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1 Bowyer, Chaz. BOMBER BARONS.
Barnsley, South Yorkshire Leo Cooper 2001 085052802X / 9780850528022 Reprint Hard Cover Very Good Very Good+ 
222 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H). B&w photographs. "By the end of the Second World War, a grim total of 55,000 air crew of Bomber Command has lost their lives. This figure comprised no less than seventy per cent of RAF fatalities. Yet, unlike their more glamorous fighter pilot colleagues, very few bomber pilots or crewmen were familiar household names to the general public. However, within the ranks of the RAF itself, some individuals stood out gaining high reputations for their courage and leadership, a respect achieved regardless of the decorations they had won or the number of sorties flown. These were the 'Bomber Barons'. In this authoritative book, (the author) chooses a selection of these men. Some like Leonard Cheshire, Guy Gibson and Hughie Edwards, are today well known but others such as Nick Knilans, Syd Clayton and Jo Lancaster, are familiar only to those 'in the know'. For each, the author details their careers and relates episodes that reflect the qualities that made them outstanding. At the same time, the reader learns of the unfolding dramatic development of Bomber Command from the comparatively uncoordinated, non-cohesive raids of the early part of the war to the highly-trained and deadly offensive weapon it became under Sir Arthur Harris, from 1942 AOC-in-C of Bomber Command, and the Greatest Baron of them all." Small very light stain in margin of page 16. Dust jacket has very minor edge wrinkling, a few very tiny dints, very minor rubbing. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
FOR VALOUR:  THE AIR VCs., Bowyer, Chaz.
2 Bowyer, Chaz. FOR VALOUR: THE AIR VCs.
London Grub Street 1992 0948817577 / 9780948817571 Reprint Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine 
548 pp, 9 1/2" H. B&w photographs. Of the 1,350 Victoria Crosses awarded since 1856, only 51 have been conferred on airmen. "Here, for the first time, are the complete and accurate biographies of each of those 51 men. Though primarily regarded as a British honour, of those 51 airmen, 16 were not British-born; coming from Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Eire willingly to pledge their lives in Britain's cause during the two major world wars of this century. Resulting from several decades of private research on an international scale, and profusely illustrated, this book has undoubtedly become the standard reference work on the subject of air VCs. It also provides a lasting record of their lives and astonishing courage - a permanent tribute to every airman ever awarded a Victoria Cross." Very minor wrinkle at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has very light rubbing. 
Price: 30.00 USD
 
 
FOR VALOUR:  THE AIR VCs., Bowyer, Chaz.
3 Bowyer, Chaz. FOR VALOUR: THE AIR VCs.
London Grub Street 1992 0948817577 / 9780948817571 Reprint Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ 
548 pp, 9 1/2" H. B&w photographs. Of the 1,350 Victoria Crosses awarded since 1856, only 51 have been conferred on airmen. "Here, for the first time, are the complete and accurate biographies of each of those 51 men. Though primarily regarded as a British honour, of those 51 airmen, 16 were not British-born; coming from Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Eire willingly to pledge their lives in Britain's cause during the two major world wars of this century. Resulting from several decades of private research on an international scale, and profusely illustrated, this book has undoubtedly become the standard reference work on the subject of air VCs. It also provides a lasting record of their lives and astonishing courage - a permanent tribute to every airman ever awarded a Victoria Cross." Minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has minor rubbing, minor wrinkling at top of spine and front flap-fold. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
THE DANCIN' NAVIGATOR., Harding, John R.  Signed
4 Harding, John R. Signed THE DANCIN' NAVIGATOR.
Privately published, Guelph, Ontario, 1988. 
144 pp, 8vo (9" H), soft cover. SIGNED BY AUTHOR ON HALF-TITLE PAGE AND WITH SMALL HANDWRITTEN AND SIGNED NOTE IN ENVELOPE AT FRONT. ISBN 0969342004 B&w photos and map. "John Harding was born in London, Ontario in 1919. His family moved to Wind sor in 1920 where he was raised. He was one of the hundreds of young men coming of age in the latter days of the depression, bitter at the prospects of widespread unemployment....He served as a navigator with RAF Bomber Command from the end of 1 9 4 2 to mid-1944, rising from the rank of sergeant to flight-lieutenant, doing 2 tours on Lancasters at 103 Sqdn. and 550 Sqdn., after which he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. Seconded home in Aug./1944, he was attached to 168 Sqdn. R CA F in Ottawa, flying Canadian Forces mail across the Atlantic and up to the front lines. Leaving the airforce in Nov./1946, he joined Air Canada as a line navigator on trans-Atlantic and Caribbean duties, where he served for 30 years." Interior - Fa the r's Day notation, place, date, and signature in ink on verso of free rear endpaper; book lightly cracked at end of index; gift inscription in ink on inside of front cover and a small envelope (attached by glue at tip) containing a card (no n-a uth oria l) and a small note from the author describing a squadron reunion and sales of the book; otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - very light edge wear, light rubbing, a few soft wrinkles on covers, wear at bo ttom of spine , creasing on top 1" of spine. Very Good 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
OUT OF SEASON: A TRAVELLER'S TALE OF A WINTER JOURNEY., Hughes, Spike.
