Military and Naval History

[ Connaught Rangers and King's Royal Rifles. ] Autograph Letter Signed to Captain E. A. Grubbe of the Connaught Rangers from Lieut J. G. Surman, praising the regiment and enclosing two photographs, a carte de visite and a view of cavalry training.

Author: 
John Gilbert Surman, 9th King's Royal Rifle Corps [ Captain Edmund Alexander Grubbe (1857-c.1923), Connaught Rangers; G. V. Yates, Sheffield photographer ]
Publication details: 
Letter on letterhead of the King's Royal Rifles, addressed by Surman from The Camp, Kilworth, County Cork [ Ireland ], 14 June 1896. Undated carte de visite by G. V. Yates of Sheffield.
£120.00

Surman had a brief and undistinguished military career. Having trained with the Connaught Rangers, on 30 October 1895 he received a commission in the 9th Royal Rifle Corps, which he resigned a year later, on 20 October 1896. ONE: Autograph Letter Signed from 'J. Gilbert Surman' to Grubbe, in fragment of envelope addressed by him to 'Captain E. A. Grubbe | The Depôt of the Connaught Rangers | Galway'. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. He writes having 'now left the Connaught Rangers to join my own Regiment at the above place.

[ Napoleon General; Battle of Ulm ] Note Signed "L.G. Suchet", text in secretarial hand, with further autograph note signed "Soult"note

Author: 
Louis-Gabriel Suchet, (1770-1826), Duke of Albufera (Duc d'Albuféra), was a Marshal of France and one of Napoleon's most brilliant generals. [ Marshal Soult ] .
Publication details: 
Le 3 Thermidor An 12 [July/August 1805 prob.]
£850.00

One page, 8vo, fold marks, corners chipped, mainly good condition. Part-printed (Heading "Au Quartier General de [wincille - in MS] Le {date as above] de la Republique francaise || Suchet General de Division Inspecteur General d'Infanterie."). Text in secretarial hand as follows: "A monsieur le marechal, | J'ai l'honneur de vous adresser un extrait des rapports qu'a recu le colonel du 17eme Regiment d'Infanterie legere, de ses officiers embarque.

[ Royal Navy ] Autograph Letter Signed "R B Farquhar" to "Hall", about the revision of regulations and the Russian Fleet's firing on fishing boats at Dogger Bank.

Author: 
R.B. Farquhar [ Captain, later Admiral Richard Bowles Farquhar, C.B., Royal Navy (1859–1948)].
Publication details: 
HMS Resolution [printed] changed to 'Essex' in MS, Cromarty 25 Oct. 1904.
£85.00

Seven pages, 12mo, two bifoliums, fold marks, staining caused by (removed) sellotape, text clear and complete. "I have read with great interewst the proposed draft revision of the present Regulations governing the exams & advancement of acct. officers." He hopes they will be adopted, but then raises "points of criticism" about hard-working secretaries, officers who fail first time, fewer different certificates of service, presentation of certificates by candidates, disuse of a writer as a clerk, etc. He had taken command of the "Essex" on the 14 September (i.e.

[ General Sir Dighton Probyn. ] Autograph Letter in the third person, as 'Comptroller & Treasurer of the Prince of Wales' Household', inviting Sir Robert Herbert to visit the Prince and his wife at Sandringham, and giving transport details.

Author: 
General Sir Dighton Probyn [ General Sir Dighton Macnaghten Probyn ] (1833-1924), British army officer and recipient of the Victoria Cross [Sir Robert Herbert; King Edward VIII; Sandringham, Norfolk ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Sandringham, Norfolk. 15 November 1884.
£75.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and a little smudged. He 'writes by direction of The Prince and Princess of Wales to invite him to pay their Royal Highnesses a visit at Sandringham from Saturday next the 22nd. Inst. to remain till Monday the 24th. He gives details of the best train to catch to 'Wolferton (the Station for Sandringham)', where there will be 'conveyances to take Sir Robert and the other Guests travelling by the same Train, from the Station to the House'.

[ Admiral Sir Lucius Curtis. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Lucius Curtis') to an unnamed 'Dear Sir & Brother' (freemason?), regarding 'the Election of Poor Brother Moss' Son'.

