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THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS AND THE SPREAD OF LEARNING, 1478-1978:  AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY., Barker, Nicholas.  Preface by Charles Ryskamp.
1 Barker, Nicholas. Preface by Charles Ryskamp. THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS AND THE SPREAD OF LEARNING, 1478-1978: AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY.
Oxford Oxford University Press 1978 0199510865 / 9780199510863 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good- 
69 pp, + large b&w plate section (photographs, reproductions), 11 7/8" H. Dark blue cloth with gold lettering on spine, gold crest on front board. "(C)elebrates the quincentenary of the introduction of printing at Oxford with a pictorial history of its subsequent progress, illustrated by the books, documents, and pictures which are its tangible record. The story, although it properly begins with the arrival of Theodoric Rood and the first learned and educational books that he printed, stretches back to the early thirteenth century when scribes, illuminators, and binders of books were already found in Oxford; but it was not until the seventeenth century that, at the initiative of two great men, Archbishop Laud and Bishop Fell, the University Press in its present form was established. It is the dark, dominant figure of John Fell, Dean of Christ Church, and then Bishop of Oxford, who emerges as the real founder of the University Press, and the man who determined the type of books which still preoccupy the Press: learned and educational books, and the Bible." Tiny soiling mark on top of text block, small shallow bump to top of both boards. Dust jacket has been price-clipped, has old tape repairs at top/bottom inside of spine and flap-folds, light edge wear/wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, small surface paper loss on front panel, minor soiling. 
Price: 55.00 USD
 
 
HISTORIC FORTS OF ONTARIO., Bradford, Robert D.  Foreword by Stephen D. Mecredy.
2 Bradford, Robert D. Foreword by Stephen D. Mecredy. HISTORIC FORTS OF ONTARIO.
Belleville, Ontario Mika 1988 0921341202 / 9780921341208 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good 
176 pp, 4to (11 1/2" H). Beautifully illustrated in b&w and colour with photographs, reproductions, maps/plans. Contents: Foreword; Preface; The Heritage; Ontario's First Forts: The Iroquoian Fortified Village; In Search of Souls: Ste-Marie-Among-the-Hurons; The First British Army Fort: Fort Erie; Guardian of the Capital: The Old Fort at York; Canadiens, Nor'Westers and Adventurers: Fort William; Frontier Sentinel: Fort George; The South-West Bastion: Ford Malden; Dockyard Sentry: Fort Frederick; Citadel of Upper Canada: Fort Henry; Guarding the St. Lawrence Life Line: Fort Wellington; Watch on the Niagara: Fort Mississauga; Views of various forts and other military establishments; Glossary; Notes; Bibliography; Index. Previous owner's name and date on free front endpaper, minor edge wear. Dust jacket has light edge wrinkling, minor edge wear, very light rubbing, minor line indentation on front panel. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
3 Bradford, Robert D. Foreword by Stephen D. Mecredy. HISTORIC FORTS OF ONTARIO.
Belleville, Ontario Mika 1988 0921341202 / 9780921341208 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good+ 
176 pp, 4to (11 1/2" H). Beautifully illustrated in b&w and colour with photographs, reproductions, maps/plans. Contents: Foreword; Preface; The Heritage; Ontario's First Forts: The Iroquoian Fortified Village; In Search of Souls: Ste-Marie-Among-the-Hurons; The First British Army Fort: Fort Erie; Guardian of the Capital: The Old Fort at York; Canadiens, Nor'Westers and Adventurers: Fort William; Frontier Sentinel: Fort George; The South-West Bastion: Ford Malden; Dockyard Sentry: Fort Frederick; Citadel of Upper Canada: Fort Henry; Guarding the St. Lawrence Life Line: Fort Wellington; Watch on the Niagara: Fort Mississauga; Views of various forts and other military establishments; Glossary; Notes; Bibliography; Index. Dust jacket has very minor edge wear/wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
LUTYENS AND THE EDWARDIANS: AN ENGLISH ARCHITECT AND HIS CLIENTS., Brown, Jane.
