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1 Bowyer, Chaz. BOMBER BARONS.
Barnsley, South Yorkshire Leo Cooper 2001 085052802X / 9780850528022 Reprint Hard Cover Very Good Very Good+ 
222 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H). B&w photographs. "By the end of the Second World War, a grim total of 55,000 air crew of Bomber Command has lost their lives. This figure comprised no less than seventy per cent of RAF fatalities. Yet, unlike their more glamorous fighter pilot colleagues, very few bomber pilots or crewmen were familiar household names to the general public. However, within the ranks of the RAF itself, some individuals stood out gaining high reputations for their courage and leadership, a respect achieved regardless of the decorations they had won or the number of sorties flown. These were the 'Bomber Barons'. In this authoritative book, (the author) chooses a selection of these men. Some like Leonard Cheshire, Guy Gibson and Hughie Edwards, are today well known but others such as Nick Knilans, Syd Clayton and Jo Lancaster, are familiar only to those 'in the know'. For each, the author details their careers and relates episodes that reflect the qualities that made them outstanding. At the same time, the reader learns of the unfolding dramatic development of Bomber Command from the comparatively uncoordinated, non-cohesive raids of the early part of the war to the highly-trained and deadly offensive weapon it became under Sir Arthur Harris, from 1942 AOC-in-C of Bomber Command, and the Greatest Baron of them all." Small very light stain in margin of page 16. Dust jacket has very minor edge wrinkling, a few very tiny dints, very minor rubbing. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
FOR VALOUR:  THE AIR VCs., Bowyer, Chaz.
2 Bowyer, Chaz. FOR VALOUR: THE AIR VCs.
London Grub Street 1992 0948817577 / 9780948817571 Reprint Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine 
548 pp, 9 1/2" H. B&w photographs. Of the 1,350 Victoria Crosses awarded since 1856, only 51 have been conferred on airmen. "Here, for the first time, are the complete and accurate biographies of each of those 51 men. Though primarily regarded as a British honour, of those 51 airmen, 16 were not British-born; coming from Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Eire willingly to pledge their lives in Britain's cause during the two major world wars of this century. Resulting from several decades of private research on an international scale, and profusely illustrated, this book has undoubtedly become the standard reference work on the subject of air VCs. It also provides a lasting record of their lives and astonishing courage - a permanent tribute to every airman ever awarded a Victoria Cross." Very minor wrinkle at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has very light rubbing. 
Price: 30.00 USD
 
 
FOR VALOUR:  THE AIR VCs., Bowyer, Chaz.
3 Bowyer, Chaz. FOR VALOUR: THE AIR VCs.
London Grub Street 1992 0948817577 / 9780948817571 Reprint Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ 
548 pp, 9 1/2" H. B&w photographs. Of the 1,350 Victoria Crosses awarded since 1856, only 51 have been conferred on airmen. "Here, for the first time, are the complete and accurate biographies of each of those 51 men. Though primarily regarded as a British honour, of those 51 airmen, 16 were not British-born; coming from Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Eire willingly to pledge their lives in Britain's cause during the two major world wars of this century. Resulting from several decades of private research on an international scale, and profusely illustrated, this book has undoubtedly become the standard reference work on the subject of air VCs. It also provides a lasting record of their lives and astonishing courage - a permanent tribute to every airman ever awarded a Victoria Cross." Minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has minor rubbing, minor wrinkling at top of spine and front flap-fold. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
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.
4 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
 
 
POWERS OF DARKNESS, POWERS OF LIGHT:  TRAVELS IN SEARCH OF THE MIRACULOUS AND THE DEMONIC., Cornwell, John.
