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Jet: The Story Of A Pioneer by Sir Frank Whittle (£88.00)Publisher: Frederick Muller — 1953Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Good — in Poor Dust Wrapper. Edges of the dust wrapper somewhat frayed, rubbed at the leading edge of the flaps and loss to the tail of the spine. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Edges of the textblock heavily spotted. One leaf of the contents section is mis-trimmed at the top corner and stands proud of the block. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned. A decent copy, uncommon in the first edition. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs;

From the cover: “At the Royal Air Force Station at Cranwell in Lincolnshire on the evening of the I5th May, 1941, an aeroplane of unusual type was seen to taxi to the eastern end of the runway and then, after a run of 600 yards, to rise gracefully into the air for a flight of seventeen minutes. To the distant observers one very strange thing about this beautiful little aeroplane was that it had a very short undercarriage, but an even stranger thing was that it had no propeller. The aeroplane was the Gloster/Whittle E. 28/39 — the world’s first successful jet aeroplane — making its first flight.

This book is primarily the story behind that historic event. Frank Whittle, who eleven years earlier, at the age of 22, had applied for his patent for a turbo-jet engine, here sets on record with characteristic modesty his own courageous pioneer work and that of the small company, Power Jets Ltd. , which he helped to form in March 1936 to develop the engine. The dreams of his boyhood and the plans of his youth were brought to fruition in an invention that not only revolutionised military aircraft but set Britain ahead of the world in Civil Aviation, bringing the inventor a knighthood and an award of £100,000 at the age of only forty-one.

In non-technical language the author describes, for the first time, his hard and often bitter struggle with engineering problems, with financial difficulties and with the frustrations arising out of official policy. He also reveals the epic story of Power Jets’ successful battle against severe engineering difficulties, in spite of serious handicaps and of its losing battle against a combination of powerful forces in Government and Industry.”
Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 320 pages. Tags: whittle frank sir knight aeronautical engineer and inventor the jet engine 1907-1996 airplanes propulsion turbojet engines history engineers great britain biography biographies first editions firsts printings 1st
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Still She Wished For Company by Margaret Irwin (£80.00)Publisher: Penguin — 1963Binding: Paperback Condition: Good. A pleasant enough reading copy. Leans. Pages deeply tanned by age.Description: First in this edition.Notes: Jacket designed by Janet Duchesne. Size: A Format (7" x 4½"). In the Peacock Book series. 202 pages. Tags: and biographies century eighteenth enchanting english fiction future ghost-story historical himself dissatisfied into worldly project set sister texts strange the twentieth
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The Winter Queen: The Life of Elizabeth of Bohemia 1596-1662 by Rosalind K. Marshall (£53.00)Publisher: The Trustees of the National Galleries of Scotland — 1998Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0903598795]Condition: Very Good+. A very nice copy of an uncommon title. Description: First in this, paperback, edition. Illustrated by way of: Colour Photographs; Genealogical Tables; Published for the exhibition The Winter Queen - The life of Elizabeth of Bohemia held at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh 10th July – 4th October 1998.

From the cover: “The Winter Queen is the dramatic story of Elizabeth of Bohemia (1596-1662), daughter of James VI and Anne of Denmark. Regarded as one of the most romantic figures in the history of the seventeenth century, she was the crucial link between the Stewart kings and the House of Hanover. Elizabeth -was successively a royal princess in Linlithgow, then in London, an adored bride in Heidelberg, a Queen Consort in Prague, an impoverished exile in The Hague, and finally the respected aunt of Charles II in Restoration London. The author, the distinguished historian Dr Rosalind K. Marshall, has published widely on the Stewarts, including biographies of Mary of Guise and Mary, Queen of Scots.”
Notes: Size: 9¾" x 6½". 111 pages. Tags: elizabeth queen bohemia 1596-1662 exhibitions consort frederick king queens czech republic biography princesses great britain portrait painting 17th century portraits royal scottish national gallery edinburgh catalogues british isles scotland autobiography 1500 1600 1700 architecture individual architect royalty historical women rosalind marshall 0903598795
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The Impossible Dream by Larry Gains (£47.00)Publisher: London: Leisure Publications — 1976Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0900518006]Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper which is fading gently at the spine. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Small mark to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise. Description: Contains: Black & white photographs;

From the cover: “This is the story of Larry Gains, the Coloured Heavyweight Champion of the World.

It tells of his life in the rings of the world… riding the night trains of Canada… working the cattle boats… gambling in the casinos of the Riviera… Paris in the Twenties, Cologne and the Charleston, Leicester and the long Indian Summer.

It reveals the secrets of the champions… the twilight world of the Boston Tar Baby… the amorous ways of Harry Greb… how Battling Siki saw the light… the feuding with Jeff Dickson… and the chasing of Jack Sharkey.

It recounts the stories behind Gains’ greatest fights… the big breakthrough against the smooth-as-silk Bud German… the magic night with Camera… the tactical battle with the wily Mike McTigue… the taming of Big George Godfrey… and the denting of Jack Dempsey’s ten-thousand dollar nose.

And finally it explains how the pride and the politics of the day combined to end Larry Gains’ quest for what had become the impossible dream… the winning of the official heavyweight championship of the world.”
Notes: Foreword or introduction by Max Schmeling. Size: 8¾" x 5½". Pink boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 141 pages. Tags: gains max schmeling larry boxers sports britain boxing autobiographies biographies 0900518006
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A Portrait of a Gentleman in Colours: The Romance of Mr. Lewis Berger by John Farnol (£38.00)Publisher: London: Sampson Low, Marston & Co. — 1935Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. Condition: Good — in Poor Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with creasing to the flaps and tape repairs to the reverse at the head of the spine and corners. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Pages very gently age-tanned. Description: Publishing date unstated, dated from references. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Plates; Colour frontispiece [C. E. Brock]; Includes an epilogue, The House of Berger by P. C. V. GrigsbyNotes: Jacket designed by C. E. Brock. Size: 9½" x 6½". Yellow boards with Gilt titling to the Spine & Upper Board. 85 pages. Tags: farnol brock berger paints homerton lewis sons cheapside biographies business
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Chambers Biographical Dictionary by Edited by Melanie Parry (£37.00)Publisher: Chambers — 1999Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0550160604]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. Description: 6th (revised) edition, 4th printing, [First Published: 1897]

From the cover: “The publication of the sixth edition of the Chambers Biographical Dictionary, the most comprehensive and authoritative single-volume biographical dictionary available, marks the 100th anniversary of the appearance of the first edition in 1897. With the addition of over 3,500 new entries, this new volume has been extensively revised and updated to include an even wider range of entries, giving increased — and unrivalled — coverage in such areas as sport, science, music, art, literature, politics, television and film.

As well as containing well over 17,500 alphabetically arranged articles describing the nationality, occupation and achievements of each person, there are new features such as the 250 panels which focus on a wide variety of individuals regarded as being particularly important, influential and interesting. The panels also contain bibliographical information and quotations. There are thousands of suggestions for further reading, and a new reader-friendly format which invites browsing and is enhanced by extensive cross-referencing.

Covering the full range of human achievement, from Boudicca to Nelson Mandela, Isaac Newton to Stephen Hawking and Dante to Maya Angelou, the centenary edition of the Chambers Biographical Dictionary is packed with fascinating biographies spanning not only all the centuries from thousands of years before Christ right up to the present day, but also every continent and all fields of human endeavour.”
Notes: Size: 10" x 6¼". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 2008 pages. Tags: dictionaries history sports science music arts literature politics television and film publications biography
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The Enchanted World of Jessie M. King by Colin White (£37.00)Publisher: Edinburgh: Canongate — 1989Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 086241363X]Condition: Very Good. Description: Contains: Black & white photographs; Chronological tables [1]; Colour plates; Black & white drawings;

From the cover: “JESSIE M. KING was an illustrator of dreams. She created a world in which both fantasy and reality blended together to delight and arrest the mind. She drew slender knights and princesses, fairies and nymphs. She dressed them in gowns of the finest linen and armour of burnished silver in fashions borrowed from the Middle Ages that had inspired the pre-Raphaelites, from the Far East that had inspired the Aesthetic movement and from the lands of Mists and Fairies that had inspired the Celtic revival.

