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Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1955. First edition (pp. xix, 316, glossary, list of fatal casualties), signed “Farley Mowat/ ’55” and with the signatures of Lt.- Col. Lord John Tweedsmuir (“Tweedsmuir”) and Lady Priscilla Tweedsmuir (“Priscilla Tweedsmuir”) on the front free endpaper. Lord Tweedsmuir, son of the 1st Lord Tweedsmuir (John Buchan, Governor-General of Canada and author of, for example, The Thirty-Nine Steps), was a popular commander of the Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment during the Regiment’s service in the Italian campaign in WW II; Lady Tweedsmuir, first elected to Parliament in 1945, held a number of important posts including British delegate to the United Nations Assembly and minister of state for the Commonwealth office. Also included a newspaper article (probably the Belleville Intelligencer) dated 17 October 1955 with the headline “Regiment Honors ‘White Army’, Ex-Commander Lord Tweedsmuir”, an account of the tenth reunion of the Regiment at which time Lord Tweedsmuir, newly appointed Honorary Colonel of the Regiment, was presented with the first copy of The Regiment by its author, Farley Mowat, who had served with the Regiment as intelligence officer. A photograph of Mowat signing the Tweedsmuir copy accompanies the article (included separately). In all likelihood this copy of The Regiment, while not the Tweedsmuir copy pictured in the news story, was autographed and presented to a veteran member of the Regiment at that reunion. Octavo (23 cm) in original dust wrapper, silver-gray publisher’s cloth, gilt titles to spine, regimental arms in gilt to front cover; with sixteen maps and many photographs of the officers and men training in England and deployed in Italy and the Netherlands. Tweedsmuir is quoted as saying that the Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment was the finest one in the Canadian Army and that Farley Mowat’s book was the finest military history ever written, and both claims may well be true. The history, in any case, is one “written in a manner far removed from the usual military history.” The author himself, to all appearances about sixteen years old, appears in a photograph with the caption “The Intelligence Officer [Mowat] and his ‘I’ Section examining a German Scissors Telescope captured at Assoro”. A Near Fine copy with gilt a bit faded at bottom of spine and a meticulously repaired and conserved dust wrapper, Very Good. A singular copy of the regimental history.
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