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MEMOIRS OF AN OLD COG.  VOLUME THREE.  (VOLUME 3)., Halbert, Mabel L.
61 Halbert, Mabel L. MEMOIRS OF AN OLD COG. VOLUME THREE. (VOLUME 3).
Self-published 1986 Hard Cover Very Good No Jacket - (as issued) 
338 pp, 9 1/2" H. Blue cloth with gilt lettering on spine and front board. B&w photographs. The third book of a three volume autobiography by Mabel Louise Halbert (1897-1986) describing her life in Shelburne, Ontario and area. Born Mabel Louise Rayfield and previously married as Mabel Little, she begins this volume with her marriage, in 1950, to Leonard Halbert. Contents: My Life Story 1950-1982; Miscellaneous Selections; A Tribute to Shelburne; Lifetime Observations of an "Old Cog". Previous owner's name/date stamp on free front endpaper, small surface paper scuff at fore-edge of title, dedication page and three text pages (most likelty caused in trimming process), 
Price: 40.00 USD
 
 
KIERKEGAARD AND THE TREACHERY OF LOVE.  CAMBRIDGE STUDIES IN RELIGION AND CRITICAL THOUGHT 9., Hall, Amy Laura.  (Soren Kierkegaard.)
62 Hall, Amy Laura. (Soren Kierkegaard.) KIERKEGAARD AND THE TREACHERY OF LOVE. CAMBRIDGE STUDIES IN RELIGION AND CRITICAL THOUGHT 9.
Cambridge University Press, (Cambridge, 2002). 
222 pp, 8vo (8 15/16" H), soft cover. "This is a major study of Kierkegaard and love. Amy Laura Hall explores Kierkegaard's description of love's treachery, difficulty, and hope, reading his 'Works of Love' as a text that both deciphers and complicates the central books in his pseudonymous canon: 'Fear and Trembling', 'Repetition', 'Either/Or', and 'Stages on Life's Way'. In all of these works, the characters are, as in real life, complex and incomplete, and the conclusions are perplexing. Hall argues that a spiritual void brings each text into being, and her interpretation is as much about faith as about love. In a style that is both scholarly and lyrical, she intimates answers to some of the puzzles, making a poetic contribution to ethics and the philosophy of religion." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - very minor edge wear, very light rubbing, flat uncreased spine. VG+ 
Price: 30.00 USD
 
 
1. THE CRIPPLED TREE.  2. A MORTAL FLOWER.  3. BIRDLESS SUMMER., Han Suyin.  (Elizabeth K C Comber, Born Rosalie Matilda Kuanghu Chow.)
63 Han Suyin. (Elizabeth K C Comber, Born Rosalie Matilda Kuanghu Chow.) 1. THE CRIPPLED TREE. 2. A MORTAL FLOWER. 3. BIRDLESS SUMMER.
London Jonathan Cape Hard Cover 
Han Suyin (1916-2012), daughter of a Chinese father and Belgium mother, was born Rosalie Matilda Kuanghu Chow and is perhaps best known for her novel "A Many-Splendoured Thing", basis for the movie, "Love is a Many-Splendored Thing". These are the first three volumes of her autobiography, tracing her family history from 1885, then her own story up to 1948. (Two later volumes, covering the years 1949-1991 are not included here.) All are in dust jackets, have pictorial endpapers, b&w photo-graphs & map, 8 3/4" H. 1. The Crippled Tree - 461 pp, 1970 reprint, ISBN 0224610058. "Han Suyin evokes, through the life of her two families (eastern and western), a panorama of the history of China from 1885 to 1928. It contains eyewitness accounts, from family papers, of the Sino-French War, of the revolution of 1911 and of the emergence of Chiang Kai-shek." 2. A Mortal Flower - 413 pp, 1966 first edition. "(Covers) the decade from 1928 to 1938, when Chiang Kai-shek rose to power and Mao Tsetung in his mountain fastness gathered the spent remnants of an almost destroyed communist army and rebuilt it as a force. The Japanese invasion, the Long March, the Student Revolt of 1936 - all these happened in China while Hitler and Mussolini hypnotized Europe with their preparations