Capricorn Books

Quick Search

Author
Title
Description
Keyword
Seller Id
ISBN
Advanced Search
 
 
Browse By Category
American History & Travel
Animation, Cartoons & Comics
Antiques & Collectibles
Architecture/Interior Design
Art - Book Illustration/Illustrators
Art - Canadian
Art - First Nations/Indigenous Art
Art - General
Art Instruction (Incl. Woodworking)
Books About Books
British History
Business, Finance
Canada - Architecture
Canada - Biography
Canada - British Columbia
Canada - Folklore/Mythology
Canada - General
Canada - Maritime Provinces
Canada - Native Peoples
Canada - Natural History

View all Categories
 
Gift Card
Checkout a Gift Card


 
Go To:

Global Book Town
The independent online bookstores on Global Book Town have nearly a million used, rare and out of print books.

 

 
 
 

Search

 - 40 items found in your search

Click on Title to view full description

 
THE CANADIAN ALMANAC, AND REPOSITORY OF USEFUL KNOWLEDGE, FOR THE YEAR 1861.  (WITH FOLD-OUT MAP.)
1 THE CANADIAN ALMANAC, AND REPOSITORY OF USEFUL KNOWLEDGE, FOR THE YEAR 1861. (WITH FOLD-OUT MAP.)
Toronto Maclear 1861 Soft Cover Good- 
95 pp, 8 15/16" H. Stitched in original paper cover, the first pagebeing the title page. Fold-out map - "Map of Part of Canada West Engraved Expressly for the Canadian Almanac 1861" (approx. 17" W x 16" H), printed in b&w. Title page continues: "Containing Full and Authentic Commercial, Statistical, Astronomical, Departmental, Ecclesiastical, Educational, Financial and General Information. The Astronomical Calculations Have Been Made Expressly For This Publication At The Provincial Observatory in Toronto." Includes sections about: Holydays, Disastrous Occurences, &c.; Remarkable Occurrences in 1859; Exports and Imports; Our Municipal System; Legislative Assembly of Canada; An Index to the Statutes; Tariff of Customs; Canadian Patents; Post Office Department; The Clergy of Canada; Judiciary; Banks in Canada with their Agencies, &c.; County and Judicial Officers - Canada West; Township Municipalities, Canada West; Cities, Towns and Villages; Masonic Lodges; Provincial Land Surveyors, Upper Canada; Colleges, etc., etc. Pages 85 to (96) contain advertisements. Interior - light toning in page margins, some soft corner wrinkles, some creasing and light edge wear to fold-out map. Exterior - light browning to edges of text block, light toning to edges of covers, soft wrinkling/creases on covers, very light edge wear with a few tiny chips/tears, small tear at bottom of front hinge - archivally taped. 
Price: 30.00 USD
 
