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LEGENDS OF THE SOUTH SEAS.  THE WORLD OF THE POLYNESIANS SEEN THROUGH THEIR MYTHS AND LEGENDS, POETRY AND ART., Alpers, Antony.
1 Alpers, Antony. LEGENDS OF THE SOUTH SEAS. THE WORLD OF THE POLYNESIANS SEEN THROUGH THEIR MYTHS AND LEGENDS, POETRY AND ART.
London John Murray 1970 719519098 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
416 pp, large 8vo (9" H). Blue/green cloth boards with gold lettering/decoration on spine, gold decoration on front board. Map endpapers, b&w photographs and reproductions. "Antony Alpers has tried to discard all preconceived ideas and re-enter the world of the Polynesians as it was before Cook's arrival in 1769. By reconstructing their legends, myths, folktales and poetry in an immediate and convincing style he has let them speak for themselves. And in a long introduction that is a masterly compression of the Polynesians' whole way of life he cuts away our illusions and leaves us not only face to face with the islanders but with the way they saw themselves and the jewelled archipelagos in which they lived and sailed." Contains a preface, introduction and note on pronunciation and spelling, followed by groups of legends under the following headings: The Creation; The Heroes; Seven Ages in Thirteen Chants; The Marquesas, and Mangareva; Easter Island; Hawaiian Islands; Tongan Group; Samoa; Atolls and Outliers; New Zealand and the Chathams; 'From Darkness to Light'. These are followed by 'Notes on the Text and Illustrations', 'References' and 'Glossary and Index'. Very light edge wear, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has been price-clipped, has slight edge browning, light edge wear/wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom of spine, one small edge tear. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
AMONG THE GENTLY MAD:  PERSPECTIVES AND STRATEGIES FOR THE BOOK HUNTER IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY., Basbanes, Nicholas A.
2 Basbanes, Nicholas A. AMONG THE GENTLY MAD: PERSPECTIVES AND STRATEGIES FOR THE BOOK HUNTER IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY.
New York Henry Holt 2002 0805051597 / 9780805051599 First Edition. Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ 
250 pp, 8vo (8 1/2" H). "(A) delightfully discursive twenty-first-century guide to book collecting that combines a fresh respect for proven methods of acquisition with sound advice on how to use the exciting electronic tools now available. Drawing on the superb insight he has gathered from some of the world's most notable collectors, dealers, and librarians, (the author) offers a penetrating consideration of the pastime as it enters an era in which 'everything', it seems, has become collectible, an era in which the computer has become an indispensable tool. For newcomers, this book presents the rare opportunity to look over the shoulders of accomplished book hunters, all with their own successful strategies, as they pursue their prey, to glean some invaluable tips from the pros. Along with conveying the thrill of the chase, their stories remind readers that good books bought shrewdly are 'always' wise inventments. Traditionalists who believe that preparation and knowledge remain the soundest foundations for success will not be disappointed by Basbane's contention that for all the wonders of the Internet, there is still no substitute for going out into the field, meeting up with kindred spirits at book fairs, open shops, auctions, and flea markets, and learning how to 'handle the goods' from people who have been there. At the same time, he questions the relevance of a few axioms that have been accepted as gospel, while explaining the timeless wisdom of others." Tiny bump at top of front hinge, tiny scuff at top edge of front board. Dust jacket has minor edge wear/wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
3 Brockhouse, Robert. THE ROYAL ALEXANDRA THEATRE: A CELEBRATION OF 100 YEARS.
Toronto McArthur 2007 155278648X / 9781552786482 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good+ Edward Burtynsky, photographer. 
