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    A Dictionary of The Battle of Britain by SIMPSON, Geoff
    SIMPSON, Geoff
    A Dictionary of The Battle of Britain

    Wellington: Halsgrove, 2009. First Edition copy of this very limited signed book (exact limitation is unknown). With the signatures of the author and ten surviving pilots who flew in The Battle of Britain. This book was originally created to raise funds for 'The Battle of Britain Memorial Trust'. Hardback.
    160 pp. 310 x 220mm (12¼ x 8¾ inches).

    'The Few' were 2,353 young men from Great Britain and 574 from overseas (pilots and other aircrew) who were officially recognised as having taken part in The Battle of Britain. 544 lost their lives during the battle.

    Condition: In a very good unclipped dust jacket; internally in an as new condition.

    Book ID: 2293
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  • Angst by CHEVALLIER, Gabriel.
    CHEVALLIER, Gabriel.
    Angst Vertaling van M. W. Vos

    Edition: First Thus

    N.V. De Arbeiderspers: Amsterdam: 1937. First Edition Thus (Dutch translation). Softback with paper wraps showing a period illustration of No Man's Land by Mohr. This work, first published in 1930 under the original title La Peur shows strong autobiographical elements. It tells the story of a young man, who inspired by the euphoric mood of France in 1914, signed up to fight. Chevallier wrote about trench warfare with an honest, open, but also bitter undertone. It is appropriate that the work was published by Arbeiderspers - the Dutch Socialist publisher. This copy was from the archives of the publisher, and bears a stamp to this effect on the half title page. In later editions, the work was entitled 'Heldenangst' - 'Heroic Fear' 22cm x 16cm. 284pp.

    Condition: The paper wrappers are a little nicked to the edges, and there is creasing to the paper on the spine. Internally, the book is clean and tidy throughout. Many pages are uncut.

    Book ID: 1966
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  • British Naval Biography by [ANON]
    [ANON]
    British Naval Biography Comprising the Lives of the Most Distinguished Admirals, from Howard to Codrington: With an outline of the Naval History of England, from the Earliest Period to the Present Time.

    London: Scott, Webster and Geary, 1840. Second Edition. Attractive full leather binding with blind stamped boards and gilt decoration. All edges gilt. Frontis engraving of Admiral Codrington. Engraved title page with a vignette of the Battle of the Nile by Davenport. Second title. X, 665 pp. - 135 by 850mm (5¼ by 33½ inches).

    Condition: There is a touch of rubbing to the edges of the binding, and a touch of darkening to the page edges. Otherwise in excellent condition.

    Book ID: 2256
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  • Cold Steel: A Practical Treatise on the Sabre by HUTTON, Alfred
    HUTTON, Alfred
    Cold Steel: A Practical Treatise on the Sabre Based on the Old English Backsword Play of the Eighteenth Century Combined with the Method of the Modern Italian School also Various Other Weapons of the Present Day.

    London: William Clowes and Sons Limited, 1889. First edition. Original burgundy boards with titles and decoration of a sabre to the front board. Alfred Hutton FSA (10 March 1839 – 18 December 1910) was a Victorian officer of the King's Dragoon Guards, writer, antiquarian and swordsman. He originated the first English revival of historical fencing, and after retiring from the army, went on to teach stage fencing.

    Condition: Slight fading to the spine. chipping to the top edge. The front and rear hinges are loose to the boards, and the end papers cracking. Still holding though. Internally in very good condition with a touch of darkening only.

    Book ID: 2172
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  • Dictionnaire Historique des Sièges et des Batailles mémorables de l'histoire ancienne ou Anecdotes Militaires de tous les peuples du monde by LA CROIX. Jean-François de
    LA CROIX. Jean-François de
    Dictionnaire Historique des Sièges et des Batailles mémorables de l'histoire ancienne ou Anecdotes Militaires de tous les peuples du monde 3 volumes. Complete.