for war." 3. Birdless Summer - 347 pp, 1968 first edition, ISBN 224614711. "The events of Chinese history between 1938 and 1948 are vividly reconstructed (here). The story of Han Suyin's unhappy marriage to a fanatical army officer is told against the background of the appalling confusion and corruption of China at that time: the Japanese invasion, the misery and squalor of the retreating Chinese, the activi-ties of Chiang Kai-shek and his 'Blueshirts', the violent prelude to revolution. (Her) narrative is not merely the affecting and extraordinary lfie of a woman of immense courage. In the way that it brings to life more powerfully than ever before the spirit and politics of China, it is a significant contribution to the history of our time." Volume 1- fading to color at edges of boards and on front hinge, very light wrinkling at bottom of spine. Dust jacket is price-clipped, has minor edge wear, light edge wrinkling, two edge tears archivally taped, slight fading to spine color. Volume 2 - light fading to color on top of spine - also a tiny stain, Christmas gift inscription on front free endpaper, very light browning to edges of text block, very light edge wear, very small bump to bottom corner of front board - migrates into half the pages, minor shelf soiling on bottom of text block. Dust jacket is price-clipped, has light browning on spine, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, light wear at top of rear hinge and front flap, small ink stin on inside of rear flap, light rubbing. Volume 3 has very light edge wear. Dust jacket is price-clipped, has very light edge wrinkling. 
Price: 55.00 USD
 
 
PARTIAL RECALL., Harris, Erdman.
64 Harris, Erdman. PARTIAL RECALL.
Privately Published 1980 First Edition Soft Cover Very Good Inscribed By Author
181 pp, 9" H. Colour frontispiece, b&w photographs. Inscribed on front fee endpaper: "With many fond memories of luncheons at the Century and the treat of reading your books / Erdman". Personal reminiscences of Erdman Harris (of the Massey-Harris Harrises and the Shenstones on his mother's side), born in Toronto in 1898. Recounts his early days on Walmer Road in Toronto, his trip to the Delhi Durbar, boarding school life, time at Princeton University where he worked with F. Scott Fitzgerald on the Triangle Club show of 1916 (Safety First), further studies in Edinburgh, teaching in Cairo, marriage and family life, etc. Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - minor edge wear, a few minor soiling marks and very faint liquid marks on rear cover. 
Price: 45.00 USD
 
 
THE ELDON HOUSE DIARIES:  FIVE WOMEN'S VIEWS OF THE 19TH CENTURY., Harris, Robin S. and Harris, Terry G., editors.  (Charlotte Owen Harris, Amelia Ryerse Harris, Sophia Ryerson Harris, Lucy Ronalds Harris, Amelia Archange Harris.)
65 Harris, Robin S. and Harris, Terry G., editors. (Charlotte Owen Harris, Amelia Ryerse Harris, Sophia Ryerson Harris, Lucy Ronalds Harris, Amelia Archange Harris.) THE ELDON HOUSE DIARIES: FIVE WOMEN'S VIEWS OF THE 19TH CENTURY.
Toronto The Champlain Society 1994 0969342535 / 9780969342533 Limited Edition Hard Cover Near Fine 
517 pp, large 8vo (9 11/16" H). Red cloth with gilt lettering/crest on spine. No. 531 of an edition of twelve hundred and fifty copies. Color frontispiece, b&w photographs, reproductions, maps. The diaries of five women (United Empire Loyalist descendants), ranging in age from thirteen to eighty- four, who lived in Eldon House, London, Ontario during the nineteenth century. An interesting look at the family and social life of the era, as well as religion, politics, health care, women's issues. 
Price: 35.00 USD
 
 
WHEN YOU AND I REMEMBER., Haynes, Laura Nixon.
66 Haynes, Laura Nixon. WHEN YOU AND I REMEMBER.
Self-published, n.p., n.d. 
