World War II
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CHURCHILL, Winston S. Arms and the Covenant.
London : 1938First edition, only printing. Arms and the Covenant is an important collection of Churchill's speeches, 1928-38, warning of the dangers of a re-armed Germany. 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.
A contemporary... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 147793
CHURCHILL, Winston S. The Second World War
London : 1948-54First editions of Churchill's masterpiece, the single most important historical account of the Second World War. As Max Beloff observed, there was no statesman of the twentieth century "whose retrospective accounts of the great events in which he has taken part have so dominated subsequent historical thinking". A man who had always primarily made his... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 135623
NICOLSON, Harold. Public Faces. A Novel.
London : 1932First edition, first impression, of Nicolson's great (and, from the jacket blurb, seemingly prophetic) political novel: "Staged in the Foreign Office, the book describes how, during the first week of June, 1939, Great Britain becomes involved in an international crisis, which exposes her to the alternative of complete humiliation or of war against a... Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 147737
KARSKI, Jan. The Mass Extermination of Jews in German Occupied Poland.
London : 1943First and only edition. An early revelation of the methods of the Holocaust based upon the extraordinary work of Jan Karski. Karski was a remarkable figure: a graduate in law and diplomacy from Jan Kazimierz University, he served as a diplomat in Germany, Britain and Switzerland in the late 1930s, before joining the ministry of foreign affairs in 1939.... Learn More£3,250.00
Stock Code: 147657
CHURCHILL, Winston S. The Second World War.
London : 1959First abridged edition of Churchill's vast memoir of the Second World War, originally published in six volumes between 1948 and 1954. The jacket design, the globe floating in a fiery abyss, is particularly striking.
The Second World War ranks as one of the supreme historical achievements of the 20th century, and is commonly cited as a major... Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 147627
KEYNES, John Maynard. How to Pay for the War.
London : 1940First edition, first impression, the uncorrected version, of Keynes's most successful essay in persuasion, the application of his General Theory to wartime economy. A corrected version, issued in orange printed boards, was published a few months later.
"Apart from suggesting ways of adding greatly to the financial resources of the government,... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 147230
LARKIN, Philip (contrib.) Poetry from Oxford in Wartime.
London : 1945First edition, first impression, of this anthology of poetry, which includes one of Larkin's first appearances in book form. It was published in February 1945, five months before Larkin's debut collection, The North Ship.
This copy has an appealing literary provenance, from the library of publisher John K. Martin (b. 1930), founder of the Black... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 146875
VANSITTART, Robert Gilbert, Lord. The German Octopus.
London : First edition, first impression, of Vansittart's pamphlet advocating a draconian post-war policy towards Germany and the other Axis powers, supporting the permanent disarmament of the country and the punishment of German businesses. An interesting example of the hardline position towards Germany which many were advocating for, right to the top of the... Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 146829
(BLETCHLEY PARK) NEWMAN, Max. Two letters bracketing Newman's career at Bletchley.
1942-6A highly evocative pair of letters to Max Newman, the first relating to his recruitment to the Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park, the second to the conclusion of his wartime work there. Maxwell Herman Alexander "Max" Newman (1897-1984) was one of the most significant British mathematicians of his generation and a leading pioneer in... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 145466
LAWRENCE, T. E. Revolt in the Desert.
London : 1927First 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 "To dear Brendy with ever-growing... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 116543
WATANABE, Tadao. Typed letter signed from the Mayor of Hiroshima, marking the tenth anniversary of the atomic bombing.
1955Typed letter signed from Tadao Watanabe (1898-1980), Mayor of Hiroshima from 1955 to 1959, to the British Columbia Peace Council in Vancouver, a constituent part of the Canadian Peace Congress. "It is with distinct pleasure that I send, on behalf of the people of Hiroshima, cordial greetings of peace to the British Columbia Peace Council as they, together... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 141397
ROYAL AIR FORCE; WORLD WAR TWO. …So Few. A folio dedicated to all who fought and won the Battle of Britain, 10th July - 31st October 1940.
