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  1. 119966comp
    First edition, this a prepublication presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the first blank; "Mrs. Holt with the author's most affectionate love, November 1849". The recipient was possibly Jemima Arabella, the author's aunt who married Sir John Holt. Extremely uncommon, OCLC shows just 6 locations for this first edition... Learn More
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  2. 120865
    First edition, first impression, 2nd Corps commander Sir Horace Smith-Dorrien's copy, with his ownership inscription in blue pencil to the front board and his annotations to some 20 pages, of this extremely detailed stage-by-stage account of the first major action of the British Expedition Force (BEF) in the First World... Learn More
    £2,250

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  3. 120861comp
    First edition, first impression, with the rare dust jacket, and inscribed by the author, "To my friend George Roberts, most grateful for his assistance & encouragement, from the author, Albert G. Stern, Feb. 1920". "Several important books have been written on tanks, but this work of Sir Albert Stern's is unlikely to be... Learn More
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  4. 119273
    First US edition. After covering Hancock's and Sherman's campaigns in the American Midwest, Stanley persuaded the New York Herald to employ him as special correspondent on the British expedition to Abyssinia, and was in Suez by January 1868. "Having joined Sir Robert Napier's forces at Annesley Bay, in the Horn of Africa,... Learn More
    £500

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  5. 66701
    First and only edition of this uncommon collection of charts, including the first printed chart of Monaco, a large folding map of Marseilles, and accurate charts of most of the ports, harbours and bays of the region.
    Ayrouard's work forms a working "waggoner" for the coast, recording soundings, anchorages, and pilotage... Learn More
    £18,000

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  6. 120629
    First and only edition."The standard history, based on extensive use of primary sources" (Bruce). Remains a key text for the period. Uncommon. Learn More
    £225

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  7. 120634
    First edition, early state, plates watermarked 1812, 1815 or 1816, text 1806 or 1812; the plates have printed issue dates between 1815 and 1818, and were first assembled in book form in 1819. Abbey and Tooley are at variance on the status of differing issues, but Abbey concludes, "it would appear reasonable to assume that... Learn More
    £2,250

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  8. 90443
    First edition, evidently first state, and uncommon thus. Superbly detailed map of the Crimean Peninsula produced at the outbreak of the war in the region with "the Russian names, title and observations translated or rendered into English by Major Jervis himself, and various useful and important additions also made to the... Learn More
    £4,500

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  9. 106312comp
    First edition, this copy signed by Lettow on the half-title. Attractive "appendix" to Lettow's memoirs. Learn More
    £200

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  10. 120303
    First edition, presentation copy of the posthumously-edited memoirs of Stapleton Cotton, 1st Viscount Combermere, soldier and colonial administrator best-remembered for his actions in the Peninsular War and later as commander-in-chief of India, a post he held from 1825 to 1830. With an autograph letter signed from the author... Learn More
    £500

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  11. 119244
    First edition, first impression, of this posthumously published memoir by the man who set up the Khyber Rifles. Sir Robert Warburton (1842-1899) was appointed political officer of the Khyber in July 1879. A family copy with the ownership stamp of J. R. Warburton to front free endpaper verso and numerous newspaper clippings... Learn More
    £300

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  12. 117512
    First edition, first printing. William H. Carter (1851-1925) served as a mounted messenger for the Union in the Civil War, also serving in the Spanish-American war, the Indian wars and World War One. This is the first of Carter's six historical military works and provides a detailed account of the history and movements of... Learn More
    £200

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  13. 116838comp
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "To Stephen Foot in memory of 1914-18 from the author E. D. Swinton Feb. 1939". Swinton (1868-1951) was appointed by Kitchener in September 1914 as the official war correspondent for the British Army, under the pseudonym... Learn More
    £575

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    The Conquest of Scinde.

    Edinburgh and London: 1846

    First edition, presentation copy of Outram's account of the controversial annexation of Sind, inscribed "With the author's Complements" on the half-title of volume 1, probably in a secretarial hand. Having been specifically requested by Napier as commissioner for the treaty terms, Outram came to identify so closely with... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 120230

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  15. Institutes Political and Military, written originally in the Mogul Language, by the Great Timour, improperly called Tamerlane;
    First edition in English of the so-called Autobiographical Memoirs of Timur, or Temür, historically known as Tamerlane, the most powerful ruler in Muslim world, and founder of the Timurid dynasty. Current scholarship rejects the autobiographical claims of the original manuscript, but it remains one of the most reliable... Learn More
    £3,750

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  16. 118948
    Second edition, first published in 1766 with 17 plates. A richly illustrated drill book which references a number of contemporary battles and Generals, most often the practical use of the manoeuvres mentioned in the Seven Years' War. "This small drillbook laid out a series of manoeuvres for the battalion, most of which were... Learn More
    £450

