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  1. 125965
    First English edition. Exceedingly uncommon, a single copy cited by Adams & Waters, at the Ministry of Defence, and only one other copy located in ESTC, COPAC, and OCLC, at Oxford. Not found in the National Maritime Museum's online catalogue.
    This translation of Michelot's Le portulan de partie de la Mer Mediterranée... Learn More
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  2. 127130
    First edition. Williams was the chaplain onboard HMS Pearl, whose crew were called upon to help put down the Indian Mutiny. After sailing to South America, Honolulu and the Sandwich Islands, the ship's company hears news of the uprising while docked in Hong Kong. Along with HMS Shannon, the ship was sent to Calcutta. Williams... Learn More
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  3. 123690comp
    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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  4. 129371
    Third edition of this eyewitness account of the First Afghan War, with an extensive subscriber's list featuring many British, Canadian, and Irish military men. Hall Wilton kept a daily journal during the Afghan war and not only detailed military events but also any murders, assassinations, and personal treacheries within... Learn More
    £500

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  5. 129377
    First edition of Thornhill's account of the Indian Rebellion of 1857-8 against the rule of the British East India Company. George Bruce Malleson used the work extensively for his influential 1891 work The Indian Mutiny of 1857 and noted that, "of all the books written regarding the Mutiny not one is more interesting... Learn More
    £300

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  6. 122798
    Third edition, with the bookplate of (W.) Harold Ingrams, the noted colonial officer who wrote a similar handbook for officers on Zanzibar and was known as a "charming, genial, humorous, and a slightly eccentric 'character'" (ODNB). Also with the ownership inscription of the novelist Alan Sillitoe to the front free endpaper.... Learn More
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  7. 129164
    Second Edition, first published the previous year. McLeod was the Surgeon of the Alceste which carried Lord Amherst on his embassy to China. The ship was wrecked in the Strait of Gaspar, all hands survived to be menaced by Malay pirates but eventually rescued by the East-Indiaman Ternate. The narrative... Learn More
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  8. 127129
    First edition. Scarce, with only six locations on Copac. Robertson, a member of the Bengal Civil Service, served as joint magistrate in the Saharunpore district. This is his first-hand account of the Indian Mutiny in this "rather isolated" area (p. 1). Robertson's "position frequently became that of the only European actor... Learn More
    £1,250

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  9. 127150
    First edition of an important and uncommon source for the Second Afghan War. "Major Walter sic Ashe has compiled a group of twenty-three letters written by several unnamed officers of the British Army during the Second Afghan War they focus mainly on General Burrow's disastrous defeat at Maiwand, and the consequent relief... Learn More
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  10. 124566
    Unrecorded samizdat publication, an unusual and highly appealing piece from the Cold War era. This well-illustrated manual details the arsenals of US and NATO forces in the early eighties. The text is divided into colour-coded sections, the first containing "intercontinental strategic nuclear weapons", followed by "eurostrategic... Learn More
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  11. 129492
    First UK editions, first impressions, of Churchill's masterpiece, in a highly attractive binding. The Second World War ranks as one of the supreme historical achievements of the 20th century, and is commonly cited as a major factor in Churchill being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953. A man who had always primarily... Learn More
    £3,850

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  12. 129464
    First edition of a "classic of maritime law" (JFB), originally drafted around 1619 at the request of James I for an Anglo-Dutch conference on fishing rights. Among the Dutch representatives was Hugo Grotius, whose Mare Liberum of 1609 had proposed that the seas were free to all. The English lawyer and antiquarian Selden's... Learn More
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  13. 46965
    First edition in German, first published in Russian the year previously with a French translation issued the same year. Never fully translated into English, an "abridgement," actually a full translation of the final volume, the General Conclusions, was published in 1899 with an introduction by W. T. Stead under the title... Learn More
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  14. 122030
    First printing of this very scarce publication issued by the Communist Party USA. This defiant statement against General Franco and his benefactors in Germany and Italy was issued to promote the Party's head and deputy head, Earl Browder and James Ford respectively, in the 1936 US Presidential Campaign. Roosevelt's neutral... Learn More
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  15. 126903
    First edition, uncommon, just 5 locations on Copac, OCLC adds 10. As a boy Jonas Moore, (1627-79), "became a clerk in Durham city" (Taylor), but resolved to follow a career in mathematics, in which ambition he was encouraged by the prominent local Shuttleworth family of Gawthorpe Hall. Brought to the attention of Charles... Learn More
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  16. 126870
    The "Third Edition Corrected", first published 1760, all editions fairly uncommon just 5 locations for the current on OCLC. Appealing "conduct book" for young officers; "The time employed in reading them, will neither be long, nor, I flatter myself entirely thrown away. Some things I have said in them may so effectually... Learn More
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  17. 118614
    A price list showing the highest prices realised at public auction sales held by Joe Dyson, auctioneer, during the Siege of Ladysmith, 21st February 1900. It features 27 items, including: eggs per dozen (2, 8s.), 4 small cucumbers (15s. 6d.), and a bottle of jam (1, 11s.). An interesting curiosity, showing the extortionate... Learn More
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  18. 127608
    First edition, only printing. Cohen's bibliography states: "the pamphlet does not appear to have sold well and, although it may have continued to appear in Macmillan catalogues as late as 1924 or early 1925, most, if not all, unsold copies, were, in fact, destroyed in 1918" (vol. I, p. 196). Martin Gilbert asserts that 5,... Learn More
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  19. 33021
    New and Revised Edition. Learn More
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  20. 120027
    First edition. An important history of the War of 1812 by Charles Jared Ingersoll (1782-1862), "the bright and knowledgeable Republican who sat in the Thirteenth Congress, and who wrote two valuable treatises that further illuminate the domestic history of the war referring to both series, as presented here" (Donald R. Hickey,... Learn More
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  21. 117179
    "Not formally published at the time, seen in various types of library binding" (Perkins). Copac shows a copy at BL and two at IWM, OCLC adds a copy at Toronto Public Library. "The 47th Bengal Infantry was raised in 1901 as a class Regt. recruiting only Jat Sikhs. Two years later it was re-titled as 47th Siklhs and then,... Learn More
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  22. 45682
    First edition. Important sequel to Corbett's Drake and the Tudor Navy, covers the years 1596-1603. Learn More
    £95

