World War I
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NEVINSON, C. R. W. Modern War Paintings.
London : 1917First edition, first impression, signed by Nevinson in pencil below the frontispiece. He was in France and Flanders during the First World War, before illness led to his military discharge in 1916. "From 1915 he executed and exhibited several harshly emotive images of the war in a futurist idiom" (ODNB). Scarce in the jacket. Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 141751
BIBIKOFF, Massia. Our Indians at Marseilles.
London : 1915First and only contemporary edition. Diary of a young Russian artist which encapsulates the enthusiasm with which Indian soldiers were greeted by the French. This copy inscribed in Latin by the translator to his daughter on her birthday. An extremely attractive production for the date, richly illustrated, and rare, just 5 copies on Library Hub - BL,... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 141312
MacMUNN, Sir George, & Cyril Falls. Military Operations: Egypt & Palestine.
London : 1928-30First edition, first impression of the Official History for the Egypt and Palestine campaigns, covering the periods of command of Sir John Maxwell and Sir Archibald Murray up to June 1917 (vol. I), and of the campaign under Allenby. Cyril Falls was co-author and reviewed the first volume (the others were in preparation) in his War Books: A Critical... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 141255
ASPINALL-OGLANDER, Cecil. Military Operations: Gallipoli.
London : 1929-32First edition, first impression of the Official History for the Gallipoli Campaign, awarded three stars by Cyril Falls in his War Books: A Critical Guide (1930), denoting a book "of superlative merit". He writes glowingly, "This is an official history into which rather more of the writer's personality and opinions have been allowed to penetrate than... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 141249
HUTCHISON, G. S. Machine Guns. Their History and Tactical Employment
London : 1938First edition of this highly-esteemed study by the wartime commander of 33rd Division Machine Gun Corps. Far from common, particularly so with the jacket, this an excellent copy. Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 140758
VISCHER, Adolf Lukas. Barbed Wire Disease.
London : 1919First and only edition in English, originally published in Zürich the previous year as Die Stacheldraht-Krankheit. Vischer was among the first to identify this psychiatric syndrome specifically affecting former prisoners of war. He based his conclusions on his experiences as a Red Cross inspector of the camps in the Balkans and Turkey in 1916-7, and... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 140798
ADAMS, Bernard. Nothing of Importance.
New York : 1918First US edition, first printing, originally published by Methuen in the UK in 1917. Classic account of "everyday life and work in the trenches from the point of view of a fighting pacifist" (Falls). John Bernard Pye Adams (1890-1916), was a classics scholar educated Malvern and St. John's, Cambridge, who had spent time as assistant to the Educational... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 140719
WILLCOCKS, Sir James. With the Indians in France.
London : 1920First and only contemporary edition, this the imposing limited issue on larger thicker paper, copy 64 of 150 numbered and signed on behalf of the publishers, and with a suite of high-quality photogravure portraits - of the author and eight Indian notables who served during the conflict - which do not appear in the standard issue. Although this title... Learn More£1,850.00
Stock Code: 140727
GOUGH, Sir Hubert. The Fifth Army.
London : 1931First and only contemporary edition, this copy signed on the title page by the author, his nephew Freddie Gough, who served as a midshipman on board Ramillies and Witherington in WWI, but found fame as commander of the 1st Airborne Reconnaissance Squadron in Operation Market Garden; together with the signatures of two World War I VC winners, Geoffrey... Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 140695
ILLINGWORTH, Arthur E., Captain. A History of 24 Squadron.
London : 1920First edition, limited issue, this copy 187 of 275. Founded as No. 24 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps in 1915 at Hounslow Heath Aerodrome, it arrived in France in February 1916 equipped with D.H.2 fighters. These were soon outclassed and replaced early in 1917 with the DH.5, which although not suitable as a fighter was used in a ground-attack rôle, first... Learn More£475.00
Stock Code: 140637
WILLCOCKS, Sir James. With the Indians in France.
London : 1920First and only contemporary edition, well-represented institutionally but extremely uncommon on the market, particularly so in the jacket. Command of the Indian Corps was to be the pinnacle of a starry career that had seemed destined to culminate as Commander-in-Chief India had not a clash with Haig intervened. "It has been impossible to write a book... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 140693
CHURCHILL, Winston S. [Complete collection of major works, all first editions:]
1898-1961First British editions, first impressions, of all of Churchill's major works, in handsome matching bindings by Bayntun of Bath, altogether an imposing and comprehensive collection. Collections of Churchill's first editions in uniform bindings are scarce in commerce.
