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1 Bloch, Marc. Translated from the French by L.A. Manyon. Preface by Jacques Le Goff. FEUDAL SOCIETY.
London Folio Society 2012 Hard Cover Very Good+ 
624 pp, 10" H. Black cloth, blocked with a gilt design by Adam McCaulay, red endpapers, colour plates & frontispiece. Red slipcase. Chapter headings: Moslems and Hungarians; The Northmen; Some Consequences and Some Lessons of the Invasions; Material Conditions and Economic Characteristics; Modes of Feeling and Thought; The Folk Memory; The Intellectual Renaissance in the Second Feudal Age; The Foundations of Law; The Solidarity of the Kindred Group; Character and Vicissitudes of the Tie of Kinship; Vassal Homage; The Fief; General Survey of Europe; The Fief Becomes the Patrimony of the Vassal; The Man of Several Masters; Vassal and Lord; The Paradox of Vassalage; The Manor; Servitude and Freedom; Towards New Forms of Manorialsim; The Nobles as a De Facto Class; The Life of the Nobility; Chivalry; Transformation of the Nobility into a Legal Class; Class Distinctions Within the Nobility; Clergy and Burgesses; Judicial Institutions; The Traditional Powers: Kingdoms and Empires; From Territorial Principalities to Castellanies; Disorder and the Efforts to Combat It; Towards the Reconstruction of States: National Developments; Feudalism as a Part of Society; The Persistence of European Feudalism. Small slight bump to bottom edge of front board. Slipcase has a small bump on one bottom side edge, a tiny bump on one front side edge, minor rubbing. 
Price: 45.00 USD
 
 
THE WAR OF THE AUSTRIAN SUCCESSION., Browning, Reed.
2 Browning, Reed. THE WAR OF THE AUSTRIAN SUCCESSION.
New York St. Martin's Griffin 1995 0312125615 / 9780312125615 Soft Cover Very Good 
445 pp, 8 3/16" H. "The apparent vulnerability of the Habsburg Empire at the time of Maria Theresa's accession destabilized the whole of Europe and, with Frederick the Great's invasion of Silesia, a cycle of violence was initiated that lasted for eight years and ravaged much of the continent. The vast conflict, which involved almost all the European powers and their empires, is the subject of (this book). (It) provides a highly readable narrative of a complex period that fundamentally shaped the European state system. The author explores the often changing war aims of the major belligerents - Austria, France, Great Britain, Prussia, Piedmont-Sardinia, and Spain - and links diplomatic and military events to the political and social context from which they arose." Interior - a few pages with a tiny soft corner bump, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - light edge wear, small coft crease at top rear corner. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
CEREMONIAL UNIFORMS OF THE WORLD., Cassin-Scott, Jack and Fabb, John.
3 Cassin-Scott, Jack and Fabb, John. CEREMONIAL UNIFORMS OF THE WORLD.
Arco, New York, 1977. 
80 colour plates with text on verso, plus Introduction, Glossary, Bibliography and Table of Plates. 9 1/4" H, soft cover. ISBN 0668042796 "This volume introduces the regalia of the armies of the world and with the generous use of 80 colour illust rations recreates the uniforms of various periods, illustrating the magnificent uniforms worn by both horse and foot regiments on ceremonial occasions. The superb individuality of the uniforms which, complete with their lavish embellishments a n d e l aborate embroidery both in the mens' full dress and the horse furnishings, produce an audacious array of color. The sources of information have been meticulously researched to compile an indispensable work of reference for students of m i li ta ry co st ume, the model soldier enthusiast, and for those who are engaged in film and theatrical productions." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - light rubbing, very light creasing on spine, minor edge w ear , l igh t we ar and laminate missing from small area at bottom corner of front cover. Very Good 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
SECRETS OF THE GOTHA.  PRIVATE LIVES OF THE ROYAL FAMILIES OF EUROPE., Diesbach, Ghislain de.  Translated from the French by Margaret Crosland.
