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THE ALTERATION., Amis, Kingsley.
1 Amis, Kingsley. THE ALTERATION.
London Jonathan Cape 1976 022401305X / 9780224013055 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good+ Tom Adams, dust jacket art. 
208 pp, 8" H. "It is 1976, but things are not the same. Due to a slight alteration in history involving Catherine of Aragon, Martin Luther, Thomas More and others, a Holy Victory was won in an event called the War of the English Succession, and today England, like most of the world, is virtually ruled by a Machiavellian Pope who hails from Yorkshire. Piety is rampant, science is a forbidden word and New England is a wild abode of exile for Schismatics and common criminals. Hubert Anvil is simply the best boy singer in living memory, and the Abbot is soon to propose that he undergo a simple operation to preserve his heavenly voice at the cost of his earthly pleasure. Hubert's pious father agrees to the 'alteration', reassuring the boy that his voice is a special gift from God and that, as he will never experience manhood, he won't miss it. Hubert's more wayward mother is forced to admit that the love of men and women, though less exalted than the love of God, is a very powerful force indeed, and the family confessor, who is also her lover and an overbold foe of authority, has to agree. With his suspicions aroused that the glory of God may not be much compensation for what he will be missing - Hubert plans his escape - into a world where to be a runaway is a dangerous crime and a deadly sin." Front pastedown is trimmed to edge of front board instead of being inset from edge, slight fading to color on top of text blcok near spine, tiny bump at bottom of rear hinge. Dust jacket is price-clipped, has very minor edge wear/wrinkling. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
2 Anderson, Frank W. SHERIFFS AND OUTLAWS OF WESTERN CANADA.
(Frontier Publishing, Calgary, Alberta, 1973). 
100 pp, 10 1/2" H, soft cover (stapled in wraps). B&w photographs, maps, drawings. "In response to numerous requests for a book dealing exclusively with western Canadian gunmen and law enforcement officers, we have taken 39 of the best stories from 'Sagas of the Canadian West' and reproduced them here." Contents include: The First Shootout; Town Tamers; The McLean Gang; Ernest Chashel; Bulldog Kelly; The Wood Mountain Mob; Crackerbox Bill; Vigilante Action; Cariboo Killers; Cariboo Rowlands Caper; Manitoba's Krafchenko Problem; Ben Hales, Badman; Gus Brede, Smuggler; The Last Highwayman; The Dog and Big Rib, etc., etc. Interior - light browning to page edges, two pages with top corner crease, otherwise clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - previous owners name address on front cover, small ink doodle on rear cover, cover edges browning. G+ 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
DICTIONARY OF HAMILTON BIOGRAPHY.  VOLUME I.  (ORIGINS TO 1875)., Bailey, Thomas Melville, editor-in-chief.
3 Bailey, Thomas Melville, editor-in-chief. DICTIONARY OF HAMILTON BIOGRAPHY. VOLUME I. (ORIGINS TO 1875).
Dictionary of Hamilton Biography, Hamilton, (1981). 
244 pp, small 4to (10 1/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. Map endpapers. ISBN 0969102305 B&w illus. "The 331 biographies in volume I reflect the history of both the city and the surrounding region. The only firm criterion for inclusion was that the subject at some point in his life lived in the Hamilton area. The biographies reveal the early communities of the bay and the escarpment from early settlement, through war and rebellion to the emerging community of the mid and late ni n e t e e n t h century. The figures included represent a broad cross-section of life: politicians, clergy, merchants, settlers, actors, artists, and even criminals. These, then, are the men and women of the region's fascinating past." An A-Z c ov er in g Ha mi lt on biography from its origins to 1875. Light wrinkling at bottom of spine, minor edge wear, light browning to illustration pages, tiny light stain on fore-edge of textblock. Dust jacket has small chips and tears at top/bottom of spi ne an d f lap -fo lds , light to moderate soiling/rubbing - moderate on rear flap-fold, old tape residue on inside bottom of spine. Very Good/Good- 
Price: 37.50 USD
 
 
4 Ballinger, W.A. A CORPSE FOR CHRISTMAS. SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY NO. 514. 4TH SERIES.
Fleetway, London, (December, 1962], Ist printing.. 
