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THE STRANGE CHILD., Hoffmann, E.T.A.  Translated and adapted by Anthea Bell.
61 Hoffmann, E.T.A. Translated and adapted by Anthea Bell. THE STRANGE CHILD.
Nantick, MA Picture Book Studio 1984 0907234607 / 9780907234609 Hard Cover Very Good Very Good- Lisbeth Zwerger. 
Unpaginated, 13 1/4" H. Colour illustrations. "The Strange Child is a magical being who comes into the unhappy lives of a brother and sister, and leads them into a world of fantasy and adventure. This world is not without dangers, though, because their joy and innocence is threatened by Pepser, the evil king of the gnomes. The scenes and characters so vividly described by Hoffmann are made even more memorable by the haunting illustrations of Lisabeth Zwerger." Small area of color loss and erased price mark at top corner of front free endpaper, minor tiny corner bumps, a very small and a tiny dent at top edge of rear and front board respectively, a few tiny edge dents on bottom edge of boards, very small bump to top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has very light edge wear, wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds. 
Price: 20.00 USD
Toronto Stoddart 1989 0773722939 / 9780773722934 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good 
348 pp, 9 1/4" H. B&w photographs. "(T)he first complete portrait of Joey Smallwood - the most loved, feared and hated of Newfoundlanders who, through a singular will, not only changed his country's history but also held political power continuously, almost unchallenged, for twenty-one years and eight months. Smallwood was a man who, in his time, played many parts: a union organizer who became a strike breaker, a journalist who carried on a running battle with the press, a self-proclaimed socialist whose private friends included the right-wing premier of Quebec Maurice Duplessis, the Portuguese dictator Antonio Salazar, and the most controversial president of the United States, Richard Nixon. He trusted no one and believed that the only way to get somewhere was to take the wheel himself. It was this singleness of mind and purpose that saw him through two bitter and hard-fought constitutional campaigns that would see Newfoundland enter Confederation as our tenth province. Horwood cuts through the hype and half-truths, the anecdotes and legend, to get at the man and his times." Very minor wrinkling at top of spine. Dust jacket has minor wrinkling at top of front hinge area, minor rubbing, faint water mark at top inside of front hinge area. 
Price: 17.50 USD
London Collins Clear-Type Press Full-Leather Very Good+ Arthur A. Dixon. 
518 pp, 16mo (6 1/8" H), thin burgundy leather over card covers/spine - gold lettering and decoration on spine, top edge gilt. No slipcase or dust jacket. Burgundy endpapers, integral ribbon bookmark, sepiatone illustrations, including frontispiece. A Gothic romance set in 15th century Paris. The story of the hunchbacked bell-ringer Quasimodo and his love for the beautiful gypsy dancer, Esmeralda. Tiny bump at bottom edge of front cover. 
Price: 15.00 USD
AROUND THE HISTORIC CITY OF LONDON., Jarvis, Stan.  Illustrated by David Baker.
64 Jarvis, Stan. Illustrated by David Baker. AROUND THE HISTORIC CITY OF LONDON.
Bell & Hyman, London, 1981, first edition. 
127 pp, oblong (7 3/16" H x 8 3/8" D) hard cover with pictorial boards - no dust jacket. ISBN 0713512490 B&w drawings, map. "No square mile in England is so packed with drama and history as the City of London. Here are the landmarks of the Roman occupation, the Great Fire, the Plague and the devastation of the Second World War. Here the visitor will find the centuries-old traditions of the livery halls and the bustling markets; the commercial heart of London in the great banks and f i n a n c e houses; the simple dignity of Sir Christopher Wren's city churches; and the world-famous sights such as the Tower of London. Stan Jarvis's sympathetic text reveals his wide knowledge of the City and David Baker's line drawings captur e th e un iq ue c haracter of streets, buildings and people." 2" very light line indentation on preliminary pages, tiny dint at bottom fore-edge of both boards, very light rubbing on rear board. Very Good 
Price: 15.00 USD
HISTORY OF GUELPH, 1827-1927., Johnson, Leo A.
