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The River War: An Account of the Reconquest of the Soudan [Sudan]
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The River War: An Account of the Reconquest of the Soudan [Sudan]

By Churchill, Winston S. (1874-1965)

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1933. First US Edition. Full cloth. Octavo. xvi, 381 pages. Very Good in Good+ dust jacket. Bound in purple cloth over boards, light rubs to spine ends and fore corner tips, prior owner bookplate on front free endpaper. Jacket is price-clipped, has light soiling, chipping along top and bottom edges of spine and along top edge of rear panel, with the top corner of rear flap clipped away.. Maps and plans, some folding. Winston Churchill's detailed military history of the operations directed by Lord Kitchener on the Upper Nile between April 1896 and November 1899. Churchill was a participant in the decisive battle of Omdurman, and wrote this account while still a young cavalry officer. Originally published in 1899 in two volumes. This new edition has a new Introduction by Churchill. This Scribner's edition is suprisingly uncommon, with only 1,040 copies printed.

$1150.00

You Must be Fit: The Official Physical Training Program for the Women's Army Corps
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You Must be Fit: The Official Physical Training Program for the Women's Army Corps

By [Niles, Donna I. and Brenda B. Boynton, WACs]

Washington: Infantry Journal, 1943. First Edition. Paperback. Octavo. 103 pages. Very Good. Bound in gray paper covers over sewn binding, front cover printed in black and red. Minor edge rubs along joints and spine.. Black & white photographs, illustrations. Fitness program developed by women for women. The Foreword recognizes that "American women are not amazons and don't want to be amazons," so the goal here is building the strength, stamina, and coordination to support a total war in non-combat positions. In addition to sections on exercises, health rules, and body conditioning there is coverage of the care and styling of the hair, care of the skin, cosmetics, posture, etc. Elizabeth Arden is acknowledged for her help with the material on appearance. Photographs by Alfred Eisenstaedt and Gjon Mili.

$86.00

Confidential_  Handbook of Aircraft Armament, August, 1918
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Confidential_ Handbook of Aircraft Armament, August, 1918

By Bureau of Aircraft Production, Air Service, U.S. Army

Washington: Government Printing Office, 1918. First Edition. Original cloth. Octavo. 96 pages. Near Fine. Bound in coarse tan cloth over boards, with title printed in black on upper board. Contemporaneous prior owner name in ink on front pastedown.. Fold-out plans, tables, photographs. Scarce, Confidential manual on the weaponry associated with U. S. Army aircraft and pilots in World War I. Sections on the Marlin, the Lewis, and the Vickers aircraft machine guns, synchronizing gears, machine gun sights, bombs, bomb-release mechanism, bomb sighting, ammunition, pyrotechnics, and small arms. Three fold-out plates, one of which is a detailed and colored schematic of the Lewis machine gun. Notice on the first page warns that this book "...is issued for the instruction and guidance of all concerned, and contains information of military importance, none of which may be copied, printed, or published, under any conditions." Only 16 copies located in OCLC as of 10/1/2019.

$863.00

Instructions for 80-Horsepower Le Rhone Engine
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Instructions for 80-Horsepower Le Rhone Engine

By Pittsburgh District Office, Bureau of Aircraft Production

Washington: Government Printing Office, 1919. First Edition. Original cloth. Octavo. 90, [2 folding plates] pages. Very Good. Bound in tan cloth over flexible boards with title in printed in black on upper board. Mild soil to exterior, along with some minor edge rubs and wear. Upper board is cracked near joint but neither cloth nor front pastedown are separated. Title page was over glued along inner margin with some weakness and paper transfer from subsequent separation. No disruption of image or content. Contemporaneous prior owner name penned near top edge of front pastedown.. Black & white photographs, diagrams. Specifications, principles of operation, and other detailed information on this famous French revolving engine. The 80 horsepower Le Rhone 9C powered a number of military aircraft types in World War I. Revolving engines, where the crank case and cylinders rotate and the crank shaft remains stationary, were well suited for World War I aircraft. The rotating cylinders are self-cooling as they move through the air, simplifying the engine by eliminating water pump, piping, water jackets, and radiator. This manual even notes air combat advantages of this type of spinning engine, which has "...been known to come back from air battles in good flying order with bullet holes in crank case and cylinders." Furthermore, "Rifle and machine-gun bullets are ordinarily deflected by the revolving engine, which makes a good shield for the pilot when flying head-on at the enemy." Instructions for disassembly, reassembly, timing, and more, including full parts lists, photographs and diagrams--including two fold-outs.

$403.00

Tear Gas Munitions: An Analysis of Commercial Riot Gas Guns, Tear Gas Projectiles, Grenades, Small Arms Ammunition, and Related Tear Gas Devices
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Tear Gas Munitions: An Analysis of Commercial Riot Gas Guns, Tear Gas Projectiles, Grenades, Small Arms Ammunition, and Related Tear Gas Devices

By Swearengen, Thomas F.

