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A HISTORY OF BRITAIN IN THIRTY-SIX POSTAGE STAMPS., West, Chris.  (Christopher)
161 West, Chris. (Christopher) A HISTORY OF BRITAIN IN THIRTY-SIX POSTAGE STAMPS.
New York Picador 2013 1250035503 / 9781250035509 First American Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good 
277 pp, 8 1/2" H. Colour reproductions. "(T)ells the rich, layered, and breathtaking history of Britain through thirty-six of its fascinating, often beautiful, and sometimes eccentric postage stamps. Through them, one can glimpse the whole epic tale of an empire unfolding. From the famous Penny Black, printed soon after Queen Victoria's coronation, to the Victory! stamp of 1946, anticipating the struggle of postwar reconstruction, (this) is a hugely entertaining and indiosyncratic romp, told in Chris West's lively prose. On their own, stamps can be curiosities, even artistic marvels; in this book, stamps become a window into the larger sweep of history." The author begins each of the 36 chapters with a representative stamp, using it as a springboard to dive into the social, political and/or international issues of the time. Very minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, very light edge wear. 
Price: 12.50 USD
 
 
TUG OF WAR:  THE ALLIED VICTORY THAT OPENED ANTWERP., Whitaker, W. Denis and Whitaker, Shelagh.
162 Whitaker, W. Denis and Whitaker, Shelagh. TUG OF WAR: THE ALLIED VICTORY THAT OPENED ANTWERP.
Toronto Stoddart 2000 0773732268 / 9780773732261 Second Edition, revised. Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
470 pp, 8vo (9 1/4" H). B&w photographs and maps/battle plans. "Antwerp, Leopold Canal, Woensdrecht, Breskens Pocket, Walcheren Island - these place names live on in the memories of World War Two veterans of Canadian infantry and armoured divisions who fought in the mud and wet against an unbending enemy. It was 1944 and the Canadian army, with divisions from the U.K., U.S., and Poland, had been given the difficult task of liberating the port of Antwerp and clearing both banks of the Scheldt River. The bitter Battle of the Scheldt lasted 86 days, and took the lives of more than 12,000 Allied soldiers. Brigadier General Denis Whitaker was a lieutenant-colonel in that battle, commanding the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry. For this book, he interviewed more than 150 men who fought alongside him on the Dutch polders. Meticulously researched in Europe and Canada, (this book) does not tread lightly on accepted notions of military historians. Revised with a new afterword, this important true story of nineteen- and twenty-year-old soldiers, many of whom died miserably on the sodden polders of Zeeland, deserves to be read again and again." One small corner bump. Dust jacket has light wrinkling at bottom of rear flap-fold. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
THE THREE-STAR BLITZ:  THE BAEDEKER RAIDS AND THE START OF TOTAL WAR 1942-1943., Whiting, Charles.
163 Whiting, Charles. THE THREE-STAR BLITZ: THE BAEDEKER RAIDS AND THE START OF TOTAL WAR 1942-1943.
Leo Cooper, London, 1987. 
184 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 085052881X B&w photographs. "The German attempt to break the morale of the British by bombing London in 1940 did not succeed, so two years later, they switched their targets to the und efended cathedral cities of Exeter, Bath, York, Canterbury and Norwich, cities marked in Karl Baedeker's famous guidebook with three stars. Hence the name by which they came to be known. This time the British were not slow to retaliate and t h e p u n ishment rained down upon the unfortunate people of Hamburg and Cologne surpassed in ferocity anything that had gone before. From now on the morale of the civil population came to be regarded as a legitimate target in the battle to bre a k th e e ne my 's will. Charles Whiting describes in detail the Baedeker raids on the cathedral cities of England and the retaliatory raids on Germany, illustrating his story with the recollections of many of those who survived the raids. He an al ys es th e per son ali ties of the Top Brass on both sides who authorized the bombings and shows how the change in attitude to indiscriminate bombing gradually came about. It is a gruesome yet fascinating story, told with all the vividness which re ade rs of Ch arle s Wh itin g's books will have come to expect." Minor wrinkling at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has minor edge wrinkling. Very Good+/Very Good+ 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THROUGH FOOTLESS HALLS OF AIR: THE STORIES OF A FEW OF THE MANY WHO FAILED TO RETURN., Williston, Floyd.  Foreword by AVM J.E. (Johnnie) Johnson.
