Catalogue No. 173 “Wana” April 2021

My second catalogue of the year contains another excellent selection of stock and of course I hope you will find something of interest within. It goes without saying that I hope all of my customers, their families and friends, remain fit and well during the current pandemic.

We are a leading dealers in rare and second hand books on British military history from around 1800 to 1945. the Great War, 1914-1918, has always been our speciality and we hold extensive stocks of regimental and divisional histories, official histories, standard works, memoirs, Rolls of Honour, Army Lists and so forth.

A further selection of stock can be viewed on our fully searchable website

The Tourist's Guide to Lucknow. By One of the Beleagured Garrison.
Hilton was one of the La Martiniere College boys who participated in the defence & the greater part of his guide relates to the events of the Mutiny including a 120 page personal account, a guide to the city & Residency (giving a useful account of each post), a roll of the European members of the Lucknow garrison (inc. women & children), account of the inaugeration of the 32nd Regt. memorial & much other matter. Orig. dec. glazed paper covd. boards with brown cloth backstrip, a very nice clean example, just a little chipped at extremities, with contemp. inscription: "George G. Horne 1/1st Dorset Battery R.F.A. Bareilly U.P. India from J. Collins Q.M.S. Feb. 5th 1916." Also a loosely inserted tinted period postcard of the Residency, Lucknow. Informative & scarce account of events at Delhi, with some interesting plates inc. "Lucknow Kavanagh in his Disguise." See illustrations on our website. 1913 £225

Strategic Camouflage.
Intriguing study of "the Application of Art in War, which for the greater part is concerned with the analysis of photographs disclosing German camouflage methods" during 1914-18: how to detect German methods of concealment &c. There are chapters on Camouflaging the Ground; Camouflage Methods; Covered Roads; Fined-Coverings in the Making; Position Effectively Camouflage by the Germans Between April & May 1918 During Their Great Offensive on the Morlancourt - Villers-Brettoneaux Road; Reflections, &c. Various examples, with excellent plates, include the St. Pierre Capelle region & Villers-Bretonneux, alongside many other interesting illustrations & examples. Falls states: "Mr Solomon was sent out to France to give advice on matters of camouflage at an early period of the War. On this experience he had based his attack upon British methods & a laudation of German methods, neither of which appear to have much warrant. He has some beautiful illustrations." Orig. blue cloth, gilt to front & sp., little rubbed & worn at edges, generally VG & rare original edition, complete with both the folding & col. plates not included in toto in modern reprints/POD offerings.  See illustrations on our website. 1920 £225

Official History of Operations on the North-West Frontier of India 1936-1937.
War against the Faqir of Ipi in Waziristan, with Order of Battle of "Wazirforce" & a full & detailed account of the background & conditions of air & ground operations. VG orig. red paper covd. printed boards, cloth spine, gilt, stamp of Officers' Training School, Belgaum, to tp. Just 750 copies printed & seemingly a very low survival rate as very few copies indeed have appeared on the market. See illustration on our website. 1943 £450

With the Guns West & East.
Cooke went to France with 5th Royal Horse Artillery Brigade in 1914. Subsequently commanded a Battery & gives a very good account of The Battle of Loos, when he acted in support of 15th (Scottish) Div. In 1916 he took a newly raised New Army battery of the 34th Div. to France & fought with them on the Somme until August when selected to form a gunnery school in India. Later served with 60th (London) Div. in Palestine 1917-18 including the capture of Jerusalem. Falls says "This last is particularly interesting as he gives a graphic account of the capture of Jerusalem, into the suburbs of which he must have been about the first man in the British Army to penetrate." Interesting copy & rare. See illustrations on our website. 1923 £275

Ball of Fire: The Fifth Indian Division in the Second World War.
East then North Africa, followed by PAIFORCE then Burma inc. Arakan, then flown up to Kohima & Imphal & the advance south through Meiktila to Rangoon. The author was a captain with divisional signals in the Middle East & Burma & was later a prominent military historian. His history contains a very fine record of the Division's exploits in all the theatres where it served. Rare deluxe edition, bound in full red morocco, raised bands & black leather lettering labels to sp., plus the Division's black & red "Ball of Fire" (or as their rival formations had it - the Flaming Areshole) sign inset to front. Shoulders of sp. a little rubbed but generally a very nice example of this superior edition, with marbled endpapers, gilt edges &c. See illustration on our website. 1951 £145


