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NAPOLEON'S LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT.  A FACSIMILE EDITION OF THE ORIGINAL DOCUMENT, TOGETHER WITH ITS CODICILS, APPENDED INVENTORIES, LETTERS AND INSTRUCTIONS, PRESERVED IN THE FRENCH NATIONAL ARCHIVES., (Bonaparte, Napoleon).  Commentaries by Jean-Pierre Babelon and Suzanne D'Huart.  Translated from the French and introduced by Alex de Jonge.
1 (Bonaparte, Napoleon). Commentaries by Jean-Pierre Babelon and Suzanne D'Huart. Translated from the French and introduced by Alex de Jonge. NAPOLEON'S LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT. A FACSIMILE EDITION OF THE ORIGINAL DOCUMENT, TOGETHER WITH ITS CODICILS, APPENDED INVENTORIES, LETTERS AND INSTRUCTIONS, PRESERVED IN THE FRENCH NATIONAL ARCHIVES.
Paddington, New York, 1977. 
106 pp, + 6 pages of b&w illustrations, 11" H, soft cover. ISBN 0448221861 " 'France, armee, tete d'armee, Josephine...' These were the strangely moving, strangely revealing last words spoken by Napoleon Bonaparte as he lay dying on the isle of S t. Helena in 1821. Ever since, they have contributed to the popular heroic image of the man who commanded the loyalty of millions, conquered almost the whole of Europe and lost the woman he loved. But his will, reprinted here in facsimile a n d t r a n slated into English for the first time, throws fascinating new light on one of the most enigmatic and extraordinary figures in history. From the detailed lists of his shirts and snuff boxes to the distribution of millions of francs, fr om h i s bi tt er denunciation of the 'English oligarchy and their hired assassin' to his fervent attempts to keep the Napoleonic legend alive through his son, 'The Last Will and Testament' illustrates the contradictions of the Corsican turned Fre nch man , th e ' pet it caporal' turned 'Empereur', the man turned superman and, finally, the man." Interior - light cigarette odor, slight browning in margins of pages, otherwise clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - light brow ning t o e dges of tex t block, browning to edges of covers. Very Good- 
Price: 12.00 USD
 
 
ONE MAN'S WAR:  A SOLDIER'S DIARY., Brown, James Ambrose.
2 Brown, James Ambrose. ONE MAN'S WAR: A SOLDIER'S DIARY.
Howard Timmins, (Cape Town, South Africa, 1980). 
185 pp, large 8vo (9 5/8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w photographs. ISBN 0869781790 "Apart from its importance as an historical narrative the story told in these pages by a 22-year-old soldier has the unique quality of experience freshly captured...the truth of a soldier's life in the critical battles fought in North Africa in 1941-42. It is a personal view of war with its boredom, its moments of terror, of tenderness and humour and its final realisation that war is not a glorious game. It is written from the limited viewpoint of a young N.C.O. with his self-doubt, his fantasies and his moments of despair. It chronicles the handful of men around him...a section of mortarmen, griping, idle, insubordinate...extra ordinarily light-hearted, never failing when courage was demanded - and finally dying together in the great and bloody battle of El Alamein which is the climax of the diary. Told in a day-to-day, sometimes hour-by-hour account, (this) is a book that will touch a responsive chord in the heart of every man who has borne arms - in any army...The diarist has edited the original here and there and added notes which give a picture of the acutal military situation, often unknown to the writer at the t ime. "Light to moderate edge wear, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, very light browning to edges of textblock. Dust jacket has very light edge wear, moderate wrinkling along top edge and top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, one tiny tear, small company label on front flap, minor wear, faint handwriting indentations on rear panel. VG-/VG- 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
3 Brown, Malcolm. THE IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM BOOK OF THE SOMME.
Pan, London, 1997. 
