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LIVES OF THE QUEENS OF SCOTLAND AND ENGLISH PRINCESSES CONNECTED WITH THE REGAL SUCCESSION OF GREAT BRITAIN.  8 VOLUMES BOUND IN 4.  (VOLUMES I-VIII COMPLETE.), Strickland, Agnes.
161 Strickland, Agnes. LIVES OF THE QUEENS OF SCOTLAND AND ENGLISH PRINCESSES CONNECTED WITH THE REGAL SUCCESSION OF GREAT BRITAIN. 8 VOLUMES BOUND IN 4. (VOLUMES I-VIII COMPLETE.)
New York Harper & Brothers 1854 Half-Leather Good 
8 volumes bound in 4 - 7 1/2" H. Brown leather spines and corners, brown cloth covered boards. Five raised bands on each spine, gilt lettering (title and volume numbers) and darker banding/decoration. All edges marbled, marbled endpapers. A few small b&w illustrations in text only (reproductions of signatures, map, etc. - no portraits). Volume I - 1854 - 375 pp: Mary Tudor / Magdalene of France / Mary of Lorraine. Volume II - 1854 - 402 pp: Mary of Lorraine, cont'd. / Lady Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox. Volumes III & IV - 1854 - 336 pp, 347 pp: Mary Stuart. Volumes V & VI - 1868 - 333 pp, 365 pp: Mary Stuart, cont'd. Volume VII - 1859 - 470 pp: Mary Stuart, cont'd. Volume VIII - 1859 - 379 pp: Elizabeth Stuart / Sophia, Electress of Hanover. All volumes have a few scattered tiny light and dark foxing marks throughout the pages, all bindings are very tight, two inside hinges have small split in paper - holding firmly, three volumes have tiny wrinkling marks at fore-edge of some pages - generally to the last 50 to 200 pages and most likely from the manufacturing process, two volumes have some pages with tiny/small bump/wrinkle at bottom corner, a few tiny or very small bumps to edges of some boards, books have edge wear but leather has been treated with leather preservative. 
Price: 275.00 USD
 
 
CORONATION:  A HISTORY OF KINGSHIP AND THE BRITISH MONARCHY., Strong, Roy.
162 Strong, Roy. CORONATION: A HISTORY OF KINGSHIP AND THE BRITISH MONARCHY.
HarperCollins, London, 2005, first edition. 
556 pp, small 4to (10" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0007160542 Profusely illustrated with b&w and colour photographs, reproductions. "As a boy of sixteen, Roy Strong watched the grand procession carrying Queen Elizabeth II to her coronatio n. The spectacle was considered the greatest public event of the century. But now, several years later, many people have little notion of what a coronation is and are unaware of the rich resonances of the ritual, or its deep significance i n t e r m s of the committal of monarch to people. This book is the first of its kind - a comprehensive history to set each coronation into its political, social, religious and cultural context. The story is one of constant re-invention as the s er v ic e ha s ha d to respond to the changes in fortune of the monarchy and the country, everything from legitimising usurpers to reconciling a Catholic rite to the tenets of Protestantism. It had to be recreated from scratch after the restoratio n o f Cha rl es II in 1 660. By telling the story of each coronation in turn, Roy Strong recounts the history of British monarchy since the 10th century, and looks forward to the coronation of Prince Charles. The ceremony's musical history alone is on e of ex tra ord inar y r ichness - involving Henry Purcell, Handel, Edward Elgar and William Walton. The celebratory poetry, art and spectacular engravings published at coronations are all explored, as is the more recent role of photographe rs. Me ticul ousl y re sear ched, wit h rich visual material, including illuminated manuscripts, engravings, portraits, photographs and television stills, this will be the definitive book for many years to come." Very light wrinkling at top/botto m of spi ne, sm all a rea o f soi ling a t top edge of rear board. Dust jacket has very light rubbing and soiling, several very small tears - some with creases at top edge of rear panel - archivally taped, minor edge wrinkling. Very Good+/Very G ood- 
Price: 45.00 USD
 
 
163 Telfer, W.P. HUMBOLDT ON THE CARLTON TRAIL.
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Modern Press 1975 First Printing, Limited Edition. Hard Cover Very Good Urban Lukan. 