5 Hughes, Spike. OUT OF SEASON: A TRAVELLER'S TALE OF A WINTER JOURNEY.
Robert Hale, London, 1956, first edition. 
156 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w photographs. "The term 'out of season' is purely relative, of course. The winter's journey which took Spike Hughes and his wife to Sicily and back, by way of Germany and Austria, was made at a time of year which, so far from being out of season, was at the very height of the seaons for their purpose: the study of famous Italian opera houses in full operatic cry, as it were. In the course of a journey of some 4,000 miles (they) found ma ny things to delight them, not the least important being an atmosphere of leisure and an opportunity to stand and stare which....can be achieved only out of season. So it was that by visiting in winter places which normally thrive as summe r r e s o r t s he found time to learn many things which would 'come in useful' to anybody willing to profit from his experiences and likely to spend holidays in those places at a more conventional time of year. In the end, the difference between v i si ti ng I ta ly i n winter was the difference between being fussed over and spoiled as a guest and being allowed to live one's own life without having to distinguish one day from another. And that, Spike Hughes believes, is the greatest lux ury a ny for m o f t rav el can take." Scattered foxing marks on edges of textblock, very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, light browning on endpapers. Dust jacket has light edge wear/wrinkling and a few tiny tears, light rubbing, light s oili ng on rear pan el, foxi ng on i nside surface. Vewry Good-/Very Good- 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
6 Marsicek, Josef. Okrouhlicky, Ivan, editor. Translation by Milan Klouda, Zbynek Prochazka, Jan Schulmann, Pavel Vransky. THE AUTOMOBILE GUIDE OF THE CSSR. (THE AUTOMOBILE GUIDE IN CSSR.)
Praha Transport and Telecommunications Publishing House 1964 Hard Cover Very Good Osvald Klapper. 
116 pp + extensive unpaginated 'Vocabulary' section. Endpapers illustrated with road signs, centre map in black, white and orange. Charming, very '60s, illustrations by Osvald Klapper in black, white and orange/red. Section headings: Introduction; Travel Requirements and Information; Roads in Czechoslovakia; Rule of the Road in Czechoslovakia; Car Servicing in Czechoslovakia; The Central Automobile Club of the CSSR; General Information for Motorists; Health Care in Czechoslovakia; List of Places of Interest; Vocabulary. One tiny corner bump, minor wrinkling at top of spine, scattered tiny foxing marks on top edge of covers and a few on the spine/rear hinge. 
Price: 30.00 USD
 
 
BYRON'S TRAVELS., Massie, Allan.  Introduction by Elizabeth Longford.
7 Massie, Allan. Introduction by Elizabeth Longford. BYRON'S TRAVELS.
Sidgwick & Jackson, London, 1988, first edition. 
224 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0283994088 B&w photographs, reproductions. "As a young man in search of varied experience and adventure, (Byron) began his first 'grand tour' in July 1809, six months after his twenty -first birthday. It took him by way of Portugal, Southern Spain, Sardinia, and Malta to Athens, Smyrna and Constantinople. Inspired to write as he travelled, his return to England saw the publication of the first two cantos of the largely a u t o b i o g raphical poem about a moral outlaw, 'Childe Harold', and the Oriental tales, both of which became bestsellers in Regency London. His reputation as a poet was established. His second departure from England was precipitated by the b r ea ku p of h is m ar riage to Anne Isabelle Milbanke. Pursued by scandal and rumours, and finding England both intolerable and intolerant, he set off for Italy. His route took him via Switzerland, where he spent time with Shelley, and Milan, w he re he me t t he gre at Fre nch writer Stendhal. He was to live for the next seven years in Venice, Ravenna, Pisa and Genoa. The Venetian years, from 1816 to 1819, were vivid, dissipated, productive. 'Childe Harold' was finished, 'Beppo' writte n, 'Do n J uan ', h is mast erp iece , begun. He engaged in revolutionary politics, embarked on torrid love affairs and became, after Napoleon had been exiled to Elba, the most remarkable celebrity of his day. Then, in July 1823, he left for Greec e t o br ing what aid he could to the G reek struggle for independence from the Ottoman Empire. Although he was talking of visiting America and living in retirement in England, it was in Greece that he died, at the age of thirty-six. 'Byron's Tr avel s' is ric h and reve ali ng. A cop ious l etter-writer and sometimes diarist, Byron wrote so vividly of his travels that much of the story can be told in his own words. Allan Massie quotes these where appropriate and takes us on the journe ys wi th Byr on, f ollowi ng him thr ough th e yea rs and placing him in the political and cultural setting of his time. The result is a compelling new portrait of Byron, silhouetted against a backcloth of the Mediterranean." Dust jacket has ligh t edge wear/w rinkli ng at t op/bott om of spine a nd fla p-folds - light wrinkling at top edge of front flap. Near Fine/Very Good 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
8 Robertson, William and Prescott, William H. HISTORY OF THE REIGN OF CHARLES THE FIFTH. WITH AN ACCOUNT OF THE EMPEROR'S LIFE AFTER HIS ABDICATION BY WILLIAM H. PRESCOTT. 2 VOLUME SET.
