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The British Campaign in France and Flanders 1914.
London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1916 - Octavo. Original blue cloth, title gilt to spine. A very good copy. Folding general map and 13 full-page sketch maps and plans. First edition. Mounted on the front pastedown an excellent single-page autograph letter, signed from Doyle to Sir Julian Corbett, naval historian and primary author of Naval Operations, the official history of Britain's war at sea 1914-8, in which he reflects upon his failure to secure the role of official historian of the campaign in France and Belgium; "I have asked them to send you a copy of my '1914' I hope that it may interest you, and that you will find it as accurate as my divorce from official papers permits. I recognise that it was to your good offices that I owed the permission to get on with it." He goes on to remark, "I am actually up to the Somme now, tho' much puzzled by the complications of that battle " Written on a slant through the address at the head of the letter, Doyle has added a note; "I send you something else (enclosed) on a subject which either repels or attracts violently." Perhaps a spiritualist pamphlet? An attractive association copy.
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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