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THE SHARP END: A CANADIAN SOLDIER'S STORY., Davis, James R.
1 Davis, James R. THE SHARP END: A CANADIAN SOLDIER'S STORY.
Douglas & McIntyre, Vancouver, 1997. 
270 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 1550545884 B&w photographs, maps. "Through James Davis's eyes, we see the real face of Canada's army: efficient, technologically advanced - sometimes brutal. The uncompromising opinio ns Davis has about the strengths and weaknesses of our present-day military are backed up by his own first-hand experience at 'the sharp end' as a frontline soldier. The bungling and politically motivated actions of the Forces' senior ranks a n d t h e ir government masters, he states, chronically compromise the effectiveness of our fighting forces. Davis was at the defence of Sarajevo as centuries-old ethnic emnity between Serbs and Croats exploded into house-by-house guerilla warfa re . H e w as i n Rwanda as Hutus and Tutsis struggled for dominance. A former member of Canada's famed Airborne Regiment, Davis relives its emotional, controversial last days following revelations of misconduct by a handful of members in Somali a. T he st ory of hi s active duty is chilling but leavened with poignancy - hardened soldiers moved by the slaughter of children and innocents in the former Yugoslavia; an inspiring visit to a gorilla sanctuary in Rwanda, mere miles from horrifi c b loo dle tti ng. Dav is a lso portrays the daily challenges of making-do in Canada's diminished military forces and tells shocking anecdotes such as one about the 'Remembrance Day Massacre', when a poorly planned field exercise went terribly wro ng." Ti ny l ight soi ling speck on top of text block, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, rubbing on fore-edge of rear board. Dust jacket has minor wear and very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds. Very Good/Very Good+ 
Price: 12.00 USD
 
