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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
 
 
THE BARE FACTS:  MY LIFE AS A STRIPPER., Ample, Annie.
2 Ample, Annie. THE BARE FACTS: MY LIFE AS A STRIPPER.
Toronto Key Porter 1988 1550130943 / 9781550130942 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ 
177 pp, 8 3/4" H. B&w photographs. "She was notorious for taking off her clothes. Movies, magazines and TV shows, and fame as 'the girl with the million dollar chest' after her breasts were insured by Lloyds of London, helped create her very successful career as celebrity stripper, 'Annie Ample'. But behind all the hype was a real person. (Annie) looks back candidly on her turbulent childhood in a small town in California and her showbiz start as a 'go-go' dancer in a local club. 'Annie Ample' was the ingenuous character she devised to exploit the sex industry rather than be exploited by it. Whether she is recalling her narrow escapes from lascivious film producers, her famous plastic surgery, her wild nights with the jet set or the stampede of the paparazzi when she went sunbathing at Cannes, Annie's irrepressible sense of humor and earthy revelations make her story a compelling read, even when it borders on the tragic." Minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and at top of front flap. 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
ALL THE FINE YOUNG EAGLES: IN THE COCKPIT WITH CANADA'S SECOND WORLD WAR FIGHTER PILOTS., Bashow, David L.  Forewords by Lt.-Gen. A.M. DeQuetteville and Air Vice-Marshal J.E. Johnson.
3 Bashow, David L. Forewords by Lt.-Gen. A.M. DeQuetteville and Air Vice-Marshal J.E. Johnson. ALL THE FINE YOUNG EAGLES: IN THE COCKPIT WITH CANADA'S SECOND WORLD WAR FIGHTER PILOTS.
Stoddart, Toronto, 1996, first edition. 
384 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0773729763 B&w photographs. "From the Battle of France to the Normandy invasion, from the defence of Malta to victory in the Pacific, (young Canadian) airmen fought with great courage in all theatres of the war. Signing up in every province and territory, and serving with both the RAF and the RCAF, they flew many daring missions in their Spitfires and Hurricanes, Kittyhawks, Mustangs, Typhoons, and Mosquitos. (The author) tells the stories of Canada's fighter heroes, using their own wartime correspondence and later memoirs to capture the gripping atmosphere in the cockpit as they waged war in the air. Near-legendary names like Stocky Edwards, Buzz Beurling, and Moo s e F u m erton recount tales of fierce dog-fights, dramatic victories, and narrow escapes, as well as stories of squadron life, leave in London, budding romances, homesickness, and the tragic loss of cherished friends." Small bump at bottom of fr on t h in ge , small light soiling mark on fore-edge of text block. Dust jacket has light rubbing, very light edge wear, wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, two tiny edge tears archivally taped. Very Good/Very Good- 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
CAMERA IN COLDITZ., Baybutt, Ron.
4 Baybutt, Ron. CAMERA IN COLDITZ.
Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1982, first edition. 
128 pp, large 8vo (9 7/8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0340248238 Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs. "Colditz Castle is the Eiger North Wall of World War Two POW camps. It was the ultimate fortress for the bravest and the best, f or the most ingenious, most determined and daredevil spirits who had already effected an exit from lesser establishments of the Third Reich. From Colditz, it was boasted, there could be no escape. The stories of those Allied officers who t o o k u p t he challenge are now well known. But here for the first time a book gathers together a collection of the authentic official German photographs, actually taken on the spot within hours of various foiled escape attempts being discove r ed . S om e ti me s t hey are pictures of the stable door after the horse has fled successfully over the distant border. They were taken between the years 1941 and 1944 by Johannes Lange, a local Colditz town photographer of weddings and christ en ing s, de put ed by th e Thi rd Reich to record what the war's most persistent escapologists were up to....Lange's persistent camera also recorded escape equipment ingeniously devised by the backroom boys, from a compass in a walnut shell to a gl ider wh ich was mer cifu lly sa ved from the ultimate test of the launch pad by the end of the war. The stories are desperate and amazing, funny and tragic by turns, but always exciting. (This book) is also a tribute to the ingenuity and invi ncib ility of the huma n sp irit. " S oft cre ase at top corner of first three leaves, small area of discoloration at top edge of title page and the preceding page, minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket is price clipped, very light wrin kling at t op o f spi ne an d flap -fold s, v ery l ight rubbing. Very Good/Very Good 
Price: 22.50 USD
 
 
BLACK MOSES:  THE REAL UNCLE TOM., Beattie, Jessie L.
