A Subaltern On The Somme by Mark VII (Max Plowman) 1st / 1st 1927
London: J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd (1927). A first UK edition and first print with the extremely scarce dust wrapper. The wrapper is very compelte and hasn’t been price clipped displaying the correct price of 5s. net. There are water marks to the top and along the spine edge. There is also a watermark to the front free and last free end paper to the top edge also. But other than this the wrapper, boards and pages are fairly clean and free from marks. It is a very good copy.
Max Plowman, writing under his pseudonym of ‘Mark VII’ gives a personal account of his time on the western front and in particular in the Battle of the Somme. He served with the 10th Battalion West Yorkshire and was sent home wounded in 1917. He suffered from concussion from an exploding shell. He recuperated at Bowhill Auxillary, the same hospital that Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon had stayed at although not at the same time. He had by this stage had several poems about the war published. He became a pacifist and conscentious objector and was at one point imprisoned for his beliefs towards the end of the war.
Considered an important biography, it has recently been reprinted by the Imperial War Museum. A scarce title and particularly so with its original unrestored jacket.