Naval & Military History
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MACDIARMID, John, of Weem. An Enquiry into the Principles of Civil and Military Subordination.
London : 1806First and only edition, extremely uncommon with just six locations recorded world-wide, only two in the United States. Investigation into "natural" and "artificial" subordination, and in particular into the specifically military institutions of the latter and their possible improvement. Macdiarmid's (17791808), father was a minister, and his mother... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 139663
SEATON, Sir Thomas. From Cadet to Colonel.
London : 1866First and sole edition of this lively military memoir of service in India. "Seaton commanded the 60th NI which mutinied at Umballah originally on May 10th he saw many years of action in India served at the Siege of Delhi and afterwards in the Doab and Rohilchund. Seaton was a good friend of Hodson. Approximately seven chapters on the Mutiny" (Sorsky).... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 140701
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 : 1841-3Fifth edition of this important publication, much enlarged in successive editions from the first of 1809-11, which was to become the standard manual for the eastern navigation. The preface notes that "elaborate directions for the navigation of the Red Sea, by Captains Moresby and Elwon, of the Indian Navy, latterly published by the Honourable East India... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 139134
(FISHER-ROWE, Edward Rowe). MOIR, Kenneth Macrae & Berthold Wolpe. Adventures of a Cornet of Horse in the Crimean War;
London : 1939First and only edition of 177 numbered copies signed by the author, this 169, published as number XCIX of the Sette's "Opuscula", inevitably uncommon just 4 copies located in a search of institutional holdings on line, all in the UK. Attractive little private publication recounting the Crimean experiences of Cornet Fisher, "in Hodge's regiment from... Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 136476
(GAISFORD, Gilbert.) A Soldier Civilian.
London : 1900First and sole edition of this rare memoir of a model frontier officer; an online search of institutional libraries locates one copy only, at the British Library; inscribed on the frontispiece recto, "M. Hodson with love from M. D. Spence, in memory of her friend G. Gaisford. Simla. Augu. 1900".
Gaisford (1849-1898) was born in India, the son... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 140688
MacGREGOR, Sir Charles, & Francis Gordon Cardew. The Second Afghan War, 1878-80. Abridged Official Account.
London : 1908First and sole edition. This is the only relic of MacGregor's massive official history of the campaign, which was either "treated as a secret work" as according to the Preface, or suppressed by the government for criticisms of Indian defence policy "beyond its terms of reference" (ODNB) Either way, it was reworked by Cardew, historian of the Bengal... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 140704
THOMSETT, Richard Gillham. With the Peshawar Column, Tirah Expeditionary Force.
London : 1899First and sole edition of this colourful and conspicuously scarce eye-witness account of the Tirah campaign (1897-98). Thomsett (b. 1857) was a lieutenant-colonel with the RAMC, had served in Afghanistan in 1878-80 and was later in Egypt (1882) and South Africa (1902). The Peshawar Column, under Brig.-Gen. A. G. Hammond VC, acted as one of the flanking... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 140707
FAULKS, Sebastian. Birdsong.
London : 1993First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page. The novel was listed as the 13th favourite book in Britain in the BBC's Big Read survey, conducted in 2003. Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 140381
CAVE-BROWNE, J. The Punjab and Delhi in 1857.
Edinburgh and London : 1861First edition of this important and uncommon Mutiny memoir gathered from the author's journal entries, originally published in Blackwood's Magazine in 1858 as "Poorbeah Mutiny" (poorbeah, from the Hindi purbiya, meaning eastern, referring to Brahman and Rajput sepoys). The Rev. John Cave-Browne (1818-1898) was born at Nagpur, Maharashtra, as his father,... Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 140739
BURTON, R. G. The Revolt in Central India 1857-59.
Simla : 1908First and sole edition, 1, 500 copies printed for official use only, this copy stamped "415" at head of the title page. "General Sir Archibald Hunter when inspecting the Jhansi Brigade in the winter of 1906-07, suggested that 'all officers should be made acquainted with the details of the operations within the Brigade area, especially those leading... Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 140748
(HARNESS, Sir Henry Drury.) COLLINSON, Thomas Bernard, & Charles Edmund Webber. General Sir Henry Drury Harness.
