Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Dulce Et Decorum Est: Books about World War I at Old Saratoga Books

Historians around the globe are commemorating the centenary of the extraordinarily bloody and terrible World War I years (1914-1918) with many exhibitions, memorials and publications. We scoured the shelves at Old Saratoga Books and offer a selection of our titles about the "Great War", from exuberant juvenile literature exhorting young readers onto the excitement of the battlefield to poetry by war-weary soldiers, there's a lot to consider:

1) Rand McNally War Map of the French Front Southern Section: A Strategic Map of the Battle Ground in France from St. Mihiel to the Swiss Border Showing the Present Battle Line to the Farthest Advance of the Germans, Chicago: Rand McNally, 1917. A color folding map measuring 21 x 31.5 inches. A World War I battle map divided into four mile squares showing towns, rail lines, fortified locations, forests, mountains, canals and wagon roads. Good condition. Map is musty, several tears along folds, toned and foxed housed in a gray card cover folder with front cover heavily creased and torn, rear cover missing lower corner, bookseller ticket inside front cover. Map No. 3 in a series of Five Great Military Maps of the Western Front in Europe. $40



2) Beach, Charles Amory, Air Service Boys Flying for Victory: Or Bombing the Last German Stronghold, Cleveland, OH: The World Syndicate Publishing Co. 1920, reprint. Very Good in Fair dust jacket. Red cloth binding. A World War I aviation novel for young readers. Front hinge cracked, owner name on front free endpaper, several pages smudged, jacket soiled and tattered and missing several chips at edges. Great color jacket art of vintage propeller airplane. 218 pp. $25



3) Berry, Henry, Make the Kaiser Dance: Living Memories of a Forgotten War: The American Experience in World War I. Garden City, NY: Doubleday 1978, first edition. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. Brown cloth binding with green boards. Index, many photos. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to a fellow Marine. Author photo on rear jacket flap. Jacket art by Dave Christensen. The author interviewed and researched numerous American doughboys who served in France in this exploration of the American experience in World War I. 455 pp. $25
 

4) Botsford, Capt. Charles A., Fighting with the U. S. Army, Philadelphia: The Penn Publishing Company 1919, first edition. Black and white illustrations by Donald S. Humphreys. Burgundy cloth binding with color illustration of World War I doughboy climbing out of trench with pistol in hand on front boards. Good. Pages toned, rear hinge cracked, boards rubbed. The second novel in the author's "The Victory Series", for young adults about the Dale Academy boys, now soldiers with the American Army in World War I. 320 pp. $15


5) Bricker, Richard W., Wooden Ships from Texas: A World War I Saga, College Station, TX: Texas A&M University Press, 1998, first edition. Good in Very Good dust jacket. Gift inscription redacted on front free endpaper, shaken. Index, bibliography, notes, photos. A look at the seventeen four- and five-mast sailing ships built in Texas which served the American cause during World War I. The Centennial Series of the Association of Former Students; Vol. 77; 216 pp. $15


6) Campbell, Vice-Admiral Gordon, My Mystery Ships, London: Hodder and Stoughton 1939, later printing. Very Good. Tan cloth binding. Foreword by Admiral Sir Lewis Bayly. An analysis of British naval tactics during The Great War and reflections on the submarine menace. No jacket, boards moderately worn, corners rounded. 319 pp. $13



7) Carter, Herbert, The Boy Scouts Afoot in France or with the Red Cross Corps At the Marne, NY: A. L. Burt 1917. Good with no dust jacket; Pictorial tan cloth. Owner name on front free endpaper, boards lightly soiled and worn, pages toned, a few pages lightly soiled. 251 pp. $15


8) Castor, Henry, America's First World War: General Pershing and the Yanks, NY: Random House 1957. Very Good with no dust jacket. Landmark No. 77. Pictorial hardcover. Boards rubbed. Many photos. 192 pp. $15


