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BLEAK SEASONS.  BOOK ONE OF THE GLITTERING STONE.  THE SIXTH CHRONICLE OF THE BLACK COMPANY., Cook, Glen.
1 Cook, Glen. BLEAK SEASONS. BOOK ONE OF THE GLITTERING STONE. THE SIXTH CHRONICLE OF THE BLACK COMPANY.
New York Tor / Tom Doherty 1996 0312861052 / 9780312861056 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ Jacket art by Nicholas Jainschigg. 
316 pp, 8vo (8 3/8" H). "(T)he harrowing tale of the defense of Dejagore, as told by Murgen, a seasoned veteran of many brutal campaigns. The Black Company has taken the fortress of Stormgard from the evil Shadowlanders, lords of darkness from the far reaches of the earth. Now the waiting begins. Exhausted from the long siege, vastly outnumbered, and beset by powerful sorcery, the Company have risked their souls, as well as their lives to hold their hard-fought-for prize. But this is the end of an age, and great forces are at work. The ancient race known as the Nyeung Bao swear that ancient gods are stirring. The Company's commander has gone mad and flirts with the forces of darkness. Only Murgen, touched by a spell that has set his soul adrift in time, begins at last to comprehend the dark design that has made pawns fo men and gods alike." Light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine - tiny tear at top, Dust jacket has very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, minor rubbing. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
BLEAK HOUSE., Dickens, Charles.  Introduction by Peter Ackroyd.
2 Dickens, Charles. Introduction by Peter Ackroyd. BLEAK HOUSE.
London Folio Society 2005 Hard Cover Near Fine "Phiz" 
874 pp, 10 1/4" H. Quarter bound in deep maroon leather with maroon cloth sides, black leather title label with gilt lettering/border on spine. Gilt borders on front and rear boards, top edge gilt, integral maroon ribbon bookmark. Maroon endpapers and slipcase. B&w illustrations. "The text and illustrations of this edition reproduce those of the Nonesuch Dickens, published in 1938 by the Nonesuch Press - with minor emendations." Book has minor rubbing to leather at top/bottom of hinge area. Slipcase has minor rubbing, a very small dent at on lower rear edge. 
Price: 70.00 USD
 
 
THE WRETCHED OF CANADA:  LETTERS TO R.B. BENNETT 1930-1935., Grayson, L.M. And Bliss, Michael, editors.
3 Grayson, L.M. And Bliss, Michael, editors. THE WRETCHED OF CANADA: LETTERS TO R.B. BENNETT 1930-1935.
Toronto University of Toronto Press 1971 0802018254 / 9780802018250 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good 
199 pp, 8 3/4" H. "These are the voices of the people who suffered most in the Great Depression of the 1930s - the prairie farmers, the unemployed workers, the old, the sick, and the very young. They lived in shacks, patched their clothes, and went to bed hungry. Their lives were bleak and still. Even the ordinary escape-hatches of the radio, the newspaper, and liquor were closed for many of them. Theirs was life at the bottom, a single-minded struggle for survival, monontonous and dreary. The editors have carefully culled 168 of the most interesting letters of the many thousands Prime Minister Bennett received during his term of office. The collection is unique in that it allows the poor to speak for themselves, bypassing the middle-class spokesmen - union leaders, social workers, radical politicians - who too often sketched the poor in their own image. These letters strip away the tawdry glamour and stupid nostalgia that somehow clouds the 1930s retrospect. They reveal how bad the thirties were for some people in Canada: worse perhaps than most of the history texts and even the survivors remember. In a vivid and very personal way this collection gives both those who lived throught the depression and those who know only the prosperity of the last few decades an inisght into the human casualties of economic upheaval." Minor wrinkling at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has light edge wear/wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, minor soiling/rubbing on rear panel, a few tiny edge chips/tears, very slight darkening to spine. 
Price: 75.00 USD
 
 
HUMOROUS READINGS FROM CHARLES DICKENS: AN ANTHOLOGY., Haworth, Peter.  (Charles Dickens.)
