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SECRET SOLDIERS: THE STORY OF WORLD WAR II's HEROIC ARMY OF DECEPTION., Gerard, Philip.
81 Gerard, Philip. SECRET SOLDIERS: THE STORY OF WORLD WAR II's HEROIC ARMY OF DECEPTION.
Dutton, New York, 2002, first edition. 
400 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 052596640 B&w photographs, reproductions. "(T)he incredible story of an extraordinary group of American artists, designers, and engineering wizards who became America's unsung heroes o f the Second World War....The men of the 23d Headquarters Special Troops were recruited to become phantom warriors in a ghost army to help win the Battle of Europe. They fought in more campaigns, from D-Day to the Rhine River, with more All i e d a r m i es, than any other unit in the European Theater of Operations - yet not even their fellow American soldiers were aware of their presence. After Douglas Fairbanks Jr., USNR, completed a tour of England and its special forces installat io ns , t he H ol ly wood star convinced the Navy brass to train an elite unit that eventually evolved into the only Army force of its kind - a top-secret band of unknown heroes. These elite soldiers counted among their number designer Bill Blass and pa in te r E lls wor th Kelly, and were inspired by Hilton Howell Railey, the 'P.T. Barnum of Deception'. The Special Troops' mission was twofold: to deceive the German army into believing that the Allies possessed more troops and materiel tha n th ey a ctu all y di d an d, e ven more heroically, to draw enemy fire on their position to allow other units to advance free of lethal resistance. Through the art of camouflage, sonic deception, and illusion this extraordinary troops of brave, ingen ious men save d cou ntles s Ame rica n lives - while sometimes losing their own. From the use of inflatable rubber tanks and howitzers to elaborate sound effects, fake radio transmissions, special effects artillery fire, and other elements of stage craft , th ese s hadow soldie rs put thei r lives on the line for their brother soldiers and for their country - only to disappear from history and memory." Remainder mark across bottom of book. Dust jacket has very light edge wrinkling, s mall re mainde r mar k at b ottom edge of both p anels. Very Good/Very Good 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
FOLLOW, FOLLOW., Glenday, Alice.  Dust jacket art by Garth Tapper.
82 Glenday, Alice. Dust jacket art by Garth Tapper. FOLLOW, FOLLOW.
Collins / Auckland City Council, Auckland, 1973, first edition. 
231 pp, 8vo (8 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. "Winner of the $2,000 Auckland City Centennial Fiction Contest, 'Follow, Follow' must rank as one of the most impressive novels published in New Zealand since the war. In its delicate exploration of family relationships, its sensitive probing of the heart of a woman and its mature treatment of sex, it is the work of an imagination under strict artistic control....With subtlety and insight, Alice Glenday shows a hidden crime weighing upon a f amily and yet somehow being drawn into the texture of daily living. The artistry of (this book) is outstanding, with its deceptively placid opening contributing to the final effect, with believable characters who behave as in life rather t h a n i n f i ction, and with a New Zealand atmosphere of beach and cliff which is unobtrusively part of the entire fabric. Alice Glenday's story-telling gifts enable her to make this very moving novel a most successful fusion of a compulsive sto ry w it h d ee p a nd sympathetic human observation." Light browning on pages 36 & 37 due to laid-in old newspaper clipping, small bump to corners of boards, wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, book slightly cocked, minor browning to edges of tex tbl ock . Du st jac ke t h as moderate edge wrinkling, several small tears - some with creases, several very small chips, light rubbing, minor soiling. Good/Good 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
A HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE IN AND AROUND LONDON.  ARRANGED TO ILLUSTRATE THE COURSE OF ARCHITECTURE IN ENGLAND UNTIL THE END OF THE NINETEENTH CENTURY WITH A LIST OF PRINCIPAL TWENTIETH-CENTURY BUILDINGS., Godfrey, Walter H.
83 Godfrey, Walter H. A HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE IN AND AROUND LONDON. ARRANGED TO ILLUSTRATE THE COURSE OF ARCHITECTURE IN ENGLAND UNTIL THE END OF THE NINETEENTH CENTURY WITH A LIST OF PRINCIPAL TWENTIETH-CENTURY BUILDINGS.
Phoenix House, London, 1962, revised edition. 
