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1 Ball, Edward. THE INVENTOR AND THE TYCOON: A GILDED AGE MURDER AND THE BIRTH OF MOVING PICTURES.
New York Doubleday 2013 0385525753 / 9780385525756 Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ 
447 pp, 9 1/2" H. B&w photographs, reproductions. "(T)he compelling saga of an artistic genius, a ruthless railroad tycoon, and a sordid crime of passion. In frontier California 130 years ago, English immigrant Eadweard Muybridge managed to capture time and play it back on a screen, inventing stop-motion photography and moving pictures, breakthrough technologies that ushered in our age of visual media. Bankrolling his endeavor was tycoon (and former California governor) Leland Stanford, who built the west half of the transcontinental railroad and personally drove in the last golden spike. Stanford's particular obsession was whether the four hooves of a running horse ever left the ground all at once, and with Muybridge he found an answer. But personal disaster overshadowed Muybridge's remarkable achievements. A visionary artist, and technically brilliant, he was also a murderer." Very light wrinkling at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has minor edge wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, minor rubbing. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE REAL FIGARO: THE EXTRAORDINARY CAREER OF CARON DE BEAUMARCHAIS., Cox, Cynthia.
2 Cox, Cynthia. THE REAL FIGARO: THE EXTRAORDINARY CAREER OF CARON DE BEAUMARCHAIS.
Coward-McCann, New York, 1963, first American edition. 
212 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w plates. "(A) biography of a brilliant and impudent man living in eighteenth-century France: Caron de Beaumarchais. It was a life of fantastic adventure. Inventor, secret agent, politician, c ourtier, publisher and supplier of arms to the American colonies, Beaumarchais also wrote plays. Music lovers enchanted by Mozart's 'The Marriage of Figaro" and Rossini's 'The Barber of Seville' remember that they are based on the brillian t c o m e d i e s of Beaumarchais. Born Pierre Caron in 1732, Beaumarchais was the son of a prosperous Parisian clockmaker. As a child, he was apprenticed to his father, became fairly famous in the field of watchmaking and invented several new an d c om pl ic at ed d ev ices. He soon found wider scope by buying an appointment at the Court of Louis XV, where he swiftly rose to the highest favor. The King sent him on a secret mission to Madrid, and he returned to find himself accused of for ge ry an d e mbe zzl eme nt. H e became emeshed in a series of legal actions in which he fought vigorously to maintain his honor. Louis XV, meanwhile, sent him secretly to London to stop a blackmailer from publishing scandal about the royal mist res s, Mada me d u Ba rry. Th e ne xt K ing, Louis XVI, gave him two similar missions; the first, to smother a scurrilous attempt to libel Marie-Antoinette, took him to London, Amsterdam and Vienna; the second, to recover some papers of the late K ing whi ch we re of expl osive impo rtanc e, in volved him in London with the extraordinary Chevalier d'Eon, a secret agent who, on occasion, wore female dress and was widely (but wrongly) believed to be a woman. While in England, Beaumarchais al lied him self w ith th e caus e of t he Ame rican coloni es; and when Louis XVI refused to aid the rebels openly, Beaumarchais organized a private firm to supply them with arms and munitions as well as ships, with astonishing results. Meanwhile, h is pl ay 'T he Barb er of S eville' had be en accl aimed and its sequel, 'The Marriage of Figaro', so audaciously mocked the Government that for five years the King forbade its performance. But when public readings spread its fame, and when the b an was reluc tantly l ifted, a ll Paris fought to see i t. Wh en the R evolution broke out, Beaumarchais witnessed the storming of the Bastille. In 1792 false rumors caused an hysterical mob to invade his ostentatious mansion; he escaped to a fr iend's house. Later he was arre sted, rel eased th rough inf luence of a woma n, and after further adventures he found himself a proscribed refugee in Hamburg. He returned to France in 1796 and died there three years later." A few small faint fo xing ma rks on free endpa pers, ligh t wrinklin g at top/ bottom of spine, very small dint at top edge of front board, tiny foxint marks at edges of illustration pages. Dust jacket has been price clipped, has light edge wear/wrinkling/creasing - m ainly at top/bo ttom of spi ne and flap -folds, tin y closed t ears at bo ttom of spine and on rear hinge, minor foxing on edges of flaps. Very Good/Very Good- 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
3 Ford, Brian J. Introduction by Barrie Pitt. ALLIED SECRET WEAPONS: THE WAR OF SCIENCE. BALLANTINE'S ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF WORLD WAR II. WEAPONS BOOK NO. 19.
Ballantine, New York, 1971, first printing. 
