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Victoria Cross   15 Books
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Deeds that Thrill the Empire: True Stories of the Most Glorious Acts of Heroism of the Empire's Soldiers & Sailors during the Great War. Dec. cloth binding, 2 Vols., 4to, 930pp., c.900 illus. Hutchinson. nd (contemp.). [c.1915-16].  #58488
[HLMainPic] Largely depictions of personal acts of gallantry in France, Flanders, Gallipoli & other fronts that resulted in awards, with much interesting detail & many hundreds of fine illustrations. A very nice contemporary work, this, the best edition, bound in two vols., contains a complete listing of contents (articles & illustrations). Orig. dec. red cloth, gilt, very attractive near fine copy & scarce thus. See illustration on our website.   £95
BRADFORD (Adml. Sir Edward E., KCB, CVO) Life of Admiral of the Fleet Sir Arthur Knyvet Wilson Bart., VC, GCB, OM, GCVO. 1st Ed., xi+257pp., portrait frontis., 6 plates, diagram. Murray. 1923  #58417
[HLMainPic] Biography utilising private letters & diaries. Born 1842 & joined RN aged 14 & served in various stations inc. Crimea, China War, Suakin 1884 (with Naval Brigade, VC) &c. Much involved with development of torpedoes. Commanding Channel Squadron 1901-03, C-in-C Home Fleet & Channel Fleet 1903-07, First Sea Lord &c. 1907-11 & at the Admiralty during WW1. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, sp. sunned o/w VG & uncommon. See illustration on our website.   £30

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CARPENTER (Capt. A.F.B., VC) The Blocking of Zeebrugge. 4th Imp., xxiv+295pp., num. photos., drawings, maps & plans. Jenkins. 1922  #55685
[HLMainPic] The epic Zeebrugge Raid, St. George's Day, 1918, in which the author won the VC. Orig. blue cloth, titled in black, VG. See illustration on our website.   £15
CLAYTON (Ann) Chavasse: Double VC. 1st Ed., [viii]+261pp., 32 illus. VG in somewhat worn dw. Cooper. 1992  #46097
RAMC att'd. Liverpool Scottish. VC Guillemont, bar in Flanders in 1917; DoW 4/8/17. VG in somewhat worn dw.   £10
CREAGH (Gen. Sir O'Moore, VC, GCB, GCSI) The Autobiography of... 1st Ed., [ix]+304pp., portrait frontis., 15 plates. Hutchinson. nd  #56999
[HLMainPic] Commissioned 2nd Sherwood Foresters 1866 in India, trans. IA (Bombay division) & attached 25th BNLI then adjt. of the Deoli Irregular Force 1871 then attd. Merwara Bn. which he led in the 2nd Afghan War (VC 1878), CO 2nd Baluchis & GOC 2nd Bde. in China 1900. C-in-C India 1909-14. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, VG ex-lib. with minor wear. See illustration on our website.   £35
FORREST (Sir George, CIE) The Life of Lord Roberts, KG, VC. 1st Ed., xi+380pp., 8 plates. VG in chipped dw. Cassell. 1914  #48483
[HLMainPic] Life of Roberts & his campaigns from Indian Mutiny to 2nd Afghan & Boer wars. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, fine in chipped but VG dw & uncommon thus. See illustration on our website.   £25
HARDING (Col. E.D., DSO) The Imjin Roll. 1st Ed., orig. printed card wraps., 96pp., 2 maps. Barton Press Ltd., Gloucester, for the Gloucesterrshire Regt. 1976  #56637
[HLMainPic] Important history contains a full account of the 1st Glosters in the Battle of the Imjin River, Korea, by the commander of 'B' Coy. during the events described, together with complete nominal roll of the unit (noting those killed, wounded &c.); also list of Honours & Awards & citations for VCs to Col. Carne & Lt. Curtis & GC to Lt. Waters. VG & very scarce. See illustration on our website.   £45
JONES (F/L Ira, DSO, MC, DFC, MM) King of Air Fighters: Biography of Major "Mick" Mannock, VC, DSO, MC. 1st Ed., xv+303pp., portrait frontis., 22 photos. Nicholson & Watson. 1934  #57139
[HLMainPic] Scarce biog. by fellow ace pilot in 74 Sqdr. (& one of the most highly decorated pilots of the First World War) who knew Mannock well. Orig. black cloth, blocked red, very nice copy with nice author inscription:'To A.J. Holladay with the Compliments of the Author. Ira Jones (alias "Taffy") Nov. 13th 1934.' VG & scarce. See illustrations on our website.   £225
JOYNT (Lt.-Col. W.D., VC) Saving the Channel Ports 1918. 1st Ed., [xvi]+233pp., 39 photos., 12 maps. VG in dw. Wren. 1975  #49151
[HLMainPic] Australian fighting in April-May 1918 at Villers Bretoneux &c. inc. author's diary as an officer with 8th AIF, with whom he won the VC. See illustration on our website.   £20
MANNOCK (Major E., VC, DSO, MC) The Personal Diary of Mick Mannock. Into. & annotated by Frederick Oughton. 1st Ed., 221pp., 8 plates, facsimiles of diary pages opposite letterpress transcriptions. VG in dw. Spearman. 1966  #57158
[HLMainPic] The ace's diary from arrival in France in April 1917, serving with 40 & 74 Sqdrns. until KiA 26/7/18. Contains much of interest on Mannock's character & the RFC/RAF of the period. VG in dw. See illustration on our website.   £25

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