84 pp, oblong (8 3/4" H x 11" D). Copyright page states 'Limited Edition', but no limitation details supplied. Light brown cloth with black lettering on spine, black lettering & decoration on front board. B&w photographs, maps, drawings. A local history of Humboldt, Saskatchewan. Contents: Acknowledgements; Introduction; The First White Visitors; The Red River Cart; The Carlton Trail; The Dominion Telegraph; The Weldons; The Death of Birdie; Alfred von Lindeburgh; The Suicide at Round Hill; The Diary of Elizabeth McFadden; 1880-1884; 1885 - The Rebellion Year; Tom Hourie's Swimming Feat; The Indian Capture at Dead Moose Lake; The Humboldt Stone; The Stage Coach Holdup; Epilogue - The Settlers Arrive; Bibliography; Alexander von Humboldt. Light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, slight bump at bottom corner of both boards. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
164 Thorpe, Clarence D.; Baker, Carlos; Weaver, Bennett, eds. (Elizabeth Nitchie, Richard Harter Fogle, Hoxie N. Fairchild, Josephine Miles, Newton P. Stallknecht, Helen Darbishire, Herbert Marshall McLuhan, D.G. James, Kathleen Coburn, Herbert Read, e MAJOR ENGLISH ROMANTIC POETS.
Forum House, Toronto, 1971. 
269 pp, 8vo (8 3/8" H), soft cover. Contents: Introduction; The Romantic Movement (Form in Romantic Poetry - A Note on Romantic Oppositions and Reconciliations - Romanticism: Devil's Advocate); Wordsworth (Wordsworth: The Mind's Excursive Power - W ordsworth and the Quality of Man - Wordsworth's Significance for Us); Coleridge (Coleridge as Artist - The Thought of Coleridge - Coleridge Redivivus); Byron (Irony and Image in Byron's 'Don Juan' - Byron and Some Current Patterns of Though t - B y r o n and the Modern Spirit); Shelley (Shelley the Artist - The Bottom of the Night - Present Values in Shelley's Art - Shelley's Philosophy); Keats (Keat's Style: Evolution Towards Qualities of Permanent Value - Keats and His Ideas - The A r ti s tr y of K ea ts: A Modern Tribute - Keat's Thought: A Discovery of Truth); Index. Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - book slightly twisted, light edge wear/wrinkling, old price blacked out and ghost sti ck er ma rk on fr ont co ver, slight fading and light crease on spine. Good+ 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
HEROINES OF MERCY STREET:  THE REAL NURSES OF THE CIVIL WAR., Toler, Pamela D.
165 Toler, Pamela D. HEROINES OF MERCY STREET: THE REAL NURSES OF THE CIVIL WAR.
New York Little Brown 2016 0316392073 / 9780316392075 Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ 
287 pp, 9 1/2" H. B&w photographs. Companion volume to the PBS series "Mercy Street". "The nurses of the Civil War ushered in a new era for medicine in the midst of tremendous hardship. While (America) was at war, these women learned to advocate and care for patients in hostile settings, saved countless lives, and changed the profession forever. They regularly fell ill with no one to nurse them in return, seethed in anger at the indifference and inefficiency that left wounded men on the battlefield without care, and all too often mourned for those they could not rescue. (This book) tells the true stories of the nurses at Mansion House, the Alexandria, Virginia, hotel turned wartime hospital. Women like Dorothea Dix, Mary Phinney, and Anne Reading rushed to be of service to their country during the war, meeting challenges every step of the way that would discourage less determined souls. They saw casualties on a scale Americans had never seen before; diseases like typhoid and dysentery were rampant; and working conditions were abysmal - both physically and emotionally. Drawing on the diaries, letters, and books written by these nursing pioneers, (the author) has created a fascinating portrait of true heroines, shining a light on their personal contributions during one of (America's) most turbulent periods." Very small ink remainder mark on top of text block. Dust jacket has a very small soft corner crease at top of front flap. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
WRITTEN FOR CHILDREN:  AN OUTLINE OF ENGLISH-LANGUAGE CHILDREN'S LITERATURE.  THIRD REVISED EDITION., Townsend, John Rowe.
166 Townsend, John Rowe. WRITTEN FOR CHILDREN: AN OUTLINE OF ENGLISH-LANGUAGE CHILDREN'S LITERATURE. THIRD REVISED EDITION.
