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THE KING'S BREAD, 2d RISING:  COOKING IN NIAGARA 1726-1815., Farmer, Dennis and Farmer, Carol.
161 Farmer, Dennis and Farmer, Carol. THE KING'S BREAD, 2d RISING: COOKING IN NIAGARA 1726-1815.
Youngstown, New York Old Fort Niagara Association 1989 0941967093 / 9780941967099 First Edition Soft Cover Very Good Joe Lee and Marbud G. Prozeller. 
112 pp, 8 1/2" H, soft cover. B&w drawings. Contents: An Introduction; Baking the King's Bread; Eighteenth Century Cooking Techniques; To Provide the King's Bread: Logistics at Fort Niagara; Cuisine a la Canadienne, 1726-1759; The Manner of Victualing the Men, 1759-1775; The King's Bread at Niagara, 1775-1796; To Feed a Soldier of the Republic, 1796-1815; Recipes from the Old Fort; Index of Recipes; Time Line of Foostuffs; Glossary; Sources. Recipes include: Fried Muskrat, Stewed Eel, Passenger Pigeon Pie, Indian Potatoes, Hasty Pudding, Hot Buttered Rum, Spruce Beer, Ration Stew, Michilimackinac Stew, Bread Pudding, Mulled Cider, Bannock, etc. Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - one very small light corner crease, minor edge wear. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
DEATH OF AN ARMY., Farrar-Hockley, Anthony.
162 Farrar-Hockley, Anthony. DEATH OF AN ARMY.
London Arthur Barker 1967 First Edition Hard Cover Good+ Fair 
195 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H). B&w photographs, maps. "(The) first Battle of Ypres (1914) is sometimes considered to have ended as a costly stalemate, but, in fact, the British Army's act of suicide in this battle resulted in victory; the Germans, in failing a breakthrough to Calais, lost forever any prospects of the outright victory they had expected to win in France. Brigadier Farrar-Hockely's skillful account of this decisive encounter, which includes a brilliant use of contemporary sources, not least among them the dramatic diaries of British soldiers, caused the 'Oxford Times' to comment: 'his book is not only a fine piece of military history; it is as exciting as a thriller'." Book slightly cocked, areas of light browning to fore-edge and bottom of text block, very light edge wear, very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has moderate edge wear/wrinkling - heavy at top of spine, light to moderate rubbing, browning and soiling at edges, delamination on front hinge, very light soiling and browning on rear panel. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
163 Farrar-Hockley, Anthony. DEATH OF AN ARMY.
New York William Morrow 1968 First American Edition Hard Cover Very Good - Good- 
195 pp, 8vo (812" H). B&w photographs, maps. "(The) first Battle of Ypres (1914) is sometimes considered to have ended as a costly stalemate, but, in fact, the British Army's act of suicide in this battle resulted in victory; the Germans, in failing a breakthrough to Calais, lost forever any prospects of the outright victory they had expected to win in France. Brigadier Farrar-Hockely's skillful account of this decisive encounter, which includes a brilliant use of contemporary sources, not least among them the dramatic diaries of British soldiers, caused the 'Oxford Times' to comment: 'his book is not only a fine piece of military history; it is as exciting as a thriller'." Light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, book is slightly cocked, very light browning to top and fore-edge of text block, some small areas of slight discoloration on boards. Dust jacket is price-clipped; has several edge tears; wear at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds; light browning to spine, top edge, spine and flap-folds; small area of surface paper loss on front panel; protected in a mylar sleeve. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
STAYING CONNECTED:  HOW MacDOUGALL FAMILY TRADITIONS BUILT A BUSINESS OVER 160 YEARS., Ferrabee, James & Harrison, Michael St B.  Foreword by Bartlett H. MacDougall.
164 Ferrabee, James & Harrison, Michael St B. Foreword by Bartlett H. MacDougall. STAYING CONNECTED: HOW MacDOUGALL FAMILY TRADITIONS BUILT A BUSINESS OVER 160 YEARS.
