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  1. 129968
    First edition of the first comprehensive description of the Ussuri region and Przhevalsky's first book, published at his own expense; very scarce, we have been able to trace one institutional location only, the incomplete copy at the Russian Presidential Library (lacking title page).

    Przhevalsky (1839-1888) passed... Learn More
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  2. 127337
    First illustrated edition, the first in German, of this outstanding account of big-game hunting in Asia, originally published in Hungarian in 1853. Count Manó Andrássy (1821-1891, his name given here as Emanuel Andrásy) was a traveller, collector, painter and caricaturist, who participated in his country's revolution... Learn More
    £15,000

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  3. 124415
    First edition of this attractively illustrated and important work on Baluchistan. Floyer (1852-1903), a member of the Government Indo-European Telegraph Staff in the Persian Gulf, explored Baluchistan between January 1876 and May 1877: as far north as Bampur and as far west as Bandar Abbas before crossing Persia via Kirman... Learn More
    £2,500

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  4. 111970
    First edition of the complete set of 200 silver gelatin photographs issued by the Ah Fong Photography Studio, recording the brutal siege and conquest of Shanghai by the Japanese at the opening of the Second Sino-Japanese War. Japan's failure to defeat China in this war became the key dynamic for what happened in Asia during... Learn More
    £8,500

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  5. i1
    Superbly vivid pictorial record of travels through the Himalayan regions of the Punjab, now the state of Himachal Pradesh. Harcourt's journey took him from present-day Kullu to Killar in September 1871; he later visited the hill station of Dalhousie between June and October 1873, with images of excursions to the Beas Valley... Learn More
    £14,500

    Stock Code: 108096

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  6. Photographic Illustrations, with a Description of Mandalay & Upper Burmah Expeditionary Force, 1886-87.
    First and only edition. Extremely uncommon photographic record of the Third Anglo-Burmese War, COPAC locates BL and SOAS only, OCLC adds just 8 further copies worldwide. A printed slip from the publishers, tipped in after the second blank, explains that on 8 December 1887 their premises have been subject to "a serious fire... Learn More
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 96617

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  7. 72785
    First and only edition of what Atabey describes as "this important work" and Blackmer a "very interesting work." Turner's "chatty" account includes observations on local manners and customs; an account of a meeting and conversation with Ali Pasha; and lengthy descriptions of two visits to Cyprus. Decidedly uncommon, exceedingly... Learn More
    £7,500

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  8. 65880detail
    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... Learn More
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  9. 70570

    Tavernier (1605-1689) made six trips to Asia in search of fine jewels -..."> First small format edition, following the quarto firsts of Les Six Voyages (1676) and Recueil (1678); a beautifully presented set of this highly desirable edition of the voyages of this "most famous among the 'business travellers'" (Speake).

    Tavernier (1605-1689) made six trips to Asia in search of fine jewels -... Learn More
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  10. 61428
    First edition in French of one of the principal accounts of Russia published during the 18th century, originally issued in Dutch, Amsterdam 1711. Cornelis de Bruyn, the Dutch traveller and painter, also known for his account of his journey through the Levant, was the first traveller to whom the tsar gave permission to make... Learn More
    £10,000

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  11. 129882
    Rare and very striking wall map of Afghanistan, dated June 1901, compiled under the orders of the Surveyors General of India Major-General Charles Strahan (1895-99) and Colonel St. George Corbet Gore (1899-1904): Copac and OCLC record copies at only three institutional libraries world-wide (British Library, Wisconsin and... Learn More
    £4,500

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  12. 129487
    First and only edition, uncommon just 11 copies on OCLC, five of these in California, three at the University of California. Blanchard, an early American visitor to Japan, was a U.S. consul in China in the 1850s and was later based in San Francisco working as a merchant with interests in the China trade. This book is a collection... Learn More
    £1,275

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  13. 129429
    First and sole edition, extremely uncommon, V & A and BL only in UK, OCLC adds another 10 locations. A striking set of plates of ornamental tiles collected by the Afghan Boundary Commission, a joint Anglo-Russian project, active between 1884 and 1886, to set Afghanistan's northern border. A team travelled through Herat,... Learn More
    £3,750

