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  1. Diplomatic study on the Crimean War (1852 to 1856).
    ZHOMINI, Aleksandr Genrikhovich. Diplomatic study on the Crimean War (1852 to 1856).

    London : 1882

    First English edition of this important account compiled by the senior advisor to the Russian Imperial Foreign Ministry. A timely publication guided not by "any idea of vain recrimination... On the contrary... the moment has come for the all the European Powers to strike a balance... and to acknowledge towards one another their mea culpa".

    Originally... Learn More
    £575.00

    Stock Code: 141302

  2. Notes relative to the Late Transactions in the Marhatta [sic] Empire.
    WELLESLEY, Richard. Notes relative to the Late Transactions in the Marhatta [sic] Empire.

    London : 1804

    First London edition of this account of the early stages of the Second Anglo-Maratha War (1803-5), first published the previous year at Calcutta. Issued anonymously, it was the work Richard, Marquess Wellesley, at the time governor-general of Bengal, and older brother of the duke of Wellington who took a significant part in these campaigns, and it glorifies... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 143667

  3. Observations on the Disturbances in the Madras Army in 1809.
    MALCOLM, Sir John. Observations on the Disturbances in the Madras Army in 1809.

    London : 1812

    First and only edition of Malcolm's defence of his actions during the "White Mutiny" among the officers of the Madras Army. Sparked by the abolition of the "tent contract" moneys for controlled by regimental commanding officers, but fed on accumulating grievances in the East India Company's military the mutiny led to a near complete breakdown of order... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 143555

  4. Memoir of the War in India,
    THORN, William. Memoir of the War in India,

    London : 1818

    First edition. A well-provenanced and superbly bound copy of this handsomely and uncommon account of Lord Lake's expedition against the Maratha chief Jasvant Holkar Rao, the Second Anglo--Mahrata War, an early campaign of British Empire building in India. The author was "an avowed military man and a constant traveller... witness to some of the most... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 143003

  5. The Poems.
    OWEN, Wilfred. The Poems.

    London : 1931

    First Blunden edition of Wilfred Owen's poems, first impression, number 23 of 160 large paper copies, and signed by Blunden on page 41 at the end of his "Memoir".

    This edition was expanded by fellow war-poet Edmund Blunden (1896-1974) from the first edition of 1920 edited by Siegfried Sassoon, who of all the war poets had known Owen best, albeit... Learn More
    £1,350.00

    Stock Code: 143660

  6. Tagebuch - a middy's journal book of cruises in the SMSs Charlotte, 1897-8 and Moltke 1898-9 - Baltic, Russia, Atlantic, Caribbean.
    ALTROCK, Paul von. Tagebuch - a middy's journal book of cruises in the SMSs Charlotte, 1897-8 and Moltke 1898-9 - Baltic, Russia, Atlantic, Caribbean.

    Kiel and at Sea : 1897-9

    A meticulously maintained and well preserved journal of cruises on two German naval training ships in appealing locations and at interesting times, with numerous excellent illustrations: a splendid exemplar.

    In June 1897 Paul von Altrock joined the Charlotte, the last sailing warship built for Germany, when she was overhauled and recommissioned... Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 133188

  7. Indian Commerce and Russian Intrigue. The Present and Future Prospects of our Indian Empire.
    WESTMACOTT, George Edward. Indian Commerce and Russian Intrigue. The Present and Future Prospects of our Indian Empire.

    London : 1838

    First and only edition. Uncommon, 7 locations only on Copac, OCLC adds 2 more. Westmacott (1807-41) arrived in Bengal in 1823 as ensign, and was promoted captain in the 37th N.I. in 1833, the following year being made the junior assistant to the agent of the Governor general, North-east Frontier. A scholarly soldier, while in Assam he contributed a... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 143818

  8. Professional Recollections of Points of Seamanship, Discipline, &c.
    LIARDET, Francis. Professional Recollections of Points of Seamanship, Discipline, &c.

