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Maurois, Andre. Translated From The French By F.R. Ludman. Illustrated By Edward Ardizzone. Listings

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1 Maurois, Andre. Translated from the French by F.R. Ludman. Illustrated by Edward Ardizzone. THE BATTLE OF FRANCE.
John Lane, The Bodley Head, London, (1940), Ist edition. 
210 pp + ads, 8vo (8 3/8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. 8 b&w plates by Edward Ardizzone. "The first made up of sketches of the B.E.F. which were published in Paris each week from the beginning of November (1939). I had been asked by the Army Council to acompany the British forces as French official eye-witness. I was delighted to have the opportunity of joining my old friends again. We were full of hope. I spent at G.H.Q., and with the armies, several happy months. When I read what I wrote then, in perfect good faith, I wonder why and how we did not realize at once that our numbers were too small, our equipment scanty, our defence inadequate. As a matter of fact, we did realize it from time to time, but there was aconspiracy of optimism...If these sketches are now still worth reading, it will be mainly because of their significant omissions. The second part of this book is a diary of The Thirty Days War. Most of it was written, not for publication, but for my self. It is not perhaps the whole truth, but all of its true - too terribly true." Light browning to endpapers, moderate rubbing to cloth, light fading to top/bottom edges of spine, a few tiny soiling specks on boards. Dust jacket is worn with a few small tears and chips, is clipped at all flap corners, heavy edge wear, browning, light soiling, old tape repairs on inside surface, now in a mylar sleeve. G/Poor 
Price: 20.00 USD


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