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Jonathan Cape, London, (1993), Ist edition. 
325 pp, large 8vo, hard cover in dust jacket. Cassandra, having lived quietly on a farm for twenty years, begins to write her reminiscences of the past. It is a "tragic story, taken from one of the oldest and most famous tales ever told - the war between the Greeks and the Trojans. It begins with Helen's flight, with Paris of Troy, from her husband. It tells of how a Greek army crossed the sea to attack Troy and bring back Helen, of the fall of Troy and its terrible aftermath. In this wonderfully vivid historical novel the author imagines Cassandra, the Trojan prophetess, did not die as in the legend, but lived on in hiding for many years. As she begins to write, Cassandra believes she is free to tell her story, but it is not so - there are still secrets to be uncovered and her own tale has not ended...This marvellous and moving novel tells of the eternal forces of human life - about war and its consequences for men and women, about courage, feud(s), revenge and fated love." Light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has light edge wrinkling, light rubbing. VG+/VG 
Price: 20.00 USD
2 Baron, Mike, Reinhold, Bill and Lessmann, Linda. THE PUNISHER: INTRUDER. (STAN LEE PRESENTS.)
(Marvel, n.p. 1989.) 
Unpaginated, 4to, hard cover (simulated black leather with silver lettering/decoration), in dust jacket. Profusely illustrated in color. "The Punisher - an obsessed killing machine - the personification of revenge. The soul of Frank Castle died w hen he and his family stumbled onto a mob rubout and fell under a rain of lead. Castle's body alone survived, possessed by a desire to visit retribution on all those who flout the law and threaten the innocent. In 'Intruder', a secret society with government connections uses murder to further their political ends. The well-equipped assassins begin a chain of events that bring them into hard-hitting conflict with The Punisher when they target the wrong house and slaughter an innocent family. The action ranges from brutal hand-to-hand combat to soaring high-tech dogfights as both sides fight to the death." F/F 
Price: 15.00 USD
London Victor Gollancz 1976 0575020482 / 9780575020481 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
191 pp, 8" H. Red boards with gilt lettering on spine. "Debbie Joyce, a young cabaret singer, is found strangled. A week later, in the same city, Elaine Bennett, a nurse, is similarly murdered. Immediately the press raise the alarm that a psychopathic killer is on the loose. But Chief Superintendent Wycliffe is not convinced that this is the answer. While police precautions are greatly increased, he quietly goes his own way, probing into the possibility, however remote, that there is some logical connection - logical at least to the murderer - between the two deaths. His absorbing investigation takes him into the past of the dead women, and finally to a 'community holiday' which a group of schoolgirls spent together. And nasty little beasts some of them were, playing a cruel trick on the teacher in charge and on one of the other girls. Can this remote escapade have triggered murder in the present? And if so, why and how? And are there other murders to come? Wycliffe learns a lot about the strangeness of human nature during his exploration of the world of the schoolgirls, and the narrative builds up to a tense climax." Faint tanning to pastedowns and half of each free endpaper, two very tiny edge tears at top corner of page leaf 37/38. Dust jacket is price-clipped, has some minor edge wrinkling, minor tanning on inside of flaps and at top inside edge. 
Price: 75.00 USD
4 Cookson, Catherine. Illustrated by Tessa Jordan. Cover illustration by Michael Jackson. BLUE BACCY.
Piccolo / Pan, London, 1982, 8th printing. 
173 pp, mass market paperback. ISBN 0330240633 B&w illustrations. "Apprenticed to a wheelwright in a small northern village, fifteen-year-old Rory McAlister leads a quiet and industrious life. But when he is sent to the West Country to deliver a message for his master, Rory discovers danger and fear as he is plunged into a world of crime, revenge and adventure...." A tale of 19th century smurggling and adventure. Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exte r i o r - v e ry light edge wear, a few minor wrinkles on front cover. Very Good 
Price: 10.00 USD
London Collins Clear-Type Press Full-Leather Very Good 
762 pp + 703 pp - 2 volume set - 16mo (6 1/8" H), thin burgundy leather over card covers/spines - gold lettering and decoration on spines, top edges gilt - in slipcases. Burgundy endpapers, b&w frontispieces. When Edmond Dantes is wrongly imprisoned during the Bourbon Restoration, he plans his escape and revenge on those plotted against him. Volume II has minor fading to spine colour. Volume II has four very light small stains on fore-edge of text block. Both volumes have minor soiling and a few small rub marks on covers. Slipcases have light to moderate edge wear and one or two splits at the rear joints. 