Her book bindings and illustrations were in high demand from publishers in Britain and on the Continent. Her fabric and jewellery designs were commissioned by Liberty’s and widely exhibited. Her experiments with the batik process brought brilliant new concepts of colour to her many outstanding landscapes and to the large number of ceramic works she decorated.

Lavishly illustrated throughout with the most comprehensive list of bibliographic information yet collected, The Enchanted World of Jessie M. King is the first major book to have been published on the life and work of one of the most important illustrators of the 20th century.”
Notes: Size: 10¾" x 8½". [XII] 164 pages. Tags: white 086241363x king jessie marion illustrators scotland britain scottish visual arts biographies book illustration british isles 20th century 9780862413637
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Anybody Can Do Anything by Betty MacDonald (£33.00)Publisher: George Mann Books — 2001Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0704102439]Condition: Very Good. Description: A Later Printing.

From the cover: “One would suppose that during the terrible American economic Depression of the late Twenties and early Thirties there was not a lot to laugh about in the great U. S. of A.

All-pervasive helplessness and hopelessness, coupled with horrendous levels of poverty and unemployment would wipe the smile off anyone’s face — one would think. But one would be wrong.

Suicidal failed financiers might wait their turn to jump from the windows of Wall Street, but readers worldwide will already know that Betty MacDonald could always look adversity right in the face and spit in its eye. She did so when she and her young husband took a shortcut to bankruptcy called chicken-farming — hilariously described in The Egg and I — and she did so again when she went back to live with her mother with a failed chicken farm and a dead marriage behind her, desperate to find a living to earn in a country without any jobs.

But at least she had her indomitable sister Mary batting for her, running down every hint of a job opportunity, fixing appointments without consultation and catapulting Betty into one hilarious situation after another.

For Mary had always believed that ‘Anybody Can Do Anything — especially Betty’, and this joyfully funny book proves she was right!”
Notes: Size: 8½" x 5¾". 206 pages. Tags: macdonald betty united states biography biographies social life history
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The First Rotarian: The Life and Times of Paul Percy Harris, Founder of Rotary by James P. [Patrick] Walsh (£33.00)Publisher: Shoreham by Sea: SCAN Books — 1979Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Signed by the Author.[ISBN: 0906360021]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with a small nick to the foot of the upper panel. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Signed by the author on the title page — unverified and reflected as such in the lack of premium. Contains: Black & white photographs;

From the cover: “Paul Harris will forever be remembered as the founder of Rotary International.

This account of his life, the first to be published, makes fascinating reading and marks the seventy-fifth anniversary of Rotary, which today has nearly one million members in more than 150 countries.

Harris, reserved, talented and physically frail, was not only the founder of Rotary, but was also the trail-blazer of the worldwide service club movement.

His original inspiration led others to the formation of organizations such as Kiwanis International, Lions International, Optimist International and Civitan International. The service club concept has also been embraced by the young — Interact, Rotaract, Key Clubs, Circle K, Round Table and Wo-Co.

Thus, the seemingly inauspicious first ‘Rotary’ meeting in 1905 of Harris, a Chicago attorney, and three friends triggered off one of the most important sociological phenomena of the twentieth century.

He created, quietly and effectively, a new concept of service to our own kind and generated a movement that has touched the lives of millions.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [2] 351 pages. Tags: walsh harris paul percy businesspeople united rotary international states businessmen clubs biographies 9780906360026
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The Celtic Church In Somerset With A Chapter On North Devon by H. M. [Henry Maurice] Porter (£28.00)Publisher: Morgan Books — 1971Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with a couple of short, closed, tears to the top edge. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Maps to the endpapers and blanks;

From the cover: “This book fills in a part of the great blank in the history of Somerset and North Devon in the two and a half centuries between the end of the Roman occupation and the arrival of the Saxons in the South-West. It does so by giving an account of the Welsh monks who crossed to the south shore of the Bristol Channel and set up churches and monasteries, inspired by their own severely ascetic version of Christianity. This derived, at a couple of removes, from the Christian Fathers of the Egyptian Desert in the early fourth century. These monks, called “Saints", who had an outlook totally different from ours, were tremendous personalities and their biographies are full of marvellous tales.

Glastonbury matters occupy a considerable space. The author thinks that the monastery was founded about A. D. 500 and he deals with the sixth century Celtic saints there, as well as discussing some of the legends objectively.”
Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Blue boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 146 pages. Tags: somersetshire church history devon christian saints celtic somerset england henry maurice porter first editions firsts printings 1st
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William Talman: Maverick Architect by John Harris (£26.00)Publisher: London, Boston & Sydney: George Allen & Unwin — 1982Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0047200243]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Description: Number 2 in the series. Contains: Black & white plates;Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. In the Studies in Architecture series. 54 pages. Tags: harris studies architecture talman william english architect architects british 17th century 18th britain england architectural design biographies 0047200243 9780047200243
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Oxford Encyclopedia Of World History by ANON (£25.00)Publisher: Oxford University Press — 1998Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0198602235]Condition: Very Good+ - in Very Good+ DJ. Previous owners inscription to ffep. Light soiling to the ffep and pastedown.Description: From the cover: “With over 4,000 entries, arranged in a clear A-Z format. The Encyclopaedia of World History provides an unparalleled breadth and depth of information on events, figures, and concepts from prehistory right up to the present day. An extensive network of cross-references allows quick access to a wealth of historical knowledge across a wide spectrum of global cultures. Coverage Of Every Significant Historical Event And Location. Biographies of Key Figures in World History. Outlines of the Major Historical and Social Movements and Ideologies. Entries on Each of the World’s Nation States. The Background to Contemporary World Events. Fifty Maps to Illustrate Historical Events. Fifty Portraits, Engravings, and Tables. Chronology of World Events.”Notes: Size: 10½" x 7½". 775 pages. Tags: historical information global cultures world history encydopedia social political economic ideologies world cultures economic development historical events
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Great Contemporaries by Winston S. Churchill (£24.00)Publisher: W. W. Norton & Co. — 1991Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0393029417]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with a couple of very small nicks to the foot of the upper panel. A nice copy overall. Description: First U. S. Edition. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles;

From the cover: “Few people have been privileged to meet, at such an early age, as many famous men as did Winston Churchill. These twenty-five biographical essays are the result of constant — even day-today — contact with the most influential leaders and celebrities of the day, including George Bernard Shaw, Hindenberg, Lawrence of Arabia, Hitler, Trotsky, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Clemenceau, among others.

Of Charles Stewart Parnell, the great Irish statesman undone by scandal, he writes: “He never faltered. He dedicated himself to a single goal, the goal of Ireland a nation, and he pursued it unswervingly until a rose thrown across his path opened a new world, the world of love”. Of the ex-Kaiser William II, he writes: “All he wished was to feel like Napoleon and be like him, without having had to fight his battles… If you are the summit of a volcano, the least you can do is smoke”.

Many of the figures so tellingly rendered in these sketches are revered by the author, representing the ethics and attitudes he holds in highest esteem. But it is when Churchill voices a reservation about the policies or character of one of his contemporaries that the reader sees most clearly into the soul of the age, and into the mind of the author himself just before he moves onto the centre stage of world history.”
Notes: Jacket designed by Mike Mclver. Foreword or introduction by Tom Hartman. Size: 9½" x 6¼". Grey boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XI] 250 pages. Tags: biography 20th century great britain statesmen 1900 biographies collections history world autobiography modern winston churchill 0393029417 first editions firsts printings 1st
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Shadow of the Almighty: The Life and Testament of Jim Elliot by Elisabeth Elliot (£23.00)Publisher: London: Hodder & Stoughton — 1958Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with a nick to the top edge of the upper panel. Price Clipped. Top edge of the boards sunned. Edges of the textblock heavily tanned. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Photographic endpapers & blanks; Black & White Photographs; Maps to the endpapers and blanks;

From the cover: “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose. So wrote Jim Elliot at the age of twenty-two, sweating over Greek roots and patristics at Wheaton College.

