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Rare first editions, deluxe and collectible editions of books, pamphlets, and ephemera relating to all aspects of naval and military history.

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  1. Personal Memoirs.
    GRANT, Ulysses S. Personal Memoirs.

    New York : 1885-6

    First edition. Written by Grant as he was dying of cancer, the work served as a death bed justification for the war against the Confederacy and for Grant's own conduct. The autobiography was published by Mark Twain, who marketed the book by using military veterans in uniform to raise subscriptions. It sold over 300,000 sets and has remained in print... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 138823

  2. Incidents in the Sepoy War 1857-58.
    GRANT, Hope. Incidents in the Sepoy War 1857-58.

    Edinburgh : 1873

    First edition. "Grant was stationed at Ambala when the Indian mutiny broke out in May 1857. He was appointed brigadier of the cavalry which marched from Ambala to relieve Delhi, and on 8 June fought in the engagement at Badli-ki-sarai. Grant was made responsible for the security of the encampment on the ridge during the four-month siege of Delhi. He... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 140255

  3. Memoirs of Jeremiah Brasyer;
    BRASYER, Jeremiah. Memoirs of Jeremiah Brasyer;

    Bombay : [1892]

    First edition. Exceptionally uncommon memoir of remarkable career in the Indian Army. Just three copies of this Bombay imprint - BL, Minnesota, and Rochester, NY - on OCLC, together with 4 copies of the London edition of the same date. Born in 1810, Brasyer was brought up in Kent, a gardener by training. He enlisted in the Bengal Artillery in 1833,... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 140196

  4. The World Crisis, 1915.
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. The World Crisis, 1915.

    London : 1923

    Fourth printing (stated second edition), published in December 1923, two months after the first printing. This copy inscribed by the author on the initial blank: "From Winston S. Chuchill to A. J. Hawkey, 30 Oct. 1924". The recipient was Alfred James Hawkey (1877-1952), chairman of the Woodford Urban District Council from 1914 to 1934 - Churchill inscribed... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 139948

  5. The Principles of Mr. Harrison's Time-Keeper, with plates of the same.
    HARRISON, John. The Principles of Mr. Harrison's Time-Keeper, with plates of the same.

    London : 1767

    First edition of the primary account of the invention of the marine chronometer. In 1714, the Board of Longitude offered a substantial reward of 20,000 to anyone who could find an accurate method for determining longitude at sea. In 1730, clockmaker John Harrison completed a manuscript describing some of his inventions, including a chronometer "accurate... Learn More
    £100,000.00

    Stock Code: 138402

  6. Notes for Officers appointed to East Africa and Uganda.
    (COLONIAL OFFICE.) Notes for Officers appointed to East Africa and Uganda.

    London : 1914

    Third edition. All iterations are rare, with three copies of a 1912 printing in libraries, and none of this edition. The book was intended to prepare officer for life in East Africa proffering such advice as "a sun-helmet should always be worn between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m" (p. 40), "hot baths are both stimulating and refreshing" (p. 42), and... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 122800

  7. The Collected Poems.
    BROOKE, Rupert. The Collected Poems.

    London : 1919

    First Riccardi Press edition, copy number 956 of 1,000 copies on handmade Riccardi Paper; an additional 13 were printed on vellum. Brooke's Collected Poems were first published in 1915 in the US, and then in the UK in 1918, expanded and with a memoir by Eddie Marsh - this is the first fine press edition, issued by Philip Lee Warner's Riccardi Press... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 140298

  8. Fencing familiarized: or a New Treatise on the Art of Small Sword.
    OLIVIER, Jean. Fencing familiarized: or a New Treatise on the Art of Small Sword.

