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THE ANGELIC AVENGERS., Andrezel, Pierre.  (pseud of Karen Blixen, aka Isak Dinesen).
61 Andrezel, Pierre. (pseud of Karen Blixen, aka Isak Dinesen). THE ANGELIC AVENGERS.
London Putnam 1946 First British Edition Hard Cover Very Good Good+ Michael Wickham, dust jacket art. 
303 pp, 8vo (8" H). "Pierre Andrezel, whose name appears on this novel, is described as a young Frenchman, born in Rouen 1915, and educated at Oxford where he wrote stories for English magazines. His original publication of 'The Angelic Avengers' in Copenhagen in 1944 may be explained by the state of France at that time, and the less oppressive conditions of the Danes, whom the British Prime Minister dubbed 'the Gangster's Canary Birds'. The use of this phrase in the book can hardly fail to be an allusion, and may have a certain significance, although it would be an error to regard the book as in any serious way allegorical. Pierre Andrezel has not been heard of since the appearance of his novel in Denmark. The setting of (this book) is England and France 1840-41, when a romantic school of fiction still carried on something of the flamboyance and mystery of the Gothic Revival." - from the dust jacket flap. Pierre Andrezel was in fact Karen Blixen (Isaak Dinesen) of 'Out of Africa' fame. Light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has light to moderate browning, areas of light to moderate edge wrinkling, light edge wear. 
Price: 85.00 USD
 
 
62 Angelucci, Enzo and Matricardi, Paolo. COMBAT AIRCRAFT OF WORLD WAR II, 1938-1939. POSTER BOOK.
New York Military Press 1987 0517641771 / 9780517641774 Soft Cover Very Good+ Pierluigi Pinto. 
63 pp, folio (15 1/4" H). Profusely illustrated with full and double page 3-view drawings, b&w photographs. Brief histories of each aircraft and technical details. This volume: Bloch MB-152; Potez 631; Morane-Saulnier M.S.406; Liore et Olivier LeO 451; Junkers Ju.87 B-2; Messerschmitt Bf.109 E; Heinkel He.111; PZL P-23; PZL P-37; Dornier Do.17; Fokker G.1; Rogozarsky IK-3; Fiat B.R.20; Fiat C.R.42; Supermarine Spitfire Mk.I; Vickers Wellington; Fairey Battle; Bristol Blenheim; Armstrong Whitworth Whitley; Curtiss P-36; Douglas TBD-1; Mitsubishi G3M. Interior - minor yellowing to edges of pages, otherwise clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - very slight yellowing to edges of covers and on spine. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
63 Angelucci, Enzo and Matricardi, Paolo. COMBAT AIRCRAFT OF WORLD WAR II, 1941-1942. POSTER BOOK.
New York Military Press, New York, (1988). 1988 0517665778 / 9780517665770 Soft Cover Very Good Pierluigi Pinto. 
63 pp, folio (15 1/4" H). Profusely illustrated with full and double page 3-view drawings, b&w photographs. Brief histories of each aircraft and technical details. This volume: Lockheed P-38G; Douglas SBD; Douglas A-20; Consolidated B-24D; Petlyakov Pe-2; Yakovlev Yak-4; Mitsubishi G4M; Nakajima A6M2-N; Kawasaki Ki-48; Nakajima Ki-49; Nakajima Ki-43; De Havilland Mosquito; Avro Lancaster Mk.I; Hawker Typhoon; Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IX; Dornier Do.217; Messerschmitt Bf.110 G; Junkers Ju.87 G; Heinkel He-177; Messerschmitt Bf.109 G; Commonwealth CA 13; Piaggio P.108. Interior - minor yellowing to edges of pages, otherwise clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - slight yellowing to edges of covers and on spine, tiny corner creases on front cover. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
64 Angelucci, Enzo and Matricardi, Paolo. WORLD AIRCRAFT: COMMERCIAL, 1935-1960.
Rand McNally, Chicago, (1979). 
317 pp, small 8vo (7 1/2" H), soft cover. ISBN 528882066 Profusely illustrated in color and b&w with drawings, profiles, insignia, reproductions of posters. Contents: United States; Great Britain; USSR; France; Italy; Germany; Sweden; Japan; Holland; Canada; Poland; Czechoslovakia; Romania; Spain; Argentina; Australia; Switzerland; People's Republic of China; Major Commercial Aircraft; Civil Aviation Registration Letters - 1960; Insignia of the Major Airlines in 1960; Principal Airports of the World - 1960; Engines. Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - book lightly cocked, very light creases on spine, minor browning to edges of textblock, very minor edge wear. VG 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
65 Angelucci, Enzo and Matricardi, Paolo. Illustrations by Pierluigi Pinto. COMBAT AIRCRAFT OF WORLD WAR II, 1942-1943. POSTER BOOK.
