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BELGIUM AND LUXEMBOURG., Edwards, Tudor.
1 Edwards, Tudor. BELGIUM AND LUXEMBOURG.
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
 
 
THE WESTERN FRONT 1914., Historical Section, General Staff, Army Headquarters, Ottawa.
2 Historical Section, General Staff, Army Headquarters, Ottawa. THE WESTERN FRONT 1914.
Directorate of Military Training, Army Headquarters, Ottawa, 1957. 
192 pp, small 8vo (7 3/4" H), soft cover. Maps. Chapter headings: The Background of the War; The Battle of the Frontiers; Mons, Le Cateau and Guise-St. Quentin; The Battle of the Marne; The Battle of Aisne; The 'Race to the Sea'; The Battles of Ypres 1914; Summary and Commentary; Appendix. Interior - soft crease at top corner of first and last few pages, a few tiny faint specs on title-page, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - creasing to front cover, small closed tear at bottom of front hinge, previous owners name on front cover, soiling to covers, browning on spine. Good 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
THE PENDGRAGON CYCLE.  5 VOLUME SET.  1. TALIESIN.  2. MERLIN.  3. ARTHUR.  4. PENDRAGON.  5. GRAIL., Lawhead, Stephen R.
3 Lawhead, Stephen R. THE PENDGRAGON CYCLE. 5 VOLUME SET. 1. TALIESIN. 2. MERLIN. 3. ARTHUR. 4. PENDRAGON. 5. GRAIL.
New York Avon Mass Market Paperbacks Very Good+ Cover art by Mike Posen, volumes 1-3, Eric Peterson, volumes 4 & 5. 
5 volumes - 6 7/8" H. A mixed set - the first three volumes have the first series cover art, the last two have the second series cover art. 1. Taliesin - 486 pp, 1990, 5th printing, ISBN 038070613X - "It was a time of legend, when the last shadows of the mighty Roman conqueror faded from the captured Isle of Britain. While, across the vast sea, bloody war shattered a peace that had flourished for two thousand years in the doomed kingdom of Atlantis. It is the remarkable adventure of Charis - the courageous princess from Atlantis who escapes the terrible devastation of her land - and of the fabled seer and druid prince Taliesin, singer at the dawn of the age. A story of an incomparable love that joins two astonishing worlds amid the fires of chaos, and spawns the miracles of Merlin - and Arthur the king!". 2. Merlin - 447 pp, 1990, 4th printing, ISBN 0380708892 - "He was born to greatness, the son of a druid bard and a princess of lost Atlantis. A trained warrior, blessed with the gifts of prophecy and song, he grew to manhood in a Britain abandoned by its Roman conquerors - a land ravaged by the brutual greed of petty chieftains and barbarian invaders. Respected, feared and hated by many, he was to have a higher destiny: to prepare the way for the momentous event that would unite the Island of the Mighty - the coming of Arthur Pendragon, Lord of the Kingdom of Summer." 3. Arthur - 446 pp, 1990, 2nd printing, ISBN 0380708906 - "They called him unfit to rule - a lowborn, callow boy, Uther's bastard. But his coming had been foretold in the songs of the bard Taliesin. He had learned powerful secrets at the knee of the mysical sage Merlin. He was Arthur, Pendragon of the Island of the Mighty - who would rise to legendary greatness in a Britain torn by violence, greed, and war - who would usher in a glorious reign of peace and prosperity - and who would fall at the treacherous hands of the one he loved more than life." 4. Pendragon - 436 pp, 1995, 4th printing, ISBN 0380717573 - "Arthur is King - but darkest evil has descended upon Britain's shores in many guises. Fragile alliances fray and tear, threatening all the noble liege has won with this wisdom and his blood. In this black time of plague and pestilence, Arthur's most trusted counselor Myrddin - the warrior, bard, and kingmaker whom legend will name Merlin - is himself to be tested on a mystical journey through his own extraordinary past. So Arthur must stand alone against a great and terrible adversary. For only thus can he truly win immortality - and the name he will treasure above all others: Pendragon." 5. Grail - 385 pp, 1998, 4th printing, ISBN 0380781042 - "Drought, plague, and war have left the Isle of the Mighty battered and its heart, the beloved Arthur, grievously injured - until a secret relic is brought before the dying King; a Holy Grail that heals his wounds and restores his vigor. But soon evil enters the royal court in the guise of a beautiful maiden; a soulless, malevolent force capable of seducing the King's loyal champion, confounding the sage whom some call Merlin, and carrying the sacred Grail - and Arthur's adored Queen - off into the dark unknown. And now Arthur faces the greatest challenge of his sovereignty: a quest of recovery that must lead the noble liege through realms of magic and the undead, on a trail that winds inexorably toward a grim confrontation with his most foul nemesis - and his destiny." Interiors - volume 1 has very light browning to page margins, all volumes are clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exteriors - volumes 1, 2 and 3 have light toning to edges of text blocks; volumes 2 & 3 have a tiny number stamped on bottom of text blocks; all volimes have minor edge wear; volume 4 has a few wrinkles and a small corner creases at the bottom of the front cover, light creases down spine and is very slightly cocked. 
