Very Good in Very Good DJ: Both book and DJ show indications of moderate use. Book shows light wear to the extremities; slight spine lean; mild rubbing; faint soiling; binding secure; text clean. DJ shows mild rubbing and soiling; moderate wear to extremities, but a little heavier at the top of the front hinge; there is a two-inch tear at the top of the front panel; the price has been clipped; mylar-protected. Overall, remains structurally sound and tightly bound: clean, sturdy, presentable, showing a little wear and a few flaws and in a like DJ. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. 576pp. Decorated with Endpaper Maps. Illustrated with duotone photographs and maps. Volume III in the Pax Britannica Trilogy. First Edition USA; Second Printing [Letter line starts with 'B'-some maintain these letters don't matter, that this is a stated First American Edition, first printing-but we fear they do matter, and thus are not willing to declare this a first]. Hardback with DJ. This is a fine ending to what is possibly my favorite series of books, Jan Morris' outstanding "Pax Britannica Trilogy." Although I suppose the book could be read in isolation, it will be greatly enhanced by having read the first two in the series: "Heaven's Command" and "Pax Britannica". This book is divided into three sections: Part One, THE GRAND ILLUSION: 1897-1918; Part Two, THE PURPOSE FALTERS: 1918-1939; and Part Three, FAREWELL THE TRUMPETS: 1939-1965. The chapters, as in the earlier books, showcase illuminating episodes in the Victorian British Empire: battles, personages, advances in technology, attitudes, etc. In this book, some of the highlights are the Boer War, the invasion of Tibet, Gallipoli, the R101 airship disaster, the move to Irish independence, and the end of the Raj in India. Excellent and highly recommended. At times this makes melancholy reading: having journeyed with this country through its imperial prime, to see it all evaporate so quickly--even as Morris makes us well aware of the injustness and cruelties of imperialism that made its demise a net good for the world. Morris' writing remains strong and vivid in this book, and there are many chapters that pack a tremendous punch, and rank among some of the best writing I've ever encountered. An excellent book and I would encourage anyone to read it. There are thrilling stories here--as well as the most delightful footnote I've ever read (you'll know it when you see it). Give it a try--you won't be disappointed.
Very good in fine dust jacket. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, New York, NY, 1978. 1st Ed. (U.S. ), 1st Printing, VG+/Fine-, Hard Cover, Size=6"x8.5", 576pgs(Index). DJ very lightly rubbed, very faint dust foxing specks on page ends, o.w. clean, tight & bright. No ink names, bookplates etc. Price unclipped. Rest of book in Fine condition. ISBN 0151304041 99% OF OUR BOOKS ARE SHIPPED IN CUSTOM BOXES ALL ARE WELL PACKED WITH CARE!
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