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Pluto Press, (London, 1978). 
206 pp, 8vo (8 1/2" H), soft cover. B&w photos. "The critics have never treated (London) kindly - his tales were too earthy and ingenuous. His radical political comrades found him an uncomfortable companion - too famous, too wilful and too often given to racist, sexist and elitist opinion. But he struck a chord in the minds of millions who raised him high above the poverty and obscurity to which he was born in 1876, and whose demands on his huge talent helped drive him to an early death forty years later..." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - light edge wear, two small corner creases, tiny/very small paint splatters on spine - mainly at bottom, light rubbing. G+ 
Price: 12.50 USD
London John Murray 2007 0719565375 / 9780719565373 Soft Cover Very Good 
416 pp, 7 3/4" H. B&w photographs. "The King, the Kaiser and the Tsar - George V, Wilhelm II and Nicholas II - were close cousins who knew each other as Georgie, Willy and Nicky. Between them they ruled half the world. Their lives had overlapped since childhood, in palaces of unimaginable opulence, surrounded by flattery and political intrigue. They saw themselves as a trade union of kings, standing firm against Socialism, Republicanism and revolution. But behind the friendliness lurked quarrels and, as the First World War loomed, they turned on each other. Ultimately, when Nicholas II begged for exile in the midst of Russia's revolution, his cousins denied him. This compelling tale of privilege, power and political machination explores whether their blunders caused the lead-up to war and the end of autocratic monarchy." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - book is very slightly cocked, spine has light creases and is slightly concave. 
Price: 10.00 USD
3 Dickens, Charles. Introduction by D.J. Taylor. HARD TIMES FOR THESE TIMES.
London Folio Society 2007 Quarter-Leather Fine Fred Walker. 
277 pp, 10 1/4" H. Quarter bound in deep maroon leather with maroon cloth sides, black leather title label with gilt lettering/border on spine. Gilt borders on front and rear boards, top edge gilt, integral maroon ribbon bookmark. Maroon endpapers and slipcase. Four b&w illustrations. "The text and illustrations of this edition reproduce those of the Nonesuch Dickens, published in 1937 by the Nonesuch Press - with minor emendations." Fine book. Slipcase has small bump to bottom of front side edges. 
Price: 50.00 USD
THE CAMBRIDGE CULTURAL HISTORY OF BRITAIN.  VOLUME 8. EARLY TWENTIETH-CENTURY BRITAIN.  (FIRST PUBLISHED AS THE CAMBRIDGE GUIDE TO THE ARTS IN BRITAIN: THE EDWARDIAN AGE AND THE INTER-WAR YEARS.), Ford, Boris, ed.  Wilfrid Mellers, Rupert Hildyard, Jacques Berthoud, Simon Pepper, Michael Kennedy, Richard Cork, John Beer, John Summerson, Neil Sinyard, Gillian Naylor, Frank Whitehead.
4 Ford, Boris, ed. Wilfrid Mellers, Rupert Hildyard, Jacques Berthoud, Simon Pepper, Michael Kennedy, Richard Cork, John Beer, John Summerson, Neil Sinyard, Gillian Naylor, Frank Whitehead. THE CAMBRIDGE CULTURAL HISTORY OF BRITAIN. VOLUME 8. EARLY TWENTIETH-CENTURY BRITAIN. (FIRST PUBLISHED AS THE CAMBRIDGE GUIDE TO THE ARTS IN BRITAIN: THE EDWARDIAN AGE AND THE INTER-WAR YEARS.)
Cambridge Cambridge University Press for The Folio Society 1995 Hard Cover Fine No Jacket - (as issued) 
348 pp, 10" H. Bound in full dark blue cloth with title and shield in gold on spine. B&w illustrations and colour plates. Contents: General Introduction; The Edwardian Age and the Inter-War Years; Literature and Drama; The Garden City; Music; The Visual Arts; The 'Civilization' of Bloomsbury; Architecture; Grierson and the Documentary Film; Design and Industry; John Laing's Sunnyfields Estate, Mill Hill; Further Reading and Artists' Biographies; Index. Book is Fine. 
