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1 Anderes, Fred & Agranoff, Ann. ICE PALACES.
Toronto Macmillan of Canada 1983 0771598572 / 9780771598579 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good 
132 pp, oblong (9 1/8" H x 10 3/4" D). Profusely illustrated with colour and b&w photographs, repro-ductions, architectural drawings. "The magical buildings illustrated in this pioneer study of a virtually unknown architectural phenomenon were truly built of ice, and they were said to shimmer with color and fire reminiscent of sapphire, topaz, and opal. In style they recalled medieval castles, Gothic cathed-rals, Russian palaces, and Art Deco fantasies. Many were huge, reaching as high as a 14 -story building and extending as long as a football field, but, of course, there's no physical trace of them. Nevertheless, the authors have discovered dozens of historic photographs, lithographs, postcards, paintings, and drawings of these fabulous but ephemeral constructions, as well as mementoes of the winter activities and sports surrounding their creation. (They) relate the history of ice castle building and examine about thirty in detail. This type of architectural tour de fource had its beginning in 18th-century Russia, when the eccentric Empress Anna Ivanova built an icy honeymoon cottage for an out-of-favor prince. In North America, ice palaces were created as centrepieces for the winter carnivals that sprang up in northern cities in the late 19th century. Between 1883 and 1942, grand castles were built of blocks of ice in the Canadian cities of Montreal, Quebec, and Ottawa, and also in St. Paul, Minnesota, and Leadville, Colorado. Today the leading centers for construction in ice and snow are at the annual winter festivals held in Quebec, Canada, and Sapporo, Japan. (T)he authors - both architects - examine the theory and practice of building with ice (which under certain conditions has the structural properties of concrete), both for practical and fantastic purposes." Book is clean and bright. Dust jacket has light rubbing - mainly on front panel, minor wrinkling at top of spine. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
2 Clay, Catrine. KING, KAISER, TSAR: THREE ROYAL COUSINS WHO LED THE WORLD TO WAR.
London John Murray 2007 0719565375 / 9780719565373 Soft Cover Very Good 
416 pp, 7 3/4" H. B&w photographs. "The King, the Kaiser and the Tsar - George V, Wilhelm II and Nicholas II - were close cousins who knew each other as Georgie, Willy and Nicky. Between them they ruled half the world. Their lives had overlapped since childhood, in palaces of unimaginable opulence, surrounded by flattery and political intrigue. They saw themselves as a trade union of kings, standing firm against Socialism, Republicanism and revolution. But behind the friendliness lurked quarrels and, as the First World War loomed, they turned on each other. Ultimately, when Nicholas II begged for exile in the midst of Russia's revolution, his cousins denied him. This compelling tale of privilege, power and political machination explores whether their blunders caused the lead-up to war and the end of autocratic monarchy." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - book is very slightly cocked, spine has light creases and is slightly concave. 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
A GLIMPSE OF EMPIRE., Douglas-Home, Jessica.
3 Douglas-Home, Jessica. A GLIMPSE OF EMPIRE.
Wilby, Norwich Michael Russell 2011 0859553213 / 9780859553216 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good 
131 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H). B&w photographs. "(T)he story of a young Anglo-Irish beauty's visit to Delhi for the 1911 Royal Durbar, where a new King, George V, is to be proclaimed Emperor to reinforce the loyalty to the Crown of India's ruling Princes. For a fortnight of relentless ceremony, unheard of extravagance and imposing military spectacle, in the setting of a vast Tented City complete with its own farms, railway, telegraph and post offices, Lilah Wingfield meets many of the most remarkable colonial characters of the day, including some of the foremost Indian Princes, vying to stage the most lavish display to prove their devotion to the Raj. As the tents are dismantled, Lilah travels through India - to the dangerous Khyber Pass on the Afghan border, to Rajasthan, to the gory sites of the Mutiny and to stay with India's only female ruler, the Begum of Bhopal. Her diary shows her deepening awareness of the ambivalence of certain maharajahs towards British Rule even while she is being entertained royally in their lakeside palaces. Her Irish upbringing gives her an instictive feeling for the mixture of their longing for independence and an affection for the mother country." Minor wrinkling at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has a few tiny/small dints on hinges, very light edge wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, tiny chip at bottom of spine. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
CHATEAUX OF THE LOIRE., Dunlop, Ian.  Preface by the Duc de Brissac.
