World War I
RECENT ARRIVALS in World War I From Parker's Rare Books
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 Curtis, [Marvin] Kent
London and New York: D. Appleton And Company, 1928. First Edition. HB. Blue cloth, gilt lettering on front cover and spine, 12mo, 214 pp. plus 3 pp. publisher's ads at rear. First printing, with (1) on last page of text. Novel based on the authors World War I experiences flying for the Royal Air Force. Curtis (1890-1957) joined the Royal Air Force in 1917, flying a Sopwith Camel in the American 148th Aero Squadron. He was shot down over Bapaume and captured by the Germans, and was in prison camps until the Armistice. After the war, he mainly wrote juvenile fiction. No marks in book, binding tight. Light soiling edges of text block, spine lettering rubbed. Book condition VG, lacking the dust jacket.
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.
By Laird, John A. (Historian)
St. Louis: Buxton & Skinner (Printers), 1919. First Edition. HB. Blindstamped brown cloth, gilt lettering on front cover and spine, 4to, xix, 307 pp. Profusely illustrated unit history of this engineer regiment that built and operated light railway service in France during World War I. Organized in St. Louis, the Twelfth Engineers saw extensive action at the Somme in support of the British, on the Cambrai section, and were involved in the St. Mihiel and Meuse-Argonne offensives of 1918. Book contains a large fold-out photograph of the drill ground in St. Louis, and several fold-out maps and chart, including a map of the British Light Railway Lines at the Somme and a map of the Light Railways at Verdun and St. Mihiel. Regimental roster at rear. No marks in book but for a few finger smudges, binding solid. Covers show light soiling, spine lettering rubbed. Book condition VG.
By Allen, Henry T
Indianapolis: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1927. HB. Green cloth, black lettering on front cover and spine, 8vo, , 347 pp. Frontis photo of the author, 17 plates and three maps (one fold-out)within text. Major-General Allen (1859-1930) commanded the 90th Infantry Division during World War I, and acted as a military governor of the American zone of occupation around Coblenz after the war. He was also a member of the Inter-Allied Rhineland and High Commission. No marks in book, binding tight. Covers show minor edge wear. 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.
By Fox, Edward Lyell
New York: Robert M. McBride & Co, 1917. First Edition in book form. HB. Quarter brown cloth and tan paper covered boards, brown lettering on front cover, paper title label on spine, 16mo, 73 pp. Illustrations by C. G. Bigelow. Fictional account of civilians in Germany during World War I. Owner's writing on ffep, review (possibly from dust jacket) pasted to front paste-down, no marks in text, binding tight. Covers show light edge wear, title label chipped. Book condition VG-.
By Ritchie, Moore
London: Longmans, Green and Co, 1915. HB. Quarter dark brown cloth and tan paper covered boards, gilt lettering on spine and brown lettering with paste-down photo of Botha on front cover, 8vo, 68 pp. Illustrated with "Five Diagrams and Eighty-two Illustrations mostly by the author." This copy does not contain the photographs of rebels, after page 8, that was ordered removed by military censors. Account of the campaign in German Southwest Africa led by General Louis Botha (1862-1919) at the start of World War I. Book shows light foxing, minor soiling to edges of text block and covers, binding tight. Book condition VG-.
By Briffault, Robert (Stephen)
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1937. First Printing with "A. HB. Orange cloth, gilt lettering on front cover and spine, 8vo, 476 pp., top edge of text block stained blue. Novel set during World War I, dealing with civilian life, fighting on the Western Front, and the Russian Revolution. Briffault (1876-1948) was a New Zealand educated surgeon who served in France during World War I, receiving the Military Cross. After the war, he studied anthropology and became influential in the field. Old booksellers label bottom of front paste-down, no marks in book, binding tight. Book condition VG.
Army Gardens In France, Belgium and Occupied German Territory; Their Making and Management. With Plans and Directions Suited to the Garden Service of the British and American Expeditionary Forces
By Truffaut, Georges and Colt, Helen
Versailles: Oeuvre Des Pepinieres Nationales Du Touring Club De France, 1919. Wraps. Olive green stapled stiff paper wraps, photo of garden pasted on front cover, black lettering on front cover, 8vo, 64 pp. 3 pages of full-page plates printed both sides, one large fold-out view of the National Plant Nurseries at Versailles, 3 fold-out garden plans at rear. Very scarce work dealing with the growing of foods by service men immediately after the end of World War I. Truffaut was Director-General Of Army Gardens on the French Front, anf Colt was English Horticulturist attached for War Service to the American Committee for Devastated France. No marks in book, binding tight. Crease to lower corner of front cover. Book condition VG.
By Scott, A. J. L
London: William Heinemann, 1920. First Edition. HB. Blue cloth, silver lettering on front cover and spine, silver bi-plane on front cover with red and blue markings. 8vo, xx, 145 pp. Illustrated with frontis drawing and 20 illustrations and photographs within text. Two large color fold-out maps, each with a small (1") tear at edge and first map with a 2" tear at the fold. Important account of the progression of aerial warfare during World War I. Formed in April, 1916, Sixty Squadron suffered severe losses at the Somme. Originally flying Morane-Saulnier N's, it was later equipped with Nieuport Scouts and S.E.5 fighters. Among the pilots that flew for Sixty Squadron, 26 were aces, including Billy Bishop and Albert Ball. Book includes an appendix at rear listing officers that had served in 60 Squadron. No marks in book, binding tight. Occasional foxing in text, endpapers show offsetting. Covers show minor edge wear, moisture stain bottom corner of rear cover (2"), corners bumped. Book condition VG-.
Boston: Geo. H. Ellis Co, 1918. HB. Green and tan illustrated paper covered boards, 12mo, 94 pp. Letters, from a French soldier to an American civilian, during World War I. Frontis photograph of the author, with tissue guard. No marks in book, binding tight. Small scuff to rear cover, light wear to rear joint. Book condition VG.
My German Prisons: The Story Of My Two And A Half Years Of Captivity In Germany And My Final Escape November 14, 1914-April 8, 1917
By Gilliland, Horace Gray
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1919. First American Edition. HB. Tan cloth, black lettering on front cover and spine, 8vo, xii, 259 pp., map endpapers. Author was a Captain in the 3rd Loyal North Lancashire Regiment and was wounded and captured by the Germans on December 22, 1914 during the first battle of Ypres. This work is an account of his captivity and escape. No marks in book, binding tight. Covers rather soiled. Book condition Good+.
By Prepared and Edited at the Army War College
Washington: Government Printing Office, 1918. Wraps. Green paper wraps, black lettering on front cover, 16mo (5.5"), iii, 298 pp. War Department Document No. 723, December, 1917. World War I manual of machine gun drill and tactics, including music (bugle calls, quicksteps) p. 237-266. Includes 7 plates at rear showing squad formations. Owner's name top front cover, a few notations, in pencil, on title page. No other marks in book, binding tight. Covers show light chipping top and bottom of spine, light offsetting part of rear cover. Book condition VG.
By Macmillan, Captain Norman
Hartford, Connecticut: Edwin Valentine Mitchell, . Second Edition, Revised and Enlarged. HB. Tan cloth, black lettering on front cover and spine, 12mo, 175 pp. Illustrated with photographs and drawings. Foreword by Air Vice-Marshall Sir Sefton Brancker. No marks in book, binding tight. Finger smudges on rear blank endpaper. Two small puncture holes on rear cover. In colorful illustrated dust jacket that shows minor chipping top of spine. Book condition VG in VG DJ.