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  17. Diary of a March through Sinde and Afghanistan,
    First edition. Allen was assistant chaplain to the Bombay establishment, and accompanied Nott's forces through the campaign from April 1841 to February 1843. "Allen's diary offers a perceptive vision of the landscapes bringing to mind Biblical scenes of the Old Testament Youthful and exuberant at the campaign's advent,... Learn More
    £575

    Stock Code: 109458

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  18. Goliath and David.
    First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed by Graves's father on behalf of the author to Henry Newbolt (1862-1938), the English poet and writer, on the title page: "Sir Henry Newbolt, from his admirer the author, via his father Alfred Perceval Graves. March 9th, 1917. Captain, 3rd Batt., Royal Welch Fusiliers".... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 109934

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  19. 96758
    First edition, with the rare dust jacket, and an autograph letter signed from Graves laid-in discussing the book; one of 1,000 copies printed. Graves writes, "This was the first book of mine published in the USA. I wrote it during the First World War as an infantry captain, between the ages of 19 and 22. My rank was not... Learn More
    £2,500

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  20. Img1
    First and only edition, limited to 120 signed copies, this copy numbered 106 at the limitation leaf and on all plates; the printing-plates were destroyed on completion of the edition. Inevitably highly uncommon, just 8 locations on OCLC. Superb suite depicting off-duty scenes on the British Front including "Les Tambours... Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 108171

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  21. 120045
    First edition. The essential starting point for any attempt to understand either the mercurial personality or instinctive tactical genius of Nelson, never superseded. "This is the standard work of reference for Nelson's correspondence and is the principal source from which his biographers have drawn (and still do draw) their... Learn More
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  22. 119794
    First edition in the exceptionally uncommon dust jacket, of one of the classics of Great War literature, widely considered the finest flying memoir of the war. "At seventeen, standing 6 feet 4 inches tall and equipped with a precocious intelligence, Lewis lied about his age to join the Royal Flying Corps. He celebrated his... Learn More
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  23. The Pathan Borderland

    The Pathan Borderland.

    Calcutta and Simla: 1921

    Second edition, considerably enlarged; originally published in 1910. Scarce: Copac locates only two copies in British and Irish institutional libraries (BL, London Library), OCLC adds a further 11 worldwide. The author notes in his Preface that this new edition was revised in the aftermath of the Third Anglo-Afghan War (1919)... Learn More
    £200

    Stock Code: 110428

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  24. 115854
    First edition. James was Reuter's special correspondent on Lockhart's campaign against the Orakzai and Tirah Afridis in 1897. His narrative "catches such telling details as the dry water bottle and the Maxim's effectiveness, and is effectively complemented by a series of maps, etchings and photographs" (Riddick). "In 1897... Learn More
    £125

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  25. General Gatacre.
    First edition of this uncommon memoir. Gatacre (1843-1906) was on the Black Mountain Expedition of 1888 (also known as the Hazara Expedition), the Tonhon Expedition in Burma (1889-90), was engaged in the relief of Chitral (1895) and the retaking of the Sudan (1898) and held various commands in South Africa (1899-1900). "Gatacre... Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 113922

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  26. General Instructions and Local Regulations for the Squadron and Naval Establishments on the China Station, 1899.
    Extremely rare station order book printed a few months before the onset of the Boxer Rebellion, untraced in libraries and secondary literature. From the library of Admiral Sir John Jellicoe, not marked as such, though copiously revised by annotation or by the insertion of printed slips, assiduously enumerated in the "Corrections... Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 114737

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  27. 119432
    First edition of this extensive history of the Mexican-American War in which Ripley served; he was brevetted captain for gallantry at the battle of Cerro Gordo and major "meritorious conduct" at the battle of Chapultepec. Ripley took military leave from 1848 to 1849 to complete this work, "considered by some the best of... Learn More
    £650

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  28. 119339
    Third edition, published in the same year as the first edition. The third edition is revised and therefore often preferred. Edwards was Collector and Magistrate of Buduan, a small field station in Rohilcund; "The following Narrative, drawn up as opportunity offered, under circumstances of great personal danger and considerable... Learn More
    £300

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  29. i1
    First edition thus. "De Saxe's work is a comprehensive treatise on war. He puts forward his ideal military model, his "legion", and taking issue with the views and practices of his age, he advances many original ideas. However, rather than discussing his military doctrines, the aim of this book is to elucidate the intellectual... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 37954

