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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 WAR OF THE AUSTRIAN SUCCESSION., Browning, Reed.
4 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
 
 
THE DANCIN' NAVIGATOR., Harding, John R.  Signed
5 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.
6 Hughes, Spike. OUT OF SEASON: A TRAVELLER'S TALE OF A WINTER JOURNEY.
London Robert Hale 1956 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good - Very Good - 
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 many 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 summer resorts 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 visiting Italy in 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 luxury any form of travel 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 soiling on rear panel, foxing on inside surface. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
A PATTERN FOR HISTORY., Lower, Arthur R.M.
7 Lower, Arthur R.M. A PATTERN FOR HISTORY.
Toronto McClelland & Stewart 1978 0771053746 / 9780771053740 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good- 
381 pp, 9 1/4" H. "(R)estores history to its status as a living art, encompassing the major epochs from the time of Judaism to the present, not as a chronicle of dates and events, but as major cycles in the tides of human destiny. (Lower's) aim is to fix western man's present position in the course of time and the flux of history, and further, to discern the probable future of humankind in the gradual unfolding of large-scale trends and movements. Ranging over the beginnings, developments and ends of cultures through the centuries, (he) comes to a view of the present as a revolutionary age, prelude to imminent chaos." Chapter headings: Introduction; "The Spirit of the Age"; Judaism - I; Judaism - II; The Classical World; Early Christianity; The World Turned Upside Down - Part I; The World Turned Upside Down - Part II; The Great Age of Faith; Cross Seas and Sudden Storms: From Faith to Doubt; The Great Divide; Pandora's Box; Calm After Storm; Calm After Storm: The Englightenment; Years of Ferment; Years of Ferment: Bubbles Everywhere; Century of Hope; Secular Religion; Century of Hope: Mid-Century Battle; The Earthly Paradise in Sight; Making God in Man's Image; From Past to Present; A World Adrift; Prelude to Chaos?; Index. Minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, one tiny corner bump. Dust jacket is price-clipped, has light to moderate wear at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds - light to minor elsewhere, light rubbing on rear panel. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
8 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.
9 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
 
 
10 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.
11 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
 
 
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
 
 
THE WAR OF POWERS SERIES - FIRST FIVE VOLUMES.  BOOK ONE: THE SUNDERED REALM.  BOOK TWO: THE CITY IN THE GLACIER.  BOOK THREE: THE DESTINY STONE.  BOOK FOUR: THE FALLEN ONES.  BOOK FIVE IN THE SHADOW OF OMIZANTRIM., Vardeman, Robert E. and Milan, Victor.
13 Vardeman, Robert E. and Milan, Victor. THE WAR OF POWERS SERIES - FIRST FIVE VOLUMES. BOOK ONE: THE SUNDERED REALM. BOOK TWO: THE CITY IN THE GLACIER. BOOK THREE: THE DESTINY STONE. BOOK FOUR: THE FALLEN ONES. BOOK FIVE IN THE SHADOW OF OMIZANTRIM.
New York Ace / Playboy Mass Market Paperbacks Very Good - Fernando Fernandez 
First 5 volumes of The War of Powers series - 6 7/8" H. Book One: The Sundered Realm - 222 pp, Ace 1985 printing, ISBN 7274200275 - "Fost Longstrider's mission seemed ordinary. He'd been hired to deliver a jug to a wizard on the far side of the forest. Unfortunately the jug contained a sex-starved genie, the wizard was dead by foul means, and Fost was probably the next to die. Then the genie was stolen and spirited away to the City in the Sky. It was up to Fost to steal it back from two beautiful sisters. They were fighting to become queen and, using dark powers, one had called forth a demon. Now Fost's foray was suddenly a terrible war." Book Two: The City in the Glacier - 224 pp, Ace 1985 printing, ISBN 7274200295 - "The Amulet of Living Flame - the most powerful talisman in existence. Its magic brought the dead back to life. They all wanted it, but only one of them could possess it. It could make Fost Longstrider an invincible warrior. It could make his lover Moriana triumphant over her evil twin sister. It could even make the hideous Prince Rann a most expert executioner. Unfortunately the amulet was encased in living ice within the City in the Glacier. And only a lecherous genie knew the path to take." Book Three: The Destiny Stone - 221 pp, Ace 1985 printing, ISBN 0441143083 - "Can a lecherous genie find happiness with his demure female counterpart? Can Fost Longstrider find love with the woman who caused his death? Not with the objects of their affections in another part of the realm, raising a mighty army for a terrible war. Princess Moriana wants to reclaim her birthright and free the land from her sister's harsh oppression. In her single-minded goal, she has killed the only man she ever loved and unwittingly stolen a very dangerous magic talisman. Unless Fost can reach her in time, Moriana will plunge the realm into total war. And if the raging battle disturbs the fearsome entity sleeping below, the war will become a holocaust." Book Four: The Fallen Ones - 222 pp, Ace 1986 printing, ISBN 0441226124 - "The vargaries of the Destiny Stone, a magical amulet, have caused Princess Moriana and her lover Fost to lose the war against her powerful evil sister. And now, just when they could use a fairy godmother, they've got a pair of squabbling genies instead. As a last resort, there are always the Fallen Ones. These repulsive, dangerous, reptilian aliens will help them, but there's a catch. The price is the retrieval of the awesome black diamond known as The Heart. All the Fallen Ones who have tried to steal it have died. Tsk, tsk. But perhaps the deadly rays of The Heart's guardian do not affect humans and genies. Who will be the first 'volunteer' to find out?" Book Five: In the Shadow of Omizantrim - 222 pp, Playboy 1982 first printing, ISBN 0872169995 - "The city of Medurim is a wonderful place. No real worries about war, bloodshed, torture, demons - just one long orgy. A great spot for lovestruck genies who finally get it on, but not quite suitable for Queen Moriana, who hopes to raise a new army here. Things are not going well for Moriana and her lover, Fost. They no longer control the Sky City; instead, the treacherous Fallen Ones are using it as a base from which they kill every human in sight. And the Demon of the Dark Ones, entombed for ten thousand years, is on the loose again, sucking up everything like a giant vacuum cleaner. Alas, it doesn't look as thought Moriana and Fost will be able to pull the plug - ." Interiors - Book One has moderate browning to inside of covers andd light browning to pages - other books have very light browning to pages or inside of covers, otherwise clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exteriors - four books with tiny number stamped on bottom of text block, very light edge wear and some small areas of very light edge wrinkling, one or two small corner creases, very light rubbing, slight fading to spine colour/lettering on three books, one book with a light spine crease and a tiny scuff on front cover. 
Price: 25.00 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.
14 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
 


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