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  1. 52021
    Second edition with corrections and a new foreword. Originally published in 1916. Learn More
    £300

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  2. 46965
    First edition in German, first published in Russian the year previously with a French translation issued the same year. Never fully translated into English, an "abridgement," actually a full translation of the final volume, the General Conclusions, was published in 1899 with an introduction by W. T. Stead under the title... Learn More
    £5,500

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  3. 118614
    A price list showing the highest prices realised at public auction sales held by Joe Dyson, auctioneer, during the Siege of Ladysmith, 21st February 1900. It features 27 items, including: eggs per dozen (2, 8s.), 4 small cucumbers (15s. 6d.), and a bottle of jam (1, 11s.). An interesting curiosity, showing the extortionate... Learn More
    £95

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  4. 33021
    New and Revised Edition. Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 33021

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  5. 45682
    First edition. Important sequel to Corbett's Drake and the Tudor Navy, covers the years 1596-1603. Learn More
    £95

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  6. 96661
    The Pursuit of Victory..."> Second edition, the year after the first. "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
    £750

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  7. 91416comp
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy to Johnnie Johnson, with gift label to front free endpaper signed by Air Commodore L. E. Wray. From the library of James Edgar "Johnnie" Johnson (1915-2001), wartime Spitfire ace, and with occasional marginalia by him. The third volume recording the actions of the RCAF overseas... Learn More
    £275

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  8. 64009
    Second edition, the same year as the first, the dedication dated just nine days after the first (1 October, rather than 22 September). A very timely publication, as Simes stresses in his secondary dedication "To the Officers of the Army": "From the rebellious conduct of the Americans it appears to me that there is a great... Learn More
    £750

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  9. 76369
    First edition, large paper copy. An important compilation produced for the reference of ship's captains at the point of Britain's entry into a defining period of naval warfare, culminating at Trafalgar. This superbly-bound copy from the library of John Scott, first earl of Eldon, with his ownership inscription before ennoblement... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 76369

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  10. 96682
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 96682

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    Working material towards Churchill's The Second World War is rarely encountered on the market, offered here is a revealing pair of galley proofs towards the section covering the climax of the war against the U-Boats. This account was originally intended for Volume IV but was eventually incorporated into the first chapter... Learn More
    £35,000

    Stock Code: 88386

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  12. 37120
    Second edition, revised, first one volume edition. 1000 copies printed on the 15th October, 1902. The text had been revised considerably, and a new chapter added describing the ultimate destruction of the Khalifa and the end of the war. Learn More
    £1,375

    Stock Code: 37120

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  13. Gimlet Lends a Hand.
    First edition, first impression. The sixth book in the author's Gimlet series. Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 94617

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  14. Worrals of the W.A.A.F.
    First edition, first impression, in the second impression jacket. Signed by the author on front free endpaper. The first of Johns' books about Joan 'Worrals' Worralson. Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 92295

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  15. 80699
    First edition, first printing. An impressive and "indispensable" collection (Langworth) of Churchill's oratory, comprising some 9,000 pages of printed text. A team of researchers combed public records and newspapers to find every public address made by Churchill, but they fell short of completeness, as some of Churchill's... Learn More
    £3,500

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  16. 116292
    First UK edition, first impression, preceded in the same year by the US edition. A collection of stories based on Dahl's experiences in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War, Over to You was Dahl's second book, his first of short stories and his first for adults. Learn More
    £375

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  17. 70558
    First editions. Extremely uncommon and indispensable reference. There was a hiatus of 18 years between the publication of volumes II and III; the final two volumes were issued in a limited edition; and in any case it is believed that no more than 500 copies of the first two volumes were produced. Learn More
    £800

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  18. 1
    First UK edition, first impression. An Autobiography. The publisher's retained copy with their stamp to the title page, front free endpaper and front panel down of the dust jacket. Learn More
    £75

    Stock Code: 108572

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  19. 123948
    First edition, first impression. A Brief Record is a thorough account of the advance of the EEF from July 1917 to the end of October 1918, containing many articles, two of which (the explanatory sections on the verso of the plates facing 49-50, "Sherifian Co-operation in September", and 51-53, "Story of the Arab Movement")... Learn More
    £275

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  20. 67473
    First and only edition of this uncommon treatise on ancient shipbuilding, drawn from classical and Biblical sources, illustrated with a beautiful, etched frontispiece by de Hooghe. Born in Tönningen, Schleswig-Holstein, around 1630, Meibom was a Danish philologist and polymath scholar probably best known for his work on... Learn More
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    A handsome and highly interesting manuscript. The first published edition was issued by Arckstée & Merkus in Amsterdam in 1771, credited to "un Officier du Corps," the author previously identified by Barbier as Edme-Jean-Antoine Du Puget. Du Puget (1742-1802) was a member of an old aristocratic family from Bresse and was... Learn More
    £5,500

    Stock Code: 41080

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  22. 84343
    First edition. The famous Nazi-hunter's exposé of Haj Amin al-Husseini, the controversial Grand Mufti of Jerusalem. Learn More
    £85

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  23. 101500
    First edition, first impression, of the author's second book, a collection of poetry based on his experiences during the First World War. Learn More
    £175

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    The Mint.

