Oxfam sale marks war anniversary

Oxford Mail: Thame Oxfam bookshop manager Dick Jennens with some of the 200 First World War books that have been donated to the shop.  Picture: OX67041 Cliff Hide Buy this photo Thame Oxfam bookshop manager Dick Jennens with some of the 200 First World War books that have been donated to the shop. Picture: OX67041 Cliff Hide

BOOKS related to the First World War have gone on sale at an Oxfam shop.

Dick Jennens, manager of the Oxfam bookshop in Thame, is hoping the collection of about 200 books will raise more than £1,000 for the Cowley-based charity.

The collection went on sale yesterday at the Cornmarket store.

Mr Jennens said: “If there is a major anniversary coming up we ask our volunteers to collect books on a certain subject.

“They started collecting these war books in September and in March we put a sign in the window asking for World War One books.

“In total we are expecting to raise more than £1,000 from these donations.

“A lot of the books are hardbacks, including an edition of Seven Pillars of Wisdom by TE Lawrence, Lawrence of Arabia’s account of his time as an officer with rebel forces during the Arab Revolt against the Turks, from 1916 to 1918.

“He had lived in Oxford and studied at an Oxford college so we are hoping there will be a lot of interest in this one-volume edition from 1935 by Jonathan Cape.

“The book should go for about £50 — usually it would fetch more but it’s an ex-library edition and has no dustjacket.

“We have everything from the novel Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks to formal histories by writers like John Keegan.”

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Mr Jennens said the collection included an unused illustrated calendar published by the Liberty store in London, which was expected to sell for £50.

Oxfam’s bookshop in Chipping Norton also recently held a similar sale of First World War volumes.

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