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

 - 50 items found in your search

Click on Title to view full description

 
NAPOLEON'S LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT.  A FACSIMILE EDITION OF THE ORIGINAL DOCUMENT, TOGETHER WITH ITS CODICILS, APPENDED INVENTORIES, LETTERS AND INSTRUCTIONS, PRESERVED IN THE FRENCH NATIONAL ARCHIVES., (Bonaparte, Napoleon).  Commentaries by Jean-Pierre Babelon and Suzanne D'Huart.  Translated from the French and introduced by Alex de Jonge.
1 (Bonaparte, Napoleon). Commentaries by Jean-Pierre Babelon and Suzanne D'Huart. Translated from the French and introduced by Alex de Jonge. NAPOLEON'S LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT. A FACSIMILE EDITION OF THE ORIGINAL DOCUMENT, TOGETHER WITH ITS CODICILS, APPENDED INVENTORIES, LETTERS AND INSTRUCTIONS, PRESERVED IN THE FRENCH NATIONAL ARCHIVES.
Paddington, New York, 1977. 
106 pp, + 6 pages of b&w illustrations, 11" H, soft cover. ISBN 0448221861 " 'France, armee, tete d'armee, Josephine...' These were the strangely moving, strangely revealing last words spoken by Napoleon Bonaparte as he lay dying on the isle of S t. Helena in 1821. Ever since, they have contributed to the popular heroic image of the man who commanded the loyalty of millions, conquered almost the whole of Europe and lost the woman he loved. But his will, reprinted here in facsimile a n d t r a n slated into English for the first time, throws fascinating new light on one of the most enigmatic and extraordinary figures in history. From the detailed lists of his shirts and snuff boxes to the distribution of millions of francs, fr om h i s bi tt er denunciation of the 'English oligarchy and their hired assassin' to his fervent attempts to keep the Napoleonic legend alive through his son, 'The Last Will and Testament' illustrates the contradictions of the Corsican turned Fre nch man , th e ' pet it caporal' turned 'Empereur', the man turned superman and, finally, the man." Interior - light cigarette odor, slight browning in margins of pages, otherwise clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - light brow ning t o e dges of tex t block, browning to edges of covers. Very Good- 
Price: 12.00 USD
 
 
HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN TREASURY., Andersen, Han Christian.  Edited by Duncan Crosbie, Pat Hegarty and Hazel Songhurst.
2 Andersen, Han Christian. Edited by Duncan Crosbie, Pat Hegarty and Hazel Songhurst. HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN TREASURY.
Haywards Heath Tony Potter 2006 1905288042 / 9781905288045 Hard Cover Very Good Very Good Helen Stratton. 
192 pp, 10 1/8" H. "This enchanting collection of Hans Christian Andersen's best-loved fairy tales has been brought to life with illustrations by the Victorian artist, Helen Stratton. Her delicate and detailed black and white drawings have been exquisitely hand coloured (by Nicola Burley) for this treasury." Contents: Introduction; The Red Shoes; The Little Mermaid; The Fellow Traveller; The Snow Queen; The Garden of Paradise; The Ice Maiden; The Fir Tree; The Little Match Girl; The Emperor's New Clothes; The Tinder Box; The Wild Swans; The Life of Hans Christian Andersen. Small bump at corners of boards. Dust jacket has light wrinkling at top of spine and at top/bottom of flap-folds. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
FAIRY TALES BY HANS ANDERSEN., Andersen, Hans.
3 Andersen, Hans. FAIRY TALES BY HANS ANDERSEN.
New York Weathervane Books 0517225557 / 9780517225554 Reprint Hard Cover Very Good Very Good Arthur Rackham. 
288 pp, 10 1/4" H. Wonderfully illustrated throughout with b&w drawings, silhouettes, and 12 colour plates (including frontispiece) by Arthur Rackham. Contents: Note by the Illustrator; Little Ida's Flowers; The Goblin and the Provision-Dealer; The Ugly Duckling; The Shepherdess and the Chimney-Sweep; The Snow Queen; The Swineherd; The Beetle; Soup from a Sausage-Peg; The Elfin Hill; The Steadfast Tin Soldier; Ole Lukoje; Little Claus and Big Claus; the Tinder-Box; Thumbelisa; Elder-Tree Mother; The Princess and the Pea; What the Old Man Does is Always Right; The Little Match Girl; Everything in the Right Place; The Little Mermaid; The Travelling Companion; The Emperor's New Clothes; The Snow Man; The Goloshes of Fortune. Previous owner's bookplate on blank preliminary page, minor edge wear, minor wrnkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has very light edge wrinkling, small chip and scuff mark at bottom edge of rear panel, minor browning on spine. 
Price: 27.50 USD
 
