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5536 Winston Churchill. LORD RANDOLPH CHURCHILL. L: 1906 1st ed. Two volumes. Woods A8a. Red cloth. Spines very slightly sunned; a very good copy overall. $950

Churchillís biography of his father. Scarce.

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496 William Sumner Dodge. HISTORY OF THE OLD SECOND DIVISION. Chicago: 1864 1st ed. 582p + 51p appendix; maps; plates. Bound in full brown calf. Restored with original leather spine glued down over new leather. Overall a very good copy. SOLD

The Second Division of the Army of the Cumberland fought mainly in Tennessee and Mississippi. It was mainly made up of soldiers from Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and Pennsylvania. A scarce work and one of the few divisional histories of the Union Army.

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13198 Rudolf von Slatin Pasha. FIRE AND SWORD IN THE SUDAN. L: 1896 1st ed. 636p; plates; folding map. Green decorated cloth. A very good copy. SOLD

One of the best memoirs of the British wars in the Sudan.

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443 Lnt.Gen. Jubal A. Early. AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH AND NARRATIVE OF THE WAR BETWEEN THE STATES. Phil: 1912 1st ed. 496p; plates. Red cloth. A very good copy. SOLD

The scarce first edition of these important Confederate memoirs. Early was one of Lee's top divisional commanders and played a major role in the war effort. These memoirs were published posthumously by his family.

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18387 Matthew Ridgeway with Harold C. Martin. SOLDIER: The Memoirs of General Matthew B. Ridgeway. NY: 1956 1st ed. 371p. SIGNED BY BOTH RIDGEWAY AND MARTIN. A fine copy in very good jacket. SOLD

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5229 Cornelius Vijn. CETSHWAYO'S DUTCHMAN. L: 1880 1st ed. 196p; frontis. Green cloth. A very good copy. SOLD

THE RARE FIRST EDITION OF THIS IMPORTANT EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT OF THE ZULU WAR. Vijn was a Dutch trader in Zululand during the war; he offers an important first-hand view of the war from the Zulu perspective. Translated into English with extensive notes and appendixes by Bishop Frances Colenso.

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11294 Thomas M. Johnson & Fletcher Pratt. THE LOST BATTALION. NY: 1938 1st ed. 338p; plates. A fine copy in near fine jacket. SOLD

An attractive copy of this WWI history. The dustjacket illustration is by John W. Thomason.

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2659 Louise Mulhbach [pseud. of Clara Mundt]. JOSEPH II AND HIS COURT. Mobile: 1864 1st ed. Four volumes. Original wallpaper wraps. SOLD

A RARE AND INTERESTING EXAMPLE OF CONFEDERATE PRINTING. Produced in Alabama towards the end of the war where paper was so scarce that the publishers were forced to print the books' covers on wallpaper taken from Southern homes. A fascinating glimpse at the trials of the South and the efforts of its people to carry on.

This copy is in unusually good condition. All wrappers are present except the back wrapper of Vol. II; the front wrapper of Vol. II has been professionally restored. The paper for all four volumes is different wallpaper. The set is enclosed in a custom-made box. Parrish 6437.

Because of the fragile nature of this item most copies are found in poor condition and often have been rebound.

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11936 J.H. Wilton. SCENES IN A SOLDIER'S LIFE. Montreal: 1848 1st ed. 390p. Rebound in modern half leather and marbled boards. Interior pages in good condition. SOLD

RARE MEMOIRS OF THE FIRST AFGHAN WAR. Wilton served with the 40th Regiment under General Sir John Keane. An interesting and detailed account of the British Army's march on Kabul after their ignominious defeat earlier in the war. The author emigrated to Canada after leaving the army and this work was published there in 1848. A rare work not found in most major collections.

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13195 Lnt. Col. George Jackson Carey. NARRATIVE OF THE LATE WAR IN NEW ZEALAND. L: 1863 1st ed. 199p; color lithographic frontispiece. Blue cloth. A good copy. $450

Scarce history of the Maori War of 1860-61. Carey was a key participant in the 1863-65 War wherein he accepted the surrender of the Maori forces.

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11158 W.L. M'Gregor. THE HISTORY OF THE SIKHS Containing an Account of the War between the Sikhs and the British in 1845-46. L: 1846 1st ed. Two volumes. 291p; 377p; 6 plates; 2 maps. Bound in modern half green leather and marbled boards; marbled endpapers. SOLD

RARE HISTORY OF THE FIRST SIKH WAR. The first volume is a history of the Sikh nation while the second volume covers the war. The author was a medical officer in the 1st European Light Infantry.