4 Dunlop, Ian. Preface by the Duc de Brissac. CHATEAUX OF THE LOIRE.
Hamish Hamilton, London, 1969, first edition. 
215 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. Map endpapers, color frontispiece, b&w plates, plans. "Travellers of every age have extolled the beauties of the chateaux of the Loire....By making use of their descriptions Mr. Dunlop shows us the chateaux as they were in their prime. He resurrects the vanished glories of Le Verger, Bury, Richelieu and Chanteloup, and assigns them their proper place in the mosaic. What was it that caused the King and his Courtiers to build s o l a v i s h ly in this region? By way of an answer, the reader is taken kite-hawking and stag hunting. What purpose did the immense size of the chateaux serve? The author takes us below stairs for a look at the great hierarchy of servants w h o ma i nt ai ne d a no ble household. These castles and palaces were the background to crucial historical events. Mr. Dunlop allows eye-witnesses to speak for themselves. We watch the Conspiracy of Amboise through the eyes of the English Ambass ad or ; w e ove rhe ar th e mur der of the duc de Guise with those who were in the next room. Thre Revolution is chronicled through the windows of Cheverny. Starting with Chinon in the days of Joan of Arc and ending with the restorations of the ni net een th c en tury , th is boo k give s the most comprehensive, and certainly the most original, picture of the Chateaux of the Loire. It is not an omnibus guide book - though it would be a very useful companion on a tour of the Loire Valley. It is not a tre ati se on styl e - but t he ar chitectural student may learn a lot from it. What it is is a book for the reader who wishes to take an intelligent interest in the buildings of one of the most beautiful and historic areas of France." Li ght wrinkl ing at top /botto m of spin e. Dust jacket has light edge wrinkling, very light wear along top edge. Very Good+/Very Good 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
MOONWALKING WITH EINSTEIN:  THE ART AND SCIENCE OF REMEMBERING EVERYTHING., Foer, Joshua.
5 Foer, Joshua. MOONWALKING WITH EINSTEIN: THE ART AND SCIENCE OF REMEMBERING EVERYTHING.
New York Penguin 2011 159420229X / 9781594202292 4th Printing Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ 
307 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H). "On average, people squander forty days annually compensating for things they've forgotten. Joshua Foer used to be one of those people. But after a year of memory training, he found himself in the finals of the U.S. Memory Championship. Even more important, he found a vital truth we too often forget: In every way that matters, we are the sum of our memories. (This book) draws on cutting-edge research, a surprising cultural history of memory, and venerable tricks of the mentalist's trade to transform our understanding of human remembering. Under the tutelage of top 'mental athletes', Foer learns ancient techniques once employed by Cicero to memorize his speeches and by medieval scholars to memorize entire books. Using methods that have been largely forgotten, he discovers that we can all dramatically improve our memories." Light wrinkling at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has minor wear and tiny tear at top of front flap-fold. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE CAMBRIDGE CULTURAL HISTORY OF BRITAIN.  VOLUME 3. SIXTEENTH-CENTURY BRITAIN.  (FIRST PUBLISHED AS THE CAMBRIDGE CULTURAL GUIDE TO THE ARTS IN BRITAIN: RENAISSANCE AND REFORMATION.), Ford, Boris, ed.  Dominic Baker-Smith, Malcolm Airs, Derek Traversi, Eric Mercer, John Milsom, John Steane, Maurice Howard, Nigel Llewellyn, Philippa Glanville, Michael Leslie.
6 Ford, Boris, ed. Dominic Baker-Smith, Malcolm Airs, Derek Traversi, Eric Mercer, John Milsom, John Steane, Maurice Howard, Nigel Llewellyn, Philippa Glanville, Michael Leslie. THE CAMBRIDGE CULTURAL HISTORY OF BRITAIN. VOLUME 3. SIXTEENTH-CENTURY BRITAIN. (FIRST PUBLISHED AS THE CAMBRIDGE CULTURAL GUIDE TO THE ARTS IN BRITAIN: RENAISSANCE AND REFORMATION.)
