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Arms, Armour and Militaria. London Sotheby's: May 15, 1986. Primarily 18th and 19th century firearms. Softcover. 8"x10.5", 39 pages, 210 lots, black & white illustrations and 3 color plates. Near fine.

Inventory #: 34509
Price: $ 20.00       

Bilder av Markligare Foremal. Stockholm Livrustkammaren: 1927. A pictorial survey of items in the collection of the Royal Swedish Armory, focusing on 16th, 17th and 18th century armor, edged weapons, firearms and costume. Softcover. 5.5"x7.5", 1 pages of text plus 60 black & white plates. Light soil.

Inventory #: 34619
Price: $ 40.00       

Peter Finer - Arms & Armor Catalog. 1995. Warwickshire Peter Finer: 1995. The first Finer catalog, a finely-illustrated, scholarly catalog of one of the world's leading dealers in antique arms and armor, featuring 248 museum-quality examples of armor, edged weapons, early guns, artillery, and related pieces. There is also a small selection of Japanese arms & armor. This catalog features a small collection of 15 superb 17th century German carved powder flasks. Softcover. 8"x12", about 140 pages, each item illustrated in color, usually with multiple photos. Prices are noted. Light wear, several penned notes of great interest.

Inventory #: 34435
Price: $ 60.00       

Achtermier, William O. Rhode Island Arms Makers & Gunsmiths, 1643-1883. Providence Man at Arms Publications: 1980. A valuable resource of biographies and company histories of Rhode island gunsmiths and arms manufacturers, based on extensive original research in period records. There are numerous illustrations of antique firearms, old advertisements and photographs, and an appendix contains a complete transcription of the daybooks of gunsmith Welcome Mathewson for the years 1805-1815. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 108 pages, black & white illustrations. Minor cover soil.

Inventory #: 35428
Price: $ 50.00       

Adams, Bill (ed.). Sheffield Exhibition Knives. Salem Old World Publishing: 1999. A fabulously photographed 'exhibition' of the finest knives from that world-renowned knife-making capitol, Sheffield. "Here you will see daggers and Bowie knives fit for a king -or an oriental potentate. There are multi-bladed sportsmen's knives, fishing knives with hook removers...some of the knives have been identified as being exhibited in the 1851 Crystal Palace Exhibition or in the Great Exposition in London in 1879. Here you will see knives with interchangeable handles, folding dirk knives with carved pearl handles from the 1830s, cased penknives with engraved gold bolsters and a cock spur marked "Cutlers to the King". Since this book was a display of the world's finest knives, it was necessary to supplement the outstanding pictures with a group of writings from some of the world's finest knife experts. We have that with chapters from Bill Adams, Bernard Levine, and Jim Taylor". The knives shown include many examples from the firms of Joseph Rodgers, George Wostenholm, and John Blyde-Greenhough Knives. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 245+ pages, loaded with color plates, dust jacket. In fine, clean condition.

Inventory #: 33696
Price: $ 150.00       

[Aitken] The Russell B. Aitken Collection of Silver Trophies, Vintage firearms, Antique Arms and Armour, and Militaria and the Sporting Library with Related Material. New York Christie's: April 4, 2003. An important hunting/militaria sale, featuring some items from the renowned collection of this famous big-game hunter, marksman and arms expert. Softcover. 8"x10.5", 292 pages, 959 lots,

Inventory #: 34508
Price: $ 50.00       

[Arms - Draeger] Armes Anciennes. Collection Charles Draeger. Monaco Sotheby's: December 7, 1987. The auction sale of a magnificent collection, focused on pistols of the 17th-19th centuries, and also including some early long arms, and edged weapons. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", about 125 pages, 213 lots, color illustrations, dust jacket. Light soil. Prices realized sheet.

Inventory #: 33108
Price: $ 65.00       

Atkinson, Rick. Crusade. The Untold Story of the Persian Gulf War. Boston Houghton Mifflin: 1993. Atkinson conducted more than 500 interviews to write this detailed, nuts and bolts history of the real story of the Gulf War. Softcover. 6"x9", 575 pages, b/w illustrations, light wear.

Inventory #: 6142
Price: $ 10.00       

Blair, Claude. European & American Arms, c.1100-1850. New York Bonanza Books: 1962. A wide-ranging introductory history and survey of antique edged weapons, projectile weapons, and firearms of Europe and America. A lifelong weaponry enthusiast, the author worked at the Tower of London Armouries and as Assistant Keeper of Metalwork at the Victoria & Albert Museum, in addition to being a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. Hardcover. 9"x12", 134 pages plus a color frontispiece and 96 black & white plates, and 18 plates of line illustrations. Dust jacket. Light wear, minor soil.

