Kenneth Addy signed by G.A. Addy 1st / 1st 1916
London: Printed for private circulation by Richard Clay and Sons Limited (1916)
The book was privately published most likely from a run of no more than 50 copies, this one is in very good condition. The boards have wear and rubbing to the corners and edged and a small mark to the top edge of the front board. The pages are very clean with only light foxing marks to the first few pages.
This very scarce book is one of only a very small number printed (with only 2 copies known to exist currently in public institutions). It is additionally signed by the author G.H. Addy and inscribed to a family friend on the front free end paper. He has also dated it in the year of getting this volume printed.
The volume is primarily a collection of letters from his son, Kenneth, that was sent to the author whilst he was serving on the front line. Kenneth Addy was second Lieutenant in the 1st Kings Royal Rifles Corps and was killed in action on October 3rd, 1915, aged 23. On page 150 is Kenneth Addy’s last letter to his father. Towards the end of the letter he writes “We have lost our love of the pure joys of life and to regain it again many must die. For greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friend”.
His father notes underneath “The letter was his last to me. He [Kenneth] must have been affected by the enemy’s poisonous gas, whilst still vividly and rapidly describing the unspeakable horrors of modern warfare. Which is, I should think, of a more barbarous kind than any yet known to history. It must have been with rainy eyes that he penned his last lines”. Loosely tucked into the front of the book is a postcard picture of Kenneth with close family. A very scarce volume of this collection of letters and particularly so signed and with the photograph.