5 Beattie, Jessie L. BLACK MOSES: THE REAL UNCLE TOM.
Toronto Ryerson Press 1957 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Good+ 
215 pp, 8 5/8" H. B&w illustrations. "This is the story of the life of Josiah Henson, an ex-slave who escaped to Canada and founded the Negro refugee colony in Dawn, Ontario. Using his own memoirs and other contemporary sources, Miss Beattie has given us an authentic and exciting picture of this arresting figure in Canadian life, whose early years provided Harriet Beecher Stowe with material for her character of Uncle Tom. In its mixture of tragedy and happiness, of hope and despair, of grim struggle and triumphant achievement, this is the saga of an oppressed race in its slow and painful advance to freedom, in which Canada played so notable a part." Light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, minor edge wear. Dust jacket has light edge wear/wrinkling, light soiling - mainly on rear panel, a few small edge tears and tiny chips, scuffing at bottom part of spine, small light stain on front flap-fold - shows mainly on inside surface. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
BONDS OF WIRE: A MEMOIR., Brown, Kingsley.  Foreword by Dave McIntosh.
6 Brown, Kingsley. Foreword by Dave McIntosh. BONDS OF WIRE: A MEMOIR.
Collins, Toronto, 1989, first edition. 
267 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0002159724 B&w drawings. "On July 3, 1942, RCAF Bomber Pilot Kingsley Brown was shot down over Holland, and shortly afterwards incarcerated in Stalag Luft 3. He spent the next three years t here. When the gates slammed shut behind him, much to his surprise Brown found himself in a fascinating environment where hardship and trial were more than matched by the bizarre, the absurd and the comical. A seasoned raconteur, Brown brin g s t o l ife a whole array of unusual characters: Wally Floody, the indefatigable digger of tunnels and the engineer of the Great Escape; Hermann Glemnitz, the tough, good-humoured chief guard; and Christel Achtelik, the teenaged girl who spirite d th e c am p 's bean soup to beleaguered German troops in the last days of the Battle of Berlin. These remarkable adventures of a Canadian prisoner-of-war portray hope in the midst of dreary winters, wonderful cameraderie, and the imperishable b on ds th at lin ke d f riend and foe alike." Remainder mark on top of text block at spine. Dust jacket has very minor rubbing and edge wear. Very Good+/Near Fine 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
A BROTHER FOR HUGH., Coles, Manning.  Dust jacket art by Bip Pares.
7 Coles, Manning. Dust jacket art by Bip Pares. A BROTHER FOR HUGH.
Hodder & Stoughton, Toronto, 1947, first Canadian edition. 
278 pp, 8vo (8 3/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket (original $2.50 price on front flap). "Life for James Hyde, millionaire tanner, was dull and drab up to his fiftieth year but when he changed places with Hugh Selkirk, a gentleman adventurer, thing s began to happen. He encounters the Gatello gang, South American crooks; attempts to avenge a murder and takes part in the recovery of Joachim von Ribbontrop's three millions and a couple of diamond necklaces deposited in an Argentine bank, t h e n s tolen and brought to London. Whimsical Tommy Hambledon, of British Intelligence, enters the case and is assisted by Inspector Bagshott of Scotland Yard. In the merry chase of money and murder they have many hairbreadth escapes and once ag ai n To m my proves his courage and resourcefulness. The bored millionaire of changed identity enjoys every minute of this terrific game of hide and seek with gunmen, hijackers, corpses and such, and so should every Manning Coles fan. Another thr ill in g H am ble don story." One very small corner bump, previous owner's name on free front endpaper, two very small stains on front board, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, fading of color at trop of spine (1/4" strip), small label fro m bo okst ore at bot tom of free front endpaper, very light browning to pages, small crease at top corner of pages 241 to 248, darkening to top of text block - light browning to fore-edge and bottom of text block with very small light stain on bott om. Dust jack et h as l ight edge wear/wrinkling, several small chips and edge tears, small piece missing from top of spine, light browning, front hinge has been archivally repaired - front panel was detached from spine, now in mylar jacket. Good+ /Goo d- 
Price: 65.00 USD
 
 
THE MAGICIAN'S BOY., Cooper, Susan.  Illustrated by Serena Riglietti.
