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A GIRL CALLED TOMMIE: QUEEN OF MARCO ISLAND., Perdichizzi, Elizabeth M. (Signed) and Katherine S. Kirk.
101 Perdichizzi, Elizabeth M. (Signed) and Katherine S. Kirk. A GIRL CALLED TOMMIE: QUEEN OF MARCO ISLAND.
Caxambas Publishing, Goodland, Florida, 1999, first edition. 
145 pp + appendices, references and index, small 4to (10 1/2" H), soft cover. ISBN 0967728169 SIGNED BY ELIZABETH M. PERDICHIZZI ON TITLE PAGE. Map endapers, many b&w photographs. "The Queen of Marco Island arrived here from Georgia as a teenage r names Tommie Camilla Stephens. She was a member of a large family, and there were many trials along the trail to Marco. After settling here, her father again decided to uproot the family and go traveling, but young Tommie put down her f o o t . M a r co was a fine place to stay and plant roots, she told him, and the rest of the family sided with her. Thus Tommie became a lifelong resident of the island. She soon married the owner of a mercantile store named James Barfield, and s he w as e v en tu al ly known all over southwest Florida as a plantation owner, hotel manager, postmistress, superintendant of education, lobbyist, politician, beekeeper, exporter of citrus candy, honey, fruit and other provender. No other wo man ha s e ver ha d s uch an im pact on Marco Island...." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - minor waviness at top/bottom of book, minor rubbing. VG+ 
Price: 40.00 USD
 
 
FATHER TO DAUGHTER:  THE FAMILY LETTERS OF MAXWELL PERKINS., Perkins, Maxwell.  Edited by Bertha Perkins Frothingham, Louise Perkins King, and Ruth King Porter.
102 Perkins, Maxwell. Edited by Bertha Perkins Frothingham, Louise Perkins King, and Ruth King Porter. FATHER TO DAUGHTER: THE FAMILY LETTERS OF MAXWELL PERKINS.
Kansas City Andews and McMeel 1995 0836204875 / 9780836204872 Hard Cover Fine Very Good+ Maxwell Perkins. 
213 pp, large 8vo (9 3/16" H). B&w drawings by Maxwell Perkins, photographs. "Among book editors, none is quite so revered as Maxwell Perkins. During the years he worked in New York City's Charles Scribner's Sons, the legendary editor helped brilliant minds focus thoughts into literature, shaped manuscripts into classics, then championed writers into best-selling authors. F. Scott Fitzgerald, Thomas Wolfe, Ernest Hemingway, and Marcia Davenport were only a few authors who had Perkins to thank for at least some of their success. Behind the scenes, however, this literary genius was a devoted father to five daughters - Bertha, Elizabeth, Louise, Jane, and Nancy. Because he wanted the girls to know and love the family homestead in Windsor, Vermont he sent them there every summer and corresponded with them daily. From thoughts about the people he met to reminiscences of favorite family vacations, Perkins provided a vivid presence in his daughters' lives, whether he was with them or not. In (this book), the touching correspondence Perkins created for his daughters has been gathered into a memento of a great man. It is obvious that Maxwell Perkins was more than just a noted editor - he was a man with a deep and abiding love for his family." Dust jacket has soft crease along top edge of rear flap. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
SOUTHERN FOLK, PLAIN & FANCY.  NATIVE WHITE SOCIAL TYPES.  LAMAR MEMORIAL LECTURES NO. 29., Reed, John Shelton.
103 Reed, John Shelton. SOUTHERN FOLK, PLAIN & FANCY. NATIVE WHITE SOCIAL TYPES. LAMAR MEMORIAL LECTURES NO. 29.
University of Georgia Press, Athens, (1986), Ist edition. 
