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NICHOLAS NICKLEBY., Dickens, Charles.
1 Dickens, Charles. NICHOLAS NICKLEBY.
London Collins Clear-Type Press Full-Leather Very Good W.H.C. Groome. 
846 pp, 16mo (6 1/8" H). Thin burgundy leather over card covers/spine - gold lettering and decoration on spine, top edge gilt. Burgundy endpapers, sepiatone illustrations, including frontispiece, decorated title page. **No dustjacket or slipcase.** When his father dies penniless, Nicholas Nickleby must becomes the support of his mother and sister. His avaricious uncle, Ralph, arranges for his employment by Wackford Squeers, headmaster of a boarding school in Yorkshire for unwanted boys. Horrified by the treatment of the children there, Nicholas flees and one of the boys, Smike, begs to go with him. After a period as actors in Vincent Crummles' theatre in Portsmouth, they return to London and meet the charitable brothers Cheeryble who assist them. Romance and tragedy follow as Nicholas meets the love of his life and Smike dies of consumption, after which it is revealed that he was, in fact, Ralph Nickleby's son. Sunday School presentation inscription in elegant calligraphy dated 1931 on rear of frontispiece, crease rear pastedown, light browning to fore-edge and bottom of text block, light wear at corners and bottom edge of covers. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
2 Dickens, Charles. Introduction by Simon Callow. NICHOLAS NICKLEBY.
London Folio Society 2005 Hard Cover Near Fine "Phiz". 
835 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." Tiny faint soiling mark on fore-edge of text block. Slipcase has minor rubbing. 
Price: 75.00 USD
 
 
THE UNKNOWN NAVY:  CANADA'S WORLD WAR II MERCHANT NAVY., Halford, Robert G.
3 Halford, Robert G. THE UNKNOWN NAVY: CANADA'S WORLD WAR II MERCHANT NAVY.
St Catharines, Ontario Vanwell 1995 1551250160 / 9781551250168 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Very Good 
272 pp, 10" H. B&w photographs. "Compared to the well-published achievements of the Navy, Army and Air Force, an ocean of silence surrounds the long-gone Canadian Merchant Navy. And yet, Canada operated the wartime world's fourth largest Merchant Navy, almost all of it built in Canadian shipyards. Robert Halford provides an in-depth look at the Merchant Navy from its glorious beginnings to its unceremonious dissolution. During wartime, the merchant seamen were the heroes of the 1939-1945 war, the fourth arm of the Services. By 1948 they had undergone a quick image change, transformed from heroes to anonymous troublemakers hindering the shipping industry. 'The Unknown Navy' endeavours to throw light on the Merchant Navy's important contribution to the Allied cause during World War II." Dust jacket has a tiny scuff/dent on the front panel. 
Price: 22.50 USD
 
 
PARTIAL RECALL., Harris, Erdman.
4 Harris, Erdman. PARTIAL RECALL.
Privately Published 1980 First Edition Soft Cover Very Good Inscribed By Author
181 pp, 9" H. Colour frontispiece, b&w photographs. Inscribed on front fee endpaper: "With many fond memories of luncheons at the Century and the treat of reading your books / Erdman". Personal reminiscences of Erdman Harris (of the Massey-Harris Harrises and the Shenstones on his mother's side), born in Toronto in 1898. Recounts his early days on Walmer Road in Toronto, his trip to the Delhi Durbar, boarding school life, time at Princeton University where he worked with F. Scott Fitzgerald on the Triangle Club show of 1916 (Safety First), further studies in Edinburgh, teaching in Cairo, marriage and family life, etc. Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - minor edge wear, a few minor soiling marks and very faint liquid marks on rear cover. 
Price: 45.00 USD
 
