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ADMIRAL LORD NELSON’S FUNERAL GREENWICH TO WHITEHALL BY WATER.

N/A Pub. by J. T. Smith, 36, Newman Street, Feb. 15th 1806. Hand-coloured line engraving, drawn & etched. 46 x 27cm. Nr.FINE. Following Nelson’s death and glorious victory at Trafalgar on the 21st October 1805, his remains went in VICTORY to Gibraltar before his flagship returned to England. Beatty performed an autopsy and Nelson’s body was taken to Greenwich to lie in state. On the 8th January 1806, his remains were taken by water upriver to Whitehall and on to the Admiralty for the night. The possession up the Thames was an amazing sight, the funeral barge being accompanied by hundreds of boats, both official and private. J. T. Smith provides a lengthy description of the scene depicted, this above his large descriptive text-block. "An accurate View (drawn & etched by J. T. Smith, Engraver of the Antiquities of London & Westminster) from the House of W. Tunnard. Esq., on the Bankside, adjoining the scite (sic) of Shakespeare’s Theatre – on Wednesday the 8th January ; when the remains of the great ADMIRAL LORD NELSON were brought from Greenwich to Whitehall ; comprehending not only the Vessels attending & the various other objects incident to that Procession ; but also the principal Buildings, &c., between the Monument & St. Pauls, inclusive." An evocative scene as Nelson’s body neared St. Paul’s Cathedral where it would be laid to rest on the following day. Thousands of spectators turned out to line the riverbanks in order to see the great water procession and to pay their last respects to the Hero whose victory had brought them security at the cost of his own life. A Near-FINE contemporary hand-coloured etching of 1806.
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AN ORIGINAL ENGRAVED CHART OF 1693. CHART NO. 28 : FOR SAILING INTO BEAUMARIS AND OVER CARNARVAN BAR INTO THE MENAI STRAITS, BY CAPTAIN GREENVILE COLLINS, ROYAL NAVY.

N/A N.P. N.D. (London : Printed by Freeman Collins, sold by Richard Mount, Bookseller, at the Postern on Tower Hill, 1693.). Framed in black & gold Hogarth frame ; glazed. 62 x 50cm (24 ½" x 19 ¾"). Light central fold from original publication ; small amount of distress to paper in a blank area of the chart, not greatly discernible and not affecting any of the chart’s printed area ; o/w FINE. N.B. Being glazed, this item needs to be collected rather than trust to the post. Please contact us to make arrangements. The first proper English survey of the British Isles was carried out by Captain Greenvile Collins, R.N., appointed in 1682 by King Charles II. Prior to this period, English mariners relied on Dutch charts, or copies of them, notoriously inaccurate with often fatal consequences. It took Collins seven years to complete his task, by which time William & Mary were on the throne. The first collected edition of Collins’s charts was published in London in 1693 under the title Great Britain’s Coasting Pilot. Armed with instructions from Samuel Pepys, Collins surveyed the whole of the English and Welsh coasts, part of the east coast of Scotland, part of the Continent and several Irish harbours. He produced 47 hydrographic charts in total, together with Sailing Directions and Tide Tables, this being Chart number 28 covering the Menai Straits and part of Carnarvonshire from the Great Orme and Conway, to a point some miles on from Carnarvon itself ; also part of the Isle of Anglesey from Priest Holme Isle (Puffin Island) and the coast around Beaumaris, to Landdwin Point. An inset shows a close-up of the area around Priest Holme Isle, and an attractive pictorial cartouche is inscribed : "To the Right Worshipfull (sic) Sr. William Williams Barrt. This is most humbly Presented and Dedicated by Capt. G. Collins." An historic original chart of part of North Wales published in 1693, in its original un-coloured state, handsomely framed & glazed and ready for hanging, being the first English survey on that coast.
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U.S. AERIAL ARMAMENT IN WORLD WAR II : THE ULTIMATE LOOK. VOL. 1 : GUNS, AMMUNITION, AND TURRETS. VOL. 2 : BOMBS, BOMBSIGHTS, AND BOMBING. VOL. 3 : AIR-LAUNCHED ROCKETS, MINES, TORPEDOES, GUIDED MISSILES, AND SECRET WEAPONS.

