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Coloured Figures Of The Eggs Of British Birds by Henry Seebohm (£187.00)Publisher: Pawson & Brailford — 1896Binding: Hardback First Edition. Condition: Good. Gently faded at the spine and onto the margins of the boards with a faint circular mark to the upper board. Bruised at the spine ends with a small snag at the head. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Frontispiece has caused offset to the title page. Spotting to the blanks. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned with occasional, light, spotting. All plates have light marginal spotting or foxing. A pleasant copy overall.Description: Illustrated with colour plates.Notes: Size: 10" x 6½". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine & Upper Board. [XXIV] 304 pages. Tags: birds eggs great britain dyu female gamete ovum and nests hertfordshire history natural society henry seebohm bowdler sharpe first editions firsts printings 1st
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The Narrow Corner by W. Somerset Maugham (£169.00)Publisher: London: William Heinemann — 1932Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Good — in Poor Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with creasing to the head of the upper panel. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding which is nicked at the head of the spine. Leans slightly. Edges of the text block spotted. Text complete, clean and tight overall if a little age-toned. A nice copy in the right dust wrapper. Description: Notes: Jacket designed by Youngman Carter. Size: 7½" x 5". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine & Upper Board. 293 pages. Tags: youngman carter fiction novels literature stories story novella shortfirst editions firsts first printings 1st english
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The East African Coast: Select Documents from the First to the Earlier Nineteenth Century by Edited by G. S. P. [Greville Stewart Parker] Freeman-Grenville (£154.00)Publisher: Clarendon Press — 1962Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with slight fraying at the spine ends and corners. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Leans a little. Top edge of the folding map browned where not quite flush with the head of the text block. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Maps; Fold-Out Maps [1];

From the cover: “This work gives students and all those interested in the pre-colonial history of the East African coast translations of the principal documents on which our present knowledge is based. The object is to enable them to form their own ideas, even if they are not equipped with Greek, Latin, Arabic, Portuguese, French, Italian and Swahili. It contains most of the documents referred to by Dr. A. G. Mathew and Dr. G. S. P. Freeman-Grenville in their chapters in Vol. I of the History of East Africa, (Oxford 1962). Nothing earlier than 1500 has been excluded, and, because they reflect valuable local ideas of the history of earlier times, some late nineteenth century Swahili documents have also been included.”
Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [X] 314 pages. Tags: africa east history sources coasts addresses essays lectures eastern coastal regions 100- 1900 readings from contemporary greville stewart parker freeman-grenville first editions firsts printings 1st
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And Best of All… by Stephen Glynn (£153.00)Publisher: Oliver & Boyd — 1974Binding: Hardback First Edition. [ISBN: 0050028723]Condition: Very Good. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Pages lightly age-tanned.Description: Illustrated by way of: Colour Drawings;Notes: Illustrated by Gudrun Groh-Go¨tzinger. Size: 10" x 8¼". Pictorial boards. Tags: children stories english 1900 texts books originally published with german text esslingen schreiber 1974 stephen glynn gudrun groh-go¨tzinger 0050028723 first editions firsts printings 1st
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Honest George Monck by J. D. [John David] Griffith Davies (£153.00)Publisher: John Lane The Bodley Head — 1936Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with many short nicks and chips. Leans slightly. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank. Pages lightly age-tanned. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black and White Photographs;

From the cover: “A SIMPLE soldier of fortune, Monck became one of the foremost captains of his age. Yet there was nothing of the sabre-rattling militarist about him. His pacification of the Highlands of Scotland, achieved with surprisingly little bloodshed, marked him down as a first-rate administrator. As a sailor, too, he was Blake’s equal; and to him even more than to Blake belongs the credit of having removed the Dutch naval menace. But surpassing these, the crowning glory of Monck’s work for England was the Stuart Restoration in 1660.

However, there is more in this book than a record of Monck’s political and military work. There is a clearly-cut picture of the man himself — the soldier who never asked his men to do that which he was afraid to do himself; the sailor who strove to better conditions on the lower deck; the indulgent husband and father; the faithful friend; and always the true patriot. All these aspects of Monck’s life are delightfully brought out by Mr. Davies. And perhaps for the first time he enables both students of history and general readers to understand and appreciate one of England’s greatest sons.”
Notes: Size: 9" x 5¾". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XIII] 365 pages. Tags: albemarle george monck duke 1608-1670 monk albemare great britain history charles 1660-1685 puritan revolution 1642-1660 john david griffith davies first editions firsts printings 1st
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Freedom and Limit: A Dialogue Between Literature and Christian Doctrine by Paul S. Fiddes (£128.00)Publisher: Macmillan — 1991Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Signed by the Author.[ISBN: 0333491424]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: Signed by the author on the first blank — unverified and reflected as such in the lack of premium.

From the cover: “Writers of novels, plays and poems use their imagination with an evident freedom; by contrast, makers of Christian doctrine seem to impose limits, reducing the open-ended meaning of images to exact concepts and summing up the loose ends of stories in one unified Story. But the author of this study sets out to show how images and stories in literature can actually help the theologian to make doctrinal statements, while at the same time careful theological thinking can assist the critical reading of literary texts. Such a dialogue is worked out in studies of the poetry of William Blake and Gerard Manley Hopkins, and the novels of D. H. Lawrence, Iris Murdoch and William Golding. Here the tension between the freedom of imagination and the limits of doctrine is seen to be only a part of more far-reaching tensions of freedom in human life, which account for a sense of ‘fallenness’ and which a dialogue between literature and Christian doctrine can do much to illuminate. In all this, the relationship between imagination and revelation is never far from the centre of discussion.”
Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 269 pages. Tags: english literature history and criticism religion england christian doctrine bible christianity theology religious aspects special subjects viewpoints great britain paul fiddes first editions firsts printings 1st signed books author signatures inscriptions presentation copies copy
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The Year Of The Horsetails by R. F. [Robert Frederick] Tapsell (£128.00)Publisher: Hutchinson — 1967Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper which is a little tanned overall, heavier to the spine. Leans slightly. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned. A good copy, uncommon in the dust wrapper. Description: From the cover: “The period of The Year of the Horsetails is that of the great age of the nomads, which opened with the raids of Attila the Hun and culminated in the career of Genghis Khan : the setting, the vast Eurasian steppe-lands. The plains are ruled by a nomad horde, the Tugars, skilled soldiers and horsemen commanded by the Kagan, whose ruthless leadership has thrown into bondage many neighbouring tribes, including the Sakas. One of the Sakas, Bardiya, himself a hard-bitten campaigner well versed in the Kagan’s military skill, turns renegade. He kills one of the Kagan’s generals and is hunted by the Tugars over the plains and into the mountains. Escaping here, he finds himself among the Drevichi, inhabitants of a friendly fertile land. When the Tugars invade the Drevichi, Bardiya gradually takes charge of the resistance and finally defeats them with the military cunning he first learned in their ranks.