64 pp, soft cover (stapled in wraps). "Sexton Blake went to Dedleigh Abbey, his intention to spend a peaceful Yuletide holiday away from trouble and crime. But Blake's quiet Christmas soon gave way to a deadly, ruthless struggle to expose a criminal mastermind. Behind London's baffling wave of motiveless, mystery killings were the blood-stained hands of a compassionless team of professional killers...the cold, sadistic murderers of Lifetakers Ltd..." Interior - pages browning lightly, otherwise clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - very light edge wear - a little more on spine, minor marks on rear cover, spine has light wrinkling. VG 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
5 Braithwaite, Max. McGRUBER'S FOLLY.
Toronto McClelland & Stewart 1981 0771016131 / 9780771016134 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ David Shaw cover art. 
220 pp, 8 5/8" H. "McGruber is a retired detective with everything a man could want - a home in the Muskoka woods, a charming wife, good health and two grandchildren. But McGruber is restless - and stirred to dream of something more - of palm trees and surf, of yachts and fast cars, of young women with unlined faces and eager bodies. And then, in a flash, (he) realizes it doesn't have to be a dream. It can all be his - but only if he can pull of the Perfect Crime. This is the beginning of a rollicking, non-stop escapade that introduces the hapless McGruber to a world of deception and devious characters - and an insurance investigator who hires (him) to solve his own crime." Minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flsp-folds. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
S.W.A.T. TEAM MANUAL.  PALADIN FM-1698.  (SWAT), Cappel, Robert P.  Edited by Thomas R. Myers.
6 Cappel, Robert P. Edited by Thomas R. Myers. S.W.A.T. TEAM MANUAL. PALADIN FM-1698. (SWAT)
Paladin Press, Boulder, Colorado, 1979. 
134 pp, small 4to (10 15/16" H), soft cover (three-hole punched). ISBN 0873641698 B&w illustrations. "The contents of this manual provide guidance and insight into operational procedures, tactics, and theories pertaining to Special Weapons and Ta ctics (SWAT) Operations. This manual is by no means 'all inclusive'. However, as one who has researched this subject in depth during the past six years, I will say it is the most definitive and complete manual know to me at this time. Th i s m a n u a l does not prescribe departmental policy in any given situation, rather, it provides information and illustrates procedures that will be required to make a sound decision when employing a SWAT unit." Interior - light cigarette odor, p re v io us o wn er 's small stamp on inside of front cover, small soft crease in top margin of pages, tiny crease at top corner of pages, small bump at top edge of first 58 pages and at bottom edge of all apges. Exterior - scattered tiny foxin g m ark s on cov ers , v ery li ght edge wear, light creases/bumps on front cover. Good reference copy. 
Price: 22.50 USD
 
 
THE WASHINGTON STING., Conconi, Charles and House, Toni.
7 Conconi, Charles and House, Toni. THE WASHINGTON STING.
Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, New York, 1979, second impression. 
