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Death in the Making - Robert Capa, Gerda Taro

1938 - Covici Friede, New York - First Edition
'If the photo isn't good enough, it's because you're not close enough.' – Robert Capa

A stunning copy of Robert Capa’s first published monograph – a landmark of 20
th century war photography – in the rare dust jacket depicting a Loyalist soldier falling to his death, gun in hand, after being shot – a now iconic image of the Spanish Civil War Featuring 145 photographs by Robert Capa and Gerda Taro, captions by Robert Capa, translated and with a preface by Jay Allen, and arranged by André Kertesz. Housed in a custom clamshell case of fine black morocco leather over matching cloth, velvet lined, and lettered in gilt to the spine.

From 1936 onwards, Capa's coverage of the Spanish Civil War appeared regularly. His picture of a Loyalist soldier who had just been fatally wounded earned him his international reputation and became a powerful symbol of war. After his companion, Gerda Taro, was killed in Spain, Capa travelled to China in 1938 and emigrated to New York a year later. As a correspondent in Europe, he photographed the Second World War, covering the landing of American troops on Omaha beach on D-Day, the liberation of Paris and the Battle of the Bulge
 
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The London Cyclist Battalion - A. S. Clark [Editor]

1932 - Published for The 25th London (Cyclist) Old Comrades' Association by Forster Groom & Co., London - First Edition
The thirty-three years from 1887 to 1920 witnessed the conception, birth, growth, adolescence, and premature death of military cycling (as distinct from mere despatch riding) in the British Army. This scarce work provides a history of military bicycling in the British Army, chronicling the events of the 26th corp., and it’s successor the 25th battalion, including their campaigns in Waziristan, India in 1917, the third Afghan War of 1919, the Amiritsar uprising in 1919, and in Mesopotamia.

Illustrated throughout with photographic plates.
 
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The Military Operations at Cabul - Lieut. Vincent Eyre

1843 - John Murray, London - Fifth Edition
A substantial part of Eyre’s narratives where written whilst actually imprisoned by the Afghans. Eyre, seriously wounded, and his family were captured by Akbar Khan and held for nine months until rescued by General Pollock’s forces. Some of the manuscript was smuggled out of his cell while he remained a captive and on its arrival in England it was published. At the time, Eyre’s account and that recounting similar experiences by Lady Florentia Sale were considered companion pieces that would enable the British public to understand the Afghan debacle, the disaster that had there befallen the army under Elphinstone and the resulting annihilation of the army in the Afghan passes as it struggled to retreat into India. Eyre provides a detailed and moving description of the misfortunes of the British forces and the indiscriminate slaughter of their retreating column by their enemies, as well as a unique account of the harrowing conditions and distressing treatment that were inflicted on the British hostages by their Afghan captors.

Illustrated with folding lithographed ‘ Plan of the Cantonment and Surrounding Country’ of Cabul. The edition, published the same year as the first, includes corrections and additions by Edward Eyre not found in earlier issues, including an Appendix with copies of various previously unpublished dispatches.

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 disastrous military campaign of 1841-2, were deployed to Afghanistan 150 years later, serving with distinction.
 
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Architectura Navalis - bound with - Architectura Civilis, Nova & Antiqua - Josephum Furttenbach, Georg Andreas Böckler [Boeckler]

1629 - Johan Saurn, Ulm - First Editions
A stunning, clean and complete copy of Joseph Furttenbach’s famous treaty on shipbuilding, Architectura Navalis with double-page engraved title, title in red and black, twenty stunning double-page engraved plates showing boat design, and various types of boats many engaged in action with other boats and monsters of the sea. Furttenbach was a highly influential German architect, who attempted to cover all fields of architecture in his writings. Böckler corresponded with Furttenbach and his works on architecture were intended to contribute to the rebuilding of Germany after the devastation of the Thirty Years War, his Architectura Civilis, Nova & Antiqua presents a comparative treatment of the Orders [Architectural Styles] and is illustrated with forty engraved plates, woodcut printer’s device and red and black text to title page, woodcut head pieces, and initials.  
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Narrative of the late Victorious Campaign in Affghanistan - Lieutenant Greenwood