Montreal McGill - Queen's University Press for MacDougall, MacDougall & MacTier Inc. 2009 0773536612 / 9780773536616 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ 
256 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H). No dust jacket. B&w illustrations. The history of the evolution of the Montreal brokerage business that became MacDougall, MacDougall & MacTier (3 Macs) and the people behind it. Contents: Foreword: A History to Celebrate; Acknowledgements; MacDougall Family Genealogical Chart; Illustrations; Setting down Roots; The Making of a Gentleman; Making War and Making Money; Growth and Depression; Passing the Torch; Enter Hartland B.; A New Century; Boom and Bust; War and Peace; The Genesis of 3 Macs; Turbulence and Opportunity; Inflation and Volatility; Irrational Exuberance and the Bubble Economy; The New Millennium; Notes; Bibliography; About the Authors; Index. Very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
165 Fetherling, George. RUNNING AWAY TO SEA: ROUND THE WORLD ON A TRAMP FREIGHTER.
Dundurn, Toronto, 2009, first edition. 
236 pp, 8 1/2" H, soft cover. ISBN 9781550028539 "At a turning point in his life, George Fetherling embarked on an adventure to sail round the wrold on one of the last of the tramp freighters. The four-month voyage carried him 30,000 nautical mil es from Europe via the Panama Canal to the South Pacific and back by way of Singapore, Indonesia, the Indian Ocean, and Suez. Written with dash, colour, and droll humour, (his) narrative is peopled by a rich cast of characters, from the Forei g n L e g ionnaires of French Polnesia to the 'raskol' gangs of Papua New Guinea. The author captures the reality of life aboard a working cargo ship - the boredom, the seclusion, the differences of nationality and culture that isolation and cramp ed q u ar te rs seem to exaggerate. But the routine of loneliness or tranquility is punctuated by moments of near-panic - shipboard fires, furniture-smashing storms, even a brush with pirates in the Straits of Malacca." Interior - clean and tigh t w ith n o p rev iou s ownership marks. Exterior - clean and bright. Fine 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
UPPER CANADIAN IMPRINTS, 1801-1841:  A BIBLIOGRAPHY., Fleming, Patricia Lockhart.  Foreword by Marianne Scott.
166 Fleming, Patricia Lockhart. Foreword by Marianne Scott. UPPER CANADIAN IMPRINTS, 1801-1841: A BIBLIOGRAPHY.
Toronto University of Toronto Press 1988 0802025854 / 9780802025852 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good 
556 pp, 11" H. Tan cloth with black and red lettering/banding on spine and front board - no dust jacket (as issued). "(T)he first comprehensive analytical bibliography of Upper Canadian imprints, providing a full range of descriptive bibliographical information taken from originals located in more than fifty collections in Canada, the United States, and Great Britain. The bibiliography identifies all types of material - books, pamphlets, government documents, serials, broadsides, and printed ephemera - and contains extensive notes, valuable to the support of many types of Canadian reseach." Contents: Foreword; Acknowledgement; Introduction; Symbols; Other Sources; Upper Canadian Imprints; Appendix A: Newspapers; Appendix B: Journals; Appendix C: Imprints Not Located; Name Index; Title Index; Genre and Subject Index; Trades Index; Place of Publication Index; Language Index. Light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, very small bump to top rear corner, bump to bottom corner of both boards, very small light stain on rear board. 
Price: 75.00 USD
 
 
IN HELL BEFORE DAYLIGHT: THE SIEGE AND STORMING OF THE FORTRESS OF BADAJOZ, 16 MARCH TO 6 APRIL 1812., Fletcher, Ian.
167 Fletcher, Ian. IN HELL BEFORE DAYLIGHT: THE SIEGE AND STORMING OF THE FORTRESS OF BADAJOZ, 16 MARCH TO 6 APRIL 1812.
Baton Press, Tunbridge Wells, 1984, first edition. 
