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THE VIEW FROM "ON THE ROAD":  THE RHETORICAL VISION OF JACK KEROUAC., Swartz, Omar.  (Jack Kerouac.)
141 Swartz, Omar. (Jack Kerouac.) THE VIEW FROM "ON THE ROAD": THE RHETORICAL VISION OF JACK KEROUAC.
Southern Illinois University Press, Carbondale, 1999, first edition. 
130 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0809322560 "Through careful analysis of Jack Kerouac's "On the Road", Omar Swartz sets out to show that Kerouac's influence on American society is largely rhetorical. Kerouac's signifi cance as a cultural icon can be best understood, Swartz asserts, in terms of traditional rhetorical practices and principles...." Contents: Preface; Rhetorical Transformations; Kerouac in Context; Kerouac's Rhetorical Situation; Fantasy, R h e t o r i c a l Vision, and the Critical Act; The Vision of Social Deviance; The Vision of Sexuality; Dean as Vision; Conclusion: Kerouac and Liminality; Notes; Bibliography; Index. Fine/Fine 
Price: 27.50 USD
 
 
GULLIVER'S TRAVELS., Swift, Jonathan.  Illustrated by David Small.
142 Swift, Jonathan. Illustrated by David Small. GULLIVER'S TRAVELS.
William Morrow, New York, 1983. 
96 pp, small 4to (10 1/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0688020445 Profusely illustrated with wonderful b&w drawings. "Shipwrecked near the kingdom of Lilliput, Lemuel Gulliver awakens to find himself surrounded by hundreds of tiny people, none more than six inches tall. The Lilliputians take the 'man-mountain' prisoner, and Gulliver learns to live in their miniature world, where he can eat three loaves of bread in a mouthful and children can play hide and seek in his hair! Eventual ly Gulliver escapes from Lilliput and returns home. But soon he longs for further adventure and so sets sail once again. On this journey, Gulliver finds himself in Brobdingnag - a country of giants, where this time he is a pocket-sized o d d i t y , s m a ll enough to use a handkerchief as a blanket. Jonathan Swift's classic story is a perennial favorite with children everywhere. This handsome edition, lavishly illustrated with David Small's lively, richly detailed drawings, make s th e st or y a cc es si ble to the youngest fan of fantasy and adventure." Minor wrinkling at bottom of front hinge. Dust jacket has very light edge wear/wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, two very small closed tears with creases, li ght r ubb ing a nd a few li ght scratches on rear panel, two tiny dints on rear hinge. Near Fine/Very Good 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
THE PERILOUS QUEST FOR LYONESSE - FIRST THREE VOLUMES.  1. PRINCES OF SANDASTRE.  2. THE LORDS OF THE STONEY MOUNTAINS.  3. THE WINDS OF THE WASTELANDS.  3 VOLUMES., Swithin, Antony.  (William Antony Swithin Sargeant.)
143 Swithin, Antony. (William Antony Swithin Sargeant.) THE PERILOUS QUEST FOR LYONESSE - FIRST THREE VOLUMES. 1. PRINCES OF SANDASTRE. 2. THE LORDS OF THE STONEY MOUNTAINS. 3. THE WINDS OF THE WASTELANDS. 3 VOLUMES.
London Fontana Mass Market Paperbacks Very Good - 
First three volumes of "The Perilous Quest for Lyonesse" - 6 15/15" H. Book 1. Princes of Sandastre: 220 pp, 1990 1st printing, ISBN 0006178529 - "In the year of Our Lord 1403, as England smoulders with suppressed rebellion, young Simon Branthwaite sets sail across the Atlantic in search of the lost realm of Lyonesse. His quest will take him to Rockall, a land wreathed in legend; a land of weird beasts and wondrous happenings, of great beauties and terrible dangers. And there begin adventures stranger than the wildest of Simon's imaginings; adventures that will change the course of his life and reshape that land for ever." Book 2. The Lords of the Stoney Mountains: 374 pp, 1992 1st printing, ISBN 0006178537 - "It is time for Simon to leave Sandarro, the city where he has lingered since reaching the fabled island of Rockall. Bidding a painful farewell to his new-found love, Princess Ilven, he sets out with Prince Avran to continue his quest for Lyonesse. Travelling in secret - for their enemies are everywhere - Simon and Avran head north, into lands not marked on any map. Their path through strange and wonderful terrain, is beset by savage beasts and hostile peoples, and many times they brush with death. Most ominous of all, they find themselves pursued by mysterious grey riders - men who bear the insignia of an evil empire of ancient times. Book 3. The Winds of the Wastelands: 289 pp, 1992 2nd printing, ISBN 0006178545 - "Simon and his companions travel northwards up the River Aramassa, leaving the Stoney Mountains far behind. During one (adventure) they encounter Essa, a servant girl whose mysterious origins and strange knowledge both aid and baffle them when she joins their quest. When they come to Reschora they are welcomed by its rulers, but warned against travelling further north, though no one will tell them why. Then, at last, comes a clue to the existence of Lyonesse. Ignoring all pleas, they set out north into the lonely and treacherous lands of the Nine Gods. There they will encounter their strangest and most perilous adventures so far." Interiors - book 2 a has small soft bump at bottom corner of approx. last 60 pages, book three has a small corner crease on last page, otherwise books are clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exteriors - very light edge wear; book 1 has two very small corner creases and a tiny scuff/scratch on front cover, a small number stamp on bottom of text block and light browning to edges of text block; book 2 has a bump/crease at bottom corner of rear cover; book 3 has a tiny corner crease on rear cover and tiny dent on spine. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
