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World War II

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. At Ease. Stories I Tell to Friends.
    EISENHOWER, Dwight D. At Ease. Stories I Tell to Friends.

    Garden City, New York : 1967

    First 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

  2. Radar.
    DUNLAP, Orrin Elmer. Radar.

    New York : 1948

    Revised Edition, first published 1946. Loosely inserted at the front free endpaper is a single small sheet of thin, contemporary note paper with 2pp. of pencilled notes, headed "Written on train", alongside which is "Comments - GLs - on RADAR by ORRINE DUNLAP", followed by a sequence of none too complimentary comments, especially relating early US... Learn More
    £95.00

    Stock Code: 140734

  3. Germany's National Vice.
    IGRA, Samuel. Germany's National Vice.

    London : 1945

    First and sole edition of this highly uncommon and controversial study of the Nazi régime, following the British White Paper Concerning the Treatment of German Nationals in Germany (1939) in implicating the prevalence of "sexual perversion, and, in particular, homosexuality" in Germany for the "otherwise inexplicable outbreak of sadistic cruelty"... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 137683

  4. The White House Years - a mismatched set presented to his Gettysburg doctor, and personally inscribed.
    EISENHOWER, Dwight D. The White House Years - a mismatched set presented to his Gettysburg doctor, and personally inscribed.

    Garden City, New York : 1963-5

    The 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

  5. [Complete collection of major works, all first editions:]
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. [Complete collection of major works, all first editions:]

    1898-1961

    First 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

  6. 90th Training Squadron in the China-Burma-India Theatre - personal photograph album with miniature format original photographs.
    (WORLD WAR II.) SHEW, Glenn B. 90th Training Squadron in the China-Burma-India Theatre - personal photograph album with miniature format original photographs.

    1943-5

    A 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

  7. 137647
    FAIRBAIRN, William Ewart All-in Fighting.

    London : 1942

    First edition. Genuinely uncommon - just six locations on Copac, BL, IWM, NLS, TCD, NLW, Oxford, OCLC adds the Australian War Memorial, Danish Royal Library, NLNZ, LoC, CIA, and University of Tulsa - and particularly so in the jacket. "The majority of the methods shown are drastic in the extreme. In contrast to judo, they recognise no accepted rules.... Learn More
    £525.00

    Stock Code: 137647

  8. 135819detail
    (WWII - POLITICAL WARFARE EXECUTIVE.) "German Propaganda and the German 5.7.43 - 20.10.43" - collection of weekly reports.

    1943

    A 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

  9. 112499
    WAUGH, Evelyn. Put Out More Flags.

    London : 1942

    First 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

  10. Back to Mandalay.
    THOMAS, Lowell. Back to Mandalay.

    New York : 1951

    First edition, first printing of the broadcaster's account of the Burma campaign. Signed by Thomas on a preliminary leaf and additionally inscribed by him on the half-title: "For Thada Quackenbush Lowell Thomas". Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 140085

  11. Portrait Photograph of Winston Churchill.
    (CHURCHILL, Winston S.) BIRLEY, Oswald. Portrait Photograph of Winston Churchill.

    1951

    Half length portrait of Winston Churchill. Birley painted several highly regarded portraits of his friend Sir Winston Churchill (to whom he also gave painting lessons). Birley was probably the leading portraitist of his day, after his first royal commission in 1928, a portrait of George VI for the National Museum of Wales, he painted "virtually every... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 116965

  12. Defeat into Victory.
    SLIM, Field-Marshal Sir William. Defeat into Victory.

    London : 1956

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy from Slim, inscribed beneath the portrait frontispiece, "With humble duty, W.J. Slim, F.M.". A pencilled note to the front pastedown states that the book was presented to Princess Mary, a very suitable association, if true. In 1949 the 10th Gurkha Rifles, who were heavily involved in the Burma Campaign... Learn More
    £950.00

    Stock Code: 138798

  13. The War Poets.
    WILLIAMS, Oscar (ed.) The War Poets.

    New York : 1945

    First 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

  14. Shooting the Russian War.
    BOURKE-WHITE, Margaret. Shooting the Russian War.

    New York : 1942

    First edition, first printing, in a notably bright jacket. "In 1942 Bourke-White became the first woman photographer accredited to the U.S. Air Force. During World War II she was the only foreign photographer in Moscow during the German bombardment" (ANB). This work, which includes an insightful commentary on her time in Russia, a glossary, and technical... Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 139285

  15. "Juno Area" - Beach Chartlet.
    (WWII; D-DAY.) "Juno Area" - Beach Chartlet.

