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  1. Catch-22. A Novel.
    New Arrival

    Catch-22. A Novel. 1961

    £9,750

    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Everett Hoffman – With all good wishes from a copywriter at McCall’s to a copywriter at Cunningham & Walsh, and with the sincere hope that this book will give …Read more

  2. How to Pay for the War.
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    How to Pay for the War. 1940

    £100

    First edition, first impression. Read more

  3. Photomontagen zur Zeitgeschichte.
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    Photomontagen zur Zeitgeschichte. 1945

    £1,500

    First edition, inscribed by the author “To Douglas Newton, with best wishes, John Heartfield, London 1st June 1946” on the front free endpaper. Heartfield was born Helmut Herzfield but assumed an English name as a young political activist in Berlin during the Great War. The …Read more

  4. Crusade in Europe.
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    Crusade in Europe. 1948

    £150,000

    First edition, deluxe issue, number 555 of 1,426 copies; bound with a leaf that prints Eisenhower’s D-Day message to the troops, signed by Eisenhower. The leaf was inserted into each of the deluxe issues, though in many it is lacking, having been cannibalized for sale …Read more

  5. The Prof.

    The Prof. 1959

    £85

    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: “To Robert [Blake] from Roy, 4.ix.59”. Read more

  6. The Caine Mutiny.

    The Caine Mutiny. 1951

    £200

    First edition, first printing. The Pulitzer prize-winning novel spent 122 weeks on the New York Times best seller list from August 1951 to August 1953. The novel is based on Wouk’s personal experiences aboard a destroyer-minesweeper in the Pacific in World War II and deals …Read more

  7. The Second World War.

    The Second World War. [1955]

    £450

    The Chartwell Edition, issued on the completion of the first edition (1948–54) of Churchill’s masterly account of the Second World War, includes the author’s last revisions and is also fully illustrated. It was published at £12 9s 6d or 13 guineas by subscription, the standard …Read more

  8. The Second World War.

    The Second World War. [1955]

    £750

    The Chartwell Edition, not in the standard red cloth, but in the uncommon deluxe binding of “moderate blue” quarter morocco. Issued on the completion of the first edition (1948–54) of Churchill’s masterly account of the Second World War, this edition includes the author’s last revisions …Read more

  9. Typed letter signed to the Lord Chancellor relating to appeasement:

    Typed letter signed to the Lord Chancellor relating to appeasement: 3 August 1939,

    £350

    One month to the day before the declaration of war Rab Butler writes to the Lord Chancellor: “the description of the Czechoslovak crisis might at this date be rather cut down”. A fascinating glimpse into the “corridors of power” during a momentous period in 20th …Read more

  10. The Second World War.

    The Second World War. 1948–54

    £8,750

    First editions, first impressions, except vol. II, which is the fourth edition of 1954; signed in full by the author on the half-title of vol. I and initialled in the same place in the others, for the Association of Men of Kent and Kentish Men, …Read more

  11. A History of the English-Speaking Peoples.

    A History of the English-Speaking Peoples. 1956–58

    £500

    The Chartwell Edition, the first illustrated edition of Churchill’s famous history, “published simultaneously in Britain on a subscription basis” (Woods). Churchill’s history of the two branches of the English-speaking nations – the British Empire and the United States – was begun during his “Wilderness Years” …Read more

  12. Arms and the Covenant.

    Arms and the Covenant. 1938

    £8,250

    First edition, only printing. Presentation copy to the celebrated journalist Hannen Swaffer, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: “To Hannen Swaffer from Winston S. Churchill, January 1939” and almost certainly presented on or near 8 January, when “Churchill gave a long interview …Read more

  13. Hermann Göring – Werk und Mensch.

    Hermann Göring – Werk und Mensch. 1940

    £250

    Later impression, three years after the first. Official biography of the commander in chief of the Luftwaffe. This copy signed by Göring on the front free endpaper. Read more

  14. The Valley of Bones. A Novel.

    The Valley of Bones. A Novel. 1964

    £125

    First edition, first impression. The seventh book in Powell’s Dance to the Music of Time sequence. Read more

  15. Drama in Malta.

    Drama in Malta. 1946

    £250

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front fre endpaper: “To Brigadier Edwards hoping that this may recall some memories, with best wishes from Koko Weldon, 24 August 46”; also with a couple of biro corrections to the errata slip …Read more

  16. Schindler’s Ark.

    Schindler’s Ark. 1982

    £425

    First UK edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the title page to book collector Dr Philip Murray: “Best wishes to Dr Murray of Sligo, Tom Keneally, 1983”. Originally published in Australia in the same year. Read more

  17. The Soldier’s Art. A Novel.

    The Soldier’s Art. A Novel. 1966

    £500

    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: “K. S. Genigson[?] is confirmed in possession of this book. Anthony Powell, Sept 1966”, and additionally signed by Powell on the title page, having crossed out his printed name. Read more

  18. 90th Training Squadron in the China-Burma-India Theatre – personal photograph album with miniature format original photographs.