New York J.B. Lippincott 1987 0397322992 / 9780397322992 3rd Revised Edition. Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
364 pp, 8 11/16" H. B&w illustrations. "(A)n account of the development of children's books in the United States, Britain, Canada, and Australia, (this book) has long been acclaimed as an invaluable guide and resource for parents, teachers, and students alike. The third revised edition faithfully maintains all the strengths of the earlier editions - concise, informative coverage of a vast subject - and includes a totally rewritten Part Four that provides a fresh, detailed investigation of aspects of the modern world most relevant to books for children and young people during the years 1945-1985. The result is an extremely readable and stimulating survey of imaginative writing (including poetry and picure books) accompanied by a superb bibliography of works on children's literature and dozens of illustrations from many of the books mentioned in the text. (The author) offers an enthusiastic, balanced - and sometimes controversial - view of a subject of interest to everyone who cares about the quality of books written for children." Light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, minor soiling, small remainder mark on bottom of text block, very light browning to pages. Dust jacket has minor edge wear, light edge wrinkling, tiny dent on front hinge, very light rubbing. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
ALL FOR LOVE., Tudor, Tasha, selected, edited and illustrated by.
167 Tudor, Tasha, selected, edited and illustrated by. ALL FOR LOVE.
New York Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers 2000 068982842X / 9780689828423 First Printing Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ Tasha Tudor. 
93 pp, oblong 8vo (8 3/4" H x 11 1/4" D). Pictorial endpapers, beautifully illustrated in full colour throughout. "This rich and varied collection compiled by beloved artist Tasha Tudor explores the beauty of all kinds of love through a combination of poems, letters, songs, and stories. Each eloquent expression of love is interpreted by Tasha's exquisite watercolors, frorm the sincerity of Yeats's enduring love to the passion of Cathy in Emily Bronte's 'Wuthering Heights'. Also included is a charming section about Tasha Tudor's own family traditions on that very special day of love - Valentine's Day. Your'll find directions for making valentine bouquets, delicious cakes, and even unique decorative cards, as well as descriptions of holiday projects and events for the whole family." very small remainder ink dot on top of text block at spine (also a tiny dot on inner edge of front board), a few tiny dents on top/bottom edges of boards. Dust jacket has minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, tiny dent on front hinge. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
AMERICANS IN PARIS (1921-1931).  MAN RAY, GERALD MURPHY, STUART DAVIS, ALEXANDER CALDER., Turner, Elizabeth Hutton.  With essays by Elizabeth Garrity Ellis, Guy Davenport.
168 Turner, Elizabeth Hutton. With essays by Elizabeth Garrity Ellis, Guy Davenport. AMERICANS IN PARIS (1921-1931). MAN RAY, GERALD MURPHY, STUART DAVIS, ALEXANDER CALDER.
Counterpoint / Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C., 1996. 
171 pp, 4to (12 1/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. Profusely illustrated in color and b&w. "Paris welcomed Gerald Murphy, whose billboard-sized cubist icon dominated the 1924 Salon des Independants and launched a brief but brilliant career; Stuart Davis, who explored the continuity between cubist painting, lithography, and jazz at the atelier Desjobert,; Man Ray, who abandoned oils to begin 'painting with light' in his movies and rayographs; and Alexander Calder, whose wire circuses and portraits inspired critics to acknowledge art's inherent playfulness. (This book) documents the work and influence of these four notables of the avant-garde who startle and delight us even today...Richly illustrated and beautifully designed, this volume is a feast for the eyes and the intellect. It is published on the occasion of the exhibition...organized by The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C. America's first modern art museum." Two very faint erasure marks on title page, very minor soiling to edges of boards. Dust jacket has light rubbing, light wrinkling along top edge. NF/VG 
Price: 65.00 USD
 
 
THE TRUE GLORY: THE STORY OF THE ROYAL NAVY OVER A THOUSAND YEARS., Tute, Warren.
