Capricorn Books

Quick Search

Author
Title
Description
Keyword
Seller Id
ISBN
Advanced Search
 
 
Browse By Category
American History & Travel
Animation, Cartoons & Comics
Antiques & Collectibles
Architecture/Interior Design
Art - Book Illustration/Illustrators
Art - Canadian
Art - First Nations/Indigenous Art
Art - General
Art Instruction (Incl. Woodworking)
Books About Books
British History
Business, Finance
Canada - Architecture
Canada - Biography
Canada - British Columbia
Canada - Folklore/Mythology
Canada - General
Canada - Maritime Provinces
Canada - Native Peoples
Canada - Natural History

View all Categories
 
Gift Card
Checkout a Gift Card


 
Go To:

Global Book Town
The independent online bookstores on Global Book Town have nearly a million used, rare and out of print books.

 

 
 
 

Search

 - 11 items found in your search

Click on Title to view full description

 
FRIENDLY FIRE: ACCIDENTS IN BATTLE FROM ANCIENT GREECE TO THE GULF WAR., Bickers, Richard Townshend.
1 Bickers, Richard Townshend. FRIENDLY FIRE: ACCIDENTS IN BATTLE FROM ANCIENT GREECE TO THE GULF WAR.
Leo Cooper, London, (1994). 
162 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. "...(an) historical survey of some of the most dramatic incidents of what (the author) more correctly calls 'accidental amicide', it is an occurence as old as warfare itself. It is inevitable that in the heat of battle men become confused and disoriented and such accidents are bound to happen. Sometimes, as the author shows, the blame can be attributed to the incompetence or stupidity of a commander who leads or sends his men into the line of fire of his own guns. More often, however, it is simply the result of a breakdown in communications or a change in the weather. In this absorbing book, Richard Bickers puts 'Friendly Fire' in its true perspective, using his own experience as an airman in and after the Second World War to who how hard it is for a pilot to distinguish friend from foe." Very light wrinkling at top of spine. Dust jacket has light rubbing, light edge wrinkling. VG+/VG 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE FIRST GREAT AIR WAR., Bickers, Richard Townshend.
2 Bickers, Richard Townshend. THE FIRST GREAT AIR WAR.
London Hodder & Stoughton 1988 0340263792 / 9780340263792 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ 
277 pp, large 8vo (9 3/8" H). B&w photographs. "(T)he story of air operations during the First World War, 1914-1918, mainly on the Western Front. It was only eleven years after the Wright Brothers' first flight that the Royal Flying Corps set off for France and every aspect of air-fighting had to be discovered for the first time. Richard Townshend Bickers gives a fresh and challenging view of the men involved, their aircraft and the conditions of war. The pilots and observers of all the combatant nations tended to be young courageous individuals, filled with a love of flying and of adventure. Their aircraft were fragile and unreliable and casualties were appallingly heavy. It was a period of great technical advances when aerial warfare and tactical teamwork were transformed. (The author gives an account of) Lieutenant General Sir David Henderson's leading role in the formation and development of the Royal Flying Corps (and while not neglecting the 'aces', he) also gives due recognition to the less famous pilots, to the usually overlooked air observers and gunners who flew in two-seater fighters, and to the crews who carried out the less glamorous but equally important reconnaissance and bombing sorties." Very light browning to edges of textblock, tiny speck on top of textblock, minor edge wear. Dust jacket has very minor wrinkling at top of spine, very minor rubbing. 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
THE FIRST GREAT AIR WAR., Bickers, Richard Townshend.
3 Bickers, Richard Townshend. THE FIRST GREAT AIR WAR.
London Hodder & Stoughton 1988 0340263792 / 9780340263792 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
277 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H). B&w photographs. "(T)he story of air operations during the First World War, 1914-1918, mainly on the Western Front. It was only eleven years after the Wright Brothers' first flight that the Royal Flying Corps set off for France and every aspect of air-fighting had to be discovered for the first time. Richard Townshend Bickers gives a fresh and challenging view of the men involved, their aircraft and the conditions of war. The pilots and observers of all the combatant nations tended to be young courageous individuals, filled with a love of flying and of adventure. Their aircraft were fragile and unreliable and casualties were appallingly heavy. It was a period of great technical advances when aerial warfare and tactical teamwork were transformed. (The author gives an account of) Lieutenant General Sir David Henderson's leading role in the formation and development of the Royal Flying Corps (and while not neglecting the 'aces', he) also gives due recognition to the less famous pilots, to the usually overlooked air observers and gunners who flew in two-seater fighters, and to the crews who carried out the less glamorous but equally important reconnaissance and bombing sorties." Minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, slight toning in margins of pages, very light browning to edges of text block. Dust jacket is price-clipped, has minor edge wear/wrinkling, light browning to spine, light rubbing - mainly on rear panel. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
WOLFE AT QUEBEC., Hibbert, Christopher.
4 Hibbert, Christopher. WOLFE AT QUEBEC.
Longmans, Green, London, 1959, first edition. 
194 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w plates, maps. "In the early hours of the morning on 13th September 1759, a British flotilla drifted silently on the ebb tide down the St Lawrence River towards Quebec. A last and desperate at tempt was being made to capture the town before the ice closed over the river and made further operations that season impossible. By dawn over 4,000 men had disembarked from the landing craft and clambered up the steep and slippery slopes on t o t h e Plains of Abraham. The French were taken completely by surprise and the battle that followed was short and dramatic. By noon the fate of Canada had been decided. In describing the events of this day and the bitter and seemingly hopel e ss s i eg e th at preceded it, (the author) has relied entirely upon contemporary sources, some of which were not available when previous accounts were written. For this reason the story which has emerged is in some respects an unfamiliar one an d the in ci den ta l p ortrait of Wolfe, stripped of the sentimental veneer which two centuries of adulation have built around him, is one which will surprise many readers. (This book) provides not only a vivid account of what has been described a s the most im port ant eve nt in the history of the 18th century, but a fascinating portrait of one of its most famous soldiers." Book slightly cocked, bump at bottom corner of boards, very light browning to edges of text block, light wrinkling a nd bro wning at botto m of spin e, a few very tiny soiling specks on top of text block. Dust jacket has light edge wear/wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, two small edge tears, corner crease on front flap, light soiling, light brow nin g on spine and flap-f olds, a few small brown stains at bottom of spine. Very Good-/Good+ 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
