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ROBERT PARKER AND COMTE DE MERODE-WESTERLOO: THE MARLBOROUGH WARS.  MILITARY MEMOIRS SERIES., Chandler, David, ed.  (Robert Parker / Comte de Merode-Westerloo).  Note on series by Peter Young.
1 Chandler, David, ed. (Robert Parker / Comte de Merode-Westerloo). Note on series by Peter Young. ROBERT PARKER AND COMTE DE MERODE-WESTERLOO: THE MARLBOROUGH WARS. MILITARY MEMOIRS SERIES.
Longmans, Green, London, 1968, first edition. 
276 pp, 8vo (8 5/8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. Maps/battle plans, 2 portraits. "The War of the Spanish Succession (1701-13) holds a special place in the annals of several European armies. The protracted struggle produced a number of great cap tains - John Churchill, first Duke of Marlborough, Prince Eugene of Savoy and the French Marshal Villars - and their respective martial achievements still exert a strong fascination. Two of their contemporaries who throw a considerable amoun t o f l i ght on the day-to-day conduct of Marlborough's most important campaigns, with their roll-call of famous successes - Blenheim, Raimillies, Oudenarde, Malplaquet, the lines of Ne Plus Ultra - are Capt. Robert Parker of the Royal Regiment o f F oo t o f Ir eland (whose 'Memoirs', though often briefly quoted, have not been republished since they first appeared some time after his death); and the Comte de Merode-Westerloo whose 'Memoires' are hardly known outside Belgium. In almost ever y re spe ct t he y p resent striking contrasts, in birth, rank and character, and their differences are reflected in their writing. Parker, an Irishman of obscure origins, reached the relatively humble rank of Captain of Grenadiers. His whole mil it ary lif e w as int imat ely bound up with his regimental family. His feelings for Marlborough at times amount to uncritical hero-worship. From first to last he reveals himself as a highly competent professional soldier of modest and unpretenti ous cha racte r. The Com te de Merode-Westerloo, a great magnate in Flanders with a redoubtable ancestry behind him, eventually became a Field-Marshal of the Holy Roman Empire - not that he had begun the war in the Emperor's service, but in that of h is en emies. B rave to t he poi nt of folly, irascible, touchy, overbearingly arrogant, he was continually in trouble. He bore lasting grudges against the men who, he thought, had conspired to ruin his career - Marlborough and Prince Eugene . As a com mander it i s dou btful whether he possessed sufficient cool judgment to merit his appointment to posts of the highest responsiblity. Expertly edited and annotated, the relevant passages from these two memoirs provide a narrative of t his gr eat war of ext raord inary immedi acy and fascination. It will also be invaluable to students of the period." Small soiling mark on bottom of text block, light wrinkling and tiny tear at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has moderate wear and archiva lly tape d tear a t bott om of spine, light ed ge wear/wrinkling at top of spine and top/bottom of flap-folds, slight browning, minor soiling. Very Good/Very Good- 
Price: 25.00 USD
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
Dundurn Press, Toronto, 1989. 
276 pp, 8vo (9" H), soft cover. ISBN 1550020641 B&w and colour plates, maps. "Elizabeth Poshuma Simcoe was a remarkable woman. Raised in a wealthy and genteel English family, as a young wife, she accompanied her husband, the career soldier John Graves Simcoe, on his posting as the first lieutenant-governor of Upper Canada - then a sparsely populated backwoods outpost of the empire. She embraced with enthusiasm this chance for adventure and her diaries and her plentiful sketches reflect thi s joy of discovery in this 'new land'. The Simcoes returned to England in 1796 to await further imperial postings. John Graves Simcoe died in 1806 and his widow lived on to 1850 as a wealthy English countrywoman. While her popular Canadi a n d i a r i e s remain a valuable source for this intriguing biography, other materials exist that have rarely been looked at over the decades. Of considerable interest are the hundreds of letters Elizabeth's best friend, Mary Anne Bruges, sent to C a na da , an d hu ndreds of Elizabeth's own letters have survived, as well as those of her daughters and sons. From these neglected sources emerges the story of an energetic, involved woman. Her life divides into two phases. As the wife of Joh n G ra ves Si mc oe, E liz abeth is a sensible lady of the Age of Reason, pursuing the picturesque with sketch book and water colours. Following Simcoe's death, her long life as a widow finds meaning in fostering the well-being of her church. " I nter ior - m inor br owni ng in m argins of pages, very faint cigarette odor, otherwise clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - very light browning to edges of textblock and covers, small soft corner crease on front cove r. V ery G ood 
Price: 17.50 USD
LIBERATION:  THE CANADIANS IN EUROPE., McAndrew, Bill; Rawling, Bill; Whitby, Michael.