169 Tute, Warren. THE TRUE GLORY: THE STORY OF THE ROYAL NAVY OVER A THOUSAND YEARS.
New York Harper & Row 1983 0060152125 / 9780060152123 First American Edition Very Good Very Good 
288 pp, large 8vo (9 3/4" H). Map endpapers, b&w and colour photographs, reproductions. "A carefully planned and beautifully illustrated history of the Royal Navy and its origins from the time of King Alfred to the present day - a panoramic view of the ships, seamen, organisation and fighting records of the unique force that for a thousand years has stood between England and her foes. As the Falklands Task Force has recently demonstrated, the Royal Navy of today is capable of operating efficiently and effectively wherever it is required. In its history there have been many lengthy periods when this has been brilliantly demonstrated, notably in the time of Queen Elizabeth I, during the Napoleonic Wars and during large parts of the First and Second World Wars. Yet there have also been times when governmental cheese-paring, faulty design criteria, service squabbles or an unwillingness by those in charge to accept new ideas - such as steam power or the vital importance of air cover - have resulted in appalling temporary reverses only compensated for, in the long run, by the determination, skill and discipline of the crews of the Navy's fighting ships. Both sides of this history, the successes and the failures, are dealt with fully and frankly." Minor browning to edges of text block, slight fading to top/bottom edges of boards, crease/fold with small piece missing on rear pastedown. Dust jacket has has been price-clipped, has very light edge wear at top/bottom of spine and flap-fold, small area of surface paper loss at top of front flap-fold, very light edge browning. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
THE MAGIC CIRCLE: STORIES AND PEOPLE IN POETRY., Untermeyer, Louis, editor. (Edna St Vincent Millary, Robert Frost, Roy Helton, Elinor Wylie, Robert Service, Alfred Noyes, Rudyard Kipling, Alfred Tennyson, Walt Whitman, Robert Nathan, Emily Dickinson, Carolyn Wells, et al.)
170 Untermeyer, Louis, editor. (Edna St Vincent Millary, Robert Frost, Roy Helton, Elinor Wylie, Robert Service, Alfred Noyes, Rudyard Kipling, Alfred Tennyson, Walt Whitman, Robert Nathan, Emily Dickinson, Carolyn Wells, et al.) THE MAGIC CIRCLE: STORIES AND PEOPLE IN POETRY.
New York Harcourt, Brace 1952 Very Good Good+ Beth & Joe Krush. 
288 pp, 8vo (8" H). B&w illustrations. "With the sure taste and wide range of a master anthologist, (the editor) has made a fresh and exciting collection of the best poetry that will lure the young reader by the story it tells or the character it portrays. More than a hundred poems are grouped under eight general headings: Strange Tales, Gallant Deeds, Unforgettable People, Our American Heritage, Fables, All in Fun, Ballads of the Old Days, and Folk Tales of Our Times. Many old favorites are included as well as more recent verse giving balance and a contemporary flavor to the whole. Edna St. Vincent Millay, Elizabeth Coatsworth, Robert Nathan, Kipling and Browning, Chaucer and Shakespeare, Dorothy Parker, and Ogden Nash are a few of the poets whose work enriches these pages. This is not an academic volume. It is a work of love, and the reader will find it a book to keep throught the years, with something for every mood and taste." Minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, previous owner's name on free front end paper, two tiny corner bumps, light edge wear, very light browning to edges of text block. Dust jacket has light edge wear/wrinkling and tiny chips/tears at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, fading to spine color - lettering still very legible, light rubbing soiling on rear panel, one small and one tiny tear, a few tiny water marks on inside of spine/rear panel. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
171 Walter, Elizabeth. A WEDDING BOUQUET. (ELIZABETH WALTER REQUESTS THE PLEASURE OF YOUR COMPANY FOR A WEDDING BOUQUET TO CELEBRATE YOUR ENGAGEMENT/MARRIAGE/ANNIVERSARY AND THOSE OF YOUR FRIENDS AND RELATIONS.)
Collins, London, 1981. 
Unpaginated (approximately 41 pp), 8 1/8" H x 8" D, hard cover with glazed pictorial boards - no dust jacket. ISBN 000216864 "Here, delightfully illustrated with colourful Victorian cards, is a book for the married and about to be married, and for anniversaries." Describes many of the customs, traditions and superstitions surrounding the wedding. Contents: Wedding; Bachelors & Spinsters; "This Year, Next Year..."; Proposal; Engagement Ring; Banns; Times & Seasons; Wedding Ring; "S o m e t h i n g Old and Something New"; Wedding Dress; Colours; Bridal Veil; Wedding Bouquet; Best Man; Bridesmaids; Wedding Favours; Wedding Music; Wedding Bells; Husbands and Wives; Confetti; The Best of Luck; Wedding Breakfast; Wedding Cake; Boo ts & S ho es ; Ho ne ymoon; Special Cases; Secular Marriage; Marriage at Home; Across the Threshold; Envoi; Happily Ever After. Very Good+ 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
CHILDREN'S LITERATURE IN CANADA.  TWAYNE'S WORLD AUTHORS SERIES - CHILDREN'S LITERATURE., Waterston, Elizabeth.
