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PRAGUE WINTER:  A PERSONAL STORY OF REMEMBRANCE AND WAR, 1937-1948., Albright, Madeleine.  With Bill Woodward.
1 Albright, Madeleine. With Bill Woodward. PRAGUE WINTER: A PERSONAL STORY OF REMEMBRANCE AND WAR, 1937-1948.
New York Harper 2012 0062030310 / 9780062030313 Very Good+ Very Good+ 
467 pp, 9 1/4" H. B&w illustrations. "(T)akes readers from the Bohemian capital's thousand-year-old castle to the bomb shelters of London, from the desolate prison ghetto of Terezin to the highest councils of European and American government. Albright reflects on her discovery of her family's Jewish heritage many decades after the war, on her Czech homeland's tangled history, and on the stark moral choices faced by her parents and their generation. Often relying on eyewitness descrip-tions, she tells the story of how millions of ordinary citizens were ripped from familiar surroundings and forced into new roles as exiled leaders and collaborators, victims and killers. These events of enormous complexity are nevertheless shaped by concepts familair to any growing child: fear, trust, adaptation, the search for identity, the pressure to conform, the quest for independence, and the difference between right and wrong. At once a deeply personal memoir and an incisive work of history, 'Prague Winter' serves as a guide to the future through the lessons of the past - as seen through the eyes of one of the international community's most respected and fascinating figures." Light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has minor edge wear/wrinkling at top/bottom of hinges and flap-folds. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
2 Bata, Thomas J. With Sonja Sinclair. BATA: SHOEMAKER TO THE WORLD.
Toronto Stoddart 1990 0773724168 / 9780773724167 First Edition Very Good Very Good 
341 pp, 9 1/2" H. B&w photographs. "In 1932, when young Tom Bata watched his father's coffin being lowered into his grave, he silently promised to abide by the wishes expressed in his father's 'moral testament': that the Bata Shoe Company was to be treated not as a source of private wealth, but as a public trust, a means of improving the liviing standards within the community and providing customers with good value for their money. At the time, Tom had no idea of the challenges he would face in fulfilling that promise. Not only was he ill-equipped, at age eighteen, to step into the shoes of an acknowledged business genius, creator of the largest shoe manufacturing and retailing organization in the world. Worse than that, fate was about to deal him a series of painful blows. The subjugation of his homeland, Czechoslovakia, by the Nazis was followed by an acrimonious family rift, the expropriation by Communist regimes of all his holdings in Eastern and Central Europe and, in other parts of the world, economic and political upheavals that threatened the survival of the newly resuscitated Bata organization. Yet Bata actually thrived on the sudden change and adversity. From his new home base in Canada he built, this side of the Iron Curtain, a global empire that employs 70,000 people and plays an important part in the economies of many developing countries. (This) is the story of the man, his family and their business." Remainder mark (dot) on bottom of text block, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has light edge wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom of spine and at top of rear flap, very light rubbing. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
52 COULEURS DU QUEBEC ... CINQUANTE-DEUX PEINTRES.  THE COLOURS OF QUEBEC ... FIFTY-TWO PAINTERS., Bruens, Louis.
3 Bruens, Louis. 52 COULEURS DU QUEBEC ... CINQUANTE-DEUX PEINTRES. THE COLOURS OF QUEBEC ... FIFTY-TWO PAINTERS.
Editions la palette, Montreal, 1987. 