119 pp, 8vo (8 1/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w photos. "...develops and explores a typology of white Southerners - aristocratic gentleman and lady, 'lord of the lash' and cunning belle, fun-loving 'good old boy', depraved redneck, and other figures - who have populated the region's mythos and its reality since antebellum times..." Light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, minor soiling on rear board. Dust jacket has minor edge wear, 1/2" tear at top of rear hinge. VG/VG 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
104 Reid, Ed. MAFIA.
New York Random House 1952 Third Printing Hard Cover Very Good+ Good 
238 pp, 8vo (8 1/4" H). "Popularly know as The Black Hand, the Mafia, which began in medieval Sicily as a patriotic group, has been and still is in control of organized crime in the United States. It has achieved this dubious distinction by the systematic liquidation of rival, non-Sicilian gangs. The mere itemization of this long and bloody reign of underworld terror will give every responsible citizen pause for thought - after he has stopped shivering! This book contains much new material derived from secret sources. Perhaps the most sensational of its revelations links key Mafia figures with the Allied Military Government in Italy. How one of the most powerful Mafia heads, under indictment for murder in this country, turned up as an aide to AMG, received letters of recommendation from United States Army officers, and at the same time conducted huge blackmarket operations in American supplies, is one of the monstrous disclosures. Why this same notorious criminal, following his arrest, was not returned to the U.S. until after the strange death of the key witness against him, is another part of the riddle that hints at the enormous secret strength of Mafia terrorism. (The author) courageously digs deep into the muck of vice and crime to throw light upon a ruthless gang of killers and racketeers whose influence is as evil as it is widespread." Small initials in pen on free rear endpaper. Dust jacket has light edge wear, creases at top edge with color loss - mainly at top of spine and flap-folds, one very small edge tear, minor browning. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
105 Richards, Robert D. FREEDOM'S VOICE: THE PERILOUS PRESENT AND UNCERTAIN FUTURE OF THE FIRST AMENDMENT.
Brassey's, Washington, (1998), first edition. 
177 pp, large 8vo (9 3/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN: 1574881523 "The U.S. Constitution's First Amendment ensures freedom of speech and expression, but it has come increasingly under attack at the end of the twentieth century. Created two hundred years ago to protect unpopular views, to allow criticism of the government, to enable religious freedom and to give citizens a voice in government, its protection has recently been exploited by those who would douse a crucifix in urine, burn an American flag, or harass abortion clinic employees, to name just a few examples. As a result, many question its guarantees...(this book) chronicles the numerous assaults on free speech and expression that have occurred recently and shows how the lives of many ordinary citizens have been, or would be, affected adversely by the loss of First Amendment freedoms. (Richards) argues clearly and effectively that a strengthened, not weakened First Amendment is necessary to meet the challenges of the new millenium." Dust jacket has minor edge wrinkling, minor rubbing, small shallow dent on front hinge. NF/VG+ 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
106 Robertson, James Alexander. LOUISIANA UNDER THE RULE OF SPAIN, FRANCE, AND THE UNITED STATES, 1785-1807. 2 VOLUME SET.
Arthur H. Clark, Cleveland, Ohio, 1911 (c1910). 
Volume 1 - 376 pp, volume 2 - 391 pp., large 8vo, hard cover (no dust jacket). "The Social, Economic, and Political Conditions of the Territory represented in the Louisiana Purchase as portrayed in hitherto unpublished contemporary accounts by Dr. Paul Alliot and various Spanish, French, English and American Officials. Translated or trascribed from the original manuscripts, edited, annotated, and with bibliography and index by James Alexander Robertson. With special map of the Territory and other early maps and plans." The chapter containing the "Historical and Political Reflections on Louisiana" by Paul Alliot has the text in both English and French. Volume 1 has water damage to top of front board and top of spine causing heavy color loss, damage to cloth, distortion to board/spine in that area (up to 3/4" deep, but less in most areas), less damaging water marks at top of rear board, causing color loss and slight dye migration to top corner of rear pastedown and rear free endpaper, bottom of spine is faded and slightly frayed, some scattered water spots on boards and spine with varying degrees of color loss, center of spine is slightly concave, very light bump to bottom corner of front board, inside hinges startingto tear slightly, otherwise interior is clean and tight with many pages unopened. T.E.G. Volume 2 has light wear to corners of boards and top/bottom of spine, some light areas of soiling, scuffing and color loss to boards but no water damage like volume 1. The inside is clean and tight with many pages unopened. T.E.G. Both spines are slightly darkened. A scan of covers of volume 1 available on request. Volume 1 - G-, Volume 2 - VG 
Price: 200.00 USD
 
 
WALKING SOUTHEAST ALASKA: SCENIC WALKS AND EASY HIKES FOR INSIDE PASSAGE TRAVELERS., Romano-Lax, Andromeda.