264 pp, 8vo (8 9/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. Over 150 b&w illustrations (drawings and photographs) showing buildings, floor plans, architectural details. "....(studies the architecture of London and) beyond to Kent, Surrey, Hertfordshire, a nd elsewhere up to a limit of forty miles to introduce and describe the fine houses, churches, abbeys, palaces, and other buildings deserving of public interest in some of the home counties. It could justly be claimed that no major buildi n g o f a r c h itectural merit from Norman to our own time is overlooked, and some of the greater glories of London's stone are the subject of concise yet comprehensive essays, Westminster Abbey, for example, and the peculiarly beautiful Eltham P al ac e , so su rp ri si ngly situated in what is now one of London's populous suburbs. But Mr Godfrey is far from a mere guide. His book brims with profound knowledge and an engaging enthusiasm. He understands that most of his readers are not v ers ed in t he t erm s a nd ref erences of architecture, and these are introduced one by one, and the wonders and excitements of the art of building are revealed in their various beauty. Architectural features and comparative styles, together with pla ns and de tai le d dr awin gs, are included in the 59 text figures, and there are 64 pages of plates containing 104 photographs and rare prints of buildings as they appeared in the past...." Minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jac ket i s p rice cli pped , h as mo derat e ed ge we ar, three very small tears - one with creases, creasing at top/bottom of spine, moderate rubbing with color loss on spine - no lettering loss, slight fading to parts of spine. VG+/G 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
84 Golding, William. DARKNESS VISIBLE.
Faber and Faber, London, (1979), Ist edition. 
265 pp, 8vo (8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. "Matty appears out of the flaming destruction of the Blitz. Who is he? Is he more or less than an ordinary human? Is the journal he keeps madness or inspiration? The twins are young enough to be his daughters: Sophy - dark, amoral, cruel; and Toni - fair, brilliant, empty. Their generation inhabits a world of cold terror, a world running down, a world where love is dying. Yet Matty and Toni never meet, and Matty and Sophy for no more than a moment. There are others too, like Sebastian Pedigree, thought by some to the the wickedest of men...William Golding has written a story of our times, a chilling mystery which never ceases to mystify. The master of disturbing suggestion, he stirs up the sediment of dark thoughts and half-ideas within us all; but for the reader as well as the characters, the reality of inarticulate fear emerges more clearly than ever." Pages browning very lightly. Dust jacket has minor edge wrinkling, tiny spot of discoloration on rear panel. VG/VG 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE SENSE OF ORDER:  A STUDY IN THE PSYCHOLOGY OF DECORATIVE ART., Gombrich, E.H.
85 Gombrich, E.H. THE SENSE OF ORDER: A STUDY IN THE PSYCHOLOGY OF DECORATIVE ART.
Oxford Phaidon 1980 0714817325 / 9780714817323 Second Impression. Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good 
411 pp, 10 3/4" H. Profusely illustrated in b&w and colour. "After an Introduction on Order and Purpose in Nature, which offers a novel approach to the study of pattern, the first chapters deal with the criticism of ornament, the cult of simplicity and the debates about design in Victorian England, in which such eminent critics as Ruskin, Owen Jones and Gottfried Semper made a permanent contribution to theoretical issues. The craftsman's practice of pattern-making is studied as a response to the challenges of material, of geometrical laws and psychological constraints, after which the author examines the perception and the effects of visual orders in the light of recent research. The relation-ship between psychology and history is the theme of four final chapters which deal with the tenacity of ornamental traditions, their modification by the changing styles and fashions of different periods, the role of symbolism in the origin and the use of motifs, and the psychological roots of the grotesque, oscillating between magic and humour. An Epilogue reviews some of the analogies between the spatial orders of decorative design and the temporal patterns of the dance, of poetry and, notably, of music, not forgetting the 'kinetic art' of our century. This absorbing work, the fruit of a lifetime's interest in the most universal and yet strangely neglected manifestation of human creativity, is based on the Wrightsman Lectures given by the author in 1970 under the auspices of the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University." Very minor edge wear, minor wrinkling at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has very light edge wear/wrinkling, one tiny tear archivally taped. 
Price: 40.00 USD
 
 
THE GOLDEN AGE AND DREAM DAYS., Grahame, Kenneth.  Foreword by Naomi Lewis.  Illustrated by Charles Keeping.
86 Grahame, Kenneth. Foreword by Naomi Lewis. Illustrated by Charles Keeping. THE GOLDEN AGE AND DREAM DAYS.
Bodley Head, London, 1962. 