20 pp, 12mo (7" H), pictorial soft cover bound by chord with attached transparent dust wrapper with pattern of spiders, flies and spider webs. Poems by an Ontario poet of the first half of the twentieth century. Contents: When You and I Remember; Jeunesse; Love; The Marriage Day; The New Baby; To Carmelita; Shirley Louise; Valentine; Dear Little Lad; The High Heart; I Have Looked On a Queen; Four Seasons; Lad of My Heart; On the Death of an Old, Old Lady. Interior - one word penci l c o r r e c t ion on page 11, minor browning to pages, otherwise clean and tight with no ownership marks. Exterior - very light edge wrinkling, light browning to covers and dustjacket, tiny closed tear with crease at bottom of front cover, a few v e ry s ma ll e dg e chips.tears on dust jacket. Very Good- 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
ORIENTAL FAIRY TALES., Herder, Liebeskind, and Krummacher.  (From the German of)
67 Herder, Liebeskind, and Krummacher. (From the German of) ORIENTAL FAIRY TALES.
New York United States Book Company, Successors to John W. Lovell Company Hard Cover Good 
300 pp, small 8vo (7 1/2" H), brick-coloured boards with black floral decoration and gold title blocks on spine and front board. Floral endpapers, b&w illustrations. No date. Contents: Introduction: Oberon and Titania; The Journey; The Magic Ring; The Dream of Mirza; Abdallah; The Three Sons; The Journey to Babylon; El Rakham or the Marriage-Collar; The Birds of Solomon; The Queen of the Mountains; The Prisoner; The Enchanted Well; The Man of Sensibility; The Ass of Dadschial; The Water of Life; The Recompense; The Blue Palm-Tree; The Consolation in Misfortune; The King and the Goatherd; The Peasant of Bilbis; The Transformation; The Dream of Almet; The Vision of Bossaldab; The Best Patrimony; Queen Amberboah; Hypocrisy; Mostanser; The Fairy Barque; The Travelers; Mahmood's Mirror; The Prudent Vizier; Alaeddin; Fidelity Put to the Test; The Sacres Fire; The Adroit Reproof; Notes. Small tear on inside front hinge, some scattered foxing marks throughout book - mainly on preliminary pages, light browning to edges of endpapers, heavy browning and foxing on edges of text block, edge wear, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, contemporary gift inscription on front free endpaper. 
Price: 35.00 USD
 
 
TRAVELS THROUGH THE CANADAS:  CONTAINING A DESCRIPTION OF THE PICTURESQUE SCENERY ON SOME OF THE RIVERS AND LAKES; WITH AN ACCOUNT OF THE PRODUCTIONS, COMMERCE, AND INHABITANTS OF THOSE PROVINCES., Heriot, George.  Introduction to New Edition by James J. Talman.
68 Heriot, George. Introduction to New Edition by James J. Talman. TRAVELS THROUGH THE CANADAS: CONTAINING A DESCRIPTION OF THE PICTURESQUE SCENERY ON SOME OF THE RIVERS AND LAKES; WITH AN ACCOUNT OF THE PRODUCTIONS, COMMERCE, AND INHABITANTS OF THOSE PROVINCES.
Edmonton M.G. Hurtig 1971 0888300360 / 9780888300362 First Hurtig Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good+ George Heriot. 
602 pp, 10 1/2" H. Red cloth covered boards, black title block with gilt lettering/decoration on spine. Original publisher's cardboard slipcase with titling on spine and one side. Black, white & cream illustrations (several fold-out) plus colour fold-out map (collated). Title continues: "To which is sub-joined a comparative view of the manners and customs of several of the Indian nations of North and South America." "Heriot went to Quebec in 1792 as a civil servant and became deputy postmaster general of Canada in 1799. Until 1816 he remained in Canada, travelling at least as far west as Niagara Falls, perhaps Detroit, and to some extent in the United States, sketching along the way. His legacy - his water-colors and this book, an unsurpassed intimate history of 'the lakes, the rivers, and cataracts, the villages, farm-houses, and townships of Canada'. Although British reviewers of the day were unimpressed by richly detailed descriptions of a mere colony, the extent and precision of Heriot's account is a virtue one hundred and sixty years later. He wrote at length of each of the major waterways in Upper and Lower Canada which were, as James Talman points out in his introduction, 'of first importance in the life of the people as a means of travel and a source of water power'. And his sketches of buildings, particularly in Quebec, are invaluable since many of those buildings were already falling into ruin when Heriot saw them." Very minor wrinkling at top og spine. Dust jacket has very light wrinkling at top of spine and flap-folds, minor rubbing. Slipcase has very light edge wear/rubbing, tiny slight puncture on one side, slight bump at top of spine. 
