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1 Ackerman, Evelyn. VICTORIAN ARCHITECTURAL SPLENDOR IN A NINETEENTH CENTURY TOY CATALOGUE.
Era Industries, Culver City, California, (1980), Ist printing. 
92 pp, oblong 24 mo. (5 3/4" H x 8 1/2" L), soft cover. A reproduction in b&w of a nineteenth century German toy catalogue. Shows doll houses, stores, fire stations, shops, stables, etc. with accompanying notes. Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - light edge wear/rubbing, light soiling and browning to some areas of covers, spine lightly browned, small bump to bottom corner of front cover - migrates into pages. VG- 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
YESTERDAY'S TOWN: WELLINGTON.  A DIARY OF A WEST COUNTRY TOWN IN THE 19th CENTURY., Allen, Gillian.
2 Allen, Gillian. YESTERDAY'S TOWN: WELLINGTON. A DIARY OF A WEST COUNTRY TOWN IN THE 19th CENTURY.
Buckingham Barracuda 1987 0860232921 / 9780860232926 Limited Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
124 pp, small 4to (10 7/16" H). Number 368 of a limited edition. Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs, reproductions. "(I)t is the detail of the 19th century record which attracts us most; the people who lived in specific houses like the Millers, Langleys and Merediths; the controversy about the three posts outside the White Hart Inn; the shops that changed from bank to fishmonger, from watchmaker to cobbler, from Bell Inn to basketmaker; the man who dug a canal in his garden to employ poor people; the ten-year-old who died when her pinny caught fire; the horse that took nine men to the gallows. Here too is the fire brigade whose captain refused entry to his own team as his cottage blazed away; the riots when a cemetery was proposed; the earliest chapels built and closed; Ann Pain, who stole a bullock's heart on St. Valentine's Day; Mr Marks, who lost 50 Pounds at Wellington Fair; elderly Maria Strippling, sentenced to seven days' labour for pinching threepennorth of hay; and the 4,703 tramps who came to Wellington in 1865. Transport changed the town, when the turnpikes, canal, railway and finally motorcar came. The first car owner was heavily fined; the first acceptable motor hit the Town Hall. Taverns prospered, and there were 75 at one time or another. Thirteen survive. The greatest change of all came with the Great War - 'our old world has gone forever' said the local 'rag'. That world is recreated (here) - in a fluent, fascinating and fact-packed narrative and some 200 pictures, many of them rare, and most unique to this book." Book is slightly cocked. Dust jacket has very light wrinkling at top edge, a few small faint indentations on panels, minor rubbing. 
Price: 40.00 USD
 
 
NAUTICAL ANTIQUES & COLLECTABLES., Baddeley, Jon.
3 Baddeley, Jon. NAUTICAL ANTIQUES & COLLECTABLES.
Konecky & Konecky, (New York, 1993). 
160 pp, 4to (11 1/4" H) hard cover in dust jacket. Profusely illustrated in color and b&w. "This well-illustrated collector's guide covers a wide range of nautical decorative arts and naviational instruments. The book spans the period from the sixteenth century to the present day with an emphasis on the golden age of production between 1800 and 1940. These more modern pieces are readily found in specialist shops and auctions and are therefore more affordable than earlier and rarer pieces. The book is divided into eight chapters, covering ship models, navigational instruments, ship fixtures and fittings, marine arts and crafts, ocean liner artefacts and ship portrait painting. A concluding chapter lists public and private collections where marine art can be seen and provides information on its purchase internationally. There is also practical advice on the restoration of these artefacts." Dust jacket very light edge wrinkling and very light rubbing. Fine/Very Good+ 
Price: 50.00 USD
 
 
4 Beeshy's , The China Shop. A LITTLE PORTFOLIO ILLUSTRATING SOME OF THE EXCEPTIONAL VALUES IN FINE ENGLISH EARTHENWARE AND ENGLISH BONE CHINA NOW BEING SHOWN BY BEESHY'S, THE CHINA SHOP, RIDGEWAY, ONTARIO.