    90th Training Squadron in the China-Burma-India Theatre – personal photograph album with miniature format original photographs. 1943-5

    £300

    A small collection of material documenting pilot training and service during World War II, concluding with combat duty in India and Burma. The miniature format photographs are largely scenes on or around the unit’s base in India, and although small reveal considerable detail when …Read more

  19. Our Outfit: The Story of the Parachute Riggers of the 82nd Airborne Division.

    Our Outfit: The Story of the Parachute Riggers of the 82nd Airborne Division. c.1946

    £500

    First and only edition, extremely uncommon with no other copy traced institutionally or in commerce. A rather clumsy and fragile production, but the content is excellent, offering a fine visual record of the unit from formation at Fort Benning through war services in North Africa, …Read more

  20. [German soldier’s photograph album of service with a Flak unit in occupied Norway.]

    [German soldier’s photograph album of service with a Flak unit in occupied Norway.] 1941

    £1,250

    A superbly presented and exhaustively (often humorously) captioned album of original photographs compiled by a young member of a German Flak unit posted to Norway in May 1940, shortly after the invasion. The first few photographs record his initial service in the Reichsarbeitsdienst, Abteilung 215, …Read more

  21. Drama in Malta.

    Drama in Malta. 1945

    £50

    First edition. Uncommon, OCLC offering just 6 locations including one record which seems to relate to a variant issue published by Gale & Polden in Aldershot. “Weldon’s account of his service in Malta, 1939-1943, based on notes made at the time, printed by Printing and …Read more

  22. The Jews. Are They Human?

    The Jews. Are They Human? 1939

    £650

    First edition, first impression. This volume repudiating anti-Semitism was written following the author’s visit to Berlin in 1937. Read more

  23. Men At Arms; Officers and Gentlemen; Unconditional Surrender.

    Men At Arms; Officers and Gentlemen; Unconditional Surrender. 1952–55–61

    £750

    First editions, first impressions; an attractive set of the three books comprising the Sword of Honour trilogy. With the bookplates of John J. Slocum to the front free endpaper, co-author of the standard Joyce bibliography with Herbert Cahoon, and collector of what is generally regarded …Read more

  24. Die Soldaten des Führers im Felde.

    Die Soldaten des Führers im Felde. 1939

    £750

    First edition. Stereographically illustrated popular account of the invasion of Poland. A superb example retaining the flimsy, rather dull, and consequently rarely encountered jacket. Read more

  25. Air of Glory.

    Air of Glory. 1941

    £475

    First edition, first impression. Quite scarce in nice condition. Read more

  26. “Invade Mecum” Volumes 3 and 4, together with a small collection of contemporary manuals.

    “Invade Mecum” Volumes 3 and 4, together with a small collection of contemporary manuals. 1944

    £2,500

    Excellent copies of these brilliantly conceived battle-dress pocket guide books for the troops invading on D-Day. Volume 3 contains 5 parts covering Pas de Calais, Nord, Somme, Oise, and Aisne; and volume 4, 9, Manche, Calvados, Seine-Inferieure, Orne, Eure, Eure et Loir, Mayenne, Sarthe, and …Read more

  27. The Cretan Runner.

    The Cretan Runner. 1955

    £525

    First edition, first impression. The memoirs of the Nazi occupation of Crete, written by the wartime resistance fighter and SOE courier. It is introduced and translated by Patrick Leigh Fermor who worked as a co-ordinator for the Cretan resistance, where he became friends with Psychoundakis. …Read more

  28. Statement on the War. A Speech delivered in the House of Commons by The Prime Minister. 11 December 1941.

    Statement on the War. A Speech delivered in the House of Commons by The Prime Minister. 11 December 1941. 1941

    £300

    Cohen identifies two publications carrying this speech, one issued by the British Library of Information in New York, and the present version, ascribing precedence to the NY issue without explanation. It seems unlikely that the American issue would be set up, printed, and wire-stitched before …Read more

