Naval & Military History
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VANSITTART, Robert Gilbert, Lord. The German Octopus.
London : First edition, first impression, of Vansittart's pamphlet advocating a draconian post-war policy towards Germany and the other Axis powers, supporting the permanent disarmament of the country and the punishment of German businesses. An interesting example of the hardline position towards Germany which many were advocating for, right to the top of the... Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 146829
LAWRENCE, T. E. Seven Pillars of Wisdom.
London : 1935First trade edition, limited issue, number 182 of 750 numbered copies issued in this quarter pigskin binding, alongside a cheaper issue bound in cloth. This first trade edition was preceded only by the unprocurable Oxford Times edition of 1922 (of which there were just eight copies printed), and the sumptuous 1926 Cranwell edition (limited to 211 copies).... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 146586
CLIVE, Lewis. The People's Army.
London : 1938First edition, first printing; the publisher's retained copy, with their stamp to half-title. Lewis sets out to formulate for the Opposition Labour Party a credible policy of army reform, with higher pay for soldiers, appointment on merit not money, and increased liberty in all ranks. Labour leader Clement Attlee contributes the introduction, writing... Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 146572
LAWRENCE, T. E. Secret Despatches from Arabia.
[Waltham St Lawrence] : 1939Limited edition, number 442 of 1,000 numbered copies, printed in Eric Gill's Perpetua type on handmade paper. Loosely iserted in this copy is the publisher's advertising prospectus noting that "to avoid disappointment, intending subscribers are requested to place their orders, with remittance, early".
"The majority of Lawrence's contributions... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 146262
LAWRENCE, T. E. The Diary, MCMXI.
London : 1937First and limited edition, no. 92 of 206 numbered copies, of which only 150 were for sale. This "most ambitious and handsome volume published by the Corvinus Press" (O'Brien) prints the diary kept by Lawrence during his walking tour of Syria in 1911. "After graduating from Oxford with a First in History, Lawrence was employed, through the influence... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 143516
WORLD WAR I - JOU, Louis. Nos héros.
1915First and sole edition, number 4 of 100 copies, each plate signed and numbered in pencil by the artist (also numbered on the mount) and with nine additional plates in a different state, a number annotated by Jou. A superb series of deeply affecting but little known prints, and a major contribution to the iconography of the Great War.
Louis Jou... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 122352
LAWRENCE, T. E. Revolt in the Desert.
London : 1927First edition, third impression, presentation copy, inscribed by the illustrator "To Brendy, Feb. 22. 1927, from Eric H. Kennington" on the front free endpaper, with an original sketch by Kennington of a baby's face with a halo and angel wings. With a laid-in slip of Kennington's letterhead inscribed by his wife Celandine "To dear Brendy with ever-growing... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 116543
HEMINGWAY, Ernest. The Spanish Earth.
Cleveland : 1938First edition, limited issue, number 142 of 1,000 copies printed. This is the rarer first state, with illustrated endpapers, of which Grissom notes there were 50 to 100 copies printed; the second state had plain paper endpapers and Jasper Wood's printed disclaimer on the rear pastedown. The alteration took place after Hemingway protested about the display... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 145995
CARDWELL, Edward, viscount. Army (Infantry Equipment). Return to an Address of the Honourable the House of Commons, dated 6 August 1870. Copies of the Reports made by Major General Eyre's Committee on Infantry Equipment to the Secretary of State for War:
London : 1871First and only edition of this important, extensive and in depth review and report on the damaging effects that 'the present system of drill and accoutrements' (i.e. uniform, kit, knapsacks, weaponry etc), was recognised as having upon the health of newly recruited soldiers, leading in particular to a prevalence of lung and heart disease. Uncommon,... Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 145405
LAWRENCE, Sir Henry - EDWARDES, Sir Herbert B., & Herman Merivale. Life of Sir Henry Lawrence.
