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The Fiction-Makers by Anne Stevenson (£54.50)Publisher: Oxford University Press — 1985Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0192119729]Condition: Very Good. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank with offset to the reverse of the upper wrapper. Top edge of the text block slightly spotted.Description: First in this, paperback, edition. A review copy, with the review slip laid in. From the cover: “Anne Stevenson’s new collection has primarily to do with memory, with how the language of imagination shapes histories and lives. The title poem is a serio-comic consideration of how quickly present time becomes the past. Other poems celebrate the deep continuities between generations, and the presence, in our ‘fictions’, of the dead. Here are extremes of joy and sorrow, balanced in the subtle rhythms Anne Stevenson uses to keep her experience both close and clear. No poet writing today is more conscious of the sound of poems or of how meaning is implicated in sound.

Anne Stevenson now lives in an ex-pit village near Durham, and many of these poems celebrate the stubborn life of northern England. At the core of the book, however, is the death of her friend and fellow poet, Frances Horovitz, for whom the much-admired ‘Willow Song’ was written. The book ends with an autobiographical satire based on Le Petit Testament of Francois Villon.”
Notes: Size: C Format (8½" x 5¼"). 64 pages. Tags: 20th acrostic alliteration ambiguity american anthologies aristotle’s art assonance authors bard biblical book canzone century choice cinquain couplet diction doggerel drama dramatic effects elegy english epic evocative fable form free ghazal haiku history hymns incantatory irony jintishi limerick lines literary lyricist lyrics metaphor meter metonymy metrical narrative nursery ode onomatopoeia ottava pantoum patterns poems poetics poetry poets prose prosody qualities regular rhyme rhyming rhythm rima rondeau ruba’i satirical scansion sijo simile society sonnet speech stanzas symbolism tanka terza texts traditions uses verse versifier villanelle western women
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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Ten Years Underwater by Ned Middleton (£53.00)Publisher: Immel Publishing — 1988Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Signed by the Author.[ISBN: 0907151434]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dustwrapper.Description: Signed by the author on the title page — unverified and reflected as such in the lack of premium. Illustrated with colour photographs. From the flap: “This fascinating book details ten years of exciting diving, beginning with Ned’s early diving days in Ulster; taking the reader through adventurous exploits in the warm seas of Italy, Gibraltar and Cyprus, and culminating in such exotic underwater haunts as Hong Kong, Fiji and the Caribbean. The author vividly describes hours spent underwater with Killer Whales and dolphins, the dizzy effects of nitrogen narcosis at a depth of seventy metres (230 feet); hand-feeding sharks with the Venturers from Operation Raleigh; exploring the inky fathoms of the Great Blue Hole off Belize; numerous wreck-dives as well as the humorous antics of his diving partners along the way.”Notes: Jacket designed by Larry Hynes. Illustrated by Larry Hynes. Foreword or introduction by The Earl Of Lechfield. Size: 10¾" x 7½". 129 pages. Tags: 797.2/3/0924 recreations makongaian accountant unexploded ice-diving underwater engineers artillery programme parachute gibraltar operation military advanced regiment thailand northern sub-aqua raleigh special service british barrier captain ireland ulster Cyprus german sports diving wrecks belize island gurkha rifles guards scene lakes corps royal reef bsac life fiji army mine club air pay
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A History of Arctic Exploration: Discovery, Adventure and Endurance at the Top of the World by Juha Nurminen & Matti Lainema (£36.50)Publisher: London: Conway — 2009Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 9781844860692]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Colour Plates; Maps;

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

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

Today, the future of the Arctic is of global concern. In recent years, climate change and sovereignty disputes over territory have highlighted this worrying reality, drawing much attention to the region. Yet the Arctic has always been an inspiring and fascinating place, as well as a source of much human drama due to its harsh landscape and demanding conditions. Arctic expeditions were motivated by many different factors, including the pursuit of trade and commerce, knowledge, international dominance, individual fame, natural resources and scientific endeavour, but they can all be characterised by the uniquely human desire to push back frontiers. Collectively the accounts of such epic journeys form an absorbing and complex historical narrative, fully presented in this insightful and deeply resonant book.”
Notes: Foreword or introduction by Lennart Meri. Size: 14" x 9¾". Brown boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 349 pages. Tags: lainema arctic regions discovery exploration history natural climate ocean appendix maritime geographical polar expeditions discoveries 9781844860692
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Shorts Aircraft Since 1900 by C. H. Barnes (revised By Derek N. James) (£36.00)Publisher: London: Putnam Aeronautical Books — 1989Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0851778194]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper. Description: 2nd (revised) edition, 1st printing, [First Published: 1967] Jacket illustration: Keith Woodcock's original painting shows Short Sunderland MR 5 RN273 of No 201 Squadron, RAF, taking off one evening from Sullom Voe, Shetland, in September 1952. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Tables; Plans;

From the cover: “From the first spherical balloons made by Eustace and Oswald Short, the author traces the brothers’ progress as engineers to the Aero Club till Wilbur Wright’s arrival in France in 1908 and their consequent change-over from balloons to aeroplanes — a decision endorsed by their eldest brother Horace, who joined them to set up the world’s first aircraft production line.

Their rapid expansion as aircraft suppliers to the Royal Navy and their notable progress with deck-launching, folding wings, buoyancy bags and sprung floats led to enormous production of the famous Short Type 184 during World War I, in which period the firm also built rigid airships.

Oswald Short’s pioneering work with a successful series of metal hulled flying-boats is described and their operational histories recorded.

Appendices list all Shorts’ constructors’ numbers, serials and registration marks. The book contains specifications for all Short types and variants, and complete lists to date of type designations and preliminary designs.

For this new edition the section on unbuilt projects has been expanded and the post-1945 story of Rochester’s last days and Northern Ireland’s new industry has been carried down to the present. The Skyvan and Belfast chapters have been up-dated and the 330, Sherpa and 360 have been added to the aircraft coverage, as well as notes on the forthcoming Tucano.”
Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XI] 560 pages. Tags: short airplanes history british flying-boats firm aeronautical engineering trade industry manufacturing britain aircraft aeroplanes aviation air types manufacturer aeroplane manufacture united kingdom shorts
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
Norway by Gunvald Opstad; Madge Phillips; E Kristoffersen; (£32.00)Publisher: Flint River — 1991Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1871489091]Condition: Very Good - in Good+ DJ. DJ slightly ruffled along edges.Description: Contents: The Norwegians; History; The Land; The Sami; The Monarchy; Womanpower; Seasons And Celebrations; Farming And Fishing; Seamen And Shipping; Economic Trends; Striking It Rich; International Aspects; Important Dates; 288pp. Size: 4to Royal (12½" x 9¾")
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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Politics UK 3rd Edition by Bill Jones; Andrew Gray; Dennis Kavanagh; Michael Moran; Philip Norton; Anthony Seldon; (£29.00)Publisher: Prentice Hall — 1998Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0132696061]Condition: Very Good. First few pages a little dog eared otherwise a well presented copy.Description: With additional material by Simon Bulmer, Andrew Flynn, Bill Jenkins, Jonathan Tonge, The Rt Hon. Lord Biffen, David Coates, The Rt Hon. Lord Mackay of Clashfern, Peter Riddell, David Vincent and David Walker. From the cover: “The third edition of this best selling and highly respected textbook builds on the comprehensive coverage and pedagogical innovation of previous editions, while bringing the text right up to date with the changes wrought by the 1997 general election. Politics UK 3/e covers the core elements of introductory undergraduate and A-level British politics courses — the constitution, parliament, Prime Minister and departments, elections and voting behaviour, the media, pressure groups, local government and the judiciary. These are accompanied by chapters which look at the wider context of British political life. The political institutions are examined alongside the historical, ideological, socio-economic and cultural context, the policy making process and a number of key policy areas and political issues, including economic management, the environment, law and order and Europe. Each chapter in the third edition has been extensively revised and updated. It includes an entirely new chapter on political concepts. Its coverage of the social context in Britain is enhanced. A new guest writer, Jonathan Tonge, provides a revised and extended chapter on Northern Ireland.”Notes: Size: 9½" x 7¼". 571 pages. Tags: assessments behaviour blair britain cabinet changing civil commons communication concepts constiution contexts crown defence departments devolution economic elections environmental european explaining foreign fringes globalisation groups historical ideas ideology integration judiciary kingdom labour liberal local lords management mass media ministers parties pathways plus policy policy-making political politics pressure prime processes referenda research servants service social structure themes theory tradition united voting
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Daffodil On The Pavement by Laura Del-Rivo (£28.00)Publisher: Hutchinson — 1967Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper which is unevenly sunned in places. Publishers compliment slip laid in request no review. Description: Notes: Jacket designed by Jenny & Tony Williams. Size: 8" x 5". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 224 pages. Tags: first editions firsts printings 1st wealthy ambitious builder north northern england illegitimate london journalism psychological problems-desire love
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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Red Hill: A Mining Community by Tony Parker (£28.00)Publisher: William Heinemann — 1986Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0434577715]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Description: From the cover: “The miners’ strike of 1984-5 was one of the longest and most bitter in Britain’s history, and polarised arguments and emotions with more force than any other industrial dispute for years. Six months after it ended, Tony Parker went to the north-east of England to discover the feelings and thoughts of a community around a coal-mine scheduled to be closed, but where there was still hope that the National Coal Board might reprieve it.

