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[JAMES, Alfred.]

Six Months in Politics by "West Country Miner."

(This Book is printed for the Private Record of the Recipient only.)

[London]: Harrison and Sons, 1917 Stock Code: 113607
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First and only edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author, "P. A. O'Brien With the compliments of The Author 6.XI.19" towards the head of the title and dated March 1917 (presumably the date of publication) beneath the pseudonymous author's printed name. Loosely inserted is a carbon copy of a letter sent to the recipient of this copy, P. A. O'Brien of Constancia Consolidated Inc., in Nicaragua, in which the author describes the book as "a record for my friends of the motives that suddenly impelled me into effort in an entirely new direction." Also loosely inserted is a single printed sheet, extracted from The World's Work of July 1918, entitled "Lord Kitchener and Mr Schwab".

The author, the self-styled "West Country Miner", recounts his political adventures during the First World War, preferring Lord Kitchener over Lloyd George and reproducing correspondence published at the time in various political journals and newspapers. The volume concludes with a laudatory sonnet by Laurence Binyon, entitled "Kitchener", originally published in the Evening Standard of 15 March 1917.

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Quarto (245 x 182 mm). Original beige cloth, covers with blind rule border, spine lettered gilt.


Frontispiece portrait of Lord Kitchener, 4 photogravure plates.


Covers splashed with oil paint flecks, joints, corners and spine ends rubbed and worn, inner hinges cracked but firm; a very good copy.


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