Military Press, New York, (1988). 
63 pp, folio (15 1/4" H), soft cover. Profusely illustrated with full and double page 3-view drawings, b&w photographs. Brief histories of each aircraft and technical details. This volume: Nakajima Ki-44; Kawasaki Ki-61; Kawanishi N1K; Martin B-26; Grumman TBF; North American P-51B; Martin Baltimore; Republic P-47; Yakovlev Yak-9; Tupolev Tu-2; IAR 80; Focke Wulf Fw.190 F; Heinkel He.219; Supermarine Spitfire Mk.XII; Supermarine Seafire; Messerschmitt Me.410; Fairey Firefly; Hawker Hurricane Mk.IV; Junkers Ju.188; Reggiane Re.2002; Fiat G.55; Macchi MC 205; Reggiane RE.2005. Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - very light browning to edges of textblock, minor edge wear. VG+ 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
66 Angelucci, Enzo and Matricardi, Paolo. Illustrations by Pierluigi Pinto. COMBAT AIRCRAFT OF WORLD WAR II, 1943-1944. POSTER BOOK.
Military Press, New York, (1988). 
63 pp, folio (15 1/4" H), soft cover. ISBN 0517665794 Profusely illustrated with full and double page 3-view drawings, b&w photographs. Brief histories of each aircraft and technical details. This volume: Nakajima Ki-84; Yokosuka D4Y; Mitsubishi J2M; Mitsubishi Ki-67; Nakajima B6N; Grumman F6F; Douglas A-26; Vought F4U-1D; Curtiss SB2C; North American B-25; Bell P-63; Lavochkin La-5; Northrop P-61; Ilyushin Il-2M3; Focke Wulf Fw.190 D-9; Junkers Ju.88 G-7a; Messerschmitt Me.163; S u p e r m a r i n e Spitfire Mk.XIV ; Avro Lancaster Mk.II; Hawker Tempest; Fairey Barracuda; Bristol Beaufighter Mk.X. Interior - small bump at top corner of pages up to page 22, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - v er y mi no r ed ge wear. Very Good+ 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
MEN AT ARNHEM., Angus, Tom.
67 Angus, Tom. MEN AT ARNHEM.
Leo Cooper, London, (1977), reprint. 
208 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0850522153 B&w maps, organization chart. "Tom Angus sets out to apportion no blame, nor does he seek to analyse the reasons for the failure of the operation. His aim is simply to describe w hat it was like to be a 30-year old company commander during those eight days in hell. For obvious reasons, the characters are not all drawn straight from life. The names are changed and he does not specify the units concerned. But the e v e n t s h e describes did happen just where and when and how he describes them; so if this is not a conventional work of military history nor is it by any means fiction. It is a remarkable and intensely moving account of one of those great mi li ta ry t ra ge d ie s w hich only the British seem able to turn into triumphs, and as a book it certainly triumphs over all conventional accounts of that blood-drenched sacrifice that was the Battle of Arnhem. It is also the finest evocation of an inf ant rym an' s w ar to b e published for many years and will become a classic in its field." Previous owners small stamp on front pastedown, very tiny bump to bottom corners of boards. Dust jacket has light wrinkling at top of spine, small gh ost stic ker mark on fro nt f lap . VG+/VG 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
68 Ansell, Mike, Colonel Sir. Foreword By H.R.H. The Prince Philip. SOLDIER ON: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY.
