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1 THE ROYAL MILITARY CALENDAR, OR ARMY SERVICE AND COMMISSION BOOK. 5 VOLUME SET. FACSIMILE OF THE 1820 THIRD EDITION.
Privately Printed in an edition of 100 sets of which this is No.3. 
400 pp, 424 pp, 416 pp, 496 pp, 508 pp, 8vo, hard covers with simulated leather spines (gilt lettering and bands) and biege cloth boards. "CONTAINING THE SERVICES AND PROGRESS OF PROMOTION OF THE GENERALS, LIEUTENANT-GENERALS, MAJOR-GENERALS, COLONELS, LIEU TENANT-COLONELS, AND MAJORS OF THE ARMY, ACCORDING TO SENIORITY: WITH DETAILS OF THE PRINCIPAL MILITARY EVENTS OF THE LAST CENTURY." (The Duke of Wellington accounts for almost half of the first volume.) "This Edition embraces the actual services of above two thousand Officers, and the progress of promotion of 2,872." Index to the set given in Volume V. Minor bumping/soiling to boards, bump to fore edge of textblock of Volume III, causing light creasing to the bottom corner of approx. pages 50-130, pen line and correction on page 459 of index, some very slight darkening to top edges of textblocks. A few pages throughout have tiny/small ink smudges (appear to be result of the manufacturing process). VG+ 
Price: 600.00 USD
 
 
2 VERLINDEN PRODUCTIONS CATALOG NO. 17 - 2000.
O'Fallon, MO Verlinden 2000 1930607466 / 9781930607460 Soft Cover Fine 
112 pp, 10 3/4" H. Profusely illustrated in color. Sections; Verlinden Publications; Figures - 1:35 Scale; Printed & Photo-Etched Accessories; VP Super Value; Accessories for Tanks, Figures & Dioramas 1:35 Scale; Armor Update & Detail Sets 1:35 Scale; Submarines 1:35 Scale; Ceramic Buildings & Accessories 1:35 Scale; Resin Diorama Bases & Accessories; Ceramic Buildings & Accessories 120MM; Fantasy Series - 150MM; Figures & Busts - 200MM; Busts & Weapons - 1:4 Scale; Decals & Dry Transfers - All Scales; 1:24 - 1:25 Scale Figures; Super Scale 120MM Figures; Historical Figures - 120MM; Historical Busts - 1:3 & 1:5 Scale; North and South; The Pirates; Napoleonic Era - 120MM; Vehicles and Accessories - 1:15 Scale; Gear & Accessories - 1:15 Scale; Aircraft Accessories. Clean and bright. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE QUIET FIELDS., 'BB'.  Illustrated by D.J. Watkins-Pitchford.
3 'BB'. Illustrated by D.J. Watkins-Pitchford. THE QUIET FIELDS.
Michael Joseph, London, 1981, first edtion. 
206 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0718120396 Charming b&w illustrations. "There is a growing need for the 'quiet fields' in this noisy, restless world. Mercifully, they can still be found by the country-lover and naturalist . This book tells of a year spent deep in the countryside, beginning when the year is young, when trees and hedges are bare to the winter winds, and on through the spring, summer and autumn, to winter once again. Whatever the season of t h e y e a r t h ere is always something to see in the countryside, even when the 'quiet fields' are sheeted with snow. There are the winter migrants - the wildfowl of the wet places, the delicate fieldfares and redwings - who come to Britain to e sc ap e t he b it t er t emperatures of their native lands. 'BB' also describes the advent of the spring migrants, which bring such intense joy to the naturalist that he even had to surrender his studio to a swallow family, which honoured him wi th a v is it and tw o l us ty bro ods of young. And the arrival of frogs at his Big Pond, the first for years, was a red-letter day in his calendar. There is still magic and a sense of peace in Britain's woods and fields. This book sets out to p rov e it , a nd the illu stra tio ns by D .J. Watkins-Pitchford echo exactly the spirit of the writing...." Minor very soft crease, faint pencil erasure marks and previous owner's embossed blind stamp on free front endpaper; small light crease at b otto m cor ner of half -titl e pag e; v ery mino r edge wear; minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has one small closed tear, one tiny tear, light edge wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, very light rubbing, mi nor s oiling , sm all area of de lamina tion at b ottom of front panel at flap-fold, a few tiny dints on hinges - mainly rear hinge. Very Good/Very Good 
Price: 100.00 USD
 
 
4 Ackerman, Evelyn. VICTORIAN ARCHITECTURAL SPLENDOR IN A NINETEENTH CENTURY TOY CATALOGUE.
Era Industries, Culver City, California, (1980), Ist printing. 