    London : 1780

    Second edition, first published in 1771, of this fine work on the use of the short sword, most attractively illustrated with a new set of plates; the dedication is also new (dated 18 February 1780) and the dedicatee is Charles Stanhope, third earl of Harrington, army officer, who concluded his career with the colonelcy of the first Life Guards. Olivier... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 135146

  9. Somaliland.
    HAMILTON, Angus. Somaliland.

    London : 1911

    First edition of this important eye-witness account of the British campaigns in Somaliland. Hamilton (1874-1913), the son of an officer who served with the 2nd West India Regiment, and of the line of the Hamilton baronets of Silvertonhill, Lanarkshire, was a special correspondent, attached to the 6th King's African Rifles. He had visited Korea in 1903-4... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 140253

  10. 140137
    BLASER, Bernard. Kilts Across the Jordan.

    London : 1926

    First edition, first impression. First-hand account of the Palestine campaign during World War I, written by a mapper with the London Scottish regiment. From the publisher's archive, with their bookplate to front pastedown. Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 140137

  11. Raiders of the Deep.
    THOMAS, Lowell. Raiders of the Deep.

    Garden City, NY : 1940

    Signed by Thomas on the front free endpaper. Reprint of the broadcaster and journalist's account of submarine warfare during the First World War, originally published in 1928. Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 140083

  12. Back to Mandalay.
    THOMAS, Lowell. Back to Mandalay.

    New York : 1951

    First edition, first printing of the broadcaster's account of the Burma campaign. Signed by Thomas on a preliminary leaf and additionally inscribed by him on the half-title: "For Thada Quackenbush Lowell Thomas". Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 140085

  13. Great Contemporaries.
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. Great Contemporaries.

    London : 1937

    First edition, first impression. This series of essays on "Great men of our age" includes reflections on T. E. Lawrence, Trotsky and Hitler - "We cannot tell whether Hitler will be the man who will once again let loose upon the world another war in which civilization will irretrievably succumb, or whether he will go down in history as the man who restored... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 140223

  14. Letters from a Bush Campaign.
    HAYLINGS, D. Martineau. Letters from a Bush Campaign.

    London : [1902]

    First edition of this very scarce eye-witness account of the War of the Golden Stool, also known as the Yaa Asantewaa War, to the British as the Third Ashanti Expedition (March September 1900). D. Martineau Haylings was war correspondent for the popular illustrated weekly the "Black and White" and remarks in his introductory note that his reports "being... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 139943

  15. 122265
    MAHAN, Capt. A.T. The Life of Nelson.

    London : 1897

    First edition, UK issue from American sheets. Mahan, described by John Keegan as "the most important American strategist of the nineteenth century" and recognised as "the Evangelist of Sea Power", proposes Nelson as the British embodiment thereof in this well-researched and well-written biography. Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 122265

  16. Tubby Clayton.
    (CLAYTON, "Tubby".) HARCOURT, Melville. Tubby Clayton.

    London : 1953

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy from Clayton, with a warm and lengthy inscription to the front pastedown, "Presented (with a stammer of apology) to 'Jan' & Penelope, i.e. to Vice Admiral St. J. Micklethwait & Herself, and to their Dividends, especially All Hallows by the old Font, now replaced from Gibraltar. From Tubby, whose manse... Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 139902

  17. The Collected Poems.
    BROOKE, Rupert. The Collected Poems.

    London : 1960

    A handsomely bound copy of Brooke's poems, the collection first published in July 1918. Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 139862

  18. Plays of Three Acts; written for a Private Theatre.
    HAYLEY, William. Plays of Three Acts; written for a Private Theatre.