144 Taylor, Elisabeth Russell. Illustrated by Mari Hedderwick. THE GIFTS OF THE TARNS.
Collins, London, 1977, first edition. 
77 pp, 8vo (8 1/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0001842692 B&w illustrations. "The two tarns lay in a fold of the hills, close by the cottage where the knife-grinder and his wife had their home. One, Tarn Leban, was fruitful and good: it s waters sweet, its fish plentiful. The other, Tarn Tegrof, was poison to memory; the smallest drop drunk by man, woman or child would cause them to forget all they knew. When the knife-grinder learned this, he determined never to touch a n y t h i n g f rom Tarn Tegrof. But his son, Tom, was curious; and when the tarns were frozen from end to end he set out to see what lay beyond Tarn Tegrof. Forgetful of the warning he drank from the lake, and instantly remembered nothing abou t hi s pa st . T hi s i s the story of Tom's wanderings in a strange land of forgetfulness and his eventual return to a home he could not recognize." One page with small dog-ear crease, tiny bump at top of spine, tiny faint printing flaw on verso o f l as r p age . Du st ja cke t is price clipped, has light edge wrinkling, three tiny chips, a few tiny dints on rear flap, small ghost sticker mark on front flap, very faint hand writing indentations on front panel. Very Good+/Very Good- 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
SINGER FROM THE SEA., Tepper, Sheri S.
145 Tepper, Sheri S. SINGER FROM THE SEA.
Avon Eos, (New York, 1999), Ist edition 
426 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H), hardcover in dust jacket. "An accomplished student and heiress to a great title, Genevieve has been well brought up to be a Proper Young Lady on the isolated, seemingly backward planet of Haven. She has been carefully instructed in the Covenants - the inflexible laws governing the women of her class - and knows she must soon take up the time-honored responsibilities of adult womanhood: to marry a nobleman of her father's choosing in her mid-twenties and to bear a child at age thirty. There is another Genevieve, however, who does not wish to be proper - a Genevieve who longs to heed the call of the sea..." Light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine,very tiny corner crease on pages 301 to 310. Dust jacket has very minor edge wear and minor edge wrinkling. VG+/VG+ 
Price: 12.00 USD
 
 
THE DECLINE OF THE CASTLE., Thompson, M.W. (Michael)
146 Thompson, M.W. (Michael) THE DECLINE OF THE CASTLE.
Harveys (Magna), Wigston, 1994, reprint. 
211 pp, large 8vo (9 7/8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 1854226088 "Extensively illustrated with photographs, plans and period engravings, (this) book examines the decline of the castle as both fortification and seigneurial residence over th e two and a half centuries that preceded the Civil War. In general, this was a period in which function played less and less part and display - even fantasy - ever more in the minds of castle builders. Although few new castles were built in E n g l a n d after 1400, the growing power of artillery and continuing warfare in Scotland and across the Channel in France continued to provide stimuli to fresh architectural development. Dr. Thompson relates alterations in design to contemporar y s oc ia l ch an ges and devotes particular attention to the rapid decline of Tudor times and to the massive destruction wrought by Parliamentary forces during the Civil War and Commonwealth. A concluding chapter examines the enticing quality the i mag e o f t he ca stl e has continued to hold over the intervening three centuries and examines some remarkable latterday examples of the genre, among them Burges' Castell Coch in Glamorgan and, in this century, Lutyens' Castle Drogo." Dust jac ket has min or r ubb ing, ver y minor edge wear. Fine/Near Fine 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
147 Thompson, Paul B., Carter, Tonya R., Kirchoff, Mary, Niles, Douglas, Siegel, Barbara, and Siegel, Scott. (Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman) DRAGONLANCE. PRELUDES II TRILOGY. VOLUME ONE. RIVERWIND THE PLAINSMAN. VOLUME TWO. FLINT THE KING. VOLUME THREE. TANIS THE SHADOW YEARS. 3 VOLUMES.