London Peter Davies 1973 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good - Good+ Inscribed By Author
180 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H). **Inscribed on half title page: "G_____ A_____ Best wishes Mike Ansell Oct. 14th 1973". B&w plates. "In June, 1940, when Colonel Mike had just been awarded the D.S.O. and was the youngest Commanding Officer in the Army, disaster struck: he was blinded in a hail of bullets at St Valery. The way he has overcome this handicap, and other more heartbreaking losses, is the inspiring theme of this book. For Colonel Mike has never failed to 'soldier on' in the face of adversities that would have broken lesser men. Whether catching salmon on the Torridge in Devon, creating the beautiful garden at his home near Bideford, planning a new show-jumping course with his specially designed magnetic board, attending St Dunstan's reunions or sitting in his study typing this book, to everything he does Colonel Mike bring his own unique brand of enthusiasm and professionalism - just as he did before the war, when, for example, he organised the famous Trick Ride for his regiment, the 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards, and show-jumped for England. Chairman of the British Show-Jumping Association and of the British Horse Society for some twenty-five years and now President of the British Equestrian Federation, he has done more than any other single man to make Britain one of the leading equestrian nations in the world, and to stimulate the ever-growing interest in riding as a competitive and leisure sport." Publishers' promotional material laid-in. Scattered tiny foxing marks on top third of both boards and on edges of text bkock, light wear at corners. Dust jacket has bee price-clipped, heavy creases at top corner of rear flap-fold, tiny foxing marks on top inside edge, some light edge wear/wrinkling, small closed tear on front hinge, small repair at top edge - archivally taped. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
A MAGYARSAG EREDETE., Antal, Endrey.  Inscribed by author.
69 Antal, Endrey. Inscribed by author. A MAGYARSAG EREDETE.
Magyar Intezet, Melbourne, 1982. 
124 pp, 8vo (8 1/2" H), soft cover. B&w photographs. INSCRIBED BY AUTHOR ON TITLE PAGE. HUNGARIAN TEXT. Tartalom Jegyzek: A nemzeti hagyomany; Idegen kutfok; Finnugor utveszto; Torok fajta; A hun testverek; Perzsa kapcsolatok; A sumerok; Szubart u es a hurriak; Uj magyar ostortenet; Jegyzetek. Small red ink # 10 written on first page, small light dampness marks at top edge of pages up to page 16, very slight bump to top corner of textblock and covers, two small closed tears at gut t e r o f p a ge 15/16 - archivally taped, book slight cocked, light rubbing and wrinkling to covers, minor soiling to covers, light wear at top/bottom of spine, tiny dint on front cover. Good+ 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
FIRST 9 XANTH NOVELS.  A SPELL FOR CHAMELEON / THE SOURCE OF MAGIC / CASTLE ROONGA / CENTAUR AISLE / OGRE, OGRE / NIGHT MARE / DRAGON ON A PEDESTAL / CREWEL LYE: A CAUSTIC YARN / GOLEM IN THE GEARS.  9 BOOKS., Anthony, Piers.
70 Anthony, Piers. FIRST 9 XANTH NOVELS. A SPELL FOR CHAMELEON / THE SOURCE OF MAGIC / CASTLE ROONGA / CENTAUR AISLE / OGRE, OGRE / NIGHT MARE / DRAGON ON A PEDESTAL / CREWEL LYE: A CAUSTIC YARN / GOLEM IN THE GEARS. 9 BOOKS.
New York Del Rey / Ballantine Mass Market Paperbacks Very Good Michael Whelan (1 & 4), Doug Beekman (2) & Darrell K. Sweet (3, 5-9). 
The first 9 novels in the Xanth series (Magic of Xanth) - 6 7/8" H. Xanth is a magical land shaped like Florida and populated by fantastic creatures (centaurs, demons, dragons, goblins, merfolk, ogres, zombies, etc.), where every human character is born with a unique magical talent. 1. A Spell for Chameleon - 344 pp, 1984 18th printing, ISBN 0345317718. 2. The Source of Magic - 326 pp, 1985 22nd printing, ISBN 0345335554. 3. Castle Roonga - 329 pp, 1985 19th printing, ISBN 0345337484. 4. Centaur Aisle - 294 pp, 1982 1st printing, ISBN 0345297709. 5. Ogre, Ogre - 307 pp, 1985 13th printing, ISBN 0345335090. 6. Night Mare - 307 pp, 1983 1st printing, ISBN 034530456X. 7. Dragon on a Pedestal - 306 pp, 1985 6th printing, ISBN 0345335538. 8. Crewel Lye: A Caustic Yarn - 309 pp, 1985 1st printing, ISBN 0345313097. 9. Golem in the Gears - 327 pp, 1986 1st printing, ISBN 0345318862. Interiors - pages and inside of covers have very light browning in margins and edges respectively; book 2 has light browning on inside of covers and on inside hinges; small bumps to fore-edge of pages 179 to 300, three small indentations in fore-edge margin and a small soft crease at top corner of first 20 pages; book 5 has a very tiny to tiny tear at top edge of pages 267 to 282 - last two pages are archivally taped; otherwise all books are clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exteriors - book 2 has three small indentations at fore-edge of front cover, very small shallow indentation on fore-edge of text block, two small corner creases and a larger corner crease on front cover; two books have a slight spine lean; books have very light to light edge wear; one or two other very small corner creases; book 7 has wrinkling on spine. 