 
5 Hughes, Monica. THE SEVEN MAGPIES.
Toronto HarperCollins 1996 0002245493 / 9780002245494 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine 
148 pp, 8 5/8" H. "Britain has just declared war on Germany and (Maureen's) father has been sent to the Front, where casualties are heavy. Her mother is trooping off eagerly - too eagerly, (she) thinks - to London 'to help with the war effort'. And Maureen is being shipped off to the stuffy-sounding Logan Academy for Young Ladies, a remote but supposedly safe boarding school in the Scottish Highlands. The girls at the school are just as Maureen expects: cold and cliquish, completely cowed by their cruel ringleader, Kathleen. But there's also something weird about these girls, something sinister. Why do they slip away in the middle of the night, one by one, to visit the woods surrounding the school? What's their secret society, called the Seven Magpies, all about - and why does it make them seem so nervous? It isn't until Maureen herself falls under the spell of a strange stone, a stone that compels her to leave it offerings of food, that she begins to understand what's making her schoolmates seem so strange. And then she discovers what the real danger is - - . A realistic yet magical story of what happens when a group of teenagers tampers with the ancient power of the Celts." Both book and dust jacket are clean and bright. 
Price: 12.50 USD
 
 
THE SEVEN MAGPIES., Hughes, Monica.
6 Hughes, Monica. THE SEVEN MAGPIES.
Toronto HarperCollins 1996 0002245493 / 9780002245494 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good 
148 pp, 8 5/8" H. "Britain has just declared war on Germany and (Maureen's) father has been sent to the Front, where casualties are heavy. Her mother is trooping off eagerly - too eagerly, (she) thinks - to London 'to help with the war effort'. And Maureen is being shipped off to the stuffy-sounding Logan Academy for Young Ladies, a remote but supposedly safe boarding school in the Scottish Highlands. The girls at the school are just as Maureen expects: cold and cliquish, completely cowed by their cruel ringleader, Kathleen. But there's also something weird about these girls, something sinister. Why do they slip away in the middle of the night, one by one, to visit the woods surrounding the school? What's their secret society, called the Seven Magpies, all about - and why does it make them seem so nervous? It isn't until Maureen herself falls under the spell of a strange stone, a stone that compels her to leave it offerings of food, that she begins to understand what's making her schoolmates seem so strange. And then she discovers what the real danger is - - . A realistic yet magical story of what happens when a group of teenagers tampers with the ancient power of the Celts." Minor wrinkling at top of spine. Dust jacket has minor edge wrinkling, tiny tear (archivally taped) and minor wear at bottom of front flap-fold, very light rubbing on rear panel. 
Price: 12.50 USD
 
 
7 Jenkins, Janette. LITTLE BONES.
London Chatto & Windus 2012 070118194X / 9780701181949 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 
282 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H). "It's 1899. London. A young girl is abandoned by her feckless family and finds lodging and work assisting a doctor. But Jane Stretch is no ordinary girl, and Mr Swift is no ordinary doctor - . Jane does her best to keep up with the doctor, her twisted bones throbbing, as they hurry past the markets, stage doors and side shows to appointments in certain boarding houses across town. The young actresses who live there have problems, and Mr Swift does what is required, calmly and discreetly. Grateful to her benefactor and his wife, Jane assists him and asks no questions - the desperate young women not minding that it is a cripple girl who wipes their brows. When this unlikely pair becomes involved with a rakish music hall star, Johnny Treble, it seems that Jane's spell of good fortune is not going to last. The police come knocking - how will the doctor explain the absence of his medical certificates? How will they explain their connections to Johnny Treble's sudden death? And how will Jane argue her innocence? It seems that no amount of wand waving will make their problems disappear. 'Little Bones' conjures a tawdry, tantalising, troubling world of unclear morality and conflicting sympathies - richly evocative and full of curiosities. Two people act against their consciences simply to get by, and the choices we make are called into question. Is it possible to commit abhorrent acts without being corrupted by them?" 
Price: 12.50 USD
 
