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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
 
 
THE UNRELIABLE LIFE OF HARRY THE VALET: THE GREAT VICTORIAN JEWEL THIEF., Hamilton, Duncan.
16 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
 
 
OPENING UP THE WEST, 1874-1881 / SETTLERS AND REBELS, 1882-1885 / LAW AND ORDER, 1886-1887 / THE NEW WEST, 1888-1889 - BEING THE OFFICIAL REPORTS TO PARLIAMENT OF THE ACTIVITIES OF THE ROYAL NORTH-WEST MOUNTED POLICE FORCE.  4 VOLUME SET., Higgitt, W.L., Commissioner, RCMP, introduction.  (The Commissioners of the Royal North-West Mounted Police.)
17 Higgitt, W.L., Commissioner, RCMP, introduction. (The Commissioners of the Royal North-West Mounted Police.) OPENING UP THE WEST, 1874-1881 / SETTLERS AND REBELS, 1882-1885 / LAW AND ORDER, 1886-1887 / THE NEW WEST, 1888-1889 - BEING THE OFFICIAL REPORTS TO PARLIAMENT OF THE ACTIVITIES OF THE ROYAL NORTH-WEST MOUNTED POLICE FORCE. 4 VOLUME SET.
Toronto Coles 1973 Facsimile Edition. Soft Cover Very Good 
This 4 volume set is part of the Coles Canadiana Collection. 9 3/16" H. First two volumes have fold-out maps/plans. "Since the North-West Mounted Police first rode onto the plains in 1874 the Force's duties and responsibilities have undergone many changes. In recognition of its services, the prefix 'Royal' was added to its title in 1904 by King Edward VII. Sixteen years later, when it became responsible for federal policing throughout Canada, it was changed again to 'Royal Canadian Mounted Police'. In these early reports readers will find first hand accounts of many of the stirring incidents which shaped the history of the West, written by those who actually participated in them. The Indian Treaties, the influx of the American Sioux under Sitting Bull, the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway, the North-West Rebellion, and the coming of the settlers are just a few of the dramatic events in which the North-West Mounted Police played an important part." Interiors- clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exteriors- very light edge wear - mainly at top/bottom of spines, volume 2 has some light wear on rear hinge, volume 4 has a tiny bump at top of spine. 
Price: 55.00 USD
 
 
O.P.P.:  THE HISTORY OF THE ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE FORCE., Higley, Dahn D.
18 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.
19 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
 
 
20 Innes, Michael. THE APPLEBY FILE.
London Gollancz 1975 0575019565 / 9780575019560 First British Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
207 pp, 8vo (8" H). "(A) brilliant collection of Michael Innes short stories about the varied adventures of his great detective, Sir John Appleby, Commissioner of Metropolitan Police (and, later, retired). Appleby has to cope with many diabolically ingenious modes of crime: a faked poltergeist; an exploding antique; a balloon to remove a weapon; an arrow to obliterate a trail. Many of the clues that lead to solutions are equally remarkable: a shubunkin in a pocket; the overpainting of a portrait; photocopies that have stuck together; a broken wine-glass; a coat worn inside-out; a London taxi-cab on the Simplon Pass. And the plots involve elaborate double bluffs: suicides designed to look like murders; X disguised as Y disguised as X; and in 'The Memorial Service' the tangle of impersonation develops into a triple - or is it a quadruple? - bluff." Contents: The Appleby File: The Ascham; Poltergeist; The Fishermen; The Conversation Piece; Death By Water; A Question of Confidence; The Memorial Service. Appleby's Holidays: Two on a Tower; Beggar With Skull; The Exploding Battleship; The Body in the Glen; Death in the Sun; Cold Blood; The Coy Mistress; The Thirteenth Priest Hole. Minor wrinkling at bottom of spine, tiny bump at top corner of boards, a few tiny foxing marks on edges of text block very small faint mark on free front endpaper. Dust jacket has two faint line indentations and tiny dint on front panel, light wrinkling at top of flap-folds. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
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