 
SHIPWRECK AT ST. PIERRE:  TRAGEDY AND HEROISM IN SAIL AND STEAM., Andrieux, J.P.  Inscribed by author.
2 Andrieux, J.P. Inscribed by author. SHIPWRECK AT ST. PIERRE: TRAGEDY AND HEROISM IN SAIL AND STEAM.
W.F. Rannie, Lincoln, Ontario, 1982. 
144 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), soft cover. INSCRIBED BY AUTHOR ON TITLE PAGE: "TO _____ _______ WITH ALL MY BEST WISHES, J. ANDRIEUX, JULY 31st 1983". Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs, maps. Stories of shipwrecks and disasters off the islands of St. Pierre & Michelon. Contents: The islands; Murder and gold; The great storm; A crew scuttles their ship; Fear of the natives; Death on the mast; The war years; A race that didn't take place; Prohibition; Generals aground; A New Year's party is assured; An heroic rescue; A master saves his vessel; Rumrunner aground; Arrival of the Free French naval forces; The sea takes two; Wreck of a movie queen; A trawler that wasn't wanted; Wrong position; The fear of oil. Interior - clean and tigh t with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - very light edge wear, very light browning on spine and hinge areas, light fading to spine lettering, one tiny corner crease - migrates into a few pages. Very Good 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
THE FABER BOOK OF WAR POETRY., Baker, Kenneth, ed.  (Wilfred Owen, William Shakespeare, Robert Burns, W.H. Auden, Walt Whitman, Rainer Maria Rilke, Thomas Hardy, Dorothy Parker, A.E. Housman, Rudyard Kipling, Robert Graves, Rupert Brooke, Joy Corfield, Herman Melville, et al.)
3 Baker, Kenneth, ed. (Wilfred Owen, William Shakespeare, Robert Burns, W.H. Auden, Walt Whitman, Rainer Maria Rilke, Thomas Hardy, Dorothy Parker, A.E. Housman, Rudyard Kipling, Robert Graves, Rupert Brooke, Joy Corfield, Herman Melville, et al.) THE FABER BOOK OF WAR POETRY.
London Faber and Faber 1996 0571174531 / 9780571174539 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Near Fine 
598 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H). "Where previous war anthologies have confined themselves to particular periods or ideological outlooks, Kenneth Baker's takes a catholic view and benefits from a wider exploration of material, classical and modern, English and foreign-language. He has given preference to poems with a strong documentary or psychological realism, and the entire book is divided into sections dealing with such matters as 'The Patriotic Imperative', 'Recruitment', 'Weapons', 'Leadership', 'Civilian Victims', 'Conscientious Objection', 'Views of Death', and 'Gallantry and Heroism'. It makes for exciting, moving and instructive reading." Dust jacket has very minor edge wear. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
4 Baker, Kenneth, ed. (Wilfred Owen, William Shakespeare, Robert Burns, W.H. Auden, Walt Whitman, Rainer Maria Rilke, Thomas Hardy, Dorothy Parker, A.E. Housman, Rudyard Kipling, Robert Graves, Rupert Brooke, Joy Corfield, Herman Melville, et al.) THE FABER BOOK OF WAR POETRY.
London Faber and Faber 1996 0571174531 / 9780571174539 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ 
598 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H). "Where previous war anthologies have confined themselves to particular periods or ideological outlooks, Kenneth Baker's takes a catholic view and benefits from a wider exploration of material, classical and modern, English and foreign-language. He has given preference to poems with a strong documentary or psychological realism, and the entire book is divided into sections dealing with such matters as 'The Patriotic Imperative', 'Recruitment', 'Weapons', 'Leadership', 'Civilian Victims', 'Conscientious Objection', 'Views of Death', and 'Gallantry and Heroism'. It makes for exciting, moving and instructive reading." Minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has very minor edge wear, very minor rubbing. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
5 Beaty, David. STRANGE ENCOUNTERS: MYSTERIES OF THE AIR.
London Methuen 1982 0413397602 / 9780413397607 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ 
160 pp, 9 1/2" H. B&w photographs. "Why did the airship R101 crash on her voyage to India? How did the great Australian pioneer aviatior, Charles Kingsford-Smith, leave such a trail of death behind him when he disappared in 'Lady Southern Cross' in 1935? How did the pilots of the Fairey Postal Mono-plane in 1929 know that they were going to die? Why did so many of the first women who tried to emulate Lindbergh's solo flight across the Atlantic disappear in mysterious circumstances? What was the jinx that befell Stratocruiser propellers in the 1950s, and was it a coincidence that two Stratocruiser captains met in mid-Atlantic on Christmas Day 1957? What was the strange link between the Comet take-off accidents and the Comets that exploded in mid-air? Many flying mysteries of the past have since been explained by the advance of technology, but many remain, particularly those connected to time, coincidence and precognition of events. None of the aircraft disasters described in this book, which have taken place this century in uncertain and even mysterious circumstances, have ever been fully eplained." Very light browning to pages and edges of text block. Dust jacket is price-clipped, has very minor rubbing, very minor edge wrinkling, tiny scuff on rear flap-fold. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
LAKONIA., Bond, Geoffrey.
6 Bond, Geoffrey. LAKONIA.
Oldbourne, London, 1966, first edition. 
200 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w photographs, frontispiece. "During the evening of 19 December 1963 the twin-screw Motor Ship 'Lakonia' slid through the grey waters of the Solent, bound for sunshine and warmer seas. Her hull and superstructure gleamed like 'a newly iced Christmas cake, for she had been recently overhauled and completely redecorated'. (651) passengers were aboard the liner for her Christmas cruise --- The 'Lakonia' began to burn on Sunday, 22 Decem b e r . Four days later she was a pitiful, smoke-grimed wreck, wallowing at the mercy of the waves. On Sunday, 29 December - just a week after the initial diaster - she slid beneath the waters of the North Atlantic to her last resting-place. (Th is ) is t he story of unfortunate, originally minor circumstances, slowly building up until they finally overwhelmed the ship, her crew and passengers. But the pattern of crew and passenger heroism is at least as great as that of any perhaps more dra ma tic di saster. Reluctant to leave the ship, the crew - and many passengers - tried desperately to overcome events and save her. There was no panic - from first to last. Air-sea-rescue, radio, telephone, and computers went into action to s ave tho se i n pe ril on the sea - and it was the first time that the system of A.M.V.E.R. (Atlantic Merchant Vessel Emergency Report), had been used in any major shipping disaster. Ships of all nationalities sped towards the stricken liner. The B riti sh f reigh ter ' Montcalm', the Argentine 'Salta', the Pakistani 'Mehi' - and then there was the ship that passed 'Lakonia' by in her hour of need ---. (This) is a graphic account of the strength and bravery of ordinary persons under threat of deat h. I t is a n open , objective and factual reconstruction of what happened." Wrinkling at bottom of spine, light browning on top of text block. Dust jacket has been price clipped, has light edge wear/wrinkling and a few tiny edge tears, ver y ligh t rubb ing. V ery Goo d/Very Good 
Price: 50.00 USD
 
