The Birds of America by John James Audubon

The Birds of America by John James Audubon lands on the shelves of my shop.

The Macmillan Company, 1946, Hardback.

5th printing. [First Published: 1937 (Thus)] Illustrated by way of: Colour Plates;

Introduction by: William Vogt

Very Good. A little sunning to the boards, a small stain to the foot of the upper. Text complete, clean and tight.

Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine & Upper Board. [X] 435 [XXVI] pages. 12″ x 9″.

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Chinnery: The Man and the Legend with a Chapter On Chinnery’s Shorthand by Geoffrey W. Bonsall by Robin Hutcheon

Chinnery: The Man and the Legend with a Chapter On Chinnery’s Shorthand by Geoffrey W. Bonsall by Robin Hutcheon lands on the shelves of my shop.

South China Morning Post, 1975, Hardback in dust wrapper.

Illustrated by way of: Colour Plates; Black & White Plates; Maps [1];

From the cover: This new study of the life of the British artist, George Chinnery (1774-1852) has been prepared by Robin Hutcheon following a series of newspaper articles he wrote in 1974 to commemorate Chinnerys bicentenary.

The newspaper series has been extensively revised and rewritten and a good deal of new material has been included. A large number of coloured and black and white pictures have been incorporated.

A special chapter has been written on Chinnerys shorthand by Mr Geoffrey Bonsall, Director of the Hongkong University Press, making this the most comprehensive and up-to-date record of Chinnerys life and work.

The author, who has had a casual interest in Chinnery for many years, began a more serious study at the prompting of Dr J. R. Jones, who helped the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation assemble its major collection. Dr Jones, who collaborated with Mr Francis Lothrop, Hon. Trustee of the Peabody Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, U. S. A. on research into Chinnerys life, made this available to the author who supplemented it with material collected by Mr Bonsall and others. The outcome was the newspaper articles in the Sunday Post-Herald, beginning in January 1974.

Since then the author has continued his investigations by correspondence with and personal visits to people in countries such as Britain, America, India, Japan and the Netherlands to collect information culminating in the present book.

Good+ in Good Dust Wrapper. Edges of the dust wrapper somewhat frayed, heavily so at the head of the upper panel, and a little tanned. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding which is also lightly soiled. Text complete, clean and tight.

[XII] 180 pages. Index. 10¾” x 7½”.

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Inquest: The Warren Commission and the Establishment of Truth by Edward Jay Epstein

Inquest: The Warren Commission and the Establishment of Truth by Edward Jay Epstein lands on the shelves of my shop.

Hutchinson, 1966, Hardback in dust wrapper.

From the cover: The primary subject of this book is the Warren Commission not the assassination itself states the author. It began as a masters thesis at Cornell University, the object of which was to examine the workings of an extraordinary government organisation in an extraordinary national situation; as Epstein puts it truth finding in a political environment. Were not the events of November 22nd 1963 even now fresh in most peoples minds, this book would still merit the closest attention, because it exposes how even the most distinguished commission of enquiry, with the resources of the entire United States Government to hand, still failed to establish the truth. INQUEST should be read by all who accept the Commission, whether Presidential or Royal, as a tool of good government.

Epsteins fundamental criticism rests on the divided purpose of the enquiry. The paramount purpose may well have been simply to make the truth known, but the question remains, Why? The appointment of Chief Justice Warren implies that one purpose was to protect the national interest and restore American prestige abroad. Thus, the termination of rumours and the restoration of domestic tranquillity was the implicit purpose jeopardizing the achievement of truth.

The author examines with cold and devastating logic the various problems of the assassination which did not receive the attention they merited from the Commission. How many shots were fired at the motorcade? Did the first bullet that hit Kennedy also cause Governor Connallys wounds? Did Oswald have an accomplice? Was Oswald at one stage a paid F. B. I. informer?

Edward Jay Epstein, now working on a doctoral programme in American government at Harvard, has written a book causing a furore in the United States which is of acute relevance to the rest of the world. Richard Goodwin, one of President Kennedys assistants writes of it Mr Epstein makes his case in so logical and detached a manner that it demands equally serious exploration and refutation If we cannot deny this book, then the investigation must be reopened if we wish to approach the truth more closely.

Introduction by: Richard H. Revere

Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Offset to the blanks.

Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XIX] 224 pages. Index. 8½” x 5½”.

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Italy’s Sorrow: A Year of War 1944-45 by James Holland

Italy’s Sorrow: A Year of War 1944-45 by James Holland lands on the shelves of my shop.

HarperPress, 2008, Hardback in dust wrapper.

Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Maps; Illustrated endpapers and blanks;

From the cover: During the Second World War, the campaign in Italy was the most destructive fought in Europe a long, bitter and highly attritional conflict that raged up the countrys mountainous leg. For frontline troops, casualty rates at Cassino and then along the notorious Gothic Line were as high as they had been on the Western Front in the First World War. There were further similarities too: blasted landscapes, rain and mud, and months on end with the front line barely moving.

While the Allies and Germans were slogging it out through the mountains, the Italians were fighting their own bitter battles. Partisans mounted a crippling resistance campaign against the German troops but also battled Fascist forces in what soon became a bloody civil war. Around them, innocent civilians tried to live through the carnage, terror and anarchy while, in the wake of the Allied advance, horrific numbers of impoverished and starving people were left to pick their way through the ruins of their homes and country. In the German-occupied north, there were more than 700 civilian massacres by German and Fascist troops in retaliation for Partisan activities, while in the south many found themselves forced to make terrible and heartrending decisions in order to survive.