258 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. Monotone illustrations by Charles Keeping. "These stories of five orphaned children living with relatives in a large old country house, can be read at two levels. 'The children', writes Naomi Lew is, 'will read these books for the story, the comedy, the treats, and above all for the unfailing silent companionship of Harold and the rest. In how many book is one so readily welcomed to share the pleasures, surprises and dreams? Yet t h e a d u l t can read the very same pages and find something else again....What both child and adult can discover in almost every story is something rare, even in poetry: a quality of ecstasy - that rainbow of the imagination which never comes by s ea r ch in g; t he sudden pleasurable surprise; an intensity of happiness after woes'...." By the author of 'The Wind in the Willows'. Faint erased pencil marks at top of free front endpaper, light browning to fore-edge and bottom of textb loc k, sli gh t f adi ng to col o red top of textblock, light edge wear, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, two slight corner bumps. Dust jacket has light edge wear, very small chips/tears and surface paper loss at top of spine, tiny chips/tea rs a t t op/b ott om o f fl ap- fol ds a nd at bottom of spine, 2" closed tear on front panel archivally taped, light rubbing. Very Good/Good+ 
Price: 45.00 USD
 
 
PALACE EXTRAORDINARY:  THE STORY OF ST JAMES'S., Graves, Charles.
87 Graves, Charles. PALACE EXTRAORDINARY: THE STORY OF ST JAMES'S.
Cassell, London, 1963, first edition. 
245 pp, 8vo (8 11/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w plates. "St James's Palace is one of London's most famous landmarks, its Tudor clock-tower familiar to residents and visitors in its dramatic position at the far end of St James's Street. T here is, however, no other building in London of comparable age about which so little is known, since the public is rarely allowed beyond the well-known facade. Ironically enough, the site on which Henry VIII had the palace built for Anne B o l e y n w a s once occupied by a nunnery, but the odour of sanctity seems soon to have dispersed and its history revolves around ladies of a lighter kind. Here lived Prince Henry, the brilliant elder son of James I who, had he survived to inh e ri t th e th ro n e, w ould probably have altered completely the course of history. But on his death his brother Charles took the fatal path which led finally to imprisonment in the Guard Room at St James's, from where he walked across the park to th e sca ff old . In 16 97 the palace was officially designated the Court of St James's and from then until the accession of Victoria was the sovereign's official residence. Here died George III, the record of whose last mad years makes poigna nt read in g in th is p os t-F reud ian age. But was it on him alone that the curse of madness lay? What was behind the ghastly murder of Sellis, the Duke of Cumberland's servant, found dead in bed with his head nearly severed from his body? Th e r iddle of his deat h has ne ver been solv ed but it seems likely that the royal Duke was himself implicated. Although the main flood of history has been diverted to other channels and the palace now lives mostly in the past, there are yet lin ks w ith th e tw entie th ce ntury: if the pala ce gh ost - for there is, of course, a ghost - looks over the shoulder of an official in the Lord Chamberlain's office when plays are being scrutinized before performance, the bawdy situations in t hem w ill har dly c ause h er to raise a n eye brow. Life at St James's was always like that." Samll store label on front pastedown, a few tiny foxing marks on top of textblock. Dust jacket has areas of light edge wear/wrinkling, very light ru bbing, tiny pu ncture on spi ne. V ery Good /Very Good 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
CHIEF ENGINEER:  LIFE OF A NATION BUILDER - SANFORD FLEMING., Green, Lorne.
88 Green, Lorne. CHIEF ENGINEER: LIFE OF A NATION BUILDER - SANFORD FLEMING.
Dundurn, Toronto, 1993. 
191 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 1550021958 B&w photographs. "(T)he story of one of the most creative, adventurous, and yet too-often overlooked giants of the Industrial Age - Canada's Sandford Fleming. His influence spanned the North American continent and beyond. As chief engineer of the Intercolonial and Canadian Pacific railways, he shaped and steered the greatest engineering challenge of his day: the laying of the ribbons of railway steel that bound together a fledgling country. He can be credited as well with the telegraph cables that began to criss-cross the globe. Few are aware that it was Fleming who gave us the system of universal time. He also designed the first Canadian adhesive postage stamp, which was issued in 1851. Sandford Fleming's triumphs are all the greater considering the natural and human adversities obstructing every step of his way. Jealousies, back-stabbing, pork-barrel politics, and bureaucratic ineptitude were as intrinsic to mega-projects then as they are now. Fleming's life story constitutes a compelling and universal drama." Previous owner's name/date in ink on free front endpaper. Dust jacket has corner crease on front flap. Very Good+/Very Good + 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
FLYING COLORS.  FEATURING OVER 1300 MILITARY AIRCRAFT MARKINGS AND COLOR SCHEMES., Green, William and Swanborough, Gordon, compilers.