London : 1872First edition of the first biography of one of the foremost British figures in 19th-century India, Sir Henry Lawrence (1806-1857), killed in 1857 during the defence of Lucknow, which, due to his "great skill and foresight" was properly prepared; he is "best remembered for his administrative ability, his energy, his sympathies with the native aristocracy,... Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 142107
GREIG, Alexander. Fate of the Blenden Hall.
New York : 1847First and sole edition of this scarce shipwreck narrative, this copy in a variant binding with a foliate frame in blind to covers. The Blenden Hall was a 450 ton cargo ship chartered by the British East India Company to make frequent voyages between the UK and India. Under the command of Captain Alexander Greig, who was accompanied by his son, the author,... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 139974
SPIELMANN, Isidore. The Germans as Others See Them.
[London : 1917First and only edition of this open letter from the British civil engineer, Sir Isidore Spielmann (1854-1925), to the influential German journalist and editor of the newspaper Die Zukunft (The Future), Maximilian Harden (1861-1927), which Spielmann calls "one of the few sane men now in Germany" (p. 3). Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 146002
MILITARY. Millan's Universal Register of Court and City-Offices, Army and Navy &c.
London : 1763A very well preserved copy of this handsomely presented compendious pocket reference, this example as offered on the title page "bound 3s with an Almanack and Succession of Colonels"; Rider's British Merlin present bound immediately after the engraved regimental and militia lists, the succession at the rear. In it's time an expensive little volume probably... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 145216
ZIETEN, Hans Joachim von. BLUMENTHAL, Louise Johanne Leopoldine von. The Life of General de Zieten,
Berlin : 1803First edition in English, first German edition Berlin, 1797. Biography of the great Prussian cavalry general and confidante of Frederick the Great. After the Seven Years' War in which he distinguished himself at Leuthen and Torgau, Zieten retired to his estate at Wustrau in Brandenburg-Preussen where his niece assembled the materials for this memoir.... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 145557
VEGETIUS RENATUS, Flavius. De re militari libri quatuor.
Paris : 1553Fifth Wechel edition, the fourth illustrated, of the Scriptores rei militaris (The writers of the art of war), which gathers the work of four Roman authors, Vegetius, Frontinus, Aelianus, and Modestus. The superb woodcuts were copied from Heinrich Steiner's 1529 Augsburg edition and first used by Wechel in 1532. This copy carries an appealing ancien... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 145044
ROYAL AIR FORCE; WORLD WAR TWO. …So Few. A folio dedicated to all who fought and won the Battle of Britain, 10th July - 31st October 1940.
London : 1990-5First editions, deluxe signed issues, both volumes number 96 of 401 copies, each containing 25 superb colour silhouette portraits of distinguished RAF pilots from Britain and the Commonwealth, all signed by both the pilot and artist Michael Pierce, and with his embossed stamp. Additionally signed in the edition by six members of the creative and design... Learn More£9,500.00
Stock Code: 145852
MARSEILLE, Hans-Joachim. Signed photographic postcard of a Messerschmidt Me 109.
Germany : c. 1940Signed on verso "H. J. Marseille, Obl Oberleutnant". Hans-Joachim Marseille (1919-1942)), nicknamed "Stern von Afrika" (Star of Africa), was the leading German fighter ace in the Western Desert, described by the distinguished American historian Dennis Showlater as "one of history's great fighter pilots" (quoted in Heaton & Lewis, The Star of Africa:... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 130987
GÖRING, Hermann. Signed photographic postcard by Röhr of Magdeburg.
MagdeburgFine image signed "Göring" across lower portion of image, showing Göring three-quarter length, facing left, in full Luftwaffe uniform as Generalfeldmarschall, holding baton. With typed letter signed by a secretary at Göring's ministry acknowledging the recipient's request for a signed picture (Ministerpräsident Generalobesrt Göring letterhead,... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 130984
LINDBERGH, Charles. "We".
