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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
 
 
AUGUST 1914., Tuchman, Barbara W.
2 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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