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History of the Guides. Part I, 1846-1922. 1st Ed., xv+347pp., 4to, 19 illus., 7 fldg. maps in pocket, 11 in text. Aldershot: G&P. 1938  #62253
[HLMainPic] Part I contains the raising of the Corps. & var. NWF expeditions inc. Ambeylah, Black Mountain, Chitral & many others; also Indian Mutiny, 2nd Afghan War, WW1 in Mespot., Persia & Palestine. Var. lists & rolls inc. British & Indian officers, awards &c. "An exemplary history" - Perkins 409. Orig. light brown cloth, gilt, bevelled boards, totally sound but previously damped, the covers restored with binder's varnish, VG thus with armorial bookplate of Donald Kenneth McLeod (Note: Lieut-Gen. D.K. McLeod, KCIE, CB, DSO, is mentioned several times in the text: signalling officer with the Zakka Khel Field Force, 1908; to France with the Lahore Division in 1914 & commanded 3rd Cavalry Brigade in 1920. He appears in a group photo. within the book. Commanded the Guides Cavalry 1928-32, The Army in Burma 1938-41, &c.). See illustration on our website.   £275
ADCOCK (Col. W.H.) Sappers in the Persian Gulf. 1st Ed., xv+175pp., 33 photos., fldg. diagram, ep maps. VG in chipped dw. Bombay: Thacker. 1952  #62619
[HLMainPic] The work of Royal Engineers with PAIFORCE. Orig. cloth, VG in chipped dw. See illustration on our website.   £35
BIGHAM (Clive) A Ride Through Central Asia. 1st Ed., xii+284pp., 32 of 34 photo. plates (two lacking), 4 col. fldg. maps. Macmillan. 1897  #61922
[HLMainPic] Classic record of journey from London to Constantinople, through Turkey & onwards through Persia & Central Asia. Contains interesting description of the decaying Ottoman Empire, observations on The Great Game, &c. Very good oldish (pre 1961 evidently, as there is a neat ownership inscrip with this date to ffep) red cloth rebind, gilt to sp., nice copy other than the unfortunate lack of two of the plates. VG thus. Inexpensive copy. See illustration on our website.   £50
CRAWSHAY-WILLIAMS (Eliot) Across Persia. 1st Ed., xii+348pp., frontis., 24 photos., fldg. map, several sketch maps in text. Edward Arnold. 1907  #61909
[HLMainPic] The Eton & Oxford educated soldier-politician author (who was employed by Churchill at the Colonial Office 1906-08), resigned his commission in the RFA in India in 1903 & travelled across Persia, from Bushire onwards to Shiraz, Tehran &c., the Caspian & Russia & leaves a detailed account of the places he visited & the peoples he encountered. Orig. green cloth, gilt, small dent/puncture to sp. o/w VG. See illustration on our website.   £120
FRASER (David) Persia & Turkey in Revolt. 1st Ed., xii+440pp., 120 photos. & maps. Blackwood. 1910  #64915
[HLMainPic] Detailed account of The Times Special Correspondent in Teheran in 1909, thence travel through the Persian Gulf & Mesopotamia to Syria & Turkey, covering the events of the Persian Constitutional Revolution. Many good photos. Orig. dec. maroon cloth, gilt & black, little rubbed & worn, generally VG & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £145
FULLER (Col. J.F.C.) The Generalship of Alexander the Great. 1st Ed., 319pp., 6 illus., 21 maps & diagrams. Eyre & Spottiswoode. 1958  #62470
[HLMainPic] Outstanding study by pre-eminent military historian. Orig. red cloth, gilt, VG. See illustration on our website.   £15
HAMILTON (Col. H.B.) Historical Record of the 14th (King's) Hussars from A.D. 1715 to A.D. 1900. 1st Ed., xxxiii+632pp., 4to, 15 col. plates (12 of uniforms), 35 b/w plates, 9 col. maps. Longmans, Green. 1901  #59507
[HLMainPic] Flanders 1794, extensive services in the Peninsula 1808-14, Sikh Wars, Persia 1857, Indian Mutiny in Central India Field Force, Boer War 1899-1900. Substantial & scarce history, orig. blue cloth boards with yellow sp. strip, gilt to sp. & front, some splitting to rear joint o/w VG. See illustration on our website.   £95
KNOLLYS (Lt.-Col.) & ELLIOTT (Major) Heroes of the Battlefield. 440pp., frontis., num. steel engravings (illus. & maps). Manchester: G.W. Goodwin & Son. nd (c.1900).  #62893
[HLMainPic] Exploits & incidents largely of the Persian War (the charge of the square at Khooshab &c.), China 1860, Ashanti War 1873-74, a great deal on the 2nd Afghan War 1878-80 & Zulu War 1879. Valuable if populist account with much of interest. Orig. blue cloth, dec. & gilt, little rubbed, VG. See illustration on our website.   £25
MACMUNN (Lt.-Gen. Sir George) History of the Guides. Part II, 1922-1947. 1st Ed., xv+208pp., 4to, 3 col. & 26 b/w plates, 8 fldg. maps. Aldershot: G&P. 1950  #63958
[HLMainPic] Includes Frontier disturbances in 1930, 1933-35, 1936-37 also the regiment in Iraq, Persia & North Africa during WW2. Contains var. lists & rolls inc. British & Indian officers, awards &c. "Another exemplary history" - Perkins 409. Orig. light brown cloth, gilt, bevelled boards, near fine apart from a little rubbing to the title panel on the sp. Rare & handsome work. See illustration on our website.   £245
RAWLINSON (Canon George) A Memoir of Major-General Sir Henry Creswicke Rawlinson Bart., KCB, FRS &c. 1st Ed., xxii+258pp., portrait frontis., 3 plates, map. Longmans. 1898  #65108
[HLMainPic] With the Bombay Army from 1827; attached to the Shah in Persia 1833-39 ("to discipline the Persian troops" - Buckland); Assistant to Macnaghten at Kabul & Political Agent Kandahar from 1840: 1842 retreat to India; Resident at Baghdad 1844-49. He resigned from EIC service in 1855 & served as Ambassador to Persia & many other distinguished posts. Orig. maroon cloth, gilt, ex-reference lib. with labels & small neat gilt stamp at foot of sp., but an exceptionally nice copy thus. See illustration on our website.   £125

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