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Life at the Extremes: The Science of Survival by Frances Ashcroft (£54.50)Publisher: Flamingo — 2001Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0006551254]Condition: Very Good. Extensive previous owners' inscription to the dedication page.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs.Notes: Size: B Format (7¾" x 5¼"). 326 pages. Tags: antarctica starvation underwater wind-chill polymerase saturation weightless endorphins spacesuits subsurface aborigines noureddine halophiles generation eustachian antifreeze metabolism adaptation uncoupling barotrauma atmosphere deficiency submarines centrifuge ice-diving definition astronauts spaceships alkalinity torricelli adrenaline barometric chilblains conditions conduction compressed heatstroke geothermal fahrenheit convection ballooning meteorites insulation tereshkova protective bullimore malignant institute formation transport infection
P&P: UK 1st £7.50. UK 2nd £6.68. EU Surface £11.66. EU Air £11.60. ROW Surface £11.66. ROW Air £21.72

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U.S. Destroyer: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman (£42.00)Publisher: London, Melbourne: Arms & Armour Press — 1982Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0853685215]Condition: Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Heavily bruised at the head, tail and corners of the boards with damaged to the dust wrapper which has a tape repair to the bottom corner of the upper panel. Front hinge starting. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise and a good reference copy of an uncommon title. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Diagrams; Tables; Plans;

From the cover: “For almost a century, the destroyer has been the image of sleek, aggressive power. This hook explains how the U. S. Navy developed its destroyers. It also describes the naval and civilian forces that determined the design and operation of these ships. In the past two decades, U. S. destroyer design, now typified by the Spruance and Perry classes, has become increasingly controversial: for example, nuclear vs. conventional power, endurance vs. speed. Norman Friedman, a highly regarded authority on U. S. warships, discusses the reasoning behind the designs of these ships — this reasoning, he believes, will continue to dominate U. S. warship development for the remainder of this century.

From their torpedo-boat forebears onward, all destroyer classes are illustrated and described in detail. Many designs that were never carried to construction are also discussed because of their significance in the development of the ships actually built. These designs range from the large “destroyer leader” of 1919, through the 40-knot Seahawk of the sixties, to those that preceded the current Spruance and Ticonderoga.

The author also describes the destroyer escorts (DE, now frigates, FF), the large post-war frigates (DL/DLG, now redesignated cruisers), and the Perry-class FFGs. They are all interrelated, all part of the destroyer story.

An entire chapter is devoted to destroyer combat experience in World War II, as this had a major influence on ship design and development. Extracts from battle reports made at that time are included. Separate chapters describe destroyer weapon systems for antiaircraft and antisubmarine warfare as they have evolved since the beginnings of the destroyer force.

Friedman’s detailed descriptions and illustrations of ships and of their modifications in service should be of great interest to naval historians, model-builders, and to all ship lovers. Most classes are illustrated by detailed profiles drawn by renowned draftsman Arthur D. Baker III, and in many cases inboard profiles showing the internal arrangements of the ships are included. Detailed photographs of World War II ships alter relit should be invaluable to ship model-makers. As a monument to the men of the destroyer force and to their ships, the book is unsurpassable.

This is the only history of U. S. Destroyer development based entirely on the internal, formerly classified papers of the U. S. Navy. For all who would like to understand the origins of the present Navy, and for all who hope to shape the Navy of the future, U. S. Destroyers is vital reading.”
Notes: Illustrated by A. D. Baker, III. Size: 11¼" x 8¾". Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 489 pages. Tags: destroyers warships united states history torpedo boats developments mass-production destroyer asw war escorts warfare postwar escort fast task force nuclear frigates scb seahawk ffg navy
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War at Sea 1939-45 by John Hamilton (£24.50)Publisher: Poole: Blandford Press — 1986Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0713716606]Condition: Very Good — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and the top corners of the boards with commensurate wear to the dust wrapper. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: 2nd impression. [First Edition: 1986] Signed by the author on the half-title page — unverified and reflected as such in the lack of premium. Jacket illustration: War Horse of the Allied Navies at Sea; Illustrated by way of: Colour Plates; Diagrams; Maps; Tables;

From the cover: “John Hamilton is acknowledged as one of the world’s leading painters of the Second World War at sea. His paintings of the war in the Pacific are on exhibition in Washington DC while a permanent site for them is being established. The series portraying the conflict in the Atlantic and European waters forms an essential part of the Imperial War Museum’s collection on board HMS Belfast in the Pool of London.

War At Sea includes 176 of his superb paintings. Careful research and the assistance of a worldwide panel of advisers have ensured great accuracy both in the events depicted and in the equipment, vessels and aircraft involved.

Above all, the paintings give a clear and dramatic impression of war at sea. They are a tribute to the courage and endurance of the sailors and marines, soldiers and airmen of all nationalities, whether on the convoys to Russia, supporting the D-Day landings or launching an assault on the Pacific islands. They do not glorify war but are dedicated to the belief that to understand it is to understand also how urgent is the need to keep the peace.

The paintings are supported by a lively text with 43 maps. Together, they make WAR at SEA a unique contribution to the literature of the Second World War.”
Notes: Foreword or introduction by Admiral of the Fleet the Lord Lewin and Admiral Arleigh Burke. Size: 14" x 10¾". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine & Upper Board. 272 pages. Tags: world war 1939-1945 naval operations history military battles campaigns second john hamilton admiral the fleet lord lewin and arleigh burke 0713716606 first editions firsts printings 1st
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Second World War: New Edition by Martin Gilbert (£20.00)Publisher: Orion — 2003Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 1842122622]Condition: Very Good. Light reading creases to the slightly bowed spine. Leans slightly. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: A Later Printing. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Maps;

From the cover: “The Second World War was the most destructive human conflict in history. Forty million people died during the 2,174 days from Germany’s attack on Poland in September 1939 to the surrender of Japan in August 1945.

Only one historian, Martin Gilbert, has the scholarship and breadth of vision to tell the story as it ought to be told. In this, the first total history of a global war, Martin Gilbert weaves together all its aspects — political, diplomatic, military and civilian. From week to week, month to month and year to year, the terrible progress of the juggernaut of death is charted. Martin Gilbert’s purpose is to show what happened, not from the point of view of any one of the warring nations but from a global perspective. In this he is triumphantly successful. Whether Gilbert is telling of the magnificent defence of Stalingrad or the endurance of London in the Blitz, no reader can fail to discover a new vision of what the Second World War meant for those who fought and suffered, and of its legacy for us today.”
Notes: Size: 9¾" x 6¾". [XVI] 846 pages. Tags: world war 1939-1945 europe history 20th century martin gilbert 1842122622
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At the Mercy of the Sea by Lisa Clayton (£19.50)Publisher: Orion — 1996Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Signed by the Author.Condition: Fine - in Fine DJ.Description: This is the incredibly moving and intimate story of Lisa Clayton's record-breaking achievement of sailing around the world. This is a story of a voyage of personal inspiration and discovery, of the triumph of human will against the elements and above all, of one women's extraordinary courage and endurance against overwhelming odds. Illustrated with colour photographs. Signed by the author on the title page. 268pp. Size: 8vo Medium (8" x 5½" approx.)
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Call to Greatness by Adlai E. Stevenson (£19.50)Publisher: Rupert Hart-Davis — 1954Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded. Price Clipped. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: From the cover: “Magnanimity in politics, said Burke, is not seldom the truest wisdom. The most magnanimous man in American politics to-day — the most farseeing, high-minded and intelligent — is Adlai Stevenson. In this brief book he shows once again that he is not only a leader for his nation but a leader for thoughtful men everywhere.