135 pp, large 8vo (9 7/8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0859361551 B&w photographs, drawings, reproductions, plans. "....deals with the storming of Badajoz, an epic action of the Peninsular War, which involved Wellington's infantry in some of the most savage hand-to-hand fighting of the whole Peninsular period. At appalling cost, in a nightmare battle which lasted throughout the night of the 6th April 1812, they hacked their way over the bodies of their dead and through the forbiddin g medieval walls, which were held with great courage and skill by a brave French and German garrison. Having successfully stormed the breaches, the battle-crazed army went berserk and the horrors of the sacking which followed, as much as t h e s u b l i m e courage of the attackers, have passed into legend. This account, drawn wholly from the vivid descriptions of the officers and common soldiers who fought at Badajoz, is the first to be written exclusively about the siege, the st or mi ng , a nd t he s ho cking events which followed." Previous owners small stamp on front pastedown, faint erased pencil check marks on the two bibliography pages, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket is price clipped, has ver y l igh t e dg e w rin kli ng, mi nor edge wear, minor rubbing. VG+/VG 
Price: 38.00 USD
 
 
STALINGRAD EN NORMANDIE:  LA DESTRUCTION DE LA VIIe ARMEE ALLEMANDE DANS LA POCHE ARGENTAN-FALAISE 31 JUILLET-22 AOUT 1944., Florentin, Eddy.
168 Florentin, Eddy. STALINGRAD EN NORMANDIE: LA DESTRUCTION DE LA VIIe ARMEE ALLEMANDE DANS LA POCHE ARGENTAN-FALAISE 31 JUILLET-22 AOUT 1944.
Presses de la Cite, Paris, 1981, 15e edition, entierement remaniee et reenrichie. 
383 pp, large 8vo (9 3/8" H), soft cover. ISBN 2258008611 B&w photographs, maps/battle plans. FRENCH TEXT ONLY. "Cette etonnante bataille n'avait encore jamis ete racontee dans aucun livre au monde. 'Stalingrad en Normandie' comble cette lacune . Seule grand bataille interalliee de la guerre, puisque Canadiens, Americains, Anglais, Polonais, Francias ont tenu les bords du 'chaudron', convergeant tous vers le meme village de Chambois, la bataille de la Poche de Falaise, avec ses c o u p s d e t heatre, ses atermoiements, son desordre, ses actes individuels, ses heros, ses petits villages encercles portes au rang de celebrites historiques, ses anecdotes emouvantes, ses a-cotes pittoresques, ses joies aussi, meritait d'etre r ac on te e s ou s l e titre que les combattants lui ont spontanement donne: 'Stalingrad en Normandie'...." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - moderate edge wear, a few small soft creases, crease on rear cove r, a f ew scu ff s, li gh t cr ease on spine, minor foxing to fore-edge of last few pages, shelf soiling to bottom of textblock. Good reading copy only. 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
THE CAMBRIDGE CULTURAL HISTORY OF BRITAIN.  VOLUME 6. THE ROMANTIC AGE IN BRITAIN.  (FIRST PUBLISHED AS THE CAMBRIDGE GUIDE TO THE ARTS IN BRITAIN: ROMANTICS TO EARLY VICTORIANS.), Ford, Boris, ed.  David Punter, Alexander Youngson, John Beer, Michael Rosenthal, John Harvey, Alexandra Wedgwood, H.C. Robbins Landon, Tom Williamson, Pat Kirkham, Christopher Gillie.
169 Ford, Boris, ed. David Punter, Alexander Youngson, John Beer, Michael Rosenthal, John Harvey, Alexandra Wedgwood, H.C. Robbins Landon, Tom Williamson, Pat Kirkham, Christopher Gillie. THE CAMBRIDGE CULTURAL HISTORY OF BRITAIN. VOLUME 6. THE ROMANTIC AGE IN BRITAIN. (FIRST PUBLISHED AS THE CAMBRIDGE GUIDE TO THE ARTS IN BRITAIN: ROMANTICS TO EARLY VICTORIANS.)
Cambridge Cambrige University Press for The Folio Society 1995 Hard Cover Fine No Jacket - (as issued) 
330 pp, 10" H. Bound in full dark blue cloth with title and shield in gold on spine. B&w illustrations and colour plates. Contents: General Introduction; Romantics to Early Victorians; Edinburgh: City of Reason and Nature; Literature; The Fine Arts; Graphic Satire and Illustration; Architecture; Music; The Athenaeum; Enclosure and the English Hedgerow; The Applied Arts: Design, Craft and Trade; Further Reading and Artists' Biographies; Index. Book is Fine. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
LEGENDS TOLD IN CANADA., Fowke, Edith.