New York and London : 1927Author's Autograph Edition, number 751 of 1,000 copies signed by the author and on behalf of the publishers, retaining the rare glassine and box. Lindbergh's autobiography provides a well-illustrated account of the life of one of the century's greatest adventurers, the first man to complete a solo non-stop transatlantic flight. With two publisher's... Learn More£4,000.00
Stock Code: 146015
CHURCHILL, Winston S. The World Crisis.
London : 1923-31First editions, first impressions. Working with astonishing speed and energy, Churchill produced this mammoth history of the First World War in the aftermath of electoral defeat. The work deals with his reorganization of the Royal Navy in the years leading up to the War, defends his Gallipoli policy, and criticises Haig's strategy.
John Buchan... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 145874
ATATÜRK - DENY, Jean. Souvenirs du Gâzi Moustafa Kemâl Pacha.
Paris : 1927First edition, an offprint from the Revue des Etudes Islamiques, decidedly scarce in commerce, and although well-represented institutionally, Library Hub cites only two copies in Britain (Cambridge and Eton). This is an early memoir of Atatürk, translated by Deny from the autobiographical anecdotes published in the government newspapers Milliyet and... Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 144804
FOWLER, John S. Extracts from the Diary of John S. Fowler, R. E.: Chitral 1895.
Dublin : 1897Superbly provenanced first and sole edition of this rare eye-witness account by Lieutenant-General Sir John Sharman Fowler (1864-1939), then a lieutenant with the Royal Engineers, who played a notable role in the Chitral campaign, an incident of the Great Game that became a considerable cause célèbre. This copy bearing the ownership inscription of... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 144711
KEROUAC, Jack - MALLIOL, William. A Sense of Dark.
New York : 1968First edition, first printing, of this anti-war novel, inscribed on the first blank "Happy Birthday to my Brother-in-Law John, Jack Kerouac", and with a signed letter of provenance from Jeffrey Weinberg (bookseller), dated 1983, stating that this copy was given to Kerouac by the publisher's agent for a possible review.
The recipient was John... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 144437
KEATE, Thomas. Observations on the Fifth Report of the Commissioners of Military Enquiry.
London : 1808First and only edition of Keate's justification of his conduct against what he considered the unwarranted criticisms of the commission. Uncommon, with less than a dozen copies located institutionally world-wide. An excellent copy with an attractive provenance, coming from the Mount Stewart library of General Charles Stewart, 3rd marquess of Londonderry,... Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 144132
WORLD WAR II; SHIPBUILDING. Photographic Archive of Dravo Corporation ship launches during World War II.
Wilmington, DE & Pittsburgh, PA : 1942-5A remarkable archive of 113 silver gelatin photographs chronicling the launches of the complete range of vessels produced by the company during the war years - Destroyer Escorts (DE), Landing Ship Tanks (LST), Landing Ship Medium (LSM), Minelayers, Submarine Chasers, Barges, and even floating dry-docks. Many of the images include group portraits of... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 136238
ANGLO-SIKH WARS. Journal of the Voyage to and Travels in India of Captain Joseph Hind, 26th Bengal Native Light Infantry.
Belfast : 1914First and only edition, extremely uncommon with just a single copy traced at the University of Minnesota. The journal was compiled at the time from Hind's letters by his sister Amelia and was lost for some years before rediscovery in 1914. "Our father was only a young man of nineteen years of age when he went to join his Regiment in India, and therefore... Learn More£425.00
Stock Code: 132795
MUDFORD, William. An Historical Account of the Campaign in the Netherlands,
London : 1817First edition, a superior copy in an elegant period binding, beautifully hand-coloured, with pre-publication watermarks (William Balston 1814 or Whatman; Abbey's copy bearing those of J. Whatman 1816).
A superb visual record of the field of Waterloo after the battle, illustrating scenes at Mont St Jean, La Haye Sainte, La Belle Alliance, Hougoumont,... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 130174
LAWRENCE, T. E. Revolt in the Desert.
London : 1927First edition, large paper issue, number 281 of 315 numbered copies, of which 300 were for sale.
