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Rare first editions, deluxe and collectible editions of books, pamphlets, and ephemera relating to the Second World War, 1939–1945, including its build-up and aftermath.

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  1. 116938

    My Dear Churchill,

    and other open letters to persons in authority.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £50

    Date of Publication: 1941

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116938

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  2. 116494

    How to Pay for the War.

    A Radical Plan for the Chancellor of the Exchequer.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £100

    Date of Publication: 1940

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116494

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  3. 116292

    Over to You.

    10 Stories of Flyers and Flying.
    First UK edition, first impression, preceded in the same year by the US edition. A collection of stories based on Dahl’s experiences in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War, Over to You was Dahl’s second book, his first of short stories and his first for adults. Learn More
    £375

    Date of Publication: 1946

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116292

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  4. 116139comp
    signed

    The Prof.

    A Personal Memoir of Lord Cherwell.
    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To Robert [Blake] from Roy, 4.ix.59". Learn More
    £85

    Date of Publication: 1959

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116139

    Signed: Yes

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  5. The Second World War.

    The Second World War.

    The Chartwell Edition, not in the standard red cloth, but in the uncommon deluxe binding of "moderate blue" quarter morocco. Issued on the completion of the first edition (1948-54) of Churchill's masterly account of the Second World War, this edition includes the author's last revisions and is also fully illustrated. It was published at 19 guineas, or £21 by subscription, as against the standard binding at £12 9s 6d or 13 guineas by subscription. Learn More
    £750

    Date of Publication: [1955]

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115855

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  6. The Caine Mutiny.

    The Caine Mutiny.

    A Novel of World War II.
    First edition, first printing. The Pulitzer prize-winning novel spent 122 weeks on the New York Times best seller list from August 1951 to August 1953. The novel is based on Wouk's personal experiences aboard a destroyer-minesweeper in the Pacific in World War II and deals with, among other things, the moral and ethical decisions made at sea by the captains of ships. Learn More
    £200

    Date of Publication: 1951

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 115819

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  7. The Second World War.

    The Second World War.

    The Chartwell Edition, issued on the completion of the first edition (1948-54) of Churchill's masterly account of the Second World War, includes the author's last revisions and is also fully illustrated. It was published at £12 9s 6d or 13 guineas by subscription, the standard Cassell edition cost a total of £8 on first publication. Learn More
    £450

    Date of Publication: [1955]

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115814

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  8. Arms and the Covenant.
    signed

    Arms and the Covenant.

    Compiled by Randolph S. Churchill.
    First edition, only printing. Presentation copy from Churchill to the celebrated journalist Hannen Swaffer, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "To Hannen Swaffer from Winston S. Churchill, January 1939" and almost certainly presented on or near 8 January, when "Churchill gave a long interview to the Daily Herald, during which he and Hannen Swaffer discussed the First World War. Learn More
    £8,250

    Date of Publication: 1938

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 114766

    Signed: Yes

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  9. Crusade in Europe.
    signed

    Crusade in Europe.

    First edition, deluxe issue, number 555 of 1,426 copies; bound with a leaf that prints Eisenhower's D-Day message to the troops, signed by Eisenhower. The leaf was inserted into each of the deluxe issues, though in many it is lacking, having been cannibalized for sale by autograph dealers. This copy is also signed on the front flyleaf by Harry S. Truman, Winston S. Learn More
    £150,000

    Date of Publication: 1948

    Published: Garden City, NY

    Stock Code: 114615

    Signed: Yes

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  10. Arms and the Covenant.

    Arms and the Covenant.

    Compiled by Randolph S. Churchill.
    First edition, only printing, in the scarce first issue jacket, priced 18/- net. An important collection of Churchill's speeches, warning of the dangers of a re-armed Germany. A contemporary review in the journal of the Royal Institute for International Affairs noted that "apart from their literary graces" Churchill's speeches were remarkable because of "the restraint of their language" in view of the "blunders and inaccuracies" of the Government and for his technical mastery: "There seems to be nothing from Naval Strategy to the jigs and tools in an aircraft factory … on which Mr. Learn More
    £2,500

    Date of Publication: 1938

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 114361

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  11. Drama in Malta.
    signed

    Drama in Malta.

    (A Personal Flash-back).
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front fre endpaper: "To Brigadier Edwards hoping that this may recall some memories, with best wishes from Koko Weldon, 24 August 46"; also with a couple of biro corrections to the errata slip (pasted to verso of Author's Note), the Index and correcting the titles of chapters VII and VIII. Learn More
    £250

    Date of Publication: 1946

    Published: Germany

    Stock Code: 113606

    Signed: Yes

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  12. Schindler's Ark.
    signed

    Schindler's Ark.