170 Fowke, Edith. LEGENDS TOLD IN CANADA.
Toronto Royal Ontario Museum 1994 0888544103 / 9780888544100 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine 
96 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H). B&w and color illustrations. "Sorcerers incanting over boiling cauldrons, a witch disguised as a goose, vicious poltergeists, a woman-warrior, a dangerous enchantress - these are a few of the beings that inhabit Canada's rich folklore tradition. (This) is Edith Fowke's selection of Canadian historical legends, of British and French origin, illustrated with artifacts from the collections of the Royal Ontario Museum. Of historical legends Fowke writes, 'They are more apt to be linked to a particular place or situation, and therefore reflect a country's history and culture more than other folktales'. Although native legends are often regarded as a separate study, they sometimes share motifs with non-native lore: Tecumseh, like King Arthur and Charlemagne, is a figure who in legend will one day return to lead his people. (This book) combines historical chronicle and artifact to bring to life a vanished past and the voices of those who told the tales." A few very tiny scuffs on bottom edge of boards. Dust jacket has very minor edge wrinkling. NF/NF 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
171 Fowke, Edith. LEGENDS TOLD IN CANADA.
Toronto Royal Ontario Museum 1994 0888544103 / 9780888544100 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
96 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H). B&w and color illustrations. "Sorcerers incanting over boiling cauldrons, a witch disguised as a goose, vicious poltergeists, a woman-warrior, a dangerous enchantress - these are a few of the beings that inhabit Canada's rich folklore tradition. (This) is Edith Fowke's selection of Canadian historical legends, of British and French origin, illustrated with artifacts from the collections of the Royal Ontario Museum. Of historical legends Fowke writes, 'They are more apt to be linked to a particular place or situation, and therefore reflect a country's history and culture more than other folktales'. Although native legends are often regarded as a separate study, they sometimes share motifs with non-native lore: Tecumseh, like King Arthur and Charlemagne, is a figure who in legend will one day return to lead his people. (This book) combines historical chronicle and artifact to bring to life a vanished past and the voices of those who told the tales." Small bump to top of rear hinge. Dust jacket has minor edge wrinkling, very light rubbing. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
A HISTORY OF WOMEN IN THE WEST.  VOLUME IV. EMERGING FEMINISM FROM REVOLUTION TO WORLD WAR.  (GENERAL EDITORS: GEORGES DUBY AND MICHELLE PERROT.), Fraisse, Genevieve and Perrot, Michelle, eds.  (Dominique Godineau, Elisabeth Sledziewski, Nicole Arnaud-Duc, Stephane Michaud, Michela de Giorgio, Jean Bauberot, Nancy Green, Francoise Mayeur, Anne Higonnet, Yvonne Knibiehler, Judith Walkowitz, et
172 Fraisse, Genevieve and Perrot, Michelle, eds. (Dominique Godineau, Elisabeth Sledziewski, Nicole Arnaud-Duc, Stephane Michaud, Michela de Giorgio, Jean Bauberot, Nancy Green, Francoise Mayeur, Anne Higonnet, Yvonne Knibiehler, Judith Walkowitz, et A HISTORY OF WOMEN IN THE WEST. VOLUME IV. EMERGING FEMINISM FROM REVOLUTION TO WORLD WAR. (GENERAL EDITORS: GEORGES DUBY AND MICHELLE PERROT.)
Belknap / Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1993. 
