Catalogue No. 163 “Voi”
August 2019

Here I offer a small but interesting catalogue covering all the usual wars and campaigns, with some interesting and scarce works in all sections. I trust everyone has had a pleasant summer and hope that you will find something of interest in this listing.

Almost all our books, including the ones in this catalogue, are illustrated on our website:  

Diary of a Nursing Sister on the Western Front 1914-1915.
Luard's rewarding authentic early war experiences with an Ambulance Train at 1st Ypres & Neuve Chapelle & a Field Ambulance during 2nd Ypres, Festubert &c. Orig. cloth, gilt much foxing to firts leaves & edge of text block, o/w VG in chipped but rare dw (with illustration from H.W. Williamson's drawing ' Removing the Wounded: 60 Yards from the Enemy'): rare in any state, but especially so in dw. See illustration on our website. 1915 £165
 

History of the King's Dragoon Guards 1938-1945.
Armoured cars in Western Desert (Tobruk &c.), Tunisia, Italy & Greece. Roll of Hon., awards. Orig. blue cloth. gilt, VG. See illustration on our website. £75
 

 

 

Pigeons in the Great War: A Complete History of the Carrier-Pigeon Service during the Great War, 1914 to 1918.
A most detailed, interesting & well-illustrated history of the carrier-pigeon service in the war, conducted under the direction of the author, who states that "Quite 100,000 pigeons passed through my hands for active service" & that "Towards the end of the war 150 British mobile lofts, with complete equipment, wee on active service on the French & Italian fronts. This will give some little idea of the extent & usefulness of the service..." As well as a good history of the formation & arrangements of the service there is a roll of some hundreds of pigeons who performed particularly meritorious service, with details of some of these services, plus excellent illustrations of equipment, birds, personnel &c. involved in the pigeon service. Orig. blue cloth, gilt title to front, VG, rare & inscribed: "With the author's compliments & best wishes A.H. Osman 22/11/28." See illustrations on our website. 1928 £225
 

With the Machine Gun Corps: From Grantham to Cologne.

Outstanding personal account by a machine gunner with the 98th (33rd Div.) & 13th (5th Div.) MG Coys., mostly on the Western Front but with an Italian 'interlude.' Orig. red covd. boards, titled in black (second issue binding), VG & rare. See illustration on our website. 1923 £165
 

 

Army Veterinary Service in War.
Author was Director of Veterinary Services, BEF, France, 1914-19, & at the time of writing Director of Veterinary Services in India. This fine & rare survey covers Organisation & Function of Army Veterinary Service in War (admin., personnel, regimental veterinary assistance, evacuation of sick & wounded, vet. hospitals & convalescent horse depots &c.); Wastage of Animals in War; AVS as an Instructional Agency; Merits & Demerits of various breeds (horses, mule, donkeys, ponies, yak, camels, elephants &c.); Economy to be Effected in the Disposal of Animals Wasted by War; followed by Extracts from Official Despatches re BEF in France, Mespot., Salonika, Egypt & Expeditionary Forces in India (NWF &c.). Much of great interest with a slant towards the experience of the Indian Army & its transport on the NWF &c.Dedicated to all ranks of the RAVC & AVC India, with proceeds of sale "devoted to the foundation of a Benevolent Fund for the personnel of the Army Veterinary Corps, India." Orig. dec. white cloth, VG. See illustrations on our website. 1921 £145
 

 

Sketches by a Kent Yeoman 1914-1918.
Some 150 attractive drawings, humorous & otherwise, of scenes in Gallipoli, Egypt, Palestine & France (with many locations identified). Dedicated by the author to his old comrades of the East & West Kent Yeomanry & 10th Buffs. VG, scarce, inscribed by author/artists on title page: "With love from Percy Thesiger." See illustrations on our website. £145
 

 

A Short War History of "A" Squadron, 146 Regiment Royal Armoured Corps (The Duke of Wellington's) 1940-1946: United Kingdon, India, Burma, Sumatra.
Rare Squadron history printed for the unit in Sumatra in 1946, & the only such history that we are aware of. Raised in Glasgow in 1940 as 9th Duke's, quickly reorganised as an armoured regt., to India 1941, with 26th (Indian) Div. in Arakan then Sumatra 1945-46. Orig. dec. wirestitched wraps. (regimental devices to front), VG. See illustration on our website. £250
 

 

Over The Rhine: A Parachute Field Ambulance in Germany.
224 Para. Fd. Ambulance in Rhine Crossing &c. with 3rd Parachute Brigade. Interesting details on medical work in action, diagrams of drop zones, nominal roll (noting casualties). Number 116 of 300 copies, privately printed for members of the Field Ambulance only, with an interesting printing history which is recorded in an appendix: "Since the bed of the hand-press measured only 6 by 8 inches only one page alone could be printed at a time. Only one size of type, 12 point Verona roman, was available... there were no small capitals, italics or other accessories... The warmth & climate [of Palestine] also created problems. The wooden platen was highly susceptible to heat & gave varying pressure, while the soft surface of the paper tended to open, & the ink to spread. Printing was therefore confined to mornings & evenings & was completed in six weeks." The result is a very pleasing achievement. Orig. printed card with attractive dec. dw, VG indeed & self-evidently a rare survival. See illustrations on our website. 1946 £245
 

War Diary of First Machine Gun Squadron 1916-1919.
Very rare history of the cavalry MG Squadron formed in the field in Feb. 1916 & served throughout the war on the western Front with 1st Cav. Bde. in 1st Cav. Div. inc. Battle of the Somme 1916, Cambrai 1917, March Offensive 1918 &c. Valuable detailed account with roll of officers. Orig. blue cloth, gilt tile to front with inset Squadron badge, gilt in a white oval. VG. See illustration on our website. 1922 £275
 

Winged Mars: The German Air Weapon 1870-1914 [And:] The Air Weapon 1914-1916.

Important study of military aviation in the lead up to & first half of WW1 inc. development of German air service up to 1914 & very useful analysis of the aerial arm & its role in the early land battles, up to Verdun & the Somme 1916 (much on the latter). Followed by sections on Tactical Air Operations at Sea & Strategic Air Operations (air raids on Britain & Germany). Includes notes on the organization of the British. French & German air forces. Orig. blue cloth, VG in dws, very nice set. See illustration on our website. £120
 

 

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