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EDMUND BLUNDEN:  A SELECTION OF HIS POETRY AND PROSE., Blunden, Edmund.  Selection by Kenneth Hopkins.
141 Blunden, Edmund. Selection by Kenneth Hopkins. EDMUND BLUNDEN: A SELECTION OF HIS POETRY AND PROSE.
Rupert Hart-Davis, London, 1950, first edition. 
374 pp, 8vo (8 3/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. "Edmund Blunden's reputation as one of the most distinguished living poets, and as the author of that contemporary classic, 'Undertones of War', does not do full justice to his various gifts. His work as a biographer and literary historian, as a traveller, a soldier, an interpreter of the English countryside and its institutions, must all be assessed in considering the large body of work he has written - over forty books in thirty y e a r s . I n making this careful and comprehensive selection from Blunden, Kenneth Hopkins has examined all his published books, as well as his contributions to the books of others, and also many papers and essays contributed to 'The Times Lite r ar y Su pp le me n t' and other journals, British and foreign...." The selections are gathered under the headings: England; Literature; Cricket; War; Occasions; Contemporaries; Travel; Envoi. Concludes with a Check-list of Books by Edmund Blun de n. V ery li ght br ow n ing to endpapers, Very small mark on fore-edge of pages up to page 23 - also in margin of page 23, faint soiling mark and faint watermark on fore-edge of textblock, very light wrinkling at bottom of spine. Dust jacket ha s l igh t ed ge w rink ling , l ig ht b rowning, light soiling/rubbing, tiny scuff on front panel, one small closed tear, a few tiny chips. Very Good/Good+ 
Price: 40.00 USD
 
 
PRIVATE WORDS:  LETTERS AND DIARIES FROM THE SECOND WORLD WAR., Blythe, Ronald, ed.
142 Blythe, Ronald, ed. PRIVATE WORDS: LETTERS AND DIARIES FROM THE SECOND WORLD WAR.
Viking, London, 1991, first edition. 
310 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0670832049 "The Second World War was, among other things, a great 'reading and writing' war. There was a passion for books of all kinds, and also a remarkable outpouring of personal w riting in the form of letters and diaries. The latter were actually forbidden in the services because they might fall into enemy hands, but this did not prevent them from being kept in startling quantities. The young especially, whether on t h e H o m e Front or fighting abroad, became extraordinary self-examiners and communicators, finding all kinds of outlets for what was happening to them in the shape of private records and correspondence. It was a time when people lived for let t er s, a n d wh en , since much of the war was spent in boredom by the average participant, reading became the perfect escape. The existence of a vast archive of Second World War personal literary expression has been well-known to historians, but i t h as not o ft en bee n used to reveal the significance of the 'reading and writing' culture of this period. Ronald Blythe has a deep understanding of those days and in this collection of letters and journals has revealed much of their heart a nd soul . Half of th e b ook is made up of the wartime writing of his friends; the other half has been drawn from the Department of Documents at the Imperial War Museum. This book is a personal statement that makes eloquent shifts from pain, desp air and de ath t o ab surd ity, lau ghter and bravery. It is a traveller's tale and a stay-at-home's tale. It is politically hopeful and romantic, and also down to earth. Read together, these confessions and descriptions from and to a Britain of nea rly h alf a cen tury ago c reate an a stonishing impact. We see a world holding itself together by language, by words, and with skill and determination. The 'tone' of those days is often quite unbearably caught, with force and eloquence. (T hey c reate) a m ultiple auto biogra phy of a uni que kind." Dust jacket has soft wrinkle at top edge of rear panel. Fine/Near Fine 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
143 Blyton, Enid. TOY TOWN: A NOVELTY PLAYSET. (PLAY SET.)
HarperCollins, London, 1997, Ist edition. 
Closed dimensions: 13 1/2" H x 13 1/2" W. ISBN 0001360701 "Open up this spectacular playset and join Noddy and his friends in Toy Town! You can bring the wonderful world of Toy Town to life with an amazing array of pop-ups, plus press-outs of No ddy, his little car, and all your other favourite Toy Town characters. There's a special booklet for you to read about Noddy's busy life - and you'll enjoy lots of your own adventures in Toy Town too!" "WARNING: CONTAINS SMALL PARTS. NO T S U I T A B L E FOR CHILDREN UNDER 36 MONTHS." Still in original publisher's shrinkwrap - new and unused. 
