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  1. Per Ardua 1914-1918.
    New Arrival

    Per Ardua 1914-1918. c.1928]

    £225

    First edition, one of 250 copies printed for private circulation, of Baring’s poem celebrating the endeavours of the RFC during the First World War. Very scarce, with OCLC listing only 11 locations in libraries worldwide, and a fine copy. Baring joined the RFC at the …Read more

  2. Good-Bye To All That
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    Good-Bye To All That 1929

    £325

    First edition, first impression, second issue, with the infamous Sassoon poem excised and replaced with cancels and asterisks. The story of the suppression of this issue is well recorded. The book printed a poem Sassoon had written to Graves as a letter. Sassoon was horrified …Read more

  3. The Western Front. Drawings.
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    The Western Front. Drawings. November 1916 - October 1917

    £800

    First edition, complete as published in the original monthly parts, of Muirhead Bone’s Western Front series, which contains the first iterations of his over 200 war images, selections from which were then reproduced in separate “deluxe” portfolios like the War Drawings. These parts issues were …Read more

  4. The Waste Land.

    The Waste Land. 1922

    £2,750

    First edition, first printing, second state binding in stiff boards with the numbers in the colophon 2 mm in height. Read more

  5. A Brief Record of The Advance of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force

    A Brief Record of The Advance of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force 1919

    £4,000

    First edition, first impression, more commonly found in buff paper wrappers, O’Brien commenting that only “a few copies” were bound in cloth, scarce in this state. A “collaborator’s copy” bearing the name of Lieut. Col. G.E. Badcock on the official compliments slip pasted to …Read more

  6. With the Zionists in Gallipoli.

    With the Zionists in Gallipoli. 1916

    £75

    First edition. Account of the services of the Zion Mule Corps, which became the 38th Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers (also known as the Jewish Legion), in the Dardanelles; “This formation, about 500 strong, was equipped with pack mules for transport work it did during …Read more

  7. The Winnowing-Fan: Poems on The Great War.

    The Winnowing-Fan: Poems on The Great War. 1914

    £1,250

    First edition, first impression, in an exceptional example of the rare dust jacket. The Winnowing-Fan was Binyon’s first collection of war poems, and includes the first book appearance of “For the Fallen” (which made its first appearance in The Times 21 September 1914), certainly the …Read more

  8. Revolt in the Desert.

    Revolt in the Desert. 1927

    £2,000

    Large paper issue of the first edition, limited to 315 numbered copies, of which 300 were for sale; this copy is number 140. The costs for production of the 1926 Seven Pillars of Wisdom had ballooned to such an extent that Lawrence was contemplating selling …Read more

  9. The Crater of Mars.

    The Crater of Mars. 1929

    £175

    First edition. Uncommon. Entertaining, but entirely plausible account by the war correspondent turned intelligence officer, sometime head of the wireless section at GHQ, and a colleague of Meinertzhagen in Gaza. “Mr. Tuohy claims to have been ‘possibly the one person to describe, by luck and …Read more

  10. Magpies in Picardy.

    Magpies in Picardy. 1919

    £750

    First edition, first impression, in the very scarce dust jacket designed by Claude Lovat Fraser. This copy has laid in a note inscribed by Wilson’s bereaved parents in pencil, “Rev: J. F. A. Wicksteed with all good wishes from A. F. & T. Cameron Wilson, …Read more

  11. War Memoirs.

    War Memoirs. 1936

    £250

    First edition of volumes V and VI, second edition of volume IV, reprints of the remaining volumes. “His main and exhausting task [during his retirement] was the writing of massive works of reminiscence, his War Memoirs (1933–6) and The Truth about the Peace Treaties (1938). …Read more

  12. The Story of the Irish Citizen Army.

    The Story of the Irish Citizen Army. 1919

    £350

    First edition. O’Casey was General Secretary of the Irish Citizen Army for a few months in 1914, resigning when the ICA voted to allow its members to also have membership in the Irish Volunteers. Read more

  13. Six Months in Politics by “West Country Miner.”

    Six Months in Politics by “West Country Miner.” 1917

    £475

    First and only edition of a collection of articles dedicated to “that Great Nation who strong through suffering bore single-handed at Verdun the death-bleeding Burden for her backward Allies – backward through no lack of Will for Service, but from their Failure to Prepare for …Read more

