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My War Experiences in Two Continents.

Edited by her niece, Mrs. Lionel Salmon (Betty Keays-Young).

Published: London: John Murray, 1919

Stock code: 110280

Price: £225

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First edition. Macnaughtan was already a successful novelist when war began in 1914 and she travelled to Belgium to volunteer as a nurse, having previously worked in the Balkans, South Africa and London’s East End. She served courageously during the siege of Antwerp and later joined Hector Munro’s ambulance unit. In 1915 she travelled to Russia with the Red Cross “but once there found herself frustrated by official delays; her attempt in February 1916 to serve in Persia was aborted by what proved fatal illness”, and she died later that year (ODNB). Highly uncommon in this condition with the dust jacket.

Octavo. Original green cloth, titles and twin rules to spine and front cover in dark red. With the dust jacket. Photographic portrait frontispiece. Contemporary manuscript catalogue note laid-in. Variable light toning to contents (wartime paper-stock), nonetheless a superb copy in the chipped dust jacket with a small hole to the spine-panel and old tape-repair to verso.

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