Author: 
Admiral Sir Lucius Curtis (1786-1869), Royal Navy officer [ Freemasonry? ]
Publication details: 
Cosham [ near Portsmouth ]. 9 December 1862.
£90.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, on aged paper. Newspaper cutting of obituary laid-down at foot. He asks to be sent 'some Printed cards, for the Election of Poor Brother Moss' Son'. These are wanted 'to send to a friend in Warwickshire, as also to one in Surrey - for them to Distribute.'

[ Émilie Broisat, actress with the Comédie-Française. ] Autograph Letter Signed to 'Monsieur Laval', declining an invitation.

Author: 
Émilie Broisat (1846-1929), French actress with the Comédie-Française
Publication details: 
'Dimanche soir' [ no place or date ].
£30.00

2pp., 12mo. On bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Gracefully declining an invitation.

[ The Bolshevik Revolution and the American Engineering Corps with the Russian Railway Service (American Expeditionary Force Siberia). ] Eleven Autograph Letters Signed from George Fainstone in Russia to his wife Helené [ in England ].

Author: 
George Fainstone [ Yosel Fainstein ] (d.1956), of the American Engineering Corps with the Russian Railway Service, American Expeditionary Force Siberia [ Bolshevik Revolution ]
Publication details: 
Between 20 March 1917 and 14 September 1918. One on letterhead of 'American Engineering Corps with the R. R. S. [ Russian Railway Service ]'. From Tomsk, Odessa, Vladivostok and other parts of Russia.
£220.00

As part of American involvement in the Russian Civil War, the Russian Railway Service Corps was formed by President Wilson to operate the Trans-Siberian Railroad. Details regarding the author are sketchy. In 1929 the London Gazette reported the naturalisation of 'Fainstein, Yosel (known as George Fainstone); Russia; Upholsterer and Furniture Manufacturer; 16, Ravenscroft Avenue, Golders Green, Middlesex. 20 August, 1929.' Fainstone died in England in 1956 and his wife Helene six years later. Ten more of his RRS letters, all dating from 1918, are in the Imperial War Museum.

[ Samuel Plimsoll of the 'Plimsoll Line'. ] Autograph Signature franking letter.

Author: 
Samuel Plimsoll (1824-1898), English politician and social reformer, Member of Parliament for Derby, and originator of the celebrated 'Plimsoll Line'
Publication details: 
Place and date not stated.
£25.00

On 4 x 13.5 cm. strip of paper, cut from the front panel of an envelope. In fair condition, lightly aged. Addressed to 'John Head Esq | Ransome Sims & Head | Ipswich', with the underlined signature 'Samuel Plimsoll' at bottom left.

Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps. Corps News.

Author: 
Royal Army Medical Corps, British Salonika Force, World War I
Publication details: 
February, 1917. ['British Salonika Force. General Headquarters, British Salonika Force, December 1, 1916.']
£100.00

8vo: 36 pp, paginated [17] to 52. Disbound and unbound. Grubby, but with text clear and entire. Outer bifolium in poor condition. Lacking stitching, so with each bifolium loose. Mainly consisting of lists of individuals receiving awards.

[J. D. Emms, ship chandler of Lowestoft.] Autograph account book ('J D EMMS | 1851 | SHIP-BREAD'), recording the itemised orders for provisions for a large number of individuals and ships.

Author: 
J. D. Emms [Jewett David Emms] (fl. 1898), ship chandler of 3 Commercial Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk
Publication details: 
Lowestoft, Suffolk. 3 September 1851 to 26 November 1853.
£340.00

254pp., in long (32 x 10cm.) account book. Bound in vellum, with the front endpaper carrying a printed diary ('Almanack for 1850'), and the rear endpaper marbled. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper, in grubby vellum binding. At the head of the front free endpaper Emms has written 'J. D. Emms | Lowestoft | 1851 | Aug 6th.', and on the front cover: 'J D EMMS | 1851 | SHIP-BREAD'. Closely written, with the entries marked as paid, with Emms's signature and that of 'J. C. Emms'.

Anonymous manuscript First World War narrative poem titled 'The Message of the King', concerning a blinded soldier who asks a doctor to kill him.

