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Rack, Rope and Red-Hot Pincers  -  A History of Torture and It's Instruments, Abbott, Geoffrey
1 Abbott, Geoffrey Rack, Rope and Red-Hot Pincers - A History of Torture and It's Instruments
London Headline 1993 0747206554 / 9780747206552 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A blackly humorous history of torture from medieval times to the late nineteenth century by a retired Yeoman Warder of the Tower of London. Contains eye witness accounts, victims, perpetrators and much more. 24 illustrations. 
Price: 7.00 GBP
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Patent Nonsense -   A Catalogue of Inventions That Failed To Change the World, Anderson, Clive and Brown, Ian
2 Anderson, Clive and Brown, Ian Patent Nonsense - A Catalogue of Inventions That Failed To Change the World
London Michael Joseph 1994 0718138651 / 9780718138653 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A VG+ copy with VG+ dustjacket which is complete. A selection of amusing inventions from the United States, British and French Patent Offices including bizarre ones such as "Ice Block as Substitute for Vehicle Wheels", "Method for Preserving the Dead" which involved hermetically sealing in molten glass, "Edible Phonograph" (chocolate records would you believe), "War Protecting Suit" and many other off the wall ones. An hilarious book. 
Price: 7.00 GBP
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Without A Trace, Berlitz, Charles
3 Berlitz, Charles Without A Trace
New York Doubleday 1977 0385111398 / 9780385111393 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Signed by Author
SIGNED BY AUTHOR to title page. STATED FIRST EDITION. Light spotting to lower edge with red ink spots to top and lower edge. From the author of 'The Bermuda Triangle' which investigates a series of new and baffling incidents in the Bermuda Triangle and recounts startling stories of strange occurrences, peculiarities of sea and weather, the appearance of 'ghost ships' and a catalogue of vessels which have disappeared from 1800 to 1976, clouds that seem to chase and capture ships and planes, and the possibility of a doorway in the area leading to another dimension, or even to outer space. Illustrated with photographs, drawings, maps and charts. 
Price: 15.00 GBP
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Martian Genesis  -  The Extraterrestrial Origins Of The Human Race, Brennan, Herbie
4 Brennan, Herbie Martian Genesis - The Extraterrestrial Origins Of The Human Race
London Piatkus 1998 0749918578 / 9780749918576 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy with Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. 216 pages. A controversial look at the evolution of mankind using discoveries made by spacecraft. The author links these to hi-tech artefacts millennia old, ancient civilisations,biblical descriptions and mythology. He concludes that our world may have been seeded by creatures from Mars 100 million years ago. 11 photographic illustrations. **** NOT BOOK CLUB **** 
Price: 10.00 GBP
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The Last Secrets Of The Earth, Busson, Bernard & Leroy, Gerard
5 Busson, Bernard & Leroy, Gerard The Last Secrets Of The Earth
London Werner Laurie 1956 First Edition Hard Cover Good No Jacket 8vo - over 7 
Black title on red boards. Slightly faded spine with a few light marks to back but clean with no wear. Internally there are tape marks left from the removal of a dustjacket or cover to endpapers else clean, tight and unmarked. Overall a Good + copy. Translated by Kenneth Hare. The work by two French journalists comprises - Visitors from the Skies, Is the Sea Unknown, The Earth's Fire, River of the Night, The Inhuman Antarctic, The Snowman Our Cousin and Adam and the Coelacanth. 25 illustrations and 2 maps. 
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Great Disasters  -  Catastrophes of the Twentieth Century, Canning, John   (edited by)
6 Canning, John (edited by) Great Disasters - Catastrophes of the Twentieth Century
London Ivy Leaf 1991 0863630189 / 9780863630187 Hard Cover Fine Fine 4to - over 9" - 12" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy with pictorial laminated boards as dustjacket with Fine complete dustjacket. This vividly illustrated book gives the full story of many of the monumental disasters of the 20th century, those of accidents and those of natural calamities such as volcanic eruptions, includes the sinking of the Titanic, the R101 and Hindenburg disasters, San Francisco earthquake. 
Price: 7.00 GBP
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The Strange Laws of Old England, Cawthorne, Nigel
7 Cawthorne, Nigel The Strange Laws of Old England
London Piatkus 2005 0749950366 / 9780749950361 Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy with Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. 266 pages. Illustrations in the text. Did you know that the law requiring a London taxi driver to carry a bale of hay on top of his cab to feed the horse was in force until 1976? Or that Oliver Cromwell passed laws ordering the demolition of theatres, the imprisonment of actors and the fining of the audience? Or that you are not allowed to feed or shoe horses on the road? However you can herd cattle along the streets, provided you do not 'wantonly and unlawfully pelt, drive or hunt any such cattle'. Nigel Cawthorne takes the reader on an entertaining tour of the wilder shores of the British legal system. and unearths an extraordinary collection of the most bizarre and arcane laws that have been enacted over the centuries. 
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Banvard's Folly  -  Thirteen Tales of Renowned Obscurity,Famous Anonymity and Rotten Luck, Collins, Paul
8 Collins, Paul Banvard's Folly - Thirteen Tales of Renowned Obscurity,Famous Anonymity and Rotten Luck
London Picador 2001 0330486888 / 9780330486880 Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A VG+ copy with VG+ dustjacket which is complete. John Banvard was a famous and prolific Victorian painter who became a millionaire, yet 35 years later he was buried in a pauper's grave in a frontier town in the Dakota territory. His most famous works destroyed and with no mention of him in reference books his name has been obliterated from history. This was the result of various calamities that befell him in his life. His story and 12 other equally fascinating ones make up this odd, funny and factual account proving that real life is stranger than fiction. 
