Item #13988 GREAT BRITAIN AND THE NEXT WAR. A. Conan Doyle.


[in original glassine] Boston: Small, Maynard & Company, 1914. Original rose paper-covered boards pictorially decorated in black, with original plain glassine wrapper.

First Edition (there was no British edition). Doyle wrote this in 1913 (at which time it appeared in the Fortnightly Review), but it was not published in book form (as here) until September 1914 -- the month after "The Guns of August." Doyle wrote this in response to Bernhardi's "Germany and the Next War," in which Bernhardi laid out Germany's plans for conquest.

[Doyle] argued the need for a Channel tunnel to keep the supply lines open in the event of a submarine blockade -- a threat which he described in vivid detail in 'Danger!'. After the war, when the need [for a tunnel] had diminished, he was satisfied that his argument had been vindicated... 'When our descendants compute the sums spent in shipping and transshipping in the great war, the waste of merchant ships and convoys, the sufferings of the wounded, the delay in reinforcements, the dependence upon the weather, they will agree that our sin had found us out and that we paid a fitting price for our stupidity.' [THE WANDERINGS OF A SPIRITUALIST, quoted in G&G]

This is a fine copy, without wear (spine slightly faded as always); included is the original plain glassine wrapper, which lacks a large corner of its rear panel but is otherwise intact. Green & Gibson B13. Housed in a felt-lined clamshell case with leather label. Item #13988

Price: $395.00

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