A Staff Officer's Scrap-Book (with signed letter)
Ian Hamilton's account of the Russo-Japanese War, with a .T.L.S. mentioning his decorations from the Manchurian War
First edition, second impression. Volume one only. Hardback, rebound in buckram with leather title labels to spine. Top edge gilt. 22 × 14cm, 362pp.
Loosely inserted is a typed letter signed from Ian Hamilton dated 1933 and on letter-headed paper from his Hyde Park Gardens address. It reads, "Dear Sir, To tell you the honest truth, I have never so far as I can remember tabulated my orders and decorations before. But the list is given in the official book. I have looked at Kelly 1933, for example, and that seems to contain the full list, and gives the proper description of foreign ones. I may add, that as I was frequently under fire in the Manchurian War, King Edward VII gave to the late Lord Nicholson and myself permission to wear our Japanese decorations publicly on all occasions and just the same as if they were British decorations. Yours very truly (signed) Ian Hamilton." On the other side, Ian Hamilton has handwritten his decorations.
Ian Hamilton's account as the military attaché of the Indian Army serving with the Japanese during the Russo-Japanese War. The book is illustrated with maps, single sheet and fold-out and photographs.
The book is in very sound condition but the cloth is a little scratched and marked. The contents are in very good order. The letter has been folded and is a little creased but also in good condition.
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