  29. The Intelligent Man’s Guide to Jew-Baiting.

    The Intelligent Man’s Guide to Jew-Baiting. 1935

    £150

    First edition, first impression. An ironical title for a book which warns of the coming disaster in Fascist Germany, and ascribes anti-Semitism to the need for a change in the economic structure of the country. Sacks concludes “race-hatred is a relic of our stupid past, …Read more

  30. The Soldier’s Art. A Novel.

    The Soldier’s Art. A Novel. 1966

    £2,250

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Arthur from Tony. Hands across the sea. Sept. 1966.” The recipient was Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., the American historian, writer and political adviser. Schlesinger was a fan of Powell who …Read more

  31. The Current of War.

    The Current of War. 1941

    £150

    First edition of this collection of prophetic articles from the 20s and 30s on the possible shape of the coming war, and current articles on its actual progress. Mearsheimer is predictably critical of Liddell Hart’s selective use of evidence “highly questionable” inferences (see Liddell Hart …Read more

  32. Approach March.

    Approach March. 1973

    £85

    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author “Hugh, in friendship, Julian, 30 November 1974” on the title-page. “Amery’s military career—most engagingly described in his autobiography, Approach March (1973)—was not highly successful, but it was adventurous, and adventure was something he craved. He was also …Read more

  33. Winston Spencer Churchill Servant of Crown and Commonwealth.

    Winston Spencer Churchill Servant of Crown and Commonwealth. 1954

    £120

    First edition, first impression. Including essays by John Julius Norwich, Gilbert Murray, Robert Cecil, Clement Atlee, Charles Webster, the Aga Khan, Violet Bonham Carter, Bernard Baruch, and Anthony Eden. Read more

  34. Alamein to Zem Zem.

    Alamein to Zem Zem. 1946

    £275

    First edition, first impression, of this “classic account of desert warfare” (Reilly); it concludes with 16 poems. “Douglas commanded a tank troop in the main assault on the Normandy beaches, and his death outside the village of St Pierre, on 9 June 1944, robbed English …Read more

  35. Crusade in Europe.

    Crusade in Europe. 1948

    £18,750

    First edition, one of 35 copies specially bound for presentation, generously inscribed by Eisenhower to the British Prime Minister Clement Attlee and his wife: “For The Prime Minister of Great Britain and Mrs Atlee [sic]. With best wishes for a happy holiday season and a …Read more

  36. Squadrons Up!

    Squadrons Up! 1943

    £10

    An account of the operations of the RAF fighter squadrons of the Advanced Air Striking Force in France from September 1939 to June 1940. Reprint; it was first published in 1940. The publisher’s file copy, with their stamp to the jacket front panel, and front …Read more

  37. Above All Nations.

    Above All Nations. 1945

    £125

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed “To Lucy & Jim Middleton, with the high regards & affection of George Catlin” on the front free endpaper, and additionally signed below by Vera Brittain. An apt association for this anthology of newspaper articles reporting acts of …Read more

  38. IG Farben.

    IG Farben. 1947

    £175

    First edition, first printing. A history of the German chemical conglomerate which was co-opted by the Nazi regime to become the driving industrial force behind the war effort. Read more

  39. The War Speeches. [Into Battle; The Unrelenting Struggle; The End of the Beginning; Onwards to Victory; The Dawn of Liberation; Victory; Secret Session Speeches.]

    The War Speeches. [Into Battle; The Unrelenting Struggle; The End of the Beginning; Onwards to Victory; The Dawn of Liberation; Victory; Secret Session Speeches.] 1942–6

    £5,750

    First volume inscribed by Churchill on the front free endpaper, “Inscribed by Winston S. Churchill, 1946”. Into Battle is an eleventh edition (1945), all the other volumes are first editions, first impressions. Into Battle was originally published in 1941. Read more

  40. Map of the Battle Fronts of Western Russia: Murmansk to Batum.

    Map of the Battle Fronts of Western Russia: Murmansk to Batum. 1941

    £500

    BL records three issues between 1941-4. Uncommon, COPAC showing just 4 locations: BL, NLS, NLW, and Oxford; National Archives ‘site notes a copy at KCL in the Liddell Hart Military Archives [Brookepopham 11/23]; OCLC adds 4 locations in the USA, and the American University of …Read more

  41. Very Ordinary Seaman.

    Very Ordinary Seaman. 1944

    £675

    First edition, first impression of what is generally considered one of the finest accounts of life at sea in the Second World War. A fictionalised but accurate account, based on the author’s experiences in a destroyer on the Murmansk run. Read more