Price: 25.00 USD
Doubleday Canada 2015 0385685173 / 9780385685177 First Canadian Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good+ 
268 pp, 9 1/2" H. B&w photographs. "Born Antonia Pakenham (in 1932), the eldest of eight children of the future Lord and Lady Longford, her childhood was spent in Oxford, where her father was a don at Christ Church. Evacuation at the beginning of the war to a romantic Elizabethan manor house nearby was an inspiration for historical imaginings. There were adventures in Anglo-Ireland at Dunsany Castle and Pakenham Hall, each offering her treasured links to the past which became private obsessions. North Oxford wartime life included four years as one of the few girls then admitted to the Dragon School for boys, followed by time at a convent school after her family's conversion to Catholicism. Her father joined the Labour Government in 1945 as a Minister, which provided an odd background for exploits such as working in a Bond Stree hat shop and a season as a self-made debutante. A job in publishing, by a fortunate coincidence, followed Oxford University and the book ends with the publishing of 'Mary Queen of Scots', which became a worldwide bestseller - to general amazement (including the author's). This magical memoir, told with inimitable humour and style, will take many readers back to their own discovery of History. It is an unforgettable account of one person's journey towards becoming a writer - and a historian." Very minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, minor browning at bottom edge of boards, small very light soiling mark on front board, very light browning to fore-edge of text block. Dust jacket has very minor wrinkling at bottom of rear panel. 
Price: 15.00 USD
6 Gilbert, Dan, LL.D. THE A-B-C OF THE ISMS.
Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan, n.d., 2nd edition. 
78 pp, 7 5/8" H, soft cover (stapled in wraps). Contents: The A B C of the Isms; A Drive for Birth Control; Modern 'Satan Worship'; Modernistic Atheism; The Menace of 'Educational Totalitarianism'; Beyond the Campaign for Sex Education. Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - light fading on spine and part of covers, two small very light stains and small soft corner crease on front cover, tiny tear at top of spine - repaired. VG- 
Price: 10.00 USD
Progress Publishers, Moscow, (1979), 2nd printing. 
446 pp, 8vo (8 1/8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w photos. "This is a book about the Soviet Armed Forces which fought heroically to defend the gains of the October Revolution and to save the Soviet people from being enslaved by nazism. They suffered enormous losses but conscientiously fulfilled their duty. During the war the Soviet Army fought gallantly for the freedom of other peoples. It rendered great assistance to many nations who had been suffering under nazi rule in deciding their destinies, and played the major part in routing nazi Germany and militarist Japan. The last chapter is devoted to the comradeship-in-arms of the armies of socialist countires and follows the development of their military alliance up to this da y. " Minor area of pencil erasure soiling on free front endpaper, excess cloth at bottom edge of front board - from manufacturing process, light wrinkle at top of spine. Dust jacket is price clipped, light soiling light browning - moderate on spine, a few tiny chips and tears, light edge wrinkling. VG-/G+ 
Price: 20.00 USD
Howard Armour Harrison Trust Fund, [Toronto]., 1962. 
214 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. Contents: Preliminary Survey (The True Province of Economics: Is It a Social Science? - Do Economic Processes Constitute an Economic System? - Society and Distribution - The Realistic Approa ch - Commentary); The Realistic Theory (The Subject Matter of Economics - Economic Persons and Their Purposes - Economic Phenomena in General - The Phenomena of One-Person Economics - The Special Phenomena of Interpersonal Economics - The B u s i n e s s C ycle - Taxation); Applications of the Realistic Theory (Proposed Remedies, Introductory - The Alleviation of the Business Cycle - Employment and Wages - The Abolition of Employment Through Socialism - Non-Socialistic Schemes - The I de al C on di ti on s f or Employment - The Support of the Needy - The Planned Economy - Foreign Money and Foreign Trade); Conclusion. Small light liquid stain on fore-edge of pages 189 to 214 - migrates slightly into margins, moderate bump to to p e dge of bo ard s n ear h ing es, a few tiny scuffs at fore-edge of front board, light wrinkling at top of spine. Dust jacket has wrinkling at top of spine - light edge wrinkling elsewhere, one tiny closed tear, light fading to spine color , li ght rubb ing, min or s oili ng, fai nt l ine indentation on rear panel. Very Good-/Very Good- 