No summary could do justice to the scale and drama of this book. It has all the drawn-out tension of a struggle between a David and a Goliath: all the panoramic breadth of a film like The Fall of the Roman Empire . The strange, primitive civilization of the nomad Tugars is brought to life as though the author had lived among them. The breath-catching battles and sieges seem like the first-hand observations of a masterly war-correspondent. R. F. Tapsell is the sort of novelist who is unusual these days — a man bold enough to paint on the broadest of canvases: yet every inch of his picture is drawn with the precision of a craftsman’s hand.”
Notes: Jacket designed by Charles Goram. Size: 8" x 5¼". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 255 pages. Tags: goram first editions firsts printings 1st age nomads eurasian steppe lands attilla hun genghis khan military cunning tapsell
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The Cold War Years: Flight Testing at Boscombe Down 1945-1975 by Tim Mason (£110.00)Publisher: Hikoki Publications — 2001Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1902109112]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 which is pulled at the foot of the rear panel with a crease as a result. Leans slightly. Text complete, clean and tight. A nice copy of a not-so-common title. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Diagrams;

From the cover: “This is the sequel to Tim Mason’s acclaimed story of the A&AEE (Aeroplane & Armament Experimental Establishment) during World War II and picks up developments from the end of the war — the beginning of the end of the piston-engine era and the dawn of the jet age — and into the Cold War years. The aircraft tested ranged from tiny piston-engined trainers, four-engined transports and a whole spectrum of jets and helicopters, many of which still serve as current RAF and Fleet Air Arm frontline types. The Ministry of Defence has specially cleared some of the material for use in this book.”
Notes: Size: 12" x 8½". Burgundy boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 336 pages. Tags: aeroplane and armament experimental establishment great britain airplanes military flight testing history aviation air forces warfare the americas international relations postwar 20th century from 1945 2000 tim mason 1902109112 first editions firsts printings 1st
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TSR-2: Phoenix or Folly? by Frank Barnett-Jones (£104.00)Publisher: GMS Enterprises — 1994Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 187038427X]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. Leans slightly. Text complete, clean and tight. A nice copy of an umcommon title in any edition. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Diagrams;

From the cover: “In the late 1950’s the Government of the day embarked on a major initiative which was to change forever the basic structure of Britain’s Aviation Industry. At the same time the Royal Air Force had an urgent requirement for a new strike aircraft. From this emerged one of the most far-reaching military aviation programmes ever embarked upon by a British government up to that time. The subsequent arguments and debates for and against were voiced in all sections of the media, attracting both public attention and condemnation.

The new industry emerged from the ashes of the old as the British Aircraft Corporation and the Hawker Siddeley Group, however, the project that was formulated as the very incentive in bringing about the change was firstly condemned and then literally scrapped by a new, incoming government. It was always indicated that the project was cancelled because of its cost, but has this been used merely to disguise an underlying, alternative reason?

This book attempts to describe the aircraft, its systems and intended roles. At the same time it also traces the origins of the Operational Requirement and tries to piece together for the first time the controversial issues and personalities that conspired together to bring about the tragic downfall of the TSR-2.”
Notes: Size: 10" x 7". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 256 pages. Tags: bac tsr jet attack plane fighter planes great britain design and construction military history transportation aviation technology engineering aircraft interest vehicles inventions frank barnett-jones 187038427x first editions firsts printings 1st
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Absolute Beginners by Colin MacInnes (£103.00)Publisher: MacGibbon & Kee — 1959Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with creasing to the foot of both panels. Leans slightly. Top edge of the text block tanned. The pages are somewhat tanned, if tight, and a little musty. A decent copy. Description: Notes: Jacket designed by Roger Mayne. Size: 7½" x 5". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 223 pages. Tags: roger mayne first editions firsts printings 1st london england social life customs 20th century fiction jazz clubs soho notting hill 1950s teddy gangs carefree lifestyle sex drugs rock roll
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Dragons Live Forever by Robert Swindells (£103.00)Publisher: London, Sydney, Auckland, Toronto: Hodder & Stoughton — 1978Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0340227699]Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper which is a little faded at the spine. Boards faded at the margins and the spine. Edges of the textblock heavily tanned. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: Notes: Illustrated by Petula Stone. Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. Tags: 0340227699 fiction novels literature stories story novella short first editions firsts printings 1st swindells dragons children english
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Forgotten Nurse by Fern Shepard [Florence Stonebraker] (£103.00)Publisher: Robert Hale — 1970Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0709113943]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded. Leans slightly. The pages are somewhat tanned, if tight, and a little musty. Description: From the cover: “Brenda Gregory, a nurse, was driving a drugged woman patient to the hospital when their car crashed over a cliff, the patient died in flames which burned her beyond recognition, and Brenda, surviving, suffered injuries which required plastic surgery to her face and wiped out all memory of the past. Gradually she recovered in the confines of Stop-Over House, a convalescent home in a California beach, town, and even began nursing again there. Then suddenly her memory returned, and she found she had mistakenly been identified as the dead woman and was unable to prove her true identity. Furthermore, a certain quack psychiatrist who was interested in keeping her dead so she could not reveal what she knew about him, was willing to swear to the lie and declare her a mental case.”Notes: Jacket designed by Colin Andrews. Size: 7½" x 5". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 176 pages. Tags: colin andrews 0709113943 first editions firsts printings 1st convalescent home california mental case car crashed over cliff
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Sunrise Over Hell by Ka-tzetnik 135633 (£103.00)Publisher: London: W. H. Allen — 1977Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0491017073]Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and the top corners of the boards with commensurate wear to the dust wrapper. Leans slightly. Pages lightly age-tanned.Description: Notes: Jacket designed by Don Grant. Size: 8¾" x 5½". Salmon boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 215 pages. Tags: fiction novels literature stories story novella short first editions firsts printings 1st ka-tzetnik 135633 translations english holocaust jewish 1939-1945 jews history 20th century hebrew israeli third reich racial persecution auschwitz-birkenau concentration extermination camp warsaw ghetto uprising
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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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The Piercebridge Formula: A Dramatic New View of Roman History by Raymond Selkirk (£88.00)Publisher: Patrick Stephens — 1983Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Signed by the Author.[ISBN: 0850596211]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Gently faded at the spine and slightly onto the panels of the dust wrapper. Upper board slightly dust-marked. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Signed by the author on the title page — unverified and reflected as such in the lack of premium. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Diagrams; Maps; Tables; Illustrated endpapers and blanks;

