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The Valiant Heart by George Blake Collins 1940. Novel. Scotland & the Western Front below Knopf 1940

Edmund Blunden Sidgwick 1920,  the rest Cobden - Sanderson. 1928 1st, 1930 revised ed, 1930 3rd ed. (from Nick Fletcher). It was while scanning these Blundens in that I started to doubt the wisdom of this whole undertaking - they are so dull! It was only with the revised edition that his publishers made any concession to the times they were in.

These are just a few of my many identical Blunden’s. The Bonadventure is about his Atlantic crossing and nothing to do with the war, but it’s inscribed by Blunden to Edward Marsh so I thought I’d slip it in anyway.

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The Path of Glory by George Blake Constable 1929 & Harper Bros 1929 (from Nick Fletcher). Novel. Two Scotsmen at Gallipoli

 

The Advance from Mons by Walter Bloem Davies 1930 from the Soldiers Tales series

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Hodder 1914 (by Mary Frances Billington). An early look at the nursing services from a prominent suffragette.

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Dawn by Reginald Berkeley Collins 1928 & Sears 1928. Novelised by Berkeley from his play & film script. The life of Edith Cavell played in the silent film by Sybil Thorndike (from Between the Covers)

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Clancy by William Bird Graphic. Ottawa 1930. Humorous stories of Private Clancy at the Front

The Royal Flying Corps in the War by W T Blake  Cassell 1918. Jacket by G. H. Davis.Major Blake’s experiences over the Western Front & the Middle East 1915-1917.

 

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Winged Warfare by W A Bishop Hodder 1918 above & Doran 1918 below. Flying memoir with RFC 21st, 60th & 85th Sq.. (both from David & Helen Pritchard)

The Roll-Call of Serving Women by Mary Francis Billington RTS 1915. Another from the suffragette author & a fine account.

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For the Fallen by Laurence Binyon Hodder & Stoughton 1917. 3 poems taken from ‘The Winnowing Fan’ with several atmospheric illustrations which are sadly uncredited. A damaged but scarce survivor.

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With our Army in Palestine by Antony Bluett Melrose 1919. With ‘A’ Battery, HAC & the Egyptian Camel Transport Corps. A vivid account.

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The Victory of Lorraine by Adrien Bertrand Nelson 1918. The author describes the build up to the Battle of the Marne where he was wounded and subsequently died (from John Marrin)

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An Aviator’s Field Book Deutschland(later Military Pub) 1917 (from David & Helen Pritchard)

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The Outbreak of War by E F Benson Peter Davies 1933. His diary of events leading up to the War

(from Roger Joye)

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Kilts across the Jordan by Bernard Blaser Witherby 1926. With the London Scottish in Palestine (from the Vergette-Whitehorn collection)

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The Secret of the Marne by Marcel Berger Putnam 1918 Novel about a French Sergeant at the Battle of the Marne (from Babylon Revisited)

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Knight of Germany by Oswald Boelcke Hamilton 1933. A memoir of the German air ace (from David & Helen Pritchard)

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Allen & Unwin 1927 Jacket by Paul Nash. Novel. (Despite being listed by Edmund Blunden in his checklist of War novels I can find no mention of the War in this book).

The Laurels are Cut Down by Archie Binns Raynal & Hitchcock 1937 2 brothers on the Russian Front

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Harper Bros. 1930 The effects of the War on a Cockney clerk & his family (from JRF).

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Robert Scott 1919. Memorial volume. 2nd Coldstream Guards. Killed on the Somme in 1916.

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Harold Shaylor 1931. Adjutant to the 10th Batt. KRRC, 20th Div. After the War he was Military Attache at the British Embassy in Paris during the Peace Conference. His meeting with T E Lawrence led to his spending the next 7 years in the Sahara.  

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Sampson, Low 1931. Director of Medical Services 23rd Division. (from John Etheridge)

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Cornish Brothers 1932. Major Bill’s history of the 2nd Birminghams (from David & Helen Pritchard)

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Allen & Unwin 1929. Jacket by Eric Ravilious. Tale of a cockney clerk in the War & its effect on his family.