Price: 50.00 USD
FLYPAST.  NO. 59.  JUNE 1986.  (FLY PAST.), Ellis, Ken, ed.  (Peter Gunti, Peter Cooksley, Rupert Cooling, Steve Kendall, Geoffrey P Jones, Robbie Shaw.)
6 Ellis, Ken, ed. (Peter Gunti, Peter Cooksley, Rupert Cooling, Steve Kendall, Geoffrey P Jones, Robbie Shaw.) FLYPAST. NO. 59. JUNE 1986. (FLY PAST.)
Key, Stamford, Lincs., 1986. 
70 pp, 11 3/4" H, soft cover (magazine format - stapled in wraps). Profusely illustrated with b&w and color photographs. Contents: Pacific Island Wrecks (Japanese relics of WWII); War Diary (concludes Frank Marlowe's Aegean War); Wellington at 50; Wellington's Revenge (operations against Ju 88 bases in Sardinia); Preservation Project (Loch Ness Wellington); Collectair (insignia and medal collecting); Mignet's Flying Fleas; Turkish Delight (Turkish 'gate guardians'); Year of the Spi t f i r e . I n terior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - minor edge wear, very light wear at top/bottom of spine, light rubbing on rear cover, one tiny corner crease, minor browning to edges of textblock. VG- 
Price: 10.00 USD
Avon/Eos, (New York, 1998, 1999), Ist printings. 
312 pp, 323 pp, - mass market paperbacks - 2 volumes. "They are called the Wild Hunt: An immortal corps of thirteen men - knights, princes, and commoners - from various places, times, and stations in life. Cursed by a trio of goddesses for their murderous deeds of their past mortal lives, they are bound together in condemnation to eternal sleep...except when called back to earthly realms by sacred rite for a quest to avenge or destroy. When summoned, the Wild Hunt has until the next full moon to fulfill its mission; failure means final, agonizing death in flame. Yet a slim ray of hope shines for each of these doomed men. If any one of them finds a love great and pure, his curse will be lifted..." Interiors - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks, Exteriors - minor edge wear, flat uncreased spines. VG+ 
Price: 12.00 USD
THE MAN WITHIN., Greene, Graham.
8 Greene, Graham. THE MAN WITHIN.
London William Heinemann 1962 Uniform Edition. Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
246 pp, 7" H. Dark blue cloth with red title block/gilt lettering on spine. Number 1 in the Uniform Edition (with "1" on dust jacket spine). The author's first published novel, this is a tale of smuggling, betrayal and revenge set in Sussex. Previous owner's name stamp on front/rear pastedown - hidden by dust jacket flaps, price sticker (15/- net) over original printed price (10s 6d), minor edge wear to boards, browning to edges of text block, very tiny dent on top of text block. Dust jacket has very light edge wear; light browning on spine, flap-folds and edges; light rubbing; light wrinkling at bottom of spine. 
Price: 30.00 USD
9 Grossman, David. Translated from the Hebrew by Stuart Schoffman. LION'S HONEY: THE MYTH OF SAMSON.
Toronto Alfred A. Knopf Canada 2006 067697421X / 9780676974218 First Canadian Edition. Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good+ 
155 pp, 8" H. Volume V of the 'Myths Series'. "Samson the hero: a brave warrior, leader of men and Nazarite of God? Or a misfit given to whoring and lust, who failed to fulfill his destiny? In 'Lion's Honey', award-winning writer David Grossman takes on one of the most vivid and controversial characters in the Bible. Revisiting Samson's famous battle with the lion, his many women and his betrayal by them all - including the only one he ever loved - Grossman gives us a provocative new take on the story and its climax, Samson's final act of death, bringing down a temple on himself and three thousand Philistines. In exhilarating and lucid prose, Grossman reveals the journey of a single lonely and tortured soul who never found a true home in the world, who was uncomfortable in his very body and who, some might say, was the precursor of today's suicide bombers." Dust jacket has very minor edge wrinkling, minor rubbing. 
Price: 10.00 USD
THE SEA ROVER.  OXFORD CHILDREN'S CLASSIC NO. 36., Guillot, Rene.  Translated by norman Dale.
10 Guillot, Rene. Translated by norman Dale. THE SEA ROVER. OXFORD CHILDREN'S CLASSIC NO. 36.
London Oxford University Press 1966 Hard Cover Very Good Very Good+ Neville Dear. 