Price: 30.00 USD
Toronto The Canadian Annual Review 1919 Hard Cover Good+ 
879 pp, 9" H. Red cloth with gilt lettering/banding on spine. B&w tissue-covered photographic frontispiece (General Sir Arthur William Currie) plus additional b&w photographs throughout text. Advertising section, pages 834-857. Chapter Headings: Last Stages of the World War; The British Empire in the War; The United States and the War; Socialism and the Labour Problem; Canadians at the Front; Canada's War Government and National Policy; Canadian Conditions and Interests of 1918; The Provinces of Canada. Concludes with Canadian Books in 1918; Canadian Obituary of 1918; Index of Names; Index of Affairs. Also includes a section entitled "Special Supplement" with addresses/reports/statements by The Canadian Pacific Railway, the Bank of Montreal, The Canadian Bank of Commerce, The Royal Bank of Canada, The Merchants Bank of Canada, The Home Bank of Canada, The Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada and The Toronto General Trusts Coporation.. **Please note: This is a heavy volume and may require extra postage for delivery outside of Canada and the United States.** Previous owner's name in ink on free front endpaper, previous owner's ink stamp on rear pastedown, darkening/soiling to top of text block, light browning to fore-edge and bottom of text block, - shelf soiling also on bottom of text block, small bump at bottom corner of rear board, minor edge wear, minor soiling on boards, slight fading to spine colour and a series of light colour loss marks down spine. 
Price: 60.00 USD
Toronto The Canadian Annual Review 1920 Hard Cover Good No Jacket 
955 pp, 9 1/8" H. Red cloth with gilt lettering/banding on spine. B&w photographs, drawing, map (Official Map of the Western Front When the Hindenburg Line was broken through by the British and Canadian Forces). Advertising section, pages 908-932. Chapter Headings: Canadian Echoes of the World War; Canadian Relations with Foreign Countries; Canadian Relations with the Empire; The Prince of Wales in Canada; Agriculture: The Organized Farmers; The 1919 Record of Farmers' Organizations; Industry: The Organized Manufacturers; Labour: The Organized Workmen; Educational Interests and Institutions; Dominion Goverment and Politics; The Province of Ontario in 1919; Quebec and the Maritime Provinces; The Western Provinces and British Columbia. Concludes with short notes on the North-West Territories, Territory of the Yukon; Canadian Obituary for 1919; Index of Names; Index of Affairs. Also includes a Special Supplement on Canadian Finances, Resources, Business Annual Reports and Addresses with reference to: Canadian Pacific Railway; Canadian Bank of Commerce; Bank of Montreal; Royal Bank of Canada; Merchants Bank of Canada; Dominion Bank; Canada Life Assurance Company; Sun Life Assurance Company; Home Bank of Canada; Toronto General Trusts' Corporation and Overland Factories, Toronto. **Please note: This is a heavy volume and may require extra postage for delivery outside of Canada and the United States.** Tear with creases at the bottom edge of pages 169 to 180 (six page leaves) - archivally taped, two previous owner's names in ink on free front endpaper, a few small tears to paper on inside rear hinge - holding well, light browning to edges of text block, shelf soiling on bottom of text block, light edge wear - a little more at corners, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, heavy fading to colour at fore-edges of boards, slight fading to color on spine and at top of rear board near fore-edge, several very small light liquid marks on rear board. 
Price: 65.00 USD
CHARLES LISTER: LETTERS AND RECOLLECTIONS.  WITH A MEMOIR BY HIS FATHER LORD RIBBLESDALE., Lister, Charles.  With recollections by Mrs. Warre Cornish, Rev. Ronald Knox and Cyril Bailey.
11 Lister, Charles. With recollections by Mrs. Warre Cornish, Rev. Ronald Knox and Cyril Bailey. CHARLES LISTER: LETTERS AND RECOLLECTIONS. WITH A MEMOIR BY HIS FATHER LORD RIBBLESDALE.
