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Generalstab des Heeres [German General Staff]: Militargeographische Angaben uber Algerien: Bildheft (Military Geographical Information of Algeria - Photographs)
Berlin: [Department for War Maps and Surveying], 1942. 8.5 inches x 6 inches (21 cms x 15 cms). 112 black and white half-tone photographs, printed both sides, of places throughout Algeria. In near-immaculate condition, stapled, in original brown wrappers. This work was issued in Berlin in 1942 by Abteilung fur Kriegskarten und Vermessungswesen (Department for War Maps and Surveying), and was intended Nur fur den Dienstgebrauch! (For official use only) by the Generalstab des Heeres (German General Staff). In the early years of WW2, Algeria, along with Morocco, was controlled by the pro-Nazi Petain French regime. The Allies captured Algeria during the North African campaign that began in November of 1942 with landings near Oran and Algiers as part of Operation Torch. (Price includes postage UK) (Book ref. as-1905) £60.00
Generalstab des Heeres [German General Staff]: Militargeographische Angaben uber Marokko: Bildheft (Military Geographical Information of Morocco - Photographs)
Berlin: [Department for War Maps and Surveying], 1942. 8.5 inches x 6 inches (21 cms x 15 cms). 146 black and white half-tone photographs, printed both sides, of places throughout Morocco. In near-immaculate condition, stapled, in original brown wrappers with the exception of the opening title page which is a little torn and marked and badly soiled on the reverse. This work was issued in Berlin in 1942 by Abteilung fur Kriegskarten und Vermessungswesen (Department for War Maps and Surveying), and was intended Nur fur den Dienstgebrauch! (For official use only) by the Generalstab des Heeres (German General Staff). (German General Staff). In the early years of WW2, Morocco, along with Alegeria was controlled by the pro-Nazi Petain French regime. The Allies captured Morocco during the North African campaign that began in November of 1942 with landings near Casablanca as part of Operation Torch. (Price includes postage UK) (Book ref. as-1904) £48.00
Pollard, E., and Company: Everything for the Jeweller - Except Jewellery
London: Pollard [1955]. 11 x 9 inches (29 x 22 cms). 240 pages, illustrated throughout, of shopfronts, display cases and display aids for the jewellery trade. Internally a nice firm and very clean copy in its original black cloth as issued, with a slight inoffensive nick at the bottom of the top board. Pollards of London, established in the mid-1890s, were specialist shopfitters to the jewellery trade. This catalogue is therefore an outstanding record of jewellery retail presentation and practices in London in the decade following the second world war. (Price includes postage UK) (Book ref. as-1903) £95.00
Generalstab des Heeres [German General Staff]: England - Militargeographische Operationskarte (Military geographical operations map)
Berlin: [Department for War Maps and Surveying], 1941. A large (52 x 39 inches; 132 x 99 cms) map of England, colour-coded showing the various types of terrain to be encountered by an invading army. In fine near-original condition, folded as issued by the German Wehrmacht in 1941. This work was prepared in 1940 and issued in Berlin in 1941 as part of Militargeographische Angaben uber England (effectively translating as Military/geographical Report on England) by Abteilung fur Kriegskarten und Vermessungswesen (Department for War Maps and Surveying), and was intended Nur fur den Dienstgebrauch! (For official use only) by the Generalstab des Heeres (German General Staff). Following the Battle of Britain in 1940, the Germans postponed their plans for Unternehmen Seelowe (Operation Sealion), the invasion of Britain by large-scale troop landings along the South Coast. However, whilst abandoning their immediate plans to invade, the German High Command continued to gather together detailed information to prepare the ground for any future invasion or occupation of Britain. In short, this map is a confidential documents prepared at the beginning of the Second World War for the use of high ranking military planners, officers and their staff within the top echelons of the German war machine in Berlin. (Price includes postage UK) (Book ref. as-1895) £45.00