From the cover: “Though deceptively simple, the Piercebridge Formula will revolutionise our view of Roman Britain. Its implications are destined to influence archaeologists for many years to come. For what freelance pilot turned amateur archaeologist Raymond Selkirk has discovered is that the Roman Conquest of Britain was carried out by water transport and not by road as has been commonly supposed. His theory was proved at Piercebridge, on the River Tees, where, by a combination of brilliant aerial surveys and detective work on the ground, he found the archetypal water-supplied Roman site. For some time he had strongly suspected that waterways must be the answer, for how could ox-carts have travelled on Roman roads which often climbed gradients which would daunt a modern saloon car? Also, how could the oxen have carried any load at all when they would have needed all their strength merely to pull carts laden with fodder for themselves?

At Piercebridge it became clear that where a Roman road crosses a river, there is an excellent chance of finding a Roman site. This formula was then applied to other areas… and it worked! At one time the finding of an unknown site was a rarity but Selkirk and his team of enthusiasts produced remarkable results in a very short time. Yet the full effects of the Piercebridge Formula are only just starting to be felt, for what is true of Britain must logically apply to the whole Roman Empire. The prospects for further exploration are therefore tremendous and the author goes to great lengths to enlist the aid of his readers, both at home and abroad, in following up leads which will help to uncover further remains. Suspected sites are all named with exact locations and map references so that those with sufficient enthusiasm may continue this fascinating quest. The storm which this book will cause in archaeological circles has barely started, the search has only just begun.”
Notes: Size: 9¾" x 6¾". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 217 pages. Tags: romans great britain piercebridge durham antiquities aerial photography archaeology rome army transportation roman raymond selkirk 0850596211 first editions firsts printings 1st signed books author signatures inscriptions presentation copies copy
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Atlantis: The Antediluvian World by Ignatius Donnelly (£87.00)Publisher: London & Edinburgh: Sampson, Low, Marston & Co., Ltd. — 1892Binding: Hardback First Edition. Condition: Poor. Heavily bruised at the head, tail and corners of the boards which are much faded with a pull to the head of the spine. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Spotting, heavy, to the blanks. Previous owners' name to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight but feeling a little fragile. Description: Publishing date unstated, dated from references and assumed first edition as others referenced are dated 1910 and further with the author passing in 1901. However, Searle (as part of Samson et. c. ) is credited on some printings 10 years earlier. Contains: Black & white plates; Black & white drawings; Frontispiece;Notes: Size: 7¾" x 5". Ruled Brown boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [X] 490 pages.
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Hopalong Cassidy and the Trail to the Seven Pines by Tex Burns (£68.00)Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton — 1952Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Good — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edge worn and faded with price sticker to the spine. The pages are somewhat tanned, if tight, and a little musty. Red Cross library plate to the first blank, pasted on pocket to the last and a small notation to the rear pastedown.Description: First in this edition. [First published as a Hodder Yellow Jacket]Notes: Size: 7½" x 5". Blue boards with Black titling to the Spine. 190 pages. Tags: william boyd cowhand rancher cowboy stories wild west film television programmes gunmen left lawlessness tex burns first editions firsts printings 1st
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Lamastre by Michael Strong (£68.00)Publisher: Robert Hale — 1984Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0709014007]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper very slightly rubbed at the edges. Description: From the cover: “Once the top hit-man of Europe. Lamastre had been dealt with effectively and painfully by Harold Levi, the financier who never gave in to pressure. And now Lamastre has escaped from the German prison where Levi had put him while, in Zurich, the fat-cats who had procured his release, rubbed their whiskers and laughed at the thought of the revenge that Lamastre would take on Levi, a man they feared as a miser fears ruin.

The action swings from Germany, to France, to Zurich, to Southeast Asia and back to London and rural England with Hong Kong bankers. Bangkok bar-girls, an ex-Guardsman, a former Israeli commando and the finest pair of killers that Paris can produce, all involved in the intricate and fast-moving plot. And, of course, there is Ferguson, hired by Levi to hunt and destroy Lamastre, who almost succeeds yet doesn’t quite fail.”
Notes: Jacket designed by Malcolm Grealy. Size: 7½" x 4¾". Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 192 pages. Tags: malcolm grealy 0709014007 first editions firsts printings 1st fiction english hitmen killers assassins assassination escape prison israeli commando
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Pattern Design for Torchon Lace by Jane Atkinson (£68.00)Publisher: B. T. Batsford — 1987Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0713452420]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs [67]; Colour Photographs [7]; Black & White Drawings [117];

From the cover: “Many lacemakers are keen to design for themselves, but uncertain how to get started. This book will encourage those who already have some lacemaking experience to create new Torchon patterns, providing a wealth of ideas to develop this traditional technique.

