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Rare first editions, deluxe and collectible editions of books, pamphlets, and ephemera relating to the Second World War, 1939–1945, including its build-up and aftermath.

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  1. 129017
    First collected edition, first impression. Although the publication statement in volume 1 gives 1951 as the date of issue, publication was delayed and all three volumes appeared simultaneously in an edition of 4,740 sets in September 1952; 500 sets of sheets were exported for the American edition, published in 1953. Eade... Learn More
    £975

    Stock Code: 129017

  2. 125066comp
    First UK editions, first impressions (volume I of the Book Society issue). A remarkable set, each volume presented by Churchill to his first cousin Oswald Moreton Frewen, inscribed on the blank before the half-title (with the exception of vol. I, which is inscribed on the half-title):

    Vol. I: "Inscribed for Oswald... Learn More
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  3. 129785
    First edition, scarce with only 3 locations in Copac (Oxford, Sussex and Cardiff; BL has a second printing). A fascinating and melodramatic text, now considered to be the fictionalised journal of a female Indian soldier fighting for the anti-British, Indian National Army during World War Two written by Captain Lakshmi (Sahgal),... Learn More
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  4. 129778
    Two contemporary publications of the address delivered by Desai in defence of the members of the Indian National Army on trail for treason, both produced around the same time (December 1945-January 1946). Scarce, the Congress Publication Board edition shows only one location on Copac (BL), the INA defence committee edition... Learn More
    £850

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  5. 126765
    First and sole edition, very uncommon: OCLC locates just six copies, all in the USA. This attractively illustrated work, pubished in the same month that India gained its independence, was issued as a celebration of the Azad Hind (Free India) state and the Indian National Army, which lasted from 1942 to 1945. The editor and... Learn More
    £4,000

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  6. 129199detail
    First complete collected edition, number 127 of 1,750 sets published. The Centenary Edition is the only full collected works of Winston Churchill, reproducing his 50 books in 34 volumes. The Library of Imperial History went bankrupt before the projected run of 3,000 sets could be completed, so "the print run never exceeded... Learn More
    £4,500

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  7. 129550detail
    First complete collected edition, one of 1,750 sets published. The Centenary Edition is the only full collected works of Winston Churchill, reproducing his 50 books in 34 volumes. The Library of Imperial History went bankrupt before the projected run of 3,000 sets could be completed, so "the print run never exceeded 2,000... Learn More
    £6,750

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  8. 129214
    First edition of the collected and expanded articles of Kazumaro "Buddy" Uno relating to the battle for the island of Corregidor between Japanese and American forces during the first months of 1942. Uno, an American-born Japanese journalist and member of the Press Bureau of the Imperial Japanese Army, was posted to Manila... Learn More
    £675

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    First Macmilllan edition of the "Abridged and Revised Edition" in one volume, first issued by Thornton Butterworth in February 1931. Presentation copy from Churchill, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "Inscribed by Winston S. Churchill for S. C. Dyke, May 1942"; with a typed letter signed tipped to the front pastedown:... Learn More
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  10. 128417
    Limited edition, number 1 of 3,000 copies, in a handsome binding. A card, with the copyright date of 1979, is loosely inserted, presenting the book: "Dear Nod this book was limited to three thousand copies this is signed by the world famous bookbinder Robert Green (see cover page number one - R/G1). For Nod with thanks and... Learn More
    £500

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  11. 129492
    First UK editions, first impressions, of Churchill's masterpiece, in a highly attractive binding. The Second World War ranks as one of the supreme historical achievements of the 20th century, and is commonly cited as a major factor in Churchill being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953. A man who had always primarily... Learn More
    £3,850

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    First editions, first impressions; volumes III and V presentation copies from Churchill to Douglas McGarel Hogg, each inscribed on the blank before the half-title, respectively: "To Douglas McGarel Hogg, from Winston S Churchill 3. 3. 27", and "Douglas, from Winston S. C". Volume III inscribed on the day of publication,... Learn More
    £12,500

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  13. 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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    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy to Johnnie Johnson, with gift label to front free endpaper signed by Air Commodore L. E. Wray. From the library of James Edgar "Johnnie" Johnson (1915-2001), wartime Spitfire ace, and with occasional marginalia by him. The third volume recording the actions of the RCAF overseas... Learn More
    £275

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  15. Gimlet Lends a Hand.
    First edition, first impression. The sixth book in the author's Gimlet series. Learn More
    £175