Churchill was a prolific writer in the fields of history, biography and politics,... Learn More£37,500.00
Stock Code: 139079
(WORLD WAR I.) Pages de Guerre.
Paris : 1915-16First edition, first printing, one of 100 on Japon paper, this one unnumbered. This illustrated collection of poems from the First World War was sold for the benefit of artists and craftsmen of the book industry who were wounded in that war. The contributing authors include Émile Verhaeren for Crime allemand, Léon Bloy for Nous ne sommes... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 140915
SHERRIFF, R. C. Journey's End.
London : 1929First edition, first impression, the hardcover issue with the jacket in exceptional condition. Journey's End is one of the few lasting dramas of the Great War, its fame helped by the lead role of the first production (at the Apollo, its premiere 9 December 1928) being performed by a young Laurence Olivier. Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 141050
BONFILS, Robert. La Manière Française.
Paris : 1917First, and only edition, number 159 of 320 copies only. Superb suite of plates celebrating the French war effort in the early years of the First World War by the designer Robert Bonfils, one of the recognised masters of Art Deco. The text is provided by the Naturalist author Descaves, a follower of Huysmans whose anti-military novel Les Sous-Offs... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 140768
(FIRST WORLD WAR.) The Royal Artillery War Commemoration Book.
London : 1920First edition, first impression, of this notable gathering of soldiers' accounts and depictions of the First World War, as well as the Roll of Honour of officers. Several of the plates are by the renowned equestrian artist Gilbert Holiday (1879-1937). Holiday initially worked for the Graphic as a war artist before joining the army and serving... Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 139885
BAGNOLD, Enid. Diary Without Dates; [together with:] The Happy Foreigner.
London : 1918 & 1920Enid Bagnold's two wartime works, each inscribed by her to Dorothy Heath, her friend and fellow FANY driver, together with three letters and a postcard from Bagnold to Heath: Diary Without Dates is inscribed on the dedication page verso, "To Dorothy Heath (who said 'Did you write this?' and changed my career in France) with love from Enid 1919"; The... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 139421
FAULKS, Sebastian. Birdsong.
London : 1993First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page. The novel was listed as the 13th favourite book in Britain in the BBC's Big Read survey, conducted in 2003. Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 140381
NEVINSON, C. R. W. Modern War Paintings.
London : 1917First edition, first impression, signed by the author in pencil below the colour frontispiece. "Having gone to France with the Red Cross and been invalided home soon afterwards, he announced that he would be using 'Futurist technique' to express the reality of war in his new work. In subsequent paintings Nevinson confirmed that he saw the Great War... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 140292
MARDER, Arthur J. From the Dreadnought to Scapa Flow.
1961-78Complete set of first editions of this magisterial history of Royal Navy from the turn of the century to the end of the First World War, Marder's magnum opus. Here offered together with the second edition of volume III, Jutland and After, described by the publishers as "revised and enlarged," and by John Horsfield in ODNB as "particularly distinguished,"... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 140174
CHURCHILL, Winston S. The World Crisis, 1915.
London : 1923Fourth printing (stated second edition), published in December 1923, two months after the first printing. This copy inscribed by the author on the initial blank: "From Winston S. Chuchill to A. J. Hawkey, 30 Oct. 1924". The recipient was Alfred James Hawkey (1877-1952), chairman of the Woodford Urban District Council from 1914 to 1934 - Churchill inscribed... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 139948
BROOKE, Rupert. The Collected Poems.
London : 1919First Riccardi Press edition, copy number 956 of 1,000 copies on handmade Riccardi Paper; an additional 13 were printed on vellum. Brooke's Collected Poems were first published in 1915 in the US, and then in the UK in 1918, expanded and with a memoir by Eddie Marsh - this is the first fine press edition, issued by Philip Lee Warner's Riccardi Press... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 140298
BLASER, Bernard. Kilts Across the Jordan.