4 Brown, Jane. LUTYENS AND THE EDWARDIANS: AN ENGLISH ARCHITECT AND HIS CLIENTS.
London Viking 1996 0670858714 / 9780670858712 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good- 
276 pp, large 8vo (9 7/8" H). "The great architect and his architecture are well known, but what about his patrons, his clients? Who were they? Why did they build? What did they pay for their buildings? From his earliest patrons, a stream of repressed gentlewomen of intelligence and means, through a galaxy of Edwardian heroes and villains, this book tells their stories. Some of them are famous, others unknown, except as Lutyen's clients: here are Herbert Jekyll, Jennie Churchill, J.M. Barrie, Hugh Lane, Victoria Sackville, lords, ladies, Souls, bankers, press barons, politicians, the beau monde of Edwardian England, as well as a schoolteacher who inherited a fortune and a prospering Bradford wool merchant. The complex networking of families and friends threads through the events and settings of Edwardian society, like a richly patterned embroidery. Everything of significance that Lutyens did had its roots in the Edwardian decade - and his clients turn out to be both the triumph and the tragedy of his career. (L)avishly illustrated with the human face of great architecture - sketches, drawings and photographs from family archives all over England." Light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has been price-clipped, slight browning to spine, edge wrinkling - mainly at top edge. 
Price: 35.00 USD
 
 
5 Cannan, Joanna. OXFORDSHIRE. THE COUNTY BOOKS SERIES.
London Robert Hale 1975 Hard Cover Very Good- Good- 
276 pp, 8vo (8 11/16" H). B&w photographs, fold-out map at rear. "For all the beauty and variety which it offers, Oxfordshire has been always overshadowed by the fame of its county town; visitors speed along the great roads which lead to 'the dreaming city', ignorant alike of the lovely lost stone villages of the north and the remote valleys hidden among the beechwoods of the south-west. Everyone knows the Thames, but Oxfordshire has other rivers: 'gentle' Evenlode, sparkling Windrush, reedy Thame. The towers of Oxford are world-famous, but the county has Norman churches by the dozen and, though her castles are fallen, a wealth of old manor houses and ancient farmsteads, exquisitely grouped. In this book the author, born and bred in Oxford, has endeavoured to recapture the atmosphere of lost splendour which pervades the shire, to be wandered through and dreamed in rather than methodically toured." Minor browning on endpapers, tiny bump to bottom corner of approx. pages 103 to 130, light browning to edges of textblock - tiny stain on top of tect block and on fore-edge, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has light to moderate browning, moderate edge wear/wrinkling, several small chips, 1" chip missing from top of spine, tear at top of rear hinge with old tape on inside - now protected in removable mylar sleeve. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
6 Clayton, Jo. DRINKER OF SOULS TRILOGY. 1. DRINKER OF SOULS. 2. BLUE MAGIC. 3. A GATHERING OF STONES. 3 VOLUME SET.
Daw, New York, (1986, 2nd/1988, 2nd/1989, 2nd printing). 
335 pp, 333 pp, 368 pp, paperbacks - 3 volumes. "She was Brann, the Drinker of Souls, from whom all but the very brave and the very foolish fled in fear. Bonded to twin demonic shape-shifters, she roved the land in search of rich life source to feed her demons' need. But Brann too had a need that couldn't be denied, a quest to free her family from the evil king who'd enslaved them - a quest that would lead Brann and her unearthly allies into magical realms ruled by witches and werewolves, lawless lords and murderous villains, and the ever-present ghosts of the restless dead..." Interiors - page 293/294 has two small tears (archivally taped) and light creases to fore-edge margin, otherwise books are clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exteriors - light/moderate edge wear, minor scuffing, spines are flat with faint creases to book 2. VG- 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
THE BOOK OF THE CRAFT OF DYING AND OTHER EARLY ENGLISH TRACTS CONCERNING DEATH TAKEN FROM MANUSCRIPTS AND PRINTED BOOKS IN THE BRITISH MUSEUM AND BODLEIAN LIBRARIES., Comper, Frances M.M., Editor.  Preface by Rev. George Congreve.  (W. Caxton, Henry Suso, Richard Rolle.)
