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Abyssinia   7 Books
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BERKELEY (G.F-H.) The Campaign of Adowa & The Rise of Menelik. 1st Ed., xiv+403pp., 2 fldg. maps & 4 plans. Constable. 1902  #57707
[HLMainPic] Richly detailed & standard contemporary account of the Italo-Ethiopian War of 1896 (Italian-Abyssinian & Italian-Dervish campaigns) & the Ethiopian victory at Adowa. The author, George Fitz-Hardinge Berkeley, an Anglo-Irishman, was a prominent cricketer in his day; served in the Worcestershire Regiment 1898-1901 (& as a musketry instructor during the First World War); was a member of the Irish Bar & a strong supporter of Irish Home Rule. Orig. red cloth, somewhat dampstained, about VG & scarce, inscribed by the author "For Uncle Harry with best wishes, and very many thanks for assistance. FRom the Author Nov. 14 1902." See illustration on our website.   £65
BLEBY (Lt. Cdr. Arthur) The Victorian Naval Brigades. 1st Ed., viii+184pp., illus. & maps. Caithness: Whittles Pubg. 2006  #58017
[HLMainPic] Useful & readable accounts of the Naval Brigades in the Crimean War; Indian Mutiny; Abyssinia; Ashanti; Zulu War; Tel-el-Kebir; Siege of Khartoum, Boer War & Boxer Rebellion. Orig. pictorial boards (as issued), VG. See illustration on our website.   £20
BRETT-JAMES (Antony) Ball of Fire: The Fifth Indian Division in the Second World War. 1st Ed., xiv+481pp., 66 photos., 12 maps. Aldershot: G&P. 1951  #56846
[HLMainPic] East then North Africa, followed by PAIFORCE then Burma inc. Arakan, then flown up to Kohima & Imphal & the advance south through Meiktila to Rangoon. The author was a captain with divisional signals & later a prominent military historian. Orig. black cloth, titled in red, minor wear, several related newspaper obits. pasted in at rear. VG. See illustration on our website.   £65
ELSMIE (G.R.) Ed. Field-Marshal Sir Donald Stewart, GCB, GCSI, CIE: An Account of His Life Mainly in His Own Words. 1st Ed., xxii+482pp., portrait frontis., 32 plates. Murray. 1903  #56993
[HLMainPic] Based on his letters & diaries. Stewart was gazetted to the Bengal Army 1840: NWF 1854-55, Indian Mutiny (DAAG Delhi Field Force during the Siege; Relief of Lucknow &c.); brigade commander in Abyssinia 1867; commanding Southern Army in Second Afghan War &c. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, somewhat rubbed/worn, VG. See illustration on our website.   £65
MACGREGOR (Lady) Ed. The Life & Opinions of Maj.-Gen. Sir Charles Metcalfe MacGregor, KCB, CSI, CIE, QMG in India. 1st Ed., 2 Vols., xvii+367 & x+438pp., frontis. to each Vol., 6 maps. Blackwood. 1888  #58281
[HLMainPic] Indian Army 1856. Mutiny (Siege of Delhi, Siege & Capture of Lucknow, campaign in Oude), Fane's Horse in China 1860, Bhutan (Bde. Major, severely wounded), Abyssinia, 2nd Afghan War (Chief of Staff & Bde. commander), Mari expedition &c. Command of the Punjab Frontier Force 1885-87 (when he died). One of the most important & influential Indian Frontier figures of his era. Orig. red cloth, gilt to sps., black & gilt titles to front boards, both front & rear boards decoratively blindstamped, somewhat spotted & worn, overall VG & rare. See illustration on our website.   £320

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MARRIOTT (Maj.-Gen. Sir John, KCVO, CB, DSO, MC) Military Memories. 1st Ed., xii+130pp., 17 illus. Privately Printed. 1960  #40294
Northants. from Sandhurst, served in France in WW1 (DSO & MC); Scots Guards 1920, serving with the regt. & on the staff in the inter-war period. WW2: Sudan, Eritrea & Abyssinia, Western Desert 1940-42 commanding a brigade, Home service 1942-45. Author's presentation inscrip., VG.   £60
NAPIER (Lt.-Col. Hon. H.D.) Ed. Letters of Field Marshal Lord Napier of Magdala concerning Abyssinia, Egypt, India, South Africa Etc. 1st Ed., viii+181pp., portrait frontis., 10 plates. Norwich: Jarrolds/Simpkin Marshall. 1936  #57261
[HLMainPic] An important & rare annex to the same editor's biography of his famous father published in 1927 including Abbyssian War correspondence, &. Orig. red cloth, gilt, minor wear, VG. See illustration on our website.   £95

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