, of Weem. An Enquiry into the Principles of Civil and Military Subordination.

    London : 1806

    Rare 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

  15. Observations on some Points of Seamanship;
    GRIFFITHS, Anselm John. Observations on some Points of Seamanship;

    Cheltenham : 1824

    First edition. Uncommon, Library Hub lists BL, National Museums Scotland, Cardiff and NLW for this edition, OCLC 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

  16. [Complete collection of major works, all first editions:]
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. [Complete collection of major works, all first editions:]

    1898-1961

    First 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

  17. The India Directory, or, Directions for Sailing to and from the East Indies, China, Australia, and the Interjacent Ports of Africa and South America.
    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 : 1841-3

    Scarce 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

  18. 142058
    BROCK, William. A Biographical Sketch of Sir Henry Havelock, KCB.

    London : 1858

    Ninth 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

  19. Collection of material relating to Wingate's Chindits and their campaigns in Burma.
    (CHINDITS.) Collection of material relating to Wingate's Chindits and their campaigns in Burma.

    1940s-1980s]

    Superb collection of material concerning the Chindits, includes Wingate's Report on the Operations of 77th Brigade; the original MS of the Hedley's book Jungle Fighter; a number of SEAC Chindit publications; a small trove of pieces from the collection of a serving Chindit officer, including intelligence reports, some excellent press photographs, and... Learn More
    £7,500.00

    Stock Code: 65880

  20. 142036comp
    NICKERSON, Hoffman. The Armed Horde, 1793-1939.

    New York : 1942

    Second edition of this influential, if controversial, study, first published in 1940. This copy inscribed by the author, "To General Martel from a follower in the wake of the Tank, Hoffman Nickerson". The recipient was Sir Giffard Le Quesne Martel (18891958), and the inscription refers to his 1931 publication In the Wake of the Tank, which is an account... Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 142036

  21. 141257
    (ARCTIC) CHERNENKO, M. B. & L. V. Khvat. Dvadtsat' sem' mesyatsev na dreyfuyushchem korable «Georgiy Sedov» [Twenty-seven months on the drifting ship "Georgy Sedov"]

    Leningrad : 1940

    First edition of this uncommon account from the Heroic Era of Soviet Arctic Exploration. In 1937 the icebreaker Georgiy Sedov was sent to the assistance of two fellow icebreakers trapped in the frozen Polar Sea, but was encircled in the pack ice and joined them in captivity. The two smaller vessels were freed by Yermak early in 1938, but Sedov was obliged... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 141257

  22. Handbook for Military Government in Germany.
    (WORLD WAR II.) Handbook for Military Government in Germany.

    Bushy Park, London : 1944

    First 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: 134348

  23. Headquarters' Alphabet. Milford Haven Garrison.
    (WORLD WAR ONE.) THOMPSON, Lieutenant A. A. C., illustrator. Headquarters' Alphabet. Milford Haven Garrison.

    Pembroke Dock : [c. 1917]

    A light-hearted and affectionate "handmade" tribute to the officers stationed at the Milford Haven Garrison during the Great War, extremely scarce, with no other copies traced at institutional libraries. Only a very few could have been produced, perhaps as few as 17, this being the number of officers named on the title page verso.

    The humorous... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 125321

  24. The Grand Captain.
    DE GAURY, Gerald. The Grand Captain.

    London : 1955

    First edition, first impression, of the first full-length biography of the medieval Spanish general Gonzalo de Cordoba. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To Elizabeth Kinnear With very many thanks for her patient help Gerald de Gaury 19.7.55. London". Inscribed copies are particularly scarce, for de Gaury moved... Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 141817

  25. Three Steps to Victory.
    WATSON-WATT, Robert. Three Steps to Victory.

    London : 1957

    First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To Bob from Bob We might have done worse!". Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 140882

  26. Letters from Portugal and Spain; Comprising an Account of the Operations of the Armies Under Their Excellencies Sir Arthur Wellesley and Sir John Moore,
    NEALE, Adam. Letters from Portugal and Spain; Comprising an Account of the Operations of the Armies Under Their Excellencies Sir Arthur Wellesley and Sir John Moore,

    London : 1809

    First edition of this account by the Physician to His Majesty's Forces for the campaigns, this copy with a superb provenance coming from the library at Mount Stewart, co. Down, the Londonderry seat, and with the engraved bookplate of "Major-General Sir Charles Stewart", Stewart was promoted major-general 25 July 1809. Charles William Stewart (1776-1854),... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 140648

  27. Three original artworks.
    (WORLD WAR II; WESTERN DESERT.) WESSEL, Wilhelm. Three original artworks.

    1942

    Three fine studies made in the field by German war artist Wilhelm Wessel (1904-1971), Rommel's kriegsmaler, conveying a genuine sense of reportage and executed while Wessel was serving as an officer with the Afrikakorps.