    Portsea : 1849

    First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to Queen Victoria on the front free endpaper: "Presented to Her Most Gracious Majesty by one of Her most devoted servants the Author. Dec. 17th - 1851".

    Francis Liardet (1798-1860) entered the navy in 1809 as a second class volunteer on the Mercury. By the age of 14 he had seen service... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 139373

  9. Survey of International Affairs 1920 - … 1926
    TOYNBEE, Arnold J.; C. A. Macartney et al. Survey of International Affairs 1920 - … 1926

    London : 1926-8

    First editions. An interesting run of the BIIA's annual volumes, offering a comprehensive survey of the global political situation in the immediate aftermath of the First World War. Compiled by Toynbee in his capacity as Research Professor of International History at the London School of Economics, and Director of Studies at the British Institute of... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 143860

  10. The Art of Warre, or Militarie discourses of leavying, marching, encamping; and embattailing an armie.
    DU PRAISSAC, Sieur. The Art of Warre, or Militarie discourses of leavying, marching, encamping; and embattailing an armie.

    Cambridge : 1639

    First edition in English, John Cruso's translation of Les discours militaires (first edition, Paris 1614), one of a series of military works by Cruso that were the first to make the new continental, primarily Dutch, military literature available to an English-speaking audience.

    John Cruso (fl. 15951655) was the son of parents who had fled Flanders... Learn More
    £3,250.00

    Stock Code: 139405

  11. Defiant City.
    BATÓ, Jo. Defiant City.

    London : 1942

    First edition, first impression. Wounded in the First World War, Bato remained in combat areas as a war artist. His charcoal drawings from this period were published in this book. Later his career took him to film, and he subsequently became assistant art director to Alexander Korda and Vincent Korda.

    Provenance: from the publisher's archive... Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 143873

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

    London : 1908

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 120930

  13. "Dear Fatherland, Rest Quietly."
    BOURKE-WHITE, Margaret. "Dear Fatherland, Rest Quietly."

    New York : 1946

    First edition, first printing of Bourke-White's remarkable piece of post-war reportage; with photographs and anecdotes gathered in the immediate aftermath of World War II in what starts as an attempt to give a human face to "Faceless Fritz", and ends in an urgent indictment against the dehumanised soul of a nation divorced from "the democratic idea".... Learn More
    £425.00

    Stock Code: 143733

  14. Our Public Offices:
    MARVIN, Charles. Our Public Offices:

    London : 1882

    Our Public Offices provoked a minor political scandal on first publication in 1878; this copy of the third edition bears an attractive provenance, with the posthumous book label of Peter Hopkirk (1930-2014), the noted explorer and writer on Russia and Central Asia. Marvin, who had spent his early years working at his father's engineering works on the... Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 143603

  15. The Red Sea Pilot.
    NAVAL PILOT. The Red Sea Pilot.

    London : 1873

    Revised edition of this notably uncommon naval pilot, one of 1,250 copies. This edition was updated from the first edition of 1863 in order to include key information on the Suez canal, which opened in 1869. Two copies of this edition have been traced institutionally, held at the British Library and the New York Public Library.

    This edition was... Learn More
    £1,650.00

    Stock Code: 142878

  16. Jersey in Jail 1940-45.
    WYATT, Horace. Jersey in Jail 1940-45.

    Jersey : 1945

    First edition, signed limited issue, one of 750 copies signed by the author and illustrator, this copy out of series and additionally later inscribed by the publisher to the dedication page, "With best wishes, Ernest Huelin, April 29th 1952". This work provides a first hand account of life on Jersey under German occupation, and is uncommon in such attractive... Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 142417

  17. [The Second World War, in Dutch:] Memoires over de tweede wereldoorlog.
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. [The Second World War, in Dutch:] Memoires over de tweede wereldoorlog.

    Amsterdam/Brussels : 1948-54

    First Dutch trade edition, inscribed by the author, volume 1 "Inscribed for Emery Reves by Winston S. Churchill, 1948", volumes 2 and 3 signed and dated 1949, volume 5 signed "WSChurchill", the others unsigned; from the library of Emery Reves, Churchill's literary agent.