London : 1903First and sole edition, based on Collinson's privately published Memoir of 1883. Harness (1804-1883) served as instructor of fortification at the Royal Military Academy; secretary of the Railway commission; deputy master of the Royal Mint; commissioner of public works in Ireland; director of the Royal Engineer Establishment at Chatham. "On the outbreak... Learn More£175.00
Stock Code: 140721
WOOSNAM MILLS, H. The Tirah Campaign,
Lahore : 1898First and sole edition of this remarkably scarce account of the Tirah campaign (1897-98), a punitive expedition against the Afridi of the North-West Frontier; an online search of institutional libraries citing six locations only, at the British Library, at Bateman's (Kipling's Sussex home, a presentation copy from the author), Oxford, Leiden, Minnesota,... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 140722
(UNIFORMS) Regulations for the Dress of General, Staff, and Regimental Officers of the Army.
London : 1857First edition, detailed textual descriptions of the uniform specifications for officers of the British Army. Extremely uncommon, perhaps six copies of this issue world-wide. A handsome copy with the contemporary ownership inscription of John W. Reynolds to the front free endpaper, and the "Mollo Collection", bookplate to the front pastedown, both Boris... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 139770
COURTILZ DE SANDRAS, Gatien. La Conduite de Mars,
The Hague, : 1685First edition. "Impressive and influential" manual, drawing on the author's experiences during the Franco-Dutch War, 1672-8 (Rowlands, The Dynastic State and the Army under Louis XIV, p. 187). Courtilz de Sandras (1644-1712) joined the army around 1660 serving initially in a musketeer regiment, eventually rising to the rank of captain of cavalry. He... Learn More£625.00
Stock Code: 134847
MACERONI, Colonel [Francis]. Memoirs of the Life and Adventures of Colonel Maceroni,
London : 1838First edition of the memoirs of the soldier and inventor Francis Maceroni (17881846). "Maceroni recommended himself to Joachim Murat, king of Naples, who on 1 January 1814 made him one of his aides-de-camp, with the rank of colonel of cavalry, and sent him on missions to London, where he was when Murat's forces were defeated by the Austrians at Tolentino... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 140569
HILL, Benson Earle. Recollections of an Artillery Officer:
London : 1836First edition of this memoir by Benson Earle Hill (bap. 1790, d. 1845) who served as Artillery Staff Officer at the battle of New Orleans. He served with the Royal Regiment of Artillery until 1822 and "he was extremely well-travelled, as the army had taken him to Ireland, North America, and Europe" (ODNB). Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 140567
CALLWELL, C. E. Tirah. 1897.
London : 1911First edition. Sir Charles Edward Callwell (1859-1928) had one brief, rather unsuccessful, period of field command during the Boer War, but his strengths lay elsewhere: "Callwell was an accomplished linguist, a skilled intelligence officer, and a prolific writer of quality on a wide range of military affairs and on military history throughout his career.... Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 140461
HAMILTON, Angus. In Abor Jungles.
London : 1912First edition, first impression. An important account of Major-General Bowers's punitive expedition against the rebellious Abor tribesmen on India's north-east frontier, sparked by the murder of two British officials; also covering the political missions to the Mishmi and Miri. Hamilton (1874-1913), the son of an officer who served with the 2nd West... Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 140488
(NAPOLEON.) [HEWESTON, W. B.] The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte.
London : [c. 1810]First edition of this uncommon life of Bonaparte; as advertised at the end of vol. II, "the proprietors propose publishing a Third Volume", and this was added in 1815. It was reissued in an unillustrated edition by a different group of booksellers in that year as History of Napoleon Bonaparte, the author given as W. B. Heweston (although his name is... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 139531
(PRIVATEERING; WEST INDIES.) Collection of 35 documents relating to Captain John McIver and the privateer Swallow.
c. 1796-97Outstanding and extraordinarily comprehensive tranche of documents including impressive original Letters of Marque, relating to the British-built armed brig Swallow, a privateer out of Liverpool operating in the Caribbean under the experienced command of prize-master John McIver. The archive covers in quite remarkable breadth and detail the purchase,... Learn More£25,000.00
Stock Code: 133528
(NAPOLEON.) Copies of the Original Letters and Despatches of the Generals, Ministers, Grand Officers of State, &c. at Paris, to the Emperor Napoleon, at Dresden;
London : 1814First edition of this interesting collection of primary source material, reprinting documents and letters covering diplomacy, military service, private letters, and correspondence and bulletins from Napoleon's Minister of Police, published following Napoleon's impressive victory over the combined forces of Austria, Russia and Prussia at Dresden (26-27... Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 139504
FORREST, G. W. A History of the Indian Mutiny.
