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Rare first editions, deluxe and collectible editions of books, pamphlets, and ephemera relating to the Great War, or First World War, 1914–18, including its build-up and aftermath.

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  1. The Way of the Lancer [together with] Lances Down. Between the Fires in Moscow.

    The Way of the Lancer [together with] Lances Down. Between the Fires in Moscow.

    First editions, first impressions, volume II is a second issue in a remainder binding with a new price ink stamp to the front flap of the jacket. Learn More
    £475

    Date of Publication: 1932

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 79153

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  2. Personalities and Reminiscences of the War.
    signed

    Personalities and Reminiscences of the War.

    First edition. Memoirs of commander of US 1st Division, 3rd Corps and finally the 2nd Army, from the arrival of the Americans to the Final Advance. The jacket blurb explains that when extracts were published in the press prior to publication "they created a sensation … for Bullard neither spares feelings nor begrudges praise" Falls concurs, and expands; " … it is really good, and particularly valuable because of the author's candid, though generally good-natured character sketches of the famous men, both French & American, with whom he was brought into contact … As a general view of the War held by an intelligent and instructed American soldier, his book is of value …" This copy inscribed by Bullard on the front free endpaper, "For a dear friend and old comrade A. Learn More
    £125

    Date of Publication: 1925

    Published: Garden City, NY

    Stock Code: 77429

    Signed: Yes

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  3. The Lieutenant and Others.

    The Lieutenant and Others.

    First edition, first impression. A companion volume to the author's previous novel Sergeant Michael Cassidy. Learn More
    £650

    Date of Publication: 1916

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 74547

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  4. Fusilier Bluff.
    signed

    Fusilier Bluff.

    The Experiences of an Unprofessional Soldier in the Near East 1918 to 1919.
    First edition. "Plain record of personal experience" of service in Macedonia, Gallipoli, and occupied Turkey. This copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper; "This rather dull book is presented to G. Wren Howard by C.E. Vulliamy who ventures to hope that he will find on a few pages here and there a little entertainment. September, 1936. Learn More
    £100

    Date of Publication: 1934

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 74451

    Signed: Yes

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  5. Over the Brazier.

    Over the Brazier.

    Second edition with a new forward by the author and alterations to the text. Originally published in 1916. Learn More
    £350

    Date of Publication: 1920

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 73973

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  6. The Minor Horrors of War.
    signed

    The Minor Horrors of War.

    First edition. Author's presentation copy: "R.B. King from the author" on verso of front free end paper. A successful book devoted to the 'unseen enemy' of warfare; namely those of: bed-bugs, louse, fleas, mites, leeches and ticks. The author is well versed on the subject, being a master of Christ's College, Cambridge, a reader in zoology within the university, a Fellow of The Royal Society, and with an honorary degree of DSc from Princeton University in 1906. Learn More
    £125

    Date of Publication: 1915

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 73862

    Signed: Yes

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  7. Albert Grope. The Story of a Belated Victorian.
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    Albert Grope. The Story of a Belated Victorian.

    [together with;] Grope carries on. Being the further adventures of Albert Grope during the Great War.
    First editions, first impressions, both signed and dated in 1934 on the front free endpapers. Attractive pair of novels telling "the unassuming story of a self-made business man in a South London suburb" (jacket blurb) through the early years of the twentieth century. The impoverished Grope responds to a card in a second-hand bookseller's window, "Wanted intelligent boy for this shop. Learn More
    £250

    Date of Publication: 1931

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 73806

    Signed: Yes

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  8. 73706
    signed

    Augustus Does His Bit:

    an Unofficial Dramatic Tract on War Saving and Cognate Topics.
    Shaw's copy of the second rough proof copy, with two small ink corrections in his hand. Learn More
    £530

    Date of Publication: 1916

    Published: [London

    Stock Code: 73706

    Signed: Yes

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  9. Theo Wood in Wartime and After. An Autobiography by

    Theo Wood in Wartime and After. An Autobiography by

    First edition of an entertaining anecdotal account of Wood's anti-war work. "Experiences of a crippled pacifist during WWI; No More War and left-wing activities; trouble with police; illnesses & unhappy love affairs" (Matthews). Uncommon: only BL, NLS, IWM, TCD, and Oxford on Copac, to which OCLC adds just Hoover Institute and NYPL. Learn More
    £225

    Date of Publication: 1930

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 73168

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  10. On Two Fronts. Letters of a Conscientious Objector.

    On Two Fronts. Letters of a Conscientious Objector.

    Edited by his sister with a foreword by J. Rendel Harris and a new preface by George Lansbury.
    Third edition, first published 1918. "Corder Catchpool was a Quaker who served in France in World War I with the Friends Ambulance Unit and was awarded the Mons Star. In 1916 conscription was introduced, and he decided he could not serve a military machine. He spoke of "a call I have heard above the roar of the guns." He therefore returned home, becoming an absolutist objector … He considered it right that he should share the sufferings of those other absolutists who had not sought the exemption which he could have gained by his service in the Ambulance Unit. Learn More
    £75

    Date of Publication: 1940

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 73165

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  11. In London. The Story of Adam and Marriage.

    In London. The Story of Adam and Marriage.

