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THE WILD SWANS., Andersen, Hans Christian.  Retold by Deborah Hautzig.  Illustrated by Kaarina Kaila.
1 Andersen, Hans Christian. Retold by Deborah Hautzig. Illustrated by Kaarina Kaila. THE WILD SWANS.
Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1992. 
Unpaginated, 10 1/4" H, hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 067983446X Color illustrations. When their wicked stepmother transforms her eleven brothers into swans, a devoted young princess must fashion a shirt of nettles for each of them, while remai ning absolutely silent, in order to break the curse. Tiny dint on bottom edge of each board, slight tiny bump to top of spine. Dust jacket has light edge wrinkling - mainly a top of spine/flap-folds and along top edge. Very Good+/Very Go o d 
Price: 12.50 USD
London Octopus Books 1979 0706410637 / 9780706410631 Hard Cover Very Good+ Good+ Kevin Maddison. 
460 pp, 8 1/2" H. Illustrated yellow endpapers, b&w illustrations throughout. "The amazing people, animals and creatures that live in the land of Oz are among the best loved of all children's favourite characters. There is Dorothy and her dog Toto, and the Tin Woodman who goes rusty if he cries and the enormous, but very cowardly lion. The scarecrow stuffed with straw sadly accepts that he has no brains, but he is often the wisest of them all during their adventurous travels to find the great and terrifying wizard. Then Tip and Jack Pumpkinhead, whom the wicked witch Mombi has brought to life, travel to the Emerald City, collecting and creating friends on the way such as the temperamental wooden Saw-Horse, the Gump who flies through the air, and the Highly Magnificent Woggle-Bug." Tiny soiling mark on bottom of textblock. Dust jacket has light to moderate edge wear/wrinkling, one small edge tear taped, two small areas of delamination on front flap-fold. 
Price: 15.00 USD
THE EMERALD CITY OF OZ.  DELUXE FACSIMILE EDITION., Baum, L. Frank.  Illustrated by John R. Neill.
3 Baum, L. Frank. Illustrated by John R. Neill. THE EMERALD CITY OF OZ. DELUXE FACSIMILE EDITION.
Books of Wonder / William Morrow, New York, 1993, first printing of deluxe facsimile edition. 
300 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0688115586 Pictorial endpapers, 90 b&w pictures and 16 color plates. The colour plates and dust jacket are enhanced with metallic 'emerald' green ink, as was the original edition. "Jo in Dorothy and the Wonderful Wizard as they take Aunt Em and Uncle Henry on a fabulous tour of Oz. During their journey they encounter such amazing and amusing people as King Kleaver with his Spoon Brigade and Miss Cuttenclip in the land o f p a p e r d olls. But while Dorothy and her friends play, the wicked Nome King has joined forces with the terrible Whimsies, the fearsome Growleywogs, and the evil Phanfasms in a plot to capture the Emerald City. Will Dorothy's friends disco ve r t he d an ge r b ef ore it's too late?" Book is very slightly cocked. Dust jacket has light to moderate edge wear/creasing at top of spine and flap-folds - minor wear at bottom, minor rubbing, small tear at top/bottom of rear flap-fold and t iny t ea r a t t op of sp in e. Near fine/Very Good 
Price: 80.00 USD
Toronto McClelland & Stewart 1997 0771023340 / 9780771023347 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine 
352 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H). B&w photographs. "Toller Cranston is: six-time Canadian figure-skating champion, celebrity, costume designer, artist extraordinaire, broadcaster, choreographer of skating routines, raconteur, bon vivant, coach, world traveller, art collector, legend and enigma. In 1976 he won Olympic bronze (so why did it feel like defeat?). This book tells the story of his life after those fateful games at Innsbruck. The rise and fall of Toller's first professional ice show is described in soul-searing detail. His subsequent triumphant tour of Europe as the Skater of the Century is recounted, in contrast, with wicked humour. There are vignettes here of his encounters with the rich and famous from Leonard Bernstein to Pierre Cardin and of his life among Europe's aristocrats and bohemians. Toller has experienced the high life and the low. He has stayed in the most luxurious hotels, held court in palatial houses, sought seclusion in beautiful estates. But the hard times took their toll. In the early 1990s a combination of circumstances, including a disastrous professional association with out-of-control American skater Christopher Bowman and a lawsuit that dragged on for years (ending in complete victory for Toller), led to a personal crisis from which recovery came slowly. But even in the blackest hours, Toller's humour and creative powers never deserted him - an extraordinary self -portrait written by a uniquely gifted individual. Toller's wit, insight, and delicious way with words will entertain and astound readers whether they are skating fans or not." Dust jacket has very minor edge wrinkling. 