    London : 1944

    Fascinating, decidedly uncommon chartlet for Juno Beach, issued in February 1944, this highly detailed map reflects the exceptional degree of planning that went into the success of Operation Overlord; drafted by the Hydrographic Department of the Admiralty, under the auspices of Vice-Admiral Sir John Edgell, it was issued "for Fleet Purposes" and covers... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 134412

  16. Die unbesungenen Helden.
    (SCHINDLER, Oskar.) GROSSMANN, Kurt R (ed.) Die unbesungenen Helden.

    Berlin : 1957

    First edition, first printing, of the only autobiographical account of Oskar Schindler's wartime work to be published, this copy an extraordinarily poignant association, inscribed to his wife: "Meiner lieben Mily in Erinnerung Ihrer mutigen Zeit. Weihnachten 1957 Frankfurt/Main" ("To my dear Mily in remembrance of her courageous time. Christmas 1957,... Learn More
    £30,000.00

    Stock Code: 135953

  17. Photo album.
    (UNITED AIRLINES WOMEN TRAINEES.) Photo album.

    Santa Cruz : 23 Oct - 8 Dec. 1945-6

    A fascinating photograph album compiled immediately post the Second World War by Alice Carlson, one of the women of the United Airlines 1945 to 1946 training class. While a number of the photos are formal, such as the opening shot of the whole class in front of a Boeing 617 (Alice pictured 6th in from the right), the majority are informal shots of the... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 134425

  18. Unpublished collection of correspondence.
    BRITTAIN, Vera. Unpublished collection of correspondence.

    London : 1940-1967

    This fascinating, unpublished collection of correspondence from Vera Brittain to her friend and admirer Dorothy Perkin consists of 18 autographed and typed letters and cards written between 1940 and 1967. It contains Brittain's observations and reflections on her pacifism, family, politics, writing, publications, and her relationship with Winifred... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 125175

  19. Original manuscript notebook.
    (WOMEN; WORLD WAR II.) Original manuscript notebook.

    Ramsgate : April 1942 - March 1943

    A poignant manuscript notebook, amusingly illustrated, recording the friendship and lively exploits of a group of six young women from Ramsgate during the Second World War. The group, who named themselves "the Order of Little Bears", consisted of Maud Isabella Milgate, the primary author of this manuscript, her sister Blanche Adelaide Milgate ("Bibs"),... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 137776

  20. The Second World War
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. The Second World War

    London : 1948-54

    First 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
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 132872

  21. [Drop head title:] Articles of Agreement governing collaboration between the authorities of the U.S.A. and the U.K. in the matter of Tube Alloys, 1943.
    (WORLD WAR II; ATOMIC BOMB.) [Drop head title:] Articles of Agreement governing collaboration between the authorities of the U.S.A. and the U.K. in the matter of Tube Alloys, 1943.

    London : 1943

    An extraordinary survival relating to the development of the atomic bomb, one of very few top secret copies made at the time of the Quebec Agreement, approved by Churchill and Roosevelt on 19 August 1943. The text was published by HMSO in 1954, itself only represented by a single copy at the British Museum and another at Global Affairs Canada. "Tube... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 127047

  22. All-in Fighting.
    FAIRBAIRN, William Ewart All-in Fighting.

    London : 1942

    First edition. Genuinely uncommon - just 6 locations on Copac, BL, IWM, NLS, TCD, NLW, Oxford, OCLC adds the Australian War Memorial, Danish Royal Library, NLNZ, LoC, CIA, and University of Tulsa - and particularly so in the jacket. "The majority of the methods shown are drastic in the extreme. In contrast to judo, they recognise no accepted rules.... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 134212

  23. [Official reports concerning the United States Army during World War Two.]
    (WORLD WAR II; US ARMY.) [Official reports concerning the United States Army during World War Two.]