380 pp, 7 3/4" H, soft cover. ISBN 0330352202 B&w plates, maps. "This book offers a remarkably fresh perspective on the bitterly fought 1916 campaign; it also describes the later battles of the Somme in the Great War's final year, 1918. Using hi therto unpublished evidence from the archieves of the Imperial War Museum, it tells its powerful and dramatic story through the letters and diaries of those who were there. (The author) has woven the many and varied accounts of well over a h u n d r e d participants - mainly British, but with not few Germans - into a rich tapestry of experience, so that the book reads less like a conventional history and more like a war novel. The characters come from almost every rank, from general t o or di na ry s o ldier, from a captain who could write, 'It's a marvellous war', or 'Hardship be damned! It's all one long blaze of glory', to a private whose attitude was, 'There is not much glory these days in dying for your country'." Interior - cl ean an d t igh t with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - book lightly cocked, two small corner creases, multiple creases on spine, very light edge wear, small area of surface paper loss on rear cover due to label removal, a few tiny sc uff s on rea r co ver. Go od - 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
SPELLJAMMER.  THE FIRST FIVE VOLUMES OF THE CLOAKMASTER CYCLE.  ONE. BEYOND THE MOONS.  TWO. INTO THE VOID.  THREE. THE MAELSTROM'S EYE.  FOUR. THE RADIANT DRAGON.  FIVE. THE BROKEN SPHERE., Cook, David; Findley, Nigel; Moore, Roger E.;  and Cunningham, Elaine
4 Cook, David; Findley, Nigel; Moore, Roger E.; and Cunningham, Elaine SPELLJAMMER. THE FIRST FIVE VOLUMES OF THE CLOAKMASTER CYCLE. ONE. BEYOND THE MOONS. TWO. INTO THE VOID. THREE. THE MAELSTROM'S EYE. FOUR. THE RADIANT DRAGON. FIVE. THE BROKEN SPHERE.
Lake Geneva, WI TSR First printings. Mass Market Paperbacks Very Good - Cover art Jeff Easley, Kelly Freas, Michael Scott. 
The first five volumes of 'The Cloakmaster Cycle' - 7" H. **Volume Six: The Ultimate Helm is not included here.** 1. Beyond the Moons - 311 pp, 1991, ISBN 1560761539. "Little did Teldin Moore know there was life beyond Krynn's moons - until a crashed spelljamming ship demolished his farm and changed his life! With a dying alien's magical cloak and cryptic words, he quickly discovers that he's a popular fellow. He and his giff companion race to find Astinus of Palanthas and the gnomes of Mount Nevermind to learn why, before the mostrous neogi can find them!" 2. Into the Void - 311 pp, 1991, ISBN 1560761547. "Plunged into a sea of alien faces, Teldin Moore isn't sure whom to trust. His gnomish sidewheeler is attacked by space pirates, and he is saved by a hideous mind flayer who offers to help the human use his magical cloak - but for whose gain? Teldin learns the basics of spell-jamming, and he seeks an ancient arcane, one who might tell him more." 3. The Maelstrom's Eye - 313 pp, 1992, ISBN 1560763442. "From an elven admiral at the Rock of Bral, Teldin Moore learns more about his cloak's past and its potential powers - but he doesn't count on being caught up in the hurri-cane of the second Unhuman War. Vengeful humanoids rampage through the Known Spheres, and they're on Teldin's trail even as he hunts for the ultimate spacefaring ship of all: the mighty 'Spell-jammer'!" 4. The Radiant Dragon - 312 pp, 1992, ISBN 1560763469. "Teldin Moore is looking for the great ship 'Spelljammer'. A radiant dragon holds the key to commanding the great ship but needs Teldin's help to take control. Meanwhile, the elves seek his assistance in the second Unhuman War, where a group of elf-hating monsters trades with goblinoids for a secret weapon against the elven Imperial Fleet. But someone in Teldin's inner circle is pulling all parties toward battle." 5. The Broken Sphere - 314 pp, 1993, ISBN 1560765968. "Teldin Moore's magic amulet allows him to 'see' through the eyes of the great ship 'Spelljammer', across the wilds of space. Following clues from an ancient gnomish library and the vision he sees, he traces the mighty craft through the crystal spheres. He employs his magical cloak's powers and discovers his quarry's home, but Teldin's cloak - and the possibility it could give him control over the 'Spelljammer' - continues to draw enemies, often in the guise of friends. Will he survive long enough to face the final danger that awaits him at the point of the 'Spelljammer's' origin - the Broken Sphere?" Interiors - very light to light browning to inside of covers, slight toning to pages; book five has light creases at top corner of last few pages and a few tiny corner creases elsewhere; otherwise all books are clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exteriors - book two has a twist to the spine, one crease down spine, small number on bottom of text block and a small sticker removal mark on front cover; book three has light edge wear on front cover and tiny dents on rear cover; book four has very light edge wear; book five has lean to spine and two creases down spine, creases at top corner of rear cover, edge wear, and a tiny corner crease on front cover. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
