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ASHWORTH, FRANK. ILLUSTRATIONS BY JANET SMITH.
Burnley: A Town Amidst the Pennines.
Mid-Pennine Arts Association. (ISBN: 0950987808) Soft Cover. 104 pp, oblong (5 3/4" H x 8 1/8" D), no date. B&w photographs. Contents: Foreword; Introduction; A Town Amidst the Pennines; Burnley's History; Buildings of Historical and Architectural Interest; Local Lore and Legend; Children 's Street and Playground Games; Burnley's Football Club: One Hundred years of Sporting History; A Burnley 'XI'; Burnley Milestones; Local Organisations relating to Heritage of Burnley; Bibliography and Sources Used. Interior - tiny bump at bottom corner of text block, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - light edge wear - mainly on spine, small crease at bottom corner of covers. Very Good.
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Book number: 25443
USD 15.00 [Appr.: EURO 12.75 | £UK 11.25 | JP¥ 1568]
Catalogue: British History
Keywords: Lancashire, Architecture, Buildings, Legends, Children, Games, Burnley Football Club, Walter Bennett, Mary Brown, William Milner Grant, Philip Gilbert Hamerton, David Holmes, James Mackenzie, Edward Stocks Massey, Robert Mosley, Alice Mary Towneley, 09509

 
ASQUITH, HERBERT.
Moments of Memory: Recollections and Impressions.
London, Hutchinson. 1937, Second Impression. Hard Cover. 382 pp, 9 1/2" H. Green cloth with gilt lettering on spine. B&w illustrations. The author's memories of his father, Herbert H. Asquith, Liberal Prime Minister of Great Britain, 1908-1916. Contents: Cricket at Keats Grove; Early Friends; Grasmere and London; The Journey to Scotland; Fact and Fancy; A New Outlook; Winchester; Some Oxford Characters; A Generous Settlement; Asquith and Balfour; Force and Ferment; A Poet in Revolt; The Outbreak of War; Flanders in 1915; Men and Problems; The Somme and Whitehall; Arras and Passchendaele; The Battle in the Mist; Lord Oxford in Later Years; Index. Wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, light wear at top/bottom of spine and at corners, small bump at three corners, tiny dent on fore-edge of front board. Very Good -.
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Book number: 29238
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Catalogue: British History
Keywords: Hebert Henry Asquith, Lord Oxford, British Prime Ministers, Liberal Party, First World War, Politics, Politicans, Early 20th Century, Personal Reminiscences, Biography, Cricket, Keats Grove, Grasmere, London, Scotland, Winchester, Oxford, Balfour, Flander

 
AUTOMOBILE ASSOCIATION.
Southeast England. Beautiful Britain Series.
London, Reader's Digest. 1987. (ISBN: 0861455185) Hard Cover with dust jacket. 160 pp, 4to (11/14" H). Map endpapers. Colour photographs. "Breathtaking views, fascinating stories, archaeological treasures, links with famous characters - whether in the countryside or a town or village, around every corner you come face to face with Britain's heritage. All of these - and more - are to be found in this authoritative guidebook- part of a new regional series from the AA - which captures the spirit of the best and most interesting features of Southeast England. Local legends, literary, historical and architectural facts - together with items of natural history and geological interest - are just some of the topics packed into the 160 pages. The entries on towns and villages are arranged throughout the book in alphabetical order for easy reference. And over 70 photographs conjure up images of the most memorable and beautiful scenes in the region." Small bump at bottom corner of boards. Wrinkling at bottom of flap-folds - minor edge wrinkling elsewhere. Very Good/Very Good.
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Book number: 22823
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Catalogue: British History
Keywords: Travel, Britain, Touring, Guidebooks, Architecture, Towns, Villages, Archaeology, Heritage, Legends, Literary Associations, Geology, Natural History, Scenery, Countryside, Southeast England, British Heritage, British History. 0861455185

