HAMILTON, Ian. A Staff Officer's Scrap-Book During the Russo-Japanese War. Edward Arnold, 1905.
8vo. 2 volumes. Bound in full tree-calf by T. Hunt of Wellington College, decorative gilt border with the Wellington College crest to the upper board, spine in 6 compartments with five raised bands and red leather label, gilt decorations, marbled edges and endpapers; photographic frontispiece to each volume, numerous illustrations, maps and sketches; fine; provenance: with the bookplates of General Sir Richard Edward Worsley pasted to each ffep.
First edition. General Sir Ian Hamilton (1853 – 1947) is best remembered for commanding the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force during the Battle of Gallipoli, a disastrous campaign that resulted in him being relieved of his command. The notes for this book were taken between 1904 and 1905 when Hamilton served as the military attaché of the Indian Army serving with the Japanese during the Russo-Japanese War. A Staff Officer's Scrap-Book gained wide acclaim, cited by Britannica as "a book which by reason of the interest of its subject, the charm of the author’s style, and the combination of war experience and of imagination which inspired his judgments and criticisms, at once took rank in Europe as a modern military classic."