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BIZARRE TALES FROM WORLD WAR II., Breuer, William B.
1 Breuer, William B. BIZARRE TALES FROM WORLD WAR II.
Castle, Edison, NJ, 2005, reprint. 
220 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0785819924 B&w illustrations. "Ernest Hemingway stalks U-Boats. A Belgian woman halts the Panzers. Adolf Hitler plays Santa Claus. If you think these are tall tales, guess again. I n (this book), popular author and distinguished historian William Breuer brings you more than 140 of the most bizarre, curious, and downright strange incidents from World War II. Drawing from personal interviews, official archives, and decl a s s i f i e d documents, Breuer presents little-known stories about the offbeat side of war. You'll discover how 'Venus de Milo' fooled the Germans....watch as drone boats go berserk and a British 'mystery plane' vanishes....listen as Navajo cod e- ta lk er s ig ni te a panic....and learn how Dutch boys captured nine Germans, and a group of choirboys plotted to foil Hitler." Light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has very minor wrinkling and rubbing. Very Good+/Near Fine 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
TOP SECRET TALES OF WORLD WAR II., Breuer, William B.
2 Breuer, William B. TOP SECRET TALES OF WORLD WAR II.
Castle, Edison, NJ, 2005, reprint. 
244 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0785819517 B&w illustrations. "....compelling accounts of Allied and Axis intelligence throughout World War II. Here are riveting tales of patriotism and treachery, saboteurs, sleeper s, and moles, giving fresh perspectives on the best-known interceptions and deceptions of the war - the breaking of the German code Enigma and the Japanese code Purple, Operation Overlord's successful disguise of the D-Day invasion - as well a s l i t t le-known feats of civilian bravado in the face of danger. Meet Sidney Cotton, a British businessman and aviator who took the Luftwaffe's General Albrecht Kesselring aloft for a test flight at a German air show and then cooly snapped v a lu ab l e re co nn aissance photographs after handing the controls over to the Nazi officer. Shadow the covert armada that shipped the foundation of Great Britain's financial security - including $2.5 billion in gold - from London to the Bank of Ca nad a i n Ot taw a, wit hout suffering a single loss from U-boats at the height of the Battle for the Atlantic. Discover how U.S. taxpayers footed the bill for a successful Nazi propaganda effort that was documented in the 'Congressional Record' , p ubli shed b y t he G ove rnme nt Printing Office, and mailed on a congressman's postal privileges...." Small bump at bottom of spine, light wrinkling at top of spine, slight bump on bottom edge of front board. Dust jacket has light wrinkling at t op/bo ttom of spin e. V ery Good/ Very Good+ 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
EDGAR HUNTLY; OR, THE SLEEP WALKER., Brown, Charles Brockden.
3 Brown, Charles Brockden. EDGAR HUNTLY; OR, THE SLEEP WALKER.
London Richard Bentley 1835 Full-Leather Very Good+ 
258 pp, 6 3/4" H. Later full leather binding & endpapers by Zaehnsdorf (stamped on verso of free front endpaper "Bound by Zaehnsdorf, London, England"). Five raised bands, two red/brown leather labels/gilt lettering &decoration on spine, gilt borders and floral decoration on front and rear boards, top edge gilt. An early reprinting of the classic American Gothic novel by Charles Brockden Brown (1771-1810), first published in 1799, involving murder, sleepwalkers, a guilt-ridden immigrant and Indian kidnappers. Set near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Very tiny crease at top corner of pages, very minor wear on hinges - mainly on front hinge. 
Price: 250.00 USD
 
 
CASTLE GAY., Buchan John.
4 Buchan John. CASTLE GAY.
London Hodder and Stoughton 1935 Reprint Hard Cover Very Good Good 
320 pp, small 8vo (7 1/2" H), blue cloth with dark blue lettering on spine/front board, castle in dark blue on front board. The second book in the Dickson McCunn trilogy, this is a tale of adventure, kidnapping, political intrigue, soul-searching - and rugby - set in south-west Scotland. Three tiny stains on rear endpapers, minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, light soiling/browning on bottom of text block. Dust jacket has moderate edge wear/wrinkling, a few tiny chips and tears, light to moderate dust soiling, small corner crease on front flap, protected in a mylar sleeve. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
5 Clayton, Jo. SHADITH'S QUEST SERIES - 3 VOLS. 1. SHADOWPLAY. 2. SHADOWSPEER. 3. SHADOWKILL.
Daw, New York, (1990, 2nd / 1990, Ist / 1991, 1st). Mass Market Paperbacks Very Good Jody Lee, cover art. 