Simple exercises and examples are expanded through the use of unusual grids and colour combinations, using both the familiar and more unexpected threads. Over 60 new patterns are included, and over 180 illustrations. Jane Atkinson provides exciting new sources for design, including Art Deco, Japanese, Russian, Pueblo, African and Celtic patterns, and inspiration drawn from anything and everything from electrical circuits to Venetian glass.

Good design needs the right materials and control of technique. The author sets out basic pattern skills in an orderly format, which allows each reader to learn at her own pace. Every pattern is intended to be fully workable, and can be made into anything from household linens to luxurious dress trimmings.”
Notes: Size: 10¼" x 7¾". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 160 pages. Tags: lace and making patterns design bobbin torchon manuals crafts hobbies needlework tatting lacemaking handicrafts arts jane atkinson 0713452420 first editions firsts printings 1st
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The Khufra Run by James Graham [Jack Higgins] (£68.00)Publisher: London: Macmillan — 1972Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0333146484]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper very slightly rubbed at the edges and a little age-tanned. Boards toned at the top edges. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: Notes: Jacket designed by Ron Bowen. Size: 8" x 5¼". Turquoise boards with Black titling to the Spine. 189 pages. Tags: fiction novels literature stories story novella short first editions firsts printings 1st them been successful films soldiers fortune air pilots vietnam war
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The White Guard by Mikhail Bulgakov (£64.00)Publisher: London: Collins & Harvill Press — 1971Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0002619059]Condition: Good+ — in Good Dust Wrapper. Edges of the dust wrapper somewhat frayed, without loss although untidy and now tape-reinforced on the verso, with sunning to the spine. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Previous owners' gift inscription to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise bar for small tear at the foot of the last two leaves. Description: From the cover: “The time — 1918. The place — Kiev, capital of the Ukraine, torn by revolution and civil war. The people — the Turbin family of two brothers and a sister, whose home is a calm pool of affection, warmth and humanity in a maelstrom of cold, snow, violence and sudden death. Alexei Turbin, eldest brother and head of the family, is a doctor returned from the war; his sister Elena is married to an unpleasant Baltic German who scuttles away like a rat as soon as danger threatens. The youngest is Nikolka, at seventeen just out of officer-cadet school and a volunteer in one of the scratch units manned by officers which formed the White Guard in the Ukraine. A cuckoo in their nest is their hopeless cousin from Zhitomir, Lariosik, a charming bungler who always says the wrong thing, breaks everything he touches, yet is welcomed into the Turbins’ charmed circle with love and kindness.

At the beginning, the Germans are still occupying Kiev, propping up the feeble regime of the Hetman Skoropadsky. Their cause lost in advance by the Hetman’s ignoble defection, Alexei and Nikolka Turbin and their White Guard officer friends make a brave but futile attempt to resist the capture of Kiev by the adventurer Petlyura and his army of long-moustached, baggy-trousered, trigger-happy Ukrainian roughnecks.

Savage while it lasts, Petlyura’s occupation of Kiev is at least short and as his motley troops slink away, Bulgakov coins an image of power which is the perfect antithesis to the cosy, womb-like interior of the Turbin’s home: on the track outside Kiev, hissing gently, waiting to grind inexorably into the city, stands the huge steel-clad articulated juggernaut of a Bolshevik armoured train.”
Notes: Jacket designed by Kenneth Farnhill. Foreword or introduction by Viktor Nekrasov. Size: 8¾" x 5½". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 320 pages. Tags: novels literature stories story novella editions firsts first printings 1st fiction bulgakov translations english ukraine history revolution russian literary classic classics
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And Then the Rain Stopped by Nan Maynard (£63.00)Publisher: Robert Hale — 1986Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0709027516]Condition: Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Ex-library: Withdrawn stamp to the first blank; Stamp to the title page; A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper which is lightly creased at the upper panel. Pages lightly age-tanned. Description: Notes: Jacket designed by Barbara Walton. Size: 8¼" x 5¼". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 158 pages. Tags: barbara walton 0709027516 first editions firsts printings 1st
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In Two Minds by Mary Cecil (£63.00)Publisher: Hamish Hamilton — 1959Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. Leans heavily. Top edge of the text block lightly spotted. Faint tanning to the blanks. Text complete, clean and tight. A good copy of a less-than-common book, the authors' first. Description: From the cover: “MARY CECIL’s novel is the story of a struggle for possession of a woman, mind, body and soul. The battle-ground is Clare Hammond’s own mind, and like other fields of war, it is scarred and ravaged and left unrecognizable for what it was. Clare, a musician, loves and respects her Edmund, with whom she lives and to whom she is married in all but name; but Clare’s mind, though at first she scarcely knows it, is already occupied territory.

For Clare believes in spirits, and at the very beginning of the book she is writing down spirit messages from her ‘guide’, who names himself as Peter. Gradually Peter dominates her completely: he is shrewd and caustic, a master in psychological cruelty. His remarks and orders soon appear in her head without her writing them, then in the air before her eyes; eventually he assumes a voice and nowhere, alone or in company, is she free from his taunts or false encouragement. He interrupts her conversation with others, prevents her sleeping, inexorably maddens her, commanding, bullying, sneering, facetious, triumphant. Driven to desperation she seeks help in vain from mediums, healers and psychiatrists and is at last taken into hospital for treatment by insulin-induced comas — a final cataclysmic upheaval of her mind.

