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THE ITALIAN SPRING., Avery, Gillian.  Illustrated by John Verney.
1 Avery, Gillian. Illustrated by John Verney. THE ITALIAN SPRING.
Holt, Rinehart and Winston, New York, (1972), first American edition. 
256 pp, small 8vo (7 3/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. Holt Library edition with gold wraparound sticker on dust jacket. B&w illustrations. "When her uncle died, Maria had no idea what would become of her. She dreaded being sent away to school , but it seemed that there was nowhere else to go. When a distant, elderly relative arrived from Italy to settle her uncle's estate, Maria suddenly found herself with a new guardian and a new home in a foreign land. At first she hated Italy, where it always seemed to rain, but when she arrived at her relative's villa outside of Florence and met the energetic Cordelia, the situation began to change at once. If it had not been for Cordelia, Maria would never have ventured beyond the garden of the villa and then she would never have visited the little town at the foot of the hill, nor would she have ever seen the wonderful painting that was to mean so much..." Light edge wear to boards, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket is clipped, small chip and tears at top of spine area - a few other tiny tears (one with crease) and chips, light browning and soiling, small light stain on rear panel, light to moderate edge wear, light edge wrinklin g. VG/G 
Price: 12.50 USD
 
 
THE MOONSTONE., Collins, Wilkie.
2 Collins, Wilkie. THE MOONSTONE.
London Collins Clear-Type Press Full-Leather Very Good A. Pearse. 
664 pp , 16mo (6 1/8" H), thin burgundy leather over card covers/spine - gold lettering and decoration on spine, top edge gilt, ribbon bookmark. Burgundy endpapers, sepiatone plates, including frontispiece, decorated title page. **No slipcase or dust jacket.** A will, leaving a sacred diamond sacked from a temple in India to 18-year-old Rachel Verinder, leads to theft, recriminations, suicide and murder before Franklin Blake, with the assistance of Sergeant Cuff, uncovers the truth. 1936 gift inscription in ink on verso of frontispiece, browning and some tiny foxing marks on fore-edge and bottom of text block, very light edge wear to covers. 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
FLYPAST.  NO. 96.  JULY 1989.  (FLY PAST.), Ellis, Ken, ed.  (Andy Saunders, Bryn Elliott, Dave Allport, Arthur Pearcy, Jeremy Collins, Steve Bond, Ken Wixey.)
3 Ellis, Ken, ed. (Andy Saunders, Bryn Elliott, Dave Allport, Arthur Pearcy, Jeremy Collins, Steve Bond, Ken Wixey.) FLYPAST. NO. 96. JULY 1989. (FLY PAST.)
Key, Stamford, Lincs., 1989. 
71 pp, 11 11/16" H, soft cover (magazine format, stapled in wraps). Profusely illustrated with b&w and color photographs. Contents: Out in the Wash (simple salvage operation goes dangerously wrong); I'll Fly Behind You (Beaufighter and 'Lofty' Ham er); First Born (Australian prototype de Havilland Heron); Too Close for Comfort (navigation exercise in an Anson); Airpower Unlimited (warbird restoration facility in USA); Interceptor! (BE 2 flying from North Weald); Dakota Close-Out (Ca n a d i a n s b i d farewell to military Dakota); News (Britain's warbird P-38 Lightning....Aces High MiG 21); Type Report (Dakotas with floats and without engines); Preservation News (gate guardians); Collectair (charts, silverware, tin-plate mode ls ); F ot oP os t ( tr ib ute to Beaufighter); RAF in the 1950s; Museums of the World (4 in the UK); Between the Wars Bombers; etc. Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - minor edge wear, very light wear at top/b ott om of spi ne, ve ry l igh t r ubbing on rear cover, minor browning to edges of textblock. VG 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
FLYPAST.  NO. 59.  JUNE 1986.  (FLY PAST.), Ellis, Ken, ed.  (Peter Gunti, Peter Cooksley, Rupert Cooling, Steve Kendall, Geoffrey P Jones, Robbie Shaw.)
4 Ellis, Ken, ed. (Peter Gunti, Peter Cooksley, Rupert Cooling, Steve Kendall, Geoffrey P Jones, Robbie Shaw.) FLYPAST. NO. 59. JUNE 1986. (FLY PAST.)
