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[HUGH DALTON]
OUTSTANDING SIGNED PORTRAIT OF THE FOUNDER OF SOE. UTSTANDING SIGNED PORTRAIT OF THE FOUNDER OF SOE
n.d. [?1930s] "Photographic print measuring 8. 5 x 6.25 ins. (approx. 21.5 x 16.0 cms) printed in sepia and mounted in studio's presentation gatefold wallet with original tissue guard intact; in near fine state. SIGNED BY DALTON WITH HIS HOLOGRAPH INSCRIPTION AND SIGNATURE ACROSS LOWER RIGHT-HAND CORNER OF PORTRAIT AND MOUNT. The portrait was taken in the studio of Andrew Paterson of Inverness. Paterson was a highly successful artist-photographer whose services were sought over several decades by many leading political and commercial figures of the day. The Rt. Hon. Edward Hugh John Neale Dalton, later Baron Dalton (1887-1962), Labour politician and close friend of Winston Churchill, occupied several senior offices of state throughout his long career. During WWII he served as Minister of Economic Warfare and President of the Board of Trade, from 1945-47 as Chancellor of the Exchequer (when he nationalised the Bank of England), and from 1948-50 as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. Dalton was born in Wales and educated at Eton, King's College Cambridge, the London School of Economics (LSE) and the University of London. During WWI he served as a lieutenant in France and Italy, compiling 'With British Guns in Italy' as a record of his experiences. Although a staunch Labour party member he was nevertheless a fervent supporter of Churchill during the crisis of 1940 and strongly opposed to any compromise peace as urged by Halifax and other conservatives. In his wartime coalition Churchill appointed Dalton Minister of Economic Warfare. Following Churchill's well-known instruction 'to set Europe ablaze' Dalton founded the Special Operations Executive (SOE) and was subsequently a co-founder of the Political Warfare Executive (PWE). After the surprise Labour victory in 1945 Dalton was seen (alongside Attlee, Bevin, Morrison and Cripps) as one of the 'big five' of the new administration. In 1948 he was appointed Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and in 1950 Minister of Town and Country Planning. He retired from government after the general election of 1951 and was created a life peer as Baron Dalton on 1960. Items signed by Dalton are now very rare. His papers and diaries are held at the London School of Economics. A SCARCE AND SPLENDID SIGNED PORTRAIT IDEAL FOR PRESENTATION"
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Book number: 12171
GBP 460.00 [Appr.: EURO 534.25 US$ 596.88 | JP¥ 64711]
Keywords: "military, ww2, espionage, soe, special operations executive, hugh dalton, labour party,"

 
T. O'BRIEN
"The Moonlight War. The Story of Clandestine Operations in South-East Asia, 1944-5. FINE COPY IN UNCLIPPED DUSTWRAPPER"
"Collins, 1987" "8vo., First Edition, with 2 full-page maps in the text; cloth, gilt back, a near fine copy in unclipped dustwrapper."
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Book number: 26336
GBP 26.00 [Appr.: EURO 30.25 US$ 33.74 | JP¥ 3658]
Keywords: "military, ww2, espionage, soe, special operations executive, mi6, south-east asia, far east"

 
E. O'HALPIN
Spying on Ireland. British Intelligence and irish Neutrality during the Second World War.
"Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2008" "8vo., First Edition, with illustrations; cloth, a near fine copy in the dustwrapper. The original hardback edition is already elusive."
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Book number: 20729
GBP 40.00 [Appr.: EURO 46.5 US$ 51.9 | JP¥ 5627]
Keywords: "mstock, military, ww2, ireland, british intelligence"

 
G. WRIGHT-NOOTH AND M. ADKIN
"Prisoner of the Turnip Heads. Horror, Hunger and Humour in Hong Kong 1941-1945. SIGNED B Y THE AUTHOR"
"Leo Cooper, [Barnsley, 1994]" "8vo., First Edition, with numerous plates; black cloth, a near fine copy in the dustwrapper. SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR ON TITLE. Astonishingly detailed and extremely harrowing account of life and death in Stanley camp. The author, who during four years' captivity managed miraculously to preserve scraps of a diary on which this work is based, survived the war to become Deputy Commissioner of the Royal Hong Kong Police. A mostvaluable memoir and already uncommon in this condition."
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Book number: 23640
GBP 45.00 [Appr.: EURO 52.5 US$ 58.39 | JP¥ 6330]
Keywords: "military, ww2, hong kong, pow, stanley, japanese, changhi"

