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M Richardson Rare Books

Good to see that book fairs are back in full swing, well, almost! You'll be able to search most of the books we have in stock on our Abebooks storefront where, for the month of April 2022 there is 30% off all of our stock. We are constantly adding new stock online also so do also contact us if you don't find what you want there. For example we have a number of scarce, signed Booker Prize winners which are not currently listed. Copy this link: If there are any of these that you'd like to see photos of or ask for more information on then please do get in touch. M. Richardson Rare Books was formerly known as Mr. Books Bookshop and located on Tonbridge High Street in Kent, England for over 12 years up until July 2017. The shop is still there under new owners so, due to the sale of the bricks and mortar side of the business, it made sense to change our name to reflect this change of direction. (And we had to because the new owner liked the name so much it went with the business sale!) We now trade mainly online and at PBFA fairs up and down the country from our new base nestling in the foothills of the picturesque Lincolnshire Wolds. We also exhibit at Bloomsbury Book Fairs in London a few times a year, and occasionally have a small selection of fine books for sale at select antique centres, such as Hemswell, in Lincolnshire. Whilst we don't specialize in anything in particular we do lean towards certain subjects such as collectable modern fiction and children's books, and also have many fishing books and topographical books & ephemera. But really we just sell rare and fine books on many subjects. The stock is being constantly replenished so it's always worth visiting us at one of the fairs. We travel far and wide to purchase quality collections so please feel free to call us.

Towards Armageddon The Defence Problem and its Solution (Signed and dedicated to author's Mother)


Beautifully preserved copy of this very scarce first edition. The dust jacket has only very minor edge wear and a touch of fading to the spine. See pictures. Not price clipped. The book is in very clean and fresh condition. Most importantly the book is inscribed to "Boney" Fuller's mother from the author and reads: "To Mother with love from the author, her son, John. 29.4.37. It is further later inscribed in light pencil by Fuller's brother, AWF Fuller who was famous in his own right, "AWF Fuller from Mother" then there is a further note/annotation from AWF Fuller commenting on how unworthy the comments in a newspaper article (laid in) were about his brother. In essence he defends his brother in the notes. This is a truely exceptional copy and an important piece of military history. Boney Fuller was at the forefront of armoured and tank warfare, when many around him were doubters of its capabilities. Some say that if the First WW had gone on another year the Boney would have been more famous than Montgomery later was due to the massive tank battle which was planned for 1919. J.F.C was also a colourful character because of his early dabblings in esoteric matters and the occult, particularly in his association with Aleister Crowley. Later he is said to have been a Nazi sympathizer and Oswald Moseley supporter in the 1930s. Part of a collection acquired from descendants of the Fuller family. The Oxford dictionary of Biogs has this to say about J.F.C. Fuller: Fuller thought of himself as a frustrated great commander and in the early 1920s as a reformer, but his true significance lay in his military thought. His reforming zeal was, in any case, blunted by the orthodoxy of the British army in the inter-war years-reflecting the 'safety' sought by successive governments. As a thinker Fuller sought to develop a system by which to evaluate ideas about war. His works were initially on subjects that were primarily of interest to soldiers, notably on the conduct of military operations; but later he extended his concepts to the relationship between war and society. These more ambitious and wide-ranging works, especially in the 1930s, attempted to define the character of the age in terms of its dynamism and political turmoil. Such an effort to divine the conditions of war, he believed, could help determine future policy. His political philosophy was unashamedly authoritarian and anti-democratic. Even though Fuller's flirtation with fascism blighted his career, his sympathies were by no means atypical as the fascist 'mood' influenced thinkers from a variety of political backgrounds. Despite his extravagances, limitations, and errors, J. F. C. Fuller ranks as one of the most significant thinkers of the twentieth century.