Price: 45.00 USD
 
 
JOURNEYS IN FAMILY HISTORY:  THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES' GUIDE TO EXPLORING YOUR PAST, FINDING YOUR ANCESTORS., Hey, David.
69 Hey, David. JOURNEYS IN FAMILY HISTORY: THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES' GUIDE TO EXPLORING YOUR PAST, FINDING YOUR ANCESTORS.
Kew, Richmond National Archives 2004 1903365619 / 9781903365618 Reprint Hard Cover Very Good Very Good+ 
306 pp, small 4to (10 9/16" H). Pictorial endpapers, profusely illustrated in colour and b&w with photographs, reproductions. "This is the one family history book you will not want to do without. You might be starting out on your ancestral search or seeking fresh genealogical avenues: here you are offered a wealth of reliable advice covering the archives, the records, the research methods and more. However, this guide goes further than most, recognizing that the process of establshing lines of descent is enriched by explorations of past times. Starting with the twentieth century, David Hey looks down the ages to cover not just establishing our ancestors' names, but also how they lived: their daily experiences, their communities, and their society. You will discover that family history is as much an imaginative journey as a challenge in research." Small crease at bottom corner of pages 265 to 276, slight bump at top of rear hinge, tiny dint on top edge of rear board. Dust jacket has very light edge wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, minor rubbing. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
A LIBERATION ALBUM:  CANADIANS IN THE NETHERLANDS 1944-45.  (BASED ON THE FILM "LIBERATION!" PRODUCED AND DIRECTED BY JOHN MULLER., Horn, Michiel.  Edited by David Kaufman.
70 Horn, Michiel. Edited by David Kaufman. A LIBERATION ALBUM: CANADIANS IN THE NETHERLANDS 1944-45. (BASED ON THE FILM "LIBERATION!" PRODUCED AND DIRECTED BY JOHN MULLER.
McGraw-Hill Ryerson, Toronto, 1980. 
176 pp, 4to (11 1/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0070924295 Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs, reproductions. "The liberation of the Netherlands in 1944-45 ended five long years of hardship, oppression, and the indignity of armed occupation. The German occupation culminated in the 'Hunger Winter' of 1944-45 when, deprived of food and fuel, thousands in the heavily populated western Netherlands starved to death. Most of the Jewish community had died in Nazi concent r a t i o n c amps and thousands of men had been deported to Germany as forced labour. No wonder the liberation of the Netherlands by Canadian, British, American and Polish troops released a wave of unforgettable joy....Canadian soldiers recall th e ad va nc e ac r os s Belgium and the Netherlands as one of the most arduous and bitterely contested campaigns of the war. Often their tanks and heavy vehicles bogged down in the soggy terrain and the infantry had to advance on foot across the flo od ed pol der s and a lon g muddy dikes against well-defended German positions. To the soldiers, too, the liberation was a release from the terrors of war, and they joined gladly in the celebrations with the Dutch people. To most Canadians in 193 9 t he Neth erla nd s wa s a tin y far-away country about which they knew little. The momentous events of 1944-45 established a solid bond of affection between the two counties, strengthened after the war by the thousands of war brides and emigran ts w ho heade d for Ca nada. Th is al bum of words and pictures is published in a spirit of rememberance and celebration. Not only does it recapture the emotions of the Dutch at regaining their freedom, but it also commemorates a singular and no ble C ana dian a chieve ment ." Ve ry li ght wr inkling at top/bottom of spine, minor edge wear, slight cigarette odor. Dust jacket has wrinkling along top edge, light browning on spine and flap-folds, one very small closed tear. Very Good/Very G ood- 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