    First edition, first impression. A lovely copy in the stylish jacket with a colour illustration of the Wellington Arch under a night sky lit by spotlights. Learn More
    £350

    Date of Publication: 1922

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 73068

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  12. The East African Force 1915-1919.

    The East African Force 1915-1919.

    An Unofficial Record of its Creation and Fighting Career; together with some Account of the Civil and Military Administrative Conditions in East Africa before and during that Period.
    First edition. "The author was a senior staff officer and this is his analytical account, based upon his diary and memory, of the formation and deployment of the Union's EAF. He did not take part in the fighting and does not attempt to describe it. Instead, he focuses upon the higher planning aspects of the campaign … The book contains substantial chapters on general problems of administration, veterinary and logistical problems, and medical problems … The narrative ranges over other matters of interest - difficulties in obtaining fresh food, the difficulty of movement across areas of black cotton soil during the rains, and the work of the King's African Rifles and The Carrier Corps. Learn More
    £125

    Date of Publication: 1921

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 72758

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  13. From Gallipoli to Baghdad.
    signed

    From Gallipoli to Baghdad.

    First edition. Signed and dated by the author on the frontispiece. 'W. Ewing, Kantara Dec 20th 1918'. Ownership insctiption of Maj. L.W. Mitchell, RAMC, Egyptian Expeditionary Force to the front free endpaper. Ewing served as Chaplain to the 4th Battalion Royal Scots and gives a good account of the Gallipoli campaign, followed by a description of their part in the campaign in Mesopotamia. Learn More
    £175

    Date of Publication: 1917

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 72376

    Signed: Yes

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  14. Salonica and After.
    signed

    Salonica and After.

    The Sideshow that ended the War.
    First edition. Inscribed by the author verso of the frontispiece: 'To William T. Wood, R.W.S.; in admiration of his work on the Salonica Front. London Jan 7. 1921.' Wood was an artist noted for his landscapes and floral studies who travelled to Salonica as an official war artist, and later provided illustrations for A.J. Mann's The Salonika Front (1920) "Mr. Learn More
    £125

    Date of Publication: 1919

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 72291

    Signed: Yes

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  15. Mufti. A Paper devoted to Civilian Interests. Vol. I, No. 1-7 [all published].

    Mufti. A Paper devoted to Civilian Interests. Vol. I, No. 1-7 [all published].

    First and only editions. The editor's set of a complete run of this short-lived fortnightly dedicated to conscientious objection, and pacifist opposition to conscription, the editor's set. Extremely uncommon: Copac has BL and perhaps Cambridge; OCLC adds Harvard, Houghton Library and Bibliothèque de documentation internationale contemporaine, Nanterre. Learn More
    £2,250

    Date of Publication: 1916

    Published: Basildon

    Stock Code: 71942

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  16. Germany's Violations of the War 1914-15 compiled under the auspices of The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    Germany's Violations of the War 1914-15 compiled under the auspices of The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    First edition. A comprehensive account, with detailed documentation of Germany's contraventions of International law during the first year of the First World War. Bland was a writer and a journalist, probably best known as a sinologist, and more specifically as "Sir Edmund Backhouse's patsy" (ODNB), who briefly, following disgrace and recall from China, worked as a clerk for the Cabinet Office during the war, during which he published this volume. Learn More
    £95

    Date of Publication: 1915

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 71464

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  17. The Waggoner and other Poems.

    The Waggoner and other Poems.

    First edition, second issue. Of an edition of 500, 250 copies were bound in purple cloth for immediate issue, 100 sets of sheets were sent to NY for Knopf's American edition, and the remaining 150 bound up in green cloth later in 1920. Extremely uncommon in jacket in either issue. Blunden's first trade publication, The Waggoner was issued with the encouragement and assistance of Siegfried Sassoon to whom Blunden had sent some of his work in his capacity as literary editor of the Daily Herald. Learn More
    £375

    Date of Publication: 1920

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 70521

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  18. The Collected Poems.

    The Collected Poems.

    With a memoir.
    First published in 1918. A handsomely bound copy. Learn More
    £250

    Date of Publication: 1940

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 70139

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  19. Mother Country Fatherland. The Story of a British-born German Soldier.

    Mother Country Fatherland. The Story of a British-born German Soldier.

    First edition. Martin was born to a German father and a mother "of German descent [who] had been reared in England." Despite being a sickly child, he fell under the thrall of Charles Lever's "service novels" and decided on a career in the army, and once sent to his Fatherland for his health he settles on the idea of joining a Prussian cavalry regiment. Learn More
    £325

    Date of Publication: 1936

    Published:

    Stock Code: 69377

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  20. The Storm of Steel.

    The Storm of Steel.

    From the Diary of a German Storm-Troop Officer on the Western Front. With an Introduction by R. H. Mottram.
    First UK edition, first impression of one of the earliest and most unrestrained accounts to be published of the Western Front during the First World War. Originally privately printed in Germany in 1920, this translation is based on the first German trade edition of 1924. "[T]he philosophy of the soldier under fire … written with extraordinary zest and power … a wonderful story of fortitude and courage, and above all of that sense of duty which alone can carry a man on when all the other martial instincts have been dulled or destroyed by the strain of a war such as the last" (Falls). Learn More
    £2,250

    Date of Publication: 1929

    Published:

    Stock Code: 68834

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