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Pottinger, Brian - The Foreign Volunteers : They Fought for the Boers (1899-1902)

Hardback. 4to. A near fine copy in a light red rexine binding lettered in gilt. Top edge gilt. Lacks slip-case.This is no. 61 of 1000 copies signed by a Director of the publishers. Pp.xxxi,340. Numerous illustrations. A study of the foreign volunteers who fought for the Boers during the second Anglo-Boer War.
Published : Scripta Africana, South Africa 1986, First Edition

Poulsom Major N.W. - A Catalogue of Campaign and Independence Medals Issued During the Twentieth Century to the British Army

A good copy in card covers. Previous owner's blind stamp. 127pp. This is Minerva Numismatic Handbook Number Four.
Published : Corbett & Hunter Ltd., Newcastle Upon Tyne 1969, First Edition

Pratt, Major-General F.W.H. (Foreword) - The History of 3rd Medium Regiment Royal Artillery 1939-1945

Hardback. Nd. 1945 or 1946. Overall a good copy in red cloth lettered and decorated in gilt. But with a damp patch at the foot of the front board (which has softened the cloth at the board tip) and to a much lesser extent the rear board. The foot of the first twenty-five or so pages and the final few pages is marked towards the outer edge. The text is unaffected. No ownership inscription and not foxed. 381 pages. Frontispiece and four illustrations. 12 folding maps. The regiment fought in France, Belgium, Holland and Italy and also served in the Middle East. Includes a Nominal Roll of all Ranks, Roll of Honour, Honours and Awards etc. Photographs available on request.
Published : Privately Published, First Edition

Price G. Ward - The Story of the Salonica Army

Hardback. A good copy in red cloth lettered in black. Some browning to pages. Pp.xiii,298. Illustrated. Map on front end-papers. The author was the official war correspondent with the Allied armies in the Balkans and here relates their fight against the Bulgarian Army.
Published : Hodder & Stoughton, London 1917, First Edition

Prinzing Dr. Friedrich - Epidemics Resulting from Wars

A very good copy in light blue cloth lettered in gilt on the spine (which is faded although lettering is clear.) Bookplate. Pp.xii,340 + 6 page Appendix. Deals with war epidemics from early times up to 1913 with an introductory chapter and a final chapter on "epidemics in besieged strongholds".
Published : Clarendon Press, Oxford 1916, First Edition

Purves Thomas - The 9th 1787-1960 the History of a Royal Engineer Squadron

Hardback. 4to. A very good copy in light brown boards lettered and decorated in gilt. Lacks front end-paper. Numerous illustrations and maps. About one-third of the book concerns the Second World War.
Published : Privately Published 1988, Special Limited First Edition

Quint Alonzo H. - The Potomac And the Rapidan. Army Notes, from the Failure at Winchester to the Reenforcement of Rosecrans, 1861-3.

Hardback. A near very good copy in the original pebbbled brown cloth. Spine a little faded but the lettering is clear. Some edge and end-paper foxing. Old gift inscription on front end-paper. 407 pages. Folding map. The author was chaplain of the Second Massachusetts Infantry during the American Civil War.
Published : Crosby and Nichols, Boston 1864, First Edition

Raikes Captain G.A. - The History of the Honourable Artillery Company

A two volume set in the original blue cloth lettered and decorated in gilt. Volume 1 is very good. Pp.xxxi,491. 7 folding maps and plans. Many illustrations. Vol.2 is good with some darkening to the spine and tears in the cloth at the join of the spine and upper board. Pp.xl,563. 3 folding maps and plans. All illustrations etc complete. Some pencilled side-lining in both volumes.
Published : Richard Bentley, London 1878, First Edition

Ralph, Julian - An American with Lord Roberts

Hardback. A very good copy in green cloth lettered in gilt. Some darkening to spine. A clean copy internally with no ownership inscription or other marking. 314 pages. The author was Special War Correspondent to the "Daily Mail". This is a continuation of his earlier Boer War work "Towards Pretoria."
Published : Frederick A. Stokes Company, New York 1901, First Edition

Ralph, Julian - Towards Pretoria : A Record of the War Between Briton and Boer to the Hoisting of the British Flag at Bloemfontein

Hardback. A good copy. Pictorial spine and upper board. No ownership inscription. Foxing to end-papers and browning to pages (mainly page edges except for first few pages). 381 pages + 3 pages publisher's adverts. Folding map which has one tear of about 1.5 inches. Includes a Historical Foreword and various Appendices. The author was a "Special War Correspondent to the Daily Mail."
Published : C. Arthur Pearson, London 1900, First Edition

Rapp, General Jean - Memoires Du General Rapp, Aide-de-Camp De Napoleon Ecrits Par Lui-meme et Publies Par Sa Famille