Poor pretty star-crossed Clare has our affection throughout: she is loving and lovable, intelligent and amusing despite her terror and chaos. As she enters, endures and eventually emerges from her long tunnel of nightmare, her warm, simple charm makes us suffer and fight with her till evil has been overcome and she can be reunited with and marry her devoted and kindly Edmund. This is an uniquely imaginative account of a woman’s mental breakdown and recovery; it is a harrowing story, but it is relieved continually by its lightness of touch, its wit and realism. There can be no two minds about Mary Cecil’s gift as a writer or about the horrific impact of this her first novel.”
Notes: Size: 8" x 5¼". Blue boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 296 pages. Tags: mary cecil first editions firsts printings 1st
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The Shorter Cambridge Medieval History by C. W. Previte´-Orton (£62.00)Publisher: Cambridge at The University Press — 1952Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Gently faded at the spine of both volumes with a triangular chip to the middle of volume I which has slightly more edgewear than volume 2. Price Clipped. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Maps; Tables;Genealogical Tables; PortraitFrontisNotes: Size: 8¾" x 6". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XXI/XIX] 1202 pages. Tags: middle ages europe history 476-1492 the later roman empire twelfth century 392-814 renaissance 1450 world previte´-orton first editions firsts printings 1st
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Knights of the Black Cross: Hitler's Panzerwaffe and Its Leaders by Bryan Perrett (£58.50)Publisher: Robert Hale — 1986Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0709028067]Condition: Very Good — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Gently faded at the spine of the dust wrapper. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Maps;

From the cover: “The German Armoured Corps — the Panzerwaffe — was instrumental in the mighty conquests of the Nazis between 1939 and 1942 and in the remaining years of the war it provided the very backbone of Germany’s defence. Although its strength never exceeded one-fifth of the German Army, the commitment of the Panzerwaffe’s officers to the traditional Annihilation Concept made an enormous impact on the Second World War, particularly on the Eastern Front. The titanic struggles which took place there, after the early victories in Poland, the West and the Balkans, demonstrated the German tank soldiers’ superior tactical abilities and provided the basis of Soviet war theories to this day.

Bryan Perrett’s meticulously researched and incisive account tells the story of this remarkable band of soldiers, the evolution of their tactics and the development of their superlative fighting vehicles. An authoritative study which will fascinate the military expert and general reader alike.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". 266 pages. Tags: germany heer armored troops history world war 1939-1945 tank warfare panzer divisions 1933-1945 military unit histories armed forces pre 1945 second armies armoured armour science bryan perrett 0709028067 first editions firsts printings 1st
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Masaryk by Paul Selver (£54.00)Publisher: Michael Joseph — 1940Binding: Hardback First Edition. Condition: Good. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding with slight fraying. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs;Notes: Foreword or introduction by Jan Masaryk. Size: 9½" x 6". Black boards with Red Title Plate with Silver titling to the Spine. 326 pages. Tags: masaryk toma´s? garrigue president czechoslovak republic 1850-1937 studies presidents czechoslovakia biography paul selver jan first editions firsts printings 1st
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Princeton and the Republic, 1768-1822: The Search For a Christian Enlightenment in the Era of Samuel Stanhope Smith by Mark A. Noll (£54.00)Publisher: Princeton University Press — 1989Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0691047642]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper. Description: From the cover: “Widely viewed during the Revolutionary period as a champion of both republicanism and evangelical Calvinism, the College of New Jersey nonetheless experienced great inner turmoil as its leaders tried to support the stability of the new nation by integrating sound principles of science and faith. Focusing on three presidencies — those of John Witherspoon, Samuel Stanhope Smith, and Ashbel Green — Mark Noll relates the dramatic institutional history of what is now Princeton University, a history closely related to the intellectual development of the early republic. Noll examines in detail the student rebellions and the trustees’ disillusionment with the college, which, despite Wither-spoon’s and Stanhope Smith’s efforts to harmonize traditional Reformed faith with a moderate Scottish enlightenment, led to the establishment of a separate Presbyterian seminary in 1812.

As a cultural and intellectual history of the early United States, this book deepens our understanding of how science, religion, and politics interacted during the period. Close attention is given to the Scottish philosophy of common sense, which Stanhope Smith developed into an educational vision that he hoped would encourage a stable social order.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Light Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XVI] 340 pages. Tags: smith samuel stanhope 1750-1819 princeton university history 18th century 19th higher education and state new jersey church teaching mark noll 0691047642 first editions firsts printings 1st
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Greguerias: The Wit and Wisdom of Ramon Gomez De La Serna Selected, Introduced, and Translated by Philip Ward by Ramon Gomez De La Serna (£53.00)Publisher: The Oleander Press — 1982Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Signed by the Author.[ISBN: 0900891459]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Description: Signed by the Philip Ward on the title page — unverified and reflected as such in the lack of premium.Notes: Size: 8½" x 5¼". Red boards with Silver titling to the Spine & Upper Board. 220 pages. Tags: ramon gomez serna 0900891459 aphorisms apothegms spanish translations english texts 0900891459 first editions firsts printings 1st
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The Puritan Gift: Triumph, Collapse and Revival of An American Dream by Kenneth Hopper & William Hopper (£53.00)Publisher: I. B. Tauris & Co. — 2007Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1850434190]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black and White Photographs;

