I've collected military books for nearly forty years. Now I'm going to start letting them go.
Contact me - firstname.lastname@example.org - 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
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.
Rifle Brigade Chronicle 1903
x+186. Some foxing to title page, some slight staining to cover; overall VG £26.
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.
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.
Rifle Brigade Chronicle 1906
viii+246, 24 plates. Minor marking to the front cover but a nice bright copy with gilded pages; VG £26.
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
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.
Rifle Brigade Chronicle 1913
vii+262, 14 plates. A nice clean copy with gilded pages, minor bump to cover; VG £26.
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; VG £34.
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.
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; VG £34.
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.
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, £24.
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 £11
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, VG £14
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