255 pp, 8vo (8 5/8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w illustrations. "Here is the dramatic and only inside account of the undercover police-FBI fencing operation - featuring cops in the guise of syndicate soldiers - whose stunning success put the 'Washington Sting' in headlines across the nation. Word was out on the street in Washington, D.C., that one of the best fences in years was working out of a warehouse on 25th Place, NE. PFF Inc., run by 'mob-connected' Italians, was buyi n g u p s t o len guns, office equipment, anything with resale value. Thieves all over the Washington area were soon submitting to the hard dealing of the gun-wielding Mafiosi, looking for quick cash and an association with the mighty aristocracy o f c ri me . As t he fence's main man, Pasquale Larocca, critically examined the typewriter or rifle offered across his bulletproof counter, and in one corner Mike Franzino cradled his shotgun in casual warning, there was no suspicion of a weapo n d ea dl y i n a d i ffe ren t way: a videotape machine which recorded every transaction from behind an unnoticed one-way mirror. 'Pasquale Larocca' and 'Mike Franzino' were the aliases of two of the undercover team of police and FBI men organize d to fi ght Was hing ton 's hig h la rceny statistics down at the underworld source. And five months after the opening of 'Police-FBI Fencing, Incognito' - five months of tense bargaining with suspicious professionals and comic encounters with f awnin g fl unki es an d pro stit ute s - t he fe nce closed around more than 200 criminals invited to meet a New York 'Don' at a party hosted by Larocca. They met, instead, with police. The single account of the caper written with the cooperation of the poli ce an d FBI and wi th fu ll a ccess to the incriminating videotapes, here is a true story of police politics and mayhem, streetwise ingenuity and volatile temperaments, told to authentic narrative effect with complete, uncensored detai l." Ve ry lig ht bro wning to edge s of t extbl ock, l ight wr inkling at top of spine, minor rubbing. Dust jacket has very light edge wear/wrinkling, slight fading to spine color, very light browning on flap-folds and edges of rear panel, minor s oiling. Very G ood/Ver y Good - 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
OLIVER TWIST., Dickens, Charles.
8 Dickens, Charles. OLIVER TWIST.
London Collins Clear-Type Press Full-Leather Very Good 
448 pp, 16mo (6 1/8" H), thin burgundy leather over card covers/spine - gold lettering and decoration on spine, top edge gilt - in slipcase. Burgundy endpapers, b&w frontispiece. "Please sir, I want some more." Dickens' story of the journey of a young orphan, his abuse by those in authority, his escape to London where he does his best to elude a criminal gang determined to corrupt him and his eventual rescue. A dark story of child labour, criminals, street children, poverty and despair, peopled with memorable characters like the Artful Dodger, Fagin, Mr. Bumble, Bill Sikes and Nancy. Small area of very light stains on fore-edge of text block, very small crease at bottom corner of pages 167 to 176, minor edge wear to covers, tiny faint scuff on front cover. Slipcase has light edge and corner wear, very small dent on one front edge, light creasing along top/bottom panels, top/bottom panels are concave. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
GREAT EXPECTATIONS., Dickens, Charles.  Introduction by D.J. Taylor.
9 Dickens, Charles. Introduction by D.J. Taylor. GREAT EXPECTATIONS.
London Folio Society 2004 Hard Cover Fine Marcus Stone. 
478 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 1937 by the Nonesuch Press - with minor emendations." Book is Fine. Slipcase has small bump at one bottom front corner, tiny dent and tiny scuff on one side panel, small shallow bump to one front edge. 
Price: 75.00 USD
 
 
10 Dobrowolsky, Helene. Foreword by Dr. William Beahen. LAW OF THE YUKON: A PICTORIAL HISTORY OF THE MOUNTED POLICE IN THE YUKON.