Cambridge Cambrige University Press for The Folio Society 1995 Hard Cover Fine No Jacket - (as issued) 
325 pp, 10" H. Bound in full dark blue cloth with title and shield in gold on spine. B&w illustrations and colour plates. Contents: General Introduction; Renaissance and Reformation; Architecture; Literature and Drama; The Town of Shrewsbury; Music; Renaissance Gardens and Parks; Painting and Imagery; A Tudor House: Hardwick Hall; The Crafts and Decorative Arts; Further Reading and Artists' Biographies; Index. Book is Fine. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
SCROLL OF SAQQARA., Gedge, Pauline.
7 Gedge, Pauline. SCROLL OF SAQQARA.
Viking, (Markham, Ontario, 1990), Ist ed. 
460 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0670835498. An exotic and richly detailed novel of Ancient Egypt - a tale of magic, power and unnatural lust that takes readers back through history to breathe the scented air of the Ph aroah's palaces and invites them to walk among the tombs of Saqqara, City of Dust. Previous owner's bookplate on free front endpaper, light waviness to edges of textblock, minor edge wear, tiny dint at top edge of front board. Dust jacket h a s l i g h t wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, very light rubbing. Very Good/Very Good 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
INTRODUCTING AUSTRIA., Gedye, G.E.R.
8 Gedye, G.E.R. INTRODUCTING AUSTRIA.
London Methuen 1955 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good- Jacket design by Philippe Jullian. 
254 pp, small 8vo (7 7/8" H). Map endpapers, b&w photographs. "With (Gedye) the reader is introduced to the wonders of Austria's natural beauties, her architectural treasures, her famous collections of pictures, her music and the character of her delightful inhabitants; and expert advice is given on where to swim, ski, fish or shoot, and on the choice of local dishes and wines. (At the time of writing - 1955) more than two-thirds of Austria is open to the western tourist, and in the Tyrol, Vorarlberg, Salzburg, Upper Austria, Carinthia and Styria he will find some of the most attractive scenery in Europe. Although Vienna is surrounded by the Russian zone, there is no difficulty in visiting it. In spite of the scars of battle, the splendours of the gothic and baroque churches, the medieval alleyways, and the picturesque suburbs of the lovely old city are almost unchanged." Minor edge wear, tiny foxing marks on top of text block, three tiny stains on fore-edge of text block, one tiny corner bump. Dust jacket has light browning - mainly on spine, edges and flap-folds, a few tiny foxing marks, a few tiny edge tears and one 1" edge tear - archivally taped. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
A HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE IN AND AROUND LONDON.  ARRANGED TO ILLUSTRATE THE COURSE OF ARCHITECTURE IN ENGLAND UNTIL THE END OF THE NINETEENTH CENTURY WITH A LIST OF PRINCIPAL TWENTIETH-CENTURY BUILDINGS., Godfrey, Walter H.
9 Godfrey, Walter H. A HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE IN AND AROUND LONDON. ARRANGED TO ILLUSTRATE THE COURSE OF ARCHITECTURE IN ENGLAND UNTIL THE END OF THE NINETEENTH CENTURY WITH A LIST OF PRINCIPAL TWENTIETH-CENTURY BUILDINGS.
Phoenix House, London, 1962, revised edition. 
264 pp, 8vo (8 9/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. Over 150 b&w illustrations (drawings and photographs) showing buildings, floor plans, architectural details. "....(studies the architecture of London and) beyond to Kent, Surrey, Hertfordshire, a nd elsewhere up to a limit of forty miles to introduce and describe the fine houses, churches, abbeys, palaces, and other buildings deserving of public interest in some of the home counties. It could justly be claimed that no major buildi n g o f a r c h itectural merit from Norman to our own time is overlooked, and some of the greater glories of London's stone are the subject of concise yet comprehensive essays, Westminster Abbey, for example, and the peculiarly beautiful Eltham P al ac e , so su rp ri si ngly situated in what is now one of London's populous suburbs. But Mr Godfrey is far from a mere guide. His book brims with profound knowledge and an engaging enthusiasm. He understands that most of his readers are not v ers ed in t he t erm s a nd ref erences of architecture, and these are introduced one by one, and the wonders and excitements of the art of building are revealed in their various beauty. Architectural features and comparative styles, together with pla ns and de tai le d dr awin gs, are included in the 59 text figures, and there are 64 pages of plates containing 104 photographs and rare prints of buildings as they appeared in the past...." Minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jac ket i s p rice cli pped , h as mo derat e ed ge we ar, three very small tears - one with creases, creasing at top/bottom of spine, moderate rubbing with color loss on spine - no lettering loss, slight fading to parts of spine. VG+/G 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
PALACE EXTRAORDINARY:  THE STORY OF ST JAMES'S., Graves, Charles.
