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THE QUIET FIELDS., 'BB'.  Illustrated by D.J. Watkins-Pitchford.
1 'BB'. Illustrated by D.J. Watkins-Pitchford. THE QUIET FIELDS.
Michael Joseph, London, 1981, first edtion. 
206 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0718120396 Charming b&w illustrations. "There is a growing need for the 'quiet fields' in this noisy, restless world. Mercifully, they can still be found by the country-lover and naturalist . This book tells of a year spent deep in the countryside, beginning when the year is young, when trees and hedges are bare to the winter winds, and on through the spring, summer and autumn, to winter once again. Whatever the season of t h e y e a r t h ere is always something to see in the countryside, even when the 'quiet fields' are sheeted with snow. There are the winter migrants - the wildfowl of the wet places, the delicate fieldfares and redwings - who come to Britain to e sc ap e t he b it t er t emperatures of their native lands. 'BB' also describes the advent of the spring migrants, which bring such intense joy to the naturalist that he even had to surrender his studio to a swallow family, which honoured him wi th a v is it and tw o l us ty bro ods of young. And the arrival of frogs at his Big Pond, the first for years, was a red-letter day in his calendar. There is still magic and a sense of peace in Britain's woods and fields. This book sets out to p rov e it , a nd the illu stra tio ns by D .J. Watkins-Pitchford echo exactly the spirit of the writing...." Minor very soft crease, faint pencil erasure marks and previous owner's embossed blind stamp on free front endpaper; small light crease at b otto m cor ner of half -titl e pag e; v ery mino r edge wear; minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has one small closed tear, one tiny tear, light edge wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, very light rubbing, mi nor s oiling , sm all area of de lamina tion at b ottom of front panel at flap-fold, a few tiny dints on hinges - mainly rear hinge. Very Good/Very Good 
Price: 100.00 USD
HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN TREASURY., Andersen, Han Christian.  Edited by Duncan Crosbie, Pat Hegarty and Hazel Songhurst.
2 Andersen, Han Christian. Edited by Duncan Crosbie, Pat Hegarty and Hazel Songhurst. HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN TREASURY.
Haywards Heath Tony Potter 2006 1905288042 / 9781905288045 Hard Cover Very Good Very Good Helen Stratton. 
192 pp, 10 1/8" H. "This enchanting collection of Hans Christian Andersen's best-loved fairy tales has been brought to life with illustrations by the Victorian artist, Helen Stratton. Her delicate and detailed black and white drawings have been exquisitely hand coloured (by Nicola Burley) for this treasury." Contents: Introduction; The Red Shoes; The Little Mermaid; The Fellow Traveller; The Snow Queen; The Garden of Paradise; The Ice Maiden; The Fir Tree; The Little Match Girl; The Emperor's New Clothes; The Tinder Box; The Wild Swans; The Life of Hans Christian Andersen. Small bump at corners of boards. Dust jacket has light wrinkling at top of spine and at top/bottom of flap-folds. 
Price: 20.00 USD
UP IN THE TREE., Atwood, Margaret.
3 Atwood, Margaret. UP IN THE TREE.
Toronto McClelland & Stewart 1978 0771008244 / 9780771008245 Second Printing Hard Cover Very Good+ Margaret Atwood. 
Unpaginated, 10" H. Purple endpapers, red/brown/blue drawings and hand-lettered text by Margaret Atwood. Two young children enjoy playing in a tree, until it rains and a two beavers eat their ladder - but a friendly bird rescues them and all is well in the end. Minor edge wear. 
Price: 35.00 USD
Macmillan, New York, 1933. 
404 pp, large 8vo (9 11/16" H), hard cover (green boards with gold lettering on spine and front board) - no dust jacket. B&w photographs and drawings. Chapter headings: Preview of the Systematic Treatment; The Taxads, or Yews and Their Kindred; The True Cone-Bearers - Pines; The True Cone-Bearers - Firs and Spruces; The True Cone-Bearers - Cedars, Larches, Cypresses, and Others; The True Cone-Bearers - Junipers; Conifers in the Landscape; Cultivation and Propagation of Conifers; Experiences with Conifers; Insects, Diseases and Injuries of Conifers in North America. Interior - browning to endpapers, a few light foxing marks on preliminaries, very light browning to pages, otherwise clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - very light edge wear, very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, one tiny corner crease, light soiling on bottom of textblock, browning and small faint watermark on top of textblock. VG 
Price: 35.00 USD
London Frederick Warne 1997 0723243441 / 9780723243441 Second Printing Hard Cover Very Good Very Good Cicely Mary Barker. 
