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1 Bennett, Geoffrey. Preface by Rodney M. Bennett. NAVAL BATTLES OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR.
London Penguin 2001 0141390875 / 9780141390871 Reprint Soft Cover Very Good - 
310 pp, 8vo (8 7/16" H). B&w photographs, maps/battle plans. "With the call to action stations of August 1914, the Royal Navy faced its greatest test since the time of Nelson. Geoffrey Bennett's classic history of the Great War at sea combines graphic and stirring accounts of all the principal naval engagements - battles overseas, in home waters and, for the first time, under the sea - with analysis of the strategy and tactics of both sides. He brings these sea battles dramatically to life, and confirms the Allied navies' vital contribution to victory. In his words, 'Though the titantic struggle on the Western Front dominated the strategy of the Allies, it was their Navies, of which the British was immeasurably the strongest, that in the end brought Germany to her knees.' Illustrated with maps, plans and contemporary photographs, this detailed, immaculately researched account is the authoritative history of an often overlooked but hugely important aspect of the First World War." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - very light edge wear, one crease down spine, very tiny crease at top corner of covers, small soft crease and multiple small line indentations at bottom corner of rear cover, minor rubbing/indentation on covers. 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
2 Bennett, Geoffrey. Preface by Rodney M. Bennett. NAVAL BATTLES OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR.
London Penguin 2001 0141390875 / 9780141390871 Reprint Soft Cover Very Good+ 
310 pp, 8vo (8 7/16" H). B&w photographs, maps/battle plans. "With the call to action stations of August 1914, the Royal Navy faced its greatest test since the time of Nelson. Geoffrey Bennett's classic history of the Great War at sea combines graphic and stirring accounts of all the principal naval engagements - battles overseas, in home waters and, for the first time, under the sea - with analysis of the strategy and tactics of both sides. He brings these sea battles dramatically to life, and confirms the Allied navies' vital contribution to victory. In his words, 'Though the titantic struggle on the Western Front dominated the strategy of the Allies, it was their Navies, of which the British was immeasurably the strongest, that in the end brought Germany to her knees.' Illustrated with maps, plans and contemporary photographs, this detailed, immaculately researched account is the authoritative history of an often overlooked but hugely important aspect of the First World War." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - very minor edge wear. 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
PRIVATE WORDS:  LETTERS AND DIARIES FROM THE SECOND WORLD WAR., Blythe, Ronald, ed.
3 Blythe, Ronald, ed. PRIVATE WORDS: LETTERS AND DIARIES FROM THE SECOND WORLD WAR.
Viking, London, 1991, first edition. 
310 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0670832049 "The Second World War was, among other things, a great 'reading and writing' war. There was a passion for books of all kinds, and also a remarkable outpouring of personal w riting in the form of letters and diaries. The latter were actually forbidden in the services because they might fall into enemy hands, but this did not prevent them from being kept in startling quantities. The young especially, whether on t h e H o m e Front or fighting abroad, became extraordinary self-examiners and communicators, finding all kinds of outlets for what was happening to them in the shape of private records and correspondence. It was a time when people lived for let t er s, a n d wh en , since much of the war was spent in boredom by the average participant, reading became the perfect escape. The existence of a vast archive of Second World War personal literary expression has been well-known to historians, but i t h as not o ft en bee n used to reveal the significance of the 'reading and writing' culture of this period. Ronald Blythe has a deep understanding of those days and in this collection of letters and journals has revealed much of their heart a nd soul . Half of th e b ook is made up of the wartime writing of his friends; the other half has been drawn from the Department of Documents at the Imperial War Museum. This book is a personal statement that makes eloquent shifts from pain, desp air and de ath t o ab surd ity, lau ghter and bravery. It is a traveller's tale and a stay-at-home's tale. It is politically hopeful and romantic, and also down to earth. Read together, these confessions and descriptions from and to a Britain of nea rly h alf a cen tury ago c reate an a stonishing impact. We see a world holding itself together by language, by words, and with skill and determination. The 'tone' of those days is often quite unbearably caught, with force and eloquence. (T hey c reate) a m ultiple auto biogra phy of a uni que kind." Dust jacket has soft wrinkle at top edge of rear panel. Fine/Near Fine 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
BRITAIN'S WEATHER:  ITS WORKINGS, LORE AND FORECASTING., Bowen, David.