154 pp, small 8vo (7 7/8" H). B&w illustrations by Neville Dear, dust jacket design by Gareth Floyd. Translation of "Shrimp le Corsaire", first published in 1954. "This is an epic tale of buccaneer adventure on the high seas; it is the story of Viscount Saint-Elme, known as the 'Malamok', who had once owned a fine fleet of privateers and used them in the service of his king, Louis XIV of France. But one of his officers proved treacherous, causing the Malamok's eldest son to be unjustly dishonoured and imprisoned. Thenceforward, misfortune dogged the Malamok who had withdrawn from the king's service and become a pirate. All of his ships but one were destroyed, and the old buccaneer knew only one aim: that of vengeance so that the family name might be cleared. Accompanied by the boy Shrimp, his young protege, the Malamok set sail on his last remaining ship, the 'Remailleuse', on a voyage of piracy and battle, seeking to destroy his enemy." Light browning to edges of text block, slight darkening to boards edges, two tiny light liquid marks on top of text block, tiny bump to top edge of both boards. Dust jacket has minor edge wear/wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom of spaine and flap-folds. 
Price: 15.00 USD
11 Hensley, Joe L. A KILLING IN GOLD.
London Victor Gollancz 1979 0575026200 / 9780575026209 First British Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ 
181 pp, 8"H. "Coin-collecting can be a dangerous hobby in the United States. One important collector has just been killed in a car crash. His niece, who inherits, takes her uncle's valuable collection to her lawyer, Donald Roback, and Roback, a collector himself, realises they are fakes. So when were the genuine coins switched, and by whom? And was the car crash genuinely an accident? When he asks that last question, Roback also begins to wonder whether other recent 'accidents' to collectors were quite what they seemed: one drowned, though a good swimmer; two burned to death in their home. Roback has another hobby: detection. And now he begins to investigate. There are one or two very nasty customers among the dealers: in particular, one Alvin Andred, whose place of business is a fortress, guarded not only by armoured doors and electronic eyes but also by vicious thugs with guns. But Roback most ingeniously outsmarts him; and Andred plans a horrifying revenge; and the action builds up to a cataclysmic climax. This is a fast-paced and very tense mystery, which challenges Roback's intelligence and endangers his life. As a bonus we learn a lot about the world of the numismatist. And the author is a judge, who draws upon his own legal experience as inspiration for his novels, and for their detail." Minor wrinkling and sun fading at top edge of spine. Dust jacket has minor edge wrinkling, a few very small discolored areas on rear flap. 
Price: 15.00 USD
London Blackie & Son Hard Cover Very Good - W.B. Wollen. 
352 pp, 7 5/8" H. Dark blue cloth with beige and black lettering on spine and front board, illustration of mounted rider on front board and 'native' on spine in brown/beige/black/blue. Eight b&w plates (collated). No date, but 1908 written on front free endpaper. When a young lad, Reuben Whitney, finds he doesn't fit in to the expectations of early 19th century England, he boards the sailing ship 'Paramatta' for Australia. He joins the mounted police, helping to put down bush-rangers and native people and through a series of adventures, finds contentment. A product of its times, the story is not racially sensitive and might cause offence. Previous owner's name and date on verso of frontispiece, light browning to edges of text block, very small liquid mark on top of text block, wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, light edge wear, one very small corner bump, small sticker ghost mark on rear board, slight darkening to spine color. 
Price: 25.00 USD
CROSS OF ST GEORGE., Kent, Alexander.  Dust jacket art by Geoffrey Huband.
13 Kent, Alexander. Dust jacket art by Geoffrey Huband. CROSS OF ST GEORGE.
Heinemann, London, 1996, first edition. 
276 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket with wraparound advertising band. ISBN 0434002895 "In the bitter February of 1813, with convoys from Canada and the Caribbean falling victim to American privateers, Sir Richard Bolitho retur ns to Halifax to pursue a war he knows cannot be won, but which neither Britain nor the United States can afford to lose. After nearly thirty years of almost continuous conflict with the old enemy, France, England and her Admiral desire only p e a c e . But peace will not be found in the icy Canadian waters, where a young, angry nation asserts its identity, and men who share a common heritage die in close and bloody action. Nor is there peace for those who follow the Cross of St Geor ge : no t fo r the embittered Adam, mourning the loss of his lover and his ship, nor for Rear-Admiral Valentine Keen, who remains strangely indifferent to responsibility. Nor will there be peace from those who use this struggle between nations as a n i ns tru me nt of personal revenge." Small shallow bump on fore-edge of rear board. Dust jacket has minor edge wear/wrinkling. Wraparound advertising band has very minor edge wear and light rubbing. Very Good/Very Good+ 
Price: 20.00 USD
A STABLE FOR NIGHTMARES OR WEIRD TALES., Le Fanu, J. Sheridan; Young, Charles, Sir, and Others.
