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PLEASURES OF THE PAST:  A LIGHT-HEARTED COMMENTARY ON THE ENJOYMENTS OF PAST GENERATIONS., Brooke, Iris.
1 Brooke, Iris. PLEASURES OF THE PAST: A LIGHT-HEARTED COMMENTARY ON THE ENJOYMENTS OF PAST GENERATIONS.
Odhams, London, 1955, first edition. 
175 pp, 8vo (9" H), hard cover in dust jacket. Color frontispiece, 16 pages of b&w plates, 80 line drawings. "Iris Brooke, who is well-known for her many authoritative books on English costume through the ages, has gathered together in these pages , a charming record of the pleasures that beguiled the hours of bygone generations that knew neither radio nor television, neither cinema nor jazz. The book, which covers the period from the mid-fifteenth century to the early nineteenth c e n t u r y , i s made up largely of carefully-selected quotations from the works of contemporary diarists, poets and authors, writing of their own pleasures and the sights they witnessed - cameos full of life and vitality, painted in the colourfu l vo ca bu la ry o f t he ir day and age, better by far than any modern description could make them." Chapter headings: Pleasures of the Palate; Sadistic Sport and Sights; Games and Amusements; Ornamental Gardens; Public Parks and Gardens; Dress an d D res sin g; Pri de of Po sse ssion; Travel and Sight-Seeing; Music and Dancing; Masques, Pageants and Spectacles; Conceits and Solaces; Urban Diversions; Fairs and Freaks. Light browning to edges of textblock, a few tiny foxing marks on top of text bloc k, l igh t wr ink lin g an d sl ight browning at top/bottom of textblock. Dust jacket has very light edge wear, light edge wrinkling - tiny tears and creases at top of spine, light to moderate rubbing, light foxing on inside surface. Ver y Goo d/Ver y Goo d- 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
BRITISH AND AMERICAN TANKS OF WORLD WAR II:  THE COMPLETE ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF BRITISH, AMERICAN AND COMMONWEALTH TANKS, GUN MOTOR CARRIAGES AND SPECIAL PURPOSE VEHICLES, 1939-1945., Chamberlain, Peter and Ellis, Chris.
2 Chamberlain, Peter and Ellis, Chris. BRITISH AND AMERICAN TANKS OF WORLD WAR II: THE COMPLETE ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF BRITISH, AMERICAN AND COMMONWEALTH TANKS, GUN MOTOR CARRIAGES AND SPECIAL PURPOSE VEHICLES, 1939-1945.
Arco, New York, 1975, second U.S. edition. 
222 pp, 4to (11 3/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0668018674 Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs, drawings. "(T)he first comprehensive reference book devoted to the history and development of the tanks used by the Allied nations, w ith the exception of Russia, during the years 1939-1945. It not only gives a detailed history of each type, but also provides full pictorial coverage of the many variants, sometimes running into dozens, which were produced on each chassis. W i t h a very few minor and insignificant exceptions every tank type produced in Britain, the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand is fully written up - more than 2,000 vehicles in all. There are over 500 photographs, many of them v e ry r ar e a nd never previously published. In addition to the text and the photographs that describe each vehicle, concise specifications are given. In the appendices will be found pictures, brief histories and specifications of the principal t a nk gun s, en gi nes and suspension systems used on the tanks of the United Kingdom and the United States of the period 1939-1945. There is also an appendix containing scale drawings of the principal tank types; this gives a ready comparison o f t he si zes of the di ffer e nt models." Faint cigarette odor, very light browning to pages, light browning and slight waviness to edges of textblock, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has light edge wrinkling and edge wear, a fe w t iny tear s, one 1/2" clos ed tear, minor rubbing, light to moderate browning to some edges. Very Good/Good 
Price: 22.50 USD
 
 
3 Chown, John D., Captain, The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery. THE 9-Pdr. MUZZLE LOADING RIFLE. HISTORICAL ARMS SERIES NO. 9.
Museum Restoration Service, Ottawa, Ontario, 1963. 
32 pp, soft cover (stapled in wraps - 10" H). B&w photos, technical drawings, reproductions. Covers the guns, carriages, sleighs, ammunition, sights, equipment, and drills. Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - small ghost sticker mark on front cover, very light edge wear and rubbing, small corner crease on rear cover. VG 
Price: 12.50 USD
 
 
PUB NAMES OF BRITAIN.  THE STORIES BEHIND OVER 10,000 NAMES., Dunkling, Leslie and Wright, Gordon.
4 Dunkling, Leslie and Wright, Gordon. PUB NAMES OF BRITAIN. THE STORIES BEHIND OVER 10,000 NAMES.
JM Dent, London, 1994, second edition. 
