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1 Clayton, Anthony. PATHS OF GLORY: THE FRENCH ARMY 1914-18.
London Cassell 2005 0304366528 / 9780304366521 Soft Cover Good 
270 pp, 7 3/4" H. B&w photographs, maps. "French soldiers in the First World War were not as well equipped as either their German opponents or their British allies. They were worse fed too, and began the war trained in badly out-of-date tactics and wearing unsuitable uniforms. Anthony Clayton investigates how the French army adjusted to the grim realities of warfare on the western front. He takes particular interest in the soldiers' morale: how, despite appalling losses and dreadful privations, the ordinary soldiers fought on until 1917 when widespread mutinies paralysed the army. It fell to two remarkable soldiers, Marshals Petain and Foch, to retore the soldiers' faith and lead them to victory in 1918." Interior - small crease at fore-edge of first two pages, one page with soft crease at top corner, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - two soft corner creases, small bump at top front hinge area, book is slightly cocked, creases down spine, spine is slightly concave, minor edge wear, slight curvature to font cover and first half of pages. 
Price: 12.50 USD
 
 
BELGIUM AND LUXEMBOURG., Edwards, Tudor.
2 Edwards, Tudor. BELGIUM AND LUXEMBOURG.
London B.T. Batsford 1951 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good - 
128 pp, 8 3/4" H. Colour frontispiece, b&w photographs, 2 maps. "Belgium, Luxembourg and French Flanders are included in this survey of an area which is, intentionally, treated more as a cultural than a nationalistic entity. It is an area whose buildings, customs and people share a common quality that traverses national frontiers: a quality which appears equally in the Grandes Places of Antwerp, Malines and Brussels, in the canal-side architecture of Bruges and Ghent, and in the characteristic processions and fetes of Furnes, Echternach, Binche, Mons and Douai, to name only five of many." Soft corner crease on Preface page, minor winkling at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, light browning on spine and some edges - darker at top edge of flaps, 1" edge tear with soft crease at top of rear panel, protected in a mylar sleeve. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
3 Hamilton-williams, David. THE FALL OF NAPOLEON: THE FINAL BETRAYAL.
London Brockhampton 1999 1860199852 / 9781860199851 Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ 
352 pp, 9 1/2" H. B&w plates, maps/battle plans. "This important study of the cause and effects of Napoleon's removal from power tracks the significant events in his illustrious career through to his downfall and, while doing so, charts the clandestine diplomatic intrigues linking Britain, Austria, Russia and Prussia in the quest for the Emperor's demise. Using substantial new research, (the author) questions many of the established views in Napoleonic literature to date. By disclosing hitherto secret terrorist organizations, uncovering the attempts to assassinate Napoleon, highlighting unbridled political duplicity, and demonstrating a host of previously misinterpreted signals and actions, he instigates a fresh assessment of the fall of Napoleon, new reasons to consider how much it was self-inflicted and how much it became inevitable given the combined forces - 'friend' and well as 'foe' - ranged against him. However great his military campaigns, how often he was victorious on the battle-field, Napoleon was destined to be deposed by political connivance and personal betrayal." Very small bump at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has very minor edge wrinkling. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
A RECORD OF THE BATTLES AND ENGAGEMENTS OF THE BRITISH ARMIES IN FRANCE AND FLANDERS, 1914-1918., James, E.A., Captain.  Foreword by Lieut.-General Sir Hugh S. Jeudwine.
4 James, E.A., Captain. Foreword by Lieut.-General Sir Hugh S. Jeudwine. A RECORD OF THE BATTLES AND ENGAGEMENTS OF THE BRITISH ARMIES IN FRANCE AND FLANDERS, 1914-1918.
Naval & Military Press, Heathfield, [1990], facsimile reprint. 
48 pp, 8vo (8 1/2" H), soft cover (stapled in wraps). "...presents in a concise and handy form a record of the part taken by formations, down to brigades, in the Great War. In some minor actions in the early days of the war regiments and battalions are identified...Every engagement is shown with participating formations, supplemented by explanatory footnotes where appropriate. The two indexes, one of places the other of formations, make it a simple matter to check up on any battle or discover which battles any formation took part in throughout the war." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - clean. NF 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
5 Mosier, John. THE MYTH OF THE GREAT WAR: A NEW MILITARY HISTORY OF WORLD WAR I
New York HarperCollins 2001 0060196769 / 9780060196769 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
381 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H). B&w maps. "Based on a decade of research into previously unused French and German sources, (this book) shows what actually happened at the front as the participants perceived it at the time, as opposed to what French and British commanders and governments claimed. John Mosier, who visited all the major battlefields, describes and analyzes campaigns that are routinely neglected or ignored and shows why conventional accounts of such major battles as Verdun are incorrect. He explains how German tactics, weapons, training and leadership were consistently superior, and why the endless, ineffective attacks of the French and British with inferior weapons and battle tactics of the previous century resulted in mindless slaughter and defeat. Mosier also discusses the major military leaders on both sides - including Joffre, Petain, Foch, Gallieni, French, Haig, Wilson, Moltke, Ludendorff, Falkenhayn, Mudra, and Pershing. The French and British military controlled, suppressed, and manipulated all battlefield reports. German losses were magnified; failures became successes, defeats victories. Allied intelligence was grossly inaccurate and inadequate, and the result was a distorted picture of what was really happening. Absorbing and persuasive, 'The Myth of the Great War' is a striking new assessment of the military realities of World War I." Light wrinkling at bottom of spine, faint finger print at fore-edge of free front endpaper. Dust jacket has light edge wrinkling - mainly at top edge, minor rubbing. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
THE DEATH OF GLORY: THE WESTERN FRONT 1915., Neillands, Robin.
6 Neillands, Robin. THE DEATH OF GLORY: THE WESTERN FRONT 1915.
London John Murray 2006 0719562449 / 9780719562440 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good+ 
298 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H). B&w photographs, maps. "The First World War remains a controversial subject: the bitter reality clouded with damaging and popular myths. Many of these misconceptions relate to the competence of the generals, the events of 1915 and the battles of Neuve Chapelle, Aubers Ridge and Festubert, as well as the larger disasters at Second Ypres - scene of the first gas attack - and, finally, the shambolic Battle of Loos. However, the reality of these battles has been gradually concealed by the allegtion that the men were 'lions led by donkeys', with much of the blame put on the generals. In this well-researched and highly readable book, Robin Neillands reveals the truth behind this fallacy and the events surrounding the battles, and sets them in a wider context. By the start of 1915, a tough year for the British in France, the British Army had only been in action for four months and the burden was shifting to the Territorial Forces - enthusiastic amateurs at best at this time. The battles were either disasters or inconclusive, but the real reason for despair was that this war, entered into for the liberation of Belgium, had lost its moral argument and was now just another bloody, senseless slaughter." Slight cigarette odor, light wrinkling at top of spine, slight browning to edges of text block. Dust jacket has very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds. 
Price: 35.00 USD
 
