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A BATSFORD CENTURY: THE RECORD OF A HUNDRED YEARS OF PUBLISHING AND BOOKSELLING, 1843-1943., Bolitho, Hector, Editor.  Harry Batsford, Charles Fry, Hector Bolitho.
1 Bolitho, Hector, Editor. Harry Batsford, Charles Fry, Hector Bolitho. A BATSFORD CENTURY: THE RECORD OF A HUNDRED YEARS OF PUBLISHING AND BOOKSELLING, 1843-1943.
London B.T. Batsford 1944 Second Impression with Corrections. Hard Cover Very Good- Good- 
148 pp, 9 1/4" H, medium blue cloth with gilt lettering on spine and front board, top edge gilt. B&w plates, reproductions, drawings, 2 colour plates (including frontispiece). A history of the family business begun by Bradley Thomas Batsford in 1843 up to the time of the Second World War, looking at the management, staff, premises, publications and authors. Batsford's main focus has always been architecture, from the huge folios of its early days to the accessible series that have introduced the British people (and others) to the beauties of the churches, country houses, cottages, etc. of their country. Contents: Foreword; B.T. Batsford: his Family, Early Life and Apprenticeship; Early Days of the Business; First Publications; A Victorian Bookseller-Publisher; New Premises and a New Arrival; Bradley and Herbert Batsford: Publishing Developments; Harry Batsford; A Tribute to Herbert Batsford; The Great War; Portrait of a Charwoman; Another New Arrival; Post-war Ups and Downs; The Move to Mayfair; A Publishing "New Deal"; Publishers' Journeys; William Hanneford-Smith: a Tribute; William Hanneford-Smith: an Account of his Work; Charles Fry; Brian Cook; Work at Home and Abroad; A Wartime Evacuation; The War in North Audley Street; Publishing from the Malvern Hills; Some Predecessors in a Tradition; Graduation in a Tradition; Some Friends of Batsfords; Thoughts on a Century; Acknowledgment; Index. Lean to spine, gift inscription in ink from 1953 written on front free endpaper, small bump at top of spine, slight browning to edges of boards. Dust jacket has several small edge tears (some with creases) and small to tiny edge chips, light to moderate browning on spine, flap-folds and edges, very light rubbing/soiling on rear panel; protected in a mylar sleeve. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
LAKONIA., Bond, Geoffrey.
2 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
 
