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To Find A Golden Pony by Amanda Gavin [Clodagh Micaela Gibson Jarvie] (£278.00)Publisher: J. M. Dent & Sons — 1965Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the spine ends and corners with corresponding grazing to the dustwrapper. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Text complete, clean and tight. A pleasant copy of an uncommon title. Description: From the cover: “This is a pony book with a difference. It deals sensitively with a young girl’s companionship with animals, and how she learns to manage them while at the same time developing self-reliance during a period of delicate readjustment. Jo Garrett is five when her mother dies, and her father wisely sends her away from his Suffolk farm to live with cousins in Sussex. So, until she is ten, she comes under the spell of ponies, caring for them as well as riding them. She then returns to the farm, and her father is pleased to notice what a self-confident child she has become, with definite ideas of her own as to what she wants from life. Jo’s personality is also contrasted with all the others in the story — both human and animal — who come fully alive as individuals in this entertaining account of country life. Finally, Jo’s slow adjustment to the idea of her father’s remarriage is described with understanding and insight..”Notes: Jacket designed by Elisabeth Grant. Illustrated by Elisabeth Grant. Size: 7¾" x 5". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 176 pages. Tags: action activity adolescent adult adventure adventurers agination american anglo animals authors beasts bestseller books bookshelf british brothers child childish children children’s childrens christian classic classics curriculum education enduring english escapade exciting exploit fairy-tale family famous fantasy fiction forces historical history hunter imaginary invented journey joy junior juvenile kid kingdom language legend literary literature made-up magic magical minor modern mystical narrative national novels people period person places plays pleasure pre-school pretend quality readers reading realism science short stories story storyline syllabus tale talking teen teenagers toddler voyage works writing written young younger youngster youngsters youth youthful
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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The Rape of Greece: The King, the Colonels and the Resistance by Peter Murtagh (£129.00)Publisher: London, Sydney, New York, Tokyo, Singapore & Toronto: Simon & Schuster — 1994Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0671710389]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper very slightly rubbed at the edges. Pages gently age-tanned with light spotting to the blanks and pastedowns. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black and White Photographs;

From the cover: “IN the early hours of 21 April 1967, Greece, the birthplace of democracy, became the home of the most repressive military dictatorship seen in Europe since the end of the Second World War. A junta of army colonels espousing extreme right-wing views seized power, outlawed political parties and began a seven-year reign of terror.

The Rape of Greece is about democracy betrayed. In laying bare the atrocities of the colonels’ regime, it reveals how this small European country became a pawn in the Cold War ideological battleground, and how agents of the Central Intelligence Agency sought to control Greek politics through their infiltration of the Greek royal family and armed forces.

But The Rape of Greece is also about people fighting back and ultimately winning. When the tanks of the neo-fascist junta rolled through the streets of Athens in 1967, resistance was not far behind. Here is the story of one resistance group, Democratic Defence, its leaders under siege in Athens and their foreign helpers. In the face of a brutal dictatorship that tortured its victims at will, this motley group of men and women — from England, France, Germany, Scandinavia and America — tirelessly smuggled resistance activists out of Greece and bombs and propaganda in. Their astonishing story of bravery and commitment, failures and triumphs, appears here for the first time in print.

Peter Murtagh, who spent five years researching and writing the book, combines the analytical insight of an award-winning investigative journalist with the narrative drive of a natural storyteller. Filled with political intrigue, adventure and larger-than-life characters, The Rape of Greece is a startling and compelling read, and an important chronicle of modern history.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Blue boards with Silver titling to the Spine. [IX] 278 pages. Tags: government resistance greece history 20th century military coup d’etat politics european irregular guerrilla forces warfare espionage greek junta imposition military fascism cyprus internal affair collaborators
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Glimpses of Old Japan from Japanese Colour Prints: Figure; The Geisha; Birds & Flowers; Landscape; by C. G. [Charles Geoffrey] Holme (£72.00)Publisher: The Studio Publications — 1936Binding: Hardback Condition: Poor. All volumes are heavily worn at the spine and edges of the boards. Pages lightly age-tanned but with notable spotting throughout. The pasted on plates, on different grade art paper, are well preserved. Binding copies or for reference only. Description: Illustrated by way of: Colour Plates [8 per volume, pasted on with tissue guards];Notes: Size: 12½" x 10". Pictorial boards. Tags: color prints japanese birds art landscape painting japan country life pictorial works edo period 1600-1868 kesai yeisen hiroshige the second and hokusai plants figure charles geoffrey holme
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The Puritan Gift: Triumph, Collapse and Revival of An American Dream by Kenneth Hopper & William Hopper (£53.00)Publisher: I. B. Tauris & Co. — 2007Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1850434190]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black and White Photographs;

From the cover: “Where does the Protestant work ethic come from? And how did America achieve such dominance in management for so long?

The Puritan Gift traces the origins and characteristics of an American managerial culture which, over the course of three centuries, turned a handful of small colonies into the greatest economic and political power on earth. It argues that the energy, social mobility, competitiveness and capacity for innovation, all of which lie at the heart of that culture, have their origins in the discipline and ethos of America’s first wave of European immigrants: the Puritans. Drawing lessons from their own extensive experience, the authors warn that, as America distances itself from the core values which underlay its commercial and economic success during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, it puts its own future prosperity and security at risk.

The book also explores how American managerial culture has spread throughout the world. In particular it examines the impact of the US occupation of Japan on the social and manufacturing mores of that country and explains how America’s inherited style of management interacted with Japanese traditions.

This is an original exploration of the dramatic and far-reaching consequences of the Puritans’ ‘gift’ to America — the ethos which produced the early success of America and what came to be known as the American dream.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine. [XVI] 334 pages. Tags: puritans united states influence industrial management history moral and ethical aspects kenneth hopper william first editions firsts printings 1st
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Ruling Passion by Reginald Hill (£48.00)Publisher: Collins Crime Club — 1973Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0002317109]Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. Very slightly ruffled edges of DJ. Lightly bruised at head and tail. A nice copy.Description: Sergeant Pascoe has problems, eleven unsolved burglaries and Superintendent Dalziel worried about his health. A weekend in the country seems a very pleasant prospect, especially when it means a reunion with four old friends. 255pp. Size: 8vo Large Post (8¼" x 5") Dust wrapper in protective, removable sleeve.
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The Caterpillar Cop by James Mcclure (£48.00)Publisher: Victor Gollancz — 1972Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0575015128]Condition: Very Good+ - in Very Good+ DJ. Leans slightly otherwise a very well presented copy.Description: For James McClure's second book, the South African town of Trekkersburg is again the setting, and that highly original team, Lieutenant Kramer (white) and Sergeant Zondi (black), are again the detectives. A twelve-year-old boy, Boetie, is found strangled and mutilated in a wood on the edge of the Country Club. Is it the work of a sex maniac? Or was it made to look that way? 256pp. Size: 8vo Large Post (8¼" x 5") Dust wrapper in protective, removable sleeve.
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Capability Brown by Dorothy Stroud (£43.00)Publisher: London: Faber & Faber — 1975Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0571102670]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. Price Clipped. Description: Contains: Black & white photographs; Black & white drawings; Portrait to the frontispiece; Illustrated endpapers and blanks; Title page vignette;

From the cover: “Dorothy Stroud has completely rewritten her famous book on Capability Brown, the doyen of English landscape architects in the eighteenth century, for this new edition. A great many discoveries have been made since it originally appeared in 1950, when it was a pioneering study. New documents and sources of information have come to light; new sites have been identified; old theories have been discarded and new ones have taken their place. At the same time, Brown’s reputation has soared — not least because of our increasing awareness of the unique character and vulnerability of the English landscape. What we now have may be regarded as the definitive work on Brown.

