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Island Books [formerly of Devon]

Fine and Rare Books at the foot of the South Downs
War Office, 1942[-1943] 2 vols., sm. 8vo., First and Sole Edition, with very numerous photographs, illustrations and drawings of silhouettes throughout; original printed wrappers, wire-stitched as issued, covers moderately age-soiled and marked, clipped at corners else a very good, sound set. Prepared under the Direction of the Chief of the Imperial General Staff. The set comprises 'AFV Recognition. Part 1. September 1942. British & Allied Turreted AFVs' and 'AFV Recognition. Part II. July 1943. Enemy Turreted AFVs'. The coverage provided, both in photographs and illustrations, is remarkably detailed and comprehensive for publications of their size. Both booklets carry the statutory warning: 'Not to be published. The information given in this document is not to be communicated, either directly or indirectly, to the Press or to any person not holding an official position in His Majesty's Service'. Both volumes are extremely scarce. COMPLETE SETS ARE SELDOM OFFERED FOR SALE (Book ref. 25862)
HMSO, [1961] 4 vols., roy. 8vo., First Edition, with 3 portrait frontispieces, 84 plates on 56, 12 large folding coloured maps, 17 full-page maps (14 coloured), and 6 maps and numerous tables and charts in the text; cloth, gilt backs, a very good, clean set in dustwrapper. Published in the series 'Official History of the Second World War'. The set comprises: Vol. 1: Preparation; Vol. 2: Endeavour; Vol. 3: Victory: Vol. 4: Annexes and Appendices. This official history is now very scarce as a set, especially in this condition. Enser, p.28. (Book ref. 25885)
Macmillan, 1898 8vo., Tenth Edition, with frontispiece (original tissue guard present), title-vignette, 7 plates, very numerous illustrations and maps (a number full-page) in the text, a folding coloured map and a folding map coloured in outline, top lightly dust-soiled, minimal spotting to fore-edge; green cloth, gilt back, black endpapers, upper hinge paper parted (but binding entirely sound), a remarkably well-preserved, bright, clean, fresh copy. With contemporary prize bookplate on front paste-down. The most celebrated work, dedicated appropriately to Darwin, by the co-discoverer of the process of evolution through natural selection. The tenth edition, first published in 1890, is the definitive text, for in it Wallace incorporates the latest results of researches by subsequent travellers to the region and adds footnotes wherever his original facts or conclusions are modified by later discoveries. His well-known appendix on the crania and the languages of man in the archipelago includes a glossary of one hundred and seventeen words in thirty-three languages of the region. A LOVELY COPY OF A KEY WORK IN THE LITERATURE OF EVOLUTION. (Book ref. 25863)
[Privately Printed, 1962] 4to., First Edition, with coloured coat-of-arms as frontispiece and numerous illustrations and maps in the text; original pictorial wrappers printed in red and black, a near fine copy. EDITION LIMITED TO 1000 COPIES (Book ref. 25889)
Heinemann, 1930 8vo., First Edition, on laid paper, with a portrait frontispiece, title in blue and black; original decorative oatmeal buckram blocked in gilt, gilt back, gilt top, bevelled edges, uncut, a near fine copy in publisher's slip-case. EDITION LIMITED TO 1025 COPIES NUMBERED AND SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR. An excellent novel covering the whole of the Great War and considered by many to be the author's finest work. Falls, p.299; NCBEL IV, p.749. (Book ref. 25880)
Frederick Muller, [1952] 8vo., First Edition thus, with portrait frontispiece plates and endpaper maps; orange cloth, gilt back, backstrip lightly faded at head and tail else a very good, clean copy in unclipped dustwrapper, the latter chipped with loss at head and tail of backstrip. Published a year after the US edition. Enser, 92; Graham & Col, G38. (Book ref. 25870)
Longmans, [1959] 8vo., First Edition, with frontispiece, 68 plates on 46, 3 maps in the text and a large folding map in red and black in pocket at end, top lightly dust-soiled; beige cloth, gilt back, backstrip faintly browned at extreme head and tail, a very good, bright, clean copy in unclipped, mildly browned dustwrapper. The author's first and most celebrated book, chronicling his years of travel after WWII 'without European companions and living as an Arab'. SCARCE, ESPECIALLY IN THIS CONDITION. (Book ref. 25859)
