Catalogue No. 168 “Mohmand”
July/August 2020

This is the second of my new-style fully illustrated catalogues. I am very grateful to all those who offered constructive criticism of my first effort, last month’s Gallipoli catalogue. I had intended to reply to you all individually to thank you for your comments, but, as ever, events overtook and I got busy finishing this catalogue off, hard on the heels of the last one. We are still in an experimental phase and the complexity is daunting. No doubt It will become second nature to me in about ten years.

The catalogue contains just 200 items, but they are virtually all newly catalogued and include many scarce books and manuals etc.



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

Battle of Le Cateau 26th August, 1914. Tour of the Battlefield.
Detailed & useful work published for instruction of officers, including notes on 1914 era modes of defence, battlefield tour, principal lessons of the battle, order of battle. Orig. printed card wraps. with fldg. map of Battle of Le Cateau & The Eve of Le Cateau, together ten panorama sketches, contained in end-pocket. Minor wear, VG. Scarce. See illustration on our website. 1934 £145
 

Battle of The Marne 8th-10th September, 1914. Tour of the Battlefield.
Detailed & useful study published for instruction of officers, including: Events Leading up to the Battle of the Marne; Notes on the 1914 Training Manuals; Summary of the Battle; Tour of the Battlefield; Principal Lessons of the Battle; Orders of Battle of Troops Engaged (British, French & German). Orig. printed card wraps., VG & very scarce. See illustration on our website. 1935 £145

 

Battle of The Aisne 13th-15th September, 1914. Tour of the Battlefield.
Detailed & useful work published for instruction of officers, including Events Leading up t the Battle of the Aisne; Notes on the 1914 Training Manuals; Summery of the Battle; Tour of the Battlefield, With Incidents in the Battle; Principal Lessons of the Battle; The Unconquerable Mind, A Study of a Night Operation; Order of Battle of troops engaged (British, French & German). Orig. printed wraps., VG. See illustration on our website. 1935 £145

 

The Indian Frontier War: Being an Account of the Mohmund & Tirah Expeditions 1897.
Generally very good eye-witness account of Lockhart's campaign by the Reuters special correspondent with the expeditionary force to Mohmand & Tirah between August-December 1897. Contains Orders of Battle, roll of commands & staff officers &c. This copy with extensive marginal annotations & corrections by an unknown participant in events, evidently an officer serving with the 1st Bn. Devon Regiment, but, regrettably, the endpapers having been renewed, any contemp. ownership inscription or bookplate has been lost. His marginalia, amounting to some 2600 words in all, ranging from minor corrections of errors of fact to quite extensive descriptions of various events, including several minor operations not addressed by James, provide much of interest for a student of the campaign. Orig. red cloth, gilt, cloth somewhat worn, eps renewed (as stated above), overall VG thus & an exceptionally interesting copy. See illustrations on our website. 1898 £375

 

A Passionate Prodigality: Fragments of Autobiography.
Classic Western Front infantry officer's memoir with 13th (Service) Bn. Royal Fusiliers, from raising of the bn. to service in France & Flanders throughout the war. 2nd Imp. issued in same month as 1st: Jan. 1933. Orig. green cloth, titled in red, VG & scarce original edition, especially in dw. See illustration on our website. 1933 £145

 

 

Corps Extracts. "A" and "Q" Branch Headquarters, Cavalry Corps. January, 1916.
These 'extracts' from Cavalry Corps standing orders relate to Commissions & Cadet School (with details of how candidates may become eligible for commissions in various branches of the service; how the commissions should be applied for & details of the establishment of the officer Cadet School in France ["Classes are received fortnightly, & the duration of the course is about one month..."] &c). Also contains details re promotions, reporting of casualties, guidance on courts martial, billeting, civilian claims against damages to billets &c. Much of interest on these various non-operational yet essential matters. Very nice condition, this copy with around 20 signatures of members of Cavalry Corps HQ, ranging from the GOC, Lt.-Gen. Sir Cecil Edward Bingham [who relinquished command of the Corps in March 1916, which neatly dates these inscriptions to early 1916, soon after this issue was published], Brig. Home (BGGS), Brig. Longmore (DA&QMG) & various lesser functionaries. VG & rare. See illustration on our website. 1916 £145

36th Division: The Campaign in North Burma 1944-45.
Scarce history written by the ADMS & apparently privately published. Five months in the Arakan followed by 700 mile advance through Burma, across the Irrawaddy to Mandalay & beyond. Order of Battle appended & Foreword by the GOC, Festing. VG & scarce. See illustration on our website. 1946 £85

 

"A" Squadron 23rd Hussars War Diary June 1944-May 1945.
Rare diary account of the Squadron from Normandy through to Germany. Rolls of casualties for each action, awards roll plus list of personnel with home address. VG. See illustration on our website. £145

 

Over The Top: A P.B.I. in the H.A.C.
Personal account by 1917 conscript in the HAC, posted to 2nd Bn., 7th Div., & fought at 3rd Ypres &c. then to Italy from Nov. 1917 'til the end of the war (Battles of the Piave & Asiago Plateau) then finally the occupation of the Austrian Tyrol. Orig. red cloth, titled in black, VG, in chipped & worn but very striking & rare dw portraying an infantryman clambering over the edge of a shellhole. See illustration on our website. £145



With My Regiment from The Aisne to Le Bassee.
Author was a regular officer on the reserve, left at the depot when 1st DCLI sailed with the 5th Div. in Aug. 1914, joined the BEF with a draft about a month later, and was wounded another month later on after several engagements. Orig. red cloth, titled in black to front & sp., VG in very attractive & rare dw (the design by Helen McKie), dw chipped & sp. of dw split. See illustrations on our website. 1916 £125

 

 

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