Wolf, William. 3 Vols., Complete : Schiffer, Atglen. Vol 1 : 1st ed., 2009. 448 pp., numerous photo-ills., + ills. Vol 2 : 1st ed., 2010. 285 pp., numerous photo-ills., + ills., including various cold. Vol 3 : 1st ed., 2010. 344 pp., numerous photo-ills., + ills., + a couple of cold., ills. All Vols : Marbled e.p,’s ; d.j.’s. 28 x 22cm. FINE. This three-volume study is the definitive work on U.S. aerial armament in World War II in which the author draws from his extensive library, microfilm archives and technical manuals. The first volume covers aerial machine guns and cannon ; a discussion of the machine gun versus cannon controversy, ammunition ; gunsights ; gun cameras ; search radar and radar gunsights ; Central Fire Control systems and remote sighting ; an extensive section on the development, installation and description of the numerous bomber turret and non-turret gun positions ; fighter aircraft armament ; gunnery training ; bomber and fighter air-to-air and strafing gunnery tactics ; fighter and bomber gunnery "aces" ; and a survey of the armament installations on all World War II U.S. fighters and bombers. Each topic is introduced by a history of its development and manufacture, followed by a detailed description and pictorial of the weapon, its installation, and use. The second volume covers the development of Bombs and Bombing Theory and Strategy ; an extensive chapter on Conventional Bombs and Fuses ; Bomb Handling and Release and Control Mechanisms ; an extensive chapter on Conventional and Radar Bombsights ; The Bombardier ; Bombing Missions Described ; Bombing Tactics ; Effects of Bombs ; Miscellaneous Ordnance. The third volume covers : Dive Bombers, Fighter Bombers, Rockets, Napalm, Torpedoes, Depth Charges, Aerial Mines, GT-1 Glide Pattern Torpedo, Speedee Bomb, Hydrobomb, Disney Rocket-Assisted Bomb, Very Heavy Conventional Bombs, Atomic Bomb, Poison Gas and Biological Bombs, Leaflets, Animal Aerial Weapons. There is an extensive chapter on guided missiles including GB (Glide Bomb) Series, VB (Vertical Bomb) Series, Drones (Aphrodite, Anvil, Castor, Willie Orphan, XBQ - 1 / 2 / 3 and PQ Series, and USN TDR drones), SWOD (Special Weapons Ordnance Device) Series (Robin, Pelican, Moth, and Bat / SWOD Mk9), Glomb, Gargoyle, Gorgon, JB : Jet Bomb Series (JB-1 through 10). A complete set in three volumes – FINE.
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JAGDGESCHWADER 53 : A HISTORY OF THE “PIK AS” GESCHWADER. VOL. I : MARCH 1937 – MAY 1942 ; VOL. II : MAY 1942 – JANUARY 1944 ; VOL. III : JANUARY 1944 – MAY 1945.

