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BELLEVILLE: A POPULAR HISTORY., Boyce, Gerry.
1 Boyce, Gerry. BELLEVILLE: A POPULAR HISTORY.
Toronto Natural Heritage / Dundurn 2008 1550028634 / 9781550028638 First Edition Soft Cover Fine 
310 pp, square large 8vo (9" x 9"). B&w photographs, reproductions, maps. "(A) treasure trove of stories - 'glorious and not-so-glorious' - embodying the history of the city of Belleville (Ontario) and its beautiful surroundings. Gerry Boyce, the dean of the area's historians, has done a masterful job of pulling together the best of Belleville's storied past, episode by episode, decade by decade: here one learns about the Native roots of the place, its debatable 'discovery' by Champlain, its hot-headed pre-Confederation politics, its involvement in Spiritualism in the 1850s and the spread of prostitution in the Victorian 1870s. Moving forward from the days of Susanna Moodie and Mackenzie Bowell, it provides an entertaining and probing stroll through the past 110 years, reminding readers of such national events as the sensational 1959 victory by the Belleville MacFarlands over the Russians at the World Amateur Hockey Championship in Prague; and then, less well known, the financially crippling news of secret payments made to the players. Gerry Boyce (reminds) us that our history, be it local or national, is much more lively and intriguing than we often realize." Michael Peterman . Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - clean and bright. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
A MOUSE IN MY POCKET:  MEMOIRS OF A FIGHTER PILOT., Everard, Hedley.
2 Everard, Hedley. A MOUSE IN MY POCKET: MEMOIRS OF A FIGHTER PILOT.
Valley Floatplane Services, (Picton, Ontario, 1988), Ist edition. 
408 pp, large 8vo (9" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 096933404 B&w photos, maps, color portrait frontispiece. "...an engagingly written and unembroidered account of heroism shown by young combat pilots on both sides of the struggle for victo ry. Monumental blunders by politicians, admirals and generals are revealed that cost the lives of civilians and soldiers...The reader participates with this (RCAF) fighter pilot on active duty for almost four consecutive years in dogfights ov e r B u r ma, China, India , Africa, Sicily, Italy, and finally Europe (before he was 'forced to parachute from his burning Spitfire inside Germany on Christmas Day 1944', finishing the war as a POW)." Very minor edge wear. Dust jacket has som e ar e as o f very light wrinkling at top edge, small circular line indentation on front panel, Very Good+/Very Good 
Price: 35.00 USD
 
 
IN HELL BEFORE DAYLIGHT: THE SIEGE AND STORMING OF THE FORTRESS OF BADAJOZ, 16 MARCH TO 6 APRIL 1812., Fletcher, Ian.
3 Fletcher, Ian. IN HELL BEFORE DAYLIGHT: THE SIEGE AND STORMING OF THE FORTRESS OF BADAJOZ, 16 MARCH TO 6 APRIL 1812.
Baton Press, Tunbridge Wells, 1984, first edition. 
135 pp, large 8vo (9 7/8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0859361551 B&w photographs, drawings, reproductions, plans. "....deals with the storming of Badajoz, an epic action of the Peninsular War, which involved Wellington's infantry in some of the most savage hand-to-hand fighting of the whole Peninsular period. At appalling cost, in a nightmare battle which lasted throughout the night of the 6th April 1812, they hacked their way over the bodies of their dead and through the forbiddin g medieval walls, which were held with great courage and skill by a brave French and German garrison. Having successfully stormed the breaches, the battle-crazed army went berserk and the horrors of the sacking which followed, as much as t h e s u b l i m e courage of the attackers, have passed into legend. This account, drawn wholly from the vivid descriptions of the officers and common soldiers who fought at Badajoz, is the first to be written exclusively about the siege, the st or mi ng , a nd t he s ho cking events which followed." Previous owners small stamp on front pastedown, faint erased pencil check marks on the two bibliography pages, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket is price clipped, has ver y l igh t e dg e w rin kli ng, mi nor edge wear, minor rubbing. VG+/VG 
Price: 38.00 USD
 
 
