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  • COLUMBUS: The Four Voyages. by Bergreen, Laurence.
    Bergreen, Laurence.
    COLUMBUS: The Four Voyages.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Viking, (2011) dj. Hardcover first edition - Biography of a man who was "brilliant, audacious, volatile, paranoid, narcissistic, ruthless and (in the end) deeply unhappy. Born in Genoa, bred to the sea, Columbus won Spanish royal support for an exploratory voyage in hopes of finding a western passage to Asia. On Oct. 12, 1492, he landed on the Bahamian island of San Salvador, and then took his three ships south to trace the northern coasts of Cuba and Hispaniola. Persuaded that he had found outlying territories of East Asia, Columbus returned in triumph to Spain, where the sovereigns Ferdinand and Isabella named him Admiral of the Ocean Sea and granted him sweeping powers over the territories he…

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    New York: Viking, (2011) dj. Hardcover first edition - Biography of a man who was "brilliant, audacious, volatile, paranoid, narcissistic, ruthless and (in the end) deeply unhappy. Born in Genoa, bred to the sea, Columbus won Spanish royal support for an exploratory voyage in hopes of finding a western passage to Asia. On Oct. 12, 1492, he landed on the Bahamian island of San Salvador, and then took his three ships south to trace the northern coasts of Cuba and Hispaniola. Persuaded that he had found outlying territories of East Asia, Columbus returned in triumph to Spain, where the sovereigns Ferdinand and Isabella named him Admiral of the Ocean Sea and granted him sweeping powers over the territories he had claimed. Columbus led three more voyages across the Atlantic, in 1493-96, 1498-1500 and 1502-4. Along the way, he alternately befriended and did battle with the native peoples he called Indians, was twice shipwrecked and contended with a rogues gallery of Spanish rebels and mutineers." Illustrations, extensive notes, selected bibliography, index. xvii, 423 pp. ISBN: 978-0670023011.

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    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 89245
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  • A WORLD TO LIVE IN: Selected Articles from the Rotarian Magazine Elucidating the Problem of Establishing a Peaceful and a Just World Order. by Case, Leland D., editor. Foreword by J. Raymond Tiffany.
    Case, Leland D., editor. Foreword by J. Raymond Tiffany.
    A WORLD TO LIVE IN: Selected Articles from the Rotarian Magazine Elucidating the Problem of Establishing a Peaceful and a Just World Order.

    Edition: 3rd printing.

    Chicago: Rotary International, (1942). Articles in which thirty men - including H. G. Wells, Norman Douglas, John Dewey, F. W. Sollman, Ricardo J. Alfaro, Henry Ford and others - explore problems which will become acute when World War II ends. 96 pp.

    Condition: Very good in illustrated gold and black wrappers.

    Book ID: 84870
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  • UNBOUND: How Eight Technologies Made Us Human, Transformed Society, and Brought Our World to the Brink. by Currier, Richard L.
    Currier, Richard L.
    UNBOUND: How Eight Technologies Made Us Human, Transformed Society, and Brought Our World to the Brink.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Arcade Publishing, (2015) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - "Humanity has been repeatedly transformed by certain key technologies, each of which has triggered a profound metamorphosis. . . The fabrication of weapons, the mastery of fire, and the technologies of clothing and shelter transformed the human body, enabling us to walk upright, shed our body hair, and migrate out of tropical Africa into temperate climates. Symbolic communication changed human evolution from a slow biological process into a fast cultural process. Food production transformed the relationship between humanity and the environment, and with technologies of interaction led to the birth of civilization. Precision machinery, developed to build accurate clocks, spawned the industrial revolution and the rise of nation-states;…

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    New York: Arcade Publishing, (2015) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - "Humanity has been repeatedly transformed by certain key technologies, each of which has triggered a profound metamorphosis. . . The fabrication of weapons, the mastery of fire, and the technologies of clothing and shelter transformed the human body, enabling us to walk upright, shed our body hair, and migrate out of tropical Africa into temperate climates. Symbolic communication changed human evolution from a slow biological process into a fast cultural process. Food production transformed the relationship between humanity and the environment, and with technologies of interaction led to the birth of civilization. Precision machinery, developed to build accurate clocks, spawned the industrial revolution and the rise of nation-states; and in the next metamorphosis, the rise of digital technologies may well lead to the birth of a global civilization." INSCRIBED on the title page and dated in the year of publication, Photographs,notes, bibliography, index. xx, 376 pp.