Talking with those on both sides of the dispute — miners, their wives, Union officials, policemen, shopkeepers, young people, Coal Board officials, schoolteachers and many others — he offers a truthful and moving portrait of life in a coalfield community today. If they close the pit, they’re closing down my life says a third-generation miner, one of 800 men there whose future, ten years ago, seemed completely secure. A nervous strikebreaker, ostracised by his workmates and feeling betrayed by the delay in transferring him to another pit, talks of the loneliness and isolation of his life. And an industrial chaplain denounces the blatant evil of government strategy during the strike. Tony Parker also talked with many miners’ wives: some of them felt they had discovered themselves for the first time and been invigorated and changed for ever by their involvement with women’s support groups, while others’ marriages had broken under the strain. From this wealth of personal stories, recorded and set down with characteristic sensitivity, a picture emerges of the strike’s causes and effects which is in sharp contrast to the view presented at the time by the media.

This is a vivid social document, giving an unforgettable portrait of Red Hill, a contemporary mining community.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [X] 196 pages. Tags: coal strike great britain personal narratives fiction social history industrial action mining communities northern england chaplains literature north east miners industries relations strikes observations collections
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
Teak-wallah: Adventures of a Young Englishman in Thailand in the 1920's by Reginald Campbell (£28.00)Publisher: Oxford University Press — 1986Binding: Paperback First Edition. [ISBN: 0195826485]Condition: Very Good+. A very nice copy indeed that's hard to fault really. Slight marks to the lower wrap about the only notable point.Description: The days of the European teak inspector in South-East Asia are now over, a fact which lends all the more interest to this account of the life of a young Englishman on the job in the teak forests of northern Thailand in the 1920s. Starting with a description of the voyage out which gives a picture very different from what one might have supposed of the White Man in his colonial heyday, the author recounts in a vivid and entertaining way his various experiences. In the heart of the Thai countryside. He conveys a sense of the high adventure and lordly loneliness which was the White Man's lot, provides graphic descriptions of moments of terror and moments of beauty, while the whole is interlaced with pithy anecdotes about those whom he met and with whom he worked. Teak-Wallah is an evocative tale of a world which still subsists but in which the European no longer has a role. 288pp.Notes: Size: B Format (7¾" x 5¼"). Tags: Reginald Campbell 0195826485
P&P: UK 1st £2.84. UK 2nd £2.52. EU Surface £3.86. EU Air £4.10. ROW Surface £3.86. ROW Air £6.72

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Australia: Land of Many Dreams by Lyall Rowe (£27.00)Publisher: Colour Library Books For Gordon & Gotch — 1984Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 086283158X]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dustwrapper. Small crease at top edge of lower panel. Slipcase slightly scuffed in a couple of places. A pleasing copy.Description: Illustrated with colour photographs. From the cover: “For a country which can claim less than a century of nationhood Australia has a fantastic history which has the power to fascinate and enthral. Many thousands of years ago the very first Australians made their way to the vast southern continent on fragile rafts and boats. The nomadic Aborigines created a lifestyle which was rich in culture, but which made little use of the land's vast potential. Intriguing insights into the story of this nation and the character of the people are provided by the fascinating text and glorious full-colour photographs in this book.”Notes: Size: 11" x 13". Brown boards with Orange titling to the Spine & Upper Board. Tags: australia aborigines captain cook new south wales captain james cook cape york queensland van diemen’s land tasmania victoria northern territory norfolk island cocos keeling islands christmas island coral sea island macdonnell islands australian antarctic territory southern hemisphere climatic conditions western australia queensland great dividing range commonwealth parliament kanakas gold rush immigration restriction act anzac day canberra tasmania joseph lyons hobart flying doctor service qantas australian labor party burley griffin sir joseph cook sydney harbour
P&P: UK 1st £9.75. UK 2nd £9.24. EU Surface £15.56. EU Air £15.35. ROW Surface £15.56. ROW Air £29.22

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The Illustrated Atlas of Wildlife by Various (£27.00)Publisher: Weldon Owen — 2009Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 9781921530005]Condition: Very Good+ — in Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper lightly pulled at the head of the spine with a small stain to the upper panel. A nice copy else. Description: Illustrated by way of: Graphs; Colour Photographs; Colour Drawings; Maps;Notes: Size: 13½" x 10¾". Matching Pictorial boards. 288 pages. Tags: 9781921530005 evolution threats wildlife conservation deciduous woodlands coniferous forests northern europe galapagos islands patagonia sahara sahel antarctic desert pacific ocean new guinea highlands temperate heathlands eastern forest appalachians mountains southwest china
P&P: UK 1st £9.00. UK 2nd £9.24. EU Surface £14.26. EU Air £14.10. ROW Surface £14.26. ROW Air £26.72

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Empires of the Indus: The Story of a River by Alice Albinia (£24.00)Publisher: London: John Murray — 2008Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 9780719560033]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Publishers review letter laid in. Description: Illustrated by way of: Colour Photographs; Maps [1];

From the cover: “One of the largest rivers in the world, the Indus rises in the Tibetan mountains, flows west across northern India and south through Pakistan. For millennia it has been worshipped as a god; for centuries used as a tool of imperial expansion; today it is the cement of Pakistan’s fractious union.

Five thousand years ago, a string of sophisticated cities grew and traded on its banks. In the ruins of these elaborate metropolises, Sanskrit-speaking nomads explored the river, extolling its virtues in Indias most ancient text, the Rig-Veda. During the past two thousand years a series of invaders — Alexander the Great, Afghan Sultans, the British Raj — made conquering the Indus valley their quixotic mission. For the people of the river, meanwhile, the Indus valley became a nodal point on the Silk Road, a centre of Sufi pilgrimage and the birthplace of Sikhism.