Key, Stamford, Lincs., 1986. 
70 pp, 11 3/4" H, soft cover (magazine format - stapled in wraps). Profusely illustrated with b&w and color photographs. Contents: Pacific Island Wrecks (Japanese relics of WWII); War Diary (concludes Frank Marlowe's Aegean War); Wellington at 50; Wellington's Revenge (operations against Ju 88 bases in Sardinia); Preservation Project (Loch Ness Wellington); Collectair (insignia and medal collecting); Mignet's Flying Fleas; Turkish Delight (Turkish 'gate guardians'); Year of the Spi t f i r e . I n terior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - minor edge wear, very light wear at top/bottom of spine, light rubbing on rear cover, one tiny corner crease, minor browning to edges of textblock. VG- 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
FLYPAST.  NO. 66.  JANUARY 1987.  (FLY PAST.), Ellis, Ken, ed.  (Phil Chinnery, Philip Sherwood, Cyril Poutney, Alan Curry, John Fricker, Mike Minnich.)
5 Ellis, Ken, ed. (Phil Chinnery, Philip Sherwood, Cyril Poutney, Alan Curry, John Fricker, Mike Minnich.) FLYPAST. NO. 66. JANUARY 1987. (FLY PAST.)
Key, Stamford, Lincs., 1987. 
70 pp, 11 11/16" H, soft cover (magazine format, stapled in wraps). Profusely illustrated with b&w and color photographs. Contents: Disposal (Davis-Monthan Ghost Force - world's largest aircraft storage facility); Halton Brats; 'Uncle' on the Arc (flying Stringbags from 'Ark Royal' - and the day the mighty carrier went to the bottom); Trans-Atlantic Auctions; Geordie MiGs (Polish emigres in north east of England); Flight of the Owl (G-APWU); Eire at War; Preservation Project (Shoo Shoo Shoo Baby is making progress in Delaware); Gate Guardian Shuffle; Airshow '86 (Confederate Air Force); Between the Wars Bombers (Vildebeest & Vincent); Type Report (Moths and Sea Furies); Register Review (Whitney Straight status); Engines (the Gypsies); Aviation Archaeology (Browning in a back garden), etc. Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - minor edge wear, very light wear at top/bottom of spine, small corner crease on front cover - migrates into first few pa ges, very light rubbing on rear cover, small ghost sticker mark on front cover with loss of some print, minor browning to edges of textblock and at bottom of rear cover. Very Good 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
6 Farrell, James T. A WORLD I NEVER MADE. SIGNET DOUBLE VOLUME D926.
Signet / New American Library, New York, 1952. 
512 pp, mass market paperback. "Terror, poverty and tempestuous, unpredictable adults were the guardians of Danny O'Neill's South Side Chicago world. By the time he was ten, he was intimately acquainted with the worst side of men and women - their drunken, maudlin quarrels, brutal excesses and sordid bouts with sex. And only occasionally did he glimpse the tenderness and love that his world could not afford...." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterio r - m o d e r ate browning to pages, one page with tiny edge tear archivally taped, light edge wear, heavy browning to edges of textblock, a few small line indentations on front cover, small scuff on rear cover, light wrinkles on spine. Good 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
SKY GUARDIANS: BRITAIN'S AIR DEFENCE 1918-1993., Gething, Michael J.
7 Gething, Michael J. SKY GUARDIANS: BRITAIN'S AIR DEFENCE 1918-1993.
Arms and Armour, London, 1993, first edition. 
224 pp, large 8vo (9 7/8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w maps, photographs. ISBN 0853689466 "(O)ffers snapshots of UK air defences at ten-yearly intervals, detailing how each (new) threat was perceived and what the response to it was, with a critique of that response and subsequent orders of battle to demonstrate how air defence evolved in real terms. In-depth reviews of the major examples over 75 years include the first German raids on Britain and the development of anti-aircraft arti llery; the appearance of German Heinkel and Dornier bombers in the 1930s and the design of the Hurricane and Spitfire to defeat this threat; and the defence against Soviet Cold War bombers in the form of the Hunter and Bloodhound. The result is a p rogressive history that concludes with the state of current defences and thoughts for the future: how will emerging challenges to the UK and NATO be met and countered? Illustrated with a wide range of photographs of the weapons systems deploy e d t hr ough three quarters of a century, this is an usual and perceptive new assessment, with particular value in this anniversary year for the RAF." Small thin scuff on front board. Dust jacket is price-clipped, has minor rubbing, minor wrinkli ng a t top of flap-folds and spine, very small closed perforation on front flap-fold - archivally taped. Very Good+/Very Good+ 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
8 Laffan, R.G.D. THE SERBS: THE GUARDIANS AT THE GATE.
Dorset, New York, 1989, reprint. 
