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

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

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

In non-technical language the author describes, for the first time, his hard and often bitter struggle with engineering problems, with financial difficulties and with the frustrations arising out of official policy. He also reveals the epic story of Power Jets’ successful battle against severe engineering difficulties, in spite of serious handicaps and of its losing battle against a combination of powerful forces in Government and Industry.”
Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 320 pages. Tags: whittle frank sir knight aeronautical engineer and inventor the jet engine 1907-1996 airplanes propulsion turbojet engines history engineers great britain biography biographies first editions firsts printings 1st
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A Picturesque Tour of the River Thames in Its Western Course: Including Particular Descriptions of Richmond, Windsor, and Hampton Court by John Fisher Murray (£67.00)Publisher: London: Henry G. Bohn — 1862Binding: Hardback Condition: Good. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding which is faded at the spine. Pages very gently age-tanned with a number of weak points at the hinges. A good copy. Description: Contains: Wood engravings; Maps [2]; All edges gilt;Notes: Illustrated by Orrin Smith, Branston, Landells, and other eminent artists. Size: 9" x 5¾". Blind-stamped Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XII] 356 pages. Tags: murray orrin smith branston landells eminent artists river thames historic buildings hampton court richmond upon london england travel windsor berkshire history richmond-upon-thames
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Handley Page Aircraft Since 1907 Revised by Derek N. James by C. H. [Christopher Henry] Barnes (£56.00)Publisher: London: Putnam — 1987Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0851778038]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Description: 2nd (revised) edition, 1st printing, [First Published: 1976] Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Maps; Plans;

From the cover: “First heard in aviation a few years before the 1914-18 war, the name of Handley Page became one to conjure with when strategic bombing of Rhineland armament factories began in 1917 as a counter-blow to the German submarine blockade of the British Isles. After the war an O/400 and a V/1500 were the first two aircraft to fly all the way from England to India, and soon afterwards Handley Page pioneered commercial air transport services across the English Channel and in China, India and South Africa.

A new generation of twin- and four-engined monoplane bombers — Hampden and Halifax — emerged to challenge Hitler’s ambition between 1935 and 1945, giving rise in turn to the Hastings and Hermes transports of the 1950s; finally the nuclear age produced the Victor transonic bomber, which remains in service as the RAF’s long-range flight refuelling tanker A new line of smaller civil transports began with the acquisition in 1948 of Miles Aircraft Ltd and from the Reading factory stemmed the very successful Dart-Herald.

This book contains photographs, three-view drawings and data of every type of Handley Page aircraft built and flown, as well as many historic project drawings not previously published, and completes the author’s trilogy, which already includes Bristol Aircraft since 1910 and Shorts Aircraft since 1900 in the series.”
Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Orange boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. In the Putnam Aeronautical Books series. 664 pages. Tags: bombing aircraft hampden halifax handley page airplanes history aeroplanes aeronautical engineering trade industry manufacturing britain aviation air types manufacturer aeroplane manufacture firm united kingdom
P&P: UK 1st £6.00. UK 2nd £5.95. EU Surface £9.06. EU Air £9.10. ROW Surface £9.06. ROW Air £16.72
Military Aircraft Markings by Peter R. March (£53.50)Publisher: Ian Allan — 1996Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0711024251]Condition: Very Good.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs.Notes: Size: B Format (7¾" x 5¼"). In the Ian Allan ABC series. 176 pages. Tags: maintenance/support forward-looking countermeasures anti-ballistic reconnaissance air-to-surface 9780711024250 abbreviations british-based anti-surface air-launched organization code-letters surveillance observation cross-check battlefield operational helicopters limitation electronic navigation air-to-air helicopter insurgency reference strategic anti-ship airforces pilotless squadrons infra-red platform aircraft atlantic detector maritime analysis european markings military location airborne tactical magnetic warplane overseas historic usn/usmc take-off squadron
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Leningrad: Art and Architecture by Gennady Gubanov & Leonid Zykov (£42.00)Publisher: Aurora Art Publishers, Leningrad — 1990Binding: Hardback in Slip Case in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 5730004370]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with a nick to the head of the spine. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise. Slip case a little worn, but presentable. Description: 2nd printing. [First Published: 1985] Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs;Notes: Foreword or introduction by Lev Uspensky. Size: 13¼" x 11¾". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine & Upper Board. 299 pages. Tags: zykov uspensky 5730004370 freeman yury nemetsky bella vlader architecture russia saint petersburg october revolution winter palace hermitage pavlovsk pushkin petrodvorets lomonosov historic significance towns gatchina pavlovsk eighteenth century
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Design Manual Volume II: Repair and Conservation by Nigel Crowe (£33.00)Publisher: Rugby: Waterway Environment Services — 1999Binding: Paperback [Ringbound] Condition: Very Good. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Black & White Drawings; Diagrams; Tables; Covers advice and guidance in the historic environment, although the best practice it promotes is also relevant to modern structures and buildings. It identifies the significant elements that make up our important built heritage and explains how to care for them sensitively. The Design Manual is British Waterway's in-house reference handbook for the practical design, planning, implementation and management of works within the waterway environment.Notes: Foreword or introduction by Judith A. Grice. Size: 8¼" x 11¾". Tags: architecture regional planning canals waterways built heritage timber stone building technology urban rural nigel crowe
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Ornamental Design 1850 Ornementale Kunst 1850 Motifs Ornementaux 1850 Design Ornementale 1850 El Diseno Ornamental 1850 by Pepin Van Roojen (£30.00)Publisher: Amsterdam: The Pepin Press — 1998Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 9054960302]Condition: Very Good. Gently rubbed at the edges of the spine and wrappers with a small sticker ghost to the upper panel. Text block has a faint ripple throughout although the plates are well preserved. A good copy. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Plates;

From the cover: “The material presented in this book was originally published in the early 1870s, and representative of styles prevalent in the preceding decades. This was a period during which ornamental design became increasingly widespread, but, ironically, not a time during which many new designs were developed. Instead, the past was raided by architects, artists and craftsmen, and shapes and patterns that at one point in history may have had revered meanings, were copied, altered, combined or split to pieces, without much consideration for their original purpose. However, the result is a wealth of beautiful design. Practically every ornamental style known to early and mid-nineteenth century Europeans, from ancient Egyptian to Baroque, is represented here. The main items illustrated are ceramics, metalware, glass objects, furniture, carpets and other textiles, either complete, or in detail. There are also some architectural elements and examples of interior decoration.