Seven years later, writes his widow,he and four other young men… sat together on a strip of white sand on the Curaray River, deep in Ecuador’s rain forest, waiting for the arrival of a group of men whom they loved, but had never met — savage Stone Age killers, men known to all the world now as Aucas.

The circumstances of the death of these men are by now known throughout the world in one of the great missionary adventure stories of modern times. But this is the first account of the whole life of one of them — a life that, though hid with Christ in God , was in part revealed in some of the most poignant and moving spiritual writings of our time.

Using to the full these rich journals, his widow has selected the most powerful, revealing passages and woven round them the story of his life. Shadow of the Almighty is a tremendous biography of an adventurous life and is also exceptional devotional literature. Jim Elliot’s life and testament may well be counted among those truly great Christian writings that will endure.”
Notes: Size: 8¼" x 5½". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XIII] 256 pages. Tags: missionaries ecuador united states christian missions huao indians south america missionary biographies mission evangelism religious spiritual religion ministry
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Chambers Dictionary of World History by Hilary Marsden (£22.00)Publisher: Chambers — 2005Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0550100946]Condition: Very Good — in Very 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, a little further creasing to the top corner of the upper panel. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Maps; Tables; Chronological tables to the endpapers and blanks;Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [X] 982 pages. Tags: marsden 0550100946 single volume historical dictionary wars treaties plots political movements international organizations biographies key figures history dictionaries world
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Climb Every Mountain: The Story of Granny Brand by Dorothy Clarke Wilson (£22.00)Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton — 1976Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper a little rubbed at the edges, short closed tears at the tail of the spine. Front flap creased. Slight skew to the book. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: From the cover: “The compelling story of Granny Brand, mother of Dr Paul Brand of Vellore. To thousands of hill people on five mountain ranges of South India, Granny Brand was Amma, Mother, Akka, Sister, the doraisani, honoured lady, who nursed and doctored and scolded and loved, the living embodiment of the Gospel she shared with them for over sixty years.”Notes: Size: 8" x 5¼". Dark Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 222 pages. Tags: international missionaries biographies ministered constance community biography christian missions republic southern pachais kalyans carolyn england harris kollis native weeber league granny regina hansen evelyn tribes gospel south india brand where tamil carol kolli malai ruth miss huts dr. hut
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Henry Irving: A Record of Twenty Years At the Lyceum by Percy Fitzgerald (£22.00)Publisher: London: Chapman & Hall — 1893Binding: Hardback First Edition. Condition: Very Good. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Edges of the text block roughly opened. Pages lightly age-tanned, flyleaf to the frontis more heavily. Description: Illustrated by way of: Portrait to the frontispiece [Tissue-guarded];Notes: Size: 9" x 5¾". Illustrated Red boards with Gilt & Black titling to the Spine & Upper Board. [XVI] 320 pages. Tags: fitzgerald irving john henry brodribb sir english drama criticism biographies actors theatres plays performance lyceum theatre london history theater england
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Pocahontas and Her World: A Chronicle of America's First Settlement in Which Is Related the Story of the Indians and the Englishmen - Particularly Captain John Smith, Captain Samuel Argall, and Master John Rolfe by Philip L. Barbour (£22.00)Publisher: London: Robert Hale & Company — 1971Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0709121881]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Edges of the dust wrapper a little frayed with slight loss at the spine ends and a triangular tear with loss to the foot of the lower panel. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Text complete, clean and tight but with several leaves having the corners folded. Description: First British Edition. [First Published: Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1969] Illustrated by way of: Appendices [3]; Black & White Plates; Maps [2];

From the cover: “Pocahontas has an unassailable place in romantic history as the Red Indian princess who saved the life of Captain John Smith. She was the first woman of her race to visit England. Becoming sick at the start of the return voyage back to her homeland, she was taken ashore and died at Gravesend. Charming and attractive she was barely twenty-one, and her story made her a heroine and a legend.

But it was not only Pocahontas who was made a legend. The whole story of early Virginia has seemed more legendary than historical. Though American history began in Virginia, the Pilgrims and the Puritans have been regarded as the founders of historical America. Only of late has Captain John Smith been accorded his due, and the Pocahontas of history, along with Captain Samuel Argall, who kidnapped her, and John Rolfe, who married her — all have remained clouded figures.

In this book Philip L. Barbour reconstructs the history of the whole Jamestown world, and the English and Indian worlds from which it grew. The miracle of the survival of that world, that kernel or germ of English America, was of John Smith’s and Pocahontas’ making, and of ArgalPs, and of Rolfe’s. Their lives were so intermingled that no one of them can be understood without reference to the other three. And with any one of them lacking, it is hard to conceive of English America at all.”
Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5½". Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine. [XX] 316 pages. Tags: pocahontas argall rolfe indian powhatan women indians north america virginia first contact europeans jamestown history colonial period biographies princess united states southern
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Raffles 1781-1826 by [Sir Reginald] R. Coupland (£22.00)Publisher: Oxford: Oxford University Press — 1926Binding: Hardback First Edition. Condition: Good. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Hinges weak, occasionally showing, throughout. Pages lightly age-tanned with many unopened at the top edge. Description: Illustrated by way of: Fold-Out Maps [1]; Portrait to the frontispiece;Notes: Size: 9¼" x 5¾". Ruled Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 134 pages. Tags: raffles thomas stamford bingley colonial administrators britain statesmen biographies singapore history malay archipelago trade british politics eighteenth century nineteenth southeast asia 19th
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The Cambridge Guide to English Literature by Michael Stapleton (£22.00)Publisher: Book Club Associates — 1983Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. Top edge of the text block tanned. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs;

From the cover: “Here in one volume you will find a complete guide to the literature of the English-speaking world for the general reader and the student.

The Cambridge Guide provides easy reference to the literature of Great Britain and Ireland, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, the West Indies and Nigeria — to every part of the English-speaking world which contributed to the great treasure-house of poetry, fiction, drama, philosophy and satire which is one of the lasting achievements of Western civilization.

Arranged in alphabetical order and containing approximately 1,000,000 words of text, the entries range from the beginnings of English literature in the 6-7th centuries, when vernacular speech in the British Isles became a written language, to the present day.

The reader will find brief biographies of authors, descriptions of and comments on their major works, and notes on the outstanding characters created by poets, playwrights and novelists. In addition there are essays on The English Language by Barbara M. H. Strang and The Bible in English by C. H. Sisson.

The enquiring reader and student will find articles on a wide range of subjects covering literary forms such as the Metrical Romances, surveying writers with a common theme like the Metaphysical Poets, explaining important religious writings such as the Marprelate pamphlets and historical events, such as the closure of the playhouses, which crucially affected the literature of the time. (Historical figures whose influence on English literature requires recognition — King Alfred, Thomas Cranmer, Sir Walter Raleigh, Benjamin Franklin among them -are also included. )

The book is illustrated with more than 300 carefully selected black and white pictures which bring to life the great literary figures of the past and the age in which they lived.”
Notes: Size: 10" x 7½". Pale Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine & Upper Board. [XI] 993 pages. Tags: english literature bio-bibliography dictionaries commonwealth american nations authors dictionary and encyclopedias literary great britain encyclopaedias michael stapleton
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The Wounded Healer: J. B. Phillips by Vera Phillips & Edwin Robertson (£22.00)Publisher: Triangle — 1984Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0281041350]Condition: Good. Gently faded at the spine. Pages lightly age-tanned. Small address sticker to the inside cover. A decent copy of an uncommon title. Description: First in this, paperback, edition.

From the cover: “The writer J. B. Phillips, whose books and Bible translations articulated the Christian faith for millions, also found time to answer a flood of letters from readers seeking further help and guidance. Yet all the time a severe depressive illness was trying his own faith almost past bearing.

