Military Badge Collecting by John Gaylor

Military Badge Collecting by John Gaylor lands on the shelves of my shop.

Leo Cooper, 1983, Hardback in dust wrapper.

3rd (revised) edition, 1st printing, [First Published: 1971] Illustrated by way of: Black & White Drawings;

From the cover: It is an interesting paradox that, in spite of the rundown in strength of the British regular army and the cutbacks in the reserve forces, interest in military traditions has grown apace and many of those who were never called upon to do National Service are now collecting what are probably the most readily-found of militaria regimental cap-badges.

In this, the third edition of his book, John Gaylor, who is the Honorary Secretary of the Military Historical Society, treats every aspect of this fascinating hobby. He tells of the evolution of the present regimental badges from the numbered regiments of foot up until 1881, of the Volunteers, of the Territorials, the Home Guard, military cyclists, Kitcheners Army and many other unusual units. He gives much useful advice on the acquisition, mounting and storing of badges. New appendices deal with the tartans worn by Scottish infantry regiments and a full listing of all the infantry Volunteer battalions in 1908, just before the creation of the new Territorial Force.

With photographs of over 750 badges from 1881 to 1983 this book will continue to be invaluable as a guide and a work of reference to beginner and to experienced collector alike.

Very Good in Poor Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper heavily sunned at the spine, a little rubbed at the edges. Pages lightly age-tanned.

Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 163 pages. Index. 8¾” x 5¾”.

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Great Sea Battles by Oliver Warner

Great Sea Battles by Oliver Warner lands on the shelves of my shop.

Spring Books, 1972, Hardback in dust wrapper.

Jacket illustration: Painting by Mather Brown of Lord Howe, sword in hand, on the quarter deck of the Queen Charlotte at the Glorious First of June, 1794, on the back an English ship and Barbary corsairs about 1670, painted by William van de Velde the Younger. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Colour Plates; Diagrams; Maps;

From the cover: Four centuries of great courage and magnificent daring, of ships in victory and defeat on the oceans of the world -this is the romantic subject of GREAT SEA BATTLES. From slave galleys and sailing ships to iron-clads and aircraft carriers, here is a rich canvas of naval history stamped with the personalities of the great commanders Drake, Tromp, Howe, Nelson, Graf von Spee, and many others.

The strategy and tactics, the freaks of wind and weather, which decided 26 famous battles from Lepanto and the Armada to Trafalgar, Jutland and Midway are recounted in vivid style by celebrated naval historian, Oliver Warner. He assesses the historical importance of each battle and the political repercussions in the countries involved.

Nelson turning a blind eye at Copenhagen; the surrender of the Rock of Gibraltar to a combined British and Dutch fleet under Sir George Rooke; the bizarre fight between the Monitor and the Merrimac in Hampton Roads such incidents leap to life in this dramatic book.

The extraordinary wealth of pictorial material makes GREAT SEA BATTLES one of the finest books about naval warfare ever published. From museums, art galleries, naval societies and institutions of many nations has been gathered a breathtaking collection of paintings by famous marine artists, as well as sketches, drawings, photographs, maps and diagrams, many of which have been specially prepared for this book. There are 48 pages of full-colour illustrations and 350 black and white pictures.

Very Good in Good Dust Wrapper. Edges of the dust wrapper somewhat frayed with a 2″ tear to the foot of the spine at the join with the upper panel. Gently faded at the spine. Price Clipped. Text complete, clean and tight.

Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 303 pages. 13″ x 9¾”.

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The Critical Eye by Guido Ballo

The Critical Eye by Guido Ballo lands on the shelves of my shop.

Heinemann, 1969, Hardback in dust wrapper.

Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs; Black & White Plates; Colour Drawings;

From the cover: Everyone, however uninformed, feels qualified to give their opinion of a work of art: I could do better than that myself, Its a masterpiece, That isnt art”; but how can one be sure that ones own idiosyncrasies of taste and character are not obstructing ones judgement, that one isnt using easy catch-phrases or being influenced by what is fashionable, that it isnt lack of knowledge which prevents one from really appreciating certain works of art ? If the yardstick is simply personal preference, how is it that Impressionism and Byzantine mosaics could not be appreciated in their time; that painters of such stature as Giotto, Titian and Raphael could be so disprized at some epochs ? And why is modern art so incomprehensible to the general public?

To answer such questions properly it is necessary to understand not only the historical context of art, and the limitations and discoveries of each age, but also to school ones own eye to the purely critical. One must recognize the roles of rhythm, form, movement and proportion in great art, admit to the psychological factors which can interfere with appreciation.

With the help of this clear and beautifully illustrated book Guido Ballo sets out to do just this to lay aside the prejudices and ill-thought-out preconceptions which prevent us from viewing works of art with a truly critical eye. He takes us from the earliest days of art right up to the most confusing time of all, the present day, and his book is a very necessary and important one, written for the general reader but invaluable also to art students.

Good+ in Good+ Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. Spine squared. Leans slightly. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Text complete, clean and tight.

Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 291 pages. Index. Bibliography. 9″ x 6″.

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Easter Eggs: A Collector’s Guide by Victor Houart

Easter Eggs: A Collector’s Guide by Victor Houart lands on the shelves of my shop.

Souvenir Press, 1978, Hardback in dust wrapper.

Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs;

From the cover: Easter Eggs are a comparatively new field for the collector- but Easter Eggs themselves have origins far beyond the Christian festival they have marked for a thousand years. For as Victor Houart points out in this, the first comprehensive guide to Easter Eggs through the ages, the egg is a symbol of the mystery of lifes renewal as old as human culture itself.

The author traces the development of the humble vegetable-dyed eggs hidden by villagers all over Europe even to this day for their children to find on Easter morning, to the magnificent jewel-encrusted creations of Faberge for the Tsar of all the Russias. He describes rare ornamented ostrich eggs preserved in French churches since the middle ages; eggs painted by Boucher, Watteau and Lancret for the 17th-century French court, surprise eggs, containing miniature pastoral scenes of the 18th century; enameled and gold and jeweled eggs, first produced in Paris and later in 19th-century Russia for the Imperial family.

And parallel with this court tradition, the author finds another, the folk tradition of decorating eggs by hand that still survives in Russia (especially in the Ukraine) in Hungary and Rumania and Poland to this day. This tradition perhaps reached its climax in the magnificent 19th-century papier-mâché eggs made in Russia with their rich, glowing colours and folk-rooted designs.

Easter Eggs not only describes the processes by which all these eggs are made but helps the collector to identify place and period of origin. It also places the ancient tradition of the Easter egg in the setting of the folk traditions of the spring in Europe and the Middle East from which the eggs still draw their own unique meaning.

Lavishly illustrated with a series of brilliant plates in colour and black-and-white, this is a book to be treasured and enjoyed.

Very Good in Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with some short, closed, tears. Pages very gently age-tanned.

Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 128 pages. 8¾” x 7″.

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Across The Roof Of The World by Wilfred Skrede

Across The Roof Of The World by Wilfred Skrede lands on the shelves of my shop.

The Travel Book Club, 1954, Hardback in dust wrapper.

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

From the cover: A lone figure wandering in the vastness of Asia, Wilfred Skrede, a young Norwegian, saw many strange things which few from the West have ever seen.

He was no explorer accompanied by the equipment and porters of a great expedition, but a young man in wartime making his way as best he could to Little Norway in Canada across Russia and Turkestan, over the Himalayas, on to India and from there to Singapore and around the Cape of Good Hope.

Crippled and exhausted, but with mind alert, he journeyed along the tracks where once thundered the hordes of Ghenghis Khan and where centuries ago slowly moved the caravans on the route from far Cathay. In the Mintaka Pass, high in the Himalayas, his only signposts were the skeletons of men and innumerable horses that had perished along the way, their powdering bones vanishing in the winds of Time

Skrede was truly a man from another world treated often with hostility, indifference, even brutality and sometimes with unexpected kindness by people whose language he could not speak. Through every adventure and he had many his youthful resilience enabled him to laugh at himself, his sense of humour helped him to see hope where others might have seen none, but even he, with youth and hope on his side, was sometimes overwhelmed by unbearable loneliness. The miracle is that he ever survived to tell his story.

Good in Poor Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with several short tears and a little loss. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Pages lightly age-tanned.

Green boards with Black titling to the Spine. 255 pages. 8″ x 5¼”.

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Time Well Spent by Evelyn Cheesman

Time Well Spent by Evelyn Cheesman lands on the shelves of my shop.

The Travel Book Club, 1960, Hardback in dust wrapper.

From the cover: Victorian modesty, British understatement and the ruthless realism of both Elizabethan ages go to the make-up of Evelyn Cheesman. She has made many single-handed journeys to the islands inhabited by gentle Polynesians and violent Papuans and has perceived, with something of a divine sympathy, how these races think and feel. She has pursued with unfaltering industry and unflagging enthusiasm her quest for insects to enlarge the scientific knowledge of mankind.

Miss Cheesman writes a remarkable story, this time focussing her attention rather on the sidelights than the highlights of her explorations; the enchanting backwaters of the main stream of adventure. Here are the small, sharp, individual incidents which pin-point the work of an entomologist in the field: the illuminating difficulties of riding a horse up a mountain, the services in a remote church, the difficulties of obtaining clothes for work and play.

Good+ in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with a little soiling overall, a mark to the top corner of the upper panel. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Pages lightly age-tanned, heaving to the blanks.

Blue boards with Black titling to the Spine. 224 pages. 8¾” x 5¾”.

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The Red Snows: An Account of the British Caucasus Expedition, 1958 by Sir John Hunt & Christopher Brasher

The Red Snows: An Account of the British Caucasus Expedition, 1958 by Sir John Hunt & Christopher Brasher lands on the shelves of my shop.

The Travel Book Club, 1960, Hardback in dust wrapper.

From the cover: Five years after they first made application, a party of British mountaineers was given permission to climb in Soviet territory. Among them were Sir John Hunt, leader of the successful Everest expedition, and Christopher Brasher, Olympic athlete turned mountaineer.

Now their story of their visit to the picturesquely, and literally, named red snows of the Caucasus will fascinate all their fellow-mountaineers and everyone else as well who is looking for an unfamiliar view of modern Russia.

Very Good in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded. Leans slightly. Edges of the text block lightly spotted.

Green boards with Black titling to the Spine. 176 pages. Index. 8½” x 5½”.

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