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

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

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

This is an original exploration of the dramatic and far-reaching consequences of the Puritans’ ‘gift’ to America — the ethos which produced the early success of America and what came to be known as the American dream.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine. [XVI] 334 pages. Tags: puritans united states influence industrial management history moral and ethical aspects kenneth hopper william first editions firsts printings 1st
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Project Cancelled: British Aircraft That Never Flew by Derek Wood (£49.00)Publisher: The Bobbs-Merrill Company — 1975Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0672521660]Condition: Very Good — in Poor Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper sealed in mylar and a little grubby overall. Previous owners' inscription to the head of the title page. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned and slightly musty. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Diagrams;Notes: Size: 10" x 7½". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [IX] 253 pages. Tags: great britain aeronautical engineering projects abandonment history research aeronautics aircraft industry military aspects interim fighter development the rocket fighters fairey delta 1000 and trident bomber developments tsr swing-wings supersonics hawker transonic 0672521660 first editions firsts printings 1st
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Stormbringer by Michael Moorcock (£49.00)Publisher: London: Millennium — 1993Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 185798045X]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper now protected in a removable mylar sleeve. Description: Number 12 in the series. Contains: The Sleeping Sorceress; The Revenge of the Rose; The Stealer of Souls; Kings in Darkness; The Caravan of Forgotten Dreams; Stormbringer; Illustrated by way of: Vignette to the title page; Chapter Headpieces;Notes: Jacket designed by Robert Gould. Size: 9½" x 6¼". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. In the Tale of the Eternal Champion series. 659 pages. Tags: fiction novels literature stories story novella editions firsts first printings 1st english elric melnibone albino prince fantasy science short anthologies literary forms fantastic 185798045x
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Can Such Things Be? & By The Night Express by Keith Fleming (£48.00)Publisher: Sarob Press — 2001Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1902309189]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Description: A limited printing of 250 copies.Notes: Jacket designed by Randy Broecker. Foreword or introduction by John Pelan & Richard Dalby (Afterword). Size: 9¼" x 6". Blue boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 184 pages. Tags: randy broecker 1902309189 first editions firsts printings 1st ghost stories english horror tales
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Back to the Drawing Board: Aircraft That Flew But Never Took Off by Bill Gunston (£44.00)Publisher: Motorbooks International — 1996Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0760303169]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Diagrams;

From the cover: “An aircraft designer would, quite obviously, never design an aeroplane that he felt would be either dangerous or unsuitable for its purpose. But designers are so often the victims of accountant’s reports, committee recommendations and severe movement of the goal-posts, that the end-product that takes to the air bears little resemblance to his original concept. This book is a study of some of the examples that, for some reason, became notorious for their inability to fulfil their raison d’etre.

Each aircraft that is included is looked at in depth from several aspects. What was the intended purpose of the aeroplane? Why did the designer reach his conclusion? Why did the machine fail to live up to expectations? The answers to these questions makes for fascinating reading and gives a tantalising insight into the world of aircraft design and construction over the last century.”
Notes: Size: 10" x 7¾". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 168 pages. Tags: airplanes design and construction history science mathematics reference research aircraft transportation technology engineering aviation aerospace air forces warf bill gunston 0760303169 first editions firsts printings 1st
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Princeton and the Republic, 1768-1822: The Search For a Christian Enlightenment in the Era of Samuel Stanhope Smith by Mark A. Noll (£44.00)Publisher: Princeton University Press — 1989Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0691047642]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Faint toning to the top edges of the panels otherwise a very well presented copy. Description: From the cover: “Widely viewed during the Revolutionary period as a champion of both republicanism and evangelical Calvinism, the College of New Jersey nonetheless experienced great inner turmoil as its leaders tried to support the stability of the new nation by integrating sound principles of science and faith. Focusing on three presidencies — those of John Witherspoon, Samuel Stanhope Smith, and Ashbel Green — Mark Noll relates the dramatic institutional history of what is now Princeton University, a history closely related to the intellectual development of the early republic. Noll examines in detail the student rebellions and the trustees’ disillusionment with the college, which, despite Wither-spoon’s and Stanhope Smith’s efforts to harmonize traditional Reformed faith with a moderate Scottish enlightenment, led to the establishment of a separate Presbyterian seminary in 1812.

As a cultural and intellectual history of the early United States, this book deepens our understanding of how science, religion, and politics interacted during the period. Close attention is given to the Scottish philosophy of common sense, which Stanhope Smith developed into an educational vision that he hoped would encourage a stable social order.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Light Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XVI] 340 pages. Tags: smith samuel stanhope 1750-1819 princeton university history 18th century 19th higher education and state new jersey church teaching mark noll 0691047642 first editions firsts printings 1st
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Princeton and the Republic, 1768-1822: The Search For a Christian Enlightenment in the Era of Samuel Stanhope Smith by Mark A. Noll (£44.00)Publisher: Princeton University Press — 1989Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0691047642]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Faint toning to the top edges of the panels otherwise a very well presented copy. Description: From the cover: “Widely viewed during the Revolutionary period as a champion of both republicanism and evangelical Calvinism, the College of New Jersey nonetheless experienced great inner turmoil as its leaders tried to support the stability of the new nation by integrating sound principles of science and faith. Focusing on three presidencies — those of John Witherspoon, Samuel Stanhope Smith, and Ashbel Green — Mark Noll relates the dramatic institutional history of what is now Princeton University, a history closely related to the intellectual development of the early republic. Noll examines in detail the student rebellions and the trustees’ disillusionment with the college, which, despite Wither-spoon’s and Stanhope Smith’s efforts to harmonize traditional Reformed faith with a moderate Scottish enlightenment, led to the establishment of a separate Presbyterian seminary in 1812.

As a cultural and intellectual history of the early United States, this book deepens our understanding of how science, religion, and politics interacted during the period. Close attention is given to the Scottish philosophy of common sense, which Stanhope Smith developed into an educational vision that he hoped would encourage a stable social order.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Light Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XVI] 340 pages. Tags: smith samuel stanhope 1750-1819 princeton university history 18th century 19th higher education and state new jersey church teaching mark noll 0691047642 first editions firsts printings 1st
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The Story of LEN by Kelvin Juba (£44.00)Publisher: HNI and Ligue Européenne de Natation — 2008Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 9780954442248]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Colour Photographs; Black & White Drawings; Tables;Notes: Size: 10" x 7¾". Blue boards with Silver titling to the Spine & Upper Board. [X] 213 pages. Tags: types competitors all aquatic disciplines junior competitions organise the european championships innovations open water synchronised and masters swimming matters pool perimeters kelvin juba 9780954442248 first editions firsts printings 1st
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with the Carriers in Korea: The Fleet Air Arm Story 1950-1953 by John R. P. Lansdown (£44.00)Publisher: Crécy Publishing — 1997Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0947554645]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper front flap slightly creased otherwise a very well presented copy. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Tables; Maps to the endpapers and blanks;

From the cover: “Although within living memory of those who took part, and their families, the Korean war has been largely neglected in publishing. There have been only a small number of books available and these have tended to detail the actions of the British, Commonwealth and US Armies. The fact that the British and Commonwealth navies, and particularly the Fleet Air Arm, were heavily involved has been largely overlooked.