Ridgeway, Ontario Beeshy's, The China Shop Card covers in wire Binding Very Good - 
48 pp, 9 3/4" H. Orange card covers with black lettering/illustration on front cover. No date, but the text references two patterns introduced in 1937 and there is a printed note on the back cover stating that the Wire-o-binding was patented 1936. B&w photographs of the shop (exterior & interior) and the proprietors, plus b&w (and a few colour) photographs of china (Wedgwood, Royal Doulton, Johnson Bros., Adams, etc.). Short historiesy of the store, the family, the decoration of English china. Pages 12-48 show examples of some of the different patterns carried with descriptions. "The Romance of a Village Shop" is printed on the inside of both covers. Interior - small soft bump to top corner of pages, a few soft wrinkles at some page fore-edges, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - small crease at corners of covers, very light edge wrinkling, one tiny edge tear on front cover. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
SILVER EVERYTHING and MANY MANSIONS., Cawley, Winifred.  Illustrated by William Stobbs.
5 Cawley, Winifred. Illustrated by William Stobbs. SILVER EVERYTHING and MANY MANSIONS.
Oxford University Press, London, 1976, first edition. 
182 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0192713892 B&w illustrations. "Stratford Street was certainly a come-down after Pilgrim's Buildings. No wonder Dad had been in two minds about The Shop. Why did they have to move there?... .(Eight-year-old Jinnie Friend has many alarming experiences as she learns to cope with a new neighbourhood and new neighbours and) clings desperately to her family pride. The Friends are a Cut Above their neighbours. They must be. Afte r a l l , D a d was a butler once upon a time, the next best thing to being a Toff himself. And they aren't poor. Haven't they savings, and a carpet, and mahogany furniture; not to mention a silver tea-service and silver spoons and a silver but to n ho ok ? S i lv er E verything, just about. The pangs and pleasures of childhood are recalled with humour and insight in these two delightful stories set in Tyneside in the 1920's and based on the author's own early experiences." Dust jacket ha s one ti ny te ar an d o ne tiny chip - both on the flaps. Fine/VG+ 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
GUELPH:  TAKE A LOOK AT US!, Coulman, Donald E.
6 Coulman, Donald E. GUELPH: TAKE A LOOK AT US!
Cheltenham, Ontario Boston Mills 1977 0919822940 / 9780919822948 First Edition Soft Cover Very Good+ 
Unpaginated, 9 7/8" H. A collection of 213 b&w photographs/drawings with descriptive captions + introduction, chronicling the life of Guelph, Ontario - schools, churches, transportation, sports, police, entertainment, businesses, railway, etc. Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - very minor edge wear. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
7 Evans, Hilary and Evans, Mary. THE LIFE AND ART OF GEORGE CRUIKSHANK 1792-1878.
New York S.G. Phillips 1978 0875992277 / 9780875992273 Hard Cover Very Good Good George Cruikshank 
192 pp, 11 1/4" H. Profusely illustrated with b&w reproductions. "When George Cruikshank died, (over) a hundred years ago, he was admired as an artist, respected as a reformer, loved as a man. But he had lived so long and created so much that few could discern any unity underlying the diverse creations of his seventy-year working life - creations ranging from a thumbnail caricature of Napoleon III ('it never reigns but it bores!') to the four-metres-wide 'Worship of Bacchus' which now hangs, dusty and neglected, in the storerooms of the Tate Gallery. For some he was the artist who showed us Oliver Twist asking for mroe; for some the whimsical delineator of elves and fairies; for others the fanatical reformer who drew 'The Bottle' to convert us all from the Demon Drink. Everything he created was a spontaneous response to the world he saw. It might be something trivial, as when he went on a day-trip to Boulogne - the only time he left English soil! - and memorialized the event in a masterly sketch of seasick travellers (which perhaps explains why the adventure was never repeated). Or it might be on a deeper level, as when he symbolises in 'The Drunkard's Children' all the horrors of modern industrial society. It is his ability to see the world both as it is and as it might be which is the greatness of Cruikshank, both as a man and as an artist, and this book sets out to reveal the continual development of his art as a reflection of his continual development as a man. It therefore takes the form of a running commentary on pictures which are themselves a running commentary on the artist's outward and inward life. From more than two hundred pictures, one of the widest selections of his work ever brought together, Cruickshank emerges, not just as one of the world's greatest illustrators, but as a visionary artist whose work, at first glance so light and casual, reveals a profound sympathy and understanding of human life." Minor bump at top bottom of spine, one tiny corner bump, some light rubbing on rear board. Dust jacket has light edge wear, moderate edge wrinkling - mainly at top edge, light fading to spine and flap-fold color, 2" puckered triangular closed tear and small puncture with associated rub line on rear panel, 1" tear at bottom of front flap fold, minor rubbing and soiling on rear panel. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
A TOUR THROUGH FORD WORKS DAGENHAM ESSEX.  PREPARED FOR THE CONVENIENCE OF VISITORS., Ford Motor Company.