14 Le Fanu, J. Sheridan; Young, Charles, Sir, and Others. A STABLE FOR NIGHTMARES OR WEIRD TALES.
New York New Amsterdam Book Company 1896 First American Edition Hard Cover Good A. Burnham Shute. 
256 pp, 6 3/4" H. Yellow cloth with black lettering/decoration on spine and front board. Four b&w tissue-covered plates (including frontispiece). A collection of supernatural tales by British and American authors, including "Dickon the Devil" by Sheridan le Fanu. Each story has its own half title page, but no indication of authorship. Contents: Dickon the Devil; A Debt of Honor; Devereux's Dream; Catherine's Quest; Haunted; Pichon and Sons, of the Croix Rousse; The Phantom Fourth; The Spirit's Whisper; Dr. Feversham's Story; The Secret of the Two Plaster Casts; What Was It? Previous owner's signature, date (1896) and a very small number in ink on free front endpaper; the odd faint foxing mark on pages or tissues - mostly on preliminary pages; slight toning to page margins; moderate browning to spine; light edge wear; light soiling to boards; two very light corner bumps; minor lean to spine; browning to edges of text block. Book is protected in a stiff mylar sleeve. 
Price: 325.00 USD
New York Viking 2013 0670026476 / 9780670026470 3rd Printing Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ 
352 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H). "Peter Byerly isn't sure what drew him into this particular bookshop in the Welsh town of Hay-on-Wye. Nine months earlier, the death of his beloved wife, Amada, had left him shattered. The young antiquarian bookseller relocated from North Carolina to the English countryside, hoping to outrun his grief and rediscover the joy he once took in collecting and restoring rare books. But upon opening an eighteenth-century study of Shakespeare forgeries, Peter is shocked when a portrait of Amanda tumbles out of its pages. Of course, it can't be her. The watercolor is clearly Victorian. Yet the resemblance is uncanny, and Peter becomes obsessed with learning the picture's origins. Peter follows the trail of clues across the centuries - from a raucous London tavern where the unscrupulous bookseller Bartholomew Harbottle plots against the 'upstart crow' William Shakespeare to the unfinished ramparts of an Oxfordshire mansion where a frustrated Victorian painter mourns his lost love and takes revenge on his book-collecting rival. Along the way Peter discovers his holy grail: a priceless literary artifact that could prove the truth about Shakespeare's identity. Fearing the book may be a forgery, Peter races against time to prove its authenticity, evading the clutches of a murderer, meeting a woman who may hold the key to the mystery of the portrait, and finally discovering the truth about his own past and precious Amanda." Book is very slightly bowed. Dust jacket has one minor soft edge crease. 
Price: 15.00 USD
16 Lucas, James. RED EAGLE. JACKBOOT SERIES 003.
Halifax, West Yorkshire Shelf Books 2000 189976500X / 9781899765003 Reprint Soft Cover Very Good+ 
164 pp, 8 1/8" H. "How would the history of the world have differed had Stalin perished at the hands of an assassin? Not at the hands of a German but of a patriotic Russian who, like General Andrei Vlasov and hundreds of thousands of others, loathed the Bolshevik regime and the Georgian dictator enough to welcome the Wehrmacht as liberators. Not only love of Russia, but a passionate need to avenge the atrocities inflicted on his family drove Lt Feodor Makhailovich Savrin to volunteer for the mission, calmly accepting the certain fate of torture and death. Although the operation was doomed from the outset - betrayed by a highly-placed 'mole' in the SS - Savrin penetrated the Kremlin's security and lay in wait for Stalin to pass by. As his target came into view, he took aim and fired - ." Military fiction by a well-known military historian. Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - minor edge wear, one tiny corner crease on rear cover, small very faint sticker mark. 
Price: 20.00 USD
ILL MET BY MOONLIGHT., Moss, W. Stanley.  Introduction by M.R.D. Foot.  Prologue and Epilogue by Iain Moncreiffe.  Afterword by Patrick Leigh Fermor.
17 Moss, W. Stanley. Introduction by M.R.D. Foot. Prologue and Epilogue by Iain Moncreiffe. Afterword by Patrick Leigh Fermor. ILL MET BY MOONLIGHT.
Folio Society, London, 2001. 
