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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 Both booklets carry the statutory warning: 'Not to be published.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)
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HMSO, 1939 THE FIRST WWII ISSUE8vo., Second Impression, with 26 coloured plates, 15 plates in monochrome, very numerous illustrations and diagrams (many full-page) in the text and 2 large folding plans; original navy blue cloth, upper board blocked in blind, gilt back, red sprinkled edges, small pull at head of backstrip, fore-edges dustsoiled, corners mildly bruised else a good, clean copy. With front and rear trade advertisement endpapers. The 1937 edition of the 'pusser's bible' was the first major revision since 1932. First issued in 1938, it was reprinted in 1939 (the first WWII issue) and subsequently each year until 1943. All reprints are very slightly abridged, mostly in terms of illustration, although this impression is the last to include the expensive plate overlays quickly abandoned with the outbreak of hostilities. Well produced and exceptionally well illustrated, it was in common use with officers and ratings alike (unlike its sister the Manual of Navigation), and there is a fair argument for its being today the most evocative Royal Navy publication of the war years. Good, firm copy of the first WWII edition. (Book ref. 25761)
Naval Staff Intelligence Department, 1919 8vo., First Edition; dark blue cloth, crudely but strongly rebacked in passť-partout; covers lightly bruised else a very good, crisp, clean copy. 'Sold from an institution with its library markings on front free endpaper. 'This book is the property of HM Government. Its contents are not to be communicated either directly or indirectly to the Press, or to any person not holding an official position in HM Service. Attention is drawn to the Penalties attaching to any Infraction of the Official Secrets Act'. This copy was formerly in the library of T.K. Mortimer Booth, Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and bears his signature on front paste-down. EXTREMELY SCARCE. Not recorded by Enser. (Book ref. 25658)
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Batsford, [1925] 8vo., First Edition, with a frontispiece, title-vignette, 277 plates and 273 line illustrations in the text, free endpapers browned; original red cloth, upper board and backstrip lettered in gilt, red top, uncut, a bright, fresh, clean copy. With 32pp publisher's catalogue bound in at end. A lovely copy of a profusely illustrated Jekyll classic. (Book ref. 19606)
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Parker Furnivall & Parker, 1851 8vo., First Edition, with numerous diagrams in the text, contemporary signature on blank preliminary and title; original red limp cloth wrappers lettered in gilt and blocked in blind, marbled edges, marbled endpapers, a remarkably well-preserved, bright, fresh copy. This copy was formerly in the possession of Alfred Howell Jones of 9th Lancers and bears his signature on blank preliminary and title. Thomas Robbins served as Adjutant of 5th (Princess Charlotte of Wales's) Dragoon Guards. At the time of writing the regiment had returned from the Peninsula (where it distinguished itself at Salamanca) and was readying to leave for the Crimea where it served at Balaklava. The work was evidently popular, for Parker reprinted it at least twice, and it remains an important collation of cavalry formations, manoeuvres and commands of the mid-Victorian period. EXTREMELY SCARCE. (Book ref. 24968)
HMSO, 1935 8vo., with plates and numerous diagrams (one folding) in the text, free endpapers lightly browned; original blue cloth, upper board blocked in blind, gilt back, red sprinkled edges, boards lightly chafed and case a little shaken else a bright, clean copy. With trade advertisements (a number illustrated) at front and rear. Stationery code: 20-19-0-34. Unusually well-preserved (if shaken) copy of the standard WWII edition. VERY SCARCE. (Book ref. 24392)
HMSO [for the War Office], 1942 Sm. 8vo., Seventh Edition (First Edition thus), with 42 plates on 24, a folding plate on japon, and numerous illustrations and diagrams in the text, neat contemporary signature on title; original printed wrappers, sewed as issued, a very good, clean copy. With the separately printed corrigenda slip mounted on title. These memoranda were originally compiled by Sir Andrew Balfour for medical officers serving abroad during WWI. This, the seventh edition, contains new articles on Cerebro-fever, Lymphopathia venereum, Pellagra, Rabies, Rat-bite fever and Sickle-celled anaemia. In addition, the Rickettsial infections have been grouped under a single heading. A scarce survival. (Book ref. 17090)
Military Intelligence Service, War Department, Washington DC, 1944 Oblong 4to., First and Sole Edition, with numerous photographs and diagrams throughout; original pictorial wrappers, wire-stitched as issued, covers moderately age-soiled else a very good, tight, clean copy. Special Series No. 27. Restricted. 15 November 1944. Deceptively detailed wartime guide, including necessities of life, infantry weapons, artillery and armoured material, organisation, tactics, jungle warfare, booby traps and mines. Very scarce, especially in this condition. (Book ref. 16095)
[HMSO, 1942] Single leaf, 8vo., First Edition, printed both sides, margins mildly browned and with one small closed marginal tear else a very good, clean copy. Nice copy of a public information leaflet providing basic advice for on-the-spot decontamination in the event of gas attack (mustard or Lewisite). SO Code: 59713. (Book ref. 10119)