Generalstab des Heeres [German General Staff]: Grossbritannien: ubersicht der Gewasser [Great Britain: Canals and waterways]
Berlin: [Department for War Maps and Surveying], 1941. A large coloured map of Britain, 37 inches x 25 inches, 94 cms x 64 cms, folded as issued showing the Britain's canal and waterway network, being of obvious strategic importance showing potential obstacles to the fast advance of the Panzers and supporting troops of any invasion force. In very nice condition, without damage but with just a touch of occasional browning at the folds. Following the Battle of Britain in 1940, the Germans postponed their plans for Unternehmen Seelwe (Operation Sealion), the invasion of Britain by large-scale troop landings along the South Coast. However, whilst abandoning their immediate plans to invade, the German High Command continued to gather together detailed information to prepare the ground for any future invasion or occupation of Britain. This scarce map, Sonderausgabe VII. 40 (Special Edition July 1940), showing Britain's canal and waterway system, was issued in Berlin in 1941 as part of Militargeographische Angaben uber England (effectively translating as Military/geographical Report on England) by Abteilung fr Kriegskarten und Vermessungswesen (Department for War Maps and Surveying), and was intended Nur fur den Dienstgebrauch (For official use only) by the Generalstab des Heeres (German General Staff). In short, this map is one of a number of confidential documents prepared at the height of the Second World War for the use of high ranking military planners, officers and their immediate staff within the top echelons of the German war machine in Berlin. (Price includes postage UK) (Book ref. as-1889) £45.00
Generalstab des Heeres [German General Staff]: [Large scale street plans of] Dudley
Berlin: [Department for War Maps and Surveying], 1941. The complete set of five large scale, 1:10000 (about 6 inches to the mile), street plans of Dudley and area, each 20 inches x 28 inches, 51 cms x 72 cms, folded as issued. The scale is sufficiently large to show individual buildings and houses with areas of strategic or military importance, or potential targets for ground or air attack, being identified and outlined. In near immaculate untouched condition, with the slightest trace of wear on some of the folds. Following the Battle of Britain in 1940, the Germans postponed their plans for Unternehmen Seelowe (Operation Sealion), the invasion of Britain by large-scale troop landings along the South Coast. However, whilst abandoning their immediate plans to invade, the German High Command continued to gather together detailed information to prepare the ground for any future invasion or occupation of Britain. These scarce street plans of Dudley were issued in Berlin in 1941 as part of Militargeographische Einzelangaben uber England (effectively translating as Military/geographical Single Targets across England) by Abteilung fur Kriegskarten und Vermessungswesen (Department for War Maps and Surveying), and were intended Nur fur den Dienstgebrauch (For official use only) by the Generalstab des Heeres (German General Staff). In short, these detailed street plans are confidential documents prepared at the height of the Second World War for the use of high ranking military planners, officers and their immediate staff within the top echelons of the German war machine in Berlin. Virtually irreplaceable, particularly in this fine condition and of immense local history interest to Dudley. (Price includes postage UK) (Book ref. as-1888) £225.00
Generalstab des Heeres [German General Staff]: [Large scale street plans of] Birmingham
Berlin: [Department for War Maps and Surveying], 1941. The complete set of NINE German WW2 large scale, 1:10000 (about 6 inches to the mile), street plans of Birmingham and area, each 20 inches x 28 inches, 51 cms x 72 cms, folded as issued. The scale is sufficiently large to show individual buildings and houses with areas of strategic or military importance, or potential targets for ground or air attack, being identified and outlined. In near immaculate untouched condition, with the slightest trace of wear on some of the folds. Following the Battle of Britain in 1940, the Germans postponed their plans for Unternehmen Seelowe (Operation Sealion), the invasion of Britain by large-scale troop landings along the South Coast. However, whilst abandoning their