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London Viking 2000 067087986X / 9780670879861 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good+ 
376 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H). Colour plates. "Lord Hervey was one of the most controversial figures of the Georgian age. The consummate courtier - strikingly handsome, elegant and witty - he was both the favourite of the Queen and right-hand man to Walpole. Painted by Hogarth, satirized by Fielding and Pope, and confidant of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Hervey counted among his friends and enemies some of the most brilliant men and women of the age. Yet for all his hard-won fame, there was a scandalous private side to Hervey. He was certainly a rake (rumour had it that he shared a mistress with the Prince of Wales), but such behaviour was quite normal among the eighteenth-century aristocracy. Less usual, however, was his ten-year affair with another man. From the outset, Hervey was fascinated by Stephen Fox. His engaging, delightfully witty letters reveal the depth of their passion for one another, and the lengths to which they were driven in order to escape detection. Finally, theirs became an 'open secret', one of many factors that was to contribute to Hervey's downfall. In this entertaining and wonderfully observed biography, Lucy Moore brings to life an entire age, with its shimmering artifice and its poisonous deceit, its highly wrought melodrama and its grand passions." Dust jacket has very light wrinkling at top of spine. 
Price: 17.50 USD
Ace, New York, (1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1990), Ist printings. 
213 pp, 202 pp, 247 pp, 215 pp, 233 pp, - mass market paperbacks - 5 volumes. "Wizardry sure isn't what it used to be. Spells don't seem as potent, and there's been a general decline in quality of wizards practicing the craft. But when the Wizards' Guild votes to open its meetings to alchemists - as far as Kedrigern is concerned, that's the last straw. Leaving the Guild meeting in a snit, Kedrigern - master magician and purveyor of counterspells - bids adieu to his conjuring comrades to pursue a life of quiet contemplation and study. However, he soon finds just how lonely such a life can be - even with a helpful house-troll named Spot for company. What's a 160-year-old bachelor to do? The social scene on Silent Thunder Mountain is the pits. And Kedrigern is decidedly too young to even contemplate marriage - by wizardly standards, of course. It's not until after much though that our humble hero resolves himself to marriage...and so begins his quest for a bride. But will Kedrigern rush into wedlock with the first enchanted princess who speaks up?" Interiors - pages browning lightly, otherwise clean and tight with no previous ownership marks, Exteriors - light edge wear, a few very small corner creases, tiny area of dis-coloration on top of textblock of book 3, spines flat with faint creases on books 4 & 5. VG 
Price: 45.00 USD
103 Muhlenfeld, Elisabeth. Foreword by C. Vann Woodward. MARY BOYKIN CHESNUT: A BIOGRAPHY.
Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge, 1981. 
271 pp, 9" H, soft cover. ISBN 0807118044 B&w illustrations. "(This) expert biography utilizes Mrs. Chesnut's autobiographical writings, her papers, and those of her family, as well as published sources. It traces her life in South Carolina from her childhood, as the daughter of a governor and United States senator, through her schooling and her marriage to James Chesnut, Jr., the son of a wealthy South Carolina planter. During the war her husband served as an aide to P.G.T. Beaure g a r d a n d to Jefferson Davis, achieving the rank of general. Muhlenfeld emphasizes Mary Chesnut's last twenty years, when she helped her family through the intricacies of repaying immense debts incurred during the Civil War and reestablishing so me m ea s ur e of order and security." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - soft creases at top corner of front cover, two tiny corner creases, soft edge creases on rear cover, very light rubbing. Very Good 
Price: 10.00 USD
McClelland & Stewart, (Toronto, 2001), Ist edition. 
322 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. "A new collection of stories by Alice Munro is a treat to be savoured slowly. In the past, critics like A.S.Byatt have marvelled that her stories 'contain whole lives (which should have taken whole novels)'. The nine stories in this book are no exception, each one being rich and complex and satisfying, a triumph of the story-telling art..." Very tiny bump on bottom edge of front board. Dust jacket has very light edge wrinkling/wear at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds. NF/VG+ 
Price: 22.50 USD
Bank of Toronto, Toronto, 1915. 