From his prolific correspondence his wife Vera and his close friend Edwin Robertson have compiled a selection of letters which not only throw fresh light on a remarkable and very human Christian, but will prove a great encouragement to others who are experiencing the darkness of the soul.”
Notes: Size: A Format (7" x 4½"). 110 pages. Tags: phillips john bertram 1906-1982 church england clergy biography biographies vera edwin robertson 0281041350
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Swimming with Dr Johnson and Mrs Thrale: Sport, Health and Exercise in Eighteenth-Century England by Julia Allen (£20.50)Publisher: Cambridge: The Lutterworth Press — 2012Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 9780718892760]Condition: Very Good. Description: First in this, paperback, edition. Illustrated by way of: Portraits; Black & White Plates; Black & White Drawings;

From the cover: “In this well researched and highly readable exploration of the history of British sport, Julia Allen shows that our nation’s obsession with sport is no new phenomenon. Drawing extensively on contemporary writings, reports and journals, Allen introduces Dr Johnson and Mrs Thrale while exploring the medical theories upon which eighteenth-century notions about exercise were based. The role of the physician, the work of the surgeon, the social context in which exercise was held and an in-depth description of the state of sport at the time are given including the rules, specific health benefits and whether women were permitted to join in.

Casting a historian’s eye over swimming, dancing, running, boxing, riding and skating as well as providing biographies of those who took part, this book promises to keep alive the love of sport long after the buzz of the Olympics has died down.”
Notes: Size: Trade Paperback (9¼" x 6¼"). [VII] 297 pages. Tags: sports britain history 18th century exercise social cultural outdoor recreation england health fitness medical literary criticism english 9780718892760
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Goldsmiths and Silversmiths by Hugh Honour (£19.50)Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson — 1971Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0297003445]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. Price Clipped. Boards lightly tanned at the top edges. Pages very gently age-tanned at the extremities.Description: Illustrated with photographs, in colour & black and white.Notes: Size: 11¼" x 9". White boards with Gilt titling to the Spine & Upper Board. 320 pages. Tags: art biographies biography craftsmen goldsmiths goldwork history metalwork metal-workers precious silversmiths silverwork
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Prokofiev: From Russia to the West 1891-1935 by David Nice (£19.00)Publisher: Yale University Press — 2003Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0300099142]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper very slightly rubbed at the edges. Small personal monogram stamp to the first blank otherwise a very well presented copy. Description: Jacket illustration: Prokofiev in the early 1920s by Natalya Goncharova. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Musical scores;

From the cover: “Since 1991 — the year that marked both the fall of the Soviet Union and the centenary of Sergey Prokofiev’s birth — a new assessment of the life and work of this remarkable and often elusive composer has become both possible and necessary. For this definitive study David Nice has drawn on an unprecedented range of new archival material, manuscripts of works previously unexamined and interviews.

The book follows Prokofiev’s personal and musical journey from his childhood on a Ukrainian country estate to the years he spent travelling in America and Europe as an acclaimed interpreter of his own works, Nice sheds new light on the striking compositions of Prokofiev’s early years, his training at the St. Petersburg Conservatory and the circumstances of his departure from Russia in 1918 for what the composer thought would be a short tour of America. Through letters and documents, a thorough picture is also presented of his marriage and family relationships.

Nice re-evaluates the music of Prokofiev’s years in the west and traces his unique approach to new melodic thinking from the early works through the more complicated music of the early 1930s and on to the fresh simplicity of his early Soviet scores. He also examines the complex reasons that led Prokofiev to move his family to the Soviet Union in 1936. A second volume, The Soviet Years, will cover Prokofiev’s life from this period until his death in 1953.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine. [XVI] 390 pages. Tags: nice 0300099142 prokofiev studies urss biographies composers soviet union biography petersburg conservatory class lyadov leningrad opera era works maryinsky theatre
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Vivien Leigh by Hugo Vickers (£19.00)Publisher: London: Hamish Hamilton — 1988Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0241125367]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. Price Clipped. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black and White Photographs;

From the cover: “Vivien Leigh won international acclaim at the age of twenty-six when she crossed the Atlantic and walked off with the coveted part of Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind under the noses of some of Hollywood’s most famous stars. For this part alone she has earned a lasting place in film history. She was hardly ever in a bad film or a bad play and she tried a wide range of parts — scoring notable triumphs in A Streetcar Named Desire, as a convincing Lady Macbeth and as Sabina in The Skin of Our Teeth.

There have been many biographies of Vivien Leigh, invariably Hollywood filmographies, most of which have been inaccurate and incomplete. Hugo Vickers approaches his subject as a human being, according her the same detailed research that the readers of his Cecil Beaton and Gladys, Duchess of Marlborough have come to expect of him. He examines the previously uncharted story of Vivien Leigh’s antecedents, making surprising new discoveries. He is able to bring Vivien’s parents to life as real people with the help of a great number of family documents, letters and diaries, made available by Vivien’s daughter for the first time. These give the first clear account of the atmosphere in which Vivien was raised.

He traces the progress of her relationship with Leigh Holman, from their first meeting, through the period of their engagement, marriage and divorce, and shows how they formed an important, lasting friendship, helped by the complete series of letters Vivien wrote to him between 1932 and 1967. He has made extensive use of the Oswald Frewen diaries, an essential source not only on that marriage but on Vivien’s elopement with Laurence Olivier and their subsequent adventures.

Hugo Vickers also examines Vivien’s film and stage career, writing of her as a person and not as the “property” of a film company or a name on a contract. He examines her films and, drawing on a great number of interviews with famous figures of the stage, he recreates her part in the life of English Theatre in the 1940s and 1950s. An important feature of the book is, of course, her love for Laurence Olivier and their twenty-year marriage, so much of it made difficult by recurring bouts of tuberculosis and manic depression. Hugo Vickers, drawing on many hours of conversation with her devoted friend, the actor John Merivale, explains how Vivien re-established her life after the divorce.

Vivien Leigh emerges as a more real and more intelligent person than in previous accounts, a spirited and courageous actress brought down by ill-health.”
Notes: Jacket designed by Craig Dodd. Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XVII] 411 pages. Tags: acting actors actresses arts biographies britain cinema entertainment film films leigh motion music performing picture television theatre video vivien
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Vivien Leigh by Hugo Vickers (£19.00)Publisher: London: Hamish Hamilton — 1988Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0241125367]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black and White Photographs;

From the cover: “Vivien Leigh won international acclaim at the age of twenty-six when she crossed the Atlantic and walked off with the coveted part of Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind under the noses of some of Hollywood’s most famous stars. For this part alone she has earned a lasting place in film history. She was hardly ever in a bad film or a bad play and she tried a wide range of parts — scoring notable triumphs in A Streetcar Named Desire, as a convincing Lady Macbeth and as Sabina in The Skin of Our Teeth.

There have been many biographies of Vivien Leigh, invariably Hollywood filmographies, most of which have been inaccurate and incomplete. Hugo Vickers approaches his subject as a human being, according her the same detailed research that the readers of his Cecil Beaton and Gladys, Duchess of Marlborough have come to expect of him. He examines the previously uncharted story of Vivien Leigh’s antecedents, making surprising new discoveries. He is able to bring Vivien’s parents to life as real people with the help of a great number of family documents, letters and diaries, made available by Vivien’s daughter for the first time. These give the first clear account of the atmosphere in which Vivien was raised.

He traces the progress of her relationship with Leigh Holman, from their first meeting, through the period of their engagement, marriage and divorce, and shows how they formed an important, lasting friendship, helped by the complete series of letters Vivien wrote to him between 1932 and 1967. He has made extensive use of the Oswald Frewen diaries, an essential source not only on that marriage but on Vivien’s elopement with Laurence Olivier and their subsequent adventures.

Hugo Vickers also examines Vivien’s film and stage career, writing of her as a person and not as the “property” of a film company or a name on a contract. He examines her films and, drawing on a great number of interviews with famous figures of the stage, he recreates her part in the life of English Theatre in the 1940s and 1950s. An important feature of the book is, of course, her love for Laurence Olivier and their twenty-year marriage, so much of it made difficult by recurring bouts of tuberculosis and manic depression. Hugo Vickers, drawing on many hours of conversation with her devoted friend, the actor John Merivale, explains how Vivien re-established her life after the divorce.

