(BRADFORD) WELCH, T., Major & C. Turley-Smith.
Brigadier-General R.B. Bradford, V.C., M.C. and his Brothers.
First edition, one of just 50 copies printed on japon. No copy on COPAC, no copy in BL, not in IWM, a single copy (Calgary) on OCLC. The four Bradford brothers were the sons of a Durham colliery owner. Three were killed in the war; two won the VC, the only brothers to do so; and the third won the MC. The survivor Thomas Bradford was awarded the DSO for his services with the 8th Bn. DLI. This copy inscribed by Thomas and by Major Welch, one of the compilers: “To George Hunter, To whom that part of the book which deals with Roland Bradford owes so much.” Loosely inserted two-page letter from Welch to Hunter: “The book owes more to you than to anybody else, and in sending you a copy I wish to express to you again my warm thanks for the difficult work you did in bringing it into being.” Hunter has added a page of pencilled notes on his involvement in the writing of the book, and on the delays that attended its final publication. Loosely inserted news-clipping about Sir Thomas (as he later became) Bradford’s retirement as a magistrate in Durham in 1961 at the age of 75; he died in 1966. A nicely provenanced copy of a desperately uncommon book.
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Octavo. Original blue ribbed cloth on bevelled boards, title gilt to the spine, and to the upper board together with the crest of the Durham Light Infantry. Triple-fold photogravure frontispiece, printed in sepia, facsimile signatures. Very slightly rubbed at the extremities, spine a touch sunned, else a very good copy.