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The Imperial Russian Navy by Anthony J. Watts (£154.00)Publisher: London: Arms & Armour Press — 1990Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0853689121]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and the top corners of the boards with commensurate wear to the dust wrapper which is a little faded at the spine and onto the margins of the panels. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Maps; Tables;

From the cover: “Occupying a most important place in naval history, the fleets of the Imperial Russian Navy represent a major subject for study by serving officers, senior historians and naval buffs. Few published accounts have done justice to the topic, and none has offered the range of photographic illustration presented in this volume. The three centuries of naval development covered here demonstrate that its constant need to control its own ports and precious narrow exits to the oceans, as well as its pursuit of access to the Mediterranean, has caused the Russian Navy to be regularly in combat and at the forefront of advances in design, armament and strategy. Throughout the battles with its neighbours, the Crimean, Russo-Japanese conflicts, and the First World War, the Imperial Russian Navy deployed novel ships and weapons, including early use of torpedoes and of the submarine.

Anthony Watts has brought together an unprecedented collection of photographs and data to provide this new study of a most significant element of military history. Through his summary of Russian naval evolution, his compendium of technical information and the pictorial coverage, he has provided a most important contribution to naval literature, perhaps the most valuable volume on the subject for eighty years.”
Notes: Size: 10" x 9¾". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 192 pages. Tags: russia federation history marine naval engineering unit navies imperial russian armed forces warfare maritime technology soviet union fleet warships ships
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Old Friends, New Enemies: The Royal Navy and the Imperial Japanese Navy: Volume 2: The Pacific War 1942-1945 by Arthur J. Marder, Mark Jacobsen & John Horsfield (£84.00)Publisher: Oxford: Clarendon Press — 1992Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0198201508]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with a nick to the head of the upper panel and faded at the spine. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Appendix; Black & White Photographs; Maps; Tables; Portrait to the frontispiece;

From the cover: “This first scholarly account of the Royal Navy in the Pacific War is a companion volume to Arthur Marder’s Old Friends, New Enemies: Strategic Illusions, 1936-1941. Picking up the story at the nadir of British naval fortunes — everywhere weak and naked , in Churchill’s phrase — it examines the Royal Navy’s role in events from 1942 to the Japanese surrender in August 1945.

Drawing on both British and Japanese sources and personal accounts by participants, the authors vividly retell the story of the collapse of Allied defences in the Dutch East Indies, culminating in the Battle of the Java Sea. They recount the attempts of the ‘fighting admiral’, Sir James Somerville, to train his motley fleet of cast-offs into an efficient fighting force in spite of the reluctance of Churchill, who resisted the formation of a full-scale British Pacific Fleet until the 1945 assault on the Ryukyu Islands immediately south of Japan.

Meticulously researched and fully referenced, this unique and absorbing account provides a controversial analysis of the key personalities who shaped events in these momentous years, and makes fascinating reading for anyone interested in the Pacific War.

Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XXX] 621 pages. Tags: britain royal navy history 19th century japan kaigun war 1939-1945 naval operations japanese forces warfare british second battles campaigns maritime asian united kingdom 0198201508 9780198201502
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An Ageing Population: A Reader and Sourcebook by Edited by Vida Carver & Penny Liddiard (£56.50)Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton — 1978Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0340233737]Condition: Very Good. Gently faded at the spine. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: First in this, paperback, edition. From the cover: “At the beginning of this century, approximately seven per cent of the population was aged sixty or more. Today, the proportion is twenty per cent and is likely to rise still further, bringing with it an increased demand for the provision of services for the elderly, and placing new emphasis on the problems — personal, social, medical, economic — associated with old age. An Ageing Population examines these problems and the ways in which they affect the elderly individual, his family, the caring professional and the community as a whole. The papers in this book have been drawn from a variety of sources to provide a broad perspective on the needs and circumstances of the elderly. Thus extracts from the literature of sociology, psychology, medicine, social work and nursing appear side by side with personal accounts of ageing, disability and the activities of voluntary workers. Together, they reinforce the view that the problems and challenges associated with longevity require a community response matched with inter-professional understanding and cooperation. An Ageing Population, a set book for the Open University post-experience course of the same title (P252), will be invaluable to all those professionally responsible for the care of the elderly, as well as the concerned general reader.”Notes: Size: C Format (8½" x 5¼"). 434 pages. Tags: addresses aged aspects britain demography essays geriatrics gerontology health lectures medicine older persons press readings services social university welfare
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Life at the Extremes: The Science of Survival by Frances Ashcroft (£54.50)Publisher: Flamingo — 2001Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0006551254]Condition: Very Good. Extensive previous owners' inscription to the dedication page.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs.Notes: Size: B Format (7¾" x 5¼"). 326 pages. Tags: antarctica starvation underwater wind-chill polymerase saturation weightless endorphins spacesuits subsurface aborigines noureddine halophiles generation eustachian antifreeze metabolism adaptation uncoupling barotrauma atmosphere deficiency submarines centrifuge ice-diving definition astronauts spaceships alkalinity torricelli adrenaline barometric chilblains conditions conduction compressed heatstroke geothermal fahrenheit convection ballooning meteorites insulation tereshkova protective bullimore malignant institute formation transport infection
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My Autobiogaphy by Shane Warne; Richard Hobson; (£53.50)Publisher: Coronet — 2002Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0340769874]Condition: Very Good.Description: Illustrated with photographs, in colour & black and white. From the cover: “Australian Test star Shane Warne was recently voted one of the five greatest cricketers of the 20th Century. He has been described by Richie Benaud as the finest young leg spinner of all time, and is on line to break the record for the highest number of Test wickets ever taken. Warne exploded into Test cricket in England in 1993. His first ball fizzed back from outside the leg stump to bowl Mike Gatting, the England Captain, and amaze a crowd of 30,000 spectators. Warne has never looked back and ever since has been a key player in international cricket. In his autobiography, Shane Warne describes with humour and insight the major influences in his life and the issues that have dominated cricket at the highest level. Colourful accounts of the various Ashes series and Australian Tests blend with chapters on the psychology of bowling against top batsmen. A man who has the gift of making friends through cricket wherever he goes, Warne is back to his best after a career-threatening injury.”Notes: Foreword or introduction by Ian Botham. Size: B Format (7¾" x 5¼"). 343 pages. Tags: cricketers spin bowlers test matches australians
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The Orton Diaries by ANON (£48.00)Publisher: Methuen — 1986Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Signed by the Author.Condition: Very Good+ - in Very Good+ DJ. Slight ruffling at head of spine otherwise a very well presented copy.Description: Joe Orton was battered to death by his lover Kenneth Halliwell, in August 1967. From December 1966 until his murder, Joe kept a series of diaries that prove to be one of the most candid and unfetted accounts of that remarkable era. Illustrated / decorative end papers. Illustrated with B&W photographs. Signed by John Lahr on the frontispiece "Married love… how much should the children see. John Lahr". 304pp. Index. Size: 8vo Medium (8" x 5½" approx.) Introduction / preface by John Lahr.
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A History of Arctic Exploration: Discovery, Adventure and Endurance at the Top of the World by Juha Nurminen & Matti Lainema (£36.50)Publisher: London: Conway — 2009Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 9781844860692]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Colour Plates; Maps;

From the cover: “Documenting more than 2,500 years of Arctic exploration, from the earliest seafarers of antiquity and the great naval and mercantile voyages in search of the Northwest and Northeast Passages, to the conquest of the North Pole and even beyond, this book is the definitive account of expeditions made throughout the great Northern polar expanse. For the first time, it brings together the major explorers from both East and West to present one of the most detailed and beautifully illustrated surveys of the region’s history ever published.

Drawing on many previously unseen charts, artworks and maps from major European museums, the extensive holdings of the Nurminen Foundation as well as private collections and archives, A History of Arctic Exploration reveals how this remote region was gradually explored and charted by men of supreme skill, courage and initiative, overcoming extreme conditions in almost incredible feats of endurance. Key figures such as Barents, Franklin, Nordenskiold, Peary, Nansen, Stefansson and Amundsen are discussed in depth, together with an evaluation of their achievements, showing how each contributed to our understanding of the Arctic. Many perished as the North defiantly held on to its secrets, ultimately proving that success could only be achieved by adapting to the extreme conditions, following the example of the indigenous peoples, who had successfully inhabited the North for hundreds of years.