HMSO, 1943 Roy. 8vo., Second Impression, with 25 photographic plates and 28 folding plates on lighter stock (one poorly folded); cloth, gilt back, case mildly shaken (but binding entirely sound) else a good, clean copy. Sold from the library of the Military College of Science with its stamps on free endpapers. Publication code CD 210/41- June 1941. The 1941 edition replaced the previous issue of 1931. (Book ref. 12487)
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HMSO [1941-45] 2 vols., 8vo., First Edition, with 6 plates (one folding), a folding table, and numerous diagrams (a number full-page) in the text, small neat contemporary signature on front free endpaper; blue cloth, upper board lettered in red, Appendix wire-stitched as issued, both very good, bright, clean copies. 'This Handbook supersedes the Stokers Manual and is to be issued free of charge to each direct entry engine-room artificer, engine-room artificer apprentice and stoker on joining'. VERY SCARCE TOGETHER IN THIS CONDITION (Book ref. 22096)
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John Murray and Pilot Press, [1942] 16mo., Second Edition, with numerous photographs, illustrations and diagrams in the text; original green limp cloth wrappers, upper wrapper and backstrip lettered in black, radial corners, covers very lightly age-soiled else a remarkably well-preserved, bright, clean copy. Complete with trade advertisements on front and rear endpapers. Published two months after the first edition. First published in February 1942 with this second issue coming two months later. Langdon-Davies was Commandant of the Burwash Fieldcraft School (later retitled South Eastern Command Fieldcraft School) and already well-known to the Home Guard as author of the Home Guard Training Manual (1940). An indispensable guide to all Home Guardsmen, this unassuming manual is deceptively comprehensive, immensely practical and particularly well illustrated. Chapter headings are: The Home Guard Job and Fieldcraft, Concealment from the Air, Preparing a Reception for Airborne Troops, How to Move, How to use Natural Cover, Personal Concealment and Camouflage, Night Training, Messages and Communications, and Bivouacking in Contact with the Enemy. One of the most important of all Home Guard training manuals; both issues of the original edition are very scarce. A rare survival. (Book ref. 19091)
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HMSO, 1940 Sm. 8vo., First Edition, with diagrams in the text, small cancelled signature on front wrapper; original printed wrappers, wire-stitched as issued, a very good, clean copy. Unusually well-preserved copy of the standard WWII edition. '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'. SO code Wt 52739-9643. (Book ref. 20431)
General Staff, War Office, 1940 Sm. 8vo., with 34 plates on 32; original printed wrappers, wire-stitched as issued, covers very lightly age-soiled else a remarkably bright, crisp, well-preserved copy. M.I. 14. January 1941. First issued in July 1940. '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.' The purpose of this pamphlet is to give all ranks an idea of the appearance of the German soldier and his armament. It is being issued down to Platoon, etc. commanders'. The first edition is extremely scarce. COPAC gives only two entries (BL and NLS) for the 1941 reissue. (Book ref. 11011)
General Staff, War Office, 1941 Sm. 8vo., First Edition, with 34 plates on 32; original printed wrappers, wire-stitched as issued, covers very lightly age-soiled else a remarkably bright, crisp, well-preserved copy. M.I. 14. July 1940. '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.' The purpose of this pamphlet is to give all ranks an idea of the appearance of the German soldier and his armament. It is being issued down to Platoon, etc. commanders'. Scarce, especially in this first edition. COPAC gives only two entries (BL and NLS) for the 1941 reissue. (Book ref. 20368)
General Staff, War Office, 1941 Roy. 8vo., 8pp., First Edition, with illustrated cover and double-page chart; folded as issued, a few light creases, rear (blank) cover lightly age-soiled else a remarkably well-preserved, crisp copy. M.I. 14. June 1941. '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.' Distribution: All Arms Scale C; OCTUs: Scale III. One of a series of five pamphlets outlining the structure and capacity of German Army units. This volume is particularly ironic in view of the loss of Crete to German airborne forces only one month before publication. Scarce, especially in this condition. (Book ref. 15152)
Imperial General Staff, 1942 8vo., First Edition; original printed wrappers, wire-stitched as issued, staples a little rusty as often else a good, clean copy. With the printed slip issued by Air Marshal Garrod and dated September 1942 affixed to front wrapper as intended. 26/GS Publications, 757 (Book ref. 5957)
HMSO, 1941 8vo., Sixth Edition, with 42 plates (2 folding) and numerous illustrations, diagrams and charts (a number full-page) in the text; original printed boards, cloth back lettered in black, covers lightly age-marked else a very good, bright, clean copy. With the separately printed errata slip to February 1941 facing title. Unusually well-preserved copy of the standard WWII edition. SO code 57-45-0-40. (Book ref. 18984)
HMSO, [for the General Staff, War Office], 1914 Sm. 8vo., with 33 plates on photographs and diagrams (a number folding); original red limp cloth, backstrip lettered in yellow, radial corners, a very good, clean copy. Well-preserved copy of the standard WWI edition. (Book ref. 14537)
HMSO, 1914 Sm. 8vo., inked names at front and rear, edges dust-soiled; original red cloth, sides with multiple frame border in blind, gilt back, radial corners, upper hinge starting (but binding sound) else a good, clean copy. With publisher's catalogue on red stock at front and rear. Very scarce. (Book ref. 20265)