8 Cooper, Susan. Illustrated by Serena Riglietti. THE MAGICIAN'S BOY.
Margaret K. McElderry, New York, 2004, first American edition. 
101 pp, 8vo (8 1/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 068987622X B&w illustrations. "The Boy polishes the Magician's wands, and catches the rabbits that the Magician pulls out of hats. But the Boy's favorite job is operating the puppets for th e Magician's famous puppet play, 'Saint George and the Dragon' - until one terrible day when, in the middle of a performance, the Boy can't find the Saint George puppet. The Magician is furious. He points a long magical finger at the Boy, a n d - p o of! - the Boy is suddenly in the strange Land of Story, where he must find Saint George. The Boy's hunt for Saint George is full of adventures with oddly familiar people. He saves the Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe from losing her ch i ld re n; he sp oi ls the wolf's plan to eat Little Red Riding Hood; and he narrowly escapes being eaten himself by the Giant at the top of Jack's beanstalk. But the Boy's last adventure is the most amazing of all - and changes his life forever. No chi ld w ho r ead s t his delightful tale by master storyteller Susan Cooper is likely to forget it." Dust jacket has very minor edge wrinkling. Fine/Near Fine 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
IN ENEMY HANDS:  CANADIAN PRISONERS OF WAR, 1939-45., Dancocks, Daniel G.
9 Dancocks, Daniel G. IN ENEMY HANDS: CANADIAN PRISONERS OF WAR, 1939-45.
Hurtig, Edmonton, (1983). 
303 pp, 8vo, Hardcover in dust jacket. ISBN 0888302401 B&w photos. "There were more than nine thousand Canadians taken prisoner during World War II. Here, in their own words, are the stories of 165 of them - soldiers, airmen, sailors, captured i n Europe and the Far East and imprisoned in camps in Germany, Italy, Hong Kong, and Japan. Forty years after the event, they retell their remarkable adventures." Light old tape marks on free end papers, previous owner's name on free front e n d p a p e r, light dust staining/foxing on top of text block. Dust jacket has minor edge wear/wrinkling, slight waviness at edges, minor rubbing. Very Good/Very Good 
Price: 12.50 USD
 
 
10 Feldt, Eric A. Foreword by General Douglas A. MacArthur. THE COAST WATCHERS.
Garden City, New York Nelson Doubleday 1979 Book Club Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good- Greg Beecham drawings. Maps by Alan McKnight. 
240 pp, 8 1/2" H. B&w drawings, maps. "They watched and waited in nervewracking silence attack-ing only when stung. From treetops, from hostile beaches, from jungle camps, they saw it all and radioed what they saw - their network covering more than a half million square miles of island and ocean in the Japanese-held South Pacific. Hunted by enemy patrols, hounded by disease, starvation and sweltering heat, they risked torture and death from the heart of a Japanese-occupied tropical hell. Here are stories of incredible daring and brilliant leadership - of a hand-picked and highly unorthodox band of heroes who preferred the teeming jungle to the crowded regimentation of camp and office - told with gripping immediacy by the officer who led them. Follow the exploits of men like C.L. Page, the Australian planter whose reporting of the Japanese landing of Rabaul saved Allied lives, yet sealed his own fate - Lieutanant D.C. Horton, who hid 2,000 feet up on the mountainside overlooking the Japanese airfield at Munda and reported every aircraft that landed or took off - Blue Harris, a leader whose cool resourcefulness and legendary escapes were known throughout the islands." A few very faint tiny foxing marks on top of text block, light wrinkling and wear at bottom edge of spine, remainder spray on bottom of text block. Dust jacket has minor edge wear, one tiny tear with old tape - two others archivally taped, very light browning to spine, light soiling and rubbing marks - mainly on rear panel, light remainder spray at bottom edge of flaps. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
TOO MANY PARTIES, TOO MANY PALS., Fitzgerald, Jack.
11 Fitzgerald, Jack. TOO MANY PARTIES, TOO MANY PALS.
Jesperson, (St. John's, Newfoundland, 1982). 