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  16. 127118
    First edition, first impression. Trial of the officers responsible for running the Air Force Transit Camp - Durchgangslager der Luftwaffe - which in June 1941 was the scene of the first mass escape of the war by British officers. "This most interesting case is noteworthy for the large number of the R.A.F. who appeared as... Learn More
    £75

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  17. 126842
    First edition. An excellent copy of this account of "one of the most brilliant campaigns conducted by a British general in the modern era," a narrative which has been described as "the best English-language army commander's memoir of the twentieth century" (ODNB) Slim is rarely considered alongside the great commanders of... Learn More
    £195

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  18. 126350
    First edition, first impression, of the first collection of Hitler's speeches in English. This set is a presentation copy from the editor, with a loosely inserted slip on which is printed "Sent at the request of Norman H. Baynes, Esq". Professor Baynes was the recently retired professor of Byzantine studies at University... Learn More
    £2,000

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  19. 32964
    First Edition, First Printing. Learn More
    £2,000

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  20. 121025
    First and only edition. The limitation statement at the rear reads: "twenty-four copies printed on hand-made paper for presentation to His Majesty the King, the Library of the House of Commons and those who took part in the ceremony". Copac shows just five locations in the UK: BL, Oxford, Cambridge, Guildhall, and Chartwell;... Learn More
    £1,250

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  21. 122683
    First edition. Extremely uncommon brief account - "confined to the action and movements of the major formations, and to the plans on which these were based" - which was "presented" by Slim as CIGS "for use by the Pakistan Armed Forces." This copy with the ownership inscription (dated "18/5/57") and stamp of the "Officers... Learn More
    £950

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  22. 84343
    First edition. The famous Nazi-hunter's exposé of Haj Amin al-Husseini, the controversial Grand Mufti of Jerusalem. Learn More
    £85

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  23. Current Combat Leaflets.
    Extremely uncommon internal psyops production, classified "Restricted", and numbered 36 in an unstated print-run. No records on Copac, OCLC, or KVK, but copies located at UCL in the papers of Sir Gavin de Beer, the influential evolutionary embryologist who served as lieutenant-colonel in charge of psychological warfare in... Learn More
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 113423

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  24. 118190
    First edition in book form, first impression, presentation inscription from the author, "For Morton White? from Isaiah with love 1964". The essay was originally published in The Atlantic Monthly and The Cornhill Magazine in 1949 as a review of the first volume of Churchill's The Second World War. In it Berlin defends Churchill's... Learn More
    £350

    Stock Code: 118190

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  25. 121716
    First edition of this magazine published by employees of the Anglo-Persian Oil Company to raise money for the Merchant Navy in the midst of the Second World War. The phrasing of the "Editorial Epilogue" and the foreword of A. V. Alexander, First Lord of the Admiralty, suggest that this was a one-off venture to coincide with... Learn More
    £300

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  26. 121741detail
    First complete collected edition, one of 1,750 sets published. The Centenary Edition is the only full collected works of Winston Churchill, reproducing his 50 books in 34 volumes. The Library of Imperial History went bankrupt before the projected run of 3,000 sets could be completed, so "the print run never exceeded 2,000... Learn More
    £5,950

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    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author and by Sir Frank Messervy. Maule has inscribed the book "To Lieut. St. John Sheppard and with the best wishes of Henry Maule", leaving space for Messervy's inscription, "With memories of the Desert and with best wishes, Frank Messervy, Dec '61".... Learn More
    £275

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  28. 105665
    First edition, first impression of this collection of wartime poetry. This copy has the bookplate of Anthony Hobson (19212014), who was the director of Sotheby's and noted bibliophile. Learn More
    £150

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  29. 116862
    First and only edition, number 162 of 200 copies printed, of this secret and highly controversial report, withdrawn and redacted shortly after publication. Rare: Copac lists the IWM copy only, with the note "back pocket empty"; OCLC shows only a reprint of 1984 in the library of the Australian Defence Force Academy. This... Learn More
    £3,000

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  30. 115137
    Rare comprehensive hand-over report signed in holograph by Air Marshal Sir Guy Garrod in a covering letter to Lord Tedder, relinquishing his command as C-in-C RAF Mediterranean and Middle East, and giving a very detailed strategic-level overview of the conclusion of the Allied air offensive in the Mediterranean theatre.... Learn More
    £1,750