Author: 
[First World War dramatic monologue; Royal Army Medical Corps, Delhi Barracks, Tidworth, Wiltshire]
Publication details: 
[RAMC Delhi Barracks, Tidworth, Wiltshire.] Circa 1918.
£80.00

Four pages, 4to. Bifolium. Good, on lightly-aged ruled paper, with watermark 'D. K & Co. | LONDON'. Sixty-four lines, arranged in eight eight-line stanzas. Apparently unpublished. Evocative of the sensibilities of a more naive age: sincerely meant, but coming across somewhat in the style of a Stanley Holloway monologue.

Signature (and a few words) only, "Hill"

Author: 
General Rowland Hill, 1st Viscount Hill, GCB GCH (1772-1842), became Commander-in-Chief of the British Army in 1828
Publication details: 
No place or date
£28.00

Signature cut from document, 4 x 2", stating, "humble Servant | Hill | General Comdr in Chief", with a few words in a different hand on the reverse.

[Samuel Read of Chatham Dockyard and the School of Naval Architecture.] Autograph Letter Signed ('S: Read') to Viscount Ingestrie, attacking in detail Sir Charles Adam's conduct regarding the construction of the wooden steam paddle frigate HMS Gorgon

Author: 
[Sail to Steam] Samuel Read (1796-1863) of Chatham Dockyard and School of Naval Architecture [Admiral Henry John Chetwynd-Talbot, Viscount Ingestrie (1803-1868); Admiral Sir Charles Adam (1780-1853)]
Publication details: 
Chatham. 12 March 1839.
£420.00

A substantial letter, 3pp., foolscap 8vo. 100 lines of text. Bifolium. In very good condition, on aged paper, with one closed along crease line neatly repaired with archival tape. Addressed on reverse of second leaf, with Chatham postmark, frank, and black wax seal, to 'Viscount Ingestrie M:P. | 2 Wilton Crescent | Belgrave Square | London'. An interesting document, in which a distinguished Victorian naval architect makes detailed criticisms of an innovation in his field. (HMS Gorgon was designed by Sir William Symonds and launched in 1837.

[Book] A Soldier's Experience in Southern Prisons

Author: 
C.M. Prutsman
Publication details: 
New York, Andrew H. Kellogg, 1901.
£125.00

80pp., 8vo, bluish covers, frontispiece photograph head and shoulders, corners bumped, slight wear to top and bottom of spine, good condition.

[Two 'Répertoire Lecombe' French First World War lyrics, printed on one handbill.] 'Verdun on ne passe pas! Marche populaire.' and 'Ce sont les Yeux'.

Author: 
[Jules Cazol; Eugène Joullot; René Mercier; Lecombe; the Battle of Verdun, 1916]
Publication details: 
'Imp. F. LAMBERT, Marché-au-Charbon, 12, Brux' [Brussels, Belgium; circa 1917.
£120.00

2pp., 4to. On a single leaf, both sides of which are headed 'Répertoire Lecombe'. Printer's slug at foot of 'Verdun on ne passe pas!' Both lyrics printed in two columns (no score to either). In good condition, on aged and worn high-acidity paper. 'Ce sont les Yeux' begins: 'Chacun dans la vie cherche son idéal.' The 'Dernier Refrain' reads: 'Et bien des yeux de mère, | Sont tournés vers la frontière | Où là-bas leurs chers petits enfants | Pour sauver la France donnent leur sang.

[Henry James Mitchell, naval tailor of Portsmouth.] Autograph Letter to him, in the third person, by 'Mr Cust', giving instructions for 'Master Custs best uniform' and other requirements as midshipman.

Author: 
[Henry James Mitchell, Tailor and Woollen Draper, 32 High Street, Portsmouth; Midshipman Cust; Royal Navy]
Publication details: 
Without place or date. Postmark dated 24 April 1837.
£65.00

1p., 4to. Bifolium. Reverse of second leaf with wax seal, postmark and address to 'Mr. Mitchell | High Street | Portsmouth'. The letter begins: 'Mr Cust wishes Mr Mitchell to send up Master Custs best uniform coat & waistcoat, & if any difference from those he has got the Trowsers; as soon as possible.' He complains that the shirts 'do not sit quite neat about the collar', before listing more requirements: '1 Pewter hand Bason, & cup. | 2 Bars common soap. | 1 Packet Windsor Do. | 2 Pair of Braces | 2 Log Books size for 3 yrs | 1 Watch Bill Book | 2 Bottles of Ink.

