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The First World War The First World War, Personal memoirs of soldiers of all nations on all fronts, anthologies, literature and fiction, history and analysis   568 Books
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The Battle of the Bight: Being the Official Narrative of the Naval Engagement between the British & German Fleets in the Heligoland Bight on Friday, August 28th, 1914, with Drawings by Frank Mason & Arthur Briscoe, & Rudyard Kipling's Poem 'The Destroyers.' 2nd Imp., orig. dec. wraps., oblong 4to, [ii]+20pp., several sketches. Printed & published by 'The Yachting Monthly' (Battle Souvenirs, No. 1). 1915  #53462
[HLMainPic] The official Despatches of Beatty, Tyrwhitt ('Arethusa') & Keyes (Submarine Flotilla), including recommendations for awards &c. VG. See illustration on our website.   £25
The King's Pilgrimage. 1st Ed., c.100pp., illus. throughout. H&S. 1922  #56354
[HLMainPic] Interesting photographic record of George V's visit to the war cemeteries in France & Flanders in May 1922, with fine photos. of some of the cemeteries & memorials that he visited, a narrative of his travels & descriptions of scenery & surroundings as they were at that time. Orig. purple cloth, blocked in white, fading to sp. & part of front board o/w VG. See illustration on our website.   £35
The Proceedings of The Hague Peace Conferences: Translation of the Official Texts. Prepared in the Division of International Law of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Under the Supervision of James Brown Scott, Director. The Conference of 1907: Vol. I, Plenary Meetings of the Conference; Vol. II, Meetings of the First Commission; Vol. III, Meetings of the Second, Third & Fourth Commissions [And:] The Conferences of 1899 & 1907: Index Volume. 1st Ed., 4 Vols. (including index Vol.), xxvii+703, lxxxi+1086, xci+1162 & viii+272pp. NY: Oxford Univ. Press. 192021  #56427
[HLMainPic] Monumental record of the discussions & decisions of the Hague Peace Conference of 1907, complete with detailed index volume (which also includes index for the 1899 Conference). Orig. maroon cloth, VG ex-reference lib. with just neat & minor markings. Rare set, especially with the Index. See illustration on our website.   £165
The Wipers Times: A Complete Facsimile of the Famous World War One Trench Newspaper. Incorporating the New Church Times, The Kemmel Times, The Somme Times, The B.E.F. Times, the Better Times. Foreword by Henry Williamson. Reprint, xx+377pp., 4to, ep maps. VG in dw. Davies. 1973  #55597
[HLMainPic] This edition with intro., notes & glossary contributed by Patrick Beaver. VG in dw. See illustration on our website.   £25
The Ruhleben Prisoners: The Government Attitude. Pamphlet No. 3. Orig. printed wraps., 32pp. Issued by The Ruhleben Prisoners' Release Committee. 1917  #47526
[HLMainPic] Records of the Committee's efforts to obtain early release for civilian internees. VG. See illustration on our website.   £14
Henry Dundas, Scots Guards: A Memoir. 1st Ed., xv+253pp., portrait frontis. Blackwood. 1921  #55677
[HLMainPic] Memoir containing most interesting letters from the front 1916-18 (describing aspects of trench warfare such as raids & patrols & presenting an authentic veteran's view of the Western Front inc. Somme & Passchendaele). Ed. at Eton & joined Scots Guards Sept. 1915: 1st Bn. in France from June 1916, serving with them up until his death apart from some time attd. to brigade staff. MC & bar; KiA 27/9/18. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, VG & very scarce. See illustration on our website.   £145
9th Royal Scots (T.F.), B Company On Active Service, From A Private's Diary, February-May 1915. 2nd Ed., 94pp., sm. 8vo. Edinburgh: Printed by Turnbull & Spears. 1916  #56786
[HLMainPic] Presumably privately printed record, the writer reporting events with great immediacy as they unfolded, of active service in the Ypres Salient, billeted at Voormezeele & Vlamertinghe, in action at Sanctuary Wood, in support of the Canadians at St. Julien during '2nd Ypres,' then back to Sanctuary Wood. Some of the letters also appeared in Scottish newspapers of the period. Orig. green cloth, gilt to front, VG & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £65
War Poems by "X" (i.e. T.W.H. Crosland). 1st Ed., viii+96pp. Martin Secker. Oct. 1916.  #56357
[HLMainPic] Dedicated to "The Artists' Rifles... in the First Battalion of which I have many friends." Reilly p.100. Orig. red cloth with paper sp. label, minor wear, near VG. See illustration on our website.   £25
Fourth Army Headquarters Memorial to General Lord Rawlinson. 1st Ed., orig. dec. card wraps., 17pp., portrait frontis., 3 plates. No imprint/date. [1927].  #53658
[HLMainPic] Following Rawly's death in 1925 officers of his HQ subscribed for an ornate bookcase to house important 4th Army documents, & for these to be specially bound, with memorial bookplates, the whole piece to be presented to the Staff College in memory of their commander. The bookcase currently resides in the IWM's storage at Duxford & the contents, presumably, form part of their archives. This booklet contains a summary of Rawlinson's career, details of the plan for the memorial bookcase & the address by Montgomery-Massingberd when it was presented to the Staff College. Also contains a roll of 144 officers & men of 4th Army HQ who subscribed to the project, noting their appointment at that HQ & dates of service. VG & rare survival of a fine tribute to a respected GOC. See illustration on our website.   £50
Nursing Adventures: A F.A.N.Y. in France. 1st Ed., vii+203pp., frontis., 14 photos. Heinemann. 1917  #56840
[HLMainPic] Personal account of service with First Aid Nursing Yeomanry on the Western Front from the early days in 1914: description of the hospital, life at a Regimental Aid Post, &c. Author possibly Grace McDougall. Orig. red cloth, blocked black, VG & very scarce. See illustration on our website.   £95

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