London : 1990-5First editions, deluxe signed issues, both volumes number 96 of 401 copies, each containing 25 superb colour silhouette portraits of distinguished RAF pilots from Britain and the Commonwealth, all signed by both the pilot and artist Michael Pierce, and with his embossed stamp. Additionally signed in the edition by six members of the creative and design... Learn More£9,500.00
Stock Code: 145852
MARSEILLE, Hans-Joachim. Signed photographic postcard of a Messerschmidt Me 109.
Germany : c. 1940Signed on verso "H. J. Marseille, Obl Oberleutnant". Hans-Joachim Marseille (1919-1942)), nicknamed "Stern von Afrika" (Star of Africa), was the leading German fighter ace in the Western Desert, described by the distinguished American historian Dennis Showlater as "one of history's great fighter pilots" (quoted in Heaton & Lewis, The Star of Africa:... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 130987
GÖRING, Hermann. Signed photographic postcard by Röhr of Magdeburg.
MagdeburgFine image signed "Göring" across lower portion of image, showing Göring three-quarter length, facing left, in full Luftwaffe uniform as Generalfeldmarschall, holding baton. With typed letter signed by a secretary at Göring's ministry acknowledging the recipient's request for a signed picture (Ministerpräsident Generalobesrt Göring letterhead,... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 130984
WORLD WAR II; SHIPBUILDING. Photographic Archive of Dravo Corporation ship launches during World War II.
Wilmington, DE & Pittsburgh, PA : 1942-5A remarkable archive of 113 silver gelatin photographs chronicling the launches of the complete range of vessels produced by the company during the war years - Destroyer Escorts (DE), Landing Ship Tanks (LST), Landing Ship Medium (LSM), Minelayers, Submarine Chasers, Barges, and even floating dry-docks. Many of the images include group portraits of... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 136238
ROYAL AIR FORCE; WORLD WAR TWO. …So Few. A folio dedicated to all who fought and won the Battle of Britain, 10th July – 31st October 1940.
London : 1990First edition, number 52 of 401 copies, signed by all six members of the creative team on the mounted authentication leaf. A magnificent tribute, containing 25 superb original silhouette portraits of distinguished RAF pilots from Britain and the Commonwealth, all signed by the sitter and the artist, Michael Pierce, together with his embossed stamp.... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 141274
CHURCHILL, Winston S. The Second World War.
London : First edition of the Chartwell Edition, the first illustrated edition of Churchill's masterly account of the Second World War, here in the publisher's deluxe quarter morocco binding, issued at a higher cost than the standard red cloth binding and notably scarcer.
The Chartwell Edition, incorporating Churchill's final revisions and adding illustrations,... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 145389
CHURCHILL, Winston S. The First Collected Works. Centenary Limited Edition.
London : 1973-76First complete collected edition, number 853 of 1,750 sets. 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 copies and only 1,750 sets were... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 137778
EISENHOWER, Dwight D. Crusade in Europe.
Garden City, NY : 1948First edition, the handsomely produced signed limited issue, number 1,210 of 1,426 copies signed by Eisenhower on the leaf that prints his D-Day message to the troops. Copies in the original acetate jacket are certainly uncommon.
Crusade in Europe made Eisenhower a rich man, "becoming one of the most widely translated and sold books of all time.... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 145701
CHURCHILL, Winston. Into Battle.
London : 1943Tenth edition, presentation issue, inscribed by the author on the first blank: "To Monsieur V. V. Tilea With best wishes from Winston S. Churchill 1946". The recipient Viorel Virgil Tilea (1896-1972) was the Romanian Government-in-exile's representative in London during the war, making this a particularly appropriate volume to have been presented at... Learn More£8,500.00
Stock Code: 145711
KEYNES, John Maynard. How to Pay for the War.
London : 1940First edition, second impression, the corrected version, less common than the earlier uncorrected version in green card boards, of Keynes's most successful essay in persuasion, the application of his General Theory to wartime economy. The uncorrected version was published a few months previously. "Apart from suggesting ways of adding greatly to the... Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 145160
CHURCHILL, Winston S. The Second World War.