118 pp, 8vo (8 1/2" H), soft cover. B&w photos. "...covers celebrated criminal cases in Newfoundland spanning 200 years of history...brings to light many unknown but interesting criminal cases such as the murder of Pat Yetman at Cape Broyle by an American banking skipper, the Michael Whelan story in which Whelan after being sentenced for murder, escapes from Her Majesty's Penitentiary and is never recaptured, and the graveyard crime of James Murphy of Harbour Main...covers more recent crimes such as the infamous Dr. Alfred Valdmanis story, tracing his life from Latvia to Berlin during the Second World War and then into great detail on the method he used to defraud the Newfoundland Government of $470,000..." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - light edge wear, light rubbing, 1" tear at bottom of front hinge - archivally taped, a few small soft creases on front cover, hinge creases. G+ 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
FLASHMAN AND THE REDSKINS.  FROM THE FLASHMAN PAPERS, 1849-50 AND 1875-76., Fraser, George MacDonald.  Dust jacket art by Barbosa.
12 Fraser, George MacDonald. Dust jacket art by Barbosa. FLASHMAN AND THE REDSKINS. FROM THE FLASHMAN PAPERS, 1849-50 AND 1875-76.
Collins, London, 1982, first edition. 
479 pp, 8vo (8 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. Map endpapers. "When the tide of battle surged over the slopes of Little Bighorn, and Sitting Bull's braves gathered for the final charge that would sweep away the gallant remnant of Custer's 7th Cavalry, a clarion voice was heard above the crash of shots and whistle of arrows, the war-whoops and the pounding hooves: - Readers of his previous adventures will not fail to identify the speaker, or to recognise the tall, distinguished figure in evening dress, tails and whiskers, fleeing the stricken field: Sir Harry Flashman, V.C., veteran of countless retreats from battle and bedchamber, the most decorated coward of the Victorian age, was meeting his fate with the same matchless poltroone ry and deafness to duty and decency which had sustained him through a lifetime of dishonourable service, and endeared him to a generation of readers. But how the arch-cad of Dr Arnold's Rugby found himself in the climactic struggle of the Ame r i c a n West is only one chapter in an odyssey as hair-raising and scandalous as any in his six earlier volumes of memoirs. He traces it with his usual shameless candour and caustic humour, from the wagon-trains of the Forty-Niners, when he foug ht h is t er r ified way across the Plains in command of a bordello on wheels, to the holocaust of Bent's Fort and the horrors of scalp-hunting raids, Apache warpaths, dinner parties with Custer, captivity among the Sioux, confrontations with Pres ide nt Gra nt and W ild Bill Hickock, duels, escapes, conspiracies, and shoot-outs - to say nothing of passionate encounters with Indian belles, dusky beauties, enthusiastic widows, and mysterious adventuresses. This is Flashy's West as only he ca n de scr ibe it - th e W est, at once legendary and authentic, of Mangas Colorado and Kit Carson, of Custer and Spotted Tail, of Crazy Horse and the Deadwood stage, a pageant of savage warriors and Mountain Men, glory-hunting soldiers and gunfighter s, ga mble rs, ecc entri cs, scoundrels, and those extraordinary folk, white and Indian, who broke the trails or resisted the invasion." Book slightly cocked, minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine/hinges, very light speckles of foxing on top of te xt blo ck. Dust jac ket ha s be en price clipped, has minor edge wear/wrinkling, soft wrinkles at top edge of rear flap, light rubbing. Very Good-/Very Good 
Price: 35.00 USD
 
 
DIE LIKE THE CARP!  THE STORY OF THE GREATEST PRISON ESCAPE EVER ..., Gordon, Harry.
13 Gordon, Harry. DIE LIKE THE CARP! THE STORY OF THE GREATEST PRISON ESCAPE EVER ...
Cassell Australia, (Stanmore, New South Wales, 1979), reprint. 
240 pp, 8vo (8 5/8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0726932434 Map/plan endpapers, b&w photos. "In the early morning of 5 August 1944, outside the little Australian township of Cowra, the greatest prison break in world history took place. Mo re than 1100 Japanese prisoners of war took part, and 231 of them were killed; 334 of them actually escaped, and were captured over the ensuing nine days by posses of police, soldiers and local farmers. During the outbreak and the events w h i c h f o l l owed, four Australian soldiers were killed and another four were wounded. The whole bizarre episode was cloaked in secrecy at the time, and for many years afterwards..." Minor browning to pages, light browning to edges of textbloc k, l ig ht ed ge w ea r to boards. Dust jacket has very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, small tear archivally taped at top of rear hinge, very light rubbing. Very Good/Very Good 
Price: 12.50 USD
 
 
LAUGHTER-SILVERED WINGS: REMEMBERING THE AIR FORCE II., Harvey, J. Douglas.