1844 - Henry Colburn, London - Second Edition
Scarce in both first and second edition, especially in the original cloth. Illustrated with large folding map to rear, and tinted lithographic frontispiece of the Battle of Mazeera and four lithographic plates showing the Fort of Jamrod in the valley of Peshawar, Fort Ali Musjid in the Khyber Pass, Bala Hissar at Cabul, City and valley of Cabul.

‘Here is a volume which must at once take its place beside those of Lady Sale and Lieut. Eyre, to which it forms a natural and necessary sequel... It narrates in the words and with the appliances of en eye-witness, the details, both personal and professional, of that glorious but terrible "measure of revenge," which it was the lot of General Pollock and his gallant band to inflict on the assassins of Cabool. The tale is infinitely better for being a "plain unvarnished" one... A considerable amount of amusement, as well as of utility, is added to this volume by the writer having made it the medium for his recollection of seven years' service in India, previously to the stirring events which give the chief attraction to the work. These recollections touch upon all the usual features of Anglo-Indian life, and are written in the same natural and easy vein which mark the more important portion of the narrative’ –
Coburn’s New Monthly Magazine 1844. 
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A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons - Francis Grose

1785 - Printed for S. Hooper, London - First Edition
A handsome first edition, large quarto (28x23cm) in contemporary tree calf binding, illustrated with 48 full page plates, and the 49th plate reduced in size on page 118 (as issued).

Francis Grose (1731-91), was an English antiquary draughtsman and lexicographer, who, in addition to his ‘
Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons’ initiated the eighteenth-century's most extensive series of published illustrations of ancient monuments, including the eight volume ‘Antiquities of England and Wales’. 
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Life of the Amir Dost Mohammed Khan, of Kabul; with his political proceedings towards the English, Russian, and Persian governments, including the victory and disasters of the British army in Afghanistan - Mohan Lal

1846 - Longman, London - First Edition
A rare and important work. Illustrated with nineteen portraits printed on India paper.

In this two-volume biography, Indian diplomat and author Mohan Lal (1812–77) describes the life of Amir Dost Mohammed Khan (1793–1863), the ruler of Afghanistan. The work also includes an eye-witness account of the disastrous First Anglo-Afghan War.

Lal, who was attached to the British mission to Kabul, had prepared an account in English and Persian which was lost during the chaos of the War, but he later put the story together again. In his Preface, Lal apologises to the reader for his abundant errors both in grammar and idiom and explains that anecdotes about the Amir's adventures and morals were generally communicated to him second-hand. However, the book, which contains illustrations and draws on personal correspondence, is a fascinating account of the ruler himself and of his political dealings with the English, Russian and Persian governments at the time of the 'Great Game' in Central Asia. [CUP]
 
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War Memoirs - David Lloyd George

1933 to 1936 - Ivor Nicholson & Watson, London - First Editions
A bright near fine six volume set of Lloyd George’s War Memoirs, from 1908 and the ‘Brewing of the Storm’ to the Armistice and 1919 Paris Peace Conference, with illustrations and a comprehensive appendix and index.

War Memoirs
‘immediately made a major impact which has proved enduring. They have been heavily quarried and extensively cited and quoted by political and military historians and biographers ever since as first-hand evidence in relation to the seminal events and key personalities of the First World War. They aroused notably strong reactions when first published in the 1930s both from press critics in their reviews and from the wider reading public at large. The outspoken, vehement attacks on the generals of the Great War aroused particular condemnation, but there were also favourable comments from critics and reviewers on the thoroughness of the underlying research, the detailed documentation and the captivating literary style.’ – J. Graham Jones, The Lloyd George War Memoirs (2011). 
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