    Original black-and-white charcoal drawing on pale grey paper signed "Wih. Wessel 42", measuring 460 x 590 mm; inscribed lower... Learn More
    £11,500.00

    Stock Code: 136644

  28. 124643
    HORNER, Gordon. For YOU the War is Over.

    London : 1948

    First and only edition, this copy signed at the conclusion of his Preface by Bill Bowes, probably the best bowler of the interwar period, like Horner a Yorkshireman, and a fellow POW in Italy. Before the war, Horner had trained at Leeds Art College, subsequently taking up work at a commercial studio. He won a competition to become war artist with the... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 124643

  29. Views of the Forts of Bhurtpoore & Weire.
    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

  30. The Naval Achievements of Great Britain. From the Year 1793 to 1817.
    JENKINS, James. The Naval Achievements of Great Britain. From the Year 1793 to 1817.

    London : [after 1835]

    First edition, later state. First issued in 1817, the work sold slowly, which led Jenkins to issue copies as demand necessitated. The earliest copies of this book have the text printed on paper watermarked 1812 and 1816; this copy is printed on paper watermarked 1835. An attractively bound copy of this magnificent illustration of the high-water mark... Learn More
    £12,500.00

    Stock Code: 94719

  31. A Souvenir from The Pipe Band, Punjab Constabulary.
    (INDIA) A Souvenir from The Pipe Band, Punjab Constabulary.

    Lahore : 1950

    Unique album presented to Sgt. J. R. Cockburn, Royal Scots, "in appreciation of the keen interest taken in training those members of the Pipe Band... whose photographs appear in this album", signed by Brian St. Clair Allum as commandant. A splendid record, a memento of the post-colonial persistence of the pipes in South Asia.

    The members portrayed... Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 141917

  32. The Case of Going to War, For the Sake of Procuring, Enlarging, or Securing of Trade, Considered in a New Light.
    [TUCKER, Josiah.] The Case of Going to War, For the Sake of Procuring, Enlarging, or Securing of Trade, Considered in a New Light.

    London : 1763

    First edition. Josiah Tucker (1713-1799) was an opponent of the Seven Years War. In this treatise he strongly opposed fighting a war to promote trade, declaring his hope that "our posterity may regard the present madness of going to war for the sake of trade, riches, or dominion, with the same eye of astonishment and pity, that we do the madness of... Learn More
    £575.00

    Stock Code: 117462

  33. Memoirs of Major-General Sir Henry Havelock.
    (HAVELOCK, Henry.) MARSHMAN, John Clark. Memoirs of Major-General Sir Henry Havelock.

    London : 1860

    First edition of the first major biography of Sir Henry Havelock (1795-1857), "one of the best British generals of his time, a clever tactician with a good eye for ground. Cool in action, he won the confidence of his troops, who admired his courage. Something of a martinet, his deep religious feeling kept him somewhat apart. A lion in action, he could... Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 142154

  34. The Third Afghan War 1919 Official Account.
    (THIRD AFGHAN WAR.) The Third Afghan War 1919 Official Account.

    Calcutta : 1926

    First edition, uncommon, produced in a print-run of 1, 500 copies only. "Hostilities began on 4 May 1919, when Afghan troops cut the water supply to Landī Kōtal on the Indian side of the border, and Britain retaliated by closing the Khyber Pass. It appears that the Afghans planned a concerted attack, but the forces of Sāleh Mohammad were prematurely... Learn More
    £400.00

    Stock Code: 142155

  35. Hodson of Hodson's Horse or Twelve Years of a Soldier's Life in India.
    HODSON, William Stephen Raikes. Hodson of Hodson's Horse or Twelve Years of a Soldier's Life in India.