4 Haworth, Peter. (Charles Dickens.) HUMOROUS READINGS FROM CHARLES DICKENS: AN ANTHOLOGY.
Macmillan, London, 1951, reprint. 
335 pp, small 8vo (7 5/16" H), hard cover (reddish brown boards with gold lettering on spine, gold decoration on front board) - no dust jacket. "Dickens is probaby best appreciated when short extracts from his humorous passages are read aloud - The selections from his novels are here set forth in chronological order for the purpose of marking the gradual change from excellent farce as in 'Pickwick' and the youthful extravagance of 'Nicholas Nickleby' to the maturer indictment of the law's delay and the insolence of office as in 'Bleak House' and 'Little Dorrit' - For the benefit of those readers who wish to be reminded of the intricate narrative portions of the novels, a brief outline of the plot of each one introduces the different s ec tions of this Anthology." Selections from: Pickwick Papers, Oliver Twist, Nicholas Nickleby, The Old Curiosity Shop, Barnaby Rudge, Martin Chuzzlewit, Dombey and Son, David Copperfield, Bleak House, Hard Times, Little Dorrit, A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations, Our Mutal Friend, Tales and Sketches, The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Interior - previous owners name/date on front pastedown, very light browning to pages, small light stains on free rear endpaper. Exterior - light edge wear to boards, slight fading to spine. VG- 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
ENGLISH COTTAGE GARDENING FOR AMERICAN GARDENERS., Hensel, Margaret.  Foreword by Tasha Tudor.  Garden plans by Gordon Morrison.
5 Hensel, Margaret. Foreword by Tasha Tudor. Garden plans by Gordon Morrison. ENGLISH COTTAGE GARDENING FOR AMERICAN GARDENERS.
W.W. Norton, New York, 1992, 3rd printing. 
239 pp, square small 4to (10 1/4" x 10 1/4"), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0393030121 Profusely illustrated with beautiful color photographs. "Thanks to the extraordinary photographs and gardening wisdom in this classic book, the elegant intim acy of the English cottage garden is a practical possibility for amateur gardeners in diverse regions of the United States. Margaret Hensel, whose photographs and articles on garden design have appeared in 'Horticulture' and many other magazine s , h as analyzed the aesthetic and horticultural elements of ten representative cottage gardens - eight in England and two in the United States (including Tasha Tudor's at Corgi Cottage in Vermont). Her spectacular photographs render the look and a tm o sp here of these gardens, while her text focuses on easily grown, readily available plants that are adaptable to a wide variety of climatic and soil conditions. In the back of the book may be found specific horticultural information on a wi de var ie ty of cottage garden plants commonly available in the United States, glossaries of Latin and common names, a list of sources for old rose varieties, and a detailed index. The gardens in this beautiful book are not those of the great estat es of E ngl and , manicured by staffs of professional gardeners. They are, instead, labors of love on the part of individual homeowners, many of whom started with bleak, rubble-strewn lots and went on to create the enchanted settings pictured here. " Sligh t wa vine ss to edges of text block; a few tiny dints on top & bottom edges of boards, rear edge of spine and on rear board. Dust jacket has very light edge wrinkling, soft crease down rear panel near hinge, scattered tiny dints at edges an d on pan els, sever al light rub marks. Very Good/Very Good- 
Price: 32.50 USD
 
 
KNIGHTS OF THE AIR: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE EXTRAORDINARY PIONEERS WHO FIRST BUILT BRITISH AEROPLANES., King, Peter.
6 King, Peter. KNIGHTS OF THE AIR: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE EXTRAORDINARY PIONEERS WHO FIRST BUILT BRITISH AEROPLANES.
University of Iowa Press, Iowa City, 1989. 
