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CANADIAN WATERCOLOURS AND DRAWINGS IN THE ROYAL ONTARIO MUSEUM.  2 VOLUME SET IN SLIPCASE., Allodi, Mary.  Forword by Donald Blake Webster.
1 Allodi, Mary. Forword by Donald Blake Webster. CANADIAN WATERCOLOURS AND DRAWINGS IN THE ROYAL ONTARIO MUSEUM. 2 VOLUME SET IN SLIPCASE.
Toronto Royal Ontario Museum 1974 0888541597 / 9780888541598 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine 
Unpaginated, oblong (8 7/8" H x 12 1/4" D) - medium brown cloth with gilt lettering on spines and front boards. Slipcase covered in matching brown cloth with gilt lettering and colour pastedown on front panel. 2220 reproductions in b&w and colour. Volume One: Foreword; Introduction; Notes on Procedure; Abbreviations; Artists A to K. Volume Two: Artists K to Y; Anonymous Artists; Geographic Index; Subject Index. Minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spines. Slipcase has very minor rubbing. 
Price: 50.00 USD
 
 
2 Anderes, Fred & Agranoff, Ann. ICE PALACES.
Toronto Macmillan of Canada 1983 0771598572 / 9780771598579 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good 
132 pp, oblong (9 1/8" H x 10 3/4" D). Profusely illustrated with colour and b&w photographs, repro-ductions, architectural drawings. "The magical buildings illustrated in this pioneer study of a virtually unknown architectural phenomenon were truly built of ice, and they were said to shimmer with color and fire reminiscent of sapphire, topaz, and opal. In style they recalled medieval castles, Gothic cathed-rals, Russian palaces, and Art Deco fantasies. Many were huge, reaching as high as a 14 -story building and extending as long as a football field, but, of course, there's no physical trace of them. Nevertheless, the authors have discovered dozens of historic photographs, lithographs, postcards, paintings, and drawings of these fabulous but ephemeral constructions, as well as mementoes of the winter activities and sports surrounding their creation. (They) relate the history of ice castle building and examine about thirty in detail. This type of architectural tour de fource had its beginning in 18th-century Russia, when the eccentric Empress Anna Ivanova built an icy honeymoon cottage for an out-of-favor prince. In North America, ice palaces were created as centrepieces for the winter carnivals that sprang up in northern cities in the late 19th century. Between 1883 and 1942, grand castles were built of blocks of ice in the Canadian cities of Montreal, Quebec, and Ottawa, and also in St. Paul, Minnesota, and Leadville, Colorado. Today the leading centers for construction in ice and snow are at the annual winter festivals held in Quebec, Canada, and Sapporo, Japan. (T)he authors - both architects - examine the theory and practice of building with ice (which under certain conditions has the structural properties of concrete), both for practical and fantastic purposes." Book is clean and bright. Dust jacket has light rubbing - mainly on front panel, minor wrinkling at top of spine. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
SPLENDOUR AT COURT:  DRESSING FOR ROYAL OCCASIONS SINCE 1700., Arch, Nigel and Marschner, Joanna.
3 Arch, Nigel and Marschner, Joanna. SPLENDOUR AT COURT: DRESSING FOR ROYAL OCCASIONS SINCE 1700.
London Unwin Hyman, London, (1987), Ist edition. 1987 0713526610 / 9780713526615 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
128 pp, 10 1/2" H. Profusely illustrated in b&w and colour with photographs, reproductions, drawings. "(P)rovides a lively picture of contrasting courtly scenes through the ages. It takes us from the paralysingly formal Court of Queen Anne to the outlandish ostentation of fifty years later when the Prince of Wales's dancing feet twinkled with 30,000 Pounds worth of diamonds attached to his shoe buckles. It conjures up the social butterflies of the Victorian age and a young debutante in the 1920's having difficulty tucking the essential three white feathers into her fashionably bobbed hair style. The fairy tale dresses and gold encrusted uniforms described and illustrated in this book have echoed or defied the fashions of the world right up to the present day. The last debutante to be presented at Court left Buckingham Palace in 1958, but in ceremonies such as the State Opening of Parliament courtly costume and tradition still linger with us." Spine is slightly twisted, minor toning on pastedowns. Dust jacket has light wear at bottom of front flap-fold, light edge wrinkling - mainly at top of rear panel, very soft crease down rear panel. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
4 Asquith, Stuart, editor. Foreword by Brigadier A.J. MacG. Percival. REGIMENT: THE MILITARY HERITAGE COLLECTION. ISSUE SIXTEEN: THE 22ND (CHESHIRE) REGIMENT 1689-1996.
