The Royal Artillery War Commemoration Book.
A Regimental record written and illustrated for the most part by artillerymen while serving in the line during the Great War.London, on behalf of the R.A. War Commemoration Fund by G. Bell and Sons, 1920 Stock Code: 139885
NotesFirst edition, first impression, of this notable gathering of soldiers' accounts and depictions of the First World War, as well as the Roll of Honour of officers. Several of the plates are by the renowned equestrian artist Gilbert Holiday (1879-1937). Holiday initially worked for the Graphic as a war artist before joining the army and serving as gunner in the Royal Field Artillery on the Western Front. His artistic talents were soon spotted, and he was made a Reconnaissance Officer. Among other things he was assigned with sketching enemy positions in No Man's Land. "It was during this time, often having to work quickly, he developed a certain fluidity and spontaneity to his style". This copy is attractively bound by Zaehnsdorf.
Large quarto (310 x 248 mm). Contemporary full dark blue morocco by Zaehnsdorf, titles to spine in gilt in compartments, raised bands ruled in gilt, titles and royal crest to front cover in gilt, board edges and turn-ins ruled in gilt, top edge gilt, front endpapers with decorative frame in brown, plain rear endpapers.
Title page and Victoria Cross recipients printed in red and black. Frontispiece portrait of King George V with tissue guard 58 plates, 25 in colour, and 44 illustrations in the text.
Minor rubbing to extremities, else a fine copy.
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