Books for Sale

I've collected military books for nearly forty years. Now I'm going to start letting them go.

Contact me - paulcanixon@yahoo.co.uk - if you want to buy any of the titles listed below; first come first served. Conditions described are those as outlined on Abebooks. All prices are quoted for tracked UK delivery by Hermes. Postage will of course be combined for multiple purchases. Collection in London or Essex is also an option, and in which case the prices below will be reduced.

Rifle Brigade Chronicle for sale
I have copies of most Rifle Brigade Chronicle issues from the Chronicle's inception in 1890 through to 1932. The value of these books cannot be under-estimated. Packed full of useful information, and minute detail, these volumes are name rich, listing serving officers, past officers and in many cases, other ranks. Extremely useful in understanding where the battalions were at any point in time, most volumes contain narratives detailing day-to-day life in the regular battalions, not to mention shooting trips by officers, sporting events and historical articles. Edited by the enigmatic Willoughby Verner (until 1920), and latterly by Major H G Parkyn OBE, these volumes are a treasure trove; the majority of those offered here having previously been owned by Lt-Colonel Gerard Tharp DSO.


Rifle Brigade Chronicle 1890-1899
Complete run of 10 RB Chronicles for the first decade of the Chronicle's existence. VG. £220

Rifle Brigade Chronicle 1900-1919
Complete run of 10 RB Chronicles for the second decade of the Chronicle's existence. VG. £220

Rifle Brigade Chronicle 1890
viii+176, 2 plates. Inscribed "Gerard Tharp /91". Gerard Prideaux Tharp (1871-1934) was gazetted in the Rifle Brigade in September 1890, retiring in 1903 by which time he was the ADC to the Governor-General, Dominion of Canada. Served during the Boer War and First World War and was Lieutenant-Colonel by the time he died;VG £26. SOLD

Rifle Brigade Chronicle 1893
vii+240, 9 plates. Inscribed "G Morris 3 B[attalion] RB, Peshawar". Sound, but with wear to front and back boards internally; VG £26. SOLD

Rifle Brigade Chronicle 1894
xi+278, 16 plates, fold-out map. Stamps indicate "Officers' Mess, Rifle Depot, Winchester". Some marks to cover and minor foxing on some pages. All in all though, a lovely crisp copy; VG £26. SOLD

Rifle Brigade Chronicle 1895
ix+298, 23 plates. Inscribed "Gerard Tharp". A lovely copy of this volume; Fine £28. SOLD

Rifle Brigade Chronicle 1896
xii+306, 24 plates. Very slight bump to cover corner only; a lovely copy of this volume; VG £26. SOLD

Rifle Brigade Chronicle 1897
xii+349, 23 plates. Some slight tears to top of spine and some wear to internal spine visible on back board, Good £26. SOLD

Rifle Brigade Chronicle 1898
ix+229, 18 plates, fold-out map showing phases of the Battle of Khartoum. Terrific accounts of the recently fought Battle of Atbara, Battle of Khartoum and other encounters during the Sudan campaign. A lovely clean copy; VG £26. SOLD

Rifle Brigade Chronicle 1899
xii+203, 12 plates. This volume also contains a general index to other volumes between 1890 and 1899. A lovely bright, clean copy, hardly read; VG to Fine £26. SOLD

Rifle Brigade Chronicle 1900
xiv+409, 58 plates, 4 maps.  Centenary double edition. Contains detailed historical information about the regiment as well as a lot of information on the roles of the 1st and 2nd Battalions in South Africa. Obituaries, campaign photos, portraits of deceased officers. This volume routinely sells for £50 upwards. VG £39. SOLD

Rifle Brigade Chronicle 1902
viii+183, 7 plates. VG £26. SOLD

Rifle Brigade Chronicle 1903
x+186. Some foxing to title page, some slight staining to cover; overall VG £26. SOLD

Rifle Brigade Chronicle 1904
x+242. Shows some evidence of having been stored in damp conditions, cover somewhat marked. Nevertheless, all pages and plates are good - one plate is loose - and the binding is intact; Good £23. SOLD