89 Green, William and Swanborough, Gordon, compilers. FLYING COLORS. FEATURING OVER 1300 MILITARY AIRCRAFT MARKINGS AND COLOR SCHEMES.
London Salamander 1997 086101944X / 9780861019441 Hard Cover Fine Very Good John Weal, Richard Caruana and Brian Knight. 
207 pp, 4to (12" H). Profusely illustrated in colour. "Military aircraft have been variously daubed, cunningly camouflaged, boastfully personalized or otherwise extravagantly colored since they first took to the air more than 80 years ago. From the time that the identity of aircraft was established with national insignia, the markings of aircraft has become a science, and their decoration an art form. At times of tension, trends have been toward camouflage colors for concealment as international relationships deteriorated. Yet, in peace and war, there have also been 'anti-camouflage' color schemes applied specifically to render aircraft more conspicuous for training, rescue and other purposes. 'Flying Colors' is a superb survey of this fascinating scene, depicting more than 100 different aircraft types, from the World War I Spads to the modern swing-wing Tornado, in more than 1300 spectacular illustrations. Splendid use is made of finely detailed profile drawings, top and bottom, head-on and 'scrap' views, together with emblem and other detail enlargements, all in full-color and each extensively researched by the compilers and artists who have striven for accuracy and interest. Each first-class drawing is described, with identification of squadron, unit, theater and period, and often even the pilot's name and rank too! Recognized as a major landmark in aviation publishing, this volume will especially delight aircraft modelmakers and all enthusiasts of the dramatic history of warplanes." Dust jacket has moderate creasing at top of spine - very light wrinkling at top/bottom of flap-folds and at bottom of spine. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
FLYING COLORS.  FEATURING OVER 1300 MILITARY AIRCRAFT MARKINGS AND COLOR SCHEMES., Green, William and Swanborough, Gordon, compilers.
90 Green, William and Swanborough, Gordon, compilers. FLYING COLORS. FEATURING OVER 1300 MILITARY AIRCRAFT MARKINGS AND COLOR SCHEMES.
London Salamander 1997 086101944X / 9780861019441 Hard Cover Fine Very Good+ John Weal, Richard Caruana and Brian Knight. 
207 pp, 4to (12" H). Profusely illustrated in colour. "Military aircraft have been variously daubed, cunningly camouflaged, boastfully personalized or otherwise extravagantly colored since they first took to the air more than 80 years ago. From the time that the identity of aircraft was established with national insignia, the markings of aircraft has become a science, and their decoration an art form. At times of tension, trends have been toward camouflage colors for concealment as international relationships deteriorated. Yet, in peace and war, there have also been 'anti-camouflage' color schemes applied specifically to render aircraft more conspicuous for training, rescue and other purposes. 'Flying Colors' is a superb survey of this fascinating scene, depicting more than 100 different aircraft types, from the World War I Spads to the modern swing-wing Tornado, in more than 1300 spectacular illustrations. Splendid use is made of finely detailed profile drawings, top and bottom, head-on and 'scrap' views, together with emblem and other detail enlargements, all in full-color and each extensively researched by the compilers and artists who have striven for accuracy and interest. Each first-class drawing is described, with identification of squadron, unit, theater and period, and often even the pilot's name and rank too! Recognized as a major landmark in aviation publishing, this volume will especially delight aircraft modelmakers and all enthusiasts of the dramatic history of warplanes." Book is Fine. Dust jacket has minor edge wear/wrinkling, minor browning at some edges. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
WHEN I WAS A BOY IN ENGLAND.  THE 'CHILDREN OF OTHER LANDS BOOKS' SERIES., Grimshaw, Ivan G.
91 Grimshaw, Ivan G. WHEN I WAS A BOY IN ENGLAND. THE 'CHILDREN OF OTHER LANDS BOOKS' SERIES.
Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, Boston, 1931, first edition. 
