Naval & Military History
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(SIKH WARS.) Facts and Reflections by a Subaltern of the Indian Army
London : 1849First and only edition of this scarce and acidulous eye-witness account of military service in India and the First Sikh War, written by a disaffected officer of the 50th (Queen's Own) Foot, who remarks in his brief preface "if the result of his labours should deter one individual from venturing in to Company's Service under the impression that talent... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 127423
MONTAGUE, William Edward. Campaigning in South Africa.
Edinburgh and London : 1880First edition of this surprisingly uncommon eye-witness account of the Anglo-Zulu War. This attractive copy with a highly appealing provenance: the front free endpaper verso bearing the ownership inscription of a serving officer, "Captain Belford, 17th Lancers". Ernest Augustus Belford (b. 1848) was present at the last major battle of the war, fought... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 141061
(INDIA; PUNJAB.) General Report upon the Administration of the Punjab Proper,
Lahore : 1854First and sole edition, rare. 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 under British rule. Within a small compass a tremendous... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 141013
(INDIAN ARMY.) History of the 2nd Punjab Infantry, 1849-1888.
Calcutta : 1889First edition of this rare unit history, "not seen" by the assiduous bibliographer of regimental histories, Roger Perkins. A second edition, of c.1903, is traceable institutionally by the copies at India Office Library/National Army Museum and National Museums Scotland (lacking the title page) only. This copy with an excellent provenance, a note at... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 140989
EISENHOWER, Dwight D. At Ease. Stories I Tell to Friends.
Garden City, New York : 1967First edition, special issue, ad personam publication bookplate "At Ease. Published June 16, 1967, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania", with typed addition, "For Dr. C. H. Johnson" and Eisenhower's autograph salutation, "With affectionate regard Dwight D. Eisenhower". Carl Harold "Hal" Johnson was Eisenhower's principle physician during his retirement to Gettysburg.... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 140859
SHERER, Moyle. Tales of the Wars of our Times.
London : 1829First and only contemporary edition. A pretty set of this collection of tales of the Napoleonic Wars by a serving soldier. Sherer, Moyle (17891869), attended Winchester College, but left on obtaining a commission in the 34th regiment. In 1809 he was ordered to Portugal with his unit, and took part in the engagements of Albuera, Arroyo dos Molinos, and... Learn More£325.00
Stock Code: 140776
(WORLD WAR I.) Letters of an Old Etonian, July 1914, to January 1917.
Oxford : 1919First and only edition, a single copy - Eton College Library - traced on line. Stubbornly anonymous sequence of letters, posthumously published, from George in London, Gallipoli, India, and Mesopotamia to Billikins; "Home, August 5th 1914... things seem to be very inspiring in town, and I would have loved to see the crowds cheering the King ad Queen... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 140706
DUNLAP, Orrin Elmer. Radar.
New York : 1948Revised Edition, first published 1946. Loosely inserted at the front free endpaper is a single small sheet of thin, contemporary note paper with 2pp. of pencilled notes, headed "Written on train", alongside which is "Comments - GLs - on RADAR by ORRINE DUNLAP", followed by a sequence of none too complimentary comments, especially relating early US... Learn More£95.00
Stock Code: 140734
GOUGH, Sir Hubert. The Fifth Army.
London : 1931First and only contemporary edition, this copy signed on the title page by the author, his nephew Freddie Gough, who served as a midshipman on board Ramillies and Witherington in WWI, but found fame as commander of the 1st Airborne Reconnaissance Squadron in Operation Market Garden; together with the signatures of two World War I VC winners, Geoffrey... Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 140695
CROSS, John P. English for Gurkha Soldiers - Angreji Sikne Postak.
London : 1964First and only edition, print run of 9,000 copies, but no copies traced institutionally, rare. Ownership inscription of Colour Sergeant Budhi Bahadur Rana, 6th Gurkha Rifles. Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 140972
ILLINGWORTH, Arthur E., Captain. A History of 24 Squadron.