Prien, Jochen. Three Volumes : Schiffer, Atglen, 1st eds., 1997 (Vol. I) & 1998 (Vols 2 & 3). Vol. I : 400 pp. Vol. II : pp., 401-752. Vol. III : pp., 753 – 1216. All Vols : Numerous photo-ills., including some cold., in vols., i & ii, + some ills., maps & plans. D.j., marbled e.p.’s ; 31 x 23cm. FINE. Jagdgeschwader 53 - or as it was better known, the "Pik As" (Ace of Spades) Geschwader - was one of the oldest German fighter units of World War II with its origins going back to the year 1937. This first volume, of a three-volume set, covers the early years of the Geschwader from its founding in the spring of 1937 up to May of 1942. JG 53 had a considerable share in the successes achieved by the Luftwaffe in the early stages of the war in the West, and at the outset of the war in the East until mid-1942, and through the tough battles fought over the Mediterranean fronts and suffering bitter losses in the vain attempt to stop the Allied bomber-offensive against the Reich. Equipped exclusively with the legendary Messerschmitt Bf 109, JG 53 "Pik-As" became the Luftwaffe's most successful unit during the so-called "Phoney War." When on May 10, 1940, the Wehrmacht invaded France, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, the "Pik-As" Geschwader was in the centre of the action and it ranked highly amongst the top scoring Luftwaffe units. JG 53 later took part in the Luftwaffe’s strategic aerial campaign over Britain in 1940 then subsequently in the German invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941, in the Mediterranean theatre of operations, North Africa, Sicily and Malta. Volume II covers from May 1942 to January 1944 and includes service at Stalingrad and the Caucasus, in North Africa where, attached to JG 27, the Gruppe took part in every major battle which eventually brought the German Afrikakorps to the El Alamein line, over Malta and the central Mediterranean. The subsequent fight over Tunisia saw JG 53 once more at the peak of its abilities although losses were severe and included two of the Geschwader’s leading "Experten" – Hptm. Tonne and Lt. Crinius. Immediate operations over Sicily followed where the Luftwaffe were driven from their bases only days after the Allied invasion, Operation "Husky", in 1943. During the second half of 1943 JG 53 saw continuous action over southern Italy with losses mounting to an unprecedented level. Volume III covers from January 1944 to May 1945 and opens by continuing with the bitter fighting over Italy at Cassino and Anzio/Nettuno bridgehead, and over northern Italy. Between them, I. II. III. and later IV./JG 53 saw action over Romania, protecting the oilfields and refineries around Ploesti, in Hungary, on the south-eastern part of the Russian Front in the autumn of 1944 and early 1945, Czechoslovakia and Austria, on home defence, in many of the major air battles over the Reich in the first half of 1944, in Operation Overlord where II./JG 53 was decimated, over the Dutch battlefields in Operation Market Garden, the Battle of the Bulge, Operation Bodenplatte and Remagen bridge before the majority of the Gruppen and Staffeln were finally disbanded a few days before VE-Day. Thus JG 53 had taken part in World War II from the very beginning to the very end, claiming a total of nearly 4,100 aerial victories, but losing at least 600 pilots killed or missing – as well as 241 ground staff – which meant the unit had lost a total of almost six times its original complement. The service record of JG 53 can undoubtedly be regarded as uniquely representative for the rise and fall of the Luftwaffe, with the unit seeing action on every major war front. This final volume of the epic saga of JG 53 concludes with : a list of the officers in command of the Geschwader, its Gruppen and Staffeln ; a listing of all known victories claimed by JG 53 ; strength returns ; and other appendices. A complete name index for the three-volume set is also provided. All three volumes appear here for the first time in English, and contain, in total, over 350 additional photos not published in the original German language edition. Together they contain over 1,460 photographs, revised text and maps, and aircraft line drawings, as well as updated aerial victory and loss listings. An outstanding complete set of three volumes in FINE condition.
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AUTOGRAPH LETTER, SIGNED, FROM GENERAL SIR ANDREW FRANCIS BARNARD, (1773-1855).