Last year he travelled all round the permitted world. He talked at length with the statesmen in every country he was allowed to enter. He now gives us his calm reflections on that experience.

Again and again he emphasizes that impatience is the enemy of peace: ‘The infinity of problems we now face cannot, all be solved quickly. This is not a hundred yard dash; it is an endurance contest. And some of our problems probably cannot be solved at all’.

Mr. Stevenson admits that ‘fortitude, sobriety and patience, as a prescription for combating intolerable evil is cold porridge to Americans’ — as it is to all men. Yet he faces us steadily with the fact that only fortitude, sobriety and patience will suffice. He tells us that we must ‘school ourselves in cold-eyed humility’, and admit that our wisdom is imperfect and our power limited.

This is a deeply wise book, the ruminations of a scholar-statesman, who knows men in all their variety and stubbornness and who cannot be hurried or frightened into rash words or deeds.”
Notes: Size: 8¼" x 5¼". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 100 pages. Tags: delivered foreign from godkin harvard international lectures march politics relations states taken the title troubled under united university world
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Dark Summit: The Extraordinary 1 Story of Everest's Most Controversial Season by Nick Heil (£19.00)Publisher: Virgin — 2008Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 9781905264254]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Description: Illustrated by way of: Colour Photographs; Maps [1];

From the cover: “EVEREST — the highest mountain in the world and the ultimate climbing challenge. More and more people are attempting this potentially lethal climb, as commercial tour operators become ever more numerous. In 2006, eleven people died attempting to reach the summit, the highest number for ten years. But unlike 1996, there was no surprise blizzard, only the constant dangers posed by unstable ice, merciless cold, thin air — and human nature.

In Dark Summit, Nick Heil tells the shocking true stories of David Sharp, a young British solo climber, who was passed by forty mountaineers as he lay dying on the slopes of the mountain, and Lincoln Hall, who was left for dead yet miraculously survived.

A fascinating true story of high-altitude disaster, this is also the first thorough examination of the multiple deaths on Everest in 2006, as Nick Heil asks what climbing the world’s highest peak really means for those who take on the challenge and how far they will go in their single-minded pursuit of the ultimate mountaineering prize.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Blue boards with Silver titling to the Spine. [XI] 271 pages. Tags: heil 9781905264254 mountaineering everest mount china nepal history 21st century travel mountaineers psychology climbing true stories endurance survival writing interest adventure sports recreation nature ecosystems habitats mountains essays travelogues
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The Sporting Century: 50 Momentous Stories in Sports History by Edited by Alan English (£17.50)Publisher: CollinsWillow — 1999Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0723010447]Condition: Near Fine - in Very Good DJ. DJ has what appears to lots of tiny paint droplets in various places… attractive in an abstract sort of way but obviously detracts from the purists pleasure. Otherwise, a very nice copy.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs. Looks in detail at 50 of the most extraordinary and remarkable of events in all different sports and countries.Notes: Size: 12½" x 9¾". 224 pages. Tags: aerofoil aikido alpine amateurs aquaplane archery arrow ashes assist association athletics autocross back-heel backstop backstroke badminton baguette ballast ballooning barbell barrel baseball basketball batting beach bench biathlon billiards birdie bobsleigh boots boules bouncer bowler bowling bowls boxing brakeman bridging bronco bull's-eye bully-off bunker caddie camel cannon canoe canoeing catcher centre chanko-nabe
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Land Navigation: Routefinding with Map and Compass by Wally Keay (£14.50)Publisher: The Duke of Edinburgh's Award — 1989Binding: Hardback First Edition. [ISBN: 0905425057]Condition: Very Good. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Previous owners' inscription to the front pastedown has scribbled out. Text complete, clean and tight else.Description: Illustrated with colour photographs & maps. From the cover: “AIMED at all those who wish to find their way on land, from the novice on the local common to the alpinist venturing into the mountainous regions of the world, this new book is primarily written for those travelling on foot although the techniques are equally applicable to the cyclist, the horse rider and those using canoes and boats on inland waterways. Starting with the fundamental skills required for normal country or town and progressing through to advanced techniques in wild and mountainous country, each Chapter is lavishly illustrated with explanatory line drawings and superb colour photos. Although this is a book to learn from, and acquire the art of navigation, it will also be of assistance in Outdoor Education Centres, Colleges of Higher Education and Schools as the range of the subject matter, and the style of presentation, will benefit all those who have a responsibility for teaching others.”Notes: Size: 8½" x 6". Pictorial boards. 288 pages. Tags: about abroad access aiming allowing alternative altimeter and angled area athlete atmospheric attack avoiding backbearing bearing being britain card chain climbed cloud coarse collecting comparative compass competition competitive conditions considerations contouring conventional corridor country course cross-country dark dead developing deviation different direction distance dog-legs easy endurance errors escape estimation events exercise
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Sports Facts 1979 by ANON (£13.00)Publisher: MacDonalds & Janes — 1979Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0354090755]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper. A little light edgewear to the dust wrapper otherwise a very well presented copy.Description: Records all the major sporting events of 1978 at home and abroad, and is an invaluable reference work for all sport followers, and particular value to sport quiz enthusiasts. 345pp. Index. Size: 8vo Demy (8½" x 5½")Notes: 345 pages. Tags: aerofoil aikido alpine amateurs aquaplane archery arrow ashes assist association athletics autocross back-heel backstop backstroke badminton baguette ballast ballooning barbell barrel baseball basketball batting beach bench biathlon billiards birdie bobsleigh boots boules bouncer bowler bowling bowls boxing brakeman bridging bronco bull's-eye bully-off bunker caddie camel cannon canoe canoeing catcher centre chanko-nabe
P&P: UK 1st £3.38. UK 2nd £2.92. EU Surface £5.16. EU Air £5.35. ROW Surface £5.16. ROW Air £9.22

