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1 A Gentleman. THE PERFECT GENTLEMAN; OR, ETIQUETTE AND ELOQUENCE. A BOOK OF INFORMATION AND INSTRUCTION FOR THOSE WHO DESIRE TO BECOME BRILLIANT OR CONSPICUOUS IN GENERAL SOCIETY, OR AT PARTIES, DINNERS, OR POPULAR GATHERINGS.
New York Dick & Fitzgerald 1860 First Edition Hard Cover Good 
335 pp + (12) pp publisher's catalog, 7 1/2" H. Medium brown cloth-covered boards with blind-stamped decoration, gilt lettering/decoration on spine. Publisher's advertising on endpapers. Title page continues: "Containing Model Speeches for All Occasions, with Directions How to Deliver Them. 500 Toasts and Sentiments for Everybody, and Their Proper Mode of Introduction. How to use wine at table, with rules for judging the quality of wine, and rules for carving. Etiquette; or, proper behavior in company, with an American code of politeness for every occasion; and etiquette at Washington. Remarkable wit and conversation at table, etc., etc., to which are added, the Duties of Chairmen of Public Meetings, and rules for the orderly conduct thereof, together with valuable hints and examples for drawing up preambles and resolutions." Subjects covered include: American's Toast to the Queen of England; Balls in Washington; Deportment in the Street; How to call on the President of the United States; Masonic Toasts, Naval and Military Toasts; On Dress; Opinion of Lord Byron on Eating; Port Wine; Road-maker's Toast; Strong-minded Women; Sam Slick's Speech on the Clergy; Niagara Falls; Speech on Prize-fighting; Table Wit; Speech of an Undertaker; Art of Drinking Wine, etc. Fading to spine color and very light fading to edges of boards, light edge wear - one corner has moderate wear, some darkening and tiny faint foxing marks on edges of text block, small edge tear on front free endpaper - archivally taped, small tear on inside front hinge, previous owner's embossed name stamp on title page, two very small stains on page 5, a few tiny stains on some pages throughout book. 
Price: 70.00 USD
 
 
SPLENDOUR AT COURT:  DRESSING FOR ROYAL OCCASIONS SINCE 1700., Arch, Nigel and Marschner, Joanna.
2 Arch, Nigel and Marschner, Joanna. SPLENDOUR AT COURT: DRESSING FOR ROYAL OCCASIONS SINCE 1700.
London Unwin Hyman, London, (1987), Ist edition. 1987 0713526610 / 9780713526615 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
128 pp, 10 1/2" H. Profusely illustrated in b&w and colour with photographs, reproductions, drawings. "(P)rovides a lively picture of contrasting courtly scenes through the ages. It takes us from the paralysingly formal Court of Queen Anne to the outlandish ostentation of fifty years later when the Prince of Wales's dancing feet twinkled with 30,000 Pounds worth of diamonds attached to his shoe buckles. It conjures up the social butterflies of the Victorian age and a young debutante in the 1920's having difficulty tucking the essential three white feathers into her fashionably bobbed hair style. The fairy tale dresses and gold encrusted uniforms described and illustrated in this book have echoed or defied the fashions of the world right up to the present day. The last debutante to be presented at Court left Buckingham Palace in 1958, but in ceremonies such as the State Opening of Parliament courtly costume and tradition still linger with us." Spine is slightly twisted, minor toning on pastedowns. Dust jacket has light wear at bottom of front flap-fold, light edge wrinkling - mainly at top of rear panel, very soft crease down rear panel. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
3 Bailey, Catherine. THE SECRET ROOMS: A TRUE GOTHIC MYSTERY.
London Viking 2012 0670917559 / 9780670917556 Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good+ 
466 pp, 9 1/2" H. B&w photographs, floor plans, map, family tree. "At 6 a.m. on 21 April 1940 John, the 9th Duke of Rutland, and one of Britain's wealthiest men, ended his days, virtually alone, lying on a makeshift bed in a dank, cramped suite of rooms in the servants' quarters of his own home, Belvoir Castle. For weeks, as his health deteriorated, his family, his servants - even the King's doctor - had pleaded with him to come out, but he had refused. After his death, his son and heir, Charles, the 10th Duke of Rutland, ordered that the rooms be locked up and they remained untouched for sixty years. What lay behind this extraordinary set of circumstances? (The author) unravels a complex and compelling tale of love, honour and betrayal, played out in the grand salons of Britain's stately homes at the turn of the twentieth century, and on the battlefields of the Western Front." Dust jacket has minor edge wrinkling, minor rubbing on rear panel. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
THE CONCEITED LAMB.  LADYBIRD SERIES NO. 497., Barr, Noel.