Price: 45.00 USD
 
 
XANTH NOVELS 10 - 18.  VALE OF THE VOLE / HEAVEN CENT / MAN FROM MUNDANIA / ISLE OF VIEW / QUESTION QUEST / THE COLOR OF HER PANTIES / DEMONS DON'T DREAM / HARPY TIME / GEIS OF THE GARGOYLE.  9 BOOKS., Anthony, Piers.
71 Anthony, Piers. XANTH NOVELS 10 - 18. VALE OF THE VOLE / HEAVEN CENT / MAN FROM MUNDANIA / ISLE OF VIEW / QUESTION QUEST / THE COLOR OF HER PANTIES / DEMONS DON'T DREAM / HARPY TIME / GEIS OF THE GARGOYLE. 9 BOOKS.
New York Del Rey / Ballantine 1st Printings Mass Market Paperbacks Very Good Darrell K. Sweet. 
The second 9 books (numbers 10 to 18) in the Xanth series (Magic of Xanth) - 6 7/8" H. Xanth is a magical land shaped like Florida and populated by fantastic creatures (centaurs, demons, dragons, goblins, merfolk, ogres, zombies, etc.), where every human character is born with a unique magical talent. 10. Vale of the Vole - 324 pp, 1987 1st printing, ISBN 0380752875. 11. Heaven Cent - 324 pp, 1988 1st printing, ISBN 0380752883. 12. Man from Mundania - 361 pp, 1989 1st printing, ISBN 0380752891. 13. Isle of View - 344 pp, 1990 1st printing, ISBN 0380759470. 14. Question Quest - 359 pp, 1991 1st printing, ISBN 0380759489. 15. The Color of Her Panties - 342 pp, 1992 1st printing, ISBN 0380759497. 16. Demons Don't Dream - 340 pp, 1994 1st printing, ISBN 0812534832. 17. Harpy Thyme - 342 pp, 1995 1st printing, ISBN 0812534840. 18. Geis of the Gargoyle - 342 pp, 1996 1st printing, ISBN 0812534859. Interiors - most books have browning to pages and inside of covers - varies from very light to moderate; book 12 has a tiny tear/dent at fore-edge of pages; otherwise interiors are clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exteriors - six books have light lean to spine; books have very light edge wear; book 12 has scuff/indentation across fore-edge of text block; light browning to edges of text blocks; book 18 has two spine creases; a few tiny or very small corner creases on some covers. 
Price: 45.00 USD
 
 
72 Appleby, Edna (Hill). CANMORE: THE STORY OF AN ERA.
Canmore, Alberta Self-published 1975 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Good- Signed by Author
163 pp, 11 1/4" H. Signed by author on front free endpaper. B&w photographs, reproductions, fold-out school group (1926) photograph facing title page. Records the history of town of Canmore and the surrounding area. "Once located within the boundaries of Rocky Mountain Park, you observe Canmore changing from a CPR town into the only thriving coal mining town of the entire Bow Valley. Pictures and records of the once existing towns of Bankhead, Anthracite, Georgetown and Kananaskis are spotlighted as they enhanced the development of Canmore itself into the town it now is. The history of Exshaw and its cement plant is also recorded. Traced throughout the book is the development of the Canmore Mines from 1887 to 1974 with a subjective view of the miner and his contribution to Canmore." A few minor very small dents on rear board, minor browning on rear pastedowns. Dust jacket is price-clipped, has light to moderate edge wear and rubbing, a few very small dents and small hole on rear panel, several medium tears/creases with old tape repair at top of rear panel, two very small stains on rear panel. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
SPLENDOUR AT COURT:  DRESSING FOR ROYAL OCCASIONS SINCE 1700., Arch, Nigel and Marschner, Joanna.