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  31. Photograph album: "Thoughts on Military Life" (title in Japanese).
    Superb personal photo album portraying the training of a Japanese infantry officer cadet at the junior division of the Rikugun Yonen Gakko - Imperial Japanese Army Academy - at Asaka in Saitama province, at the outset of World War II. Images show his family and friends; his well-appointed room with stacked arms; group portraits... Learn More
    £1,500

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  32. 116865
    Fascinating mimeographed report on the Home Guard battalion formed by engineers from the Gas Light and Coke Company in 1942, with a volume of fine photographs. Rare, with no other copy traced in libraries or in commerce, except an ambiguous reference in the National Archives at Kew. After repair work from the Blitz eased... Learn More
    £650

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  33. 115265detail
    A superb eye-witness record of one of the most memorable combat achievements of the US 100th Division - the breakthrough of the Maginot Line and the capture of the town of Bitche in March 1945, earning the Division the nickname of "The Sons of Bitche". Three infantry regiments were the spearhead of the 100th: the 397th,... Learn More
    £750

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  34. Arms and the Covenant.
    First edition, only printing, in the scarce first issue jacket, priced 18/- net. A total of 5,000 copies were printed; Woods notes that 3,381 were sold at 18 shillings before June 1940, when the book was re-issued as a cheap edition, priced at 7s. 6d. Arms and the Covenant is an important collection of Churchill's speeches,... Learn More
    £2,500

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  35. 90th Training Squadron in the China-Burma-India Theatre - personal photograph album with miniature format original photographs.
    A small collection of material documenting pilot training and service during World War II, concluding with combat duty in India and Burma. The miniature format photographs are largely scenes on or around the unit's base in India, and although small reveal considerable detail when viewed under a lens. The larger images include... Learn More
    £300

    Stock Code: 113374

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    First edition of this stereographically illustrated popular account of the invasion of Poland. A superb example retaining the flimsy, rather dull, and consequently rarely encountered jacket. Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 111904

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  37. Approach March.
    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author "Hugh, in friendship, Julian, 30 November 1974" on the title-page. "Amery's military careermost engagingly described in his autobiography, Approach March (1973)was not highly successful, but it was adventurous, and adventure was something he craved. He was also of... Learn More
    £85

    Stock Code: 109846

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  38. Very Ordinary Seaman.
    First edition, first impression of what is generally considered one of the finest accounts of life at sea in the Second World War. A fictionalised but accurate account, based on the author's experiences in a destroyer on the Murmansk run. Learn More
    £675

    Stock Code: 106289

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  39. The Golden Carpet; The Silver Crescent.
    First editions, each in a signed edition limited of 300 copies of which just 30 were in the full binding as here, copies 16 and 25 respectively. De Chair was Intelligence Officer with "Kingcol", a Flying Column of less than 1,500 men under the Command of Brig.-Gen. Kingstone. This tiny force was sent from Palestine to Baghdad... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 105498

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  40. The Soldier's Art. A Novel.
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "Arthur from Tony. Hands across the sea. Sept. 1966." The recipient was Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., the American historian, writer and political adviser. Schlesinger was a fan of Powell who wrote an essay, "Anthony Powell:... Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 109842

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  41. Map of the Battle Fronts of Western Russia: Murmansk to Batum.
    The British Library records three issues between 1941 and 1944. Copac lists four locations: BL, NLS, NLW, and Oxford; the National Archives website notes a copy at KCL in the Liddell Hart Military Archives Brookepopham 11/23; OCLC adds four locations in the USA and the American University of Beirut. This highly detailed... Learn More
    £500

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  42. Advance to Barbarism.
    Second, expanded edition. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the half-title, "To R. T. Paget, Q.C., with the acknowledgements of the author for inspiration and encouragement. F. J. P. Veale. Nov. 4. 1953". Together with a typed letter signed from Veale to Paget, dated Brighton, 4 November 1953, discussing the... Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 102453

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    An historically significant and fascinating album chronicling the progress of the construction of factories at Ningpo near Fuzhou for the manufacture, mixing, drying, and separation of smokeless yellow and brown gunpowder for the Imperial Japanese Kwantung Army during the Second Sino-Japanese War. Following their stunning... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 98082

