European History Ancient and Modern
Adelson, Alan and Robert Lapides (editors): Lodz Ghetto. Afterword by Geoffrey Hartman. Viking. New York: 1989. First edition. Small 4to. Cloth-backed boards. Pp. xxvi, 530. Illustrated. Fine copy in dj. $20.00
Ariés, Philippe and Georges Duby (general editors): A History of Private Life. Translated by Arthur Goldhammer. The Belknap Press of Harvard University. Cambridge: 1987-90. 4 8vo volumes. Cloth-backed boards. Fine set in djs. $125.00
A detailed and extensively illustrated study of what it was like to live, work, and die in times long past, and includes consideration of such things as the role of women, religion, public baths and nudity, and burial practices.
Beloff, Max: An Historian in the Twentieth Century. Yale University Press. New Haven: 1992. First edition. 8vo. Boards. Fine copy in dj. $15.00
Black, Jeremy: Avoiding Armageddon, From the Great War to the Fall of France, 1918-40. Bloomsbury. London: 2012. First edition. 8vo. Boards. Pp. xxii, 304, (ii). Notes. Selected Further Reading. Index. Fine copy in dust-jacket. $16.00
Bussmann, Klaus and Heinz Schilling (edited by). 1648 War and Peace in Europe, 26th Exhibition of the Council of Europe: Exhibition Catalogue. Introductory Words by Roman Herzog, Daniel Tarschys and Folgang Schäfer. Foreword by Prof. Dr. Klaus Bussman and Prof. Dr. Heinz Schilling. Translated by Hermann Arnhold et al. Veranstaltungsgesellecht 350 Jahre Westfälischer Friede mbH. Münster/Osnabrück: 1999. First edition. 4to. Boards. Pp. 500. Illustrated. Chronology. Bibliography. Index. Errata slip laid in. Text in English. Fine copy. $20.00
Butt, Gerald: The Lion in the Sand, The British in the Middle East. Bloomsbury. London: 1995. First edition. 8vo. Boards. Fine copy in dj. $15.00
By a respected BBC correspondent this is a picture of the lives of English expatriates in the Middle East during the past century. With many stories about the eccentric behavior of the English abroad.
Carswell, John, Louis De La Haba, Seymour L. Fishbein, Thomas O'Neill, Cynthia Russ Ramsay: Splendors of the Past, Lost Cities of the Ancient World. Contributing photographers: David Blossom, Lloyd K. Townsend. The National Geographic Society. Washington: 1981. First edition. 4to. Cloth-backed boards. Pp. 296. Illustrated. Index. Previous owner's embossed seal on leaf 1/2, else near fine copy in dj. $15.00
Cartledge, Paul: Thermopylae, The Battle That Changed the World. The Overlook Press. Woodstock & New York: 2006. First edition. 8vo. Boards. Pp. xxxviii, 314. Illustrated. Maps. Appendices. Glossary. Bibliography. Index. Fine copy in dj. $18.00
Clarke, John R.: Roman Life, 100 B.C. to A.D. 200. New Photography by Michael Larvey. Abrams. New York: 2007. First edition. Small 4to. Pictorial boards. Pp. 176. Illustrated. Glossary. List of Illustrations. Index. Includes CD Rom with a visual tour of the House of the Vettii, Pompeii. Fine copy in dj. $18.00
Cook, Malcolm: Discovering Brasses, A Guide to Monumental Brasses. Shire Publications. Tring: 1968. Fourth edition. 48 pp. stapled into paper wrappers, 7 x 4 1/2 inches. Covers a little rubbed. $5.00
Cornwell, Patricia: Portrait of a Killer, Jack the Ripper Case Closed. G. P. Putnam's Sons. New York: 2002. First edition. 8vo. Cloth-backed boards. Pp. (xii), 388. Frontispiece. Illustrated: (48) pp. of plates. Checklist. Index. Signed by the author on half-title. Fine copy in dj. $50.00
The author presents a convincing argument that the murders attributed to Jack the Ripper beginning in 1888 were committed by the English artist Walter Sickert. Her theory, however, has not persuaded everyone, and the doubters have not been silent on the internet in response. Read the book and decide for yourself.