65 Johnson, Leo A. HISTORY OF GUELPH, 1827-1927.
Guelph, Ontario Guelph Historical Society 1977 096905940X / 9780969059400 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Very Good 
389 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H). B&w photographs, maps, reproductions. Contents: Foreword; Preface; Acknowledgements; John Galt's Grand Design; Galt's Departure and Aftermath; Local Government and Politics; Roads and Toll Gates; Establishment of Churches; Early Schools and Social Institutions; The Coming of the Railroads; Guelph Achives Town Status; Industrial Expansion, 1847-1870; Religion and Education; Guelph becomes a City; Public Utilities, A Municipal First; Economic and Social Problems; Notes; Appendices; Index. Dust jacket has minor wear at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, some areas of light wrinkling at top edge, light fading to spine colour, a few very tiny scuffs. 
Price: 27.50 USD
St. Martin's Press, New York, 1992) Ist U.S. edition. 
252 pp., 8vo (8 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w photographs, reproductions. ISBN 0312070179 "(E)xamines Christina Rossetti's life alongside those of of other nineteenth-century women writers - notably Emily Bronte, Elizabeth Barrett Brown ing, and Emily Dickinson. (She) was the youngest of four children, born in England to Italian parents. Although she and her brother, Dante Gabriel, were known as the 'two storms', Christina's passionate nature was curbed in a way that her broth e r ' s was not, as she submitted to the social and religious pressures that lay so heavily on Victorian women. Like E.B.B., Christina suffered the tyranny of a loving family. Her sister Maria's influence was described as 'a species of police surv ei ll an ce', and Christina was always careful never to write anything that would hurt her mother. As her personal life became increasingly tragic, her output of religious poetry grew. Her desire for both poetic and moral excellence kept her conti nua lly in conflict, a struggle whose corrosive effects deeply affected her writing. (Her) deliberate self-effacement, Dante Gabriel's portrayal of her as the meek virgin, and William Rossetti's role as editor and interpreter of her work have gra dual ly b lott ed out the passionate, lively spirit who wrote with such simplicity and power. (The author's) fascinating work finally strips away the shadows of Christina's life to reveal her true self." Varying levels of sun fading to spine, top/ botto m edg es & top 1 1/2" of rear board; tiny printers ink mark in margin of pages 4 & 5. Dust jacket has very light edge wear - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds. Good/Very Good 
Price: 15.00 USD
Vancouver University of British Columbia Press 1983 0774801441 / 9780774801447 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ 
330 pp, 8 3/4" H. B&w photographs, reproductions, maps. "For profit more than fame the (fur) traders risked dangerous rapids in summer, starvation in winter, and hostile Indian tribes year round to discover new river routes 'westward of the mountains'. In pursuit of the Northwest Passage or a Great River to the West, successive expeditions were dispatched to the Far North by Sir George Simpson, the viceroylike governor of the Hudson's Bay Company. Exploration was profitable and necessary because more furs could be traded for fewer goods in the virgin lands where the white man had never been. The extraordinary achievements of the trader-adventurers - such men as Samuel Black, John Bell, and Robert Campbell - have been overlooked by previous historians because their way was so difficult and their successes so meager. Isolated at the end of 3,000 miles of canoe trails, in fierce competition with Russian and Indian traders, they always worked against the odds while at every turn the Bay Company withheld its support in order to conserve profits. This lively account of the unsung heroes of the Hudson's Bay Company provides new information about the traders who tested the mapmakers' misconceptions of the Far Northwest." Very light wrinkling at top of spine. Dust jacket has minor edge wrinkling at bottom of front panel and front flap. 