Empires of the Indus follows the river upstream and back in time, taking the reader on a voyage through two thousand miles of geography and more than five millennia of history redolent with contemporary importance.”
Notes: Jacket designed by Anna Bushan. Size: 9½" x 6¼". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XVII] 366 pages. Tags: albinia anna bushan 9780719560033 indus civilization river history valley travel asian middle eastern asia india south essays travelogues 954.91
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Attack on the Somme by Edward G. D. Living (£22.00)Publisher: SPA Books/Tom Donovan Military Books — 1986Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 090759011X]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and top corners with commensurate ruffling to the dust wrapper. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: From the flap: “Edward Living’s ‘Attack On The Somme’ was one of the earliest published books by a Serviceman recounting a personal tale of that terrible conflict. This is one man’s view of July 1st 1916, the first day of one of the most massive offensives in the history of modern war. The great struggle over the Somme was to drag on all through the summer of 1916 and was brought to a standstill by the winter weather in November. During these months the number of casualties incurred by both sides reached an incredible 1,300,000.”Notes: Foreword or introduction by John Masefield. Size: 8" x 5". Brown boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 90 pages. Tags: 12th 1916 56th abbeville accrington aisne alan alanbrooke albert alice allenby alley also america amiens ancre and andn anzac argyll armies army arras arrow artillery attack australian barnsley basil battalion battalions battle beach bertie bloch blunden bombardments border bottomley bouchavesnes bouzincourt bradford brigade brigades british brooke brophy brown buchan bucket bucquoy
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The Cambridge Seven by J. C. Pollock (£22.00)Publisher: Inter-Varsity Fellowhsip — 1955Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good - in Good DJ. Gently faded at the spine of the DJ, a little edgeworn. Edges of the textblock lightly tanned. Previous owners inscription to ffep. Text bright and tight.Description: From the cover: “ALL BRITAIN was startled by the news that seven young men, of high social standing, some already famous through their athletic achievements, were giving up everything to go to China as missionaries. Stanley Smith, a former stroke of the Cambridge boat; Montagu Beauchamp, a baronet’s son; D. E. Hoste, a gunner subaltern and son of a Major-General; W. W. Cassels, who, like Smith, went from Repton to Cambridge and was now a Church of England parson; Cecil Polhill-Turner, an old Etonian and an officer in the Queen’s Bays; his brother Arthur Polhill-Turne; and lastly C. T. Studd, acknowledged as the most brilliant cricketer of his day, and possessing all that wealth conld offer. These were the men who have gone down in history as ‘The Cambridge Seven’.”Notes: Size: 7½" x 5". 112 pages. Tags: shansi northern china inland mission beauchamp cassels hoste dixon edward arthur twistleton howbury hall eton college trinity hall cambridge all saints south lambeth lord radstock
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Great Granny Webster by Caroline Blackwood (£21.50)Publisher: London: Gerald Duckworth & Co. — 1977Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0715611909]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently faded at the spine of the dust wrapper which is a little yellowed overall with a small mark to the upper panel. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Notes: Jacket designed by Peter White. Size: 8¾" x 5½". Brown boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 135 pages. Tags: peter white 0715611909 fiction novels literature stories story novella short grandmothers ulster northern ireland english domestic irish authors 20th century families
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Merchant Adventurers: The Voyage of Discovery That Transformed Tudor England by James Evans (£20.50)Publisher: London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson — 2103Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 9780297866886]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs; Maps [1];

From the cover: “In the spring of 1553 three ships sailed north-east from London into uncharted waters. The scale of their ambition was breathtaking. Drawing on the latest navigational science and the new spirit of enterprise and discovery sweeping the Tudor capital, they sought a northern passage to Asia and its riches.

The success of the expedition depended on its two leaders: Sir Hugh Willoughby, a brave gentleman soldier, and Richard Chancellor, a brilliant young scientist and practical man of the sea. When their ships became separated in a storm, each had to fend for himself. Their fates were sharply divided. One returned to England, to recount extraordinary tales of the imperial court of Tsar Ivan the Terrible. The tragic, mysterious story of the other two ships has to be pieced together through the surviving captain’s log book, after he and his crew became lost and trapped by the advancing Arctic winter.

This long neglected endeavour was one of the boldest in British history, and its impact was profound. Although the merchant adventurers failed to reach China as they had hoped, their achievements would lay the foundations for England’s expansion on a global stage. As James Evans’ vivid account shows, their voyage also makes for a gripping story of daring, discovery, tragedy and adventure.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [IX] 383 pages. Tags: travel company merchant adventurers england history 16th century explorers voyages travels merchants britain commerce navigation russia discovery exploration naval tudors navy maritime british europe ships shipbuilding medieval
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Axel, and Other Poems by Henry Lockwood (£19.50)Publisher: Longmans, Green, Reader, & Dyer — 1867Binding: Hardback First Edition. Condition: Good. Heavily bruised at the head, tail and corners of the boards with fraying at the head of the spine, rubbing at the external joins. Shaken slightly with hinges showing at the contents page. Text more than acceptable.Description: Notes: Size: 8" x 5½". Brown boards with Gilt titling to the Spine & Upper Board. 152 pages. Tags: swedish poetry poems ballads frithiof saga rhythm imagery english student languages compositions tegnér bishop wexio northern literature icelandic finnish traditions character wermland poets leopold gustavus iii harmony the verse sweden atterbom stagnelius runeberg talis qualis börjesson henry lockwood first editions firsts printings 1st
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Nature Notes: The New Collection by Peter Brookes (£19.50)Publisher: Little, Brown & Co. — 1999Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. Signed by the Author.[ISBN: 0316858803]Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. Unlaminated DJ a little edgeworn and faded with rubbing at the head and tail of the spine. Text bright and tight.Description: Times book plate with authors signature to the title page. Reprinted in slightly different form in 1999. From the cover: “Covering the first two years of the new Labour government since their landslide victory in the 1997 General Election, Nature Notes: The New Collection shows how the great and the good might look as the small and the furry, including the Deputy Prime Minister as a grumblebee (Prescotta vendetta); William Hague as a common winkle (‘Generally discovered on the rocks’); and Sir Paul Condon as, of course, a bluebottle (‘Sits atop the festering rubbish tip in the Yard’). From political intrigue and scandal at home to crises of state and scandal abroad, Peter Brookes’ brilliant Portraits represent a uniquely funny and perceptive view of those who inhabit the corridors of power.”Notes: Size: 8½" x 10¾". Pictorial boards. 111 pages. Tags: peter brookes political cartoonist the times best political cartoon stories that make the headlines bill clinton’s developments northern ireland
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Escape To The Hills by W. A. [William Arthur] Poucher (£19.00)Publisher: Country Life — 1944Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. Condition: Good — in Poor Dust Wrapper. Edges of the dust wrapper frayed with loss at the spine ends and corners. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: 2nd printing. [First Published: 1943] Maps to the endpapers. Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “NO one has done more to reveal the beauties of Britain’s high hills than W. A. Poucher, the creator of this book. A skilled climber himself, with the eye of an artist and a complete mastery of camera-craft, he has spent countless hours roaming our northern mountains and valleys in search of his subjects; countless hours, too, in patient waiting for that exact combination of light and shadow, of sun and cloud, that gives his pictures their characteristic vitality. To him a mountain route is not a mere matter of landmarks or compass bearings; he knows by heart not only the way to take over, any peak one may name, but the time of day to take it, and which end to start at, in order to see landscape and lighting at their best. In this book are the fruits of his most recent expeditions to Snowdonia, the Lake District, and the Highlands — the most comprehensive collection of his camera studies yet published in one volume..”Notes: Size: 11½" x 9". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [VIII] 216 pages. Tags: amateur arthur britain english great highlands hills lakeland mountains ofalpine photographers pictorial poucher scenes scottish snowdonia splendour william works
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The Audubon Society Book of Water Birds by Les Lines, Kimball L. Garrett & Kenn Kaufman (£18.50)Publisher: Harry N. Abrams — 1987Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 081091863]Condition: Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Bruised at the head of the spine and top corners with commensurate ruffling to the dust wrapper which is unevenly faded on both panel. Loss to the last few leaves at the bottom corner not affecting the text. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise. Description: Illustrated with colour photographs. From the cover: “The world of water birds is rich and varied, filled with striking examples of nature’s ingenuity. With 211 colour photographs taken by skilled professionals, and a lively text based on years of observation and study, this book — the eighth in the Audubon Society series — invites you into an endlessly fascinating realm. Travel the earth from pole to pole — along inland waterways and marshes, over shorelines and islands, and on the open sea — to marvel at how nature has matched form and function for hundreds of species. Observe the elegant courtship ceremony of Japanese Cranes, and, in comic contrast, the awkward prenuptial antics of the Blue-footed Boobies of the Galapagos. Watch a Pel’s Fishing Owl snatch its prey from a moonlit stream in Botswana. See how a pair of Western Grebes dance across a prairie lake in Canada, how penguins patiently tend their young in their snowbound Antarctic homes, and how sandpipers divide the spoils along the shoreline by probing the mud with bills of different lengths.