640 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. Volume IV only. ISBN 0674403738 B&w illustrations. "With its Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen, the French Revolution opened a whole new stage in the history of women, despite t heir conspicous absence from the playbill. The coming century would see women put in their place as never before, their subordination to men codified in all manner of new laws and rules; and yet the period would also witness the birth of fem i n i s m , the unprecedented emergence of women as a collective force in the political arena. The fourth volume in this world-acclaimed series covers the distance between these two poles. It gives us a vibrant picture of a bourgeouis century, dy na mi c an d ex p ansive, in which woman's role in the home was stressed more and more, even as the economic pressures and opportunities of the industrial revolution drew her out of the house; in which woman's growing role in the family as the cente r o f a ll mo ra ls an d virtues pressed her into public service fighting social ills...." Very small tear at top of spine, minor soiling on bottom of text block. Dust jacket has minor edge wrinkling, two very small edge tears, very light rubbing . V ery Goo d/Ve ry Goo d 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
THE PYRATES., Fraser, George MacDonald.
173 Fraser, George MacDonald. THE PYRATES.
London Collins 1983 0002227878 / 9780002227872 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good A.E. Barbosa, jacket art. 
413 pp, 9" H. Map endpapers and decorated title page by Stephen Johnson and Raymond Benson. "They were a desperate crew: Bilbo, the buccaneer swordsman in Raffish Finery and ill-fitting boots; Black Sheba, the gorgeous deadly Queen o' the Coast Brotherhood, with her diamante rapier and Gucci accessories; Firebeard, the roaring monster of the blazing whiskers; Happy Dan Pew, eccentric French filibuster (alias Trevor O'Grady) - to say nothing of the redoubtable Calico Jack, Goliath the wooden-legged dwarf, voluptuous Anne Bonney, Akbar the Damned o' the Barbary Coast, and shiploads of cutlass-waving extras. You don't believe it? But then you've probably never heard of the amazing quest of the fabulous Madagascar Crown, undertaken by the dashing Captain Long Ben Avery, the greatest super-hero of all time, or his fraught courtship of the Admiral's lovely daughter, Lady Vanity (and her fearful perils at the hands of Pitiless Captors), or of the rascally handsome rakehell Colonel Blood, or the fiendish Don Lardo Baluna, or the rhumba-smitten Princess of the Sun in her lost jungle city, or Solomon Shafto the castaway landscape gardener or sweet star-crossed Donnal Meliflua, or - in fact, you know very little about Romantick Historie at all. Fortunately, 'The Pyrates' can set things right. For 'tis all here, look 'ee, just as you always hoped it might be - tall ships and desert islands, impossibly gallant adventurers and rakish villains, lovely ladies in distress and plunging necklines, buried treasure and Black Spots, devilish Dons and ghastly dungeons, plots, duels, escapes, savage rituals, tender romance and steaming passion - all to the accompaniement of ringing steel - ." Light toning to pages and endpapers, light browning to edges of text block. Dust jacket has wrinkling at top of spine, top of front flap and fold, bottom of rear flap; minor rubbing, small line indentation on front panel. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
NOR'EAST FOR LOUISBURG., Fraser, William Douglas.
174 Fraser, William Douglas. NOR'EAST FOR LOUISBURG.
Toronto Amethyst 1978 0920474012 / 9780920474013 Soft Cover Very Good - 
221 pp + section of b&w plans, photographs at rear, 8vo (9" H). B&w plans, maps, reproductions throughout text - plans and photographs at rear. "(A)n adventure tale of sweeping grandeur: the personal history of a youth who volunteered for war as a loyal subject of George II when New England rose against the French fortress of Louisburg commanding the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the approaches to Quebec and menacing the Boston fishery. The story is a romance in the true sense: it tells of the fears and awareness of a vast world opening to the mind of a young soldier and mariner early away from home and toughened by the cruelty and challenge of armed conflict and the harsh reality of the elements. The novel is based on a single page of pencil-written journal left behind by a young volunteer from Massachusetts: the author has not been able to determine the boy's name or where he lived but only that he served in Pomeroy's regiment at the capture of Louisburg in 1745. The history of Jonathan Steele unfolds as that of a God-fearing thoughtful man whose love of humanity does not blind him to the irony and tragedy of people living in difficult days, nor to their weakness or folly." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - light to moderate edge wear, small soft corner crease on front cover, spine slightly twisted. 
Price: 14.95 USD
 
 
THE THISTLE PRINCESS., French, Vivian.  Illustrated by Elizabeth Harbour.
