The White Kepi: A Casual History of the French Foreign Legion
Place Published: Chicago
Publisher: Henry Regnery Company
Date Published: 1956
Book Id: 33500
364pp. Octavo [21.5 cm] Red cloth covered boards with a black ink stamped title on the spine. Very good. The extremities are gently bumped and rubbed, and the spine is rolled. There is an indentation in the top edge of the front board. There are multiple very small stains on the top edge of the text block. There is a former owner's bookplate on the lightly rippled front free endsheet. The pages are mildly browned. In a very good dust jacket. Mildly age-toned, soiled and stained. There is 1/4 inch long dark mark on the rear panel. The creased edges are heavily chipped and have numerous short closed tears. There is an open tear in the paper at the head of the jacket's spine, that measures 1/2 of an inch wide by just over 1/4 of an inch deep. The tear does obscure a couple of letters in the title on the spine. A price has been stamped in ink on the front inside flap.
From the dust jacket- "For the better part of its history, the Foreign Legion, remote, fascinating, somewhat sinister, has been shrouded in mystery. It has been called everything from 'Desert Carrion' to the 'Legion of Beggars. 'It was often said that 'dogs bark when the Legion passes.' Yet, in battle, the Legionnaires are famed for a courage and heroism that knows no fear of death. They are considered by most professional soldiers to be, as a unit, the best fighting force in the world."