Design inspired by ancient ancient Egypt displays the presence of stylised lotus flowers, motifs reminiscent of hieroglyphs, zig-zag patterns and spiralling constructions. Many examples of Greek ornamental design were copied from friezes on which mythical events were recorded. Very popular Greek ornaments are fret, spiral and bead borders, variations on the echinus (egg and dart), the acanthus and rosettes and palmettes. A principal characteristic of Greek design is the use of columns in architecture and interiors, topped with elaborate capitals. Very simply put, Roman adornment seems to have been largely an exuberant extension of the Greek visual vocabulary, with Etruscan elements added. Some of the mosaic designs in this book were clearly based on Pompeian originals. The so-called Byzantine school is a blending of styles: Greek, Roman, and early Christian ornaments, combined with elements from Persia and Syria. Byzantine ornamentation was one of the sources of Islamic decorative style, with elaborate geometrical patterns due to the interdiction of representations of living things. Illustrative of the Moorish style are the inter-woven formations based on Arabic calligraphy. The Gothic period contributed, among others, variations on the clover leaf: trefoils, quatrefoils and cinquefoils, but also the fleur-de-lis and the Tudor rose. During the Renaissance, the classical Greco-Roman models were rejuvenated and complemented with elements from the Near Orient. Especially in architecture, classical orders were followed. In ornamental design, freer patterns became fashionable. Of course, the Renaissance motifs used during the period covered by this book, were, again, often combined with other styles.”
Notes: Size: 11" x 8¾". 376 pages. Tags: roojen 9054960302 decoration ornament design manuals historic styles ornamental style ceramics metalware glass objects furniture carpets leaf trefoils quatrefoils cinquefoils renaissance motifs
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The Genus Hosta: Giboshi Zoku by Wolfram George Schmid (£29.00)Publisher: London: B. T. Batsford Ltd. — 1991Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0713470984]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs; Maps; Tables; Maps to the endpapers and blanks;

From the cover: “This is a new revision of the genus Hosta that includes descriptions of all species, varieties and forms, all registered cultivators, and virtually all the non-registered classic hostas of historic and garden interest. This book is designed to be used as a reference work, combining the needs of the botanical, horticultural, nursery, specialist and general gardening audience, covering taxonomy, morphology, horticultural classification, nomenclatural history, cultivation and landscape uses.”
Notes: Size: 11¼" x 8¾". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 428 pages. Tags: liliaceae hosta taxonomy cultivation nomenclature vernacular hostaceae keys history propagation economic botany lilies gardening plants horticulture science sciences technology engineering 0713470984
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MARS: The Monuments At Risk Survey of England, 1995 Main Report by Timothy Darvill, Andrew K. Fulton assisted by Mark Bell & Bronwen Russell (£28.50)Publisher: Bournemouth & London: School of Conservation Sciences, Bournemouth University Sciences, and English Heritage — 1998Binding: Hardback [ISBN: 1858990491]Condition: Near Fine. Description: Illustrated by way of: Charts; Graphs; Colour Photographs; Maps; Tables; Plans; With contributions from Kate Anderson, Michael Baxter, Hugh Beamish, Jeffrey Chartrand, Karen Gracie-Langrick, Robert Haslam, Nicola King and Melanie Pomeroy.

From the cover: “MARS, The Monuments at Risk Survey of England 1995, was commissioned by English Heritage in its role as statutory advisor to the Government on archaeology and was carried out within the School of Conservation Sciences, Bournemouth University between July 1994 and November 1996. The survey represents the first national census of England’s archaeology. It focuses on the survival of archaeological monuments, structures and buildings since 1945, and their condition in 1995. Consideration is given to the threats and impacts that have caused, and continue to cause, the loss of monuments, and to the effects of the main land-uses under which archaeological monuments are typically found. The conclusions of the study will be central to the development and evaluation of future policy towards the conservation and management of England’s archaeological monuments.”
Notes: Size: 12" x 8½". Pictorial boards. [XLVI] 328 pages. Tags: 1858990491 9781858990491 monuments england historic sites risk survey mars conservation restoration buildings ecology regional planning cultural resource management archaeological surveying antiquities ancient archaeology urban rural preservation
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The Most Beautiful Villages of France by Dominique Reperant (£28.50)Publisher: Thames & Hudson — 2002Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0500541620]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and the top corners of the boards with commensurate wear to the dust wrapper. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Jacket illustration: Front: A view from the castle of the medieval streets of Turenne. Back: The village of Penne, built beneath a rock, is one of the most breathtaking sights in the gorge of Aveyron. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs; Plans;

From the cover: “Here is a visual celebration of France’s most beautiful and perfectly preserved medieval villages. Spectacular colour photographs capture their regional ambience and special character, while detailed texts explain the foundation of each village and the growth of the community.

The demands of defence and trade intertwine, from the walled bastides of the Southwest with their great market squares, to the hill-top refuges of the Mediterranean, precariously perched and turned towards the sun. Each village is a harmonious marriage of architecture and landscape: the ancient timber buildings of Saint-Veran are surrounded by alpine forests; the startlingly rosy village of Collanges-la-Rouge is named after the local red sandstone of which it is made. Here too are Mont-Saint-Michel, Vezelay and Conques, where settlements cluster around majestic monuments from the Middle Ages.

Complementing the selection of villages is a list of nearby hotels and restaurants. An extended list of protected villages will prove a useful guide for travellers to France and for all those with an interest in the preservation of architectural heritage.”
Notes: Size: 12½" x 10¼". Grey boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 232 pages. Tags: villages france history architecture medieval historic sites conservation restoration civilization travel photography europe
P&P: UK 1st £8.25. UK 2nd £9.24. EU Surface £12.96. EU Air £12.85. ROW Surface £12.96. ROW Air £24.22

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Treasures from the National Trust by Various (£27.00)Publisher: National Trust Books — 2007Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 9781905400454]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Lower panel slightly loose. Leans very slightly. Text complete, clean and tight. A nice copy. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs;

From the cover: “The National Trust cares for some of the most important, varied and valuable historical collections in Britain. From paintings by Rubens to elaborate Boulle furniture, the enormous range of priceless objects held in the Trust’s hundreds of historic properties is unequalled, and many of them are still housed in the places for which (hey were originally commissioned or acquired. This sumptuous book brings together some of the best of this outstanding collection.

Divided into themed chapters such as Arms & Armour, Clocks, Paintings, Textiles, Furniture and Transport, Treasures from the National Trust displays and describes each piece in an accessible way, ideal both for those with little knowledge of art history and artefacts and those more versed in the subjects.

Objects are chosen both for their beauty and their historical interest, and range from unique clocks, unusual costumes and rare books to more eclectic objects, such as the bicycles in the Hundred Wheels attic at Snowshill Manor, or even the decommissioned atomic bomb casing at Orford Ness. These valuable articles bridge the centuries, stretching from ancient Greek vases to 20th-century modernist furniture. Featuring stunning photography, this book is an essential guide to the very best of Britain’s treasures.”
Notes: Foreword or introduction by Adrian Tinniswood. Size: 10¼" x 9¾". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 376 pages. Tags: 9781905400454 photo techniques art instruction photography history antiques collectibles european collections catalogs national trust great britain objects antiquities weiss gallery london england antique furniture collectables ceramics glass exhibitions furnit various adrian tinniswood first editions firsts printings 1st
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Family Encyclopedia of World History by Anon. (£23.50)Publisher: Reader's Digest — 1996Binding: Hardback (Laminated Boards) First Edition. [ISBN: 0276422872]Condition: Near Fine.Description: The grand sweep of world history in 752 information-packed pages. More than 3,000 A-Z entries for quick reference to key people and events. In-depth analysis in more than 140 extended features. More than 1200 illustrations including maps and reconstructions. At-a-glance time charts listing 1700 highlights in history.Notes: Size: 11¼" x 8½". 752 pages. Tags: history famous people historic events wars
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Character Steins: A Collector's Guide by Eugene V. Manusov & Mike Wald (£22.00)Publisher: Cornwall — 1987Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0845347845]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper has a tape reinforcement to the reverse of the head of the spine. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs;

From the cover: “This comprehensive book provides a finely illustrated guide to the field of character stein collecting. These unique figural pieces, usually not cylindrical, are modeled so that the body and lid form a caricature, a figure, or an object. The fanciful imagery of the steins is always imaginative, and sometimes comical. An eclectic variety of creations are depicted in the steins: people (monks, historic personages, military figures, mythological characters); animals (horses, lions, foxes’ heads — even a rhinoceros); and objects (skulls, sports equipment, buildings, for example).

