Naval Expeditionary Force to the Cameroon, 1914-1915.London, [printed by Kennett & Co., 42-44 Tottenham Street, W.,] 1915 Stock Code: 139976
NotesFirst 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 German ordnance and defences, armament of the Nigerian shipping, and a pair of images of H.M.S. Dwarf's Maxim on its cunning single-wheeled "Mono" gun carriage. Excellent visual record of the brief naval campaign that secured the Wouri Estuary and the port of Douala for the Allies, forcing the Germans to withdraw to the mountainous interior. Just two locations traced world-wide, BL and Oxford, BL's copy notes that the image on page 4, H.M.S. Cumberland has been censored, it is untouched here.
Landscape "octavo" (175 x 220 mm). Original moderate blue printed thick paper wraps, wire-stitched and with red silk ribbon tie at the spine.
Title page, copyright page, details blank, and 68 halftone plates from photographs.
Wraps a little rubbed, front panel slightly sunned towards the spine, a touch creased and with a few minor edge-splits, a few marks to the interior, a leaf with a short closed tear, one or two with small dog-ears, very good.
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