N/A 1830. 1 side + inscription by recipient to verso, 23 x 18cm, tipped on to 19th c. extra leaf. FINE. A fine letter with bold signature, all in the clear legible hand of General Sir Francis Barnard, (1773-1855), one of the British Army’s best and most popular regimental commanders. Born in County Donegal, Barnard became an ensign in 1794 ; captain 1794 ; served at St. Domingo in 1795, and subsequently in the West Indies under Sir Ralph Abercromby. In the Netherlands he took part in the expedition to Helder in 1799, served in the Mediterranean, and was appointed lieutenant-colonel and inspecting field officer of Militia in Canada (1808-1809). He fought in the Peninsula War from 1810 to 1814, gazetted to the 95th Rifles as lieutenant-colonel in March 1810 (colonel & KCB, 1813). He served in this regiment with the greatest distinction ; severely wounded in command of the 3/95th at Barrosa, he commanded a brigade of the Light Division from August 1811, led the division after Craufurd’s death at Ciudad Rodrigo until after Badajoz, and was desperately wounded by a bullet through the body at Nivelle. When assured that death was not imminent, he declared that "If any man can recover, I know I shall." When he re-joined his brigade exactly one month later, he was greeted by prolonged and spontaneous cheering. Barnard went on to fight at Quatre Bras and was wounded again while commanding the 1/95th at Waterloo and was appointed by Wellington to lead the British division during the occupation of Paris. From 1821 he held important posts in the royal household, and this letter of 1830 dates from that period. He became lieutenant-governor of Chelsea Hospital in 1849 and rose to the rank of a full general in 1851. Barnard was a highly skilled soldier and universally popular with those under his command. He had a thorough knowledge of his profession : a man of great courage he remained perfectly cool and calm under fire, having great presence of mind in battle: he always displayed gentlemanly manners. The only criticism he attracted was for the dense smoke he produced from the cigars he smoked in the Peninsula ! This letter addressed to an unknown Lord, was written from "Windsor Castle, June 2nd, 1830" and concerns his being sworn in at a ceremony in London. Barnard writes: "My Lord, Sir William Keppel and myself are coming to London tomorrow to be sworn in, and shall be much obliged, if your Lordship will have the goodness to leave word at your house, where, and at what hour, we may be permitted (after one o’clock) to wait upon you for that purpose. I have the honor to be with great respect My Lord, your Faithful and Obedt. Humble servt. A. F. Barnard." (Signed). FINE LETTER FROM A PENINSULA & WATERLOO VETERAN, SEVERAL TIMES WOUNDED IN BATTLE : GENERAL SIR ANDREW FRANCIS BARNARD.
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LADY HAMILTON : A MEZZOTINT OF 1806 BY WILLIAM SAY, AFTER THE PAINTING BY JOHN JAMES MASQUERIER.

N/A Pub. May 20th 1806 by the Engraver, 92, Norton Street, Marylebone. Mezzotint. 50 x 37cm overall ; actual picture & letters within platemark 38x28cm. Some light foxing in margins o/w FINE. A Fine & Rare mezzotint of Lady Hamilton from a painting by John James Masquerier (1778-1855), engraved and published by William Say (1768-1834) in May 1806, only a few months after Lord Nelson was laid to rest. Lady Hamilton is depicted in a semi-reclining position, facing left from her couch on a balcony, overlooking the sea in the Bay of Naples, Vesuvius erupting in the distance, just visible through the cloudy moonlit sky. She wears a high-waisted gown, her hair blown to the front, her right arm resting in her lap, her left elbow is on the head of the couch and her left hand caresses her long auburn hair. This picture was reproduced, although not in its entirety, in Sichel’s epic work of 1905 (detail only, p.262) ; and in Baily’s work of the same date (p.118). William Say’s engraving, however, has never been reproduced as an individual picture and consequently, although the image is quite well-known, this large full-size picture is rarely encountered. The artist, Masquerier, was born in Chelsea of French Huguenot parents. The family returned to Paris in 1789 where John Masquerier witnessed many of the horrors of the French Revolution. Following the massacres of the first reign of terror, rumours circulated that all foreigners would be arrested. Masquerier fled back to England where he built up an enviable reputation as a member of the Royal Academy. William Say, born on the outskirts of Norwich, became an eminent mezzotint engraver, engraving the works of William Beechey, J. M. W. Turner, and Sir Joshua Reynolds – producing a total of 335 plates, signed ‘Wm. Say’ as here. [Frankau’s Catalogue, p. 108]. FINE copy.
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WILLIAM HENRY MEEKER : HIS BOOK.

