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  • WILLIAM KNOX: The Life and Thought of an Eighteenth Century Imperialist by Bellot, Leland J.
    Bellot, Leland J.
    WILLIAM KNOX: The Life and Thought of an Eighteenth Century Imperialist

    Edition: First printing.

    Austin: University of Texas Press, 1977. dj. Hardcover first edition - The first full-scale biography of the man who was provost marshall of Georgia from 1757 to 1762 and Undersecretary of State in the American Dept of the British government from 1770 to 1782. Notes, bibliography and index. 264 pp. ISBN: 0-292-790074.

    Condition: Very good in a good dust jacket (Slight water damage to upper edge of text block, tear and associated creasing on front cover of dj.)

    Book ID: 8638
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  • TOURNAMENT OF SHADOWS by Carnac, Nicholas.
    Carnac, Nicholas.
    TOURNAMENT OF SHADOWS

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Scribner's, (1978.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Novel of a young officer in Queen Victoria's army - settings range from St. Petersburg in Russia to Simla in India, to Peking and to the Gobi Desert. 309 pp. ISBN: 0-684-161486.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 48177
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  • TOURNAMENT OF SHADOWS by Carnac, Nicholas.
    Carnac, Nicholas.
    TOURNAMENT OF SHADOWS

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Scribner's, (1978.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Novel of a young officer in Queen Victoria's army - settings range from St. Petersburg in Russia to Simla in India, to Peking and to the Gobi Desert. 309 pp. ISBN: 0-684-161486.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket (hint of spine slant, price-clipped.)

    Book ID: 7598
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  • THE WINSHAW LEGACY or WHAT A CARVE UP. by Coe, Jonathan.
    Coe, Jonathan.
    THE WINSHAW LEGACY or WHAT A CARVE UP.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1995. dj. Hardcover first edition - His fourth novel, but his first to be published in the US, winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize in 1994. "A postmodern detective story, a scathing send-up of the rapacious eighties, a macabre Gothic -- all rolled up in a bravura tragicomic entertainment. The Winshaw family, as their official biographer is warned by old Mortimer Winshaw himself, is the meanest, greediest, cruellest bunch of backstabbing penny-pinching bastards who ever crawled across the face of the earth." Basis for the BBC series "What a Carve Up." 498 pp. ISBN: 0-679433856.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (appears unread.)

    Book ID: 68064
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  • Craton, Michael.
    SINEWS OF EMPIRE: A Short History of British Slavery.

    Edition: First printing.

    London: Temple Smith, 1974. dj. Hardcover first edition - Extensive notes, index. 413 pages. ISBN: 0-8511-7064x.

    Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket (one closed tear on back cover.)

    Book ID: 19033
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  • Davis, David Brion.
    SLAVERY AND HUMAN PROGRESS.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Oxford University Press, 1984. dj. Hardcover first edition - A survey of slavery and emancipation throughout world history, from antiquity to the modern era - divided into three sections - How Progress led to the Europeans' Enslavement of Africans, Redeeming Christianity's Reptutations, and Abolishing Slavery and Civilizing the World - this book discusses the concept that slavery was considered part of progress and the transition from white slaves to black slaves; the emancipation movements and the on-going debate over modern slavery in the United States. Davis has won many prices - the Pulitzer, the National Book Award, the Bancroft - for his thought-provoking works on slavery. Notes, index. 374 pp. ISBN: 0-195034392.

    Condition: Ex-library with the usual markings, but overall tight and clean in a near fine dj.

    Book ID: 34744
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  • BEHIND GOD'S BACK. by Farson, Negley.
    Farson, Negley.
    BEHIND GOD'S BACK.

    Edition: 3rd printing (just one month after the first)

    London: Victor Gollancz, Ltd., 1940. Hardcover - A coast-to-coast trip across Africa from Dar-es-Salaam in Tanganyika to Duala in the French Cameroons. Photographs. Double page map. 448 pp.

    Condition: Very good overall in black cloth (severe toning to the pages, some rubbing to the lettering on the spine, prev owner's name, but still a tight and sturdy copy)

    Book ID: 58822
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  • A VERY PUKKA MURDER: The First Maharajah Mystery. by Gaind, Arjun Raj.
    Gaind, Arjun Raj.
    A VERY PUKKA MURDER: The First Maharajah Mystery.

    Edition: First US printing.

    Scottsdale, AZ: Poisoned Pen Press, (2016) dj. Hardcover first edition - Set in 1909 in "the tiny princely state of Rajpore, Indian comic book writer Gaind's first novel is both a satisfying locked-room mystery and a keenly observed comedy of manners." (PW). The first book in a planned trilogy, this presents a scathing portrait of British Raj - with its appalling racism and indolence - while still letting the legacy of Sikander's ancestors represent India's glorious past. 328 pp. ISBN: 978-1464206436.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (a new copy.)

