Naval & Military History
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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
BAKST, Léon. Des Karpathes a Berlin un bond dans le style des Ballets Russes a la grande stupor de ces chiens d'Allemands et d'Autrichiens.
Paris : 1915Scarce, striking visual propaganda from the pen of the great Ballets Russes designer. Originally published as a double-page spread in number 18 of Cocteau and Iribe's short-lived satirical publication Le Mot, captioned as above. This unlettered version was issued as a fundraiser in a signed edition of 100 on superior japon impérial., this copy number... Learn More£4,250.00
Stock Code: 137827
ROUPPE, Louis. [NAVAL MEDICINE.] De morbis navigantium, liberus unus.
Leiden : 1764First edition of this work on the diseases incidental to seamen, a considerably expanded edition of author's thesis published at Leiden in 1762. Louis Rouppe (1729-1780) travelled much in the West-Indies as a naval physician aboard the Princess Carolina vessel for the Dutch West Indische Companie. This work, published in Latin, is often considered the... Learn More£625.00
Stock Code: 132861
MONRO, Robert. Monro, His Expedition with the Worthy Scots Regiment (called Mac-Keyes Regiment) levied in August 1626.
London : 1637First edition of this uncommon work, putatively printed at the sole expense of Donald Mackay, first Lord Reay, who raised the regiment in which Monro served. It "has several things to recommend it: it is the first regimental history, it contains a store of information, and it is highly readable" (Cockle); this copy with a fine chain of Scottish ownership... Learn More£1,650.00
Stock Code: 143752
THATCHER, Margaret. Map of the Gallipoli peninsula.
1990From the estate of Margaret Thatcher, with the presentation label incorporated beneath the map reading "Presented to the Right Honourable Margaret Thatcher MP on the occasion of the Gallipoli Commemoration 25 April 1990". Thatcher travelled to Turkey for the 75th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign, along with the Australian prime minister Bob Hawke,... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 133407
SANDES, E. W. C. The Military Engineer in India.
Chatham : 1933-35First and sole edition, 1, 000 sets printed, of this handsome and comprehensive monograph. A superbly provenanced set: presentation copy from the author, each volume inscribed on the front free endpaper, "Presented to General Sir Reginald Wingate, GCB, GCVO, GBE, KCMG, DSO, by Lt Colonel E. W. C. Sandes (the author), 20th March 1935"; volume I also... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 141363
GARDINER, J. Ritchie. Diary of a Journey from Sumprabum to Margherita by the Chaukkan Pass.
Calcutta : 1945188 typescript leaves, privately produced by the author and inscribed "To Jack Graham as a small tribute to the work of the Indian Tea Association and to the many kindness extended to the author by him, from Ritchie. 10. 1/46." A scarce, privately produced account of a treacherous, life-threatening escape from Burma to India after the Japanese invasion,... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 129617
HOBDAY, Edmund Arthur Ponsonby. Sketches on Service during the Indian Frontier Campaigns of 1897.
London : 1898First edition. The author was Deputy Assistant Adjutant General with the 1st Brigade Malakand Field Force and an R. A., who "carried a sketch book with him throughout the operations". The drawings, which he touched up back at camp, appear on most pages of the book with an accompanying "diary-like text describing Hobday's impressions and involvement"... Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 144692
MAYAKOVSKY, Vladimir. My trebuem mira, no esli tronete… [We demand peace, but if you touch us …]
Moscow-Leningrad : 1950Striking image of the poet inscribing the words of the title in his notebook set against a background of the Soviet flag, the tip of his fountain pen mimicked by a bayonet which is pointing towards a caricatured group of Western leaders marching off a cliff-edge headed by Churchill with a flaming torch, the flames emblazoned with the words Voina protiv... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 139804
SHERIDAN, P[hilip]. H. Personal Memoirs of P. H. Sheridan. General United States Army.
New York : 1888First edition. Sheridan was a career U.S. Army officer and one of the great generals in the American Civil War. His actions proved decisive for the Union. He also prosecuted the latter years of the Indian Wars of the Great Plains.
Both as a soldier and private citizen he was instrumental in the development and protection of Yellowstone National... Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 125663
LAWRENCE-ARCHER, James Henry, Capt. Commentaries on the Punjab Campaign, 1848-49.
London : 1878First edition of this uncommon and important narrative of the Second Sikh War (1848-49), combining eye-witness account with an overview of the campaign, this copy in a variant, possibly remainder, binding; the author served with the 24th Foot at both Chillianwalla and Gujrat and gives excellent detail of both battles.
"The objective of this work... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 143235
NAPOLEONIC WARS. A List of the Officers of the Local Militia of Great Britain, 1810.
