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41 Smith, Peter C. ARCTIC VICTORY: THE STORY OF CONVOY PQ 18.
Crecy 1994 0947554440 / 9780947554446 Reprint Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good+ 
238 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H). B&w photographs, maps/battle plans. "In the critical summer of 1942 the climax of the war at sea was reached with three tremendous convoy battles, one in the Mediterranean and two on the cruel Arctic convoy route to North Russia. In July 1942 came the disaster of PQ 17 whose annihilation was an unmitigated defeat for the Allies. In August the bulk of the Royal Navy's slender resources were switched to the Mediterranean to fight through the 'Pedestal' convoy to Malta. This was fought through successfully but at very heavy cost. Then in September 1942 the ships of PQ 18 put to sea in proud defiance of the grim fate of PQ 17. The hard-fought action that followed is described in this detailed and careful study of one of the major convoy battles of World War II. Peter C. Smith has researched his subject to a great depth and the resulting blow-by-blow account of the passage of this convoy constitutes a record of epic courage and grim determination, heroism and dogged endurance. It is a proud chapter in the maritime history of the Royal Navy." Tiny faint stain on top of text block. Dust jacket has minor rubbing, small area of very tiny dints on front panel. 
Price: 37.50 USD
 
 
42 Smith, R.D. Hilton. Foreword by Samuel Rothstein. NORTHWESTERN APPROACHES: THE FIRST CENTURY OF BOOKS.
Victoria, B.C. Adelphi Book Shop 1969 First Thus Hard Cover Very Good 
67 pp, 9 5/16" H. Brown simulated leather boards with gold lettering on spine, gold illustration on front board. B&w plates. "First published as the complete issue of the 'British Columbia Library Quarterly' for January 1969. Now published by the Adelphi Book Shop Ltd. in an edition of 750 copies, May 1969." "This is not a bibliography, nor is it a pemmican history of the early northwest, although in some ways it shares the nature of both. It is a series of informal lectures, slightly expanded and re-arranged, on the books written by the explorers of British Columbia and its approaches during the century which began with Bering's first voyage and ended with Sir George Simpson's second journey to the Columbia." Contents: Foreword; Acknowledgements; Background & Introduction; Spaniards versus Russians; The British Approach by Land and Sea; The French Look In; The Americans Reach Out; Check-list; Index. Faint erased pencil marks at top of frent free endpaper, lettering on spine had faded. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
THE FRIENDLY FORCE., Spettigue, Douglas.
43 Spettigue, Douglas. THE FRIENDLY FORCE.
Longmans, Green, Toronto, n.d. 
134 pp, 8vo (8 3/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w photographs. "...tells the story of one of the world's most famous police forces - the Royal Canadian Mounted Police...The opening chapters tell how, under the name Northwest Mounted Police, the Force was formed in 1873, and describes its stirring exploits in the early days of the West. Mr. Spettigue then takes us to the school at Rockcliffe, where recruits...undergo the rigorous training that will fit them for the strenuous duties to come...We are taken on a tour of the fabulous Identification Branch in Ottawa...We visit laboratories where scrapings of blood, samples of hair, or tiny bits of cloth are examined microscopically to provide evidence that may convict or free a suspec t; where bullets are inspected under the comparison microscope to determine whether they were fired from the sme gun; where experts can tell what typewriter was used to produce an incriminating letter...we visit the Mounties on their lonel y p a t r o l s of the Canadian North - taking a sick Indian to hospital, bringing news and the warmth of human companionship to isolated trappers, or tracking down a criminal across miles of wilderness. Two chapters on the Marine Division tell t hr i ll in g ta le s of the pursuit and capture of smugglers, and of the rescue of ships in distress...The final chapter, 'On Being a Mountie', sums up what it is to be a member of the Force, and contains the inspiring story of the work that the Mo unt ie s h ave v olu nta ri ly u ndertaken in befriending underprivileged youths and helping to combat juvenile delinquency." Very small crease at top corner of approx. pages 20 to 65, small light soiling marki in margin of page 54, scattered tiny fox ing mar ks o n t op o f te xtb loc k. Dust jacket has large chips, tears - some archivally taped, creases, moderate rubbing on rear panel, now in mylar sleeve. VG/Poor 
Price: 12.50 USD
 
 
THE MAN WHO MAPPED THE ARCTIC:  THE INTREPID LIFE OF GEORGE BACK, FRANKLIN'S LIEUTENANT., Steele, Peter.
