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CORONATION:  A HISTORY OF KINGSHIP AND THE BRITISH MONARCHY., Strong, Roy.
21 Strong, Roy. CORONATION: A HISTORY OF KINGSHIP AND THE BRITISH MONARCHY.
HarperCollins, London, 2005, first edition. 
556 pp, small 4to (10" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0007160542 Profusely illustrated with b&w and colour photographs, reproductions. "As a boy of sixteen, Roy Strong watched the grand procession carrying Queen Elizabeth II to her coronatio n. The spectacle was considered the greatest public event of the century. But now, several years later, many people have little notion of what a coronation is and are unaware of the rich resonances of the ritual, or its deep significance i n t e r m s of the committal of monarch to people. This book is the first of its kind - a comprehensive history to set each coronation into its political, social, religious and cultural context. The story is one of constant re-invention as the s er v ic e ha s ha d to respond to the changes in fortune of the monarchy and the country, everything from legitimising usurpers to reconciling a Catholic rite to the tenets of Protestantism. It had to be recreated from scratch after the restoratio n o f Cha rl es II in 1 660. By telling the story of each coronation in turn, Roy Strong recounts the history of British monarchy since the 10th century, and looks forward to the coronation of Prince Charles. The ceremony's musical history alone is on e of ex tra ord inar y r ichness - involving Henry Purcell, Handel, Edward Elgar and William Walton. The celebratory poetry, art and spectacular engravings published at coronations are all explored, as is the more recent role of photographe rs. Me ticul ousl y re sear ched, wit h rich visual material, including illuminated manuscripts, engravings, portraits, photographs and television stills, this will be the definitive book for many years to come." Very light wrinkling at top/botto m of spi ne, sm all a rea o f soi ling a t top edge of rear board. Dust jacket has very light rubbing and soiling, several very small tears - some with creases at top edge of rear panel - archivally taped, minor edge wrinkling. Very Good+/Very G ood- 
Price: 45.00 USD
 
 
JANE'S FIGHTING AIRCRAFT OF WORLD WAR I., Taylor, John W.R., foreword.  Preface by C.G. Grey.  Aircraft in the War by Major W.E. de B. Whittaker.
22 Taylor, John W.R., foreword. Preface by C.G. Grey. Aircraft in the War by Major W.E. de B. Whittaker. JANE'S FIGHTING AIRCRAFT OF WORLD WAR I.
London Studio Editions 1995 1851703470 / 9781851703470 Reprint Hard Cover Very Good Very Good - 
320 pp, 4to (12 5/8" H). Profusely illustrated in b&w with photographs, drawings, diagrams, 3-view profiles. "Based upon the 1914, 1916, 1917, 1918 and 1919 editions of 'All the World's Aircraft', 'Jane' s Fighting Aircraft of World War I' offers a comprehensive look at the history and changing technology of military aircraft during these years of dramatic invention and rapid development and provides an authoritative as well as fascinating single-volume reference work for all those with an interest in the history of flight and war in the air." Part A. Aircraft in the War (by Major W.E. De B. Whittaker) - arranged alphabetically by country. Part B. All the World's Aero-Engines. This is a heavy book and may require extra postage depending on destination. Light cigarette odor, light wear at corners. Dust jacket has minor edge wrinkling, small tear with large crease at top of rear panel - archivally taped, multiple light line rub marks and general light rubbing on back panel. 
Price: 30.00 USD
 
 
THE ART OF BABAR:  THE WORK OF JEAN AND LAURENT DE BRUNHOFF., Weber, Nicholas Fox.
23 Weber, Nicholas Fox. THE ART OF BABAR: THE WORK OF JEAN AND LAURENT DE BRUNHOFF.
New York Harry N. Abrams 1989 0810918935 / 9780810918931 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good+ Jean and Laurent de Brunhoff. 
191 pp, 12" H. Bright red cloth with blindstamped Babar on front board, white lettering on spine, yellow endpapers. Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs, b&w and colour reproductions. "Babar was created by the painter Jean de Brunhoff, who produced the first seven books of the series between 1931 and 1937, the year of his untimely death. In 1946 his artist son Laurent took up where Jean had left off. He wrote and illustrated his first Babar book when he was twenty-one and has now done thirty Babar books. In bringing Babar back, Laurent was holding on to an enchanted childhood as well as keeping alive the legacy of his beloved father. The elephant actually had been the invention of his mother, Cecile, who thought up the first adventure one evening as a bedtime story for Laurent and his younger brother, Mathieu. In 'The Art of Babar' (the author) has worked with Laurent de Brunhoff to recapture aspects of the artist's childhood in France and the values that he grew up with. He has a lot to say about how both he and his father used watercolor, and the author has explored this technical aspect of their art. The reader is presented with the development from rough sketches to final illustrations; much of this material has never before been reproduced." Book is Near Fine. Dust jacket has light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds. 
Price: 35.00 USD
 
