Tag Archive: 0war

For the fallen

For the fallen

14th January 2016

This is the rather splendid cover vignette to The Last of the Brave; or Resting Places of our Fallen Heroes in the Crimea and at Scutari by Captains John Colborne and Frederic Brine, published by Ackermann & Co. in 1857.  In the introduction, they write: ‘Not quite two summers ago three mighty powers stood breathing defiance against […]

The Human Slaughter-House

The Human Slaughter-House

21st April 2015

‘We’re only charging machines.  And the machine triumphs into our flesh.  And the machine drinks the blood from our veins, guzzling it by the bucketload.’  These lines come from the extraordinary novella Das Menschenschlachthaus by Wilhelm Lamszus (1881–1965), which I read recently. I’ll admit I’d never heard of it until I saw it among the items […]

Radicalisation as official government policy

Radicalisation as official government policy

1st April 2015

The German diplomat, Orientalist, and historian Max von Oppenheim (1860–1946) had published a memorandum as early as 1914 on ‘revolutionizing the Islamic territories of our enemies’ during the First World War, i.e. trying to persuade religious leaders in the Muslim world to call for a Holy War against colonial powers such as Britain and France.  […]

Le bon anglais

Le bon anglais

14th May 2014

Next week sees the London International Antiquarian Book Fair at Olympia.  It will be my first time as an exhibitor there.  One thing I shall have on my stand is this, the first edition of an attractive illustrated appreciation of British troops in France during the First World War, with illustrations by Guy Arnoux, published […]

Musical fundraiser

Musical fundraiser

19th February 2014

This book came in recently, appealing to my interests in Russia, music, and (as you may have read before) the First World War.  Dating from 1914, it’s a charitable publication: ‘20% from each copy sold will go towards helping the All-Russian Zemstvo Union for Aid to Sick and Wounded Troops’ (founded July 1914), it reads. […]

Che for children

Che for children

9th July 2013

I’ve always been drawn to books which require some action on the part of the reader (witness the French magazine you could listen to on a record player), or books which have been created or altered in some way for posterity (such as volumes of early nineteenth-century feuilletons or the 1738 Lutheran best-seller cut into loose leaves […]