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  • Military Uniforms of the British Empire Overseas – John Player & Sons Card series complete in rare album.

    Military Uniforms of the British Empire Overseas – John Player & Sons Card series complete in rare album.

    Album 26cm by 20cm 24 pages with a total of 50 cards, published in 1938. Some light foxing to cover and the odd mark inside, generally a very good set. The shading on the images is caused by the scanner and the paper not lying quite flat.

    Uniforms from South Africa, Rhodesia, Canada, India and Burma, and Colonies, Protectorates etc. Some pretty fancy garb among them …. The narrative descriptions of the various regiments, battalions etc is very interesting … useful for those wanting a potted history.

    A nice complete set with the attendant album narrative

    $60.00

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  • An Essay on the Ancient and Modern Use of Armories; Shewing Their Origin, Definition, and Division of them into their several Species. The Method of Composing them, and Marshalling many Coats together in one Shield. Alexander Nisbet – First Edition 1718 – Nice Item

    An Essay on the Ancient and Modern Use of Armories; Shewing Their Origin, Definition, and Division of them into their several Species. The Method of Composing them, and Marshalling many Coats together in one Shield. Alexander Nisbet – First Edition 1718 – Nice Item

    Title continues … Illustrated by many Examples and Sculptures of the Armorial Ensigns of Noble Families in this and other Nations … To which is added, An Index explaining the Terms of Blazon made use of in this Essay.

    First Edition and scarce. Printed by William Adams Jnr for James MackEuen (to be sold at his shop), Edinburgh 1718.

    Small quarto, 224 pages preceded by introductions and subscribers list. With seven folding plates of multiple images of arms, and the aforementioned Index of Terms. Contains a detailed account of the reigns of British Royalty and the origins of their arms. Bound in original full calf in very good condition. Internally, very light browning and signs of old worming long gone. The quality and the condition of the copper engraved plates is something special.

    Scottish historian Alexander Nisbet’s works on heraldry are considered the best on the subject.

    Nisbet the Authority and an early First Edition of his “Essay on Heraldry”

    $290.00

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  • Original Press Photograph –  Australian Graves – Battle of Buna-Gona – 1942/43

    Original Press Photograph – Australian Graves – Battle of Buna-Gona – 1942/43

    An large original photograph 23cm by 19cm of a New Guinea Burial Ground, crosses mark the graves of Australians who fell in the fighting for Gona, New Guinea.

    The Battle of Buna-Gona was fought from 16th November 1942 to 22 January 1943 and was part of the New Guinea campaign during WWII. It followed the conclusion of the Kokoda Track campaign. Fought by Australian and US forces against the Japanese beachheads at Buna, Sanananda and Gona.

    The photograph has the usual press library marks and notations on the rear and is date stamped Jan 11 1943, putting it as having been produced during the campaign actual.

    An important and moving New Guinea campaign photograph

    $25.00

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  • Capture of the Mahonesa – Original Hand Coloured Aquatint – Whitcombe 1816

    Capture of the Mahonesa – Original Hand Coloured Aquatint – Whitcombe 1816

    An original hand coloured aquatint by Sutherland after a painting by Thomas Whitcombe (1763-1824) a leading British maritime artist. Published at 48 The Strand, London, 1st November 1816 for Jenkins’s “The Naval Achievements of Great Britain”; surely the greatest ever naval illustrated work.

    Printed on thick Whatman paper measuring 30 cm by 21.5 cm with wide borders. Some ghosting from a previous mount as can be seen from the image. Reflected in the price … a desirable collectable naval item.

    The action took place on 13th October 1796 off the coast of Spain near Cartgeria. The 22 gun frigate HMS Tepsichore, under Captain Richard Bowen had been shadowing the Spanish fleet. On his return to Lisbon he encountered the Mahonesa under Captain Ayalde. The Spanish offered “battle” and Bowen accepted and won the Mahonesa with little loss on his side. He took his prize to Lisbon but unfortunately had caused so much damage to the ship that it was considered worthless as a prize. This was the first encounter of the Anglo-Spanish War which was to last a further eight years.

    Price $190.00 unframed … ask for framing options if you wish.

    Thomas Whitcombe exhibited at the Royal Academy (56 times), the British Institution and the Royal Society of British Artists. Many of his paintings of naval engagements are in the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich

    $190.00

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  • Joachim Murat – by Jacquemin – 1869

    Joachim Murat – by Jacquemin – 1869

    An original large hand coloured lithograph of Joachin-Napoleon Murat (1767-1815) who became Marshall and Admiral of France under Napoleon. He was also the Grand Duke of Berg from 1806-1808 and King of Naples from 1808 until his death. He was favoured having married Napoleon’s younger sister Caroline Bonaparte. Daring, brave and a flamboyant dresser he was known as the “Dandy King”.

    The artist Raphael Jacquemin (1821-1881) was French and the grandson of the grand Rabbi of Paris and Trieste. He studied In Paris and frequented the Milan and Florence Academies. His greatest work was an “Iconography of costumes” from which this lithograph originally came. Very good condition on heavy paper with bright fresh colouring, 43cm x 30cm in the printed area so quite some scale.

    Price $120.00 unframed … enquire about framing options if you wish …

    A “Dandy Dresser” was Joachim Murat

    $140.00

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