World War I
RECENT ARRIVALS in World War I From Parker's Rare Books
By Fribourg, Andre
Paris: Librairie H. Floury, 1918. HB. Half red leather and red cloth covered boards, gilt lettering on spine, 8vo, 223 pp., marbled end papers. Warmly signed and inscribed on the half title page by the author. Unmarked book, binding solid. Covers show some edge wear, front joint cracked, chipping top and bottom of spine. Text in French. Book condition Good+.
By Von Mucke, Kapitanleutnant
Boston: Ritter & Co, 1917. First American Edition. hb. Red decorative cloth, sailing ship on blue background on front cover. 8vo, 223 pp. Wear to lower rear ourside corner, cloth missing 3/4". No interior marks of any kind, text clean and bright. Only date on copyright page-1917. No subsequent dates. Book condition Good+
By Benson, Albert Emerson (Editor)
Norwood, Mass: Privately Printed For The School, 1920. HB. Black cloth, gilt lettering on spine and gilt emblem on front cover, 12mo, x, 278 pp. Record of members who attended this Southborough, Mass. prep school and their participation in World War I. Illustrated with photographs. No marks in book, binding tight. Covers show some soiling, several small holes in cloth along joints. Book condition Good+.
Les Combats Des Forts De Souville Et Douaumont. Verdun, A Plus Grande Bataille De La Plus Grande Guerre
Leon Poirier, circa 1930. Stiff paper wraps, red lettering on front cover. Consists of 20 post cards with photographic views of the World War I fighting around Forts de Souville and Douaumont during July, 1916 in France. Post cards 3 1/2" by 5 1/2", and are in black & white. No marks in book, binding solid. Covers show a moisture stain on fore edge, minor chipping. Book condition VG-.
By By A Pilot, [L. F. Hutcheon]
London: John Murray, 1917. HB. Originally published in colored stiff paper wraps, this copy has been rebound on full brown leather, gilt lettering with 5 raised bands on spine and a diagonal strip of blue cloth on the upper front cover. The cloth strip is 1.5" wide with dark blue edges and light blue center with a red line in the center. All edges of text block gilt. The original colorful front cover has been bound in. Signed on the ffep by Frank Messervy and inscribed "in memory of Ernest, who was shot down in a fight over the German lines with Richthofen's Circus-1917. RIP." Probably referring to Captain Ernest Dyce Messervy, member of 56th Squadron RFC, killed July 20, 1917. Both Ernest and Frank Messervy were members of the same Eton class prior to World War I. General Sir Frank Walter Messervy (1893-1974) was a British Indian Army Officer who saw action in France and the Middle East during World War I. During World War II, he commanded the Indian 5th Infantry Division in the East African Campaign, and commanded 4th Indian Division during the Battleaxe and Crusader operations as part of the Eighth Army. Transferred to India, Messervy eventually was appointed to command IV Corps in it's drive to Rangoon in Burma. Old bookseller stamp bottom of rear paste-down only mark in book, binding tight. Three small spots of soiling on rear cover, but a rather handsome copy of this title. Book condition VG+.
By Krimsky, Jos., M.D. (Joseph Hayyim)
No Place: No Publisher, . 7-3. HB. Brown cloth, gilt lettering on front cover and spine, 12 mo, 164 pp. Inscribed "With Compliments Of The Author" on ffep. Krimsky (1883-1971) was a Jewish American doctor born in Kiev. This book is an account of "the journey of the 44 health professionals in the American Zionist ("Hadassah") Medical Unit to Palestine in 1918. On the way to Palestine, the Unit spent a few weeks in London. He was part of the group who went to see Lord Balfour, accompanied by Nahum Sokolov. The Unit spent a week in Paris, visiting Rothschild and others, and to Rome, to foot of Italian peninsula where they lodged at the British Army camp at Cimino for about a week. Then, the Unit arrived in Jaffa. He was sent to Tel Aviv, where members of the Unit established a clinic and a hospital. Chaim Weizmann was head of the Jewish Agency and Dr. Krimsky met Mayor Dizengoff of Tel Aviv. Health conditions were "deplorable" throughout Palestine. There was very little food, no employment, malaria, dysentery, and eye diseases were "rampant". Dr. Krimsky stayed from 1918 to 1919, about 15 months." (Center for Jewish History) No marks in book, binding tight. Covers show several small white spots, spine lettering rubbed. Book condition VG. Uncommon First Edition of this account of conditions in Palestine during World War I.