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  23. 96661
    The Pursuit of Victory..."> Second edition, the year after the first. "Southey constructed an early-nineteenth century hero as a model for the young - in his words, a 'patriotic manual.' He told a friend that he would write 'such a life of Nelson as shall be put into the hands of every youth destined for the Navy.'" (Knight The Pursuit of Victory... Learn More
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  24. 129020
    First edition of this collection of twenty essays compiled by Boswell as part of his long-standing campaign on behalf of the Corsican insurgents seeking independence from the Genoese - his first important work had been An Account of Corsica, the Journal of a Tour to that Island, and Memoirs of Pascal Paoli, published by... Learn More
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  25. 128999
    First editions, first impressions. Churchill began his history of the British Empire and the United States during his period in the political wilderness in the early 1930s, but did not complete it until after his retirement in the late 1950s. The events of the Second World War, the major interruption in the writing process,... Learn More
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  26. With Stanley's Rear Column.
    First edition of this important, highly critical narrative of the Emin Pasha relief expedition, published in the midst almost universal adulation that greeted Stanley on his return to England in 1890, and one of the "multiplication of different accounts which undermined his reputation just at the moment he had hoped it would... Learn More
    £250

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  27. 91416comp
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy to Johnnie Johnson, with gift label to front free endpaper signed by Air Commodore L. E. Wray. From the library of James Edgar "Johnnie" Johnson (1915-2001), wartime Spitfire ace, and with occasional marginalia by him. The third volume recording the actions of the RCAF overseas... Learn More
    £275

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  28. 64009
    Second edition, the same year as the first, the dedication dated just nine days after the first (1 October, rather than 22 September). A very timely publication, as Simes stresses in his secondary dedication "To the Officers of the Army": "From the rebellious conduct of the Americans it appears to me that there is a great... Learn More
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  29. 76369
    First edition, large paper copy. An important compilation produced for the reference of ship's captains at the point of Britain's entry into a defining period of naval warfare, culminating at Trafalgar. This superbly-bound copy from the library of John Scott, first earl of Eldon, with his ownership inscription before ennoblement... Learn More
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  30. 125368comp
    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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  31. 120807
    It is rare indeed that British Military History throws up a general who seriously could be considered as an exemplar of Sun Tzu's Sage Commander. And it is perhaps not particularly surprising, in view of the generally sanguinary tendencies of the historians of the British Army, that his greatest feat "being bloodless, has... Learn More
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  32. 123114
    Highly attractive Napoleonic period commander's logbook. Pitt Burnaby Greene made lieutenant in 1790, and was promoted to the rank of commander May 8 1804. His first command was HMhb Cockatrice, originally launched in 1781 as an Alert-class class of British Royal Navy cutter, but after she sank at her moorings in 1801 she... Learn More
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  33. 126702
    First edition of the first biography of Clive, the initial volume issued in the year following his death. It is certainly uncommon and this is a most appealing set in a contemporary plain trade binding. The supposed author is the French-born topographer Charles Caraccioli (b. 1722?), of whom little is known, although ODNB... Learn More
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  34. 96682
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
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  35. 127082
    Extremely uncommon set of instructions for merchant ships sailing in convoy during the Napoleonic Wars. Copac shows a single copy dated to 1802 at NMM, OCLC adds copies identified as 1804 at NYPL and Princeton, another lacking self-wraps - "1800s" - at the Peabody Essex and NYHSL, another similar at the State Library of... Learn More
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  36. 127419
    First edition of this fascinating collection of brief notes and essays on military matters by the author of the famous Memoirs of the Extraordinary Military Career of John Shipp, published two years earlier. Serving largely in India, Shipp's remarkable bravery allowed him to perform "the unique feat of twice winning a commission... Learn More
    £400

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

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  38. 105504

    The River War.