Price: 25.00 USD
New York Avenel 1978 0517263130 / 9780517263136 Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
560 pp, 8vo (8 1/4" H). B&w illustrations. First Avenel reprinting of the 1878 G. Bell edition. "Kelpies, Korrigans, Pixies and Peries, Deeves, Brownies, and Bugaboos - these are just a few of the fantastic figures you will encounter in this unique collection of fairy mythology. Gnomes, faries, and elves of every imaginable size, shape, color, and demeanor spring to life in this marvelously illustrated guide to the fairy realm. Just one glance at the extensive table of contents reveals the scope and variety of fairy folklore explored here - from Persian and Arabian romance to the mythology of Scandinavia, England, France, Germany, and Switzerland. In addition, the author includes sections dealing with the more obscure fairy folkore and tradition of Greece, Spain, Italy, Africa, and the Middle East. Indeed, (he) has left no stone unturned in accomplishing the task he set for himself: 'to collect, arrange and classify and give under one point of view the various ideas and legends respecting fairies and similar beings of the popular creed.' Taken from a variety of sources of popular myth and legend, (it) forms a rich compendium of the superstitions surrounding those enchanting lesser deities, 'the little people'. Not only does (he) explore every type and species, but he also traces resemblances and similarities among the fairy traditions of different countries. For instance, did you know that the Nis (Scandianavia), the Kobold (Germany), and the Goblin (England) are all names for one species, which appears in Scotland under the name of Brownie, and that the Brownie is a person of small stature and wrinkled visage, is covered with short and curly brown hair, and wears a brown mantle and hood? In addition, Keightley discusses the fairy tradition as it appears in major works of English literature, from the Middle Age epic of 'Beowulf' and Chaucer's 'Canterbury Tales' to Spencer's 'The Faerie Queene' and Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'." Light wear/wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, two repaired small tears at top of spine. Dust jacket has several archivally taped tears - mainly at top of spine/hinges - one with creases, light browning at top inside of spine. 
Price: 19.95 USD
THE FIRST AIR WAR 1914-1918., Kennett, Lee.
69 Kennett, Lee. THE FIRST AIR WAR 1914-1918.
Free Press, New York, 1991, book club edition. 
275 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0029173019 B&w photographs. "(T)ells the complete story of the Great War's air battles, from eastern and western front, from the skies and seas of Europe to those of the Middle East a nd Africa. Based on exhaustive research - official records, scholarly works, diaries, correspondence, memoirs, and oral history transcripts - (this) unique history traces the airplane's prewar debut and development and its appeal to all bell i g e r e n t s large and small, who raced to develop their own designs, strategies and tactics. Kennett shows how the plane, used first as a frail 'flying observation platform', evolved into a weapon of destruction and death whose power was made i nc on tr ov er ti bl e by 1916 at the great battle of Verdun. While he chronicles the struggle for dominance in the air, the author also provides insight into the role of flying weaponry in the great land battles. As the combat role of these amazi ng mac hin es bec ame mo re defined, their use became more diverse, as witnessed by the development of massed fighters, the emergence of close air support, strategic bombing, and anti-aircraft defenses, and the introduction escort and patrol work a nd anti subm ari ne w arfa re a t sea. Here, to, are the daring men who volunteered to pilot these newfangled machines. Following them through flight school and into fighting units, Kennett dramatically recreates both the dangers of airborne comba t a nd th e boi ster ous, roman tic w orld of the squadron on the ground." Book lightly cocked in one illustration section. Dust jacket has minor wrinkling at top/bottom of hinges and flap-folds, corner crease on rear flap. Very Good/Very Good+ 
Price: 15.00 USD
Regina, Sask. School Aids & Text Book Publishing Hard Cover Very Good - Poor 
298 pp, 8vo (8 3/8" H). B&w photographs. A look at the statues, plaques, memorials, houses, cairns, etc. that dot Ontario as reminders of the important people and places of its history. 39 chapters cover: John McCrae; Samuel de Champlain; La Salle; Huronia; Old Fairfield; Tecumseh; Sir Isaac Brock; Laura Secord; Lundy's Lane; Crysler's Farm; Forts Erie, York, Malden, George and Henry; Raids of Patriots; United Empire Loyalists of Adolphustown; Joseph Brant; Josiah Henson; Sir Frederick Banting; William Osler Stephen Leacock, Pauline Johnson and others. Light edge wear to boards, spine is lightly twisted, tiny mark on top of textblock, tiny bumps to bottom corners. There is an unmarked, empty card holder on rear pastedown, but there are no library markings in this book or on the dust jacket. Dust jacket has light edge wear/wrinkling, small tears/chips - mainly at top of spine and top/bottom of flap-folds, browning, piece missing from spine and front panel, now protected in mylar sleeve. 
