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  1. 131538comp
    First edition, first printing, trade issue. Presentation copy, inscribed by Eisenhower on the half-title "For Miss Marguerite Nelson with best wishes Dwight D. Eisenhower", along with Eisenhower's personal 5-star compliments slip, inscribed "For Miss Marguerite Nelson with best wishes and a very Merry Christmas. Dwight D.... Learn More
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  2. 133223
    First edition of this detailed account of the first Italo-Ethiopian War, profusely annotated and corrected by the author in 1935, in preparation for the second edition, published the same year, very certainly on the occasion of the Second Italo-Ethiopian War. The author's corrections are in ink, pencil, and crayon, and include... Learn More
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    First edition, first impression of Holmes's account of The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment in Iraq, drawing on" testimonies of officers and soldiers... to capture in dramatic detail the day-to-day experience of soldiering" (blurb). This copy signed on the front free endpaper by Holmes, General Sir Michael Jackson, CGS... Learn More
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    All first editions. A nice group of titles presented to the military historian Sir Francis Tuker by the author. The first inscribed, "To F.S. Tuker from B.H. Liddell Hart, January 1945"; the second with tipped-in one-page typed letter signed, "Dear Tuker", enclosing the book and noting that it was written in 1944 but not... Learn More
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    First edition, inscribed on behalf of the author in an elegantly flourished secretarial hand on the blank before the frontispiece: "To John Houseman Esqr. with every sentiment of Regard by his friend & humble servant, the author". Beatty (1773-1842) was ship's surgeon on the Victory at Trafalgar; he "joined the navy at an... Learn More
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    First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed in the year of publication on the front free endpaper, "For Marguerite - who understands the search. from Anne - March 1955", and additionally signed by the author in full on the title page. In Gift from the Sea Lindbergh "wrote about balancing personal needs, social... Learn More
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    First edition, subsequent issue with the "Awarded Nobel Peace Prize 1959" wraparound. Signed to front free endpaper "Phillip Noel-Baker 26th March 1960". Offering a vision of nuclear control through international agreements, the work won Noel-Baker the Nobel Peace Prize, culminating a lifetime of pacifist activity. Learn More
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  8. 126588comp
    A prominent member of the..."> First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Auntie Townshend. With love, from Rebecca". The recipient was Emily Townshend, one of the "Girton Five", the first students at the newly founded women's' college at Cambridge in 1869.
    A prominent member of the... Learn More
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  9. 127149
    Scarce, OCLC lists six locations. "Gurkha Reid" served under Charles Napier in the Sind campaign. He took control of the Sirmoor battalion of Gurkhas during the Mutiny, who proved their loyalty through their actions in Meerut and were in the fourth column of the 14th September assault on Delhi. After being wounded during... Learn More
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  10. Going Solo.
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the half-title, "Stephen & Rhona, Happy Christmas, Roald Dahl, 1986". Learn More
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    First edition, signed by Admiral Sir Edward Parry on the first page, in his role as Director of Naval Intelligence. A scarce restricted government publication with 180 copies on the distribution list, 4 locations on OCLC and none on Copac. This is a comprehensive report on the Nazi Operation "Sealion", the planned German... Learn More
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  12. 131741comp
    First edition of this privately printed and "hair-raising" Mutiny narrative (Richard Holmes), inscribed on the front free endpaper by the author's son: "from T. Gavin Jones, Sept. 1916". This is a slim but important civilian first-hand account, recounting Jones's "harrowing flight with a hapless band of missionaries, indigo-planters... Learn More
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  13. Seven Pillars of Wisdom, a triumph.
    One of the Cranwell or "Subscriber's" edition of 211 copies, this one of 170 "complete copies", inscribed by Lawrence on p. XIX "Complete copy. 1.XII.26 TES", with one manuscript correction to the illustration list, a "K" identifying Kennington rather than Roberts as the artist responsible for "The gad-fly". This copy is... Learn More
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  14. 65880detail
    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... Learn More
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    First Macmilllan edition of the "Abridged and Revised Edition" in one volume, first issued by Thornton Butterworth in February 1931. Presentation copy from Churchill, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "Inscribed by Winston S. Churchill for S. C. Dyke, May 1942"; with a typed letter signed tipped to the front pastedown:... Learn More
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    First editions, first impressions; volumes III and V presentation copies from Churchill to Douglas McGarel Hogg, each inscribed on the blank before the half-title, respectively: "To Douglas McGarel Hogg, from Winston S Churchill 3. 3. 27", and "Douglas, from Winston S. C". Volume III inscribed on the day of publication,... Learn More
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    First and sole edition, first impression, inscribed by the author on the verso of the front wrapper, "Ian Hope Simpson, Robert Graves, 1925". John Barclay (Ian) Hope Simpson (1905-1989) was the son of Sir John Hope Simpson, British Liberal politician and author of the first global history of the modern refugee. In the year... Learn More
