Books from the Library of Peter Duckers

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Date of Auction: 8th May 2019

Sold for £75

Estimate: £60 - £80

The Life of Lord Roberts, V.C., by Sir George Forrest, C.I.E., Cassell, London, 1914, 372 pp., believed to be the author’s own copy of this standard and authorised biography of Roberts, with pasted-in signature of Forrest, photographs and index, hardback, the cover stained and worn but otherwise good condition and a remarkable and important copy

Forty One Years in India, from Subaltern to Commander-in-Chief, by Field Marshal Earl Roberts of Kandahar, V.C., K.G., K.P., G.C.B., O.M., G.C.S.I., G.C.I.E., Macmillan, 1908, 600pp., the well-known autobiography of Roberts with a wealth of detail on his career and the campaigns in which he served, with pull-out maps, photographs, and index, hardback, some scuffing to cover, otherwise good condition

Roberts in India, the Military Papers of Field Marshal Lord Roberts 1876-93, edited by B. Robson, Army Record Society, 1993, 478pp., an excellent selection of Lord Roberts’ letters, dispatches, notes &c., with index, hardback, with dust jacket, almost new condition (3) £60-£80


Sold together with the following items relating to ‘The life of Lord Robert, V.C.’, by Sir George Forrest:
A Ticket to Lord Roberts’ funeral in St. Paul’s Cathedral, 19 November 1914; two original letters from Lord Roberts to the Forrest, one returning proofs and one dated 31 January 1914 sending his own letters etc., for use by Forrest; a copy in Forrest’s handwriting of his letter to Roberts, dated 4 February 1914, regarding the documents Roberts has just sent; Forrest’s letter to his publisher regarding work on the book; and miscellaneous newspaper cuttings on and reviewing the finished book.