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In the spirit of economic exploitation, this week's list is centered on the topic of colonialism and imperialism. From the extolling of "heroic" conquerors to incisive post-colonial critiques from luminaries like Edward Said, this selection of books comes at the complex subject from a multitude of angles. These histories span the early British Empire to relatively recent U.S. interventions in Latin America and cover a worryingly large portion of the globe. With politics dominating the discourse, now is a good time to add some historical context to the discussion.
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The Burwash Edition of the Complete Works in Prose and Verse of Rudyard Kipling (28 vol. set)
Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc., 1941. Hardcover. Complete 28 volume set all in good to very good condition. Limited edition, set is numbered 562 out of 1010. First volume is signed by the author. Red cloth boards with image of house embossed in gilt on cover. Gilt lettering and geometric design on spine. Deckle fore-edge and gilt top stain. All volumes have mild to moderate soiling and at least slight rubbing to edges and corners of boards. All show sunning to spine while a few volumes are starting to fray at head and tail of spine. Some volumes have damp stains on boards that do not extend to the text block. Most volumes have cracked gutters with binding that is beginning to loosen. None have pages separated. All text blocks are clean and very readable.
This set collects the complete works of British novelist, poet, and Nobel Prize winner Rudyard Kipling. Though it had been planned since 1929, the collection was not published until 1941, five years after Kipling's death. Hugely popular in his time for works such as the novel The Jungle Book and the poem Mandalay, Kipling has since become a more controversial literary figure. Kipling was born in India, which inspired much of his writing. His advocacy for imperialism and blatant jingoism have tarnished his legacy, but Kipling's narrative gifts and wide-spread influence keep the author relevant into the modern era. $1,200
British Attitudes Towards India, 1784-1858
Bearce, George Donham
Greenwood Press, 1982. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Reprint. Turquoise cloth boards with silver lettering on spine. Small soiling mark on back board. Slight rubbing on corners. Tight binding and clean text block. Previous owner's name stamped on first free end paper.
This book presents a study of the changing social
and cultural perceptions of India in England during
the days of the British Empire. $50
Culture and Imperialism
Alfred A. Knopf Inc, 1993. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. First Edition. Light brown boards quarter-bound in dark brown cloth. Gilt design on cover and gilt lettering on spine. Light soiling on spine, lettering starting to fade slightly. Binding is tight. Text block is clean with a uneven trim on fore-edge. Previous owner's name is stamped on first free end paper.
Edward Said, renowned intellectual and literature professor at Columbia, penned this collection of essays. Expanding on many of the arguments he presented in his extremely influential book Orientalism, Said continues exploring how mainstream culture, novels in particular, reflected and reinforced Western imperialism. $15
Quest for Africa's Tomorrows
Safari Press, 2013. Hardcover. Condition: New. First Edition. Textured orange boards with silver lettering on cover and spine. Housed in a protective clamshell case made out of orange boards with silver inlay on cover and marbled inner boards. Slight crease in fold of protective cover from opening. Spine and text block of book is in pristine condition. This is a first edition (print of 1000) signed by Duckworth and illustrator Elise Van Der Heijden.
This thrilling narrative by professional hunter Fred Duckworth is accompanied by striking color photos and beautiful illustrations by his wife. Entertaining stories of hunting from across the continent are mixed with Duckworth's razor-sharp criticisms of British colonial governance, incompetent hunters, and corrupt officials. $220
Camp Life and Sport in South Africa: Experiences of Kaffir Warfare with the Cape Mounted Rifles
Lucas, Thos. J.
Chapman and Hall, 1878. Hardcover. Condition:
Good. First Edition. Green boards with black
embossed horizontal lines on cover. Gilt lettering
on spine. Ex-library copy (U.S. Army War College).
Remains of pasted card on front board. Library
sticker on spine and various library markings
through front matter. Boards have some shelf wear
and rubbing on edges, but are fairly well-preserved.
