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On The Seven Seas by Chris Peers

In an an earlier post I said that I would give more details of my recent trip to Oxford. On The Seven Seas - Osprey Wargames No. 7 was picked up for a couple of pounds in a second hand book store in Woodstock on the day that we visited Blenheim to see the Shakespeare play. For such a bargain price - I thought it was worth a punt and have to say that I have enjoyed reading it. It has spurned me on to start thinking about how I could used the hundreds of Flintloque dwarf miniatures that I have painted up for The Great Sauerkraut Wars as I think small independent bands of dwarves with flintloques and blunderbusses would work well with the system of small units led by strong captains that is the core of these rules.For more details of The Great Sauerkraut Wars, see this link.On The Seven Seas by Chris PeersWargame Rules for the Age of Piracy and Adventure c. 1500 - 1730Osprey Wargames No. 7Published by Osprey Publishing in 201464 page card bound booklet/rulesIllustrated by Steve Noon with lots of Angus McBri

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The Forgotten Arts & Crafts by John Seymour

This hardback book was picked up from a charity book store in Tewkesbury earlier this week. It is absolutely crammed packed with black and white illustrations and at just £2.00 will be inspiration for lots of forthcoming models.The Forgotten Arts & Crafts by John SeymourPublished by Dorling Kingsley in 1984My copy was published in association with The National Trust in 2001384 pages and hundreds of illustrationsISBN 0 7513 2782 4Tony

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The Channel Island at War

Yet another second-hand book purchase - this time a large card bound book called The Channel Islands at War written by George Forty which was picked up at a recent car-boot sale in Worcestershire.The book is full of black and white illustrations which give a real flavour of what life on the islands must have been like. I particularly liked the illustrations of the underground and narrow gauge railway complexes.Although not one of my usual periods or genres, I did like browsing the chapters.The Channel Islands at War - A German Perspective by George FortyPublished by Ian AllenISBN - 978 0711026780Tony

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Another Book

Sue bought me this book earlier in the week. It is another charity shop purchase, bought for under £5.00 and features images of a number of 15'' gauge railways. The bonus is that is is signed by both David Mosley and Peter van Zeller.Fifteen Inch Gauge Railways - Their History, Equipment and Operation written by David Mosley and Peter van ZellerPublished by David & Charles in 198696 pages with loads of black and white imagesISBN 0-7153-8694-8List price - £9.95Thank you Sue.Tony

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A selection of books picked-up in June

A short update showing some of my book prizes from June.Back row; A Street Through Time - a gift from a friend of my Daughter-in-Law. Elric, At The End Of Time - another gift, Cross-Section Castle - from the same friend.Front row; Rivers of London, a graphic novella called Black Mould from the Rivers of London series (well worth checking out) the book was picked up in a charity shop for just £1.00 and another graphic novel - this time Artemus Fowl which was a present from my daughter.Tony

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Airfix Magazine Annuals

Earlier this week Sue and I were tidying up the attic and I came across these early edition Airfix Magazine Annuals. The first volume (the black covered book on the bottom left) was bought for me when I was still in school - that's over 40 years ago!It is a collection that I do not envision selling as the nostalgic value is worth so much more that the monetary. And as you can see they are very well read.A real 'blast-from-the-past'.Tony

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My latest charity shop find

I picked this book up at The Severn Valley Railway charity shop on Bewdley Railway Station for just £1.00. The series of guides by Wild Swan is well known to me but this particular publication is new to me even though it was first published in 1983!I look forward to reading through the techniques over the next couple of days.Architectural Modelling in 4mm scale by Dave RowePublished by Wild Swan Publications Ltd in 198370 pages with lots of black and white images and illustrationsList price £3.95ISBN - 0 906867 12 6Tony

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Warlords by Tim Newark

Earlier this week Sue and I visited Gloucester Quays and after doing some shopping we walked into Gloucester city centre where I picked up this book - Warlords Ancient, Celtic, Medieval by Tim Newark from the free charity book exchange store on Westgate Street. A real bargain.The store is a 'pop-up' and had quite a few military fiction books as well as a wide selection of travel guides.3 bookworms out of 5 but worth the visit for the free books and wide selection.Tony

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Henry's Cafe and Bookstore Upton-upon-Severn

Earlier this month, Sue and I visited Upton-upon-Severn, a quaint river-side town in South Worcester. The town has always had a thriving second-hand book culture, but now we have Henry's.Henry's is one of the new style Cafe bars with a thriving antiques and second-hand book store integrated into the cafe. The military book section, situated on the first floor is very well stocked and (when I visited) had many modern information booklets for under £6.00 in addition to a well stocked second-hand military and history section.I know that the store is closed on a Monday. For more details check out their own web page here and in particular the short sections about and photos which offer some interesting background and a couple of images of the stocked book shelves.Henry's Cafe and Bookstore22 High StreetUpton-upon-SevernWorcesterWR8 0HBI would recommend Upton and Henry's as a great day out, there is lots to see in Upton and the many second-hand and antique shops make it a great hunting ground. 4

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Industrie Fiorentine published by Alinari

This charity book shop find has been a great source of inspiration, with its many black and white images of the industries of 1900's Italy. I'm sure that some of the images will make it in to model form at some time.125 pages, crammed full of beautiful B&W images for just £1.49. Bargain.....Industrie Fiorentine Tra '800 E '900An Italian language bookPublished by Alinari in 1982No ISBN numberAvailable via Internet Booksellers

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