Edinburgh & London : 1904-1912First edition, complete with the elusive third volume, published eight years after the first two. "Essentially a comprehensive survey of the military operations of the British. Government records and personal narratives have been studied and compared for the sake of accuracy. Narrative style is surprisingly clear and many maps included. Relatively impartial.... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 140471
EDWARDES, Sir Herbert Benjamin. Memorials of the Life and Letters,
London : 1886First edition of this uncommon and important source, this a fine association copy with a distinguished provenance: from the library of Field Marshal Sir Neville Bowles Chamberlain (1820-1902), who is mentioned several times in the present work, with his armorial bookplate in each volume. At 17 Chamberlain was commissioned ensign in the Bengal army and... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 140465
NEVINSON, C. R. W. Modern War Paintings.
London : 1917First edition, first impression, signed by the author in pencil below the colour frontispiece. "Having gone to France with the Red Cross and been invalided home soon afterwards, he announced that he would be using 'Futurist technique' to express the reality of war in his new work. In subsequent paintings Nevinson confirmed that he saw the Great War... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 140292
RAIT, Robert S. The Life and Campaigns of Hugh First Viscount Gough Field-Marshal.
Westminster : 1903First edition of this "excellent biography" (Brice), for over a century the only full-length memoir of the man "said to have commanded in more general actions than any other British officer of the nineteenth century except the Duke of Wellington" (ODNB). Gough (1779-1869) was gazetted lieutenant in 1795, and posted to the 78th Highlanders at the Cape... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 140528
GATACRE, Beatrix. General Gatacre.
London : 1910First edition of this uncommon memoir. Gatacre (1843-1906) was on the Black Mountain Expedition of 1888 (also known as the Hazara Expedition), the Tonhon Expedition in Burma (1889-90), was engaged in the relief of Chitral (1895) and the retaking of the Sudan (1898) and held various commands in South Africa (1899-1900). "Gatacre was a brave, dedicated,... Learn More£100.00
Stock Code: 140486
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
STRANGE, T. Bland. Gunner Jingo's Jubilee.
London : 1894Second edition, as stated on the half-title and by a short note at the end of the preface remarking, "in correcting this Second Edition, I have to thank my old comrade, Major-General F. T. Whinyates, R. A., for his kind correction of many slipshod mistakes, but much slang has been left for which he is not responsible"; first published the preceding... Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 140439
BEYNON, W. G. L. With Kelly to Chitral.
London : 1896First 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
FRASER, Hastings. Memoir and Correspondence of General James Stuart Fraser.
London : 1885First edition. Fraser's service in India was "long and distinguished" (ODNB). He joined the Madras army at 17 and escorted the Mysore princes to Bengal in 1807. After serving as private secretary to Sir George Barlow, the governor of Madras, he was deputy commissary during the Madras expedition to Mauritius (1810). Being fluent in French he assisted... Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 140476
ALFORD, Henry S. L., & W. Dennistoun Sword. The Egyptian Soudan.
London : 1898First edition, presentation copy inscribed on the title page "Lord Kitchener of Khartoum, With the Author's Compliments".
The recipient, Horatio Herbert, Earl Kitchener of Khartoum (18501916), was a senior British Army officer and colonial administrator who won notoriety for his imperial campaigns, most especially his scorched earth policy against... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 140484
McNEILL, Malcolm. In Pursuit of the "Mad" Mullah.
London : 1902First edition, scarce. The "Mad" Mullah of the title was an epithet given by the British to Sayyid Muhammad 'Abd Allah al-Hasan (1856-1920), a Somali religious and patriotic leader who established the Dervish State in Somalia and fought the 20-year Somaliland Campaign against British, Italian and Ethiopian forces. "When not pummeling the Mullah and... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 140372
HENSMAN, Howard. The Afghan War of 1879-80,
London : 1881First edition, widely recognized as one of the most authoritative contemporary accounts of the Second Afghan War. Howard Hensman (d. 1916) was the only journalist covering the campaign and accompanied General Roberts's Kurram Valley Field Force, being the "embedded" correspondent for the Allahabad Pioneer, the Indian newspaper for which Churchill was... Learn More£175.00
Stock Code: 139894
EDYE, John. Calculations relating to the Equipment, Displacement, etc. of Ships and Vessels of War.
London : 1832First edition, this handsome copy bearing a splendidly apposite naval provenance: from the library of Admiral Sir William Parker (1781-1866), the front cover with his name stamped in gilt, the verso of the front free endpaper carrying his pencilled ownership inscription, "W. Parker, 1835". Parker was an ally of John Edye's mentor Sir William Symonds,... Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 139920
OTTLEY, W. J. With Mounted Infantry in Tibet.
