Ordering, Condition, Abbreviations, Shipping Rates & Returns

Condition & Abbreviations

From best to worst: New, As New, F=Fine, NF=Near Fine, VG=Very Good, G=Good, Fair, P=Poor;
Thus F/F or Fine/Fine means a Fine book in a Fine dust jacket. 

Wraps=paperback, Large Wraps=Large paperback. 
Large format is about 8x10", Oversize=large books or books weighing more than 2 lbs. , Very Oversize are over 4 lbs. 
NAP=No Additional Printings listed on the copyright page, i.e. possibly a first edition. 
Ex. Lib.= ex.library, I try to list if there are labels, rubber stamps or pockets or whether they have been removed.
BCE=book club edition.
Jacket Priced = the original publisher's price is printed on the jacket & has not been clipped. This indicates thast the book is not a BCE. 
IJP=Infantry Journal Press, NIP=Naval Institute Press, MSPC=Military Service Publishing Company, OSB= Old Soldier Books


Payment Methods Accepted

Credit Cards via on the secure checkout are processed thru Propay (a division of Wells Fargo Bank): MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover.
I also accept cards via phone 202-333-7308 or 202-248-7448. MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover. These will also be processed through Propay (a division of Wells Fargo Bank). Phone hours: Monday-Saturday 9a-6p, by chance Sundays.

The Billing address you submit should be the address to which your credit card statement is currently sent.

Paypal (use the [email protected] address. )

If you are using PAYPAL for your order, please contact me by e-mail before submitting your order to confirm your shipping costs in advance, especially if the items are oversize or if you are a foreign customer.

Checks & Money Orders on US banks (must have an ABA code), 
US & Foreign Postal Service Money Orders

U.S. Shipping

All orders mailed in boxes except thin paperbacks. Delivery Confirmation/tracking numbers included on all shipments. Rates as of July 2019. Subject to change. Most books indicate in the description field if they are heavy or oversise.



Cost 1first item

Cost per additional items

Media Mail: Small Paperbacks (wraps) Under 1 lb packed

5 to 21 Days



Media Mail: Book Under 3 lbs. in box

5 to 21 Days



Media Mail: 2 Volume Set

5 to 21 Days



Media Mail: 3 to 5 Lbs: HEAVY or Oversize Book

5 to 21 Days



Rolled Poster or Print in Tube

5 to 21 days



Media Mail: Insured under $100

5 to 21 days



Media Mail: VERY Heavy or Oversize (Over 5 lbs packed)

5 to 21 Days



Priority: Small padded envelope, uninsured (Small books only).

3 to 6 Business Days



Priority in Box (uninsured)

3 to 6 Business Days



Priority Box (insured over $200)

3-6 Days



Express (estimated price)

2 to 3 Days



If you chose to pay over the phone with your master or visa card, please call 202-333-7308 or 202-248-7448 with information after completing the check out. Monday-Saturday 9a-6p, by chance Sundays. 

There are a lot of shipping methods on the server: please chose the most appropriate one: If the books(s), turnout be be very heavy or oversize and you have not chosen the appropriate shipping type for your book, you may receive an e mail for additional shipping fees. This also applies to items where insurance is requested that are especially expensive. The amounts for shipping on the server are best estimates and should cover 90% of all orders.

All books are mailed with tracking numbers.

All books may be returned within 7 day of their arrival, if in the same condition as when shipped. If you make any changes, "improvements", to a book, it is not returnable. Postage will only be refunded if the book is not as described. Please e mail or phone before making a return. 


SHIPMENT AT YOUR RISK IF UNINSURED. Please indicate if you want insurance when you order.

Foreign Customers

Best to get a quote on shipping before ordering, use the Shopping Cart which has an e mail function to send me your selection or contact me by e-mail. Remember that you may add several books to the cart before sending the inquiry. I can then provide a range of methods & prices from which you may select.

Australians: I note that a number of large book retailers now are adding a 10% Low Value Imported Goods (LVIG) assessment to orders through their sites for books mailed to Australia.  I understand if you order through my site, this will be assessed to you when the package enters Australia and may also slow the speed at which it arrives.

New customers from SE Asia (India, Indonesia, Vietnam, Singapore, Philipines etc) using credit cards when paying through Propay will have their orders held three weeks before mailing.


Foreign Shipping

PAYPAL or credit card via phone preferred for foreign orders as the secure check out shipping matrix is rather inflexable. I can adjust lower but not higher. At Checkout choose the method you wish to use: Global Priority in box or flat rate envelope, or First Class Air Mail & whether insurance should be added to the Priority options. First Class Mail orders are not insurable and may not exceed 4 lbs per box. The rates listed on the Check Out should be considered estimates. Every effort will be made to keep the actual shipping fees close to these amounts. If there is a significant divergence between the method you requested & the actual cost, you will receive a follow up e mail to advise you of the difference. If paying through PayPal please wait for confirmation of availability & shipping costs before submitting payment through them.  

For example: 
As of Jan 2018

2 lb. book to the UK  
by First Class $25.50
by Priority Flat rate envelope $34.50
by Priority Box $55.00


All items returnable if mailed within 7 days of receipt and in they are in the same condition as when shipped; the purchaser is responsible for all postage unless the item was not as described. Please contact us before making a return. Refunds on returned or canceled orders paid by credit card, will be reduced by the amount of the credit card fee which is not refunded by the processing company (Propay). Orders using Paypal will be for the full amount since Paypal revereses their fees. Please use the same type, box or envelope, which I used in sending you the book. Do not trust bubble mailers to protect hardcover books from bumped corners or denting etc. Incomplete sales (where extra shipping is refused) will be refunded minus the credit card fees.


To Order using the shopping cart: 1) Do a search to locate a book you want. 2) Select it & place it in the shopping cart. Continue searching. 3)When done searching, complete the checkout. You will have to register on this site even if you received an e mail announcing a new List & have not previously registered. You may also order by e mail: best if you include the item number located on the book detail page. Cut & Paste. Or Call either 202-333-7308 or 202-248-7448. 

Ordering from a static page

Probably easiest to cut & paste into an e mail or call 202-333-7308. Inventory numbers are the list number & item number separated by a dash (xx-xxx). You can plug this into the search feature to use the shopping cart.