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Mons   69 Books
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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 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
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. Cheaper Ed., 158pp., 4to, frontis. (with 5 oval portraits of COs), fldg. map. No imprint, The Regt. nd  #36222
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. Second issue binding, lacking ffep, covers soiled & worn, but sound.   £30
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
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
ATKINSON (Capt. C.T.) The Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment 1914-1919. 1st Ed., xxviii+629pp., 19 plates, 62 maps & sketches. Simpkin, Marshall. 1924  #59543
[HLMainPic] Bns. served Western Front, Gallipoli, Mesopotamia, Italy, Egypt & Palestine. Roll of Hon., awards. Orig. light blue cloth, gilt, VG, nice copy. See illustration on our website.   £65
BADSEY (Stephen) Doctrine & Reform in the British Cavalry 1880-1918. 1st Ed., xviii+360pp., 12 illus. VG in dw. Aldershot: Ashgate. 2008  #56290
[HLMainPic] Detailed & absorbing study of the cavalry in wars leading up to 1914 & its role in WW1. Scarce hardback edition, VG in dw. See illustration on our website.   £45
BADSEY (Stephen) Doctrine & Reform in the British Cavalry 1880-1918. 1st Ed., xviii+360pp., 12 illus. VG in dw. Aldershot: Ashgate. 2008  #58174
[HLMainPic] Detailed & absorbing study of the cavalry in wars leading up to 1914 & its role in WW1. Scarce hardback edition, VG in dw. See illustration on our website.   £45

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