Head and tail of spine are fraying. Gutters cracked,
but no pages are loose. Text block has some foxing. Frontispiece and all illustrated plates present.
Written by a British soldier stationed in the Cape Colony - modern day South Africa - during the
Xhosa Wars, this book provides a first-hand account
of life and warfare in colonial Africa in the 1850s. Detailed descriptions of the native inhabitants,
terrain, and wildlife are juxtaposed with startling portrayals of violence. $75
Tales of Hearsay
T. Fisher Unwin, 1925. Hardcover. Condition:
Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. First Edition. Dark green boards with gilt imprint. Head and foot lightly bumped. Bottom front corner bumped. Mostly white jacket shows light soiling,
light chipping and several small closed tears.
Tight binding and clean interior. Bookseller
pencil markings inside back board and partially
torn bookseller sticker remains.
A posthumously published collection of four short stories by Joseph Conrad, famed writer of Heart of Darkness. The book includes "The Tale," a story about guilt and responsibility set aboard a ship
during an unnamed war, which is considered one
of Conrad's best. Also featured are "The Warrior's Soul," "Prince Roman," and "The Black Mate."
Greater Britain: A Record of Travel in English-Speaking Countries During 1866 and 1867
Dilke, Charles Wentworth
Harper & Brothers, 1869. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Dark purple boards with embossed stamp on cover and rear. Gilt lettering on spine. No dust jacket. Boards are fairly clean with bumped corners, faded edges, wrinkle in fabric on rear board. Spine heavily faded and has one-inch tear near head. Ex-library copy with old call number sticker on spine, cards and stamps on paste-downs, number written at top of title page. Interior is otherwise unmarked, toned around edges. All illustrations and maps are present.
British politician Charles Dilke penned this best-selling travelogue of the English-speaking world in which he blindly praises imperialism. $20
Narrative of the Late War in New Zealand
Carey, George Jackson
Richard Bentley, 1863. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Blue cloth covered boards with embossed geometric designs. Gilt lettering on spine. Plastic dust jacket. Corners worn, spine darkened and rubbed. Gutters have begun to crack, though binding still intact. Chromolithograph frontispiece. Top right of title page reads, ''Harriet Carey, June 1863.''
An account of early British military operations against the Maori, the indigenous people of New Zealand, written by a high-ranking British officer. $175
Journal of a Ten Months' Residence in New Zealand
Cruise, Richard A.
Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green, 1824. Hardcover. Condition: Fair. Second Edition. Brown marbled boards half-bound in leather. Gilt lettering and designs on spine. Boards exposed at some points. Head of spine is fraying. Hinges, gutters and front signature cracked, though binding still intact. Archival tape on title page and frontispiece. Foxing throughout interior. Marbled paste downs and edges of text block, though edges are faded. Contains various signatures from previous owners.
Observations about the north of New Zealand and Maori society recorded by Richard Cruise while he served aboard a ship stationed in New Zealand for ten months the 1820s. $125
Conquest and Settlement: The 21st Regiment of Foot (North British Fusiliers)
Hesperian Press, 1999. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Orange boards with gilt lettering stamped on cover and spine. Boards are pristine. Illustrated dust jacket wrapped in mylar. Jacket has light soiling on spine and a small crease on head of spine. Binding is tight. Text block is clean.
Geoff Blackburn, a geologist with an interest in
colonial history, wrote this book about of the lives of soldiers in the 21st Regiment of Foot of the British Army, who played a key role in the settlement of Western Australia. Rather than analyzing the aboriginal-European conflict or providing a
traditional military history, Blackburn focuses on
the experiences of the regiment's rank and file. $36
The Three Colonies of Australia: New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia; Their Pastures, Copper Mines, & Gold Fields
Derby and Miller, 1854. Hardcover. Condition: Good. First U.S. edition. Brown boards with embossed design on cover and rear and gilt lettering on spine. Significant rubbing on edges, exposing boards, especially at corners. Faded spots on both boards. Some hinges and signatures cracked, though binding intact. Foxing, toning, and damp staining throughout interior, though still very readable. Features engravings, all plates present. Writing in pencil on free end page.