4 Barr, Noel. THE CONCEITED LAMB. LADYBIRD SERIES NO. 497.
Loughborough Wills & Hepworth 1953 Third Edition Hard Cover Good+ P.B. Hickling. 
Unpaginated, 7" H. Buff paper-covered boards, colour pastedown on front board, black lettering on spine and front board. B&w pictorial endpapers showing pet lamb, pig, cows and horses in farm setting. Text pages alternate with charming colour illustrations of idyllic farm life. A pet lamb teases the working animals on the farm for not having beautiful white coats like he does, ultimately testing their patience. When he finally get his just reward, he is wise enough to laugh along with the others, finding friendship counts for more than looks. Wrinkling and wear at top/bottom of spine; light edge and corner wear; one very small corner bump; light browning on spine, edges and parts of rear board. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
5 Burgess, Gelett. NEW GOOPS AND HOW TO KNOW THEM. HINTS AND EXAMPLES FOR CHILDREN WHO WOULD BE LITTLE LADIES OR LITTLE GENTLEMEN.
Random House, New York, (1951). 
70 pp, 4to, HC with decorated boards - no dust jacket. Profusely illustrated in b&w with drawings by author. "This manual of manners stresses the do's and don'ts of everyday behavior. The time-honored virtues of cleanliness, friendliness, kindlin ess and politeness will be quickly and easily learned by any youngster who is given a chance to pore over the pages of this amusing book." Interior - one column of 'score card' on last page of book is filled in, small tear to upper marg i n o f p a g e 6 7 (archivally taped), soft crease to first two pages - otherwise book is clean and tight. Exterior - moderate edgewear/rubbing, spine color is faded, but lettering is still legible, slight fading to rear cover, corners very sli gh tl y b um p ed . S ca n a vailable on request. G+ 
Price: 50.00 USD
 
 
THE JAPANESE ART OF WAR:  UNDERSTANDING THE CULTURE OF STRATEGY., Cleary, Thomas.
6 Cleary, Thomas. THE JAPANESE ART OF WAR: UNDERSTANDING THE CULTURE OF STRATEGY.
Shambhala, Boston, 1991, Ist edition. 
126 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. "Military rule and the martial tradition of the samurai have dominated Japanese culture for centuries, virtually to the present day. According to Thomas Cleary - translator of more than twen ty-five classics of Asian philosophy - the Japanese people have been so steeped in the way of the warrior that some of the manners and mentality of this outlook remain embedded in their individual and collective consciousness..." Contents : I n t r o d u c tion; A Martial History of Japan; Zen in Japanese History; Bushido and Martial Arts; The Way of the Zen Warrior; Schemes of the Samurai; The Thirty-Six Strategies; Bushido and Christianity; A Zen Razor; Summary. Small remainder m ar k o n bo tt om o f te xtblock. Dust jacket has areas of light edge wrinkling, light to moderate edge wear at top/bottom of spine/flap-folds, small area of light creases on front hinge, light rubbing wih slight color loss on rear panel, two tin y e dg e t ea rs. V G/G + 
Price: 12.95 USD
 
 
THE HISTORY OF ENGLAND:  FROM THE EARLIEST PERIOD TO THE PRESENT TIME.  ADAPTED FOR YOUTH, SCHOOLS, AND FAMILIES.  A NEW EDITION, WITH CHRONOLOGICAL TABLE., Corner, Miss.
7 Corner, Miss. THE HISTORY OF ENGLAND: FROM THE EARLIEST PERIOD TO THE PRESENT TIME. ADAPTED FOR YOUTH, SCHOOLS, AND FAMILIES. A NEW EDITION, WITH CHRONOLOGICAL TABLE.