Price: 29.95 USD
 
 
THE RAT-A-TAT MYSTERY.  (THE 'BARNEY' SERIES.), Blyton, Enid.  Illustrated by Anyon Cook.
144 Blyton, Enid. Illustrated by Anyon Cook. THE RAT-A-TAT MYSTERY. (THE 'BARNEY' SERIES.)
Collins, London, 1967. 
153 pp, 7 3/8" H, hard cover in dust jacket. B&w illustrations. "Enid Blyton did not mean to write this book. There were already four books in this Mystery Series, all about Roger, Diana, Snubby and his mad little spaniel - four books in which th e circus boy, Barney, was seeking his unknown father. In 'The Rubadub Mystery' he found him - and that was to be the end of the series. But the lovers of these 'Barney Books' begged so hard for yet another, that there was nothing for it b u t t o w r i te a fifth. So here it is, sure of a tremendous welcome, for here are all the well-loved characters again - with Loony the spaniel and Miranda the monkey, madder and more comical than ever! A winter holiday down at Rat-at-Tat Hou se , in th e s no w- cl ad hills, cut off from everywhere - and mystery and adventure spring up out of the snow! Who came knocking at night! Whose were the mysterious footprints in the snow? What was the wandering Snowman? What was hidden in th e c el lar ? T hi s is ind eed a very strange mystery - an Enid Blyton Mystery which, as ever, will hold your attention from the first word to the last." Previous owner's bookplate on front pastedown, pages browning lightly, edges of textblock l ight ly brow ne d. Dus t jac ket has minor edge wear/wrinkling, minor rubbing and soling on rear panel, front panel picture and spine colors very bright. Very Good/Very Good+ 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
THE RILLOBY FAIR MYSTERY.  (THE 'BARNEY BOOKS'.), Blyton, Enid.  Illustrated by Gilbert Dunlop.
145 Blyton, Enid. Illustrated by Gilbert Dunlop. THE RILLOBY FAIR MYSTERY. (THE 'BARNEY BOOKS'.)
Collins, London, 1961. 
256 pp, 7 3/8" H, hard cover in dust jacket. B&w illustrations. "....the second of a wonderful mystery series....We meet the same characters as in 'The Rockingdown Mystery'....Roger and Diana, and Snubby, with his amusing dog, Loony; Barney, with his comical monkey, Miranda. In this book there is a strange mystery: the theft of papers from rooms whose doors and windows are locked. How are these robberies committed, and who is the thief? Somehow the mystery centres itself on Rilloby Fair, and so, of course, Enid Blyton brings a whole Fair to life, with its queer and interesting characters. Vosta and his chimpanzees, Young-Un and Billy Tell of the shooting-range, Old Ma, the roundabout boy, the loud-voiced Tonnerre and his elephants, and many others." Pages browned, small light brown stain in top margin of pages 39 to 42, browning and small foxing marks to edges of textblock, large bump to bottom corner of rear board, slight bump to bottom corner of front board and b o t t o m e d g e of front board at hinge, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has several closed tears at approx. 1" - some with creases and all are archivally taped, light to moderate edge wear, small chips/wear/creases at top/b ot to m of s p in e an d flap-folds, 'V' shaped closed tear/scuffing on rear panel, minor scuffing and soiling on front panel, colors are still bright. Good+/Good 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
146 Bobak, Molly Lamb. Foreword by David P. Silcox. Introduction by Joe Plaskett. WILD FLOWERS OF CANADA: IMPRESSIONS AND SKETCHES OF A FIELD ARTIST.
Toronto Pagurian Press 1978 0889320772 / 9780889320772 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good Molly Lamb Bobak. 
