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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 Ashe, Geoffrey. FROM CAESAR TO ARTHUR.
London Collins 1960 First Edition Hard Cover Good+ Good- 
320 p, 8 1/2" H. "(A) study of the life and career of the historical King Arthur in so far as it can be traced through early documents and remains. (The author) begins with the decay of Roman power and its slow disappearance from Britain, while invasion, anarchy and warring small kingdoms take its place. Then comes a reversal of fortune without parallel in the dissolving Empire, when a western Christian military chieftain stems the Saxon tide and imposes a long truce. In this unique recovery, it is suggested, lies a previously unnoticed clue to the whole development of the British monarchy. The kingdom finally created by Alfred the Great and his successors turns out to have been decisively affected by the earlier achievement of Arthur and the failure of the first Saxon attempt at conquest. Piecing together his fragments of history to form the most vivid possible whole, Mr. Ashe explains how the great tradition of Arthur flowed into the Arthurian Legend, and shows how that legend, fantastic and romantic as it is, nevertheless embodies a profound historical insight." Very light edge wear, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, moderate browning to edges of text block. Dust jacket has light to moderate edge wear/wrinkling, a few tiny and small edge tears, a few tiny scuffs on spine, minor edge browning, protected in a mylar sleeve. 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
3 Barber, Malcolm. THE TRIAL OF THE TEMPLARS.
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1998, reprint. 
312 pp, 8vo (8 3/8" H), soft cover. ISBN 0521457270 "On 18 March 1314, Jacques de Molay, Grand Master of the Templars, was burned at the stake. For almost two centuries the knights of the Order of the Temple had flourished during the Crusades in Palestine and Syria, and in the West, notably in France. But in 1307, the Templars in France were arrested by King Philip IV's officials in the name of the Inquisition, their property seized and the men charged with serious heresies, including the denial of Christ, homosexuality, and idol worship. Confessions, extracted under torture, were brought before royal and papal tribunals, but in 1310 a number of Templar brothers mounted a defence of their Order, refuelling the controveries which cont inued for a further four years before the final executions. Malcolm Barber's fascinating account, assessing the charges brought against the Order, once again puts the Templars on trial." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownersh i p m a r k s . Exterior - clean and bright. 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
A HISTORICAL SKETCH OF THE PARISH OF THE CHURCH OF ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST, LONDON, ONTARIO., Bartram, Gordon W.H.  Introduction by Clarence W. Foreman.
4 Bartram, Gordon W.H. Introduction by Clarence W. Foreman. A HISTORICAL SKETCH OF THE PARISH OF THE CHURCH OF ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST, LONDON, ONTARIO.
London Self-published 1961 Hard Cover Very Good Clare Bice, frontispiece. 
84 pp, 9 1/8" H. Burgundy cloth covers with "A Historical Sketch" in gold on front board. Errata slip tipped-in on rear pastedown. B&w frontispiece, photographs. Contents: The Origin of the Parish of St. John the Evangelist - 1863; The Congregation of the Cathedral of The Holy Trinity - 1873; 1888-1911, The Reverend W.T. Hill; 1911-1919, The Reverend Canon William Craig; 1920-1931, The Reverend A.G. Clarke; 1931-1934, The Reverend Canon C.E. Jeakins; 1935- , The Venerable Archdeacon C.W. Foreman; Members of the Parish Who Have Entered the Ministry of the Anglican Church; Listing of Memorials. Minor browning in endpaper gutters and on edges of text block, slight wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
5 Blake, Steve and Lloyd, Scott. With John Baldock. THE KEYS TO AVALON: THE TRUE LOCATION OF ARTHUR'S KINGDOM REVEALED.
Shaftesbury, Dorset Element 2000 1862047359 / 9781862047358 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good 
302 pp, 9 1/2" H. B&w maps, family trees, decorations, colour and b&w photographs. "(The authors) unearth the truth about King Arthur and the magical realm of Avalon. They reveal how, through their investigations, they traced original key documents which had lain neglected for centuries. By combining the ancient sources with an intimate knowledge of the British landscape, they have managed to cast new light on the Dark Ages. Every piece of the puzzle they have put together fits - perfectly. The authors prove that the stories about Arthur and Avalon are rooted firmly within historical events which took place within a precise geographical setting in Wales; they also expose how and to what ends Arthurian legend has been hijacked for political gain throughout the ages. By establishing the historical facts about Arthur, his knights and the exact location of Avalon, (they) rip away the tissue of fabrication and fairy-tale that has shrouded the true origins of the British people and of anyone claiming ancestry from these isles." Book is very slightly cocked. Dust jacket has minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, very minor edge wear, minor browning at inside edges, minor rubbing. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