71 Hourani, Albert. Introduction and Afterword by Malise Ruthven. A HISTORY OF THE ARAB PEOPLES.
London Folio Society 2009 Hard Cover Fine 
659 pp, 10" H, bound in blue buckram, blocked with a design in black and gold based on Islamic script on the walls of Al-Azhar Mosque, Cairo - in black slip case. Map endpapers, colour illustrations, b&w maps. Chapter headings: A New Power in an Old World; The Formation of an Empire; The Formation of a Society; The Articulation of Islam; The Arab Muslim World; The Countryside; Cities and Their Rulers; Ways of Islam; The Culture of the 'Ulama; Divergent Paths of Thought; The Culture of Courts and People; The Ottoman Empire; Ottoman Societies; The Changing Balance of Power in the Eighteenth Century; European Power and Reforming Governments (1800-1860); European Empires and Dominant Elites (1860-1914); The Culture of Imperialism and Reform; The Climax of European Power (1914-1939); Changing Ways of Life and Thought (1914-1939); The End of the Empires (1939-1962); Changing Societies (1940s and 1950s); National Culture (1940s and 1950s); The Climax of Arabism (1950s and 1960s); Arab Unity and Disunity (since 1967); A Disturbance of Spirits (since 1967); Afteword; Maps; Tables; Notes; Bibliography; Index of Terms; Index. 
Price: 50.00 USD
 
 
SOUTH OF LISBON:  WINTER TRAVELS IN SOUTHERN PORTUGAL., Huggett, Frank E.
72 Huggett, Frank E. SOUTH OF LISBON: WINTER TRAVELS IN SOUTHERN PORTUGAL.
Victor Gollancz, London, 1960, first edition. 
224 pp, 8vo (8 11/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w photographs. "Frank Hugget went to Portugal to see, to understand, and to interpret. He went first to the capital, Lisbon, and then journeyed down through the country to its most southerly province, Algarve....For several months he settled in the small town of Albufeira, and here, living with and getting to know the inhabitants, he explored and sought to isolate the national characteristics of the Portuguese....(From the beginning he became) conscious of the very endearing, if sometimes maddening, qualities of the Portuguese people - their politeness and charm, and a great kindness that comes before their own comfort, customs and conventions....He sees Portugal (in 1960) as a de sperately backward and impoverished land....He sees a society in which, as a corollary to poverty and caste, there is a fearful rigidity in the relationship between men and women. The frustrated lover, he says, might be the symbol of the P o r t u g u e s e - and since the passion of men is frustrated and can find its outlet only in marriage (which is manoeuvred and controlled by the matriarch and therefore conditioned by an older generation), the relationship between the sexes is ov er -i de al is ed , an d finally disappoints, sending the man back to his dreams and imprisoning the woman in the home. It is, he suggests, this frustrated idealism which lies at the root of that most national emotion, 'saudade', and inspires th e ' fad os' of Li sbo n a nd Co im bra....recalling the era of Portugal's greatness - when her seamen voyaged round the Cape (not then of 'good hope'), on to the far Indies and around the world, pioneering into the unknown with fantastic courage - Mr . Hu gget t fi nds the same gr eatn ess of spirit very much alive today: in, for instance, that unique complex of Portuguese feelings and attitudes known as 'loucura', which is 'more than vanity, more than bravery, more than recklessness, mor e tha n mad ness, alth ough it conta ins all t hese elements. It is a needlessly mad courage which tempts fate to destroy and introduces into some simple action a complicated danger'. Mr. Huggett analyses, in detail and with penetration, the na ture o f the Salaza r dict ators hip. ...the pro spect of an y revolutionary change of regime remains, in (the author's) opinion, remote. In addition to its value as a portrait of a little-known country and a really thoughful interpretation of its people , the book is also a very vivid and pe rsuas ive pi ece of writing: there are splendid descriptions of town and country, shore and sea." Very light browning on free endpapers, small foxing mark on front endpapers, small bookstore label on front paste down, ti ny soili ng mar k on c ontents page, light b rowning to edges of textblock. Dust jacket has light foxing marks on inside surface, very light edge wear, two tiny closed tears with creases - archivally taped, light rubbing a nd soilin g on re ar panel, faint fo xing ma rks on panels - mainl y rear p anel. V ery Good/Very Good 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