Price: 20.00 USD
Squadron/Signal, Carrollton, Texas, 1996. 
72 pp, 11" H, soft cover. ISBN 1888974001 Profusely illustrated with b&w and color photographs, color profiles, b&w drawings, including 1:72 scale drawings by Dana Bell. Contents: Introduction; Historical Summary; Hellcat Details; Hellcat Colors; On the Carriers; Hellcat Drones; Hellcat Details in Color; Dimensions; Sparrow Missile Tests; External Stores; British Hellcats; Interview with David McCampbell; Modelers Section. Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. E x t e r ior - very minor edge wear. Near Fine 
Price: 25.00 USD
72 Kwitz, Mary DeBall. (Illus. by Stella Ormai.) THE BELL TOLLS AT MOUSEHAVEN MANOR.
Scholastic, New York, (1991), Ist edition. 
125 pp, 8vo, HC in dust jacket. B&w illus by Stella Ormai. Minabell Mouse must protect the secret of a tiny flask holding a mysterious liquid from Count von Flittermouse, a shapechanging vampire bat who will stop at nothing to obtain it! Dust jac ket has light edgewear/wrinkling. NF/VG 
Price: 15.00 USD
MORRICE:  A GREAT CANADIAN ARTIST REDISCOVERED., Laing, G. Blair.  Introduction by Jean Sutherland Boggs.
73 Laing, G. Blair. Introduction by Jean Sutherland Boggs. MORRICE: A GREAT CANADIAN ARTIST REDISCOVERED.
Toronto McClelland & Stewart 1984 0771045689 / 9780771045684 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good James Wilson Morrice. 
224 pp, 11 3/4" H. Profusely illustrated with colour reproductions. "James Wilson Morrice is one of the twentieth century's most talented and lyrical painters. Whether depicting a Quebec village in winter, a Paris cafe, or a North African market place, Morrice's vibrant colours and perfectly balanced compositions capture his subjects in a suspended timelessness. The story of (his) life is no less colourful than his paintings. The young James's passion for art took him in 1890, at the age of twenty-five, from his wealthy Montreal background to Paris. It was here, among other artists such as Matisse, and writers such as Somerset Maugham and Arnold Bennett, that he felt a true kinship. And it was not long before Morrice's paintings were seen in the great Salons of Paris, and sent to the Montreal Art Association and the Canadian Art Club in Toronto for exhibition. Laing's fascinating account reveals the complexity of Morrice's genius and gives a definitive picture of James Wilson Morrice - the man, the artist, and his work." Slight waviness at top/bottom edges of text block. Dust jacket has light toning on spine, flap-folds and some edges; one small edge tear archivally taped; minor edge wrinkling. 
Price: 55.00 USD
74 Laurence, Margaret. THE PROPHET'S CAMEL BELL.
Toronto McClelland and Stewart 1963 0771047053 / 9780771047053 Reprint Soft Cover Good+ 
239 pp, 8" H. "In the 1960s, Margaret Laurence set out for Somaliland in Africa with her engineer husband in the hope that friendliness and a liberal outlook would suffice to bridge the differences between East and West. But she soon began to discover the complexity and difficulty in any attempted communication between peoples of widely different cultures, religions, and ways of looking at life. Living out in camp, the author gradually came to know something of the life of the nomadic camel-herding Somalis, and to have a deep regard for these desert people who must struggle incessantly for survival in their barren land, but who manage also to produce many skilled orators, poets, and storytellers. Of all this, Mrs. Laurence writes delightfully; with humour, keen observation and humanity, with vivid descriptions of the country and the Somalis she met." Interior - tiny tear to bottom edge of bibliography page (archivally taped), otherwise clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - light edgewear, soft crease down front cover near hinge, soft crease at rear bottom corner, spine flat and uncreased. 
