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Battle of Le Cateau 26th August, 1914. Tour of the Battlefield. 1st Ed., orig. printed card wrappers with map pocket, 36pp., 2 fldg. maps & 10 'panorama sketches.' HMSO (By Command of the Army Council). 1934  #60971
[HLMainPic] Detailed & useful work published for instruction of officers, including notes on 1914 era modes of defence, battlefield tour, principal lessons of the battle, order of battle. Orig. printed card wraps. with fldg. map of Battle of Le Cateau & The Eve of Le Cateau, together ten panorama sketches, contained in end-pocket. Minor wear, VG. Scarce. See illustration on our website.   £145
King's Royal Rifle Corps Chronicle 1914. 1st Ed., orig. dec. wraps., viii+220pp., 13 illus. Winchester: Warren & Sons. 1915  #60856
[HLMainPic] Detailed war records of 1st & 2nd Bns. in 1914 with group photos. of officers. Casualty rolls, killed, wounded, PoW &c. for all ranks, officer obituaries, roll of awards. Orig. dec. wraps., VG. See illustration on our website.   £45
Pawns in the Retreat from Mons. By A Pawn. 1st Ed., 59pp., fldg. map. Isle of Wight: The County Press. nd (c.1915).  #60065
[HLMainPic] Rare privately printed memoirs of a subaltern (presumed to be Lt. H.J.I Walker) of the 1st Royal Warwicks in 1914: A detailed diary account commencing with mobilization & embarkation at Southampton on 22nd Aug. 1914; arrival at Le Cateau & a full account of the author's participation in the eponymous battle; the Retreat until 5th September, when the narrarive closes with the end of the Retreat & the Battle of the Aisne in prospect. Appended list of officers with the author's party during this period, inc. one Lt. B.L. Montgomery of Alamein fame (mentioned in the text as 'Bernard' when wounded in the arm at Le Cateau: "the only wounded officer who succeeded in getting away altogether.") Note: the author was not with the party of his bn. under Col. Elkington that surrendered at St. Quentin & his narrative has no relevance to that event. Rare privately printed memoirs, orig. blue printed paper covd. boards, VG. See illustrations on our website.   £245
The House of Commons Book of Remembrance 1914-1918. Comp. & Ed. by E.W. Moss-Blundell. xii+196pp., col. frontis. VG in chipped dw. Elkin Mathews & Marrot. 1931  #59532
[HLMainPic] Biographies of 22 MPs killed in the war, also around 100 MP's sons, seven officers of the House of Commons & their sons who fell. Qtr. vellum, gilt, blue cloth boards, sp. stained, internally VG. See illustrations on our website.   £120
War Diary of the 1st Life Guards. First Year, 1914-1915. 1st Ed., 80pp., 4to, frontis. (with 5 oval portraits of COs). No imprint, The Regt. nd  #49051
[HLMainPic] Based on the diaries of Lt.-Col. E.B. Cook, Surgeon-Major Cowie & the official regimental War Diary. Rolls of officers, Rolls of Honour &c. Fine copy of superior quarto edition, orig. deluxe three-qtr. morocco, gilt, dec. faux silk endpapers. See illustration on our website.   £75
[HAY (Capt. M.V.)] Wounded & a Prisoner of War. By An Exchanged Officer. 1st Ed., viii+316pp., frontis., 15 plates. Blackwood. 1916  #49732
[HLMainPic] 3rd (Special Reserve) Bn. attd. 1st Bn. Gordon Highlanders with BEF in 1914 incl. a good account of the Battle of Mons. The author, badly wounded, was captured in the Retreat. The jacket blurb (jacket not present on this copy) stated: "Major Hay was amongst the first batch of officers exchanged, & his story is grim realism & truth. It gives a realistic account of Mons & the Retreat." Orig. red cloth, gilt, minor wear. See illustration on our website.   £65
[HERBERT (Hon. Aubrey)] An M.P. Mons, Anzac & Kut. 1st Ed., iv+ 251pp., 4 maps. Edward Arnold. 1919  #61067
[HLMainPic] At Mons with the Irish Guards & an intelligence officer in the Dardanelles, present at the first landing, fierce fighting at Suvla Bay & as a Turkish speaker was involved in armistice with the Turks to bury the dead. Later in Kut Relief Force. Falls (awarding a rare two star accolade) states: "A delightful book, one of the minor classics of the War, by a most remarkable personality... He gives us a most graphic account of the Retreat from Mons... His pictures of Egypt during the days when the Suez canal was threatened by Turkish raiders & of Gallipoli have the same simplicity & nervous force. His final section deals with Mesopotamia, where he had an extremely interesting mission to the Turks under a white flag after the fall of Kut & a long interview with the Army Commander, Khalil Pasha." The 1st Ed. here offered is very much scarcer than the 1930 reissue by Hutchinson. Orig. blue cloth, titled in orange, ex-circulating lib., trcaes of labels to boards, VG thus. See illustration on our website.   £50
ANGLESEY (The Marquess of) A History of the British Cavalry 1816-1919. Vol. 7: The Curragh Incident & the Western Front 1914. 1st Ed., xxiii+262pp., 48 photos., sketches, 11 maps + ep map. VG in dw. Cooper. 1996  #56929
[HLMainPic] Acclaimed standard history. This volume covering the lead-up to war & 1914 campaign on the Western Front. VG in dw & now uncommon. See illustration on our website.   £45
BALLARD (Brig.-Gen. C., CB, CMG) Smith-Dorrien. 1st Ed., xv+345pp., portrait frontis., 16 maps. Constable. 1931  #56728
[HLMainPic] Useful biography, from Zulu War 1879 (where he escaped from Isandhlwana) to 'saviour of the BEF' at Le Cateau in 1914. Orig. red cloth, gilt, little wear overall, but some sl. worming to rear board, generally VG. See illustration on our website.   £30
BECKE (Major A.F., late RFA) The Royal Regiment of Artillery at Le Cateau, Wednesday, 26th August 1914. 1st Ed., viii+87pp., 5 fldg. maps & 4 fldg. sketches in end-pocket. Woolwich: RA Institution. Jan. 1919  #57566
[HLMainPic] Invaluable, detailed stage-by-stage account of the battle. Becke was attached to the Historical Section (Military Branch) of the Committee of Imperial Defence, so had - for a regimental historian writing in 1918 - privileged access to the relevant War Diaries. In addition, he interviewed every available artillery officer who was present, & as a respected military historian & gunner officer his analysis & thoroughness are beyond question. Orig. paper covd. printed boards, red cloth backstrip, sp. sunned, somewhat marked, VG thus. See illustration on our website.   £45

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