Thomas Dean and Son, London, [1854], 30th thousand. 
328 pp + 54 pp "Questions" section + [12 pp] publisher's catalogue of "Educational and School Books" dated 1854. 4 b&w plates (including frontispiece) and fold-out map. A very Victorian history text for children. Excerpt: "The conduct of Anne Bol eyn was not very amiable, for in her anxiety to wear the crown, she had been wholly regardless of the feelings of the injured queen, whose life, shortened by grief, terminated soon afterwards; but she was severely punished for her selfish a m b i t i o n ; for she had not been the wife of the capricious monarch more than three years, when he fell in love with another lady, and speedily removed all impediments to a third marriage, by procuring witnesses to accuse his wife of treason, a nd s he w as b eh ea d ed after a short imprisonment in the Tower. This unfortunate lady left an infant daughter, who became afterwards Queen Elizabeth. The unfeeling king went out hunting on the day of Anne Boleyn's execution, and the next mor nin g h e m arr ied La dy Jan e Seymour, who died the following year, leaving an infant son, who reigned after his father's death, under the title of Edward the Sixth." List of author's publications is glued to front pastedown, previous owner's na me o n fr ee f ront end pape r, insi de hinges slightly weak - paper split - reglued, small area of browning to pages 94 & 95 due to laid-in old ticket, several pages with small edge/corner creases, light browning to pages; preliminary pages, fron tis a nd ti tle p age h ave l ight soi ling; tw o creases at top corner of page 307/8 - soft creases on adjacent pages, browning and darkening to edges of textblock, top 1/8" of spine missing - wear and fraying at bottom of spine, light rubbing on boards , disc olorat ion on rear board , a few ti ny s tains on spine, corners slightly bumped and have wear. Good- 
Price: 95.00 USD
 
 
8 Crascredo. (Charles Simpson, illus.) MANNERS AND MANNERISMS.
Country Life, London, (1929), Ist edition. 
107 pp, 4to, HC in dust jacket. B&w and monotone illus throughout by Charles Simpson. "...is a book of foxhunting ways - and means. The ways are as fully discussed as the means - the ways in which things should be done, and other ways in which th ings are (or are not) done. Through all the book the threads of the hunting theme, grave and gay, are gathered together to weave a foxhunting whole for young, and not so young, for newcomer and expert." Pages browning lightly at edges , b o o k l i g h t l y cracked at spine in a few place, but pages are not loose and the book is clean and sound overall. Edges of boards/spine lightly browned, light edgewear. Dust jacket is quite worn, with large chips (not affecting text), pr ic e c li pp ed , c lo se d te ar s, creases and browning, water stain on spine. VG-/Poor 
Price: 50.00 USD
 
 
9 Farwell, Byron. THE GURKHAS.
W.W. Norton, New York, 1990. 
317 pp, 8vo (8 3/16" H), soft cover. ISBN 039330714X B&w photographs, reproductions, map. "The Gurkha regiments in the British Army are, quite simply, the finest infantrymen in the world. Recruited in the kingdom of Nepal since the early ninetee nth century, these short, wiry hillmen have served the kings and queens of Britain with such loyalty, tenacity, and incredible bravery that often the sound of their battle cry 'Ayo Gurkhali!' (roughly translated as 'Here come the Gurkhas!') h a s c a u s ed enemy soldiers to flee. The Gurkhas fought beside the British in the Indian Mutiny, in France and Mesopotamia during World War I, and in every theater during World War II. They have fought as well in countless small wars - 'the sav ag e w ar s of p eace' - including the Northwestern Frontier of India, Malaya, Borneo, and most recently the Falkland Islands. Their courage is legendary. Since 1911, when they first became eligible, thirteen Gurkhas have been awarded the Victori a C ro ss , a n unm atc hed record. This book will tell who the Gurkhas are and where they come from. It will describe their manners, customs, and character, and their history as soldiers, with special attention to their unique skills and remarkab le v alo r." In te rior - c lean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - Very minor rubbing. Near Fine 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