172 Waterston, Elizabeth. CHILDREN'S LITERATURE IN CANADA. TWAYNE'S WORLD AUTHORS SERIES - CHILDREN'S LITERATURE.
New York Twayne, New York 1992 0805782648 / 9780805782646 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Good+ 
212 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H). B&w illustrations. "Waterston's informative study brings to life Canadian history and culture and illuminates a unique literary community in which acclaimed adult writers like Margaret Atwood, Margaret Laurence, and Mordechai Richler are also the authors of children's books. Waterston demonstrates the distinctly Canadian elements of such works as 'The Young Fur Traders' (1856), 'Anne of Green Gables' (1908), and 'Alligator Pie' (1974). This study delineates the developmental stages through which children progress and discusses the various literary genres that appeal to them at each stage, from picture books and nursery rhymes to historical tales and science fiction. In addition to her focus on the response of the child to various genres, Waterston provides sophisticated literary analysis of the works that have endured as classics, demonstrating how their continuing relevance is rooted in their literary merit. She examines literary styles, themes, and motifs and shows how many of the perennial favorites embrace quintessentially Canadian virtues: honesty, a strong will to survive, humor, passion, and genuine kindness. American and Canadian teachers, librarians, and parents will find in this complete guide a resource for expanding their young readers' literary universe." Minor edge wear, remainder mark on bottom of textblock, tiny foxing mark on top of textblock. Dust jacket has light color fading and some wrinkling on spine, minor rubbing. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
RAPT IN PLAID: CANADIAN LITERATURE AND SCOTTISH TRADITION., Waterston, Elizabeth.
173 Waterston, Elizabeth. RAPT IN PLAID: CANADIAN LITERATURE AND SCOTTISH TRADITION.
Toronto University of Toronto Press 2001 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good 
344 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H). "(C)ombines reflection, criticism, and memoir to illustrate a curious and longlasting connection between Scottish and Canadian literary traditions. Examples drawn from genres including lyric poetry, narrative romance, war fiction, children's literature, sentimental fiction, thrillers, domestic novels, and short stories link Canadian writers such as John Richardson, Isabella Valancy Crawford, Sinclair Ross, Hugh MacLennan, Margaret Laurence, (L.M. Montgomery) and W.O. Mitchell to Scottish writers such as Robert Burns, Walter Scott, Thomas Carlyle, J.M. Barrie, Robert Louis Stevenson, John Buchan, and George Mackay Brown. Each chapter traces the connections from directly imitative nineteenth-century Canadian writers to modern Canadian works where Scottish tradition persists, sometimes transformed and sometimes distorted. Lively biographical sketches and close analysis of particular passages by Scottish and Canadian writers are set in the context of multicultural, narrative, postmodern, and post-colonial theories. This study illuminates the way Scottish ideas and values still wield surprising power in Canadian politics, education, theology, economics, and social mores." Tiny bump at top of front hinge. Dust jacket has small areas of light edge wrinkling - mainly at top of spine, two small dints on rear hinge, very light rubbing, several light scratches at bottom of rear panel. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
