Old Authors Bookshop

Roger Hart and Carol Doyle

Established in 1936, Old Authors bookshop now offers quality antiquarian, used and collectible books via the Internet and selected book fairs. Our stock features a concentration in military/naval topics. We also buy high-quality books, particularly those on military/naval topics, and will be pleased to quote on your collection.

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1.  History of the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada

Item Price: $80

Item Description:  (Capt. Ernest J. Chambers) “A history of a splendid regiment’s origin, development and services… including a story of patriotic duties… well performed in three campains.”156pp + lix pp advertisements; numerous b/w photographs, col. frontis. Name of a previous owner, dated 1903, on the ffep, light wear to the edges of the covers, otherwise a nice copy.


Item Price: $975

Item Description:  (Barron Minno of Koehoon)  Title continues: “…Of the late famous Engineer, Minno Baron of Kehoorn, General of the Artillery and Lieutenant General of the Infantry of the States of Holland; Governour of Flanders and of the Fortress of the Scheld, &c.” Printed for Daniel Midwinter at the Rose and Crown in St. Paul’s-Church-Yard… Title page, 2pp Dedication, 14pp Author’s Preface, 1pp Translator’s Preface; 181pp. 1pp Publisher’s advertisement. 16 large folding plates. New pebbled full black leather binding, date in gilt on the spine, title in gilt on red leather panel, 7 raised bands, 5 gilt symbols in panels. The edges of most pages are discoloured, and there is some chipping of the edges of the first few pages, but this is overall a very nice copy of a scarce edition.

3.  Seventy Years of New Brunswick Life. Autobiographical Sketches

Item Price: $70

Item Description:  (Lt.-Col. Willie Baird) The author was ” Paymaster of Military District No. 8,Dominion of Canada, from the Confederation of the British Provinces to the year 1887, Superintendent of Stores at St. John, New Brunswick, from the year 1879 to the year 1887.” xii, 358pp + Errata page; b/w Frontis., 5 b/w plates, Publication slip tipped-in. Inscribed on the ffep: Revd. Edwin Evans with kind regards of the Author. St. John N.B. June 22nd 1896″ but unsigned. Names of 2 previous owners on the first ffep. In blue cloth/boards with gilt titles. Moderate wear to the extremities of the covers, otherwise a nice copy.

4.  The Royal Engineers in Egypt

Item Price: $120

Item Description: (Lt.-Col. E.W.C. Sandes) xxxii, 571pp, 2 General Maps, 34 other maps, Frontis. + 51 illustrations. Light foxing of the top and fore-edge of the page block, small stain to the front cover, but otherwise a very nice copy.

5.  The German Invasion of Norway April 1940

Item Price: $120

Item Description: (Geirr H. Haarr) 474pp, numerous b/w illustrations, photographs and tables. An excellent copy.

6.  Napoleon’s Apogee. Pascal Bressonnet’s Tactical Studies 1806

Item Price: $330

Item Description: (Pascal Bressonnet) Originally published in France in 1806 under the title “Etudes Tactiques sur La Campagne de 1806 (Saalfeld – Iena – Auerstadt)”, this magnificent work is an unnumbered copy of a limited edition of 1100. 406pp, hundreds of full colour illustrations. Bound in full red Morocco, with gilt decoration to the front cover and spine. The page block is gilt 3 edges. In its original box. (Due to the size/weight of this book, an extra shipping charge may apply.)

7.  Napoleon’s Finest Marshal Louis Davout and His 3rd Corps Combat Journal of Operations, 1805-1807

Item Price: $600

Item Description: (Gen’l. Davout, Duke of Auerstadt) A magnificent unnumbered, unsigned copy of the first N. American edition, translated from the original “Operations du 3e Corps” published in 1896. A key primary source for the study of the first campaigns of the Grand Armee. 327pp, numerous maps and illustrations in full colour. New, in its original box.

8.  The Black Prince and the Grande Chevaucheé of 1355

Item Price: $55

Item Description: (Mollie M. Madden) This book examines the efficient and effective logistics that led to the victory of Edward of Woodstock (the Black Prince) over the army of Jean II of France at the Battle of Poitiers. 248pp, 1 map, 10 Tables. As new.