London : 1810One of only two such lists published for the short-lived Local Militia, scarce, and presented here in a choice binding, slightly battle-worn but still appealing; with an engaging martial provenance, bearing the finely-engraved bookplate of Astley Terry (1840-1926), commissioned into the King's Royal Rifle Corps in 1858, served in the Zulu War, retiring... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 143085
NAPOLEONIC WARS. A List of the Officers of the Local Militia of Great Britain, 1811.
London : 1811Very scarce officer list, one of only two published for the short-lived Local Militia, presented here in a choice period binding, and with an engaging martial provenance, bearing the finely-engraved bookplate of Astley Terry (1840-1926), commissioned into the King's Royal Rifle Corps in 1858, served in the Zulu War, retiring with the rank of honorary... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 143095
CRIMEAN WAR. Seat of War in the Krimea.
London : 1855First edition of this highly impressive and scarce large-scale map centring on Sevastopol but also showing the country as far east as Albat, giving British, French and Russian dispositions, fortifications and redoubts, and the location of field batteries, plus profile views of Sevastopol, Balaclava, and Eupatoria, and inset maps of the Black Sea and... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 141218
MACHEN, Arthur. The Angels of Mons. The Bowmen and other legends of the war.
London : 1915First edition, first impression, of Machen's popular and contentious book about the "Angels of Mons", revealing the mythologising impulse of national hysteria at the start of the First World War.
Following the defeat of the British Expeditionary Force against the Germans at Mons, Belgium, in the summer 1914, it became clear to the UK that the... Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 144508
LEAGUE OF NATIONS. Covenant.
?Paris : 1919First and only printing of this original draft, docketed on the front wrapper by Louis L. Strauss, Herbert Hoover's assistant in Paris: "One of the first 100 copies of the original draft. Read by Woodrow Wilson at Paris, Feb. 1919". Library Hub locates just six copies of this draft: Peace Palace Library, Huntington, Princeton, Harvard Law School, Wellesley,... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 132162
PARTRIDGE, Eric, ed. A Martial Medley: Fact and Fiction.
London : 1931First 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.
That... Learn More£400.00
Stock Code: 139703
RAWLINSON, Sir Alfred "Toby". The Defence of London 1915 - 1918.
London : 1924Third edition, following the first of the preceding year, this with a new preface in which Rawlinson remarks on the success of the first edition; copies in the dust jacket are decidedly uncommon.
"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,... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 139796
4th GURKHA RIFLES. In Memoriam, MCMXIV-MCMXVIII,
Calcutta : 1927First and only edition; rare: apparently unrecorded and presumably produced in a very small print run. This little volume records the service of dedication for the 4th Prince of Wales's Own Gurkha Rifles war memorial at Bakloh, northern India, which served as a cantonment for the regiment.
It comprises the order of service, a brief description... Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 113967
DUNDAS, Lawrence. Behind the Spanish Mask.
London : 1943First edition, first impression, of this anti-Franco polemic: "With a brilliant examination of the background of the Civil War Mr. Dundas exposes the Franco facade, lays bare the hybrid and bogus nature of his Revolution, a fact which has confused the Spaniards themselves and has brought disillusion to those who backed winner and loser alike" (jacket... Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 144632
LAWRENCE, D. H. - MAGNUS, Maurice. Memoirs of the Foreign Legion.
London : 1924First edition, first impression, one of 2,000 copies. Magnus's memoir of his time with, and subsequent desertion of, the French Foreign Legion was left unpublished upon his death by suicide in 1920; it is here published for the first time, together with a lengthy introduction and biographical sketch by Lawrence, his erstwhile friend. Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 144610
WILKINSON, Geoffrey Miles. Manuscript memorial volume of a pilot officer of 56 Squadron R. F. C.
Ealing, Middlesex : 1918A unique and extremely moving document, a manuscript record of the life and brief career of 2nd Lieut. G. M. Wilkinson, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, attached to 56 Squadron R.F.C. (1898-1917), lovingly copied out and compiled by his mother. Following the structure of the memorial volumes of the era the volume offers a brief account of schooling... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 144576
BELHAVEN, Ralph Gerard Alexander Hamilton, Master of. The War Diary of the Master of Belhaven 1914-1918.
London : 1924First and only contemporary edition of this uncommon posthumously published memoir, a highly detailed day by day account of an artillery officer's service on the Western Front. This copy from the library of gunner and military historian Major Archibald Frank Becke, much enhanced by his meticulous annotation and indexing of the text, and by the addition... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 144545
JACOMB, Charles Ernest. Torment (A Study in Patriotism).
London : 1920First and only edition of this "impressive" and "remarkable book" (The Bookman), an account of the author's services on the Western Front, this copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper; "Miss G. R. Wells, with compliments from the author and in gratitude especially for the great given in writing this book. Charles E. Jacomb, 13/4/20".... Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 144552
ADCOCK, A. St John. For Remembrance.