The book thoroughly examines each of these and is arranged according to subject depicted, each chapter treating a different category. The result is an intriguing picture catalog containing over 600 illustrations of steins and stein-related items, many of which are in full color. Each illustration is accompanied by a brief description that includes the stein’s dimensions, its coloring, a translation of old German inscriptions, an explanation of what the stein represents, and the manufacturers (if known). The text also offers an extensive listing of the manufacturer’s marks that are found on many of the steins.

Several special chapters written by authorities on character steins have been included in the book: Jack G. Lowenstein writes about Beer Stein Ceramics, Ron Fox tells How Musterschutz Character Steins Were Made, and the late Dr. J. Joseph Hersh contributed an interesting chapter on The Hexagram as the Brewer’s Symbol. There are also chapters on contemporary steins and the artifacts relating to them, and a concise history of antique character drinking vessels. Since the publication of the Encyclopedia of Character Steins in 1976, old and new character stein collectors have brought forth a number of previously unknown steins. The book includes pictures of these newly discovered steins, and complements them with a fascinating section that outlines new facts that have come to light concerning the intricacies of this absorbing field of study. The chapter Musterschutz and the Elusive # Mark sheds light on the identity of the manufacturer of the popular so-called Musterschutz steins.

Collectors like Werner Sahm, Roland Henschen, and Lotti Lopez, through diligent searching, have been able to obtain copies of many original stein manufacturers’ catalogs, some pages of which show original sketches or photos of character steins. Because of this research, the authors are able to display in the Old Catalogs portion of the book some of these exciting finds from manufacturers such as Rosskopf & Gerz, Steinzeugwerke, Reinhold Hanke, Mer-kelbach & Wick, Marzi & Remy, and J. W. Remy. These catalogs facilitated the search to identify the previously unknown makers of many character steins.

In addition to these catalogs, much new information has come from researchers who have recently published their results in Prosit, the quarterly publication of Stein Collectors International. While much progress has been made in determining manufacturers, there is still much to be discovered. Answers always seem to raise new questions; new character steins that are “found” occasionally fill in known gaps, but more often seem to carry still unknown marks or styles. Gene Manusov’s and Mike Wald’s enthusiasm for the study and collection of character steins is infectious. In this highly informative work, collectors, dealers, and antique lovers will enjoy their beautiful pictures supplemented by their stimulating perceptive text.”
Notes: Illustrated by Claire Hill. Size: 12¼" x 9¼". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 271 pages. Tags: wald claire hill 0845347845 beer stein ceramics musterschutz character steins lithophanes marks manufacturers original catalogs hexagram brewers symbol
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Smoker's Art by Joe & Sue Davidson (£22.00)Publisher: New York: The Wellfleet Press — 1997Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0785808663]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Colour Photographs;Notes: Size: 12¼" x 10¾. Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 252 pages. Tags: davidson 0785808663 tobacco collectibles books cigar bands chewing pipe cigarette smoking marketed market historic art american brands caddy label pack
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Here's Holland: Formerly Roaming ’Round Holland by Sheila Gazaleh-Weevers (£19.50)Publisher: Self Published — 2000Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 9080125520]Condition: Very Good.Description: First in this, paperback, edition. Illustrated with line drawings. From the cover: “Here’s Holland is meant to be fun and to make your stay here fun also. It is written from first-hand experience and a long association with Roaming ‘round Holland. By introducing visitors and new residents to this unique country, and answering some of the questions they undoubtedly have, we hope to help them feel at home here, and stimulate them to take full advantage of all it has to offer. There is definitely more to Holland than tulips and cheese! The book includes not only what readers should visit, but a choice of unique places they will enjoy visiting throughout the Netherlands ... even by bike. What makes this country fascinating is the variety of what it has to offer; its historic and exciting cities with their world class museums and their nightlife; its state-of-the-art recreation park attractions, cutting edge educational exhibits; its extensive beaches, folkloric old villages and so much more. Maps are given or each province, with directions and times for each venue all laid out in a practical way. A useful calendar lists where and when unusual or special annual events take place, with hotels and restaurants both in and out of town also included. With Here’s Holland, planning your trips will be as enjoyable as making them. Part II is a handbook providing newcomers with a wealth of information, advice and contact addresses to help them settle in and feel at home. Checking the Table of Contents will reveal how broad that information is, and what is relevant to you. We are sure you will find the Netherlands a rewarding country, rich in possibilities and experiences. Come and see for yourselves.”Notes: Size: 8" x 5¾". 436 pages. Tags: aachen aalsmeer accommodation afsluitdijk alkmaar ameland amersfoort amstel amsterdam amsterdam’s anne antwerp apeldoorn arnhem arnhem’s arrival arts assen banks basics benelux bergen bergen-aan-zee bergen-op-zoom biesbos biesbosch bolsward bosch brabant breda bridge bruges brussels bulbfields burg canals cathedral central colour contexts costs costumes countries credits crime customs dam delft delftshaven delta den
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
Historic Costuming by Nevil Truman (£19.50)Publisher: Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons — 1937Binding: Hardback Condition: Good+. Gently bruised at head & tail of spine and corners with some fraying at the head and tail. Previous owners inscription to ffep. Pages very gently age-tanned.Description: 3rd Impression. 6 Colour plates and many B&W line drawings.Notes: Foreword or introduction by Charles B. Cochran. Size: 9¾" x 7½". 152 pages. Tags: costumes colour productions chlamys chiton tunic age toga paenula romans greeks saxons 460 tunic and hose cloth the bayeux tapestry normans dressing gown period plantagenets wimple cross gartering furs edwards tight fitting garments richard bordeaux dandies reign supreme henries houppelande leg mutton sleeve yorkish trailing veils year steeple
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And So To Bath by Cecil Roberts (£19.00)Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton — 1940Binding: Hardback Condition: Good. Gently faded at the spine and the boards. Leans. Edges of the textblock heavily tanned. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank. Description: 6th impression. [First Edition: 1940] Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Plates;Notes: Size: 8¼" x 5¾". Ruled Orange boards with Green titling to the Spine & Upper Board. 413 pages. Tags: roberts cecil travel historic buildings england southern london berkshire wiltshire somerset history local bath literature nottinghamshire
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The Menil Collection: A Selection from the Paleolithic to the Modern Era by Anon (£19.00)Publisher: New York: Harry N. Abrams — 1987Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0810923300]Condition: Very Good. Leans slightly. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Contains: Black & white photographs; Colour photographs;Notes: Foreword or introduction by William Hopps & Dominique de Menil. Size: 11" x 9½". 320 pages. Tags: menil art collection houston texas sculpture museums collectors collecting catalogues united states history design styles museum historic sites gallery guides rothko chapel u.s.a. 0810923300
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The Pope's Maestro by Sir Gilbert Levine (£19.00)Publisher: Jossey-Bass — 2010Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 9780470490655]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper. Includes the unopened CD-Rom to the rear pastedown. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs;

From the cover: “The Pope’s Maestro tells the inspirational story of a most improbable friendship between the American conductor Sir Gilbert Levine and His Holiness Pope John Paul II. Together they collaborated closely, over a period of more than seventeen years, using music to heal centuries-old religious wounds.

Maestro Levine created and conducted a series of ground-breaking, internationally broadcast concerts. These musical events brought artistic form to Pope John Paul II’s fervent wish to forge an historic bridge first between the Roman Catholic Church and the Jewish people, and then, after 9/11, with the Muslim world as well. These efforts culminated in the Papal Concert to Commemorate the Holocaust in 1994 and the Papal Concert of Reconciliation in 2004.