146 pp, 8vo (8" H), hard cover (dark red cloth with gold lettering on front board) - no dust jacket. Several updates have been glued in or attached with straight pins. Main section headings: General Rules; Staff; Vault and Safe - Cash, etc.; Drafts, Collections, etc.; Deposit Business; Correspondence; Loans and Discounts; Business with Municipalities and School Boards; Advances under Section 88; Expense Account; Clearing House Conventions and Rules respecting Endorsements. An interesting business and social history - for example, Article 49 in the Staff Section states: "It must be clearly understood that the marriage of an officer in receipt of a salary of less than $1,000 per annum, exclusive of city or Western allowances, is not sanctioned by the Bank, and the resignation of any officer infringing this rule may be demanded." and Article 52 that: "Every officer should cultivate a readable signature and initials, and avoid a careless and illegible style of writing. In arranging for promotion, an officer who writes plainly and legibly will be given the preference, other claims being equal, while a marked deficiency in this respect will prove a serious barrier to advancement." Previous owner's name slip tipped in on front endpaper, cigarette odor, very small light bump to top corner of half the pages, light browning to edges of textblock - darkening and soiling to top of textblock, wear at corners and top/bottom of spine, wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, several small cup-rings and liquid marks on front board, darkening to board edges/spine. Good- reading copy only. 
Price: 50.00 USD
106 Neillands, Robin. THE WARS OF THE ROSES.
London Brockhampton 1999 1860199976 / 9781860199974 Reprint Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ 
223 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H). B&w photographs, maps, genealogical table. "The vicious wars between the English noble houses of York and Lancaster marked the end of medieval England and the birth of the Renaissance. The end of that thirty-year period of strife and bloodshed, which succeeding generations have called the Wars of the Roses, saw the collapse of the great Plantagenet dynasty, rulers of all England and much of France for over three hundred years, and the rise of the Tudors, destined to dominate English political life during the next century, following the triumph of Henry Tudor over Richard III at Bosworth Field. Robin Neillands tells this tale in clear and uncomplicated language, unravelling a fascinating and complex story to bring this period in England's history vividly to life. He also investigates the mysteries concerning the sudden marriage of Edward IV, the seizure of Edward's throne by his brother Richard of Gloucester and the murder of Richard's nephews, the Princes in the Tower." 
Price: 14.00 USD
107 Oliver, Jane. NOT PEACE BUT A SWORD.
London Collins 1939 Hard Cover Very Good - Good 
541 pp, 8vo (8 1/8" H). Map endpapers. Historical fiction. "Everyone knows of the sufferings of the Covenanters, but fewer of their intolerance in power, their grudging reception of the young King Charles after his father's execution at Whitehall, and the galling discipline which made him, after his accession to the English throne, unwilling ever to visit Scotland or to tolerate Presbyterianism again. Against this background, Miss Oliver tells the story of three generations of a great Scottish family, the Humes of Polwarth, rising to play their part in the nation's affairs. Lady Polwarth, resolute Episcopalian, was broken by her disastrous passion for her young second husband, Lord Jedburgh. Her son Sir Patrick Hume defied her to become a Covenanter, but was happier in his lifelong love for his brave, plain wife, who followed him into exile, and came back in triumph with Dutch William after his not quite bloodless revolution. Violent, too, was the career of his famous daughter, Grisel, whose romantic marriage to George Baillie, son of the Covenanting martyr, brings to a sunlit close her family's part in a century's struggle for freedom of speech and thought and worship." Dust soiling to top of textblock, light wrinkling at top and bottom of spine, slight waviness to cloth on boards. Dust jacket has small tears and chips, browning to spine and some edges, light rubbing, moderate edge wrinkling, now in a removable mylar sleeve. 
Price: 75.00 USD
Toronto / London Clarke, Irwin / Jonathan Cape 1953 First Canadian Edition. Hard Cover Very Good Very Good- Val Biro, dust jacket art. 
253 pp, small 8vo (7 5/8" H). The first Canadian edition, consisting of a first edition Jonathan Cape book with a Clarke, Irwin dust jacket, priced at $2.10. "Alan Paton's second novel is as powerful as his first. Indeed it surpasses 'Cry, the Beloved Country' in both the effectiveness of its technique and the emotional intensity of its theme. The setting is again South Africa, but the tragedy this time is of a white man who for complicated reasons, some of them not unconnected with his childhood and training, succumbs to the very temptations he might have been thought strong enough to resist. His downfall is recorded by his father's sister who watched the train of events, half foreseeing the disaster yet unable to prevent it, and now in anguish blames herself. Though the story could have had no other setting than South Africa, its application is universal, and certainly its poignancy does not depend on its geographical situation." Minor edge wear, minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, minor soiling on top of text block. Dust jacket has light edge wear/wrinkling, a few very small edge tears, light edge browning, very light soiling/rubbing on rear panel. 