160 pp, 8 1/4" H, soft cover. Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs, drawings, maps. "Mountbatten's Combined Operations Unit was described by critics as 'the only lunatic asylum run by the inmates'. The flow of ideas from backroom inventors was one of the Allies most valuable reserves, from Barnes Wallis's bouncing bombs to the noise-making decoys used to combat torpedoes." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - light edge wear, small paper loss at bo ttom of spine, two very small corner creases, very light rubbing, very light browning to edges of text block, very faint creases on spine. Very Good- 
Price: 7.00 USD
 
 
4 Gibbs-Smith, C.H. Foreword By Sir Geoffrey De Havilland. A HISTORY OF FLYING.
London B. T. Batsford 1953 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good- 
304 pp, 9" H. B&w photographs, reproductions, drawings. "From Icarus to the threshold of the interplanetary rocket is the span covered (in this book). (D)escribes the development of gliding and ballooning, of the airship and the aeroplane, in terms of writers, inventors and airmen such as Leonardo da Vinci, Borelli, De Lana, Cayley, the Montfolfier Brothers, Blanchard, Stringfellow, Lilienthal, the Wright Brothers and Bleriot. The author is equally interested in the 'historical trivia of the air', as he calls them: the romantic fantasies, the eccentric inventions, the reckless adventurers and the senseless tragedies which form a continuing background to his story." Wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, previous owner's name in ink on front free endpaper, slight fading to top of text block color near spine, tiny dent to bottom edge of both boards, small shallow bump to fore-edge of both boards. Dust jacket has light to moderate edge wrinkling with light edge wear - mainly at top edge and bottom of spine, slight soiling and rubbing, light browning to spine. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
LITTLE VISITS WITH GREAT AMERICANS:  OR SUCCESS, IDEALS AND HOW TO ATTAIN THEM.  TWO VOLUME SET., Marden, Orison Swett, editor.
5 Marden, Orison Swett, editor. LITTLE VISITS WITH GREAT AMERICANS: OR SUCCESS, IDEALS AND HOW TO ATTAIN THEM. TWO VOLUME SET.
New York Success Company 1905 Hard Cover Very Good 
742 pp in two volumes - deep maroon cloth with gilt lettering and decoration on spines and front boards, top edges gilt. Red marbled endpapers, b&w frontispieces and decorated title pages. A few b&w plates, plus a photograph section in volume 2. Short biographies, collected under the headings: Invention; Manufacture; Commerce; Finance; Transportation; Labor; Public Life; Education and Literature; Art; Amusement; Philanthropy; Divinity; Canadians. The subjects of the biographies include: Thomas Alva Edison, Andrew Carnegie, Marshall Field, John Wanamaker, Sir Thomas Lipton, Cornelius Vanderbilt, Lyman Judson Gage, Samuel Gompers, Theodore Roosevelt, Jacob Gould Schurman, Ella Wheeler Wilcox, Lew Wallace, Frederic Remington, Charles Dana Gibson, John Philip Sousa, Helen Keller, John Burroughs, Nathan Straus, Robert Laird Borden, Goldwin Smith, Sir William C. Van Horne, etc., etc. Volume 1 has light browning on pages 338/339 at gutter due to laid-in piece of paper. Both volumes have light edge wear, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, tiny bump at bottom corners of boards (volume 1 has a tiny bump at one top corner), a few small light rub marks, very light browning to fore-edge and bottom of text block - volume 2 has small foxing mark on fore-edge. 
Price: 45.00 USD
 
 
6 Nostbakken, Janis and Humphrey, Jack. THE CANADIAN INVENTIONS BOOK: INNOVATIONS, DISCOVERIES AND FIRSTS.
Toronto Greey de Pencier 1976 0919872247 / 9780919872240 First Edition Soft Cover Very Good 
159 pp, 11" H. B&w photographs, drawings. Contents: Preface; Out of the Ground; Wheels and Rails; Airborne; Communicating; Water, Ice and Snow; Odds and Ends; A Timetable of Canadian Inventions; Resources for More Information; Index. Interior - very tiny bump to top corner of first 15 pages, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - very light edge wear - mainly on spine. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