Presented in chapters according to lifestyles and habitats, these birds range from those that swim and dive, to those that soar, and to those that live along the water’s edge. In one chapter we learn that some have specialized equipment for catching fish—hook-tipped bills, spears, and netlike pouches. In another we discover the auks — the "penguins" of the northern hemisphere — nesting in wave-lashed sea cliffs. Here, too, are the secretive rails and gaudy gallinules and jacanas, stalkers of dense marshes, and the bejewelled kingfishers, known for their lightning dives after fish. Containing both a text that includes the most recent scientific discoveries and the latest achievements in nature photography, this volume is a breakthrough in the field of illustrated books on birds. The Audubon Society Book Of Water Birds is more than a contribution to science: It is a celebration of the drama, mystery, variety, and beauty of nature.”
Notes: Size: 12½" x 9½". Pink boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 252 pages. Tags: and aquatiques birds catalogs fauna game game-birds marine oiseaux water waterfowl
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Africa Looks Ahead by W. Singleton Fisher; Julian Hoyte; (£18.00)Publisher: Pickering & Inglis — 1948Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good — in Poor Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper a little rubbed at the edges, faint stain over most of verso and front left edge. Price Clipped. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs. Maps to the endpapers. From the flap: “A young surgeon, clever, keen and ambitious, comes into contact with one of Africa’s greatest missionary explorers. In doing so he receives a vision of the great need of that vast continent — the slave trade taking its toll of thousands; oppression, black magic, witchcraft and disease causing untold sufferings, millions knowing nothing of the love of God or of the coming of Jesus Christ into the world. Setting out for Central Africa, this young surgeon travels hundreds of miles, facing many dangers, seeking out the African villages in the forests and on the plains, telling a pagan people the story of the Saviour of men. Helped by his undaunted wife, a trained nurse, he brings healing to many, as together they lead those that sit in darkness to faith in Jesus Christ. Founding a hospital, an orphanage and a school, the devoted couple contribute in many ways to the forward look of the Africa of to-day.”Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 212 pages. Tags: musonkantanda witchcraft missionary schoolboys catherine ffolliott explorers northern rhodesia mcgregor district villages africa’s greatest witches kazombo kavungu central banning showing african kalene africa walter fisher julyan sister chief woman nurse hoyte lunda mrs. late hill anna kaye ruth mr. dr.
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Journey to the Jade Sea by John D. Hillaby (£18.00)Publisher: London: Constable — 1964Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with the spine slightly more heavily faded. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Pencilling to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned. Description: Laid in is a note, from Hillaby, to Anthony Rossiter (Artist, this book from his estate), alongside a cutting, signed by Hillaby. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs; Maps to the endpapers and blanks; From the cover: “What does it feel like to cut loose from city life and lead a train of camels across one of the most formidable deserts in the world? This is what John Hillaby chose to do by going to the deserts east of Lake Rudolph — the Jade Sea on the borders of Kenya and Ethiopia. The lava beds surrounding this extraordinary lake are often too hot to touch. The sands blow at gale force and the soda lake, a bright green jewel amid a setting of volcanoes, is the home of unusually large crocodiles and the relics of a primitive tribe, the Elmolo, who live under the shadow of Kulal, the mountain of winds. The landscapes of the Northern Frontier District have been described as the nearest thing to hell on earth.

During a foot safari of eleven hundred miles the author says he regrets little except his initial incompetence. It was the first time he had been into the bush without a European on hand. He knew nothing of guns and gear and, as for the camels, ‘those gangling, good-natured beasts’, he had seen them previously only through the bars of a zoo. Chased by rhino, stung by scorpions, and lashed by sandstorms, the caravan nevertheless got through. Thirst, sun blindness and landslides in the hills merely became things to be contended with. Above all, the author enjoyed himself. He says life suddenly became simplified. I believe I was happier than I have ever been before.

This then is the account of the highly eventful and always amusing journey of a middle-aged white man who both learnt the language and learnt how to live in the manner of his African friends.”
Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5½". Green boards with Gilt on Black Title Plate titling to the Spine. [VII] 234 pages. Tags: hillaby kenya travel lake rudolf turkana journeys walking ethiopia writing holiday guides united kingdom britain essays travelogues observations africa
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Northern Germany as Far as the Bavarian and Austrian Frontiers by K. Baedeker (£18.00)Publisher: Leipsic: Karl Baedeker — 1893Binding: Hardback Condition: Poor. Heavily faded at the spine and the boards with a stain to the top corner of the upper board. Front hinge near gone with a stamp to that blank. Rear endpaper, printed map, is detached but enclosed. Text complete and tight, else. Description: 11th edition. Illustrated by way of: Maps; Fold-Out Maps [Some coloured]; Plans; Maps to the endpapers. Includes a laid in booklet, “Index of Streets and Plans of Berlin” dated the same year.Notes: Size: 6¼" x 4¼". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine & Upper Board. In the Handbook for Travellers series. [XXXIV] 422 pages. Tags: baedeker handbook travellers germany northern travel bavaria austria
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The Buddhist Writings of Lafcadio Hearn by Edited by Kenneth Rexroth (£18.00)Publisher: Wildwood House — 1981Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0704504219]Condition: Good. A pleasant enough reading copy. Gently faded at the spine with light reading creases. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned.Description: First in this edition. [First: Houghton Mifflin, 1977] From the cover: “Lafcadio Hearn was born on the Greek island of Leucadia in 1850. After a career in journalism in the United States, Hearn travelled to Japan in 1890 to write articles about Japanese life for Harper’s Magazine. He remained there for the rest of his life, taking a Japanese wife (by whom he had three sons and a daughter) and assuming Japanese citizenship in 1895. He died in 1904, and was buried after Buddhist ceremonies in Zoshigaya cemetery in northern Tokyo. This collection of his writings on Buddhism was taken from the bulk of his writings by Kenneth Rexroth. The organization of the selections reflects Hearn’s chronological progress from a rendering of the simple tales and stories illustrative of the common folk’s beliefs in Buddhism to the more abstract philosophic doctrines of the Mahayana Buddhist sects in Japan. Of the many writers who have commented upon Buddhism in Japan, none has stood the test of time so well as Lafcadio Hearn.”Notes: Size: C Format (8½" x 5¼"). In the Wildwood House Rediscoveries series. 303 pages. Tags: abandoning abiding accepting accumulating actions actual adverse advice ageing alertness amitabha amitayus anger appearances arrogance artificial asanga ascertaining aspects aspirational aspiring atisha's attachment attainments attention awakened awareness behold beings belief benefits beseeching beyond blame blessings bodhi bodhichitta bodies brahma breath breathing buddha buddhadharma buddhahood buddha's buddhism buddhist cessation chandra changing changkya
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My Warriors and I: Among the Samburu of Northern Kenya by Roger Stoakley (£17.50)Publisher: Scriptmate Editions — 1998Binding: Paperback Signed by the Author.[ISBN: 0951376691]Condition: Near Fine.Description: Signed by the author on the title page — unverified and reflected as such in the lack of premium. Illustrated with photographs, in colour & black and white. From the cover: “Lturungen was crippled in childhood. A chance meeting brought Roger Stoakley into close contact with this young man and his people—one of the last warrior societies of Africa. Sharing their lifestyle he gained an insight into a remarkable way of life. His moving story of its struggle, bravery and holistic joy in a harsh landscape, is also explicit about a small boy’s circumcision ceremony, and follows new young warriors through the tough Ceremony Of The Arrows. The Samburu people occupy the parched lands of northern Kenya, still the scene of tribal warfare and subject to tight security. Fiercely independent pastoral-ists, they are scornful of Western culture, and have remained relatively unaffected by civilisation. Lturungen came to England for three months while he underwent an operation on his foot. Dressed in warrior clothes, he became a celebrity among local schoolchildren. The author is the former County Librarian of Somerset.”Notes: Size: C Format (8½" x 5¼"). 201 pages. Tags: about african after age aged age-mate age-set alberto amos and archer's arrows biography brother bum buni buni's ceremony children circumcised circumcision customs dancing daughter death drought effects elders eldest families family father father's february first five fourth francis friend from guardians half head her his initiated isaac
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8 Morris Dances of England and Flamborough Sword Dance by Nibs Matthews (£17.00)Publisher: The English Folk Dance and Song Society — 1981Binding: Paperback Condition: Very Good. Gently rubbed at the edges of the spine and wraps.Description: Reprint No. 2. From the introduction: “There is no such thing as an easy Morris dance, but this selection of dances is suitable as an introduction and for elementary practice of the Morris. Some of the figures and steps are basic to other dances published in ‘The Morris Book’ Vols. 1-5. This book includes six set dances for a team of six, and two jigs for solo dancing, also one example of the many Sword dances of Northern England, collected in Flamborough, Yorkshire.”Notes: Size: 9¾" x 7". 20 pages. Tags: morris dance cecil sharp teach the morris dances solo dancing english folk dance and song society rigs o’marlow bean setting shepherd’s hey (headington) bromsberrow heath stick dance fool’s jig lads bunchum beaux london city shepherd’s hey (adderbury) flamborough sword dance
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J. B. Fischer Von Erlach by Hans Aurenhammer (£17.00)Publisher: Cambridge: Harvard University Press — 1973Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0674469887]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Previous owners' name to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Contains: Black & white photographs; Chronological tables [1]; Black & white plates;