    London : 1784

    First edition. Best remembered today as a friend and patron of George Romney and William Blake, and biographer of Milton, Hayley (17451820) "although affluent was determined on a literary career" (ODNB). His plays were singularly unsuccessful, Anna Seward considered 'Lord Russell', collected here, "lacking in spirit and variety", and that 'Marcella',... Learn More
    £950.00

    Stock Code: 139629

  19. Photograph album of a British Military Officer in Egypt during the First World War and in Europe in the 1920's [sic]
    (CAIRO) Photograph album of a British Military Officer in Egypt during the First World War and in Europe in the 1920's [sic]

    Cairo, Egypt, Italy, Switzerland : 1915-26

    Appealing personal album of a British resident in Cairo during World War I and soon after, perhaps a military or diplomatic officer, or businessman. The album opens with an excellent sequence of eight images, offering a bird's-eye view shot from a balcony of the march past of troops before they left for Gallipoli, "Generals Sir John Maxwell and Sir... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 135761

  20. The School of Fencing with a General Explanation of the Principal Attitudes and Positions peculiar to the Art.
    ANGELO, Domenico & Henry. The School of Fencing with a General Explanation of the Principal Attitudes and Positions peculiar to the Art.

    London : 1787

    First reduced edition of Domenico Angelo's renowned guide to swordsmanship, which was first published as a sumptuous folio in 1763, undoubtedly one of the most important such works ever issued in English. The editing and compression were undertaken by Domenico's son Henry "under the auspices of his father", who had recently retired to Eton where he... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 139926

  21. Gun-running in the Gulf and other Adventures.
    AUSTIN, Herbert Henry, Brig.-Gen. Gun-running in the Gulf and other Adventures.

    London : 1926

    First and only edition. A collection of entertaining yarns from the career of Brig.-Gen. Austin RE (1868-1937), covering the period 1909-1912 when he was appointed British Naval Intelligence Officer in the Gulf with the task of suppressing the active arms trade out of Muscat via the Makran to Afghanistan. These weapons made their way to the rebellious... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 139878

  22. Naval Expeditionary Force to the Cameroon, 1914-1915.
    (WORLD WAR I; AFRICA) Naval Expeditionary Force to the Cameroon, 1914-1915.

    London : 1915

    First and only edition, ?never published, title page has the ink stamp of Kennett & Co., dated 26 November 1915, together with the inked annotation "Private File Copy". Largely ship portraits of Allied warships and transports, Nigerian Government vessels, and German captures, but also including a sequence of panoramas of Douala, some shots of captured... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 139976

  23. The Life of General Monk: Late Duke of Albemarle;
    (MONCK, George, first duke of Albemarle) SKINNER, Thomas. The Life of General Monk: Late Duke of Albemarle;

    London : 1723

    First edition. Life of the great general and general-at-sea whose career flourished under two monarchs, the Commonwealth, and the Protectorate. "Skinner is thought to have been physician to the Duke of Albemarle, when residing at New Hall in Essex he is best-known as the author of The Life of General Monk published in 1723 by William Webster with a... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 139640

  24. A View of Society and Manners in Italy:
    MOORE, John. A View of Society and Manners in Italy:

    London : 1781

    First edition. Handsome set of this highly-finished and popular Grand Tour memoir. Moore was trained in medicine at Glasgow, attended Hunter's lectures on anatomy in London, and studied surgery in Paris under Sauver-François Morand. He also spent time as a surgeon's mate with the Army campaigning in Europe. He set up a practice in Glasgow in 1750,... Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 139632

  25. The Bengal Mutiny:
    AIKMAN, William Robertson. The Bengal Mutiny:

    London : 1857

    First and only edition. William Aikman (1822 - 1903) was a religious writer and poet who joined the Indian Army in 1840, Eighth Regiment Native Infantry, Madras Establishment, some of his works were published under the pseudonym "A Soldier of the Cross". Blames a possible conspiracy fostered by the "highest caste among the Baboos of Calcutta" outraged... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 137196

  26. Poems.
    PREWETT, Frank. Poems.

    Richmond, London : [1921]

    First edition, first impression, of this notably uncommon edition, handset by Virginia Woolf for the Hogarth Press. The Canadian poet Frank James Prewett (1893-1962) surfaced as a poet of the First World War, meeting Sassoon at Craiglockhart War Hospital. This is his first published collection of verse and "contains many of the poet's finest trench... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 139956

