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1 Cockfield, Jamie H. WITH SNOW ON THEIR BOOTS: THE TRAGIC ODYSSEY OF THE RUSSIAN EXPEDITIONARY FORCE IN FRANCE DURING WORLD WAR I.
New York St. Martin's Griffin 1999 0312173563 / 9780312173562 Soft Cover Very Good 
396 pp, 8 3/16" H. B&w photographs. "In 1916, in an exchange of human flesh for war material, the Russian government sent to France two brigades to fight on the side of their French allies. By the end of World War I, these two brigades had experienced their own form of the Russian Revolution, had been isolated at a southern training post in a disciplinary move by the French government, had battled against each other in what was one of the first confrontations of the Russian Civil War, and had emerged from the conflict as a single force, the Russian Legion of Honor, which would remain loyal to France until the end of the war. The remarkable story of these Russian soldiers has been basically overlooked by historians - until now. (This book) explores the journey and transformation of these men and, in doing so, examines the impact of the revolution on the Russians who were caught in the middle of wartime alliances and nationalist ardor. A microcosm of the political, social, and military struggle that was to occur in Russia in 1917 and in the years to follow, (it) also looks at the changes in the relationship between France and Russia during and after the war." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - minor edge wear, three light creases down spine, minor soiling on bottom of book. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
2 Ferns, H.S. (Signed) (Foreword by Malcolm Muggeridge.) READING FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: ONE MAN'S POLITICAL HISTORY.
University of Toronto Press, Toronto, (1983), Ist edition. 
374 pp, 8vo, HC in dust jacket. SIGNED BY AUTHOR ON TITLE PAGE. "Henry Stanley Ferns was born in Calgary in 1913. His autobiography retells the intellectual and political odyssey of a concerned and active twentieth-century man - a man who has come to conclude that Marxism does not fit the facts, that bureaucracies are now a problem, that government is theft, that universities should be removed from the control of the government, and that religion is essential for freedom." Minor edgewear to boards, light browning to textblock edges. Dust jacket has light edgewear, light wrinkling at top edge, one 1/2" tear at top of rear flap fold, edges browned. VG+/G+ 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
THE WORLD OF ODYSSEUS., Finley, M.I.  Introduction by Simon Hornblower.
3 Finley, M.I. Introduction by Simon Hornblower. THE WORLD OF ODYSSEUS.
London Folio Society 2002 Hard Cover Very Good+ 
193 pp, 10" H. Bound in full brick-red cloth printed with a design by Grahame Baker in black and white. Map endpapers, colour plates. "This edition follows the text of the second revised edition (of 1978) with minor emendations." Contents: Introduction; Author's Preface; Homer and the Greeks; Bards and Heroes; Wealth and Labour; Household, Kin, and Community; Morals and Values; Appendix I: The World of Odysseus Revisited; Appendix II: Schliemann's Troy - One Hundred Years After; Biblio-graphical Essay; Index of Passages Quoted; General Index. Light wrinkling at bottom of spine. Slipcase has a very tiny dent on one front edge, very minor rubbing. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
4 Folio Society. (Michael Wood, Chapman Pincher, Sue Bradbury, Simon Goldhill.) FOLIO. WINTER 1998.
Folio Society, London, 1998. 
32 pp, 8 1/4" H, soft cover (stapled in wraps). B&w illustrations. Contents: Editorial; In Search of Lost Time (journey to Mesopotamia); The Second Oldest Profession (writers and spies); The Cockney Alphabet; Knowing Homer (legacy of the Odyssey myth); Keats-Shelley Memorial Prize 1999. Interior - cigarette odor, otherwise clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - minor edge wear, tiny curl to top/bottom corners of book. Very Good 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
FLASHMAN AND THE REDSKINS.  FROM THE FLASHMAN PAPERS, 1849-50 AND 1875-76., Fraser, George MacDonald.  Dust jacket art by Barbosa.