Courtney, Nicholas: ‘In Society,’ The Brideshead Years. Pavilion/Michael Joseph. London: 1986. First edition. 8vo. Boards. Fine copy in dj. $28.00
A history of English upper-class life in the 1920s, with consideration of such phenomena as the nanny, public school life, debutantes, the London Season, Ascot, gate crashing, shooting and fishing, and pogo sticks.
[Czechoslovakia], Koloman Gajan and Robert Kvacek (editors, with an Introduction): Germany and Czechoslovakia 1918-1945, Documents on German Policies. Orbis. Prague: 1965. 8vo. Paper-bound. Pp. 176. Text in English. Very good copy. $25.00
[Czechoslovakia], Frantisek Kavka: An Outline of Czechoslovak History. Orbis. Prague: 1963. Second edition, revised. 8vo. Paper-bound. Pp. 168. Illus. Text in English. Very good copy. $12.00
David, Hugh: Heroes, Mavericks and Bounders, The English Gentleman From Lord Curzon to James Bond. Michael Joseph. London: 1991. First edition. 8vo. Boards. Pp. xiv, 306. Illustrated: (8) pp. of plates. Notes. Checklist. Index. Fine copy in fine dust-jacket. $22.00
This is about the Code of the English Gentleman as developed and groomed at Eton and other Public Schools for the Victorian ascendancy but which was crushed by the slaughter in World War One. Remnants of it persisted into the 20th Century. Some exemplars, such as Guy Burgess, turned out to be worse than bounders, though.
Delaney, Frank: The Celts. Little, Brown & Co. Boston: 1986. First U.S. edition. Small 4to. Cloth-backed boards. Pp. 240. Illustrated: includes (48) pp. of color plates. Bibliography. Index. Fine copy in fine dust-jacket. $7.50
Fischer, Klaus P.: Nazi Germany, A New History. Continuum. New York: 1995. First edition. 8vo. Boards. Pp. viii, 732. 12 pp. plates. Bibliography. Index. Fine copy in dj. $18.00
“Germany almost certainly lost the war when Hitler made Heinrich Himmler his executive officer in Russia and assigned him a twofold task—to settle ethnic Germans in the conquered territories and to enslave the subhuman Slavs. Himmler went about his task so ruthlessly, ignoring moral, military, and even economic considerations, that the Germans earned the utter hatred of the Russians and could look forward to the same treatment from them when the tide of war turned in 1942.”
Gathorne-Hardy, Jonathan: The Old School Tie, The Phenomenon of the English Public School. The Viking Press. New York: 1977. First American edition. 8vo. Cloth-backed boards. Pp. 480. Illustrated. Maps. Appendices. Checklist. Index. Fine copy in dj. $30.00
Gathorne-Hardy, Jonathan: The Rise and Fall of the British Nanny. Hodder & Stoughton. London: 1972. First edition. Fore-edge slightly foxed; else fine copy in dj. $25.00
Gay, Peter: The Bourgeois Experience, Victoria to Freud, comprising two volumes: Education of the Senses and The Tender Passions. Oxford University Press. New York: 1984, 1986. First editions. Two 8vo volumes: 1) pp. (x), 534 and 2) pp. xii, 492. Illustrated. Fine set in djs. $42.00
Gilbert, Martin: The Boys, The Untold Story of 732 Young Concentration Camp Survivors. Henry Holt. New York: 1997. First edition. Cloth-backed boards. Pp. xvi, 512. Illustrated: (16) pp. of plates. Maps. Glossary. Index. Fine copy in dj. $20.00
Gilbert, Martin: The Righteous, The Unsung Heroes of the Holocaust. Henry Holt and Company. New York: 2003. First American edition. 8vo. Boards. Pp. xxviii, 532. Illustrated: (32) pp. of plates. Maps. Checklist. Index. Fine copy in dj. $14.00
Goodman, Ruth: How To Be a Victorian, A Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Victorian Life. Liveright/W. W. Norton. New York: 2014. First American edition. 8vo. Two-tone boards. Pp. (vi), 458. Illustrated: (8) pp. of plates. Index. Fine copy in dust-jacket. $16.00
According to the author, the Victorians believed that men had a “naturally strong sexual appetite” which was the pride of both sexes. But if men suffered at all from depression, fatique or headaches, it was widely thought that having sex with a woman was the perfect cure. Should not enough of that be available at home, physicians frequently prescribed promiscuity.
