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  1. 124094
    First edition, first impression, of what is probably Villiers's finest book. A record of "A journey of 10,000 odd miles along the Arabian and African coasts in dhows, this work contains wonderful stories of feats of seamanship, carried out without the aid of navigation instruments. Perhaps the most graphic chapter is the... Learn More
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  2. 123841comp
    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... Learn More
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  3. 114371
    First edition, first impression. This is the second volume of Churchill's autobiographical writings, covering his early political career, the battle of Sidney Street, a near silence on Gallipoli, service on the Western Front, the negotiation of the Irish settlement, thoughts on the "Mass effects of modern life" and life... Learn More
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  4. 123813
    First edition, first impression, of the 18th book in the Aubrey-Maturin series. Learn More
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  5. 1
    First UK edition, first impression. An Autobiography. The publisher's retained copy with their stamp to the title page, front free endpaper and front panel down of the dust jacket. Learn More
    £75

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  6. 123948
    First edition, first impression. A Brief Record is a thorough account of the advance of the EEF from July 1917 to the end of October 1918, containing many articles, two of which (the explanatory sections on the verso of the plates facing 49-50, "Sherifian Co-operation in September", and 51-53, "Story of the Arab Movement")... Learn More
    £275

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  7. 94373
    First edition, first impression. 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 extensively... Learn More
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  8. 117515
    First edition of this political tract, published in the years preceding the Mexican War of Independence, in an unusually excellent and richly decorated Mexican binding. Fernandez de San Salvador (1756-1842), was a writer and lawyer devotedly loyal to the Old Regime and the King of Spain, Ferdinand VII. The first of these... Learn More
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  9. 120857
    First edition, one of just 500 copies privately produced by the author, this a superb Royal Welch Fusiliers association copy, with gilt supralibros: "Presented to the Officers of the 2nd Bn. The Royal Welch Fusiliers by Lieutenant-Colonel D. M. Barchard", and with the ink stamp "Officers' Mess. 2nd Bn. Royal Welch Fusiliers"... Learn More
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  10. 108832
    First edition, first issue binding with the full stop after the date on the spine. During January and February 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. The Negev was ruled by the Ottoman... Learn More
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  11. 122974
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy from Philip Morrell to Kaiser Wilhelm, with extensive annotations written in English by the Kaiser. Together with an autograph postcard signed from Kaiser Wilhelm, Doorn, 1931, to Philip Morrell, written in English in purple pencil across the whole of the back of the postcard... Learn More
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  12. 67473
    First and only edition of this uncommon treatise on ancient shipbuilding, drawn from classical and Biblical sources, illustrated with a beautiful, etched frontispiece by de Hooghe. Born in Tönningen, Schleswig-Holstein, around 1630, Meibom was a Danish philologist and polymath scholar probably best known for his work on... Learn More
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    A handsome and highly interesting manuscript. The first published edition was issued by Arckstée & Merkus in Amsterdam in 1771, credited to "un Officier du Corps," the author previously identified by Barbier as Edme-Jean-Antoine Du Puget. Du Puget (1742-1802) was a member of an old aristocratic family from Bresse and was... Learn More
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  14. 122824
    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... Learn More
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  15. 122808
    Second and corrected edition of this operational gazetteer, printed only three weeks after the first, which was rushed out after the Argentine invasion of 2 April 1982. It contains over 3,000 entries for places and topographical features in the Falkland Islands and 1,000 for its dependencies, which then included South Georgia... Learn More
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  16. 122683
    First edition. Extremely uncommon brief account - "confined to the action and movements of the major formations, and to the plans on which these were based" - which was "presented" by Slim as CIGS "for use by the Pakistan Armed Forces." This copy with the ownership inscription (dated "18/5/57") and stamp of the "Officers... Learn More
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  17. 109980
    First edition of this uncommon late Edo-period guide to Japanese heraldry. No copies located on OCLC, or National Diet Library. The Bunsei era - 1818-1830 - designates the early part of the reign of Emperor Ninko-tenno, who was enthroned in 1817 and died in 1846. This guidebook offers exhaustive contemporary documentation... Learn More
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  18. 84343
    First edition. The famous Nazi-hunter's exposé of Haj Amin al-Husseini, the controversial Grand Mufti of Jerusalem. Learn More
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  19. 122641
    No other copy traced, "These letters were written from the Crimea by Capt. H. Bird (the spelling of the name was afterwards changed to Byrde. Capt. Bird resigned his commission a few years after the Crimean War, going to Ceylon/Sri Lanka to take charge of his father's coffee plantation. He took great interest in the Volunteer... Learn More
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  20. Current Combat Leaflets.