  42. Poems from the Forces.

    Poems from the Forces. 1941

    £150

    First edition, first impression of this collection of wartime poetry. This copy has the bookplate of Anthony Hobson (1921-2014), who was the director of Sotheby’s and noted bibliophile. Read more

  43. Schadenstellen im LS-Ort. Oberhausen/Rhld. mit Müllheim a.d. Ruhr.

    Schadenstellen im LS-Ort. Oberhausen/Rhld. mit Müllheim a.d. Ruhr. 1940-44

    £2,250

    Remarkable album of photographs documenting the damage caused by Allied bombing on the Ruhr. Evidently officially compiled by the regional Luftschutzamt – Air Defence Organisation – the collection offers a highly-detailed visual record of the effects of the raids, each image also being accompanied by …Read more

  44. The Golden Carpet; The Silver Crescent.

    The Golden Carpet; The Silver Crescent. 1943

    £1,500

    First editions, each in a signed edition limited of 300 copies of which just 30 were in the full binding as here, copies 16 and 25 respectively. de Chair was Intelligence Officer with “Kingcol”, a Flying Column of less than 1,500 men under the Command …Read more

  45. The Memoirs of …

    The Memoirs of … 1970

    £575

    First and only edition, limited to 50 signed and numbered copies, this number 9 of the first 10 which were bound in leather, this copy with personal inscription; “To Cupid [Colonel A. W. Valentine C.B.E., D.S.O.] In remembrance of some amusing and not so amusing …Read more

  46. Unofficial War Artist.

    Unofficial War Artist. 1985

    £50

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy from the artist, inscribed on the half-title: “To dear Rosemarie, Zdzis 1984”. “This book recounts the adventures of Z. Ruszkowski when, after the collapse of the French army in 1940, he escaped through German-occupied France, and then through Spain, …Read more

  47. The Memoirs of …

    The Memoirs of … 1970

    £250

    First and only edition, limited to 50 signed and numbered copies, 10 in full calf, the rest, as here, case-bound in cloth, This copy number 31. Inevitably uncommon, Copac has BL, King’s and IWM only, OCLC adds copies at the universities of Calgary, Kansas and …Read more

  48. Put Out More Flags.

    Put Out More Flags. 1942

    £375

    First edition, first impression. Read more

  1. New Arrival
    Catch-22. A Novel.
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    HELLER, Joseph. HELLER, Joseph.

    Catch-22. A Novel.

    £9,750

  2. New Arrival
    How to Pay for the War.
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    KEYNES, John Maynard. KEYNES, John Maynard.

    How to Pay for the War.

    £100

  3. New Arrival
    Photomontagen zur Zeitgeschichte.
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    HEARTFIELD, John. HEARTFIELD, John.

    Photomontagen zur Zeitgeschichte.

    £1,500

  4. New Arrival
    Crusade in Europe.
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    EISENHOWER, Dwight D. EISENHOWER, Dwight D.

    Crusade in Europe.

    £150,000

  5. The Caine Mutiny.
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    WOUK, Herman. WOUK, Herman.

    The Caine Mutiny.

    £200

  6. The Second World War.
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    CHURCHILL, Winston S. CHURCHILL, Winston S.

    The Second World War.

    £450

  7. The Second World War.
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    CHURCHILL, Winston S. CHURCHILL, Winston S.

    The Second World War.

    £750

  8. Typed letter signed to the Lord Chancellor relating to appeasement:
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    BUTLER, Richard Austen "Rab". BUTLER, Richard Austen...

    Typed letter signed to the Lord Chancellor relating to appeasement:

    £350

  9. The Second World War.
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    CHURCHILL, Winston S. CHURCHILL, Winston S.

    The Second World War.

    £8,750

  10. A History of the English-Speaking Peoples.
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    CHURCHILL, Winston S. CHURCHILL, Winston S.

    A History of the English-Speaking Peoples.

    £500

  11. Arms and the Covenant.
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    CHURCHILL, Winston S. CHURCHILL, Winston S.

    Arms and the Covenant.

    £8,250

  12. The Valley of Bones. A Novel.
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    POWELL, Anthony. POWELL, Anthony.

    The Valley of Bones. A Novel.

    £125

  13. Schindler’s Ark.
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    KENEALLY, Thomas. KENEALLY, Thomas.

    Schindler’s Ark.

    £425

  14. The Soldier’s Art. A Novel.
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    POWELL, Anthony. POWELL, Anthony.

    The Soldier’s Art. A Novel.

    £500

  15. 90th Training Squadron in the China-Burma-India Theatre – personal photograph album with miniature format original photographs.
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    (WORLD WAR II.) SHEW, Glenn B. (WORLD WAR II.)...

