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BLAKER, Richard.

Medal Without Bar.

Published: London: Hodder and Stoughton Limited, 1930

Stock code: 85773

Price: £325

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First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Wendell from Dick. ‘…Why ’tis a gull, a fool, a rogue that now & then goes to the war, to grace himself at his return into London under the form of a soldier…’ Shakespeare. ‘…I took out my old fowling-piece.’ Little Tich. [indecipherable location] 16/1/30”. The Shakespeare quotation is spoken by Gower in act III of Henry V, and Little Tich was a popular English music hall star. Blaker’s novel of the First World War is considered one of the finest war novels of the twentieth century. “How did the average, ordinary man of some position and substance, not young, untrained, fare in the War if he had the fortune to come through alive and unspoiled in health? Mr. Blaker cleverly answers the question in this, one of the longest and most detailed war novels. He also gives perhaps the finest picture yet painted of life in a field-artillery battery … his attitude to the War itself is sane and just. This is one of the books which could not possibly have been written save upon the foundation of experience” (Falls).

Octavo. Original brown speckled cloth, titles to spine in black, coloured medal ribbon onlay to upper board. With the dust jacket. Spine rolled and toned, sloth a little dulled and toned along the edges, top corner bumped. An excellent copy in the slightly rubbed, dulled, and toned jacket.

Bibliography: Falls pp. 266-7

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