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The Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible: An Illustrated Encyclopedia by Edited by George Arthur Buttrick (£164.00)Publisher: Nashville: Abingdon Press — 1991Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. All 5 volumes very presentable, a hint of sunning to the spine and a slight lean to the supplementary volume. Volume 4 dust wrapper is snagged at the head of the spine and has a ding at the upper join. Text complete, clean and tight throughout. Description: The full title being: “The Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible: An Illustrated Encyclopedia Identifying and Explaining All Proper Names and Significant Terms and Subjects in the Holy Scriptures, Including the Apocrypha: With Attention to Archaeological Discoveries and Researches into the Life and Faith of Ancient Times.” 19th printing. [First Published: 1962, in 4 volumes with the supplementary published 1976] Volume 1, A-D: XXXI, 876, XVIV pp; Volume 2, E-J: VII, 1030 pp; Volume 3 K-Q: VII, 964 pp; Volume 4 R-Z: VII, 964 pp; Volume 5 Supplementary: XXV, 998 pp;

FROM THE COVER: “ The Interpreter’s Dictionary Of The Bible is the work of 253 skilled writers — planned and completed under the direction of George A. Buttrick, editor; associate editors Thomas S. Kepler, John Knox, Herbert Gordon May, and Samuel Terrien; and Emory Stevens Bucke.

The Interpreter’s Dictionary Of The Bible is the most comprehensive and up-to-date work of its kind. It draws fully upon man’s accumulated knowledge of the Bible and other relevant data and documents.

For the minister it is a ready, all-purpose resource work for almost every phase of biblical inquiry. For church and Sunday-school teachers this dictionary will quicken the study and use of the Bible and greatly add both to knowledge and to teaching resources. For educators and students it is a comprehensive reference.” Contains: Black & white photographs; Colour photographs; Maps; Abbreviations; Photographic end papers & blanks;
Notes: Size: 10¼" x 7¼". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. Tags: buttrick bible commentaries proper significant terms holy scriptures apocrypha attention archaeological discoveries researches faith ancient times 0687192706 0687192714 0687192722 0687192730
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The Oxford Companion to World Exploration by Edited by David Buisseret (£62.00)Publisher: Oxford University Press — 2007Binding: Hardback First Edition. [ISBN: 9780195149227]Condition: Good. Slight scuffing to the boards with a mark to the lower board of volume II and sunning to the foot of both volume's upper boards. A pleasant enough set overall. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Colour Photographs; Maps;Notes: Size: 11¼" x 8¾". Pictorial boards. [XXI/VII] 478/501 pages. Tags: buisseret 9780195149227 explorers voyages travels travellers biography encyclopedias world islands discoveries geography
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A History of Arctic Exploration: Discovery, Adventure and Endurance at the Top of the World by Juha Nurminen & Matti Lainema (£36.50)Publisher: London: Conway — 2009Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 9781844860692]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Colour Plates; Maps;

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

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

Today, the future of the Arctic is of global concern. In recent years, climate change and sovereignty disputes over territory have highlighted this worrying reality, drawing much attention to the region. Yet the Arctic has always been an inspiring and fascinating place, as well as a source of much human drama due to its harsh landscape and demanding conditions. Arctic expeditions were motivated by many different factors, including the pursuit of trade and commerce, knowledge, international dominance, individual fame, natural resources and scientific endeavour, but they can all be characterised by the uniquely human desire to push back frontiers. Collectively the accounts of such epic journeys form an absorbing and complex historical narrative, fully presented in this insightful and deeply resonant book.”
Notes: Foreword or introduction by Lennart Meri. Size: 14" x 9¾". Brown boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 349 pages. Tags: lainema arctic regions discovery exploration history natural climate ocean appendix maritime geographical polar expeditions discoveries 9781844860692
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Great Discoveries in Medicine by Edited by William & Helen Bynum (£25.00)Publisher: Thames & Hudson — 2011Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 9780500251805]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper. Description: Jacket illustration: Scale model of the anatomy theatre built in Padua in 1594. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Colour Photographs; Diagrams;Notes: Size: 10½" x 8". Red boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 304 pages. Tags: bynum 9780500251805 medicine history discoveries science popular works biomedical research medical sciences
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The Fight Against Cancer by Charles Oberling (£23.00)Publisher: André Deutsch [Andre Deutsch] — 1961Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper a little rubbed at the edges. Leans. Price Clipped. Edges of the text block lightly spotted.Description: From the cover: “Charles Oberling, one of Europe’s foremost cancer specialists, was the author of a number of technical books and was widely recognized as a leading authority on the causes and treatment of the disease. His researches led him to favour the virus theory as to the cause of cancer, but in this book, although he states the case for this belief, he does not confine himself to its exposition. He also gives a brief but scrupulous survey of the history of research into the nature and causes of the disease, from the work of Bernard Peyrilhe in the eighteenth century until the present time. Oberling, who died in 1960, believed ardently that ignorance of the subject led to much unnecessary apprehension, and that the public ought to be as fully informed as possible about the work being carried out, the theories held, and the discoveries made by scientists in their battle against cancer. It was with this in mind that he wrote the present book in a style comprehensible to the general reader.”Notes: Jacket designed by H. H. Hagedoorn. Foreword or introduction by Sir Cecil Wakeley. Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 164 pages. Tags: adaptation after and aromatic carcinogenic chemicals conditions early effects environment first following for general heredity hormones hydrocarbons inheritance metals mutation new nitrogenous objections other parasites polymers radiation radioactive radiomimetic riddle some steps substances surface tar the theories theory trail transplantation tumours two urethan virus viruses x-rays
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Scenarios: Art of Strategic Conversation by Kees van der Heijden (£21.50)Publisher: John Wiley & Sons — 1996Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0471966398]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Description: From the cover: “Scenarios deals with how managers can set out and negotiate a successful course into the future for the organization in the face of significant uncertainty. Scenarios deals first with the principles of organizational learning and then moves on to describe practical and down-to-earth ways in which the organization can develop its skill in conducting an ongoing scenario-based strategy process. The methods described are based on many years of practical experience of managers in both large and small organizations; and they are grounded in solid logic..”Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XIV] 305 pages. Tags: analysis and art articulation behaviour business businesses change communication competing competitive context conversation corporate creative decision development discoveries economics environment five four history idea informal introduction making management negotiating option organisation organisations organizational paradigms part planning positioning practice practitioner presentation principles process scenario scenario-based scenarios shell strategic strategising strategy the theory thinking three two uncertain
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Piero Della Francesca by Birgit Laskowski (£21.00)Publisher: Könemann — 1998Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 3829002475]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with a small scuff mid-way to the spine. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Chronological Tables; Colour Plates;

From the cover: “As the pioneer of a new conception of art, Piero della Francesca (ca. 1420-1492) had a lasting influence on the development of Italian art in the mid-15th century. The glowing colours and spiritual calm of his compositions, and the equally powerful and sublime figures in his pictures form a highlight of Early Renaissance painting, at the same time radiating an astonishingly modern atmosphere. He succeeded as scarcely any other artist before and since in harmonizing his own philosophy of life, characterized by devoutness and spirituality, with the artistic and scientific discoveries of his age. This made Piero one of the most important artists linking the Gothic and Renaissance eras, tradition and the modern age.”
Notes: Size: 12½" x 10¾". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 120 pages. Tags: piero della francesca 1420-1492 1416 -1492 art instruction italy painters painting renaissance history individual artists european artist design styles birgit laskowski 3829002475 fiona hulsefirst editions firsts first printings 1st
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Charts of War: The Maps and Charts That Have Informed and Illustrated War At Sea by John Blake (£20.00)Publisher: London: Conway — 2006Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1844860310]Condition: Very Good — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper pulled at the head of the upper panel with two small nicks toward the top corner. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Colour Photographs; Maps;

From the cover: “Information is power, and in centuries past sea charts were guarded by both a ship’s navigator and the State, stretched on oak boards or rolled in leather cylindrical quivers, locked away. As the European nations began their territorial acquisition and contest in earnest, the information charts contained of harbour approaches, coastal landmarks and hazards, currents and tides, could give one side or another the advantage.

