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41 Harris, Nigel, editor. (David L. Smith, Chris Leigh, Gordon Biddle, Peter Holmes, A.A. Harrison, Trefor Thompson, Keith Beck.) TRAINS ILLUSTRATED 52. OCTOBER-DECEMBER 1984. RAILWAY HERITAGE.
Ian Allan, Shepperton, 1984. 
39 pp, 11 3/16" H, soft cover (stapled in wraps - magazine format). Profusely illustrated with b&w and colour photographs, map, colour reproduction. Contents: Taking the high road, 1924 (Scottish Highlands); Spotting on the Southern; Station Port rait: Perth; Armoured Trains; Built to last....The Furness Railway 'A5' 0-4-0s; Of railway officers and railwaymen; Researching railway history; The GWR 'County' 4-6-0s: the last of Churchward's line. Interior - clean and tight with no oth e r o w n e r s hip marks. Exterior - old price on front cover, very light rubbing on rear cover, very light browning to edges of textblock. Very Good 
Price: 9.95 USD
 
 
COLD IRON AND LADY GODIVA: ENGINEERING EDUCATION AT TORONTO 1920-1972., Harris, Robin S. and Montagnes, Ian, editors.  (P.B. Hughes, W.G. MacElhinney, W.W. Walker, A.M. Reid, R.S. Segsworth, Alan Heisey, Eric J. Miglin, B. Etkin, Philip A. Lapp, James M. Ham.)
42 Harris, Robin S. and Montagnes, Ian, editors. (P.B. Hughes, W.G. MacElhinney, W.W. Walker, A.M. Reid, R.S. Segsworth, Alan Heisey, Eric J. Miglin, B. Etkin, Philip A. Lapp, James M. Ham.) COLD IRON AND LADY GODIVA: ENGINEERING EDUCATION AT TORONTO 1920-1972.
Toronto University of Toronto Press 1973 0802020623 / 9780802020628 Hard Cover Very Good Very Good- 
169 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H). B&w photographs, tables, graphs, drawings. "The Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering at the University of Toronto is celebrating its 100th anniversary. This informal volume concentrates on the last half century. It examines the development of the Faculty and of its undergraduate and alumni organizations; the changing undergraduate scene since 1920, through a depression, the return of soldiers to university after two world wars, and the tempestuous sixties; the impact that the teaching staff and graduates of this one engineering school have had on their community and their nation through research and practice (including pioneer work in energy, transportation, construction, and industry); and ends with a look into the future of engineering education by the retiring dean of Faculty, James M. Ham." University presentation bookplate on front pastedown, minor edge soiling, slight wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has very light edge wrinkling, a few tiny edge tears, light soiling, small very light stain on rear panel. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
43 Haugland, Vern. Foreword by Lt. Gen. Ira C. Eaker. Special Preface by the Right Honourable Lord Martonmere. THE EAGLE SQUADRONS: YANKS IN THE RAF, 1940-1942.
Newton Abbot David & Charles 1980 0715379402 / 9780715379400 First Edition. Hard Cover Very Good- Very Good 
206 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H). The story of the first American pilots to battle Hitler's Luftwaffe, based on personal accounts, logbooks, official records, contemporary documents and other research. Moderate cigarette odour, light browning to edges of textblock, minor wrinkling at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has minor rubbing, one small edge tear archivally taped, very small bump/creases at bottom of spine, light browning - mainly at top edge and on spine. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
44 Henderson, Eric & Sonik, Madeline, eds. (Kenneth J. Harvey, Norman Ravvin, Elyse Gasco, Jennifer Mitton, Andre Alexis, Rai Berzins, Michael Kenyon, Kenneth J. Emberly, Madeline Sonik, Derek McCormack, Ann Diamond, Meira Cook, Ernest Hekkanen, et al. FRESH BLOOD: NEW CANADIAN GOTHIC FICTION.
Winnipeg, Manitoba Ravenstone 1998 0888012284 / 9780888012289 Soft Cover Very Good+ 
202 pp, 8 1/2" H. "(A) collection written by some of the best writers in Canada. These stories tap into the deep fears in us all. A man's sexual fantasy becomes a frightening, hallucinatory embrace of what seems to him the ghost of his dead wife / While living an apparently 'normal' life, a man descends into a personal hell cohabited by monsters and outcasts / A blackly humorous story of teenage rebellion is also a tale of abandonment and family dysfunction. The stories in this anthology may cause sleepless nights, bad dreams and general unease. You've been warned. Welcome to the Nightmare." Contents: Introduction; Into the Places of Those Lost; The Story of an Eye; These Are Ghost Stories; The Last Ferry; Letters (On a Book Lately Circulating in the Offices of Transport Canada); Cerberus; The Beautiful Children; A Thin White Hand; The Apostle; Peterborough; Evil Eye; Instructions for Navigating a Labyrinth; Miasma; Torch; Hounds. Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks, tiny bump at bottom corner of textblock. Exterior - very minor edgewear/rubbing, spine flat and uncreased. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
O.P.P.:  THE HISTORY OF THE ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE FORCE., Higley, Dahn D.