    Washington : 1943-45-46

    Superbly provenanced complete set of the original handsomely-produced official US Army wartime reports, the personal copies of General Brehon Burke Somervell (1892-1955), George Marshall's commander of Services of Supply, the first two being presentation copies from Marshall, the cover of each volume gilt lettered with Somervell's name and rank. Services... Learn More
    £8,750.00

    Stock Code: 133868

  24. Der Feldzug gegen die Sowjet-Union der Heeresgruppe Nord Kriegsjahr 1942
    (WORLD WAR II; EASTERN FRONT.) Der Feldzug gegen die Sowjet-Union der Heeresgruppe Nord Kriegsjahr 1942

    1943

    Extraordinarily well-produced and highly uncommon operations atlas for Army Group North, only two copies of this iteration cited by OCLC, at West Point and University of Memphis; editions were also produced in 1941 and 1943, all being scarce. We have traced only two copies at auction (one of this 1942 edition, one of the 1943).

    This superbly... Learn More
    £3,250.00

    Stock Code: 131056

  25. Shina Jihen Kinen Shashin-cho. [Memorial photobook of the China Campaign]
    (ITO BUTAI.) [Eastern Troops] Shina Jihen Kinen Shashin-cho. [Memorial photobook of the China Campaign]

    Shanhai : 1939

    First edition. This is part one, we have not been able to trace a second part. Scarce, with OCLC showing only 3 locations. A photo-book showing many scenes from the Sino-Japanese War, along with portraits of Japanese commanders. Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 130010

  26. Plans for the Invasion of England 1940. The German Navy's Part.
    (NAVAL INTELLIGENCE.) ASSMANN, Kurt. Plans for the Invasion of England 1940. The German Navy's Part.

    London : 1947

    First edition, signed by Admiral Sir Edward Parry on the first page, in his role as Director of Naval Intelligence. A scarce restricted government publication with 180 copies on the distribution list, 4 locations on OCLC and none on Copac. This is a comprehensive report on the Nazi Operation "Sealion", the planned German naval invasion of Britain that... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 129940

  27. Corregidor: Isle of Delusion.
    UNO, Kazumaro. Corregidor: Isle of Delusion.

    Shanghai : [September 1942]

    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 on 29 April 1942. When the... Learn More
    £675.00

    Stock Code: 129214

  28. Freedom's Battle. I.N.A. in Action, 1942-1945.
    (INDIAN NATIONAL ARMY.) JHAVERI, Vithalbhai K. Freedom's Battle. I.N.A. in Action, 1942-1945.

    Bombay : 1947

    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 illustrator, Jhaveri, was... Learn More
    £4,000.00

    Stock Code: 126765

  29. The Speeches...
    HITLER, Adolf. The Speeches...

    London : 1942

    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 College London, who spent his... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 126350

  30. Campaign of the Fourteenth Army, 1943-44 [1944-45].
    SLIM, William J., first Viscount. Campaign of the Fourteenth Army, 1943-44 [1944-45].

    [Rawalpindi : 1947

    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 Mess 5/1 Punjab Regt" (front... Learn More
    £950.00

    Stock Code: 122683

  31. Record of the Technical Companies of the 40th County of London (G.L.C.C.) Battalion, Home Guard. 1942 - 194
    (GREAT BRITAIN, Army, Home Guard.) Record of the Technical Companies of the 40th County of London (G.L.C.C.) Battalion, Home Guard. 1942 - 194

    [London : 1945]

    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 off in the autumn of 1941, company... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 116865

  32. Report on Operations of 77th Indian Infantry Brigade in Burma, February to June 1943.
    WINGATE, Orde Charles. Report on Operations of 77th Indian Infantry Brigade in Burma, February to June 1943.

    New Delhi : 1943

    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 copy with a cyclostyled "Note... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 116862

  33. Current Combat Leaflets.
    (WORLD WAR II; PSYCHOLOGICAL WARFARE.) Current Combat Leaflets.

    Paris : 1944

    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 the field at SHAEF, and following... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 113423

  34. Die Soldaten des Führers im Felde.
    WEDEL, Hasso von, & Henrich Hansen. Die Soldaten des Führers im Felde.

    Munich : 1939

    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
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 111904

  35. Map of the Battle Fronts of Western Russia: Murmansk to Batum.
    (RUSSIA.) Map of the Battle Fronts of Western Russia: Murmansk to Batum.

    London : 1941

    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 map (1:3,220,177 ; 1 in. 50.75... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 106372

  36. Very Ordinary Seaman.
    MALLALIEU, J. P. W. Very Ordinary Seaman.

    London : 1944

    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
    £675.00

    Stock Code: 106289

  37. The Golden Carpet; The Silver Crescent.
    DE CHAIR, Somerset. The Golden Carpet; The Silver Crescent.

    London : 1943

    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 to deal with the effects... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 105498

  38. Photograph album: "Thoughts on Military Life" (title in Japanese).
    (WORLD WAR II; Japan.) Photograph album: "Thoughts on Military Life" (title in Japanese).