Today, the future of the Arctic is of global concern. In recent years, climate change and sovereignty disputes over territory have highlighted this worrying reality, drawing much attention to the region. Yet the Arctic has always been an inspiring and fascinating place, as well as a source of much human drama due to its harsh landscape and demanding conditions. Arctic expeditions were motivated by many different factors, including the pursuit of trade and commerce, knowledge, international dominance, individual fame, natural resources and scientific endeavour, but they can all be characterised by the uniquely human desire to push back frontiers. Collectively the accounts of such epic journeys form an absorbing and complex historical narrative, fully presented in this insightful and deeply resonant book.”
Notes: Foreword or introduction by Lennart Meri. Size: 14" x 9¾". Brown boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 349 pages. Tags: lainema arctic regions discovery exploration history natural climate ocean appendix maritime geographical polar expeditions discoveries 9781844860692
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The Barrier and the Javelin: Japanese and Allied Strategies, February-June, 1942 by H. P. Willmott (£36.00)Publisher: Annapolis: Naval Institute Press — 1983Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0870210920]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper very slightly rubbed at the edges. Distributors sticker covers publisher colophon on the title page. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Maps; Tables;

From the cover: “H. P. Willmott’s perceptive analysis of Japanese and Allied strategies in the Pacific war has set new standards for World War Two historians. The scope and depth of the research he did for the first book of his Pacific trilogy, Empires in the Balance, have earned him a reputation as a major chronicler of the period. With this second volume, Willmott continues to offer significant new material and interpretations that are certain to warrant further study.

The Barrier and the Javelin begins with a thoughtful assessment of the critical situation in which Japan found herself in the spring of 1942. Even by that early stage of the Pacific war, the fundamental weakness of the Japanese effort was evident. Japan had gone to war with little more than a five-month plan of campaign and the conviction that she could not be defeated by enemies who were her moral inferiors. Her intention had been to conquer territories essential to her economic survival and then fight a defensive war that would exhaust her enemies and lead them to a negotiated settlement. By the spring Japan’s leaders were becoming uncom-fortably aware that their enemies would not negotiate and that they themselves lacked the plans, and perhaps the means, to make them change their minds. Willmott sets out the arguments over strategy that plagued the Japanese naval command as it tried to formulate a coherent response to this potentially disastrous situation. In so doing he suggests that the weaknesses of the command’s decision-making process kept the Japanese from taking the one course of action that could have changed the outcome of the war, and were responsible for the ill-considered plan of campaign that began to fall apart in the Coral Sea in May’and ended in disaster four weeks later at Midway.

The book, however, is not confined to an examination of Japanese policymaking. Just as Empires in the Balance provides & critical appraisal of the moves made by all the combatants during the first five months of the war, so The Barrier and the Javelin places the Allied part of the February-June 1942 record alongside that of the Japanese. In doing so, it examines why the British and their dominions were totally unable to put together a proper Pacific policy in the opening phase of the war, and why the Americans came to accept a commitment to fight in the southwest Pacific when this area had barely figured in their prewar calculations. American intelligence gathering — Operation Magic — and its effect on the progress of the war are also described in full.

Willmott follows his assessment of the Allied situation with a detailed analysis of the battle of the Coral Sea and the action off Midway, which at last places these battles in their proper context. Debunking long-held beliefs about the com-parative strengths of the Japanese and Allied forces, he contends that in both battles the weaker fleet was defeated, not victorious as most accounts suggest. He further argues that if Japan was indeed fated to lose the war, then her defeat at Midway can hardly be regarded as the decisive battle so many claim it to be. Inevitability and decisiveness, he points out, are mutually exclusive terms.

Many readers will find Willmott’s treatment of the Japanese side of the battle of Midway an intriguing alternative to other books on the subject. He reveals some important new information that finally explains the inconsistencies found in previous accounts. His condemnation of Admiral Yama-moto’s inept handling of the entire fiasco is unusually clear and hard-hitting.

This view of the flow of events in the first half of 1942 provides one of the most comprehensive, balanced and readable studies of the period ever written. It will be of enduring interest to general readers as well as professional historians and students of World War Two.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Grey boards with Black titling to the Spine. [CVII] 596 pages. Tags: willmott 0870210920 world war 1939-1945 japan coral sea battle midway history naval operations japanese pacific ocean campaigns military warfare conventional battles actions oceania theatre second tsingtau politics defence policy strategy
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The Crowded Sky: An Anthology of Flight from the Beginnings to the Age of the Guided Missile by Edited by Neville Duke & Edward Lanchbery (£34.00)Publisher: London: Cassell & Co. Ltd. — 1959Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with a small tape repair at the foot of the lower panel to the join and further closed tears at the spine ends. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned with spotting to the blanks. Description: From the cover: “Man’s longing to fly is as old as history. The wish to escape from the earth and soar with the birds recurs in Biblical verse and ancient legend, but it was Leonardo da Vinci who first considered the practical problems involved. From da Vinci to Colonel Frank Everest, Jr. , ‘the fastest man alive’, who in 1956 flew the Bell X-2 rocket plane at nearly two thousand miles an hour, this anthology of prose and poetry takes in its stride every conceivable branch of aviation, including the first faltering experiments, and the heyday of the balloon and the airship (there is an absorbing description taken from Nevil Shute’s autobiography of the testing of the R. 100, whose sister ship the R. 101 went to her doom so soon afterwards). Beside Bleriot’s exciting story are con-temporary newspaper accounts of Britain’s first air meetings and early flying clubs, and all else which has gone to make up the panorama of aviation through the ages. The First World War brought the greatest single challenge to the improvement of the aeroplane, and is seen here from the points of view of both Allied and German air aces. But flying was still in its infancy, at a time when the officer in command of the aeroplane gave the signal to descend by means of a smack on his pilot’s helmet! From the first World War to the second, with its roll of immortal names, among them Guy Gibson, Pierre Clostermann and Cheshire, V. C.; and finally to peace and the age of jet aircraft. In a section entitled Wings of Peace the editors show that to some, flying is an escape from the cares of the earth and a retreat that gives spiritual solace. So we come up-to-date with today’s test pilot, exploring new regions of speed and altitude, and developing test flying into a skilled and complicated science.

Here is a book to be dipped into again and again for its tales of high adventure, of the incredible audacity of men battling against the eternal forces of nature, and of the progress of aviation from its humble beginnings to its present vast complexity.”
Notes: Size: 10" x 6¼". Blue boards with Silver titling to the Spine. [XV] 421 pages. Tags: lanchbery aeronautics literature prose poetry aerial operations air fighting warfare aeronautical engineering fiction anthologies verse poems aircraft aeroplanes aviation fictional drama
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Celebration of the Somerset and Dorset Railway by Alan Hammond (£28.00)Publisher: Bath: Millstream Books — 2006Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0948975768]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Description: A limited printing of 2,500 copies of which this is number 1128. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Maps [1];

From the cover: “Sunday 6th March 1966 was the saddest day in the history of the Somerset & Dorset Railway — the day when the Beeching axe fell and the final passenger trains powered their way over the Mendip Hills and across the Somerset Levels.

Forty years on, there is life again. No fewer than four separate organisations are working hard to preserve all that this cross-country branch stood for. And thanks to the continuing efforts of Alan Hammond to record the memories and images of those who worked on the line, more people than ever have discovered the magic of the S&D. This splendid fifth album of photographs and stories brings alive again what has made the railway so special for so many and provides a most fitting 40th anniversary celebration.

This was truly a family line, both for the many generations of different families who gave their working lives to it and in the spirit of unity which pervaded all its operations. It is that spirit which shines out from the wonderfully evocative photographs in the book.

Nowhere is that spirit of the S&D better displayed than in the accounts of the six young firemen as they learnt the joys and trials of coaxing their locomotives over some of the toughest terrain and in so doing established long-lasting friendships with many a driver.

Forty years on, too, we celebrate England’s great World Cup football triumph and it is fitting that one of the heroes of 1966, Alan Ball, should write the delightful foreword for this Celebration.”
Notes: Foreword or introduction by Alan Ball. Size: 11" x 8¾". Yellow boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 160 pages. Tags: somerset dorset joint railway history railroads england central bristol exeter highbridge brunel broad gauge evercreech bath coalfields radstock mendip hills engines rolling stock victorian politics 9780948975769
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Dassault-Breguet Mirage III/5 by Salvador Mafe [Mafé] Huertas (£28.00)Publisher: Osprey — 1990Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0850459338]Condition: Very Good. Upper wrapper slighty curled.Description: Illustrated with photographs, in colour & black and white. From the cover: “Duelling in the clear blue skies above the Sinai, or skimming in at mast level over San Carlos Water, the classic delta shaped Dassault-Breguet Mirage HI/5 has earned itself a combat reputation second to none. Designed over thirty years ago, the Mirage HI/5 continues to serve with more than a dozen air forces around the globe. Although built as a light interceptor for the Armée de l’Air, the Mirage 111/5 has been converted successfully into a tactical strike aircraft, as well as a superb photo-reconnaissance platform.