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5564 Earl Cornwallis. AN ANSWER TO THAT PART OF THE NARRATIVE OF LNT.GEN. SIR HENRY CLINTON WHICH RELATES TO THE CONDUCT OF LNT.GEN. EARL CORNWALLIS... L: 1783 1st ed. 260p with errata slip. Rebound in full brown calf. A fine copy. SOLD

Cornwallis' spirited defense of his conduct during the Yorktown Campaign.

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5547 Sir Hovenden Walker. A JOURNAL, OR FULL ACCOUNT OF THE LATE EXPEDITION TO CANADA. L: 1720 1st ed. Howes W-39; Sabin 101050. 304p. Full 18th century paneled calf; professionally rebacked with new leather spine. Interior good. SOLD

RARE FIRST EDITION OF WALKER'S FAILED ATTEMPT TO CAPTURE QUEBEC IN 1711. The British (seeking to duplicate their easy seizure of Port Royal in 1710) launched an ill-conceived and poorly executed invasion of Quebec from Boston. Walker commanded the British fleet which met with severe weather; over 900 men were lost and eight ships wrecked. The invasion was eventually abandoned and Walker dismissed from the service.

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5684 Comte Jean Rapp. MEMOIRS OF GENERAL COUNT RAPP. London: 1823 1st ed. in English. 431p; frontis. Bound in contemporary half brown leather and marbled boards. A very good copy. SOLD

Memoirs of one of France's leading generals during the Napoleonic Wars. Rapp was Bonaparte's a.d.c. at Austerlitz and was promoted to full general whereafter he distinguished himself in numerous battles.

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2001 Antoine Marie Chamans Lavalette. MEMOIRS OF COUNT LAVALETTE. L: 1831 1st English edition. Two vols. Recently rebound in half leather with marbled boards. A fine set. SOLD

WITH A ONE-PAGE LETTER SIGNED BY LAVALETTE. The scarce first edition of these important memoirs of the Napoleonic era. Lavalette was one of Napoleon's top aides. He attached himself to Bonaparte at the beginning of the emperor's rise to power and served him well in a number of diplomatic roles. Lavalette was appointed Postmaster General after Brumaire and held that office until Napoleon's exile. He was condemned to death after Waterloo but escaped and lived a long life. His MEMOIRS are noted for being well-written and supplying much information on the Italian and Egyptian Campaigns (in which Lavalette accompanied Napoleon) as well as presenting a vivid picture of Napoleon's return to Paris after the disastrous 1812 Russian Campaign.

WITH A ONE-PAGE LETTER SIGNED BY LAVALETTE. The letter (dated 8 June 1815) is in a secretarial hand and is signed "Lavalette." The letter dates only ten days before the Battle of Waterloo and is an official communication relating to the Postal Department.

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13197 The Baroness von Beck. PERSONAL ADVENTURES DURING THE LATE WAR OF INDEPENDENCE IN HUNGARY. L: 1850 1st ed. Two volumes. Bound in full red leather. Ornately decorated in gilt with beautiful floral patterns and crests. All edges gilt; silk ribbon bookmarkers; silk endpapers. A fine set. SOLD

Handsomely bound copy of these memoirs of the Hungarian War of Independence. Von Beck served as in intelligence officer/diplomat for Louis Kossuth during the 1848 War.

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60 William Biggs. THE MILITARY HISTORY OF EUROPE...1739 to...1748. L: 1756 2nd ed. revised & expanded. 440p; folding charts. Full brown calf. Rebacked with new leather spine. A fresh copy in otherwise fine condition. SOLD

History of the War of the Austrian Succession and the Jacobite Rebellion. Rare.

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862 William James. A FULL AND CORRECT ACCOUNT OF THE MILITARY OCCURRENCES OF THE LATE WAR BETWEEN GREAT BRITAIN AND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. L: 1818 1st ed. Two vols: 476/582pp; four folding maps. Bound in half red leather and boards; marbled edges and endpapers. A very good set. SOLD

A scarce and important history of the War of 1812. Scarcer than the author's companion set on naval occurrences and one of the best early histories of land operations by a British historian. Howes J52.

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13084 Dr. F. Antommarchi. THE LAST DAYS OF NAPOLEON. L: 1825 1st ed. Two volumes. Original boards. Paper spine labels slightly chipped else a very good copy. SOLD

Important memoirs of Napoleon's Italian physician. The Emperor's finals days and illness are discussed in great detail. A scarce work and one of the more important ones from the St. Helena exile.

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5537 Winston Churchill. LIBERALISM AND THE SOCIAL PROBLEM. L: 1909 1st ed. Publisher's presentation copy. Woods A15. Plum cloth. A fine copy. SOLD

A difficult title to find in fine condition. With a publisher's blindstamp identifying this as being "with the publisher's compliments".

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