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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   586 Books
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Leaving Rouen for The Somme, le 22me. Janvier, 1917. Diary of 2nd Lt. A.E. Coles, 1st Som. L.I. 1917. 1st Ed., 163pp., 6 pen-&-ink sketches (inc. frontis., all but one by Coles), self portrait sketch (dated 11/vi/17), sketch map. No imprint or date, but contemp., with label to front paste-down of Whitby, Light & Lane, Ltd., Printers & Stationers, Bridgwater.  #57976
[HLMainPic] Albert Edward Coles, son of Albert Edward & Ida Belle Coles, of The Gables, Hamp, Bridgwater, Somerset, was Ed. at Keble College, Oxford (Matriculated 28th March 1916), commissioned in the Somerset Light Infantry & was posted missing, later presumed Killed In Action, on 4th October 1917. He has no known grave & is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial. This work was not known to me when I published my bibliography of Great War memorial volumes, otherwise it would have been included. It contains Coles's interesting & detailed diary from 12th Jan. 1917, when he bid adieu to his family & entrained for Plymouth, thence to Southampton & sailed for France, arriving at Le Havre on the 14th, the customary 10 days or so at the IBD at Rouen follow & he joined the 1st SLI on 26th Jan., spent a month at the 4th Div. School, commanded a dump supplying ammunition, Verey lights &c. to the front line as needed during the Battle of Arras, was later posted to 11th TM Battery until his death near Ypres. An unvarnished & absorbing day-to-day record of the experiences of a subaltern in France in 1917, evidently privately printed at Bridgwater by his family as a memorial. Orig. dull morocco, gilt to front, little marked, VG with a loosely inserted signed portrait photo. of Coles & inscribed "To Donald In Remembrance" (i.e., Donald Croker, a friend who is mentioned in the text). See illustration on our website.   £345
Lieut.-Colonel Robert Horn, DSO, MC, 1st Seaforth Highlanders: A Sketch by His Mother. 1st Ed., xvi+99pp., 192x136mm, portrait frontis., 4 plates. Glasgow: Printed for Private Circulation by Robert Maclehose & Co. Ltd. 1933  #58152
[HLMainPic] Robert Horn was Ed. at Winchester and commissioned in the 1st Battalion Seaforth Highlanders from Sandhurst in 1900, participated in the Zakka Khel and Mohmand Expeditions on the North-West Frontier of India and went to France as adjutant in 1914; wounded in 1915 then went to command the 7th (Service) Battalion of his regiment in the 9th (Scottish) Division. Having survived numerous battles including the Somme 1916, Passchendaele and the March Retreat, on 18th April 1918 "he was sitting in the Brigade Mess Hut... when an 8-inch shell burst in the mess - killing them all." He is buried in Lijssenhoek Cemetery. Includes a memoir (with extracts from his letters from India &c.) then extensive extracts from his letters and active service diary during the First World War. Orig. grey cloth with leather spine label, bookplate removed front front paste-down o/w VG with presentation slip from his mother (the compiler). See illustration on our website.   £225
A Memoir of Tom Edgar Grantley Norton, Second Lieutenant, 1st Batt. East Surrey Regiment, Who fell mortally wounded on Hill 60 near Ypres, Tuesday, April 20th, 1915. 1st Ed., 80pp., portrait frontis., 6 plates, sketch map. Privately printed, nd (c.1916).  #58150
[HLMainPic] TEGN was a trainee architect, ed. at Uppingham & Magdalen College, Oxford. He was commissioned in 1914 & went to France in Jan. 1915. Includes extracts from letters during his brief front line service, also details of the action in which he lost his life, together with a sketch map of the trenches at Hill 60, contributed by a brother officer. These are followed by several obituaries & a selection of his articles on architecture & other matters written for various journals. Plates include the memorial to him erected in Eglwysbach Church, Denbighshire: "...killed near Ypres... while gallantly holding the crest of Hill 60 against the Germans and was buried on the field of battle." He lies in Oosttaverne Wood Cemetery. Orig. blue cloth, gilt to front, VG & very scarce. See illustration on our website.   £225
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
St. Andrew by the Wardrobe, Queen Victoria St., E.C., Fourth Memorial Service For Those members of The House of Cook, Son & Co. Who Have Laid Down Their Lives for Their Country. Friday, 15th November, 1918. Memorial service programme inc. roll of 148 employees who had fallen up to 4th Nov. 1918. Attractive survival. See illustration on our website.  #51833
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With the First Canadian Contingent. Published on Behalf of the Candian Field Comforts Commission. 1st Ed., 119pp., illus. throughout. Toronto & London: H&S. 1915  #51804
[HLMainPic] Includes a number of "Letters from the Front" & front line photos. Orig. green cloth, VG. See illustration on our website.   £15
The Despatches of Sir John French. I. Mons. II. The Marne. III. The Aisne. IV. Flanders. 1st Ed., [ix]+160pp., fldg. map. Chapman & Hall. 1914  #58203
[HLMainPic] Texts of the 1914 Despatches, with roll of those Mentioned in Despatches, by regiments. Orig. red cloth, gilt, sp. sunned o/w VG. See illustration on our website.   £25
Notes from the Front Part II. Collated by the General Staff. 1st Ed., orig. buff printed wraps., 35pp., 9pp sketches. HMSO. 1914  #51759
[HLMainPic] Early dissemination of lessons of 1914, German equipment & methods, &c. VG copy. 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 German Raid on Scarborough, December 16th, 1914. 1st Ed., 4pp. letterpress followed by 12 photo. plates, each with lengthy caption. Dennis & Sons Ltd. Contemp.  #51220
[HLMainPic] Contemp. illustrated souvenir of the bombardment of the town by German battleships, when some (estimated) 500-700 shells landed in Scarborough & 19 people were killed & 80 wounded. A short description of these events followed by 12 tipped-in plates, each with a complete description of the scene depicted. Orig. blue cloth, gilt to front, sp. chipped but nice example. See illustration on our website.   £25

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