The War Inevitable
A 1908 addition to the library of Invasion Literature
First edition, hardback bound in the original burgundy cloth with gilt titling to spine and upper board. 21 × 13.5cm, 313pp + ads.
A rare first edition in this addition to the canon of invasion literature of the late 19th, early 20th century. The author was the editor of The Army and Navy Gazette and this is his novel which spends much of its time at sea in the context of the historical Anglo-Japanese Alliance (1902–1921). A sneak attack by Germany on Britain's torpedo boats leads to the circumnavigation of the globe by Japan's fleet to come to the aid of its ally; Germany then suffers a condign Invasion.
A good reading copy. The cloth is rubbed all over and the map of the Defence of Portsmouth is detached. The page lightly foxed throughout and two pages of the adverts have has the corners ripped off, but the text of the story is intact.