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ABBREVIATIONS: dj-dust jacket, biblio-bibliography, b/w-black and white, illust-illustrations, b/c-book club addition.
rct - recent arrival or pending publication, spc - OMM Special Price
Toy Soldiers

1-46590 Alberini, Massino COLOR TREASURY OF MODEL SOLDIERS 9x12, 110 color illust highlight this quick look at both Toy Soldiers and Models. 1 vol, 64 pgs 1972 LONDON, CRESENT BOOKS
GOOD-hardcover ......$10.00

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1-14580 Carman, W.Y. MODEL SOLDIERS (65) color plates of Toy Soldiers from many of the more known Companies. 1 vol, 80 pgs 1972 NY, WORLD PUBLISHING COMP
V.GOOD-dj ......$12.00

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2-14580 Carman, W.Y. MODEL SOLDIERS (65) color plates of Toy Soldiers from many of the more known Companies. 1 vol, 80 pgs 1973 LONDON, CHARLES LETTS LMD
GOOD-dj ......$12.00

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1-74451 Giuliani, Raymond et al 12-INCH ACTION FIGURES-Second World War 1st in a series on ACTION FIGS, covers SIDESHOW, 21st CENTURY TOYS, DRAGON series and BLUE BOX INTERNATIONAL, 60 pages of actual figs, conversion tips, assembly, and much more. 1 vol, 84 pgs 2004 PARIS, HISTOIRE & COLLECT
NEW-softcover ......$20.00 with a discount of 15%

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1-87040 Greenhill, Peter & Venturi, Mario Creating Miniature Knights Great photos and descriptions of toy soldier knights during the 100 Years War. Lots of heraldry. In English and Italian. Autographed by Venturi. Glossary. Index of Names. 1 vol, 182 pgs 2005 UK, Scramasax
NEW-dj, CLEARNCE SALE 60% OFF -- Limited Number left ......$60.00 with a discount of 60% old

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1-210460 Hicking, Allen TOY FORTS AND CASTLES: European-Made Toys of the 19th & 20th Centuries 11x8.5 inches. 348 pages. Contained within this authoritative text is the exciting history of the manufacture of toy forts and castles in western Europe throughout the turbulent nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Lavishly illustrated with 772 color images, this book provides detailed information on who made these castles, palaces, and fortresses, when, where, and how, and with what materials. The author focuses especially on manufacturers in Germany and Great Britain, but covers Denmark, Belgium, and France as well-and describes the fascinating story of the industry's rise and demise.

Company histories show how these manufacturers, often successive generations of families, dealt with the enormous economic and political obstacles of the times. Organized spreadsheets with serial numbers, dates, dimensions, and distinctive features of products will satisfy the curiosities of toy collectors, museum curators, archivists, antique dealers, architectural history buffs, and more. 1 vol, 348 pgs 2016 ATGLEN, SCHIFFER BOOKS
NEW-dj ......$60.00 rct

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1-82070 Johnson, Thor & Tor N HISTORY IN MINIATURE:The St. Petersburg Collection 9.25x12.5, 2000 color photos of 1500+ items, the two volumes are a must for the collector with this complete through 2004 catalog listing, appendices of artists & sculptors, how to photograph figs. 2 vol, 461 pgs 2004 GREAT FALLS, AERO ART INT
NEW-slipcase ......$140.00

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1-61620 Joplin, Norman TOY SOLDIERS 9x12, a collector's guide to identifying both newand vintage Toy Soldiers, full color, index. 1 vol, 80 pgs 1994 LONDON, COURAGE BOOKS
V.GOOD-dj ......$20.00

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1-203830 Meter, Wolfgang CROBERN 1813: The Battle of the Nations in Miniature The making of a 1/72nd diorama of a small but vital action at Leipzig, 1813. Superb detail -- a Napoleonic wargamer's dream. All color throughout of the 20,000 miniatures and custom-built buildings on over 500 square feet of terrain-- hundreds of photos, plus OOB, description of action, photos of the village today, some info on how they made the various terrain features, and more. 1 vol, 200 pgs 2013 AUSTRIA, ESCHWEILER
NEW-hardback ......$65.00

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1-22760 Nevins, Edward M. FORCES OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE, 1914 8.5x11, brief sketch of all the British & Colonial units, includes the badge worn in 1914, history of the unit, battle honors. Over 380 color photos of Toy Soldiers depict uniform detail. 1 vol, 288 pgs 1992 ARLINGTON, VANDAMERE PRES
NEW-dj ......$65.00

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1-67650 O'Brien, Richard COLLECTING FOREIGN-MADE TOY SOLDIERS 8.5x11, 8000+ listings with prices for 50+manufactures, 2500 b/w photos, 16 color pages. 1 vol, 496 pgs 1997 US, KRAUSE PUBLICATIONS
AS NEW-softcover ......$10.00

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1-19280 Opie, James COLLECTING TOY SOLDIERS 8x10, color & b/w illust, price guide, index. 1 vol, 144 pgs 1987 LONDON, WILLIAM COLLINS
V.GOOD-DJ ......$30.00

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1-198340 Opie, James COLLECTING TOY SOLDIERS IN THE 21ST CENTURY 7.5x10, 200+ color photos. This serves as an update of the author's successful Collecting Toy Soldiers (Collins, 1987; pbk edition, New Cavendish, 1991). In it James Opie gives the collector the benefit of thirty years' experience as the world's leading authority on traditional toy soldiers (as opposed to model soldiers used in wargaming etc.) and a lifetime as a collector himself. The book combines authoritative advice on all aspects of collecting, including price trends and pitfalls to avoid when buying or selling at auction, with informative and often-amusing anecdotes from James' own experiences.

This is a completely new book, so even those many who bought the first one should welcome its appearance, as should anyone with an interest in this fascinating hobby. 1 vol, 256 pgs 2011 UK, PEN AND SWORD
NEW-dj ......$50.00 with a discount of 15%

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1-213020 Opie, James BRITAINS TOY SOLDIERS: The History and Handbook 1893-2013 This is the first full-color history of the world-famous toy soldiers to chart the whole story of their development from Victorian table toy to 21st Century collectable. Prior to 1893 the family toy business of the Britain family was struggling as the toy industry was dominated by German manufacturers and importers. Then came the fateful decision first to import, then to design and manufacture, toy soldiers, an area the German firms were particularly strong in.

Britains Toy Soldiers were born and soon their boxes stamped with the slogan 'Best Quality English Make' were being eagerly opened by little boys across Britain and then around the world. The rest, as they say is history and it is all captured here by James Opie, the world's leading expert on the subject, as he lovingly traces the varying fortunes of arguably the most famous British toy company.

Illustrated with lavish color photographs, many of them featuring items from the author's own collection, the book includes feature sections such as collectors' favorites and prices, high-value and famous sets, artistic highlights, quirks and mysteries. It is without doubt the most authoritative book on the subject and will be welcomed by the thousands of devoted collectors world wide as well as many more with fond memories of childhood battles with these beautiful toys. 1 vol, 504 pgs 2016 UK, PEN & SWORD
NEW-dj available mid December 2016 ......$50.00 with a discount of 15% rct

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1-64440 Pielin, Don & Joplin, Norman & Johnson, Verne AMERICAN DIMESTORE TOY SOLDIERS & FIGURES 11x9, 650+ color photso of multiple figs, priceguide from 1900-1960. 1 vol, 240 pgs 2000 ATGLEN, SCHIFFER BOOKS
NEW-dj ......$60.00

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