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Books & Bygones

Books & Bygones



We have many books on Russian Food, History, Biographies, Topography etc

Current Blog

We have just added a "SIGNED" catalogue page with 150 items

Many of these are recent additions and quite a few cookery related as well.

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Blog: 7 Feb 2014 Winter Olympics Sochi 2014 Feb 7th - 23rd

Blog: 25 Feb 2014 - WORLD WAR ONE 

1914 is the 100th Anniversary of the 1914 - 1918 War.   Also know as the great war.    Over the next four years there will be many events planned to commemorate, what should have been the war to end all wars, but of course we all know only too well that this was not to be the case.   There have already been many programmes on the television and newspapers and other media organisations plan to cover this landmark event.

War graves are being restored and repaired, diaries are being published and battle field football matches will be recreated.   

37 million people died in this war (WW1) and a futher 60 million died in the following conflict (WW2)

We have on offer here a book published at the end of the War in 1918 to be sold as plates

and a few others relating to The Great War, including Kitchener.

click here to download War Catalogue


Saundby R H M S, MC, Captain RAF. Flying Colours.

[Book Ref: 813]  London: The "Aeroplane" & General Publishing Co Ltd, 1918. Folio - over 12" - 15" tall. Hardback. Good 11.25 x 13.25"; green cloth with gilt and beige spine; Twenty tipped-in colour plates of aerial scenes by an artist who fought under Major Lanoe Hawker VC during the Somme offensive of 1916; each plate supported by artist's text; a few plates are creased at free corners; two front end papers have been cut away and a copy of part 20 of War Machine has been attached; this copy is sold as a collection of plates and is not subject to return;  £180.00

Keywords ~ aeroplanes; war; WW1; Great War; Somme;

[13313] Barnett, Correlli. Great War, The. London: BBC Consumer Publishing (Books), 2003. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Paperback. As New ISBN: 0-563-48887-5. In his classic text on the First World War, distinguished military historian Correlli Barnett vividly illuminates the complex story of the First World War, a war that left millions dead and changed the face of the Europe forever. Drawing on accounts of ordinary soldiers as well as primary sources, Correlli Barnett tells the story of the war from the causes of the war through the long, bitter years of stalemate on the Western Front to the compromise peace in 1918. He follows the campaign through all theatres of war - land, air, sea - from the trenches to the strength of the civilians on the Home Front.  £12.00
[13006] Dakers, Caroline. Countryside at War 1914-1918, The. London: Constable, 1987. First Edition. Hardback. Very Good / Good - Priceclipped. ISBN: 0-09-468060-4. Dustwrapper price clipped by publisher and slightly bumped to top of spine.This is the most complete picture yet of the impact of the First World War on rural England - a war which, if only in the ubiquitous village war memorials, still reverberates across the decades.  £50.00
[17455] Green, Michael (Editor). War Stories of the Tankers: American Armored Combat, 1918 to Today. Minneapolis, MN: Zenith Press, 2008. First Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Hardback. New / New. ISBN: 0-7603-3297-5. These are the war stories few can tell, the harrowing first-hand accounts of armoured combat, from the days of the century's first tanks to the latest encounter on the streets of Baghdad. Here are the still-vivid impressions of the brave young men who fought in the mud and trenches of no-man's land during World War I. Here are the stories of green American tankers taking on massive and well-armoured German Tigers or fighting through a screaming sea of Red Chinese soldiers in Korea. And here are the personal tales of American tankers defending Western Europe from the threat of Soviet tanks during the Cold War. From the American boys who pitted their tanks against the Viet Cong in the jungles of Southeast Asia to the soldiers who put their lives on the line every day in Iraq, these are the heroes of our time, taking that rare moment to tell us what it is like to face the enemy in tank warfare.  £10.00
[20089] No Author. Australian Auxiliary Hospital Welwyn Herts - 1917. London: W. H. Smith & Son, 1917. First Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Paperback. Good Reading Copy 24 pages of black and white photographs, depicting life at the hospital for the wounded soldiers. Covers are chipped, and contents are loose but complete.  £25.00
[13000] Pearse, Colonel Hugh W., D.S.O.. History of the East Surrey Regiment, Vol.1 1702-1914, Vol.2 1914-1917 and Vol.3 1917-1919. London: Spottiswoode, Ballantyne and The Medici Society , 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Half-Leather. Good All volumes are half leather with cream cloth depicting the regimental badge in gilt to the front. the leather is dark green?, the spine of volume 1 is detached and loosely inserted to the front, the other spines are chipped and scuffed, but not beyond repair. Top edges gilt. Volume 3, lists all those killed during the First World War. A good tight set in need of some attention. Publication dates, vol.1 1916, vol.2 1923, vol.3 1924.  £300.00
[15316] Ziegler, Philip. Soldiers: Fighting Men's Lives, 1901-2001. London: Chatto and Windus, 2001. First Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Hardcover. Very Good / Very Good. ISBN: 0-7011-6954-0. An in-depth study of the character and spirit of soldiers. This book takes as its starting point interviews with Chelsea Pensioners whose lives in the army span the 20th century, and who have seen action from World War I to Korea. Author Philip Ziegler is fascinated by the value that war veterans share, which the army must have inculcated in them: self-discipline, acceptance of risk and pain, patriotism, and solidarity with their fellow soldiers. Of course there is sometimes bigotry, narrow-mindedness and even blinkered stupidity. Ziegler also addresses the question of whether army values are still admired in modern British society. Above all though, this book celebrates the lives and attitudes of soldiers and comes to an understanding of the ethos that means so much to them.  £8.00
[21333] Bales, Capt. P. G.. History of the 1/4th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding) Regiment 1914-1919. Halifax: Edward Mortimer, 1920. First Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Half-Leather. Good / No Jacket - as issued. 314 pages. Complete with all maps as issued. Red cloth with gilt insignia to front board, Black leather spine gilt titles.  £50.00
[22894] Mackenzie, Donald A.. Lord Kitchener - The Story of His Life and Work. London: Blackie and Son, 1916. First Edition. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Hardback. Good / Poor. 160 pages. Twelve illustrations. Dustjacket is torn with loss.  £10.00
[13450] Warner, Philip. Kitchener: The Man Behind the Legend. London: Hamish Hamilton, 1985. First Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Hardcover. Very Good / Very Good. ISBN: 0-241-11587-6. An in depth review of one of the world's most respected military leaders.  £10.00