 
4 Ashe, Geoffrey. FROM CAESAR TO ARTHUR.
London Collins 1960 First Edition Hard Cover Good+ Good- 
320 p, 8 1/2" H. "(A) study of the life and career of the historical King Arthur in so far as it can be traced through early documents and remains. (The author) begins with the decay of Roman power and its slow disappearance from Britain, while invasion, anarchy and warring small kingdoms take its place. Then comes a reversal of fortune without parallel in the dissolving Empire, when a western Christian military chieftain stems the Saxon tide and imposes a long truce. In this unique recovery, it is suggested, lies a previously unnoticed clue to the whole development of the British monarchy. The kingdom finally created by Alfred the Great and his successors turns out to have been decisively affected by the earlier achievement of Arthur and the failure of the first Saxon attempt at conquest. Piecing together his fragments of history to form the most vivid possible whole, Mr. Ashe explains how the great tradition of Arthur flowed into the Arthurian Legend, and shows how that legend, fantastic and romantic as it is, nevertheless embodies a profound historical insight." Very light edge wear, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, moderate browning to edges of text block. Dust jacket has light to moderate edge wear/wrinkling, a few tiny and small edge tears, a few tiny scuffs on spine, minor edge browning, protected in a mylar sleeve. 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
NAPOLEON III AND HIS CARNIVAL EMPIRE., Bierman, John.
5 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. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
6 Biggins, John. THE TWO-HEADED EAGLE.
New York St. Martin's 1996 0312147511 / 9780312147518 First American Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good Geoff Hunt cover art. 
367 pp, 8vo (8 7/16" H). "(A) story of five months of hair-raising adventure on the Italian front in which young Otto Prohaska, the hero of 'A Sailor of Austria' and 'The Emperor's Coloured Coat', entrusts his life to the nascent, unreliable, and terrifying Imperial and Royal Austro-Hungarian Flying Service. It is the summer of 1916, and Otto, joined by his self-willed aerial chauffeur Sergeant-Pilot Toth, entrusts his life to a succession of flimsy biplanes in the sky above war-torn Alpine battlefields. On the ground, the rickety Habsburg empire has begun its final slide to disaster. And in the air is the unmistakable sense that history, poignant and ironic and always surprising is erupting all around them. Written with craft, style, and an astonishing breadth of emotion, (this) is the continuation of a remarkable series." Book is very lightly cocked, is cracked at title page but pages are holding well, minor edge wear, very light wrinkling at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has very light edge wear/wrinkling, small area of surface paper loss on front panel, small corner crease on front flap. 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
NAPOLEON ON NAPOLEON: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF THE EMPEROR., Bonaparte, Napoleon.  Edited by Somerset de Chair.
7 Bonaparte, Napoleon. Edited by Somerset de Chair. NAPOLEON ON NAPOLEON: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF THE EMPEROR.
Brockhampton, London, 1998, reprint. 
288 pp, small 4to (10" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 1860198767 B&w and colour illustrations. "During the six years of exile on St Helena, between Waterloo and his death, Napoleon dictated momoirs, notes, letters and battle commentaries to the generals who shared his captivity. He then corrected the material himself. Napoleon used his time in captivity to explain the motives, beliefs and doubts that drove him; to analyse strategies which turned France's Revolution into the French Em pire and examine the tactics that made the Grand Army masters of Europe. He recorded his birth at Ajaccio in 1769, and his genteel but impoverished Corsican childhood. He notes his entry at the age of 10 to the military school in Briennes, a n d h i s own early enthusiasm for the Revolution, which lessened in the face of the Terror...In this book, (the editor) has incorporated much new material from three further volumes of notes and miscellanies dictated by Napoleon at St Helena, i n ad di t io n to the four volumes of Memoirs published in 1823. As before, he has let Napoleon speak in the first person throughout, rather than in the more formal third person of the original text. The result is a fascinating account of Napoleo n' s l ife i n h is ow n words, from his childhood in Corsica to his defeat in Waterloo in 1815. Private concerns, such as feuds with his brothers and divorce from Josephine, are mixed with such matters of state as the rebellion of Toussaint-Louv ert ure and the ret rea t fr om Moscow. Over 90 carefully selected illustrations make this a superbly illustrated, detailed autobiography of one of history's great characters." Fine/Near Fine 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
THE WAR OF THE AUSTRIAN SUCCESSION., Browning, Reed.
8 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
 