TSR, (Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, 1990, 1st printings). 
313, 308, and 320 pages, Paperbacks - 3 volumes. Cover art by Clyde Caldwell, interior b&w illus by Douglas Chaffee/Valerie Valusek. Interior - light browning to pages - heavier on inside of covers of vols. one & two, otherwise clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - minor edge wear, flat spines with very faint creases. VG 
Price: 18.00 USD
 
 
THE AMTRAK WARS - FIRST FIVE VOLUMES.  1. CLOUD WARRIOR.  2. FIRST FAMILY.  3. IRON MASTER.  4. BLOOD RIVER.  5. DEATH-BRINGER., Tilley, Patrick.
148 Tilley, Patrick. THE AMTRAK WARS - FIRST FIVE VOLUMES. 1. CLOUD WARRIOR. 2. FIRST FAMILY. 3. IRON MASTER. 4. BLOOD RIVER. 5. DEATH-BRINGER.
London Sphere Mass Market Paperbacks Very Good 
311 pp, 344 pp, 405 pp, 362 pp, 373 pp - the first five volumes of "The Amtrak Wars" - 7" H. Book 1: Cloud Warrior - 1988 reprint, ISBN 0722185162 - "Ten centuries ago the Old Time ended when Earth's cities melted in the War of a Thousand Suns. Now the lethal high technology of the Amtrak Federation's underground stronghold is unleashed on Earth's other survivors - the surface-dwelling Mutes. But the primitive Mutes possess ancient powers greater than any machine - ." Book 2. First Family - 1987 reprint, ISBN 0722185170 - "After countless years of fighting - of pitting sophisticated technology against the primitive surface-dwelling people who seemed to posses supernatural powers - the Federation was still no nearer to ending the battle with the Mutes. But then a lone flier was hauled into one of its underground bunkers - a man whose very existence was a challenge to the all-pervading wisdom of the First Family. A man whose destiny would determine the future of both the Federation and the Mutes." Book 3. Iron Master - 1987 first printing, ISBN 0722185189 - "The year: 2990. The centuries-old conflict between the hi-tech underground world of the Trackers and the primitive, surface-dwelling Mutes continues with unabated ferocity. Steve Brickman, a Tracker wingman whose heart and mind is torn between the two cultures, embarks upon his most dangerous mission yet: the rescue of Cadillac and Clearwater, two gifted Plainfolk Mutes held captive by the mysterious Iron Masters. It is a nightmare journey into the unknown but, once again, a shadowy presence guides Steve's footsteps and endows him with superhuman speed and strength in moments of mortal danger." Book 4. Blood River - 1990 reprint, ISBN 0747400008 - "On the snow-swept overground, Steve, Cadillac and Clearwater meet with triumph and disaster as they try to evade the clutches of both the Iron Masters and the First Family. The samurai of Ne-Issan prove to be tenacious adversaries and the rulers of the Federation have no intention of loosening their grip on Steve Brickman. For he and his friends are valuable pawns in a game which, if lost, could spell the end of the First Family's dream of reconquering the blue-sky world. Book 5. Death-Bringer - 1989 first printing, ISBN 0747400016 - "With Clearwater now safely in their hands, the Federation hatches a plan to capture Cadillac and Mr Snow and annihilate the Clan McCall: a plan which forces Steve to continue his double role as loyal agent of the Federation and blood-brother of the Mutes. The First Family is hell-bent on exacting retribution for past defeats but the twice-bloodied House of Yama-Shita is also thirsting for vengeance. Both parties blindly pursue their own ends unaware that the outcome is governed not by force of arms but by the irrevocable power of prophecy." Interiors - two volumes with light browning to pages and one with very light browning to pages, volume 1 has a very small foxing mark at top edge of 5 page leaves, volume 5 has a few tiny or small corner creases to pages, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exteriors - 3 volumes with very faint spine creases, two volumes with light browning to edges of text block, one volume with corner crease, minor edge wear/wrinkling. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
