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The Middle Parts Of Fortune; Somme And Ancre 1916 - Frederic Manning - 1929. 
TRONG> 1929 - The limited first edition of Frederic Manning's powerful novel, set in the trenches during the First World War. The novel was written in response to the sudden demand in the late 1920s for literary material dealing with the war. Whereas before the war Manning acheived little real success with his literary efforts, this work is considered one of the most important novels dealing with the conflict. His own experience of battle informs the work throughout, both in its emotional tenor and factual detail. The novel was originally published under the pseudonym Private 19022 - Manning's own number during the war. His authorship was not widely confirmed until the 70s. As he says in the introduction, in recording the conversations of the men I seemed at times to hear the voices of ghosts. This first edition was printed on handmade paper and limited to 520 copies. This is number 47. Direct from the library of the late Hugh Selbourne MD (1906-1973) a noted book collector and diarist. Condition: In the original cloth with gilt lettering to the spines. Externally excellent with a small mark to the front board of volume two only. The bottom edge of the text blocksare untrimmed but clean. Volume two has a couple of small spots to the foredge. Internally, clean and bright, and firmly bound. Overall: FINE [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
[Bookseller: Rooke Books PBFA]
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