299 pp, 8vo (8 1/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0880294132 Maps. " 'The Serbs' was originally a series of lectures delivered by the renowned British historian R.G.D. Laffan. (His) lectures became so famous they were collected and publish ed in book form. Out of print for many years, (this) is the classic book on an important and misunderstood people. Too many of us only know the Serbs as precipitators of World War I, when a Serbian nationalist assassinated Austrian Archduke F r a n c i s Ferdinand in 1914 causing Austria to declare war. But Serbian history is eventful and filled with intrigue. To give us one example, (the author) brings to brilliant life the Turkish war with Serbia in which the great Serbian nobilit y w as n ea rl y annihilated, its lands distributed to the Turkish military aristocracy and the Serbian Christian peasants treated like slaves. All through this occupation the Serbs were forbidden to possess weapons, but an unquenchable desire fo r fre edo m l ed to fr equent insurrection. Finally the Treaty of Adrianople forced the Turks to evacuate. Anyone interested in a historical perpective of a great and heroic people will find (this book) as absorbing as it is inspiring. For, as Pr of esso r La ffan wr ite s ' the Serbs have shown that, despite adversity and homelessness, their spirit remains unconquerable'." Dust jacket has minor rubbing, very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds. Very Good/Very Good 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
MABON AND THE MYSTERIES OF BRITAIN:  AN EXPLORATION OF THE MABINOGION., Matthews, Caitlin.
9 Matthews, Caitlin. MABON AND THE MYSTERIES OF BRITAIN: AN EXPLORATION OF THE MABINOGION.
London Arkana 1987 1850630526 / 9781850630524 First Edition Soft Cover Very Good Chesca Potter. 
205 pp, small 8vo (7 3/4" H). B&w illustrations. "On one level (this) is a literary guide and deals with the mythological patterns which underlie the Mabinogion. On another, it is a deep exploration of the Western Mysteries as they emerge from the tales of the Four Branches, of Colhwch and Olwen and Taliesin. Within these stories lie the identities of two major figures of the native tradition: Mabon, the Wondrous Youth who is lost and found, and Modron, his mother, the Great Goddess herself. Here the initiatory pattern of Britain's inner guardians is revealed in the Succession of the Pendragons; the release of Mabon is affected with the help of the Totem Beasts, before the birth of time; while the cosmic harp of the Wondrous Youth ushers in the Aquarian Age. Drawing on this first exploration of the Mabinogion, the reader can trace for himself the archetypes and mythological themes from which these medieval stories, themselves descendants of proto-Celtic oral tradition, are derived." Interior - very light browning to pages, otherwise clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - minor edge wear, soft crease at top part of front hinge, light browning to edges of text block, small soft corner crease on rear cover, spine flat and uncreased, ISBN label on rear cover. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
10 Silvey, Diane. SPIRIT QUEST and TIME OF THE THUNDERBIRD. (KAYA AND TALA ADVENTURES.)
Toronto Dundurn Soft Cover Near Fine Joe Silvey and John Mantha. 
58 pp, 86 pp - 2 volumes 9" H. Spirit Quest (ISBN 9781550028317 - second printing, 2009 - b&w illustrations by Joe Silvey) - "Told in the tradition of rich Coast Salish legend, Diane Silvey recounts the adventures of teenaged twins Kaya and Tala as they journey into the British Columbian wilderness confronting fish and fowl, beast and phantom, on their mission to retrieve a sacred box which symbolizes the spirit of their people. They encounter wolverines, snakes and sharp-toothed fish of the deep as well as ferocious hawkmen and the evil spirits of the underworld as they and their mystical friend Y push ahead on the back on an eagle." Time of the Thunderbird (ISBN 9781550027921 - first printing, 2008 - b&w illustrations by John Mantha) - "Kaya and Tala are on a new mission to discover why the children from a village in British Columbia have disappeared. Earth dwarves are being blamed for the missing children, but the twins are sure they're not at fault. Something very sinister has happened, so the sister and brother set out with Yaket, their friend and companion, to rescue the kidnapped children. Along the way they undergo a series of tests and meet a mysterious owl, a talking rock, a cedar ogre, Aixos, the most ferocious of all sea serpents, and the Thunderbird himself!" Interiors - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exteriors - clean and bright. 
