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WORLD WAR ONE.) THOMPSON, Lieutenant A. A. C., illustrator.
Headquarters' Alphabet. Milford Haven Garrison.
Pembroke Dock: [c. 1917]. Landscape octavo (190 x 237 mm). Contemporary commercial album by W. Johnson & Sons, dark red half roan, gilt banded smooth spine, moderate red pebble-grain cloth sides, white moiré effect coated-endpapers. Binding rubbed and with a few scrapes to leather, lower joints partially split, sides variably faded and stained, card mounts a little warped, peripheral toning, yet this remains a very good copy. 22 photographic reproductions of pen-and-ink portraits and sketches by Thompson mounted on heavy card leaves attached by white linen tabs, manuscript rhyming captions and list of the officers under Brig.-Gen. C. P. Triscott; stamped "Head Quarters, Western Coast Defences, Pembroke Dock" and dated in manuscript 1914-15-16. A light-hearted and affectionate "handmade" tribute to the officers stationed at the Milford Haven Garrison during the Great War, extremely scarce, with no other copies traced at institutional libraries. Only a very few could have been produced, perhaps as few as 17, this being the number of officers named on the title page verso. The humorous and rather accomplished portraits and sketches are the work of Lieutenant A. A. C. Thompson, 3rd Battalion South Wales Borderers, who describes himself as "T stands for Thompson, Who decorates these pages, He's very fond of drill, But has done none for ages". It is datable by manuscript additions, noting that a number of officers were mentioned in the Gazette for 24 February 1917. Of the 22 illustrations, 17 are portraits of officers, the remaining 5 devoted to more generalised subjects: "E's fo … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA/ ILAB. [London, United Kingdom]
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