73 Innes, Michael. THE GAY PHOENIX.
London Gollancz 1976 0575021454 / 9780575021457 First British Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good+ 
192 pp, 8vo (8" H). "A small yacht adrift in mid-Pacific, its main-mast snapped, its navigator dead - that's the highly intriguing (and most uncharacteristic) opening of Michael Innes's latest story. The dead man is Charles Povey, a maverick tycoon. And there's a survivor on board: his brother Arthur, who, when at last he is picked up, semi-delirious, is assumed for several convincing reasons to be Charles himself. As Charles was the wealthy brother, Arthur is very ready to accept the error in identification. He proceeds to enjoy the fleshpots. But of course he also has to have a shot at running Charles's confused financial empire. And, not surprisingly, there are one or two people who see through the impersonation, and make their blackmailing demands. Arthur is driven to marriage, crime, attempted murder and desperation. Unhappily for Arthur, he buys a country estate which makes him a neighbour of that greatest of detectives, Sir John Appleby, sometime head of Scotland Yard. Appleby is in retirement now, but he cannot resist a mystery almost on his own doorstep, and he is soon investigating." afew tiny foxing marks on top of textblock, tiny bump at top of rear hinge. Dust jacket has minor edge wrinkling. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE ART OF CHOOSING., Iyengar, Sheena.
74 Iyengar, Sheena. THE ART OF CHOOSING.
New York Twelve 2010 0446504106 / 9780446504102 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
329 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H). "Life is full of choices. How do we make them? Choice is a powerful tool to define ourselves and mold our lives - but what do we know about the wants, motivations, biases, and influences that aid or hinder our endeavors? Columbia University professor Sheena Iyengar, a leading expert on choice, sets herself the Herculean task of helping us become better choosers. She asks fascinating questions: Is the desire for choice innate or created by culture? Why do we sometimes choose against our best interests? How much control do we really have over what we choose? Ultimately, she offers unexpected and profound answers, drawn from her award-winning discipline-spanning research. Here you'll learn about the complex relationship between choice and freedom, and why one doesn't always go with the other. You'll see that too much choice can overwhelm us, leading to unpleasant experiences, from 'TiVo guilt' over unwatched TV programs to confusion over health insurance plans. Perhaps most important, you'll discover how our choices - both mundane and momentous - are shaped by many different forces, visible and invisible. This remarkable book illuminates the joys and challenges of choosing, showing us how we build our lives, one choice at a time." Light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has soft wrinkling at top edge, minor rubbing. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
75 Jacobsen, Larry G. LEANING INTO THE WIND: MEMOIRS OF AN IMMIGRANT PRAIRIE FARM BOY.
Bloomington, Indiana 1st Books 2004 141076804X / 9781410768049 First Edition Soft Cover Very Good+ Signed by Author
309 pp, large 8vo (9" H). Signed by author on title page. B&w photographs. "This is a humorous story about an awkward runt - a misfit growing up on a farm on the western prairies during a time when there were few radios and no electricity or plumbing. It tells about a boy in a large poverty-stricken family coming of age and making his way into the workforce. (It) gives the reader vivid insights into farm life during the nineteen thirties and forties. The reader will also experience life in the rugged logging, mining and construction camps. Here you will meet some extraordinary characters the author toiled and drank with - a special breed of men who not only worked hard, but played hard. Underground mining was hazardous, but more of these men were killed at the wheels of their cars, than down the mines. The author also tried sales - first vacuum cleaners door to door and later real estate. During his earlier years he used up nine lives, as well as having other narrow scrapes. At age forty-four he entered graduate school for an MBA despite having only a Grade X education and at age fifty one he launched a rewarding consulting career." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - very minor edge wear, minor curl at corners of covers, tiny faint soiling mark on bottom of textblock. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
MARGARET - A WOMAN OF CONFLICT., James, Paul.
76 James, Paul. MARGARET - A WOMAN OF CONFLICT.
Sidgwick & Jackson, London, 1990, first edition. 