    Reves had been instrumental in promoting Churchill's pre-war international... Learn More
    £6,750.00

    Stock Code: 34995

  18. The Man Around the Engine.
    LE BAILLY, Vice Admiral Sir Louis. The Man Around the Engine.

    Emsworth : 1990

    First edition. Presentation copy to Elizabeth, widow of David Devine, author and military historian. Inscribed "For Elizabeth Devine, because David started all this. Best wishes from Louis Le Bailly". Page 123 has the following lines annotated, "The small round man in a purple rage leading the assault was David Divine. From that unsatisfactory start... Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 143455

  19. A Political Mirror;
    MILES, William Augustus. A Political Mirror;

    London : 1779

    First edition. A scarce and desirable piece of Americana with just eleven institutional copies located worldwide for this first edition; the second edition of the following year omits the list of ships.

    Unusually solely the BL copy is located in the UK, the rest in the US - Huntington, Lilly, JCB, NYHS, Yale, Society of the Cincinnati, Clements... Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 143439

  20. The Life of Nelson.
    SOUTHEY, Robert. The Life of Nelson.

    London : 1813

    First edition, second issue with page 258 of volume II correctly paginated. "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
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 142259

  21. Psychological Warfare.
    LINEBARGER, Paul M. A. Psychological Warfare.

    Washington : 1948

    First edition, first printing, of "the first general survey of Psychological Warfare. From the White House level to the psychological-warfare functions of a tank commander, from Gideon to Radio Moscow, from propaganda match-books to Karl Marx - it is all here, written so you can understand it" (rear panel). Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 143419

  22. Know the Chinese Communist Army.
    FITZALAN-HOWARD, Sir Miles Francis (ed.) Know the Chinese Communist Army.

    [London] : 1965

    First and only edition of this rare pamphlet, marked "Restricted" and published the year before the beginning of the Cultural Revolution, two copies only traced in libraries (Australian War Mermorial and Canadian War Museum), none in commerce. Sections cover the army's history, doctrine, training, guerrilla and jungle warfare tactics, armour, paramilitary... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 143420

  23. Cuba in War Time.
    DAVIS, Richard Harding. Cuba in War Time.

    New York : 1897

    First edition. The Cuban struggle for independence, ongoing throughout the nineteenth century, was closely followed in the US, with many newspapers supporting an interventionist policy. Davis (1864-1916) was "convinced by his own experience that no man, whatever "his prejudices may be, can make this journey and not go home convinced that it is his duty... Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 143355

  24. Handbook for Military Government in Germany.
    WORLD WAR II. Handbook for Military Government in Germany.

    Bushy Park, London : 1944

    First edition of this key document in the denazification of Germany, highly uncommon, published in December 1944 in an edition of 6, 000 copies; a high-level draft version circulated in the autumn of 1944 was considered too lenient toward Germany, Roosevelt describing it in a memo as "pretty bad" (Dobbins et al, p.20).

    Secretary of the Treasury... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 134461

  25. The Middle Parts of Fortune. Somme & Ancre, 1916.
    MANNING, Frederick. The Middle Parts of Fortune. Somme & Ancre, 1916.

    London : 1929

    First edition, first impression, number 433 of 525 copies in the original unexpurgated edition. On publication Manning's Middle Parts of Fortune was hailed as a powerful personal vision of the Great War. In Men at War Hemingway described it as "The finest and noblest book of men in war that I have ever read. I read it once each year to remember how... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 120858

  26. A Visit to the Camp Before Sevastopol.
    MCCORMICK, Richard Cunningham. A Visit to the Camp Before Sevastopol.

    New York : 1855

    First edition, attractive account of the Crimean War with an interesting discussion of hospital conditions at Scutari. The author was a New York-born war correspondent who later became Governor of Arizona, and unlike many correspondents managed to catch a glimpse of Florence Nightingale in person. A fragile book and genuinely uncommon: Library Hub traces... Learn More
    £185.00