14 Harvey, J. Douglas. LAUGHTER-SILVERED WINGS: REMEMBERING THE AIR FORCE II.
McClelland and Stewart, Toronto, 1984, first edition. 
277 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0771040474 B&w cartoons. "From the author of 'Boys, Bombs, and Brussels Sprouts' and 'The Tumbling Mirth: Remembering the Air Force' comes yet another uproarious ascent into high-altit ude insanity. And this time, in the interest of 'equal flights', (the author) frequently features the delightful anecdotes sent to him by WDs. As enthusiastic and proud as any member of the air force, the first-ever members of the Women's D i v i s i o n led a life that was often tough, but always intriguing. (This book) contains dozens of hilarious stories from WDs who recall the days when uniforms seemed to come in just a single size - but women had to be brave in more ways than on e. Th er e is a wealth of other incident here as well. Confessions of blunders (or hair-breadth escapes) in the air, details of disastrous parades, and stories of social occasions that were sometimes bungled - but always enjoyed. Poems, prangs, an d pr act ic al jok es are all part of this light-hearted look at the air force from pre-RCAF days on." Small area of slight color fading on free front end paper, light wear at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has very light edge wear at top/b otto m of s pine an d f lap- folds, a few tiny scuff marks, tiny dint on rear hinge, creases at bottom of rear panel. Very Good/Very Good 
Price: 12.50 USD
 
 
15 Johnstone, the Chevalier de. Edited with an Introduction by Brian Rawson. A MEMOIR OF THE 'FORTY-FIVE.
London Folio Society 1970 Second Edition (revised). Hard Cover Very Good- 
251 pp, 8 3/4" H. Blue cloth with maroon title block and gold lettering/decoration "reproduced, with permission, from an Edinburgh binding of the period". Gray slipcase with blue top and base, gray endpapers with map on pastedowns. B&w reproductions, maps. "(W)hen news arrived in Edinburgh that the Young Pretender (Charles Edward Stuart) had landed, (Johnstone) was one of the first to join the cause. Through relations, he gained an introduction to Lord George Murray and was appointed his aide-de-camp. Also, for a short period, he was assistant aide-de-camp to the prince himself. This composite duty he not unnaturally found increasingly wearing, and when, after Prestonpans, he was given a captain's commission, he raised his own company and with it joined the Duke of Perth's regiment. His own account tells how he fought through the whole campaign and of his wanderings following Culloden. After a number of narrow escapes, some feats of considerable endurance, and not a few interludes of amorous dallying, he finally escaped to Holland." from the Introduction. Light fading to spine color, minor rubbing on boards, previous owner's bookplate on free front endpaper. Slipcase has light edge wear/rubbing. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE PENDGRAGON CYCLE.  5 VOLUME SET.  1. TALIESIN.  2. MERLIN.  3. ARTHUR.  4. PENDRAGON.  5. GRAIL., Lawhead, Stephen R.
16 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
 
 
ROSAMOND FANE, OR THE PRISONERS OF ST. JAMES'S.  OXFORD CHILDREN'S LIBRARY NO. 29., Lee, M. and C.  Introduction by Gillian Avery.
17 Lee, M. and C. Introduction by Gillian Avery. ROSAMOND FANE, OR THE PRISONERS OF ST. JAMES'S. OXFORD CHILDREN'S LIBRARY NO. 29.
London Oxford University Press 1963 Hard Cover Very Good Very Good Heather Standring. 