During his years as Music Director of the Krakow Philharmonic, Sir Gilbert had an insider’s view of Eastern Europe’s inexorable journey from Communism to freedom. And in the years following, he experienced the world of Pope John Paul in a way few lay people, and even fewer Jews, have ever been honored to do. That work, paradoxically enough, deepened Sir Gilbert’s own Jewish belief and practice.

The Pope’s Maestro tells the story of the compelling musical and spiritual journey of two men of different faiths who found in music the power to foster peace and unity in a profoundly divided world.”
Notes: Foreword or introduction by John Tagliabue. Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XVII] 407 pages. Tags: john paul pope friends and associates levine gilbert catholic church relations judaism conductors music united states biography
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ULTAVA by Zobrazil Karel Plicka; Frantisek Kozik; (£18.50)Publisher: Orbis — 1965Binding: Hardback Condition: Good+. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding, a little dull and faded. Blanks tanned. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs.Notes: Size: 13" x 9½". 263 pages. Tags: river vltava world heritage sites praha since iron curtain popular tourist destinations world war historic architecture architecture art nouveau baroque renaissance cubist gothic neo-classical old town staré mesto astronomical clock orloj charles bridge karluv vaulted gothic old new synagogue staronová synagoga new town nové mesto wenceslas square malá strana lesser quarter infant jesus prague prague castle pražský hrad largest castle the world st. vitus cathedral josefov old jewish quarter old jewish cemetery old new synagogue jan žižka vítkov žižkov the lennon wall vinohrady
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Glimpses of South Florida History by Stuart McIver (£18.00)Publisher: Florida Flair Books — 1988Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0961323698]Condition: Very Good+. Lightly rubbed at the tips of the wrappers. Description: First in this, paperback, edition. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs;

From the cover: “South Florida’s colourful history has been shaped by an incredible array of people, places and events. Stuart Mclver gives life to that unique history with an informative, insightful text accompanied by rare, “just the right” photographs.

Meet the heroes and the villains, the dreamers and the doers, the famous and the little known cast of characters that have left their imprint on the South Florida scene.

Mclver gives us a “different” view, often irreverent but never dull, of pioneers and presidents, generals and gangsters, socialites and sinners, tycoons and hermits.

Visit with Mclver, famous and forgotten homes, hotels and historic sites in Fort Lauderdale, Miami, the Palm Beaches, the Keys, Hollywood, Pompano Beach, the Everglades, Boca Raton, Davie, Fort Myers, Jupiter, Dania and Naples.

Relive the often cataclysmic events that are now becoming the stuff of myth and legend; the Spanish-American War, the Great Fort Lauderdale Fire of 1912, the Killer Hurricane of 1928, World War II, the Cuban Missile Crisis. Enjoy the flavor of a simpler time when president-elect Harding was “kidnapped” and bask in the nostalgia of the visit of the Beatles to South Florida.

Stuart Mclver’s insight into South Florida history, his lively writing style and his ability to track down facts and photos have delighted readers of his award-winning “The Way We Were” column in Sunshine magazine. Here, the best of these columns have been updated, and new photos have been added to give us Glimpses of South Florida History.”
Notes: Foreword or introduction by Charlton W. Tebeau & John Parkyn. Size: 11" x 8½". 192 pages. Tags: 9780961323691 history american description and travel florida united states stuart mciver 0961323698
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Portrait of Sydney by Cedric Emanuel (£18.00)Publisher: Rigby — 1978Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0727005561]Condition: Very Good - in Good+ DJ. DJ sunned at the spine, nicked at head. Internally bright and clean. Previous owners inscription to title page. Lower edges of boards slightly rubbed and frayed.Description: THIS BOOK IS A NEW EDITION of an established favourite, a portrait by Cedric Emanuel, one of Australia's best-loved artists, of his hometown, Sydney. The volume has been completely updated to show the unending growth of the great city, a growth now happily tempered by the preservation of historic public buildings, churches, and terrace homes which form such a valuable part of our heritage and which continue to delight Sydneysiders and overseas visitors alike: all are drawn with the care, technique, and attention to detail which is the hallmark of Cedric Emanuel's work. Size: 4to Royal (12½" x 9¾")Tags: sydney australia adelaide
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On Understanding Japanese Religion by Joseph M. [Mitsuo] Kitagawa (£17.00)Publisher: Princeton: Princeton University Press — 1987Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0691102295]Condition: Very Good. Gently faded at the spine. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: A Later Printing. Contains: Chronological tables; Glossary;

From the cover: “Joseph Kitagawa, one of the founders of the field of history of religions and an eminent scholar of the religions of Japan, published his classic book Religion in Japanese History in 1966. Since then, he has written a number of extremely influential essays that illustrate approaches to the study of Japanese religious phenomena. To date, these essays have remained scattered in various scholarly journals. This book makes available nineteen of these articles, important contributions to our understanding of Japan’s intricate combination of indigenous Shinto, Confucianism, Taoism, the Yin-Yang School, Buddhism, and folk religion. In sections on prehistory, the historic development of Japanese religion, the Shinto tradition, the Buddhist tradition, and the modem phase of the Japanese religious tradition, the author develops a number of valuable methodological approaches. The volume also includes an appendix on Buddhism in America.

Asserting that the study of Japanese religion is more than an umbrella term covering investigations of separate traditions, Professor Kitagawa approaches the subject from an interdisciplinary standpoint. Skilfully combining political, cultural, and social history, he depicts a Japan that seems a microcosm of the religious experience of humankind.”
Notes: Size: Trade Paperback (9¼" x 6"). [XXXI] 343 pages. Tags: religion japan japanese religions shinto buddhism confucianism taoism state history oriental eastern asia social science anthropology cultural prehistory historic development tradition buddhist religious 0691102295
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British Towns by Oliver Benn (£16.50)Publisher: London: Bouverie House — 1999Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0953277119]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Description: Illustrated by way of: Colour Photographs;

From the cover: “Having explored every aspect of Britain’s capital in his recent Benn’s London, photographer Oliver Benn casts his original eye over some of the most attractive and popular towns of England, Scotland and Wales. As with his previous books, people, activities and the contemporary scene are seen alongside the architecture, interiors and brief history. The 260 stunning colour photographs are complemented by lively essays from local authors in each town.

The towns featured in this book are chosen for their pictorial evocation of urban lifestyle throughout the ages, and are grouped under five thematic headings. The Medieval and Renaissance towns of Cambridge, Oxford and Warwick with their striking panoramas and atmospheric interiors are like a time capsule of an earlier age, but very much alive today as seats of learning and cultural attractions. The Georgian and Regency towns of Edinburgh, Bath and Brighton seem to retain the gracious air of eighteenth century life. The Cathedral Cities of Salisbury, Exeter and Lincoln remind us of the importance of our Christian heritage in the development of our urban centres.

As Peter Richards points out in his Introduction: “In essence, all towns are clusters of streets and houses that depend for their survival on commerce”. Ludlow, Richmond in Yorkshire and Saffron Walden are fine examples of traditional but flourishing Market Towns. Finally, the identity of our island has always been bound up with the sea, with its lure to adventure and economic significance. This aspect is revealed by the historic but still active Ports of Cardiff, Conwy and Dartmouth.