  27. Poems.
    THOMAS, Edward. Poems.

    London : 1917

    First edition, first impression, an an exceptional example, of Thomas's first regularly published book of poems, issued after his death at Arras on Easter Monday 1917. This is one of 1,050 copies printed, half of which were issued by Selwyn & Blound in the UK, and half by Henry Holt in America. The book is dedicated to Robert Frost, who had encouraged... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 128257

  28. 139823
    STEWART, Robert. Prison Rhymes:

    [Perth] : [1919]

    First edition, first impression, of this scarce collection of anti-war poems written during Stewart's imprisonment during the First World War for mounting a campaign against the punishment and imprisonment of conscientious objectors. Stewart was released from prison in April 1919 and published the present booklet of his poems entitled Prison Rhymes.... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 139823

  29. The Life of General Monck, Duke of Albermarle, &c. with Remarks upon his Actions.
    GUMBLE, Thomas. The Life of General Monck, Duke of Albermarle, &c. with Remarks upon his Actions.

    London : 1671

    First edition. Thomas Gumble (1626-1676), who had served as his subject's private chaplain, here offers a unique insight into the life of one of the great military figures of the age: George Monck had fought as the Commonwealth's commander but with the Restoration became Captain-General and the king's admiral. "Though his only literary work, this biography... Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 139834

  30. Tanks 1914-1918. The Log Book of a Pioneer.
    STERN, Sir Albert G. Tanks 1914-1918. The Log Book of a Pioneer.

    London : 1919

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front free endpaper, "To my friend A. Geddes from Albert G. Stern, Nov. 1919". An excellent provenance: the recipient was almost certainly Sir Auckland Geddes (1879-1954), first Baron Geddes, politician and businessman, who, despite severe problems of sight (he suffered... Learn More
    £325.00

    Stock Code: 139789

  31. 139796
    RAWLINSON, Sir Alfred "Toby". The Defence of London 1915 - 1918.

    London : 1924

    Third edition, following the first of the preceding year, this with a new preface in which Rawlinson remarks on the success of the first edition. "After his adventures on the Western Front, described in a later book, Colonel Rawlinson was posted to the anti-aircraft defences of London in 1915, for some time commanding a 'mobile brigade' of guns mounted... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 139796

  32. History of the War in the Peninsula
    NAPIER, William Francis Patrick. History of the War in the Peninsula

    London : 1828-40

    First editions of the first volume and last three; the other two being second editions. The first volume was published by Murray, who decided not to exercise his option on the next three having made a considerable loss, Napier therefore published the rest of the history through Boone having raised the money by subscriptions. Napier's work certainly... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 135880

  33. Memoirs and Correspondence of Field-Marshal Viscount Combermere.
    COMBERMERE, Mary, & W. W. Knollys. Memoirs and Correspondence of Field-Marshal Viscount Combermere.

    London : 1866

    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 Mary, Viscountess Combermere... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 120303

  34. Military Operations, France and Belgium, 1915.
    EDMONDS, Sir James Edward, & Graeme Charnley Wynne. Military Operations, France and Belgium, 1915.

    London : 1927

    First edition, part of the official History of the Great War, begun under the direction of Edmonds shortly in 1919 and only completed in 2010, by which time the series had expanded to include 109 volumes. Before the war Edmonds worked in military intelligence, notably as head of MO5, the precursor to MI5. He was appointed GSOI of the 4th division in... Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 112344

  35. Military Operations, France and Belgium, 1918.
    EDMONDS, Sir James Edward. Military Operations, France and Belgium, 1918.