5 Cornwell, John. POWERS OF DARKNESS, POWERS OF LIGHT: TRAVELS IN SEARCH OF THE MIRACULOUS AND THE DEMONIC.
London Viking 1991 0670821039 / 9780670821037 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
395 pp, 9 1/2" H. B&w illustrations. "(T)ells the story of a journey in the strange world of alleged apparitions, prophecies, miracles of healing, levitation, holy relics, weeping statues, stigmata and demonic possession. Cornwell follows the trail through Yugoslavia, Ireland, Spain, the United States, Canada, Italy and Britain, in search of proof of divine, or diabolical, intervention. He encounters the teenage Marian visionaries of Medjugorje, Sister Briege McKenna, the healing nun, and the ghostly influence of the stigmatic Padre Pio. He investigates the Shroud of Turin, the liquefaction of the blood of St Januarius in Naples, a Eucharistic miracle in the Bronx and a weeping plaque of the Virgin in Sicily. He describes a curious and sometimes sinister landscape inhabited by prophets, saints, charismatic political leaders and exorcists, and finds himself in conversation with Graham Greene, Professor A.J. Ayer and the distinguished Jesuit philosopher Father Frederick Copleston. Cornwell's journey culminates in an imaginative and original perspective that demonstrates the moral and spiritual benefits of popular mystical phenomena, while redeeming them from scientific debunking and fundamentalist literalism." One tiny corner bump, small light number indentation on free front endpaper, minor wrinkling at top of spine. Dust jacket has light edge wear/wrinkling - mainly at top of spine and at bottom of front flap-fold, tiny scuff on spine, one tiny edge tear archivally taped. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
6 Dickens, Charles. Selected and introduced by Rosalind Vallance. DICKENS IN EUROPE.
London Folio Society 2010 Third impression. Hard Cover Near Fine 
212 pp, large 8vo (9" H). Dark brown cloth spine with gold lettering, black illustration of Dickens' Swiss Chalet on the mid brown paper covered front and rear covers. Map endpapers, b&w interior illustrations. Dark brown slipcase. Chapter headings: Crossing the Channel (July 1837); The First Visit to Italy (1844-45); Genoa (1844); The Adventure of 'The Chimes' (1844-45); Towards Rome (Spring 1845); Rome (1845); Naples (1845); A Secret Expedition (1845); Goodbye to Italy (June 1845); In Switzerland (1846); Paris (1851); In Provincial France (1853 and later); Switzerland and Italy (1853); Hommage a l'illustre ecrivain d'Angleterre (1855-65); Return Via Staplehurst (June 1865); At Home in the Swiss Chalet). Minor rubbing on slipcase. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
OUT OF SEASON: A TRAVELLER'S TALE OF A WINTER JOURNEY., Hughes, Spike.
7 Hughes, Spike. OUT OF SEASON: A TRAVELLER'S TALE OF A WINTER JOURNEY.
Robert Hale, London, 1956, first edition. 
156 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w photographs. "The term 'out of season' is purely relative, of course. The winter's journey which took Spike Hughes and his wife to Sicily and back, by way of Germany and Austria, was made at a time of year which, so far from being out of season, was at the very height of the seaons for their purpose: the study of famous Italian opera houses in full operatic cry, as it were. In the course of a journey of some 4,000 miles (they) found ma ny things to delight them, not the least important being an atmosphere of leisure and an opportunity to stand and stare which....can be achieved only out of season. So it was that by visiting in winter places which normally thrive as summe r r e s o r t s he found time to learn many things which would 'come in useful' to anybody willing to profit from his experiences and likely to spend holidays in those places at a more conventional time of year. In the end, the difference between v i si ti ng I ta ly i n winter was the difference between being fussed over and spoiled as a guest and being allowed to live one's own life without having to distinguish one day from another. And that, Spike Hughes believes, is the greatest lux ury a ny for m o f t rav el can take." Scattered foxing marks on edges of textblock, very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, light browning on endpapers. Dust jacket has light edge wear/wrinkling and a few tiny tears, light rubbing, light s oili ng on rear pan el, foxi ng on i nside surface. Vewry Good-/Very Good- 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
8 Morelli, Marcello, editor. (Maria Luisa Moncassoli Tibone, Salvatore Ciro Nappo, Milena Ercole Pozzoli, Giuseppe Mazzocchi, Michael Leech, Maria Longhena, Paola Calore, Heidi Bocker, Peter Kristiansen, Frantisek Kadlec, Thomas Thiis-Evensen, et al. THE WORLD'S GREATEST ROYAL PALACES. INCLUDING THE ROYAL PALACES OF OSLO, STOCKHOLM AND COPENHAGEN.
Grange, Hoo, Rochester, 2000. 
