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Beyond Nihilism by Michael Polanyi (£41.00)Publisher: Cambridge at The University Press — 1960Binding: Paperback Condition: Very Good. A little tanning to the wrappers. Text complete, clean and tight. A nice copy of an uncommon little title.Description: The Thirteenth Arthur Stanley Eddington Memorial Lecture, 16 February 1960.Notes: Size: 7¼" x 5". 37 pages. Tags: arthur eddington ethics fmoral lecture memorial nihilism nilulistic passions philosophy self-doubt stanley writers
P&P: UK 1st £2.38. UK 2nd £2.20. EU Surface £2.56. EU Air £2.86. ROW Surface £2.56. ROW Air £4.30

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Castles from the Air: An Aerial Portrait of Britain's Finest Castles by Paul Johnson (£20.50)Publisher: London: Bloomsbury — 2006Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0747587469]Condition: Very Good — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper faded at the top edge with a little rubbing to the edges. Small gift sticker covering the price. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise. Description: Contains a glossary. Contains a glossary of terms. Jacket illustration: Ludlow Castle, Shropshire. Illustrated by way of: Colour Photographs;

From the cover: “The castles of Britain are icons of history. They were built to mark the domains of the powerful, and stood as symbols of authority. Their structures reflect the highest technology of the day — solid against battering rams, siege and cannon fire. And their locations identify the prevailing understanding of how the lie of the land could be turned to advantage. But imposing as the view from the ground can be, nothing shows their form and purpose better than the view from above.

Castles from the Air traces the origin and evolution of British castles from their Norman and earlier beginnings, through the great age of castle building in the late thirteenth and early fourteenth centuries to the slow decline of castles as an architectural form in the fifteenth century. Through the Civil War in the seventeenth century, and the Napoleonic wars at the turn of the nineteenth century, although no longer the imposing bulwarks of earlier times, castles continued their important defensive role.

In Castles from the Air, hundreds of years of history are captured at a glance in more than 150 photographs of outstanding quality, revealing the past in a new and illuminating way. No better, nor more beautiful portrait of the castles of England, Scotland and Wales has ever been published before.”
Notes: Illustrated by Adrian Warren & Dae Sasitorn (Photos.). Size: 14" x 10½". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 216 pages. Tags: aerial photography castles great britain pictorial works artillery fortresses portcullis battlements castellan drawbridge towers mangonel motte bailey castle fortify fortification palisade pele tower siege quatrefoil history
P&P: UK 1st £8.25. UK 2nd £9.24. EU Surface £12.96. EU Air £12.85. ROW Surface £12.96. ROW Air £24.22

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The Chronicles of Newgate by Arthur Griffiths (£19.00)Publisher: Bracken Books — 1987Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently faded at the spine. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs;

From the cover: “It was the scene of vicious torture and punishments, both cruel and unusual, the house of the rack and gyves; it was a breeding ground of disease, a place where vice ran rampant. Over the centuries, Newgate prison, as the annex of the Old Bailey, the great criminal law court of London, came to be a symbol for the carriage, and, all too often, miscarriage, of justice in England. In these chronicles, Arthur Griffiths, one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors of Prisons in the late nineteenth century, presents the history of Newgate and the ‘criminal periods’ through which it passed. It is his aim to show how and why Newgate became the most dreaded place in England.

The first historical reference to Newgate occurs in the thirteenth century, during the reign of King John, and for over seven hundred years the gaol housed some of the most notorious criminals in English history. Here we find thieves and murderers, forgers and assassins, confidence men and highwaymen, the criminal aristocracy, as well as aristocrats turned criminal.

Yet it is not Griffiths’ purpose to give accounts of the infamous only, colourful though they are. He presents also the troubling history of persecution and martyrdom suffered for religious and political beliefs. While floggings and hangings were the fate of the common cut-purse and brigand, Griffiths shows that the more ferocious punishments and ingenious tortures were reserved for crimes of conscience and circumstance.

Finally, though, it is Griffiths’ contention that the greatest injustice was suffered by the countless thousands whose tragic fate was to have been jailed for debt. In Newgate it was they ‘who were slowly murdered… by the unspeakable horrors of the place’.