149 Tolkien, J.R.R. THE FILM BOOK OF J.R.R. TOLKIEN'S THE LORD OF THE RINGS. (FILMBOOK).
New York Ballantine 1978 034528139X / 9780345281395 Reprint Hard Cover Very Good Good 
76 pp, oblong 8vo (8 7/8" H x 10 7/8" D). "Over 130 color illustrations from Fantasy Films presentation of The Lord of the Rings Part One, with a text based on the film script. "(T)ells the story of the hobbit Frodo Baggins, who leaves his peaceful home in the Shire and struggles across the mountains and plains of Middle-earth, enduring hardship and danger in his attempt to destroy the One Ring: the ring which must not fall into the hands of Sauron, the Dark Lord." Slight color offset on pages adjacent to endpapers, light edge wear to boards, remainder mark on bottom of textblock. Dust jacket has moderate edge wear, a few small closed tears with creases (archivally taped), crease down front flap, light rubbing, color offset from boards on inside, now protected in mylar sleeve. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE HOBBIT, OR THERE AND BACK AGAIN., Tolkien, J.R.R.
150 Tolkien, J.R.R. THE HOBBIT, OR THERE AND BACK AGAIN.
London Folio Society 2002 Limited Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Eric Fraser. 
245 pp, 9 1/8" H. Number 1142 of a edition limited to 1750 copies, bound in dark brown Wassa goatskin with hand-woven Indian silk sides, gilt lettering on spine, top edge gilt. Map endpapers, integral ribbon bookmark, b&w illustrations. Dark brown full leather slipcase with gilt lettering and decoration on front panel. Book is fine. Slipcase has two small areas of very minor rubbing. 
Price: 425.00 USD
 
 
ROVERANDOM., Tolkien, J.R.R.  Christina Scull & Wayne G. Hammond, editors.
151 Tolkien, J.R.R. Christina Scull & Wayne G. Hammond, editors. ROVERANDOM.
Boston Houghton Mifflin 1998 0395898714 / 9780395898710 Book Club Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good J.R.R. Tolkien. 
106 pp, 8 3/4" H. Five illustrations by Tolkien (3 colour, 2 b&w). "To console and distract (his young son who had lost his favorite toy dog), J.R.R. Tolkien improvised a story - the story of Rover, a real dog magically transformed into a toy, who, after many fantastic adventures in search of the wizard who wronged him, at last wins back his doggy life. This charming tale, peopled by a terrible dragon and a wise old whale, by the king of the sea and the Man-in-the-Moon, was a Tolkien family favorite and went through several typewritten drafts over the years. Now, more than seventy years after it was written, the story of Rover - or, as the Man-in-the-Moon fondly called him, Roverandom - is published at last. Rich in wit and wordplay, crowded with thrilling and humorous incident, (it) will delight not only Tolkien's countless admirers but anyone who loves a rollicking yarn well told." Light wrinkling at bottom of spine, tiny wrinkle at top of spine. Dust jacket has wrinkling and a tiny chip at bottom of rear flap-fold - minor edge wrinkling elsewhere, soft crease at top of front flap. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
UNFINSHED TALES OF NUMENOR AND MIDDLE-EARTH., Tolkien, J.R.R.  Edited with introduction, commentary, index and maps by Christopher Tolkien.
152 Tolkien, J.R.R. Edited with introduction, commentary, index and maps by Christopher Tolkien. UNFINSHED TALES OF NUMENOR AND MIDDLE-EARTH.
London George Allen & Unwin 1980 0048231797 / 9780048231796 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
472 pp, 9" H. Bright maroon cloth, gilt lettering and emblem combining Tolkien's initials on spine. Top edge red, printer's error on page 234. First edition dust jacket with no price on flap (designed so each receiving country could price the book according to their currency). Full page map in black, white & red, small b&w sketch map, genealogical table. Fold out map attached to rear pastedown (no tears, but some wrinkling to the paper which appears to have occured during the manufacturing process). "(A) collection of narratives ranging in time from the Elder Days of Middle-earth to the end of the War of the Ring, and comprising such various elements as Gandalf's lively account of how it was that he came to send the Dwarves to the celebrated party at Bag-End, the emergence of the sea-god Ulmo before the eyes of Tuor on the coast of Beleriand, and an exact description of the military organisation of the Riders of Rohan. (C)ontains the only story that survived from the long ages of Numenor before its downfall, and all that is known of such matters as the Five Wizards, the Palantiri, or the legend of Amroth." A few very small light scuffs and one tiny stain on top of text block, small shallow scuff and minor browning on fore-edge of text block. Dust jacket has very minor edge wear, very light edge wrinkling - mainly at top of spine, very light rubbing on panels (no color loss), very light browning on flapd and inside bottom edge, tiny edge tear archivally taped. 
