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ROBERT PARKER AND COMTE DE MERODE-WESTERLOO: THE MARLBOROUGH WARS.  MILITARY MEMOIRS SERIES., Chandler, David, ed.  (Robert Parker / Comte de Merode-Westerloo).  Note on series by Peter Young.
1 Chandler, David, ed. (Robert Parker / Comte de Merode-Westerloo). Note on series by Peter Young. ROBERT PARKER AND COMTE DE MERODE-WESTERLOO: THE MARLBOROUGH WARS. MILITARY MEMOIRS SERIES.
Longmans, Green, London, 1968, first edition. 
276 pp, 8vo (8 5/8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. Maps/battle plans, 2 portraits. "The War of the Spanish Succession (1701-13) holds a special place in the annals of several European armies. The protracted struggle produced a number of great cap tains - John Churchill, first Duke of Marlborough, Prince Eugene of Savoy and the French Marshal Villars - and their respective martial achievements still exert a strong fascination. Two of their contemporaries who throw a considerable amoun t o f l i ght on the day-to-day conduct of Marlborough's most important campaigns, with their roll-call of famous successes - Blenheim, Raimillies, Oudenarde, Malplaquet, the lines of Ne Plus Ultra - are Capt. Robert Parker of the Royal Regiment o f F oo t o f Ir eland (whose 'Memoirs', though often briefly quoted, have not been republished since they first appeared some time after his death); and the Comte de Merode-Westerloo whose 'Memoires' are hardly known outside Belgium. In almost ever y re spe ct t he y p resent striking contrasts, in birth, rank and character, and their differences are reflected in their writing. Parker, an Irishman of obscure origins, reached the relatively humble rank of Captain of Grenadiers. His whole mil it ary lif e w as int imat ely bound up with his regimental family. His feelings for Marlborough at times amount to uncritical hero-worship. From first to last he reveals himself as a highly competent professional soldier of modest and unpretenti ous cha racte r. The Com te de Merode-Westerloo, a great magnate in Flanders with a redoubtable ancestry behind him, eventually became a Field-Marshal of the Holy Roman Empire - not that he had begun the war in the Emperor's service, but in that of h is en emies. B rave to t he poi nt of folly, irascible, touchy, overbearingly arrogant, he was continually in trouble. He bore lasting grudges against the men who, he thought, had conspired to ruin his career - Marlborough and Prince Eugene . As a com mander it i s dou btful whether he possessed sufficient cool judgment to merit his appointment to posts of the highest responsiblity. Expertly edited and annotated, the relevant passages from these two memoirs provide a narrative of t his gr eat war of ext raord inary immedi acy and fascination. It will also be invaluable to students of the period." Small soiling mark on bottom of text block, light wrinkling and tiny tear at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has moderate wear and archiva lly tape d tear a t bott om of spine, light ed ge wear/wrinkling at top of spine and top/bottom of flap-folds, slight browning, minor soiling. Very Good/Very Good- 
Price: 25.00 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
 
 
STALINGRAD EN NORMANDIE:  LA DESTRUCTION DE LA VIIe ARMEE ALLEMANDE DANS LA POCHE ARGENTAN-FALAISE 31 JUILLET-22 AOUT 1944., Florentin, Eddy.
3 Florentin, Eddy. STALINGRAD EN NORMANDIE: LA DESTRUCTION DE LA VIIe ARMEE ALLEMANDE DANS LA POCHE ARGENTAN-FALAISE 31 JUILLET-22 AOUT 1944.
Presses de la Cite, Paris, 1981, 15e edition, entierement remaniee et reenrichie. 
383 pp, large 8vo (9 3/8" H), soft cover. ISBN 2258008611 B&w photographs, maps/battle plans. FRENCH TEXT ONLY. "Cette etonnante bataille n'avait encore jamis ete racontee dans aucun livre au monde. 'Stalingrad en Normandie' comble cette lacune . Seule grand bataille interalliee de la guerre, puisque Canadiens, Americains, Anglais, Polonais, Francias ont tenu les bords du 'chaudron', convergeant tous vers le meme village de Chambois, la bataille de la Poche de Falaise, avec ses c o u p s d e t heatre, ses atermoiements, son desordre, ses actes individuels, ses heros, ses petits villages encercles portes au rang de celebrites historiques, ses anecdotes emouvantes, ses a-cotes pittoresques, ses joies aussi, meritait d'etre r ac on te e s ou s l e titre que les combattants lui ont spontanement donne: 'Stalingrad en Normandie'...." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - moderate edge wear, a few small soft creases, crease on rear cove r, a f ew scu ff s, li gh t cr ease on spine, minor foxing to fore-edge of last few pages, shelf soiling to bottom of textblock. Good reading copy only. 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
ARMIES AND WARFARE IN THE MIDDLE AGES:  THE ENGLISH EXPERIENCE., Prestwich, Michael.