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  18. A Brief Record of The Advance of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force
    First edition, cloth-bound issue, more commonly found in buff paper wrappers, O'Brien commenting that only "a few copies" were bound in cloth. A "collaborator's copy" bearing the name of Lieutenant-Colonel G. E. Badcock on the official compliments slip pasted to the front free endpaper, which is signed by the editor Lieutenant-Colonel... Learn More
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    First and only edition, limited to 120 signed copies, this copy numbered 10 at the limitation leaf and in pencil on all plates; the printing-plates were destroyed on completion of the edition. Inevitably highly uncommon, just 8 locations on OCLC. This copy inscribed on the second blank; "à Raoul Dufy en toute sympathie,... Learn More
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    First editions, first impressions, trade issue, inscribed by the author in vol. IV on the front free endpaper, "To Craigavon, from Winston Churchill. August 1938". The recipient was James Craig, 1st Viscount Craigavon (1871-1940), and the first Prime Minister of Northern Ireland. Churchill was grateful for the Ulster loyalist... Learn More
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  21. 122974
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy from Philip Morrell to Kaiser Wilhelm, with extensive annotations written in English by the Kaiser. Together with an autograph postcard signed from Kaiser Wilhelm, Doorn, 1931, to Philip Morrell, written in English in purple pencil across the whole of the back of the postcard... Learn More
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  22. 116877
    Exemplary pre-Revolutionary War military document, linking two men with extensive service during the period. Joseph Cilley (1734-99) was born in Nottingham, New Hampshire, son of Captain Joseph Cilley of the Isle of Shoals. Cilley served as an officer in the American Revolution and earlier, in 1758 seeing action in the... Learn More
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  23. 118190
    First edition in book form, first impression, presentation inscription from the author, "For Morton White? from Isaiah with love 1964". The essay was originally published in The Atlantic Monthly and The Cornhill Magazine in 1949 as a review of the first volume of Churchill's The Second World War. In it Berlin defends Churchill's... Learn More
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  24. 121953
    A pair of fascinating, extensively annotated maps used in the field by an officer serving with the 81st "Wildcat" Division of the American Expeditionary Forces during the closing months of the Great War, in particular the Meuse-Argonne offensive of September-November 1918, a brutal encounter in which the AEF suffered casualties... Learn More
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    First Aviation Book Club edition. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page "To Captain D. Mason with great sympathy Willy Coppens de Houthulst May 1971". Loosely inserted is a slip of paper on which is typed "Sorry to say that John Hamilton Ltd, the English Publisher, cheated in publishing DAYS ON THE... Learn More
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    First and only edition, limited to 40 copies for personal distribution by Viscount Carlow, founder of the Corvinus Press, as a Christmas gift, this copy inscribed on the presentation leaf "For Eileen, from Carlow, 1938". The text was printed verbatim from the original manuscript, which is now in the National Maritime Museum... Learn More
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  27. 118288comp
    First edition. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author "For Elizabeth, this memory of her wonderful father, with love from Cecil Aspinall Oglander, Oct 1951" on the initial blank, with the publisher's printed compliments slip ("Sent at the author's request") laid in. Elizabeth has annotated two pages (8 and 441) in the... Learn More
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    First edition. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author "To F. L. Megson, Recalling old friends & 'Rather long ago', C. J. Wilson" on the front free endpaper. Wilson was regimental medical officer in the EAMR. The recipient was soldier and colonial administrator Forrest Loudon Megson (1894-1977): sometime executive officer... Learn More
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  29. 120865
    First edition, first impression, 2nd Corps commander Sir Horace Smith-Dorrien's copy, with his ownership inscription in blue pencil to the front board and his annotations to some 20 pages, of this extremely detailed stage-by-stage account of the first major action of the British Expedition Force (BEF) in the First World... Learn More
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  30. 120861comp
    First edition, first impression, with the rare dust jacket, and inscribed by the author, "To my friend George Roberts, most grateful for his assistance & encouragement, from the author, Albert G. Stern, Feb. 1920". "Several important books have been written on tanks, but this work of Sir Albert Stern's is unlikely to be... Learn More
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  31. 120303
    First edition, presentation copy of the posthumously-edited memoirs of Stapleton Cotton, 1st Viscount Combermere, soldier and colonial administrator best-remembered for his actions in the Peninsular War and later as commander-in-chief of India, a post he held from 1825 to 1830. With an autograph letter signed from the author... Learn More
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    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "To Stephen Foot in memory of 1914-18 from the author E. D. Swinton Feb. 1939". Swinton (1868-1951) was appointed by Kitchener in September 1914 as the official war correspondent for the British Army, under the pseudonym... Learn More
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    The Conquest of Scinde.