London : 1948-54First UK editions, first impressions, of Churchill's masterpiece, the single most important historical account of the Second World War, and a major factor in Churchill being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953.
As Max Beloff observed, there was no statesman of the 20th century "whose retrospective accounts of the great events in which... Learn More£400.00
Stock Code: 110088
CHURCHILL, Winston S. The Second World War.
London : First edition of the Chartwell Edition, the first illustrated edition of Churchill's masterly account of the Second World War. The Chartwell Edition, incorporating Churchill's final revisions and adding illustrations, was produced upon the completion of the Second World War series, which Churchill had published in six volumes between 1948 and 1954.... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 145433
SAINT-EXUPÉRY, Antoine de. Pilote de guerre.
New York : 1942First edition, first printing, number 10 of 50 large-paper copies on papier Texte, presentation copy from the author to his closest American friend and partial inspiration for The Little Prince, inscribed warmly by the author on the half-title, "Pour Sylvia Hamilton, Avec la profonde et tendre amitié de son vieil ami, Antoine".
Silvia Hamilton... Learn More£35,000.00
Stock Code: 139246
BARKER, Gabriella. Desert Angels.
London : 1956First and sole edition, uncommon. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front free endpaper, "With admiration and gratitude Gabriella Barker, 3 November 1958". We understand that this copy is from the library of Lieutenant-Colonel Brian F. Montgomery, which contained a number of books inscribed to his brother Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery,... Learn More£75.00
Stock Code: 141120
GARDINER, J. Ritchie. Diary of a Journey from Sumprabum to Margherita by the Chaukkan Pass.
Calcutta : 1945188 typescript leaves, privately produced by the author and inscribed "To Jack Graham as a small tribute to the work of the Indian Tea Association and to the many kindness extended to the author by him, from Ritchie. 10. 1/46." A scarce, privately produced account of a treacherous, life-threatening escape from Burma to India after the Japanese invasion,... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 129617
4th GURKHA RIFLES. In Memoriam, MCMXIV-MCMXVIII,
Calcutta : 1927First and only edition; rare: apparently unrecorded and presumably produced in a very small print run. This little volume records the service of dedication for the 4th Prince of Wales's Own Gurkha Rifles war memorial at Bakloh, northern India, which served as a cantonment for the regiment.
It comprises the order of service, a brief description... Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 113967
DEVAMBEZ, André. Douze eaux-fortes.
Paris : 1915First and sole edition, number 116 of 150 copies only, title page and each plate signed and numbered in pencil by the artist. Inevitably highly uncommon, this quite superb suite of plates can trace its lineage to those more famous series on a similar theme by Jacques Callot and Goya.
André Devambez (1867-1944) originally studied with his father... Learn More£1,600.00
Stock Code: 142725
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:... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 114008
BICKERSTETH, J. B. History of the 6th Cavalry Brigade 1914-1919.
London : 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 J.... Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 106246
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
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
PAIFORCE. Baghdad to Beirut 1944.
[Baghdad?] : 1944Appealing pocket-booklet of leave instructions issued to members of Persia and Iraq Force, an inevitably uncommon survival, with only the Imperial War Museum copy traced in institutions. The second section comprises a history of Damascus and the Syrian desert by Seton Lloyd (1902-1996), who had been appointed archaeology adviser to the Directorate of... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 143711
WYATT, Horace. Jersey in Jail 1940-45.
Jersey : 1945First edition, signed limited issue, one of 750 copies signed by the author and illustrator, this copy out of series and additionally later inscribed by the publisher to the dedication page, "With best wishes, Ernest Huelin, April 29th 1952". This work provides a first hand account of life on Jersey under German occupation, and is uncommon in such attractive... Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 142417
WORLD WAR II. Handbook for Military Government in Germany.
Bushy Park, London : 1944First edition of this key document in the denazification of Germany, highly uncommon, published in December 1944 in an edition of 6, 000 copies; a high-level draft version circulated in the autumn of 1944 was considered too lenient toward Germany, Roosevelt describing it in a memo as "pretty bad" (Dobbins et al, p.20).
