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CATHOLIC EDUCATION IN DUFFERIN PEEL:  A STORY WORTH TELLING.
1 CATHOLIC EDUCATION IN DUFFERIN PEEL: A STORY WORTH TELLING.
Dufferin_Peel Roman Catholic Separate School Board, (Mississauga, Ontario), [c1988]. 
181 pp, oblong 8vo (8 1/4" h), hard cover in dust jacket. Many b&w photos, maps. Contents: Predecessor Boards, Pre-1969; The Inagural Board; The Development of Secondary Schools; Private Catholic High Schools; The Changing Face of Education; Grow th; Catholicity; People - The Critical Resource; Time Capsule; Board Highlights; The Schools of Dufferin-Peel. Tiny dent on bottom of rear board, tiny tear at bottom of rear hinge, slight waviness to fore-edge of textblock. Dust jacket has minor edge wrinkling and minor rubbing. VG/VG 
Price: 35.00 USD
 
 
FASCIST ERA YEAR XVII (28th OCT. 1938 - 27th OCT. 1939).
2 FASCIST ERA YEAR XVII (28th OCT. 1938 - 27th OCT. 1939).
Rome Fascist Confederation of Industrialists 1939 Three-Quarter Leather Fair 
212 pp, 7 1/8" H. Light blue leather spine and corners, gilt lettering/banding on spine, marbled boards. Blue slip tipped in on blank preliminary "Compliments of / ITALIAN LIBRARY / OF INFORMATION / New York City 595 Madison Avenue". Contents: Foreword; Basic Facts; The Structure of the Totalitarian State; Guild Economy - Purpose; Guidl Economy - Machinery; Financial and Monetary Policies; Credit Policies; Credit Policies; Agricultural policies and achievements; Industrial policies and achievements; Commercial policies and achievements; Price Policies; Economic Self-sufficiency; Labor Legislation and Social Insurances; Social Services and Popular Culture; Empire Development; Appendix. Ex-library book with some stamps. labels and a card pocket on endpapers; moderate browning in margins of pages and some preliminary and rear pages, piece missing at top corner of page leaf 97/98 - does not effect text, two small tears on fore-edge of a preliminary page - archivally taped, a few tiny tears and creases at fore-edge of pages 1 to 8, a slight separation between some page gatherings but still firm in binding, light edge wear to leather, large sticker removal mark at bottom of spine/boards, small light areas of surface loss to leather at top of front board at hinge, some light dis-colouration to leather, light rubbing to marbled paper on boards, small ink scribble/doodle on bottom of text block, moderate browning to edges of text block, library stamp on top of text block. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
SEVERE WEATHER WATCHER HANDBOOK:  A GUIDE TO IDENTIFYING AND REPORTING SUMMER SEVERE WEATHER.
3 SEVERE WEATHER WATCHER HANDBOOK: A GUIDE TO IDENTIFYING AND REPORTING SUMMER SEVERE WEATHER.
Canada Environment Canada, Atmospheric Environment Service 1991 0662182812 / 9780662182818 Stapled in Wraps Very Good 
32 pp, 9" H. B&w and colour photographs of cloud formations, b&w drawings. Contents: To the Weather Watcher; All About Thunderstorms; What You Should Watch For; Tornadoes and Funnel Clouds; Don't Get Fooled!; What to Report; Safety Tips; How to Report/What to Report - Quick Reference. Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - minor edge wear, very light rubbing, some very light soiling on rear cover. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
4 SUBMARINES.
Jade, n.p., (1983). 
96 pp, 4to, HC in dust jacket. B&w and color photos, maps, drawings. "Assisted by photographs, maps and charts, the development is traced not only of submarines but also of their weapons, revolutionary new power plants and their strategic role in war and peace." Dust jacket has light edgewear, light creasing at top/bottomof spine, tape repair to inside of top of spine. VG+/VG- 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
