Catalogue No. 165 “Kemmel”
December 2019

This catalogue contains an exceptionally fine range of new stock in all the sections, due to much recent buying from several outstanding collections. There is much more to come, but in the meantime I hope you will find something to interest you here.  I will, in the near future, be sending out a final 100 book catalogue from the collection of David Prichard. Following that will be another major catalogue of new stock. I also have to hand a number of interesting diaries and archives which I will be offering in the new year.

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

With The 4th Battalion The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) in South Africa, 1900-1901.
Account by the commanding officer of operations in the OFS, investment of Boshof, &c. plus a detachment with the Kimberley Flying Column. Roll of officers in text, rolls of casualties & awards appended. Orig. red cloth, gilt titles to front, near fine with very nice presentation inscrip. "Major Wishart. In recollection of theth Battalion Scottish Rifles in South Africa from his old friend and brother officer. The Author Aug. 1905." See illustrations on our website. 1905 £275
 

Speeches. 1878 to 1893.

One of several privately printed works by Roberts, containing many of his inner thoughts on the Afghan Wars, &c., being the full texts of 139 speeches, mainly given in India & ranging over various subjects, but mainly military campaigns. For example, at Kabul on 17th March 1880: "Many times last December [i.e. 1879], when we were surrounded by the enemy, I thought of the extremely difficult position in which the first Army of Occupation was placed here; and the wonder to me was, and is still, how they managed to defend themselves as long as they did... &c." KCL library list notes: "Volume entitled 'Speeches 1878 to 1893', printed texts of speeches given by Gen Frederick Sleigh Roberts, 1st Baron Roberts of Kandahar, to regiments and institutions in Britain and India, including the United Service Club, London, 26 Nov 1880; Punjab Frontier Force dinner, Simla, 4 Aug 1886; temperance speech to soldiers in Meerut, 3 Mar 1888; Presidency Volunteers, Calcutta, 30 Jan 1892." A fine & very substantial volume bound in full green morocco with gilt decoration to boards, raised bands & gilt titles to sp., all edges rubricated, minor wear but VG indeed & inscribed: "G.J. Pretyman from his friend Roberts. 1894." (Note: Sir George Tindal Pretyman, later Major-General, was ADC to Roberts during the Afghan War, 1878-80, & was with him during the march from Kabul to Kandahar). Self-evidently rare & doubtless the few copies printed were all presented by Roberts to close friends & colleagues. Two copies on Library Hub (formerly COPAC), British Library (copy presented to Neville Chamberlin) & National Library of Wales. See illustrations on our website. £850
 

The Brigade Headquarters Story: The Story of 130th Brigade H.Q. (43rd Wessex Division) 1939-46.
A rare account of training in the UK followed by the campaign in Normandy & on, landing in mid-June 1944, compiled by an NCO of the Intelligence Section, supplemented by the memories of other HQ personnel & containing much interesting detail on the training period then operations from Normandy breakout through to The Island, Nijmegan, Rhine Crossing, &c. As the HQ was a small group, & this work was prepared for their 1951 reunion, it would seem likely that no more than a couple of dozen copies were made. Orig. printed card wraps., contents stapled within, attractive & rare survival. See illustrations on our website. £250
 

Private Memoirs of Sir Rowley Sale Sale-Hill, K.C.B., Late Indian Army.

Sale-Hill was born in India in 1839, was schooled in England & entered the Bengal Army in 1856: served in the Mutiny at the defence of Kumaon, Battle of Charpoorah &c., then in Bhutan campaign 1865-66, Hazara 1868, Malay Peninsula Expedition 1875-76, Afghan war 1878-80 & in command of Akka Expedition on the North-East Frontier, 1883-84. Also commanded the Rawalpindi Brigade in 882 & the Eastern Frontier District from 1882-86. Exceptionally rare, very nicely produced memoirs, this copy inscribed by the author to his brother, with several neat corrections to the text in his hand. Orig. green cloth, gilt title to front, minor wear, VG indeed. See illustrations on our website. £375
 

Selections from the Letters, Despatches & Other State Papers Preserved in The Military Department of the Government of India 1857-58. Volume III: [Lucknow & Cawnpore].

