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Toronto Natural Heritage / Dundurn 2008 1550028634 / 9781550028638 First Edition Soft Cover Fine 
310 pp, square large 8vo (9" x 9"). B&w photographs, reproductions, maps. "(A) treasure trove of stories - 'glorious and not-so-glorious' - embodying the history of the city of Belleville (Ontario) and its beautiful surroundings. Gerry Boyce, the dean of the area's historians, has done a masterful job of pulling together the best of Belleville's storied past, episode by episode, decade by decade: here one learns about the Native roots of the place, its debatable 'discovery' by Champlain, its hot-headed pre-Confederation politics, its involvement in Spiritualism in the 1850s and the spread of prostitution in the Victorian 1870s. Moving forward from the days of Susanna Moodie and Mackenzie Bowell, it provides an entertaining and probing stroll through the past 110 years, reminding readers of such national events as the sensational 1959 victory by the Belleville MacFarlands over the Russians at the World Amateur Hockey Championship in Prague; and then, less well known, the financially crippling news of secret payments made to the players. Gerry Boyce (reminds) us that our history, be it local or national, is much more lively and intriguing than we often realize." Michael Peterman . Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - clean and bright. 
Price: 25.00 USD
THE WASHINGTON STING., Conconi, Charles and House, Toni.
2 Conconi, Charles and House, Toni. THE WASHINGTON STING.
Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, New York, 1979, second impression. 
255 pp, 8vo (8 5/8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w illustrations. "Here is the dramatic and only inside account of the undercover police-FBI fencing operation - featuring cops in the guise of syndicate soldiers - whose stunning success put the 'Washington Sting' in headlines across the nation. Word was out on the street in Washington, D.C., that one of the best fences in years was working out of a warehouse on 25th Place, NE. PFF Inc., run by 'mob-connected' Italians, was buyi n g u p s t o len guns, office equipment, anything with resale value. Thieves all over the Washington area were soon submitting to the hard dealing of the gun-wielding Mafiosi, looking for quick cash and an association with the mighty aristocracy o f c ri me . As t he fence's main man, Pasquale Larocca, critically examined the typewriter or rifle offered across his bulletproof counter, and in one corner Mike Franzino cradled his shotgun in casual warning, there was no suspicion of a weapo n d ea dl y i n a d i ffe ren t way: a videotape machine which recorded every transaction from behind an unnoticed one-way mirror. 'Pasquale Larocca' and 'Mike Franzino' were the aliases of two of the undercover team of police and FBI men organize d to fi ght Was hing ton 's hig h la rceny statistics down at the underworld source. And five months after the opening of 'Police-FBI Fencing, Incognito' - five months of tense bargaining with suspicious professionals and comic encounters with f awnin g fl unki es an d pro stit ute s - t he fe nce closed around more than 200 criminals invited to meet a New York 'Don' at a party hosted by Larocca. They met, instead, with police. The single account of the caper written with the cooperation of the poli ce an d FBI and wi th fu ll a ccess to the incriminating videotapes, here is a true story of police politics and mayhem, streetwise ingenuity and volatile temperaments, told to authentic narrative effect with complete, uncensored detai l." Ve ry lig ht bro wning to edge s of t extbl ock, l ight wr inkling at top of spine, minor rubbing. Dust jacket has very light edge wear/wrinkling, slight fading to spine color, very light browning on flap-folds and edges of rear panel, minor s oiling. Very G ood/Ver y Good - 
Price: 15.00 USD
3 Dobrowolsky, Helene. Foreword by Dr. William Beahen. LAW OF THE YUKON: A PICTORIAL HISTORY OF THE MOUNTED POLICE IN THE YUKON.
Whitehorse, Yukon Lost Moose 1995 0969461267 / 9780969461265 Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ 
192 pp, 12 1/4" H. B&w and colour photographs, maps, reproductions. Contents: Introduction; The First Post - Fort Constantine; The Klondike Gold Rush; Reinforcements Meet the Great Stampede; After the Rush; First Nations People and the Police; Crime, Conspiracy and Court; Women and the Force; Patrolling the Yukon; At Ease; Wartime and Alaska Highway Construction; Dog Stories; Policing Today; Honour Roll; Reference: Endnotes; Selected Bibliography; Illustrations; Index. Minor bump at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has minor edge wrinkling, minor rubbing, very soft crease at top of rear panel and flap, 1" faint line indentation on front panel. 
Price: 25.00 USD
London Cassell 1961 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good- B.S. Biro, dust jacket illustration. 
216 pp, 8 3/4" H. B&w illustrations. "Spain is a country of Magdalenes and repentant Don Juans as well as of gay sinners. This sums up concisely and colourfully - as far as love can ever be summed up - what must be considered as the Spanish attitude to love both in the past and indeed at the present time, for it has changed remarkably little over the centuries, and only now has enlightened thought to some extent begun to free love from strangling conventions and taboos. This country has produced Don Juan the greatest lover of all time, one of the most passionate and violent of all love stories in 'Carmen', the Inquisition with its scenes of extreme punishment and tortured flesh, the charming court-ship rites like the Fiesta de San Antonio, and the tragic genius of Lorca, preoccupied with beauty and death. How is it possible to reconcile the passionate guitar-playing majo with the cold, unyielding figure of the Inquisitor? Miss Epton gives us the answer - no easy achievement, for the Spaniards have never been inclined to communicate personal feelings about love either in their art or in their literature, and this reticence and pride still persists. She has met every type of Spaniard, from intellectuals to prostitutes, from students to doctors, and she has questioned them tactfully but ruthlessly. As a result, she has laid bare the myth of Romantic Spain, revealing the fundamental difference between Galicia, more tolerant of human weakness, and the severer South, which is one of the most striking character-istics of love in Spain." Light fading to top/bottom edges of spine. Dust jacket has some very light edge wrinkling, light browning on spine and very light on flap-folds, very light soiling on rear panel. 