160 pp, 7 1/4" H, hard cover (fawn color cloth with dark blue lettering on spine and front board, Union Jack on spine and illustration of boys playing cricket on front board), in dust jacket which reproduces the illustrations on the book. 12 b&w pl ates including frontispiece. "As Mr. Grimshaw says, England commonly means London and Stratford-on-Avon to Americans, but it is much more than that. Hence this author, who was born and bred in Yorkshire, tells of the real life of the Eng l i s h p e o p l e, and what it means to boys and girls who are so much like us in speech and habits, and yet so different in many ways. Home life and training, schooldays, sports, and pastimes are each presented so accurately and vividly as to b ro ad en t h e vi ew o f any one, old or young. He tells entertainingly of Guy Fawkes Day, which is to English boys what Fourth of July is to ours, and explains the many traditional features connected with Christmas, with many amusing anecdotes. Mu ch val uab le i nfo rma tio n is given about industries, and, with pleasing variety, the game of cricket is fully covered. The beautiful Lake region of famous poets is told of with a charm of style that fits the subject. Excellent illustratio ns f rom pho togr aph s e nric h a book t hat will help to make the world better by increasing intelligent human interest in others." Light browning to endpapers, previous owner's name/place on free front endpaper, bubbling to cloth on front boar d and on rear board nea r hi nge, wrin kling at top/bottom of spine, very light rubbing/soiling, very light edge wear - mainly at top/bottom of spine, very light rubbing to color on top of textblock, slight darkening to fore-edge and bottom of t extblo ck, minor small scuf f on fore- edge of tex tblo ck. Dust jacket has light edge wrinkling; light rubbing; a few tiny edge tears; slight darkening to spine, flap-folds and edges; approx 2" x 1" irregular shaped light stain on spine; small l ight st ain at top edge o f rear flap . Very Good /Very G ood- 
Price: 150.00 USD
 
 
DRAGONMAGE OF MYSTARA.  BOOK THREE: THE DRAGONLORD CHRONICLES., Gunnarsson, Thorarinn.  Cover art by Paul Jaquays.  Map by David C. Sutherland III.
92 Gunnarsson, Thorarinn. Cover art by Paul Jaquays. Map by David C. Sutherland III. DRAGONMAGE OF MYSTARA. BOOK THREE: THE DRAGONLORD CHRONICLES.
TSR, Lake Geneva, WI, 1996, first printing. 
395 pp, mass market paperback. ISBN 0786904887 "Although fate had inextricably entwined their futures, both Thelvyn Fox-Eyes and the dragons know their destiny has yet ot take its final twist. If the strange prophecy revealed to Thelvyn is to be fulfilled, the Dragonlord will effect profound changed on the destiny of the dragons, yet neither side ever suspected they would stand together against a new, even more powerful enemy. Convincing the dragons to submit to his authority has been diff icult enough, but now the new Dragonking must lead his subjects in a seemingly hopeless war to save a world that fears and despises them...." Interior - one page with small corner crease, book store stamp on second page, otherwise clean an d t i g h t w ith no other ownership marks. Exterior - minor edge wear, small scuff on front cover. Very Good 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE WHALE PEOPLE., Haig-Brown, Roderick.  Illustrated by Mary Weiler.
93 Haig-Brown, Roderick. Illustrated by Mary Weiler. THE WHALE PEOPLE.
Collins, London, 1962, first edition. 
184 pp, 8vo (8 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w illustrations. "This is a story about the Indian tribes in British Columbia who hunted the giant whales of the Pacific. The Hotsath were a whaling people. They were proud of their great trad itions and their wealth, and they were proud of their chief Nit-gass, who had much whale magic and who brought many whales to the Hotsath beaches. His neighbour Eskowit was jealous and tried to prove that his own magic was stronger, but N i t - g a s s k n ew that magic alone would not bring the whales to his beaches. A chief must rigorously prepare himself to endure the long days and nights in the whaling canoe, and no man could match Nit-gass's skill with harpoon and spear; his s on A tl in , to o, mu st be taught so that when the time came he would be ready to take his father's place in the canoe. One day Nit-gass did not return from a whale hunt. Now Atlin was chief of the Hotsath. But he was still young and untried: he co uld no t yet li f t w ith ease the heavy whaling harpoon. Would he be able to provide for his people during the long winter? And could he prevent Eskowit from stealing his father's magic? This is an enthralling story of the customs and tab oos of t he W es t Co ast In dian s. It is also the story of Atlin: how he grew to manhood; how he learnt to hunt the giant whales as his father and grandfather had done before him. Roderick Haig-Brown made a special study of the Whale People befor e wr iting this bo ok... ." Sli ghtly da rkened on top and bottom of textblock, light browning on fore-edge of textblock. Dust jacket is price clipped, has color loss/wear/creases at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, a few tiny chips and tears , lig ht wea r on s pine edges , l ight rubbi ng o n rear panel. Very Good+/Very Good- 
Price: 12.50 USD
 
 
THE UNKNOWN NAVY:  CANADA'S WORLD WAR II MERCHANT NAVY., Halford, Robert G.