    London : 1937

    First edition, part of the official History of the Great War, begun under the direction of Edmonds shortly in 1919 and only completed in 2010, by which time the series had expanded to include 109 volumes. Before the war Edmonds worked in military intelligence, notably as head of MO5, the precursor to MI5. He was appointed GSOI of the 4th division in... Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 112341

  36. Come and Do your Bit. Join Now: Card No. 7.
    (MILITARY.) Come and Do your Bit. Join Now: Card No. 7.

    London : 1915

    First World War recruiting showcard, a reduced version of a very large wall poster (see Joseph M. Bruccoli collection, University of South Carolina, grtwrpstr166). An extremely uncommon format, designed to be hung in shops and offices, and highly desirable in such superb condition. Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 88002

  37. 139703comp
    PARTRIDGE, Eric, ed. A Martial Medley: Fact and Fiction.

    London : 1931

    First edition, first impression, 1,000 copies printed; presentation copy from one of the contributors, inscribed on the front free endpaper, "With love and affection Norman Hancock, May 23, 1931. And apologies for the Rabelaisia!" Hancock contributed the short story "War from the Ranks", described as "admirable" by John O'London's Weekly in a review... Learn More
    £400.00

    Stock Code: 139703

  38. Portrait Photograph of Winston Churchill.
    (CHURCHILL, Winston S.) BIRLEY, Oswald. Portrait Photograph of Winston Churchill.

    1951

    Half length portrait of Winston Churchill. Birley painted several highly regarded portraits of his friend Sir Winston Churchill (to whom he also gave painting lessons). Birley was probably the leading portraitist of his day, after his first royal commission in 1928, a portrait of George VI for the National Museum of Wales, he painted "virtually every... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 116965

  39. Defeat into Victory.
    SLIM, Field-Marshal Sir William. Defeat into Victory.

    London : 1956

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy from Slim, inscribed beneath the portrait frontispiece, "With humble duty, W.J. Slim, F.M.". A pencilled note to the front pastedown states that the book was presented to Princess Mary, a very suitable association, if true. In 1949 the 10th Gurkha Rifles, who were heavily involved in the Burma Campaign... Learn More
    £950.00

    Stock Code: 138798

  40. Log book of Commodore John Ford.
    (SLAVERY; WEST INDIES.) HAITIAN SLAVE REVOLT. Log book of Commodore John Ford.

    1792 - 1794

    A conspicuous survival from a period of violent tumult in the Caribbean: the log book of the distinguished Royal Navy officer Commodore John Ford, kept while Commander-in-Chief, Jamaica Station. "At the start of the French Revolutionary War Ford d. 1796 had nine small vessels including three frigates in addition to his flagship at Jamaica. Having been... Learn More
    £8,750.00

    Stock Code: 128585

  41. A Reply to A Brief Statement
    JAMES, William. A Reply to A Brief Statement

    London : 1824

    First edition. The third volume of James's great naval history had been published in 1823. Lord William Fitzroy, outraged at James's account of his actions as commander of HMS Aeolus in 1805, and at James's condemnation of Fitzroy's decision not to engage with the French frigate Didon, published a bitter rebuttal. This is James's equally bitter counter... Learn More
    £425.00

    Stock Code: 126874

  42. Marlborough. His Life and Times.
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. Marlborough. His Life and Times.

    London : 1933-8

    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 support he received in... Learn More
    £4,750.00

    Stock Code: 123841

  43. Qui a voulu la guerre?
    DURKHEIM, Émile, & Ernest Denis. Qui a voulu la guerre?

    Paris : 1915

    First edition, first printing, with the Lahure imprint, of one of Durkheim's "documents de propagande" on war, militarism, and nationalism in relation to German philosophy, written during the First World War by one of the founders of modern sociology and anthropology. In 1914, "Durkheim's nephew, Marcel Mauss, decided to enlist and to go to the front.... Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 119086

  44. Friendly Hints to the Young Naval Lieutenant.
    LIARDET, Francis. Friendly Hints to the Young Naval Lieutenant.

    London : 1858

    First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author "To Vice Admiral Sir B. W. Walker Bart K. C. B. With the Authors kind regards, and as a small mark of respect to a first rate officer. Royal Hospital Greenwich 5th June 1858" to the front free endpaper.
    Sir Baldwin Wake Walker (1802-1876) was Surveyor and later comptroller of the Royal Navy... Learn More
    £675.00