 
ATHERTON, LOUISE.
Never Complain, Never Explain: Records of the Foreign Office and State Paper Office 1500-C. 1960. Public Record Office Readers' Guide No. 7.
London, PRO Publications. 1994. (ISBN: 1873162138) Soft Cover. 189 pp, 4to (11 5/8" H). Colour frontispiece, b&w illustrations. "For scholars of British diplomacy and international affairs, the records of the Foreign Office are an indispensible source. But the range of information and the sheer size of the records can be daunting to the first time user and to the increasing numbers of genealogists who attempt to trace individuals in the files of the diplomatic and consular correspondence. This book provides an introduction to the records in all their variety and suggests appropriate classes to start with. It also examines the state papers foreign, the records of foreign policy which pre-date the modern Foreign Office records. These are more closely related to the later papers than the dividing date of 1782 would suggest. This book also gives the would-be researcher practical guidance in using the registry systems created by the Foreign Office in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries to locate surviving papers today." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - slight waviness to top/bottom of textblock, very light rubbing on rear cover, minor edge wear at corners. Very Good+.
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Book number: 21976
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Catalogue: British History
Keywords: Foreign Office, State, Records, Medieval, Diplomacy, Ministers, Newsletters, Royal Letters, Treaty, Treaties, Entry Books, Archives, Legations, Ciphers, Despatches, Gazettes, Pamphlets, Williamson Collection, Levant Company, Military, Genealogy. 187316213

 
ST. AUBYN, GILES.
The Royal George, 1819-1904: The Life of H.R. H. Prince George, Duke of Cambridge.
New York, Alfred A. Knopf. 1964, First American Edition. Hard Cover with dust jacket. 393 pp + index, 8vo (8 9/16" H). B&w plates. "His Royal Highness Prince George, Duke of Cambridge was heir presumptive to the British throne until the birth of his cousin Victoria. His life spanned her reign, and for thirty-nine years he served as commander in chief of her army. In his public life, the Royal George was crusty - even reactionary, and often an embarrassment to his cousin. He was acutely conscious of his position and jealous of his royal prerogatives, and he resisted every single change Victoria's governments tried to bring to the organization of the army. But as a person he was warm and generous. He was genuinely loved by his troops for his concern with their welfare and his efforts to improve the conditions of army life. (This is a) skillful, thorough, and urbane biography, a ticket of admission to the great events of the Victorian age and to the homes of the Royal Family." Very minor edgewear, light browning to edges of text block. Dust jacket has very minor edge wear, light to moderate browning. Very Good+/Very Good.
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Book number: 24230
USD 17.50 [Appr.: EURO 14.75 | £UK 13.25 | JP¥ 1829]
Catalogue: British History
Keywords: Prince George, British Royal Family, Princes, Duke of Cambridge, British Army, Biography, Crimean War, Crimea, Wolseley, Prince Albert, Louisa Fitzgeorge, Gladstone, Horse Guards, Lord Raglan, Queen Victoria, Victorian Wars, Victorian Era, Army Reforms, C

 
BAATZ, DIETWULF; BARRETT, A.A.; BIRLEY, ERIC; BUCKLAND, PAUL; CASTLE, STEPHEN A.; HANSON, W.S.; JACKSON, D.A.; AMBROSE, T.M.; JARRETT, MICHAEL G.; JOHNSON, STEPHEN; MCPEAKE, J.C.; MOORE, C.N.; MCWHIRR, ALAN; VINER, DAVID; MILLER, M.; ST JOSEPH, J.,
Britannia: A Journal of Romano-British and Kindred Studies. Volume 9 1978. (Volume Ix - 1978. )
The Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies, London, 1978.. 525 pp + 32 b&w plates at rear, large 8vo (9 11/16" H), soft cover. B&w maps, plans, drawings, diagrams, graphs, tables, (some fold-out) + photographic plates. Contents: Notes for Contibutors; Editorial; Recent Finds of Ancient Artillery; Knowle dge of the Literary Classics in Roman Britain; The Adherence of Britain to Vespasian; A First-Century Shield from Doncaster, Yorkshire; Amphorae from Brockley Hill, 1975; The Organisation of Roman Military Timber-Supply; Excavations at Wake r l e y , N o r thants, 1972-75; The Case of the Redundant Official; Excavations at Hayton Roman Fort, 1975; A Bronze Skillet-handle from Chester and other vessels from the British Isles; The Production and Distribution of Tiles in Roman Britain wi th p ar ti cu l ar r ef erence to the Cirencester region; The Last British Entry in the 'Gallic Chronicles'; An Enamelled Skillet-handle from Brough-on-Fosse and the distribution of similar vessels; The Camp at Durno, Aberdeenshire, and the site o f M ons Gr aup ius ; Exc ava tio ns near Hadrian's Wall at Tarraby Lane, 1976; Halls or Yards? A problem of villa-interpretation; Two Romano-British Genii; Property-boundaries and the Sizes of Building-plots; Tile-stamps of the Ninth Legion found i n Br itai n; N otes : A fu rthe r ve ssel of the Aldgate-Pulborough Potter - An ususual late Roman Mortarium from Caister by Yarmouth, Norfolk - Another Intaglio from Wroxter - A possible Roman Lyre-sculpture fragment in the British Museum - A frag ment of a Roman cava lry tom bston e fro m Cir encester - A Roman camp near Girvan, Ayreshire; Roman Britain in 1977: Sites Explored - Inscriptions; Reviews; Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies; Indexes. Interior - faint small bump at top c orner of s ome pa ges, o ther wise clean and t ight w ith no other ownership marks. Exterior - book is lightly twisted on spine, very light edge wear, minor rubbing. Very Good.
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Book number: 20039
USD 45.00 [Appr.: EURO 38 | £UK 33.75 | JP¥ 4703]
Catalogue: British History
Keywords: Archaeology, Excavations, Roman-Britain, Inscriptions, Artillery, Vespasian, Shields, Amphorae, Timber-Supply, Bronze, Tiles, Enamels, Mons Graupius, Hadrian's Wall, Villas, Ninth Legion, Cavalry, Burial, Intaglio, Camps, Tombstones, Mortarium, Pott