4 Diesbach, Ghislain de. Translated from the French by Margaret Crosland. SECRETS OF THE GOTHA. PRIVATE LIVES OF THE ROYAL FAMILIES OF EUROPE.
New York Barnes & Noble. 1993 156619086X / 9781566190862 Reprint Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good 
392 pp, 8vo (8 1/4" H). "For this witty account of the European nobility, (the author) has taken as his inspiration that most illustrious of social registers: the 'Almanch de Gotha', first published in 1764 and still on the shelves of all who look back with nostalgia upon 'that happy period - when the monarchic principle was so firmly anchored in people's minds that it seemed impossible for a country to exist unless there was a sovereign, emperor, king, prince, or grand duke at its head'. The author, himself a scion of a princely family, has inherited a clear perspective of the main thoroughfares of history, and a great knowledge of its byways. He approaches his subject with a light touch, even at times with irreverence - for, in his own words: 'The secrets of the Gotha, whispered to me by the ghosts of long-dead chamberlains, evoke the spirit on an age whose frivolities alone have survived. The inheritance of the duchies of Schleswig or Holstein no longer vexes the world at large; but the fate of the unfortunate Electress of Hanover, shut up for thirty years by her husband for having shown too much enthusiasm for the handsome Koenigsmark, still moves us; and the madness of King Ludwig II of Bavaria, the indecorous loves of Queen Isabella of Spain, or the eccentricities of Caroline, Princess of Wales, are more interesting today than the War of the Roses, the continence of Scipio or the virtues of Blanche of Castile. It is by their weaknesses that men are human, and kings cannot escape being men. But though their weaknesses may be the cause of their undoing, it is their humanity that most engages our sympathy today. Bad examples are the easiest to follow ; they are also the most amusing to relate." Dust jacket has slight fading to color and lettering on spine, minor edge wrinkling and minor browning on inside top edge. 
Price: 12.50 USD
 
 
INTRODUCTING AUSTRIA., Gedye, G.E.R.
5 Gedye, G.E.R. INTRODUCTING AUSTRIA.
London Methuen 1955 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good- Jacket design by Philippe Jullian. 
254 pp, small 8vo (7 7/8" H). Map endpapers, b&w photographs. "With (Gedye) the reader is introduced to the wonders of Austria's natural beauties, her architectural treasures, her famous collections of pictures, her music and the character of her delightful inhabitants; and expert advice is given on where to swim, ski, fish or shoot, and on the choice of local dishes and wines. (At the time of writing - 1955) more than two-thirds of Austria is open to the western tourist, and in the Tyrol, Vorarlberg, Salzburg, Upper Austria, Carinthia and Styria he will find some of the most attractive scenery in Europe. Although Vienna is surrounded by the Russian zone, there is no difficulty in visiting it. In spite of the scars of battle, the splendours of the gothic and baroque churches, the medieval alleyways, and the picturesque suburbs of the lovely old city are almost unchanged." Minor edge wear, tiny foxing marks on top of text block, three tiny stains on fore-edge of text block, one tiny corner bump. Dust jacket has light browning - mainly on spine, edges and flap-folds, a few tiny foxing marks, a few tiny edge tears and one 1" edge tear - archivally taped. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
6 Green, David. BLENHEIM.
London Collins 1974 0002111772 / 9780002111775 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good - Good 
162 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H). Map endpapers, b&w and color photographs, maps, reproductions, details from Blenheim tapestries. "(S)kilfully draw(s) on contemporary records and illustrations to create this vivid evocation of the battle - Marlborough's attack on the fortified village of Blenheim, the courageous and generous action of his ally, Prince Eugene, the capture of Marshal Tallard and the rout of the French cavalry, many of whom perished in the Danube. Nor has the cost to the Allies been forgotten. Unpublished letter-books at Blenheim have been drawn upon to show Marlborough's care for the wounded and their nursing. Finally the author traces Marlborough's triumphal return to London and the building of Blenheim Palace before taking the reader on a brief stroll through the battlefield as it is today." Light cigarette odor, light browning to pages, browning to edges of textblock. Dust jacket is price clipped, moderate edge wear at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, light rubbing, three small closed tears, browning to inside surface. 