396 pp, 342 pp, 362 pp, - 3 volumes. "(W)hen she stumbled on a kidnapping in progress, Shadith - captive for centuries in the alien artifact known as the Diadem, now once again living in a human form - finds herself the prisoner of Ginbiryol Seyirshi, a being who has instigated devasting wars on world after world purely to film and sell Limited Editions of the resulting violence, destruction and death - ." Interiors - pages browning lightly - otherwise clean and tight with no other previous ownership marks. Exteriors - light edge wear, small area of surface paper loss on rear cover of vol. 3, small light stain to fore-edge of textblock on vol 1, spines flat with faint creasing on vols. 1 & 3. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
6 Cook, Glen. ANGRY LEAD SKIES. GARRETT P.I. SERIES.
New York ROC 2002 0451458753 / 9780451458759 1st Printing Mass Market Paperback Very Good+ Cover Art By Alan Pollock. 
364 pp. 6 3/4" H "There's a reason why Garrett's still in the P.I. business after all these years - he's not one to learn his lessons. Maybe that's why he lets himself get roped into being a bodyguard for Kip Prose, an obnoxious kid being threatened by creatures that can't quite be descibed. According to the kid, the attackers aren't after him at all - they're just trying to get to his friends Lastyr and Noodiss. But before Garrett can get Kip to explain just who or what Lastyr and Noodiss are, Kip is abducted, and the chase begins - " Interior - a bookstore's small stamp and number in ink on first page,otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - very minor edge wear. 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
7 Cremony, John C. LIFE AMONG THE APACHES.
New York Indian Head Books 1991 0880296526 / 9780880296526 Facsimile Reprint. Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good+ 
322 pp, 8vo (8 1/2" H). Facsimile reprint of 1868 edition. From the Introduction: "We have never striven to make ourselves intelligently acquainted with (the various tribes occupying the vast region which extends from the Colorado river on the west, to the settlements of Texas on the east, and from Taos in New Mexico to Durango in the Mexican Republic). Nearly all that relates to them is quite as uncertain and indefinite to our comprehension as that which obtains in the center of Africa. Those who were best informed on the matter, and had given it the closest attention, were, at the time - most unfortunately - the least capable of imparting their information; while those who were ignorant of the subject have been the most forward to give the results of their fragmentary gleanings. If this volume shall have the effect of bettering our present deplorable Indian policy, by letting in some light, it will accomplish the author's object." The author was "Interpreter to the U.S. Boundary Commission, under the Hon. John R. Bartlett, in 1849, '50 and '51, and late Major of California Volunteer Cavalry, operating in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and Western Arkansas." Dust jacket has a few areas of very minor edge wrinkling. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE WITCHES OF EILEANAN / THE POOL OF TWO MOONS / THE CURSED TOWERS / THE FORBIDDEN LAND / THE SKULL OF THE WORLD.  THE FIRST FIVE VOLUMES OF "THE WITCHES OF EILEANAN" SERIES. (5 BOOKS.), Forsyth, Kate.
8 Forsyth, Kate. THE WITCHES OF EILEANAN / THE POOL OF TWO MOONS / THE CURSED TOWERS / THE FORBIDDEN LAND / THE SKULL OF THE WORLD. THE FIRST FIVE VOLUMES OF "THE WITCHES OF EILEANAN" SERIES. (5 BOOKS.)
New York ROC First printings. Mass Market Paperbacks Very Good Cover art by Daniel Horn (1) and Judy York (2-5). 
