Nancy-Paris-Strasbourg: Berger-Levrault, Printers, n.d. Hardcover. Scarce. An interesting recounting of the deployment of the Fifth Field Artillery during the last months of World War I. One of the commanding officers listed is Brigadier General Frank Parker. This volume appears to be a companion to his service record (see Kelmscott Bookshop item number 34799). It is bound in the same full red leather with gilt title and dates to spine. Gilt rules and swastikas to both boards. Rubbing and wear to boards, edges, spine ends, and corners. Evidence of a removed sticker to front board (about 1 x 2 inches) with surface sheen of leather removed in this small area. Adhesive remnants to front pastedown where a bookplate was removed. Browning to interior, mostly along margins. Written in ink is Parker's name on page 38 and page 40 has two small corrections to text, also in ink. The signature is not in the same handwriting as Parker's inscription in the service record. Original softcover publication is 40 pages and this volume has a number of blank pages to fill the binding. Very good. WWI/071421. Very Good.
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Washington DC: Government Printing Office, 1868. Hardcover. A detailed listing of all of the Naval and Marine officers registered shortly after the end of the Civil War. Includes pay table for the various positions and current status of each officer. Also includes a list of Navy vessels and the station or condition of each. Bound in three quarter brown leather with marbled paper boards. Rubbed, bumped and chipped. Interior pages are clean. Ownership signature in pencil. Very good condition. Small octavo. 81 pages. MILITARY/041221. Very Good.
Baltimore: Robert H. Craig, 1812. Hardcover. Uncommon. Early American edition based on similar British manuals. Robert Craig, Teacher of Military Tactics, says in his preface: "Having examined the different works on the Sword Exercise and the Drill and Evolutions for the Cavalry, I take the liberty of recommending this work to the Cavalry of the United States, as possessing advantages over any other work now in use." The work offers stringent and absolute rules governing formation, movements, drills, and field exercises necessary to ensure that "the horseman has a decided advantage over an enemy that his horsemanship and superiority in the use of his sword will produce." Bound in full brown leather with red title label to spine. Leather is chipped, rubbed, scuffed, and bumped. The front cover is almost detached and the rear joint is tender. The thin and fragile paper is browned and spotted throughout, and there are occasional tears along page margins. There are twenty-six browned and spotted plates showing men and horses performing steps and maneuvers. The simple line drawings have offsetting on their facing pages. Some plates are foldouts and are only in fair to poor shape, with chipping and small tears. One has split in two but both pieces are there. There is also a twenty-seventh foldout chart showing the posts of officers. An early bookseller has written his name and the price of $3.50 on the free front endpaper. Despite flaws, the book is a scarce and interesting treatise on this specialized branch of the military. Octavo. 215 pages. MIL/072621. Good.
Wheeling, WV: H. Hoblitzell, 1851. Hardcover. This interesting work was described in Howes as a "Valuable compilation based on reliable sources" Howes D223. In addition to relating the history, the author also provides biographical sketches of those he terms "distinguished actors in our border wars" such as Col. Ebenezer Zane, General Andrew Lewis, General Daniel Brodhead, Captain Samuel Brady and more. Bound in original publisher's green cloth binding with gilt vignette of a Native American scalping a man. Debossed cloth designs, gilt titling to spine. Binding is bumped, rubbed, with a few light stains. Interior pages generally clean with brown spots occasionally to pages. With frontispiece illustration, three plates and one fold-out. With former owner bookplate to front pastedown, random black number and letters to free endpaper, and ownership signature of John A Wharton, Liberty VA, 1852. A desirable copy of this history. Octavo. 416 pages. AMERH/032621. Very Good.
New York: DK Publishing, 2010. Hardcover. First American Edition. Glossy illustrated color paper covered boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. In matching dust jacket with black spine panel titled in gilt. Portrait of Napoleon on front of jacket. Clean and bright with many full color illustrations. 360 pages. MIL/032321. Fine / Fine.
Cassell and Co, 2001. Hardcover. "In this ground-breaking and controversial new book, Marin van Creveld argues that while sexual equality might be desirable in the civilian world, the job of waging war should be left exclusively to men. In the army, traditional gender roles are there for a reason, and political correctness not only puts national security at risk, but also endangers the lives of those very soldiers who are there to protect us" (jacket). Dark green cloth boards with gilt title to spine. In olive green jacket with black and white title to spine and front panels. Clean. 287 pages. MIL/032321. Fine / Fine.