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Ypres 1915   20 Books
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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
[HOLT (Capt. H.P.)] The History of the 3rd (Prince of Wales's) Dragoon Guards 1914-1918. 1st Ed., xi+112pp., 4 portraits, 15 maps. Privately printed. 1937  #60477
[HLMainPic] France & Flanders 1915-18. It is known that just 250 copies were printed. Orig. red cloth, gilt, VG, nice copy & rare. See illustration on our website.   £125
[RICHARDSON (James C.)] The Living, And the Living Dead, By An Old Soldier: Ruminations, Whims, Fancies, Jokes & Philosophies with A Batch of War Experiences Thrown in After 1914-1918. 1st Ed., 206pp. Arthur H. Stockwell. [1923].  #60443
[HLMainPic] Several curious chapters of philosophising preface the author's main war memoirs. He had apparently served in the Boer War, rushed to enlist at the Whitehall Recruiting Office on 4th August 1914, where he was kept as a clerk in the recruiting of others. In November he left Whitehall for Aldershot then for France in December where he was attached (with the Military Mounted Police - MiC refers) to 5th Cav. Bde. HQ, invalided by a kick from a horse in May 1915, he went out to Egypt in Jan. 1916, was i/c XV Corps HQ (MP details presumably - he mentions that one of his duties at Port Said was looking out for spies) then with 22 Div. HQ in Salonika & Macedonia. He observed some interesting events in Flanders & the Middle East & makes interesting comments on the local inhabitants of the countries in which he served, the relationship between the French/Flemish peasants & the British soldiery, &c. Orig. blue/green cloth, gilt to front & sp., minor wear, generally VG & rare. This copy with bookplate E.A.R. Ewen plus presentation bookplate from Ewen to The Library at Christ's Hospital [School], Horsham, in 1926. Ewen was an accountant & evidently a friend of the author: tipped-onto ffep is an envelope containing a letter from the author to Ewen: "Dear Ewen / At a time of stress, I stressed a book! And I have asked the publisher to send you on a copy. If you read it, you will have had a 'bewildering diversion.' Yours ever, James C. Richardson." Plus loosely inserted letter from the publisher forwarding the said book. See illustrations on our website.   £125
31540 [i.e. BAGENAL (Sgt. Hope, DCM]: Fields & Battlefields. 1st Ed., v+248pp. Constable. 1918  #59467
[HLMainPic] Anonymous memoirs of a quaker serving in the RAMC at Steenwerck, Festubert &c. in 1915 & in the early Somme battles. Nice 1st Edition, orig. red cloth, titled in black, VG, sp. little sunned o/w VG copy of a scarce work. See illustration on our website.   £85
ANDERSON (Brig. R.C.B., DSO, MC) History of the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders: 1st Battalion, 1909-1939. 1st Ed., xvii+192pp., 15 plates, 11 maps (3 fldg.). Edinburgh: Privately printed by T. & A. Constable Ltd. 1954  #60506
[HLMainPic] Largely devoted to WW1, Western Front 1914-15 & Salonika campaigns. Rolls of officers, notes on awards &c. appended to most chapters. Orig. green cloth, gilt, VG & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £90
ANGLESEY (The Marquess of) A History of the British Cavalry 1816-1919. Vol. 8: The Western Front 1915-1918, Epilogue, 1919-1939. 1st Ed., xxv+397pp., 55 photos., num. sketches, 23 maps + ep map. VG in dw. Cooper. 1997  #56930
[HLMainPic] Final volume of the standard & acclaimed history of the British cavalry. Uncommon. VG in dw. See illustration on our website.   £45
BEAVERBROOK (Lord) Canada in Flanders: Vol. II of The Official Story of the Canadian Expeditionary Force. 1st Ed., xx+258pp, maps & sketches. H&S. 1917  #56382
[HLMainPic] A popular official account. Max Aitken, raised to the peerage as Baron Beaverbrook in 1917, was Canadian Record Oficer in 1914. Falls states "He has here written a brilliant & moving account of the early career of the 1st Canadian Div., including the story of the gas attack at Ypres... a fine condensed narrative." Orig. red cloth, gilt, minor wear, VG. See illustration on our website.   £30
BUTLER (Maj. & Bt. Lt.-Col. P.R., DSO, Royal Irish) A Galloper at Ypres, & Some Subsequent Adventures. 1st Ed., 276pp., col. frontis., plate. Fisher Unwin. 1920  #59610
[HLMainPic] On 7th Div. staff in 1914 as ADC to Gen. Capper, much detail on 1st Battle of Ypres &c. until wounded on 2nd Nov. On recovery posted to his regiment, 1st Royal Irish Regt., during 2nd Ypres in May 1915. Account closes with the departure of the bn. for the Middle East at the end of the year after a long period in trenches in the Armentieres sector. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, VG with col. frontis. of the heads of the author's chargers (one of which was killed in action) by his mother, the eminent artist Lady Butler. Very scarce. See illustration on our website.   £125
CHARTERIS (Brig.-Gen. J., CMG, DSO) At G.H.Q. 1st Ed., viii+363pp., portrait frontis. Cassell. 1931  #58197
[HLMainPic] Day-to-day account based on letters to his wife by Haig's intelligence chief throughout the war on the Western Front from 1914 onwards. Much interesting material & revealing gossip. Orig. maroon cloth, gilt, VG & scarce. Interesting bookplate of Allan & Ida Uggla. somewhat heraldic in design, with laid down rifle & helmet (Col. Allan Robert Owl Uggla, 1878-1959, was a colonel in the Persian Gendarmerie & Swedish military Attaché in London in the 1920s). See illustration on our website.   £45
ELLIS (Capt., C., formerly Adjutant) The 4th (Denbighshire) Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers in the Great War. 1st Ed., xv+148pp., 11 photos. Wrexham: Woodall, Minshall, Thomas & Co. Ltd. 1926  #60131
[HLMainPic] Territorial bn. mobilised in 1914 & arrived in France in November. Attached to the 1st Div. it saw much service in the trenches & was later made Pioneer Bn. of the 47th (London) Div., Somme, Ypres, March Retreat, Final Advance &c. Roll of Hon., awards. Cheaper paper covered version, sp. worn, part of front wrap. stained/creased, generally sound & rare. See illustration on our website.   £125

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