European History Books
There are 63 books in this catalogue.
Catherine de Medici: A Biography
Book Number: 65039
Weidenfeld & Nicolson, UK, 2003. 8vo. hardcover. 440pp. index, colour & b/w illus. Very good, light toning to page edges. / Very good d/w.
THE RUSSIAN EMPIRE A Portrait in Photographs
Book Number: 2218
Jonathan Cape, London, 1980. 31x24cm(4to), maroon cloth spine gilt, beige boards gilt dec, xvii + 345pp, map, chronology. 1st ed. Compilation covering the years c1855-c1914. A very good copy in slightly worn dustwrapper.
The King: A Life of King Juan Carlos of Spain
Vilallonga, Jose Luis De
Book Number: 33408
London Weidenfeld & Nicolson 1994 8vo hardcover 194pp, b/w illus. very good+ / very good+ d/w. This is a biography of Juan Carlos who became king of Spain in 1975, on the death of Franco in whose shadow he grew up. A man of calm personality and sharp political perception, King Juan Carlos starved off the 1981 military coup and went on to become the architect of the modern Spanish state. The author is a long-time friend of the king and has build up, through long hours of discussion with Juan Carlos, an objective view of the man, his motives, doubts and desires.
Germany and the Germans
Book Number: 25379
London Hamish Hamilton New Rev 8vo hardcover 478pp very good, pages browned. / very good d/w. Bibliography: p. 465-467. b/w map. Includes index.
Napolean and Josephine: The Improbable Marriage
Book Number: 39524
Wiedenfeld & Nicolson 1995 8vo. hardcover. 555pp. index, b/w illus. very good, owner's name verso fep. / very good d/w.
Book Number: 37240
London Allen and Unwin 1978 4to hardcover 224pp index, colour & b/w illus. very good / good+ d/w.
The Lions of July: Prelude to War, 1914
Jannen, William Jr.
Book Number: 60779
Presidio 1997 Trade paperback. 456pp. Very good. Index. Jannen provides good insight into the gory details of the last days of diplomacy before the war erupted.
The Return of History and the End of Dreams
Book Number: 52795
Atlantic Books, London, 2008 8vo. Softcover. 115pp. near fine. Hopes for a new peaceful international order after the end of the Cold War have been dashed by sobering realities: Great powers are once again competing for honor and influence. Nation-states remain as strong as ever, as do the old, explosive forces of ambitious nationalism. The world remains “unipolar,” but international competition among the United States, Russia, China, Europe, Japan, India, and Iran raise new threats of regional conflict. Communism is dead, but a new contest between western liberalism and the great eastern autocracies of Russia and China has reinjected ideology into geopolitics. Finally, radical Islamists are waging a violent struggle against the modern secular cultures and powers that, in their view, have dominated, penetrated, and polluted their Islamic world. The grand expectation that after the Cold War the world would enter an era of international geopolitical convergence has proven wrong.
For the past few years, the liberal world has been internally divided and distracted by issues both profound and petty. Now, in The Return of History and the End of Dreams, Robert Kagan masterfully poses the most important questions facing the liberal democratic countries, challenging them to choose whether they want to shape history or let others shape it for them.
The Habsburgs: Embodying Empire
Book Number: 58916
Folio Society, London 2004. 8vo. hardcover. 548pp. Top edge gilt. colour illus. Near Fine, spine slightly faded. / Very good+ slipcase.
Phares Ouest: Les phares majeurs de l'arc Atlantique (French Edition) Lighthouses
Plisson, Philip and Guillaume Plisson and Text by Daniel Charles
Book Number: 59543
Editions Du Chene 1999 Folio Hardcover in d/w. Very good. Maps. Illustrated throughout with photographs of Lighthouses of the Atlantic. Text is in French. Includes Portugal, Spain, France, Ports of Industry and Commerce ( in Britain I think), Ireland, Scotland.
THE TRAGEDY OF LEON TROTSKY.
Book Number: 5482
London, Hutchinson & Company, 1979. First edition. Black cloth, 445pp, illustrated. An important intellectual biography of the great revolutionary. Very good. / Very good d/w. Po name on fep.
The Wall Came Tumbling Down
Book Number: 4794
New York, New York: Arch Cape Press, 1990 First edition. 4to. Hardcover. 93pp. Colour & b/w illus. Very good / very good d/w.
Venice 697-1797. A City, A Republic, An Empire.
Book Number: 58889
The Overlook Press, Peter Mayer Publishers 2001 4to. hardcover. 302pp. index, colour illus. Near Fione, remainder dot on bottom edge. / Very good+ d/w
The embarrassment of riches : an interpretation of Dutch culture in the golden age
Book Number: 41444
Vintage 1987 Large 8vo softcover 704pp index, b/w illus. very good, small crease on top corner, owner's inscription on fep. This social and cultural study traces how in the 17th century a modest assortment of farming, fishing and shipping communities, without shared language, religion or government, transformed itself into a formidable world empire, the Dutch Republic. The author uses a variety of sources, from bankruptcy inventories and cookbooks to paintings and prints, to reconstruct the era during which Rembrandt's Amsterdam outshone Venice as the capital of Baroque northern Europe. Simon Schama has also written
Book Number: 37271
London Allen Lane 1988 8vo hardcover 356pp index, b/w illus. very good / very good d/w with creased front flap. A look at the politics surrounding the persecution of Galileo.
FIVE YEARS OF MY LIFE
Book Number: 3852
New York, N.Y. Peebles Press 1977. 253pp.b/w illus. Near fine/good price clipped d/w
The Fair Face Of Flanders.
Book Number: 21659
Ghent: E. Story-Scientia, 1978. Large 8vo. hardcover. 282pp. index. two fold-out maps at rear, (one has minor damage). b/w illus. very good. / good d/w with chipped top edge.
Book Number: 27550
London: The Reprint Soc, 1962. 8vo. hardcover. 415pp. index, b/w illus. very good, outer page edges browned. / good, lightly chipped d/w.
Giovanni and Lusanna: Love and Marriage in Renaissance Florence
Brucker, Gene Adam
Book Number: 34156
Berkeley University of California Press 1986 8vo hardcover 138pp b/w illus. very good / very good d/w. In 1455, Lusanna, the beautiful widow of an artisan, brought an ultimately un successful suit against Giovanni, an aristocrat, seeking legal recognition of their clandestine marriage. The author skillfully reconstructs the story of these former lovers. Their dispute, and affair, is amply documented in the sometimes seamy witness testimony contained in Florentine court records. While this case is a highly atypical example of one woman's determined challenge to the social norm, the resultant court battle sheds additional light on Renaissance Florence's class system as well as con temporary legal, moral, and sexual con ventions. This work is a fine example of microhistory, which emphasizes the story of specific events or ordinary peo ple hitherto ignored. Recommended particularly for academic history and women's studies collections. William F. Young, SUNY at Albany Lib.
The Other Europe
Book Number: 32229
London Weidenfeld and Nicolson in association with Channel Four Television Co. Ltd 1988 8vo hardcover 279pp index, b/w illus. very good / very good d/w.
Book Number: 34254
Macmillan, London 1981 8vo hardcover 223pp index, b/w illus. very good / very good d/w.
The French Revolution in Two Volumes
Book Number: 34387
UK: J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd, 1967. Everyman''s Library. 8vo. hardcovers. pp.351,399. index. very good. / very good d/ws