5 Cook, Glen. OLD TIN SORROWS. GARRETT P.I. SERIES.
Markham, Ontario New American Library / Signet 1989 0451160134 / 9780451160133 Mass Market Paperback Very Good 
252 pages, 6 15/16" H. "A corps of corpses was what it seemed Garrett had committed himself to when Blake Peters turned up to reclaim some overdue favors. Someone was trying to kill Peters' boss, wealthy, retired General Stantor, in a most lingering, painful, and maybe poisonous way. And Peters wanted Garrett to keep the general from becoming a ghost of himself. But Stantnor's mansion held a host of surprises for a human detective who thought he'd seen it all. For while the general was dying slowly, his employees were losing their lives at a far speedier rate. And when some of the not-long-departed tried to enlist their comrades in the growing legions of the dead, Garrett knew it was time to call in his own troops in the person of Morley Dotes, the toughest half-elf around. Morley would guard his back against whoever had decided that Garrett, too, belonged six feet underground. And meanwhile, Garrett would try to handle - or get his hands on - both the killer and the mansion's two elusive beauties - who seemed invisible to everyone but Garrett!" Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - very light edge wear. 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
SHIP OF FORCE., Evans, Alan.  Wraparound dust jacket art by Mike Trim.
6 Evans, Alan. Wraparound dust jacket art by Mike Trim. SHIP OF FORCE.
Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1979, first edition. 
255 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0340234334 " 'Schwerttrager!' It is the summer of 1917, Britain is losing the war against the U-boats and Commander David Cochrane Smith listens to the delirious mumbling of a dying U-baot c ommander: 'Swordbearer'. Smith believes it is the code name for an operation, a threat to Britain, but nobody will listen to him. The threat haunts him. He meets a wild, beautiful, tragic girl and she solves a tiny part of the mystery, en o u g h t o set a clock ticking, counting down. Smith has come home with a bloody victory to his credit but he is still under suspicion of being reckless, a wild man, at best just lucky. He believes the answer to the U-boat lies in convoys but h e is g iv e n a f lotilla 'to take offensive action against U-boats and bases'. The flotilla turns out to be one ancient destroyer, a turtle-back 'thirty-knotter' known as 'Bloody Mary'. It is backed up by a 'ship of force', but that is no more t ha n a mo nit or , ne ar -new and with fifteen-inch guns. Her engines are defective, she is slow and spends more time in the dockyard than at sea. The flotilla is a sick joke; the two ships are the lepers of the Dover Patrol. With them Smith has to take on shor e b at ter ies and bigger, faster enemy destroyers. He has to fight the hostility of his commanding officer and is plunged into the world of espionage behind the enemy lines. Through it all the mystery behind 'Schwerttrager' lure s h im on unt il he sta kes his car eer and his life in a desperate attempt to solve it." Faint cigarette odor. Dust jacket has been price-clipped, has minor edge wear/wrinkling, minor browning at edges. Very Good+/Very Good 
Price: 30.00 USD
 
 
7 Golding, William. DARKNESS VISIBLE.
Faber and Faber, London, (1979), Ist edition. 
