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Studies in Ruskin - Some Aspects of the Work and Teaching of John Ruskin

George Allen, Sunnyside, Orpington / S Bell, London
Large paper edition. Large 4to. in blue cloth, printed paper label to spine, 334pp, portrait frontispiece, 13 plates, index etc
Spine ends chipped, cover corner tips a little worn but otherwise a VERY GOOD very clean and tight unmarked copy
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More Tommy's Tunes - An Additional Collection of Soldiers' Songs, Marching Melodies, Rude Rhymes and Popular Parodies, Composed, Collected, and Arranged on Active Service with the B E F

Erskine Macdonald, London
8vo in stiff card covers, 98pp, some songs with music, glossary etc at rear.
VERY GOOD- (covers dusty and marked, small chip to bottom edge of spin, one leaf roughly opened with thumb size chip to fore-edge affecting wide blank margin only, and otherwise internally a well preserved clean and tight copy)
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Don't Tell Sybil - Intimate Memoir of E L T Mesens

Heinemann, London
Large 8vo in black faux cloth, gilt lettering to spine. 226pp, plates etc
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Through Brown Eyes (SIGNED COPY with ink sketch)

Oxford University Press, Oxford
8vo in black faux cloth, silver lettering to spine. 222pp. Inscribed and signed by Prafulla Mohanti on the front blank fly-leaf with a near full page ink sketch above inscribed as 'Ganesh - the remover of obstacles' by Mohanti
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Winston S Churchill - Vol 4 / Volume IV 1917 - 1922

William Heinemann, London
1st printing. Thick, very heavy 8vo in dark red cloth, gilt lettering to spine, 967pp, plates, index etc
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Winston S Churchill - Vol 5 / Volume V 1922 - 1939

Heinemann, London
1st printing. Thick, heavy 8vo. in red cloth, gilt lettering to spine, 1167pp, plates, index etc. In the scarcer plain printed brown Dust Jacket
An extremely well preserved FINE very clean and tight unmarked copy (hint of tanning to leaves) in a FINE complete Dust Jacket (very faintly edge-creased, looks new in its removable transparent protector). An excellent copy
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The Mare's Nest - the German Secret Weapons Campaign and British Counter- Measures

William Kimber, London
Large 8vo in blue faux cloth, gilt lettering to spine. 320pp, plates, index etc
VERY GOOD+, a well preserved clean and tight copy (page-block edges tanned) in a tanned and very slightly edge-chipped but otherwise VERY GOOD complete Dust Jacket (looks fine in its removable transparent protector)
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Sigmund Freud - His Life in Pictures and Words

Andre Deutsch, London
Large, very heavy 4to in dark brown cloth, gilt lettering to spine, 350pp on thick stiff paper, index etc. This copy has a printed label to front blank fly-leaf presenting this copy to Sir Ernst Gombrich on his 80th birthday in 1989.
An extremely well preserved FINE very clean and tight unmarked copy in a slightly spine sunned but otherwise FINE price-clipped Dust Jacket (looks almost as new in its removable transparent protector)
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Winston Churchill (No 8 in the Clarendon Biographies Series)

Oxford University Press, London
8vo in black cloth backed photo illustrated glossy boards, 64pp, plates, bibliography, index. A short biography for use in schools and Gilbert's first published work on Churchill, now quite uncommon.
Spine a little sunned else FINE, an otherwise well preserved and very clean and tight copy
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John Whitgift - Elizabeth I's Last Archbishop of Canterbury (SIGNED COPY)

Whitgift Foundation, Croydon
Tall 4to. in colour printed flexible boards, 116pp on thick glossy art paper, colour plates, bibliography etc. This copy signed by the author on the front blank fly-leaf (no other inscriptions)
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Behind the Mirror - Aime Maeght and his artists - Bonnard, Matisse, Miro, Calder, Giacometti, Braque (Royal Academy of Arts, London 4 October 2008 - 2 January 2009)

Royal Academy of Arts, London
Large 4to. in colour printed stiff glossy card covers, 176pp on stiff art paper, colour plates, index etc
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Taking the Hill - From Philly to Baghdad to the United States Congress (SIGNED COPY)

Henry Holt, New York
1st printing. Large 8vo in white & red boards, red lettering to spine, 275pp, plates, index. With a lengthy inscription from Murphy to a friend in London, and signed by him as Patrick and again below that in full.
An extremely well preserved AS NEW copy in an AS NEW complete Dust Jacket
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Ministry of Morale - Home Front Morale and the Ministry of Information in World War II

George Allen & Unwin, London
Large 8vo in brown cloth, gilt lettering to spine, 325pp, plates, bibliography, index etc
A well preserved FINE very clean and tight unmarked copy (pages very slightly tanned) in a FINE price-clipped Dust Jacket (slightly rubbed at rear flap fold corner tips, looks fine in its removable transparent protector) . A nice copy of this increasingly elusive book
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Joseph Gray's Camouflage - A Memoir of Art Love and Deception

Unbound (Publishers), London
Large 8vo in black faux cloth, silver lettering to spine. 340pp, plates, bibliography, index etc
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The Army & Navy Club 1837 - 2008

Army & Navy Club, London
Heavy 8vo. in red and black faux leather covered boards, gilt lettering to spine, 297pp, colour plates, etc. This copy inscribed 'With best wishes' and signed by a member of the club committee Andrew Pilling (Maj. Retd. RAVC) on the front blank fly-leaf (no other inscriptions)
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George Calderon - Edwardian Genius (SIGNED COPY)