6 Bloch, Marc. Translated from the French by L.A. Manyon. Preface by Jacques Le Goff. FEUDAL SOCIETY.
London Folio Society 2012 Hard Cover Very Good+ 
624 pp, 10" H. Black cloth, blocked with a gilt design by Adam McCaulay, red endpapers, colour plates & frontispiece. Red slipcase. Chapter headings: Moslems and Hungarians; The Northmen; Some Consequences and Some Lessons of the Invasions; Material Conditions and Economic Characteristics; Modes of Feeling and Thought; The Folk Memory; The Intellectual Renaissance in the Second Feudal Age; The Foundations of Law; The Solidarity of the Kindred Group; Character and Vicissitudes of the Tie of Kinship; Vassal Homage; The Fief; General Survey of Europe; The Fief Becomes the Patrimony of the Vassal; The Man of Several Masters; Vassal and Lord; The Paradox of Vassalage; The Manor; Servitude and Freedom; Towards New Forms of Manorialsim; The Nobles as a De Facto Class; The Life of the Nobility; Chivalry; Transformation of the Nobility into a Legal Class; Class Distinctions Within the Nobility; Clergy and Burgesses; Judicial Institutions; The Traditional Powers: Kingdoms and Empires; From Territorial Principalities to Castellanies; Disorder and the Efforts to Combat It; Towards the Reconstruction of States: National Developments; Feudalism as a Part of Society; The Persistence of European Feudalism. Small slight bump to bottom edge of front board. Slipcase has a small bump on one bottom side edge, a tiny bump on one front side edge, minor rubbing. 
Price: 45.00 USD
 
 
GRAIL KNIGHTS OF NORTH AMERICA:  ON THE TRAIL OF THE GRAIL LEGACY IN CANADA AND THE UNITED STATES., Bradley, Michael.
7 Bradley, Michael. GRAIL KNIGHTS OF NORTH AMERICA: ON THE TRAIL OF THE GRAIL LEGACY IN CANADA AND THE UNITED STATES.
Toronto Hounslow Press 1998 0888822030 / 9780888822031 First Edition Soft Cover Very Good+ 
414 pp, 9" H. B&w photographs, reproductions. "Realizing from mediaeval documents that the initial Nova Scotia refuge of A.D. 1398 must have harboured many Grail believers, and that the secret colony must have expanded, Bradley began to trace evidence of Grail Knights from Nova Scotia, through New Brunswick to the St. Lawrence River, and on to the Great Lakes as far as Niagara, New York State, and central Pennsylvania. Evidence of their presence has been uncovered on both the Canadian and American sides of this great waterway. Bradley poses compelling questions about his discoveries, and offers plausible and provocative answers as we travel with him and his companions (both academic and amateur) along the trail of the 'Grail Knights of North America'." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - tiny bump at bottom edge of rear cover. 
Price: 27.50 USD
 
 
THE WAR OF THE AUSTRIAN SUCCESSION., Browning, Reed.
8 Browning, Reed. THE WAR OF THE AUSTRIAN SUCCESSION.
New York St. Martin's Griffin 1995 0312125615 / 9780312125615 Soft Cover Very Good 
445 pp, 8 3/16" H. "The apparent vulnerability of the Habsburg Empire at the time of Maria Theresa's accession destabilized the whole of Europe and, with Frederick the Great's invasion of Silesia, a cycle of violence was initiated that lasted for eight years and ravaged much of the continent. The vast conflict, which involved almost all the European powers and their empires, is the subject of (this book). (It) provides a highly readable narrative of a complex period that fundamentally shaped the European state system. The author explores the often changing war aims of the major belligerents - Austria, France, Great Britain, Prussia, Piedmont-Sardinia, and Spain - and links diplomatic and military events to the political and social context from which they arose." Interior - a few pages with a tiny soft corner bump, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - light edge wear, small coft crease at top rear corner. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
ROBERT PARKER AND COMTE DE MERODE-WESTERLOO: THE MARLBOROUGH WARS.  MILITARY MEMOIRS SERIES., Chandler, David, ed.  (Robert Parker / Comte de Merode-Westerloo).  Note on series by Peter Young.