544 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0877452652 "(The) story of the men who spent their youth designing and building England's first flying-machines: the men who pioneered the British aircraft industry. Some of their airc raft have achieved immortality - the legendary Pup, Camel, Spitfire, Hurricane and Lancaster. But of the men who designed and built them, men like Frederick Handley Page, Tommy Sopwith, George Holt Thomas and Geoffrey de Havilland, perhaps o n l y R o l ls and Royce are still household names. These pioneers of aviation development began to build their empires during Worl;d War I, although several of them crashed during the bleak period that followed. World War II revived their fortun es , as so me ho w they met the challenge of enormously increased production and helped save England from invasion. They tested the early jets and speedily built the first post-war jet airliner. But already they were making errors which would res ult i n b a nkr upt cie s, forced mergers and foreign takeovers. Peter King describes the knight in all their glamour, skill, idiosyncrasy, greed, flair and desire for power. Quotations from previously unpublished papers, from colleagues and cont empo rar ies, a nd f rom cust omers (governments, the British Air Force, commercial airlines) for the first time describe how wilful they could be, as well as how brilliantly enterprising and entertaining." Slight wrinkling at bottom of spine, min or so ilin g on bot tom o f te xt bl ock. Dust jacket has minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds. Very Good+/Very Good+ 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
IN MY GRANDFATHER'S HOUSE., Poortvliet, Rien.  Calligraphy by Diane Lynch.
7 Poortvliet, Rien. Calligraphy by Diane Lynch. IN MY GRANDFATHER'S HOUSE.
Harry N. Abrams, New York, 1988, first American edition. 
240 pp, oblong (10 1/4" H x 12 1/8" D) hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0810911264 Beautifully illustrated in colour throughout. "(T)he fascinating saga, told with pen and brush, of a rural family in old Holland - the Poortvliets - going back ten generations to Cornelis Adriaensz, who died in 1649. Characteristically evocative, Poortvliet's work is remarkable in its ability to touch us. With equal skill he conveys the coziness of a comfortable house set in a bleak and brooding snowy landsc ape and the light-hearted revelry of a winter carnival. (This book) does not conjure up a romantic vision of the past - the Dutch countryside was not all tulips and windmills. There was hardship and hard work, like that of the young cowherd se e n h ere - an eight-year-old boy whose long and lonely day began at four o'clock in the morning and only ended when he returned home at six o'clock in the evening. We learn of the many Dutch families in the early days who endured the deaths of fi ve , t en , or more babies, and of their joy in those that survived. We even learn of such nocturnal annoyances as the families of noisy mice that shared the straw mattresses of the country folk. (The author's) colorful heritage, traced back to th e 1 60 0s , w hile it does not include rich and famous people, does include characters and stories to rival those of a soap opera in their intricacy and human interest. Those accounts are based on ancient documents such as birth and death certifica tes and ch urch records, some of which are reproduced. Exploring his own roots, Poortvliet captures the beauty in the faces and in the lives of the country people of Holland as he illuminates their odyssey into modern times." Light edge wear wit h a few tiny dint s on edges of boards, previous owner's signed bookplate on freont free endpaper, minor rubbing on boards. Dust jacket has small faint stain on inside of spine, slight yellowing to edges, very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spin e an d fl ap-fo lds, s light wear at bottom of spine, a few faint rub lines. Very Good/Very Good 
Price: 75.00 USD
 
 
THE WORST JOBS IN HISTORY:  TWO THOUSAND YEARS OF MISERABLE EMPLOYMENT., Robinson, Tony and Willcock, David.
8 Robinson, Tony and Willcock, David. THE WORST JOBS IN HISTORY: TWO THOUSAND YEARS OF MISERABLE EMPLOYMENT.
London Boxtree 2004 0752215337 / 9780752215334 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ 
224 pp, large 8vo (9 7/8" H). Profusely illustrated in b&w and colour with photographs and reproductions. "Tony Robinson has set out to investigate life in the underbelly of history. Whether it's swilling out the crotch of a knight's soiled armour after the Battle of Agincourt, risking his neck on a bleak cliff collecting guillemot eggs or, as 'Groom to the Stool', going to places where none of Henry VIII's six wives would venture - Tony endures it all to get to the bottom (quite literally) of the story. Covering the Roman invasion to the reign of Queen Victoria, Tony uncovers how - behind all the great men and women who have made the headlines - there has been an unseen army undertaking hard, dangerous and unpleasant work. The very names 'Powder Monkey', 'Seeker of the Dead' and 'Spit Boy' underline the fact that the past is a different and fairly disgusting country. The Gunpowder Plot draws Tony to the role of the 'Saltpetre Man' who collected human waste for its nitrate content to turn into gunpowder. In the same vein, he looks at some of the worst jobs behind the building of the great medieval cathedrals and at the dire conditions on Nelson's 'Victory' where the most common form of retirement was being sewn into your hammock with a couple of cannon balls and dropped over the side. Then there's the impact of the Industrial Revolution, a source of wealth and power for the few, but a cornucopia of lousy jobs for the many." Very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, light waviness to fore-edge of textblock. Dust jacket has minor edge wrinkling and minor rubbing. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