    Paris: Chez Vincent, 1771. Three volumes. 1st Edition. Contemporary full leather. 6 raised bands to spines with gilt detail and burgundy labels. Marbled end papers. Plan of the Battle of Fontenoy in volume 2. The Table Alphabetique is to the end of volume 1.
    175 by 110mm (7 by 4¼ inches).
    xxxii, 670, [2]., 702., 352. pp. Very interesting dictionary, its purpose being to list all the great battles of ancient and modern history; there are even several entrances to America (Quebec, Louisbourg, Rio, Cartagena de Indias). In addition, the notes are quite remarkably written, and are not mere definitions: "Similar to those destructive torrents that overthrow everything that stands in the way of their impetuous course, the disciples of Muhammad carried desolation and death to the provinces of the Roman Empire."

    Condition: Overall in excellent condition, with a touch of rubbing / creasing to the spines only. Slight bowing to the board of volume 1. Volume 3 has a ring (from glass) to front board. Internally clean and tidy. Sporadic but light foxing / darkening to pages.

    Book ID: 2376
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  • England's Battles By Sea And Land by WILLIAMS,
    WILLIAMS,
    England's Battles By Sea And Land A complete record of the Naval and Military Conflicts of the British Nation with their Labours, Triumphs, and Disasters.

    London, New York and Melbourne: Ward, Lock, and Co, 1888. First Edition. Two volumes. Red half leather with cloth boards; gilt stamped title to leather spine label. Boards are rubbed and worn to corners and somewhat split at spine on both volumes. Presentation bookplate to front of each volume dated 1895 from The Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty. With a frontispiece in each volume and several b/w illustrations throughout. Inside the books are in a good condition with virtually no foxing. iv, 704, 698 pp. 255 x 180 mm (10 x 7 inches).

    Book ID: 3220
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  • Etudes de Boches - 16 aquarelles de Louveau-Rouveyre. by LOUVEAU-EOUVEYRE, Marcel Eugene
    LOUVEAU-EOUVEYRE, Marcel Eugene
    Etudes de Boches - 16 aquarelles de Louveau-Rouveyre. Verdun and the Somme 1916

    France: 1916. An album of original sketches by Marcel Eurgene Louveau-Rouveyre (1881-1956). Comprising seven watercolour sketches and nine graphite drawings, all signed and all but one dated. Mainly captioned "Prisonnier Allemand" [German prisoner], "Malades allemands" [Wounded Germans], "au travail" [at work] or similar. The images, on various different papers, are all tipped into a note book, with brown card wraps, titled to the front in red and black crayon. It seems likely that the images were made in the rear of the front line trenches, where wounded soldiers were treated, prisoners processed etc. Louveau-Rouveyre was a French painter, etcher, copperplate engraver and watercolourist. He was active in Paris, and studied under Jean Benjamin Constant, Leon Bonnat and Jean Paul Laurens.…

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    France: 1916. An album of original sketches by Marcel Eurgene Louveau-Rouveyre (1881-1956). Comprising seven watercolour sketches and nine graphite drawings, all signed and all but one dated. Mainly captioned "Prisonnier Allemand" [German prisoner], "Malades allemands" [Wounded Germans], "au travail" [at work] or similar. The images, on various different papers, are all tipped into a note book, with brown card wraps, titled to the front in red and black crayon. It seems likely that the images were made in the rear of the front line trenches, where wounded soldiers were treated, prisoners processed etc. Louveau-Rouveyre was a French painter, etcher, copperplate engraver and watercolourist. He was active in Paris, and studied under Jean Benjamin Constant, Leon Bonnat and Jean Paul Laurens. The paper covers are somewhat chipped to the corners, and the front spine edge has been repaired with archival tape. Inside, the watercolours and sketches are in very good condition, with slight markings to the album pages and where affixed etc. 315 x 245 mm (12½ x 9¾ inches).