BRITISH BUTCHERS AND BUNGLERS OF WORLD WAR ONE., Laffin, John.
5 Laffin, John. BRITISH BUTCHERS AND BUNGLERS OF WORLD WAR ONE.
Godalming Bramley 1998 1841000124 / 9781841000121 Reprint Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
214 pp, large 8vo (9 3/8" H). B&w plates, maps/battle plans. "(A) forceful and probing analysis of the British generals' leadership. For too long, Dr John Laffin maintains, the military reputation of the generals has not been critically enough examined, and he asks how those responsible for such catastrophic defeats were able to retain their commands. Haig, whose army suffered 60,000 casualties on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, was still in command after five months more fighting and another 400,000 casualties. By the war's end the number of dead ran into millions - doggedly brave British Empire soldiers who, Dr Laffin believes, were killed, wounded or broken by commanders who were vain, egocentric or incompetent. But the generals, who blamed the dead and junior in rank, cannot be excused on the grounds that there was 'nothing else that they could do'. Een now, seventy years after that 'Great War for Civilization', this book raises questions that are uncomfortable. Dr Laffin draws on the memories and writings of those who took part and quotes the judgements of other military historians to provide a lucid analysis of just what went wrong in the generals' leadership and how it resulted in such appalling and tragic losses - and concludes that they were not merely incompetent but uncaring. Controversial and uncompromising, this intelligent and important book is an invaluable addition to the history of World War I and will be read by all interested in this period of history and its influence on succeeding military campaigns." Small bump at top corner of both boards. Dust jacket has wrinkling at top of flap-folds. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
1759:  THE BATTLE FOR CANADA., LaPierre, Laurier L.  Inscribed.
6 LaPierre, Laurier L. Inscribed. 1759: THE BATTLE FOR CANADA.
McClelland & Stewart, Toronto, 1990), Ist edition. 
305 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0771046995 INSCRIBED BY AUTHOR ON TITLE PAGE: "BONNE CHANCE LAURIER L. LaPIERRE, NOV/90". B&w illus. and maps. "(This book) is no scholarly history. Rather, it is a re-creation of t he battle and of the long siege that preceded it...Lapierre conjures up the rain, the deafening noise of bombs falling on Quebec, the petty squabbles that threatened the military strategies of both sides, and adds his own commentary on event s . H e i s assisted in his interpretations by such historical figures as Bougainville for the French and Townshend for the English, whom he interviews about their roles during those long, hot months of the siege." Minor wrinkling at top/bottom o f sp i ne , v er y minor soiling on front board. Dust jacket has light wrinkling at top edge of rear panel. Very Good+/Very Good 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
THE EARL OF CHESTER'S REGIMENT OF YEOMANRY CAVALRY:  ITS FORMATION AND SERVICES, 1797 TO 1897., Leary, Frederick.  Foreword by Hugh A. Birley, Captain and Hon. Major E.C.Y.C.
7 Leary, Frederick. Foreword by Hugh A. Birley, Captain and Hon. Major E.C.Y.C. THE EARL OF CHESTER'S REGIMENT OF YEOMANRY CAVALRY: ITS FORMATION AND SERVICES, 1797 TO 1897.
Privately printed, Edinburgh, 1898, first edition, 
312 pp, small 4to (10 1/4" H), hard cover (red cloth spine with gold lettering, dark blue boards with silver insignia) - no dust jacket. Top edge gilt. 12 tissue-covered b&w plates (including frontispiece) - collated. "The compilation of the reco rds of the Cheshire Yeomanry, which completed its centenary in January 1897, was suggested some years ago, and they are now privately printed for the officers, non-commissioned officers, and yeomen, past and present, of the Regiment and ot h e r s u b s c r ibers...." Appendices: Roll of Officers of the Earl of Chester's Regiment of Yeomanry with Date of Commissions; Inspections and Reviews; Out in Aid of the Civil Power; Roll of the Non-Commissioned Officers and Privates of the Ear l of C h es te r' s Re gi ment of Cheshire Gentlemen and Yeomanry Cavalry. Commanded by Colonel Sir John Fleming Leicester, Bart., &c, $c., &c., Tabley House, 19th September 1804; Muster Roll, October 1810; Muster Roll: Out in Aid of the Civil Pow er , 1 812 ; Mus ter Ro ll : M acc lesfield and Stockport Troops, 1814; Muster Roll: Out in Aid of Civil Power, 1817; Muster Roll, 1818; Adlington Lancers, February 18, 1820; Muster Roll, June 7, 1823; Muster Roll of Troops Out in Aid of the Civil Pow er, Augu st 183 9; D itto , A ugus t an d September 1842; Tatton and Congleton Troops: Out in Aid of Civil Power, 1848; Muster Roll of the Earl of Chester's Yeomanry Cavalry, April 1897; A List of the Names of All the Gent' That Stand Charged t o Fi nd H orsem en and A rmies unde r th e Com mand of the Right Wor'p'll Lieuten't Coll: S'r Philip Egerton, K't: with the Names of the Souldiers (sic) and Number of Horse every gent' stands charged to find; Bucklowe Hundred in the County of Chest er, 1 660; Regime nta l Orde r; Oat h of A llegi ance; Regim ental Orders. Index. Previous owner's small stamp on front endpapers; light browning, minor foxing and minor soiling on endpapers - mainly on free endpapers; one plate with light tiny fo xing m arks in top marg in; lig ht brow ning to fore- edge a nd bot tom of textblock; slight bump to top corner of boards and bottom edge of front board; very light rubbing; light edge wear; light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine; two small scuffs on top of te xtblock ; boo k slight ly cocke d. Very Good 
Price: 200.00 USD
 