Price: 12.50 USD
 
 
DON ALFONSO XIII:  A STUDY OF MONARCHY., H.R.H. Princess Pilar of Bavaria and Major Desmond Chapman-Huston.  Introuction by Aubrey F.G. Bell.
7 H.R.H. Princess Pilar of Bavaria and Major Desmond Chapman-Huston. Introuction by Aubrey F.G. Bell. DON ALFONSO XIII: A STUDY OF MONARCHY.
John Murray, London, 1931, first edition. 
436 pp, 8vo (8 11/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. Family tree, b&w plates. "King Alfonso is one of the most outstanding figures now alive, in contemporary political history, in sport, and in social life. He is much beloved and equally disliked , as recent events in Spain have proved. This study, written by a very near relation, in collaboration with a well-known English author, shows the King as he really is, in public and in private life; it shows what his aims are, and how he h a s t r i e d to carry them out; and explains the present difficulties in Spain and the collapse of the monarchy. The authors, in writing this book, have had privileges and sources of information which have been given to no one else, and they h av e ha d p er so na l experience of the revolution. It is, therefore, essentially an authoritative work, as well as being immensely interesting both from the historic and the human points of view." Small label from book store on front pastedown, sl ig ht br own ing to re ar endpapers, very light edge wear to boards, wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, one very small corner bump, foxing marks on top of textblock and on hinges, small stain/scuff on bottom of textblock. Dust jacket has ligh t to mo der ate edg e we ar/w rink lin g, two small chips and several small closed tears, very light browning, waviness on spine, light soiling/rubbing. Good+/Good 
Price: 55.00 USD
 
 
THE WESTERN FRONT.  ORDINARY SOLDIERS AND THE DEFINING BATTLES OF WORLD WAR I., Holmes, Richard.
8 Holmes, Richard. THE WESTERN FRONT. ORDINARY SOLDIERS AND THE DEFINING BATTLES OF WORLD WAR I.
TV Books, New York, 2000. 
224 pp, large 8vo (9 3/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 1575001470 B&w photographs, reproductions, maps/battle plans. "The Western Front in World War I was the scene of devastating trench warfare and astonishing human loss: nearly 750,000 soldiers perished in the battles fought in France and Belgium from 1914 to 1918. (This book) traces the path those soldiers took, and presents the political, military, and human dilemmas of a bitter and bloody war. (It) takes us through the major and most costly battles of the Western Front, many of which garnered dubious gains at best, and all of which were won only with great human sacrifice. The first battle of Ypres was not only a scene of heavy Allied losses, but was dubbed by the Germ ans the 'Massacre of the Innocents'; Verdun was a scene of astonishing casualties, where the professed goal of the German commander was to bleed the French forces to death; the fighting in the trenches of the Somme - a battle of attrition tha t l a s t e d six months - proved a turning point for the morale of the British Army and 'the muddy grave of the German field Army, and of the confidence in the infallibility of German leadership'; while the long wearing slog toward Passchendaele w as pa ve d wi th inept leadership and mutinies in the French forces before dreadful conditions simply ground the battle to a halt. Portraying the Western Front in stark and moving terms, Holmes draws not only from current scholarship, but also fr om l ett ers w rit ten by the soldiers and the stories of the survivors themselves." Minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has been price-clipped, has minor rubbing, minor edge wrinkling, slight fading to color on spine. Very Good +/V er y Go od 
Price: 12.50 USD
 
 
GHOSTS OF OLD EUROPE., Holzer, Hans.