7 Comper, Frances M.M., Editor. Preface by Rev. George Congreve. (W. Caxton, Henry Suso, Richard Rolle.) THE BOOK OF THE CRAFT OF DYING AND OTHER EARLY ENGLISH TRACTS CONCERNING DEATH TAKEN FROM MANUSCRIPTS AND PRINTED BOOKS IN THE BRITISH MUSEUM AND BODLEIAN LIBRARIES.
Ann Arbor, Michigan University Microfilms 1963 Reprint Hard Cover Very Good 
173 pp, 6 /12" H. Red cloth with gold lettering on spine. This is an "Authorized Reprint of the Original Edition, produced by Microfilm-Xerox" in 1963 of the Longmans, Green edition of 1917. As such, there are black shadows at the edges of most of the pages (see scan for example), but all text is legible. Contents: Preface; Introductory Note; The Book of the Craft of Dying; An Abridgement of the same; translated from the French by W. Caxton; A further Abridgement; A Chapter from the 'Orologium Sapientiae', by Henry Suso; A Chapter from the Toure of all Toures; A Fragment from MS. Bod. 423; A Chapter from 'The Form of Living', by Richard Rolle; The Lamentation f the Dying Creature; Glossary. Postage for this light item will be reduced to most destinations. Light browning to pastedowns - mainly in gutters/edges, minor rubbing and soiling on boards. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
BLEAK SEASONS.  BOOK ONE OF THE GLITTERING STONE.  THE SIXTH CHRONICLE OF THE BLACK COMPANY., Cook, Glen.
8 Cook, Glen. BLEAK SEASONS. BOOK ONE OF THE GLITTERING STONE. THE SIXTH CHRONICLE OF THE BLACK COMPANY.
New York Tor / Tom Doherty 1996 0312861052 / 9780312861056 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ Jacket art by Nicholas Jainschigg. 
316 pp, 8vo (8 3/8" H). "(T)he harrowing tale of the defense of Dejagore, as told by Murgen, a seasoned veteran of many brutal campaigns. The Black Company has taken the fortress of Stormgard from the evil Shadowlanders, lords of darkness from the far reaches of the earth. Now the waiting begins. Exhausted from the long siege, vastly outnumbered, and beset by powerful sorcery, the Company have risked their souls, as well as their lives to hold their hard-fought-for prize. But this is the end of an age, and great forces are at work. The ancient race known as the Nyeung Bao swear that ancient gods are stirring. The Company's commander has gone mad and flirts with the forces of darkness. Only Murgen, touched by a spell that has set his soul adrift in time, begins at last to comprehend the dark design that has made pawns fo men and gods alike." Light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine - tiny tear at top, Dust jacket has very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, minor rubbing. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
9 Cordeaux, E.H. and Merry, D.H. A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF PRINTED WORKS RELATED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD.
Oxford Oxford University Press 1968 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good 
809 pp, 8 3/4" H. "This is an enumerative bibliography classified under some 500 headings. It embraces all aspects of University and College life and institutions and comprises more than 10,000 entries. The compilers are both members of the staff of the Bodleian and they have systematically explored its vast resources as well as taking account of other likely repositories of Oxford material. In addition to books, the Bibliography includes articles from a large number of periodicals and records a mass of eighteenth and nineteenth century ephemeral literature which reflects University policy and politics, and which is probably unknown and unavailable outside the Bodleian." Minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine ans flap-folds, minor soiling, minor edge wear, very small dent on front hinge. 
Price: 45.00 USD
 
 
THE MYTHIC WORLD OF THE ZUNI., Cushing, Frank Hamilton.  Edited by Barton Wright.