 
G. WRIGHT-NOOTH AND M. ADKIN
"Prisoner of the Turnip Heads. Horror, Hunger and Humour in Hong Kong 1941-1945. FINE COPY IN UNCLIPPED DUSTWRAPPER"
"Leo Cooper, [Barnsley, 1994]" "8vo., First Edition, with numerous plates; black cloth, a near fine copy in the dustwrapper. Astonishingly detailed and extremely harrowing account of life and death in Stanley camp. The author, who during four years' captivity managed miraculously to preserve scraps of a diary on which this work is based, survived the war to become Deputy Commissioner of the Royal Hong Kong Police. A most valuable memoir and already uncommon in this condition."
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Book number: 26057
GBP 32.00 [Appr.: EURO 37.25 US$ 41.52 | JP¥ 4502]
Keywords: "military, ww2, hong kong, pow, stanley, japanese, changhi"

 
PHILIP AGEE.
White Paper Whitewash. Interviews with Philip Agee on the CIA and El Salvador. Edited by Warner Poelchau.
"[Deep Cover Books, New York, 1981]" "8vo., First Edition, with numerous facsimiles in the text; cloth, gilt back, a near fine copy. Discusses the paper, allegedly a high-level forgery, that 'confirmed' communist interference in El Salvador. Uncommon."
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Book number: 8175
GBP 20.00 [Appr.: EURO 23.25 US$ 25.95 | JP¥ 2814]
Keywords: "military, latin america, el salvador, cia, usa, espionage"

 
ANON.
Colditz. A Pictorial History. FINE COPY IN UNCLIPPED DUSTWRAPPER
"Caxton Editions, [2001]" "Sm. folio, First Edition, with numerous photographs (many full-page) in the text, and decorative endpapers; original laminated pictorial boards, a near fine copy in unclipped dustwrapper. Good collection of photographs showing, topography, personalities and artefacts."
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Book number: 13843
GBP 16.00 [Appr.: EURO 18.75 US$ 20.76 | JP¥ 2251]
Keywords: "military, ww2, pow, espionage, colditz, oflag ivc"

 
B. ARCT
Prisoner of War. My Secret Journal.
"Past Times, [1995]" "8vo., with illustrations; cloth, a near fine copy in the dustwrapper. The author was captive at Stalag Luft 1 from 1944 to 1945. Already very scarce, especially in this condition"
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Book number: 15343
GBP 30.00 [Appr.: EURO 35 US$ 38.93 | JP¥ 4220]
Keywords: "mstock, shelfka, military, ww2, aviation, pow, stalag luft 1"

 
P. WILKINSON AND J.B. ASTLEY
Gubbins & SOE.
"Leo Cooper, [1993]" "8vo., First Edition, with plates and maps; cloth, a very good, clean copy in the dustwrapper. The first detailed account of the elusive leader of SOE, written by two former members who served under him. The first edition is now very scarce, especially in this condition"
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Book number: 16690
GBP 60.00 [Appr.: EURO 69.75 US$ 77.85 | JP¥ 8441]
Keywords: "mstock, military, ww2, soe, special operations executive, colin gubbins,"

 
L. AUBRAC.
Outwitting the Gestapo. Translated by Konrad Bieber with the Assistance of Betsy Wing. With an Introduction by Margaret Collins Weitz. NEAR FINE COPY IN UNCLIPPED DUSTWRAPPER
"University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln NE, [1993]" "8vo., First Edition, with plates; black boards, white cloth backstrip lettered in black, a near fine copy in unclipped dustwrapper, the latter lightly faded at backstrip and with one short closed tear on front panel."
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Book number: 25413
GBP 30.00 [Appr.: EURO 35 US$ 38.93 | JP¥ 4220]
Keywords: "military, ww2, lucie aubrac, gestapo, lucie bernard samuel"

 
R. BAILEY
The Wildest Province. SOE in the Land of the Eagle.
"Jonathan Cape, [2008]" "8vo., First Edition, with 50 plates on 16 and 3 full-page maps in the text; cloth, backstrip lettered in silver, black endpapers, a near fine copy in unclipped dustwrapper. The latest major and dedicated account of SOE in Albania, where officers controlling partisans included actor Anthony Quayle and politician Julian Amery."
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Book number: 14037
GBP 32.00 [Appr.: EURO 37.25 US$ 41.52 | JP¥ 4502]
Keywords: "mstock, military, ww2, espionage, soe, special operations executive, albania, balkans"

