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D'ABERNON, Edgar Vincent, Viscount.

The Eighteenth Decisive Battle of the World.

Warsaw, 1920.

Published: London: Hodder and Stoughton, Limited, 1931

Stock code: 109848

Price: £200

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First edition, first impression. “In June 1920 D’Abernon was appointed first ambassador to the German republic … Before reaching Berlin he went in July 1920 to Poland as the leader of a special mission intended to urge on Marshal Pilsudski’s government an armistice in its war with the Bolsheviks. The red armies were routed in their advance on Warsaw in August, chiefly by the strategic advice of the French Marshal Weygand, but partly from the steadying effects of D’Abernon, who had telegraphed to Curzon asking for the immediate dispatch of a Franco-British expeditionary force of at least 20,000 men” (ODNB).

Octavo. Original purple cloth, spine lettered in gilt. With the dust jacket. 2 photographic plates, 2 sketch-maps to text, 3 folding maps loose in pocket to rear as issued. Author’s carte-de-visite (with inked addition of “With [Viscount D’Abernon]’s compliments”) paperclipped to half-title causing small rust-mark to title-page, recent review cutting laid in, spine gently rolled. An excellent copy in the slightly rubbed and soiled dust jacket with a few minor nicks and portion of tape-repair to foot of spine on verso.

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