92 pp, oblong 24 mo. (5 3/4" H x 8 1/2" L), soft cover. A reproduction in b&w of a nineteenth century German toy catalogue. Shows doll houses, stores, fire stations, shops, stables, etc. with accompanying notes. Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - light edge wear/rubbing, light soiling and browning to some areas of covers, spine lightly browned, small bump to bottom corner of front cover - migrates into pages. VG- 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
5 Alex Taylor Co. TAYLOR SPORTS GIFTS.
New York Alex Taylor Co. Stapled in Wraps Very Good 
64 pp, 9" H. Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs, drawings. Gift suggestions from Alex Taylor & Co. - The House That Sport Built - Taylor Building, 22 E. 42nd St., N.Y.C. Covers everything from bridge, golf, basketball, tennis, poker, health exercising, roller skating and shooting to pens, novelty lamps, smoking accessories, desk sets, home movie equipment, book ends, beverage sets and more. No date, but a set of Walter Hagen "De Luxe" Irons (9 club, steel shafted, matched and registered set) is priced at $84.50 and the Taylor "Babe Ruth" Junior Louisville Slugger is listed at $1.00. Interior - one or two small areas of ink smudging on first page, otherwise clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - very light edge wear - mainly on spine, one very small scuff on front cover, one tiny corner crease. 
Price: 45.00 USD
 
 
MEN AT ARNHEM., Angus, Tom.
6 Angus, Tom. MEN AT ARNHEM.
Leo Cooper, London, (1977), reprint. 
208 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0850522153 B&w maps, organization chart. "Tom Angus sets out to apportion no blame, nor does he seek to analyse the reasons for the failure of the operation. His aim is simply to describe w hat it was like to be a 30-year old company commander during those eight days in hell. For obvious reasons, the characters are not all drawn straight from life. The names are changed and he does not specify the units concerned. But the e v e n t s h e describes did happen just where and when and how he describes them; so if this is not a conventional work of military history nor is it by any means fiction. It is a remarkable and intensely moving account of one of those great mi li ta ry t ra ge d ie s w hich only the British seem able to turn into triumphs, and as a book it certainly triumphs over all conventional accounts of that blood-drenched sacrifice that was the Battle of Arnhem. It is also the finest evocation of an inf ant rym an' s w ar to b e published for many years and will become a classic in its field." Previous owners small stamp on front pastedown, very tiny bump to bottom corners of boards. Dust jacket has light wrinkling at top of spine, small gh ost stic ker mark on fro nt f lap . VG+/VG 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
BATTLE HONOURS OF THE BRITISH AND COMMONWEALTH ARMIES., Baker, Anthony.
7 Baker, Anthony. BATTLE HONOURS OF THE BRITISH AND COMMONWEALTH ARMIES.
Ian Allan, (Shepperton, 1986), Ist edition. 
398 pp, 4to (11 3/8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. Map endpapers, b&w photos, reproductions, maps. "...brings together in one comprehensive volume the story of the achievements of the British and Commonwealth armies over 300 years of service. It tells of and lists the battles fought, whether they were honoured or - equally important - whether they were not and are now largely forgotten, and which regiments were involved...sets out to ensure that...the Honours granted in the past, from 'Tangier' in 1662 to 'Falkland Islands' in 1982, and the regiments that won them are not forgotten. In providing such information it will prove invaluable to military historians or anybody who has ever wondered about the lineage and honours of British and Commonwealth units." Tiny bump to bottom corners, very light wrinkling at top of spine, very small stain at top of two adjacent rear pages, slight cigarette odor, minor rubbing, light soiling to fore-edge of textblock - t humbing, minor soiling on bottom of textblock. Dust jacket has light edge wrinkling, one very small chip, light rubbing/faint line indentations. VG-/VG- 
Price: 32.50 USD
 
 
A DICTIONARY OF THEATRE ANTHROPOLOGY: THE SECRET ART OF THE PERFORMER., Barba, Eugenio and Savarese, Nicola.  Translated by Richard Fowler.
