the biographer's copy.
ROMMEL, Field Marshal Erwin. The Rommel Papers. London, Collins, 1953.
8vo. Original red cloth with dust-wrapper (not price-clipped), colour map endpapers; pp. xxx, 545, 24 maps (2 folding) and 25 plates; light marginal flaws to wrappers, lightly spotted or browned internally.
Scarce first edition, presentation copy signed and inscribed by Lucie-Maria Rommel to General Desmond Young, Rommel'd biogrspher. Edited by Liddell Hart with the assistance of Lucie-Maria Rommel (the Field Marshall's widow), Manfred Rommel (his son, later to become Mayor of Stuttgart) and General Fritz Bayerlein. Lidell Hart had commanded tanks in WW1 and claimend that his tactics and what he wrote influenced German commanders, such as Guderian and Rommel. - Loosely inserted a long signed letter by Archie John Wavell to Young, dated January 1st, 1953 discussing the present book, Liddell Hart and the tank battles in Libya. The writer of this letter was the son of one of Rummel's main adversaries in North Africa, Archibald Percival Wavell. Archibald John was killed during the ten-hour Christmas Eve battle against the Mau Mau uprising in 1953. The recipient Desmond Young (his Sark bookplate inside front cover) was the author of the book on Rommel, that shaped his perception in Britain, The Desert Fox. The Story of Rommel (1951).