175 French, Vivian. Illustrated by Elizabeth Harbour. THE THISTLE PRINCESS.
Candlewick Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, (1998), first U.S. edition. 
Unpaginated, 4to (12" H), hard cover in dust jacket. Beautifully illustrated in color. A King and Queen wish for a baby to share their beautiful garden, but when the new princess arrives their overprotectiveness causes her to wilt and fade..."an o riginal, yet timeless tale about the formidable power of love." Minor wrinkling along top edge. NF/VG+ 
Price: 12.50 USD
 
 
LES SOULIERS USES PAR LA DANSE., Freres Grimm.  (Brothers Grimm).  Illustre par Dorothee Duntze.  Traduction de Michelle Nikly.
176 Freres Grimm. (Brothers Grimm). Illustre par Dorothee Duntze. Traduction de Michelle Nikly. LES SOULIERS USES PAR LA DANSE.
Nord-Sud (North-South), Zurich, 1995. 
Unpaginated, 12 3/4" H, hard cover (glazed pictorial boards) - no dust jacket. ISBN 3314209045 A beautifully illustrated version of the Brothers Grimm classic "Twelve Dancing Princesses". French text. "Un roi a douze filles, toutes plus belles l es unes que les autres. Mais les jolies princesses ont un secret: chaque matin, on retrouve sous leurs lits leurs souliers tout uses par la danse. Ou les princesses vont-elles danser la nuit? Personne n'a jamais reussi a le decouvrir. Le r o i p r o met son royaume et l'une de ses filles a celui qui percera le mystere. De nombreux princes tenteront l'epreuve et y laisseront la vie. Jusqu'au jour ou un pauvre soldat va se presenter au palais...." Very light wear at corners, smal l b um p a t to p of spine and at one corner. Very Good 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
THE CANADIAN PRAIRIES:  A HISTORY., Friesen, Gerald.
177 Friesen, Gerald. THE CANADIAN PRAIRIES: A HISTORY.
Toronto University of Toronto 1984 0802025137 / 9780802025135 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
524 pp, 9 7/8" H. B&w photographs, maps. "Native leaders, immigrant farm families, Alberta oil barons, and political reformers all have prominent roles in this lively and comprehensive history of the prairie west. Based on the latest research in native, labour, and urban history as well as the author's own work in social and intellectual movement, (this book) draws upon hundreds of recent books and articles and government reports to create a new, authoritative interpretation of the prairie experience." Small light bump at bottom corner of rear board, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has light wrinkling - mainly at top of spine, wrinkling at bottom of rear flap-fold. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
LETTERS HOME:  THE WARTIME CORRESPONDENCE AND DIARY OF JOHN EDWIN GARDINER RCAF (1919-1942)., Gardiner, John Edwin.  Edited by David E. Smith.
178 Gardiner, John Edwin. Edited by David E. Smith. LETTERS HOME: THE WARTIME CORRESPONDENCE AND DIARY OF JOHN EDWIN GARDINER RCAF (1919-1942).
Regina, Saskatchewan University of Regina / Canadian Plains Research Center 2004 088977157X / 9780889771574 Soft Cover Near Fine 
197 pp, 8vo (9" H). B&w photographs. "John Edwin Gardiner was the eldest son of James 'Jimmy' Gardiner, the most prominent Liberal politician of his day in western Canada. Edwin was called up by the RCAF in November 1940, received his Wings in October 1941, and travelled to England in early November 1941. On August 18, 1942, on the eve of the Dieppe Raid, Edwin wrote to his father: 'At long last we're going to take part in something big which you will read all about in the papers long before you get this letter'. Edwin Gardiner was killed when his plane went down on the following day. James Gardiner, who had lost two brothers in the First World War, had now lost his son to war. His wife, Violet, found the grief unbearable and took her own life in October 1944, yet another casualty of war. Gardiner kept all of Edwin's letters to the family. He investigated the circumstances of his son's death, visiting the graveyard at St. Aubin Le Cauf on several occasions and writing a thorough record of his findings. To the end of his life, he maintained contact with the family of the Canadian pilot who died at the same time as Edwin and with the French family who cared for their graves. John Edwin Gardiner's voice in 'Letters Home' is engaging, humorous, and intelligent. Like so many others of his generation, he exudes confidence and optimism despite the dangers of his situation. Perhaps most striking, and most touching, however, is the genuine family affection that pervades these letters." 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
THE BIG PUSH: A PORTRAIT OF THE BATTLE OF THE SOMME., Gardner, Brian.