96 pp, 12 1/4" H. Beautifully illustrated with full-page reproductions of watercolours of flowers. "Molly Lamb Bobak was born in 1922, the daughter of H. Mortimer Lamb, art critic and art collector. Her father introduced her to art and artists at an early age - Emily Carr, Frederick Varley, A.Y. Jackson - and her mother instilled in her a love for nature and humble work. She grew up on the West Coast, attended the Vancouver School of Art when Jack Shadbolt was a teacher there, and joined the Canadian Women's Army Corps in 1942, eventually becoming Canada's only woman war artist. In London, she met Alex Colville, Lawren Harris, and Bruno Bobak, whom she married after the war. She and her husband returned to Canada and became an integral part of the Vancouver art scene in the 1950's. They won fellowships, lived in England for a time, and in 1960 moved to Fredericton where she has lived and painted ever since. 'Wild Flowers of Canada' is a very personal book. Friends, family, feelings are examined in the light of present maturity, and reminiscences of A.Y. Jackson, Kathleen Fenwick, Alex Colville, Charles Comfort, Douglas Duncan, Miller Brittain, Frederick Varley, Tom Thomson, David Milne, Donald Buchanan, and many others promient in the world of Canadian art add colour to a sensitive biography by one of Canada's great artists." Tiny bump at bottom corner of both boards. Dust jacket is price-clipped, has light edge wear/wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, a few tiny edge tears - archivally taped, very small dent on front hinge. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
THE MAKING OF THE ENGLISH BIBLE., Bobrick, Benson.
147 Bobrick, Benson. THE MAKING OF THE ENGLISH BIBLE.
Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, 2001, first British edition. 
376 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0297607723 "(T)races the story across the Protestant-Catholic divide of the sixteenth century as the struggle to complete a vernacular Bible was fought among competeing factions. As ( the author) tells in his enthralling history it was the culmination of centuries of work by various translators and a committee of scholars who in 1604 were brought together to collaborate on what became known as the King James version. Their t r a n s lation - substantially based on the work of John Wycliffe and William Tyndale and others - shaped English literature and speech for centuries giving us what have become such commonly used expressions as: 'labour of love', 'a thorn in the fle sh ', ' th e root of all evil', 'the fat of the land', 'the sweat of thy brow', 'to cast pearls before swine' and 'the shadow of death' among a host of others. (This book) shows the profound effect the English Bible had on law and society. By giv ing ev ery li terate person access to the sacred text it helped to foster the spirit of inquiry through reading and reflection. Once individuals were free to interpret the word of God according to the light of their own understanding, they began to q uest ion the authority of their inherited institutions, both religious and secular. This led to the reformation within the Church, the rise of constitutional government in England and ultimately the end of the divine right of kings. In Benson Bobr ick's vie w th e English Civil War was fought in the light (and shadow) of such ideas, culminating in the Glorious Revolution of 1688. 'The Making of the English Bible' is about a crucial epoch in the history of Christianity, about the Engli sh lan guage and s ociet y, and about a book that changed the course of human events." Minor indentation on rear board, a few very small bumps (one with tiny tear) at top edge of front board. Dust jacket has minor wrinkling at top of hinges and fl ap-fold s, one tiny tear a rchivally taped, tiny corner crease at top corner of front flap. Very Good/Very Good+ 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
BRITANNIA:  A JOURNAL OF ROMANO-BRITISH AND KINDRED STUDIES.  VOLUME 8 1977.  (VOLUME VIII - 1977.), Bogaers, J.E.; Boon, George C.; Casey, P.J.; Crummy, Philip; Davies, Jeffrey L.; Davies, R.W.; Hind, J.G.F.; Kennedy, David; Knowles, A.K.; Lloyd-Morgan, G.; Miles, Henrietta; Money, J.H.; Peacock, D.P.S.; Phillips, Bernard, Walters, Bryn; et al.
148 Bogaers, J.E.; Boon, George C.; Casey, P.J.; Crummy, Philip; Davies, Jeffrey L.; Davies, R.W.; Hind, J.G.F.; Kennedy, David; Knowles, A.K.; Lloyd-Morgan, G.; Miles, Henrietta; Money, J.H.; Peacock, D.P.S.; Phillips, Bernard, Walters, Bryn; et al. BRITANNIA: A JOURNAL OF ROMANO-BRITISH AND KINDRED STUDIES. VOLUME 8 1977. (VOLUME VIII - 1977.)
The Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies, London, 1977. 
