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THE PALACE OF FONTAINEBLEAU., Tarsot, Louis and Charlot, Maurice.
41 Tarsot, Louis and Charlot, Maurice. THE PALACE OF FONTAINEBLEAU.
Henri Laurens, Paris, n.d. 
92 pp, 7 1/2" H, soft cover. B&w illustrations. A description of the history, gardens and royal inhabitants of the palace of Fontainebleu. Interior - light to moderate browning to pages, light soiling to inside of covers, bump at bottom of gutter of all pages, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - moderate browning - mainly on spine, some soft corner creases with migration into adjacent pages, bump to bottom of spine, slight bump to top of spine. Goo d r e a d i n g copy. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
THE DECLINE OF THE CASTLE., Thompson, M.W. (Michael)
42 Thompson, M.W. (Michael) THE DECLINE OF THE CASTLE.
Harveys (Magna), Wigston, 1994, reprint. 
211 pp, large 8vo (9 7/8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 1854226088 "Extensively illustrated with photographs, plans and period engravings, (this) book examines the decline of the castle as both fortification and seigneurial residence over th e two and a half centuries that preceded the Civil War. In general, this was a period in which function played less and less part and display - even fantasy - ever more in the minds of castle builders. Although few new castles were built in E n g l a n d after 1400, the growing power of artillery and continuing warfare in Scotland and across the Channel in France continued to provide stimuli to fresh architectural development. Dr. Thompson relates alterations in design to contemporar y s oc ia l ch an ges and devotes particular attention to the rapid decline of Tudor times and to the massive destruction wrought by Parliamentary forces during the Civil War and Commonwealth. A concluding chapter examines the enticing quality the i mag e o f t he ca stl e has continued to hold over the intervening three centuries and examines some remarkable latterday examples of the genre, among them Burges' Castell Coch in Glamorgan and, in this century, Lutyens' Castle Drogo." Dust jac ket has min or r ubb ing, ver y minor edge wear. Fine/Near Fine 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
43 Trimble, Berniece. REMEMBER WHEN - A COLLECTION OF PICTURES - A COLLECTION OF MEMORIES. A SEQUEL TO "BELFOUNTAIN" -- CAVES, CASTLES AND QUARRIES.
Erin, Ontario Self-published 1976 Soft Cover Very Good 
68 pp, 8 1/2" H. B&w photographs. A collection of memories by the author and other residents of the Belfountain, Ontario area. Contents: Introduction and Acknowledgements; In the Beginning; Fond Memories of Belfountain; The Early 1900's; The Good Old Quarry Days; Ninety Years of Memories; Life by the Railway Tracks; People, Stamps and Postal Notes; Fun, Foolishness and Sorrow; The MacMillan Clan from Argyle; The Power of the Credit; Roads, Floods and Ice-Storms; God's Faithful Servant; The Rooster and I; School Days, School Days. Interior - previous owner's name in ink on title page, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - 'Belfountain' written in ink on spine. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
SAMURAI: THE WORLD OF THE WARRIOR., Turnbull, Stephen.
44 Turnbull, Stephen. SAMURAI: THE WORLD OF THE WARRIOR.
Osprey, Oxford, 2003, 3rd printing. 
224 pp, small 4to (10 1/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 1841767409 Map endpapers, profusely illustrated with b&w and colour photographs, reproductions. "The world of the samurai - the legendary elite warrior cult of old Japan - has for too long been associated solely with military history. In this exciting new book, Stephen Turnbull, the world's leading authority on the samurai, goes beyond the battlefield to paint a picture of the samurai as they really were. Familiar topic s s u c h as the cult of suicide, ritualised revenge and the lore of the samurai sword are seen in the context of an all-encompassing warrior culture that was expressed through art and poetry as much as through violence. Using themed chapters, th e b oo k st ud i es the samurai through their historical development and their relationship to the world around them - relationships that are shown to persist in Japan even today." Bump at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has wrinkling at bottom of sp in e, mi no r e dge w rinkling at top edge. Very Good/Very Good 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
BLOODY PROVOST:  AN ACCOUNT OF THE PROVOST SERVICE OF THE BRITISH ARMY, AND THE EARLY YEARS OF THE CORPS OF ROYAL MILITARY POLICE., Tyler, R.A.J.
45 Tyler, R.A.J. BLOODY PROVOST: AN ACCOUNT OF THE PROVOST SERVICE OF THE BRITISH ARMY, AND THE EARLY YEARS OF THE CORPS OF ROYAL MILITARY POLICE.
