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The Hatchet. Published on the High Seas [Vol. 6, No. 8, Monday, August 26, 1918]

By Anonymous

N.p., 1918. Softcover. First edition; 8 x 9 1/2; single sheet, pp. 2; very minor nick to left edge; faint crease line through middle; near fine condition. 'The Hatchet' was a daily newspaper published on board USS George Washington on her way to France during WWI. Later, the ship would also play an important role in post-war diplomatic efforts, twice taking President Woodrow Wilson to France for the negotiations which would lead to the Treaty of Versailles. The current issue includes baseball scores with a table of standings of the clubs but just for the National League, followed by a small note "American League (Radio Defective)," and an article titled: "From Bow to Stern at Midnight."


To the Homeward-Bound Americans [A Ses Allies Americans La France Reconnaissante 1914-1919]

By Van Vorst, B.

Paris: Lang, Blanchong & Co., 1919. Softcover. First edition; pictorial stapled wraps; minor wear to covers; illustrated; original portrait of a soldier to front cover verso; near fine. A souvenir of appreciation given by the French to American soldiers returning home after WWI. The portrait of an unknown soldier (most probably the recipient of the pamphlet) pasted on front cover verso is a nice uncommon touch.


The United States of America was Betrayed into the World War

By Wilmoth, William F.

Washington: Self-published, 1939. Soft cover. Very Good. First edition, undated (c1939); staple-bound; pp. 3-55; original printed wraps; foxing to upper margin of front cover, else clean; slight bent to book 1/2" from spine; very good. Subtitled: "Compiled from Authentic Sources." The author elaborates on his theory that the US, President Woodrow Wilson, and the Government were betrayed and lured into participating in WWI by Edward Mandell House. Colonel House was an American diplomat, politician, and presidential advisor. He spent a large portion of his time in Europe, trying to broker peace to end WWI initially and later changing his views and insisting that President Wilson ought to help France and England win an Allied victory. In 1919 Woodrow Wilson lost his confidence in House and "relegating him to the sidelines.


Frightfulness in Retreat

By Payelle, G., et al.

London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1917. Soft cover. Very Good. First English edition; small booklet; pp. [4], 5-76; original olive printed wraps; very slight horizontal ripple through middle of book and a faint spot to lower right corner, else clean and bright; frontispiece and two other b & W photos of captured German documents; very good. Tipped in printed note: "With the Compliments of Professor W. Macneile Dixon (University of Glasgow). He was a British author and academic. The booklet contains descriptions of atrocities committed by the Germans during their retreat, "Proceedings of the French Senate, March 31st, 1917 (translated from the Journal Officiel de la Republique Francaise)", and an "Official Report of the French Commission Appointed to Investigate Acts Committed by the Enemy in Violation of the Law of Nations.


The Solvency of the Allies. Great Britain-France-Belgium-Italy

By Guaranty Trust Company of New York

New York: Guaranty Trust Company, 1919. Soft cover. Very Good. First edition; staple-bound 6 1/2" x 9 1/2"; pp. 3-38; original printed wraps; several small crease lines; faint stamp to front cover; very few spots of foxing to title page, else clean; illustrated with b & w photographs; very good. A survey of the post-WWI economic and financial situation of four of the bigger European Allies. The book follows the productive capacity, labor force, industrialization, etc. of the big countries in Europe, while also offers a view of the expected post-war recovery.