10 Graves, Charles. PALACE EXTRAORDINARY: THE STORY OF ST JAMES'S.
Cassell, London, 1963, first edition. 
245 pp, 8vo (8 11/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w plates. "St James's Palace is one of London's most famous landmarks, its Tudor clock-tower familiar to residents and visitors in its dramatic position at the far end of St James's Street. T here is, however, no other building in London of comparable age about which so little is known, since the public is rarely allowed beyond the well-known facade. Ironically enough, the site on which Henry VIII had the palace built for Anne B o l e y n w a s once occupied by a nunnery, but the odour of sanctity seems soon to have dispersed and its history revolves around ladies of a lighter kind. Here lived Prince Henry, the brilliant elder son of James I who, had he survived to inh e ri t th e th ro n e, w ould probably have altered completely the course of history. But on his death his brother Charles took the fatal path which led finally to imprisonment in the Guard Room at St James's, from where he walked across the park to th e sca ff old . In 16 97 the palace was officially designated the Court of St James's and from then until the accession of Victoria was the sovereign's official residence. Here died George III, the record of whose last mad years makes poigna nt read in g in th is p os t-F reud ian age. But was it on him alone that the curse of madness lay? What was behind the ghastly murder of Sellis, the Duke of Cumberland's servant, found dead in bed with his head nearly severed from his body? Th e r iddle of his deat h has ne ver been solv ed but it seems likely that the royal Duke was himself implicated. Although the main flood of history has been diverted to other channels and the palace now lives mostly in the past, there are yet lin ks w ith th e tw entie th ce ntury: if the pala ce gh ost - for there is, of course, a ghost - looks over the shoulder of an official in the Lord Chamberlain's office when plays are being scrutinized before performance, the bawdy situations in t hem w ill har dly c ause h er to raise a n eye brow. Life at St James's was always like that." Samll store label on front pastedown, a few tiny foxing marks on top of textblock. Dust jacket has areas of light edge wear/wrinkling, very light ru bbing, tiny pu ncture on spi ne. V ery Good /Very Good 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
MOSCOW AND LENINGRAD., Hurlimann, Martin.
11 Hurlimann, Martin. MOSCOW AND LENINGRAD.
Thames and Hudson, London, 1958, first British edition. 
136 pp, large 8vo (9 7/8" H), hard cover (medium brown cloth with gold lettering on spine, gold emblem on front board) - no dust jacket. B&w and colour photographs, b&w drawings. Contents: The Setting; The Reality; The Third Rome; The Early Days o f Moscow; Ivan the Terrible and the West; 'The Time of Troubles' and the First Romanov; The Founding of St Petersburg; St Petersburg's Imperial Court in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries; Napoleon in the Kremlin; The Old and the New C a p i t a l ; T he Golden Age of Russian Civilization; Enduring Traditions; The Revolution; Petrograd becomes Leningrad; Moscow as the Soviet Capital; Experiencing Present-Day Moscow; Trips in the Environs of Moscow; Leningrad; The Summer Residence s of t he T sa rs ; A potheosis Below the Ground. Light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, one small corner bump, shallow bump at top edge of front board. Very Good 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
VERSAILLES AND THE TRIANONS., Kemp, G. van der and Levron, J.  Translated by Ethel Whitehorn.  Cover design by Chapelain-Midy.
12 Kemp, G. van der and Levron, J. Translated by Ethel Whitehorn. Cover design by Chapelain-Midy. VERSAILLES AND THE TRIANONS.
Nicholas Kaye, London, 1958, first English edition. 
238 pp, 8vo (8 5/8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs, reproductions - fold-out map at rear. Contents: Versailles in Literature; The Park; From the Village of Versailles to the Chateau of Louis XIV; Stages i n Construction and Planning; The Splendour of the Reign in the Early Days of the Chateau; Decline and Misfortune; The Time of Louis the Well-Beloved; The Last Queen of Versailles; Neglected Glory; The Great and Small Apartments; The Museum of F r e n c h History; The Trianons; Index. Book slightly bowed, wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, three very small corner bumps, light shelf soiling on bottom of text block. Dust jacket has light browning, light wear and wrinkling at top/bottom o f s pi ne a nd f lap-folds, a few small edge tears archivally taped. Very Good-/Very Good- 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
THE DUCHESS OF WINDSOR: THE UNCOMMON LIFE OF WALLIS SIMPSON., King, Greg.
