Death in the Making - Robert Capa, Gerda Taro

1938 - Covici Friede, New York - First Edition
'If the photo isn't good enough, it's because you're not close enough.' – Robert Capa

A stunning copy of Robert Capa’s first published monograph – a landmark of 20
th century war photography – in the rare dust jacket depicting a Loyalist soldier falling to his death, gun in hand, after being shot – a now iconic image of the Spanish Civil War Featuring 145 photographs by Robert Capa and Gerda Taro, captions by Robert Capa, translated and with a preface by Jay Allen, and arranged by André Kertesz. Housed in a custom clamshell case of fine black morocco leather over matching cloth, velvet lined, and lettered in gilt to the spine.

From 1936 onwards, Capa's coverage of the Spanish Civil War appeared regularly. His picture of a Loyalist soldier who had just been fatally wounded earned him his international reputation and became a powerful symbol of war. After his companion, Gerda Taro, was killed in Spain, Capa travelled to China in 1938 and emigrated to New York a year later. As a correspondent in Europe, he photographed the Second World War, covering the landing of American troops on Omaha beach on D-Day, the liberation of Paris and the Battle of the Bulge
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The Defeat of the Spanish Armada - Garrett Mattingly

1959 - Jonathan Cape, London - First Edition
A superbly bound first edition of Mattingly’s brilliant and justly famous study of Armada year.

'A historical masterpiece.' – A.L. Rowse

‘Garrett Mattingly's thrilling narrative sets out the background of the sixteenth-century European intrigue and religious unrest that gave rise to one of the world's most famous maritime crusades and the naval battles that decided its fate. In putting the naval campaign of 1588 back into the context of the first great international crisis of modern history, Mattingly builds up, like the movements of a symphony, a broad picture of how events of the time affected men's actions, plans and hopes. He brilliantly connects a series of scenes or episodes, shifting the point of focus from England to the continent and from courts to ships and cities. The feeling of tension mounts to a crescendo throughout Europe as the great drama of the Armada is approached. The battle itself and the aftermath are so vividly and poignantly described that they might be happening in our world today.’ [Vintage Penguin].

'A rare and wonderful book, as readable and exciting as a novel, amazingly fresh and stimulating in its approach to a great subject, and impressive for the wide range and authority of its scholarship.' – J.E. Neale.
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Voyage Historique et Pittoresque de Paris a Rouen - B. Saint-Edme [Edme-Théodore Bourg]

1839 - Édouard Frère, Rouen - Deuxieme Édition
A lovely example of this little work, text in French, in publisher’s original blue wrappers, rare.

Detailing the historic sights along the River Seine and illustrated with six full page plates, and a large fold out map (37.5 x 14 cm) of the River Seine from Paris to Rouen. Some of the pages still uncut.

Edme Theodore Bourg, known under the pseudonym of St. Edme (1785-1852), was a Parisian polymath. After having been secretary of Marshal Berthier then commissioner of war under the First Empire, Bourg became a man of letters in civilian life. He was a member of the ‘Société des Gens de Lettres’. Alone or in collaboration with other authors, he published under the pseudonym "St. Edme" (also used by other writers, such as Jean-Joseph Regnault-Warin) of numerous books such as biographies, compilations and political pamphlets.
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