Paris: Chez Devambez, circa 1917. Single oblong volume, measuring 5 x 6.5 inches: . Original color pictorial wrappers bound with silk cord, uncut. Twelve full-page color pochoir illustrations by Guy Arnoux. Lightest smudging to lower wrapper.
First edition, English issue, of this illustrated account of American troops in France during the First World War. The vivid images by Guy Arnoux highlight episodes of Franco-American accord, including Joffre’s visit to West Point and Pershing’s offer of aid: “I have come on purpose to tell you that the American people will be proud to be engaged in the most beautiful Battle of History.” Other images celebrate the brave American troops on the ground, the American women behind the war effort, and “The Red-Cross Man,” described in the words of a French soldier’s letter: “I had remained behind, a bullet in the thigh. . . . I was appealing to all the Saints of Paradise. They were delaying very much, when came on a young man in kaki [sic], his cap on one ear, smoking a cigarette, smiling and whistling. I had never seen so sympathetic a face.” A striking pictorial tribute to the Franco-American alliance, particularly scarce in the English issue, in fine condition.