346 pp, 11 1/4" H. Profusely illustrated in colour, b&w and sepiatone with photographs/reproductions. "It was one of those grand civic gestures so loved by the aristocracy of the Gilded Age: a gift to Toronto meant to call the world's attention to its blossoming as a great city. The giver was Cawthra Mulock, 'the boy millionaire', one of the wealthiest men in Canada. The gift was the Royal Alexandra, a magnificent new theatre built - with no regard to cost - to equal the most splendid houses of London, Paris and New York. It was to be the lodestar of North American theatres, attracting the finest performers and the very best in dramatic art to a city that still smarted under the nickname 'Hogtown'. If Cawthra Mulock had known what obstacles lay in the way, he might never have broken ground. He could not have foreseen the cut-throat rivals who would seek to bankrupt him; nor the two World Wars; nor the coming of the movies, radio and television; nor the Great Depression that would close every other theatre in the country. This book tells the story of a Canadian national landmark and beloved Toronto institution, and of the remarkable, dogged and devoted champions - from Mulock to Mirvish - who have kept it alive, thriving and triumphant over 100 years." Small crease at top edge of pages 193 to 204., light waviness to edges og text block, very light wrinking at bottom of spine. Dust jacket very minor edge wrinkling, very minor rubbing, very soft wrinkle on rear panel. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
THE LAST WIFE OF HENRY VIII., Erickson, Carolly.
4 Erickson, Carolly. THE LAST WIFE OF HENRY VIII.
St Martin's, New York, 2006, first edition. 
326 pp, large 8vo (9 1/5" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0312352182 "Courageous, attractive, romantic, intelligent, Catherine Parr became the sixth wife of Henry VIII. Her story, as Carolly Erickson re-creates it, is page-turning drama: from the splendors of the Field of the Cloth of Gold to the gory last years of the outsize King Henry, when heads rolled and England trembled, Catherine bestrode her destiny and survived to marry her true love. Catherine Parr attracted the kin g ' s l u s t and, though much in love with the handsome Thomas Seymour, was thrown into the intrigue-filled snake pit of the royal court. While victims of the king's wrath suffered torture and execution, Catherine persevered until, at last, she ca me w i th in t he orbit of the royal fury. King Henry toyed with her, first ordering her arrested, then granting her clemency. She managed to avoid execution, but she knew that the king had his wandering eye fixed on wife number seven. She was sp are d by his de ath and married the attractive but dangeously unbalanced Seymour. Her triumph was shadowed by rivalry with the young Princess Elizabeth, whose lands and influence the lecherous Seymour coveted. Catherine won the contest, but a gr eat co st. ..." Du st j a cket has very minor edge wrinkling. Fine/Near Fine 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
THE SCHOOL OF FEMININITY.  A BOOK FOR AND ABOUT WOMEN AS THEY ARE INTERPRETED THROUGH FEMININE WRITERS OF YESTERDAY AND TODAY., Greene, Margaret Lawrence.
5 Greene, Margaret Lawrence. THE SCHOOL OF FEMININITY. A BOOK FOR AND ABOUT WOMEN AS THEY ARE INTERPRETED THROUGH FEMININE WRITERS OF YESTERDAY AND TODAY.