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The Beckoning Silence by Joe Simpson (£13.00)Publisher: London: Jonathan Cape — 2002Binding: Paperback (Uncorreced Book Proof) [ISBN: 0224061801]Condition: Very Good. Pages lightly age-tanned. Description: Notes: Size: C Format (8½" x 5¼"). [XIV] 286 pages. Tags: simpson 0224061801 joe mountaineering mountaineers britain expeditions switzerland eiger climbing true stories endurance survival sports recreation
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At His Imperial Japanese Majesty's Pleasure by Evelyn Honeywill (£12.50)Publisher: The Book Guild — 1986Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0863321933]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dustwrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and top corners with commensurate ruffling to the dustwrapper, tanned at the spine and damp-stained at the top edge of the reverse visible externally at the head of the spine and top edge of the lower panel. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: From the cover: “This book provides a fresh perspective into the harsh conditions which prevailed in Japanese POW and Civilian Internment Camps during the Second World War. Stories of endurance from the infamous Burma railway to the jungle infested camps near Singapore have been symbolised by the Japanese word ‘Tenko’. This name for roll-call was to assume a terrible significance for the thousands of Europeans who were trapped in the Far East when the armies of His Imperial Majesty entered the war and flooded across South East Asia.”Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5½". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 255 pages. Tags: infamous japanese prison camps second world war girlie gander british customs official shanghai jack honywill sinking ship hms peterel japanese invasion brutal events individual sacrifice camp inmates true romance british river gunboat imperial japanese navy shanghai harbour lewis guns american gunboat u.s.s. wake japanese cruiser izumo japanese destroyer gunboat italian gunboat lepanto british community shanghai british warships regiments chinese territory
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Automobile Record Breakers: from Rocket to Road Car by David Tremayne (£12.50)Publisher: Quantum — 2004Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 1861608349]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.Description: Examines the ultimate in technological innovation, from rocket car to Grand Prix, from dragster to production dream machine. Looks at the fascinating history of the Land Speed Record. Explores design and engineering firsts: turbo, turbine, ABS, new constructional materials. Illustrated with colour photographs.Notes: Size: 9" x 7". 128 pages. Tags: abs acceteration and application automobile broke car cars chasing designers developments dragsters drivers effect endurance engineers faster fastest first four-wheel further grand ground handling land longer major motor outstanding prix production racing record records road rocket speed sport steering stylists the thrust turbo winning
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
Fighting Heart Disease by David N Matthews (£12.50)Publisher: Blackwell Scientific — 1990Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good+ - in Very Good DJ. Very slightly ruffled edges of DJ. Lightly bruised at head and tail.Description: Writen by the medical spokesman of the Britsh Heart Foundation, this is a distillation of committee records and personal recollections which chart the development of the foundation.Notes: 282 pages. Tags: ablation abuse abusers access ace acids adenosine adrenaline advice aftercare agents aicd aids alcohol alcoholic amiodarone aneurysm angina angio angiogram angiography angioplasty antibiotic anticoagulant aorta aortic arrest arterial arteries arteriogram artery artifical artificial ascites aspirin assessment atheromatous atherosclerosis atherosclerotic atria atrial at-risk attacks atypical automatic availability balloon barlow's beat] beats beri-beri
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Automobile Record Breakers: from Rocket to Road Car by David Tremayne (£11.50)Publisher: Quantum — 2004Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 1861608349]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Slight creasing to the upper panel otherwise a very well presented copy.Description: Illustrated with colour photographs.Notes: Size: 9" x 7". Pictorial boards. 128 pages. Tags: abs acceteration and application automobile broke car cars chasing designers developments dragsters drivers effect endurance engineers faster fastest first four-wheel further grand ground handling land longer major motor outstanding prix production racing record records road rocket speed sport steering stylists the thrust turbo winning
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Java Nightmare by Daphne Jackson (£11.50)Publisher: Tabb House — 1979Binding: Paperback Signed by the Author.[ISBN: 0907018025]Condition: Good. A little faded at the spine. Leans slightly. Gently rubbed at the edges of the spine and wrappers. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Description: First in this, paperback, edition. Signed by the author on the title page — unverified and reflected as such in the lack of premium.