George Routledge & Sons, London, n.d. 
552 pp, 587 pp, small 8vo (7 5/8" H), hard covers (brick-colored cloth with gold lettering on spines and front boards) - 2 volume set. Previous owner's name stamp on front free endpapers, very light browning to pages, small foxing marks and light to moderate browning to first and last few pages in each volume, vol. II has two page signatures slightly protuding at fore-edge of textblock, browning to edges of textblock, light to moderate edge wear, small bump to some corners, wrinkling at top/bottom of spines, light rubbing, very small bump/tear at fore-edge and bottom edge of front board of vol. I., very small dent on spine of vol. I. Very Good- 
Price: 35.00 USD
 
 
OLD BOOKS IN THE OLD WORLD:  REMINISCENCES OF BOOK BUYING ABROAD., Rostenberg, Leona & Stern, Madeleine B.
9 Rostenberg, Leona & Stern, Madeleine B. OLD BOOKS IN THE OLD WORLD: REMINISCENCES OF BOOK BUYING ABROAD.
New Castle, Delaware Oak Knoll 1996 1884718183 / 9781884718182 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Good+ 
175 pp, 9 1/4" H. B&w photographs. "(A) charming account of postwar book buying abroad by the 'Holmes and Watson' of antiquarian books. After the (Second World War), Americans went abroad for European culture, food and art, but Rostenberg & Stern, the Grand Dames of the antiquarian book-selling world, went to Europe to buy old books. (This book) glows with the details of their book-buying trips abroad between 1947 and 1957. Filled with tales of steamships, cobblestone streets and dusty rare bookshops, this illustrated journal draws from original diaries and letters and contemporary recollections. Full of history and bookish tales, this personal insight into postwar Europe and the antiquarian bookselling scene will be of interest both to the seasoned bibliophile and to the casual reader." Very small area of slight surface paper loss on front free endpaper, very minor edge wear. Dust jacket is price clipped; has fading to color on spine, rear hinge and at top edge; small corner crease on rear flap; light wrinkling at top edge; light rubbing. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
10 Smith, David James. ONE MORNING IN SARAJEVO: 28 JUNE 1914.
London Phoenix 2009 0753825848 / 9780753825846 Soft Cover Very Good 
326 pp, 7 3/4" H. B&w photographs. "The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand - heir to the Austrian imperial throne - changed the world. Believing the plot to be Serbian state initiated, the Habsburg empire unleashed its fury - leading directly to the outbreak of the First World War. The group of young, poor Bosnian students behind the murder could not have foreseen its consequences. They set out to make a stand against oppression, and avenge their beloved Serbia, but ended up shaping the course of the twentieth century. Using new and original source material, (the author) brilliantly reinvestigates and reconstructs the events which subsequently defined our modern history." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - a few light creases down spine, very minor edge wear. 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
THE UNION OF ITALY, 1815-1895.  NEW, REVISED EDITION., Stillman, W.J.  Epilogue by G.M. Trevelyan.
11 Stillman, W.J. Epilogue by G.M. Trevelyan. THE UNION OF ITALY, 1815-1895. NEW, REVISED EDITION.
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1909, revised edition. 