Hemel Hempstead Nexus 1996 Stapled in Wraps Very Good+ 
66 pp, 11 5/8" H - magazine format. October/November 1996. Profusely illustrated in color and b&w with photographs, reproductions, uniform studies. "An invaluable source for historians, hobbyists and model makers." Contents: The Regiment Today; The 17th and 18th Centuries; The 19th Century; Queen Victoria's Wars; The Great War 1914-1918; Between the Wars; The Second World War; The Post War Years 1945-96; The Volunteer and Territorial Battalions; The Cheshire Military Museum. Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - very light wear on spine, light browning to edges of pages. 
Price: 12.50 USD
 
 
REGIMENT: THE MILITARY HERITAGE COLLECTION.  ISSUE SIXTEEN: THE 22ND (CHESHIRE) REGIMENT 1689-1996., Asquith, Stuart, editor.  Foreword by Brigadier A.J. MacG. Percival.
5 Asquith, Stuart, editor. Foreword by Brigadier A.J. MacG. Percival. REGIMENT: THE MILITARY HERITAGE COLLECTION. ISSUE SIXTEEN: THE 22ND (CHESHIRE) REGIMENT 1689-1996.
Hemel Hempstead Nexus 1996 Stapled in Wraps Very Good 
66 pp, 11 5/8" H - magazine format. October/November 1996. Profusely illustrated in color and b&w with photographs, reproductions, uniform studies. "An invaluable source for historians, hobbyists and model makers." Contents: The Regiment Today; The 17th and 18th Centuries; The 19th Century; Queen Victoria's Wars; The Great War 1914-1918; Between the Wars; The Second World War; The Post War Years 1945-96; The Volunteer and Territorial Battalions; The Cheshire Military Museum. Interior - small soft bump at top corner of pages, light wrinkles at fore-edge of first two pages, otherwise clean and tight with other ownership marks. Exterior - small soft bump at top corner, minor wear on spine. 
Price: 12.50 USD
 
 
6 Asquith, Stuart, editor. Foreword by Brigadier F.R. Dannatt. REGIMENT: THE MILITARY HERITAGE COLLECTION. ISSUE TWENTY FOUR: THE GREEN HOWARDS (ALEXANDRA, PRINCESS OF WALES'S OWN YORKSHIRE REGIMENT) 1688-1997.
Hemel Hempstead Nexus 1997 Stapled in Wraps Very Good 
66 pp, 11 5/8" H - magazine format. October 1997. "An invaluable source for historians, hobbyists and model makers." Profusely illustrated in color and b&w with photos, reproductions, uniform studies. Contents: The Regiment Today; Buttons and Badges; The 17th Century; The 18th Century; The 19th Century; Queen Victoria's Late Wars; The Great War; Between the Wars; The Second World War; The Post War Years; The Museum and Regimental Headquarters. Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - very light wear on spine, tiny crease at bottom corner of front cover, minor edge wear on covers, light browning to edges of pages. 
Price: 12.50 USD
 
 
THE SOUTH WALES BORDERERS 24th FOOT 1689-1937., Atkinson, C.T.
7 Atkinson, C.T. THE SOUTH WALES BORDERERS 24th FOOT 1689-1937.
Regimental History Committee, n.p., 1937 (printed by Cambridge University Press, Cambridge). 