5 Abrams, Gary William David. PRINCE ALBERT: THE FIRST CENTURY, 1866-1966.
Prince Albert, Saskatchewan Council, City of Prince Albert 1976 2nd Printing Hard Cover Very Good Good+ 
389 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H). B&w photographs, maps. Inscribed by former mayor, Dick Spence, on front free endpaper. Contents: Preface; A Mission in the Wilderness, 1866-1874; Fastest-Growing Settlement in the North-West, 1874-1881; "The Great City and Railway Centre of the North-West", 1881-1883; Roughest Town in the North-West, 1883; Loyalty in Adversity, 1884; The Rebellion and its Aftermath, 1885; A Railway at Last, 1886-1890; Prosperity Deferred, 1891-1896; Discarding the Old Ways, 1897-1901; The Hard Hand of Destiny, 1902-1906; Slipping Behind, 1906-1910; The White Coal City, 1910-1913; Disaster Unimagined, 1913-1914; The Long Road Down, 1914-1919; The Narrow Path Up, 1919-1924; The Years of Promise, 1925-1930; Selling the Power Plant, 1927-1931; Dust and Despair, 1930-1938; The Needless Struggle, 1939-1946; Epilogue, 1946-1966; Bibliography; Appendices; Index. Very light edge wear, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, light toning to edges of text block. Dust jacket has light edge wear, light to moderate rubbing, some small and tiny edge tears (some with creases) - archivally taped, very light browning on inside of spine and flap-folds, light rubbing on panels - mainly on rear panel. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
6 Ajax Historical Board, compiled by. THE PICTORIAL HISTORY OF AJAX 1941/1972.
Ajax, Ontario Ajax Historical Board 1972 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good- 
130 pp, 8 3/4" H. Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs, reproductions, maps. Contents: Preface; Prelude to 1941; Ajax Goes to War, 1941/1945; University of Toronto, Ajax Division, 1945/1949; Ajax, Progressive Planned Growth, 1949/1972; Town Planning and Housing; Commerical Development; Industrial Development; Libraries; Churches; Schools; Cultural Activities; Service Clubs and Community Organizations; Fire Department; Police Department; Public Utilities; Recreation Facilities; Hospitals; First Local Municipal Government; First Ajax Town Council; Mayors of the Corporation of the Town of Ajax. Large sticker residue on front pastedown, small number written in ink on rear pastedown, small area of light glue residue on each board, very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, minor edge wear. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
7 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
 
 
8 Appleton, Thomas E. USQUE AD MARE: A HISTORY OF THE CANADIAN COAST GUARD AND MARINE SERVICES.
Ottawa Department of Transport 1969 Hard Cover Very Good No Jacket 
318 pp, large 8vo (9 3/16" H), dark blue cloth with gold lettering on spine, gold crest on front cover - no dust jacket. B&w photographs, reproductions. Chapter headings: The Long Perspective; The Old Provinces; Confederation; The Years of Growth; The Years of Consolidation; Aids to Navigation; Search and Rescue; Ships and Shipbuilding; Marine Regulations; People and Policies; The Way Ahead; Appendices (Family Tree of the Department / Ministers of the Department / Ships of the Canadian Coast Guard, from 1850 / Lighthouses at Confederation / Canal Development / Lifesaving Stations in 1914). Very light edge wear, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
THE ROYAL AIR FORCE: AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY., Armitage, Michael.
9 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
 
 
JULIANA:  EVERYBODY'S SISTER., Armour, Elizabeth P.  Signed by author.
10 Armour, Elizabeth P. Signed by author. JULIANA: EVERYBODY'S SISTER.
Elizabeth P. Armour, Oakville, Ontario, 1980. 
320 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0919670458 B&w photographs. SIGNED BY AUTHOR ON TITLE PAGE. "(The) story of Sister Juliana, for over forty-five years a member of the Community of Sisters of the Church. Sister Julia na was one of those rare individuals who was able to combine a profound interest in her own spiritual development with an active, even aggressive, desire to assist everyone who sought her aid. From the Arctic to the Caribbean, from Anglica n W o m e n ' s groups to jails, Sister Juliana spread the same message of love - love of God and for His creatures. The author has gathered numerous comments and reflections about Sister Juliana from some of the many who were affected by her, du ri n g he r lo ng a nd useful life, and she has combined these with her own memories to produce a warm tribute to a great woman." Dust jacket has minor edge wear, very light edge wrinkling, three small closed tears archivally taped. Near Fine/Ve ry Go od 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
FINDING THE SUN'S TRUE BEARING.  PRECOMPUTED TABLES., Arpin, P.E., foreword.