[Hitler, Adolf], V. K. Vinogradov, J. F. Pogonyi, and N. V. Teptzov: Hitler's Death, Russia's Last Great Secret from the Files of the KGB. Foreword by Andrew Roberts. Chaucer Press. London: 2005. First edition. 8vo. Cloth. Pp. 400. Illustrated. Appendices. Index. Fine copy in dj. $18.00
This is a collection of documents from the Russian security archives which detail the last days of Adolf Hitler and Josef Goebbels. It includes the interrogations and statements of Field Marshall Schöner and Hitler's security chief, Rattenhuber. Also, there is the full text of Martin Bormann's Diary.
Horn, Pamela: The Rise and Fall of the Victorian Servant. Alan Sutton. Stroud: 1990. First edition thus. Small 4to. Boards. As new in dj. $25.00
Johnson, Paul: A History of the American People. HarperCollins. New York: 1997. First U.S. Edition (originally published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson. London: 1997). 8vo. Two-tone boards. Pp. xvi, 1088. Source Notes. Index. Fine copy in dj. $12.00
Johnson, Paul: Modern Times, The World from the Twenties to the Nineties. HarperCollins. New York: 1991. Revised Edition. 8vo. Cloth-backed boards. Pp. x, 870. Source Notes. Index. Near fine copy in fine dust-jacket. $26.00
Kershaw: Ian: Fateful Choices, Ten Decisions That Changed the World 1940-1941. Allen Lane/Penguin Books. London: 2007. First edition. 8vo. Boards. Pp. xxiv, 624, (viii). Illustrated: (16) pp. of plates. Maps. Dramatis Personae. Notes. List of Works Cited. Index. Fine copy in dj. $16.00
Kirsch, Jonathan: King David, The Real Life of the Man Who Ruled Israel. Ballantine Books. New York: 2000. First edition. 8vo. Two-tone boards. Pp. xii, 368, (iv). Maps. Appendix. Chronology. Endnotes. Checklist. Endnotes. Checklist. Index. Inscribed by the author on the title-page. Fine copy in dj. $32.00
Levi, Peter: The Frontiers of Paradise, A Study of Monks and Monasteries. Weidenfeld & Nicolson. New York: 1988. First American edition. 8vo. Cloth-backed boards. Pp. 224. Appendix. Index. Fine copy in dj. $18.00
Maclean, Fitzroy: Bonnie Prince Charlie. Atheneum. New York: 1989. First edition. 8vo. Cloth-backed boards. Pp. xiv, 386. Map. Genealogy. Illustrated: (24) pp. of plates. Selected Bibliography. Index. Fine copy in dj with the back-strip panel slightly faded. $15.00
Mahan, Alfred Thayer: The Influence of Sea Power Upon History 1660-1805. Prentice-Hall Inc. Englewood Cliffs: 1980. First U.S. edition. Large 8vo. Boards. Pp. 256. Illustrated. Index. Very good copy in very good dust-jacket. $12.00
Matthew, Donald: Chronicles of the Middle Ages. Angus. London: 2003. First edition thus. Large 8vo. Boards. Pp. 240. Illustrated. Maps. Glossary. Gazetteer. Checklist. Index. Fine copy in dj. $12.00
Miles, Christopher with John Julius Norwich: Love in the Ancient World. Photographs by Christopher Miles. St. Martin's Press. New York: 1997. First U.S. edition. 4to. Boards. Pp. 176. Illustrated. Bibliography. Index. Fine copy in dj. $10.00
[von Moltke], Otto Friedrich: Blood and Iron, From Bismarck to Hitler, The von Moltke Family's Impact on Germany History. HarperCollins. New York: 1995. First edition. 8vo. Cloth-backed boards. Fine copy in dj. $16.00
Müller-Wiener, Wolfgang: Castles of the Crusades. Photographs by A. F. Kersting. Translated from the German by J. Maxwell Brownjohn. McGraw-Hill. New York: 1966. First edition. 4to. Cloth. Pp. 116. Illustrated: 160 pp. of plates. Former owner's names on first free end-paper; else fine in torn and repaired dust-jacket. $25.00
From the end of the 11th Century, and for almost four hundred years, thousands of men—princes and peasants and everyone in between—took up the call from Rome to save Jerusalem from the infidels. Their motives were pious or vainglorious or mercenary—and sometimes all three. The remnants of this astonishing episode can still be seen throughout the Levant in a series of fortifications which were built as offensive bases from which the Crusaders marauded the surrounding areas controlled by the enemy.