From the ships of small expeditionary fleets, which carried navigational charts, to the requirements of modern ships involved in combined operations, which need charts to include a whole range of information, John Blake has produced a fascinating, illustrated account of the role that charts have played in planning, preventing, conducting and recording war at sea. The selection not only includes charts depicting major battles and amphibious operations, but those drawn up for tactical and espionage purposes, for coastal defence and the positioning of forts along rivers and at the entrance to harbours.

Chapters run in chronological order, organized according to the overall political scene, but the main focus is on the development of chart making and surveying in relation to changing warfare techniques. Informative captions accompany each chart, setting them in historical context and providing illuminating details about the main protagonists and the chart makers and surveyors themselves. Taken from a range of international maritime archives, they include portolan charts of Spanish acquisitions in the New World; Francis Drake’s attack of Cadiz in 1587, known as ‘the singeing of the King of Spain’s beard’; the Dutch attack on Chatham in 1667 during the Second Anglo-Dutch War; a plan of Chesapeake Bay where British naval forces failed to relieve General Cornwallis during the American War of Independence; William Bligh’s chart of the Battle of Copenhagen in 1801; charts of the Battle of Jutland, one British, one German; and the operational chart drawn up before the D-Day landings at Omaha beach.”
Notes: Size: 12" x 11¼". Brown boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 160 pages. Tags: nautical charts history discoveries seamanship geographical discovery exploration military naval photography battles forces warfare travel road ships shipbuilding technology engineering science geography atlases maps cartography navigation maritime
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Another Republic: 17 European and South American Writers by Edited by Charles Simic & Mark Strand (£19.50)Publisher: Ecco Press — 1976Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0912946288]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Top edge of the text block tanned with light, occasional spotting to the leading edge. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank with a bookplate to the pastedown.Description: From the cover: “Another Republic is a gathering of the best European and South American poets and fabulists superbly trans lated by outstanding British and American writers. Ranging from such acknowledged masters as Henri Michaux and Francis Ponge to such unjustly neglected figures as Johannes Bobrowski and Fernando Pessoa, the anthology is audacious, inclusive, and unlike any other. The selections are ample enough to give the reader a clear idea of each poet’s vision and a comprehensive notion of what con temporary poetry is. Charles Simic and Mark Strand, two of America’s finest poets, have chosen wisely the writers who have most influenced the new generation of American poets, and have avoided making the predictable choices of over-anthologized poets whose reputations, the editors believe, are disproportionate to their influence.

By providing the reader with the foreign sources of what is most vital in American literature today, Simic and Strand have done an invaluable job. This is an anthology in which discoveries will be made, in which there are poems and fables that will astonish and delight. It is also an anthology which, because of its clearly polemical nature, will stimulate controversy. Another Republic will add richly to the fabric of ideas.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 247 pages. Tags: 20th acrostic alliteration ambiguity anthologies aristotle’s assonance bard biblical canzone century cinquain couplet diction doggerel drama dramatic effects elegy english epic evocative fable ghazal haiku hymns incantatory into irony jintishi limerick lines literary literature lyricist lyrics metaphor meter metonymy metrical modern narrative nursery ode onomatopoeia ottava pantoum patterns poems poetics poetry poets prose prosody qualities regular rhyme rhyming rima rondeau ruba’i satirical scansion sijo simile sonnet speech stanzas symbolism tanka terza traditions translations uses verse versifier villanelle
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The Archaeology of Northumberland National Park by Edited by Paul Frodsham (£19.00)Publisher: Council for British Archaeology — 2004Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 1902771389]Condition: Very Good. Light reading creases to the spine. Text complete, clean and tight. A nice copy. Description: First in this, paperback, edition. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Chronological Tables; Colour Photographs; Diagrams; Maps; Tables;

From the cover: “This attractively illustrated volume provides an accessible overview of a whole decade of fascinating archaeological discoveries within Northumberland National Park, ranging from the Mesolithic right through to recent times. The Northumberland National Park contains some of the finest archaeological landscapes in England, ranging from the grandeur of Hadrian’s Wall in the south to the extraordinary but little known prehistoric landscapes of the Cheviot Hills in the north. The chapters of this volume reflect the variety and quality of these landscapes as well as a broad picture of the ever-evolving landscape and its past inhabitants. The comprehensive introduction in Part I offers a complete chronological overview of the Park’s history and archaeology in its broadest context, whilst the case studies in Part II contain original new research by acknowledged experts.”
Notes: Size: 9¾" x 7¼". [XVIII] 382 pages. Tags: excavations archaeology england northumberland national park antiquities history region antiquties edited paul frodsham 1902771389
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The Audubon Society Book of Water Birds by Les Lines, Kimball L. Garrett & Kenn Kaufman (£18.50)Publisher: Harry N. Abrams — 1987Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 081091863]Condition: Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Bruised at the head of the spine and top corners with commensurate ruffling to the dust wrapper which is unevenly faded on both panel. Loss to the last few leaves at the bottom corner not affecting the text. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise. Description: Illustrated with colour photographs. From the cover: “The world of water birds is rich and varied, filled with striking examples of nature’s ingenuity. With 211 colour photographs taken by skilled professionals, and a lively text based on years of observation and study, this book — the eighth in the Audubon Society series — invites you into an endlessly fascinating realm. Travel the earth from pole to pole — along inland waterways and marshes, over shorelines and islands, and on the open sea — to marvel at how nature has matched form and function for hundreds of species. Observe the elegant courtship ceremony of Japanese Cranes, and, in comic contrast, the awkward prenuptial antics of the Blue-footed Boobies of the Galapagos. Watch a Pel’s Fishing Owl snatch its prey from a moonlit stream in Botswana. See how a pair of Western Grebes dance across a prairie lake in Canada, how penguins patiently tend their young in their snowbound Antarctic homes, and how sandpipers divide the spoils along the shoreline by probing the mud with bills of different lengths.

Presented in chapters according to lifestyles and habitats, these birds range from those that swim and dive, to those that soar, and to those that live along the water’s edge. In one chapter we learn that some have specialized equipment for catching fish—hook-tipped bills, spears, and netlike pouches. In another we discover the auks — the "penguins" of the northern hemisphere — nesting in wave-lashed sea cliffs. Here, too, are the secretive rails and gaudy gallinules and jacanas, stalkers of dense marshes, and the bejewelled kingfishers, known for their lightning dives after fish. Containing both a text that includes the most recent scientific discoveries and the latest achievements in nature photography, this volume is a breakthrough in the field of illustrated books on birds. The Audubon Society Book Of Water Birds is more than a contribution to science: It is a celebration of the drama, mystery, variety, and beauty of nature.”
Notes: Size: 12½" x 9½". Pink boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 252 pages. Tags: and aquatiques birds catalogs fauna game game-birds marine oiseaux water waterfowl
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Undiscovered by Ian Wilson (£18.00)Publisher: Michael O'Mara — 1987Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ.Description: Taking a look at the world of the lost past, this book describes 30 of the dramatic discoveries already made - such as the location of the "Titanic" and the Egyptian tombs, as well as suggesting what might still be waiting to be unearthed. Illustrated with B&W photographs. Size: Royal OctavoTags: wrecks graves hidden treasures
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Astrology for the Age of Aquarius by Jan Kurrels (£16.50)Publisher: Parkgate — 1997Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 9781855853454]Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. DJ slightly ruffled along edges.Description: up-to-date introduction to astrology, from its origins in prehistory to the new discoveries of space age exploration and New Age thought. A 2,000-entry illustrated dictionary explains astronomical, astrological and mythological terms. A detailed interpretation of the zodiac shows clearly how to draw up and analyse horoscopes. Lavish illustrations include 12 specially commissioned sun sign artworks, colour computer graphics showing the workings of the zodiac, plus over 200 colour and black and white photographs and drawings.Notes: Size: 12" x 8½". 192 pages. Tags: Kurrels New Age zodiac astrology astrological mythological astronomical
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Nature of Australia: A Portrait of the Island Continent by John Vandenbeld (£16.50)Publisher: Collins Australia — 1988Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0732200032]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Description: 2nd printing. [First Published: 1988] Illustrated by way of: Colour Photographs;

From the cover: “The earliest explorers of Australia felt themselves to be in an alien world of bizarre animals and strange plants, a land left behind by time. That sense of strangeness pervades the perception of Australia to the present day. Much of its life — and the way it is lived — is unique, but there’s also a new understanding of Australia’s origins and its links with the rest of the natural world.