KATHERINE SWYNFORD:  THE STORY OF JOHN OF GAUNT AND HIS SCANDALOUS DUCHESS., Weir, Alison,
174 Weir, Alison, KATHERINE SWYNFORD: THE STORY OF JOHN OF GAUNT AND HIS SCANDALOUS DUCHESS.
Toronto McClelland & Stewart 2008 0771088574 / 9780771088575 First Canadian Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ 
366 pp, 9 1/4" H. "(R)ecounts one of the greatest and most extraordinary love stories of mediaeval England. It is the tale of an exceptional woman, Katherine Swynford, who became first the mistress, and later the wife, of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster - one of the most powerful princes of the fourteenth century. Although Katherine's story provides unique insights into the life of a mediaeval woman, she was far from typical. She was renowned for her beauty; she was enigmatic and intriguing. (She) was an important person in her own right, a woman who had remarkable opportunities, made her own choices, flouted convention, took control of her own destiny and her own public image - not without consequence. She knew most of the great figures of the times - among them her brother-in-law, the poet Geoffrey Chaucer. She lived through the Hundred Years War, the Black Death and the Peasants' Revolt, she knew loss, adersity and heartbreak, and she survived them all triumphantly. Perhaps the most dynastically important woman within the English monarchy, she was the mother of the Beauforts and through them the ancestress of the Yorkist kings, the Tudors, the Stuarts and every other sovereign since." Minor wrinking at top of spine. Dust jacket has minor edge wrinkling. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE EXPEDITIONS OF SIR JOHN NORRIS AND SIR FRANCIS DRAKE TO SPAIN AND PORTUGAL, 1589.  PUBLICATIONS OF THE NAVY RECORDS SOCIETY VOL. 127., Wernham, R.B.
175 Wernham, R.B. THE EXPEDITIONS OF SIR JOHN NORRIS AND SIR FRANCIS DRAKE TO SPAIN AND PORTUGAL, 1589. PUBLICATIONS OF THE NAVY RECORDS SOCIETY VOL. 127.
Navy Records Society / Temple Smith, Aldershot, 1988. 
380 pp, 8vo (9" H), hard cover (blue cloth with gold lettering on spine, gold emblem on front board) - no dust jacket. B&w frontispiece, maps. Contents: Acknowledgements; Introduction; Letters and Papers: The Origins and Original Purposes of the Expedition, August-October 1588; Preparations in England, October-December 1588; Sir John Norris in the United Provinces, October-December 1588; The Troops ordered to the Ports, December 1588-January 1589; Mounting Costs, December 1588-February 1589 ; Difficulties and Delays, January-February 1589; Orders, Instructions, and Proposals, January-March 1589; Contrary Winds and Financial Problems, March-April 1589; The Earl of Essex joins the Expedition, April 1589; Operations at Corunna, A p r i l - M a y 1589; First Reactions at Home, May 1589; Operations in Portugal, May-June 1589; Return and Disbanding, June-July 1589; Recollections and Reflections, July 1589 onwards; The Hanseatic Prizes and the Dutch Flyboats; Making up the Acco un ts ; Ap pe nd ic es : Lists of ships and their officers; Army lists; Wingfield's date for the entry into Lisbon suburbs; The dating of Drake's letter of June 2; An earlier visit to Santander?; List of Letters and Papers and their Sources; Index. L igh t wri nkl ing at to p/ bottom of spine, very light rubbing to boards, heavy bump to fore-edge of rear board - migrates into last few pages slightly, slight bump to corners of boards, small bump to top edge of front board. Good+ 
Price: 37.50 USD
 
 
THE CONTROVERSIAL LIFE OF GEORGE ARMSTRONG CUSTER., Wert, Jeffry D.
176 Wert, Jeffry D. THE CONTROVERSIAL LIFE OF GEORGE ARMSTRONG CUSTER.
Simon & Schuster, New York, 1996. 
462 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0684810433 B&w plates, maps. "George Armstrong Custer has been so heavily mythologized that the human being has been all but lost. Now, in the first complete biography in decades, Je ffry Wert reexamines the life of the famous soldier to give us Custer in all his colorful complexity. Although remembered today as the loser at Little Big Horn, Custer was the victor of many cavalry engagements in the Civil War. He played a n i m p o r tant role in several battles in the Virginia theater of war, including the Shenandoah campaign. Renowned for his fearlessness in battle, he was always in front of his troops, leading the charge. His men were fiercely loyal to him, and h e w as h ig hl y regarded by Sheridan and Grant as well....But when he was assigned to the Indian wars on the Plains, life changed drastically for Custer....(The author) carefully examines the events around the defeat at Little Big Horn, drawin g o n rec ent ar cha eol ogical findings and the latest scholarship. His evenhanded account of the dramatic battle puts Custer's performance, and that of his subordinates, in proper perspective." Very light wrinkling at top of spine. Dust jacket has c reas e do wn r ear pane l. Very Good+/Very Good+ 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
A HISTORY OF BRITAIN IN THIRTY-SIX POSTAGE STAMPS., West, Chris.  (Christopher)