 
7 Cramm, Frank and Fizzard, Garfield. OUR PROVINCE NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR. PILOT EDITION.
Breakwater/Fitzhenry & Whiteside, n.p,, (1983). 
288 pp, oblong 8vo (9" H x 10" D), soft cover. Profusely illustrated in monotone and color with photos, drawings, maps, music. An interesting and wide-ranging history of Newfoundland and Labrador "evolved from the social studies guidelines develop ed by the Department of Education". Covers First Peoples, Vikings, early fisheries, settlement, pirates, explorers, St. John's, World War I, pioneer life, institutions, government, churches, schools, the sea, sealing, disasters at sea, m i n i n g , i c e b ergs, forestry, farming, money, stamps, health, railways, air travel, language, music, art, etc. etc. Includes words and music for a selection of songs. Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - li gh t ed ge we a r (m od er ate on spine edges), tiny corner creases at bottom of covers, tiny sticker removal marks on rear cover, spine is flat with light crease. VG 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
DEFENCE OF THE NATION., Dewar, Michael.
8 Dewar, Michael. DEFENCE OF THE NATION.
Arms & Armour, London, 1989, first edition. 
144 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0853688362 B&w photographs, maps, drawings. "In this carefully structured explanatory volume, the author charts the history of the defence of Britain and the threats it has faced, befo re discussing the constituents of home defence policy, from the role of the armed forces, reservist units, police and local government, to the warning and monitory systems available, the means by which key points would be protected and the t r a i n i n g undertaken by those involved to maintain a state of readiness. As we enter an era where many previously perceived threats are thought to be reducing, the need for vigilance and preparation has not yet been removed. Whether, as has b ee n pr op os ed , f uture home defence practices become interwoven with an all hazards approach to the subject - where defence facilities could switch to non military emergencies and disasters - or the status quo is maintained, the protection of th e c ou ntr y a nd its p eo ple should be studied outside the boundaries of political debate and beyond biased viewpoints. This volume will benefit reasoned discussion and advance knowledge of this crucial subject." Very light wrinkling at top /bot tom of spin e, s lig ht w avi nes s to fore-edge of textblock. Dust jacket has very light browning at edges, light to moderate edge wrinkling, light rubbing to panels. Very Good/Very Good- 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
THE RIDDLE OF THE TITANIC., Gardiner, Robin and Van der Vat, Dan.
9 Gardiner, Robin and Van der Vat, Dan. THE RIDDLE OF THE TITANIC.
Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London, 1995, first edition. 
312 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0297815288 Pictorial endpapers, b&w plates. "Why did Captain Smith accelerate in uniquely treacherous weather towards an exceptionally dangerous ice-field of which he had been warned many times? In t he disaster that followed more than 1,500 people died while barely 700 were saved. This book lays bare as no other the full scope of Smith's astonishing accident record and explores his motives - and the pressures on him - anew. W hat caused the hol e near the bow? The notorious iceberg cracked the plates for 300 feet along the ship's side, but the hole looks more like an explosion. Why is the position of the wreck - pinpointed by the latest technology - irreconcilabl e w i t h the Titanic's SOS calls? The authors conclude that the apparently ruthless American disaster hearings covered up the role of the ship's true owner, the arch-capitalist J.Pierpont Morgan; that the apparently dispassionate British enquiry , d om in at ed by an insider-deal ing Attorney-General, whitewashed a complacent government; and that White Star covered up its own gross negligence by bribing key witnesses. And what of the wreck itself? Here the mystery deepens. When Dr Rober t Ba lla rd - w ho first located the Ti tanic in 1895 - explored the wreck a year later he found the bulkhead not shown on any plans. The most diligent searches have since failed to trace the imposing stern nameplate with its embossed letters eight ee n i nche s h igh. T he authors have gone so far as to explore the breathtaking idea that the Titanic was replaced by her sister-ship, the seriously damaged Olympic, in a plot to recover the huge losses she ran up. The results are tantalising." T hree heav y bu mps a t to p of boards at spine, wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, light water mark at fore-edge of rear board. Dust jacket has moderate wrinkling at top of spine and hinges, light water mark on inside of rear flap-fold. Good+/ Very Good - 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
TORPEDO LEADER., Gibbs, Patrick, Wing Commander.
10 Gibbs, Patrick, Wing Commander. TORPEDO LEADER.
London Grub Street 1992 0948817569 / 9780948817564 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good+ 
206 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H). B&w photographs, map. "A first-hand and very personal story, its lucid, exciting and readable narrative describes firstly the author's frustration as a Staff Officer in Cairo, then more significantly his triumphs and disasters as a Beaufort Flight Commander on anti-shipping operations from Malta in that crucial summer of 1942. Fighting uphill battles against 'the powers that be', Gibbs remained utterly dedicated to the airborne torpedoes as a weapon of war against shipping, and succeeded in changing not only tactical but also strategic policy - very rare indeed for a junior officer. But his book also gives new insight into the often haphazard way war was waged in the Mediterranean, the daily dangers, the inveitable losses." Dust jacket has minor edge wrinkling and very light rubbing. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
TORPEDO LEADER., Gibbs, Patrick, Wing Commander.
11 Gibbs, Patrick, Wing Commander. TORPEDO LEADER.
London Grub Street 1992 0948817569 / 9780948817564 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Near Fine 
206 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H). B&w photographs, map. "A first-hand and very personal story, its lucid, exciting and readable narrative describes firstly the author's frustration as a Staff Officer in Cairo, then more significantly his triumphs and disasters as a Beaufort Flight Commander on anti-shipping operations from Malta in that crucial summer of 1942. Fighting uphill battles against 'the powers that be', Gibbs remained utterly dedicated to the airborne torpedoes as a weapon of war against shipping, and succeeded in changing not only tactical but also strategic policy - very rare indeed for a junior officer. But his book also gives new insight into the often haphazard way war was waged in the Mediterranean, the daily dangers, the inveitable losses." Book is Fine. Dust jacket has very minor wrinkle at bottom of spine. 
Price: 18.00 USD
 