9 Ross, E. Hopper. CRY TO THE MOMENT.
Perfect Pages of Burlington, Burlington, Ontario, (1989). 
424 pp, 8vo, soft cover. B&w drawings, maps. "...a story of Orkneymen and Scots, men and women of the early 19th century who came from the Northern Isles to live on the bleak shores of Hudson's Bay or to settle in the wilderness that was Upper Can ada. This is an intriguing narrative, well-illustrated, and a highly readable mixture of fact and fiction that captures the imagination." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - very light edge wear, spi n e f l a t a n d uncreased. VG+ 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
10 Staebler, Edna. CAPE BRETON HARBOUR.
Toronto McClelland & Stewart 1972 0771082886 / 9780771082887 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good- Tom Anthes. Signed by Author
176 pp, 9 1/4" H. Signed by author on title page. "The spell of the sea will be on you as you read this finely illustrated story of Edna Staebler's discovery of a small fishing village on the Cabot Trail. Like a found seashell, or a pocketful of sand, the book will talk to you of people, the sound of gulls and the sea, long after you have read it. A lone stranger, determined to leave the bleak hamlet on the next bus, Edna was soon listenening to the codfishermen, to children on the wharf, and to a man who wanted a woman 'not for t'rills, but for darned socks and mashed potatoes'. She went swordfishing on the 'Devil Diver', hitch-hiking over the mountains, and grew to love the people, who in turn accepted her into their lives. Here is an intimate look at what so many people mean when they picture 'the Maritimes', as it used to be." Very minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has light wear/wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, one tiny chip, three small edge tears archivally taped, slight fading to spine color, light rubbing. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
GHOST STORIES OF LONDON., Thay, Edrick.
11 Thay, Edrick. GHOST STORIES OF LONDON.
Ghost House Books, Edmonton, AB, 2004. 
224 pp, 8 1/4" H, soft cover. ISBN 1894877446 B&w photographs. "With its rich history and dramatic personalities, London has long been considered one of the world's most haunted places. In this fascinating new collection, storyteller Edrick Thay combs ten centuries of history in search of the city's most terrifying and interesting ghosts. In the armory of the Tower of London, a mysterious force throws a cloak over a guard's head and begins to choke him; a long-dead earl carries his h e a d t hrough a concealed door in Holland House, now a youth hostel; Dick Turpin, a notorious highwayman (and sometime kissing bandit), haunts the charming Spaniards Inn in Hampstead; clad in deerskins and a helmet of antlers, the former game wa rd en o f W in dsor Castle returns to the spot where he took his own life centuries ago; the bleak spirit of one of Henry VIII's luckless wives reappears in a chapel at Hampton Court, site of her scandalous and untimately fatal love affair; waverin g o n t he ed ge of the London Embankment, suicidal ghosts terrify eyewitnesses near Cleopatra's Needle; the spirit of a gorgous 17th-century lady, brutally murdered by a jealous suitor, materializes in Bleeding Heart Yard; a famous stage actor re visi ts t he Ade lph i Th eatre, his former stomping grounds, for an otherworldly encore; an Egyptian mummy brings death and mischief to the British Museum, leading many to label it as cursed - and more." Interior - previous owner's neam in ink on first page , o ther wise clea n and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - Tiny bump at bottom of hinges, and at corners of covers, two very soft creases on front cover. Very Good 
Price: 15.00 USD
 


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