    Garden City, New York: 1936

    True first edition, one of an edition of just 50 copies published to establish copyright, only 10 of which were for sale, priced at 500,000 this numbered 10 (U.K.) "One of Lawrence's avowed purposes in joining the RAF was to write of the ranks from the inside. He began immediately making notes when he enlisted in 1922.... Learn More
    £12,500

    Stock Code: 80429

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  25. 85563
    First edition, first impression. The nineteenth volume in the Aubrey-Maturin series. Learn More
    £45

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  26. 85564
    First edition, first impression. The nineteenth volume in the Aubrey-Maturin series. Learn More
    £75

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  27. Clarissa Oakes.
    First edition, first impression. The fifteenth volume in the Aubrey-Maturin series. Learn More
    £100

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  28. 117611
    Second and preferred edition in English of "one of the first accounts of Yemen" (Arcadian Library), first published in English in 1726 (as A Voyage to Arabia the Happy) following its original appearance in French in 1716. La Roque's father, a Marseilles merchant, had travelled with Jean de la Haye's Turkish embassy of 1639-41,... Learn More
    £1,500

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  29. 90443
    First edition, evidently first state, and uncommon thus. Superbly detailed map of the Crimean Peninsula produced at the outbreak of the war in the region with "the Russian names, title and observations translated or rendered into English by Major Jervis himself, and various useful and important additions also made to the... Learn More
    £4,500

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  30. 106312comp
    First edition, this copy signed by Lettow on the half-title. Attractive "appendix" to Lettow's memoirs. Learn More
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  31. 96758
    First edition, with the rare dust jacket, and an autograph letter signed from Graves laid-in discussing the book; one of 1,000 copies printed. Graves writes, "This was the first book of mine published in the USA. I wrote it during the First World War as an infantry captain, between the ages of 19 and 22. My rank was not... Learn More
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  32. The Pathan Borderland

    The Pathan Borderland.

    Calcutta and Simla: 1921

    Second edition, considerably enlarged; originally published in 1910. Scarce: Copac locates only two copies in British and Irish institutional libraries (BL, London Library), OCLC adds a further 11 worldwide. The author notes in his Preface that this new edition was revised in the aftermath of the Third Anglo-Afghan War (1919)... Learn More
    £200

    Stock Code: 110428

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  33. General Gatacre.
    First 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... Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 113922

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  34. i1
    First edition thus. "De Saxe's work is a comprehensive treatise on war. He puts forward his ideal military model, his "legion", and taking issue with the views and practices of his age, he advances many original ideas. However, rather than discussing his military doctrines, the aim of this book is to elucidate the intellectual... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 37954

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  35. 90104comp
    Unbound pre-publication sheets of Churchill's second book, with his holograph corrections, some quite extensive, to 17 pages. Working papers from the early part of Churchill's writing career are exceedingly uncommon. Just one minor correction marked here seems to have been adopted in the published version, but a number were... Learn More
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  36. 116041
    First edition of this uncommon and important biography. Sandeman began his career with the Bengal Infantry in 1856 and was later with Probyn's Horse; during the Mutiny he was at the capture of Lucknow. From 1877 to 1892 he was governor-general's agent for the newly established protectorate of Baluchistan, its headquarters... Learn More
    £200

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  37. 116020
    First edition. "Hutchinson's in-the-scene report offers a detailed account of the many skirmishes and battles which made up this campaign. In comparison to the letters of Churchill of the Malakand Field Force, Hutchinson grasped for detailed while Churchill sought the impression" (Riddick). Learn More
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  38. 116071
    First edition. "In 1897 Lockhart was placed in command of the 40,000 strong Tirah expeditionary force, after Afridis attacked British outposts along the north-west frontier during the most serious outbreak of resistance to British rule in India since the mutiny. During the difficult extended fighting in the inaccessible... Learn More
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  39. British Merchant Shipping.
    First edition, first impression. Includes chapters on marine insurance, accounts and statistics, as well as safety and sanitation at sea. Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 114161

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  40. Bibliotheca Pastorum. Vol. IV. A Knight's Faith.
    First edition of Ruskin's "most sustained commentary on both imperialism and India" (Patrick Brantlinger, "A postindustrial prelude to postcolonialism: John Ruskin, William Morris, and Gandhism", Critical Inquiry, vol. 22, no. 3, p. 470). "The following pages are in substance little more than grouped extracts of some deeply... Learn More
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  41. The Nation at War.
    First edition, trade issue. "March, US Chief of Staff from March 1918, writes critically of Pershing and others in the army high command" (Lengel). There was also a signed limited issue of 350 copies. Learn More
    £150

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  42. The Bloody Traffic.
    First edition, first impression. A look at armaments firms. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 108723

