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  1. 127870comp
    First edition, signed limited issue. One of 25 signed copies on special paper, a further 250 trade copies were also issued. Learn More
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  2. 130349
    First editions, first impressions. Working with astonishing speed and energy, Churchill produced this mammoth history of the First World War in the aftermath of electoral defeat. The work deals with his reorganization of the Royal Navy in the years leading up to the War, defends his Gallipoli policy, and criticises Haig's... Learn More
    £1,850

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  3. 128870comp
    First edition, first impression, this copy inscribed by the author with initials on the front free endpaper: "In gratitude for your help. C.S.M."; a timely contribution to the literature of the treatment of war neuroses by one of its most sympathetic practitioners. "In 1915 Myers was given a commission in the Royal Army... Learn More
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  4. 127557
    First, ?and only, editions, extremely uncommon, Copac locates copies of the first named at IWM and National Aerospace Library, which also has a bound volume containing the other two, together with Types of British Aeroplanes D.A.I 101., F.S. 21 not present here; of German Aeroplanes, there are copies at BL and at IWM, and... Learn More
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  5. 127608
    First edition, only printing. Cohen's bibliography states: "the pamphlet does not appear to have sold well and, although it may have continued to appear in Macmillan catalogues as late as 1924 or early 1925, most, if not all, unsold copies, were, in fact, destroyed in 1918" (vol. I, p. 196). Martin Gilbert asserts that 5,... Learn More
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  6. 117179
    "Not formally published at the time, seen in various types of library binding" (Perkins). Copac shows a copy at BL and two at IWM, OCLC adds a copy at Toronto Public Library. "The 47th Bengal Infantry was raised in 1901 as a class Regt. recruiting only Jat Sikhs. Two years later it was re-titled as 47th Siklhs and then,... Learn More
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  7. 129204
    First edition, first impression, with a printed compliments slip laid in from Henderson's wife, who was recognised by Clay in his preface as an unofficial editor of the book.
    The British economist Sir Hubert Henderson was editor of The Nation from 1923 to 1930, Joint Secretary of the Economic Advisory Council from 1930... Learn More
    £60

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  8. 127546
    First edition, first impression. The second volume of Churchill's autobiographical writings, Thoughts and Adventures is a collection of magazine and newspaper journalism written in the same lighter, informal style as My Early Life, covering his early political career and service on the Western Front (with a near-silence... Learn More
    £475

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  9. 125368comp
    First and sole edition, first impression, inscribed by the author on the verso of the front wrapper, "Ian Hope Simpson, Robert Graves, 1925". John Barclay (Ian) Hope Simpson (1905-1989) was the son of Sir John Hope Simpson, British Liberal politician and author of the first global history of the modern refugee. In the year... Learn More
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  10. 127143detail
    First British editions, first impressions, of all of Churchill's major works, in attractive matching bindings by Bayntun of Bath. Churchill was a prolific writer in the fields of history, biography and politics, alongside forays into essays and fiction, with several volumes of his collected speeches also published. He received... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 127143

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  11. 127465comp
    First separate edition, number 3 of 25 specially printed copies, initialled by Florence Emily Hardy, Thomas Hardy's second wife. This poem was written by Hardy for a special Armistice Day section of The Times, published on 11 November, 1920, on the occasion of the burial of the Unknown Soldier. An uncommon work with just... Learn More
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  12. 127011
    First editions, first impressions. The first volume in third state, with the errata slip at p. 9, and the fifth volume is in the first state, without the errata slip. Working with astonishing speed and energy, Churchill produced this mammoth history of the First World War in the aftermath of electoral defeat. The work deals... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 127011

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  13. 127092comp
    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To Mr. Ralph W. Caine, with the compliments of H. B. Wilson". Henry Braid Wilson (1861-1954) was commander of the United States Naval Forces in France during the First World War. His account is very rare in British institutions, with the... Learn More
    £275

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  14. A Brief Record of The Advance of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force
    First edition, cloth-bound issue, more commonly found in buff paper wrappers, O'Brien commenting that only "a few copies" were bound in cloth. A "collaborator's copy" bearing the name of Lieutenant-Colonel G. E. Badcock on the official compliments slip pasted to the front free endpaper, which is signed by the editor Lieutenant-Colonel... Learn More
    £4,000