Whitehorse, Yukon Lost Moose 1995 0969461267 / 9780969461265 Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ 
192 pp, 12 1/4" H. B&w and colour photographs, maps, reproductions. Contents: Introduction; The First Post - Fort Constantine; The Klondike Gold Rush; Reinforcements Meet the Great Stampede; After the Rush; First Nations People and the Police; Crime, Conspiracy and Court; Women and the Force; Patrolling the Yukon; At Ease; Wartime and Alaska Highway Construction; Dog Stories; Policing Today; Honour Roll; Reference: Endnotes; Selected Bibliography; Illustrations; Index. Minor bump at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has minor edge wrinkling, minor rubbing, very soft crease at top of rear panel and flap, 1" faint line indentation on front panel. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
11 Dubro, James. MOB MISTRESS,
Toronto Macmillan of Canada 1988 077159917X / 9780771599170 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
200 pp, 8 3/4" H. B&w photographs. "(Shirley Ryce) tells of her upbringing as the spoiled daughter of a local bookie and card-game organizer, of her early marriage, and of the fateful meeting that turned a bored housewife and mother into a mob mistress. (She) moved in organized crime circles for almost two decades, and had many mob affairs. Although she knew little of the mobsters' 'business', she saw a great deal of the mob at play. Her break with the Papalias (Hamilton, Ontario crime family) and their cohorts, and her co-operation with the police, marked a dramatic change in ther life, and in 'Mob Mistress' she looks back at who and what she was with self-deprecating frankness. At the same time, she and Dubro both give an informed and clear-eyed view of her former 'playmates' - and of the law-enforcement officers who fight them daily." Small bump to bottom corner of both boards. Dust jacket has minor edge wear, very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, small corner crease on front flap, very light rubbing. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
SEBASTIAN OR RULING PASSIONS., Durrell, Lawrence.  Jacket art by David Gentleman.
12 Durrell, Lawrence. Jacket art by David Gentleman. SEBASTIAN OR RULING PASSIONS.
Faber and Faber, London, 1983, first edition. 
202 pp, 8vo (8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0571131115 "This is the fourth in Lawrence Durrell's current sequence of novels, following 'Contance', which was short-listed for the Booker Prize. What Mr Durrell calls his 'quincunx' can now b e seen emerging as an Avignon quintet, more and more recognizably linked with the themes and characters of 'The Alexandria Quartet'. In 'Sebastian' the locale is principally Geneva, picking up from the close of 'Constance', and as the sto r y u n f o l d s what were enigmas become revelations, and what seemed brilliant patchwork becomes a cunning woven tapestry. The relationship of Constance and Affad is under threat, and they realize they are heading for a fearful crisis; while h er p r of es si on al p ra ctice as a clinical psychiatrist involves her in the patient healing of an autistic child = her lover's son - and the handling of a dangerous criminal psychopath. These intertwined episodes are as full of tender insight nd el ec tri fyi ng mel odr ama as anything Mr Durrell has ever written." Two small faint soiling marks on top of textblock. Dust jacket has very light edge wear, tiny hole and light wear at top of rear flap-fold. Very Good+/Very Good 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
BODYSNATCHERS:  A HISTORY OF THE RESURRECTIONISTS 1742-1832., Fido, Martin.
13 Fido, Martin. BODYSNATCHERS: A HISTORY OF THE RESURRECTIONISTS 1742-1832.
Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London, 1988. 
184 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0297793934 B&w illustrations. "From 1740 to 1832, freshly buried corpses were dug up and surreptitiously hawked to surgeons and anatomists in London and Edinburgh to dissect for research and teaching purposes. The resurrection trade brought together Fellows of the Royal Society and slum-dwelling criminals in an unholy alliance. By the beginning of the nineteenth century, the illicit trade had become one of London's most effic i e n t l y o rganized departments of crime, with gang-leader Ben Crouch securing a virtual monopoly of delivery to half the teaching hospitals. In Scotland, several surgeons of great eminence loved the adventure of association with desperadoes and w il li ng ly a c co mpanied them on their nocturnal excavations. Not surprisingly, there was great public consternation about the activities of the bodysnatchers, but it was only when Burke and Hare introduced murder as a means of acquiring 'sub jec ts' th at the au th ori ties acted to eradicate the ghoulish practice. Martin Fido's book is an enthralling study of a strange byway of criminal low life. It provides the first full and accurate accounts of murderers Helen Torrence and Jean Wald ie, Bish op and Head an d El iza Ross. With sketches of the great surgeons who encouraged and sought to control the trade, 'Bodysnatchers' will interest many in the medical profession and social historians as well as devotees of the true crim e gen re." Pev iou s ow ner's nam e/dat e on free front endpaper and embossed stamp on half-title page. Dust jacket has one tiny edge tear archivally taped. Very Good/Very Good 
Price: 27.50 USD
 
 
THE BRITISH SOLDIER IN AMERICA:  A SOCIAL HISTORY OF MILITARY LIFE IN THE REVOLUTIONARY PERIOD., Frey, Sylvia R.