13 King, Greg. THE DUCHESS OF WINDSOR: THE UNCOMMON LIFE OF WALLIS SIMPSON.
Citadel / Kensington, New York, 2003. 
556 pp, 9" H, soft cover. ISBN 0806524642 "It was the love story of the century - the king and the commoner. In December 1936, King Edward VIII abdicated the throne to marry ' the woman I love,' Wallis Warfield Simpson, a twice-divorced American who quickly became one of the twentieth century's most famous personalities, a figure of intrigue and mystery, both admired and reviled. Wrongly blamed for the abdication crisis, Wallis suffered hostility from the Royal Family and much of the world . Yet interest in her story has remained constant, resulting in a small library of biographies that convey a thinly veiled animosity toward their subject. The truth, however, is infinitely more fascinating than the shallow, pathetic portrait t h a t has often been painted. Using previously untapped sources, (the author) presents a complete and, for the first time, sympathetic portrait of the Duchess that sifts the decades of rumor and accusation to reveal the woman behind the legend. F ro m he r birth in Pennsylvania during the Gilded Age to her death in Paris in 1986, King takes the reader through a world of privilege, palaces, high society, and love with the accompaniment of hatreds, feuds, conspiracies, and lies. The cast of cha ra cte rs is vast: politicians and presidents, dictators and socialites. Twenty-four pages of (b&w) photographs reveal the life of the Duchess in all its incomparable glamour and romance." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership mar ks. Ex ter ior - three light creases down a concave spine. Very Good 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
MONTREAL MOVIE PALACES:  GREAT THEATRES OF THE GOLDEN ERA, 1884-1938., Lanken, Dane.
14 Lanken, Dane. MONTREAL MOVIE PALACES: GREAT THEATRES OF THE GOLDEN ERA, 1884-1938.
Archives of Canadian Art / Penumbra Press, Waterloo, Ontario, 1993. 
190 pp, oblong 8vo (9" H x 11 3/4" D), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0921254482 Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs, reproductions. "There has never been another theatre-building boom like the one occasioned by the explosive success of t he movies in the 1910s and 1920s. In Montreal alone, dozens of new theatres were built, not plain shoeboxes like modern cinemas, but huge and ornate halls with great domes glowing on distant ceilings and dizzying decorative schemes on the w a l l s . T hey were dream palaces, where ordinary people (for the mere price of a ticket) could sit amidst splendour and watch great dramas and romances unreel on the silver screen. This is the story of Montreal's movie palaces, as great and or na te a s an y o n the continent, of the businessmen and architects and craftsmen who built them, the masses who flocked to them, of the glory days they knew in their glamorous reign and the hard times they faced with the rise of TV. Dane Lanken spe nt twe nt y y ea rs st udying Montreal's movie palaces, interviewing the people who were there, searching for rare and previously unpublished archival photographs, and commissioning new views - while the theatres still stood - from leading arch itec tur al p hot ogra phe rs B ria n Merrett and Julie Greto. The result is a comprehensive and richly illustrated social, artistic, architectural and corporate history of an exuberant and little known era in Montreal's history." Slight waviness to ed ges of te xtbl ock, four sm al l li ght old tape marks on free front endpaper. Dust jacket has minor rubbing, minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds. Very Good/Very Good+ 
Price: 45.00 USD
 
 
ROSAMOND FANE, OR THE PRISONERS OF ST. JAMES'S.  OXFORD CHILDREN'S LIBRARY NO. 29., Lee, M. and C.  Introduction by Gillian Avery.
15 Lee, M. and C. Introduction by Gillian Avery. ROSAMOND FANE, OR THE PRISONERS OF ST. JAMES'S. OXFORD CHILDREN'S LIBRARY NO. 29.
London Oxford University Press 1963 Hard Cover Very Good Very Good Heather Standring. 