Benn’s photographs explore unfamiliar corners of towns we thought we knew and familiar places from unfamiliar angles: from above, from street-level and from the inside. The British town is shown as: “a magnificent diversity of buildings and townscapes”.”
Notes: Illustrated by Oliver Benn. Size: 10" x 10½". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 175 pages. Tags: benn oliver 0953277119 cities towns britain architectural photography british isles depictions england views topography
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House Conversion and Renewal by Peter Collymore (£16.50)Publisher: London: Architectural Press — 1976Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0851390021]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dustwrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and top corners with commensurate ruffling to the dustwrapper. Leans slightly. Margins of the boards tanned. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: 2nd printing. [First Published: 1975] Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Tables; Plans;

From the cover: “The regeneration, extension and alteration of existing buildings is part of the history of architecture as well as providing a record of social change. The towns and cities we live in are a testimony to their development, their periods of affluence and decay, of the materials available for building them and the special skills of the inhabitants. Individual houses are governed by the same factors.”
Notes: Illustrated by Derek Taylor. Size: 12" x 8¾". Blue boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 188 pages. Tags: re-positioning architectural damp-proofing installations preservation certificates conservation architraves application alterations preliminary regulations certificate underground continuance improvement established authorities development absorption occupation permission extensions electrical government compulsory insulation inspection converting conversion structures estimates amenities basements inspector oil-fired ancillary dwellings staircase exchequer buildings extending partition certified decisions easements structure peninsula standards extension rateable
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The World Between the Wars 1919 - 1938: A Chronicle of Peacetime by ANON. (£16.50)Publisher: Promotional Reprint Co. — 1995Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 1572150904]Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. DJ a little ruffled at top edge, notably at head of spine. A nice, bright and tight copy.Description: Between the Wars is a unique and nostalgic collection of photogrpahs depicting a nation untrammelled by war. It recalls the historic and dramatic incidents that affected the lives of its people. 271pp. Size: 4to Medium (11½" x 9" approx.)
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Britannia: One Hundred Documents That Shaped a Nation by Graham Stewart (£16.00)Publisher: Callisto — 2010Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 9780857400222]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with a short, closed, tear to the foot of the upper panel. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Colour Photographs; Black & White Drawings; Illustrated endpapers and blanks;Notes: Size: 9½" x 7". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XIV] 434 pages. Tags: stewart 0857400223 great britain history sources historic roots our culture society language religious traditions political institutions national endeavours politics religion warfare diplomacy economics law science invention literature journalism
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Period Gardens by Patrick Taylor (£16.00)Publisher: Pavilion — 1991Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1851454020]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Very slight fading to the spine of the dust wrapper otherwise a very well presented copy. Description: Illustrated by way of: Colour Photographs; Black & White Drawings;

From the cover: “A scented garden walled with Tudor brick; an old garden, its pathways arched over with clipped lime trees; a pavilion of white and blue wood topped by a golden ball; an intricate geometric maze of yew and box; archways, avenues and tunnels of honeysuckle, laburnum and English oaks — these are the elements of gardens from the past that too often are allowed to decay and disappear. Period Gardens describes the history and painstaking restoration of a dozen classic gardens rescued from this fate, and illustrates them in their newly revealed splendour.

Patrick Taylor gives an account of each garden and its history; the practices and inspiration of its designer, the reasons for its form, and details of the plants and trees that were grown as well as of the follies, fountains and statuary that give every garden its distinct character. He describes the restoration of each in great detail, varying from gardens such as Claremont and Westbury Court, where precise historical records have been carefully followed by the National Trust, to estates such as Pitmedden and Hatfield, where a freer interpretation revives the spirit of the original. While the purpose of this book is chiefly to inspire, there is advice about the practicalities of restoration that will be relevant to any garden, regardless of size or age.

Period Gardens shows how gardens may be almost lost, and yet be restored to their original glory. In many cases they provide an appropriate setting for the historic houses that are part of every country’s cultural heritage; this is particularly the concern of the National Trust, which owns five of the gardens here described. The specially commissioned photographs taken by Eric Crichton capture and convey the beauty and detail of each of the gardens. This book is a tribute to the imagination of the original gardeners and to the commitment of the men and women who have brought these masterpieces back to life.”
Notes: Illustrated by Eric Crichton (Photos.). Foreword or introduction by Penelope Hobhouse. Size: 10¼" x 9¼". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 216 pages. Tags: gardens great britain history restoration national trust historic conservation and styles united kingdom virginia states gardening descriptions garden design planning nature animals architecture town patrick taylor eric crichton photos penelope hobhouse 1851454020 first editions firsts printings 1st
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Rage by Wilbur Smith (£15.50)Publisher: William Heinemann — 1987Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0434714186]Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and top corners with commensurate ruffling to the dust wrapper, short tear to the top corner of the upper panel. Top edges of text block lightly spotted. Pages lightly age-tanned as usual.Description: From the cover: “In Wilbur Smith’s masterly new epic of love, hatred and revenge the long and deadly enmity between Manfred De La Rey and Shasa Courtney explodes as South Africa herself is swept by the fires of racial conflict. The two half brothers are now ministers in a government dedicated to a vision of the sub-continent in which people of all races would be free to develop and flourish separately. However, both men must confront the ugly reality of apartheid and their country’s growing isolation in a cynical and hostile world. In this violent and bloody struggle against the mounting tide of black rage Manfred and Shasa must also face the consequences of their own ruthless ambition for power and the fate to which their bloodlines and destinies, so closely bound together, have compelled them. Rage displays all of Wilbur Smith’s most powerful skills of storytelling in a sweeping adventure full of passion and danger and the march of historic events, illuminating those turbulent years from the early 1950s to the mid-1960s in which the crisis of the present day was formed.”Notes: Jacket designed by Claudia Zeff. Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 627 pages. Tags: smith ~0434714186~ action adventure africa attempt characters conflict courtney danger disaster escapade exploit family fiction fictitious heartbreak history journey menace mystery peril risking secrecy south threat thriller tragedy venture voyage whodunit
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The Palaces of Leningrad by Audrey Kennett (£15.50)Publisher: London: Thames & Hudson — 1984Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0500240876]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper very slightly rubbed at the edges. Half-title page is heavily, and unevenly, age-toned for no apparent reason. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise. Description: A Later Printing. Illustrated by way of: Portraits; Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs; Black & White Plates [1]; Genealogical Tables; Illustrated endpapers and blanks; Plans;Notes: Illustrated by Victor Kennett (Photos.). Foreword or introduction by John Russell. Size: 12¼" x 9¾". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 288 pages. Tags: photos palaces russia federation saint petersburg architecture russian historic buildings leningrad history structures r.s.f.s.r. architectural features
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The Practical Encyclopedia of Quilting and Quilt Design by Isabel Stanley & Jenny Watson (£15.50)Publisher: Hermes House — 2000Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 1840385499]Condition: Very Good. Gently rubbed at the edges of the spine and wrappers with a small nick to the head of the upper. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: Illustrated with colour photographs. A practical guide to quilting, patchwork and applique´, with over 140 practical projects: quilts and throws, cushions, clothing, and accessories for every room.Notes: Size: 11¾" x 9". 256 pages. Tags: accessories and applique´ bedlinen beginners clothing contemporary country creating designs ethnic experienced for historic inspirational materials needlecrafters patchwork planning projects quilting quilts tablelinen techniques templates throws tools using isabel stanley jenny watson 1840385499
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Behind the Scenes: Domestic Arrangements in Historic Houses by Christina Hardyment (£14.50)Publisher: National Trust — 1997Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0707802822]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.Description: First in this edition. [First: Penguin, 1992] Jacket illustration: Detail of the nineteenth-century bell-pull system in the Servants’ Passage at Erddig, Clwyd. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Colour Photographs; Black & White Drawings; Plans;

From the cover: “No man need ever have an ill-provisioned house if there be but attached to it a dovecot, a warren and a fishpond, wrote Olivier de Serres in 1603.