Price: 30.00 USD
 
 
4 Mosier, John. THE MYTH OF THE GREAT WAR: A NEW MILITARY HISTORY OF WORLD WAR I
New York HarperCollins 2001 0060196769 / 9780060196769 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
381 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H). B&w maps. "Based on a decade of research into previously unused French and German sources, (this book) shows what actually happened at the front as the participants perceived it at the time, as opposed to what French and British commanders and governments claimed. John Mosier, who visited all the major battlefields, describes and analyzes campaigns that are routinely neglected or ignored and shows why conventional accounts of such major battles as Verdun are incorrect. He explains how German tactics, weapons, training and leadership were consistently superior, and why the endless, ineffective attacks of the French and British with inferior weapons and battle tactics of the previous century resulted in mindless slaughter and defeat. Mosier also discusses the major military leaders on both sides - including Joffre, Petain, Foch, Gallieni, French, Haig, Wilson, Moltke, Ludendorff, Falkenhayn, Mudra, and Pershing. The French and British military controlled, suppressed, and manipulated all battlefield reports. German losses were magnified; failures became successes, defeats victories. Allied intelligence was grossly inaccurate and inadequate, and the result was a distorted picture of what was really happening. Absorbing and persuasive, 'The Myth of the Great War' is a striking new assessment of the military realities of World War I." Light wrinkling at bottom of spine, faint finger print at fore-edge of free front endpaper. Dust jacket has light edge wrinkling - mainly at top edge, minor rubbing. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
FORTRESS EUROPE., Rolf, Rudi and Saal, Peter.
5 Rolf, Rudi and Saal, Peter. FORTRESS EUROPE.
Shrewsbury Airlife 1988 1853100323 / 9781853100321 First English Edition Soft Cover Very Good 
166 pp, 9 5/8" H. Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs, maps, plans. "The German capture of the supposedly impregnable Belgian fortress of Eben-Emael in May 1940 shocked the world, while the vaunted Maginot Line proved useless against an enemy who virtually ignored and bypassed it. As always, military planners had designed for the last rather than for the next war, ignoring the advances in tank and aircraft technology which had revolutionised warfare. Even the Germans fell into the same trap, building the Atlantic Wall and the Channel Island defences against invasion from the sea and the West Wall (the so-called 'Siegfried Line') against any possible invasion of Germany itself from the west. As a result, throughout the 1930s and '40s Western Europe was covered by deeply dug-in bunkers, artillery, machine-guns and anti-aircraft emplacements, observation and fire direction towers, underground magazines and other fortifications, a vast number of which survive to this day due either to their inherent strength or the work of preservation enthusiasts. This book explores the history of modern fortifications from the 1870s, showing how designs changed radically to meet new threats, particularly in the form of artillery. It shows how some of the major forts fared in battle in both World Wars, and with the aid of dozens of clear maps and photographs, provides a detailed travel-guide for everyone wishing to explore their frequently well-preserved remains. Most are open to the public and many house museums, so opening times are also included. These defensive lines and positions, fashioned from steel and concrete, have stood idle now for over forty years yet still exercise a tremen-dous pull on the imagination. This book will thus be invaluable not only to students of fortifications but also to anyone touring France, Holland, Belgium, Germany or the Channel Islands." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - very minor edge wear, minor rubbing, a few minor creases on front cover. 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
FORTRESS EUROPE., Rolf, Rudi and Saal, Peter.
