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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   567 Books
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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
Geoffrey Watkins Smith. 1st Ed., 219pp., 197x133mm, portrait frontis., 7 plates. Oxford: Printed for Private Circulation. 1917  #57832
[HLMainPic] Geoffrey Watkins Smith was born in 1881 at Beckenham, Kent. He was a Scholar at Winchester and New College, Oxford, taking a First and becoming a Fellow and Tutor at New College. A distinguished zoologist, he was commissioned in 13th (Service) Battalion, Rifle Brigade, in 1914 & commanded "A" Coy. in France until his death on the Somme on 10th July 1916 during the battalion's attack at Contalmaison. He was thirty-four years old and is buried in Pozieres Military Cemetery. This memorial contains around 60pp. letters in training & at the front; also biography, lists of scientific publications &c. Grey paper covd. boards with wheat cloth backstrip. Number 116 of 125 individually numbered copies printed, "Each copy is to be numbered & presented to a near relation or intimate friend & the name inscribed." This copy presented to G.F. Simonds, who also was at New College & served in the war at a Lt. with 2/4th Berkshire Regt. & MGC until invalided in August 1916. Minor wear, VG & rare. See illustration on our website.   £225
James Colin MacLehose 2nd Lieut., Rifle Brigade 1897-1917. 1st Ed., 39pp., 5 portraits, 2 other plates. Glasgow: Printed for Private Circulation at the University Press. 1918  #57831
[HLMainPic] MacLehose was elder son of J.C. Maclehose, publisher to Glasgow University, & his wife Mary. Ed. at Rugby 1911-16; from school he went to the 4th Cadet Bn. at Oxford, was commissioned in the Rifle Brigade in November & joined 16th (S) Bn. in France in Jan. 1917. He was KiA in a night raid east of Ypres on 14th Feb. - rather less than six weeks after arriving - his last words as he was wounded being "Carry on, men, carry on." He was leading a raiding party and had not even reached the German wire when mortally wounded. The raid failed, the wire being uncut by the artillery preparation. Brown cloth with leather sp. label, another version seen, bound in brown paper covd. boards with gilt title to sp. VG   £145
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
The Proceedings of The Hague Peace Conferences: Translation of the Official Texts. Prepared in the Division of International Law of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Under the Supervision of James Brown Scott, Director. The Conference of 1907: Vol. I, Plenary Meetings of the Conference; Vol. II, Meetings of the First Commission; Vol. III, Meetings of the Second, Third & Fourth Commissions [And:] The Conferences of 1899 & 1907: Index Volume. 1st Ed., 4 Vols. (including index Vol.), xxvii+703, lxxxi+1086, xci+1162 & viii+272pp. NY: Oxford Univ. Press. 192021  #56427
[HLMainPic] Monumental record of the discussions & decisions of the Hague Peace Conference of 1907, complete with detailed index volume (which also includes index for the 1899 Conference). Orig. maroon cloth, VG ex-reference lib. with just neat & minor markings. Rare set, especially with the Index. See illustration on our website.   £165
H.M.S. Spenser: With the Harwich Force in the War, 1917-1918. 1st Ed., orig. dec. wraps., 32pp., 31 photos. Printed for Private Circulation by the Criterion Press, Leicester. nd (c.1919).  #57584
[HLMainPic] Completed at Thorneycroft's yard at Woolston, 1st Dec. 1917, proceeded on sea trials then Tenth Destroyer Flotilla of the Harwich Force & on continuous operations throughout 1918. Includes roll of ship's complement by branches as at 1st Dec. 1918. Interesting letterpress description of the ship's services with equally interesting photos.. VG & rare. See illustration on our website.   £145
Field Notes on the Belgian, French & German Armies. Prepared by the General Staff, War Office. 1914. 1st Ed., orig. buff printed wraps., 68pp. Printed by Harrison & Sons for the War Office. August 1914  #51762
[HLMainPic] Guide to the organisation of formations, war establishments, uniforms, notes on marches, outposts & billets, &c. Very nice clean copy, VG. See illustration on our website.   £35