    Stock Code: 139741

  45. My African Journey.
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. My African Journey.

    London : 1908

    First edition, first impression. My African Journey was the first book to derive purely from Churchill's journalism, as distinct from his work as a war correspondent. Before embarking he signed an extremely lucrative contract for the publication of a series of articles in The Strand and for further publication in book form. What Churchill was offered... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 139404

  46. Two Summer Cruises with the Baltic Fleet,
    HUGHES, Robert Edgar. Two Summer Cruises with the Baltic Fleet,

    London : 1856

    Second edition, revised and expanded from the first of 1855, of the author's log book from his excursions to the Baltic. Reverend Robert Edgar Hughes, fellow of Magdalene College, Cambridge, began the first of his two voyages to the Baltic on 14th July 1854, at the apex of the Crimean War. Both the yacht and its crewmembers seemed inadequate for the... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 139390

  47. Traité des Horloges Marines,
    BERTHOUD, Ferdinand. Traité des Horloges Marines,

    Paris : 1773

    First edition of this famous work describing Berthoud's marine timekeepers. Berthoud (1727-1807) and Pierre Le Roy vied to perfect the marine chronometer in the late 1760s, with Berthoud eventually judged to have the better design. No. 6 was one of the first timekeepers to be housed in the type of box that became the standard for all marine chronometers.... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 138824

  48. Ronge-maille vainqueur.
    (LAFORGE, Lucien.) DESCAVES, Lucien. Ronge-maille vainqueur.

    Paris : 1920

    First edition, limited to 1000 copies, this one of 969 on papier vergé. Anti-military fable by the naturalist novelist Descaves that transports La Fontaine's fabular rat to the Western Front, written in the Spring of 1917, but publication was banned until after the war; "Lucen Laforge turned his style from witty to crude for his depiction of the triumph... Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 111627

  49. Nelsonian Reminiscences.
    PARSONS, G. S. Nelsonian Reminiscences.

    London : 1843

    First UK edition of this Napoleonic naval memoir and important eye-witness account of Nelson's campaign in Naples. George Samuel Parsons (d. 1854) entered the Navy in July 1795 as a first-class volunteer aboard HMS Barfleur and saw action at the Battle of Cape St. Vincent in 1797. A year later he moved to HMS Foudroyant, an 80-gun third rate and Nelson's... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 139724

  50. O pereformirovanii voysk Otdel'nogo Kavkazskogo korpusa.
    (MILITARY) O pereformirovanii voysk Otdel'nogo Kavkazskogo korpusa.

    St Petersburg : 1834

    First and only edition. Extremely uncommon, no other copy traced. This copy identified, by the gilt-stamped supralibros and pencilled press-marks, as having come from Nicholas I's English-style Cottage Palace and home farm estate Aleksandriya. To the east of the main park of the Peterhof, this area of landscaped parkland and it's complex of intimate... Learn More
    £4,000.00

    Stock Code: 135947

  51. Brigade of Guards Diary 1915.
    (WORLD WAR I) Brigade of Guards Diary 1915.

    Aldershot : 1915

    First and only edition, no other copy traced. This copy owned by Capt. John Fox, Brigade Veterinary Officer, signed by him on the first blank together with seven other senior officers including Brig.-General Heyworth, Commanding XXth Brigade. A few pencilled annotations to the portrait plates noting wounded or killed. Text is essentially a calendar... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 132388

  52. The War Poets.
    WILLIAMS, Oscar (ed.) The War Poets.

    New York : 1945

    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the editor on the day of publication on the front free endpaper, "For Jean Lanslow with love from Oscar Williams - editor - June 19 1945", the inscription continued by the founder of the John Day company: "And from Richard Walsh", and by two contributors, "from Hubert Creekmore" and "from... Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 139656