195 pp, 7 7/8" H. Dust jacket art by William Stobbs. B&w illustrations. First printing in the Oxford Children's Library series - first published in 1870. "The seventeenth-century Civil War was a time of intrigues and divided loyalties in which, against her will, Rosamond Fane found herself taking part. Her own sympathies, like those of all the Fanes, were for the King, yet her guardian, Colonel Carewe, had just been appointed Commander of the Guard at St. James's Palace where the royal children were confined. The children were allowed to play with Rosamond and her cousins and she soon became a close friend of the unhappy Princess Elizabeth. Rosamond's loyalties were put to the test when her brother Henry arrived secretly in England with a plan to help the Duke of York to escape to the Continent - a plan in which Rosamond was required to play a leading part. Should she be disloyal to her uncle, who trusted her, or to the heir to the Throne? This was a question only Rosamond could answer - and her final decision was not an easy one." School presentation bookplate on half-title page, small light liquid mark on top of text block, tiny bump at top corners and on fore edge of boards, very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has light edge wear/wrinkling - mainly at top of spine and flap-folds. 
Price: 12.50 USD
 
 
BAROQUE IN SPAIN AND PORTUGAL AND ITS ANTECEDENTS., Lees-Milne, James.
16 Lees-Milne, James. BAROQUE IN SPAIN AND PORTUGAL AND ITS ANTECEDENTS.
B.T. Batsford, London, 1960, first edition. 
224 pp, large 8vo (9" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w photographs, reproductions, floor plans/elevations. "(S)tarting in the sixteenth century, author and reader begin their survey of Iberian Baroque with the Plateresque in Spain and the Manoel ine in Portugal, and continue it until, two hundred or so years later, they reach the High Baroque conclusion of Castile, Seville and Granada, and the Rococo decadence of eighteenth-century Portugal. On the way they will have examined some ar c h i t e c tural and sculptural masterpieces of astonishing quality and individuality: the palaces or houses of Mafra, Queluz and La Granja; Santiago da Compostela, the Escorial, the Cartuja of Coimbra; sculpture at Macarena, Alcobaca and Arouca; t he T ra ns pa ra nte of Toledo Cathedral, the convents of Bom Jesus, Tomar and Evora. - These, and many other churches, cathedrals, palaces and domestic buildings are illustrated in a collection of nearly 100 pictures which show, as unmistakably as Mr . L ees -Mi lne 's text, that Baroque, while it transcends frontiers, partakes as fully as any other style in regional and national characteristics." A few foxing marks on rear free endpaper, slight bump at top corner of both boards, two shallo w bu mps on f ore- edge of front board, light edge wear - mainly at corners and at top/bottom of spine, small bump at top of rear hinge/spine. Dust jacket has minor edge wear, light wear/wrinkling at top of spine and flap-folds, slight browning o n spi ne, sever al fo xing mark s on rear flap. Very Good-/Very Good- 
Price: 45.00 USD
 
 
THE RIVER PALACE., Lewis, Walter and Neilson, Rich.
17 Lewis, Walter and Neilson, Rich. THE RIVER PALACE.
Toronto Dundurn 2008 155002793X / 9781550027938 First Edition Soft Cover Fine 
248 pp, large 8vo (9" H). B&w photographs, reproductions, drawings. "Steamboats carrying passengers from Hamilton to Montreal via the rapids of the St. Lawrence were a popular sight in the latter half of the nineteenth century. In 1855, the 'Kingston', an iron steamboat built for John Hamilton, appeared on the Great Lakes. When the Prince of Wales (later Edward VII) toured British North America in 1860, the 'Kingston' became his floating palace for much of his time between Quebec and Toronto. While many steamboats claimed to be floating palaces, the 'Kingston' truly was one. The 'Kingston' was wrecked many times and survived spectacular fires in 1872 and 1873. Late in her career, she was converted into a salvage vessel and renamed the 'Cornwall'. In 1930 she was finally taken out and sunk near one of Kingston's ship graveyards. There she remained until diver Rick Neilson discovered her in 1989. Today, the once-palatial 'Kingston' is a popular dive site and tourist attraction." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - clean and bright. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
THE RIVER PALACE., Lewis, Walter and Neilson, Rich.