94 Halford, Robert G. THE UNKNOWN NAVY: CANADA'S WORLD WAR II MERCHANT NAVY.
St Catharines, Ontario Vanwell 1995 1551250160 / 9781551250168 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Very Good 
272 pp, 10" H. B&w photographs. "Compared to the well-published achievements of the Navy, Army and Air Force, an ocean of silence surrounds the long-gone Canadian Merchant Navy. And yet, Canada operated the wartime world's fourth largest Merchant Navy, almost all of it built in Canadian shipyards. Robert Halford provides an in-depth look at the Merchant Navy from its glorious beginnings to its unceremonious dissolution. During wartime, the merchant seamen were the heroes of the 1939-1945 war, the fourth arm of the Services. By 1948 they had undergone a quick image change, transformed from heroes to anonymous troublemakers hindering the shipping industry. 'The Unknown Navy' endeavours to throw light on the Merchant Navy's important contribution to the Allied cause during World War II." Dust jacket has a tiny scuff/dent on the front panel. 
Price: 22.50 USD
 
 
UNKNOWN SOLDIERS: THE STORY OF THE MISSING OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR., Hanson, Neil.
95 Hanson, Neil. UNKNOWN SOLDIERS: THE STORY OF THE MISSING OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR.
Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 2005, first American edition. 
474 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0307263703 B&w photographs, map. "The First World War was a conflict of unprecedented ferocity that unleashed such demons as mechanized warfare and mass death on the twentieth century. After the last shot was fired and the troops marched home, approximately three million soldiers remained unaccounted for. Some bodies were found, but they bore no trace of identification; many more men had been blown to smithereens or had s i m p l y vanished into battlefields where as many as a hundred shells had fallen on every square yard. An unassuming English chaplain first proposed a symbolic burial of one of those unknown soldiers in memory of all the missing dead. The idea w as p ic ke d u p by almost every country that had an army in the war, and each laid a body to rest amid an outpouring of national grief - in London's Westminster Abbey, Paris's Arc de Triomphe, Rome's Victor Emmanuelle Monument, and, for the United St ate s, Arl in gt on National Cemetery in Virginia. In (this book, the author) offers an unflinching yet compassionate account of the reality of battle on the front lines. He focuses on three soldiers - an American, an Englishman, and a German - an d na rra tes the ir war experiences through their diaries and letters. (He) describes how each man endured the nearly unbearable conditions in the trenches and in the air and relates what is known about their deaths; all three died on the batt lefie lds o f th e So mme, wi thin gunshot sound of one another. He delves into their familial ties, the ideals they expressed in their letters, and he explains how the death of one, the American pilot George Seibold, was instrumental in the creat ion of the G old S tar M other s, a n organization caring for bereaved mothers, wives, and families that is still active today. Hanson animates and brings to life the combatants who perished without a trace, and shows how the Western world arrived at the now ti me-hon ored w ay of mourn ing and paying tribute to all those who die in war." Tiny piece missing from edge of rear pastedown, two tiny tears at top of spine, light wrinkling at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has tiny tear and very l ight wri nkling a t top o f spine , mino r wrin kling at top/bottom of flap-folds. Very Good+/Very Good+ 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
AGRICOLA AND THE CONQUEST OF THE NORTH., Hanson, W.S.
96 Hanson, W.S. AGRICOLA AND THE CONQUEST OF THE NORTH.
B.T. Batsford, London, 1987, first edition. 