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

    Book ID: 68886
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  • THE GOD DELUSION. by Dawkins, Richard.
    Dawkins, Richard.
    THE GOD DELUSION.

    Edition: 2nd printing.

    New York & Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2006. dj. Hardcover - A book by this prominent atheist, one in which he points out the harm that religion has inflicted on society, from the Crusades to 9/11, and more. Appendix, bibliography, notes, index. x, 406 pp. ISBN: 978-0618680009.

    Condition: Very near fine in a just about fine silver foil dustjacket.

    Book ID: 89294
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  • LANDMARKS OF ECONOMIC THOUGHT. by Ferguson, John M., Ph.D.
    Ferguson, John M., Ph.D.
    LANDMARKS OF ECONOMIC THOUGHT.

    Edition: Later printing.

    New York & London: Longmans, Green and Co., (1947, c 1938). Hardcover - A survey of economic thought and practice from ancient Egypt on up through the time this was written, with most attention given to the rise of capitalist and then socialist economic theory - Marxian and post-Marxian. Discussion questions, index. 299 pp.

    Condition: Very good in dark blue cloth with gilt lettering on the spine - usual toning to the pages, some rubbing to the lettering, no dust jacket.

    Book ID: 76650
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  • JUNGVOLK: The Story of a Boy Defending Hitlers Third Reich. by Gehlen, Wilhelm and Don Gregory.
    Gehlen, Wilhelm and Don Gregory.
    JUNGVOLK: The Story of a Boy Defending Hitlers Third Reich.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    Drexel, PA Casemate (2008). First edition - The wartime memoir of Will, the nephew of Reinhard Gehlen, head of Nazi Germany intelligence agency, Foreign Armies East. He was only 10 when the war began but as a member of the Jungvolk, and lived in a small town near the Westwall, but he became a helper with the local Luftwaffe flak battery. Photographs, ix, 318 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in glossy illustrated wrappers (lower corner bumped)

    Book ID: 60737
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  • THE CARTOON HISTORY OF THE MODERN WORLD: Part II: From the Bastille to Baghdad. by Gonick, Larry.
    Gonick, Larry.
    THE CARTOON HISTORY OF THE MODERN WORLD: Part II: From the Bastille to Baghdad.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Harper Collins, (2009). SIGNED first edition - SIGNED on the title page with a small drawing. "Gonick illuminates with the Enlightenment, then goes deep into the French Revolution, followed by Napoleon's conquests. He covers everything from the Opium Wars to the post-Napoleonic world, industrialisation and the working class, early 20th-century revolutionaries, World Wars I and II, the Cold War era, religious fundamentalism, and the U.S. invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. After illustrating three centuries of major events and movements around the globe, Gonick finally brings readers to the eve of a new world order, with a semi-united Europe and rising powers in China and India, and in the end reflects on the ongoing challenge of a sustainable…

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    New York: Harper Collins, (2009). SIGNED first edition - SIGNED on the title page with a small drawing. "Gonick illuminates with the Enlightenment, then goes deep into the French Revolution, followed by Napoleon's conquests. He covers everything from the Opium Wars to the post-Napoleonic world, industrialisation and the working class, early 20th-century revolutionaries, World Wars I and II, the Cold War era, religious fundamentalism, and the U.S. invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. After illustrating three centuries of major events and movements around the globe, Gonick finally brings readers to the eve of a new world order, with a semi-united Europe and rising powers in China and India, and in the end reflects on the ongoing challenge of a sustainable future." Bibliography, index. 260 pp plus publisher's ads. Slightly oversized square format. ISBN: 9780060760083.

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    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 59111
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  • QUEEN OF HEARTS: MARGUERITE OF VALOIS ('La Reine Margot') 1553 - 1615. by Haldane, Charlotte.
    Haldane, Charlotte.
    QUEEN OF HEARTS: MARGUERITE OF VALOIS ('La Reine Margot') 1553 - 1615.

    Edition: First US printing.

    Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, (1963) dj. Hardcover first edition - Biography of this often misunderstood queen of France, based on her own memoirs and correspondence. Illustrated with photographs. Sources, notes on translation, map, family tree, index. 307 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket (bookplate, one short closed tear to dj)

    Book ID: 73964
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  • MYTHS AND LEGENDS OF ANCIENT EGYPT: A Grosset All Color Guide by James, T.G.H.
    James, T.G.H.
    MYTHS AND LEGENDS OF ANCIENT EGYPT: A Grosset All Color Guide

    Edition: First edition.

    New York: Grosset & Dunlap, (1971) dj. Hardcover first edition - Includes 105 full color illustrations by Brian Melling with 105. Map of Egypt, index. #27 in the Grosset All Color Guide series (list at back of book includes 30 titles, that is titles published through 1971) 159 pp plus 2 pp publisher's ads.

    Condition: Near fine in illustrated boards in a near fine good dust jacket.

    Book ID: 88335
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  • QUEST FOR UNDERSTANDING: Arabic and Islamic Studies in Memory of Malcolm H. Kerr. by [Kerr, Malcolm H., 1931 -1984] Seikaly, S.; R. Baalbaki, R. and P. Dodd, editors.
    [Kerr, Malcolm H., 1931 -1984] Seikaly, S.; R. Baalbaki, R. and P. Dodd, editors.
    QUEST FOR UNDERSTANDING: Arabic and Islamic Studies in Memory of Malcolm H. Kerr.

    Edition: First printing.

    Beirut, Lebanon: American University of Beirut, (1991.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Includes "a rich collection of Arabic and Islamic studies contributed by an international body of scholars. In memory of the late Malcolm H. Kerr [who was President of the American University at the time of his death] The essays reflect his abiding interests and contain studies of contemporary Middle Eastern politics, the history of Lebanon, and the Muslim legacy in art, philosophy, and science." Perhaps even more timely now than was it was first published. Includes a foreword by Peter Dodd, an essay on Kerr by Samir M. Seikaly and a Malcolm Kerr bibliography. Among the contributors and topics are Kamil Salibi on Mount Lebanon under…

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    Beirut, Lebanon: American University of Beirut, (1991.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Includes "a rich collection of Arabic and Islamic studies contributed by an international body of scholars. In memory of the late Malcolm H. Kerr [who was President of the American University at the time of his death] The essays reflect his abiding interests and contain studies of contemporary Middle Eastern politics, the history of Lebanon, and the Muslim legacy in art, philosophy, and science." Perhaps even more timely now than was it was first published. Includes a foreword by Peter Dodd, an essay on Kerr by Samir M. Seikaly and a Malcolm Kerr bibliography. Among the contributors and topics are Kamil Salibi on Mount Lebanon under the Malmuks, Rashid Khalidi on External Intervention in Lebanon, William B. Quandt on the Camp David negotiations, Lawrence I. Conrad on the archeology of early Islam, Henry J. MacAdam on 19th century Orientalist and diplomat William Henry Waddington and much more. This copy is an interesting association copy SIGNED with the words "towards understanding Moslem' by author S. A. Maududi (who has written several books on the Holy Qur'an and on Islam) and also SIGNED in purple ink by Gary Zukav under the words "Dancing Wooly Masters" and above "glorious Quran" (Zukav is the author of 'The Dancing Wu Li Masters' among other books). Presumably Zukav's personal copy with some underlining and marginal notations in several essays in the same purple ink (also in green and blue ink). Photographs, notes, index. xli, 326 pp

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    Condition: Very good in a good dustjacket (marginal notations and underlining, edgewear to the dj, sunning to the spine.)

    Book ID: 40929
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  • THE IRISH FACE. by Kissane, Noel.
    Kissane, Noel.
    THE IRISH FACE.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback original.

