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Incendiary - SIGNED - Chris Cleave

2005 - Chatto & Windus, London - First Edition
‘An al-Qaeda bomb attack on a London soccer match provides the tragicomic donnée of former Daily Telegraph journalist Cleave's impressive multilayered debut: a novel-length letter from an enraged mother to Osama bin Laden. Living hand to mouth in London's East End, the unnamed mother's life is shattered when her policeman husband (part of a bomb disposal unit) and four-year-old son are killed in the stadium stands.’ – Publisher’s Weekly.

‘Arguably the strangest epistolary novel ever written’ –
Newsweek.

True first and limited edition issued two weeks before the trade edition. Signed by the author and with a typed note of thanks. Unfortunately, it was published on the 7 July 2005, the day of the London bombings and most of the major bookshops removed it from their shelves.
 
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Guard of Honor - James Gould Cozzens

1948 - Harcourt, New York - First edition in scarce first issue dust jacket.
Guard of Honor won the Pulitzer Prize in 1949. The novel balances a vast cast of intricately enmeshed characters as they react over the course of three tense days in September 1943 to a racial incident on a U.S. Army airbase in Florida. The reader is acutely aware of the war raging abroad and the effect it has had, or will have, on the multitude of servicemen who populate Cozzens's immense canvas.

‘No other American novelist of our time writes with such profound understanding of the wellsprings of human character and of the social pressures that help to form it’. -
The New York Times.

‘Every page of Guard of Honor gives the impression of a writer at the very top of his powers setting out to accomplish nothing less than his masterwork.’ -
The New Yorker. 
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Flashman and the Redskins - From The Flashman Papers 1849-50 and 1875-76 - George MacDonald Fraser

1982 - Collins, London - First Edition
What was Harry Flashman doing on the slopes of Little Bighorn, caught between the gallant remnant of Custer’s 7th Cavalry and the attack of Sitting Bull’s braves? He was trying to get out of the line of fire and escape yet again with his life (if not his honour) intact.

Here is the legendary and authentic West of Mangas Colorado’s Apaches, of Kit Carson, Custer and Spotted Tail, of Crazy Horse and the Deadwood stage, gunfighters and gamblers, scoundrels and Indian belles, enthusiastic widows and mysterious adventuresses.

The seventh volume of the "Flashman Papers" records the arch-cad's adventures in America during Gold Rush of 1849 and the Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876, and his acquaintance with famous Indian chiefs, American soldiers, frontiersmen and statesmen.
 
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1946 - E. P. Dutton & Co., New York - First Edition in English, Second Printing (one month after the first).
A fine copy in bright dust jacket, scarce as such.

Curzio Malaparte was a disaffected supporter of Mussolini with a taste for danger and high living. Sent by an Italian paper during World War II to cover the fighting on the Eastern Front, Malaparte secretly wrote this terrifying report from the abyss, which became an international best-seller when it was published after the war. Telling of the siege of Leningrad, of glittering dinner parties with Nazi leaders, and of trains disgorging bodies in war-devastated Romania, Malaparte paints a picture of humanity at its most depraved. Kaputt is an insider's dispatch from the world of the enemy that is as hypnotically fascinating as it is disturbing.’ (description from the
New York Review Books Classics) 
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1901 - Hutchinson & Co., London - First Edition
If James had learnt anything, it was at all hazards to think for himself, accepting nothing on authority, questioning, doubting; it was to look upon life with a critical eye, trying to understand it, and to receive no ready-made explanations

Somerset Maugham’s scarce third novel about the return of a decorated Army veteran of the Boer war, one of 1,500 copies, and the first state with Maugham’s symbol upside down on the front panel and lacking the g in ‘game’ on the last line of page 129.
 
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If I Die in A Combat Zone, Box Me Up & Ship Me Home - Tim O’Brien

1973 - Delacorte Press, New York - First Edition
Signed and inscribed by O’Brien to author Hilma Wolitzer on the half-title.

To Hilma, Whose wit and intelligence, not to mention sex appeal, continues to inspire / Tim.”

A unique and fine first edition. Tim O’Brien was drafted into the U.S. Army and sent to Vietnam on April 5, 1969, to serve with the Third Platoon, Company A, Fifth Battalion, Forty-Sixth Infantry Division.

‘O'Brien's autobiographical account of his tour of duty in Vietnam in 1969. His first book and a classic on the Vietnam War’, in which he ‘brilliantly and quietly evokes the foot soldier's daily life in the paddies and foxholes, evokes a blind, blundering war... Tim O'Brien writes with the care and eloquence of someone for whom communication is still a vital possibility... A personal document of aching clarity... A beautiful, painful book.’ -
The New York Times Book Review. 
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1929 - Faber & Faber, London - Number 269 of 300 limited copies
An exceptional copy of the first illustrated edition – in the uncommon original dust jacket – signed in green by Sassoon and in pencil by illustrator William Nicholson on the limitation page. With seven full-page woodcuts and numerous in-text illustrations. Housed in custom clamshell case of fine black morocco leather over matching cloth, velvet lined, and lettered in gilt to the spine.

This is the first book in Sassoon’s autobiographical memoirs of the Great War. The other two are
Memoirs of an Infantry Officer and Sherston's Progress, a trilogy that charted both the destruction of the world for which Sassoon fought, and his own emergence as one of Britain's finest war poets.

Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man and Robert Graves’ Goodbye to all That’ are wonderfully written combinations of despair, tenderness, humour, love, anger and cynicism. Attitudes which were shown towards fellow members of the services, with Sassoon and Graves closely entwined in each others lives throughout. 
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Dog Soldiers - SIGNED - Robert Stone

1974 - Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston - First Edition
‘…a dark descendent of Conrad’s and Hemingway’s adventure stories…a tale of Vietnam and California…’ – The New York Times

Fine copy of the first edition, signed by Robert Stone on title page.

A narrative meditation on American counterculture, Stone’s novel follows confused and traumatised Vietnam War correspondent John Converse as he attempts to smuggle three kilos of heroin back to California, embroiling his wife, Marge, and ex-Marine corps friend Hicks in the process, only to watch his dangerous plan violently unravel.
 
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