    Stock Code: 142750

  27. Behind the smoke screen.
    GROVES, Percy Robert Clifford, Brigadier-General. Behind the smoke screen.

    London : 1934

    First edition of this timely reassessment of the importance of air power, proving "that there is an urgent need for a reorientation of the nations defensive system" (Swinton's preface). This copy inscribed on the front free endpaper to the chairman and managing director of Short Brothers; "To Oswald Short with kind regards from P. R. C. Groves, January... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 142780

  28. Nuneaton-Chester Canal Trip, 1898.
    BRUNEL, Henry Marc, & Robert Edmund Froude. Nuneaton-Chester Canal Trip, 1898.

    [Westminster : c.1900]

    First and only edition of this rare privately printed account of the late August 1898 ten-day canal cruise from Nuneaton to Chester, the second leg of the "Way to Kendal", undertook by five friends, including eminent engineers, started in 1894 from the Thames Oxford and finished in 1899 at Kendal in Westmorland.

    Each one of the men was attributed... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 143005

  29. Seaborne: An account of the activities of the volunteers from Group 8 during their period of service with the Royal Navy as Aircraft Identifiers, May-July 1944.
    D-DAY - JOWETT, H.A., Obs./Cdr., M.B.E. Seaborne: An account of the activities of the volunteers from Group 8 during their period of service with the Royal Navy as Aircraft Identifiers, May-July 1944.

    Leeds : [1944]

    First and only edition, rare, just a single copy at IWM traced. This copy inscribed by the author: "H.P. Capel With Christmas Greetings 1944 H.A. Jowett." During the Normandy Landings a number of members of the ROC served as volunteers on board Royal Navy and US Navy ships: these men were temporarily entered into the RN and wore their ROC uniform with... Learn More
    £575.00

    Stock Code: 140434

  30. A Display of the Naval Flags of All Nations.
    FLAGS - FISHER, Henry. A Display of the Naval Flags of All Nations.

    London : 1833

    Uncommon early ninetenenth-century flag reference. Library Hub locates a single copy of an earlier Fisher edition at the V & A, WolrdCat offers 6 locations for various editions between 1827 and 1840, and NAM have a copy of the present edition. Attractive compilation of British ensigns, together with national, state, port and trading company flags. Two... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 142581

  31. What About the Airship?
    ROSENDAHL, Charles Emery. What About the Airship?

    New York : 1938

    First edition, first printing; a superb presentation copy, inscribed by the author across the front free endpaper, "With best wishes and happiest recollections of our airship service together, to Captain George W. Steele. Charles Emery Rosendahl, August 1938". The recipient was Rosendahl's predecesor as commander of the ZR-3 airship USS Los Angeles... Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 143198

  32. Seven Pillars of Wisdom.
    LAWRENCE, T. E. Seven Pillars of Wisdom.

    London : 1935

    First trade edition, limited issue, number 308 of 750 numbered copies issued in this quarter pigskin binding, alongside a cheaper issue bound in cloth. This first trade edition was preceded only by the unprocurable Oxford Times edition of 1922 (of which there were just eight copies printed), and the sumptuous 1926 Cranwell edition (limited to 211 copies).... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 142587

  33. The First Collected Works. Centenary Limited Edition.
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. The First Collected Works. Centenary Limited Edition.

    London : 1973-6

    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 copies and only 1,750 sets... Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 129564

  34. The Commodore.
    O'BRIAN, Patrick. The Commodore.

    London : 1994

    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page. This is the seventeenth title in the Aubrey-Maturin series. Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 142923

  35. The Poems.
    BLUNDEN, Edmund. The Poems.

    London : 1930

    First edition, first impression. In an attractive contemporary binding of red morocco. Learn More
    £425.00

    Stock Code: 86144

  36. Military History of the Campaign of 1882 in Egypt.
    EGYPTIAN CAMPAIGN 1882 - MAURICE, J. F. Military History of the Campaign of 1882 in Egypt.

