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THE WEED THAT STRINGS THE HANGMAN'S BAG., Bradley, Alan.
1 Bradley, Alan. THE WEED THAT STRINGS THE HANGMAN'S BAG.
Doubleday Canada 2010 0385665849 / 9780385665841 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good 
348 pp, 8vo (8 1/2" H). "Flavia de Luce, a dangerously brilliant eleven-year-old with a passion for chemistry and a genius for solving murders finds herself untangling two deaths - separated by time but linked by the unlikeliest of threads. Flavia thinks that her days of crime-solving in the bucolic English hamlet of Bishop's Lacey are over - and then Rupert Porson has an unfortunate rendezvous with electricity. The beloved puppeteer has had his own strings sizzled, but who'd do such a thing, and why? For Flavia, the questions are intriguing enough to make her put aside her chemistry experiments and schemes for vengeance against her insufferable big sisters. Astride Gladys, her trusty bicycle, Flavia sets out from the de Luce's crumbling family mansion in search of Bishop's Lacey's deadliest secrets. Does the madwoman who lives in Gibbet Wood know more than she's letting one? What of the vicar's odd ministrations to the catatonic woman in the dovecote? Then there's a German pilot obsessed with the Bronte sisters, a reproachful spinster aunt, and even a box of poisoned chocolates. Most troubling of all is Porson's assistant, the charming but erratic Nialla. All clues point toward a suspicious death years earlier and a case the local constables can't solve - without Flavia's help. But in getting so close to who's secretly pulling the strings of this dance of death, has our precocious heroine finally gotten in way over her head?" Light wrinkling at bottom of spine, minor waviness at top/bottom of text block. Dust jacket has very light wear at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, very small light stain on front panel. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE BATTLE OF NEW MARKET., Davis, William C.
2 Davis, William C. THE BATTLE OF NEW MARKET.
Stackpole, Harrisburg, PA, 1993, second hardcover edition. 
249 pp, 8vo (8 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0811705765 B&w illustrations. "On May 15, 1864, at a little crossroads hamlet in Virginia, the fate of the Shenandoah Valley may have been decided and, with it, the ability of the Confederac y to survive in Virginia for another season. (This) is the story of one of those seemingly incredible hair's-breadth miracles that now and then dot the Civil War landscape. A scratch force of hastily assembled Confederates, outnumbered up t o t h e l ast minute, meets and decisively overcomes a superior Yankee army A former vice president and one-time candidate for the presidency commands the Rebel forces. The Corps of Cadets of Virginia Military Institute - some of them boys no ol de r t ha n f ou rteen - march to battle with the veterans, commencing a tradition and a legend that persist to this day. All these and more make up the dramatic story of New Market, and are told here in the most thoroughly researched and clearly pre se nte d b oo k eve r written on this legendary battle. Courage and heroism, youth and manhood, North and South - all meet compellingly in these pages, just as they met in the pelting rain on the battlefield that may have saved Virginia." Tiny din t a t to p ed ge of rea r board. Dust jacket has minor wrinkling at top of spine. Near Fine/Near Fine 
Price: 12.50 USD
 
 
RED DEER: AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY., Dawe, Michael J.
3 Dawe, Michael J. RED DEER: AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY.
Red Deer Red Deer and District Museum Society et al 1996 0919405126 / 9780919405127 Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good 
160 pp + 8 pp color photo section, 11 1/4" H. B&w photographs, maps, reproductions. "(A) definitive history of the community from its beginnings as a tiny frontier hamlet to its present-day role as a modern urban centre. Featuring a lively narrative by city archivist Michael Dawe, (it) tells the story of Red Deer (Alberta) - from the time of the great ice age, to the arrival of the first aboriginal residents, to the travels of the explorers, missionaries and freighters, to the struggles of the early settlers, to the heady optimism of those who founded the city, to the hardships and dashed dreams endured over two world wars and two depressions, and finally to the transformation of Red Deer from a quiet prairie town to a vibrant, prosperous city. All this and more is recounted in this rich, varied and exciting history. (It) is made even more fascinating with the inclusion of nearly two hundred historic photographs, many of which have never been published before. As well, the book features an eight-page colour section depicting the panorma of Red Deer today." Minor edge rubbing. Dust jacket has some areas of minor edge wrinkling, two very faint small water marks on front panel, minor rubbing on rear panel. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
TALES FROM SHAKESPEARE., Lamb, Charles and Lamb, Mary.  (William Shakespeare.)