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    Book ID: 3199
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  • General Hall, Colonel of the Third Regiment of Foot by The Editors
    The Editors
    General Hall, Colonel of the Third Regiment of Foot Hand coloured engraving

    London: Military Magazine, 1799. A hand coloured engraving of General Hall. One of a series of engravings produced by the editors and proprietors of Military Magazine. The dedication is to General Hall (The Colonel in Chief of the Regiment). Laid paper, very strong colouring. In an off white mount, with decorative lines. Now in a protective cellophane sleeve. Engraving is 91/2" x 6 1/2" Mount is 151/2" x 121/2"

    Condition: The mount is a little darkened, but clean and tidy. The illustration has good, strong colouring. There are a couple of minor marks to the engraving, but none significant. Overall a very nice example.

    Book ID: 1664
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  • Histoire de La Cavalerie Belge, by CRUYPLANTS, Capitaine E.
    CRUYPLANTS, Capitaine E.
    Histoire de La Cavalerie Belge, au service de l'Autriche, de la France, des Pays-Bas et pendant les premières années de Notre Nationalité

    Bruxelles: Spineux & Cie, 1883. Second edition. Originally a softback, recently rebound as a hardback, with the original covers laid onto the front and rear boards. matching titles to the spine. Beautifully illustrated with six full colour chromolithographs about the Belgian Cavalleria, its history, its creation, its participation in the most important political and military events in the country, its service to different countries such as Austria, France, etc. its groups, the most important Belgian gentlemen, their decorations etc. Binding is new, internally, mainly in very good condition, with a few minor creases and a touch of edge wear. The last two leaves have very small tape repairs to the top edge. Discrete ownership stamp for Col. Henri-Jaspar and…

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    Bruxelles: Spineux & Cie, 1883. Second edition. Originally a softback, recently rebound as a hardback, with the original covers laid onto the front and rear boards. matching titles to the spine. Beautifully illustrated with six full colour chromolithographs about the Belgian Cavalleria, its history, its creation, its participation in the most important political and military events in the country, its service to different countries such as Austria, France, etc. its groups, the most important Belgian gentlemen, their decorations etc. Binding is new, internally, mainly in very good condition, with a few minor creases and a touch of edge wear. The last two leaves have very small tape repairs to the top edge. Discrete ownership stamp for Col. Henri-Jaspar and separate ex libris to the front end paper. xii, 424 pp. 265 x 175 mm (10½ x 7 inches).

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    Book ID: 3141
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  • It Was Wartime Then by GORDON-DUFF, John
    GORDON-DUFF, John
    It Was Wartime Then

    Salisbury: Michael Russell (Publishing) Ltd, 1986. Memoir. Owners bookplate to the front end paper, signed by the author on the title page, some fading to the spine, illustrated with b/w photographs throughout. 111. pp
    220 by 140mm (8¾ by 5½ inches).

    Condition: Very good

    Book ID: 2039
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  • La France Maritime by GREHAN, Amedee
    GREHAN, Amedee
    La France Maritime

    Paris: Chez Postel, 1838. Mixed Edition. Text in French. Half leather, with gilt illustrations to the spine of each. Each of the volumes has both a title page and an engraved title.
    Vol 1 is a second edition, the remaining volumes are first edition. Vol 1. (1838) 58 plates, as called for. Vol 2.(1837) 46 plates, as called for. Vol 3. (1837) 46, Does not conform to table (but nor does any other online listing or library holding) Vol 4. (1842) 51 plates. Table states 52 required. ALL online copies have differing numbers of plates to their collation. Our set has more plates than any other listing. A total of 201 plates, including a hand coloured plate of flags.
    ii, 1-408, ii, 1-408, ii, 1-408, 1-412 pp.
    275 by 195mm (10¾ by 7¾ inches).

    Condition: One gather is detached but present. The bindings each have bumping to the edges, but overall are in attractive, sound condition. Internally clean and tidy, with some foxing, quite heavy in parts.

