F is for the Sieur de Folard

Jean Charles de Folard (1669-1752) was an aide de camp to Marshal Vendome in Italy when he was severely wounded at Cassano. He spent his convalescence reading widely and formulating a mass of ideas, many wildly extravagant, and a few in the long term influential. There is little sign that his views had any impactContinue reading “F is for the Sieur de Folard”

E is for Sir John Eamer

Yes, I do know: this is not the most exciting book in my stock. It is, however, the oldest, in the sense of the one that I have had for the longest length of time. Well, of course, booksellers’ stocks consists of books they haven’t sold. But there are limits. I acquired Sir John Eamer’sContinue reading “E is for Sir John Eamer”

D is for Frances Isabella Duberly

Fanny Duberly (1829-1902), here seen in one of Roger Fenton’s photographs, went to the Crimea with her husband, Captain Henry Duberly, paymaster of the 8th Hussars. She wasn’t the only officer’s wife in the Crimea. Nor is it at all likely that she was the only officer’s wife to keep a diary. But she wasContinue reading “D is for Frances Isabella Duberly”

C is for Frances Ellen Colenso

So far so boring. Only the two authors of this History of the Zulu War are respectively the lover and the brother of Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Durnford RE, hero and/or villain of the Battle of Isandlwana, killed in action by the Zulus on 22nd January 1879. Frances Ellen Colenso (1849-1887) was the daughter of SarahContinue reading “C is for Frances Ellen Colenso”

B is for Butani Bros

Not a priceless treasure (see tedious footnote 1) this time but a standard hawkeye photograph album with 24 images of military manoeuvres in Baluchistan. Time for an admission. For the life of me I can’t find anything out about the brothers Butani. There are plenty of their images to be found on the net butContinue reading “B is for Butani Bros”

A is for Sir George Arthur

I have been selling books for more years than I care to remember. Just at the moment I’m locked down so the one thing I don’t want to do is to sell anything. The idea is to start from A and go through to Z. A is for Sir George Arthur Bt (1860-1946) here depictedContinue reading “A is for Sir George Arthur”

Introduce Yourself (Example Post)

This is an example post, originally published as part of Blogging University. Enroll in one of our ten programs, and start your blog right. You’re going to publish a post today. Don’t worry about how your blog looks. Don’t worry if you haven’t given it a name yet, or you’re feeling overwhelmed. Just click theContinue reading “Introduce Yourself (Example Post)”

Introduce Yourself (Example Post)

This is an example post, originally published as part of Blogging University. Enroll in one of our ten programs, and start your blog right. You’re going to publish a post today. Don’t worry about how your blog looks. Don’t worry if you haven’t given it a name yet, or you’re feeling overwhelmed. Just click theContinue reading “Introduce Yourself (Example Post)”

Introduce Yourself (Example Post)

This is an example post, originally published as part of Blogging University. Enroll in one of our ten programs, and start your blog right. You’re going to publish a post today. Don’t worry about how your blog looks. Don’t worry if you haven’t given it a name yet, or you’re feeling overwhelmed. Just click theContinue reading “Introduce Yourself (Example Post)”