Price: 22.50 USD
 
 
FLYPAST.  NO. 28.  NOVEMBER 1983.  (FLY PAST.), Twite, Mike, ed.  (Peter Smith, J B Dunnet, Ken Ellis, R Wallace Clarke, Bruce Robertson, Mike Gradidge, Bob Ogden, Peter Moran.)
11 Twite, Mike, ed. (Peter Smith, J B Dunnet, Ken Ellis, R Wallace Clarke, Bruce Robertson, Mike Gradidge, Bob Ogden, Peter Moran.) FLYPAST. NO. 28. NOVEMBER 1983. (FLY PAST.)
Key, Stamford, Lincs., 1983. 
68 pp, 11 11/16" H, soft cover (magazine format, stapled in wraps). Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs, maps, drawings, 4 pages color. Contents: Dive Bombers (Fairey Barracuda); The Lost Squadron (Blenheim raid); FotoPost (North West Front ier during WWI); Bookshelf; Preservation Project (Miles Master); Weapons of the RAF (Hispano-Suiza 20mm cannon); Gate Guardians (English Electric Lightning); Preservation News; For the Record (Iraq-Najd border air operations, 1927-28); Add i c t i v e O s h kosh (EAA Oshkosh show); Shangri-La Lives! (P-51B Mustang); Air Show '83; Moth Major Rebuild (DH Moth Major); Aviation Archaeology (wrecks). Interior - minor browning to pages, otherwise clean and tight with no previous ownership m ar ks . E xt e ri or - minor edge wear to covers, light wear on spine, very light rubbing and small edge tear on rear cover, light browning to edges of textblock. VG 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
12 Waiser, Bill. SASKATCHEWAN'S PLAYGROUND: A HISTORY OF PRINCE ALBERT NATIONAL PARK.
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Fifth House 1989 0920079474 / 9780920079478 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ 
144 pp + index, oblong (8 3/8" H x 10 3/8" D). B&w photographs, maps, small colour section. Contents: James Bird's Vision; Prince Albert and the New Northwest; The Political Art of Park Making; Getting Started; Guardians of the Wild; The Park Takes Shape; Archie; Playground for the Prairies; Growing Pains; To Protect and Manage; New Directions; Wolf Country; Acknowledgements/Biblio-graphical Note; Endnotes; Index. Minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, very small bump on bottom edge of rear board. Dust jacket has some very minor edge wrinkling. 
Price: 30.00 USD
 
 
13 Whiting, Charles. THE LAST ASSAULT: THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE REASSESSED.
Leo Cooper, London, (1994). 
238 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w photos, map. "It has generally been assumed by historians of the Second World War that the Americans were caught completely unawares by the last great German offensive - the drive into the Ardennes in December, 1944, known as the Battle of the Bulge. But were they in fact caught unawares? In this remarkable reappraisal of those hectic days which preceded the last Christmas of the War, Charles Whiting argues that the answer is very probably that they were not...What is certain is that ever since the end of the Second World War the guardians of the files relating to the Battle of the Bulge in the United States have been most unwilling to permit any examination thereof - this in spite of the Freedom of Information Act. So the author raises yet another question: 'Was somebody trying to cover something up and if so why?' On the basis of such information as he has been able to cull from those, as yet unsorted, files and on information provided by the numerous survivors of the battle with whom he has been in contact, (the author) attempts to answer these questions..." Previous owner's small label on free front endpaper, soiling to bottom 1/4" of spine. Dust jacket has light rubbing, very light edge wear/wrinkling, light soilng at bottom inside spine. VG/VG 
Price: 15.00 USD
 


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