London Phillimore 1980 085033598 Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ 
245 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H). B&w illustrations. "(A) carefully researched account of the development of the military police from the Middle Ages to the end of the Boer War. By that time, Provost Marshals were being recognised as Military Police Officers, though full recognition was delayed until 1953. Military historians on both sides of the Atlantic will find much that is new in Major Tyler's authoritative text, while past or present members of the military police will be fascinated to learn of the centuries-old traditions of their calling and the proud, if ruthless, actions of so many of their predecessors." Previous owner's small stamp on front pastedown, minor wrinkle at top of spine, minor soiling mark on fore-edge of textblock. Dust jacket is price clipped, has very minor edge wear, light wrinkling at top of spine. 
Price: 27.50 USD
 
 
THE SECRET OF THE CASTLE., Walker, R.A.E.  Illustrated by Rosemary Brown.
46 Walker, R.A.E. Illustrated by Rosemary Brown. THE SECRET OF THE CASTLE.
Blandford, London, n.d. 
78 pp, 8vo (8 5/8" H), hard cover (pale blue boards with dark blue lettering and illustration on front board, dark blue cloth spine) - no dust jacket. Colour plates and b&w drawings. Twins, Desmond and Eileen, journey to a castle on a nearby hill. On the way they meet six knights, Resolute, Fearless, Faithful, Radiant, Harmony, and Valiant who guide them through adventures with witches, giants, spectres and, finally, a dragon, while giving guidance on handling issues that arise in t h e i r l i v es and those of their friends and schoolmates. One page with a dog-ear crease, light browning to endpapers - very light on pages, bump to top corner of boards, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, very light edge rubbing, light so il in g to bo ar ds . Good+ 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE MEDIEVAL CASTLE: LIFE IN A FORTRESS IN PEACE AND WAR., Warner, Philip.
47 Warner, Philip. THE MEDIEVAL CASTLE: LIFE IN A FORTRESS IN PEACE AND WAR.
Barnes & Noble, New York, 1993. 
262 pp, 8vo (8 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 156619458X B&w photographs, maps, drawings, reproductions. "This handsomely illustrated book explains why and how castles were built in the middle ages and why they were such a dominant infl uence on medieval life, especially in times of war. Writing with his characteristic flair and wit, Philip Warner, a lifelong student of castles and of military history, recreates in vivid detail a complete picture of daily life in a medieval c a s t l e : how the nobles and peasants lived; how men fought in tournaments and trained in combat; how castles were sited, designed, managed, attacked, and defended; and what the people who lived in them ate, drank, and wore." Book slightly coc k ed . D us t ja cket has minor edge wrinkling - light at top of front flap, very light browning at top edge. Very Good/Very Good 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
LEGENDS OF ETHSHAR - FIRST SIX VOLUMES.  1. THE MISENCHANTED SWORD.  2. WITH A SINGLE SPELL.  3. THE UNWILLING WARLORD.  4. THE BLOOD OF A DRAGON.  5. TAKING FLIGHT.  6. THE SPELL OF THE BLACK DAGGER., Watt-Evans, Lawrence.
48 Watt-Evans, Lawrence. LEGENDS OF ETHSHAR - FIRST SIX VOLUMES. 1. THE MISENCHANTED SWORD. 2. WITH A SINGLE SPELL. 3. THE UNWILLING WARLORD. 4. THE BLOOD OF A DRAGON. 5. TAKING FLIGHT. 6. THE SPELL OF THE BLACK DAGGER.
New York Del Rey / Ballantine First printings. Mass Market Paperbacks Very Good Darrell K. Sweet (1-4), Tim Hildebrandt (5), Neal McPheeters (6), cover art.. 