164 Williston, Floyd. Foreword by AVM J.E. (Johnnie) Johnson. THROUGH FOOTLESS HALLS OF AIR: THE STORIES OF A FEW OF THE MANY WHO FAILED TO RETURN.
General Store Publishing, Burnstown, Ontario, 1996. 
310 pp, large 8vo (9" H), soft cover. ISBN 1896182445 B&w photographs. "Floyd Williston has meticulously researched the short lives of six Atlantic Canada airmen, two of them the author's brothers, who failed to return from aerial operations duri ng the Second World War. The result is an exciting and moving chronicle of life-and-death struggle." Includes: F/O David Albert Romans, DFC/N.S. (No.90 Squadron), F/SGT Albert Williston/N.S. (No.514 Squadron); F/O Earle K. Reid/N.S. (No.432 S q u a d r on); F/O Fred M. (Miff) Mifflin, DFC/Nfld. (No. 106 Squadron), S/L Norman R. Fowlow, DFC/Nfld. (No. 411 Squadron), P/O James C. (Jimmie) Tuplin/P.E.I. (No.426 Squadron). Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Ext e ri or - v er y minor rubbing. Near Fine 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
POX:  AN AMERICAN HISTORY., Willrich, Michael.
165 Willrich, Michael. POX: AN AMERICAN HISTORY.
New York Penguin Press 2011 1594202869 / 9781594202865 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
422 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H). B&w photographs. "At the turn of the last century, a powerful smallpox epidemic swept the United States from coast to coast. The age-old disease spread swiftly through an increasingly interconnected American landscape: from southern tobacco plantations to the dense immigrant neighborhoods of northern cities to far-flung villages on the edges of the nascent American empire. (This book) offers a gripping chronicle of how the nation's continent-wide fight against smallpox launched one of the most important civil liberties struggles of the twentieth-century. At the dawn of the activist progressive era, and during a moment of great optimism about modern medicine, the government responded to the deadly epidemic by calling for universal compulsory vaccination. To enforce the law, public health authorities relied on quarantines, pesthouses, and 'virus squads' - corps of doctors and club-wielding police. Though these measures eventually contained the disease, they also sparked a wave of popular resistance among Americans who perceived them as a threat to their health and to their rights. At the time, antivaccinationists were often dismissed as misguided cranks, but Willrich argues that they belonged to a wider legacy of American dissent that attended the rise of an increasingly powerful movement. While a well-organized antivaccination movement sprang up during these years, many American resisted in subtler ways - by concealing sick family members or forging immunization certificates. 'Pox' introduces us to memorable characters on both sides of the debate, from Henning Jacobson, a Swedish Lutheran minister whose battle against vaccination went all the way to the Supreme Court, to C.P. Wertenbaker, a federal surgeon who saw himself as a medical missionary combating a deadly - and preventable - disease. As Willrich suggests, many of the questions first raised by the turn-of-the-century antivaccination movement are still with us: How far should the government go to protect us from peril? What happens when the interest of public health collide with religious beliefs and personal conscience?" Light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has some light edge creasing - mainly at top/bottom of spine. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
166 Wollheim, Donald A. MIKE MARS IN ORBIT.
Garden City, New York Doubleday 1961 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Good- Albert Orbaan 
188 pp, 8vo (8 3/8" H). Pictorial endpapers. B&w illustrations by Albert Orbaan. "The big day in Mike's life has been promised him. He has been chosen out of the group of seven astronauts of Project Quicksilver to be the first man to orbit the Earth in a space capsule. All but one of the other astronauts is as happy about the choice as Mike is. The first sign that the road to space will not be smooth for Mike Mars comes with the discovery that a member of the press has located Skyhook and knows the general plan of Project Quicksilver. Not only is it strange that the press should hear of this top-secret plan, it is amazing that the reporter is an elderly woman. However, 'Grandma Linnet' turns out to be a help rather than a threat to Mike when he meets up with his old enemy, Cahoon, and the mastermind behind the attempts on Mike's life. The narrow escape Mike has on the ground is just a prelude to the peril that awaits him in space. He must draw on all of his vast knowledge and training or find himself orbiting the Earth forever." Minor edgewear to boards, minor wrinkling to top of spine, otherwise book is clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Dust jacket is price clipped and worn, but basically complete with edgewear, tears/wrinkling to rear panel, rubbing, front panel illustration bright and complete - now protected in mylar sleeve. 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
JOHN WORSLEY'S WAR.  AN OFFICIAL WAR ARTIST IN WORLD WAR II., Worsley, John and Giggal, Kenneth.