[Offprint, 'Reprinted by kind permission of "The Morning Post."'] [on cover:] The True Story of the Tank [drophead title:] A Miscarriage of Justice. | How the Tank was devised. | Lord Kitchener's Foresight.

Author: 
[Captain Bede John Francis Bentley (1878-1939), Royal Army Service Corps, claimed inventor of the tank; Field Marshal Horatio Herbert Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener [Lord Kitchener] (1850-1916)]
Publication details: 
On cover: 'Morning Post. [London] | Wednesday, August 9 [1922].' At rear: 'Printed by St. Clements Press, Ltd., Portugal Street, Kingsway, W.C.2.'
£65.00

[2] + 11 + [1]pp., 12mo. Printed in black on cream paper, with the wraps printed in blue in 'Stop Press' style. In very good condition, with minor spotting from staples. Presumably printed up by Bentley himself, and taking the story of his claim to 29 March 1922, the Home Office response to his petition to the king. The text begins: 'When Earl Kitchener called in Captain Bentley, a pioneer of motor transport, to embody in actual design the famous car which became known in the war a a "Tank," he promised that his interests as an inventor would be safeguarded.

[Printed book by Lieutenant Alexander Dingwall Fordyce, R.N.] Outlines of Naval Routine. [With ownership inscription of J. D. Cockburn of HMS Gorgon, and with manuscript 'list of Tools and sundrie [sic] articles' left by him with James Williams.]

Author: 
Lieut. Alex. Dingwall Fordyce, R.N. [Captain Alexander Dingwall Fordyce (1800-1864), Member of Parliament for Aberdeen]
Publication details: 
London: Smith, Elder, & Co. Cornhill. 1837.
£120.00

xvi + 230 + ii pp., plates inc. 5 folding, 8vo. In fair condition, on aged paper, with the top part of the title leaf torn away, resulting in the loss of the works 'Outline of' from the title. In detached and heavily-worn original publisher's quarter-binding of grey paper boards and brown cloth spine with paper label. Bookseller's ticket of W. Hodge, East Street, Chichester, on front pastedown, together with ink inscription of 'J. D. Cockburn | H.M.S. Gorgon | 1859 | Port Royal'. Pencil inscription on front free endpaper of 'W. Cockburn | Carp R.N'.

[PoW, Ist WW] Fragment of a Diary concerning capture and life as a Prisoner of War, headed "Diary Sept 25th 1917".

Author: 
[First World War] Anon. Prisoner of War
Publication details: 
Ypres-Menin Road- Dulmen, and on, 1917.
£220.00

Two pages, 16mo, in pencil, ragged with small loss or obscurity, and clear, a little ungrammatical. Text as follows: "Captured on the morning of Sept. 25 on Ypres-Menin Road 11.30a.m. all p[ersonal?] papers etc taken at Div Hdqrs proceed to Courtrai stay 1 night leave for Dendermonde] on the 26th arrive 27th bath at [Loleron?] leave Dendermonde Oct. 18th arrive at Dulmen [...}" Red Cross parcel arives. "11 daus isolation & starvation & 5 inoculation7 once vaccination in Group 3 ...]Nov. 14 Kammando [sic]. thrashinbg rye 1st good feed in Germany.

[John French, 1st Earl of Ypres, as Lord Lieutenant of Ireland.] Autograph Letter Signed ('French') to 'Sir Edward' [Sir Edward Guy Dawber]

Author: 
John French [Field Marshal John Denton Pinkstone French], 1st Earl of Ypres (1852-1925), First World War General and Lord Lieutenant of Ireland [Sir Edward Guy Dawber (1861-1938), architect]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Vice Regal Lodge, Dublin. 6 June 1918.
£300.00

3pp., 4to. On bifolium. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, with closed tears along fold lines. He begins: 'Dear Sir Edward | I owe you & the Council of the "Artists General Benenvolent Institution" a most humble &

[General Sir Robert A. Cassels, Commander-in-Chief, British Army in India.] Printed 'India Army Orders by His Excellency General Sir Robert A. Cassels, G.C.B., C.S.I., D.S.O., Commander-in-Chief in India.'