10 Cushing, Frank Hamilton. Edited by Barton Wright. THE MYTHIC WORLD OF THE ZUNI.
Albuquerque University of New Mexico Press 1994 0826313876 / 9780826313874 Second Printing Soft Cover Very Good - Barton Wright. 
167 pp, 10" H. B&w illustrations. "First recorded over a hundred years ago by Frank Hamilton Cushing (the first participant observer of a native American Indian population), these tales have remained buried in an 1891 Bureau of American Ethnology report. Barton Wright has collected twenty-five of them, edited them, and provided extensive annotation. He shows how each myth compares to its parallel among other pueblos, glosses native terms, and illustrates each story with excellent scratchboard drawings. Within the Zuni world of myth and legends lies tales of adventure, epic journeys, and tragedy, which relate history, teach moral values, explain ceremonies, and offer amusement as well. Representing just a sampling of what is available in Zuni oral tradition, these twenty-five myths present Zuni thought on the origins of the cosmos, the deities, the earth, and the all important food, corn. They explain social organization, the Kach'ina Cult, and the early wanderings of the Zuni or A'shiwi around the Southwest." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - small bump to bottom corner of front cover - migrates into pages, small crease at top corner of front cover, minor wear at bottom of spine. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
WIND, WATER, ROCK AND SKY: THE STORY OF COGNASHENE, GEORGIAN BAY., David, Jennifer, ed.  Foreword by Hon. William G. Davis.
11 David, Jennifer, ed. Foreword by Hon. William G. Davis. WIND, WATER, ROCK AND SKY: THE STORY OF COGNASHENE, GEORGIAN BAY.
Toronto Cognashene Book Corporation 1997 0968189504 / 9780968189504 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good + Very Good- 
191 pp, oblong (9 3/4" H x 11 3/4" D). Map endpapers, b&w and colour photographs, reproductions. "In the spectacular expanse of wind, water, rock and sky that is Georgian Bay, there is only one Cognashene . Historically rich, geographically gorgeous, shaped by colourful characters and events, Cognashene's allure is as powerful today as it was for the first hardy souls to arrive at its scenic shores. (This book) celebrates the uniquely Canadian island community and traces its dramatic journey from its native roots, through its industrial development to its days of pioneer settlement. In these pages you'll meet Champlain and his young protege, Etienne Brule. You'll find out what it took to be a success - or a failure! - in the lumber days. You can settle in for a visit at Longuissa, Whalen's or Blarney Castle, or, if it's Sunday - and you're so inclined - stop by the Church on the Rocks. And you'll discover throughout the breathtaking beauty that has captivated countless artists, including A.Y. Jackson and other members of the Group of Seven. Part historical document, part warm-hearted slice-of-cottage-life, (it) reveals a distinctive and winning personality. It is, quite simply, the essence of Cognashene." Minor rubbing and a tiny dint on rear board. Dust jacket has tiny edge tear and minor wear at top of rear hinge area, minor browning on inside top/bottom edges, light fading to color on rear flap-fold and on bottom edge of rear flap, moderate color fading on front flap-fold and on bottom edge of front flap, minor rubbing on rear panel. 
Price: 50.00 USD
 
 
TALES OF THE ELDERS OF IRELAND.  (ACALLAM NA SENORACH.), Dooley, Ann and Roe, Harry, translated with introduction and notes by.
12 Dooley, Ann and Roe, Harry, translated with introduction and notes by. TALES OF THE ELDERS OF IRELAND. (ACALLAM NA SENORACH.)