Prolific Spanish author Salvador Mafe Huertas details the full service history of the Mirage HI/5, with special emphasis on the Fuerza Aerea Argentina in the Falklands. The Israeli connection is fully covered, as well as Spanish, Swiss and Australian operational histories. Overall, all users of the French classic are detailed, including aircraft colours and serials.

First-hand accounts gleaned from many sources especially for this volume add a vibrant and emotional dimension to the Mirage HI/5 story. Illustrated with over 160 black and white photographs (many previously unpublished), and 12 photographs in full colour, MIRAGE HI/5 contains over 50,000 words of text Full performance and other statistical data, as well as summaries of major modifications to the aircraft, are all included in detailed appendices.”
Notes: Size: 10½" x 7¾". In the Osprey Air Combat series. 198 pages. Tags: dassault aerial aeronautical aeroplanes air aircraft and attack aviation construction day design engineering falkland fighter france general heavier history iii individual islands jet manufacturer mirage operations planes present than the types war
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Far Eastern File: Intelligence War in the Far East, 1930-45 by Peter Elphick (£24.00)Publisher: London: Hodder & Stoughton — 1997Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0340665831]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper very slightly rubbed at the edges. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Maps; Maps to the endpapers and blanks;

From the cover: “During the 1930s the Far East was a fertile hunting ground for the espionage and counterespionage agents of many nations, especially for those of Great Britain, the United States and Japan, as well as of Germany, Italy and the USSR. Sometimes they worked in remote places on the border of Manchuria and Russia, or in the jungles of Malaya and Thailand; while others operated in Tokyo, Singapore, Manila and Hong Kong, not to mention that international melting pot and powder keg, Shanghai.

Throughout, the author emphasises the Japanese subversion and fifth-column activity; but in the background of operations were the spies of the communication airwaves, the so-called Signals Intelligence (or Sigint) operators who plucked diplomatic, consular, military and naval coded messages out of the ether and passed them to the cryptanalysts. At the centre of the British Sigint and intelligence co-ordination operations was the Far East Combined Bureau, a highly secret organisation, established in Hong Kong in 1935, which is here researched for the first time through recently released material from the Public Record Office and unpublished accounts of surviving officers. These reveal its impact and that of its successors on the eventual outcome of the Pacific war.

Using the latest published information, Peter Elphick illuminates fascinating new facets of many important issues including Britain’s appeasement policy towards Japan, the Melville Cox affair, the S. S. Automedon incident and the conspiracy theories which claim Churchill and Roosevelt had prior knowledge of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Peter Elphick’s unrivalled knowledge of the period and locale combined with his research into official intelligence material only released in the 1980s make Far Eastern File a book of unique importance and lasting interest.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XVII] 510 pages. Tags: war military intelligence east asia southeast history 20th century espionage politics secret service services battles campaigns second european asian middle eastern political science europe technology engineering
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Elementary Typing and Office Practice by Florence Lockey (£23.00)Publisher: Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons — 1948Binding: Hardback Condition: Poor. Boards scuffed and soiled. Hinge starting at title page. Pages very gently age-tanned. Previous owners inscription to ffep.Description: Third edition. Tipped in diagram (not original?) of keyboard layout plus a leaflet for Empire Aristocrat Typewriter.Notes: Size: 10" x 7¾". 124 pages. Tags: problem-solving specifications communications adding-listing administration alphabetically requisitioning electrostatic mechanisation receptionists photo-copiers communication parliamentary documentation organisations disadvantages dual-spectrum alphabetical distribution institutions organisation receptionist introduction introductory simultaneous reprographic transactions confidential departmental calculations edge-punched audio-typing requirements book-keeping double-entry typewriting development switchboard calculators publication authorities information enterprises departments panel-strip centralised description duplicating advantages government commercial
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Touristic Guide Of Lebanon by Emir Gilbert Chehab (£23.00)Publisher: Ghassibe & Berbarry — UndatedBinding: Paperback Condition: Good. A pleasant enough reading copy. A slightly dog-eared copy with some toning to the margins of the leaves. Binding weakening at the rear. Promotional, ribboned, bookmark included.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs & maps. From the cover: “Lebanon’s name derives from the Aramaic word (Loubnane) which means white. White like its mountains and peaks covered with snow. With its 10452 square kilometres, Lebanon is as “big” as a French department and slightly bigger than Cyprus. But what distinguishes this country from the neighbouring ones is its climate, vegetation and aspect. You need one hour on the road (a bit more with traffic jams) to leave the coast where you could swim in the blue waters and reach Faraya the famous ski station and ski down its snowy slopes. The sight of how many caves, valleys, plains and headlands meet your eyes while driving throughout this country! The bible mentioned “Lebanon” many times and according to some Lebanese chauvinists the earthly paradises resided here, others called it the country of the Dolce Vita, while others called its capital Beirut the small Paris. In this country of free exchange, you could, without any restriction and without paying any commission, change your money into the currency you choose. Bank secrecy being the most developed, you could make all stock market transactions without control or supervision, even justice could not interfere to inquire about your transactions or accounts without your approval. An important characteristic is that the Lebanese citizen cares for the tourist, is hospitable, ready to be useful and will even travel voluntarily to show you a place or welcomes you in his house for coffee and provides you the information you seek. Visit Lebanon and you will be pleasantly satisfied.”Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5¾". 215 pages. Tags: archaeological bibliography restaurants handicrafts appartments hospitals furnished embassies discovery agencies airlines lebanese kesrouan cooking lebanon resorts byblos dances hotels baabda beirut diners chouf banks bekaa beach taxis jbail sites aley metn rent
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The Imperial Ming tombs: Text and Photos by Ann Paludan (£22.50)Publisher: Hong Kong University Press — 1981Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 962209029X]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the spine ends and corners with commensurate ruffling to the dustwrapper. Price Clipped. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: Illustrated with photographs, in colour & black and white. From the cover: “In the Ming Valley just outside Peking, thirteen of the sixteen emperors of the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) lie buried in one of the largest and most splendid Imperial mausolea in the world. Although almost every visitor to Peking is taken to see the Ming Tombs, surprisingly little has been written about them, and only two of the tombs are widely known to foreigners. This excellent contemporary guide to the tombs handsomely illustrated with the author’s own photographs, will awaken both scholars and tourists to the history and monuments of the entire valley.

The book opens with a brief history of the mausolea and accounts of the classical Chinese philosophy of death and geomancy and the traditional principles of Chinese architecture. In descriptions that are marked by a sensitivity not only to architectural and sculptural details but to total surroundings, the author then familiarizes us with each of the tombs and the emperors buried in them. Paludan’s view is an encompassing one, and her observations range from decorative ornament and drainage systems to birdlife and flora.

A map of the Ming Valley is included, along with charts for each tomb showing the current state of walls and buildings.”
Notes: Foreword or introduction by L. Carrington Goodrich. Size: 11¼" x 8¾". Orange boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XVI] 251 pages. Tags: china ming monuments peking royal sepulchral shih-san-ling shisanling tombs valley
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Flight: 100 Years of Aviation by R. G. Grant (£22.00)Publisher: Dorling Kindersley — 2002Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0751337323]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the top edge of the dust wrapper otherwise a very well presented copy. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs; Colour Drawings; Diagrams; Tables; Illustrated endpapers and blanks;

From the cover: “THIS FASCINATING journey through a century of flight captures the spirit and excitement of aviation past and present, from the Wright brothers’ first airborne attempts to the story behind the space race.

TRAVELLERS

Live through the first, bone-jarring moments of flight with pioneers such as Orville Wright, Harriet Quimby and Roland Garros. With absorbing profiles of the key personalities and the planes they flew, witness how flight became a reality. Follow the swift advances in aviation technology that took place with the onset of war, as supremacy in the skies became a crucial factor. Eyewitness accounts and striking images bring air reconnaissance, aerial bombings and spectacular “dogfights” to life.

TRAILBLAZERS

Adventurous fliers like Lindbergh and Earhart pushed the boundaries even further during the “golden age” of flight in the 1920s and ‘30s. Discover how these trailblazers conquered transatlantic routes and paved the way for new luxury passenger jets.

