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Here to Stay: A Collection of Pieces on a Common Theme of Human Tenacity by John Hersey (£25.50)Publisher: Hamish Hamilton — 1962Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Gently faded at the spine of the dust wrapper with a little spotting. Price. Clipped. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Text complete, clean and tight but slightly musty.Description: From the cover: “In Here To Stay John Hersey tells of episodes in the past 20 years in which Man has courageously risen above desperate situations and shown his determination to survive despite the threats of the nuclear age.

Appropriately Mr. Hersey first tells the story of John Kennedy’s heroism in rescuing the crew of his P. T. boat, sunk by the Japanese, seventeen years before he became President. He ends with his famous Hiroshima, the story of the survivors of the first atomic bombing, written from personal investigation, with horrifying detail and compassionate indignation.

Between these two pieces we read of several wartime incidents, a Jew’s sufferings in Auschwitz, a crippled G.I.’s difficulties in adjusting himself to civilian life, the rehabilitation of a G.I. paralysed with fright, and the adventures of two Poles who survived persecution. In addition there are the extraordinary story of the old lady marooned on a rooftop amidst floods caused by a tornado; a study of that great American, President Truman, and a most moving account of an escape from Budapest in 1956.

All John Hersey’s books have had a serious purpose. A Bell for Adano drew attention to Italy’s plight; The Wall studied the Polish Jews’ struggle against tyranny; The War Lover exposed the war mentality; The Child Buyer showed up the exploitation of youthful talent. Here To Stay is a stirring reminder of our inherent ability to face the challenge of extinction which now faces the world.”
Notes: Jacket designed by Michael Harvey. Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Olive boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 295 pages. Tags: 1939-1945 accidents after against airplane and are astonishing blunderers crimes death desperation dregs drives existential face fiction follies for great guard hideous his holding human kill life love madmen indomitability our ourselves panics passions question resources shipwrecks short sorrows stories survival tenacity the themes tyrants utter war will world
P&P: UK 1st £3.38. UK 2nd £2.92. EU Surface £5.16. EU Air £5.35. ROW Surface £5.16. ROW Air £9.22

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The Swiss Family Robinson: Or the Adventures of A Shipwrecked Family on An Uninhabited Island Near New Guinea by A New Translation From the Original by Mrs. H. B. Paull (£24.00)Publisher: Frederick Warne & Co. — 1891Binding: Hardback Condition: Poor. A binding copy really. Boards heavily knocked and marked. Shaken. One coloured plate is loose but contained. Flyleaf to the frontispiece heavily tanned. Front blank missing with damage to the hinges at that join. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank. Slight tanning but the coloured plates remain more than pleasant.Description: Illustrated with line drawings and coloured plates.Notes: Size: 8½" x 5½". Decorative boards. [XVI] 512 pages. Tags: accidents after airplane david etc fiction johann juvenile robinson schweizerische shipwrecks survival translation wyss
P&P: UK 1st £6.00. UK 2nd £5.95. EU Surface £9.06. EU Air £9.10. ROW Surface £9.06. ROW Air £16.72
Voyager by Jeana Yeager; Dick Rutan; Phil Patton; (£14.00)Publisher: Heinemann — 1988Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0434890421]Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. Some small dents to upper panel near join with spine. Previous owners inscription to second ffep.Description: Illustrated with B&W photographs. 14 December 1986 Jeana Yeager and Dick Rutan took off from Edwards Air Force Base, in California's Mojave Desert, at the beginning of an adventure that would capture the imagination of the world. Their goal was the last great achievement in the annals of flying history - to be the first to circle the globe non-stop without refuelling. To perform this feat they had built, with the help of a team of volunteers, an extraordinary airplane called Voyager. 337pp. Size: 8vo Medium (8" x 5½" approx.) Dust wrapper in protective, removable sleeve.Tags: Mojave Rutan Yeager 0434890421
P&P: UK 1st £3.92. UK 2nd £2.30. EU Surface £6.46. EU Air £6.60. ROW Surface £6.46. ROW Air £11.72

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The World's Worst Aircraft by Bill Yenne (£12.50)Publisher: Bison Books — 1995Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0880294906]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Description: 2nd printing. [First Published: 1990] Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Drawings; Diagrams;

From the cover: “The subjects of this book are not the greats, nor the near greats, of aviation history, but the black sheep that have embarrassed their builders, enraged their owners and frightened their pilots. In many cases, these are aircraft that never should have been built, and which are more starkly bizarre than the most deranged flights of fantasy. Such aircraft are made ever so much worse simply by the fact that someone once actually took them seriously.

Our inclusions have been selected on the basis of their having utterly failed at their intended role, or their having been built for an utterly ill-conceived task. We have included aircraft that were designed to be overweight and underpowered despite existing aeronautical knowledge — or even despite ordinary common sense. Some of our selections were designed — by people who should have known better as being virtually impossible to get off the ground, while others herein were designed to be impossible to land!

In the pages that follow, the reader will find some of the worst and most dangerous contrivances ever perpetrated, including Count Caproni’s Transaereo, which was really nothing more than three huge triplanes nailed to a houseboat, and the Bullet of Dr. William Whitney Christmas, which was more of a murder weapon than an airplane.

World War II produced many of aviation’s greatest achievements, but also some of its worst nightmares. There was the worthless Brewster F2A Buffalo, the asymmetrical (a kinder term than “disfigured”) Blohm & Voss Bv-141. the “disposable” Bachem Ba-349 and, of course, the infamous Yokosuka MXY7, the only airplane ever designed to kill its own pilot!