Based on the acclaimed television series, the book brings together new discoveries and insights into a comprehensive and fascinating account of how the island continent came to be the way it is, the making of its dramatic landscapes, and the origins and evolution of its marvellous plants and animals.

Nature of Australia traces the rise of those most extraordinary mammals, the marsupials, from their beginnings in the primeval forests of the Americas to their triumphant radiation in Australia; it tells the story of the rich and varied seas, from the storm-tossed kelp forests of the south to the marvels of the Great Barrier Reef; it follows the great climatic changes that turned the continent from a lush land of plenty into a parched place of drought and fire which forged ingenious ways of survival; and it reveals the impact of human immigrants on the continent and its creatures: first the Aborigines and their firesticks, then, in the last 200 years, Europeans and their technology.

Accompanied by a wealth of splendid photographs and other illustrations, Nature of Australia is a lucid and engrossing account of the making of Australia and its marvels — an enthralling portrait of the island continent.”
Notes: Size: 9¾" x 8". Red boards with White titling to the Spine. 292 pages. Tags: natural history australia australian broadcasting corporation organisms nature the world country life pets john vandenbeld 0732200032
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Italy by Herbert Ypma (£15.50)Publisher: Thames & Hudson — 2002Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0500283478]Condition: Near Fine.Description: Illustrated with colour photographs. From the cover: “For this new volume of Hip Hotels, Herbert Ypma has ventured far beyond the rolling hills of Tuscany, the postcard-perfect Amalfi Coast, or the Grand Tour destinations of Venice, Florence and Rome, to introduce real discoveries in under-explored regions like Puglia, Basilicata and Le Marche. You might be inspired to visit the utterly refined Hotel Raya on the Aeolian island of Panarea, from whose all-white terraces you can watch the volcano of Stromboli spurt fiery lava into the night skies. At the opposite end of the country, in the ultra-stylish ski town of Cortina d’Ampezzo, is Hotel de la Poste, run today by the same family as when Hemingway used to drive up from Venice in the early 1930s. Or if you prefer the beach life and night life of the Adriatic Coast, then fashion designer Alberta Ferretti’s Carducci 76 makes a superslick base. Many hotels are a complete surprise: ancient cave-dwellings in the eroded rocky landscape of Basilicata, or the trulli of Puglia, centuries-old igloo-like constructions with conical slate roofs. And whether cave, abbey, olive mill, fishing hut or barefoot beachside palazzo, every one of these unique hotels is true to its locale in architecture, design and gastronomy.”Notes: Size: 9½" x 8". In the Hip Hotels series. 256 pages. Tags: abruzzi and apollo apulia archaeology art assisi baldacchiao baptistery basilica battlefields bella bernardino bologna books bronze calabria campania campo canal canopy cappella capri carezza castles cathedrals cemeteries christi churches city clothes coast construction corpus corridor corvara customs day decoration delle design doges dolomites door doric ducal duomo emilia escapist fields fiorence
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How Was It Done? by David Gould (£14.50)Publisher: Readers Digest — 1999Binding: Hardback First Edition. [ISBN: 0276421922]Condition: Very Good. Pages lightly age-tanned toward the margins.Description: From the cover: “The progress of civilisation, from the dawn of time to the present, is shown through epic stories of single-minded determination, ingenuity and toil. The achievements of ordinary people are charted alongside the discoveries of geniuses to create a vivid reference book for anyone who ever asked How Was It Done?”Notes: Size: 11" x 8½". Pictorial boards. 446 pages. Tags: polynesians vikings maia gama royal mail livingstone franklin’s search mummifying pharaohs celtic warrior burial medieval europe victorian etiquette pyramids stonehenge parthenon angkor wat great zimbabwe chartres cathedral inca taj mahal underwater tunnel panama canal sydney harbour brewing mesopotamla cattle drives escoffier shamans medicine men galen renaissance anatomists medical professionals battlefieid surgery roman senate domesday book bastille rasputin archimedean screw ptolemy alchemy copernican newton lavoisier babbage hanseatic league iron age smithy slave traders clipperships greek sparta hannibal mongolian aztec pizarro napoleon boer commandos alexandria gutenberg marconi roman mosaic stradivari beethoven statue liberty
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The Bible as History: Archaeology Confirms the Book of Books by Werner Keller (£14.00)Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton — 1960Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. Condition: Good+ - in Good DJ. Edges of DJ somewhat ruffled, several small closed tears and creases. Previous owners inscription to ffep. Text bright and tight.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs & maps. Tells the story of the 19th and 20th century discoveries in biblical archaeology, showing how these often confirm the Bible's historical accuracy. Topics and areas of discovery discussed include Abraham and the patriarchs, the Queen of Sheba, Palestine, Babylon and Egypt.Notes: Size: 9" x 6". 429 pages. Tags: 20th antiquities archaeological archaeologists archaeology authority bibel bible biblical century contemporary covered dates die doch east events evidences from german hat historicity historiography history middle old recht religion show sources testament the translated truth und
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The Life & Times of the English Language by Robert Claiborne (£14.00)Publisher: Bloomsbury — 1990Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. Edges of DJ showing a little wear.Description: This book will prove fascinating to anyone who is interested in the character of English language and examines and expresses the adventures and discoveries of its linguistic history and the irrepressible inventiveness of the living language we use today.Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Tags: 0-7475-0655-8 English, language, history
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A Richer Dust: Echoes From an Edwardian Album by Colin Gordon (£12.50)Publisher: Elm Tree — 1978Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0241899346]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Genealogical Tables;

From the cover: “The extraordinary story recounted in this book opens at a market junk-stall in Yorkshire with the discovery, quite by chance, of a family collection of several hundred Victorian and Edwardian photographic negatives. The pictures, with their magical glimpses of badminton, picnics, Japanese teas, fancy dress pageants and leisured summer days, provide a fascinating record of the leisured life of one family for over forty years from the year of Queen Victoria’s Jubilee.

The pictures, however, do not stand alone, and in a lively text Colin Gordon relates his remarkable find and subsequent detective work to discover more about the photographer and his family. A slip of paper found with the negatives — reading, simply, ‘Atkinson — Huby’ — is the first clue in a trail of detection which unearths the saga of a self-made Victorian family, blossoming into real prosperity in Edwardian times and collapsing during the Depression.

The story, which takes us from Yorkshire to the West Country and abroad, emerges from an uncanny series of discoveries such as documents from the family’s distant past buried in cupboards and cellars, and a silver medal which reflects the genteel atmosphere of an annual meeting of well-to-do photographers.

Finally, the story is told by those people who appeared as children in the photographs seventy years ago, who were friends and playmates of the Atkinsons or who served them at home. Although flamboyant and transient, the family world, shown here in words and pictures, echoes down to the present and suggests the life to be found in even the stiffest poses of all family albums.”
Notes: Jacket designed by Lawrence Edwards. Size: 10" x 7½". Brown boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 190 pages. Tags: great britain social life and customs england 19th century 20th atkinson family alfred atkins pictorial works history edward vii 1901-1910 1887-1932 conditions photography british isles 19th-20th centuries colin gordon 9780241899342
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Last Climb: The Legendary Everest Expeditions of George Mallory by David Breashears & Audrey Salkeld (£12.50)Publisher: National Geographic Society — 1999Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0792275381]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and top corners with commensurate ruffling to the dust wrapper which is also slightly tanned at the spine.Description: Illustrated with photographs, in colour & black and white with fold-outs to the start. From the cover: “Because it’s there.

George Leigh Mallory’s reported explanation of why he wanted to conquer Mount Everest is the most succinct — and maybe the most famous — remark in the history of mountaineering. And when he vanished into the clouds on June 8, I924 near the summit of the highest peak on Earth, he became a legendary figure — and the leading actor in one of the most compelling mysteries in the annals of 20th-century exploration.

