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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   800 Books
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The Wipers Times: A Complete Facsimile of the Famous World War One Trench Newspaper. Incorporating the New Church Times, The Kemmel Times, The Somme Times, The B.E.F. Times, the Better Times. Foreword by Henry Williamson. Reprint, xx+377pp., 4to, ep maps. VG in dw. Davies. 1973  #55597
[HLMainPic] This edition with intro., notes & glossary contributed by Patrick Beaver. VG in dw. See illustration on our website.   £25
The Battle of the Bight: Being the Official Narrative of the Naval Engagement between the British & German Fleets in the Heligoland Bight on Friday, August 28th, 1914, with Drawings by Frank Mason & Arthur Briscoe, & Rudyard Kipling's Poem 'The Destroyers.' 2nd Imp., orig. dec. wraps., oblong 4to, [ii]+20pp., several sketches. Printed & published by 'The Yachting Monthly' (Battle Souvenirs, No. 1). 1915  #53462
[HLMainPic] The official Despatches of Beatty, Tyrwhitt ('Arethusa') & Keyes (Submarine Flotilla), including recommendations for awards &c. VG. See illustration on our website.   £25
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
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
The B.E.F. Times: A Facsimile Reprint of the Trench Magazine. 1st Ed. thus, liv+ approx. [100]pp. VG in dw. Herbert Jenkins. 1918  #59522
[HLMainPic] First reproductions of The BEF Times (successor to The Wipers Times &c.) in volume form. VG, orig. printed paper covd. boards in worn & neatly repaired but attractive & very scarce dw with appealing Western Front scene featuring the offices of the BEF Times under shellfire. See illustrations on our website.   £125
Letters and Papers of Algernon Hyde Villiers, with a Memorial. With a Memoir by Harry Graham. vii+200pp., portrait frontis. SPCK. 1919  #60361
[HLMainPic] Algernon Villiers, a deeply religious and spiritual man as evidenced by the memoir & the contents of his letters (although they do not exclude military details and an account of his active service experience) was the youngest son of the Rt. Hon. Sir Francis Hyde Villiers, PC, GCMG, GCVO (sometime British Minister and Ambassador at Brussels), & Lady Villiers; he married Beatrix Villiers (later The Hon. Mrs. Walter Gibbs), of Stanstead Lodge, Stanstead Abbots, Herts., in 1912. He was Ed. at Wellington College and Magdalen College, Oxford then entered a stockbroker's office. He enlisted in 1914 & went to Egypt as a trooper in the Hertfordshire Yeomanry before returning fro a commission in the Lothian & Borders Horse early in 1915. Villiers later transferred to the Machine Gun Corps, went to France in July 1917 & was Killed in Action in France on 23rd November 1917 at Bourlon Wood with the 121st Company. He is commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial (although originally buried in the cemetery at Anneux). The memoir is followed by letters from Egypt and the UK, 1914-17, then around 100 pages of letters from the Western Front followed by some zealously Christian "Papers read to Machine-Gun Pupils." Orig. pale blue cloth, gilt to front and spine, little rubbed & worn, trace of old label to front, near VG. See illustration on our website.   £120
Notes from the Front Part II. Collated by the General Staff. 1st Ed., orig. buff printed wraps., 35pp., 9pp sketches. HMSO. 1914  #51759
[HLMainPic] Early dissemination of lessons of 1914, German equipment & methods, &c. VG copy. See illustration on our website.   £35
The Ruhleben Prisoners: The Government Attitude. Pamphlet No. 3. Orig. printed wraps., 32pp. Issued by The Ruhleben Prisoners' Release Committee. 1917  #47526
[HLMainPic] Records of the Committee's efforts to obtain early release for civilian internees. VG. See illustration on our website.   £14
Roland Philipps, Boy Scout. 2nd Ed., revised & enlarged, 75pp., 220x140mm, portrait frontis., 13 other photos. inc. further portraits, his grave with the original wooden cross and later headstone. Roland House, Stepney. 1933  #59570
[HLMainPic] The Hon. Roland Erasmus Philipps, son of the 1st Viscount St. Davids (and brother of Colwyn Erasmus Philipps), was born in 1890, Ed. at Winchester & New College, Oxford. He took a very great interest in the Boy Scout movement, becoming Commissioner for East and North East London. He was gazetted to the 9th Bn. Royal Fusiliers in 1914, was wounded & awarded the MC in the spring of 1916 and KiA at Ovillers on 7th July 1916. He is buried in Aveluy Communal Cemetery Extension. An account of his life and interests with several extracts from letters from the front, also a 'brief historical sketch of development to 1933' of Roland House in Stepney, a Georgian property that Phillips bought in 1914 and bequeathed to the Scouts. Green cloth, gilt to spine and front. VG. See illustration on our website.   £85
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

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