    Book ID: 72191
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  • Gardner, Brian
    THE AFRICAN DREAM.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Putnam, (1970.) dj. Hardcover first edition - 'From Cape to Cairo the Epic Adventure of the Conquest of Africa.' Photographs, bibliography, index. 314 pp.

    Condition: Ex-library with markings and significant reading wear, but in a very good dj.

    Book ID: 31667
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  • STARS & STRIPES TRIUMPHANT. by Harrison, Harry.
    Harrison, Harry.
    STARS & STRIPES TRIUMPHANT.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Del Rey / Ballantine, (2003) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The third and final book in his alternative history series based during the Civil War - "at the dawn of the U.S. Civil War, Britain itself committed an act of war by seizing a U.S. packet ship. In retaliation, the Confederate States rejoined the Union and took up arms against England. Repulsing a British invasion, and defeating her majestyÕs army first in Canada, then in Mexico, then in Ireland, American pride and power swelled. . . . Now, Queen VictoriaÕs empire is more dangerous than ever before, turning against the Irish on her own soil, flexing her naval might, and all but forcing a weary President…

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    New York: Del Rey / Ballantine, (2003) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The third and final book in his alternative history series based during the Civil War - "at the dawn of the U.S. Civil War, Britain itself committed an act of war by seizing a U.S. packet ship. In retaliation, the Confederate States rejoined the Union and took up arms against England. Repulsing a British invasion, and defeating her majestyÕs army first in Canada, then in Mexico, then in Ireland, American pride and power swelled. . . . Now, Queen VictoriaÕs empire is more dangerous than ever before, turning against the Irish on her own soil, flexing her naval might, and all but forcing a weary President Lincoln to authorize the next step in a headlong journey toward war" SIGNED on the title page. List of characters. 249 pp. ISBN: 0-34540937X.

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    Condition: Fine in a fine dust jacket (as new.)

    Book ID: 69543
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  • STARS & STRIPES IN PERIL. by Harrison, Harry.
    Harrison, Harry.
    STARS & STRIPES IN PERIL.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Del Rey / Ballantine, (2000) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The second book in his alternative history series based during the Civil War - "at the dawn of the U.S. Civil War, Britain itself committed an act of war by seizing a U.S. packet ship. In retaliation, the Confederate States rejoined the Union and took up arms against England." Now England is massing on the Mexican border with plans to invade Texas, and a war weary Lincoln has sent Grant to the border. " SIGNED on the title page. Illustrations by Angela Tomlinson. List of characters. 322 pp. ISBN: 0-345409353.

    Condition: Fine in a fine dust jacket (as new.)

    Book ID: 69558
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  • THE MULBERRY EMPIRE or The Two Virtuous Journeys of The Amir Dost Mohammed Khan. by Hensher, Philip.
    Hensher, Philip.
    THE MULBERRY EMPIRE or The Two Virtuous Journeys of The Amir Dost Mohammed Khan.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2002. dj. Hardcover first edition - Highly praised historical novel by this author who was selected by Granta as one of the best young British novelists. "In the spring of 1839, some fifty thousand British forces entered Afghanistan with 'the full pomp of Empire,' possessed of the certainty that they would replace the Amir with someone less hostile toward their ally, the King of the Punjab. Three years later, a single British horseman rode out of the Afghan mountains into India - the sole survivor of the original vast contingent." Includes a glossary, list of characters and bibliography. 486 pp. ISBN: 0-375414886.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket (corners slightly bumped)

    Book ID: 74785
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  • AMONG MALAY PIRATES: A Tale of Adventure and Peril. by Henty, G. A.
    Henty, G. A.
    AMONG MALAY PIRATES: A Tale of Adventure and Peril.

    Edition: Early reprint.

    New York: A. L. Burt, (ca 1900). Hardcover - A very attractive edition - in addition to the title story, this book contains five other shorter stories: Bears and Dacotts, The Paternosters, A Pipe of Mystery, White-Faced Dick and A Brush With the Chinese. Illustrated. "Among Malay Pirates" was only published as a serial in the UK. 295 pp plus 26 pp of advertisements.

    Condition: Near fine in illustrated blue-green boards with drawings on the front cover and spine in black, red and white and a gilt panel for the title on the spine. Tinted edges. A tight, straight copy, supple pages, uncommon in this condition.

    Book ID: 39724
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  • A JOURNAL OF THE DISASTERS IN AFGHANISTAN, 1841-2 by Lady Sale [Florentia Wynch]
    Lady Sale [Florentia Wynch]
    A JOURNAL OF THE DISASTERS IN AFGHANISTAN, 1841-2

    Edition: 8th thousand.

