Very Scarce With The Correct First Issue John Minton Wrapper
Lt. Col. Williams, J.H. – Elephant Bill : Signed By The Author In The Year Of Publication With The Scarce ‘Book Society’ Wraparound Band : With The John Minton Wrapper
Rupert Hart-Davis : 1950
The First UK printing published by Rupert Hart-Davis in 1950. The BOOK is in Very Good condition. Light marking to the covers with a little rubbing to the lower corners. Light toning to the text-block. A penned previous owner's name to the upper front paste-down. Partial splitting of the front hinge with some webbing exposed but the front cover remains firmly attached. All plates are present as is the fold out map which has a little splitting and creasing to the outer edges. The scarce wrapper is complete and is in Very Good condition. Some rubbing to the folds and edges. Some loss to the spine ends and corners. The spine is toned with a little staining to the upper third. The very scarce 'Book Society ' wraparound band is complete but is faded to the spine panel. The John Minton wrapper artwork looks very striking in the removable Brodart archival cover. The Book has been warmly inscribed and signed by the author to the front blank end paper in the year of publication : 'My task of marching with the elephants was made lighter by the knowledge that friends like you both , were comforting my dear mother for whom you did so much, May this valued friendship always remain, Jimmy, J. H. Williams, 'Elephant Bill', St Just , C'wll, 8.5.50'. The foreword is by Field Marshal Sir William Slim and this is the classic accokunt of elephants in war torn Burma. A very scarce title to find with such attributes. The correct first issue John Minton wrapper is particularly scarce - the first we have handled. Collectible.
CONDITION: Very Good
JACKET: Very Good