10 Ferns, S.J. and Ferns, H.S. EIGHTY-FIVE YEARS IN CANADA.
Winnipeg Queenston House 1978 0919866387 / 9780919866386 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ 
188 pp, 8 5/8" H. B&w photographs. "This fascinating story of the life of one 'ordinary' Canadian is social history at its best - a first hand account of the home life, entertainment, working conditions and methods, manners and morals of past generations. Born in London, Ontario in 1888, S.J. Ferns left school at age 13 to throw himself into the struggle for existence. He describes the Harvester's Special trains, the work of threshing gangs in the Weset, his apprenticeship as a bricklayer, and his subsequent travels around a young and growing country to find work. Many of the events which have become significant historically - Calgary's first Stampede, Alberta's first oil strike, the opening of Detroit's first Ford plant - gain new meaning when seen through the eyes of one who had some personal involvement or was personally affected by them." Very light wear/wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has very light edge wear/wrinkling, two tiny edge tears archivally taped. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
REDNEY:  A LIFE OF SARA JEANNETTE DUNCAN., Fowler, Marian.  Inscrbed by author.  (Sara Jeannette Duncan.)
11 Fowler, Marian. Inscrbed by author. (Sara Jeannette Duncan.) REDNEY: A LIFE OF SARA JEANNETTE DUNCAN.
Anansi, Toronto, (1983), Ist edition. 
333 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w photos. INSCRIBED BY AUTHOR ON FRONT FREE ENDPAPER. "(T)ells the story of Sara Jeannette Duncan, a popular Canadian writer at the turn of the century. Redney began as a beautiful young journalist, a restless romantic and a world traveller. Her writing career took her from her home in Brantford, Ontario, first to New Orleans - where she had a romantic fling with the 'Byron of the Rockies', the flamboyant Joaquin Miller - and then to adventures in Washington, Toronto, Montreal, and as far afield as Tokyo and London. Redney married and settled in India - feeling trapped, she began to write her many novels and at last summoned up the Canada of her childhood in her masterpiece, 'The Imperialist'. (This book) explores the psychology and talent of a remarkable woman and evokes for us the scenes and manners of a vanished, colourful past." Minor edge wear to boards. Dust jacket light to moderate edge wear/wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, a few very tiny scuffs on spine. VG+/VG- 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
UNDIPLOMATIC NOTES: TALES FROM THE CANADIAN FOREIGN SERVICE., Freifeld, Sidney.  Illustrated by Susan Macartney.
12 Freifeld, Sidney. Illustrated by Susan Macartney. UNDIPLOMATIC NOTES: TALES FROM THE CANADIAN FOREIGN SERVICE.
Hounslow Press / Anthony R. Hawke, Willowdale, Ontario, 1990. 
194 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0888821263 B&w illustrations. "Behind formal negotiations are events sometimes too hilarious (and human) for academic histories. Beneath serene exteriors are people, who, from time to time, are clowns. And often, the expectations of dignity and protocol only serve to heighten the antics. From his 30-year career, Sidney Freifeld - at various desks at headquarters and in various embassies, up through the ranks, to ambassador - recollects some of these tales. He has gleaned others from colleagues or 'unofficial' files. Among the treats in (this book): Castro's table manners at an impromptu dinner; The circus of incivility created by the arrogance of the Ceausescu clan and their entourage; Calls in the night to deal with Moscow's howling cats; Australian VIPs lost in the bowels of the Chateau Laurier; A Canadian embassy held at gun-point, by a Canadian; and Poetry to protest External's policy on decorations. Legations run like military outposts, the needs of beavers in transit, and the exchange of diplomatic notes over a baseball game are more subjects for 'Undiplomatic Notes'. And for the uninitiated there are some useful chapters on what really, really, goes on." Previous owner's label on front pastedown, bump to bottom edge of pages, small bump to top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Very Good-/Very Good+ 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
LETTERS FROM CANADA, WRITTEN DURING A RESIDENCE THERE IN THE YEARS 1806, 1807, AND 1808; SHEWING THE PRESENT STATE OF CANADA, ITS PRODUCTIONS - TRADE - COMMERCIAL IMPORTANCE AND POLITICAL RELATIONS., Gray, Hugh.