    Japan : 1940

    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 of cadets; the buildings... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 98081

  39. A Short History of the 7th Armoured Division
    (WORLD WAR II.) LINDSAY, Martin, & M. E. Johnston. A Short History of the 7th Armoured Division

    British Army of the Rhine : [1945]

    First edition. This book continues the story of the 7th Armoured Division begun by Lt.-Col. Michael Carver in A Short History of the 7th Armoured Division October 1938 to May 1943. Written by Captains Lindsay and Johnston, it follows the "Desert Rats" from the end of the North Africa campaign to the British Victory Parade in Berlin on 21 July 1945.... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 90359

  40. Miliärgeographische Angaben über das Europäische Rußland. Gebiet Leningrad.
    (LENINGRAD.) Miliärgeographische Angaben über das Europäische Rußland. Gebiet Leningrad.

    Berlin : 1941

    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 months before the beginning... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 85225

  41. Collection of material relating to Wingate's Chindits and their campaigns in Burma.
    (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

  42. Ammunition Manufacturing Report No. 23. Construction Progress … First Report.
    (SECOND SINO-JAPANESE WAR.) Ammunition Manufacturing Report No. 23. Construction Progress … First Report.

    Nanping, Manchukuo : 1938

    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 victory in the Russo-Japanese... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 98082

  43. The First Collected Works. Centenary Limited Edition.
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. The First Collected Works. Centenary Limited Edition.

    London : 1973-76

    First 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

  44. Winston S. Churchill.
    (CHURCHILL, Winston S.) CHURCHILL, Randolph S., & Martin Gilbert. Winston S. Churchill.

    London : 1966-88

    First editions, first impressions, in handsome Bayntun-Riviere bindings, of the complete biography, containing the full eight volumes of the Life, plus 13 supplementary volumes. In scope and thoroughness easily among the finest biographies ever written, the project was begun by Winston Churchill's son Randolph, who published the first two volumes before... Learn More
    £15,000.00

    Stock Code: 137897

  45. Two typed letters signed to J. Gower Saunders. Regarding a Memoranda concerning the publication of the 'Life of Lord Randolph Churchill'. Together with a letter from Churchill's private secretary.
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. Two typed letters signed to J. Gower Saunders. Regarding a Memoranda concerning the publication of the 'Life of Lord Randolph Churchill'. Together with a letter from Churchill's private secretary.

    Lake Como, Italy : 1945

    An initial letter sent from Kathleen Hill, Churchill's private secretary dated 30th August confirming a letter and Memoranda had been received from Mr Saunders and that Mr Churchill will reply when returning from holiday. Closely followed by a letter from Churchill while on holiday, dated 5th September, thanking Mr. Saunders for the Memoranda and reads..."Should... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 63413

  46. The World Crisis, 1911-1918.
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. The World Crisis, 1911-1918.

    London : 1941

    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: "Dear Mr. Dyke, The Prime... Learn More
    £6,000.00

    Stock Code: 123690

  47. The Second World War.
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. The Second World War.

    London : 1948-54

    First UK editions, first impressions, of Churchill's masterpiece, publication of which was preceded slightly by the US edition. Churchill's account was the single most important historical interpretation of the Second World War, and a major factor in Churchill being awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953. As Max Beloff observed, there was no... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 137221

  48. The U-Boat Mastered - two galley-proofs for The Second World War, heavily emended in Churchill's hand.
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. The U-Boat Mastered - two galley-proofs for The Second World War, heavily emended in Churchill's hand.

    London : 10 February & 19 April, 1950

    Working material towards Churchill's The Second World War is rarely encountered on the market: offered here is a revealing pair of galley proofs towards the section covering the climax of the war against the U-boats. This account was originally intended for Volume IV but was eventually incorporated into the first chapter of Volume V, The Closing of... Learn More
    £35,000.00

    Stock Code: 88386

  49. The Gremlins. From the Walt Disney Production. A Royal Air Force Story.
    DAHL, Roald. The Gremlins. From the Walt Disney Production. A Royal Air Force Story.

