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Firth of Clyde

By MacBride, Mackenzie

Adam & Charles Black, Ltd, 1911. The Firth of Clyde one of the Beautiful Britain series, less than 500g, 65pp, lovely pencil landscape endpapers, gorgeous watercolour plates with one tipped in. Pictorial plate on the cover with a stylish impressed patterning on the blue boards. There are two gift inscriptions, one dated 1919 & one 1999 (in my imagination I like to think they're from the same family). Sections include Glasgow & the shipyards, Cowral Glens,Dunoon & Hunter's Quay, the hebrides & a few the more. Buy the book & release your inner kiltness.. Hardcover. Excellent/Very Good/None issued. 23 Cm.

$32.81

Perennials, Volume 2 Late Perennials

By Phillips, Roger & Rix, Martyn

UK: Pan, 1991. Another of the excellent teamwork of Phillips & Rix & part of the Pan Garden Plant series, this volume on perennials covers plants that flower in the later season. Ideal for plant identification and selection, this terrific series features immaculate photography (one picture for virtually every entry) and clear, concise text that discusses the physical attributes, native area, and hardiness of each plant. This book includes photographs of over 1250 perennials from around the world as well as text describing the plants origins, characteristics and reviewer says >>> best book on perennials i have ever seen with the main bonus being the amount of identifying pictures which show true colors. 252 well-bound pp, approx 1.2 kg packed for post, book is not ex-lib but the dj is covered with a stick-on clear plastic cover.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. 30cm.

$19.69

Ireland: A Week in the Life of a Nation

By Saunders, Red; Shelton, Syd (eds); Cronin, Anthony

Century, 1986. Ireland: A Week in the Life of a Nation is a large format 288 page montage of an Irish week, weighs nearly 2 kilo. A collection of photographs taken in the last week of August 1985, showing Ireland from many perspectives through the eyes of many different photographers. . Hardcover. Excellent/Excellent. 31cm.

$21.88

Tuscan Cookbook

By Beer, Maggie & Alexander, Stephanie

Melbourne: Viking, 1998. What a treat this is, 224 sumptuous pp - the art/photography throughout should really put this into our art category rather than cooking but .... Beer & Alexander need no intro & their food passion is a joy in this quality production. Faults? only that I have to sell it rather than keep it, grrrr! approx 1.5kg packed weight.. Hardcover. Fine/Fine. Illus. by Simon Griffiths (photos).

$27.71

China A Concise Cultural History

By Cotterell, Arthur

London: Guild Publishing, 1988. 339 crisp pp & several photo sections, 700g packed for posting. ONE OF THE MOST FAR-REACHING POLITICAL EVENTS SINCE THE SECOND WORLD WAR IS THE RE-EMERGENCE OF CHINA AS A WORLD POWER. IN THE NEAR TWO DECADES SINCE CHAIRMAN MAO'S DEATH, CHINA HAS BEEN OPENING UP THE ONCE MOST SECRET AND OLDEST SURVIVING CIVILISATION TO THE REST OF THE WORLD. THIS COMPREHENSIVE CULTURAL HISTORY, RANGING FROM PREHISTORIC TIMES TO THE PRESENT, EXAMINES MAJOR TRENDS AND KEY INDIVIDUALS THAT HAVE SHAPED CHINA'S INCREDIBLE HISTORY. FROM THE DISUNITY OF PRE-IMPERIAL CHINA TO THE RENAISSANCE OF THE TANG AND SUNG DYNASTIES, FROM THE MONGOL CONQUEST TO THE 1989 STUDENT REVOLT THAT ROCKED THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC, THE QUALITY OF EACH ERA IS CAPTURED BY CONCENTRATING ATTENTION ON CHINESE CUSTOMS, BELIEFS AND INSTITUTIONS. BY PLACING THE MODERN COUNTRY THAT IS CHINA TODAY IN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE, THIS FASCINATING STUDY SHOWS US HOW MANY CONTINUITIES THERE ARE - DESPITE PERIODS OF UNREST AND DISSENSION - WITHIN THIS GREAT AND ENDURING CIVILISATION.. Hardcover. Excellent/Excellent. 22.5cm.