177 West, Chris. (Christopher) A HISTORY OF BRITAIN IN THIRTY-SIX POSTAGE STAMPS.
New York Picador 2013 1250035503 / 9781250035509 First American Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good 
277 pp, 8 1/2" H. Colour reproductions. "(T)ells the rich, layered, and breathtaking history of Britain through thirty-six of its fascinating, often beautiful, and sometimes eccentric postage stamps. Through them, one can glimpse the whole epic tale of an empire unfolding. From the famous Penny Black, printed soon after Queen Victoria's coronation, to the Victory! stamp of 1946, anticipating the struggle of postwar reconstruction, (this) is a hugely entertaining and indiosyncratic romp, told in Chris West's lively prose. On their own, stamps can be curiosities, even artistic marvels; in this book, stamps become a window into the larger sweep of history." The author begins each of the 36 chapters with a representative stamp, using it as a springboard to dive into the social, political and/or international issues of the time. Very minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, very light edge wear. 
Price: 12.50 USD
 
 
WELLINGTON'S MARRIAGE: A SOLDIER'S WIFE., Wilson, Joan.  Introduction by Elizabeth Longford.
178 Wilson, Joan. Introduction by Elizabeth Longford. WELLINGTON'S MARRIAGE: A SOLDIER'S WIFE.
Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London, 1987, first edition. 
186 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0297791710 B&w plates. "Hero of Waterloo, soldier statesman, the life of Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, has been the inspiration for many books. But one aspect of his life has been strangely neglected - his marriage. In 1806, after a protracted and secret courtship, Wellesley married the love of his youth, Kitty Pakenham. It was to be an ill-starred union. (Drawing on numerous letters and diaries, the author reveal s) the true story behind the marriage. It begins with Arthur and Kitty's courtship in Dublin in the 1790s, against a turbulent background of rebellion in Ireland and wars in Spain and Portugal, his rejection by the Longford family and subseq u e n t d e parture to Flanders and India in search of military and financial success, and his return twelve years later 'for one purpose only' - to marry Kitty. The wedding finally took place in April 1806, and Arthur and Kitty were united at las t. Bu t t he ir happiness was short-lived, as it soon became apparent that they were both much changed since the early days of their romance and had widely differing expectations of married life. Within three years the marriage had practically di sin t egr at ed . Art hur left Kitty and his sons for the Peninsular War, in which he served for six years without once taking home leave. Kitty's hopes of reviving the marriage on his return were never realized. It is a moving story of two people wit h high ho pes a nd g ood intentions, for whom the reality of life was fraught with misunderstandings and disappointments." Pages are lightly browned, moderate browning to edges of text block. Dust jacket has slight browning on spine. Very Good/ Ve ry Go od+ 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
THE ART OF THE ENGLISH MURDER., Worsley, Lucy.
179 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
 
 
180 Younger, William and Younger, Elizabeth. BLUE MOON IN PORTUGAL.
London Eyre & Spottiswoode 1956 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Good 
298 pp, 8vo (8 5/8" H). B&w photographs, maps. "(T)akes you into the arcadian Minho and the grim ruins of Celt-Iberian civilization; from the fever of vintaging in the Douro, down a line of empty, upland castles, to the fado singers of Lisbon. It is concerned also with Moorish tiles, shepherds in tail-coats of sheepskin, and students in ragged, black cloaks. This is one of the most comprehensive books which have been written about Portugal. The unique Portuguese architecture, the little-known Portuguese painting, bull-fighting, food, wine, hotels, village dances and religious fesitivals, are all part of this story: the story of two people who explored a small country and discovered its greatness." Chapter headings: Once in a Blue Moon; Minho: Carnival in Arcady; Tras-os-Montes: 'Behind the Mountains'; Douro: The Yellow Cat; Port - Oporto - Portugal; Beira Litoral: The Chiselled Heart; Coimbra: The Ladies of Diverse Love ; Estremadura - Beira Alta: The Haunted Coast; Ribatejo: 'Hoi! Toiro!'; Alentejo - Algarve: The End of Europe; Serra da Arrabida - Serra de Sintra: Fish and Follies; Lisbon: The City of the Sea; Appendices - Hotels in Portugal; Food and Wine; Port Wine; Portuguese Recipes; Roads. Light foxing on front endpapers and some preliminary pages, a few light foxing marks on rear endpapers, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, a few tiny foxing marks on top/bottom of textblock. Dust jacket has light edge wear/wrinkling, moderate rubbing/soiling, several tiny tears. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
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