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  14. 128934comp
    A remarkable copy of this classic work, first published in 1959. Inscribed on the front free endpaper; "To His Royal Highness Prince Brigadier Abdul Wali on the occasion of your visit to The United States Military Academy, D.V. Bennett, Major General, USA, 11 March 1968". The set was presented as a memento to the Sandhurst-trained... Learn More
    £1,500

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  15. 127314
    First and limited edition, number 115 of 250 copies on vélin from the edition of 510. D'Allemagne (1863-1950) was "one of the most important specialists of the decorative arts from the end of the 19th Century and the beginning of the 20th" (Dictionnaire Critique des Historiens de l'Art). This work was based on the fourth... Learn More
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  16. 127101
    Very fine example of this rare and impressive Great Game map in its sixth and most important iteration, its four discrete sections, when combined, covering an enormous area of Central Asia extending from the head of the Persian Gulf, in the southwest, up to Lake Balkhash, in the northeast, and from Astrakhan on the Caspian,... Learn More
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  17. 120924
    First edition. Extremely uncommon, no copies traced on OCLC. The first attempt to describe khanate of Khiva as an individual entity, without reference to its neighbouring states. Issued at the time of Perovsky's disastrous campaign which was intended to free Russian slaves in the khanate, it was no doubt as a useful reference... Learn More
    £6,500

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  18. 119917
    First and only edition, one of 4000 copies, but fragile. Uncommon, just 6 copies traced on OCLC, all in the United States. A celebration of the Uzbek contribution to the Agrarian Exhibition that opened in 1939 at the VDNKh - The Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy - in Moscow and ran till 1941. It had originally... Learn More
    £3,750

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  19. 117485
    A naval officer's commonplace book from the last years of the 19th century containing rare ephemera, notably two printed documents of 1897 relating to the Hakodate Golf Club. These both predate the accepted date for the foundation of the "first golf club in Japan", at Kobe in 1901. Hakodate, on the northern island of Hokkaido,... Learn More
    £10,000

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  20. 109398
    First edition and only edition, issued as a special supplement to Vsemirnaja illjustraeija, World Illustrated, in 1886. Uncommon, just 4 copies noted by OCLC, universities of Arizona and Illinois, Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin. The work of prominent Russian soldier, artist, traveller, and... Learn More
    £4,500

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  21. 109039
    One of the earliest detailed maps to be made of the Transcaspian region - the area between the eastern shore of the Caspian Sea and the Aral Sea - which in the years immediately following the issue of this map, was annexed piecemeal to the Russian Empire following a series of brutal campaigns led by Generals Lomakin, Skobelev,... Learn More
    £5,500

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  22. 130555
    First and only edition. Uncommon, OCLC locates just 4 copies - BL, Princeton University, Indiana University and Yale University - and a single copy of a Yiddish edition at the Center for Jewish History. "The Kara Kum (or Black Sand) desert of central Turkmenistan became, briefly, a Soviet cultural obsession when, in July... Learn More
    £2,000

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  23. 129332comp
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "With best wishes, Eric Newby, November 24th 1958". Loosely inserted is a typed letter signed, as "Eirc" (dated 11 December 1958), from Newby to the recipient of the book Ross Higgins, and a newspaper clipping with a... Learn More
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  24. 127425
    First and only edition, collecting 15 articles first printed in the Sarawak Gazette between January 1910 and October 1914. The Gazette, founded in 1870 by Charles Brooke, the second 'white rajah' of Sarawak, is the sole newspaper in the county. Records of its articles such as this comprise "an indispensable primary source... Learn More
    £3,750

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  25. 124199
    First edition of William Kirkpatrick's account of his 1792 diplomatic mission to Nepal, "leading the first Britons into that kingdom" (ODNB); a handsomely produced book printed by one of the best London printers of the day, William Bulmer. Kirkpatrick (1754-1812) joined the Bengal Infantry in 1773 and was the Persian Interpreter... Learn More
    £2,650