London : 1920First edition, limited issue, this copy 187 of 275. Founded as No. 24 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps in 1915 at Hounslow Heath Aerodrome, it arrived in France in February 1916 equipped with D.H.2 fighters. These were soon outclassed and replaced early in 1917 with the DH.5, which although not suitable as a fighter was used in a ground-attack rôle, first... Learn More£475.00
Stock Code: 140637
SÉGUR, Philippe-Paul, comte de. 1812 - 1912: Napoléon.
Paris : 1912A lavishly produced edition of Ségur's "influential history of the Russian campaign" (Sandler) published to mark the centenary, originally issued in 1824 as Histoire de Napoléon et de la grande armée pendant l'année 1812. Ségur took part in the campaign as a general of brigade. The unfavourable portrait of Napoleon given in this book provoked representations... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 139463
IGRA, Samuel. Germany's National Vice.
London : 1945First and sole edition of this highly uncommon and controversial study of the Nazi régime, following the British White Paper Concerning the Treatment of German Nationals in Germany (1939) in implicating the prevalence of "sexual perversion, and, in particular, homosexuality" in Germany for the "otherwise inexplicable outbreak of sadistic cruelty"... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 137683
(INDIAN ARMY.) History of the 4th Regiment, Punjab Infantry.
Calcutta : 1894First and sole edition of this rare regimental history, this with a particularly enticing provenance: neat marginal pencil markings at pages 28, 30 and 31 draw attention to a Jamadar Jowalla Singh, who during the storming of Lucknow was mentioned in despatches when he "distinguished himself considerably in leading on his men to the capture of a gun".... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 141000
FORSYTH, William. History of the Captivity of Napoleon at St. Helena;
London : 1853First edition. Forsyth sought to prove "by mere force of facts... that neither the British government nor Lowe were in fault as regards the treatment of Napoleon at St Helena" (p. x). Lowe was Napoleon's gaoler during his exile on St Helena, and soon became exasperated with the intransigence of his captive, apparently unaware that the pair were engaged... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 140969
EISENHOWER, Dwight D. The White House Years - a mismatched set presented to his Gettysburg doctor, and personally inscribed.
Garden City, New York : 1963-5The first volume the first trade edition, the second a copy of the limited edition bound without limitation leaf, both warmly inscribed to Dr. Hal Johnson, Eisenhower's principle physician during his retirement at Gettysburg. Johnson and his wife Edie became close friends of Ike and Mamie. In the first Ike inscribes "For Dr. C. H. Johnson with the warm... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 140860
WILLCOCKS, Sir James. With the Indians in France.
London : 1920First and only contemporary edition, well-represented institutionally but extremely uncommon on the market, particularly so in the jacket. Command of the Indian Corps was to be the pinnacle of a starry career that had seemed destined to culminate as Commander-in-Chief India had not a clash with Haig intervened. "It has been impossible to write a book... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 140693
(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, WorldCat locating a single copy, at the National Library of Ireland, with none appearing on auction records; Library Hub 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
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
(WORLD WAR I.) Pages de Guerre.
Paris : 1915-16First edition, first printing, one of 100 on Japon paper, this one unnumbered. This illustrated collection of poems from the First World War was sold for the benefit of artists and craftsmen of the book industry who were wounded in that war. The contributing authors include Émile Verhaeren for Crime allemand, Léon Bloy for Nous ne sommes... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 140915
STENT, George Carter. Scraps from my Sabretasche.
London : 1882First edition of this scarce and colourful memoir, "full of material that would sound familiar to any reader of Kipling's stories set in India" and teeming with detail. This copy skilfully restored in the attractive original cloth.
Stent's book includes a description of "an elephant who plays jokes on his keeper, to Stent's dressing up as a woman... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 140276
MÜLLER, Max. Suggestions for the Assistance of Officers in Learning the Languages of the Seat of War in the East.