 9) Cowley, Malcolm, A Second Flowering: Works and Days of the Lost Generation. NY: Viking 1974 First Paperback Edition. Softcover Very Good. Index. A look at the literature of World War I through the works of Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Dos Passos, Cummings, Wilder, Faulkner, Wolfe and Hart Crane. Many photos. Covers scuffed. 276 pp. $7


10) Davis, Richard Harding, With the Allies. NY: Charles Scribner's Sons 1914, first edition. Good with no dust jacket; Red cloth binding with black and yellow design on front boards. Many photos. The author was a war correspondent during World War I and in his preface, his exhorts his fellow Americans to join with England, France, Belgium and the other Allies to fight Germany. Boards heavily worn, owner names on front free endpaper, hinges cracked, pages toned. 241 pp. $30


11) Dunlap, Dr. George A., Gleanings from Camp and Campus, NY: Vantage Press 1973 First Edition. Good in Good dust jacket. The author recounts his experiences with the American Expeditionary Forces in Europe during World War I and later as an English professor at Oklahoma Baptist University and other universities and colleges. Author photo on rear jacket panel. Text waterstained at lower corners, jacket scuffed and waterstained, boards rubbed. 181 pp. $16



12) Fallodon, Viscount Grey Of Twenty-Five Years, 1892-1916, NY: Frederick A. Stokes 1925, second printing. Very Good in Good dust jacket. In two volumes. Navy cloth binding, gilt lettering on front boards and spine. Top edges gilt. Jacket lightly soiled and tattered. Many photos. A two-volume memoir by Great Britain's Foreign Secretary during World War I, packed with history and an account of his interactions with President Theodore Roosevelt. $100
 

13) Faulkner, William, A Fable. NY: Random House 1954, first printing. Good in Very Good dust jacket. Pictorial burgundy cloth binding, Gray topstain. Jacket lightly worn along edges and at head and foot of spine, pages toned, owner name on half-title. A lovely copy of the Nobel Laureate's allegorical novel about trench warfare and passive resistance in World War I. The novel won both the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award. 437 pp. $125


14) Forbes, John, The Quaker Star under Seven Flags: 1971-1927: The Work of the American Friends Service Committee with Seven Governments to Relieve Civilian Victims of World War I, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press 1962. Ex-library copy. Good in Good dust jacket. Library of Congress number 61-5539. Jacket flaps glued to endpapers, usual library stamps and markings. Index, notes, related reading. 274 pp. $10


15) Fox, Edward Lyell, Wilhelm Hohenzollern and Co., Robert M. McBride and Company 1917. Very Good with no dust jacket. The journalist's account of the Kaiser's armies and personal life during the midst of World War I. Photograph frontispiece of the Kaiser, his wife and son. Pages browned and many ragged edges from having been opened inexpertly, boards rubbed and lightly soiled, spine faded. $19


16) Lloyd, David William, Battlefield Tourism: Pilgrimage and the Commemoration of the Great War in Britain, Australia and Canada, 1919-1939. NY: Berg Publishers 1998. Softcover Very Good. Bibliography, index, photos. Covers lightly scuffed. 251 pp. $14
 

17) McKenna, Marthe, I Was a Spy!, NY: A. L. Burt Company 1934 Reprint. Very Good in Good dust jacket; Glossy black cloth binding. Pages toned, jacket soiled and tattered, page tops soiled. Foreword by the Rt. Hon. Winston S. Churchill. Editor's note by E. E. P. Tisdall. 17 photographs. The Belgian author served as a spy for British intelligence during World War I, winning an Iron Cross and French and Belgian Orders of the Legion of Honor for her daring exploits. 288 pp. $50


18) Meade, Capt. Patrick A., Born to Trouble. NY: G. P. Putnam's Sons 1939. Good with no dust jacket. Orange cloth binding. The Irish soldier relates his experiences in the World War I and Third Afghan War, and later in various parts of Asia during the 1920s. Spine cocked, pages toned, boards rubbed. Frontispiece profile portrait of the author. 406 pp. $20