214 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H), hard cover (full dark blue cloth blocked in silver and red/brown with a design by David Rooney; light blue endleaves) - blue/black slipcase. B&w photographs, maps. "This book tells the (true) story of what is remembe red in Great Britain as a tremendous jape, yet is recalled in Crete - as Paddy Leigh Fermor explains in his afterword - as an act of just revenge for past German atrocities. It recounts the kidnapping, by two young officers serving in S.O.E. ( S p e c i al Operations Executive), of a German general from his headquarters in Crete, and the spiriting of him over the mountains of that island into a motor-launch, and so to captivity...." Slipcase has minor rubbing, tiny dinr on one front e d ge . F in e/ Ne ar Fine 
Price: 25.00 USD
Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1997, Ist U.S. edition. 
326 pp, 8vo (8 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0679879250 "The universe has broken wide, and Lyra's friend lies dead. Desperate for answers and set on revenge, Lyra bursts into a new world in pursuit of his killer. Instead, she finds Wi ll, just twelve years old and already a murderer himself. He's on a quest as fierce as Lyra's, and together they strike out into this sunlit otherworld. But Cittagazze is a strange and haunted place. Soul-eating Specters stalk its stree t s w h i l e , high above, the wingbeats of distant angels sound against the sky. And in the mysterious Torre degli Angeli lurks Cittagazze's deadly secret - an object of extraordinary and devastating power. On this journey marked by danger, Wi ll a n d Ly ra f or ge ahead. But with every step and each new horror, they move closer to the greatest threat of all - and the shattering truth of their own destiny...." Very thin line, very lightly printed across the bottom corner of page 316 . Dus t ja cke t h as min or w rinkling at top of spine. Near Fine/Near Fine 
Price: 100.00 USD
Press Porcepic, Toronto, (1979). 
163 pp, 8vo, soft cover. B&w photos. "(A) tale of adventure, intrigue, mystery and love set in 1763 at the British forts of Detroit and Michilimackinac. The story was first told by Major John Richardson in a novel written in 1832. Within two years it had become an internationally famous romance, whose appeal has lasted down to the present day...Now James Reaney has taken this thrilling romance and reworked it with his own inimitable magic...Reaney shaped the story into a contemporary drama, filled with colour, adventure, comedy and the exaggerated passions of melodrama...Reaney provides not only the play itself, but an account of the workshops and the methods for co-operative playmaking which have created among others, his prize- winning drama, 'The Donnellys'. A bibliography of Richardson's works is also provided." Interior - scattered highlighting and margin notes. Exterior - light edge wear, tiny corner crease, tiny bump at top of spine, spine flat and uncreased. Good reading copy. 
Price: 12.50 USD
20 Reynolds, James. Introduction by Padraic Colum. GHOSTS IN IRISH HOUSES.
New York Creative Age Press 1947 First Edition Hard Cover Good+ Good- James Reynolds. Inscribed
283 pp, 10 3/4" H. Boldly inscribed on half title page: "All good Fortune / James Reynolds", with double underscore and a star beneath. Map of Ireland on endpapers in shades of green and white showing location of the haunted houses. 9 colour plates, including frontispiece (collated), plus 16 full page b&w drawings and 4 smaller b&w drawings. **Please note: at some time in its life, this book has been "married" to a Bonanza dust jacket of the same or similar vintage that fits it perfectly - i.e. this is not the original dust jacket.** "With senses tuned to the cry of the banshee, no people are more intimate with spirits - both horrible and friendly - than the richly imaginative Irish. In this magnificently conceived and superbly executed book, James Reynolds, Irish-born painter, horseman, and traveler, has selected and retold twenty-two folk tales from a collection of more than two hundred gathered during his life in Ireland. He invariably captures the perfect note of eerie, the terrifying, and the comic in these paintings, drawings, and this subtly polished prose; for he is 'ghost-conscious' and 'castle-conscious', as Padraic Colum says, and can describe with the words of a poet what a painter sees. Here are ghosts and demons that have flouished from the tenth to the twentieth century - the horrible, gluttonous ghost of Jason Bannott, the harpies of 'The Ghostly Catch', the madly comic ghosts of the O'Haggerty twins - all the ghosts that midnight fancy shivers to imagine." Spine color has darkened, light browning to edges of text block, minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, a one inch very light red pencil line on blank page 12, a 1/8" strip of browning at top edge of page 6, slight toning in page margins, very small paper slub on chapter title page 89. Dust jacket has light browning on inside, tear (archivally taped) at top of rear panel with soft crease; light discoloration on fore-edge of front flap, at top of spine and under wrinkles in laminate on rear panel, light browming at top edge, tiny closed tear on spine. 
Price: 85.00 USD
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