T. Fisher Unwin, London, 1917, 5th impression. 
256 pp, 8vo (8 15/16" H), hard cover (grey cloth with gold lettering & banding on spine) - no dust jacket. Tissue-covered frontispiece plus 4 additional illustrations. Contents: Prefatory Note; Memoir; Letters, July 1909 to May 1911, From Germany and Elsewhere; Roman Letters; Indian Letters; Pre-War Letters from Constantinople; Letters from Constantinople; With the Middlesex Yeomanry; Letters from S.S. Franconia, with Headquarters Staff; With the Hood Battalion at Port Said; Letters from the Aegean; Landing of the Hood Battalion on the Gallipoli Peninsula; Constantinople During July and August 1914; With the Dardanelles Expedition; Recollections: Eton, 1900-5, by Mrs Warre Cornish; Eton and Balliol, 1905-6, by Rev. Ronald Knox; Bal l i o l (Oxford), 1906-10, by Cyril Bailey; In Memoriam: Captain the Hon. Thomas Lister, D.S.O., 10th Hussars; To C.A.L.; Index. Charles Lister died at Gallipoli. Previous owner's name in pencil and corner crease on front free endpaper, book ligh tl y cr ac ked in a few places - pages holding firmly, minor browning to pages and endpapers, browning to edges of text block, color faded to brown on spine, small corner bumps, light edge wear some areas of light waviness in cloth on boards. Very Goo d- 
Price: 35.00 USD
12 Lower, Arthur R.M. A PATTERN FOR HISTORY.
Toronto McClelland & Stewart 1978 0771053746 / 9780771053740 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good- 
381 pp, 9 1/4" H. "(R)estores history to its status as a living art, encompassing the major epochs from the time of Judaism to the present, not as a chronicle of dates and events, but as major cycles in the tides of human destiny. (Lower's) aim is to fix western man's present position in the course of time and the flux of history, and further, to discern the probable future of humankind in the gradual unfolding of large-scale trends and movements. Ranging over the beginnings, developments and ends of cultures through the centuries, (he) comes to a view of the present as a revolutionary age, prelude to imminent chaos." Chapter headings: Introduction; "The Spirit of the Age"; Judaism - I; Judaism - II; The Classical World; Early Christianity; The World Turned Upside Down - Part I; The World Turned Upside Down - Part II; The Great Age of Faith; Cross Seas and Sudden Storms: From Faith to Doubt; The Great Divide; Pandora's Box; Calm After Storm; Calm After Storm: The Englightenment; Years of Ferment; Years of Ferment: Bubbles Everywhere; Century of Hope; Secular Religion; Century of Hope: Mid-Century Battle; The Earthly Paradise in Sight; Making God in Man's Image; From Past to Present; A World Adrift; Prelude to Chaos?; Index. Minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, one tiny corner bump. Dust jacket is price-clipped, has light to moderate wear at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds - light to minor elsewhere, light rubbing on rear panel. 
Price: 20.00 USD
Edmonton Institute of Applied Art 1966 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Good+ 
192 pp, 9 1/4" H. B&w photographs. Dr. Grant MacEwan looks at Canadian politics both as a participant (once mayor of Calgary and, at time of writing, Lieutenant-Governor of Alberta) and an interested observer. This book was written "with the hope of doing something to re-awaken political enthusiasm, thereby gaining a more vigorous Democracy" and he expresses a wish that Canadians would bring to the political arena "more of the enthusiasm fans have for a football or hockey game". Small erased pencil mark on free front endpaper, tiny and small corner bumps, wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has light to moderate edge wear/wrinkling - mostly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, light soiling, slight browning and a few very small faint stains on spine, tape on inside top/bottom edges. 
Price: 15.00 USD
WAR AND THE WORLD'S LIFE., Maude, F.N., Colonel.
14 Maude, F.N., Colonel. WAR AND THE WORLD'S LIFE.
Smith, Elder, London, 1907. 