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  30. 115137
    Rare comprehensive hand-over report signed in holograph by Air Marshal Sir Guy Garrod in a covering letter to Lord Tedder, relinquishing his command as C-in-C RAF Mediterranean and Middle East, and giving a very detailed strategic-level overview of the conclusion of the Allied air offensive in the Mediterranean theatre.... Learn More
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  31. Soldier Songs.
    First US edition, first printing, in the very scarce dust jacket, of this collection of First World War poems by Irish poet Patrick MacGill (1889-1963), known as "the Navvy Poet", who enlisted in the London Irish Rifles, as a stretcher-bearer, and was wounded at Loos. Macgill's Soldier Songs was published in the UK in the... Learn More
    £325

    Stock Code: 105371

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  32. 118003
    First edition of this important influence on the development of English naval thought; "divided into 4 pts: manoeuvring of ships, evolutions, miscellaneous marine matters, signalling, and also a glossary of terms. It was later translated by David Steel and incorporated into his Elements and practice of rigging and seamanship... Learn More
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  33. 118947
    First edition, first printing. Korragh is the pseudonym of author Dermot Spence, who wrote this collection of war poems to answer "the inevitable question: What did you do in the Great War, Daddy... ?" An uncommon work with two copies traced on OCLC. Learn More
    £75

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  34. 90104comp
    Unbound pre-publication sheets of Churchill's second book, with his holograph corrections, some quite extensive, to 17 pages. Working papers from the early part of Churchill's writing career are exceedingly uncommon. Just one minor correction marked here seems to have been adopted in the published version, but a number were... Learn More
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  35. 102750
    First edition, with later issue plates, of this magnificent publication, illustrating the high-water mark of Britain's maritime hegemony, and the apogee of the coloured aquatint. As Roger Quarm, curator of pictures at the National Maritime Museum remarked: "As a record of naval events spanning a period of over twenty years... Learn More
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  36. Photograph album: "Thoughts on Military Life" (title in Japanese).
    Superb personal photo album portraying the training of a Japanese infantry officer cadet at the junior division of the Rikugun Yonen Gakko - Imperial Japanese Army Academy - at Asaka in Saitama province, at the outset of World War II. Images show his family and friends; his well-appointed room with stacked arms; group portraits... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 98081

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  37. Le Soldat citoyen,

    Le Soldat citoyen,

    Dans le pays de la liberté [Neuchâtel]: 1780

    First edition of the author's advocacy of universal and compulsory conscription as the only certain way to unite citizens and the army. "A career officer since the 1760s, Joseph Servan (1741-1808) won notoriety in 1780 with the publication of Le Soldat citoyen, a long and detailed plan for reforming the army. Its central... Learn More
    £650

    Stock Code: 113091

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  38. 116865
    Fascinating mimeographed report on the Home Guard battalion formed by engineers from the Gas Light and Coke Company in 1942, with a volume of fine photographs. Rare, with no other copy traced in libraries or in commerce, except an ambiguous reference in the National Archives at Kew. After repair work from the Blitz eased... Learn More
    £650

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  39. 117850
    First edition of this idiosyncratic stick-fighting handbook combining the "canne" method of Swiss master Pierre Vigny (referred to by Lang as "Vigui") with the "bois" method widespread in the West Indies. The author, a police superintendent in Kathiawar, was born in Grenada in 1887, and possibly came into contact with canne... Learn More
    £875

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  40. Hiroshima.
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "Dear Charlotte Chapman: Thanks for all the protection, and all the forwarding, and all the phoning. Put this away somewhere in the fervent hope that you've heard the last of it. Best, John Hersey Nov. 46". An excellent... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 113442

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  41. 118350
    First and only edition, extremely uncommon with a just single copy at the Royal College of Surgeons located by Copac and OCLC. "The work of the Belgian Field Hospital since its establishment at Antwerp early in September and its removal, under the greatest difficulties during the bombardment to Furnes close behind the fighting... Learn More
    £200

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  42. 114470
    First edition of one of the finest graphic representations of the American Civil War; this copy from the library of a Union army veteran: bookplate of William Bush Blackwell (1837-1922), who served as a first lieutenant and quarter master with the 26th Regiment New York Volunteer Infantry (the "2nd Oneida Regiment") and... Learn More
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  43. 115890
    First edition. With the blind-stamp of Major Alan Harfield, noted military historian and author of The Indian Army of the Empress, 1861-1903, to the half-title. Jacob (1812-1858) travelled to India in 1828 as a second lieutenant in the Bombay artillery, spending seven years with his regiment in the Bombay presidency followed... Learn More
    £125

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  44. 116711
    First edition of the first significant - and conspicuously scarce - biography of the "Huguenot paladin" François de La Noue (1531-1591), one of the great Protestant captains of the 16th-century Wars of Religion, described by the distinguished American historian John Lothrop Motley as "not only one of the most experienced... Learn More
    £1,500