19) Morton, Desmond; Granatstein, J. L., Marching to Armageddon: Canadians and the Great War 1914-1919. Toronto: Lester & Orpens Denny 1989 First Edition. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. Remainder mark on page bottoms. Index, many photos. 288 pp. $13

 
20) Oliver, Frederick Scott, Ordeal by Battle, London: MacMillan 1915. Good. Blue cloth spine with paper spine label. Spine faded, board moderately worn, front hinge tender. A contemporary analysis of the causes of World War I. 437 pp. $20


21)  Barker, Pat, Regeneration. NY: Plume Books 1986. Softcover Very Good. Covers lightly scuffed. The first novel in Barker's Regeneration trilogy about World War I. 252 pp. $7


22) Carr, J.L., A Month in the Country, NY: New York Review Books 2000. Softcover Very Good.
Introduction by Michael Holroyd. A reprint of this 1980 novel about a shell-shocked World War I veteran who restores himself and a medieval mural in a Yorkshire church. Covers lightly scuffed. 135 pp. $7




23) Hancock, H. Irving, Dave Darrin on Mediterranean Service, or With Dan Dalzell on European Duty. Akron, OH: The Saalfield Publishing Company 1919. Very Good in Good dust jacket. Green pictorial cloth binding. Boards rubbed, pages toned, jacket rubbed. Two young American sailors find adventure in the Navy during World War I. $25


24) MacNeil, Robert, Burden of Desire. NY: N.A. Talese/Doubleday 1992, first edition. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. Signed by the author on the half-title. Appears to have been a bookplate removed from verso of front free endpaper. The journalist's first novel, about Halifax, Nova Scotia during the World War I era. 466 pp. $20


25) Morrison, Emmeline, Red Poppies: The Romance of a Woman Spy, NY: Jacobsen Publishing Co., 1930. Fair in Good dust jacket; A 1930 reprint of this World War I novel. Yellow cloth binding. Boards and inside of dust jacket waterstained, musty, jacket tattered and rubbed. Modern Reprint Library. 314 pp. $10


26) Robinson, Derek, Goshawk Squadron, NY:  Viking 1972  First American Edition. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. Author photo on rear jacket panel. A novel about the Royal Flying Corps fighting over France during World War I. Short-listed for the prestigious Booker Prize. Tear on front pastedown endpaper, jacket rubbed. 246 pp. $20



27) Sassoon, Siegfried, Collected Poems. NY: Viking 1949 First Edition Hardcover Good with no dust jacket; Blue blindstamped cloth binding. Indices. Insect damage at gutter of rear boards, owner stamps on rear free endpaper. 269 pp. $20



28) Sherwood, Elmer, Lucky and His Friend Steve. Racine, WI: Whitman Publishing Company 1922. Hardcover Good with no dust jacket. Illustrated by Neil O'Keefe. The story of Lucky the sailor and his compatriots aboard the U. S. Destroyer WIZARD bound for "somewhere in France" during the height of World War I. Several black and white illustrations by Neil O'Keefe. Pink paper-covered boards. Pages browned, boards bumped at corners and spine, heel of spine crushed and split. 123 pp. $10







29) Shipman, Herbert, Verses. NY: D. Appleton and Company 1931 First Edition. Very Good.Purple cloth binding with gilt lettering stamped on front boards and spine. Frontispiece photograph of the deceased author, the late Suffragan Bishop of the Diocese of New York. Preface by Mary Raymond Shipman Andrews. Dedication by the author's widow, Julie Fay Shipman. A collection of poems by Bishop Shipman, who also served as a Chaplain at West Point and with the First Army in France during World War I. Spine sunned, boards worn, owner name on front free endpaper. 97 pp. $25



30) Swindells, Rose Hannah, Except the Lord - Build the House, Privately Printed, 2002. Softcover Very Good. The author relates her life story as a young woman coming of age during World War I in England's Buxworth Basin area. Covers lightly scuffed, owner name on front free endpaper. 200 pp. $10