immediate plans to invade, the German High Command continued to gather together detailed information to prepare the ground for any future invasion or occupation of Britain. These scarce street plans of Birmingham were issued in Berlin in 1941 as part of Militargeographische Einzelangaben uber England (effectively translating as Military/geographical Single Targets across England) by Abteilung fur Kriegskarten und Vermessungswesen (Department for War Maps and Surveying), and were intended Nur fur den Dienstgebrauch (For official use only) by the Generalstab des Heeres (German General Staff). In short, these detailed street plans are confidential documents prepared at the height of the Second World War for the use of high ranking military planners, officers and their immediate staff within the top echelons of the German war machine in Berlin. Virtually irreplaceable, particularly in this fine condition and of immense local history interest to Birmingham. (Price includes postage UK) (Book ref. as-1886) £350.00
Generalstab des Heeres [German General Staff]: Nordwest-Frankreich Stadtdurchfahrtplane [Town plans of North West France]
Berlin: [Department for War Maps and Surveying], 1940. 8 inches x 6 inches (21 cms x 15 cms). 116 town plans of North West France, mainly printed both sides. Most town plans are printed either one to a page or two to a page; some are large double-page fold-out plans. Internally very clean, original cloth covers issued by the Wehrmacht in 1940 a touch stained and fraying a little at spine. Lacking the original folding 'key' map of the area showing the locations of the towns - a good facsimile copy as above is provided here. A pleasant copy of the first 1940 edition of the German army's atlas of town plans in North West France, published in Berlin by the German Department for War Maps and Surveying (Abteilung fur Kriegskarten und Vermessungswesen) within the German General Staff (Generalstab des Heeres). These town plans were produced "For Official Use Only!" (Nur fur den Dienstgebrauch!) as part of the German preparatory work for their forthcoming war plans for Europe. This collection of German wartime town plans, most of which have never been republished, have immense historical significance as surviving remnants of World War Two German Wehrmacht material. The maps also have particular resonance for troops and units involved in the British, American, Canadian and Allied forces landings in Normandy on D-Day in June 1944 covering as it does many of the towns through which battles were fought between the Allies and the retreating German forces. Anyone in the land forces in Normandy and North West France in 1944/45 will have had to fight his way through the actual streets shown in many of these towns. (Price includes postage UK) (Book ref. as-1969) £85.00
Generalstab des Heeres [German Military General Staff]: England Bevolkerungsverteilung 1931 [England Population Distribution 1931]
Berlin: [Department for War Maps and Surveying], 1940. A large coloured map of Britain, 30 inches x 31 inches, 76 cms x 79 cms, showing the population distribution and density of Brtain based on the census returns for 1931. Folded and issued, virtually umarked. This work - Nur fur den Dienstgebrauch! (For Official Use Only!) - was prepared by the German General Staff in connection with their plans for Unternehmen Seelowe (Operation Sealion), the intended invasion of Britain by large-scale troop landings along the South Coast in 1940, subsequently aborted following the Battle of Britain. UKBI 0-7 rarity scale 5, particularly in as nice condition as this. (Book ref. as-1855) £35.00
Generalstab des Heeres [German General Staff]: Sudkuste. Text- und Bildheft mit Kartenlagen
Berlin: [Department for War Maps and Surveying], 1940. 