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DETOUR; The Story of Oflag IVC
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DETOUR; The Story of Oflag IVC

By Wood (Editor), J.E.R.

London: The Falcon Press, 1946. Beige quarter-bound boards with gilt titling to front and spine. Book in very good condition except for two small dents to bottom of front cover, slight rubbing to edges. Spine is very slightly shaken, pages are toned. Illustrated dust-jacket is intact but worn with many open tears to edges and joints. Slipped-in "Amendments" card is present, recto frontispiece. All text and illustrations are very clean and clear; 183 pages plus index. Oflag IVC was a high-security German prison camp during the Second World War, designed to contain officers who had escaped several times. "Compiled from material brought back from Oflag IVC, the International "bad boys" camp. The script totals roughly 80,000 words of narrative written by the officers, with commentaries of true incidents of battle, prison and escape. The text is accompanied by thirty-two pastels in four-colour and thirty-two pastels and cartoons in mono-colour by Lieut. J. F. Watton of the border Regiment." (From dust-jacket.). First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Fair. Illus. by Watton, J.F.. 10" x 7 1/2". Clear Brodart Covering.

$50.00

LAST LETTERS FROM STALINGRAD
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LAST LETTERS FROM STALINGRAD

By Various Authors

New York, New York: A Signet Book published by The New American Library of Canada Limited, 1965. White illustrated soft cover; some small creases and minimal signs of wear, spine is slightly rubbed and toned. Page edges are stained red; pages are toned. Text is very clean and clear, sound copy; 127 pages. Translated by Franz Schneider and Charles Gullans; illustrated with map of the battle of Stalingrad, 15 black and white illustrations by Szegedi Szuts. "This truly extraordinary book contains farewell messages which were written by thirty-nine men of the German sixth army and which were flown out of the last airlift from Stalingrad. Some of the letters are desperate, some proud, some resigned, some disillusioned. To read them is to undergo a profound experience of the meaning of life... and death... and war." (From back cover).. First Printing July 1965. Soft Cover. Good to Very Good/No Jacket (as issued). Illus. by Szuts, Szegedi. 7" x 4".

$25.00

CONCERNING BRAVE CAPTAINS
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CONCERNING BRAVE CAPTAINS

By D.J.M. Muffet

London: Andre Deutsch Limited, 1964. Pictorial dust jacket features picture of a Hausa warrior on horseback; dust-jacket is toned. Green cloth-covered boards with gilt titling and white square on spine. Contents clear and readable, featuring many black and white photographs, many of them unique. Contains neat pencil markings and notes from previous owner on some pages. "In 'Concerning Brave Captains' Mr. Muffet tells the history of Lord Lugard's campaign against the Emirates, and how he believes that Lugard used his power in both an unnecessary but tactically impressive campaign, using an undersized but well organized fighting force to achieve his personal ends falsely in the name of the British Empire.". First Edition. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Good.

$100.00

NEWFOUNDLAND. OUR PROVINCE.
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NEWFOUNDLAND. OUR PROVINCE.

By Manuel, Edith M.

Exeter, England: A. Wheaton & Co., LTD., Educational Publishers, 1961. Black, white and green pictorial cloth covered boards depicting the province of Newfoundland and various features of the landscape and culture. Spine ends and corners are bumped and edges are rubbed. 9 1/2" x 7". Ex-library stamp to the front end-paper for the Education Department of the Memorial University of Newfoundland. Two neat numbers to the top of the front end-paper, one neatly crossed out. Pages and edges slightly toned. Some chapter numbers in the contents list are tidily crossed out in pen; does not interfere with ability to read. A 'date due' slip is pasted onto the back paste-down and has stamps dating from 1964-1973; the slip partially covers another Memorial University stamp. Spine shaken. Very clean copy; 192 pages, including black and white photographs and maps. Details the history of Newfoundland from 'Before the White Men Came', and includes chapters, but not limited to: 'The Codfishery', 'The Spring Seal Hunt', 'A Coastal Trip', 'Soils and Farming', 'Plants and Animals', and 'Links within and without our province'. Each chapter has a 'something to do' and 'questions to answer' for the student. "On 1st April, 1949, Newfoundland, with its Labrador dependency, became the tenth province of the Dominion of Canada. The material in this book is suitable for us in grades V and VI.". Sixteenth Impression. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket (as issued). School Text Book.