Sam & Sam, Cambridge
Thick, heavy 8vo. in black boards, gilt lettering to spine, 515pp, bibliography, index. Inscribed and signed by author on the title-page (no other inscriptions)
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Haig's Enemy - Crown Prince Rupprecht and Germany's War on the Western Front

Oxford University Press, Oxford
Large 8vo in green faux cloth, gilt lettering to spine. 373pp, bibliography, index etc
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Gustav Mahler - The Wunderhorn Years - Chronicles and Commentaries

Faber & Faber, London
Thick, large and heavy 8vo. in purple cloth, gilt lettering to spine, black lettering to front cover, 461pp, illustrations and musical examples in text, bibliography, index etc
An extremely well preserved almost AS NEW copy (page-block edges very slightly tanned) in a moderately spine sunned but otherwise FINE complete Dust Jacket (looks almost as new in its removable transparent protector)
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T E Lawrence - Lawrence of Arabia (National Portrait Gallery, London 9 December 1988 - 12 March 1989)

National Portrait Gallery, London.
Large heavy 4to. in colour printed stiff glossy card covers, 248pp, colour plates, numerous illustrations in text, index etc
An extremely well preserved almost AS NEW very clean and tight unmarked copy (single mild reading crease to spine, merest hint of tanning to leaves). An excellent copy
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Alan Turing - the Enigma

Burnett Books, London
Thick, heavy 8vo. in black faux cloth, silver lettering to spine. 587pp, plates, index etc. This is one of the rare first editions, published by Burnett Books in a very small edition. This groundbreaking book has been hugely influential both in the study of computing history and the arts - besides spawning many other writings and documentaries it was adapted by Hugh Whitemore for both stage and TV dramas and by Graham Mooore for his Oscar winning script for 'The Imitation Game' of 2014
An extremely well preserved FINE unmarked very clean and tight copy (page-block edges very slightly tanned, minute crease to the top edge of the spine) in a FINE complete Dust Jacket (merest hint of tanning to top edge, very slight crease to head of spine panel, looks new in its removable transparent protector). An excellent copy
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(Margaret Gillies) Charles Dickens - the Lost Portrait (Philip Mould, London 22 November 2018 - 25 January 2019)

Philip Mould, London
4to in gilt embossed red card covers, 52pp on thick glossy art paper, colour plates, index etc. Related leaflets loosely inserted. Exhibition of Dickensiana built round the recently rediscovered portrait by Margaret Gillies
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Fabrications

Secker & Warburg, London
Large Octavo size (8vo) in black cloth, silver lettering to spine. 224pp, numerous illustrations in text
A well preserved FINE clean and tight copy (page-block edges slightly tanned, name on fly-leaf) in a VERY GOOD+ complete Dust Jacket (mild surface rubbing, looks fine in its removable transparent protector)
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Justice Not Vengeance (SIGNED COPY)

Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London
Heavy 8vo. in blue faux cloth, silver lettering to spine. 372pp, plates, index. this copy inscribed and signed by Simon Wiesenthal on the half title leaf
An extremely well preserved almost AS NEW copy (hint of tanning to leaves) in an almost AS NEW complete Dust Jacket (minute nick to bottom corner tip of front flap fold, looks new in its removable transparent protector). An excellent copy
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Wagstaff - Before and After Mapplethorpe - A Biography

Liveright, New York
Heavy, large 8vo. in black cloth, silver lettering to spine. 458pp, plates, index
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Surrender is Not An Option - Defending America At the United Nations (SIGNED COPY)

Threshold Editions, New York
1st printing. Large 8vo in red cloth backed boards, gilt lettering to spine 486pp, plates, index. Inscribed (to a journalist) and signed by John Bolton on the title-page (no other inscriptions)
An AS NEW very clean and tight copy (merest hint of tanning to leaves) in an AS NEW complete Dust Jacket
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Painting As A Pastime - Winston Churchill - His Life As A Painter (Sotheby's, London 5 - 17 January 1998)

Sotheby's, London
landscape 4to in colour printed stiff glossy card covers, 200pp, colour plates, illustrations in text, etc
An extremely well preserved AS NEW copy (minute speck of shelf rub to cover corner tips)
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Caroline Bowles Southey 1786 - 1854 - the Making of A Woman Writer

Ashgate, Aldershot
8vo in black faux cloth, silver lettering to spine.287pp, bibliography, index etc
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Soldier and Dramatist - Being the Letters of Harold Chapin American Citizen Who Died for England At Loos on September 26th 1915 - with Two Portraits

John Lane, the Bodley Head, London
1st printing. 8vo in dark blue cloth, gilt lettering to spine, 288pp, portrait frontispiece plus one other photo portrait of Chapin, a few scattered line illustrations in text
A well preserved near FINE clean and tight copy (gilt spine lettering dulled, top edge of page block darkened, pages slightly tanned). A nice copy
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Dundonald

Macmillan, London
8vo in red cloth, gilt lettering to spine, portrait frontispiece with tissue guard, 227pp, 6pp publishers ads at rear.
An extremely well preserved FINE very clean and tight copy (top edge of page block and spine slightly darkened, some very faint foxing to end-papers). An excellent copy
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Memoir of William Ellis and an account of his conduct teaching

Longmans Green, London & New York
1st printing. 8vo in blue cloth, gilt lettering to spine, portrait frontispiece, 201pp with appendices etc. First significant biography of the noted educationist and reformer. Very scarce, small printing and most survivals are institutionally held
A well preserved near FINE clean and tight barely read copy (thin sliver of very slight creasing to spine ends, pages very slightly tanned, page-block edges slightly dusty)
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