In today’s world, with the supermarket down the street and a host of modern domestic appliances in the kitchen, it has never been easier to feed, bathe, and pamper ourselves — and never harder to imagine how our ancestors managed to run a household in the days before gas, electricity, central heating, and running water. How did they cook meals, bake bread, and launder clothes? And how did they keep their houses clean?

To answer these and other questions, Christina Hardyment conducted a fascinating quest into the history of housekeeping through the well-preserved properties of Britain’s National Trust, among them Petworth, Uppark, Shugborough, and Lanhydrock. To reconstruct the ingenious methods used by earlier generations to make a house a home and to keep themselves warm and well-fed, she squirmed through drains, poked around sculleries and cellars, and clambered into icehouses and up chimneys. The result of her explorations is an informative, amusing text that recounts not only the history of the kitchen, the bathroom, and the laundry, but also investigates bakehouses and breweries, dairies and dovecotes, the lamp room and the larder.

Accompanying Hardyment’s descriptions of what she found in great mansions, humble cottages, medieval castles and Victorian town-houses are archival documents and accounts and a wealth of color photographs, many taken especially for this book. Together, text and illustrations reveal the domestic world of days gone by in extraordinarily intimate, often touching, and even surprising detail.”
Notes: Size: 10" x 9". Grey boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 256 pages. Tags: house furnishings britain history architecture domestic home dwellings material culture housekeeping domesticity historic houses equipment social life customs conditions country homes interiors household management servants
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Horse Racing and Racing Society: Who Belongs and How it Works by Jocelyn De Moubray (£14.50)Publisher: Sidgwick & Jackson — 1985Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 028399097X]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Lightly bruised at the the head of the spine otherwise a well presented copy.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “Horseracing started in Britain as the exclusive pastime of royalty and the aristocracy, and from such beginnings it has evolved into the international industry and mass entertainment that it is today. Young unproven horses change hands for millions of pounds and the most promising stallions can be worth more than one hundred million dollars. Successive generations of new rich from Scottish whisky barons and English property tycoons to American oil millionaires have seen the turf as a means of attaining social advancement to match their wealth. Yet they have enthusiastically maintained existing rituals and sought to entertain and gamble in the same style as the aristocrats they have superseded, and the appeal of racing for those aristocrats and for the royal family has remained undiminished. But why have businessmen like Robert Sangster and Stavros Niarchos chosen to invest a fortune in racehorses? Why did the ruling family of Dubai, the Maktoums, spend fifty million pounds on yearlings in 1983? How do leading figures today compare with owners such as the Aga Khan III, Solly Joel and Marcel Boussac, who built up their bloodstock empires before the Second World War? Jocelyn de Moubray describes the lifestyles of the fabulously wealthy, for whom a successful racehorse is the ultimate status symbol, but he also looks behind the glamorous exterior of the racing world and focuses on the trainers, jockeys, administrators, bookmakers and gamblers. These are the people who have made British racing the best in the world.”Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Blue boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 168 pages. Tags: northumberland long-striding repetitious horseracing description handicapper commentary sedgefield allowances cheltenham overweight racehorses horsewomen monksfield towcester finishing penalties stratford brigadier cauthen’s southwell waterford uttoxeter sassafras wincanton highclere memorable whitbread gallopers obstacles galloping worcester handicaps eyeshield elizabeth champion accident spillers stewards historic jockey’s headgear blinkers nijinsky placings plumpton wetherby aldaniti triomphe thousand national
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Playing Hard Ball by E. T. Smith (£14.50)Publisher: Little, Brown & Co. — 2002Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 9780316860567]Condition: Near Fine - in Near Fine DJ.Description: A Kent County Cricketer's Journey Into Big League Baseball. Acutely intelligent, personal and refreshing in its humour and clarity, Playing Hard Ball is a compelling analysis of two games which are uniquely bound up with the historic development of British and American identity. It is written with the passion and sympathy of a genuine fan but with the behind-the- scenes insight of a professional player. Illustrated with colour photographs.Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5½". 213 pages.
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The Grand Louvre: From the Fortress to the Pyramid by Catherine Chaine; Jean-Pierre Verdet; (£14.50)Publisher: Hatier — 1989Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 2218023350]Condition: Good - in Very Good DJ. DJ slightly ruffled at the edges. Peculiar crease, almost a tear, to the front pastedown that is just visible on the upper board. Text bright and tight.Description: Illustrated with colour and B&W photographs.Notes: Jacket designed by Marc Riboud. Size: 9¾" x 10¾". Brown boards with Light Brown titling to the Spine & Upper Board. 210 pages. Tags: i.m.pei architects the people’s museum the louvre philip augustus convention the first national museum collections gallery architect paris poussin ingres works art charles catherine de’ medici henri henri louis xiv historic figures notre pyramid cour napoleon public space
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Age of Optimism. by ANON. (£14.00)Publisher: George Weidenfeld & Nicolson — 1974Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0882250728]Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ.Description: Volume VII in the Milestones of History series. From Jefferson's Louisiana Purchase to the opening of Japan to Western trade by Commodore Perry, AGE OF OPTIMISM examines sixteen key events and clearly and vividly shows not only what happened, but how each affected mankind and subsequent history. Among the "milestones" included in this volume are: the successful voyage of the North River Steamboat (popularly called the Clermont) from New York City to Albany, ushering in the age of steam navigation; Napoleon's disastrous retreat from Russia leading to his downfall and the subsequent Congress of Vienna, which tried to freeze Europe into blocs of balanced power; the development of the McCormick reaper, which revolutionized agriculture by making possible the cultivation of vast tracts of land; and the Compromise of 1850, which postponed the Civil War for ; decade. TheNotes: Size: 11½" x 9". 160 pages. Tags: Milestones history historic events
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Military Aircraft Markings & Profiles by Barry C. Wheeler (£14.00)Publisher: Guild — 1990Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper slightly ruffled at the edges. Dust wrapper and boards slightly tanned at the edges. Text bright and tight.Description: Over 850 Full Colour Illustrations And Photographs. Camouflage Markings. History Of Markings From World War I To The Present Day.Notes: Size: 12" x 9". 191 pages. Tags: maintenance/support forward-looking countermeasures anti-ballistic reconnaissance air-to-surface abbreviations british-based anti-surface air-launched organization code-letters surveillance observation cross-check battlefield operational helicopters limitation electronic navigation air-to-air helicopter insurgency reference strategic anti-ship airforces pilotless squadrons infra-red platform aircraft atlantic detector maritime analysis european markings military location airborne tactical magnetic warplane overseas historic usn/usmc take-off squadron ski-jump
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Period Details: A Sourcebook for House Restoration by Judith & Martin Miller (£14.00)Publisher: Mitchell Beazley — 1988Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0855336501]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Description: 3rd printing. [First Published: 1987] Illustrated by way of: Colour Photographs;

From the cover: “The greatest pleasure of buying a period house is the opportunity to rediscover its original character by restoring features that have been covered up, destroyed or removed over the years.

Period Details offers a unique pictorial survey of structural and decorative styles, fixtures and fittings, period by period and feature by feature throughout the house. Approximately 1,000 colour photographs, many of them commissioned specially for the book and all accompanied by informative captions, provide an invaluable guide for amateur restorers, as well as for architects, builders and decorators.