TRENDSETTERS

Read thrilling accounts of events such as the Hindenburg disaster and the U-2 spy plane crisis, or find out what life was like aboard the Mir space station. Remarkable images of flying boats, airships and space rockets combine with fascinating and detailed profiles of over 300 of the world’s greatest planes to make this an outstanding encyclopaedic record of aviation history. The book concludes with a glimpse into the future of flight: from anti-terrorist strategies to light aircraft, pilotless planes and space vacations.”
Notes: Size: 12" x 10¼". Pictorial boards. 440 pages. Tags: aeronautics history duxford imperial war museum smithsonian institution flight airplanes astronautics grant first editions firsts printings 1st
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So Many: A Folio Dedicated to All Who Served with RAF Bomber Command 1939-45 by Edited by Bill Gunston (£22.00)Publisher: Cambridge: W. H. Smith Exclusive Books — 1995Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 1857570219]Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper which is sunned at the spine. Bruised at the lower corners. Small ding to the front pastedown, offset and another small mark to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise bar light creasing to the bottom corner of the leaves. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Colour Photographs;Notes: Size: 13¼" x 9½". Blue boards with Silver titling to the Spine & Upper Board. 276 pages. Tags: britain royal air force bomber command pilots military war operations genealogy aerial fighting warfare germany 1914-1918 1939-1945 second airmen offensive accounts bombing
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Childhood Poverty and Social Exclusion: From a Child's Perspective by Tess Ridge (£21.50)Publisher: Policy Press — 2002Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 9781861343628]Condition: Very Good+.Description: From the cover: “Childhood poverty has moved from the periphery to the centre of the policy agenda following New Labour’s pledge to end it within twenty years. However, whether the needs and concerns of poor children themselves are being addressed is open to question. Without a deeper understanding of poverty as a lived experience in childhood, policies targeted at eradicating child poverty may fail. Using child-centred research methods to explore children’s own accounts of their lives, this original book presents a rare and valuable opportunity to understand the issues and concerns that low-income children themselves identify as important. Childhood poverty and social exclusion will be an invaluable teaching aid across a range of academic courses, including social policy, sociology, social work and childhood studies. All those who are interested in developing a more inclusive social and policy framework for understanding childhood issues from a child-centred perspective, including child welfare practitioners and policy makers, will want to read this book.”.Notes: Size: Trade Paperback (9¼" x 6"). 178 pages. Tags: child poverty family life self-reflection bhpys childhood poverty social exclusion bhpyswave7 echp truanting expelled bullying benefit receipt bradshaw kumar gregg bradshaw social structural environments social pressures social disadvantages
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The Wirral by Alan Brack (£20.50)Publisher: Phillimore & Co. — 1988Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0850336791]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper a little rubbed at the head of the spine. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: Reprint with amendments. [First Edition: 1980] Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the flap: “The Wirral was already an old-established administrative unit at the time of Domesday Book. This book is concerned with all those aspects of the Wirral, whether of history, architecture or landscape, that give the peninsula its individuality. Well known as a writer on the locality, Alan Brack starts with the immense advantage of having lived there nearly all his life. His book is at once scholarly, readable and entertaining. He has studiously avoided the highly romanticised view which has persisted in other accounts of the area and his opening chapter, ‘A Place Apart’, sets the tone for the whole book. There are sections on Birkenhead and Wallasey and on Bebington and Bromborough. An authoritative account of the establishment of Ellesmere Port is followed by a chapter on the Urbanised Districts of Hoylake, Neston and Heswall, on the Urbanised, Unexpected and Purpose-built villages, on the open spaces and on crossing the Mersey. The description of Port Sunlight, with its vignette of Lord Leverhulme, is especially well-informed. Human interest relieves a generally topographical approach through the appearance in the local context of the many notable men and women who have been associated with the Wirral.”Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 208 pages. Tags: wing-commander clatterbridge cheirotherium baden-powell metropolitan christiansen abercrombie kitchingham o'shanter's observatory anglo-saxon engineering bromborough racecourse birkenhead councillor leverhulme woodchurch embankment lighthouse stonehouse elementary refineries boundaries stableford commission shropshire merseyside netherpool overchurch puddington restaurant stephenson brunanburh manchester archibald squadrons bowater's sylvester transport |iiarries brimstage slodclart garibaldi elizabeth ellesmere granville cleveland bebington athelstan magazines
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Silks, Soaks and Certainties by Bob Butchers (£19.50)Publisher: Blenheim Press — 2008Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 9781906302047]Condition: Very Good+.Description: First in this edition. Illustrated with B&W photographs. From the cover; “This light-hearted look at the racing scene will appeal to all who are racing ‘buffs’ and many who are not. The tale of a family whose links with racing have spanned more than a century is packed with many wonderfully evocative accounts of incidents and characters of yesteryear. Some of the activities would, to say the least, be frowned on today. Bob was the original Newsboy on the Daily Mirror and filled that post with distinction for almost 39 years. This, coupled with his family background, gave him a deep knowledge of what went on behind the scenes in racing and have provided him with a fund of stories which he shares with us in this book.”Notes: Size: Trade Paperback (9¼" x 6"). 311 pages. Tags: don butchers riding exercise lewes epsom racecourses riding tight knight east chiltington stable grand national runner-up carrickbeg horses chief racing correspondent newmarket royal colours vic smyth brienz trigo derby reynoldstown plumpton hurst park victoria cup sir gordon richards winning jockey jockey club professional jockey parade ring handicaps kenny robertson johnny dines benny lynch tom masson
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The Ethics of Educational Research by Edited by Robert G Burgess (£19.50)Publisher: The Falmer Press — 1989Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 1850002983]Condition: Good. A pleasant enough reading copy. Light reading creases to the spine. A little faded at the spine and on to the margins of the wrappers. Gently rubbed at the edges of the spine and wrappers. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: First in this, paperback, edition. From the cover: “Much of the literature on social and educational research is concerned with the design, collection and analysis of research data. While many works focus on technical procedures, they avoid ethical questions about the conduct of social investigation. It is this gap in the literature that The Ethics of Educational Research is intended to fill.

Each chapter makes a contribution to the discussion of the ethics of educational research in general. Accordingly, part one provides accounts of the ethical issues involved in a range of research methods, while part two provides examples of the ethical issues that researchers encounter in particular projects or fields of study devoted to education. In this respect, the chapters locate discussions of ethical principles in research experience..”
Notes: Jacket designed by Caroline Archer. Size: Trade Paperback (9¼" x 6"). [X] 236 pages. Tags: action adjustment after alison and are areas arising aspects assessment barry based bruce burgess carrington case change college conducting david dilemmas education educational empirical eridges ethical ethics ethnography evaluation exploited? exploiting feminist foster from further grey harry helen indoctrination? issues jon kelly law methods moral msc? nixon on? pamela part pauline policing politics race raffe research riddell robert sammons school sheila side simons social statistical statistics studies study survey tactics the torrance troyna what whose work
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The Blood and Iron Chancellor by Louis L. Snyder (£19.00)Publisher: D. Van Nostrand Co — 1967Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good - in Good DJ. Wear at edges of DJ with some tears now taped. Remnants of tape marks on fep/bep.Description: This is a fascinating compendium of accounts covering every stage of Otto von Bismarck's life. Out of these pages Bismarck emerges as a titanic figure. From his bombastic youth as a Prince of Roisterers to his days of retirement, hurling angry thunderbolts at his chief tormentor, Kaiser William II, the irrepressible Chancellor is seen in all his moods as a multi-faceted, paradoxical personality - the gargantuan eater and drinker, the classic hater, the devoted family man, the neurasthenic hypochondriac.The author has expertly interwoven the raw material of biography and history with introductory notes.Illustrated with B&W photographs.Tags: Chancellor, biography, history
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The Chronicles of Newgate by Arthur Griffiths (£19.00)Publisher: Bracken Books — 1987Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently faded at the spine. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs;

From the cover: “It was the scene of vicious torture and punishments, both cruel and unusual, the house of the rack and gyves; it was a breeding ground of disease, a place where vice ran rampant. Over the centuries, Newgate prison, as the annex of the Old Bailey, the great criminal law court of London, came to be a symbol for the carriage, and, all too often, miscarriage, of justice in England. In these chronicles, Arthur Griffiths, one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors of Prisons in the late nineteenth century, presents the history of Newgate and the ‘criminal periods’ through which it passed. It is his aim to show how and why Newgate became the most dreaded place in England.