601 pp + 4 fold-out maps at rear, small 4to (10" H), hard cover (dark green cloth with gold lettering/decoration on spine/front board) - no dust jacket. Map on front endpapers, tissue-covered frontispiece, b&w and colour plates (including colour un iform studies by Simkin), b&w illustrations, maps throughout text + 4 fold-out maps at rear - collated. Contents: Foreword; Preface; List of Colonels; The Raising of the Regiment - Ireland; Service at Sea - Camaret Bay and Catalonia; Marl b o r o u g h ' s Wars - The Earlier Campaigns and Blenheim; Marlborough's Wars - Ramillies: Oudenarde: Lille; Marlborough's Wars: Malplaquet and after; Ireland - Vigo - A Long Peace; Cartagena; Home Service - Minorca; The Second Battalion - Coasta l Ex pe di ti on s; T he Seven Years War - Westphalia; Gibraltar - Ireland - The American Rebellion - Saratoga; Reconstruction - Home Service - Canada again - Egypt; War renewed - Another Second Battalion - The Cape; The Second Battalion at Home - O rde red to th e P eni nsu la - Talavera; The Peninsular War - Torres Vedras - Fuentes; The Peninsular War - Salamanca - Burgos; The Peninsular War - Vittoria - The Pyrenees; The Peninsular War - France - The Second Battalion Disbanded; The Unlu cky Voy age - In dia - Th e Ne apul Wa r; Home Service - Canada again - Back to India; The Second Sikh War - Chilianwala; India - The Mutiny - Another Second Battalion formed - Peace-time Services; South Africa: The Kaffir War; South Africa - Isan dhlw ana; Sout h Afr ica - Ror ke's Drift : Th e Recovery of the Colour; The South Wales Borderers - Burma; South Africa - To the Occupation of Johannesburg; South Africa Concluded; From South Africa to the Great War; The Great War 1914-1918 - The R egula rs, S pecia l Rese ves and Te rrito rials; The Great War - The Service Battalions; Since the Conclusion of the Great War; Appendices: Roll of Officers; War Memorials; The 18th and 24th Battalions, Australian Military Forces; Index of higher f ormati ons an d unit s; Inde x of person s and places; Gene ral Index. This volume was in the signet Library Edinburgh. It has "Signet Library" and a small number written in pen on front pastedown, oval library stamp on verso of free front endpa per and on hal f-title page wi th so me very light ink offs et on adjacent page (light erasure marks in center of the stamps), small 5 digit number written in ink on copyright page, minor soiling to endpapers, small soft crease at top corner of ap prox. pa ges 290 to 390, light rub bing a nd a few light soiling marks on boards, bump to top corner of front board - very small bump at bottom corner, three small shallow bumps on edges of rear board, light edge wear and wrinkling at top/bottom o f spine, light we ar at co rners, des crete " Signet Li brary" in gold l etteri ng on spine, light browning and minor soiling on fore-edge of textblock, shelf soiling on bottom of textblock. Good+ 
Price: 365.00 USD
 
 
8 Bayne-Powell, Rosamond. HOUSEKEEPING IN THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY. (18th CENTURY.)
London John Murray 1956 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Good 
208 pp, 8 3/4" H. B&w illustrations. "Decorations, furniture, pictures, china, linen, the kitchen, food, drink, entertaining, washing, sanitation, heating, lighting, servants, illness, remedies, handicrafts, money, taxation and household superstitions and customs - all, so to speak, bring grist to the author's mill and the result is a graphic and convincing presentment of life in the period. The 'good old days' may have been enjoyable for those with plenty of money and good health, for the sick and poor much of life must have been horrible, the squalor behind the grandeur, the dirt underneath the cloth of gold - but how gracious and artistic the great houses were." Light stain on page leaf 111/112, five faint line marks on fore-edge of text block, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket is price-clipped, has light browning on spine and flap-folds, light edge wear, several small and tiny edge chips, several cup ring stains/impressions on front panel, protected in a mylar sleeve. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
MADAME TUSSAUD:  A LIFE IN WAX., Berridge, Kate.
