Khaki and Gown: An Autobiography by Field-Marshal Lord Birdwood
Khaki and Gown: An Autobiography by Field-Marshal Lord Birdwood
Khaki and Gown: An Autobiography by Field-Marshal Lord Birdwood

Khaki and Gown: An Autobiography by Field-Marshal Lord Birdwood

London: Ward, Lock & Co., Limited, 1941. 1st Edition. Hardcover. This is an old soldier's autobiography, "Khaki" of course referring to the uniform and "Gown" to his post-military charge as Master of Peterhouse, Cambridge. Churchill wrote a warm and humorous Foreword, having first met the author "in Natal when we were both serving in Lord Dundonald's Brigade at the time of the Relief of Ladysmith" in the Boer War. As the book was published in 1941, the Foreword was penned by Churchill during his wartime Premiership. The publication is handsome, the substantial volume bound in navy cloth with blind rules on the front cover and spine and the contents featuring numerous color folding maps and illustrations. This is the first edition, first printing, near-fine plus in a fair dust jacket. The blue cloth binding is tight and clean with sharp corners, bright spine gilt, and nicely rounded spine. A little wrinkling of the cloth at the spine ends is the only sign of wear. The contents are crisp, clean, and bright. The book feels unread. We find no spotting and no previous ownership marks. Light dust soiling of the top edge is the only trivial flaw to report. The dust jacket, which advertises Churchill's Foreword on the front face, is unclipped, still bearing the original front flap price. Nonetheless, the jacket bears considerable wear, with losses at both spine ends and at the front flap fold, significant creasing to the lower portion of both the front and rear faces, toning of the spine, and light overall soiling. The dust jacket is protected in a removable, archival quality clear cover. Bibliographic reference: Cohen B75.1, Woods B36. Near fine / Fair. Item #002016

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