This imbalance has at last been redressed by an author who, as a Lt. Commander, served with the Fleet Air Arm (FAA) in Korea on board the aircraft carrier HMS Glory. In this book, John Lansdown has produced the definitive record of this era, including a historical perspective of the period leading up to the conflict and a full and detailed history of sea and air operations in South East Asia from 1950-1953. All Royal Navy and United States Navy ships involved in the conflict are mentioned, and all the carriers which saw action are detailed in the text. This vital work of reference is enlivened by a stunning photographic content and extracts from the Squadron Diaries and Line Books, covering every day that aircraft flew into battle. A unique and absorbing book.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 7". Yellow boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [VIII] 520 pages. Tags: great britain royal navy fleet air arm korean war 1950-1953 aerial operations british history naval john lansdown 0947554645 first editions firsts printings 1st
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Fanfare For Margaret by Margaret Cameron (£43.00)Publisher: Hurst & Blackett — 1967Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with heavier tanning to the reverse. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned. Description: Notes: Size: 7½" x 4¾". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 183 pages. Tags: first editions firsts printings 1st based life margaret york sister edward thrilling full blooded story lusty period chivalry emerging middle ages
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Something In Common by Mary Cecil (£43.00)Publisher: Hamish Hamilton — 1960Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Good+ — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with heavy sunning to the spine. Small ding to the head of the upper board. Leans. Pages lightly age-tanned. Description: Notes: Jacket designed by Patricia Davey. Size: 8" x 5¼". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 254 pages. Tags: fiction stories novels mary cecil first editions firsts printings 1st
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The Rowan Tree by Graham Sutton (£43.00)Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton — 1955Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good — in Poor Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with the spine shattered but untidly reinforced with tape to the reverse. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Notes: Size: 7¾" x 5¼". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 254 [2] pages. Tags: english fiction farm the lake district secret business every part queen’s realm texts first editions firsts printings 1st
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Wife To The Bastard by Hilda Lewis (£43.00)Publisher: Hutchinson & Co. — 1966Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper very slightly rubbed at the edges with a small snag to the tail of the spine. Price Clipped. Leans vaguely. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Notes: Jacket designed by Biro. Size: 8½" x 5½". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 349 pages. Tags: first editions firsts printings 1st britain history normandy france queens fiction william conqueror medieval viking ancestors queen wielded power ruled ruthless bitterness unloved old age husband wife historical novel
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Two Tales Of The Congo by Joseph Conrad (£42.00)Publisher: London: The Folio Society — 1952Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with several short, closed, tears and a nick to the head of the spine. Description: Illustrated by way of: Frontispiece; Copper-engravings [7]; Contains: Outpost of Progress & Heart of Darkness.Notes: Illustrated by Dolf Rieser. Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Illustrated Brown boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 166 pages. Tags: fiction novels literature stories story novella shortfirst editions firsts first printings 1st outpost progress heart darkness
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The Leaping Lad and Other Stories by Sid Chaplin (£41.00)Publisher: London: Phoenix House — 1946Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Good — in Poor Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with a little loss to the spine ends, heavy tanning to the spine. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Edges of the textblock heavily tanned. Previous owners' gift inscription to the first blank. Pages lightly age-tanned. Description: Contains: A Story-Teller’s Story; The Leaping Lad; Half Moon Street; ‘Hands’; The Unwanted; And The Third Day; The Boss; Green Eyes; The Bridge; Quite A Journey; Saturday Saga; Grace Before Meat; The End Of An Age; ‘Rooms’; The Shaft; ‘Ding Dong Dell’; The Pigeon-Cree; What Katie Did; The Keeper; The Liberal Education Of John Henry Johnson; Big Little Hab;Notes: Size: 7¾" x 5". Blue boards with Red titling to the Spine. 159 pages. Tags: fiction novels literature stories story novella editions firsts first printings 1st durham england county social customs
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The Blitz Then and Now Volume 1: September 3, 1939 to September 6, 1940 by Edited By Winston G. Ramsey (£40.00)Publisher: London: Battle of Britain Prints International — 1987Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0900913452]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Diagrams; Maps; Illustrated endpapers and blanks;

From the cover: “Volume 1 of a trilogy spanning the air war on Britain, The Blitz Then and Now, this book covers the first year, the period from phoney war to total war: September 3, 1939 to September 6, 1940. Beginning with endless air raid warnings and a sense of unreality, it was a phase which was to culminate in Hitler threatening to raze Britain’s cities to the ground.

As a direct source of the day-to-day effects of Luftwaffe operations over Britain at the time, the book utilises extracts from the 24-hour log compiled by the Ministry of Home Security, and this provides a contemporary diary of events as they affected the Home Front. These entries ideally form the setting for a detailed record of the losses sustained by the Luftwaffe over Britain and within sight of land: a barometer of the air war, showing clearly the changing climate of hostilities. Until the summer of 1940 these were mainly reconnaissance flights and attacks on shipping, which gathered pace after Dunkirk as the air attack on Britain and the Royal Air Force escalated through its several stages as a prelude to invasion. Every German crash on land is listed with its crew, and footnotes are included on all those which are known to have been investigated or excavated since the end of the war, together with photographs of some of the more interesting discoveries.

Features and special articles by historians and eyewitnesses intersperse the daily happenings, illustrating life at the time on both the civilian and service fronts, and contrasting descriptions by German airmen give us an insight into just what it was like to be on the other side.

Even now, within a single generation, it seems another world… a part of history… yet the link with the present day is depicted by the comparison ‘then and now’ photographs which are a central feature of all After the Battle publications.

