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CHILDREN OF THE BENARES:  A WAR CRIME AND ITS VICTIMS., Barker, Ralph.
1 Barker, Ralph. CHILDREN OF THE BENARES: A WAR CRIME AND ITS VICTIMS.
Methuen, London, 1987, first edition. 
172 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0413423107 B&w photographs. "When the passenger liner 'City of Benares' sailed from Liverpool on Friday, 13 September 1940 she was carrying 90 evacuee children from the bombed cities of Brit ain, bound under a government-sponsored scheme for a safe haven in Canada. Her sinking by U-boat four days later, without warning, in total disregard of the plight of survivors and in defiance of international law, shocked and horrified the c i v i l i s ed world. Of 406 people on board 256 were lost - including, at first count, 83 of the evacuee children. In Britain and the Commonwealth the reaction was one of righteous indignation, accompanied by an intense desire for retribution. N or w as t he propaganda value neglected, a broadcast by King George VI the day after the news broke being clearly directed at neutral America. 'The world,' he said, 'could have no clearer proof of the wickedness against which we fight than th is fou l d eed '. Su s picions subsequently arose, however, that the British authorities had quite as much to answer for as the Nazis. Parents who, despite many misgivings, had entrusted their children to the scheme when invasion threatened, began to ask que stio ns when t hey learned that the promised naval escort had abandoned the convoy twenty-one hours before the 'Benares' was sunk. Allegations that crew members rushed the boats, that emergency equipment had failed, and that the whol e vo yage had b een u nde rtake n u nder the blight of racial prejudice, demanded a formal investigation. But somehow this was avoided, and the scandal was successfully hushed up. Ralph Barker, after a vivid and poignant reconstruction of the disa ster, turn s his attent ion to wha t re ally happened behind the scenes at the Admiralty and the Ministry of Shipping. The result is a harrowing story of human fallibility and human survival." Light to moderate browning to pages and edges of text block , mino r wrin kling a t to p/botto m of spine. Dust jacket has two areas of light edge wrinkling, Very Good-/Very Good 
Price: 35.00 USD
 
 
A BATSFORD CENTURY: THE RECORD OF A HUNDRED YEARS OF PUBLISHING AND BOOKSELLING, 1843-1943., Bolitho, Hector, Editor.  Harry Batsford, Charles Fry, Hector Bolitho.
2 Bolitho, Hector, Editor. Harry Batsford, Charles Fry, Hector Bolitho. A BATSFORD CENTURY: THE RECORD OF A HUNDRED YEARS OF PUBLISHING AND BOOKSELLING, 1843-1943.
London B.T. Batsford 1944 Second Impression with Corrections. Hard Cover Very Good- Good- 
148 pp, 9 1/4" H, medium blue cloth with gilt lettering on spine and front board, top edge gilt. B&w plates, reproductions, drawings, 2 colour plates (including frontispiece). A history of the family business begun by Bradley Thomas Batsford in 1843 up to the time of the Second World War, looking at the management, staff, premises, publications and authors. Batsford's main focus has always been architecture, from the huge folios of its early days to the accessible series that have introduced the British people (and others) to the beauties of the churches, country houses, cottages, etc. of their country. Contents: Foreword; B.T. Batsford: his Family, Early Life and Apprenticeship; Early Days of the Business; First Publications; A Victorian Bookseller-Publisher; New Premises and a New Arrival; Bradley and Herbert Batsford: Publishing Developments; Harry Batsford; A Tribute to Herbert Batsford; The Great War; Portrait of a Charwoman; Another New Arrival; Post-war Ups and Downs; The Move to Mayfair; A Publishing "New Deal"; Publishers' Journeys; William Hanneford-Smith: a Tribute; William Hanneford-Smith: an Account of his Work; Charles Fry; Brian Cook; Work at Home and Abroad; A Wartime Evacuation; The War in North Audley Street; Publishing from the Malvern Hills; Some Predecessors in a Tradition; Graduation in a Tradition; Some Friends of Batsfords; Thoughts on a Century; Acknowledgment; Index. Lean to spine, gift inscription in ink from 1953 written on front free endpaper, small bump at top of spine, slight browning to edges of boards. Dust jacket has several small edge tears (some with creases) and small to tiny edge chips, light to moderate browning on spine, flap-folds and edges, very light rubbing/soiling on rear panel; protected in a mylar sleeve. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
LETITIA:  NURSERY CORPS, U.S.A., Martin, George Madden.  (Mrs. Attwood R. Martin, 1866-1946.)
3 Martin, George Madden. (Mrs. Attwood R. Martin, 1866-1946.) LETITIA: NURSERY CORPS, U.S.A.
New York McClure 1907 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good- No Jacket Steele Inscribed By Author
206 pp, 7 3/4" H. Dark blue ribbed cloth with white lettering on spine, red shield with white lettering and decoration on front cover. 16 b&w plates, including tissue-covered frontispiece, by 'Steele' (collated). Inscribed on front free endpaper: "Mrs George W. Atkins - / To my dear Miss Mary, / with the love and best / regards of / George Madden Martin. / Anchorage, Ky. 1907." A story of army family life, as experienced by the little girl, Letitia. "The essential most necessary to make the admirable army woman is that instinct which, on a night's halt, can create the feeling of home out of Dougherty cushions and blankets if it should come to that. In the nomadic life of the army, stability and morals are represented in the home." Two very small tears with a crease between them at the fore-edge of a preliminary page and at the bottom edge of the frontispiece - archivally taped, several light foxing marks on the frontispiece - mainly on verso and also on the tissue guard, light foxing marks at the edges of the illustration page opposite page 52, slight separation between some page gatherings that are still firm in the binding, light browning and scattered tiny light foxing marks on edges of text block, small slight bump at three corners on boards, light edge wear to boards and at top/bottom of spine, wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, minor rubbing on boards. 
Price: 125.00 USD
 
 
FROM QUILL TO BALLPOINT, 1591-1988., Vick, Dorothy.
4 Vick, Dorothy. FROM QUILL TO BALLPOINT, 1591-1988.
Owen Sound Dorothy Vick 1979 0969341504 / 9780969341505 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good 
376 pp, 11 1/8" H. Maroon simulated leather with gold lettering on spine and front board - no dust jacket (as issued). B&w photographs. An alphabetical listing of authors with links to Grey and Bruce counties, Ontario. Biographical sketches vary from a few lines to a few pages and publications to date are noted. 3" light scratch on rear board. 
Price: 30.00 USD
 


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