265 pp, 8vo (8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. "Matty appears out of the flaming destruction of the Blitz. Who is he? Is he more or less than an ordinary human? Is the journal he keeps madness or inspiration? The twins are young enough to be his daughters: Sophy - dark, amoral, cruel; and Toni - fair, brilliant, empty. Their generation inhabits a world of cold terror, a world running down, a world where love is dying. Yet Matty and Toni never meet, and Matty and Sophy for no more than a moment. There are others too, like Sebastian Pedigree, thought by some to the the wickedest of men...William Golding has written a story of our times, a chilling mystery which never ceases to mystify. The master of disturbing suggestion, he stirs up the sediment of dark thoughts and half-ideas within us all; but for the reader as well as the characters, the reality of inarticulate fear emerges more clearly than ever." Pages browning very lightly. Dust jacket has minor edge wrinkling, tiny spot of discoloration on rear panel. VG/VG 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE ARMY DOCTRINE AND TRAINING BULLETIN.  VOL. 5, NO. 4, WINTER 2002-2003.  LE BULLETIN DE DOCTRINE ET D'INSTRUCTION DE L'ARMEE DE TERRE.  HIVER 2002-2003., Graves, Donald E, Boyer, M. Robert et al, editors.  (Lt.-Col. R. Prefontaine, Major Bill Beaudoin, Lt.-Col. Bernd Horn, Lt.-Col. Vincent J. Curtis, Lt.-Col. P.P.J. Lessard, Tim Cook, Sean M. Maloney, Sergeant Arthur Majoor.
8 Graves, Donald E, Boyer, M. Robert et al, editors. (Lt.-Col. R. Prefontaine, Major Bill Beaudoin, Lt.-Col. Bernd Horn, Lt.-Col. Vincent J. Curtis, Lt.-Col. P.P.J. Lessard, Tim Cook, Sean M. Maloney, Sergeant Arthur Majoor. THE ARMY DOCTRINE AND TRAINING BULLETIN. VOL. 5, NO. 4, WINTER 2002-2003. LE BULLETIN DE DOCTRINE ET D'INSTRUCTION DE L'ARMEE DE TERRE. HIVER 2002-2003.
Kington Land Force Command 2003 Soft Cover Very Good+ 
92 pp (English text); 104 pp (French text), 10 15/16" H, soft cover. Bilingual (English/French). B&w illustrations. Contents: Tactical Aviation Update; From the Canadian Land Force Command and Staff College - Conduct of the Army Operations Course - Winter 2003 Update; The Administrative Estimate in the Operation Planning Process; From The Combat Training Centre: The LAV III/Leopard C2 M obile Automated Instrumentation Suite Field Trial; A Self-Evident Truth: Special Operations Forces and Intelligence in Asymmetric Warfare; Jomini on Battlefield Tactics; The Army Reserve on Operations: Reconsidering How Reservists are Integrated on Overseas Operations; "Dying Like So Many Rats In A Trap": Gas Warfare and the Great War Soldier; Purple Haze: Joint Planning in the Canadian Forces from Mobile Command to J-Staff, 1975-1991 (Part 1); The Return of the Canadian Mounted Rifles; Book Reviews; The Stand-Up Table; Tactical Problem: Building Combat Power Though Grouping. Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - minor wear at top/bottom of spine. 
Price: 19.95 USD
 
 
9 Greenwood, Lisa. Cover art by Tim Bollinger. THE ROUNDNESS OF EGGS.
Benton Ross, Auckland, New Zealand, 1986. 
205 pp, 8vo (8 3/8" H), soft cover. ISBN 908636172"A blackbird dies in Olive's hands and the blood stains won't rub out. Even the cat can't eat the fish pie that her family says tastes like glue. And at the bottom of her garden the avocado tree i s dying....How can Olive 'pull herself together' when reality overwhelms her everywhere she looks? By painting in the attic and teaching herself to smoke? Does she in fact have a choice? It is only from the rooftop that prospects seem se r e n e . . . . L isa Greenwood's startling first novel is about the chill winter of self-discovery that begins when delusions fall away in the face of the demands of others. What happens when Olive's family fail to recognise her needs? Deadly acc ur at e in i ts o bs er vations, the novel delights too with the whimsy of the author's overview. When life is at its most oppressive, it seems, there is still reason enough for hope." Interior - tiny crease at top corner of first half of pages, ot her wi se cle an and ti ght with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - very small bump to top corner of front cover, tiny bump at bottom corner, minor rubbing, small shallow bump on rear cover - migrates into last few pages. Very Good 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