 
7 Thompson, Peter E., translated & edited by. Jean Le Bel, Jean Froissart, Enguerrand De Monstrelet. CONTEMPORARY CHRONICLES OF THE HUNDRED YEARS WAR. FROM THE WORKS OF JEAN LE BEL, JEAN FROISSART & ENGUERRAND DE MONSTRELET.
London Folio Society 1966 Hard Cover Good 
358 pp, 9 7/8" H. Dark blue leather spine with gold lettering/decoration, paper-covered boards with simulated wood grain pattern. Decorated endpapers, colour plates (including frontispiece), b&w maps/battle plans, fold-out genealogical table at rear (before index). Blue/gray slipcase. "The span of history covered by the Hundred Years War is one of constant interest for the social as well as the military and political historian. In this volume the story of the war is told by means of passages translated from three French chroniclers who between them cover its whole duration; they are chroniclers rather than historians, yet where questions of social or political interest seem to be passed over the answers can sometimes be gleaned from the text. The extracts here given contain about one-fifteenth part of the original chronicles, and are linked by a connecting narrative which deals also with political issues." Previous owner's bookplate on verso of free front endpaper, minor browning to inside hinges, very light wear on bottom edges of boards, light fading to spine color, rubbing on spine. Slipcase has light general rubbing, wear/small pieces of paper missing at one top side edge and top rear edge. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
LOUIS XVI AND MARIE ANTOINETTE BEFORE THE REVOLUTION / LOUIS XVI AND MARIE ANTOINIETTE DURING THE REVOLUTION.  2 VOLUME SET., Webster, Nesta H.
8 Webster, Nesta H. LOUIS XVI AND MARIE ANTOINETTE BEFORE THE REVOLUTION / LOUIS XVI AND MARIE ANTOINIETTE DURING THE REVOLUTION. 2 VOLUME SET.
London Constable 1936 First Editions Hard Cover Good Fair 
353 pp, 539 pp, 8 7/8" H - 2 volume set. First editions - Vol. I (1936) & Vol. II (1937). B&w illustrations. Vol 1 is slighly cocked, has soft bump at top corner of both boards, a few tiny foxing marks on edges of text block, very small split in paper on inside rear hinge, scattered foxing marks on spine causing light discoloration. Vol 2 is slightly cocked, has one corner bump, scattered very small foxing marks on top/bottom of text block and on endpapers. Dust jackets are price-clipped; have foxing on inside; edge wrinkling, creases, wear and chips; light to moderate soiling; rubbing; old tape repairs on inside of vol 2. Both jackets are now protected in a mylar sleeve. 
Price: 55.00 USD
 


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