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  • LUSITANIA. by Butler, David.
    Butler, David.
    LUSITANIA.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Random House, (1982) dj. Hardcover first edition - The author's fourth historical novel, the story of the sinking of this great ship after it was hit by a German torpedo on May 7, 1915, with the loss of 1200 lives. 578 pp. Dust jacket art by Wendell Minor. ISBN: 0-394528093.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 84716
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  • MURDER COMES TO CALL. by Ellicott, Jessica.
    Ellicott, Jessica.
    MURDER COMES TO CALL.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Kensington, (2020) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Set in the lean years following World War I, this is the fourth Beryl and Edwina Mystery, featuring world-renowned American adventuress Beryl Helliwell who has come to live in the quiet English village of Walmsley Parva with her former schoolmate proper Brit Edwina Davenport. Together the two have set up a private inquiry agency and they are hired to looking into a rash of burglaries and the suspicious death of the local magistrate. INSCRIBED on the title page with the words "Happy Reading." 282 pp. ISBN: 978-1496724847.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 88961
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  • THE MITFORD MURDERS. by Fellowes, Jessica.
    Fellowes, Jessica.
    THE MITFORD MURDERS.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: St Martin's Minotaur, (2018). First edition - The author's first novel, the first book in a series set among the daughters of the wealthy and eccentric Mitford family and introducing a young woman, Louise Cannon, escaping a violent and abusive uncle, who becomes a nursemaid to the family. Set in the years right after the first World War, in an England still dealing with the wounded from the war, this is based on the unsolved murder of nurse known for her tireless service during both the Boer and the Great Wars. 415 pp plus an historical note.

    Condition: Very near fine in illustrated wrappers (toning to the fore-edge of the textblock). An uncommon advance issue.

    Book ID: 87362
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  • THE EDITH CAVELL NURSE FROM MASSACHUSETTS: A Record of One Year's Personal Service with the British Expeditionary Force in France, Boulogne - the Somme, 1916-l9l7, with an Account of the Imprisonment, Trial and Death of Edith Cavell. by Fitzgerald, Alice Louise Florence, 1874-1962.
    Fitzgerald, Alice Louise Florence, 1874-1962.
    THE EDITH CAVELL NURSE FROM MASSACHUSETTS: A Record of One Year's Personal Service with the British Expeditionary Force in France, Boulogne - the Somme, 1916-l9l7, with an Account of the Imprisonment, Trial and Death of Edith Cavell.

    Edition: First edition.

    Boston: W. A. Butterfield, 1917. Hardcover first edition - Edith Cavell was a British nurse who had established a training school for nurses in Belgium; after the War broke out, she saved the lives of those from both sides without discrimination, but she also helped 200 allied soldiers escape from Belgium - and for that she was convicted of treason and executed by the Germans in 1915. Massachusetts established a fund to recruit a nurse to serve in the War in the memory of Cavell - the nurse selected was Alice Fitzgerald, and this little book includes both some comments from her on her service and an account of Cavell's imprisonment. Illustrated with photographs. xv, 95 pp.

    Condition: Very good in tan boards with brown cloth spine (some rubbing and wear to the covers, black ink spots on back board.)

    Book ID: 77558
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  • BETSY HALE SUCCEEDS. #3 in the series. by Ginther, Pemberton (pseudonym of Mary Pemberton Heyler, 1869-1959)
    Ginther, Pemberton (pseudonym of Mary Pemberton Heyler, 1869-1959)
    BETSY HALE SUCCEEDS. #3 in the series.

    Edition: First edition.

    Philadelphia: John C. Winston Co., (1923). Hardcover first edition - Set in the years after the Great War, Betsy wants to go to France to work in rehabilitating the country, but instead she and her mother take in a French orphan. The third and final book in this series. Illustrated with a glossy frontispiece and three internal glossy plates by the author. 256 pp.

    Condition: Good overall in illustrated dark green boards (some rubbing and wear to the covers, prev owner's name and address)

    Book ID: 70426
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  • WHEN I WAS A BOY IN BELGIUM: Children of Other Lands #6. by Jonckheere, A. Robert (1888-1974)
    Jonckheere, A. Robert (1888-1974)
    WHEN I WAS A BOY IN BELGIUM: Children of Other Lands #6.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Lothrup, Lee & Shepherd, (1915). Hardcover first edition - The sixth title in the Children of Other Lands series, each written by an author who had themselves lived as a child in that country. This story contrasts the cheerful and prosperous life in Belgium during his childhood with the coming of war when Germany, ignoring Belgium's neutrality attacked it during World War I, leading to both fierce resistance on the part of the Belgium people and to many refugees fleeing the war. Illustrated with black and white photographs. Publisher's Preface which notes "The graphic account he had given of Belgian refugees ßocking out of Antwerp led us to believe that he was one who could well and…

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    New York: Lothrup, Lee & Shepherd, (1915). Hardcover first edition - The sixth title in the Children of Other Lands series, each written by an author who had themselves lived as a child in that country. This story contrasts the cheerful and prosperous life in Belgium during his childhood with the coming of war when Germany, ignoring Belgium's neutrality attacked it during World War I, leading to both fierce resistance on the part of the Belgium people and to many refugees fleeing the war. Illustrated with black and white photographs. Publisher's Preface which notes "The graphic account he had given of Belgian refugees ßocking out of Antwerp led us to believe that he was one who could well and profitably tell our boys and girls how those of their own age live in a land that has become the center of so great interest." 153 pp plus 6 pp of publisher's ads.