31) Tiplady, Thomas, The Cross at the Front: Fragments from the Trenches, NY: Fleming H. Revell, 1917 Seventh Edition. Good. Red cloth binding with white crossed swords design and lettering stamped on front boards. Frontispiece photo of the mustachioed author with tissue guard and facsimile signature. Boards rubbed, moisture stains on front and rear endpapers. A collection of prose pieces by the British Army chaplain from various locations in France during World War I. 191 pp. $20






32)  Young, Francis Brett, Poems, 1916-1918. NY: E.P. Dutton & Co 1920. Good. Gray boards with tan embossed backstrip. Gilt lettering stamped on spine. Boards worn, gift inscription on front free endpaper. Young was trained as a doctor and served in the British Army during World War I, eventually becoming wounded in 1918 and evacuated out. He was so seriously injured that he was unable to continue to practice medicine and turned to writing as a full-time occupation. This volume of poetry contains many verses about his war-time experiences. 99 pp. $25


33) [Koch, Hilda and Frank], Leiser, Clara (translator), Refugee. NY: Prentice-Hall 1940, second printing. Good with no dust jacket. lue cloth printing. Owner name stamped on front pastedown, owner bookplate on front free endpaper, boards spotted and worn. The authors relate their experiences as "Aryans" who resisted Germany's militarism and uber-nationalism during the run-up to World War I, and their subsequent relocation to the United States. 308 pp. $13





These and many other books about this era in world history can be found at our open shop. You can go to our website to place an order or call or email Old Saratoga Books  for these books or to inquire about other titles: (518) 695-5607 and info@oldsaratogabooks.com.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Booking at Austin's Antiquarian Books in Wilmington, Vermont

After a hectic holiday bookselling season it was a much-needed treat for Dan and I to visit Garry and Karen Austin at their jewel-box store, Austin's Antiquarian Books, just up the road a-piece in Wilmington, Vermont. I've known Garry for several years now, as an exhibitor at some of the regional book fairs he organizes, and have always enjoyed his combination of professionalism and teasing banter during the setups and breakdowns. After driving past his bookstore twice now on my way between Bennington and Brattleboro, and looking wistfully in my rear view mirror (but not for too long, because Route 9 is a bit twisty), I was determined to get out for a visit.


Garry and Karen graciously agreed to meet us at their shop on one of our mutual days off (or was this my first "or by appointment" antiquarian bookstore visit?) for a quick tour and then we headed out for a bookseller's lunch. Their shop has two floors full of beautiful bindings and interesting antiquarian titles. There are all sorts of book alcoves tucked into corners of the first floor, crowned by large front room with a majestic stone fireplace. At all turns there were interesting displays of handsome and tempting books and it was hard to break away from browsing and be social.


Some of the bookstore specialties include books about Theodore Roosevelt, Western Americana, flyfishing, natural history and travel, and each had its own nook.


The Book Trout couldn't resist this shot of a print of its cousin, the Brook Trout, hanging on the wall.


I headed upstairs for a bit of browsing with my good friend BABS, the Books about Books section, and looked over a wide selection of literary biographies, gardening books and history titles. Every book was in impeccable condition, and each section was populated with interesting choices in a range of prices. You can browse 2,000 or so books that have been been catalogued on the shop's website, but the serious bibliophile will want to head over in person to ferret out those hard-to-find titles in the Austin's specialties.


The shop is spacious, well-lighted and invites luxurious browsing. I picked up a few interior design tips for our shop, but, mindful of our hosts' post-lunch need to get back to packing last-minute holiday book orders, I had to rein in my desire to while away the rest of a very pleasant afternoon in the stacks and headed out with our party of four for some local grub and book shop talk. The Austins ran several used and rare bookshops in Maine before opening their present location in 1993 and it was great to hear their stories about bookselling in the pre-Internet era.


Austin's Antiquarian Books is open Thursday through Sunday from 10:30 to 6. The shop is located at 123 West Main Street (Vermont Route 9) overlooking the Deerfield River. Garry and Karen are open all five seasons (summer, fall, winter, mud and spring) and can be reached by phone: 802-464-8438 or by email: mail@austinsbooks.com.