4 Prestwich, Michael. ARMIES AND WARFARE IN THE MIDDLE AGES: THE ENGLISH EXPERIENCE.
New Haven Yale University Press 1996 0300064527 / 9780300064520 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
396 pp, 10" H. B&w and colour photographs, reproductions, maps. "(R)e-creates the real experience of medieval warfare, examining how men of all ranks of society were recruited, how troops were fed, supplied and deployed, the development of new weapons, and the structures of military command. (The author) challenges many common assumptions about medieval warfare. He shows that medieval commanders were capable of far more sophisticated strategy than is usually assumed: spies were an important part of the machinery of war, and the destruction of crops and burning of villages were part of a deliberate plan to force a foe to negotiate, rather than an indication of lack of discipline. Sieges, often lengthy and expensive, were more prevalent than physical battles. And in actual engagement the mounted knight was never as dominant as is often supposed: even in the twelfth century, many battles were won by unmounted men. Written by a leading scholar of the period and rich with anecdote and illustrations, this book will appeal to anyone interested in the social history of war in the Middle Ages." Very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, very light wear at corners and top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has some minor edge wrinkling, one small edge tear archivally taped. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
EUROPEAN TAPESTRIES XV TO XVIII CENTURIES.  (15th TO 18th CENTURIES.)  CATALOGUE OF A LOAN EXHIBITION, DECEMBER 5th - 16th, 1945.  ROYAL ONTARIO MUSEUM OF ARCHAEOLOGY., Royal Ontario Museum.
5 Royal Ontario Museum. EUROPEAN TAPESTRIES XV TO XVIII CENTURIES. (15th TO 18th CENTURIES.) CATALOGUE OF A LOAN EXHIBITION, DECEMBER 5th - 16th, 1945. ROYAL ONTARIO MUSEUM OF ARCHAEOLOGY.
Royal Ontario Musuem, Toronto, 1945. 
29 pp, 9 3/4" H, soft cover (stapled in wraps). B&w illustrations. The catalogue of an exhibition. Contents: Foreword; European Tapestries; Tapestries of the XV and XVI Centuries; Transitional Period of Tapestry Design, XVI and XVII Centuries; F lemish. XVII and XVIII Centuries; France. The Gobelin Factory; France. The Beauvais Factory; France. The Aubusson Factory; England. Sheldon and Mortlake Factories; Spain. Santa Barbara Factory. Interior - light rusting to staples, otherwi s e clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - minor edge wear, tiny faint mark on each cover, soft corner crease and small corner crease on front cover, light rusting to staples. Very Good 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE FRANCO-BRITISH EXHIBITION OF TEXTILES 1921., Victoria & Albert Museum.
6 Victoria & Albert Museum. THE FRANCO-BRITISH EXHIBITION OF TEXTILES 1921.
London His Majesty's Stationery Office 1922 Limited Edition Half-Leather Very Good 
viii, 26 pp + 50 b&w plates (printed on versos only, i.e. blank on rear). No. 19 of an edition limited to 300 copies. 12" H, black leather spine and corners, dark blue cloth covered boards, 5 raised bands on spine, gilt lettering on spine and front board, gilt banding on spine and boards, top edge gilt. Blue and gold marbled endpapers. The catalogue of an exhibition of textiles dating from the 14th to early 19th century - tapestries, carpets, screens, clothing, upholstery, etc. Light rubbing to boards, light edge wear, previous owner's bookplate on front pastedown with a tiny piece offset on front free endpaper, small pencil erasure mark a top corner of first preliminary page, six page leaves (prelimin to page 7) have a two small creases at top corner. Protected in a stiff mylar sleeve. 
Price: 85.00 USD
 


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