The first five volumes of "The Witches of Eileanan" series, 6 3/4" H. 1. The Witches of Eileanan - 411 pp, 1998, ISBN 0451456890 - "On the Day of Reckoning, the witches of Eileanan were outlawed - and violations of the new order were punishable by death. Eileanan's Great Towers, once meccas of magic and learning, were left in ruins. And now, the entire land trembles in fear. Yet deep in the mountains, in the shadow of Dragonclaw, a young girl is being tutored in the old ways. Ignorant of her past, uncertain of her future, the foundling Isabeau will soon be forced down a dangerous path of prophesy, conspiracy and magic. It is a world where dragons possess the key to ancient mysteries - where a lost prince will discover a strange and wondrous destiny - and where the ultimate battle between good and evil will be waged." 2. The Pool of Two Moons - 557 pp, 1999, ISBN 0451456904 - "It has been sixteen years since the Day of Reckoning, when magic and witchcraft were outlawed throughout all of Eileanan. And though rumors say that she is dead, the Arch-Sorceress Meghan o' the Beasts still lives. Traveling with her are the true heir to the throne, and the red-haired warrior Iseult. Their fates are woven together in a quest to bring magic back to the land." 3. The Cursed Towers - 544 pp, 2000, ISBN 0451456912 - "(T)he Righ, Lachlan the Winged, overturns his dead brother's decrees against witchcraft. But sixteen years of hatred and superstition have cloaked Eileanan in darkness. And though he has won the power of the Lodestar, Lachlan's rule is challenged by a mere babe - and a civil war erupts. The flame-haired twins - Iseult the Scarred Warrior and Isabeau the apprentice-witch - must go their separate ways. Iseult to fight side by side with her husband, Lachlan. Isabeau to the Cursed Towers, to master her powers - and find the family she has never known." 4. The Forbidden Land - 403 pp, 2001, ISBN 0451458281 - "After her adventures with the League of the Healing Hand, Finn the Cat finds life at Castle Rurach boring. Snowbound for the winter and faced with the prospect of being molded into 'Lady Fionnghal' by her mother, she pines to be on the battlefront with her father against the sea demons. But Finn's talents are needed elsewhere. Summoned by the Righ, Lachlan the Winged, she must embark on a perilous journey into the Forbidden Land. Imprisoned in the Black Tower is a rebellious prophet whose beliefs have made him an enemy among his own people. Now Finn must help rescue the one whose words can free a land enshrouded in darkness." 5. The Skull of the World - 385 pp, 2002, ISBN 0451458699 - "Isabeau the witch longs to rejoin her sister and her home in these uncertain times, but she must first complete one last task for her teachers. To find her true purpose in life, she must reach the Skull of the World and listen to the silent words of the White Gods. Few survive. But those who do are changed forever. Now, when she does return home, she does so with an extraordinary gift. But when Margrit of Arran decides to take advantage of Lachlan's absence by kidnapping his son and heir to the throne, Isabeau must learn to use her gifts in the face of evil - and overcome her enemy once and for all." Interiors - vol. 1 has a small piece missing at top edge of first page and one dog-ear crease, very light browning to inside of covers of vols. 1 & 2, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exteriors - very light edge wear, one or two tiny corner creases, two faint creases on spine of vol. 5. 
Price: 27.50 USD
 
 
9 Hanson, V.J. Cover art by M. Cortiella and Stefan Barany. DEATH AND LITTLE GIRL BLUE. SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY NO. 509. 4TH SERIES.
Fleetway, London, (October, 1962), Ist printing. 
64 pp, soft cover (stapled in wraps). "The Leaning Man - London's newest, off-beat 'rave' club...The seething half-dark of dimly-lit Paddington backstreets...And the strange case of the abduction of a beautiful torch singer..." Interior - pages browning lightly, otherwise clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - very light edge wear, soft wrinkling to covers, minor browning to rear cover, spine has light wrinkling and tiny chip at top. VG 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
10 Jacques, Brian. MARLFOX. A TALE OF REDWALL.
Hutchinson, London, (1998), Ist edition. 
386 pp, 8vo, hard cover in dust jacket. "Stealth and cunning are the traits of the Marlfox. Known only in Redwall country by legend, they are said to be able to appear and disappear by magic. When the strange creatures, with their pale eyes and silver-white mottled coats begin to appear in Mosslfower Woods, it is clear that evil is abroad. A kidnapping and a cunning raid to steal the beautiful Redwall tapestry confirm the worst: Redwall is under threat - and from an enemy whose mark is yet to be known." Light creasing at top of front flap fold of dust jacket. This is a new, unread book. Near Fine/Very Good+ 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
11 Kinsella, W.P. IF WISHES WERE HORSES.
HarperCollins, (Toronto, 1996), Ist edition. 
216 pp, large 8vo, hard cover in dust jacket. "Remember Ray Kinsella, the baseball visionary...from 'Shoeless Joe'? Or Gideon Clarke, the hero from 'The Iowa Baseball Confederacy', who, after a miraculous sojourn in the past, proved that what he a nd his father new about a Midwestern baseball league was entirely true? Nobody believed either of them. And nobody believes Joe McCoy. Joe McCoy's only hope is that Ray Kinsella and Gideon Clarke will believe his fantastical tale. Joe k n o w s t h a t , if he had to do it over again, he definitely would have pitched the Iowa State Baseball Championship, for sure married his tough but sexy high school sweetheart Maureen - and would never have written that crazy story about the U FO s ig ht in g . N ow h e's on the run from the law, accused of hijacking a jet and kidnapping a baby. And he can't quite shake the feeling that there must be a parallel dimension where he's living the life he was supposed to lead - his real li fe. .." M ino r w ri nk lin g t o t op/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has light rubbing. NF/VG+ 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE SCARLET SIGN., Le Queux, William.