 
BAILEY, CATHERINE.
The Secret Rooms: A True Gothic Mystery.
London, Viking. 2012. (ISBN: 9780670917556) Hard Cover with dust jacket. 466 pp, 9 1/2" H. B&w photographs, floor plans, map, family tree. "At 6 a.m. on 21 April 1940 John, the 9th Duke of Rutland, and one of Britain's wealthiest men, ended his days, virtually alone, lying on a makeshift bed in a dank, cramped suite of rooms in the servants' quarters of his own home, Belvoir Castle. For weeks, as his health deteriorated, his family, his servants - even the King's doctor - had pleaded with him to come out, but he had refused. After his death, his son and heir, Charles, the 10th Duke of Rutland, ordered that the rooms be locked up and they remained untouched for sixty years. What lay behind this extraordinary set of circumstances? (The author) unravels a complex and compelling tale of love, honour and betrayal, played out in the grand salons of Britain's stately homes at the turn of the twentieth century, and on the battlefields of the Western Front." Dust jacket has minor edge wrinkling, minor rubbing on rear panel. Near Fine/Very Good+.
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Book number: 29018
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Catalogue: British History
Keywords: Marjorie Manners, Marchioness Anglesey, Lady Cynthia Asquith, Herbert Henry Asquith, Aubers Ridge, Colonel Beevor, Belvoir Castle, Leicesterhsire, Winifred Bennett, Edward Bethune, British Expeditionary Force, Ciphers, Codes, Cockayne Hatley Hall, Lady Di

 
BAKER, JOSEPH BROGDEN.
The History of Scarborough, from the Earliest Date.
London, Longmans, Green. 1882. Hard Cover. 527 pp, 10" H. Dark green cloth with gilt lettering/decoration, black banding on spine/front board, black endpapers. B&w illustrations (some fold-out). Please note: the illustration titled "Drawbridge of the Castle" is missing. Section headings: Introduction; Charters; The Castle; Siege of the Town; Religious Houses and Ancient Churches; St. Mary's; Modern Churches; Governing Body of the Borough; Parliamentary History of the Borough; Corporate History; Charities and Public Schools; Markets, Fairs, and Commerce; Harbour and Shipping; Recreations and Amusements; Biography; Folk Lore; Footpaths five miles from Scarborough; Published Works on Scarborough. Some splitting to paper on inside hinges - hinges holding well, scattered tiny foxing marks on pages and illustrations, darkening and tiny foxing marks on edges of text block, light to moderate edge wear to boards - moderate at corners and at top/bottom of spine, a few small areas of discoloration on boards and spine, light rubbing, slight fading to spine color. Book is protected in a stiff mylar jacket. Good.
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Book number: 29847
USD 130.00 [Appr.: EURO 109.5 | £UK 97.5 | JP¥ 13588]
Catalogue: British History
Keywords: Scarborough, England, Royal Boroughs, Charters, Scarborough Castle, Sieges, York, Wat Tyler, Pilgrims of Grace, Roman Roads, Churches, Religious Houses, Franciscans, Cistercians, Dominicans, Carmelities, St. Nicholas, St. Thomas, St. Sepulchre, Charnel Ch