8 Ford Motor Company. A TOUR THROUGH FORD WORKS DAGENHAM ESSEX. PREPARED FOR THE CONVENIENCE OF VISITORS.
Dagenham, Essex Ford Motor Company Stapled in Wraps Very Good - 
Unpaginated (32 pp excluding covers), 8 1/2" H, undated, circa 1937. Plan of tour, plus many b&w photographs. Contents: The Ford Organization; Plan of Tour; Important Notes; The Boys' Trade School; The Ford Jetty; The Electric Power House; The Blast Furnace; The Coke Ovens; By-Products Plant; The Foundry; Treatment of Castings; In the Machine Shop; The Works Hospital; Engine Assembly; Radiator Making; Final Assembly; Aks About These. Interior - rust on staples and rust staining to centre page gutter, otherwise clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - very light edge wear, light soiling on rear cover. 
Price: 35.00 USD
 
 
PETERBOROUGH'S ARCHITECTURAL HERITAGE:  A LISTING OF EXISTING STRUCTURES ERECTED PRIOR TO 1890 IN THE AREA BOUNDED BY THE OTONABEE RIVER, PARKHILL ROAD, PARK STREET AND TOWNSEND STREET., Kidd, Martha Ann.
9 Kidd, Martha Ann. PETERBOROUGH'S ARCHITECTURAL HERITAGE: A LISTING OF EXISTING STRUCTURES ERECTED PRIOR TO 1890 IN THE AREA BOUNDED BY THE OTONABEE RIVER, PARKHILL ROAD, PARK STREET AND TOWNSEND STREET.
(Peterborough, Ontario) Peterborough Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee 1979 Second Printing Soft Cover Very Good 
176 pp, 11" H. Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs. Contents: Foreword; Preface; Antrim Street; Aylmer Street; Bethune Street; Brock Street; Charlotte Street; College Street; Dalhouse Street; Dickson Street; Division Street; Donegal Street; Downie Street; Dublin Street; Edinburgh Street; Elcombe Crescent; George Street; Gilchrist Street; Harvey Street; Hunter Street; King Street; London Street; McDonnel Street; Murray Street; Park Street; Parkhill Road; Queen Street; Reid Street; Rubidge Street; Sherbrooke Street; Sheridan Street; Simcoe Street; Stewart Street; Union Street; Water Street; Waterford Street; Wolfe Street. Interior - very small stain on verso of contents page, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - soiling at top corner of textblock, minor edge wear. 
Price: 30.00 USD
 
 
RESURGO:  THE HISTORY OF MONCTON.  VOLUME II - THE HISTORY OF MONCTON FROM 1890-1990., Larracey, Edward W.
