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ADMIRALS IN COLLISION., Hough, Richard.
1 Hough, Richard. ADMIRALS IN COLLISION.
Hamish Hamilton, London, 1959, first edition. 
174 pp, 8vo (8 11/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w illustrations. "On June 22nd, 1893, the British Mediterranean Fleet, the greatest naval fighting force and the most powerful weapon in the world, was on peacetime manoeuvres off Syria. The weather was fine, the sea calm, the eleven great ironclads were cruising in perfect formation at moderate speed. Then, at 3:31 p.m. the order was given from the flagship to bring the fleet, through a delicate and complex evolution, to its anchorage off Tripoli, barely three miles distant. The calamitous result of this signal was to strike horror throughout Europe and America, and to bring into disrepute the conduct, the principles of tactics and of discipline, and the fundamentals of w a r s h i p design, in the Royal Navy. The author has explored deeply into the causes of this strange and obscure catastrophe that created such outrage, but was never satisfactorily explained then, and ever since has been the subject of controv e rs y an d pr ej ud ice. The incident concerned two battleships, crack men-o'-war that were hardly safe even in peace; two admirals, strongly contrasting in temperament, intelligence and authority; and a series of fluttering flags that initiated t he ex tr aor di nar y e vol ution. Richard Hough believes that the answer to the enigma must lie in the characters of these admirals, Sir George Tryon, K.C.B., and Albert Hastings Markham; the one imperious, intimidating and self-confident; the ot her ear nes t an d w ell- inte ntio ned, but anxious and fretful. This account of their backgrounds and service careers, which sympathetically reveals their personalities (sometimes with pungent humour) makes a story which can be read as the dual biog raphi es o f men who appe ar as dest ined for explosive fusion. The events of that sultry summer afternoon....make fascinating reading for anyone interested in the sea,and in men's behaviour in crisis." Some light browning nad light wavine ss on endpa pers, faint tiny foxin g mark s on t op of text block. Dust jacket has been price clipped, has light edge wear, tiny chips and small tears - some archivally taped, minor soiling on rear panel. Very Good/Very Good- 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
TYRANTS AND KINGS TRILOGY.  BOOK ONE. THE JACKAL OF NAR.  BOOK TWO. THE GRAND DESIGN.  BOOK THREE. THE SAINTS OF THE SWORD.  3 VOLUME SET., Marco, John.  Cover art by Douglas Beekman.
2 Marco, John. Cover art by Douglas Beekman. TYRANTS AND KINGS TRILOGY. BOOK ONE. THE JACKAL OF NAR. BOOK TWO. THE GRAND DESIGN. BOOK THREE. THE SAINTS OF THE SWORD. 3 VOLUME SET.
Bantam, New York, (2000, 2001, 2001), Ist printings. 
754 pp, 785 pp, 708 pp, mass market paperbacks - 3 volumes. ISBN 0553578871, 0553580299, 0553580329. Cover art by Douglas Beekman. Map by James Sinclair. "His enemies call Prince Richius 'the Jackal', but he is merely a reluctant warrior for t he Emperor in the fight for the strife-ridden borderland of Lucel-Lor. And though the empire's war machines are deadly, when the leader of a fanatical sect sweeps the battlefield with potent magic, Richius's forces are routed. He returns home defeated - but the Emperor will not accept the loss. Soon Richius is given one last chance to pit the empire's science against the enemy's devastating magic, and this time he fights for more than a ruler's mad whim. This time Richius has his own obsessive quest - and where he hesitated to go for an emperor's greed, for love he will plunge headlong into the grasp of the deadliest enemy he has ever encountered..." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - light edge wear, spines flat with faint creases on book two. Very Good 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
3 Norman, John. (pseudonym of John Lange.) TARNSMAN OF GOR.
New York Ballantine 1966 First Edition Mass Market Paperback Very Good - 
219 pp, 7" H. Ballantine U6071. "Tarl Cabot was of Earth. Or at least so he had believed for all of his twenty-odd years. He had no inkling of the fantastic event that was to occur one winter's night in the frosty woods of America's New England. Nothing had prepared him for the great wild tarns that screamed across an alien sky, for the dreaded, omniscient Priest Kings of the Sardar Mountains, for the Scribes and Warriors and Slaves and Assassins of Gor. Yet Tarl was the chosen one - the one picked out of millions, to be trained and schooled and disciplined by the best teachers, swordsmen, bowmen on Gor. Toward what end, what mission, what purpose? Only Gor - Counter-Earth - held the answer." Interior - very light browning in gutter of pages, tiny closed tear at hinge of first two pages - archivally taped. Exterior - very light edge wear, very light rubbing on rear cover, two creases at top corner of rear cover - migrates into adjacent pages, book slightly cocked, 1/2" closed tear on front hinge - archivally taped on inside. 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
TEN MINUTES TO BUFFALO: THE STORY OF GERMANY'S GREAT ESCAPER., Steinhilper, Ulrich and Osborne, Peter.
4 Steinhilper, Ulrich and Osborne, Peter. TEN MINUTES TO BUFFALO: THE STORY OF GERMANY'S GREAT ESCAPER.
Independent, Bromley, 1991, first edition. 
432 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 1872836011 B&w maps, plans, photographs, reproductions. "Having fought throughout the Battle of Britain, Ulrich Steinhilper was shot down as he flew his Messerschmitt Bf 109-E on a bo mber escort duty. As the wing turned over London it was attacked by 74 Squadron, 'The Tigers', and Sergeant Bill Skinner in a Spitfire was to claim the 'kill'. So it was that in late October 1940 Ulrich was to begin a phase of his life which w o u l d stretch him, at times, to the limit of physical endurance and at another to the edge of insanity. He was to become a prisoner of war, but he was not a man to embrace something as alien as imprisonment lightly and so he was to dedicate h i ms el f to t he idea of escape. This is the remarkable story of the man who was to become one of the select few, popularly known as 'Die Ausbrecherkonige von Kanada' (the breakout kings from Canada). It is a singularly remarkable history of inn ov ati on, c our age and, at times sheer audacity. The detailed record of the life of one very unusual German prisoner of war. It is entirely written from documents which were laboriously hand-written in 1943 and which, through a remarkable seri es of e vent s, were ret urned to Ulrich Steinhilper in 1953. It is not, therefore, the reminiscences of events which occurred fifty years ago, coloured and tainted by the passage of time, but the accurate and historically correct diary of an exce pti onal young ma n." Creas ing and repiar to top corner of rear paste-down, small piece torn from top corner of free rear endpaper, wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has heavy wrinkling at top of spine, light wrinkling at top/bottom o f re ar fl ap-fol d an d to p edge of front panel, light rubbing on rear panel with a few very light indentation lines. Very Good/Very Good 
Price: 37.50 USD
 


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