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The Broken Link, "Cornet"
1 "Cornet" The Broken Link
London Geoffrey Bles 1951 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Good dj 
(price-clipped) [lightly bumped at corners, faint dampstain at bottom right corner of front cover, small bookseller stamp at bottom corner of front pastedown; jacket worn and torn across top edge, several small tears elsewhere, moderate soiling overall]. "'Cornet' (the nom de guerre of a distinguished officer in the late Indian Army) is well known to readers of Blackwood's Magazine for his stories of life and sport on the North-west Frontier. This is his first book. The title bears a nostalgic reference to the old days when British officers came to know intimately the Pathan tribesmen and often formed deep friendships founded on a common love of hunting and adventure, and this book, which successfully evokes the spirit of the country and its people, has so many good stories that it will appear not only to those who know India but to many others." Sounds rather like imperialist fantasy-porn, if you ask me; wonder how many Indians were feeling nostalgic for "the old days" along about 1951? 
Price: 25.00 USD
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At Stalin's Side: His Interpreter's Memoirs From the October Revolution to the Fall of the Dictator's Empire, Berezhkov, Valentin M. (translated from the Russian by Sergei V. Mikheyev)
2 Berezhkov, Valentin M. (translated from the Russian by Sergei V. Mikheyev) At Stalin's Side: His Interpreter's Memoirs From the October Revolution to the Fall of the Dictator's Empire
New York Birch Lane Press (c.1994) 1-55972-212-6 / 9781559722124 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Louise Fili 
[book itself is flawless; jacket shows only light handling wear, minor soiling at top of rear panel]. (B&W photographs) The author "was an important part of Josef Stalin's inner circle, where he found himself at center stage of international diplomacy. [He] may be one of the last survivors of the events that shaped the destiny of Russia and the world. 
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The Devil's Decade: The Thirties, Cockburn, Claud
3 Cockburn, Claud The Devil's Decade: The Thirties
New York Mason & Lipscomb (c.1973) 0-88405-005-X / 9780884050056 1st (U.S.) edition Hardcover Good in Very Good+ dj 
[ex-library book with typical markings (incl. stamping on all page edges), front hinge weakened by removal of ffep, a decent reading copy but no more; jacket a little wrinkled at top of front panel, but looks pretty good due to long-protected jacket (now with new jacket cover)]. (B&W photographs) "A fully illustrated and brilliantly written account of the 1930s by its 'patron saint.'" The author, an English journalist/editor/publisher widely known for his left-wing/communist sympathies, was also a novelist (he wrote "Beat the Devil" under the pseudonym James Helvick) and the father of journalists Alexander, Andrew and Patrick Cockburn. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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William the Conqueror, Costain, Thomas B.
4 Costain, Thomas B. William the Conqueror
New York Random House (c.1959) NO First printing (stated) Hardcover Very Good- in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by Jack Coggins 
[slight deterioration to cloth at a couple of tiny spots on top and bottom edges of covers, faint soiling to edges of text block, but apart from that a solid clean book; jacket is very nice, with slight nicking at top of spine (with old internal tape-repair, externally invisible)]. (World Landmark Books, W-41) Series (pen and ink drawings) A "compelling, dramatic story of one of the most turbulent and powerful figures of the Middle Ages," by one of the outstanding historical novelists of his day (author of "The Black Rose," "The Silver Chalice," etc.) (A "Young Readers of America" selection, per slug at top of front jacket flap.) 
