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SIMPSON, JIM AND DARLING, KEV, COMPILERS.
Raf Gate Guards.
Shrewsbury, Airlife. 1992, First Edition. (ISBN: 1853101664) Hard Cover with dust jacket. 203 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H). B&w photographs. "There are few airbases that do not possess a gate guard - an old aircraft, usually positioned near the gate of the base and 'up a pole' in an attempt to portray the normal flying attitude of the aircraft. Enthusiasts in the United Kingdom are particularly lucky that the RAF has such a positive attitude towards the preservation and maintenance of the often historic aircraft in its care. Ranging from WWII fighters and bombers - Spitfires, Hurricanes, Shackletons and Lancasters - to more recent sophisticated jet aircraft such as the English Electric Lighning, Jaguar and Phantom; these aircraft represent a living piece of RAF history." Arranged alphabetically by airbase for 1991, with a section on former RAF Gate Guards and Selected Individual Histories. Very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has light to moderate edge wear/wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap folds, light rubbing. Very Good/Very Good-.
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Book number: 23464
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Catalogue: British History
Keywords: R.A. F. , Royal Air Force, Aircraft, Hunter, Whirlwind, Lightning, Jaguar, Canberra, Meteor, Hastings, Vulcan, Harrier, Buccaneer, Javelin, Phantom, Provost, Gnat, Comet, Spitfire, Hurricane, Victor, Shackleton, Vampire, Vulcan, Air Bases, Lancasters. 185

 
FREEMAN, JOHN AND DORMER, PETER.
London Revealed. The Beautiful, Bizarre and Unexpected Interiors of the Capital.
London, Macdonald. 1989, First Edition. (ISBN: 0356175375) Hard Cover with dust jacket. 240 pp, small 4to (10 5/8" H). Beautifully and profusely illustrated with colour photographs. "John Freeman has spent a year investigating the worlds behind the closed doors of the Capital, unearthing an incredible variety of important interiors. The best and most exciting of these have been brought together in this book, revealing ninety unique views of London, many of which have been photographed here for the first time. The result is the most authoritative and well-researched book on the hidden and unappreciated interiors of London, coveirng not only buildings from all periods of history but sites that represent many of the aspects of London life. Five thematic chapters put each individual interior into context, making the book not only a stunning visual and descriptive account of the multifarious worlds inside London, but an important survey of London's architecture and design. The chapters include 'The Grand Scale', a study of the most opulent and grand interiors, with unusual angles on the well-known - such as the Albert Hall and Old Bailey - as well as impressive but less accessible sites such as the Granada Cinema at Tooting. 'Into the Twentieth Century' reveals the innovative decors - successful or otherwise - of recent years; 'The Decorative Tradition' celebrates the richness of period and contemporary detailing in London; 'Moments Preserved' evokes not only nostalgia but wonders at the perfect preservation or restoration of a period room or moment in time (with a plea therefore for their further protection). 'Private Lives' explores the personal homes that have been transformed in traditional and eclectic styles by their owners, and also provides glimpses into private habitats, from the hallowed halls of the Reform Club to a Chelsea houseboat and even a 'taxi driver' eatery." This is a heavy volume and may require additional postage, depending on destinatiion. Minor wrinkling at top of spine. Dust jacket has minor wrinkling at top of spine and rear flap-fold, very minor rubbing. Near Fine/Very Good+.
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Book number: 22503
USD 35.00 [Appr.: EURO 29.5 | £UK 26.25 | JP¥ 3641]
Catalogue: British History
Keywords: Architecture, British History, Interiors, London, Buildings, Private Houses, Hotels, Public, Decorative, Theatres, Historical, Architectural Features, Lloyds, Harrods, Albert Hall, Tower Bridge, Churches, Chapels, Ritz, Religious, Mansion, Clubs, Interior

 
JONES, REG.
Further Down Memory Lane and Memories of Welton Rovers.
Privately Published. 1987. (ISBN: 0951034014) Stapled in Wraps. Unpaginated (approx. 72 pp.), 8 3/16" H. B&w photographs, reproductions. The author's memories of life in Midsomer Norton, Somerset, including many of the local soccer club. Interior - tiny piece missing form top corner of most pages, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - two small corner creases, tiny piece missing from top corner of front cover, minor rubbing, minor wrinkles and tiny light stain on rear cover, very tiny light stain on top of text block, minor rubbing. Very Good.
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Book number: 22415
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Catalogue: British History
Keywords: Midsomer Norton, Somerset, Village Life, General Strike, First World War, Personal Reminiscences, Family, Mining, Miners, Humfrey Bulleid, Soccer, Football, Clubs, Welton Rovers. 0951034014