 
SCENES OF MEDIEVAL LIFE.  3 VOLUME SET IN SLIPCASE.  1. LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL CITY.  2. LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL VILLAGE.  3. LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL CASTLE., Gies, Joseph and Gies, Frances.  Preface by Judith Herrin.
12 Gies, Joseph and Gies, Frances. Preface by Judith Herrin. SCENES OF MEDIEVAL LIFE. 3 VOLUME SET IN SLIPCASE. 1. LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL CITY. 2. LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL VILLAGE. 3. LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL CASTLE.
London Folio Society 2002 Hard Cover Very Good+ 
244 pp, 252 pp, 232 pp - 3 volumes, 9" H, bound in blocked printed parchment (colour illustrations on front boards), gilt lettering on spines. Volumes 1 & 3 have map endpapers, all three volumes have colour and b&w plates. Red slipcase with gilt titling on one side. Volume 1 contents: Preface; Acknowledgements; Prologue; Troyes: 1250; A Burgher's Home; A Medieval Housewife; Childbirth and Children; Weddings and Funerals; Small Business; Big Business; The Doctor; The Church; The Cathedral; Schools and Scholars; Books and Authors; The New Theatre; Disasters; Town Govern-ment; The Champagne Fair; After 1250; Genealogy of the Counts of Champagne; Notes; Bibliography; Index. Volume 2 contents: Preface; Acknowledgements; Prologue: Elton; The Village Emerges; The English Village: Elton; The Lord; The Villagers: Who They Were; The Villagers: How They Lived; Marriage and the Family; The Village at Work; The Parish; Village Justice; The Passing of the Medi-eval Village; Notes; Glossary; Bibliography; Index. Volume 3 contents: Preface; Acknowledgements; Prologue: Chepstow Castle; The Castle Comes to England; The Lord of the Castle; The Castle as a House; The Lady; The Household; A Day in the Castle; Hunting as a Way of Life; The Villagers; The Making of a Knight; The Castle at War; The Castle Year; The Decline of the Castle; Great Medieval Castles: A Geographical Guide; Glossary of Castle Terms; Glossary of Feudal Terms; Bibliography; Index. A few very tiny dents on some board edges, volume 2 has a tiny foxing mark on bottom of text block and very small faint foxing mark on fore-edge of each board. Slipcase has minor rubbing, and two very small soiling marks on one side panel. 
Price: 50.00 USD
 