Springfield: Charles C. Thomas, Publisher, 1966. First Edition. Full cloth. Quarto. xxvi, 569 pages. Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust jacket. Bound in rust colored cloth over boards with gilt-stamped spine title. Shallow bumps to lower fore corners of boards, hint of soil to jacket spine.. Black & white photographs, diagrams. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by Swearengen on front free endpaper. A detailed textbook for police on various non-lethal weapons available to maintain the public peace. Published at a time of increasing civil unrest in the 1960s, when it was also understood that "the use of firearms cannot be tolerated in dealing with civil disturbances.". Signed by Author.

$345.00

Field, Fort and Fleet; Being a Series of Brilliant and Authentic Sketches of the Most Notable Battles of the Late Civil War..
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Field, Fort and Fleet; Being a Series of Brilliant and Authentic Sketches of the Most Notable Battles of the Late Civil War..

By Quad, M. (1842-1924)

Detroit: Detroit Free Press Publishing Company, 1885. First Edition. First Printing. Full cloth. tall 8vo 9" - 10" tall. viii, 520 pages. Fine. Bound in dark green cloth over boards with gilt-stamped spine and upper board titles. Spine and upper board also decoratively stamped with various vignettes of war scenes. Very slight rubs to binding extremities. Hinges sound. Black & white engravings, cuts. Subtitle continues..."Including Many Incidents and Circumstances Never Before Published in Any Form." Beautiful copy of this uncommon Civil War history. Two volumes were planned but the second was never published.

$403.00

Signed Naval Commission
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Signed Naval Commission

By Roosevelt, Theodore (1858-1919)

[Washington]: (S.n.), 1908. Broadside. 16" x 19. Near Fine. Beautiful official document with engraved illustrations, partially printed on vellum with remainder of form accomplished by hand. Normal bits of rippling to edges of vellum sheet.. This commission appointed Alva B. Court an Assistant Naval Constructor with the rank of Lieutenant, junior-grade, in the U.S. Navy. Theodore Roosevelt remains one of America's most popular presidents, even after more than a century since leaving office, and this is a very handsome official document signed by him in that capacity.

$863.00

CARTC Camp McQuaide

By [U. S. Army Coast Artillery] Foreword by Brig. Gen. C. D. Y. Ostrom

(s. L. ): (S. N. ), 1942. Wrappers. Twenty-fourmo. 31 pages. Very Good. Moderate fore corner creases to first dozen or so pages, some mild soil and stains to covers.. Black & White Cuts, Map Drawings. Handbook for new recruits to the Coast Artillery Replacement Training Center which operated at Camp McQuaide from 1942-1943. There is information on the facilities and activities at the post as well as a section on "Amusements in Town. " Includes a centerfold map of the camp. Rather scarce. Camp McQuaide was on coast of Monterey Bay just west of Watsonville, California and is today occupied by Monterey Bay Academy.

$86.00

McClellan's Own Story: The War for the Union: The Soldiers Who Fought It; The Civilians Who Directed It; and His Relations to It and to Them
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McClellan's Own Story: The War for the Union: The Soldiers Who Fought It; The Civilians Who Directed It; and His Relations to It and to Them

By McClellan, George B[rinton]. (1826-1885)

New York: Charles L. Webster & Company, 1887. First Edition. Hardcover. Octavo. xiv, 678 pages. Fine. A few rubs to extremities, a small stain to medal stamped on upper board. Hinges sound, endpapers not split.. Black & white plates, maps, engravings. McClellan's posthumously published memoir of the Civil War, accompanied by a Brady CDV photograph of Gen. McClellan with his autograph attached to its lower margin. McClellan's memoir, honestly, is mostly McClellan still trying (20 years later) to explain how his brilliance and ability were not appreciated during those early months of the war. While Lincoln's martyrdom definitely skewed his historical standing, at least initially, one does wonder if McClellan gave a second thought at all to writing that "My relations with Mr. Lincoln were generally very pleasant, and I seldom had trouble with him when we could meet face to face. The difficulty always arose behind my back. I believe that he liked me personally, AND CERTAINLY HE WAS ALWAYS MUCH INFLUENCED BY ME WHEN WE WERE TOGETHER (emphasis ours)." Wow. Anyway, the important parts of McClellan's memoir are his treatise on the causes of the war, his autobiographical material, and his narrative of his own substantive role from summer 1861 through his removal from command after Antietam in November 1862. And the signed CDV is nice too.

$863.00

Extending Structure Type Catapult for Launching Aeroplanes

By MacTaggart, Scott & Company, Ltd

London: Offices of Engineering, 1932. Stapled wraps. Quarto. 7 pages pages. Good. Top and bottom edges of this tall booklet have been trimmed unevenly. Does not affect text or content. Has been folded vertically a couple of times, leaving the booklet creased in a few places.. Interesting article reprinted from "Engineering," April 15 and 22, 1932. Includes photographs and an unpaged centerfold showing various scaled elevation drawings of the catapult from different perspectives.