 
JONES, KATHLEEN. (CHRISTINA ROSSETTI>)
Learning Not to Be First: The Life of Christina Rossetti.
New York, St. Martin's Press. 1992, First American Edition. (ISBN: 0312070179) Hard Cover with dust jacket. 252 pp. 8vo (8 1/2" H). B&w photographs, reproductions. "(E)xamines Christina Rossetti's life alongside those of of other nineteenth-century women writers - notably Emily Bronte, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and Emily Dickinson. (She) was the youngest of four children, born in England to Italian parents. Although she and her brother, Dante Gabriel, were known as the 'two storms', Christina's passionate nature was curbed in a way that her brother's was not, as she submitted to the social and religious pressures that lay so heavily on Victorian women. Like E.B.B. Christina suffered the tyranny of a loving family. Her sister Maria's influence was described as 'a species of police surveillance', and Christina was always careful never to write anything that would hurt her mother. As her personal life became increasingly tragic, her output of religious poetry grew. Her desire for both poetic and moral excellence kept her continually in conflict, a struggle whose corrosive effects deeply affected her writing. (Her) deliberate self-effacement, Dante Gabriel's portrayal of her as the meek virgin, and William Rossetti's role as editor and interpreter of her work have gradually blotted out the passionate, lively spirit who wrote with such simplicity and power. (The author's) fascinating work finally strips away the shadows of Christina's life to reveal her true self." Varying levels of sun fading to spine, top/bottom edges & top 1 1/2" of rear board; tiny printers ink mark in margin of pages 4 & 5. Dust jacket has very light edge wear - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds. Good/Very Good.
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Book number: 25328
USD 15.00 [Appr.: EURO 12.75 | £UK 11.25 | JP¥ 1560]
Catalogue: British History
Keywords: Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Pre-Raphaelites, Goblin Market, Charles Cayley, Emily Bronte, Charlotte, Mackenzie Bell, Ford Madox Brown, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, James Collinson, Dickinson, Siddal, Algernon Swinburne, W.B. Scott, John Ruskin, Holman Hunt, Ch

 
OWEN-JONES, STUART, DR.
Railways of Wales.
Cardiff, Amgueddfa Genedlaethol Cymru / National Museum of Wales. 1981. (ISBN: 0720002486) Stapled in Wraps. 48 pp, 8" H x 8 1/4" D. Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs, reproductions, map. Contents: Introduction; Making Tracks; The Routes to Ireland; The Coal and Iron Trade; Into 'Wild Wales'; Courtship and Competition; Zenith and Slow Decline. Interior - faint cigarette odour, faint erased pencil marks on first page, otherwise clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - tiny crease at top corner of covers and text block, wear at top of spine, minor wear at bottom of spine. Very Good.
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Book number: 17122
USD 10.00 [Appr.: EURO 8.5 | £UK 7.5 | JP¥ 1040]
Catalogue: British History
Keywords: Wales, Welsh, Rail Operations, Passenger, Auto-Trains, Coal, Ireland, Iron, Stations, Seals, Steam Engines, Locomotives, Railways. 0720002486

