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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   62 Books
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Report of His Majesty's Commissioners Appointed to Inquire into the Military Preparations & Other Matters connected with the War in South Africa. [Bound with:] Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence Taken before the Royal Commission on the War in South Africa [Together with:] Minutes of Evidence taken before the Royal Commission (Volume I) [Bound with:] (Volume II).` 1st Eds., foolscap, viii+316, [ii]+445, xii+534 & x+720pp. HMSO. 1903.  #54324
[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. Nice contemp. half blue calf (by W. Kidd, Dundee), raised bands to spines with contrasting leather lettering labels, little rubbed at edghes and joints, generally VG, nice set. See illustrations on our website.   £600

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The Diary of the Hon. E.H. Lygon, Lieut. & Adjt., 3rd Batt. Grenadier Guards. Oct. 26th 1899 to March 21st 1900. 1st Ed., orig. printed wraps., [vii]+45pp., 4to. Privately Printed by Angus & Robertson, Sydney. 1900.  #52441
[HLMainPic] Lt. Lygon's exceptionally rare, interesting & detailed private diaries of the campaign in South Africa with 3rd Bn. Grenadier Guards 1899-1900: shot in the foot at Modder River in Nov. 1899 but quickly returned to duty & describes other early battles such as Magersfontein, until KiA at Karree Siding, near the Modder River, 23rd March 1900. Very nicely printed on rag paper with stiff brown card wraps., titled in red to front, somewhat dusty, traces of removal of old paper label/selotape residue at head of sp., o/w VG with bookplate of RHQ Grenadier Guards. See illustration on our website.   £225

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The Official Records of the Guards Brigade in South Africa. 1st Ed., 344pp., portrait frontis. (of Lord Methuen) & 3 others, fldg. sketch map of Belmont. Keliher & Co. 1904.  #55632
[HLMainPic] Substantial body of information "printed for confidential circulation among the officers of the Brigade of Guards" including standing orders, extracts from Brigade & Divisional Orders re operations & the Guards Brigade Staff Diary from Nov. 1899-March 1901, a fine daily abstract of intelligence & operations kept by the Brigade Major. Orig. red cloth, gilt, VG & very scarce. See illustration on our website.   £245

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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.   £145

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The Diary of the Hon. E.H. Lygon, Lieut. & Adjt., 3rd Batt. Grenadier Guards. Oct. 26th 1899 to March 21st 1900. 1st Ed., orig. printed wraps., [vii]+45pp., 4to. Privately Printed by Angus & Robertson, Sydney. 1900.  #52674
Lt. Lygon's exceptionally rare, interesting & detailed private diaries of the campaign in South Africa with 3rd Bn. Grenadier Guards 1899-1900: shot in the foot at Modder River in Nov. 1899 but quickly returned to duty & describes other early battles such as Magersfontein, until KiA at Karree Siding, near the Modder River, 23rd March 1900. Very nicely printed on rag paper with stiff brown card wraps., titled in red to front, little dusty o/w VG throughout. See illustration on our website.   £275

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Letters of General C.G. Gordon to His Sister, M.A. Gordon. 3rd Imp., xvi+304pp. Macmillan. 1888.  #55230
[HLMainPic] Selected letters between 1867-1884 inc.many from Sudan &c. Orig. red cloth, little rubbed 7 worn, VG. See illustration on our website.   £15

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The Diary of the Hon. E.H. Lygon, Lieut. & Adjt., 3rd Batt. Grenadier Guards. Oct. 26th 1899 to March 21st 1900. 1st Ed., orig. printed wraps., [vii]+45pp., 4to. Privately Printed by Angus & Robertson, Sydney. 1900.  #53060
Lt. Lygon's exceptionally rare, interesting & detailed private diaries of the campaign in South Africa with 3rd Bn. Grenadier Guards 1899-1900: shot in the foot at Modder River in Nov. 1899 but quickly returned to duty & describes other early battles such as Magersfontein, until KiA at Karree Siding, near the Modder River, 23rd March 1900. Very nicely printed on rag paper with stiff brown card wraps., titled in red to front, ex-lib. RHQ Grenadier Guards with paper label at head of sp. & large ink stain to front wrap., this also affecting lower edge of rear wrap., doubtless resulting from the upsetting of an ink bottle, so a poor copy but internally clean.   £145

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The Boer War, 1899-1900. From the Ultimatum to the Occupation of Bloemfontein. Compiled from Authentic Sources. 1st Ed., 316pp., portrait frontis., approx. 12 plates. R.E. King Ltd. 1900.  #49561
[HLMainPic] An informative & well-prepared text which incorporates a large number of quite lengthy extracts from letters written from the front & other eyewitness accounts. Inferior paper is browned, but still sound & VG in somewhat worn attractive dec. ochre cloth, lacking ffep. Sound thus. See illustration on our website.   £20

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ACTON (Roger) Comp. & JACKSON (Mason) Illus. The Abyssinian Expedition & The Life & Reign of King Theodore: With One Hundred Illustrations engraved from Original Sketches by the Spceial Artists & Correspondents of the Illustrated London News, & reprinted from that Journal. 1st Ed., 77pp. text, tinted litho frontis. & half title, 100 engravings, folio. Published at the Office of the Illustrated London News. nd (c.1869).  #55879
[HLMainPic] Rare account of the Abyssinian Expedition of 1867-68: the history based on official despatches, FO correspondence, private correspondence of officers involved, otherwise unpublished diaries & notes: "The story as known is complete." - Preface. The extensive range of engravings, prepared by Mason Jackson, are based on original sketches by the ILN's Special Artists, William Simpson, Major Baigrie, DAQMG, & others including several officers serving in the expedition. Concludes with lists of those mentioned in despatches, &c. Oversize volume, 45x33 cm approx., orig. dark red cloth, blindstamped & gilt to sp. & front, little chipped & rubbed, especially at corners & head & tail of spine, inner joints neatly repaired with paper, internally clean, about VG overall. See illustrations on our website.   £750

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BELLAIRS (Lady) The Transvaal War 1880-81. 1st Ed., xxiii+491pp., plate, map. Blackwood. 1885.  #42775
Authoritaive standard account. Rare 1st Ed., orig. red cloth, gilt & black, cloth speckled, neatly recased with orig. sp. laid down & VG thus.   £20

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