Oxford Oxford University Press 1999 0192839187 / 9780192839183 Soft Cover Very Good 
245 pp, 7 3/4" H. "This is the first complete translation of the largest literary text surviving from twelfth-century Ireland, and the most comprehensive early collection of Fenian stories and poetry. Three parallel worlds interact in the 'Tales': the contemporary Christian world of Saint Patrick, with his scribes, clerics, occasional angels, and souls rescued from Hell; the earlier pagan world of the ancient, giant Fenians and an array of Irish kings; and the timeless Otherworld, peopled by ever-young, shape-shifting fairies. The 'Tales' dwell in detail on the inhabitants of the Irish Otherworld and provide an extensive account of their music and magic, their internicine wars and their malice toward, and infatuation with, humankind - themes that still feature in the storytelling of present-day Ireland. This excellent new translation is based on existing manuscript sources and is richly annotated, looking at the 'Acallam's' place in Irish tradition and its wider literary impact." Inside - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - very minor edge wear, very light browning to edges of text block, old price label on rear cover. 
Price: 12.00 USD
 
 
HOW THE DEVIL GOT HIS CAT., Downie, Mary Alice, retold by.
13 Downie, Mary Alice, retold by. HOW THE DEVIL GOT HIS CAT.
Kingston, Ontario Quarry Press 1988 0919627862 / 9780919627864 First Paperback Edition. Soft Cover Very Good+ Jillian Hulme Gilliland. Signed by Author
Unpaginated, 9" H. Signed and dated (June 1988) by author on title page. Illustrated throughout with charming b&w silhouettes. This traditional French-Canadian folktale tells how Mother Superior got a new bridge built to the convent and outwitted the Devil. Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - minor wear at corners and at bottom of front hinge, very minor rubbing. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
JEWISH FOLKORE AND LEGEND., Goldstein, David.
14 Goldstein, David. JEWISH FOLKORE AND LEGEND.
London Hamlyn 1980 0600363651 / 9780600363651 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Good+ 
176 pp, 8 3/4" H. B&w illustrations. "Judaism, has flourished for millennia in a myriad of environments; each has contributed something to the Jewish tradition. Far from being a religion ossified in the world of the Bible; it has produced countless legends and stories, built up on Bible inspiration but reflecting the ideas of the cultures within which they emerged. (This book) explores the core of the Jewish faith by retelling the stories made up and told by Jews throughout the world. The author develops essential ideas of Judaism, including the creation of the universe, the history of man, the history of Israel and the future of Israel. He retells the familiar Biblical stories surrounding the great Biblical personalities such as Abraham, Moses and Elijah. He then goes on to show how their ideas and their characters were developed in the legends and folklore surrounding the Torah, and elaborated throughout the rabbinical tradition. With its great variety of stories told in clear and simple style, written for Jew and Gentile alike, (it) provides a fascinating insight into the wealth and vitality of Judaism." One page with small dog-ear crease - indent on adjacent page, minor wrinkling at bottom of spine, small shallow bump on top edge of front board. Dust jacket has been price-clipped, has very light edge wrinkling, soft crease at top of rear panel, some light water staining on inside top surface. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THUNDERSCAPE.  BOOKS 2 & 3.  DARKFALL and INDOMITABLE THUNDER.  WORLD OF ADEN., Hensley, Shane Lacy / Mark Acres.
15 Hensley, Shane Lacy / Mark Acres. THUNDERSCAPE. BOOKS 2 & 3. DARKFALL and INDOMITABLE THUNDER. WORLD OF ADEN.
New York HarperPrism 1996 First Printings. Mass Market Paperbacks Very Good+ Cover art by Danilo Gonzalez / Brian Perini. 