    90th Training Squadron in the China-Burma-India Theatre – personal photograph album with miniature format original photographs.

    £300

  16. Our Outfit: The Story of the Parachute Riggers of the 82nd Airborne Division.
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    EMBRY, William (ed.) EMBRY, William (ed.)

    Our Outfit: The Story of the Parachute Riggers of the 82nd Airborne Division.

    £500

  17. [German soldier’s photograph album of service with a Flak unit in occupied Norway.]
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    (WORLD WAR II.) (WORLD WAR II.)

    [German soldier’s photograph album of service with a Flak unit in occupied Norway.]

    £1,250

  18. The Jews. Are They Human?
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    LEWIS, Wyndham. LEWIS, Wyndham.

    The Jews. Are They Human?

    £650

  19. Men At Arms; Officers and Gentlemen; Unconditional Surrender.
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    WAUGH, Evelyn. WAUGH, Evelyn.

    Men At Arms; Officers and Gentlemen; Unconditional Surrender.

    £750

  20. Die Soldaten des Führers im Felde.
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    WEDEL, Hasso von & Henrich Hansen. WEDEL, Hasso von...

    Die Soldaten des Führers im Felde.

    £750

  21. Air of Glory.
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    BEATON, Cecil. BEATON, Cecil.

    Air of Glory.

    £475

  22. “Invade Mecum” Volumes 3 and 4, together with a small collection of contemporary manuals.
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    (INVASION OF EUROPE, 1944) AUSTIN, J.L. (INVASION OF EUROPE,...

    “Invade Mecum” Volumes 3 and 4, together with a small collection of contemporary manuals.

    £2,500

  23. Statement on the War. A Speech delivered in the House of Commons by The Prime Minister. 11 December 1941.
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    CHURCHILL, Winston S. CHURCHILL, Winston S.

    Statement on the War. A Speech delivered in the House of Commons by The Prime Minister. 11 December 1941.

    £300

  24. The Intelligent Man’s Guide to Jew-Baiting.
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    SACKS, George. SACKS, George.

    The Intelligent Man’s Guide to Jew-Baiting.

    £150

  25. The Soldier’s Art. A Novel.
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    POWELL, Anthony. POWELL, Anthony.

    The Soldier’s Art. A Novel.

    £2,250

  26. Approach March.
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    AMERY, Julian. AMERY, Julian.

    Approach March.

    £85

  27. Winston Spencer Churchill Servant of Crown and Commonwealth.
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    (CHURCHILL, Winston.) MARCHANT, James (ed.) (CHURCHILL, Winston.) MARCHANT,...

    Winston Spencer Churchill Servant of Crown and Commonwealth.

    £120

  28. Alamein to Zem Zem.
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    DOUGLAS, Keith. DOUGLAS, Keith.

    Alamein to Zem Zem.

    £275

  29. The War Speeches. [Into Battle; The Unrelenting Struggle; The End of the Beginning; Onwards to Victory; The Dawn of Liberation; Victory; Secret Session Speeches.]
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    CHURCHILL, Winston S. CHURCHILL, Winston S.

    The War Speeches. [Into Battle; The Unrelenting Struggle; The End of the Beginning; Onwards to Victory; The Dawn of Liberation; Victory; Secret Session Speeches.]

    £5,750

  30. Map of the Battle Fronts of Western Russia: Murmansk to Batum.
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    (RUSSIA) (RUSSIA)

    Map of the Battle Fronts of Western Russia: Murmansk to Batum.

    £500

  31. Very Ordinary Seaman.
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    MALLALIEU, J. P. W. MALLALIEU, J. P....

    Very Ordinary Seaman.

    £675

  32. Poems from the Forces.
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    RHYS, Keidrych (ed.) RHYS, Keidrych (ed.)

    Poems from the Forces.

    £150

  33. Schadenstellen im LS-Ort. Oberhausen/Rhld. mit Müllheim a.d. Ruhr.
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    (WORLD WAR II.) (WORLD WAR II.)

    Schadenstellen im LS-Ort. Oberhausen/Rhld. mit Müllheim a.d. Ruhr.

    £2,250

  34. The Golden Carpet; The Silver Crescent.
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    DE CHAIR, Somerset. DE CHAIR, Somerset.

    The Golden Carpet; The Silver Crescent.

    £1,500

  35. Put Out More Flags.
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    WAUGH, Evelyn. WAUGH, Evelyn.

    Put Out More Flags.

    £375

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