192 pp, 10 1/4" H. Pictorial endpapers. Profusely illustrated with lovely colour reproductions of Cicely Mary Barker's charming flower fairies. This book "brings together all of her fairy illustrations and poems in one volume". Contents: Introduction; Flower Fairies of the Spring; Flower Fairies of the Summer; Flower Fairies of the Autumn; Flower Faires of the Winter; Flower Faires of the Garden; Flower Fairies of the Trees; Flower Fairies of the Wayside; A Flower Fairy Alphabet; Old Rhymes for all Times; The Fairy Necklace. Minor toning to to margins of pages, minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket is price-clipped, has corner crease on front flap, minor edge wrinkling, a few very tiny dents, old price sticker on rear panel, protected in a mylar sleeve. 
Price: 25.00 USD
London Blackie & Son Hard Cover Very Good - Poor Cicely Mary Barker. 
Unpaginated (approx. 52 pp.), 9 3/4" H. No publication date present, but inscription on front free endpaper is dated Xmas 1926, so probably the first edition. Blue cloth spine, gray paper-covered boards with dark blue lettering and pasted on "Speedwell Fairy" illustration on front board. 12 delightful, colour plates tipped in (including frontispiece) - all in very good condition. B&w drawings by C.M.B. on title and final page. Music notation for voice and piano. Includes: The Song of the Primrose Fairy; The Song of the Windflower Fairy; The Song of the Groundsel Fairy; The Song of the Lords-and-Ladies Fairy; The Song of the Daffodil Fairy; The Song of the Larch Fairy; The Song of the Heart's-ease Fairy; The Song of the Lady's Smock Fairy; The Song of the Dog-Violet Fairy; The Song of the Stitchwort Fairy; The Song of the Daisy Fairy; and The Song of the Bluebell Fairy. Faint ink Christmas gift inscription (1926) on front pastedown, one separation between two page gatherings but pages are holding firmly in binding, very light browning to pages and endpapers, scattered tiny foxing marks at top of rear pastedown, light browning to edges of text block and boards - a bit more at top of rear board, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, some light edge wear - mainly at corners and on bottom edge of boards. Dust jacket has three large pieces missing on rear panel, seeveral edge chips and tears with creases, light to moderate rubbing with some light soiling, now protected in a mylar paper-backed sleeve. 
Price: 60.00 USD
National Archives, Richmond, 2004. 
196 pp, large 8vo (9 3/16" H), soft cover. ISBN 1903365759 Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs, reproductions. "The History Channel launched The Family History Project in September 2003 with the belief that every family has a great story t o tell. The nation was invited to share the tales of its ancestors. The thousands of entries revealed a wealth of human experience, from grand achievement to everyday life, love and loss. Here we reproduce the favourites, illustrated wit h p h o t o g r aphs from home archives. Well-known family historian Nick Barratt provides research tips for those inspired to research their own family trees. In these pages you will meet heroes, lovers, travellers and survivors, as well as fami ly sk el et on s an d some famous figures. Individually, the stories captivate. Together, they bring the nation's family history to life in a most extraordinary way." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - minor ed g e w rin kle on r ear c over. Near Fine 
Price: 20.00 USD
Shaftesbury, Dorset Element 2000 1862047359 / 9781862047358 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good 
302 pp, 9 1/2" H. B&w maps, family trees, decorations, colour and b&w photographs. "(The authors) unearth the truth about King Arthur and the magical realm of Avalon. They reveal how, through their investigations, they traced original key documents which had lain neglected for centuries. By combining the ancient sources with an intimate knowledge of the British landscape, they have managed to cast new light on the Dark Ages. Every piece of the puzzle they have put together fits - perfectly. The authors prove that the stories about Arthur and Avalon are rooted firmly within historical events which took place within a precise geographical setting in Wales; they also expose how and to what ends Arthurian legend has been hijacked for political gain throughout the ages. By establishing the historical facts about Arthur, his knights and the exact location of Avalon, (they) rip away the tissue of fabrication and fairy-tale that has shrouded the true origins of the British people and of anyone claiming ancestry from these isles." Book is very slightly cocked. Dust jacket has minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, very minor edge wear, minor browning at inside edges, minor rubbing. 
Price: 15.00 USD
TALES OF GREEN HEDGES., Blyton, Enid.  Illustrated by Joyce Johnson.