 
A CRIMINAL HISTORY OF MANKIND., Wilson, Colin.
24 Wilson, Colin. A CRIMINAL HISTORY OF MANKIND.
London Granada 1984 0246116366 / 9780246116369 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good- 
702 pp, 9 1/2" H. "(T)ells the story of human violence from Peking Man to the Mafia, taking into account the calculated sadism of the Assyrians, the opportunism of the Greek pirates, the brutality that made Rome the 'razor king of the Mediterranean', the mindless destruction of the Vandals, the mass slaughter of Genghis Khan, Tamurlane, Ivan the Terrible, Vlad the Impaler - - . Each age has its own characteristic pattern of crime. In the past three centuries crime has changed and evolved until the sex killer and the mass murderer have become symbols of all that is worst about our civilization. But this is not just a study of human depravity: it is an attempt to place crime in perspective against human discovery, exploration and invention. The result is a completely new approach to the history and psychology of human violence." Light toning to top edge and fore-edge of text block, book is slightly cocked, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, minor edge rubbing. Dust jacket minor edge wear, very light edge wrinkling, light browning at top edge of flaps and top inside edge of jacket, light rubbing. 
Price: 35.00 USD
 
 
25 Wilson, Ethel. THE INNOCENT TRAVELLER.
Macmillan, Toronto, 1949, Ist ed. 
277 pp, sm 8vo, HC. The author's second book. "Topaz Edgeworth travelled through a full hundred years of living, always gay, irreverent, unpredictable, and utterly untouched by any of the world's evil, though she had her share of its sorrows...The story of Topaz, part truth and part invention, will be recognized as marking the fulfilment of the promise shown by this Canadian author in her first novel, 'Hetty Dorval'." Boards very bright and clean, faint stain on bottom front bo a r d . S l i g h t bump on top of front board. Bottom of spine creased from standing, faint dent middle of spine. Back board ever so slightly bowed. Fore edges very slightly discolored with age. Dj has small closed tears and some small chips, s om e ov e ra ll s oi li ng , particularly noticeable on white back panel, but still quite bright and attractive. VG+/VG- 
Price: 70.00 USD
 
 
THE STORY OF THE MIGRATION OF SKIVINS AND HIS FIRST YEAR IN WESTERN CANADA., Wilson, John Francis, written and illustrated by.
26 Wilson, John Francis, written and illustrated by. THE STORY OF THE MIGRATION OF SKIVINS AND HIS FIRST YEAR IN WESTERN CANADA.
Toronto Macmillan Company of Canada 1962 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good John Francis Wilson. 
Unpaginated (approx. 89 pp.), oblong large 8vo (9 1/4" H x 12 1/8" D), in publisher's slipcase. Main text/illustrations printed on one side of page only. Profusely illustrated in b&w and colour with charming, humorous drawings by the author. "John Francis Wilson's droll narrative style and his whimsical illustrations are still as fresh and appealing as they were when he first produced 'The Migration of Skivins' at the turn of the century. The many superb drawings, nine of them in full colour, in which the author shows a striking natural talent and a wholly engaging gift for comic invention, are accurate as well as beautiful, providing an authentic record of farming and prairie life in the late nineteenth century." The amusing exploits of a London clerk, Benjamin Sydcup Skivins, who decides to try his luck as a farmer on the Canadian prairies. Very light edge wear to boards, minor wrinkling at bottom of spine. Dust jacket is price-clipped, very light edge wear - mainly at top/bottom of spine, light browning to spine - more at finger grip areas, small partial closed tear on rear edge of spine - archivally taped, very tiny stain on front panel . Slipcase has light fading to fore-edge areas of side panels several small areas of darkening on one side panel, small bump to one rear edge, several scattered tiny light stains, very light wear at front corners. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
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