5 Fraser, George MacDonald. Dust jacket art by Barbosa. FLASHMAN AND THE REDSKINS. FROM THE FLASHMAN PAPERS, 1849-50 AND 1875-76.
Collins, London, 1982, first edition. 
479 pp, 8vo (8 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. Map endpapers. "When the tide of battle surged over the slopes of Little Bighorn, and Sitting Bull's braves gathered for the final charge that would sweep away the gallant remnant of Custer's 7th Cavalry, a clarion voice was heard above the crash of shots and whistle of arrows, the war-whoops and the pounding hooves: - Readers of his previous adventures will not fail to identify the speaker, or to recognise the tall, distinguished figure in evening dress, tails and whiskers, fleeing the stricken field: Sir Harry Flashman, V.C., veteran of countless retreats from battle and bedchamber, the most decorated coward of the Victorian age, was meeting his fate with the same matchless poltroone ry and deafness to duty and decency which had sustained him through a lifetime of dishonourable service, and endeared him to a generation of readers. But how the arch-cad of Dr Arnold's Rugby found himself in the climactic struggle of the Ame r i c a n West is only one chapter in an odyssey as hair-raising and scandalous as any in his six earlier volumes of memoirs. He traces it with his usual shameless candour and caustic humour, from the wagon-trains of the Forty-Niners, when he foug ht h is t er r ified way across the Plains in command of a bordello on wheels, to the holocaust of Bent's Fort and the horrors of scalp-hunting raids, Apache warpaths, dinner parties with Custer, captivity among the Sioux, confrontations with Pres ide nt Gra nt and W ild Bill Hickock, duels, escapes, conspiracies, and shoot-outs - to say nothing of passionate encounters with Indian belles, dusky beauties, enthusiastic widows, and mysterious adventuresses. This is Flashy's West as only he ca n de scr ibe it - th e W est, at once legendary and authentic, of Mangas Colorado and Kit Carson, of Custer and Spotted Tail, of Crazy Horse and the Deadwood stage, a pageant of savage warriors and Mountain Men, glory-hunting soldiers and gunfighter s, ga mble rs, ecc entri cs, scoundrels, and those extraordinary folk, white and Indian, who broke the trails or resisted the invasion." Book slightly cocked, minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine/hinges, very light speckles of foxing on top of te xt blo ck. Dust jac ket ha s be en price clipped, has minor edge wear/wrinkling, soft wrinkles at top edge of rear flap, light rubbing. Very Good-/Very Good 
Price: 35.00 USD
 
 
6 Grimley, Gordon, compiled and edited by. WICKED VICTORIANS: AN ANTHOLOGY OF CLANDESTINE LITERATURE OF THE NINETEENTH CENTURY.
London Odyssey 1970 850951208 Hard Cover Very Good Very Good- 
224 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H). **ADULT MATERIAL** "The six decades of Queen Victoria's reign - popularly still considered a 'repressive' era - saw the emergence of more erotic and pornographic literature than at any other time in our history, not excluding the present. Hundreds of titles of all grades and shades of erotica were secretly printed and sold throughout England. This anthology, with an Introduction and prefacing notes, uniquely reproduces chapters, passages and bawdy verses." Bump to top corner of boards, very light wrinkling at top of spine. Dust jacket has light wrinkling at top of spine and flap-folds, waterstain and dye offset at bottom of spine and front panel - mainly shows on inside surface, light rubbing to surfaces. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
7 Jones, Courtway. Cover art by Teresa Fasolino. DRAGON'S HEIRS TRILOGY. FIRST BOOK. IN THE SHADOW OF THE OAK KING. SECOND BOOK. WITCH OF THE NORTH. THIRD BOOK. A PRINCE IN CAMELOT. 3 VOLUME SET.
Pocket, New York, (1992, 1994, 1995), Ist pb printings. 