10 Larracey, Edward W. RESURGO: THE HISTORY OF MONCTON. VOLUME II - THE HISTORY OF MONCTON FROM 1890-1990.
Moncton, New Brunswick City of Moncton 1991 0969463421 / 9780969463429 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ No Jacket 
498 pp, 9 1/4" H. Volume II only. Black cloth with gold lettering on spine and front board. B&w photographs. Contents: Mollie Filled the Coal Box; The War At Home; The Decade of Natural Gas; Transformation in the Twenties; The News-Filled Thirties; From Peace to War and Back Again; The Television Era; The Stormy Leonard Jones Era; A Violent Crime Wave; A Dramatic Decade; Appendices: Captain Lou Kenedy; Senator Wark; A Stroll Along Main Street; City Council List (1890-1990); The Sea Captains; Index. Minor browning to edges of text block, minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
PANAMA AND THE CANAL TO-DAY: AN HISTORICAL ACCOUNT OF THE CANAL PROJECT FROM THE EARLIEST TIMES WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO THE ENTERPRISES OF THE FRENCH COMPANY AND THE UNITED STATES., Lindsay, Forbes.
11 Lindsay, Forbes. PANAMA AND THE CANAL TO-DAY: AN HISTORICAL ACCOUNT OF THE CANAL PROJECT FROM THE EARLIEST TIMES WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO THE ENTERPRISES OF THE FRENCH COMPANY AND THE UNITED STATES.
Boston L.C. Page 1912 New Revised Edition. Hard Cover Very Good No Jacket 
474 pp, 8 1/8" H. Beige cloth with gilt lettering/banding/decoration on spine and front board, top edge gilt. Pictorial endpapers, tissue-covered frontispiece, b&w photographs, drawings, maps (three fold-out, 2 photographic) - collated. Title continued: "With a detailed description of the waterway as it will be ultimately constructed: together with a brief history of the country and the first comprehensive account of its physical features and natural resources." Contents: Part I. The Canal - Preface to Second Edition; Preface; The Dream of the Strait; Practical Projects; The Panama Railroad; The French Enterprise; The Transfer of the Canal; The American Enterprise; The Canal as It will be; The Work under Army Engineers; Along the Line of the Canal. Part II. The Country: Panama Viejo; Morgan Sets out for Panama; The March across the Isthmus; Morgan Sacks Panama; Panama of To-day; The Churches of Panama; The Country and Its Resources; The Ancient Graves of Chiriqui; Up-Country in a Coasting Steamer; David and the Interior; Preparing for Operations; Progress in Panama; Appendices; Index. Some areas of light browning on endpapers, small area of surface paper loss on free front endpaper, some light wrinkling on half-title page, light browning on fore-edge and on bottom of text block, first fold-out map has two edge tears at hinge archivally taped and one small corner crease, very slight fading to spine colour, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, a few tiny foxing marks at top inside edge of boards, light rubbing and wear on bottom of book, two very tiny light stains on rear board. 
Price: 40.00 USD
 
 
'WITH ALL FAULTS'., Low, David.  Introduction by Graham Greene.
12 Low, David. Introduction by Graham Greene. 'WITH ALL FAULTS'.
Tehran Amate Press 1973 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good Inscribed By Author
118 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H). Inscribed on half title page: 'mea culpa' David Low. B&w illustrations. The memoirs of a bookseller. Contents: List of Plates; Preface; Introduction; London Bookshops; Some London Booksellers; A London Street Market; Hodgson's Sale Room; Some Country Bookshops; Some Country Bookshops. Scottish; Some Country Bookshops. Irish; Some Country Bookshops. French; Some American Customers; Women Collectors; Collections; Erotic Literature; The Most Widely Known Bookseller of our Time; By Royal Appointment; The Printer; Emmington, Chinnor, Oxford; Where's Me? Very light browning to fore-edge of text block, light cigarette odor. Dust jacket has some minor edge wrinkling, light to moderate browning - mainly on spine and flap-folds. 
Price: 22.50 USD
 
 
13 Marsicek, Josef. Okrouhlicky, Ivan, editor. Translation by Milan Klouda, Zbynek Prochazka, Jan Schulmann, Pavel Vransky. THE AUTOMOBILE GUIDE OF THE CSSR. (THE AUTOMOBILE GUIDE IN CSSR.)