Hardback. A near good copy in a half-leather binding with marbled boards. Some wear to edges. 11/2 inch tear at join of spine and lower board and 3/4 inch tear at join of spine and upper board. Spine with five raised bands and decorated in gilt. The gilt has gone from the spine lettering. Marbled edges and end-papers. Two ex libris plates on front fixed end-paper. Pp.iv,368. Portrait frontispiece. Text in French.
Published : Chez Henri Colburn et Co et M. Bosange et Co., London 1823,

Reid Stuart - Scots Armies in the Great Rebellion 1638-1658

Illustrated by Bruno Mugnai.
Hardback. A fine copy in a fine dustwrapper. 237 pages. Numerous illustrations including colour plates. A detailed study of both regular and irregular Scots forces involved in the English Civil War.
Published : Partizan Press, Eastwood Notts. 2015, First Edition

Renaut Michael - Terror By Night a Bomber Pilot's Story

A near fine copy in a similar dustwrapper. 192pp. 14 illustrations. The war story of a Frenchman who became a pilot in the RAF in August 1940.
Published : William Kimber, London 1982, First Edition

Reynard Frank H. - The Ninth (Queen's Royal) Lancers 1715-1903

Hardback. A good copy. Rebacked with top half of old spine (including title lettering) laid down. New end-papers. Bookplate. Top edge gilt. Moderate foxing. Pp.xv,258. 20 plates including 10 in colour. Includes India and South Africa.
Published : William Blackwood & Sons, Edinburgh 1904, First Edition

Richards, Denis / Saunders, Hilary St. George - Royal Air Force 1939-1945 Volume I the Fight at Odds; Volume II The Fight Avails; Volume III The Fight is Won

Hardbacks. A very good, three volume, set in good dustwrappers. The wrappers, which are not price-clipped, show a little edge wear and tear. The wrapper to Volume I has internal sellotape strengthening to the spine ends. A clean set which is not foxed and with no ownership inscription or other internal marking. Pp.xi,430; ix,415; ix,441. Numerous maps and diagrams and plates. This is primarily a history of Royal Air Force operations in the Second World War and the policy governing them. The work was "officially commissioned, and is based throughout on official documents, to which full access was given by the Air Ministry."
Published : Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London 1953, First Edition

Richardson, Lieut.-Col. E.H. - Watch-Dogs: Their Training and Management

Hardback. A very good copy in blue cloth lettered in gilt on the spine. Some edge and a little end-paper foxing. 271 pages. Frontispiece and 16 illustrations. Includes an 80 page chapter on "Dogs in the Great War."
Published : Hutchinson & Co., London 1923, First Edition

Rickards Maurice and Moody Michael - The First World War Ephemera Mementoes Documents

4to. A very good copy in a good dustwrapper which is torn at foot of spine and a little worn at edges. 31pp of text + 245 illustrations of ephemera.
Published : Jupiter Books, London 1975, First Edition

Robertson J.J. (Foreword) - Roll of Honour : a Tribute to the Former Pupils of the Aberdeen Grammar School Who Were Killed on Active Service or Who Died Through Enemy Action 1939-1945

Hardback. 4to. A very good copy in red cloth with school crest in gilt on upper board. A clean copy without ownership inscription or other internal marking. Unpaginated (approx. 150 pages). Gives a page to each entrant with a photograph and brief biographical details.
Published : Aberdeen Grammar School Former pupils' Club, Aberdeen 1950, First Edition

Robertson Joseph (Editor) - "From Home" a Gift Book to Tommy and Jack and All in the Service of King and Country on Land and Sea

Hardback. A good copy in light brown covers with red cloth spine. Pictorial onlay to upper board. Smallish ink mark at fore-edge of upper board. Pp.xvi,224. Many illustrations. "This book, I trust, will prove an acceptable messenger of hope and good cheer to many brave, courageous hearts---".
Published : John Cossar, Govan 1916, First Edition

Robertson Major F.A. De V., Colson Lieut.-Commander C.N. And Cook Flying Officer W.A. - Squadrons of the Royal Air Force and Other Units Their Work in Peace and War

Nd. c. 1935. 4to. A very good copy in a chipped and internally repaired dustwrapper. Lacks part of front end-paper. Pp.xvi,130. Numerous illustrations. This is a republishing in book form of a series of articles in "Flight" magazine on individual squadrons and other units of the R.A.F.
Published : Flight Publishing Co. Ltd, London, First Edition

Robertson, Colin McLeod - 51st (Highland) Division War Memorial Beaumont-Hamel (Somme)