    London : 1887

    First edition, 1, 700 copies printed. Although well represented institutionally copies are seldom found with the letterpress and maps paired and presented in anything approaching an appealing contemporary binding, as here. With an attractive martial provenance: engraved armorial bookplates of Ernest N. Pedder and his ownership inscription to preliminary... Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 141183

  37. Small naval archive including original notice board announcement of VJ Day from submarine HM Submarine Terrapin.
    MALLETT, Alfred J. Small naval archive including original notice board announcement of VJ Day from submarine HM Submarine Terrapin.

    1927-1962

    Slight and slightly scruffy, this nevertheless remains an evocative assemblage of documents from an extraordinarily long and highly distinguished naval career. Perhaps the "star" item being the two-page "Notice Board Copy", pencil on naval message pad, of the announcement of VJ Day from the submarine Terrapin, which was at that point returning via Suez... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 142705

  38. Field Marshall Sir Neville Chamberlain.
    FORREST, G. W. Field Marshall Sir Neville Chamberlain.

    Edinburgh & London : 1909

    First edition of what remains the only biography of Sir Neville Chamberlain (1820-1902), the materials for which were largely provided by Chamberlain's sister, Harriet, and by his son. Chamberlain was a career British Army officer who served with great distinction through many campaigns. He travelled to India in 1837 and served in the First Afghan War... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 142125

  39. The Rebellion in India: How to Prevent Another.
    NORTON, John Bruce. The Rebellion in India: How to Prevent Another.

    London : 1857

    First edition of this narrative and analysis of the of the Indian Rebellion of 1857-8 against the rule of the British East India Company. Norton, an officer in the Bombay Presidency, believed that the Rebellion was not a localised military mutiny but a national rebellion, and places the blame on British civil and military officials. He strongly criticises... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 129384

  40. A Missing Chapter of the Indian Mutiny.
    SHOWERS, Charles Lionel. A Missing Chapter of the Indian Mutiny.

    London : 1888

    First edition of this account of the Indian Mutiny of 1857-8 written from the unpublished letters and diaries of the British Resident in the Mewar States of Rajputana during the mutiny, Charles Lionel Showers (1816-1895). This work contains information that Showers did not include in his official reports to the Government. It includes descriptions of... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 129432

  41. The Mutiny in Sialkot.
    RICH, Gregory. The Mutiny in Sialkot.

    Sialkot Cantonment : 1924

    First and only edition, the print run stated to be 1,000 copies only. "Rich attempts to preserve what information remained concerning events at Sialkot" (Sorsky), while Green draws attention to his use of "survivor's testaments" (Islam and the Army in Colonial India: Sepoy Religion in the Service of Empire, p. 84). In his preface, Rich writes, "since... Learn More
    £400.00

    Stock Code: 115441

  42. Naval Sketches of the War in California.
    ROOSEVELT, Franklin D. Naval Sketches of the War in California.

    New York : 1939

    First edition, first printing, one of 1,000 copies. Presentation copy, inscribed by Roosevelt on title page, "Franklin D. Roosevelt, for Robert M. Morgenthau". Morgenthau (b.1919) is the son of Roosevelt's friend and Secretary of the Treasury during Roosevelt's presidency, Henry Morgenthau, Jr (1891-1967).

    At the time of presentation Robert... Learn More
    £7,500.00

    Stock Code: 119149

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

    London : 1784

    First edition. Lovely copy of the collected theatrical works of this now largely forgotten, but once highly popular writer, exceptionally prettily bound and with an attractive provenance. Hayley is best remembered today as a friend and patron of George Romney and William Blake, and biographer of Milton.

    Hayley (17451820) "although affluent was... Learn More
    £950.00

    Stock Code: 139629

  44. 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 based on Moore's travels as tutor to the eighth duke of Hamilton. A pretty contemporary binding in excellent state, and an noble provenance.