9 Berridge, Kate. MADAME TUSSAUD: A LIFE IN WAX.
Toronto HarperCollins 2006 0002008122 / 9780002008129 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
352 pp, 9 1/4" H. B&w illustrations. "When she died in London at the age of ninety, a survivor of one of the most tumultuous epochs in history, Madame Tussaud had travelled far from her inauspicious beginnings in Strasbourg as the daughter of a common soldier and a housekeeper. Moving to Paris as a child, Marie climbed through the ranks of French society as the protegee of charmismatic showman artist Philippe Curtius, and witnessed the French Revolution in all its grisly detail. She survived the Terror and moved to London, where she struggled to find a foothold amidst the desperate competition of showmen from all over Europe. Her touring years were studded with drama and danger, and twice she nearly lost her life and livelihood - first in a shipwreck and then at the hands of a rampaging mob in the Reform riots of 1831. The core of her exhibition was Revolutionary relics given extra potency by her victim survivor status and the famous claims that she was forced to cast the death masks of Marie Antoinette and other members of the royal family, whom she had known personally when employed to teach modelling at Versailles. But did her desire to make a compelling and commercial spectacle of the events unfolding around her extend to moulding her own dramatic story? The story of a business empire sculpted out of the ashes of one of history's most turbulent periods reveal a woman who - in exploiting the human fascination with the rich, the famous and the infamous - was far ahead of her time." Very small bump at bottom corner of both boards, wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has minor edge wear, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, very light rubbing. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE HURON CAROL., Brebeuf, Jean de, Father.
10 Brebeuf, Jean de, Father. THE HURON CAROL.
Toronto Lester & Orpen Dennys 1990 0886192803 / 9780886192808 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine Frances Tyrrell Inscribed by illustrator.
Unpaginated (approx. 32 pp.), 4to (11 1/4" H). INSCRIBED ON HALF-TITLE PAGE BY THE ILLUSTRATOR. Colour illustrations with pictorial border in blue & white. The English translation of a beautiful Christmas carol written by Jesuit missionary, Father Jean de Brebeuf (1593-1649) to help explain the Nativity to the Huron Indians he worked among for twenty-two years. This wonderfully illustrated edition provides the music (including one verse in the old Huron language and two verses in 18th century French) and a background of the carol. I have loved this carol since a child at which time I was fascinated with the concept of mighty Gitchi Manitou (God) sending angel choirs because it was winter and all the birds were gone, and the great chiefs (wise men) bringing 'gifts of fox and beaver pelt'. Tiny scuff on bottom edge of boards. Dust jacket has minor wrinkling along top edge. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
EDGAR HUNTLY; OR, THE SLEEP WALKER., Brown, Charles Brockden.
11 Brown, Charles Brockden. EDGAR HUNTLY; OR, THE SLEEP WALKER.
London Richard Bentley 1835 Full-Leather Very Good+ 
258 pp, 6 3/4" H. Later full leather binding & endpapers by Zaehnsdorf (stamped on verso of free front endpaper "Bound by Zaehnsdorf, London, England"). Five raised bands, two red/brown leather labels/gilt lettering &decoration on spine, gilt borders and floral decoration on front and rear boards, top edge gilt. An early reprinting of the classic American Gothic novel by Charles Brockden Brown (1771-1810), first published in 1799, involving murder, sleepwalkers, a guilt-ridden immigrant and Indian kidnappers. Set near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Very tiny crease at top corner of pages, very minor wear on hinges - mainly on front hinge. 
Price: 250.00 USD
 
 
THE WAR OF THE AUSTRIAN SUCCESSION., Browning, Reed.
12 Browning, Reed. THE WAR OF THE AUSTRIAN SUCCESSION.
New York St. Martin's Griffin 1995 0312125615 / 9780312125615 Soft Cover Very Good 
445 pp, 8 3/16" H. "The apparent vulnerability of the Habsburg Empire at the time of Maria Theresa's accession destabilized the whole of Europe and, with Frederick the Great's invasion of Silesia, a cycle of violence was initiated that lasted for eight years and ravaged much of the continent. The vast conflict, which involved almost all the European powers and their empires, is the subject of (this book). (It) provides a highly readable narrative of a complex period that fundamentally shaped the European state system. The author explores the often changing war aims of the major belligerents - Austria, France, Great Britain, Prussia, Piedmont-Sardinia, and Spain - and links diplomatic and military events to the political and social context from which they arose." Interior - a few pages with a tiny soft corner bump, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - light edge wear, small coft crease at top rear corner. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
NEWFOUNDLAND STUDIES.  VOLUME 13 NO. 2.  FALL 1997., Buehler, Richard, editor.  (Bob Reece, Robert M. Lewis, Gerald Thomas, Michelle A. Broderick.)