44 Steele, Peter. THE MAN WHO MAPPED THE ARCTIC: THE INTREPID LIFE OF GEORGE BACK, FRANKLIN'S LIEUTENANT.
Vancouver Raincoast 2003 1551926482 / 9781551926483 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good+ George Back 
307 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H). Map endpapers, b&w maps, reproductions of drawings (by Back). "George Back went on three Arctic expeditions under Sir John Franklin, searching for the mythical Northwest Passage while opening up the vast barren lands of the Canadian north. But unlike Franklin, Back lived to tell his tales and left behind an inspirational legacy of journals, drawings, watercolours and maps. Back was one of nature's survivors. Just after he joined the British navy at the tender age of 11, he was taken prisoner by the French and spent five years in a Napoleonic citadel. Here he learnt to speak French, a skill that later helped smooth his passage with the hardy Canadian voyaguers. Exploration of the frozen north was then beset by appalling difficulties. There were rows with the Hudson's Bay Company, rations that failed to get through and, in extremis, cannibalism. But Back came through such trials with a joyous satisfaction. His crowning achievement was the discovery and descent of Canada's Great Fish River, now named the Back River. Not only did he shoot its 83 sets of rapids in a boat built on the spot, but on reaching the Arctic Ocean, he dragged the vessel back upstream as winter closed in. His final expedition almost led him to a watery grave off Southampton Island at the top of Hudson Bay, where his ship drifted for ten months in pack ice; the leaking wreck just made it to Ireland, where Back ran it onto a beach and collapsed. Five Arctic adventures had destroyed his health. Now an admiral, he retired, was knighted and died at the ripe old age of 82." Minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has some light edge wrinkling - mainly at top of spine and front flap fold. 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
TEN MINUTES TO BUFFALO: THE STORY OF GERMANY'S GREAT ESCAPER., Steinhilper, Ulrich and Osborne, Peter.
45 Steinhilper, Ulrich and Osborne, Peter. TEN MINUTES TO BUFFALO: THE STORY OF GERMANY'S GREAT ESCAPER.
Independent, Bromley, 1991, first edition. 
432 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 1872836011 B&w maps, plans, photographs, reproductions. "Having fought throughout the Battle of Britain, Ulrich Steinhilper was shot down as he flew his Messerschmitt Bf 109-E on a bo mber escort duty. As the wing turned over London it was attacked by 74 Squadron, 'The Tigers', and Sergeant Bill Skinner in a Spitfire was to claim the 'kill'. So it was that in late October 1940 Ulrich was to begin a phase of his life which w o u l d stretch him, at times, to the limit of physical endurance and at another to the edge of insanity. He was to become a prisoner of war, but he was not a man to embrace something as alien as imprisonment lightly and so he was to dedicate h i ms el f to t he idea of escape. This is the remarkable story of the man who was to become one of the select few, popularly known as 'Die Ausbrecherkonige von Kanada' (the breakout kings from Canada). It is a singularly remarkable history of inn ov ati on, c our age and, at times sheer audacity. The detailed record of the life of one very unusual German prisoner of war. It is entirely written from documents which were laboriously hand-written in 1943 and which, through a remarkable seri es of e vent s, were ret urned to Ulrich Steinhilper in 1953. It is not, therefore, the reminiscences of events which occurred fifty years ago, coloured and tainted by the passage of time, but the accurate and historically correct diary of an exce pti onal young ma n." Creas ing and repiar to top corner of rear paste-down, small piece torn from top corner of free rear endpaper, wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has heavy wrinkling at top of spine, light wrinkling at top/bottom o f re ar fl ap-fol d an d to p edge of front panel, light rubbing on rear panel with a few very light indentation lines. Very Good/Very Good 
Price: 37.50 USD
 
 
THE INCONSTANT SEA: A CORNISHMAN'S CHRONICLE., Tangye, Nigel.
46 Tangye, Nigel. THE INCONSTANT SEA: A CORNISHMAN'S CHRONICLE.
William Kimber, London, 1976, first edition. 
192 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0718302745 "The sea in all its moods is the compelling theme of Nigel Tangye's new book; with its beauty and its cruelty it is everlastingly fickle. By combining his own encounters with the sea with graphic reconstructions of bygone adventures and disasters the author makes yesterday's events living experiences. (His) 'Spray of Glendorgal' setting out from Falmouth is no more safe, and no less exhilarating than 'The Neptune Buss' in 1 756 or the smack 'Porth'; a difficult passage in his own boat recalls the finally triumphant saga of the 'Terra Nova' in 1688 so nearly a total wreck and kept afloat by the determination of her crew. And his own ancestor Richard Tangye was a p a s s e n ger on the liner 'Parramatta' going from London to Sydney in 1879 and beguiling the journey with the amusing incidents related to the ship's serio-comic newspaper 'The Parramatta Sun'. Finally the great 'Warspite' is wrecked in Moun t 's Ba y an d re vi sited by the author who had first trod her decks as a naval lieutenant twenty years before. Past and present episodes are all woven into a hauntingly beautiful pattern." Minor edge wear, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine , tin y bu mp at t op edg e of both boards, one page with dog-ear crease, light waviness to edges of textblock. Dust jacket has been price clipped, has light edge wear/wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, a few tiny/very sma ll edg e tear s, ligh t r ubb ing, light fading to spine color. Very Good-/Very Good- 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