9 Holzer, Hans. GHOSTS OF OLD EUROPE.
New York Dorset 1992 0880297182 / 9780880297189 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
352 pp, 8vo (8 1/2" H). "(O)ffers a very different kind of tour to the armchair traveler. Wander through the haunted castles and cottages of Europe with Hans Holzer, the world's most famous psychic investigator, and explore a full range of psychic phenomena from the spirits of the British Isles to the haunts of Imperial Vienna. In England, Anne Boleyn's legendary ghost walks headless within the Tower of London; a procession of transparent monks appears in the Cathedral of Winchester, where no monks have trod since the sixteenth century; and Bloody Queen Mary still visits the four-poster bed where she slept in the dark days of 1553. At Kilkea Castle in Kildare, it is said that the Wizard Earl and his companions ride at night and will return someday from the beyond to 'put things right in Ireland'. Room No. 2 in the Hotel de l'Europe in Avignon holds a shocking surprise for the unwary guest; and in Paris, No. 3 avenue Montaigne offers a special concert of ghostly piano music from a spectral grand. Ghost occur wherever great tragedy has left an unfortunate person stranded between the next world and this one, someone who has not yet been freed from their emotional turmoil. The true accounts presented in this book are based on Dr. Holzer's personal investigations." One page leaf with two very small scollops at fore-edge. Dust jacket has very light rubbing, minor browning to inside edges. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
NAPOLEON IN VICTORY AND DEFEAT., Hunter, T.M., Lt.-Col.
10 Hunter, T.M., Lt.-Col. NAPOLEON IN VICTORY AND DEFEAT.
Directorate of Military Training, Army Headquarters, (Ottawa, 1964). 
324 pp, Sm 8vo (7 3/4"), soft cover. Chapters cover: The Formative Years: Napoleon's Early Training; The Young General: Italy, 1796-1797; Master of War: Bavaria and Austria, 1805; The Ruthless Gambler: Russia, 1812; Overburdened Titan: German y, 1813; and , The Napoleonic Enigma: Waterloo and the Final Years. Illustrated with single page and fold-out maps. Interior - book slightly cracked at two places, previous owner's bordered stamp on indide of front cover, publication d a t e h a n d written in pen on front cover and on title page, small soft crease at fore-edge of some pages, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - light browning to covers, a few small light stains on covers, minor s oi li ng , t wo c re a ses on spine, soft creases down front cover. Very Good- 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
HITLER.  1889-1936: HUBRIS., Kershaw, Ian.
11 Kershaw, Ian. HITLER. 1889-1936: HUBRIS.
W.W. Norton, New York, 1999, book club edition. 
845 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w photographs. "From his birth in a small Austrian village to his fiery death in a bunker under the Reich chancellery in Berlin, Adolf Hitler left a murky trail, strewn with contradictory tales and overgrown with self-created myths. One truth prevails: the sheer scale of the evils that he unleashed on the world has made him a demonic figure without equal in this century....In an account drawing on many previously untapped so u r c e s - including Joseph Goebbels's diaries, recently discovered in Moscow - Hitler metamorphoses from an obscure fantasist, a 'drummer' sounding an insistent beat of hatred in Munich beer halls, to the instigator of the infamous failed putsch , to t he l e ad ership of a ragtag alliance of right-wing bullies and fanatics whose fusion created the Nazi party - the movement that would enthrall and invigorate a disillusioned people desperate to be rescued from the economic privation of pos tw ar Ger man y. W ith nuanced care, Kershaw assesses the response of ordinary Germans to Hitler the man and to his message of a new dawn for a country hemmed in by old foes, a message shot through with racist fantasies. This volume, the first of tw o, ends wit h t he prom ulgation of the infamous Nuremberg laws that pushed German Jews to the outer fringes of society, and with the march of the German army into the Rhineland - Hitler's first steps toward the abyss of war. Fascinating and d istu rbi ng, r ich w ith ins ight and analysis whose implications remain all too relevant as we near the end of Hitler's century." Minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, v ery l ight rubbi ng, sc ratc h ac ross bottom of rear panel with two small areas of laminate loss. Very Good+/Very Good 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
CANVAS & STEAM ON QUINTE WATERS., Metcalfe, Willis.