From the cover: “Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach was one of the greatest Baroque architects. His spectacularly dramatic buildings are familiar to all who have visited Vienna and Salzburg, for he was the virtual creator of the Austrian Baroque style. In them may be seen reflected the rise of the Habsburg Empire to the status of a European power, that sudden, delayed efflorescence during the period of peace and prosperity which followed the defeat of the Turks in 1683. The style was internationally based. Fischer was trained in Rome, travelled in northern Europe and England, and was familiar with contemporary architectural developments in France.

In this book — the fullest study of his work yet published in English — Dr Hans Aurenhammer sets Fischer in the context of his time, artistically, socially and philosophically. He takes into account not only the surviving buildings but also the temporary structures designed for festivals, his idealistic and often fantastic architectural projects, and his influential publication on the architecture of the world. He examines the symbolical meanings of decorative elements in Fischer’s palaces and churches and shows how they express the desire of the Emperor and his court to create a new Rome on the Danube. He investigates the possible relationship between the work of Fischer and the philosophical writings of Leibniz. But above all, and as a result of studying Fischer’s artistic debts and sources, he reveals this great architect’s true originality — his inexhaustible inventiveness and his mastery of mass and space. The book includes a full list of Fischer’s works, including his drawings.”
Notes: Jacket designed by Gerald Cinamon. Size: 10" x 6¾". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 193 pages. Tags: fischer von erlach johann bernhard criticism interpretation architecture baroque austria architects 18th century architectural design critical 0674469887 9780674469884
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Traveller by Richard Adams (£17.00)Publisher: London, Sydney, Auckland & Johannesburg: Hutchinson — 1989Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0091738911]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. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Very small tipex mark to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise. Description: Contains: Maps to the endpapers and blanks;

From the cover: “In comfortable stables at Lexington, Virginia, a sturdy, nine-year-old grey chats to his friend Tom the Nipper, one of the domestic cats. Soon we learn that he is no ordinary horse, but Traveller, General Robert E. Lee’s mount in the American Civil War. The war now over, Traveller has become a loved and honoured member of Lee’s family at Washington College, where the General (on sufferance of the victorious Federal North) is President. Lee still rides his horse every afternoon. The complete understanding between them, forged in the war years, has grown if anything deeper during these latter days of peace.

Through Traveller’s memories, told to Tom, we learn how, on Sewell Mountain in 1861, he first met Lee, then a subordinate general, and how the two met again on the coast of Carolina, where Lee bought Traveller (and named him). At the beginning of June 1862, President Davis appoints Lee to command the army desperately defending Richmond against “the Blue men” — the Federals. In the glorious but appallingly bloody campaign which follows, known as the Seven Days, Traveller first experiences action with his master. Then the Army of Northern Virginia marches northward to Manassas, where they again win victory. Traveller carries Lee to Antietam, to Fredericksburg in the snow, to Chancellorsville in the forest, and so to Gettysburg and to the dreadful engagements in The Wilderness. Finally we learn of the siege of Richmond and Petersburg, and hear Traveller’s account of what happened at Appomattox.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 277 pages. Tags: fiction novels literature stories story novella editions firsts first printings 1st english war ironic revisionist view civil horses 0091738911 9780091738914
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John Major the Autobiography by John Major (£16.50)Publisher: London: HarperCollinsPublishers — 1999Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0002570041]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs;

From the cover: “John Major’s autobiography is one of the most personal and revealing ever written by a former British Prime Minister. Eagerly awaited, the account of his childhood, rise and fall is scrupulous and unsparing.

Major’s early life was extraordinary; his rise through Parliament meteoric. Soon a favourite of Margaret Thatcher, he became Foreign Secretary and then Chancellor of the Exchequer. When Thatcher fell, he fought and won a shrewd campaign to succeed her.

With the difficulties of the Gulf War and the Maastricht Treaty behind him, and the Poll Tax abolished, John Major went on to win a remarkable victory in the general election of 1992. He brought down inflation and ushered in a solid economic recovery. He made the most decisive steps for a generation towards peace in Northern Ireland. Yet within months of the 1992 election his government was in troubled waters. John Major is candid about his fight to keep sterling in the Exchange Rate Mechanism and for the first time makes public his reactions to defeat on ‘Black Wednesday’. He is frank about the civil war that emerged within his own party over Britain’s relationship with the European Union. He is honest about what he won and what he lost, and about friends and foes within his party as well as outside.

In his leadership of his party and his country and in facing up to the new order after May 1997 John Major acted with a dignity rare in politics. The Tories’ continuing internal struggles since their defeat serve only to intensify interest in his leadership through the Conservative Party’s last period of power this century.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XXIII] 774 pages. Tags: major john roy chancellor margaret thatcher election prime ministers great britain biography lambeth borough council foreign secretary politics and government first editions firsts printings 1st
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Melody And The Lyric From Chaucer To The Cavaliers by John Murray Gibbon (£16.50)Publisher: J. M. Dent & Sons — 1930Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Good — in Poor Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper, heavily faded and now sealed in a mylar protector. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Previous owners' inscription to first blank. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: From the cover: “The English lyric up to Herrick’s day has a sequence of consonants and vowels which makes it peculiarly “singable”. Some of the lyrics of this period are known to have been written for music, and the melodies themselves have in certain cases been preserved. The hunt for others revealed to the author of this book so much valuable literary history not readily accessible, and threw so much new light upon the metres used, that he was urged by musical and literary friends to publish the results of his researches, on the ground that the work would have far-reaching effects on the study of the English lyric — a claim which the publishers, in offering this richly-documented book to the public, feel fully justified in supporting.”Notes: Size: 10" x 7¼". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XII] 204 pages. Tags: music and literature identification poetry with lyrics the elizabethans lyrical desert printed poems gower lydgate other northern followers chaucer need lyric milton herrick sucklmg carew waller seem poser henry lawes known records melodies john murray gibbon first editions firsts printings 1st
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Farmhouse Cookery by Laura Mason (£16.00)Publisher: London: National Trust Enterprises Limited — 2005Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 070780339X]Condition: Very Good — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with a snag at the head of the spine.Description: Illustrated by way of: Colour Photographs;