London : 1926First edition, first impression. First-hand account of the Palestine campaign during World War I, written by a mapper with the London Scottish regiment. From the publisher's archive, with their bookplate to front pastedown. Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 140137
THOMAS, Lowell. Raiders of the Deep.
Garden City, NY : 1940Signed by Thomas on the front free endpaper. Reprint of the broadcaster and journalist's account of submarine warfare during the First World War, originally published in 1928. Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 140083
(CLAYTON, "Tubby".) HARCOURT, Melville. Tubby Clayton.
London : 1953First edition, first impression, presentation copy from Clayton, with a warm and lengthy inscription to the front pastedown, "Presented (with a stammer of apology) to 'Jan' & Penelope, i.e. to Vice Admiral St. J. Micklethwait & Herself, and to their Dividends, especially All Hallows by the old Font, now replaced from Gibraltar. From Tubby, whose manse... Learn More£75.00
Stock Code: 139902
(WORLD WAR I; AFRICA) Naval Expeditionary Force to the Cameroon, 1914-1915.
London : 1915First and only edition, ?never published, title page has the ink stamp of Kennett & Co., dated 26 November 1915, together with the inked annotation "Private File Copy". Largely ship portraits of Allied warships and transports, Nigerian Government vessels, and German captures, but also including a sequence of panoramas of Douala, some shots of captured... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 139976
PREWETT, Frank. Poems.
Richmond, London : First edition, first impression, of this notably uncommon edition, handset by Virginia Woolf for the Hogarth Press. The Canadian poet Frank James Prewett (1893-1962) surfaced as a poet of the First World War, meeting Sassoon at Craiglockhart War Hospital. This is his first published collection of verse and "contains many of the poet's finest trench... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 139956
THOMAS, Edward. Poems.
London : 1917First edition, first impression, an an exceptional example, of Thomas's first regularly published book of poems, issued after his death at Arras on Easter Monday 1917. This is one of 1,050 copies printed, half of which were issued by Selwyn & Blound in the UK, and half by Henry Holt in America. The book is dedicated to Robert Frost, who had encouraged... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 128257
STEWART, Robert. Prison Rhymes:
[Perth] : First edition, first impression, of this scarce collection of anti-war poems written during Stewart's imprisonment during the First World War for mounting a campaign against the punishment and imprisonment of conscientious objectors. Stewart was released from prison in April 1919 and published the present booklet of his poems entitled Prison Rhymes.... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 139823
STERN, Sir Albert G. Tanks 1914-1918. The Log Book of a Pioneer.
London : 1919First edition, first impression, presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front free endpaper, "To my friend A. Geddes from Albert G. Stern, Nov. 1919". An excellent provenance: the recipient was almost certainly Sir Auckland Geddes (1879-1954), first Baron Geddes, politician and businessman, who, despite severe problems of sight (he suffered... Learn More£325.00
Stock Code: 139789
RAWLINSON, Sir Alfred "Toby". The Defence of London 1915 - 1918.
London : 1924Third edition, following the first of the preceding year, this with a new preface in which Rawlinson remarks on the success of the first edition. "After his adventures on the Western Front, described in a later book, Colonel Rawlinson was posted to the anti-aircraft defences of London in 1915, for some time commanding a 'mobile brigade' of guns mounted... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 139796
EDMONDS, Sir James Edward, & Graeme Charnley Wynne. Military Operations, France and Belgium, 1915.
London : 1927First 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 GSOI of the 4th division in... Learn More£225.00
Stock Code: 112344
EDMONDS, Sir James Edward. Military Operations, France and Belgium, 1918.
London : 1937First 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 GSOI of the 4th division in... Learn More£225.00
Stock Code: 112341
PARTRIDGE, Eric, ed. A Martial Medley: Fact and Fiction.
London : 1931First edition, first impression, 1,000 copies printed; presentation copy from one of the contributors, inscribed on the front free endpaper, "With love and affection Norman Hancock, May 23, 1931. And apologies for the Rabelaisia!" Hancock contributed the short story "War from the Ranks", described as "admirable" by John O'London's Weekly in a review... Learn More£400.00
Stock Code: 139703
DURKHEIM, Émile, & Ernest Denis. Qui a voulu la guerre?
