Catalogue No. 159 “Hindenburg Line”
November 2018

Another selection of fresh stock in all our customary areas, but fittingly, in view of the 100th anniversary of the 1918 armistice, which takes place next weekend, the catalogue is very strong in our prime speciality – The Great War, 1914-1918. It includes some rare memorial volumes, various other memoirs and works of poetry and prose, as well as works of official history, regimental history and several rare unpublished typescript memoirs. I hope you will find something of interest. 

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

Three Chevrons.
Letters of a regular officer, 2nd Sussex, Western Front 1914-16 & 1917 as Bde. MG Officer, commander of an MG Coy., an infantry bn. & on the staff. The 'chevrons' of the title refer to the service chevrons worn on the right sleeve for each year of overseas service, blue for 1914-15 & red for each subsequent year. Orig. dec. cloth, VG & very scarce volume in the 'On Active Service' series. This copy with a superb presentation inscrip. to a brother officer: "S.D. Carson from H.F.B. in memory of the best Machine Gun Company in France & in recognition of much good work specially at Trones Wood July 1916. Aug. 1919." (Note Carson was Ed. at Glasgow Univ., commissioned in 7th [S] Bn. Royal Scots Fusiliers 15/1/1915 & appointed Lt. in the MGC [Infantry] 6/7/1916). See illustration on our website. 1919 £145
 

Goodbye to All That: An Autobiography.
Classic Western Front memoir of poet & infantry officer. 1st & 2nd Bns. RWF, Loos, Somme, &c. The rare original 1st edition, the text complete & unabridged, including the passage on p.290 regarding the odd behaviour of the mother of a brother officer, whose other son had been killed in action: this passage was deemed to be distasteful because she could have been identified, also a 'verse letter' on pps.341-343 ("it is the most terrible of his war poems" - "I'd timed my death in action to the minute...") that Siegfried Sassoon sent to the author in 1918, to the unauthorised publication of which its author objected. Orig. orange cloth, gilt, very nice copy of the true first edition in dw, price-clipped & sl. chipped at head of sp. o/w nice example. See illustrations on our website. 1929 £950
 

At G.H.Q.
Day-to-day account based on letters to his wife by Haig's intelligence chief throughout the war on the Western Front from 1914 onwards. Much interesting material & revealing gossip. Orig. maroon cloth, gilt, VG & scarce, especially so in the attractive dw. Very nice copy with armorial bookplate of Sir George Francis Blacker, noted obstreticion who served in the RAMC during the war & was twice mentioned in despatches. See illustration on our website. 1931 £145
 

This Band of Brothers: A History of the Reconnaissance Corps of the British Army.
Formation in 1941 & campaigns in Middle East, NW Europe & Burma. Rolls of Hon., awards. Original hardack edition & rare, especially in attractive dw. See illustration on our website. 1947 £145
 



A Frenchman in Khaki.
Interpreter with the BEF from Aug. 1914 to the end, notably at Gough's 5th Army HQ &c. DCM, MM & bar, Croix de Guerre. Uncommon & entertaining narrative with Churchill preface. Orig. mustard cloth, plain second issue binding, VG in rather scarce second issue dw - entirely different to that of the 1st Edition - with quotations from several reviews to the front flap. Price at foot of sp. with contemp. oversticker (6/- as opposed to the published 5/-). See illustration on our website. 1934 £90
 

Stonyhurst War Record: A Memorial of the Part Taken by Stonyhurst Men in the Great War.
Substantial & very scarce roll with very detailed obits. + portraits of 167 who fell & war services of all others. Orig. dec. apple green cloth, gilt, with heraldic onlay to front, exceptionally fine copy. See illustrations on our website. 1927 £165
 

Records of the "A" Signal Company, Formerly 1st Division Telegraph Battalion (Formerly "C" Troop) Royal Engineers.
An early, perhaps c.1950, photographic reproduction of an original unique ms. record maintained by the unit, & possibly the only copy reproduced in this form, bearing the ink stamp of the Royal Signals Institution to ffep: most certainly very rare. Contains reproduced ms. records from the conclusion of the SA War & the establishment of two Telegraph 'battalions', with roll of all commissioned officers who served between 1902-1914 (noting their onward postings). In January 1903 a detachment was sent on operations in Somaliland, as recorded in the ms. statement of services: "On the 2nd January a Section consisting of 2 officers - Captain H.B. Roberts and Lt. H.L. Mackworth DSO - and 58 NCOs & men left for Somaliland. . Older plain black cloth with printed paper title label to front board. See illustrations on our website. £250

 

The White Horse: A History of the Berkshire Yeomanry Vol. II (1921-1946).
Author, an officer with the unit at one time, compiled this detailed history c.1960. During WW2 the Berkshire Yeomanry was given the title 145 Berkshire Yeomanry Field Regt., RA. It remained in the UK until sent to India in Feb. 1945, participated in Operation Zipper - the unopposed but not entirely trouble-free invasion of Malaya - with 25th Indian Division, then in bloody post-war operations in Java (which earned them the General Service Medal with clasp "South-East Asia 1945-46") attached to the 5th Indian Division, where there was "open warfare with extremist guerillas who were terrorising the inhabitants... The so called Republic of Indonesia, with whom Allied Forces were endeavouring to co-operate, were in touch with the extremists but had little or no control over them... Our immediate aim was to restore order in Java... the military problem was beset with all manner of politicalk factors..." The regiment was in action at Sorabaja &c., and the author gives a very interesting & detailed account of these operations, with 2 supporting maps. Privately printed & rare. Orig. green rexine with gilt title & regimental device to front board. See illustration on our website. £145

Everyman at War: Sixty Personal Narratives of the War.
An excellent selection of first-hand accounts, being the best of some 300 pieces submitted to a competition run by "Everyman" magazine, mainly Western Front, also Gallipoli, Macedonia &c., & very largely otherwise unpublished. Orig. red cloth, gilt, superb copy in very sl. chipped but rare & attractive dw. Rare in any form, but especially in dw. See illustration on our website. 1930 £245
 

 

British Army of the Rhine Battlefield Tour. Operation Plunder, Operations of 12 British Corps Crossing the River Rhine, on 23, 24 and 25 March 1945.
RESTRICTED. The rare & desirable DS edition, containing 50 more pages than the Spectators' Edition: an invaluable, detailed account of the planning & execution of the Rhine Crossing, with various original Operation Orders &c. reproduced, plus Order of Battle. Excellent coloured fldg. maps. Just 150 copies of this rare edition were printed, as opposed to 550 of the Spectators' Edition. Orig. red cloth, gilt to front, somewhat shaken & worn but VG, with a contemp. ownership inscrip. of B.A.F. Angus - probably one of the DS - & several ink stamps of the Royal Scots regimental museum. See illustration on our website. 1948 £350
 

 

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