From the cover: “This book celebrates two things: the tradition of farmhouse cookery, and the link between landscape and food, especially as it is experienced through food produced by the tenants of National Trust properties. The Trust is more than aristocratic houses, it manages farmland scattered across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The model farm at Wimpole in East Anglia, the little fields of the Cornish coast, the deer-parks of the Welsh Marches, the mountains of Snowdonia and the Lake District fells have one thing in common, which is that they have been shaped over the centuries by food production.”
Notes: Size: 11" x 9". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 240 pages. Tags: mason 070780339x cooking british national cuisine united kingdom britain ethnic english scottish welsh food habits farms country history cookery
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Synge's Ireland: In Wicklow, West Kerry and Connemara by J. M. [John Millington] Synge (£15.50)Publisher: Dublin: The O'Brien Press — 1980Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0862781221]Condition: Good. A pleasant enough reading copy. Heavily faded at the spine and the margins of the wrappers. Edges of the text block lightly soiled. Small stain to the head of the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise. Description: Essays by George Gmelch and Ann Saddlemyer. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Maps;Notes: Illustrated by George Gmelch (Photos.). Size: 9¾" x 7¼". 166 pages. Tags: ireland social customs 20th century republic rural regions conditions observer irish peasant wicklow west kerry connemara shanachie literary landscape northern mayo
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Extraordinary Railway Journeys by Tom Savio & Anthony Lambert (£14.50)Publisher: New Holland — 2004Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1843305976]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Description: Illustrated by way of: Colour Photographs; Maps;

From the cover: “What makes a rail tour extraordinary? Is it the countryside, unique people and places along the way, a colourful or turbulent history, select carriage interiors and the ultimate in comfort, or the noble patina bestowed by a succession of distinguished passengers?

The answer is all that and more, and each of the 24 journeys in this book contains liberal doses of these magic ingredients. One common factor unites them: the romance and allure of this incomparable mode of travel, which grants modern-day explorers an increasingly rare commodity — time. On a train one has time to absorb the passing scenery, and an opportunity to socialize with other travellers or spend reflective moments in solitude.

Stories about trains as diverse as Pakistan’s Bolan Mail and Australia’s Savannahlander, the Cornish Riviera Express and the California Zephyr convey the authors’ passion for the lines, locomotives and carriages, and their deep respect for the men who planned and built them, often under harrowing circumstances. Hand-drawn maps, evocative images and the captivating first-hand narrative of knowledgeable travel and railway writers combine to present unique experiences that carry readers from the Arctic Circle to the heat of India. Extraordinary Railway Journeys is an entertaining collection of adventures, all of which can be re-enacted today (contact details and booking information are listed at the back of the book).”
Notes: Size: 12" x 10¾". Red boards with White titling to the Spine. 160 pages. Tags: railroad travel voyages and travels the americas usa canada royal canadian pacific white pass yukon route denali star california zephyr peru machu picchu vistadome europe united kingdom west highland line westward across ireland cornish riviera express norway norwegian railways arctic circle germany brocken railway france petit train jaune venice switzerland swiss federal golden bernina italy sardinia narrow gauge rai ukraine ukrainian steam tour africa nambia desert south union limited thread asia pakistan bolan mail border india northern steaming into nilgiri hills china jitong australia savannahlander railtours tom savio anthony lambert 1843309335 first editions firsts printings 1st
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Extraordinary Railway Journeys by Tom Savio & Anthony Lambert (£14.50)Publisher: Ted Smart — 2004Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1843309335]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Description: Illustrated by way of: Colour Photographs; Maps;

From the cover: “What makes a rail tour extraordinary? Is it the countryside, unique people and places along the way, a colourful or turbulent history, select carriage interiors and the ultimate in comfort, or the noble patina bestowed by a succession of distinguished passengers?

The answer is all that and more, and each of the 24 journeys in this book contains liberal doses of these magic ingredients. One common factor unites them: the romance and allure of this incomparable mode of travel, which grants modern-day explorers an increasingly rare commodity — time. On a train one has time to absorb the passing scenery, and an opportunity to socialize with other travellers or spend reflective moments in solitude.

Stories about trains as diverse as Pakistan’s Bolan Mail and Australia’s Savannahlander, the Cornish Riviera Express and the California Zephyr convey the authors’ passion for the lines, locomotives and carriages, and their deep respect for the men who planned and built them, often under harrowing circumstances. Hand-drawn maps, evocative images and the captivating first-hand narrative of knowledgeable travel and railway writers combine to present unique experiences that carry readers from the Arctic Circle to the heat of India. Extraordinary Railway Journeys is an entertaining collection of adventures, all of which can be re-enacted today (contact details and booking information are listed at the back of the book).”
Notes: Size: 12" x 10¾". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 160 pages. Tags: railroad travel voyages and travels the americas usa canada royal canadian pacific white pass yukon route denali star california zephyr peru machu picchu vistadome europe united kingdom west highland line westward across ireland cornish riviera express norway norwegian railways arctic circle germany brocken railway france petit train jaune venice switzerland swiss federal golden bernina italy sardinia narrow gauge rai ukraine ukrainian steam tour africa nambia desert south union limited thread asia pakistan bolan mail border india northern steaming into nilgiri hills china jitong australia savannahlander railtours tom savio anthony lambert 1843309335 first editions firsts printings 1st
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Green Light by Shaun Clarke (£14.50)Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton — 2000Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Near Fine - in Near Fine DJ.Description: A sort of uneasy peace now reigns in the scarred province of Northern Ireland. Former freedom fighters on both sides find themselves living in a world that they are ill equipped to deal with, unemployed and despised symbols of past crimes and sacrifices. That is until both sets of former adversaries are contacted by cabals of the Russian Mafia to share both their know-how and their vast weapons capabilities…Now, one former SAS man and bank -robber-'Coogan' to his friends and enemies alike - must go into the province, sink into the underworld, and stop this unholy alliance before the blood starts to run in the streets again.Tags: Ireland, terrorism, suspense, Russian Mafia
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Catherine Cookson Country by Catherine Cookson (£14.00)Publisher: Heinemann — 1986Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0434142549]Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. DJ slightly ruffled at the edges, with a 1" closed and tape-repaired tear to the head of the spine. Text bright and tight.Description: Illustrated with B&W photographs. Catherine Cookson was born in 1906 into the bleak industrial heartland of Tyneside, and rose to become one of the most successful novelists of all time. Life on the south bank of the Tyne was hard, often cruel, vicious and rough; and for Catherine and her unmarried mother, doubly so. In Catherine Cookson Country she returns to her homeland, the landscape which provides the setting for her novels. And in the company of her best-loved fictional characters she rediscovers its human contours: the feelings, emotions and fiercely held passions which inspired her as woman and writer.Notes: Foreword or introduction by Tom Cookson. Size: 8¾" x 9". 192 pages. Tags: Catherine Cookson tyneside novellists writers northern england historical novels
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Furniture and Works of Art Wednesday 27 September 2000 At 11.45 A.M. by Anon. (£14.00)Publisher: Christie's South Kensington — 2000Binding: Paperback Condition: Good. A pleasant enough reading copy. Reference copy stickers to both wrappers and the auction results, on A4 pages, are stapled to the title page. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Colour Photographs;Notes: Size: 10½" x 8¼". 258 pages. Tags: set four large empire style gilt bronze three light wall appliques early 20th century northern european tortoiseshell veneered table casket probably dutch 18th george iii giltwood sofa auction results carpets furniture and works art anon
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Sharpe's havoc : Richard Sharpe and the campaign in Northern Portugal, Spring 1809 by Bernard Cornwell (£14.00)Publisher: HarperCollins — 2003Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0007120109]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper. Leans very slightly.Description: Jacket illustration: The Battle of Fuentes d’Onoro, 1811. Illustrated by way of: Maps [1];

From the cover: “It is the spring of 1809 and a small British army is stationed in Lisbon when Marshal Soult begins the French invasion of northern Portugal. No one knows whether the British will fight or leave, but there is little choice for Lieutenant Richard Sharpe and his squad of riflemen, who are sent into the beleaguered city of Oporto to rescue a British mother and daughter who have chosen to stay rather than flee southwards. But what seems like a straightforward mission becomes tangled in betrayal when Kate Savage disappears.

