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Brigadier-General Herbert Cecil Potter (1875-1964), CB, CMG, DSO, of the King's Regiment (Liverpool)]

Published by No place. 25 September (1917)

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About this Item: No place. 25 September, 1917. 2pp., 12mo. Good, on lightly-aged paper. The letter is written in pencil, and begins: 'Sir, | I am awfully sorry to say that I have just been ordered to report tomorrow to G. H. Q. where I shall very probably receive the order to go to the Yankee Army. | I am really very sorry to leave you without having even been able to present to you my respects and my thanks for the kindness you have always shown to me during the time I have been attached to this brigade which is now exactly a year ago. | I shall no more have now any lecture to do as I do not feel inclined to lecture the Yankees!!!' He concludes by expressing the hope that 'little you-you and her young brother [Potter's children] will sometimes think of the french [sic] interpreter who liked to hear of their doings'. Docketed at head by Potter: 'Please destroy. | [signed] H.C.P.', and at the end: 'Such a nice chap. The one who sent sweets & the flowers to June. | [signed] H.C.P.' After a distinguished military career in India, Potter's saw active service in the Great War (Battle of the Somme; Battle of Arras; 3rd Battle of Ypres, and others; wounded four times) with the King's (Liverpool Regiment), on the Western Front throughout the entire First World War. Seller Inventory # 12274

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du Maurier, Daphne

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About this Item: Heron Books. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. UK hardback. Green cloth with gilt. Part of a full set of Du Maurier's works issued by Heron Books. This copy is SIGNED - "Yours sincerely - Daphne du Maurier" at title page. Scarce thus. Undated but 1960s-1970s. VG with a touch of dustiness to top page edges. No jacket as issued. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # ABE-1507547007064

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Major-General Samuel Irwin Townsend (1732-1794), 19th Foot; American War of Independence; King George III'; William Pitt the Younger; Edward James Eliot; Sir John Aubrey]

Published by 'Given at Our Court at Saint James's this First day of May in the Twenty Seventh Year of Our Reign.' (1787)

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About this Item: 'Given at Our Court at Saint James's this First day of May in the Twenty Seventh Year of Our Reign.', 1787. Folio, 2 pp. On first leaf of bifolium, with the verso of the second leaf docketed, under the heading 'King's Warrant'. Text clear and complete. Fair, on aged paper. Headed '(Copy)', and with 'George R' in a bold hand in the top left-hand corner. Although the signature is almost certainly not in the hand of the king, the document is docketed in pencil: 'Signature of his late beloved Majesty King George III on Copy of a Warrant retained by General Saml. Townsend'. Begins (in another hand): 'Whereas We are given to understand that our Trusty and Well beloved Major General Samuel Townsend Inspector General of the Recruiting Service is set insuper in the Account of Our Right Trusty and Well beloved Counseller Richard Rigby late Paymaster General of Our Forces for the Sum of Seventeen Thousand Four Hundred Sixty Four Pounds Fourteen Shillings and Eight Pence being Money Imprested to him for carrying on the above Service from the end of the year 1778, to the 24th. day of June 1786 [.]'. The document records that the original was signed by Pitt, Eliot and Aubrey, as 'Commissioners for auditing the Public Accounts', 'the Commissioners having recommended unto Us to discharge Major General Samuel Townsend from rendering any further Account of the same'. Seller Inventory # 10790

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Du Maurier, Daphne

Published by Doubleday & Company, Garden City, NY (1946)

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About this Item: Doubleday & Company, Garden City, NY, 1946. First American edition of this gothic novel. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Daphne Du Maurier. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some wear and rubbing. Uncommon signed. In this sweeping, bittersweet saga, spellbinding author Daphne du Maurier recreates a most memorable and true love story. Honor Harris was glorious and vivacious. Sir Richard Grenville was a dashing colonel and a knight. They meet on the evening of her eighteenth birthday at the Duke of Buckingham's great ball and fall deeply in love. Soon afterward tragedy strikes and they are separated by betrayal and war. Decades later, an undaunted Sir Richard, now a general serving King Charles I, finds her. Finally they can share their passion in the ruins of a great estate on the storm-tossed Cornish coast?one last time before being torn apart, never to embrace again. Seller Inventory # 72940

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Lieut.-General Sprot [John Sprot (1830-1907) of Riddell House, Roxburghshire], Honorary Colonel of the Princess Louise's Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders [Major Thomas Fraser King (d.1928)]

Published by Printed for private circulation only. Edinburgh: Gordon Wilson Printer 47 Thistle Street. Vol. 1 ; vol. 2 1907 (1906)