210 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0713406070 B&w maps, plans, photographs. "Under the governorship of Agricola (AD 77-84) the Romans extended their conquest of Britain to North Wales, northern Britain and, with the vi ctory at Mons Graupius, to northern Scotland. In this thorough - yet eminently readable - reassessment of the literary, epigraphic and archaeological evidence, William Hanson shows just how this rapid progress was achieved and at the same t i m e c o n s iders how far the governor himself was responsible for the Roman successes. The major theme running through his study is that the exceptionally full literary evidence, in the form of Tacitus' biography of Agricola, should not be g i ve n un du e w ei gh t against the archaeological evidence - particularly as Tacitus was writing about his own father-in-law. Indeed, the book's conclusion is that, contrary to the impression deliberately created by Tacitus, Agricola himself was n ot a maj or fi gur e o f h is day and his achievements in Britain were in no way extraordinary. In particular it shows that the effects of the brief Roman presence in Scotland was negligible. Throughout, Dr. Hanson....uses the latest archaeolo gic al ev iden ce to full adv anta ge in constructing this period of British history under the Romans. In particular, he is able to draw on his experience excavating the important Agricolan site at Red House, Corbridge and the recently discovered Agri col an fort at Elg inhau gh, j ust o uts ide Edinburgh." Previous owner's small stamp on front pastedown, very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket is price clipped, has light rubbing, light edge wrinkling - mainly at top of sp ine, soft cr ease alo ng t op edg e of r ear pa nel. Very Good+/Very Good 
Price: 39.95 USD
 
 
LAUGHTER-SILVERED WINGS: REMEMBERING THE AIR FORCE II., Harvey, J. Douglas.
97 Harvey, J. Douglas. LAUGHTER-SILVERED WINGS: REMEMBERING THE AIR FORCE II.
McClelland and Stewart, Toronto, 1984, first edition. 
277 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0771040474 B&w cartoons. "From the author of 'Boys, Bombs, and Brussels Sprouts' and 'The Tumbling Mirth: Remembering the Air Force' comes yet another uproarious ascent into high-altit ude insanity. And this time, in the interest of 'equal flights', (the author) frequently features the delightful anecdotes sent to him by WDs. As enthusiastic and proud as any member of the air force, the first-ever members of the Women's D i v i s i o n led a life that was often tough, but always intriguing. (This book) contains dozens of hilarious stories from WDs who recall the days when uniforms seemed to come in just a single size - but women had to be brave in more ways than on e. Th er e is a wealth of other incident here as well. Confessions of blunders (or hair-breadth escapes) in the air, details of disastrous parades, and stories of social occasions that were sometimes bungled - but always enjoyed. Poems, prangs, an d pr act ic al jok es are all part of this light-hearted look at the air force from pre-RCAF days on." Small area of slight color fading on free front end paper, light wear at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has very light edge wear at top/b otto m of s pine an d f lap- folds, a few tiny scuff marks, tiny dint on rear hinge, creases at bottom of rear panel. Very Good/Very Good 
Price: 12.50 USD
 
 
AN EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY SECRETARY OF WAR:  THE PAPERS OF WILLIAM, VISCOUNT BARRINGTON.  PUBLICATIONS OF THE ARMY RECORDS SOCIETY VOL. 4., Hayter, Tony, editor.  Viscount Barrington.
98 Hayter, Tony, editor. Viscount Barrington. AN EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY SECRETARY OF WAR: THE PAPERS OF WILLIAM, VISCOUNT BARRINGTON. PUBLICATIONS OF THE ARMY RECORDS SOCIETY VOL. 4.
Bodley Head / Army Records Society, London, 1988, first edition. 
418 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0370312279 Color portrait frontispiece. "Viscount Barrington served as Secretary at War under George II and George III from 1755 to 1778, with only a few years' interval during which he held other offices of state. The collection of documents presented in this volume is designed to show how the War Office worked during the incumbency of this unusually conscientious and effective minister, and throws a remarkable light on an i m p o r t a n t area of eighteenth-century history and on the way in which public policy and administration were connected. Why, for example, was the War Office organized and managed in the way it was? Why was its incumbent furnished with a bri ef i n re al it y so i m portant and yet technically so restricted in its public responsibility? Was he really (as he often claimed) without power? Or, if he did have power, of what sort was it? How successfully could any one man deal with a ro le whi ch re qui red h im at ti mes to perform as an official in a department, at others as a courtier and confidential secretary to a monarch, and at others as a spokesman in Parliament, as well as composing quarrels within the army, and between the arm y a nd t he p ubli c? Al tho ugh there can be no complete solution to these problems, either for an eighteenth-century Secretary of War or for a twentieth-century historian, this collection, divided up thematically to illustrate the varie d re spons ibil ites borne by t he War Offi ce, provides material for a better understanding of them." Previous owner's small stamp on front pastedown, tiny dint on top edge of front board, very light wrinkling at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has very light wrin kling - mai nly at to p/bo ttom of s pine and flap-folds, minor rubbing. Very Good+/Very Good+ 
Price: 35.00 USD
 
 
HOME AND AWAY: NOTES ON ENGLAND AFTER THE SECOND WORLD WAR., Hegedus, Adam de.