Books 2 & 3 of the Thunderscape Trilogy, 6 3/4" H. Book 2. Darkfall - 310 pp, ISBN 0061054593. Book 3. Indomitable Thunder - 229 pp, ISBN 0061054585. Darkfall: "Deadly wonders of the Thunder Age, powered by the mechamagical wizardry of steam, sorcery, and science. Their 200-foot cars are armed with storm cannons and guarded by constructs crammed with undead souls for the journey to through the horrors of the outlands." Indomitable Thunder: "Since the Darkfall, life in Mekanus had become constant war. Sealed behind an impenetrable metal wall by Lord Urbane, the Lost Ghetto was infested by violent Nocturnals and prowled by warring gangs. Sarann and her brother Jurdan, the orphaned children of a merchant prince, had survived the gangs and the Nocturnals by laying low. But now an attack by the common enemy of all, the ratmen, was giving them their chance at freedom." Interiors - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exteriors - minor edge wear. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
INDEX TO FAIRY TALES, 1978-1986.  INCLUDING FOLKLORE, LEGENDS, AND MYTHS IN COLLECTIONS.  FIFTH SUPPLEMENT., Ireland, Norma Olin and Sprug, Joseph W., compilers.  Foreword by Peggy Sullivan.
16 Ireland, Norma Olin and Sprug, Joseph W., compilers. Foreword by Peggy Sullivan. INDEX TO FAIRY TALES, 1978-1986. INCLUDING FOLKLORE, LEGENDS, AND MYTHS IN COLLECTIONS. FIFTH SUPPLEMENT.
Scarecrow Press, Metuchen, N.J., 1989. 
575 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), hard cover (red cloth with gold lettering on spine and front board) - no dust jacket (as issued). "This work is a supplement to two previous indexes - 'Index to Fairy Tales, 1949-1972', and 'Index to Fairy Tales, 1973-1977' - and covers the period 1978-1987. A total of 261 titles (collections only) have been indexed, selected on the basis of availability and favorable reviews in professional journals. Arrangement is alphabetical, primarily by title and subject; autho r entries have been included only when an author is specifically listed in a collection. More than 2,700 subject headings have been used, not including cross-references." Slight bump at top corners of boards, light wrinkling at top of spine, ve r y minor edge wear. Very Good+ 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
STUDIES IN JAINISM.  3 VOLUME SET.  PRIMER / READER 1 / READER 2., Jain, Duli Chandra, editor.
17 Jain, Duli Chandra, editor. STUDIES IN JAINISM. 3 VOLUME SET. PRIMER / READER 1 / READER 2.
Jain Study Circle, Flushing, New York, 1997. 
58 pp, 90 pp, 164 pp, 8vo (9" H), soft covers - 3 volume set. ISBN 0962610518; 096261050X; 0962610526. Soft bump to bottom of spine of Primer and top corner of Primer 1, bump to bottom corner of Reader 2, tiny bump at top/bottom of spines. Very G ood 
Price: 45.00 USD
 
 
18 Kerr, Katharine. THE KINGDOM DEVERRY CYCLE - FIRST QUARTET. 1. DAGGERSPELL 2. DARKSPELL. 3. THE BRISTLING WOOD. 4. THE DRAGON REVENANT. 4 VOLUME SET.
Del Rey, New York, (1987, 1989), Ist printings, Bantam, New York, (1990, Ist/1991, 9th printing). 
395 pp, 366 pp, 357 pp + Author's note and preview, 401 pp + preview, paperbacks - 4 volumes. Cover art on first two books by Rowena Morrill, on second two by Keith Parkinson. "Agains the passionate sweep of Deverrian history, the powerful wizard Nevyn has lived for centuries, atoning for the sins he committed in his youth. Now, with so much of his work at stake, Nevyn discovers that the Dark Council has been quietly interferring with the already tangled politics of war-torn Eldidd. Their evil webs are nearly spun before Nevyn, with all the power at his command even realizes there's a war of magic destroying his world..." Interiors - top corners of first few pages of book 1 slightly curled, bottom corners of first fifty pages of book 4 lightly wrinkled, otherwise clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exteriors - light edge wear, a few small creases, faint creases to spines of books 1 & 3, light creases to spine of book 4, books 3 &4 very slightly cocked. VG - 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
19 Knaak, Richard A. FIREDRAKE / ICE DRAGON / WOLFHELM / SHADOW STEED / THE DRAGON CROWN / THE HORSE KING / THE SHROUDED REALM / CHILDREN OF THE DRAKE. (VOL. 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 & 7 OF 'THE DRAGONREALM' + VOL. 1 & 2 OF 'ORIGIN OF DRAGONREALM'. 8 BOOKS IN TOTAL.
