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Island Books [formerly of Devon]

Fine and Rare Books at the foot of the South Downs
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Airlife, [Shrewsbury, 1991] 8vo., First Edition, with plates; brown cloth, a fine copy in unclipped dustwrapper. (Book ref. 25642)
HMSO, [1994] 5 vols., 8vo., First Editions, with 31 figures, and 30 folding maps and plans in separate wallets; origina;l decorative cloth gilt, gilt backs [text volumes], original printed wrappers [map and diagram wallets], a fine copy in the publisher's pictorial slip-case as issued. Admiralty Battle Summaries were written relatively soon after the events they describe (the last of the present collection was produced in 1952) and are based on official documentary material which did not become available to the public at large until 1968. They were written by authors who understood thoroughly their topics, as follows: Operation 'Neptune': Commander L.J. Pitrcairn-Jones; The Campaign in North-West Europe: Commander J.H. Lloyd-Owen; Operation 'Dragoon': Commander W.E.H. Westall. In due course, the volumes became basic reference sources for the authors of the Cabinet Office series of OFFICIAL HISTORIES OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR (Book ref. 25604)
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Arco, New York NY, [1977] 8vo., Second US Edition, with illustrated title-spread and numerous photographs in the text, small contemporary signature on front free endpaper; red cloth, backstrip lettered in silver, a near fine copy in unclipped dustwrapper. Excellent and particularly well-illustrated account of the history, structure and equipment of the U-boat arm. Enser, p.220; Law 1729 (Book ref. 25320)
HMSO, 1955 Roy. 8vo., First Edition, with numerous plates and maps (a number folding); original blue cloth, gilt back, backstrip lightly sunned (but all gilt wholly legible) else a very good, bright, clean copy. With prize bookplate, and the trade ticket of Gilbert of Southampton on front paste-down. The official British account published in the UK Government's series History of the Second World War. United Kingdom Civil Series. Includes the work of troopships. SCARCE. Enser, p.270; Law 1263. (Book ref. 25311)
Heinemann, [1958] 8vo., First Edition, with a frontispiece, 37 plates on 16, 22 illustrations, maps and diagrams (a number full-page) in the text and endpaper maps; cloth, gilt back, a very good, clean copy in the dustwrapper, the latter lightly creased and frrayed at edges. The first and still the best all-round account of Operation CHARIOT - the Combined Operations raid on St. Nazaire in 1942. Enser, p.392; Law 0475; Mulholland & Jordan L71. The original edition is now very scarce i this condition (Book ref. 21950)
Macdonald, [1972] 2 vols., oblong 8vo., First Edition, with very numerous photographs and diagrams in the text, and illustrated endpapers in first volume; cloth, gilt backs, a very good, clean set in lightly frayed dustwrappers. Published in Macdonald's valuable series 'Navies of the Second World War' (Book ref. 21318)
Batsford, [1966] 8vo., First Edition, with 51 plates on 24 and 16 maps (one double-page and several full-page) in the text; cloth, gilt back, a very good copy in the dustwrapper. Published in the notable Batsford 'Battles' series (Book ref. 1058)
Batsford, [1964] 8vo., First Edition, with a frontispiece, 44 plates on 22 and 5 full-page maps; cloth, gilt back, a very good, clean copy in unclipped dustwrapper. Published in Batsford's notable 'British Battles' series (Book ref. 1290)
Macdonald, [1970] Oblong 8vo., Third Edition, with very numerous photographs in the text; cloth, a very good, clean copy in unclipped, lightly browned dustwrapper. Published in Macdonald's valuable series 'Navies of the Second World War'. Covers the main regular warship types. The first edition appeared in 1966 (Book ref. 5822)
Macdonald, [1968] Oblong 8vo., Second Edition, with very numerous photographs in the text; cloth, gilt back, a very good, clean copy in unclipped dustwrapper. Published in Macdonald's valuable series 'Navies of the Second World War'. The first edition appeared in 1965 (Book ref. 4399)
Macdonald, [1965] Oblong 8vo., First Edition, with very numerous photographs in the text; cloth, gilt back, a very good, clean copy in unclipped dustwrapper. Published in Macdonald's valuable series 'Navies of the Second World War'. (Book ref. 20022)
Macdonald, [1973] Oblong 8vo., First Edition, with very numerous photographs in the text; cloth, backstrip lettered in silver, a near fine copy in unclipped dustwrapper. Published in Macdonald's valuable series 'Navies of the Second World War' (Book ref. 16334)
Macdonald, [1968] Oblong 8vo., First Edition, with very numerous photographs in the text; cloth, gilt back, a very good, clean copy in unclipped dustwrapper. Published in Macdonald's valuable series 'Navies of the Second World War' (Book ref. 4397)
Muller, [1957] 8vo., First Edition, with 36 plates on 16 and 10 maps in the text, neat contemporary inscription on front free endpaper; cloth, gilt back, a very good, clean copy in the dustwrapper, the latter frayed at edges. An authorised account by the Head of the Admiralty's Historical Section, this work can be seen a most useful summary and companion to Roskill's full-scale history. (Book ref. 1966)
Collins, 1946 8vo., First Edition, with several plates and endpaper maps; decorative cloth gilt, gilt back, covers slightly age-marked at edges else a very good, clean copy in price-clipped dustwrapper, the latter wanting small piece at head of backstrip and lightly frayed at edges. A standard secondary source. Covers the naval component of OVERLORD, the clearing of the Channel ports and Walcheren. Law, 0589 (Book ref. 2081)
[1993] 4to., First Edition, with numerous coloured and monochrome illustrations (a number folding) in the text; cloth, gilt back, a fine copy in the dustwrapper (Book ref. 12)