From the cover: “Much has been written about the male side of captivity under the Japanese during the Second World War. But how did women fare? Java Nightmare, an autobiography, tells the enthralling story of companionship and endurance forged when women were tested to the limits of their human frailty. This book is a frank record of daily life in the concentration camps of a part of south-east Asia, revealing the horrors and squalors that had to be endured. But it is also a remarkable testimony to the power of the human spirit to survive. Further, it is a historical record of interest, from a period of cataclysmic change in the world’s social order.”
Notes: Size: 8½" x 6". [XIV] 158 pages. Tags: world war 1939-1945 prisoners and prisons japanese indonesia java personal narratives british daphne jackson 0907018025 signed books author signatures inscriptions presentation copies copy
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Karluk by William Laird Mckinley (£11.50)Publisher: Book Club Associates — 1976Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. DJ slightly ruffled at the edges, slightly faded.Description: This book tells for the first time the full story of the Karluk, the leading ship of Stefansson’s Arctic Expedition of 1913-18, which was crushed and sunk in ice almost before the expedition had properly begun. The ship’s crew of twenty-five people were left stranded on the Arctic ice while their leader continued his northern exploration, not returning for five years. In the circumstances the results were inevitably tragic. Eight men died moving across the heaving ice-floes, one man shot himself, two died of malnutrition and the rest barely managed to keep alive until rescue came. The account of their ordeal is a deeply moving tribute to human courage and endurance and, above all, to man’s overpowering will to live. The book is illustrated with a selection of extraordinary photographs taken at the time, most of which have never been seen before.Notes: Jacket designed by Behram Kapadia. Size: 10" x 7". 170 pages. Tags: arctic stefansson survival exploration scott
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Love, Light and Laughter by Monte Farber; Amy Zerner; (£11.50)Publisher: Red Wheel — 2002Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1590030079]Condition: Very Good+ - in Very Good+ DJ.Description: Secrets of the Enchanted Couple. From the introduction: “We have created Love, Light, and Laughter to acquaint you with the art of love and to show you the steps you can take to bring love into your life. Whether you want to improve your existing relationship or meet your Soul Mate, Love, Light, and Laughter can light your way there and provide you with the means for getting in touch with the quiet voice within you that knows, without a doubt, what is best for your greatest good and highest joy.”Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Purple boards with Gilt titling to the Spine & Upper Board. 215 pages. Tags: finding love finding love with someone you like spiritual sex loving children unrequited love road enchantment romance partnership truth solitude new age book communication forgiveness love transformation awareness respect endurance desire duality partnership sex perfect wedding
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Margaret Thatcher: The Woman Within by Andrew Thomson (£11.50)Publisher: W. H. Allen — 1989Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0491034296]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped. Small address lable to the first blank.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “Takes the reader on a tour of the Thatcher years, through elections, the Falklands and beyond, describing what he saw of the different roles simultaneously performed by Margaret Thatcher: Prime Minister; Member of Parliament; wife; mother; woman. This book is unique because it is written by an insider — a witness to the human elements of the Iron Lady.”Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". 247 pages. Tags: macro-economic private-sector nuclear-energy anti-inflation communications idiosyncrasies industrialists merry-go-round public-school council-house hire-purchase bruce-gardyne communication involumeterms relationships comparability self-delusion confederation crowther-hunt autobiography public-sector stabilisation contingencies fragmentation speechwriting international privatisation supplementary power-station policy-making conciliation nationalised intellectual unemployment conservatism seton-watson government's inefficiency thorneycroft accelerators organization unpopularity achievements douglas-home post-downing productivity shipbuilders negotiations white-collar inexperience conservative
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Rorke’s Drift: A Victorian Epic by Michael Glover (£11.50)Publisher: Leo Cooper — 1978Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0850521823]Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Edges of the dustwrapper somewhat rubbed with slight loss at the head, tail and tips. Price Clipped. Damp stain to the gutter of the front pastedown. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise but slightly musty.Description: Maps to the endpapers. Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “By one of those twists of fate which cause some events to be writ large in the annals ofa country’s history while others, of far greater significance, pass swiftly into oblivion, the Defence of Rorke’s Drift has become enshrined as one of the epic sagas of Victorian England. The facts show that it was an event of little consequence — the casualties were slight and the outcome had very little effect on the outcome of the Zulu War, which was settled later that year at the scarcely remembered Battle of Ulundi.”Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Grey boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 146 pages. Tags: john chard gonville bromhead lt-general lord chelmsford surgeon-major reynolds natal native contingent rorke’s drift private henry hook private william jones corporal william allan investiture chard south africa zulu wars epic sagas victorian england battle ulundi british soldier bravery dogged endurance gladstone political ends oscarberg mission house british military history maya pass victoria cross isandhlwana kaffir wars major defeat for the british maiwand imperialism mineral wealth kimberley
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South by Sir Ernest Shackleton (£11.50)Publisher: Birlinn — 2001Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 1841581186]Condition: Near Fine. Previous owners inscription to ½-title page.Description: This was a journey that began in August 1914 with high hopes of a first in exploration and ended two years later in a desperate struggle for survival, after the expedition’s ship, the Endurance, was first trapped in sea-ice, then crushed. Shackleton, with a handful of this party, braved the fury of the South Atlantic as they made their desperate 800-milejourney from Elephant Island to South Georgia aboard the James Caird. This small boat –just over 20 ft long – was pitted against the fury of the southern ocean. The survival of the entire expedition was hinged on this last gamble… Illustrated with B&W photographs.Notes: Size: Trade Paperback (9¼" x 6"). 277 pages. Tags: Weddell Sea South Georgia Mcmurdo Sound Patience Camp Endurance Aurora’s Drift Ross Sea Party Elephant Island arctic south pole
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Summerhay's Encyclopaedia for Horsemen by R. S. Summerhays (£11.50)Publisher: Threshold Books — 1988Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0901366447]Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. DJ slightly ruffled at the edges.Description: From the cover: “Summerhays’ Encyclopaedia for Horsemen, which was first published in 1952, is renowned not only as an absorbing source of reference but also for its practical value to horsemen. This new edition has been completely revised and expanded to take account of the considerable changes that have taken place in the horse world in recent years.” Revised by Valerie Russell. Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine.Notes: Size: 9¼" x 6¼". 319 pages. Tags: Breeds historical personalities famous horses art saddlery conformation veterinary science eventing show jumping, English and Western equitation driving dressage polo endurance riding equestrian institutions and organisations.
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The Event Groom's Handbook by Jeanne Kane; Lisa Waltman; (£11.50)Publisher: Threshold Books — 1989Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 9780901366078]Condition: Very Good. Lightly rubbed at the tips of the wraps otherwise a very well presented copy.Description: From the cover: “A comprehensive, practical guide to the preparation and care of horses at all levels of the sport up to international three-day events. Step-by-step account of a groom’s responsibilities as the action unfolds at a three-day event. Packed with authoritative information and useful facts, including notes on health and injuries. Fully revised and updated to include the latest techniques employed by top event grooms.”Notes: Size: 9" x 5". 175 pages. Tags: groom trials events dressage speed endurance show jumping cannon bone clenches headcollar blacksmith farrier horse shows hunter trials lungeing grooming
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Conquistadors by Michael Wood (£10.50)Publisher: London: BBC Worldwide Ltd. — 2000Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 056355116X]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Slight creasing to the top corner of the upper panel otherwise a very well presented copy. Description: 2nd printing. [First Published: 2000] Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Colour Photographs; Colour Drawings; Maps;

From the cover: “The Spanish conquest of the Americas in the sixteenth century was one of the most cataclysmic events in history. Spanish expeditions had to endure the most unbelievable hardships to open up the lands of the New World. Few stories, if any, in history match these for sheer drama, endurance and distances covered.

In Conquistadors Michael Wood travels in the footsteps of some of the greatest of the Spanish adventurers, from Amazonia to Lake Titicaca and from the deserts of North Mexico to the heights of Machu Picchu. He experiences first hand the reality of epic journeys, such as those made by Hernan Cortes, and Francisco and Gonzalo Pizarro, and explores the turbulent and terrifying events surrounding the Spanish conquest of the Aztec and Inca empires. He also retraces Orellana’s extraordinary voyage of discovery down the Amazon and Cabeza de Vaca’s journey across America to the Pacific.

As well as bringing history alive with evocative text and stunning pictures, Michael Wood grapples with the moral legacy of the European invasion. The stories in Conquistadors are not only of conquest, heroism and greed, but of changes in the way we see the world, in our view of history and civilization, justice and human rights.”
Notes: Size: 10" x 7¾". Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 288 pages. Tags: america discovery exploration spanish cortes hernan travel south pizarro francisco cabeza vaca alvar 16th dorado history mexico conquest peru latin television series conquistadors maya american central
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Incredible Journeys: Featuring the World's Greatest Animal Travellers by Nigel Marven (£10.50)Publisher: British Broadcasting Corporation [B.B.C./BBC] — 1997Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 056338736X]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. Description: Illustrated by way of: Colour Photographs;

From the cover: “Incredible Journeys takes us into the world of six unique animal travellers, following their epic odysseys across land, beneath the sea, and through the skies. Each journey is a natural miracle, each animal an amazing voyager:

  • a barn swallow which, before it is even four months old, flies 10,000 kilometres from Britain to South Africa
  • a caribou calf, whose trek across the Canadian tundra causes it to walk further than any other animal on earth
  • a short-finned eel, which rides the ocean currents to an Australian river, where it spends 15 years before returning to its birthplace in the Pacific to spawn and die
  • the astounding 4000 kilometre flight of a delicate monarch butterfly from Canada to Mexico, where it spends winter with millions of others in a mountain refuge
  • a newborn grey whale, which swims thousands of kilometres from tropical to polar seas
  • a rattlesnake, which navigates annually with pinpoint accuracy to precise destinations in the scorching Sonoran Desert
Each animal journeys with a purpose, whether in search of food, breeding grounds or hibernation sites. They would rather die than fail to reach their destination. In Incredible Journeys we travel with them, sharing their triumphs and tragedies and witnessing extraordinary feats of endurance and navigation.”
Notes: Size: 10" x 7¾". Blue boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 192 pages. Tags: animal migration pictorial works canadian tundra short finned eel whale grey western diamondback rattlesnake sonoran desert epic journeys case studies barn swallow migrations caribou monarch butterfly
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The Class by Erich Segal (£10.50)Publisher: Bantam — 1985Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0593010043]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Edges of the dust wrapper frayed with closed tears to both the edges. Price Clipped. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: From the cover: “This rich and compelling novel interweaves the stories of five young men who enter Harvard in 1954 with those of the women who share their ambitions, self-doubts and the sacrifices they must make to achieve success. Twenty-five years after their graduation they return for their climactic reunion to confront their classmates and weigh their lives in the balance. Danny Rossi, the musical prodigy whose problem was too much fame too soon, will drive himself to the limits of his endurance in his desperate need for recognition. Ted Lambros is obsessed by his desire to climb to the top of the academic ladder, but unaware of what it will cost him in personal terms. Jason Gilbert, the golden boy with the world at his feet-only in tragedy will he discover the meaning of his Jewish heritage. George Keller, the Hungarian refugee, rises to eminence in the State Department — and will do anything to stay there. Andrew Eliot is haunted b three centuries of Harvard ancestors; he must wait until the sad and startling events of the reunion to find his value a man. Their experience spans a turbulent quarter-century that changed the we But perhaps the greatest revolution , within themselves, as the old morality changed into the new. The Class is a moving novel — and a remarkable portrait of a generation.”Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 592 pages. Tags: american classmates confront english fiction general harvard modern texts their writers
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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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Viva Britain: Mrs Thatcher's Britain by Paolo Filo della Torre (£10.00)Publisher: Sidgwick & Jackson — 1985Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good+ - in Very Good+ DJ. A very well presented copy.Description: Notes: Jacket designed by John Kent. 101 pages. Tags: macro-economic private-sector nuclear-energy anti-inflation communications idiosyncrasies industrialists merry-go-round public-school council-house hire-purchase bruce-gardyne communication involumeterms relationships comparability self-delusion confederation crowther-hunt autobiography public-sector stabilisation contingencies fragmentation speechwriting international privatisation supplementary power-station policy-making conciliation nationalised intellectual unemployment conservatism seton-watson government's inefficiency thorneycroft accelerators organization unpopularity achievements douglas-home post-downing productivity shipbuilders negotiations white-collar inexperience conservative
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1988 Tour de France by Phil Liggett (£9.50)Publisher: Harrap — 1988Binding: Hardback [ISBN: 0245547274]Condition: Very Good.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “The Tour de France is the most challenging competition of the sporting world, a gruelling test of endurance against the elements, the other competitors, and, indeed, for the rider himself- a race so demanding that since its inception in 1903, less than half the cyclists starting out have ever made it to the finish.

Phil Liggett, Channel Four’s Tour commentator and cycling correspondent of the Daily Telegraph — and a former racing cyclist himself — draws on his unique experience to write this entertaining and accessible armchair viewer’s guide. He traces the Tour from its creation to the present day, looking at the legendary riders of the past, and examining the Tour’s changing physical and mental demands. He describes the rise of the English-speaking cyclists — Greg LeMond, Robert Millar, Sean Kelly and Stephen Roche — and, finally, he discusses the challengers of the 1988 Tour. Lavishly illustrated with superb action photographs, diagrams and maps, and with a foreword by Sean Kelly, the 1988 Tour de France is the essential guide to this spectacular race.”
Notes: Foreword or introduction by Sean Kelly. Size: 11" x 8". Pictorial boards. 156 pages. Tags: about all and answering any are art best bicycles bike brief britain bunch channel chapter climbs cycling day dramatic equipment ever four france from going great greatest guide guys having his history home how important it? it's know life loving man moments more most mountaintops other part perfecting questions races racing recreation ride riders routes rules run spectating spending sports statistics strategies team tens than the these they tours understanding unique unlike want watching who within won you your
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Abandoned: The 1 Story of a Little Girl Who Didn't Belong by Anya Peters (£9.50)Publisher: Harper Element — 2007Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 9780007245727]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the spine ends and corners with commensurate ruffling to the dustwrapper.Description: Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5½". Turquoise boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 312 pages. Tags: abuse adult and anya autobiography biography britain child childhood coping endurance general great history personal peters problems self-help stories survival true victims with youth
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An Evil Cradling Filmed As Blind Flight by Brian Keenan (£9.50)Publisher: Vintage — 2004Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0099472147]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.Description: From the cover: “Brian Keenan went to Beirut in 1985 for a change of scene from his native Belfast. He became headline news when he was kidnapped by fundamentalist Shi’ite militiamen and held in the suburbs of Beirut for the next four and a half years. For much of that time he was shut off from all news and contact with anyone other than his jailers and, later, his fellow hostages, amongst them John McCarthy. Brian Keenan emerged from the compression chamber of isolation with a rare gift intact. In this book he uses that gift to explore the ‘evil cradling’ of secret captivity with ruthless insight, honesty and poetry. The claustrophobia of the hostage, the helplessness of undergoing a sentence without terms or reason, is described here in ways the reader is unlikely to forget.”Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Pictorial boards. 296 pages. Tags: accounts asian autobiography beaten beirut blindfolded bound brian captivity chained eastern endurance gagged half hostages humiliation keenan kidnapped kidnapping lebanon militiamen moved oppression packing pain persecution personal political postwar prison prisoners sack shi'ite somehow stories survival survived tape terrorism unremitting writings years
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At One with the Sea: Alone Around the World by Naomi James (£9.50)Publisher: Book Club Associates — 1979Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. Condition: Very Good — in Good Dustwrapper. Faded at the spine of the dustwrapper. Leans a little. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: Maps to the endpapers. Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “On 8th June 1978, the world heard the astonishing news that 28-year-old Naomi James had become the first woman to sail single-handed round the globe via Cape Horn — and in the fastest time ever. The daughter of a New Zealand sheep farmer, newly married and with only two years’ sailing experience behind her, Naomi had never handled a boat by herself before -yet, incredibly, she set a new round-the-world record and made sailing history.

At One With The Sea is the frank, vivid and enthralling account of the most amazing lone voyage of them all. Naomi tells of her despair when the radio broke and she faced months of silence; of her embarrassment at discovering — after three months at sea — that she had been confusing latitude with longitude; of her grief when the ship’s kitten, Boris, went overboard; and of the black horror of a dawn capsize. In common with all lone sailors, Naomi lived in dread of Cape Horn; in the end she rounded « that old bogey Horn » without even realising it — « I may even have been asleep at the time. »

This story of heroism with the human touch, of epic courage and endurance, must rank as a classic in the literature of great adventures. It is not merely the memorable record of an historic journey; Naomi’s story also tells us more about why men — and women — dare the elements, and attempt the impossible, in the relentless search for self-knowledge.