340 pp, 332 pp, 367 pp, - mass market paperbacks - 3 volumes. "In a moonlit grove, a boy is prepared for sacrifice to the Druid's god - the Oak King. Saved from death by a mysterious blacksmith, he begins an enthralling odyssey...The boy is Pelleas, bastard son of Uther the Pendragon. The smith is Myrddin, known as a sorcerer wise in countless arts. Through Pelleas' eyes unfolds the harsh, violent, surprising world of fifth-century Britain: a land torn by strife, struggling toward glory, and changed forever when a royal baby - Arthur - is smuggled to a remote island. There Arthur is raised by Myrddin, Pelleas and the enchanting child Nithe...until it is time for him to pull the sword from the anvil, taking his place asking of the Britons..." Interiors - book three has old price and bookstore stamp on first page, otherwise clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exteriors - very light edge wear, spines have a few very faint creases. VG 
Price: 35.00 USD
 
 
ULYSSES.  (WITH DOUBLE DUST JACKET.), Joyce, James.
8 Joyce, James. ULYSSES. (WITH DOUBLE DUST JACKET.)
London The Bodley Head 1967 Seventh Impression with Corrections. Hard Cover Very Good Very Good- 
939 pp, 7 3/4" H, medium green cloth with gilt lettering on spine, top edge blue/grey. Includes Appendix: "Corresponding Pages in Old and New Editions". With two dust jackets - the first with b&w photographs from Joseph Strick's 1967 film (Molly Bloom and Blazes Boylan on front, Leopold Bloom on back), the under dust jacket is the traditional dark green with black lettering on spine and front and white archer's bow on spine. Both have 30s Net and New Edition / Seventh Impression on front flap, but different blurbs. "Using as his framework an account of a single day in the life of Leopold Bloom, a middle-class Dublin Jew, Joyce explored the human condition in (the 20th) century with penetrating insight, and with a dazzling display of new techniques which had a revolutionary effect on literature. Its wit, its poetry, above all its unconquerable, life-enhancing charity, have won the book a vast readership, which even today is till on the increase." Very light edge wear to boards, slight fading to colour on top edge of text block, minor soiling on edges of text block, very light wrinkling at bottom of spine. Dark green under dust jacket has minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Outer dust jacket has light edge wear, light rubbing on panels, two water stains on spine, light foxing on inside surface, very small tear at top of spine - archivally taped. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
STORIES FROM THE ILIAD OR THE SIEGE OF TROY & STORIES FROM THE ODYSSEY.  2 VOLUMES FROM THE "TOLD TO THE CHILDREN" SERIES., Lang, Jeanie.  (Homer.)
9 Lang, Jeanie. (Homer.) STORIES FROM THE ILIAD OR THE SIEGE OF TROY & STORIES FROM THE ODYSSEY. 2 VOLUMES FROM THE "TOLD TO THE CHILDREN" SERIES.
London T.C. & E.C. Jack Hard Cover Good W. Heath Robinson. 
119 pp + 118 pp, 6" H - 2 volumes. 8 colour plates (including frontispiece) per volume. No date. Stories of the Trojan War and Odysseus' wanderings following it, retold for children. Each book has a blank Thoreau Macdonald bookplate at front. Books are slightly cocked, have light fading to spine color, light browning to edges of text blocks and on endpapers, small label on rear pastedown, small number stamp on rear free endpaper, some toning to page margins and gutters. Iliad has light wear at top/bottom of spine, very small bump at botom corner of boards. Odyessy has moderate wear at top/bottom of spine, small area of soiling on top of text block, one very small corner bump, small area of surface paper loss on text page 105 - piece is glued to verso of opposite illustration page, three page leaves roughtly opened at bottom edge - archivally repaired. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
FRONTLINE AIRLINE:  TROOP CARRIER PILOT IN WORLD WAR II., Lester, John R. (Bob), Lieutenant Colonel, USAF (Ret.)
10 Lester, John R. (Bob), Lieutenant Colonel, USAF (Ret.) FRONTLINE AIRLINE: TROOP CARRIER PILOT IN WORLD WAR II.
Sunflower University Press, Manhattan, KS, 1994. 