    Book ID: 2274
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  • Le 1er Mystérieux. by REYBAZ, G.-Jean
    REYBAZ, G.-Jean
    Le 1er Mystérieux. Souvenirs de Guerre d'un légionnaire Suisse.

    Paris: André Barry, 1932. First edition. Original soft covers now nicely bound within smart three quarter black morocco with mottled boards. Gilt titles to spine and ribbon bookmark. Copy # 3193 of 5300, printed on Alfa Fort. Illustrations by Hautot. 153 pages. 240 x 190 mm (9½ x 7½ inches).

    Condition: In an excellent condition.

    Book ID: 2899
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  • A scarce and very early warning of the danger for Jews in Nazi Germany
    Le IIIe Reich et les Juifs by Comite pour la Defense des Droits des Juifs
    Comite pour la Defense des Droits des Juifs
    Le IIIe Reich et les Juifs Essai d'une Documentation

    Anvers: Comite pour la Defense des Droits des Juifs, 1933. Original paper covers, covered in protective glassine. This very early documentary account, records the initial actions of Nazi Germany against the Jews (in the same year that they took power). The book also contains comments and supporting documents from around the world, and accounts of Jews in academia etc. There are estimates of the number of Jews in important German towns, and numbers involved in mixed marriages. 238 pages.
    205 by 135mm (8 by 5¼ inches). "The fate of the Germans Jews is indissolubly connected to the humanity of civilisation" (avant-propos).

    Condition: Very good clean condition inside and out.

    Book ID: 2270
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  • Les carnets de René Mouchotte (1940-1945); by DEZARROIS, André
    DEZARROIS, André
    Les carnets de René Mouchotte (1940-1945); commandant de Groupe de chasse dans la Royal Air Force, commandant du Groupe Alsace

    Paris: Flammarion, 1949. First edition trade softback. White soft covers, but presented in a lovely dust wrapper, showing a joystick and a burning German plane. Clean and tidy soft covers. The book is clean, but somewhat darkened to the cheap post-war paper. A few pages of black and white photographs. Text in French. 260 pages. 210 x 150 mm (8¼ x 6 inches).

    Book ID: 3144
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  • Mémoires relatifs à l'expédition anglaise partie du Bengale en 1800 pour aller combattre en Égypte l'armée d'Orient. by Noé, (Louis Pantaléon A.) de
    Noé, (Louis Pantaléon A.) de
    Mémoires relatifs à l'expédition anglaise partie du Bengale en 1800 pour aller combattre en Égypte l'armée d'Orient.

    Paris: Imprimerie Royale, 1826. First edition. With two folding lithographed maps hand-coloured in outline and 19 hand-coloured lithographed plates. Complete. Marbled boards, with decorated leather spine. Clean and tidy covers, with minimal handling. Internally clean and tidy throughout, with a touch of darkening to the pages. The rear folding map has a 10 cm repaired closed tear (with archival tape). Colouring to maps and lithographs is clean and bright. Bookplate of contemporary owner to the inside board. Comte de Noé (1777-1858) was one of the French nobility who were able to escape to England during the Revolution and joined the English Army for service in India. These forces in India were then sent to Egypt to serve against Napoleon…

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    Paris: Imprimerie Royale, 1826. First edition. With two folding lithographed maps hand-coloured in outline and 19 hand-coloured lithographed plates. Complete. Marbled boards, with decorated leather spine. Clean and tidy covers, with minimal handling. Internally clean and tidy throughout, with a touch of darkening to the pages. The rear folding map has a 10 cm repaired closed tear (with archival tape). Colouring to maps and lithographs is clean and bright. Bookplate of contemporary owner to the inside board. Comte de Noé (1777-1858) was one of the French nobility who were able to escape to England during the Revolution and joined the English Army for service in India. These forces in India were then sent to Egypt to serve against Napoleon at the time of the Battle of the Nile. At the island of Socotra they joined up with a companion expedition from the Cape of Good Hope (cf Abbey). Fine illustrations depict military uniforms and costumes from India, Ceylon, Egypt and Turkey. A large folding map shows Egypt. Abbey, Travel 350 - Lipperheide 1584 - Gay 2168. iv, 1-288, [iv]. pp 215 x 130 mm (8½ x 5 inches).