6 inches x 8.5 inches (15 cms x 21 cms). An extraordinary 446-page WW2 German military intelligence item containing some 380 half-tone photographs, printed both sides, of coastal towns and locations on Britain's South coast plus 50 maps annotated with landing conditions (flat coast, steep coast, cliffs, beaches, etc). In nice condition internally, stapled as issued in original slightly age-marked green wrappers. This extensive book of photographs and maps was issued in Berlin in 1940 as part of Militargeographische Angaben uber England (effectively translating as Military/geographical Report on England) by Abteilung fur Kriegskarten und Vermessungswesen (Department for War Maps and Surveying), and was intended Nur fur den Dienstgebrauch! (For official use only) by the Generalstab des Heeres (German General Staff). The work was prepared in the early months of 1940, and Abgeschlossen am 15. August 1940 (Corrected to 15 August 1940), to be used in the planning and execution of Unternehmen Seelowe (Operation Sealion), the intended invasion of England in late 1940 by large-scale troop landings along the English South Coast, and was issued for the use of high ranking military planners, officers and their staff within the top echelons of the German war machine in Berlin. In short, this extensive book of photographs and maps which seldom comes onto the market is one of a number of confidential documents prepared at the beginning of the Second World War for the use of high ranking military planners, officers and their staff within the top echelons of the German war machine in Berlin. (Price includes insured postage UK) (Book ref. as-1966) £750.00
Generalstab des Heeres [German General Staff]: Sudkuste. Text- und Bildheft mit Kartenlagen
Berlin: [Department for War Maps and Surveying], 1940. 6 inches x 8.5 inches (15 cms x 21 cms). An extraordinary 446-page WW2 German military intelligence item containing some 380 half-tone photographs, printed both sides, of coastal towns and locations on Britain's South coast plus 50 maps annotated with landing conditions (flat coast, steep coast, cliffs, beaches, etc). In nice condition internally, stapled as issued in original slightly age-marked green wrappers. This extensive book of photographs and maps was issued in Berlin in 1940 as part of Militargeographische Angaben uber England (effectively translating as Military/geographical Report on England) by Abteilung fur Kriegskarten und Vermessungswesen (Department for War Maps and Surveying), and was intended Nur fur den Dienstgebrauch! (For official use only) by the Generalstab des Heeres (German General Staff). The work was prepared in the early months of 1940, and Abgeschlossen am 15. August 1940 (Corrected to 15 August 1940), to be used in the planning and execution of Unternehmen Seelowe (Operation Sealion), the intended invasion of England in late 1940 by large-scale troop landings along the English South Coast, and was issued for the use of high ranking military planners, officers and their staff within the top echelons of the German war machine in Berlin. In short, this extensive book of photographs and maps which seldom comes onto the market is one of a number of confidential documents prepared at the beginning of the Second World War for the use of high ranking military planners, officers and their staff within the top echelons of the German war machine in Berlin. (Price includes insured postage UK) (Book ref. as-1965) £950.00
Generalstab des Heeres [German General Staff]: Sudkuste. Text- und Bildheft mit Kartenlagen
Berlin: [Department for War Maps and Surveying], 1940. 6 inches x 8.5 inches (15 cms x 21 cms). The extraordinary complete 2-volume German WW2 military intelligence set of half-tone photographs of England's South coast plus 50 maps annotated with landing conditions (flat coast, steep coast, cliffs, beaches, etc) and a very large (11 x 42 inches; 29 x 107 cms) folding key map of the South Coast from Land's End to Margate. Both volumes in good condition internally, as issued in original green, somewhat age-marked, wrappers. The first volume in this extensive 2-volume set of photographs and maps of England's South Coast was issued in Berlin "Abgeschlossen am 15. August 1940" (Corrected to 15th August 1940) as part of "Militargeographische Angaben uber England" (Military/geographical Report on England) by "Abteilung fur Kriegskarten und Vermessungswesen" (Department for War Maps and Surveying), and was intended "Nur fur den Dienstgebrauch!" (For official use only) by the "Generalstab des Heeres" (German General Staff). The work was issued for the use of high ranking military planners, officers and their staff within the top echelons of the German war machine in Berlin in conjunction with the planning and execution of "Unternehmen Seelowe" (Operation Sealion), the intended invasion of England in late 1940 by large-scale troop landings along the English South Coast. This first, main, volume, contains some 380 half-tone