Price: 10.00 USD
Cassell, London, 1963. 
260 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w frontispiece. "Robert Graves and Basil Liddell Hart wrote the only two authorized biographies of T.E. Lawrence during his lifetime. Both knew the man well and at the time of his death on May 11th, 1935, their association with him had grown into understanding based on sympathetic knowledge and respect. Yet the two had never met; Lawrence kept his friendships sealed off from one another as far as he was able. While engaged on their biographies, both wrote frequent letters asking him for elucidation of particular events and sent typescripts for his comments and corrections. Liddell Hart met him frequently for informal talks. After Lawrence's death, both made selections from the material in their possession which they thought best illustrated his character and qualities, and in 1939 published them in two companion volumes as a limited edition. Now, twenty-four years later, it is possible to republish these selections in a single volume. (T)hey throw a searching light upon a man who was twice a legend, once in his own lifetime, and now again after his death. Of particular interest is the way Lawrence showed different facets of his chameleon-like character to each of his friends. He said himself that he was more a legion than a man - an oblique reference to the demoniac of Gerasa in the Gospel - and here, placed side by side, is the evidence of two synonymous relationships of remarkably different character. His letters to Liddel Hart are businesslike, graphic, factual: to Graves they are more concerned with self-analysis, but cast a deliberate veil over the inner man, only rarely twitched aside. The total impression is a most persuasive defence against such as Adlington's attempts to explode the Arabian 'legend'. They build up a strong impression of Lawrence's particular talents, his remarkable achievements, his enigmatic personality." Previous owner's name stamp at top of both pastedown end papers, small store label at bottom of front pastedown, light patches of liquid staining on top of text block, minor soiling on bottom of text block, minor edge wear. Dust jacket has light edge wear/wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, tiny tear at bottom of rear hinge, light rubbing, minor soiling. Very Good-/Very Good- 
Price: 60.00 USD
AIR TRAILS PICTORIAL.  FEBRUARY, 1948.  VOLUME XXIX, NO. 5., Lewis, Albert L., ed.  (James M. Landis, C.B. Colby, William Winter, Eric Sloane, Gilbert C. Close, Douglas J. Ingells, Richard G. Naugle, William S. Friedman, Irving S. Babcock, Don Pollard, Peter M. Bowens, William Seidler, Chuck Lee, et al.)
76 Lewis, Albert L., ed. (James M. Landis, C.B. Colby, William Winter, Eric Sloane, Gilbert C. Close, Douglas J. Ingells, Richard G. Naugle, William S. Friedman, Irving S. Babcock, Don Pollard, Peter M. Bowens, William Seidler, Chuck Lee, et al.) AIR TRAILS PICTORIAL. FEBRUARY, 1948. VOLUME XXIX, NO. 5.
Street & Smith, New York, 1948. 
134 pp, 11 1/4" H, soft cover (magazine format). Profusely illustrated in b&w with photographs, drawings, plans, advertisements, 2 color plates. Contents: Where Do We Go From Here?; Versatility Unlimited; We Fly the Cessna 140; See The Air; Proce ss Engineering; Seadrome at the 500; Sweepback - The Supersonic Shape; Douglas Skyrocket; Cameo Air Racing; World Distribution by Air; The Air-100; Down With Lifting Tails; Aeronca Champion Duo-Plane; Drafting for the Model Builder, Part II I ; N i m b u s I; Know Your Films; Nieuport Triplane; Prop Talk; Flash; We Build the Cessna 140. Departments: Development Highlights; Air Trails' Showcase; Meet the Authors; Aviation Tomorrow; Solo Club; Club Chatter; A.M.A. News; Dope Can; Race C ar Ne ws ; Ou t We st; Air Trails Model Design Lab. Interior - very light browning to pages, otherwise clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - light wear at top/bottom of spine, a few small wrinkles on spine. light brownin g t o e d ges of t ext bl ock , very light browning on spine and rear cover. Very Good 
