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SIR JOHN REITH., Allighan, Garry.  Foreword by the Rt. Hon. Lord Gainford.
1 Allighan, Garry. Foreword by the Rt. Hon. Lord Gainford. SIR JOHN REITH.
London Stanley Paul 1938 First Edition Hard Cover Good+ No Jacket Inscribed By Author
287 pp + publisher's advertising, 8 3/4" H. Dark green cloth with gilt lettering & banding on spine. B&w photographs, drawing. Inscribed in green ink on front free endpaper: "To my very good friends / Tom & ? Wheeler / Sharers of many happy hours / Garry Allighan". The second name has been inked over at some later date. "Controlling one of the greatest forces in international affairs, the Director-General of the B.B.C. has attained a position of power second only to that of a Prime Minister. He directs a machine that produces mass-education, mass-entertainment, and mass-information for continuous consumption by millions of the peoples of this country and every overseas nation of the Commonwealth. (His life story) is here told in full for the first time, and makes sensational revelations of the career and character of this remarkable, but unknown man. (It) is superimposed on the background of the romance of radio itself, and which clearly shows how, for this man of destiny, the man and his destiny were being developed on parallel lines. Interesting glimpses are given of those who were creating the new science in readiness for the Reith era, and fascinating disclosures are made from inside the B.B.C. itself." Light browning to endpapers, light toning to margins of pages, slight separation between some page gatherings (mostly at photograph pages) but still holding firmly, small label from bookstore on front pastedown, some edge wear to boards, wrinkling and light wear at top/bottom of spine, browning to edges of text block, some very faint liquid marks on boards, spine is a slightly darker green than boards 
Price: 65.00 USD
 
 
2 Ball, Edward. THE INVENTOR AND THE TYCOON: A GILDED AGE MURDER AND THE BIRTH OF MOVING PICTURES.
New York Doubleday 2013 0385525753 / 9780385525756 Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ 
447 pp, 9 1/2" H. B&w photographs, reproductions. "(T)he compelling saga of an artistic genius, a ruthless railroad tycoon, and a sordid crime of passion. In frontier California 130 years ago, English immigrant Eadweard Muybridge managed to capture time and play it back on a screen, inventing stop-motion photography and moving pictures, breakthrough technologies that ushered in our age of visual media. Bankrolling his endeavor was tycoon (and former California governor) Leland Stanford, who built the west half of the transcontinental railroad and personally drove in the last golden spike. Stanford's particular obsession was whether the four hooves of a running horse ever left the ground all at once, and with Muybridge he found an answer. But personal disaster overshadowed Muybridge's remarkable achievements. A visionary artist, and technically brilliant, he was also a murderer." Very light wrinkling at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has minor edge wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, minor rubbing. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE EARLY TRADING COMPANIES OF NEW FRANCE:  A CONTRIBUTION TO THE HISTORY OF COMMERCE AND DISCOVERY IN NORTH AMERICA., Biggar, H.P.
3 Biggar, H.P. THE EARLY TRADING COMPANIES OF NEW FRANCE: A CONTRIBUTION TO THE HISTORY OF COMMERCE AND DISCOVERY IN NORTH AMERICA.
Toronto University of Toronto Library 1901 First, Limited Edition. Hard Cover Good No Jacket 
308 pp, 10 1/4" H. No. 118 of the limited first edition of 600 copies. Rebound in maroon cloth with gilt lettering on spine, new endpapers. An ex-library copy with college stamp on top edge of textblock, library stamps, etc. on free endpapers. *Please note: lacks fold-out map that should accompany text.* Chapter headings: Introduction: Brief description of early expeditions to the regions of the St. Lawrence; The Discovery and Occupation of the St. Lawrence Valley; The Birth and Growth of Trade and Commerce, 1497-1597; The Two Attempts of La Roche and the First Fur-Trade Monopoly; The Two Monopolies of Monts, 1604-1608; The Freedom of Trade, 1609-1613; Champlain's Company, 1614-1620; The Caens Company and its Union with Champlain's, 1621-1627; The Company of New France, 1627-1629; New France under the Scottish and English Company, 1629-1632; Appendix: The Sources (Official / Narrative / Anonymous); Index. A small bump to the top corner of approx. 2/3 of the pages (becomes progessively smaller) - 21 page leaves have a small piece missing at the top corner; small tear at bottom of title page archivally taped; very light browning to pages and edges of text block; very light wear at corners of boards and at top/bottom of spine. 
Price: 65.00 USD
 