    Stock Code: 114471

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  15. 41550
    First US Edition, First Printing. Learn More
    £1,375

    Stock Code: 41550

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  16. 120160comp
    First and only edition, limited to 120 signed copies, this copy numbered 10 at the limitation leaf and in pencil on all plates; the printing-plates were destroyed on completion of the edition. Inevitably highly uncommon, just 8 locations on OCLC. This copy inscribed on the second blank; "à Raoul Dufy en toute sympathie,... Learn More
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  17. The Storm of Steel.
    First UK edition, first impression of one of the earliest and most unrestrained accounts to be published of the Western Front during the First World War. Originally privately printed in Germany in 1920, this translation is based on the first German trade edition of 1924. "The philosophy of the soldier under fire written... Learn More
    £2,250

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  18. 120857
    First edition, one of just 500 copies privately produced by the author, this a superb Royal Welch Fusiliers association copy, with gilt supralibros: "Presented to the Officers of the 2nd Bn. The Royal Welch Fusiliers by Lieutenant-Colonel D. M. Barchard", and with the ink stamp "Officers' Mess. 2nd Bn. Royal Welch Fusiliers"... Learn More
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  19. 122974
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy from Philip Morrell to Kaiser Wilhelm, with extensive annotations written in English by the Kaiser. Together with an autograph postcard signed from Kaiser Wilhelm, Doorn, 1931, to Philip Morrell, written in English in purple pencil across the whole of the back of the postcard... Learn More
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  20. 122349
    First and only edition limited to 350 copies "dont 300 sur papier vélin numérotés de 51 à 350; 50 sur papier de hollande avec deux suites, dont une en couleurs, des illustrations, numérotés de l à 50", this being numbered 4. "Laboureur had studied at the Sorbonne and had come to know Toulouse-Lautrec during his years... Learn More
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  21. 122291
    A group of three very scarce, imposing and fascinating maps, the principal two covering in remarkable detail the complexities of the Great War on the Western Front and in the North Sea, compiled by the Canadian-born cartographer Albert Close. The Western Front map (dated 15 January 1923 and November 1923) - published as... Learn More
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  22. 121953
    A pair of fascinating, extensively annotated maps used in the field by an officer serving with the 81st "Wildcat" Division of the American Expeditionary Forces during the closing months of the Great War, in particular the Meuse-Argonne offensive of September-November 1918, a brutal encounter in which the AEF suffered casualties... Learn More
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  23. 121952
    First edition, first impression. Intended for military use during the First World War, the guide describes the climate, geography, ethnology, culture and politics of the Balkan nations, alongside giving an itinerary of their roads, tracks and railways, and a guide to Slavic vocabulary. A map-case to accompany this volume... Learn More
    £575

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  24. 119975
    First edition, first impression, one of 500 copies issued. Poems was Brooke's first collection; his previous poetry having been written for school competitions and printed solely for private distribution. Brooke developed a fatal case of blood poisoning from an insect bite while anchored off Skyros; he died on 23 April 1915... Learn More
    £875

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  25. 114803
    First edition, first impression, first issue (in stiff boards). Blasting and Bombarding was the first of two autobiographical books written by Lewis (followed by Rude Assignment, 1950), and covers the period from 1914 to 1926, tracking Lewis's progress through the First World War and the literary and artistic upheavals of... Learn More
    £300

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  26. 121703
    First and only edition. Uncommon, as are all of the Lane's "On Active Service" series, represented in the UK at the six deposit libraries and IWM only. More uncommon still in the pictorial jacket, here a little compromised in condition but largely complete. Consistent with the series' aim of providing lively eyewitness accounts... Learn More
    £350

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  27. 121207
    First edition, first impression, of this comprehensive history of one of the key French units during the First World War. The large and detailed battle maps include the Battle of Yser 16 October to 31 October 1914 and a number of battles around the Steenbeck River. With the armorial bookplate of Major Alastair Joseph Edgar... Learn More
    £250