    Moore was trained in medicine at Glasgow, attended Hunter's lectures on anatomy in London, and studied surgery in Paris under... Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 139632

  45. An Enquiry into the Principles of Civil and Military Subordination.
    MACDIARMID, John, of Weem. An Enquiry into the Principles of Civil and Military Subordination.

    London : 1806

    Rare first and only edition of this investigation into "natural" and "artificial" subordination, and in particular into the specifically military institutions of the latter and their possible improvement. From the library of the marquess of Londonderry, an attractive copy with an excellent military provenance.

    Macdiarmid's (17791808) father... Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 139663

  46. 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, WorldCat 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

  47. The India Directory, or, Directions for Sailing to and from the East Indies, China, Australia, and the Interjacent Ports of Africa and South America.
    HORSBURGH, James. The India Directory, or, Directions for Sailing to and from the East Indies, China, Australia, and the Interjacent Ports of Africa and South America.

    London : 1841-43

    Scarce fifth edition of this important and justly famous publication, much enlarged in successive editions from the first of 1809-11, which was to become the standard manual for the eastern navigation; this copy with an excellent nautical pedigree, having passed through the hands of a trio of American sea captains.

    Provenance: mounted on a preliminary... Learn More
    £12,500.00

    Stock Code: 139134

  48. A Biographical Sketch of Sir Henry Havelock, KCB.
    BROCK, William. A Biographical Sketch of Sir Henry Havelock, KCB.

    London : 1858

    Ninth edition, first published in the same year. Brock's biography of one of the great Victorian "Christian soldiers" enjoyed "an enormous circulation" (ODNB) and "was written to satisfy a public demand for details of the life of a fallen hero" (Ladendorf). Sir Henry Havelock (1795-1857), one of the most capable British commanders during the Mutiny,... Learn More
    £45.00

    Stock Code: 142058

  49. Collection of material relating to Wingate's Chindits and their campaigns in Burma.
    CHINDITS. Collection of material relating to Wingate's Chindits and their campaigns in Burma.

    1940s-1980s]

    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 press photographs, and... Learn More
    £7,500.00

    Stock Code: 65880

  50. The Armed Horde, 1793-1939.
    NICKERSON, Hoffman. The Armed Horde, 1793-1939.

    New York : 1942

    Second edition of this influential, if controversial, study, first published in 1940. This copy inscribed by the author, "To General Martel from a follower in the wake of the Tank, Hoffman Nickerson". The recipient was Sir Giffard Le Quesne Martel (18891958), and the inscription refers to his 1931 publication In the Wake of the Tank, which is an account... Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 142036

  51. Dvadtsat' sem' mesyatsev na dreyfuyushchem korable «Georgiy Sedov» (Twenty-seven months on the drifting ship "Georgiy Sedov").
    CHERNENKO, M. B., & L. V. Khvat. Dvadtsat' sem' mesyatsev na dreyfuyushchem korable «Georgiy Sedov» (Twenty-seven months on the drifting ship "Georgiy Sedov").

    Leningrad : 1940

    First edition of this uncommon account from the Heroic Era of Soviet Arctic Exploration. In 1937 the icebreaker Georgiy Sedov was sent to the assistance of two fellow icebreakers trapped in the frozen Polar Sea, but was encircled in the pack ice and joined them in captivity. The two smaller vessels were freed by Yermak early in 1938, but Sedov was obliged... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 141257

  52. The Grand Captain.
    DE GAURY, Gerald. The Grand Captain.

    London : 1955

    First edition, first impression, of the first full-length biography of the medieval Spanish general Gonzalo de Cordoba. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To Elizabeth Kinnear With very many thanks for her patient help Gerald de Gaury 19.7.55. London". Inscribed copies are particularly scarce, for de Gaury moved... Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 141817

  53. Three original artworks.
    WESTERN DESERT - WESSEL, Wilhelm. Three original artworks.

    1942

    Three fine studies made in the field by German war artist Wilhelm Wessel (1904-1971), Rommel's kriegsmaler, conveying a genuine sense of reportage and executed while Wessel was serving as an officer with the Afrikakorps.

