Cambridge: Harvard University, 1917. Wraps. First Edition. 9 pp. Stapled pamphlet on laid ivory paper summarizes the participation of Harvard in the war effort. It concludes with an appeal to Harvard men for contributions, stating that $30,000 is necessary to meet immediate needs. Staple binding tight. Very Good.
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Paris: Labrairie Hachette & Cie. 1915. Paper Wraps. First Edition. 90 French War Poems. Ivory wraps with touches of red and blue in a flag are aged, brittle, and chipped. Cover reads "Vendus au profit de la Societe Francaise de Secours aux Blesses Militaires." Front cover is completely detached. Others holding but fragile. Spots of age and soil on prelims, but the poems themselves show only traces of foxing. A poignant little book written by a retired artillery officer who reenlisted for World War I as he recovers from battle wounds. All in French and seldom found. Good.
Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1924. Hardcover. First edition. 309 pp. Black cloth cover has border design of turquoise rules in a cross shape, enclosing red flowers. Red lettering on front; turquoise lettering, similar design on spine. Cover signed DD (Decorative Designers). Corners lightly bumped, a bit worn. Spine creased at ends. Top edge red; other edges soiled. Back cover has residue of paper label. Contents clean and tight. Novel set around World War I. Very Good.
Washington, D.C. The Navy Press, 1917. Wraps. First Edition. 60 PP. + xviii ad pps. B/w & color ills. "Published monthly by the Navy Press under editorial direction of The National Marine League of the U.S.A. (whose trustees are not military men)." Front cover is navy bordered with red & white accents and lettering. Cover is edgeworn and spine is deteriorating. Contents are clean and tight. Much period advertising. Editorial content includes an overall title "The U.S. Navy at a Glance": an apparently comprehensive group of articles including warships building or authorized, the German Naval Program, a summary of vessels in the U.S. Navy, and more. Other articles focus on the submarine "Chaser"; American blockade runners; ship famine and high cost of living; and much.....
London: His Majesty's Stationery Office, 1915. Wraps. First Edition. 48 pp. Large b/w fold-out map of The Balkans ( approx. 34 x 44) included. Title, cont: "Appointed by His Majesty's Governemnt and Presided over by the Right Hon. Viscount Bryce, O.M., &c., &c." Blue paper wraps are scuffed and edgeworn. At some time, the booklet has been folded longwise, although accompanying map is uncreased. First 12 pps. are dog-eared at lower corner. A report based on uncorroborated charges, part of a propaganda campaign against the Germans early in the first World War. Apparently there was a second report from this committee; our copy ends on page 48 with "Conclusions" and is signed by the Committee. Contents are readable, not particularly fragile. Very Good.
London: John Lane the Bodley Head, 1917. Soft Cover. First Edition. First English Edition. 292 pp. Untranslated title: "L'Effort Britannique," translated from the French by J. Lewis May. Preface by Georges Clemenceau. Gray paperback book is worn and soiled. Spine present, but paper is stressed. Edges of book foxed. Rear cover lists recent war books from the publisher. Contents ever-so-lightly foxed, tied binding holding. From the author's preface, an explanation that he felt that "the stupendous character of England's effort was not sufficiently realized by our Iralian friends....in France, no less than in Italy, the part played by England has not invariably met with the appreciation it deserves." Clemenceau's intro begins "This is not a war for the possession of a town, a province, or...
Worcester, MA: Commonwealth Press, 1921. Paperback. First Edition. 79 pp. Tan paper covers lettered on front in black. Corners are dog-earred. Chipped at heel of spine. There is little actual erosion of paper, but it is a bit brittle and aged. The self-published account of a young man who went to France to serve as "Y" staff during World War War. From his preface, "This is not a war story...the war forms its background only; and the boys in khaki who figure in it appear in their human and personal capacity, rather than as units in the fighting maching." Very Good.
Boston, MA: Little, Brown and Company, 1918. Hardcover. First Edition. x, 412 pp. 12mo. Black cloth cover with gold embossed titling to cover and spine. Very minimal scuffing overall, small nick at head of spine, a second 1-3/4" down from head of spine at hinge. Clean and crisp within. The folding plate of a 12-inch, 2-gun turret is in exceptional condition with a small tear at the first fold along the gutter.