On 1st January 1979, in recognition of her extraordinary achievement, she became Dame Naomi James. Her award, Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire, is one of the highest given to women.”
Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Blue boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 192 pages. Tags: adventures amazing breakdown breaks canaries cape confusing courage crusader damaged dame despair doldrums endurance epic forties gear globe heroism historic horn icebergs journey latitude lone longitude mast naomi navigation port roaring round-the sailing sailomat search seeing self-knowledge self-steering silence single-handed town’s travelers via voyages yacht
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Crossing the Desert of Death: Through the Fearsome Taklamakan by Charles Blackmore (£9.50)Publisher: John Murray — 2000Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0719560209]Condition: Poor. A copy for reading rather than admiring, generally shabby but text complete and acceptable. Ex-library with usual marks, first blank excised and the title page damaged where the library lable has been removed. Hinges exposed at pages 96-97. A reading or reference copy only.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “To the Chinese the fearsome Taklamakan was always the ‘desert of death’. Charles Blackmore, together with thirty camels and a party of British, Chinese and Uighurs, set out to cross this daunting desert for the first time ever, from end to end, a distance of 780 miles. For sixty days the party, often pushed to the limits of their endurance and out of reach of all help, moved relentlessly forward, overcoming sickness, injury and extremes of temperature in an awesome wasteland that sustains no life or water.”Notes: Foreword or introduction by Peter Hopkirk. Size: B Format (7¾" x 5¼"). 268 pages. Tags: all ancient and blackmore camp charles china chinese conquered coping costly crisis death description desert discovering discovery dream dysentery entering error exploration hedin journeys lure makan mazartagh men more mountain over planning prison road sand send-of silk sinister site star-gazing suleiman takla taklamakan the travel triumph twist uyghurs water with
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High Latitude Crossing by Peter Haward (£9.50)Publisher: Adlard Coles — 1968Binding: Hardback First Edition. [ISBN: 0229985688]Condition: Good. Leans. Boards a little rubbed at extremities. Internally bright and clean.Description: Pale blue cloth with gilt titling to spine. The Viking story is of heroes second to none and like others who have studied it the author is under its spell. Yet he have tried to describe their navigation in logical terms, acceptable to seamen in general and sailors in particular. He denies that Viking ships were super ships and if the men who sailed them were supermen it was not in the modem comic-strip sense. Viking achievements were due to courage and endurance of a very high order plus a competent application of an essential minimum of knowledge.Notes: Size: 8½" x 6½". 143 pages. Tags: Vikings and Greenlanders Wondersands Adantic 0229985688
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Living Along With Heart Disease by Louis Levin (£9.50)Publisher: The Macmillan Co — 1935Binding: Hardback First Edition. Condition: Very Good. Title plate on spine worn / lifting. Inscription on ½ title page.Description: Notes: Deep Red boards with Black on White Title Plate titling to the Spine & Upper Board. 126 pages. Tags: ablation abuse abusers access ace acids adenosine adrenaline advice aftercare agents aicd aids alcohol alcoholic amiodarone aneurysm angina angio angiogram angiography angioplasty antibiotic anticoagulant aorta aortic arrest arterial arteries arteriogram artery artifical artificial ascites aspirin assessment atheromatous atherosclerosis atherosclerotic atria atrial at-risk attacks atypical automatic availability balloon barlow's beat] beats beri-beri
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Margaret Thatcher: From Childhood to Leadership by George Gardiner (£9.50)Publisher: William Kimber — 1975Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0718302044]Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper a little rubbed at the edges, heavily faded at the spine. Price Clipped. Previous owners' inscription to the pastedown. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “Margaret Thatcher is the first woman to lead one of Britain’s major parties and so be a potential Prime Minister. Since her election as Conservative Leader she has talked at length about herself and her life to George Gardiner, Conservative MP and former political correspondent. On the basis of these recorded conversations, others with her family and friends, and his own experience in Parliament, he has written this authoritative account of Mrs Thatcher’s private, professional and public life.

Mr Gardiner vividly describes her childhood in Grantham, the values she acquired from her parents and her life as an Oxford undergraduate. He tells of her early election battles, her family life and first years in Parliament, and assesses her achievements as Education Secretary in the 1970-74 Government. Finally, he describes the declining months of Edward Heath’s leadership, traces the steps which led to Mrs Thatcher’s election in his place, and gives a revealing inside account of the 1975 Tory leadership battle.

In the process he brings her political convictions into focus, as well as her view of the kind of leadership Britain needs. Mr Gardiner’s account is indispensable reading for all interested in British politics — and who wish to know more about the woman who could become Prime Minister.”
Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 235 pages. Tags: accelerators achievements advisers advisory aerospace agreements allowances amalgamated amateurism animosity anti-inflation appeasement appointment appraisal approach arbitration armstrong association atkinson attitudes authorities autobiography avoidance balanced bancroft bargaining benefits biographies blockbuster boardman borrowing britain broadcasts brothers bruce-gardyne bukovsky callaghan campaign campbell capability cap-gemini carlisle caroline carrington cartledge chairman chancellor christopher churchill’s clements closures
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Porsche by Chris Harvey (£9.50)Publisher: Kola — 1984Binding: Hardback [ISBN: 1851060189]Condition: Very Good.Description: Illustrated with colour photographs.Notes: Size: 10¾" x 7¾". Pictorial boards. 64 pages. Tags: berlin-to-rome panamericana championship lightweight turbo-style volkswagen ferdinand endurance 2.4-liter carrerars speedster professor carreras four-cam people’s sporting 24-hour porsche spyders carrera series racing coupes design spyder engine sports racer 550rs targa cars body race mans type car 911 956 928 944 356 907 924
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The Cloud Garden: A 1 Story of Adventure, Survival, and Extreme Horticulture by Tom Hart Dyke & Paul Winder (£9.50)Publisher: Bantam Press — 2003Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0593050797]Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and the top corners of the boards with a little wear to the dust wrapper as a result. Leans. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: From the cover: “The Darien Gap is a place of legend. The only break in the Pan-American Highway, which runs from Alaska to the" tip of South America, it is an almost impregnable strip of swamp, jungle and cloud forest between the vast landmasses of North and South America. Stories of abduction and murder there are rife and in recent years more people have successfully climbed Everest or trekked to the South Pole than have crossed the Darien Gap.

In 2000, Tom Hart Dyke, a young botanist, set off to Central America with one thing on his mind: orchids. He knew that in order to find the rare and beautiful species he so fervently admired, he would have to visit some of the most inhospitable places on earth. Unbeknown to Tom, another young explorer, Paul Winder, was backpacking through the area at the same time. Though he sometimes worked freelance in the City of London, Paul was also a fearless and intrepid traveller, happier scaling volcanoes than lounging on beaches. In every bar and cafe along his route, rumours abounded of the Darien Gap — and the more he heard, the greater became his desire to make the journey. Pure chance brought Paul and Tom together in northern Mexico; they formed an instant bond and their fate was sealed.

Ignoring a final, succinct warning from the Lonely Planet Guide — ‘Don’t even think about it!’ — Tom and Paul set off into the Darien: Tom in search of orchids, Paul in search of adventure. They would find plenty of each. For six days they made good progress. Then, just hours away from Colombia, the dream ended and the horror began. Paul and Tom were ambushed by PARC guerrillas, who were to hold them hostage for the next nine months. From that day on, their survival was a matter of extraordinary endurance, incredible ingenuity and not a little good luck…”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Green boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 323 pages. Tags: 0593050797 america and central collectors colombia darien description dyke endurance essays hart history hostages journeys orchidaceae orchids panama paul plant stories survival tom travel travelogues true winder writing
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The Comic Postcard in English Life by Frederick Alderson (£9.50)Publisher: David & Charles — 1970Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 071534708X]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with a small patch of loss to the head of the upper panel, light scuffing to the lower. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: From the cover: “The coloured postcard, bearing a view or a joke, first appeared late in the nineteenth century. The heyday of the coloured cards was the Edwardian era, and they uniquely evoke its ‘nuttish’ style, expansive outlook and glamour. But the cards have remained widely popular, and this book, based largely though not exclusively, on the productions of a Yorkshire firm which has been in the trade from the beginning, shows how vividly they reflect the changing tastes and preoccupations of the twentieth century.