$16.04

Panama Fever The Battle to Build the Canal

By Parker, Matthew

UK: Hutchinson, 2007. Despite being ex-lib it looks as though it was only borrowed by one little old lady (& she wore white gloves!) 444 pp in jolly nice order, 800g for posting. "Panama Fever" traces a heroic dream that spanned four centuries: to build a canal linking the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. The human cost was immense: in appalling working conditions and amid epidemics of fever, tens of thousands perished fighting the jungle, swamps and mountains of Panama, a scale of attrition comparable to many great battles. This is a remarkable book about empire and technology. Starting as a story of European Victorian confidence and hubris, it develops, via one of history's greatest engineering disasters, into an account of America's ruthless triumph over vast obstacles as it moves forward to dominate the twentieth century. Matthew Parker explores the fierce geo-political struggle behind the heroic vision of the canal, and the immense engineering and medical battles that were fought. review >>> The book is written with a sure feel for the grand sweep of history. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. 24.5cm.

$17.50

The Advanced Backpacker A Handbook for Year Round, Long-Distance Hiking

By Townsend, Chris

USA: Ragged Mountain Press, 2001. The Advanced Backpacker is an invaluable fusion of expert information and unlimited inspiration, featuring detailed discussions of everything from finding routes and choosing locations to planning, financing, equipping, and supplying oneself for the long haul. Offering readers unprecedented insight into the extensive preparations required to develop the body and psyche of a long-distance hiker, Townsend addresses the specifics of hiking in all climates, from deserts and mountains to the arctic tundra and the tropics. 262 perfect pp (has never been in a backpack as far as I can tell, though maybe an armchair) approx 700g packed for post, if you ask nicely I'll send it in a mini-backpack. This book might be a good accompaniment to our book "Casper the Commuting Cat".. Softcover. Very Good/None issued. 23.5cm.

$20.42

Greening a Brown Land The Australian Search for Sustainable Land Use

By Barr, Neil and Cary, John

Australia: Macmillan, 1992. History of Australian rural land use from the time of the early European settlers, with emphasis on the struggle to green a brown land. 343pp with some photos diagrams illustrations. 13chpters plus endnotes, conclusion, index - all pp clean white tightly bound.. 1st. Paperback. Very Good/None issued. 23.5cm.

$61.98

Perennials, Volume 1 Early Perennials

By Phillips, Roger & Rix, Martyn

UK: Pan, 1991. As part of the Pan Garden Plant series, this first volume on perennials covers plants that flower in the spring and early summer. This book includes photographs of over 1250 perennials from around the world as well as text describing the plants origins, characteristics and frost hardiness. 240 clean white well-bound pp, approx 1.2 kg packed for post.. Hardcover. Excellent/Very Good. 30cm.

$24.06

Collapse How Societies Choose to Fail Or Succeed

By Jared Diamond

Penguin (Allen Lane), 2005. name on 1st p > GBks review > "Essential reading ... Collapse [shows] that resilient societies are nimble ones, capable of long-term planning and of abandoning deeply entrenched but ultimately destructive core values and beliefs." "There are hopeful messages in Collapse. With Diamond's help, maybe we'll learn to see our problems a little more clearly before we chop down that last palm tree." "Extraordinarily panoramic ...Diamond's complex historical web of how human communities either master their environment or become victims of them ... takes a lifetime of research and, in normal English, leads the reader painstakingly where the media and intellectual journals have often refused to go." 575 clean well bound pp, photos mid section, weight about 1kg packed for post. Papeback. Excellent/None issued. 23.5cm.

$20.42

Red Mirage

By John O'Kearney

London: MacGibbon and Kee, 1958. What a surprise!!? American journalist finds out people in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Iraq, Persia [Iran], and Turkey are "not happy Jan" with American Foreign policy The baffling complexity of middle-east politics requires insightful intelligent expertise carefully applied, why don't we give that job to xxxx & let him run with it? 227pp. A google reveals that this book (among many surprising others) were on Marilyn's reading list. 1st p has 2 library stamps & an owner name, all other pp clean white & tight.. Hardcover. Very Good/No Jacket. 19.5cm.