Paris : 1915First edition, first printing, with the Lahure imprint, of one of Durkheim's "documents de propagande" on war, militarism, and nationalism in relation to German philosophy, written during the First World War by one of the founders of modern sociology and anthropology. In 1914, "Durkheim's nephew, Marcel Mauss, decided to enlist and to go to the front.... Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 119086
(LAFORGE, Lucien.) DESCAVES, Lucien. Ronge-maille vainqueur.
Paris : 1920First edition, limited to 1000 copies, this one of 969 on papier vergé. Anti-military fable by the naturalist novelist Descaves that transports La Fontaine's fabular rat to the Western Front, written in the Spring of 1917, but publication was banned until after the war; "Lucen Laforge turned his style from witty to crude for his depiction of the triumph... Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 111627
(WORLD WAR I) Brigade of Guards Diary 1915.
Aldershot : 1915First and only edition, no other copy traced. This copy owned by Capt. John Fox, Brigade Veterinary Officer, signed by him on the first blank together with seven other senior officers including Brig.-General Heyworth, Commanding XXth Brigade. A few pencilled annotations to the portrait plates noting wounded or killed. Text is essentially a calendar... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 132388
WILLIAMS, Oscar (ed.) The War Poets.
New York : 1945First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the editor on the day of publication on the front free endpaper, "For Jean Lanslow with love from Oscar Williams - editor - June 19 1945", the inscription continued by the founder of the John Day company: "And from Richard Walsh", and by two contributors, "from Hubert Creekmore" and "from... Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 139656
(MANNOCK, Edward "Mick".) JONES, Ira "Taffy". King of Air Fighters.
London : 1934First edition, first impression, of the first biography of one of the top fighter aces of the Great War, "perhaps the greatest tactician and teacher of fighting tactics" (ODNB), Edward "Mick" Mannock (1887-1918). The author, Ira "Taffy" Jones was also highly decorated (DSO, MC, DFC) and was trained by Mannock when the latter was stationed at London... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 139636
DOS PASSOS, John. One Man's Initiation - 1917.
London : 1920First edition, first impression, first issue with the broken type on page 35, and with the scarce dust jacket. This memoir of the First World War is Dos Passos's first book, not published in the US until 1922. Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 139396
[MANNING, Frederic.] PRIVATE 19022. Her Privates We.
London : 1930First trade edition, first impression, with the very fragile, and therefore rarely encountered, glassine dust jacket and printed flaps. Her Privates We is a fictionalized account of Manning's experiences on the Western Front, particularly in the Battle of the Somme. Published the previous year in a limited edition of 525 copies as The Middle Parts of... Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 139517
EDMONDS, James Edward, Brigadier-General et al. Military Operations. France and Belgium, 1914- … 1918.
London : 1925-48All but the first volume are first editions, that being a second impression, although styled the Second Edition. The jacket on this volume and its accompanying map case are for the third edition. An genuinely extraordinary set, odd volumes in jackets turn up, particularly the commoner earlier ones, to find a complete run of the text volumes would be... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 138325
HODGSON, William Hope. The Calling of the Sea.
London : 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£1,250.00
Stock Code: 103030
SASSOON, Siegfried. Memoirs of an Infantry Officer.
London : 1931First illustrated edition, signed limited issue, number 226 of 320 copies signed by both the author and the artist, the slipcase numbered in pencil on the top edge. The illustrated edition was published in three formats - signed, hand-coloured, and regular trade - the year after the original edition was published. Memoirs of an Infantry Officer... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 138928
SASSOON, Siegfried. Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man.
London : 1929First illustrated edition, signed limited issue, number 216 of 300 copies signed by 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, was an immediate success, was awarded the Hawthornden and... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 138926
(WILHELM II.) MAIRET, Philippe. Aristocracy and the Meaning of Class Rule.
London : 1931First 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 beginning "According to... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 122974
HOOVER, Herbert. America's First Crusade.
New York : 1942First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the 31st President on the front free endpaper "To Hon Robert A Grant with the kind regards of Herbert Hoover". Robert Allen Grant (1905-1998) was Member of the House of Representatives for Indiana, a position he held from 1939 to 1949, thereafter appointed by Eisenhower as a state judge.
America's... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 138304
DOYLE, Arthur Conan. The British Campaign in France and Flanders 1914.