  14. The Campaign in Gallipoli.

    The Campaign in Gallipoli. 1927

    £750

    First edition in English, first impression, in a particularly attractive example of the jacket. Hans Kannengiesser commanded the Turkish 9th Division at Gallipoli, which was part of the Fifth Army under Liman von Sanders. This is one of the most important accounts of the campaign …Read more

  15. Historical Record of The 6th Gurkha Rifles. Volume I 1817-1919.

    Historical Record of The 6th Gurkha Rifles. Volume I 1817-1919. 1925

    £295

    First edition, first impression, in an appealing (if somewhat utilitarian) contemporary “native” binding; the regiment’s history was continued in volumes published in 1955 and 1985. “The three Bns are dealt with separately – 1st Bn in full, for its entire span through to 1919, 2nd …Read more

  16. Development of Tactics – World War.

    Development of Tactics – World War. 1922

    £250

    First edition in English; commercially uncommon, not in Copac but well represented on OCLC (although almost exclusively in US institutional libraries). Originally published as Entwickelung der Taktik im Weltkriege (Berlin 1920, expanded edition 1922), this is one of the key works of the leading Prussian …Read more

  17. In Memoriam, MCMXIV-MCMXVIII,

    In Memoriam, MCMXIV-MCMXVIII, 1927

    £350

    First and only edition; rare: apparently unrecorded and presumably produced in a very small print run. This little volume records the service of dedication for the 4th Prince of Wales’s Own Gurkha Rifles war memorial at Bakloh, northern India, which served as a cantonment for …Read more

  18. “Gas!” The Story of the Special Brigade.

    “Gas!” The Story of the Special Brigade. 1934

    £750

    First edition, first impression, uncommon in the dust jacket. From the library of Captain W. H. Livens, with his ownership inscription on the front free endpaper; tipped-in to the verso of the front free endpaper is a typed letter signed from E. Stephen Brooks of …Read more

  19. The Fire of Life.

    The Fire of Life. [1942]

    £225

    First edition, first impression, uncommon, particularly so in the dust jacket. “A soldier’s record of forty-six years service, of life in an Irish regiment [the Connaught Rangers], in the Indian Cavalry [35th Scinde Horse], on the North-West Frontier of India, in Pekin [Boxer Rebellion] & …Read more

  20. French Replies to Haig.

    French Replies to Haig. 1936

    £295

    First edition, first impression, scarce in the dust jacket. Loosely inserted is an autograph letter signed from the author, presenting the book: “Edgar, with every good wish, from Gerald. March 27th 1936” (on French’s embossed letterhead). This is a defence of the author’s father, Sir …Read more

  21. The Hill of Vision. A Forecast of the Great War

    The Hill of Vision. A Forecast of the Great War 1919

    £400

    First edition, first printing, an exceptionally fine copy in the jacket, of this collection of psychically produced pieces prophesying (from as early as 1909) World War I, obtained by the English architect, illustrator, archaeologist and “psychical researcher” Frederick Bligh Bond (1864-1945). He was a member …Read more

  22. The Unknown War:

    The Unknown War: 1931

    £3,250

    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy of the final volume of The World Crisis, with “To Elbert A. Wickes, Inscribed by Winston Churchill, March 1932” to the front free endpaper. Wickes was the president of Alber & Wickes, the Boston-based literary and theatrical agency which …Read more

  23. Secret Despatches from Arabia.

    Secret Despatches from Arabia. 1939

    £600

    Limited edition, number 663 of 1,000 numbered copies, printed in Eric Gill’s Perpetua type on handmade paper. “The majority of Lawrence’s contributions to the Arab Bulletin are published in this volume. In addition to these items, ‘Syrian Cross Currents’, previously unpublished, is included; this was …Read more

  24. The Great War.

    The Great War. [1935]

    £1,250

    A finely bound set of the four-volume issue of the first illustrated edition of the World Crisis. The first illustrated edition was published by Newnes in 26 parts in magazine format in 1933–4, followed by the three-volume issue in 1934 and the four-volume issue in …Read more

  25. The War Poems.

    The War Poems. 1919

    £2,250

    First edition, first impression of Sassoon’s key poetical statement on the war, collecting a number of the author’s best known war poems, and numerous previously unpublished works. Read more

  26. Poems 1914-1919.

    Poems 1914-1919. 1920

    £65

    First edition, signed limited issue. Number 36 of 100 copies signed by the author and printed on Japon paper. This copy has the bookplate of Anthony Hobson (1921-2014), who was the director of Sotheby’s and noted bibliophile. Read more

  27. The Middle Parts of Fortune. Somme & Ancre, 1916.

    The Middle Parts of Fortune. Somme & Ancre, 1916. 1929

    £1,250

    First edition, the unexpurgated limited edition, number 273 of 525 copies. The book was published in this limited edition in 1929, garnering informed praise and intemperate notoriety in close to equal measure, and an expurgated edition, under the title Her Privates We (taken from the …Read more

  28. Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man.

    Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man. 1929

    £2,750

    First illustrated edition, signed limited issue. Number 214 of 300 copies signed by the Sassoon and Nicholson on the limitation page. First published the previous year, Sassoon’s “lightly fictionalized autobiography of his early years in Kent, in which he figures as the narrator George Sherston, …Read more

  29. Arabia of the Wahhabis.

    Arabia of the Wahhabis. 1928

    £675

    First edition, first impression of the work completing Philby’s account of his mission to Ibn Sa’ud, ruler of the Nejd, in 1917, begun with The Heart of Arabia, published in 1922. The British were keen to woo Ibn Sa’ud into attacking the Rashids of Ha’il, …Read more

  30. The War Poems.

    The War Poems. 1919

    £3,250

    First edition, first impression of Sassoon’s “savagely realistic and compassionate war poems” (Rupert Hart-Davis in ODNB), gathering 64 pieces, 12 of which appear in print for the first time here, the others having been published in two previous collections: The Old Huntsman (1917) and Counter-Attack …Read more

  31. The Collected Works.

    The Collected Works. 1979

    £95

    First Parsons edition, first impression; Rosenberg’s collected works were published in 1937. Read more

  32. Military Operations, France and Belgium, 1915.

    Military Operations, France and Belgium, 1915. 1927

    £225

    First edition, part of the official History of the Great War, begun under the direction of Edmonds shortly in 1919 and only completed in 2010, by which time the series had expanded to include 109 volumes. Before the war Edmonds worked in military intelligence, notably …Read more

  33. Military Operations, France and Belgium, 1918.

    Military Operations, France and Belgium, 1918. 1937

    £225

    First edition, part of the official History of the Great War, begun under the direction of Edmonds shortly in 1919 and only completed in 2010, by which time the series had expanded to include 109 volumes. Before the war Edmonds worked in military intelligence, notably …Read more

  34. Military Operations, France and Belgium, 1914.

    Military Operations, France and Belgium, 1914. 1926

    £95

    First printed in 1922, this third edition “was edited for errors, then updated and corrected to information gained from new sources … mainly from the French and German official histories, as well as British, French and German regimental histories. There was also a wider coverage …Read more

  35. Army Diary, 1899–1926.

    Army Diary, 1899–1926. 1960

    £150

    First edition, first impression. Meinertzhagen’s veracity has been questioned in the context of his account of his encounters with T. E. Lawrence in Paris; his claims to have attempted the rescue of the Russian Imperial family from Ekaterinburg; the swash-buckling interventions in the Spanish Civil …Read more

  36. Toes up. A Chronicle of Gay and Doleful Adventures of Alpini and Mules and Wine.

    Toes up. A Chronicle of Gay and Doleful Adventures of Alpini and Mules and Wine. 1930

    £125

    First edition in English, originally published as Le Scarpe al Sole, Bologna, 1921. “Tales of the Alpini fighting against the Austrians in the Alps” (Lengel). Monelli saw action at Valsugana, Ortigara, and Caporetto, before being taken prisoner and held at the Festung Hohensalzburg. The original …Read more

  37. On the Road to Kut.

    On the Road to Kut. 1917

    £85

    First edition, first impression of this eyewitness account of the four-month siege of Kut, “arguably, Britain’s worse military defeat since the surrender of Cornwallis’s army in 1781 during the American Revolutionary War” (Colonel Patrick Crowley, Kut 1916: Courage and Failure in Iraq, 2009), including reports …Read more

  38. The Gates of Kut.

    The Gates of Kut. 1917

    £125

    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, blind-stamped thus on the title-page. This novelised account of the infamous siege of Kut, modern-day Iraq, “arguably, Britain’s worse military defeat since the surrender of Cornwallis’s army in 1781 during the American Revolutionary War” (Colonel Patrick Crowley, Kut 1916: …Read more

  39. “L.M. 9046.” An Intimate Story of the Foreign Legion.