4 Glover, Michael. WELLINGTON'S PENINSULAR VICTORIES: BUSACO - SALAMANCA - VITORIA - NIVELLE. BRITISH BATTLE SERIES.
London B. T. Batsford 1963 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good - Good+ 
192 pp, 8vo (8 15/16" H). "In the course of the Peninsular War, Wellington became the most celebrated general in British history. When he landed in Lisbon in April 1809, however, there seemed little reason to suppose that the British could maintain their foothold in Portugal, still less to imagine that the French could be driven out of the Peninsula and across the Pyrenees. Since 1793 the British army had experienced a long succession of defeats and reverses. Before Wellington could take the field he had first to overhaul the entire organization of his forces. His allies' troops were ill-led, ill-trained and ill-equipped. His atttempts to co-operate with his Spanish colleagues were stultified by rivalry and distrust. Michael Glover has written a lucid narrative of the difficulties and set-backs of the five years' campaigning that brought the allies to Toulouse in April 1814. Against this background are full-scale accounts of the four battles - Busaco, Salamanca, Vitoria and the Nivelle - in which Wellington defeated his principal opponents of the War - Massena, Marmont, Jourdan and Soult. The officers and men who served in the Peninsula left behind them many absorbing and often moving eyewitness descriptions, and it is on these, no less than on his long acquaintance with the secondary sources of the history of the War, that (he) has based his study of the battles. The numerous illustrations, taken from the supreme period of military art, are themselves of outstanding interest and, with the six maps and plans in the text, complement a perceptive account of Wellington and his army." Light edge wear, previous owner's name stamp on front pastedown, light wrinkling at bottom of spine. Dust jacket is price clipped, has browning to the spine and edges, light to moderate edge wear/wrinkling, a few very small edge tears. 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
A GENTLEMAN VOLUNTEER: THE LETTERS OF GEORGE HENNELL FROM THE PENINSULAR WAR, 1812-1813., Hennell, George.  Edited by Michael Glover.
5 Hennell, George. Edited by Michael Glover. A GENTLEMAN VOLUNTEER: THE LETTERS OF GEORGE HENNELL FROM THE PENINSULAR WAR, 1812-1813.
Heinemann, London, (1979), first edition. 
181 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w reproductions, maps, battle plans. "George Hennell, born about 1785 the son of a Coventry ribbon manufacturer and tradesman, joined Wellington's army in the Peninsula as a Volunteer, was commissioned in the field in the Forty-third Light Infantry, and served through the campaigns of 1812-13. Of his letters home twenty-six (all but two of them unpublished) survive, and these have been edited by the historian Michael Glover with a ge neral introduction, summaries of the events in the campaign covered by the letters, notes and appendices. The discovery of the letters represents a considerable find. Hennell is particularly good at conveying the detail of everyday life i n t h e f i e ld and camp and from his vivid pen the reader can gain a first-hand impression of what it was like to be a young officer on active service more than a century and a half ago. He is exceptional as a reporter because he not only rec ou nt s e ve nt s a s th ey happen but tries to analyse his own reactions to the dangers and horrors through which he is passing. He sometimes illustrated his letters with diagrams and fluent sketches, several of which are reproduced in this book . Hen ne ll' s s tor y beg in s d ramatically in the thick of the action when as a raw recruit armed only with a letter of introduction to General Picton he joins the British camp just two days before the bloody storming of the citadel of Badajoz. It end s w ith the vict or ious ar my d escending the Pyrenees to invade the soil of France shortly before the fall of Napoleon." Previous owners small stamp and small bookstore label on front pastedown, light edge wear and wrinkling at top/botto m o f spi ne, very lig ht we ar at co rner s. D ust jacket has very light edge wear/wrinkling. VG/VG 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
HINDU HORSEMAN., Holder, Denzil, Lt. Col.
