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DAYS OF VICTORY:  CANADIANS REMEMBER 1939-1945., Barris, Ted and Barris, Alex
1 Barris, Ted and Barris, Alex DAYS OF VICTORY: CANADIANS REMEMBER 1939-1945.
Macmillan, Toronto, (1995), first edition. 
304 pp., large 8vo (9 1/4"H), hard cover in dust jacket. Cartoon endpapers by Fran Dowie. B&w illustrations. ISBN 0771573014 "When VE Day finally came, it erupted with glorious celebrations, tears, and cries of victory. It was a sweet day and a bitter one for millions of people whose lives had been forever changed. This day, and long days of war that led to it, are brought to life in (this book). More than 300 Canadians tell their own stories of the Second World War - stories of cour a g e , sacrifice, tragedy, and glory. It was one of the most trying times in Canadian history, and these ordinary men and women rose to the extraordinary challenge laid before them. Their stories are celebrated here, woven into a compelling narra ti ve o f the Canadian wartime experience, bringing the past vividly to life. Here are tales from noted war correspondents Scott Young and Matthew Halton; stories of home-front rationing, shortages and endless bureaucracy; horrific memories of Buc hen wal d - and Canadian internment camps; hair-raising bomber command stories; revelations of the repatriation controversy; and hilarious accounts of wartime entertainers, including Wayne and Shuster and the crew of 'Meet The Navy'." Minor wrinkl ing at b otto m of spine; place date, and signature in ink on title page. Dust jacket has some very light edge wrinkling, minor rubbing. Very Good+/Very Good+ 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
MADAME TUSSAUD:  A LIFE IN WAX., Berridge, Kate.
2 Berridge, Kate. MADAME TUSSAUD: A LIFE IN WAX.
Toronto HarperCollins 2006 0002008122 / 9780002008129 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
352 pp, 9 1/4" H. B&w illustrations. "When she died in London at the age of ninety, a survivor of one of the most tumultuous epochs in history, Madame Tussaud had travelled far from her inauspicious beginnings in Strasbourg as the daughter of a common soldier and a housekeeper. Moving to Paris as a child, Marie climbed through the ranks of French society as the protegee of charmismatic showman artist Philippe Curtius, and witnessed the French Revolution in all its grisly detail. She survived the Terror and moved to London, where she struggled to find a foothold amidst the desperate competition of showmen from all over Europe. Her touring years were studded with drama and danger, and twice she nearly lost her life and livelihood - first in a shipwreck and then at the hands of a rampaging mob in the Reform riots of 1831. The core of her exhibition was Revolutionary relics given extra potency by her victim survivor status and the famous claims that she was forced to cast the death masks of Marie Antoinette and other members of the royal family, whom she had known personally when employed to teach modelling at Versailles. But did her desire to make a compelling and commercial spectacle of the events unfolding around her extend to moulding her own dramatic story? The story of a business empire sculpted out of the ashes of one of history's most turbulent periods reveal a woman who - in exploiting the human fascination with the rich, the famous and the infamous - was far ahead of her time." Very small bump at bottom corner of both boards, wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has minor edge wear, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, very light rubbing. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
3 Jenkins, Janette. LITTLE BONES.
London Chatto & Windus 2012 070118194X / 9780701181949 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 
282 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H). "It's 1899. London. A young girl is abandoned by her feckless family and finds lodging and work assisting a doctor. But Jane Stretch is no ordinary girl, and Mr Swift is no ordinary doctor - . Jane does her best to keep up with the doctor, her twisted bones throbbing, as they hurry past the markets, stage doors and side shows to appointments in certain boarding houses across town. The young actresses who live there have problems, and Mr Swift does what is required, calmly and discreetly. Grateful to her benefactor and his wife, Jane assists him and asks no questions - the desperate young women not minding that it is a cripple girl who wipes their brows. When this unlikely pair becomes involved with a rakish music hall star, Johnny Treble, it seems that Jane's spell of good fortune is not going to last. The police come knocking - how will the doctor explain the absence of his medical certificates? How will they explain their connections to Johnny Treble's sudden death? And how will Jane argue her innocence? It seems that no amount of wand waving will make their problems disappear. 'Little Bones' conjures a tawdry, tantalising, troubling world of unclear morality and conflicting sympathies - richly evocative and full of curiosities. Two people act against their consciences simply to get by, and the choices we make are called into question. Is it possible to commit abhorrent acts without being corrupted by them?" 