Samuel Sidney, the pen name of a British author and journalist who never actually set foot in Australia, is credited for this descriptive account of Britain's colonies on the continent. The book sold well in its time and is considered important because of its articulate arguments for colonial self-governance. $30
Bemrose and Sons, London, 1871. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Rust-colored beveled cloth boards with black and gilt imprint. Soiling, rubbed and bumped corners and edges, and tears in spine head. Soiling on edges. Brown end papers with two bookplates on front paste down. Some marks on blank front end paper. Light soiling and chips on a few pages, with light sticking of rear pages. Folding map is present.
A colonial history of eastern Canada that contained new information from the recent opening of the Record Office to the public. $88
A Compendious History of New England from the Revolution of the Seventeenth Century to the Death of King George the First
Palfrey, John Gorham
H. C. Shepard, 1872. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Original purple boards with gilt lettering on spine. Spine heavily faded. Boards lightly rubbed around edges. Heavier rubbing and fraying at head of spine. Dust-darkened along top edge. Previous owner's name in pen on front free end paper. Interior otherwise clean, lightly toned.
John G. Palfrey, an American clergyman and historian who served as a U.S. Representative from Massachusetts, wrote this history of New England from the years 1689 to 1727. $32
Williamsburg: The Old Colonial Capital
Tyler, Lyon G.
Lyon Tyler, an American educator, historian, and son of U.S. President John Tyler, wrote this book about Williamsburg, Virginia. Using meticulous research, Tyler covers the history of the city's settlement and describes key landmarks. $40
Whittet & Shepperson, 1907. Hardcover.
Condition: Good. First Edition. Green cloth boards with gilt lettering stamped on cover and spine. No dust jacket. Corners bumped. Rubbing at head and
tail of spine. Joints starting to separate along front and back paste downs. No other cracks apparent through interior, which is clean, unmarked, and
fairly bright. Fold-out map before title page and all other plates present and clean. Spine is cocked but sturdy. Program for "Music for the Service at Jamestown Island, October 12th, 1907" laid in at
p. 62 along with typewritten manuscript titled
"The Galt Family," undated.
The Architecture of Colonial America
Eberlein, Harold Donaldson
Little, Brown, & Co., 1927. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Later printing. Printed illustration on tan boards. Black lettering on cover and spine. Boards are clean with only slight shelf wear on edges. Binding is tight. Text block is clean with gilt top stain that is slightly faded. Includes numerous black and white photographic plates by Mary H. Northend and others.
Prolific author and antiquarian Harold D. Eberlein wrote this history and analysis of architecture in the original 13 colonies. Contemporary critics praised Eberlein for his liberal use of entertaining anecdotes while noting his historical accuracy and documentation of sources is far from rigorous. $15
Combats and Conquests of Immortal Heroes
Barnes, Charles Merritt
Guessaz & Ferlet Company, 1910. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Red leather boards that have been re-bound in quarter brown leather. Title in gilt on spine and front board. Rubbing to board edges and corners. Binding is tight. Interior has some toned pages, but is otherwise clean. Color frontispiece with black and white illustrations throughout.
Early Texas history in song and tales. $165
Thrilling Stories of Mexican Warfare: Including Intervention and Invasion by the United States
Morris, Henry Hutchins
L. W. Walter, 1914. Hardcover. Condition: Good. First Edition. Red cloth boards with black lettering on cover and spine. Photograph affixed to cover has a few chips missing on edges. Rubbing at head and foot of spine. Corners bumped. Binding is fairly tight. Foxing, soiling, and toning throughout text block, but still very readable. Page of photographs before title page has 2.5" tear from top at joint. Features preface, introduction, and conclusion by sociologist Frederick Scott Miller.