The first historical reference to Newgate occurs in the thirteenth century, during the reign of King John, and for over seven hundred years the gaol housed some of the most notorious criminals in English history. Here we find thieves and murderers, forgers and assassins, confidence men and highwaymen, the criminal aristocracy, as well as aristocrats turned criminal.

Yet it is not Griffiths’ purpose to give accounts of the infamous only, colourful though they are. He presents also the troubling history of persecution and martyrdom suffered for religious and political beliefs. While floggings and hangings were the fate of the common cut-purse and brigand, Griffiths shows that the more ferocious punishments and ingenious tortures were reserved for crimes of conscience and circumstance.

Finally, though, it is Griffiths’ contention that the greatest injustice was suffered by the countless thousands whose tragic fate was to have been jailed for debt. In Newgate it was they ‘who were slowly murdered… by the unspeakable horrors of the place’.

Housed indiscriminately with depraved criminals and lunatics, caught in the vicious trap of organized extortion by which the prison ran, debtors, and often their families with them, sank slowly into degradation. Griffiths shows that, as overcrowding and the foul conditions of Newgate led to plague and pestilence, the mixing of the criminal classes made it ‘a hot-bed of vice, a nursery of crime’.

Although re-built several times during its long history, Newgate remained a hell-hole — it was ‘always notorious as England’s worse gaol’. For over a century reformers agitated for the closing of the prison, succeeding finally in 1881. For these reformers, which included Arthur Griffiths, the closing represented a triumph of progress, a fitting final chapter to the story of Newgate, whose history is, in Griffiths’ words, ‘the epitome of English criminal history’. In clear, vivid prose he has given us that history, along with an unforgettable portrait of its most infamous prison.”
Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Black Spine Strip with Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XII] 596 pages. Tags: newgate prison london england prisons history 19th century criminal justice system criminals death penalty reform arthur griffiths
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The Encyclopaedia of Executions by John J. Eddleston (£19.00)Publisher: London: John Blake — 2002Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1903402239]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper lightly spotted on the verso. Pages lightly age-tanned. Description: Illustrated by way of: Chronological Tables;

From the cover: “This encyclopaedia is the definitive work on executions that took place in Britain in the 20th century. The hard facts of each case cover the criminals, the victims, the trials and, of course, the executions themselves. Each case is covered in amazing detail and brought to life by the vivid descriptions of all those involved, the circumstances, the motives and, sometimes, the remorse.

The author has spent years researching and producing detailed, gripping and authoritative accounts of the executions. In the course of his accounts he reveals fascinating facts such as why Derek Bentley was given a posthumous. This is an essential reference book for true crime fans, criminologists and those with a passion for historical fact.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 960 pages. Tags: 1903402239 9781903402238 executions executioners britain history 20th century encyclopedias encyclopaedias penology punishment social science true crime
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Reality Fictions: The Films of Frederick Wiseman by Thomas W. Benson & Carolyn Anderson (£18.50)Publisher: Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press — 2002Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0809324385]Condition: Near Fine. Remains in publishers shrink wrap. Description: 2nd edition.

From the cover: “Providing in-depth accounts and critical examinations of nine of Wiseman’s films — including Titicut Follies, High School, Basic Training and Essene — this edition features a new introduction, a revised filmography and an updated bibliography.”
Notes: Size: Trade Paperback (9¼" x 6"). [XXXVI] 409 pages. Tags: wiseman frederick criticism interpretation motion picture producers directors film film-makers performing arts video direction production history
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The Movie Book by Don Shiach (£18.50)Publisher: Ultimate Editions — 1995Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 1860350224]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dustwrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and top corners with commensurate ruffling to the dustwrapper.Description: Illustrated with black and white & colour photographs. An Illustrated History of the Cinema. From the cover: “This book is the story of the movies, told through the people in them and behind them. All the great stars are here — the Garbos, Brandos, Deans and Monroes — each described in an individual pen portrait with pictures of them in their greatest roles. Equally, individual accounts are also given of the great directors from around the world, not only those lauded by the critics as auteurs but also the honest journeymen who have contributed much to the pleasure of films without setting out to stamp their world view on them. Often more important than the directors, or even the stars, are the studios, also profiled here — established and run by ruthless ambitious men, each gave its films its own particular character.”Notes: Size: 12" x 9¼". Pictorial boards. 255 pages. Tags: the cinema romance adventure fantasy comedy the movies multi-screened complexes directors the studios the stars screen personas hollywood british film industry musicals margaret lockwood james mason buster keaton cary grant late-night television american film industry
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Assassin!: The Bloody History of Policitcal Murder by Paul Elliott (£18.00)Publisher: Blandford Press — 1999Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Fine - in Fine DJ. A book in virtually as new condition.Description: This survey of the macabre history of assassination gives detailed accounts of some of the best known, bloodiest and most tragic killings of all time. Illustrated with B&W photographs. 239pp. Index. Bibliography. Size: 8vo Medium (8" x 5½" approx.)
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Guide Catalogue Of The Neolithic And Bronze Age Collections In Devizes Museum by F. K. Annable & D. D. A. Simpson (£18.00)Publisher: Wiltshire Archaeological & Natural History Society — 1964Binding: Hardback First Edition. Condition: Very Good. Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs & drawings. From the preface: “The present volume, the fourth in the series of printed catalogues published by the Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Society, is intended to replace the prehistoric sections of the former publications (Devizes Museum Catalogues, Part I (1896) and Part II (1911 and 1934)), now out of print, and largely out of date.

Although the essential purpose of this volume is to present a virtually exhaustive corpus of the later prehistoric antiquities preserved in the Society’s museum at Devizes, the inclusion of an introductory chapter describing the Colt Hoare-Cunnington partnership, and summary accounts of the Neolithic and Bronze Ages in southern Britain, are aimed additionally at providing interest for the general reader, in the hope that the catalogue may thereby attract a wider public.

In the lengthy period intervening between the original discovery of the objects illustrated herein, and their final acquisition and transference from Stourhead House to Devizes Museum, there have been, unhappily, many losses, as well as discrepancies which have arisen relating to the precise attribution of some of the finds. In compiling this fourth edition every effort has, therefore, been made to base the descriptions on a close study of the original sources, in particular, the manuscript letters of William Cunnington (1754-1810) to Sir Richard Colt Hoare (1758-1838), and The Ancient History of North and South Wiltshire, Vols. I and II, by Colt Hoare, the classic account of their joint researches which is itself written very largely from the excavation ‘reports’ contained in the Cunnington letters.

The compilers of the present catalogue wish to express their lively appreciation of the encouragement and advice they have received throughout its compilation from Professor Stuart Piggott, F. S. A. , F. B. A. , and Professor R. J. C. Atkinson, M. A. , F. S. A. Dr. Isobel Smith, F. S. A. , has also given valuable assistance on a number of problems during the manuscript stages. Gratitude is also expressed to Mr. R. E. Sandell, M. A. , F. S. A. , Hon. Librarian to the Society, for consistent help, and to Mrs. G. P. Mitchell, B. A. , Assistant Curator, for her co-operation during the final stages of the work.

The detail photographs at the end of the book were taken by the Department of Photography, Bath Academy of Art. The Committee of the Society is grateful for their enthusiastic collaboration..”
Notes: Foreword or introduction by Stuart Piggott. Size: 10" x 7½". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 133 pages. Tags: age and antiquities archaeological britain bronze catalogs catalogues devizes england europe great guides history museum museums natural neolithic period publications society stone wilstshire wiltshire
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Marlborough and Preshute: A History by Janet H. Stevenson (£18.00)Publisher: Wilts CC Library & Museum Service — 1990Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0860801926]Condition: Near Fine.Description: The main part of the reprint, the topographical accounts of the parish of Preshute and the borough of Marlborough (the western end of the town lay within Preshute parish), is taken from Volume XII of the History of Wiltshire, published in 1983; the original pagination has been retained. In addition the reprint includes the histories of six religious houses which were in Marlborough and Preshute, from Volume III, published in 1956, and of the Grammar School and the College from volume V published in 1957; the layout of that additional material has necessarily been rearranged and the new pages have been given numbers distinguished by an asterisk. pages *1-*10. 20pp. Index. Size: 4to Medium (11½" x 9" approx.)
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The Pageant Of Chinese History by Elizabeth Seeger (£18.00)Publisher: Longmans, Green & Co. — 1943Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Gently faded at the spine of the dust wrapper with wear to the edges, nicked at the head of the spine, short tears to the tops of both upper and lower panel. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: 9th impression. [First Edition: April, 1934] Illustrated by way of: Black & White Drawings; Maps; Maps to the endpapers and blanks;

From the cover: “AGAINST the background of a rich and ancient culture, Miss Seeger depicts in colourful, poetic prose the story of a nation, a continent rather than a country. A vast panorama it is — from about 3000 B. C. to the establishment of the Republic. Taking the Chinese point of view, as far as possible, the author has chosen from the wealth of legend and story those aspects which seem to symbolize Chinese civilization.