192 pp, 8vo (8 15/16" H), soft cover. ISBN 0897451791 B&w photographs. "John R. Lester describes his work as a reminiscence - after 50 years - of being 19- or 20-something, with wings, in the whirlwind of war. His narrative reflects the innocent optimism, the adventure, and the youthful sense of immortality of the time - from induction through Cadet training to become a pilot. This is a personal odyssey into combat in a Troop Carrier Group of the 5th Air Force, from New Guinea to J a p a n . Troop Carrier, says the author, 'was a different breed of cat'. Although they hauled 'everything imaginable', their primary purpose was to put paratroopers and gliders into combat behind enemy lines and to maintain a conduit of supply fo r co mb at s i tutations, initially using the C-47 Skytrain and then the C-46 Commando." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - book is slightly cocked, very light edge wear, small area of surface paper loss o n f ro nt cov er due t o sticker removal. Very Good- 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
MY GRANDFATHER'S WAR:  CANADIANS REMEMBER THE FIRST WORLD WAR, 1914-1918., Mathieson, William D.
11 Mathieson, William D. MY GRANDFATHER'S WAR: CANADIANS REMEMBER THE FIRST WORLD WAR, 1914-1918.
Toronto Macmillan of Canada, Toronto 1982 0771597312 / 9780771597312 Soft Cover Very Good - 
338 pp, large 8vo (9" H). B&w photographs. "(Bill Mathieson embarked) on a three-year odyssey, which took him over twenty-thousand miles, across Canada and to Europe. He met hundreds of veterans, taped their stories, borrowed their letters, diaries, and journals, and browsed through their photo albums. In his spare time he combed archives and public libraries. The result is a moving oral history - reinforced with the best materials from printed sources, and the resulting blend brings vividly to the reader the ideals, the hopes, the fears, and the agonies of the men and women who lived through the Great War." Interior - cigarette odour, very light browning to pages, otherwise clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - very light edge wear, book lightly cocked, light browning, several creases on spine, one tiny corner crease, minor soiling. 
Price: 12.50 USD
 
 
MY GRANDFATHER'S WAR:  CANADIANS REMEMBER THE FIRST WORLD WAR, 1914-1918., Mathieson, William D.
12 Mathieson, William D. MY GRANDFATHER'S WAR: CANADIANS REMEMBER THE FIRST WORLD WAR, 1914-1918.
Macmillan of Canada, Toronto, 1981. 
338 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0771595387 Map endpapers, sepiatone photographs. "....(Bill Mathieson embarked) on a three-year odyssey, which took him over twenty-thousand miles, across Canada and to Europe. He met hundreds of veterans, taped their stories, borrowed their letters, diaries, and journals, and browsed through their photo albums. In his spare time he combed archives and public libraries. The result is a moving oral history....reinforc e d w i t h t h e best materials from printed sources, and the resulting blend brings vividly to the reader the ideals, the hopes, the fears, and the agonies of the men and women who lived through the Great War...." Small business label on front pa st e do wn , ti n y fa int mark on fore-edge of textblock, slight bump at bottom of rear hinge and at one corner, minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has light edge wear - a few tiny chips, moderate edge wrinkling, several edge t ear s - o ne wit h old t ap e a nd two archivally taped, liquid stain at top of spine, light rubbing. VG/G 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
13 Nero, Robert. THE SITE: A PERSONAL ODYSSEY.
Natural Heritage, Toronto, 2001. 
95 pp, 9" H, soft cover. ISBN 1896219705 B&w photographs, map. "Poetry or potsherds? That's the surprising dilemma one of Canada's well-known nature writers confronts in this highly personalized account of a lifetime's involvement as an avocatio nal archaeologist. With deft descriptive powers, (he) leads us gently into this new facet of his amazing spectrum of interest. Not unexpectedly, there even is poetry in his approach to studying prehistoric remains! From childhood to adolesc e n c e , to wartime service with the U.S. Army in the Southwest Pacific, from exploring the vast sand dunes of Lake Athabasca to excavating a 3000-year-old-site he discovered west of Winnipeg, Nero allows us to share his enthusiasm and excitement in o ut do or adventures." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - clean and bright. Fine 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
ONLEY'S ARCTIC:  DIARIES AND PAINTINGS OF THE HIGH ARCTIC., Onley, Toni.  Foreword by George Woodcock.