    London : 1889

    "New and Cheaper Edition" that attests to the extraordinary popularity of this book and the long echo of Hodson's personal killing, during the Mutiny, of the princes of the last Mughal emperor, Bahadur Shah II, which "caused a controversy and impugned Hodson's name". It was first published in 1859 under the title Twelve Years of a Soldier's Life in... Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 142140

  36. The Campaign in Tirah 1897-1898.
    HUTCHINSON, Henry Doveton. The Campaign in Tirah 1897-1898.

    London : 1898

    First edition of this important eye-witness account of the Tirah Campaign, militarily significant in terms of mountain warfare against a tenacious and skilled opponent, and from the standpoint elucidated by Captain H. L. Nevill in his excellent Campaigns on the North-West Frontier (1912): "it is rear-guard actions that make the Afridi campaign a valuable... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 142142

  37. Life of General Sir Hope Grant.
    (GRANT, Sir Hope.) KNOLLYS, Henry (ed.) Life of General Sir Hope Grant.

    Edinburgh and London : 1894

    First edition of this uncommon biography, still the only life of one of the most respected officers of the period, a particularly smart set in bright examples of the attractive cloth bindings. "The editor has adroitly woven chunks of Grant's journal and pertinent letters with his own explanatory statements to form a remarkably interesting narrative... Learn More
    £400.00

    Stock Code: 142148

  38. Field-Marshal Sir Donald Stewart.
    ELSMIE, George Robert. Field-Marshal Sir Donald Stewart.

    London : 1903

    First edition, first impression, of the only biography of Field Marshal Sir Donald Stewart (1824-1900), who succeeded Sir Frederick Haines as commander-in-chief India in 1881, remaining in the post until retirement in 1885. The author, G. R. Elsmie, a long time civil servant in the Punjab, was considered competent, modest and a good-humoured author,... Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 142114

  39. James Outram. A Biography.
    (OUTRAM, Sir James.) GOLDSMID, F. J. James Outram. A Biography.

    London : 1880

    First edition of Goldsmid's "authoritative" biography (ODNB), written shortly after his retirement from the army with the rank of major-general, having served with distinction in the Crimea and on the staff of Sir Bartle Frere in Sind. Sir James Outram (1803-1863) holds a prominent position in the pantheon of British soldier-administrators in India,... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 142132

  40. Army Catering Corps. Guide to Messing in the Middle East (Revised Edition).
    (MIDDLE EAST.) Army Catering Corps. Guide to Messing in the Middle East (Revised Edition).

    [Cairo] : 1943

    Rare first edition, "not to be published", a revised version of Middle East Catering and Cooking (1942). This is a fascinating and detailed handbook for use by the British Army in some of the most testing campaign conditions of the Second World War; few copies would have survived the rigours of the Middle East Theatre.

    The preface is by Lieutenant-General... Learn More
    £400.00

    Stock Code: 141583

  41. Visit of Colonial Premiers and the Houses of Parliament to Portsmouth.
    (HMS DREADNOUGHT.) Visit of Colonial Premiers and the Houses of Parliament to Portsmouth.

    London : 1907

    First and sole edition of each work. Printed in very small numbers "not for publication" but intended for bestowal to visiting dignitaries and Admiralty officials, these handsomely produced souvenir volumes are therefore extremely scarce, this pair in very smart presentation bindings.

    Dreadnought was launched on 10 February 1906 and at a stroke... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 141982

  42. Remington's Frontier Sketches.
    REMINGTON, Frederic. Remington's Frontier Sketches.

    Chicago : [1898]

    First edition of this excellent collection of Remington's distinctive drawings of the American West. "Remington's paintings of this era are intensely narrative and seek to capture the passing of the frontier for Native Americans and white frontier settlers" (ANB). Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 141755

  43. A Narrative of the Loss of the Royal George, at Spithead, August, 1782;
    SLIGHT, Julian. A Narrative of the Loss of the <em>Royal George, </em>at Spithead, August, 1782;

    Portsea : 1841

    One of numerous editions, following the first of 1840, of this popular souvenir bound in timber salvaged from the wreck. Desperately fragile, and consequently uncommon, BL only for this edition. While undergoing repairs off Spithead in 1782 the Royal George sank with the loss of 800 lives. As she became an obstruction to the anchorage, Sir... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 141452

