Nor Iron Bars a Cage: The Adventures of Three British Prisoners of War 1940-1942 - W. H. AstonLondon: Macmillan & Co., 1946, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Edges of the dust wrapper somewhat frayed, heavily reinforced with paper to the verso. Leans. Pages deeply tanned by age. Previous owners' name to the half-title page.
Signed by the author, without dedication, on the half-title page — without provenance. Contains: Maps to the endpapers and blanks;
From the cover: “The literature of true escape has a unique fascination for the imaginative reader, especially when it deals with escape in time of war. One’s sympathy for one’s fellow-countryman making his devious and painful way out of enemy clutches, his patient cunning and his quiet courage, the description of the conditions of another country in war-time, the “hairbreadth” element of the story — all these add their own particular flavour to the “escape” story, and make it the most enthralling of books.
Mr. Aston, the author of Nor Iron Bars a Cage, and his two compatriots who figure in this story, were all three wounded in the j aw in France, before the fall of that country. Mr. Aston had, in addition, a leg injury which necessitated an amputation, and at the time of the escape he was wearing a wooden “peg” leg. In spite of these appalling disabilities, the three men made their way from their hospital in Paris across France, into Andorra, and finally to Barcelona, and so home. Exactly how, Mr. Aston tells us in these pages, with a modesty so complete that it is difficult to remember, while reading the book, how heroic was the enterprise.”