Housed indiscriminately with depraved criminals and lunatics, caught in the vicious trap of organized extortion by which the prison ran, debtors, and often their families with them, sank slowly into degradation. Griffiths shows that, as overcrowding and the foul conditions of Newgate led to plague and pestilence, the mixing of the criminal classes made it ‘a hot-bed of vice, a nursery of crime’.

Although re-built several times during its long history, Newgate remained a hell-hole — it was ‘always notorious as England’s worse gaol’. For over a century reformers agitated for the closing of the prison, succeeding finally in 1881. For these reformers, which included Arthur Griffiths, the closing represented a triumph of progress, a fitting final chapter to the story of Newgate, whose history is, in Griffiths’ words, ‘the epitome of English criminal history’. In clear, vivid prose he has given us that history, along with an unforgettable portrait of its most infamous prison.”
Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Black Spine Strip with Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XII] 596 pages. Tags: newgate prison london england prisons history 19th century criminal justice system criminals death penalty reform arthur griffiths
P&P: UK 1st £3.92. UK 2nd £2.30. EU Surface £6.46. EU Air £6.60. ROW Surface £6.46. ROW Air £11.72
Death of a Princess: An Investigation by Thomas Sancton; Scott MacLeod; (£10.50)Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson — 1998Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0297842315]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Top edge of the dust wrapper a little ruffled, rubbed at the top corner of the upper panel and a ½" closed tear to the leading edge at the top corner of the lower panel. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: From the cover: “In many ways the crash of a black Mercedes S-280 into the thirteenth pillar of Paris’s Alma Tunnel on the early morning of 3 1 August 1997 resembles a thousand other fatal road accidents. This particular tragedy was, however, exceptional. In causing the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, and her boyfriend, Dodi Fayed, the playboy son of Mohammed Al Fayed, owner of Harrods and one of the world’s richest men, it sent shock waves around the globe that months afterwards show no sign of abating.

Behind the immediate possible causes — speed, alcohol, a chase by paparazzi and even a collision with a second vehicle — lies an array of seemingly random variables, all of which led inexorably to the fatal conclusion.

Thomas Sancton and Scott MacLeod, two highly experienced reporters of Time magazine based in Paris, look back into the question of Diana’s relationship with Dodi to discuss what it was in the personality of this jet-setting playboy and movie industrv fringe player that attracted and reassured Diana after her unhappy marriage to the Prince of Wales and several unsatisfying affairs.

They ask why Dodi’s conquest of Diana was so important to his father. Were Diana and Dodi planning to marry? Was Diana pregnant? Is there any grain of truth behind the conspiracy theories — particularly rampant in the Middle East — that Diana and Dodi were victims of a British intelligence plot?

The questions are myriad. Sancton and MacLeod have investigated the crash as closely as the French police. They now have many of the answers. Death of a Princess is their highly revealing report.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 260 pages. Tags: accident and autobiography biography britain british burial death diana dodi europe fayed france from great history investigation irish kingdom military paris postwar princess royalty traffic united wales war world
P&P: UK 1st £3.92. UK 2nd £2.30. EU Surface £6.46. EU Air £6.60. ROW Surface £6.46. ROW Air £11.72

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The National Gallery Companion Guide by Erika Langmuir (£10.50)Publisher: National Gallery Publications — 1997Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 185709218X]Condition: Very Good. Light reading creases to the spine. Previous owners' inscription and ex-libris stamp to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: Illustrated by way of: Colour Photographs; Plans;

From the cover: “The Companion Guide introduces art lovers to one of the richest and most representative collections of Western European paintings in the world, including famous works by the greatest painters — Piero della Francesca, Titian, Rembrandt, Rubens, Velazquez, Ingres, Degas and many others — and masterpieces by less familiar artists.

