DAY, H. C. Macedonian Memories … Illustrations by Fred A. Farrell, Official Artist with the 51st (Highland) Division. London, Heath Cranton, 1930.
8vo. Original red cloth, spine lettered in black; pp. 196, illustrations and sketch maps in the text; light marking and rubbing to binding, light spotting here and there internally, a good copy.
Very uncommon first edition, in the secondary binding, of this first-hand account of the Macedonian Campaign, written by a Jesuit Padre and cavalry chaplain. Day analyzes the complex situation on the Balkans during the Great War, with Serbia's collapse, the Young Turk movement, and the ethnic mix whipped up by nationalism on all sides. Particularly fascinating is the description of life in Thessaloniki, which had a large Ladino population of about 100,000, and commonly used phrases in the crowded streets and bazaars somtimes composed of two different laguages, such as Turkish and Greek.