World War I
RECENT ARRIVALS in World War I From Parker's Rare Books
By Dinesen, Thomas
London: Jarrolds Publishers, . First English Edition. HB. Tan cloth, green lettering on spine, 8vo, 254 pp. Frontis photograph and 7 double-sided full page plates within text, complete. Thomas Fasti Dinesen (1892-1979) was a Dane who enlisted in the Black Watch of the Canadian Army Corp in 1917. As a member of the 42nd Battalion in action at Parvillers, France, his actions were later honored with the Victoria Cross. Dinesen was a brother of the author Karen Blixen (Isak Dinesen) who wrote Out Of Africa. Merry Hell!, an account of the author's wartime experiences, was originally published in Danish in 1929. Book shows some foxing to preliminaries, rust mark from a paper clip on dedication page, rear hinge cracked but holding. Covers faded, lower corners bumped. Book condition Good+. Uncommon World War I title.
By Smith, Fred B
New York: Association Press, 1918. HB. Tan paper covered boards, paper title label with brown lettering on front cover, 12mo, 82 pp. Illustrated with photographs. Presentation copy, inscribed and initialed by the author on ffep and dated Oct. 1918. Account of the author's tour of France during World War I as a member of the YMCA. No marks in book, binding tight. Covers show very light soiling, minor wear top of spine. Book condition VG.
By Mackenzie, Compton [Edward Montague]
London: Chatto And Windus, 1940. HB. Brown cloth, gilt lettering on spine, 8vo, xi, 419 pp. Top edge of text block stained red. Account of Mackenzie's (1883-1972) World War I counter-intelligence experiences in Greece during 1917. Mackenzie went on to be a prolific author and co-founder of the Scottish National Party. No marks in book, binding tight. Lacking the ffep. Covers clean but slight fading to spine. Book condition VG.
By By The Company
Indianapolis: Printed by the Hollenbeck Press, 1919. HB. Brown cloth, gilt lettering on spine, 8vo, 88 pp., patterned endpapers. Unit history of this engineer company engaged in railroad maintenance in northern France during World War I in support of the A.E.F. Roster of members at rear, many of whom were from the New York City area. Ex-reference library, with usual markings, but a clean copy. No marks in text, binding tight. Covers show light edge wear. Book condition Good+, due to library markings.
By Ferguson, John B
[Franklin, Indiana?]: Published By The Author, . HB. Maroon cloth, gilt lettering on spine, 8vo, 269 pp. Author was a graduate of Miami University of Ohio (1903), and was pastor for fourteen years at two Presbyterian churches in Indiana, in the towns of Howe and Hopewell, then later at the American Union Church in Manila in the Philippines. During World War I, he served as a Y.M.C.A volunteer attached to the 32nd Division, A.E.F. This book, Ferguson's account of his World War I experiences, first appeared as supplements to the Hopewell Herald. No marks in book, binding tight. Illustrated with photographs. Small amount of staining to rear end-papers. Covers show light edge wear, especially top of spine. Book condition VG.
By King, David Wooster
New York: Duffield and Company, 1927. First Edition. HB. Red pebbled cloth, black lettering on front cover and spine, 12mo, 187 pp. King (1893-1975) was studying at Harvard when World War I began. He enlisted in the French Foreign Legion in August, 1914, serving with the 170th Regiment. After being wounded, he was transferred the the 81st Heavy Artillery. When America entered the war in 1917, he was released from the French Army and commissioned a 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. King saw action at Verdun, the Somme, Champagne, and was awarded the Croix de Guerre. No marks in book, front hinge cracked but holding. Covers show light edge wear, series of small holes middle of front joint. In colorful dust jacket that shows chipping, affecting some title lettering at top of spine, 2"x2" piece missing top of rear panel. Book condition VG- in Good+ DJ. Uncommon first edition, later issued under the title "Ten Thousand Shall Fall" in 1930.