    “L.M. 9046.” An Intimate Story of the Foreign Legion. 1927

    £200

    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 …Read more

  40. How Jerusalem Was Won.

    How Jerusalem Was Won. 1919

    £75

    First edition of this account of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force up to the taking of Jericho in February 1918, covering the Third Battle of Gaza, the capture of Jerusalem and the ensuing raids into the Trans-Jordan. Massey was official correspondent of the London newspapers with …Read more

  41. With the M.T. in Mesopotamia.

    With the M.T. in Mesopotamia. 1920

    £95

    First edition. Leland served as assistant director and later deputy director of the Mechanical Transport division in Mesopotamia from 1916 to 1918, working under General F. S. Maude. His account is a detailed insight into the logistics of the Mesopotamian Campaign, with a chronological account …Read more

  42. Remembering Kut.

    Remembering Kut. 1937

    £275

    First edition, first impression, decidedly scarce in the dust jacket. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: “Dorina Lockhart Neave, 26 April 1937”. An important study of the terrible four month siege of Kut in Mesopotamia, now Iraq: “it was, arguably, Britain’s worse …Read more

  43. The Paris Front.

    The Paris Front. 1933

    £75

    First UK edition, first impression. From the publisher’s archive, with their ink stamp to front paste down and front panel of the dust jacket. Read more

  44. Goliath and David.

    Goliath and David. [1916]

    £3,250

    First edition. Presentation copy, inscribed by Graves’s father to Henry Newbolt (1862-1938), the English poet and writer, on the title page: “Sir Henry Newbolt, from his admirer the author, via his father Alfred Perceval Graves. March 9th, 1917. Captain, 3rd Batt., Royal Welch Fusiliers.” At …Read more

  45. My War Experiences in Two Continents.

    My War Experiences in Two Continents. 1919

    £225

    First edition. Macnaughtan was already a successful novelist when war began in 1914 and she travelled to Belgium to volunteer as a nurse, having previously worked in the Balkans, South Africa and London’s East End. She served courageously during the siege of Antwerp and later …Read more

  46. Tigris Gunboats.

    Tigris Gunboats. 1932

    £475

    First edition, first impression, very scarce in the eye-catching dust jacket. Tigris Gunboats was greeted with great enthusiasm by The Naval Review in 1932: “This is a book for which many naval officers must have looked, for the account of the work of the Royal …Read more

  47. Prelude to Victory.

    Prelude to Victory. 1939

    £750

    First edition, uncommon in the dust jacket. An important study of the Nivelle Offensive of 1917. “[Spears’s] perfect knowledge of French and close association with the French Command, added to his own experience and powers of observation and reflection, have enabled him to tell the …Read more

  48. The Eighteenth Decisive Battle of the World.

    The Eighteenth Decisive Battle of the World. 1931

    £200

    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 …Read more

  1. New Arrival
    Per Ardua 1914-1918.
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    BARING, Maurice. BARING, Maurice.

    Per Ardua 1914-1918.

    £225

  2. New Arrival
    Good-Bye To All That
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    GRAVES, Robert. GRAVES, Robert.

    Good-Bye To All That

    £325

  3. New Arrival
    The Western Front. Drawings.
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    BONE, Muirhead. BONE, Muirhead.

    The Western Front. Drawings.

    £800

  4. The Waste Land.
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    ELIOT, T. S. ELIOT, T. S.

    The Waste Land.

    £2,750

  5. A Brief Record of The Advance of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force
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    (LAWRENCE, T. E.) (LAWRENCE, T. E.)

    A Brief Record of The Advance of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force

    £4,000

  6. With the Zionists in Gallipoli.
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    PATTERSON, J.H., Lt.-Colonel. PATTERSON, J.H., Lt.-Colonel.

    With the Zionists in Gallipoli.

    £75

  7. The Winnowing-Fan: Poems on The Great War.
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    BINYON, Laurence. BINYON, Laurence.

    The Winnowing-Fan: Poems on The Great War.

    £1,250

  8. Revolt in the Desert.
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    LAWRENCE, T. E. LAWRENCE, T. E.

    Revolt in the Desert.

    £2,000

  9. The Crater of Mars.
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    TUOHY, Ferdinand. TUOHY, Ferdinand.

    The Crater of Mars.

    £175

  10. Magpies in Picardy.
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    WILSON, T. P. Cameron. WILSON, T. P....

    Magpies in Picardy.

    £750

  11. The Story of the Irish Citizen Army.
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    [O'CASEY, Sean.] CATHASAIGH, P. O. [O'CASEY, Sean.] CATHASAIGH,...