Inventory #: 34438
Price: $ 40.00       

Borg, Alan. Heads & Horses. Two Studies in the History of the Tower Armouries. Oxford Society of Antiquaries: 1976. Two studies of the Tower of London- the first focuses on the now dis-assembled "Line of Kings", sculptures of English monarchs, their horses and what was said to be their actual armor. The second essay concerns Spanish weapons kept in the Tower. An offprint from Archaeologia, Vol. CV. Softcover. 9.5"x11.5", 35 pages of text plus 28 b/w plates light wear.

Inventory #: 3560
Price: $ 25.00       

Brawer, Nicholas A. Britain's Portable Empire. Campaign Furniture of the Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian Periods. Katonah Museum of Art: 2001. One comes away from this exhibition catalog with two firmly fixed ideas- the English, even when in the wilds of the furthest corners of the Earth, liked to be comfortable, and they were ingenious in the ways they managed to do it. Here are chairs, desks, beds, and other furniture that come apart and fold up small enough to, if not fit in your pocket, at least fit in two pockets... Softcover. 10.5"x7", 36 pages, color and b/w illustrations. Fine.

Inventory #: 34378
Price: $ 40.00       

Brawer, Nicholas A. British Campaign Furniture. Elegance under Canvas, 1740-1914. New York Harry N. Abrams: 2001. A beautifully-illustrated study of that most British of innovations- campaign furniture. Although furniture that can be folded up and transported has been used by armies since Alexander the Great, the British perfected the form as their global empire expanded in the 18th and 19th centuries, and English furniture manufacturers rose to the task. This is the first full-length study of the subject, and is superbly done. Hardcover. 9"x11", 231 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj. A fine copy.

Inventory #: 34686
Price: $ 450.00       

Bruce, Colin John. Invaders. British and American Experience of Seaborne Landings 1939-1945. Annapolis Naval Institute Press: 1999. A collection of first-person recollections of amphibious landings, from the men who ran the ships and those who they "dropped off". An important resource for historians and history-buffs. Hardcover. 6.5"x9.5", 286 pages, b/w illustrations, dj near fine.

Inventory #: 4474
Price: $ 10.00       

Ethell, Jeffrey L. Warbirds of World War II. St. Paul Crestline Publishing: 2003. An amazing collection of vintage color photographs of the P-51 Mustang, P-40 Warhawk and P-38 Lightning, at work and play, in the 1940s and 1950s. Softcover. 8"x9", 287 pages, color illustrations. Light wear.

Inventory #: 35282
Price: $ 25.00       

[Frischmann] Antique Arms and Armour including the Charles P. Frischmann Collection. New York Christie's East: June 9, 1984. A fine auction of early firearms and some edged weapons and armor- much of the armor is "in the style of" and appears to be of 19th century origin. The bulk of the sale was devoted to 18th and 19th century firearms. Softcover. 8"x10", 103 pages, 297 lots, black & white and color illustrations. Some wear.

Inventory #: 34888
Price: $ 40.00       

Grossman, Julian. Echo of a Distant Drum. Winslow Homer and the Civil War. New York Harry N. Abrams: 1974. Winslow Homer and the American Civil War met in the camps and on the battlefields as the war by turn sputtered and raged and as Homer came of age as an artist. This was the first comprehensive survey of Homer's Civil War work, including wood engravings, pencil sketches, watercolors and oil paintings. Hardcover. 12"x11", 204 pages, 198 illustrations, including 39 color plates (several folding), dust jacket. Jacket with minor soil.

