Gilby, Thomas, collected and with introduction by.
Title BRITAIN AT ARMS: A SCRAPBOOK, FROM QUEEN ANNE TO THE PRESENT DAY.
Publisher Eyre & Spottiswoode, London, 1953, Ist edition.
Seller ID 22804
361 pp, 12mo (7 1/8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. "Here will be found famous passages of martial literature, but in the main this book goes to diaries, dispatches, recollections and reflections little known or out of print. It is both an antholo gy for the general reader to dip into and a companion to historical studies. Gay and grumbling, high-flown and understated, dramatic and humdrum, comic and tragic, these pieces illustrate the British temper in war - a business unpremeditate d a n d o f ten bungled at the beginning, conducted prodigally and doggedly but without neurosis, and then finished and done with. They start with the brilliant switch from the Meuse to the Danube which confounded the Europe of 1704 and end with Ko r ea w he r e ag ain the world has seen the characteristic stubborness without display of ruthlessness or heroics..." Pages are lightly browned, edges of text block are browned - small light stain on fore-edge, light browning to edges of boards an d on spi ne, l ig ht edge wear - mainly at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has heavy browning on spine and some edges, repaired tear on hinges with tape on inside, tear at bottom of front flap - archivally taped. small chips at top of spine, ligh t edg e we ar. Go od/ Fai r