World War I
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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
LAWRENCE, T. E. Seven Pillars of Wisdom.
London : 1935First trade edition, first impression, a near-fine copy complete with the original shipping carton. This is the only example that we have ever handled. This copy additionally has a laid-in envelope containing several contemporary newspaper clippings concerning Lawrence's death. Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 139939
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, and was 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". The recipient Robert Allen Grant (1905-1998) was then-Member of the House of Representatives for Indiana, a position he held from 1939 to 1949, thereafter appointed by Eisenhower... 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
(LEAGUE OF NATIONS.) Covenant.
?Paris : 1919First and only printing of this original draft, docketed on the front wrapper by Louis L. Strauss, Herbert Hoover's assistant in Paris: "One of the first 100 copies of the original draft. Read by Woodrow Wilson at Paris, Feb. 1919". WorldCat locates just six copies of this draft: Peace Palace Library, Huntington, Princeton, Harvard Law School, Wellesley,... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 132162
SYKES, Christopher. Wassmuss.
London : 1936First edition, first impression. 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 of whose chiefs he was on the closest terms.... 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
(WORLD WAR I.) CLOSE, Albert, cartographer. [Three maps:] The British Empire at Bay on the Western Front. A visualised map compiled by Albert Close [with:] Index to British War Cemeteries [with:] The Naval War Chart of the North Sea. Compiled by Albert Close.
London : 1922-23A 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 a companion piece to the Naval... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 122291
(WORLD WAR I: MEUSE-ARGONNE OFFENSIVE.) Two French campaign maps annotated for use in the field by Lieut.-Gen. Gordon Macdonald, commanding 3rd Bn. 324th Infantry Regt., AEF.
In the Field & Paris : 1917-8A 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 in excess of 120,000... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 121953
BECKE, A. F. The Royal Regiment of Artillery at Le Cateau, Wednesday, 26th August 1914.
Woolwich : January 1919First edition, first impression, 2nd Corps commander Sir Horace Smith-Dorrien's copy, with his ownership inscription in blue pencil to the front board and his annotations to some 20 pages, of this extremely detailed stage-by-stage account of the first major action of the British Expedition Force (BEF) in the First World War, the action on which Smith-Dorrien's... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 120865
LABOUREUR, Jean-Émile. Petites Images de la Guerre sur le Front Britannique.
Paris : 1917First 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, J.E. Laboureur, 1917". A close... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 120160
[BURTON, Claude E. C. H.] Fife and Drum.
London : 1915First edition, first impression, first issue. A very scarce war poetry collection, in exceptional fine condition. Claude E. C. H. Burton wrote patriotic war poetry in the early years of the First World War under these two pseudonyms for The Daily Mail and The Evening News, both Lord Northcliffe's publications. His son, Captain Henry Patrick Claude Burton,... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 119921
(WORLD WAR I: 47th SIKHS.) 47th Sikhs War Records - The Great War 1914-1918.
No place : c.1921"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, in 1922, it became the 5th (Duke... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 117179
SWINTON, Ernest D. Eyewitness; Being Personal Reminiscences of Certain Phases of the Great War, including the Genesis of the Tank.
London : 1932First 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 "Eyewitness". Swinton claims... Learn More£575.00
Stock Code: 116838
(LAWRENCE, T. E.) A Brief Record of The Advance of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force
Cairo : 1919First 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 Harry Pirie-Gordon.... Learn More£4,000.00
Stock Code: 114471
(GALLIPOLI.) KANNENGIESSER, Hans. The Campaign in Gallipoli.
London : 1927First 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 book, Gallipoli: Bedeutung... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 114008
(WORLD WAR I.) NUNN, Wilfrid. Tigris Gunboats.
London : 1932First edition, first impression, very scarce in the eye-catching dust jacket. Tigris Gunboats was greeted with great enthusiasm by The Naval Review in 1932: "This is a book for which many naval officers must have looked, for the account of the work of the Royal Navy on the Tigris, as given in the Official History of Naval Operations, stops with the... Learn More£475.00
Stock Code: 110286
WARD, John. With the "Die-Hards" in Siberia.
London : 1920First 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£500.00
Stock Code: 100499
CAIN, James M., & Gilbert Malcolm. 79th Division Headquarters Troop: A Record.
[N.p.] : 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 of Maryland in 1917. The 79th... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 99729