New Yorker, The: The 60s, The Story of a Decade. Edited by Henry Finder. Introduction by David Remnick. Random House. New York: 2016. First edition. 8vo. Two-tone boards. Pp. xiv, 706. Contributors. Fine copy in dust-jacket. $42.00
Mavis Gallant was in Paris in May 1968 and reported, in a rather breathless style, what she witnessed around the Left Bank area: the clashes between young protestors and the riot police, the lingering odor of tear gass, the chases and charges through the streets, a bystander being clubbed, the confusion, the fear, also the courage and the pride.
Nicolle, David: Crusader Castles in the Holy Land, An Illustrated History of the Crusader Fortifications of the Middle East and Mediterranean. Osprey Publishing. Oxford: 2008. First edition thus. 4to. Boards. Pp. 240. Illustrated. Maps. Glossary. Further Reading. Index. Fine copy in dj. $20.00
O'Donnell, James P.: The Bunker, The History of the Reich Chancellery Group. Houghton Miflin Company. Boston: 1978. 8vo. Cloth. Pp. (xiv), 400, (ii). Illustrated: (8) pp. of plates. Maps. Index. Very good in dj. $6.00
Overy, Richard: The Third Reich, A Chronicle. Quercus. London: 2010. First edition. Small 4to. Boards. Pp. 408. Illustrated. Bibliography. Maps. Index. Fine copy in dj. $40.00
Overy, Richard: The Twilight Years, The Paradox of Britain Between the Wars. Viking. New York: 2009. First American edition. 8vo. Two-tone boards. Pp. xxii, 522. Illustrated. Notes etc. Fine copy in dj. $16.00
Padfield, Peter: Armada, A Celebration of the Four Hundredth Anniversary of the Defeat of the Spanish Armada, 1588-1988. Naval Institute Press. Annapolis: 1988. First edition. 4to. Boards. Pp. 208. Illustrated. Notes. Index. Fine copy in dj. $12.00
Perry, John Curtis and Constantine Pleshakov: The Flight of the Romanovs, A Family Saga. Konecky and Konecky/Basic Books. Old Saybrook: 1999. 8vo. Boards. Pp. xviii, (ii). Illustrated: (16) pp. of plates. Notes. Selected Bibliography. Index. Fine copy in dj. $3.00
Plumb, J. H.: The Horizon Book of The Renaissance. Editor in Charge: Richard M. Ketchum. With biographical essays by Morris Bishop, Garrett Mattingly, Kenneth Clark, Ralph Roeder, J. Bronowski, Iris Origo, H. R. Trevor-Roper, Denis Mack Smith, and Maria Bellonci. American Heritage Publishing Co. Inc. New York: 1961. First edition. 4to. Cloth. Pp. 432. Illustrated. Acknowledgments and Index. Near fine copy in worn and torn dust-jacket. $15.00
Porter, Roy: A Social History of Madness, Stories of the Insane. Weidenfeld & Nicolson. London: 1987. First edition. 8vo. Boards. Fine copy in dj. $20.00
Rees, Laurence: Auschwitz, A New History. Public Affairs. New York: 2005. First U.S. edition. 8vo. Two-tone boards. Pp. xxiv, 328. Illustrated: (16) pp. of plates. Notes. Index. Fine copy in dj. $22.00
Remnick, David: Lenin's Tomb, The Last Days of the Soviet Empire. Random House. New York: 1993. First edition. 8vo. Cloth-backed boards. Pp. xii, 580. Checklist. Index. Some underlinings in pencil throughout the book (someone has read it carefully!); else fine copy in dj. $10.00
