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MUSCAVADO., Heckert, Eleanor Louise.
1 Heckert, Eleanor Louise. MUSCAVADO.
Doubleday, Garden City, New York, 1968. 
348 pp, 8vo (8 3/8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. Map endpapers. "In the old Danish Virgin Islands, around the turn of the Eighteenth Century, the gulf between white plantation owner and black slave was wide and deep. Brutality on the part of th e one engendered hatred and fear in the other - and finally, a burning desire for vengeance. The night of Prince's birth, in a slave hut at Fortuna plantation, a terrible hope and a prophecy were born with him. As this exciting historical n o v e l u n folds, the fulfillment of those auguries touched many lives in many different ways. Based in part on actual people and events, 'Muscavado' is steeped in the lore and romance of the Virgin Islands of Denmark. It is a tale of forbidd e n lo ve b et w ee n the daughter of a white planation owner and a mulatto slave, where discovery meant death for both. It is the story of a desperate struggle for freedom and its savage consequences. Above all, it is the story of the workings o f a sin ist er voo do o p ro phecy and its legacy of passion, violence, terror, and despair. Today, Fortuna plantation, where Prince toiled in the cane fields, is a crumbled ruin, overgrown with thornbush. The gravestone of the woman he loved is e ro di ng a way, an d ti me has tra nsformed the violent past into an unforgettable legend. Here is a first-rate historical romance, carefully researched, giving a memorable picture of a vanished way of life." One page with dog-ear crease, light b row nin g to edges of textb loc k, t iny stain on top of textblock, minor edge wear, slight wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has been price clipped, has light to moderate edge wear/wrinkling, slight fading to spine color, light browni ng t o in side of spi ne a nd fla p-fo lds/e dges , faint waterstain at bottom inside of spine. Very Good/Good+ 
Price: 20.00 USD
London George Allen & Unwin 1980 0047890061 / 9780047890062 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ 
186 pp, 10" H. B&w photographs, drawings/diagrams. "(A) complete handbook on the techniques of musical box conservation. It is written by a world authority on automatic musical instruments who has had more than a quarter of a century's practical workshop experience and will serve as a clear and comprehensive introduction for the novice and an invaluable reference book for the experienced or expert restorer. Step by step the author (goes) through all the stages of repair and restoration from simple processes such as cleaning and adjustment to involved, complex and delicate tasks such as replacing broken teeth in musical combs and repinning cylinders. (He) also advises, where relevant, on the use of modern materials and preparations which may on occasion be necessary in this type of work. A section of repairing musical box cases offers advice on all aspects of restoration, from curing woodworm to the right way to remove the veneer from a veneered panel. The book concludes with a useful glossary of musical box components, including their English, French and German equivalents." Very minor toning to edges of text block, small bookstore label on front pastedown, very light wrinkling at bottom of spine. Dust jacket is price-clipped, has very light edge wear/wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds. 
Price: 45.00 USD

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