Vivien Leigh emerges as a more real and more intelligent person than in previous accounts, a spirited and courageous actress brought down by ill-health.”
Notes: Jacket designed by Craig Dodd. Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XVII] 411 pages. Tags: vickers 0241125367 1913-1967 acting actors actresses arts biographies britain cinema entertainment film films leigh motion music performing picture television theatre video vivien
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Who's Who of Cricketers: A Complete Who's Who of All Cricketers Who Have Played First-class Cricket in England with Full Career Records by Philip Bailey, Philip Thorn & Peter Wynne-Thomas (£18.50)Publisher: London: Guild Publishing — 1984Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with a tear to the head of the spine, a small mark to the lower middle. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: From the cover: “Every cricketer who has played in a first-class match in the British Isles, including the members of touring sides, is included in this book. Biographies and complete career figures are given for about 12,000 cricketers.

Only since 1976, when the Association of Cricket Statisticians produced a generally accepted list of first-class matches, has the book been possible, and since then the three authors, all leading Association members, have been engaged on the task.

Research has included the study of books, annuals, periodicals, newspapers (both British and overseas), birth and death registrations, church records, telephone directories and County scorebooks. The number of visits, letters and telephone calls made to archivists, cricket clubs, cricketers and cricketers’ relatives runs into several thousand.

The result is that the authors have collected a mass of information never before published, and at the same time have been able to correct errors which have occurred in other reference books.

The Who’s Who of Cricketers will remain a standard work and the essential authority on the lives and records of all first-class cricketers to play in the British Isles.”
Notes: Size: 10" x 7½". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 1144 pages. Tags: wynne thomas cricket players england biography dictionaries complete career figures first class cricketers members touring sides records association statisticians biographies
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William Frith, Extraordinary Victorian Painter: A Biographical & Critical Essay by Aubrey Noakes (£18.50)Publisher: London: Jupiter Books Limited — 1978Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0906379008]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Leans slightly. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with a small nick to the top corner of the upper panel. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Plates;Notes: Size: 10" x 8½". Brown boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 157 pages. Tags: frith british painter criticism interpretation painters 19th century britain history england english paintings critical biographies woolwich painting brewing beers
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Portraits of Power: An Introduction to Twentieth-century History by S. E. [Stanley Edward] Ayling (£18.00)Publisher: George G. Harrap & Co. — 1961Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded, rubbed at the spine ends and corners, but not unpleasant. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank. Description: Contains a glossary of terms. Illustrated by way of: Illustrated endpapers and blanks;

From the cover: “The twelve portraits of power presented in this book are Lloyd George, Kemal Ataturk, Lenin, Ghandi, Mussolini, Hitler, Churchill, Roosevelt, Stalin, Marshal Tito, Nasser, and Mao Tse-Tung.

The background given to the twelve personalities traces the significant movements of their time and provides a fascinating and highly readable history.

Events are described in their wider, more fundamental contexts. For instance, the recent struggles in India and China are not seen merely as anti-colonial struggles, but as consequences of the spread of literacy and the growth of national pride.”
Notes: Size: 8½" x 5¾". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 312 pages. Tags: biography 20th century statesmen 1906-1970 biographies european empires before the first world war germany and her neighbours 1919-39 states europe since 1945 yugoslavia arab china india stanley edward ayling editions firsts printings 1st
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Recollections of Virginia Woolf by Virginia Woolf (£18.00)Publisher: Peter Owen — 1972Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0720605416]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper a little faded, scuffed on the upper panel, with a triangular tear to the head of the lower panel. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Portrait to the frontispiece;

From the cover: “Virginia Woolf is one of England’s greatest women novelists, yet her personality has been little discussed in print. To those who did not know her and to the generation which has grown up since her death, she has remained a source of mystery and of myth.

These recollections, anecdotes and firsthand impressions, recorded by her relatives, friends and acquaintances, dispel some of the mystery and pierce the false beliefs — some due to a misunderstanding of the Bloomsbury Group itself. Many of the pieces have not been published before, while some were written specially for this book.

It is said that once her shyness was overcome she could be an enchanting and amusing person, but that there was an element of malice in her character — that her limpid beauty concealed a demon’s tongue. Many suffered the sharp stings of her wit, provoked for the most part by a needless jealousy. Young poets and writers, for instance, were prone to such attacks. But she needed the affection of her friends and, like many people who make inordinate demands, Virginia Woolf had much to give in return.

On certain things most opinions agree. In particular, that she was a woman of unusual physical beauty. Children adored her, and she had a habit of plying people with questions, the answers to which might well appear later in her novels; her life could be seen as an extensive inquiry into personality. And her creative writing caused her considerable stress. In these pages many other details are sketched in — intimate, humorous and sad. Here for the first time the day of her death is movingly recounted by a member of her household.

From these reminiscences a composite portrait of Virginia Woolf emerges, that affords fresh insights into her complex nature. The Editor, Joan Russell Noble, has accomplished a valuable task which students and others will find amply rewarding.”
Notes: Jacket designed by Keith Cunningham. Foreword or introduction by Joan Russell Noble. Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Blue boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 207 pages. Tags: woolf 0720605416 virginia women novelists english 20th century novels critical essays addresses lectures friends associates authors fiction biographies readings prose writers literary
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Kohila: The Shaping of an Indian Nurse by Amy Carmichael (£17.00)Publisher: Society For Promoting Christian Knowledge — 1956Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 8190127705]Condition: Good. Wraps unevenly sunned, more so to spine and margins. Tight, but slightly fragile most notably at the illustrated frontispiece.Description: Reprint of the original 1939 publication. Illustrated with black and white photographs.Notes: Size: C Format (8½" x 5¼"). [XII] 187 pages. Tags: 20th amy beatrice biographies carmichael century children christian church history india kohila medical missionaries missions south with women work
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CHICANO VISIONS: American Painters On the Verge by Cheech Marin (£16.50)Publisher: Bullfinch Press — 2002Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0821228064]Condition: Very Good. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Plates [3]; Colour Drawings [96]; Essays by Max Benavidez, Constance Cortez & Tere Romo.

From the cover: “Chicano Visions: American Painters on the Verge is the most comprehensive survey of a remarkably dynamic, and growing, body of work. The Chicano art movement was developed outside the national and international spotlights, mainly in Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay area, San Antonio, and other cities in south Texas. Early on, when making a name for themselves in the 1970s, Chicano artists largely worked alone and without encouragement or acknowledgment from the art community. In time, a few important groups such as Los Four, Asco, and Con Safo created a sense of identity and cohesion. But it was city life — the barrio and the street itself — that provided the ultimate stimulus and common ground for these artists, who used city walls as their first “canvas”. In the past few decades, Chicano artists have emerged as powerful agents of change and drive. Figures such as Carlos Almaraz, Mel Casas, Carmen Lomas Garza, Gronk, Wayne Healy, Adan Hernandez, Leo Limon, Frank Romero, John Valadez, Patssi Valdez, and Vincent Valdez are among the twenty-six artists showcased here; they are but a handful of the Chicano artists — overwhelmingly university or art-school trained — working in the United States today.

Cheech Marin, best known as an actor, performer, and philanthropist, is the country’s foremost collector of Chicano art. Over the years, Marin has not only actively worked to support Chicano artists but has become their friend and most ardent spokesperson. As he writes in the introduction, “With little commercial encouragement, these artists have struggled to gain acceptance in the gallery world. Many painters show their works in restaurants, coffeehouses, or wherever there is a wall and an audience. What matters is they continue to create. “ Now, through Marin’s efforts and those of many other individuals and institutions, these richly appealing works are available to the public in this landmark publication.

At the core of Chicano Visions is a portfolio of ninety-six stunning paintings, largely drawn from Marin’s own collection. Three essays by leading scholars in the field, an introduction and commentaries on the works by Cheech Marin, and biographies of the artists combine to make this an invaluable art and reference book.