237 pp, 4to (12" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 2980106003 B&w and colour illustrations. Bilingual text (French/English). Showcases the work of 52 Quebec artists, giving brief biographies. Francesco Alberti, Gilles Archambault, Leonard Bas que, Andre Bertounesque, Normand Boisvert, Yvette Boulanger, J. Marcel Bourbonnais, Patricia Bourque, Serge Brunoni, Albert Buscio, Christian Deberdt, Littorio Del Signore, John Der, Maurice Domingue, Robert Dupont, Lucie Fournier, Helmut G e r t h , J o s eph Giunta, Francine Gravel, Monique Harvey, Richard Hetu, Vladimir Horik, Normand Hudon, Lise Jourdenais, Louise Kirouac, Pierre Labrecque, Claude Langevin, Michel Lapensee, P. Tex Lecor, Michel Leroux, Douglas Manning, Monique Mer ci er , Pa tr i ck M un eret, Pauline Paquin, Francoise Pascals, Claude Picher, Jacques Poirier, Marcel H. Poirier, Gaston Rebry, Philippe Richard, Alan Richardson, Gilles Seguin, Benoit Simard, Solange St-Pierre, Armand Tatossian, Claude Theberge, Ti bor K . T hom as , L oui s T remblay, Pierrette Trudel, Pierre Turgeon, Mario Verdon. Very light wrinkling at bottom of spine, very minor wear at top/bottom of spine and at corners. Dust jacket has very minor wear at bottom of front panel, mi nor wrin kli ng a t bo tto m of spi ne, very light rubbing, two shallow dints on front hinge. Near Fine/Very Good+ 
Price: 75.00 USD
 
 
4 Chakovsky, A. (Alexander). THE LIGHT OF A DISTANT STAR.
Progress, Moscow, (1965), Ist English language printing. 
281 pp, 8vo, hard cover in dust jacket, integral ribbon bookmark. "This is the story of Vladimir Zavyalov, a young airman, and Olga, the girl he loves, who was reported missing in the war. Twelve years after the end of the war he comes across a picture of her in an illustrated magazine. In his efforts to find her, he encounters different people and becomes involved in various situations, and this search changes his entire life..." Light browning to endpapers, old price in pen on free rear endpaper, gift inscription on free front endpaper, foxing along top edge of boards, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, corners slightly bumped. Dust jacket is 1/8" shorter in height than book, has light edge wear/wrinkling, light foxing, light soiling. Good/Good 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
5 Dejevsky, Mary, introduction. THE BRITANNICA GUIDE TO RUSSIA. THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO THE NATION, ITS PEOPLE, AND CULTURE.
London Constable & Robinson 2009 1845299213 / 9781845299217 Near Fine 
332 pp, 7 3/4" H. B&w illustrations. "Out of the ashes of the Cold War, a new superpower has emerged. From the collapse of the Soviet Union to the rise of the oligarchs, the presidency of Vladimir Putin, and the shifting balance of power between the world's superpowers, the Britannica Guide offers a comprehensive account of the history of this complex and fascinating nation since 1917. The Guide also gives a panoramic overview of the everyday life and rich culture of Russia, including portraits of the great writers, artists, and thinkers who have shaped the country. In her wide-ranging introduction, political commentator Mary Dejevsky looks at the recent past and the possible future for Russia as it regains its status in the new world order." Interior - very soft corner crease on pages 221 to 241, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - clean and bright. 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
PRAGUE.  GREAT CENTERS OF ART SERIES., Denkstein, Vladimir and Kotalik, Jiri, edited and with an introduction by.   Jarmila Brozova, Jarmila Jindrova, Emanuel Poche, Jaromir Neumann, Jan Durdik, Emma Urbankova.
6 Denkstein, Vladimir and Kotalik, Jiri, edited and with an introduction by. Jarmila Brozova, Jarmila Jindrova, Emanuel Poche, Jaromir Neumann, Jan Durdik, Emma Urbankova. PRAGUE. GREAT CENTERS OF ART SERIES.