Italy today is renowned for the beauty of its landscape and the richness of its culture, while its suffering in 1944-45 is largely forgotten. This is the first account of the conflict to tell the story from all sides and to include the experiences of soldiers and civilians alike. Offering extensive original research, it weaves together the drama and tragedy of that terrible year, including new perspectives and material on some of the most debated episodes to have emerged from the Second World War. It is a magnificent achievement by one of our finest young historians.

Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Very small splash mark to the leading edge of the text block not affecting the leaves. Price Clipped. Previous owners’ inscription to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight.

Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XLV] 606 pages. Index. Bibliography. 9½” x 6¼”.

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Deep Sea Sailing by Erroll Bruce

Deep Sea Sailing by Erroll Bruce lands on the shelves of my shop.

Stanley Paul, 1967, Hardback in dust wrapper.

4th (revised) impression. [First Edition: 1953] Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Diagrams; Maps; Tables;

From the cover: The urge to go to sea in small craft among those who could take their recreation comfortably and securely ashore has become almost a sociological phenomenon. Many have overcome all the difficulties involved and found such satisfaction in tiny boats that they go back to sea again and again for further adventure and surely it is the spirit of adventure that inspires this longing. Such a spirit of adventure runs particularly strongly in the author of this book, who has ventured under sail in most seas of the world. Thus in the China Seas, between hunting pirates, he once started an improvised offshore race at midnight, with half his crew in formal evening dress and the rest in pyjamas; another time he raced an open dinghy, single-handed, across the tide-ripped fury of the notorious Pentland Firth; yet again he capsized a native outrigger canoe amongst sharks off a mid-Pacific atoll. Many of his early ventures were criticised for taking absurd risks with the sea; yet the first edition of this book was criticised by others for an obsession with safety. The fact is that his daring ventures were supported by detailed planning and safety precautions, and today most of the seamanship he recommended 15 years ago is accepted as normal offshore racing practice, while many of the ventures then considered too rash have been safely followed by numerous other seafarers. This book shows the immense amount of thought he has put into the problems of deep sea sailing. It is not only a guide to practical details, but a philosophy as well. When first published in 1953 this book was acclaimed and accepted as one of the most brilliant ever written for yachtsmen. It has been reprinted twice since then. Now the author has revised it and brought it up to date. Much additional material has been included making this new edition an invaluable text book for the new generation of yachtsmen that is growing up today.

Introduction by: Robert Somerset

Very Good in Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper slightly edgeworn and a little tanned. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Text complete, clean and tight.

Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 248 pages. Index. 9¼” x 6″.

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Voyaging: Fifty Years On the Seven Seas in Sail Pen Pictures and Paintings, by James William Holmes by Edited by Nora Coughlan

Voyaging: Fifty Years On the Seven Seas in Sail Pen Pictures and Paintings, by James William Holmes by Edited by Nora Coughlan lands on the shelves of my shop.

Hutchinson, 1966, Hardback in dust wrapper.

2nd impression. [First Edition: 1965] Jacket illustration: The Cimba of Aberdeen, owners Alex Nichol & Co. , built Aberdeen 1817. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Plates; Colour frontispiece;

Introduction by: John Masefield

Very Good in Good Dust Wrapper. Edges of the dust wrapper somewhat frayed with slight loss at the bottom corner of the upper panel. Previous owners’ inscription to the first blank. Tanning to the blanks. Text complete, clean and tight.

Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 207 pages. 8½” x 5½”.

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Exmoor by S. H. Samuel Holroyd Burton

Exmoor by S. H. [Samuel Holroyd] Burton lands on the shelves of my shop.

Hodder & Stoughton, 1970, Hardback in dust wrapper.

2nd impression. [First Edition: 1969] Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Black & White Drawings; Maps [1]; Maps to the endpapers and blanks;

From the cover: Not in the whole of Britain is there more varied beauty in so small a space as can be found inside the boundaries of the Exmoor National Park. Perhaps this endless variety is the secret of Exmoors fascination; it is certainly the reason why everyone has his own special Exmoor, and why unless he knows the moor well he tends to be quite ignorant of other peoples Exmoor.

For some, Exmoor is the sea and the distant views of Wales. Others believe that Exmoor is its eastern borders spectacular tree-filled valleys and Dunkerys purple heather. Others think of Tarr Steps and Winsford Hill. Exmoor is a summer day at Three Combes Foot, and a gale out by Chapman Barrows, so fierce that it is hard to stand upright by the graves of the ancient people. Exmoor is Dunster in August, crowded pavements, souvenirs and St. Georges Church with its miraculous screen. It is Doone Land, and it is a stag belling in October mists; it is barley in Porlock Vale and blackcock lekking at Hawkcombe; wild ponies galloping over the moor; deserted iron mines on the Bade; the Knight family tombs at Simonsbath; cream teas; coach tours; utter loneliness; wild grandeur; postcard prettiness; controversy; hearts ease.

This book is about all these things, because it is about Exmoor. If it succeeds in helping its readers to know and love more Exmoors than they knew and loved before, I shall be well content; for I shall then have repaid a debt a debt I owe to Exmoor, and to those who have walked there with me.

Very Good in Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with some short nicks and tears. Previous owners’ inscription to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise.

Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 192 pages. Index. 9″ x 6″.

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