107 Romano-Lax, Andromeda. WALKING SOUTHEAST ALASKA: SCENIC WALKS AND EASY HIKES FOR INSIDE PASSAGE TRAVELERS.
Wilderness Press, Berkeley, CA, 1997. 
170 pp, 8vo (9" H), soft cover. ISBN 089997208X B&w photographs, maps. "The port towns of Alaska's Inside Passage are a walker's delight - just step off your ship into picturesque, walker-friendly towns to soak up the local history, gaze at totem poles, and stroll alongside the harbor. Look up, and you'll see the breathtaking scenery that Alaska is famous for - spectacular snow-capped peaks with eagles soaring high above. This book is ideal for cruise ship or ferry travelers as w e l l a s o v ernight visitors, with complete descriptions of 40 short and scenic walks in or very near to the port towns. Use this book to go on a lovely walk that takes you to the best sights in town, or to a nearby trail that only the locals k no w ab o ut . Ea ch hike has notes on native culture, scenery, and local lore, as well as the estimated time so you won't miss your boat. Discover where to walk in and around Ketchikan, Wrangell, Petersburg, Juneau, Tenakee Springs, Sitka, Haines , a nd Sk ag way ." I nte rior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - very minor rubbing. Near Fine 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
108 Rosenfeld, Sophia. COMMON SENSE: A POLITICAL HISTORY.
Cambridge, Massachusetts Harvard University Press 2011 0674057813 / 9780674057814 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Very Good+ 
337 pp, 9 1/2" H. "Common sense has always been a cornerstone of American politics. In 1776, Tom Paine's vital pamphlet with that title sparked the American Revolution. And today, common sense - the wisdom of ordinary people, knowledge so self-evident that it is beyond debate - remains a powerful political ideal, utilitzed alike by George W. Bush's aw-shucks articulations and Barack Obama's down-to-earth reasonableness. But far from self-evident is where our faith in common sense comes from and how its populist logic has shaped modern democracy. (This) is the first book to explore this essential political phenomenon. The story begins in the aftermath of England's Glorious Revoluton, when common sense first became a political ideal worth struggling over. Sophia Rosenfeld's accessible and insightful account then wends its way across two continents and multiple centuries, revealing the remarkable individuals who appropriated the old, seemingly universal idea of common sense and the new strategic uses they made of it. Paine may have boasted that common sense is always on the side of the people and opposed to the rule of kings, but Rosenfeld demonstrates that common sense has been used to foster damagoguery and exclusivity as well as popular sovereignty." Dust jacket has some very light wrinkling at top edge. 
Price: 30.00 USD
 
 
109 Russell, Randy and Barnett, Janet. THE GRANNY CURSE AND OTHER GHOSTS AND LEGENDS FROM EAST TENNESSEE.
Winston-Salem, North Carolina John F. Blair, Winston-Salem 1999 0895871858 / 9780895871855 Soft Cover Fine 
146 pp, 8vo (8 1/2" H). "Witches who fly down chimneys. A chair that won't release its occupant until a drop of blood stains the floor. A mountain that grew - and continues to grow - from the grave of a woman who was larger than life. The ghost of a woman who jumps on the bumpers of cars driving past the graveyard where she is buried. An apple tree that growls at people who pick its fruit. A woman who rose from her grave each night to get food for a baby born to her after she had died. A peach tree that grows on the head of a deer. These and other legends and ghost stories handed down for generations are contained in this collection of twenty-five tales from East Tennessee. The locales for these stories range from Roan Mountain to Chattanooga; from Cades Cove to Hancock County, where the Melungeons live; from the Sequatchie Valley to the Cumberland Plateau. The stories themselves are enhanced by Appalachian folk wisdom and tidbits about mountain traditions." This is a new unread book, in publisher's shrinkwrap. 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
THE CRIME CONFEDERATION: COSA NOSTRA AND ALLIED OPERATIONS IN ORGANIZED CRIME., Salerno, Ralph and Tompkins, John S.
110 Salerno, Ralph and Tompkins, John S. THE CRIME CONFEDERATION: COSA NOSTRA AND ALLIED OPERATIONS IN ORGANIZED CRIME.
Doubleday, Garden City, New York, 1969. 