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  45. 116545
    First edition, first impression, of the author's "pocket book" (Preface) chiefly intended for makers and users of gyrocompasses. A second edition was published in the US in 1944. Learn More
    £300

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  46. 116043
    First edition. "In the last week of June 1857 Baird Smith was ordered to Delhi to be chief engineer, replacing the ineffective and unpopular Major John Laughton, Bengal Engineers Baird Smith was brave, energetic, determined, and decisive, but also apparently, 'querulous through ill-health' The siege-train arrived on 5... Learn More
    £250

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  47. 116041
    First edition of this uncommon and important biography. Sandeman began his career with the Bengal Infantry in 1856 and was later with Probyn's Horse; during the Mutiny he was at the capture of Lucknow. From 1877 to 1892 he was governor-general's agent for the newly established protectorate of Baluchistan, its headquarters... Learn More
    £200

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  48. 116020
    First edition. "Hutchinson's in-the-scene report offers a detailed account of the many skirmishes and battles which made up this campaign. In comparison to the letters of Churchill of the Malakand Field Force, Hutchinson grasped for detailed while Churchill sought the impression" (Riddick). Learn More
    £160

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  49. 116085
    First UK edition, greatly improved and expanded from the unprocurable Calcutta edition of 1858, and "printed for presentation to personal friends of Sir James Outram, who begs that it may be regarded as a private communication, and not a publication" (title page). It remains uncommon: five copies traced in British and Irish... Learn More
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  50. 116071
    First edition. "In 1897 Lockhart was placed in command of the 40,000 strong Tirah expeditionary force, after Afridis attacked British outposts along the north-west frontier during the most serious outbreak of resistance to British rule in India since the mutiny. During the difficult extended fighting in the inaccessible... Learn More
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  51. i1
    First edition, early issue, of this magnificent publication, the apogee of the coloured aquatint, illustrating the high-water mark of Britain's maritime hegemony. "As a record of naval events spanning a period of over twenty years it has no precedent. At no time prior to 1817 had a publisher attempted such a complete volume... Learn More
    £9,750

    Stock Code: 115370

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  52. The Mutiny in Sialkot.

    The Mutiny in Sialkot.

    Sialkot Cantonment: 1924

    First and only edition. Stated print-run of 1,000 copies. Extremely uncommon, just three locations on Copac (NLS, BL and Oxford); OCLC adds three more copies (Australian Defence Force Academy, Universities of Toronto and Minnesota). "Rich attempts to preserve what information remained concerning events at Sialkot" (Sorsky),... Learn More
    £400

    Stock Code: 115441

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  53. Arms and the Covenant.
    First edition, only printing, in the scarce first issue jacket, priced 18/- net. A total of 5,000 copies were printed; Woods notes that 3,381 were sold at 18 shillings before June 1940, when the book was re-issued as a cheap edition, priced at 7s. 6d. Arms and the Covenant is an important collection of Churchill's speeches,... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 114361

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  54. Russian Ships in the Gulf 1899-1903.
    First edition, first impression. "Using previously unpublished material from the Russian Navy Central Archives in St Petersburg, this book is the first publication of its kind, shedding new light on the period from 1899 to 1903 when Russia succeeded in penetrating the Arabian Gulf for a short time" (jacket blurb). Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 114443

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  55. The Story of the Irish Citizen Army.
    First edition. O'Casey was General Secretary of the Irish Citizen Army for a few months in 1914, resigning when the ICA voted to allow its members to also have membership in the Irish Volunteers. Learn More
    £350

    Stock Code: 114546

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  56. British Merchant Shipping.
    First edition, first impression. Includes chapters on marine insurance, accounts and statistics, as well as safety and sanitation at sea. Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 114161

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  57. The Life of Nelson.
    First edition, large paper copy, of which there were only 500 sets published. Elegantly written and surprisingly even-handed on the issue of the Neapolitan Jacobins, "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... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 114056

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  58. 113887
    First edition. Vladimir Semenov was a naval officer who served in the Russo-Japanese war alongside his subject, offering here personal anecdotes attesting to the great admiral's atrtractive personal and professional traits, and his popularity at all levels within the navy. Semenov'strilogy, based on his experiences - Rasplata... Learn More
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  59. Eighteen Years in the Khyber 1879-1898.
    First edition, first impression of this uncommon memoir by the man who set up the Khyber Rifles. Sir Robert Warburton (1842-1899) was appointed political officer of the Khyber in July 1879. "In April 1880 he was invalided to England, and he did not return to the Khyber until 16 February 1882. From that time he remained on... Learn More
    £300

    Stock Code: 113419

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  60. A Military Course for the Government and Conduct of a Battalion,
    First edition. 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 necessity of publishing something of this kind, for the instruction of the young and unexperienced sic officer". In his... Learn More
    £650

    Stock Code: 113466

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