9 Chandler, David, ed. (Robert Parker / Comte de Merode-Westerloo). Note on series by Peter Young. ROBERT PARKER AND COMTE DE MERODE-WESTERLOO: THE MARLBOROUGH WARS. MILITARY MEMOIRS SERIES.
Longmans, Green, London, 1968, first edition. 
276 pp, 8vo (8 5/8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. Maps/battle plans, 2 portraits. "The War of the Spanish Succession (1701-13) holds a special place in the annals of several European armies. The protracted struggle produced a number of great cap tains - John Churchill, first Duke of Marlborough, Prince Eugene of Savoy and the French Marshal Villars - and their respective martial achievements still exert a strong fascination. Two of their contemporaries who throw a considerable amoun t o f l i ght on the day-to-day conduct of Marlborough's most important campaigns, with their roll-call of famous successes - Blenheim, Raimillies, Oudenarde, Malplaquet, the lines of Ne Plus Ultra - are Capt. Robert Parker of the Royal Regiment o f F oo t o f Ir eland (whose 'Memoirs', though often briefly quoted, have not been republished since they first appeared some time after his death); and the Comte de Merode-Westerloo whose 'Memoires' are hardly known outside Belgium. In almost ever y re spe ct t he y p resent striking contrasts, in birth, rank and character, and their differences are reflected in their writing. Parker, an Irishman of obscure origins, reached the relatively humble rank of Captain of Grenadiers. His whole mil it ary lif e w as int imat ely bound up with his regimental family. His feelings for Marlborough at times amount to uncritical hero-worship. From first to last he reveals himself as a highly competent professional soldier of modest and unpretenti ous cha racte r. The Com te de Merode-Westerloo, a great magnate in Flanders with a redoubtable ancestry behind him, eventually became a Field-Marshal of the Holy Roman Empire - not that he had begun the war in the Emperor's service, but in that of h is en emies. B rave to t he poi nt of folly, irascible, touchy, overbearingly arrogant, he was continually in trouble. He bore lasting grudges against the men who, he thought, had conspired to ruin his career - Marlborough and Prince Eugene . As a com mander it i s dou btful whether he possessed sufficient cool judgment to merit his appointment to posts of the highest responsiblity. Expertly edited and annotated, the relevant passages from these two memoirs provide a narrative of t his gr eat war of ext raord inary immedi acy and fascination. It will also be invaluable to students of the period." Small soiling mark on bottom of text block, light wrinkling and tiny tear at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has moderate wear and archiva lly tape d tear a t bott om of spine, light ed ge wear/wrinkling at top of spine and top/bottom of flap-folds, slight browning, minor soiling. Very Good/Very Good- 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
MANALIVE., Chesterton, G.K.  (Gilbert Keith Chesterton.)
10 Chesterton, G.K. (Gilbert Keith Chesterton.) MANALIVE.
London Thomas Nelson & Sons 1912 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good 
383 pp, 7 1/2" H. Bright blue cloth with gilt lettering on spine, blindstamped decoration on spine and front board, pictorial endpapers, colour frontispiece. Chesterton's novel of Innocent Smith, a man who goes to extreme lengths to live life to the fullest - and ends up defending himself against charges of murder, burglary and polygamy to prove that he is, indeed, Innocent! Wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, very light wear at top/bottom of spine and at corners, slight toning to gutters and edges of endpapers, some darkening to edges of text block - mostly on top, protected in a stiff mylar sleeve. 
Price: 85.00 USD
 
 
STORIES FROM KING ARTHUR AND HIS ROUND TABLE., Clay, Beatrice.
11 Clay, Beatrice. STORIES FROM KING ARTHUR AND HIS ROUND TABLE.
London J.M. Dent & Sons 1931 Hard Cover Very Good - Good- Dora Curtis. 
127 pp, 7 1/8" H. 8 colour plates, including frontiespiece (collated), plus b&w drawing at the top of each chapter beginning. Contents: Introduction; The Coming of Arthur; Of the Finding of Excalibur; Of the Treachery of Queen Morgan le Fay; Of the Birth of Sir Tristram; The Magic Potion; How Sir Tristram rescued the Fair Isolt; The Adventures of Gawain and Gareth; The Adventures of Geraint; The Coming of Sir Galahad; How Sir Galahad won the Red Cross Shield; The Adventures of Sir Launcelot and the End of the Quest; How Mordred plotted against Sir Launcelot; The Trial of the Queen; How King Arthur and Sir Gawain went to France; The Morte D'Arthur; The Death of Sir Launcelot and of the Queen. Light browning to pages and edges of text block, two thirds of page 46 has moderate browning due to old newspaper clipping, one page leaf with small corner crease, very light edge wear to boards, minor soiling on rear board. Dust jacket has light soiling, moderate browning on spine - light browning elsewhere, several tiny and small edge chips/tears, light to moderate edge wrinkling. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
12 Coghlan, Ronan. Foreword by John Matthews. THE ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF ARTHURIAN LEGENDS. (ENCYCLOPEDIA.)