6 Holder, Denzil, Lt. Col. HINDU HORSEMAN.
(Picton, Chippenham, 1986). 
217 pp, 8vo (8 9/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w photos, maps, reproductions. "The author, apart from being a dedicated soldier, was a brilliant horseman and polo player, travelling the world playing polo while on leave. Saw action in the First World War, on through the balmy years between the Wars, mainly in India, and then to fight in North Africa during the Second World War. Eventually, invalided out of the Army due to wounds sustained in Eritrea. These are the reminiscences of a Cavalry Officer of probably the most famous Indian Cavalry Regiment. Raised in 1803 as 'Captain Skinner's Corps of Irregular Horse', but known as 'The Yellow Boys' owing to the colour of their uniform. But it is not really a book about 'the army ', it is a book about people, places, and polo." Dust jacket has minor rubbing, minor edge wrinkling, minor edge browning and one tiny chip, tiny dint on front hinge. NF/VG 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
7 McInnes, Ian and Fraser, Mark. ASHANTI 1895-96: A ROLL OF BRITISH AND WEST INDIAN RECIPIENTS OF THE ASHANTI STAR INCLUDING MANY DETAILS OF OTHER MEDALS EARNED, PREVIOUS AND SUBSEQUENT SERVICE, WITH DIARIES, PHOTOGRAPHS AND OTHER PREVIOUSLY UNPUBLISHED MATERIAL.
Picton, Chippenham, 1987, first edition. 
145 pp, 8vo (8 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0948251123 B&w photographs, reproductions, map. "The campaign of 1895 into the interior of West Africa to capture the King of Ashanti, Premph, and senior chiefs, was led by Colonel Sir Franc is Scott. For this successful undertaking some 2,500 Ashanti Stars were awarded. Mainly unnamed and often detached from named medals in a group, this campaign star has always attracted a fairly high price but little has been written on t h e f o r c e s participating, of the march up country or the previous and subsequent medal entitlement of the participants. Written and compiled by two members of the Orders and Medals Research Society, (this book) is designed to be of interest to a l l in te re st ed in medal collecting and the research into the life of the man who earned the medal. This was the last campaign in which the British Army wore red tunics; it produced a long casualty list of dead and fever victims and was t o p rov e a tra ini ng gro und for the 129 officer, 34 of whom subsequently rose to Generals rank. Besides the complete P.R.O roll (WO/100/79) of all British and West Indian participants, often with considerable personal detail, this work contains muc h pr ev io usly unp ubl ishe d ma t erial from both officers and men as well as contemporary newspaper reports, excerpts from Regimental magazines and the official account of the expedition." Very faint cigarette odor, minor wrinkle at bottom of s pine, sl igh t wav iness to fore- edge of textblock. Dust jacket has very minor edge wrinkling, light browning at edges. VG/VG 
Price: 35.00 USD
 
 
CANVAS & STEAM ON QUINTE WATERS., Metcalfe, Willis.
8 Metcalfe, Willis. CANVAS & STEAM ON QUINTE WATERS.
South Bay, Ontario South Marysburgh Marine Society 1979 0920028187 / 9780920028186 Revised Edition Soft Cover Good 
185 pp + (9) pp +indexes, 8 7/8" H. B&w photographs, fold-out map at rear. A history of shipbuilding, shipwrecks, schooners, sloops, lighthouses, sailors, etc. on the Bay of Quinte, Prince Edward County. Section headings: Prince Edward County Ships; Ships that Came & Ships that Stayed; Ports of Call; Life and Light; Sing of Sailors. Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - some light fading to colour on spine, hinges, and top edge of rear cover; spine has some light creases, is concave and is lightly twisted. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
SPLENDID HERITAGE:  HISTORICAL BUILDINGS OF ONTARIO., Mika, Nick and Mika, Helma.  Introduction by Beth Hanna.  Foreword By W. John McIntyre.