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    Haunting documents of oppression and resistance in Nazi-occupied northern France. Intensely evocative, the marks of making on these composite posters clearly reveal the driven process behind their creation; the riskful gathering of the fragments, their painstaking collaging, careful docketing, and vigilant concealment as... Learn More
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  45. Post D. Some Experiences of an Air Raid Warden.
    First edition, first impression. A memoir of the socialist theorist and politician John Strachey's experiences as a London air-raid warden; "During the war he served in a succession of postsair raid warden, public relations officer, radio commentator, and Royal Air Force wing commander. With the war's end, Strachey was... Learn More
    £250

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  46. Post D. Some Experiences of an Air Raid Warden.
    First edition, fourth impression. First published in March the same year. A memoir of the socialist theorist and politician John Strachey's experiences as a London air-raid warden; "During the war he served in a succession of postsair raid warden, public relations officer, radio commentator, and Royal Air Force wing commander.... Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 96377

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  47. Gimlet's Oriental Quest.
    First edition, first impression. The fifth book in the author's Gimlet series. Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 94618

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  48. Le Ciel et l'Enfer.
    Second edition of this work, originally published in 1965. Presentation copy warmly inscribed by Andrieux on the dedication page: "A l'Air Vice Marshal J. E. Johnnie Johnson C.B. CBE. DSO two bars, DFC bar. En souvenir du temps où les 'Free Trench' étaient des guerriers et se battant la main dans la main avec les Boys... Learn More
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  49. 85225
    First edition, extremely uncommon "invasion" handbook produced by the Nazi General Staff cartographical department. OCLC locates just two apparently complete sets - BL and Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin - and two copies of the text volume alone, both in Germany, and a scatter of the maps in German institutions. Issued just three... Learn More
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  50. 83597
    First edition, this copy from the library of "Johnnie" Johnson, "the Commonwealth's premier ace of the war" (p195), his ownership inscription to the front free endpaper, and page reference "leadership p49" to the half-title. In 1943 Johnson was made Wing Commander of No. 144 Wing (Canadians) flying out of RAF Kenley, his... Learn More
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  51. The Jews. Are They Human?
    First edition, first impression. Written following the author's visit to Berlin in 1937, Lewis's book takes its ghastly title from a now-forgotten 1931 bestseller called The English: Are They Human? by the Dutch humourist G. J. Renier. An avowedly anti-fascist book, it was intended partly as an apology for his earlier ill-judged... Learn More
    £650

    Stock Code: 87784

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  52. 90742comp
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, with a lengthy authorial inscription on the title page to Spitfire ace "Johnnie" Johnson. A splendid association of this account of Lucas's services during the Battle of Malta, for which he was awarded his DFC. Learn More
    £750

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  53. 89999
    First edition, first impression. A large-scale reference work that describes development history and production details of almost 1,700 different aircraft types. From the library of James Edgar Johnnie Johnson (1915-2001), wartime Spitfire ace, with gift inscription to Johnson on half-title. Learn More
    £65

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  54. Scott King's Modern Europe.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 86911

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  55. The Gremlins. From the Walt Disney Production. A Royal Air Force Story.
    First UK edition, preceded by the first US edition of the previous year. A special copy, bound for presentation, signed by 32 assorted dignitaries, probably at a special dinner in London in aid of the RAF Benevolent Fund. The eclectic group of signatories include Air Marshall Richard Peck, Assistant Chief of Air Staff, London,... Learn More
    £12,500

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  56. The Last Man.
    First edition, first impression. Rare, particularly in the dust jacket, this is one of the earliest novels to incorporate a doomsday device. It was critically well-received, with George Orwell writing that the book "raises a real problem decay in the belief in absolute good and evil". Learn More
    £1,500

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  57. This Above All.
    First edition, first impression. This Second World War novel about a British soldier's crisis of conscience was adapted into an Academy Award winning film in 1942. Learn More
    £750

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  58. The Ministry of Fear. An Entertainment.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 65974

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  59. Four Quartets.
    First collected edition, first impression with the slug "First American Edition" to the verso of the title page. In the first issue dust jacket with nine titles on the lower panel and 2.00 price to the front flap. This printing was recalled by the publishers after only 788 copies had been distributed on the grounds that... Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 52058

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  60. Four page letter signed "Sailor"  to fellow Battle of Britain Spitfire ace Alan Deere.
    Signed or autograph material by Malan is extremely uncommon. This substantial letter also boasts excellent content and Battle of Britain associations. Here he writes to Alan Deere, a fellow Spitfire pilot who served in the Battle of France and the Battle of Britain, accumulating 22 kills, and who was a Wing Commander at... Learn More
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 44140

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