London : 1916-9Volume I, third edition - more correctly impressions, same year as the first - the rest first editions. Doyle had aspirations to write the official history of the campaign, and a was disappointed to be passed over; "The six-volume history was one of the author's most ambitious works and one which he felt he never received the credit it deserved: 'I... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 137665
FAIRFAX-ROSS, Thomas. Well-compiled, and handsomely presented personal photograph and ephemera album covering service in World War I, at the Supreme War Council, Versailles, and at Chanak, 1922.
1908-24Fine narrative album recording the career, from school days to marriage, of Thomas Fairfax-Ross (1896-1960), with particular attention paid to his military career which took him from the Western Front to Chanak, via Versailles. The album opens, perhaps rather portentously, with a card embossed with the Royal arms, mounted recto on the front free endpaper... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 132252
OWEN, Wilfred. Mapping Golgotha.
Wales : 2007First edition, first impression, one of 200 copies only, Jeremy Hooker's own copy with "Editor's copy" instead of a number written on the limitation page. This is a handsomely bound selection of Owen's letters and poems, mostly written and completed between 1917 and 1918, before the author was killed in action in November 1918. Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 137877
SACRÉ, Lester Howard. Sidelights. Being an Official Series of Caricature Portraits.
London : 1918First edition, this one of an unspecified small number of special copies accompanied by a second suite of 16 loose plates in an end-pocket, each signed by the artist (all with accompanying tissue-guards). Uncommon, with just nine locations traced in online institutional holdings, one of the IWM's two copies is of this special edition, but lacks four... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 136132
SNOOK, J. F. Gun Fodder.
London : 1930First edition, first impression, of this "grim and intensely realistic picture of the war as seen through the eyes of a typical British 'tommy'" (jacket blurb). John Francis Snook (1897-1970) was born in Limehouse and worked in a factory in the East End before enlisting in 1914, aged 17. He served with the Essex Regiment throughout the war, seeing action... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 135906
BOUCHER, Lucien. Images de la Vie des Prisonniers de Guerre.
Paris : 1920First and only edition, number 72 of 175 copies "sur papier de luxe". An extremely delicately produced piece, with each leaf mounted on a thin paper stub, unsurprisingly just five copies on OCLC - BnF, Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Münster, Dartmouth College, Yale, and NLA - and no copies traced at auction. A superb eyewitness record, in words... Learn More£1,850.00
Stock Code: 135857
MYERS, Charles S. Shell Shock in France 1914-18.
1940First Edition. 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 Medical Corps and in 1916 he was appointed consultant psychologist to the British armies in France. Frustrated with opposition to his view that shell-shock was a treatable... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 135190
MACGILL, Patrick. Soldier Songs.
London : 1917First edition, first impression, number 207 of 280 copies printed on handmade paper and signed by the author. Patrick MacGill (1889-1963) was known as the "navvy poet", Soldier Songs "collected his war verse with a valuable preface on songs the soldiers made" (ODNB). Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 133748
SYKES, Christopher. Wassmuss.
London : 1936First edition, first impression, an uncommon book, particularly so in the jacket Wilhelm Wassmuss arrived in Bushehr in 1909 as German vice-consul; "The British had little doubt that he was really an intelligence officer a striking looking man, who spoke fluent Persian and Arabic, he had travelled widely among the tribes of southern Persia, with some... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 130260
DALZELL, Arthur, 13th earl of Carnwath (ed). Loyal Rulers and Leaders of the East.
London : 1922First and only edition, relatively uncommon, just a dozen copies on OCLC. Handsomely produced tribute to the contributions made by the rulers of South Asia to the war effort. Includes brief sections on Ceylon and Malaya. "The services rendered to civilisation through the ages by Eastern peoples have been incalculable, and not least among these services... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 127568
BARBUSSE, Henri. Le Feu. (Journal d'une Escouade).
Paris : 1916First edition, number I of XX special copies printed on papier vélin de cuve des Usine d'Arches in large paper format and signed by Barbusse for the bibliophiles of Les XX, this copy presented to the society's president Henri Lenseigne, with an autograph letter from Barbusse dated 6 October 1917, and the hand-addressed envelope, here bound in. In the... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 124386
LABOUREUR, Jean-Émile & Xavier Marcel Boulestin. Dans les Flandres britanniques.
Paris : 1916First 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 in Paris During the war... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 122349