13 Buehler, Richard, editor. (Bob Reece, Robert M. Lewis, Gerald Thomas, Michelle A. Broderick.) NEWFOUNDLAND STUDIES. VOLUME 13 NO. 2. FALL 1997.
Memorial University, St. John's, Newfoundland, 1997. 
Paging runs 127 - 219, 9" H, soft cover. Graphs, tables, map. Contents: "Such a Banditti": Irish Convicts in Newfoundland, 1789. Pt. II; "Representative-beggars of a Set of Paupers": The Politics of Social Welfare and Traditional Newfoundland; "E arly Life Crises and the Resolution of Conflict": Meaning in a Franco-Newfoundland Fairy Tale; Economic and Religious Restrictions on the Timing of Marriage in Trinity Bay Newfoundland, 1890-1939; Book Reviews; Index to Volume 13. Interior - s m a l l bump to top edge of pages, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - small bump at top edge of front cover, three very small scuffs on rear cover, minor rubbing, small curl at bottom corner of rear cover. V e ry Go od 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE CANAL BUILDERS., Burton, Anthony.
14 Burton, Anthony. THE CANAL BUILDERS.
London Eyre Methuen 1972 413284107 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Good+ 
230 pp, 8 3/4" H. B&w photographs, reproductions, maps. "(T)he story of the men who, in little more than half a century from 1760, created a network of canals that revolutionised transport and represent-ed the greatest achievement in civil engineering in Britain since the Romans. In those few years between the opening of the Bridgewater Canal in 1761 and the coming of the railways early in the nine-teenth century, tens of thousands of men were involved in canal construction. They came from all classes of society - from aristocratic promoters like the Duke of Bridgewater to Irish peasants who came to dig. This book is the first to deal exclusively with the canal builders and to try to place them in the context of the social, economic, and political world of the eighteenth century, and draws skilfuly on contemporary documents, newspapers, pamphlets, and letters." Burton follows the story through the promoters (like Josiah Wedgwood) and the financiers, to the engineers (including Brindley, Telford, Rennie, Jessop & Smeaton) and the 'navvies' who actually did the digging, "from Cornwall to the Highlands of Scotland". Light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, very light edge wear, a few very light rub lines on front board. Dust jacket is price-clipped, has very light edge wear/wrinkling, fading to spine color (title is still dark and legible), two small edge tears archivally taped, minor browning to inside top/bottom edges. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
WITH AXE AND BIBLE: THE SCOTTISH PIONEERS OF NEW BRUNSWICK, 1784-1874., Campey, Lucille H.
15 Campey, Lucille H. WITH AXE AND BIBLE: THE SCOTTISH PIONEERS OF NEW BRUNSWICK, 1784-1874.
Toronto Natural Heritage 2007 1897045220 / 9781897045220 First Edition Soft Cover Fine 
206 pp, 9" H. B&w photographs, reproductions, maps. "New Brunswick's enormous timber trade attracted the first wave of Scots in the late 18th century. As economic conditions in Scotland worsened, the flow of emigrants increased, creating distinctive Scottish communities along the province's major timber bays and river frontages. While Scots relied on the timber trade for economic sustenance, their religion offered another form of support, sustaining them in a spiritual and cultural sense. These two themes, the axe and the bible, underpin their story. Using wide-ranging documentary sources, includ-ing passenger lists and newspaper shipping reports, (this book) traces the progress of Scottish colon- ization and its ramifications for the province's early development. Who were these Scots? What factors caused them to select their various locations? What problems did they face? Were they successful pioneers? Why was the Scottish Church so important to them? In tracing the process of emigration, (the author) offers new insights on where Scots settled, their overall impact and the cultural legacy they left behind. (It) is the first fully documented account of Scottish emigration to New Brunswick." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - clean and bright. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
WITH AXE AND BIBLE: THE SCOTTISH PIONEERS OF NEW BRUNSWICK, 1784-1874., Campey, Lucille H.