Price: 12.50 USD
 
 
OPERATION ELVIS., Levy, Alan.  Illustrated by Dedini.
4 Levy, Alan. Illustrated by Dedini. OPERATION ELVIS.
Henry Holt, New York, 1960, 3rd printing. 
117 pp, 8vo (8 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w cartoons. "A book as outrageously comic as the phenomenon it explores, 'Operation Elvis' offers a trenchant view of a modern cultural diaster: the mass hysteria that all but thwarted the trans formation of a million-dollar idol into an $83.20-a-month GI. On March 24, 1958, the United State Army undertook a mission as hazardous as Valley Forge, as complex as a D-Day invasion. The objective: to convert a controversial millionaire ( n o m e n c l ature: Elvis 'The Pelvis' Presley) into an army private and treat him 'just like everyone else'. Operation Elvis was staged before a grandstand many times larger than all the auditoriums Elvis Presley had ever filled. Tennagers twi tc he d, v et er an s and servicemen raised apprehensive eyes, and reporters raced for seats on the nearest aisle. Soon the dignitaries began to arrive. Chamber of Commerce groups, senators, and congressmen crowded toward the center of the stage, al l o f t hem of fer ing a dvice. The cast was swelled by Frauleins on both sides of the Elbe, by Russians, and by the State Department brass. The Army, scanning the terrain, discovered itself in a state of siege. By hewing to its original ba ttle lin e, i t ha d qu ickl y be en outflanked. Are the Selective Service and Celebrity systems truly compatible? Is the Mother of Democracy sturdy enough to support the unlikely marriage of the two? What did the active service duty of US533107 61 re veal about our Army? Abo ut ou r h ero? About ourselves? These are just a few of the questions raised in this wry and amusing book." Ligth wear at top/bottom of spine and at bottom rear corner. Dust jacket has very light edge wear/wrink ling, one t iny tr ar, v ery li ght ru bbing/ soil ing 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
5 Parsons, Anthony. THE CASE OF THE INDIAN DANCER. THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY NO 241.
[Amalgamated/Fleetway, London, n.d.]. 
64 pp, soft cover (stapled in wraps). "Roshanara - that was all the name she had, or at any rate all the name she used - was undoubtedly beautiful. In fact, she was more than that, she was a veritable 'Dream of Delight' - she was positively lovely so far as face and figure went. Her fans were legion. Her picture was in every paper almost every day. She was pale as a lily, with blue-black hair and sloe eyes; and when she danced - Elsie had seen her several times at the Accolade - you could only think of moonbeams on a summer sea, or dappled sunlight in a shady grove. She was the kind of ethereal unreality that men went mad about. But to Elsie, as an employer, she was a flat pain in the neck!" Interior - pages browning very lightly, staple rusting (staining to covers), otherwise clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - very light edge wear, very small erasure mark on front cover, soft small crease to top corner of book, spine has light wrinkling, brwning, rubbing and small chip/tear at top. VG- 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE HAPPY GANG BOOK OF WAR SONGS., Pearl, Bert, compiler.
