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  1. 85709
    First edition, first impression. The eighth book in Powell's Dance to the Music of Time sequence. Learn More
    £75

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  2. 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
    £750

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  3. 127212
    New edition. Aimed at a juvenile audience, Elliott and Knollys collect stories of "deeds of bravery by native soldiers of India" (p. iii.). With particular respect given to the Gurkhas and Sikhs, the authors assert that "native troops, officers and soldiers alike, showed a spirit of the firmest faith towards the British... Learn More
    £150

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  4. 85548
    First edition, first impression of the seventh book in the Aubrey-Maturin series. A beautiful, fresh copy. Learn More
    £1,000

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  5. 107191
    First edition, first issue with p.258 of volume II misnumbered as 852. "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... Learn More
    £1,250

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  6. 119931
    Fourth edition revised with addenda. A substantial history of the First World War. Learn More
    £750

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  7. The War in the Air,
    All are first editions, apart from volume I, originally published in 1922, which is a second impression "reprinted photographically from the corrected sheets of the first edition" (imprint). These corrections not noted by Wells. "The first volume of the official Air History goes outside its subject so far as to deal, in... Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 50346

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  8. 11714
    Second edition (first published 1818) of this humorous poem, detailing the adventures of a new recruit in the navy. Learn More
    £300

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  9. 129532
    First and sole edition, uncommon on the market, comprising six essays originally contributed to the Calcutta Review between 1844 and 1856: "Military Defence of our Indian Empire", "The Kingdom of Oude", "Mahratta History and Empire", "Lord Hardinge's Indian Administration", "The Indian Army", "Army Reform". ODNB remarks... Learn More
    £750

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  10. 127107
    First edition. An excellent account of the formation and operations of General Roberts's expeditionary force. Captain Colquhoun, arrived only in time for the action on Peiwar Kotal, but compiled a detailed account of the preparation of the force and its advance from the diary of Major Collett, the assistant quartermaster-general.... Learn More
    £850

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  11. 125471
    First edition, conspicuously uncommon, ESTC citing just 14 locations worldwide (six in the UK, the remainder in the US), with only one copy appearing on auction records and that dating to 1937. Superb first-hand account that sheds light on a conflict in a contested area of North Africa where Britain had established a defensive... Learn More
    £1,250

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  12. 115600

    The Mutiny in Sialkot.

    Sialkot Cantonment: 1924

    First and only edition. Stated print-run of 1,000 copies. Extremely uncommon, just three locations on Copac (NLS, BL and Oxford); OCLC adds three more copies (Australian Defence Force Academy, Universities of Toronto and Minnesota). "Rich attempts to preserve what information remained concerning events at Sialkot" (Sorsky),... Learn More
    £400

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  13. 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
    £750

    Stock Code: 101866

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  14. 128627
    First edition. In 1780, "resolved to play his part in the now general war between Britain and the continental powers", Fullarton 1754-1808 raised his own regiment which was despatched to the Cape "only to see their design on the Dutch colony foiled by prior arrival of French reinforcements" (ODNB). Redirected to India, they... Learn More
    £850

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  15. 122365
    First edition of an important contribution to the literature of Tipu Sultan. "In light of Michaud's anti-Napoleonic stance, this interpretation of Indian history, relying upon the devastation by conquest of a utopian society, may be seen as a warning against French expansionist ventures... Undoubtedly Michaud is inviting... Learn More
    £850

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  16. 49246
    First edition. Attractive and well-produced account of a cruise around North and South America, and into the Caribbean. Uncommon, we have been unable to trace another copy of this cruise book. Not in NMM. Learn More
    £150

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  17. 129940comp
    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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  18. 131921
    First and sole edition of this attractive celebratory record of the Siege of Bharatpur (9 December 1825-18 January 1826). "The attack on Bharatpur was successful; the great Jat fortress, a menace to British rule ever since Lord Lake failed against it twenty years before, was destroyed" (ODNB). Scarce: Copac cites British... Learn More
    £3,000

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  19. 96189
    First edition, first impression of this anti-militarist political and economic study, and the author's most overtly Marxist work. From the publisher's archive, with their stamp to the front panel of the jacket and the front pastedown. Learn More
    £50

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  20. 96200
    First edition, first impression of this anti-militarist political and economic study, and the author's most overtly Marxist work. From the publisher's archive. Learn More
    £45

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  21. 131901

    Clifford Henry Mecham (1831-1865) joined..."> First and sole edition of one of the finest illustrated accounts of the Mutiny, "a book of superb... lithographic views of Lucknow, based on sketches that he made during the famous siege of the Residency in 1857 and the fighting at the Alambagh thereafter" (Fraser p. 166).