Beginning with the mythical accounts of nomad leaders and legendary kings, she traces the story through hundreds of years to a time of luxury and elegance, of art, literature, the making of porcelain, the invention of printing, and the flowering of painting and philosophy. Jesuit missionaries found their way to Peking, as had Marco Polo and other Europeans, nearly seven hundred years ago.

With the Manchu conquest foreigners were again excluded and wars followed with Europe. Finally the Chinese were forced to open their ports to trade and to admit foreign envoys to their emperor. Following the war with Japan, when Europeans seized the seaports, a period of vital interest to Western nations ended in the Boxer rebellion of 1900. The reforms following led finally to the establishment of the Republic.

Miss Seeger tells her story in human terms, and there emerges a vivid picture of the kind of people the Chinese have been, their family life, their humour and philosophy, as well as the long pageant of empire, of civil wars and conquest which have prefaced the present crisis. An introductory volume for readers of all ages.”
Notes: Illustrated by Bernard Watkins. Size: 8¼" x 5¾". Red boards with Black titling to the Spine & Upper Board. [XVII] 386 pages. Tags: history mythical times legendary first two dynasties tang altar temple chou 1122-255 sages empire shi huang 246-210 han -220 period darkness 220-590 618-907 sung 960-1280 mongols 1280-1368 ming 1368-1644 ching 1644-1912 elizabeth seeger bernard watkins
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Understanding the Market by Andrew Dunnett (£18.00)Publisher: Longman — 1993Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0582083753]Condition: Very Good. Upper wrap a little curled. Edges of the textblock lightly tanned.Description: 2nd Edition. From the cover: “Understanding the Market provides a highly accessible non-mathematical introduction to microeconomics that has been specially written to cater for the needs of students taking foundation courses in economics as part of an economics or business degree or for students studying for a professional qualification.”Notes: Size: 9¾" x 7¼". 260 pages. Tags: de-industrialisation competitiveness interpretations demonetisation discrimination hecksher-ohlin multinationals differentials protectionism oligopolistic international transmission corporations economically accumulation inequalities elasticities manipulation unemployment maximisation distribution productivity macroeconomy eurodollars competition forecasting smithsonian requirement formulation devaluation demand-pull equilibrium consumption positional structural government adjustment incentives conditions constraint monetarist purchasing production accounting seignorage structures investment elasticity employment borrowing behaviour
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Women In Educational Management by Jennifer Ozga (£18.00)Publisher: Open University Press — 1993Binding: Paperback Condition: Very Good. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank. Description: First in this, paperback, edition. From the cover: “This book provides us with women managers’ own vivid accounts of their varied career paths into educational management and of their day-to-day experiences as women in management posts. Jenny Ozga and her contributors explore the issues which develop both from a recognition of women’s minority status in educational management, and from the idea that women may manage differently from men. By, offering a series of accounts by women managers at all levels in the education system, Women in Educational Management hopes to encourage other women to consider the possibility of a career in educational management. By describing some of the problems faced by women managers it will help others to identify the barriers to progress, and consider strategies for overcoming them. Finally, by presenting positive arguments for women as managers, it will help combat stereotypical images of management as a ‘masculine’ activity..”Notes: Size: C Format (8½" x 5¼"). In the Gender & Education series. 120 pages. Tags: administration administrators and britain career careers college development differences education educational employment equal executives great in-service management opportunities organisation organization principals role school schools sex studies training women
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Key Account Management: Tools and Techniques For Achieving Profitable Key Supplier Status by Peter Cheverton (£16.50)Publisher: Kogan Page — 2008Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 9780749452773]Condition: Near Fine. Description: 4th (revised) edition. [First Published: 1999]

From the cover: “Any organization’s key accounts are its lifeblood. Key Account Management, the definitive work on the subject, puts forward a unique yet simple planning methodology for identifying, obtaining, retaining and developing key customers.

This is one of very few books to take a long-term, team-selling strategic view of Key Account Management (KAM). Apart from finding great resonance with business practitioners all over the world, Key Account Management has established itself on many academic reading lists. Completely revised and updated with lots of new material to reflect the latest best practice, this fourth edition will reinforce its standing as the premier book on the subject.

This new edition also features online key account selection and planning tools.”
Notes: Size: 9¾" x 7½". [XVII] 379 pages. Tags: cheverton 9780749452773 selling key accounts international business enterprises management marketing pricing operational efficiencies organizational structure supply chain making supplier rationalization positioning strategic suppliers trade customer services
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This Sceptred Isle by Christopher Lee (£16.50)Publisher: British Broadcasting Corporation [B.B.C./BBC] — 1997Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0563383844]Condition: Very Good+ - in Very Good+ DJ. Top edge of text block unevenly sunned.Description: This Sceptred Isle tells the gripping story of British history from Caesar's invasion in 55 BC to Queen Victoria's death in 1901. Christopher Lee skilfully weaves his text with accounts from contemporary chronicles and diaries, and extracts from Winston Churchill's A History of the English-Speaking Peoples to describe the fascinating history of these islands. The story tells of wars, bloodshed, murder and revenge; of how people lived, what it cost them to live and how they died. It describes the evolution of Britain's great institutions and the powers of her monarchs, charts the establishment of her political parties and the development of her economy. 616pp. Index. Size: 8vo Medium (8" x 5½" approx.)Tags: Victoria Caesar Churchill institutions monarchs royalty england wessex 0563383844
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First On The Summits by Showell Styles (£15.50)Publisher: Victor Gollancz — 1970Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good - in Good DJ. Edges of DJ ruffled and a little worn. Mildly bumped at head & tail of spine and corners. Cover slightly rubbed at extremities.Description: Here are riveting accounts of the first ascents of the world's most famous mountains, among them Mount Cook, Nanga Parbat, Mount Kenya and Kangchenjunga. Illustrated with B&W photographs. 157pp. Index. Size: 8vo Medium (9" x 5½" approx.)
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Office Organization And Method by Geoffrey Mills; Oliver Standingford; (£15.50)Publisher: Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons — 1955Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. Condition: Good+ - in Good+ DJ. Unlaminated DJ a little edgeworn and faded, heavier so at the spine. Text bright and tight.Description: Illustrated with B&W photographs.Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5¾". 326 pages. Tags: problem-solving specifications communications adding-listing administration alphabetically requisitioning electrostatic mechanisation receptionists photo-copiers communication parliamentary documentation organisations disadvantages dual-spectrum alphabetical distribution institutions organisation receptionist introduction introductory simultaneous reprographic transactions confidential departmental calculations edge-punched audio-typing requirements book-keeping double-entry typewriting development switchboard calculators publication authorities information enterprises departments panel-strip centralised description duplicating advantages government commercial
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The End of the Party by Andrew Rawnsley (£15.50)Publisher: Viking — 2010Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0670918512]Condition: Very Good — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with a small nick to the head of the upper panel, overall a little faded. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: From the cover: “In the words of one reviewer, Andrew Rawnsley takes the reader ‘into the room or the helicopter or on to the leather seats of the ministerial car’. His bestselling and award-winning Servants of the People was acclaimed across all media as the most authoritative, gripping and entertaining account of the making of New Labour and its first term in office. As another reviewer put it, ‘Rawnsley’s ability to unearth revelations at the highest level of government may leave you suspecting that there are bugs in the vases at Number 10’.

The End of the Party delivers more of the astonishing revelations, penetrating insights and sharp wit that readers expect from Britain’s foremost political commentator and television documentary maker. It takes up the New Labour story from the day of the second election victory in 2001. The reader is treated to riveting inside accounts of all the key events, from 9/11 and the Iraq War to the financial crisis and the parliamentary expenses scandal. There are sharp and vivid character portraits of all the main players as Rawnsley takes us through the triumphs and tribulations of New Labour, as well as the incendiary private feuds and remarkable reconciliations between Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and Peter Mandelson.

The End of the Party draws on hundreds of interviews and confidential conversations with those at the heart of power for more than a decade. Taking the reader behind the black door of Number 10, it is overflowing with extraordinary anecdotes which depict the powerful as they really are.