$58.00

Grant's Strategy and Other Addresses

By Jackson, John Collins (1848-1909)

Westerville, OH: American Issue Publishing Company, 1910. First Edition. Original cloth. Duodecimo. 165 + ads pages. Very Good. Black and White Portrait. Jackson was a Methodist minister and in later life edited The American Issue, which was the official organ of the Anti-Saloon League. He had enlisted, at age 15, in Company H, 159th Ohio Volunteer Infantry where he served as a drummer and fifer. His address on the strategy of General Grant at Chattanooga discusses the battles of Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge. This is followed by an address on the Union and Confederate armies during the war. The rest of the book contains other sermons and a biographical history of Jackson. Uncommon. Bound in dark blue cloth over boards with black topstain, faded gilt spine titles. There is a tissue-guarded photographic portrait of Jackson preceding the title page. Minor extremity wear.

$86.00

The Trail of War Dogs

By Isham, Willard S[Mith]

Washington, D. C.: Self Published, 1935. First Edition. Wrappers. Octavo. [iv], 143 pages. Good. Critical report on the U. S. Military establishment just after World War I in which it is alleged that a "war trust" simultaneously profited from war preparations while inviting war and keeping American military power weak. Isham was himself an inventor in the area of high explosives. This booklet is bound in printed paper covers over a side-stapled binding. Browning and dampstaining to front cover and portions of textblock, some red crayon markings to a few pages. Covers have rubs and light soil. Quite scarce.

$86.00

Deane's Doctrine of Naval Architecture, 1670

By [Deane, Sir Anthony] edited and Introduced by Brian Lavery

(london): Conway Maritime Press, Ltd, 1981. First Edition. Hardcover. Quarto. 128 pages. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Black & White Illustrations, Plans. Deane was a Master Shipwright at Harwich and Portsmouth in the late 17th century, and this treatise was originally commissioned by Samuel Pepys to explain the intricacies of designing a major warship of that period. The work is very detailed and thus provides a valuable record of Restoration ship design. In addition to reproductions of original illustrations there are appendices and a set of plans of Deane's most famous ship, the 70-gun Resolution. This copy belonged to noted naval architect Thomas C. Gillmer, and bears his bookplate on front pastedown and name penned on front free endpaper. Bound in dark blue textured paper over boards with spine lettered in gilt. Shallow bumps to top fore corners. Jacket has some shallow edge wrinkles. . Jacket in Mylar protector.

$115.00

Étude De Marches (Iéna - Sedan) Nouvelle Édition Refondue Et Augmentée [Study of the Battles of Jena and Sedan]

By General Fay

Paris & Nancy: Berger-Levrault & Co, 1899. Folio. x, 47 pages. Very good. Folded Tables and Maps. Detailed comparison study of two important battles between France and Prussia--Jena in 1806 and Sedan in 1870. In October of 1806 the French under Napoleon routed the Prussians at Jena [Iéna] and Auerstadt, and inflicted further heavy losses on them as they retreated toward Weimar. In turn, during the Franco-German War 54 years later the German General von Moltke delivered a humiliating defeat to the French forces he had cornered at Metz when they were completely driven from their positions and forced to surrender in Sedan. Emperor Napoleon III was among those captured. The text of this study is in French. In addition to the text there are six folding march tables that give detailed information on the forces engaged on both sides in these battles. Numbers of battalions, squadrons batteries, artillery pieces, cavalry divisions, etc. , are noted along with other general observations. The two large maps unfold to approximately 30" x 46" and are color coded to clearly show troop positions over time. The text is bound in paper, the tables and maps are in a folder, and these two parts are laid into a portfolio made of printed paper over boards with cloth spine and ribbon fasteners at fore corners. Some mild browning to edges, faint area of damp staining along bottom edges of some leaves. The paper map folder is cracking along the fold, and the ribbon fasteners on the portfolio are fraying. Many leaves in the text unopened. Complete in all respects. A lovely copy. See SANDLER COLLECTION #1229.

$345.00

Safeguarding Waterfront Properties

By National Board Of Fire Underwriters and Marine Underwriters

Chicago: National Board Of Fire Underwriters, 1940. Wrappers. Octavo. [ii], 29 pages. Fine. Scarce World War II booklet highlighting vulnerabilities of ports, piers and wharves in the U. S. , and suggesting many improved practice requirements. The primary threat was fire--either by accident or sabotage--with the danger being greatly multiplied by the wartime congestion of vessels in the water and cargo on the piers at major ports. Prepared for the U. S. Coast Guard. Lots of interesting information. Bound in printed blue paper covers, saddle-stapled binding. Tiny tear to edge of front cover at head of spine, faint browning toward edges of covers.

$58.00

USS California (BB-44)

By Martin, Pat, edited by Erik Parent

Paducah, KY: Turner Publishing Company, 1995. First Edition. Hardcover. Folio. 112 pages. Very Good. Black and White Photographs. History of the battleship U. S. S. California and her crew, with focus on operations in World War II. The California was sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor but was salvaged and repaired by 1944. This history is well illustrated with historic photographs and contains many recollections by former crewmen. Also includes numerous veteran's biographies with "then and now" photographs. Fore corners slightly bumped.

$58.00