Did Mallory and his climbing partner, Andrew Irvine, reach their exalted goal before they died? When a research expedition found Mallory’s body in May 1999, new clues emerged to help in determining whether they did in fact succeed, 29 years before Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay made the first documented ascent. LAST CLIMB is the spellbinding tale of what is known of Mallory’s final attempt on Everest, but it’s much more as well: an account of his two earlier expeditions to the Himalayan giant and a fascinating, evocative, superbly illustrated portrait of a daring era, when gentlemen mountaineers climbed in leather boots and tweeds.”
Notes: Foreword or introduction by John Mallory. Size: 10¼" x 8¾". Black Spine Strip with Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 239 pages. Tags: andrew autobiography biography britain china climbing discoveries everest expeditions george great herbert history irvine kingdom leigh-mallory mallory mount mountaineering mountaineers nepal recreation sports united
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Ninety Degrees North — The Quest for the North Pole by Fergus Fleming (£12.50)Publisher: Granta — 2001Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1862074496]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “What was the North Pole? Was it an open sea, a volcano or the Garden of Eden? Was it a portal to new worlds within the globe or an undiscovered continent containing a race of alien beings? Or was it simply a wilderness of ice? In the mid-nineteenth century, the world decided it was time to find out.

America led the field. Commanders such as Kane, Hayes and Hall, battled sickness, shipwreck and starvation to reach the top of the world. So terrible was one voyage that the crew poisoned their captain rather than, continue north — only to become marooned on a drifting floe for nine months. Other nations followed: Germany, newly united and eager for its place in the ice; Austria-Hungary, decrepit but still capable of discovery; and Britain, whose sledgers reached a farthest north in 1876 before being driven back by scurvy.

Where governments failed, individuals took up the challenge. Norwegian skiers, Swedish balloonists, Italian aristocrats, tweedy British amateurs and global press barons, tried and failed in heroic succession. Finally came Robert Peary, a grim obsessive who claimed to have reached the Pole in 1909 — but who almost certainly did not. It was a joint Italian-Norwegian team, led by Roald Amundsen, who first saw the North Pole (from a zeppelin) in 1926 and, twenty-two years later, a party of Cold War Russians who first set foot on it.

Drawing on unpublished archives and long-forgotten journals, Fleming tells the story of the North Pole with consummate craftsmanship and wit. Ninety Degrees North is a riveting saga of humankind’s search for the ultimate goal.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Blue boards with Silver titling to the Spine. [XXI] 470 pages. Tags: arctic arctique découverte discoveries discovery expeditions explorateurs exploration explorers geographical histoire history nord north polar pole pôle regions scientific world
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The Book of Firsts: The Stories Behind the Outstanding Breakthroughs of the Modern World by Compiled by Ian Harrison (£12.50)Publisher: Cassell — 2003Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 184403027X]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and top corners with commensurate ruffling to the dust wrapper. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: Illustrated with colour photographs. From the cover: “What were the first words spoken on the telephone?

How did Frank Epperson accidentally invent the first ice lolly?

Who queued all night to make sure he got Britain’s first number plate, ‘A1’?

The Book of Firsts describes the first instance of something happening. It is a painstakingly researched encyclopaedia of ground-breaking innovations and achievements. It provides the dates, the details and the stories of the remarkable minds and personalities behind humankind’s greatest milestones. It is packed with facts, photographs and pictures. As the story of each first unfolds, tales of other firsts that were made possible by this ‘first first’ are told.

The book covers technical innovations, human endeavours, sporting greats, political milestones, cultural breakthroughs, medical achievements, and food and drink. Each story will delight and amaze, describing and illustrating firsts ranging from the genuinely important (the first heart transplant) to the trivia beloved of quiz shows and dinner parties — the first item to be sold using a bar code was a packet of Wrigley’s chewing gum, sold at 08.01 on 26th June 1974 in Ohio.”
Notes: Foreword or introduction by Steve Fossett. Size: 11" x 8¼". Pictorial boards. 288 pages. Tags: achievement and anecdotes arts civilization communication cultural curiosities discoveries drink encyclopaedias encyclopedias endeavour entertainment fantastical firsts food general geography government history human inventions law leisure lifestyle medical milestones miscellanea modern order popular records reference science social sporting studies technology trade transport wonders works world
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The Second Culture: British Science in Crisis: The Scientists Speak Out by Clive Cavendish Rassam (£12.50)Publisher: Aurum — 1993Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1854102338]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper very slightly rubbed at the edges with a short closed tear to the bottom corner of the upper panel. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank.Description: From the cover: “This book takes the reader into the heart of one of Britain’s least understood, yet most important and influential, professions — science. It examines the personalities, motives and ambitions of the members of that “second culture”, whose language and mode of thought is so alien to the bulk of their fellow citizens. And it examines their relationship with the rest of society which is, through its industrial and governmental institutions, their ultimate paymaster. More than 70 scientists were interviewed in the course of the author’s research. Their specialisms range from astronomy and genetics to industrial chemistry, medicine and environmental conservation. Many of them have played a leading role in significant scientific discoveries and are internationally renowned. Several head universities or Oxbridge Colleges and others hold senior positions in world-class companies. Five are Nobel prizewinners and 24 are Fellows of the Royal Society. Together, they not only speak for British science; they also provide us with a unique insight into the rewards and pressures of their profession, and reveal what it is like to be a scientist, in Britain, in the final decade of the century. Clive Rassam also looks at the relationship between “UK plc” and its scientists, at what we as a nation expect from our scientists, and at why the results so often fall short of our expectations. He canvasses the views of industrialists, management consultants and cabinet advisors, as well as those of the scientists themselves, in order to discover why a nation with so successful a record in scientific innovation has failed so lamentably to reap the rewards in terms of prosperity. Finally, the book examines claims that British science is dangerously underfunded, and that national science policy lacks purpose and coherence. Almost without exception, the scientists whom the author interviewed despaired of the future of British science and, as a consequence, foresaw yet further economic decline, with only a few industries, most notably chemicals and pharmaceuticals, remaining to show what could have been achieved had the country as a whole made proper use of its scientific resources. In particular, they complain of the consequences of their profession being funded and “managed” by civil servants and politicians who have no understanding of science, and of the uncertainties and short-term considerations which paralyse policy-making in the field.”Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 242 pages. Tags: 20th and aspects astronomers biography biologists blueprints britain british century chemists cognitive cosmic crisis cultures detectives directorate done economics environmental establishing exploiting for future government great heal history industry intellectual introduction issues life lives machines makes man manipulating means medical minds molecular nation's nature part physicists policy profession prosperity public reflections research science scientists search seven smallest social sociology state the tradition trends two what
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The Travels of Marco Polo by Ronald Latham (£12.50)Publisher: The Folio Society — 1973Binding: Hardback Condition: Very Good - in Good Slipcase. Slipcase unevenly sunned otherwise a very well presented copy.Description: Illustrated by way of: Colour Plates; Maps; Maps to the endpapers and blanks; Genealogical Tables; From the cover: “Marco Polo was the most famous traveller of his time. His voyages began in 1271 with a visit to China, after which he served the Kubilai Khan on numerous diplomatic missions. On his return to the West, he was made a prisoner of war and met Rustichello of Pisa, with whom he collaborated on this book. The accounts of his travels provide a fascinating glimpse of the different societies he encountered: their religions, customs, ceremonies and way of life; on the spices and silks of the East; on precious gems, exotic vegetation and wild beasts. He tells the story of the holy shoemaker, the wicked caliph and the three kings, among a great many others, evoking a remote and long-vanished world with colour and immediacy.”Notes: Size: 10" x 6¼". Black Spine Strip with Purple boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 310 pages. Tags: polo marco 1254-1323 journeys asia description and travel voyages travels early works 1800 mongols history 13th century persia china 1900 mongolia 1271-1292 personal observations classic writing expeditions discoveries ronald latham
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Viking Age England by Julian D. Richards (£12.50)Publisher: Book Club Associates — 1991Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0713465190]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper slightly pulled at the head of the upper panel. Previous owners' inscription to the pastedown. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs; Black & White Drawings; Maps;

From the cover: “From shortly before AD 800 until the Norman Conquest, England and the Isle of Man were subject to raids from seafaring peoples from Scandinavia: the Vikings. They were not only raiders but also settlers and colonizers. During this period the English state was unified under a single ruler for the first time and society was experiencing great changes. In this book Dr Richards assesses how far local developments responded to these events and discusses various aspects:

