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AMONG THE GENTLY MAD:  PERSPECTIVES AND STRATEGIES FOR THE BOOK HUNTER IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY., Basbanes, Nicholas A.
1 Basbanes, Nicholas A. AMONG THE GENTLY MAD: PERSPECTIVES AND STRATEGIES FOR THE BOOK HUNTER IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY.
New York Henry Holt 2002 0805051597 / 9780805051599 First Edition. Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ 
250 pp, 8vo (8 1/2" H). "(A) delightfully discursive twenty-first-century guide to book collecting that combines a fresh respect for proven methods of acquisition with sound advice on how to use the exciting electronic tools now available. Drawing on the superb insight he has gathered from some of the world's most notable collectors, dealers, and librarians, (the author) offers a penetrating consideration of the pastime as it enters an era in which 'everything', it seems, has become collectible, an era in which the computer has become an indispensable tool. For newcomers, this book presents the rare opportunity to look over the shoulders of accomplished book hunters, all with their own successful strategies, as they pursue their prey, to glean some invaluable tips from the pros. Along with conveying the thrill of the chase, their stories remind readers that good books bought shrewdly are 'always' wise inventments. Traditionalists who believe that preparation and knowledge remain the soundest foundations for success will not be disappointed by Basbane's contention that for all the wonders of the Internet, there is still no substitute for going out into the field, meeting up with kindred spirits at book fairs, open shops, auctions, and flea markets, and learning how to 'handle the goods' from people who have been there. At the same time, he questions the relevance of a few axioms that have been accepted as gospel, while explaining the timeless wisdom of others." Tiny bump at top of front hinge, tiny scuff at top edge of front board. Dust jacket has minor edge wear/wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
STRATEGIC SURVEY 1991-1992., Bearman, Sidney, ed.
2 Bearman, Sidney, ed. STRATEGIC SURVEY 1991-1992.
Brassey's / International Institute for Strategic Studies, (London, 1992). 
248 pp, 8vo (8 1/2" H), soft cover. Contents: The End of an Empire; Central Europe's Struggling States; Turmoil in the Balkans; European Integration: On the Horizon; The US Looks Inwards; North American Free Trade Area in Trouble; Latin America: Orthodoxy and Uncertainty; Cuba: Teetering on the Brink; Prospects for Arab-Israeli Peace; Iraq and the Gulf States; Iran Sheds its Radical Image; The Maghreb: The Rise of Radical Islam; China On the Move; Japan: Still Searching; The Two Koreas: Cooperation or Crisis?; Indochina: A Fragile Peace; Central Asia: Shaping New States; India and its Neighbours; The Horn of Africa; South Africa; Disowning Apartheid; Arms Control: The Agenda Transformed; Responses to Weapons Proliferation; Rethinking East Asian Security; Water Resources: Scarcity and Conflict. Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - very light rubbing. VG+ 
Price: 12.50 USD
 
 
KNITTING FASHIONS OF THE 1940s:  STYLES, PATTERNS AND HISTORY., Waller, Jane.
3 Waller, Jane. KNITTING FASHIONS OF THE 1940s: STYLES, PATTERNS AND HISTORY.
Crowood, Marlborough, 2006, first edition. 
160 pp, 4to (11 1/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 1861268629 Profusely illustrated in colour and b&w with photographs, reproductions, drawings, patterns. "In the first half of the 1940s, the wartime scarcity of wools and dyes produced inno vative, figure-hugging lacy designs and creative stitch techniques of bobbles, cables and ribs. In the post-war period, there was an even more acute shortage of materials, which meant that imaginative Fair Isle designs and embroidery techni q u e s b e c ame the only solution. As the 1950s approached, however, a greater availability of materials led to the voluptuous batwing look and looser garments. This lavish book celebrates the patterns and designs of 1940s knitwear. Drawings a nd p ho to g ra ph s from the original pattern magazines accompany modern colour phtographs of the garments knitted up for today's wear. In addition, it provides a history of wartime Britain and America, often using the actual words of the knitter s a nd des ign er s u sed b y the fashion magazines. Patterns appear chronologically, reflecting what was happening at the time, and progress from the very simple (snood, balaclava or WAAF doll) to the more intricate blackberry stitch and lacy des igns as the kni tte r be come s m ore fluent with the needles. Many of the designs are unusual and there are sequins, beads knitted into the fabric, and knitted buttons. American, British and continental needle sizes are included, as is America n ter mino logy; and meas ureme nts a re g iven in both imperial and metric. The material comes from a collection of over 2,000 historic knitting patterns." Very minor wear on bottom of boards. Dust jacket has tiny tear and wrinkle at top of spi ne. N ear F ine/Ve ry Go od+ 
Price: 35.00 USD
 


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