Few of these manuals survive intact. Excellent copy. Very Good.
Toronto: McClelland, Goodchild & Stewart, 1918. Hardcover. 86 pp. Tri-color ills.Beige covers have royal blue panel on front picturing a soldier. Covers are soiled. Spine cocked. Corners bumped, upper corners worn to eroded status. Charming pictorial eps hint of a comedy of World War I soldiers mixed up with local railroad officials. Contents clean and tight, uniformly aged. Very Good.
Philadelphia: The Bell Telephone Company of Pennsylvania, 1921. Blue Cloth. First Edition. 294 pp. Subtitle, "The Story of the 406th Telegraph Battalion Signal Corps, U.S. Army." Front cover has a blind-stamped, gilt illustration of two Telegraph Battalion soldiers, in silhouette, behind barbed wire. One soldier is talking over a "squawk box" while the other holds the communication lines running to a telegraph pole, as a plane flies overhead. Gilt illustration, as well as lettering and rules, are somewhat worn and/or faded. Blind-stamped, gilt lettering and rules on spine is severely faded. Covers and spine are somewhat aged, soiled and shelf-worn. Spine ends and corners are bumped and frayed to the boards. Edges are slightly soiled. Full color frontis photo of "The Battalion Standards and Guidons."...
Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1917. Paperback. First Edition. 15 pp. A lecture delivered before the officers of the Quartermaster Reserve Corps at Washington, D.C. on June 19, 1917. Brown wraps are clean and crisp, staple binding tight. Previous ownership in ink at top of title page. An interesting piece of WW I information. Very Good Plus.
Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1917. Leather. First Edition. 556 pp. Color, b/w ills. H.O. No. 87, published by the Hydrographic Office under the Authority of the Secretary of the Navy. Black leather covers scuffed, with dents on lower front edge and upper front fore-edge. Gilt lettering front and spine is a little compromised. This book may have gone to sea! Prelims aged, with touches of foxing. Color frontis shows national colors worn by United States Vessels, including the Ensign and the Union Jack. Contents are tight and clean, a bit aged. The book has three sections: "urgent and important signals and all the tables of money, weights, barometric heights, etc., together with a geographical list and a table of phrases formed with the auxiliary...
Garden City: Doubleday, Page & Co., 1916. Hardcover. First Edition. 305 pp. Subtitle: "With accompanying notes by well-known English writers." With an appreciation from H.H. Asquith, Prime Minister of England. Tri-tone ills. Navy cloth covers lettered on front w/bright gilt. Spine gilt faded almost to obscurity. Touches of edgewear, mostly at corners and spine ends. Contents are clean and tight. Small bookseller stamp lower ffep. A collection of full-page cartoons on World War I from a famous Dutch cartoonist. Commentary from such notables as HiIliaire Belloc, G.K. Chesterton, the Dean of St. Paul's, John Buchan, and many others. Very Good.
Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1917. Paperback. First Edition. 8 pp. A lecture delivered before the officers of the Quartermaster Corps and the Quartermaster Reserve Corps at Washington, D.C. on May 11, 1917. Author is from the French Army, Foreign Legion. Brown wraps are clean and crisp, staple binding tight. Previous ownership in ink at top of title page. An interesting piece of WW I information. Very Good Plus.
Paris: Taride. Paper. First Edition. Nd, ca. World War I. 48 pp. booklet - slim 8vo plus 2 maps, each approx. 34" x 54". Brown paper cover is edge-worn, had advertising for other of Taride's maps inside and out. The booklet, apparently coverless as issued, is dedicated "to the American Soldiers who have come to defend France - 'The Banner of the World' as Edison says - and with her, Liberty." Booklet, in English, contains general information on France, a short description of tourist sites in the country, a list of principal localities and their characteristics. Two maps are promised: a map of the tourist regions of France and a city map of Paris including the Metro. The two maps included are an auto route...