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1 Ball, Edward. THE INVENTOR AND THE TYCOON: A GILDED AGE MURDER AND THE BIRTH OF MOVING PICTURES.
New York Doubleday 2013 0385525753 / 9780385525756 Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ 
447 pp, 9 1/2" H. B&w photographs, reproductions. "(T)he compelling saga of an artistic genius, a ruthless railroad tycoon, and a sordid crime of passion. In frontier California 130 years ago, English immigrant Eadweard Muybridge managed to capture time and play it back on a screen, inventing stop-motion photography and moving pictures, breakthrough technologies that ushered in our age of visual media. Bankrolling his endeavor was tycoon (and former California governor) Leland Stanford, who built the west half of the transcontinental railroad and personally drove in the last golden spike. Stanford's particular obsession was whether the four hooves of a running horse ever left the ground all at once, and with Muybridge he found an answer. But personal disaster overshadowed Muybridge's remarkable achievements. A visionary artist, and technically brilliant, he was also a murderer." Very light wrinkling at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has minor edge wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, minor rubbing. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
2 Bayne-Powell, Rosamond. HOUSEKEEPING IN THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY. (18th CENTURY.)
London John Murray 1956 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Good 
208 pp, 8 3/4" H. B&w illustrations. "Decorations, furniture, pictures, china, linen, the kitchen, food, drink, entertaining, washing, sanitation, heating, lighting, servants, illness, remedies, handicrafts, money, taxation and household superstitions and customs - all, so to speak, bring grist to the author's mill and the result is a graphic and convincing presentment of life in the period. The 'good old days' may have been enjoyable for those with plenty of money and good health, for the sick and poor much of life must have been horrible, the squalor behind the grandeur, the dirt underneath the cloth of gold - but how gracious and artistic the great houses were." Light stain on page leaf 111/112, five faint line marks on fore-edge of text block, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket is price-clipped, has light browning on spine and flap-folds, light edge wear, several small and tiny edge chips, several cup ring stains/impressions on front panel, protected in a mylar sleeve. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
EAST OF ALGIERS., Castle, Douglas.  Illustrated by Ellis Silas.
3 Castle, Douglas. Illustrated by Ellis Silas. EAST OF ALGIERS.
Blackie & Son, London, n.d. 
288 pp, small 8vo (7 3/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. 4 b&w plates. "When H.M. destroyer 'Screel' off Algiers is diverted to go to the aid of an aircraft in trouble, none of the crew has the least inkling that this incident is the starting-poin t of a long-drawn-out chase and a bewildering chain of strange adventures. In particular, Peter Watson, the 'Screel's' young sub-lieutenant, tumbles into more than one tight corner both at sea and ashore on the trail of the mysterious fre i g h t e r i n which two eminent scientists, captured by an unknown Power, are held prisoners. The chase, directed by Mr. Venners, unconventional secret-service agent, leads from Algiers to Cairo and Port Said and on into the Indian Ocean, where a t er ri bl e c yc lo n e complicates the plans of pursuer and pursued alike. The enemy is ruthless and determined, the most formidable among them being a grossly fat Armenian, the spider at the centre of countless webs of intrigue throughout th e E ast . But wh er e doe s D ri scoll, Peter's American rescuer, fit into the picture? It needs some time before this and other baffling questions are answered and Mr. Venners finally accomplishes his mission. The result is a rousing story, told by an a ut hor who obv io usly has a thorough knowledge of the sea and the ports which form his background." Minor foxing to endpapers, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, very light edge wear, slight fading to top/bottom edges of spine and boar ds, v ery lig ht f oxin g t o edg es of te xtblock. Dust jacket has light edge wear/wrinkling, several very small chips and tears, light rubbing, light soiling on rear panel, old price sticker on front flap. VG-/VG- 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
OUR MUTUAL FRIEND., Dickens, Charles.