Praha Transport and Telecommunications Publishing House 1964 Hard Cover Very Good Osvald Klapper. 
116 pp + extensive unpaginated 'Vocabulary' section. Endpapers illustrated with road signs, centre map in black, white and orange. Charming, very '60s, illustrations by Osvald Klapper in black, white and orange/red. Section headings: Introduction; Travel Requirements and Information; Roads in Czechoslovakia; Rule of the Road in Czechoslovakia; Car Servicing in Czechoslovakia; The Central Automobile Club of the CSSR; General Information for Motorists; Health Care in Czechoslovakia; List of Places of Interest; Vocabulary. One tiny corner bump, minor wrinkling at top of spine, scattered tiny foxing marks on top edge of covers and a few on the spine/rear hinge. 
Price: 30.00 USD
 
 
OAKVILLE AND THE SIXTEEN:  THE HISTORY OF AN ONTARIO PORT., Mathews, Hazel C.  Line drawings by Juliet Chisholm.
14 Mathews, Hazel C. Line drawings by Juliet Chisholm. OAKVILLE AND THE SIXTEEN: THE HISTORY OF AN ONTARIO PORT.
University of Toronto Press, n.p., 1953, Ist edition. 
521 pp, large 8vo(9 1/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w drawings, photos, color plates. "...traces the development of a typical Ontario lake port and pictures social life at the various stages of the town's development. The history is complet e, beginning with the earliest settlement and ending at a period in which Oakville has changed its character completely...(Mrs. Mathews) has given an intimate picture of the people, houses, and public buildings of Oakville, and of activities a l o n g ' The Sixteen', the creek which has been so important to its life...She places the development of the village and town in its proper setting in Ontario history, with the result that the reader learns not only about Oakville but about the s oc ia l hi s tory of Southern Ontario over a long period..." Previous owner's name in red ink on free front endpaper, light browning to edges of text block, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, very light edge wear. Dust jacket has chips and t ear s, su rfa ce paper loss at top of front panel, edge wear/creases, light fading to spine color, now protected in a mylar sleeve. Very Good/Fair 
Price: 40.00 USD
 
 
OAKVILLE AND THE SIXTEEN:  THE HISTORY OF AN ONTARIO PORT., Mathews, Hazel C.  Line drawings by Juliet Chisholm.
15 Mathews, Hazel C. Line drawings by Juliet Chisholm. OAKVILLE AND THE SIXTEEN: THE HISTORY OF AN ONTARIO PORT.
University of Toronto Press, n.p., 1953, Ist edition. 
521 pp, large 8vo(9 1/4" H), hard cover no dust jacket. B&w drawings, photos, color plates. "...traces the development of a typical Ontario lake port and pictures social life at the various stages of the town's development. The history is complet e, beginning with the earliest settlement and ending at a period in which Oakville has changed its character completely...(Mrs. Mathews) has given an intimate picture of the people, houses, and public buildings of Oakville, and of activities a l o n g ' The Sixteen', the creek which has been so important to its life...She places the development of the village and town in its proper setting in Ontario history, with the result that the reader learns not only about Oakville but about the s oc ia l hi s tory of Southern Ontario over a long period..." Small crease/bump at top corner of preliminary pages, minor browning to pages, small newspaper cutting glued to free front endpaper, small area of foxing on free rear endpaper, light bro wni ng to ed ge s of text block, light to moderate edge rubbing, wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, very small dint/cut on front board fore-edge, verylight rubbing on rear board. Very Good- 
Price: 27.50 USD
 
 
KINGSTON UPON THAMES:  A PICTORIAL HISTORY., McCormack, Anne.
16 McCormack, Anne. KINGSTON UPON THAMES: A PICTORIAL HISTORY.
Phillimore, Chichester, 1989. 
