Country Life, 1st ed., 1975. 144 pp., frontis., profusely illustrated with photo-ills. D.j., 30 x 22cm. D.j., price-clipped o/w FINE. The author has assembled a remarkable collection of photographs and articles from Navy and Army Illustrated, which during the 1890’s was devoted to hymning the virtues of the Empire and the armed services. The result is a fascinating glimpse of army life at home and overseas during the closing years of Victoria’s reign. Here we have ‘barrack room court martials’, Christmas with our gallant officers in the Burma hills, regimental shoe-makers, sapper balloonists, and the heroes of Omdurman. There are campaign pictures from the Sudan and the Boer War, portraits of military personalities of the day, and scenes from training, manoeuvres and the colonies.