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STRONG (Richard P., Major, MRC) Trench Fever: Report of Commission, Medical Research Committee, American Red Cross. 1st Ed., viii+446pp., 7 plates, 7 charts, 65 tables. Printed for the American Red Cross Society at the Oxford University Press. 1918  #59574
[HLMainPic] An immense & detailed study conducted by members of the Commission on the Western Front. Orig. red cloth, gilt, little rubbed/worn, sound throughout, VG. See illustration on our website.   £50
KENNEDY (Gen. Sir James S., KCB) Notes on the Battle of Waterloo. 1st Ed., iv+199pp., fldg. map, several plans. Murray. 1865  #59572
[HLMainPic] Detailed description & notes on the battle by a participant, with an autobiographical memoir inc. his life & services (Peninsula War at Badajoz &c., on QMG Staff with Picton's 3rd Div. at Waterloo) & his Plan for the Defence of Canada. Orig. green cloth, gilt, VG but fldg. map torn & tape repaired. Scarce. See illustration on our website.   £65
BENSTEAD (C.R.) Retreat: A Story of 1918. 2nd Ed., 318pp., ep map (Distribution of British & German Divisions for the Initial Attack on 21st March 1918, & the Area Covered by the Subsequent Retreat). Methuen. 1930  #59571
[HLMainPic] Controversial novel of the German offensive taking as its theme the inefficacy of chaplains at the front. Lauded by Falls who - awarding a star - stated: "...a fine book, giving us to alternate with pictures of [the chaplain] Warne's misery unforgettable glimpses of the retreat of the Fifth Army. The saddest part of the book is the chaplain's yearning to minister to the spiritual needs of his flock & that flock's complete indifference to him." Orig. black cloth, VG, signed by the author on tp alongside small pasted-in press portrait. Nice copy.   £45
Roland Philipps, Boy Scout. 2nd Ed., revised & enlarged, 75pp., 220x140mm, portrait frontis., 13 other photos. inc. further portraits, his grave with the original wooden cross and later headstone. Roland House, Stepney. 1933  #59570
[HLMainPic] The Hon. Roland Erasmus Philipps, son of the 1st Viscount St. Davids (and brother of Colwyn Erasmus Philipps), was born in 1890, Ed. at Winchester & New College, Oxford. He took a very great interest in the Boy Scout movement, becoming Commissioner for East and North East London. He was gazetted to the 9th Bn. Royal Fusiliers in 1914, was wounded & awarded the MC in the spring of 1916 and KiA at Ovillers on 7th July 1916. He is buried in Aveluy Communal Cemetery Extension. An account of his life and interests with several extracts from letters from the front, also a 'brief historical sketch of development to 1933' of Roland House in Stepney, a Georgian property that Phillips bought in 1914 and bequeathed to the Scouts. Green cloth, gilt to spine and front. VG. See illustration on our website.   £85
RAWLINSON (Lt.-Col. A., CMG, CBE, DSO) The Defence of London 1915-18. 1st Ed., xiii+267pp., 9 plates, fldg. map. Melrose. 1923  #59563
Commanding a mobile brigade of Anti-Aircraft guns. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, VG. See illustration on our website.   £25
NICHOLSON (Col. W.N., CMG, DSO) Behind the Lines. 1st Ed., 320pp. Cape. 1939  #59562
[HLMainPic] Highly acclaimed account of administrative staff officer with the 51st (Highland) & 17th (Northern) Divs., & later Corps & GHQ Staff appointments, Western Front 1915-18. Probably the best of the few personal accounts of staff work. Orig. blue cl., little rubbed, o/w VG with ink stamp of RHQ Grenadier Guards. See illustration on our website.   £20
MOORE-BICK (Christopher) Playing the Game: The British Junior Infantry Officer on the Western Front 1914-18. 1st Ed., 327pp., 22 illus. VG in dw. Helion. 2011  #59561
[HLMainPic] Masses of interesting material, but reiterates much already covered by Pound ("The Lost Generation") et al, largely ignoring the fact that after 1914-15 the 'game' was off & the temporary gentlemen necessarily increasingly professional. And that by 1918 around 50 percent of junior officers were men commissioned from the ranks, whose performance equalled or exceeded that of the public school subalterns of 1914-15. VG in dw. See illustration on our website.   £20
BAYLY (Martin J.) Taming the Imperial Imagination: Colonial Knowledge, International Relations, & the Anglo-Afghan Encounter, 1808-1878. 1st Ed., xv+334pp. Cambridge Univ. Press. 2016  #59560
[HLMainPic] Essentially, British Afghan policy & intelligence gathering. Scholarly work with much of interest on Anglo-Afghan relations, &c.   £25
BENNETT (G.H.) The Royal Navy in the Age of Austerity 1919-22: Naval & Foreign Policy Under Lloyd George. 1st Ed., xix+273pp. Bloomsbury Academic. 2016  #59559
[HLMainPic] Acclaimed scholarly study. Orig. dec. laminated boards. VG. See illustration on our website.   £20
Letters of an English Boy, Being the Letters of Richard Byrd Levett, King's Royal Rifle Corps, who Died for England, at the Age of Nineteen, in the Great War. March 10, 1917. [Compiled by his Mother, Mrs. Maud Sophia Levett.] xii+194pp., 9 plates (including portraits and facsimile bookplate). Eton College: Spottiswoode, Ballantyne & Co. Ltd. 1917  #59557
[HLMainPic] Contains letters from St. Peter's Court Prep. School, Eton 1911-15, Sandhurst 1915-16, 6th (S) Bn. KRRC at Sheerness then 1st Bn. in France from Dec. 1916. He was appointed to command No. 8 Pl. in "B" Coy. Interesting observant letters recording his duties & surroundings inc. Anti-Gas School. He briefly commanded 2nd Divisional Coy., consisting of shoemakers, carpenters etc. but rejoined his platoon in time to take part in attack at Irles, 10/3/17: killed near Grevillers Trench by the British barrage, which the attack was following closely. Letters of condolence from brother officers, chaplain, servant &c. Orig. olive cloth, gilt title to spine & front, corners dec. with enamelled bands in the colours of Eton College and the KRRC, VG & rare with attractive short memorial pamphlet loosely inserted. See illustration on our website.   £165

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