By Jessen, Boy
New York et al: Vantage Press, 1959. First Edition. HB. Orange cloth, black lettering on spine, 8vo, 212 pp. Memoir by Jessen (1891-1977), of Danish heritage born in South Slesvig when it was part of Germany. Served in the German Army prior to World War I, was recalled to service in 1914, and served with the Kaiser Franz Grenadier Regiment on the Western Front at First Ypres and was involved in the retreat to the Marne. Was later transferred to Alsace, and in 1915 was transferred to Galicia on the Eastern Front. Wounded, and believing the war was lost, he was returned to Germany and managed to escape to Denmark. After the war, he helped reunite areas of Slesvig with Denmark. Later he settled in the Platte River Valley of Nebraska to farm. No marks in book, binding tight. Covers show minor edge wear, chipping top of spine. In unclipped dust jacket that shows chipping top and bottom of spine. Book condition VG in VG- DJ. Uncommon title, with much emphasis on World War I service.
By Barbusse, Henri
New York: E. P. Dutton (Everyman's Library), 1937. Later Edition. HB. Green cloth, 12mo, 358 pp. Owners name front paste down, no marks in text, binding tight. Covers show light edge wear, spine sunned with title lettering faded. Book condition VG-. Classic World War I novel by a French soldier.
By Bornecque, H., et Valfori, Rene de
Paris: Librairie Hachette, 1920. HB. Blue illustrated cloth stamped in black and gilt, large 8vo, 224 pp. With 105 illustrations in text. No marks in book, binding tight. Pages lightly toned. Covers show light edge wear, gilt lettering and illustrations bright. Book condition VG+. Text in French. Account of the part played by aviation during World War I.
By Gallagher, Christopher J
Shippensburg, Pa: Burd Street Press, 1998. HB. Blue cloth, gilt lettering on spine, 8vo, 268 pp. Previous owner's bookplate on half-title page, no marks in book, binding tight. In unclipped dust jacket that shows some minor chipping, two closed tears. Book condition VG+ in VG- DJ.
By Kerr, Wilfred Brenton
Toronto: The Hunter Rose Co., Limited, 1929. HB. Blue cloth, black lettering on front cover and spine, 12mo, 218 pp. Account of the World War I experiences of the Canadian Army. Kerr (1896-1950) was from Seaforth, Ontario. He enlisted in 1916 and was a signaller with the 11th Battery of the Canadian Field Artillery, serving at Vimy Ridge, Passchendale, and during the final offensives of 1918. After the war, Kerr was educated at Oxford and Toronto, and at the time of this book being published, was Professor of History at the University of Buffalo. This book privately printed by the author in an edition of five hundred copies. Inscribed on the front paste-down "To the Chancellor With Best Wishes. The Author" and dated October 25, 1929. Old price, in pencil, front paste-down only mark in book, binding tight. Covers clean with very light edge wear and slight fading to spine. Book condition VG.
By Penner, Carl; Sammond, Frederic; Appel, H. M
Milwaukee, Wi: Hammersmith-Kortmeyer Co, 1928. HB. Black cloth, red lettering on front cover and spine, 4to, 536 pp., map endpapers. Profusely illustrated with drawings and photographs. History of the 120th Field Artillery, originally a Wisconsin National Guard cavalry battalion from Milwaukee. When called to Federal service during World War I, the 120th was converted to a Field Artillery unit, part of the 32nd Infantry Division. Upon arrival in France, the 120th served at Chteau-Thierry and participated in the Oise-Aisne and Meuse-Argonne Offensives. Owner's name ffep, no other marks in text, binding solid. Covers show soiling and edge wear, red lettering rubbed, rear joint torn from top down nearly half way with rear cover partially loose and cloth on spine torn. A good reading copy.
By Abbot, Willis J
New York: Syndicate Publishing Company, 1914. HB. Red cloth, gilt lettering and designs on front cover and spine, 4to, 366 pp. Many illustrations covering the first year of World War I. No marks in book. Covers show some wear, hinges loose but holding. Book condition Good.
Tubingen: Verlag von Gebr. Metz, . Wraps. Brown paper wraps with dark brown lettering on front cover, 8vo, 64 pp. plus map at rear. Photographic history of the Koniglich Wurttembergisches Reserve-Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 247 of the 54th Reserve Division, formed in September, 1914. The 247th Regiment served on the Western Front throughout the First World War, and saw action at Yser, the Battle of the Somme, Verdun, Passchendaele, and participated in the German Spring Offensive in 1918. Umschlagzeichnung von Leutnant d. R. Ritter, Druckausfhrung von Stahle & Friedel in Stuttgart.. This copy signed "Freiherr Hemmingen" on half-title page. Oberleutnant [Karl] Freiherr Varnbuler von und zu Hemmingen was commander of the regiment from April, 1915 to September 1916. A photograph of Hemmingen is on page 25 of this book. No marks in book, binding tight. Front cover shows considerable damage, with loss of 1" at top and 3" loss bottom corner near joint, affecting some text at bottom. Text in German. Uncommon history of this German regiment, especially signed by the commanding officer. Book condition Good-. OCLC locates 2 copies of this book, both in German libraries.
