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Travels in Arabia Deserta - Charles M Doughty

1923 - Jonathan Cape and The Medici Society, London - Third Edition, First in this Format.
A near fine unopened, uncut set of this ‘unrivalled encyclopaedia of knowledge about all aspects of nineteenth-century and earlier Arabia.’ (Oxford DNB). Profusely illustrated throughout with plates (many folding), sketches and diagrams, together with large folding colour map ‘A Sketch Map of Itinerarium of part of North Western Arabia and Negd’ in pocket at rear of volume 1.

‘I have talked the book over with many travellers, and we are agreed that here you have all the desert, its hills and plains, the lava fields, the villages, the tents, the men and animals. They are told of the life, with words and phrases fitted to them so perfectly that one cannot dissociate them in memory. It is the true Arabia, the land with its smells and dirt, as well as its nobility and freedom. There is no sentiment, nothing merely picturesque, that most common failing of oriental travel-books. Doughty's completeness is devastating. There is nothing we would take away, little we could add. He took all Arabia for his province, and has left to his successors only the poor part of specialists. We may write books on parts of the desert or some of the history of it; but there can never be another picture of the whole, in our time, because here it is all said.’ - T. E. Lawrence
 
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1890 - Richard Bentley & Son, London - First Edition with Twelfth Earl of Dundonald’s Sequel.
Admiral Thomas Cochrane, 10th Earl of Dundonald, Marquess of Maranhão (1775-1860), probably the greatest naval commander of his time, and possibly all time. Napoleon called him 'The Sea Wolf'. The man on which Forester modelled Horatio Hornblower, and the plot of Master and Commande and two other novels by Patrick O'Brian are taken directly from events in Cochcrane’s career.

Illustrated with eleven engraved plates, and four charts (two of which are folding).

‘there is no man I envy so much as Lord Cochrane’ - Lord Byron

‘History can produce few examples of such a man or of such achievements. There have been greater heroes because there have been heroes with greater opportunities, but no soldier or sailor of modern times ever displayed a more extraordinary capacity than the man who now lies dead.' -
The Times, 1860. 
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Churchill by His Contemporaries - Charles Eade (editor), Sir Winston Spencer

1953 - Hutchinson, London - First Edition
Essays by contemporaries on Churchill's school days, his writings, his Navy and military service and other aspects of his Illustrious career; contributors include President Eisenhower, Mrs Roosevelt, Adolf Hitler, Sir Compton MacKenzie and George Bernard Shaw.

Illustrated throughout.
 
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The Fun Of It - Amelia Earhart

1932 - Brewer, New York - First Edition
‘Flying might not be all plain sailing, but the fun of it is worth the price.’

A lovely copy of Earhart’s biography, accompanied with an audio recording of highlights from her first solo Transatlantic flight in May 1932. Profusely illustrated with photographs chronicling Earhart’s childhood to her later career, the book delves into Miss Amelia’s motivations, and the challenges she faced prior to her success, as she struggled to prove herself within highly male dominated arena.

The work also delves into the fascinating and complex history of aviation, with Earhart examining the careers of titans such as the Wright Brothers, Eleanor Smith, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Harriet Quinby, and Ruth Nichols.
 
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Stage-Coach and Tavern Days - Alice Morse Earle

1900 - The Macmillan Company, New York - First Edition
‘Long ago at the end of the route,
The stage pulled up, and the folks stepped out.
They have all passed under the tavern door –
The youth and his bride and the gray three-score.


Profusely illustrated history of the days of the American stagecoach and the taverns where weary travellers inevitably stopped at along the course of their journey. Chapters include ‘
Old-Time Taverns’, ‘Tavern Fare and Tavern Ways’, ‘Early stage-coaches and other vehicles’, and ‘The Romance of the Road.’ 
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An Historical Survey of the French Colony in the Island of St. Domingo - Bryan Edwards

1797 - John Stockdale, London - First Edition
‘The most comprehensive view of the economic, social and political problems of colonial Saint-Dominique in the years immediately before the French Revolution’ - Cambridge History of Latin America.

A classic account of the uprisings and a very full but critical description of the island of St. Domingo (Haiti), in which Edwards condemns the French settlers for their treatment of the natives and, at the same time, argues against the British trade restrictions on the newly-independent United States. The author spent most of his early life in the West Indies working as a merchant and plantation-owner.
 
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Life In Brazil - Thomas Ewbank

1856 - Harper & Brothers, New York - First Edition
Thoroughly illustrated throughout with over 100 woodcut. Ewbank in his own words ‘noted whatever interested me, and that, in sooth, was nearly every thing: arts, manners, customs, buildings, trades, tools, pottery, food, salves, animals, agricultural products, climate, diseases, population, antiquities, &c., &c.; hence this volume will be found a miscellanea of tropical life.’

Ewbank was an English born inventor and manufacturer, later to become the U.S. Commissioner of Patents. Prior to becoming Commissioner, he travelled through Brazil, and was ‘interested in geography, mechanic, arts, and the people he saw, all of which he wrote about charmingly and illustrated scrupulously."(DAB). These writings are still used as an important source today, including his reports on the slave trade, of which he was vocally anti.
 
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The Military Operations at Cabul - Lieut. Vincent Eyre

1843 - John Murray, London - Fifth Edition
A substantial part of Eyre’s narratives where written whilst actually imprisoned by the Afghans. Eyre, seriously wounded, and his family were captured by Akbar Khan and held for nine months until rescued by General Pollock’s forces. Some of the manuscript was smuggled out of his cell while he remained a captive and on its arrival in England it was published. At the time, Eyre’s account and that recounting similar experiences by Lady Florentia Sale were considered companion pieces that would enable the British public to understand the Afghan debacle, the disaster that had there befallen the army under Elphinstone and the resulting annihilation of the army in the Afghan passes as it struggled to retreat into India. Eyre provides a detailed and moving description of the misfortunes of the British forces and the indiscriminate slaughter of their retreating column by their enemies, as well as a unique account of the harrowing conditions and distressing treatment that were inflicted on the British hostages by their Afghan captors.

Illustrated with folding lithographed ‘ Plan of the Cantonment and Surrounding Country’ of Cabul. The edition, published the same year as the first, includes corrections and additions by Edward Eyre not found in earlier issues, including an Appendix with copies of various previously unpublished dispatches.

From the library of Colonel Reynolds (1863-1931), the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, a regiment that over time has been amalgamated into the Royal Irish Regiment, and who, despite the disastrous military campaign of 1841-2, were deployed to Afghanistan 150 years later, serving with distinction.
 
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