Shaftesbury, Dorset Element 1991 1852301996 / 9781852301996 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good Courtney Davis. 
234 pp, 9 1/2" H. B&w drawings, maps, family trees. "(T)he most comprehensive book available on the Arthurian tales. Ronan Coghlan, an acknowledged authority on the Celtic tradition, has drawn together all the different strands of Arthurian myth from such various sources as Geoffrey of Monmouth, Malory, Chretien de Troyes, the Mabinogion and the English Gawain Cycles. He examines every character appearing in the myths and explains the history and stories associated with them, and their overall importance within the cycle of legends." Light wrinkling at bottom of spine, tiny dent on bottom edge of each board. Dust jacket has light edge wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE BUDDHA'S LAW AMONG THE BIRDS., Conze, Edward, translated and with commentary by.  Preface by J. Bacot.
13 Conze, Edward, translated and with commentary by. Preface by J. Bacot. THE BUDDHA'S LAW AMONG THE BIRDS.
Motilal Banarsidass, Delhi, 1986, reprint. 
65 pp, 8 3/4" H, hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 8120801989 12 b&w illustrations. "Here is a book of unusual interest for Buddhist scholars of all shades as well as lovers of Buddhist literature. Originally written in Tibetan by an unknown Lama not less than three centuries ago, it describes how the birds of the Himalayas met under the leadership of the cuckoo on a holy mountain, and how they were instructed in (the) Buddhist way of living and thinking. Dr. Edward Conze writes about it in the Preface: 'Both language and ideas mark this as a popular book, a piece of folk literature, destined for peasants and nomadic herdsmen. More than many a learned treatise, it conveys to us the emotional overtones of the religion which has r u l e d Tibet for so long, and it gives us some idea of what it feels like to be a Buddhist. The style is simple, straightforward and unsophisticated'." Previous owner's chop mark (stamp) on free front end paper, wrinkles on end papers, areas o f sl ig ht g l ue residue on boards. Dust jacket has been price-clipped, has wrinkling at top/bottom of spine (heavy at top) and flap-folds along with tiny chips/tears (archivally taped0. Very Good-/Good 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
STORIES OF KING ARTHUR AND HIS KNIGHTS., Crowlesmith, J., Rev.
14 Crowlesmith, J., Rev. STORIES OF KING ARTHUR AND HIS KNIGHTS.
London Aldine Hard Cover Good Fair H.S. Greig. 
172 pp, 7 1/2" H. Red boards with black lettering/illustration on spine and front board. Colour frontispiece, b&w illustrations. No date, but Xmas greetings on free front endpaper dated 1936. "The stories that follow are taken from Sir Thomas Malory's 'Morte D'Arthur', the great collection of romances about King Arthur which was written in the fifteenth century, and printed first of all by Caxton. Scholars say that Arthur was a British hero, one of the leaders of the Britons against the English invaders in the sixth century. In course of time legends centred round his name in the memory of the defeated race. To the original stories the Middle Ages added others, some of which belonged to later heroes, and, finally, these were combined with various legends of the Christian Church about the finding of the Holy Grail, the cup from which Christ is said to have drunk at the Last Supper with His disciples. Thus we get the beautiful cycle of romances which shines in the pages of Malory's great book. This version has been written for younger children. As far as possible the old-world style of Malory's narrative has been preserved, while the stories chosen are those which seem to present a message to youth." Contents: Introduction; The Sword in the Stone; King Arthur sees a Strange Knight; The Sword Excalibur; Balin, the Poor Knight; The Invisible Knight; The Battle of the Brothers; The Table Round; The Merciful Knight; The Death of Merlin; King Arthur and Accolon; The Lady of the Lake; The Marvellous Giant; The Two Giants; The Disguised Knight; The Shipwreck of Sir Lamorak; Launcelot and the Dragon; Sir Bors in the Castle Adventurous; Sir Gawaine's Rescue; The Knight with the Ugly Coat; Sir Tristram and King Mark; The Story of Sir Alisander; When Sir Launcelot was Mad; Seeking the Holy Grail; Sir Galahad's Shield; Sir Launcelot and the Holy Grail; Sir Percivale and the Lion; The Holy Grail is Seen; Fed by the Holy Grail; The Death of Sir Galahad; The Poisoned Apple; The Lady of Astolat; End of the Table Round; The Death of Arthur. Light to moderate edge wear, 1" tear at bottom of front hinge, book is slightly cocked, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, light fading at top edge of spine, Christmas gift inscription on front free endpaper, wrinkling on frontispiece near gutter. Dust jacket has edge tears and chips, creases on front panel, rubbing/soiling on rear panel - light rubbing elsewhere, slight fading to spine color, protected in a mylar sleeve. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
SOUVENIR OF OPENING AND DEDICATION OF HOLY CROSS CHURCH, GEORGETOWN, ONTARIO, 14 MARCH 1965., Dzwonnik, Richard R., et al.
