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PENIAKOFF, Vladimir, Lieutenant-Colonel.

Private Army.

Published: London: Jonathan Cape, 1950

Stock code: 86498

Price: £375

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First edition, third impression, one month after the first. This copy inscribed on the front free endpaper, “from Popski, London 18 August 1950”. The story of Popski’s Private Army, officially No. 1 Demolition Squadron, PPA, and their operations behind lines in the Western Desert. An extremely uncommon book signed or inscribed as Popski died just a year after publication.

Octavo. Original mid-brown cloth, title gilt to the spine, Popski’s astrolabe device gilt to the upper board. Portrait frontispiece and 9 other plates, 4 folding maps, title page in red and black. Slightly cocked, endpapers a little foxed, otherwise very good, protected by a well-made home-made heavy pale blue paper jacket, lettered “Popski” on the spine.

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