13 Gray, Hugh. LETTERS FROM CANADA, WRITTEN DURING A RESIDENCE THERE IN THE YEARS 1806, 1807, AND 1808; SHEWING THE PRESENT STATE OF CANADA, ITS PRODUCTIONS - TRADE - COMMERCIAL IMPORTANCE AND POLITICAL RELATIONS.
Coles, Toronto, 1971, facsimile reprint of Longman, Hurst, Rees and Orme edition of 1809. 
406 pp, 8vo (8 3/8" H), soft cover. Title continues: "Illustrative of the Laws, the Manners of the People, and the Peculiarities of the Country and Climate. Exhibiting Also the Commercial Importance of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick & Cape Breton; an d Their increasing Ability, in Conjunction with Canada, to furnish the necessary Supplies of Lumber and Provisions to our West-India Islands." Interior - previous owner's small stamp on inside of front cover, very small bump to top corner o f p a g e s , otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - very light edge wear, small faint liquid stain and light scuff line on top of textblock. Very Good 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
TRAVELS THROUGH THE CANADAS:  CONTAINING A DESCRIPTION OF THE PICTURESQUE SCENERY ON SOME OF THE RIVERS AND LAKES; WITH AN ACCOUNT OF THE PRODUCTIONS, COMMERCE, AND INHABITANTS OF THOSE PROVINCES., Heriot, George.  Introduction to New Edition by James J. Talman.
14 Heriot, George. Introduction to New Edition by James J. Talman. TRAVELS THROUGH THE CANADAS: CONTAINING A DESCRIPTION OF THE PICTURESQUE SCENERY ON SOME OF THE RIVERS AND LAKES; WITH AN ACCOUNT OF THE PRODUCTIONS, COMMERCE, AND INHABITANTS OF THOSE PROVINCES.
Edmonton M.G. Hurtig 1971 0888300360 / 9780888300362 First Hurtig Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good+ George Heriot. 
602 pp, 10 1/2" H. Red cloth covered boards, black title block with gilt lettering/decoration on spine. Original publisher's cardboard slipcase with titling on spine and one side. Black, white & cream illustrations (several fold-out) plus colour fold-out map (collated). Title continues: "To which is sub-joined a comparative view of the manners and customs of several of the Indian nations of North and South America." "Heriot went to Quebec in 1792 as a civil servant and became deputy postmaster general of Canada in 1799. Until 1816 he remained in Canada, travelling at least as far west as Niagara Falls, perhaps Detroit, and to some extent in the United States, sketching along the way. His legacy - his water-colors and this book, an unsurpassed intimate history of 'the lakes, the rivers, and cataracts, the villages, farm-houses, and townships of Canada'. Although British reviewers of the day were unimpressed by richly detailed descriptions of a mere colony, the extent and precision of Heriot's account is a virtue one hundred and sixty years later. He wrote at length of each of the major waterways in Upper and Lower Canada which were, as James Talman points out in his introduction, 'of first importance in the life of the people as a means of travel and a source of water power'. And his sketches of buildings, particularly in Quebec, are invaluable since many of those buildings were already falling into ruin when Heriot saw them." Very minor wrinkling at top og spine. Dust jacket has very light wrinkling at top of spine and flap-folds, minor rubbing. Slipcase has very light edge wear/rubbing, tiny slight puncture on one side, slight bump at top of spine. 
Price: 45.00 USD
 
 
THE CHILDREN OF THE SOULS:  A TRAGEDY OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR., MacKenzie, Jeanne.
15 MacKenzie, Jeanne. THE CHILDREN OF THE SOULS: A TRAGEDY OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR.
Chatto & Windus, London, 1986, first edition. 