11 Arpin, P.E., foreword. FINDING THE SUN'S TRUE BEARING. PRECOMPUTED TABLES.
Ottawa Civil Aviation Branch, Department of Transport Soft Cover Very Good 
112 pp + blank pages for notes, oblong (7 15/16" H x 10 1/2" D). No date. Erratum sheet laid in. "From aviation's earliest days, pilots of aircraft have been conscious of the need for accurate directional information. The development of the magnetic and gyro compass has, for general purposes, kept pace with aviation needs in most areas of the world. Flight operations in Northern Canada, however, present problems which are unique by virtue of the position of the North Magnetic Pole. - - In response to a need for the provision of directional information simply and to within one degree the Flight Standards and Regulations Division of the Civil Aviation Branch has arranged the development of these tables from which the Sun's True Bearing can be extracted directly knowing date, correct Local Civil time (within reasonable limits) and approximate Latitude and Longitude. - - It is also significant to note that these Tables are not limited to Canada only, but include any areas of the earth north of 40 degrees North Latitude, and for all practical purposes will maintain usable accuracy for an indefinite period." From the Foreword. Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownwership marks. Exterior - small soiling mark on top of textblock, some very light rubbing/soiling on rear cover. 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
WINNIPEG IN MAPS, 1816-1972 / WINNIPEG PAR LES CARTES, 1816-1972., Artibise, Alan F.J. And Dahl, Edward H.
12 Artibise, Alan F.J. And Dahl, Edward H. WINNIPEG IN MAPS, 1816-1972 / WINNIPEG PAR LES CARTES, 1816-1972.
Ottawa National Map Collection, Public Archives of Canada 1975 First Edition Soft Cover Very Good 
80 pp, 12 1/8" H. B&w maps. Bilingual text (English/French). "In this volume we present thirty-one maps, dating from 1816 to 1972, in the hope that those interested in Winnipeg's history will become aware of the wealth and variety of cartographical material available to them." Includes: Red River Settlement, 1816; Upper Fort Garry and Vicinity, 1848; Village of Winnipeg, 1872; Bird's Eye View of Winnipeg, 1880; Hudson's Bay Company's Reserve, 1887; Street Railways of Winnipeg, 1882-1914; Armstrong's Point, c.1905; Tuxedo Park, c.1910; Housing in the North End, 1917; Housing in the South End, 1930; Outline Map of St. Vital Park, 1929; Metropolitan Winnipeg, 1960, Unicity, 1972, etc. Interior - old price label on first page with light offset on inside of front cover, otherwise clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - very minor edge wear on covers - light on spine, very light rubbing. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
13 Ashe, Geoffrey. FROM CAESAR TO ARTHUR.
London Collins 1960 First Edition Hard Cover Good+ Good- 
320 p, 8 1/2" H. "(A) study of the life and career of the historical King Arthur in so far as it can be traced through early documents and remains. (The author) begins with the decay of Roman power and its slow disappearance from Britain, while invasion, anarchy and warring small kingdoms take its place. Then comes a reversal of fortune without parallel in the dissolving Empire, when a western Christian military chieftain stems the Saxon tide and imposes a long truce. In this unique recovery, it is suggested, lies a previously unnoticed clue to the whole development of the British monarchy. The kingdom finally created by Alfred the Great and his successors turns out to have been decisively affected by the earlier achievement of Arthur and the failure of the first Saxon attempt at conquest. Piecing together his fragments of history to form the most vivid possible whole, Mr. Ashe explains how the great tradition of Arthur flowed into the Arthurian Legend, and shows how that legend, fantastic and romantic as it is, nevertheless embodies a profound historical insight." Very light edge wear, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, moderate browning to edges of text block. Dust jacket has light to moderate edge wear/wrinkling, a few tiny and small edge tears, a few tiny scuffs on spine, minor edge browning, protected in a mylar sleeve. 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
