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Colonel John T. Jones:
Journals of Sieges: carried on by the Army under the Duke of Wellington in Spain, between the years 1811 and 1814. [Complete in 2 vols].

London: for T. Egerton, bookseller to the Ordnance, 1827. Second edition. Vol I: xix, [3], 485, followed by 10 large foldout maps and plans; Vol II: [iv], 480, plus a further 7 foldout maps = 17 (all called for). Contents of both volumes in beautifully fresh clean condition, including the maps all in very good order, with clean folds. 8vo, all edges marbled, top edges of first and last few pages shaved. In new bindings of brown cloth with red and black lettering-pieces. Very nice copies. Near Fine.

Price: 160.00


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Lieutenant-General Sir George Lawrence, edited by W. Edwards:
Reminiscences of Forty-three Years in India.

London: John Murray, 1875. Second edition. xiii, 315, + 4 adverts. Contents clean and firm. Early ownership name to first blank leaf. In the original purple cloth with dark green endpapers. Decorative black ruling frames a gilt medallion on the upper board, lower board decorated in blind, spine faded and titled in gilt. Firm, corners blunted, spine ends slightly nicked and frayed. Scarce title: a good copy in the original cloth. Very Good.

Price: 240.00


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Captain Henry Hallam Parr:
A Sketch of the Kafir and Zulu Wars. Guadana to Isandhlwana.

London: C. Kegan Paul & Co., 1880. First edition. [vi], 283pp (+ 32 ads); including 4 maps, and with a tinted foldout map of South Africa. Faded 1880 gift inscription to head of title page, and author's rank corrected in pencil, to Colonel. Originally a stapled binding: now sewn, with small rust spots remaining in the gutter at some openings. Contents very clean, with stain to the margin at p.3, and minimal signs of use to the first few pages. With the original brown endpapers: ownership name to free endpaper, and modern crested bookplate to pastedown - names here and on the title indicate that the book has stayed in the same military family since publication. In the original binding of dark green cloth, titled in gilt and with a tree decoration in blind: rebacked, with the original spine laid down. A very nice firm bright copy of the original edition. VG+.

Price: 550.00


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Sydney H. Shadbolt:
The Afghan Campaigns of 1878-1880, compiled from official and private sources. Complete in two volumes: Historical Division, and Biographical Division.

London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, and Riviington, 1882. First edition. [vi], 352pp, with the six maps (one folding) and a frontis portrait photograph of General Roberts; [40], 274pp: the biographies preceded by 140 oval woodburytype portrait photographs mounted on 10 page-openings. Contents of both volumes very clean, a few pages having slight spotting to the edges. In the Historical volume, the edge of the frontis has been made good, and the single-page maps have some foxing to the edges; and in the Biographical volume there is a lightly-pencilled military ownership name to the half-title, and some foxing at the first text page. Large quarto, all edges gilt, in the original bindings of green cloth over bevelled boards, titled in gilt, rebacked in the mid-20thC: bright, with minor marks. A firm and very handsome set. Very Good+.
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Price: 1,400.00


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A. Conan Doyle:
The Great Boer War. Complete in two volumes, bound together. [Tauchnitz vols 3464 & 3465].

Leipzig: Bernhard Tauchnitz, 1900. Copyright Edition. 296, 270pp, both with titles and half-titles. Slight soiling to vol i prelims, and slight cockling throughout. In recent half plum cloth with contemporary marbled boards, with some scuffs, spine with two labels gilt, bright. Very Good.

Price: 60.00


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William le Queux: Naval Chapters by H.W. Wilson, Introductory Letter by Field-Marshal Earl Roberts:
The Invasion of 1910: with a full account of the Siege of London.

London: Eveleigh Nash, 1906. Second impression. xiv, 550pp, including maps, plans, proclamations etc, and a facsimile of Earl Roberts' letter. Fictional account of the invasion of Britain by Germany. 1906 gift inscription to front free endpaper. Some foxing to first and last twenty pages, little elsewhere. Closed edges of text block are tanned. In very good condition in the original binding of red cloth titled in gilt and decorated in blind. Firm and bright, with fading to spine. An unusually attractive copy of a book which is more often found the worse for wear, and from the same year as the first printing. Very Good.

Price: 80.00


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Colonel Algernon Durand:
The Making of a Frontier. Five years' experience and adventures in Gilgit, Hunza Nagar, Chitral, and the Eastern Hindu-Kush.