Price: 50.00 USD
 
 
FANTASIES OF THE SIX DYNASTIES:  BIZARRE TALES OF THE HUMAN WORLD.  ASIAPAC COMIC SERIES., Tsai Chih Chung, editor/illustrator.  Translated by Jenny Lim.
153 Tsai Chih Chung, editor/illustrator. Translated by Jenny Lim. FANTASIES OF THE SIX DYNASTIES: BIZARRE TALES OF THE HUMAN WORLD. ASIAPAC COMIC SERIES.
Asiapac, Singapore, 1994, reprint. 
141 pp, 8 1/4" H, soft cover. ISBN 9971985691 B&w cartoons. "(This book) contains 19 bizarre tales of human encounters with supernatural beings, compiled during the Six Dynasties (AD220-589). Tsai Chih Chung, the popular Taiwanese cartoonist has creatively illustrated and annotated these tales, making them applicable and entertaining to the readers." Contents: The Foolish Ghost; The Fairy Tortoise; Horse Husband; Miss Piggy; The Eloquent Debater; The Enigmatic Girl; The Burnt Para s o l ; T h e Mother Who Was a Turtle; Mr Rainbow; The Old Tree; The Unlucky Pestle; The Turtle Beauty; The Foolish Deity; The Snail Girl; The Old Fox; The Crane Fairy; Dog Husband; The Sword of Revenge; Weaving-Girl. Interior - small notation an d da te w r it te n in ink on title page, small bump to fore-edge of approx. pages 22 to 90, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - minor edge wear to covers. Very Good 
Price: 35.00 USD
 
 
THE WAR OF POWERS SERIES - FIRST FIVE VOLUMES.  BOOK ONE: THE SUNDERED REALM.  BOOK TWO: THE CITY IN THE GLACIER.  BOOK THREE: THE DESTINY STONE.  BOOK FOUR: THE FALLEN ONES.  BOOK FIVE IN THE SHADOW OF OMIZANTRIM., Vardeman, Robert E. and Milan, Victor.
154 Vardeman, Robert E. and Milan, Victor. THE WAR OF POWERS SERIES - FIRST FIVE VOLUMES. BOOK ONE: THE SUNDERED REALM. BOOK TWO: THE CITY IN THE GLACIER. BOOK THREE: THE DESTINY STONE. BOOK FOUR: THE FALLEN ONES. BOOK FIVE IN THE SHADOW OF OMIZANTRIM.
New York Ace / Playboy Mass Market Paperbacks Very Good - Fernando Fernandez 
First 5 volumes of The War of Powers series - 6 7/8" H. Book One: The Sundered Realm - 222 pp, Ace 1985 printing, ISBN 7274200275 - "Fost Longstrider's mission seemed ordinary. He'd been hired to deliver a jug to a wizard on the far side of the forest. Unfortunately the jug contained a sex-starved genie, the wizard was dead by foul means, and Fost was probably the next to die. Then the genie was stolen and spirited away to the City in the Sky. It was up to Fost to steal it back from two beautiful sisters. They were fighting to become queen and, using dark powers, one had called forth a demon. Now Fost's foray was suddenly a terrible war." Book Two: The City in the Glacier - 224 pp, Ace 1985 printing, ISBN 7274200295 - "The Amulet of Living Flame - the most powerful talisman in existence. Its magic brought the dead back to life. They all wanted it, but only one of them could possess it. It could make Fost Longstrider an invincible warrior. It could make his lover Moriana triumphant over her evil twin sister. It could even make the hideous Prince Rann a most expert executioner. Unfortunately the amulet was encased in living ice within the City in the Glacier. And only a lecherous genie knew the path to take." Book Three: The Destiny Stone - 221 pp, Ace 1985 printing, ISBN 0441143083 - "Can a lecherous genie find happiness with his demure female counterpart? Can Fost Longstrider find love with the woman who caused his death? Not with the objects of their affections in another part of the realm, raising a mighty army for a terrible war. Princess Moriana wants to reclaim her birthright and free the land from her sister's harsh oppression. In her single-minded goal, she has killed the only man she ever loved and unwittingly stolen a very dangerous magic talisman. Unless Fost can reach her in time, Moriana will plunge the realm into total war. And if the raging battle disturbs the fearsome entity sleeping below, the war will become a holocaust." Book Four: The Fallen Ones - 222 pp, Ace 1986 printing, ISBN 0441226124 - "The vargaries of the Destiny Stone, a magical amulet, have caused Princess Moriana and her lover Fost to lose the war against her powerful evil sister. And now, just when they could use a fairy godmother, they've got a pair of squabbling genies instead. As a last resort, there are always the Fallen Ones. These repulsive, dangerous, reptilian aliens will help