Inventory #: 35849
Price: $ 35.00       

Hamilton, John & Tom Rowe. The American Percussion Schuetzen Rifle. Rochester Rowe Publications: 2004. "The waves of Germanic immigration during the 1840s and 1850s deposited upon American shores a number of highly talented gunsmiths. In addition to their normal work, these artisans continued to produce a style of muzzle-loading percussion target rifle that was then popular in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. These specialized rifles, now made in America, were used for a form of competition shooting festival (Schuetzenfest) that had been popular in Europe since the Middle Ages, and was continued by the recent immigrants as they spread across the nation. Such competition had generally been conducted in the standing or "offhand" position. Thus, the rifle's ergonomically designed stock was custom-tailored to the Schuetzen rifleman's posture as he assumed a standing shooting position. Impelled by the added talents of Anglo-American gunsmiths, a new style of offhand rifle evolved in the latter half of the nineteenth century that absorbed the heavy Germanic form and melded it with the simplicity of design found in the finest English sporting arms. The design impact of these arms was recognized by the American arms industry as we entered the cartridge era and Schuetzen competition became a national multi-ethnic pastime. In this book the authors reveal examples of how these two firearm formats were eventually blended to produce a precision percussion muzzle-loading target rifle that was tailored to the American rifleman. Here, the authors not only document in full color the works of many of the gunsmiths and provide an index of known makers, but also review the loading accessories deemed necessary to properly serve these extraordinary arms. The text defines the special advantages of the Schuetzen style rifle, and addresses the evolution that occurred in breeching and locking mechanisms". Hardcover. 11.5"x9", 384 pages, hundreds of color and some black & white and line illustrations, dust jacket. New.

Inventory #: 90317
Price: $ 90.00       

Held, Robert (ed.). Arms and Armor Annual. Volume One. Northfield Digest Books: 1973. A collection of a staggeringly wide variety of essays on arms and armor from the Middle Ages to the American Civil War. Fascinating. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 320 pages, black & white illustrations. Moderate wear.

Inventory #: 34975
Price: $ 25.00       

Horne, Alistair. Monty 1944-1945. The Lonely Leader. Pan Books: 1994. Softcover. 5"x8", 381 pages, b/w illustrations, near fine.

Inventory #: 6528
Price: $ 10.00       

MacCloskey, Brig. Gen. Monro. Hallowed Ground. Our National Cemeteries. New York Richards Rosen Press: 1968. Revised edition. Both a history of the development of America's military cemetery system, and a guide to existing cemeteries both in America and abroad. Hardcover. 6"x8.5", 192 pages, black & white illustrations, dust jacket. Minor soil.

Inventory #: 34548
Price: $ 25.00       

Macksey, Kenneth. Military Errors of World War Two. London Cassell: 2002. A scholarly analysis of wrong-headed planning and execution in the Battle of France, Battle of Britain, Invasion of Russia, Desert Campaign, Battle of the Atlantic, Bomber Offensive over Europe, Arnhem Operation, Leyte Gulf and more. Softcover. 5"x8", 252 pages, b/w illustrations, light wear.

Inventory #: 6645
Price: $ 10.00       

Malone, John. The World War II Quiz Book. New York Quill: 1991. "Questions and answers to test your knowledge of the war". Softcover. 5.5"x8.5", 210 pages near fine.

Inventory #: 6526
Price: $ 10.00       

Moller, George D. Massachusetts Military Shoulder Arms, 1784-1877. Lincoln Andrew Mowbray, Inc.: 1988. Not only a guide to the muskets, but to their makers as well. Covers flintlock muskets, flintlock rifles, flintlock muskets altered to take percussion caps, percussion arms, and cartridge arms. There is also a chapter on some mysterious Massachusetts muskets with big brass butts. Er, butt plates. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 123 pages, black & white illustrations. Light cover soil.

Inventory #: 35430
Price: $ 100.00       

Norman, A.V.B. & G.M. Wilson. Treasures from the Tower of London. An Exhibition of Arms and Armour. Saintsbury Centre for Visual Arts: 1982. A well-illustrated catalog to this important exhibition of edged weapons, armor, and firearms from the collection of the old Royal Armoury. Although most of the items are of British origin there are also European and some Eastern examples. Hardcover. 8"x11", 131 pages, color and black & white illustrations, dust jacket. Light wear.

Inventory #: 34881
Price: $ 20.00       

Ortiz, Antonio D., et al. Resplendence of the Spanish Monarchy. Renaissance Tapestries and Armor from the Patrimonio Nacional. New York Harry N. Abrams for the Metropolitan Museum of Art: 1991. The sumptuously illustrated catalog of a fantastical exhibition. Charles V and his son Phillip I ruled a Spain in the 16th century that stood astride half the world, and the wealth and grandeur of their courts was reflected in the splendid armor and tapestries the collected. These matchless artifacts are now in the collection of the Patromonio Nacional in Madrid, which selected some of the most glorious for this exhibition. Hardcover. 9.5"x12", 172 pages, jam-packed with color illustrations, dust jacket. Near fine.

Inventory #: 34882
Price: $ 25.00       

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