Servants of the People was praised for the acuity of its judgements and the sheer excitement of its narrative. In The End of the Party Andrew Rawnsley now provides the definitive account of the rise and fall of New Labour.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XIII] 800 pages. Tags: labour party great britain politics and government 2007- 1997-2007 economic policy foreign imperialism andrew rawnsley 0670918512 first editions firsts printings 1st
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The Investor's Guide to Short Term Trading and Long Term Investing by Charles Vintcent (£15.50)Publisher: Financial Times/Prentice Hall — 1997Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0273630571]Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. DJ slightly ruffled at the edges. A nice copy.Description: From the author’s introduction: “Everyone who invests in shares does so with the object of making jmoney. Some are more successful than others. This book explains how to manage your own investments so that you get above average performance. It will show you how to find the shares which are suitable for your long-term investment objectives, as well as explaining how to find the shares which will give you a quick profit for your short-term trading. To be successful you need to be able to adopt totally different and separate philosophies and disciplines for short-term trading and long-term investing. This book will show you what is required in your approach to both. It will enable you to equip yourself with the essential knowledge to maximise your profits and set achievable targets for growth and it will demonstrate how to use IT to save you hours of time and help you pick winners.”Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 237 pages. Tags: business/economic intermediaries price/earnings capitalisation risk-conscious privatisations price-earnings profit-taking stockbrokers’ high-yielders institutional tax-efficient split-capital shareholders’ opportunities constructing specialising stockbrokers index-linked compensation shareholders investments fundamental performance commissions alternative shareholder derivatives regulations self-select liabilities inheritance depositary industrial investors’ designated regulation indicators assessment securities investment reinvested formations strategies volatility short-term management financial ambitions investors prospects
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Behind the Scenes: Domestic Arrangements in Historic Houses by Christina Hardyment (£14.50)Publisher: National Trust — 1997Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0707802822]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.Description: First in this edition. [First: Penguin, 1992] Jacket illustration: Detail of the nineteenth-century bell-pull system in the Servants’ Passage at Erddig, Clwyd. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Colour Photographs; Black & White Drawings; Plans;

From the cover: “No man need ever have an ill-provisioned house if there be but attached to it a dovecot, a warren and a fishpond, wrote Olivier de Serres in 1603.

In today’s world, with the supermarket down the street and a host of modern domestic appliances in the kitchen, it has never been easier to feed, bathe, and pamper ourselves — and never harder to imagine how our ancestors managed to run a household in the days before gas, electricity, central heating, and running water. How did they cook meals, bake bread, and launder clothes? And how did they keep their houses clean?

To answer these and other questions, Christina Hardyment conducted a fascinating quest into the history of housekeeping through the well-preserved properties of Britain’s National Trust, among them Petworth, Uppark, Shugborough, and Lanhydrock. To reconstruct the ingenious methods used by earlier generations to make a house a home and to keep themselves warm and well-fed, she squirmed through drains, poked around sculleries and cellars, and clambered into icehouses and up chimneys. The result of her explorations is an informative, amusing text that recounts not only the history of the kitchen, the bathroom, and the laundry, but also investigates bakehouses and breweries, dairies and dovecotes, the lamp room and the larder.

Accompanying Hardyment’s descriptions of what she found in great mansions, humble cottages, medieval castles and Victorian town-houses are archival documents and accounts and a wealth of color photographs, many taken especially for this book. Together, text and illustrations reveal the domestic world of days gone by in extraordinarily intimate, often touching, and even surprising detail.”
Notes: Size: 10" x 9". Grey boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 256 pages. Tags: house furnishings britain history architecture domestic home dwellings material culture housekeeping domesticity historic houses equipment social life customs conditions country homes interiors household management servants
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History of Slavery by Susanne Everett (£14.50)Publisher: Grange — 1996Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 1856279634]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. Leans slightly. Pages lightly age-tanned, slightly more heavily at the margins. Description: A Later Printing. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Colour Photographs; Black & White Drawings;

From the cover: “Slavery has been an essential part of countless societies. From Ancient Greece to the American South of a century ago, slavery has been a normal part of everyday life.

History of Slavery tells the story of the development of slavery, describing the trans-Atlantic trade that brought 11 million slaves from Africa to the Americas in the course of 300 years and reviews the life of the slaves under the forcible subjugation and exploitation by other human beings. In strictly objective terms it deals with the historical controversies that have surrounded the study of slavery. Illustrated with over 300 pictures, including 40 in full colour, drawn from archives around the world, that highlight vital facets of the subject, it includes eyewitness accounts and other documentary evidence that complement the text.

The book also traces the history of the abolition movement. Beginning in eighteenth-century England (one of the prime movers in establishing the slave trade in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries), this humanitarian philosophy is now taken for granted (at least officially) by every nation on earth.

The author, Susanne Everett, also reviews those societies that did not readily accept abolition — the Arabs, who ravaged East Africa for slaves until well into this century, the Belgians, who initiated a reign of terror in the Congo in the late nineteenth century, and the Southerners who struggled to preserve their dominant position through the confrontations of Civil Rights.

The book concludes with a reminder that slavery remains a vital issue today. Slave labor was imposed by Russians and Germans during the Second World War and there are isolated instances — in South America and parts of Africa -that require continued policing by the Anti-Slavery Commission of the United Nations.

History of Slavery a comprehensive, thoroughly illustrated account of human bondage, is an essential volume . for everyone concerned with society and man’s part in it.”
Notes: Size: 11¼" x 8¾". Pictorial boards. 253 pages. Tags: slavery history plantation economies british west indian slave emancipation and cuban slaves brazilian trade importation africans labor africa central merchants’ route across the serfdom
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Living Religions: An Encyclopaedia of the World's Faiths by Mary Pat Fisher (£14.50)Publisher: I. B. Tauris & Co. — 1997Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 9781860641480]Condition: Good+. Heavily faded at the spine. Lightly rubbed at the tips of the wraps. Leans. Light reading creases to the spine.Description: From the introduction: “This revised edition of Living Religions preserves and improves upon the features which make the book special. One of these is personal interviews with followers of each faith, providing first-person accounts of each religion as perceived from within the tradition. These are presented at length in boxes and also in excerpts woven throughout the text. This edition includes a rare and fascinating interview with a Siberian shamaness in Chapter 2, together with other new interview material from the former Soviet Union gathered In addition, the book incorporates extensive quotations from primary sources to give a direct perception of the thinking and flavour of each tradition.”Notes: Size: 9¼" x 7½". 464 pages. Tags: shamans vedic saktas saivites vaishnavites samkyha yoga advaita vedanta hinduism jainism buddhism shinto taoismand confucianism judaism christianity isiam sikhism rastafarianism brahma kumaris
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Vietnam War Diary 1964-1975: The Month-by-Month Experiences of the U.S. Forces by Chris Bishop (£14.50)Publisher: Hamlyn — 1990Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0600558355]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with a nick to the top corner of the upper panel which has a 4" scuff across the front. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Chronological Tables; Colour Photographs;

From the cover: “Told in the words of those who fought the war and those who reported on its happenings, THE VIETNAM WAR DIARY provides a startling, inside look at the war that left a scar on the American soul.

The longest conflict in American history, the Vietnam War arouses more contradictory feelings than almost any other experience — a complicated range of emotions that are still strongly felt today. To the people of Southeast Asia, it is a continuing tragedy, for their country has endured years of foreign occupation, and suffered irreparable damage. To many Americans, it is comfortably remote, a source for Hollywood films, or for concerned television documentaries highlighting the problems of the unsettled veteran. But to the millions of ex-servicemen who served in Southeast Asia, it remains one of the most important and unforgettable experiences of their lives.