Price: 10.00 USD
THE LANDLADY'S NIECE., Phillips, Edward O.  Signed by author.  Dust jacket art by Dave Calver.
109 Phillips, Edward O. Signed by author. Dust jacket art by Dave Calver. THE LANDLADY'S NIECE.
Seal / McClelland-Bantam, Toronto, 1992, first edition. 
210 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. SIGNED ON TITLE PAGE: "EDWARD O. PHILLIPS". ISBN 0770425038 A divorced woman moves to Toronto to begin a new life, "(b)ut just when her escape seems complete, Elinor is lured back to Montre al for the funeral of her aunt and namesake and is stunned to find herself the sole heir to the old woman's pride and joy: a gloriously dilapidated apartment building complete with a perforated roof, buckled floors, and a janitress from hel l . I n s h ort, her aunt's bequest is likely to leave Elinor in the poorhouse. So she moves into a top-floor unit under an assumed name and plunges into the adventure of renovation, hoping to avoid the interference of both her well-meaning pilla r- of - th e- A ng lo -community parents and her tycoon ex-husband. But her anonymity can't keep her safe from the temptations of her too-handsome neighbor or the rough charms of her janitress's bulky husband. Then, as her renovation efforts reac h a pe rc o lat ing c ris is, Elinor is forced to have one last dealing with her ex, who just may be the source of capital she needs to complete her project. Of course, she can't help noticing that Andrew still has his looks, his old appeal, and eve n mo st of his hai r. Sud denl y, Elinor has a decision to make...." Tiny ink mark on fore-edge of textblock, tiny faint mark on top of edge block, very tiny dint at top/bottom edge of front board. Dust jacket has minor rubbing, very minor edge wrin kli ng. Ver y Goo d+/ Very Good+ 
Price: 25.00 USD
110 Picard, Liza. Introduced by Jenny Uglow. RESTORATION LONDON: EVERYDAY LIFE IN LONDON, 1660-1670.
London Folio Society 2012 Hard Cover Fine 
320 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H), maroon cloth blocked in gilt with design by Neil Gower - in slipcase. Pictorial endpapers, b&w and colour illustrations. Chapter headings: London; The Houses; Interiors; Gardens, Parks and Open Spaces; Communications; Medicine and Dentistry; Clothes, Jewellery, Cosmetics, Hairdressing, Washing and So On; Housework, Laundry and Shopping; Cooking, Meals, Food and Drink; Sex; The Household; Education, Literacy and Speech; Hobbies, Excursions, Family Occasions and Etiquette; Divers Events and Acts in the Law; Money, Poverty and Class; Religion and Popular Beliefs; The World Picture; Epilogue. 
Price: 27.50 USD
111 Price, Bertha Weston. Introduction by E.J. Struthers. GLIMPSES INTO THE PAST.
Self-published, n.p., n.d. 
152 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), soft cover. B&w illustrations. A collection of articles, previously published in The Sherbrooke Daily Record from 1951 on. These articles recount life in the Eastern Townships of Quebec and include memories of railroads, w eddings, the maple sugar industry, country doctors and nurses, churches, schools and school teachers, etc. Interior - light browning to pages, small closed tear with crease at fore-edge of first three pages - archivally taped, otherwise cl e a n a n d t ight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - browning to edges of textblock, very light edge wear on spine. Very Good- 
Price: 20.00 USD
Thomas Nelson and Sons, New York, n.d. 
224 pp, 7 3/8" H, Ex-library, hard cover (dark green cloth with gold lettering and banding on spine, gold lettering and black, pink and blue decoration on front board) - no dust jacket. 12 b&w plates, including tissue-covered frontispiece - collate d. Ex-library copy with gift inscription on one preliminary page; large surface paper pull, old glue residue and small number in ink on rear pastedown, very light browning to pages, tiny brown stain on two rear pages, browning to edges of t e x t b l o c k , light edge wear, wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, faint call numbers on spine, very light rubbing, no other libray marks. Good+ 
Price: 30.00 USD
113 Reed, James, ed. (Geoffrey Parke-Taylor, James Reed, Nissa Basbaum, Diane Marshall, Phyllis Creighton, Tom Kingston.) A STUDY RESOURCE ON HUMAN SEXUALITY: APPROACHES TO SEXUALITY AND CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY.
Anglican Book Centre, Toronto, 1986. 