Price: 20.00 USD
London Faber and Faber 1990 057115347X / 9780571153473 First British Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good Errol le Cain. 
Unpaginated, oblong (7 1/2" H x 10 3/8" D). Two poems from T.S. Eliot's "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats", wonderfully illustrated by Errol le Cain. "Mr Mistoffelees appears with Mungojerrie and Rumpelteazer on the streets and in the drawing-rooms of fashionable London. Whether he is juggling with the family silver or producing kittens from a hat, Mr Mistoffelees confounds his audience with the diversity and elegance of his magical skills. Mungojerrie and Rumpelteazer are up to tricks of a different kind. Acting with a wicked disregard for other people's property, they behave extremely badly and - such is their adroitness and charm - get away with it in style." Minor lean to spine, very minor toning to edges of pages, very minor wear at top/bottom of spine and at corners. Dust jacket has light rubbing, minor wear at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds. 
Price: 20.00 USD
London Odyssey 1970 850951208 Hard Cover Very Good Very Good- 
224 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H). **ADULT MATERIAL** "The six decades of Queen Victoria's reign - popularly still considered a 'repressive' era - saw the emergence of more erotic and pornographic literature than at any other time in our history, not excluding the present. Hundreds of titles of all grades and shades of erotica were secretly printed and sold throughout England. This anthology, with an Introduction and prefacing notes, uniquely reproduces chapters, passages and bawdy verses." Bump to top corner of boards, very light wrinkling at top of spine. Dust jacket has light wrinkling at top of spine and flap-folds, waterstain and dye offset at bottom of spine and front panel - mainly shows on inside surface, light rubbing to surfaces. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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
THE BUMBLE BEE PRINCE.  A JUNIOR PROGRAMS BOOK., Lancourt, Saul.  (Alexander Pushkin.)
8 Lancourt, Saul. (Alexander Pushkin.) THE BUMBLE BEE PRINCE. A JUNIOR PROGRAMS BOOK.
New York Garden City Publishing 1940 Hard Cover Very Good - Good+ Sheilah Beckett. 
Unpaginated (approx. 36 pp), 9 1/2" H. Pictorial endpapers, b&w and colour illustrations throughout, some musical notation. "This is a story of old Russia, when that faraway land was ruled by the jolly Tzar Saltan. It is the story of lovely young Militrissa who became the Tzar's bride and of Nastasia, her jealous sister, who plotted against her with their wicked nurse, Barbarischa. For a time their schemes were successful, and poor Militrissa and her little son, Prince Guidon, were tossed on the sea for many days and nights with only a barrel as their boat. How they were finally saved and how the young Prince was magically transformed into a bumble bee is all told in this exciting book. Based on an original poem by Alexander Pushkin, this bright, fanciful fairy tale has been brought joyously to life by the Junior Programs opera, 'The Bumble Bee Prince'. The opera, with its beautiful Rimsky-Korsakov music, is a favorite of children everywhere. This book follows its action closely and includes many of the principal musical themes." The first b&w illustration (the heading for Chapter One) has been fairly neatly colored in by a previous owner - all other illustrations are untouched. Light edge wear (light to moderate at corners), small bump to bottom corner of boards. Dust jacket has light to moderate edge wear/wrinkling, several small edge tears, small chips at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, light to moderate soiling on rear panel, light browning to inside surface, old price stamped at top of rear flap, crease down spine, protected in a mylar sleeve. 
Price: 30.00 USD
HAENSEL AND GRETEL:  THE STORY OF HUMPERDINCK'S OPERA.  (HANSEL AND GRETEL.), Lawrence, Robert, adapted by.  (Engelbert Humperdinck.)
9 Lawrence, Robert, adapted by. (Engelbert Humperdinck.) HAENSEL AND GRETEL: THE STORY OF HUMPERDINCK'S OPERA. (HANSEL AND GRETEL.)
New York Grosset & Dunlap 1938 Hard Cover Very Good - Very Good - Mildred Boyle. 