Capability Brown is biography, art history and vade mecum for the travelling Brown enthusiast combined in one. The chronological approach has been retained so that his multitudinous and varied landscape designs and architectural works up and down the country may be seen in proper relation to, for example, his initial struggle to gain recognition when he moved south, his accelerating success in the 1750s and 1760s, and his considerable influence — political as well as artistic — later on in his life. The main text is closely tied in with the comprehensive list of works and map at the end of the book. It can therefore be used as a work of reference if necessary.”
Notes: Foreword or introduction by Christopher Hussey. Size: 10" x 7¾". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 262 pages. Tags: landscape gardening great britain history, landscape architects, gardens landscaping brown, gardens landscaping biographies, books written dorothy stroud, books introduced christopher hussey
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Secret Hiding Places by Michael Hodgetts (£43.00)Publisher: Veritas — 1989Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 1853900796]Condition: Very Good+. Lower wrap and last few pages gently creased at the top corner otherwise a very well presented copy.Description: Illustrated with B&W photographs. Secret hiding-places have a recognised niche in the mythology of the English country house. This solidly documented work of research traces both their history and their geography, incorporating much recent investigation of architectural and recusant history and throwing a vivid light on Tudor and Stuart politics and religion. It traces the geographical phenomenon of hide-clusters - network of priest-holes in houses linked by the kinship or friendship of their owners. It describes the amazing skill of Nicholas Owen, an Oxford carpenter who laboured for seventeen years to build hides for fugitive priests, and who died under torture, faithful to their secrets.Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5¾". 267 pages. Tags: Hodgetts tudor priest stuart england politics priesthole
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Abandoned Mansions of Ireland by Tarquin Blake (£42.00)Publisher: Wilton: The Collins Press — 2012Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 9781848890619]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: 3rd printing. [First Published: 2010] Illustrated by way of: Glossary; Vignette to the title page; Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs;

From the cover: “From the mid-eighteenth century Irish country houses flourished. Landowners generated easy income leasing land to tenants. As their wealth increased, so did the size of their country mansions. However, the Great Famine took its toll. Penniless tenants could not pay rent and estate owners found themselves in a precarious financial position. Later land reforms saw land ownership transferred directly to farmers. The houses, stripped of their land and income, fell into decline. During the War of Independence the mansions became an IRA target and many were deliberately burnt. For others, the increasing expense of maintenance made them unviable. Gradually, abandoned and forgotten, they sank into decay.

In 2008 Tarquin Blake found his first abandoned ‘Big House’ and began exploring the lost architecture of Ireland. Here he documents what is left of fifty mansion houses. Included are Mountpelier Lodge (the Dublin Hellfire Club), the birthplaces of Daniel O’Connell and the Duke of Wellington, and the one-time homes of Grace O’Malley and the Smithwicks of Kilkenny (brewers).

Brief histories of the houses and associated folklore tell of troubled times and private hardships. The inclusion of details from the 1911 Census offers a glimpse of the closing days of the aristocracy and their mansions. For example, the census records the owner of Lisheen House in Sligo as a Mr Owen Phibbs; occupation: Landed Proprietor; age 70. Mr Phibbs lived in the twenty-five rooms of his magnificent mansion house accompanied by a staff of five: a cook, parlour maid, housemaid, kitchen maid and laundress. By 1950 Lisheen House would be utterly abandoned. Today the fine carved stonework has almost disappeared under ivy.

The histories, together with beautiful photographs of the haunting ruins, explore a part of our heritage that is crumbling away before our eyes.”
Notes: Size: 11¼" x 9". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 337 pages. Tags: mansions ireland history abandoned houses upper class dwellings architecture planning domestic palaces chateaux country photographs buildings residential
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A Book of Britain: The Lore, Landscape and Heritage of a Treasured Countryside by Johnny Scott (£40.00)Publisher: Collins — 2010Binding: Hardback First Edition. [ISBN: 0007288158]Condition: Very Good. Light ripple to the covering of the upper board and a slight lean. A nice copy. Description: Illustrated by way of: Colour Photographs; Colour Drawings;

From the cover: “In this remarkable, landmark publication, countryman Sir Johnny Scott evokes all that is romantic about the British countryside, its people, customs and traditions. Over its 600 gloriously illustrated pages, Johnny draws on his wisdom and knowledge to reveal a forgotten culture, and encourages us all to rediscover a beautiful Britain.”
Notes: Illustrated by Cristian Barnett (Photos.). Size: 11¼" x 8½". Decorative boards. 598 pages. Tags: 9780007288151 Country life, Great Britain, Natural history, History General History, Reference, Europe Great Britain General, History Europe Great Britain, Reference Trivia, The countryside, country life, Europe Great Britain, Trivia, Unit
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Both the Ladies and the Gentlemen by William Donaldson (£38.00)Publisher: Talmy Franklin — 1975Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 090073535X]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Leans slightly. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise but slightly musty.Description: From the cover: “As I might well be the only ponce with a pen, it was of some importance that I keep a record of the various comings and goings. So speaks William Donaldson, old Wykehamist, Cambridge graduate, and producer of Beyond the Fringe, now a 38 year old gentleman ponce.

We meet the tempting Emma Jane (once Miss Crampton, typist), Black Dolores, and Big Elaine, a true professional, who remains at heart a country girl. According to WiIlie, she thinks sex a trifle rude and has therefore decided that charging for it is the least morally confusing thing to do.

The brothel does good business, and Willie takes time off to catalogue the constant flow of punters who include bank managers, cabinet ministers, showbiz artistes, chinless young men and, in particular, two ‘special ist’gonks,’Nigel the Schoolmaster’ and ‘British Intelligence’. Willie gives us a peek at these and other needy males caught in flagrante de/jcto with their trousers well and truly down.

Ah! The dolce vita and easy money go to Willie’s head. He plans to set up on his own and really hit the big time with a partouze — which is French for sharing it. Unfortunately, his club for discerning orgiastes folds after three nights and he returns, broke, to Emma Jane and a steady job.

Ponces, says Willie, have never received a very good press. Both the Ladies and the Gentlemen is sure to change all that for good. It’s the funniest and most outspoken story ever to hit the market.”
Notes: Jacket designed by Mike Wade. Size: 8¾" x 5½". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 199 pages. Tags: prostitution england london pimps fiction english 1900 texts 1945-1999 donaldson prostitutes brothels sex william 090073535x first editions firsts printings 1st
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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Physical Geology by Charles C. Plummer; David Mcgeary; (£36.00)Publisher: William C. Brown — 1991Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 9780697098276]Condition: Very Good. A slightly dog-eared copy. Previous owners inscription to ffep.Description: A straightforward, easy-to-read introduction to geology for both geology majors and nonmajors. Fifth Edition.Notes: Size: 10¾" x 8½". 543 pages. Tags: indurated excavated peneplain geologist alabaster cyclothem initiated direction separated principal aggregate sandstone hercynian tributary concealed intrusive ironstone watershed particles different saturated landforms siliceous hexagonal quartzite freestone impounded flagstone referring potassium silicates quarrying spasmodic ice-sheet carbonate fashioned magnesium magnesian processes intrusion destroyed fragments synclines mountains spherical deposited recession generated meltwater generally volcanoes
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The Living Deserts of Southern Africa by Barry Lovegrove (£34.00)Publisher: Vlaeberg: Fernwood Press — 1999Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0958315477]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Small ding to the join of the upper panel which has punctured the dust wrapper. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: A Later Printing. Illustrated by way of: Graphs; Colour Photographs; Black & White Drawings; Maps; Tables; Illustrated endpapers and blanks; Chapter Headpieces;Notes: Size: 12" x 9¼". Orange boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 224 pages. Tags: desert ecology africa southern deserts south animals plants arid zones national parks floras fauna faunistic regions natural history country applied nature science sciences
P&P: UK 1st £6.75. UK 2nd £6.68. EU Surface £10.36. EU Air £10.35. ROW Surface £10.36. ROW Air £19.22