Montclair, N.J. Abner Schram 1979 0839002254 / 9780839002253 First American Edition Very Good Very Good 
252 pp, 13 1/2" H. Brown cloth with gilt lettering on spine, pictorial endpapers. In publisher's original plain cardboard slipcase. B&w and colour reproductions. "(A) stunning exhibition of the city's mag-nificent art treasures. Compiled by the directors of Prague's National Museum and National Gallery, this important and eye-filling work is a rich cornucopia which art historians, students of central Europe, and travelers to the historic city may sample with profit and pleasure. Itself an art treasure with its ancient buildings, historic monuments, and panoramic views, 'the city of a hundred towers' is home to notable collections of paintings, drawings, sculpture, and objects d'art dating from Charles IV and even earlier. Reflecting Prague's position at the heart of Europe along centuries-old trade routes, these collections encompass the continent's many schools of art, architecture, and handicrafts and repre-sent a distillation of Prague's turbulent thousand-year history. Modern scholarship, including some extraordinary scholarly detective work on the Prague Castle Gallery collection, has uncovered, restored, and made available to experts and public alike many little-known treasures. Equally impressive are collections of early art, coins, astronomical instruments, and Bohemian and modern Czechoslovak glass and porcelain. History of church and state can be glimpsed in the art of stone-cutters, goldsmith and silversmiths, weavers and embroiderers, and masters of illuminated manu-scripts." Contents: Introduction; National Museum; National Gallery; Museum of Decorative Arts; Museum of the City of Prague; Treasury of St. Vitus' Cathedral; Prague Castle Gallery; State Jewish Museum; Military Museum; Illuminated Manuscripts in Prague Libraries. Slight toning to edges of text block, light toning in margins of illustration pages. Dust jacket has a small faint water mark at the bottom of the spine, very light browning at edges, very small stain on rear panel. Slipcase has minor edge wear, light browning at edges. 
Price: 50.00 USD
 
 
THE BEST OF RUSSIAN HUMOR: OVER 1,500 ORIGINAL RUSSIAN JOKES, QUIPS, QUOTES, AND ANECDOTES., Godunok, Vladimir, compiler/translator/editor.  Copyedited by David McCabe. Illustrated by Sergei Kovalenko.
7 Godunok, Vladimir, compiler/translator/editor. Copyedited by David McCabe. Illustrated by Sergei Kovalenko. THE BEST OF RUSSIAN HUMOR: OVER 1,500 ORIGINAL RUSSIAN JOKES, QUIPS, QUOTES, AND ANECDOTES.
London, Ontario Russian Doll 1999 0968535801 / 9780968535806 Very Good + 
371 pp, 8 7/16" H. B&w cartoons. Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - very small corner creases on front cover. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
MYTH, MAGIC, AND MYSTERY: ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF AMERICAN CHILDREN'S BOOK ILLUSTRATION., Hearn, Michael Patrick / Clark, Trinkett / Clark, H. Nichols B.
8 Hearn, Michael Patrick / Clark, Trinkett / Clark, H. Nichols B. MYTH, MAGIC, AND MYSTERY: ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF AMERICAN CHILDREN'S BOOK ILLUSTRATION.
Boulder, Colorado Roberts Rinehart Publishers in cooperation with The Chrysler Museum of Art 1996 1570980799 / 9781570980794 Very Good 
242 pp, 4to (11 1/2" H). Profusely illustrated in color and b&w. "A stunning achievement, 'Myth, Magic, and Mystery' brings together the work of nearly every prominent children's book illustrator of the twentieth century. Developed for a nationwide, touring exhibition beginning at The Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia in June 1996, this book stands alone as a portable encyclopedia of the 'masters' of the genre. Included here are the works of such popular illustrators as N.C. Wyeth, Chris Van Allsburg, Maurice Sendak, Dr. Seuss, Edward Gorey, Tomi Ungerer, and others; a special feature of the book is a complete 'alphabet' created from a selection of the classic ABC books by the likes of Richard Scarry and 'Curious George' creator H.A. Rey. (This) will be a volume to be treasured alongside the classics themselves, a book to be sought after for moments of quiet contemplation or recollections of sheer joy." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - very light edge wear, light rubbing on covers, tiny dent on fore-edge of text block, tiny stain on bottom of text block. 
Price: 40.00 USD
 
 
VOLODYMYR THE GREAT.  A HISTORICAL DRAMA IN THREE ACTS., Lassovsky-Kruk, Miroslawa.  Translated by Anna Stepaniuk Trojan.