London: Nelson, n.d. [c.1910] 383: illustrated with a map, photographs and a frontis portrait. Contents clean and fresh throughout, with faint tanning to endpapers. Top edge gilt. In the original binding of light blue cloth, upper board much decorated in darker blue: boards firm and bright, corners sharp, spine titled in gilt and slightly darkened, ends crimped. A very nice copy. Near Fine.

Price: 30.00


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The Hon. Arnold Keppel:
Gun-running and the Indian North-West Frontier.

London: John Murray, 1911. First edition. xiv, 214pp, [2] ads. All plates and foldout maps present, including the curious 'Frontier Fingerpost' map. Slip 'With the Author's Compliments' tipped in at title page. Contents clean, with light foxing to prelims and p.58. Early ownership name to front free endpaper. In the original binding of green cloth, titled and decorated in gilt: firm but battered, and with the appealing patina of having been there. A well-seasoned copy. Good.

Price: 40.00


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Paul Stoffa: edited and translated by L.Harta:
Round the World to Freedom: being the escapes and adventures of Major Paul Stoffa (of the Hungarian Army).

London: John Lane The Bodley Head, 1933. First edition. xiv, 286, (4) adverts: with the translator's preface, and illustrated with a portrait frontis and many other photographs. Contents clean and unmarked. Firm, in the original binding of pale ochre cloth, a little faded and the spine slightly darkened. Very Good.

Price: 190.00


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Mottistone, Lord (General Jack Seely): illustrated by A.J. [Alfred] Munnings:
My Horse Warrior.

London: Hodder and Stoughton, October 1934. First reprint. 160pp, enhanced by 21 of Munnings' drawings (including the endpapers). Ownership name to half-title, and a few foxing spots to the prelims and the last couple of pages. Contents otherwise clean and fresh. In the original binding of smooth light blue cloth, decorated with an inset drawing of Warrior. The closed edges of the text block have a little light foxing, the spine ends are puckered, and there is slight blunting of the upper corners: otherwise a very clean, bright, fresh, firm copy. Very Good+.

Price: 195.00


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Liddell Hart:
T. E. Lawrence: In Arabia and After.

London: Jonathan Cape, 1934. First edition. 454pp, with a number of plates and maps (some fold-out), and a portrait frontispiece by Augustus John. Contents extraordinarily fresh, as new. Faint toning to endpapers. Text block top edge red, bottom edge uncut. In the original binding of russet cloth titled in gilt, all bright and sharp [pale corner in photo is lighting error]. In the protected light brown dust jacket printed in green and black: this is clean and fresh, but for fading to the green on the spine: there is a 2cm closed tear to the head of the upper joint, and there are small knocks to one corner and on the bottom edge. A brilliant copy. Fine in near fine dust-jacket.
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Price: 300.00


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Compton Mackenzie:
Greek Memories.

London: Chatto & Windus, 1939. First printing of the revised edition. xiv, 455pp, illustrated. Contents very clean and fresh and unmarked. In the original binding of pink cloth, spine titled in gilt: bright and clean, with a small knock to one corner. It appears long to have been conserved in a closely-tailored clean brown paper jacket with the original excised spine from the dust jacket laid neatly onto it, making it attractive on the shelf: small closed tear to brown paper. While the spine is almost without blemish, the rest of the original jacket is not present. The 1932 edition is that for which the author was prosecuted under the Official Secrets Act. In the Preface to this edition, he discusses what happened. He also says: 'In fairness to the various Authorities whose sagacity decreed my prosecution, I should add that the present edition has not been censored, and I beg readers to accept my assurance that they have not been deprived of any secrets, nutritious or otherwise.' Near Fine in good dust-jacket.

Price: 100.00


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edited by Walter Hutchinson:
Hutchinson's Pictorial History of the War : a complete and authentic record in text and pictures. [aka: The Library Press Edition of the Pictorial History of the War]. [WW2] Complete 26 vols bound in 21.

London: The Library Press Ltd, in association with Hutchinson & Co., [1939-1945.] A brilliant, complete, and scarcely-read set of this classic work. Around 7,000 pages, packed with photographs. Quarto, in the original burgundy half-leather bindings with gilt-lettered spines and red cloth boards. All firm, bright, clean, and unmarked: almost immaculate. Exceptional in this condition. Little more to say: a lot to look at. Fine.
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Price: 750.00


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Editor: Major H.L. Ruston:
Parade Middle East Weekly: a collection of 39 issues from 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945.