523 pp + 29 b&w plates at rear, large 8vo (9 11/16" H), soft cover. B&w maps, plans, drawings, tables, (some fold-out) + photographic plates. Contents: Notes for Contibutors; Editorial; Tile stamps from Lincoln (Lindum) and the 'Legio V Alaudae'; Gold-in-Glass Beads from the Ancient World; Carausius and Allectus - Rulers of Gaul?; Colchester: the Roman Fortress and the development of the Colonia; Roman Arrowheads from Dinorben and the 'Sagittarii' of the Roman Army; Ateco of Old Ca r l i s l e ; t he 'Genounian' Part of Britain; the 'ala I' and 'cohors I Britannica'; The Roman Settlement of Brampton, Norfolk: Interim report; Two Roman Mirrors from Corbridge; The Honeyditches Roman Villa, Seaton, Devon; The Iron-Age Hill-fort an d Ro ma no -B ri t is h Iron-working Settlement at Garden Hill, Sussex: Interim report on Excavations 1968-76; Bricks and Tiles of the 'Classis Britannica': petrology and origin; A 'Mansio' at Lower Wanborough, Wiltshire; The Forum of Roman Londo n: Ex cav ati ons of 19 68 -9; The Biglands Milefortlet and the Cumberland Coast defences; Roman defended sites at Kirmington, S. Humberside and Farnsfield, Notts., recently found from the air; Britain, A.D. 406-410; 'Famosa Pestis' and the Brita in in the Fift h Ce ntur y; A co nsid eration of the sub-fossil remains of 'Vitis vinifera' L., as evidence for Viticulture in Roman Britain; A first-century Fort near Gosbecks, Essex; A Roman Veterinary Physican from the Thames Valley; Notes: A Ma rbl e H ead from Crond all, Hamps hire - An unusal sherd from Cambridge; Roman Britain in 1976: Sites Explored - Inscriptions; Review Article; Reviews; Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies; Indexes. Interior - clean and tight with no previo us o wner ship mark s. Ex terio r - bo ok ha s slig ht twist to spine, very light edge wear, slight bump and moderate wear at top of spine - light at bottom of spine, two very small corner creases. Very Good- 
Price: 45.00 USD
 
 
NAPOLEON ON NAPOLEON: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF THE EMPEROR., Bonaparte, Napoleon.  Edited by Somerset de Chair.
149 Bonaparte, Napoleon. Edited by Somerset de Chair. NAPOLEON ON NAPOLEON: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF THE EMPEROR.
Brockhampton, London, 1998, reprint. 
288 pp, small 4to (10" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 1860198767 B&w and colour illustrations. "During the six years of exile on St Helena, between Waterloo and his death, Napoleon dictated momoirs, notes, letters and battle commentaries to the generals who shared his captivity. He then corrected the material himself. Napoleon used his time in captivity to explain the motives, beliefs and doubts that drove him; to analyse strategies which turned France's Revolution into the French Em pire and examine the tactics that made the Grand Army masters of Europe. He recorded his birth at Ajaccio in 1769, and his genteel but impoverished Corsican childhood. He notes his entry at the age of 10 to the military school in Briennes, a n d h i s own early enthusiasm for the Revolution, which lessened in the face of the Terror...In this book, (the editor) has incorporated much new material from three further volumes of notes and miscellanies dictated by Napoleon at St Helena, i n ad di t io n to the four volumes of Memoirs published in 1823. As before, he has let Napoleon speak in the first person throughout, rather than in the more formal third person of the original text. The result is a fascinating account of Napoleo n' s l ife i n h is ow n words, from his childhood in Corsica to his defeat in Waterloo in 1815. Private concerns, such as feuds with his brothers and divorce from Josephine, are mixed with such matters of state as the rebellion of Toussaint-Louv ert ure and the ret rea t fr om Moscow. Over 90 carefully selected illustrations make this a superbly illustrated, detailed autobiography of one of history's great characters." Fine/Near Fine 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
LAKONIA., Bond, Geoffrey.
150 Bond, Geoffrey. LAKONIA.
Oldbourne, London, 1966, first edition. 
