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KING GEORGE VI:  A PICTORIAL RECORD OF HIS GREAT LIFE., Beckles, Gordon, introduction.  Tribute by Winston Churchill.  Message to the Nation by Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.
1 Beckles, Gordon, introduction. Tribute by Winston Churchill. Message to the Nation by Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. KING GEORGE VI: A PICTORIAL RECORD OF HIS GREAT LIFE.
London Daily Express / London Express 1952 Hard Cover Very Good Fair 
136 pp, 10 3/4" H. Profusely illustrated with b&w (and a few colour) photographs. "This volume is a tribute to his late Majesty King George VI, the sailor king who gave of himself unsparingly in the faithful service of his peoples. He lives on in the memories recalled by this book - memories of the fifteen years of his courageous reign, and earlier as the Duke of York. The boy, the young man with an eager heart, the husband and the father. An outstanding biography written and illustrated with sympathy and deep respect that will stir the hearts of the multitudes who loved him." Chapter headings: A Future King is Born; He is Crowned King; The King's Daughter Weds; The Last Years of His Great Life; Last Salute to a Great Monarch. Book is slightly bowed; previous owner's place, date and signature on front free endpaper; very small bump at top corner of approx first 30 pages; small bump at top corner of front board. Dust jacket has several large chips at edges - some with creases and tears, light to moderate edge wear/wrinkling, spine colour is faded from purple to grey, 2" tear with old tape on inside, some signs of wrinkling on panels - probably due to light dampness, light browning on inside and on flaps; light rubbing and several small scuffs on panels. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
2 Bruce, Jean. THE LAST BEST WEST.
Toronto Fitzhenry & Whiteside 1976 0889024014 / 9780889024014 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good Signed by Author
177 pp, 9 1/4" H. Signed by author on title page, under printed name. Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs, reproductions. "Between 1896 and 1914, the Canadian government carried out a vigorous programme in central Europe, Britain, and the United States to persuade people to immigrate to the Canadian west, 'The Last Best West'. Hundreds of thousands of prospective settlers from diverse and distinctive ethnic backgrounds responded, leading to an extraordinary mass migration which changed the face of Canada. This great campaign to populate the west is presented here by Jean Bruce, in a compelling and moving selection of more than 190 photographs of the period, together with short related texts. Her superb pictorial history gives a fine sense of scope and perspective to this vital period in the growth of Canada. We see all the paraphernalia of the government advertising campaign, the journey from the setllers' homelands, the first prairie homesteads, the development of western cities and industries and, above all, the people whose lives transformed - and were transformed by - the Canadian west." Very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has very light edge wear, very light edge wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom of spine. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
THE LAIRDS OF GLENLYON:  HISTORICAL SKETCHES RELATING MAINLY TO THE DISTRICTS OF BREADALBANE, GLENLYON, GLENORCHY AND RANNOCH., Campbell, Duncan.  Preface to Second Edition by Alasdair Steven.
3 Campbell, Duncan. Preface to Second Edition by Alasdair Steven. THE LAIRDS OF GLENLYON: HISTORICAL SKETCHES RELATING MAINLY TO THE DISTRICTS OF BREADALBANE, GLENLYON, GLENORCHY AND RANNOCH.
Strath Tay Clunie Press 1984 Second Edition Full Morocco Leather Very Good Good Signed by publisher.
351 pp, 8vo (8 1/2" H) - full turquoise blue morocco leather binding with gilt lettering and decoration on spine, gilt decoration on front cover. Publisher supplied loose plastic wrapper. Limitation page stating this to be copy number 61 of 72 bound in leather, numbered and signed by the publisher, Alasdiar Steven. The first edition of 1886 was privately printed and this second edition contains the original text unaltered, with new preface, list of contents, notes and indices added. B&w frontispiece (The Glenlyon Brooch), b&w decorative head/tailpieces throughout. Small very light stain and small soft corner crease on free front endpaper, very minor soiling on edges of text block. Plastic wrapper has heavy wrinkling on spine and flap-folds. 
Price: 95.00 USD
 
 
ENGLISH COURT LIFE, FROM HENRY VII TO GEORGE II., Dutton, Ralph.