Unpaginated, large 8vo (9 7/8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 085033716X Pictorial endpapers. Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs, reproductions. "Kingston upon Thames is a Royal Borough, one of only four in England and Wales. Seven Anglo-Saxon Kings were crowned in the town, which has been an important market and trading centre for more than a thousand years. The Royal Borough was enlarged in 1965 by the inclusion of the two former Boroughs of Malden and Coombe, and S u r b i t o n . At the beginning of the 19th century, the built-up area around the Market Place supported the traditional trades for which Kingston was famous - malting, brewing, tanning, and tallow-chandlery - while mansions with extensive pleas ur e gr ou nd s an d farms surrounded the town. The coming of the railways in 1838 and the subsequent rush for development land produced a dramatic change. Large estates were sold and built over to form the pattern of streets and houses familiar t oda y. S urb ito n and M alden and Coombe became separate authorities and churches, chapels and schools were built to serve their expanding communities. The construction of the Kingston By-Pass in 1927 encouraged further growth and the developme nt o f t he a rea into a cen tre of light industry meant that firms like the Sopwith Aviation Company grew rapidly alongside more traditional businesses. The splendid illustrations in this book, many of which come from the local history collecti on in Kin gston Her itage Ce ntre, cov er that important 150-year period in the history of all three former Boroughs, as the ancient town amid open country was transformed into the contemporary scene. The book provides a fascinating and informa tive r ecord of da ily l ife si nce Victor ian t imes, in wartime and in peace, and of the evolution of the present environment. It will be particularly welcomed by those who still remember many of the scenes and events depicted so vividly in the photogr aphs a nd by a ll who are in tere sted in the p ast of the Kingston area." Fine/Fine 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
CLASSIC TRAINS:  THE GOLDEN AGE OF RAILROADING.  SPRING 2008 / SUMMER 2008 (PULLMAN SPECIAL) / FALL 2008.  3 ISSUES., McGonigal, Robert S., editor.  Joe Wlesh, Robert Klara, Michael Zega, H. Marshall Pomroy, Richard E. Harold, J. David Ingles, Robert S. McGonigal, Art Peterson, Theodore Shrady, Karl Zimmermann, Jim Shaughnessy, Alden Armstrong, Ed Theisinger, et al.
17 McGonigal, Robert S., editor. Joe Wlesh, Robert Klara, Michael Zega, H. Marshall Pomroy, Richard E. Harold, J. David Ingles, Robert S. McGonigal, Art Peterson, Theodore Shrady, Karl Zimmermann, Jim Shaughnessy, Alden Armstrong, Ed Theisinger, et al. CLASSIC TRAINS: THE GOLDEN AGE OF RAILROADING. SPRING 2008 / SUMMER 2008 (PULLMAN SPECIAL) / FALL 2008. 3 ISSUES.
Waukesha, WI Kalmbach 2008 Stapled in Wraps Very Good+ 
98 pp, 114 pp, 98 pp, 10 3/4" H, 3 issues (magazine format). Profusely illustrated with b&w and color photographs, maps. Spring articles: Final Weeks of N&W Steam; The Bold Style of Tom Fawell; Harold Stewart and the Pacific Electric; Red Car Revival; One Day at - Brimingham, Ala.; Anatomy of a Night Photo; Bird's-Eye View: Citadel of the C&EI; The 'Black Market' and Power for No.5; B&O's P-1d Pacifics; My First Day on the Railroad. Summer (Pullman Special) contents: Empire of Hospitality; Woolen Wonders; " - in Safety and Comfort"; Two Hours to Harrisburg; Harolds, Pullmans, and the War Years; Classics Today: Unlikely Survivors; Steel Cars, Soft Berths; Louisville to Lillooet in a Lower; The Central Pulls Out of Pullman; End of the All-Pullman Limiteds; Pageant at Ashley; Bird's Eye View: Appleyard in Wenatchee, Wash.; All the Way to San Jose. Fall contents: Two Days with Western Maryland Steam; Around the "Standard-Gauge Circle"; Unexpected Fan-Trip Adventure; JV is for Johnsonville; Cocky Kid at Rock Island's MC Tower; Classics Today: Urban Sentinel; Photo Section; Mixed Train to Waterloo; Bird's-Eye View: NYC on the Hudson River; One Day at - Hermosa, Wyo. Interiors - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exteriors - very light wear on spines, tiny corner creas on fron cover of 'Spring 2008'. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
GOD IS IN THE ATTIC., Merry, Herbert C.