 
A. BEEVOR
The Mystery of Olga Chekhova. FINE COPY IN UNCLIPPED DUSTWRAPPER
"Viking, [2004]" "8vo., First Edition, with 44 plates and a double-page map in the text; black cloth, gilt back, a fine copy in unclipped dustwrapper."
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Book number: 21368
GBP 9.00 [Appr.: EURO 10.5 US$ 11.68 | JP¥ 1266]
Keywords: "military, ww2, pow, espionage, olga chekhova, hitler"

 
A. BERTELSEN.
October '43. [Translated from the Danish by Molly Lindholm and Willy Agtby. With a Foreword by Sholem Asch and an Introduction by Hans Hedtoft].
"Museum Press, [1955]" "8vo., First English Edition, with a frontispiece, 8 plates on 4 and a full-page map in the text, neat contemporary inscription on front free endpaper; cloth, backstrip lettered in yellow, a near fine copy in unclipped dustwrapper, the latter mildly frayed and creased at extremities. Vivid account of the author's 'Jewish Dunkirk' when some 6,000 Danish Jews were rescued from the Gestapo and transported from Denmark to neutral Sweden. In the context of Schindler and others, this is a story that deserves to be much better known. Uncommon in this condition."
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Book number: 8553
GBP 22.00 [Appr.: EURO 25.75 US$ 28.55 | JP¥ 3095]
Keywords: "military, ww2, espionage, denmark, sweden, elsinore, lyngby group, final solution, holocaust"

 
J. BLAIR AND C. BLAIR.
Return from the River Kwai.
"Macdonald & Jane's, [1979]" "8vo., First Edition, with 69 plates on 24 and front and rear endpaper maps; cloth, gilt back, a very good, clean copy in unclipped dustwrapper, the latter mildly age-soiled. The story of the Allied POWs who, having built the Burma-Thailand railway, were en route to forced labour in Japan when their prison ships were attacked by American submarines. Enser, p.209."
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Book number: 13479
GBP 12.00 [Appr.: EURO 14 US$ 15.57 | JP¥ 1688]
Keywords: "military, ww2, pow, far east, burma, thailand, burma-thailand railway, river kwai,"

 
E.J. BLANDFORD
SS Intelligence. The Nazi Secret Service.
"Airlife, [Shrewsbury, 2000]" "8vo., First Edition with photographs in the text; cloth, a near fine copy in unclipped dustwrapper."
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Book number: 14029
GBP 12.00 [Appr.: EURO 14 US$ 15.57 | JP¥ 1688]
Keywords: "mstock, shelfka, military, ww2, ss, intelligence, nazis, third reich, espionage"

 
J. GALTIER-BOISSIERE
Mon Journal pendant L'Occupation.
"La Jeune Parque, Garas, 1944" "Sm. 8vo., First Edition thus [Original Edition on Ordinary Paper], text in French, paper yellowing, edges dusty; original wrappers printed in red and black, uncut, a very good, clean copy. Increasingly elusive in this condition"
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Book number: 19664
GBP 42.00 [Appr.: EURO 49 US$ 54.5 | JP¥ 5908]
Keywords: "mstock, modern firsts, ww2, france, occupied france"

 
T. BOWER
The Perfect English Spy. Sir Dick White and the Secret War 1935-1990.
"Heinemann, [1995]" "8vo., First Edition, with 63 plates on 24; cloth, gilt back, buff endpapers, a very good, clean in the dustwrapper. Excellent survey of the great spymaster and the secret institutions he served for half a century."
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Book number: 17840
GBP 24.00 [Appr.: EURO 28 US$ 31.14 | JP¥ 3376]
Keywords: "mstock, military, espionage, mi5, sis, spies, dick white, blunt, philby, maclean, burgess, blake, crabbe"

 
F. BOYCE
SOE's Ultimate Deception. Operation Periwig.
"Sutton, [Stroud, 2005]" "8vo., First Edition, with 22 plates on 16; cloth, gilt back, a near fine copy in unclipped dustwrapper. The first dedicated account of SOE's audacious scheme to bring about administrative collapse in Germany during the closing months of WWII."
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Book number: 11726
GBP 18.00 [Appr.: EURO 21 US$ 23.36 | JP¥ 2532]
Keywords: "military, ww2, espionage, soe, special operations executive, germany, periwig"

 
W. BRANDT
My Road to Berlin. As told to Leo Lania.
"Peter Davies, [1960]" "8vo., First English Edition, with 29 plates (one double-page) on 24; cloth, gilt back, a very good, clean copy in unclipped dustwrapper. Subsequently post-war Mayor of Berlin, Brandt gives a first-hand account of the places and events of wartime and post-war Germany."
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Book number: 8792
GBP 8.00 [Appr.: EURO 9.5 US$ 10.38 | JP¥ 1125]
Keywords: "military, ww2, germany, berlin, willy brandt, espionage, german resistance"

