Teach Yourself History-Richelieu, Peter the Great, Louis XIV and Gladstone

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Not the most cheerful countenance. All the following titles available in Hard Back with dj . 7″ X 4 1/2″. perfect for reading on the train or bus or even on the toilet
Ashley Maurice    Louis XIV and the Greatness of France
Hammond & Foot    Gladstone and Liberalism
Sumner BH   Peter the Great and the Emergence of Russia
Thompson JM Robespierre and the French Revolution
Wedgwood CV Richelieu and the French Monarchy

Fitzroy Maclean – Eastern Approaches

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Over the past few years I have read less and less non-fiction, but on cataloguing my Pans I read the blurb on the back of this book and got hooked. Once I started reading, I became more hooked. The travels in the “forbidden” east of the Soviet Union in 1938, the trial of Nikolai Bukharin (Fitzroy was at the trials) and the analysis of why the accused pleaded guilty, all filled in my knowledge of Stalin’s Russia.

Then his exploits with the SAS which served as a prelude to his adventures in Yugoslavia with Tito. This fascinating account of the birth of a nation and explanation of the tensions that Tito supressed help to explain to some degree the chaos and genocide that followed Tito’s death.

The fact that this is a history lesson delivered through the very well written personal account of a man who became an MP so he could join the Army makes a fascinating read.

Ancient Bridges – North of England

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The Ancient Bridges of the North of England by E. Jervoise, 1931 1st edition. 146 pages well illustrated (can you imagine a book about bridges without illustrations) £3.00.

Working Class

Just a couple more to add to my shelves. Both at £2.50.


Rule John The Labouring Classes in Early Industrial England 1750 -1850 … Longman 0 4th 1991 vg+ £2.50
Lancaster Bill Radicalism Cooperation & Socialism Leicester working-class politics 1860 – 1906 Leicester  University Press  1st 1987 HB/dj vg+ £2.50

 

Two Tudor Books of Arms

A Tudor Book of Arms. Tricked by Robert Cooke Being Harleian Manuscript No. 2169. Blasoned by Joseph Foster Hon. M.A. Oxon; A Tudor Book of Arms. Being Harleian Manuscript No. 6163. Blasoned by Joseph Foster Hon. M.A. Oxon (Two Tudor Books of Arms)

IMG_20190507_190542The De Walden Library, London, 1904. Hardcover. Condition: Good +. First edition. Two books in one volume. [i-v], vi-viii, [1-3],4-328pp. Large quarto [31.5 cm] Original light-blue cloth with gilt-stamped titles on the front cover and spine. Beveled edges. Marbled endsheets. Black and white illustrations. 900 illustrations.

This copy has obviously been kept in a private library no stamps, no foxing or any of the other indications of age found with a book of this nature.

These manuscripts should appeal not only to the armorist, but to the self-styled heraldic artist, Iwhose art, as he practises it, is too often little better than the much abused coach painting, without the paint. His only authority is the spurious work in the pretentious books by which he is environed. To consult an heraldic manuscript is beyond his wildest dreams, and, even if he does, he does not seem to possess that critical faculty which would enable him to discriminate between the excellent and the mediocre. To him exaggeration is the Art of Heraldry, and hence to his own undoing he unconsciously drifts into heraldic caricature. In a spirited drawing by the Tudor Arms painter he will see no art, no charm, but with an air of triumph. Will present his comic cuts as something vastly superior, and the public and his patrons, being equally uninformed, are, alas! Equally pleased. As a case in point, I would recite an experience of my own. More than a quarter of a century ago, the late Garter, King of Arms, allowed one of my draughtsmen to have access to some of the art mss. In the College of Arms, so that examples might be taken. This resulted in Foster’s Peerage and Baronetage, containing a vast number of exquisite drawings, though many of them were’ only successful after the second or third attempt, yet caricatures, unfortunately, crept into its pages, as the hurried day of publication approached. This, however, was only the beginning of the mischief, for imitators now swarm in England, Scotland and Ireland, each with his own peculiar notion of what heraldry should be, as if it never had been; but I defy any expert to detect the true heraldic spirit or touch in any of their fancy work, much less to identify, with any certainty, many of the charges which these imitators affect to represent, notably the beasts and birds. Elsewhere we have seen the arms blocks of another utilized by the hundred without acknowledgment, and one is tempted to ask, is this the Art of Heraldry? In the case of the deceased, surely a tribute is due to the work of his hands.