4 McAndrew, Bill; Rawling, Bill; Whitby, Michael. LIBERATION: THE CANADIANS IN EUROPE.
Montreal Art Global 1995 2920718592 / 9782920718593 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good+ 
170 pp, 12 1/4" H. Colour maps (including endpapers) and plates, b&w photographs. Contents: Acknowledgements; Preface; Pursuit; Scheldt; Winter; Seaward; Rhineland; Finale; Select Bibliography. Covers the period from "the end of the battle for Normandy to the last days of the war in Europe eight months later." Dust jacket has very minor edge wrinkling. 
Price: 35.00 USD
5 Power, Eileen. Introduced by Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie. MEDIEVAL PEOPLE.
London Folio Society 1999 Hard Cover Fine 
253 pp, large 8vo (9" H). Bound in blocked and printed parchment with gilt lettering on spine, dark blue endpapers. Plain dark blue slipcase. Beautifully illustrated with color reproductions from illuminated manuscripts, photographs. Investigates the lives of six medieval people. Contents: The Precursors; The Peasant Bodo (Life on a Country Estate in the Time of Charlemagne); Marco Polo (A Venetian Traveller of the Thirteenth Century); Madame Eglentyne (Chaucer's Prioress in Real Life); The Menagier's Wife (A Paris Housewife in the Fourteenth Century); Thomas Betson (A Merchant of the Staple in the Fifteenth Century); Thomas Paycocke of Coggeshall (An Essex Clothier in the Days of Henry VII); Notes and Sources. Book is Fine. Slipcase has very minor rubbing, small slight bump at top of one front side edge. 
Price: 15.00 USD
THE STORY OF ZEEBRUGGE WITH AN ACCOUNT OF THE BLOCKING OF ZEEBRUGGE, ST. GEORGE'S DAY, 23rd APRIL 1918., Stinglhamber, G.M., Colonel.  Translated by Major C.S. Langdale.
6 Stinglhamber, G.M., Colonel. Translated by Major C.S. Langdale. THE STORY OF ZEEBRUGGE WITH AN ACCOUNT OF THE BLOCKING OF ZEEBRUGGE, ST. GEORGE'S DAY, 23rd APRIL 1918.
Zeebrugge Museum, Zeebrugge, Belgium, n.d., 20th thousand. 
48 pp, 8 3/4" H, soft cover. B&w illustrations, plan of port on rear cover. Contents: Preface by the Author; Bruges in the past; The creation of Zeebrugge; The Growth of the Port; Zeegrugge in wartime; The storming of the Mole; The Submarine C3 i n action; The main operation - The blocking of the canal; The retirement; The attack on Ostend; The German Documents; Ypres and Zeebrugge; Zeebrugge after the war - The restoring of the Harbours; Zeebrugge plage; Communications by sea; Commun i c a t i o n s by rail; Zeebrugge Museum; Memorial work at Zeebrugge; Conclusion. Interior - soft crease and some very small crease to corners of most pages, light erased pencil notation on preface page, minor browning to pages, otherwise clean an d ti gh t wi th n o previous ownership marks. Exterior - light browning and light soiling on covers, tape repair down spine, small ghost sticker mark and small foxing mark on front cover, tiny watermark on each cover, small crease at corners, two ve ry sma ll cl ose d tears archivally taped. Good reading copy only. 
Price: 15.00 USD
Robin & Russ Handweavers, McMinnville, Oregon, 1986. 
118 pp, 9 13/16" H, hard cover in glazed pictorial boards - no dust jacket. ISBN 0852196504 B&w photographs, drawings. "One of the most beautiful forms of traditional Continental bobbin lace, Bruges Flower lace is described in detail in this firs t English language book on the subject. A carefully planned reference and instructional work, produced for the lacemaker with a working knowledge of the craft, this book is the result of several years of research by the author. It describes the b a sic techniques used in the lace - braids, edgings, leaves, scrolls and flowers - and provides detailed explanations on how to make many decorative lace pieces. In common with all good lace books it is illustrated with many photographs, prickings an d diagrams." Samll bump at corners of boards and at top/bottom of spine, very light rubbing, two small line indentations at bottom of front board at hinge, very light corner wear. Very Good- 
Price: 20.00 USD

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