179 Gardner, Brian. THE BIG PUSH: A PORTRAIT OF THE BATTLE OF THE SOMME.
Cassell, London, 1961, first edition. 
177 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w photographs, maps. "At half past seven on the morning of the first of July 1916, along a front extending for eighteen miles in the valley of the Somme, an intensive bombardment which had conti nued since dawn lifted, and fourteen divisions of British troops stumbled out of their trenches to attack the enemy. This was the climax of Sir Douglas Haig's carefully conceived plan to break the interminable deadlock of trench warfare on th e W e s t ern Front, and score a resounding and dramatic victory over the German forces. Haig's design foundered within a few hours among the defences of Fricourt, La Boisells, and Thiepval, at the appalling cost of twenty thousand British soldier s k il le d an d thirty-five thousand wounded. - But the official dates for The Battle of the Somme are from 1st July to 18th, November 1916. The 'Big Push' went on, the preliminary bombardments, the attacks, the horrifying slaughter - every single c as ual ty be ing measured in terms of individual pain, misery, and sacrifice. Belief in the High Command that prolonged shelling must reduce an entrenched enemy to inertia and impotence, easy prey for advancing infantry, died hard. It persiste d t hro ugho ut the aut umn and into the following year, when the same ghastly pattern was repeated at Passchendaele. It was not fully discredited till the full potential of armoured vehicles was realized and military concepts, bred in minor theat res of w ar be for e th e tur n of the century, were rejected. - (This book) provides a critical, and immensely readable analysis of the policy, planning, and action of the British and French armies at the Battle of the Somme, a battle in which the cas ualti es of the Briti sh arm y alone exceeded those suffered by it during the whole of the Second World War. An important historical account of a great military blunder, it is also a vivid portrait of the tragedy, the unspeakable horror, and t he co urage, which are commo n to an y war at any time, but which were peculiarly intensified in France and Flanders from 1914 to 1918." Book is lightly cocked, has light edge wear at top/bottom of spine and at corners, light wrinkling at top/bo ttom o f spine , light brow ning on edges o f text block. Dust jacket has been price clipped, has moderate edge wear, tiny chips/tears at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, light soiling at top/bottom edges, two scuffs on rear panel, old tape on inside of top/ bottom o f spin e. Very Good-/Go od+ 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE EAST INDIA COMPANY: A HISTORY., Gardner, Brian.
180 Gardner, Brian. THE EAST INDIA COMPANY: A HISTORY.
Rupert Hart-Davis, London, 1971, first edition. 
319 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 024664043X B&w plates, maps. "There has never been a company like the East India Company: it ruled over nearly one-fifth of the world's population, possessed its own army and navy, its own c ivil service, and even its own church. It became the greatest military power in Asia and had a revenue larger than that of Great Britain itself. This is the story of the London merchants who, in their persistent and dogged quest for trade w i t h t h e East, struggled with misunderstanding and suspicion, rivalry with the French and the collapse of the authority of the Indian emperors. The Company brought the brilliant military conquests of men like Robert Dlive and Warren Hastings, an d th e a cq ui sitions of Sir Stamford Raffles and men who spent their entire careers in its service. There were the conquests of the Wellesleys, the intrigues and battles for power with the British government, the prejudice and envy inspired b y t he re tu rn hom e o f wealthy retired employees, and the compromise which ended in the appointment of government selected Governors-General. The story of the East India Company is one of adventure, triumph and disaster, pride and loyalty, that spa ns more th an two hund red years of British history: it is also the story of the foundation of the British Empire in India." One small corner bump. Dust jacket has minor edge wear/wrinkling at top/bottom of hinges and flap-folds. Very Good/ Very Goo d+ 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
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