them, but there's a catch. The price is the retrieval of the awesome black diamond known as The Heart. All the Fallen Ones who have tried to steal it have died. Tsk, tsk. But perhaps the deadly rays of The Heart's guardian do not affect humans and genies. Who will be the first 'volunteer' to find out?" Book Five: In the Shadow of Omizantrim - 222 pp, Playboy 1982 first printing, ISBN 0872169995 - "The city of Medurim is a wonderful place. No real worries about war, bloodshed, torture, demons - just one long orgy. A great spot for lovestruck genies who finally get it on, but not quite suitable for Queen Moriana, who hopes to raise a new army here. Things are not going well for Moriana and her lover, Fost. They no longer control the Sky City; instead, the treacherous Fallen Ones are using it as a base from which they kill every human in sight. And the Demon of the Dark Ones, entombed for ten thousand years, is on the loose again, sucking up everything like a giant vacuum cleaner. Alas, it doesn't look as thought Moriana and Fost will be able to pull the plug - ." Interiors - Book One has moderate browning to inside of covers andd light browning to pages - other books have very light browning to pages or inside of covers, otherwise clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exteriors - four books with tiny number stamped on bottom of text block, very light edge wear and some small areas of very light edge wrinkling, one or two small corner creases, very light rubbing, slight fading to spine colour/lettering on three books, one book with a light spine crease and a tiny scuff on front cover. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
VERLINDEN PRODUCTIONS MODELING MAGAZINE.  VOLUME 4  NUMBER 3.  APRIL 1993., Verlinden, Francois; Peeters, Willy; Letterman, Bob.
155 Verlinden, Francois; Peeters, Willy; Letterman, Bob. VERLINDEN PRODUCTIONS MODELING MAGAZINE. VOLUME 4 NUMBER 3. APRIL 1993.
Lier, Belgium Verlinden 1993 Stapled in Wraps Very Good - 
32 pp (including covers), 11 11/16" H (magazine format). Profusely illustrated with colour photographs. Contents: WWII German Kubelwagen in 1/15 Scale: VP's version of the famous WWII German softskin; It's a Honey!: A Desert Storm diorama "avant la lettre"; After the dust has settled: About an abandoned Iraqi T-55 A/M; T-55 AM/w Add on Armor in detail; In focus; US Navy Carrier Personnel; US Navy Carrier Deck Details (USS FORRESTAL); A glimpse of: Duxford; Don Kanaval's Wonderful World of Fantasy Nose Art; Tools & Techniques: Weathering Olive Drab Military Vehicles; Modelers in Focus; "Mahuts": a diorama by Arturo Flores. Interior - tiny crease at top corner of pages, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - small old price label on front cover, minor edge wear, light rubbing on covers, tiny crease at top corner of covers. 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
156 Vinge, Vernor. (With Joan D. Vinge on one story.) TRUE NAMES...AND OTHER DANGERS. (CONTAINS: BOOKWORM, RUN!; TRUE NAMES; THE PEDDLER'S APPRENTICE; THE UNGOVERNED; AND, LONG SHOT.)
Baen, (New York, 1987), Ist printing. 
275 pp, + preview, paperback. Wraparound cover art by Gary Ruddell. "The names they use are not their own: Mr. Slippery, the Mailman, Erythrina the Red Witch, and Slimey Limey. And they would rather turn over their grandmothers than reveal their True Names. In the age of computerized magic, these witches and warlocks use scalp-connects and customized software instead of spells. Most of their electronic 'sorcery' is petty, but the stakes are about to go sky-high. Someone - or something - is threatening to upset the balance of power, not only in the electronic underground, but in the real world itself..." Interior - pages browning lightly, otherwise clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - minor edge wear, tiny area of surface paper loss at top of spine and on rear panel, spine flat with light creases. VG 
Price: 35.00 USD
 
 
BEATRICE CRANE HER BOOK (THE 2nd), JUNE 1st 1879., Walter Crane.
157 Walter Crane. BEATRICE CRANE HER BOOK (THE 2nd), JUNE 1st 1879.
Toronto Friends of the Osborne and Lillian H. Smith Collections, Toronto Public Library 1983 0919486746 / 9780919486744 Limited Edition Hard Cover Very Good No Jacket - (as issued) Walter Crane. 