  • rural settlement and economy
  • the growth of towns
  • trade and exchange
  • craft and industry
  • burial rituals and stone memorials
Results from recent major excavations both in the countryside and in towns, such as London and Lincoln, as well as the remarkable discoveries at Jorvik (York), mean that it is now possible to reassess the Viking contribution to the history of Late Saxon England. Dr Richards examines the archaeological evidence for both the Scandinavian settlers and the local peoples, and looks particularly at the relationship between them.”
Notes: Size: 10" x 7¾". Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 143 pages. Tags: civilization viking vikings england antiquities great britain history anglo-saxon period british irish europe scandinavian influences archaeology region julian richards 0713465190
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English Country Life, 1780-1830 by E. W. Bovill (£12.00)Publisher: London, New York & Toronto: Oxford University Press — 1962Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and the top corners of the boards with commensurate wear to the dust wrapper. Leans a little. Price Clipped. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Contains: Black & white plates;

From the cover: “This book, by the author of The England of Nimrod and Surtees 1815-1854, has a slightly earlier starting point and perhaps a more general appeal. There was no more formative period than this in the history of English country life. In agriculture and transport every civilized country modelled itself on the new methods and discoveries of British farmers and engineers. The domestic influences of these changes were profound. They gave the landscape its present form and country life a pattern which altered little for a hundred years, and which still governs the way of life of many a countryman. The period has been closely studied by social historians, but chiefly in the wider context of the Industrial Revolution. The author’s purpose here is to present studies of certain aspects of country life which seem to him to merit closer attention than they have so far received. Thus, in chapters on, among other things, enclosure and consequent hardships, the squires, servants, travelling and the state of the roads, guns, poaching, and the coming of the railway, a mosaic of related studies is built up to give in broad outline a vivid and fascinating picture of English country life between 1780 and 1830. Quotation both from contemporary fiction and from magazines, memoirs, letters, and newspapers, by Cobbett, John Byng, William Howitt, Mary Mitford, Surtees, Dickens and others, brings very close the feel of many aspects of country life at that time.”
Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Brown boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XII] 266 pages. Tags: bovill country manners customs england social 18th century 19th rural agriculture communications hunting class britain conditions history domestic traditions english
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Full Circle by Michael Palin (£11.50)Publisher: British Broadcasting Corporation [B.B.C./BBC] — 1997Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 9780563371212]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper. Slight ruffling to the dust wrapper at the head of the spine otherwise a very well presented copy.Description: From the cover: “Michael Palin in Full Circle brings us his most ambitious expedition to date. Travelling for almost a year through the 18 countries which border the Pacific Ocean, he encounters some of the most politically volatile and physically demanding places on Earth. Palin scales mountains, plunges down gorges, crosses glaciers and dodges icebergs as he ventures around the perimeter of the world’s largest ocean in this spectacular journey of contrasts, drama and beauty.”Tags: account adventures alaska amazon anywhere areas australian bbc beaches border borneo camels camp cape choir climbs coastline confronts constant countries covering crosses culture description discoveries discovery diversity dodges eats economies encompassing erupted essays expanding expeditions exploration faster fleet flux follows geographical glaciers gorges gulag head-hunters horn icebergs japanese journeys lands landscape lin maggots meets mexico miles monks mountains negotiates notorious pacific palin palin's plunging recently remaining rim rivers rustles seattle siberian sings smoking stepping stones survivors television travelogues vladivostock volatile volcanoes windswept world's writing yangtse
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Tongues of Conscience War & the Scientist by R. W. Reid (£11.50)Publisher: Readers Union — 1970Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. Condition: Good+ - in Good+ DJ. Gently faded at the spine of the DJ. Edges of the textblock lightly spotted. Small tear to the ffep. Text bright and tight.Description: From the author’s introduction: “The problem of the conscience of the inventor, or the engineer, or the scientist, who finds that his work can be used either for the good or for the harm of mankind, is not a new one; gunpowder was first discovered by Taoist alchemists looking for elixirs of love. However, during the present century both the scale of the effect on society of the scientist’s work and the way in which the scientist has acknowledged some of his responsibilities to society have changed dramatically. In this book I have chronicled the development of a number of scientific discoveries and inventions of the past hundred years which have been designed to take human life in war and which have influenced history, and I have tried to describe some of the attitudes and illuminate some of the motives of the men whose scientific abilities have so powerfully contributed to this influence.”Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5½". Yellow boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 352 pages. Tags: nobel moseley walton rutherford otto hahn lise meitner berlia victor weisskopf marcus oliphant leo szilard haigerloch pile goudsmit alsos missioa alamogordo desert vladimir kachenko kiaus fuchs pontecorvo atomic energy commission dynamite
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Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende (£10.50)Publisher: New York: HarperCollinsPublishers — 1999Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 006019491X]Condition: Good+ — in Very Good Dustwrapper. Dustwrapper a little rubbed at the edges. Price Clipped. Leans. Previous owners' gift inscription to the first blank.Description: Notes: Jacket designed by Honi Wener. Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 399 pages. Tags: fiction novels literature stories story novella short first editions firsts printings 1st frontier pioneer california gold miners social customs voyages pacific coast love spanish chile 19th century discoveries history
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Galileo's Daughter: A Drama Of Science, Faith And Love by Dava Sobel (£10.50)Publisher: Fourth Estate — 1999Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1857028619]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.Description: From the cover: “Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) was the foremost scientist of his day, the man Albert Einstein was to call ‘the father of modern physics — indeed of modern science altogether’. Though he never left the Italy of his birth, his inventions and discoveries were heralded around the world. His telescopes allowed him to reveal a new reality in the heavens and to publicly propound the astounding argument that the Earth actually moves around the Sun. For this belief he was brought before the Holy Office of the Inquisition, tried for heresy and threatened with torture. In contrast, his daughter, Virginia, became a cloistered nun. Born in 1600, she was thirteen when Galileo placed her in a convent near him in Florence, where she took the most appropriate name of Suor Maria Celeste. Galileo later said of her that she had an exquisite mind, and her intelligence and loving support proved to be her father’s greatest source of strength through his most difficult years.

Inspired by her long fascination with Galileo, and by the remarkable surviving letters of his daughter, which she has translated into English for the first time, Dava Sobel has written a book that brings Galileo to life as never before. A man who was compelled to explain the truths he discovered, he was a faithful Catholic devoted to family and, especially, to his daughter. Their voices, and those of others who touched their lives, echo down the centuries through letters and writings, which Sobel masterfully weaves into her narrative, building towards the crescendo of history’s most dramatic collision between science and religion. In the process, Dava Sobel illuminates an entire era, when the flamboyant Medici Grand Dukes became Galileo’s patrons, when the bubonic plague wreaked its terrible devastation and prayer was the most effective medicine, when the Thirty Years’ War tipped fortunes across Europe, and when one man fought, through his trial and betrayal by his former friend, Pope Urban VIII, to reconcile the Heaven he revered as a good Catholic with the heavens he revealed through his telescope. Galileo’s Daughter is an unforgettable story.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". 429 pages. Tags: galilei galileo 1564-1642 family maria celeste 1600-1634 correspondence virginia nuns italy biography astronomy astronomers religion and science history philosophy 1559-1789 dava sobel 1857028619 first editions firsts printings 1st
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Medical Breakthroughs 2004: The Year's Most Important Health Developments by ANON (£10.50)Publisher: Reader's Digest — 2005Binding: Hardback [ISBN: 0276429605]Condition: Very Good+.Description: These days, your daily newspaper is likely to be filled with stories of war, heartache and woe. Medical Breakthroughs 2005, on the other hand, is packed. From cover to cover with good news - hope in the form of new lifesaving drugs, faster cures and discoveries to help all of us stay healthy. Among our top stories this year: scientists are experimenting with a drug that appears to reverse heart disease effectively by flushing out the arteries. Pills to rejuvenate your memory may start appearing (in the USA, at least) within a few years and a powerful colon cancer drug has been shown to kill tumours by cutting off their blood supply. On a lighter note, new cosmetic surgery procedures are giving thousands a lift. 256pp. Index. Size: 4to Large Post (10½" x 8¼" approx.)Tags: alzheimer’s aspirin attack biology’s cancer census crp culprit daring dump? fat genetic hydrogenated identifying innovations medical predicts presses punctured real repair research risk rna sars statins superstar tissue toxic vaccines verge victory warning weighing
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Medical Breakthroughs 2004: The Year's Most Important Health Developments by Edited by Jeff Bredenberg (£10.50)Publisher: Reader's Digest — 2004Binding: Hardback [ISBN: 0276428633]Condition: Near Fine.Description: From the cover: “Medical Breakthroughs 2004is packed with important medical discoveries that could help you to lead a longer, healthier life. Look inside for:
  • A revolutionary blood test for heart disease
  • A simple device that may preserve memory
  • The futuristic ‘Brain on a Chip’
  • First-ever drug to treat fibromyalgia
  • Surprising new uses for Botox
Plus the latest news on combating ageing, heart disorders, cancer, strokes, joint problems and more!”
Notes: Size: 10¼" x 8". Pictorial boards. 256 pages. Tags: alzheimer’s aspirin attack biology’s cancer census crp culprit daring dump? fat genetic hydrogenated identifying innovations medical predicts presses punctured real repair research risk rna sars statins superstar tissue toxic vaccines verge victory warning weighing
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Out of the Rock… by Norman Bezzant (£10.50)Publisher: Heinemann — 1980Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0434069000]Condition: Good+ — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Text complete, clean and tight but with mottling to the leading edge of both boards. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles;

