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Riders of the storm : the story of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution
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Riders of the storm : the story of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution

By Cameron, Ian 1924- [ Ian Cameron, pseudonym of Donald Payne.

London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 2002. 256 p. : ill. (some col.), col. maps, ports. (some col.) ; 26 cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. Saving lives from the waters around the coasts of Britain and all Ireland doesn't get any less hazardous. For more than 175 years rescuing sailors from shipwrecks or holidaymakers from small boats has been in the hands of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), which remains a wholly voluntary-funded, non-Government organisation. No matter how sophisticated ships have become storms are as bad as ever and ships, it seems, just as likely to get into difficulties. The lives of crews are still at risk: it is only 20 years since the small Cornish fishing village of Penlee lost half the adult menfolk when its lifeboat sank at sea. 1999 saw an average of 18 lifeboat launches daily around Britain and Ireland, with 18 people brought to safety and 3 people saved from death. Cameron's account is not the first, but this account puts the story into a political and social perspective, and still thrills with the stirring and often poignant narrative of the rescues themselves. That crews continue to risk their own lives to save those who haven't always behaved sensibly is part of the lifeboat service ethos. In Cameron's view the quality required by lifeboat crews above all else is courage. Cameron's account is not without criticisms. Yet recently it has shown itself prepared, for instance, to meet social change with women becoming crew members, and to cope with the vast increase in weekend sailing and 'messing about in boats'. He compares 1885 with 187 lifeboat launches - 26% in summer and 74% in winter - with 1995 when launches totalled 3,864, but 77% of these in summer and only 23% in winter. [ Location : Br1 ]. First Edition. Hard Cover. Fine/Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$11.88

The Thirty Years' War
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The Thirty Years' War

By Langer, Herbert 1927-

Poole: Blandford , 1980. Translation of: 'Hortus bellicus-der Dreissigja¨hrige Krieg'. 1978. 278p : ill (some col.),maps,facsims, ports ; 28cm. Bibliography: p279. - Includes index.. Hard Cover. Fine/Very Good. Landscape.

$21.59

Itinerarium Cambriae seu laboriosae Baldvini Cantuariensis Archiepiscopi per Walliam legationis accurata descriptio auctore Silv. Giraldo Cambrense. Cum annotationibis Davidis Poweli.
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Itinerarium Cambriae seu laboriosae Baldvini Cantuariensis Archiepiscopi per Walliam legationis accurata descriptio auctore Silv. Giraldo Cambrense. Cum annotationibis Davidis Poweli.

By Giraldus Cambrensis; Hoare, Richard Colt sir, 2nd bart, ed ; Powell, David 1552-1598, ed ; Balduinus abp. of Canterbury

Londini: Typis Gulielmi Bulmer et Socii, 1806. Hard Cover - Full Leather. Engraved frontispiece, three full page engraved plates, and a large hand-coloured folding map, with a small professionally repaired tear. Excellent. Binding is tight, light extremity rubs, a few surface marks, gilt ruled borders, five double raised bands to spine, gilt titling. Clean throughout, occasional minor offset. Handsome book.[ Location: Display Lothlorien ]. Hardcover. Very Good+. Folio - over 12" - 15" tall.

$215.94

Old Westminster Bridge : the bridge of Fools
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Old Westminster Bridge : the bridge of Fools

By Walker, Richard John Boileau.

Newton Abbot: David & Charles, 1979. This scholarly and comprehensive study attempts for the first time to place this bridge in its historical and artistic perspective. 319 p., [16] leaves of plates : ill. ; 25 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 295-306) and index. A fine copy, free of any inscriptions, in a fine Dust Jacket. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall [ Location : BR1]. First Edition.. Hardcover. Fine/Fine. 8vo.

$10.08

Admiral Collingwood, Nelson's own hero
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Admiral Collingwood, Nelson's own hero

By Adams, Max 1961- [author]

London: Head of Zeus, 2015. Admiral Lord Collingwood, the eldest son of a Newcastle merchant, went to sea in 1761 at the age of thirteen. In his nearly fifty years in the Navy he rose to become a fine seaman, a master of gunnery, a battle commander the equal of his friend - and rival in love - Nelson. He was also an accomplished writer and wit, a doting father, inveterate gossip and consummate diplomat and strategist. Collingwood's service took him to Boston, where he lived and fought during the American War of FIRST EDITION: 1st impression: Independence; to Antigua, where he and Nelson both fell in love with Mary Moutray; to Corsica; Sicily; and Menorca, where he began as a young midshipman and ended his career as the effective viceroy of the Mediterranean. ADMIRAL COLLINGWOOD is an intimate portrait of a forgotten British naval hero and a thrilling portrait of the glory years of the age of sail. 367 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white, and colour), maps (black and white) ; 24 cm. Lovely copy in a like Dust Jacket.[ Location : BR1]. Hard Cover. Fine/Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$17.28