305 pp, 7 3/4" H, soft cover. ISBN 1857973429 Colour plates. "From 'A Bit on the Side' and 'The Swan with Two Necks' to 'The Laughing Fish' and 'The World Turned Upside Down', Britain's pubs and inns are steeped in tradition and folklore....(this book) investigates the stories, legends, history and meaning behind 10,000 different pub names. Ranging from heraldry and local heroes, military achievements and natural history to professions, pastimes, sports, visual jokes and verbal puns , t h e o rigins of each of the pub names is explained. Scores of extra entries examine the general background to names: from cricket, blood sports and literary references to place names, numbers, and women in pub names. With over 100 colour pho to g ra ph s, an Introduction and a Postscript on modern trends, this is a superb guide to a peculiarly British institution." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - light creases on concave spine, very light edge we ar , l igh t w r ink ling at top edge of front cover, area of tiny indentations on front cover that migrate into preliminary pages. Good+ 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
AN INTRODUCTION TO BRITISH ARTILLERY IN NORTH AMERICA.  HISTORICAL ARMS SERIES NO. 4., Gooding, S. James.
5 Gooding, S. James. AN INTRODUCTION TO BRITISH ARTILLERY IN NORTH AMERICA. HISTORICAL ARMS SERIES NO. 4.
Museum Restoration Service, Ottawa, Ontario, 1980, 4th printing. 
54 pp, 10" H, soft cover. B&w photographs, drawings/diagrams. Includes carronades, howitzers, mortars, carriages, ammunition, ignition, side arms, etc. Interior - small soft crease at top corner of pages, small area of foxing at top corner of thr ee pages, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - light browning - mainly on spine, soft crease at top corner of covers, previous owner's embossed blind stamp on front cover, very minor soiling, minor edge wear. V e r y G o od- 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
ARMORED TRAINS OF THE SOVIET UNION 1917-1945., Kopenhagen, Wilfried.  Translated by David Johnston.
6 Kopenhagen, Wilfried. Translated by David Johnston. ARMORED TRAINS OF THE SOVIET UNION 1917-1945.
Schiffer Military/Aviation History, Atglen, PA, 1996. 
48 pp, 11" H, soft cover (stapled in wraps). ISBN 0887409172 Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs, drawings/diagrams, tables. Contents: Foreword; Bibliography; Introduction; The Standard Armor Train Remains the Same Until the Second World W ar; Developments in the 1920s and 1930s; PB-43 - One of the Final Designs; Postwar Advantages and Disadvantages of Armored Trains; Special Anti-Aircraft Armored Trains; Railway Guns - Standard and Improvised; Technical Data of Several Soviet R a i l w a y Guns; Armored Cars on Rails and Armored Motor Carriages; Weapon Type. Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - one small soft corner crease, very light rubbing, slight bump at top of spine. Very Good 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE CONSTANTINE AFFLICTION.  A PIMM AND SKYE ADVENTURE., Payton, T. Aaron.
7 Payton, T. Aaron. THE CONSTANTINE AFFLICTION. A PIMM AND SKYE ADVENTURE.
San Francisco Night Shade Books 2012 1597804002 / 9781597804004 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good+ Jacket art by Mark Nelson. 
279 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H). "1864. London is a city in transition. The Constantine Affliction - a strange malady that kills some of its victims and physically transforms others into the opposite sex - has spread scandal and upheaval through society. Scientific marvels and disasters, such as clockwork courtesans, the alchemical fires of Whitechapel, electric carriages, and acidic monsters lurking in the Thames, have forever altered the face of the city. Pembroke 'Pimm' Halliday is an aristocrat with an interest in criminology, who uses his keen powers of observation to assist the police or private individuals - at least when he's sober enough to do so. Ellie Skyler, who hides her gender behind the byline 'E. Skye', is an intrepid journalist driven by both passion and necessity to uncover the truth, no matter where it lies. When Pimm and Skye stumble onto a dark plot that links the city's most notorious criminal overlord with the Queen's new consort, famed scientist Sir Bertram Oswald, they soon find the forces of both high and low society arrayed against them. Can they save the city from the arcane machinations of one of history's most infamous monsters - and uncover the shocking origins of 'The Constantine Affliction'?" Very minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has minor edge wear/wrinkling, soft wrinkle at top of rear panel, minor rubbing. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
BAYERISCHE KRONUNGSWAGEN IM MARSTALLMUSEUM, MUNCHEN., Petzet, Michael; Wackernagel, Rudolf.  Aufnahmen von Gunther Schmidt.
8 Petzet, Michael; Wackernagel, Rudolf. Aufnahmen von Gunther Schmidt. BAYERISCHE KRONUNGSWAGEN IM MARSTALLMUSEUM, MUNCHEN.
Verlag Schnell und Steiner, Munche, 1967. 