4 Bowen, David. BRITAIN'S WEATHER: ITS WORKINGS, LORE AND FORECASTING.
David & Charles, Newton Abbot, 1969. 
310 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w photographs, maps, tables, etc. Contents: The Clouds; The Elements; The Meteorologists; The Weather Charts; The Forecasts; The British Climate; Local Weather; Weather Lore; The Barometer; Wea ther Round the Year; Weather Cycles; Weather and Warfare; Weather Control; Climate, Weather, and Man; Work for the Amateur; Chapter References; Bibliography; Appendices; Index. 1" x 3" ghost label mark on title page, very light edge wear, m i n o r w r i nkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has been price clipped, has light edge wear/wrinkling, creases at bottom of spine, small tear at top of rear hinge - archivally taped. Very Good/Good 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
BELLEVILLE: A POPULAR HISTORY., Boyce, Gerry.
5 Boyce, Gerry. BELLEVILLE: A POPULAR HISTORY.
Toronto Natural Heritage / Dundurn 2008 1550028634 / 9781550028638 First Edition Soft Cover Fine 
310 pp, square large 8vo (9" x 9"). B&w photographs, reproductions, maps. "(A) treasure trove of stories - 'glorious and not-so-glorious' - embodying the history of the city of Belleville (Ontario) and its beautiful surroundings. Gerry Boyce, the dean of the area's historians, has done a masterful job of pulling together the best of Belleville's storied past, episode by episode, decade by decade: here one learns about the Native roots of the place, its debatable 'discovery' by Champlain, its hot-headed pre-Confederation politics, its involvement in Spiritualism in the 1850s and the spread of prostitution in the Victorian 1870s. Moving forward from the days of Susanna Moodie and Mackenzie Bowell, it provides an entertaining and probing stroll through the past 110 years, reminding readers of such national events as the sensational 1959 victory by the Belleville MacFarlands over the Russians at the World Amateur Hockey Championship in Prague; and then, less well known, the financially crippling news of secret payments made to the players. Gerry Boyce (reminds) us that our history, be it local or national, is much more lively and intriguing than we often realize." Michael Peterman . Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - clean and bright. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
6 Brimelow, Peter. THE PATRIOT GAME: NATIONAL DREAMS & POLITICAL REALITIES.
Toronto Key Porter 1986 1550130013 / 9781550130010 Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ 
310 pp, 9 1/2" H. "(A)rgues that Canada ought to be a second Switzerland, with a living standard actually higher than that of the U.S. But in fact it is embroiled in a tangle of regional and linguistic quarrels, mainipulated by both the Liberals and their Mulroney Tory imitators, and an elite in Ottawa that truly represents neither Anglophones nor Francophones. 'The Patriot Games' offers an unconventional view of Canada that will shatter many myths. Brimelow endorses the argument of Goldwin Smith's 1891 classic 'Canada and the Canadian Question' that our country is 'rich by nature, poor by policy'. He demonstrates that this is a direct consequence of fatally-flawed political institutions, which have created divisive polices like bilingualism and Canadian Nationalism. He shows that, paradoxically, English Canada is the dispossessed and colonized nation within a weakening Confederation. In a provocative portrait of the Trudeau era, he describes how the Liberals imposed an artificial bilingualism policy on an unsuspecting country, alienating the West and having little effect in Quebec. (This book) challenges us to come to terms with what being a Canadian means." Minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, very tiny dent on front hinge.. 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
DRAKE PAST AND PRESENT:  MAKING MEMORIES., Drake History Committee.  (Arnold M. Schroeder, Clare Haryett, Wilda Gunther, Bill Dack, Karen Friesen, Isabelle Nixon, Lindsay Blair, Matilda Dueck, hugh Strong, et al.)