Henry M. Morris, an "Authority on All Mexican Affairs," wrote this book about the Mexican revolution and the U.S. occupation of Veracruz in 1914. The book includes a description of the country, a history of Mexico, and a story of the war itself in what it claims is an" impartial and dispassionate" account of the facts despite the blatantly imperialist tone. $25
Our Own Backyard: The United States in Central America, 1977-1992
LeoGrande, William M.
The University of North Carolina Press, 1998. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. First edition. Black boards with silver lettering on spine. No notable defects on boards. No dust jacket. Binding is tight and text block is clean. Previous owner's name is stamped on the front paste down and the half-title page.
William LeoGrande, a professor of government and expert
on Latin American politics, offers a comprehensive view of U.S. foreign policy regarding Central America in the waning years of the Cold War. He argues that "the specter of Vietnam" and the desire to avoid a similar outcome drove much of the interventionist policy toward Central America. $20
Spanish Settlements Within the Present Limits of the United States 1513-1561
G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1901. Hardcover. Condition: Very good. First Edition. Green cloth boards with gilt lettering on spine. Head and tail of spine are starting to fray. Light soiling on both boards. Binding is tight. Interior is clean except for some minor foxing. Text block has uneven trim and gilt top stain that is slightly faded. Illustrated, with two maps including one fold-out, and frontispiece. Appendices contain further details. Lowery collected Spanish colonial maps and published a second volume in 1905. Howes L 536.
Lawyer and historian Woodbury Lowery authored this book about the history of Spanish colonization in what is now the United States. $65
de La Ronciere, Charles
Florida Historical Society Press, 2014. Softcover. Condition: Very good. First English translation
of the 1928 original. Glossy pictorial wrapper has
light shelf wear. Binding is tight. Interior is clean.
French historian and librarian Charles de
La Ronciere wrote this narrative history of the first French settlements in Florida. Features hand-colored reproductions of Dutch engraver Theodore de Bry's images of Native American life based on pictures by Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues. $68
Making Algeria French: Colonialism in Bône, 1870-1920
Cambridge University Press, 1990. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. First Edition. Dark gray boards with gilt lettering on spine. No notable defects on boards. No dust jacket present. Binding is tight and text block is clean. Previous owner's name is stamped on the first free end paper.
David Prochaska, a history professor at the University of Illinois, wrote this account of French colonialism in Algeria, with particular focus on the port city of Bône. $25
The Vietnamese Response to French Intervention, 1862-1874
McLeod, Mark W.
Praeger, 1991. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. First Edition. Maroon cloth boards with gilt lettering on cover and spine. Very minor shelf wear on corners and tail of spine, but otherwise boards have no notable defects. Binding is tight
and text block is clean. Previous owner's name is stamped
on the front paste down.
Mark McLeod, a Ph.D. in Southeast Asian History, wrote this book during a four-year residence in Paris. McLeod attempts
to present the colonial history of Vietnam without the
"Franco-centric bias" common in many works by European authors. $80
The Indo-China War, 1945 1954: A Study in Guerilla Warfare
Faber and Faber Limited, 1964. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Blue cloth boards with gilt lettering on spine. Shelf wear and rubbing along edges. White, red, and black dust jacket is price clipped. Chipping along jacket edges, especially at head of spine. Binding is fairly tight and text block is clean. Includes black and white photographic plates and map, all of which are present.
British military journalist and researcher Edgar O'Ballance examines the French campaign to reestablish control of Vietnam following World War II. O'Ballance uses the military failures of France to provide suggestions as to how to counter guerrilla tactics. $80
The Japanese Colonial Empire, 1895-1945
Myers, Ramon H.; Peattie, Mark R.
Princeton University Press, 1987. Softcover. Condition: Fine. Peach colored pictorial wrapper with brown lettering on cover and spine. Small indent on head of spine. Price sticker on back of wrapper. Binding is tight. Text block is clean, but does have
indent on bottom edge. Previous owner's name is stamped on
first free end paper.
A collection of 13 essays by experts from both the U.S. and Japan. The book provides a comprehensive view of the only non-Western colonial empire in the modern era. $40