6 books (the first six volumes of the 'Legends of Ethshar series) - 6 7/8" H. 1. The Misenchanted Sword - 292 pp, 1985, ISBN 0345318226 - "(The old wizard had) promised the young scout a magic sword to get him safely back to his own lines - and a much enchanted sword Valder would get! The resulting sword gave perfect protection - sometimes! It could kill any man - or even half demon. In fact, once drawn, it had to kill before it could be put down or sheathed." 2. With a Single Spell - 263 pp, 1987, ISBN 0345326164 - "Tobas has been lucky to find a wizard to take him on as apprentice. But now the wizard had died of old age, after teaching Tobas only the elementary spell for starting a fire. And Tobas' efforts to open the Book of Spells used by the wizard had resulted in a fire that consumed the hut and all its contents. Across the sea, in faraway Old Ethshar, there were dragons to be slain, princesses and gold to be won, magic castles and witches who knew the secret of immortality. Tobas gathered his aspirations to his empty stomach and set out to find a rowboat." 3. The Unwilling Warlord - 309 pp, 1989, ISBN 0345354133 - "(Sterren had been kidnapped and dragged) to Semma, smallest of the Small Kingdoms. That didn't seem so bad, at first. They made him a noble, with the title of Hereditary Ninth Warlord of Semma. Then he learned what his duty was. He was supposed to win the war the stupid King had stirred up by his arrogance. Three larger and stronger Kingdoms were getting set to invade Semma. (If) he didn't win the war for them in his position as Ninth Warlord, it would be considered treason - penalty: instant execution." 4. The Blood of a Dragon - 231 pp, 1991, ISBN 0345364104 - "It was definite - Dumery had no magical talent at all. He could never fulfill his dream to become a wizard's apprentice. Hurt, angry, and mortally disappointed, he despaired of ever choosing a trade. But then (he) spied a so-called great wizard humbling himself before a man selling dragon's blood - the precious stuff that made difficult spells work. If Dumery couldn't be a wizard, maybe he could become a dragon-hunter and have all those scornful wizards crawling to him." 5. Taking Flight - 271 pp, 1993, ISBN 034537715X - "(W)hen a fortune-teller prediceted a glorious future (for Kelder), that he'd roam free and unfettered and be a champion of the lost and forlorn, he immediately set out on the fabled Great Highway to Shan in search of adventure. But once he was on the road, life was hardly as exciting as he'd hoped - until he met Irith. She was the most beautiful girl, and the only girl with wings, Kelder had ever seen. They teamed up to see the world, and then Kelder found adventures aplenty: There were bandits and demons, and there were curses lifted, wizards to seek spells from, orphans to champion, and legendary cities to visit. But Kelder began to wonder about his beautiful companion. Irith certainly had seen a lot of the world for one so young - and everyone along the highway seemed to know her." 6. The Spell of the Black Dagger - 312 pp, 1993, ISBN 0345377125 - "Tabaea was an ordinary thief, sneaking and prowling and stealing for a living. Then one night while burgling a hourse, she witnessed a wizard teaching his apprentice a spell - the creation of a magic dagger. Tabaea decided to try the magic for herself. But even though she culd feel the power rising around her as she went through the steps of the ritual, something had clearly gone wrong. The apprentice's dagger had glowed; it had resisted attempts to pick it up; and there had been a blinding flash at the end of the ceremony. But Tabaea's dagger didn't do any of those things. And it wouldn't free her from bonds, or heal her wounds - it didn't seem to be magical at all. It just turned black. Then, by chance, Tabaea discovered that her dagger indeed had its own kind of unusual magic - a dark, powerful magic that promised invincibility to its bearer." Interiors - light browning at page margins and inside edges of covers, otherwise clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exteriors - very light to light edge wear, two volumes with a faint spine crease, light browning to edges of text block, volumes 1 2 & 3 have a very small faint number stamp on bottom of text block, volume 1 has a small sticker removal mark on front cover. 
Price: 37.50 USD
 
 
49 Whiteman, G.W. SOME FAMOUS ENGLISH COUNTRY HOMES FROM THE TIME OF HENRY VIII TO THE REGENCY.
Antique Collector, London, 1951, first edition. 
172 pp, 4to (12 1/4" H), hard cover (red cloth with gold lettering on spine) - no dust jacket. Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs. A chronologically arranged overview of English country houses, showing exterior and interior views. Content s: Compton Wynyates; Sutton Place; The President's Lodge, Corsham Court; Longford Castle; Ham House; Castle Ashby; Audley End; Boughton House; Drayton House; Langleys; Ditchley; Wimpole Hall; Althorp; Belmont; Stratfield Saye. Light foxin g m a r k s o n endpapers - also on last index page, light tiny foxing marks on top and fore-edge of textblock, boards have slight curl at fore-edge, slight fading to spine and edges of boards, a few faint foxing marks on boards, minor wear at co rn e rs , li gh t w ri nk ling at top of spine. Good+ 
Price: 50.00 USD
 
 
FORTS AND CASTLES:  THE STORY OF DEFENCE WORKS FROM ANCIENT TIMES TO THE PRESENT., Wise, Terence.
50 Wise, Terence. FORTS AND CASTLES: THE STORY OF DEFENCE WORKS FROM ANCIENT TIMES TO THE PRESENT.
Almark, London, 1972. 
152 pp, 8 1/4" H, soft cover. ISBN 0855241012 Profusely illustrated in b&w and colour with photographs, drawings, plans. "....(tells) the story of the development of forts, castles, and other defence systems - how they were built, where they were built, and why they were built...." Contents: Iron Age Fortifications; The Roman Occupation; The Dark Ages; Norman Castles (1048-1250); The Golden Age of Castles (1250-1350); The Decline of the Castle (1350-1550); Scottish and Irish Cast l e s ; M e d i e val Town Defences; Fortifications of the 16th, 17th and 18th Centuries; Fortifications of the 19th Century; Fortifications of the 20th Century; Gazeteer - England - Scotland - Wales - Ireland - The Channel Islands. Interior - pre vi ou s ow n er 's s ma ll stamp on inside of front cover and on first page, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - light rubbing and minor soiling on front cover, light soiling rub mark on fore-edge of textblock. Ve ry Goo d 
Price: 16.00 USD
 
 
THE LITTLE DUKE:  RICHARD THE FEARLESS.  OXFORD CHILDREN'S LIBRARY NO. 19., Yonge, Charlotte M.
