Somewhere in Flanders; The Salient The Somme Signed by Andre L Simon 1916-19
London: Wyman & Sons Ltd (1916) [Somewhere in Flanders]
Private: Privately printed (1919) [The Salient, The Somme and Arras]
Somewhere in Flanders is a small booklet of 48 pages in the original covers. Some staining to front and rear, rubbing to all edges and 4cm tear to bottom of spine, but all present. The Salient, The Somme and Arras is a larger title of 107 pages in its original covers. There is a watermark to the bottom of the front cover. This has not carried on to any other pages. Both titles are just about very good.
For most of the 20th Century Andre Simon was a leading literary figure in the English wine trade, writing over 100 books on the subject. He also established an award for Gastronomic Literature.
By the time war broke, Simon was already a published writer having penned ‘The History of the Champagne Trade’ amongst others. He volunteered for service and did the full four years with the French Artillery. He was initially assigned as the regimental postman and he then went on to act in a liaison role with the British in Flanders. He continued his writing and wrote his best seller ‘Laurie’s Elementary Russian Grammar’ along with these two very scarce publications.
Somewhere in Flanders is a short Gazetteer. It is anonymously written although in the introduction Simon signs off ‘A.LS’. The Salient is a detailed account of his time on the western front. He has signed the front cover and inscribed it to Colonel Donald Florence MacCarthy-Morragh of The Royal Munster Fusiliers (He was the Father of Kay Summersby – Dwight Eisenhower’s personal Secretary in WW2.) There is only one known copy of each title on Copac both being very scarce especially with one being signed by Simon.