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A History of the Seventy-First Siege Battery South African Artillery: From June, 1915, the date of its formation at Cape Town, to the 11th November, 1918, when "Cease Fire!" sounded at Lesdain, on the Escault Canal, near Tournai, Belgium. 1st Ed., 55pp., 4to, frontis. with 4 portraits of Battery Commanders, 9 other photos. No imprint, Printed by J. Miles & Co. Ltd. London. nd (c.1919).  #63105
[HLMainPic] After final training in England the Battery served in France from April 1916 & operated on the Somme (apart from a short visit to Ypres to support a Canadian counter-attack at Hooge in June) throughout that summer; Bullecourt, 3rd Ypres & Cambrai 1917; March Retreat & La Bassee sector 1918. Battery roll of all ranks (noting original members), details of officers services & awards. "Although it was during that period an element of the British Army, the Batt. kept its South African identity & the men continued to wear South African gunner cap badges. This booklet [sic] chronicles in commendable detail its activities from April 1916 onwards in the major actions of the following two years..." - Perkins. Orig. full green morocco, sp. chipped with loss o/w VG, rare & appealing history, presumably printed for the author or a regimental committee soon after the Battery returned from France as the Foreword notes that "the weary weeks of waiting for demobilisation" had provided time to compile the history. See illustration on our website.   £145
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
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
ADLER (Brig. Hon. F.B., MC, VD, ED) et al. The South African Field Artillery in German East Africa & Palestine 1915-1919. 1st Ed., xvi+146pp., portrait frontis., 14 photos., 4 maps. Pretoria: van Schaik for SA National War Museum. 1958  #60757
[HLMainPic] From formation & training in 1915 to East Africa in Jan. 1916, ops. round Kilimanjaro &c., then in Palestine 1917-18 inc. Gaza & capture of Jerusalem. Roll of Hon., awards, officers. "A very professional compilation, presented in a publication of excellent quality." - Perkins. Orig. cloth, VG with Brigade patch to front. Rare. See illustration on our website.   £125
ADLER (Brig. Hon. F.B., MC, VD, ED) et al. The South African Field Artillery in German East Africa & Palestine 1915-1919. 1st Ed., xvi+146pp., portrait frontis., 14 photos., 4 maps. VG in dw. Pretoria: van Schaik for SA National War Museum. 1958  #63259
[HLMainPic] From formation & training in 1915 to East Africa in Jan. 1916, ops. round Kilimanjaro &c., then in Palestine 1917-18 inc. Gaza & capture of Jerusalem. Roll of Hon., awards, officers. "A very professional compilation, presented in a publication of excellent quality." - Perkins. Orig. cloth, VG in dw with Bde. patch to front. Rare. See illustration on our website.   £145
ALMACK (Edward) The History of the Second Dragoons "Royal Scots Greys." 1st Ed., xx+312pp., 4to, 44 illus. (inc. 3 col. plates of uniforms). London. 1908  #56094
[HLMainPic] Handsome, substantial work including Waterloo campaign, Crimea & the Boer War. Roll of officers' services. Orig. grey cloth, gilt, with white buckram sp. strip., gilt, little rubbed & worn, about VG   £125
ATKINSON (C.T.) Regimental History The Royal Hampshire Regiment. Vol. II 1914-1918. 1st Ed., xx+515pp., 4 plates, 89 maps & diagrams. Glasgow: For the Regt. 1950  #57360
[HLMainPic] Western Front, Gallipoli, Egypt, Mespot. & Salonika. Rolls of regular officers (with details of promotions &c.), awards. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, VG & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £145
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
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

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