 
NORTHERN ARMAGEDDON: THE BATTLE OF THE PLAINS OF ABRAHAM, MacLeod, D. Peter
8 MacLeod, D. Peter NORTHERN ARMAGEDDON: THE BATTLE OF THE PLAINS OF ABRAHAM
Vancouver, British Columbia Douglas & McIntyre 2008 1553654129 / 9781553654124 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ 
379 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H). B&w and colour illustrations (maps, plates). "(T)he story of the Siege of Quebec and its climax, the Battle of the Plains of Abraham. A brief bloody affair, it brought a brutal end to the Seven Years' War in North America, the first truly global conflict - and the first truly modern one - waged against civilians and cities as well as soldiers and fortifications. This is a story of strategy, generals and geopolitics - and ordinary people. A British sailor, an American irregular, a French officer, a Huron warrior, a nun who tended the wounded; their impressions, captured in letters and journals, give us a new, more human view of the battle, one often absent from the history books. By day's end September 13 (1759), Wolfe was dead and Montcalm dying, the British victorious and the French on the run. France's New World empire was finished. The battle was over, but the musket volleys fired that morning continue to echo through our world. The hardships of North America's First Nations, the birth of Canada, and the rise of the United States can all be traced to that morning's actions. Our world was created on that field 250 years ago. Very small bump at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has minor rubbing, very small wrinkle at bottom of spine. 
Price: 27.50 USD
 
