[BERESFORD-PEIRSE, Sir Noel Monson de la Poer, preface and editor]. Some Jungle Trees and their Use [cover title]. Bangalore, The Daily Post for H. Q. Southern Army,~i~ July 1944.
Small 8vo. Original illustrated card wrappers; pp. [ii], 25, 32 plates (12 in colour), a few illustrations in text, wrappers and text a little toned, otherwise a very good copy of a rare and beautiful survival.
First edition of an extremely rare guide for the use of the tropical trees of Southeast Asia for British troops lost or cut off in the jungles. Just to give one example, the use of the iron wood tree is described as follows. 'The kernels of the fruit, when strung on slivers of bamboo, make very good candles … The wood being hard is ideal for the making of sharpeners for dahs. Owing to its durability, it can be usefully employed in making sleepers for jeep tracks across marshy grounds' (p. 7).