7 Rannie,William F. THE LADY AND THE MANOR: STORIES ABOUT THE TOWN OF LINCOLN AND A 100-QUESTION TRIVIA QUIZ.
Lincoln, Ontario W.F. Rannie 1986 09199530409 First Edition Soft Cover Near Fine 
164 pp, 8vo (8 7/8" H). B&w photographs, drawings. Local history of Lincoln, Ontario and area. Contents: Introduction; The Lady of the Manor; Dr. Frank Simpson Pepperdene: world stature radiologist; A name revered in a great sport (David Forsyth); Beamsville's Irish Connection; The cave that wasn't "lost"; Two distinguished Micheners; The Drill Shed and the Fenian Raiders; A case of usurpation; The tragic story of Theresa Gowanlock; Cooking with gas; The rise and demise of a Jewish Congregation; Robert Runchey and the "Coloured Company"; Jim Konkle's cider mill; Craftsmen in terra cotta at Beamsville brickyard; Two Cyrus Sumners; C. Andrew Lawson: preacher extraordinary; Temples on the Mountain; Charles E. Riggins: drugs and justice; Inventors who were right for their day; "Doctoring" in Lincoln; Bohemia in Beamsville; A benign ghost: name of Edward; A Lincoln Trivia Quiz. Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - Very minor edge wear. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
CANADA'S AVIATION PIONEERS:  50 YEARS OF McKEE TROPHY WINNERS., Sutherland, Alice Gibson.  Foreword by Fred W. Hotson.
8 Sutherland, Alice Gibson. Foreword by Fred W. Hotson. CANADA'S AVIATION PIONEERS: 50 YEARS OF McKEE TROPHY WINNERS.
Toronto McGraw-Hill, Ryerson 1978 0070827044 / 9780070827042 Hard Cover Very Good Very Good- 
304 pp, 4to (11 1/4" H). B&w photographs, maps. "(T)ells the exciting story of the adventurous and often visionary men who pioneered aviation in Canada. From Canada's first pilot to modern airline pioneers and inventors, here are the winners of the Trans-Canada Trophy, awarded annually for outstanding contributions to the development of aviation in Canada. The Trans-Canada Trophy, also known as the McKee Trophy, was first awarded in 1927 to commemorate the first trans-Canada seaplane flight, made by Dalzell McKee and Earl Godfrey in September 1926. The recipients of the trophy include legendary figures and famous names in Canadian aviation: Arctic pilot 'Weldy' Phipps; the king of northern fliers, 'Matt' Berry; the great Canadian artist, author and pilot, Walter Gilbert; Avro Arrow test pilot Jan Zurakowski; Silver Dart pilot John McCurdy; 'Grant' McConachie of Canadian Pacific Air Lines, the famous 'bush pilot with a briefcase'; 'Doc' Oaks, who combined aviation and mining; 'Tommy' Siers, the brilliant engineer who developed the Worth oil dilution system for easier starting of aircraft engines in cold weather; the resourceful officer who completed the mapping of the Arctic isalnds, 'Jack' Showler; pioneer bush pilot 'Punch' Dickens; 'Wop' May, who flew the first winter air mail service 'down north' to Aklavik; and many others. This book tells in words and photographs the story of every McKee Trophy winner from 1927 to 1977. Based on years of research and interviews with many of the Trophy winners, it will appeal to general readers as well as the growing number of aviation history enthusiasts." Small gift inscription on front free endpaper, very light edge wear, light wrinkling at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has light edge wrinkling, a few small closed tears - one with creases - all archivally taped, light fading to spine color. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
CANADA'S AVIATION PIONEERS:  50 YEARS OF McKEE TROPHY WINNERS., Sutherland, Alice Gibson.  Foreword by Fred W. Hotson.
9 Sutherland, Alice Gibson. Foreword by Fred W. Hotson. CANADA'S AVIATION PIONEERS: 50 YEARS OF McKEE TROPHY WINNERS.
Toronto McGraw-Hill, Ryerson 1978 0070827044 / 9780070827042 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Very Good 
304 pp, 4to (11 1/4" H). B&w photographs, maps. "(T)ells the exciting story of the adventurous and often visionary men who pioneered aviation in Canada. From Canada's first pilot to modern airline pioneers and inventors, here are the winners of the Trans-Canada Trophy, awarded annually for outstanding contributions to the development of aviation in Canada. The Trans-Canada Trophy, also known as the McKee Trophy, was first awarded in 1927 to commemorate the first trans-Canada seaplane flight, made by Dalzell McKee and Earl Godfrey in September 1926. The recipients of the trophy include legendary figures and famous names in Canadian aviation: Arctic pilot 'Weldy' Phipps; the king of northern fliers, 'Matt' Berry; the great Canadian artist, author and pilot, Walter Gilbert; Avro Arrow test pilot Jan Zurakowski; Silver Dart pilot John McCurdy; 'Grant' McConachie of Canadian Pacific Air Lines, the famous 'bush pilot with a briefcase'; 'Doc' Oaks, who combined aviation and mining; 'Tommy' Siers, the brilliant engineer who developed the Worth oil dilution system for easier starting of aircraft engines in cold weather; the resourceful officer who completed the mapping of the Arctic isalnds, 'Jack' Showler; pioneer bush pilot 'Punch' Dickens; 'Wop' May, who flew the first winter air mail service 'down north' to Aklavik; and many others. This book tells in words and photographs the story of every McKee Trophy winner from 1927 to 1977. Based on years of research and interviews with many of the Trophy winners, it will appeal to general readers as well as the growing number of aviation history enthusiasts." Book is Fine. Dust jacket has very minor edge wrinkling, very tiny tear at top of rear hinge - archivally taped, several tiny scuff marks on rear panel. 