 
4 Black, M.H. Foreword by Geoffrey Cass. CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, 1584-1984.
Cambridge Cambridge University Press 1984 0521264731 / 9780521264730 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good 
343 pp, 9 1/4" H. B&w illustrations. "In 1984 the Press celebrates four hundred years of continuous printing and publishing, and this history gives a readable and not-too-formal introduction to that unique record. It is the story of the development of the printing and publishing arm of the University of Cambridge, from the medieval system of resident stationers who dealt in manuscripts to the present large printing and publishing house which produces computer software and audio cassette tapes as well as books (mostly now computer-set). The narrative is given its proper setting in the development of the University, which has inevitably determined the history of the Press itself; in the history of the book trade as a whole; and in the intellectual and political history of England which has at times affected the fortunes of the Press. There are anecdotes about powerful personalities, from Richard Bentley to Stanley Morison, which give colour and life to the sober black-and-white history of printing and publishing." Previous owner's name label tipped-in on half-title page, very light wrinkling at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, some light browning on spine, small ghost sticker mark on rear flap. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
5 Mavor, James. NIAGARA IN POLITICS: A CRITICAL ACCOUNT OF THE ONTARIO HYDRO-ELECTRIC COMMISSION.
E.P. Dutton, Neew York, (1925). 
255 pp, small 8vo (7 3/4" H), hard cover (red boards with black lettering on spine, black lettering/border on front board) - no dust jacket. Interior - old price in ink on free front endpaper, light browning to endpapers and some gutters, company name stamp on free endpapers. Exterior - wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, a few small light soiling marks on rear board and on spine, moderate browning and scattered foxing marks on edges of textblock. Good+ 
Price: 12.50 USD
 
 
6 Mellor, John. THE COMPANY STORE: JAMES BRYSON McLACHLAN AND THE CAPE BRETON COAL MINERS, 1900-1925.
Toronto Doubleday Canada 1983 0385128126 / 9780385128124 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good- 
362 pp, 8 1/2" H. B&w photographs. "The devastating story of Cape Breton's miners and the strikes they launched against the companies that owned their homes, their possessions, and their churches. Canadians - and the rest of the world - will be shocked by accounts of police brutality and murder, mass demonstrations, rebellion, scandalous politicking, and most of all, desperate poverty and hunger. The miners had always been paid starvation wages by companies that held total monopolies of such towns as Glace Bay. The first time they launched a strike in 1905, soldiers were brought in and machine guns and barbed wire were set up around the mining communities. Credit was cut off from company stores (the only stores). Miners were evicted from company-owned houses (the only houses) in the middle of winter. The death toll was enormous. Strikes over the next fifteen years simply led to continued harrassment and eviction. At one time, the company was permitted, by government order, to employ hundreds of special police, mounted on horseback and supplied with guns and heavy sticks, to batter miners into submission. James Bryson McLachlan was the hero of the Cape Bretoners when he took up their cause and organized strikers and entered into negotiations with the companies. (This) is also his story - and the story of the beginnings of the labour movement for all of Canada." Small Christmas gift inscription on front free endpaper, a few tiny dents on bottom of text block, very light wrinkling at bottom of spine. Dust jacket is price-clipped, has light edge wear/wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, light browning at edges, light rubbing/soiling on rear panel. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
MORNING SONGS IN THE NIGHT:  POEMS., Ratcliffe, Walter A.  Preface by William Douw Lighthall.
7 Ratcliffe, Walter A. Preface by William Douw Lighthall. MORNING SONGS IN THE NIGHT: POEMS.
Toronto William Briggs 1897 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good - 
151 pp, 8 3/4" H. Brown cloth with gilt lettering/decoration on spine and front board. "The author, Walter A. Ratcliffe, of Listowel, Ontario, has for years been cut off from the ordinary pleasures of life by an unusually heavy affliction - having become almost totally blind and deaf. In the sadness of his life his poetry has been to him a solace and an unburdening. (H)e turns with a bond of deep sympathy to the sufferings of the masses of mankind; sees them bear the fetters of ceaseless toil and reap only a fraction of its fruits, while the wealthy revel in vastly disproportionate luxury; sees, in most countries, their poverty made hopeless by great monopolies of land; and he sings of a coming era when these injustices and monopolies shall disappear, and mankind - and especially the sons and daughters of his country - shall be free. His leanings find a remedy for much in a socialistic order of society - perhaps too much, for how can any legislation from without produce an ideal sociey without a regeneration from within?" from the Preface. Two small creases at top corner of page leaf 39/40, light browning to edges of text block, wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, some wear at corners and top/bottom of spine, two small scuff lines on front board, very light rubbing on boards. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 


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