War & After War by Ludwig Renn 1st / 1st 1929-31
London: Martin Secker (1929-31). Two volumes with both being UK first editions. The first volume ‘War’ is in near fine condition. The jacket is in fantastic condition with no loss, tears or chips and no browning at all. A truly lovely survivor. The book has some browning to the front free end paper otherwise the pages are also very clean and presentable. The second volume ‘After War’ is in very good condition. The wrapper has a large split along the spine edge and the spine itself is browned. The book fairs better and is very presentable with very little wear to speak of. Overall a nice set with the very rare first title being in near fine condition.
The author fought in the War as a company commander, and a field battalion commander on the Western Front. Von Golsseneau, who would change his name to Ludwig Renn, the narrator/protagonist of this novel, kept a diary of his wartime experiences and used this as a basis for his novel. He had intended to focus on the more heroic aspects of the War but, like soldiers on both sides, he soon became disillusioned and focused on the day-to-day experience of the average soldier. He then penned ‘After War’ and continued his journey but the scars of his experiences on the western front show through-out.
A classic account and highly regarded, War is particularly rare to find in such nice condition.