Bierman, John.NAPOLEON III AND HIS CARNIVAL EMPIRE. New York St. Martin's Press 1988 0312018274 / 9780312018276 Book Club Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good- 439 pp, lg 8vo (9 1/2" H). Pictorial endpapers, b&w photographs, reproductions. "Louis Napoleon, nephew of the famous Bonaparte, is one of the most colorful historical actors of the nineteenth century. Bohemian, adventurer and compulsive Don Juan, he managed to the astonishment of virtually everyone to be elected President of France in 1848 and within three years staged the coup d'etat that made him emperor." Previous owner's name/date in ink on free front endpaper, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, slight fading at top edge of front board. Dust jacket has some areas of light edge wrinkling; light browning at some edges; some light fading to front panel (top edge and at front flap-fold area) and flap-folds.
Sevilla, Margarita Torres and Ortega Del Rio, Jose Miguel.KINGS OF THE GRAIL. TRACING THE HISTORIC JOURNEY OF THE HOLY GRAIL FROM JERUSALEM TO SPAIN. London Michael O'Mara 2015 1782433457 / 9781782433453 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ 256 pp, 9 1/4" H. Colour and b&w illustrations - maps, plates, etc. "Recently discovered parchments in the Egyptian University of Al-Azhar have finally made it possible to identify the current location of the Holy Grail. This extraordinary discovery led (the authors) on a three-year investigation as they traced the Grail's journey across the globe to its final resting place in the Basilica of San Isidoro in Leon, Spain. Having been kept in Jerusalem until the eleventh century, the chalice was given to the Muslim prince of Denia (in Spain) by the caliph of the Fatimid dynasty (rulers of an empire that spanned the Middle East and North Africa). In turn, he presented it to Ferdinand I of Leon and Castile, as a gesture of respect and appeasement. (This book presents) the new historical and scientific facts that have come to light, supported by meticulously researched information on the history of Judaism and early Christianity, the significance of the Last Supper, and the other cups that have previously been identified as the Holy Grail." Very light wrinkling at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has very minor wrinkling and edge wear at top/bottom of spine.