18 Merry, Herbert C. GOD IS IN THE ATTIC.
Oakville, Ontario Self-published 1979 First Edition Soft Cover Good Inscribed By Author
133 pp, 8 5/8" H. B&w illustrations, family tree. Inscribed on half title page: "Best Wishes / Herbert C. Merry." "A nostalgic look at events as they occurred in Oakville, Ontario around the turn of the century. (D)eals with the author's life as a very, very young boy. The book tells of a return to King's Castle, the author's birthplace - a many gabled, four storied house. It describes various and amusing happenings that took place in the often carefree years preceeding the First World War Armistice. Childhood 'goings on' were just as mischievious in those days as now - there were not the the distractions of to-day. Trips to ice cream parlors, toy shops, butcher shops, the Church and barn are all described in amusing fashion. There is even a Castle ghost. (G)ently reminds the reader of times and places when life was lived at a more leisurely and happier pace." Interior - previous owner's label on half title page, progressively softer crease on pages up to approx. page 20, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - several creases down covers, tiny dent on front cover, very light browning on spine and at edges of covers, some small faint water marks on top of text block. 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
BLACK CREEK PIONEER VILLAGE., Mika, Nick and Mika, Helma.  With Gary Thomson.
19 Mika, Nick and Mika, Helma. With Gary Thomson. BLACK CREEK PIONEER VILLAGE.
Belleville, Ontario Mika Publishing 1988 0921341229 / 9780921341222 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good 
96 pp, 8 3/8" H. Colour and b&w photographs, drawings, map. "In the northwest corner of the bustling city of Toronto stands Black Creek Pioneer Village, a replica of a typical 19th century crossroads settlement in southern Ontario. The village (is) laid out on a 56-acre site. Within the confines of the village the sounds and sights of another age are in sharp contrast to the towering buildings and the noise of 20th century traffic on nearby Jane Street and Steeles Avenue. At Black Creek the pace is slower, reminiscent of a time when life was harder and simpler but rewarding. The village consists of 41 historic buildings, each offering a fascinating glimpse into the past. Inside the houses and artisans' shops the visitor sees how Upper Canada's early settlers lived and worked. Here the housewife cooks the family's meal in the open hearth of the fireplace; the cabinet-maker works on his foot-powered lathe; the blacksmith hammers a horseshoe on his anvil; women are spinning, dyeing yarn and weaving cloth. There is the old stone gristmill with its 18.5-foot waterwheel which drives the machinery to grind the whole wheat flour for the local inn. At the Half Way House patrons are offered a hearty fare, and at the Laskay Emporium the shopkeeper takes time to chat with the customers." Dust jacket has light wrinkling at top edge, minor wear at top of flap-folds. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
20 Newman, F.G. With the Sunniside Local History Society. BURNOPFIELD & THE TURNPIKE ROAD REVISITED.
Seaham, Durham The People's History 2002 1902527917 / 9781902527918 First Edition Soft Cover Very Good 
128 pp,9 3/8" H. Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs. "Burnopfield is another link in our chain of villages - including Byermoor, Marley Hill and Sunniside along the Turnpike Road - inextricably linked to the coal industry. Although best know for its famous neighbours, the coal owners Bowes & Strathmores of Gibside Estate, Burnopfield had other industries and grew into a thriving community. Arguably the 'Capital' of our villages and not just because it had the much appreciated Grand Cinema, but because there was a far larger community in bygone days which attracted a better choice of shops and always seemed to be a hive of activity. Like all of our villages now, community spirit seems to have waned, possibly due to the demise of the coal industry. This book reminds us of the gentler days when people did seen to care more for each other and pull together, even through the dreadful days of two World Wars and many other hardships." Interior - greetings notation on contents page, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - very minor edge wear. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
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