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    Condition: Near fine in orange boards illustrated in red, blue and black (note on front endpaper presenting this "for perfect attendance" dated in 1915)

    Book ID: 88051
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  • Middlebrook, Martin.
    THE FIRST DAY ON THE SOMME: 1 July 1916

    Edition: Book club edition.

    New York: Norton, (1972.) dj. Hardcover - An account of the blackest day in British military history - on that date, the mostly volunteer British Army went over the top and into the German trenches and had 60,000 casualties in just one day. With the deaths went a loss of innocence and a confidence that the war could be won. Photographs, maps, Index. 381 pp. ISBN: 0-39305442X.

    Condition: Very good in an edgeworn and fair only dust jacket.

    Book ID: 37943
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  • CALIFORNIA AT WAR: The State and the People during World War I. by North, Diane M. T.
    North, Diane M. T.
    CALIFORNIA AT WAR: The State and the People during World War I.

    Edition: First printing.

    Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, (20180 dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A book which "illuminates the legacy of World War I for all Americans. North not only writes about the transformative battlefield and nursing experiences of ordinary Californians, but also documents how daily life changed for everyone on the home front - factory and farm workers, housewives and children, pacifists and politicians.. . The war provided a boost to the faltering Hollywood film industry and increased the militarys presence through the addition of Army and Navy training camps and air fields, ship construction, contracts to local businesses, coastal defenses, and university-sponsored scientific research. The war united Californians in common humanitarian goals as they supported war-related charities, funded…

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    Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, (20180 dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A book which "illuminates the legacy of World War I for all Americans. North not only writes about the transformative battlefield and nursing experiences of ordinary Californians, but also documents how daily life changed for everyone on the home front - factory and farm workers, housewives and children, pacifists and politicians.. . The war provided a boost to the faltering Hollywood film industry and increased the militarys presence through the addition of Army and Navy training camps and air fields, ship construction, contracts to local businesses, coastal defenses, and university-sponsored scientific research. The war united Californians in common humanitarian goals as they supported war-related charities, funded the nations war machine, conserved food, and enforced rationing. Most citizens embraced wartime restrictions with patriotic zeal and did not foresee the retreat into suspicion, loyalty oaths, and unwarranted surveillance, all of which set the stage for the beginnings of the modern security state." Illustrated with photographs and maps. SIGNED on the title page. Chronology, list of California military installations, extensive notes, selected bibliography, index. xii, 496 pp. ISBN: 978-0700626465.

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    Condition: Very near fine in a fine dustjacket (a new unread copy but some bumping to the top edges of a few pages) .

    Book ID: 75400
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  • CALIFORNIA AT WAR: The State and the People during World War I. by North, Diane M. T.
    North, Diane M. T.
    CALIFORNIA AT WAR: The State and the People during World War I.

    Edition: First printing.

    Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, (2018) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A book which "illuminates the legacy of World War I for all Americans. North not only writes about the transformative battlefield and nursing experiences of ordinary Californians, but also documents how daily life changed for everyone on the home front - factory and farm workers, housewives and children, pacifists and politicians.. . The war provided a boost to the faltering Hollywood film industry and increased the militarys presence through the addition of Army and Navy training camps and air fields, ship construction, contracts to local businesses, coastal defenses, and university-sponsored scientific research. The war united Californians in common humanitarian goals as they supported war-related charities, funded…

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    Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, (2018) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A book which "illuminates the legacy of World War I for all Americans. North not only writes about the transformative battlefield and nursing experiences of ordinary Californians, but also documents how daily life changed for everyone on the home front - factory and farm workers, housewives and children, pacifists and politicians.. . The war provided a boost to the faltering Hollywood film industry and increased the militarys presence through the addition of Army and Navy training camps and air fields, ship construction, contracts to local businesses, coastal defenses, and university-sponsored scientific research. The war united Californians in common humanitarian goals as they supported war-related charities, funded the nations war machine, conserved food, and enforced rationing. Most citizens embraced wartime restrictions with patriotic zeal and did not foresee the retreat into suspicion, loyalty oaths, and unwarranted surveillance, all of which set the stage for the beginnings of the modern security state." Illustrated with photographs and maps. INSCRIBED on the title page. Chronology, list of California military installations, extensive notes, selected bibliography, index. xii, 496 pp. ISBN: 978-0700626465.