8 Barba, Eugenio and Savarese, Nicola. Translated by Richard Fowler. A DICTIONARY OF THEATRE ANTHROPOLOGY: THE SECRET ART OF THE PERFORMER.
London Routledge for the Centre of Performance Research 1995 0415053080 / 9780415053082 Reprint Soft Cover Very Good+ 
272 pp, 11 5/8" H. "(S)ubtly juxtaposes the visual demonstrations of the performer's craft, from a wealth of Oriental and Occidental sources, to uncover knowledge of action in the heightened context of performance - from combat to religion and ritual. Whereas most Western research is concerned with naturalism and psychological realism in acting, the Dictionary focuses on the performer's arduous and eclectic craft. More than just a dictionary, however, it is a handbook for theatre practitioners and a guide for students and scholars of transcultural performance. It is a result of ten years' research conducted by Eugenio Barba and the International School of Theatre Anthropology (ISTA) based in Denmark. ISTA works with practitioners of theatre and dance from the major Oriental and Occidental traditions to study the underlying principles of the performer's technique. The Dictionary aims to expand our knowledge of the possibilities of the scenic body, and of the spectator's response to the dynamics of performance. (It) has practical sections on balance, opposition and montage, among other techniques, and discusses issues including 'The Text and the Stage', 'The Dilated Body', and 'Energetic Language'. The visual essay of photographs, drawings and diagrams which runs parallel to the text is skilfully constructed to complement the textual argument. The result is not only a lavishly illustrated sourcebook on Western and non-Western theatre - much of it until now little known - but an inspiring tribute to the secret art of the performer." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - tiny dint on fore-edge of text block, old stock label on rear cover, minor rubbing. 
Price: 45.00 USD
 
 
THE LEGEND OF THE GOLDEN SNAIL., Base, Graeme.
9 Base, Graeme. THE LEGEND OF THE GOLDEN SNAIL.
New York Abrams Books for Young Readers 2010 0810989654 / 9780810989658 First American Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good Graeme Base. 
Unpaginated, 12 1/4" H. Includes the small book attached to the title page which tells the original tale of the Golden Snail that inspired Wilbur's voyage. Map endpapers, enchanting full-colour illustrations throughout - with a snail hidden in every picture. "In Wilbur's favorite book, legend tells of a magnificent Golden Snail that has been banished to the Ends of the Earth by a Grand Enchanter. Inspired by this amazing story, Wilbur sets out on a daring voyage to claim the Golden Snail as his own. Along the way he encounters strange creatures and a series of challenges - rough seas, pirates, the Maze of Madness and the Dreadful Doldrums. Finally, Wilbur reaches the Ends of the Earth, but what he finds there is not quite as he imagined - ." Light partial " Withdrawn from ..." stamp on front free endpaper - no other markings in book, very minor wear at corners and at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has very light edge wear, light wrinkling/creasing at top edge - less at bottom edge, a very small dent on front hinge. 
Price: 30.00 USD
 
 
WE CAME TO CANADA., Beak, T.W.
10 Beak, T.W. WE CAME TO CANADA.
Ottawa Self-published 1959 3rd Edition Soft Cover Very Good- 
63 pp, 7 5/8" H. "The author, at the age of 39 gave up a good job in the British Civil Service, with pension, security and good prospects, to emigrate to Canada. After three and a half years he is established as a private consultant in his chosen field with an expanding business of his own. In this booklet he sets down with a forth-rightness which only one who has ventured forth and has succeeded has the right to use, his experiences and views on what it takes to make a success of immigration to Canada. (He) aims to supply those who are interested in the possibility of emigration the kind of information so many have found only after they have been in the country for some time." Contents: The Author; Preface; About Canada; About Canadians; Getting a Job in Canada; Work and Working Conditions in Canada; Unemployment and Availability of Work; Living and Living Costs; Where to Settle; The Problems of Settling In; If You Decide to Come. An interesting look at attitudes and opportunities in mid-20th century Canada, along with tables comparing Canadian and British wage rates, food and clothing costs, etc. Postage will be reduced to most destinations for this light item. Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - light browning on spine, minor browning to edges of covers. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
BIRTH OF THE BATTLESHIP: BRITISH CAPITAL SHIP DESIGN 1870-1881., Beeler, John.