Peter Davies, [1948] 8vo., First Edition; olive cloth, backstrip lettered in brown, a near fine copy in unclipped dustwrapper, the latter lightly browned on (predominantly white) rear panel. Novel set in Ceylon during the Great War. Dustwrapper artwork by Geo Mansell. The basis of William Dieterle's feature film (1954) starring Elizabeth Taylor and Peter Finch. SCARCE IN THIS CONDITION. (Book ref. 25868)
Norton, New York NY, [1943] 8vo., 127th Thousand, with plates; olive cloth, boards and backstrip blocked and lettered in green, uncut, fore-edges lightly dust-soiled, a very good, clean copy in price-clipped dustwrapper, the latter chipped with loss at extremities and browned at backstrip. Enser, p.91; Graham & Cole N15. (Book ref. 25869)
Faber, [1942] 8vo., First Edition, with a portrait frontispiece, and title-vignette by Reynolds Stone, tiny contemporary date on front free endpaper; blue cloth, gilt back, a very bright, clean copy in unclipped dustwrapper, the latter lightly browned at backstrip and edges. The second volume of Sassoon's factual autobiography. Increasingly elusive in this condition, especially in the dustwrapper. Keynes, A49; V&A Catalogue 124. (Book ref. 25858)
Harrap, [1945] 8vo., Second UK Edition, with portrait frontispiece, plates and maps; terracotta cloth, backstrip lettered in silver, a very good, clean copy. Revised and enlarged version of the first UK edition of 1944. SCARCE. Graham & Cole, G29 (recording Harrap's later 1946 edition). (Book ref. 25873)
William Clowes, [1947] Roy. 4to., Second Edition, with numerous plates, illustrations and maps; blue regimental cloth, crest in silver and colours on upper board, gilt back, a very good, clean copy. Covers France, North Africa and Italy. Published a year after the first edition. VERY SCARCE INDEED, ESPECIALLY IN THIS CONDITION. Enser, p.80; Sutcliffe, p.8; White, p.44 (Book ref. 25893)
Leo Cooper, [1989] 8vo., First Edition, with plates; green cloth, gilt back, a very good, clean copy in price-clipped dustwrapper. (Book ref. 25871)
Jonathan Cape, [1935] 4 vols., roy. 8vo., First Edition thus, with a portrait frontispiece, contemporary inscription front free endpaper of first volume; black cloth, gilt backs, blue tops, a very good, clean set. The set comprises: Vol. I: Non-Logical Conduct; Vol. II: Analysis of Semtiment; Vol. III: Sentiment in Thinking; Vol. IV: General Form of Society (Book ref. 25878)
Hodder & Stoughton, [1966] 8vo., First Edition, with 16 coloured plates, 16 monochrome plates and 3 maps (one double-page); original buckram, a very good, clean copy in unclipped dustwrapper, the latter very lightly chafed at upper edge (Book ref. 25877)
Heinemann, [1990] 8vo., First Edition; cloth, gilt back, red endpapers, a near fine copy in unclipped dustwrapper. Already elusive in this condition. (Book ref. 25890)
Michael Joseph, [1971-1986] 6 vols., 8vo., First Edition, with numerous photographs, illustrations and facsimiles throughout, and pictorial endpapers; original cloth, gilt backs, a very good, bright, clean set in dustwrapper. The Goon's WWII autobiography comprises Vol. I: Adolf Hitler, My Part in his Downfall (1971); Vol. II: Rommel. Gunner Who? A Confrontation in the Desert. Edited by Jack Hobbs (1974); Vol. III: Monty. His Part in my Victory. Edited by Jack Hobbs (1976); Vol. IV: Mussolini. His Part in my Downfall. Edited by Jack Hobbs (1978); Vol. V: Where have all the Bullets gone? (1985); Vol. VI: Goodbye Soldier (1986). Complete sets of first editions in this condition are scarce. (Book ref. 25895)
Macmillan, 1911 2 vols., 8vo., Third Edition, with frontispieces toned in sepia (one original tissue guard present), titles in red and black, with 43 sepia-toned plates, a large folding plan [of the Sistine Chapel], and 6 detailed pedigrees (4 folding), endpapers lightly browned; original red cloth, gilt backs, gilt tops, uncut, a very good, clean set. Symonds' standard biography was first published in 1893. Babington 57; NCBEL III, 1502 (recording the first edition) (Book ref. 25875)
Simon & Schuster, [1992] 8vo., First Edition, with photographs and maps in the text; black cloth, gilt back, buff endpapers, a very good, clean copy in unclipped dustwrapper. The story of King George V's own Sandringham company of the Norfolk Regiment, formed from volunteers among the workers on the Royal estate in Norfolk. Sent into battle at Gallipoli, the whole battalion simply disappeared. Already very scarce in this condition. (Book ref. 25882)
Frederick Muller, [1953] 8vo., Fourth Impression, with 2 plates on 1 as frontispiece, front endpaper maps and rear endpaper diagram, top lightly dust-soiled; blue cloth, gilt back, a very good, clean copy in unclipped dustwrapper. Classic account of the author's career in the Mediterranean, mainly with the renowned 10th Flotilla based at Malta. Published in same year as the first edition. Enser, p.418; Law, 1130. (Book ref. 25872)