    Dublin: National Library of Ireland, (1986). First edition - The first in a planned series of color booklets, this includes 30 pages of photographs, in both black and white and full color, drawings, and reproductions, accompanied by the text which describes history of representations of the Irish, from ancient stone carving through anti-Irish caricatures and modern paintings and photographs. Bibliography. 64 pp. ISBN: 0-907328121.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 84024
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  • THE HERMIT KING: The Dangerous Game of Kim Jong Un, by Lee, Chung Min.
    Lee, Chung Min.
    THE HERMIT KING: The Dangerous Game of Kim Jong Un,

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: All Points Books / St Martin's, (2019) dj. Hardcover first edition - An account of "the rise of the Kim Dynasty and its atrocities, motivations, and diplomatic goals and a discussion of the possible outcomes of its aggressive standoff with the world superpowers. . . Kim Jong Un has been groomed since birth to take control of his country and stay in power at all costs." Author's note, maps, notes, index. x, 290 pp. ISBN: 978-1250202826.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 86272
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  • FLASHPOINTS: Air Warfare in the Cold War. by Napier, Michael.
    Napier, Michael.
    FLASHPOINTS: Air Warfare in the Cold War.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York & London: Addison-Wesley, (2022) dj. Hardcover first edition - A history of eight Cold War conflicts in which air power played a decisive role, from the Suez Crisis of 1956 to Arab-Israeli wars of 1967 and 1973, the Falklands war of 1982, and the Iran-Iraq War of 1980-88. Ilustrated with over 240 photographs and maps, in both full color and black and white. Foreword by Itamar Neuner, a Mirage pilot. Glossary, bibliography, index. Oversized wide format, printed on heavy glossy stock throughout. 368 pp. ISBN: 978-1472853578.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 88403
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  • THE GRAND PEREGRINATION, Being the Life and Adventures of Fernao Mendes Pinto. by [Pinto, Fernao Mendes, 1509 -1583] Collis, Maurice (1889-1973)
    [Pinto, Fernao Mendes, 1509 -1583] Collis, Maurice (1889-1973)
    THE GRAND PEREGRINATION, Being the Life and Adventures of Fernao Mendes Pinto.

    Edition: First printing.

    London: Faber & Faber, (1949) dj. Hardcover first edition - The first biography of this 16th century Portuguese adventurer and explorer who left Portugal in 1537 as a common soldier but whose travels were intended to help him establish himself as a merchant. Pinto traveled to the coast of India, Japan, China, and Malaya and more - was thrown into prison by the Chinese, introduced firearms to Japan, and succeeded in becoming wealthy but after meeting Saint Francis Xavier, he joined the newly formed Jesuit Society and headed a mission to Japan, only to recognize its futility. His autobiography - Peregrinacao or Pilgrimage - was published posthumously in 1614. While some of the claims in this work might have…

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    London: Faber & Faber, (1949) dj. Hardcover first edition - The first biography of this 16th century Portuguese adventurer and explorer who left Portugal in 1537 as a common soldier but whose travels were intended to help him establish himself as a merchant. Pinto traveled to the coast of India, Japan, China, and Malaya and more - was thrown into prison by the Chinese, introduced firearms to Japan, and succeeded in becoming wealthy but after meeting Saint Francis Xavier, he joined the newly formed Jesuit Society and headed a mission to Japan, only to recognize its futility. His autobiography - Peregrinacao or Pilgrimage - was published posthumously in 1614. While some of the claims in this work might have been inaccurate, Collis considers them compatible with historical events and Pinto's work as the most complete European account of 16th century Asian history. Includes 13 illustrations, bibliography, index. 313 pp

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    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket (toning to pages and endpapers, some chipping to the dj at the top of the spine)

    Book ID: 84600
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  • DARING YOUNG MEN: The Heroism and Triumph of The Berlin Airlift: June 1948 - May 1949. by Reeves, Richard.
    Reeves, Richard.
    DARING YOUNG MEN: The Heroism and Triumph of The Berlin Airlift: June 1948 - May 1949.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Simon & Schuster, (2010) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - An account of a military operation that changed the world. On June 26, 1948, Harry S. Truman began recalling the airmen of World War II to active duty to try to save the people of the western sectors of Berlin. "Stalin had ordered a blockade of the city. . . He was gambling that he could drive out the small detachments of American, British, and French occupation troops, because their only option was to stay and watch Berliners starveor retaliate by starting World War III. . . . [Truman's] answer: 'We stay in Berlin. Period.' That was when the phones started ringing and local police began banging…