La Guerra. Volume Sesto, L'Aeronautica; Volume Settimo, L'Albania; Volume Ottavo, La Carnia; Volume Nono, Armi e Munizioni; Volume Decimo, La Macedonia. Vols. 6-10 of the series bound together: [320]pp., 4to., containing 541 photos. in all, as follows: Vol. VI, 118 photos., Vol. VII, 117 photos. + col. fldg. map; Vol VIII, 98 photos; Vol. IX, 125 photos; Vol. X, 83 photos. & col. map. Milano: Tip. Treves. 1916/1917.  #57535
[HLMainPic] From the publisher's series of fine photo. plates on war themes. Presented here are Aeronautica, containing many interesting photos. of aircraft, airmen & ancillary equipment; Albania, with a superb range of photos. on this front; Carnia ditto; Arms & Munitions, including fine images of munitions plants, forges, artillery pieces & other weapons; Macedonia, being a fine range of photos. of scenes on this front. Each part has a short intro. & an index of plates at end. Publisher's orig. cream leather with brown leather bands, leather lettering labels to sp., dec. silk endpapers, chipped & rubbed but overall sound. See illustrations on our website.   £85
Two Men: A Memoir. 1st Ed., viii+302pp., 2 portraits, 4 plates. Oxford: Univ. Press. 1919  #57834
[HLMainPic] A joint memoir of E.H.L. Southwell & M.G. White, both of whom were masters at Shrewsbury School, & close friends who referred to one another as "Man" and were collectively known as "The Men." Both were commissioned in the Rifle Brigade early in the War, both were killed on the Somme and both are commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial. Evelyn Herbert Lightfoot Southwell was Ed. at Eton & Magdalen College, Oxford. He was a distinguished "Wet Bob" (or oarsman) at Eton. He became an assistant master at Shrewsbury in 1910. He was gazetted to the Rifle Brigade in 1915 & posted to the 13th (Service) Battalion at Perham Down, then to the 15th (Reserve) Battalion. Posted to the 9th (Service) Battalion in France on 30th Sept. 1915 & KiA 15/9/1916 near Delville Wood. Malcolm Graham White was born in 1887, Ed. Birkenhead School & King's College, Cambridge. He was briefly an assistant master at Marlborough before moving to Shrewsbury in 1910. He was gazetted to the 6th (SR) Battalion, Rifle Brigade in 1915 and posted to the 1st Battalion in France in January 1916. He was killed in action in the battalion's attack near Serre on 1st July 1916, has no known grave, & is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial. Includes Southwell's letters written from Shrewsbury & the Front to various friends & family members, also diary extracts from France. The letters/diary give some impression of his experiences & refer to various friends on active service & several brother officers in his bn. Also extracts from White's diary kept on the Western Front. Fairly brief daily entries give some account of his experiences supplemented by extracts from his letters. Orig. paper covd. boards with paper label to front & black printed linen backstrip, VG. This copy includes a typed index of names of officers of the RB mentioned in the letters &c. See illustration on our website.   £90
The Times Documentary History of the War. Complete in 11 vols. (see note below), each in excess of 500pp., so around 5700pp. in all. The Times Pubg. Co. Ltd., Printing House Square. 1917-1920.  #57471
[HLMainPic] Collected documents "concerning the war in all its aspects, so arranged as to record the events of the great struggle... & the circumstances which led up to them, It consists of documents issued officially or recognised by the various belligerents, such as diplomatic correspondence, proclamations, ultimatums, military orders, reports, despatches, messages from monarchs to their peoples, etc., together with public statements by reposnsible Ministers & Correspondence in the Press of an authoritative character; the whole collated, classified, indexed, & where necessary cross-referenced & annotated." A most valuable compilation consisting of: Vol. I, Diplomatic, Part 1; Vol. II, Diplomatic, Part 2; Vol. III, Naval, Part 1; Vol. IV, Naval, Part 2; Vol. V, Military, Part 1; Vol. VI, Overseas, Part 1; Vol. VII, Naval, Part 3; Vol. VIII, Military, Part 2; Vol. IX, Diplomatic, Part 3; Vol. X, Overseas, Part 2; Vol. XI, Naval, Part 4. Good complete set, VG ex-reference lib., with minor markings, bound in orig. wheat cloth with leather sp. labels, little rubbed & worn, overall VG & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £225

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