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All the Beasts of the Field by Sylvia Fenton (£33.00)Publisher: George Allen & Unwin — 1984Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0049250221]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper. Bruised at head of spine with commensurate ruffling to the dust wrapper. A very nice copy.Description: From the cover: “For thirty years, Sylvia Fenton nurtured a dream — a dream of leaving London, of buying a cottage in the country where she could indulge her passion for the countryside and provide a secure home for animals which needed help and protection. The animals are the real stars of the book, but Sylvia Fenton also writes of her discovery that country life is not all roses round the door — more like thistles round your ankles, nettles round your knees and mud up to your midriff.”Notes: Jacket designed by David Astin. Illustrated by David Astin. Size: 8¾" x 5½". 162 pages. Tags: observations personal animals culture 636.08
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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 Farmer's Veterinary Adviser by James Law (£33.00)Publisher: E. Menken — 1890Binding: Hardback Condition: Good. Cover slightly rubbed at extremities, notably at crease of spine. Mildly bumped at head & tail of spine and corners. Inscription on ffep. Hinges a little weak. Top edges dusty. Internally clean & bright.Description: Green boards with gilt titling on spine. Illustrated with line drawings. A guide to the prevention of disease in domestic animals. Circa 1890. 2pp. Publishers advertisements to the rear.Notes: Size: 7½" x 4¾". 422 pages. Tags: horses cattle sheep country districts live stock pathology disinfection parasites pancreas spleen urinary organs mammary glands udder teats blood-vessels lymphatic
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The South African Connection by Donald Tripp (£33.00)Publisher: Autoprint Publishing Company, Essex — 1985Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0947596046]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. Promoters' sticker to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise. Description: From the cover: “This powerfully written, fast moving contemporary thriller with a political background, is set in South Africa and London. It concerns missing highly secret documents that could embarrass the South African Government. The Author who lived many years in South Africa has not only created the atmosphere of tension, intrigue and violence that exists in South Africa, but has given a masterly insight into the secret forces at work, both in that country and Europe in order to maintain White Afrikaander supremacy for all times. It tells of the sinister activities of the Bureau of State Security (B. O. S. S. ) and the Broederbond a secret Afrikaander society. This is an exciting story about Roger Skey, a private agent, who is sent to South Africa to track down and obtain the documents. and Moira de Villiers a beautiful B. O. S. S. agent. It also reveals the true views of many western politicians and business executives of international corporations who want South Africa to remain under the control of the ‘Whites’.”Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Pale Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 200 pages. Tags: fiction mystery south africa afrikaan secret services donald tripp 0947596046 first editions firsts printings 1st
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A Testimony of Her Times: Based on Penelope Hind's Diaries and Correspondence 1787-1838 by Sarah Markham (£32.00)Publisher: Salisbury: Michael Russell — 1990Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Signed by the Author.[ISBN: 0859551741]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper sunned at the spine and onto the margins of both panels and now sealed in mylar. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Signed by the author, with dedication, on the half-title page — unverified and reflected as such in the lack of premium. Contains: Black & white photographs;

From the cover: “Drawing on the family papers which were the source of her admirable John Loveday of Caversham, Sarah Markham now introduces the succeeding generation, a portrait based on the diaries and correspondence of one of John Loveday’s daughters, Penelope Hind. It is full of quiet domestic detail: Penelope spent several years of widowhood near Hungerford before becoming, in 1808, the wife of the vicar of Findon in Sussex. Most interesting — and a rarity in such contemporary accounts — is the closely observed relationship between the diarist and the children of servants and villagers (a relationship that Professor Antony Cox analyses in a postscript). There is new information on Penelope’s friendship with the statesman William Windham, and she also records, through cuttings and correspondence from friends and relations, news from the wider world -there are some excellent vignettes of court life and, in particular, an enjoyably robust account of meeting Lord Byron. The eyewitness experience of the agricultural riots of the 18305, recounted in detail, tempers nostalgia for the country idyll. The incidence of mishap and bereavement reminds us, too, that illness in those days took an immeasurably harsher toll. Sarah Markham has marshalled her material skilfully and her supporting research is, as ever, impeccable. Her book is fairly titled A Testimony of Her Times, because that, without the distortions of great position or extremes of fortunate or adverse circumstance, is exactly what it is.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Grey boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [X] 245 pages. Tags: markham hind penelope correspondence diaries english 18th century 19th england social customs sources findon west sussex 0859551741 9780859551748
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People and Places: Country House Donors and The National Trust by James Lees-Milne (£32.00)Publisher: London: John Murray — 1993Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0719551455]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Description: A Later Printing. Contains: Black & white photographs; Black & white drawings;

From the cover: “In 1936, James Lees-Milne became Country Houses secretary of the infant National Trust. Already fired with compassion for ancient architecture, ‘so vulnerable and transient’, he could now pursue what amounted to a vocation.

His arrival increased the Trust’s permanent staff to four, a close-knit community, somewhat cramped in a stuffy office facing a shunting yard in Victoria. The Trust at that time owned only two country houses, one ruined and the other empty, but changing conditions, accelerated by the War, now brought a stream of offers. James Lees-Milne’s chief task was to visit, as ambassador and aesthetic assessor, would-be donors in their domains. So young a man arriving often on a bicycle must have astonished those patrician figures, who themselves might be survivors from the Victorian age. Nor was his task easy: it involved legal thickets, intricate family squabbles, dilemmas of artistic judgement, and owners who, in their fastnesses, might have grown very eccentric indeed.

In this book James Lees-Milne describes fourteen houses, including Knole, Blickling, Stourhead and Cotehele. He brings the buildings, their owners and pasts brilliantly to life and tells the sometimes cliffhanging tales of their transfer to the Trust. Readers of the celebrated diaries will not be surprised by the wit and charm in these pages. But everyone, whether the author’s devoted following or visitors to the Trust’s great houses, will be enchanted by the extraordinary, amusing and touching picture they will find here of an England now lost.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [VII] 232 pages. Tags: lees-milne national trust britain country houses england history homes aristocracy manors benefactors conservation restoration brtain historic architecture british isles 20th century museum sites gallery art guides palaces 0719551455 9780719551451
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The Challenge of Military Reform in Postcommunist Europe: Building Professional Armed Forces by Edited By Anthony Forster, Timothy Edmunds & Andrew Cottey (£32.00)Publisher: Basingstoke & New York: Palgrave Macmillan — 2002Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0333946219]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper. Light spotting to the blanks and endpapers otherwise a very well presented copy. Description: Illustrated by way of: Tables;

From the cover: “This comparative study examines the challenges faced by countries of post-communist Europe in reforming and professionalizing their armed forces. It explores how the interaction of the common challenges of post-communism and the diverse circumstances of individual countries are shaping professionalization processes in this changing region.