4 Dickens, Charles. OUR MUTUAL FRIEND.
London Collins Clear-Type Press Full-Leather Very Good+ 
437 pp + 440 pp (paged as if two volumes), 16mo (6 1/8" H), thin burgundy leather over card covers/spine - gold lettering and decoration on spine, top edge gilt - in slipcase. Burgundy endpapers, b&w frontispiece. Dickens' final complete novel, "Our Mutual Friend" is a satire on the worship of money and social class. When a young man finds he can only inherit his father's estate if he marries a mercenary young woman, he pretends to have died, allowing the fortune to fall to a kindly old couple. Engaged as their secretary, he gets to know Bella and they fall in love, after which he reveals his true identity. The supporting cast includes the dastardly Silas Wegg, Mr. Venus, the taxidermist, Jenny Wren, the dolls' dressmaker, Lizzie Hexam, Eugene Wrayburn, etc. Precious owner's small label on free front endpaper, remnant of flap of original glassine wrap is affixed to front pastedown, some areas of light loss of colour on rear pastedown, very light wear at corners of covers. Slipcase has very light edge rubbing and rubbing on bottom panel. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
OUR MUTUAL FRIEND., Dickens, Charles.  Introduction by Iain Sinclair.
5 Dickens, Charles. Introduction by Iain Sinclair. OUR MUTUAL FRIEND.
London Folio Society 2005 Hard Cover Near Fine Marcus Stone. 
927 pp, 10 1/4" H. Quarter bound in deep maroon leather with maroon cloth sides, black leather title label with gilt lettering/border on spine. Gilt borders on front and rear boards, top edge gilt, integral maroon ribbon bookmark. Maroon endpapers and slipcase. B&w illustrations. "The text and illustrations of this edition reproduce those of the Nonesuch Dickens, published in 1938 by the Nonesuch Press - with minor emendations." Book has a very minor bump at bottom of front hinge area. Slipcase has minor rubbing, small bump at one front bottom corner. 
Price: 75.00 USD
 
 
6 Fowler, William M., Jr. REBELS UNDER SAIL: THE AMERICAN NAVY DURING THE REVOLUTION.
Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1976, book club edition. 
320 pp, 8vo (8 7/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w illustrations. "Almost as soon as the smoke had settled at Lexington and Concord, the American Revolution was being fought on the sea as well as on land. A fragile and disunited coalition of thirteen colonies, embarking on a war with a great naval power, began to build a navy for the 'preservation of the lives, liberty and property of the good people of these Colonies'. (This book) provides a vivid and authoritative history of h o w t h e new American nation set about its task. Americans have always been a sea-minded people, and even before the Declaration of Independence was signed, the Congress resolved to build a strong navy. The maritime skills of New England and th e ti m be r, p itch and turpentine of the colonies had made them a major resource for the British navy; this resource the Americans now turned toward their own ends. Fowler describes how a small group of delegates to Congress, led by John Adam s an d str on gly su ppo rted by Washington, labored to form a powerful fighting fleet. He describes the difficulty of enlisting men for the navy (they preferred to sail on privateers where they could reap rich rewards from capturing enemy vessel s) , th e jock eyi ng f or c omma nd by captains, the building of ships in shipyards all up and down the coast. The fledgling navy made some terrible blunders - most notably the disastrous Penobscot expedition which cost the Americans dearly - but it also en joyed mom ents of gr eat g lory, particularly under its greatest commander, John Paul Jones. Fowler describes both the failures and the successes, and he surveys the story not just of the navy itself but of the privateers and merchant s hip s tha t f ought along side it." Light wrinkling and edge wear at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has slight edge browning on inside, light wear at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds. Very Good/Very Good 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
'ROUND NEW BRUNSWICK ROADS., Maxwell, Lilian.
7 Maxwell, Lilian. 'ROUND NEW BRUNSWICK ROADS.
Toronto Ryerson Press 1951 First Edition Hard Cover Good+ Good 
191 pp, 8 1/4" H. Map endpapers, b&w photographs. "(W)itten in affectionate detail by one who knows the province intimately, a province with which her family has been identified for generations. This is an ideal way to see New Brunswick; these facts and legends are what you will want to carry away and remember." Very light browning, edges of text block, edges of boards and on spine; light toning to pages; light edge wear; very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine; fading at bottom edge of spine. Dust jacket has light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, tiny chips at top/bottom of hinges and flap-folds, light to moderate browning - mainly on front panel and spine, three small light water marks on spine, protected in a mylar sleeve. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 


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