167 Worsley, John and Giggal, Kenneth. JOHN WORSLEY'S WAR. AN OFFICIAL WAR ARTIST IN WORLD WAR II.
Shrewsbury Air Life 1993 1853102571 / 9781853102578 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good- John Worsley. 
116 pp, small 4to (10 7/16" H). Profusely illustrated with b&w and colour reproductions of the author/artist's work. "John Worsley was one of the very few active service artists of the Second World War, and in this book he recalls his experiences both in active sea warfare and later as a prisoner of war. At the outbreak of war the twenty-year-old John Worsley joined up as a Midshipman and during off duty moments sketched his fellow sailors and incidental scenes of life at sea. Having survived the sinking of his first ship, HMS Laurentic, destroyer service on Atlantic convoys and, during 1942, troop convoys from the Red Sea to Australia in the cruiser HMS Devonshire, in 1943 he was made an Official Naval War Artist on the Commander-in-Chief's staff, Malta. After covering the first Italian landing in the Straits of Messina at Reggio and later the landing at Salerno, he moved on to cover some of the nefarious activities opening up the Naval front in the Adriatic and there was captured by the Germans. As a prisoner he continued depicting the PoW life around him and helped to produce forged identity papers and, most ingenious of all, he created 'Albert', the successful dummy Naval Officer escape device used both for the initial escape of one prisoner, and also as his stand-in on three roll calls a day for four days after. The celebrated film 'Albert RN' is based on this episode. (This book) captures the sense of immediacy and intimacy that comes from an on-the-spot artist depicting his own world." Slight 2" line indentation and faint rub line on front board. Dust jacket has minor wear at top/bottom of spine, several light scratches on front panel - no colour loss, very small sticker pull on front panel, light rubbing. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
JOHN WORSLEY'S WAR.  AN OFFICIAL WAR ARTIST IN WORLD WAR II., Worsley, John and Giggal, Kenneth.
168 Worsley, John and Giggal, Kenneth. JOHN WORSLEY'S WAR. AN OFFICIAL WAR ARTIST IN WORLD WAR II.
Shrewsbury Air Life 1993 1853102571 / 9781853102578 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ John Worsley. 
116 pp, small 4to (10 7/16" H). Profusely illustrated with b&w and colour reproductions of the author/artist's work. "John Worsley was one of the very few active service artists of the Second World War, and in this book he recalls his experiences both in active sea warfare and later as a prisoner of war. At the outbreak of war the twenty-year-old John Worsley joined up as a Midshipman and during off duty moments sketched his fellow sailors and incidental scenes of life at sea. Having survived the sinking of his first ship, HMS Laurentic, destroyer service on Atlantic convoys and, during 1942, troop convoys from the Red Sea to Australia in the cruiser HMS Devonshire, in 1943 he was made an Official Naval War Artist on the Commander-in-Chief's staff, Malta. After covering the first Italian landing in the Straits of Messina at Reggio and later the landing at Salerno, he moved on to cover some of the nefarious activities opening up the Naval front in the Adriatic and there was captured by the Germans. As a prisoner he continued depicting the PoW life around him and helped to produce forged identity papers and, most ingenious of all, he created 'Albert', the successful dummy Naval Officer escape device used both for the initial escape of one prisoner, and also as his stand-in on three roll calls a day for four days after. The celebrated film 'Albert RN' is based on this episode. (This book) captures the sense of immediacy and intimacy that comes from an on-the-spot artist depicting his own world." Very minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has some minor edge wrinkling. 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
THE CABINET MAKERS OF NORFOLK COUNTY., Yeager, William, editor.