195 pp, 7 7/8" H. Dust jacket art by William Stobbs. B&w illustrations. First printing in the Oxford Children's Library series - first published in 1870. "The seventeenth-century Civil War was a time of intrigues and divided loyalties in which, against her will, Rosamond Fane found herself taking part. Her own sympathies, like those of all the Fanes, were for the King, yet her guardian, Colonel Carewe, had just been appointed Commander of the Guard at St. James's Palace where the royal children were confined. The children were allowed to play with Rosamond and her cousins and she soon became a close friend of the unhappy Princess Elizabeth. Rosamond's loyalties were put to the test when her brother Henry arrived secretly in England with a plan to help the Duke of York to escape to the Continent - a plan in which Rosamond was required to play a leading part. Should she be disloyal to her uncle, who trusted her, or to the heir to the Throne? This was a question only Rosamond could answer - and her final decision was not an easy one." School presentation bookplate on half-title page, small light liquid mark on top of text block, tiny bump at top corners and on fore edge of boards, very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has light edge wear/wrinkling - mainly at top of spine and flap-folds. 
Price: 12.50 USD
 
 
18 Lucas, Laddie, ed. Illustrated by Michael Trim. (K.R. vand er Spuy, James Byford McCudden, Raymond Chance, P.S. Engelbach, A.A.N. Breckon, R.T. Partridge, C.R. Caldwell, David J. Shannon, Charles Barry, John H. Moutray, R.A. Percy, K.S. Batchelor, OUT OF THE BLUE: THE ROLE OF LUCK IN AIR WARFARE 1917-1966.
Grafton, London, 1987, reprint. 
542 pp, mass market paperback. B&w drawings. ISBN 0586070885 "Beginning in 1917 with Lord Balfour's miraculous safe landing after ejection from his crushed biplane, (this) is an extraordinary compilation of lucky escapes, own goals and near-misse s by both famous and unknown war pilots. Captain Len Trent VC tells us how luck saved his life in the legendary Great Escape from Stalag Luft III in 1944. Fighter pilot Yutaka Yokota, who volunteered as a human torpedo in the Pacific, recalls h o w mechanical trouble stopped him making the supreme sacrifice. And an Australian gunner tells the intriguing tale of his clairvoyant mongrel. Ranging from the horrific to the humorous and the frankly incredible, (this) is a breathtaking assembl y of stories by those who have risked their lives in aerial combat." Interior - very light browning to pages, otherwise clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - very light browning to edges of text block, minor edge wear, smal l sof t corner crease on front cover and rear cover. Very Good 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
19 Maclaren, Roy. CANADIANS BEHIND ENEMY LINES, 1939-1945.
University of British Columbia Press, Vancouver, (1981), Ist edition. 
330 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w illustrations. "During the Second World War, Canadians found themselves behind enemy lines in Europe and Asia. Many were airmen who had been shot down, but almost one hundred Canadians volunteered to go on hazardous assignments amidst the enemy. Two secret British services requested Canadian volunteers who could pass as natives in an occupied country, and who were ready to risk their lives in assisting local resistance groups in sabotage and ambush or in smuggling Allied airmen out of occupied Europe and Asia. Operating in disguise in France, Italy, Yugoslavia, Hungary, Burma, Malaya, and Sarawak, these Canadians helped to make the brutal and unrelenting warfare of the und erground a potent weapon in the Allied arsenal. Their unique contribution to ultimate victory has seldom been recognized." Light edge to boards, light rubbing, wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, spine is light cocked, front board is slightly raised from textblock, scattered tiny foxing marks on top of textblock. Dust jacket has minor edge wear, light edge wrinkling/creasing, light rubbing, very light browning at edge. Good+/Very Good 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
ESCAPE FROM CANADA!  THE UNTOLD STORY OF GERMAN POWs IN CANADA, 1939-1945., Melady, John.
20 Melady, John. ESCAPE FROM CANADA! THE UNTOLD STORY OF GERMAN POWs IN CANADA, 1939-1945.
Toronto Macmillan of Canada 1981 0771595379 / 9780771595370 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good - Good- 
210 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H). B&w photographs. "Captured on the battlefields of Europe and Africa, or on the open sea, 25,000 German officers and other ranks were sent to camps across (Canada), to live out the duration of the war behind barbed wire. Many of these men were the cream of Hitler's fighting troops, and they regarded it as their duty to escape imprisonment and return to Germany to fight again." Here are stories of these escapes and escape attempts, as well as information on the organization and running of the camps and on murders, riots and schemes that took place in some of them. Small bookstore label on free front endpaper, small light liquid stain in margin of pages 7-10, minor browning to edges of textblock, book is slightly cocked, light wrinkling at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has light to moderate edge wear/wrinkling/creasing, a few tiny/small chips and tears, old tape repairs on inside surface, very light rubbing. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
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