New York Warner Mass Market Paperbacks Very Good 
'Firedrake' - 268 pp. ISBN 0445209402 - 1989, 1st printing - "In the ultimate war between humans and fiery, shape-shifting beings, Duke Toma, bent on utter supremacy, has unleashed every conceivable evil on the world of the Dragon Kings. Only one person will dare to challenge him: Cabe Bedlam, a mere youth cast adrift in a world where none can be trusted. Yet at his command is a formidable arsenal - a fierce warrior tradition imparted by regal, still-living forebears - the fabulous gifts of witch Gwen, the ravishing lady of the Amber - and the magical Horned Blade, the sword that promises its bearer total mastery over the many menacing forms of man and beast." 'Ice Dragon' - 248 pp. ISBN 0445209429 - 1989, 1st printing - "He was a novice warrior, young and untrained, yet Cabe Bedlam fought the fierce shape-shifting Dragon Kings who sought to rule the world of man. Wielding his magic sword against their glittering scaled armor, he drove them back into their petty Dragonrealms. The Dragon Kings still schemed to usurp Cabe and his wife, the gifted spellcaster, Gwen, but none could pierce the potent magic that guarded the humans. Then from the Northern Wastes, the merciless Ice Dragon unleashed the Final Winter - his lethal scheme to conquer the Dragonrealms, and sweep mankind into oblivion. Only Cabe has the courage and the power to prevent such disaster. And so he must journey to a distant, frozen land - and to an epic confrontation with the bone-white, utterly evil Ice Dragon." 'Wolfhelm' - 251 pp. ISBN 0445209666 - 1990, 1st printing - "The Dragon Emperor is dead, yet his lust for power leaves a wicked legacy: The dragonrealms and human kingdoms alike lie in ruins. Tomorrow's hope - the Emperor's hatchlings - live on, protected by human warrior Cabe Bedlam and his wife, the potent witch Gwen. Even so, the future of dragon and man alike teeters on the brink of disaster. Only Cabe's good friend, the Gryphon, can save the shape-shifting dragons from losing their magical powers. Half-humanoid lion, half-bird, he has set sail in search of the mysterious Dream Lands of his birth. Armed with illusion cloaks and a navy of seasoned drakes, he must find and conquer the fearsome Dark God called the Ravager - before all hope for the future is destroyed." 'Shadow Steed' - 263 pp. ISBN 0445209674 - 1990, 1st printing - "The prosperous mountain kingdom Talak suvived war with the Ice Dragon unwounded - except for young, mutilated King Melicard's hatred of dragons, drakes, and magical humans like Cabe and Gwen Bedlam. Pursuing his twisted vendetta, Melicard captures the demon steed Darkhorse but unwittingly frees the sinister pan-dimensional entity Shade, a being who has found the ultimate spell of world-dominating power. At once Shade plans to test his deadly rites - on Melicard's betrothed, the beautiful Princess Erini. Now, to save his beloved and his world, the mad king must trust his foes, join with his enemies, and ride with Darkhorse on a lethal plunge into the depths of what he fears most - the heart of Dragon magic." 'The Dragon Crown' - 323 pp. ISBN 0446364649 - 1994, 1st printing - "Son of the sinister Gold Dragon, the young shapeshifter Kyl is about to be crowned Dragon Emperor, lord of the drake kingdoms. But should the throne be his? For while some dragons are good and wise, others are driven mad by their own magic. And some are born evil, demons of murder and blood. Which is Kyl? With the future of the world at stake, Kyl must survive ordeals of assassinations, manipulation, and conspiracies that began before his birth. These lethal tests may purify the dragon - or unleash his dark lusts. Instead of bringing peace and justice, Emperor Kyl may plunge dragons, wizards, and humans into a nightmare reign of deadly horror." 