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Africa The scramble for Africa and British colonial campaigns including the Boer War, East and West Africa, Egypt and the Sudan   44 Books
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The C.I.V. & the War in South Africa, 1900: The City Press Illustrated Souvenir of the City of London Imperial Volunteers. [Number Two]. 1st Ed., orig. dec. wraps., [48]pp., photos. throughout. The City Press. Contemp.  #60250
[HLMainPic] A further selection of portraits, photos., nominal rolls &c. VG, See illustrations on our website.   £120
The Old Cheltonian South African War Memorials. 1st Ed., 83pp., 4to, frontis., several photos. Cheltenham: Norman, Sawyer & Co. 1904  #56159
[HLMainPic] A record of the Memorial Cross, Reredos & Kneeling Desk at Cheltenham College ercetd in memory of Cheltonians who fell in the Boer War. Includes a roll, with brief details, of 51 who were killed in action or died of wounds or disease during the conflict. Orig. white cloth, gilt to front, with green cloth backstrip, some staining to rear cover o/w VG throughout & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £120
Report of His Majesty's Commissioners Appointed to Inquire into the Military Preparations & Other Matters connected with the War in South Africa. [Bound with:] Minutes of Evidence taken before the Royal Commission (Volume I). [Together with:] Minutes of Evidence taken before the Royal Commission (Volume II). [Together with:] Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence Taken before the Royal Commission on the War in South Africa. 1st Eds., foolscap, viii+316, xii+534, x+720 & [ii]+445pp. HMSO. 1903  #64063
[HLMainPic] Key cornerstone work on Boer War organisation & operations 1899-1900, complete in 4 Vols.: "The report of the Elgin Commission appointed to inquire into the military preparations for the war in South Africa, & into the supply of men, ammunition, equipment & transport by sea & land in connection with the campaign, & into the military operations up to the occupation of Pretoria... The volume is fully indexed." - Hackett p.8. 1000 copies printed & surprisingly scarce for that. Two Vols. (Report & 2 Vols. of Minutes of Evidence) bound in contemp. official ledgers; the final part, Appendices... in orig. chipped blue paper wraps. Overall VG, scarce complete set. See illustrations on our website.   £500
Official History of the Operations in Somaliland 1901-04. General Staff, War Office. 1st Ed., 2 Vols., 635pp. in all, 50 of 51 plates & sketches (many being fldg. sketch maps of operations & defenses, two of telegraph communications), 2 fldg. maps in end-pocket of Vol. I + several sketch maps illustrative of the expedition in the text. HMSO. 1907  #62014
[HLMainPic] Detailed, well illustrated & mapped account of the four expeditions against the 'Mad Mullah' in 1901, 1902, 1902-03 & 1903-04 contained in Volume I. Volume II containing a full account of the Organization of Commands & Staff, Services & Departments, &c. 2000 Copies printed but remarkably scarce. Note: Vol. I rather worn but generally VG & complete; Vol. II sp. partially split & one fldg. diagram lacking (Plan of Somali & Field Force Telegraphs in Jan. 1901). Orig. red cloth, gilt, as described above. See illustration on our website.   £275
[Campaigns in Egypt & The Sudan 1882-1887] The Royal Engineer Journal. 1882-1888. Twenty-two issues: 1/3/82; 1/4/82; 1/5/82; 1/6/82; 1/7/82; 1/9/82; 2/10/82; 1/11/82; 1/1/83; 1/3/83; 2/4/83; 1/11/83; 1/4/84; 1/5/84; 1/1/85; 2/2/85; 1/4/85; 1/8/85; 1/9/85; 1/10/85; 1/4/86; 1/5/86; 1/6/86 & 1/10/88. Around 400pp. in all, with around 20 maps & sketches. Brompton: Woolley & Son. Contemp.  #62922
[HLMainPic] The RE Journal was a monthly publication which commenced in 1870 & ceased in 1904 (when a New Series was started). Until the 1904 it was a "private newspaper" & became the official Corps organ only with the New Series. Alongside, until 1905, the Corps published its own Professional Papers, which in that year became incorporated in the new RE Journal. The original organ contained reports on active operations during the period of the issues, rolls & postings of officers, obituaries, reports from various posts, extracts from both the British & Indian Gazettes, &c. Many contained excellent loosely inserted maps/plans/sketches relating to the content of the issue. The sequence here offered (twenty-two issues, 1882-1888) contains much material on campaigns in Egypt & the Sudan inc. Official Despatches re Bombardment of Alexandria; Kassassin 1882; Tel-el-Kebir (much on this inc. despatches, General Order & Order of March, &c.); Occupation of Suez Canal; Diary of Works Performed by 8th Coy. RE in Egypt; Work of Detachment of Queen's Own Sappers & Miners in Egypt; El Teb with the Suakin Field Force; Work done by RE with Suakin Field Force; Diary of an Officer with the Karthoum Expedition; 17th Fd. Coy. RE at Suakim; Suakin 1885 Field Operations; Water Supply at Suakin; Nile Campaign 1888 & more concerning RE operation, with excellent maps & sketches including First Position at Kafr Dowar; Formation for Attack, Tel-el-Kebir; Arabi Pasha's Order of Battle at Kassassin; Section of Lines at Tel-el-Kebir; diagram of lines at Tel-el-Kebir; sketches of Sand-Bag redoubt near Suakim; diagrams of Forts at Suakin &c. Contents also include other events during the period of these issues, in India, Bechuanaland, &c. These issues loose, rather worn, but excellent source material on Egypt & Sudan campaigns with useful maps & sketches. See illustrations on our website.   £300
BAILLIE (Major F.D., late 4th Hussars) Mafeking: A Diary of the Siege. 1st Ed., 300pp., num. sketches, facsim. Mafeking Mail Special Siege Slip bound in at rear. Constable/Scribners. 1900  #63341
[HLMainPic] Complete account with frequent mentions of officers & men engaged. Orig. red cloth, titled in black, paper onlay to front of example of siege currency, sp. rubbed, generally VG. See illustration on our website.   £35
BENBOW (Colin) Boer Prisoners of War in Bermuda. 3rd Ed., revised & enlarged, orig. laminated wraps., [viii]+136pp., num. photos., 6 maps/plans. Bermuda Historical Society. 1994  #62441
[HLMainPic] Detailed account of the organisation of the camps, escape attempts, &c. VG & signed by author. See illustration on our website.   £15
BERKELEY (G.F-H.) The Campaign of Adowa & The Rise of Menelik. 1st Ed., xiv+403pp., 2 fldg. maps & 4 plans. Constable. 1902  #64069
[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, sp. sunned, boards little damp speckled o/w VG & scarce, inscribed by the author "For Aunt Lita with best love from the Author Nov. 29 1902." See illustrations on our website.   £65
BLENNERHASSETT (Rose) & SLEEMAN (Lucy) Adventures in Mashonaland By Two Hospital Nurses. New Ed., xii+340pp. Macmillan & Co. 1893  #60207
[HLMainPic] Macmillan's Colonial Library Edition, orig. green cloth, gilt, little rubbed/worn, sound. See illustration on our website   £25
BROWN (Brig.-Gen. W. Baker) History of the Corps of Royal Engineers. Vol. IV. 1st Ed., xvii+434pp., frontis., 7 maps. VG in dw. Chatham: RE. 1952  #62637
[HLMainPic] This vol. contains smaller campaigns in Africa 1885-1914 inc. Gambia, Sierra Leone, Gold Coast, Nigeria, Uganda & Somaliland. VG in chipped dw. See illustration on our website.   £25

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