202 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0283999047 B&w photographs. "Upon becoming the first memeber of the royal family to appear on 'Desert Island Discs', Princess Margaret told broadcaster Roy Plomley that she had be 'mi sreported and misrepresented since the age of seventeen'. Despite the fact that both her public and private life is frequently reported with relish and often distorted by the tabloid press, we know surprisingly little about the Queen's only s i s t e r , who has so often been regarded as the black sheep of the royal circle. To coincide with Princess Margaret's sixtieth birthday, expert royal commentator Paul James has written a thoroughgoing and impartial biographical study of the c o nt ro ve rs ia l Pr incess. He illustrates her struggles between personal desire and public duty, the opposition she faced in her relationship with Peter Townsend, the pressures of marriage to a non-royal which led to divorce, and the love-hate re lat ion shi p w hic h she has formed with the media, together with her fight for her individuality within the confines of the royal family. (This book) will provide the reader with a compelling insight into the public and private worlds of one o f t he s tron gest and mos t colo urful characters in the royal family, looking back over a life which has contained more than its fair share of conflict and turmoil." Minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has light wrinkling at to p/bo ttom of sp ine a nd fl ap-fo ld s, fa ding to color on spine and rear hinge/rear top edge areas - lettering still very legible on spine. Very Good+/Very Good- 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE COUNTESS., Johns, Rebecca.
77 Johns, Rebecca. THE COUNTESS.
New York Crown 2010 0307588459 / 9780307588456 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
285 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H). "In this riveting dramatization of Erzebet Bathory's life, the countess tells her story in her own words, written to her only son - a final reckoning from his mother in an attempt to reveal the truth behind her downfall. Countess Bathory describes her upbringing in one of the most powerful noble houses in Hungary, recounting in loving detail her devotion to her parents and siblings as well as the heartbreak of losing her father at a young age. She soon discovers the price of being a woman in sixteenth-century Hungary as her mother arranges her marriage to Ferenc Nadasdy, a union made with the cold calculation of a financial transaction. Young Erzebet knows she has no choice but to accept this marriage even as she laments its loveless nature and ultimately turns to the illicit affections of another man. Seemingly resigned to a marriage of convenience and a life of surreptitious pleasure, the countess surprises even herself as she ignites a marital spark with Ferenc through the most unromantic of acts: the violent punishment of an insolent female servant. The event shows Ferenc that his wife is no trophy but a strong, determined woman more than capable of managing their vast estates during Ferenc's extensive military campaigns against the Turks. Her naked assertion of power accomplishes what her famed beauty could not: capturing the love of her husband. The countess embraces this new role of loving wife and mother, doing everything she can to expand her husband's power and secure her family's future. But a darker side surfaces as Countess Bathory's demand for virtue, obedience, and, above all, respect from her servants take a sinister turn. What emerges is not only a disturbing, unflinching portrait of the deeds that gave Bathory the moniker 'Blood Countess', but an intimate look at the woman who became a monster." Remainder dot on bottom of textblock near spine, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, tiny bump on top edge of front board. Dust jacket has some areas of light edge wrinkling, light rubbing. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
78 Katz, Michael B. THE PEOPLE OF HAMILTON, CANADA WEST: FAMILY AND CLASS IN A MID-NINETEENTH-CENTURY CITY.
Cambridge Harvard University Press 1975 0674661257 / 9780674661257 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good - Very Good- 
381 pp, 9 1/2" H. Tables, graphs. "(R)econstructs the social structure, life cycle, and domestic relations within a mid-nineteenth century Canadian city. (Katz's) analysis draws on the records of the entire population found on the manuscript census, assessment rolls, city directories, newspapers, and other sources. (He) has explored the relationships between inequality, ethnicity, sex, mobility, transiency, household structure, and coming-of-age during a period of profound social change. At one level, the book describes in great detail the nature of family and society in a commercial city. Simul-taneously, it uses the patterns uncovered in Hamilton, which the author compares to those other historians have found elsewhere, to speculate about broad questions in social history and social theory. Finally, the book is an exploratory exercise in the application of quantitative techniques to social history; as such its interest lies in its method as well as its substance. The author contents that two themes - structural rigidity and individual transiencey - characterized life in the commercial city. Despite the massive flow of people into and out of the city, its basic structures remained virtually unaltered, thought the identity of its occupants changed dramatically. In part, the history of the family reflected these two themes; but the family had an independent existence as well. For, despite some structural parallells, the family served somewhat different purposes than its modern counterpart, especially the sheltering of young people during a period Katz calls 'semi-autonomy', a phase of the life cycle that virtually has disappeared." Bump and tiny tear at bottom of spine - light wrinkling at top of spine. Dust jacket has heavy creasing and small tear archivally taped at bottom of spine, very light wrinkling at top edge, light rubbing and soiling on rear panel. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
SIDEWAYS ON A SCOOTER: LIFE AND LOVE IN INDIA., Kennedy, Miranda.
