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War Poems by "X" (i.e. T.W.H. Crosland). 1st Ed., viii+96pp. Martin Secker. Oct. 1916.  #56357
[HLMainPic] Dedicated to "The Artists' Rifles... in the First Battalion of which I have many friends." Reilly p.100. Orig. red cloth with paper sp. label, minor wear, near VG. See illustration on our website.   £25
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
Cross & Cockade (Great Britain). The Society of World War I Aero Historians Journal. Vol. I, No. 1, Spring 1970-Vol. 35, No. 4, Winter 2004: a run of 140 issues from the first number onwards, approx. 7000pp. in all, A4 format with num. col. & b/w photos. & other illustraions. The Society. Contemp.  #55986
[HLMainPic] A very fine thirty-four year run from 1970-2004, 17 volumes uniformly bound in blue cloth with gilt titles to sps., retaining orig. card wraps. These are excellent, high quality magazines containing an immense range of original material, much of it contributed by, or garnered from, the diaries & recollections of both British & German veteran flyers in their later years & consequently containing much unrepeatable & in-depth source material & research based on interviews, letters & diaries, plus many excellent photos. & other illustrations. Rare & nicely presented set. See illustration on our website.   £850
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
The Fifth Battalion Highland Light Infantry in the War 1914-1918. 1st Ed., [x]+250pp., 24 plates, 3 fldg. maps in end-pocket + 6 in text. Glasgow: Printed for Private Circulation. 1921  #60526
[HLMainPic] Gallipoli 1915 & Palestine campaigns, inc. battle of Gaza &c. then France in 1918, 52nd (Lowland) Div. Roll of Hon., awards, officers & NCOs. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, VG. See illustration on our website.   £75
History of the Corps of Royal Engineers. Vol. VI: Gallipoli, Macedonia, Egypt & Palestine 1914-18. 1st Ed., xvii+444pp., 6 portraits, 6 fldg. maps in end-pocket, 7 sketch maps in text. VG in dw. Chatham: Inst. of REs. 1952  #61066
[HLMainPic] Detailed history of all aspects of Sapper operations in Gallipoli, Salonika &c. RE Orders of Battle for each theatre of war appended. VG in dw. See illustration on our website.   £35
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
Tales of a "Dug-Out." By An Officer of the "Die-Hards." 1st Ed., 122pp. George & Sons. 1915  #60449
[HLMainPic] An interesting contemp. work by an unknown author. Stories, some true, some not: The publishers offered a prize to the first reader to identify all the true ones. The prize was £5 - a useful sum in 1915 - entrants needed to send their entries by March 31st 1916 accompanied by 'the outside band of the book.' It is emphasised that no correspondence would be entered into it seems that like so many competitions today the judges decision was final. Winners would be announced in the Press. The author was apparently a known writer on sporting matters but on this occasion he had agreed to be anonymous for the purposes of the competition. Orig. pictorial cloth, little rubbed, generally a nice copy & uncommon. See illustration on our website.   £45
Alec Rowan Herron. Born July 30th, 1893. Educated at Braeside School, West Kirby, 1902-1905; Gresham's School, Holt, Norfolk, 1905-1911; New College Oxford, 1911-1914. 2nd Lieutenant, King's Royal Rifle Corps, August 15th, 1914, Killed in Action at Givenchy, March 10th, 1915. 1st Ed., 79pp., portrait frontis. Liverpool: Henry Young & Sons., For Private Circulation. 1915  #58508
[HLMainPic] Herron, a member of the OTC at New College, applied for a commission immediately war was declared, was gazetted to the Special Reserve of the KRRC & by the end of the month was with their 6th (SR) Bn. at the Isle of Sheppey; he joined the 1st Bn. at the end of November ("Off to the front at last!") & was KiA leading a charge against the German trenches at Givenchy three-&-a-half months later. The book consists entirely of his letters written between Aug. 1914-March 9th 1915, followed by letters of condolence from officers in his bn., &c. His letters catch vividly the mood of the times - patriotic & optimistic in spite of the news of reverses in France & of the deaths of friends - & also provide good descriptions of the routine of trench life in this early period & the constant threat from snipers. When his sgt. was killed he wrote: "The bullet was meant for me, as he had just shown me a loophole from which the whole of their line could be seen, & I took a good look through, & unfortunately he just glanced through it after me & was hit." A very moving & evocative memorial, also one of the earliest published. Orig. grey paper covd. boards, wheat cloth backstrip, gilt to front & spine, VG. See illustration on our website.   £165
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

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