    Extremely uncommon internal psyops production, classified "Restricted", and numbered 36 in an unstated print-run. No records on Copac, OCLC, or KVK, but copies located at UCL in the papers of Sir Gavin de Beer, the influential evolutionary embryologist who served as lieutenant-colonel in charge of psychological warfare in... Learn More
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  21. 116877
    Exemplary pre-Revolutionary War military document, linking two men with extensive service during the period. Joseph Cilley (1734-99) was born in Nottingham, New Hampshire, son of Captain Joseph Cilley of the Isle of Shoals. Cilley served as an officer in the American Revolution and earlier, in 1758 seeing action in the... Learn More
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  22. 118190
    First edition in book form, first impression, presentation inscription from the author, "For Morton White? from Isaiah with love 1964". The essay was originally published in The Atlantic Monthly and The Cornhill Magazine in 1949 as a review of the first volume of Churchill's The Second World War. In it Berlin defends Churchill's... Learn More
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  23. 121716
    First edition of this magazine published by employees of the Anglo-Persian Oil Company to raise money for the Merchant Navy in the midst of the Second World War. The phrasing of the "Editorial Epilogue" and the foreword of A. V. Alexander, First Lord of the Admiralty, suggest that this was a one-off venture to coincide with... Learn More
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  24. 101500
    First edition, first impression, of the author's second book, a collection of poetry based on his experiences during the First World War. Learn More
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  25. 122349
    First and only edition limited to 350 copies "dont 300 sur papier vélin numérotés de 51 à 350; 50 sur papier de hollande avec deux suites, dont une en couleurs, des illustrations, numérotés de l à 50", this being numbered 4. "Laboureur had studied at the Sorbonne and had come to know Toulouse-Lautrec during his years... Learn More
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  26. 122301
    First edition. William Napier was the brother of Charles Napier, who had conquered and administered Sindh and been a leading figure in British India prior to his resignation over his disagreements with Governor-General Lord Dalhousie. William Napier published both an account of the conquest of Sindh and the present volume,... Learn More
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  27. 122295
    First edition. Sandwith served as chief medical officer for British and Turkish forces at Kars during the siege of the city during the Crimean War. After the city's capitulation he was the sole British captive released by the Russians. He was welcomed back to Britain as a hero, whereupon he wrote the present book, giving... Learn More
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  28. 120521comp
    Second English edition, two years after the first, which was published in the same year as the Leipzig German first. A "classic memoir by the commander of German forces in East Africa" (Edward G. Lengel, World War I Memories, 2004). A fascinating copy much enhanced by the addition of a quantity of related material, including... Learn More
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  29. 122291
    A 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... Learn More
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  30. 121953
    A pair of fascinating, extensively annotated maps used in the field by an officer serving with the 81st "Wildcat" Division of the American Expeditionary Forces during the closing months of the Great War, in particular the Meuse-Argonne offensive of September-November 1918, a brutal encounter in which the AEF suffered casualties... Learn More
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  31. 122094
    First edition. Lake was second in command and chief engineer during the defence of Kars, the last major operation of the Crimean War. With the city's capitulation, he spent a year as a prisoner of war in Russia; this is his autobiographical account of the events. The latter sections of the book gives an account of society... Learn More
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  32. 122068
    First edition, two volume issue. One of the finest contemporary histories of the Crimean War, lavishly illustrated with depictions of sea and land battles, portraits of the major individuals, and maps of the region. The edition was also issued as an eight volume set. With the bookplate of Sir Basil Liddell Hart, military... Learn More
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  33. 122062
    First edition. Le Turc was a London-based Frenchman, who published other technical manuals on ladders, cannons and bridges. The present work is a military treatise, addressed to George III, offering proposals to enhance the defences of British overseas possessions. An English translation was intended, with a prospectus produced,... Learn More
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  34. 122031comp