9 Blyton, Enid. Illustrated by Joyce Johnson. TALES OF GREEN HEDGES.
World Distributors, Manchester, c1946. 
169 pp, small 8vo (7 5/8" H), hard cover (yellow boards with black lettering/illustration on spine, black illustration on front board) - in dust jacket. Pictoral endpapers, attractively illustrated throughout with b&w drawings by Joyce Johnson. "I n these four-and-twenty charmingly told tales Enid Blyton has journeyed round the year, choosing a flower, an animal, a bird, a fish or a tree, and telling two fascinating stories to illustrate some incidents of nature life characteristic o f e a c h m o nth. Some of the stories are delightful fantasies of fairies, witches, naughty gnomes and pixies, but all contain factual information about interesting and often unnoticed aspects of nature, which will be remembered and treasured by M i ss B ly to n 's e ager young readers." Large gift inscription on half-title page, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, small bump to bottom rear corner - slight bump to other corners, very light colored watermark at top edge of free re ar end pa per , f adi ng an d v ery small watermark to top of textblock, very light browning to fore-edge and bottom of textblock, slight darkening to spine and edges of boards. Dust jacket is price clipped, has small to medium tears and chips at top /bot tom of spin e an d f lap -fol ds - some with creases, minor edge wear, very light rubbing and soiling on rear panel, faint writing indentation on front flap. Very Good-/Good 
Price: 30.00 USD
THE SONORAN DESERT., Bowden, Charles.  Photographs by Jack W. Dykinga.
10 Bowden, Charles. Photographs by Jack W. Dykinga. THE SONORAN DESERT.
Harry N. Abrams, New York, 1997. 
167 pp, oblong small 4to (10 1/2" H x 10 7/8" D), soft cover. ISBN 0810926695 Profusely illustrated with color photographs. "The Sonoran Desert of the southwestern United States and northern Mexico sizzles in the sun. Daytime temperatures common ly soar above 120F. The parched, mineral earth gets less than three inches of rainfall a year on average; some years, none at all. Yet this is one of the most fascinating and beautiful places in North America. A large variety of plants - cr e o s o t e bush, the fabled boojum, and numerous other cacti and succulents - flourish here, as do a wealth of birds, insects, and small mammals. Man is an uneasy resident, and, although modern cities such as Phoenix and Tucson survive on its fri ng es , th e na tural heart of the desert still rejects all but the most intrepid sojourners. Two who know this desert well are (the author and photographer of this book). Interwoven together, the personal visions of these two remarkable observers ev oke t he So nor an Desert with extraordinary power. We may or may not wish to be in the desert as they have been, but in these pages we will come as close as possible to being there." Price includes extra postage due to weight of book. Inter ior - cl ean an d t ight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - minor rubbing, a few tiny faint liquid marks on front cover, one light crease down spine, very minor corner wear. Very Good 
Price: 30.00 USD
11 Braithwaite, Max. McGRUBER'S FOLLY.
Toronto McClelland & Stewart 1981 0771016131 / 9780771016134 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ David Shaw cover art. 
220 pp, 8 5/8" H. "McGruber is a retired detective with everything a man could want - a home in the Muskoka woods, a charming wife, good health and two grandchildren. But McGruber is restless - and stirred to dream of something more - of palm trees and surf, of yachts and fast cars, of young women with unlined faces and eager bodies. And then, in a flash, (he) realizes it doesn't have to be a dream. It can all be his - but only if he can pull of the Perfect Crime. This is the beginning of a rollicking, non-stop escapade that introduces the hapless McGruber to a world of deception and devious characters - and an insurance investigator who hires (him) to solve his own crime." Minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flsp-folds. 
Price: 15.00 USD
ECOLOGY FOR GARDENERS., Carroll, Steven B. & Salt, Steven D.
12 Carroll, Steven B. & Salt, Steven D. ECOLOGY FOR GARDENERS.
Portland Timber Press 2005 0881926116 / 9780881926118 Reprint Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good Errol D. Hooper Jr. 
328 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H). Colour photographs, b&w drawings. "(T)he authors look at the structure, development, genetics, and reproduction of plants, the most prominent actors in garden ecosystems. They describe other garden organisms, focusing on those with the most influential roles - insects, nematodes, and microorganisms - as well as garden denizens ranging from microscopic prions to elephants. (They) explore nutrient cycles, sunlight, air, water, and the soil - the physical environment within which garden organisms live and function - and they consider the ways plants function in their environment and form communities. They then examine the intricate interactions among garden-dwelling organisms, ranging from the harmful to the beneficial. Once this groundwork is laid, they introduce humans into the garden ecosystem and consider how gardeners can use ecological principles to wisely manage their garden ecosystems. Throughout the book, the authors cite hundreds of examples drawn from personal experience and from the gardening and ecological literature. It becomes clear that gardens - whether a group of potted plants on a patio, a few beds carved out of a lawn, or extensive plantings over several acres - are indeed connected to the natural world in endless and important ways." Light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has light edge wear/wrinkling, a few tiny dents on spine and hinges. 