 
BAKER, J.H.
Mapledurham Church and Village.
William Smith, Reading. 1970, Reprint. Stapled in Wraps. 47 pp, 8 7/16" H. B&w photographs, maps. Contents: List of Illustrations; Foreword; Prefatory Note; Mapledurham Village; The Two Manors; Mapledurham Church - Position - Exterior - Interior; The Closed Aisle - date of building; Monuments. The Font - Old Brasses formerly in the Church; The Church Windows. Present Day. Original Windows; Records of Two Antiquaries: (1) The Bardolf Aisle. (2) The Chancel and Nave; Additions, Renovations, Restorations; The Bells; The Church Plate; The Church Registers and Records; The Churchyard - New Entrance Gates - Tombs and Tombstones; The Mass Dial; The Vicarage; Alien Priories; Diocese of Lincoln; Mapledurham Church's Connection with Eton College; The Charities - The Almshouses; Mapledurham School; The Parish Hall, Memorial Hall and Playing Fields; The Parish Magazine; The Story of Saint Margaret; List of Vicars of Mapledurham; Supplementary: Variations in Spelling of Place-names; Alexander Pope and the Blount Sisters; Roger Gery, Vicar 1437-1484. Revision of Income and Obligations of Incumbents; Alien Priories; The Private Road; Lord Augustus Fitz-Clarence; An Early Victorian Diary; Mapledurham House. Interior - tiny pin- hole through approx. first 12 p ages, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - tiny pin-hole in front cover, tiny closed tear at top of spine, minor browning to cover edges. tiny stain on top of text block. Very Good.
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Book number: 20082
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Catalogue: British History
Keywords: Mapledurham, Churches, Brasses, Thames, Church Windows, Plate, Bells, Tombstones, Tombs, Vicarages, Eton College, Almshouses, Schools, Roger Gery, Alexander Pope, Blount, Renovations, Restorations, Monuments, Fonts, Manors, Housees, Fitz-Clarence, V

 
BARCLAY, GLEN ST. J.
The Empire Is Marching: A Study of the Military Effort of the British Empire 1800-1945.
London, Weidenfeld & Nicolson. 1976, First Edition. (ISBN: 0297771256) Hard Cover with dust jacket. 276 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H). B&w plates. "(A) study of the military strength of Britain and her Empire during the Boer War, First World War and Second World War. Dr Barclay evaluates the contributions of Australia, New Zealand, Canada and South Africa, and the changing roles played by the colonies during times of crisis. He explains British attitudes to colonial troops - Australian indiscipline and New Zealand thoroughness - and the lack of diplomacy on the part of British military leaders when dealing with their colonial counterparts. After the South Africa War the British government should have seen clearly the advantages of an Empire Military Force, but reports on empire defence from eminent naval officers such as Fanshawe and Jellicoe were repeatedly ignored. The colonies themselves all reacted differently to the threat of war. Australia was often at odds with New Zealand - the former worried about defending her own vulnerable coastline, the latter primarily concerned to maintain friendly relationships with Britain; Canada was slow to become involved - but Canadian troops were a stirring sight, well-disciplined fighting men who obeyed their superiors without question; South Africa made little contribution to the war effort, although her Prime Minister, Jan Smuts, gained great favour with the British Government by always agreeing, in principle, to every new plan put forward by the British. Dr Barclay has written an outstanding account of the achievements of the British Empire during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, using a vast number of published and unpublished sources." Previous owner's place, date and signature in ink on free front endpaper; light edge wear; tiny bump on top edge of front board; light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has been price-clipped, has light to moderate edge wear with some tiny chips/tears at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, light rubbing, light edge wrinkling at top edge and bottom of spine. Very Good -/Good.
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Book number: 25467
USD 17.50 [Appr.: EURO 14.75 | £UK 13.25 | JP¥ 1829]
Catalogue: British History
Keywords: Australia, Australian Army, General Blamey, Stanley Bruce, Canada, Canadian, China, Churchill, John Curtin, Anthony Eden, World War I, Ii, First, Second, Victorian Era, Japan, Imperial Conference, New Zealand, Mackenzie King, Menzies, Royal Air Force, Bri