The end of the old order : Napoleon and Europe, 1801-1805
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The end of the old order : Napoleon and Europe, 1801-1805

By Kagan, Frederick W. 1970-

Cambridge, Massachusetts: Da Capo Press, 2006. From a leading scholar of history and military policy, a monumental account and brilliant new analysis of the Napoleonic era in Europe and the revealing interaction of continental politics and war shaping our modern world. Perhaps no person in history has dominated his or her own era as much as Napoleon. Despite his small physical stature, the shadow of Napoleon is cast like a colossus, compelling all who would look at that epoch to chart their course by reference to him. For this reason, most historical accounts of the Napoleonic era - and there are many - tell the same Napoleon-dominated story over and over again, or focus narrowly on special aspects of it. Frederick Kagan, distinguished historian and military policy expert, has tapped hitherto unused archival materials from Austria, Prussia, France and Russia, to present the history of these years from the balanced perspective of all of the major players of Europe. In "The End of the Old Order", readers encounter the rulers, ministers, citizens and subjects of Europe in all of their political and military activity - from the desk of the prime minister to the pen of the ambassador, from the map of the general to the rifle of the soldier. With clear and lively prose, Kagan guides the reader deftly through the intriguing and complex web of international politics and war. "The End of the Old Order" is the first volume in a new and comprehensive four-volume study of Napoleon and Europe. Each volume in the series will surprise readers with a dramatically different tapestry of early nineteenth-century personalities and events and will revise fundamentally our ages-old understanding of the wars that created modern Europe. xxiv, 774 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. [735]-744) and index. Super copy in like Dust Jacket. Free of any inscriptions. Size: 8vo { Heavy } [ Location: A6 ]. First Edition.. Hardcover. Fine/Fine. 8vo.

$17.28

A History of the Crusades: The First Crusade; The Kingdom of Jerusalem and the Frankish East and The Kingdom of Acre and the Later Crusades. Vols. I, II, III

By Runciman, Steven

London: The Folio Society, 1994. This Set was unopened when I purchased it, still within it's plastic cover for protection for delivery purposes. I had to remove this in order to determine the Edition [ i.e this is the First edition Set ]. Maps and reproductions of contemporary coloured illustrations throughout. pp. xiii, 316; xii, 428; xii, 448 plus folding genealogical trees. SLIP BOX - Untouched. . First Folio Society Editions. Hard Cover. Fine/Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$34.55

The seawolves : pirates & the Scots
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The seawolves : pirates & the Scots

By Graham, Eric J.

Edinburgh: Birlinn, 2005. xxx, 272 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps (some col.), ports. ; 24cm. During this period, many Scots left their hard lives in places like Aberdeen, Stornoway and Orkney in order to find fortune, adventure and fame on the dangerous high seas of more exotic locations like Madagascar, Brazil or the Caribbean. Some, like Captain James Macrae from Ayr, became well-respected pirate hunters, champions of the law upon the ocean, and bravely faced many violent encounters and unsavoury characters. Others, such as John Gow from Orkney, were these unsavoury characters. Their dastardly deeds captured the imagination of the Scottish public and this morbid fascination is reflected in the work of Scottish writers like Daniel Defoe and Robert Louis Stevenson. Robinson Crusoe and Treasure Island, among others, cemented the notoriety of the pirate in the public mind. Graham explores all these elements of Scotland's participation in piracy and provides a fascinating and enlightening account of the lifestyle of those who followed the skull and cross bones, often to their death on the gallows. Gripping and entertaining, The Seawolves shows a different, darker side to the famously enterprising Scot. A fine copy, free of any inscriptions, in a like Dust Jacket, not price clipped [ Location : BR1]. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Fine/Fine.

$10.08

Nelson: A Dream of Glory
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Nelson: A Dream of Glory

By Sugden, John

London: Jonathan Cape, 1994. pp. 943. English text. Detailed and comprehensive biography of Horatio Nelson's early career. [ Location : BR1]. First Edition. Hard Cover. Fine/Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$18.35

Elizabeth the Queen
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Elizabeth the Queen

By Weir, Alison.

London: Jonathan Cape, 1998. FIRST EDITION 1ST IMPRESSION:From the author of "The Six Wives of Henry VIII", this work examines the private life of Queen Elizabeth I. She is portrayed as both a woman and a queen, an extraordinary female in a patriarchal age. Elizabeth's dealings with her family and her long affair with Robert Dudley are examined. Review: "Excellent . . . intricate and absorbing . . . An elegant, shrewd and wonderfully vivacious book."-"Sunday Times" "An informative and entertaining biography."-Peter Ackroyd, "The Times" 532 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., geneal. tables, ports. ; 24 cm. Bibliography: p491-508. - Includes index. [ Location : Br1 ] Nice solid copy, previous owner address label, neatly to ffep, clean and securely bound.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo.