 
SHIPS IN TROUBLE:  THE GREAT LAKES 1850-1930., Gillham, Skip.
13 Gillham, Skip. SHIPS IN TROUBLE: THE GREAT LAKES 1850-1930.
Looking Back Press / Vanwell, St. Catharines, Ontario, 2003. 
128 pp, large 8vo (9 1/8" H), soft cover. ISBN 1550689266 A collection of b&w photographs & reproductions with informative captions. "....looks back at some of the mishaps and disasters involving ships that sailed the Great Lakes long ago. Many of these incidents happened during the fierce storms of autumn, others were the result of horrific fires, groundings, collisions or sinkings. Sudden storms proved deadly for some ships, driving them onto shore where helpless onlookers watched or ca tching them in the open lake where they sank without a trace, taking the entire crew to their deaths. Each of the Great Lakes has its own history and particular reputation for danger to shipping. Each of them has shoal areas littered with w r e c k s a nd also holds undiscovered 'graveyards' in deeper waters where ships have gone down. Sport divers and history buffs have located some of these long-lost wrecks, while many remain elusive. A few of the Great Lakes ships noted in this b oo k le ft t h e inland seas to work in saltwater. During the war years many were pressed into service and successfully aided the war effort - some returned, while others became the victims of enemy action or casualties of the elements. Sometim es, to o, th e i nci de nt s described were minor mishaps with no loss of life, but all these stories record the accidents and the challenges that faced the brave men and women who sailed the Great Lakes." Interior - clean and tight with no previ ous owne rsh ip m arks . E xte rio r - clean. Fine 
Price: 22.50 USD
 