Cairo: for Middle East Publications, by Al-Hilal, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945. Original printings. Large format wartime periodicals for the troops (16.5x11ins / 42x28cms). 20pp each (special issues 32pp), with articles of general and entertainment interest as well as sidelines on the war, all richly illustrated in monochrome, with film star photo to the back and red banner to the front. Most copies here are from 1943-44 and almost all are in very good condition, clean and unmarked, with scuffs to the spines but little other wear. List of issues available.
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Price: 150.00


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Cecily Mackworth:
Czechoslovakia fights back.

London: Lindsay Drummond, 1942. First edition. [viii], 117, [3]: illustrated with photographs. Errata slip tipped in. Contents very clean, pages inconspicuously cockled towards the lower corner. Neat ownership name in ink, and trace of erased pencil price, to front endpaper. Firm and tidy in the original slim binding of light red cloth titled in blue, clean and slightly sunned. A very good copy. Very Good.

Price: 30.00


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Guy Heriot:
Changi Interlude: leaves from the diary of a third class internee.

Lewes, Sussex: Printed by W.E.Baxter, 1946. First and only edition. The author's compilation of his verse and journals written during his imprisonment by the Japanese: gritty and witty. Pastedown bears the ownership name of 'J.N.Lewis Bryan / Changi 1942-1945': [Bryan was Assistant Chaplain General in Singapore at the time of the surrender, and published his book 'The Churches of the Captivity in Malaya' in 1946.] *** 120pp, illustrated. Contents in very fresh clean condition. In the original binding of blue cloth, illustrated and titled in black: firm and clean, but with some fading. In the protected unclipped blue dust jacket: the blue has faded completely from the spine and front panel, leaving them a light brown, but the title and illustration are perfectly clear. Small chip and a few neatly repaired closed tears at head of spine. Very nice copy of a book now scarce. Very Good+ in very good dust-jacket.

Price: 95.00


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W. Ellerton Fry: edited by Peter McLaughlin:
Occupation of Mashonaland: views by W. Ellerton Fry. Reprint, in smaller format, of the album of photographs taken on the Pioneer Column of 1890, and originally published in October 1891; with the addition of maps; and new text, captions and a Bibliography prepared by Peter McLaughlin.

Bulawayo: Books of Zimbabwe, 1982. Limited Edition, First thus. xvi, 175pp, of which 159pp are pages of photographs, including photographs of the ruins of Great Zimbabwe. #451 of 1,000 copies. In the 1891 edition there were two photographs per page: here, the format of the book is smaller, but the photographs are printed larger, at only one to a page. There are two maps on p.2, and two large foldout translucent maps mounted at the same opening. Contents clean and unmarked throughout. Armorial bookplate to front pastedown. 28.5x38cms, landscape folio, in the original maroon half calf binding with textured boards, illustrated and titled in gilt, very bright and fresh. Lovely copy. Fine.
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Price: 435.00


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James MacBruce:
When the Going Was Rough: a Rhodesian Story.

Pretoria: Femina, 1983. First edition. [xx], 251pp, illustrated with photos, and with map endpapers. Contents unmarked and very clean. In the original grey cloth-textured binding titled in white, clean and bright, corners sharp, head of spine blunted. In the protected pictorial dust jacket, generally clean and bright, but with slight fading to red spine title and a couple of 1cm closed tears. Very nice copy. Near Fine in very good dust-jacket.

Price: 48.00


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Carol Roman:
Ultimele 100 de Zile Nefaste: Sfirsitul clicii ceausescu. / The Last 100 ill-fated Days: The End of the ceausescu clique.

Romania: Casa de Editare "Glob", 1990. Original or early edition. Large paperback, quarto size: 100pp with 109 large photographs: text and captions in Romanian and English. A record of events and incidents, exorcising the people's hatred and resentment of the Ceaucescus after their departure and death in December 1989. Pictorial cover, edges slightly scuffed and knocked. VG..

Price: 28.00


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F.L. Cramer, writing as 'Con Script':
War is Never a Bore.

Apparently self-published, [c.1995]. Presumed only edition. 237pp, plus a frontis portrait and 4 pages of photographs. Verso of the half-title inscribed by the author to his niece, appended 'A.W.O.L.' Author writing from memory of his infantry experiences in WW2. Pages clean, book slightly buckled. Paperback, 20.5x14.5cms: covers creased and very rubbed, spine foot scuffed. Two-inch split to head of lower joint. Rare. Worn.

Price: 45.00


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