By [Glock], [Carl Edward]
Pittsburgh?: No Publisher, [1919?]. First Edition. HB. Blue cloth, silver lettering on front cover, 8vo, 110 pp. World War I unit history of this regiment of the 79th Infantry Division that served at Montfaucon and in the Troyon Sector. No marks in book, binding tight and covers clean. Minor offsetting to endpapers. Book condition VG+.
By Foch, General Ferdinand
New York: H. K. Fly Co, 1918. HB. Red cloth, 8vo, 372 pp. Book by the commander-in-chief allied armies, World War I. Nine maps on 3 sheets in rear pouch. Rear hinge cracked but binding solid, no marks in book. Insect damage to margin of last 40 pages, not affecting text. Covers show soiling, lettering rubbed. A good reading copy only, of this important military text. Maps are in nice condition.
By Parker, Com. Thomas D
Boston and Chicago: W. A. Wilde Company, c. 1920. HB. Light green cloth with black lettering and black stamped bi-planes on front cover, black lettering on spine, 8vo, 291 pp. plus 11 pp. publishers ads at rear, frontis illustration. No marks in book, binding tight and covers clean with just a hint of edge wear. In a white illustrated dust jacket that shows minor chipping. Parker (1871-1950) was a graduate of the U. S. Naval Academy in 1893, served during the Spanish-American War and World War I, and after retirement wrote juvenile fiction based on his wartime experiences. Book condition VG+ in VG DJ.
The 301st Supply Train (76th Division U.S. Army) in the World War : an Account of its Activities, Experiences, and Personnel
By Butler, S. B., Historian
Litchfield, Conn: Enquirer Print, 1925. First Edition. HB. Dark brown cloth, gilt lettering on front cover and spine, 8vo, , 178,  pp. Profusely illustrated with photographs. World War I unit history. "The 76th Division was made up from National Army drafts from Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island and Connecticut, at Camp Devens, Massachusetts. The overseas movement began July 5, 1918, and the last units arrived in France July 31, 1918. Upon arrival in France, the division was designated as a depot division, and ordered to St. Aignan area." Harper's Pictorial Library of the World War, Volume 5. Book consists of a general history of the 301st Supply Train, with chapters organized by Company, giving complete rosters. No marks in book, binding tight and pages clean. Covers show just two small spots of soiling on rear cover. Book condition VG+. Uncommon World War I unit history. OCLC locates 3 libraries holding copies.
By Moss, James A
Menasha, Wisconsin: George Banta Publishing Company, 1916. Fourth Impression, July, 1916. HB. Blue cloth, gilt lettering on front cover and spine, 12mo, 699 pp. plus 9 pp. ads at rear. Three fold-out maps in rear pocket. World War I era manual, originally published in 1914. Owner's name ffep, no marks in book. Rear hinge cracked, but binding firm. Covers show some spotting, edge wear. Book condition VG-.
By Sherwood, Elmer W
Indianapolis: Printing Arts Company, [192-]. HB. Maroon cloth, paper title label on front cover, 12mo, 211 pp. No date, probably early 1920's. Illustrated with full-page photographs, and drawings by Captain Russel Cottingham, within text. Account of the author's service with the 150th Field Artillery of the 42nd "Rainbow" Division during World War I. One page prefactory by Booth Tarkington. Includes list of casualties, locations in France and Germany where the 150th had served, a list of those members who had died of disease, and number of rounds fired. Clean, unmarked book, binding tight. Covers show light soiling and minor stains to paper title label. Book condition VG. Uncommon personal account of World War I service.
By Sinclair, May (Pseud. Mary Amelia St. Clair)
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1915. First Printing, September 1915. HB. Maroon cloth, gilt lettering on front cover and spine, 12mo, 294 pp. plus 7 pp. publishers ads at rear. Sinclair (1863-1946) was a British novelist and suffragette. When World War I began, she volunteered to serve in the Munro Ambulance Corps aiding soldiers in Belgium. This book is an account of her experiences in 1914 and early 1915. Armorial bookplate front paste-down (Gratwick family, Sussex), no marks in book, binding tight. Gilt lettering on spine somewhat faded. Book condition VG.
