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Seven Pillars of Wisdom - T. E. Lawrence

1935 - Jonathan Cape, London - First Trade Edition
A finely bound example of this autobiographical and legendary account of the experiences of T. E. Lawrence ('Lawrence of Arabia') while serving as a liaison officer with rebel forces during the Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Turks of 1916 to 1918. Illustrated with 54 plates, and four folding maps.

Winston Churchill stated that this ‘ranks with the greatest books ever written in the European Language’.

‘With its richly detailed evocation of the land and the people Lawrence passionately believed in, its incisive portraits of key players, from Faisal ibn Hussein, the future Hashemite king of Syria and Iraq, to General Sir Edmund Allenby and other members of the British imperial forces,
Seven Pillars of Wisdom is an indispensable primary historical source. It helps us to understand today’s Middle East, while giving us thrilling accounts of military exploits (including the liberation of Aqaba and Damascus), clandestine activities, and human foibles.’ [Penguin] 
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Notes on Nursing: What it is, and What it is Not - Florence Nightingale

Circa 1860-64 - Harrison, London - Early Edition
‘Every woman, or at least almost every woman, in England has, at one time or another in her life, charge of the personal health of somebody, whether child or invalid, – in other words, every woman is a nurse.’

One of the earliest editions of Florence Nightingale’s seminal work on nursing – the first of its kind ever to be published – which sets out her principles of care for the sick and injured, with advice and practices under chapters entitled ‘Observations of the Sick’, ‘Personal Cleanliness’, ‘Bed and Bedding’, ‘Cleanliness of Rooms’, ‘Taking Food’, ‘Ventilation and Warming’, and ‘Health in Houses’.

‘The book was the first of its kind ever to be written. It appeared at a time when the simple rules of health were only beginning to be known, when its topics were of vital importance not only for the well-being and recovery of patients, when hospitals were riddled with infection, when nurses were still mainly regarded as ignorant, uneducated persons. The book has, inevitably, its place in the history of nursing, for it was written by the founder of modern nursing’ – Joan Quixley, head of the
Nightingale School of Nursing, 1974. 
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Wine, Women and War: A Diary of Disillusionment - Howard Vincent O’Brien, Karl Edwin Harriman (introduction)

1927 - William Heinemann Ltd., London - First English Edition
A superb example, in a rare dust jacket designed by K Romney Towndrow.

As a 28 year old Yale educated American officer, O’Brien gets shipped off to France and is appointed 1st Lieutenant Field Artillery, [November 1917], and “later was later attached to "Intelligence" and worked behind the front lines. His wartime journal was kept in a series of small black books in a half shorthand of his own devisement, but quite readily translatable.”

“Written with perfect candor for the eyes of its author only, the necessity for the author's original anonymity will be apparent to every reader. Authentic from the first word to the last, it is precisely what it appears to be-the undramatized record of the actions and reactions, recorded almost at the moment of their execution and perception, of one young American, who, given an undramatic part to play in one of the greatest dramas the world has ever witnessed, played it through to the final curtain. And, while playing it through, he recorded some of the most perceptive observations ever written about the Allied armies, France and its people and of the Germans” [from the introduction by Karl Edwin Harriman].

It is indeed a wonderfully entertaining and frank account, despite being in a diary format it flows well, energetic, and with a humour that can only flourish during wartime.
 
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Her Majesty's Army [with] Her Majesty's Indian and Colonial Forces. - Walter Richards

Circa 1890 - J. S. Virtue & Co., London
Magnificently illustrated six volume history and description of the British Empire’s military might at the end of the nineteenth century, including the two volume supplement for the British Indian and Colonial Forces (Canada, South Africa, New Zealand, Malta).

With the regimental bookplates of the library of Princess Louise’s Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, a regiment that played no small part in British Military history, including Sir Colin Campbell’s infamous ‘Thin Red Line’ of Sutherland Highlanders facing the might of the Russian Cavalry charge at Balaklava, and the relief of Lucknow and recapture of Cawnpore during the Indian Mutiny.

Containing 47 colour chromolithographic plates consisting of 44 full page plates and three extra illustrated title pages, mainly from pictures painted for this work by Captain H. Bunnett.
 
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Some ‘Frightful’ War Pictures - W. Heath Robinson

1915 - Duckworth & Co., London - First Edition
A bright and large folio first edition of W. Heath Robinson’s World War I era anti-German cartoons, with 24 full pages half-tone illustrations, illustrated title page and endpapers, with his fabulous drawings of unlikely situations, machines, ever-more-unlikely secret weapons, and various comic contraptions, each with amusing titles such as ‘The Trench Presser or Bosch Bayoneter’, ‘Using Syphons of Laughing Gas to overcome the British before an Attack in Force ’, ‘A Swiss Shepherd watching a Battle on the Frontier’, ‘Stiffnecking Tommies by directing Draughts on the British Trenches’, and ‘A Morning Tub on the Imperial Campaigning Car’.

This collection of Robinson’s war illustrations had previously appeared in ‘
The Sketch’ and in ‘The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News’. His cartoons of bizarre and improbable machinery were so popular that Britain later adopted the term ‘Heath Robinson’ to refer to absurd inventions. 
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Hunlikely! - W. Heath Robinson

1916 - Duckworth & Co., London - First Edition
A bright first edition of W. Heath Robinson’s World War I era anti-German cartoons, his fabulous drawings of unlikely machines, ever-more-unlikely secret weapons, and various comic contraptions, each with amusing titles such as ‘Germans Training Wasps to Sting Highlanders’, ‘Unfortunate Mishap to a Zeppelin’, ‘The Armoured Bayonet-Curler’, and ‘British Soldiers Disguised as a Palm Grove’.

Many of Robinson’s war illustrations had previously appeared in magazines and advertisements. His cartoons of bizarre and improbable machinery were so popular that Britain later adopted the term ‘Heath Robinson’ to refer to absurd inventions.
 
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The Complete Memoirs of George Sherston. Being Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man, Memoirs of an Infantry Officer and Sherston's Progress - Siegfried Sassoon

1937 - Faber and Faber, London - First Collected Edition
A finely bound copy of Sassoon’s trilogy of autobiographical Great War memoirs. A trilogy that charted both the destruction of the world for which Sassoon fought, and his own emergence as one of Britain's finest war poets.

Sassoon became a symbolic figure of dissent within the armed forces, when he made a lone protest against the continuation of the war in his "Soldier's Declaration" of 1917. He was subsequently admitted to a military psychiatric hospital, where he made firm friends with Wilfred Owen. Sassoon later won great acclaim for his prose - notably his three-volume fictionalised autobiography, collectively known as the "Sherston trilogy", and published here for the first time in one book.
 
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Personal Memoirs of P. H. Sheridan - Philip Sheridan

1888 - Charles L. Webster & Company, New York - First Edition
'Turning what bid fair to be a disaster into glorious victory stamps Sheridan, what I have always thought him, one of the ablest of generals.’ – Ulysses S. Grant, writing to Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton, of Sheridan’s victory over the Confederate forces in the Shenandoah Valley in 1864.

A bright two-volume set of American Civil War General Philip H. Sheridan’s memoirs – considered one of the best first-hand accounts of the Civil War and of the Indian wars which followed – each volume features frontispiece portraits of the author, and numerous plates and folding maps throughout.
 
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