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A THIRD SELECTION FROM THE DAVID PRITCHARD COLLECTION “ON ACTIVE SERVICE”

MR JOHN LANE’S “ON ACTIVE SERVICE” SERIES WAS ONE OF THE EARLIEST ATTEMPTS BY A PUBLISHER TO PRESENT A WELL-ROUNDED, VERACITOUS & GENUINE RANGE OF WORKS COVERING THE EXPERIENCES OF SOLDIERS, SAILORS & AIRMEN – MALE & FEMALE – IN THE VARIOUS SERVICES & ON ALL THE MAIN FRONTS. IT REMAINS ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL ATTEMPTS & ALL THE WORLS IN THE SERIES HAVE CONSIDERABLE HISTORICAL VALUE. IT SEEMS CURIOUS THAT ALTHOUGH PUBLISHED AT AN ACCESSIBLE PRICE (BETWEEN 1919 & 1922) MANY OF THE VOLUMES ARE EXCEEDINGLY HARD TO OBTAIN. IT IS THOUGHT THAT AROUND TWENTY-EIGHT WORKS APPEARED IN ALL, & TESTIMONY TO THEIR SCARCITY IS BORNE OUT BY THE FACT THAT DAVID PRITCHARD ONLY TO HAVE ASSEMBLED AROUND TWO-THIRDS OF THEM. THEY WERE ISSUED IN DUSTJACKETS, BUT THESE SEEM PARTICULARY RARE. BELOW I PRESENT DAVID’S ASSEMBLAGE, HOPING THAT MY CUSTOMERS WILL APPRECIATE THEM & THE VALUE OF THEIR CONTENT.

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