Toronto Musson 1972 0773700072 / 9780773700079 First Canadian Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good - 
382 pp, 8 3/4" H. 6 b&w illustrations. "As provocative and challenging as when it was first published in 1936, (this book) traces the development of female thought as reflected by the creative imagination of writers from Mary Wollstonecraft and Jane Austen to Pearl Buck and Virginia Woolf. With superb balance of reason and passion, the author probes the minds and hearts of her fellow creatures. She assesses their feeling towards their existence as women and examines their reactions to the role society expects them to fulfil." Contents: Part I. The Nineteenth-Century School of Femininity. We Wrtie as Women; Mary Wollstonecraft: Who Walked an Emotional Tight Rope; Jane Austen: Who Rode a Flirtatious Merry-Go-Round; The Bronte Sisters: Who Wrestled with Romance; George Eliot: Who Sat Like the Recording Angel and Wrote; Olive Schreiner: Who Lay Listening to the Biological Drum Beating. Part II. The Twentieth-Century School of Femininity. Little Girl Pals: Anita Loos - Dorothy Parker - Katharine Brush - Daphne du Maurie; Go-Getters: Edna Ferber - Fannie Hurst - G.B. Stern - Rose Macaulay; Matriarchs: Dorothy Canfield - Margaret Ayer Barnes - Storm Jameson - Phyllis Bentley - Phyllis Bottome - Sheila Kaye-Smith - Ruth Suckow - Evelyn Scott - Kate O'Brien; Helpmeets: Edith Wharton - Helen Grace Carlisle - Mary Borden - May Sinclair - Margaret Goldsmith - I.A.R. Wylie - Kay Boyle; Sophisticated Ladies: Ellen Glasgow - Mazo de la Roche - Margaret Kennedy - E.H. Young - E.M. Delafield - "Elizabeth" - Victoria Sackville-West; Priestesses: Pearl Buck - Radclyffe Hall - Mary Webb; Artistes: Katherine Mansfield - Willa Cather - Clemence Dane - Virginia Woolf. Minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has light edge wear, two small tears arcvhivally taped, light rubbing, scratch mark down front panel. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
6 Kerr, Katharine. THE DRAGON MAGE TRILOGY. BOOK ONE. THE RED WYVERN. BOOK TWO. THE BLACK RAVEN. BOOK THREE. THE FIRE DRAGON. 3 VOLUME SET.
New York Bantam 1998 0553572644 / 9780553572643 First printings. Mass Market Paperbacks Very Good+ Paul Youll cover art. 
393 pp, 415 pp, 418 pp, 6 7/8" H - 3 volumes. All books are first paperback printings - 'The Red Wyvern' was published in 1998 (ISBN 0553572644), 'The Black Raven' in 2000 (ISBN 0553579193) and ''The Fire Dragon' in 2001 (ISBN 055358247X). "In a kingdom torn by civil war, young Lillorigga seeks to shield her dawning powers from her cruel mother Merodda's manipulation. Mistress of a magic that, untamed, could kill her , Lilli brings her terrifying visions under the kindlier tutelage of the mysterious dweomermaster, Nevyn. But soon she must choose between her own clan and the true king who fights to claim his rightful throne, between sanctuary and the blood feud, loyalty and love. Little does she dream that the slaughter she invites, and the malevolence she defies, could stalk her across the ages - twisting and twining the strands of timeless destinies." Interiors - two small areas of wrinkling in fore edge margin of approx. last twenty pages and first page in book two due to dampness, otherwise books are clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exteriors - minor edge wear, spines are flat with very faint creases, tiny bump at bottom of front hinge of book three. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
7 Kerr, Katharine. THE KINGDOM DEVERRY CYCLE - FIRST QUARTET. 1. DAGGERSPELL 2. DARKSPELL. 3. THE BRISTLING WOOD. 4. THE DRAGON REVENANT. 4 VOLUME SET.
Del Rey, New York, (1987, 1989), Ist printings, Bantam, New York, (1990, Ist/1991, 9th printing). 
395 pp, 366 pp, 357 pp + Author's note and preview, 401 pp + preview, paperbacks - 4 volumes. Cover art on first two books by Rowena Morrill, on second two by Keith Parkinson. "Agains the passionate sweep of Deverrian history, the powerful wizard Nevyn has lived for centuries, atoning for the sins he committed in his youth. Now, with so much of his work at stake, Nevyn discovers that the Dark Council has been quietly interferring with the already tangled politics of war-torn Eldidd. Their evil webs are nearly spun before Nevyn, with all the power at his command even realizes there's a war of magic destroying his world..." Interiors - top corners of first few pages of book 1 slightly curled, bottom corners of first fifty pages of book 4 lightly wrinkled, otherwise clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exteriors - light edge wear, a few small creases, faint creases to spines of books 1 & 3, light creases to spine of book 4, books 3 &4 very slightly cocked. VG - 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
ST. PETER'S CHURCH, ERINDALE, 1825-1967., Morton, Marian; Carter, Katharine; Gratton, D. Peter; de Nance, William.