424 pp, 8vo (8 3/8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. "Mafia, Cosa Nostra, Syndicate, the Organization, or the Mob - 'the corporate giants of crime annually enjoy a profit greater than General Motors, Standard Oil, Ford, General Electric and U.S. Stee l combined'. This shocking book, written by the law officer who, according to The New York Times, 'knows more about the Mafia than any man who is not a member of it', reveals the facts about organized crime. (The authors) begin with 'A Day i n t h e Life of Several Citizens', a narrative which dramatically emphasizes how organized crime touches and involves us all, and sets the scene for the revelations which follow. He tells about the money organized crime takes in ($40 billion a ye ar , b y a c onservative estimate), the systematic corruption of public officials, how our legal system often seems designed to protect the criminal, the organization of organized crime, the methods used by confederation leaders to exact and enf orc e l oy alt y an d obedience from their underlings, how the confederation is undermining many legitimate corporations - in short, a complete picture of the whole sinister operation of big crime in America." Wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, slig ht b ump at corn er s, ve ry light edge wear, light browning to edges of text block. Dust jacket has been price-clipped, has wrinkling/wear and some tears/chips at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds - archivally taped, light browning on spine. Ver y Goo d/Go od+ 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
LASSEN VOLCANIC NATIONAL PARK & VICINITY.  WITH 1999 UPDATE.  A NATURAL-HISTORY GUIDE TO LASSEN VOLCANIC NATIONAL PARK, CARIBOU WILDERNESS, THOUSAND LAKES WILDERNESS, HAT CREEK VALLEY AND MCARTHUR-BURNEY FALLS STATE PARK., Schaffer, Jeffrey P.
111 Schaffer, Jeffrey P. LASSEN VOLCANIC NATIONAL PARK & VICINITY. WITH 1999 UPDATE. A NATURAL-HISTORY GUIDE TO LASSEN VOLCANIC NATIONAL PARK, CARIBOU WILDERNESS, THOUSAND LAKES WILDERNESS, HAT CREEK VALLEY AND MCARTHUR-BURNEY FALLS STATE PARK.
Wilderness Press, Berkeley, CA, 1999, 6th printing with update. 
216 pp + 6 pp of updates, 8vo (9" H), soft cover. ISBN 0899970591 B&w photographs, maps + folding topographic map in pocket at rear. "The uncrowded Lassen area, less than a tankful of gas from San Francisco, provides an alternative mountain-recre ation experience for hikers and equestrians, sightseers and rockhounds, botanists and birders, anglers and hunters. Compared to the High Sierra, this area has warmer days, longer summers, fewer people, and more campgrounds and resorts with a v a i l a b l e space. This book is not only a comprehensive guide to Lassen Park's roads and trails but also a guide to the roads and trails of the entire surrounding region, including the adjacent federal wilderness areas. (It) gives you all t he i nf or ma ti on y ou might need about good places to camp and fish, the best accommodations, wilderness permits, weather, road and trail mileages, and the flowers, trees, and birds to be seen. Also included is the most accurate 4-color topo gr aph ic map av ail abl e f or Lassen Volcanic National Park and the surrounding area." Interior - corner crease on map, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - minor rubbing, slight curl at bottom rear corner of book , t iny scu ff o n re ar c over . V ery Good+ 
Price: 12.50 USD
 
 
THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD: NEXT STOP, TORONTO!, Shadd, Adrienne (Signed); Cooper, Afua; Frost, Karolyn Smardz (Signed).
112 Shadd, Adrienne (Signed); Cooper, Afua; Frost, Karolyn Smardz (Signed). THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD: NEXT STOP, TORONTO!
Natural Heritage / Dundurn, Toronto, 2005, 2nd edition. 
