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NAPOLEON III AND HIS CARNIVAL EMPIRE., Bierman, John.
1 Bierman, John. NAPOLEON III AND HIS CARNIVAL EMPIRE.
New York St. Martin's Press 1988 0312018274 / 9780312018276 Book Club Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good- 
439 pp, lg 8vo (9 1/2" H). Pictorial endpapers, b&w photographs, reproductions. "Louis Napoleon, nephew of the famous Bonaparte, is one of the most colorful historical actors of the nineteenth century. Bohemian, adventurer and compulsive Don Juan, he managed to the astonishment of virtually everyone to be elected President of France in 1848 and within three years staged the coup d'etat that made him emperor." Previous owner's name/date in ink on free front endpaper, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, slight fading at top edge of front board. Dust jacket has some areas of light edge wrinkling; light browning at some edges; some light fading to front panel (top edge and at front flap-fold area) and flap-folds. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
PLEASURES OF THE PAST:  A LIGHT-HEARTED COMMENTARY ON THE ENJOYMENTS OF PAST GENERATIONS., Brooke, Iris.
2 Brooke, Iris. PLEASURES OF THE PAST: A LIGHT-HEARTED COMMENTARY ON THE ENJOYMENTS OF PAST GENERATIONS.
Odhams, London, 1955, first edition. 
175 pp, 8vo (9" H), hard cover in dust jacket. Color frontispiece, 16 pages of b&w plates, 80 line drawings. "Iris Brooke, who is well-known for her many authoritative books on English costume through the ages, has gathered together in these pages , a charming record of the pleasures that beguiled the hours of bygone generations that knew neither radio nor television, neither cinema nor jazz. The book, which covers the period from the mid-fifteenth century to the early nineteenth c e n t u r y , i s made up largely of carefully-selected quotations from the works of contemporary diarists, poets and authors, writing of their own pleasures and the sights they witnessed - cameos full of life and vitality, painted in the colourfu l vo ca bu la ry o f t he ir day and age, better by far than any modern description could make them." Chapter headings: Pleasures of the Palate; Sadistic Sport and Sights; Games and Amusements; Ornamental Gardens; Public Parks and Gardens; Dress an d D res sin g; Pri de of Po sse ssion; Travel and Sight-Seeing; Music and Dancing; Masques, Pageants and Spectacles; Conceits and Solaces; Urban Diversions; Fairs and Freaks. Light browning to edges of textblock, a few tiny foxing marks on top of text bloc k, l igh t wr ink lin g an d sl ight browning at top/bottom of textblock. Dust jacket has very light edge wear, light edge wrinkling - tiny tears and creases at top of spine, light to moderate rubbing, light foxing on inside surface. Ver y Goo d/Ver y Goo d- 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
3 Drury, Ian. Series Editor, Lee Johnson. GERMAN STORMTROOPER 1914-1918. OSPREY WARRIOR SERIES 12.
London Osprey 1995 1855323729 / 9781855323728 First Edition Soft Cover Very Good Colour Plates By Gerry Embleton. 
64 pp, 9 3/4 " H. B&w photographs, 12 pages of colour illustrations, uniform studies. Contents: Historical Background; Creating an Elite; Uniforms; Weapons; Recruitment; Training; Organisation; Fighting Spirit; Logistics; Medical Services; Combat Tactics; The Plates. Interior - previous owner's small ink name stamp on inside of front cover, faint rub line on title page, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - small bump at top corner of book. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
LA FOLLE GUERRE DE 1870., Guerin, Andre.
4 Guerin, Andre. LA FOLLE GUERRE DE 1870.
Hachette, France, 1970. 
333 pp, 8vo (8 7/8" H), hard cover (dark red coth with white lettering on spine, pictorial pastedown on front board) in clear plastic dust jacket. Integral red ribbon bookmark. Maps. Table des matieres: Bismarck et son roi; Napoleon III et ses il lusions; La depeche d'Ems et le sabre de Bourbaki; Des generaux surclasses; Gravelotte, Saint-Privat; Sedan: l'empereur prisonnier; La Republique du 4 septembre; Entre l'ennemi et l'emeute; Bazaine capitule; Gambetta, tete de la resistance; L a j o u r n ee du 31 octobre; Trochu: d'un plan a l'autre; L'echec de la grande sortie sur la Marne; Les armees de province: triple desillusion; Jules Favre negocie l'armistice; Thiers et le pacte de Bordeaux; Les preliminaires de paix; Francfort e t l es s ui te s; Et les personnages du drame que devinrent-ils? Faint erased pencil mark on front free endpaper. Dust jacket has has moderate rubbing, one large chip, five small chips, and one small tear. Very Good+/Very Good+ 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
THE FRANCO-PRUSSIAN WAR: THE GERMAN INVASION OF FRANCE, 1870-1871., Howard, Michael.