 
JUDD, DENIS.
The Boer War.
London, Hart-Davis, MacGibbon. 1977, First Edition. (ISBN: 0246108681) Hard Cover with dust jacket. 190 pp, large 8vo (9 7/8" H). Profusely illustrated in b&w with photographs, reproductions, maps/battle plans. "The Boer War of 1899-1902 symbolized Britain's towering Imperial status and at the same time exposed potentially crippling weaknesses in her military machine. It marked both the apotheosis of her late-nineteenth-century Imperial expansion, and also its collapse. Like all wars, it promoted legends and convenient national myths and paid scant respect to the truth. In his sensitive and scholarly account, Denis Judd is not concerned with partisanship. He recognizes the extraordinary courage and resourcefullness of the stoic Afrikaner farming community who, against all odds, carried on an eighteen-month guerrilla campaign after the war seemed to be over. Dr. Judd above all deals clearly and vividly with the complex issues, stirring events and varied personalities that go to make up the Boer War." Cigarette odour, very light browning in margins of pages, boards slightly bowed, browning to edges of textblock light waviness to fore-edge of textblock. Dust jacket has light edge wrinkling, browning at edges, minor rubbing, small closed tear and creases at bottom of front hinge - archivally taped. Very Good-/Very Good-.
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Book number: 22227
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Catalogue: British History
Keywords: Boer War, South African, Africa, British Army, Spion Kop, Vaal Krantz, Ladysmith, Kimberley, Mafeking, Lord Roberts, Pretoria, Kitchener, Buller, Baden-Powell, Kruger, Johannesburg, Afrikaners, Guerrilla Warfare, Boers, South Africa, Victorian Wars, Early

 
JUDD, DENIS.
The Royal Victorians: A Pictorial Biography.
New York, St. Martin's. 1975. Hard Cover with dust jacket. 207 pp, large 8vo (9 11/16" H). "(T)ells the public and private story of an unusual 'rake's progress'. For the first sixty years of his life Edward had fought against respectability and - in so doing - confirmed the low opinion of him held by his mother, Queen Victoria. Yet, by the time of his death in 1910 only nine years after succeeding to the throne, he had become the symbol of security to a society which was uncertain and deeply divided within itself. Kept in ignorance of State affairs by his mother, Edward spent his life as Prince of Wales pursuing pleasure and freely indulging his passions for the chase. Horses, yachts, cars and spas were among his favorite pastimes, while scandalous liaisons with 'professional beauties' nearly proved his undoing. Succinctly and entertainingly, with the aid of 250 photographs, prints and drawings, (the author) describes the life and reign of one of England's most flamboyant kings. In private life Edward VII was a devoted husband to Alexandra and an excellent father to their children (the future George V called him 'my best friend and the best of fathers'), and once he was in office his conviviality and natural gift for diplomacy proved invaluable in ending Britain's policy of 'splendid isolation'. It was only fitting that he should give his name to an era." Previous owner's small Christmas notation, place, date and signature on free front endpaper along with a faint erased pencil mark; light to moderate edge wear, a few tiny tears at top/bottom of spine along with light wear. Dust jacket has light wear/tiny tears at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, small sticker removal marks on front flap, light fading to colour on panels, some areas of light edge wrinkling, light rubbing. Very Good -/Very Good -.
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Book number: 25484
USD 17.50 [Appr.: EURO 14.75 | £UK 13.25 | JP¥ 1820]
Catalogue: British History
Keywords: British Royal Family, Edward Vii, King, Kings, Rulers, Great Britain, Edwardian Era, Queen Mary, May Teck, Kaiser Wilhelm, Alexandra, Queen Victoria, Prince Albert, Consort. , Social Life, Politics, Early 20th Century, Great Britain.

 
KAISER, ROBERT G.
Cold Winter, Cold War.
New York, Stein and Day. 1974, First Edition. (ISBN: 0812816250) Hard Cover with dust jacket. 226 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H). "(S)heds new light on the origins of the Cold War. (Kaiser) brings into the debate factors that others have ignored, most notably the influence on foreign policy of domestic political and economic conditions in 1946 and 1947 in the United States and Great Britain. 'The Truman Doctrine - the beginning of the Cold War - was closely tied to the events of its time, events largely forgotten now, but crucially important then', writes Kaiser. 'Who recalls the fuel crisis of February, 1947, when Britain appeared for a moment on the verge of utter collapse? Yet without the crisis, there would have been no Truman Doctrine and no Marshall Plan in 1947. Who recalls the strength of the anti-British feeling in the American Congress after the War? Yet it was that emotion, and President Truman's fear of its influence, that was largely responsible for the strident tone of the Truman Doctrine speech. (This book) is more than a reassessment. It is based in part on the author's personal interviews with world leaders who played important parts in the events discussed - Dean Acheson, Clark Clifford, Averell Harriman, Clement Atlee, and Richard H.S. Crossman, among others." Small ridge and corresponding dint on front endpapers, small sticker ghost mark on front free endpaper, very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, minor browning to edges of boards. Dust jacket has moderate edgewear/creasing at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds - heavier at top of spine with one tear, light rubbing, a few very small edge tears. Very Good/Good.
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Book number: 17732
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Catalogue: British History
Keywords: Cold War, Super Powers, Russia, United States, Stalin, Foreign Policy, Domestic, Politics, Economic Conditions, Great Britain, Truman Doctrine, Marshall Plan, Dean Acheson, Clark Clifford, Averell Harriman, Clement Atlee, Richard Crossman, Byrnes, Superpo