The detailed country case studies in this volume, written by leading experts to a common analytical framework, compare the experiences of Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Croatia, Russia and Ukraine.”
Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Grey boards with Silver titling to the Spine. In the One Europe Or Several? series. [X] 260 pages. Tags: one europe post-communism armed forces reorganization military policy history 20th century defence strategy planning research international political science security national ideologies communism socialism democracy 9780333946213
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The Essential Flower Gardening Encyclopedia by Anon. (£32.00)Publisher: Fog City Press — 2006Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Description: 3rd printing. [First Published: 2004] Illustrated by way of: Colour Photographs;

From the cover: “This inspiring compendium provides ideas and guidance for planning and planting a flower garden. Whether your aim is to create a rockery for rare and fragile plants, a formal garden with the emphasis on line and symmetry, or an exuberant cottage garden, this hook will help you achieve that goal. And whatever the size or location — a large expanse in the country or a small balcony in an inner-city area — here are ideas for adding charm, character and colour through the use of flowering plants.

The Essential Flower Gardening Encyclopaedia contains a how-to reference guide filled with practical gardening tips and techniques, plus inspirational photographs of garden styles, designs and plant options.

Colour is a key factor in a flower garden, and ‘Can he employed as accent, as background, to convey a particular mood, and to create the effect of space. A 280-page encyclopaedic section features more than 1,000 popular flowers, flowering shrubs and trees. This inspiring resource is divided into five colour groups: orange-red; pink; purple-blue; white; and yellow. Flowering time, light conditions, cultivation notes, maintenance requirements and landscape use are described alongside a photograph of each plant.”
Notes: Size: 11¼" x 8¾". Pictorial boards. 608 pages. Tags: gardening with flowers understanding your garden preparation and planting houseplants container plants problem-solving caring for creating flower basic design creative orange-red plnk purple-blue white annuals bulbs climbers perennials shrubs trees plant hardiness zone maps anon
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The Rising Sun by H. L. V. Fletcher (£32.00)Publisher: MacDonald & Co. — 1951Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Good - in Poor DJ. DJ has several large tears, with loss, further creasing, a shabby appearance. Boards a little rubbed at extremities. Slightly shaken. Offset to endpapers. Text more than acceptable.Description: The author writes, as always, with great feeling for the Welsh Border country in which the tale is set, and presents a fine study of a man who never lost his courage in face of the heavy blows fate seemed to deal him and who eventually won through. An uncommon book.Notes: Jacket designed by C. W. Bacon. Size: 7½" x 5". 240 pages. Tags: welsh borders countryside fiction
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Dorset Pilgrims: The Story of West Country Pilgrims Who Went to New England in the 17th Century by Frank Thistlethwaite (£31.00)Publisher: London: Barrie & Jenkins — 1989Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0712620125]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with a light crease to the top corner of the upper panel. Slight lean. Top edge of the text block tanned. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Contains: Black & white plates; Maps; Genealogical tables; Appendices [2];

From the cover: “This is a book that skilfully blends the minutiae of scholarly research with a powerful narrative. It tells the tale of a small group of English Puritans who, in the early 17th century, set sail to find a new life and a new Church in New England. Brought together by the recruiting powers and visionary drive of the famous Dorchester clergyman, John White, these pilgrims — many of them West Country neighbours and some connected by marriage — embarked on their dangerous voyage. On 20 March 1630 the first of them boarded the Mary and John and set sail across the Atlantic to found Dorchester on Massachusetts Bay.

Thistlethwaite vividly evokes the shock of the inhospitable climate as the pilgrims struggled to survive. Like a hive of bees, they did not stay long where they had first settled but swarmed a second time. Within five years the greater part of the community had uprooted themselves and trekked through the New England wilderness to settle on its ‘frontier’, the Connecticut River. Here, in a single plantation they still persisted as that same close-knit West Country community. Many had their homelots and field strips next to the same Dorset neighbours. The lifestyle too, with apple orchards and cider, Devon cattle rearing and dairying, hemp and flax, preserved a West Country flavour. But inevitably the old ways had to be adapted. The book ends with the great Indian Revolt of 1675, and in describing how this crisis was met, the author shows how the passage of four decades had turned the children of Dorset pilgrims into pioneers of America’s moving frontier.

It is an exciting story, skilfully pieced together from parish records, from wills and inventories, land grants and conveyances, court and church records and the lucky chance of an occasional diary or bundle of letters. Out of this fragmentary material, the author has convincingly recreated the experience of the pilgrims, bringing them to life across the centuries.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Olive boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [IX] 294 pages. Tags: thistlethwaite puritans england history 17th century west emigration immigration united states country colonial period dorset american colonies 9780712620123
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Hands to Dance by Charles Causley (£31.00)Publisher: London: Carroll & Nicholson — 1951Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn with a chip to the foot of the upper panel, a stain to the foot of the lower, and tanned overall. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Pages lightly age-tanned. Description: From the cover: “In this remarkable first collection of long and short stories, Charles Causley writes with wit and gusto and imaginative power not only of the Navy (in which he spent nearly six years), but also of his native Cornwall. The stories range from the deceptively peaceful market-towns of the West of England to the life of the matelot in Gibraltar, West Africa, the islands of the Mediterranean, Alexandria and Australia. He captures with zest and an infectious enthusiasm such diverse characters as the fantastic Captain Exe, Goldie: the apprehensive ex-p. o. w. , an ill-assorted Spanish family (in Adios, Gibraltar), a whole array of old Naval “sweats,” and pins them down on the paper alive and kicking.

We predict a considerable future for this lively young author whom Henry Williamson has described in The Adelphi, as “a born writer” and of whom J. C. Trewin has written in The West Country Magazine: He is a major discovery in the literature of the West of England.”
Notes: Size: 7½" x 5". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [X] 222 pages. Tags: short stories, english, naval unit histories, great britain, second world war, ranks training schools, hms royal arthur, first edition books, books written charles causley
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The American Century: People, Power and Politics: An Illustrated History by Harold Evans with Gail Buckland & Kevin Baker (£30.00)Publisher: Jonathan Cape — 1998Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0224052179]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Illustrated endpapers and blanks;

From the cover: “The British may have claimed the 19th century by force, and the Chinese may cast a long shadow over the 21st, but the 20th century belongs to the United States. This is the premise behind Harold Evans’s robust, sweeping, spectacularly illustrated account of the people and events that gave rise to America’s political and cultural dominance.

Evans begins in the 1880s, when it was still uncertain whether America, with its diverse peoples, manifold beliefs and impossible ideals, would even survive its own democratic experiment or manage to reconcile an increasingly headlong materialism with the original virtues of the Republic. He shows how, from that time forward, the citizens of the United States saw increases in wealth and personal freedom unequalled in history, paralleled by the growing power and influence of the country abroad. He covers upheavals and victories with succinct and insightful prose, aided by a splendid array of 900 fresh, remarkable images. Here are the Presidents, nineteen of them, from a Civil War general to a movie star; here are Al Capone and J. Edgar Hoover, Martin Luther King and the Ku Klux Klan.