4 Dutton, Ralph. ENGLISH COURT LIFE, FROM HENRY VII TO GEORGE II.
London B.T. Batsford 1963 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good+ 
232 pp, 9" H. B&w illustrations. "The atmosphere of a Court is enclosed and artificial. The monarch has in the past enjoyed a wide degree of power without a corresponding sense of obligation or responsibility; and for the courtiers, whose position depended on their agreeableness, flattery has always been at a premium just as frankness has been inhibited. How do men and women react in circumstances where normal standards of behaviour are inapplicable? This is the question which, by implication, Ralph Dutton answers in this book. Since his survey covers the three centuries from Henry VII to George VII it is natural that, in so many different courts and under the reign of so various a series of kings and queens, Court Life should appear in most of its possible forms. But in the moral forcing house of the Court a constant element, from 1485 to 1760, has been the tendency for personal virtues and defects of character to become exaggerated to an extent seldom met with in the prosaic outside world. As to the Courts themselves: the Coronations, Drawing-rooms, Progresses, Births and Funerals; the favourites, mistresses and politicians, and the palaces in which they met, intrigued and lived: as to all these, they provide Mr. Dutton with a rich topic on which to exercise his accustomed gifts for description, quotation and deprecatory comment." Light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, very light edge and corner wear, bump at top corner of front board - migrates as a small bump at top corner of pages up to approx. page 40, small store label at bottom of front pastedown. Dust jacket has minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, minor browning at top edge of flaps, small crease at bottom corner of rear flap. 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
THE WORLD OF ODYSSEUS., Finley, M.I.  Introduction by Simon Hornblower.
5 Finley, M.I. Introduction by Simon Hornblower. THE WORLD OF ODYSSEUS.
London Folio Society 2002 Hard Cover Very Good+ 
193 pp, 10" H. Bound in full brick-red cloth printed with a design by Grahame Baker in black and white. Map endpapers, colour plates. "This edition follows the text of the second revised edition (of 1978) with minor emendations." Contents: Introduction; Author's Preface; Homer and the Greeks; Bards and Heroes; Wealth and Labour; Household, Kin, and Community; Morals and Values; Appendix I: The World of Odysseus Revisited; Appendix II: Schliemann's Troy - One Hundred Years After; Biblio-graphical Essay; Index of Passages Quoted; General Index. Light wrinkling at bottom of spine. Slipcase has a very tiny dent on one front edge, very minor rubbing. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
SCENES OF MEDIEVAL LIFE.  3 VOLUME SET IN SLIPCASE.  1. LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL CITY.  2. LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL VILLAGE.  3. LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL CASTLE., Gies, Joseph and Gies, Frances.  Preface by Judith Herrin.
6 Gies, Joseph and Gies, Frances. Preface by Judith Herrin. SCENES OF MEDIEVAL LIFE. 3 VOLUME SET IN SLIPCASE. 1. LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL CITY. 2. LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL VILLAGE. 3. LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL CASTLE.
London Folio Society 2002 Hard Cover Very Good+ 
244 pp, 252 pp, 232 pp - 3 volumes, 9" H, bound in blocked printed parchment (colour illustrations on front boards), gilt lettering on spines. Volumes 1 & 3 have map endpapers, all three volumes have colour and b&w plates. Red slipcase with gilt titling on one side. Volume 1 contents: Preface; Acknowledgements; Prologue; Troyes: 1250; A Burgher's Home; A Medieval Housewife; Childbirth and Children; Weddings and Funerals; Small Business; Big Business; The Doctor; The Church; The Cathedral; Schools and Scholars; Books and Authors; The New Theatre; Disasters; Town Govern-ment; The Champagne Fair; After 1250; Genealogy of the Counts of Champagne; Notes; Bibliography; Index. Volume 2 contents: Preface; Acknowledgements; Prologue: Elton; The Village Emerges; The English Village: Elton; The Lord; The Villagers: Who They Were; The Villagers: How They Lived; Marriage and the Family; The Village at Work; The Parish; Village Justice; The Passing of the Medi-eval Village; Notes; Glossary; Bibliography; Index. Volume 3 contents: Preface; Acknowledgements; Prologue: Chepstow Castle; The Castle Comes to England; The Lord of the Castle; The Castle as a House; The Lady; The Household; A Day in the Castle; Hunting as a Way of Life; The Villagers; The Making of a Knight; The Castle at War; The Castle Year; The Decline of the Castle; Great Medieval Castles: A Geographical Guide; Glossary of Castle Terms; Glossary of Feudal Terms; Bibliography; Index. A few very tiny dents on some board edges, volume 2 has a tiny foxing mark on bottom of text block and very small faint foxing mark on fore-edge of each board. Slipcase has minor rubbing, and two very small soiling marks on one side panel. 
Price: 50.00 USD
 
 
HARDIAN'S WALL IN THE DAYS OF THE ROMANS., Graham, Frank.
7 Graham, Frank. HARDIAN'S WALL IN THE DAYS OF THE ROMANS.
Newcastle upon Tyne Frank Graham 1984 0859831779 / 9780859831772 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good Ronald Embleton, R.O.I. 