$17.28

Salamis: The Greatest Battle of the Ancient World, 480BC
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Salamis: The Greatest Battle of the Ancient World, 480BC

By Strauss, Barry S.

London, United Kingdom: Hutchinson, 2004. First Edition - First Impression - Salamis" tells the story of one month in 480 B.C., when the ancient world trembled at the the outcome of the largest land / sea invasion ever attempted. And nothing would be the same ever again. Grade A. Brand new - never been read. 364pp. [ Location : BR1]. First Edition.. Hard Cover. As New/As New. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$14.40

Wales in the Seventeenth Century; Its Literature and Men of Letters and Action.
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Wales in the Seventeenth Century; Its Literature and Men of Letters and Action.

By Morrice, Rev.J.C. [ Vicar of Bangor ]

Bangor (Wales): Jarvis & Foster, 1918. A very firm and clean copy, minor mark to rear board, Name of previous owner boldly in Felt Pen to front pastedown, with his personal stamp to prelim and title page, else is very clean and tight throughout. Pages:352 to include Index. Size: 8vo. [ Location : BR1]. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good. 8vo.

$12.96

An Introduction to the History of Wales : Volumes I & II (Vol I - Prehistoric Times to 1063 AD & Vol II - The Middle Ages : Part I 1063-1284
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An Introduction to the History of Wales : Volumes I & II (Vol I - Prehistoric Times to 1063 AD & Vol II - The Middle Ages : Part I 1063-1284

By Williams, A H

Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1948. TWO VOLUMES: Part I a reprint of 1949, Part II is published 1948 and I believe the First Edition. They are matching, with spine fade. Solid copies. p.192, p.201. [ Location : Br1 ]. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jackets. 8vo.

$11.52

The Victorian Scene- A Picture Book of the Period 1837-1901.
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The Victorian Scene- A Picture Book of the Period 1837-1901.

By BENTLEY, Nicholas

London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1968. 40 pages of full colour illustrations and over 400 monochrome illustrations. The eight sections into which this book is divided, and which are preceeded by a long introduction, correspond to eight essentials of Victorian existence; Food; Housing; Clothes; Education; Religion; Employment; Transport; and the Use of Leisure. The book includes advertisements, public notices, trade cards, song covers, menus, photographs and illustrations of all kinds providing a lively visual record of the era. Fine in dustwrapper slightly faded at the spine,nick at head of spine and to rear cvr. A very decent copy Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Fine/Very Good. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall.

$17.28

The naked sword : the story of Lucrezia Borgia
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The naked sword : the story of Lucrezia Borgia

By Kenyon, F. W. (Frank Wilson)

London: Hutchinson, 1968. 'Lucrezia Borgia! She slept with her father and her brother, and poisoned hundreds of people' -255 p. ; 22 cm. A decent copy, firm and clean, just with normal handling, in like Jacket.[ Location : Br1 ]. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$11.52

Christian Missions and Social Progress. A Sociological Study of Foreign Missions [ 3 Volumes ].
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Christian Missions and Social Progress. A Sociological Study of Foreign Missions [ 3 Volumes ].

By Dennis, James S. (James Shepard), 1842-1914.

Edinburgh: Oliphant Anderson and Ferrier, 1899. Maroon Boards- This is an unusual set, but uniform in appearance. Volumes 1 & 3 are the Uk firsts, wheras Volume 2 is the Us First. Nevertheless it remains a decent Set. There are indicators to Library Status, by way of Bookplates to Pastedowns, ref Nos to Spines and small ink type stamps to reverse of plates, one of which in Volume 2 is loosely laid in, due to a bit of hinger strain. The Set Handles and presents well. NO EXTRA POSTAGE FOR THIS HEAVY SET WITHIN THE UK. Size: 8vo ( Heavy ) [ Location :BR1]. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. Illus. by b/w Photographs. 8vo. Ex Reference Library.

$39.59

The ancient capital of Scotland : the story of Perth from the invasion of Agricola to the passing of the Reform Bill  { Complete in 2 Volumes }
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The ancient capital of Scotland : the story of Perth from the invasion of Agricola to the passing of the Reform Bill { Complete in 2 Volumes }

By Cowan, Samuel 1835-1914.

London: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co., 1904. Here we have a better than Good Set. The downside, as so very often with these Volumes, is that the Spines are heavily faded. Else, there is only light rubs to the extremities. Internally, the bindings are tight and secure, all pages present and excellent { images to follow } [ Location: BR1 ]; 2 v. (xiv, 408; vi, 392 p.) : illustrations, including plates., portraits. ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references (v. 1, p. xii) and index.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Good. 8vo.