    Edinburgh and London: 1846

    First edition, presentation copy of Outram's account of the controversial annexation of Sind, inscribed "With the author's Complements" on the half-title of volume 1, probably in a secretarial hand. Having been specifically requested by Napier as commissioner for the treaty terms, Outram came to identify so closely with... Learn More
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  34. Goliath and David.
    First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed by Graves's father on behalf of the author to Henry Newbolt (1862-1938), the English poet and writer, on the title page: "Sir Henry Newbolt, from his admirer the author, via his father Alfred Perceval Graves. March 9th, 1917. Captain, 3rd Batt., Royal Welch Fusiliers".... Learn More
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  35. Img1
    First and only edition, limited to 120 signed copies, this copy numbered 106 at the limitation leaf and on all plates; the printing-plates were destroyed on completion of the edition. Inevitably highly uncommon, just 8 locations on OCLC. Superb suite depicting off-duty scenes on the British Front including "Les Tambours... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 108171

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  36. 115137
    Rare comprehensive hand-over report signed in holograph by Air Marshal Sir Guy Garrod in a covering letter to Lord Tedder, relinquishing his command as C-in-C RAF Mediterranean and Middle East, and giving a very detailed strategic-level overview of the conclusion of the Allied air offensive in the Mediterranean theatre.... Learn More
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  37. Hiroshima.
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "Dear Charlotte Chapman: Thanks for all the protection, and all the forwarding, and all the phoning. Put this away somewhere in the fervent hope that you've heard the last of it. Best, John Hersey Nov. 46". An excellent... Learn More
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  38. Caucasian Battlefields.
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "To George R. Pope, with regards from one of the joint-authors, W. E. D. Allen. 18 June 1956". From the library of the distinguished author and authority on The Great Game, Peter Hopkirk (1930-2014), with his neat book label. The work... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 113956

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  39. Seymour Vandeleur, the Story of a British Officer.
    First edition, number 84 of 150 copies initialled by the author on the limitation leaf. A most attractive publication; a trade edition was published by Heinemann the following year. Vandeleur (1869-1901) was born in County Clare to a prominent soldiering family. He served in the conquest of Nigeria, in Uganda during the... Learn More
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  40. i1
    First and only edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author, "P. A. O'Brien With the compliments of The Author 6.XI.19" towards the head of the title and dated March 1917 (presumably the date of publication) beneath the pseudonymous author's printed name. Loosely inserted is a carbon copy of a letter sent to the recipient... Learn More
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  41. The Life and Correspondence of Henry St. George Tucker.
    Family presentation copy of the second edition, inscribed by Henry Tucker's wife on the title page, "Clarice Elizabeth Tucker, from her affection mother Jane Tucker, 1859", in a superior binding with the gilt supralibros of the Tucker family to both covers. "In 1786 Tucker 1771/2-1851 sailed to Calcutta as a midshipman on... Learn More
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  42. Napoleon.

    Napoleon.

    Boston and New York: 1904-7

    First edition, presentation copy, warmly inscribed by the author in the first three volumes to his cousin, the orientalist Alice Getty, author of The Gods of Northern Buddhism (1914). In the first, "Miss Alice E. Getty with the cousinly greetings of the Author, Xmas 1905", in the second, "Miss Alice Getty with the warm regards... Learn More
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    First edition. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on a blank before the half-title: "Monsieur Albert Dunant de la part de l'auteur", apparently in a secretarial hand. An excellent familial association: Albert Dunant was a state councillor for the canton of Geneva; this copy also carries his attractive etched bookplate... Learn More
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  44. Remembering Kut.
    First edition, signed copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "Dorina Lockhart Neave, 26 April 1937". The terrible four-month siege of Kut in Mesopotamia, now Iraq, "was, arguably, Britain's worse military defeat since the surrender of Cornwallis's army in 1781 during the American Revolutionary War" (Patrick... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 110481

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  45. The Indian Mutiny.
    First and only edition, extremely uncommon, Copac shows Oxford only, OCLC adds copies at the universities of Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Carefully researched and well written digested history of the Mutiny published for officers attempting to pass Staff College. The spectacular folding table, which opens 725 x 335 mm, offers... Learn More
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  46. General Grivas on Guerrilla Warfare.
    First US edition in English, uncommon, this translation first published as Guerrilla Warfare and EOKA's struggle: a politico-military study (London 1964); issued first in the original Greek as Agon EOKA kai Antartopolemos (Athens 1964). Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the half-title verso: "Freely given to:... Learn More
    £350

