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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. 91416comp
    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

    Stock Code: 91416

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

    Stock Code: 94617

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  3. 84343
    First edition. The famous Nazi-hunter's exposé of Haj Amin al-Husseini, the controversial Grand Mufti of Jerusalem. Learn More
    £85

    Stock Code: 84343

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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

    Stock Code: 96375

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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 85225

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

    Stock Code: 86911

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  14. 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

    Stock Code: 83206

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  15. 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

    Stock Code: 79253

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  16. 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

    Stock Code: 80306

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

    Stock Code: 65974

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  18. 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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