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A Journal of the Disasters in Affghanistan, 1841-2 - Lady Florentia Sale

1843 - John Murray, London - First Edition
Let’s get this straight, Lady Florentia Sale was not someone to trifle with, in fact she would have been perfectly capable of leading the India Company into battle against the Akbar Khan, which according to many accounts would have been the better option than Elphinstone’s disastrous decision to retreat from Kabul. Lady Sale’s Journal covers the events in Kabul and the retreat as well as her nine month's captivity and eventual rescue.

Harry Flashman on Elphinstone - ’Elphy outshines them all as the greatest military idiot of our own or any other day.’

The great Flashy on Lady Sale - ‘Dear dreadful Florentia. If you’ve read my Afghan story, you know her, a raw-boned old heroine who’d ridden with the army all through that nightmare retreat over the passes from Kabul, when a force of 14,000 was whittled to almost nothing by the Dourani snipers and Khyber knives. She hadn’t shut up the whole way, damning the administration and bullying her bearers: Colin Mackenzie said it was a near thing which was more fearsome - a Ghazi leaping from the rocks yelling murder, or Lady Sale’s red nose emerging from a tent demanding to know why the water was not thoroughly boiling.’

Illustrated with small map and large folding map to the rear.

From the library of Colonel Reynolds (1863-1931), the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, a regiment that over time has been amalgamated into the Royal Irish Regiment, and who, despite the experiences of Lady Sale, were deployed to Afghanistan 150 years later, serving with distinction.
 
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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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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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1873 - N. Trübner & Co., London - First Edition in English
The rare first full English translation of Clausewitz’s Vom Kriege, considered the most important single work ever written on the theory of warfare and of strategy. In the publisher’s blue cloth, one of only 685 copies.

A work that has influenced political, military and business leaders, from Wellington, Lenin, Mao, Marx, Engels and Trotsky to Eisenhower, Kissinger, Patton and Jack Welch.

Graham’s translation would remain the standard English version for over a century. It also includes as an appendix Clausewitz's ’
Instruction for the Crown Prince’, as well as an index. Without frontispiece. 
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