51 Yonge, Charlotte M. THE LITTLE DUKE: RICHARD THE FEARLESS. OXFORD CHILDREN'S LIBRARY NO. 19.
London Oxford University Press 1959 Hard Cover Very Good Very Good Jennifer Miles. 
187 pp, small 8vo (7 7/8" H). B&w illustrations by Jennifer Miles, dust jacket design by William Stobbs. First printing of this title in the Oxford Children's Library series. "Richard was only eight when news came that his father had been slain and that he, though so young, was now the Duke of Normandy. He had many loyal friends among his father's supporters, but they were unable to protect him when the King of France, vowing friendship, treacherously carried him away to France. Though often self-willed, the boy Duke had great courage, and this, together with his friendship with the king's gentle and pathetic son Carloman, helped him to endure the hard days of captivity, and carried him through the exciting adventures of his escape and return home. (This) story of the tenth century has delighted many generations of children, and still today, more than a hundred years after it was first published, it retains all its original charm, freshness and vitality." Christmas gift iscription in ink on free front endpaper, light browning to edges of text block, very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, one very small corner bump. Dust jacket has minor edge wear/wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds. Dust jacket is in original removable publisher's plastic sleeve. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE LITTLE DUKE:  RICHARD THE FEARLESS.  OXFORD CHILDREN'S LIBRARY NO. 19., Yonge, Charlotte M.
52 Yonge, Charlotte M. THE LITTLE DUKE: RICHARD THE FEARLESS. OXFORD CHILDREN'S LIBRARY NO. 19.
London Oxford University Press 1959 Hard Cover Very Good Very Good Jennifer Miles. 
187 pp, small 8vo (7 7/8" H). B&w illustrations by Jennifer Miles, dust jacket design by William Stobbs. First printing of this title in the Oxford Children's Library series. "Richard was only eight when news came that his father had been slain and that he, though so young, was now the Duke of Normandy. He had many loyal friends among his father's supporters, but they were unable to protect him when the King of France, vowing friendship, treacherously carried him away to France. Though often self-willed, the boy Duke had great courage, and this, together with his friendship with the king's gentle and pathetic son Carloman, helped him to endure the hard days of captivity, and carried him through the exciting adventures of his escape and return home. (This) story of the tenth century has delighted many generations of children, and still today, more than a hundred years after it was first published, it retains all its original charm, freshness and vitality." Tiny bump and minor fading at top edge of spine, light toning to edges of text block. Dust jacket has minor soft edge wrinkling, old price stickers on front flap, publisher's plastic jacket protector is attached on inside top/bottom edge of dust jacket. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
53 Younger, William and Younger, Elizabeth. BLUE MOON IN PORTUGAL.
London Eyre & Spottiswoode 1956 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Good 
298 pp, 8vo (8 5/8" H). B&w photographs, maps. "(T)akes you into the arcadian Minho and the grim ruins of Celt-Iberian civilization; from the fever of vintaging in the Douro, down a line of empty, upland castles, to the fado singers of Lisbon. It is concerned also with Moorish tiles, shepherds in tail-coats of sheepskin, and students in ragged, black cloaks. This is one of the most comprehensive books which have been written about Portugal. The unique Portuguese architecture, the little-known Portuguese painting, bull-fighting, food, wine, hotels, village dances and religious fesitivals, are all part of this story: the story of two people who explored a small country and discovered its greatness." Chapter headings: Once in a Blue Moon; Minho: Carnival in Arcady; Tras-os-Montes: 'Behind the Mountains'; Douro: The Yellow Cat; Port - Oporto - Portugal; Beira Litoral: The Chiselled Heart; Coimbra: The Ladies of Diverse Love ; Estremadura - Beira Alta: The Haunted Coast; Ribatejo: 'Hoi! Toiro!'; Alentejo - Algarve: The End of Europe; Serra da Arrabida - Serra de Sintra: Fish and Follies; Lisbon: The City of the Sea; Appendices - Hotels in Portugal; Food and Wine; Port Wine; Portuguese Recipes; Roads. Light foxing on front endpapers and some preliminary pages, a few light foxing marks on rear endpapers, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, a few tiny foxing marks on top/bottom of textblock. Dust jacket has light edge wear/wrinkling, moderate rubbing/soiling, several tiny tears. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
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