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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   769 Books
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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
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
Letters of an English Boy, Being the Letters of Richard Byrd Levett, King's Royal Rifle Corps, who Died for England, at the Age of Nineteen, in the Great War. March 10, 1917. [Compiled by his Mother, Mrs. Maud Sophia Levett.] xii+194pp., 9 plates (including portraits and facsimile bookplate). Eton College: Spottiswoode, Ballantyne & Co. Ltd. 1917  #59557
[HLMainPic] Contains letters from St. Peter's Court Prep. School, Eton 1911-15, Sandhurst 1915-16, 6th (S) Bn. KRRC at Sheerness then 1st Bn. in France from Dec. 1916. He was appointed to command No. 8 Pl. in "B" Coy. Interesting observant letters recording his duties & surroundings inc. Anti-Gas School. He briefly commanded 2nd Divisional Coy., consisting of shoemakers, carpenters etc. but rejoined his platoon in time to take part in attack at Irles, 10/3/17: killed near Grevillers Trench by the British barrage, which the attack was following closely. Letters of condolence from brother officers, chaplain, servant &c. Orig. olive cloth, gilt title to spine & front, corners dec. with enamelled bands in the colours of Eton College and the KRRC, VG & rare with attractive short memorial pamphlet loosely inserted. See illustration on our website.   £165
Dan: A Memorial. 1st Ed., 283pp., 202x150mm, portrait frontis., 21 photos. & sketches. Printed for Private Circulation by R. & R. Clark Ltd., Edinburgh. 1918  #58579
[HLMainPic] Daniel Edward Bradby, born at Rugby in 1896, the son of a Rugby School housemaster (H.C. Bradby, compiler of the volume) & educated there, was commissioned in the Rifle Brigade in 1914 & joined the 9th (S) Bn. in France in Dec. 1915; became O.C. "B" Coy. in September 1916 (after the Battle of Flers-Courcelette) & wasKiA near the Harp Redoubt during the Battle of Arras on 9th May 1917. He was twenty years old & is buried in Tilloy British Cemetery. Contains around 175pp. letters from the front, also lengthy extracts from various letters of condolence etc. Interestingly contains a (fairly indistinct) photograph of Bradby and another officer near the Harp Redoubt taken on the day of his death. In his final letter to his Mother, written on 8th April 1917 and left with a colleague ("I am giving this letter to some one or other who is staying behind to post if I get knocked out, so I hope you will never read it!") he wrote: "If I am killed you will at any rate know that I died trying to do my duty, and thinking always of you at home who I love so dearly." Orig. grey paper covered boards with wheat cloth backstrip & paper sp. label, this sl. chipped o/w VG & rare. See illustration on our website.   £245
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
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
The Letters of Major Henry Bentinck, Coldstream Guards. 1st Ed., vi+138pp., portrait frontis., 3 plates. Robert Scott. 1919  #58554
[HLMainPic] Henry Duncan Bentinck was ed. at Harrow & Trinity College, Cambridge. Commissioned Coldstream Guards in 1903, served in Egypt/Sudan 1903-1911 & 1913-1915 (with XII Sudanese). He joined the 2nd Coldstream in France in April 1915 & Died of Wounds on 2/10/1916, of wounds received on the Somme. Contains a memoir & his letters including those from France April 1915-Sept. 1916. Of interest for life in trenches, Guards characters, &c. Orig. red cloth, VG & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £95
Ypres 1914: An Official Account Published by Order of the German General Staff. Translated by G.C.W[ynne]. 1st Eng. Ed., xxiv+136pp., 7 sketch maps. Constable. 1919  #58512
[HLMainPic] Translation of the German official account of 1st Ypres. Intro. & notes by the Historical Section (Military Branch), Committee of Imperial Defence. Orig. blue cloth, VG. See illustration on our website.   £50
The Despatches of Sir John French. I. Mons. II. The Marne. III. The Aisne. IV. Flanders. 1st Ed., [ix]+160pp., fldg. map. Chapman & Hall. 1914  #58203
[HLMainPic] Texts of the 1914 Despatches, with roll of those Mentioned in Despatches, by regiments. Orig. red cloth, gilt, sp. sunned o/w VG. See illustration on our website.   £25
St. Andrew by the Wardrobe, Queen Victoria St., E.C., Fourth Memorial Service For Those members of The House of Cook, Son & Co. Who Have Laid Down Their Lives for Their Country. Friday, 15th November, 1918. Memorial service programme inc. roll of 148 employees who had fallen up to 4th Nov. 1918. Attractive survival. See illustration on our website.  #51833
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