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  43. Towards the Morning.
    First edition, first impression. Author's second instalment to his war diary. Learn More
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  44. Tirah. 1897.
    First edition. Sir Charles Edward Callwell (1859-1928) had one brief - rather unsuccessful - period of field command during the Boer War, 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... Learn More
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  45. Christian Victor: the Story of a Young Soldier.
    Second edition, published in May 1903 (following the first edition of March 1903). Prince Christian Victor of Schleswig-Holstein (1867-1900) was the favourite grandson of Queen Victoria and served in the 60th King's Royal Rifles. He saw action in the Hazara Expedition (1888), the fourth Anglo-Ashanti War (1895), served... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 110678

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  46. Regulations and Instructions.
    Scarce collected edition, comprising the original sheets, of these four handbooks all jointly issued by the Admiralty and the Board of Trade "for official use only". Scarce: just two copies of this iteration traced in libraries (Delft and The Hague); individually the texts are represented by six, five, seven and two copies... Learn More
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  47. Approach March.
    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author "Hugh, in friendship, Julian, 30 November 1974" on the title-page. "Amery's military careermost engagingly described in his autobiography, Approach March (1973)was not highly successful, but it was adventurous, and adventure was something he craved. He was also of... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 109846

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  48. Toes up. A Chronicle of Gay and Doleful Adventures of Alpini and Mules and Wine.
    First edition in English, originally published as Le Scarpe al Sole, Bologna, 1921. "Tales of the Alpini fighting against the Austrians in the Alps" (Lengel). Monelli saw action at Valsugana, Ortigara, and Caporetto, before being taken prisoner and held at the Festung Hohensalzburg. The original Italian title is taken from... Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 111604

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  49. Very Ordinary Seaman.
    First edition, first impression of what is generally considered one of the finest accounts of life at sea in the Second World War. A fictionalised but accurate account, based on the author's experiences in a destroyer on the Murmansk run. Learn More
    £675

    Stock Code: 106289

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  50. Before Daybreak.
    First edition, first impression. From the publisher's archive, with their ink stamp to the title page. The third instalment of the author's war diary. Learn More
    £65

    Stock Code: 108652

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  51. Home Front.
    First edition, first impression. Author's fifth instalment to his war diary. From the publisher's archive, with their ink stamp to front paste down, title page, and front panel of the dust jacket. Learn More
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    Stock Code: 108651

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  52. Towards the Morning.
    First edition, first impression. From the publisher's archive, with their ink stamp to front paste down, title page, and front panel of the dust jacket. The second instalment of the author's war diary. Learn More
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    Stock Code: 108632

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  53. Before Daybreak.
    First edition, first impression. From the publisher's archive, with their ink stamp to front paste down, title page, and front panel of the dust jacket. The third instalment of the author's war diary. Learn More
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    Stock Code: 108631

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  54. With Lord Stratford in the Crimean War.
    First edition, a highly pertinent association copy with the engraved armorial bookplate of Sir William John Codrington (1804-1884) to the front pastedown. Codrington arrived in the Crimea in September 1854 with the rank of major-general, in command of the 1st brigade of the light division. He won the praise of Raglan for... Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 110762

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  55. Some Sea Specialties.
    First edition of what appears to be the first issue of this attractive and unusual promotional publication. Uncommon, three locations for this issue on OCLC, Yale, Columbia and New York Historical Society, and two locations for short broken runs, NYPL with the present issue together with 1902 and 1906, and Texas A & M with... Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 105384

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  56. The Soldier's Art. A Novel.
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "Arthur from Tony. Hands across the sea. Sept. 1966." The recipient was Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., the American historian, writer and political adviser. Schlesinger was a fan of Powell who wrote an essay, "Anthony Powell:... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 109842

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  57. The Future of Infantry.
    First edition, second state. The first in Faber's short-lived Art of War series; the only other title was Fuller's Generalship of the same year. In a short piece adapted from a lecture given at Southern Command in the winter of 1931 the author argues that, following the horrors of the First World War, the infantry still... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 105711

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  58. His Britannic Majesty's Army in Germany during the Seven Years War.
    Second edition, a limited edition reprint, this 18/500 copies, of the 1966 OUP edition. Remains the definitive account of the campaigns fought by the Marquis of Granby's British force with Prince Ferdinand of Brunswick's army in the German theatre. Sir Reginald Savory was a career soldier with the British Indian Army (1914-50),... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 106167

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  59. The 16th Foot.
    First edition, first impression, uncommon in the dust jacket. The 16th Foot - nicknamed The Feather Beds, "a play on the standard abbreviation for the county of Bedfordshire and in reference to the regiment's period without active service from 1808 in Surinam until the Chitral Expedition of 1895" (Sutcliffe) - was raised... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 104606

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  60. After War.
    First English edition, first impression, of this second novel (originally published as "Nachkrieg" (1930), the sequel to "Krieg" (1928), or War (1929)), by "Ludwig Renn", pseudonym of Arnold Friedrich Vieth von Golßenau (1889-1979), the aristocratic German novelist who later joined the Communist party in 1928, was arrested... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 104593

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