10 Gunther, John. With a new introduction by the author. DEATH BE NOT PROUD: A MEMOIR.
New York Modern Library 1953 Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good 
261 pp, 7 1/4" H. Modern Library Book 286. "Countless afflicted and sorrowing people from every part of the world have found solace and inspiration in this testatment to the heroism of young John Gunther who died at the age of seventeen after a gallant but losing fight against the ravages of a brain tumor. The record of his brief life, so tenderly and poignantly portrayed, is the story not so much of suffering and death, but of courage and consideration and selflessness. Besides being one of the rare consolatory books in the world's literature, it has become immeasurably influential in the campaign to combat cancer. For this edition, John Gunther (father of 'Johnny'), writes a new and profoundly moving account of the influences this memoir has had on the fortunate as well as the sorely stricken everywhere." Very light browning to edges of text block. Dust jacket has been price- clipped, light edge wear/wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, a few tiny edge tears and chips, minor browning/soiling. 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
ROUGH RHYMES OF A PADRE., Kennedy, G.A. Studdert, M.C., C.F.  "Woodbine Willie".  Introduction by Llewellyn H. Gwynne.
11 Kennedy, G.A. Studdert, M.C., C.F. "Woodbine Willie". Introduction by Llewellyn H. Gwynne. ROUGH RHYMES OF A PADRE.
Hodder & Stoughton, Toronto, 1918, first Canadian edition. 
99 pp, small 8vo (7 1/2" H), hard cover (red cloth with gold lettering on spine and front board) - no dust jacket. A collection of poems by a padre who served with the 46th and 24th Infantry Divisions of the B.E.F. during World War I. He earned th e nickname "Woodbine Willie" for dispensing the practical comfort of cigarettes along with his prayers for wounded and dying soldiers in France. Includes: The Sorrow of God; Prayer Before an Attack; Christmas; A Scrap of Paper; A Mother Un d e r s t a n d s ; English Land in France; His Mate; What are We Fighting for?, etc. Samll greeting inscription on preliminary page, book cracked at pages 86/87 and 38/39 - pages holding firmly, very small erased pencil check mark on page 98, spin e sl ig ht ly t wi st ed , darkening and foxing on top of textblock, a few tiny foxing marks on fore-edge of textblock, very light edge wear, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, damp mark at fore-edge of front board, light soiling. Good+ 
Price: 95.00 USD
 
 
GUILTY CREATURES:  RENAISSANCE POETRY AND THE ETHICS OF AUTHORSHIP., Kezar, Dennis.
12 Kezar, Dennis. GUILTY CREATURES: RENAISSANCE POETRY AND THE ETHICS OF AUTHORSHIP.
Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2001, first edition. 
268 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0195142950 "In this innovative and learned study, Dennis Kezar examines how Renaissance poets conceive the theme of killing as a specifically representational and interpretive form of v iolence. Closely reading both major poets and lesser known authors of the early modern period, Kezar explores the ethical self-consciousness and accountability that attend literary killing, paying particular attention to the ways in which t h i s r e f l ection indicates the poet's understanding of his audience. Among the many poems through which Kezar explores the concept of authorial guilt elicited by violent representation are Skelton's 'Phyllyp Sparrowe', Spencer's 'Faerie Quee n' , Sh ak e sp ea re 's 'Julius Caesar', the multi-authored 'Witch of Edmonton', and Milton's 'Samson Agonistes'. Each chapter places an incident of textual violence within the context of England's literary and social history. In each case, Keza r o ff ers an o rig ina l a cco unt of early modern depictions of violence that reflects on the poetic process and explores the ethical ramifications of literature for both author and audience. In emphasizing the social, literary, and historical cons equ ence s of 'k illi ng p oems ', t his volume further advances scholarship in historicist and speech-act theories of the early modern period. (It) also contributes a provocative chapter to the current debate on the ethics of literary commun icati on." Min or wr inkl ing a t bot tom o f spi ne. Dust jacket has minor rubbing, minor color offset on inside top of spine/flap-folds. Fine/Very Good+ 
Price: 27.50 USD
 
 
THE PENDGRAGON CYCLE.  5 VOLUME SET.  1. TALIESIN.  2. MERLIN.  3. ARTHUR.  4. PENDRAGON.  5. GRAIL., Lawhead, Stephen R.