The lavish illustrations and lively commentary offer a humorous view of the fashions, crazes, morals, pleasures and endurance — in peace, in wars and in the Welfare State — of the average English man and woman. The way in which censorship has become less rigorous and yet humour has basically not changed is in itself a fascinating study. This book is for all who enjoy laughing at others and at themselves — and for those who know that social history has its lighter side.”
Notes: Size: 10" x 7¾". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 112 pages. Tags: postcards history postal cards england social life and customs frederick alderson 071534708x first editions firsts printings 1st
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This is Orienteering by Jim Rand; Tony Walker; (£9.50)Publisher: Pelham — 1976Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0720709288]Condition: Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Ex-library with usual marks, pocket to the pastedown, slip to the ffep, stamp to the reverse of the title page. Text bright and tight. A good reference copy.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs and diagrams. From the cover: “Orienteering, an activity imported from Scandinavia in the 1960s, is unique in the opportunities it offers as a competitive sport, a compelling recreation and an exciting component of contemporary education. Those who take part navigate their way through open country or forest between red and white flags which mark the ‘control’ sites. Each orienteer selects his own route between the controls and competes at his own level. As an activity it appeals to all age-groups from seven to seventy, proving as satisfying to the family group walking round a wayfarer’s course for Sunday or holiday exercise as it is to the highly trained athlete competing at international level.

This is Orienteering provides a comprehensive view of the sport. In addition to the basic skills of map and compass navigation, the authors cover the procedures involved in actual map-making, at both a simple and sophisticated level; the art of course planning; a consideration of the improvement of technical and physical performance for the competitive navigator; and, because orienteering has become a part of the curriculum in many of our schools and colleges, the problems and possibilities faced by those responsible for introducing others to the sport.