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  26. 119911
    First and only edition, uncommon, just 9 locations recorded on OCLC. A classic of the literature of the Great Game, probably the first attempt at a scientific description of the Khanate of Bukhara. The author was the noted Russian orientalist, historian and diplomat Nikolay Khanykov (1819-1878) and is based on his experience... Learn More
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  27. 129689
    Important, highly detailed 1:4,435,200 map of Central Asia "constructed from numerous authentic documents but principally from the original MS. surveys of Lieut. Alex. Burnes", and showing Burnes's route across Asia, intended to accompany, and cash in on, his Travels into Bokhara, which, rather rushed out, was not provided... Learn More
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  28. 118273
    True first edition, published in London later in the same year. First-hand account of the first Afghan War uncommon in either edition, Copac listing only four locations for this Bombay edition - BL, SOAS, Royal Asiatic Society, and Oxford University - and seven copies of the London edition, with just a single copy noted... Learn More
    £3,250

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  29. Illustrations of China and its People.
    First edition, the deluxe edition in a variant publisher's binding. "My design in the accompanying work is to present a series of pictures of China and its people, such as shall convey an accurate impression of the country I traversed as well as of the arts, usages, and manners which prevail in different provinces of the... Learn More
    £75,000

    Stock Code: 95456

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  30. 129203
    First edition, first impression, of this biography of eminent diplomat Ernest Satow (1843-1929). Satow was recruited by the Foreign Office straight out of university as a student interpreter in the British Japan Consular Service, at the age of 19. Satow had "an almost unprecedented proficiency" for Japanese amongst British... Learn More
    £150

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  31. 127475
    First edition. There is a gift inscription "George H Judd. Christmas 1899. Urmi: Persia. From O. H. Parry" on the front binder's blank; Parry served in Urmi as head of the Archbishop of Canterbury's Mission to the Assyrian Christians. This text is an account of a journey that Parry took in 1892 as a school inspector on behalf... Learn More
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  32. 118130
    First edition, with the printed presentation slip tipped in to first blank. This work is the first translation in English of the life of the 12th-century Buddhist monk, Hönen, from the account of Shunjö, his 14th-century biographer. The translation has been supplemented with a section on the religious and historical context... Learn More
    £300

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  33.  1
    First edition. Fraser came as a merchant to Calcutta in 1813 and remained in India until 1820. In 1815 he spent some time with his brother William, a political agent to General Martindale, in the Himalayan region. In June 1815 Fraser penetrated almost to the source of the Ganges, reaching the shrine of the Mother Goddess,... Learn More
    £1,800

    Stock Code: 18914

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  34. 107418
    Uncommon Japanese work, just a single copy recorded in the National Diet Library. Guide to the practice and cultural significance of kendo, endorsed by the Nagano Prefecture Chapter of the Dainihon Butokukai Great Japan Martial Virtue Association. On the first free endpaper there is a hand-drawn diagram labelled 'Training... Learn More
    £600

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  35. 125986
    First edition, first impression, of this landmark work which has a strong claim to be the single most important text on Central Asia. Stein explains in his introduction: "The term Serindia, as adopted (in the form Sérinde) by valued French fellow-scholars, is excellently suited for the designation of this region, well-defined... Learn More
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  36. 116439
    First editions, first impressions of "one of the most important landmarks of post-war fiction" (The Times). Staying On, the pendant volume to Scott's "Raj Quartet", is a distinct work in its own right and won the Booker Prize for 1977. Learn More
    £625

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  37. 113716
    Extremely unusual visual guide to the complex lacing of the face and head protection for Japanese armour, intended for the use of ninja, the legendary "covert agents" of feudal Japan. Learn More
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  38. Narrative of the Surveying Voyage of H.M.S. Fly, commanded by Captain F. P. Blackwood, R.N.
    First edition, first issue, of this "very important voyage" (Hill), commissioned by the Admiralty to survey the Torres Strait, the hazardous Great Barrier Reef, and various regions in New Guinea. The expedition was the first to be despatched to Australia on a purely surveying mission. Blackwood's directions were so "accurate... Learn More
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  39. Litterae iaponicae annorum M.DC.IX et X. ad R. admodum piae mem. P. Claudium Aquavivam generalem praepositum Societatis Iesu A.R.P. Provinciali eiusdem in Iapone Societ. missae.
    Second Latin edition of this relation concerning the Jesuit mission to Japan during the years 1609 and 1610, the first Italian edition was published by Bartolomeo Zanetti in Rome, 1615, and the first Latin edition, translated by Halloix, appeared in Douai, 1615. The report was addressed to the Superior General of the order,... Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 87948