  44. The Women's Land Army.
    SACKVILLE-WEST, Vita. The Women's Land Army.

    London : 1944

    First edition, first impression. Written by Vita Sackville-West to raise the profile of the contribution of the Women's Land Army to the war effort, and particularly to feeding the country, this comprehensive survey of the WLA and its members throughout the UK describes their history, duties and experiences such as farm work and tree felling. Learn More
    £95.00

    Stock Code: 125572

  45. The Women's Land Army.
    SACKVILLE-WEST, Vita. The Women's Land Army.

    London : 1944

    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the front free endpaper. Written by Vita Sackville-West to raise the profile of the contribution of the Women's Land Army to the war effort, and particularly to feeding the country, this comprehensive survey of the WLA and its members throughout the UK describes their history, duties and experiences... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 141978

  46. Soldiers of the Prophet.
    MURPHY, Charles Cecil Rowe., lieut.-col. Soldiers of the Prophet.

    London : 1921

    Well-preserved first edition of this uncommon "collection of reports... containing valuable new facts for the historian" (GJ, 60;2), from various campaigns and expeditions in Near and Middle East, including Gallipoli, anti-gun running operations in the Makran, and counter-insurgency in Oman in 1915. This copy from the library of Peter Hopkirk, bookplate... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 141910

  47. Diplomatic study on the Crimean War (1852 to 1856). Russian Official Publication.
    ZHOMINI, Aleksandr Genrikhovich. Diplomatic study on the Crimean War (1852 to 1856). Russian Official Publication.

    London : 1882

    First English edition of this important account compiled by the senior advisor to the Russian Imperial Foreign Ministry. A timely publication guided not by "any idea of vain recrimination... On the contrary... the moment has come for the all the European Powers to strike a balance... and to acknowledge towards one another their mea culpa".

    Originally... Learn More
    £575.00

    Stock Code: 141302

  48. Istifadeli Mevzular: Hayvan Meraklilarina. [Useful Subjects: For Animal Enthusiasts].
    HIDAYET, Riza. Istifadeli Mevzular: Hayvan Meraklilarina. [Useful Subjects: For Animal Enthusiasts].

    Istanbul : 1911

    First edition of this scarce, well-illustrated Ottoman Turkish work on horses written by a military officer; discusses various breeds of horse, horse-breeding, and equine medicine, and includes an extensive chapter covering horses in the Arabic World and Middle East

    The book opens with a thorough outline of the horse in general, including anatomy,... Learn More
    £3,250.00

    Stock Code: 141300

  49. A Memoir of Major-General Sir R.R. Gillespie,...
    (GILLESPIE, Sir Robert Rolo.) THORN, William. A Memoir of Major-General Sir R.R. Gillespie,...

    London : 1816

    First and only contemporary edition of this uncommon posthumous memoir of a remarkable early nineteenth-century colonial military career, spanning the Caribbean, South and South East Asia. Just six locations on Library Hub, no copies traced at auction. An excellent copy, highly desirable in the original boards, judiciously restored.

    Born in Ireland,... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 117017

  50. Crusade in Europe.
    EISENHOWER, Dwight D. Crusade in Europe.

    Garden City, NY : 1948

    Personal presentation "issue", one of just a few copies bound up for Eisenhower from the limited edition sheets, with the signed leaf of the D-Day message to the troops, but without the limitation leaf. This copy warmly inscribed on the half-title to the Dr. Hal Johnson, Ike's primary physician when he retired to Gettysburg in 1961, and who, with his... Learn More
    £12,500.00

    Stock Code: 140866

  51. 137281
    CREASY, E[dward] S[hepherd.] The Fifteen Decisive Battles of the World;

    1851

    First edition of one of the most influential books of military history ever published, continuously in print since it was first issued. Required reading for every Modern Major General for the study of "fights historical from Marathon to Waterloo, in order categorical". The first edition is decidedly uncommon. Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 137281

  52. Regimiento de navegacion.
    MEDINA, Pedro de. Regimiento de navegacion.

    Seville : 1552

    Very rare first edition of Medina's great navigational treatise, an appealing copy in contemporary vellum. Praised for its fine woodcuts, which are among the earliest to depict man's use of astrolabes, the Regimiento offers the essentials of seamanship in a practical format, and was intended for ship-born pilots; Francis Drake carried a copy during... Learn More
    £225,000.00

