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Ypres 1915   15 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
[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
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
HALDANE (Gen. Sir Aylmer) A Soldier's Saga: Autobiography. 1st Ed., x+408pp., 33 plates. Blackwood. 1948  #57631
Gordon Highlanders 1882; NWF, Boer War (escaped from PoW camp with Churchill). Commanded 10th Inf. Bde. & 3rd Div., France 1914-16; VI Corps France 1916-18 (includes Retreat from Mons, Battles of Ypres, Somme, Arras, Cambrai & Final Advance in 1918); GOC Mesopotamia 1920-21. Orig. red cloth, sp. chipped, o/w sound, inscribed "To my old friend from Aylmer Haldane," ink stamp of Eton Manor, Middleton Stoney, generally VG & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £50
HANSLIAN (Dr. Rudolph) The Gas Attack at Ypres: A Study in Military History. 1st Eng. Ed., orig. printed wraps., dup. typescript, [ii]+55pp. Reproduction Plant, Chemical Warfare School, Edgewood Arsenal, Md. July 1940  #59663
[HLMainPic] Pamphlet No. 8 produced by the US Army's Chemical Warfare School in Maryland, being the 1st (& probably the only) English language issue of a work "prepared by a German authority on chemical warfare, for publication in Germany" c.1935. "This study is based on numerous accounts published in Germany & abroad regarding the German gas attack at Ypres, which in spite of all the separate reports is still today unclarified in its various connections... the author takes pains to present the events & relations in the manner in which they actually were..." Includes: The Decision; The Preparation; The Betrayal; The Attack; The Effect of Gas on the Allies; Critical Examination; Some first-hand Testimony. A rare source with much interesting detail. VG. See illustration on our website.   £125
HODDER-WILLIAMS (Ralph, Formerly Lt., PPCLI) Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry 1914-1919. 1st Ed., 2 Vols., xxiii+411 & v+391pp., 7 portraits, 11 fldg. maps (one in end-pocket). Hodder & Stoughton. 1923  #60583
[HLMainPic] Very scarce WW1 history consisting of substantial narrative volume & equally impressive & extensive appendices re operations, + regimental nominal roll noting date joined, awards, casualties &c. "excellent unit history... St. Eloi [1915] through to the final actions on the Canal du Nord." - Perkins 140. Orig. red cloth, gilt, with blue sp. labels, VG with pencil ownership inscrip. to both volumes of "Arthur Brock 147041" (Note: Brock is listed in the nominal roll as originally serving with the 78th Bn. CEF, joining the PPCLI in the field on 27th March 1917 & wounded on 26th August 1918: against the account of the action on this date he has added a marginal note "I was hit in the front of this Tank. AB".) Sps. sl. sunned o/w nice set with loosely inserted 'Annual Frezenberg Dinner' menu for 1939. See illustration on our website.   £165

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