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SA Auction #86 begins on 22 Oct 2020

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Jelf, Colonel Wilfrid; contributions by Field-Marshal the Lord Milne and others

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"A series of brilliantly told episodes from the South African War and the Great War"

Published: John Murray, London, 1935

Edition: First

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From the front panel of the publisher's unusual dustjacket: "On the occasion of Wilfrid Jelf's death in October 1933 [the year has been altered in ink from 1934], Lord Gorell wrote: 'He had been terribly gassed in the War; he gave his life for his country as surely as though he had fallen in the trenches . . . So closes one of those lives of chivalry, strength and courage upon which perennially, in peace and in war, the fame of the British soldier sits enthroned.' "

The text opens with tributes to the author by three of his friends, Charles Tennyson, Brigadier-General C C Lucas and Field-Marshal the Lord Milne. Five of the author's nine stories are from the Anglo-Boer War, the others from the First World War.

Plastic-protected oatmeal dustjacket printed in black on four faces (one with an order form for the Cornhill Magazine, which had accepted the author's stories for publication), blue cloth-boards, black to the upper panel and spine, plain endpapers, frontispiece portrait of the author + vii + 151 pp.

CONDITION. The dustjacket, now protected in plastic, has a sunned spine and there is a small amount of material missing from both spine-ends and three of the four corners. The boards are lightly shelf-rubbed and have a few foxing spots on the outer hinges. Bookplate of Jean van der Byl on the front pastedown. Unmarked but page-edges lightly tanned.

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  • Jacket Condition: Good (repaired)
  • Binding Condition: Very Good
  • Overall Condition: Very Good
  • Size: 190 x 135
  • Sold By: Fontein Books
  • Contact Person: Richard Proctor-Sims
  • Country: South Africa
  • Email: fontein@wol.co.za
  • Telephone: 051 773 0050/048 079 546 4032
  • Preferred Payment Methods: Eft or, for overseas buyers, Visa or Mastercard credit cards.
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