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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. 116607

    Gallipoli Diary.

    First edition. " … fascinating and brilliantly-written … invaluable" (Falls). Account of the Dardanelles Campaign by its much disparaged commander. A very nice set, uncommon in the jackets. Learn More
    £295

    Date of Publication: 1920

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116607

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  2. 116587

    Simple Rhymes for Stirring Times.

    First edition, first impression, of this second (and much scarcer - Copac lists only four locations in the UK) collection of war poems by Jessie Pope (1868-1941), who was well known for her children's books and her jingoistic war poetry. She was the "certain poetess" to whom Wilfred Owen's "Dulce et decorum est" was sardonically directed. Learn More
    £100

    Date of Publication: 1916

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116587

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    Twelve Days.

    With a foreword by B. H. Liddell Hart, and eight drawings by Stanley Cursiter.
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to one of his company officers, "To George Hall, with every good wish and in memory of so many happy days spent together in 1916-1917 from Sidney Rogerson, Nov 14th 1933". Hall was one of Rogerson's two company officers, and is ever-present in the text - he is introduced on page 4: "George Hall was a very different type. Learn More
    £375

    Date of Publication: [1933]

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116585

    Signed: Yes

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    Revolt in the Desert.

    Presentation copy of the third impression, inscribed "To Brendy, Feb. 22. 1927, from Eric H. Kennington" on the front free endpaper, with an original sketch by Kennington of a baby's face with a halo and angel wings. With a laid-in slip of Kennington's Holly Copse (Goring Heath, Oxon) notepaper inscribed by his wife Celandine "To dear Brendy with ever-growing love & gratitude from Eric & Celandine Ap[ril] 1927", and Celandine's transcription of Lawrence's dedicatory poem to the complete edition Seven Pillars of Wisdom, "To S. Learn More
    £1,250

    Date of Publication: 1927

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116543

    Signed: Yes

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  5. 116168

    The Western Front. Drawings.

    With an introduction by General Sir Douglas Haig.
    First edition, complete as published in the original monthly parts, of Muirhead Bone's Western Front series, which contains the first iterations of his over 200 war images, selections from which were then reproduced in separate "deluxe" portfolios like the War Drawings. These parts issues were afterwards bound up into two volumes, so to have a set complete in parts as issued, let alone in such superb condition, is very uncommon indeed. Learn More
    £800

    Date of Publication: November 1916 - October 1917

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116168

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  6. 116107

    The Blue Max.

    A Novel of the German Air Force in World War I.
    First edition, first printing. This novel is the source for the 1966 war film by the same name- a box-office hit that Peter Jackson named as one of the top six First World War films of all time. Learn More
    £175

    Date of Publication: 1964

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 116107

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  7. With the Zionists in Gallipoli.

    With the Zionists in Gallipoli.

    First edition. Account of the services of the Zion Mule Corps, which became the 38th Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers (also known as the Jewish Legion), in the Dardanelles; "This formation, about 500 strong, was equipped with pack mules for transport work it did during the Gallipoli Campaign. Very good work it did. Its commander does not however, confine himself to its career but speculates at large upon the policy and strategy of the whole campaign, and has some interesting notes on the country" (Falls). Learn More
    £75

    Date of Publication: 1916

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115530

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  8. Revolt in the Desert.

    Revolt in the Desert.

    Large paper issue of the first edition, limited to 315 numbered copies, of which 300 were for sale; this copy is number 140. The costs for production of the 1926 Seven Pillars of Wisdom had ballooned to such an extent that Lawrence was contemplating selling either his library or some of his property to clear the debt. Eventually he settled on the publication of an abridgement, undertaken in 1926 by Lawrence himself with the help of some of his fellow servicemen, an earlier attempt by Edward Garnett having been set aside. Learn More
    £2,000

    Date of Publication: 1927

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115343

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  9. The Winnowing-Fan: Poems on The Great War.

    The Winnowing-Fan: Poems on The Great War.

    First edition, first impression, in an exceptional example of the rare dust jacket. The Winnowing-Fan was Binyon's first collection of war poems, and includes the first book appearance of "For the Fallen" (which made its first appearance in The Times 21 September 1914), certainly the most famous memorial poem of the Great War, perhaps of all wars. Learn More
    £1,250

    Date of Publication: 1914

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115102

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  10. War Memoirs.
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    War Memoirs.

    First edition of volumes V and VI, second edition of volume IV, reprints of the remaining volumes. "His main and exhausting task [during his retirement] was the writing of massive works of reminiscence, his War Memoirs (1933-6) and The Truth about the Peace Treaties (1938). They were written with the aid of advisers, notably Liddell Hart. These volumes, especially the War Memoirs, are a remarkable achievement, which bear comparison with Churchill's later. Learn More
    £250

    Date of Publication: 1936

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 114820

    Signed: Yes

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  11. The Crater of Mars.

    The Crater of Mars.

    First edition. Uncommon. Entertaining, but entirely plausible account by the war correspondent turned intelligence officer, sometime head of the wireless section at GHQ, and a colleague of Meinertzhagen in Gaza. "Mr. Tuohy claims to have been ‘possibly the one person to describe, by luck and circumstance, a complete circle round the conflict of 1914-1918'. Learn More
    £175

    Date of Publication: 1929

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 114805

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  12. The Story of the Irish Citizen Army.

    The Story of the Irish Citizen Army.