The key to successful restoration is attention to detail — door hinges and catches as well as the doors themselves, cornices and skirting boards as well as walls and ceilings. Judith and Martin Miller take an in-depth approach, supplying a wealth of detailed information on style, ornament, dating, materials and construction techniques. The emphasis is thoroughly practical, with sound commonsense advice on how to restore particular features (such as sash windows and wooden floors) and how to combine an authentic period feel with the requirements of modern living. The best reproduction features are covered, for home-owners who are unable to obtain the originals.

The book begins with an authoritative introduction which places interiors in the context of a general chronology of styles and architectural developments. Then follows the heart of the book — a feature-by-feature survey which covers doors, windows, floors, ceilings, walls, staircases, lighting, fittings for bathrooms and kitchens, and conservatories. The third major section is a Directory, listing suppliers, restorers, retailers, manufacturers, and useful sources of information. A Glossary gives succinct definitions of architectural terms.

An essential reference tool for anyone contemplating restoration, Period Details also provides illuminating background information for those of us who enjoy historic houses.”
Notes: Size: 10¼" x 10½". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 192 pages. Tags: houses architecture domestic interior design house home furniture apartments flats furnishing decoration and history dwellings conservation restoration manuals judith martin miller
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Portrait of Perth by Jiri & Marie Lochman (£14.00)Publisher: Sydney, Auckland, London & Cape Town: New Holland — 1998Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1864363746]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper very slightly rubbed at the edges.Description: Illustrated with colour photographs. Illustrated by way of: Colour Photographs;

From the cover: “Perth, capital of Western Australia, is a vibrant, fast-growing city with a modern outlook. Yet, at the same time, it is home to some of Australia’s most beautifully preserved historic buildings. With a near-perfect climate, glorious beaches and the languid Swan River, Perth is blessed with an abundance of natural resources that make it an ideal tourist destination. Inland, national parks provide visitors with the opportunity to encounter Australia’s indigenous wildlife in its natural habitat, while along the coast to the south, the historic port of Fremantle offers an escape from the big city bustle of its neighbour. Offshore, Rottnest Island is a tranquil getaway that attracts both the international visitor and the Perth resident. With over 150 full-colour photographs to entice the reader, Portrait of Perth is the perfect souvenir for every visitor to this fascinating region.”
Notes: Size: 9¾" x 10¾". Pictorial boards. 128 pages. Tags: description photographs collections surrounding pictorial australia rottnest national suburbs yanchep holiday tourist oceania beaches guides parks works perth areas erth cbd
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The Form Book: Jumps 1994 / 95 by ANON. (£14.00)Publisher: Racing Post — 1995Binding: Hardback [ISBN: 1898746060]Condition: Very Good. Edges of the textblock lightly spotted. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: A complete record of all Jumps racing in Great Britain and Ireland from June 5th, 1994 to June 3rd, 1995.Notes: Size: 8½" x 6". Brown boards with Gilt titling to the Spine & Upper Board. 1529 pages. Tags: comment-in-running disqualifications Northumberland long-striding 798.4’009’04 description handicapper horseracing repetitious overweight monksfield Cheltenham racehorses allowances sedgefield commentary memorable eyeshield worcester galloping obstacles gallopers Whitbread handicaps penalties highclere wincanton sassafras uttoxeter towcester Waterford Elizabeth southwell finishing stratford brigadier cauthen’s topspeed national thousand triomphe aldaniti Nijinsky decanter classics champion accident spillers stewards historic jockey’s
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The Illustrated Bede by John Marsden (£14.00)Publisher: MacMillan — 1989Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 033347595X]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank with a small sticker covering the price on the flap. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Contains a glossary of terms. Illustrated by way of: Facsimiles; Chronological Tables; Colour Photographs; Maps; Genealogical Tables;

From the cover: “I, Bede, have composed this ecclesiastical history of Britain, and of the English people … using what information I could acquire from ancient documents, from the tradition of my elders, and from my own knowledge.

Thus Bede, writing from his monastery on the Tyne in the early eighth century ad, describes his extraordinary masterwork. The first English history to be written by an Englishman and the incomparable chronicle of Northumbria’s golden age, it has been read for more than twelve hundred and fifty years.

The Illustrated Bede offers specially commissioned new translations from Bede’s historical writings — his Life of Cuthbert and Lives of the Abbots of Wearmouth & Jarrow as well as the great Ecclesiastical History — telling of the land and the people of ‘an island in the Ocean’, of the warlords who forged the Saxon kingdoms, and the abbots and abbesses, hermits and holy men who dominate the dawn of English Christianity

- Aidan of Lindisfarne, Etheldreda of Ely, John of Beverley, Wilfrid of Hexham, the poet Caedmon, and Cuthbert, the hermit bishop who remains the great saint of the north country.

Bede’s writings are splendidly illustrated with full-colour photographs of the wealth of masonry and manuscript surviving from his time and of landscapes that he himself would have recognised.

This new translation, written and researched in Jarrow and County Durham, captures the distinctive flavour of Bede’s Latin, while the location photography evokes all the atmosphere of the historic sites and holy places associated with Bede’s life and writings — from Northumberland’s coastline and countryside to Columba’s isle of lona and the martyr’s shrine at St Albans.”

The detailed and illuminating introductions draw on modern historical and archaeological research to seek out the man himself in his time

  • Teacher, poet, musician, scientist and historian
  • The scholar monk who travelled no further than York and Lindisfarne yet won renown as the most learned man in Europe
  • One of the north country’s greatest sons, still remembered with an affection that has endured for over twelve centuries as the Venerable Bede of Jarrow…
Notes: Illustrated by Geoff Green (Photos.). Size: 11½" x 9¼". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 189 pages. Tags: bede the venerable saint 673-735 monasticism and religious orders england history middle ages 600-1500 authors latin medieval modern biography english old 450-1100 christian saints anglo-saxons intellectual life civilization anglo-saxon northumbria kingdom church historiography 1066-1485 sources 449-1066 primitive early 30-600 great britain 1066 british irish bce christianity hagiography united john marsden geoff green photos 033347595x gregoryfirst editions firsts first printings 1st
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The Royal Yacht Britannia: Inside the Queen's Floating Palace by Brian Hoey (£14.00)Publisher: Patrick Stephens — 1995Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1852605146]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped. Dust wrapper is slightly pulled at the head and tail of the upper panel otherwise a very well presented copy. Description: Illustrated with photographs, in colour & black and white. From the cover: “HM Yacht Britannia was used as a royal residence and for the promotion of British commercial interests from her launch in 1953 until decommissioning in late 1997, during which time she became the most famous ship in the world. She sailed more than one million miles, visited 135 countries and called at 600 ports. Britannia is now birthed at Leith Dockside, Edinburgh, where she is open to the public which never occurred during her days as a royal residence. Here, her full story is told from construction through to the present day. It includes a tour of the ship, including the state apartments, royal and crew accommodation, with photographs showing how they were when the ship was in service and how they are now in her fully restored condition..”Notes: Size: 11" x 8¾". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 176 pages. Tags: autobiography biography britain britannia covered dates general great historic history industries interest kingdom merchant monarchy period postwar royal royalty second ship shipbuilding shipping ships transportation travel united vessels war world yacht yachts
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1945: The World We Fought for by Robert Kee (£13.50)Publisher: Guild — 1985Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. Top edge of DJ lightly ruffled otherwise a very well presented copy.Description: Illustrated / decorative end papers. Illustrated with B&W photographs. 1945, the year in which the Second World War ended forty years ago, was also the year in which our own world began to take shape. By telling the story of the year as it unfolded, from contemporary newspapers and broadcasts, Robert Kee has given back to the historic events of that year the intensity, excitement and anxiety with which they were viewed at the tune, while illuminating their interest for us today. The allied setback in the Ardennes, the Russian offensive which changed the course of the war, the bombing of Dresden, the British and American drive into Germany across the Rhine, bitter American criticism of British policy, particularly in Greece, anxieties about Russia and Poland, the fears openly expressed of a Third World War even before the second one had ended…Notes: Jacket designed by Craog Dodd. Size: 9½" x 6¼". 371 pages. Tags: 1945 Second World War Ardennes Germany Third World War Poland British policy Greece Dresden Russia
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D-Day by Richard Collier (£13.50)Publisher: Cassell — 1992Binding: Paperback First Edition. [ISBN: 0304341754]Condition: Very Good. Covers a little rubbed. Ffep slightly creased. Internally bright and clean.Description: Illustrated with B&W photographs. Offers unforgettable historic images of conflict as well as colour photography of the sites and locations as they appear today. 224pp. Index. Bibliography. Tags: villers-bocage counter-attack battlefront beachheads cherbourg operation peninsula americans securing normandy cotentin bluecoat goodwood lorraine brittany breakout decision endpaper invasion airborne totalize sealing channel assault failure crosses calvary beaches capture bearing mortain falaise allied pocket battle bocage armada attack august cobra omaha watch cross sword front first seine epsom final rear july army june caen hill utah gold juno area and end off
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Wells: A Fair Place by Richard Green (£13.50)Publisher: Bristol: Redcliffe Press — 2001Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 1900178583]Condition: Near Fine. Description: Contains: Black & white photographs; Colour plates;