40 pp, 9 1/2" H. Green patterned endpapers, colour and b&w illustrations, musical notation. "Based on a favorite nursery legend, 'Haensel and Gretel' with its delightfully refreshing, heart-gladdening music, is one of the most popular and best-loved of all operas. All the charm of simple wonder surrounds this tale of two children lost in the woods who come upon a little house whose walls and roof are made of cake and sweets and whose fence is made of gingerbread. Alas, the house is owned by a wicked witch who tries to bake Haensel in a large oven. The tale is delightfully told with simple text and colorful pictures and many of the lovely musical themes are included." "This edition authorized by the Metropolitan Opera Guild, Inc." *Please note: the music for the complete opera is not included, only selections.* Very light browning to margins of pages, edges of endpapers, and on inside hinges; light to moderate edge wear; light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has light browning on inside, light edge wear and a few tiny edge tears/creases, very light rubbing, protected in a mylar sleeve. 
Price: 20.00 USD
GREEN TEA AND OTHER GHOST STORIES., Le Fanu, J. Sheridan.  Foreword by August Derleth.
10 Le Fanu, J. Sheridan. Foreword by August Derleth. GREEN TEA AND OTHER GHOST STORIES.
Sauk City, Wisconsin Arkham House 1945 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good - No Jacket 
357 pp, 7 3/4" H. Black cloth with gilt lettering/decoration (faded) on spine. One of an edition of 2,000 copies. Contents: Foreword; Schalken the Painter; Squire Toby's Will; Green Tea; Wicked Captain Walshaw, of Wauling; Carmilla; The Sexton's Adventure; Madam Crowl's Ghost; Sir Dominick's Bargain; The Vision of Tom Chuff; Ultor De Lacy; Dickon the Devil; The House in Augier Street; Mr. Justice Harbottle; The Familiar. Small contemporary bookseller's label on rear pastedown - "The Holliday Bookshop 49E.49th St., New York". Very light browning to endpapers, minor toning to edges of pages, small label from bookstore on rear pastedown, two small creases at bottom corner of page leaf 287/288, light browning to edges of text block - tiny soiling mark on fore-edge, light wear and wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, minor edge wear to boards, minor rubbing on boards, small shallow dent on front board. Book is protected in a stiff mylar sleeve. 
Price: 125.00 USD
Thomas Allen, Toronto, 2003, Ist Canadian edition. 
97 pp + notes, 7 1/4" H, hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0887621384 B&w woodcuts by Robert Louis Stevenson. "....a story of mystery, murder, and the passion of an artist. Centering on Robert Louis Stevenson, the famous creator of 'Treasure Islan d' and 'The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Manguel paints a portrait of the writer's final days on the island of Samoa. Fighting the consumption wracking his body, Stevenson has moved with his family to the the South Seas to esc a p e t h e c o ld climate of his native Scotland. He is embraced by the Samoan people, nicknamed 'Tusitala', 'the teller of tales', and he spends his life quietly writing. But one day he encounters a strange man with a familiar Scottish brogue, a m is s io na ry wi th crazed ideas and the ability to mysteriously disappear. Peculiar things begin to occur on the island and Stevenson finds himself caught in the middle of a series of inexplicable crimes. Exploring themes of duality and t he inf lue nc e o ur dre a ms hav e on reality, Manguel has crafted a wicked tale about the nature of creation that demonstrates he is a master of the novella form...." Dust jacket has previous owner's decorative bird sticker over price label on fr ont fla p, m ino r wr ink le a t top /bot tom of spine. Fine/Very Good+ 
Price: 12.50 USD
Sydney Angus & Robertson 1959 First Edition Hard Cover Good Fair Edwina Bell. 
198 pp, 9 1/2" H. Red cloth with gold lettering on spine, b&w drawings. "Most children make little men from clothespegs, but few of them come alive so excitingly as Mrs Peg and her two sons, Dan and Nobby, when, one rainy midnight, a flood poured down the Macquarie River, washed away Pegmen's Run, and bore the gay adventurers in their Ark on a voyage that carried them round the world. And Pongo, the wicked monkey, sailed as a stowaway! These tales are written with a delightful understanding and a simplicity which never condescends. It is impossible to be dull in the company of these lively and entertaining characters. Their world has that flavour, blended of the familiar and the fantastic, which appeals at once to the imagination of the child." Light soiling mark on free front endpaper, small bump/crease at bottom corner of pages 29 to 60, light browning to edges of text block, book is slightly cocked, minor edge wear, bump at top of rear hinge, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has moderate edge wear/wrinkling, edge tears - some with creases, several chips - larger chip at bottom of rear flap-fold, some old tape residue on inside surface, light soiling on rear panel, a few scuffs, illustration colors are bright, jacket is protected in a mylar sleeve. 