$12.40

Deadliest Sea The Untold Story Behind the Greatest Rescue in Coast Guard History

By Thompson, Kaylee

William Morrow & Company Soon after 2:00 A.M. on Easter morning, March 23, 2008, the fishing trawler "Alaska Ranger" began taking on water in the middle of the frigid Bering Sea. While the first mate broadcast Mayday calls to a remote Coast Guard station more than eight hundred miles away, the men on the ship's icy deck scrambled to inflate life rafts and activate the beacon lights, which would guide rescuers to them in the water. By 4:30 A.M., the wheelhouse of the "Ranger" was just barely visible above the sea's surface, and most of the forty-seven crew members were in the water, wearing the red survival suits--a number of them torn or inadequately sized--that were supposed to keep them from freezing to death. Every minute in the twenty-foot swells was a fight for survival. Many knew that if they weren't rescued soon, they would drown or freeze to death. 309 perfect pp. Hardcover. Excellent/Excellent. 23.5cm.

$21.88

Antarctic Survival

By Swan, Robert

UK: Macdonald, 1987. Should you ever be marooned in the chilly Antarctic then let's hope you had the foresight to purchase this signed book. Col photos, maps, diagrams (maybe even recipes if you have to eat one of your colleagues, who knows, they may be thinking the same thing - get in first!) 47pp. Papeback. Excellent/None issued. 26.5cm.

$18.23

From the Banks of the Avon The Story of a River

By Lamb, Robert C

Australia: Reed, 1981. small closed tear on dj fold rear, 184pp bedecked with numerous bw pix throughout. The photos & stories & history within could easily be mistaken for that other Avon & not the NZ beauty.. Hardback. Very Good/Good. 25cm.

$21.88

I Remember St Petersburg
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I Remember St Petersburg

By Almedingen, EM

London: Longmans Young, 1969. ex-lib, 2 borrowings, lib pocket at final page, lib nos on spine, 192 in great order, sewn-in binding, bw illus throughout. "The author grew up in a virtually fatherless family in incongruous poverty surrounded by people of intellectual & social eminence" This book set her reputation as a scholar & writer having at 19 seen the explosion of the October Revolution.. 1st Soft Cover Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. Illus. by Sergeant, John. 22cm.

$67.09

Journey to the Jade Sea
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Journey to the Jade Sea

By Hillaby, John

UK: Constable and Company Ltd., 1965. A brilliant travelogue of an African journey by a gifted wordsmith. Book in lovely condition, 234pp with bw pix throughout. dj unclipped & a millimetre short of excellent.. Reprint. Hardcover. Excellent/Very Good. 22.5cm.

$21.88

Highways and Byways in South Wales

UK: Macmillan & Co. Ltd., 1903. 1908 Prize plate inside cover, cover red cloth with gilt embossed Brigend School badge, spine gilt titling & binding ridges, faux(?) leather corners, marbled end papers & compressed edges, 418pp with a multitude of illus throughout.. Hardcover. Good/No Jacket. 19cm.

$58.34

The Book of Flags

By Campbell, G and Evans, I

UK: OUP, 1953. Book marked fair only due to shabby corners & Ron (the previous owner decided to write his name on the blank inside cover in thick red- thanks Ron!) O/w pages clean & well bound 116pp. Hardcover. Good-fair/No Jacket. 22.5cm.

$10.21

A Pilgrimage of Passion

By Longford, Elizabeth

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1980. Well written biography of the famed Blunt; eccentric, writer, poet, politician, nationalist and explorer. Friend and associate of T. E. Lawrence, Phi lby, Ezra Pound, Oscar Wilde, Yeats, Curzon and George Wyndham amongst many others. Fabulous travels through Ireland, India, and Egypt. Small closed tear to dj top, dj unclipped, pp clean white tightly bound. 1st. Hardcover. Excellent/Good. 24 Cm.

$21.88

An Introduction to Geological Structures and Maps

By Bennison, G.M

London: Edward Arnold, 1969. An Introduction to Geological Structures and Maps is a concise text that leads the students in easy stages from the simplest ideas on geological structures right through to the more advanced geological mapping techniques. The approach this book adopts is designed to help students with little or no supervision: each new topic is simply explained and illustrated by figures, and exercises are set on successive maps. If students are unable to complete a problem, they can read on to obtain more specific instructions on how theory may be used to solve the problem in question. -name on 1st p. 2nd Edition. Papeback. Very Good - Good/None Issued. 24.5cm.

$15.31

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