From the cover: “The city of Wells has a long and illustrious history. Its cathedral is among the very finest in Europe, in a setting which makes the city one of the most beautiful in the country.

Wells’s first royal charter, granted by King John, dates from 1201 and in this book Richard Green charts the remarkable, often turbulent, story of the centuries of fairs and markets against the changing fortunes of the city itself.

We catch a flavour of the bustle of the medieval fairs and markets, down to the entertainments of the nineteenth century and on to the present day. Celebrated here are great showmen families such as the Coles, the Stokes and above all the Heals. It is also a story of controversy, with constant threats to the future of the fairs in their historic Market Place setting: a conflict now happily resolved, as Wells celebrates the 800th anniversary of King John’s charter.

There are many archive photographs of the personalities, like the noted ‘Chocolate Kings’ of the 1930s, and the fairground apparatus — the Venetian Gondolas, Marenghi organs and the ever popular Dodgems — that have for so long contributed to this colourful scene.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 8¼". [VIII] 109 pages. Tags: green fairs england wells history 1900178583
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Wells: A Fair Place by Richard Green (£13.50)Publisher: Bristol: Redcliffe Press — 2001Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 1900178583]Condition: Near Fine. Description: Contains: Black & white photographs; Colour plates;

From the cover: “The city of Wells has a long and illustrious history. Its cathedral is among the very finest in Europe, in a setting which makes the city one of the most beautiful in the country.

Wells’s first royal charter, granted by King John, dates from 1201 and in this book Richard Green charts the remarkable, often turbulent, story of the centuries of fairs and markets against the changing fortunes of the city itself.

We catch a flavour of the bustle of the medieval fairs and markets, down to the entertainments of the nineteenth century and on to the present day. Celebrated here are great showmen families such as the Coles, the Stokes and above all the Heals. It is also a story of controversy, with constant threats to the future of the fairs in their historic Market Place setting: a conflict now happily resolved, as Wells celebrates the 800th anniversary of King John’s charter.

There are many archive photographs of the personalities, like the noted ‘Chocolate Kings’ of the 1930s, and the fairground apparatus — the Venetian Gondolas, Marenghi organs and the ever popular Dodgems — that have for so long contributed to this colourful scene.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 8¼". [VIII] 109 pages. Tags: green fairs england wells history 1900178583
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Wells: A Fair Place by Richard Green (£13.50)Publisher: Bristol: Redcliffe Press — 2001Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 1900178583]Condition: Near Fine. Description: Contains: Black & white photographs; Colour plates;

From the cover: “The city of Wells has a long and illustrious history. Its cathedral is among the very finest in Europe, in a setting which makes the city one of the most beautiful in the country.

Wells’s first royal charter, granted by King John, dates from 1201 and in this book Richard Green charts the remarkable, often turbulent, story of the centuries of fairs and markets against the changing fortunes of the city itself.

We catch a flavour of the bustle of the medieval fairs and markets, down to the entertainments of the nineteenth century and on to the present day. Celebrated here are great showmen families such as the Coles, the Stokes and above all the Heals. It is also a story of controversy, with constant threats to the future of the fairs in their historic Market Place setting: a conflict now happily resolved, as Wells celebrates the 800th anniversary of King John’s charter.

There are many archive photographs of the personalities, like the noted ‘Chocolate Kings’ of the 1930s, and the fairground apparatus — the Venetian Gondolas, Marenghi organs and the ever popular Dodgems — that have for so long contributed to this colourful scene.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 8¼". [VIII] 109 pages. Tags: green fairs england wells history 1900178583
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England's World Heritage by John Hedgecoe (£13.00)Publisher: Collins & Brown — 1997Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Fine in Fine DJDescription: England's World Heritage contains more than 175 stunning photographs in full colour that capture the power and beauty of England's most historic sites. 96pp. Size: 4to Demy (11" x 8½") Jacket Designed by Claire Graham. Introduction / preface by Jocelyn Stevens.
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Hampshire: The County in Colour by Ian Parker & Barry Shurlock (£13.00)Publisher: Countryside — 2004Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1853068810]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.Description: Illustrated with colour photographs. From the cover: “Hampshire is a county of contrasting and beautiful countryside — sweeping green downs to the north, the lazy river valleys of the Itchen and the Test in the centre, and the busy coast and sea in the south.

It is a fine county to explore and enjoy. From the yachting centre of Lymington, the naval splendour of Portsmouth harbour, the wealth of pretty villages like Selborne and Wherwell, and the colourful narrow boats along the Basingstoke Canal to family attractions such as Marwell Zoo and Alresford’s Watercress Line steam centre, there is so much to see and to admire.

Hampshire also contains more than its fair share of historic buildings including the Roman castle at Portchester, Winchester Cathedral, and the enchanting Breamore House.

In this book, landscape photographer lan Parker has imaginatively captured the true essence of the county, with a collection of inspirational images that are complemented by an informative and affectionate text by well-known, local author, Barry Shurlock. Together they have successfully portrayed the beauty of Hampshire in all its moods and colours.”
Notes: Size: 8¼" x 10½". Pictorial boards. 80 pages. Tags: also britain catalogs collections england essays europe exhibitions general great hampshire interest peoples photographs photography pictorial pictorials places regional see subjects themes travel travelogues works
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Rambler's Ways by Edited by David Sharp (£13.00)Publisher: David & Charles — 1980Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0715379720]Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. DJ slightly ruffled at the edges. Top edges of text block dusty and soiled. Text bright and tight.Description: This well-illustrated book is an introduction to fourteen ramblers' ways describing the landscape, topography, archaeology, and historic buildings that can be seen and enjoyed en route.Notes: Illustrated by Mark Richards. Size: 8½" x 6". 208 pages. Tags: dales way three forests way viking way two moors ebor way glyndwr’s way ramblers association footpaths casual walker rambler
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