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CASTLES IN SPAIN:  A FLYING TRIP FROM AUSTRALIA TO EUROPE WITH SOME QUIXOTICAL PEREGRINATIONS IN THE IBERIAN PENINSULA IN QUEST OF FACTS., Clune, Frank.
1 Clune, Frank. CASTLES IN SPAIN: A FLYING TRIP FROM AUSTRALIA TO EUROPE WITH SOME QUIXOTICAL PEREGRINATIONS IN THE IBERIAN PENINSULA IN QUEST OF FACTS.
Angus and Robertson, London, (1953), Ist edition. 
240 pp, 8vo (8 5/8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. Map endpapers, b&w photos, maps. "...(ranges) over a wide variety of scenes, history, and great personaages. The famous Good Friday processions at Seville, the great Prado museum, the caves of Altamira, the gipsies, the appearance of a land still recovering from the ravages of civil war - all these are subjects for Frank Clune's vivid description. He writes, too, of Spain's great past; of the Christian Reconquest after the period of Moorish domination; of Ferdinand and Isabella, the 'Catholic Sovereigns'; of Magellan and Columbus; of Cervantes and El Greco. But whether he is describing the cool glories of Gothic architecture in medieval times or the hot excitement of a bullfight a t the present day, he preserves his happy knack of making the reader share his own sense of curiosity and wonder..." Light edge wear to boards, wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, a few scattered tiny foxing marks on front board, very slight bowing to boards. Dust jacket has creasing along top edge, a few tiny to small tears, a few tiny foxing marks, light to moderate edge wear, slight darkening to spine and flap-folds, now protected in mylar sleeve. G+/G 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
BELGIUM AND LUXEMBOURG., Edwards, Tudor.
2 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
 
 
3 Matthews, John, editor/compiler. Foreword by Philip Carr-Gomm. (P.W. Joyce, J.A. MacCulloch, Julius Pokorny, T. Rice Holmes, Lewis Spence, John Toland, Edward Davies, Godfrey Higgins, Algernon Herbert, W.A. Winwood Read, Iolo Morgannwg, et al. THE DRUID SOURCEBOOK: FROM EARLIEST TIMES TO THE PRESENT DAY. (SOURCEBOOK.)
London Brockhampton 1998 1860198422 / 9781860198427 Reprint Hard Cover Very Good Very Good+ 
384 pp, 9 1/2" H. B&w illustrations. "The Druids have long been misrepresented and misunderstood. The only true records that survive from when the Druids originally flourished are those of the classical writers, who were completely opposed to Druids and their practices. Julius Caesar wrote disparagingly about them and sought to destroy them. The historical reality is that Druidism and early Christianity lived side by side for a long period, and a considerable amount of Druid philosophy was absorbed into Christianity itself. Whether Druidism is regarded as a Celtic priesthood in origin and name, or a religion, it is clear that Druids and Druidism were important aspects of the life of the early European peoples, especially in Britain. In this comprehensive and brilliantly researched book, John Matthews presents a cross-section through the diverse layers of Druid history and custom. Using rare sources - often lost or forgotten texts and translations - he shows how various aspects of Druidism originated and how these contributed to practices we see today. A Druid himself, (he) has expert knowledge and avoids the popular misinterpretation of Druidism as 'wanting to live in the past'. Instead, this book reveals the truth about Druidism, its ideas and customs, and makes a vital contribution to current interest in the Druids." Light wrinkling at bottom of spine, very small bump at bottom corner of both boards, very minor eubbing on boards. Dust jacket has very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
ROYAL WESTMINSTER:  A STUDY OF ITS ORIGIN AND BUILDING, THE SCULPTURE AND PAINTING AND THE CORONATION CEREMONY., Noppen, J.G.
4 Noppen, J.G. ROYAL WESTMINSTER: A STUDY OF ITS ORIGIN AND BUILDING, THE SCULPTURE AND PAINTING AND THE CORONATION CEREMONY.
Country Life, London, (1937), revised, enlarged edition. 
129 pp, small 4to (10" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w plates, floor plan. Contents: The Founding of Royal Westminster; Norman Days; The Palace and Abbey of King Henry III; The Middle Ages and Later; Westminster Stories; Westminster As It Is Today; The Coronation; Processions and Banquets; Sculpture; Painting. Very small surface paper pull on free front endpaper and back of frontispiece, minor edge wear to boards. Dust jacket has several small chips and tears, moderate to heavy soiling - mainly to rear panel and spine, now protected in a mylar sleeve. VG/G- 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
THE GUILDS OF THE CITY OF LONDON.  BRITAIN IN PICTURES SERIES., Pooley, Ernest, Sir.
5 Pooley, Ernest, Sir. THE GUILDS OF THE CITY OF LONDON. BRITAIN IN PICTURES SERIES.
William Collins, London, 1945, first edition. 
48 pp, 9" H, hard cover in dust jacket. 8 colour plates, 19 b&w illustrations. "Much of the early character of the Trade Guilds has gone, insofar as it related to the control of the trade, the strict organisation of apprentices and master craftsme n, the sale and distribution of goods; although some Companies, such as the Fishmongers' which continues to manage the great market at Billingsgate, are still closely connected with their original trade. The Companies still maintain their a n c i e n t c eremonies and take responsibility for considerable works of charity and benevolence and for the support of schools and colleges, such as the Merchant Taylor's, St. Paul's, Oundle, Tonbridge, and many others. The annual Lord Mayor' s S ho w is t he o n e occasion in the year when the ordinary public is made vividly aware of the active existence of the City Companies but their work goes on throughout the year and readers of this book will learn not only the origins of the Co mp ani es an d t hei r h ist or y but will also undertand what they now contribute to the life of the City and the country as a whole. Three tiny foxing marks on free front endpaper, very light edge wear, tiny scuff on front board, tiny foxing mark s o n to p o f t extb lock , li ght bro wn ing to edges of textblock, tiny bump to bottom of front hinge area, very light rubb marks on rear cover. Dust jacket has very light edge wear, one small closed tear, browning on spine. Very Good/Very Good 
Price: 15.00 USD
 


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