Rifle Brigade Chronicle 1905
viii+238, 9 plates. Some foxing to frontispiece, otherwise a beautiful copy; the usual letters to the editor from battalions stationed in Malta, Khartoum, Aden, Devonport and the Depot in Winchester; VG £26. SOLD

Rifle Brigade Chronicle 1906
viii+246, 24 plates. Minor marking to the front cover but a nice bright copy with gilded pages; VG £26. SOLD

Rifle Brigade Chronicle 1907
viii+282, 25 plates, map of the route of the Alexander Gosling expedition across Africa 1904-1907. Taped repair to spine (above), and some wear to spine, minor repair to map, thus Good £23 SOLD

Rifle Brigade Chronicle 1908
viii+239, numerous illustrations and plates. An exceptionally clean copy, barely touched, gilded pages; Fine £26.

Rifle Brigade Chronicle 1909
viii+266, 27 plates, fold-out map of the Uganda-Congo boundary at rear. A nice clean copy with gilded pages, superficial marking in some places to the cover; VG £26.

Rifle Brigade Chronicle 1910
x+232, 13 plates. A nice clean copy with gilded pages, superficial marking in some places to the cover; VG £26.

Rifle Brigade Chronicle 1911
viii+278, 21 plates. A nice clean copy with gilded pages, superficial marking in some places to the cover; VG £26.

Rifle Brigade Chronicle 1912
vi+264, 20 plates. A nice clean copy with gilded pages, minor bump to cover; VG £26. SOLD

Rifle Brigade Chronicle 1913
vii+262, 14 plates. A nice clean copy with gilded pages, minor bump to cover; VG £26. SOLD

Rifle Brigade Chronicle 1915
vi+200, 7 plates. A nice clean copy with gilded pages; hugely useful volume in that it contains a roll of warrant officers, NCOs and men awarded "special decorations for gallant deeds during the war" and over 50 pages of officer obituaries and roll of honour notices. Standing orders issued to the Light Division in the Peninsula between 1809 and 1811 occupy a further 30 pages; SOLD

Rifle Brigade Chronicle 1916
vi+202, 8 plates, 1 fold-out map detailing the front held by the 25th Infantry Brigade in 1914-15. This copy has been well-loved, possibly because, as indicated by the bookplate on the inside it was the gift of the Rifle Brigade Club for the use of men of the Rifle Brigade. The board front and back covers are still attached, just, by the linen tapes which can be seen in the illustration above but this is a volume which would certainly benefit from re-binding and two plates are loose. Of the three maps, only the map facing page 84 is present, the other two maps at the end of the volume having been lost over time. (I can provide scans of these if required). Nevertheless, this is an important volume that details a crucial year in the history of the regiment; obituaries (some with photos) and the roll of honour run to 40 pages. Binding copy, £28. SOLD

Rifle Brigade Chronicle 1917
iv+104, 4 plates. This is the most slender of all of the volumes of the Rifle Brigade Chronicle but nevertheless the pages are packed full of information and include a roll of warrant officers and NCOs of the regular battalions who have been granted commissions, a roll of warrant officers, NCOs and men awarded "special decorations for gallant deeds during the war" (VC, DCM, MM, MSM, foreign decorations), and obituaries and roll of honour notices which cover 24 pages; SOLD

Rifle Brigade Chronicle 1918
vi+350, no plates but two fold-out maps, the second of these close to A3 in size. Published in 1919, this useful volumes includes the war record of the regular battalions between 1914 and 1915, the war record of the service battalions in 1915, and regimental records between 1916 and 1918. This is a name-rich, detail-heavy volume which also includes honours and awards, statistics from the war and of course, obituaries and a roll of honour which run to 20 pages; VG £34.

Rifle Brigade Chronicle 1919
v+308. Don't let the year on this volume fool you: 177 of these pages are directly taken up with the war record of the regular battalions (mostly) between 1916 and 1918. There are also the usual fascinating insights into regimental life as relayed by the battalions' letter to the editor. This volume is particularly fine and looks as though it has never been touched; gilded pages, Fine £34.