47 Twichell, Heath. NORTHWEST EPIC: THE BUILDING OF THE ALASKA HIGHWAY.
New York St. Martin's Press 1992 0312077548 / 9780312077549 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good- 
368 pp, 9 1/2" H. Map endpapers, b&w photographs, maps. "(T)he panoramic story of the courageous U.S. Army Engineers and civilian contractors who toiled in the tense months after Pearl Harbor to build a 1,500-mile emergency supply line through the rugged Canadian Rockies to isolated military bases in Alaska. The construction of this winding gravel road - GI's called it the ALCAN - was very much an all-American adventure: blacks, whites, and natives working together under the harshest extremes of climate and terrain - racing to bolster Alaska's defenses and deter another Japanese attack on North American soil. The Alaska Highway - with its hundreds of bridges, chain of airfields, and oil refinery and pipeline system (known as CANOL) - opened to traffic in late 1942 and was in full use one year later. Though one of the greatest feats of twentieth-century macro-engineering, this huge project sparked as much protest as patriotism. Critics argued that the road was in the wrong place and would have little postwar value; a well-publicized investigation of CONOL's excesses gave a critical boost to the career of Senator Harry S. Truman." Very light wrinkling at top of spine, very small bump at top corner of both boards. Dust jacket has very light wrinkling at top of spine and flap-folds, light fading to spine color. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
GEORGE III's CHILDREN., Van der Kiste, John.
48 Van der Kiste, John. GEORGE III's CHILDREN.
Sutton, Stroud, 1999. 
204 pp, large 8vo (9 5/8" H), soft cover. ISBN 0750922338 B&w photographs, reproductions. "King George III and Queen Charlotte had fifteen children, all but two surviving to maturity. The eldest, who became Prince Regent and King George IV, is t oday less remembered for his patronage of the arts than for his extravagance, and for the harsh treatment of his wife Caroline. As Commander-in-Chief of the British army, the administrative qualities of Frederick, Duke of York, are largely f o r g o t t e n, while King William IV, usually dismissed as a figure of fun, brought a new affability to the monarchy which helped him through the storms engendered during the passage of the Great Reform Bill in 1832. The princesses, for many ye ar s vi ct im s of t heir parents' possessiveness, married only late in life, if at all, yet they have been disparaged as colourless nonentities. This book describes the relationships between the siblings and chronologically recounts the life of t he fa mil y; the i ntr igu ing characters who surrounded the royal court; and the princes' liaisons which resulted in the extraordinary situation that - when Princess Charlotte of Wales died unexpectedly in 1817 - George III, at the age of seventy- nin e, did not hav e a sin gle legitimate grandchild. Three of his children then hurried to the altar." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - faint crease down spine. Near Fine 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
SHAWLIES, ECHO BOYS, THE MARSH & THE LANES:  OLD CORK REMEMBERED., Verdon, Michael.
49 Verdon, Michael. SHAWLIES, ECHO BOYS, THE MARSH & THE LANES: OLD CORK REMEMBERED.
Dublin O'Brien Press 1993 0862782996 / 9780862782993 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
219 pp, small 4to (10" H). B&w photographs. "From the lanes, the leafy suburbs and the tenements of the city centre, the people of Old Cork remember - Shawlies, stevedores, doctors and bankers are all given a voice here. From Maisie, a poor widow from the lanes of the Northside, to Viola, a merchant's daughter from the wealthy Passage West, the denizens of Old Cork stand out from the crowd and speak their minds. In the span of three years, Michael Verdon interviewed dozens of Cork's native sons and daughters. The result is a candid and colourful account of what life was like before World War II, as told by those who know. The voices are rich and wise, informal and kind. Laced with humour built on keen observation, this book celebrates the homespun wisdom of Ireland's leading southern city." Light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, one tiny corner bump, tiny bump at top edge of rear board. Dust jacket has been price-clipped, has light edge wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds. 
Price: 40.00 USD
 
 
VENICE AND NORTH-EASTERN ITALY., Whelpton, Eric.
50 Whelpton, Eric. VENICE AND NORTH-EASTERN ITALY.
Robert Hale, London, 1965, first edition. 
190 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w plates, maps. "Eric Whelpton, who has been living in, or wandering through, Italy for a large part of his life, believes that even Venice itself, outside the tourist area, still remains to be discovered. To the north-east and to the south of Venice there stretch long sandy beaches where the sea is clear and buoyant. Further along the plain, within a few miles of Trieste, are rocky bays and pineclad slopes. To the south, outside the bo undaries of Venetia, there are the popular resorts of Rimini and Cattolica; but on the way there is Ravenna with its works of art from a civilization that existed thirteen centuries ago. Inland again is Mantua, one of the loveliest of art c i t i e s a n d probably the least known. To the north is Verona, a town of Palladian palaces; and Asolo, built by a queen of Cyprus, and beloved of the Brownings. Lake Garda is described too, and the Dolomites, the rose-coloured mountains that g ua rd t he n o rt h- eastern frontiers of Italy. Eric Whelpton can be relied upon to give practical advice to would-be travellers to Venice and its delightful surroundings, and he may even tempt the armchair traveller to book a passage to this ci ty of can als ." S mal l c rease at top edge of preliminary pages, small bump at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has light edge wear, wrinkling at bottom of spine - less at top of spine and at top/bottom of flap-folds, light rubbing, light fa ding on sp ine. Ve ry Goo d/Ve ry G ood- 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
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