Chicano Visions is supported by a major art and cultural exhibition that will travel to fifteen U. S. cities over a five-year period.”
Notes: Size: 10½" x 9½". 160 pages. Tags: marin 0821228064 9780821228067 mexican american art hispanic culture religion politics gronk patssi valdez carlos almaraz frida kahlo diego rivera painting chicano traditional pop influences
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John Loveday of Caversham, 1711-1789: The Life and Tours of an Eighteenth-century Onlooker by Sarah Markham (£16.50)Publisher: Salisbury: Michael Russell — 1984Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Signed by the Author.[ISBN: 0859550958]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper mylar sealed, with the mylar wrinkling in places, and a little edgeworn with heavy fading to the spine. Gently bruised at the bead, tail and corners of the binding. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Signed by the author on the first blank — unverified and reflected as such in the lack of premium. However, laid in a type-written mss. from Markham alongside a hand-written note signed Sally with further references to this and other works. Contains: Facsimiles; Black & white plates; Maps; Genealogical tables; Chapter headpieces; Appendix;

From the cover: “Basing her book on John Loveday’s extensive diaries and correspondence, Sarah Markham (herself a Loveday) has produced both a compulsively readable portrait of a man of intelligent interests in eighteenth-century England and a mine of marvellous detail — from the eyewitness account of the arrival in Manchester of the Young Pretender and his army to John Loveday’s note of the cost of removing 12,550 snails from the garden at Caver-sham. There are delightful vignettes of university life at Oxford (John Loveday was an undergraduate at Magdalen), together with important new material on the antiquary Thomas Hearne and illuminating glimpses of other well-known scholars. There is, too, the additional bonus that John Loveday, a passionate sightseer, listed the paintings and works of art that he saw in country houses and other buildings on his tours — which took him (principally in the 17305) throughout the British Isles and once, in 1737, to the Low Countries. These lists have been included in a 75-page Appendix.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [IX] 622 pages. Tags: loveday travel social customs 18th century diaries travellers 18h antiquarians reading england travelers berkshire netherlands history caversham biographies art british country houses travels topography memoirs isles 0859550958 9780859550956
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Matilda: Queen of the Conqueror by Tracy Borman (£16.50)Publisher: London: Jonathan Cape — 2011Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 9780224090551]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper. Edges of the text block very slightly tanned. Description: Illustrated by way of: Colour Plates; Maps [2]; Genealogical Tables;

From the cover: “Matilda, wife of William the Conqueror, was the first woman to be crowned Queen of England and formally recognised as such by her subjects. Beyond this, though, little is known of her life. No contemporary images of her remain, and in a period where all evidence is fragmentary and questionable, the chroniclers of the age left us only the faintest clues as to her life. So who was this spectral queen?

In this first major biography, Tracy Borman elegantly sifts through the shards of evidence to uncover an extraordinary story. In a dangerous, brutal world of conquest and rebellion, fragile alliances and bitter familial rivalries, Matilda possessed all the attributes required for a woman to thrive. She was born of impeccable lineage, and possessed of a loving and pious nature, she was a paragon of fidelity and motherhood. But strength, intelligence and ambition were also prerequisites to survive in such an environment. This side of her character, coupled with a fiercely independent nature, made Matilda essential to William’s rule, giving her unparalleled influence over the king. While this would provide an inspiring template for future indomitable queens, it led eventually to treachery, revolt and the fracturing of a dynasty.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XXI] 207 pages. Tags: matilda consort william conqueror queens queen king england kings rulers britain history biographies monarchy historical political military british marriage
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Everybody's Boswell: Being the Life of Samuel Johnson Abridged from James Boswell's Complete Text and from the Tour to the Hebrides by James Boswell (£16.00)Publisher: Ware: Wordsworth Editions — 1989Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 1853269417]Condition: Very Good — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper which is gently sunned at the spine. Pages lightly age-tanned, heavier toward the margins.Description: First in this edition. From the cover: “Dr. Samuel Johnson was already a famous man bv the time he met the young James Boswell in a London bookshop in 1763, Johnson being by then 54, while Boswell was an eager youth of 23. The two fell into close friendship instantly, and it was this happy meeting which brought English biography — indeed biography in any language — one of its finest treasures.”Notes: Jacket designed by Tony Selina. Illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard. Size: 9½" x 6¼". Brown boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XX] 608 pages. Tags: boswell ernest shepard 1853269417 johnson samuel authors english 18th century lexicographers britain scotland travel hebrides criticism literature biographies england journalist rambler spectator poet queen anne george iii royal library banelagh
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The Complete Fashion Sourcebook: 2,000 Illustrations Charting 20th-Century Fashion by John Peacock (£16.00)Publisher: Thames & Hudson — 2005Binding: Hardback [ISBN: 0500512760]Condition: Very Good. Small ding to the spine at the join with the upper board. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Duotone Drawings; Black & White Drawings;

From the cover: “This collection of drawings shows the radical, and often exhilarating, changes in fashion styles throughout the modem period. From the emancipated 1920s to the status-conscious 1980s, fashions have modified in line with changing times and mores, affected by social conventions, shifts in economic prosperity and advances in techniques of mechanization. Men’s fashion has moved more slowly than women’s, and is often concerned with nuances of style, but the changes perceptible in women’s fashion have been astonishingly wide-ranging.

This Sourcebook is divided into seven parts, each representing a decade. Each decade contains sections on Day Wear, Evening Wear, Sports and Leisure Wear, Underwear and Negligee, Wedding Wear and Accessories, providing a , rounded insight into modern developments and trends.

Charts at the back of the book reveal at a glance the evolution of the fashionable silhouette throughout the decades. Brief biographies and histories of the most important international designers and couture houses are also included. Finally, a select bibliography is provided to assist those who may wish to take their studies further.”
Notes: Size: 11¼" x 8¼". Pictorial boards. 423 pages. Tags: fashion history 20th century sourc dress accessories costume clothing and development women men the
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Douglas Jardine: Spartan Cricketer by Christopher Douglas (£15.50)Publisher: Methuen — 2002Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0413772160]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper. Pages very gently age-tanned otherwise a very well presented copy.Description: First in this edition. [First: Allen & Unwin, 1984] Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “The explosive impact of the 1932-33 MCC tour of Australia sent shockwaves through world cricket with captain Douglas Jardine’s use of intimidating and, some said, unsportsmanlike ‘bodyline’ tactics against Bradman and the all-conquering Australians. Reactions ranged from embarrassment to outrage, and Jardine himself was dogged ever after by his part in the controversy. One of the most successful England captains of all time, he nevertheless became the scapegoat for the bodyline furore, and was ostracised by the English authorities. Contemptuous of his critics, he soon left the Test match arena to pursue relatively unfulfilling careers in business and journalism. He died at an early age in 1958, having never assumed the role of influence within the game for which his abilities so amply equipped him.

History has not been kind to Jardine. Both Australian and English commentators were keen to see him as the villain of the piece, an inflexible, arrogant character whose bad judgement brought the game of cricket and Anglo-Australian relations to near collapse. But the real Douglas Jardine was a much more complex, intelligent and sensitive personality: a man, as John Arlott described him, of ‘cool mind, utter honesty, unflinching courage and unwavering purpose’. Born shortly before the death of Queen Victoria, raised in the atmosphere of the British Raj, he learned his cricket at Winchester and Oxford but played it — at the highest level — as the game was becoming ever more commercial, mass-market entertainment. In this new, revised edition of Douglas Jardine — Spartan Cricketer, Christopher Douglas explores the contradictions in the life of this troubled figure upright idealist and dry humorist, meticulous sportsman and stigmatised wrongdoer — and restores him to his proper place in English cricket history.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 222 pages. Tags: autobiography biographies biography cricket douglas england jardine players recreation sports
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Landslide: The Unmaking of the President 1984 - 1988 by Jane Mayer; Doyle McManus; (£15.50)Publisher: Collins — 1988Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Leans. Small stain to the leading edge of the text block. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: From the cover: “A charmed politician, a masterful president for six years, Ronald Reagan seemed invincible. But behind the glowing image of success was an administration courting disaster. In this spellbinding book, two top Washington reporters tell the dramatic story ofa hidden White House and a flawed presidency.”Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards. Spine. 468 pages. Tags: secrecy-obsessed arms-for-hostage administration autobiography power-hungry presidential over-zealous ineffectual biographies iran-contra much-feared leadership government operations presidents historical lieutenant poindexter presidency unlimited tormented mcfarlane president political structure processes biography dealings profound military national politics intrigue american disaster courting security rivalry process adviser state's colonel hostage general america mandate episode mission science failure affair during robert george donald tehran oliver flawed secret hidden covert united empire states reagan ronald chief white petty regan house north staff deals first nancy loyal iran lady john vice with bush the and usa
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Edwardian Requiem: A Life of Sir Edward Grey by Michael Waterhouse (£14.50)Publisher: London: Biteback Publishing — 2013Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 9781849544436]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Description: Contains: Black & white photographs; Maps;

From the cover: “Best remembered for his portentous remark at the outbreak of the Great War, ‘The lamps are going out all over Europe. We shall not see them lit again in our lifetime’, Sir Edward Grey was a consummate Edwardian politician and one of the most notable statesmen of an era abounding with them.