73 Arch, Nigel and Marschner, Joanna. SPLENDOUR AT COURT: DRESSING FOR ROYAL OCCASIONS SINCE 1700.
London Unwin Hyman, London, (1987), Ist edition. 1987 0713526610 / 9780713526615 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
128 pp, 10 1/2" H. Profusely illustrated in b&w and colour with photographs, reproductions, drawings. "(P)rovides a lively picture of contrasting courtly scenes through the ages. It takes us from the paralysingly formal Court of Queen Anne to the outlandish ostentation of fifty years later when the Prince of Wales's dancing feet twinkled with 30,000 Pounds worth of diamonds attached to his shoe buckles. It conjures up the social butterflies of the Victorian age and a young debutante in the 1920's having difficulty tucking the essential three white feathers into her fashionably bobbed hair style. The fairy tale dresses and gold encrusted uniforms described and illustrated in this book have echoed or defied the fashions of the world right up to the present day. The last debutante to be presented at Court left Buckingham Palace in 1958, but in ceremonies such as the State Opening of Parliament courtly costume and tradition still linger with us." Spine is slightly twisted, minor toning on pastedowns. Dust jacket has light wear at bottom of front flap-fold, light edge wrinkling - mainly at top of rear panel, very soft crease down rear panel. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
74 Architects Adventure. (Based on the world of Jhereg by Steven Brust.) DZURLORD. A CROSSROADS ADVENTURE IN THE WORLD OF STEVEN BRUST'S JHEREG.
TOR, (New York, 1987), Ist printing. 
Unpaginated, paperback. Introduction by Steven Brust. "What you are holding is both a game and an adventure. Have you ever read a book and then told yourself you would have been able to think more clearly or seen a way out of the hero's dilemma? In a Crossroads adventure you have the opportunity to do just that. You make the key decisions. By means of a few easily followed steps you are able to see the results of your choices..." A self-directed adventure story based on Steven Brust's Jhereg. Interior - Pages browning lightly, otherwise clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - light edgewear, crease at bottom corner of front cover, spine flat and uncreased. VG 
Price: 40.00 USD
 
 
THE YOUNG ARDIZZONE:  AN AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL FRAGMENT., Ardizzone, Edward.
75 Ardizzone, Edward. THE YOUNG ARDIZZONE: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL FRAGMENT.
London Studio Vista 1970 289797721 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good Edward Ardizzone. 
144 pp, 10" H. "The story (Ardizzone) tells here is of his own childhood up to the time he started his career as an artist. Evoking a period as well as having a lot of fun remembering, it is fragmentary, charming and very much alive, sometimes because a particular character, escapade or adventure is sharply etched in his memory, sometimes, on the contrary, because the edges are blurred and the episode or person half-forgotten. Like his children's books, there are illustrations on every page, half of them in colour and half in black and white. Many of these drawings (which were all made specially for this book) are among his best work and together with the text they make up a unique 'autobiograpical fragment' - a kind of children's book for grown ups, which the publishers think that a great many children will also enjoy if their parents allow them to read it." Edward Ardizzone "is probably best-known and most-loved for the Tim and Lucy books which he wrote himself as well as illustrated." Bump at top of rear hinge, very light lean to spine. Dust jacket has wrinkling at top of spine and at top edge of front panel, light toning to spine and top of front panel - very light toning elsewhere, light wrinkling at bottom of spine and top/bottom of flap-folds. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
TIM TO THE RESCUE., Ardizzone, Edward.
76 Ardizzone, Edward. TIM TO THE RESCUE.
New York Lothrop, Lee & Shepard 2000 0688176798 / 9780688176792 Reissue Hard Cover Fine Near Fine Edward Ardizzone. 
Unpaginated, small 4to (10 1/2" H). Profusely illustrated with wonderful colour and b&w drawings by Edward Ardizzone. "Bored with his schoolwork, Tim was longing to be at sea again, when who should appear but his great friend, Captain McFee, the old sea captain. Soon Tim was on his way to new adventures on the salty main, including a mighty storm and a daring rescue." One of the classic Little Tim stories, loved by generations of children. Book is Fine. Dust jacket has very minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
BRUMAS THE POLAR BEAR CUB., Armistead, Elizabeth.
77 Armistead, Elizabeth. BRUMAS THE POLAR BEAR CUB.
London Britannicus Liber 1950 First Edition Hard Cover Good No Jacket Edwin Lansler, photography. 
31 pp, 8 5/8" H. Pictorial front board, red cloth spine. B&w photographs. On November 27th, 1949, the first polar bear cub to be successfully reared in Britain was born at the London Zoo. Originally thought to be male, she was named for her two keepers, Bruce and Sam (reversed). The text of this book describes a series of photographs showing Brumas and her mother, Ivy, exploring their enclosure and 'searching for Brumas' father, Mischa'. Top half of paper on both inside hinges is split - hinges are holding well, light to moderate edge wear - mostly at corners, light fading to spine colour, wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, dust soiling at edges of boards and on top of text block, light soiling/rubbing on boards, very small scuff at bottom of front board. 