Price: 25.00 USD
South Bay, Ontario South Marysburgh Marine Society 1979 0920028187 / 9780920028186 Revised Edition Soft Cover Good 
185 pp + (9) pp +indexes, 8 7/8" H. B&w photographs, fold-out map at rear. A history of shipbuilding, shipwrecks, schooners, sloops, lighthouses, sailors, etc. on the Bay of Quinte, Prince Edward County. Section headings: Prince Edward County Ships; Ships that Came & Ships that Stayed; Ports of Call; Life and Light; Sing of Sailors. Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - some light fading to colour on spine, hinges, and top edge of rear cover; spine has some light creases, is concave and is lightly twisted. 
Price: 20.00 USD
THE BORROWERS AVENGED., Norton, Mary.  Illustrated by Beth and Joe Krush.
14 Norton, Mary. Illustrated by Beth and Joe Krush. THE BORROWERS AVENGED.
Harcourt Brace, San Diego, (1982), book club reprint. 
298 pp, 8vo (8 1/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w illustrations. "The Borrowers own nothing, borrow everything, and think that 'human beans' were invented just to do the dirty work. As Arrietty says, 'Human beans are for Borrowers - like bre ad is for butter!'. These small, secret people can use all our apparently huge everyday objects in their own special ways: a cigar box can be made into a bed, a thimble used as a cooking pot....This book follows the adventures of the reso u r c e f u l C l ock family, Pod, Homily, and Arrietty, as they find a new home after escaping from the wicked Platters, who want to put them on display in a model village. For the Borrowers, danger is never very far away: they must avoid the gre at d is as te r of 'b ei ng seen'. How Arrietty and her family manage - just - to keep away from humans makes an exciting and entertaining story, ingeniously told." Minor bump to bottom edge of rear board. NF/F 
Price: 15.00 USD
ROBIN HOOD., Pakenham, Antonia.  (later Antonia Fraser.)  Illustrated by Geoffrey Whittam.
15 Pakenham, Antonia. (later Antonia Fraser.) Illustrated by Geoffrey Whittam. ROBIN HOOD.
Heirloom Library, London, 1957. 
255 pp, 8vo (8 5/16" H), hard cover (patterned green boards) in dust jacket. Pictorial endpapers, 8 colour plates plus b&w drawings. "In this exciting new version, specially written for the Heirloom Library, Robin pits his wits against the Norman tyrants - Prince John, his barons, Oswald Montdragon and Guy of Gisborne, and the wicked Sheriff of Nottingham - in a series of exciting escapades. An ambush in the green depths of Sherwood, which leaves the Sheriff the lighter of his money-bags, a n assault on the mighty fortress of Gisborne to rescue Will Scarlett, the winning of Maid Marian from the clutches of the Normans - these are some of the adventures which involve Robin, Will, Little John, Friar Tuck, Alan-a-Dale and the oth e r b o l d S axons. Life in Sherwood is merry, with mead and ale, and good venison from the royal deer; and there are the tournaments in Nottingham to provide excitement - particularly when Prince John offers a Silver Arrow for the finest marksm an i n B ri ta in , a nd Robin decides to test his skill in spite of the price on his head...." Minor browning a few tiny foxing marks on fore-edge and bottom of textblock, wrinkling and browning at top/bottom of spine, spine is lightly faded. Dus t j ac ket is pr ice c lip ped, has very small chips/tears and moderate edge wear/wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, tiny foxing marks and very light soiling on rear panel, very light browning on spine and flap-folds, a few sma ll scuf fs o n sp ine, tw o sm all dye marks on front panel small tear on each flap-fold. Very Good-/Good 
Price: 15.00 USD
New York Random House 2000 0679889159 / 9780679889151 First Editions Hard Cover Very Good+ Joyce Patti, dust jacket art. 