200 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w photographs, frontispiece. "During the evening of 19 December 1963 the twin-screw Motor Ship 'Lakonia' slid through the grey waters of the Solent, bound for sunshine and warmer seas. Her hull and superstructure gleamed like 'a newly iced Christmas cake, for she had been recently overhauled and completely redecorated'. (651) passengers were aboard the liner for her Christmas cruise --- The 'Lakonia' began to burn on Sunday, 22 Decem b e r . Four days later she was a pitiful, smoke-grimed wreck, wallowing at the mercy of the waves. On Sunday, 29 December - just a week after the initial diaster - she slid beneath the waters of the North Atlantic to her last resting-place. (Th is ) is t he story of unfortunate, originally minor circumstances, slowly building up until they finally overwhelmed the ship, her crew and passengers. But the pattern of crew and passenger heroism is at least as great as that of any perhaps more dra ma tic di saster. Reluctant to leave the ship, the crew - and many passengers - tried desperately to overcome events and save her. There was no panic - from first to last. Air-sea-rescue, radio, telephone, and computers went into action to s ave tho se i n pe ril on the sea - and it was the first time that the system of A.M.V.E.R. (Atlantic Merchant Vessel Emergency Report), had been used in any major shipping disaster. Ships of all nationalities sped towards the stricken liner. The B riti sh f reigh ter ' Montcalm', the Argentine 'Salta', the Pakistani 'Mehi' - and then there was the ship that passed 'Lakonia' by in her hour of need ---. (This) is a graphic account of the strength and bravery of ordinary persons under threat of deat h. I t is a n open , objective and factual reconstruction of what happened." Wrinkling at bottom of spine, light browning on top of text block. Dust jacket has been price clipped, has light edge wear/wrinkling and a few tiny edge tears, ver y ligh t rubb ing. V ery Goo d/Very Good 
Price: 50.00 USD
 
 
THE RETURN OF SERGEANT LUCK., Bond, Geoffrey.
151 Bond, Geoffrey. THE RETURN OF SERGEANT LUCK.
Max Parrish, London, 1964, first edition. 
144 pp, small 8vo (7 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. The sixth 'Sergeant Luck' adventure. Jacket design by William Randell. "The dagger sped through the open window, whistling closely past the commandant. Its razor edge landed with a thud ri ght in the centre of a map of North Africa. Was it thrown to kill? What was the meaning of the cryptic message carved on its hilt? What was happening in the remote fortress of Ain Seffara? Sergeant Luck meant to find out. Once again w e m e e t S e r geant Luck and his indomitable companions, Corporal Trenet and Aloysius Bimberg; we are back with the 'legionnaires' in one of the strangest episodes in Luck's carerr. The sergeant finds himself in conflict with a most mysterious en e my , th e e ve r- th reatening but never present figure known as 'The Dawn'. His trilling exploits in the menacing desert will delight all Sergeant Luck's old admirers and will win him many eager new adherents." Slight bump at top/bottom of s pin e/ rea r hin ge , tin y d int to top edge of rear board, tiny foxing mark on top of textblock. Dust jacket is price clipped, has light edge wear/wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom of spine, minor browning to edges and on spine/flap-folds, small lett er "c" wr itte n i n ink on r ear panel, light soiling. Very Good/Very Good- 
Price: 125.00 USD
 
 
152 Bone, Gavin. ANGLO-SAXON POETRY. AN ESSAY WITH SPECIMEN TRANSLATIONS IN VERSE.
Oxford University Press, London, 1944, 2nd printing. 
79 pp, small 8vo (7 3/4" H), hard cover (white boards with black lettering on spine, blind stamped line decoration to boards) - no dust jacket. Portrait frontispiece. Contents: Introduction; The Battle of Maldon; Judith; The Fates and Gifts of Men ; Gnomic Verses; Riddles - Moon and Sun, Bookworn; A Charm Against the Stitch; The Whale; The Dream of the Rood; The Song of Deor; The Wife's Plaint; The Husband's Message; The Wanderer; The Seafarer; The Ruin. Slight bump to bottom of sp i n e , l i g h t rubbing to boards. VG 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
153 Bonham-Carter, Victor, ed. Assisted by Monica Lawson. (George Lawson.) SURGEON IN THE CRIMEA: THE EXPERIENCES OF GEORGE LAWSON RECORDED IN LETTERS TO HIS FAMILY, 1854-1855.