$30.00

THE CRIPPLED TREE
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THE CRIPPLED TREE

By Han Suyin

New York: G.P. Putnam's Son's, 1965. Dust cover depicting a tree painted with Chinese ink, and features a picture of Han Suyin on the back, has many tears and has some tape from previous owner, with some stains, bro-darted. Red hardcover, tree stamped on front cover, gilt titling on spine, frayed edges with small marks across cover, spine is cocked and shaken. Chinese characters on endcovers and pastedowns, previous bookstore stamp on front endcover. Some cracking between pages 106-107, contents otherwise in near fine condition. Features black and white illustrations of family photos throughout. "This book IS China. Powerful, penetrating, vast in it's scope, THE CRIPPLED TREE is one of the year's most important books... Han Suyin's narrative explores China and her own family's rebellion in the middle of the nineteenth century through the Kuomintang assumption of power. The result is a book that reflects the direction and sweep of Chinese history." — Dust Cover. First Thus. Cloth. Good/Fair. Illus. by Many various.

$35.00

THE GREAT ENTERPRISE
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THE GREAT ENTERPRISE

By Stephen Usherwood

London: The Folio Society 1978, 1978. Near fine condition, deep blue cloth cover with decorative gilt medallion, gilt background with red titling to spine, top page edges blue. Two page spread of "The Battle of Gravelines" across front endpapers; "Launch of the Fireships on the Armada at Gravelines" across back endpapers. Frontispiece of "The Armada Jewel". 192 pages, and in addition many reproductions of contemporary illustrations in b/w and full colour. "The great enterprise that Philip II set in motion in 1586 led, two years later, to the first major battle in a long struggle. There had been hostilities on both sides of the Atlantic before this, but the Armada fight marked the beginning of a new kind of conflict, the first world war, in fact, since Philip ruled an empire on which the sun never set, and both sides employed a new weapon, the ocean going galleon, armed with guns firing broadside... Chapters are arranged in pairs; documents emanating from England and her friends take first place, and those from Spain and other sources the second. It is thus possible to view the exact same event through the eyes of the men who actually opposed each other at the council table or in battle.". First. Decorative Cloth. Near Fine/No Jacket (as issued). Illus. by Many various.

$30.00

EXTENDED TRAVELS IN ROMANTIC AMERICA
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EXTENDED TRAVELS IN ROMANTIC AMERICA

By Jobe, Joseph

Lausanne, Switzerland: Edita, 1966. Red boards leather-look with gilt decoration to front and spine, and title to spine. Some scuffing to front board and slight rubbing to spine ends and edges. Green decorative paste-downs and end-papers. In good green slipcase, peeling at the edges. Small crack to crease of back board. Original black and white frontispiece depicting the 'Natural Bridge over Cedar Creek, Virginia - 1826'. Spine shaken. Clean, clear copy; 221 pages including index, 'Explanatory Notes', numerous color illustrations, a large map, and acknowledgements. "Being a Nineteenth Century Journey through the most Picturesque Portions of North America, Reconstructed from Accounts by European Visitors; the Whole Embellished with Watercolour Drawings and Engravings of the Period". "With Passages from the French, German and Italian Languages Translated by D.B. Tubbs".. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket (as issued). 11" x 8 1/2". Slipcase.

$50.00

THE JOURNAL OF ROCHFORT MAGUIRE 1852-1854; Two years at Point Barrow, Alaska, Aboard H.M.S. Plover in the search for Sir John Franklin (two volumes)
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THE JOURNAL OF ROCHFORT MAGUIRE 1852-1854; Two years at Point Barrow, Alaska, Aboard H.M.S. Plover in the search for Sir John Franklin (two volumes)

By Maguire, Rochfort (edited by Bockstoce, John)

London: The Hakluyt Society, 1988. Both volumes have blue cloth-covered boards with gilt titling to spine and a design of a sailing ship to front board. Both spine ends are very slightly bumped (on jackets as well). Both clean, clear copies; 584 pages combined. The second volume includes a tipped-in map. "In 1845 Sir John Franklin's expedition left England, searching for a northwest passage, and vanished into the Arctic forever. Three years later H.M.S. Plover's was the first departure of twenty-one expeditions searching for Franklin... The Plover's voyage of 1848 to 1854 was the first constant presence of Europeans in the western Arctic, and Rochfort Maguire's journal is the earliest account of a sustained foreign association with the Eskimos of northern Alaska. Maguire's journal is far more than an important historical document, it is a fascinating account of Europeans and Eskimos learning to cope with one another.". First Edition. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good. 8 1/2" x 5 1/2". Clear Brodart Covering.

