BRITISH TANKS AND MECHANIZED VEHICLES Two Albums Assembled by, or for, Major-Gen. Sydney Peck, C.B., 1931

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Lot 111
BRITISH TANKS AND MECHANIZED VEHICLES
Two Albums Assembled by, or for, Major-Gen. Sydney Peck, C.B., 1931

Sold for £ 7,170 (US$ 9,560) inc. premium

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18 May 2004, 14:00 BST

London, New Bond Street

BRITISH TANKS AND MECHANIZED VEHICLES
Two Albums Assembled by, or for, Major-Gen. Sydney Peck, C.B., 1931
Approximately 285 gelatin silver prints mounted on card depicting British mechanised vehicles from the first tank of 1915 to 1931, some with 'War Department Photograph' blind stamps, a group photograph of the Staff and Co-ordinating Officers of the Directorate of Mechanization by Vandyk, all with detailed captions on the mounts, half roan bindings, spines defective, oblong 4to (2)
24 x 37cm. (9½ x 14½ in.) or smaller

Footnotes

  • A remarkable record of British fighting and other mechanized army vehicles, including many experimental types, some being customised versions of foreign makes including Citroen, Pavesi, etc. The first image is of the first tank 'Little Willie' from 1915, followed by the numerous and specialised versions of the Mark I-VIII associated with World War I, other tanks of all sizes, half-tracks, armoured cars, various tractors etc. A small group of images record the demonstration for Dominion Premiers at Camberley in November 1926. In one of these Churchill has his eye on the photographer. Each volume has a neat manuscript Index embellished with pen-and-ink drawings of vehicles by A.S. Walter. General Peck, who had a service record going back to Northern Nigeria in 1902-03, became Director of Artillery in 1924, and Director of Mechanization in 1927 until retirement in 1933. Each volume has a cancelled bookplate of the R.U.S.I. recording donation in memory of Peck (died 1949).
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