Cambridge: Cambridge At The University Press, 1954. Plates & maps. First Edition. Cloth. SIGNED by the Author on the free front endpaper, 8vo, red cloth with gold lettering on spine, illustrated with 15 glossy B&W plates and 5 maps [one folded & at the rear], xi, [xii] + 529,  pages + folded map. Weight: 1 lb. 12.5 oz. Very Good / None. Item #5931
Sir James Steven Runciman CH FBA (1903 – 2000), was a distinguished and knighted English historian best known for his three-volume A History of the Crusades (1951–54).
This volume covers the period dealing with the conquests by Saladin--who died in 1193-- and Third Crusade which began in 1189. It was led by Richard the Lionhart and other rulers,but the destruction and loss of Crusader territory made it necessary to reestablish the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem in Acre during 1192.
When the strongholds and coastal ports of Palestine and Acre finally fell to the Mamluks in 1291, it ended this "Second Kingdom" and two centuries of Crusader domination of the Holy Land.
Thereafter, spasmodic efforts by the Crusaders failed to fully reconquer and retain their lost dominions during the Fifth Crusade (1217-1225) and Sixth (1228ff.).
Runciman's work had a profound impact on conceptions of the Crusades, primarily portraying the Crusaders negatively as essentially barbarians and the Muslims and Byzantines favourably. He has been praised by historians of the Crusades as an excellent storyteller and prose stylist.
VERY SCARCE thus SIGNED. Solid copy that is without annotations or any foxing. Attractive engraved bookplate on front pastedown. Slight wear to cloth; gilt fading; bump to its upper right corner. faint waterspot on rear cover.