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  40. A New Voyage to the East-Indies in the Year 1690 and 1691.
    First editions in English. The first part is a translation of Pouchot de Chantassin's Relation du Voyage et Retour des Indes Orientales pendant les Années 1690 & 1691. Par un Garde de la Marine Servant sur le Bord de Monsieur Duquesne (Paris, 1692). His name is not given in this translation, but appears in the privilege... Learn More
    £4,250

    Stock Code: 80264

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  41. 75835
    Fine atmospheric oil of a narrow stepped street in Hong Kong, a version of which was published as plate 116 of the grand portfolio depicting his world travels. Eduard Hildebrandt was born in Danzig in 1817, he studied with the marine artist Wilhelm Krause, and with Eugene Isabey in Paris, winning three medals at the Paris... Learn More
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  42. The Frontiers of Baluchistan.
    The book gives a fascinating account of the author's travels on the borders of Afghanistan and Baluchistan,..."> First edition, a fairly uncommon book, this copy accompanied by an atmospheric original watercolour by Tate, which is reproduced as a plate in the book, captioned "Nad Ali. The delta of Seistan from the Tell of Surhdik".
    The book gives a fascinating account of the author's travels on the borders of Afghanistan and Baluchistan,... Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 102999

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  43. 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
    £950

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  44. 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
    £475

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  45. 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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  46. 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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  47. 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
    £500

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  48. 120132
    First edition of Purchas his Pilgrimes, with the preferred fourth edition of the Pilgrimage; together this is the desired state of the complete set of Purchas's important collection of travel and exploration narratives from ancient times up to and including the recent accounts of Virginia by John Smith. This is a lovely... Learn More
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  49. 121277
    Second edition, first published in 1772. "The success in 1772 of Poems, Consisting Chiefly of Translations from the Asiatick Languages owed much to the fashionable craze for things oriental; according to Elizabeth Montagu, 'The descriptions are so fine, & all the objects so brilliant, that the sense aches at them!' (quoted... Learn More
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  50. 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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  51. 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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  52. 109460
    First edition. Interesting account of an expedition in the winter of 1932-3 to geologically map a fifty-mile section of the Makran Coastal Range, from Jask on the Gulf of Oman to the border with Baluchistan. Harrison joined the Anglo-Persian Oil Company on demobilisation in 1918. From 1920 until 1928 he worked across South... Learn More
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  53. 117382
    First edition. For some time, before entering the service of the East India Company, Forrest had served in the Royal Navy, seeing action in 1757 under George Pocock against the French in the Bay of Bengal. The year 1762 found him in command of a company ship, "from which he seems to date his experience when, writing in 1782,... Learn More
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  54. 120251
    First edition in book-form of this agreeable parody of Frederick Burnaby's classic A Ride to Khiva (1876), not advertised as such, but uniform with Bradbury, Agnew and Co's "Our Novel Shilling Series", which comprised five similar books, all by Burnand and "hitting off the obvious foibles of the authors concerned" (Sadleir),... Learn More
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  55. 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

    Stock Code: 103495

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  56. 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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  57. 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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  58. 1
    First edition, extremely uncommon complete, of this superb visual record of the Prussian court painter's progress around the world, consisting largely of images of the Far East including views in Bangkok, Rangoon, Hong Kong, Macao, Peking, and Singapore. Edward Hildebrandt was born in Danzig in 1817, he studied with the... Learn More
    £18,500

    Stock Code: 52259

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  59. 119129
    First edition. Attractive, well-illustrated history of the Russo-Japanese War edited from contemporary accounts by a respected journalist and editor, who worked on the staff of the Educational Times and the Daily Graphic, editor of the Illustrated Scientific News and Knowledge. Learn More
    £500

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  60. 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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