Rifle Brigade Chronicle 1920
iv+242. This volume continues where the 1919 Chronicle left off. 135 of these 242 pages are taken up with the war records of the service battalions (7th through to 13th, and the 16th) between 1916 and 1918; gilded pages, some very minor wear to inside board and some marking to the cover; pages are crisp and clean; a book in beautiful condition; VG £34. SOLD


Rifle Brigade Chronicle 1921
iv+242, 6 plates. This is the first volume to be edited by Major Parkyn, the regimental historian, Colonel Willoughby Verner having died the previous year (this volume carries his obituary). This is a binding copy at best. The front and back boards have detached and there is evidence of past damp or water spillage on the back board and inside rear pages; inscriptions to inside front cover and ffep. Having said that, this volume and that for 1922 can be difficult to get hold of. Definitely worth re-binding in Rifle Green; £24.

Rifle Brigade Chronicle 1922
v+242, 13 plates. The front board cover is just about hanging on.; some minor annotations inside this volume. Extremely useful, as always, for the picture it paints of the regiments and its component parts in 1922; Binding copy, £14.

Rifle Brigade Chronicle 1923
v+213, 11 plates; VG £14

Rifle Brigade Chronicle 1924
v+256, 12 plates. Taped repair to spine (above), title page loose. Typical name-rich volume full of officer details and plenty on other ranks too. Good,  £11.

Rifle Brigade Chronicle 1925
v+331, 19 plates. VG £14

Rifle Brigade Chronicle 1927
v+312, 20 plates. This volume contains various photos (plates) of the action at Neuve Chapelle in 1915. The taped repair to spine (above) is the only thing that lets this volume down, thus Good SOLD

Rifle Brigade Chronicle 1928
vii+281, 21 plates; Lovely condition, Fine £14

Rifle Brigade Chronicle 1929
vii+357, 22 plates; minor spotting, small bump to cover, SOLD

Rifle Brigade Chronicle 1930
vii+298, 21 plates; Lovely condition, Fine £14

Rifle Brigade Chronicle 1932
vii+343, 21 plates; small bump to cover, VG £14

Memoirs


Binding, Rudolf. A Fatalist at War, 246pp. Orig cloth, Allen & Unwin, 1929. Sound clean copy, yellow cloth covers a little marked. VG £12

Brittain, Vera. Testament of Youth, 643pp, Re-bound, Victor Gollancz, ninth impression, December 1935. SIGNED BY AUTHOR; ffep has "With love and best wishes, Christmas 1936, V". Author's signature, "Vera Brittain" to title page. Nice clean copy, VG £275.

Carrington, Charles. Soldier from the Wars Returning, 276pp. Hutchinson 1965, first edition in price-clipped d/w. SIGNED BY AUTHOR. D/w slightly chipped at top of spine, inscribed  R W Clark 1965. VG £18

Edmonds, C E. A Subaltern's War. 224pp, no d/w, Peter Davies, 1929. SIGNED BY AUTHOR. C E Edmonds was Charles Carrington and he signed this book for me in 1982 when I met him at a Western Front Association event in London. The book is signed 'Charles Edmonds' C E Carrington. March 1982. The book is a modern classic and this volume was at one time owned by Charles Ernest Pellew, Seventh Viscount Exmouth, whose bookplate is attached. and about whom there is a lot online. There are other inscriptions too. The inside front cover has an address: Highcombe Edge, Hindhead, Surrey (which is possibly the school address), and there is a much later inscription from Stan Brown, formerly Leicestershire Regiment and South Staffordshire Regiment (also Old Contemptibles Association) who bought the book for me in 1981. VG £25.

Lewis, Cecil. Sagitarius Rising. Greenhill Books, 1993; x+332. SIGNED BY AUTHOR. I wrote to Cecil Lewis via an intermediary in 1996 and he returend a signed bookplate which reads, "To Paul Nixon from Cecil Lewis 14.1.96". Cecil Lewis was then living on Corfu and there is also a scrawled note from him on hius headed paper to my intermediary. VG in d/w £100.