424 pp, 8vo (8 7/8" H), hard cover (red cloth with gold lettering on spine, gold lettering/insignia on front board) - no dust jacket. 6 fold-out diagrams/maps at rear. "In the following pages I have endeavoured to trace out the consequences which must follow from the gradual assimilation by all Continental Powers of the principles laid down by Clausewitz as guiding the conduct of Modern War, and the inevitable reaction upon our own (the British) position...." Chapter headings: Sociology wit h Regard to Military History; The Foundations of Home Defence; Difference of Opinion as to Tactical Training; The Function of the Volunteers in Peace; What Becomes of the Money Spent on Military Preparations?; Does Military Expenditure Pay? ; S o c i a l i sm in Germany; The Armies of France and Russia; The British Army Since 1815 to 1900; Fleet and Army; The Problem of Invasion; The Psychology of Drill-Ground Training; The Psychology of the Battlefield; Voluntary versus Compulsory Se rv i ce ; Th e Re gu la r Army; Adequacy of Auxiliary Forces to Resist Invasion; Esprit de Corps and the Volunteers; The General Staff and War Office Administration; The Education of the Nation; Boy Brigades - The Militia - Conclusion; Appendix - Na rra ti ve an d O ut lin e o f W ar-Game for the Northern Command. An award inscription and scattered light tiny foxing marks on free front endpaper, fold-out diagram V has small light liquid splash and small area of ink smudging on back, faint tiny fox ing ma rks on hal f-ti tle and title page, pages 40 to 60 have soft crease at top corner, one or two pages with minor tiny marks, light foxing marks to fore-edge and bottom of textblock, light dust soiling to top of textblock (cleaned), very light edg e we ar, ligh t fa ding to s pine color. VG- 
Price: 75.00 USD
LIES AS ALLIES OR HITLER AT WAR., Maugham, Viscount.  (Frederic Herbert Maugham.)
15 Maugham, Viscount. (Frederic Herbert Maugham.) LIES AS ALLIES OR HITLER AT WAR.
Toronto / London Oxford University Press 1941 First Canadian Edition Stapled in Wraps Good 
64 pp, 7 1/4" H. "That Hitler preceded his declaration of war with a spate of lies, and has accompanied his every military and diplomatic action since 1939 with lies is known to most people, but few realize the extent and quality of his mendacity. (This book) is the considered indictment by a lawyer of high distinction - of a method of attack which the German Fuehrer has reduced to a carefully studied science by the employment of which he hoped to mislead neutral opinion and hoodwink the German public." Contents: Preface; Introduction; The Policy is Deliberate; Mendacity as an Instrument of Aggression; Lies About the War at Sea; Lies About the War in the Air; Lies About the Sinkings of Mercantil Vessels; Hitler and the New Order: The First Version; The New Order: Second Version; Lying as a Fine Art; Conclusion. Interior - previous owner's name in ink at top of title page, very light wrinkling at fore-edge of pages up to approx. page 20, very light foxing on inside of covers and on opposite pages, light toning to pages, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - light soiling/rubbing on rear cover, wear on spine, small tears and chips at top/bottom of spine, very small crease at bottom corner of front cover, light browning to edges of text block. 
Price: 15.00 USD
THE HISTORY OF CANADA., McNaught, Kenneth.
16 McNaught, Kenneth. THE HISTORY OF CANADA.
New York Praeger 1970 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
336 pp, 8 3/4" H. B&w maps. "The history of Canada is the story of an ever expanding frontier and of the attempt to create a new nation in the face of enormous physical and human obstacles. (The author) follows this development from the very first probings of the tiny bands of explorers, missionaries, and 'coureurs de bois' that opened up 'New France'. He examines the great military struggles for control of the continent in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, which played such a vital part in laying down the present political and racial divisions. (Later) Canadians faced the enormous problems of welding scattered communities into provinces and provinces into a self-governing federation. The political task of nation-building was itself closely bound up with the building of the railways and the exploitation of the country's vast resources. Professor McNaught analyzes these great economic and social changes, as well as the part Canada played in two world wars and the process by which the Dominion evolved a new role in international affairs and new relationships with both Britain and the United States. (Concludes) with a survey of postwar Canada, which emphasizes that the expansion of the human frontier and the problems of unity and nationhood remain part of the Canadian question." Two very tiny stains on the half-title page, very small soft bump at top corner of middle third of pages, faint scuff on top of text block, very light wrinkling at top of spine, minor edge wear. Dust jacket is price-clipped, has very light edge wear/wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds. 
Price: 15.00 USD
THE END OF ORDER: VERSAILLES 1919., Mee, Charles L., Jr.