18 Lewis, Walter and Neilson, Rich. THE RIVER PALACE.
Toronto Dundurn 2008 155002793X / 9781550027938 First Edition Soft Cover Fine 
248 pp, large 8vo (9" H). B&w photographs, reproductions, drawings. "Steamboats carrying passengers from Hamilton to Montreal via the rapids of the St. Lawrence were a popular sight in the latter half of the nineteenth century. In 1855, the 'Kingston', an iron steamboat built for John Hamilton, appeared on the Great Lakes. When the Prince of Wales (later Edward VII) toured British North America in 1860, the 'Kingston' became his floating palace for much of his time between Quebec and Toronto. While many steamboats claimed to be floating palaces, the 'Kingston' truly was one. The 'Kingston' was wrecked many times and survived spectacular fires in 1872 and 1873. Late in her career, she was converted into a salvage vessel and renamed the 'Cornwall'. In 1930 she was finally taken out and sunk near one of Kingston's ship graveyards. There she remained until diver Rick Neilson discovered her in 1989. Today, the once-palatial 'Kingston' is a popular dive site and tourist attraction." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - clean and bright. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
19 Macdonald, Colin F. KNOSSOS.
London Folio Society 2005 Second Printing Hard Cover Very Good Reginald Piggott, maps. 
254 pp, 9 15/16" H. Bound in khaki-coloured full cloth, blocked with a design in black and gold by Nick Hardcastle, gold lettering on spine. Map endpapers, colour plates, b&w maps/plans, fold-out palace plan in pocket at rear. **No slipcase or dust jacket.** Contents: A Note on Chronology; A Note on the Plans; Introduction; Acknowledgements; The First Inhabitants; The Origins of the Minoan Age; The Beginnings of Public Architecture; The Foundation of a Palace; The Sources of Palace Civilization; Consolidation; A New Palace?; The West and South Approaches; The Heart of the Palace; The Northern Area; The Residential Quarter; A Remodelled Palace; The Mycenaean Era; The Bureau-cratic Palace; Epilogue; Select Bibliography; Index. Small bump at top corner of both boards, very light wrinkling at top of spine. 
Price: 50.00 USD
 
 
PALMYRA OF THE NORTH:  THE FIRST DAYS OF ST. PETERSBURG., Marsden, Christopher.  Preface by Sacheverell Sitwell.
20 Marsden, Christopher. Preface by Sacheverell Sitwell. PALMYRA OF THE NORTH: THE FIRST DAYS OF ST. PETERSBURG.
Faber and Faber, London, 1943, 2nd impression. 
280 pp, 8vo (8 13/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w plates. "Early in the eighteenth century Russia, like Japan, in the nineteenth, suddenly decided to adopt Western ideas and to extract herself from the slough of darkness and mediaevalism in which for many centuries she had been plunged. This wrench, carried out with that magnitude and ruthless, exaggerated completeness which has characterized all Russian revolutions, was inaugurated by the titanic Peter the Great - who buil t a n e w c a pital, St. Petersburg (now Leningrad) for the purpose - and brought to fulfillment by his successors, that series of flamboyant and high-spirited Empresses. Among them Peter's daughter, Elizabeth Petrovna, was the most frivolous, c er t ai n ly t he be st -looking and certainly the least known today. Mr. Marsden's fascinating book brings the St. Petersburg of Elizabeth's time vividly before us. It was mainly from France and Italy that she and the other Russian autocrats of th e eig ht een th cen t ury dr ew the fashionable painters, architects, actors, musicians and others who designed the glittering 'mise en scene' against which the changing tableaux of this budding Versailles were posed. But in spite of the stupe ndou s roco co pala ces , th e feve rish display and extravagance, the often highly artistic gaiety (the beginnings and gradual development of the Russian ballet are among the subjects of the book), there was always an element of comedy in the hast y ama lg amati on of Fr ench eleg an ce an d bas ic Muscovite rudeness. This history of sixty years of Russian court life contains many amusing tales and scandalous anecdotes as well as a sober and detailed account of the creation - from literally nothi ng but ba rre n wast es - of a c api tal an d cour t whose grandeur by the time of Catherine the Great had become second to none." Light browning to endpapers - darker at top corner and fore-edge of free endpapers, a couple of very small fox ing mar ks on endp aper s, book ligh tly cra cked at pag es 112/ 113 and 208/209, bump at top/bottom corners of front board and tiny bumps at top/bottom edges, rear corners slight bumped, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, tiny tear on inside rear hi nge , slight wavi ness to top ed ge of pr elimi nary pag es. Dus t jacket is price clipped, has light to moderate edge wear/wrinkling, browning to spine and flap-folds, several small tears and tiny chips, old tape residue on inside edges, small li ght watermark at bo ttom of spine. Good/Goo d only . 
Price: 30.00 USD
 
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