7 Drake History Committee. (Arnold M. Schroeder, Clare Haryett, Wilda Gunther, Bill Dack, Karen Friesen, Isabelle Nixon, Lindsay Blair, Matilda Dueck, hugh Strong, et al.) DRAKE PAST AND PRESENT: MAKING MEMORIES.
Drake, Saskatchewan Drake History Book Committee 1987 0889255881 / 9780889255883 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ 
471 pp, 11 1/4" H. Medium brown cloth boards with darker brown lettering on spine, lettering and decoration on front board - no dust jacket (as issued). Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs, maps. Contents: Acknowledgements; Introduction; Map; In the Beginning (Settlement of the Quill Lake Plains / Village of Drake / R.M. of Prairie Rose #309 / R.M. of Usborne #310 / The Homesteaders / Churches / Schools - Bloomfield S.D. #2575, Drake S.D. #2506, Grovenland S.D. #1421, Hiawatha S.D. #1720, Kansas S.D. #1699, Kneller S.D. #3642, Otterburn S.D. # 250, Poplar Hill S.D. #2215, Wilmot S.D. #4372; Clubs; Business; Drake Community Centre; Sod Turning for Enriched Housing; Sports; Family Histories; Roll of Honour; Recollections; Cemeteries; Picture Section. Minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, very light 2" stain line on rear board. 
Price: 60.00 USD
 
 
EXPATRIATES AND PATRIOTS:  AMERICAN ARTISTS, SCHOLARS, AND WRITERS IN EUROPE., Earnest, Ernest.
8 Earnest, Ernest. EXPATRIATES AND PATRIOTS: AMERICAN ARTISTS, SCHOLARS, AND WRITERS IN EUROPE.
Duke University Press, Durham, North Carolina, 1968, first edition. 
310 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. "A considerable amount of our literary and social criticism has been based on the premise that during much of our history the United States has been inhospitable to the intellectual and the a rtist. The term 'exile' has been used frequently and Henry James has been pictured as the prime victim. The present study is a detailed examination of a selected number of representative writers, artists, and intellectuals who spent a con s i d e r a b l e amount of time abroad. Its purpose is to determine the extent to which they were 'exiled', and especially to learn what they had to say about the contrast between the American and European scenes....Those discussed are Irving, Ti ck no r, B an cr of t, C ogswell, Cooper, Morse, Greenough, Powers, Allston, Story, Fuller, Hawthorne, James, Frederic, and Wharton. In a special chapter devoted to the unique problems of the expatriates of the 1920's, such figures as Stein, Hemi ngw ay, Cr owl ey, Fi tzg era ld, and the Crosbys are included...." Very small light stain at bottom corner of pages 194 and 195, minor browning to edges of textblock, minor edge wear to boards, very light wrinkling at top of spine. Dust jacket is pric e cl ippe d, h as l ight bro wnin g on spine and flap-folds. Very Good/Very Good 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
9 Finley, Gerald. GEORGE HERIOT: POSTMASTER-PAINTER OF THE CANADAS.
Toronto University of Toronto Press 1983 0802055842 / 9780802055842 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good George Heriot. 
310 pp, 9 1/2" H. B&w reproductions. "George Heriot (1759-1839), a Scot, is best known as a skilled landscape watercolourist and as the contentious deputy postmaster general of British North America from 1800 to 1816. He was also a travel writer and a poet. In this volume, a combination of biography and art history, Gerald Finaly presents, for the first time, a rounded picture of Heriot, revealing his motives and ideals while also illuminating the texture of life in Canada during the early years of settlement. In describing Heriot's several roles as artist, administrator, patriot, spy, Fnley presents a portrait of an eighteenth-century gentleman whose superficial desires were for an active public life but whose deeper yearnings were for a life of contemplation. This volume serves to recognize Heriot's artistic achievement and to accord him the place he deserves in the history of Canadian art and the country itself." Minor wrinkling at top of spine, three small faint stains on rear board. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