    Stock Code: 107270

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  47. Krim-Girai, Khan of the Crimea.
    First edition, a very pleasing association copy, inscribed "With the Translator's love" on the first blank and with the bookplate of Lord Raglan to the front pastedown. Richard Henry FitzRoy Somerset, second baron Raglan, was married to Eliot's cousin, Susan Caroline. His father, recently deceased at the time of presentation,... Learn More
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  48. The Golden Carpet; The Silver Crescent.
    First editions, each in a signed edition limited of 300 copies of which just 30 were in the full binding as here, copies 16 and 25 respectively. De Chair was Intelligence Officer with "Kingcol", a Flying Column of less than 1,500 men under the Command of Brig.-Gen. Kingstone. This tiny force was sent from Palestine to Baghdad... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 105498

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  49. The History of H.M. Navigation School, 1729-1926.
    Carbon copy typescript of an interesting history, later printed in The Naval Review (1926, volume 4, issue 14, pp. 792-820); the original is at the Royal United Services Institution (finding reference: RUSI/NM/159). The only copy held in other public institutions is that at the Australian Defence Force Academy Library but... Learn More
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  50. Naval Administrations 1827 to 1892.
    First edition, uncommon. Presentation copy from the editor, inscribed on the front pastedown endpaper: "To Dear Adml Sir John Jellicoe KCVO, Gartmore 1908". The author, Sir John Henry Briggs (1808-1897), was the eldest son of the naval administrator Sir John Thomas Briggs. 1908 was an important year for Jellicoe, because... Learn More
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  51. i1
    First edition. Presentation copy, inscribed by Cunynghame "From the author, to Dr. Heldermaier" on the half-title of the first volume: Dr Heldermaier is recorded as the headmaster of Worksop School in Nottinghamshire. Cunynghame (1812-1884), the son of a Scottish baronet and the illegitimate daughter of Edward Thurlow, the... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 112176

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  52. History of the 6th Cavalry Brigade 1914-1919.
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on a preliminary blank: "From the Author, 14 Jan: 20". Also present: the signed ("D. Haig") original typescript of Haig's Foreword (2 leaves, dated 15th August 1919, on GHQ letterhead); an autograph letter signed from Haig's private secretary Lieutenant-Colonel... Learn More
    £350

    Stock Code: 106246

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  53. Pen and Ink Sketches of the Life of a "Griffin" in India.
    The misadventures of a newly-arrived "Griffin" or young military officer in India in the mid-nineteenth century - drunken sports in the Mess, misunderstandings of local customs, outflankings by native servants, all very good-humoured and self-deprecatory. Similar to Charles D'Oyly's Tom Raw for the earlier part of the century.... Learn More
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  54. Hicks Pasha and the Government:
    First edition, uncommon, just 6 copies on Copac, OCLC adds just one copy in the Netherlands, no copies in the USA. This copy inscribed, "With the Author's Compts., Dunlugas, 9 Aug. 1884". Defence of the conduct of Hicks Pasha in the "débâcle" (ODNB) at Kashgil, referred to as either Battle of El Obeid, or the Battle of... Learn More
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  55. The Mahdi of Allah.
    First English edition and the first edition with Churchill's introduction, originally published in German in the same year under the title Die Derwischtrommel (The Dervish Drum). Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on a preliminary blank: "To Sir Henry Wellcome in admiration of his great Research and Archaeological... Learn More
    £975

    Stock Code: 100315

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  56. Strike from the Sky.
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the title page: "To Johnnie Johnson, with respect and every good wish, Dick Hallion May 1991." From the library of James Edgar Johnnie Johnson (1915-2001), wartime Spitfire ace. Learn More
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    Stock Code: 90817

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  57. Arms and the Covenant.
    First edition, only printing. Presentation copy to Admiral Sir Dudley Pound, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To 1SL First Sea Lord from WSC, 28.3.40." Churchill began to write "Admiral" and then scratched out the first two letters, deciding to use instead Pound's abbreviated title, and signing just... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 74244

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  58. 44140
    Signed or autograph material by Malan is extremely uncommon. This substantial letter also boasts excellent content and Battle of Britain associations. Here he writes to Alan Deere, a fellow Spitfire pilot who served in the Battle of France and the Battle of Britain, accumulating 22 kills, and who was a Wing Commander at... Learn More
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  59. 42976comp
    A scattering..."> Extremely uncommon collection of the clear- and far-sighted memoranda on naval discipline of a long-serving sailor described by Lord Keith as this "deep-thinking and hard-fighting officer." This copy inscribed on the front pastedown, "From Patton to Mr. Ferguson?", the conclusion of the inscription erased.
    A scattering... Learn More
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  60. Valour Triumphs.
    First Edition. This copy inscribed on the half-title by General Raina, Colonel of the Regiment who contributes the Foreword, to Brigadier A.L. Fowler who commanded D Company of the Regiment in the Battle of Kangchaw in Arakan, pp.131-2. Raina's compliments slip paper-clipped to the half-title. Learn More
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