 
THE SANDS OF DUNKIRK., Collier, Richard.
3 Collier, Richard. THE SANDS OF DUNKIRK.
London Collins 1961 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
319 pp, 8 1/2" H. Map endpapers, b&w photographs. "In May 1940, the German army and Luftwaffe drove a beaten army back across northern France to the Channel coast, cut off all lines of retreat and smashed the only port within reach; even Churchill feared 'the greatest military disaster of our long history'. Everybody knows that a third of a million British troops did escape to fight again another day. Many know at what a cost in ships and lives the rescue operation was carried out. But the whole astonishing story of Dunkirk as a human experience, of what it really meant to be there, has never yet been told. Now Richard Collier has written a vivid and authentic account based on exhaustive research and hundreds of interviews in England, France and Germany. For the first time we have, not the verdict of a military historian nor the creation of a novelist, but a narrative based on the experiences of those who were there as the enemy drew closer and the bombardment intensified - the bewildered skipper of a Thames barge, the helpless civilian, the soldier on the beach, the exhausted Stuka pilot, the stoical and the terrified." Previous owner's name stamp and date on free front endpaper, book is very slightly cocked, very light browning to edges of text block. Dust jacket has very light edge wear/wrinkling, one small edge tear, protected in a mylar sleeve. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
DUNKIRK: 'THE STORMS OF WAR'., Harris, John.
4 Harris, John. DUNKIRK: 'THE STORMS OF WAR'.
David & Charles, Newton Abbot, 1980. 
160 pp, large 8vo (9 3/8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0715378570 B&w photographs. "Packed with authentic atmosphere, the retreat and the desperate lifting of the weary soldiers is seen in its tragic entirety, often through first-hand reco llections of the men who were there. The story of Dunkirk is a dramatic epic of courage and confusion, resulting in a successful and often heroic evacuation....(Harris) describes in vivid detail how the evacuation developed, on a day-by-d a y b a s i s , and destroys more than one of the myths that have come to be associated with Dunkirk. However, the spirit, humour and drama that epitomised what came to be known as the 'spirit of Dunkirk' was, and is, undeniable. Illustrated wit h ma n y co nt em po ra r y photographs, this book provides a complete historical account of the lifting of the British expeditionary force in the first week of June 1940...." Tiny light stain in margin of pages 110/111, light edge wear, light wrin kl ing a t top /bo tto m o f s pi ne, faint finger marks on front endpapers. Dust jacket has very light edge wear, moderate wrinkling along top edge, very light rubbing, tiny tear at bottom of spine, small tear - taped on inside, old price sticker on fro nt fl ap. Ver y Go od/V ery Goo d 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE HOME FRONT:  AN ANTHOLOGY OF PERSONAL EXPERIENCE, 1938-1945., Longmate, Norman, editor.
5 Longmate, Norman, editor. THE HOME FRONT: AN ANTHOLOGY OF PERSONAL EXPERIENCE, 1938-1945.
Chatto & Windus, London, 1981. 
240 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. Ex-Library. ISBN 0701125535 B&w photographs, cartoons. "Norman Longmate has established himself as the leading authority on the ways in which the Second World War affected the civilian populatio n in (England). In the course of his researches, he has amassed a vast collection of first-hand accounts in which those who were there described and evoke their experiences....The subjects covered include the Home Guard, air raids, Morris o n S h e l t e r s and Woolton Pies, jam-making ladies from the WI, life in a munitions factory, the evacuation of children (and civil servants), the arrival of the Americans, and - most movingly of all - the long-awaited declaration of peace....( re ca l ls ) th os e ye ar s to those who lived through them - the horror, the humour, the grindingly hard slog of everyday existence - while providing the perfect introduction to those for whom the war is a distant slice of history." Ex-library co py - g ho st la bel ma rk an d w rinkling on free front endpaper, libray stamp on copyright page, finger mark on page 146, one or two pages with tiny light stain, small date stamp on rear pastedown, last page of index and free rear endpaper missi ng, rea r i nsi de hing e is ce llot aped , old tape residue on boards, moderate edge wear, book lightly cocked, wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, bump at bottom of front hinge area, tiny mark on top of textblock, partially erased stamp mark on bo ttom of t extb lock . Dust jacke t is pric e cli pped, has light edge wrinkling, very light rubbing and wrinkling on panels, one tiny chip. Reading copy only. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE BATTLE OF SICILY., Mitcham, Samuel W., Jr., and von Stauffenberg, Friedrich.
6 Mitcham, Samuel W., Jr., and von Stauffenberg, Friedrich. THE BATTLE OF SICILY.
New York Orion 1991 0517575256 / 9780517575253 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good + Very Good 
367 pp, 8vo (8 1/2" H). B&w photographs, maps/battle plans. "....the story of Germany's 'Dunkirk' - a successful evacuation that allowed forty thousand troops to escape to Italy, where they later fought the Allies to a bloody stalemate....the Allies lost a significant opportunity in Sicily when a one-armed German general, Hans Valentin Hube, the commander of the XIV Panzer Corps, stepped in to mount a brilliant strategic defense. With only four divisions, he successfully tied down two Allied armies, holding off the invaders for thirty-eight crucial days and then escaping with nearly his entire command. Meanwhile, the Nazis were able to occupy Italy - whose government had only recently capitulated - thereby dooming the Allies to a prolonged and fierce battle of attrition up the Italian peninsula. The authors recount the campaign from the point of view of the Axis strategy - something no English-language book has ever done - and argue persuasively that the Allies wasted a chance for a total victory that might well have shortened the war." Book is very slightly cocked. Dust jacket has very slight fading to spine color, minor rubbing. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
SEND A GUNBOAT., Reeman, Douglas.
7 Reeman, Douglas. SEND A GUNBOAT.
Arrow, London, 1980, reprint. 
256 pp, mass market paperback. ISBN 009907060X "H.M.S. Wagtail: river gunboat. A ship seemingly at the end of her useful life, lying in the Hong Kong dockyard, awaiting her last summons to the breaker's yard. Commander Justin Rolfe: also seeming ly at the end of his useful Naval life. An embittered man, brooding and angry from a court-martial verdict. Then the offshore island of Santu is threatened with invasion from the Chinese mainland. On the island: a small British community t h a t m u s t be brought out. Commander Rolfe and the Wagtail are ordered to the island. The job is regarded with sullen resentment by his crew, but to Rolfe, and even the ship, it is a job that offers the chance of a reprieve and a restoratio n o f se lf re sp ec t." Interior - light browning to pages, otherwise clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - one crease down spine, a few small soft wrinkles on covers. Very Good 
Price: 12.00 USD
 
 
THE BATTLE FOR MOSCOW., Seaton, Albert, Col.
8 Seaton, Albert, Col. THE BATTLE FOR MOSCOW.
Sarpedon, New York, 1993, reprint. 
294 pp, 9" H, soft cover. ISBN 096276132X B&w photographs, maps. "When Germany invaded the Soviet Union in June 1941, it seemed as though the hopes and fears of both dictators were correct. Entire Soviet armies disintegrated before the military skill of the Germans. Three million prisoners were taken in the first six weeks. By early October, the Germans were on open roads to Moscow and the Soviet government had already begun to evacuate the interior. The course of human civilization has turned on the outcome of a select few climactic battles throughout history, but never more so than when Stalin's enigmatic Soviet Union desperately rallied its resources to stave off Hitler's armies in the Battle of Moscow. This book captur e s t h e tension and excitement of one of the most harrowing events in history. From the drama in the command posts to the plight of the infantry and armor in the mud and snow, Albert Seaton illuminates the titanic struggle which was the pivotal b at t le o f W ord War II." Interior - clean and tight with no previous owner's marks. Exterior - clean and bright. Near Fine 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
9 Turner, E.S. THE PHONEY WAR.
St. Martin's, New York, (1962). 
311 pp, 8vo (8 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w illus. (cartoons, posters). A look at Britain in the period before the Battle of Britain - a world of gas masks, blackouts, rationing, evacuations and warnings about what to do if a German parachutist lands on your doorstep - a time when it was an offensce to leave a car parked without disabling it and when signpost were torn down to confuse the enemy... Minor edge wear, minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has moderate edge wear/wrinkling, several small chips and tears with creases - some with old tape reapirs, moderate rubbing, light fading to spine color, small stain on front panel. VG/G- 
Price: 12.50 USD
 


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