16 Campey, Lucille H. WITH AXE AND BIBLE: THE SCOTTISH PIONEERS OF NEW BRUNSWICK, 1784-1874.
Toronto Natural Heritage 2007 1897045220 / 9781897045220 First Edition Soft Cover Near Fine 
206 pp, 9" H. B&w photographs, reproductions, maps. "New Brunswick's enormous timber trade attracted the first wave of Scots in the late 18th century. As economic conditions in Scotland worsened, the flow of emigrants increased, creating distinctive Scottish communities along the province's major timber bays and river frontages. While Scots relied on the timber trade for economic sustenance, their religion offered another form of support, sustaining them in a spiritual and cultural sense. These two themes, the axe and the bible, underpin their story. Using wide-ranging documentary sources, includ-ing passenger lists and newspaper shipping reports, (this book) traces the progress of Scottish colon- ization and its ramifications for the province's early development. Who were these Scots? What factors caused them to select their various locations? What problems did they face? Were they successful pioneers? Why was the Scottish Church so important to them? In tracing the process of emigration, (the author) offers new insights on where Scots settled, their overall impact and the cultural legacy they left behind. (It) is the first fully documented account of Scottish emigration to New Brunswick." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - small faint rub mark on front cover. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
THE SEVEN YEARS WAR:  A STUDY IN BRITISH COMBINED STRATEGY., Corbett, Julian S.  Introduction by Jeremy Black.
17 Corbett, Julian S. Introduction by Jeremy Black. THE SEVEN YEARS WAR: A STUDY IN BRITISH COMBINED STRATEGY.
London Folio Society 2001 Hard Cover Near Fine Reginald Piggott, maps. 
674 pp, large 8vo (10" H). Bound in full cloth, printed with 'The Death of General Wolfe' from an engraving by William Woollett after Benjamin West, gilt lettering, 'FS' design on spine. Map endpapers, colour frontispiece, b&w and color plates, b&w maps. Dark blue slipcase. "(F)irst published by Longman, Green & Co., in 1907 under the title 'England in the Seven Years' War'. This edition follows the text of the first edition with minor emendations." Very minor edge wear. Slipcase has minor rubbing on bottom panel. 
Price: 32.50 USD
 
 
18 Corneille, John, Major. Edited with introduction by Michael Edwardes. JOURNAL OF MY SERVICE IN INDIA.
London Folio Society 1966 Hard Cover Very Good B.S. Biro. 
181 pp, 8vo (8 9/16" H). Bound in full brown cloth with an etching in black; endpapers with the coats of arms of George II and the East India Company. Brown slipcase. "The frontispiece reproduces a page from the original manuscript, which was compiled between 1754 and 1757. This is the first publication of the diary, which was discovered in France in the early 1960s. Val Biro's 14 scraperboard illustrations consist of 11 headpieces, two cartouches (each used on one of the divisional titles for the two parts of the book), and the title-page vignette. The etching used on the binding shows Fort Saint George at Madras, and was made at around the time Corneille was in India." Map of Plassy. Previous owner's bookplate on verso of free front endpaper, very small bump at bottom corner of front board. Slipcase has light edge rubbing, small rear corner bump, three tiny/small light stains, wear at top/bottom front edges and for 1" on side bottom edge. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE REAL FIGARO: THE EXTRAORDINARY CAREER OF CARON DE BEAUMARCHAIS., Cox, Cynthia.
19 Cox, Cynthia. THE REAL FIGARO: THE EXTRAORDINARY CAREER OF CARON DE BEAUMARCHAIS.
Coward-McCann, New York, 1963, first American edition. 