26 pp text + plate section at rear + ads, 7 7/8" H, soft cover. 70 b&w illustrations (photographs, reproductions, drawings), showing ceremonial carriages/coaches used in 18th and 19th century Germany, from views of the whole vehicles to details of the lavish decoration, suspension, horse furnishings, etc.. GERMAN TEXT ONLY. Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - minor browning and minor rubbing. Very Good+ 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
THE ROYAL MEWS., Stewart-Wilson, Mary.  Photographs by David Cripps.  Foreword by His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales.
9 Stewart-Wilson, Mary. Photographs by David Cripps. Foreword by His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales. THE ROYAL MEWS.
Bodley Head, London, 1991. 
192 pp, oblong 8vo (8 11/16" H x 10 5/8" D), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0370313453 Profusely illustrated in colour. "The Royal Mews behind Buckingham Palace is the department of the Royal Household responsible for the horse-drawn and motor travel arrangements of Her Majesty the Queen and members of the Royal Family. Its buildings form a hidden village of stables, workshops, homes, offices and garages, and the Mews community, despite modernisation, flourishes on customs and traditions that have been handed down over nine reigns. The Queen's regular use of horses and carriages has provided essential patronage for the skills of the craftsmen who also work there and are involved in their upkeep. The international media co v e r a g e t hat is given to many domestic and ceremonial occasions throughout the Royal year means that Her Majesty's carriages and cars are very much in the public eye. But whether seen on the streets, the television screen or the printed page, t he re i s li t tl e time for the spectator to absorb the wealth of historic detail that is on view in any royal procession. In their new book, Mary Stewart-Wilson and David Cripps present an unrivalled account of the carriages, horses, harness, li ver y a nd ca rs of th e Royal Mews. What they have done is to stop the procession to allow a closer look at two and a half centuries of regal splendour and service to the Crown." Dust jacket has very light edge wrinkling, minor rubbing. Fin e/Ne ar F ine 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
CREWE WORKS IN THE AGE OF STEAM: A PICTORIAL TRIBUTE., Talbot, Edward.
10 Talbot, Edward. CREWE WORKS IN THE AGE OF STEAM: A PICTORIAL TRIBUTE.
Hayes / Oxford Publishing, (Sparkford, 1987), reprint. 
Unpaginated, 4to (11" H), hard cover in dust jacket. 213 b&w photographs. "Throughout the steam age, Crewe Works was one of the leading, if not the leading, railway works in the UK. Indeed, in 1913 'The Railway Magazine' described it as 'the most famous railway works in the world'. In its heyday (particularly under the London & North Western Railway) it was world renowned for its manufacture and repair of locomotives and carriages. In addition to rolling stock, the Works manufactured dozens of other items as diverse as steel rails and needles, bricks and gas mantles, and signals and lubricants. Moreover, it trained hundreds of railway engineers; who either entered the ranks of the LNWR, LMS or British Railways; or who went on to other British railway companies or to railways overseas in the British Empire and beyond. The influence of Crewe Works accordingly spread far from the confines of Crewe as a railway engineering centre...This album is designed to give a pictorial impression of Crewe Works in the steam age, and endeavours to portray some of the many achievements of the Works and the personnel who laboured within it." Faint cigarette odor, small bump to top corner of boards and at bott om edge of rear board. Dust jacket has a few small areas of light edge wrinkling. VG/VG 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
11 Thomas, Dean S. CANNONS: AN INTRODUCTION TO CIVIL WAR ARTILLERY.
Thomas, Arendtsville, Pa., 1987, third printing. 
72 pp, 11" H, soft cover (stapled in wraps). ISBN 0939631032 Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs, reproductions, drawings/diagrams. Contents: Introduction; Organization and Drill; Parts of the Cannon; Manufacture of Cannon; Carriages; Typ es of Projectiles; Manufacture of Projectiles; Friction Primers and Time Fuses; 6-Pounder Field Gun; 12-Pounder Field Gun; Field Howitzers; 12-Pounder Mountain Howitzer; Parrott Field Rifles; 3-Inch Ordnance Rifle; 14-Pounder James Rifle; 1 2 - P o u n d e r Whitworth Rifle; 30-Pounder Parrott Rifle; 4.5-Inch Siege Rifle; 24-Pounder Coehorn Mortar; 32-Pounder Seacoast Gun; Parrott Heavy Rifles, Seacoast; Columbiads; Miscellaneous; Artillery Implements; Summary of Federal Purchases; Bi bl io gr ap hy ; Ta bl e of Fire, 20-Pounder Parrott Rifle. Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - very minor edge wear, minor bump at bottom of spine, small ghost sticker mark on front cover. Very Good 
Price: 10.00 USD
 


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