5 Howard, Michael. THE FRANCO-PRUSSIAN WAR: THE GERMAN INVASION OF FRANCE, 1870-1871.
Dorset, New York, 1990. 
512 pp, 8vo (8 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0880294329 B&w maps. "The Franco-Prussian War was one of the most dramatic and decisive conflicts in the history of Europe. It transformed not only the states-system of the Continent, but t he whole climate of European moral and political thought. The overwhelming triumph of German military might, evoking general admiration and imitation, introduced an era of power politics which was to reach its disastrous climax in 1914." Cha p t e r h eadings: The Antagonists; The Outbreak; The First Disasters; The Army of the Rhine; The Army of Chalons; The Government of National Defence; Metz and Strasbourg; The Battles for Orleans; The Siege of Paris; Guerre a Outrance; The Peace; N ot es o n S ou rces; Select Bibliography; Index. Very minor soiling on fore-edge of text block, a few small faint liquid splash marks on bottom of text block. Dust jacket has minor wrinkling at top/bottom of hinges and flap-folds, slight fading t o s pin e c ol or . Very Good/Very Good 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
MISSION TO CHINA:  MATTEO RICCI AND THE JESUIT ENCOUNTER WITH THE EAST., Laven, Mary.
6 Laven, Mary. MISSION TO CHINA: MATTEO RICCI AND THE JESUIT ENCOUNTER WITH THE EAST.
London Faber and Faber 2011 0571225179 / 9780571225170 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
279 pp, 8 3/4" H. B&w maps, colour plates. "In the sixteenth century, the vast and sophisticated empire of China lay almost entirely unknown to Western travellers. As global trade expanded, this land of reputedly boundless wealth, pale-faced women, and indecipherable tongues begn to feed the fantasies of European merchants and adventurers. The Catholic Church, meanwhile, saw in this great people millions of souls who would be damned unless the Christian message could be brought to them. Mary Laven tells the extraordinary story of the first Jesuit mission to China. Confronting enormous challenges, the Italian priest Matteo Ricci and a handful of learned companions embarked on a journey into the heart of the Empire, the fabled Forbidden City. As they became intimate with a culture that was utterly alien and strangely familiar, they clung to a belief that reason, books and science would be their chief tools in the battle to win Chinese converts. Yet the story told (here) is much more than a war of ideas. The Jesuits waged their campaigns through the senses: the smell of incense, the taste of warm rice-wine, the sound of an out-of-tune harpsichord, the gleam of a Venetian prism. The history of religion has never been so sensuous." Very light wrinkling at top of spine, small bump at top corner of boards, light toning to top of text block, light waviness to for-edge of text block. Dust jacket has light wrinkling at top of spine and flap-folds, three tiny dents on front hinge. 
Price: 12.50 USD
 
 
AIR TRAILS PICTORIAL.  OCTOBER, 1949.  VOL. XXXIII, NO. 1., Lewis, Albert L., ed.  (R.G. Naugle, Lucien Zacharoff, William Winter, Andrew Boone, Douglas Rolfe, Leonard Morgan, H.A. Thomas, Al Casano, Aubrey Kochman, Earl Farbritz, Frank Zaic, Cristo Russo.)
7 Lewis, Albert L., ed. (R.G. Naugle, Lucien Zacharoff, William Winter, Andrew Boone, Douglas Rolfe, Leonard Morgan, H.A. Thomas, Al Casano, Aubrey Kochman, Earl Farbritz, Frank Zaic, Cristo Russo.) AIR TRAILS PICTORIAL. OCTOBER, 1949. VOL. XXXIII, NO. 1.
Street & Smith, Elizabeth, N.J., 1949. 
98 pp, 11 1/4" H, soft cover (magazine format). Profusely illustrated, predominantly in b&w, with photographs, drawings, plans, advertisements. Contents: Balloon Age Oddities; This Winged World: Egg Beater Parade; First Supersonic Guided Missile; The New Look of Our Tactical Aviation; We Fly the Luscombe Sedan; C.A.P. at Work; C.A.P. Newsletter; Supersonic Miniatures; Curtiss P-6E Hawks; Minutemen of the Air (Air National Guard); Air Progress: The Air Force Story - Part I; Let's Ha v e a N e w Deal in Free-Flight; The Southerner; Nightmare; Tipsy Junior; Mini-Racers; Roscoe; Model of the Month: Profile Trixter; Record Review; A New Twist In Props. Departments: Showcase; Development Highlights; Air Notes; Airmen of Vision; So lo Cl u b; D op e Can; Sketch Book; Contest Calendar; The Last Word. Interior - very light browning to pages, otherwise clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - light wear at top/bottom of spine, a few small wrinkles on spi ne. min or we ar at st aples, light browning to edges of textblock, very light browning on spine and rear cover, minor rubbing. Very Good 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
THE WORST JOBS IN HISTORY:  TWO THOUSAND YEARS OF MISERABLE EMPLOYMENT., Robinson, Tony and Willcock, David.