 
FEW SURVIVED: A COMPREHENSIVE SURVEY OF SUBMARINE ACCIDENTS AND DISASTERS., Gray, Edwyn.
14 Gray, Edwyn. FEW SURVIVED: A COMPREHENSIVE SURVEY OF SUBMARINE ACCIDENTS AND DISASTERS.
Leo Cooper, London, 1986. 
260 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 043618740X B&w photographs, drawings. "This is the first comprehensive account of every peacetime submarine disaster from 1774 to the present day. It is, however, very far from being just a list of what sunk, where, when and why, for the author examines most of the important sinkings in considerable detail, analysing what went wrong and describing the attempts made at rescuing the crew and/or the vessel. In this way he traces t he development of the submarine from the earliest experimental submersibles of the late eighteenth century down to the nuclear-powered monsters of today, describing in parallel the developments of underwater rescue operations and survival tec h n i q u e s ....The appendices include the most comprehensive and accurate list of submarine disasters ever printed, updated to June 1985, in the compilation of which the author has had the co-operation of the US, French, Italian, Danish and Japan es e Na vi es , as well as that of the RN Submarine Museum and the German 'U-Boot Archiv'." Minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has been price clipped, has very light edge wrinkling, small area of laminate loss at bottom of front pan el . Ver y G oo d+/ Very Good 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
STANDING NAKED IN THE WINGS:  ANECDOTES FROM CANADIAN ACTORS., Green, Lynda Mason and Moore, Tedde, compilers/editors.
15 Green, Lynda Mason and Moore, Tedde, compilers/editors. STANDING NAKED IN THE WINGS: ANECDOTES FROM CANADIAN ACTORS.
Toronto Oxford University Press 1997 0195411951 / 9780195411959 Hard Cover Very Good Very Good+ 
362 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H). "(G)limpses the world of actors as experienced by Canadian performers. In their own words, more than two hundred actors share shocking, funny, terrifying, sometimes poignant stories of adventures, mishaps, gaffes, disasters, and moments of joy they have known in the course of their working lives on and off stage. The collection of over 450 stories begins with tales of 'The Audition' and early performing experiences of some familiers faces, such as Wayne and Schuster, William Shatner, Robert Goulet, and Martin Short. It chronicles life on tour from Russia to the Ozarks to above the Arctic circle. It elucidates the trials of props, sets, and wardrobe that refuse to function as intended, the agonies of surviving the unexpected, whether it be a four-legged cast member going into labour, an actor who has somehow forgotten an entrance, a sudden on-stage bout with very real food poisoning, or the often hilarious contributions from members of the audience." Tiny bumps to bottom of spine, light waviness on spine. Minor edge wrinkling on dust jacket. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
16 Grocott, Terence. SHIPWRECKS OF THE REVOLUTIONARY & NAPOLEONIC ERAS.
London Caxton 2002 1840671645 / 9781840671643 Reprint Hard Cover Very Good Very Good+ 
430 pp, 9 1/2" H. "(A) chronicle of shipping disasters during the last great war of the age of sail, based almost exclusively on the reporting of the time. Listed are some fifteen hundred ships, vessels naval and mercantile, of many nations whose tribulations were covered in the national and local newspapers as well as the specialist press like the 'Naval Chronicle'. These reports run the whole gamut of maritime tragedies - the bizarre, curious and quirky, as well as the familiar - and in all their inconsequential detail. Through the medium of the reporting of the time, what is here presented is a truly contemporary perspective of events, in itself a fascinating revelation of the mores and attitutudes of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Given the sheer number of craft lost at sea, it cannot be entirely exhaustive, but no other book contains so much non-technical information on the maritime disasters of the period 1793-1815." Creases at bottom edge of spine. Dust jacket has very minor edge wear. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE DESTRUCTION OF LORD RAGLAN:  A TRAGEDY OF THE CRIMEAN WAR 1854-55., Hibbert, Christopher.
17 Hibbert, Christopher. THE DESTRUCTION OF LORD RAGLAN: A TRAGEDY OF THE CRIMEAN WAR 1854-55.
Harmondsworth Viking 1984 0670800007 / 9780670800001 Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good 
337 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H). B&w maps, photographs. "In March 1954 an army of 30,000 men sailed from Portsmouth to the Crimea to defend the crumbling Turkish empire against invasion by Russia. Led by Lord Raglan, a veteran of Waterloo but, after forty years, out of touch with the realities of warfare, they embarked for an unknown country to defend a cause few understood or even cared about. Nevertheless enthusiasm and confidence were high among the men of what 'The Times' described as 'the finest army that has ever left these shores'. The euphoria was short-lived and the campaign quickly degenerated into a series of humiliating military disasters caused largely by incompetence at the highest level, bitter personal rivalries among the divisional commanders, and criminal inadequacies of transport, clothing and medical supplies. A scapegoat had to be found if the British Government was to survive, and it was Lord Raglan who bore the brunt of the virulent anti-war campaign mounted by the newspapers. Misunderstood and maligned by his contemporaries, his reputation blackened for posterity, Lord Raglan died a broken man only weeks before the French finally defeated the Russians at Malakoff, with little help from their demoralized British allies. In this fair, scholarly and vividly written account of the confused tragedy of the Crimea, Christopher Hibbert has done much to redeem the reputation of a sensitive and courageous man who simply lacked the necessary qualities of leadership and intellect to extricate his army with honour from an ill-conceived and bloody campaign. Drawing on contemporary letters, papers, reports and diaries, the author strongly suggests that the chaos of the Crimea was the result, not of one man's neglect, but of a whole nation's folly." 