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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
£30.00

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
£5.00

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
£14.00

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
£6.00

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
£35.00

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
£10.00

Siborne William - The Waterloo Campaign 1815

Hardback. A very good copy in red cloth lettered in gilt on the spine and in black on the upper board. Top edge gilt. Some edge and end-paper foxing. Last page of text browned. 832 pages. 15 maps and plans. 13 illustrations. According to the Preface "this Work is regarded as the best comprehensive account in the English language of the Waterloo Campaign."
Published : Archibald Constable & Co, London 1900, Fifth Edition
£25.00

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
£45.00

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
£170.00

Simpson T. B. - Right Left

Hardback. A very good two volume set in the original boards. Leather title-pieces. Top edges gilt. Ownership inscription in each volume of a former Scottish judge. 986 pages. This is a day-to-day account of the war years from the outbreak of war in September 1939 to victory in Europe in May 1945. The author was, I think, an Edinburgh advocate, Thomas Blantyre Simpson. Much of the diary consists of the day-to-day news of the war but there is also much of "home front" interest, particularly relating to Edinburgh. A scarce book.
Published : Printed for Private Circulation, Edinburgh, First Edition
£40.00

Simpson, Grant G. (Editor) - The Scottish Soldier Abroad 1247-1967

Hardback. A near fine copy. In a near fine dustwrapper which is a little faded on the spine but the lettering remains clear. The wrapper, which is not price-clipped, is now protected in a clear, removable sleeve. A clean copy without ownership inscription or other internal marking. Pp.xii,173. Illustrated. This is a collection of twelve essays dealing with the lives of Scottish soldiers while abroad from the 13th to the 20 century. The book is the second of the Mackie Monographs from the University of Aberdeen.
Published : John Donald Publishers Ltd., Edinburgh 1992, First Edition
£25.00

Slater Frank - As You Were : A Book of Caricatures

Hardback. A very good copy in dark green cloth lettered in gilt. In a good dustwrapper with fairly minor edge chips/tears. The wrapper is now protected in a clear, removable sleeve. A little edge foxing but a clean copy internally. No ownership inscription. A book of caricatures and cartoons drawn in German prisoner of war camps during he Second World War.
Published : Hutchinson & Co., London 1946, First Edition
£20.00

Sleigh Arthur - The Royal Militia and Yeomanry Cavalry Army List: Containing the Names and Seniority of Every Regimental and Staff Officer in the Militia and Yeomanry Cavalry

A very good copy. Top edge gilt. This is a facsimile reprint (limited to 150 copies) of the first edition of 1850. Pp.xxxviii,190.
Published : Ray Westlake 1991, Reprint
£30.00

Slocum, Captain S. L'H and Reichmann, Captain Carl - Boer War Operations in South Africa 1899-1901

Hardback. Large 4to. A very good copy in red cloth letrtered in gilt. Very small tear in binding prevents this being a fine copy. In a very good slip-case which shows some edge wear. This is no. 332 of 1000 copies signed by a Director of the publisher. 325 pages + prelims. Maps. Illustrations. Tables.Slocum and Reichmann were American military attaches who travelled with the British and Boer forces respectively.
Published : Scripta Africana, South Africa 1987, First Edition
£35.00

Smith E.D. - Johnny Gurkha "Friends in the Hills"

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper with a little staining at the foot which is not noticeable externally. A clean copy free of foxing and ownership inscription. 176pp. 25 illustrations. Map. A book about the Gurkhas as people, their homeland, how they are recruited to the British army, what they believe in etc.
Published : Leo Cooper in Association with Secker & Warburg, London 1985, First Edition
£6.00

Smith George Adam (Foreword) - Roll of Honour : A Record of Those Belonging to Aberdeen and District Who Gave Their Lives for Their Country in the Great War 1914-1919 [City of Aberdeen Roll of Honour]