Price: 22.50 USD
 
 
PHOTOGRAPHY UNTIL NOW.  (SPRINGS OF ACHIEVEMENT SERIES ON THE ART OF PHOTOGRAPH.), Szarkowski, John.
10 Szarkowski, John. PHOTOGRAPHY UNTIL NOW. (SPRINGS OF ACHIEVEMENT SERIES ON THE ART OF PHOTOGRAPH.)
Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1989. 
343 pp, small 4to (10 3/4" H), soft cover. ISBN 0870705741 Profusely illustrated in b&w and color. Contents: Foreword; Introduction; Before Photography; The Inventors; The Daguerreotype and the Calotype; Paper Versus Glass; George Eastman and Alf red Stieglitz; Photographs in Ink; After the Magazines; Notes to the Text. Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - light rubbing - mainly on rear cover, small crease at top edge of rear cover - migrates in t o l a s t f e w pages and a soft crease on bottom half. VG 
Price: 40.00 USD
 
 
MAGNUS VOLK OF BRIGHTON., Volk, Conrad.
11 Volk, Conrad. MAGNUS VOLK OF BRIGHTON.
Phillimore, London, (1971), first edition. 
240 pp, 8vo (8 11/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w plates. "Born in Brighton in 1851, Magnus Volk was a true pioneer of electrical engineering. While still in his early twenties he was employing a dozen or more workpeople, making a simple telegraph set which sold all over the world. In 1879, when he married, his house was the first in Brighton to have electric lighting...It was in 1883 that he built his original little railway in Great Britain. This was the start of a long struggle against both man and nature; but Magnus reacted typically to opposition, and extended the line - twice. Not content with this, he built another railway further east - a truly fantastic conception, nick-named 'Daddy-Long-Legs'. The book tells the extraordinary story of the electric motor-car he made; of the order he received for another like it from the Sultan of Turkey - surely the earliest export order for a car ever to reach this country; and of his visit to Constantinople to deliver it in person. Then there were the telephone exchanges, the electric launches, the submarine mines, the X-Ray equipment...and still the list could be lengthened. Local and family history, topography, Victoriana, engineering archives, the history of motoring and aviation - there is plenty here, in both text and illustration, for all whose interests lie expecially in these fields; while for the general reader there is the story of a whole - written simply and not without humour; a record of endeavour, of dogged tenacity in the face of relentless opposition and ill-fortune. A study, in short, of a very remarkable man." Slight bump at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has light edge wrinkling, has very light rubbing, and is price clipped. VG +/VG 
Price: 55.00 USD
 
 
VERSATILE YANKEE:  THE ART OF JONATHAN FISHER, 1768-1847., Winchester, Alice.
12 Winchester, Alice. VERSATILE YANKEE: THE ART OF JONATHAN FISHER, 1768-1847.
Princeton Pyne Press 1973 878610510 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good- Jonathan Fisher. 
29 pp + 40 plates (printed on one side of leaf, captions facing), + (9) pp List of Works, 12 1/4" H. Colour plates plus additional b&w illustrations. The Reverend Jonathan Fisher of Blue Hill, Maine "was a universal man - inventor, farmer, architect and builder, surveyor, linguist, naturalist. Above all he was an artist, translating his vision of the goodness and orderliness of God's creation into paintings and woodcuts. Made for his own enjoyment and that of his family and a few friends, Fisher's paintings have largely been preserved in the small community where he lived and worked for forty years. This book, while it reveals Fisher's many-sided personality, is basically devoted to illustrating his work. The majority of his paintings are published here for the first time - the water colors from his notebooks, begun when he was an undergraduate at Harvard, and lovingly bound with his own hands; a selection of his most important paintings in oil; and many of the woodcuts with which he illustrated his books. Here, carefully recorded, with straight-forward and painstaking realism, are Fisher's college and his village, the fruits of his garden, and the animals and birds of field and forest. No subject is too small to engage his interest, none too dry to be transformed by his imagination. The common house fly and a wondrous carrot are fully detailed; garlands of fruits and flowers run riot through his mathematical exercises." Previous owner's bookplate on front pastedown, minor twist to spine. Dust jacket has very light edge wear/wrinkling, three edge tears archivally taped, very light rubbing, several light scratches on rear panel. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 


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