9 pp + unpaginaged facsimile reproduction of Crane's journal, 8vo (8 1/8" H). Printed in a limited edition of 2000 copies. Profusely illustrated with reproductions of Crane 's charming watercolours. " 'Beatrice Crane Her Book (The 2nd) June Ist 1879', published here for the first time, is a charming series of forty-six captioned water colours, spontaneously and joyfully created by a father for his daughter, mingling family fun, folklore and fantasy over a Victorian summer. The Osborne manuscript is a plain black notebook (now well worn and shiny), typical of the many which Crane purchased for this purpose. For the facsimile edition, the cloth binding (similar in texture and tone to the original) has been embellished with a design blocked in gold. It is taken from Walter Crane's original pen and ink sketch - also held by the Osborne Collection - depicting a flying crane holding in its beak the artist's signature in the form of his characteristic rebus. The Cranes were a lively, gifted and secure family, with rich and varied lives, tinged by the romantic and the unconventional; the unstudied pages of (this book) offer a privileged glimpse." Small shallow dint to last few pages due to very small lump under rear pastedown, very light edge wear, very light rubbing to boards. 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
BEATRICE CRANE HER BOOK (THE 2nd), JUNE 1st 1879., Walter Crane.
158 Walter Crane. BEATRICE CRANE HER BOOK (THE 2nd), JUNE 1st 1879.
Toronto Friends of the Osborne and Lillian H. Smith Collections, Toronto Public Library 1983 0919486746 / 9780919486744 Limited Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ No Jacket - (as issued) Walter Crane. 
9 pp + unpaginaged facsimile reproduction of Crane's journal, 8vo (8 1/8" H). Printed in a limited edition of 2000 copies. Profusely illustrated with reproductions of Crane 's charming watercolours. " 'Beatrice Crane Her Book (The 2nd) June Ist 1879', published here for the first time, is a charming series of forty-six captioned water colours, spontaneously and joyfully created by a father for his daughter, mingling family fun, folklore and fantasy over a Victorian summer. The Osborne manuscript is a plain black notebook (now well worn and shiny), typical of the many which Crane purchased for this purpose. For the facsimile edition, the cloth binding (similar in texture and tone to the original) has been embellished with a design blocked in gold. It is taken from Walter Crane's original pen and ink sketch - also held by the Osborne Collection - depicting a flying crane holding in its beak the artist's signature in the form of his characteristic rebus. The Cranes were a lively, gifted and secure family, with rich and varied lives, tinged by the romantic and the unconventional; the unstudied pages of (this book) offer a privileged glimpse." Very minor wear at top/bottom of hinges and at corners. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
CHILDREN'S LITERATURE IN CANADA.  TWAYNE'S WORLD AUTHORS SERIES - CHILDREN'S LITERATURE., Waterston, Elizabeth.
159 Waterston, Elizabeth. CHILDREN'S LITERATURE IN CANADA. TWAYNE'S WORLD AUTHORS SERIES - CHILDREN'S LITERATURE.
New York Twayne, New York 1992 0805782648 / 9780805782646 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Good+ 
212 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H). B&w illustrations. "Waterston's informative study brings to life Canadian history and culture and illuminates a unique literary community in which acclaimed adult writers like Margaret Atwood, Margaret Laurence, and Mordechai Richler are also the authors of children's books. Waterston demonstrates the distinctly Canadian elements of such works as 'The Young Fur Traders' (1856), 'Anne of Green Gables' (1908), and 'Alligator Pie' (1974). This study delineates the developmental stages through which children progress and discusses the various literary genres that appeal to them at each stage, from picture books and nursery rhymes to historical tales and science fiction. In addition to her focus on the response of the child to various genres, Waterston provides sophisticated literary analysis of the works that have endured as classics, demonstrating how their continuing relevance is rooted in their literary merit. She examines literary styles, themes, and motifs and shows how many of the perennial favorites embrace quintessentially Canadian virtues: honesty, a strong will to survive, humor, passion, and genuine kindness. American and Canadian teachers, librarians, and parents will find in this complete guide a resource for expanding their young readers' literary universe." Minor edge wear, remainder mark on bottom of textblock, tiny foxing mark on top of textblock. Dust jacket has light color fading and some wrinkling on spine, minor rubbing. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
LEGENDS OF ETHSHAR - FIRST SIX VOLUMES.  1. THE MISENCHANTED SWORD.  2. WITH A SINGLE SPELL.  3. THE UNWILLING WARLORD.  4. THE BLOOD OF A DRAGON.  5. TAKING FLIGHT.  6. THE SPELL OF THE BLACK DAGGER., Watt-Evans, Lawrence.
