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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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Social and Diplomatic Memories 1884-1893 - Sir James Rennell Rodd G.C.B.

1922 - Edward Arnold & Co., London - Second Impression
The autobiography of 1st Baron Rennell (1858-1941), British diplomat, poet (Oscar Wilde assisted in publishing Rodd’s first book of poems), politician, and scholar of ancient Greece and Rome.

Covering the early years from his childhood, the ‘Balliol set’, and young Bohemian adulthood, to his first posting in Berlin from 1884 to 1888, where he became an intimate friend of the Empress Frederick, and recounts his memories of Bismark and other major figures during that tumultuous time, after this he moves on to Greece, Italy, France, and finally Zanzibar and East Africa at the end of the 19th century.

Finely bound and with a four page hand-written letter from his wife to an ‘unknown friend’, composed at the British Legation, Athens in February 1928.
 
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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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Life of Napoleon Bonaparte - William Milligan Sloane

1896 - The Century Co., New York - First Edition
Four magnificent and finely bound quarto volumes of this monumental history on Napoleon, ‘the product of many years of elaborate investigation, it was sumptuously illustrated and composed’. [DAB].

First edition, profusely illustrated with 80 colour plates, 200 black & white and tinted plates, and 17 maps.

Generally there is no mystery in the power of domination: he rules who is indispensable. The Jacobins needed a man, they found him in the unscrupulous Bonaparte; the Directory needed a man, they found him in the expert artillerist; France needed a man, she found him in the conqueror of Italy.’

‘Sloane, who believed "
there exists no record of human activity more complete" than Bonaparte's, also summed up Napoleon's failure in one word -- exhaustion. It was not until his opponents learned the lessons "which he taught his generals by a series of object demonstrations lasting 20 years, that the teacher began to diminish in success and splendor. Judged either historically or theoretically, the strategy of Napoleon is "original, unique and unexcelled." Sloane noted that this was Napoleon's greatest achievement, because it was "his most creative."’ [Vance] 
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Poems, &c. Written upon several Occasions, and to several Persons - Edmond [Edmund] Waller

1705 - Printed by T. W. for the Assignes of H.H. and sold by J. Thonson and T. Bennet, London - The Seventh Edition, with several Additions, Never before Printed
A clean copy of Waller’s poems, thoughts and several speeches, and includes his most well known poem ‘Song. Go Lovely Rose’ (p.52). With engraved portrait frontispiece of the author by P. Vanderbank.

Edmund Waller (1606-87), was an English poet and one of the longest serving members of the English House of Commons. Educated at Eton and Cambridge. He came from a wealthy family, and played little part in the political struggles of the period prior to the First English Civil War in 1642. Despite this, he was Royalist in sympathy and was accused in 1643 of organising a plot to seize London for Charles I. He allegedly escaped the death penalty by paying a large bribe, while several conspirators were executed, including his brother-in-law. Waller’s sentence was commuted to a comfortable exile in France and Switzerland until allowed home in 1651 by Oliver Cromwell, a distant relative. He returned to Parliament after The Restoration in 1660 of Charles II.

“Waller’s adoption of smooth, regular versification prepared the way for the heroic couplet’s emergence by the end of the century as the dominant form of poetic expression. His importance was fully recognized by his age. “Mr. Waller reformed our numbers,” said John Dryden, who, with Alexander Pope, followed him and raised the couplet to its most concentrated form.” [Encyclopaedia Britannica].
 
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