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West Africa   18 Books
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Natal Field Artillery Centenary 1862-1962. Durban, Pietermaritzburg. Orig. dec. card wraps., [iii]+25pp., 25 photos. Printed by The Natal Witness, Pietermaritzburg. Contemp.  #61794
[HLMainPic] Useful & well illustrated short account of the regiment, inc. Roll of Commanding Officers & Roll of Hon. for WW2. "Surprisingly, this is the only free-standing published record of one of South Africa's longest serving units... it fought in the Anglo-Boer War at Elandslaagte & in Northern Natal... Mobilised again in 1914, it took part in the GSWA campaign. In WWII, the NFA saw much action, & suffered many casualties, in the Western Desert... All of this is covered in condensed but useful detail." - Perkins. Covs. little marked, VG & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £35
ALPORT (Major A. Cecil, RAMC TF) The Lighter Side of the War: Experiences of a Civilian in Uniform. 1st Ed., 290pp., portrait frontis., 17 photos., sketch. Hutchinson. 1934  #45898
[HLMainPic] Doctor in SA Rebellion 1914 then German South-West Africa campaign 1915 with South African Medical Corps; posted as 2ic 2/1 Wessex Casualty Clearing Station in England then to a Stationary Hospital in Salonika 1916-18 & briefly Western Front 1918. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, small split & chipping to head of spine o/w VG. See illustration on our website   £35
CALLWELL (Maj.-Gen. Sir C.) & HEADLAM (Maj.-Gen. Sir J.) The History of the Royal Artillery from the Indian Mutiny to the Great War. 1st Ed., 3 Vols., in all some 1600pp., 6 portraits, 23 fldg. maps in separate mapcase, several fldg. tables &c. Woolwich: RA. 1931-1940.  #64377
[HLMainPic] Standard & detailed history. Vol. I, Armaments; Vol. II, Policy & Influence; Vol. III, Campaigns (1860-1914 inc. all corners of Empire, much on NWF, 2nd Afghan War, Egypt & Sudan, China 1860 & 1900, East & West Africa, Boer War &c.). Orig. blue cloth, gilt, little speckled o/w VG throughout & distinctly uncommon, especially with 3rd volume & mapcase present. See illustration on our website.   £225
CAULFEILD (Col. J.E.) Comp. One Hundred Years' History of The 2nd Batt. West India Regiment from Date of Raising 1795 to 1898. 1st Ed., 222pp., 6 plates. Forster Groom & Co. 1899  #54824
[HLMainPic] Much otherwise almost unobtainable material on various campaigns from West Indies in the Napoleonic era & later, then from 1860 onwards the regt. was much involved in West Africa: ops. in Sierre Leone, Gambia, Gold Coast, Ashanti 1873-74 & 1895, &c., with various rolls of officers present at different times. "good coverage of several little-known operations... The style is dry & tedious, but the contents appear to be accurate." - Perkins. In the author's Preface he notes that he has utilised the regimental Digest of Services & was allowed access to "official Order Books, Letter Books, Returns, &c., filed in the Brigade Office... I was fortunate enough to collect a vast amount of valuable & reliable information." List of "Subscribers towards cost of production" (74 officers) at end. Orig. red & blue cloth, gilt, sp. little marked, some ink notes to rear blank, o/w VG & very rare. See illustration on our website.   £245
CHATTERTON (E. Keble) Gallant Gentlemen. 2nd Imp., 296pp., 33 photos. & maps. VG in chipped dw. Hurst & Blackett. 1931  #54218
[HLMainPic] Collection of personal narratives of notable naval events 1914-18, such as ops. in the Cameroon estuary (West Africa), various small ship 'duels', the cause of the coronel disaster, &c. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, VG in chipped dw. See illustration on our website.   £20
DANE (Edmund) British Campaigns in Africa & the Pacific 1914-1918. 1st Ed., xv+215pp., 9 maps. H&S. 1919  #63244
[HLMainPic] A useful early history which includes German South-West Africa, East Africa (mostly), Togoland, Cameroons & Kiao-Chau (Tsing Tao). Orig. blue cloth, gilt, little staining to leading edges of boards o/w VG. See illustration on our website.   £65
DUKE (George) The Life of Major-General Worge, Colonel of the 86th Regiment of Foot, & Governor of Senegal, in Africa. With an Account of the Settlements of Senegal & Goree. 1st Ed., vii+152pp. (& tipped-in errata slip), drawing of Dettingen medal, sketch of Culloden, hand-coloured fldg. map of West Africa & another hand-coloured map of "The Island of Senaga or St. Louis 1759." Parker, Furnivall, & Parker. 1844  #62095
[HLMainPic] An old bookseller's catalogue note attached to front paste-down (describing this copy) states: "This book was owned by Lt.-Col. G. Osborn Smith, 1st Royal Irish Fusiliers, whose grandfather was a nephew of Worge. Notes & underlining on the family connections are made in the text. Worge fought at Culloden & on the Continent & was later sent to Senegal as Governor, where he ousted the French. There are accounts of Dettingen & Fontenoy... Bumped & worn corners. Spine worn at ends & hinges glued where split." This description still stands, with my addition that it is inscribed by Col. Osborn Smith to paste-down, the binding is original red cloth, blindstamped & gilt, generally VG, & rare. See illustrations on our website.   £275
GORDON (Surgeon Genl. Sir Charles, KCB) Recollections of Thirty-Nine Years in the Army. 1st Ed., 320pp., portrait frontis. Swan, Sonnenschein. 1898  #65202
[HLMainPic] Army Medical Service. Gwalior & Maharajapore 1843; Gold Coast of Africa 1847-48; Indian Mutiny 1857-58 (inc. Relief of Lucknow) & China 1860-61. Ladendorf (279) states: "Poorly written & gives no new information to history. Much detail on medical service & treatment of wounds" - but she is citing an Antheum [sic] review of 1898. Raugh (6511) adds: "Gordon was reportedly surgeon of the 10th Native Infantry during the Indian Mutiny. About 40 pages of his autobiography cover the Indian Mutiny, specifically the Joonpore Field Force, capture of Lucknow, & the Azimgurh Field Force." Orig. red cloth, gilt, sp. little sunned o/w VG. See illustration on our website.   £75
HAMILTON (John A.L.) War Bush: 81 (West African) Division in Burma 1943-1945. 1st Ed., 400pp., 91 photos., 17 maps. VG in dw. Wilby: Michael Russell. 2001  #65107
[HLMainPic] Excellent & well illustrated history of the raising, training & active service in the Kaladan Valley (Arakan) of the 81st (West African) Division. The author served with the Gambia Regt., was wounded & Mentioned in Despatches during their campaign in Burma. Now unobtainable. See illustration on our website.   £90
HAYWOOD (Col. A., CMG, CBE, DSO) & CLARKE (Brig. F.A.S., DSO) The History of the Royal West African Frontier Force. 1st Ed., xv+504pp., portrait frontis. + 27 plates, 51 maps (7 fldg.). VG in chipped & somewhat torn dw. Aldershot: G&P. 1964  #63537
[HLMainPic] Excellent, detailed & scarce with many appendices &c., 1897-1960s: tribal wars, much WW1 East & West Africa, WW2 East Africa & Burma. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, VG in chipped & somewhat torn dw. See illustration on our website.   £75

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