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THE ROYAL VICTORIANS: A PICTORIAL BIOGRAPHY., Judd, Denis.
1 Judd, Denis. THE ROYAL VICTORIANS: A PICTORIAL BIOGRAPHY.
New York St. Martin's 1975 Hard Cover Very Good - Very Good - 
207 pp, large 8vo (9 11/16" H). "(T)ells the public and private story of an unusual 'rake's progress'. For the first sixty years of his life Edward had fought against respectability and - in so doing - confirmed the low opinion of him held by his mother, Queen Victoria. Yet, by the time of his death in 1910 only nine years after succeeding to the throne, he had become the symbol of security to a society which was uncertain and deeply divided within itself. Kept in ignorance of State affairs by his mother, Edward spent his life as Prince of Wales pursuing pleasure and freely indulging his passions for the chase. Horses, yachts, cars and spas were among his favorite pastimes, while scandalous liaisons with 'professional beauties' nearly proved his undoing. Succinctly and entertainingly, with the aid of 250 photographs, prints and drawings, (the author) describes the life and reign of one of England's most flamboyant kings. In private life Edward VII was a devoted husband to Alexandra and an excellent father to their children (the future George V called him 'my best friend and the best of fathers'), and once he was in office his conviviality and natural gift for diplomacy proved invaluable in ending Britain's policy of 'splendid isolation'. It was only fitting that he should give his name to an era." Previous owner's small Christmas notation, place, date and signature on free front endpaper along with a faint erased pencil mark; light to moderate edge wear, a few tiny tears at top/bottom of spine along with light wear. Dust jacket has light wear/tiny tears at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, small sticker removal marks on front flap, light fading to colour on panels, some areas of light edge wrinkling, light rubbing. 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
THE CONSTANTINE AFFLICTION.  A PIMM AND SKYE ADVENTURE., Payton, T. Aaron.
2 Payton, T. Aaron. THE CONSTANTINE AFFLICTION. A PIMM AND SKYE ADVENTURE.
San Francisco Night Shade Books 2012 1597804002 / 9781597804004 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good+ Jacket art by Mark Nelson. 
279 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H). "1864. London is a city in transition. The Constantine Affliction - a strange malady that kills some of its victims and physically transforms others into the opposite sex - has spread scandal and upheaval through society. Scientific marvels and disasters, such as clockwork courtesans, the alchemical fires of Whitechapel, electric carriages, and acidic monsters lurking in the Thames, have forever altered the face of the city. Pembroke 'Pimm' Halliday is an aristocrat with an interest in criminology, who uses his keen powers of observation to assist the police or private individuals - at least when he's sober enough to do so. Ellie Skyler, who hides her gender behind the byline 'E. Skye', is an intrepid journalist driven by both passion and necessity to uncover the truth, no matter where it lies. When Pimm and Skye stumble onto a dark plot that links the city's most notorious criminal overlord with the Queen's new consort, famed scientist Sir Bertram Oswald, they soon find the forces of both high and low society arrayed against them. Can they save the city from the arcane machinations of one of history's most infamous monsters - and uncover the shocking origins of 'The Constantine Affliction'?" Very minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has minor edge wear/wrinkling, soft wrinkle at top of rear panel, minor rubbing. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE DOWAGER EMPRESS., Tisdall, E.E.P.
3 Tisdall, E.E.P. THE DOWAGER EMPRESS.
Stanley Paul, London, 1957, first edition. 
271 pp, 8vo (8 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w plates and family tree. "Princess Dagmar of Denmark was Queen Alexandra's favourite sister, a lovely girl destined to become the consort of Russia's all-powerful Tsar Alexander III. Her path to the Imperial throne began dramatically, for her fiance, the Tsarevitch Nicholas, was taken suddenly ill, and on his death-bed begged her to marry his brother, Alexander. The latter was not an attractive man, but to Dagmar that dying wish was a c ommand. As the Empress Marie Fedorovna, she transformed her uncouth husband into a great and popular ruler; as the Dowager Empress, her influence over Nicholas II, the last Tsar, was for long a restraining factor in a turbulent and unhappy c o u n t r y . Had she triumphed in the final bitter strugle for power with the Tsarina and Rasputin, the tragic history of the Romanoffs, of Russia, and of the world might have been very different. A lively and detailed study of a compelling p e rs on al it y. " T in y foxing mark on front pastedown, five tiny holes in paper of inside front hinge, two very small dints on free rear endpaper, bump to bottom corner of both boards, slight bump to bottom edge of front board, wrinkling at bott om of sp ine , m ino r bro wni ng to edges of textblock. Dust jacket has moderate edge wear/wrinkling, very small chips and tears, light rubbing/soiling on rear panel, slight fading to spine color. Very Good-/Fair 
Price: 85.00 USD
 


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