    First Aviation Book Club edition. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page "To Captain D. Mason with great sympathy Willy Coppens de Houthulst May 1971". Loosely inserted is a slip of paper on which is typed "Sorry to say that John Hamilton Ltd, the English Publisher, cheated in publishing DAYS ON THE... Learn More
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  35. 122024
    Second edition, the first having been published as "The Old and True Way of Manning the Fleet", printed the same year. This edition has been enlarged with a bold new preface, summoning England to pursue an aggressive naval policy against the French and Spanish overseas empires. The work proposes enlightened reform of seafaring... Learn More
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  36. 120074
    First edition. " another of Rawlinson's well researched and finely composed Indian Army unit histories. He covers the period from 1778 to 1940 in uniform detail, with many minor actions and individual acts of gallantry highlighted in the narrative. The principal campaigns described are - First Sikh War (1845-7), Second... Learn More
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  37. 115213
    Superb photograph album documenting the British reoccupation of Wana and the end of the 1919-20 Waziristan campaign in over 80 intimate original snapshots, supplemented by a run of atmospheric professional photographs from Holmes's souvenir series, "With the Wana Column", and several group officer portraits, all meticulously... Learn More
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  38. 115188
    An album of attractive professional photographs from the 22-day, 262-mile march from Rawalpindi to Razmak undertaken by the 1st Battalion of the King's Royal Rifle Corps in the winter of 1926, the images commencing with the crossing of the Khushal Gharh Bridge and subsequently depicting the battalion marching in formation... Learn More
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  39. 115199
    Deceptively extensive photograph album of military service in Waziristan during the Afridi and Red Shirt rebellions, with almost 100 original photographs of views, cantonments, operations, and native and British troops, complemented by attractive prints (mostly views) by prolific North-West Frontier photographers B. R. Tundan,... Learn More
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  40. 119975
    First edition, first impression, one of 500 copies issued. Poems was Brooke's first collection; his previous poetry having been written for school competitions and printed solely for private distribution. Brooke developed a fatal case of blood poisoning from an insect bite while anchored off Skyros; he died on 23 April 1915... Learn More
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  41. 114803
    First edition, first impression, first issue (in stiff boards). Blasting and Bombarding was the first of two autobiographical books written by Lewis (followed by Rude Assignment, 1950), and covers the period from 1914 to 1926, tracking Lewis's progress through the First World War and the literary and artistic upheavals of... Learn More
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  42. 120594
    First edition of "the fullest contemporary account" of one of key engagements of the American War of Independence (Bruce). "In 1777, aged fifteen, Drinkwater joined as ensign a regiment of volunteers raised in Manchester, at a time of indignant excitement produced by the news of General Burgoyne's surrender at Saratoga.... Learn More
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  43. i1

    The Mint.

    Garden City, New York: 1936

    True first edition, one of an edition of just 50 copies published to establish copyright, only 10 of which were for sale, priced at 500,000 this numbered 10 (U.K.) "One of Lawrence's avowed purposes in joining the RAF was to write of the ranks from the inside. He began immediately making notes when he enlisted in 1922.... Learn More
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  44. 122120
    First edition of this uncommon memoir of military service, mainly in India, one copy traced at auction. The work is usually attributed to noted army chaplain and author G. R. Gleig (1796-1888), whose celebrated account of service in the Peninsular War was called The Subaltern (1825), but the narrative is incompatible with... Learn More
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  45. 122044comp
    First and only edition, limited to 40 copies for personal distribution by Viscount Carlow, founder of the Corvinus Press, as a Christmas gift, this copy inscribed on the presentation leaf "For Eileen, from Carlow, 1938". The text was printed verbatim from the original manuscript, which is now in the National Maritime Museum... Learn More
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  46. 85563
    First edition, first impression. The nineteenth volume in the Aubrey-Maturin series. Learn More
    £45

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  47. 85564
    First edition, first impression. The nineteenth volume in the Aubrey-Maturin series. Learn More
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  48. Clarissa Oakes.