419 pp + maps and ads at rear, small 8vo (7 5/8" H), hard cover (dark green cloth with black lettering and banding on front board, gold lettering and shield on spine) - no dust jacket. 2 fold-outs at rear containing 4 maps. Contents: Vittorio Emma nuele I; The Rising of 1821; Carlo Felice and the Repression: Succession of Carlo Alberto and the Revival; The Two Sicilies, 1815-1847; Northern and Central Italy, 1815-1847; Literary Forerunners of the Italian Revival; Northern Italy, 184 7 - 1 8 4 8 ; T h e War with Austria, 1848-1849; Central Italy, 1847-1849; Southern Italy, 1847-1849; Northern Italy, 1849-1858; The War of 1859 and Its Results; The Completion of Italy, 1861-1870; Parliamentary Italy, 1871-1876; Disorganization; E pi lo gu e; B ib li o gr ap hy; Appendix; Index; Maps. Tiny foxing mark in margin of first advertisement page at rear of book, several leaves with a tiny imperfection/hole at bottom of page, minor edge wear, book slightly cocked, light wrinkling a t b ott om of spi ne, sm al l b ump at top corner of rear board, tiny dint on fore-edge of both boards, minor soiling mark on rear board. Very Good 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
THE MIRROR OF THE PAST.  2 VOLUME SET.  CONTAINS:  A DISTANT MIRROR:  THE CALAMITOUS FOURTEENTH CENTURY & THE MARCH OF FOLLY:  FROM TROY TO VIETNAM., Tuchman, Barbara W.
12 Tuchman, Barbara W. THE MIRROR OF THE PAST. 2 VOLUME SET. CONTAINS: A DISTANT MIRROR: THE CALAMITOUS FOURTEENTH CENTURY & THE MARCH OF FOLLY: FROM TROY TO VIETNAM.
London Folio Society 1997 Hard Cover Very Good+ 
673 pp, 419 pp, 10" H. Bound in full black cloth with gold lettering on spines, gold decorations on front boards. Gold slip case with black lettering on front panel. Colour plates. "The March of Folly" gas minor wrinkle at top of spine, "A Distant Mirror" has tiny soiling mark on fore-edge of text block. Slipcase has dome light edge wear and some light rubbing, a few tiny scuffs, two large faint rub marks across rear panel. 
Price: 50.00 USD
 
 
NATIONAL GALLERY OF CANADA, OTTAWA, BULLETIN 26/1975.  A POLENBURGH IN THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF CANADA / THE MONUMENTAL STYLE OF FONTAINEBLEAU AND ITS CONSEQUENCES: ANTOINE CARON AND "THE SUBMISSION OF MILAN" / "CHRIST WITH SAINTS ALEXANDRA AND AGATH, Waddingham, Malcolm; Johnson, W. McAllister; Galvaris, George.
13 Waddingham, Malcolm; Johnson, W. McAllister; Galvaris, George. NATIONAL GALLERY OF CANADA, OTTAWA, BULLETIN 26/1975. A POLENBURGH IN THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF CANADA / THE MONUMENTAL STYLE OF FONTAINEBLEAU AND ITS CONSEQUENCES: ANTOINE CARON AND "THE SUBMISSION OF MILAN" / "CHRIST WITH SAINTS ALEXANDRA AND AGATH
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, 1975. 
40 pp, 10" H, soft cover (stapled in wraps). B&w illustrations. Contents: A Polenburgh in the National Gallery of Canada; The Monumental Style of Fontainebleau and its Consequences: Antoine Caron and "The Submission of Milan"; "Christ and Saints Alexander and Agatha": A Russian Icon in the National Gallery of Canada. The main text is in English with 'Resumes' in French, captions in English and French. Small gallery shop label on inside of front cover, light to moderate soiling, large corn er crease on rear cover, minor edge wear. Good+ 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
GRAND TOUR OF ITALY., Whelpton, Eric and Whelpton, Barbara.
14 Whelpton, Eric and Whelpton, Barbara. GRAND TOUR OF ITALY.
Robert Hale, London, 1956, first edition. 
234 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w plates, map. "In their new combined volume these two well-known travellers take the reader on a complete tour of the country. Barbara Whelpton describes and explains the paintings, sculpture and mosaics in relation to their school and district. Eric Whelpton spreads the varied countryside of Italy before the reader, describing in a fascinating way not only the famous monuments and buildings but their settings in town and country of une qualled beauty. The changing panorama from region to region is linked by the more interesting roads to take by car or bus. The reader is guided from the sunny Italian Riviera through the gentle Tuscan landscape to Pisa and Florence, on to t h e d e s o late Roman Campagna and south to the romantic bay of Naples. On the way back the route is through mountain villages and cathedral cities, into the warm, soft light of Umbria, through the strange marshlands of Ravenna, by the lagoons of V en i ce , ov er the undulating northern plains to the gay lakeside villas below the Alps. And wherever they go, the stress is on the change of light, the landscape and architecture, the people and their customs, seen always against their hi s tor ica l b ac kgr ou nd. " Small foxing marks on top and fore-edge of textblock, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. dust jacket has areas of light to moderate edge wear/wrinkling, several edge tears archivally taped, a few small foxing mark s on i nsid e of sp ine, li ght ru bbing on rear panel. Very Good-/Good+ 
Price: 20.00 USD
 


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