320 pp, 9 5/8" H. "With well over 400 illustrations, 71 of them in colour, this book describes what the Roman Wall was like when in use. It tells us about the soldiers who built and garrisoned it and the civilians who lived in the towns and villages scattered along its length. Never before has such a grand attempt been made to show in vivid colourful detail the life of Roman Britain. Every building to be found inside the Roman forts and camps has been carefully reconstructed." Previous owner's name stamp at top of front pastedown, minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, a few tiny dents on panels/spine. 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
THE SKETCH BOOK. (CONTAINING: RIP VAN WINKLE; THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW; THE SPECTRE BRIDEGROOM; THE BROKEN HEART; RURAL LIFE IN ENGLAND; THE CHRISTMAS DINNER; STRATFORD-ON-AVON; TRAITS OF INDIAN CHARACTER; THE ANGLER; PHILIP OF POKANOKET;  ET AL.), Irving, Washington.
8 Irving, Washington. THE SKETCH BOOK. (CONTAINING: RIP VAN WINKLE; THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW; THE SPECTRE BRIDEGROOM; THE BROKEN HEART; RURAL LIFE IN ENGLAND; THE CHRISTMAS DINNER; STRATFORD-ON-AVON; TRAITS OF INDIAN CHARACTER; THE ANGLER; PHILIP OF POKANOKET; ET AL.)
London Collins Clear-Type Press Full-Leather Very Good Frank Pember. 
410 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, sepiatone plates, including frontispiece, decorated title page, integral ribbon bookmark. Contents: The Author's Account of Himself; The Voyage; Roscoe; The Wife; Rip Van Winkle; English Writers on America; Rural Life in England; The Broken Heart; The Art of Book-Making; A Royal Poet; The Country Church; The Widow and Her Son; A Sunday in London; The Boar's Head Tavern, Eastcheap; The Mutability of Literature; Rural Funerals; The Inn Kitchen; The Spectre Bridegroom; Westminster Abbey; Christmas; The Stage Coach; Christmas Eve; Christmas Day; The Christmas Dinner; London Antiques; Little Britain; Stratford-on-Avon; Traits of Indian Character; Philip of Pokanoket; John Bull; The Pride of the Village; The Angler; The Legend of Sleepy Hollow; L'Envoy. Small round label on front free endpaper, tiny dent on preliminary pages, very light edge wear. Slipcase has light edge wear - a bit more at top/bottom rear edges, rubbing on bottom panel. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
GHOSTS IN THE MIDDLE AGES:  THE LIVING AND THE DEAD IN MEDIEVAL SOCIETY., Schmitt, Jean-Claude.  Translated by Teresa Lavender Fagan.
9 Schmitt, Jean-Claude. Translated by Teresa Lavender Fagan. GHOSTS IN THE MIDDLE AGES: THE LIVING AND THE DEAD IN MEDIEVAL SOCIETY.
Chicago University of Chicago Press 1998 0226738884 / 9780226738888 Soft Cover Very Good 
290 pp, 9" H. "(E)xamines medieval religious culture and the significance of the widespread belief in ghosts, revealing the ways in which the dead and the living related to each other during the middle ages. Schmitt also discusses Augustine's influence on medieval authors; the link between dreams and autobiographical narratives; and monastic visions and folklore. Including numerous color reproductions of ghosts and ghostly trappings, this book presents a unique and intriguing look at medieval culture." Interior - soft crease at top corner of pages 80 to 140, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - one very tiny corner crease. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
10 Uncle Hardy, re-told by. NOTABLE SHIPWRECKS: BEING TALES OF DISASTER AND HEROISM AT SEA.
London Cassell, Petter, Galpin & Co. Hard Cover Good 
278 pp + 4 pp publisher's advertisements, 7 3/8" H, brown cloth with bevelled boards, gold lettering on spine and front board, green, black & gold floral decoration on spine, front/rear boards. No date, but presentation slip attached to front pastedown ("Presented by The Commissioners of Schools for the City of Halifax / To John U. Power / ? School / First Department / July, 1883.) Tissue-covered b&w frontispiece. Contents: Introduction; Wrecks of the Olden Time; An Ill-Fated Couple; Wreck of the "Halsewell"; Wreck of the "Earl of Abergavenny"; Burning of the "Kent"; Wreck of the "Rothsay Castle"; Lost on the Reef; Burning of the "Ocean Monarch"; Burning of the "Amazon"; Perils of the Scotch Coast; Wreck of the "Birkenhead"; Wrecks on the Irish Coast; Burnt at Sea; Wreck of the "Royal Charter"; Loss of the "London"; Loss of the "Captain"; Missing Ships; Wreck of the "Megaera"; Wreck of the "Northfleet"; Wreck of the "Atlantic". Light edge wear to boards, wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, heavy browning to edges of text block, faint liquid stains and some puckering of cloth on rear board, old 1883 school presentation plate on front pastedown, very light browning to pages, three small tears and two small holes in frontispiece protective tissue, two very small glue residue marks on title page, minor soiling. 
Price: 50.00 USD
 


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