photographs, printed both sides, of coastal towns and locations on England's South coast plus 50 coloured maps annotated with landing conditions (flat coast, steep coast, cliffs, beaches, etc) and a large folding key map at the end, the volume being augmented with the "Nachtrag 1" and "Nachtrag 2" (Supplements 1 and 2) of the 28th and 29th August 1940, providing 48 additional coastal photographs, around 428 photographs in all. However, the work is made complete with the equally rare and separately issued "Nachtrag 3" (Supplement 3) volume of 31st May 1941 containing the 17 feet (5.2 metres) long, folding set of 108 panoramic photographs, printed both sides, of England's beaches and cliffs from Littlehampton to Margate, with an accompanying folding key map and descriptive text. These two matched volumes seldom if ever appear on the market together. (Price includes insured postage UK) (Book ref. as-1957) £2500.00
Generalstab des Heeres [German Military General Staff]: England Bevolkerungsverteilung 1931 [England Population Distribution 1931]
Berlin: [Department for War Maps and Surveying], 1940. A large coloured map of Britain, 30 inches x 31 inches, 76 cms x 79 cms, showing the population distribution and density of Brtain based on the census returns for 1931. Folded and issued, virtually umarked. This work - Nur fur den Dienstgebrauch! (For Official Use Only!) - was prepared by the German General Staff in connection with their plans for Unternehmen Seelowe (Operation Sealion), the intended invasion of Britain by large-scale troop landings along the South Coast in 1940, subsequently aborted following the Battle of Britain. UKBI 0-7 rarity scale 5, particularly in as nice condition as this. (Price includes postage UK) (Book ref. as-1856) £35.00
Der Oberbefehlshaber der Luftwaffe [The Commander in Chief]: Luftgeographische Orientierungskarte I A-B map
Generalstab des Heeres [German General Staff], Berlin: 1943. A nice original example of the large and rare <i>Luftgeographische Orientierungskarte I A-B</i> map, issued by the Luftwaffe in 1943 for German bomber aircrew involved in operations against the English South Coast from the Thames to Cornwall. The German designation "A-B" refers to the England's South Coast. The map shows a number of ground features - steep hills, high cliffs, marshlands, railways, and the like, and also has inset half-tone aerial reconnaissance photographs of typical landscapes. 12" x 28" (30 cms x 68 cms), coloured, folded as issued in 1943 to German Luftwaffe aircrew. A virtually unmarked copy, superb for framing and display, providing a magnificent talking-point. (Price includes postage UK) (Book ref. as-1963) £125.00
Morris, F.O. & Fawcett, Benjamin. Heythrop, near Chipping-Norton, Oxfordshire (Brassey family)
1870s An original woodblock printed colour view, 8 x 11 inches (21 x 27 cms) including margins. In very nice, near fine, original condition. Unframed. Post free UK. (Book ref. MF-239) £22.00
Morris, F.O. & Fawcett, Benjamin. Brockley Hall, near Bristol, Somerset (Smyth-Pigott family)
1870s An original woodblock printed colour view, 8 x 11 inches (21 x 27 cms) including margins. In very nice, near fine, original condition. Unframed. Post free UK. (Book ref. MF-238) £22.00
Morris, F.O. & Fawcett, Benjamin. Melton Constable, near Thetford, Norfolk (Lord Hastings)
1870s An original woodblock printed colour view, 8 x 11 inches (21 x 27 cms) including margins. In very nice, near fine, original condition. Unframed. Post free UK. (Book ref. MF-237) £22.00
Morris, F.O. & Fawcett, Benjamin. Castle Macgarrett, near Ballindine, Mayo, Ireland (Lord Oranmore and Browne)
1870s An original woodblock printed colour view, 8 x 11 inches (21 x 27 cms) including margins. In very nice, near fine, original condition. Unframed. Post free UK. (Book ref. MF-236) £22.00
Morris, F.O. & Fawcett, Benjamin. Warter Priory, near Pocklington, Yorkshire (Wilson family)
1870s An original woodblock printed colour view, 8 x 11 inches (21 x 27 cms) including margins. In very nice, near fine, original condition. Unframed. Post free UK. (Book ref. MF-234) £22.00
Morris, F.O. & Fawcett, Benjamin. Hawarden Castle, near Mold, Flintshire (Gladstone family)
1870s An original woodblock printed colour view, 8 x 11 inches (21 x 27 cms) including margins. In very nice, near fine, original condition. Unframed. Post free UK. (Book ref. MF-233) £22.00