 
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.
9 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
 
 
QUADRANTUS REX., Coulehan, Norbert.
10 Coulehan, Norbert. QUADRANTUS REX.
Macmillan, London, 1959, first edition. 
298 pp, small 8vo (7 5/8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. "In the second year B.C. the Emperor Augustus decided to call a conference for world peace, 'Pax Mundana', and despatched a young sea tribune, Titus to collect and escort to Rome the three gr eat Kings from Africa, Asia and the Baltic. This, in the first place, is the story of how Titus carried out his unusual assignment, the hazards and dangers of his voyages and his difficulties, both practical and diplomatic, with his noble c h a r g e s . But no less important than the sea tribune is Quadrantus, the Master of the squaresailer in which he travelled. It is soon apparent that this is no ordinary ship and Quadrantus is no ordinary master: a giant of a man, he runs his du mb c re w wi th u n canny precision and his navigation and seamanship verge on the miraculous. After the fruitless conference, Titus and Quadrantus escort the three Kings on what seems a hopeless mission to King Herod. Guided by a strange st a r, the Ki ngs a re lan ded n ear Philippi, and the half-whispered stories of the phenomena which heralded the Birth of Christ and the legend of a fourth King who set off for Bethlehem with his fellows yet failed to arrive, are given an unexpect ed tw ist when see n t hro ugh the mir ror of Norbert Coulehan's narrative." Tiny foxing specks on the top and fore-edge of the textblock, light to moderate edge wear, small bump at top of spine, light wrinkling at bottom of spine. Dust jacket i s p rice cli pped, has ligh t to mod erat e ed ge wear/wrinkling, very small chips and tears at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, light rubbing, light browning on flap-folds. Very Good-/Good 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
11 Cranmer-Byng, J.L., editor. Introduced by Jonathan Spence. (Lord Macartney.) AN EMBASSY TO CHINA. BEING THE JOURNAL KEPT BY LORD MACARTNEY DURING HIS EMBASSY TO THE EMPEROR CH'IEN-LUNG 1793-1794.
London Folio Society 2004 Hard Cover Fine William Alexander. 
314 pp, 10 3/8" H. Dark blue cloth spine with gilt lettering, decorated paper-covered boards (dragon and lion motif), map endpapers. "Illustrated with watercolour sketches made during the embassy by William Alexander." Slipcase decorated with reproduction of "a view of the city wall of Poan-gin with vessels of various kinds lying under it, 4 November 1792". "The text of Lord Macartney's journal is reprinted from 'An Embassy to China', edited by J.L. Cranmer-Byng, first published by Longmans in 1962. For the present edition, (his) extensive annotation and appendices accompanying the journal have been abridged, and a few other minor emendations made." Contents: Introduction; Editorial Note; Members of the Embassy; A Journal of the Embassy to China; Lord Macartney's Observations Upon China; Appendices: An Edict from the Emperor Ch'ien-lung to King George III; Biographical Notes on Lord Macartney and William Alexander; Notes; Index. Book is Fine. Slipcase has minor edge rubbing, a tiny scuff on the rear panel. 
Price: 30.00 USD
 
 
SECRETS OF THE GOTHA.  PRIVATE LIVES OF THE ROYAL FAMILIES OF EUROPE., Diesbach, Ghislain de.  Translated from the French by Margaret Crosland.
12 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
 