6 Rolf, Rudi and Saal, Peter. FORTRESS EUROPE.
Shrewsbury Airlife 1988 1853100323 / 9781853100321 First English Edition Soft Cover Good 
166 pp, 9 5/8" H. Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs, maps, plans. "The German capture of the supposedly impregnable Belgian fortress of Eben-Emael in May 1940 shocked the world, while the vaunted Maginot Line proved useless against an enemy who virtually ignored and bypassed it. As always, military planners had designed for the last rather than for the next war, ignoring the advances in tank and aircraft technology which had revolutionised warfare. Even the Germans fell into the same trap, building the Atlantic Wall and the Channel Island defences against invasion from the sea and the West Wall (the so-called 'Siegfried Line') against any possible invasion of Germany itself from the west. As a result, throughout the 1930s and '40s Western Europe was covered by deeply dug-in bunkers, artillery, machine-guns and anti-aircraft emplacements, observation and fire direction towers, underground magazines and other fortifications, a vast number of which survive to this day due either to their inherent strength or the work of preservation enthusiasts. This book explores the history of modern fortifications from the 1870s, showing how designs changed radically to meet new threats, particularly in the form of artillery. It shows how some of the major forts fared in battle in both World Wars, and with the aid of dozens of clear maps and photographs, provides a detailed travel-guide for everyone wishing to explore their frequently well-preserved remains. Most are open to the public and many house museums, so opening times are also included. These defensive lines and positions, fashioned from steel and concrete, have stood idle now for over forty years yet still exercise a tremen-dous pull on the imagination. This book will thus be invaluable not only to students of fortifications but also to anyone touring France, Holland, Belgium, Germany or the Channel Islands." Interior - minor bump to top corner of first 60 pages, bottom corner of pages bumped. Exterior - soft crease at top corner of front cover, bump/crease at bottom corner of covers, light waviness and light soiling on fore-edge of text block, faint crease on spine, minor edge wear. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
AUGUST 1914., Tuchman, Barbara W.
7 Tuchman, Barbara W. AUGUST 1914.
Constable, London, 1962, first edition. 
499 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. Map endpapers, b&w plates, maps. "It is not too much to say that the first thirty days of battle determined the future course of the First World War, the terms of the peace and the shape of the nations of our time. The bloody catalogue of the battles of August 1914 contains the almost legendary names of Liege, Mons, the Battle of the Frontiers, Charleroi, and Tannenberg, where generals' reputations were made or broken, and opportunities grasped or missed. Here is the indomitable Joffre rebuilding his shattered armies, Samsonov committing suicide after the annihilation of his army at Tannenberg (a staggering defeat that, perhaps, gave victory to Russia's allies), von Kluck stubbornly committed to his fatal mistake with Paris within his grasp, and Admiral Souchon in the 'Goeben' setting his desperate and fateful course for Constantinople. Here is Sir John French steadfastly refusing to work with his French ally, the brilliant Lanrezac 'limoge', perhaps, for being right too often, the sick Gallieni resolutely preparing the defence of Paris; and Winston Churchill, 'the only British minister to have a perfectly clear conviction of what Britain should do', acting upon his conviction without hesitation. The story begins with a brilliant and majestic set piece describing the funeral of Edward VII, which was attended by all the royalty, nobility and aristocracy of Europe, and marked the end of a splendid era. The reader is then swept into the magnificent narrative: firstly of the plans of the German, French, British and Russian General Staffs, all prepared some ten years before the war, none allowing for the contingencies of others; then of the tense and dramatic hours and minutes in Berlin, Paris, London and St. Petersburg that led to the outbreak of war; and finally of the invasion of Belgium, the advance through France according to plan, and the huge clash on the Eastern front. The narrative ends on the eve of the Battle of the Marne which just saved the war from being won by Germany. By that time the original plans of all the belligerents were in ruins." Book is slightly curved, minor edge wear, slight fading to colour on top of spine, minor wrinkling at top of spine. Dust jacket has very light edge wear/wrinkling, several small and tiny edge tears, light browning on spine and flap-folds/edges, light soiling. Very Good-/Good+ 
Price: 25.00 USD
 


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