KING, David Wooster.
“L.M. 9046.” An Intimate Story of the Foreign Legion.
First edition, first printing, scarce in the dust jacket. Still a student at Harvard when war broke out, King “joined the 135th Regiment of the French Foreign Legion in November 1914, and fought in the 1915 Champagne offensive, and at Verdun and the Somme in 1916. He transferred to the American Army near the end of the war and served in the counterespionage section at Chaumont. A colourful and engrossing account, especially for 1915-16” (Lengel). King’s memoir was reissued in 1930 with the title Ten Thousand Shall Fall.
Octavo. Original red cloth, spine and front board lettered in black. With the dust jacket. Photographic frontispiece, 11 similar plates. Contemporary American bookseller’s ticket (Strawbridge and Clothier) to rear free endpaper. Spine-ends very lightly bumped, contents toned. A bright, excellent copy in the slightly soiled and chipped dust jacket with a small chip to head of spine costing half a letter.
Bibliography: Lengel 1162; Falls p. 210 (both for the first UK edition, 1929).Don't understand our descriptions? Try reading our Glossary