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WELLINGTON'S MARRIAGE: A SOLDIER'S WIFE., Wilson, Joan.  Introduction by Elizabeth Longford.
141 Wilson, Joan. Introduction by Elizabeth Longford. WELLINGTON'S MARRIAGE: A SOLDIER'S WIFE.
Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London, 1987, first edition. 
186 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0297791710 B&w plates. "Hero of Waterloo, soldier statesman, the life of Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, has been the inspiration for many books. But one aspect of his life has been strangely neglected - his marriage. In 1806, after a protracted and secret courtship, Wellesley married the love of his youth, Kitty Pakenham. It was to be an ill-starred union. (Drawing on numerous letters and diaries, the author reveal s) the true story behind the marriage. It begins with Arthur and Kitty's courtship in Dublin in the 1790s, against a turbulent background of rebellion in Ireland and wars in Spain and Portugal, his rejection by the Longford family and subseq u e n t d e parture to Flanders and India in search of military and financial success, and his return twelve years later 'for one purpose only' - to marry Kitty. The wedding finally took place in April 1806, and Arthur and Kitty were united at las t. Bu t t he ir happiness was short-lived, as it soon became apparent that they were both much changed since the early days of their romance and had widely differing expectations of married life. Within three years the marriage had practically di sin t egr at ed . Art hur left Kitty and his sons for the Peninsular War, in which he served for six years without once taking home leave. Kitty's hopes of reviving the marriage on his return were never realized. It is a moving story of two people wit h high ho pes a nd g ood intentions, for whom the reality of life was fraught with misunderstandings and disappointments." Pages are lightly browned, moderate browning to edges of text block. Dust jacket has slight browning on spine. Very Good/ Ve ry Go od+ 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
TUDOR FAMILY PORTRAIT., Winchester, Barbara.
142 Winchester, Barbara. TUDOR FAMILY PORTRAIT.
Jonathan Cape, London, 1955, third impression. 
330 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w illustrations, genealogical charts. "From a collection of Tudor letters - one of the most important yet discovered - Barbara Winchester has produced the portrait of an ordinary, middle-class f amily living in sixteenth-century England. John Johnson, a merchant of the Staple, was in many ways an exemplary man, as diligent in business as in the ordering of his domestic affairs. He preserved the letters he received from his wife - a c h a r m i ng and impetuous creature - as well as those from his brothers, relations and friends whose tangled troubles he was sometimes called upon to straighten out. From these letters and from the accounts he kept emerges a complete pictu re of th e pe ri od a s it was reflected in the lives of a typical bourgeois family. What is necessary for the background has been supplied with scrupulous and scholarly skill...." Gift inscription on free front endpaper, minor wrinkling at top /bo t tom of sp ine , v ery mi nor soiling to fore-edge of textblock, a few small fingernail dints on top of textblock. Dust jacket has small chips, tears, moderate wear and creasing at top of spine; moderate wear at top of flap-folds; fading to spin e colo r an d d ecor atio n, l ight to moderate browning. Very Good/Good 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
JULIE ANDREWS:  A LIFE ON STAGE AND SCREEN., Windeler, Robert.
143 Windeler, Robert. JULIE ANDREWS: A LIFE ON STAGE AND SCREEN.
Birch Lane / Carol Publishing, Secaucus, N.J., 1997. 
262 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 1559723912 B&w photographs. "Since her professional singing debut at the London Hippodrome in 1947 - at the age of twelve - Julie Andrews has been a star. In the half century since th ose last days of British vaudeville, through her smash Broadway comeback in 'Victor/Victoria', she has triumphed on stage, in the movies, and on television. At thirteen, Julie gave a command performance for the Queen of England, at nineteen she b e c ame a Broadway star in 'The Boy Friend', and she became a theatrical legend before she was twenty-one, as Elize Doolittle in 'My Fair Lady'. By the time she was thirty-one, Julie was the best-paid and most beloved actress in the world, with a n Ac ad emy Award for her first movie, 'Mary Poppins', and an international box-office championship with her third movie, 'The Sound of Music'. Her remarkable body of work up to this point stamped her with an indelible image she came to resent: who le som e, innocent, the nanny next door. Worse, at the peak of her enormous success, Andrews was unhappy enough to submit to daily psychotherapy. Her first marriage, to childhood sweetheart Tony Walton, broke down. After two flop movie musicals, 'St ar!' an d 'Darling Lili', the press and the public seemed to turn on her. Julie became box-office poison in Hollywood but even in her semiexile starred in critically successful, Emmy-winning television variety series, wrote two children's book s, a nd pe rfor med live....Here at last is the whole sixty-two-year life story of Julie Andrews - her meteoric rise, her devastating fall, and her incredible comeback, from the little English girl with the freak four-octave, crystalline voice to th e sur prisin g leg end who has outlasted her critics. Rober Windeler's affectionate and insightful biography reveals the full-blooded woman behind the high and low notes." Small soft bump at top corner of pages 35 to 50, minor wrinkling at bottom of spi ne, sma ll wat er mark and tiny stain on rear board. Dust jacket has minor edge wrinkling, minor rubbing, tiny stain on inside rear panel. Very GoodVery Good+ 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
BIG MONEY., Wodehouse, P.G. (Pelham Grenville Wodehouse .)
