Catalogue No. 158 “Oppy
September 2018

This catalogue contains a number of rarities in all the customary sections, including a number of scarce and desirable WW1 memoirs. The Manuscript & Ephemera Section, 1914-1918 (numbers 386-396) includes a number of smaller ‘personal’ archives of letters and/or pocket diaries, including – one way or another – some interesting individuals & unusual items.

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

In France & Flanders with the Fighting Men.

Several months as Padre at "one of the saddest hospitals in France, up at the Advanced Base" followed by attachments to the Gordon Highlanders on the Somme & Ancre & with the Black Watch in the Ypres Salient, &c. Near fine in VG dw & very scarce thus. See illustration on our website. 1917 £220

 

The Career of a Second Lieutenant in the Year 1914. In Memory of Second Lieut. Bevil Tollemache, First Battalion Coldstream Guards, Grandson of the First Lord Tollemache of Helmingham.

Bevil Douglas Tollemache was Ed. at Eton & on leaving in 1906 entered a business career, but was inclining towards political life when, in August 1914, he obtained a Special Reserve commission in the Coldstream. Went to France in November & was briefly invalided from the trenches with frost-bitten feet just weeks later. Returning to the 1st Bn., he was Killed in Action on 22nd December in an attack at Givenchy. Initially he was posted missing, his father interviewed several NCOs of the regiment who confirmed that he was left behind severely wounded during a retirement. His body was recovered in February 1915 but his place of burial was subsequently lost and he is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial. Contains notes on his life, his letters from the front, much on the attack in which he lost his life (including contributions by several members of his battalion and a detailed map of the action), letters of condolence, obituaries &c. Orig. white vellum, gilt to front and spine, near fine throughout, rare, & inscribed by a family member "Angela Tollemache." See illustrations on our website. 1915 £275

 

Mud & Khaki: The Memories of an Incomplete Soldier.

Excellent classic memoir with HAC Infantry in Flanders, Jan.-Oct. 1915: much action & incident around in the Ypres Salient at Kemmel, Sanctuary Wood, Hooge &c. Orig. red cloth, titled in black, VG in rather stained, chipped & worn, but rare & attractive dw. See illustration on our website. £145

 

A Diary of an Officer with the 4th Northumberland Fusiliers in France & Flanders from April 20th to May 24th, 1915.

Detailed & informative record of leaving Blyth, Northumberland, journey to Flanders & being pitched straight into 2nd Ypres on arrival: roll of officers reveals that of 30 'originals' fourteen were wounded during the first month in the line & several more were sick. Much interesting detail on the battalion during the second battle of Ypres with appealing coloured map showing bn. positions & operations during the battle. By "W.J.B.," but easily identified from the roll of officers. Capt. Wilfred Joseph Bunbury was KiA 15/4/17 & is buried in Wancourt Brit. Cemetery. Orig. maroon cloth, blocked in black to front panel, VG, rare & appealing contemporary account with author's note: "This Diary was originally written from letters sent home by me from the Front, & notes made by me while there, solely with the intention of keeping a correct account of the Battalion's doings during these few weeks for my own reference in future years. Having been requested to have a few copies printed for friends & brother officers, with whom I was brought into so much closer companionship, during this short but most interesting time, than ever before, I have decided to do so..." See illustration on our website. £275

 

The Defeat of Austria as Seen by the 7th Division: Being a Narrative of the Fortunes of the 7th Division from the time it left the Asiago Plateau in August 1918 till the Conclusion of the Armistice with Austria on November 4, 1918.

Final months of the campaign in Italy by the Senior Chaplain of the 7th Division: "...if Mr. Crosse had been a Staff College graduate he could not have done his work more carefully or with more knowledge..." - Falls. Includes casualty list for ops. during Oct.-Nov. 1918. Orig. white cloth, VG in worn but scarce dw. See illustration on our website. 1919 £75
 

 

No. 67175 Pte. E.J. Goddard, Royal Fusiliers attd. 2/2nd Bn. London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers): Killed in Action near Poelcappelle, 20th December 1917.

Small but emotive archive consisting of five letters from Eddie Goddard to his brother Ernie in Chiswick, London, together with two returned letters to him from Ernie, these having been received at his battalion after he was posted Missing, also a letter from his platoon commander describing the manner of his death: all items with original envelopes, the 'returned letters' with various notatioons & cachets, Missing, Present Location Uncertain, &c. Edward Goddard was posted to France in August 1917, joined his battalion (2/2nd Bn. London Regt. [Royal Fusiliers]) soon after & was listed as missing in action (later presumed Killed in Action) 20/12/1917: his platoon commander, 2nd Lt. J.A. Schofield, wrote "The reason your brother was reported 'missing - believed killed' was because no trace of him could be found - as mentioned by the C.O. In my own mind I have not the slightest doubt that he was killed, as he was standing or rather walking close to me, and the shell dropped only a yard or two away. I had a very narrow escape myself. At present it would be impossible to report him killed. We are now a long way South from when we then were; if he were reported killed higher authorities would ask why? Has his body been found & buried? Of course to that question we could give no answer. See illustration on our website. £95
 

 

A Short Diary of the 11th Service Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment. 1914-1919.

Appealing history of 2nd Hull Pals inc. training in UK, Egypt 1915-16 then Western Front from March 1916 inc. Somme, Arras, Vimy, Gavrelle, Lys &c. Rolls of awards, officers & senior NCOs. Many interesting privately taken snapshots inc. views inside dugouts &c. on Somme & elsewhere. Orig. red cloth, VG & very rare. See illustration on our website. 1921 £245
 

 

Gallipoli, Cape Helles, April, 1915. The Tragedy of "The Battle of the Beaches" Together with the proceedings of H.M.S. "Implacable." Including the Landings on X. & W. Beaches.

Then commander of Implacable describes his ship's role in 29th Div. landing at Cape Helles & the apparently disastrous change in orders to RN ships (which he ignored) to shell the "coastal ridges" instead of the beaches. VG & rare, presumed printed & circulated at the author's expense: this copy with tipped-in Errata leaf. See illustration on our website. 1936 £95
 

 

The Irish on the Somme.

36th (Ulster) & 16th (Irish) Divs.. also Tyneside Irish Brigade. Sequel to "With the Irish at the Front," of which 2pp. reviews are appended. Attractive orig. dec. wraps., sl. creased but VG. See illustration on our website. 1917 £75
 

 

 

The Life & Opinions of Maj.-Gen. Sir Charles Metcalfe MacGregor, KCB, CSI, CIE, QMG in India.

Indian Army 1856. Mutiny (Siege of Delhi, Siege & Capture of Lucknow, campaign in Oude), Fane's Horse in China 1860, Bhutan (Bde. Major, severely wounded), Abyssinia, 2nd Afghan War (Chief of Staff & Bde. commander), Mari expedition &c. Command of the Punjab Frontier Force 1885-87 (when he died). One of the most important & influential Indian Frontier figures of his era. Orig. red cloth, gilt to sps., black & gilt titles to front boards, both front & rear boards decoratively blindstamped, somewhat spotted & worn, overall VG & rare. See illustration on our website. 1888 £320
 

 

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