Hardback. 4to. Nd. 1926? A good plus copy in cream cloth with coat of arms of Aberdeen in gilt on upper board. Top edge gilt. Bookplate of The Society of Advocates in Aberdeen on front fixed end-paper. Not paginated. Decorative coloured title page. The Roll contains 5,040 names with their rank, regiment, home address and date of death. Scarce in first edition.
Published : Privately Published, First Edition
£70.00

Smith Peter C. - The Stuka at War

A very good copy in a dustwrapper which has an internal water stain along the bottom edge but which is otherwise very good. 192pp. More than 150 photographs. This is the story of the Stuka or Junkers Ju. 87 in the Second World War.
Published : Ian Allan, London 1971, First Edition
£6.00

Smitherman P.H. - Infantry Uniforms of the British Army 1660-1790

Folio. A very good copy in a good dustwrapper with one smallish edge tear which shows the remains of a sellotape repair. 20 full page colour illustrations with accompanying text which describes the development of infantry dress from the Restoration to the period immediately preceding the Napoleonic Wars.
Published : Hugh Evelyn, London 1965, First Edition
£18.00

Smitherman P.H. - Uniforms of the British Army a Selection

Folio. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper which is, howeveer, faded on the spine. Bookplate. 45 full page colour illustrations taken from the author's previous works with a preface.
Published : Hugh Evelyn, London 1970, First Edition
£28.00

Snaffles [Payne, C. J.] - "I've Heard the revelly"

Hardback. 4to. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper which is now protected in a clear removable sleeve. One board tip a little bumped. Pencilled inscription from the author: "To Bill Duncan with many thanks for the Military Axioms inspiration. Snaffles." A nice clean copy without foxing. Unpaginated (approx. 80 pages). Illustrated throughout including tipped-in colour plates. Described as a "book of fascinating and amusing sketches and stories [of soldiering from the days of Kipling to the middle of the 20th century] which the author/artist has illustrated and told in his own inimitable way."
Published : Gale & Polden, Aldershot 1953, First Edition
£135.00

Somers Lord (Foreword) - The War History of the Sixth Tank Battalion

Hardback. A good copy in red cloth which is a little dull on the spine although the lettering is clear. No ownership inscription and little foxing. Pp.viii,247. 8 plates. Lists members of the battalion, actions fought (Ypres, Cambrai etc), honours and awards.
Published : Privately Printed 1919, First Edition
£60.00

Sosnosky Theodor Von - England's Danger the Future of British Army Reform

Hardback. A good copy in dark blue cloth lettered in gilt on spine and in white on the upper board. Signed, in pencil, on front fixed end-paper "Douglas Haig Capetown Sept. 1902". (Haig later led the British army in the First World War and became Field-Marshall Earl Haig"). Front hinges cracked. Pp.xix,275. 10 main tables and 2 supplementary tables. Lacks the maps in the rear pocket. An interesting book by an Austrian author on the urgent need for reform in the British Army.
Published : Chapman & Hall, London 1901, First Edition
£50.00

Spears Brigadier-General E.L. - Liaison, 1914: A Narrative of the Great Retreat

Hardback. A good plus copy in reddish-brown cloth lettered in gilt on the spine. No ownership inscription. Some edge and end-paper foxing. Rear hinges tender. Pp.xxix,597. 33 illustrations. 14 maps. Preface by Winston Churchill. A study of the opening phase of the First World War up to mid-September 1914 and including the First Battle of the Marne.
Published : William Heinemann, London 1930, New Impression
£28.00

Spears, Brigadier-General E.L. - Liaison, 1914 A Narrative of the Great Retreat

Hardback. A very good copy in reddish-brown cloth lettered in gilt on the spine. Old ownership inscription scored out in ink on front free end-paper. Pp.xxix,597.Frontispiece and 32 illustrations. 14 maps. Preface by Winston Churchill. An authoritative account of the opening phase of the First World War up to mid-September 1914 and including he First Battle of the Marne.
Published : William Heinemann, London 1931, New Impression
£30.00