304 pp, folio (14 1/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 1840133732 Profusely illustrated in colour. "Built to astonish and to celebrate the magnificence of the most powerful families in the world, royal palaces and houses are the consequences of an age in which the splendor and opulence of a prince or a people could be measured by the decor of a salon, by the grandeur of a building or the originality of a fountain. Suspended between the sky and the earth, as occurred in the Far East, or solidly rooted to the ground, as was the norm in Europe, the house of the monarch has alwys been the meeting point of two minds: that of the master, who saw in his house the expression of his power and creativity, and that of the architect a n d t e a m s of craftsmen who built it for him, often creating a noble monument rather than a place to live....This book tells of the mysteries and legends of the buildings and the official and secret versions of the history of their occupants. T he t e xt i s co mplemented by a series of splendid photographs that together offer the reader a visit through space and time to the most famous palaces of the world where the lives of royal families and their courts burned bright and where bea uty mi xed w ith po we r." Palaces covered: Royal Palace of Turin; Royal Palace of Caserta; Royal Palace of Versailles, Castle of Chambord; Castle of Fontainebleau; Alhambra; Escorial; Royal Palace of Queluz; Buckingham Palace; Hampton Court; C astl e of Bru sse ls; Het Loo Pal ace; Castle of Neuschwanstein; Castle of Charlottenburg; Sans Souci; Schonbrunn; Esterhaza; Castle of Prague; Palace of Wilanow; Rosenborg; Royal Palace in Oslo; Royal Palace in Stockholm; Kremlin; Karskoe Selo; P eterh of; T opkap i Pa lace ; Am ber Fort; Red Fort in Delhi; Forbidden City; Royal Palace in Bangkok. Small bump to three corners and to top/bottom of rear hinge. Dust jacket has light wear at corners and top/bottom of hinges, wrinkling at top/b ottom of spi ne and flap -fold s. V ery Good/V ery Good 
Price: 75.00 USD
 
 
9 Noble, T.C., foreword. (Marie Sorgard, Everett, Sorgard, et al.) COYOTE FLATS HISTORICAL REVIEW, 1905-1965.
Lethbridge, Alberta Southern Printing Company 1967 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good 
390 pp + index, 9 1/8" H. Blue boards with silver lettering/decoration on spine and front board. B&w photographs, drawings - *no map*. A local history of the "area bounded by the Black Spring Ridge on the west, the Little Bow river on the north, and the Old Man River on the south" in Manitoba. Contents: Foreword; Introduction; Early Ranchers; Homesteaders and Early Settlers; Land Agents; Homesteaders' Helpers; Irrigation Era; Era of European Immigration; Japanese Story; Dutch Settlers; Churches - Schools - Towns; Agriculture; Organizations - Old Timers - Service - Fraternal - Women's - Youth; Postal Service - Telephone - Government - Utilities - Sports; Recollections - Snow, Sleet, and Slush - Dairy - Finale; Acknowledgements. Very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, minor edge wear, very light browning to edges of text block, small light stain on top of text block. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
A HISTORY OF SICILY:  MODERN SICILY AFTER 1713., Smith, Denis Mack.
10 Smith, Denis Mack. A HISTORY OF SICILY: MODERN SICILY AFTER 1713.
Dorset Press, New York, 1988. 
Paging runs 241 - 583 (continues from the companion volume "Medieval Sicily 800-1713"), 8vo (8 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0880292385 B&w photographs, maps. Contents: Three Experiments in Foreign Government 1713-1765 (Rule from Turin - Rule from Vienna - Trade and Industry under the Austrians - Naples and the Sicilian Parliament); Society and the Englightenment: The Eighteenth Century (Cereals and the Economy - Land Tenure and the Road System - The Nobility - Bandits a n d t h e L a w - Intellectuals and Reform); Revolution and Reform 1770-1800 (The Palermo Revolt of 1773 - The Viceroyalty of Caracciolo 1781-1786 - The Partial Success of Reform); Later Bourbon Sicily 1800-1837 (British Intervention - The Const it ut io n o f 18 1 2 - Restoration and Revolution 1816-1821 - Reform and Reaction); The Economy 1750-1850 (Commerce - Industry - Agriculture - Restraints on Economic Development); The Risorgimento 1837-1860 (Dislike of Naples - The Revolution of 1 848 -18 49 - The E nd of t he Bourbons - Garibaldi); Italian Sicily 1860-1890 (Union with Italy - Repression and Revolt - The "Southern Problem" - Society and the Economy); The Failure of Parliamentarism 1880-1922 (Crispi and the Fasci Rebellion - Th e Ma fia a nd P oli tic al Cor rup tion - Giolitti and the Economy - Liberalism in Crisis); Sicily Since 1922 (Mussolini - World War and Its Aftermath - Sicilian Autonomy). Previous owner's small stamp on front pastedown. Dust jacket has ver y lig ht wr inkl ing at t op o f re ar hing e, v ery minor rubbing. Very Good+/Very Good+ 
Price: 50.00 USD
 
 
UNFINSHED TALES OF NUMENOR AND MIDDLE-EARTH., Tolkien, J.R.R.  Edited with introduction, commentary, index and maps by Christopher Tolkien.