11 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
 
 
THE GREENLAND FARERS., Boucher, Alan.  Illustrated by Toni Patten.
12 Boucher, Alan. Illustrated by Toni Patten. THE GREENLAND FARERS.
Constable, London, 1961, first edition. 
182 pp, 8vo (8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w illustrations. Sequel to "The Path of the Raven". "When Halli Thordarson, compelled to serve the 'Raven' for a year and a day, sets sail with Thorfinn Karlsefni, he hopes - and expects - that he has left behind in Iceland the family blood feud which has led to his exile across the seas. But the 'Raven' has no sooner set sail than it is approached by a small rowing boat and a hooded figure, speared by an arrow, begs refuge from pursuers. A nd even in Greenland, home of Eric the Red, Halli is held by the same restless fate which seems somehow connected with the message foretold in the runes on his sword....(a) first-class adventure story in which the world of the early seafar e r s i s s t r ikingly recreated." Tiny faint scuff to fore-edge of textblock, minor soiling to edges of textblock, minor browning to pages, slight shallow bump to top edge of rear board, light wrinkling at bottom of spine, very light browning t o ed ge s o f t ex tb lo ck. Dust jacket has very light edge wrinkling; browning to spine, flap-folds and some edges; one very small closed tear. Very Good/Very Good- 
Price: 42.50 USD
 
 
LORD ELGIN., Bourinot, John George, Sir.
13 Bourinot, John George, Sir. LORD ELGIN.
Toronto Morang 1903 Edition de Luxe. Hard Cover Very Good - No Jacket Inscribed
276 pp, 9 1/2" H. Beige cloth with paper title label on spine (a duplicate label laid in at the last page at time of publication could be used to 'freshen' the book's appearance), top edge gilt. A volume from the "Edition De Luxe" (limited to four hundred sets - this copy unnumbered) of The Makers of Canada series - inscribed in red ink on the limitation page: "With the Compliments / of / the Publishers (underscored) / Nov 16 - 1903". There is also a previous owner's signature in black ink on this page. B&w tissue-covered frontispiece. Contents: Early Career; Political Condition in Canada; Political Difficulties; The Idemnification Act; The End of the Lafontaine-Baldwin Ministry, 1851; The Hincks-Morin Ministry; The History of the Clergy Reserves (1791-1854); Seigniorial Tenure; Canada and the United States; Farewell to Canada; Political Progress; A Comparison of Systems; Bibliographical Note; Index. Light wrinkling/creasing at some untrimmed edges of pages and at some corners of pages, light browning to fore-edge and bottom of text block, very slight bumping at corners of boards, light browning on spine and at edges of boards, moderate browning and a few tiny scuffs on spine label, two small foxing marks on rear board. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
HURRICANE AT WAR., Bowyer, Chaz.  Foreword by Group Captain T.P. Gleave.  Dust jacket art by Rex Flood.
14 Bowyer, Chaz. Foreword by Group Captain T.P. Gleave. Dust jacket art by Rex Flood. HURRICANE AT WAR.
Ian Allan, Shepperton, 1974, first edition. 
160 pp, 11 1/4" H, hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0711005648 Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs. "The Hawker Hurricane has a permanent niche in the annals of military aviation history as the world's first operational eight-gun monoplane fighter and the RAF's first front-line fighter to achieve more than 300mph in level flight. But it has received little credit for its subsequent lion's share of the defence of the United Kingdom during the 1940 Battle of Britain, and its later serv ice in a score of fighting roles across every theatre of operations during the 1939-45 war. In this book the author sets out to redress this omission in due recognition of the Hurricane's magnificent record. With a collation of authentic, firs t - h a nd impressions and experiences by the men who flew and serviced the Hurricane, backed by a unique collection of specially selected photographs, many from private sources, he has recreated the genuine atmosphere of Hurricane operations. This a ma lg am of text and photographs traces the story of the Hurricane and its crews from the first prototype and pre-1939 service to France 1940; through the Battle of Britain; in the frozen wastes of North Russia; over beleagured Malta; across Sic ily an d G ree ce and as far afield as the Burmese jungle. There are pilots' accounts of low-level bombing sorties covering the disastrous Dieppe invasion, a personal story by the only fighter pilot of World War II to be awarded the Victoria Cross , an d pi ctor ial sections illustrating the armament, markings and, especially, the men who knew the Hurricane best - the crews." Multiple creases at bottom of pages 27 thru 40. very small crease/bump at top corner of pages 83 thru 102, light wrin kling at t op/bo ttom of spine, one tiny corner bump, small shallow bump and a tiny scuff at top edge of rear board. Dust jacket has light rubbing, areas of light wrinkling at top edge. Very Good-/ Very Good 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
THE WEED THAT STRINGS THE HANGMAN'S BAG., Bradley, Alan.