Author: 
General Sir Robert Archibald Cassels (1876-1959), Commander-in-Chief, British Army in India
Publication details: 
Army Headquarters, Simla [India]. 12 May 1936.
£120.00

26pp., 12mo, paginated [527]-552. Unbound and stapled. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, with rusted staples and punch-hole in top left-hand corner. Scarce: no copies traced on either COPAC or WorldCat.

[Printed itemised accounts.] General Statement of the Income and Receipts and Expenditure of The Honourable the Irish Society For the Year 1900.

Author: 
The Honourable The Irish Society, set up by Royal Charter in 1613 under City of London livery companies to colonise County Londonderry during the plantation of Ulster [C. F. Elles, Accountant]
Publication details: 
Signed in type by C. F. Elles, Chartered Accountant, 3 Bucklersbury, E.C. [London] 17 April 1901.
£56.00

6pp., foolscap 8vo. On two bifoliums, placed loosely one inside the other. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper.

[Colonel Ernest Lethbridge.] Fourteen Autograph Letters Signed ('Ernest') to his brother Sir Wroth Lethbridge, mainly reflecting on currrent developments in the Second World War.

Author: 
Colonel Ernest Astley Edmund Lethbridge (1864-1943) of The Firs, Headington Hill, Oxford, and his brother Sir Wroth Lethbridge (1863-1950), 5th Baronet, of Westaway House and Winkley Court, Somerset
Publication details: 
The fourteen letters written between April and August 1940. All from Headington Hill, Oxford (ten on letterheads).
£200.00

Colonel Lethbridge commanded the 1st Battalion Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, and was mentioned in despatches twice, and decorated several times, during service in the Great War. For more information about the two brothers, see their entries in 'Who Was Who'. Totalling 8pp., 4to; 30pp., 12mo. The ten 12mo letters are in good condition, lightly-aged, while the four 4to letters are aged and worn, with chipping to extremities.

[Malcolm Osborne, painter.] Two Autograph Letters Signed to Westley Manning, in the first describing his wartime enlistment in the Artists Rifles, and training under the artist William Lee-Hankey.

Author: 
Malcolm Osborne (1880-1963), English landscape painter [William Westley Manning (1868-1954), artist; The Artists Rifles, British Territorial Army; William Lee-Hankey (1869-1952), artist]
Publication details: 
The first from 11 Edith Grove, Chelsea. 24 July 1915. The second from 15 Redcliffe Square, South Kensington. 25 July 1921.
£160.00

Both letters in very good condition, neatly written out on lightly-aged paper. ONE: 2pp., 4to.

[Lieutenant-General Archibald Robertson of Lawers, Scottish soldier.] Manuscript registered copy of 'Supplementary Trust Disposition'. With accounts of 'Legacy duty paid'.

Author: 
Lieutenant-General Archibald Robertson of Lawers, Scottish soldier who participated in the Battle of Havana, 1762, and the American War of Independence
Publication details: 
[Edinburgh, Scotland?] 'Dated 1 June 1812 | Regd. 22 Feby 1813'.
£80.00

11pp., foolscap 8vo. Stitched together and folded into the customary packet. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper, with tears along the crease lines of the last leaf.. The document begins: 'Know all Men by these presents, That I Lieutenant General Archibald Robertson of Lawers, Considering that by a Trust Ded execute by me of my heritable and moveable Estate and effects generally and particularly therein described bearing date the twenty ninth day of November One thousand Seven hundred and Ninety nine years to and in favours of William Robertson Esq Advocate, James Bruce Esq.

