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Statement by Rt. Hon. Winston Churchill in the House of Commons on the 27th February, 1940: Navy Estimates
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Statement by Rt. Hon. Winston Churchill in the House of Commons on the 27th February, 1940: Navy Estimates

By Churchill, Winston

London: H.M. Stationery Office Press, 1940. First Edition, First Printing. Small 4to pamphlet (9 3/4 x 6 3/8 inches; 250 x 162 mm), 8 pages, in stapled self-wrappers. Staples rusted, some toning and creasing to the fragile wartime paper, a bit of soiling to both the upper and lower wrappers. A Very Good copy.*A scarce pamphlet presenting a statement by Winston Churchill as First Lord of the Admiralty, asking Parliament to grant more money to the Navy to meet the threat from Nazi Germany. He says it would not be prudent to give exact numbers in public. But he does expect a significant escalation in hostilities: "We must clearly expect that attacks will be delivered upon the sea-power by which we live, on which all depends, on a far greater scale than anything we have so far beaten back and beaten down."*Churchill also discloses, apparently for the first time, that a battleship torpedoed a few months earlier was the Barham and that the battleship Nelson had been damaged by magnetic mines. He goes on to say that the government has called upon British fishing fleets to assist in minesweeping duties.*Churchill is withering in his criticism of the German military. "In their attack upon our shipping and neutral shipping the Germans have broken every rule hitherto accepted by the world for the regulation of mining warfare," he says. He later says that "Herr Hitler and his Nazis have quite definitely exceeded the worst villainies which Imperial Germany committed in the late war."*Since this is a transcript of his statement to Parliament, the pamphlet also notes some comments from Members of Parliament. Churchill is witty, articulate, and quick on his feet. Altogether, a fascinating look at how the British government was preparing for a long war just a few months before Churchill was to become Prime Minister. SCARCE.

$919.00

Prelude to an Invasion: An Account Based Upon Official Reports By Henry L. Stimson, Secretary of War
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Prelude to an Invasion: An Account Based Upon Official Reports By Henry L. Stimson, Secretary of War

By Stimson, Henry L.

Washington, D.C.: Public Affairs Press, 1944. First Edition, First Printing. 8vo (8 5/8 inches / 220 mm tall), iii, 332 pages, in burgundy cloth, gilt titles to spine and upper board. Slight rubbing to boards, modest offsetting to end paper, slight soiling to top edge. Internally clean and unmarked. No dust jacket. A Very Good copy. INSCRIBED by Henry Stimson on the front free end paper: "To Allison Choate Esqre /with best wishes from / Henry L. Stimson." The recipient was a partner at Stimson's former law firm, Winthrop, Stimson, Putnam and Roberts. And like Stimson, Choate attended both Yale College and Harvard Law School. A fascinating collection of reports on the U.S. involvement in World War II by Henry Stimson, the Secretary of War. The reports, supplemented with numerous black-and-white photos, cover the war effort from shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 to the Normandy invasion in 1944. Stimson (1867-1950) writes about the progress of the war, the morale of the troops, the meetings with Stalin and Churchill, and many other aspects of the war. He's also self-deprecating at times: "My travels had some aspects that tended to bring me to my proper level...[w]hen I dismounted from the airplane in Newfoundland on our way out, I saw a number of very expectant-eyed second lieutenants waiting there on the ground whose faces fell when they saw my person come out of the plane. On inquiry I found there had been a rumor that Hedy Lamarr was coming." (page 143) An interesting collection, inscribed by the Secretary of War. SCARCE SIGNED.

$375.00

Long Island Review 2: Poetry of Vietnam Veterans [and] Notes on the Poetic Process
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Long Island Review 2: Poetry of Vietnam Veterans [and] Notes on the Poetic Process

By [Anthology] Faranda, Edward, and Stephen Sossaman [Editors]

Brooklyn, New York: Long Island Review of Poetry, Fiction and Criticism, 1973. First Edition, First Printing. 8vo (8 1/2 inches / 215 mm tall), 36 pages in stapled wrappers. Some sunning to the spine as well as light edge wear. Otherwise, Near Fine.A collection of poems, fiction, articles, and reviews, many by Vietnam veterans. Included is an essay by Stephen Sossaman, "American Poetry From the Indochina Experience," which reviews "Winning Hearts and Minds," a collection of poems by Vietnam vets, and "Obscenities," consisting of poems by Michael Casey. There's also an article by Edward Faranda, "Notes on the Poetic Process," as well as fiction by Howard Reiss and poems by Douglas Musella, Denis Sivack, Martin Booth, Edward Faranda, Ed Evans, James Files, and Basil T. Paquet.

$40.00