Military Book Society, (London, 1968). 
209 pp, 8vo, hard cover in dust jacket. B&w photos, reproductions, maps. "A rather different view (of the Crimean War) may be taken after reading these remarkably cheerful and totally unaffected letters of Geroge Lawson, a young staff assistant-surgeon who joined up at the outbreak of war in March 1854...This book tells the tale, not in terms of tactics and battles, but of the experiences and observations of a young medico, fresh to his profession and 'full of surgical ardour'..." small bump to corners of boards, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket is complete with edge wrinkling, a few very small chips, moderate rubbing, light soiling, light stain to front panel, browning to flap-folds, now protected in a mylar sleeve. VG-/Fair 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
THE TRAVELLERS GUIDE TO THE ANCIENT WORLD: ANCIENT EGYPT.  THEBES AND THE NILE VALLEY., Booth, Charlotte.
154 Booth, Charlotte. THE TRAVELLERS GUIDE TO THE ANCIENT WORLD: ANCIENT EGYPT. THEBES AND THE NILE VALLEY.
New Burlington, London, 2008, first edition. 
160 pp, small 8vo (7 3/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 9781845662448 Monotone drawings, maps, plans. "Imagine what it would be like to travel back in time and explore the ancient world; to see the ancient wonders when they were new; to see and speak to the people who built and used them. Written in the style of a contemporary travel guide, (this book) focuses on the historic city of Thebes and the Nile Valley in the year 1200 BCE. It offers advice on everything from where to stay a nd what to see, to sampling the local cuisine and shopping for souvenirs. This carefully researched book paints a vivid picture of life in ancient Egypt, and is packed with all the maps, illustrations, and fascinating insights that a tourist or tra veler would expect to find in any modern guidebook." Dust jacket has tiny tear at top of rear flap-fold and very minor rubbing. Fine/Very Good+ 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
SPORTING TIMES: THE "PINK 'UN" WORLD., Booth, J.B.  Foreword by the Earl of Lonsdale.
155 Booth, J.B. Foreword by the Earl of Lonsdale. SPORTING TIMES: THE "PINK 'UN" WORLD.
T. Werner Laurie, London, 1938, first edition. 
284 pp, 8vo (8 5/8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w illustrations - collated. "For more than a generation 'The Pink 'Un', as 'The Sporting Times' was familiarly known, occupied a position unique in the journalistic world - a position which no p aper to-day has achieved. It was more than a mere journal for the sportsman and man about town; it established itself as a social centre of a highly specialized nature, and its readers constituted a species of home and overseas club, whose b o n d o f fellowship was good humour and good sportsmanship..." Chapter headings: The "Pink 'Un" World; The "Pink 'Un" and the Stage; The Actor-Managers; Adelphi Days; The Old School of Dramatists; "The Lane"; Benefits and "Commands"; Disillusion ; A Co a ch -B a ck Ride; Character Studies; Artist and Author; Luck of the Game; Tips and Systems; Two Great Races; Low Finance; Turf Humours. Gift inscription and notation on free front end paper, moderate browning on end papers, slight browning to p age s, bo ok li ghtly cocked, book lightly cracked at several places - pages holding firmly, small slight bump at corners of boards, wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, light edge wear. Dust jacket has several small tears and a few chips - mai nly at top /bo ttom of sp ine and flap-folds, light edge wear/wrinkling/soft creasing, fading to spine color and slightly at edges, tiny ink smudge on rear panel, old tape residue at top edge - mainly on inside surface. Very Good-/Good 
Price: 150.00 USD
 
 
THE OXFORDSHIRE AND BUCKINGHAMSHIRE LIGHT INFANTRY (THE 43rd/52nd REGIMENT OF FOOT).  FAMOUS REGIMENTS SERIES., Booth, Philip.  Introduction by Lt. General Sir Brian Horrocks.
156 Booth, Philip. Introduction by Lt. General Sir Brian Horrocks. THE OXFORDSHIRE AND BUCKINGHAMSHIRE LIGHT INFANTRY (THE 43rd/52nd REGIMENT OF FOOT). FAMOUS REGIMENTS SERIES.