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    New York: Simon & Schuster, (2010) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - An account of a military operation that changed the world. On June 26, 1948, Harry S. Truman began recalling the airmen of World War II to active duty to try to save the people of the western sectors of Berlin. "Stalin had ordered a blockade of the city. . . He was gambling that he could drive out the small detachments of American, British, and French occupation troops, because their only option was to stay and watch Berliners starveor retaliate by starting World War III. . . . [Truman's] answer: 'We stay in Berlin. Period.' That was when the phones started ringing and local police began banging on doors to deliver telegrams to the vets. Drawing on service records and hundreds of interviews in the United States, Germany, and Great Britain, Reeves tells the stories of these civilian airmen. . . [who] did the impossible, living in barns and muddy tents, flying over Soviet-occupied territory day and night." INSCRIBED on the left hand title page "To -- a daring young man." Map, illustrated with contemporary cartoons at the head of each chapter. Notes, bibliography, index. xvii, 316 pp. ISBN: 978-1416541196.

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    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 69614
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  • FEAR NO EVIL. by Sharansky, Natan.
    Sharansky, Natan.
    FEAR NO EVIL.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Random House, (1988). In the mid-seventies, Sharansky became a spokesman for Moscow's dissidents - the Jews amd the human rights advocates. This begins with his arrest in 1977, tells of the 16 months of interrogation, and his conviction as "American Spy." He was threatened with execution, put in solitary, but this ends as he wins his freedom after nine years as a prisoner, and rejoins his wife, who worked tirelessly on his behalf, as they fly to Israel. Translated by Stefani Hoffman. Photographs, index. xxi, 437 pp. ISBN: 0-394558782.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 86783
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  • INTER-RACIAL PROBLEMS: Papers from the First Universal Races Congress held in London in 1911. by Spiller, G., editor; introduction by Herbert Aptheker; papers by W.E.B. DuBois and others.
    Spiller, G., editor; introduction by Herbert Aptheker; papers by W.E.B. DuBois and others.
    INTER-RACIAL PROBLEMS: Papers from the First Universal Races Congress held in London in 1911.

    Edition: First thus.

    New York: The Citadel Press, 1970. dj. Hardcover first edition - Includes a new 16 pp. introduction by Herbert Aptheker. Attended by 1000 people from 50 countries, the purpose of this Congress was "to discuss, in the light of science and the modern conscience, the general relations subsisting between the peoples of the West and those of the East, between the so-called white and so-called coloured peoples." Also discussed was the position of women in society, the nature of imperialism, and the prospects for world peace. Reprint of the 1911 edition, including papers by Felix Adler, Israel Zangwill, Alfred Caldecott, W. E. B. DuBois ('The Negro Race in the United States of America'), Edwin D. Mead, and many others. Appendix, bibliography, index. [16 pp], xlvi, 485 pp. ISBN: 0-806502177.

    Condition: Near fine in black cloth with gilt lettering on the spine in a good dust jacket with some rubbing, light edgewear and creasing to back cover.

    Book ID: 88290
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  • BEYOND GEOGRAPHY: The Western Spirit Against the Wilderness by Turner, Frederick
    Turner, Frederick
    BEYOND GEOGRAPHY: The Western Spirit Against the Wilderness

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: The Viking Press, (1980.) dj. Hardcover first edition - "A brilliant reconstruction of the 'spiritual history' that led up to the European domination and decimation of aboriginal cultures - native American tribes, Caribbean tribes, the Mayans - as rich in mythic life as the Western culture was barren. The author contends that it was the progressive decay of Christianity from a living mythology into a historically oriented state religion that creted a spiritual vacuum in the West, resulting in a terrific restlessness and energy that eventually mainfested itself in exploration conquest and conversion." Notes on sources, index. xviii, 329 pp. ISBN: 0-670-160989.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 55363
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  • THE MAN WHO BROKE NAPOLEON'S CODES. by Urban, Mark.
    Urban, Mark.
    THE MAN WHO BROKE NAPOLEON'S CODES.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Harper Collins, (2001) dj. Hardcover first edition - An account of the early days of cryptography - this book uses the original sources, including many ciphers and code-tables and shows that Lieutenant Colonel George Scovell was a true forerunner to the great code-breakers of the twentieth century. Photographs, maps, notes on sources, index. xix, 346pp. ISBN: 0-06-018891X.

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

    Book ID: 62835
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