17 Mee, Charles L., Jr. THE END OF ORDER: VERSAILLES 1919.
New York E.P. Dutton 1980 0525098100 / 9780525098102 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good- 
301 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H). "The first world war and the Versailles Treaty that followed produced the most serious upheaval in the long and stormy course of modern world history. Four great empires - Germany, Austria-Hungary, Turkey, and Russia - were part of the war's rubble. Far from restoring the world to order, the diplomats who met in 1919 at Paris and at Versailles plunged the world again, this time irretrievably, into the chaos of the twentieth century. It was the end of order. At three o'clock on the afternoon of May 7, 1919, the head of the German delegation to the Paris Peace Conference entered a room in the Trianon Palace of Versailles and was 'dazzled and disoriented by the sudden explosion of sunlight reflected in the vast mirrors, the chandeliers and white walls'. Brockdorff-Rantzau was further bewildered by the Treaty that was presented to him - 'a mass of cross references and changed paragraphs' covering 200 printed pages and 140 articles. Yet nobody had studied the document - not the barrel-chested, shrewd, ferocious Clemenceau, commonly called 'The Tiger'; not the mercurial and crafty Lloyd George; and not Woodrow Wilson, the orator who looked like a Presbyterian minister and had been hailed as the Savior of Europe. What happened when the three most powerful heads of state gathered to establish a new world order is the subject of this important book. By turns appalling and hilarious, but informed throughout by a tragic sense of irony, this book is at once a work of art and a relentless disclosure of human beings caught in the process of making their own history." Very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, soft crease down spine, faint tiny foxing marks on edge of text block - mainly top edge, small light soiling mark in bottom margin of page 101. Dust jacket has light edge wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, very small light stain under laminate of front flap - text is legible, light foxing on inside top edge - mainly on front panel, minor edge wear, minor rubbing. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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
Philadelphia Chilton Books 1966 Hard Cover Very Good Very Good - 
313 pp, 8 1/4" H. B&w photographs. "Publication of this first biography ever written about E. Nesbit (1858-1924), whose books for children have delighted readers young and old, is a literary event of major importance. Mrs. Langley Moore has written a new introduction to the present edition, telling a number of things that had to be omitted from the original work, when so many of E. Nesbit's contemporaries or members of her family were still alive. Also, the entire book has been revised and relevant material that either had to be left out originally, or has been discovered since, has been added. Edith Nesbit married Hubert Bland, a young journalist and enthusiastic Socialist, in 1880. He took the chair at the first meeting of the Fabian Society and both were active in the Fabian movement. When Bland, while ill, was defrauded by a business partner, Edith Nesbit was forced to earn the family's living. She began to write poems, short stories, and recitiations, and made hand painted Christmas cards. After fifteen years of literary hack work, in which she produced some thirty-three books, she hit her stride with the writing of 'The Treasure Seekers', the first of the stories about the irrepressible Bastable children. Among the other books that have made her a household favorite are 'The Wouldbegoods', 'Five Children and It', 'The House of Arden', and 'The Story of the Amulet'. (The author) has given us a remarkable portrait of the genesis of a writer, and the writer's world. In seeking out her information she contacted many of the most eminent literary and theatrical figures in England at the time." Minor toning to margins of pages, light toning and faint foxing mark on fore-edge of text block, minor soiling on bottom edge of boards. Dust jacket has minor edge wear, general light browning - more on spine and flap-folds, one very small edge tear sticker removal/soiling mark at top corner of front panel, very small foxing mark on rear panel, protected in a mylar sleeve. 
Price: 15.00 USD
New York W.W. Norton 2010 0393070794 / 9780393070798 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine 
276 pp, 9 1/2" H. B&w photographs, maps. "In 1886 Alexander Ulyanov, a brilliant biology student, joined a small group of students at St. Petersburg University to plot the assassination of Russia's tsar. Calling themselves the 'Terrorist Faction of the People's Will', they planned to kill Alexander III on March 1, 1887, the sixth anniversary of his father's assassination by the People's Will. Thus known to history as the 'Second First March', the young terrorists failed disastrously in their mission, and five of them, Alexander Ulyanov included, were hanged. Alexander would have been just another casualty in the long history of Russian revolutionary martyrs were it not for one detail: his younger brother, Vladimir, led the October Revolution of 1917 under his assumed name, 'Lenin'. Exploring the rich array of published documents and the recently opened archives of post-Soviet Russia, (the author) illuminates the mystery at the heart of this story. How did a respectable family preparing its children for professional careers produce both a terrorist and the author of the October Revolution?" Very minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has very minor edge wrinkling. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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