    Clifford Henry Mecham (1831-1865) joined... Learn More
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  22. 131893
    First edition. Without doubt one of the finest illustrated books on Afghanistan, the plates depicting a selection of superb views on the march - Bolan Pass, Quetta, Khojak Pass, Kandahar, and Kabul. In 1833, after a furlough in England, Atkinson (1780-1852) returned to his original profession as surgeon to the 55th NI, and... Learn More
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  23. 131814
    First and sole editions, rare, each of a print run of a mere 200 copies; not recorded on Copac or OCLC as being among any institutional holdings, although we have traced a copy of each at the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. Detailed reports covering these two minor conflicts on the North-West Frontier, giving statistics... Learn More
    £200

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  24. 131794
    First edition of this extremely useful chronological compilation; it is certainly uncommon, the print-run extending to 1,000 copies only, the printer's code reading "No. 15817-2-981,000"; an expanded second edition of 500 copies was printed in September (printer's code "No. 133230-9-98500"). Among British and Irish institutional... Learn More
    £750

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  25. 131756
    First and sole edition. "Mrs. Muter was married to Captain Muter of the 60th Rifles stationed at Meerut at the outbreak. He later served in the assault of Delhi with the fourth column. Mrs. Muter claimed to be the first woman to enter Delhi after it was taken by the English. Just outside of Portsmouth the Muter's ship The... Learn More
    £200

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  26. 131745
    First and sole edition of this attractively produced memorial to twenty-eight recipients of the Victoria Cross, largely awarded during the Indian Mutiny. Very scarce: Copac locates just two copies among British and Irish institutional libraries (British Library and V&A), OCLC citing no others in international holdings. Not... Learn More
    £650

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  27. War is War.
    First edition, first impression of McLelland's best-selling war memoir. From the publisher's archive. Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 93752

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  28. 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
    £350

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  29. 130010
    First edition. This is part one, we have not been able to trace a second part. Scarce, with OCLC showing only 3 locations. A photo-book showing many scenes from the Sino-Japanese War, along with portraits of Japanese commanders. Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 130010

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  30. The Road to Ulundi.
    First edition, limited to 1000 copies, this number 809 and numbered verso of the title, on the wrapping and mailing case. Crealock was Chelmsford's Military Secretary during the Zulu War, having served with him previously during the 1878 operations in the Eastern Cape. "Crealock rode with his artist's materials in his saddle-bag... Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 90946

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  31. 78226comp
    Inscribed by the author on the half-title: "For Rita Hagemon with best wishes Dwight D. Eisenhower." Eisenhower's account of his war, widely thought to be one of the finest American military biographies, the NY Times considering that it gave "the reader true insight into the most difficult part of a commander's life." This... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 78226

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  32. 131483
    First and sole edition, "privately printed for his family by his wife after his death" (Streeter) in a putative print run of around fifty copies that were not offered for sale; with a familial presentation inscription at head of title: "Louise Evelina Du Pont from her Father, 5th May 1900". Louise Evelina (1877-1958), heiress... Learn More
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  33. 52021
    Second edition with corrections and a new foreword. Originally published in 1916. Learn More
    £300

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  34. The Letters of Lord Nelson to Lady Hamilton;
    First edition. Uncommon, and controversial, collection, purportedly - rather ineffectually - suppressed. J.K. Laughton suggested that James Harrison, whose early biography (The Life 1806) was primed and carefully overseen by Emma Hamilton, was responsible for the publication of these letters "after he had stolen them from... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 87923

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  35. 127870comp
    First edition, signed limited issue. One of 25 signed copies on special paper, a further 250 trade copies were also issued. Learn More
    £750

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  36. 130348
    First edition. A truly remarkable survival, a full set of this compendious popular history retaining throughout the flimsy wraps from the original part issue. The work covers the period from the decay and collapse of the Ancien Régime to the Fall of Bonaparte, well-illustrated with portraits from drawings by the skilled... Learn More
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  37. 130014
    First edition of this collection of Henty's dispatches from the British Expedition to Abyssinia, and his second book overall. Learn More
    £1,875

    Stock Code: 130014

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  38. 120117

    This enthralling album encompasses many aspects..."> Wonderfully engaging, wide-ranging and extensively-captioned visual record of China as seen through the eyes of a soldier in the US 15th Infantry Regiment ("The Old China Hands"), based in Tientsin (Tianjin) between 1929 and 1932, a period of bloody turbulence in China.

    This enthralling album encompasses many aspects... Learn More
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  39. 115295
    First and only edition. Rare. OCLC locates the BL copy solely, apparently a copy in the National Library of India, together with an otherwise unrecorded edition of 1886; but no copy traced at auction. A remarkable photographically illustrated handbook for transport officers serving in India at the turn of the century. "In... Learn More
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  40. 113334
    First edition, preceding the London edition, published in octavo, by two years. Born in Tipperary, Thomas arrived in Madras in 1781, possibly as a deserter from the Royal Navy. He began learning his trade as a freelance with "the Kanara Poligars, a group of armed chieftain-bandits. Thomas subsequently joined the nizam of... Learn More
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  41. Views in Chitral.
    First and only edition. A fine visual record of the 1895 expedition to relieve the siege of Chitral, an incident of the Great Game that became a considerable cause célèbre. The Russians were seen to be making solid advances in the region, pushing across the Khanates of Central Asia, a railway line following in their tracks,... Learn More
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 99440

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  42. 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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    Stock Code: 93169