Price: 35.00 USD
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The Magna Charta, Daugherty, James
5 Daugherty, James The Magna Charta
New York Random House (c.1956) NO Unstated edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by James Daugherty 
(price-clipped) [solid copy with minimal shelfwear, light foxing to top edge, even lighter foxing to fore-edge; jacket shows some wear along the top edge (esp. at top of spine), with a number of tiny surface-scrape marks along and just adjacent to the spine]. (World Landmark Books, W-26) Series (pen and ink drawings) "In the rich turbulence of English history one day stands magnificently apart -- June 15, 1215 -- the day of the signing of the Magna Charta." The significance of this "first blow for English freedom [and] how it influenced the entire Western World, till then crushed under the yoke of feudalism, is examined in the sweeping pages of James Daughterty's fine book." Daughterty was a well-known children's author and illustrator, whose 1939 book "Daniel Boone" was a Newbury Medal winner. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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6 Doerter, Jim Jim Doerter's All the Times (incorporating The East-West Chronicles)
Los Altos CA William Kaufmann, Inc. (c.1980, 1978) 0913232696 / 9780913232699 First Edition Wraps Very Good 
[four newspapers, folded in quarters, each 18-22 pages, inside printed card-stock folder; the newspapers are yellowed but still in excellent condition]. (photos, drawings, etc.) This "Newspaper History of Humankind" (described in a publisher's note as the "Experimental Edition") is a "new and different set of newspapers designed to encourage and generate enthusiasm for the subject of history." The newspapers essentially cover world history from 3000 B.C. to the present, by presenting historical events in the style of modern journalism. "Each page covers an era of world events with irreverent, contemporary headlines, photographs, skillfully composed maps, scaled drawings, and a winning informal mix of textual humor and history. For readers accustomed to an emphasis on 'Western Civilization,' the cross-cultural mix in the papers is exciting and revealing. [The author], a gifted teacher at Southern Oregon State College, presents (side by side with Classical Meditteranean, Middle Eastern, and European history)synchronous developments in Asia, Africa and the Americas going back 5000 years. [The publication] features stories and sections on religion, drama, art, literature, science and politics. Interspersed are editorials, want ads, and advice columns for the lovelorn. [The author] reserves the sports page for news of wars and battles." 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Chiswick; a new edition with additional illustrations and a prefatory survey by Florence M. Green, Draper, Warwick
7 Draper, Warwick Chiswick; a new edition with additional illustrations and a prefatory survey by Florence M. Green
London Anne Bingley 1973 0-85157-169-7 / 9780851571690 First Edition Thus Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj) Sam Lloyd 
(price-clipped) [solid copy, light spotting top edge, top corners bumped; jacket a bit edgeworn, minor wrinkling/creasing near top of front panel, bottom 1-1/2 inches of front flap cut away]. (B&W photographs, maps, illustrations) Originally published in 1923. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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Life and Teachings of V.I. Lenin, Dutt, R. Palme
8 Dutt, R. Palme Life and Teachings of V.I. Lenin
New York International Publishers (c.1934) NO Unstated edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Good dj 
[moderate shelfwear, slight bumping to several corners; jacket has numerous small tears and chips, a bit of paper loss at corners and spine ends]. The author, described as "the internationally well-known Marxist journalist and student," here outlines the basic tenets of Lenin's teachings, "setting them against the background of the period in which he lived. Special emphasis is placed upon the question of the state, the dictatorship of the proletariat, the nature of bourgeois democracy, the national and peasant questions, and the problem of building socialism." 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Seeds of Destruction: Nationalist China in War and Revolution, 1937-1949, Eastman, Lloyd E.
9 Eastman, Lloyd E. Seeds of Destruction: Nationalist China in War and Revolution, 1937-1949
Stanford CA Stanford University Press 1984 0-8047-1191-7 / 9780804711913 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Near Fine dj 
[moderate wear to book along top and bottom edges, slight deterioration of cloth on front cover, otherwise a solid clean book; jacket shows only slight wear along top edge]. "In this study based on a wide array of hitherto unused documentary sources, the author delves deeply into the inner workings of the Nationalist regime and concludes that the Nationalists collapsed largely as a result of their own failings. Most strikingly, he uses the records and memoirs of the Nationalists themselves to document the weaknesses of the Nationalist rule. ... He carefully scrutinizes the relationship between the central and provincial governments, the plight of the tax-burdened peasantry in the Nationalist-held areas, the intraparty politics of the regime as expressed in the Youth Corps and the reformist Ko-hsin Movement, the deficiencies of the army during the wars against Japan and the Communists, the failure of the Gold Yuan currency reform of late 1948, and, finally, Chiang Kai-shek's own assessment of his army and the civilian branches of his regime during the final phases of the war." 
Price: 50.00 USD
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The Story of the Atlantic Telegraph, Field, Henry M.
10 Field, Henry M. The Story of the Atlantic Telegraph
New York Charles Scribner's Sons 1903 (c.1892) NO Later Printing Hardcover Near Fine 
(full black buckram with gilt spine lettering and gilt facsimile signature on front cover; top edge gilt; no dust jacket) [minimal wear, gilt lettering bright and unrubbed; about as nice a copy as you're likely to find]. (figures) A first-person account of the laying of the first trans-Atlantic telegraph cable, the signature achievement of the author, who was one of the principal entrepreneurs involved in the formation of the Atlantic Telegraph Company, which completed the project in 1858. This edition, issued eleven years after the author's death, was apparently part of a uniform set of "Dr. Field's Books of Travel" (11 titles are listed in the front of this volume). 