8 Morton, Marian; Carter, Katharine; Gratton, D. Peter; de Nance, William. ST. PETER'S CHURCH, ERINDALE, 1825-1967.
1967. 
36 pp, 9" H, soft cover (stapled in wraps). B&w photographs, reproductions. A short history of St. Peter's Church (Anglican), Erindale, Ontario. Erindale, once known as Springfield-on-Credit, is now part of the city of Mississauga. Contents: Introduction; The Early Days; A Church on the Credit; The First Incumbent; The New Church Takes Life; Streetsville - A New Parish; St. Peter's at the Time of Confederation; St. Peter's Rebuilt; Twenty-five Years of the Twentieth Century; Development and Change; The Present Day; What of the Future; Bishops of the Diocese of Toronto; Incumbents of St. Peter's Church, Erindale; Memorials and Gifts; Acknowledgement of Source Material. Interior - chapter title label glued on page 24 - probably a correction done at the time of publication, light browning to inside of covers, soft wrinkle at fore-edge of pages, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - light browning to edges of covers and on spine, soft wrinkle at fore-edge of covers. Very Good 
Price: 12.50 USD
 
 
THE O'KEEFE CENTRE: THIRTY YEARS OF THEATRE HISTORY., Walker, Hugh.
9 Walker, Hugh. THE O'KEEFE CENTRE: THIRTY YEARS OF THEATRE HISTORY.
Toronto Key Porter 1991 1550132911 / 9781550132915 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good Inscribed By Author
310 pp, 4to (11 3/4" H). INSCRIBED ON TITLE PAGE: "WITH BEST WISHES FROM THE AUTHOR HUGH WALKER OCT 4/92". "Since its opening in 1960, the O'Keefe Centre has been Canada's premier theatre: home of the National Ballet of Canada and the Canadian Opera Company, the chief venue for Broadway musicals and plays, international artists, modern and classical dance companies - everything glorious in the performing arts. Almost 300 black-and-white photographs of distinguished entertainers illustrate this lively history of the O'Keefe Centre from 1960 to 1990. The book includes the design and building of the centre, sections on the National Ballet of Canada, the Canadian Opera Company, musicals and revues, theatrical productions and star performers who have played at the O'Keefe, from Harry Belafonte, Liza Minelli and Anne Murray to Sir Laurence Olivier, Katharine Hepburn and Richard Burton. The author, who was manager of the centre for the first fifteen years, describes personal encounters with a multitude of stars and directors, and his many amusing anecdotes make this a diverting and delightful tour through recent showbiz history." Very minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, two tiny dints on top edge of front board. Dust jacket has very light wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, wrinkles in laminate down front panel, minor rubbing. 
Price: 27.50 USD
 
 
10 Walker, Hugh. THE O'KEEFE CENTRE: THIRTY YEARS OF THEATRE HISTORY.
Toronto Key Porter 1991 1550132911 / 9781550132915 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good 
310 pp, 4to (11 3/4" H). "Since its opening in 1960, the O'Keefe Centre has been Canada's premier theatre: home of the National Ballet of Canada and the Canadian Opera Company, the chief venue for Broadway musicals and plays, international artists, modern and classical dance companies - everything glorious in the performing arts. Almost 300 black-and-white photographs of distinguished entertainers illustrate this lively history of the O'Keefe Centre from 1960 to 1990. The book includes the design and building of the centre, sections on the National Ballet of Canada, the Canadian Opera Company, musicals and revues, theatrical productions and star performers who have played at the O'Keefe, from Harry Belafonte, Liza Minelli and Anne Murray to Sir Laurence Olivier, Katharine Hepburn and Richard Burton. The author, who was manager of the centre for the first fifteen years, describes personal encounters with a multitude of stars and directors, and his many amusing anecdotes make this a diverting and delightful tour through recent showbiz history." Minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has light edge wrinkling - mainly at top of spine and flap-folds, minor edge wear, three wrinkles in laminate on front panel, light rubbing, minor browning at top edge of flaps. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 


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