9 Lassovsky-Kruk, Miroslawa. Translated by Anna Stepaniuk Trojan. VOLODYMYR THE GREAT. A HISTORICAL DRAMA IN THREE ACTS.
Toronto 1988 Limited Edition Near Fine Very Good- Bohdan Holowacki. Inscribed by translator.
95 pp, 11 1/4" H. No. 604 of the Millennium Edition, limited to 1000 Numbered Copies. Inscribed by Anna Stepaniuk Trojan and with her card laid in. Map endpapers, b&w illustrations. Bilingual text (Ukrainian/English). "An ancient kingdom - Kiev! - one thousand years ago - its Volodymyr the Great made a crucial choice between an animistic religion, whose belief could not conceive of a permanent resurrection, and a new faith which is still transforming our world..." From the English Preface. Minor wrinkle at top of spine. Dust jacket has light edge wear, several small chips and tears (some with creases) - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, very light soiling/rubbing on rear panel, now protected in a mylar sleeve. 
Price: 50.00 USD
 
 
BY THE LIGHT OF THE GLOW-WORM LAMP:  THREE CENTURIES OF RELFECTIONS ON NATURE., Manguel, Alberto, ed. (Charles Darwin, R.B. Cunninghame Graham, Thomas Belt, Mark Twain, Henry David Thoreau, Priscilla Wakefield, John James Audubon, Philip Henry Gosse, Grant Allen, Charles Hall, Charles Abbot, Herman Melville, Annie Dillard, et a
10 Manguel, Alberto, ed. (Charles Darwin, R.B. Cunninghame Graham, Thomas Belt, Mark Twain, Henry David Thoreau, Priscilla Wakefield, John James Audubon, Philip Henry Gosse, Grant Allen, Charles Hall, Charles Abbot, Herman Melville, Annie Dillard, et a BY THE LIGHT OF THE GLOW-WORM LAMP: THREE CENTURIES OF RELFECTIONS ON NATURE.
Plenum Trade, New York, 1998, first edition. 
373 pp, large 8vo (9 1/8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0306459914 "(This book) represents the best of the nature-writing genre in over three dozen works from the past three centuries. Echoing the pastoral lyrics of Theocritus and Virgil, n ature writing crosses the Middle Ages and Renaissance under changing guises, and comes into its own, first during the Romantic era and then in the nineteenth century when Charles Darwin burst onto the scene. Today, the genre has been reviv e d b y a w ide and diverse group of imaginative writers - scientists, naturalists, and adventurers among them. Alberto Manguel, a great reader and literary connoisseur, serves as our guide. First outlining a 'literary' history of nature writin g, h e h as or g an ized this anthology into four sections: Landscape, Birds, Beasts, and Insects and Fish. He has included authors who did not train as scientists (D.H. Lawrence and Vladimir Nabokov). There are zoologists (John James Audubon) , c ons er vat ion i sts ( Rac hel Carson), the great classic figures (Charles Darwin and J.H. Fabre), and well-known contemporary writers (Diane Ackerman, Annie Dillard, and Barry Lopez). A cornucopia of the marvelous and the earthbound, (it) wil l ta ke i ts plac e al on gsid e t he m ore popular prose anthologies of our time." Minor rubbing, minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has minor edge wrinkling. Very Good+/Very Good+ 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
TALES OF THE AMBER RING., May, Milos.  Translated by Vladimir Varecha.
11 May, Milos. Translated by Vladimir Varecha. TALES OF THE AMBER RING.
London B. Mitchell / Orbis 1985 0856135313 / 9780856135316 First English Edition Very Good Very Good Petr Sis. 