14 Frey, Sylvia R. THE BRITISH SOLDIER IN AMERICA: A SOCIAL HISTORY OF MILITARY LIFE IN THE REVOLUTIONARY PERIOD.
University of Texas Press, Austin, 1981. 
211 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0292780400 Tables. "In her investigation of the social history of the common British soldier in the era of the American Revolution, Sylvia Frey has extensively surveyed recruiting reco rds, contemporary training manuals, statutes, and memoirs in an attempt to provide insight into the soldier's 'life and mind'. In the process she has discovered more about the common soldier than anyone thought possible: his size, age, an d g e n e r a l physical condition, his personal economics and daily existence. Her findings dispel the traditional assumpution that the army was made up largely of criminals and social misfits. Special attention is given to soldiering as an occ up a ti on . F oc us in g on two of the major campaigns of the war....Frey describes the human face of war, with particular emphasis on the physical and psychic strains of campaigning in the eighteenth century. Perhaps the most important part of the w ork is t he ana lys is of the moral and material factors which induced men to accept the high risks of soldiering. Frey rejects the traditional assumption that soldiers were motivated to fight exclusively by fear and force and argues inst ead tha t th e pr ima ry moti vati on to battle was generated by regimental esprit, which in the eighteenth century substituted for patriotism. After analyzing the sources of esprit, she concludes that it was the sustaining force for morale in a lo ng a nd d iscou ragin g wa r. This book is a contribution to our understanding of the eighteenth century and should appeal not only to military historians but also to social and economic historians and to those interested in the history of medic ine." Pre vious owner' s sma ll stamp on fro nt p ast edown, a few tiny light specks on boards. Dust jacket has minor edge wrinkling, slight darkening to spine edges and to flap-folds, minor edge wear. Near fine/Very Good+ 
Price: 150.00 USD
 
 
THE BEST OF RUSSIAN HUMOR: OVER 1,500 ORIGINAL RUSSIAN JOKES, QUIPS, QUOTES, AND ANECDOTES., Godunok, Vladimir, compiler/translator/editor.  Copyedited by David McCabe. Illustrated by Sergei Kovalenko.
15 Godunok, Vladimir, compiler/translator/editor. Copyedited by David McCabe. Illustrated by Sergei Kovalenko. THE BEST OF RUSSIAN HUMOR: OVER 1,500 ORIGINAL RUSSIAN JOKES, QUIPS, QUOTES, AND ANECDOTES.
London, Ontario Russian Doll 1999 0968535801 / 9780968535806 Soft Cover Very Good + 
371 pp, 8 7/16" H. B&w cartoons. Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - very small corner creases on front cover. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
HAWK & FISHER SERIES - FIRST 4 BOOKS.  1. HAWK & FISHER.  2. WINNER TAKES ALL.  3. THE GOD KILLER.  4. WOLF IN THE FOLD., Green, Simon.
16 Green, Simon. HAWK & FISHER SERIES - FIRST 4 BOOKS. 1. HAWK & FISHER. 2. WINNER TAKES ALL. 3. THE GOD KILLER. 4. WOLF IN THE FOLD.
New York Ace 1991 Mass Market Paperbacks Very Good Royo, cover art. 