Both authors have been closely connected with the development of orienteering in Britain for over a decade and their joint experience extends through all levels of the sport to international honours.”
Notes: Size: 10" x 7¾". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 144 pages. Tags: abroad access activities aiming allowing alternative altimeter angled athlete atmospheric attack avoiding backbearing bearing britain card chain coarse collecting comparative compass competition competitive considerations contouring conventional corridor cross-country developing deviation dog-legs endurance errors escape estimation events family features federation finding fog following forests gills gradients grid gullies height hiking holding holiday
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Wartime Courage: Stories of Extraordinary Courage by Ordinary People in World War Two by Gordon Brown (£9.50)Publisher: Bloomsbury — 2008Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0747596077]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Leans slightly.Description: From the cover: “In these eleven stories of courage in the Second World War, Prime Minister Gordon Brown pays tribute to the heroism of that great generation of British men and women who took up arms against tyranny and overcame it. Some are accounts of decisive action taken in the searing heat of battle: early in the war Lieutenant Richard Stannard, RNR, showed steely calm and ingenuity during the retreat from Norway in 1940, winning a VC; while on D-Day, Company Sergeant Major Hollis of the Green Howards won his by storming a pillbox alone, paving the way for a crucial advance to higher ground. Other stories tell of great danger faced again and again: Graham Hayes and Geoffrey Appleyard of the Small Scale Raiding Force (forerunner of the SBS) carried out daring and innovative actions over many months off Africa and along the Normandy coast; while John Bridge, a physics teacher turned mine- and bomb-disposal officer, repeatedly practised his nerve-racking skills for six years, always aware that there were no second chances if things went wrong. Behind enemy lines the sangfroid and sheer endurance of clandestine operatives like Major Hugh Seagrim in occupied Burma and Violette Szabo in occupied France showed a daunting, almost mysterious form of courage; and on the home front two railwaymen risked their lives to save a small country town from devastation when their ammunition train caught fire.”Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5½". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 238 pages. Tags: thousand-bomber march-phillipps stoke-on-trent sub-lieutenant anti-submarine skellingthorpe sabbatarianism congregational pas-de-calais bergen-belsen buna-monowitz stirlingshire concentration warwickshire molenbeersel lincolnshire bedfordshire schopenhauer zig-zagging highlanders whissonsett afghanistan remembrance scharnhorst association ravensbruck mountbatten rolls-royce territorial marlborough arromanches corporation recruitment mesopotamia wallenberg lieutenant manchester cottesmore montgomery lighthouse simonstown sunderland commanders missionary madagascar baveystock submarines university casablanca bonhoeffer millennium
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The Premier Years of Margaret Thatcher by Ronald A Smith (£9.00)Publisher: Kevin Francis Publishing — 1991Binding: Paperback Condition: Near Fine.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “By the author of ‘Churchill: Images of Greatness’, Ron Smith has here produced an affectionate tribute to the most formidable Prime Minister this century, Margaret Thatcher. With a biography of her life and work, its highs and lows, the book covers in depth such issues as Thatcher’s rise to Premiership, the Falklands War, the Miner’s strike and the Gulf crisis. All of these were represented in one medium or another throughout the ‘reign’ of Margaret Thatcher, in the form of commemoratives, souvenirs, paintings or cartoons. Some are complementary, others are vicious and most, if not all, are reproduced in the pages of this book.”Tags: macro-economic private-sector nuclear-energy anti-inflation communications idiosyncrasies industrialists merry-go-round public-school council-house hire-purchase bruce-gardyne communication involumeterms relationships comparability self-delusion confederation crowther-hunt autobiography public-sector stabilisation contingencies fragmentation speechwriting international privatisation supplementary power-station policy-making conciliation nationalised intellectual unemployment conservatism seton-watson government's inefficiency thorneycroft accelerators organization unpopularity achievements douglas-home post-downing productivity shipbuilders negotiations white-collar inexperience conservative
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Fact File Sport by Peter Brooke-Ball (£7.50)Publisher: W. H. Smith — 1991Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0906279607]Condition: Very Good. Leans slightly.Description: From the cover: “The perfect companion for all sports enthusiasts — a compendium of international sports, each described in terms of its history and development, its basic rules, equipment and ruling bodies. Personality profiles describe the achievements of outstanding sportsmen and sportswomen. The book is divided into the following ‘files’: Combat Sports; Target Sports; Cue Sports Winter Sports; Water Sports; Court Games Motor Sports; Goal Sports; Bat and Ball Games Equestrian Events; Golf; Lawn Games Athletics; Gymnastic Sports; Cycling Multi-discipline Sports; Over 250 diagrams and photographs and a comprehensive index make ‘Factfile Sport’ an indispensable reference source.”Notes: Size: C Format (8½" x 5¼"). 351 pages. Tags: aerofoil aikido alpine amateurs aquaplane archery arrow ashes assist association athletics autocross back-heel backstop backstroke badminton baguette ballast ballooning barbell barrel baseball basketball batting beach bench biathlon billiards birdie bobsleigh boots boules bouncer bowler bowling bowls boxing brakeman bridging bronco bull's-eye bully-off bunker caddie camel cannon canoe canoeing catcher centre chanko-nabe
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The Mapmaker’s Wife: A 1 Tale Of Love, Murder and Survival in the Amazon by Robert Whitaker (£7.50)Publisher: Bantam — 2005Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0553815393]Condition: Very Good. Lightly rubbed at the top corners of the upper wrapper and first few pages. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise.Description: A Later Printing. Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “In 1735 a team of French scientists ventured into the South American wilderness to resolve one of the great scientific challenges of the time: the precise size and shape of the Earth. Scaling the Andes and journeying along the Amazon, the mapmakers faced all manner of danger. Madness, disease and violent death each took their toll, but one of them, Jean Godin, fell in love with a local girl called Isabel Grameson. When the time came to return to France, Godin travelled ahead to ensure the way was safe for his new family. However, on reaching French Guiana, disaster struck and he found himself stranded, unable to return to Isabel. What followed lies at the core of this extraordinary tale — a heartbreaking twenty-year separation that ended when Isabel, believing she might never see her husband again, decided to make her own way across the continent. But what began in hope became hell on earth... Drawing on his own experience retracing Isabel’s epic trek as well as contemporary records, Robert Whitaker recounts a captivating true story of love and survival set against the backdrop of what many still regard as ‘the greatest expedition the world has ever known’.”Notes: Size: B Format (7¾" x 5¼"). 448 pages. Tags: amazon autobiography biography brazil des description discoveries discovery ecuador endurance environs expeditions exploration ge´ode´sique geographical godin grandmaison historical isabelle jean military mission odonais political scientific stories survival
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Why Animals Don't Get Heart Attatcks… But People Do! by Mattias Rath M.D. (£7.00)Publisher: Privately Printed — 2000Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 9789076332017]Condition: Near Fine.Description: 2nd Edition.Notes: Size: B Format (7¾" x 5¼"). Tags: ablation abuse abusers access ace acids adenosine adrenaline advice aftercare agents aicd aids alcohol alcoholic amiodarone aneurysm angina angio angiogram angiography angioplasty antibiotic anticoagulant aorta aortic arrest arterial arteries arteriogram artery artifical artificial ascites aspirin assessment atheromatous atherosclerosis atherosclerotic atria atrial at-risk attacks atypical automatic availability balloon barlow's beat] beats beri-beri
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Year Of The Tiger by Jack Higgins (£7.00)Publisher: Penguin — 1996Binding: Paperback Condition: Very good. Spine creased.Description: A riveting story of physical and psychological endurance set in the untamed mountains of Tibet and its glorious monasteries and villages. Paul Chavasse, a British agent, is inserted into Tibet in 1961 on an undercover mission to rescue a leading Western scientist with vital knowledge from the hands of the occupying Chinese forces. Captured by the Chinese, he is put through a gruelling battle of wits and wills by the debonair Chinese commander, until he sees his chance to escape. But in 1995 the past catches up with him….
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Crossing the Paradise Line by Annabel Giles (£6.50)Publisher: Penguin — 2003Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0141005696]Condition: Very Good.Description: From the cover: “A holiday in the sun with your family — just what you want, or the last thing you need? For single parent Tessa, it’s going to be a perfect time for some much-needed mother-daughter bonding. And, you never know, she might even get a holiday romance out of it. Yeah, right. For Felicity, glamorous career woman, absentee mother and distracted wife, it’s going to be an endurance test, especially as her husband Cliff’s ghastly family have come too. For the staff at the resort, it looks like just another boring fortnight in paradise. But then disaster strikes and everyone is stranded on the island. When does a break in the sun become a season in hell? What happens when you cross the paradise line?”Notes: Size: B Format (7¾" x 5¼"). 403 pages. Tags: 823.92 women's fiction funny
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My Year Off: Rediscovering Life After a Stroke by Robert McCrum (£6.50)Publisher: Picador — 1999Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0330352407]Condition: Very Good. Description: Notes: Size: B Format (7¾" x 5¼"). 239 pages. Tags: mccrum robert health cerebrovascular disease patients great britain biography novelists english 20th century coping with illness true stories endurance survival fitness diseases history autobiography heroism sur 0330352407
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No Escape Zone: One Man's 1 Story of a Journey to Hell by Nick Richardson (£6.50)Publisher: Warner — 2001Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0751531022]Condition: Very Good. Light reading creases to the spine. Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “On 16th April 1994, Nick Richardson was shot down over the besieged Bosnian Muslim town of Gorazde, his plane hit by a surface-to-air missile. No Escape Zone is the story of Richardson’s journey to the Bosnian theatre of war and his descent into the hell of the war-torn Balkans. It relates in graphic detail the rigorous training as his aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal steamed full tilt to the Adriatic, his missions over Bosnia and the dramatic shoot down itself. But that was merely the beginning. Picked up by Muslim forces, he rapidly learnt that nothing was what it seemed in the former Yugoslavia. When the Serbs stormed Gorazde, Richardson — now teamed with a crack SAS unit — found the Muslims turning against them. A dangerous escape became their only option, because capture meant almost certain death..”Notes: Size: A Format (7" x 4½"). 302 pages. Tags: 20th air and arm biography bosnia britain century defence endurance fleet former general goraz?de great hercegovina history military navy nick officers operations richardson royal stories survival true war yugoslavia
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Bravo Two-Zero by Andy McNab (£5.50)Publisher: Corgi — 1998Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 9780552146258]Condition: Very Good.Description: Illustrated with colour photographs. From the cover: “In January 1991, eight members of the SAS regiment embarked upon a top secret mission that was to infiltrate them deep behind enemy lines. Under the command of Sergeant Andy McNab, they were to sever the underground communication link between Baghdad and north-west Iraq, and to seek and destroy mobile Scud launchers. Their call sign: BRAVO TWO-ZERO. Each man laden with 15 stone of equipment, they patrolled 20km across flat desert to reach their objective. Within days, their location was compromised. After a fierce firefight, they were forced to escape and evade on foot to the Syrian border. In the desperate days that followed, though stricken by hypothermia and other injuries, the patrol ‘went ballistic’. Four men were captured. Three died. Only one escaped. For the survivors, however, the worst ordeals were to come. Delivered to Baghdad, they were tortured with a savagery for which not even their intensive SAS training had prepared them. Bravo Two-Zero is a breathtaking account of Special Forces soldiering: a chronicle of superhuman courage, endurance and dark humour in the face of overwhelming odds. Believed to be the most highly decorated patrol since the Boer War, Bravo Two-Zero is already part of SAS legend.”Notes: Size: A Format (Approx. 4¼" x 7"). Tags: communication underground soldiering infiltrate survivors endurance launchers firefight captured tortured savagery training regiment mission special courage destroy ordeals secret bagdad mobile legend patrol forces escape border fierce desert syrean evade north enemy lines link died foot west iraq scud top sas
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