4 Lamb, Charles and Lamb, Mary. (William Shakespeare.) TALES FROM SHAKESPEARE.
London Collins Clear-Type Press Full-Leather Very Good 
436 pp, 16mo (6 1/8" H), thin burgundy leather over card covers/spine - gold lettering and decoration on spine, top edge gilt - in slipcase. Burgundy endpapers, b&w frontispiece. "The following Tales are meant to be submitted to the young reader as an introduction to the study of Shakespeare, for which purpose his words are used whenever it seemed possible to bring them in; and in whatever has been added to give them the regular form of a connected story, diligent care has been taken to select such words as might least interrupt the effect of the beautiful English tongue in which he wrote; therefore, the words introduced into our language since his time have been as far as possible avoided." From the Preface. Contents: The Tempest; A Midsummer Night's Dream; The Winter's Tale; Much Ado About Nothing; As You Like It; The Two Gentlemen of Verona; The Merchant of Vencie; Cymbeline; King Lear; Macbeth; All's Well That Ends Well; TheTaming of the Shrew; The Comedy of Errors; Measure for Measure; Twelfth Night, or, What You Will; Timon of Athens; Romeo and Juliet; Hamlet, Prince of Denmark; Othelo; Pericles, Prince of Tyre. Very light edge and corner wear, some light waviness at top corner of pages, one very small and one tiny light liquid mark at top of fore-edge of text block. Slipcase has light edge wear - moderate at corners, three small light scuff lines on one side panel, small split at one top fore-edge. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
EDMONTON TRADER:  THE STORY OF JOHN A. McDOUGALL., MacGregor, James G.
5 MacGregor, James G. EDMONTON TRADER: THE STORY OF JOHN A. McDOUGALL.
Toronto McClelland & Stewart 1963 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Good- 
262 pp, 9 1/4" H. Map endpapers, b&w photographs, maps, reproductions. "John A. McDougall left his Ontario home in 1873 to seek his fortune in the West, first as a fur trader on the Fort Carlton Trail, and then for some fifty years as a merchant in Edmonton (population forty when he first arrived there in 1879). During his lifetime he saw the Indians signing their lands over to the Crown; watched the hamlet of Edmonton by-passed by the railroad and later cut off for weeks by hostile Indians during the second Riel Rebellion. He experienced the Edmonton boom when the Klondike rush began and the decline resulting from the gradual abandonment of the overland route to the Yukon. A long hard climb to prosperity followed. (This book) throws new light on an important section of Canadian history and illustrates the magnitude of the changes that have taken place in the West in the past hundred years." Very light browning to spine and to edges of boards. Dust jacket has several edge tears archivally taped, a few small scuffs/rub marks, very light fading on spine/hinges, some light soiling on hinges, very small closed tear on front hinge. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
ALEC GUINNESS:  MASTER OF DISGUISE., O'Connor, Garry.  (Alec Guinness.)
6 O'Connor, Garry. (Alec Guinness.) ALEC GUINNESS: MASTER OF DISGUISE.
London Hodder and Stoughton 1994 0340485620 / 9780340485620 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
316 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H). B&w photographs. "Sir Alec Guinness's performances in films such as 'Oliver Twist', 'Kind Hearts and Coronets', and 'The Bridge on the River Kwai', as well as in countless plays in the Theatre and on television, have ensured his position as one of the greatest actors of the post-war era. He seems able not so much to portray the characters he plays as to become them. But the gift is deceptive. How can he really be all the different people he has played? How does he do it? (This book) delves into the actor's complex, enigmatic personality and into the nature of his remarkable talent. (O'Connor) probes the formative spiritual and emotional events in his life - his illegitimacy, his unanchored childhood, and his conversion to Roman Catholicism. Drawing on interviews with scores of friends and colleagues, (he) traces Guinness's acting roots and, closely relating the man to the roles he has created, renders the drama of his development. With portraits of notable figures in Guinness's life including John Gielgud, Laurence Olivier, Ralph Richardson, David Lean, Tyrone Guthrie, George Lucas, T.S. Eliot, John le Carre and Alan Bennett, O'Connor recreates a remarkably diverse, long and distinguished career. His penetrating analysis is one which celebrates, and preserves, the integrity of the actor and the man." Very light browning to edges of text block, small light mark on top of textblock, very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, minor edge wear. Dust jacket has minor rubbing and very light edge wrinkling. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