The American Century is an epic work, an incomparable telling of the rise of the most powerful nation in the world.”
Notes: Size: 11½" x 9¼". Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine. [XXIII] 710 [1] pages. Tags: united states history 20th century political and cultural dominance social usa politics government
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In the Company of Heroes by William Blanning (£29.00)Publisher: Self Published — 2006Binding: Paperback Condition: Good. Gently rubbed at the edges of the spine and wrappers with heavy scuffing to the upper wrapper. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Contains: Black & white photographs; Colour photographs; Maps;

From the cover: “This is the story of the young men, and in some cases not so young men, of Radstock and the surrounding villages who fought and died in the Great War on the Western Front, on the high seas, and in warmer climes. It is a privilege to be asked by William Blanning to write the forward to his excellent work, which will preserve for the future the memory of their sacrifice.

Four hundred and sixty soldiers, sailors and airmen from the Radstock area lost their lives, the first being killed in action on 1st September 1914 at Saintines and the last at Presau on 2nd November 1918, just nine days before the Armistice. Both served in their county regiment, The Somerset Light Infantry, as did many of those who died. It will come, however, as a surprise to some readers that so many served in other regiments and corps, in some cases having been transferred from the county regiment. Amongst the regiments whose names appear frequently are the Coldstream Guards, Grenadier Guards, Gloucestershire Regiment and Royal Artillery.

The book describes well the major events of the war as a background to the personal family tragedies which are recorded. It is a testament to the time and care the author has taken in researching his subject. The results of all his hard work over several years will be an enormous benefit to those wishing to know more about the part played by the people of the Radstock area in the first of the great wars of the 20th Century. It is one of a number of such ‘local Somerset’ books recently published and adds to our collective knowledge. It will be invaluable to local historians and to students alike.”
Notes: Foreword or introduction by David Elliot. Size: 11¼" x 8". 396 pages. Tags: great war, western front, radstock midsomer norton camerton clandown, somerset light infantry, history genealogy, somerset book honour, somerset county war memorial, somerset regiments, west country parishes, books written william blanning, books introduced david elliot
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Bailbrook by Bryan Little (£28.00)Publisher: Southall: IAL — 1979Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0906452015]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Previous owners' gift inscription to the pastedown. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Plates; Black & White Plates; Maps; Plans;Notes: Size: 6½" x 8½". Matching Pictorial boards. 37 pages. Tags: little 0906452015 bailbrook house england bath avon country houses
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October 1973: The Arab-Israeli War by Frank Aker (£28.00)Publisher: Archon Books — 1985Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0208020667]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dustwrapper. Unlaminated dustwrapper a little edgeworn and faded. Boards slightly sprung. Text complete, clean and tight but very slightly musty.Description: Illustrated with diagrams & maps. From the cover: “On October 6, 1973, the world was taken by surprise. Egypt sent troops and equipment across the Suez at the Bar Lev Line and the Syrians advanced through the rugged Golan Heights. Few military analysts thought that either country could succeed in a confrontation with Israel, considered a mini super power and famous for swift and devastating victories in war. But this did not happen. Israel instead found itself fighting for survival on two fronts.”Notes: Jacket designed by Marie-Louise Scull. Foreword or introduction by Maj. Gen. George S Patton. Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Red boards with Black titling to the Spine. 185 pages. Tags: israel-arab war 1973 956’.048 yom kippur war post-world war arab-israeli conflict israel occupied territories egyptian attack israeli counterattack israeli advance west bank israeli tank bricade arab tank division main battle tanks first-line aircraft israeli missile boats general hoffi major general laner gonen ral bar-lev mandler magen general yzhaki colonel granit
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SPQR by Paul Hyde Bonner (£28.00)Publisher: Derek Verschoyle — 1953Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with rubbing at the spine ends and corners. Knocked at the bottom corner of the lower board. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Tanning to the blanks. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned.Description: From the cover: “It was the brand of ancient Rome and it stood for Senatus Popiihisqiie Romanus. The letters proclaimed that whatever was thus labelled was Rome’s property; today they still appear on objects owned by the city. And today Rome still puts this mark on its captives, as Lovat Fraser, First Secretary of the American Embassy, discovers.

He has been warned about the Roman virus. “Never get deeply involved in a Roman love affair or really entangled in the life of a Roman”, said a wise colleague; “for once you do that, you will cease to serve your country and will serve only them”. As the story opens, wise counsel has prevailed for a long time. But Fraser is young, healthy and unmarried. Suddenly his control breaks completely. Within a few days the startled diplomat finds himself involved with not one but two Roman women (one is American-born, it is true, but she has become Roman to the core). Dazzled by the brilliance of Roman society, the splendour of the palaces, and, above all, by the charms of the beautiful Duchess of Lanza, Fraser throws caution to the winds. In the weeks that follow he is swept along by an intricate chain of events which includes the unmasking of a Communist agent and a murder. For a while he believes that his career is in jeopardy; but the spell breaks just in time, and this witty and sophisticated novel ends on a cheerful note.

Paul Hyde Bonner writes of Rome and its surrounding Campagna with great descriptive skill, and his readers will find long before they reach the end that they too have fallen under the spell of the Eternal City.”
Notes: Size: 8" x 5". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 274 pages. Tags: historical chronicles narration chronicle narrative storyline medieval earlier ancient account history england fiction stories middle period bygone legend annals times olden fable story tale saga ages days yore myth past one day old
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The Heritage of French Cookery by Annie Hubert-Bare (£28.00)Publisher: Limited Editions — 1993Binding: Hardback [ISBN: 0091781760]Condition: Good+. Knocked at head, tail and corners. Gently faded at the spine. Offset from the frontis on the title page. Text bright and tight otherwise.Description: Recipes by The Scotto Sisters. From the introduction: “French cuisine has influenced every Western cuisine, to the extent that it has become an international symbol of prestige and quality. This grand culinary tradition, many centuries old, is an integral part of our culture. But by what route did France become the cradle of gastronomy? Certainly, this magnificent country is blessed with one of the most temperate of climates and an extraordinary abundance and diversity of produce from its different regions. But the existence of one of the world’s greatest gastronomies cannot be explained simply by the presence of fine produce; it needs its practitioners. Many people through the centuries have helped effect a slow transformation, and forged the characteristics of a tradition of fine cooking and eating that continues to evolve today.” Pictorial boards.Notes: Size: 13½" x 9¾". 256 pages. Tags: pork poultry game carving cuisine french culinary beauvais cheeses gastronomy fontainebleau grande cuisine spices roux food preparation cuisine bourgeoist marin menon parisian cafes camembert gourmands suppers french cooking cordon bleu
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The Treacle Mine Affair by D. E. Tucker (£28.00)Publisher: The Book Guild — 1993Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0863328407]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper. Slight tanning to the edges of the text block otherwise a very well presented copy.Description: From the cover: “One summer the inhabitants of Bincombe begin to behave strangely. They do not know they have been ‘pixillated’ by a peculiar effluent from the local disused lead workings, which include the oddly named ‘Treacle Mine’.

When Peg and Robin join their country cousins Helen and Adrian at Up-hill Farm for the holidays they form an intrepid team to unravel the fate of some stolen cattle and the mystery of the mine. They become entangled in an adventure much more dangerous and exciting than anything they had bargained for. For instance, Adrian’s Geiger counter shows such disturbing results on samples of water that radioactivity adds a frightening threat to the adventure. Strangers invade the village, headed by a master criminal called ‘The Octopus’. They are obviously up to no good and the daring quartet decide to infiltrate the Roman Cavern — scene of the crooks’ nefarious activities.

