American and world history

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The American Heritage Picture History of World War II by C. L. Sulzberger


Edition: Early printing. Book condition: Very Good +

New York: American Heritage Publishing Co., Inc., 1966. Early printing. Hardcover. Very Good +/very good. Very good +, apparent early printing of this massive pictorial work on World War II, from the library of a World War II “Black Cats” squadron pilot.

Green paper boards over blue quarter cloth spine, with perfect gilt American eagle on front cover. Binding is sound and tight on this massive book, pages and photos bright and clean. Bumping to head and tail of spine. Tiny ink drops spattering about 1/2″ on first free endpaper, no other markings. Dust jacket a little chipped and price clipped. Dust jacket now protected in clear, removable, archival cover. Profusely illustrated. 640 pp. Small quarto, 9 x 11 inches tall.

This comprehensive book begins with pictures from before, during and after the war. Barbed wire still on Normandy beach decades after the war, a rusted tank in the water off an island somewhere in the South Pacific, and Japanese children playing near the bombed out ground zero of Hiroshima. There are over 600 pages of pictures, maps and insight into the war. Mixed in are letters from important figures as well as ordinary men and women from all sides of the conflict balanced by historians.

America’s Front Page News 1690-1970 edited by Michael C. Emery, R. Smith Schuneman, Edwin Emery


Edition: Early trade edition. Book condition: Near Fine

New York: Doubleday, 1970. Early trade edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/very good. Near fine, early Doubleday trade edition, circa 1970 in a very good dust jacket. No additional printings, no ISBN (pre-1970). Dust jacket inner flap is not price clipped, and reads “A.F.P.N. $20.00.” Previous owner’s gift inscription on first free endpaper. Binding is sound and pages are clean and free of other markings or tears. Dust jacket has 5 small closed tears, but is missing a thin 1″ strip along the top of the spine, at the head of the dust jacket. Dust jacket now protected in a clear, removable, archival cover. 280 pp. plus index. Folio, 11 x 16 inches tall.

“The American story, told as it happened, in more than 300 original newspaper pages and photographs” from the Conquest to the Vietnam War.

The Dwellings of Eternity by Alberto Siliotti

Edition: First English language edition. Book condition: Fine

Edison, New Jersey: Chartwell Books, Inc., 2002. First English language edition. Hardcover. Fine/fine. Beautiful, full color, fine English hardcover edition, printed in Italy. Off-white cloth covered boards. Fine condition in a fine dust jacket, now protected in clear, archival, removable cover. First published in Italian as Dimore Eterne. 304 pp. plus bibliography. Small folio, 10 1/2 x 14 1/2 inches tall.

The Golden Book of America Stories from our country’s past adapted for young readers from American Heritage By Irwin Shapiro

Edition: Second printing. Book condition: Near Fine

New York: Simon & Schuster, 1957. Second printing. Hardcover. Near Fine/very good +. Near fine in a VG+ DJ. Book is strong, sturdy, clean and tight. Red painted cloth with patriotic vignettes and buckram quarter cloth spine. Red foil stamping of title on spine. Dust Jacket shows minor shelf wear with one small closed tear. Dust jacket now protected in a clear, removable, archival cover. “Stories from our country’s past adapted for young readers.” Introduction by Bruce Catton. From Native America to Columbus to the U-Boat. Over 300 full-color reproductions of paintings, prints, photographs, and posters from American History. 216 pp. Quarto, 8 x 11 inches tall.

The Greatest Generation by Tom Brokaw

Edition: First printing. Book condition: As New

New York: Random House, 1998. First printing. Hardcover. As New/near fine. An as new hardcover, first printing with blue and red paper boards, embossed “TB”, with orange foil title on spine, navy blue endpapers. In a near fine, unclipped dust jacket showing FPT on front inner flap and sale price sticker on cover of jacket. Dust jacket shows small, less than 1/2″ soiling on front cover – its only defect. Dust jacket now protected in a clear, removable, archival cover. B/W photos throughout. 412 pp. incl. index. Octavo, 6 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches tall.