Secretary of the Treasury... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 134461
D-DAY - JOWETT, H.A., Obs./Cdr., M.B.E. Seaborne: An account of the activities of the volunteers from Group 8 during their period of service with the Royal Navy as Aircraft Identifiers, May-July 1944.
Leeds : First and only edition, rare, just a single copy at IWM traced. This copy inscribed by the author: "H.P. Capel With Christmas Greetings 1944 H.A. Jowett." During the Normandy Landings a number of members of the ROC served as volunteers on board Royal Navy and US Navy ships: these men were temporarily entered into the RN and wore their ROC uniform with... Learn More£575.00
Stock Code: 140434
CHURCHILL, Winston S. The First Collected Works. Centenary Limited Edition.
London : 1973-6First 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 copies and only 1,750 sets... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 129564
BEATON, Cecil. War Photographs 1939-45.
London : 1981First edition, first impression. In 1940 Beaton received a commission from the British Ministry of Information to photograph Churchill and the War Cabinet members. In 1941 he undertook further official government propaganda photography for the Royal Air Force. These images are widely reproduced and later gathered into two books, Air of Glory and Winged... Learn More£65.00
Stock Code: 140745
MALLETT, Alfred J. Small naval archive including original notice board announcement of VJ Day from submarine HM Submarine Terrapin.
1927-1962Slight and slightly scruffy, this nevertheless remains an evocative assemblage of documents from an extraordinarily long and highly distinguished naval career. Perhaps the "star" item being the two-page "Notice Board Copy", pencil on naval message pad, of the announcement of VJ Day from the submarine Terrapin, which was at that point returning via Suez... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 142705
CHINDITS. Collection of material relating to Wingate's Chindits and their campaigns in Burma.
1940s-1980s]Superb collection of material concerning the Chindits, includes Wingate's Report on the Operations of 77th Brigade; the original MS of the Hedley's book Jungle Fighter; a number of SEAC Chindit publications; a small trove of pieces from the collection of a serving Chindit officer, including intelligence reports, some excellent press photographs, and... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 65880
WESTERN DESERT - WESSEL, Wilhelm. Three original artworks.
1942Three fine studies made in the field by German war artist Wilhelm Wessel (1904-1971), Rommel's kriegsmaler, conveying a genuine sense of reportage and executed while Wessel was serving as an officer with the Afrikakorps.
Original black-and-white charcoal drawing on pale grey paper signed "Wih. Wessel 42", measuring 460 x 590 mm; inscribed lower... Learn More£11,500.00
Stock Code: 136644
HORNER, Gordon. For YOU the War is Over.
London : 1948First and only edition, this copy signed at the conclusion of his Preface by Bill Bowes, probably the best bowler of the interwar period, like Horner a Yorkshireman, and a fellow POW in Italy. Before the war, Horner had trained at Leeds Art College, subsequently taking up work at a commercial studio. He won a competition to become war artist with the... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 124643
MIDDLE EAST. Army Catering Corps. Guide to Messing in the Middle East (Revised Edition).
[Cairo] : 1943Rare first edition, "not to be published", a revised version of Middle East Catering and Cooking (1942). This is a fascinating and detailed handbook for use by the British Army in some of the most testing campaign conditions of the Second World War; few copies would have survived the rigours of the Middle East Theatre.
The preface is by Lieutenant-General... Learn More£400.00
Stock Code: 141583
KUCZYNSKI, Jürgen, & M. Witt. The Economics of Barbarism.
London : 1942Second edition (July 1942, first April), presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "mit besten Grüssen Jürgen Kuczynski". The German communist economist Kuczynski (1904-1997) was then in exile in England, and here outlines the economic system of the Nazi empire. Learn More£100.00
Stock Code: 141896
INDIAN NATIONAL ARMY - DESAI, Bhulabhai J. I.N.A. Defence.
Bombay & Delhi : 1946 & [1945?]Two contemporary publications of the address delivered by Desai in defence of the members of the Indian National Army on trial for treason, both produced around the same time (December 1945-January 1946). Scarce, the Congress Publication Board edition shows only one location on Library Hub (BL), the INA defence committee edition shows three.
In... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 129778
FIELDING, Xan. The Stronghold.
London : 1953First edition, first impression. Fielding, who was based as an intelligence officer in Crete from January to August 1942 and from November 1942 to January 1944, "described the White Mountains in Crete with vivacity and skill" (ODNB). The photographs in this work were taken by the socialite and author Daphne Thynne, marchioness of Bath, whom Fielding... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 141765
CONSTANTINE, Murray. Swastika Night.
London : 1937First edition, first impression. Written under the pseudonym Murray Constantine by British writer Katharine Burdekin, the novel takes place in a fascist dystopia where the Nazis and the Empire of Japan have conquered the world, described by John Clute as "a scathing feminist anatomy of war, sexism and power". Burdekin's pseudonym, adopted from 1934,... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 137494
EISENHOWER, Dwight D., & Mamie Doud. Good News for Modern Man.
New York : 1974Third edition, first published in 1971, this the special Eisenhower edition with wrappers featuring a portrait of Ike on the back panel with the quote beginning; "The Bible is endorsed by the ages. Our civilization is built upon its words", this copy inscribed on the half-title; "Merry Christmas to Dr. Hal Johnson from his friend Mamie Doud Eisenhower,... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 140861
BÉRAUD, Rémi. Ré sans fard.
La Rochelle : 1989First edition, first impression. This copy profusely inscribed to RAF pilot and flying ace James Edgar "Johnnie" Johnson (1915-2001) from a visit to Ré in May 1990 with the Air Crew Association. Learn More£75.00
Stock Code: 141070
EISENHOWER, Mamie Doud. Five-star Favorites.
New York : 1974First edition, limited issue, number 377 of 1000, of this fundraiser for the Eisenhower Medical Center, this copy inscribed on the front free endpaper; "For Dr. & Mrs. Harold Johnson from their friend Mamie Doud Eisenhower, 1978", together with loosely inserted greetings card signed by Mamie. Dr. Johnson was Ike's principle physician after his retirement... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 140863
EISENHOWER, Dwight D. At Ease. Stories I Tell to Friends.
Garden City, New York : 1967First edition, special issue, ad personam publication bookplate "At Ease. Published June 16, 1967, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania", with typed addition, "For Dr. C. H. Johnson" and Eisenhower's autograph salutation, "With affectionate regard Dwight D. Eisenhower". Carl Harold "Hal" Johnson was Eisenhower's principle physician during his retirement to Gettysburg.... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 140859
EISENHOWER, Dwight D. The White House Years - a mismatched set presented to his Gettysburg doctor, and personally inscribed.
Garden City, New York : 1963-65The first volume the first trade edition, the second a copy of the limited edition bound without limitation leaf, both warmly inscribed to Dr. Hal Johnson, Eisenhower's principle physician during his retirement at Gettysburg. Johnson and his wife Edie became close friends of Ike and Mamie. In the first Ike inscribes "For Dr. C. H. Johnson with the warm... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 140860
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 pas en état... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 140915
WORLD WAR II - SHEW, Glenn B. 90th Training Squadron in the China-Burma-India Theatre - personal photograph album with miniature format original photographs.
1943-5A small collection of material documenting pilot training and service during World War Two, 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 Shew and his colleague... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 113374
WORLD WAR II - POLITICAL WARFARE EXECUTIVE. "German Propaganda and the German 5.7.43 - 20.10.43" - collection of weekly reports.
1943A remarkable survival: a half-yearly run of pioneering weekly propaganda intelligence reports produced by the German and Austrian Region Intelligence Section of the Political Warfare Executive. These reports were to provide the basis for a new approach to intelligence work for the British which would be carried forward after the end of WWII. Documentary... Learn More£6,500.00
Stock Code: 135819
WAUGH, Evelyn. Put Out More Flags.
London : 1942First edition, first impression. Further adventures of the incorrigible Basil Seal, who previously featured in Waugh's novel Black Mischief. Seal is "fondly expected by his sister, his mother and his mistress to "make good" in wartime" (blurb). Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 112499