From the cover: “The Roman legions and the Holy Roman missionaries who followed them were to endow successive patrons through fifteen hundred years with a respect and love for the limestones of Wessex. The granites of the Welsh mountains, where the Ordovices had cut primitive axes for their survival, became essential to the Industrial Revolution when canals, roads, and railways all needed stone.

Here, stories of Inigo Jones, Christopher Wren, John Wood, Brunei, Telford and McAdam reveal the progress of building and the development of transport systems as the harnessing of steam — to be followed shortly by electricity and oil — brought power and mechanization to industry.

Out of the Rock… tells the story of the first sixty years’ development of The Bath and Portland Group, now preeminent in the stone industry. But the author has seen his subject as a cornerstone of history, putting the important and fascinating contribution made by the Group into perspective with England’s political, social, and industrial history. In the broad sweep chosen by the author from prehistory to the Second World War, a pattern of cause and effect between science and history has been woven, to show man’s discoveries of long ago as forerunners of the sophisticated world we know today.”
Notes: Foreword or introduction by Sir James Richards. Size: 9½" x 6¼". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XII] 244 pages. Tags: stone building south west england bath and portland group history limited studies trades great britain architecture stones quarries quarrying industries 1945 business economics infrastructure economic systems structures professional norman bezzant sir james richards 0434069000 first editions firsts printings 1st
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The Bible as History: Archaeology Confirms the Book of Books by Werner Keller (£10.50)Publisher: Book Club Associates — 1978Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. Condition: Very Good — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper a little rubbed at the edges with a small nick at the tail of the spine. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned.Description: Maps to the endpapers. Illustrated with black and white photographs & maps. Tells the story of the 19th and 20th century discoveries in biblical archaeology, showing how these often confirm the Bible's historical accuracy. Topics and areas of discovery discussed include Abraham and the patriarchs, the Queen of Sheba, Palestine, Babylon and Egypt.Notes: Size: 9" x 6". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XVIII] 4323 pages. Tags: 20th antiquities archaeological archaeologists archaeology authority bibel bible biblical century contemporary covered dates die doch east events evidences from german hat historicity historiography history middle old recht religion show sources testament the translated truth und
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The Ice Master: The Doomed 1913 Voyage of the Karluk by Jennifer Niven (£10.50)Publisher: MacMillan — 2000Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0333776906]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.Description: 2nd Impression. [First Edition: Same Year] Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “It was to be the grandest and most elaborate Arctic expedition in history. In fact, it was to be the most comprehensive scientific attack on the Arctic of all time, with the largest scientific staff ever taken on such an expedition. Its leader, Vilhjalmur Stefansson, was celebrated for his studies of Eskimo life and with this expedition would find the evidence that proved his staunchly held belief that there was a last unexplored continent, hidden beneath the great polar ice cap. On 17 June 1913, the Canadian Arctic Expedition aboard the HMCS Karluk set sail from the Esquimalt Naval Yard in Victoria, British Columbia. Six weeks later, the Arctic winter had begun, the Karluk was trapped by the polar ice and those on board had been abandoned by their leader.

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

The Ice Master is an epic tale of adventure, with a cast of characters as rich as any novel and with villains and heroes aplenty. Drawing on previously unpublished letters and journals, some of which have never been published before, Jennifer Niven has created a haunting and compelling account of the Karluk’s ill/fated journey and her crew’s desperate attempts to find a way home from the icy wastes of the Arctic.”
Notes: Jacket designed by Chris Wadden. Size: 9½" x 6¼". Brown boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 402 pages. Tags: 1913-1918 accidents after airplane also and arctic canadian discoveries discovery endurance essays etc expeditions exploration general geographical history interest karluk peoples photography pictorials places polar regional regions scientific see ship shipwrecks stories subjects survival themes travel travelogues true writing
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The Industrial Revolutionaries: The Making of the Modern World, 1776-1914 by Gavin Weightman (£10.50)Publisher: Grove Press — 2007Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 9780802118998]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper. Description: First U. S. Edition. Jacket illustration: Railway Conveyances from Liverpool to Manchester, 1834. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Chapter Headpieces;Notes: Jacket designed by Wendy Lai. Size: 9¼" x 6¼". White boards with Black titling to the Spine. [X] 422 pages. Tags: weightman 9780802118998 industrial revolution technological innovations history industrialization industrialists trade industry manufacturing science place world great britain pre industries economic pure applied inventions discoveries biographical
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The Life Game by Nigel Calder (£10.50)Publisher: British Broadcasting Corporation [B.B.C./BBC] — 1973Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0563124261]Condition: Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped. Dust wrapper tanned on the reverse with a light stain to the tail of the spine. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Light, scattered, staining to the reverse of the half-title and title pages. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise. Description: From the cover: “Each living thing, each human individual, is a special experiment of nature, testing the survival value of a brand-new combination of genes. The differences between us as individuals turn out to be much more far-reaching than biologists previously suspected. This is just one of the recent discoveries that cast new light on the ancient game of life and death to which we owe our existence.

The idea of life as a game of chance and skill is helping to overcome important theoretical problems -including how it can pay an individual to be well behaved. Research into the processes that turn a fertilised egg into a complex animal hints at ways in which the more dramatic events in evolution may have occurred. The latest fossil men to be unearthed offer new perspectives of our human ancestry, while the techniques of blood-testing are revealing the origin of racial differences. Similarities and differences between essential chemicals in different species of plants and animals uncover a major theme of evolution of which the fossils never told.

Once again, Nigel Calder reports in plain language from the forefront of scientific research, dealing here with the biological sciences as he dealt with astronomy in The Violent Universe, with brain research in The Mind of Man, and with the earth sciences in Restless Earth. To prepare this book and to script the BBC television programme, he travelled round the world and talked to over a hundred leading biologists..”
Notes: Size: 10¼" x 7¾". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine & Upper Board. 143 pages. Tags: 0563124261 bbc2 biology calder evolution evolve first game grandmother heresy how hypercycle life molecular nigel programme television the transmitted was
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The Ra Expeditions by Thor Heyerdahl (£10.50)Publisher: George Allen & Unwin — 1971Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0045720207]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper a little tanned. Pages lightly age-tanned. Description: Illustrated with photographs, in colour & black and white, drawings and maps. This is the story of Heyerdahl's voyage from North Africa to South America in a 45 ft papyrus boat modelled on those depicted in the pharoah's wall paintings. Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 334 pages. Tags: 20th and atlantic boat description discoveries discovery egypt egyptian essays expeditions exploration explorers geographical geography heyerdahl history observations ocean personal ship ships thor travel travelogues travels voyages writing
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The Strong Brown God: The Story of the Niger River by Sanche De Gramont (£10.50)Publisher: Book Club Associates — 1975Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper slightly age-toned with a little shelf wear. Top edge of the text block spotted. Pages lightly age-tanned.Description: Maps to the endpapers. Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “The River Niger was an enigma until the late eighteenth century: its source was known but not its course. In some maps it evaporated into the Sahara, in others drained into Lake Tchad, or simply vanished, as unconquered as the diseases lurking within West Africa. Until 1795. Then, a young Scots doctor named Mungo Park, in an astonishing journey, discovered the Upper Niger — and the mystery deepened. The river now appeared to flow into the centre of the continent. A flood of controversy released by his discovery led to one of the most intense searches ever mounted. The Niger had become the highway into Africa — and Empire.