 
KEEVIL, AMBROSE.
The Story of Fitch Lovell, 1784-1970.
Phillimore, (Chichester, 1972), first edition.. 304 pp, 8vo (8 11/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. Map endpapers, b&w plates. "Company histories are often as dull and stale as a collection of old annual reports, having been dutifully compiled by a professional author from official records. Rarely is a major company fortunate enough to have an ex-Chairman who, after a lifetime in the business, is both willing and able to put pen to paper and record the events, recount the anecdotes and recall the excitement of its beginnings, its growth and its success. Sir Ambrose Keevil has done just this for the Fitch Lovell Group - company by company, from their beginnings as small family businesses in the 18th and 19th centuries, through to the period of vigorous growth and eventua l merger within his own lifetime. He has provided a highly readable and entertaining account of an important piece of London's commercial history, and of the history of the provisions trade. It is also a vivid and moving human story of the ordinary (and extraordinary) men who built up the several components, now united in the highly successful group of companies that plays such a powerful part in the contemporary food industry." Minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket is price clipped, has old price sticker on front flap, minor edge wear/wrinkling, soiling around edge of laminate. NF/VG-.
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Book number: 16195
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Catalogue: British History
Keywords: Company Histories, Fitch Lovell Group, Family Businesses, 18th Century, 19th, Mergers, London, Commercial, Provisions, Food Industry, Pork, Baking, Supermarkets, Cock Lane, Isaac Beer, Horses, Poultry, Svend Rotzou, Christmas, Victorian Era, Noel.

 
KENNEDY, CAROL.
Mayfair: A Social History.
London, Hutchinson. 1986, First Edition. (ISBN: 0091555906) Hard Cover with dust jacket. 300 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H). B&w plates. "For more than 250 years Mayfair has been the best address in London - rivalled now by Belgravia but still a glamorous and desirable place in which to live and work. In this century it has had a glittering image as the playground of high society, and Mayfair is still shorthand for a moneyed way of life, though these days the money comes mainly from expense accounts and Middle East oil wells. And the desirable properties in the glossy ads in 'Country Life' and 'Tatler' are more likely to be offices than private homes. From its raffish Restoration origins this has been an area which boasted an extraordinary mixture of residents, from members of Charles II's court to Clive of India, Beau Brummell, Mrs Fitzherbert (who secretly married the Prince Regent in the drawing-room of a house in Park Street), through eminent Victorians like Disraeli and Florence Nightingale to plutocrats like Barney Barnato and J.P. Morgan, and leaders of pre-war society like the Mountbattens and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. Until the late nineteenth century it was also a village of all the talents, a cross-section of society where aristocrats and artisans lived back to back and their neighbours included politicans, playwrights, poets and craftsmen. Finally, in this fascinating social history, Carol Kennedy looks hard at post-war Mayfair; at what happens on the real-life Monopoly board when the leases fall in." Slight darkening to top of textblock. Dust jacket has minor edge wrinkling. Very Good+/Very Good+.
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Book number: 18491
USD 27.50 [Appr.: EURO 23.25 | £UK 20.75 | JP¥ 2861]
Catalogue: British History
Keywords: Mayfair, London, Sir Thomas Grosvenor, Edwardian, High Society, Social Life, Social History, Albany, Architecture, Berkeley Square, Bond Street, Brook Street, Night Clubs, Curzon, Devonshire, Dorchester, Hotels, Landsdowne, Piccadilly, Park Lane, Oxford,