2" split at top of gutter between index pages 336/337, one tiny corner bump. Dust jacket has very light edge wrinkling, light rubbing - mainly on rear panel, two wrinkles in laminate down front cover. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE FRANCO-PRUSSIAN WAR: THE GERMAN INVASION OF FRANCE, 1870-1871., Howard, Michael.
18 Howard, Michael. THE FRANCO-PRUSSIAN WAR: THE GERMAN INVASION OF FRANCE, 1870-1871.
Dorset, New York, 1990. 
512 pp, 8vo (8 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0880294329 B&w maps. "The Franco-Prussian War was one of the most dramatic and decisive conflicts in the history of Europe. It transformed not only the states-system of the Continent, but t he whole climate of European moral and political thought. The overwhelming triumph of German military might, evoking general admiration and imitation, introduced an era of power politics which was to reach its disastrous climax in 1914." Cha p t e r h eadings: The Antagonists; The Outbreak; The First Disasters; The Army of the Rhine; The Army of Chalons; The Government of National Defence; Metz and Strasbourg; The Battles for Orleans; The Siege of Paris; Guerre a Outrance; The Peace; N ot es o n S ou rces; Select Bibliography; Index. Very minor soiling on fore-edge of text block, a few small faint liquid splash marks on bottom of text block. Dust jacket has minor wrinkling at top/bottom of hinges and flap-folds, slight fading t o s pin e c ol or . Very Good/Very Good 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
SONGS OF THE SEA:  THE TALES AND TUNES OF SAILORS AND SAILING SHIPS., Hugill, Stan.
19 Hugill, Stan. SONGS OF THE SEA: THE TALES AND TUNES OF SAILORS AND SAILING SHIPS.
McGraw-Hill, Maidenhead, 1977. 
198 pp, small 4to (10" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0070311382 Profusely illustrated in b&w and colour with reproductions, photographs, musical notation. "Life was short, brutal, lonely and joyless for the 'jolly tar', except for strong dr ink, women - and the solace of song. So he sang: short, rhythmic, onomatopoeic chants to time his backbreaking work at capstan and halyard, the famous 'shanties'. Or longer, ribald or forlorn ditties for idle moments, called 'forebitters' a f t e r t h e metal bollards on the fo'c's'lehead. He sang bravura songs when outward bound; yearning, sexier songs for the homeward reach; warning songs of pirates, press gangs, and faithless maidens; and songs of admiration for the likes of s u ch s ai lo rs as ' Bold MacCarteney'....And here they are, the authentic words and music of more than a hundred sea songs and chants in half a dozen languages. Some are as old as the mists of time, some as new as the great steel-hulled four-ma st ers in th e n itr a te run s of the 1890s....To describe and interpret that history, the book begins with an illustrated look at the sailors' varied machines: ships, brigs, barks, schooners, sloops and so on - and their marvelously complex rigg ing s. Ther e is a h andy g los sary of terms and vernacular, and many clear explanations of customs and language, from the above-mentioned forebitters to the gruesome 'Nelson's Blood' and the ever-present 'Armstrong's Patent' - the muscle power that ma de ev eryth ing g o. T he sail or's skills, dress, pay, superstitions, drink, food - and loves - are clearly described and pictured. There are anecdotes galore: stories of shanghaiing and mutiny, shipwreck and cannabilism, storms and trop ical isle s. Ev ery so ng is transl ate d int o Eng lish (and cleaned up a bit) where necessary, and accompanied by a brief history of its origins and its travels from country to country. But try singing the original words in French or Dutch or ev en (S wedis h or No rwegian ), if only fo r th eir wo nderfu l rhythms." Previous owner's small stamp on front pastedown, very small bump to corners of boards. Dust jacket has light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, minor edge wear. Very Good/ Very Goo d 
Price: 27.50 USD
 
 
20 Kinsella, P.J. Preface by Pat Byrne. SOME SUPERSTITIONS AND TRADITIONS OF NEWFOUNDLAND. A COLLECTION OF SUPERSTITIONS, TRADITIONS, FOLK-LORE, GHOST STORIES, ETC., ETC.
St. John's, Newfoundland Department of Folklore, Memorial University of Newfoundland 1998 0889013527 / 9780889013520 Reprint of the 1919 Edition. Soft Cover Very Good 
54 pp, 8 1/2" H. Many contemporary advertisements. A collection of observations on the folklore of Newfoundland, including hauntings, visions, howling dogs, black cats, the significance of the colour green, etc. Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - very minor soiling on front cover, three old labels on rear cover. 
Price: 12.00 USD
 
  1  2  NEXT >  


Questions, comments, or suggestions
Please write to [email protected]
Copyright©2018. All Rights Reserved.
Powered by ChrisLands.com

 

 

cookie