12 Le Queux, William. THE SCARLET SIGN.
London Ward, Lock 1929 Hard Cover Very Good- 
255 pp, 7 1/2" H. Red cloth with black lettering/decoration on spine & front cover. Early reprint of the 1926 first edition. The Brotherhood of the Scarlet Sign, a criminal organization that has baffled Scotland Yard, operates in high society London, in this story by William Tufnell Le Queux (1864-1927). Light browning to edges of text block, light edge wear - mainly at top/bottom of spine and at corners, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, one small light corner bump, slight fading to spine color, book is lightly cocked. 
Price: 50.00 USD
 
 
13 Mills, Lauren. FAIRY WINGS.
Boston Little Brown 1995 0316573973 / 9780316573979 3rd Printing Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good Lauren Mills & Dennis Nolan. 
Unpaginated (approx. 30 pp), 11 1/4" H. Map endpapers, color illustrations throughout. "(E)ach fairy possessed a pair of shimmering wings - except Fia, the one fairy born without wings. Ridiculed by all but her animal friends, Fia spends her days inventing games of the earth rather than the sky. Only Kip, the fairy boy she unexpectedly meets, shows her any kindness, by inviting her to the May Dance. Fia is hesitant to attend, but Frog, Crow, and Rat persuade her to join the revels. To her astonishment, she is soon swept into the air for a spellbinding dance with Prince Hyacinth - only to be brought back to earth by the outraged cries of the Queen - followed by the horrible kidnapping of the fairies! (A) magical world filled with sprightly beings as well as a story rich in romance and adventure." Very minor edge wear. Dust jacket has light wrinkling at bottom of spine, a few faint scratches and light rubbing on rear panel. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
ILL MET BY MOONLIGHT., Moss, W. Stanley.  Introduction by M.R.D. Foot.  Prologue and Epilogue by Iain Moncreiffe.  Afterword by Patrick Leigh Fermor.
14 Moss, W. Stanley. Introduction by M.R.D. Foot. Prologue and Epilogue by Iain Moncreiffe. Afterword by Patrick Leigh Fermor. ILL MET BY MOONLIGHT.
Folio Society, London, 2001. 
214 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H), hard cover (full dark blue cloth blocked in silver and red/brown with a design by David Rooney; light blue endleaves) - blue/black slipcase. B&w photographs, maps. "This book tells the (true) story of what is remembe red in Great Britain as a tremendous jape, yet is recalled in Crete - as Paddy Leigh Fermor explains in his afterword - as an act of just revenge for past German atrocities. It recounts the kidnapping, by two young officers serving in S.O.E. ( S p e c i al Operations Executive), of a German general from his headquarters in Crete, and the spiriting of him over the mountains of that island into a motor-launch, and so to captivity...." Slipcase has minor rubbing, tiny dinr on one front e d ge . F in e/ Ne ar Fine 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
15 Nichols, Ruth. THE LEFT-HANDED SPIRIT.
Macmillan of Canada, Toronto, 1978. 
220 pp, 8vo (8 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0770517013 "A thousand years before Marco Polo, a young woman from Rome makes the journey along the Silk Road to China: her name is Mariana, and she is a skilled jeweller who also posseses th e gift of healing. It is this gift, given by the god Apollo, that moves the Chinese ambassador to kidnap her. The despairing Mariana finds herself taken by ship, horse, camel and foot across a vast area of the ancient world: from the soph i s t i c a t e d Rome of Marcus Aurelius, across northern Mesopotamia to the haunted ruins of Babylon; through Samarkand, the Tarim Basin, to the Taklamakan desert, and at last, after many dangerous encounters, to a China threatened by civil war, an d a pr in ce o nl y Mariana can save....(this book) evokes a long-vanished society in fascinating detail and against this brilliant background, exquisitely described, (Nichols) as written a striking tale that speaks from the ancient civilization s i n a voi ce tha t i s u tt erly contemporary." Book slightly cocked, faint watermark at bottom of both boards and spine, tiny bump at bottom of rear hinge. Dust jacket has minor edge wear/wrinkling - tiny piece of laminate missing at top of spi ne. V er y Go od- /Ver y Go od 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
BEFORE I FORGET: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY., Rackham, Reg.  Signed.