Manning, Frederick. Her Privates We. 453pp, second impression, January 1930. No d/w, picture boards, Peter Davies, London. This copy is inscribed Gerard Tharp who was an officer in the Rifle Brigade from 1890. Fabtastic condition and the firt re-print of this wartime classic; spine slightly rubbed ay base and the corner of one page (62) has been turned down. This was probably where Gerard Tharp stopped reading as the pages look to be in almost mint condition. VG £18.


Stewart DSO, Herbert A. From Mons to Loos - the diary of a supply officer. 306pp, 22 b/w plates; 1916. No d/w, picture boards, William Blackwood & Sons. Foxing to some pages, crease to cover and corner bumps to front and rear. This is a well written account by an offcier in the ASC which, despite its title, only briefly covers Loos. Nevertless, actions at Mons, Marnbe, the Aisne, Neuve Chapelle, Ypres and Hooge are all covered in some detail, and the plates are uncommon. VG £15.

Regimental & Unit Histories


Berkeley, Reginald. The Rifle Brigade 1914-1918; xvi+ 244pp, 12 plates. Rifle Brigade Club 1927. This is Volume I which covers the period from 1914 to 1916. Well written, well illustrated and this is a nice clean copy with minor wear to one corner. VG £55.

Buchan, John. The Fifteenth Scottish Division 1914-1919. 489pp, red cloth. William Blackwood, 1926. Two inscriptions: DM Galloway 1927 and J G Brunshill 1948. Profusely illustrated and with 16 maps to the rear. I paid £120 for this some years ago and that was a fair price at the time. VG £70.

Cope, William. History of the Rifle Brigade (the 95th). xxvi+537pp. Chatto & Windus 1877. Spine weak and some fraying but the book is intact with plates (Busaco plate is loose). From the library of Major General Arthur Lyttleton Lyttelton Annesley KCB, KCVO (1837-1926); latterly owned by Lt-Colonel Gerard Tharp DSO. VG £99

Grenadier Guards, Regimental Standing Orders 1904. 218pp. Annotated and with revised clauses added over the years. Maroon cloth, some slight fraying to spine but otherwise VG and uncommon, £25

Inglefield, Captain V E. The History of the Twentieh (Light) Division. 319pp+ fold-out maps. Nisbet & Co Ltd, 1921. Card covers, no d/w; this one inscribed by 70127 Dvr Frank Barr, RFA who served in France from July 1915. Reading copy G £20

Kempster & Westropp. Manchester City Battalions. Sherrat & Hughes, Manchester, 1916. Terrific and weighty resource packed with photos, by platoon, of the eight Manchester City battalions. A separate section lists men serving with various Manchester area employers. Selling with will free up several inches of shelving, nevertheless a reluctant sale VG £55.

Kipling, Rudyard. The Irish Guards in the Great War.The modern Spellmount re-prints, complete with d/w £25.

Maude, Alan H. The 47th London Division. xx+299pp, numerous plates, 20 fold-out maps at rear. Amalgamated Press, 1922. A terrific divisional history. VG £35

Ponsonby, Grenadier Guards in the Great War (3 Vols). Macmillan & Co, 1920. The original edition, no d/w. xviii+378pp, vii+383pp, vii+352pp. 8vo. Quarter brown cloth over brown boards. Ex libris with light markings, otherwise a good plus set. Some spages still uncut.G+ £110

Ross of Bladensburg, Coldstream Guards 1914-1918 (3 Vols). Oxford University Press, 1928. The bookplate of 'D E Dalton' is in all three volumes. The maps vilume also has an inscription from 'John Spring -Smyth, Coldstream Guards 1930' VG £110

Ward, Dudley. Regimental Records of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, Vol 3 and Vol 4. Forster Groom & Col Ltd, 1928. Vol 3 deals with the Western Front 1914-1918, Vol 4 with Turkey, Bulgaria and Austria 1915-1918. Both volumes VG but with some fraying to spine of Vol 3. Both vols £99.

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