OK so I “borrowed the description from the web. I am only asking £60 for this superb copy.

“Dalesman” Mini Books

I don’t restrict myself to the “Dalesman” magazine, I look out for all their publications even when they stray out of God’s Own County (GOC).

 

Exploring: The Lake District, North Yorkshire Moors and the Yorkshire Coast (three Books)

Lakeland A to Z

Matlock

Peak District Walks

Roman Derbyshire

Shepherds Crooks and Walking Sticks

Walking in; Airedale : Bronte Country : North Yorkshire Moors : Lower Wharfedale : Upper Wharfedale

Yorkshire Mysteries and Oddities

All are available along with many other Dalesman publications, though if you intend visiting my shop and you are interested let me know as they are all at home as I intend getting round to reading them, especially the “walking” books. As the bumper sticker should say “Bibliophiles just read about it”.

 

 

G A HENTY

A selection of hardbacks all early 20th century editions in very attractive printed boards all in very good condition. Don’t even think of paying silly prices for paperback reprints, these titles are available for £15.00 each. I should have taken a photo of the spines as they all have great illustrations on them, these are very attractive books.

 

Marx, Mao, & Trotsky (with an assist from Engels)

Yes I know it ain’t fashionable any more but it’s still worth a read. Ironic that the randomiser has made the Little Red Book one largest illustrations.

 

 

Quotations from Chairman Mao 0r “The Little Red Book” (I do have one of the truly “little” red books in my shop that I have placed on the shelf of bibles trying to make an ironic statement. But this paperback is on offer for £2.00

The Essential Trotsky £2.50

Terry Eagleton – Marxism and Literary Criticism – Can’t tell you anything about this book but I love the cover. £2.50

Emile Burns – Introduction to Marxism £2.50

Great Lives – Karl Marx – By Nigel Hunter 9″X 8″ 32 page book with loads of pictures published in 1987 probably for the infant school library – I wonder how many have a copy. £2.50

WORKERS Of ALL COUNTRIES, UNITE!

Manifesto of the Communist Party £2.50 

What it says on the tin but I must mention the two plates, great illustrations of Marx and Engels.

 

Not a publication one would expect from “Progress”

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Guides to places. Save yoursen brass when you visit.

If you inclined to visit old houses, or wonder over moors, why buy a new guide when the old ones do the job just as well and in many instance much better. So if you are planning trips out pop into your local second hand book shop and pick up a guide for a lot less than you would pay to the National Trust who have much too much money anyway.

Harewood House edited by Edgar Osborn, undated but must have been before 1971 as it was sold for 3/6. A 32 page very well illustrated booklet. £1.00

A Descriptive Account of the Palace of Westminster with Illustrations and a Coloured Plan – One Shilling & Threepence Not much more to say other than there are 90 pages and it is undated. £1.00

Rievaulx Abbey and the Helmsley District Price 2/-. A 32 page illustrated booklet. £1.00

Motoring on the North York Moors by Alan Falconer – A “Dalesman2 Paperback. Just one of the 974 “Dalesman” publications I have in stock – This one is available for £4.00

On the trail of the LUDDITES by Lesley Kipling & Nick Hall illustrated by Eric Richardson. Published in 1982 by the Pennine Heritage Network. a 56 page well illustrated booklet about a vert important time for our area. £4.00

Oakwell Hall by Geoffrey Woledge. A 32 page Kirklees Libraries publication £1.00

So to save yourselves a fortune in guide books next year, browse your local bookshop.

 

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