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  43. 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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  44. 130744
    First edition of Stanley's famous account of his 1886-9 expedition to relieve Emin Pasha, the governor of Equatoria who was supposedly besieged by Mahdist forces. Stanley's dealings with Pasha (who proved resistant to being "rescued"), his abandonment of his own rear column and his wider motives for his mission have all... Learn More
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  45. 129785
    First edition, scarce with only 3 locations in Copac (Oxford, Sussex and Cardiff; BL has a second printing). A fascinating and melodramatic text, now considered to be the fictionalised journal of a female Indian soldier fighting for the anti-British, Indian National Army during World War Two written by Captain Lakshmi (Sahgal),... Learn More
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  46. 129778
    Two contemporary publications of the address delivered by Desai in defence of the members of the Indian National Army on trail for treason, both produced around the same time (December 1945-January 1946). Scarce, the Congress Publication Board edition shows only one location on Copac (BL), the INA defence committee edition... Learn More
    £850

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  47. 128934comp
    A remarkable copy of this classic work, first published in 1959. Inscribed on the front free endpaper; "To His Royal Highness Prince Brigadier Abdul Wali on the occasion of your visit to The United States Military Academy, D.V. Bennett, Major General, USA, 11 March 1968". The set was presented as a memento to the Sandhurst-trained... Learn More
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  48. 127104
    First and only edition, uncommon with just seven copies listed on COPAC. Abbott (18041867) was the eldest of five brothers, four of whom served in India. He was educated Winchester and Addiscombe, commissioned as 2nd lieutenant in 1819 and posted to the Bengal Artillery. "His first active service was at the fort of Bakhara... Learn More
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  49. 126765
    First and sole edition, very uncommon: OCLC locates just six copies, all in the USA. This attractively illustrated work, pubished in the same month that India gained its independence, was issued as a celebration of the Azad Hind (Free India) state and the Indian National Army, which lasted from 1942 to 1945. The editor and... Learn More
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  50. 125018
    Highly attractive scroll, described as an "aide memoire", showing the basic kamae or postures, and the attacking moves to be made from them, as taught by the "Pure Heart" or "Sincere" school connected with Shin Shin Ryu martial arts. The sequential moves are indicated by multiple blade positions around the core figure, the... Learn More
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  51. 122391
    First edition of this conspicuously uncommon history of Bhopal - at the time of publication under the protection of the presidency of Bengal - consolidating "all the information to be obtained in printed works" (p. v); Copac cites copies at just five British and Irish institutional libraries (BL, Manchester, SOAS, Oxford,... Learn More
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  52. 117485
    A naval officer's commonplace book from the last years of the 19th century containing rare ephemera, notably two printed documents of 1897 relating to the Hakodate Golf Club. These both predate the accepted date for the foundation of the "first golf club in Japan", at Kobe in 1901. Hakodate, on the northern island of Hokkaido,... Learn More
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  53. 129228
    First edition of this remarkable collection of 49 war correspondent's tales, with the signature of 39 of the correspondents on rice paper pasted beneath their submission. The idea for the book was conceived of by a group of war correspondents waiting to be sent to the front line with the Japanese Army at the Imperial Hotel... Learn More
    £1,500

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  54. 130013
    First edition of this collection of Henty's dispatches from the Second Anglo-Asante War, his sixth book overall. Learn More
    £1,875

    Stock Code: 130013

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  55. 129550detail
    First complete collected edition, one of 1,750 sets published. The Centenary Edition is the only full collected works of Winston Churchill, reproducing his 50 books in 34 volumes. The Library of Imperial History went bankrupt before the projected run of 3,000 sets could be completed, so "the print run never exceeded 2,000... Learn More
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  56. 130260
    First edition, first impression. Wilhelm Wassmuss arrived in Bushehr in 1909 as German vice-consul; "The British had little doubt that he was really an intelligence officer a striking looking man, who spoke fluent Persian and Arabic, he had travelled widely among the tribes of southern Persia, with some of whose chiefs... Learn More
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  57. 129214
    First edition of the collected and expanded articles of Kazumaro "Buddy" Uno relating to the battle for the island of Corregidor between Japanese and American forces during the first months of 1942. Uno, an American-born Japanese journalist and member of the Press Bureau of the Imperial Japanese Army, was posted to Manila... Learn More
    £675

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  58. 127135
    First edition. Verney's fascinating diary of the naval brigade of HMS Shannon's campaign in India. Led by Sir William Peel, son of Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel, the men saw action twice at Lucknow and in the battle of the Kallee-Nuddee. Peel was wounded at Lucknow and died of smallpox shortly after; "his services in the... Learn More
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  59. 125526
    First edition. "Reputedly, William IV proposed that a series of regimental histories should be compiled, whereby the general public could be apprised of the distinguished services rendered by the regiments of the British army the work of compilation was entrusted by royal warrant to Cannon. He started immediately and the... Learn More
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  60. 127557
    First, ?and only, editions, extremely uncommon, Copac locates copies of the first named at IWM and National Aerospace Library, which also has a bound volume containing the other two, together with Types of British Aeroplanes D.A.I 101., F.S. 21 not present here; of German Aeroplanes, there are copies at BL and at IWM, and... Learn More
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