Meeker, William. Privately Printed, Limited Edition of 150 Copies Only. 1st ed., 1917. Vi + 257 pp., on Nettunia water-marked paper with monochrome tissue guarded portrait frontispiece + 5 other plates. Original quarter russet brown cloth , paper covered boards ; paper label to the spine ; 2 edges uncut. Some scuffing to boards, mainly to lower rear corner section o/w V.G.+. Presentation Copy Inscribed by Henry Meeker’s Parents, Dated 1925 ; Also a Letter on paper with printed address "Dormy House, Sasco Hill, Fairfield, Conn", "Dear Mrs. Havard, Thank you so much for letting me see this book. How sad it is to think of him being killed so soon after going over and before he really saw any fighting. I remember Esther always liked Billy Meeker very much. It was nice having you and your sister yesterday. Affectionately -------" Also, a Handwritten Note on title page "From "Mrs. Fred Courtney Jr. 1953. Found in Havard house on Old Post Rd, Fairfield when house was empty." Born in New York City in 1894, William Henry Meeker went on to become a student at Harvard University. He spent a summer at Thomas-Morse Aeroplane Company’s School where he gained 300 minutes flying experience. " I also got some experience with engines, wings, fusilages, etc., by working in the factory for a while and helping to repair damaged machines." The author wrote for newspapers and magazines for several years and travelled considerably around the United States. He gained military experience for a year with the Harvard Regiment as a private, corporal, and sergeant and about three months as corporal, lieutenant and captain in the Harvard Reserve Officers Training Corps. Sailing to France, the author then received additional training at the French School of Avord. He reached Pau for training at the French School for Aviation Acrobacy on September 10th, 1917 but was tragically killed on his trial flight at Pau, on the following day. This Privately Printed, Limited Edition of 150 Copies, is printed on high-quality Nettunia water-marked paper and is an autobiography of sorts, told through notes and letters from the author. This particular copy is of special interest being a Presentation Copy inscribed by Meeker’s parents. A signed, typed letter and a hand-written note to the half title-page also add to the unique provenance that comes with this copy. No copies on COPAC – VERY SCARCE.
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FISHING AT HOME & ABROAD.

Maxwell, Rt. Hon. Sir Herbert. (Ed.). The London & Counties Press Assoc., 1st ed., 1913. Limited to 750 Numbered Copies Only, of which this is No. 76. Xii + 413 pp., guarded port. frontis. (George V) + 7 cold. plates, 5 monochrome plates, 5 photogravure plates, & 51 half-tone plates. Brown full morocco ; gilt ; t.e.g., others uncut. 32 x 26cm. Light staining & scratches to covers ; extremities rubbed ; some foxing chiefly to blank endpapers & flyleaves. Bookplate of E. Lynton-Vicars (1881-1953) of Coed-y-Celyn, Betws-y-Coed, North Wales. A lavishly produced book printed on fine art paper and illustrated with a number of fine plates, this book describes the world of angling shortly before the outbreak of the First World War, dealing not only with fishing in British waters, but also in Canada, New Zealand, etc. Chapters include : Atlantic Salmon. Salmon Flies. Tyee Fishing at Campbell River, British Colombia. Sea Trout Fishing. The Grayling. American Trout Fishing. Pike and Pike-Fishing. Perch and Perch-Fishing. Chub and Chub Fishing. The Bream. The Barbel. Tench and Tench Fishing. Roach & Rudd. Small Fry. Hybrids. Fishing in the East. The Tarpon. The Tuna or Tunny. The Bass. Grey Mullet. Mackerel. Conger Eel. Coarse Fish of the Sea. Sharks, Dogfish and Skate. Etc. The coloured plates are particularly attractive and include a beautiful plate with seven varieties of flies. There are also over 60 photographs and other plates, and the book is handsomely bound in full morocco with uncut edges.
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TO THE RIGHT HONOURABLE THE COMMONS OF GREAT BRITAIN IN PARLIAMENT ASSEMBLED. THE HUMBLE PETITION OF CAPTAIN ANDREW EMMERICH.