 
KERSHAW, IAN.
Making Friends with Hitler: Lord Londonderry, the Nazis and the Road to World War Ii.
New York, Penguin. 2004, First American Edition. (ISBN: 1594200300) Hard Cover with dust jacket. 488 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H). B&w map, plates. "Charles Stewart Henry Vane-Tempest-Stewart, the 7th Marquess of Londonderry, was born to power and command. Scion of one of Britain's most aristocratic families, cousin of Churchill and confidant of the king, owner of vast coal fields and landed estates, married to the doyenne of London's social scene, Londonderry was an ornament to his class, the 0.1 percent of the population who still owned 30 percent of England's wealth as late as 1930. But history has not been kind to 'Charley', as the king called him, because, in his own words, he 'backed the wrong horse', and a very dark horse indeed: Adolf Hitler and his Nazi party. Londonderry was hardly the only British aristocrat to do so, but he was the only cabinet member to do so, and it ruined him. In a final irony, his grand London house was bombed by the German Luftwaffe in the blitz. Ian Keshaw is not out to rehabilitate Lord Londonderry but to understand him and to expose why he was made a scapegoat for views that were much more widely held than anyone now likes to think." Dust jacket has minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Near Fine/Near Fine.
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Book number: 24452
USD 15.00 [Appr.: EURO 12.75 | £UK 11.25 | JP¥ 1560]
Catalogue: British History
Keywords: Diplomacy, Diplomatic Relations, Charles Stewart Henry Vane-Tempest-Stewart, Foreign, Great Britian, Germany, Nazi Party, Abyssinian Crisis, Anti-Semitism, Appeasement, Stanley Baldwin, Bolshevism, Winston Churchill, Castlereagh, Mairi Bury, Neville Chamb

 
KING, GREG.
The Duchess of Windsor: The Uncommon Life of Wallis Simpson.
New York, Citadel / Kensington. 2003. (ISBN: 0806524642) Soft Cover. 556 pp, 9" H. "It was the love story of the century - the king and the commoner. In December 1936, King Edward VIII abdicated the throne to marry ' the woman I love,' Wallis Warfield Simpson, a twice-divorced American who quickly became one of the twentieth century's most famous personalities, a figure of intrigue and mystery, both admired and reviled. Wrongly blamed for the abdication crisis, Wallis suffered hostility from the Royal Family and much of the world. Yet interest in her story has remained constant, resulting in a small library of biographies that convey a thinly veiled animosity toward their subject. The truth, however, is infinitely more fascinating than the shallow, pathetic portrait that has often been painted. Using previously untapped sources, (the author) presents a complete and, for the first time, sympathetic portrait of the Duchess that sifts the decades of rumor and accusation to reveal the woman behind the legend. From her birth in Pennsylvania during the Gilded Age to her death in Paris in 1986, King takes the reader through a world of privilege, palaces, high society, and love with the accompaniment of hatreds, feuds, conspiracies, and lies. The cast of characters is vast: politicians and presidents, dictators and socialites. Twenty-four pages of (b&w) photographs reveal the life of the Duchess in all its incomparable glamour and romance." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - three light creases down a concave spine. Very Good.
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Book number: 25189
USD 25.00 [Appr.: EURO 21 | £UK 18.75 | JP¥ 2600]
Catalogue: British History
Keywords: Wallis Warfield Simpson, Marriage, Abdication, British Royal Family, Social Life, Customs, 20th Century, Scandals, Cecil Beaton, Winston Churchill, Edward Viii, George Vi, Queen Elizabeth Ii, Bessie Merryman, Jewelry, Clothing Style, Romantic Relationship

 
KING, PETER.
Knights of the Air: The Life and Times of the Extraordinary Pioneers Who First Built British Aeroplanes.
Iowa City, University of Iowa Press. 1989. (ISBN: 0877452652) Hard Cover with dust jacket. 544 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H). "(The) story of the men who spent their youth designing and building England's first flying-machines: the men who pioneered the British aircraft industry. Some of their aircraft have achieved immortality - the legendary Pup, Camel, Spitfire, Hurricane and Lancaster. But of the men who designed and built them, men like Frederick Handley Page, Tommy Sopwith, George Holt Thomas and Geoffrey de Havilland, perhaps only Rolls and Royce are still household names. These pioneers of aviation development began to build their empires during Worl;d War I, although several of them crashed during the bleak period that followed. World War II revived their fortunes, as somehow they met the challenge of enormously increased production and helped save England from invasion. They tested the early jets and speedily built the first post-war jet airliner. But already they were making errors which would result in bankruptcies, forced mergers and foreign takeovers. Peter King describes the knight in all their glamour, skill, idiosyncrasy, greed, flair and desire for power. Quotations from previously unpublished papers, from colleagues and contemporaries, and from customers (governments, the British Air Force, commercial airlines) for the first time describe how wilful they could be, as well as how brilliantly enterprising and entertaining." Slight wrinkling at bottom of spine, minor soiling on bottom of textblock. Dust jacket has minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds. Very Good+/Very Good+.
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Book number: 23677
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Catalogue: British History
Keywords: Aircraft, Airco, Air Ministry, Airships, A.V. Roe, Avro, Aeronautics, Armstrong-Siddeley, Rod Banks, Be, Beaverbrook, Bristol, Boeing, Boac, Noel Billing, Capper, Brooklands, Comet, de Havilland, Stafford Cripps, Farnborough, Fairey, Roy Dobson, British A