14 Onley, Toni. Foreword by George Woodcock. ONLEY'S ARCTIC: DIARIES AND PAINTINGS OF THE HIGH ARCTIC.
Vancouver Douglas & McIntyre 1989 088894666X / 9780888946669 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good Toni Onley. 
166 pp, 10 3/4" H. Colour and b&w illustrations - reproductions, photographs, maps. "Toni Onley made his first trip to the High Arctic in 1974 aboard a Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker, the CCGS Louis S. St. Laurent. He returned the following year, this time piloting his small flying boat on a 10,000 kilometre odyssey into the eastern Arctic from Vancouver, B.C. Eleven years later, he and poet Claude Peloquin boarded another coast guard vessel on a voyage to confirm Canada's cultural sovereignty in northern waters. During each of these trips, Onley kept a diary of his daily observations: the unexpected colour, the mysterious quality of the light, the meteoric changes in the weather, the way land and sea and sky converge to tease the eye. The diaries also make many allusions to historical events and environmental concerns, and provide a lively commentary on life abaord ship and in the air. As an artist, Onley found his paintings ready-made in a landscape stripped to its bare essentials. His three trips inspired more than 200 watercolours, prints, oils and pencil drawings, of which 122 are represented here. In these stunning works, Onley exhibits his characteristic skill with a watercolour brush, capturing the fleeting light and shadow and the fragile, vulnerable beauty of the far north." Tiny dent on top edge of front board and a very small dent on the bottom edge. Dust jacket has light edge wrinkling - mainly at top edge, two tiny dents on front hinge. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
THE ODYSSEY OF HOMER., Palmer, George Herbert, translator.  (Homer.)
15 Palmer, George Herbert, translator. (Homer.) THE ODYSSEY OF HOMER.
Cambridge, Massachusetts Houghton Mifflin 1929 First Thus Hard Cover Very Good - N.C. Wyeth. 
314 pp, 10 1/2" H. Red boards with gilt lettering/banding on spine, gilt lettering/decoration on front board. Pictorial endpapers. Sixteen colour plates (including frontispiece) by N.C. Wyeth (collated). The epic story of the adventures of Odysseus, translated into prose. Contents: The Council of the Gods; The Departure of Telemachus; At Pylos; At Lacedaemon; The Raft of Odysseus; The Landing at Phaeacia; The Welcome of Alcinous; The Stay in Phaeacia; The Cyclops; Circe; The Land of the Dead; The Sirens; From Phaeacia to Ithaca; The Stay with Eumaeus; Telemachus and Eumaeus; The Recognition by Telemachus; The Return of Telemachus to Ithaca; The Fight of Odysseus and Irus; The Meeting with Penelope; Before the Slaughter; The Trial of the Bow; The Slaughter of the Suitors; The Recognition of Penelope; Peace. Previous owner's small bookplate on front pastedown, small margin tear on title page and three other pages - archivally taped, some darkening to edges of text block, light wear at top/bottom of spine - a few tiny chips and tears at top of spine, very minor corner wear, light fading to color on spine and front hinge. 
Price: 85.00 USD
 
 
IN MY GRANDFATHER'S HOUSE., Poortvliet, Rien.  Calligraphy by Diane Lynch.
16 Poortvliet, Rien. Calligraphy by Diane Lynch. IN MY GRANDFATHER'S HOUSE.
Harry N. Abrams, New York, 1988, first American edition. 
