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Reach For The Sky Douglas Bader - His Life Story

Reach For The Sky Douglas Bader – His Life Story

BRICKHILL, Paul 1st Printing. 13.9 x 21.2 cm dark blue cloth with gilt stamped titles to the spine. 384 pp with 21 photographic illustrations as called for. With a letter to Major Vincent Nesfield (the Harley Street Surgeon) signed by Douglas Bader stuck in on the front free endpaper. With original unclipped dust jacket priced at 16s. net. The book is very good with a little pushing to the corners and spine tips. Internally the book has occasional spotting, mainly to the prelims and last few pages and to the edge of the text block. There is the name of the book's owner and recipient of the letter Vincent Nesfield on the front paste down and of his son John. The letter from Douglas Bader is type written with a manuscript signature and asks if Nesfield could look at his cook's mother's cataracts. It is interesting to note that he addresses Nesfield as Major rather than by his medical title Mr. The dust jacket is a little toned on the spine and less so on the rear panel, with rubbing to the spine tips, edges and corners with some surface abrasion and minor loss to the corners and the rear joint at the head and foot of the spine. Douglas Bader joined the RAF in 1928, but in December 1931, while attempting some aerobatics, he crashed and lost both his legs. Having recovered, he retook flight training, and then requested reactivation as a pilot but he was retired against his will on medical grounds.[3] After the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939, however, he was allowed to return to the RAF. He scored his first victories over Dunkirk during the Battle of France in 1940 but in August 1941, he was forced to bail out over occupied France and was captured. Despite his disability, he made a number of escape attempts and was eventually sent to Colditz prisoner of war camp where he remained until liberated in April 1945. Brickhill's book and the subsequent film of the same name, chronicling his life and RAF career made him one of the most recognisable heroes of World War II. Rainford & Parris Books welcomes enquiries, so please do not hesitate to ask if you require further images or have any questions. All books are packaged with great care.
Aunt Louisa's Germs of Kindness Comprising Home Kindness

Aunt Louisa’s Germs of Kindness Comprising Home Kindness, Kindness to Animals, Santa Claus and His Works, Henny Penny

WEBSTER, George P. & VALENTINE, Laura 23.2 x 27.2 cm blue cloth with pictorial pastedown to the front cover, black and gilt stamped decoration and titles to the front and spine and blind stamped decoration to the rear cover. Red stained edges,brown endpapers unpaginated (112) printed on one side of the page only with 24 full page colour lithographs. Six illustrating each tale. The six lithographs in Santa Clause and his Works are by Thomas Nast and are accompanied by 7 black and white illustrations within the text The boards are very good with a little rubbing to the spine tips, where the cloth has a couple of tiny holes, and corners where the bottom two have been rubbed through. There is also some light marking to the image on the front cover. Internally it is clear that some restoration and repair has been carried out in the past. The text page entitled The Pony in Kindness to Animals has japanese paper repairs to tears to the fore and bottom edges and has obviously been reinserted at some point. However the pages of Santa Claus and his Works are in very good condition with only a little spotting and some ghosting from the images on to the page facing. All in all a lovely book with a scarce Santa Claus story and some striking Nast images Rainford & Parris Books welcomes enquiries, so please do not hesitate to ask if you require further images or have any questions. All books are packaged with great care.
The Boy with the Green Thumb

The Boy with the Green Thumb

TODD, Barbara Euphan 1st Impression. 12 x 19cm publisher's yellow boards with blue titles to the spine and blue publisher's reindeer device to the front board. Publisher's reindeer device patterned endpapers, 122pp. Publisher's original unclipped dust jacket showing 8s. 6d. at the foot of the front flap. Inscribed and SIGNED by the author to Gay Karen Boumphrey, daughter of her friend, fellow writer, and sometime collaborator Esther Boumphrey (noted for her "Hoojibahs" series of books). The boards are in very good over all condition. Three fore edge corners are firm, sharp and square, the other has a tiny bump at the tip. There is a little light spotting from the dust jacket, more so to the lower board.The titles and publisher's device on the upper board are very bright and fresh. The binding is very firm and square. There is some spotting to the edges of the text book, some of which are visible at the page edges when open. The half title page has the bookplate of Gay Boumphrey as well as her name written at the top. Above the bookplate, the book is inscribed: 'Gay / with love / from / Barbara / Christmas 1956'. The dust jacket is in VG- condition. It has a little rubbing to the spine head tip and upper joints and a little surface erosion to parts of the top edge of the front panel. There is a little light creasing at the bottom fore edge corner, a small stain mark at the foot of the spine and adjacent, and some significant general spotting - please see images. There is a felt tip "3" on the front flap, some underlining and a rough area where some other felt tip writing has been (poorly) erased. It is now protected in a removable clear jacket (not shown). A scarce signed copy. Rainford & Parris Books welcomes enquiries, so please do not hesitate to ask if you require further images or have any questions. All books are packaged with great care.
A Present For A Little Girl Bound with The Yellow-Shoe Strings

A Present For A Little Girl Bound with The Yellow-Shoe Strings, William’s Secret, Industry & Idleness (4 volumes bound together).

HEYRICK, Elizabeth & PEDDER, James & ELLIOTT ( BELSON ), Mary Full blue leather 20th Century binding containing; 1 - A Present For A Little Girl 1820 pp(49) (1) publisher's works with 3 full page and 24 smaller hand coloured woodcuts. 2 - The Yellow Strings or The Good Effects of Obedience to Children (undated) pp62 (1) Beggars Song and (1) publisher's works with folding frontispiece and 1 other full page illustration 3 - William's Secret 1819 60pp (4) publisher's works with folding frontispiece and 1 hand coloured plate. 4 - Industry and Idleness, 1819 a new edition 60pp (4) publisher's works with folding frontispiece. All works are missing their original wraps/boards but are otherwise very good. All have occasional light marks but the hand coloured images in A Present For A Little Girl are bright and sharp. 7.5 cm closed tear to a fold in the folding frontispiece in The Yellow Shoe-Strings and a little creasing to the edge of the same frontispiece. A 3cm closed tear to a fold in the folding frontispiece of William's Secret and a further 3cm tear extending onto the image. A small 1cm tear to a fold in the folding frontispiece of Industry and Idleness which is also a little more toned and spotted than the other works. The books have all been trimmed for rebinding and there is minor loss to the captions at the top of each of the folding plates but all in all a very nice neat collection of early nineteenth century children's works, with particularly good looking hand coloured images in A Present For A Little Girl Rainford & Parris Books welcomes enquiries, so please do not hesitate to ask if you require further images or have any questions. All books are packaged with great care.