Leo Cooper, London, 1971, first edition. 
158 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0850520290 B&w photographs, reproductions, music to Regimental March. Errata sheet tipped in on half-title page. "Since their formation in the mid-eighteenth century the 43rd and 52nd Regim ents of Foot have had a variety of changes in title, achieving in 1908 the name by which they will always be remembered, that of the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, although the old cherished numbers, by which the regiments w e r e k n o w n before the Cardwell Reforms, have always b een unofficially used by the regular battalions. In 1803 they were the first regiments to become light infantry in Sir John Moore's Light Brigade, and achieved further fame in the Penins ul ar W ar as p ar t of Craufurd's Light Division. Perhaps the 52 nd's most famous success was at Waterloo, when, under Sir John Colborne's skilful handling, they made the famous charge which carried the day for the allies. With customary skill an d c our age suc cee din g generations in the Regiment lived up to their illustrious predecessors, particularly in the First and Second World Wars; their stand on the Somme in 1918 against the full weight of the German army, and their part in th e gl ider -bor ne l a ndin gs a t D- Da y are only two examples of the fighting skill which has made this regiment famous. Together with the 60th Rifles and the Rifle Brigade they are now part of the Royal Green Jackets - indeed a happy issue out o f the affl ictio n of po st wa r org anisa tio n." Minor browning to pages, small paper pull at fore-edge of front endpapers, light browning to edges of textblock, book is lightly cocked, small bump at bottom edge of front board and at bottom corn er of both b oards, mino r e dge we ar, li ght wr inkl ing at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket is price clipped, has tiny/small chip/tears - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, one small edge tear archivally taped, light browning - moder ate on spine and fla p-fold s, w ater st ains on inside of s pine, light water marks at top inside of front flap-fold/top edge. Very Good-/Good- 
Price: 37.50 USD
 
 
THE NAVAL OFFICER'S SWORD.  NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM, GREENWICH., Bosanquet, Henry T.A., Captain.  Note by J.D. Aylward.  Sketches by John Munday.  Edited by Commander W.E. May.
157 Bosanquet, Henry T.A., Captain. Note by J.D. Aylward. Sketches by John Munday. Edited by Commander W.E. May. THE NAVAL OFFICER'S SWORD. NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM, GREENWICH.
Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1955, first edition. 
240 pp, 8vo (8 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w illustrations. "Sir Geoffrey Callender, formerly Director of the National Maritime Museum, invited Captain Bosanquet to list every weapon in the collections, checking and counter-checking the attributions of each. The result is something far more than the ordinary dry museum catalogue, of interest only to the expert. In describing the swords, he takes us behind the scenes and shows us how their history can often be traced and confirmed or denied. A most useful adjunct is the hitherto unpublished list of sword cutlers with their dates and places of business, which is of the greatest value in checking the date of a naval sword." Contents: Abbreviations used and authorities; A n I n troduction to the Sword; Explanation of Terms; Naval Swords and Dirks in the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich; Presentation Swords of the Patriotic Fund at Lloyd's; The Sword-Cutler and his Trade, by J.D. Aylward; Prefatory Note to the Lis t o f Sw ord-Cutlers; Selected List of Sword-Smiths, Sword-Cutlers, Goldsmiths and Jewellers, Gold and Silver Lacemen, Naval and Military Tailors, Outfitters and Accoutrement Makers. 1670-1850. London; Provincial Sword-Smiths and Sword-Cutlers: Bi rm in gh am / Chatham / Edinburgh / Plymouth and Devonport / Portsmouth, Portsea, Landport, Southsea and Gosport; Bill Heads and Trade Cards. Slight musty odor, date in ink and previous owner's bookplate on free front endpaper, previous owner's sma ll sta mp mar k and a small label from bookstore on rear pastedown, very light browning to pages, browning to edges of text block, some small very faint foxing stains on rear board, light wrinkling at bottom of spine, small bump at top corner of bot h b oard s, some light edge wear. Dust jacket has been price-clipped, has very light edge wear, one very small edge tear, light wrinkling at top/bottomof spine and flap-folds, a few tiny scuffs. Very Good-/Very Good 
Price: 110.00 USD
 
 
ARMS & ARMOUR OF THE SAMURAI.  (ARMOR.), Bottomley, I. and Hopson, A.P.