15 Bradley, Alan. THE WEED THAT STRINGS THE HANGMAN'S BAG.
Doubleday Canada 2010 0385665849 / 9780385665841 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good 
348 pp, 8vo (8 1/2" H). "Flavia de Luce, a dangerously brilliant eleven-year-old with a passion for chemistry and a genius for solving murders finds herself untangling two deaths - separated by time but linked by the unlikeliest of threads. Flavia thinks that her days of crime-solving in the bucolic English hamlet of Bishop's Lacey are over - and then Rupert Porson has an unfortunate rendezvous with electricity. The beloved puppeteer has had his own strings sizzled, but who'd do such a thing, and why? For Flavia, the questions are intriguing enough to make her put aside her chemistry experiments and schemes for vengeance against her insufferable big sisters. Astride Gladys, her trusty bicycle, Flavia sets out from the de Luce's crumbling family mansion in search of Bishop's Lacey's deadliest secrets. Does the madwoman who lives in Gibbet Wood know more than she's letting one? What of the vicar's odd ministrations to the catatonic woman in the dovecote? Then there's a German pilot obsessed with the Bronte sisters, a reproachful spinster aunt, and even a box of poisoned chocolates. Most troubling of all is Porson's assistant, the charming but erratic Nialla. All clues point toward a suspicious death years earlier and a case the local constables can't solve - without Flavia's help. But in getting so close to who's secretly pulling the strings of this dance of death, has our precocious heroine finally gotten in way over her head?" Light wrinkling at bottom of spine, minor waviness at top/bottom of text block. Dust jacket has very light wear at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, very small light stain on front panel. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
MODERN RIDING TECHNIQUES: HARMONY IN HORSEMANSHIP., Brandl, Selma.
16 Brandl, Selma. MODERN RIDING TECHNIQUES: HARMONY IN HORSEMANSHIP.
Swan Hill, Shrewsbury, 1997. 
144 pp, small 4to (10 3/16" H), soft cover with self-flaps. ISBN 1853108154 Profusely illustrated with colour photographs, b&w drawing, diagrams. "(Explores) the psychology of the horse as a basis for its schooling and also sets valuable guidelin es for the initial and later training for the rider. The section on school movements and (Brandl's) detailed exposition of the rider's aids is exemplary, but even more notable is the author's supporting theme of mental and physical relaxat i o n l e a d i ng to harmony between horse and rider. It adds a further dimension to the riding disciplines and sets this book apart from its contemporaries. Also included are chapters on jumping training, eventing and hunting, as well as a part ic ul ar l y pe rc ep ti ve study of the art of Western horsemanship, in which the author discusses the relationship between the Californian system and the classical European school." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Ex ter ior - mi no r e dge we ar, minor rubbing. Very Good+ 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
17 Brown, Linda Beatrice. CROSSING OVER JORDAN.
Ballantine, New York, (1995), Ist edition. 
290 pp, large 8vo, hard cover in dust jacket. "With power and originality that sear the mind as they break the heart, Linda Beatrice Brown has written a deeply affecting novel about the hidden inheritance of slavery. From the waning of the Civil W ar to the early twenty-first century, 'Crossing Over Jordan' tells of the haunting drama that slavery sets in motion. It passes from one generation of women to another, until it finally explodes in the conflict between a mother and daughter caught in a vortex of torment, loss, and denial." Dust jacket has light edge wrinkling and light rubbing. NF/VG 
Price: 12.50 USD
 
 
MACKENZIE, SELKIRK, SIMPSON., Bryce, George, Rev.
18 Bryce, George, Rev. MACKENZIE, SELKIRK, SIMPSON.
Toronto Morang 1905 Edition de Luxe. Hard Cover Very Good No Jacket Signed by publisher.