 
F.S.P. - AN N.C.O.'s DESCRIPTION OF HIS AND OTHERS' FIRST SIX MONTHS OF WAR, JANUARY 1st - JUNE 1st 1940.  (FIELD SECURITY PERSONNEL.), Gwynn-Browne, Arthur.
2 Gwynn-Browne, Arthur. F.S.P. - AN N.C.O.'s DESCRIPTION OF HIS AND OTHERS' FIRST SIX MONTHS OF WAR, JANUARY 1st - JUNE 1st 1940. (FIELD SECURITY PERSONNEL.)
London Chatto & Windus 1942 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good - Fair 
159 pp, 7 1/2" H. "Sergeant Gwynn-Browne is in Field Security Personnel. He joined up 1939. Being a soldier is a new experience for him. 'F.S.P.' begins on a parade ground; it ends on Dunkirk beaches; in between it says a lot that has not been said before. Sergeant Gwynn-Browne is a character - (and) he is subtly and devastatingly and unexpectedly funny. The solemn and ceremonious business of standing in a line being counted is funny; so is the dubious pleasure of living on a Flemish farm with a 'very premeating little pig' as a co-billettee. Routine, discomfort, uncertainty, danger - they are all funny as Sergeant Gwynn-Browne sees them. But there is another side to the picture. There is Dunkirk with the soldiers waiting patiently on the beaches as the town blazes and the bombs fall. There is the 'honour and humanity' we are fighting for, and the new world we hope for. Indeed there is as much seriousness as of laughter in this book; and every reader will find himself in the company not only of a lively jester, but also of an original and thoughtful personality." Several small creases at bottom corner of title page - some indentation on a few subsequent pages, page leaf 13/14 has bee roughly trimmed at bottom edge, small shallow bump on front edge of spine, light edge wear, wrinkling at bottom and top of spine, light browning to edges of text block - small faint stain on top . Dust jacket is price-clipped, has a piece missing at bottom of front panel, several edge tears (one with old tape on inside) and edge chips light browning - a little more at edges and on spine, protected in a mylar sleeve. 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
3 Judd, Alfred. IN QUEST OF PERIL. BEING THE TRILLING ADVENTURES OF MAJOR BRAND, HIS SON DICK, AND TRUSTY TIM O'FLANNEL IN ALL PARTS OF THE WORLD.
Thomas Nelson and Sons, London, n.d. 
329 pp, small 8vo (7 5/8" H), hard cover (bright red cloth with black lettering and illustrations on spine and front board) - no dust jacket. B&w frontispiece. Contents: The Golden Ira (Brazil); The Keg of Pearls (China Seas); The Prisoner of Kaar Zharta (Morocco); Kwali's Treasure (New Guinea); The Repal Ivories (England); The River of Tibet (Burmese Border); The Prey of the Weed (Sargasso Sea); Old Gaspard's Gold (Klondike); Hang Loo the Pirate (Gulf of Siam); The Crystal Gods (Scotland); The Jewelled Quetzal (Costa Rica); The Captive of Swamp Island (Fiji). Interior - light browning to free rear endpaper, light foxing marks on preliminary pages, free front endpaper missing, small light dye stain and minor soiling on front pastedown. Exterior - moderate wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, very light edge wear, light rubbing/fingerprint marks, tiny foxing marks on edges of textblock. G+ 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
4 Morelli, Marcello, editor. (Maria Luisa Moncassoli Tibone, Salvatore Ciro Nappo, Milena Ercole Pozzoli, Giuseppe Mazzocchi, Michael Leech, Maria Longhena, Paola Calore, Heidi Bocker, Peter Kristiansen, Frantisek Kadlec, Thomas Thiis-Evensen, et al. THE WORLD'S GREATEST ROYAL PALACES. INCLUDING THE ROYAL PALACES OF OSLO, STOCKHOLM AND COPENHAGEN.
Grange, Hoo, Rochester, 2000. 
304 pp, folio (14 1/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 1840133732 Profusely illustrated in colour. "Built to astonish and to celebrate the magnificence of the most powerful families in the world, royal palaces and houses are the consequences of an age in which the splendor and opulence of a prince or a people could be measured by the decor of a salon, by the grandeur of a building or the originality of a fountain. Suspended between the sky and the earth, as occurred in the Far East, or solidly rooted to the ground, as was the norm in Europe, the house of the monarch has alwys been the meeting point of two minds: that of the master, who saw in his house the expression of his power and creativity, and that of the architect a n d t e a m s of craftsmen who built it for him, often creating a noble monument rather than a place to live....This book tells of the mysteries and legends of the buildings and the official and secret versions of the history of their occupants. T he t e xt i s co mplemented by a series of splendid photographs that together offer the reader a visit through space and time to the most famous palaces of the world where the lives of royal families and their courts burned bright and where bea uty mi xed w ith po we r." Palaces covered: Royal Palace of Turin; Royal Palace of Caserta; Royal Palace of Versailles, Castle of Chambord; Castle of Fontainebleau; Alhambra; Escorial; Royal Palace of Queluz; Buckingham Palace; Hampton Court; C astl e of Bru sse ls; Het Loo Pal ace; Castle of Neuschwanstein; Castle of Charlottenburg; Sans Souci; Schonbrunn; Esterhaza; Castle of Prague; Palace of Wilanow; Rosenborg; Royal Palace in Oslo; Royal Palace in Stockholm; Kremlin; Karskoe Selo; P eterh of; T opkap i Pa lace ; Am ber Fort; Red Fort in Delhi; Forbidden City; Royal Palace in Bangkok. Small bump to three corners and to top/bottom of rear hinge. Dust jacket has light wear at corners and top/bottom of hinges, wrinkling at top/b ottom of spi ne and flap -fold s. V ery Good/V ery Good 
Price: 75.00 USD
 
 
THE NETHERLANDS:  A STUDY OF SOME ASPECTS OF ART, COSTUME AND SOCIAL LIFE., Sitwell, Sacheverell.
5 Sitwell, Sacheverell. THE NETHERLANDS: A STUDY OF SOME ASPECTS OF ART, COSTUME AND SOCIAL LIFE.
London B.T. Batsford Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
168 pp, 8 3/4" H. Top edge orange. Pictorial endpapers, b&w drawings, b&w and colour plates, fold-out map at rear. Contents: Introduction; Dutch Water Towns (Delft, Dordrecht, Haarlem, Leyden, Utrecht); Amsterdam (Churches, Canals, Houses, and their Interiors); Villages of the Waterland (Broek, Koog aan de Zaan, Krommenie, Monnikendam, Edam, Volendam, Marken); The Hague and the Work of Daniel Marot; Noord Holland (Haarlem, Alkmaar, Hoorn, Enkhuizen, Medemblik); Friesland (Costume, Towns and Villages, Religious Sects); Two Excursions: Sunday at Staphorst / Weekday at Spakenburg; Dutch Gardens; Cornelis Troost and his Times; Zeeland (The Islands of Walcheren, Noord and Zuid Beveland, Schouwen and Tholen, Zeeuwsch-Vlaanderen, Over Flakkee and Voorne; Index. Previous owner's name stamp on free front endpaper, minor edge wear, tiny bump at top of front hinge. Dust jacket has square clip at top of front flap - price is present; very light browning to spine, flap-folds, and some edges; very light edge wear/wrinkling, minor soiling. 
Price: 17.50 USD
 


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