8.  Bayonets in the Wilderness. Anthony Wayne’s Legion in the Old Northwest

Item Price: $110

Item Description: (Alan D. Gaff) “Gaff has written the most complete history of Wayne’s war, one that will last as the standard work. Full of exhaustive analysis and impressive research, it is satisfying both as scholarship and as a rousing good story.” (Paul David Nelson). xix, 419pp, 3 maps, 10 b/w illustrations. An excellent copy.

10.  Strathcona’s Horse. South Africa 1900-1901

Item Price: $150

Item Description:  (Lt.-Col. S.B. Steele et al)  x, 143pp, several maps and b/w illustrations. An excellent copy.

11.  Acadia [Acadie] and the Acadians

Item Price: $80

Item Description: (Rev. D.L. Roth) Cover title is “Acadia and the Acadians”, title page title is “Acadie and the Acadians”. xii, 13-427. A very nice copy.

12.  Conquest and Resistance. War in Seventeenth-Century Ireland

Item Price: $90

Item Description: (Padraig Lenihan, Ed.) “These ten thematic essays examine the three Irish wars of the seventeenth century in relation to each together, thereby yielding important comparative insights. The military potential of England and, later, an emergent Britain, was immeasurably greater than that of Irish Catholics. John McGurk, James Scott Wheeler and Paul Kerrigan evaluate the logistical and naval strategies exploiting this advantage.” 380pp. As new.

13.  Canada’s Flying Gunners. A History of the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery

Item Price: $70

Item Description: (Lt.-Col. Frommow) x, 237pp, 35 pages of b/w photographs. A very nice copy, in a slightly edgeworn dust jacket.

14.  The Royal Navy and the Arctic Convoys. A Naval Staff History

Item Price: $95

Item Description: (Malcolm Llewellyn-Jones (Pref.)  The first published edition of “NAVAL STAFF HISTORY SECOND WORLD WAR Battle Summary No 22 ARCTIC CONVOYS 1941-1945”. xxviii, 194pp + numerous plans and charts, some in colour. An excellent copy. prepared by the Historical Section, Admiralty.

15.  The Capture of Louisbourg 1758

Item Price: $90

Item Description: (Hugh Boscawen) xxxvii, 466pp, map endpapers, 6 maps, 24 illustrations, 5 Tables. A very nice example.

16.  Castorologia or The History and Traditions of the Canadian Beaver.

Item Price: $110

Item Description: (Horace T. Martin)  Subtitled: “An Exhaustive Monograph, Popularly Written and Fully Illustrated.” xvi, 238pp, b/w frontis.; 53 b/w illus. Minor foxing of a few pages, otherwise a nice copy.

17.  Historical Record of the 76th Overseas Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force

Item Price: $195

Item Description: (Rev. E. Biggs) 73pp +14 folding panoramic photographs of members of the Battalion, 1 b/w frontis. of Lt.-Col. J Ballantyne, D.S.O. O.C of the 76th. A very nice copy of a scarce history.

18.  Sketches of Army Life in Russia

Item Price: $70

Item Description: (F.V. Greene)  iv, 326pp + 10p book advertisements. Bound in brown cloth/boards with gilt dec. and black title to the fc. A very nice copy.

19.  Amphibious Warfare 1000 – 1700 Commerce, State Formation, European Expansion (D.J.B. Trim, Ed.)

Item Price: $120

Item Description: (D. Trimm & M. Fissel)  This volume reconceptualizes amphibious warfare and also fills an important gap in its historiography, examining how it was conceived, practiced and employed, from the Crusades, through the first wave of European exploration and colonization, the Price Revolution and the European wars of religion, up to the early Industrial Revolution and the beginnings of a new wave of imperialism. 498pp. An excellent, new copy.

20.  Stand to your Horses. (Williams, Capt. S.H) Signed Copy

Item Price: $105

Item Description:  (Capt. S.H. Williams), 308pp, numerous b/w illustrations. Lacking the title page and the dust jacket , but clean and tight. Inscribed in ink on the free front endpaper: “With all good wishes [signed] S.H. Williams”.

21.  History of the County of Lennox and Addington (Walter S. Herrington). Signed Copy

Item Price: $45

Item Description:  (Walter S. Herrington)  xii, 427pp; “illustrated with eighty-three half-tones, taken from Daguerreotypes and photographs”. Name of a previous owner on the title page and free front end paper. Signed by Walter Herrington on the title page. A nice copy.

22.  The Canadian Military Register of Foreign Awards (F.S. Dowe)

Item Price: $100

Item Description:  (Francis S. Dowe)  236pp. A very nice copy of a scarce reference work.