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  28. 120861comp
    First edition, first impression, with the rare dust jacket, and inscribed by the author, "To my friend George Roberts, most grateful for his assistance & encouragement, from the author, Albert G. Stern, Feb. 1920". "Several important books have been written on tanks, but this work of Sir Albert Stern's is unlikely to be... Learn More
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  29. 106312comp
    First edition, this copy signed by Lettow on the half-title. Attractive "appendix" to Lettow's memoirs. Learn More
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  30. 116838comp
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "To Stephen Foot in memory of 1914-18 from the author E. D. Swinton Feb. 1939". Swinton (1868-1951) was appointed by Kitchener in September 1914 as the official war correspondent for the British Army, under the pseudonym... Learn More
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  31. Goliath and David.
    First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed by Graves's father on behalf of the author 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".... Learn More
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  32. 96758
    First edition, with the rare dust jacket, and an autograph letter signed from Graves laid-in discussing the book; one of 1,000 copies printed. Graves writes, "This was the first book of mine published in the USA. I wrote it during the First World War as an infantry captain, between the ages of 19 and 22. My rank was not... Learn More
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  33. 119931
    Fourth edition revised with addenda. A substantial history of the First World War. Learn More
    £750

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  34. Img1
    First and only edition, limited to 120 signed copies, this copy numbered 106 at the limitation leaf and on all plates; the printing-plates were destroyed on completion of the edition. Inevitably highly uncommon, just 8 locations on OCLC. Superb suite depicting off-duty scenes on the British Front including "Les Tambours... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 108171

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  35. 119794
    First edition in the exceptionally uncommon dust jacket, of one of the classics of Great War literature, widely considered the finest flying memoir of the war. "At seventeen, standing 6 feet 4 inches tall and equipped with a precocious intelligence, Lewis lied about his age to join the Royal Flying Corps. He celebrated his... Learn More
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  36. 119762detail
    First edition, bound from the parts: "When war was declared in August 1914, The Times, under its chief editor Wickham Steed, embarked on an extraordinary project. As well as authoritative daily war reports in the paper itself, a separate weekly supplement would be produced, with 40 extra, illustrated pages of in-depth analysis.... Learn More
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  37. Soldier Songs.
    First US edition, first printing, in the very scarce dust jacket, of this collection of First World War poems by Irish poet Patrick MacGill (1889-1963), known as "the Navvy Poet", who enlisted in the London Irish Rifles, as a stretcher-bearer, and was wounded at Loos. Macgill's Soldier Songs was published in the UK in the... Learn More
    £325

    Stock Code: 105371

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  38. 115028comp
    A nicely inscribed set, with each volume inscribed by Churchill on the same date on the front free endpaper. The first two volumes read: "Inscribed for Charles Hughes by Winston S. Churchill. April 1938"; the remaining volumes read "Inscribed by Winston S. Churchill. April 1938", with the exception of Part I of 1916-1918,... Learn More
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  39. 118350
    First and only edition, extremely uncommon with a just single copy at the Royal College of Surgeons located by Copac and OCLC. "The work of the Belgian Field Hospital since its establishment at Antwerp early in September and its removal, under the greatest difficulties during the bombardment to Furnes close behind the fighting... Learn More
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  40. 116585comp
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to one of his company officers, "To George Hall, with every good wish and in memory of so many happy days spent together in 1916-1917 from Sidney Rogerson, Nov 14th 1933". Hall was one of Rogerson's two company officers,... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 116585

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  41. 116543comp
    First edition, third impression. presentation copy, inscribed by the illustrator "To Brendy, Feb. 22. 1927, from Eric H. Kennington" on the front free endpaper, with an original sketch by Kennington of a baby's face with a halo and angel wings. With a laid-in slip of Kennington's letterhead inscribed by his wife Celandine... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 116543

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  42. The Story of the Irish Citizen Army.
    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. Learn More
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    Stock Code: 114546

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  43. In Memoriam, MCMXIV-MCMXVIII,
    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 the regiment. It comprises the order of service,... Learn More
    £350

    Stock Code: 113967

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  44. ui1
    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 The Times sending this as a review copy and requesting a review... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 113959