In the spring of 1984, I went to the northwest of France, to Normandy, to prepare an NBC documentary on the fortieth anniversary of D-Day, the massive and daring Allied invasion of Europe that marked the beginning of the end of Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich. There, I underwent a life-changing experience. As I walked the beaches with the American veterans who had returned for this anniversary, men in their sixties and seventies, and listened to their stories, I was deeply moved and profoundly grateful for all they had done. Ten years later, I returned to Normandy for the fiftieth anniversary of the invasion, and by then I had come to understand what this generation of Americans meant to history. It is, I believe, the greatest generation any society has ever produced.” – Tom Brokaw

Full of wonderful, wrenching tales of a generation of heroes. Tom Brokaw reminds us of what we are capable of as a people. An inspiring read for those who wish their spirits lifted.” — General Colin L. Powell (ret.)

A History of the English-Speaking Peoples: The Birth of Britain; The New World; The Age of Revolution; The Great Democracies. (Four volume set) by Winston S. Churchill

Edition: Reprint. Book condition: Near Fine

New York: Dorset Press, 1990. Reprint. Slipcased. Near Fine/fine. A near-fine four volume set in a fine original slipcase. Binding is excellent with no tears, or loose pages. Previous owners name and date on first free endpaper. Red cloth boards with red, black and gold spines. Black slipcase. Each volume is about 400 pp. Octavo.

A history of Britain and its former colonies and possessions throughout the world, covering the period from Caesar’s invasion of Britain (55 BC) to the beginning of the First World War (1914).

Life’s Picture History of World War II by Life; Arthur Tourtellot

Edition: First edition. Book condition: Very Good +. Quantity available: 3

New York: Time Incorporated, 1950. First edition. Hardcover. Very Good +. Very good + first edition, no dust jacket or slipcase as issued. Red leather-like cover with paper title block pasted into the center of cover. Title block is peeling or scraped on both of my copies. One page has small, 3/4″ inch tear in all three copies. Some fingerprints to pages in all copies. On one copy, one leaf for pages 185-188 was never sewn in and has been left as original. 368 pp. incl. index. Small folio, 10 3/4 x 14 1/4 inches tall.

“[C]omposed of the finest work produced by photographers and painters during World war II, much of it published in Life” magazine. Text editor: John Dos Passo. Photos by the best war photographers of the era.

Mysteries of the Ancient World by The National Geographic Society.

Edition: First printing. Book condition: Fine.

Washington DC: National Geographic Society, 1979. First printing. Hardcover. Fine/near fine. Roy Anderson, ill.

A fine first edition, first printing in a near fine, unclipped dust jacket. Orange endpapers, orange leatherette boards with embossed ancient hunting scene.

Beautifully photographed plus paintings by Roy Anderson. Dust jacket includes the order form on the back flap for other NGS publications. Dust jacket has two small closed tears less than 1/4″ at top left of jacket. Dust jacket now protected in a clear, removable, archival cover.

Volume covers European megaliths including Stonehenge; the Minoans at Crete; the Etruscans; and Easter island. Our knowledge of these sites and peoples is still incomplete today.

223 pp. incl. index. Large octavo, 7 x 10 inches tall.

The September 11 Photo Project by Michael Feldschuh.

New York: Regan Books, 2002. First printing. Hardcover. As New/as new. As new first edition hardcover, first printing in a like dust jacket, with two programs laid in from the Sacramento, California exhibit. Black boards with silver title. Full color & b/w photos throughout. As new dust jacket now protected in a clear, removable, archival cover. 197 pp. plus index. Small folio, 10 x 12 1/2 inches tall.

The September 11 Photo Project was a community-based response to the September 11th 2001 terrorist attacks, using photos and written statements by survivors, eyewitnesses, and those generally affected.

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