London : 1854First edition of this interesting work, intended, as stated in the title, for the use of officers during the Crimean War, where "the languages spoken in the countries which the English army may occupy are very numerous. Some, such as Wallachian, Bulgarian, Servian, Albanian, Circassian, and Georgian, are but little known" (p. 1). In his lengthy introduction... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 140908
(DELHI DURBAR.) Scheme and Orders for the Military Arrangements at Delhi in connection with the Coronation Durbar
Calcutta : 1911First and sole edition, produced in small numbers for the use of officials and inevitably scarce; an important primary source for the Delhi Durbar, "the most spectacular ceremony in the history of the British empire" (ODNB), held on 12 December 1911 to mark the coronation of George V and Mary of Teck as Emperor and Empress of India. These military arrangements... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 140854
LE MESSURIER, Augustus. Kandahar in 1879;
London : 1880First and sole edition of this decidedly uncommon and important eye-witness account of the Second Afghan War (1878-80). This copy with a distinguished provenance: from the library of Field Marshal Sir Neville Bowles Chamberlain (1820-1902), with his armorial bookplate. At 17 Chamberlain was commissioned ensign in the Bengal army and his career is elucidated... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 140749
HILL, R. B. A Cavalry Manual for the use of Officers of the Bengal Cavalry.
Simla : 1869Rare, unrecorded Indian cavalry manual; this copy with a fine military provenance, inscribed at head of the title page, "G. H. Elliott, 3rd Bengal Cavalry" and with a number of emendations in his hand noting updates to general orders. George Hambley Elliott (d. 1931) was gazetted ensign with the 91st Highlanders in July 1867, transferring to the 93rd... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 140765
SHEPHERD, J. W. A Personal Narrative of the Outbreak and Massacre at Cawnpore,
Lucknow : 1894Fourth edition of a popular Mutiny memoir by one of the few survivors of the Cawnpore massacre, originally published in the Calcutta and London Papers in 1857 under the title "Brief account of the Outbreak at Cawnpore", and in book form in a small edition of 500 copies in 1862. Shepherd was a Eurasian clerk of the Commissariat Department and Sorksy... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 140823
GRANT, Ulysses S. Personal Memoirs.
New York : 1885-6First edition. Written by Grant as he was dying of cancer, the work served as a death bed justification for the war against the Confederacy and for Grant's own conduct. The autobiography was published by Mark Twain, who marketed the book by using military veterans in uniform to raise subscriptions. It sold over 300,000 sets and has remained in print... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 138827
CARRÈRE, Joseph-Barthélemy-François. A Picture of Lisbon, taken on the Spot:
London : 1809First edition of this timely English translation of Carrère's 1798 Voyage au Portugal et particulèrement Lisbonne. Evidently rushed onto a market craving information on Portugal following Soult's invasion in January 1809. It was variably received at the time: The Monthly Review correctly identifying that it was "derived from a French source", and... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 139694
EDWARDES, Herbert B., Major. A Year on the Punjab Frontier in 1848-49.
London : 1851First edition, decidedly uncommon. Edwardes' low-key style is perhaps at odds with his reputation a brilliant soldier-diplomat, whose willingness to act on his own initiative, despite his lack of formal military training, was instrumental in defeating the dangerous insurrection at Multan.
His account include the establishment of a British administrative... Learn More£1,850.00
Stock Code: 135165
BONFILS, Robert. La Manière Française.
Paris : 1917First, and only edition, number 159 of 320 copies only. Superb suite of plates celebrating the French war effort in the early years of the First World War by the designer Robert Bonfils, one of the recognised masters of Art Deco. The text is provided by the Naturalist author Descaves, a follower of Huysmans whose anti-military novel Les Sous-Offs... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 140768
HILDEBRAND, G. B. The Applications of Prophecy to the Crimean War;
London : 1864First and only edition, extremely uncommon - both Copac and OCLC list three locations (BL, NLS, Cambridge). The text concludes "End of Volume I", but this is all published. An extraordinary sustained exercise in apocalyptic biblical exegesis by a mind stimulated, or perhaps over-stimulated, by the ongoing war in the Crimea. The author saw the rise of... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 121341
(MARITIME - THE RED ENSIGN.) A Proclamation declaring what Ensign or Colours shall be borne at Sea in Merchant Ships or Vessels, belonging to any of His Majesty's Subjects of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and the Dominions thereunto belonging.