    The Story of the Irish Citizen Army.

    £350

  12. Six Months in Politics by “West Country Miner.”
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    [JAMES, Alfred.] [JAMES, Alfred.]

    Six Months in Politics by “West Country Miner.”

    £475

  13. Historical Record of The 6th Gurkha Rifles. Volume I 1817-1919.
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    (6th GURKHA RIFLES.) RYAN, D. G.... (6th GURKHA RIFLES.)...

    Historical Record of The 6th Gurkha Rifles. Volume I 1817-1919.

    £295

  14. Development of Tactics – World War.
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    BALCK, William. BALCK, William.

    Development of Tactics – World War.

    £250

  15. In Memoriam, MCMXIV-MCMXVIII,
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    (4th GURKHA RIFLES.) (4th GURKHA RIFLES.)

    In Memoriam, MCMXIV-MCMXVIII,

    £350

  16. “Gas!” The Story of the Special Brigade.
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    FOULKES, C. H. FOULKES, C. H.

    “Gas!” The Story of the Special Brigade.

    £750

  17. French Replies to Haig.
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    FRENCH, Gerald. FRENCH, Gerald.

    French Replies to Haig.

    £295

  18. The Hill of Vision. A Forecast of the Great War
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    BOND, Frederick Bligh. BOND, Frederick Bligh.

    The Hill of Vision. A Forecast of the Great War

    £400

  19. Secret Despatches from Arabia.
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    LAWRENCE, T. E. LAWRENCE, T. E.

    Secret Despatches from Arabia.

    £600

  20. Poems 1914-1919.
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    BARING, Maurice. BARING, Maurice.

    Poems 1914-1919.

    £65

  21. The Middle Parts of Fortune. Somme & Ancre, 1916.
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    MANNING, Frederick. MANNING, Frederick.

    The Middle Parts of Fortune. Somme & Ancre, 1916.

    £1,250

  22. Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man.
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    SASSOON, Siegfried. SASSOON, Siegfried.

    Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man.

    £2,750

  23. The Collected Works.
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    ROSENBERG, Isaac. ROSENBERG, Isaac.

    The Collected Works.

    £95

  24. Military Operations, France and Belgium, 1915.
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    EDMONDS, Sir James Edward, & Graeme... EDMONDS, Sir James...

    Military Operations, France and Belgium, 1915.

    £225

  25. Military Operations, France and Belgium, 1918.
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    EDMONDS, Sir James Edward. EDMONDS, Sir James...

    Military Operations, France and Belgium, 1918.

    £225

  26. Military Operations, France and Belgium, 1914.
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    EDMONDS, Sir James Edward. EDMONDS, Sir James...

    Military Operations, France and Belgium, 1914.

    £95

  27. Army Diary, 1899–1926.
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    MEINERTZHAGEN, Richard. MEINERTZHAGEN, Richard.

    Army Diary, 1899–1926.

    £150

  28. Toes up. A Chronicle of Gay and Doleful Adventures of Alpini and Mules and Wine.
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    MONELLI, Paolo. MONELLI, Paolo.

    Toes up. A Chronicle of Gay and Doleful Adventures of Alpini and Mules and Wine.

    £125

  29. On the Road to Kut.
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    "BLACK TAB." "BLACK TAB."

    On the Road to Kut.

    £85

  30. The Gates of Kut.
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    RUSSELL, Lindsay. RUSSELL, Lindsay.

    The Gates of Kut.

    £125

  31. “L.M. 9046.” An Intimate Story of the Foreign Legion.
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    KING, David Wooster. KING, David Wooster.

    “L.M. 9046.” An Intimate Story of the Foreign Legion.

    £200

  32. With the M.T. in Mesopotamia.
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    LELAND, Francis William. LELAND, Francis William.

    With the M.T. in Mesopotamia.

    £95

  33. Goliath and David.
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    GRAVES, Robert. GRAVES, Robert.

    Goliath and David.

    £3,250

  34. My War Experiences in Two Continents.
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    MACNAUGHTAN, Sarah Broom. MACNAUGHTAN, Sarah Broom.

    My War Experiences in Two Continents.

    £225

  35. The Eighteenth Decisive Battle of the World.
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    D'ABERNON, Edgar Vincent, Viscount. D'ABERNON, Edgar Vincent,...

    The Eighteenth Decisive Battle of the World.

    £200

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