Even more than the Nile’s, the Niger’s explorers were motivated by pure curiosity. Yet their extraordinary adventures are comparatively unknown: Park, blinded by self-confidence after his classic Travels proved that the river flowed East-West, drowned in it during his second expedition; Lander, Clapperton’s servant, who consoled his master through captivity with Home Sweet Home on the bugle, later discovered the river’s mouth, after being captured by pirates and forced to drink poison by a chief; Caillie, the Frenchman disguised as an Arab, meditating on the Koran, crossed the Sahara from Tripoli to Timbuctu — and back.

This enthralling narrative is combined with personal experience of the author’s 2600-mile trip down the entire length of the river. Illustrated with engravings and drawings from the explorers’ journals, maps, portraits and historical and contemporary photographs, The Strong Brown God is the fullest account ever of the history of the Niger.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Brown boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 350 pages. Tags: africa and discoveries discovery exploration geography history niger river valley west
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Vikings! by Magnus Magnusson (£10.50)Publisher: The Bodley Head / British Broadcasting Corporation — 1980Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0563177632]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. Offset to the margins of the title page from the colour frontispiece.Description: Illustrated with photographs, in colour & black and white. From the cover: “First published in 1980 to accompany a major BBC Television series, this book explores the myth and the reality of Viking culture. The Vikings have a traditional image as fierce sea-warriors, but recent archaeological discoveries in Europe and America show them in a new light — as the greatest traders of their day and as explorers who extended the boundaries of what was to Europe the known world.”Notes: Size: 10" x 7½". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 320 pages. Tags: civilisation civilization europe european history medieval northern scandinavia viking vikings
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A Concise History of England: From Stonehenge to the Microchip by F. E. Halliday (£9.50)Publisher: Thames & Hudson — 1980Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0500271828]Condition: Very Good. Gently faded at the spine and onto the marins of the wraps otherwise a very well presented copy.Description: Revised Reprint. [First: 1964] Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “Now been revised and updated for this paperback edition to take account of the most recent events. The author aims to present the history of England in a form short enough to be grasped — and seen — as a whole. Like all nations, England has a past which includes crimes and follies, but it is also one that is less turbulent than most and one displaying a series of achievements — above all, perhaps, the evolution of democratic institutions and the creation of a social order that has been strengthened by extensions of liberty, tolerance and freedom of speech. The book emphasizes the constructive features of English history and clearly identifies the central theme — the successful reconciliation of order and liberty in English life and society. Stonehenge, the Norman Conguest, Magna Carta, the Wars of the Roses, the Spanish Armada, the Civil Wars, the ‘Year of Victories’, Nelson and Trafalgar, Churchill as war leader — here are the key events, places and personalities of English history, brought together in a superbly illustrated volume which provides the perfect introduction to a fascinating subject.”Notes: Size: 9" x 7". 240 pages. Tags: responsibilities nationalization ecclesiastical conservatives establishment protestantism universities independence commonwealth christianity civilization imperialism discoveries nationalism gladstone's restoration declaration cymbeline's marlborough plantagenet bannockburn renaissance shakespeare reformation suppression monasteries elizabeth's catholicism westminster chamberlain northumbria independent castlereagh neutrality foundation authorized convention industrial government stonehenge napoleonic toleration succession fortresses mechanical ascendancy revolution conversion prosperity parliament depression
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A Woman of No Character: An Autobiography of Mrs Manley by Fidelis Morgan (£9.50)Publisher: Faber & Faber — 1986Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0571139345]Condition: Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper a little wrinkled at the edges, with a short nick to the head of the upper panel, stain to the very margins of both edges of the lower panel. Pages deeply tanned by age.Description: From the cover: “Delarivier Manley was one of the most popular and controversial writers of the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. By the time of her death in 1724 her prolific output included 21 books, 6 plays, political satire, highly praised contributions to The Female Taller and the Examiner, on which Swift made her the editor.

The Historical Register for 1724 described her as ‘A person of polite genius and uncommon capacity which made her writings naturally delicate and easy,’ but judgements of this remarkable woman both during her life and since her death have not always been so convivial. In our own century, Winston Churchill referred to her work as ‘the lying inventions of a prurient and filthy-minded underworld and paid for by party interest and political malice’.

Over 200 years after her death, Mrs Manley is still dividing opinion and arousing passions in her critics. Her work was often a scandalous blend of fact and fiction, romance, politics, gossip and autobiography, which appealed widely to the reading public but led to Mrs Manley’s arrest.

Adventures of Rivella, Mrs Manley’s pseudonymous autobiography, was intended to be read as fiction and has subsequently been dismissed as over-fanciful and unreliable. It was while engaged in research for her book on Restoration women playwrights, The Female Wits, that Fidelis Morgan came across this work and decided to set out to discover the facts about this extraordinary woman. The trail revealed that the facts were often stranger than the fiction.

In A Woman of No Character, Fidelis Morgan combines Mrs Manley’s own accounts of her life with new discoveries creating a captivating portrait of a woman whose character has eluded both her admirers and her critics, and continues to arouse anger as well as praise.”
Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Grey boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 176 pages. Tags: 17th 18th authors biographies biography century delarivie`re english fiction manley mary mrs riviere rivie´re rivie`re studies
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African Genesis: A Personal Investigation Into the Animal Origins and Nature of Man by Robert Ardrey (£9.50)Publisher: Collins — 1965Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. Condition: Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with fraying at the head of the spine and the top corners. Heavily bruised at the head, tail and corners of the boards with some rubbing to the same. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Spotting to the endpapers and blanks. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: Reprint. [First: 1961] From the cover: “African Genesis is a personal investigation into the animal origins and nature of man. Some years ago, Robert Ardrey became aware of the growing evidence that man had evolved on the African Continent from carnivorous, predatory stock, and that the systematic use of weapons had been an invention made long before the time of man. Mr. Ardrey’s immediate absorbtion in these discoveries sprang from the radical new light they cast on the eternal question. Why do we behave as we do?

For six years Mr. Ardrey commuted between the museums and libraries and laboratories of the north, and the game reserves and fossil beds of Africa. Most of the information he sought was known only to the most advanced scientific specialists in the field. His investigation spread out beyond the simple though terrible question concerning man’s affinity for war and weapons. It came to include many an institution and persuasion regarded as exclusively human: nationalism and patriotism, private property and social order, hierarchy and status-seeking, even conscience. All revealed roots in our most ancient animal beginnings.

African Genesis is a provocative book in that it challenges assumptions of human uniqueness that colour every corner of modern thought, and every nook of our daily life. It reveals the personality of man as a dynamic expression of the history of all living things.”
Notes: Illustrated by Berdine Ardrey. Size: 9¼" x 6". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 380 pages. Tags: africa animal behaviour behavior beings comparative evolution fossil hominids human man nature origin psychology
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An Ancient Air: A Biography of John Stringfellow of Chard, the Victorian Aeronautical Pioneer by Harald Penrose (£9.50)Publisher: Airlife — 2000Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 9781840371840]Condition: Near Fine.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “An Ancient Air portrays the hitherto only briefly recorded life of John Stringfellow of Chard (1799-1883), the first man in the world to demonstrate that engine-powered winged flight was practicable.

Whereas earlier general aviation histories tend to discount Stringfellow’s work, An Ancient Air reveals that his absorption with aviation was lifelong, starting with the construction of balloons, recorded here for the first time. Though professionally a lace-machine specialist, he was interested in all aspects of scientific development — he was a founder member of the Chard Institution for educational lectures, pioneered local photography, devised medical apparatus and even patented an armoured gun-carriage.