This volume continues & concludes the narratives of events at Cawnpore & Lucknow commenced in Vol. II, including several interesting appendices. Exceedingly rare source material utilising primary sources: the minutes of Courts of Inquiry, General Orders, correspondence & dispatches, plus detailed appendices & a very valuable annotated index. (The whole work, covering all the events of the Mutiny, was completed in four volumes: all are rare.) Orig. red cloth, black decoration & gilt tiles to spine & front, VG copy, nice original state, & it cannot be emphasised enough how scarce this volume is in the original edition, especially in this condition. See illustrations on our website. 1902 £375
 

 

Four Infantrymen on the Western Front 1918.
Fine German novel that became the basis for Pabst's notable war film Westfront. Orig. cloth, nice copy in sl. chipped & rare dw. See illustrations on our website. 1930 £225
 

The C.I.V. & the War in South Africa, 1900: The City Press Illustrated Souvenir of the City of London Imperial Volunteers.

Letterpress account of the raising of the regiment, various rolls & hundreds of portraits & group photos. Orig. brown dec. wraps., VG, well preserved example. See illustrations on our website. £120

 

The Outpost: Magazine of the 17th Service (Glasgow Chamber of Commerce) Battalion Highland Light Infantry.
Excellent, very attractive & uncommon bound original issues of a fine & surprisingly enduring service battalion magazine containing much regimental news & material redolent of their service on the Western Front, photos. & details of many of their casualties, details & portraits of those awarded decorations, num. amusing articles & cartoons, photos. of locations visited on active service, articles on active service experience, &c. Publication commenced at Troon early in 1915, continued at other training camps in the UK then On Active Service in France & Flanders from the end of the year & on thoughout the war. Printed for the battalion throughout its existence by David J. Clark, Glasgow with different & very appealing cover design for each volume. The orig. wraps. are not bound-in in this set of the first five volumes (of seven in all), but the volumes here offered are magnificently bound in full red morocco, gilt spines with raised bands, being a run from No. 1, February 1915-October 1917 in quite superb state throughout, evidently personally bound for a senior officer or dignitary, & housed together in a fitted cloth case, with interior to match the marbled end-papers of the volumes. The exterior of the box is stained, however the volumes are all fine & this outstanding set is offered together with a clothbound copy of Volume VII (the final volume) & two original paper-bound issues from Vol. VI. See illustrations on our website. £450
 

Q.6.A. And Other Places: Recollections of 1916, 1917, 1918.
A lost classic, one of the very best & yet least known, rare & desirable unvarnished accounts of service life & trench warfare from Jan. 1916 onwards as a subaltern, later company commander, 1st/7th Bn. Northumberland Fusiliers (Buckley also wrote the battalion's war history). Includes experiences in the Ypres Salient (at Kemmel, St Eloi &c.) in the spring of 1916, Battles of the Somme, Arras & Passchendaele, the German Offensive 1918 & Final Advance, as well as the normal routine of trenches & billets, training courses & occasional leaves. Orig. red cloth, blocked black, VG, copy No. 212. In a letter (not present in this copy but previously seen by me) the author stated: "It is a history of my personal experiences in the War, - in which I recount the services of my 'observers' and 'bombers' to whom I was much devoted. How I came through 3 years in the infantry I do not know. I was the only officer in the battalion that remained on the active list continuously from Jany. 1916 to the end. It is a privately printed book and not given to everyone..." See illustration on our website. 1920 £250
 

A Military Geography of Schleswig-Holstein.
Rare official RESTRICTED publication produced by 8 Corps to aid "units & staffs, especially those who are new to Schleswig-Holstein, to appreciate its history & geography. It is hoped that this pamphlet [sic] gives information on the chief military factors required when considering operations, training & occupational duties." S-H is the most northerly part of Germany, formerly part of Prussia, & Hamburg was the main city. The work gives a short history followed by matters of operational importance such as water obstacles (rivers Eider & Elbe, Kiel Canal &c.), communications, sea approaches &c. These are followed by 54 fine large plate photos. of the region inc. aerial photos., bridges, beach approaches &c., plus superb coloured maps of the Baltic Coast, flooded regions, communications, water & wood obstacles, &c., these produced by 8 Corps Topo. Section. Exceptional quality study, especially given the period within which it was produced. Orig. dec. paper covd. boards with blue cloth backstrip & ribbon closure tie. VG. See illustrations on our website. 1946 £125
 

 

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