N/A (London), c.1772. Printed: 9 pp + title. Disbound. 31 x 20cm. V.G. A printed document dating from the Seven Years’ War, being a petition from Andreas (or Andrew) Emmerich, a Prussian officer serving with English allies against the French in Germany in 1761. The Seven Years’ War (1756-1763) was fought between, on one side, Great Britain, Prussia and Hanover; on the other, France, Austria, Russia, Sweden, Saxony, and eventually Spain. The two main aspects of the conflict were a duel between France and Great Britain for supremacy in America and India, and a struggle by Prussia against foes encircling her on every side. Britain’s sea power dominated the colonial struggle and the capture of Quebec destroyed French power in Canada, and the British also defeated the French in India. In Europe, British policy was to support Frederick of Prussia who, with the help of the British Army, defeated his enemies. Captain Emmerich carried out secret services behind the rear of the French Army annoying the enemy by a variety of means, lying low in the forests and mountains during the day. In his petition he lists his services to the British Crown in detail, describes the subsequent suffering of his family – his father died in prison at Landau; his wife was currently confined to prison for debt in Holland – and looks to the British Parliament for the payment which he feels is due to him. To support his claim, he provides four certificates: one from Lt.Col. C. Friedrichs, Queen’s Regiment of Light Dragoons. And three from Ferdinand, Duke of Brunswick & Lunebourg. PETITION FROM A PRUSSIAN OFFICER SERVING BEHIND ENEMY LINES FOR THE BRITISH ARMY DURING THE SEVEN YEARS’ WAR.
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THE AUTHENTIC ARABIAN HORSE AND HIS DESCENDANTS. THREE VOICES CONCERNING THE HORSES OF ARABIA. TRADITION (NEJD, INNER EAST), ROMANTIC FABLE (ISLAM), THE OUTSIDE WORLD OF THE WEST.

Wentworth, Lady. Allen & Unwin, 1st ed., 1945. 388 pp., cold. frontis. + 25 other cold. plates + 265 half-tone plates & many diagrams in text. Blue cloth ; gilt ; with gilt armorial front cover. (fragments of d.j. tipped-in, including the full front cover). 28 x 22cm. V.G. Errata slip present. Lady Wentworth of Crabbet Park, 16th Baroness, had previously written another book on horses entitled Thoroughbred Racing Stock which immediately became the standard work on the history of the horse. This beautifully illustrated book was designed as a companion volume, containing a wealth of information on the celebrated Arabian horses and their breeding. It was ready for publication in 1939 but the outbreak of war delayed its publication by six years. The fact that the type, binding cloth and paper were kept in stock, meant that this book did not suffer the austerity restrictions of so many post-war publications, explaining its fine presentation in 1945. In addition to her own experience, she presents to the public the lifework of Lady Anne Blunt (1837-1917), the author’s mother, who, on her death, left an invaluable manuscript on the subject of Arabia, its horses and its tribes. The full-page plates form a unique collection in themselves, each of the 26 coloured plates and 265 half-tone plates chosen for their pictorial excellence and interest "regardless of cost". The hitherto unpublished paintings of famous horses are not to be found elsewhere. The plates depict the horse from earliest times to the pre-war era. The book also contains price records of Arab and racing stock. Contents include : The Arabian horse in fact and fiction ; the stormy life of Lady Anne Blunt during the 19th century ; boar-hunting in Mesopotamia ; the Sultans of Egypt and their horses ; the Arabian stud at Crabbet Park where a horse breeding farm was established in 1878 ; its show records ; Arabian horses in North America, Australia, Brazil, and Argentina ; Anglo-Arab breeding in France ; Arab racing in India ; riding and breaking hints ; veterinary notes ; feeding notes ; skin problems ; Lady Anne Blunt’s last words, etc. At least 90% of Arabian horses alive today trace their lineage to Crabbet Park. First Edition.
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FOUR PILOT’S WINGS : TWO BRITISH EMBROIDERED DOUBLE-WINGS, TWO AMERICAN METAL DOUBLE-WINGS – FRAMED.

