George Buchanan Smith 1890-1915.

  • [Smith, George Adam]
  • Glasgow: Privately Printed [by] James Maclehose and Sons 1916


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SOLE EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY, Small 4to, pp. [viii], 141, [1] + frontispiece and 5 plates. Original grey boards printed in black. Binding a little scratched and marked, spine discoloured. Inscribed to flyleaf: ‘C.J. Kirk from G.B.S.’s Father & Mother, June 1921’, loosely inserted a 4-page autograph letter from Lilian Adam Smith and small Christmas card from Lilian and George Adam Smith to C. J. Kirk, and photograph reproducing an image from one of the plates, pencil annotations to one plate identifying several subjects including Kirk.


A privately-printed memorial volume for 2nd Lieutenant George Buchanan Smith by his father, the theologian George Adam Smith (1856-1942) and mother Lilian, following his death in action in the Battle of Loos. It is addressed 'To his brothers and sisters from their father and mother' and written explicitly for them (the book's subject was the eldest of seven children), beginning 'your brother George was born on the morning of St Luke's day'. It was likely therefore an extremely small print run, and is unknown to Worldcat and Library Hub, although the NLS holds a copy.
This copy was presented to Buchanan Smith's university friend Dr C.J. Kirk, who has annotated a group photograph reproduced as a plate with the identities of a few of the subjects, including himself, on the right-hand edge. He must have also communicated this to Lilian Smith, who refers to him as 'that awful ruffian' in the 'dreadful cap and scarf' in her letter, with a great deal of affection.

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