In the first biography of Grey in forty years, Michael Waterhouse vividly depicts a man full of contradictions. Deep in his heart he was a country-loving fisherman, a sensitive naturalist and ornithologist who preferred reading Wordsworth to giving speeches in his constituency and answering questions on foreign policy in the House. Yet it fell to this peace-loving gentleman who rarely left his shores to ask his country to go to war with Germany.

Grey spent nearly thirty years in Parliament and only reluctantly became Foreign Secretary of a country that presided over the greatest empire the world had seen since Roman times.

Yet it was a position he filled for more than a decade, the longest anyone has ever served continuously in his or any age, firstly under Campbell-Bannerman and then Asquith. During this time he battled relentlessly to protect and advance the interests of his country against the volatile backdrop of a Europe in which the balance of power was tilting wildly.

Edwardian Requiem is the remarkable portrait of a complex and enigmatic politician who presided over the twilight of old Europe.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Brown boards with Silver titling to the Spine. [XVII] 429 pages. Tags: grey fallodon edward viscount 1st politicians britain war 1914-1918 politics government 20th century biographies historical political military united kingdom 9781849544436
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The Illustrated Encyclopedia of World Cricket by Peter Arnold (£14.50)Publisher: W. H. Smith — 1986Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0863075975]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper very slightly rubbed at the edges with a slight ripple to the top corner of the upper panel. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of World Cricket, with its lavish illustrations, many in colour, brings to life the whole panorama of the international game. The great matches and the great players are all vividly portrayed in words and pictures.

The largest section deals with Test cricket from its inception. Every series played is described, from the first in 1877 to the Australian visit to England in 1985 — from Charles Bannerman’s 165 not out which won the first-ever Test match for Australia, to the great batting of David Gower which won back the Ashes 108 years later.

The World Cup and other one-day international matches are also described in their various sections. Cricket history is reviewed from the mists of pre-Hambledon days, through professionalism, county cricket, and the emergence of the MCC to the rapid growth of one-day cricket in the 1960s.

A Gallery of Great Players highlights the careers of nearly 200 of the best cricketers from W. G. Grace to lan Botham, Viv Richards and Allan Border, with extended biographies and full career figures for 67 of them.

A comprehensive records section completes the book. Over 200,000 words and over 450 pictures, many in full colour, provide readers with hours of enjoyment: replaying the matches, reliving the careers of the players, comparing the records and feats of the immortals.

The book is a splendid read and an invaluable source of reference for all cricket fans.”
Notes: Foreword or introduction by David Gower. Size: 12" x 9". Pictorial boards. 317 pages. Tags: administration array ashes assurance averages axa backward batsman batting benson bouncers boundary bowled bowlers bowling bribery britannic catching centuries championship chronology circuit controversies counties county cover cricket cricketers culture cup declaring delivery dropped drove encyclopedias england’s equipment equity extra-cover fastest fielder fielding first-class follow-on genius grounds gully hedges index india indies
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Command: From Alexander the Great to Zhukov by Edited by James Lucas (£14.00)Publisher: Bloomsbury — 1988Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 9780747502258]Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. Bruised at head of spine with commensurate ruffling to the DJ.Description: Illustrated with B&W photographs, drawings and maps. Presents a unique portrait of the great figures of the battlefield, from Alexander the Great to Rommel and Julius Caesar to Giap. The book’s six chapters tell the story of command from its origins in ancient times up to the present day. Each section starts with a general overview of the period, out lining key historical, technological, social and military developments. This is supported by analysis of the key battles of each age, illustrated with detailed battle plans and maps. The biographies of the individual commanders follow.Notes: Size: 11¼" x 8". 255 pages. Tags: Horse warrior firepower Alexander the Great Zizka Blucher Wolfe bazaine Wolseley Allenby Samsonov Air power Tank warfare Auchinleck Zhukov Dayan Giap Tank warfare
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A Garden of Eden in Hell: The Life of Alice Herz-Sommer by Melissa Mu¨ller & Reinhard Piechocki (£13.50)Publisher: London: Macmillan — 2007Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0230528023]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Musical scores; Portrait to the frontispiece; Illustrated endpapers and blanks;

From the cover: “Alice Herz-Sommer was born in 1903 in Prague, the Prague of the Hapsburgs and of Franz Kafka, a family friend. Musically very gifted, by her mid-teens Alice was one of the best-known pianists in Prague. But as the Nazis swept across Europe, her comfortable, bourgeois world began to crumble around her, as anti-Jewish feeling not only intensified but was legitimised.

In 1942, Alice’s mother was deported. Desperately unhappy, she resolved to learn Chopin’s 24 Etudes — the most technically demanding piano pieces she knew — and the complex but beautiful music saved her sanity. A year later, she, too — together with her husband and their six-year-old son — was deported to a concentration camp. But even in Theresienstadt, music was her salvation and in the course of more than a hundred concerts she gave her fellow-prisoners hope in a world of pain and death.

This is her remarkable story, but it is also the story of a mother’s struggle to create a happy childhood for her beloved only son in the midst of atrocity and barbarism. Of 15,000 children sent to the camp, Raphael was one of the 130 who survived. Today, Alice Herz-Sommer lives in London and she still plays the piano every day.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Red titling to the Spine. [XIV] 341 pages. Tags: pianists czech republic prague biographies racial persecution jews terezin ghetto musicians historical history holocaust jewish czechoslovakia composers keyboard instruments poland
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Louis XIV: The Other Side of the Sun by Prince Michael of Greece (£13.50)Publisher: Orbis Publishing — 1983Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0856135143]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Penning to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise.Description: From the cover: “Louis XIV, whose great prestige earned him the title of ‘the Sun King’, is the most famous of all the French kings. He ruled France in one of its most glorious periods, and remains to this day the supreme symbol of absolute monarchy. Now, in a brilliant new biography, Prince Michael of Greece has revealed a darker side to the Sun King. Drawing on detailed evidence from contemporary records, letters and memoirs, he explored the possibility that, underneath it all, this epitome of kingship was a shy, weak, unstable man of unexpected and intriguing complexity. Prince Michael assesses the continued and enduring influence of Cardinal Mazarin and Louis’ mother, Anne of Austria, on the little boy who came to the throne at the age of five but who learnt early on to hide his profound insecurity behind the ever more elaborate trappings of monarchy.

Here, then, is a vivid portrait of a not particularly intelligent king, secretly poring over textbooks, preferring to command sieges rather than battles because they were more convenient, whose voracious sexual appetite right into his seventies flouted the very conventions he himself tried to impose on a reluctant court at Versailles. Without simply debunking Louis, Prince Michael of Greece succeeds in presenting an iconoclastic biography which shatters many of the accepted myths about the man and his century. The result is a glimpse of the human frailties and inadequacies that lay behind the arrogance, protocol and pageantry of France’s greatest king.”
Notes: 447 pages. Tags: and biographies biography france history kings l'envers louis rulers soleil translation xiv
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Louis: The Louis Armstrong Story by Max Jones; John Chilton; (£13.50)Publisher: Little, Brown & Co. — 1971Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0289702151]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper has a short, tidy, closed tear at the tail of the spine. Very light spotting to start and finish otherwise a very well presented copy.Description: First U.S. Edition. Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “For nearly half a century Louis Armstrong’s name spelled magic to millions of people throughout the world. A titan who towered over the first fifty years of jazz history. Louis — or Satchmo in the affections of his vast international audiences — was not only the single most popular figure in American music; he was also the most influential of all jazzmen. Yet so powerful were his talents and his personality that he transcended jazz to influence the entire field of Western popular music; his expressive features, his short dynamic figure, his glittering trumpet tone, above all, perhaps, his abrasive voice, were familiar to film-goers, television-watchers and concert patrons from Toulouse to Tokyo.