 
NELSON., Oman, Carola.
8 Oman, Carola. NELSON.
Reprint Society, London, 1950. 
596 pp, 7 3/8" H, hard cover in dust jacket. B&w portraits, maps/battle plans. Contents: "Nephew of Captain Suckling"; Post-Captain; "Sentimental Journey"; Five Years on the Beach; Ship-of-the-Line; "Old Mediterranean Man"; "Nelson's Patented Bri dge for Boarding First-Rates"; In-shore Squadron, Cadiz Bay: Santa Cruz, Teneriffe; Doctor's Orders; The Nile; Naples; "Inactive at a Foreign Court"; Stormy Homecoming; Copenhagen; "Squadron on a Particular Service", and "Experimental Peac e " ; M e d i t e rranean Command; The Long Chase; The Twenty-five Days; Trafalgar; Afterwards; Index. Double crease at bottom corner of pages 353 to 360, minor edge rubbing, a few tiny glue specks at bottom of boards. Dust jacket has light edge we ar /w r in kl in g, t wo very small chips, three small closed tears - one taped and one with crease, light to moderate rubbing/soiling on rear panel - light rubbing on front panel, tiny scuff on front hinge. Very Good/Very Good- 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
FOOD FOR POWDER.  A TALE OF THE LIGHT DRAGOONS., Parry, D.H.
9 Parry, D.H. FOOD FOR POWDER. A TALE OF THE LIGHT DRAGOONS.
London Ernest Nister Hard Cover Good G.C. Glover. 
256 pp + (8) pp publisher's advertising, 7 3/8" H. No date (c1900). Light green cloth with gilt & black lettering, black/red/ white/blue illustrations on spine/front board. Colour frontispiece, b&w illustrations. Jerry Baskerville appears to be an orphan, surviving in a brutal boarding school. But an encounter with a highwayman and experiences with the Light Dragoons in Revolutionary France help unravel the mystery of his past. New front endpapers. Light to moderate browning to pages, several separations between page gatherings but pages are still holding firmly, browning to edges of text block, light edge wear - moderate at bottom corners, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, light soiling to boards, light browning to spine, book is slightly cocked, small ghost sticker mark on front board, light foxing to rear endpapers. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
JAMAICA FOR VACATIONS., Treves, Frederick, Sir, introductory paragraph.
10 Treves, Frederick, Sir, introductory paragraph. JAMAICA FOR VACATIONS.
Stapled in Wraps Very Good - 
54 pp, 8 3/8" H - tourist brochure. No date, but mention of a hotel having been built in 1931 and the visit of the Pan-American Medical Association in 1935. B&w photographs, maps (including centrefold of Kingston), advertisements, with red used for some titles and accents. Contents: A Day in Jamaica; The Island of Jamaica; Sports and Amusements; General Information; Plan of Kingston; Index of Advertisers; Index of Photographers; Climate and Health; Seaside Resorts; Mountain Resorts; Hot Springs; Hotels and Boarding Houses; Shipping and Air Service from U.S.A.; Shipping Services from Great Britain; Shipping Services from Canada and Europe; Railway Time Table (Kingston and Montego Bay / Kingston and Ewarton / Kingston, May Pen, and Frankfield / Kingston and Port Antonio). Interior - light small curl to top corner of most pages, small soft bump at bottom corner of most pages, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - very light edge wear, small crease at bottom corner of front cover, business 'Compliments of...' ink stamp on rear cover. 
Price: 35.00 USD
 
