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Rare first editions, deluxe and collectible editions of books, pamphlets, and ephemera relating to the Great War, or First World War, 1914–18, including its build-up and aftermath.

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  1. 121385
    First edition, first impression, notably rare in the dust jacket, especially so in such nice unrestored condition this is the first we have handled. Brittain's wartime memoir was an instant best-seller. Published on 28 August 1933, the first impression of 5,000 copies was exhausted within a week. It went through six impressions... Learn More
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 121385

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  2. The Calling of the Sea.
    First edition, first impression. This poetry collection was published posthumously by Hodgson's widow, Betty ("Bessie") Gertrude Farnworth; Hodgson died in the First World War, killed by an artillery shell at Ypres on 17 April, 1918. Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 103030

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  3. War is War.
    First edition, first impression of McLelland's best-selling war memoir. From the publisher's archive. Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 93752

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  4. 52021
    Second edition with corrections and a new foreword. Originally published in 1916. Learn More
    £300

    Stock Code: 52021

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  5. 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

    Stock Code: 127092

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  6. 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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  7. 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
    £3,500

    Stock Code: 120160

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  8. 41550
    First US Edition, First Printing. Learn More
    £1,375

    Stock Code: 41550

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  9. 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
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 120857

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  10. 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

    Stock Code: 121207

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  11. 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
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 120861

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  12. 106312comp
    First edition, this copy signed by Lettow on the half-title. Attractive "appendix" to Lettow's memoirs. Learn More
    £200

    Stock Code: 106312

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  13. 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
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 96758

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  14. 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
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 108171

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  15. 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
    £3,500

    Stock Code: 119794

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  16. 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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  17. 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
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 116543

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  18. 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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  19. 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
    £750

    Stock Code: 114008

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  20. 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

    Stock Code: 111349

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  21. 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
    £225

    Stock Code: 112344

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  22. 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
    £225

    Stock Code: 112341

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  23. 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
    £275

    Stock Code: 110481

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  24. 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
    £325

    Stock Code: 108825

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  25. 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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  26. 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
    £350

    Stock Code: 106246

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  27. 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
    £150

    Stock Code: 105778

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  28. 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
    £475

    Stock Code: 103632

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  29. 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
    £225

    Stock Code: 104590

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  30. 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
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 106445

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  31. 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
    £125

    Stock Code: 104593

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  32. 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
    £125

    Stock Code: 102971

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  33. 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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  34. 79th Division Headquarters Troop: A Record.
    First edition, first printing. Scarce, with OCLC showing six copies only and no copy in auction records. During the First World War, Cain, the future author of The Postman Always Rings Twice, Mildred Pierce, Double Indemnity, etc., served with Malcolm in the 79th Division, a unit raised at Camp Meade in Cain's home state... Learn More
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 99729

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  35. 1
    First edition. Uncommon, particularly so in the jacket. Just four copies on COPAC, OCLC adds five. This copy inscribed on the second blank; "Good wishes from Juliet de Key Whitsed, May 1935". Illuminating and entertaining diaries of "adventure and work" of a VAD in Salonika from June 1917 to June 1919, "lively" (Matthews).... Learn More
    £450

    Stock Code: 93961

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  36. 89359
    Limited edition of 1000 copies of which this is number 514. Learn More
    £1,375

    Stock Code: 89359

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  37. "Dujailah Days"
    First and only edition, uncommon COPAC has BL and IWM only, OCLC adds a copy in the Devon Libraries System. "This brief history of events prior to and during the Battle of "Dujailah" was originally the subject of a paper read by me to the Barnstaple Rotary Club many years ago. I willingly agree to its present publication... Learn More
    £85

    Stock Code: 94875

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  38. Grandsons.
    First UK edition, first impression. First published in the US earlier the same year. The story of the grandsons of a Slovenian immigrant who was killed during the Haymarket Riot in Chicago. From the publisher's archive with their stamp to the half-title. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 94167

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  39. Some Operations of the 145th and 144th Infantry Brigades in France and Italy, 1916-1918.
    First and only edition of this uncommon war record extracted from the war diaries by Brig.-Gen. Done, successively commander of the 144th and 145th, just 4 locations on OCLC - BL, NYPL, Leeds University and Australian Defence Force Academy. Somme, Third Ypres, Asiago Plateau. This copy with the pencilled ownership inscription,... Learn More
    £200

    Stock Code: 92313

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  40. Peter Lecky by Himself.
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "For Harry, Best wishes from Peter Hopegood (Cedric)". England-born Peter Hopegood (1891-1967, birth name Cedric Hopegood) established himself in Australia after serving in the First World War. In this "informal autobiography"... Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 91351

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  41. Indiscretions of a Young Man.
    First edition, first impression. The autobiography of Bodley (1892-1970), a British Army officer and author in which he recounts his service in India, World War I, and as military attaché in Paris. Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 90815

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  42. Strike from the Sky.
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the title page: "To Johnnie Johnson, with respect and every good wish, Dick Hallion May 1991." From the library of James Edgar Johnnie Johnson (1915-2001), wartime Spitfire ace. Learn More
    £65

    Stock Code: 90817

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  43. The Royal Navy List or Who's Who in the Navy.
    First edition. Decidedly uncommon, and eminently useful reference. Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 86004

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  44. Theo Wood in Wartime and After. An Autobiography by …
    First edition of an entertaining anecdotal account of Wood's anti-war work. "Experiences of a crippled pacifist during WWI; No More War and left-wing activities; trouble with police; illnesses & unhappy love affairs" (Matthews). Uncommon: only BL, NLS, IWM, TCD, and Oxford on Copac, to which OCLC adds just Hoover Institute... Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 73168

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  45. 82824
    First UK edition, first impression of Faulkner's first published novel. The American edition was issued in 1926 and is a famously difficult and expensive book to obtain in the dust jacket. The present London edition is the first to print the important preface by Richard Hughes, author of A High Wind in Jamaica (1929; published... Learn More
    £650

    Stock Code: 82824

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  46. Anthology of Magazine Verse for 1919. And Yearbook of American Poetry.
    First edition, first impression of this significant anthology representing many of the American poets of the period, compiled by an important African American writer. Learn More
    £100

    Stock Code: 80537

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  47. 77202
    First edition. A series of letters written by MacKenzie between May 1915 and June 1916. Includes a memoir by his wife Kathleen Cuffe Mackenzie. John Mackenzie only served briefly before being repatriated home to Canada because of a heart infection, which stayed with him and caused his untimely death in 1922. During The Great... Learn More
    £200

    Stock Code: 77202

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  48. 69377
    First edition. Martin was born to a German father and a mother "of German descent who had been reared in England." Despite being a sickly child, he fell under the thrall of Charles Lever's "service novels" and decided on a career in the army, and once sent to his Fatherland for his health he settles on the idea of joining... Learn More
    £325

    Stock Code: 69377

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  49. The Waggoner and other Poems.
    First edition, second issue. Of an edition of 500, 250 copies were bound in purple cloth for immediate issue, 100 sets of sheets were sent to NY for Knopf's American edition, and the remaining 150 bound up in green cloth later in 1920. Extremely uncommon in jacket in either issue. Blunden's first trade publication, The Waggoner... Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 70521

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  50. 35236
    First UK edition, first impression. A novel of the US Air Force during the Great War, based on a hospital for convalescent airmen in Cooperstown, New York, first published in the US the previous year, though both American and British editions are undated. Learn More
    £280

    Stock Code: 35236

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