    Stock Code: 139149

  53. Modern War Paintings.
    NEVINSON, C. R. W. Modern War Paintings.

    London : 1917

    First edition, first impression, signed by Nevinson in pencil below the frontispiece. He was in France and Flanders during the First World War, before illness led to his military discharge in 1916. "From 1915 he executed and exhibited several harshly emotive images of the war in a futurist idiom" (ODNB). Scarce in the jacket. Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 141751

  54. The Perfection of Military Discipline, After the Newest Method, as practised in England and Ireland, &c.
    (MILITARY DRILL.) ANON. The Perfection of Military Discipline, After the Newest Method, as practised in England and Ireland, &c.

    London : 1690

    Second edition, the Cottesloe Library copy, an unrecorded variant in a remarkably well preserved period binding. Licensed on 12 October 1689 the publication of this comprehensive military manual would have been given greater immediacy by appearing originally in the year of William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne (1 July 1690); it features a... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 137768

  55. Rules, Bye-Laws, and List of Members
    (AVIATION.) AERO CLUB OF THE UNITED KINGDOM. Rules, Bye-Laws, and List of Members

    1905

    Very scarce survival from the early days of aviation, not on Copac or OCLC; included here are "Bye-Laws for Balloon Ascents" and a list of the 110 members of the club, most notably Major B. Baden-Powell, who wrote extensively on aviation matters (including Ballooning as a Sport, 1907), Charles Rolls, of Rolls-Royce, J. T. C. Moore-Brabazon, "the first... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 130751

  56. Gordon and The Gordon Boys:
    HUTCHISON, Graham Seton. Gordon and The Gordon Boys:

    Woking : 1944

    First and limited edition, number 2 of 100 copies signed by the author and specially bound; inevitably extremely uncommon and represented but thinly among institutional libraries; with an additional presentation inscription on the front free endpaper from the author to his son, "James Graham Pinney Hutchison from Dad, Christmas 1944"; the recipient... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 141743

  57. The Ruin of the Soudan: Cause, Effect and Remedy.
    RUSSELL, Henry, & William Gattie. The Ruin of the Soudan: Cause, Effect and Remedy.

    London : 1892

    First and sole edition of this handsome, decidedly uncommon, and important account of the Mahdist War, also known as the Sudan Campaign, offering a valuable military and economic overview. Henry Russell, a special correspondent with the Daily News and Daily Telegraph, and by his own admission "well acquainted with colloquial Arabic", was ideally placed... Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 141761

  58. Eight Views of the Mauritius, comprising the Positions of the British Army,
    (MAURITIUS.) TEMPLE, Robert. Eight Views of the Mauritius, comprising the Positions of the British Army,

    London : 1813

    First and sole edition of this superb and extremely scarce visual record of the British capture of Mauritius in 1810. The aquatinting is by the accomplished Scottish engraver John Heaviside Clark - also known as "Waterloo Clark" for his sketches made in the immediate aftermath of the battle from on-the-spot drawings by Robert Temple, serving with the... Learn More
    £15,000.00

    Stock Code: 141697

  59. The French Army in Egypt, 1798-1801.
    VERTRAY, Jean-Baptiste, & G. L. B. Killick. The French Army in Egypt, 1798-1801.

    London : [1899]

    First and sole contemporary edition, remarkably uncommon, presented here in a handsome presentation binding. A fascinating and timely pairing of eye witness accounts of the two foreign military excursions in Egypt that framed the century: Napoleon's campaign of 1798-1801 and the Anglo-Egyptian War of 1882; as Killick notes chauvinistically in his preface,... Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 141561

  60. General Report upon the Administration of the Punjab Proper,
    (INDIA; PUNJAB.) General Report upon the Administration of the Punjab Proper,

    Lahore : 1854

    First Lahore edition, rare; a Calcutta edition was published in the preceding year. Following the Second Sikh War (1848-49) the Punjab was officially annexed by the East India Company and this highly-detailed volume was the first of a series of reports published by the Punjab Government, forming an important primary source for the history of the region... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 141013

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