War and the Arme Blanche.
With an introduction by the Right Hon. Field-Marshal Earl Roberts.
First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to the politician and journalist Leo Amery on the verso of the front free endpaper: “To L. S. Amery, from Erskine Childers. April 10, 1910.” Leo Amery was Childers’s neighbour and editor of The Times’s History of the War in South Africa, for which he persuaded Childers to prepare volume five. The two men were initially exponents of Imperial unity, though later in life they diverged ideologically. Childers became a fanatical supporter of the Irish Home Rule movement, while Amery supported the transfer of power in India and advanced national independence movements in Asia and Africa.
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Octavo. Original red cloth, spine lettered in gilt. Spine darkened, boards stained and discoloured, head of spine frayed. A good copy.