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The First World War The First World War, Personal memoirs of soldiers of all nations on all fronts, anthologies, literature and fiction, history and analysis   775 Books
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A Subaltern's Share in the War: Home Letters of the late George Weston Devenish, Lieut. R.A., Attached R.F.C. Intro. & Notes by Mrs. Horace Porter. 1st Ed., xviii+178pp., portrait frontis., 4 plates. Constable. 1917  #60338
[HLMainPic] Regular officer RFA (commissioned 1913 after Charterhouse & Woolwich), letters & diary from France Aug.-30 Oct. 1914. He joined 6th Bty., 40th Bde. RFA on the Aisne & was wounded near his OP at Fauquissart, on the Indian Corps front, 28.10.14; in France again June 1915-Apr. 1916 (around 'Plugstreet' &c.) when trans. to RFC as Artillery Observer for four months in France, then pilot training & KiA flying as a pilot in 35 Squadron: shot down in flames, on 6th June 1917, and is commemorated on the Arras (Flying Services) Memorial.. Contains lengthy extracts from entertaining & informative letters describing his active service experiences in Flanders & later over the Western Front. Orig. paper covd. boards, sp. split o/w overall VG. See illustration on our website.   £165
Rhenish Prussia & Birkenfeld. 1st Ed., orig. printed wraps., iv+84pp., fldg. map in endpocket. HMSO. April 1919  #63768
[HLMainPic] CONFIDENTIAL. No. 33 in a series of Handbooks Prepared under the Direction of the Historical Section of the Foreign Office, containing notes on the Geography, Political History, Social & Political Conditions & Economic Conditions of these territories. Orig. grey printed wraps., VG. See illustration on our website.   £125
The Western Front Then & Now. 1st Ed., 256pp., 4to, photos. throughout, map. VG in dw. Pearson. nd (c.1938).  #59714
[HLMainPic] Useful volume of around 300 comparison photos. in wartime & after, + commentary & index. Orig. dec. red cloth, VG in sl. chipped dw & scarce thus. See illustration on our website.   £45
James Lusk, BA (Cantab).; Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur; Captain & Adjutant 6th Battalion The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles). Letters & Memories. 1st Ed., [vii]+151pp., portrait frontis., col. plate (of Legion d'Honneur). Oxford: Printed for B.H. Blackwell. 1916  #62989
[HLMainPic] James Lusk was commissioned in the 6th Cameronians in 1908, mobilised & served in France March-Dec. 1915. Memoir followed by extensive & interesting letters from training and the Front: wounded by a trench mortar on Christmas Day 1915 whilst going round his trenches & DoW 28/12/15. He was awarded the Legion d'Honneur at Festubert in June when he was Bn. Transport Officer & the bn. having lost heavily in officers he made his way up the line & helped reorganise. He was appointed adjutant after this battle. Orig. grey paper covd. boards with purple cloth backstrip, very nice copy with neat ink presentation inscrip. "To Brig.-General E.S. Girdwood, from Capt. Lusk's Mother." See illustrations on our website.   £145
Friends of France. The Field Service of the American Ambulance Described by its Members. 1st Ed., xix+298pp. frontis., approx. 30 photos. Smith, Elder & Co. 1916  #59903
[HLMainPic] The organisation & work of the Ambulance in France & Flanders 1914-15, together with portaits & service details of various members of the unit. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, sp. dull o/w VG. See illustration on our website.   £25
From Dug-out & Billet: An Officer's Letters to His Mother. 1st Ed., [iii]+190pp. Hurst & Blackett. 1916  #59928
[HLMainPic] Anonymous letters (signed "Chota") supposedly of a regular major, product of Wellington & Sandhurst, whose death is reported in a WO telegram, there also being condolence letters from his colonel & servant, but quite possibly a work of fiction. Atmosppheric of the period & rather scarce. Orig. grey cloth, gilt, little rubbed, VG. See illustration on our website.   £35
George Elton Sedding: The Life & Work of an Artist Soldier. Edited by His Brother. 1st Ed., xiv+215pp., portrait frontis., 14 illus. Letchworth: Garden City Press. 1917  #60023
[HLMainPic] Sedding was born in 1882, Ed. at Radley & on leaving was "providentially prevented, by rejection on medical grounds, from entering a Bank as a clerk," instead began an apprenticeship in an art studio & proving a to be a gifted art metal worker he later opened his own workshop near Oxford Circus. He also travelled in Europe and India. Enlisted Norfolk Regiment Aug. 1914, to France in May 1915, wounded near Hohenzollern Redoubt 11/10/15 & DOW on 23rd inst. whilst serving as a Lance Cpl. in the 7th (Service) Battalion. Contains accounts of his work & pre-war travels, letters from the Front 1915, at Plugstreet & Loos. Red cloth, gilt title to front and spine, little marking & wear to sp., generally VG, rare, & inscribed "With best wishes from D.M. and E.D. Sedding. Duxhurst. Christmas 1917." See illustration on our website.   £85
In Memoriam Harold Parry, 2nd Lt., KRRC, Born at Bloxwich Dec. 13th 1896, Fell in Flanders May 6th 1917. 1st Ed., xiii+144pp., portrait frontis. Privately published. nd (c.1917).  #62982
[HLMainPic] Parry was Ed. at Queen Mary's School, Walsall & Exeter College, Oxford. 17th (S) Bn. KRRC 1916-17, a memoir, atmospheric letters from France, a few of his poems & some letters of condolence. KiA in Flanders & buried in Vlamertinghe Military Cemetery. Contains some interesting observations such as: "Two hundred years will not suffice to efface the traces of this tragedy from the land. Things can never be as they were, and the greatest indictment that war can have, is the forlorn and shell-shattered land about here with its rude and pathetic crosses to mark the last resting-place of those who in the fullness of their youth - at the beginning of love and hope and ambition - were cut off from life..." Grey paper covered boards with cloth backstrip, gilt to spine. Pages 138/139 are usually pasted together to conceal misattributed Henry Newbolt poem, but this copy intact & the pages unblemished apart from a contemp. ink note: "This poem is by Henry Newbolt." A very nice copy. See illustration on our website.   £120
Royal Artillery War Commemoration Book: A Regimental Record written & illustrated for the most part by artillerymen while serving in the line during the Great War. 1st Ed., xxiv+408pp., folio, col. & b/w plates throughout, sketches &c. Bell. 1920  #60043
[HLMainPic] A superb memorial record that contains numerous accounts of different units & actions, individual experiences &c., in numerous actions on all Fronts, as well as the Roll of Honour of officers. Awesome, immense, well-illustrated compilation & invaluable for the study of the Royal Artillery on the Western Front & elsewhere. Orig. dark blue cloth, gilt to front & sp., excellent copy, near fine & scarce thus. See illustrations on our website.   £225
The "Graphic" Souvenir of the German Navy's Surrender November 1918. 1st Ed., orig. printed wraps., 32pp., 4to, approx. 85 photos. The Graphic. 1918  #62207
[HLMainPic] Illustrated record of the surrender with num. photos. of surface craft, U-boats &c. Little chipped, VG. See illustration on our website.   £25

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