Catalogue No. 162 “Futtehabad”
July 2019

This is my first major catalogue for several months, due not – as some might believe – to indolence, but my father’s recent illness which has resulted in frequent trips to Somerset over the course of the last few months. If I have been even more than usually tardy in responding to enquiries or despatching parcels I apologise. However, I have still been out and about buying books and the result is an excellent catalogue with much interesting new stock in all the usual subject areas. 

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

This Band of Brothers: A History of the Reconnaissance Corps of the British Army.

Formation in 1941 & campaigns in Middle East, NW Europe & Burma. Rolls of Hon., awards. Cheaper version in dec. paper wraps., attractive, VG & rare in any edition. See illustration on our website. 1947 £120


A Schoolmaster at War.
A fine memoir of service with 8th Loyal North Lancs. in France & Flanders 1915-18 which includes Messines & Passchendaele 1917, the Spring Offensive 1918 &c., & deserves to be better known. Orig. black cloth, silver gilt, VG. See illustration on our website. £145


The History of "A" Squadron 141st Regiment R.A.C. (The Buffs.) June 1940-November 1945.
7th Buffs, converted to armoured role in 1941; fought in Normandy & onwards through the Low Countries, Rhine Crossing &c. Good detailed account of the Squadron's active service experience in flame-throwing Churchill tanks. Rolls of killed, wounded & awards. Orig. green cloth, titled in black to front & sp., VG & rare. See illustration on our website. 1946 £165


The Fifth Battalion the Northamptonshire Regiment in Italy.
Excellent detailed contemp. account of the hard-fought advance through Italy 1943-45 with 73rd Division, inc. Monte Casino & other memorable fights, with superlative colour printed maps of operations. Roll of Hon., awards, extensive lists of officers movements & a most interesting publishing history. Orig. dec. card wraps., with cloth backstrip, VG & rare, complete with Annexure of fldg. maps. See illustrations on our website. 1945 £250

One Mole Rampant.
Rare & most appealing privately printed memoir & diary chronicling Gardner's enlistment in the HAC (Infantry) in 1914, service in France from September (Kemmel trenches &c.) then commissoned RE in March 1915 & (having studied mining engineering) attached 172nd Tunnelling Coy., giving admirable notes on ops. at Hill 60, the Bluff, St Eloi &c. until posted home to the Ministry of Munitions in the latter part of August 1915. He was MiD for tunnelling work in 1915. All copies of Gardner's memoirs were given to friends & acquaintances, this example with the author's ink stamp, inscribed: "To Victor Allcard Esq. with kindest regards from Comrade Walter Gardner Nov. 28/25" & ink-stamped to tp No. 293. Orig. wheat cloth, gilt, VG with loosely inserted 1993 letter from RE museum to a former owner identifying some of those mentioned in the text only by their initials. See illustration on our website. 1920 £275

A Soldier's Diary.
Sapper officer's pseudonymous day-to-day diary with 2nd Army in the Ypres Salient, April-Nov. 1918. A classic of which Falls stated: "expressive of 'disillusionment' - that hard worked word... it must be added that he gives a stirring & realistic account of the final phases of the war." Orig. wheat cloth, titled in black, VG in dw & scarce thus. See illustration on our website. 1930 £120

On Two Fronts: Being the Adventures of an Indian Mule Corps in France & Gallipoli.
The author commanded 9th Mule Corps, one of the transport units of the Lahore Division of the Indian Corps, & describes mobilization in India, voyage to Marseilles, services in France through the winter of 1914-15 (with a useful explanation of the organization & duties of a Mule Corps - they performed the role fulfilled by bn. transport in British units, as Indian regiments did not have their own transport to supply them in the line) then, after the Battle of Neuve Chapelle, was sent to Marseilles to command a newly raised unit (from personnel of various Mule Corps' in France), No. 1 Corps of the Indian Mule Cart Train, MEF, & moved with it to Gallipoli where he was in the first landing at Cape Helles & served for around six months before being evacuated with jaundice. Orig. dark red cloth, blocked black, VG & rare. See illustration on our website. 1917 £145

The History of the Sikh Pioneers (23rd, 32nd, 34th).
Acclaimed by Perkins ("A magnificent work, beautifully printed & bound, a pleasure to handle. The narrative covers the evolution of the Corps & its compnent Regts over the period 1857 (formation) to 1933 (disbandment)... this is a most desirable book.") Includes ops. at Delhi (Kashmir Gate &c.) & Relief of Lucknow in the Mutiny, China 1860, Umbeyla, Abyssinia 1867-68, 2nd Afghan War, Chitral, Tirah, China again, Tibet, Abor & WW1 in France/Flanders, Mespot., Aden, Sinai & Palestine, then 3rd Afghan War 1919. Orig. red cloth, gilt, sp. sunned o/w VG indeed. Rare. See illustration on our website. £325

The B.E.F. Times: A Facsimile Reprint of the Trench Magazine.

First reproductions of The BEF Times (successor to The Wipers Times &c.) in volume form. VG, orig. printed paper covd. boards in worn & neatly repaired but attractive & very scarce dw with appealing Western Front scene featuring the offices of the BEF Times under shellfire. See illustrations on our website. 1918 £125


Letters of an English Boy, Being the Letters of Richard Byrd Levett, King's Royal Rifle Corps, who Died for England, at the Age of Nineteen, in the Great War. March 10, 1917.
Contains letters from St. Peter's Court Prep. School, Eton 1911-15, Sandhurst 1915-16, 6th (S) Bn. KRRC at Sheerness then 1st Bn. in France from Dec. 1916. He was appointed to command No. 8 Pl. in "B" Coy. Interesting observant letters recording his duties & surroundings inc. Anti-Gas School. He briefly commanded 2nd Divisional Coy., consisting of shoemakers, carpenters etc. but rejoined his platoon in time to take part in attack at Irles, 10/3/17: killed near Grevillers Trench by the British barrage, which the attack was following closely.  See illustration on our website. 1917 £165


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