Through her commentaries on 200 of the National Gallery’s finest works of art, Erika Langmuir enables the visitor and reader to trace the history of European painting from the thirteenth to the twentieth century, to develop an eye for style, technique, imagery and genre, and to appreciate the talents of individual artists producing paintings for different locations and patrons, in a variety of artistic and cultural contexts”
Notes: Size: Trade Paperback (9¼" x 6"). 344 pages. Tags: national gallery great britain catalogs painting european england london guid art instruction architecture individual architect techniques collections exhibitions museum historic sites guides erika langmuir 0300061331
P&P: UK 1st £3.92. UK 2nd £2.30. EU Surface £6.46. EU Air £6.60. ROW Surface £6.46. ROW Air £11.72

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Famous Composers by Theodore Rowland-Entwistle; Jean Cooke; (£9.50)Publisher: David & Charles — UndatedBinding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0715363751]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Gently faded at the spine dust wrapper with tanning to the reverse.Description: From the cover: “FAMOUS COMPOSERS covers the established great names of music, such as Bach, Beethoven, Handel, Mozart, Haydn, and Brahms. It also includes composers who are important in the development of the music of their own countries, such as Victoria, Villa-Lobos, and Nielsen, outstanding composers of particular kinds of music, and leading modern musicians including Beriot, Cage, Britten, Ives, Boulez and Musgrave.”Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5½". Brown boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. In the Brief Biographies series. 128 pages. Tags: biographical biography century composers compositions dictionaries first from history music performance the thirteenth western
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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Oriental Rugs & Carpets by Stanley Reed (£9.50)Publisher: Octopus — 1972Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0706400402]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. Price Clipped. Errata slip pasted to the first blank.Description: First in this edition. [First: Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1967] Illustrated with photographs, in colour & black and white. From the cover: “This book traces the development of Oriental rug and carpet manufacture both historically and geographically. The author discusses in detail the particular qualities of rugs made in the towns and districts of Persia, Asia Minor, the Caucasus and Turkestan, with special emphasis on such celebrated rug-producing towns as Isfahan, Tabriz and Heriz. The famous carpets — the Ardebil, the Trinitarias, the “Garden Carpet” — are of course here, but we are also introduced to many beautiful varieties which are less well-known. A chapter is devoted to prayer rugs and includes discussion of methods of dating and of identifying their place of origin. The author, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, is a Director of Perez (London) Ltd., one of the best known carpet dealers in London, and many of the magnificent pieces illustrated have passed through his expert hands.”Notes: Size: 9¾" x 8¼". Pictorial boards. 96 pages. Tags: aids ardebil areas armenia armenian asia balkan begins bokhara cabistans carabaghs carpets caucasus chemical china chinese continuous contribution countries craft dating designs dragon egypt emergence excellence export ghorovan golden herat hereke heriz identification india individual influence isfahan kashan kashmir kazaks kirman marginal market materials mechanical meshed minor nain oriental origins oushak pakistan penetrate persia persian prayer prayer-rug producing qum rugs sefavi shirvans shortage smaller soumacs spain tabriz techniques thirteenth towns transit tribes trinitarias turkestan turkish turkmenskaya turkoman twentieth used uzbekskaya washing weavers
P&P: UK 1st £3.92. UK 2nd £2.30. EU Surface £6.46. EU Air £6.60. ROW Surface £6.46. ROW Air £11.72

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The Playroom by John Connor (£9.50)Publisher: Orion — 2005Binding: Paperback [Uncorrected Book Proof] [ISBN: 0752857762]Condition: Good. A pleasant enough reading copy. Light reading creases to the spine. Edges of the text block lightly soiled. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: From the cover: “From the author of Phoenix, comes another stunning, grittily authentic crime novel featuring Detective Constable Karen Sharpe.

On her thirteenth birthday the daughter of a Bradford judge is kidnapped in West Yorkshire, sparking Operation Shade — a massive fifty-strong detective investigation to try to locate and save her. Detective Chief Superintendent John Munro begins to crack under the pressure of holding together an enquiry swamped with leads. Meanwhile DC Karen Sharpe is pursuing her own enquiry into historic child abuse allegations made against a local MP ten years before. Karen’s enquiry uncovers connections with the present day disappearance of Sophie Kenyon. As events spiral out of control, Karen is left fighting not just to locate Sophie, but to save herself.”
Notes: Size: Trade Paperback (9¼" x 6"). 346 pages. Tags: abuse antonia attorney barnard barrister behind bizarre box brett british butchery career carnage catherine child cody contract court courtroom crimes david dead death detectives die double england evidence explosive fiction fictional found fraser games gilbert gosling guilty harris help herbert hill him homicide illegal illegally international intricate investigation issue julian justice
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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