13 Lawhead, Stephen R. THE PENDGRAGON CYCLE. 5 VOLUME SET. 1. TALIESIN. 2. MERLIN. 3. ARTHUR. 4. PENDRAGON. 5. GRAIL.
New York Avon Mass Market Paperbacks Very Good+ Cover art by Mike Posen, volumes 1-3, Eric Peterson, volumes 4 & 5. 
5 volumes - 6 7/8" H. A mixed set - the first three volumes have the first series cover art, the last two have the second series cover art. 1. Taliesin - 486 pp, 1990, 5th printing, ISBN 038070613X - "It was a time of legend, when the last shadows of the mighty Roman conqueror faded from the captured Isle of Britain. While, across the vast sea, bloody war shattered a peace that had flourished for two thousand years in the doomed kingdom of Atlantis. It is the remarkable adventure of Charis - the courageous princess from Atlantis who escapes the terrible devastation of her land - and of the fabled seer and druid prince Taliesin, singer at the dawn of the age. A story of an incomparable love that joins two astonishing worlds amid the fires of chaos, and spawns the miracles of Merlin - and Arthur the king!". 2. Merlin - 447 pp, 1990, 4th printing, ISBN 0380708892 - "He was born to greatness, the son of a druid bard and a princess of lost Atlantis. A trained warrior, blessed with the gifts of prophecy and song, he grew to manhood in a Britain abandoned by its Roman conquerors - a land ravaged by the brutual greed of petty chieftains and barbarian invaders. Respected, feared and hated by many, he was to have a higher destiny: to prepare the way for the momentous event that would unite the Island of the Mighty - the coming of Arthur Pendragon, Lord of the Kingdom of Summer." 3. Arthur - 446 pp, 1990, 2nd printing, ISBN 0380708906 - "They called him unfit to rule - a lowborn, callow boy, Uther's bastard. But his coming had been foretold in the songs of the bard Taliesin. He had learned powerful secrets at the knee of the mysical sage Merlin. He was Arthur, Pendragon of the Island of the Mighty - who would rise to legendary greatness in a Britain torn by violence, greed, and war - who would usher in a glorious reign of peace and prosperity - and who would fall at the treacherous hands of the one he loved more than life." 4. Pendragon - 436 pp, 1995, 4th printing, ISBN 0380717573 - "Arthur is King - but darkest evil has descended upon Britain's shores in many guises. Fragile alliances fray and tear, threatening all the noble liege has won with this wisdom and his blood. In this black time of plague and pestilence, Arthur's most trusted counselor Myrddin - the warrior, bard, and kingmaker whom legend will name Merlin - is himself to be tested on a mystical journey through his own extraordinary past. So Arthur must stand alone against a great and terrible adversary. For only thus can he truly win immortality - and the name he will treasure above all others: Pendragon." 5. Grail - 385 pp, 1998, 4th printing, ISBN 0380781042 - "Drought, plague, and war have left the Isle of the Mighty battered and its heart, the beloved Arthur, grievously injured - until a secret relic is brought before the dying King; a Holy Grail that heals his wounds and restores his vigor. But soon evil enters the royal court in the guise of a beautiful maiden; a soulless, malevolent force capable of seducing the King's loyal champion, confounding the sage whom some call Merlin, and carrying the sacred Grail - and Arthur's adored Queen - off into the dark unknown. And now Arthur faces the greatest challenge of his sovereignty: a quest of recovery that must lead the noble liege through realms of magic and the undead, on a trail that winds inexorably toward a grim confrontation with his most foul nemesis - and his destiny." Interiors - volume 1 has very light browning to page margins, all volumes are clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exteriors - volumes 1, 2 and 3 have light toning to edges of text blocks; volumes 2 & 3 have a tiny number stamped on bottom of text blocks; all volimes have minor edge wear; volume 4 has a few wrinkles and a small corner creases at the bottom of the front cover, light creases down spine and is very slightly cocked. 
Price: 30.00 USD
 
 
AT THE BACK OF THE NORTH WIND., Macdonald, George.
14 Macdonald, George. AT THE BACK OF THE NORTH WIND.
Philadelphia J.B. Lippincott 1909 Later Printing Hard Cover Very Good - No Jacket Maria L. Kirk. 