 
VAN DER KISTE, JOHN.
George Iii's Children.
Stroud, Sutton. 1999. (ISBN: 0750922338) Soft Cover. 204 pp, large 8vo (9 5/8" H). B&w photographs, reproductions. "King George III and Queen Charlotte had fifteen children, all but two surviving to maturity. The eldest, who became Prince Regent and King George IV, is today less remembered for his patronage of the arts than for his extravagance, and for the harsh treatment of his wife Caroline. As Commander-in-Chief of the British army, the administrative qualities of Frederick, Duke of York, are largely forgotten, while King William IV, usually dismissed as a figure of fun, brought a new affability to the monarchy which helped him through the storms engendered during the passage of the Great Reform Bill in 1832. The princesses, for many years victims of their parents' possessiveness, married only late in life, if at all, yet they have been disparaged as colourless nonentities. This book describes the relationships between the siblings and chronologically recounts the life of the family; the intriguing characters who surrounded the royal court; and the princes' liaisons which resulted in the extraordinary situation that - when Princess Charlotte of Wales died unexpectedly in 1817 - George III, at the age of seventy-nine, did not have a single legitimate grandchild. Three of his children then hurried to the altar." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - faint crease down spine. Near Fine.
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Book number: 23101
USD 15.00 [Appr.: EURO 12.75 | £UK 11.25 | JP¥ 1560]
Catalogue: British History
Keywords: King George Iii, Queen Charlotte, Hanover, Hanoverian, Children, Childhood, British Royal Family, Grandchildren, Geneaology, Prince Regent, Monarchy, Mistresses, Court, Marriage, Marriages, 18th, 19th Century, Politics, British Royal Family, Princes, Prin

 
KNIGHT, DENNIS. BASED ON THE DIARY OF MARY SMITH.
Harvest of Messerschmitts: The Chronicle of a Village at War - 1940.
London, Frederick Warne. 1981. (ISBN: 0723227721) Hard Cover with dust jacket. 183 pp, large 8vo (9 11/16" H). Pictorial endpapers, b&w photographs, drawings, maps. "During the year 1940, a picturesque Kent village in the Downs behind Folkstone and Dover became virtually the epicentre of the greatest of all air conflicts: The Battle of Britain. The village is called Elham and this book is a chronicle of the events that took place there during that momentous year - in the skies above, in the streets, and in the surrounding countryside. Taking the diary of Mary Smith, the daughter of the village Postmaster - in which she briefly recorded the news headlines of the day and any local events that affected her - Dennis Knight has skilfully woven around her brief account a narrative which unfolds gradually to reveal the truly cataclysmic effect of The Battle of Britain on an innocent and peaceful community." Cigarette odour, minor browning at margin edges, very light browning to edges of textblock, small shallow bump to bottom fore-edge of both boards. Dust jacket has light browning on spine and at top edge, very minor edge wrinkling. Very Good/Very Good.
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Book number: 21502
USD 25.00 [Appr.: EURO 21 | £UK 18.75 | JP¥ 2600]
Catalogue: British History
Keywords: Elham, Kent, Battle Britain, Mary Smith, Diaries, Personal Reminiscences, Aircraft, Aircrew, Hawkinge, Home Guard, Civilian Life, Americans, Australians, Canadians, Bassett, Bragg, Churchill, Martin Constant, Dowding, Jimmy Davies, Adolf Galland, Aerial B

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