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    Book ID: 3200
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  • A complete set (including the supplementary volumes) of this classic memoir of Napoleon
    Mémorial de Sainte-Hélène ou Journal, avec Suite au Mémorial de Sainte-Hélène by LAS CASES, Comte de
    LAS CASES, Comte de
    Mémorial de Sainte-Hélène ou Journal, avec Suite au Mémorial de Sainte-Hélène

    Paris: H. Remy, 1821. 8 volumes of the Mémorial de Sainte-Hélène and 2 volumes of the Suite au Mémorial de Sainte-Hélène. Complete. First Thus - H. Remy of Bruxelles edition. The ten volumes are in uniform red cloth, with blind stamped design to the boards and gilt decoration and titles to the spine. Unfortunately the final volume (V2. of the suite) has lost its spine. Each volume is 17cm x 10 cm. Generally, there is some cracking to the hinges, a little nicking to the head and tail of the spine. Moderate foxing to each volume. There are a few other flaws, itemised in the collation below. (1). Memorial Tome premier. 1822. Frontis engraving: floor plan of Longwood. 350…

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    Paris: H. Remy, 1821. 8 volumes of the Mémorial de Sainte-Hélène and 2 volumes of the Suite au Mémorial de Sainte-Hélène. Complete. First Thus - H. Remy of Bruxelles edition. The ten volumes are in uniform red cloth, with blind stamped design to the boards and gilt decoration and titles to the spine. Unfortunately the final volume (V2. of the suite) has lost its spine. Each volume is 17cm x 10 cm. Generally, there is some cracking to the hinges, a little nicking to the head and tail of the spine. Moderate foxing to each volume. There are a few other flaws, itemised in the collation below. (1). Memorial Tome premier. 1822. Frontis engraving: floor plan of Longwood. 350 pages. (2). Memorial Tome Second. 1822. 330 pages. (3). Memorial Tome Troisieme. 1823. 320 pages. folding engraved map of the Campagne d'Italie (moderate foxing to map.) (4). Memorial Tome Quatrieme. 1823. 324 pages. (5). Memorial Tome Cinquieme. 1823. 332 pages. (6). Memorial Tome Sixieme. 1823. 326 pages. Slight weakness to the front hinge. (7). Memorial Tome Septieme. 1823. 323 pages. Closed tear and creasing to the rear end paper. (8). Memorial Tome Huitieme. 1823. 400 pages. Frontis folding Carte de L'Ile St Helene by a former engineer of Napoleon (from information by Marchand). Light to moderate foxing to the engraving. (9). Suite au Memorial. 1824. 468 pages. Frontis engraving of the Comte de Las Cases. (10). Suite au Memorial Tome II. 1825. 472 pages. lacks spine. Front board is held in place by thick archival tape. Each volume has the bookplate of Henri de Greeve. He was a Roman Catholic Priest, radio speaker on KRO in the 1930's and charity worker in The Netherlands. During the Second World War, he was interned because of his opposition to National Socialism. He died in 1974. A journal-memoir of the beginning of Napoleon Bonaparte's exile on Saint Helena. The core of the work transcribes Las Cases' near-daily conversations with the former Emperor on his life, his career, his political philosophy, and the conditions of his exile. First published in 1823 after Napoleon's death, the work was an immediate and continuing literary success, receiving multiple translations and appearing in new editions throughout the 19th century and into the 20th. The work entered the popular imagination as something like Napoleon's own personal and political testament, and as such became a founding text in the development of the Napoleon cult and the ideology of Bonapartism.