99 Hegedus, Adam de. HOME AND AWAY: NOTES ON ENGLAND AFTER THE SECOND WORLD WAR.
Hutchison, London, 1951, first edition. 
232 pp, 8vo (8 1/8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. "....the most exciting, most illuminating and probably the most profound study of post-war England yet published. A journey through the country - westwards to Cornwall, north to Lancashire and Yor kshire - has been used as a framework for the real theme of the book: the social-economic revolution of England. Every single social group is presented and few people know them better than the author, who combines the precision of the tra i n e d s o c i o logist with the insight of the born novelist. He employs a contrast technique full of surprise and excitement. From an aristocratic mansion he leads us to a London slum; from the emotional life of the debutante to the emotional li fe o f t he y ou ng d ock-worker; from the problems of the new Oxford undergraduate to the problems of the new coal-miner; from the struggles of provincial youth to the struggles of the Displaced Person in our midst; from the open doubts of th e m idd le cl as s t o t he tra gic secret of many a new writer....presents a valuable, and at the same time vastly entertaining picture of the new England." Light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, tiny foxing marks on top of textblock. Dust jack et h as l igh t e dge wri nkli ng - ma inly at top/bottom of spine, a few very tiny chips, one very small closed tear, moderate rubbing/soiling on rear panel, light scuffing on spine, some darkening to spine and flap-folds. VG/G+ 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
NARRATIVE OF THE CANADIAN RED RIVER EXPLORING EXPEDITION OF 1857 AND OF THE ASSINNIBOINE AND SASKATCHEWAN EXPLORING EXPEDITION OF 1858.  TWO VOLUMES IN ONE., Hind, Henry Youle.  Introduction to the new edition by Roy St. George Stubbs.
100 Hind, Henry Youle. Introduction to the new edition by Roy St. George Stubbs. NARRATIVE OF THE CANADIAN RED RIVER EXPLORING EXPEDITION OF 1857 AND OF THE ASSINNIBOINE AND SASKATCHEWAN EXPLORING EXPEDITION OF 1858. TWO VOLUMES IN ONE.
Charles E. Tuttle, Rutland, Vermont, 1971, new edition. 
494 pp + 472 pp, 8vo (8 1/2" H), hard cover (bright red cloth with black title block and gold lettering on spine), in dust jacket. ISBN 0804810095 Color plates, b&w engravings, maps (some fold-out) - collated. "As late as 1857, the vast territory of the Canadian northwest was unknown to all but a handful of fur traders. Yet the determination of the Hudson's Bay Company to maintain its enormous fur preserve was being challenged by the persistant advance of settlement. Anticipatin g t h e t e r m ination of the Company's license in 1859 and curious about the suitability of the territory for general settlement, both the Imperial and the Canadian governments commissioned expeditions in 1857 to explore and report on the area. A n I ri sh - bo rn a rm y officer, Captain John Palliser, headed the British expedition; the moving spirit of the Canadian party was Henry Youle Hind. Hind's energy and zeal for the project lead his expedition on a thorough exploration of the R ed Ri ver an d l at er, of th e A ssiniboine and Saskatchewan Rivers as well. First hand observation of the success of even limited farming in these areas convinced Hind that the prairies were capable of absorbing many thousands of settlers and of pro vidi ng t hem wit h a good liv ing. He wrote enthusiastically of the potentialities of western agriculture, envisaging a transportation system, either wagon road or railroad, from Lake of the Woods to the Rockies that would enjoy the advan tag e of bein g fed by an a gric ultur al po pulat ion from one extremity to the other. Substantail parts of this work made their first appearance as parliamentary papers in 1857. Hind's optimistic reports outweighed the less enthusiastic findin gs o f Pal liser and ul tima tely influ enced the Im perial government to refuse the renewal of the Hudson's Bay Company's license two years later. Hind's 'Narrative', factual and objective, yet enlivened by incidents of personal experience, is fo remos t a do cument of ext raord inary visio n and foresig ht and remains today a minor classic." Previous owners small stamp on front pastedown, very light soiling and a few scattered tiny foxing marks on edges of textblock, slight darkening to edges of boar ds. Dus t jacket is pr ice cl ipped, has ve ry light edge w ear, light edge wrinkling, moderate rubbing on rear panel, 1/2" scuff mark at bottom of spine causing color loss. Very Good/Very Good- 
Price: 72.50 USD
 
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