The boys make an horrific underground descent through a swallow-hole, but their dangerous attempt only raises more questions as to what dreadful scheme the gang are actually involved in. A good deal of hard work on a steam traction engine, plus the loyal support of their dog Shep, enables the cousins to penetrate the villains’ defences and uncover a wicked intrigue which threatens even more than the well-being of the village.

The final part of the adventure takes them into awesome underground passages, where stalagmites and stalactites provide a surrealistic setting for a crime which has distinctly contemporary significance. This thrilling narrative not only gives the reader an exciting mystery to solve — it also provides rich information on country living and on some of the environmental issues that concern us today.”
Notes: Jacket designed by Louise Gardner. Size: 8¾" x 5½". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 167 pages. Tags: action activity adolescent adult adventure adventurers american anglo animals authors beasts bestseller books bookshelf british brothers child childish children’s childrens children's christian classics curriculum education enduring english escapade exciting exploit fairy-tale family famous fantasy fiction forces full-length historical history hunter imaginary imagination invented journey joy junior juvenile kid kingdom language legend literary literature made-up magic magical minor modern mystery mystical narrative national novels people period person places plays pleasure pre-school pretend quality readers reading realism science short stories story storyline syllabus tale talking teen teenagers toddler voyage works writing written young younger youngsters youth youthful
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Urban Estate Management by W. A. Leach (£28.00)Publisher: Estates Gazette — 1946Binding: Hardback First Edition. Condition: Good. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding, slight fraying at the spine ends. Gently faded at the spine and onto the rather dulled boards. Edges of the textblock lightly tanned. Loan plate to the pastedown. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned.Description: Notes: Size: 8½" x 5½". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 468 pages. Tags: compensation distribution quinquennial instructions preservation restrictions prescription agricultural overcrowding alterations sub-letting authorities trespassers development obstructive legislation enforcement boundaries structural leaseholds deductions agreements provisions structures properties rentcharge sanitation apartments licensees freeholds cesspools verminous tenancies factories ownership buildings easements furnished property drainage boundary premises invitees managers highways schedule planning purchase workers’ industry licences
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Australia: Land of Many Dreams by Lyall Rowe (£27.00)Publisher: Colour Library Books For Gordon & Gotch — 1984Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 086283158X]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dustwrapper. Small crease at top edge of lower panel. Slipcase slightly scuffed in a couple of places. A pleasing copy.Description: Illustrated with colour photographs. From the cover: “For a country which can claim less than a century of nationhood Australia has a fantastic history which has the power to fascinate and enthral. Many thousands of years ago the very first Australians made their way to the vast southern continent on fragile rafts and boats. The nomadic Aborigines created a lifestyle which was rich in culture, but which made little use of the land's vast potential. Intriguing insights into the story of this nation and the character of the people are provided by the fascinating text and glorious full-colour photographs in this book.”Notes: Size: 11" x 13". Brown boards with Orange titling to the Spine & Upper Board. Tags: australia aborigines captain cook new south wales captain james cook cape york queensland van diemen’s land tasmania victoria northern territory norfolk island cocos keeling islands christmas island coral sea island macdonnell islands australian antarctic territory southern hemisphere climatic conditions western australia queensland great dividing range commonwealth parliament kanakas gold rush immigration restriction act anzac day canberra tasmania joseph lyons hobart flying doctor service qantas australian labor party burley griffin sir joseph cook sydney harbour
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Fifty Somerset Churches by R. W. [Robert William] Dunning (£27.00)Publisher: Tiverton: Somerset Books — 1996Binding: Paperback Signed by the Author.[ISBN: 0861833090]Condition: Near Fine. Description: Signed by the author on the title page — unverified and reflected as such in the lack of premium. Contains: Black & white photographs; Black & white drawings; Maps [1];Notes: Size: 9½" x 7". [VIII] 209 pages. Tags: dunning churches somerset architecture buildings west country 0861833090 9780861833092
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How to Live and Work in Belgium: A Handbook for Short and Longstay Visitors by Marvina Shilling (£27.00)Publisher: How To — 1991Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0746305648]Condition: Very Good.Description: Notes: Size: C Format (8½" x 5¼"). 143 pages. Tags: about abroad accommodation acts adapt and antwerp arrival before belgium belgium's brussels business care carries common companies country courtesies customs doing driving education etc general ghent guide handbooks health host household how information institutions international language leaving leisure liege lifestyles living manuals many market medical multilingual nato overview pointers schools self-help successfully the travel working
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The Edifice by Kole Omotoso (£27.00)Publisher: Heinemann — 1971Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0435906356]Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. Price Clipped. DJ a little edgeworn with some slight nicks and faded at spine. Price Clipped. Scuff to front pastedown. Internally bright and clean.Description: From the cover: “This is a novel about a black student in a white man's country and a white woman in a black man’s country. Dele is a student at a university in the United Kingdom; he has shone academically at a Nigerian university. He finds it hard to accept the coldness of the climate and the attitudes. His previous academic achievements are counted as slightly second-rate and ‘liberal’ whites prove racially prejudiced at heart. However, he meets Daisy, a white girl who accepts him and loves him for what he is. Life becomes bearable and they marry.”Notes: Size: 8" x 5½". Purple boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 121 pages. Tags: black student nigerian university liberal whites racially prejudiced marriage crumbling returned nigeria politics
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Come Into the Country by Gerard Young (£26.00)Publisher: London & Hinckley: Samuel Walker — 1946Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with a small stain to the upper panel, slightly loose overall. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned. Description: 3rd impression. [First Edition: 1943] Illustrated by way of: Black & White Drawings [24]; Fold-Out Maps [1];Notes: Size: 7½" x 5". Orange boards with Black titling to the Spine. 254 pages. Tags: young country england sussex social customs
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The Valley of a Thousand Deaths by Conrad H. Sayce [Jim Bushman] (£25.50)Publisher: Blackie & Son — UndatedBinding: Hardback [ISBN: B001AGOKQI]Condition: Good+. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding with rubbing to the same. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned.Description: A novel set in the outback of Australia.Notes: Illustrated by W. E. Wightman. Size: 7½" x 5". Decorative boards. In the Blackie's Books For Boys series. 256 pages. Tags: bushman-trooper water-holes adolescents full-length molesworth king-smith historical corrupting literature children’s pre-school destroying curriculum bestseller oodnadatta adolescent australian charlotte bookshelf childrens carpenter imaginary education catherine cresswell australia katherine christian trooper’s camp-fire adventure youngster narrawing classics coolidge andersen children kathleen margaret mystical language pleasure juvenile enduring european humphrey instinct brothers pioneers american literary
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Beyond The Vale by Ron Frampton (£24.00)Publisher: Churchill — 2004Binding: Paperback First Edition. Condition: Near Fine. Previous owners inscription to ffep otherwise a very well presented copy.Description: Illustrated with B&W photographs. Limited Edition of 2500. features the work of twenty West Country photographers. The images reflect personal feelings and evoke a place of mystery, legend, history and great beauty. The images depict buildings, people and the landscape within an area of Dorset, Devon and Somerset. Eighteen Wessex tales are included, covering both people and buildings. Shepherds, fisherman, carpenters, farmers and country characters tell their stories, alongside their portraits. Mills, chapels, tithe barns, almshouses and tollhouses are amongst the buildings photographed and their stories recorded.Notes: Size: 10¾" x 8¾". 173 pages. Tags: West Country Wessex Devon Somerset Dorset
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Design and Build Your Own Doll's Houses by Beryl Armstrong (£24.00)Publisher: Apple Press — 1995Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 1850766401]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Slight rubbing to the head of both the dust wrapper and the boards. Text complete, clean and tight. A nice, tight copy.Description: Reprint. [First: 1993] Illustrated with colour photographs. From the cover: “The world of doll’s houses is an exciting and magical one and when you build your own house you are limited only by your imagination. You can create in miniature whatever you want — a palatial mansion, an old farmhouse, a country cottage or a shop. Design and Build Your Own Doll’s Houses gives you all the information you need to achieve this. There is one simple principle upon which the construction of a whole house is based and that is building a box. It is clearly explained at the beginning of the book and once you have grasped this you can go on to create a house as simple or elaborate as you wish. Design and Build Your Own Doll’s Houses guides you through the whole building process — making the basic box structure, adding the internal walls, floors and ceilings and putting on the roof and front. It includes detailed information on how to build staircases, doors, windows, fireplaces and how to wire and decorate your house. Techniques for every conceivable feature are explained with the aid of step-by-step photographs, and as many alternative methods are given as possible so that you can adapt them to suit your own requirements. This book is full of inspiring and useful ideas and advice on how to avoid common pitfalls. There is a suggested work schedule to help you organise and order the construction, and at the end you will have your own unique house, awaiting only furniture and inhabitants.”Notes: Size: 9" x 11¾". Blue boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 96 pages. Tags: and architrave assembling attic banisters barge barn bars baseboard basement basic bathroom bay birch blinds block boards box breast brickwork bulbs carpet ceiling chimney choice circuit clamp clubs connector construction copper covering coving craft cupboard curtains curved cut decorating depth design designing dividers dollhouses dolls doorknobs doors doorways dormer double drill
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Lugard in Africa by A. A. [Arthur Alexander] Thomson & Dorothy Middleton (£23.00)Publisher: London: Robert Hale — 1959Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Good — in Poor Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with a little loss to the head of both panels and damp stain to the reverse. Upper board damp stained. Leans. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Maps;