Price: 15.00 USD
THE HELL-RAKES., Loudan, Jack.
5 Loudan, Jack. THE HELL-RAKES.
Books For You, London, 1967, first edition. 
192 pp, 8vo (8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w plates. "It has been said that the two most fascinating subjects in the world are sex and the eighteenth century. The story of eighteenth century British rakery is certainly fascinating; it is al so shocking. London had numerous secret clubs for depravity and debauchery; the notorious Hell Fire Club organised elaborate ritualistic orgies in which leading politicians and public figures of the day took part; roistering aristocrats vi e d a s t o the number of young girls they could seduce; 'Madams' produced child virgins for the dissolute gentry; the London Stock Exchange had its private 'harem' of prostitutes; beautiful young courtesans were exchanged or given as presents by t he i r no b le p r otectors. Satirical prints and broadsheets depicted the moral disorder of the times. The politicians were, in the main, corrupt. The Georgian king were themselves licentious. Highwaymen infested the countryside, and being rob bed b y foo tp ads wa s the least of one's dangers in the towns and cities where gangs of young 'Mohocks' inflicted terrible injuries and humiliations on their victims, male and female, for what would now be called 'kicks'. Yet, in the main, the rake s w er e me n o f gr eat in tellect, wit and culture who brought to their libertinism the stylised elegance of the Georgians. And there can be no doubt that the period has an infectious vitality...." Bump to bottom corner of front board - sma ll bu mp t o t op ed ge o f fro nt b oar d. Dust jacket has light edge wear/wrinkling, tiny tear and creases at top of rear flap, fading to spine color - lettering legible, fading and light soiling/rubbing to rear panel. Very Good/Very Good- 
Price: 20.00 USD
Bloomsbury, London, 1991, first edition. 
156 pp, small 4to (10 3/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 074751030X Colour and b&w illustrations. "....provides a historical context for prostitution in the modern Western world, and explores the sexual politics of the oldest profession. ( Philip) calls on testimony from prostitutes, clients and reformers from the last three centuries, in Britain, America and continental Europe, to build a revealing account of this complex and many-sided phenomenon. The emphasis is on the hu m a n s t o r y behind the bare commercial transaction. The author's non-judgemental stance allows us to see prostitutes as they see themselves: as working girls. The text is amplified and illuminated by over sixty illustrations, many in colour, i nc lu d in g wo rk s by artists such as Toulouse-Lautrec, Degas, Picasso, Grosz and Kitaj, and master photographers such as Brassai and E.J. Bellocq. Anyone who has ever wondered what it would be like to be a prostitute, or has pondered the qu est ion s o f pow er , c ont ro l , independence and slavery that prostitution raises, should read this book." Dust jacket has very light edge wear/wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, minor rubbing. Near Fine/ Very Good+ 
Price: 20.00 USD
7 Picard, Liza. Introduced by Jenny Uglow. RESTORATION LONDON: EVERYDAY LIFE IN LONDON, 1660-1670.
London Folio Society 2012 Hard Cover Fine 
320 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H), maroon cloth blocked in gilt with design by Neil Gower - in slipcase. Pictorial endpapers, b&w and colour illustrations. Chapter headings: London; The Houses; Interiors; Gardens, Parks and Open Spaces; Communications; Medicine and Dentistry; Clothes, Jewellery, Cosmetics, Hairdressing, Washing and So On; Housework, Laundry and Shopping; Cooking, Meals, Food and Drink; Sex; The Household; Education, Literacy and Speech; Hobbies, Excursions, Family Occasions and Etiquette; Divers Events and Acts in the Law; Money, Poverty and Class; Religion and Popular Beliefs; The World Picture; Epilogue. 
Price: 27.50 USD
News Stand Library, Toronto, 1949, second printing. 
160 pp, mass market paperback. "The exciting story of Rose Weber's illicit affairs is one of blunt realism, entangled in sexual excess and casual blackmail. Her companions are men who spend freely, live recklessly and love with a furious passion. In the procession of men who 'help' her are a Chicago gangster and a municipal politician...The story traces her life from the strict morality of her home in Chicago's West Side to the private suites and male living companions that became a constant part of her life...Here is a tale that cannot but touch on the sordid for it transcends the sugar coating of 'nice' society and delves into the motivating forces in the life of a prostitute and a golddigger..." Interior - pages browned, otherwise clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - moderate edge wear and rubbing, light browning, front hinge crease, very small faint stain on rear cover. Good 
Price: 12.00 USD
Overlook Press, Woodstock, New York, 1996, first edition. 
158 pp, 8vo (8 1/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0879516666 "Taking as his point of departure the sexual obsessions and initiation of the poet John Milton, Paul West elucidates the psychology of an artist who would come to create the most e nduring and compelling work of Western civilization on the subject of Original Sin. But that all comes later. Now young Milton is a Cambridge student, a virgin, intoxicated by the power of words and the stories of myth - and especially th e m y t h o f Amaryllis, the shepherdess in Virgil. When he meets her on a crowded London street, and is led mutely to her odd dwelling, hung with the dripping animals skins and shared with a philosophizing, castrated expert on plague remedies, he en co un te r s a living myth so powerful as to make his earlier learning - his religion, really - pale by comparison. Is she a prostitute? A witch? A myth sprung to life? All that and more, as she invites Milton to use her as his Muse. Bri lli a nt, co nfo und in g, a llegorical, and entertaining, (this book) holds the reader in thrall throughout with both its heady prose and astounding story." Dust jacket has very minor rubbing. Very Good+/Very Good+ 
Price: 12.50 USD

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