London : 1918First edition, first impression, of Adcock's memorial volume, giving biographies and poetical excerpts for 44 "Soldier Poets", 20 of which are portrayed. This book is uncommonly found, especially so in such good condition and with the jacket.
The dust jacket, which was designed by Eugene Hastain, bears on the front flap an advertisement ("It... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 144555
CHEMICAL WARFARE; WORLD WAR I. M Special Co[mpany]y's Strafes.
London : 1919No other copy traced, a very scarce memento of the services of M Special Company, Royal Engineers, a British chemical weapons unit that saw extensive service on the Western Front, sent out to ex-members soliciting funds for the R. E. Memorial Fund.
The "chart" lists the close to 50 operations that the unit was involved in between June 1916 and... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 144428
LUSHINGTON, Franklin, as Mark Severn. The Gambardier.
London : 1930First edition, first impression of this important artillery battery commander's account of service on the Western Front. This an excellent association copy from the library of gunner and military historian Major Archibald Frank Becke (1871-1947), with a letter from the author concerning Becke's, unacknowledged, involvement in the writing of the book,... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 144528
DEVAMBEZ, André. Douze eaux-fortes.
Paris : 1915First and sole edition, number 116 of 150 copies only, title page and each plate signed and numbered in pencil by the artist. Inevitably highly uncommon, this quite superb suite of plates can trace its lineage to those more famous series on a similar theme by Jacques Callot and Goya.
André Devambez (1867-1944) originally studied with his father... Learn More£1,600.00
Stock Code: 142725
WORLD WAR I; ARMISTICE DAY, LONDON. London, 11th November 1918, three autograph letters containing eyewitness accounts.
London : 1918Wonderfully evocative group of letters written on 11/11/18 describing the arrival in London of news of the armistice, and the subsequent celebrations, all written to Godfrey Stubberfield, serving in France with the Royal Garrison Artillery, from his mother, father & sister, all residing at 3 Alfriston Road, West Side, Clapham Common, London SW11. A... Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 142736
PLUMER, Herbert. Il Concorso delle Truppe Britanniche alla Fronte Italiana.
Roma : 1918Rare first and sole edition, effectively the official report for British involvement on the "Forgotten Front", reprinting Plumer's letter to the Earl of Derby, Secretary of State for War, dated 9 March 1918, summarising the contribution of the British Expeditionary Force (Italy); no copies recorded among institutional libraries, perhaps not surprising... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 142277
WILLCOCKS, Sir James. With the Indians in France.
London : 1920First and only contemporary edition, this the imposing limited issue on larger thicker paper, copy 64 of 150 numbered and signed on behalf of the publishers, and with a suite of high-quality photogravure portraits - of the author and eight Indian notables who served during the conflict - which do not appear in the standard issue.
Although this... Learn More£1,850.00
Stock Code: 140727
STERN, Sir Albert G. Tanks 1914-1918.
London : 1919First 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". Stern's book was praised highly by Cyril Falls, "several important books have been written on tanks, but this work of Sir Albert Stern's is unlikely to be superseded in its own class".
An... Learn More£325.00
Stock Code: 139789
BAGNOLD, Enid. Diary Without Dates; [together with:] The Happy Foreigner.
London : 1918 & 1920Enid Bagnold's two wartime works, each inscribed by her to Dorothy Heath, her friend and fellow FANY driver, together with three letters and a postcard from Bagnold to Heath: Diary Without Dates is inscribed on the dedication page verso, "To Dorothy Heath (who said 'Did you write this?' and changed my career in France) with love from Enid 1919"; The... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 139421
BRITTAIN, Vera. Testament of Youth.
London : 1933First edition, first impression, of this powerful feminist classic; notably rare in the dust jacket, especially so in such nice unrestored condition this is the first we have handled. Lengel notes that this was "one of the most important pieces of literature to emerge from the war".
Brittain's memoir was an instant best-seller. Published on... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 121385
WORLD WAR I - CLOSE, Albert (cartographer). [Three maps:] The British Empire at Bay on the Western Front. A visualised map compiled by Albert Close [with:] Index to British War Cemeteries [with:] The Naval War Chart of the North Sea. Compiled by Albert Close.
London : 1922-23A group of three very scarce, imposing and fascinating maps, the principal two covering in remarkable detail the complexities of the Great War on the Western Front and in the North Sea, compiled by the Canadian-born cartographer Albert Close.
The Western Front map (dated 15 January 1923 and November 1923) - published as a companion piece to... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 122291
GALLIPOLI - KANNENGIESSER, Hans. The Campaign in Gallipoli.