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    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (a new copy.)

    Book ID: 75401
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  • THE MISCHIEF MAKER. by Oppenheim, E. Phillips (1966-1946)
    Oppenheim, E. Phillips (1966-1946)
    THE MISCHIEF MAKER.

    Edition: First US printing.

    Boston: Little Brown, 1913. Hardcover first edition - As with many of his novels, this is a blend of international intrigue and romance, Oppenheim is considered one of the first writers of modern espionage novels. This is the story of a London politician who is framed in a sex scandal, flees to Paris, in the years just before the first World War. Illustrated with a frontispiece with a tissue guard and three inserted glossy plates by Hanson Booth. 372 pp.

    Condition: Very good minus in dark blue cloth with gold lettering - previous owner's name dated 1913, some rubbing to the lettering on the spine and edges of the boards, two light rings on front cover.

    Book ID: 64334
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  • TALBOT HOUSE TO TOWER HILL: An Anthology Of The Writings Of The Reverend P. B. ('Tubby') Clayton, Founder-Padre Of Toc H. by P B Clayton, The Reverend P. B.; compiled by John Durham.
    P B Clayton, The Reverend P. B.; compiled by John Durham.
    TALBOT HOUSE TO TOWER HILL: An Anthology Of The Writings Of The Reverend P. B. ('Tubby') Clayton, Founder-Padre Of Toc H.

    Edition: First edition.

    London: Toc H Incorporated, 1956. Hardcover first edition - A selection of both prose and poetry, just a fraction of Clayton's writings. Frontispiece portrait. The history of Toc H is a very interesting one: Talbot House was a rest house in Belgium for the British Troops during World War I - but after the end of the war when Clayton returned to London, the spirit of that house remained with him, and he wanted to create something similar in London. This was named Toc H after the soldier's term for the original house. Over the years this idea grew and the houses became known not only for delivering many services but for providing a place to debate the issues…

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    London: Toc H Incorporated, 1956. Hardcover first edition - A selection of both prose and poetry, just a fraction of Clayton's writings. Frontispiece portrait. The history of Toc H is a very interesting one: Talbot House was a rest house in Belgium for the British Troops during World War I - but after the end of the war when Clayton returned to London, the spirit of that house remained with him, and he wanted to create something similar in London. This was named Toc H after the soldier's term for the original house. Over the years this idea grew and the houses became known not only for delivering many services but for providing a place to debate the issues of the day. Tubby was very involved in LEPRA and many Toc H men went to work in the leprosy colonies in Africa. The writings in this book reflect the aims of Toc H - friendship, service, fairmindness, and to witness the Kingdom of God humbly. 163 pp plus a final short poem and an index of quotations.

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    Condition: Very good in light tan cloth - some rubbing to the label on the spine, bumping to the corners. Uncommon.

    Book ID: 67060
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  • THE AMAZING INTERLUDE. by Rinehart, Mary Roberts.
    Rinehart, Mary Roberts.
    THE AMAZING INTERLUDE.

    Edition: Early printing.

    New York: George H. Doran, (1918). Hardcover - A novel of romantic suspense set during World War I. Frontispiece and three glossy internal plates by the Kinneys. 317 pp.

    Condition: Good in beige cloth covered boards, with a blue design, black lettering (previous owner's name dated 1922,wear to the ends of the spine and the corners)

    Book ID: 86520
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  • THE HEART'S JOURNEY. by Sassoon, Siegfried (1886-1967)
    Sassoon, Siegfried (1886-1967)
    THE HEART'S JOURNEY.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Harper & Brothers, 1929. dj. Hardcover first edition - A slim collection of poems by this writer who is best remembered for his angry and compassionate poems about World War I. 45 pp.

    Condition: Very near fine in burgundy cloth in a near fine dustjacket (bookplate, a few leaves still uncut, sunning to the spine of the dj) Uncommon in the US edition,

    Book ID: 87527
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  • FIVE CHILDREN ON THE WESTERN FRONT. by Saunders, Kate.
    Saunders, Kate.
    FIVE CHILDREN ON THE WESTERN FRONT.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Delacorte, (2016) dj. Hardcover first edition - Synopsis: Set on the eve of the First World War. Four of the children have grown up - war will change their lives for ever. Cyril is off to fight, Anthea is studying art college, Robert is a Cambridge scholar and Jane is at high school. The Lamb is the grown up age of 11, and he has a little sister, Edith, in tow. The sand fairy has become a creature of stories . until he suddenly reappears. The siblings are pleased to have something to take their minds off the war, but this time the Psammead is here for a reason, and his magic might have a more serious…

