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BULWER-LYTTON, Alexander Edward John, Viscount Knebworth.

Hoc virtutis opus. The record of a great achievement.

Published: London: Privately Printed at The Chiswick Press, 1943

Stock code: 65960

Price: £200

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First and only edition. Uncommon memorial volume, COPAC has Oxford only, no other copy traced. Viscount Knebworth was mortally wounded while commanding a column of light tanks and armoured cars in the Western Desert in 1942. Loosely inserted into this copy is a carbon-copy typescript of a despatch datelined 3 August 1942 from Richard Dimbleby describing the activities of the Knebworth column. This copy inscribed on the front free endpaper; “Himley Cartwright from John’s father and mother, Lytton [&] Pamela Lytton, Christmas 1943.”

Octavo. Original brick red buckram, title gilt to spine and upper board. Photogravure portrait frontispiece and one other similar plate. Spine slightly sunned, a little rubbed on the boards, light foxing, front, back and fore-edge, but overall a very good copy.

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