  53. King of Air Fighters.
    (MANNOCK, Edward "Mick".) JONES, Ira "Taffy". King of Air Fighters.

    London : 1934

    First edition, first impression, of the first biography of one of the top fighter aces of the Great War, "perhaps the greatest tactician and teacher of fighting tactics" (ODNB), Edward "Mick" Mannock (1887-1918). The author, Ira "Taffy" Jones was also highly decorated (DSO, MC, DFC) and was trained by Mannock when the latter was stationed at London... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 139636

  54. The Life of Napoleon Buonaparte, Emperor of the French.
    (NAPOLEON.) [SCOTT, Sir Walter.] The Life of Napoleon Buonaparte, Emperor of the French.

    Edinburgh : 1827

    Second edition, published in the same year as the first. In the aftermath of his personal financial crash Scott travelled to France to begin research on his life of Napoleon, in which he was remarkably thorough, interviewing Napoleon's colleagues; receiving assistance from the Duke of Wellington in the interpretation of the Russian Campaign; and being... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 139403

  55. One Man's Initiation - 1917.
    DOS PASSOS, John. One Man's Initiation - 1917.

    London : 1920

    First edition, first impression, first issue with the broken type on page 35, and with the scarce dust jacket. This memoir of the First World War is Dos Passos's first book, and was not published in the US until 1922. Learn More
    £950.00

    Stock Code: 139396

  56. Her Privates We.
    [MANNING, Frederic.] PRIVATE 19022. Her Privates We.

    London : 1930

    First trade edition, first impression, with the very fragile, and therefore rarely encountered, glassine dust jacket and printed flaps. Her Privates We is a fictionalized account of Manning's experiences on the Western Front, particularly in the Battle of the Somme. Published the previous year in a limited edition of 525 copies as The Middle Parts of... Learn More
    £675.00

    Stock Code: 139517

  57. Tenting on the Plains.
    CUSTER, Elizabeth B. Tenting on the Plains.

    New York : 1887

    First edition. The second in a series of three books by Elizabeth Custer aimed at securing a positive historical narrative for her husband. Tenting on the Plains was preceded by Boots and Saddles published in 1885, and followed by Following the Guidon published in 1890. Learn More
    £400.00

    Stock Code: 139352

  58. Observations on some Points of Seamanship;
    GRIFFITHS, Anselm John. Observations on some Points of Seamanship;

    Cheltenham : 1824

    First edition. Uncommon, Library Hub lists BL, National Museums Scotland, Cardiff and NLW for this edition, OCLC adds nine further copies including NMM, NYPL, and the US Navy Department Library. A wide-ranging guide on matters naval intended to "assist the rising officer in forming correct conclusions" (preface), it was first published at the expense... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 139310

  59. Shooting the Russian War.
    BOURKE-WHITE, Margaret. Shooting the Russian War.

    New York : 1942

    First edition, first printing, in a notably bright jacket. "In 1942 Bourke-White became the first woman photographer accredited to the U.S. Air Force. During World War II she was the only foreign photographer in Moscow during the German bombardment" (ANB). This work, which includes an insightful commentary on her time in Russia, a glossary, and technical... Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 139285

  60. Recollections of the Life of the Rev. A. J. Scott, Lord Nelson's Chaplain.
    [GATTY, Margaret & Alfred, (eds.)] Recollections of the Life of the Rev. A. J. Scott, Lord Nelson's Chaplain.

    London : 1842

    First edition of this biography of Alexander John Scott, chaplain on HMS Victory and unofficial private secretary to Lord Nelson, who attended Nelson during his final hours at the Battle of Trafalgar.
    Alexander John Scott (1768-1840) was ordained as a priest in 1792 and the following year was appointed a chaplain of the third rate HMS Berwick... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 139306

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