    Original black-and-white charcoal drawing on pale grey paper signed "Wih. Wessel 42", measuring 460 x 590 mm; inscribed lower... Learn More
    £11,500.00

    Stock Code: 136644

  54. For YOU the War is Over.
    HORNER, Gordon. For YOU the War is Over.

    London : 1948

    First and only edition, this copy signed at the conclusion of his Preface by Bill Bowes, probably the best bowler of the interwar period, like Horner a Yorkshireman, and a fellow POW in Italy. Before the war, Horner had trained at Leeds Art College, subsequently taking up work at a commercial studio. He won a competition to become war artist with the... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 124643

  55. The Naval Achievements of Great Britain. From the Year 1793 to 1817.
    JENKINS, James. The Naval Achievements of Great Britain. From the Year 1793 to 1817.

    London : [after 1835]

    First edition, later state. First issued in 1817, the work sold slowly, which led Jenkins to issue copies as demand necessitated. The earliest copies of this book have the text printed on paper watermarked 1812 and 1816; this copy is printed on paper watermarked 1835. An attractively bound copy of this magnificent illustration of the high-water mark... Learn More
    £12,500.00

    Stock Code: 94719

  56. A Souvenir from The Pipe Band, Punjab Constabulary.
    INDIA. A Souvenir from The Pipe Band, Punjab Constabulary.

    Lahore : 1950

    Unique album presented to Sgt. J. R. Cockburn, Royal Scots, "in appreciation of the keen interest taken in training those members of the Pipe Band... whose photographs appear in this album", signed by Brian St. Clair Allum as commandant. A splendid record, a memento of the post-colonial persistence of the pipes in South Asia.

    The members portrayed... Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 141917

  57. The Third Afghan War 1919 Official Account.
    THIRD AFGHAN WAR. The Third Afghan War 1919 Official Account.

    Calcutta : 1926

    First edition, uncommon, produced in a print-run of 1, 500 copies only. "Hostilities began on 4 May 1919, when Afghan troops cut the water supply to Landī Kōtal on the Indian side of the border, and Britain retaliated by closing the Khyber Pass. It appears that the Afghans planned a concerted attack, but the forces of Sāleh Mohammad were prematurely... Learn More
    £400.00

    Stock Code: 142155

  58. Field-Marshal Sir Donald Stewart.
    ELSMIE, George Robert. Field-Marshal Sir Donald Stewart.

    London : 1903

    First edition, first impression, of the only biography of Field Marshal Sir Donald Stewart (1824-1900), who succeeded Sir Frederick Haines as commander-in-chief India in 1881, remaining in the post until retirement in 1885. The author, G. R. Elsmie, a long time civil servant in the Punjab, was considered competent, modest and a good-humoured author,... Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 142114

  59. James Outram. A Biography.
    OUTRAM, Sir James - GOLDSMID, F. J. James Outram. A Biography.

    London : 1880

    First edition of Goldsmid's "authoritative" biography (ODNB), written shortly after his retirement from the army with the rank of major-general, having served with distinction in the Crimea and on the staff of Sir Bartle Frere in Sind. Sir James Outram (1803-1863) holds a prominent position in the pantheon of British soldier-administrators in India,... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 142132

  60. Army Catering Corps. Guide to Messing in the Middle East (Revised Edition).
    MIDDLE EAST. Army Catering Corps. Guide to Messing in the Middle East (Revised Edition).

    [Cairo] : 1943

    Rare first edition, "not to be published", a revised version of Middle East Catering and Cooking (1942). This is a fascinating and detailed handbook for use by the British Army in some of the most testing campaign conditions of the Second World War; few copies would have survived the rigours of the Middle East Theatre.

    The preface is by Lieutenant-General... Learn More
    £400.00

    Stock Code: 141583

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