THE VIETNAM WAR DIARY takes the form of a month-by-month diary of the US forces’ war in Southeast Asia. Hundreds of news stories, personal accounts and extracts from official reports are accompanied by photos that cover the range of the serviceman’s experience in Vietnam.”
Notes: Size: 11¾" x 9¼". Black boards with White titling to the Spine. 256 pages. Tags: vietnamese conflict 1961-1975 vietnam war reference works guides and chronologies military operations campaigns warfare conventional battles october 1945 end 1975 1955-1975 official publications theses wars history united states asia southeast asian middle eastern postwar from regional chris bishop 0600558355 first editions firsts printings 1st
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Barcelona by Robert Hughes (£14.00)Publisher: The Harvill Press — 1993Binding: Paperback First Edition. [ISBN: 0002721678]Condition: Very Good+. Slightly rubbed at head, tail and corner of card wraps otherwise a very well presented copy.Description: Barcelona is an attempt at total history: social, political, cultural, economic… Hughes includes descriptions of buildings - and he is as good on the bony grandeur of the Catalan gothic as he is on the bulbous undulations of Gaudi - analyses of poems, precise evocations of social conditions. . .and accounts of many extraordinary people…His book abounds in virtuoso stylistic displays, impassioned, eloquent, delighted, angry, amused. There is an invigorating freshness and independence of judgment, an absence of clichés, an enlivening curiosity 573pp. Index. Size: 8vo Demy (8½" x 5½")
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for Love and Courage: The Letters of Lieutenant Colonel E. W. Hermon from the Western Front 1914 - 1917 by Edited by Anne Nason (£14.00)Publisher: London: Preface Publishing — 2008Binding: Hardback First Edition. [ISBN: 9781848090392]Condition: Very Good. Publishers promotional wrapper has closed tears to the lower panel otherwise a very well presented copy. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles;Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Pictorial boards. [XVI] 367 pages. Tags: hermon correspondence britain army tyneside irish brigade officers war 1914-1918 campaigns western front british casualties associated conflicts accounts military history battles essays journals letters
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Legend: The Secret World of Lee Harvey Oswald by Edward Jay Epstein (£14.00)Publisher: Hutchinson — 1978Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0091339200]Condition: Good+ - in Good DJ. Edges of DJ somewhat ruffled, several small nicks, chips and closed tears. Unpleasant Previous owners inscription to ffep (the inscription, not the previous owner that is). Top edges of text block dusty. Text bright and tight.Description: Illustrated with B&W photographs. This book succeeds in finally breaking the legend created for Lee Harvey Oswald. It begins by revealing an incredible series of contacts between Soviet and American intelligence officers concerning the Oswald case. And it culminates in a series of events that turned the CIA inside out. The story it tells within the realm of fact goes beyond the fiction of such masters as John le Carré. It documents heretofore secret accounts of spies, double agents, purges, interrogations, incarcerations, and the search for a “mole” or the highest levels of the CIA. These revelations will undoubtedly lead to investigations of the intelligence agencies and the Kennedy assassination.Notes: Size: 9¼" x 6¾". 382 pages. Tags: kennedy oswald assassination cia kgb secret service
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Nicholls' Iron Making in the Forest of Dean by Rev. H. G. Nicholls (£13.50)Publisher: Douglas McLean — 1981Binding: Paperback Condition: Good. Gently rubbed at the edges of the spine and wraps. Pages lightly age-tanned.Description: Originally entitled: ‘Iron making in the olden times — as instanced by the ancient mines, forges and furnaces of the Forest of Dean, historically related, on the basis of contemporary records’. From the cover: “This book is a reprint of one of the most interesting early historical accounts of the Forest of Dean. First published in 1866 and long out of print it has been a much sought after book among those interested in Forest history. The author, the Rev. H.G. Nicholls, was vicar of Holy Trinity Church, Drybrook from 1847-1866 and none of the character of his delightful and charmingly presented little book has been lost in this new edition.”Notes: Foreword or introduction by I. J. Standing. Size: A Format (7" x 4½"). 82 pages. Tags: gloucestershire industries facsimiles industry newcomen england society history forest trade early works dean iron and
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The Book of Modern Scandal: From Byron to the Present Day by Edited by Bruce Palling (£13.50)Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson — 1995Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 029781298X]Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. DJ slightly ruffled at the edges, a little faded.Description: This rich and fascinating anthology of scandal begins with Lord Byron when the growth of the press marked the start of the public exposure of private behaviour which both shocked and titillated the reading public. Au the major scandals are here from the great financial and sexual outrages of the Victorian era, to the sale of honours by Lloyd George, the great 1920s scandals in America, the Happy Valley set in Kenya, through to the post-war years of Profumo, Watergate and recent royal scandals. Political, social, financial or sexual - Bruce Palling’s use of contemporary accounts reveals how much (and how little) ‘acceptable’ behaviour has changed over the last two hundred years.Notes: 448 pages. Tags: scandal Byron Palling Watergate Profumo Happy Valley Kenya sale honours Lloyd George public exposure sexual outrages Political financial
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The Living Unknown Soldier by Jean-Yves Le Naour (£13.00)Publisher: William Heinemann — 2005Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0434013196]Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. DJ slightly ruffled at the edges.Description: A 1 Story of Grief and the Great War. Illustrated with B&W photographs. From the cover: “In February 1918, a derelict soldier was discovered wandering a railway station in Lyons, France. With no memory of his name or past, no identifying possessions, marks, or documents, the soldier — who was given the name Anihelme Mangin — was sent to an asylum for the insane. When, after the Great War ended, the authorities placed the soldier’s image in newspaper advertisements in an attempt to locate his family, hundreds of ‘relatives’ claimed him — as their father or son, husband or brother who had failed to return from the front. Marshalling a vast array of material, from letters and newspaper articles to accounts of battlefield deaths, hospital reports, and police files, French historian Jean-Yves Le Naour meticulously recreates the long-forgotten story of the single soldier who came to stand for a lost generation.”Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5½". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 233 pages. Tags: amnesiac soldiers anthelme marcel lemay joseph monjoin paul bringmei lyon-brotteaux rail-way station prisoners asylums for the insane rodez sainte-anne brutally traumatized soldier ministry missing the armistice jean anouilh traveler without luggage german troops aveyron regional archives unknown soldier repatriate soldiers evacuations demenda praecox cadillac asylum
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War, Ice and Piracy: The Remarkable Career of a Victorian Sailor: The Journals and Letters of Samuel Gurney Cresswell by Dominic Harrod (£13.00)Publisher: Chatham Publishing — 2000Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1861761384]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Maps;

From the cover: “The era of the Tax Britannica’ was anything but peaceful for many Royal Navy officers. But few saw as much active service as Samuel Gurney Cresswell (1827-1867). He joined the Navy at 14, serving in the Far East against Malay pirates, and then embarked on a famous four-year Arctic expedition during which he became one of the first men to navigate the long-sought North West Passage. After service in the Baltic Fleet in 1854 during the war with Russia, he obtained his first command and returned to the China station, where he was engaged in the imperial coercion that opened that country to the Western powers.

Throughout his action-packed service, he always found time to keep journals and to correspond with his family. He was an acute observer of the closed world of the Victorian navy, as well as the exotic climes he visited, and his lively first-hand accounts form the raw material for this book. He could also express his observations in highly-skilled drawings and watercolours, of such quality that he was summoned to the Palace to present his Arctic sketches to Queen Victoria, and many of these are reproduced here for the first time.

These journals and letters offer a remarkable insight into naval life of the time — especially the difficult transition from sail to steam propulsion -and provide an enthralling first-hand account of a far from ordinary officer’s career.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 192 pages. Tags: cresswell samuel gurney 1827-1867 diaries correspondence sailors great britain biography dominic harrod 1861761384 first editions firsts printings 1st
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Behind the Lines: Revealing and Uncensored Letters From our War-Torn World by Andrew Carroll (£12.50)Publisher: Ebury Press — 2005Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0091903394]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper very slightly rubbed at the top edges. Text complete, clean and tight. A nice copy.Description: From the cover: “From the author of the phenomenal bestseller War Letters comes a powerful and revealing collection of letters by soldiers and civilians from the world’s major international conflicts. Inspired by the incredible reaction he received to War Letters, for three exhausting years Andrew Carroll travelled the world zealously collecting previously unpublished letters and emails from over 35 different countries. The result is Behind the Lines, the first book of its kind — a dramatic, candid and intimate look at warfare as revealed in rare and never-before-seen war letters from around the world. From riveting accounts of the first shots of battle to heartfelt post-war letters of reconciliation between former enemies, we witness the full range of emotions expressed in times of war — exhilaration, fear, courage, loneliness, patriotism, rage, compassion, camaraderie, hope, and even humour.”Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 450 pages. Tags: puntaseccajr kropielnicki abdul-mohsen johnson-hill streatfeild christopher andjelkovic slusarczyk bergengren lieutenant pharmacist montgomery travillian kosciuszko specialist davydovych revolution commanding hutchinson macdonnell zemchenkov frederick al-maeena yamaguchi katherine gillespie livergood geschwill churchill honorable elizabeth eggleston macarthur president christian victorson rosenblum armstrong commander schneider clevenger rothstein kitchener ferdinand patricia american woodward gertrude vagliano williams vonnegut
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