First 4 books of the "Hawk & Fisher" series - 6 3/4" H. 1. Hawk & Fisher: 213 pp, 1990 2nd printing, ISBN 0441584179 - "They're the battle-scarred crimebusters of a never-ending urban war - Hawk rules the streets by broadsword. Fisher cracks down on toughs with the deadly dagger that she wields with unflinching skill. Their merciless beat is the rough town misnamed Haven - a dark and murderous place overrun with spell-casters, demons, and thieves. Ready money will buy anything in their town. Anything except justice. That requires a magic touch. 2. Winner Takes All: 201 pp, 1991 1st printing, ISBN 0441142915 - Every city has its favorite blood sports. Some cities prefer the traditional cruelties of bearbaiting or cockfights, while others indulge their baser appetites with gladiators and arenas. The city port of Haven gets its thrills with the dirtiest bloodiest sport of all. Politics." 3. The God Killers: 187 pp, 1991 1st printing, ISBN 044129460X - "On the Street of Gods, in the center of the city of Haven, the Beings of Power come and go. They are real and unreal, both and neither. They inspire worship and fear. The Street is theirs and theirs alone. And now, someone or something is killing them, one by one. Hawk and Fisher are on special assignment, on a street where none of the laws of nature apply - and very few of Haven's." 4. Wolf in the Fold: 186 pp, 1991 1st printing, ISBN 0441318355 - "Every family has its black sheep. But the wealthy MacNeils of Haven have a terrorist in their bloodline - with an emphasis on blood. Hawk and Fisher are quick to learn that even high society has its share of lowlifes, and they plan to go undercover to expose the criminal. But the skeletons they find in the closet might be their own." Interiors - books 1 & 4 have light to moderate browning on inside of covers, otherwise books are clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exteriors - light edge wear, book 4 has two tiny corner creases some light browning to edges of text blocks, book 2 has a faint spine crease. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE UNRELIABLE LIFE OF HARRY THE VALET: THE GREAT VICTORIAN JEWEL THIEF., Hamilton, Duncan.
17 Hamilton, Duncan. THE UNRELIABLE LIFE OF HARRY THE VALET: THE GREAT VICTORIAN JEWEL THIEF.
London Century 2011 1846058139 / 9781846058134 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ 
311 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H). B&w illustrations. "October 17, 1898, en route to Paris's Gare du Nord station, the Dowager Duchess of Sutherland's jewels were stolen from her train carriage. More than forty pieces, worth nearly 2 million Pounds today, disappeared that night, and the perpetrator along with them. It would become one of the most widely reported heists of the late Victorian era, but what no one knew was that the man who committed this most daring and well-planned theft had already committed nine almost identical crimes. A man who wore bespoke suits and handmade shoes; who used a dozen pseudonyms to dust over his tracks; who belonged to three smart London clubs and lived in the luxury of West End hotels; whose staple diet was champagne and whisky; who was pursued by London's top detectives for five and a half years and - by their own admission - proved smarter than them. A man who fell so much in love with a woman that he would steal and lie for her, only to be betrayed by her." Book is slightly cocked. Dust jacket has some areas of very light edge wrinkling. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
A STAINLESS STEEL RAT IS BORN / THE STAINLESS STEEL RAT IS DRAFTED / SINGS THE BLUES / STAINLESS STEEL RAT / STAINLESS STEEL RAT'S REVENGE / SAVES THE WORLD / WANTS YOU! / FOR PRESIDENT / GOES TO HELL.  FIRST 9 VOLUMES (CHRONOLOGICALLY) OF THE SERIES., Harrison, Harry.
18 Harrison, Harry. A STAINLESS STEEL RAT IS BORN / THE STAINLESS STEEL RAT IS DRAFTED / SINGS THE BLUES / STAINLESS STEEL RAT / STAINLESS STEEL RAT'S REVENGE / SAVES THE WORLD / WANTS YOU! / FOR PRESIDENT / GOES TO HELL. FIRST 9 VOLUMES (CHRONOLOGICALLY) OF THE SERIES.
Mass Market Paperbacks Very Good Jim Burns (1,2,5,7,8), Jean Pierre Targete (3), Eddie Jones (4) & Walter Velez (9), cover art. 