159 pp, 8vo (8 3/16" H), soft cover. ISBN 0919891491 "To provide information for discussion and study, this report examines doctrinal statements; biblical resources; traditional theology; Lambeth Conferences; psychology, sociology, and biology; an d social justice (focusing on sexism and homosexuality). The purpose of this resource is to provide clear statements about doctrinal and moral principles based on the Bible, Church tradition, and inform conscience so that peop l e c a n m a ke discerning and enlightened decisions with faith in an incarnate God who continually creates, redeems, and sustains. These resources to not, in any way, attempt to make authoritative statements." Interior - previous owner's name in i n k on i n si de of front cover, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - very light rubbing, minor browning. Very Good 
Price: 10.00 USD
Markham, Ontario Viking 1990 0670833061 / 9780670833061 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ 
254 pp, 9 1/4" H. "From Canada's most outspoken novelist and essayist comes a broadside of outrageous remarks, irreverent wisdom and wickedly accurate criticism. Whether surveying the international literary scene or considering the excesses of pop psychology, Mordecai Richler attacks his diverse subjects with relish and devastating wit. We learn about Richler's opinions on everything from movieland to conspiracy theories, from reincarnation to orgies, and from political wives to male impotence in 14th century France. But there is another side to Richler - a kinder, gentler man who celebrates marriage and friendship, fatherhood and harmony. In a mellow mood, Richler meditates on the joys of reading, the power of fiction, and the great rewards of a profession in writing." Very minor edge wear, very light wrinkling at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has minor edge wear/wrinkling - mainly at bottom of spine, tiny scuff on rear panel. 
Price: 15.00 USD
115 Rubinek, Saul. SO MANY MIRACLES.
Markham, Ontario Viking 1988 0670818585 / 9780670818587 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ 
216 pp, 8 3/4" H. B&w photographs. "Saul grew up thinking that everyone's parents had nightmares. While interviewing his mother and father, he found more than the source of nightmares. This powerful oral history paints a vivid picture of the young 'shtetl' girl who fell in love with the first Jewish man she ever saw dance the tango - the city boy, a boy who had broken away from religious tradition to make his fortune as an actor. (This) is the story of the young couple's love and marriage, over the strenuous objections of parents, despite the spectre of war and Holocaust. Frania and Israel tell of their 28 months in hiding with Polish farmers; of how they ran from Poland with the help of an underground refugee network and made their way, through the Displaced Persons camp, to Canada. The last part of the book is about the Rubineks' return to Poland, after more than 40 years, to have a reunion with the Polish family who saved their lives. Saul began to tape interviews with his mother and father over 12 years ago. What emerged was not only a family reconciliation but also an intricate personal history - romantic, horrific and passionate." Minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. 
Price: 15.00 USD
THE SELECTED JOURNALS OF L.M. MONTGOMERY.  VOLUME I: 1889-1910., Rubio, Mary & Waterston, Elizabeth, editors.  (L.M. Montgomery - Lucy Maud Montgomery.)
116 Rubio, Mary & Waterston, Elizabeth, editors. (L.M. Montgomery - Lucy Maud Montgomery.) THE SELECTED JOURNALS OF L.M. MONTGOMERY. VOLUME I: 1889-1910.
Toronto Oxford University Press 1985 019540503X / 9780195405033 Second Printing Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
424 pp, 9 1/4" H. B&w photographs, maps, genealogical chart. The first volume of 'The Selected Journals of L.M. Montgomery' "takes her to 1910, the year before her marriage, when she left Prince Edward Island. It recounts her schooldays in Cavendish, redolent with incidents, impressions, and romantic 'crushes' that found their way into her fiction; a year spent in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, with her father and stepmother; a year of study at Prince of Wales College in Charlottetown, where she trained to be a teacher, and another at Dalhousie University; her teaching years; a powerful infatuation with the son of a family she lived with; a long and mostly unhappy period of keeping house for her grandmother; and the publication of 'Anne of Green Gables'. The autobiographical content will fasciant every devoted reader of the Anne books. But the Montgomery journals are especially interesting because they provide a unique social history and the privilege of viewing closely the life of a remarkable woman. Comprising perhaps the most vivid and detailed memoir in Canadian letters, the journals will join 'Anne of Green Gables' in ensuring Montgomery's lasting place in Canadian liter-ature." Very light browning to pages and edges of text block, minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has minor soiling, light wrinkling and a few tiny tears at top of spine, some waviness on rear panel, protected in a mylar sleeve. 