305 pp, 9 1/2" H. Beige cloth with paper title label on spine (a duplicate label laid in at the last page at time of publication could be used to 'freshen' the book's appearance), top edge gilt. A volume from the "Edition De Luxe" (limited to four hundred sets - this being from set 47, so numbered) of The Makers of Canada series - signed by the publisher, George Morang, on the limitation page. Three b&w tissue-covered portraits, including frontispiece. Contents: Sir Alexander Mackenzie (Struggle of the Fur Companies / The Young Trader / Fort Chipewyan / A Dash to the Arctic Sea / The Ascent of the Great River / A Wider Horizon / Winter on Peace River / Over the Great Divide / First to the Pacific and Return / Fame Achieved and the Ebbing Tide / The Great Explorer's Impulse); Lord Selkirk (A Youthful Philosopher / First Experiments in Emigration / A Dream of Empire / The Colony Begun / Red River Occupied / Angry Passions / Bloodshed / An Expedition of Rescue / Worry and Disaster / The Shadows Fall); Sir George Simpson (Dark Days and the Man for the Time / The Men He Led / The Domain of an Emperor / As Civil Ruler / A Journey Round the World / In His Letters / Before the Imperial Parliament / Canada's Debt to the Fur Companies); Index. Small soft bump at top corner of pages 200 to end of book, small area of foxing on rear endpapers, some toning to edges of text block and small foxing mark on bottom of text block, slight darkening to spine and light browning/darkening to spine paper label, minor edge wear, very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
THE MAGICAL ARTS: A SHORT HISTORY, Burland, C. A.
19 Burland, C. A. THE MAGICAL ARTS: A SHORT HISTORY
London Arthur Barker 1966 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Good+ 
196 pp, 8vo (8 11/16" H). B&w illustrations. "From the earliest time man has been fascinated by visions and dreams, and by the discovery that there were men who could, by magical powers, improve a crop or foretell the weather. As civilization grew there were demands for knowledge which would give control over other men or protection from the wiles of enemies. The study of magic and counter magic became important in the policy of states. Later magic was denounced as a work of the Devil, and then the Devil himself was demoted to become a laughing stock. Yet even nowadays there exist in the most advanced nations societies devoted to magical practices, who deal in strange rituals, and promote the interests of their membership against all enemies. A careful study shows that there is a good deal of scientific knowledge involved in the vast and complex network of 'magical' practice today. This book sets out to show some of the main lines of influence which have led to the present traditions. It treats the subject as if if were a tapestry of many strands each of which has a line of origin from which it traverses like a weft thread on the warp of universal psychological experience. This book is a short history of a complex development. It is planned as a groundwork from which the interested reader can advance to further detailed studies." Light wrinkling at bottom of spine, small slight bump at top corner of both boards. Dust jacket has light to moderate edge wear, a few small closed tears, jacket has been laminated for protection and to prevent further deterioration over the center portion (panels, spine and flap-folds). 
Price: 32.50 USD
 
 
MACHINE GUNS.  WORLD WAR 2 FACT FILES., Chamberlain, Peter and Gander, Terry.
20 Chamberlain, Peter and Gander, Terry. MACHINE GUNS. WORLD WAR 2 FACT FILES.
Arco, New York, 1974. 
64 pp, 10 3/8" H, soft cover. ISBN 0668036087 Profusely illustrated in b&w. "Some military writers have described the machine gun as 'the supreme infantry weapon' and during World War 2 it certainly maintained its tactical role inherited from the battlefields of World War 1. Its importance to all the combatant armies cannot be over-estimated as it played the part of prime fire-power source of all the infantry units of every combatant. This Fact File sets out to describe the mach i n e g u n s u sed by all the warring nations involved in World War 2. Each machine gun is described and illustrated along with its data. All the machine guns used are mentioned including World War 1 veterans such as the German MG08 and the Bri ti sh . 3 03 " Vi ck e rs , and going right up to the famous German MG42. The coverage includes such items as the Indian Army's Vickers-Berthier, the Japanese Nambu series, the Russian M1910, and the Czech ZB26. Also included are the numerous lig ht mac hin e gun s suc h a s the Bren and American Johnson. The largest calibre covered is 15 mm with heavier guns being covered in other Fact Files." Interior - previous owner's small stamp on inside of front cover, otherwise clean and tight wi th no o ther o wner sh ip m arks . Ext erior - minor edge wear, minor rubbing, one small corner crease, some light delamination on front hinge. Very Good 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
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