$21.59

The history of the Popes : their church and state, especially of their conflicts with Protestantism in the sixteenth & seventeenth centuries. [ Vol  II ONLY ]
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The history of the Popes : their church and state, especially of their conflicts with Protestantism in the sixteenth & seventeenth centuries. [ Vol II ONLY ]

By Ranke, Leopold (translated By E. Foster )

London: Henry G. Bohn, 1853. Nice copy in isolation or to join up with like copies. This is the 1853 edtion: p. vii, 532, to include index. Tighly bound and a clean copy. [ Location: BR4/3]. Hard Cover. Very Good. 8vo.

$14.40

Smoke : a global history of smoking
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Smoke : a global history of smoking

By Sander L. Gilman and Zhou Xun. [ Edited By ]

London: Reaktion Books, 2004. The First UK edition: Beautiful and informative book. The culture of smoking around the world is examined thoroughly in this illustrated volume. The contributors explore the history of smoking and its impact on health, gender, sexuality, art and literature. The study is not confined to tobacco and examines the use of other drugs like cocaine, hashish and opium. Human beings have always smoked, and they probably always will. Every culture in recorded history has smoked something, whether as a cure or for pleasure, whether as part of a ritual or as an aspect of popular culture. It is curious, then, that no history of smoking has been written based on the assumption that smoking - in all of its forms and products - is a cultural phenomenon common to all human societies. Smoke: A Global History of Smoking examines the culture of smoking in different traditions and locations around the world. From opium dens in Victorian England to tobacco in Edo period Japan, and from ganja and cocaine to Havana cigars, Smoke encompasses the subject as no book has before. Based in cultural history, it employs a large number of images as part of its evidence: around 300 illustrations document smoking and smokers of many substances including tobacco, scented cigarettes, marijuana, opium and cocaine. The various essays examine the changing role of smoking in high and popular culture, ranging from images used in advertising to the legal and moral critiques of smoking, and from opera to the internet. Smoke will appeal to all those who smoke, all those who used to smoke, and all those who have tried, and failed, to give it up. Review: This ... fascinating book has opened my eyes... -- Beryl Bainbridge The Times As with the best histories Smoke paints a vivid picture of times past into which smoking itself is just a lure. Glasgow Herald Smoke has many splendid and absorbing illustrations - pictures on nearly every page that range from smoking film stars, early advertising posters and ornate carved pipes, to beautiful full-colour reproductions of Western and Oriental art Sunday Telegraph There is ... an undeniable pleasure to be taken in Smoke's copious visual material -- Jonathan Meades London Evening Standard A remarkable collection of over 30 essays ... it is beautifully produced and profusely illustrated ... It is a real pleasure to recommend a book of true anthropological range and seriousness, conjuring, like the perfect smoke ring, the history of a universal human practice at a time when the issues raised ... are at the forefront of current world-wide debates on health policy and social safety. British Medical Journal. 408 p. : ill., ports. ; 25 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 365-393) and index. Sander L. Gilman is Distinguished Professor of the Liberal Arts and Medicine at the University of Illinois, Chicago, USA. A cultural and literary historian, he is the author or editor of over sixty books, including Health and Illness: Images of Difference (Reaktion Books, 1996), and Franz Kafka (Reaktion Books, 2005). Zhou Xun is ESRC Research Fellow in the History Department at SOAS, University of London, and the author of Chinese Perceptions of the 'Jews' and Judaism: A History of the Youtai (2000) [ Location : Br4/3 ]. First Edition. Hard Bound. Fine+/Fine + NOT PRICE CLIPPED. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$28.79

RSA: The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers & Commerce [ Founded in 1754 ]: Journal - Vol.CXXXVII No. 5398 September 1989
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RSA: The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers & Commerce [ Founded in 1754 ]: Journal - Vol.CXXXVII No. 5398 September 1989

By RSA

Oxford: Alden Press, 1983. p.602 -683, articles - Education for Achievement by Dr. Eric Bates; Symposium on French Themes by D.G.C Allan; French Industrial Espionage in Britain in the Late Eighteenth Centur by J.R.Harris; The Suffering Hero: Belisarius and Oedipus in Late 18th century French and British art by Anthony D Smith; Medals of the French Revolution by Mark Jones; James Gillray and the French Revolution by John Cooper; The Award of The Society's Albert Medal to Napoleon III by J.S.Skidmore; South Kensington: The French Connection by Elizabeth Bonython; Great, Greater? Greatest??: Anglo-French Rivalry at the Great Exhibitions of 1851, 1855 and 1862 by Stephen Wildman; The Grand Conversation: Napoleon and British Popular Balladry by Vic Gammon. Each of these articles provides lists of references. Therefore, there is an opportunity to decipher very insightful details on the subject matters under discussion.[ Location: BR4/3]. Soft Cover. Fine. 8vo.

$10.08

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