 
BARKER, NICHOLAS. PREFACE BY CHARLES RYSKAMP.
The Oxford University Press and the Spread of Learning, 1478-1978: An Illustrated History.
Oxford, Oxford University Press. 1978, First Edition. (ISBN: 0199510865) Hard Cover with dust jacket. 69 pp, + large b&w plate section (photographs, reproductions), 11 7/8" H. Dark blue cloth with gold lettering on spine, gold crest on front board. "(C)elebrates the quincentenary of the introduction of printing at Oxford with a pictorial history of its subsequent progress, illustrated by the books, documents, and pictures which are its tangible record. The story, although it properly begins with the arrival of Theodoric Rood and the first learned and educational books that he printed, stretches back to the early thirteenth century when scribes, illuminators, and binders of books were already found in Oxford; but it was not until the seventeenth century that, at the initiative of two great men, Archbishop Laud and Bishop Fell, the University Press in its present form was established. It is the dark, dominant figure of John Fell, Dean of Christ Church, and then Bishop of Oxford, who emerges as the real founder of the University Press, and the man who determined the type of books which still preoccupy the Press: learned and educational books, and the Bible." Tiny soiling mark on top of text block, small shallow bump to top of both boards. Dust jacket has been price-clipped, has old tape repairs at top/bottom inside of spine and flap-folds, light edge wear/wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, small surface paper loss on front panel, minor soiling. Very Good/Very Good-.
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Book number: 28393
USD 55.00 [Appr.: EURO 46.25 | £UK 41.25 | JP¥ 5749]
Catalogue: British History
Keywords: Henry Aldrich, Richard Allestree, Aristotle, John Baskerville, Thomas Bensley, Bible, Authorized King James Version, New Testament, Sir William Blackstone, Book of Common Prayer, Michael Burhers, Cambridge University, Press, Oxford, Charles Cannan, Charle

 
BARRATT, NICK, INTRODUCTION.
The Family History Project: Great Great Stories from the Nation's Family Tree. (the 50 Winning Entries Plus the Best of the Rest. )
Richmond, National Archives. 2004. (ISBN: 1903365759) Soft Cover. 196 pp, large 8vo (9 3/16" H). Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs, reproductions. "The History Channel launched The Family History Project in September 2003 with the belief that every family has a great story to tell. The nation was invited to share the tales of its ancestors. The thousands of entries revealed a wealth of human experience, from grand achievement to everyday life, love and loss. Here we reproduce the favourites, illustrated with photographs from home archives. Well-known family historian Nick Barratt provides research tips for those inspired to research their own family trees. In these pages you will meet heroes, lovers, travellers and survivors, as well as family skeletons and some famous figures. Individually, the stories captivate. Together, they bring the nation's family history to life in a most extraordinary way." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - minor edge wrinkle on rear cover. Near Fine.
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Book number: 21369
USD 20.00 [Appr.: EURO 17 | £UK 15 | JP¥ 2090]
Catalogue: British History
Keywords: Family History, Research, Orphans, Adoption, Sea, Skeletons, Soldiers, Heroes, History Channel, Stories, Ancestors, Genealogy, Families, Great Britain, British, Family Tree. 1903365759

 
BELLOC, HILAIRE.
The River of London.
London, T.N. Foulis. 1912, First Edition. Hard Cover. Ill.: John Muirhead, R.B.A. R.S.W. 145 pp + publisher's catalogue, 7 7/8" H. Green cloth faded to brownish hue, gilt lettering on spine and front board, top edge faded gilt. 16 colour plates, including frontispiece, all mouned on gray stock, with tissue guards except for "Greenwich" which is a double spread - all present. Several pages as yet unopened. Chapter headings: Introduction; The Approach Up River; London, The First Crossing on the Thames; London, the Port of the Thames; London and the Lower Thames in Warfare. A bookstore's small label on front pastedown, very light browning to pages in margins, one tissue guard is torn at gutter, light browning to fore-edge and bottom of text block, heavier brown hue to edges of boards and to spine. Good+/No Jacket.
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Book number: 30372
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Catalogue: British History
Keywords: London, River Thames, Ports, Rivers, Colour Plate Books, John Muirhead, Hilaire Belloc, Erith, Richmond Bridge, Houses of Parliament, Vauxhall, Limehouse, Greenwich, Greenhithe, Strand, Greenwich Park, Gravesend, Kingston Bridge, Sunbury, Twickenham, Ferr