'The Horse King' - 346 pp. ISBN 0446603538 - 1997, 1st printing - "With an army of evil wizards, the power-mad Horse King Lanith launches a war of genocide. Then Cabe Bedlam, Emperor Gryphon, and Darkhorse the Eternal join the battle against him - and discover their true foe is a hideous, sdadistic force from Beyond. The Void Lord is the Horse King's ally and master, and the one being Darkhorse fears. Freed from eons of captivity, the monster enslaves the soul of Cabe's son, and plans to torture and then devour the entire Dragonsrealm. Darkhorse, the Bedlams, and the drakes are helpless. But the world has one last weapon: the uncanny power of Yssa, the Green Dragon's half-human daughter." 'The Shrouded Realm' - 297 pp, ISBN 0446361380 - 1991, 1st printing - "Trapped on a world poisoned by foul magics, Dru Zeree has one hope to save humankind. He must lead his people into a mirage, to a spectral land of ghosts. But the path between realms is a gauntlet of elementals, treachery, and the demons of a lost race. And beyond the gateway, the mirage of life might become a dark abyss of horror, death - and shadows." 'Children of the Drake' - 284 pp. ISBN 0446361534 - 1991, 3rd printing - "A race of sorcerers finds new life on a new world - but is losing its magic and immortality. Desperate to regain their powers, the followers of evil Lord Barakas capture Darkhorse, torture the Avian Seekers - and are condemned to a living nightmare. For the secret heart of the unnamed realm is transforming the wizards into terrifying reflections of their dark, horror-filled souls." Interiors - 'The Shrouded Realm' has bookstore stamp on inside of front cover; 'Children of the Drake' has bookstore stamp on inside of front cover, has one page with tiny edge tear archivally taped; all volumes have very light to light page browning; otherwise all are clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exteriors - very light to light edge wear, one or two tiny corner creases, five vols with tiny number stamp on bottom of text block; 'The Horse King' has old tape on one corner; 'The Dragon Crown' has scuffing on rear cover; 'The Shrouded Realm' has light rubbing, is lightly cocked, soft crease down rear cover, faint creasing on spine; 'Children of the Drake' has old tape wrapped around bottom of spine/hinges, & small bump on rea hinge. 
Price: 37.50 USD
 
 
MISSION TO CHINA:  MATTEO RICCI AND THE JESUIT ENCOUNTER WITH THE EAST., Laven, Mary.
20 Laven, Mary. MISSION TO CHINA: MATTEO RICCI AND THE JESUIT ENCOUNTER WITH THE EAST.
London Faber and Faber 2011 0571225179 / 9780571225170 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
279 pp, 8 3/4" H. B&w maps, colour plates. "In the sixteenth century, the vast and sophisticated empire of China lay almost entirely unknown to Western travellers. As global trade expanded, this land of reputedly boundless wealth, pale-faced women, and indecipherable tongues begn to feed the fantasies of European merchants and adventurers. The Catholic Church, meanwhile, saw in this great people millions of souls who would be damned unless the Christian message could be brought to them. Mary Laven tells the extraordinary story of the first Jesuit mission to China. Confronting enormous challenges, the Italian priest Matteo Ricci and a handful of learned companions embarked on a journey into the heart of the Empire, the fabled Forbidden City. As they became intimate with a culture that was utterly alien and strangely familiar, they clung to a belief that reason, books and science would be their chief tools in the battle to win Chinese converts. Yet the story told (here) is much more than a war of ideas. The Jesuits waged their campaigns through the senses: the smell of incense, the taste of warm rice-wine, the sound of an out-of-tune harpsichord, the gleam of a Venetian prism. The history of religion has never been so sensuous." Very light wrinkling at top of spine, small bump at top corner of boards, light toning to top of text block, light waviness to for-edge of text block. Dust jacket has light wrinkling at top of spine and flap-folds, three tiny dents on front hinge. 
Price: 12.50 USD
 
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