160 Watt-Evans, Lawrence. LEGENDS OF ETHSHAR - FIRST SIX VOLUMES. 1. THE MISENCHANTED SWORD. 2. WITH A SINGLE SPELL. 3. THE UNWILLING WARLORD. 4. THE BLOOD OF A DRAGON. 5. TAKING FLIGHT. 6. THE SPELL OF THE BLACK DAGGER.
New York Del Rey / Ballantine First printings. Mass Market Paperbacks Very Good Darrell K. Sweet (1-4), Tim Hildebrandt (5), Neal McPheeters (6), cover art.. 
6 books (the first six volumes of the 'Legends of Ethshar series) - 6 7/8" H. 1. The Misenchanted Sword - 292 pp, 1985, ISBN 0345318226 - "(The old wizard had) promised the young scout a magic sword to get him safely back to his own lines - and a much enchanted sword Valder would get! The resulting sword gave perfect protection - sometimes! It could kill any man - or even half demon. In fact, once drawn, it had to kill before it could be put down or sheathed." 2. With a Single Spell - 263 pp, 1987, ISBN 0345326164 - "Tobas has been lucky to find a wizard to take him on as apprentice. But now the wizard had died of old age, after teaching Tobas only the elementary spell for starting a fire. And Tobas' efforts to open the Book of Spells used by the wizard had resulted in a fire that consumed the hut and all its contents. Across the sea, in faraway Old Ethshar, there were dragons to be slain, princesses and gold to be won, magic castles and witches who knew the secret of immortality. Tobas gathered his aspirations to his empty stomach and set out to find a rowboat." 3. The Unwilling Warlord - 309 pp, 1989, ISBN 0345354133 - "(Sterren had been kidnapped and dragged) to Semma, smallest of the Small Kingdoms. That didn't seem so bad, at first. They made him a noble, with the title of Hereditary Ninth Warlord of Semma. Then he learned what his duty was. He was supposed to win the war the stupid King had stirred up by his arrogance. Three larger and stronger Kingdoms were getting set to invade Semma. (If) he didn't win the war for them in his position as Ninth Warlord, it would be considered treason - penalty: instant execution." 4. The Blood of a Dragon - 231 pp, 1991, ISBN 0345364104 - "It was definite - Dumery had no magical talent at all. He could never fulfill his dream to become a wizard's apprentice. Hurt, angry, and mortally disappointed, he despaired of ever choosing a trade. But then (he) spied a so-called great wizard humbling himself before a man selling dragon's blood - the precious stuff that made difficult spells work. If Dumery couldn't be a wizard, maybe he could become a dragon-hunter and have all those scornful wizards crawling to him." 5. Taking Flight - 271 pp, 1993, ISBN 034537715X - "(W)hen a fortune-teller prediceted a glorious future (for Kelder), that he'd roam free and unfettered and be a champion of the lost and forlorn, he immediately set out on the fabled Great Highway to Shan in search of adventure. But once he was on the road, life was hardly as exciting as he'd hoped - until he met Irith. She was the most beautiful girl, and the only girl with wings, Kelder had ever seen. They teamed up to see the world, and then Kelder found adventures aplenty: There were bandits and demons, and there were curses lifted, wizards to seek spells from, orphans to champion, and legendary cities to visit. But Kelder began to wonder about his beautiful companion. Irith certainly had seen a lot of the world for one so young - and everyone along the highway seemed to know her." 6. The Spell of the Black Dagger - 312 pp, 1993, ISBN 0345377125 - "Tabaea was an ordinary thief, sneaking and prowling and stealing for a living. Then one night while burgling a hourse, she witnessed a wizard teaching his apprentice a spell - the creation of a magic dagger. Tabaea decided to try the magic for herself. But even though she culd feel the power rising around her as she went through the steps of the ritual, something had clearly gone wrong. The apprentice's dagger had glowed; it had resisted attempts to pick it up; and there had been a blinding flash at the end of the ceremony. But Tabaea's dagger didn't do any of those things. And it wouldn't free her from bonds, or heal her wounds - it didn't seem to be magical at all. It just turned black. Then, by chance, Tabaea discovered that her dagger indeed had its own kind of unusual magic - a dark, powerful magic that promised invincibility to its bearer." Interiors - light browning at page margins and inside edges of covers, otherwise clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exteriors - very light to light edge wear, two volumes with a faint spine crease, light browning to edges of text block, volumes 1 2 & 3 have a very small faint number stamp on bottom of text block, volume 1 has a small sticker removal mark on front cover. 
Price: 37.50 USD
 
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