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LIDDELL HART, Basil Henry.

The Current of War.

Published: London: Hutchinson & Co. (Publishers) Ltd., 1941

Stock code: 110033

Price: £150

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First edition of this collection of prophetic articles from the 20s and 30s on the possible shape of the coming war, and current articles on its actual progress. Mearsheimer is predictably critical of Liddell Hart’s selective use of evidence “highly questionable” inferences (see Liddell Hart and the Weight of History, p. 180). This copy is inscribed by the author on the half-title; “To Storm Jameson in admiration & friendship from Basil Liddell Hart, 27th May 1941”. Jameson’s attractive bookplate verso of the front free endpaper. Jameson was a close friend and frequent correspondent of BHLH’s, holding him in high regard. In a letter to him she explained how she took “blood transfusions” from real people to help bring life to her characters; “So for example – I need an unusually intelligent or unusually civilised character for some situation or some theme of a novel: I try to imagine when I’m writing a scene in which this person must act, how Basil Liddell-Hart would act in such a situation, what he would say, how he might feel” (letter of 17 August 1952, quoted in Birkett, Margaret Storm Jameson: A Life, p.14). Interesting 5-page article from The Listener, 7 February 1952, by Chester Wilmot on “The Conduct of the War” loosely inserted.

Octavo. Original black cloth, title gilt to spine. With the striking typographic dust jacket. Maps to endpapers. The cloth a little mottled, pale toning of the text-block, the publisher’s catalogue at the rear browned, scatter of foxing to the first few leaves and the fore-edge, but overall very good indeed in a slightly rubbed jacket, slight chipping at the edges, but unclipped.

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