N/A N.d., (c. WWII & later). One Royal Air Force pilot’s double-winged badge – embroidered white wings with the letters RAF in the centre surrounded by a brown wreath and a white crown on top ; mounted on blue felt ; 4 x 11cm. Another (more modern) embroidered RAF double-winged badge – white wings with a yellow and red crown in the centre and a yellow lion on top ; mounted on blue felt ; 4.5 x 13cm. USAAF pilot’s double-wings – gold coloured metal with wings either side of a crest with vertical bars and some horizontal bars on top ; 2 x 7.5cm. USAAF Bombardier’s Wings – silver coloured metal showing double wings with a bomb in the centre darting southwards through three rings ; 2 x 8cm. All mounted on green baize in a black plastic frame ; 22 x 27cm. V.G. Available here are a collection of four pilot’s wings as follows dating from around World War II and later : One Royal Air Force pilot’s double-winged badge – embroidered white wings with the letters RAF in the centre surrounded by a brown wreath and a white crown on top ; mounted on blue felt. Another (more modern) embroidered RAF double-winged badge – white wings with a yellow and red crown in the centre and a yellow lion on top; mounted on blue felt. USAAF pilot’s double-wings – gold coloured metal with wings either side of a crest with vertical bars and some horizontal bars on top. USAAF Bombardier’s Wings – silver coloured metal showing double wings with a bomb in the centre darting southwards through three rings. All mounted on green baize and framed.
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THREE PRINTED & ONE MANUSCRIPT DOCUMENT DETAILING COURT MARTIAL PROCEEDINGS WITHIN THE 45TH REGIMENT.

N/A 1807, 1809, 1827 & 1837. 2 printed 1 side with title to versos & manuscript insertions : 33 x 21cm. 1 printed 2 sides + title : 31 x 18cm. 1 MS. 1 side + address panel, 31 x 19cm. Those for 1807 & 1809 with general stains & tears at folds (one with a few holes ; the other with a fold repaired) o/w V.G. That for 1827 foxed & with fore-edge frayed (tiny loss). GOOD. The MS. for 1837 has small hole without loss, o/w FINE. Four documents of considerable interest in tracing the genealogy of members of the 45th Regiment, as it was the practice in the 19th century to strike the name of officers found guilty at Courts Martial from all records and, therefore, it is possible that these documents are the only ones proving that these individuals ever served. They are also of considerable interest in the social history of the Army. The first is against Assistant Surgeon John Carter, dated 25th August 1807, accused of using abusive language and striking a fellow officer. The Court Martial was held aboard the Transport BRUNSWICK in Table Bay, while the Regiment were serving at the Cape of Good Hope. Carter was found guilty and dismissed His Majesty’s Service. His victim fared little better: " the Conduct of Mr. Brinley was so extremely reprehensible as to render him an unfit Person to bear His Majesty’s Commission and that His Majesty has no further occasion for his Services." Printed signature of Harry Calvert, Adjutant-General. Manuscript signature of Lieut-General Macdowall at the Regiment’s Headquarters back in England, 8 April 1808. The second is against Lt. Edward Keating, dated Horse Guards, 26th May 1809, charged at Camarata, in Portugal, during the Peninsula Campaign, with "conduct unbecoming the character of an Officer and a Gentleman using most abusive and opprobrious language, towards his superior Officer, Captain Lightfoot " Keating was found guilty and cashiered. The third is against Lt. John Smeaton Brooke, dated Horse Guards, 12th November 1827, charged, amongst other things, "For being in the Public Streets of Chatham, in a disgraceful state of intoxication". And, "For assaulting and striking Corporal John Graham, of the 63rd Regiment of Foot near the Garrison of Chatham " This officer was found guilty on two of the three charges brought against him and dismissed the Service. A particularly tragic case on account of the officer’s youth, contrition, and that several members of his family "have served with Honor, and some of whom have fallen gloriously in the Service of their Country." Finally, the manuscript dated "His Majesty’s Criminal Goal, 14th February 1837", is a document in which Thomas Morgan addresses the Adjutant-General of H. Majesty’s Forces and applies to His Majesty King William IV for a mitigation of his sentence. Signed by the Prisoner with heading, address, etc., in extremely fine copper-plate handwriting. FOUR DOCUMENTS RELATING TO COURTS MARTIAL IN THE 45TH REGIMENT BETWEEN 1807 AND 1837.