    London and Glasgow : [1944]

    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, and Dahl's superior, to... Learn More
    £12,500.00

    Stock Code: 83206

  50. Song of Peace:
    LOWENFELS, Walter, & Anton Refregier. Song of Peace:

    New York : 1959

    First and limited edition, of 1,000 copies, signed by both author and illustrator, this copy additionally inscribed by Lowenfels on a preliminary blank, "For Sol Mandelblatt, these anecdotes of the service, Walter Lowenfels, Mays Landing his sometime New Jersey home 1962". A most attractive provenance that links Lowenfels (1897-1976), one of America's... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 79776

  51. Die Olympischen Spiele 1936
    (OLYMPIC GAMES.) RICHTER, Walter. Die Olympischen Spiele 1936

    Altona-Bahrenfeld [Hamburg] : 1936

    First editions, "601. - 700. Tausend", complete with all photoprints mounted in place, a remarkably well preserved set of this handsome production. "In the medals table the Germans won, followed by the Americans and Hungarians. National Socialist leaders interpreted this success as a sign of Aryan superiority. However, the star of the games was the... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 133689

  52. The Laying of the Foundation Stone of the New Chamber of the House of Commons by the Speaker 26th May 1948.
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. The Laying of the Foundation Stone of the New Chamber of the House of Commons by the Speaker 26th May 1948.

    London : 1948

    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; OCLC adds Houghton Library,... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 121025

  53. D-Day Prayer.
    ROOSEVELT, Franklin D. D-Day Prayer.

    Washington, DC : 1944

    First and sole edition, inscribed by Roosevelt on the front free endpaper, "For Fred Adams, Christmastide 1944, from Franklin D. Roosevelt"; number 76 of 100 copies privately printed at the White House Printing Office. The recipient, Frederick Baldwin Adams, Jr. (1910-2001), was the son of Roosevelt's cousin Ellen Walters Delano, and was the second... Learn More
    £17,500.00

    Stock Code: 132010

  54. Two personal photograph albums of the Western Desert and Italian Campaigns.
    SIMONDS, Richard Hugh Napier. Two personal photograph albums of the Western Desert and Italian Campaigns.

    North Africa and Italy : 1940-43

    An engrossing visual record of the Western Desert Campaign and Allied invasion of Sicily, compiled by Richard Simonds, "unofficial photographer" in the 4th Armoured Brigade, the major component of the 7th Armoured Division. There are over 200 high-quality photographs of military action, British and Axis armour, street scenes, various Allied officers,... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 43249

  55. Lines of Attack: Some Wartime Cartoons.
    MARENGO, Kimon Evan as "KEM". Lines of Attack: Some Wartime Cartoons.

    London : 1944

    First and only edition of this uncommon collection of satirical cartoons from the Second World War - 6 locations on Copac - BL, NLS, IWM, V & A, TCD, Oxford, OCLC adds just 8 more Australian War Memoiral, Getty Research Institute, Nanterre-La Contemporaraine, Frankfurt, Cork, Utrecht, California, Davis, and Ohio State. Marengo was an Anglo-Greek, born... Learn More
    £325.00

    Stock Code: 134760

  56. Diary of a Journey from Sumprabum to Margherita by the Chaukkan Pass.
    GARDINER, J. Ritchie. Diary of a Journey from Sumprabum to Margherita by the Chaukkan Pass.

    Calcutta : 1945

    188 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

  57. Savrola.
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. Savrola.

    1900

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £1,650.00

    Stock Code: 122891

  58. The First Collected Works. Centenary Limited Edition;
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. The First Collected Works. Centenary Limited Edition;

    London : 1973-6

    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 copies and only 1,750 sets... Learn More
    £5,950.00

    Stock Code: 121741

  59. Life Line. Abadan Merchant Navy Magazine.
    (MIDDLE EAST.) Life Line. Abadan Merchant Navy Magazine.

    Abadan : 1943

    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 a "Merchant Navy Week" to... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 121716

  60. Three typescript articles:
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. Three typescript articles:

    [late 1930s]

    There has been considerable recent interest in Churchill's essay "Are We Alone in the Universe?" In an article for Nature, astrophysicist Mario Livio describes his visit to the US National Churchill Museum in Fulton, Missouri, when "director Timothy Riley thrust a typewritten essay by Churchill into my hands. In the 11-page article, 'Are We Alone in... Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 121591

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