[Brigadier Sir Edward Beddington.] Typescript of his autobiography 'My Life', dedicated and inscribed to his sons,

Author: 
Brigadier Sir Edward Henry Lionel Beddington (1884-1966), CMG, DSO, MC, of Anstey Hall, Buntingford, Hertfordshire, recipient of the Military Cross in the First World War
Publication details: 
Place not stated. 1960.
£450.00

Beddington's entry in Who Was Who describes his career thus: 'Served European War, 1914-19 (despatches six times, CMG, DSO, MC, Legion of Honour, Commander of Order of Aviz, Order of Sacred Treasure, Bt Major and Lt-Col); served again, 1940-45. DL and JP Hertfordshire; Chairman Herts CC, 1952-58; High Sheriff of Hertfordshire, 1948-49'. And his obituary in The Times, 26 April 1966, reads as follows: 'Brigadier Sir Edward Beddington, C.M.G., D.S.O., M.C., late 16th Lancers, died yesterday at the age of 82. | The son of H. E. Beddington, he was educated at Eton and R.M.C.

[Royal Military College, Lanvers, Perthshire.] Printed circular letter from the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, regarding cadets 'incurring Debts with Tradesmen'. Addressed in manuscript to H. G. Watson, concerning his ward D. R. Williamson.

Author: 
[Royal Military College, Sandhurst; H. G. Watson of Edinburgh; Cadet D. R. Williamson]
Publication details: 
Royal Military College [Sandhurst]. 9 June 1845.
£120.00

1p., 4to. On bifolium. Addressed on reverse of second leaf to 'H. G. Watson Esqr. | 13 St. Andrew's Square | Edinburgh', with three postmarks, and docketted 'Lawers | Military College 9 June 1845. | Tradesmens Bills'. In good condition, on aged and worn paper, with a few closed tears. The signature is illegible, but does not appear to be that of the Governor, General Sir George Scovell.

[Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington.] Autograph Note, initialled 'W', to 'My dear Charles' [Charles Arbuthnot?], regarding the sending of his letter to King William IV.

Author: 
Arthur Wellesley (1769-1852), 1st Duke of Wellington [Charles Arbuthnot (1767-1850), diplomat and Tory politician]
Publication details: 
London. 18 March 1835.
£250.00

1p., 12mo. On bifolium, with the reverse of the second leaf docketted by the recipient. Good, on lightly-aged paper, with one small nick in spine causing minor loss. Reads: 'London March 18 1835 | My Dear Charles | I don't like to send an answer about the communication of your Letter without having it before me. I sent it to the King, and have not yet received it back; but I will look at it as soon as I shall receive it; and will let you know what I think | Ever Your's

[Montgomery of Alamein] Typed Letter Signed 'Montgomery of Alamein', to Miss Joan Baird, Hon. Sec. South Africa Club, 10 Clements Lane, Lombard Street, London EC4. about his controversial trip to South Africa. With related material.

Author: 
Bernard Montgomery, General
Publication details: 
[Headed] Islington Mill, Alton, Hants, 15 July 1961.
£750.00

One page, 8vo, fold marks and rust where pin had been used to hold all together, mainly good condition. He thanks her for a letter and an invitation to dine at the South Africa Club. "I enclose a copy of hte itinerary of my visit to South Africa [described below], from which you will see that I do not arive back in England until 23rd February 1962." He accepts the invitation and offers his best date.With: A.

[Philip Henry Stanhope, 4th Earl Stanhope, as Lord Mahon.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Mahon') to 'Badcock' [William Stanhope Badcock], discussing the 'disasters' in Holland, his brother's military career, 'the late fraud', his 'African Sheep & Goat'.

Author: 
Philip Henry Stanhope, 4th Earl Stanhope (1781-1855), English aristocrat (until 1816 Lord Mahon), nephew of William Pitt the younger [Vice Admiral William Stanhope Badcock [Lovell] (1788-1859)]
Publication details: 
'Loake's Hill [near High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire], April 2d. 1814.'
£130.00

3pp., 4to. Bifolium. Very good, on lightly-aged paper. An excellent letter, filled with content. Mahon has received Badcock's letter and is 'glad to find that you have had the company of Lord & Lady Buckingham at Portsmouth'. Following 'the disasters that have taken place in Holland' (the Six Days' Campaign) he expected 'that the Militia Battalion would have been sent thither, & indeed there seems to have been some hesitation upon the subject of their destination, as their departure has been delayed long after they were embarked'.

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