352 pp, 8 1/8" H. Red cloth with black lettering on spine, gilt lettering and black illustration on front board, top edge brown. 12 colour plates (including frontispiece) - collated. B&w head- and tail-pieces. Orange & white pictorial endpapers. The North Wind is not pleased when a little boy, Diamond, tries to block the holes that let her into his hayloft bedroom - so they come to an agreement that sees her take him on adventures during the night. An allegorical tale of good & evil, poverty, ethics, life & death. Very small gift inscription on verso of free front endpaper, very light toning in margins of pages, very small crease at top edge of page leaf 119/120, light fading to spine colour, light edge wear, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spne, light browning on edges of text block - darker on top, scattered very light insect damage to edges of text block, two minor corner bumps, light loss of colour at fore-edge of rear board, two small liquid stains on front board, light soiling on boards. Book is protected in a stiff mylar sleeve. 
Price: 30.00 USD
 
 
NORTHERN ARMAGEDDON: THE BATTLE OF THE PLAINS OF ABRAHAM, MacLeod, D. Peter
15 MacLeod, D. Peter NORTHERN ARMAGEDDON: THE BATTLE OF THE PLAINS OF ABRAHAM
Vancouver, British Columbia Douglas & McIntyre 2008 1553654129 / 9781553654124 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ 
379 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H). B&w and colour illustrations (maps, plates). "(T)he story of the Siege of Quebec and its climax, the Battle of the Plains of Abraham. A brief bloody affair, it brought a brutal end to the Seven Years' War in North America, the first truly global conflict - and the first truly modern one - waged against civilians and cities as well as soldiers and fortifications. This is a story of strategy, generals and geopolitics - and ordinary people. A British sailor, an American irregular, a French officer, a Huron warrior, a nun who tended the wounded; their impressions, captured in letters and journals, give us a new, more human view of the battle, one often absent from the history books. By day's end September 13 (1759), Wolfe was dead and Montcalm dying, the British victorious and the French on the run. France's New World empire was finished. The battle was over, but the musket volleys fired that morning continue to echo through our world. The hardships of North America's First Nations, the birth of Canada, and the rise of the United States can all be traced to that morning's actions. Our world was created on that field 250 years ago. Very small bump at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has minor rubbing, very small wrinkle at bottom of spine. 
Price: 27.50 USD
 
 
16 Martel, Yann. THE FACTS BEHIND THE HELSINKI ROCCAMATIOS AND OTHER STORIES.
Alfred A. Knopf Canada, (Toronto, 1993), Ist edition. 
232 pp, 8vo, soft cover. "The appearance of a young storyteller with a unique fictional voice is cause for celebration. Yann Martel's title story won the 1991 Journey Prize, and was included in the 1991-92 Pushcart Prize Anthology. The intensely human tragedy that lies at its heart is told with a spare, careful elegance that resonates long after it has ended - and is matched through all the stories by an original and dazzling freshness." Contains: The Facts behind the Helsinki Roccamatios ; The Time I Heard The Private Donald J. Rankin String Concerto with One Discordant Violin, by the American Composer John Morton; Manners of Dying; The Mirror Machine. By the author of "Life of Pi". Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - clean and bright, flat uncreased spine. Near Fine 
Price: 40.00 USD
 
 
HEL'S CRUCIBLE DUOLOGY.  BOOK ONE. INTO THE FORGE.  BOOK TWO. INTO THE FIRE., McKiernan, Dennis, L.
17 McKiernan, Dennis, L. HEL'S CRUCIBLE DUOLOGY. BOOK ONE. INTO THE FORGE. BOOK TWO. INTO THE FIRE.
Roc, (New York, 1998, 1999), Ist MM printings. 
410 pp, 531 pp, paperbacks - 2 volumes. "A fell and ancient sorcery has thrust the kingdoms surrounding the might Grimwall mountains into battle with forces of great evil. When Tip and Beau, two Warrows from the village of Twoforks, try to save a mortally wounded soldier, they inherit a vital mission. The dying swordsman gives them a simple copper coin and a cryptic message: 'Take the coin east to Agron, and warn all'." Interiors - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exteriors - minor edge wear, spines flat and uncreased. Clean, bright set VG+ 
Price: 12.50 USD
 
 
GHOSTS ALONG THE CUMBERLAND: DEATHLORE IN THE KENTUCKY FOOTHILLS., Montell, William Lynwood.