240 pp, oblong (10 1/4" H x 12 1/8" D) hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0810911264 Beautifully illustrated in colour throughout. "(T)he fascinating saga, told with pen and brush, of a rural family in old Holland - the Poortvliets - going back ten generations to Cornelis Adriaensz, who died in 1649. Characteristically evocative, Poortvliet's work is remarkable in its ability to touch us. With equal skill he conveys the coziness of a comfortable house set in a bleak and brooding snowy landsc ape and the light-hearted revelry of a winter carnival. (This book) does not conjure up a romantic vision of the past - the Dutch countryside was not all tulips and windmills. There was hardship and hard work, like that of the young cowherd se e n h ere - an eight-year-old boy whose long and lonely day began at four o'clock in the morning and only ended when he returned home at six o'clock in the evening. We learn of the many Dutch families in the early days who endured the deaths of fi ve , t en , or more babies, and of their joy in those that survived. We even learn of such nocturnal annoyances as the families of noisy mice that shared the straw mattresses of the country folk. (The author's) colorful heritage, traced back to th e 1 60 0s , w hile it does not include rich and famous people, does include characters and stories to rival those of a soap opera in their intricacy and human interest. Those accounts are based on ancient documents such as birth and death certifica tes and ch urch records, some of which are reproduced. Exploring his own roots, Poortvliet captures the beauty in the faces and in the lives of the country people of Holland as he illuminates their odyssey into modern times." Light edge wear wit h a few tiny dint s on edges of boards, previous owner's signed bookplate on freont free endpaper, minor rubbing on boards. Dust jacket has small faint stain on inside of spine, slight yellowing to edges, very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spin e an d fl ap-fo lds, s light wear at bottom of spine, a few faint rub lines. Very Good/Very Good 
Price: 75.00 USD
 
 
LABRADOR ODYSSEY:  THE JOURNAL AND PHOTOGRAPHS OF ELIOT CURWEN ON THE SECOND VOYAGE OF WILFRED GRENFELL, 1893., Rompkey, Ronald, ed.  Eliot Curwen.
17 Rompkey, Ronald, ed. Eliot Curwen. LABRADOR ODYSSEY: THE JOURNAL AND PHOTOGRAPHS OF ELIOT CURWEN ON THE SECOND VOYAGE OF WILFRED GRENFELL, 1893.
McGill-Queen's University Press, Montreal & Kingston, (1996), Ist edition. 
231 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w photos. "A religious, well-educated Victorian, Eliot Curwen takes us into the heart of the colonial society he encountered. His journal provides insights into a pervasive sectarianism, the tawdry political world of St. John's, the rudimentary conditions aboard the fishing schooners, and the poverty of the Labrador 'livyers', the permanent white settlers who had intermarried with the Inuit. He provides fresh details about the lives of the Moravian Brethren, the first missionaries to the Native population, and comments on the wildlife, the natural environment, and the general disposition of the countryside. Curwen's candid remarks about Grenfell reveal details about the young missionary and social reformer not found elsewhere..." Light edge wear, tiny bump/scuff at bottom edge of front board, light waviness to top/bottom of textblock. Dust jacket has wrinkling and tiny tear at top of spine, light rubbing, irregular thin line indentation on rear panel. VG/VG 
Price: 30.00 USD
 
 
