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MADAME TUSSAUD:  A LIFE IN WAX., Berridge, Kate.
1 Berridge, Kate. MADAME TUSSAUD: A LIFE IN WAX.
Toronto HarperCollins 2006 0002008122 / 9780002008129 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
352 pp, 9 1/4" H. B&w illustrations. "When she died in London at the age of ninety, a survivor of one of the most tumultuous epochs in history, Madame Tussaud had travelled far from her inauspicious beginnings in Strasbourg as the daughter of a common soldier and a housekeeper. Moving to Paris as a child, Marie climbed through the ranks of French society as the protegee of charmismatic showman artist Philippe Curtius, and witnessed the French Revolution in all its grisly detail. She survived the Terror and moved to London, where she struggled to find a foothold amidst the desperate competition of showmen from all over Europe. Her touring years were studded with drama and danger, and twice she nearly lost her life and livelihood - first in a shipwreck and then at the hands of a rampaging mob in the Reform riots of 1831. The core of her exhibition was Revolutionary relics given extra potency by her victim survivor status and the famous claims that she was forced to cast the death masks of Marie Antoinette and other members of the royal family, whom she had known personally when employed to teach modelling at Versailles. But did her desire to make a compelling and commercial spectacle of the events unfolding around her extend to moulding her own dramatic story? The story of a business empire sculpted out of the ashes of one of history's most turbulent periods reveal a woman who - in exploiting the human fascination with the rich, the famous and the infamous - was far ahead of her time." Very small bump at bottom corner of both boards, wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has minor edge wear, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, very light rubbing. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE CHILDREN'S LIFE OF THE BEE., Maeterlinck, Maurice.  Selected and arranged by Alfred Sutro and Herschel Williams.
2 Maeterlinck, Maurice. Selected and arranged by Alfred Sutro and Herschel Williams. THE CHILDREN'S LIFE OF THE BEE.
New York Dodd, Mead 1930 Hard Cover Good Edward J. Detmold. 
192 pp, 8 1/4" H. Dark blue cloth with gilt lettering on spine and front board, pasted down colour picture on front board. Five colour plates, including frontispiece (all present). Chapter headings: On the Threshold of the Hive; The Swarm; The Foundation of the City; The Young Queens; The Massacre of the Males; The Progress of the Race. Light browning to endpapers, light toning to pages, 1" tear at top margin of page leaf 87/88 - archivally taped, light lean to spine, slight bump at corners, browning to edges of text block, light edge wear, wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, browning on spine and some loss to gold lettering on spine. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
A SWARM IN MAY.  OXFORD CHILDREN'S LIBRARY NO. 25., Mayne, William.
3 Mayne, William. A SWARM IN MAY. OXFORD CHILDREN'S LIBRARY NO. 25.
London Oxford University Press 1962 Hard Cover Very Good Very Good+ C. Walter Hodges. 
199 pp, small 8vo (7 7/8" H). B&w illustrations by C. Walter Hodges, dust jacket design by William Stobbs. First printing in the Oxford Children's Library series. "Every years the youngest Singing Boy had brought a swarm of the Cathedral bees to be blessed, so that their beeswax would furnish good candles throughout the coming year. When John Owen became Beekeeper, all this was long ago in the past; but the tradition had been kept up, and the Beekeeper still sang an introit before the Bishop once a year - though few people remembered why. John Owen wriggled out of being Beekeeper because he hated the idea of the solo in the Cathedral; but he soon found that he was thought to have shirked his duty. And about the same time, helping Dr Sutherland and the organist with 'his' bees, he found that he was quite good as a real beekeeper, if not a singing one; and then he and Trevithic discovered a forgotten passage high up in one of the Cathedral towers - ." Gift inscription in ink on front preliminary page, minor browning to edges of text block, three tiny to very small corner bumps. Dust jacket has minor edge wear/wrinkling, small crease at top corner of flaps. 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
THE ART OF THE ENGLISH MURDER., Worsley, Lucy.
4 Worsley, Lucy. THE ART OF THE ENGLISH MURDER.
New York Pegasus Crime 2014 1605986348 / 9781605986340 Second Printing Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ 
312 pp, 9 1/4" H. B&w and colour illustrations. "Murder - a dark, shameful deed, the last resort of the desperate or a vile tool of the greedy. And a very strange obsession. But where did this fixation develop? And what does it tell us about ourselves? (The author) explores this phenomenon in forensic detail, revisiting notorious crimes like the Ratcliff Highway Murders, which caused a nationwide panic in the early nineteenth century, and the case of Frederick and Maria Manning, the suburban couple who were hanged after killing Maria's lover and burying him under their kitchen floor. Our fascination with crimes like these became a form of entertainment, inspiring novels and plays, prose and paintings, poetry and true-crime journalism. At a point during the birth of the modern era, murder entered the popular psyche, and it's been a part of us ever since. (This) is a unique exploration of the art of crime - and a riveting investigation into the English criminal soul - by one of our finest historians." Contents: Introduction; Part One: How to Enjoy a Murder (A Connoisseur in Murder / The Highway / The Watchmen / The Murder Circuit / House of Wax / True Crime / Charles Dickens, Crime Writer / The Ballad of Maria Marten / Stage Fright / The Bermondsey Horror); Part Two: Enter the Detective (Middle-Class Murderers and Medical Gentlemen / The Good Wife / Detective Fever / A New Sensation / 'It is worse than a crime, Violet - ' / Monsters and Men / The Adventure of the Forensic Scientist / Revelations of a Lady Detective); Part Three: The Golden Age (The Women Between the Wars / The Duchess of Death (Agatha Christie) / A Life Less Ordinary / The Great Game / Snobbery with Violence / The Dangerous Edge of Things); Postscript: 'The Decline of the English Murder'; Acknowledgements; Sources; Index. Crease at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has minor wrinkling at top of hinges and flap-folds. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 


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