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Fine and Rare Books in the Heart of Britain's West Country
WWI. WILLIAMSON (H). BEAVER (P), ed.: The Wipers Times. A Complete Facsimile of the famous WWI Trench Newspaper, incorporating the 'New Church' Times, the Kemmel Times, the Somme Times, the BEF Times and the 'Better Times'. Introduction by Patrick Beaver. Foreword by Henry Williamson
Peter Davies, [1973] 4to., First Edition thus, with numerous illustrations and cartoons in the text, and endpaper maps; black cloth, gilt back, top lightly spotted, a very good, clean copy in unclipped d/w, the latter rubbed and frayed with minor loss at extremities. Matthews p.203. (Book ref. 18607) £38.00
LEWIS (C. [D]).: Sagittarius Rising. [First US Edition]
Harcourt Brace, New York NY, [1936] 8vo., First US Edition, neat contemporary inscription on front free endpaper, minor spillage mark along extreme top edge (noticeable only on front free endpaper); original black cloth, gilt back, uncut, a very good, bright, clean copy. Published simultaneously with the first edition. Nice copy of the finest personal air memoir of the Great War. Scarce. Enser, p.304. (Book ref. 17861) £48.00
Wavell (A.P), Col.: Campaigns and their Lessons. The Palestine Campaigns [of WWI]
Constable, 1928 8vo., First Edition, with 12 maps in the text and 4 large folding coloured maps at end, title faintly spotted; original red cloth, gilt back, covers mildly dust-soiled, hinges starting (but binding entirely sound) else a very good, firm copy. With small 'Public Service' stamp on title verso. Published in the series 'Campaigns and their Lessons'. The original edition is scarce. Enser, p.250. (Book ref. 17503) £40.00
Bittner (D) and and J. M. Coleby: Royal Marines Spies of WWI Era
Royal Marines Historical Society, [Southsea, 1993] Sm. 4to., with illustrations and maps in the text; original printed wrappers, a near fine copy. Royal Marines Historical Society Special Publications 23. (Book ref. 16621) £45.00
Barbusse (H): Le Feu. (Journal d'une Escouade). GREATEST FRENCH NOVEL OF WWI
Flammarion, Paris, 1916 8vo., First Edition, endpapers spotted, page margins browned as usual; contemporary cloth, gilt back, a few gatherings sprung, two or three leaves chipped at fore-edges (not affecting text) else a very good copy of a notoriously fragile work. With the index at end as is proper. First edition of the greatest French novel of the Great War and winner of the Prix Goncourt.'No war book in any language, with the exception of 'All Quiet on the Western Front', has had the sale of 'Le Feu' (Falls, 'War Books').'Under Fire' is the spirit of the infantry war in France, the letter and the spirit of reality' (Henry Williamson, referring to the title of the English edition).It was published simultaneously in three states: two private limited issues (33 copies on Japon and 165 copies in holland) and the trade edition as here. The fact that the trade edition was issued as a flimsy paperback means that it is scarcely ever found in really good condition. At least here it is complete and has been preserved in a [private] cloth binding of the period.Very scarce.Falls, p.263. (Book ref. 7789) £230.00