 
A. BRISSAUD.
The Nazi Secret Service. Translated from the French by Milton Waldman. [First English Edition]. NEAR FINE COPY IN THE DUSTWRAPPER
"Bodley Head, [1974]" "8vo., First English Edition, with numerous plates, and 2 double-page charts in the text; red cloth, gilt back, a very good, clean copy in dustwrapper. First published in Paris in 1972. Enser, p.395."
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Book number: 25569
GBP 22.00 [Appr.: EURO 25.75 US$ 28.55 | JP¥ 3095]
Keywords: "mstock, military, ww2, third reich, nazis, himmler, heydrich"

 
J. CHAMP AND C. BURGESS
The Diggers of Colditz. Foreword by Major P.R. Reid.
"Ordbis, [1985]" "8vo., First Edition, with numerous plates, illustrations in the text and endpaper maps; cloth, a near fine copy in unclipepd dustwrapper. By the end of WWII there were nineteen Australians in Colditz; this is the first book to look at life there specifically from their point of view."
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Book number: 4290
GBP 24.00 [Appr.: EURO 28 US$ 31.14 | JP¥ 3376]
Keywords: "military, ww2, pow, colditz"

 
A. BURGESS
The Longest Tunnel. The True Story of the Great Escape.
"Bloomsbury, [1990]" "8vo., First UK Edition, with 31 plates on 16; cloth, gilt back, a near fine copy in unclipped dustwrapper. The escape of seventy-six Allied POW's from Stalag Luft III at Sagan in March 1944 was the greatest escape attempt of WWII. A gallant endeavour with a sordid ending, it has come to be known as 'The Great Escape' since Paul Brickhill's classic early account (Faber, 1951) and John Sturges' immensely successful (though heavily fictionalised) feature film of 1963 starring, among others, Steve McQueen and Richard Attenborough. This is the true story, compiled by Burgess from eye-witness acounts, memoirs and recently declassified official records from America, Britain and Germany (most notably the official history of Sagan camp)."
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Book number: 7738
GBP 25.00 [Appr.: EURO 29.25 US$ 32.44 | JP¥ 3517]
Keywords: "military, ww2, espionage, pow, great escape, escape, germany"

 
E. BUTLER
Amateur Agent.
"Harrap, [1963]" "8vo., First Edition, with 17 plates on 12, some light offsetting from fold-ins to free endpapers; cloth, a very good, clean copy in price-clipped dustwrapper, the latter lightly browned and frayed at extremities. The author's account of his work with SOE, firstly in the black propaganda section and then the infiltration of agents from Sweden into Germany.Uncommon."
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Book number: 8152
GBP 14.00 [Appr.: EURO 16.5 US$ 18.17 | JP¥ 1969]
Keywords: "military, ww2, espionage, soe, special operations executive, germany, sweden, propaganda"

 
J. BUTLER
Churchill's Secret Agent. Josephine Butler. Codename 'Jay Bee'.
"Blaketon-Hall, [Ashburton, 1983]" "8vo., First Paperback Edition; original printed wrappers, a very good, clean copy in the dustwrapper, the latter lightly frayed and creased at edges. The author was working as a researcher for Theatre Intelligence Service when she was recruited by Churchill as the only woman member of his 'Secret Circle', whose existence was unknown even by the War Office and MI5. None of the twelve members ever knew the identity of the others. Given that Butler was dropped into occupied territory more than fifty times, her survival alone is extraordinary enough."
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Book number: 12584
GBP 22.00 [Appr.: EURO 25.75 US$ 28.55 | JP¥ 3095]
Keywords: "mstock, military, ww2, espionage, churchill, jay bee, josephine butler, soe, special operations executive"

 
JOSEPHINE BUTLER
Churchill's Secret Agent. Josephine Butler. Codename 'Jay Bee'.
"Blaketon-Hall, [Ashburton, 1983]" "8vo., First Edition; original cloth, a very good, clean copy in the dustwrapper. The author was working as a researcher for Theatre Intelligence Service when she was recruited by Churchill as the only woman member of his 'Secret Circle', whose existence was unknown even by the War Office and MI5. None of the twelve members ever knew the identity of the others. Given that Butler was dropped into occupied territory more than fifty times, her survival alone is extraordinary enough."
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Book number: 18750
GBP 30.00 [Appr.: EURO 35 US$ 38.93 | JP¥ 4220]
Keywords: "mstock, military, ww2, espionage, churchill, jay bee, josephine butler, soe, special operations executive"

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