276 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 070112847X B&w photographs, maps, family trees. " 'It seems that our generation at Balliol is doomed', Patrick Shaw Stewart wrote to Lady Desborough from Gallipoli. 'If I live throug h this war I shall be almost without friends'. He was in fact the last to die of the close-knit, brilliantly clever and engagingly vivacious group that included Raymond Asquith, Julian and Billy Grenfell, Edward Horner, Charles Lister, Ego a n d Y v o Charteris. Children of the Souls, the bright collection of late Victorian aristocrats, these young men were brought up together at Eton and Oxford; with such friends as Winston Churchill, Edward Marsh, Duff Cooper, John Buchan, Diana Co op er an d Ru p ert Brooke, they were becoming part of the Edwardian elite, moving from one fashionable ball or country house party to the next, meeting politicians and poets and beginning careers in the City, in the law and public service. In thi s m ovi n g g ro up po rtrait, which is based on many unpublished letters, both to and about each other, Jeanne MacKenzie tells of a happy youth and blighted manhood which epitomises the epic tragedy of the twentieth century. It is a story of ruin ous roma nt icis m w hos e i m plications stretch far beyond the brief lives of this 'lost generation'." Light to moderate browning to pages, one or two pages with tiny foxing marks, moderate browning to edges of textblock, very light wrinkl i ng at top /bott om of sp ine, tin y te ar and crease at top edg of page 109 - archivally taped, tiny dint on bottom edge of rear board, tiny gold offset on rear board. Dust jacket is price clipped, has light edge wrinkling - mainly at top of sp in e and flap- folds. V ery Go od-/V ery G ood 
Price: 85.00 USD
 
 
16 Martel, Yann. THE FACTS BEHIND THE HELSINKI ROCCAMATIOS AND OTHER STORIES.
Alfred A. Knopf Canada, (Toronto, 1993), Ist edition. 
232 pp, 8vo, soft cover. "The appearance of a young storyteller with a unique fictional voice is cause for celebration. Yann Martel's title story won the 1991 Journey Prize, and was included in the 1991-92 Pushcart Prize Anthology. The intensely human tragedy that lies at its heart is told with a spare, careful elegance that resonates long after it has ended - and is matched through all the stories by an original and dazzling freshness." Contains: The Facts behind the Helsinki Roccamatios ; The Time I Heard The Private Donald J. Rankin String Concerto with One Discordant Violin, by the American Composer John Morton; Manners of Dying; The Mirror Machine. By the author of "Life of Pi". Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - clean and bright, flat uncreased spine. Near Fine 
Price: 40.00 USD
 
 
MANNERS AND MONUMENTS OF PREHISTORIC PEOPLES., Nadaillac, The Marquis de.  Translated by Nancy Bell (N. D'Anvers).
17 Nadaillac, The Marquis de. Translated by Nancy Bell (N. D'Anvers). MANNERS AND MONUMENTS OF PREHISTORIC PEOPLES.
New York G.P. Putnam's Sons 1892 First American Edition Hard Cover Good 
412 pp, 8 3/4" H. Brown cloth with gilt lettering on spine, gilt lettering/decoration on front board, top edge gilt. 113 b&w illustrations, including tissue-covered frontispiece. Contents: The Stone Age, its Duration, and its Place in Time; Food, Cannibalism, Mammals, Fish, Hunting and Fishing, Navigation; Weapons, Tools, Pottery - Origin of the Use of Fire, Clothing, Ornaments - Early Artistic Efforts; Caves, Kitchen-Middings, Lake Stations, "Terremares", Crannoges, Burghs, "Nurhags", "Talayoti", and "Truddhi"; Megalithic Monuments; Industry, Commerce, Social Organization - Fights, Wounds and Trepanation; Camps, Fortifications, Vitrified Forts - Santorin - The Towns upon the Hill of Hissarlik; Tombs; Index. Inside rear hinge has splitting to paper but is holding firmly, two edge tears on page leaf 403/404 - archivally taped, small 'v' tear on page leaf 407/408 - archivally taped, small area of browning at bottom of inside front hinge, browning to fore-edge and bottom of text block, light edge wear - more at corners and at top/bottom of spine, wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, light waviness on spine, faint staining on half of rear board. 
Price: 45.00 USD
 
 
GIRL IN A SLOPPY JOE SWEATER: LIFE ON THE CANADIAN HOME FRONT DURING WORLD WAR TWO., Peate, Mary.
18 Peate, Mary. GIRL IN A SLOPPY JOE SWEATER: LIFE ON THE CANADIAN HOME FRONT DURING WORLD WAR TWO.
Optimum, Montreal, 1989. 