Staff of "The Luton News" - Luton at War

Hardback. A very good copy in red cloth lettered in gilt. In a dustwrapper which would be very good but for fading to the red spine lettering. The wrapper is now protected in a clear, removable, sleeve. A nice clean copy internally with no ownership inscription or other marking. 423 pages. Numerous illustrations throughout. Written and compiled by the staff of "The Luton News" this book was first published in 1947 and is the most comprehensive and fascinating account of Luton during the Second World War.
Published : Bedfordshire County Library 1982, Reprint
£15.00

Steward, W. Augustus - War Medals and Their History

Hardback. A good copy in red cloth lettered in gilt and decorated on front board. Superficial damp stain to upper and outer edges of front board does not affect the book internally. Gift inscription on front fixed end-paper reads as follows: "To My Son - this the first impression of my book. June 1915." Some, mainly edge, foxing. Pp.xviii,407 + 4 page publisher's catalogue. 258 illustrations. Loosely inserted is an interesting typed letter of 1.5 pages to the author about the military order of Saint George of Russia.
Published : Stanley Paul & Co. Ltd., London 1915, First Edition
£45.00

Stewart, Lieut.-Colonel J. And Buchan John - The Fifteenth (Scottish) Divisiob 1914-1919

Hardback. A good copy in red cloth lettered in gilt. spine lettering dull but readable. Some patches of fading to rear board. Some marking to boards. No ownership inscription. Pp.[xx],489. Frontispiece and eight illustrations (some showing trace of a damp stain to outer edge). 18 maps in pocket at end. The Division fought on the Western Front (Loos, Somme, Arras, Ypres etc) throughout the war. Lists casualties, honours and awards etc. Photograph available on request.
Published : William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh and London 1926, First Edition
£65.00

Stewart, Lt-Col. John - The Royal Highland Regiment the Black Watch Formerly 42nd and 73rd Foot. Medal Roll 1801-1911

Hardback. 4to. A good copy in dark blue cloth lettered and decorated in gilt. Top edge gilt. Pp.viii,350. 4 tissue-guarded plates including coloured frontispiece. A valuable reference work. Other interesting Black Watch related material loosely inserted.
Published : William Brown (Printed By T. And A. Constable), Edinburgh 1913, First Edition
£65.00

Stewart,A.T.Q. - The Pagoda War: Lord Dufferin and the Fall of the Kingdom of Ava, 1885-6

Hardback. A fine copy in a fine dustwrapper. 223 pages. 14 plates. 2 maps. The story of the annexation of Upper Burma to the British Empire in 1885.
Published : Faber & Faber, London 1972, First Edition
£12.00

Stokoe H. R. (Editor) - Tonbridge School and the Great War of 1914 to 1919: A Record of the Service of Tonbridgians in the Great War of 1914 to 1919 Including, Where Possible, Service Up to October 1923

Hardback. A good plus copy in the original cloth lettered in gilt and with gilt arms of school on upper board. Minor tears at head of spine and some fading to spine. Bookplate. Pp.xvi,632 + 48 pages of portraits at end of all but ten of those whose names are on the Roll of Honour. Includes biographies of those included in the Roll of Honour, summaries of service of Old Tonbridgians, Honours awarded etc.
Published : The Whitefriars Press 1923, First Edition
£80.00

Stoyte, Lieutenant-Colonel - Standing Orders of the 17th (Leicestershire) Regiment of Infantry

Hardback. A near very good copy in red cloth lettered in gilt on the upper board. Boards a little marked. Old ownership inscriptions on front end-papers and title page. Pp.viii,107. Partially unopened. Gives a detailed picture of regimental life in early Victorian times including conduct of privates, furloughs, escorts, route marches, guards and sentinels etc. An Appendix gives 21 forms.
Published : William Frazer, Dublin 1851, First Edition
£80.00