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Circular Evidence  -   A Detailed Investigation of the Flattened Swirled Crops Phenomenon, Delgado, Pat & Andrews, Colin
9 Delgado, Pat & Andrews, Colin Circular Evidence - A Detailed Investigation of the Flattened Swirled Crops Phenomenon
London Bloomsbury 1989 0747503575 / 9780747503576 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A near Fine uninscribed copy with a small bump to one corner tip and with dustjacket which is price clipped. Fascinating case studies by the authors of whom Delgado brought to the attention of the press in 1981 the existence of circles in fields at Cheesefoot Head,Hampshire. A fascinating and detailed investigation with theories, profusely illustrated by photographs. *** NOT EX LIB *** 
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Giants of Gaia, Mann, Nicholas R. And Sutton, Marcia
10 Mann, Nicholas R. And Sutton, Marcia Giants of Gaia
Albuquerque, New Mexico Brotherhood of Life Inc 1995 0914732323 / 9780914732327 First Edition Soft Cover Very Good No Jacket 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
First Edition, First Printing. A Very Good+ unmarked copy. Written by a pair of Earth Energy experts who show us the fascinating world of giants, allowing them once again to emerge as the divide between the visible and invisible is dropped. Who are the Giants? Why do legends of every culture say giants once lived upon the earth? What are the Giants saying to us today? How can we hear them? Illustrated with over 50 photographs, map overlays and line drawings. **** NOT EX LIB **** 
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Tales from North Yorkshire, Markham, Leonard
11 Markham, Leonard Tales from North Yorkshire
Newbury, Berkshire Countryside Books 1993 1853062561 / 9781853062568 First Edition Soft Cover Fine No Jacket 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Osmond, Don 
A Fine unmarked copy. North Yorkshire has a great tradition of stories from a bygone age and a fascinating folklore and the author has compiled 25 curious tales including what is the story behind the first aeroplane flight 50 years before the Wright brothers? How did a hanged man rise again from the grave? Who are the 12 knights who slumber beneath Richmond Castle waiting to be brought back to life? Great Yorkshire characters such as Old Mother Shipton, a man who taught his pig to race, Agatha Christie, Lewis Carroll and Mary Stuart. Illustrations by Don Osmond. 
Price: 4.00 GBP
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Eccentric Lives and Peculiar Notions, Michell, John
12 Michell, John Eccentric Lives and Peculiar Notions
London Thames and Hudson 1984 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy with VG+ dustjacket. An astonishing gallery of people in pursuit of their improbable dreams, ideas and passions. Lady Blount believed that the earth is flat; Cyrus Teed, that it is a hollow shell with us on the inside; Edward Hine, that the British are the lost tribes of Israel; and Baron Guldenstubbe, that statues wrote him letters. Nesta Webeter devoted her life to exposing international conspiracies; Father O'Callaghan, to opposing interest on loans; John Carden, to pestering a young lady. These and other extraordinary characters, including the inventor of a battleship made entirely of ice, featured in this fascinating book were, and in some cases still are, wholehearted enthusiasts for the various causes and outrageous notions they adopted, and John Michell describes their adventures with sympathy and humour. **** NOT EX LIB **** 
Price: 10.00 GBP
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Tales of Old Berkshire, Millson, Cecilia
13 Millson, Cecilia Tales of Old Berkshire
Newbury, Berkshire Countryside Books 1994 1853062758 / 9781853062759 First Edition Soft Cover Fine No Jacket 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Osmond, Don 
A Fine unmarked copy. Down through the centuries Berkshire has produced many famous people whose stories have passed into folklore and are now dulled by time. The author, an authority on the county, presents such stories as how could a Lambourn man travel to London by land, sea and air as early as 1607? What peril awaited a Reverend after his gas filled balloon had been launched to observe a meteor shower in 1899 and 21 other curious tales. Illustrations by Don Osmond. 
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The Darwin Awards II, Northcutt, Wendy
14 Northcutt, Wendy The Darwin Awards II
London Orion 2001 0752846914 / 9780752846910 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
First UK edition. A Fine unmarked copy with near Fine complete dustjacket. In the spirit of Charles Darwin the book brings together a fresh collection of magnificent misadventures, honouring those who continue to improve our gene pool by removing themselves from it in a sublimely idiotic fashion. True stories of how dumb humans have met their maker. 
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Tales of Witches and Sorcery, Radford, Ken
15 Radford, Ken Tales of Witches and Sorcery
London Chancellor Press 1993 1851523464 / 9781851523467 Hard Cover Very Good No Jacket 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A near Fine unmarked copy with age darkening to page edges in pictorial laminated boards. A fascinating collection of tales from around the world which has been compiled from the records of state and county archives as well as the memories of those who recall characters and incidents related by their forebears. Illustrated with over 50 woodcuts and drawings. 
Price: 5.00 GBP
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The Encyclopedia of Unsolved Mysteries, Wilson, Colin  with Wilson, Damon
16 Wilson, Colin with Wilson, Damon The Encyclopedia of Unsolved Mysteries
London Harrap 1987 0245543368 / 9780245543364 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A Very Good+ unmarked copy with complete dustjacket. In this book the author explores in detail an astonishing variety of unsolved riddles and enduring enigmas, analysing all the latest evidence, and while making no claims to definitive solutions, he offers a wealth of possible answers to intrigue the imagination. Ranging in content from Atlantis to the Bermuda Triangle and Kaspar Hauser to the identity of Shakespeare and UFO's. **** NOT EX LIB **** 
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