6 Pearl, Bert, compiler. THE HAPPY GANG BOOK OF WAR SONGS.
Toronto Gordon V. Thompson 1941 Stapled in Wraps Good 
48 pp, 12" H. No date, but the latest song copyright is 1941. B&w photographs of the members of "The Happy Gang" with captions. Words and music for: Carry On; There'll Always Be an England; The King Is Still in London; The Navy's Here; Good Night Little Soldier Good Night; Ma, I Miss Your Apple Pie; I Want to Kiss Daddy Good-Night; Mr. Churchill, Our Hats Are Off to You; Spread the Word Now; Keep Your Shirts On; To the Stars; Look for the Rainbow; When Your Boy comes Back to You; I Love You Canada. Interior - soft crease at bottom corner of page 27 to end of book, some small light wrinkles to fore-edge of a few pages, small light stain at bottom of page 47. Exterior - light to moderate edge wear, corner creases, small stain at bottom corner of rear cover, previous owner's name in ink on front cover, a few tiny scuffs and light rubbing. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
LIFE, DEATH, AND ENTERTAINMENT IN THE ROMAN EMPIRE., Potter, D.S. and Mattingly, D.J.  (Ann E. Hanson, Maud W. Gleason, Bruce W. Frier, Greg S. Aldrete, Hazel Dodge.)
7 Potter, D.S. and Mattingly, D.J. (Ann E. Hanson, Maud W. Gleason, Bruce W. Frier, Greg S. Aldrete, Hazel Dodge.) LIFE, DEATH, AND ENTERTAINMENT IN THE ROMAN EMPIRE.
Ann Arbor University of Michigan Press 1999 0965088167 Hard Cover Fine Fine 
353 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H). B&w photographs, plans. "Family structure, gender identity, food supply, religion, and entertainment are all crucial to an understanding of the Roman world. As views of Roman history have broadened in recent decades to encompass a wider range of topics, the need has grown for a single volume that can offer a starting point for all these diverse subjects, for readers of all backgrounds. This collection fills such a need by uniting a series of general introductions on each of these topics for the nonspecialist. Each essay brings readers into contact with broadly ranging evidence, as well as a wide variety of approaches that are needed to study basic questions about the Roman world. Essays explore the Roman family, gender definition, demography, Roman food supply, Roman religion, and the wide variety of public entertainment throughout the empire. The volume brings together an unparalleled range of methodologies and topics. It will enable the modern reader to understand the Roman world in all its complexity." 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
8 Sherman, Allan. A GIFT OF LAUGHTER. THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF ALLAN SHERMAN.
Fawcett, New York, 1966. 
288 pp, mass market paperback. "Allan Sherman's private life - revealed here with dazzling lack of restraint - is as round and firm and fully packed with laughs as the man himself. As for his public life - well, who hasn't heard 'Hello Muddah, Hel lo Fadduh', or 'Sarah Jackman', or 'Seventy-Six Sol Cohens in the Country Club', or 'Rosen's Designing for Picardy', or 'With a Little Bit of Lox'...." Small light stain on first page and inside of front cover, light browning to pages and on i n s i d e of covers, book is cocked, spine is concave with light creases, slight browning to covers, minor rubbing. Good 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
EDWARD BURRA: TWENTIETH-CENTURY EYE, Stevenson, Jane
9 Stevenson, Jane EDWARD BURRA: TWENTIETH-CENTURY EYE
London Jonathan Cape 2007 0224078755 / 9780224078757 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good- 
496 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H). B&w plates. "The first full-scale biography of one of Britain's most important twentieth-century painters. Edward Burra never followed fashion: in the thirties, when modern art was dominated by abstraction and landscape, he painted people; in the sixites, when landscape was completely out of fashion, he started to find it interesting. His life was an unusual one: profoundly disabled, he lived with his parents, and was in constant pain. Only when he was painting could he forget his body. At the same time he was a man with a rich and full life. He was a letter-writer of genius, writing every afternoon to a wide circle of friends. His letters are camp, witty, full of the energy and delight in life which he could not express physically. Inventive, entertaining, and extraordinarily original, his writing expresses a man who combined profound personal loyalty with distaste for any kind of emotional grandstanding." Very small bump to top corner of both boards, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, small shallow bump on rear board. Dust jacket has wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, minor edge wear, small shallow bump on rear panel. 
Price: 37.50 USD
 
 
10 Stratford, Philip and Thomas, Michael, editors. (Jean-guy Pilon, Michele Lalonde, Louis Honore Frechette, Gabrielle Roy, Andre Laurendeau, Antonine Maillet, Jacques Ferron, Yvon Deschamps, Michel Tremblay, Claire Martin, Marcel Dube, et al.) VOICES FROM QUEBEC: AN ANTHOLOGY OF TRANSLATIONS.