Price: 300.00 USD
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Transatlantic: Samuel Cunard, Isambard Brunel, and the Great Atlantic Steamships, Fox, Stephen
11 Fox, Stephen Transatlantic: Samuel Cunard, Isambard Brunel, and the Great Atlantic Steamships
New York HarperCollins (c.2003) 0-06-019595-9 / 9780060195953 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Todd Robertson 
[very nice copy, just the slightest bit of shelfwear to bottom edge; jacket shows only faint surface handling wear]. (B&W photographs) "A stirring narrative of the rapid development of the great transatlantic steamships, from paddle-wheelers to the sleek luxury greyhounds of the modern era -- and the men who designed and ran them. In [the book], the experience of crossing the Atlantic is re-created in stunning detail from the varied perspectives of first class, steerage, officers, and crew. The dynamic evolution of the Atlantic steamer is traced from Brunel's Great Western of 1838 to Cunard's Mauretania of 1907, the greatest steamship ever built. Set against the classic tension of modern technology contending with a formidable natural environment, the story is rife with disasters." 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Growing Up in Medieval London: The Experience of Childhood in History, Hanawalt, Barbara A.
12 Hanawalt, Barbara A. Growing Up in Medieval London: The Experience of Childhood in History
New York/Oxford Oxford University Press 1993 0-19-508405-5 / 9780195084054 4th printing Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj 
[nice copy, no significant wear to book, no markings; jacket very slightly edgeworn at top of front panel]. (B&W drawings) The author, acclaimed for a previous work of medieval history, here "reveals the larger, fuller, more dramatic life of the common people, in this instance, the lives of children in London. Bringing together a wealth of evidence drawn from court records, coroner's rolls, literary sources, and books of advice, [she] weaves a rich tapestry of the life of London youth during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. Much of what she finds is eye-opening." 
Price: 12.00 USD
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Tree of Rivers: The Story of the Amazon, Hemming, John
13 Hemming, John Tree of Rivers: The Story of the Amazon
New York Thames & Hudson 2008 0500514011 / 978-0-500-51401-6 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj 
[slight bumping to base of spine, otherwise a nice clean book; jacket shows a bit of surface wear, slight color-shifting of spine from green to blue, minor wrinkling along top edge of front panel]. (B&W and color illustrations & photographs, maps) In this history of the exploration and exploitation of the Amazon, the author "recalls the adventures and misadventures of intrepid explorers, fervent Jesuit ecclesiastics and greedy rubber barons who enslaved thousands of Indians in the relentless quest for profit. He also tells of nineteenth-century botanists, fearless advocates for Indian rights and the archaeologists and anthropologists who have uncovered the secrets of the Amazon's earliest settlers. [He als] discusses the current threat to Amazonia as forests are destroyed to feed the world's appetite for timber, beef and soya, [and] vividly describes the passionate struggles that have taken place in order to utilize, protect and understand the wonder that is the Amazon." 
Price: 30.00 USD
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14 Horricks, Raymond Napoleon's Elite [originally published as: In Flight with the Eagle]
New Brunswick/London Transaction Publishers 1995 1-56000-209-3 / 9781560002093 Reprint Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj 
[clean, tight copy, no discernible wear; jacket very faintly rubbed]. "A detailed guide to the many hundreds of people who immediately surrounded the Emperor: the magic inner circle of marshals and near-marshals, members of Napoleon's administration, his often treacherous family, wives, and mistresses, and members of his household staff. [The book] presents a tightly woven tapestry of those who surrounded and were important to this most intriguing of leaders." Originally published in 1998 as "In Flight with the Eagle"; this edition features a new introduction by the author. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Today the Struggle: Literature and Politics in England during the Spanish Civil War, Hoskins, Katharine Bail
15 Hoskins, Katharine Bail Today the Struggle: Literature and Politics in England during the Spanish Civil War
Austin/London University of Texas Press (c.1969) 0-292-78411-2 / 9780292784116 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Good dj 
[minimal wear to book, light soiling to fore-edge, old price inked out on front pastedown, small label remnant on ffep; jacket a little edgeworn, 3-inch diagonal tear at upper left corner of front panel, with a small piece missing at that spot]. This book "examines the political involvement of those leading British writers who dedicated their talents to the defense of Nationalists or Loyalists during the Spanish Civil War and who saw that war as symbolic of their own Right-Left dialogue." Among the literary figures discussed are William Butler Years, T.S. Eliot, Evelyn Waugh, Roy Campbell, Wyndham Lewis, W.H. Auden, Christopher Isherwood, Rex Warner, George Orwell and Aldous Huxley. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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16 Illingworth, Frank British Parliament