92 pp, 8" H, soft cover. ISBN 9781554884292 B&w photographs, reproductions, maps. SIGNED BY TWO OF THE AUTHORS - ADRIENNE SHADD & KAROLYN SMARDZ FROST - ON TITLE PAGE. "A richly illustrated book, (which) examines the urban connection of the clan destine system of secret routes, safe houses and 'conductors'. Not only does it trace the story of the Underground Railroad itself and how people courageously made the trip north to Canada and freedom, but it explores what happened to them af t e r t h ey arrived. And it does so using never-before-published information on the African-Canadian community of Toronto. Based entirely on new research carried out for the experiential theatre show 'The Underground Railroad: Next Stop, Freedom !' a t t he R oyal Ontario Museum, this volume offers new insights into the rich heritage of the Black people who made Toronto their home before the Civil War. It portrays life in the city during the nineteenth century from the time of slavery, w hen so me o f T oro nto's white citizens owned slaves, and looks at the world of mid-century Black Torontonians in considerable detail. This exciting new book will be of interest to readers young and old who want to learn more about this unexplor ed c hapt er in Toro nto' s history." Inside - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - clean and bright. Near Fine 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
A STORY OF A BOOKMAN:  A BIOGRAPHICAL ESSAY., Shipherd, H. Robinson,
113 Shipherd, H. Robinson, A STORY OF A BOOKMAN: A BIOGRAPHICAL ESSAY.
New York Exposition Press 1955 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Good Signed by Author
96 pp, 8vo (8 3/16" H). Signed on the title page: "H. Robinson Shipherd / July 26, 1960". "Here is the story of a busy, useful, and dynamic life - the story of a smalltown boy from Long Island whose alert interest in life and the world has carried him from one happy and rewarding professional experience to another." Typesetter, teacher, minister, editor, printer, publisher. "In this warm, intimate volume is a treasure chest of fascinating, behind-the-scenes information about the art of making books." Contents: In the Country; In the Big Town; To College; In the Big World; In Print; In France; Bacon or Shakspere?; A Variety of Experiences; Pulpit Teaching; Back to Books; Sizing Up the Manuscript; Making the Author Unmistakable; Catching the Boners; Alphabetical Contents at the Rear; The Busy Years; Index. Loose copy of the author's bookplate laid in, two small light stains and a small tear (archivally taped) on page 38, minor light foxing to edges of textblock, very minor edge wear. Dust jacket has moderate edge wear, small chips at top of spine, two tiny closed tears, light browning and foxing to some edges, faint foxing on panels, light rubbing/soiling. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
114 Silber, Nina. THE ROMANCE OF REUNION: NORTHERNERS AND THE SOUTH, 1865-1900.
University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, 1993. 
257 pp, 9 1/4" H, soft cover. ISBN 0807846856 "The reconciliation of North and South following the Civil War depended as much on cultural imagination as on the politics of Reconstruction. In (this book, the author) documents the transformation fr om hostile sectio nalism to sentimental, gendered reunion rhetoric. Using works of fiction, journalistic accounts, travel literature, dramatic portrayals, minstrel shows, and popular songs, she shows how northern culture created a notion of recon c i liation that roman tacized and feminized southern society." Interior - previous owner's place, date and signature in pencil on half-title page; otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - small corner creases on covers - mi grate slightly into adjacent pages, minor faint ink stain on front cover, light ink stain across barcode. Very Good- 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
HOCKSHOP.  (THE FABULOUS STORY OF THE "EMPERORS OF PAWNBROKING".), Simpson, William R; Simpson, Florence K.; Samuels, Charles.
115 Simpson, William R; Simpson, Florence K.; Samuels, Charles. HOCKSHOP. (THE FABULOUS STORY OF THE "EMPERORS OF PAWNBROKING".)
Random House, New York, 1954, first edition. 
311 pp, 8vo (8 1/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w plates. "This anecdotal profile tells the story of the fabulous 'Emperors of Pawnbroking' - the William (Hockshop) Simpsons who for five generations maintained the oldest, best-known and most respected pawnshop in the United States. This bizarre family business began in 1822 when the first William Simpson came from England and set up New York's first hockshop. From the era of O. Henry to that of Damon Runyon, the Simpsons did business with gypsies, morticians, gamblers, actors, sportsmen and thousands of others who came to their store to solve unique personal problems. Among the items handled by the Simpsons were the fabulous Hope Diamond, a Stradivarius, a ten-volume History of the Jews, fifteenth-century manuscripts, paintings, a set of Chinese screens, rugs, linens, coins, antiques, watches and a Crusader's giant thumb ring. The people who hocked these varied treasures were famous and infamous, rich and poor, e t h i c a l a nd not so ethical. There are stories here about 'sleepers' - those unexpected bargains that turn up so rarely, and there is an expose of clever frauds and shady tricks used in the past. In addition, the appendix covers techniques an d cu st om s of pa wnbroking and gives five basic rules for hockers, plus a brief history of borrowing and lending through the ages. Here you will learn how to protect yourself, how to tell genuine from fake merchandise, some dependable trade n ame s, an d h ow to de t erm ine value." Very light browning to pages, light browning to fore-edge and bottom of textblock, light soiling on bottom of textblock, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, book slight cocked, a few small faint waterm arks on top of tex tbl ock. Dust jacket has light browning, moderate edge wear/wrinkling/creasing, very small chips at top/bottom of hinges and flap-folds, one small tear archivally taped, light rubbing. Good/Fair 
Price: 40.00 USD
 
 
MAKING PEACE WITH COCHISE:  THE 1872 JOURNAL OF CAPTAIN JOSEPH ALTON SLADEN., Sladen, Joseph Alton, Captain.  Edited by Edwin R. Sweeney.  Foreword by Frank J. Slanden, Jr.
