[Item #4982] The Greco-Persian Wars. Peter Green.
The Greco-Persian Wars
The Greco-Persian Wars
The Greco-Persian Wars
The Greco-Persian Wars

The Greco-Persian Wars

ISBN: 0520205731
Berkeley & Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press, 1996. First Edition. Hardcover. "The long and bitter struggle between the great Persian Empire and the fledgling Greek states reached its high point with the extraordinary Greek victory at Salamis in 480 B.C. The Athenian leader Themistocles persuaded the Assembly that the only chance of repelling the mighty Persian advance was to conduct the final battle by sea rather than by land. By a brilliant ruse, he contrived to trap the Persian armada in the Salamis channel, where the Greek fleet, returning with unexpected vigor to the attack, threw the Persians into total confusion. Despite their inferior numbers, the Greeks secured a massive victory, forever banishing the specter of Persian invasion and occupation. The Greek triumph paved the way for the historic evolution of the Greek states in a climate of creativity, independence, and democracy, providing a model and an inspiration for centuries to come." (from front flap) A full & most insightful account of a key episode in ancient history by Peter Green (b. 1924), the great, prolific British historian, translator & novelist who is still with us at the age of 97 as of this writing. An extensively expanded & updated version of his work Xerxes at Salamis (1970) with maps, several leaves of captioned historical photographs, notes & index. Hardcover in unclipped dust jacket, first edition, first printing as indicated by number sequence on copyright page. From the collection of George V. Buehler (1933-2020), who was a prominent real estate developer & collector in Massachusetts & Arizona. We found & have retained, between blank rear endpaper & paste-down, several printed-out documents, partially hand-annotated, regarding Buehler's purchase of this volume during early 2016, folded once or twice horizontally & in very fine condition. Also present is an illustrated publisher's promotional-ordering pamphlet for Stealing Fire: Memoir of a Boyhood in the Shadow of Atomic Espionage by Boria Sax, Ph.D., three folded panels with printing on each side, virtually mint. A collectible classic of ancient military history in its rarest original form & with distinguished provenance. Book in good-to-near-fine condition with moderate rubbing & spotting to esp. front, back covers & spine (with silver gilt lettering at spine bright & complete); light wear & some tiny bumps, creases at edges & corners of same; area at/ near lower spine-edge, corners & covers (esp. lower left front cover) with creases incl. very slight loss of black paper surface; mild-to-moderate rubbing & spotting to edges of text block. Interior fine with sparse spotting to blank white paste-downs & endpapers; faint creases echoed from covers, spine per above at lower inner edges, corners of first & last few page leaves; tiny bumps, faint creases at upper corners of a few of same. Dust jacket good-to-near-fine with mild-to-moderate rubbing, scratching & a touch of fading to front, back covers, spine & flaps; light wear & some tiny bumps, creases at edges & corners of same; slight loss of blue surface paper esp. at lower spine-edges & corners; one tiny chip at lower right edge of back cover with miniscule loss of paper. Good- Near Fine / Good- Near Fine. [Item #4982]

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