Price: 20.00 USD
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Western Producer Prairie Books 1985 0888331711 / 9780888331717 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good 
134 pp, 11 1/4" H. B&w photographs. "The old-time Christmas concert is remembered almost unanimously by participants and onlookers alike as 'the biggest day of the year'. Every phase of the concert is featured in this wonderful book: from the first rehearsals to the unpredictably disastrous moments on concert night; from the welcome speech by a nervous preschooler to the climax of the program, the nativity pageant. The monologues and drills, costume songs and plays, gymnastics displays and minstrel acts are recalled vividly by participants in their own words and complemented by private photographs and treasured concert momentos. (This book) brings back the drama and excitement of the old-time school Christmas concert to all who miss it, to all who want to reminisce about it, and to all who wish to experience it for the first time." Faint erased pencil mark on free front endpaper. Dust jacket has minor edge wrinkling, minor browning at top edge of flap-folds, two tiny dents on front hinge, very light rubbing. 
Price: 15.00 USD
ENGLISH TOPIARY GARDENS., Clarke, Ethne and Wright, George.
14 Clarke, Ethne and Wright, George. ENGLISH TOPIARY GARDENS.
Phoenix, (London, 1997). 
160 pp, oblong small 8vo (7 1/2" H x 9 7/8" D), soft cover. Profusely illustrated with full color photographs. "England has the finest examples of topiary in the world, from simple geometric shapes to fanciful figures clipped in yew. The clipping and training of trees is one of the oldest garden art forms...In the seventeenth century no English garden was complete without regiments of leafy figures and hedges clipped in geometric precision. Author Ethne Clark and photographer George Wright have toured England seeking topiary throughout the land, gathering information on its hisotry and cultivation from the gardeners who tend it. The result...celebrates the diverse art with examples ranging from mazes to Egyptian t emples, from peacocks to a locomotive engine, from rabbits to a leafy Nessie." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - light to moderate rubbing - no color loss, soft crease on covers, tiny surface paper loss at bottom corner of front cover. VG 
Price: 15.00 USD
Detroit Tower Books 1971 Reprint of the Dent/Dutton 1922 Edition Hard Cover Very Good - No Jacket 
248 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H), black cloth with gold lettering & decoration on spine - no dust jacket. Profusely illustrated with b&w drawings. Three pages with printing ink offset in bottom margin of page, very light edge wear, slight rubbing and a few tiny scuffs on boards, small light white stain and small scuff mark on spine. 
Price: 22.50 USD
LITTLE NURSERIES IN THE FIELDS., Crawford, M.H.  Colored drawings by Janet Hewson.
16 Crawford, M.H. Colored drawings by Janet Hewson. LITTLE NURSERIES IN THE FIELDS.
Religious Tract Society, London, n.d. 
270 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), hard cover (blue-green cloth with gold lettering on spine and front board) - no dust jacket. Over 100 b&w photographs plus color plates. A look at nature's 'nurseries' - the nests, burrows, holes, etc. in which the next gen eration of Britain's wildlife develops. Contents: Preface; The Domestic Arrangements of Spiders; Homes Underground; Familes on the Beach; Homes of Butterflies, Moths, and Caterpillars; Fields and Hedgerows; Comfort and Safety; Eggs of Man y K i n d s ; T he Ways of Young Birds; Homes Inside Trees; Down by the Stream; Early Morning in May; At the Edge of the Wood; Some Hanging Nurseries; Differences and Distinctions. Book very slightly cracked at a few places, one or two pages with m i no r so il in g, ve ry light brwoing/soiling to edges of textblock, very light edge wear, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. VG 
Price: 37.50 USD
TOPIARY:  DESIGN AND TECHNIQUE., Crowder, Christopher and Ashworth, Michaeljon.
17 Crowder, Christopher and Ashworth, Michaeljon. TOPIARY: DESIGN AND TECHNIQUE.
Crowood, Marlborough, 2006. 