15 Dzwonnik, Richard R., et al. SOUVENIR OF OPENING AND DEDICATION OF HOLY CROSS CHURCH, GEORGETOWN, ONTARIO, 14 MARCH 1965.
Georgetown, Ontario 1965 Stapled in Wraps Near Fine 
Unpaginated (12 pp including covers), 9" H. Contents: Historical Outline of Holy Cross Parish; The New Holy Cross Church (Church / Baptismal Chapel / The Altar of Sacrifice / Confessionals / The Glorious Christ / Pulpit and Lecterns / Way of The Cross / The Choirloft / Sacristies); Holy Cross Church; Hymn of Dedication; Memorial Opportunities. Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - clean. Postage for this light item will be reduced to most destinations. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE VATICAN AND HOLY YEAR., Fenichell, Stephen S. and Andrews, Phillip.
16 Fenichell, Stephen S. and Andrews, Phillip. THE VATICAN AND HOLY YEAR.
Halcyon House, Garden City, New York, 1950, first edition. 
115 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs, reproductions. "....the history and glories of the Vatican and the highlights of the pilgrim's visit to Rome are dramatically presented. Since the proc lamation of the first Jubilee in 1300, Holy Years have called thousands of faithful to the Eternal City; the pilgrims of 1950 follow an ancient religious tradition. Vatican City, the smallest independent state in the world, is fully descr i b e d - i t s wealth of art treasures, its colorful guards' corps, and its architectural masterpieces. The ancient and modern glories of the Basilica of St. Peter are inspiring examples of faith and religious veneration. In the historical acc ou nt o f t he Po pe s, nearly two thousand years of Papal sovereignty unfolds, with strands intimately affecting the nations and peoples of the world. This volume contains photographs of the 1950 Holy Year ceremonies and the opening of the Holy Do or of St . Pet e r's by Po pe Pius XII on Christmas Eve, 1949. It is a book for all those who are interested in Holy Year - for those who participate in the ceremonies at home as well as for those who are making the pilgrimage to Rome." A fe w ti ny fox ing m arks o n ed ges of b oards, book is cocked. Dust jacket is price clipped, has light edge wear/wrinkling, very light browning to edges, fading to spine and light fading on parts of front panel, a few tiny scuffs on spine. Very G ood/G ood + 
Price: 12.50 USD
 
 
THE MILITARY ORDERS FROM THE TWELFTH TO THE EARLY FOURTEENTH CENTURIES., Forey, Alan.
17 Forey, Alan. THE MILITARY ORDERS FROM THE TWELFTH TO THE EARLY FOURTEENTH CENTURIES.
University of Toronto Press, Toronto, 1992. 
278 pp, 8vo (8 1/2" H), soft cover. Maps. ISBN 0802076807 "The reasons for the emergence and establishment of military orders on the various borders of Western Christendom and within the West are discussed, as are the military functions and roles which they assumed. The orders made a major contribution to the defence and expansion of Western Chistendom, and this required considerable funds and reserves of manpower. This book describes the ways in which these were obtained, and giv e s a n a c count of extensive governmental machinery developed to enable the orders to carry out their tasks effectively. Although their members combined a military with a monastic way of life, the military orders are shown to have differed from o th e r re l ig i o us foundations not only in their daily routine but also in their adminstrative structure and in their predominantly lay membership." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - tiny soft crease at to p c or ne r o f cov ers - migrates into adjacent pages, very light rubbing, mnior wear at bottom of spine. Very Good+ 
Price: 52.50 USD
 
 
YEAR OF THE HYENAS:  A NOVEL OF MURDER IN ANCIENT EGYPT., Geagley, Brad.