144 Wodehouse, P.G. (Pelham Grenville Wodehouse .) BIG MONEY.
Toronto McClelland & Stewart 1931 First Canadian Edition. Hard Cover Very Good- Fair Harry Beckhoff 
316 pp, small 8vo (7 3/4" H), orange cloth with black title/author blocks, orange lettering. Harry Beckhoff dust jacket and endpaper art. "The mangement of fiancees and the manipulation of high finances go roisterously hand in hand in this amorous and economic history of Biscuit, otherwise Lord Biskerton, son and heir of the sixth Earl of Hoddesdon. Biscuit had red hair, a preliminary scenario for a mustache, and a noble determination to escape the disgrace of work. Berry Conway who has less iron in his soul had succumbed to economic pressure and become the secretary to T. Paterson Frisby, a dyspeptic American who had twenty million and loved every cent of it. When Biscuit and Berry pooled ideas for the mutual betterment of their separate estates, and one idea had to do with Ann Moon, Frisby's beautiful niece and heir, they leaned heavily on Aunt Vera an old campaigner in the field of love. How Uncle Paterson was caught short and rushed to cover while Aunt Vera hedged the market with a double play and salted down two money-making engagements for the house of Hoddesdon is one of the most irresistible tales of the one and only P.G." Light edge wear at top/bottom of spine and at corners, small dog-ear crease on page 69/70, tiny dog-ear crease on page 301/302, small area of faint bleed-through of text print on page 301from page 302 - also on page 308 from page 307, very slight darkening to fore-edge and bottom of text block, slight variations in color on top of text block, snall foxing mark on free rear endpaper. Dust jacket has light to moderate browning & soiling, small chips and tears, old tape repairs on inside surface, tears on hinges, protected in mylar sleeve. 
Price: 250.00 USD
 
 
THE DRAGON KING'S DAUGHTER:  TEN TANG DYNASTY STORIES., Yang Xianyi and Gladys Yang, translators.  (Shen Jiji, Li Chaowei, Jiang Fang, Li Gongzuo, Bai Xingjian, Xue Tiao, Li Fuyan, Pei Xing, Du Guangting.)
145 Yang Xianyi and Gladys Yang, translators. (Shen Jiji, Li Chaowei, Jiang Fang, Li Gongzuo, Bai Xingjian, Xue Tiao, Li Fuyan, Pei Xing, Du Guangting.) THE DRAGON KING'S DAUGHTER: TEN TANG DYNASTY STORIES.
Beijing Foreign Languages Press 1980 3rd Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good- 
93 pp, 8 1/2" H. 5 b&w plates (taken from late sixteenth or seventeenth century editions of plays based on the Tang Dynasty stories), plus fold-out map of Chang'an during the Tang Dynasty. Contents: Foreword; The White Monkey; Ren the Fox Fairy; The Dragon King's Daughter; Prince Huo's Daughter; Governor of the Southern Tributary State; Story of a Singsong Girl; Wushuang the Peerless; The Spendthrift and the Alchemist; The Kunlun Slave; The Man With the Curly Beard. Very small bump on top edge of rear board - tiny bump on bottom edge, soft wrrinkle and emall taped edge tear on free front endpaper, pages 51-54 have small wrinkle at top edge - several adjacent pages have an indent from wrinkle. Dust jacket has very light fading to spine color and lettering, very light rubbing, light edge wrinkling 
Price: 12.00 USD
 
 
STRETCH MARKS, THREE KIDS, THIRTY-SIX AND SINGLE., Young, Catherine.