The costs for production of the 1926 Seven Pillars of Wisdom had ballooned to such an extent that Lawrence was contemplating selling either his library or some of his property to clear the debt. Eventually he settled on the publication of an abridgement,... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 145706
GAUNT, Admiral Sir Guy. The Yield of the Years.
London and Melbourne : 1940First edition of this uncommon account of counter-intelligence work in America during the First World War.
Born in Ballarat in 1869, Gaunt "was intended for the law but pleaded to go to sea. His father could only afford to send him to H.M.S. Worcester, the training ship for officers of the merchant navy; he soon transferred to the Royal Naval... Learn More£475.00
Stock Code: 143845
CHURCHILL, Winston S. Lord Randolph Churchill.
London and New York : 1906First edition, first impression. Churchill had it in mind to write a biography of his father soon after Lord Randolph's death in January 1895, and was appointed by the late statesman's literary executors to do so in autumn 1902. Churchill worked on the biography, his most substantial literary project so far, for the next two and a half years.
The... Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 125588
CHURCHILL, Winston S. The River War.
London, New York and Bombay : 1899First edition, first impression, second state - minor typographic error (second inverted comma missing after THE 'LONDON GAZETTE') corrected on p. 459 of volume II - of Churchill's second book, preceded only by The Story of the Malakand Field Force (1898), "2000 copies published on 6 November 1899" (Woods). It includes, of course, his account of the... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 94904
JAMES, William. The Moral Equivalent of War.
New York : 1910First separate edition (originally published in McClure's Magazine and Popular Science Monthly). James argues that if war is to be eliminated, there must be another means of securing discipline and promoting other martial virtues, and he suggests conscripting youth for manual labour. The Association published pamphlets with a pacifist theme; this is... Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 145846
CHURCHILL, Winston S. The Second World War.
London : First edition of the Chartwell Edition, the first illustrated edition of Churchill's masterly account of the Second World War, here in the publisher's deluxe quarter morocco binding, issued at a higher cost than the standard red cloth binding and notably scarcer.
The Chartwell Edition, incorporating Churchill's final revisions and adding illustrations,... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 145389
EISENHOWER, Dwight D. Crusade in Europe.
Garden City, NY : 1948First edition, the handsomely produced signed limited issue, number 1,210 of 1,426 copies signed by Eisenhower on the leaf that prints his D-Day message to the troops. Copies in the original acetate jacket are certainly uncommon.
Crusade in Europe made Eisenhower a rich man, "becoming one of the most widely translated and sold books of all time.... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 145701
CHURCHILL, Winston. Into Battle.
London : 1943Tenth edition, presentation issue, inscribed by the author on the first blank: "To Monsieur V. V. Tilea With best wishes from Winston S. Churchill 1946". The recipient Viorel Virgil Tilea (1896-1972) was the Romanian Government-in-exile's representative in London during the war, making this a particularly appropriate volume to have been presented at... Learn More£8,500.00
Stock Code: 145711
MILITARY DRILL MANUAL. An Abridgment of the English Military Discipline.
London : 1682Scarce early edition of the "first official drill manual of the English standing army" (Childs), originally printed in 1676 and reissued a number of times before the close of the century. Instructions are clear and accessible a vital prerequisite for the handling of unwieldy pike and shot formations, although this was the twilight of their battlefield... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 144941
BRUCE, Alexander. The Institutions of Military Law, Ancient and Modern:
Edinburgh : 1717First edition of this important work, "an early landmark in the separation of military and civil law" (Higham, p. 128); it is decidedly uncommon on the open market, with two copies only on auctions records (appearing in 2014 and 1965). Bruce (d. 1729) was a Scottish lawyer and his work "shows considerable learning and acquaintance with continental jurists"... Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 144945
POPHAM, Sir Home. Telegraphic Signals;
London : 1812First issued privately by Popham in 1801, this is the first edition published with Admiralty approval. Popham's was the first fully-developed, comprehensive flag signalling system for the Navy, an immensely important innovation. A superb copy of this very uncommon book: Library Hub locates only the BL copy, OCLC adds copies at the National Maritime... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 143641
CHURCHILL, Winston S. The Hinge of Fate.