London Skelton Robinson [1948] First Edition Hardcover Very Good 
(no dust jacket) [good solid copy, a little foxing on top edge, bumping & tiny tear in cloth at top of spine, slight browning of page edges, previous owner's name-stamp on ffep]. (B&W photographs) The author states that "the aim of [this book] is to become a platform for political expression for all parties on Home and Imperial Affairs." Included are articles by numerous Members on such topics as "Faith of a Tory" and " Liberty Must be Limited"; profiles of prominent MP's (including Winston Churchill, Anthony Eden, Clement Attlee); a review of "The Year in Parliament"; an extensive "who's who" section ("up to date to within a day of going to press"); lists of government and party officials; etc. (much more). This was apparently intended as the first of an annual series; I can find no evidence that any additional volumes were published, and this one appears to be rather scarce. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Of Graves and Epitaphs, Lindley, Kenneth
17 Lindley, Kenneth Of Graves and Epitaphs
London Hutchinson & Co. 1965 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Michael Brett 
[nice tight clean copy, faint wear to bottom edge; jacket very nice, but with tiny piece torn away at bottom left corner of front panel]. (B&W photographs, drawings) A collection of epitaphs and gravestone carvings from English churchyards, illustrated by photographs and rubbings. "In the design and execution of churchyard memorials local craftsmen have displayed their skills over a period of several centuries, and the result is a collection of popular art which few countries can rival and none excel. If you want to find out about the Englishmen of past generations, how they lived, what they believed, their trades and professions, their superstitions or their achievements then you can choose no better, or more enjoyable, source for such information than a churchyard, with this book as guide and stimulus." Frontispiece and endpapers by John Piper. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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George III and the Mad-Business, Macalpine, Ida, and Richard Hunter
18 Macalpine, Ida, and Richard Hunter George III and the Mad-Business
New York Pantheon Books (c.1969) NO First American Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Jay J. Smith 
[nice clean copy, a bit of bumping to spine ends but no other significant wear; jacket shows moderate wear at corners and edges, a few minor nicks here and there]. (B&W plates) "George III's illness -- momentous in English history -- has remained little understood and what has been written on it is compounded fancy more than fact. Drawing upon extensive manuscript records of the royal physicians, many hitherto unknown, to give eyewitness accounts of all the King's attacks, the authors convey a vivid picture of the patient, his treatments and management, as well as of the epic struggle in the sickroom and the frictions and factions among his entourage. The impact of the royal malady on Georgian medicine turned the 'mad business' into a respectable specialty, and the authors trace its history from these foundations to psychiatry as we know it today." 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Bohemia: The Protoculture Then and Now, Miller, Richard
19 Miller, Richard Bohemia: The Protoculture Then and Now
Chicago Nelson-Hall (c.1977) 0-88229-293-5 / 9780882292939 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) David Doty Design 
[nice tight copy, marred only by some spotting to the top page edges; jacket edgeworn (mostly along rear flap foldover), otherwise bright and clean]. (B&W photographs) "From an American perspective the counter culture [sic], or youth movement of the sixties, often is viewed as a phenomenon unique to the United States. As proof, some writers cite the emergence of the youth protest movement as being merely a product of the peculiar conditions of the time, such as the postwar baby boom, the temporary domestic economic prosperity, and the social upheaval which was brought about by the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War. In short, opinion has it that the counter culture sprang up from nowhere and just as spontaneously will now pass quietly into history. [This book] tells us otherwise. Here, for the first time, we are presented with a historical study which shows the movement of the sixties to be simply one more step in the evolution of a force which has its roots in earth nineteenth century France." 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Parachute, Murphy, Charles J.V.
20 Murphy, Charles J.V. Parachute
New York/London G. P. Putnam's Sons/The Knickerbocker Press 1930 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ 
(no dust jacket) [good solid clean copy, light wear to extremities; gilt lettering strong on front cover, a little rubbed but still easily readable on spine; one-time owner's name at top of rear pastedown]. (B&W photographs) General history of parachuting, primarily focusing on developments during World War I and during the 1920s. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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