9 Mika, Nick and Mika, Helma. Introduction by Beth Hanna. Foreword By W. John McIntyre. SPLENDID HERITAGE: HISTORICAL BUILDINGS OF ONTARIO.
Belleville, Ontario Mika 1992 0921341504 / 9780921341505 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Very Good+ 
144 pp, square (10 3/8" x 10 3/8"). Colour photographs. "(A) celebration of Ontario's heritage. Its many pictures provide a panoramic view of the province's architecture from the late 18th century to the Victorian era. Its text combines architectural description with the story of some of the people who built and used these buildings, including (no doubt) some local folkore along the way. In other words, it is not a book for scholars; but rather, a book intended for all people who love old buildings and a book which may help to inspire interest among those who may never have stopped to look at an old building before." Book is Fine. Dust jacket has very minor edge wrinkling. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
CARRYING PLACE., Mowat, Angus.
10 Mowat, Angus. CARRYING PLACE.
Toronto S.J. Reginald Saunders 1944 Second Edition Hard Cover Very Good - Good 
318 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H). The author was the father of Farley Mowat and brings references to Prince Edward County and the Hasty P's into his novel. "From the moment this story opens, in the dim light of the study of an old rectory in an old town (Trenton, Ontario), you are caught up in the secret of a man's life; not the secret of what became of him physically, but the real and inner mystery of youth growing into maturity, of hope growing into surety and waning into doubt and blazing forth at the last into the final certainty. It is the story of Eric Dalton and Mona Crozier. The story of a boy who fell in love with a young girl one tender summer evening on the lonely island called Carrying Place (Prince Edward County, Ontario); and of the man who bitterly renounced her in a quiet haven beside the English Channel, only to find that his life was forever bound to hers. He was never to be free from her, through years of peace and of war, through romance and heartbreak, passion and despair, to the final night of decision and beyond - ." Very light edge wear, minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, tiny light foxing marks on top of textblock, a few faint marks on title page and one on bottom of text block. Dust jacket has light edge wear/wrinkling, a few small chips and tears (some with creases) - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, red colored section at bottom of spine has faded to white. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE HAWKS: A SHORT HISTORY OF THE 14th/20th KING'S HUSSARS., Perrett, Bryan.  Foreword by Major-General J.M. Palmer.
11 Perrett, Bryan. Foreword by Major-General J.M. Palmer. THE HAWKS: A SHORT HISTORY OF THE 14th/20th KING'S HUSSARS.
Picton, Chippenham, 1984, first edition. 
151 pp, 8vo (8 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w photographs, reproductions, uniform studies. "Throughout their long history, which dates from 1715, the Hawks have prided themselves on being good at their job, placing such emphasis on high individual standard of service that the Regiment awards its own medal in appropriate circumstances. Typically, the three battles of which it is proudest, Ramnuggur (1848), Ramadi (1917) and Medicina (1945) were all hard fights won against tremendous odds. The Regiment was formed from an amalgamation of the 14th and 20th Hussars, whose combined history spans every one of the world's major continents and includes such campaigns as the Peninsula, the Indian Mutiny, the Sudan, the South African War, the Western Front, Mesopotamia and Italy, to name but a few. Its first gallantry award was the rare commemorative medal struck for the victory of Preston in 1715, and it is the proud possessor of two Victoria Crosses, both won for the rescue of comrades in the most desperate circumstances. Since World War II the Regiment has served in Libya, Cyprus, the Far East, Ulster and Gemany. It is presently equipped with Chieftain tanks and recently its efficiency led to its being chosen to carry out troop gunner trials with the devastatingly accurate Improved Fire Control System. Bryan Perrett's immensely readable text rightly makes full recognition of the fact that a regiment's reputation is the sum total of its members 'individual effort..." Faint cigarette odor, very light browning to edges of textblock. Dust jacket has very minor edge wear/wrinkling, light browning along top edge. VG/VG 
Price: 30.00 USD
 


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