1918. Hardcover. Rare military service record of Brigadier General Frank Parker (1872-1947). Presentation inscription from Parker "To C. Van U. in memory of the Great Days together - F.P. - Bridge Head, Easter, 1919". Includes service record, facsimiles of orders and telegraphs, as well as a list of decorations of Brig. Gen. Frank Parker from 1918 - 1919 during which he was awarded the War Cross of France with Palm, Commander of the Legion of Honor of France with second Palm of War Cross, Commander of the Order of the Crown of Belgium, D.S.M., and Third Palm on War Cross. Parker served in a tour of Lorraine, the second Battle of the Marne, the Battle of St. Mihiel Salient, the Battle between the Meuse and the Argonne Forest, and more. Bound in full red leather with gilt title and dates to spine. Gilt rules and swastikas to both boards. Rubbing and wear to boards, edges, spine ends, and corners. Evidence of a removed sticker to front board (about 1 x 2 inches) with surface sheen of leather removed in this small area. Adhesive remnants to front pastedown where a bookplate was removed. Browning to interior, mostly along margins. Unpaginated with blank sheets bound in at rear to fill out an otherwise thin binding. [Approximately 150 pages, of which about 100 have text printed on one side (so, about 50 pages of text).] WWI/011221. Very Good.
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Stuttgart: Carl Krabbe. Hardcover. No date. Very Good in grey illustrated paper wrappers with grey title to front wrapper and black title to spine. Minor edgewear to exterior. Interior is clean and bright with illustrations throughout and a fold out map. A few unopened pages at rear. 88 pages. In German. GER/4213. Very Good.
Westport, Connecticut and London: Greenwood Press, (2008). Hardcover. Part of the Daily Life Through History Series / American Soldiers' Lives. "Military history is usually about history's great captains or campaigns ... What is often lost in the great stories of battles and generals is the daily life of the soldiers and junior officers who occupied, in the words common at the end of the cold war, 'the tip of the spear.' What was war like from their perspective? What did they think of their military service? What was their training like? How did they and their families live? ... These and many more questions, often overlooked, are essential to understanding the experience of war. This book looks at this period and asks the simple question, What was the soldier's experience at the end of the cold war?" (preface). Size: 8vo. Green illustrated glossy paper covered boards with beige title to front board and to spine. Pristine interior with illustrations. Index, 191 pages. Military History. Fine.MIL/042508. Fine.
Westport CT: Praeger, 2005. Hardcover. 8vo. SCARCE. Written by a former missile launch officer, this book "focuses not only on the development and employment of the ballistic missile - from early German V-2 use to today - but on their subsequent impact on national strategies, doctrine, force structure, and politics" (jacket). Black cloth boards with silver title to spine. Pristine, tight interior. Grey illustrated dust jacket with white title to spine. 221 pages. MIL/031706. Fine in Fine dj.
Wheeling, WV: H. Hoblitzell, 1851. Hardcover. This interesting work was described in Howes as a "Valuable compilation based on reliable sources" Howes D223. In addition to relating the history, the author also provides biographical sketches of those he terms "distinguished actors in our border wars" such as Col. Ebenezer Zane, General Andrew Lewis, General Daniel Brodhead, Captain Samuel Brady and more. Bound in original publisher's green cloth binding with gilt vignette of a Native American scalping a man. Debossed cloth designs, gilt titling to spine. Binding is bumped, rubbed, with a few light stains. Interior pages generally clean with brown spots occasionally to pages. With frontispiece illustration, three plates and one fold-out. With former owner bookplate to front pastedown, random black number and letters to free endpaper, and ownership signature of John A Wharton, Liberty VA, 1852. A desirable copy of this history. Octavo. 416 pages. AMERH/032621. Very Good.
Norwalk, CT: Easton Press, 2012. Hardcover. Number 343 of 1865 copies. This handsome edition is a reprint of the 1912 edition published by the War Memorial Association on the fiftieth Anniversary of "the great national struggle." It offers a chronological summary and record of every engagement between the troops, showing the total losses and casualties together with was maps of the localities. It is illustrated with facsimile photographic reproductions of the official war photographs take at the time by Mathew B. Brady, with color plates by Ogden, Thulstrup, Davidson and others. Bound in red cowhide leather from Italy, with multicolor decoration and custom binding by Kingsport Book. All edges gilt. The text, photographs, and color plates are printed on Utopia Matt by Appleton Papers, with section covers on blue Wausau Exact Vellum Bristol. Housed in a custom slipcase of red cloth with repeat of book's cover design. Accompanied with a certificate of limititation and in the original packing box. In fine condition. Measures 8.75 x 12 inches. 512 pages. Fine.
Paris: Ludovic Basche, 1878. Hardcover. An interesting folio volume featuring the biography and art work of three young military painters, De Neuville, Detaille, and Dupray. Each painter has a section of the book devoted to his biography and his art. There is a mounted photograph of each artist, a brief biography and description of his work, three or four full page engraved plates from paintings or drawings, and several copies of the artist's many sketches of his fellow soldiers. Bound in three quarter red leather and black pebbled cloth with gilt titling to spine and front cover. Covers are frayed, bumped, and chipped but interior pages are very good+. Unpaginated. ART/012521. Very Good.