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John Lane 1918. An American girls experiences as the Germans marched through Belgium (from John Bale Book Co.)

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Bruce 1929 2nd imp. A US Chaplain with the Motor Transport Reconstruction Park (from Nick Fletcher)

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Bodley Head 1920 from the ‘On Active Service Series’. An officer in the Worcestershire’s describes his tine in Mesopotamia including the relief of Kut.

Retreat by C R Benstead UK & US editions. Methuen 1930 & Century 1930 (from Babylon Revisited) Novel of a rather weak-willed Padre at the front.

Below Century 2nd printing in G & D jacket (from Nick Fletcher)

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Commander Lawless V C Hodder 1916 Stirring Naval Stories

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Unwin 1935. Bloch was the Director of the Musee de la Grande Guerre.

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Hurst & Blackett 1934. Biard was a pioneer flyer & Schneider Trophy winner. Only some 30 page concern the War.

I Met a Man by Michael Blankfort Bobbs-Merrill 1937 Spy novel set behind German lines. A powerful & suspenseful book.

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Cassell 1918. 28 real life short stories of pilots & observers during the War (from David & Helen Pritchard)

Blackwood 1934. POW memoir from a Colonel in the KOYLI.

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Bodley Head 1915. Published in both soft & hard covers. Image by Helen McKie.

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Hodder 1932. At the Front with the Ass. Chaplain General of the First Army & a biography of him written by his sister (Priv. Printed 1955)

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Hodder 1918. The second volume of poetry by the pilot who flew night bombing missions in France.

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Erskine Macdonald Feb 1918 2nd imp. (f.p.Nov. 1917) in wrappers.

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Bodley Head 1919 Letters from an officer in a Machine Gun Company. From the ‘On Active Service’ series (from David & Helen Pritchard).

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Hutchinson 1917. A, presumed, officers account of the Mesopotamian campaign. Superbly illustrated.

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Cassell 1932 & Garden City N.Y. 1932 (rpt.). A Polish officer in the Russian army during the upheavals of 1917.

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Cecil Palmer 1926. The problems of supply during the War from the Controller of Fats & Oils.

Medal without Bar by Richard Blaker Hodder 1930 with the RFA on the Western Front & Egypt

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Ward, Lock 1941. Birdwood commanded an ANZAC corps at Gallipoli & the 5th Army from the spring of 1918.

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Cape 1923 & Hodder 1925. Two further novels by Blaker each containing references to the War to a greater or lesser extent. Neither sold well.

(both from Babylon Revisited).

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Elkin Matthews 1914 (also published in wrappers) includes ‘For the Fallen’ (from Peter Harrington)

A Fatalist at War by Rudolph Binding Allen & Unwin 1929. Diaries of the German Poet & Novelist from 1914 to ADC on the staff in 1916.

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Priv.pr. G.A.Blunden 1930 Limited to 275 copies. Wrappers.

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Legion of Marching Madmen by W J Blackledge Sampson Low 1936. First-hand account by a ranker of the ill-fated Tigris Expedition in Mesopotamia under General Townshend. Jacket by Warren.

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Peninsula of Death by W J Blackledge Sampson Low 1936. An Australian account of the Gallipoli campaign

(from Paul)

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Cobden-Sanderson & Knopf 1922

(from OJ-Books & Booked Up Inc.

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Falklands, Jutland & the Bight by Barry Bingham John Murray 1919. 2nd imp. Won the VC at Jutland

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Collins 1957. A useful later anthology containing many War poems (this copy inscribed).

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The Communication Trench by Will Bird Priv. Pr. 1933. Stories from the front. The author served with the 42nd Batt., Black Watch of Canada at Vimy.

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Heinemann 1936 Jacket by Youngman Carter. Novel with much War content.

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Harper 1928 Novel. Students get swept up in the War.

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Hodder re-issue (late 30’s?)