The Grenadier Guards in the War of 1939–1945 (Signed copy)
Captain Nigel Nicolson's signed and corrected copy
First edition, hardback bound in the original blue cloth with gilt titling to spine. Each 25 15.5cm. Volume 1: xv + 256pp + xix. Volume 2: xi + 323pp (pp259–582) + xix.
Volume one has been signed by Nigel Nicolson, and he has added that this is the corrected copy. His pencil annotation to the rear endpaper notes there are three corrections which correspond to pencil edits in the text. Volume 2 is unsigned.
A very highly regarded history of the Grenadier Guards in the Second World War, co-written by Nigel Nicolson, son of Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson, who served with them during the conflict. Volume 1 describes the campaign in North-west Europe from the BEF's arrival in France and retreat at Dunkirk, to Normandy, Nijmegen, Holland, and to Berlin and the surrender of Germany. This volume is illustrated with 20 illustrations, and 23 maps (some of which are fold-out). Volume two describes the Mediterranean Campaigns, starting with the Tunisian Campaign, and then the Italian Campaign of 1943–45 leading to the occupation of southern Austria. With 23 illustrations and 22 maps. The appendices include Officer and Other Ranks casualty lists, consolidated casualty totals by battalion, decorations and awards etc.
A good set. The blue cloth binding is rather rubbed and marked on both volumes, with v1 suffering some surface damp-staining to the bottom half of the boards. The corners are a little bumped and rubbed, as are the spine ends. The inner bindings are secure and the pages are clean. Nigel Nicolson's signature makes this a rare copy.
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