The Story Of A North Sea Air Station; Being Some Account Of The Early Days Of The Royal Flying Corps (Naval Wing) And Of The Part Played Thereafter By The Air Station At Great Yarmouth And Its Opponents During The War 1914-1918
By Gamble, C. F. Snowden
London: Oxford University Press, 1928. First Edition. HB. Green cloth, gilt lettering on spine, 8vo, xvi, 446 pp. With 33 plates and 27 illustrations in the text. Large fold-out map of the operational area of the North Sea at rear, in very nice condition. Review copy, with publisher's review slip tipped in at title page, and a two page review pasted on the front endpapers. Review is by Lieut. Comdr. Sherwood Picking, U. S. N. Picking was a noted American submarine commander during World War I. Above the review on the ffep is written "American Society of Naval Engineers." No marks in text, binding tight. Covers show minor fading and light soiling to spine area. Book condition VG.
By Beaverbrook, Rt. Hon. Lord [Max Aitken]
London: Thorton Butterworth Limited/ The Lane Publications, 1928. Each volume in maroon blindstamped cloth, gilt lettering on spine, 8vo. Volume I published by Thorton Butterworth, first edition, 240 pp. Volume II published by The Lane Publications, no date, 349 pp. Each volume x-college library with usual flaws, but clean reading copies. No marks in text, bindings tight. Covers show bumped corners, light edge wear. Book condition Good.
By Grumbine, Harvey Carson
Boston: The Cornhill Company, 1918. HB. Quarter black cloth and black paper covered boards, gilt lettering on spine and orange lettering with an illustration of a soldier with a gun on front cover, 12 mo, vii, 129 pp. First 35 pages are an analysis of the different cultural histories of Germany and France. Balance of book is a presentation of text of German and French war songs relating to World War I. Grumbine (1869-1941) was an english professor who received his Phd. from the University of Munich and taught at West Virginia University. No marks in book, binding tight. Covers show some edge wear, corners worn through to boards. Book condition VG-.
By Cornet-Auquier, Andre
Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1918. First Printing, April 1918, of the First American Edition. HB. Blue cloth, gilt lettering on front cover and spine, 12mo, xvi, 110 pp., frontis portrait of the author. Cornet-Auquier (1887-1916) was a graduate of the University of Dijon. He was a professor at Glasgow when World War I began, and as a French reservist was called to active duty in August 1914. He served as Captain in the 133rd Infantry Regiment in the Vosges and died March 2, 1916 from shrapnel wounds suffered in combat. He was awarded the Croix de Guerre and made a Knight of the Legion of Honor. This book consists of letters sent to his family. Edited and translated with an introduction by Theodore Staton. No marks in book, binding tight. Light moisture stain at top of ffep, half-title, and frontis. Covers clean, but top edge of text block shows some soiling. Book condition VG.
By Casualty, [Capt. Arnold Gyde]
London: William Heinemann, 1916. Second Impression, October 1916. HB. Maroon cloth, black lettering on front cover and spine, 12mo, vi, 226 pp. Author's account of the opening battles of World War I. Gyde was a member of the 2nd Bn. South Staffordshire Regt. from Aldershot that landed at Le Havre 13 August, 1914. He participated in the retreat from Mons and at Aisne before being wounded and returned to England. Owner's name ffep only mark in book, binding tight. Light foxing to preliminaries. Covers show light edge wear, spine darkened. Book condition VG-.
Paris: Imp. Paul Dupont, Mai 1918. Wraps. Brown illustrated string-tied wraps, illustration of planes over the front on front cover, oblong 8vo, 62 pp. Detailed drawings and specs to identify German, French, British, American, Italian, and Belgian Airplanes of World War I. "2nd Btn." written on front cover, in pencil, no other marks in book, binding tight. Front cover shows light moisture stains and some chipping on fore edge, with no loss of illustration. Book condition VG-.