    First edition, first impression. The fifteenth volume in the Aubrey-Maturin series. Learn More
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  49. 121735
    First edition of Bligh's (1754-1817) personal account of "one of the most remarkable incidents in the whole of maritime history" (Hill), published two years before his full official version of the voyage and the mutiny, in an effort to influence opinion in his favour and absolving him "from any blame that might be levelled... Learn More
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  50. 121703
    First and only edition. Uncommon, as are all of the Lane's "On Active Service" series, represented in the UK at the six deposit libraries and IWM only. More uncommon still in the pictorial jacket, here a little compromised in condition but largely complete. Consistent with the series' aim of providing lively eyewitness accounts... Learn More
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  51. 117611
    Second and preferred edition in English of "one of the first accounts of Yemen" (Arcadian Library), first published in English in 1726 (as A Voyage to Arabia the Happy) following its original appearance in French in 1716. La Roque's father, a Marseilles merchant, had travelled with Jean de la Haye's Turkish embassy of 1639-41,... Learn More
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  52. 121018
    Originally published in The Survey, the journal of the Charity Organization Society of New York, uncommon no physical copies traced on OCLC. Col. Ford (1867-1953) served with the military medical services in four conflicts. Firstly in the Spanish-American War, and then in 1912, while in Europe on sick leave, he volunteered... Learn More
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  53. 121207
    First edition, first impression, of this comprehensive history of one of the key French units during the First World War. The large and detailed battle maps include the Battle of Yser 16 October to 31 October 1914 and a number of battles around the Steenbeck River. With the armorial bookplate of Major Alastair Joseph Edgar... Learn More
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  54. 121062
    Second edition, a lovely copy of this key source for the biography of Sir James Brooke (1803-1868), army officer and first rajah of Sarawak: "a Victorian imperial hero, yet controversial and loathed by some, he founded a state and established a regime which lasted a century, and also influenced the fiction of Kipling, Conrad,... Learn More
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  55. 118288comp
    First edition. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author "For Elizabeth, this memory of her wonderful father, with love from Cecil Aspinall Oglander, Oct 1951" on the initial blank, with the publisher's printed compliments slip ("Sent at the author's request") laid in. Elizabeth has annotated two pages (8 and 441) in the... Learn More
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  56. 121238
    First edition of this extremely uncommon and indispensable reference work, containing over 7,000 records and much improved and expanded from its predecessor, Dodwell and Miles's Alphabetical List, which was published in 1838. There was an 18-year hiatus between the publication of the second and third volumes, and the dust... Learn More
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  57. Sketches in Afghaunistan
    First edition. Without doubt one of the finest illustrated books on Afghanistan, the plates depicting a selection of superb views on the march - Bolan Pass, Quetta, Khojak Pass, Kandahar, and Kabul. In 1833, after a furlough in England, Atkinson returned to his original profession as surgeon to the 55th NI, and in 1838 was... Learn More
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  58. 121152
    First edition in book form, compiled from a series of articles on "Indian Heroes" originally published in Good Words magazine (1866) and including biographies of Lord Cornwallis, John Malcolm, Mountstuart Elphinstone, Alexander Burnes, John Nicholson and others. "Kaye's works are still used by historians" (ODNB). Learn More
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  59. 120114
    Fascinating, well-documented and vivid album of original photographs taken by a cavalry officer attached to a mounted infantry unit in South Africa after the conclusion of the Second Boer War (31 May 1902). Lieutenant Moncrieff was serving with number 4 troop, "C" squadron of the 12th Mounted Infantry, known as The Highland... Learn More
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  60. 104963
    Second edition, a year after the first, this copy inscribed on the title page "To Mrs Holroyd, from one very grateful for the hope of her remembrance. Jane Davy, Nov. 21st 1817", together with a laid-in note in the same hand, reading "In addition to Mrs Holroyd's usual breakfast, the only copy to be obtained after 5 libraries... Learn More
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