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About this Item: Printed for private circulation only. Edinburgh: Gordon Wilson Printer 47 Thistle Street. Vol. 1 ; vol. 2 1907, 1906. 2 vols, 8vo. Vol.1 (1906): [8] + 106 + [1] + 17. Vol.2 (1907): [6] + 97pp. Both volumes with frontispieces and several plates. Both in original red cloth bindings with Sprot's crest in gilt on front board, and all edges gilt. Both in fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, and with the first volume (despite slight damp staining to the binding and damage to one plate) better and brighter than the second, which has wear at the foot of the spine. The lengthy subtitle provides a resume of Sprot's career, stating that he 'served twenty years in the 83rd Regiment, now the 1st Battalion Royal Irish Rifles, twelve of which were in India, including all through the Mutiny from the beginning to the end, in civil and military employments | He also commanded the 91st Argyllshire Highlanders for seven years; was Assistant Adjutant and Assistant Quartermaster-General for Scotland in Edinburgh | and commanded the 31st Surrey (South London) Brigade Depot at Kingston-on-Thames for five years; also for a short time the Maidstone Brigade Depot, No. 46'. Thomas Fraser King was the author of at least eight books, on military law and courts martial, strategy and tactics, organization and equipment, and he second volume has six pages of autograph notes by him at the front, in red and black ink, with annotation in red ink and blue pencil throughout. He begins with full page detailing his own career, before beginning: 'The Second Volume was sent to me after the death of my very dear Old Colonel (Lieut General Sprot) by Mrs. Sprot - | I shall ever cherish his memory firstly because he was my first & best C.O. and secondly he commanded the Regiment I loved & joined from the RMC - Cruel fate compelled me to exchange from the XCI to the 49th. Still all through my service my thoughts wandered back to the XCI Officers - my special chums Schank & MacDonald are both dead - the former I met in Egypt in 1882 he was attached to the 74th. as he belonged then to the 71st. We talked over our Ensigns days & altho Schank was serving in the 71st. he still regretted leaving the XCI & seemed like myself not to care for his new Corps. MacDonald was unfortunately killed from a fall off his horse in Hyde Park'. He proceeds to give an extensive list of information on the regiments officers. The notes in the text begin with one on p.5: 'Any reader of this book will note many of Lieut General Sprots ideas have been carried out in a modified form'. Note signed by P. King, dated 1969, at head of title-page of vol.2: 'My Father Major T. F. KING who made the Notes in Book [sic] died in 1928'. Only four copies of the book on COPAC: at the British Library, National Library of Scotland, Oxford and St Andrews. Seller Inventory # 13272

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The Narrative of Lieutenant-General Sir Henry Clinton,: CLINTON, Sir Henry.

CLINTON, Sir Henry.

Published by London: J. Debrett, 1783 (1783)

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About this Item: London: J. Debrett, 1783, 1783. Octavo (196 × 117 mm). Nineteenth-century half calf, marbled boards, title gilt longitudinally to the spine. Housed in quarter green morocco drop-back box, brown cloth boards. Rubbed, spine dry and lacking portions from head and tail, front board detached, title page quite browned from the portrait, the text-block more lightly so, overall very good. Contemporary engraved portrait of Clinton mounted to verso of the second binder's blank, bound with half-title, errata slip bound after the title. First edition. This copy inscribed on the half-title; "The Revd. Mr. Fenn with H. Clinton's Compts.". Towards the end of 1777 Clinton had become Commander-in-Chief of the British army in North America. Clinton's accusation that the surrender at Yorktown was Cornwallis's fault prompted a response from Cornwallis citing the failures of others at engagements in the South and the failure of Clinton to support Cornwallis against the French fleet. Cornwallis's surrender essentially ended the war and Clinton's career. His later years were occupied with a "prolonged, lonely defence of his command" entailing a "destructive pamphlet war" (ODNB) with those he felt had avoided their fair share of the blame. Decidedly uncommon inscribed. Howes 496, Sabin 13751. Seller Inventory # 118125

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An Essay on the learning of contingent: Fearne, Charles

About this Item: printed by W. Strahan and M. Woodfall, Law Printers to the King's Most Excellent Majesty, London, 1773. 178, [2] pp. 1 vols. 8vo. The second edition greatly improved and enlarged, by the addition of many useful cases. 178, [2] pp. 1 vols. 8vo. SIGNED BY GEORGE READ. Signed by George Read on the title-page and signed with a note from Thomas F. Bayard, Sec. of State, Vice-President, Ambassador to the Court of St. James's on front pastedown "T.F. Bayard from an auction of books of William T. Reed of New Castle-October 1873- see autograph of Pev. (?) Read a signer of the Declaration of Independence-" "George Read (September 18, 1733 - September 21, 1798) was an American lawyer and politician from New Castle in New Castle County, Delaware. He was a signer of the Declaration of Independence, a Continental Congressman from Delaware, a delegate to the U.S. Constitutional Convention of 1787, President of Delaware, and a member of the Federalist Party, who served as U.S. Senator from Delaware and Chief Justice of Delaware. ESTC T140190 Contemporary quarter calf and boards. Front hinge off. In custom black morocco-backed slipcase and chemise. Provenance: Bayard family The second edition greatly improved and enlarged, by the addition of many useful cases. Seller Inventory # 264761

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