London : 1801First edition, a rare survival indeed, a single copy as part of a collection of acts in the library of the University of New Brunswick, otherwise we have been unable to trace another copy of this broadside made for the public dissemination of the stipulations of London Gazette, No. 15324. "On 1 January 1801, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 119991
(WORLD WAR II.) SHEW, Glenn B. 90th Training Squadron in the China-Burma-India Theatre - personal photograph album with miniature format original photographs.
1943-5A small collection of material documenting pilot training and service during World War Two, concluding with combat duty in India and Burma. The miniature format photographs are largely scenes on or around the unit's base in India, and although small reveal considerable detail when viewed under a lens. The larger images include Shew and his colleague... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 113374
(FIRST WORLD WAR.) The Royal Artillery War Commemoration Book.
London : 1920First edition, first impression, of this notable gathering of soldiers' accounts and depictions of the First World War, as well as the Roll of Honour of officers. Several of the plates are by the renowned equestrian artist Gilbert Holiday (1879-1937). Holiday initially worked for the Graphic as a war artist before joining the army and serving... Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 139885
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
BAGNOLD, Enid. Diary Without Dates; [together with:] The Happy Foreigner.
London : 1918 & 1920Enid 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
FAIRBAIRN, William Ewart All-in Fighting.
London : 1942First edition. Genuinely uncommon - just six locations on Copac, BL, IWM, NLS, TCD, NLW, Oxford, OCLC adds the Australian War Memorial, Danish Royal Library, NLNZ, LoC, CIA, and University of Tulsa - and particularly so in the jacket. "The majority of the methods shown are drastic in the extreme. In contrast to judo, they recognise no accepted rules.... Learn More£525.00
Stock Code: 137647
(WWII - POLITICAL WARFARE EXECUTIVE.) "German Propaganda and the German 5.7.43 - 20.10.43" - collection of weekly reports.
1943A remarkable survival: a half-yearly run of pioneering weekly propaganda intelligence reports produced by the German and Austrian Region - Intelligence Section of the Political Warfare Executive. These reports were to provide the basis for a new approach to intelligence work for the British which would be carried forward after the end of WWII. Documentary... Learn More£6,500.00
Stock Code: 135819
(BERLIN AIRLIFT) WILLIAMS, Thomas Melling, Air Marshal. A Report on Operation Plainfare (The Berlin Airlift), 25th June 1948 - 6th October 1949.
Bielefeld, Germany : 1950First 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
(SHIPBUILDING) Photos. Hull No. 2040. "World Hero" - official shipyard album documenting daily progress on the construction of an oil tanker.
Yokohama, Japan : 1970Remarkable "time-lapse" shipyard photo album documenting the construction of the oil tanker World Hero in 1970; from keel laying on May 7, 1970, to launch September 23, 1970, and finally delivery to Aquarius Shipping Co. on December 1, 1970. World Hero was constructed with a DWT - dead-weight tonnage - of 226,466 tons, and was one of the transitional... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 134938
HANCOCK, Samuel Edward, Acting Carpenter. Ledger book containing 30 large ink and water-colour detail drafts of warship construction.
Devonport : 1904-5A wonderful insight into naval construction and shipyard practice at the outset of the Anglo-German naval arms race, "formally" initiated with the launch of HMS Dreadnought in 1906. The drawings constituted part of Hancock's training process, similar to the technical drawings, maps and drafts commonly found in a middy's journal book, but here the craft... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 133180
COLLIER, William Bell & Page Blackwood. Unusual personal photograph album of ship- and boat-building projects.
San Francisco, CA, Norfolk, VA & Portsmouth, NH : 1891-1924Highly appealing album showing various craft designed and built by naval architect William B. Collier (1869-1951) working both privately with his brother Page (1871-1913), and for the U.S. Navy. The vessels range in scale from steam launches and motorboats built by the brothers and trialed on Clear Lake, California in the 1890s to the USS Olympia, Admiral... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 133169
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
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