Price: 35.00 USD
 
 
78 Armitage, Doreen. AROUND THE SOUND: A HISTORY OF HOWE SOUND-WHISTLER.
Harbour, (Madeira Park, BC, 1997). 
240 pp, 8vo, HC in dust jacket. B&w photos. "From Horseshoe Bay to Whistler and the islands and communities of Howe Sound, (this book) traces the area's rich and exciting history. Told in the voices of the people who call the area home, this anecdote-filled book tells of the first peoples, the early European explorers, the bustling gold rush trade, and the newcomers who settled to farm the fertile valley bottoms, log the fir and cedar forests, harvest the ocean's bounty, mine the region's deep veins of copper, and transform the area into the year-round outdoor recreation mecca it is today." Review copy stamp at bottom of half-title page. Very minor edgewear to boards. Dust jacket has very minor edgewear/rubbing, minor wrinkling at bottom of spine. VG+/VG+ 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE ROYAL AIR FORCE: AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY., Armitage, Michael.
79 Armitage, Michael. THE ROYAL AIR FORCE: AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY.
London Brockhampton 1996 1860198511 / 9781860198519 Reprint Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good+ 
288 pp, large 8vo (9 7/8" H). Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs, maps. "Created in 1918 from the former Royal Flying Corps, the RAF forged its own traditions as it developed the tactics and weap- onry of aerial warfare. It ended the First World War with a strength of 300,000 personnel and 23,000 aircraft, but there was the immediate threat of stringent post-war defence budgets and an Army and Navy that demanded that air power be under their control. The Chief of Air Staff, Trenchard, needed a successful example of the potential of air power in order to guarantee future funding, and it came in the RAF air-policing role in the Near East. The RAF was perhaps the most neglected armed force during the 'appeasement years', despite vocal opposition and foreign militarization. After desperate rearm-ament in both aircraft and ground forces, the RAF stemmed the tide of German expansion in the Battle of Britain. The author devotes one third of the book to the superb record of the RAF throughout the Second World War, acknowledging the problems in command, strategy and aircraft equipment that appeared in all theatres during the fight against the Axis forces. Chapters cover the lean years from 1940 to 1942 with the RAF over-committed on all fronts, through the gradual build-up with improved aircraft and on to the heavy bombing campaign and the final, comprehensive air assault on Germany. The years 1944-1945 mark the high point of RAF history, but the factual framework continues with details of the appearance of jet aircraft, the deployments worldwide as the British Empire evolved into the Commonwealth and the RAF's changing tactical and strategic roles as Britain declined from 'superpower' status. This period also includes an appraisal of the V-bomber force, the slow decline in British research and development, the emergence of the RAF role in NATO and the balance of power during the Cold War. The history of the RAF is fully detailed up to the present as one receding threat causes significant change in the number and type of aircraft needed to face the perceived new problems posed by developing nations." Tiny scuff on bottom of rear board. Dust jacket has minor wear at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, one tiny edge tear, very small dint on rear hinge, two tiny dints on rear panel, minor rubbing. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE PAINTED VALLEY: ARTISTS ALONG ALBERTA'S BOW RIVER, 1845-2000., Armstrong, Christopher and Nelles, H.V.
80 Armstrong, Christopher and Nelles, H.V. THE PAINTED VALLEY: ARTISTS ALONG ALBERTA'S BOW RIVER, 1845-2000.
University of Calgary Press, Calgary, 2007. 
160 pp, 4to (11" H), soft cover. ISBN 9781552382073 B&w photographs, b&w and colour reproductions. "With its dramatic landscapes and rugged beauty, Alberta's Bow River valley has inspired generations of artists. (This book) brings together a col lection of works by local and visiting artists from 1845 to 2000 that captures the many moods of the river from its source high in the Rocky Mountains down to the city of Calgary and eastward across the open prairie. (The authors) have select e d f r o m a number of Alberta museums and national collections which depict the Bow River and its valley, representing a broad array of historical periods, artistic styles, and points of view. From European topographers and military artists to p ai nt e rs c om missioned by the Canadian Pacific Railway, from the Group of Seven to modernists and abstractionists, these pictures of the Bow valley tell us much about changing attitudes towards nature and the environment as well as the evolution of an a rti sti c c ommunity in western Canada."Inside - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - light waviness to edges of text block, otherwise clean and bright. Very Good+ 
Price: 40.00 USD
 
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