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The Marquesa de Casa Valdes was brought up to love nature and spent part of her childhood and youth in the beautiful regions of north-east Spain, where the pinewoods almost meet the sea. During her travels, she has been able to study the gardens of other latitudes and climsates, giving her a sound basis from which to define more clearly the art and skills involved in gardening. Large format. Green cloth boards, white titles. Colour & a few b/w photos. ISBN: 8485861035. Some light scuffing to boards. Small knock to lower edge of front board. Front joint is broken. Else binding is tight. Pictorial dustwrapper is lightly faded at edges.
Yellow card wraps. Limited to 120 copies. Edited by Ivor Waters, the Chepstow historian. Translated by Mercedes Waters and Elvira Heredia. ISBN: 0906134110. Foxing. Staples rusty. Contents generally clean.
Introduction by J.H. Elliott. Bright orange pictorial cloth. Colour illustrations. A lovely copy contained in publisher's slipcase which has a couple of small knocks and a few light scuffs.
CONQUERING NATURE IN SPAIN AND ITS EMPIRE 1750-1850 (STUDIES IN IMPERIALISM)
Written by Helen Cowie.
Stock no. 1825211
Published by Manchester University Press. 1st 2011. Nearly fine condition in a slightly better than very good dustwrapper.
Between 1750 and 1850, Spain made a concerted effort to survey, catalogue and exploit the natural productions of its overseas possessions, arranging a series of scientific expeditions, and cultivating and displaying American fauna and flora in metropolitan gardens and museums. This book assesses the cultural significance of natural history in the Hispanic World, exploring the figurative and utilitarian value with which eighteenth-century spaniards invested natural objects - from globetrotting elephants to three-legged chickens - and considering how the creation, legitimisation and dissemination of scientific knowledge reflected broader questions of imperial power and national identity... Red cloth boards, gilt title to spine. A few b/w illustrations. ISBN: 9780719084935. Text block very slightly grubby. Dustwrapper lightly faded to spine and lightly rubbed at corners, a little grubby to rear panel.
Queens of the medieaval kingdom of Aragon. Green cloth boards, gilt title to spine and gilt crest to front. Bevelled board edges. Top edge gilt, lower edge untrimmed. B/w plates. 336 pages including index, 48 pages of publisher adverts to rear. Boards marked. Coffee (?) stains to top edge of prelims (not too bad). Endpapers browned. A few foxspots to contents, a few grubby marks. Text block browned. Front hinge starting to split but binding is tight. All plates present.
Being a Historical and Descriptive Account of the Royal Armoury of Madrid. Red cloth boards, gilt decoration and title to spine, vignette to front. Top edge guilt. Lower edge untrimmed. B/w illustrations. Boards marked, front board cloth is bubbled. Browning to text block and endpapers. Some foxing. Some pencil annotation. Still a decent working copy.
Blue cloth. Gilt title to spine. B/w illustrations. Spotting to covers. Inscription in ink to front endpaper. Foxing to endpapers, page margins and outer page edges. Wrapper is also foxed with edge-creasing; a few tears and chips; only a little loss to base of spine.
B/w photos and diagrams. Black boards, gilt title to spine. Wrapper has some edge-creasing.
AIRCRAFT OF THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR 1936-39
Written by Gerald Howson.
Stock no. 2139232
Published by Putnam. 1st 1990. Slightly better than very good condition in a slightly better than very good dustwrapper.
Large format. Blue boards, gilt title to spine. B/w photos. 310 pages. All the multifarious types of aircraft known to have taken part in the war. ISBN: 0851778429. Light page edge browning. Wrapper has some edge-creasing.
Maroon cloth with gilt titles to spine and front cover and yellow and orange decorations. Top edge gilt. 75 tissue-guarded colour plates and fold-out map to rear. Part of the A & C Black 20 Shilling Series. 1" split to top of spine. Bumping to corners. Some scuffing. Joints are cracked and weak - can see stitching through the paper. Page edge browning. Lower margin has slight loss page 155/6. Browning to margins of plate pages.
A & C Black Colour Book 20 Shilling Series. Yellow ochre cloth with attractive shell pattern. Gilt titles to front cover and spine. 75 tissue-guarded colour plates. Top edge gilt. Folding map. Black's beautiful books booklist to rear (4 sides). Reprint. Bumping and wear to spine and corners. Spine is browned. A few marks to covers. Name in ink and stain to front endpaper. Joints are cracked. Foxing, mostly to outer page edges and page margins. Plate page margins are browned.
Green boards, gilt title to spine. 191 pages. B/w photos. ISBN: 9781858186535. Spine slightly bumped. Contents fine. Some slight rubbing to wrapper edges.