They Were Defeated by Rose Macaulay 1st / 1st 1932
First edition and first print published by Collins in 1932. This copy is in near fine condition. The wrapper is remarkably complete with only a milimetre strip missing from the bottom of the spine. There are no other chips, tears and very little wear to speak of. The book has one light stain to the front board. A previous owner has a bookplate on the front free end paper. The text block is clear of marks or foxing, there are no previous owners ink or marks and there is no foxing. It is a very nice near fine copy.
They Were Defeated is a historical novel featuring a mix of fictional and real life characters. The historian C V Wedgwood wrote the preface to a 1960 edition of the book, in which she reveals that the novel was written partly at the instigation of Macaulay's publisher, John Murray, who had asked for something to shed light on the background to her first novel, Abbots Verney (1906).