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A ROWLANDSON CARICATURE ENTITLED : THE CONTRAST 1793.

N/A Pub. Jan 1st 1793 by S. W. Fores, No. 3 Piccadilly, £1.1s.1d per hundred plain and £2.2s.od coloured. Hand-Coloured. 35 x 25cm. Slightly trimmed with no loss, o/w FINE. A colourful caricature from Thomas Rowlandson (1757-1827), published by Samuel William Fores (1761-1838) from his print shop at 3, Piccadilly, where he specialised in caricatures of the French Revolution like this hand-coloured one. With two roundels showing British Liberty on the left ; French Liberty on the right. The British one shows Britannia seated, holding the Magna Carta in one hand, the scales of justice in the other, gazing upon a British man-o’-war. The right-hand version by contrast, shows French Liberty standing triumphant on the body of a guillotined victim of the Revolution, holding a trident with the decapitated head and two human hearts ; a figure of a hanged man in the background. Etched by Rowlandson after a design by Lord George Murray, a Kent clergyman, these prints were circulated as propaganda by the Crown & Anchor Society. They were sold cheaply and in bulk for this purpose ; 3d each for plain ; 6d for coloured. Beneath the British roundel are the words : Religion, Morality, Loyalty, Obedience to the Laws, Independence, Personal Security, Justice, Inheritance, Protection of Property, National Prosperity, Happiness. Under the French roundel : Atheism, Perjury, Rebellion, Treason, Anarchy, Murder, Equality, Madness, Cruelty, Injustice, Treachery, Ingratitude, Idleness, Famine, National & Private Ruin, Misery. It then asks Which is Best ? These caricatures were put up in public houses and barber shops, a reaction to the bloody massacres taking place across the Channel as Britain goes to war with France.
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THE NEW GUIDE TO CHELTENHAM : BEING A COMPLETE HISTORY AND DESCRIPTION OF THAT CELEBRATED WATERING PLACE ; EMBRACING A MINUTE ACCOUNT OF THE VIRTUES AND QUALITIES OF ITS MINERAL WATERS, AND A SUMMARY OF THE DISORDERS IN WHICH THEY ARE RECOMMENDED : TOGETHER WITH A SKETCH OF THE SURROUNDING COUNTRY, AND AN ACCOUNT OF GLOUCESTER AND ITS CATHEDRAL, AS WELL AS OTHER PLACES WORTHY OF NOTICE. ACCOMPANIED BY AN ACCURATE MAP.

Bettison, S. Cheltenham : Printed for S. Bettison, Library ; by F. Vigurs, Stroud, N.D. (c.1814). 204 pp., 1st frontis., hand-coloured view (fldg ); extra illsd. title-page, hand-coloured ; 2nd frontis., map (fldg.) ; + 5 other hand-coloured views ; + an extra hand-coloured plate of Bettison’s Library. Original boards ; front board printed ; later paper title-piece to spine ; all edges uncut. 19 x 11cm. Some rubbing of boards o/w V.G. The date of publication of this Georgian guide to the pleasures of Cheltenham is somewhat uncertain. We have found a watermark of 1814, but this only confirms the age of the paper. There is only one copy on COPAC (British Library) and they say "1825 ?" but there copy has only 201 pages as opposed to our 204 so it may be a different edition. Of all the copies we have been able to trace that have come on the market in recent decades – and there are not many of them – none have hand-painted illustrations. The hand-colouring appears to be contemporary and is exceptionally fine ; the colours and the plates as fresh and crisp as the day they were executed. Bettison was a local Bookseller, Stationer & Perfumer to His Grace the Duke of Wellington, and dealt in everything from jewellery and gold ornaments ; to umbrellas and Tunbridge-ware. His guide describes the Cheltenham of the early 19th century and its surrounding countryside, covering its assembly rooms, auctioneers, baths, churches, coaches, gaol, gas lights, hotels, libraries, markets, music teachers, newspapers, poor houses, races, schools, theatres, etc., etc. These are amongst the most attractively hand-painted plates we have seen in any comparable book ; they are a delight and RARE in this state.