 
A GLIMPSE OF EMPIRE., Douglas-Home, Jessica.
13 Douglas-Home, Jessica. A GLIMPSE OF EMPIRE.
Wilby, Norwich Michael Russell 2011 0859553213 / 9780859553216 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good 
131 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H). B&w photographs. "(T)he story of a young Anglo-Irish beauty's visit to Delhi for the 1911 Royal Durbar, where a new King, George V, is to be proclaimed Emperor to reinforce the loyalty to the Crown of India's ruling Princes. For a fortnight of relentless ceremony, unheard of extravagance and imposing military spectacle, in the setting of a vast Tented City complete with its own farms, railway, telegraph and post offices, Lilah Wingfield meets many of the most remarkable colonial characters of the day, including some of the foremost Indian Princes, vying to stage the most lavish display to prove their devotion to the Raj. As the tents are dismantled, Lilah travels through India - to the dangerous Khyber Pass on the Afghan border, to Rajasthan, to the gory sites of the Mutiny and to stay with India's only female ruler, the Begum of Bhopal. Her diary shows her deepening awareness of the ambivalence of certain maharajahs towards British Rule even while she is being entertained royally in their lakeside palaces. Her Irish upbringing gives her an instictive feeling for the mixture of their longing for independence and an affection for the mother country." Minor wrinkling at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has a few tiny/small dints on hinges, very light edge wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, tiny chip at bottom of spine. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
14 Dyer, Gwynne. IGNORANT ARMIES: SLIDING INTO WAR IN IRAQ.
McClelland & Stewart, Toronto, 2003, 2nd printing. 
189 pp, 8vo (8 1/2" H), soft cover. ISBN 0771029772 "Around the world thoughtful people are asking one vital question: How could an unspeakable terrorist act carried out by a small group of Islamist zealots, most of them Saudi Arabian, result in w ar being declared on Iraq, a country with a brutal but firmly secular government that had no known connection with 9/11? Is it a grotesque mistake, a sinister plot, or just the strategic equivalent of a highway pileup? Far too many politician s a n d journalists who should know better have swallowed the story that Saddam Hussein is a threat to the West, that his weapons of mass destruction are about to fall into the hands of suicidal terrorist fanatics, and that we must invade Iraq bef or e t he B east of Baghdad eats us, hair and all. And too few observers have pointed out that the weapons are not very dangerous, that Saddam has been successfully contained for over a decade without a war, and that the emperor has not clothes - --" Int eri or - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - minor rubbing. Near Fine 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
GENERAL BROCK., Edgar, Lady.
15 Edgar, Lady. GENERAL BROCK.
Toronto Morang 1904 Edition de Luxe. Hard Cover Good+ No Jacket Signed by publisher.
322 pp, 9 1/2" H. Beige cloth with paper title label on spine (a clean, bright duplicate label laid in at the last page at time of publication could be used to 'freshen' the book's appearance), top edge gilt. A volume from the "Edition De Luxe" (limited to four hundred sets - this being from set 47, so numbered) of The Maker's of Canada series - signed by the publisher, George Morang, on the limitation page. B&w frontispiece and two maps. Contents: His Birthplace; Service Abroad - Holland; Service Abroad - The Baltic; In Canada; Upper and Lower Canada - 1802; Military Posts; Preparations for War; Old Quebec; Affairs in Europe, 1808; Politics in Quebec; Quebec and Niagara; 1811 in Canada and Europe; The New Governor; Gathering Clouds; Canada's Defence; On the Frontier; A Vigorous Commander; Brownstown and Maguaga; Detroit; The Armistice; Consequences of Armistice; Queenston Heights; Index. Light browning and a few tiny edge tears on on-trimmed fore-edge of text block, small fore-edge tear archivally taped on page leaf 311/312, browning to spine and spine label, a few scattered tiny foxing marks on boards - mainly rear board, shelf soiling on bottom edge of boards. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
THE LITTLE EMPEROR: GOVERNOR SIMPSON OF THE HUDSON'S BAY COMPANY., Galbraith, John S.
16 Galbraith, John S. THE LITTLE EMPEROR: GOVERNOR SIMPSON OF THE HUDSON'S BAY COMPANY.
Toronto Macmillan of Canada 1976 0770513891 / 9780770513894 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine 
232 pp, 9 1/4" H. B&w illustrations, map. "For forty years the 'Little Emperor', Sir George Simpson, ruled a domain that stretched from Hudson Bay to the Pacific and the Arctic, wielding power a feudal king might have envied. An illegitimate child, raised by his father's family in Scotland, Simpson caught the eye of Andrew Colvile of the Hudson's Bay Company. Simpson was first sent to North America in 1820, that last year of uneasy rivalry before the North West and Hudson's Bay companies united. (He) rose rapidly in the Company's service; in an era of primitive communication he was given a great deal of latitude by his employers, and he quickly demonstrated that they could rely on his judgement. Ruthless and domineering in both public and private life, he made many enemies, but his undoubted business talents won wide admiration in Canada and in England. In his later years Simpson was increasingly involved in the business life of Canada, and by the time of his death in 1860, he was one of the leading financial figures in the colony." 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
KAISER BILL., Garrett, Richard.
17 Garrett, Richard. KAISER BILL.
Wayland, (Hove, 1978), first edition. 
96 pp, 8vo (8 5/8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. Profusely illustrated in b&w with photographs, reproductions, map. "Commonly blamed as the man who started World War I, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany is often seen as a tough aggressor; a man, as Bismarck might have said, 'of blood and iron'. As leader of the world's strongest army, he wielded great power. When, at the beginning of this century, he built up an almost equally strong navy, it seemed as if nothing could stop Germany's advances. But was he really the strong man of popular legend? Richard Garrett argues that, behind the stern appearance and the flamboyant moustache, Kaiser Bill was a failure. He believed that God had appointed him Emperor of Germany and that God would tell him what to do. His talent for making enemies was enormous. He had grown up as a spoilt child with a wide knowledge of many things and a deep understanding of almost nothing; and yet his arrogant faith in himself never faltered. This is the story of the effect of one man on thirty years of world history, culminating in a monstrous clash of arms and ending in the quietness of exile. Out of the story a picture of the real man emerges, and the events which led up to the disaster are put in to their true perspective. Was it the Kaiser, more than anyone else, who unwittingly prepared the way for Hitler? This book may suggest an answer." Dust jacket has very light edge wrinkling, very light browning, small corner crease on front flap. VG+/VG 
Price: 12.50 USD
 