12 Metcalfe, Willis. CANVAS & STEAM ON QUINTE WATERS.
South Bay, Ontario South Marysburgh Marine Society 1979 0920028187 / 9780920028186 Revised Edition Soft Cover Good 
185 pp + (9) pp +indexes, 8 7/8" H. B&w photographs, fold-out map at rear. A history of shipbuilding, shipwrecks, schooners, sloops, lighthouses, sailors, etc. on the Bay of Quinte, Prince Edward County. Section headings: Prince Edward County Ships; Ships that Came & Ships that Stayed; Ports of Call; Life and Light; Sing of Sailors. Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - some light fading to colour on spine, hinges, and top edge of rear cover; spine has some light creases, is concave and is lightly twisted. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
THE CHRISTIAN LIFE., Proctor, A.A.  (Adelaide Anne Proctor, 1825-1864)
13 Proctor, A.A. (Adelaide Anne Proctor, 1825-1864) THE CHRISTIAN LIFE.
London / New York Ernest Nister / E.P. Dutton Sewed in wraps Very Good Poor 
Unpaginated (16 pp including covers), 7 3/8" H. Bound with one staple and sewn with brown thread, all edges gilt, blue silk ribbon decoration and charming colour illustration with gilt highlights on front cover. Beautifully illustrated throughout in colour, including decorated initial capitals and gilt highlighting. Printed by E. Nister at Nuremberg (Bavaria), this little gift book has been preserved in a fragile dust jacket which has helped to keep the front cover surprisingly bright. A.A. Proctor was Queen Victoria's favourite poet and a philanthropist whose charities included the homeless and unemployed women. The poem 'The Christian Life', printed here, begins "My God, I thank Thee, who hast made The earth so bright". Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - very minor edge wrinkling at top of front cover, minor soft crease at top corner of front cover, minor soiling. Dust jacket is in delicate condtion with tears and small chips on spine, four small red ink marks on front panel, piece missing at top of rear panel, a 1' band of darkening/faint foxing on front panel, edge damage, faint water stain at top of rear panel at hinge. 
Price: 35.00 USD
 
 
AUSTRIA WITH APPROACH ROUTES THROUGH BAVARIA.  BAEDEKER'S AUSTRIA AUTOGUIDE.  1958., Steinheil, Oskar and Propstl, Ellen.  Adapted/translated by Otto Baedeker and H. A. Piehler.  Drawings by Gerhard Gronwald.
14 Steinheil, Oskar and Propstl, Ellen. Adapted/translated by Otto Baedeker and H. A. Piehler. Drawings by Gerhard Gronwald. AUSTRIA WITH APPROACH ROUTES THROUGH BAVARIA. BAEDEKER'S AUSTRIA AUTOGUIDE. 1958.
Baedeker's Autobuides, Stuttgart, 1958 
296 pp, 8vo (8 7/8" H), flexible plastic covers in dust jacket. Two integral ribbon bookmarks. Profusely illustrated with maps, city plans, drawings, fold-out map at rear. "....combines the traditional reliability and editorial experience of the century-old firm of Baedeker with the requirements of modern means of travel and motorists to Austria will find it an indispensable companion on the road. The Book is divided into three parts. Part A contains a general survey of the country and th e people, including articles on the Geography, History, and Art of Austria, and all the essential practical notes for the journey and one's stay there. Part B contains detailed descriptions, compiled from personal experience, of all roads i n A u s t r i a that are of importance to tourists, with everything they shoudl know about road conditions, the character of the scenery, and the places of interest on or near the road. Part C is a Gazetteer with descriptions of the larger towns a nd to ur is t re so rts arranged in alphabetical order." Dust jacket has light to moderste edge wear/wrinkling, a few tiny edge tears, light rubbing. Very Good+/Good+ 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
15 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
 


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