The Canadian Forestry Corps: Its Inception, Development & Achievements.
An official record prepared by request of Rt. Hon. Sir Albert H. Stanley, MP, President of the Board of Trade, & compiled by an official of the Timber Supply Dept. together with an officer of the Corps. An informative & well illustrated account of the Corps from its beginnings early in 1916 when a battalion of Canadian lumbermen, named the 224th Canadian Forestry Battalion, was recruited for work in the forests of England, Scotland & France. The organisation was enlarged to include additional units & the CFC performed much valuable work in the UK & France in support on military operations. Falls 182 ("An account of an unusual aspect of the Allied war effort...") Orig. grey cloth, titled in red to front, minor wear, generally VG, 1200 copies printed & rare. See illustrations on our website. 1919 £350

The War Depicted by Distinguished British Artists.
Finely reproduced examples of the work of several dozen greater- or lesser-known artists divided into eight parts: Western Front, Palestine, Salonica; East Africa; Gallipoli; The Sea; The Air. Good quality contemp. green binder's cloth, gilt to sp., complete with orig. attractive dec. wraps. bound in, VG and this original edition is rare & self-evidently far preferable than the modern print-on-demand version. See illustrations on our website. 1918 £90

The History of the 1st King George V's Own Gurkha Rifles (The Malaun Regiment) Vol. II: 1920-1947.
Includes NWF campaigns 1920-21, 1931, 1935, 1938-39 & WW2 Malaya (2nd Bn.), North Africa (1st Bn.) & Burma (1st, 3rd & 4th Bns.). Roll of officers, Roll of Hon., British & GOs, awards. Perkins 497. Orig. green cloth, silver gilt, VG & rare. See illustration on our website. 1956 £245

Soldiers of the Cross in Zululand.
Although essentially a record of Zululand Missions work, covering the period 1860-1895, this book also celebrates - in a big way - "how English rule has spread over South Africa." Missions work is explained: "It is to make a Christian (and not an animal, however splendid) out of the native..." A highly offensive & distasteful statement, illustrative of the obsessive zeal of these 'crusaders' which is in places more vicious than anything I have read in the memoirs of a military man or campaign history. After the 1879 war: "Isandhlwana became the chief station: it appealed strongly to British feeling. Here stands the Church of St. Vincent, on the very spot under the Lion Rock where King Cetawayo surprised and cut to pieces the English camp... England's love for her slaughtered sons took a noble revenge in building and beautifying the Church, which was not only to preserve their memory, but to teach their slayers the lesson of the Cross. In hoc Signo Vinces." [In This Sign Thou Shall Conquer.] In the course of the narrative, however, there are chapters of considerable interest to the military historian: "The Zulu War & The First Migration from Kwamagwaza," "The Civil War Between Usibepu and Cetshwayo," "The Civil War Between Usibepu and Dinuzulu" &c. A rare work: seven copies on Library Hub (formerly COPAC), orig. dec. red cloth, gilt, leaf patterned endpapers, some minor foxing to prelims. o/w VG throughout. See illustration on our website. 1906 £225

A Record of the 2nd Bucks Battalion T.F. 1914-1918.
Not to be confused with the battalion history by Swann, this is a souvenir "To commemorate the patriotism, the bravery & the sacrifice of this Battalion during the great European War..." It contains a brief history, Rolls of Honour (noting date of death & in the case of other ranks their home town), rolls of awards to all ranks (some with citations), lists of officers who served overseas or at home with the battalion. This copy with ink ownership to front of Lt. A.G. Stewart, 2/1st Bucks. Bn. O. & B.L.I., numerous small annotation by him to the rolls (such as noting the operations in which some of the men were killed during his service with the bn., which he joined in Sept. 1917), newspaper cutting re death of the former MO in 1952. He has also added at the front a magazine portrait of his CO (Col. Christie Miller, DSO, MC) & at the rear a real photo. portrait in uniform of himself. Interesting copy. See illustrations on our website. £80


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