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    New York: Delacorte, (2016) dj. Hardcover first edition - Synopsis: Set on the eve of the First World War. Four of the children have grown up - war will change their lives for ever. Cyril is off to fight, Anthea is studying art college, Robert is a Cambridge scholar and Jane is at high school. The Lamb is the grown up age of 11, and he has a little sister, Edith, in tow. The sand fairy has become a creature of stories . until he suddenly reappears. The siblings are pleased to have something to take their minds off the war, but this time the Psammead is here for a reason, and his magic might have a more serious purpose. Before this last adventure ends, all will be changed, and the two younger children will have seen the Great War from every possible viewpoint - factory-workers, soldiers and sailors, nurses and the people left at home, and the war's impact will be felt right at the heart of their family. 250 pp. ISBN: 978-0553497939.

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    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 88973
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  • THE BALLADS OF A BOHEMIAN by Service, Robert.
    Service, Robert.
    THE BALLADS OF A BOHEMIAN

    Edition: Early printing.

    New York: Barse & Hopkins, (1921). Hardcover - Poems which chronicle Service's life as a bohemian in Paris and into the trenches as he served with the British Army on the Western Front during the first World War and back to a Paris full of 'les grand mutiles'. Frontispiece portrait, 249 pp. Small format, measuring just 4 x 6 inches, bound in flexible dark red boards with gilt lettering in a vertical rectangle on cover and gilt lettering on spine, top edge gilt. 249 pp.

    Condition: Very good (some rubbing to lettering on spine)

    Book ID: 82363
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  • THE MAKING OF A MIND: Letters From A Soldier-Priest 1914-1919. by Teilhard de Chardin, Pierre.
    Teilhard de Chardin, Pierre.
    THE MAKING OF A MIND: Letters From A Soldier-Priest 1914-1919.

    Edition: Early printing.

    New York: Harper & Row, (1965) dj. Hardcover - Letters to his cousin Marguerite, written during the first World War, when Teilhard de Chardin, already a Jesuit priest, volunteered for the Army, and spent 4 1/2 years as a stretcher-bearer at the front lines. He was awarded the Croix de Guerre, the Medaille Militaire, and the Legion d'Honneur, but he also began to develop his great vision of the human condition during this time. Translated from the French by Rene Hague. Frontispiece portrait, map. Index, 316 pp.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket (gift inscription on front endpaper, creasing to front flap of dj)

    Book ID: 60255
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  • BLUE RAVENS: Historical Novel. by Vizenor, Gerald.
    Vizenor, Gerald.
    BLUE RAVENS: Historical Novel.

    Edition: First printing.

    Middletown, Connecticut: Wesleyan University Press, (2014) dj. Hardcover first edition - A novel set the early twentieth century in the days leading up to the Great War in France, and continues in combat scenes at the battles of Chteau-Thierry, Montbrhain, and Bois de Fays in France. After serving in the American Expeditionary Forces, two brothers from the Anishinaabe culture return to the White Earth Reservation where they grew up, but leave for a second time to live in Paris. 285 pp. ISBN: 978-0819574169.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 76541
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  • Wilkinson-Latham, Robert (illustrated by MIchael Roffe.)
    THE ROYAL GREEEN JACKETS (Osprey Men-at-Arms series)

    Edition: First printing.

    London: Osprey Publishing, (1977.). First edition - A study of this British regiment from its service in the French and Indian war in North America through the Napoleonic Wars, the Great War and World War II. Illustrated throughout with black and white photographs and reproductions of old engravings and drawings, plus a section of eight full color plates by MIchael Roffe. First edition of this early title in the "Men-at-Arms Series" a very high quality, accurate and attractively produced and well-illustrated series of slightly oversized, but slim, trade paperbacks, measuring 7 1/4 inches wide by 9 3/4 inches tall, bound in glossy illustrated white covers (heavy cardstock) and printed on good quality paper. Select bibliography, Notes. 40 pp. Uncommon in the first printing. ISBN: 0-85045249X.

    Condition: Very near fine in stiff glossy pictorial wrappers (covers creamy rather than white.)

    Book ID: 37730
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  • BEREFT. by Womersley, Chris.
    Womersley, Chris.
    BEREFT.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: SilverOak, (2012). Hardcover first edition - Second novel by this award-winning Australian writer. "The year is 1919 and the Great War has ended. Sergeant Quinn Walker - with a damaged body and soul from his wartime experiences - decides to return home to the small and desolate town of Flint, Australia, to set right the past. Ten years earlier, he had fled following the horrific rape and murder of his beloved younger sister Sarah - a crime that everyone, including his family, believed Quinn committed. When he arrives on the outskirts of Flint, Quinn learns the town has not escaped the deadly flu epidemic sweeping the globe." Winner of the Indie award for best Australian novel, nominated for the Miles Franklin award. 235 pp. ISBN: 978-1402798139.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 75337
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