18 Montell, William Lynwood. GHOSTS ALONG THE CUMBERLAND: DEATHLORE IN THE KENTUCKY FOOTHILLS.
Knoxville University of Tennessee Press 1975 0870491652 / 9780870491658 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good Mike Morse, photographer. 
240 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H). B&w photographs. "In the region of southcentral Kentucky known as the Eastern Pennyroyal the lore of death and ghosts endures as a great vestige of the past. Until twentieth-century progress intervened, beliefs and sayings were handed down by word of mouth from one generation to the next. Here, in this area which some longtime residents call the 'Pennyrile', burying one's own dead and recounting stories of their return as ghosts were common practices. But the advance of technology, improved communications, and better roads have slowly urbanized a once agrarian people, and the folk culture of earlier times has been replaced by the ways of life of the current American midstream. Nevertheless it is still possible to find people here who cling to beliefs in the omens of death and the manifestations of the supernatural. Even those who were children of the lean years of the thirties recall with a fondness verging on nostalgia what it was like to sit around the fireplace and listen to parents and grandparents swap ghost tales. In (this book, the author) uses the techniques of the skilled folklorist to capture an almost-gone way of life in the 'Pennyrile', when change rarely occured, when traditional customs were clung to, and when people enjoyed talking about old times and serving as chroniclers of the past to the present. He and his former students have recorded the actual words of these people, letting them literally tell it like it was. In searching out and collecting these lingering oral traditions, in relating them to the culture which produced or nurtured them, and in collating them with persistent items of folk traditions found elsewhere, his work will be a model for similar comparative studies of folk belief systems found in other regions of the country." Contents: Preface; Prologue: The Kentucky Foothills, Where Folk Belief Abounds; Introduction to Omens of Death; Death Beliefs; Death Omen Narratives; Introduction to the Dead; Folk Beliefs Associated with the Dead; Introduction to Ghostlore; Ghost Narratives; Glossary; Selected Bibliography; Index of Collectors; Index of Tale Types and Motifs; General Index. Light edge wear to boards. Dust jacket has old price label on rear panel, very light edge wear, a few light small scratches on fron panel, minor rubbing, light wrinkling/creasing at top edge, minor browning on inside. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
THE WORST JOBS IN HISTORY:  TWO THOUSAND YEARS OF MISERABLE EMPLOYMENT., Robinson, Tony and Willcock, David.
19 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
 
 
SHOULDER THE SKY:  THE BIOGRAPHY OF A FIGHTER PILOT., Thomas, Gil.  (Wing Commander Michael Leo ffrench Beytagh, D.F.C.)
20 Thomas, Gil. (Wing Commander Michael Leo ffrench Beytagh, D.F.C.) SHOULDER THE SKY: THE BIOGRAPHY OF A FIGHTER PILOT.
London Arthur Barker 1959 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Good- 
192 pp, 8 3/4" H. B&w photographs. "Although this is the story of a fighter pilot it is not a book about war. It deals with events which shaped the character of a boy who was born to be one of Housman's golden lads - born to trouble and an early death and to shoulder the sky and drink his ale. Mike Beytagh was a most unusual character. Fair haired and blue eyed, he was a fighting Irishman, full of blarney and courage, selfish, self-centred, yet capable of extreme generosity; loved and hated. He overcame tremendous early hazards to become a wartime hero and the C.O. of a famous fighter squadron. After the war he joined the Colonial service and was a popular administrator in a lonely outpost, dying suddenly at an early age and receiving almost the equivalent of a State Funeral." Tiny light stain/dent in margin of pages 174/5, light wrinkling and minor color fading at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has light to moderate edge wrinkling/wear, three small edge tears taped on inside, creases at top of spine, rubbing and some soiling on rear panel, two faint water stains at top inside edge, small ghost sticker mark on front panel. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
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