116 Sladen, Joseph Alton, Captain. Edited by Edwin R. Sweeney. Foreword by Frank J. Slanden, Jr. MAKING PEACE WITH COCHISE: THE 1872 JOURNAL OF CAPTAIN JOSEPH ALTON SLADEN.
Norman University of Oklahoma Press 1997 0806129735 / 9780806129730 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
179 pp, 8 3/4" H. B&w photographs, map. "Cochise was a name that struck terror into hearts across the Southwest. Yet in the autumn of 1872, Brigadier General Oliver Otis Howard and his aide-de-camp, Lieutenant Joseph Alton Sladen, entered Arizona's rocky Dragoon Mountains in search of the elusive Chirichua Apache chief. Accompanied only by a guide and two Apache scouts, they sought to convince Cochise that the bloody fighting between his people and the Americans must stop. After twelve years of war, Cochise had already reached that conclusion, but he had found no American official he could trust. Known as the 'Christian general' during the Civil War, General Howard was a man of courage, honesty, and compassion. When he went bravely to visit Cochise, who later recalled that 'to do so might have caused his death', he won the Indian's sincere respect. Howard's devoted aide, Joseph Sladen, maintained a journal during their two-month quest from Fort Tularosa, New Mexico, to Cochise's stronghold. During the time he spent with Cochise and his Chokonen band, Sladen had the opportunity to observe the chief among his people. A student of medicine and human nature, Sladen found much ot admire in Apache culture. His anecdotes about Cochise offer a perspective on the man that no other account provides." Light wrinkling at bottom of spine, one small light corner bump. Dust jacket has minor edge wrinkling, two 2" light line indentations on rear panel. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
117 Slaney, Catherine. Foreword by Dr. Daniel G. Hill III. FAMILY SECRETS: CROSSING THE COLOUR LINE.
Toronto Natural Heritage Books, Toronto, (2003). 2003 1896219829 / 9781896219820 First Edition Soft Cover Very Good+ Inscribed by Author
249 pp, 8vo (9" H). INSCRIBED BY AUTHOR ON HALF-TITLE PAGE, 'TO JOHN, ALL THE BEST CATHERINE SLANEY'. B&w photographs. "Catherine Slaney grew to womanhood unaware of her celebrated Black ancestors. An unanticipated meeting was to change her life. Her great-great grandfather was Dr. Anderson R. Abbott, the first Canadian-born Black to graduate from medical school in Toronto in 1861. In 'Family Secrets' (she) narrates her journey along the trail of her family tree, back through the era of slavery and the plight of fugitive slaves, the Civil War, the Elgin settlement near Chatham, Ontario, and the Chicago years. Why did some of her family identify with the Black community while othes did not? What role did 'passing' play? Personal anecdotes and excerpts from archival Abbott family papers enliven the historical context of this compelling account of a family dealing with an unknown past. An important contribution to African-Canadian history, this moving and uplifting story demonstrates that understanding one's identity requires first the embracing of the past." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - light edge wear at top of rear hinge area, small faint crease at top corner of rear cover - migrates into last few pages. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
ATLANTIC MERCHANT-APOTHECARY: LETTERS OF JOSEPH CRUTTENDEN 1710-1717., Steele, I.K., editor.  (Joseph Cruttenden.)