London : 1906First edition, first impression, of this eye-witness account of the British expedition to Lhasa 1903-4, led by Colonel Francis Younghusband. Ottley was captain commanding the Mounted Infantry Company of the 23rd Sikh Pioneers, and writes in his preface, "On the demobilization of the Tibet Mission Force some officers of the Sikh Pioneer and Gurkha Regiments... Learn More£175.00
Stock Code: 140520
SMITH, Sir Harry. The Autobiography of Lieutenant-General Sir Harry Smith.
London : 1902 and 1901First edition of volume II, early reprint of volume I. Smith's (1787-1860) career was remarkable and romantic. His autobiography includes detail of his early service in South America, Monte Video and Buenos Aires in 1806-7; through the Napoleonic Wars: the Peninsular, Corunna, Torres Vedras, Ciudad Rodrigo, Badajos - where he met the lovely Juana, the... Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 140540
WYLLY, Harold Carmichael. The Military Memoirs of Lieut.-General Sir Joseph Thackwell.
London : 1908First edition. Wylly was granted full access to Thackwell's personal papers for this attempt to rehabilitate his reputation after recent accounts had criticised his conduct in the Sikh campaigns; it remains the only biography. Thackwell (1781-1859) fought in the Peninsular with the 15th The King's Hussars, and at Waterloo, where "after several engagements... Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 140550
JAMES, Lionel. The Indian Frontier War.
London : 1898First edition. James was Reuter's special correspondent on General Sir William Lockhart's campaign against the Orakzai and Tirah Afridis in 1897. His narrative "catches such telling details as the dry water bottle and the Maxim's effectiveness, and is effectively complemented by a series of maps, etchings and photographs" (Riddick). "In 1897 Lockhart... Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 140510
LONDONDERRY, Charles William Vane, third marquess of. Narrative of the Peninsular War, from 1808 to 1813.
London : 1829First octavo edition, following the two quarto editions of the preceding year; the appendix, comprising "communications from some of my brother officers",appears here for the first time. Londonderry (17781854) was a brave but not particularly brilliant soldier - Sir John Moore described him as "a very silly fellow" who served with variable distinction... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 140389
MORTON, [Boyce William Dunlop], Lieut.-General. Some Indian Experiences.
Cheltenham : 1913First edition. Morton joined the 30th Bengal Infantry in 1848 in the aftermath of Chillianwala and served in India until the 1890s. He was mentioned in despatches for the Cossyah and Jyntiah Hills Campaign, 1861-3 and from 1864 to 1884 was in civil employ acting as Deputy Commissioner in seven districts successively, including Darjeeling, 1867-73. Slight... Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 140373
(NELSON) PETTIGREW, Thomas Joseph. Memoirs of The Life of Vice-Admiral Lord Viscount Nelson, K.B. Duke of Bronté, etc., etc., etc.
London : 1849First Edition, and uncommon thus, the edition selling through almost immediately. Important contribution to Nelson biography: "Pettigrew used a large selection from the Nelson papers of Lady Hamilton, which he had acquired from the widow of an old friend of Nelson, Alderman Joshua Jonathan Smith who rescued Lady Hamilton from bankruptcy in 1813" (Cowie).... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 140185
CRUM, Frederick Maurice. Memoirs of a Rifleman Scout. Parts I to IV.
Stirling : 1950First and only edition of this uncommon privately published memoir, an online search of institutional libraries showing just six locations: Scotland, Oxford, Plas Newydd, Calgary, Guelph, and National Library of South Africa.
Memoirs of a Rifleman Scout opens with Crum's service in the Second Boer War with the 1st Battalion King's Royal Rifle... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 140220
MARDER, Arthur J. From the Dreadnought to Scapa Flow.
1961-78Complete set of first editions of this magisterial history of Royal Navy from the turn of the century to the end of the First World War, Marder's magnum opus. Here offered together with the second edition of volume III, Jutland and After, described by the publishers as "revised and enlarged," and by John Horsfield in ODNB as "particularly distinguished,"... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 140174
LAWRENCE, T. E. Seven Pillars of Wisdom.
London : 1935First trade edition, first impression, a near-fine copy complete with the original shipping carton. This is the only example that we have ever handled. This copy additionally has a laid-in envelope containing several contemporary newspaper clippings concerning Lawrence's death. Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 139939
(CHINA.) BERRY, Charles Edmond, Yeoman 2nd Class, US Navy. [Photograph album, titled on front cover:] In Memory of My China Cruise.