Price: 17.50 USD
THE SELECTED JOURNALS OF L.M. MONTGOMERY.  VOLUME II: 1910-1921., Rubio, Mary & Waterston, Elizabeth, editors.  (L.M. Montgomery - Lucy Maud Montgomery.)
117 Rubio, Mary & Waterston, Elizabeth, editors. (L.M. Montgomery - Lucy Maud Montgomery.) THE SELECTED JOURNALS OF L.M. MONTGOMERY. VOLUME II: 1910-1921.
Toronto Oxford University Press 1987 0195405862 / 9780195405866 Second Printing Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good- 
443 pp, 9 1/4" H. B&w photographs, maps. The second volume of 'The Selected Journals of L.M. Montgomery' "records a time of great change and upheaval both in Montgomery's life and in society. When she wrote the first entry in this volume she had recently become a world-famous author, having published 'Anne of Green Gables' in 1908. Here we become privy to her response to the death of her grandmother, who had restricted her life severely; her marriage and honeymoon trip to Scotland and England; and her departure from Prince Edward Island to the new restrictions of her life as the wife of a Presbyterian minister in an Ontario village. Montgomery reveals the intensities of friendship, the minutiae of home-making, the joys of motherhood along with the traumas of a disturbed marriage, and records the sources and composition of the 'Anne' series and the emergence of her new heroine 'Emily'. Besides learning about the rewards and trials - including two unpleasant lawsuits - of being a successful author, we see also how a sensitive woman responded to the possibility, the actuality, and the aftermath of a world war. By turns tart and sentimental, sharp-sighted and anxiety-ridden, L.M. Montgomery provides a compelling record of her remarkable life against the background - both social and literary - of a tumultuous period in Canadian history." Minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has light edge wrinkling and a few tiny edge tears, light fading to spine color, wrinkling on rear panel. 
Price: 20.00 USD
THE DIVERSIONS OF DUCHESSTOWN AND OTHER ESSAYS., Sandwell, B.K.  Introduction by Robertson Davies.
118 Sandwell, B.K. Introduction by Robertson Davies. THE DIVERSIONS OF DUCHESSTOWN AND OTHER ESSAYS.
Toronto J.M. Dent & Sons (Canada) 1955 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good - 
84 pp, 8vo (8 3/16" H). "Journalist, economist, scholar, humorist - B.K. Sandwell's death in 1954 robbed Canada of one of her most lively and versatile intellects. Written over a period of thirty years, these essays have a timeless quality and a gleeful approach to the business of day-to-day life that will make them as acceptable to the generations that follow B.K.'s as they were to his own. Ancestors, etiquette and even bathrooms, among other topics, are at their happiest when viewed through the eyes of B.K. Sandwell." Light browning to edges of textblock, very light browning to edges of boards and spine. Dust jacket has very light edge wear/wrinkling, browning to spine and flap-folds, light browning to edges. 
Price: 20.00 USD
GHOSTS IN THE MIDDLE AGES:  THE LIVING AND THE DEAD IN MEDIEVAL SOCIETY., Schmitt, Jean-Claude.  Translated by Teresa Lavender Fagan.
119 Schmitt, Jean-Claude. Translated by Teresa Lavender Fagan. GHOSTS IN THE MIDDLE AGES: THE LIVING AND THE DEAD IN MEDIEVAL SOCIETY.
Chicago University of Chicago Press 1998 0226738884 / 9780226738888 Soft Cover Very Good 
290 pp, 9" H. "(E)xamines medieval religious culture and the significance of the widespread belief in ghosts, revealing the ways in which the dead and the living related to each other during the middle ages. Schmitt also discusses Augustine's influence on medieval authors; the link between dreams and autobiographical narratives; and monastic visions and folklore. Including numerous color reproductions of ghosts and ghostly trappings, this book presents a unique and intriguing look at medieval culture." Interior - soft crease at top corner of pages 80 to 140, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - one very tiny corner crease. 
Price: 20.00 USD
120 Sencourt, Robert. THE REIGN OF EDWARD VIII.
Panther, (London, 1964). 
224 pp, mass market paperback. B&w photographs. "With many hitherto undisclosed facts, Professor Robert Sencourt blows away the dust that has settled on the memory of those controversial and dramatic events and presents a new and absorbing picture of one of the most astonishing periods in British history." Interior - light browning to pages, clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - light edge wear, light to moderate rubbing on rear cover, three corners with small soft creases - migrate into pages lightly, wrinkling to paper on spine small light foxing mark on front cover. G+ 
Price: 10.00 USD
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