 
INTRODUCTING AUSTRIA., Gedye, G.E.R.
18 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
 
 
19 Goldstein, Donald M. and Dillon, Katherine V., eds. THE PEARL HARBOR PAPERS: INSIDE THE JAPANESE PLANS.
Brassey's, (Dulles, Virginia, 2000). 
384 pp, 8vo, soft cover. Double page color map, b&w maps. "...comprises the original Japanese documents relating to the attack of December 7, 1941...explain(s) and place(s) into context secret plans, battle group histories, and intimate letters and diary extracts of the key Japanese naval officers. It also features a full-color reproduction of one of the most important documents of the war - the top-secret map drawn by the attack's lead pilot, Mitsuo Fuchida, to show Emperor Hirohito the battle's results...puts readers inside the Japanese thought process leading up to, during, and after the battle that changed the world." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - clean and bright, flat uncreased spine . Fine 
Price: 14.00 USD
 
 
20 Grant, Michael. THE ARMY OF THE CAESARS.
M. Evans, New York, 1992, reprint. 
366 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0871317052 B&w maps. "(S)hows how the rise and decline of imperial Rome was intimately connected with the balance of political and military power. The role of the army in the Roman em pire was a formidable one: the emperor depended on the soldiers for his continued existence, as did the empire itself. But an army powerful enought to defend the frontiers and keep the Roman peace also had the power to destroy the emperor. A g a i n s t this ever-present danger the emperors took unceasing precautions, one of their principal methods being to surround themselves with bodyguards, the Praetorian Guard. But what began as a protective measure had wider repercussions, for th e Gu ar d ca me to play an even greater part in the internal politics of the empire...The story of 'The Army of the Caesars' provides a model of how civil strife, focused around the holders of military power inevitably occurs, endangering the pr eca ri ous eq ui lib riu m of large areas of the world." Faint erased pencil mark on free front end paper, three tiny dints on bottom edge of rear board. Dust jacket has minor edge wear/wrinkling, minor rubbing, 3" light line indentation/scratch on r ear pan el. Ve ry G ood+ /Very Good+ 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
  1  2 3  NEXT >  


Questions, comments, or suggestions
Please write to info@CapricornBooks.ca
Copyright©2018. All Rights Reserved.
Powered by ChrisLands.com

 

 

cookie