$65.00

HESSIAN TAPESTRY
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HESSIAN TAPESTRY

By Duff, David

London: Ebenezer Baylis and Son, Limited, 1967. Black cloth covered boards with gilt titling to spine and two gilt crests on the front cover - one used by the Hessian Grand Ducal Family, and the other: Arms borne by David, Marquess of Milford Haven. Gold dust jacket with the same crests depicted in colour on the front and back. Faint bumping to spine ends and corners. Top edge coloured grey. Unused bookplate to front end paper. Slight rubbing to jacket edges. Clipped. Clean, clear copy; 415 pages including index, sources, a full, tipped-in Hessian family tree, and numerous black and white photographs. '[The] Hessian Tapestry is the authorised story of an eventful century in the history of one of the oldest families in Europe, of which Prince Charles is in the 35th generation of know descendants. It begins in 1843 with the birth of Princess Alice, the second daughter of Queen Victoria, and ends with the death of her last surviving child in 1953... [This] is the story of a closely-knit royal family facing the heartpangs of divided loyalties in five wars and handicapped by the inheritance of a dread disease.'. First Edition (stated). Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good. 9" x 5 3/4".

$50.00

THROUGH EMBASSY EYES
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THROUGH EMBASSY EYES

By Dodd, Martha

New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1930. Red cloth covered boards with faded gilt titling and slight sunning to spine. Some bumping to spine ends and corners. Spine shaken. Clean, clear copy; 382 pages including index. As the writer in the family, Dodd followed her father as the appointed ambassador to Germany during the Second World War era, not realizing how the Nazi regime would affect their family's lives. During her time in Berlin, Dodd familiarized herself with many in high places, hearing proficient gossip and reporting her understanding of Nazi leaders, diplomats, foreign emissaries , and the fear-mongering, torturous, and cruel activity of the Nazi regime. Dodd's trip to Russia magnified the unpleasantness of Germany at the time, and by the end of their stay in Berlin, the family was more than ready to return home. This book depicting Dodd's stay in Germany is marked by the shift in her family's support of the Nazis to their growing anger with the events they witness.. First Edition (stated). Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 8 1/2" x 5 1/2".

$100.00

THE FUR TRADE REVISITED: Selected Papers of the Sixth North American Fur Trade Conference, Mackinac Island, Michigan 1991
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THE FUR TRADE REVISITED: Selected Papers of the Sixth North American Fur Trade Conference, Mackinac Island, Michigan 1991

By Brown, Jennifer S H; Eccles, W J; Heldman, P (Ediors)

Michigan : Michigan State University Press, 1994. (Limited edition, Rupert's Land Record Society) Green cloth-covered boards, stamped gilt lettering and decorative emblem; illustrated endpapers - " Carte de l'Amerique Septentrionale MDCCLV; shaking to top of spine. Dust jacket illustrated with reproductions of 19th century prints. Very clean, sound copy. 536 pages including: detailed Index; numerous contemporary black and white illustrations: portraits; facsimile documents; historic maps; artefacts; drawings; scenery. Contents in seven parts include: I - Transatlantic Fur Trade Markets and Entrepreneurs; II Native People and Changing Trade Relations; III - Becoming a Trader - Origins, Lives and Survival; IV - The Fur Trade at Mackinac; V - Archaeology and Material Culture; VI - Into the Twentieth Century; VII - Fur Trade Literature and Interpretation - Issues and Problems. The book is a collection of 28 essays which focus on the history, archaeology and literature and including a vivid and compelling account of fur-trade life .A carefully researched, well presented account of the history of the fur trade in North America. Uncommon.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Near Fine. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Clear Brodart Covering.

$90.00

FROM SEA TO SKY: Memoirs 1910 - 1945
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FROM SEA TO SKY: Memoirs 1910 - 1945

By Longmore, Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur

London: Geoffrey Bles, 1946. Blue boards, stamped gilt lettering; slight bumping to corners and spine ends; spine shaken; page edges toned; former owner's neat stamp on front endpaper. Pictorial dust jacket; chipped, some loss to bottom edge; clipped. Sound copy with clean, clear text. 304 pages with frontispiece photograph of the author, plus a collection of black and white illustrations (personal and historic photographs, maps) bound together at the end of the book. "Sir Arthur Longmore's autobiography is not only the record of a long and distinguished career covering many activities in many parts of the world, but also serves as an important contribution to the history of service flying ... [The author] witnessed every stage in the gradual development of the RAF as a separate service with the most formidable power in modern warfare." (dustjacket flap) Very uncommon.. First Edition (stated). Hard Cover. Very Good/Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Clear Brodart Covering.

$75.00