11 Tolkien, J.R.R. Edited with introduction, commentary, index and maps by Christopher Tolkien. UNFINSHED TALES OF NUMENOR AND MIDDLE-EARTH.
London George Allen & Unwin 1980 0048231797 / 9780048231796 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
472 pp, 9" H. Bright maroon cloth, gilt lettering and emblem combining Tolkien's initials on spine. Top edge red, printer's error on page 234. First edition dust jacket with no price on flap (designed so each receiving country could price the book according to their currency). Full page map in black, white & red, small b&w sketch map, genealogical table. Fold out map attached to rear pastedown (no tears, but some wrinkling to the paper which appears to have occured during the manufacturing process). "(A) collection of narratives ranging in time from the Elder Days of Middle-earth to the end of the War of the Ring, and comprising such various elements as Gandalf's lively account of how it was that he came to send the Dwarves to the celebrated party at Bag-End, the emergence of the sea-god Ulmo before the eyes of Tuor on the coast of Beleriand, and an exact description of the military organisation of the Riders of Rohan. (C)ontains the only story that survived from the long ages of Numenor before its downfall, and all that is known of such matters as the Five Wizards, the Palantiri, or the legend of Amroth." A few very small light scuffs and one tiny stain on top of text block, small shallow scuff and minor browning on fore-edge of text block. Dust jacket has very minor edge wear, very light edge wrinkling - mainly at top of spine, very light rubbing on panels (no color loss), very light browning on flapd and inside bottom edge, tiny edge tear archivally taped. 
Price: 50.00 USD
 
 
THE LAYS OF BELERIAND.  THE HISTORY OF MIDDLE-EARTH VOLUME 3., Tolkien, J.R.R. / Tolkien, Christopher.  Commentary by C.S. Lewis.
12 Tolkien, J.R.R. / Tolkien, Christopher. Commentary by C.S. Lewis. THE LAYS OF BELERIAND. THE HISTORY OF MIDDLE-EARTH VOLUME 3.
London HarperCollins 1991 0261102052 / 9780261102057 Reprint Hard Cover Very Good Very Good+ 
393 pp, 9" H. The colour frontispiece reproduces a page of verse in Tolkien's calligraphy and there is an additional b&w example, plus a reproduction of two original manuscript pages in the text. A number of small genealogical tables are provided. Export edition dust jacket with no price on flap (designed so each receiving country could price the book according to their currency). "The first of the poems in this book is the unpublished 'Lay of the Children of Hurin', (Tolkien's) early but most sustained work in the ancient English metre, intended to narrate on a grand scale the tragedy of Turin Turambar. It was left incomplete when only the earlier part of the story had ben told, but not before the killing by Turin of Beleg his friend had been powerfully recounted and a unique description of the great redoubt of Nar-gothrond had been given. (This) was supplanted by the 'Lay of Leithian' 'Release from Bondage', in which another major legend of the Elder Days received poetic form, in this case in rhyme. The chief source of the short prose tale of Beren and Luthien in 'The Silmarillion', this too was left incomplete, but the whole Quest of the Silmaril is told, and the poem only breaks off after the encounter with Morgoth in his subterranean fortress. Many years later, when 'The Lord of the Rings' was finished, Tolkien returned to the 'Lay of Leithian' and started on a new version from the beginning; this is also given (here). Accompanying the poems are commentaries on the evolution of the history of the Elder Days, which was much developed during the years of the composition of the two Lays. Also included is the notable criticism in detail of the 'Lay of Leithian' by C.S. Lewis, who read the poem in 1929." There is a black remainder mark on bottom edge of the textblock, positioned against the spine, so not as noticeable as in many cases, minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has minor edge wrinkling, minor rubbing on rear panel. 
Price: 50.00 USD
 


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