169 Yeager, William, editor. THE CABINET MAKERS OF NORFOLK COUNTY.
Simcoe, Ontario The Norfolk Historical Society 1975 First, Limited Edition. Hard Cover Very Good+ Signed by Editor.
154 pp, 11 1/4" H. Medium brown cloth with black lettering on spine and front board - no dust jacket (as issued). Signed on copyright page by the editor and numbered "#122 of 688 copies 1st edition" - Norfolk Historical Society blindstamp. An account of the early cabinet makers in Norfolk County, Ontario, illustrated with b&w reproductions of photographs, maker's marks and labels. Contents: Introduction; Furniture in Early Norfolk; The Cabinet Makers of Woodhouse Township; David Marr of Woodhouse; The Cabinet Makers of Charlotteville; Archibald Reid of Vittoria; The Cabinet Makers of Houghton; The Cabinet Makers of Middleton; The Cabinet Makers of Windham; The Cabinet Makers of Simcoe; J. & G. Jackson, Builders and Cabinet Makers; The Cabinet Makers of Townsend Township; Louis Hoffman of Port Dover; The Cabinet Makers of Walsingham; McCall & Company; Appendix I: Listings of Furniture Makers in Representative Sampling of Early Business Directories; Appendix II: Census Listings; Acknowledgements; Index. Two small faint pen lines at bottom corner of front board. 
Price: 50.00 USD
 
 
170 Zaslow, Morris. THE NORTHWARD EXPANSION OF CANADA, 1914-1967.
Toronto McClelland & Stewart 1988 0771090714 / 9780771090714 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
421 pp, 9 1/4" H. One of 'The Canadian Centenary Series'. B&w photographs, maps. "In the concluding volume of his study of the Canadian North since Confederation, Morris Zaslow details with encyclopedic scope the accelerating change typical of the second half of that era. In this period the frontiers of agriculture and industry swept northward from near the international border to their economic limits. In the search for oil and natural gas, these limits were also close to the country's physical limits. Assisted by new roads, extended railways, improved river transportation, and the new airplane, settlers, prospectors, and developers cleared land, sought mineral treasures, opened enterprises, and established permanent settlements in areas formerly given over to hunting and trapping by the native peoples. At the same time, the institutions of society and government familiar to southern Canada followed at a more measured pace." Minor wrinkling at top of spine, small bump at bottom corner of both boards. Dust jacket has small light stain on front panel, wrinkling at bottom of flap-folds with old tape on inside surface - very light edge wrinkling elsewhere. 
Price: 30.00 USD
 
 
171 Zaslow, Morris. THE OPENING OF THE CANADIAN NORTH, 1870-1914.
Toronto McClelland & Stewart 1971 0771090722 / 9780771090721 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good- 
339 pp, 9 1/4" H. One of 'The Canadian Centenary Series'. B&w photographs, maps. "(T)races Canada's northward expansion in the years after Confederation. In the forefront of the movement were the fur-traders, missionaries, and gold-seekers. Behind them came provincial and federal overnments, concerned for their authority, and anxious to develop the riches of the North. Under the Laurier government (1896-1911) the advance quickened, and the roles of the Geological Survey, North-West Mounted Police, and Departments of the Interior, Indian Affairs, and Marine and Fisheries, gained new importance. A country which, by Confederation, had barely extended beyond the Gulf of St. Lawrence and St Lawrence Lowlands region, ahd by 1914 occupied the prairies. Aided by new transcontinental railways, its people had begun moving into the forest of the Middle North along a front that extended from lake St John to Dawson, and the Arctic frontier beyond recieved increasing attention. But the governments failed in their treatment of the native population, and in their eagerness to foster development they allowed resources to be exploited blindly, for and by foreign interest in the main." Slight darkening to edges of text block, very light wrinkling to top/bottom of spine, minor edge wear. Dust jacket has light edge wear/wrinkling, light rubbing and small light scratch on front panel, minor soiling, a few small and tiny edge tears - archivally taped, slight browning to spine and flap-folds. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
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