8 Robinson, Tony and Willcock, David. THE WORST JOBS IN HISTORY: TWO THOUSAND YEARS OF MISERABLE EMPLOYMENT.
London Boxtree 2004 0752215337 / 9780752215334 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ 
224 pp, large 8vo (9 7/8" H). Profusely illustrated in b&w and colour with photographs and reproductions. "Tony Robinson has set out to investigate life in the underbelly of history. Whether it's swilling out the crotch of a knight's soiled armour after the Battle of Agincourt, risking his neck on a bleak cliff collecting guillemot eggs or, as 'Groom to the Stool', going to places where none of Henry VIII's six wives would venture - Tony endures it all to get to the bottom (quite literally) of the story. Covering the Roman invasion to the reign of Queen Victoria, Tony uncovers how - behind all the great men and women who have made the headlines - there has been an unseen army undertaking hard, dangerous and unpleasant work. The very names 'Powder Monkey', 'Seeker of the Dead' and 'Spit Boy' underline the fact that the past is a different and fairly disgusting country. The Gunpowder Plot draws Tony to the role of the 'Saltpetre Man' who collected human waste for its nitrate content to turn into gunpowder. In the same vein, he looks at some of the worst jobs behind the building of the great medieval cathedrals and at the dire conditions on Nelson's 'Victory' where the most common form of retirement was being sewn into your hammock with a couple of cannon balls and dropped over the side. Then there's the impact of the Industrial Revolution, a source of wealth and power for the few, but a cornucopia of lousy jobs for the many." Very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, light waviness to fore-edge of textblock. Dust jacket has minor edge wrinkling and minor rubbing. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
AUGUST 1914., Tuchman, Barbara W.
9 Tuchman, Barbara W. AUGUST 1914.
Constable, London, 1962, first edition. 
499 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. Map endpapers, b&w plates, maps. "It is not too much to say that the first thirty days of battle determined the future course of the First World War, the terms of the peace and the shape of the nations of our time. The bloody catalogue of the battles of August 1914 contains the almost legendary names of Liege, Mons, the Battle of the Frontiers, Charleroi, and Tannenberg, where generals' reputations were made or broken, and opportunities grasped or missed. Here is the indomitable Joffre rebuilding his shattered armies, Samsonov committing suicide after the annihilation of his army at Tannenberg (a staggering defeat that, perhaps, gave victory to Russia's allies), von Kluck stubbornly committed to his fatal mistake with Paris within his grasp, and Admiral Souchon in the 'Goeben' setting his desperate and fateful course for Constantinople. Here is Sir John French steadfastly refusing to work with his French ally, the brilliant Lanrezac 'limoge', perhaps, for being right too often, the sick Gallieni resolutely preparing the defence of Paris; and Winston Churchill, 'the only British minister to have a perfectly clear conviction of what Britain should do', acting upon his conviction without hesitation. The story begins with a brilliant and majestic set piece describing the funeral of Edward VII, which was attended by all the royalty, nobility and aristocracy of Europe, and marked the end of a splendid era. The reader is then swept into the magnificent narrative: firstly of the plans of the German, French, British and Russian General Staffs, all prepared some ten years before the war, none allowing for the contingencies of others; then of the tense and dramatic hours and minutes in Berlin, Paris, London and St. Petersburg that led to the outbreak of war; and finally of the invasion of Belgium, the advance through France according to plan, and the huge clash on the Eastern front. The narrative ends on the eve of the Battle of the Marne which just saved the war from being won by Germany. By that time the original plans of all the belligerents were in ruins." Book is slightly curved, minor edge wear, slight fading to colour on top of spine, minor wrinkling at top of spine. Dust jacket has very light edge wear/wrinkling, several small and tiny edge tears, light browning on spine and flap-folds/edges, light soiling. Very Good-/Good+ 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
10 Williams, John. FRANCE: SUMMER 1940. BALLANTINE'S ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF WORLD WAR II. CAMPAIGN BOOK NO. 6.
Ballantine, New York, 1970, second printing. 
160 pp, 8 3/16" H, soft cover. Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs, maps/battle plans, technical drawings. "The debacle stemmed directly from the Ardennes-Meuse breakthrough, and seven-tenths of Germany's total armoured strength - opposed o nly by the frail screen of the French army's most vulnerable positions - was able to reach the channel coast and roll up the Allies' northern armies." Interior - previous owner's small ink stamp and circular embossed stamp on contents page, small w ater mark on edge of first page and inside edge of front cover, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - very light edge wear, small water stain at top corner of front cover, book is slightly cocked, light browning and fa int crease on spine, previous owner's ink stamp on bottom of text block, minor rubbing. Very Good- 
Price: 7.50 USD
 


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