Richardson, Joanna: The Courtesans, The Demi-Monde in Nineteenth-Century France. Castle Books. Edison: 2004. Later edition (first published in 1967 in Britain). 8vo. Boards. Pp. x, 178, (iv). Illustrated: (16) pp. of plates. Notes. Checklist. Index. Fine copy in dj. $18.00
Roberts, J. M.: History of the World. Oxford University Press. New York: 1993. First edition thus. 8vo. Cloth. Pp. xiv, 952, (x). Illustrated, including 8 leaves of color plates. Maps. Index. A few small, unobtrusive ink marks in the margins made by a former reader; else near fine copy in dj. $15.00
Roseman, Mark: The Wannsee Conference and the Final Solution, A Reconsideration. Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt and Company. New York: 2002. First edition. 8vo. Two-tone boards. Pp. (xii), 212. Appendix. Notes. Index. Fine copy in dj. $15.00
A meeting, lasting an hour and a half, at a villa in Wannsee near Berlin in January 1942 was convened by Reinhard Heydrich to formalize what had been going on for some time, the removal and death of Europe's Jews. This account, which includes the transcript of ‘The Protocol,’ is exceptionally interesting.
[Schindler, Oscar], Elinor J. Brecher: Schindler's Legacy, True Stories of the List Survivors. Foreword by Thomas Keneally. Dutton. New York: 1994. First edition. Small 4to. Cloth. Illustrated. Fine copy in dj. Remainder mark on bottom edge. $25.00
Scott-Clark, Catherine and Adrian Levy: The Amber Room, The Fate of the World's Greatest Lost Treasure. Walker. New York: 2004. First edition. 8vo. Boards. Pp. xxx, 278. Maps. Illustrated. Notes. Index. Fine copy in dj. $12.00
Stewart, Graham: Britannia, 100 Documents that Shaped a Nation. Atlantic Books. London: 2010. First edition. 8vo. Boards. Pp. xiv, 434. Illustrated. Select Bibliography. Where To Find the Documents. Index. Fine copy in dj. $15.00
This is a selection of her essays about the craft of writing history and what history is, along with articles about the Spanish Civil War, Franklin Roosevelt's 1936 campaign, and the dishonorable activities of Henry Kissinger.
Virgoe, Roger (editor): Private Life in the Fifteenth Century, Illustrated Letters of the Paston Family. Weidenfeld & Nicolson. New York: 1989. First edition. Small 4to. Boards. As new in dj. $18.00
Wedgwood, C. V.: The Spoils of Time, A World History from the Dawn of Civilization through the Early Renaissance. Doubleday. New York: 1985. First American edition. 8vo. Cloth-backed boards. Pp. xii, 348. Notes. Index. A small chip missing from top of dj, else fine copy. $20.00
Wells, Peter S.: Barbarians to Angels, The Dark Ages Reconsidered. W. W. Norton & Company. New York: 2008. First edition. 8vo. Two-tone boards. Pp. xvi, 240. Illustrated. Further Reading. Index. Fine copy in dj. $15.00
Wharam, Alan: Treason, Famous English Treason Trials. Allan Sutton Publishing Ltd. Stroud (U.K.), 1995. First edition. 8vo. Boards. Fine copy in dj. $18.00
Includes consideration of eleven English treason trials from The Essex Rebellion in 1601 to two in the 20th Century, that of Sir Roger Casement in 1916 and William Joyce in 1945.