From the cover: “HERE is the real-life adventure story of a man who landed in Africa at the age of thirty, disappointed in love, thwarted in ambition, and almost penniless. Destiny drew him adventuring to Lake Nyasa, where he organised a handful of traders and missionaries in their fight against the Arab slave traders and led them single-handed in a night-attack on the enemy stockade. Undeterred by a wound that pained him all the rest of his life, he blazed a trail to the Kingdom of Buganda, pressed on into virtually unknown territories further north, and, in a later journey, trekked to the heart of the savage Kalahari Desert. Then, at thirty-eight, he found his true life’s task in Nigeria, where he raised the West Africa Frontier Force, curbed the cruel and turbulent Emirs of the North and, in the years that followed, laid the foundations of good government on which the country has grown into a modern state with democratic institutions, looking forward to complete independence.

This man was Frederick Dealtry, Lord Lugard, the first and perhaps the greatest of Britain’s colonial administrators. Yet renowned as he was for his tremendous administrative achievements in West Africa, he was no ready-made governor, tailored in Whitehall. Nothing among his later successes is more vital and enthralling than the tale of those early African years — years of hardship and loneliness borne with incredible courage.

The story of these years under the harsh African sun is recounted in this stirring biography.”
Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5½". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 189 pages. Tags: lugard frederick dealtry sir baron john 1st colonial administrators africa west colonization politics government britain colonies administration travel british explorers nineteenth century imperialism
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The Arabs by Harry B. [Bearse] Ellis (£23.00)Publisher: Brockhampton Press — 1960Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with a little loss. Leans heavily. Boards faded. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Drawings; Genealogical Tables;

From the cover: “Long before Alfred became King of England, there was a mighty Arab empire in the East. For the Arabs, inspired by the teachings of Mohammed, had swept out of the barren deserts of the Arabian Peninsula and conquered country after country. Their lands stretched from Gibraltar to China, and for a while Baghdad was the crossroads of the world. Fur traders from the steppes of Russia mingled with spice merchants from India and China in the great bazaars.

This authoritative book brings alive for children and their parents the Golden Age of the Arab Empire which ended violently many hundreds of years ago, but preserved for us much of the learning of Greece and the ancient world.”
Notes: Illustrated by Leonard Everett Fisher. Size: 9½" x 6¼". Fawn boards with Brown titling to the Spine & Upper Board. 124 pages. Tags: arabs history middle east politics and government the arab world today chronological chart golden age empire mohammed prophet harry bearse ellis leonard everett fisher first editions firsts printings 1st
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The Sea Coast by J. A. [James Alfred] Steers (£23.00)Publisher: Collins — 1954Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper has been sealed in mylar which has tanned with age. Pages very gently age-tanned. Description: 2nd (revised & corrected) printing. [First Published: 1953] Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs [10]; Diagrams; Maps [52];

From the cover: “Are there many Britons who have never seen the sea? Everybody knows the answer to this question: the sea is part of our British life, the coast of Britain a great strip of incredible length upon which its trade, commerce, empire and industry have risen. Britain’s coast is Britain’s life. This book is a natural history of that coast — a natural history in the broadest sense.