    London, New York and Bombay: 1899

    First edition, first impression, second state with minor typographic error (second inverted comma missing after THE 'LONDON GAZETTE') corrected on p. 459 of volume II. The River War was Churchill's second book, preceded only by The Story of the Malakand Field Force (1898), "2,000 copies published on 6 November 1899" (Woods).... Learn More
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  39. 127095
    First and only edition of this German translation of two key studies of the Russian "imperial" campaigns in this contested region. Russia's conquest of the Caucasus was completed just four years later at the conclusion of the Russo-Circassian War. Both Fadeev and Milutin served in the General Staff of the Army of the Caucasus.... Learn More
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  40. 37120
    Second edition, revised, first one volume edition. 1000 copies printed on the 15th October, 1902. The text had been revised considerably, and a new chapter added describing the ultimate destruction of the Khalifa and the end of the war. Learn More
    £1,375

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

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  42. Worrals of the W.A.A.F.
    First edition, first impression, in the second impression jacket. Signed by the author on front free endpaper. The first of Johns' books about Joan 'Worrals' Worralson. Learn More
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  43. 127118
    First edition, first impression. Trial of the officers responsible for running the Air Force Transit Camp - Durchgangslager der Luftwaffe - which in June 1941 was the scene of the first mass escape of the war by British officers. "This most interesting case is noteworthy for the large number of the R.A.F. who appeared as... Learn More
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  44. 127092comp
    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To Mr. Ralph W. Caine, with the compliments of H. B. Wilson". Henry Braid Wilson (1861-1954) was commander of the United States Naval Forces in France during the First World War. His account is very rare in British institutions, with the... Learn More
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  45. 80699
    First edition, first printing. An impressive and "indispensable" collection (Langworth) of Churchill's oratory, comprising some 9,000 pages of printed text. A team of researchers combed public records and newspapers to find every public address made by Churchill, but they fell short of completeness, as some of Churchill's... Learn More
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  46. 111705
    First edition, first printing, first issue. Publisher's records indicate that 5,003 copies were printed. "The volume consists of 17 letters to the Morning Post, beginning with that of 31 March 1900 and concluding with that of 14 June in contrast to London to Ladysmith, the texts of the originally published letters were more... Learn More
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  47. 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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    Stock Code: 114471

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  48. 108986
    First edition, sole printing, in the second issue binding without the full stop after the date on the spine. During January and February of 1914 Lawrence and Leonard Woolley (the archaeologist who would later excavate Ur), together with a British Army surveying detachment, mapped the Negev region of the Sinai Peninsula.... Learn More
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  49. 120160comp
    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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  50. 116292
    First UK edition, first impression, preceded in the same year by the US edition. A collection of stories based on Dahl's experiences in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War, Over to You was Dahl's second book, his first of short stories and his first for adults. Learn More
    £375

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  51. 41550
    First US Edition, First Printing. Learn More
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  52. 32964
    First Edition, First Printing. Learn More
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  53. 70558
    First editions. Extremely uncommon and indispensable reference. There was a hiatus of 18 years between the publication of volumes II and III; the final two volumes were issued in a limited edition; and in any case it is believed that no more than 500 copies of the first two volumes were produced. Learn More
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  54. 124552
    First and only edition, extremely uncommon, just two locations on OCLC both in the Netherlands - Haagse Defensiebibliothek and Het Legermuseum, Delft. Classified "Geheim" - secret - this report gathers Turk and Rovers' technical observations from a tour of naval shipyards through Germany - Wilhelmshaven, Bremen and Kiel;... Learn More
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  55. 125077
    An attractive Victorian prize-binding of Southey's great biography, first published in 1813. Southey's work "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... Learn More
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  56. 121255
    First edition, uncommon, decidedly so in the original cloth. Mercier shipped aboard the "Constitution" on her 1839 cruise to the Pacific coast of South America. "This lively, well-written narrative presents a detailed view of life before the mast, both the daily details and the unusual moments, including the effects of... Learn More
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  57. 125535
    First editions of the last three volumes; the first three volumes are third editions. Napier's work certainly divided opinion. "Soult considered it 'perfect', Sir Robert Peel 'eloquent and faithful', the Spanish general Alava felt it too pro-French, and a British officer in India demanded satisfaction on his return for a... Learn More
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  58. 125546detail
    The first three volumes third editions, published the same year as the first, volume IV the second, the rest first editions. 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... Learn More
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  59. 125487
    First edition in English following the Dresden edition of 1784, fairly uncommon just 10 locations on Copac, a similar number of additional records on OCLC. Saldern's handbook was widely adopted in the British Army; "An Inspector-General in the Prussian service from 1763 to 1785, where he enjoyed considerable reputation as... Learn More
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  60. 103566
    First edition. Crawford entered the navy in 1800 as a first class volunteer on board HMS Diamond "in which he assisted in the capture of many of the enemy's ships, armed and otherwise" (O'Byrne). He transferred to the Immortalité and later Clyde, frigates, under Admiral Owen as a midshipman "and appears to have been almost... Learn More
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