10 Gantz, Jeffrey, translated with introduction by. THE MABINOGION.
New York Dorset 1985 0880290390 / 9780880290395 Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ 
310 pp, 8 1/4" H. "These eleven medieval Welsh tales were first written down in the 13th century, but were the product of countless generations of oral tradition. This fresh and exciting new translation presents the classic stories in a highly readable, but still authentic style. All the color and energy of the Celtic world emerges through the myths, folklore, history and pseudo-history of Celtic Britain. 'Pwyll', 'Branwen', 'Manawydan' and 'Math' are mythological fragments bound by central, unifying themes. Other stories show British courage and intelligence in Roman and pre-Roman days, while King Arthur makes his first appearance in Celtic prose in a tale of the hero's quest for the giant's fair daughter. Like Cretien de Troyes and Thomas Malory, 'Owein', 'Peredur' and 'Gereint' use the legends of Arthur's court as backdrop and ancient themes as material for heroic and romantic adventure. Just as the ancient mystical world is evoked in these stories so is Wales, whose lakes, valleys and rivers are very much rooted in history. The 'Mabinogion' combines myth and history, reality and illusion, and magic and the ordinary to recreate the essence of ancient Celtic life. Includes: Bibliography, Index, Map of Wales, and a Note on the Pronunciation of Welsh Names." Minor wrinkling at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has minor edge wear, very light rubbing, very light browning to inside edges. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
11 Gilbert, Martin. THE BATTLE OF THE SOMME: THE HEROISM AND HORROR OF WAR.
Toronto McClelland & Stewart 2006 0771035470 / 9780771035470 First Canadian Edition. Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ 
332 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H). B&w photographs, maps. "(O)n 1 July 1916, on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, 733 of 801 men in the 1st Newfoundland Regiment were killed. From their starting position in a British support trench, the Newfoundlanders had to cross some 230 metres of fire-swept ground before they reached their own front line. In less than a half-hour, it was all over. The divisional commander wrote of the Newfoundland effort: 'It was a magnificent display of trained and disciplined valour, and its assault failed of success because dead men can advance no further.' Well might the Germans refer to the Battle of the Somme as das Blutbad - the bloodbath. From 1 July to 15 November 1916, a period of just 138 days, more than 310,000 soldiers from four great armies, the British, Canadian, French, and German, were killed. The German death toll on the Somme was larger than that of all the Allied forces combined. The heroism of the Dominion troops moved British prime minister David Lloyd George to write: 'The Canadians played a part of such distinction that thenceforth they were marked as storm troops. Coming into the line, they prepared for the worst.' After four and a half months of fighting, the Allied armies had not reached the line they set for themselves for the first day of battle. In this vivid, deeply researched account of one of history's most destructive battles, (the author) tracks (it) through the experiences of footsoldiers, generals, and everyone in between. Interwoven with photographs, journal entries, original maps, and documents from every stage and level of planning, (this book) is the most authoritative and affecting account of this bloody turning point in the Great War." Slight cigarette odor. Dust jacket has been price-clipped, has minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
12 Glazebrook, G.P. deT. THE STORY OF TORONTO.
Toronto University of Toronto 1971 0802017916 / 9780802017918 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good 
310 pp, 10" H. B&w photographs, reproductions. 3 maps - one on inside of dust jacket, 2 in book (1 folds out). "The purpose of this book is to tell the story of Toronto from its earliest days to the present: to describe its character at each stage of growth, how it changed, and why." Contents: Preface; Illustrations; A place in search of a purpose; The birth of a town; War and reconstruction; Government and governed; Urban supremacy; Provincial capital; Pride and prejudice; Progress and poverty; The end of an era; Problems of greatness; Life in Metropolitan Toronto; Toronto's realm; Notes; Bibliography; Picture and map credits; Index. Minor wrinkling at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has been price-clipped, has minor edge wear/wrinkling, tiny dent on rear hinge. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
13 Hayward, Jeremy W. SHIFTING WORLDS, CHANGING MINDS: WHERE THE SCIENCES AND BUDDHISM MEET.
New Science Library, Shambala, Boston, 1987, Ist ed. 