 
BERTON, PIERRE.
The Invasion of Canada, 1812-1813.
Toronto, McClelland & Stewart. 1980, Limited First Edition, Specially Bound. (ISBN: 0771012357) Hard Cover. Ill.: Tom McNeely, endpapers. 363 pp, 9 3/4" H. Pictorial endpapers, maps/battle plans. Blue (faux?) leather spine with gilt lettering & decoration, gray boards with blue decoration on front board. "This first edition copy - is one of a limited number (unspecified) which have been specially bound and slipcased" from the copyright page. " To America's leaders in 1812, an invasion of Canada seemed the best way to bloody John Bull's nose. It would, as Thomas Jefferson confidently predicted, be 'a mere matter of marching'. How could a nation of eight million fail to subdue a struggling colony of 300,000? Yet, when the campaign of 1812 ended on the bloody banks of the River Raisin, the only Americans left on Canadian soil were prisoners of war. Three American armies had been forced to surrender, and the British were in control of all of Michigan Territory and much of Indiana and Ohio. Drawing on personal memoirs and diaries as well as official dispatches, the author has been able to get inside the characters of the men who fought the war - the common soldier as well as the generals. (C)owards and heroes, flawed generals and bumbling bureaucrats, traitors, loyalists, war profiteers, military incompetents and geniuses. (T)he War of 1812, or more properly the myth of the war, served to give the new settlers (of Upper Canada) a sense of community and set them on a different course from that of their neighbours. The Canadian way of life, says Berton, has its roots in the invasion of Canada." Tiny area of glue residue at the edge of the rear board leather. Slipcase has a tiny edge scuff on rear panel, a few very small minor soiling marks on front panel. Near Fine.
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Book number: 30458
USD 25.00 [Appr.: EURO 21.25 | £UK 18.75 | JP¥ 2613]
Catalogue: British History
Keywords: War 1812, Invasions, Tippecanoe, Porter Hanks, Michilimackinac, Detroit, William Hull, Chicago, Lake Michigan, Queenston Heights, Sir Isaac Brock, Black Rock, Niagara, Frenchtown, River Raisin, Massacres, William Atherton, Canada, United States, Amherstbu

 
BETCHERMAN, LITA-ROSE.
Court Lady and Country Wife. Royal Privilege and Civil War: Two Noble Sisters in Seventeenth-Century England.
Toronto, HarperCollins / Phyllis Bruce. 2005, First Edition. (ISBN: 9780002007894) Hard Cover with dust jacket. 384 pp, 9 1/4" H. "The lives of two dazzling aristocratic sisters, Lucy and Dorothy Percy, present a perfect window into the world of political unrest and social intrigue of seventeenth-century English society. Their breeding, beauty, and cunning made them among the most influential women of their time. Born during the reign of Elizabeth I, the Percy sisters came to prominence at the court of Charles I. Lucy, the Countess of Carlisle - the 'court lady' - dominated the royal scene thanks to her position at the center of power. Her beauty, captured in magnificent Van Dyck portraits, and her political skill attracted prominent lovers, and her charm and talents as a gossip ensured her inclusion in the Queen's inner circle. Then, her machinations during the Civil WAr led to her imprisonment in the Tower of London. Her sister, Dorothy, Countess of Leicester - the 'country wife' - had twelve surviving children and managed the family estates while her husband traveled abroad or immersed himself in books. As a diplomat's wife, she was brilliant, with a keen eye and special purview of European politics. This early ancestor of Princess Diana's family was also a shrewish wife who bossed her mate for more than thirty-seven years before he rebelled publicly, causing a scandal. (This book) brilliantly depicts the position of upper-class women in seventeenth-century Britain and illuminates a grand and turbulent era." Light wrinkling at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has some very light edge wrinkling. Very Good+/Very Good+.
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Book number: 30321
USD 15.00 [Appr.: EURO 12.75 | £UK 11.25 | JP¥ 1568]
Catalogue: British History
Keywords: Lucy Hay, Countess of Carlisle, Dorothy Sidney, Countess of Leicester, Court Life, Courtiers, Kings, Queens, 17th Century England, Royalty, Royal Family, Charles I, Queen Henrietta Marie, English Civil War, Penshurst Place, Percy Family, Countesses, Biogr

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