    The first account that has been given of the formation of the Irish Citizen Army during the Dublin Strike of 1913–14, and the part played by it in the subsequent history of Ireland.
    First edition. O'Casey was General Secretary of the Irish Citizen Army for a few months in 1914, resigning when the ICA voted to allow its members to also have membership in the Irish Volunteers. Learn More
    £350

    Date of Publication: 1919

    Published: Dublin

    Stock Code: 114546

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  13. A Brief Record of The Advance of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force
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    A Brief Record of The Advance of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force

    under the Command of General Sir Edmund H. H. Allenby. July 1917 to October 1918. Compiled from Official Sources and Published by The Palestine News.
    First edition, first impression, more commonly found in buff paper wrappers, O'Brien commenting that only "a few copies" were bound in cloth, scarce in this state. A "collaborator's copy" bearing the name of Lieut. Col. G.E. Badcock on the official compliments slip pasted to the front free endpaper, which is signed by the editor Lieutenant-Colonel Harry Pirie-Gordon. Learn More
    £4,000

    Date of Publication: 1919

    Published: Cairo

    Stock Code: 114471

    Signed: Yes

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  14. The Campaign in Gallipoli.

    The Campaign in Gallipoli.

    With an Introduction by Marshal Liman von Sanders Pasha. Translated from the German by Major C. J. P. Ball, DSO, MC (Late RA).
    First edition in English, first impression, in a particularly attractive example of the jacket. Hans Kannengiesser commanded the Turkish 9th Division at Gallipoli, which was part of the Fifth Army under Liman von Sanders. This is one of the most important accounts of the campaign from the German standpoint: "Kannengiesser's book, Gallipoli: Bedeutung und Verlaf der Kämpfe 1915, published in 1927 in Berlin, provided interesting insights into the military capability of Turks, the temperament of Turkish soldiers, and relations between Turkish and German officers" (Sagona, Atabay, Mackie, McGibbon, Reid eds, Anzac Battlefield: A Gallipoli Landscape of War and Memory, CUP 2016, p. Learn More
    £750

    Date of Publication: 1927

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 114008

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  15. Historical Record of The 6th Gurkha Rifles. Volume I 1817-1919.

    Historical Record of The 6th Gurkha Rifles. Volume I 1817-1919.

    First edition, first impression, in an appealing (if somewhat utilitarian) contemporary "native" binding; the regiment's history was continued in volumes published in 1955 and 1985. "The three Bns are dealt with separately - 1st Bn in full, for its entire span through to 1919, 2nd Bn from its formation in 1904 onwards, and 3rd Bn quite briefly because it was formed only in 1917. Learn More
    £295

    Date of Publication: 1925

    Published: Aldershot

    Stock Code: 114002

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  16. Development of Tactics - World War.

    Development of Tactics - World War.

    Translated by Harry Bell.
    First edition in English; commercially uncommon, not in Copac but well represented on OCLC (although almost exclusively in US institutional libraries). Originally published as Entwickelung der Taktik im Weltkriege (Berlin 1920, expanded edition 1922), this is one of the key works of the leading Prussian tactical theorist William Balck (1858-1924), a highly decorated divisional commander during the Great War: "Balck was a staunch critic of Chief of the General Staff Alfred von Schlieffen for his one-sided emphasis on envelopment. Learn More
    £250

    Date of Publication: 1922

    Published: Fort Leavenworth, KS

    Stock Code: 113999

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  17. In Memoriam, MCMXIV-MCMXVIII,

    In Memoriam, MCMXIV-MCMXVIII,

    et [followed by the names of 16 officers.] S. Oswald’s Church, Bakloh, 19th October, 1927.
    First and only edition; rare: apparently unrecorded and presumably produced in a very small print run. This little volume records the service of dedication for the 4th Prince of Wales's Own Gurkha Rifles war memorial at Bakloh, northern India, which served as a cantonment for the regiment. It comprises the order of service, a brief description of the memorial, the names of those present at the ceremony and a short account of the visit of Sir William Birdwood, C-in-C northern army in India. Learn More
    £350

    Date of Publication: 1927

    Published: Calcutta

    Stock Code: 113967

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    Gas! The Story of the Special Brigade.

    First edition, first impression, uncommon in the dust jacket. From the library of Captain W. H. Livens, with his ownership inscription on the front free endpaper; tipped-in to the verso of the front free endpaper is a typed letter signed from E. Stephen Brooks of The Times sending this as a review copy and requesting a review for both The Times and the TLS (dated 24 October 1934, The Times embossed letterhead); this is accompanied by Livens review (clipped by him from The Times, dated in his hand 30/10/34 and initialled at the foot). Learn More
    £750

    Date of Publication: 1934

    Published: Edinburgh & London

    Stock Code: 113959

    Signed: Yes

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  19. The Fire of Life.

    The Fire of Life.

    First edition, first impression, uncommon, particularly so in the dust jacket. "A soldier's record of forty-six years service, of life in an Irish regiment [the Connaught Rangers], in the Indian Cavalry [35th Scinde Horse], on the North-West Frontier of India, in Pekin [Boxer Rebellion] & Manchuria; of campaigns in Waziristan, China, France [staff], Palestine, Syria, Afghanistan" (jacket blurb). Learn More
    £225

    Date of Publication: [1942]

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 113948

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  20. The Hill of Vision. A Forecast of the Great War

    The Hill of Vision. A Forecast of the Great War

    and of Social Revolution with the Coming of the New Race. Gathered from Automatic Writings Obtained between 1909 and 1912, and also, in 1918, through the hand of John Alleyne, under the supervision of the author. Script by John Alleyne.
    First edition, first printing, an exceptionally fine copy in the jacket, of this collection of psychically produced pieces prophesying (from as early as 1909) World War I, obtained by the English architect, illustrator, archaeologist and "psychical researcher" Frederick Bligh Bond (1864-1945). He was a member of the Freemasons from 1889, the Theosophical Society from 1895, the Society for Psychical Research from 1902, the Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia from 1909, and the Ghost Club from 1925. Learn More
    £400

    Date of Publication: 1919

    Published: Boston

    Stock Code: 113849

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