Boston : 1950First US edition, first printing, signed by Churchill on the front free endpaper. The Hinge of Fate was the fourth volume in Churchill's celebrated Second World War series, published in six volumes in all. This volume covers 1942: "I have called this The Hinge of Fate because in it we turn from almost uninterrupted disaster to almost unbroken success.... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 111216
JAPAN - PEARCE, Walter. [Manuscript title:] Abstract Log of "USS Wyoming" maintained by Ensign Walter Pearce.
At sea : 1861-64Fascinating Civil War naval log maintained by Ensign Walter Pearce during service aboard the USS Wyoming and incorporating his important eye-witness account of the action in the Shimonoseki Straits on 16 July 1863, the first clash between the US Navy and Japanese vessels.
At the opening of the Civil War the Wyoming, a wooden-hulled screw sloop,... Learn More£20,000.00
Stock Code: 129594
INDIA; NORTH-WEST FRONTIER. Official History of Operations on the N.-W. Frontier of India 1920-35.
Delhi : 1945First and sole edition, one of 750 copies only and consequently singularly uncommon. Complete in three parts, this typically comprehensive official report covers the period from the dispersal of the Derajat Column in 1920 - following a bloody 12-week incursion into Waziristan - to the Mohmand Campaign of 1935, the latter led by brigadiers Claude Auchinleck... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 144926
CHURCHILL, Winston S. The Second World War.
London : 1948-54First UK editions, first impressions, of Churchill's masterpiece, the single most important historical account of the Second World War, and a major factor in Churchill being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953.
As Max Beloff observed, there was no statesman of the 20th century "whose retrospective accounts of the great events in which... Learn More£400.00
Stock Code: 110088
CHURCHILL, Winston S. The Second World War.
London : First edition of the Chartwell Edition, the first illustrated edition of Churchill's masterly account of the Second World War. The Chartwell Edition, incorporating Churchill's final revisions and adding illustrations, was produced upon the completion of the Second World War series, which Churchill had published in six volumes between 1948 and 1954.... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 145433
COSMETATOS, S. P. P. The Tragedy of Greece.
London : 1928First UK edition, first impression, decidedly uncommon; a superbly provenanced copy: inscribed by the author in Greek on the front free endpaper to the prime minister of Greece, Stafanos Skouloudis, "To the honourable and dear Mr. Stefanos Skouloudis in memory of common national struggles, S. P. Phocas Cosmetatos, London 26th October 1928".
Skouloudis... Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 144795
REMARQUE, Erich Maria. All Quiet on the Western Front.
London : March 1929First edition in English, first impression, in the first state jacket with "German Opinions" on the front flap.
The present UK edition of the work preceded the US edition by three months. Originally serialised in the Vossische Zeitung in late 1928, Remarque's elegy to the generation that had been "destroyed by war, even though it might have... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 145307
NELSON, Horatio, Viscount Nelson - CHARNOCK, John. Biographical Memoirs of Lord Viscount Nelson, &c. &c. &c.
London : 1806First edition of the first significant post-Trafalgar life of Nelson (the frontispiece is dated 7 January 1806), preceding the better known biographies by Clarke and McArthur (1809) and Robert Southey (1813) and an important milestone in the creation of the Nelson mythos, this an attractive copy in the original boards.
Charnock was prompted... Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 116665
KINGLAKE, Alexander William. The Invasion of the Crimea:
Edinburgh and London : 1863-87First editions throughout. A handsomely bound set.
Kinglake was in the Crimea in 1854, "witnessed the battle of the Alma from close hand, dined that night with Lord Raglan... helped the wounded, sketched and recorded the scenes in his diary. Kinglake rode with the allies towards Sevastopol and watched them take up siege positions on upland to... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 145242
GURNEY, Ivor. Severn & Somme.