Hardback. Oblong 8vo. Nd. c.1924. A very good copy. 31 pages. 20 illustrations. Published as a souvenir of the unveiling, in September 1924, of the Memorial to the Division at Beaumont-Hamel which was the scene of perhaps the Division's best-known battle during the First World War.
Published : Privatley Published, First Edition

Robinson Commander Charles N. - Celebrities of the Army

Hardback. Folio. A very good copy in a full red leather binding lettered and decorated in gilt on a black title-piece. Bevelled edges. Fine gilt decoration to inner and outer edges of fixed end-papers. Attractive silver end-papers decorated with numerous birds. All edges gilt. A lovely clean copy internally without foxing or ownership inscription. 144 pages. Short biographies of 72 army "celebrities"of the time with a full-page colour illustration of each.
Published : George Newnes, London 1900, First Edition

Roe, Lieut.-Colonel C.H. - Historical Record of the 2nd "Queen's Own" Sappers and Miners" from 1780 to 1909

Hardback. A near very good copy in maroon cloth lettered (rather dully) and with corps badge on upper board. No ownership inscription or other internal marking. 272 pages. Various tables. Includes lists of stations of the corps, commandants of the corps from 1790, officers with the corps from 1831 to 1910 etc. The Corps was engaged in numerous campaigns and expeditions mainly but not exclusively in the East, in India, Burma, Afghanistan, China etc. The book was published for private circulation only and is scarce.
Published : 2nd "Q. O." S. & M. Press, Bangalore 1909, First Edition

Rogers Colonel H.C.B. - Battles and Generals of the Civil Wars 1642-1651

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. 325pp. 54 illustrations and maps. A nice clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription.
Published : Seeley Service &Co, London 1968, First Edition

Rogers Colonel H.C.B. - Weapons of the British Soldier

A very good copy in a good, complete but edge-worn dustwrapper. Previous owner's name and address stamped in a few places. 259pp. Frontispiece. 24 plates. 48 figures in text.
Published : Seeley Service &Co, London 1960, First Edition

Ross-Of-Bladensburg, Lt. Col. - A History of the Coldstream Guards from 1815 to 1895

Illustrated by Lieut. Neville R. Wilkinson.
Hardback. A good plus copy in dark blue cloth lettered in gilt on the spine and decorated on the upper board. A little wear to spine ends and board tips. Top edge gilt. Bookplate. Ownership inscription. Some foxing to frontispiece and tissue-guard. Pp.xxi,492. Frontispiece and 14 illustrations. 9 maps. Includes several chapters on the Crimean war + Egypt, Sudan etc.
Published : A.D. Innes & Co, London 1896, First Edition

Roth H. Ling and Jolley J.T. - War Ballads and Broadsides of Previous Wars 1779-1795

Softback. 4to. A very good copy in light green paper covers. 18 page Introduction followed by 33 war ballads/broadsides. Illustrated. This is No.5 of the second series of Bankfield Museum Notes.
Published : Bankfield Museum, Halifax 1915, First Edition

Royle Charles - The Egyptian Campaigns 1882 to 1885

Hardback. A good plus copy in red cloth lettered in gilt on spine and decorated in gilt on upper board. Some fading to spine but lettering quite clear. No ownership inscription. Some light edge and end-paper foxing. Pp.viii,606. Folding frontispiece map and various maps/plans (some full page) in the text. The maps are not listed but I think there should be two folding maps at the rear of the book which are absent. This edition is continued to December 1899. "It has been the object of the author to make the work in its present form a complete narrative of the rise and fall of the Arabist and Mahdist movements, as well as a history of England's intervention in Egypt---".
Published : Hurst and Blackett, London 1900, New and Revised Edition

Russell W.H. - The British Expedition to the Crimea

Hardback. A good plus copy in the original red cloth boards lettered in gilt on spine. Horizontal tear across spine but not very noticeable. Boards now protected by clear, removable sleeve. New end-papers. Ownership inscription of Lt. Colonel Sir J.S. Alexander (presumably the Lieut.-Colonel Alexander mentioned at page 157 of the book). Pp.vii,,629. 14 illustrations/battle plans. (The four plans intended to be in a pocket at the end of the book have been bound into the book). The classic account of the Crimean War by the War Correspondent of "The Times". This revised edition has "numerous emendations and additions." Photograph available on request.
Published : G.Routledge & Co., London 1858, Revised Edition

Russell William Howard - General Todleben's History of the Defence of Sebastopol 1854-5 a Review

A good copy in red cloth lettered in gilt on the spine. Some wear and darkening to spine. Pp.xii,321. Russell was the special correspondent of the "Times" who covered the Crimean War for that paper.
Published : Tinsley Brothers, London 1865, First Edition