118 Steele, I.K., editor. (Joseph Cruttenden.) ATLANTIC MERCHANT-APOTHECARY: LETTERS OF JOSEPH CRUTTENDEN 1710-1717.
Toronto University of Toronto Press 1977 0802053645 / 9780802053640 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ 
135 pp, 9 1/4" H. Brown cloth with black title blocks and decorations on spine and front board - gilt lettering. "The letters of Joseph Cruttenden, London merchant-apothecary, form a unique document in early modern economic, medical, and social history. Cruttenden, who carried on trade in colonial America and the British West Indies, did not represent the powerful merchant houses that handled much of the colonial trade as commission agents and staple traders. He was one of the thousands of small traders whose names survive, like rows of miniature tombstones, only in the English portbooks. The remedies his colonial customers ordered suggest that these physicians, clerics, and merchant apothecaries were better informed about new drugs and practices than has been assumed. Cruttenden's letters provide a rare opportunity to evaluate the pharmacy of his time, in terms not of huge pharmacopoeias but of the ingredients and remedies actually sought by practitioners. In frank and engaging style, Cruttenden reveals a little about himself, a great deal about the drug and medicine trade, and even more about the business practices of a small trader in England's Atlantic empire." Minor edge wear, minor wrinkling at bottom of spine. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
119 Steele, Ian K. WARPATHS: INVASIONS OF NORTH AMERICAN.
New York Oxford University Press 1994 0195082222 / 9780195082227 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ 
282 pp, 9 1/2" H. B&w maps, plans, photographs, reproductions. "(P)rovides a sweeping history of the numerous European invasions of North America, painting a dramatic new portrait of the centuries of warfare that shook the continent. Steele's fascinating account destroys the old image of technologically advanced Europeans overrunning primitive savages. Instead, he reveals how Amerindians rose to the challenge of each successive invasion with martial and diplomatic skill, from the defeat of Ponce de Leon in 1513 to a negotiated peace with the British in 1765. In war after war, the Amerindians and Europeans battled in a precarious balance, adapting each other's technology and tactics and seeking each other out as allies and as supply sources of food and weapons. Steele follows the experience of the Spanish at San Agustin, the English at Jamestown and Plymouth, the French at Quebec, and the Dutch at Albany, revealing the vast range of Amerindian strategies for coping with invaders. He continues the story through the arrival of European regulars in 1755, showing how the Amerindians adapted to the resulting changes in warfare and the ultimate British victory over the French. In the end, the triumphant English were faced with a powerful Amerindian campaign against their outlying posts that forced them to accept a military stalemate on the frontier, leading to a negotiated balance of power in 1765." Very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has minor edge wear. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
120 Stein, E.P. FLIGHT OF THE VIN FIZ.
New York Arbor House 1985 0877956723 / 9780877956723 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good- Very Good- 
351 pp, 9 1/2" H. B&w photographs, maps. "Forgotten in the recesses of history lay one of the most dramatic achievements of the human spirit: the first air-crossing of the United States. The time was 1911 - less than eight years after the Wright brothers first soared 120 feet over the sand dunes of Kitty Hawk. The 'driver' of the flying machine that bounced across the continent was Calbraith Perry Rodgers, descendant of commodores Matthew Calbraith Perry, Oliver Hazard Perry, and a host of other distinguished military figures. Newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst had posted a $50,000 purse for the birdman who spanned the continent in thirty days or less. Only Cal Rodgers and two others took wing. The Vin Fiz soft drink company financed Rodger's undertaking as the 'greatest advertising scheme in American business annals'. A train was leased from the Pullman Company to carry Cal's wife, mother, a crew of ten 'mechanicians', spare parts, and a host of reporters and officials. Then the Vin Fiz Co. reduced its backing. Hearst qualified his offer. The 'aerplane' was attacked by lightning, by a bull in an Indiana pasture, and by crowds that darkened its wings with autographs - and refused to budge out of the 'aero's' way on takeoff. Cal was battered, knocked unconscious, and punctured with metal shards when his radiator overheated. But nothing, not man nor beast nor force of nature, could deter him." Two small bumps to top of spine, light wrinkling at bottom of spine, small scuff on top of text block causing tiny crease at top edge of page leaves 311-332. Dust jacket has browning to edges, light edge wear/wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, very light rubbing, minor soiling, three tiny dents on rear hinge/spine, one small tear archivally taped. 
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