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1 McLean, Allan Campbell. RIBBON OF FIRE.
Collins, London, 1962, first edition. 
189 pp, 8vo (8 1/8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. "The day that Alasdair was dragged off by the police to the factor's house, accused of writing an anonymous letter threatening murder to the laird, was the day of Lachlann Ban's return from prison. For the year is 1884 and the crofters in the small township of Skye are being oppressed to the limit of their endurance by the laird and his harsh factor. Already they have fought back by pulling down the laird's fine new wall; and now w i t h L a c h l ann Ban again at their head are determined to resist to the last the laird and his crippling reforms....Lachlann Ban was a bold leader and a fiery one. Who but he would have fought a pitched hand battle with the factor? Who but h e wo ul d h av e da re d to rescue a man from prison in Portree and then convey him safely in another man's coffin? Who but he would have gathered an army of men to march to the laird, their torches a ribbon of fire through the hills? Allan Campbe ll Mc Lea n' s new n ove l f or older boys and girls is filled with the conflicts and struggle of the times: the fierce antagonism between Lachlann Bann and the factor; the mounting tension of the men hidden on the hillside waiting to roll bould ers on the hea ds of the sol dier s i n the pass below; the treachery of those who betrayed them. And the characters in the story - Alasdair himself; Lachlann Ban; Alasdair's father; his embittered mother; the crippled tailor; the laird and his dark -hai red daug hte r wh o pr oves a rea l al ly - are memorably drawn." Minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has very light edge wear/wrinkling, 1" closed tear and a few tiny closed tears, light soiling/rubbing on rear panel. V G+/VG - 
Price: 12.50 USD
 
 
2 McLean, Allan Campbell. THE YEAR OF THE STRANGER.
New York Henry Z. Walck 1971 0809831082 / 9780809831081 First U.S. Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
192 pp, 8vo (8 1/2" H). "When the hated factor caught Mata the tinker at the salmon poaching he planned a terrible punishment for him. And it was on the night of Mata's ordeal in the midst of a fearful thunderstorm that Calum Og discovered how the mysterious Cave of Gold had been given its name. But the thunderstorm was the start of a blight upon the little crofting township - week after week of rain and mist, the crops failing for want of sun. And then the Stranger arrived, bringing with him sunshine and fresh hope. On the same day the factor fell from his horse, and lay unconscious, unable to prevent the Stranger from leading the boys in the building of a great fish-trap. But when the herring shoals came up the loch, and the trap was filled with fish, the men turned against the Stranger and drove him from the township; and the seemingly endless sunshine turned to torrential rain. And still the Cave remained a mystery to Calum Og until the night of the flood - the night of the 13th of October 1877, when he learned the secret of that Cave of Gold....What really happened to Mata the tinker? Was it mere chance that the factor fell from his horse the day the Stranger came ashore? Who is the Stranger? Set in the Isle of Skye in the harsh 1870s, (this book) will be enjoyed by everyone with a sense of history and a taste for the unusual." Tiny foxing mark at top edge of rear endpapers, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, tiny scuff on fore-edge of front board. Dust jacket has been price-clipped, light edge wear/wrinkling - mainly at top bottom of spine and flap-folds, a few very small edge tears, tiny hole at top part of front flap-fold, minor rubbing. Very Good/Very Good 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 

 


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