Rutherford, Andrew - The Literature of War: Studies in Heroic Virtue

Hardback. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper which is complete and untorn. Small label of previous owner (the author and journalist Peter Hopkirk). Pp.xi,196. Includes a fifty page essay on the literature of the Western Froint in the First World War.
Published : Macmillan Press, London 1989, Second (revised) Edition

Salmon Edward and Worsfold James (Editors) - The British Dominions Year Book 1916

A good copy. Previous owner's blind stamp. 335pp. 4 folding maps. Illustrations including colour. Articles on various aspects of the war and the economy in war-time.
Published : The British Dominions General Insurance Company, London 1916,

Salmond J.B. - The History of The 51st Highland Division 1939-1945

Hardback. A near very good copy in publisher's red cloth with gilt HD emblem on front board and title in gilt on spine. Previous owner's name on half title. Many black and white photographs. Maps. 287 pages. Fair dustwrapper which is chipped at top of spine, rubbed at side of spine and with a number of tears. The wrapper is price-clipped and is protected in a removable cover.
Published : Illiam Blackwood & Sons Ltd., Edinburgh and London 1953, First Edition

Schuschnigg Kurt Von - The Brutal Takeover: The Austrian ex-Chancellor's Account of the Anschluss of Austria By Hitler

Hardback. A very good copy in publisher's black cloth with title in silver on spine. No inscriptions. 383 pages. Near very good dustwrapper with one small closed tear which has been sellotaped. The wrapper is not price-clipped and is protected in a removable cover. This is a very good nice tight clean copy. The Anschluss was the opening round of the Second World War. It was in his campaign against Austria, culminating in the cynical Nazi invasion of March 12,1938 that Hitler first tested those techniques of blandishment, provocation and naked aggression with which he later crushed Czechoslovakia, Poland and the Low Countries.
Published : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London 1971, First Edition

Scott Peter T. - Home For Christmas Cards, Messages and Legends of the Great War

A near fine copy in a similar dustwrapper. 66pp. Many illus. inc. colour. 60 Divisional and Regimental christmas cards sent home by men from the front are illustrated.
Published : Tom Donovan, London 1993, First Edition

Seymour W. - On Active Service

A very good copy in a fair dustwrapper which lacks the bottom inch of the spine and has a tear across the front cover. Pp.viii,332. 6 maps. Consists of personal accounts of life in the British army between 1660 and the last "small wars" of the Victorian era.
Published : G. Bell & Sons, London 1939, First Edition

Seymour William - Battles in Britain and Their Political Background 1066-1746

A near fine copy in a similar dustwrapper. Two volumes in one. Pp. 232, 231. Many illustrations. The book gives full details of all the main British battles.
Published : Sidgwick and Jackson, London 1979, Reprint

Shakespear, Colonel L.W. - History of the 2nd King Edward's Own Goorkhas (The Sirmoor Rifle Regiment) Vol. II 1911-1921

Hardback. Dark green cloth with horizontal red band. Lettered and deorated in gilt. One smallish mark on upper board. Stamp of a Trust on front fixed end-paper. Pp.[xix],246. Frontispiece and 33 (of 37) illustrations. 13 (of 17) sketches. Part I covers France, Egypt, North-West Frontier and India. Part II covers Mesopotamia and North Persia. Printed for private circulation only and scarce in first edition. Would be very good but for missing plates and sketches
Published : Gale & Polden Ltd for the Regimental Committee, Aldershot 1924, First Edition

Shanahan Phil - The Real Enigma Heroes

Hardback. A fine copy in a fine, price-clipped, dustwrapper. 223 pages. Many illustrations. The story of three British servicemen who retrieved vital German codebooks from a sinking U-boat which enabled Bletchley Park's code-brakers to crack Enigma and so win the Battle of the Atlantic.
Published : Tempus Publishing 2008, First Edition

Sidhu, Amarpal S. - The First Anglo-Sikh War

Hardback. A fine copy in a fine dustwrapper. 256 pages. 57 plates mostly in colour. 7 maps. A study of the first Anglo-Sikh war of 1845-46.
Published : Amberley Publishing, Stroud 2010, First Edition

Simpson James - Paris After Waterloo : Notes Taken at the Time and Hitherto Unpublished Including a Revised Edition - the Tenth - of A Visit to Flanders and the Field

Hardback. A very good copy in red cloth lettered and decorated in gilt. Front board a little ink marked. Small bookplate of Robert Napier (with the family crest and motto of Dumbartonshire Napiers and therefore possibly the famous Clyde marine engineer). Pp.x,313 + 6pp publisher's adverts. Two double-page coloured plans of the Battle of Waterloo at the end.
Published : William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh and London 1853, First Edition