18 Shortt, Terry. NOT AS THE CROW FLIES. A LIFETIME OF ADVENTURES IN EXOTIC AND UNTAMED LANDS.
Toronto McClelland and Stewart 1975 0771081677 / 9780771081675 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good Terry Shortt. Signed/inscribed by author/illustrator
255 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H). Signed by author under printed name on title page and inscribed by him on the half title page: "To Ruth: / with affection and / best wishes / Terry Shortt". B&w drawings. "A lifetime of adventure in the world's most exotic, untamed lands - an exuberant odyssey to distant islands, tropical forests and glacier-strewn Arctic wastes - the keen observations and infectious enthusiasm of an artist and model-maker - (this) is world-famous Terry Shortt's absorbing personal narrative of his more than forty years of field travel to the Galapagos, India, Africa, Ecudador, Northern Canada, Greenland and other far-flung destinations. Illustrated with the author's superb studies of nature and birdlife, these are more than memoirs. Vivid, sensuous, even poetic, Terry Shortt's writing conjures the world he has met and reproduced in over a thousand displays for the Royal Ontario Museum, in hundreds of illustrations for twenty books and thousands of sketches and drawings for publications throughout the world. (A)n anecdotal, entertaining celebration of a life-long devotion to nature by a master of nature lore and illustration." Three very tiny soiling marks on top of text block, minor edge wear. Dust jacket very light edge wear/wrinkling, very light browning on spine and flap-folds, light rubbing, small area of tiny soiling marks on front panel, crease at bottom of front panel, two edge tears archivally taped. 
Price: 35.00 USD
 
 
THE STRANGE ODYSSEY OF POLAND'S NATIONAL TREASURES, 1939-1961: A POLISH-CANADIAN STORY., Swoger, Gordon.
19 Swoger, Gordon. THE STRANGE ODYSSEY OF POLAND'S NATIONAL TREASURES, 1939-1961: A POLISH-CANADIAN STORY.
Toronto Dundurn 2004 1550025155 / 9781550025156 First Edition Soft Cover Fine 
214 pp, 9" H. B&w and colour photographs, maps. "Poland, 1939. Facing an imminent Nazi invasion, the decision is made to transport some of the country's most ancient and valuable historical objects to prevent their plunder by the invading army. After a perilous journey that takes them through Romania, France, and England in search of a safe haven, the royal treasures arrive in Canada, where they are expected to remain for the duration of the war. However, the treasures' odyssey has only begun. The war's end marks the beginning of a rivalry between Poland's wartime government-in-exile, operating out of London, and a newly established Communist government in Warsaw. While both sides vie for control of the treasures, their custodians in Canada spirit them away. Over the next 16 years the struggle ensnares the Roman Catholic Church, the RCMP, the federal government, and the Quebec government, led by the strong-willed Maurice Duplessis. All the while, the outcry from the people of Poland, who believe the treasures have been stolen by the very country meant to protect them, grows louder. Canada, 1961. The release of the historic treasures is finally negotiated and they are returned to their native soil. The strange odyssey ends where it began, with the treasures returned to the very castle from which they were removed, after an absence of more than two decades." Inside - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - clean and bright. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE STRANGE ODYSSEY OF POLAND'S NATIONAL TREASURES, 1939-1961: A POLISH-CANADIAN STORY., Swoger, Gordon.
20 Swoger, Gordon. THE STRANGE ODYSSEY OF POLAND'S NATIONAL TREASURES, 1939-1961: A POLISH-CANADIAN STORY.
Toronto Dundurn 2004 1550025155 / 9781550025156 First Edition Soft Cover Near Fine 
214 pp, 9" H. B&w and colour photographs, maps. "Poland, 1939. Facing an imminent Nazi invasion, the decision is made to transport some of the country's most ancient and valuable historical objects to prevent their plunder by the invading army. After a perilous journey that takes them through Romania, France, and England in search of a safe haven, the royal treasures arrive in Canada, where they are expected to remain for the duration of the war. However, the treasures' odyssey has only begun. The war's end marks the beginning of a rivalry between Poland's wartime government-in-exile, operating out of London, and a newly established Communist government in Warsaw. While both sides vie for control of the treasures, their custodians in Canada spirit them away. Over the next 16 years the struggle ensnares the Roman Catholic Church, the RCMP, the federal government, and the Quebec government, led by the strong-willed Maurice Duplessis. All the while, the outcry from the people of Poland, who believe the treasures have been stolen by the very country meant to protect them, grows louder. Canada, 1961. The release of the historic treasures is finally negotiated and they are returned to their native soil. The strange odyssey ends where it began, with the treasures returned to the very castle from which they were removed, after an absence of more than two decades." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - very minor edge wrinkling. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
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