    First UK edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the title page to book collector Dr Philip Murray: "Best wishes to Dr Murray of Sligo, Tom Keneally, 1983". Originally published in Australia in the same year. Learn More
    £425

    Date of Publication: 1982

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 113531

    Signed: Yes

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  13. The Soldier's Art. A Novel.
    signed

    The Soldier's Art. A Novel.

    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "K. S. Genigson[?] is confirmed in possession of this book. Anthony Powell, Sept 1966", and additionally signed by Powell on the title page, having crossed out his printed name. Learn More
    £500

    Date of Publication: 1966

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 113390

    Signed: Yes

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  14. 90th Training Squadron in the China-Burma-India Theatre - personal photograph album with miniature format original photographs.

    90th Training Squadron in the China-Burma-India Theatre - personal photograph album with miniature format original photographs.

    A small collection of material documenting pilot training and service during World War II, concluding with combat duty in India and Burma. The miniature format photographs are largely scenes on or around the unit's base in India, and although small reveal considerable detail when viewed under a lens. The larger images include Shew and his colleague Ed Ward in their P-47 Thunderbolt "Dumbo", annotated verso including a note explaining how Ward ended up "marooned" in Agra after he struck a vulture. Learn More
    £300

    Date of Publication: 1943

    Published:

    Stock Code: 113374

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  15. Our Outfit: The Story of the Parachute Riggers of the 82nd Airborne Division.

    Our Outfit: The Story of the Parachute Riggers of the 82nd Airborne Division.

    First and only edition, extremely uncommon with no other copy traced institutionally or in commerce. A rather clumsy and fragile production, but the content is excellent, offering a fine visual record of the unit from formation at Fort Benning through war services in North Africa, the Sicily landings, Salerno, D-Day, and Arnhem to the end of hostilities in Cologne, with brief anecdotal accounts at each stage. Learn More
    £500

    Date of Publication: c.1946

    Published: ?Fort Bragg

    Stock Code: 113361

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  16. The Second World War.
    signed

    The Second World War.

    First editions, first impressions, except vol. II, which is the fourth edition of 1954; signed in full by the author on the half-title of vol. I and initialled in the same place in the others, for the Association of Men of Kent and Kentish Men, at the request of Wykeham Cornwallis, 2nd baron Cornwallis (1892-1982). Together with a one-page letter on the letterhead of La Pausa, Churchill's literary agent Emery Reves's house. Learn More
    £8,750

    Date of Publication: 1948

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 113307

    Signed: Yes

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  17. Drama in Malta.

    Drama in Malta.

    (A Personal Flash-back).
    First edition. Uncommon, OCLC offering just 6 locations including one record which seems to relate to a variant issue published by Gale & Polden in Aldershot. "Weldon's account of his service in Malta, 1939-1943, based on notes made at the time, printed by Printing and Stationery Service, British Army of the Rhine, [1945]" (King's College London, Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, web-site). Learn More
    £50

    Date of Publication: 1946

    Published: Germany

    Stock Code: 112767

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  18. German soldiers photograph album of service with a Flak unit in occupied Norway.

    German soldiers photograph album of service with a Flak unit in occupied Norway.

    A superbly presented and exhaustively (often humorously) captioned album of original photographs compiled by a young member of a German Flak unit posted to Norway in May 1940, shortly after the invasion. The first few photographs record his initial service in the Reichsarbeitsdienst, Abteilung 215, "W" company, from 4 April to 25 October 1938. In December he appears to have been transferred to the Düsseldorf Flak-Kaserne, and then the Münsterlager training camp. Learn More
    £1,250

    Date of Publication: 1941

    Published: Rhineland & Norway

    Stock Code: 112667

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  19. Die Soldaten des F

    Die Soldaten des F

    First edition. Stereographically illustrated popular account of the invasion of Poland. A superb example retaining the flimsy, rather dull, and consequently rarely encountered jacket. Learn More
    £750

    Date of Publication: 1939

    Published: Munich

    Stock Code: 111904

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  20. Four Quartets.

    Four Quartets.

    First collected edition, first printing, with the slug "first American edition" to the verso of the title page. In the first issue dust jacket with nine titles on the rear panel. This printing was recalled by the publishers after only 788 copies had been distributed on the grounds that the printing was below acceptable standards. Scarce in such nice condition. Learn More
    £3,250

    Date of Publication: 1943

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 111781

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