This book seeks to demonstrate the relationship of Stringfellow’s work with that of his colleague, William Samuel Henson. They worked closely together on various aeronautical projects between the years 1835 and 1847, and the author puts forward evidence that it was Stringfellow who was entirely responsible for the historic 1848 monoplane, the first ever engine-driven model aeroplane to make a free flight. After Henson emigrated to the USA in 1848, Stringfellow continued to design revolutionary aeroplane models, such as the triplane he entered in the the 1868 Crystal Palace Exhibition.

In his old age Stringfellow maintained his interest in aviation and passed on his enthusiasm to his son, Frederick John Stringfellow, who later built a model biplane and a multi-plane.

An Ancient Air, meticulously researched by Harald Penrose, an acknowledged authority on aviation history, presents for the first time a detailed account of Stringfellow’s historic discoveries and sheds further welcome light on the pioneering days of aviation.”
Notes: Size: 8½" x 5¾". In the Airlife Classic series. 183 pages. Tags: 19th aeronautical aeronautics aeroplanes aerospace aircraft airplanes astronautics autobiography aviation biographies britain chard collections construction engineers flight flying henson historical inventions inventors military models political samuel stringfellow studies technology transportation
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Benjamin's Gift by Michael Golding (£9.50)Publisher: Warner — 1999Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0446521108]Condition: Near Fine — in Near Fine Dustwrapper.Description: Notes: Size: 8¼" x 5¾". Blue & Brown boards with Black titling to the Spine. 299 pages. Tags: relationship connoisseur discoveries transformed adventures depression beautiful eccentric airplanes birthmark companion european wondrous swimming unusual origins tycoon pianos thirst horses exotic things lovers beauty orphan jewish dakota hunger north money clock pools cars wild most life york new for boy son the
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Braid by Lee F. Gregson (£9.50)Publisher: Robert Hale — 1993Binding: Hardback First Edition. [ISBN: 0709050364]Condition: Very Good.Description: From the cover: “Heading alone for the town of Coldheart, on the sniff of a peacekeeping job, Braid found an unlikely companion in Rachel, one of a struggling, beleaguered farm family travelling by wagon through dangerous country. In the grim, dark and violent town, Braid struck a bargain, yet recognized at once, as did the girl, that her presence was as unwelcome as it had been unexpected. Yet the town needed Braid as much as he needed work, and as he set about bringing law to its lawless streets, the disapproval and resentments were allowed to simmer. Then came the attempt on the Coldheart bank, and when the smoke of the fierce gun-battle had cleared, Braid and his girl faced one final challenge.”Notes: Size: 7¾" x 4¾". Pictorial boards. In the Black Horse Western series. 157 pages. Tags: and armed bandits brigands cowboys cowhands criminals days desert desperados discoveries draw especially fiction fighters frontier gold gunfighters gunslingers herding indians mexico mines mining pistols plains ranger red six-shooter texas the wagons west westerns wild
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Butter Side Up! by Magnus Pyke (£9.50)Publisher: John Murray — 1976Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0719532981]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped. Dust wrapper very slightly rubbed at the edges. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs & cartoons. From the flap: “Does bread-and-butter fall more often butter side down or up? Did Popeye really owe his vigour to can after can of spinach? Why does the grandfather clock always stop on Thursdays? To these and many other questions, previously considered to be outside the realm of science, trained researchers are now turning their eager attention — and close behind them, tracking and stalking, comes that arch-exposer and expositor of backroom secrets, Magnus Pyke.”Notes: Jacket designed by John Stokes. Illustrated by Ffolkes. Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 182 pages. Tags: arsenic-storing eccentricities zip-fastener rain-forests window-frame experiments perspective discoveries impossible thixotropy scientific gyroscopic alexander concealed essequebo fleming’s explained revolving original dormouse hatching diagrams illusion crusader backroom secrets morocco locusts crowned simple adding plaice chicks edible length plover swarm force don’t lines river great drink fizzy sand cube glis dish same wall sir the ask
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Clock Jacks and Bee Boles: A Dictionary of Country Sights by Courtney Dainton (£9.50)Publisher: Phoenix House — 1957Binding: 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 fading to the spine. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Plates [12];

From the cover: “During cycling and walking tours in the country Courtney Dainton often found his curiosity aroused by man-made objects in daily use in earlier centuries, country bygones, so to speak. He tried to find out more about them, and was struck by the lack of information in any convenient form. He therefore collected his discoveries from many sources into this handy book, arranging them in alphabetical order, illustrating some of them with his own photographs, making, in fact, a countryside companion.

Many and often surprising objects have survived in public places; things like branks and blow wells, candle holes and tumble gates, pitch-pipes and vamping horns, not to mention clock jacks and bee boles. Mostly they are clues to the manners and customs of the past; sometimes they are the strange forerunners of devices we know today, or have their uses still. Some — stiles, for instance — may be so commonplace that we have never given them a second thought, and so are unaware of their antiquity, their ‘origins, and their variations.

Here, then, is a book to kindle curiosity and to add real interest to expeditions.”
Notes: Size: 7½" x 5". Green boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 128 pages. Tags: great britain antiquities dictionaries more unusual objects found churches such acoustic jars dumb borsholders and sextons’ wheels british countryside jacobean chest warfield berkshire mountmg block outside wiltshire farmhouse tollboard the fortified bridge monmouth fire hooks parish church iver buckinghamshire courtney dainton first editions firsts printings 1st
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In the Beginning God: Modern Science and the Christian Doctrine of Creation by John Weaver (£9.50)Publisher: Smyth & Helwys Publishing — 1994Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0951810421]Condition: Very Good. Scattered pencil underlining and marginalia.Description: First in this, paperback, edition. Number 3 in the series.

From the cover: “In this book, John Weaver works out his belief that modern discoveries in science, especially in cosmology and geology, have given new life to the old arguments for design and purpose in the universe. While not proving the existence of God, such features as the ‘fine tuning’ of the origin of the universe, the ‘Anthropic Principle’, and the non-computable nature of the human mind show the reasonableness of belief in a Creator God. They also prompt theological reflection on the nature of God, opening up a vision of a God who is deeply involved in his creation, guiding the development of life from within and suffering with its pains. The author thus ventures, in a bold way, to integrate science and faith while not ignoring the difference between them. He offers the reader a very accessible introduction to the most recent scientific research, encouragement to communicate Christian truth to those outside the Church, and help with preaching from Genesis I.”
Notes: Size: 9" x 6". In the Regent's Study Guides series. [XII] 209 pages. Tags: creation the methods science and theoloev discovering universe with beginning end altematives god law witness biology mutual faith biblical kind natural theology view immanence apologetics preaching genesis world-view bible religion belief john weaver 0951810421
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My Dad Was Nearly James Bond by Des Bishop (£9.50)Publisher: Penguin — 2011Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 1844882780]Condition: Very Good. Leans slightly. Description: First in this, paperback, edition. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs;

From the cover: “For years acclaimed comedian Des Bishop wanted to write a show about his father. Mike Bishop was a model and actor who gave up that life to become a hard-working man of the suburbs — a good husband, a caring father, a responsible citizen. Still, he sometimes talked wistfully about the glamorous life he might have had.

All that changed after Mike was diagnosed with terminal cancer in late 2009. His regrets about his fantasy other life crumbled. He cherished his family and they came together to surround him with love, laughter, tears and talk. Lots of talk. The insights that emerged during Mike Bishop’s illness became the show Des always wanted to stage. He and his father collaborated on My Dad Was Nearly James Bond — a hilarious, outrageous and moving celebration of what Des calls ‘the heroics of fatherhood’. The show has attracted rave reviews and sell-out audiences around the world.

Mike Bishop died in February 2011. Now Des has written a memoir inspired by the stage show, by the startling discoveries he made about his father’s background before he died, and by his own realization of what it means to finally grow up. The book is a funny, wise and unforgettable story of a father, a son and what really matters.”
Notes: Size: Trade Paperback (9¼" x 6"). [VII] 293 pages. Tags: bishop mike 1936-2011 motion picture actors and actresses united states biography models persons cancer patients fathers sons fatherhood comedians ireland autobiography family relationships health fitness diseases coping with illness intergenerational memoirs des 1844882780
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