The first 9 volumes of the Stainless Steel Rat series (following the in-series chronology). 6 7/8" H. 1. A Stainless Steel Rat is Born - 219 pp, Bantam 1985 6th printing, ISBN 0553247085 - "(Explores the) humble beginnings (of the Stainless Steel Rat) as a petty criminal on the backward planet of Bit O'Heaven, and his rapid rise to the most wanted man on a dozen worlds. (C)ontains the never-before-told story of the fabled archcriminal known as The Bishop, who tutored young Jim in the higher arts of crime and gave him his legendary nickname." 2. The Stainless Steel Rat gets Drafted - 262 pp, Bantam 1988 1st printing, ISBN 0553273078 - "The Stainless Steel Rat is seeking revenge for the murder of his mentor-in-crime, The Bishop. His trail leads to Nevenkebla and the iron-fisted dictator General Zennor - the kind of man who'd sell his own mother into slavery just to see the expression on her face. Now in the uniform of a Nevenkeblan soldier, Jim discovers Zennor's vile plan to enslave a defenseless planet. Only a man with a special code of honor - only a Stainless Steel Rat - can save the world from the invading horde." 3. The Stainless Steel Rat Sings the Blues - 244 pp, Bantam 1995 1st printing, ISBN 0553569392 - "In exchange for his life (for robbing the Mint on Paskonjak), Slippery Jim must retrieve a missing alien artifact from the planet Liokukae - a dumping ground for the Galactic League's misfits, murderers, maniacs, and the incurably obnoxious. Under cover as the leader of the rock band The Stainless Steel Rats, (he) violates every law of the land - including musical ones. He has thirty days to bring back the artifact - or the slow-acting poison the League has fed him will kick in, and (he) will be history." 4. The Stainless Steel Rat - 158 pp, Sphere 1976 reprint, ISBN 0722144091 - "(He's a) cosmic criminal, the smoothest, sneakiest con-man in the known Universe. He can take any bank in the Galaxy, con a captain out of his ship, start a war or stop one - whichever pays the most. So when the law finally catches up with the Stainless Steel Rat, there is only one thing to do - make him a cop. And turn him loose on a villainous lady who is building herself a battleship." 5. The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge - 196 pp, Bantam 1988 reprint, ISBN 0553173952 - "It was totally impossible for Cliaand to wage interstellar war - but the crazy little planet was winning, whatever the odds. And there wasn't much the peaceful galaxy could do - except send Slippery Jim diGriz - the Stainless Steel Rat - to wage his own kind of guerrilla campaign against the gray men of Cliaand and their leader, the indomitable Kraj. But then the Rat was aided by a band of liberated Amazons and his own beloved, murderous Angelina - and they had to swing the odds in his favour." 6. The Stainless Steel Rat Saves the World - 160 pp, Berkley 1973, ISBN 42502475X - "Someone is meddling with time. People are fading from existence first, members of The Special Corps which (reluctantly) employs him, then Jim's wife and sons. The source of the meddling is located in the distant past - the year 1984 - in an ancient, forgotten nation called 'the United States of America'. If he is to save his family and himself, (the Stainless Steel Rat) must go there, through time, and save the world!" 7. The Stainless Steel Rat Wants You! - 155 pp, Bantam 1988 10th printing, ISBN 0553276115 - "Loathsome, mindsucking creatures from an unknown star are closing in on Earth. Once again it's up to the Stainless Steel Rat to save humanity. In a daring caper packed with action and laughs, the Rat goes undercover to stop the invasion - disguised as a hideous, bugeyed extraterrestrial!" 8. The Stainless Steel Rat for President - 185 pp, Bantam 1988 8th printing, ISBN 0553276123 - "The Special Corps has given the Rat a daring assignment - liberate a backward tourist planet from the clutches of an aging dictator. With his lovely but lethal wife Angelina and his two stalwart sons James and Bolivar, diGriz pits ballots against bullets in the fight for freedom. He's vowed to restore truth, justice and democracy to the world of Paraiso-Aqui, if he has to lie, cheat and steal to do it!" 9. The Stainless Steel Rat goes to Hell - 253 pp, Tor 1997 2nd printing, ISBN 0812551079 - "DiGriz is strenously fighting boredom on a ritzy pleasure planet when his beloved wife disappears while visiting the Temple of Eternal Truth, an enigmatic institution that promises its patrons a sneak peek at Heaven - for a price. Determined to get his wife back, he takes on the Temple. He thinks he's ready for anything, but he never expects to find himself banished to Hell, complete with pointy-tailed devils. Has divine judgment caught up with the Rat at last? Of course not." Interiors - most volumes have very light or light browning to pages, three volumes have a small gift inscription in ink on first page, clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - two volumes have a light spine lean - one with spine creases, very light to light edge wear, one volume with very small bump at top of front hinge, a few small soft corner creases/curls. 