Toronto Van Nostrand Reinhold 1977 0442298730 / 9780442298739 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Good+ 
215 pp, 9 1/4" H. "(A) rich and fascinating insight into Quebec's sense of its own identity. An exuberantly cheeky history lesson by Yvon Deschamps, the popular entertainer and monologuist; a reasoned and impassioned essay on the attitudes encountered by French Canadians outside Quebec from the pen of the late Andre Laurendeau, one of the province's finest journalists; or a 'memoire' of early childhood experiences expressed with a cool sense of outrage by Claire Martin - all of these are among the many fine pieces of writing presented (here). They explore the major themes of Quebec life and thought from the past and present, as well as views on the shape of the future. The list of authors is, in itself, a spectacular tribute to the vitality of the province's literary tradition. Poets, story tellers, historians, journalists, entertainers, playwrights, song writers - each has a special focus and casts a special light on Quebec's life and heritage." Minor wrinkling at bottom of spine, tiny pen mark on top of text block. Dust jacket has light edge wear wrinkling, two very small edge tears archivally taped, light rubbing/soiling. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
THE O'KEEFE CENTRE: THIRTY YEARS OF THEATRE HISTORY., Walker, Hugh.
11 Walker, Hugh. THE O'KEEFE CENTRE: THIRTY YEARS OF THEATRE HISTORY.
Toronto Key Porter 1991 1550132911 / 9781550132915 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good Inscribed By Author
310 pp, 4to (11 3/4" H). INSCRIBED ON TITLE PAGE: "WITH BEST WISHES FROM THE AUTHOR HUGH WALKER OCT 4/92". "Since its opening in 1960, the O'Keefe Centre has been Canada's premier theatre: home of the National Ballet of Canada and the Canadian Opera Company, the chief venue for Broadway musicals and plays, international artists, modern and classical dance companies - everything glorious in the performing arts. Almost 300 black-and-white photographs of distinguished entertainers illustrate this lively history of the O'Keefe Centre from 1960 to 1990. The book includes the design and building of the centre, sections on the National Ballet of Canada, the Canadian Opera Company, musicals and revues, theatrical productions and star performers who have played at the O'Keefe, from Harry Belafonte, Liza Minelli and Anne Murray to Sir Laurence Olivier, Katharine Hepburn and Richard Burton. The author, who was manager of the centre for the first fifteen years, describes personal encounters with a multitude of stars and directors, and his many amusing anecdotes make this a diverting and delightful tour through recent showbiz history." Very minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, two tiny dints on top edge of front board. Dust jacket has very light wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, wrinkles in laminate down front panel, minor rubbing. 
Price: 27.50 USD
 
 
12 Walker, Hugh. THE O'KEEFE CENTRE: THIRTY YEARS OF THEATRE HISTORY.
Toronto Key Porter 1991 1550132911 / 9781550132915 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good 
310 pp, 4to (11 3/4" H). "Since its opening in 1960, the O'Keefe Centre has been Canada's premier theatre: home of the National Ballet of Canada and the Canadian Opera Company, the chief venue for Broadway musicals and plays, international artists, modern and classical dance companies - everything glorious in the performing arts. Almost 300 black-and-white photographs of distinguished entertainers illustrate this lively history of the O'Keefe Centre from 1960 to 1990. The book includes the design and building of the centre, sections on the National Ballet of Canada, the Canadian Opera Company, musicals and revues, theatrical productions and star performers who have played at the O'Keefe, from Harry Belafonte, Liza Minelli and Anne Murray to Sir Laurence Olivier, Katharine Hepburn and Richard Burton. The author, who was manager of the centre for the first fifteen years, describes personal encounters with a multitude of stars and directors, and his many amusing anecdotes make this a diverting and delightful tour through recent showbiz history." Minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has light edge wrinkling - mainly at top of spine and flap-folds, minor edge wear, three wrinkles in laminate on front panel, light rubbing, minor browning at top edge of flaps. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 


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