London : 1927First edition in English, first impression, in a particularly attractive example of the jacket. Hans Kannengiesser commanded the Turkish 9th Division at Gallipoli, which was part of the Fifth Army under Liman von Sanders. This is one of the most important accounts of the campaign from the German standpoint.
"Kannengiesser's book, Gallipoli:... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 114008
BICKERSTETH, J. B. History of the 6th Cavalry Brigade 1914-1919.
London : First edition, first impression. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on a preliminary blank: "From the Author, 14 Jan: 20".
Also present: the signed ("D. Haig") original typescript of Haig's Foreword (2 leaves, dated 15th August 1919, on GHQ letterhead); an autograph letter signed from Haig's private secretary Lieutenant-Colonel J.... Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 106246
WARD, John. With the "Die-Hards" in Siberia.
London : 1920First edition, first impression. "Ward was colonel of the 25th Battalion of the Middlesex Regiment. A contentious but important book, violently anti-Bolshevik but also highly critical of American and Japanese policy in Siberia" (Lengel). Very scarce in the dust jacket. Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 100499
WILLIAMS, Oscar (ed.) The War Poets.
New York : 1945First 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
GODDEN, Gertrude M. Conflict in Spain 1920-1937.
London : 1937First edition, first impression, wrappers issue; of this detailed argument by the Catholic author that it was communists and their agitation which were responsible for Spain's descent into civil war.
"The author's researches and writings on Communist operations in Spain and other countries have become one of the chief sources of information for... Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 144491
KOREAN WAR. Two North Korean air-drop propaganda "Christmas cards" - "Where there is Peace there is blessing".
Korea : 1952Uncommon propaganda items from the last year of the Korean War, carrying carefully weighed messages separately to the American forces and to their British allies.
That addressed to the British forces attempts to peel away support for their American allies; "It is 28 months since the Yanks dragged Britain into this war. Nearly 10,000 British lads... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 142447
FAIRBAIRN, William. Remarks on Canal Navigation,
London : 1831First edition, inscribed on the title page "To Mr Hart, Galsgow, With the Author's compliments". Fairbairn's first book, documenting his experiments on the properties of iron boats, and the possibility of applying steam-power for traction, to improve communication on canal lines, is "written in a plain, perspicuous, and unpretending manner - no small... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 143942
ROHAN, Henri, duc de. The Complete Captain,
Cambridge : 1640Scarce first edition in English of de Rohan's popular and influential Le parfait capitaine (Paris, 1636), based on Caesar's Commentaries, translated by John Cruso, an important figure in the transmission of the latest continental military thinking; it was widely used by officers on both sides during the Civil War. This is a most appealing copy in a... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 143744
MACHEN, Arthur. War and the Christian Faith.
London : 1918First and only edition in book form, written after his very successful Bowmen (1914) and at the suggestion of the acting editor of The Evening News where it was first published and where Machen worked as a reporter from 1910 to 1921.
"Although he detested journalism, his Johnsonian manner and compelling character established him as one of Fleet... Learn More£100.00
Stock Code: 144148
ROCHEFORT - A VOLUNTEER. A Genuine Account of the Late Grand Expedition to the Coast of France.
[London] : 1757First edition of this anonymous contemporary narrative of the failed British expedition to capture the French Atlantic port of Rochefort in 1757. The Army Commander Sir John Mordaunt was court-martialled for it, and although he was ultimately acquitted, his mission was judged to have been poorly planned.
The expedition cost approximately a million... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 143876
DUTCH WAR OF INDEPENDENCE. Dialogus Ofte t'Samenspreeckinge tusschen Jan Andersorgh ende Govert Eygen-sin,
[Amsterdam?] : 1630First edition of this West Frisian rhymed dialogue against the ongoing peace negotiations between the United Provinces and Spain to conclude the Dutch War of Independence (1568-1648). The United Provinces had gained significant ground in the preceding few years, with the Dutch West India Company occupying Bahia, the capital of Brazil in 1624, and that... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 139110
STEAD, J. View of the Grand Fleet, under the Command of Admiral Lord Hood,
Gosport : 1791Rare provincial printing, just a single, slightly variant, copy traced on-line, Royal Museums, Greenwich. Attractive record of the display of naval power known as The Russian Armament, the fleet hastily assembled in response to a perceived threat to the Ottoman Empire from Catherine the Great's rejuvenated Russia.
In 1788 Suvorov's capture of... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 144067
NELSON, Horatio, Viscount Nelson. Unusual mourning locket.
?London : 1805Elegantly worked mourning piece produced in the aftermath of the death of Nelson. The imagery is highly a propos and evocative, a young midshipman sits in a wooded glade, deep in thought in front of a memorial to the fallen hero: Britain's glorious naval tradition secure in the hands of the rising generation.
A profound wave of grief swept a... Learn More£3,250.00
Stock Code: 129259