Sharpe, with Sergeant Patrick Harper and a score of riflemen, is cut off in the city when the bridge over the river Douro is broken. They join forces with a group of fugitive Portuguese soldiers and try to fight their way back to the British lines, but their orders are overridden by a mysterious English officer, who instructs them to remain in northern Portugal. Colonel Christopher excels in high diplomacy and low cunning, and his activities lead Sharpe and his riflemen into treacherous danger.

While the French are consolidating their hold on the north of the country, Sir Arthur Wellesley, the future Duke of Wellington, arrives to take command in the south. He immediately mounts his own counter-attack in a brilliant campaign that will rout the French. Sharpe becomes the hunter instead of the hunted and seizes the chance to rescue the missing Kate Savage and pursue the man who thought to sacrifice Sharpe and his riflemen for his own ambition. Amidst the wreckage of a defeated army, in the storm lashed hills of the Portuguese frontier, Sharpe takes a terrible revenge.

Sharpe’s Havoc is a classic Sharpe story, a return to Portugal with Richard Sharpe in fighting form in the company of Sergeant Patrick Harper, Captain Hogan and Sharpe’s beloved Greenjackets.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 380 pages. Tags: ~0007120109~ first editions firsts printings 1st sharpe richard fictitious character fiction soldiers napoleonic wars portugal history maria
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Policing Northern Ireland: Proposals for a New Start by John Mcgarry; Brendan O'Leary; (£13.50)Publisher: Blackstaff Press — 1999Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 9780856406485]Condition: Good. An acceptable reading copy only. Actually a nice copy but previous owners annotation to the last blank and reverse of the lower wrap, occasional marginalia throughout.Description: Presumed First in this edition. The authors, acclaimed commentators on Northern Ireland, address the tough questions: how to make the police representative of Northern Ireland’s population, in national allegiance, religious origin, and gender; how to reconcile the need for ‘downsizing’ with the need for new recruits; how to deal with symbolically divisive titles, uniforms and working environments; how to combine decentralisation, democratic accountability and operational autonomy; and how to demilitarise policing. Clear-headed and incisive, this book is essential reading for anyone interested in the policing of a historically divided territory and the full and fair implementation of the Good Friday Agreement.Notes: Size: 8¼" x 5¾". 146 pages. Tags: Good Friday Agreement Northern Ireland police decentralisation national allegiance ira loyalists republicans divided countries racism peace keeping
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Sharpe's Havoc: Richard Sharpe and the Campaign in Northern Portugal, Spring 1809 by Bernard Cornwell (£13.50)Publisher: HarperCollinsPublishers — 2003Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0007120109]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Leans slightly. Pages very gently age-tanned. Description: Jacket illustration: The Battle of Fuentes d’Onoro, 1811. Illustrated by way of: Maps [1];

From the cover: “It is the spring of 1809 and a small British army is stationed in Lisbon when Marshal Soult begins the French invasion of northern Portugal. No one knows whether the British will fight or leave, but there is little choice for Lieutenant Richard Sharpe and his squad of riflemen, who are sent into the beleaguered city of Oporto to rescue a British mother and daughter who have chosen to stay rather than flee southwards. But what seems like a straightforward mission becomes tangled in betrayal when Kate Savage disappears.

Sharpe, with Sergeant Patrick Harper and a score of riflemen, is cut off in the city when the bridge over the river Douro is broken. They join forces with a group of fugitive Portuguese soldiers and try to fight their way back to the British lines, but their orders are overridden by a mysterious English officer, who instructs them to remain in northern Portugal. Colonel Christopher excels in high diplomacy and low cunning, and his activities lead Sharpe and his riflemen into treacherous danger.

While the French are consolidating their hold on the north of the country, Sir Arthur Wellesley, the future Duke of Wellington, arrives to take command in the south. He immediately mounts his own counter-attack in a brilliant campaign that will rout the French. Sharpe becomes the hunter instead of the hunted and seizes the chance to rescue the missing Kate Savage and pursue the man who thought to sacrifice Sharpe and his riflemen for his own ambition. Amidst the wreckage of a defeated army, in the storm lashed hills of the Portuguese frontier, Sharpe takes a terrible revenge.

Sharpe’s Havoc is a classic Sharpe story, a return to Portugal with Richard Sharpe in fighting form in the company of Sergeant Patrick Harper, Captain Hogan and Sharpe’s beloved Greenjackets.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 380 pages. Tags: 0007120109 first editions firsts printings 1st sharpe richard fictitious character fiction soldiers napoleonic wars portugal history maria
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A Life to Remember by William MacQuitty (£12.50)Publisher: Quartet — 1991Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0704327899]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper a little rubbed at the head of the lower panel. Pages lightly age-tanned.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “An ant trapped in a block of amber, a brass Vishnu, an ivory Buddha, a blue faience Osiris — these were the emblems William MacQuitty discovered as a boy in an old deed-box in his parents’ house in Bangor, Northern Ireland. He vowed he would never be caught like the ant.

He became, as his old headmaster put it, ‘a luxury tramp’, a merchant banker of the Chartered Bank of India, Australia and China. Posted to Amritsar in 1926, he surveyed the twilight of the Raj with the sceptical eye of an Ulsterman. He became a member of the Auxiliary Punjab Light Horse, took up yoga and scandalized the memsahibs by consorting with natives. He encountered a haunting in a forest; met a sadhu (holy man) whose destiny seemed mysteriously linked with his own; entered into his first passionate romance with Kim, a beautiful Anglo-Indian girl; and witnessed the appalling Cawnpore massacre of 1931.

On the eve of the Second World War, amid the horrors of Shanghai under Japanese occupation, he resigned from the bank to be with his dying mother in Ireland. A new career in film production led to his making many important British documentaries and features of the 1940s and 1950s, from Out of Chaos, a film about the work of the war artists, to A Night to Remember, the first film to tell the authentic story of the sinking of the Titanic, a ship he had watched being launched in 1911. In 1959 he founded Ulster Television, one of the most successful of commercial television stations. Not long afterwards, his alternative though unadopted plan for preserving Abu Simbel after the building of the Aswan High Dam started him on yet another career as the writer-photographer of fifteen books.

A Life to Remember offers vivid glimpses of such friends as the unorthodox psychiatrist Wilhelm Stekel, the painter Stanley Spencer and the entertainer Beatrice Lillie; and of such legendary figures as the Dalai Lama and the Shah of Persia. With its richness of anecdote, humour and insight, it is one of the warmest and most entertaining books of personal memoirs to be published in recent years.”
Notes: Foreword or introduction by Arthur C. Clarke. Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Turquoise titling to the Spine. 390 pages. Tags: and artists bank biography britain clark critics directors film-maker great henry history including india kenneth life macquitty moore motion northern photographers picture producers several social spencer stanley television who william with worked
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Back from the Brink: 1,000 Days At Number 11 by Alistair Darling (£12.50)Publisher: Atlantic Books — 2011Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0857892797]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper otherwise a very well presented copy. Description: Contains a chronology of events. Illustrated by way of: Colour Photographs;

From the cover: “In the late summer of 2007, shares of Northern Rock went into free-fall, causing a run on the bank — the first in over 150 years. Northern Rock proved to be only the first. Twelve months later, as the world was engulfed in the worst banking crisis for more than a century, one of its largest banks, RBS, came within hours of collapse.

