Tag Archive: 0WWII

‘I never have any luck with my books’

‘I never have any luck with my books’

17th June 2016

Friedo Lampe.  Am Rande der Nacht.  For me, name and title evoked those lighted windows from which you cannot tear your gaze.  You are convinced that, behind them, somebody whom you have forgotten has been awaiting your return for years, or else that there is no longer anybody there.  Only a lamp, left burning in […]

Printed for the invasion of Britain

Printed for the invasion of Britain

7th August 2013

In the summer of 1940, plans were afoot to invade Britain.  As part of those preparations, the central Nazi publishing house in Munich was printing an English-language edition of Hitler’s Mein Kampf, the only official unabridged English version.  The invasion never took place and this edition is now extremely rare: only 5 copies are recorded in libraries […]

Don’t they know there’s a War on?

Don’t they know there’s a War on?

27th March 2013

‘During the 1930s Royal Air Force music became well established with the two bands gaining a reputation for innovation and musical excellence.  In the lead up to World War II there was a huge expansion of RAF Music Services with many civilian professional musicians being drafted directly into the new ensembles.  Additional military bands were […]

Undercover books

Undercover books

18th October 2011

I’d like to tell you about a book.  It’s a book which, it seems, no one’s ever heard of and yet, when I included it in my catalogue Short List 1 last year, I had seven orders for it.  It’s not a big book, not grand or imposing.  In fact, it was expressly intended to […]