310 pp, lg 8vo (9" H), soft cover. An in-depth, non-technical analysis of the perceptual process, drawing on the latest data from cognitive science - the 'new science of mind'. Added to these are insights gained from the Buddhist practice of mindf ulness-awareness meditation. The results of this analysis and practice can free us from dependence on belief systems. We are presented with a genuine revolution in the understanding of consciousness, and the possibilities of awareness an d c o m p a s s i on are revealed. Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - minor edge wear, spine flat and uncreased, tiny soft corner creases. VG+ 
Price: 12.50 USD
 
 
THE FLIGHT OF THE MEW GULL., Henshaw, Alex.
14 Henshaw, Alex. THE FLIGHT OF THE MEW GULL.
London John Murray 1980 0719537401 / 9780719537400 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ 
310 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H). B&w photographs, maps, drawings. "(Alex Henshaw) had the luck to grow up in the '20s and '30s during the golden age of flying and thanks to his father's generous encouragement it was not long before he had his own Gipsy Moth. From that moment there was no looking back. The Blue Riband of flying in the British Isles between the two World Wars was the King's Cup: Henshaw set his heart on it, developing a technique of racing which extracted the very maximum from his aircraft: first the Comper Swift and then the DH Leopard Moth. Parallel with his search for speed was an obsession with making accurate landfalls, and he developed this blind-flying talent deliberately in a flying partnership with his father on many carefully planned long-distance survey flights. His exciting apprenticeship in these two skills was crowned by the acquisition of the Percival Mew Gull G-AEXF in 1937. After many initial successes with the machine Henshaw became associated with Jack Cross of Essex Aero Ltd at Gravesend who became primarily responsible for the racing and long distance preparations. First fruits of this partnerships was victory in the King's Cup of 1938 at a speed that was the fastest of any winning aircraft at any time. This was closely followed by an amazing solo flight to Cape Town and back in February 1939 establishing several solo records that still stand today, over forty years later. This feat of navigation and airmanship must surely be one of man's greatest flights - 12,754 miles over desert, sea and jungle in a single-engined light aircraft. Alex Henshaw tells his story in a vivid style that puts you at the heart of all his battles and adventures." Small light bump at top of rear hinge, slight waviness to edges of text block. Dust jacket has light wrinkling at top of rear hinge and rear flap-fold. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
THE FLIGHT OF THE MEW GULL., Henshaw, Alex.
15 Henshaw, Alex. THE FLIGHT OF THE MEW GULL.
London John Murray 1980 0719537401 / 9780719537400 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
310 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H). B&w photographs, maps, drawings. "(Alex Henshaw) had the luck to grow up in the '20s and '30s during the golden age of flying and thanks to his father's generous encouragement it was not long before he had his own Gipsy Moth. From that moment there was no looking back. The Blue Riband of flying in the British Isles between the two World Wars was the King's Cup: Henshaw set his heart on it, developing a technique of racing which extracted the very maximum from his aircraft: first the Comper Swift and then the DH Leopard Moth. Parallel with his search for speed was an obsession with making accurate landfalls, and he developed this blind-flying talent deliberately in a flying partnership with his father on many carefully planned long-distance survey flights. His exciting apprenticeship in these two skills was crowned by the acquisition of the Percival Mew Gull G-AEXF in 1937. After many initial successes with the machine Henshaw became associated with Jack Cross of Essex Aero Ltd at Gravesend who became primarily responsible for the racing and long distance preparations. First fruits of this partnerships was victory in the King's Cup of 1938 at a speed that was the fastest of any winning aircraft at any time. This was closely followed by an amazing solo flight to Cape Town and back in February 1939 establishing several solo records that still stand today, over forty years later. This feat of navigation and airmanship must surely be one of man's greatest flights - 12,754 miles over desert, sea and jungle in a single-engined light aircraft. Alex Henshaw tells his story in a vivid style that puts you at the heart of all his battles and adventures." Previous owner's name in red ink on front free endpaper, small bump at top of spine. Dust jacket has light edge browning, light edge wear/wrinkling - mainly at top of spine and flap-folds. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
THUNDERSCAPE.  BOOKS 2 & 3.  DARKFALL and INDOMITABLE THUNDER.  WORLD OF ADEN., Hensley, Shane Lacy / Mark Acres.