Price: 20.00 USD
77 Lucas, E.V. LANDMARKS.
Bell and Cockburn, Toronto, n.d. 
308 pp, small 8vo (7 3/4" H), hard cover (dark green boards with orange lettering and decoration on spine) - no dust jacket. Interior - book is cracked at pages 160/161 - pages holding firmly, tiny stain on free rear endpaper, otherwise clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - very light edge wear, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, small faint watermark on front board, tiny bump to corners, very light rubbing. VG- 
Price: 20.00 USD
Toronto Ryerson Press Hard Cover Very Good 
132 pp, 16mo (6 5/8" H), dark blue cloth with gold lettering/decoration on spine. No date. B&w portrait. Looks at the life and work of William Henry Drummond, perhaps best known for his poems in French Canadian dialect . Contents: Biographical; Anthology; Appreciation; Glossary; Bibliography; Index. Very light edge wear, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, some darkening to edges of text block. 
Price: 20.00 USD
A HISTORY OF FORT WILLIAM AND PORT ARTHUR NEWSPAPERS FROM 1875., Macgillivray, George G.  Foreword by R.A. Barford.
79 Macgillivray, George G. Foreword by R.A. Barford. A HISTORY OF FORT WILLIAM AND PORT ARTHUR NEWSPAPERS FROM 1875.
Fort William, Ontario Self-published 1968 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Good+ 
101 pp, 11 1/4" H. B&w photographs, reproductions. "It is a truism that wherever and whenever men formed settlements on this continent a newspaper of some kind would soon be born. This is that kind of story for the Twin Cities in Thunder Bay District at the head of Lake Superior. They represent, because of their isolated position in the centre of Canada, not only a typical but almost a classic situation. With no major Canadian market closer than 425 miles in one direction and 1,000 miles in the other, with no airlines or even roads to such markets and with one rail line in its infancy, newspapers in these two pioneer communities existed for many years in a relatively uncomplicated milieu. Commencing in 1875, more than 30 newspapers have been published in Fort William and Port Arthur. They have run all the way from small handwritten newspapers to the large size, well-printed and comprehensive newspapers of our time. Even though today's newspapers differ mightily in appearance and coverage of news from the old-time weeklies, one similarity has persisted through the years - genuine interest in and loyalty to their communities." From the Foreword. very light browning to edges of text block. Dust jacket has very light browning on spine and flap-folds, light edge wear/wrinkling, light rubbing, light soiling on rear panel, small stain on front panel, several edge tears with old tape repair on inside. 
Price: 50.00 USD
WARSHIPS OF THE GREAT LAKES 1754-1834., Malcomson, Robert.
80 Malcomson, Robert. WARSHIPS OF THE GREAT LAKES 1754-1834.
London Caxton 2003 1840675357 / 9781840675351 Reprint Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine 
160 pp, small 4to (10 3/8" H). Profusely illustrated with b&w reproductions, maps, ship/fort plans, color plates. "While the great fleets battled for international domination on the oceanseas, the age of fighting sail also evolved in the interior of North America. For eighty years (roughly 1754-1834) freshwater was the home to warships that ranged in size from the simplest gunboat to a First Rate that could have held its own in Nelson's line of battle. This book presents the history of the navies developed by the French, British and Americans on the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain, its primary objective being to provide the reader with a comprehensive description of the warships, their design and construction and their utilization during war and peace." Very slight lean to spine. Dust jacket has very small wrinkle on rear hinge. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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