For its unique photographic coverage, and its contribution to the literature of the period, this book is likely to serve as an incomparable record in the years to come.”
Notes: Jacket designed by From a painting by George A. Campbell. Size: 12" x 8½". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 336 pages. Tags: world war 1939-1945 aerial operations german great britain air england history second military europe technology transportation aviation aircraft interest winston ramsey 0900913452 then and now first editions firsts printings 1st
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Both the Ladies and the Gentlemen by William Donaldson (£38.00)Publisher: Talmy Franklin — 1975Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 090073535X]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Leans slightly. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise but slightly musty.Description: From the cover: “As I might well be the only ponce with a pen, it was of some importance that I keep a record of the various comings and goings. So speaks William Donaldson, old Wykehamist, Cambridge graduate, and producer of Beyond the Fringe, now a 38 year old gentleman ponce.

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

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

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

Ponces, says Willie, have never received a very good press. Both the Ladies and the Gentlemen is sure to change all that for good. It’s the funniest and most outspoken story ever to hit the market.”
Notes: Jacket designed by Mike Wade. Size: 8¾" x 5½". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 199 pages. Tags: prostitution england london pimps fiction english 1900 texts 1945-1999 donaldson prostitutes brothels sex william 090073535x first editions firsts printings 1st
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Vodka on Ice: A Year with the Russians in Antarctica by Charles Swithinbank (£38.00)Publisher: The Book Guild — 2002Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1857766466]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 glossary of terms. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Colour Photographs;

From the cover: “No stranger to the Antarctic, Charles Swithinbank is the only Briton to have served with the Soviet Antarctic Expedition. From 1963 to 1965 he lived and worked without a break at Russian stations in the far south. The Cold War was in full swing and many of his colleagues assumed that he had been sent to spy on them. Yet gradually the barriers were broken down and he encountered many a colourful character, gaining a fascinating insight into the lives of his Soviet comrades. Several had harrowing tales to tell. One had been a dive-bomber pilot during the war. Another had steel ribs as a legacy of the battle of Stalingrad, and had lost part of a leg during the siege of Leningrad. The doctor had been severely wounded in Stalingrad before recovering to hound the German army westwards through the Baltic states. Some of the younger Russians had spent the war in Siberia, working on state farms. In the course of his stay the author visited the coldest place on Earth, drove a giant tractor, taught English, attended Communist Party meetings and did his share of the chores. He describes feasts and everyday fare, borsch and shchi and fish buns.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6½". Blue boards with Silver titling to the Spine. [IX] 165 pages. Tags: swithinbank charles relations with russians travel antarctica scientific expeditions scientists great britain biography discovery and exploration soviet first editions firsts printings 1st
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Královéhradecky Kraj: Z Polabské Níziny… by Lydia Baštecká, Lubomír Imlauf, Miroslav Podhrazsky & Siegfried Weill (£36.00)Publisher: Garamon — 2005Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 8086472221]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Czech language text but contains a loose 16 page leaflet, in English that explains the book and references the illustrations. Illustrated by way of: Colour Photographs;Notes: Size: 12" x 9½". Pictorial boards. 199 pages. Tags: elbe valley new forest close kuks hermit onufrios mountain village homi stepanice bohemian kingdom hradec one the oldest lands bohemia kralove premyslid dynasty lydia baštecká lubomír imlauf miroslav podhrazsky siegfried weill 8086472221 first editions firsts printings 1st
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One Hundred Wonders of Hungary II: Discovering the Hidden Treasures of the Countryside by Bernadett Sára & Monika Tulics (£34.00)Publisher: Totem Plusz — UndatedBinding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper pulled at the head of the upper panel, foot of the lower panel with a little rubbing to the spine ends. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Colour Photographs; Maps to the endpapers and blanks; Written by: Attila Barczi; Lilla Erdei T. ; Robert Halmai; Gergo Horvath; Reka Horvath; Balazs Semsey; Daniel Szilagyi; Krisztina Toth;Notes: Size: 12" x 8½". Pictorial boards. 210 pages. Tags: hungary pictorial works description and travel bernadett sára monika tulics gergely szakacsfirst editions firsts first printings 1st
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Adventure Into The Unconscious by John Custance (£33.00)Publisher: Christopher Johnson — 1954Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with tanning to the reverse. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Tanning to the blanks. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: From the cover: “John distance’s first book, Wisdom, Madness and Folly, which was written within the confines of a mental hospital during an attack of manic-depressive insanity, had a considerable success throughout the English-speaking world.

In Adventure into the Unconscious he amplifies his personal story. By a tour de force of effort he ‘comes to terms’ with his mental illness and relates it to the struggles of everyday life. He allows the inspiration, which is the outcome of his exalted state of mind, to guide him in the affairs of Wichbury, the family estate converted into a farming project. He recounts an extraordinary episode resulting from his decision to spend one of his manic phases in the Russian sector of Berlin. As he says: “On the Continent, all English people are regarded as mad, anyway”.

“A travel tale that will rank with the best” was the verdict of a prominent critic on the author’s descriptions in his previous book of his flights of imagination and insight that came to him as a result of his exalted mental state. Indeed, in following John Custance, one finds oneself journeying into the celestial realms unencumbered by the paraphernalia of space suits.

The account of his interview with the famous psychologist, Professor Jung, at his home in Zurich, is of particular interest.”
Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Grey boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. In the Medical Viewpoint series. 207 pages. Tags: manic-depressive illness insanity bipolar disorder mental disorders john custance medical viewpoint first editions firsts printings 1st
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Maigret On Holiday by Georges Simenon (£33.00)Publisher: London: Routledge & Kegan Paul — 1950Binding: Hardback First Edition. Condition: Good. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding which is a little faded. Pages lightly age-tanned. Description: Contains: A Summer Holiday translated from Les Vacances de Maigret, and To Any Lengths translated from Signe´ Picpus.Notes: Size: 7½" x 4¾". Green boards with Black titling to the Spine. 274 pages. Tags: geoffrey fiction novels literature stories story novella shortfirst editions firsts first printings 1st sainsbury fiction
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