The final three volumes of the "Protector of the Small" quartet - 8 1/2" H. **Note: "First Test" is not included here.**" 1. Page - 257 pp, 2000 first edition, ISBN 0679889159 - "Summer is over and Keladry of Mindelan is back in training at the royal palace - not longer on probation, but an official page now. Three more years of instruction lie before her. She knows that each year the training will be more grueling and that she will have to prove herself over and over. She will have to battle bullies - including her archenemy, Joren - and her near crippling fear of heights. (But) she will make new friends, draw the attention of the King, and save several lives. She will also be thrown into a situation in which she must take control - an act of courage, skill, and intuition that will affect how everyone sees her and change forever the way that pages are trained." 2. Squire - 399 pp, 2001 first edition, ISBN 0679889167 - "(Keladry, now a squire, will) learn from a seasoned knight, then (face) a final test. That final test is the Ordeal, which takes place in a magical room called the Chamber. There, a squire encounters the parts of him - or herself that the Chamber deems to be the most difficult to face - be they fears, failings, or unrepented wicked deeds. Kel has four years full of adventure, danger, and even love, before her Ordeal. But as the time grows closer, the Chamber is breaking more squires that it ever has before. People begin to argue about the kind of knight the realm needs, and Kel's fate may signal the fate of the Kingdom." 3. Lady Knight - 429 pp, 2002 first edition, ISBN 0375814655 - "(Keladry) has finally achieved her lifelong dream of being a knight. But it isn't turning out as she imagined at all. With the land of Tortall at war with the Scanrans, she has been assigned the enormous responsibility of overseeing a refugee camp. To add to the burden, Kel has had a vision in the Chamber - a vision of the man behind the horrific battle machines that her fellow knights and friends are now fighting without her. She is torn between a duty she has sworn and a quest that she feels could turn the tide of the war." Wrinkling at top/bottom edges of spines, some very minor rubbing on some boards. Dust jackets have light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, minor rubbing and a few tiny dents. 
Price: 45.00 USD
A HISTORY OF BRITAIN:  AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD?  3000 BC - AD 1603., Schama, Simon.
17 Schama, Simon. A HISTORY OF BRITAIN: AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD? 3000 BC - AD 1603.
BBC, London, 2000; 
416 pp, small 4to (10" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0563384972 Colour and b&w illustrations. Volume 1 of 2, published to accompany the BBC program. "Change - sometimes gentle and subtle, sometimes shocking and violent - is the dynamic of Schama's unapologetically personal and grippingly written history, especially the changes that wash over custom and habit, transforming our loyalties. At the heart of his history lie questions of compelling importance for Britain's future as well a s its past: What makes or breaks a nation? To whom do we give our allegiance and why? And where do the boundaries of our community lie - in our hearth and home, our village or city, tribe or faith? What is Britain - one country or many, o n e c u l t ure or several? Has British history unfolded 'at the edge of the world' or right in the heart of it? All these themes are delivered to the reader in the stories which Schama loves to tell, and in a form that is at once traditional a nd e xc i ti ng ly f resh. The great and the wicked are here - Becket and Thomas Cromwell, Robert the Bruce and Anne Boleyn - but so are countless more ordinary lives: an Irish monk waiting for the plague to kill him in his cell at Kilkenny; a sm all bo y r un nin g t hro ugh the streets of London to catch a glimpse of Elizabeth I. They are all caught on the rich and teeming canvas on which Schama paints his brilliant portrait of the life of the British people: 'for in the end, history, e spec iall y Br iti sh h isto ry w ith its succession of thrilling illuminations, should be, as all her most accomplished narrators have promised, not just instruction but pleasure." Small faint soiling mark on rear board, slight wrinkling at top of spin e. D ust j acke t has mino r rub bing , wrinkling at top of spine and along parts of top edge. Very Good+/Very Good 
Price: 35.00 USD
18 Sedley, Kate. Cover art by Caroline Church. THE WICKED WINTER. A ROGER THE CHAPMAN MEDIEVAL MYSTERY.
Headline, London, 1997, first PB printing. 
282 pp, mass market paperback. ISBN 0747256314 "Despite the chills of winter, Roger the chapman relishes the freedom of his calling. Journeying west, he finds himself following in the footsteps of an itinerant preacher, Brother Simeon, whose serm ons are the talk of the countryside. Roger, who's met the friar before and finds his zeal wearying, is less than enthused when they meet beneath the roof of Cederwell Manor where Simeon has come to pray with Lady Cederwell and Roger to sel l h e r h i s wares. But Lady Cederwell is in no state to receive either man. For scarcely have they arrived when she is found dead, the circumstances of her demise strangely fulfilling the prophecy of a babbling hermit Roger had met on the roa d. S ud de n ly , th e friar and the chapman are united in their aim, to discover the truth behind the death at Cederwell Manor...." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - minor edge wear. Very Good+ 
Price: 10.00 USD

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