128 pp, large 8vo (8 7/8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 1861268165 Profusely illustrated with colour photographs, drawings. "The practical guide to topiary that will enable anyone to pick up the clippers and start creating unique living art forms. (Covers:) Assessing the site; Design and structural form: the outdoor space and the topiary piece; Choosing topiary material - suitable species; Preparation and planting - regular and long-term maintenance; Clipping techniques and s t e p - b y - s tep methods of creating topiary pieces; Hedge topiary, simple shapes - complex and figurative shapes; Rejuvenation and propagation." Two small bumps at top edge of front board. Dust jacket has small corner crease and moderate for e- ed ge w ri nk li ng o n front flap, minor rubbing, two edge creases - one with three tiny tears. Very Good-/Very Good- 
Price: 35.00 USD
Macmillan Company of Canada, Toronto, 1957, first edition. 
304 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w photographs. "Jalna, the tremendous tribe of Whiteoaks, the distant Canadian background, with its maple trees, its great lake, its fascinating mixture of primitive outdoors and civilised comfo rt: was it from such a background that Mazo de la Roche sprang? In this long family chronicle stretching from generation to generation, has she been telling us something of herself? (This book) answers these questions. Here is a vivid re-cr e a t i o n of (her) life, in some ways so like the life of a Whiteoak, but always individual and characteristic. The background is the same, the beautiful section of Ontario that borders on one of the great Canadian lakes, but the experience is d if fe re nt . S he gives us a spontaneously written account of the rather strange childhood of one who was born with the writer's eye, who grew to use her gifts, and for whom discerning Fortune gave the opportunity of finding a world-wide audience, ap pro ach ed in so many languages, retained through so many years. - But (it) is not only about a writer's work. It is a story of friendships and travel, of animal friends as well as human ones; and of a perfect companionship that has endured n earl y a life tim e, and is honoured in the dedicatory inscription to the book." Minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has been price clipped; has light edge wear and tiny chip/tears at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds; moderate br ownin g on rear pan el, spi ne and flap-folds, slight waviness along top/bottom edges of both panels. Very Good+/Very Good- 
Price: 20.00 USD
THE VERY HOUSE., De la Roche, Mazo.
19 De la Roche, Mazo. THE VERY HOUSE.
Toronto Macmillan Company of Canada 1937 First Canadian Edition Hard Cover Very Good Poor A.H. Watson, dust jacket illustration. (Alice Helena Watson.) 
258 pp, 7 1/2" H. Bright blue cloth with gilt lettering/decoration on spine. "(O)ne of those rare books which capture the elusive qualities of childhood with integrity and naturalness. From the moment of their arrival in Plymouth, with a great mound of luggage, throughout their journeyings in search of a home and their final coming to anchor in 'The Very House', the doings of this unconventional family are described with detached gaiety. The characters are lovable and very much alive, not least among them Dan and Robbie, the Scottie and the Cairn. In the sombre house, with its massive trees and views to the mountains of Wales, Gillian and Diggory lead their eager and sensitive lives that now mingle with the life of the grown-ups and now voyage to the remote realms of childhood. They still retain their individuality that so soon disappears when children are regimented into school life. Readers who remember the poignant delights and swift sorrows of their own childhood will find deep pleasrue in this penetrating record." Small company stamp at bottom of rear free endpaper, dust soiling on top of text block, wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, light edge wear, one slight corner bump. Dust jacket has heavy creasing/wrinkling and old tape/paper patch repairs to large tears, small edge chips, light to moderate browning on spine, now protected in a mylar sleeve. 
Price: 35.00 USD
INTO THE GREEN., de Lint, Charles.  (Delint.)
20 de Lint, Charles. (Delint.) INTO THE GREEN.
New York TOR 1993 0312080875 / 9780312080877 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good- Very Good- John Howe, jacket art. 
254 pp, 8 1/2" H.. "The harp was a gift from Jacky Lantern's fey kin, as was the music Angharad pulled from its strings. She used it in her journeys through the kingdoms of the Green Isles, to wake the Summerblood where it lay sleeping in folk who had never known they were witches. This was the way the Middle Kingdom survived - by being remembered, by its small magics being served, by the interchange of wisdom and gossip between man and those he shared the world with - the birds, the bests, the hills, the trees. Harping, she knew, was one third of a bard's spells. Harping and poetry, and the road that led into the green - ." Slight lean to spine, bump at top of spine, minor bump at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has crease down the top half of the spine, a few small edge tears and creases, some wear at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, two very small dents on front hinge, protected in a mylar sleeve. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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