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  • Narrative of the Field Operations connected with the Zulu War of 1879 by HMSO
    HMSO
    Narrative of the Field Operations connected with the Zulu War of 1879

    London: HMSO, 1907. Second edition. Original red blind stamped buckram boards with gilt titles to spine. Adverts to the end papers. 7 large folding sheets (complete) are held in a pocket inside the rear board. 174, iv. pp. 240 by 155mm (9½ by 6 inches).

    Condition: The boards are in very good clean condition. Internally also very good, with a touch of foxing only. The folding maps to the rear pocket are slightly darkened.

    Book ID: 2091
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  • Sino-Japanese Disturbances Souvenir Album by TANAKA, Ryozo. (Ed.)
    TANAKA, Ryozo. (Ed.)
    Sino-Japanese Disturbances Souvenir Album

    Shanghai: Huahe: 1932. First edition. This appears to be a deluxe edition for the home market. The binding is in snakeskin, with purple ribbon binding intact. Japanese titles to the outside and image of soldiers helmet and straw hat. 2 red & black maps, (one of Cha-Pei & one entitled "map of Sino-Japanese distuarbances (sic), Shanghai") + 48 pp. of black and white photographs depicting the Japanese invasion of Shanghai. Captions are in Japanese and English. 265 by 190mm (10½ by 7½ inches). unpaginated but title, 2 maps, 47 leaves of photographs (printed on one side & 1 leaf colophon

    Condition: Overall in excellent condition. There is a tiny loss to the top and bottom edge of the spine. Very small split to the binding edge. A couple of marks to the cover - but overall in excellent condition.

    Book ID: 2001
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  • Souvenirs de Guerre, Notes de guerre, Journeés Mémorables by BROUTIER, Auguste
    BROUTIER, Auguste
    Souvenirs de Guerre, Notes de guerre, Journeés Mémorables [Manuscript diaries of the Somme, Verdun etc.]

    1918. Handwritten diary of World War I of a French officer Auguste Broutier. Handwritten diary of a French Officer of 125 Infantry, Sector 66, 20 section. Specialties: Observer, Grenadier, Canon VB, Bombardier, Carpenter, Carpenter. Cuisto. 1914-1919. Three volumes each with a red label on the front cover with handwritten titles and with squared paper. Different sizes and covers in black leather and imitation leather. Handwritten Entries Vol 1 34pp. Vol II 19 pp of manuscript entries, Vol III 11pp of entries, all volumes written largely in ink in a neat and tidy hand. Two volumes with pressed flowers, including poppies. Vol III without a free front cover page, allowing the cover to separate from the block of text, although still…