18 Geagley, Brad. YEAR OF THE HYENAS: A NOVEL OF MURDER IN ANCIENT EGYPT.
Simon & Schuster, New York, 2005, first edition. 
291 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 074325080X The author's first novel. "From the oldest known court transcripts in history, Egyptologists have long known about the mysterious death of Ramses III, involving intrigue, am bition, greed, and crimes of passion on a huge, though hidden, scale. In (this book), Brad Geagley takes this event - a struggle that nearly brought ancient Egypt to its knees - as the backdrop for a story that is every bit as captivating a s t h e d i stant civilization it resurrects. At the heart of the novel is Semerket, the so-called Clerk of Investigations and Secrets, a detecive half-paralyzed by problems of his own, with a reputation for heavy drinking and tactless behavior t ow a rd s th e g re at, the powerful, and the holy, a kind of Sam Spade of the ancient world, deeply (and dangerously) addicted to the truth. Hard-bitten, deeply flawed, he is retained by the authorities to investigate what is considered an ins ign ifi ca nt mu rde r of an elderly, insignificant Theban priestess. They fail to inform him, however, that they don't expect him to solve the case. In fact, they don't want him to...." A few tiny marks on free rear endpaper, minor wrinkling as t to p/bo tto m o f s pine , min or edge soiling. Dust jacket has some minor edge wrinkling. Very Good+/Very Good+ 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE INDIAN MUTINY.  THE BRITISH AT WAR SERIES., Harris, John.
19 Harris, John. THE INDIAN MUTINY. THE BRITISH AT WAR SERIES.
Hart-Davis MacGibbon, London, (1973), Ist edition. 
208 pp, large 8vo (9 15/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 024610600X Map endpapers, illustrated in b&w and color with photographs, maps, portraits, reproductions. "...vividly recaptures the whole atmosphere of the time - the smell of battle , the cruel heat, the forced marches, the sieges, the appalling massacres. It was a war filled with treachery and incompetence, fought without mercy on either side - but also a war of incredible acts of heroism. It threw up remarkable pe r s o n a l i t i es: Nicholson, who recaptured Delhi; Henry Lawrence, the defender of Lucknow; 'Holy' Havelock, the bible-thumping general who fought his way through to the relief of Lucknow only to find himself trapped there; and the dour uncompro mi si ng C ol in C am pb e ll who was sent to India after forty-years service to bring it back to sanity. (This book) with its exciting text and numerous illustrations...vividly evokes the huge and bloody struggle that stretched through the jung les an d h ill s a nd acr oss th e parched plains of India." Cigarette odor, very light browning in margins of pages, boards slightly warped, browning to edges of textblock, slight bump at bottom of spine, small shallow bump on rear board. Dust jack et h as l ight edg e w ear/ wrin klin g - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, browning at edges, minor rubbing, tiny dint on front hinge, two small shallow bumps on rear panel. Very Good-/Very Good- 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
A WARGAMER'S GUIDE TO THE CRUSADES., Heath, Ian.
20 Heath, Ian. A WARGAMER'S GUIDE TO THE CRUSADES.
Patrick Stephens, Cambridge, 1980, first edition. 
160 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0850594308 "....a concise but highly detailed appreciation of Crusading warfare....entering into such questions as the raising, financing and organising of the opposing forces, the Mil itary Orders and the infamous Assassins, the Byzantine or East Roman connection, supply, attrition, strategy and tactics, naval and siege warfare and hints on setting up a Crusade campaign for wargamers. The book also includes a chronolog y o f t h e C rusades and a unique gazetteer of fortified sites in and around the Holy Land, together with a bibliography and appendices listing figure manufacturers and the classification of troops under WRG rules. All in all this is equally a se r io us st ud y f or the academic historian as much as a practical guide for all wargamers interested in the Mediaeval period. It is illustrated with the author's own figure drawings and maps." Previous owner's small stamp on front pastedown, ve ry li ght bro wni ng o n f ront endpapers, very light edge rubbing, minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, one tiny corner bump. Dust jacket has very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, tiny dint on rear hinge, very light wri nkl ing on s p ine, min or rub bing . Very Good/Very Good 
Price: 39.95 USD
 
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