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  45. The Campaign in Gallipoli.
    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 from the German standpoint: "Kannengiesser's... Learn More
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  46. i1
    First and only edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author, "P. A. O'Brien With the compliments of The Author 6.XI.19" towards the head of the title and dated March 1917 (presumably the date of publication) beneath the pseudonymous author's printed name. Loosely inserted is a carbon copy of a letter sent to the recipient... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 113607

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  47. The Nation at War.
    First edition, trade issue. "March, US Chief of Staff from March 1918, writes critically of Pershing and others in the army high command" (Lengel). There was also a signed limited issue of 350 copies. Learn More
    £150

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  48. Military Operations, France and Belgium, 1915.
    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 as head of MO5, the precursor to MI5. He was appointed... Learn More
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  49. Military Operations, France and Belgium, 1918.
    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 as head of MO5, the precursor to MI5. He was appointed... Learn More
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  50. Remembering Kut.
    First edition, signed copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "Dorina Lockhart Neave, 26 April 1937". The terrible four-month siege of Kut in Mesopotamia, now Iraq, "was, arguably, Britain's worse military defeat since the surrender of Cornwallis's army in 1781 during the American Revolutionary War" (Patrick... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 110481

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  51. Toes up. A Chronicle of Gay and Doleful Adventures of Alpini and Mules and Wine.
    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 Italian title is taken from... Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 111604

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  52. Dreaded Hour.
    First edition, first impression. Flamboyant memoirs of one of Britain's most successful intelligence agents of the First World War; "Hill's first assignment was in Greece, where he flew agents behind enemy lines. In 1917 he was sent to Petrograd as a member of the Royal Flying Corps mission and arrived amid the confusion... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 108825

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  53. The Donkeys.
    First edition, first impression, of Clark's classic revisionist history of the BEF's opening campaigns of the Great War. Copies in anything approaching good condition, such as this, have become scarce. Learn More
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    Stock Code: 105778

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  54. History of the 6th Cavalry Brigade 1914-1919.
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on a preliminary blank: "From the Author, 14 Jan: 20". Also present: the signed ("D. Haig") original typescript of Haig's Foreword (2 leaves, dated 15th August 1919, on GHQ letterhead); an autograph letter signed from Haig's private secretary Lieutenant-Colonel... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 106246

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  55. Overseas.
    Second edition of this memoir, privately printed on parchment paper and produced to honour the author, Lieutenant Fletcher Webster Brown, who served in the U.S. Navy during the First World War. Learn More
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  56. After War.
    First English edition, first impression, of this second novel (originally published as "Nachkrieg" (1930), the sequel to "Krieg" (1928), or War (1929)), by "Ludwig Renn", pseudonym of Arnold Friedrich Vieth von Golßenau (1889-1979), the aristocratic German novelist who later joined the Communist party in 1928, was arrested... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 104593

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  57. The Navy Eternal.
    First edition, first impression, of this naval novel of the First World War. The pseudonymous author was Sir Lewis Anselm da Costa Ritchie (1886-1967). His birth name was Ricci, anglicized by deed poll in 1941. He served in the Royal Navy from 1901 until the Second World War and retired as captain of the royal yacht. He... Learn More
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  58. Commemorative letterpress scroll for Second Lieutenant Hugh Pater, West Yorkshire Regiment and RFC.
    A very poignant memento from the Great War: the assemblage is accompanied by an autograph letter signed from Pater to his mother, written on the day of his death: "My dear Mother, I had my first "crash" on Monday "today" scored through in an R.E.8 smashing the propeller and taking a wheel off the undercarriage, so I shall... Learn More
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  59. War Poems.
    First edition, first impression, of this collection of First World War poetry by T. W. H. Crosland. Crosland is notable as a fanatical Christian homophobe, who helped the hysterical hypocrite Lord Alfred Douglas to hound the supporters of Oscar Wilde, such as Robert Ross and Arthur Ransom, in the courts. He ghost-wrote Douglas's... Learn More
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  60. With the "Die-Hards" in Siberia.
    First edition, first impression. "Ward was colonel of the 25th Battalion of the Middlesex Regiment. A contentious but important book, violently anti-Bolshevik but also highly critical of American and Japanese policy in Siberia" (Lengel). Very scarce in the dust jacket. Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 100499

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