146 Young, Catherine. STRETCH MARKS, THREE KIDS, THIRTY-SIX AND SINGLE.
Mother Press, Mildmay, Ontario, 1990. 
279 pp, 8vo (8 5/16" H), soft cover. ISBN 0969490801 "Suzanne is freshly out of a squirelly marriage, doing the two-step around loneliness, rejection, lust and more mess. Three children give her reason to get up in the morning, the singles' dance provides reason to stay up late, and the interactions between dancers three sandwiches short of a picnic, are almost enough for Suzanne to lose reason altogether. To know Suzanne is to love yourself." Interior - clean and tight with no p r e v i o u s o wnership marks. Exterior - light edge wear, small bump at top of rear hinge, slight bump at bottom of spine, slight fading and browning on spine, small ghost sticker mark on rear cover. Very Good- 
Price: 19.95 USD
 
 
FOUNTAIN OF ELEPHANTS., Young, Desmond.
147 Young, Desmond. FOUNTAIN OF ELEPHANTS.
Collins, London, 1959. 
319 pp, 8vo (8 7/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w plates, map endpapers. "Benoit de Boigne was born in 1751 at Chambery in Savoy, in an age when a professional had a choice of armies in which to serve. His adventurous youth was passed in th e French and Russian forces and then in those of the East India Company. It included capture and imprisonment by the Turks, shipwreck in which he lost all but his life and a period of three years' disappearance - a mystery on which Desmond Y o u n g ' s researches throw fascinating light. On his way to search for a then unexplored route into Russia, he was robbed of all his money and papers by the servants of a Maharatta prince, Mahadaji Sindhia. Rising 34, stranded and almost destit ut e, h e wa s o ffered a position in his army by Sindhia and took the chance that was to lead him to power, wealth and fame...He raised, trained and commanded in the field at first battalions and later a whole army on the European model. In thirt een ye ars o f b ri ll iant campaigns and equally successful administration, he made his friend and master the most powerful ruler in Hindustan. After Sindhia's death, he returned with the riches he had amassed to Europe and a disastrous marriage . H is b attl es and his ca reer provide full scope for (the author's) lucid narrative and knowledge of India. Because (he) has had access to de Boigne's hitherto unpublished correspondence he is able to add materially to our knowledge of Adele d 'Osma nd, C ounte ss de B oign e, w hose 'Memoirs' have long been famous. He is also able to tell, for the first time, the story of her unhappy predecessor, the 'Persian princess' who was concealed for fifty years in Sussex but lived to see her son and g randso n inhe rit both titl e and fortune." Previous owner's name stamp (one with date) on each end paper, faint erased pencil marks on front free endpaper two very small corner bumps, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, darkening to edges o f text block w ith some v ery li ght st aining on top edge. Dust jacket has edge wear and small chips/tears, edge wrinkling/creasing, light soiling and rubbing, fading and rubbing to spine color, foxing at top of rear flap. Good+/Fair 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
TWO FOOLS AND A FAKER:  THREE LEBANESE FOLK TALES., Zkurzynski, Gloria.
148 Zkurzynski, Gloria. TWO FOOLS AND A FAKER: THREE LEBANESE FOLK TALES.
New York Lothrop, Lee & Shepard 1977 0688518060 / 9780688518066 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Good William Papas. 
40 pp, oblong (7 3/8" H x 10" D). Colour and b&w illustrations. "A foolish shepherd makes himself miserable over troubles with his imaginary children; a farmer believes a thief who tells him he used to be the farmer's donkey; a rogue who cannot read or write passes himself off as a schoolmaster. With hilarious illustrations by William Papas, these three authentic folk tales retold by Gloria Skurzynski are sparkling samples of the humor that has sustained the Lebanese people through good times and bad." A gold label on the dust jacket (see scan) states "Library Edition", but there are no library markings (no stamps, pockets, etc.). Slight bump at top of spine, some tiny edge bumps, small wrinkle on front board. Dust jacket has library edition label on front panel/spine (this is not an ex-library book), is price-clipped, has small ghost label mark on front panel, light to moderate edge wear/wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, taped tears at top/bottom of spine - with creases, minor edge browning. 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
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