Chefoo (Yantai), Shanghai, Singapore : 1934-7A highly evocative album containing over 300 photographs, both personal and from commercial studios, recording the active service of the USS Parrott (DD-218) on the China Station with the Asiatic Fleet - part of Destroyer Division 58 - including the Asiatic neutrality patrol in 1935 and 1936, offering a wealth of images of China, Japan, the Philippines,... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 115861
(WHITE, Sir George.) DURAND, Mortimer. The Life of Sir George White, V.C.
Edinburgh and London : 1915First edition. This remains the standard life of Sir George White (1835-1912), "one of the most decorated officers in the army" (ODNB), who had a remarkable military career in the colonial wars of the latter part of the nineteenth century. He first saw service with the Inniskillings during the Indian Mutiny; then in the Second Afghan War with the Gordon... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 140463
BALL-ACTON, Charles. Colonel Ball-Acton, C.B. An Appreciation.
Guildford : 1906First and sole edition of this extremely uncommon memoir, Library Hub records the British Library copy only among British and Irish instructional libraries, WorldCat adding National Library of Ireland and universities of Calgary and Chicago. Ball-Acton was commissioned ensign in the 51st Foot (King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry) in 1851, and served... Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 140290
ELLIOTT, William John, Major. The Victoria Cross in Afghanistan, and on the Frontiers of India.
London : 1882First edition of this attractive and uncommon little book, with just three locations on Library Hub (British Library, Scotland, Oxford), WorldCat adding a further four (Ireland, Stanford, California State Library, Illinois). Elliott, who served in the War Department and Reserve Staff, gives lively accounts of eighteen VC-winning actions. Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 140295
WALKER, Thomas Nicholls. Through the Mutiny:
London : 1907First edition of this uncommon and colourful memoir, given over largely to the Indian Mutiny but also covering a certain amount of game hunting. Walker (1837 -1903) joined the 60th Bengal Infantry in 1854 and was promoted lieutenant in 1856. In 1866 he was a captain with the 2nd Bengal Fusiliers before joining the Staff Corps as a major in 1874, ending... Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 140300
(MILITARY; AFGHANISTAN.) Operations in Waziristan 1919-1920.
Delhi : 1923Second edition, 1, 900 copies printed, following the first of 1921 (Calcutta: Superintendent Government Printing), the note following the title page reading, "This edition cancels the previous (1921) edition, copies of which should be destroyed". Of the three end-pocket maps, two (No. 4 General Map and Sketch Map) are dated 1923, so are presumably updated... Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 140308
(SECOND BOER WAR.) The Qakamba.
Cape Town : 1898-99A rare collection of ephemera from the Second Boer War comprising:
1. Seventeen issues of The Qakamba, comprising a complete run of the first sixteen issues (May 1898 - August 1899), and the 19th (November 1899; therefore only two issues not present: September and October 1899. Extent of each issue is between 16 and 24 pages and pagination is... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 134209
FIGGIS, Darrell. Recollections of the Irish War.
London : 1927First edition, first impression, scarce with the dust jacket. "The portrait Darrell Figgis paints himself in Recollections of the Irish War shows him as a defender of personal liberty and individual opinion whose voice is stifled by authority, traits that he has in common with the Oisin of his satire" (Colby). Darrell Figgis was an Irish writer,... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 129573
SAUNDERS, Ann. The London County Council Bomb Damage Maps 1939-1945
London : 2005First edition. "During the Second World War the War Damage Section of the Architect's Department of the London County Council recorded the degree of damage due to enemy action to buildings across the 117 square miles of the Administrative County of London. Using the relevant sheets of the 1:25,000 Ordnance Survey maps, the Architect's staff hand-coloured... Learn More£1,375.00
Stock Code: 104909
KAYE, John William. Lives of Indian Officers.
London : 1880A surprisingly uncommon posthumous edition of Kaye's classic work, issued as the Second Anglo-Afghan War (1878-1880) was drawing to a close, originally published in 1867 following its initial appearance as a series of articles entitled "Indian Heroes" in the monthly periodical Good Words (1866). It comprises biographies of Lord Cornwallis. Sir John... Learn More£400.00
Stock Code: 140375
YATE, C. E. Northern Afghanistan or Letters from the Afghan Boundary Commission.
Edinburgh & London : 1888First edition, scarce. Sir Charles Edward Yate (1849-1940) administrator in India and politician, served on General Roberts's staff during the Second Afghan War. "From 1884 to 1886 he was attached to the Afghan boundary commission, a posting which supplied him with the material for a volume of descriptive letters, Northern Afghanistan (1888). In March... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 140230