Stuart, Alan - For Services Rendered - Volume One the Silver War Badge to Officers of the British Army

Softback. 4to. A near fine copy. A nice clean copy without ownership inscription or other marking. 325 pages. Includes a section naming recipients of the badge in alphabetical order by surname and giving rank, badge number, regiment and address. The silver war badge was issued in the UK and British Empire to service personnel who had been honourably discharged due to wounds or sickness from military service in the First World War.
Published : Privately Published 2009, First Edition
£25.00

Sutton Barry - The Way of a Pilot a Personal Record

A very good copy in a fair dustwrapper which is a bit spotted, chipped and soiled. Pp.xiv,117. The author was a Squadron Leader who was shot down during the Battle of Britain.
Published : Macmillan, London 1942, Reprint
£22.00

Swinton Major-General Sir E. D. - The Defence of Duffer's Drift

Hardback. A fine copy in black cloth lettered in white on the spine in a fine dustwrapper. 74 pages. Illustrated. An interesting and amusing book concerned with the defence of an imaginary river crossing in South Africa during the Boer War. Sub-titled "A few experiences in the field defence for detached posts which may prove useful in our next war".
Published : Leo Cooper, London 1990, Reprint
£6.00

Taylor John W.R. - C. F. S. Birthplace of Air Power

A very good copy in a fair dustwrapper which has been sellotaped at the spine ends. 222 pages. Frontispiece and 15 illustrations. This is the story of the Central Flying School which was formed in 1912 to train the world's first military pilots.
Published : Putnam, London 1958, First Edition
£7.00

Taylor, Peter - Allied Special Forces Insignia 1939-1948

Hardback. A fine copy in a fine dustwrapper. 220 pages. Profusely illustrated including colour.
Published : Leo Cooper 2000, First Edition
£9.00

Thruelsen, Richard - The Grumman Story

Hardback. Small 4to. A very good copy in a good dustwrapper which has a few edge tears. Pp.ix,401. A history of Grumman aircraft and spacecraft and of the people who made them and flew them.
Published : Praeger Publishers, New York 1976, First Edition
£15.00

Trevelyan George Macaulay - Garibaldi's Defence of the Roman Republic 1848-9

Hardback. A good copy in publisher's red cloth with title in black on spine which is faded. Gift inscription on front free endpaper. Endpapers browned. Profusely illustrated in black and white. 7 maps.pp.xv, 387 pages.Protected in a removable cover.
Published : Longmans,Green & Co., London 1914, New Impression
£25.00

Tullibardine the Marchioness of and macDonald Jane C.C. - A Military History of Perthshire 1899-1902 ---with a Roll of the Perthshire Men of the Present Day Who Have Seen Active Service Under the British Flag

Hardback. 4to. A fair copy in red cloth lettered in gilt on the spine. Some fading to spine and soiling to boards. Browning to end-papers. No ownershjip inscription .Pp.xxi,316. Frontispiece and four illustrations + many pages of portraits of officers, non-commissioned officers and men. 6 maps and plans. A few pages (especially page 242) have tears which have been repaired by sellotape. A few other pages have small edge tears. Contains much biographical material on Perthshire men who fought in the Second Boer War.
Published : R.A. & J. Hay, Perth 1908, First Edition
£30.00

Tyndale-Briscoe, Major A. S. (Updated By Findlay C. B.) - The Story of "F" Troop Royal Horse Artillery

Hardback. A very good copy in dark blue cloth lettered and decorated in gilt on upper board. 73 pages + Appendices. 7 (of 8) illustrations. Two folding maps at rear. First compiled in 1905 this new edition brings the story of the battery up to 1932. The Appendices include a list of officers etc who had served in the battery and a roll of old comrades on 16-5-32.
Published : Printed By Wm. May & Co.Ltd, Aldershot 1932, New Edition
£38.00