212 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w plates. "(A) biography of a brilliant and impudent man living in eighteenth-century France: Caron de Beaumarchais. It was a life of fantastic adventure. Inventor, secret agent, politician, c ourtier, publisher and supplier of arms to the American colonies, Beaumarchais also wrote plays. Music lovers enchanted by Mozart's 'The Marriage of Figaro" and Rossini's 'The Barber of Seville' remember that they are based on the brillian t c o m e d i e s of Beaumarchais. Born Pierre Caron in 1732, Beaumarchais was the son of a prosperous Parisian clockmaker. As a child, he was apprenticed to his father, became fairly famous in the field of watchmaking and invented several new an d c om pl ic at ed d ev ices. He soon found wider scope by buying an appointment at the Court of Louis XV, where he swiftly rose to the highest favor. The King sent him on a secret mission to Madrid, and he returned to find himself accused of for ge ry an d e mbe zzl eme nt. H e became emeshed in a series of legal actions in which he fought vigorously to maintain his honor. Louis XV, meanwhile, sent him secretly to London to stop a blackmailer from publishing scandal about the royal mist res s, Mada me d u Ba rry. Th e ne xt K ing, Louis XVI, gave him two similar missions; the first, to smother a scurrilous attempt to libel Marie-Antoinette, took him to London, Amsterdam and Vienna; the second, to recover some papers of the late K ing whi ch we re of expl osive impo rtanc e, in volved him in London with the extraordinary Chevalier d'Eon, a secret agent who, on occasion, wore female dress and was widely (but wrongly) believed to be a woman. While in England, Beaumarchais al lied him self w ith th e caus e of t he Ame rican coloni es; and when Louis XVI refused to aid the rebels openly, Beaumarchais organized a private firm to supply them with arms and munitions as well as ships, with astonishing results. Meanwhile, h is pl ay 'T he Barb er of S eville' had be en accl aimed and its sequel, 'The Marriage of Figaro', so audaciously mocked the Government that for five years the King forbade its performance. But when public readings spread its fame, and when the b an was reluc tantly l ifted, a ll Paris fought to see i t. Wh en the R evolution broke out, Beaumarchais witnessed the storming of the Bastille. In 1792 false rumors caused an hysterical mob to invade his ostentatious mansion; he escaped to a fr iend's house. Later he was arre sted, rel eased th rough inf luence of a woma n, and after further adventures he found himself a proscribed refugee in Hamburg. He returned to France in 1796 and died there three years later." A few small faint fo xing ma rks on free endpa pers, ligh t wrinklin g at top/ bottom of spine, very small dint at top edge of front board, tiny foxint marks at edges of illustration pages. Dust jacket has been price clipped, has light edge wear/wrinkling/creasing - m ainly at top/bo ttom of spi ne and flap -folds, tin y closed t ears at bo ttom of spine and on rear hinge, minor foxing on edges of flaps. Very Good/Very Good- 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
20 Cranmer-Byng, J.L., editor. Introduced by Jonathan Spence. (Lord Macartney.) AN EMBASSY TO CHINA. BEING THE JOURNAL KEPT BY LORD MACARTNEY DURING HIS EMBASSY TO THE EMPEROR CH'IEN-LUNG 1793-1794.
London Folio Society 2004 Hard Cover Fine William Alexander. 
314 pp, 10 3/8" H. Dark blue cloth spine with gilt lettering, decorated paper-covered boards (dragon and lion motif), map endpapers. "Illustrated with watercolour sketches made during the embassy by William Alexander." Slipcase decorated with reproduction of "a view of the city wall of Poan-gin with vessels of various kinds lying under it, 4 November 1792". "The text of Lord Macartney's journal is reprinted from 'An Embassy to China', edited by J.L. Cranmer-Byng, first published by Longmans in 1962. For the present edition, (his) extensive annotation and appendices accompanying the journal have been abridged, and a few other minor emendations made." Contents: Introduction; Editorial Note; Members of the Embassy; A Journal of the Embassy to China; Lord Macartney's Observations Upon China; Appendices: An Edict from the Emperor Ch'ien-lung to King George III; Biographical Notes on Lord Macartney and William Alexander; Notes; Index. Book is Fine. Slipcase has minor edge rubbing, a tiny scuff on the rear panel. 
Price: 30.00 USD
 
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