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    1918. Handwritten diary of World War I of a French officer Auguste Broutier. Handwritten diary of a French Officer of 125 Infantry, Sector 66, 20 section. Specialties: Observer, Grenadier, Canon VB, Bombardier, Carpenter, Carpenter. Cuisto. 1914-1919. Three volumes each with a red label on the front cover with handwritten titles and with squared paper. Different sizes and covers in black leather and imitation leather. Handwritten Entries Vol 1 34pp. Vol II 19 pp of manuscript entries, Vol III 11pp of entries, all volumes written largely in ink in a neat and tidy hand. Two volumes with pressed flowers, including poppies. Vol III without a free front cover page, allowing the cover to separate from the block of text, although still securely attached. The diaries, written after the fact, recount memorable days from 1914 onwards, interspersed with longer accounts of key actions; 4 pp, Phase of the Battle of Verdun; 2 pp, Attaque de Champagne April 16, 1917; Souvenir of Coussaint. November 1, 1915, 3pp "La reléve d'un trenchée en Hiver"; Souvenir d'automne October 24, 1915 Infirmary; 4 pp, February 5, 1918 Done in the village of Lébricourt, advanced point of the French lines. Numerous white sheets in volumes II and III. We have a translation of several extracts. One of the things that most excited us about these diaries, is that the pressed flowers include poppies, perhaps taken from Verdun or the Somme around the time of the battle. The most moving symbol of the battlefields of Flanders. 145 x 95 mm (5¾ x 3¾ inches). Extracts: "The relief of a trench in winter 1914-1915." "Bad weather, cold, so dark that you could not see a metre in front of you, & the machine guns. It was necessary to forget the hard work of the lucrative professions. Night approached, the chef poured soup and bread, then smoked beef, a small ration each & to finish the meal a litre of good wine. The captain arrived, the chiefs of each section quickly prepare a silent whistle and the procession sets off again in the darkness of the night. At this point all conversations cease. Everyone is in control and is plunged into complete silence." They have arrived in the area of the fire zone - no cigarettes so so as not to show their position to the Bosche... "we had difficulty moving forward, the road had countless ruts which had filled with water, and slowed our advance and we did not want to take a bath , which would not be favorable because of the cold. You had to go fast so as not to get trapped. The weather persists every day, the water falls without stopping. We are stuck in the mud (up to our ankles). Finally, after many superhuman efforts, we arrive at the communication trench. Here we feel a certain ease, we will soon arrive." The diaries report firsthand the horrors of the Western Front, from the point of view of the French soldiers. Broutier left for the front in August 1914 and was soon injured and hospitalized. In 1915, he fought in Belgium and spent from January to March in the trenches. He writes that they were relieved by the English, spending some six days in liaison with them. In September and October, Broutier is engaged in the battle of Loos, and is wounded a second time, sent to the hospital of Lourdes. There is a long description of his stay there. He tells of his departure for the depot, the passage of his commission, his arrival at his parents and his return to the depot in Poitiers. In 1916, Auguste was in Verdun, and he provides a four-page account. Below is a translation of an extract on March 20, "the enemy tries to turn our flank to the left in the Malancourt Avocourt sector. On May 20, they entered the Bois de Malancourt. on the 22nd they established a toe hold at Haucourt. On the 28th they attacked on the Malancourt front but without success. We attacked in our turn on the 29th and re-took a part of the Avocourt wood. On May 31, the Germans completely occupied the village of Malancourt. On April 1, they launched themselves on the fort of Vaux." On the night of the 24th day / 25th May, at Villers in Belgium, he wrote "We are under a rolling barrage of fire, it is appalling. It is very bad for the Macchabies (the Jews). The whole division is in line, we fear an attack from the Fritzes ". In August 1918, Broutier wrote "Boche planes bombed the villages. 17 dead and 35 wounded... What a loss was caused to the Macchabies. We buried them as we went along. We had to collect considerable equipment, batteries, machine gunes etc." On August 8, 1918, the newspapers recorded the" great Somme offensive" alongside the British 4th Army. At 5 o'clock in the morning a terrible barrage begins, "of all caliber". At 6 o'clock in the morning "the waves separate and simultaneously the advance is rapid" the first prisoners immediately pour in. We are thrown against their batteries, "les tireurs sont cloues a leurs pieces", literally the gun crews are nailed to their pieces. The writing is lively and familiar, giving a strong picture of events in a rather dashing style. He writes of the Armistice "Le Novembre le 11 a 11 heiress du matin suspension des hostilities = armistice a Seloigne Belgique"

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    Book ID: 3218
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  • The Book of William. With apologies to Edward Lear, author of the 'Book of Nonsense' by [ANON]
    [ANON]
    The Book of William. With apologies to Edward Lear, author of the 'Book of Nonsense'

    London: Frederick Warne & Co. First edition. Colour illustrated boards. Unpaginated. Undated, but circa 1914. Parody of Edward Lear's The Book of Nonsense; this directly lampooning Kaiser Wilhelm II. Title plus 21 b/w plates with tongue-in-cheek variations on his verse. The right hand pages printed only. Spine has been neatly reinforced, and covers are rubbed with small losses to corners. Inside pages are toned but otherwise good. Scarce. 44 pages. 185 x 250 mm (7¼ x 9¾ inches).

    Book ID: 3058
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