 
THE BOOK OF THE VILLAGE., Martin, E.W.
9 Martin, E.W. THE BOOK OF THE VILLAGE.
Phonix House, London, (1962), first edition. 
149 pp, small 8vo (7 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w illustrations. "...(written) for older children who would like to hear about their forefathers and the people who made and built the places they see around them. In 'The Book of the Village' we read the story of the growth of the pattern and ways of our villages, from Saxon to our own times, from the ox-plough to the combine harvester, and from the darkling hills and forests of the earliest farmers to the settled and tidy England of today. We learn about the early village and its lord of the manor, the village before factories and mass production killed cottage crafts, of the squire, of the parson - and the squarson - of the high farming of the eighteenth century, of Coke of Norfolk; Jethro Tull, and Turnip Townshend; of the enclosing and stealing of common land, and of the village today." Very light rubbing to board edges, one very small corner bump. Dust jacket is price clipped, small corner crease on front flap, slight fading to spine color, minor edge wear/wrinkling, very light rubbing/soiling. VG/VG 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
BOMBER CREW:  TAKING ON THE REICH., Sweetman, John.
10 Sweetman, John. BOMBER CREW: TAKING ON THE REICH.
Little Brown, London, 2004. 
280 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0316727717 B&w photographs. "From the withdrawal from Dunkirk in 1940 to the Allied invasion of Germany four and a half years later, RAF Bomber Command was the only British force to s trike directly at the enemy homeland. It was a truly cosmopolitan body, including men from Australia, Canada, South Africa, New Zealand, the United States, neutral Ireland, occupied nations of Europe, India and other countries in the Briti s h E m p i r e . Behind each of these were family and friends, whose stories form an integral part of this book. Drawing on contemporary letters and diaries, later reflections and personal accounts, together with a wide range of interviews, this m ov i ng a nd h ig hl y readable book graphically examines the experiences of RAF aircrew in action. It focuses, too, on the complexities of their wartime relationships and the impact of their part in the war on the loved ones they left behind. " Min or wr ink lin g a t t op/ bottom of spine. Dust jacket has minor edge wrinkling. Near Fine/Near Fine 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
WITH WOLFE TO QUEBEC: THE PATH TO GLORY., Warner, Oliver.
11 Warner, Oliver. WITH WOLFE TO QUEBEC: THE PATH TO GLORY.
Collins, London, 1972, first edition. 
224 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0002119420 Map endpapers, b&w and colour reproductions, maps. "To storm and take Quebec (William Pitt) chose thirty-two year old James Wolfe, the soldier so much admired by Nelson. On ly a few month earlier Wolfe had become secretly engaged, but as a professional soldier he embarked for North America with the utmost enthusiasm. His task was not made easier by the facts that he was opposed by the Marquis de Montcalm, outst a n d i n g for his courage and chivalry; the French had recently been reinforced and were making skilful use of savage Red Indian auxiliaries; and Wolfe's three brigadiers were highly critical and jealous of his promotion over their heads. Finall y, t he a pp ro a ch up the St. Lawrence was extraordinarily difficult owing to its complex shoals. On the other hand, Wolfe had been chosen for his superb handling of men; his expedition included one of the great navigators of history, James Coo ke; an d h elp fr om Ad miral Saunders proved a landmark in the development of combined operations. The advantages were therefore more or less equally divided between the opposing armies. With absorbing skill (the author) recounts the fluctuatio ns o f th e ac tion whi ch led to Wolfe's brilliant victory, death and apotheosis. To follow each stage of the engagement through the accounts of the men who were there - and through the remarkable illustrations collected in this book - is to exp erien ce pe rsona lly o ne of th e th ree great victories of the 'annus mirabilis'." Small area of erased pencil notation on half-title page, minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has been price-clipped, has light wear at top/bottom of sp ine an d flap -folds , a fe w ve ry sm all tears at top edge/spine with old tape, corner crease on front flap, very light browning at top of flaps. Very Good/Very Good- 
Price: 15.00 USD
 


Questions, comments, or suggestions
Please write to [email protected]
Copyright©2020. All Rights Reserved.
Powered by ChrisLands.com

 

 

cookie