16 Hensley, Shane Lacy / Mark Acres. THUNDERSCAPE. BOOKS 2 & 3. DARKFALL and INDOMITABLE THUNDER. WORLD OF ADEN.
New York HarperPrism 1996 First Printings. Mass Market Paperbacks Very Good+ Cover art by Danilo Gonzalez / Brian Perini. 
Books 2 & 3 of the Thunderscape Trilogy, 6 3/4" H. Book 2. Darkfall - 310 pp, ISBN 0061054593. Book 3. Indomitable Thunder - 229 pp, ISBN 0061054585. Darkfall: "Deadly wonders of the Thunder Age, powered by the mechamagical wizardry of steam, sorcery, and science. Their 200-foot cars are armed with storm cannons and guarded by constructs crammed with undead souls for the journey to through the horrors of the outlands." Indomitable Thunder: "Since the Darkfall, life in Mekanus had become constant war. Sealed behind an impenetrable metal wall by Lord Urbane, the Lost Ghetto was infested by violent Nocturnals and prowled by warring gangs. Sarann and her brother Jurdan, the orphaned children of a merchant prince, had survived the gangs and the Nocturnals by laying low. But now an attack by the common enemy of all, the ratmen, was giving them their chance at freedom." Interiors - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exteriors - minor edge wear. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
KISS OF THE FUR QUEEN., Highway, Tomson.
17 Highway, Tomson. KISS OF THE FUR QUEEN.
Doubleday Canada, (Toronto, 1998), first edition. 
310 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0385256523 The author's first novel. Two small Cree boys are torn from their family and placed in a Catholic residential school where their names are changed and they are forced to spe ak English only. As young men, they move to Winnipeg where they confront racism, but are always watched over by the 'Fur Queen', a beautiful young woman they saw in their childhood in a photograph and have taken as their guardian angel. " N a t i v e s t ory-telling techniques with European narrative form to create an engaging, funny, passionate and triumphant novel about the experience of being a stranger in your own land." Dust jacket has minor edge wrinkling, and very minor ru bb in g. Fi ne /N e ar F ine 
Price: 12.50 USD
 
 
CORVETTES CANADA:  CONVOY VETERANS OF WWII TELL THEIR TRUE STORIES., Johnston, Mac.
18 Johnston, Mac. CORVETTES CANADA: CONVOY VETERANS OF WWII TELL THEIR TRUE STORIES.
Toronto McGraw-Hill Ryerson 1994 0075513811 / 9780075513810 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good+ 
310 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H). B&w photographs, map. "The corvette was 'the' ship to define the Canadian navy in World War II as an escort service. From the fall of 1940 until May 1945, we follow these small warships as they shepherd convoys of merchant ships carrying weapons, food, oil, raw materials and manufactured goods from North America to the United Kingdom. On the return trip, the escorts bring back the empty vessels for reloading. We see the routines of corvette life punctuated by sudden bursts of fierce action. These are life-and-death moments for the warship escorts, the merchant ships they protect and the attacking U-boats of the German navy. But there is another enemy - the North Atlantic itself. It is a powerful force that dictates the corvette crews' living conditions and, at times, even their chances of survival. The corvettes saw action in other important areas, so our veterans tell us about the famous Triangle Run and lesser-known efforts such as trips to Labrador and escort work in the St. Lawrence River. We also learn about service in the English Channel, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean and in the Pacific Ocean. This is the story of the men themselves - men from the lower deck and the wardroom. It is the story of the 123 corvettes they sailed. And in many ways the corvette story is an analogy for Canada as a whole: unprepared for war, committed to a cause, bloodied in batle - and ultimately triumphant." Creasing at fore-edge of page 113/114, slight bump/wrinkling at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has minor wrinkling at top of hinges and flap-folds, very minor rubbing. 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
CORVETTES CANADA:  CONVOY VETERANS OF WWII TELL THEIR TRUE STORIES., Johnston, Mac.