14 Axelrod, Alan, commentary. Arrangements by Dan Fox. SONGS OF THE WILD WEST.
New York Metropolitan Musem of Art / Simon & Schuster 1991 0671747754 / 9780671747756 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ 
128 pp, oblong large 8vo (9 1/2" H x 10 3/4" D). Decorated endpapers, profusely illustrated in color and b&w with photographs, reproductions. "Nothing captures the spirit of the Old West better than the jaunty tunes and classic ballads the cowboys and settlers sang, songs richly represented in this visually stunning volume. Panoramic in scope, the 45 songs, coupled with works of art from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, Wyoming, chronicle the stirring saga of westward expansion and reflect every facet of life during one of the most exciting periods in our nation's history. The lore of the West intrigued many artists, and the works featured include paintings and sculpture by Frederic Remington, Charles M. Russell, and N.C. Wyeth, as well as a myriad of fascinating artifacts: saddles, spurs, guns, guitars, a stagecoach ticket, a Navajo blanket, and other objects that provide a vivid picture of life in the West. A lively and intriguing text further illuminates this bygone world, exploring the history of the songs, their lyrics, the accompanying art, and the development of the West. The music, arranged for beginning to intermediate musicians and accompanied by chords for the guitar or banjo, is suitable for piano, organ, violin, or recorder." Includes: Across the Wide Missouri; The Big Corral; Billy the Kid; Blood on the Saddle; The Boll Weevil; Bucking Bronco; Buffalo Gals; The Buffalo Hunters; Bury Me Not in the Lone Prairie; Cavalry Charge; Chopo; Cielito Lindo; Cindy; The Colorado Trail; Cotton-Eyed Joe; The Cowboy; Cowboy Jack; Cowboy Lullaby; The Cowboy's Lament; The Day of '49; Down in the Valley; Git Along, Little Doggies; Goodbye, Old Paint; Ho! Westward Ho!; Home on the Range; I Ride an Old Paint; Jack O'Diamonds; Jesse James; Night-Herding Song; The Old Chisholm Trail; Old Dan Tucker; Old Texas; Patsy Ory Ory Aye; The Railroad Corral; The Rainbow Cradle; Sam Bass; The Strawberry Roan; Sweet Betsy From Pike; Tenting on the Old Campground; The Texas Cowboy; The Texas Rangers; The Wabash Cannonball; The Wells and Fargo Line; The Yellow Rose of Texas; The Zebra Dun. Minor rubbing on glossy boards, 2" faint line indentation on fron board. Dust jacket has minor edge wrinkling, three tiny scuffs on front flap fold. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
15 Bahrampour, Firouz. TURKEY: POLITICAL AND SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION.
Theo. Gaus' Sons, Brooklyn, N.Y., 1967. 
100 pp, 8vo, hard cover in dust jacket. Contents: Historical Background; Period of the First Turkish Republic 1923-60; The Revolution of May 27, 1960; The Provisional Government of Turkey and the Committee of National Unity 1960-61; Birth of the Second Turkish Republic; Turkish Establishment and the Emergin Structure of Modern Turkish Society; Problems of Social and Economic Development; Turkish Foreign Policy. Previous owner's name at top of front pastedown, pages browning lightly, minor edge wear to boards. Dust jacket is worn, with chips, tears, old tape repair, browning, but all text is complete and it is now protected in mylar sleeve. VG/Fair 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
16 Bain, Richard. Foreword by Anne Marie DeCicco-Best. Text by Hank Daniszewski. FANSHAWE COLLEGE.
London, Ontario Binea Press 2007 0978301234 / 9780978301231 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ Richard Bain, photographer. 
120 pp, 12 1/8" H. "These spectacular photographs by Richard Bain serve to celebrate Fanshawe College by depicting current scenes of our campuses, its students and staff. Having been compiled during our 40th year, the photographs suggest the incredible diversity of education that occurs at Fanshawe as well as the emerging beauty of its campuses in all seasons. The work and accomplish- ment of students learning a practical skill is frequently depicted and is truly exciting to experience. In addition, this commemorative book provides a short public history of the first 30 years of Fanshawe's development ably written by Hank Daniszewski. Hank was able to speak with people, both staff and students, who were at the College at its inception in 1967." Very minor bump to bottom edge of front board. Dust jacket has minor crease at bottom edge of front panel, minor rubbing. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
BURLINGTON:  IMAGES OF A CITY..., Balbar, George.
17 Balbar, George. BURLINGTON: IMAGES OF A CITY...
St Catharines, Ontario Vanwell 1989 0920277284 / 9780920277287 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Very Good+ George Balbar. 
65 pp, oblong (7 1/2" H x 10 3/4" D). "(E)scorts you on a watercolor and pen-and-ink tour of Burlington (Ontario) yesterday and today. Through George's eyes, you can wander among the majestic residences in Roseland, revel in the rural beauty of Kilbride, thrill at the breathtaking views of Lake Ontario and become part of the exciting, new development in Millcroft. The side by side depictions of Burlington's past and present are sure to inspire in both longtime residents and visitors feelings of pride and appreciation for a vital and enduring community." Book is Fine. Dust jacket has minor edge wrinkling. 
Price: 14.00 USD
 
 
18 Ball, Norman R., senior editor. Preface by William D. Hurst. (Phyllis Rose, Larry McNally, Paul-Andre Linteau, Christopher Andreae, Robert Passfield, A.A. Den Otter, Arnold Roos, Letty Anderson, Douglas Baldwin, Mark Fram, Jean Simonton, et al.) BUILDING CANADA: A HISTORY OF PUBLIC WORKS.