158 Bottomley, I. and Hopson, A.P. ARMS & ARMOUR OF THE SAMURAI. (ARMOR.)
Bison, London, 1988, first edition. 
192 pp, 4to (12 1/8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 086124415X Profusely illustrated in colour and b&w with photographs, reproductions, drawings. "A member of the aristocracy, from the tenth century the Samurai was primarily a mounted archer . This is reflected in the light, lamellar yoroi armour which left the right arm free for drawing his bow. Helmets were simple, with leather neckpieces. Battle began with an exchange of arrows, and was followed by a series of hand-to-han d c o m b a t s among champions who relied on the sword. The long wars of Kusonoki and Ashikaga produced several changes in the nature of warfare. Fighting in wooded, mountainous countryside, hand-to-hand combat came into its own. The bulky yor oi wa s su pe rc ed ed by the lighter, less constricting do maru and the no dachi, a longer version of the naginata (glaive), was introduced. The renowned Samurai cult of the sword began in this period. The Samurai's most ornate and elaborate ar mou r da te s f rom th e T oku gawa era, and was probably not intended for use in actual battle. The long development of arms and armour in the Samurai's 700-year history is fully detailed in this handsome volume. Illustrated with over 300 photo grap hs , (i t) will be a we lcom e ad dition to the libraries of all military enthusiasts." Small bump to top of front hinge, two tiny corner bumps, slight bump to bottom of spine. Dust jacket has light edge wear, moderate edge wrinkling - mainl y at top edge , l ight rub marks , tin y scu ff at bottom of spine, scattered light foxing marks on inside top edge, small light soiling marks and tiny surface paper pull on inside surface of rear panel. Very Good/Very Good- 
Price: 95.00 USD
 
 
THE GREENLAND FARERS., Boucher, Alan.  Illustrated by Toni Patten.
159 Boucher, Alan. Illustrated by Toni Patten. THE GREENLAND FARERS.
Constable, London, 1961, first edition. 
182 pp, 8vo (8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w illustrations. Sequel to "The Path of the Raven". "When Halli Thordarson, compelled to serve the 'Raven' for a year and a day, sets sail with Thorfinn Karlsefni, he hopes - and expects - that he has left behind in Iceland the family blood feud which has led to his exile across the seas. But the 'Raven' has no sooner set sail than it is approached by a small rowing boat and a hooded figure, speared by an arrow, begs refuge from pursuers. A nd even in Greenland, home of Eric the Red, Halli is held by the same restless fate which seems somehow connected with the message foretold in the runes on his sword....(a) first-class adventure story in which the world of the early seafar e r s i s s t r ikingly recreated." Tiny faint scuff to fore-edge of textblock, minor soiling to edges of textblock, minor browning to pages, slight shallow bump to top edge of rear board, light wrinkling at bottom of spine, very light browning t o ed ge s o f t ex tb lo ck. Dust jacket has very light edge wrinkling; browning to spine, flap-folds and some edges; one very small closed tear. Very Good/Very Good- 
Price: 42.50 USD
 
 
BRITISH ANGLERS' NATURAL HISTORY.  BRITAIN IN PICTURES SERIES., Boulenger, E.G.
160 Boulenger, E.G. BRITISH ANGLERS' NATURAL HISTORY. BRITAIN IN PICTURES SERIES.
Collins, London, 1946, first edition. 
48 pp, 8 7/8" H, hard cover in dust jacket. 8 colour plates, 22 b&w illustrations. "....a guide to the fishes and insects which inhabit our streams and rivers. (The author) describes, with fascinating detail and anecdote, such things as the life of the eel and the salmon, the gruesome habits of lampreys and the ferociousness of the small stickleback...." Area of light browning on free endpapers, browning and tiny foxing marks on top of textblock, light edge wear, very light browning to edg es of boards, tiny area of glue residue on front board. Dust jacket has light edge wear/wrinkling, very light browning, very light rubbing/soiling on rear panel, very light waterstain at top inside edge of rear panel, light browning on in s i d e o f f l aps, one small closed tear. Very Good/Very Good 
Price: 22.50 USD
 
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