 
IN ALL RESPECTS READY: THE MERCHANT NAVY AND THE BATTLE OF THE ATLANTIC, 1940-1945., Watt, Frederick B., Commander, RCN (R) Ret'd.
11 Watt, Frederick B., Commander, RCN (R) Ret'd. IN ALL RESPECTS READY: THE MERCHANT NAVY AND THE BATTLE OF THE ATLANTIC, 1940-1945.
Scarborough, Ontario Prentice-Hall 1985 0134536304 / 9780134536309 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Near Fine 
222 pp, 9 1/4" H. B&w illustrations. A first person account of the little known struggle by Royal Canadian personnel stationed in Halifax to help keep the Allied Merchant Navy afloat during the darkest days of WWII's Battle of the Atlantic. Bottom corner of rear board bumped and wrinkled, light edgewear to boards causing some loss of color at top and bottom near spine. Dust jacket has slight wrinkle to corner of bottom rear panel. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
WHO DARE TO LIVE., Watt, Frederick B., Lt.-Cmdr., R.C.N.V.R.
12 Watt, Frederick B., Lt.-Cmdr., R.C.N.V.R. WHO DARE TO LIVE.
Macmillan of Canada, Toronto, 1943, 3rd printing. 
68 pp, 8 3/4" H, hard cover in dust jacket. B&w frontispiece. "Scrawled on the backs of envelopes and signal pads, (this) poem grew for two years while its author, aboard hundreds of merchant vessels, pursued his duties as Naval Boarding Officer. Some of the passages written in convoy were punctuated by the thump of underwater explosions. In this tale of a typical freighter Captain the reader meets the Merchant Navy seaman with a new intimacy - shares his dreams and the commonplace element s of his inarticulate heroism. The 'march of hearts that would not break', along the gray trails between the Old World and the New, gradually rises above its geographical bounds to reach a climax of spiritual significance in which the reader f i n d s himself a participant, not a spectator. (This) is primarily a story, written in simple narrative verse for the ordinary man afloat or ashore. At the same time it achieves its author's original objective: a tribute to the men who sail t h e Me rc ha nt Fleet from the men guard it." Previous owners bookplate on front pastedown, gift inscription on free front end paper, very light browning to pages, tiny dint on top edge of both boards, light wear at corners and at top/bottom of sp in e, li ght br own i ng on top of text block. Dust jacket has light edge wear/wrinkling, several small tears and very small chips - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, tiny puncture on front hinge, very light browning on spine and some ed ges , sm all ligh t st ai n on spine. Very Good/Good 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
FROM CAERAU TO THE SOUTHERN CROSS., Webb, Rachael Ann (Bowen).
13 Webb, Rachael Ann (Bowen). FROM CAERAU TO THE SOUTHERN CROSS.
Alun, Port Talbot, 1987. 
319 pp, 8vo (8 7/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0907117465 "Rachael Ann Bowen was born into the comfortable world of the Edwardian middle classes, but soon her father's illness and death left the family struggling to avoid the workhouse. In the following years the Bowens shared in full the poverty and tragedy of the Valleys, surviving only by their faith and humour; until Rachael was swept off her feet by the tall, dark and handsome Ivor Webb and settled down to married life in Mae steg. But this was only the beginning. Soon the young couple decided to emigrate to Australia - only to find that the advertised land of milk and honey was even more merciless than the Depression in Wales that they had left. Yet unemploy m e n t , w i l d animals, hostile natives and the constant fight against the unrelenting harshness of the country were only new challenges to be faced. (This) is not only story of remarkable courage, faith and independence; it is also a portrait ga ll er y of al mo st Dickensian richness. We meet Rachael's own family, of course, but also the eccentric revolutionary Dr. William Price of Llantrisant; Matron Phillips and Sister Silverside, the two English nurses who wanted to adopt her; the cu rio us in hab i tan ts of the seedy London boarding house where she almost fell a victim to White Slavers; and even the young Stanley Baker at his first audition." Very light browning to pages and edges of textblock, book is slightly cocked, mi nor edge we ar. Du st jac ket ha s light edge wrinkling, light wrinkling and scattered tiny dints/indentations, two tiny tears archivally taped. Very Good/Very Good- 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
SAMARA.  JUNE, 1953., Woolcombe, Jennifer, editor.  Emily Graham, headmistress.
14 Woolcombe, Jennifer, editor. Emily Graham, headmistress. SAMARA. JUNE, 1953.
Elmwood, Ottawa, 1953. 
66 pp (pages 42-66 contain advertisements from local businesses), 9 11/16" H, soft cover. With separate 8 pp "Old Girls' Supplement'. A publication of 'Elmwood', a private girls' school at Ottawa, Ontario. B&w photographs, illustrations. Interio r - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - tiny stain on bottom of text block, very light browning on fore-edge and top of text block, three faint liquid marks on front cover, previous owner's small label and minor wear o n o n e letter of title on front cover. Supplement has browning at edges, very small crease at bottom corner, soft creases at other corners, very light edge wear/wrinkling, one light liquid splash and previous owner's small label on front. Ver y Go o d 
Price: 25.00 USD
 


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