16 Rackham, Reg. Signed. BEFORE I FORGET: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY.
N.P. Self-published 1991 0969582609 / 9780969582601 Hard Cover Very Good + Very Good Signed by Author
191 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H). B&w photographs. **SIGNED ON TITLE PAGE: "REG RACKHAM". The reminiscences of a former Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer. Previous owner's place, date and signature on free front endpaper, small tear with crease at bottom of free rear endpaper - archivally taped, light wrinkling at top of spine. Dust jacket has very light edge wear, light edge wrinkling - mainly at top of spine and top/bottom of flap-folds, a few soft creases at bottom of rear panel, a few very small faint liquid marks on front panel, light rubbing - mainly on rear panel. 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
THE SECRET OF TIPPITY WITCHIT.  AN ODD & ELSEWHERE STORY., Roose-Evans, James.  Illustrated by Brian Robb.
17 Roose-Evans, James. Illustrated by Brian Robb. THE SECRET OF TIPPITY WITCHIT. AN ODD & ELSEWHERE STORY.
Andre Deutsch, (London, 1975), first edition. 
95 pp, 8vo (8 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0233966838 B&w illustrations. "Odd and Elsewhere set off in high spirits for Tippity House, where Elsewhere is to be crowned King of the Clowns. But by the time they arrive Elsewhere is thor oughly jittery. Will the other clowns accept him? Will he make a good king? It is Coco, the French Clown, he chiefly fears, and it is Coco and his friends who resent Elsewhere so bitterly they decide to put a stop to the crowning by kid n a p p i n g t h e old king. Odd and Elsewhere go after them, and in the Brockland Forest Elsewhere faces the first of the two challenges that he has to meet and overcome before he can accept the crown...." Dust jacket is price clipped, has ligh t ed ge w ri nk li n g/ cr easing - mainly at top of rear panel and rear flap. NF/VG 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
GUY MANNERING, Scott, Walter, Sir.
18 Scott, Walter, Sir. GUY MANNERING
London Collins Clear-Type Press Full-Leather Very Good 
568 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, b&w plates, including frontispiece, decorated title page. A tale of mysterious predictions, smuggling, murder & kidnapping, set in Galloway, Scotland (as well as Cumberland, Holland & India) in the 1760s - 1780s. Light toning to fore-edge and bottom of text block, slight fading to spine colour, faint rub mark on front cover, minor edge and corner wear, two faint rub marks on spine. Slipcase has heavy edge wear and moderate rubbing on panels. 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
CORPSE IN HANDCUFFS., Smith, Frank A.  Cover art by Barbara Walton.
19 Smith, Frank A. Cover art by Barbara Walton. CORPSE IN HANDCUFFS.
Macmillan of Canada, Toronto, (1969), Ist Canadian edition. 
176 pp, 8vo (8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. "Why would anyone throw away 100,000 pounds in diamonds? Who were the mysterious couple in the black Fiat? Why did a man end his days as a flaming, human torch? When Catherine Cherwick, daughter of an American diplomat, is spirited away from an exclusive private school on the eve of important East-West trade talks, these are just some of the questions facing Superintendent Pepper of the Special Branch. The superintendent follows a tortuous pa th, leading not only through the underworld of London, but deeper, much deeper into that twilight world of international intrigue and sudden death. It is here that he must match wits with an opponent who is a master in his craft, one who is bent on destroying Pepper and all that he stands for." Previous owner's name and initials on free front endpaper, minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has light edge wear, a few small closed tears, tiny chip at top of front flap-fold, light to moderate rubbing, light soiling on rear panel. VG/G+ 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
KIDNAPPED., Stevenson, Robert Louis.  Introduction by Rosaline Masson.
20 Stevenson, Robert Louis. Introduction by Rosaline Masson. KIDNAPPED.
London Collins Clear-Type Press Full-Leather Very Good+ 
298pp, 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, b&w illustrations, including frontispiece. When the orphaned David Balfour travels to the House of Shaws to join his uncle, the wicked Ebenezer Balfour preceives him as a threat and arranges for him to be kidnapped and taken to the Carolinas. Very minor edge wear. Slipcase has moderate edge wear and rubbing, several stains on one side panel. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
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