    London: John Murray, 1844. Hardcover - An account published after Lady Sale's rescue from nine months' captivity in Afghanistan."The first Afghan War of 1838-1842 witnessed one of the greatest defeats ever inflicted upon the British by an Asian enemy--the retreat from Kabul. On January 6, 1842, a British force that, with its followers numbered some 16,000, marched out of Kabul under an illusory safe conduct; one week later, nearly all of them- -men, women, and children--lay dead along the ninety mile route, some killed by the Afghan enemy, the rest frozen to death in the snow. . . One of the few witnesses who survived the massacre, Florentia, Lady Sale, was the wife of second-in-command at Kabul, Sir Robert…

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    London: John Murray, 1844. Hardcover - An account published after Lady Sale's rescue from nine months' captivity in Afghanistan."The first Afghan War of 1838-1842 witnessed one of the greatest defeats ever inflicted upon the British by an Asian enemy--the retreat from Kabul. On January 6, 1842, a British force that, with its followers numbered some 16,000, marched out of Kabul under an illusory safe conduct; one week later, nearly all of them- -men, women, and children--lay dead along the ninety mile route, some killed by the Afghan enemy, the rest frozen to death in the snow. . . One of the few witnesses who survived the massacre, Florentia, Lady Sale, was the wife of second-in-command at Kabul, Sir Robert Sale. Her journal begins in September 1841 when the whole position of the British, and the butterfly social existence they led in the Kabul cantonments, was menaced both by Afghan intrigue and by the incompetence of their own command. The journal ends a year later, with the rescue of Florentia by her husband from nine months of captivity in Afghan hands. In the intervening period she had witnessed battle, murder, and sudden death, had been exposed to freezing cold and burning heat, had endured vermin-infested lodgings and incessant earthquakes--all recorded with a laconic imperturbability and an occasional flash of sardonic humor." Vocabulary of Persian, Hindostan and other oriental words and correspondence relating to Captain Grant. Frontispiece map and a folding map of Kabul, single page map; xxxi, 451 pp.

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    Condition: Good overall in full leather (approximately one inch missing from the top of the spine.) This copy is of unusual interest since it was from the library of the Earl of Ellenborough, who was the Governor General of India during the time when these events took place, and who was sent to India to "restore peace to Asia" but the whole term of his office was occupied in war. On his arrival there the news that greeted him was that of the massacre of Kabul. Bookplate of Ellenborough on front pastedown, with his hand-written name above it. Stamp citing "Earl of Ellenborough's heirlooms. Book No 12" below it.

    Book ID: 66204
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  • MY LIFE AND TIMES: Octave Nine 1946-1953. by Mackenzie, Compton.
    Mackenzie, Compton.
    MY LIFE AND TIMES: Octave Nine 1946-1953.

    Edition: First printing.

    London: Chatto & Windus, 1970. dj. Hardcover first edition - The ninth volume of his ten volume autobiography. This begins with Mackenzie at age sixty-three, travelling to every battleground between Tunis and Hong Kong where the Indian Army had fought, in preparation for a book on the history of India's achievements during World War II. Photographs. Eight appendices. 325 pp. ISBN: 0-701115777.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket. (underlining - some in pencil and some in ink- affecting some of the first 80 pages of the book, dj is price-clipped.) Rather hard-to-find.

    Book ID: 40176
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  • THE CHAOS OF EMPIRE: The British Raj and the Conquest of India. by Wilson, Jon.
    Wilson, Jon.
    THE CHAOS OF EMPIRE: The British Raj and the Conquest of India.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Public Affairs / Perseus Books, (2016). First edition - A "dramatic revisionist history, [which] upends the carefully sanitized image of unity, order, and success to reveal an empire rooted far more in violence than in virtue, far more in chaos than in control. . . the Raj's institutions-from law courts to railway lines-were designed to protect British power without benefiting the people they ruled. This self-serving and careless governance resulted in an impoverished people and a stifled society, not a glorious Indian empire." Notes, bibliography. 549 pp.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 71640
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  • THE SPUR OF PRIDE. by Wren, Percival Christopher Wren (1875 - 1941)
    Wren, Percival Christopher Wren (1875 - 1941)
    THE SPUR OF PRIDE.

    Edition: First US printing.

    Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1937. Hardcover first edition - Adventure novel by the author best known for the classic 'Beau Geste,' set on the Afghan frontier in pre-Mutiny British India. Originally published in the UK under the title 'Man of a Ghost.'

    Condition: Very good in blue cloth with red lettering (spine faded, a hint of spine slant.)

    Book ID: 55574
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