Back from the Brink tells the gripping story of Alistair Darling’s one thousand days in Number 11 Downing Street. As Chancellor, he had to avert the collapse of RBS hours before the cash machines would have ceased to function; at the eleventh hour, he stopped Barclays from acquiring Lehman Brothers in order to protect UK taxpayers; he used anti-terror legislation to stop Icelandic banks from withdrawing funds from Britain. From crisis talks in Washington, to dramatic meetings with the titans of international banking, to dealing with the massive political and economic fallout in the UK, Darling places the reader in the rooms where the destinies of millions weighed heavily on the shoulders of a few. His book is also a candid account of life in the Downing Street pressure cooker and his relationship with Gordon Brown during the last years of New Labour.

Back from the Brink is a vivid and immediate depiction of the British government’s handling of an unprecedented global financial catastrophe. Alistair Darling’s knowledge and understanding provide a unique perspective on the events that rocked international capitalism. It is also a vital historical document.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine. [XIII] 337 pages. Tags: darling alistair 1953- global financial crisis 2008-2009 economics crises great britain history 21st century finance ministers biography statesmen politics and government economic conditions 1997- 2007- sources policy 0857892797 first editions firsts printings 1st
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Flowers on the Grass by Monica Dickens (£12.50)Publisher: Michael Joseph — 1949Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. Price clipped. Inscription on fep. Some spotting. Edges of DJ showing a little wear.Description: With a scene that ranges from a country cottage to a holiday camp in Northern England; from a Bayswater hotel to a modern 'do-as-you-like' school; from a hospital ward to a home in the East End of London. The author portrays a fascinating gallery of characters with vividness and life.
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Guide to the Archaeological Sites of Britain by Peter Clayton (£12.50)Publisher: B. T. Batsford — 1985Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Fine - in Very Good DJ. Edges of DJ showing very slight shelf wear.Description: There are in Britain over 2,000 archaeological sites - mostly prehistoric and Roman - that can be visited. They range in size from the faint indications of a partially ploughed out barrow ( ancient burial mound) to complete circuits of wall like those at the Saxon Shore fort of Pevensey. What the visitor needs, when wandering around an ancient site, is some background information which will bring the past to life. And here it is. Mono illustrations throughout.Tags: adopts ages aggradation agriculture amphitheatres amphorae ancient anglia anglo-saxon animals antiquities antler archaeology architectural archiving artefacts ash-houses avenue awls axes bags bailey balls bandits barns barrows baths beacons bed bee-bole beehive bee-keeping beginnings bibbings biological block boiling-mounds bone borders boundaries boundary brae bricks brick-work bridges britain broadswords bronze brooches buildings bull-rings
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Infantry Of The Line by T. J. Gander (£12.50)Publisher: Ian Allan — 1988Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0711017883]Condition: Very Good - in Good DJ. DJ slightly ruffled at the edges, 1" x ½" loss at the head of the upper panel.Description: Illustrated with B&W photographs. From the cover: “The author portrays the Line Regiments of the British Army as they are today, examining not only their structures, roles and duties but also their training, communications, weapons, uniforms and equipment, including the changes in operational procedures resulting from the recent introduction of the Warrior IFV and the SA80 weapon system.”Notes: Size: 9½" x 7". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 128 pages. Tags: modern infantry infantry battalion northern ireland small arms school corps territorial army combat vehicles weapons combat uniforms british infantry milan firing post gun riot l67a1 51mm mortar morzen mortar fire merlin anti-armour guided l16a2 81mm mortar 51mm mortar chain gun warrior machine gun support weapon desa saxon apc scimitar sultan milan compact turret mct spartan cvr prc 349 portable transceiver duke edinburgh’s royal regiment ulster cheshire regiment biack watch vehicle check point sa80 chieftain main battle tanks the royal irish rangers suffield ranges canada royal scots royal welch fusiliers rifleman
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Inside the SAS by Craig Philip; Alex Taylor (£12.50)Publisher: Blitz — 1994Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 185605232X]Condition: Very Good+ - in Very Good+ DJ. Lightly rubbed at the tips of the wraps otherwise a very well presented copy.Description: A book about Britain's Special Air Service, with contributions from former SAS men and photographs, illustrations and campaign maps. First in this edition [Bloomsbury 1992].Notes: Size: 11½" x 8¾". Red boards with Black titling to the Spine & Upper Board. 224 pages. Tags: david stirling long range desert group lrdg special air service sas brigade world war malaya oman jebel akhdar borneo aden anti-terrorism falklands gulf war patrols tactics explosives sabotage behind enemy lines counter-terrorist tactics regiment sas signals army air corps flight combat trooper hereford sbs independent elites guerrilla campaign d-day chinook delta force agheila 1st airborne corps glock ira jebel akhdar malayan races liberation army mogadishu northern ireland qaboos san carlos water desert shield desert storm ulster troop winged dagger
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Land of the Lakes by Melvyn Bragg (£12.50)Publisher: Secker & Warburg — 1983Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0436067153]Condition: Good+ - in Good+ DJ. Gently bruised at head of spine and top corners with commensurate ruffling to the DJ. Leans very slightly.Description: Illustrated with B&W and Colour photographs with further sketches within the text. From the cover: “Mr Bragg takes us first on what he calls ‘a time walk’, covering 600 million years of desert, swamp, ice-flows, and the arrival of man, in about 4000 BC, who lived peacefully in what we know as the Fells for as long as the Pharaohs in Egypt. He tells vividly of the farmers and fishermen, of the Brigantes, who survived the Roman invasion of AD 71 in their stronghold in the high Fells, of the Norsemen who gave the place its dialect and society and of the arrival of the Normans.”Notes: Size: 10" x 7¾". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 247 pages. Tags: skiddaw fell land the lakes lreby northern fells dove cottage dorothy wordsworth coleridge cumbrian sports rock climbing fair iron age fortress roman fort nordic cross geology history legends poetry sports towns rock-climbers
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Natural North by Alan Potts (£12.50)Publisher: Zymurgy — 2000Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 190350600X]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper. Description: Illustrated by way of: Colour Photographs;

From the cover: “Natural North is a photographic celebration of nature in the north of England.

The photographs are by award winning photographer Allan Potts. Images have been selected from his library of over seventy thousand photographs.

Supporting text provides the reader with background information on the flora and fauna featured in the photographs and Allan’s experiences as a wildlife photographer.

Natural North is an appreciation of the variety and abundance of natural beauty to be found in the north of England.”
Notes: Foreword or introduction by Duke of Northumberland. Size: 11¼" x 8¼". Pictorial boards. 160 pages. Tags: natural history england northern pictorial works landscape and its wildlife north pennine fells through forests fields old pit heaps flora fauna some heritage industrial tyneside
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Sweet Chariot by Edited by Ian Robertson (£12.50)Publisher: Mainstream — 2003Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1840188227]Condition: Very Good+ - in Very Good+ DJ.Description: The Complete Book of the Rugby World Cup 2003. Illustrated with colour photographs.Notes: Size: 10½" x 8". Pictorial boards with White titling to the Spine. 192 pages. Tags: kendall-carpenter quarter-finals international championships winterbottom championship sleightholme third-place tri-nations competition semi-finals tournament twickenham springboks catchside australia bledisloe cockerill underwood wilkinson wallabies gomersall dallaglio glanville waltzing football play-off calcutta scotland beaumont northern lawrence woodward jonathan richards burkett stadium telstra guscott carston nations super-7 richard ireland rugby’s leonard bracken rowell: zealand carling varsity
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Terminal Velocity by Steve Devereux (£12.50)Publisher: Smith Gryphon — 1997Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Near Fine - in Near Fine DJ. Slightest ruffling at top edges of DJ otherwise a very well presented copy.Description: The authors account of action in the Falklands, Northern Ireland and beyond. Illustrated with B&W photographs. 233pp. Size: 8vo Medium (8" x 5½" approx.)
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