Millions of words have been written or spoken about him — in books, magazines and newspapers, on radio, film and television. In spite of them all, strangely little is still really known about him. What was the truth about his background and early life? How did the ‘Ambassador of Jazz’ regard his role in music and society? What was he like off-stage — the private man away from his trumpet and the constant spotlights?

Louis answers these questions. Answers them more fully and frankly than any other book has ever done or will be able to do. Because for Louis himself it was the authorised biography, written with his complete co-operation and trust by a man who had been his close friend for thirty years. ‘Yeah, I’m gonna tell it all to Max Jones’, as he said on the David Frost show, ‘for the first time — the way it really was’.

The story of the way it really was began in the toughest of New Orleans’s black ghettoes. Born even poorer, growing up even more deprived than most of his black American contemporaries in the South, Louis Armstrong went further and lasted longer than any of them. In a career which spanned more than five decades of professional playing — first in his home town, then following the path taken by jazz as it moved to new capitals in Chicago, New York, the West Coast and finally to Europe — Louis played a decisive role in bringing American jazz to maturity and spreading it round the globe.”
Notes: Size: 10" x 6¾". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 256 pages. Tags: armstrong biographies biography jazz louis musicians states united
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Rothmans Encyclopaedia of World Football by Edited by Jack Rollin (£13.50)Publisher: W. H. Smith — 1990Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0356189189]Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. Very slightly ruffled edges of DJ.Description: From the cover: “This encyclopaedia covers every aspect of the world game at club and country level. There are potted histories of all Football League and Scottish League clubs as well as the leading teams in Europe and South America; biographies of 250 leading players from around the world, both past and present, and details of major competitions. Rothmans Encyclopaedia of World Football is beautifully illustrated with colour photographs of the individuals and the action that make football the greatest of international sports.”Notes: Size: 11½" x 8¾". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 208 pages. Tags: football english clubs scottish clubs world cup european championship south american championship african nations cup olympic games european cup european cup-winners cup fairs cup uefa cup south american cup copa libertadores african champion clubs cup african cup-winners cup european super cup world club championship british international championship cup football
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Ashes in the Mouth: The Story of the Bodyline Tour of 1932-33 by Ronald Mason (£13.00)Publisher: The Hambledon Press — 1982Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0907628311]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently faded at the spine of the dust wrapper, a little rubbed at the edges. Price Clipped. Leans slightly. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black and White Photographs;

From the cover: “The Bodyline Tour to Australia in 1932-33 has a strong claim to have been the most dramatic Test series in the History of Cricket. England under the ruthless captaincy of Douglas Jardine and including Herbert Sutcliffe and Wally Hammond in their number, brought one of the greatest of all fast bowlers, Harold Larwood, to try and contain the most prolific batsman the game has ever known, Donald Bradman, by bowling leg theory or Bodyline. The harsh choice facing the Australian players, ringed on the leg side by fielders, was to play the ball and risk being caught or to leave it and risk it bowling or hitting them. The Third Test at Adelaide and the injuries caused there to Woodfull and Oldfield shook the cricketing world and threatened English-Australian relations. Jardine’s plan achieved its aim: Bradman was contained and England won the series — but at a cost that is still debated.

Ronald Mason, whose previous books have won him a high reputation amongst cricket writers and include biographies of Hobbs and Hammond, has used the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the tour to give a judicious and balanced account of what actually happened: why Bodyline was adopted; what it involved in practice; its impact at the time; and whether it can now be justified. This is a thrilling story splendidly told.”
Notes: Foreword or introduction by R. E. S. Wyatt. Size: 8½" x 5½". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [X] 238 pages. Tags: cricket england history australia test matches bowling english teams with australian 1932-1933 ronald mason 0907628311 first editions firsts printings 1st
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Dorothea Beale Of Cheltenham: A New Edition by Elizabeth Raikes (£13.00)Publisher: Constable & Co. — 1910Binding: Hardback Condition: Good. Leans slightly. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Front hinge weak with the first gather becoming loose. Two picures of Ladies' College pasted to the blanks. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise. Description: Illustrated by way of: Portrait to the frontispiece with tissue guard; Fold-out prospectus;Notes: Size: 9" x 5½". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [VIII] 432 pages. Tags: beale dorothea biography ladies college cheltenham england history teachers education 19th century women biographies school histories 1900s gloucestershire colleges
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Georges De La Tour by Christopher Wright (£13.00)Publisher: Phaidon Press — 1977Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0714818070]Condition: Good. A pleasant enough reading copy. Description: Illustrated with colour photographs. From the cover: “Georges de La Tour (1593-1652) remained relatively unknown until the twentieth century, when it was realized that he was one of the greatest painters of candle-lit scenes who ever lived.

Tantalizingly little is known about his life, most of which was spent in the small town of Luneville, a few miles from Nancy, the capital of the Duchy of Lorraine. Although La Tour’s times were torn by war and pestilence, his art reflects little of this. At his greatest, he concentrated on simple, peaceful scenes, which achieve, through dramatic lighting effects, a monumental calm and simplicity.

This book reproduces almost all La Tour’s known surviving output — just under forty pictures — including some which have been recently cleaned. They range from the early peasant scenes of beggars brawling and courtesans cheating at cards to his mature work, which acts as a total contrast, in its measured simplicity, to the nervous style of his early years.

Christopher Wright has played a large part in La Tour’s re-emergence as a great artist. His full-scale study, Georges de La Tour, written with Benedict Nicolson in 1974, established a more comprehensive list of La Tour’s works and their chronology than any previous study..”
Notes: Size: 12" x 9". Burgundy boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. In the Phaidon Colour Plate series. 48 pages. Tags: 0714818070 biographies christopher colour critical french georges mesnil paintings phaidon plate studies tour wright
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The Sea Wolf: The Life of Admiral Cochrane by Ian Grimble (£13.00)Publisher: London & Tiptree: Blond & Briggs — 1978Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 085634091X]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and lightly marked with a crease to the bottom corner of the upper panel. Top edge of the text block lightly spotted. Text complete, clean and tight overall but the photographic plates have a slight tackiness to them. Description: Contains: Black & white photographs;Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 399 pages. Tags: 085634091x dundonald thomas cochrane earl 10th britain royal navy admirals history naval 19th century biographies 9780856340918
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Catherine the Great: Life and Legend by John T. Alexander (£12.50)Publisher: The Folio Society — 1999Binding: Hardback in Slip Case Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Slip Case. Light crease to one panel of the slip case otherwise a very well presented copy. Description: Illustrated by way of: Colour Photographs; Maps; Portrait to the frontispiece; Genealogical Tables;

From the cover: “Empress of the vast Russian Empire by the age of 33, Catherine’s private and public life generated tremendous contemporary controversy, and she has subsequently been portrayed variously as a political genius, a despotic foreign adventuress, a tyrant, and a nymphomaniac. Drawing on little-known sources, including Catherine’s billets doux, John Alexander has produced a much-needed balanced appraisal and popular biography of one of the most powerful, infamous, and colourful figures in modern history.”
Notes: Size: 10" x 6¼". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XXIV] 532 pages. Tags: catherine empress russia 1729-1796 history 1762-1796 studies russian empresses biography russie histoire catharine soviet union kings and rulers biographies dates covered autobiography historical royalty genealogy heraldry names honours european 1750 1900 political military 1700 1800 social science women europe the former john alexander
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