79 Kennedy, Miranda. SIDEWAYS ON A SCOOTER: LIFE AND LOVE IN INDIA.
New York Random House 2011 1400067863 / 9781400067862 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine 
342 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H). "When twentysomething reporter Miranda Kennedy leaves her job in New York City and travels to India with no employment prospects, she longs to immerse herself in the turmoil and excitement of a rapidly developing country. What she quickly learns in Delhi about renting an apartment as a single woman - it's next to impossible - and the proper way for a woman in India to ride scooters - perched sideways - are early signs that life here is less Westernized than she'd counted on. Living in Delhi for more than five years, and finding a city pulsing with possiblity and hope, Kennedy experiences friendships, love affairs, and losses that open a window onto the opaque world of Indian politics and culture - and alter her own attitudes about everything from food and clothes to marriage and family. Along the way, she is drawn into the lives of several Indian women, including her charismatic friend Geeta, a self-described 'modern girl' who attempts to squeeze herself into the traditional role of wife and mother; Radha, a proud Brahmin widow who denies herself simple pleasures in order to live by high-caste Hindu principles; and Parvati, who defiantly chain-smokes and drinks whiskey, yet feels compelled to keep her boyfriend a secret from her family. In her effort to understand the hopes and dreams that motivate her new friends, Kennedy peels back India's globalized image as a land of call centers and fast-food chains and finds an ancient place where, in many ways, women's lives have scarcely changed for centuries. Incisive, witty, and written with a keen eye for the lush vibrancy of the country that Kennedy comes to love, (this) is both a remarkable memoir and a cultural revelation." Slight bump at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has very minor edge wrinkling. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE DUCHESS OF WINDSOR: THE UNCOMMON LIFE OF WALLIS SIMPSON., King, Greg.
80 King, Greg. THE DUCHESS OF WINDSOR: THE UNCOMMON LIFE OF WALLIS SIMPSON.
Citadel / Kensington, New York, 2003. 
556 pp, 9" H, soft cover. ISBN 0806524642 "It was the love story of the century - the king and the commoner. In December 1936, King Edward VIII abdicated the throne to marry ' the woman I love,' Wallis Warfield Simpson, a twice-divorced American who quickly became one of the twentieth century's most famous personalities, a figure of intrigue and mystery, both admired and reviled. Wrongly blamed for the abdication crisis, Wallis suffered hostility from the Royal Family and much of the world . Yet interest in her story has remained constant, resulting in a small library of biographies that convey a thinly veiled animosity toward their subject. The truth, however, is infinitely more fascinating than the shallow, pathetic portrait t h a t has often been painted. Using previously untapped sources, (the author) presents a complete and, for the first time, sympathetic portrait of the Duchess that sifts the decades of rumor and accusation to reveal the woman behind the legend. F ro m he r birth in Pennsylvania during the Gilded Age to her death in Paris in 1986, King takes the reader through a world of privilege, palaces, high society, and love with the accompaniment of hatreds, feuds, conspiracies, and lies. The cast of cha ra cte rs is vast: politicians and presidents, dictators and socialites. Twenty-four pages of (b&w) photographs reveal the life of the Duchess in all its incomparable glamour and romance." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership mar ks. Ex ter ior - three light creases down a concave spine. Very Good 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
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