Ziegler, Philip: The Black Death. Bramley Books. Godalming. 1998. New edition. 8vo. Boards. Pp. vi, 250. Illustrated. Index. Fine copy in dj. $32.00
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A few Films which may be of Interest
Alexander. Directed by Oliver Stone. Starring Colin Farrell, Angelina Jolie, Val Kilmer, Jared Leto. 2004. 167 minutes. Widescreen format. Two disc set. Fine with original artwork. $15.00
Alexander the Great. Directed by Robert Rossen. Starring Richard Burton, Frederic March, Claire Bloom, Barry Jones, Harry Andrews, Stanley Baker. 1956. 136 minutes. Widescreen format. Fine copy with original artwork. $12.00
Amen. Directed by Costa-Gravas. Screenplay by Costa-Gravas and Jean-Claude Grumberg. Based on the play The Deputy by Rolf Hochhuth. Starring Ulrich Tukur, Mathieur Kassovitz, Ulrich Mühe, Michael Duchaussoy. 2002. Color. Widescreen format. In English. Fine copy with original liner notes. $18.00
The Battle of Algiers. Directed by Gillo Pontecorvo. Starring Brahim Haggiag, Yacef Saadi, Jean Martin. 1966. 125 minutes. Black & white. In French and Arabic with English subtitles. Three disc set, two of which present various documentary features. The original film has been brilliantly restored by The Criterion Collection. Fine with booklet and slip-case. $45.00
This remarkable film is of interest in so many ways. It concerns the uprising in the Algiers Casbah led by a small group of inspired rebels. Their antagonist, a French colonel, is just as inspired but in a different way. The main protagonist is Yacef Saadi, one of the rebel leaders. It was he who conceived the idea of having young, European-looking women place bombs in cafés. Eventually he was captured and condemned to death, then later pardoned and freed after Algeria achieved its independence from France. The real Yacef Saadi plays himself in this film, after becoming its producer in 1966. However, the story in the movie has been bowdlerised and is only partly true. The character of the sardonic Colonel Mathieu is fictional. It was based on Colonel Bigeard, one of the Para commanders who won the Battle of Algiers, twice, but helped lose the war despite that. A more serious flaw, though, is that it was Yacef Saadi himself, not a tortured informant, who revealed the hiding place of Ali-la-Pointe. Still, this film has been incredibly influential and retains its impact.
The Churchills. Narrated by Ian Holm. Featuring the voices of Robert Hardy, Ronald Pickup, Harriet Walters. WGBH Boston Video. 2003. DVD movie. 150 minutes. Full frame format. Color. Fine copy with liner notes. $22.00
Hidden Agenda. Directed by Ken Loach. Written by Jim Allen. Starring Brian Cox, Frances McDorman, Brad Dourif. 1990. 99 minutes. DVD with both wide screen and standard formats. Fine copy with original liner notes. $16.00
This is based on the real experiences of John Stalker, then the deputy chief constable of Manchester, who was ordered to conduct an investigation into the murders of Gervaise McKerr and two other unarmed IRA men in 1982. He went to Belfast and soon discovered that it was the British security service itself which had killed the three men. The truth was unpalatable to the authorities and Stalker was removed from the inquiry shortly before his report was due—and in fact just as he was expecting to receive a tape from MI5 relating to the murders. To this day it has never been published. And although it is not within the time frame of the movie, Stalker was later falsely accused of a crime and had to end his police career.
Spartacus. Directed by Robert Dornhelm. Starring Goran Visnjic, Alan Bates, Angus MacFadyen, Rhona Mitra, Ian MacNeice, James Frain. 2004. 2 hours, 57 minutes. Wide screen format. Optional English subtitles. Fine copy with original liner notes. $10.00
Uprising. Directed by Jon Avnet. Written by Paul Brickman and Jon Avnet. Starring Leelee Sobieski, Hank Azaria, David Schwimmer, Jon Voight, Donald Sutherland, Cary Elwes, Stephen Moyer. 2001. 117 minutes. DVD with widescreen format. A two disc set with the second including a documentary about the 1943 rising in the Warsaw Ghetto. Fine copy with original artwork and slipcase. $18.00
The Weather Underground. Directed by Sam Green. Narrated by Lili Taylor. 2003. 92 minutes. Color and black & white. DVD with full screen format. Extra features. Fine copy with original artwork. $18.00
In the late 1960s a group of activists decided that violence had to be brought home. They initiated a series of bombings directed against institutions of American power which were spectacular but mainly non-lethal. This is the story of their struggle, why it began, and how it ended.