Toronto University of Toronto Press 1988 0802034497 / 9780802034496 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good 
336 pp, small 4to (10 1/4" H). B&w photographs, reproductions. "(T)ells the story of the public works that helped to transform Canada from wilderness to a modern country." Contents: Bridges; Roads, Streets, and Highways; Urban Mass Transit; Railways; Waterways; Irrigation and Flood Control; Electricity; Sewerage; Solid Waste; Public Buildings; Airports; Building Cities. Minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has very minor edge wear/wrinkling, very light rubbing on rear panel, a few tiny dents on rear hinge. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
THE CREST OF THE BROKEN WAVE:  A NOVEL OF THE LIFE AND LOVES OF ROBERT BURNS.  (VOLUME 4 OF "THE IMMORTAL MEMORY" SERIES.), Barke, James.
19 Barke, James. THE CREST OF THE BROKEN WAVE: A NOVEL OF THE LIFE AND LOVES OF ROBERT BURNS. (VOLUME 4 OF "THE IMMORTAL MEMORY" SERIES.)
Collins, London, 1953, 1st edition. 
320 pp, small 8vo (7 15/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. Map endpapers. "....gives a vivid picture of Robert Burns at the height of his creative powers, acclaimed as Scotland's national bard and yet bitterly aware of the empty glory of that fame so far as any worth-while improvement in his immediate prospects are concerned. He has left the scene of his brief triumph in the Edinburgh drawing-rooms. He is a farmer again, trying to wrest a living from the grudging soil of Ellisland . . . H e h a s very much on his mind the cares of a wife and family, for whom he is determined to make a home. Through these pages the sterling worth of Jean Armour shines like a star. Bonnie Jean has hitherto had scant justice paid to her by b io gr ap he rs . He re her character is limned with admiration and affection. One understands the strength of the bond between her and Burns, and how it could withstand the devastating impact of Burns's infatuation for Anna Park, the golden-haire d H ebe of th e G lo b e T ave rn in Dumfries....But the story is concerned too with Burns's intellectual development, not only as a poet but as a thinker peculiarly sensitive to the fresh political breezes that are blowing in so strongly from Fra nce. ...T he b ook ends wi th the aba ndonment of the farm and of the life he had known since boyhood, the never-ending struggle with the land; already the shadow of his last tragic years in Dumfies lies darkly across his path...." Four very sma ll in k che ck ma rks on ve rso of dedic ation page, previous owner's name on free front endpaper, one very small corner crease, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, very light browning to edges of textblock, light fading to color at bottom edge s and on spi ne - s ligh t fadi ng a t t op edg es, bo ok slightly cocked. Dust jacket has small chips/tears/creases - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, 1" piece missing at bottom of rear panel, two small areas of surface paper loss on rear p anel, l ight ru bbing and so iling - m ainly o n rear panel. Good+/Good- 
Price: 12.50 USD
 
 
BIRTH OF THE BATTLESHIP: BRITISH CAPITAL SHIP DESIGN 1870-1881., Beeler, John.
20 Beeler, John. BIRTH OF THE BATTLESHIP: BRITISH CAPITAL SHIP DESIGN 1870-1881.
Caxton, London, 2003, reprint. 
224 pp, 4to (11 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 1840675349 Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs, drawings, diagrams, plans. "The 1870s and 1880s have traditionally been seen as the 'Dark Ages' of British warship design, where techn ological conservatism and a lack of any definite design policy produced a confusing mix of ship types, with armament and machinery which were outmoded before the ships were even completed. This new book, however, is a powerful refutation of t h a t v i ew, expanding the scope of its study of the ships of this period beyond the narrowly technological to reveal the full range of strategic, logistical and administrative factors which influenced warship development, arguing that it is her e th at t h e or igins of the modern battleship can be found. The author gives an insight into the difficulties faced by warship designers in an age of rapid technological change, and sets out the valid strategic and technical reasons that lay beh in d s uch se em in gly 'reactionary' policies as the fitting of sails in cruising ironclads, and the Navy's retention of muzzle-loading guns well into the 1880s. Far from having no plan, it is shown that the warship designers of this period had a v ery clea r id ea of the types of ship required to meet the range of roles the Royal Navy was called upon to fulfill in defence of a global empire, and that the problems that the ships of this period had owed more to political, financial and admi nist rati ve pr essur es tha n an y lack of competance on the part of their designers." Dust jacket has some areas of minor edge wrinkling, one tiny tear archivally taped. Fine/Near Fine 
Price: 35.00 USD
 
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