It is not our intention to ridicule any planemakers except perhaps Count Caproni or Dr. Christmas — but to poke some light-hearted fun at human eccentricities and to shake an occasional finger at institutions such as General Motors for hoodwinking the U. S. Government with the XP-75. Our purpose is to tour a few of the monuments of foolishness, bad planning and bad timing and to have a little fun in so doing.”
Notes: Size: 12¼" x 9¼". Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 159 pages. Tags: airplanes history design and construction designed overweight underpowered civil aviation terrible mistakes the aviationfield blunders worst aircraft bill yenne
P&P: UK 1st £5.25. UK 2nd £5.95. EU Surface £7.76. EU Air £7.85. ROW Surface £7.76. ROW Air £14.22
The Perfect Storm: A 1 Story of Men Against the Sea by Sebastian Junger (£11.50)Publisher: Fourth Estate — 1997Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.Description: From the cover: “October 1991. The ‘perfect storm’ was that rare event, a once-in-a-century gale of such immense power and ferocity that it was perfect — that is, it could not have been any worse. Hundred-foot waves and winds of 120 miles an hour transformed the ocean into a lethal maelstrom, the kind of nightmare sailors only witness once in a lifetime. Aboard the sword-fishing boat Andrea Gail, skipper Billy Tyne and his crew find themselves heading unwittingly towards its frenzied centre.”Notes: Jacket designed by Tracey Winwood. 226 pages. Tags: andrea gail ship northeast storms new england hurricanes north atlantic ocean hurricane grace halloween nor easter shipwreck survival sea after airplane accidents shipwrecks search and rescue operations tropical storm
P&P: UK 1st £3.38. UK 2nd £2.92. EU Surface £5.16. EU Air £5.35. ROW Surface £5.16. ROW Air £9.22
The Ice Master: The Doomed 1913 Voyage of the Karluk by Jennifer Niven (£10.50)Publisher: MacMillan — 2000Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0333776906]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.Description: 2nd Impression. [First Edition: Same Year] Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “It was to be the grandest and most elaborate Arctic expedition in history. In fact, it was to be the most comprehensive scientific attack on the Arctic of all time, with the largest scientific staff ever taken on such an expedition. Its leader, Vilhjalmur Stefansson, was celebrated for his studies of Eskimo life and with this expedition would find the evidence that proved his staunchly held belief that there was a last unexplored continent, hidden beneath the great polar ice cap. On 17 June 1913, the Canadian Arctic Expedition aboard the HMCS Karluk set sail from the Esquimalt Naval Yard in Victoria, British Columbia. Six weeks later, the Arctic winter had begun, the Karluk was trapped by the polar ice and those on board had been abandoned by their leader.

For five months, with the ship still frozen in a massive block of ice, the Karluk drifted further and further into the Arctic Ocean, further and further off course. On 10 January 1914, with a thunderous impact, the ice tore a hole in the ship’s hull and the Karluk’s redoubtable captain, Bob Bartlett, gave orders to abandon ship. With nothing but half the ship’s store of supplies and the polar ice beneath their feet, Captain Bartlett, twenty^ one men, an Eskimo woman and her two small daughters, nineteen dogs and one pet cat were now hopelessly shipwrecked in the middle of the Arctic Ocean, hundreds of miles from land. Nine months later, twelve survivors were rescued by a small whaling schooner and brought back to civilization.

The Ice Master is an epic tale of adventure, with a cast of characters as rich as any novel and with villains and heroes aplenty. Drawing on previously unpublished letters and journals, some of which have never been published before, Jennifer Niven has created a haunting and compelling account of the Karluk’s ill/fated journey and her crew’s desperate attempts to find a way home from the icy wastes of the Arctic.”
Notes: Jacket designed by Chris Wadden. Size: 9½" x 6¼". Brown boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 402 pages. Tags: 1913-1918 accidents after airplane also and arctic canadian discoveries discovery endurance essays etc expeditions exploration general geographical history interest karluk peoples photography pictorials places polar regional regions scientific see ship shipwrecks stories subjects survival themes travel travelogues true writing
P&P: UK 1st £3.92. UK 2nd £2.30. EU Surface £6.46. EU Air £6.60. ROW Surface £6.46. ROW Air £11.72

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Master of the World by John Sylvester (£9.50)Publisher: Ward, Lock & Co. — UndatedBinding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. Condition: Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Edges of the dust wrapper frayed, sunned at the spine. Leans. Edges of the text block lightly spotted & tanned. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned.Description: Reprint. [First: 1949] From the flap: “Whilst the wits of scientists and politicians are being taxed to ensure that the evil possibilities hidden in the discovery of atomic energy shall not get into the wrong hands, we are, in this exciting story, whirled one step further in the invention of the harnessing of cosmic rays. Chris Buckley's father is living in foreign climes in close association with Sinistra, who has made this latest discovery and adapted it to an airplane with staggering possibilities. What an eddy of thrills young Chris tumbles into when he accompanies his uncle abroad in search of his father.”Notes: Size: 7½" x 5". Brown boards with Black titling to the Spine. In the Ward Lock's Junior Novels series. 184 pages. Tags: make-believe exploration full-length imagination adventurers curriculum children's bestseller adolescent pre-school children’s literature historical youngsters fairy-tale education narrative bookshelf imaginary christian adventure storyline teenagers youngster childrens language childish youthful brothers exciting mystical pleasure enduring children national syllabus classics juvenile invented escapade activity literary american reading fiction readers written history younger exploit realism magical science kingdom english stories toddler writing pretend fantasy journey authors talking classic quality made-up british animals person places modern family action novels famous forces people beasts hunter junior legend voyage period anglo works plays magic adult young short youth books minor story child teen tale kid joy
P&P: UK 1st £2.84. UK 2nd £2.52. EU Surface £3.86. EU Air £4.10. ROW Surface £3.86. ROW Air £6.72

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