202 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0888902220 B&w photographs, reproductions."(A) lighthearted but true-to-life account of Canadian home front living during the war years. When teenaged boys put on uniforms and sailed, flew, and marched off to fight in the Second World War, the teenaged girls they left behind them were in uniform too: a Sloppy Joe sweater, a string of pearls, skirt, bobbysox, and saddleshoes. Meet Mary, one of those girls in a Sloppy Joe sweater; her best friend Cath, and their friends; and follow their fortunes through these six significant years in history that paralleled six of the most formative years of their lives. Through Mary you will learn what they were like; how they passed their time as they waited for the boys to come home; their code of manners and mores; what they talked about at their 'hen parties'; the music and radio programs they listened to; the movies they watched; the books and magazines they read; their fashion 'fads'; their humour; and their contribution to the 'war effort'. Accented by newspaper clippings of the time, the reader gets a chronological review of home and war front news. These vignettes of history reflect the reality of life and death of never to be forgotten days and when juxtaposed with the author's highly entertaining text, the whole forms a record of the times as none other has." Previous owner's small label on free front endpaper, book is slightly cocked, small bump at top corner of rear board. Dust jacket has light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, light fading to spine color - mainly top half, minor rubbing. Very Good/Very Good 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
SUNDAY BEST., Phillips, Edward O.  Dust jacket art by Shelley Browning.
19 Phillips, Edward O. Dust jacket art by Shelley Browning. SUNDAY BEST.
Seal / McClelland-Bantam, Toronto, 1990, first edition. 
214 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 077042392 "Geoffrey Chadwick is back and this time (the) reluctant hero and social observer is going to a wedding - or maybe not. Geoffrey's niece, Jennifer, is about to marry Douglas, son o f a prominent - or at very least notorious - Montreal socialite, Lois Fullerton. Lois is a wealthy widow with an impressive list of discarded lovers and it looks like she's decided Geoffrey will be her next conquest. But after meeting Loi s o n s e v e ral occasions, Chadwick discovers he is being followed. Soon a nasty knife wound - on the front tire of his car - and a nasty note thicken the plot. Has Lois masterminded a trap? Who is her suspicious, swarthy, and sexy chauffeur? A nd w h y is t he bridegroom more interested in his future brother-in-law than his future bride? Edward O. Phillips' new novel....is a lively comedy of manners - bad manners - with just a hint of crime." Dust jacket has very minor edge wear, v er y m ino r ru bbi ng. V ery Good+/Very Good+ 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
THE MICE WILL PLAY., Phillips, Edward O.  Inscribed by author.
20 Phillips, Edward O. Inscribed by author. THE MICE WILL PLAY.
Riverbank Press, Toronto, 1996, first edition. 
233 pp, small 8vo (7 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. INSCRIBED ON TITLE PAGE: "FOR ____ AND ____ - TO READ BETWEEN SETS - MUCH LOVE - TED, 11/9/96". ISBN 189633203X "Gemma Johnstone's intimate charms have earned her just about every material comfort a woman about town could wish for. But when her latest admirer expires in full flight of physical affection, she must suddenly face the realities of being middle-aged, single, and without further material prospects. Temporary solace appars in the form of Helen Chisholm, a bed-ridden older woman who is in need of care and companionship while her redoubtable daughter goes away on a two-week Caribbean cruise. The prospect of tending an old lady tucked away in the tower of a sp r a w l i n g V ictorian mansion is hardly a tantalising one for a woman of Gemma's worldly charms. But as Gemma and Helen get to know each other, they form an unlikely bond and discover to their mutual surprise that their lives will never again b e th e sa me . A n yo ne familiar with the works of British writer E.F. Benson will immediately find themselves on familiar literary ground, probing the oft-fragile veneer of morality that separates respectability from the scandalous. Only here, t he se tt ing is a co nt emp orary one - Westmount, the genteel hillside environs of English-speaking Montreal's upper middle class. 'The Mice Will Play' is a deft comedy of contemporary manners (and the lack thereof). Written in Edward O. Phil lip s' f ast -pac ed, urb ane sty le, it paints an often hilarious picture of what happens when we surrender ourselves to the unpredictable twists of fate and human nature." Dust jacket has minor edge wrinkling and very minor rubbing. Near Fine/Ve ry G ood+ 
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