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MONTGOMERY, Sir Bernard Law, Viscount (1887-1976). Field Marshal.
Series of twenty-one Autograph Letters Signed ('Montgomery of Alamein') to a bookseller, War Office and Isington Mill, Alton, 3 October 1949 to 7 December 1953. Ordering an interesting and revealing variety of books for himself and for his son David who is abroad in Malaysia working for Shell.

Military titles ordered include Hitler as War Lord by Franz Holder, Overture to Overlord by Lt. General Morgan, The Riddle of MacArthur and Eisenhower by John Gunther, Famous Generals by Barrett Parker and Soldiers and Soldiering by A.P. Wavell.

History is represented by The Aftermath World Crisis 1918-1928 by Winston Churchill ('Possibly a second-hand copy is possible').

Montgomery's interests included novels as well; for instance he ordered a copy of Borrowed Time by F. Scott Fitzgerald ('It is an American book I think, but published over here also') for himself and then again for his son David in Malaysia a few weeks later. He was a devotée of Nevil Shute, ordering his complete works, and of Somerset Maugham. His son was treated to Giovanni Guareschi's Don Camillo series, Daphne du Maurier's My Cousin Rachel and Nancy Mitford's The Blessing. Most surprising is an order for Women's Life and Labour by Ferdynand Zweig (a left-wing political rather than medical treatise)

. The first letter is addressed to Hugh Rees Ltd, who ceased trading in 1949. Subsequent letters must therefore have been addressed to his successor.
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