19 Johnston, Mac. CORVETTES CANADA: CONVOY VETERANS OF WWII TELL THEIR TRUE STORIES.
Toronto McGraw-Hill Ryerson 1994 0075513811 / 9780075513810 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
310 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H). B&w photographs, map. "The corvette was 'the' ship to define the Canadian navy in World War II as an escort service. From the fall of 1940 until May 1945, we follow these small warships as they shepherd convoys of merchant ships carrying weapons, food, oil, raw materials and manufactured goods from North America to the United Kingdom. On the return trip, the escorts bring back the empty vessels for reloading. We see the routines of corvette life punctuated by sudden bursts of fierce action. These are life-and-death moments for the warship escorts, the merchant ships they protect and the attacking U-boats of the German navy. But there is another enemy - the North Atlantic itself. It is a powerful force that dictates the corvette crews' living conditions and, at times, even their chances of survival. The corvettes saw action in other important areas, so our veterans tell us about the famous Triangle Run and lesser-known efforts such as trips to Labrador and escort work in the St. Lawrence River. We also learn about service in the English Channel, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean and in the Pacific Ocean. This is the story of the men themselves - men from the lower deck and the wardroom. It is the story of the 123 corvettes they sailed. And in many ways the corvette story is an analogy for Canada as a whole: unprepared for war, committed to a cause, bloodied in batle - and ultimately triumphant." Previous owner's signature, place & date in ink on front free endpaper; book is lightly cocked; wrinkling at top/bottom of spine; very light wear on bottom edge of boards and at corners. Dust jacket has light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, light rubbing with a few small faint scratches on rear panel. 
Price: 16.00 USD
 
 
BEYOND THE REEF., Kent, Alexander.  Wraparound dust jacket art by Geoffrey Huband.
20 Kent, Alexander. Wraparound dust jacket art by Geoffrey Huband. BEYOND THE REEF.
Heinemann, London, 1992, first edition. 
310 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0434388351 A Richard Bolitho novel. "March 1808, and war spreads in Europe as Napoleon holds Portugal and threatens his old ally, Spain. The Royal Navy's blockade of enemy ports cont inues, and a new anti-slavery bill further stretches the hard-pressed fleet's resources, as more ships are required elsewhere to suppress that profitable trade. Estranged from his wife and child, and plagued by the fear of blindness, Vice- A d m i r a l R ichard Bolitho is ordered once more to the Cape of Good Hope to establish a permanent naval force there following the success of his previous mission. He leaves behind the contempt of society and the bitter memories of a friendship b et ra ye d, a nd , w ith the mistress he will not forsake, takes passage on the ill-fated 'Golden Plover'. With them are others eager to quit the land: Valentine Keen, for whom command at the Cape is both promotion and escape from his own trou ble d m arr iag e, the fa it hfu l Allday, and young Stephen Jenour, who finds in this dangerous voyage a passage to maturity. When shipwreck and diaster overtake 'Golden Plover', a hundred-mile reef off the coast of Africa becomes a powerful symb ol o f cr isis and su rviv al, cla imin g alike the innocent and the damned. Beyond the reef little remains, only raw courage and reckless hope, and the certainty that for those in peril and for those at home life has changed irrevocably." Previ ous o wner' s emb ossed sta mp on tit le p age, light browning to pages and to edges of textblock, minor wrinkling at top of spine. Dust jacket has minor edge wrinkling, minor rubbing. Very Good/Very Good+ 
Price: 35.00 USD
 
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