London : 1917First edition, first impression, of the author's first book, scarce in commerce. This copy with the pencil ownership inscription of fellow poet Charles Dalmon to the verso of the half-title and pencil marks to contents. Severn & Somme is one of only two works published in Gurney's lifetime, the second one being War's Embers (1919).
The present... Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 144916
GURNEY, Ivor. War's Embers.
London : 1919First edition, first impression, inscribed by the dedicatee on the half-title "Muriel Osborn. From Marion Scott". This second and last volume to be published during Gurney's lifetime, after Severn and Somme (1917), is a wonderful association copy and an uncommon find.
Marion Margaret Scott (1877-1953) was a pioneering music critic, musicologist,... Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 144912
COBBETT, William. Proceedings of a General Court Martial
London : 1809One of two editions of 1809, the other published by J. Gold; this edition not in Pearl.
"Between 1785 and 1791, while stationed in New Brunswick in the West Norfolk 54th foot regiment, Cobbett put his knowledge of English grammar and letters to good effect, quickly becoming clerk to his regiment and rising from the rank of corporal to sergeant-major.... Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 145057
MONTGOMERY OF ALAMEIN, Field Marshal, The Viscount. A History of Warfare.
London : 1969Signed limited issue, number 83 of 265 copies signed by the author on the limitation lea, and specially bound by Zaehnsdorf from the sheets of the first US edition, first printing.
"Lord Montgomery's stimulating book must surely take its place as a classic commentary on the history of warfare It is the fruit of a lifetime spent in the study... Learn More£1,350.00
Stock Code: 144651
YACHTING. Royal Yacht Squadron Signals.
Southampton : c.1866First edition thus, we have been unable to trace another copy of this version of the RYS signal manual. We have dated this from the presence of Robert Balfour King on the title page as proprietor of the printing works, c.1864, and the gift inscription on the first blank; "J.B. Fleuret Jun., No. 39 Gt. James St., Bedford Row, W.C. & Yacht of London 20th... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 139743
AIRSHIPS - PORTSMOUTH COMMAND. Reminiscences.
Portsmouth : 1919First and only edition of this rare illustrated history of the unit's vital work patrolling the English Channel, making them the "busiest" allied airship station of the war. Illustrations encompass individual and group portraits, ships on the ground and in the air, terrestrial and aerial views of the installations; text includes honours and awards.... Learn More£1,450.00
Stock Code: 143630
BARKER, Gabriella. Desert Angels.
London : 1956First and sole edition, uncommon. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front free endpaper, "With admiration and gratitude Gabriella Barker, 3 November 1958". We understand that this copy is from the library of Lieutenant-Colonel Brian F. Montgomery, which contained a number of books inscribed to his brother Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery,... Learn More£75.00
Stock Code: 141120
BOYER, Abel. The Martial-Field of Europe:
London : 1694First edition. One of the first works published by this versatile French-born lexicographer, journalist and historian, being a survey of places and occurrences during the recent Nine Years' War, also known as the War of the Grand Alliance, and dedicated to the 2nd duke of Ormond who had served with distinction. Boyer (1667?1729) may himself have taken... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 141293
MACKENZIE, Compton. Greek Memories - proof copy.
London : 1932Proof copy of the Mackenzie's controversial account of his service in Greece during WWI. Part of an autobiographical sequence, this volume was withdrawn from publication on account of its revelations about the workings and personnel of Britain's wartime intelligence service, and Mackenzie was prosecuted under the Official Secrets Act in a "frequently... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 142012
YACHTING. Signals of the Royal Northern Yacht Club, 1831.
Glasgow : 1831First thus, scarce just two copies located NMM and NLS, which also has a similar volume dated two years earlier. This copy with a pamphlet in printed blue paper wrappers containing the Rules & Regulations, 8 pages, and a bifolium with Resolutions for 1834, retained by a blue silk ribbon at the front endpapers, and a list of members for July 1835, 10... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 139735