Price: 27.50 USD
 
 
O.P.P.:  THE HISTORY OF THE ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE FORCE., Higley, Dahn D.
19 Higley, Dahn D. O.P.P.: THE HISTORY OF THE ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE FORCE.
Toronto Queen's Printer 1984 0774389648 / 9780774389648 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good 
668 pp, 9 1/4" H. B&w photographs. "The OPP came into existence (in 1909) with a total strength of fifty-one men, of whom forty-four were constables deployed across the vast province. By the end of World War I in 1918, only twenty-six constables were still serving with the force, but returning veterans were sought for enlistment with the provincials and the force grew, assuming every-increasing responsibilities for policing the province. Liquor law enforcement during the rumrunning days of the 1920s, and the creation of a highway patrol in 1930 played major parts in the evolution of the provincial police. The story of the OPP includes tales of murder, sabotage, corruption, and political influences. There were relief expeditions to the north in the wake of devastating forest fires, and confrontations with hoboes, harvesters, and loafers. Violent crimes, jail-breaks, war services, and industrial disputes all had to be contended with, and not a few members of the provincial police were killed in the performance of their duties over the years. 'Hepburn's Private Army' and 'Drew's Gestapo' gave rise to much criticism of the provincials, and embarrassing Royal Commissions did little to enhance the image or the morale of Ontario's finest. Despite the challenges to its continued existence, the OPP has emerged today as one of the finest, best equipped, and most brilliantly led police forces in the world." Dust jacket has light edge wear/wrinkling - mainly at top edge.. 
Price: 75.00 USD
 
 
BUDDHIST ADVICE FOR LIVING & LIBERATION: NAGARJUNA'S 'PRECIOUS GARLAND'., Hopkins, Jeffrey.
20 Hopkins, Jeffrey. BUDDHIST ADVICE FOR LIVING & LIBERATION: NAGARJUNA'S 'PRECIOUS GARLAND'.
Snow Lion, Ithaca, New York, 1998. 
283 pp, 8vo (8 15/16" H), soft cover. ISBN 1559390859 English and Tibetan text. "Nagarjuna is renowned for his penetrating analysis of reality. In the 'Precious Garland', he offers intimate counsel on how to conduct one's life and how to constru ct social policies that reflect Buddhist ideals. The advice for personal happiness is concerned first with improving one's condition over the course of lifetimes and then with release from all types of suffering, culminating in Buddhahood... . I n h i s advice on social and governmental policy, Nagarjuna emphasizes education, compassionate care for all living beings, not using the death penalty but reforming criminals, and charity for the homeless. Calling for the appointment of gove rn me nt fi gu re s who are not seeking profit or fame, he advises that a selfish motivation will lead to misfortune. The book includes a detailed analysis of attachment to sensual objects as a preparation for realization of the profound truth tha t, whe n r e ali zed , m akes attachment impossible." Interior - previous owner's chop mark (stamp) on frist page with faint ink offset on inside of front cover, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - soft corner creas e o n fr ont co ver, sli ght curl to corners of covers - slight migration into adjacent pages, two small number series stamped om bottom of text block. Very Good 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
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