LIDDELL HART, Basil Henry.
The Ghost of Napoleon.
Second impression of the US first edition, some six months after the first, first published in the UK by Faber & Faber in 1933. This copy with a 1p typed letter signed from Liddell Hart to the journalist and Western historian Don Russell, corner-mounted on the front free endpaper. In the letter BHLH explains that he hopes that Russell has received the copy that he had asked Yale to send, and asks whether he has managed to trace his articles on Lee. On the rear free is a letter from Norman V. Donaldson, secretary to, and later managing director of the Yale University Press, sending the present volume and explaining that; “We published the American edition of this work last autumn, and although it is somewhat technical, the demand for it from the general public has necessitated our doing a second printing.” Based on his Trinity College, Cambridge, Lees Knowles Lectures for 1932-33,”The Movement of Military Thought from the Eighteenth to the Twentieth Century, and its influence on European History.” The New York Times review placed this title on “the never overcrowded shelf of sharply intelligent, adult, thoroughly interesting reading.” Dedicated “To ‘T.E.’ [Lawrence] who trod this road before 1914.” A wonderful copy of this extremely hard to find title.
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Octavo. Original blue cloth, paper label to the spine. With the pictorial dust jacket. Rear hinge very slightly cracked, else a superb copy in an almost untouched jacket.