By Bodfish, Robert Ware
Worchester, Mass: Printed by The Stobbs Press, 1919. HB. Gray cloth, gilt design of automobile with "SSU 647" on front cover, 4to, 107 pp. plus 2 pages artwork at rear. Profusely illustrated with photographs and maps. Uncommon unit history of this medical unit of World War I. Section 647 was formed in 1917 when the U.S. entered the war, and was composed largely by former volunteer members of the Norton-Harjes Ambulance Service. Section 647 saw action at Neufchateau, the Toul sector, Marbach, and on the Argonne front. After the war ended, the section served at Mainz with the army of occupation. Previous owner's inscription front blank page at front and on rear blank page, no other marks in book. Some remnants of something that had been attached to front and rear endpapers, front hinge cracked but binding solid. Covers show some soiling, bumped corners, fraying top and bottom of spine. Book condition Good+.
By Laplander, Robert J
Waterford, Wis: American Expeditionary Foundation, Lulu Press, 2006. Wraps. Glossy illustrated trade paper, 8vo, 612 pp. Includes biographical references, photos, maps and index. Analysis of the famous "Lost Battalion" of the 77th Division that was surrounded by the German Army during the Argonne Offensive in 1918. No marks in book, binding tight and covers clean. Faint smudges fore edge of text block. Book condition VG+.
By West, Rebecca
London: Nisbet & Co, 1918. HB. Blue cloth, black lettering on front cover and spine, 12mo, 188 pp. plus 4 pp. publisher's ads at rear. The author's first novel. No marks in book, binding solid. Lacking ffep, front and rear hinges reglued. Minor foxing to preliminaries. Front cover has a crease near outside edge. Book condition Good.
By Limbert, Sergeant Harry
c. 1918. Wraps. Tan stapled stiff paper wraps, red and black lettering with illustration of soldier on front cover, 12mo, 16 pp. No publisher or place indicated, but copyright by Roy K. Lawrence, possibly a journalist and labor activist from Flint, Michigan. This is likely a fictional account of the experiences of Harry Limbert, of Detroit. In 1916 he volunteered to serve in Canadian forces during World War I. Limbert served with the Canadian Royal Engineers at Vimy Ridge, where he was wounded. After time in an English hospital, he returned to France, but was later returned to Canada, suffering from shell shock. In the summer of 1918 he was discharged from the Canadian Army so he could return to Detroit and join the American Army. No marks in book, binding tight. Covers show light soiling. Scarce World War I item. OCLC lists no copies.
By Sapper, (Pseud. H. C. McNeile)
New York: Grosset & Dunlap. Reprint Edition. HB. Tan cloth, red lettering on front cover and spine with black illustration of barb wire fencing on front cover, 12mo, 214 pp. plus 8 pp. publisher's ads at rear. World War I stories by McNeile, (1888-1937), who served in the Royal Engineers throughout the war in France. He was better known for his creation of the character Bulldog Drummond. No marks in book, binding tight and covers clean. One page dog-eared, minor soiling edges of text block. Book condition VG.
Marinette, Wisconsin: Lloyd J. Roy and Paul L. Roy, publishers. Printed by George Banta Publishing Co, [1920?]. HB. Brown cloth, gilt lettering on front cover, 4to, 164 pp. World War I unit history of Company I of the Wisconsin National Guard from Marinette County, which when brought into Federal service became Company I of the 127th Regiment of the 32nd Division. Profusely illustrated with photographs of members of Company I, as well as all service men of Marinette County, and with extensive lists of civilians involved in war work. Owner's name ffep only mark in book. Covers clean with light edge wear. Book condition VG.
By Latzko, Andreas
New York: Boni and Liveright, 1918. Second Printing, April, 1918 . HB. Green cloth, black lettering on front cover and spine, illustration of warrior on front cover, 8vo, 264 pp. In the light green dust jacket with the same lettering and illustration as the covers, but with list of publisher's titles on rear panel. Novel set during World War I by Latzko (1876-1943), Hungarian born Jew who served in the Austrian army during World War I on the Italian front. This work is an account of the fighting at the Isonzo River. Owner's blindstamp top of half-title page only mark in book, ffep lacking and front hinge reinforced. Covers are clean and bright with very light fading top 1/4" of spine. Dust jacket shows some chipping, the largest is 1"x1/2" at bottom front panel. No lettering is affected. Book condition Good+ in VG DJ.