7 Staebler, Edna. CAPE BRETON HARBOUR.
Toronto McClelland & Stewart 1972 0771082886 / 9780771082887 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good- Tom Anthes. Signed by Author
176 pp, 9 1/4" H. Signed by author on title page. "The spell of the sea will be on you as you read this finely illustrated story of Edna Staebler's discovery of a small fishing village on the Cabot Trail. Like a found seashell, or a pocketful of sand, the book will talk to you of people, the sound of gulls and the sea, long after you have read it. A lone stranger, determined to leave the bleak hamlet on the next bus, Edna was soon listenening to the codfishermen, to children on the wharf, and to a man who wanted a woman 'not for t'rills, but for darned socks and mashed potatoes'. She went swordfishing on the 'Devil Diver', hitch-hiking over the mountains, and grew to love the people, who in turn accepted her into their lives. Here is an intimate look at what so many people mean when they picture 'the Maritimes', as it used to be." Very minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has light wear/wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, one tiny chip, three small edge tears archivally taped, slight fading to spine color, light rubbing. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
CASTLE CATS., Surman, Richard.
8 Surman, Richard. CASTLE CATS.
HarperCollins, London, 1995, first edition. 
90 pp, square small 8vo (7 3/4" H x 7 3/4" W), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0006279457 Profusely illustrated with colour photographs. "Richard Surman travelled the length and breadth of Britain and Ireland in pursuit of another group of privil eged creatures, the 'Castle Cats'. At Penhow in South Wales, he was greeted at the drawbridge by Sophie and Runcie. Sumo, the great wrestling cat of Hever Castle, treated him to a neck lock. Rockingham's Brandy tried to escape through a s e c r e t t u nnel, whilst at Dunrobin in the north-east of Scotland, George haunts his own stone turret. William and Harriet at the Tower of London have worked out novel ways of enjoying the ravens without risk. Crathes Castle cats observe eac h ov er w ar il y t hr ough arrow slits. Buzzards are a hazard for the dainty Ellie at Dunvegan, on the Isle of Skye. Ripley is graced by Blackie, a dreadlocked feudal retainer who fiercely defends his castle demesne. As usual, feline misdemean ou rs abo und : B ran dy hi des in the pantry eating roast pheasant; Sumo's habit of leaping onto shoulders (especially in the dark) has scared the life out of his owner; at Dunrobin, the Hamlet-like George wanders disconsolately along the seashor e. Fr om a rist ocra t to wa rder , th e 'Castle Cats' fulful their duties in a typically unpredictable and hilarious way." Dust jacket has crease at top edge of rear panel, minor rubbing. Very Good+/Very Good 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
LARK RISE TO CANDLEFORD.  (CONTAINS:  LARK RISE / OVER TO CANDLEFORD / CANDLEFORD GREEN)., Thompson, Flora (1876-1947).  Introduction by Kathryn Hughes.
9 Thompson, Flora (1876-1947). Introduction by Kathryn Hughes. LARK RISE TO CANDLEFORD. (CONTAINS: LARK RISE / OVER TO CANDLEFORD / CANDLEFORD GREEN).
London Folio Society 2009 Second Printing Hard Cover Very Good- Very Good Sue Scullard. 
512 pp, 9 1/2" H. Medium green cloth spine with gilt lettering/decoration, front/rear boards with colour illustration by Sue Scullard. Cream endpapers, b&w illustrations. "This edition follows that of the single-volume (Oxford) edition of 1945, with minor emendations." The basis of the charming BBC series, this fictionalized autobiography follows the life of 'Laura', a bookish, nature-loving child as she grows up in the hamlet of Lark Rise (Juniper Hill, Oxfordshire) towards the end of the 19th century. We are introduced to all the characters of the hamlet - Queenie, who keeps bees and makes lace, her husband, Twister, who beat her only once and never again, Caroline Arles, who never lets the lack of money stand in the way of a good time, the quiet Methodists, Old Sally with the most amazing garden, etc. Fathers and mothers work hard to keep the ever-arriving children fed and clothed and Laura tells us much about how this was achieved. We watch her go off to school in the 'mother village', visit relatives in the much larger and more prosperous Candleford and finally begin her working life at the post office in Candleford Green under the benevolent supervision of Dorcas Lane. Light rubbing/wear at top/bottom of spine, light wrinkling at bottom of spine, crease across spine approx. 1/2" up from the bottom edge. Slipcase has a very small bump at bottom rear edge, minor rubbing. 
Price: 35.00 USD
 


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