191 pp, 11 1/4" H. Translated from the Czech. Colour and b&w illustrations throughout. "These marvellous tales come from the faraway Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, as well as from Finland. They are full of earthy humour as well as heroism and romance. They range from court to farmyard, from heaven to hell. the characters are unusually true to life, even unexpectedly so. God Himself is portrayed as being sometimes grumpy, sometimes angry, and very human. The Devil and his cohorts appear frequently, sometimes tricking men, more often being tricked by them. One intriguing aspect of these stories is the way so many of them lead on to another: just as you think you have reached the end, something new happens, and the protagonist is off again. These are among the most intriguing tales ever set down for children, because they do not end with simple morals or easy solutions. Each story creates a world of its own, one which you are unlikely to have encountered before, or ever to find again." One tiny corner bump, small light scuff across fore-edge of text block. Dust jacket has very light edge wear/wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom of hinges and flap-folds, small soiling mark on rear panel, soft crease down rear flap. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
LENIN'S BROTHER:  THE ORIGINS OF THE OCTOBER REVOLUTION., Pomper, Philip.
12 Pomper, Philip. LENIN'S BROTHER: THE ORIGINS OF THE OCTOBER REVOLUTION.
New York W.W. Norton 2010 0393070794 / 9780393070798 First Edition 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
 
 
THE PARACHUTE WARD:  A CANADIAN SURGEON'S WARTIME ADVENTURES IN YUGOSLAVIA., Street, Brian Jeffrey.  (Colin Scott Dafoe.)
13 Street, Brian Jeffrey. (Colin Scott Dafoe.) THE PARACHUTE WARD: A CANADIAN SURGEON'S WARTIME ADVENTURES IN YUGOSLAVIA.
Toronto Lester & Orpen Dennys 1987 0886191033 / 9780886191030 First Edition Very Good+ Very Good+ 
306 pp, 9 1/2" H. Map endpapers, b&w photographs. "On the night of 12 May 1944, Major Colin Scott Dafoe, a surgeon on special assignment with Britain's SOE parachuted behind enemy lines into German-occupied Yugoslavia. His mission, code-named 'Toffee', was to provide medical aid to the People's Liberation Army of Yugoslavia: the ragtag band of unsung heroes who were Marshal Tito's Partisans. Dafoe, a native of Madoc, Ontario, was no stranger to combat - he had served with the British 8th Army in Tobruk and El Alamein in North Africa - but nothing he had experienced in the deserts of Africa had prepared him for the war in occupied Yugoslavia. The hit-and-run tactics of guerrilla fighting in mountainous terrain made a mockery of conventional medical procedures, but Dafoe was a devoted and ingenious surgeon who put his skills to the test time and time again, despite incredible hardship and danger. In an operating room constructed from parachutes, Dafoe operate on the maimed and wounded, who were brought from miles around to receive his expert attention." Tiny wrinkle at top of rear hinge. Dust jacket has minor rubbing, minor edge wrinkling. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
TIGER TRAP., Walters, Eric.
14 Walters, Eric. TIGER TRAP.
Toronto Sandcastle / Dundurn 2007 1550026739 / 9781550026733 First Edition Near Fine Cover illustration By Ron Lightburn. 
172 pp,8 1/4" H. "Sarah and Nicholas Fraser, the irrepressible sister-and-brother duo of Eric Walter's bestselling 'Tiger by the Tail', 'Tiger in Trouble', and 'Tiger Town', are back for a fourth adventure. The kids are already neck-deep in exotic animals when Mr. McCurdy and Vladimir, the owners of Tiger Town, rescue another truckload of creatures, including two baby kangaroos, a leopard, and a lion. Always the worrier, Sarah frets about finances and wonders how on earth they'll be able to care for the ever-expanding menagerie. Then a man named Anthony appears on the farm, and Sarah and Nick have a lot more to fear. Who is this newcomer - friend or foe, patron or poacher? All Sarah knows is that some shady characters are threatening her beloved animals again, a bunch of gun-toting crooks are on the lookout to buy illegal wildlife for zoos, especially a gorilla, and some sort ot parrot disease has put Mr. McCurdy's farm under quarantine!" Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - one tiny soft corner crease on front cover. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 


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