Apart from its length and complexity Britain’s coastline is unique in many other ways; Indeed, there is nothing like it anywhere else in the world. No island, no country is so rich in contrasts. The British coasts have everything, from towering cliffs rising a thousand feet and more sheer from deep water, to miles of tidal slobs and flats, restless shingle spits, shifting beaches moving sand-dunes, immobile rock headlands. The extraordinary consequences of a varied climate and a complicated geology are shown in Britain’s coasts, even more effectively than in her fascinating inland scenery.”
Notes: Size: 8¾" x 6¼". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. In the New Naturalist series. [XII] 276 pages. Tags: coasts great britain natural history sea ecology james alfred steers new naturalist
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Tom-Toms in the Night by Attilio Gatti (£23.00)Publisher: Hutchinson & Co. — 1932Binding: Hardback Condition: Good. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding, a little tanned and soiled. Edges of the textblock heavily tanned. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned and spotted.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs. 3rd Impression.Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5". Orange boards with Black titling to the Spine & Upper Board. 285 pages. Tags: man-eating lions chief xipooso bantu-simba voodoo secret society the lion men smell ceremony african elephant gorilla country mambuti pygmies moami ngagi tuadekili kulumkulu wills zulu wedding commander attilio gam hunters indonas witch doctor sukumbana suakini assegai python bobojanni mtembos tarote fighting warriors knives scrapers points arrows spears wildebeeste zululand
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Touristic Guide Of Lebanon by Emir Gilbert Chehab (£23.00)Publisher: Ghassibe & Berbarry — UndatedBinding: Paperback Condition: Good. A pleasant enough reading copy. A slightly dog-eared copy with some toning to the margins of the leaves. Binding weakening at the rear. Promotional, ribboned, bookmark included.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs & maps. From the cover: “Lebanon’s name derives from the Aramaic word (Loubnane) which means white. White like its mountains and peaks covered with snow. With its 10452 square kilometres, Lebanon is as “big” as a French department and slightly bigger than Cyprus. But what distinguishes this country from the neighbouring ones is its climate, vegetation and aspect. You need one hour on the road (a bit more with traffic jams) to leave the coast where you could swim in the blue waters and reach Faraya the famous ski station and ski down its snowy slopes. The sight of how many caves, valleys, plains and headlands meet your eyes while driving throughout this country! The bible mentioned “Lebanon” many times and according to some Lebanese chauvinists the earthly paradises resided here, others called it the country of the Dolce Vita, while others called its capital Beirut the small Paris. In this country of free exchange, you could, without any restriction and without paying any commission, change your money into the currency you choose. Bank secrecy being the most developed, you could make all stock market transactions without control or supervision, even justice could not interfere to inquire about your transactions or accounts without your approval. An important characteristic is that the Lebanese citizen cares for the tourist, is hospitable, ready to be useful and will even travel voluntarily to show you a place or welcomes you in his house for coffee and provides you the information you seek. Visit Lebanon and you will be pleasantly satisfied.”Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5¾". 215 pages. Tags: archaeological bibliography restaurants handicrafts appartments hospitals furnished embassies discovery agencies airlines lebanese kesrouan cooking lebanon resorts byblos dances hotels baabda beirut diners chouf banks bekaa beach taxis jbail sites aley metn rent
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Village Diary by Miss Read (£23.00)Publisher: Michael Joseph — 1958Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: B0000CJT6X]Condition: Good - in Good DJ. DJ a little faded with light edgewear notable to head and tail. Slightly sprung. Foredges spotted. Top edges of text block dusty. Text bright and tight. Previous owners inscription to ffep.Description: Second Impression. From the flap: “As I have been given a large and magnificent diary for Christmas — seven by ten and nearly two inches thick — I intend to fill it in as long as my ardour lasts. Further than that I will not go. There are quite enough jobs that a schoolmistress just must do… Luckily for her readers, Miss Read's ardour lasts all year, encompassing every aspect of Fairacre life. Whether embroiled unwillingly in her friend Amy's marital hiccups, discussing the changing world with Miss Clare or the modern problems of good local education and rural impoverishment with the schools inspector and the doctor, she remains balanced, humorous and wise — and never forgets either her most important charge, the mixed bag of children in her school, or the joys of the changing seasons.”Notes: Size: 8" x 5½". 255 pages. Tags: chronicles much-loved characters historical colourful intrigues chronicle narrative storyline narration classics medieval downland england stories 823.914 dweller country village earlier ancient account history fiction quirky nature astute annals legend bygone period middle olden times rural heart fable story daily
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Economics of Planned Development by Nathaniel Lichfield (£22.50)Publisher: The Estates Gazette — 1968Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. Condition: Very Good - in Good DJ. Unlaminated DJ a little edgeworn and faded, sunned gently at the spine. Previous owners inscription to ffep. Text bright and tight.Description: Illustrated. covered the syllabus of "Economic and Financial Aspects of Town Planning and Development" in the final examination of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, or "Economics of Land Use" m the final examination of the Town Planning Institute. It forms the first attempt in this country to deal comprehensively with economic aspects of town and country planning within one pair of covers. It will, therefore, interest not only the student but also the practitioner concerned with town planning, whether in the planning or other departments of local authorities or in private offices.Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5¾". 460 pages. Tags: Lichfield local authorities Town Planning
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Practical Magic — A Book of Transformations, Spells & Mind Magic by Marian Green (£22.50)Publisher: Lorenz — 2001Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0754807444]Condition: Very Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper a little rubbed at the edges with a 1" tear to the foot of the leading edge of the lower panel. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: From the cover: “The ancient traditional arts of healing, foretelling the future and discovering the power of ancient gods and goddesses within have too often been mislaid or abandoned over the centuries. Now, with the advent of the Age of Aquarius, people are turning back to the old ways, and are searching out the natural magical elements that were once a part of everyday life. These all but forgotten skills have never

really left us, and can be mastered once again by working with traditional exercises and techniques. This book is based on the truths of natural magic, that honour Nature and her cycles, and also on the individual powers of insight and farseeing that we all have within us.

Learn how to draw power from the cycles of the moon, creation myths and astrology. How, by matching our hectic lives with more ancient cycles, we can create oases of calm and peace through simple exercises that awaken the planets’ subtle energies. Practical Magic offers an in depth look at the traditions of rite and ritual, the cyclical nature of society’s celebrations and practical advice on devising new workings for all occasions. As well as instructions on such matters as making incense or a talisman, learning to dowse and dedicate an altar, there are also more advanced levels of magic work — enhancing your psychic abilities, successful astral travel, creative visualization and inner sight.

This book will help you to learn that by recreating a place of inner peace our own forgotten skills and unknown abilities can be brought to the surf ace to bring enlightenment, power and joy.”
Notes: Size: 12" x 9¼". Pictorial boards. 96 pages. Tags: adepti age air also altars altered amulets ancestors and angels aphrodite apollo aquarius archangels arthurian aspects astral astrology atmosphere auras autumn beliefs beltane blessing book bread brigit broomstick candlemas candles cards cauldron ceremonies chakras changing chaos charms christmas circles coming-of-age commitment communion consciousness cosmos country covens crystal-gazing cycle dances dawn days
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Estuary and River Ferries of South West England by Martin Langley & Edwina Small (£22.00)Publisher: Wolverhampton: Waine Research Publications — 1984Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0905184084]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper now protected in a removable mylar sleeve. Description: Contains: Black & white photographs; Colour plates; Maps; Colour frontispiece; Illustrated endpapers and blanks; Title page vignette; Plans;Notes: Size: 12" x 8½". Brown boards. 148 pages. Tags: small ferries england west country history south-west estuaries rivers ferry services 0905184084
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Haile Selassie: The Conquering Lion by Leonard Mosley (£22.00)Publisher: London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson — 1964Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good — in Poor Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper heavily wrinkled, with some creasing to the now separating laminate, with an untidy nick to the foot of the upper panel. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Contains: Black & white photographs; Maps; Genealogical tables; Glossary; Appendix;

From the cover: “Leonard Mosley has been wanting to write the biography of His Imperial Majesty the Emperor of Ethiopia ever since he saw him stand before the bar of the League of Nations in Geneva in 1936 and plead with the great Powers not to abandon his small country to the Italian invaders then in process of over-running it. Five years later he was with the Emperor when, in an expedition led by the late Major General Orde Wingate, he crossed the Dinder River from the Sudan and hoisted the flag of Ethiopia once more on his native soil.

Today, at the age of 72, this brave, shrewd, dignified and far-seeing king rules over one of the most important lands in emerging Africa and has an influence and prestige far beyond the frontiers of his spectacularly beautiful mountain kingdom. But to reach his present eminence, Emperor Haile Selassie has had to face and overcome enemies, both internal and external, and his life has been one of almost unremitting struggle — both to thwart the murderous ambitions of his antagonists and to improve the lot of his beloved people.

From his colourful and courageous career, Mr Mosley has written a moving, sometimes bizarre and often inspiring story of one of the great statesmen of our time. It is the success story of a monarch determined to bring the subjects of his remote and romantic feudal kingdom into the twentieth century; of the ruthless and greedy barons who tried to stop him; of the international intrigues to undermine his independence; of the dark plots and bitter setbacks that preceded his apotheosis.

To help him to gather the facts behind this remarkable biography Mr Mosley has had access to many documents which have not hitherto been published, has consulted many experts on Ethiopian, affairs, has had the honour of being received by the Emperor and his family, and has, of course, travelled widely in Ethiopia.

Here is a portrait of a monarch who has had to fight every inch of the way to his present title of His Imperial Majesty: Haile Selassie the First, Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah, Elect of God, Emperor of Ethiopia.”
Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 301 pages. Tags: meneliks court, counter revolution, gus tafari, genealogy royal house ethiopa, league nations geneva, dinder river sudan, haile selassie emperor ethiopia, ethiopia history, first edition books, books written leonard mosley
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