A Fourth Hundred Great Books on The Great War from the Collection of David Pritchard

This is the fourth and final dedicated catalogue of works from the collection of our sadly departed friend and fellow collector, David Pritchard. 
As before, the selection testifies to David’s wide range of interests and his ability to seek out exceptional condition or particularly interesting copies. Every book from the collection will have a loosely inserted slip in order to commemorate its provenance. 

Almost all our books, including the ones in this catalogue, are illustrated on our website:  

Impressions & Recollections.
Crozier joined Thorneycroft's MI in 1900, comm. Manchester Regt. then att. WAFF in Nigeria. Appointed 2 i/c 9th Royal Irish Rifles in 1914, CO on 1st Jan. 1916 & commanded them until promoted to command 119th Brigade the following September. His revealing autobiography is full of interest & is his scarcest work. Orig. blue cloth, titled in yellow to front & sp., exceptional copy in near fine dw & exceptionally scarce thus. See illustration on our website. 1930 £245

From an Abbeville Window (1918-19).
Authoress was attached to the branch of the YMCA which received in the war zone the relatives of those lying dangerously sick or wounded in hospital, a classic of work in the rear areas. Orig. paper covd. boards with wheat cloth backstrip, near fine in sl. chipped but rare & attractive dw, inscribed "With the author's very best wishes." See illustrations on our website. 1922 £245

The Path of Glory.
Rare novel of the Gallipoli campaign acclaimed by J.B. Priestley as "The most convincing picture of trench life on the Peninsula that we have had so far in fiction" & billed by the publisher as "the Great Scots War Novel." In it are chronicled the experiences of an Islander from enlistment in a highlander regiment to service at the Dardanelles &c. George Blake, a highly successful author & journalist, served with the 5th Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders at Gallipoli & was wounded, & this work is based on his experiences. Orig. orange cloth, ruled & titled in black to front & sp., near fine in neatly repaired & VG dw. See illustrations on our website. 1929 £245

The Winding Road Unfolds.
Rare personal account of an under-age soldier in the Liverpool Regiment which comes close to classic status, & probably would be so considered were it more well-known. Hope, having already served for a year at home with the Royal Engineers, joined his bn. near Ypres on 20th July 1917 & served as a signaller, working on lines &c., until wounded near Gauche Wood during the Cambrai retreat at the beginning of December. Many experiences of action, training, life in billets &c. are skilfully recounted here. Orig. brown cloth, gilt, VG in very rare & attractive dw, this rubbed/chipped at edges but neatly renovated. Sleeve notes explain that "This book has been expanded by the author from the actual diary that he kept as a young Scots private in the Ypres Salient in 1917. The brief entries that are printed in italics at the beginnings of the chapters are quite authentic... From time to time, in periods of rest, in reserve billets & in hospitals, he wrote up these notes into a connected story of his experiences... a dwindling band of comrades share the life of the trenches... The journal covers only six months. It ends as it began with the sight of a long road unrolling from the open end of a moving car; first a lorry & last an ambulance." The rear flap includes a portrait of the author in uniform. Inscribed on title page: "Thos. S. Hope." A very nice example, accompanied by a VG 1st Ed. of the 1965 Tandem paperback which bears quotations from the text & press reviews of the original edition to the back, such as..." See illustrations on our website. 1937 £350


My War Experiences.
War memoirs of Crown Prince Wilhelm, German army commander, with much on the 1914 campaign, Verdun 1916 &c. The jacket blurb (front) explains that: "throughout the War [he], held very important commands on the Western Front. In the battle of the Marne his 5th Army formed the hinge of the great German enveloping movement. The Battle of Verdun was fought exclusively by the Crown Prince's Army; the author states his objections to von Falkenhayn's persistence in attempting to capture the town. It was on the Crown Prince's Army Group that the weight of Nivelle's onslaught fell in 1917. He was also the victim of Marshal Foch's masterly counterstroke in July, 1918..." Orig. green cloth, titled in black (second issue binding), VG in sl. chipped but rare dw: very nice copy. See illustrations on our website. £225

With the Scottish Troops in France: Stories of The Gordons, Seaforths, Guards, Royal Field Artillery, Royal Engineers Etc.
A most interesting & varied selection of pieces by Alexander Catto, the Aberdeen Journal's Special Correspondent at the Front, reproducing numerous atmospheric & interesting episodes relating to Scottish regiments in France from 1915-18, both in & out of action. Attractive, rare, & of great interest. See illustrations on our website. 1918 £245

The Story of the 60th (London) Divisional Cyclist Company including The History of the XVIII Corps Cyclist Battalion.
A fine record of training & active service on the Western Front inc. Passchendaele (where they perpetrated a Chinese attack with cut-out figures controlled by wires) &c. Appealing & rare history, especially in the attractive dw. Includes a number of interesting photos. & sketches. See illustrations on our website. £250


RFC pilot's experiences after a forced landing in the German lines in Belgium; he evaded capture & regained allied lines after thirteen weeks. Orig. black cloth, titled in white ink (usually faded but fine on this copy) & rare in dw illustrated with the author's identity bracelet to front. VG & very scarce, especially in dw. See illustrations on our website. 1930 £165

Fragments from France.
Superb selection of his famous 'Old Bill' cartoons and sketches, finely printed on art paper throughour, together with a biographical Foreword (by the Editor of the 'Bystander') & portrait of the cartoonist. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, with col. pictorial onlay to front, fine in VG & attractive dw. Scarce thus. See illustrations on our website. 1917 £120


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