Westport, Connecticut and London: Praeger Security International, (2008). Hardcover. 8vo. Black cloth covered boards with silver title to spine. Pristine interior. Blue and beige illustrated dust jacket with brown title to front panel and to spine. Index, 224 pages. Military. MIL/121808. Fine in Fine Dust Jacket.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL: Viewpoint Editions, 2017. One of 10 copies. Dorothy Krause is a painter, collage artist and printmaker who incorporates digital mixed media into her art. Her work is exhibited regularly in galleries and museums and featured in numerous current periodicals and books. Krause is Professor Emeritus at Massachusetts College of Art where she founded the Computer Arts Center and a member of Digital Atelier®, an artists collaborative, with Bonny Lhotka and Karin Schminke. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and symposia and a consultant for manufacturers and distributors of products which may be used by fine artists. With this book, Krause makes a strong statement about the folly and tragedy of warfare. “WarZone: a traveling board game with no winner” is designed to be played anywhere other than in your own country. Instructions, game board, spinner board and game pieces are housed in a clear plastic suitcase. In the top of the suitcase, an image of the first atomic bomb blast is overlaid with a definition of war as “armed conflict, prosecuted with military forces aiming to enforce the political will of the victor upon the defeated”. It also contains information about human aggression from prehistory to the present and questions whether war is noble or morally problematic and destructive of lives and property. The Spinner Board, printed onto stiff board and contour cut to fit into in the bottom of the suitcase, allows you to choose the country in which to play and gives information on ongoing conflicts around the world. The countries shown on the map in black and around the outer edge of the circle have ongoing military conflicts that result in more than 1,000 violent deaths per year, including both military and civilians. Other conflicts are shown in red on the map. You can turn the spinner to select a country in which to participate or choose from the list of additional war zones. The Rules of Engagement state that you can place your soldier on any square of the game board and move randomly any number of spaces in any direction. You need not take turns and can remove the soldiers of any other player at will, unless you are removed first. If you are on a square with information and instructions, do as you are told. The Game Board resembles a checkerboard with squares which give instructions such as “no weapons found: look again”, “tour of duty extended: start over” and “peace negotiations begun: pray for success”. The red and black checker-like pieces are “us” and “them”. The game never ends, but may move to a different place of engagement. There are no winners, only losers. The WarZone game boards and suitcase were printed at Roland DGA on the LEF-300. a flatbed printer with white and gloss inks. Housed in a plastic suitcase measuring: 10 3/8 x 12 7/8 x 1 ½ inches. In fine condition. ARTB/011524.
Washington DC: Division of Reserve, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps, 1966. Hardcover. Inscribed, "To Barry & Family With best wishes from the foot warmers by the fireside to the front line folks. Bill McCahill 1966 Colonel, USMCR." Colonel McCahill led the effort to write and publish the history of the Marine Corps Reserve on their Golden Anniversary. This edition covers the 50 years since the Corps was authorized by Congress in 1916. It is inscribed to Barry Zorthian, an American diplomat who was the U.S. government spokesman in Saigon during the Vietnam War. Boundin red cloth with the Marine Corps seal in gilt on the front cover, and title on spine. In very good condition. 311 pages. MIL/011513. Very Good.
Praeger Security International, 2006. Hardcover. An interesting compilation of writings about battlefield archaeology and how it is a crucial tool for understanding how battles are fought and won. In these two volumes the editors reveal new interpretations of classic battles and show how archaeology can be used regardless of geographic or temporal location. Bound in white glossy paper covered boards with maroon titles to spines and color illustrations to front boards. Pristine with diagrams and illustrations. Near fine condition. Continuously paginated. 450 pages. This set may require an extra shipping fee. MIL/121906. Near Fine.
Cassell and Co, 2001. Hardcover. "In this ground-breaking and controversial new book, Marin van Creveld argues that while sexual equality might be desirable in the civilian world, the job of waging war should be left exclusively to men. In the army, traditional gender roles are there for a reason, and political correctness not only puts national security at risk, but also endangers the lives of those very soldiers who are there to protect us" (jacket). Dark green cloth boards with gilt title to spine. In olive green jacket with black and white title to spine and front panels. Clean. 287 pages. MIL/032321. Fine / Fine.
Baltimore: Heritage Press, (1972). Hardcover. SCARCE. "My experiences in the Navy were shared by untold thousands of black men and women during WWII. Indeed, segregation and discrimination was practiced widely in military and civilian life. Despite these barriers, we were willing to do our part to defeat the enemies of democracy. Much of my energy, however, was devoted to fighting these undemocratic practices" (jacket). William L. Walker holds degrees from Morgan State University and Howard University. He served in WWII as an aviation metalsmith, and as first lieutenant in the Korean War, he won the Combat Infantryman badge. He has authored several books and spent many years as a social worker. 8vo. Very good in blue cloth covered boards with gilt title to front board and to spine. Pristine interior. White dust jacket with blue title to front and spine panels. Slight rubbing and edgewear to dust jacket. 129 pages. World War II. WWII/8012. Near Fine / Near Fine.