45 Higley, Dahn D. O.P.P.: THE HISTORY OF THE ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE FORCE.
Toronto Queen's Printer 1984 0774389648 / 9780774389648 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good 
668 pp, 9 1/4" H. B&w photographs. "The OPP came into existence (in 1909) with a total strength of fifty-one men, of whom forty-four were constables deployed across the vast province. By the end of World War I in 1918, only twenty-six constables were still serving with the force, but returning veterans were sought for enlistment with the provincials and the force grew, assuming every-increasing responsibilities for policing the province. Liquor law enforcement during the rumrunning days of the 1920s, and the creation of a highway patrol in 1930 played major parts in the evolution of the provincial police. The story of the OPP includes tales of murder, sabotage, corruption, and political influences. There were relief expeditions to the north in the wake of devastating forest fires, and confrontations with hoboes, harvesters, and loafers. Violent crimes, jail-breaks, war services, and industrial disputes all had to be contended with, and not a few members of the provincial police were killed in the performance of their duties over the years. 'Hepburn's Private Army' and 'Drew's Gestapo' gave rise to much criticism of the provincials, and embarrassing Royal Commissions did little to enhance the image or the morale of Ontario's finest. Despite the challenges to its continued existence, the OPP has emerged today as one of the finest, best equipped, and most brilliantly led police forces in the world." Dust jacket has light edge wear/wrinkling - mainly at top edge.. 
Price: 75.00 USD
 
 
46 Hodgson, Lynn Philip. Signed. Barbara Kerr, editor. Introduction by Andy Durovecz. Poem by Eric Curwain. INSIDE - CAMP X.
Port Perry, Ontario Self-published, Blake Book Distribution 2002 0968706207 / 9780968706206 Mass Market Paperback Very Good Signed by Author
375 pp. B&w photographs, reproductions. SIGNED AND INITIALLED BY AUTHOR ON FIRST PAGE. "(R)ecounts the fascinating story behind the top-secret training school for spies established in 1941 by William (A Man Called Intrepid) Stephenson, smack on the border between the then rural communities of Whitby and Oshawa." Interior - previous owner's name, place and signature on inside of front cover; otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - very minor edge wear, tiny soft corner crease and minor rub marks on front cover. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
OSGOODE HALL:  AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY., Honsberger, John.
47 Honsberger, John. OSGOODE HALL: AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY.
Toronto Dundurn 2004 1550025139 / 9781550025132 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ Kenneth Jarvis, RCA, photographer. 
331 pp, square large 8vo (9 1/4" H x 9 1/4" D). B&w and colour illustrations. "Osgoode Hall is a national monument and one of Canada's architectural treasures. Of the many public buildings erected in pre-Confederation Canada, it best encapsulates the diverse stylistic forces that shaped public buildings of its era. The gated lawns, the grandly Venetian rotunda, the ornate courtroom, the portrait-lined walls, and the stained-glass windows evoke a venerable dignity to which few Canadian institutions can aspire. It has been the seat of the Law Society of Upper Canada since 1832 and of several of the Superior Courts of the province for almost as long. It has become a symbol of the legal tradition, not only in Ontario, but throughout Canada and beyond." Small gift notation on verso of free front endpaper. Dust jaclet has some very minor edge wrinkling. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
48 Horn, Bernd, Colonel et Balasevicius, Tony, Major, Editeurs. Avant-propos par Colonel David Barr. LUMIERES SUR LES FORCES DE L'OMBRE: UNE PERSPECTIVE CANADIENNE SUR LES FORCES D'OPERATIONS SPECIALES.
Toronto Dundurn 2007 1550026968 / 9781550026962 First Edition Soft Cover Very Good+ 
339 pp, 9" H. "Les Forces d'operations speciales (SOF) n'ont jamais fait partie integrante des capacities militaires du Canada. Des unites speciales ont certes existe a certaines periodes de notre histoire, mais elles ont toujours oeuvre dans l'ombre, a la limite de la reconnaissance. Elles ont presque toujours ete marginalisees. Cependant, la tragique attaque lancee par des terroristes sur les tours jumelles du World Trade Center a New York, le 11 septembre 2001, a considerablement modifie leur image. Les SOF sont devenues depuis des forces de premier plan. Les essais qui forment cet ouvrage concernant les SOF ont ete rediges par des experts en la matiere. Pris collectivement, ils constituent un recueil exhaustif d'informations et de connaissances sur les SOF canadiennes et sur des questions et sujets qui s'y rapportent. En somme, l'ouvrage permet au lecteur d'acquerir une solide base sur la theorie, le contexte historique et l'evolution des SOF, y compris les evenements qui favorisent leur expansion." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - spine is slightly twisted, minor wear at bottom of spine. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
49 Inglefield, Eric. Illustrated by Tony Mould. Consultants: William G. Crampton, David J. Lally. FLAGS.
Kingfisher, (London, 1983), revised edition. 
125 pp, small 8vo (approx. 7 3/4" H), card covers. Profusely illustrated in color with reproductions, maps, drawings. "An up-to-date identification guide to the flags of the nations of the world. The introduction looks at the history of flags, flag design, heraldry and symbolism, with basic information on the parts of flags and how to identify them. The individual flags of different nations and states are illustrated in colour, each accompanied by an account of its history and main features." Interior - very small corner crease on two pages, otherwise clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - minor edge wear, flat uncreased spine. VG+ 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
SCENERY TIPS AND TECHNIQUES FROM MODEL RAILROADER MAGAZINE.  MODEL RAILROAD HANDBOOK NO. 26., Johnson, Greg; Short, Brad; Hughes, Bernard; Kuchar, Bob; Curren, Art; Holtz, Brian; Furlow, Malcolm; Bronsky, Eric; Van Wickel, J.F.; Foster, Dean; Nehrich, Joh; Holland, Gail M.; et al.
50 Johnson, Greg; Short, Brad; Hughes, Bernard; Kuchar, Bob; Curren, Art; Holtz, Brian; Furlow, Malcolm; Bronsky, Eric; Van Wickel, J.F.; Foster, Dean; Nehrich, Joh; Holland, Gail M.; et al. SCENERY TIPS AND TECHNIQUES FROM MODEL RAILROADER MAGAZINE. MODEL RAILROAD HANDBOOK NO. 26.
Waukesha, WI Kalmbach 1996 0890240957 / 9780890240953 Fifth Printing Soft Cover Very Good+ 
116 pp, 10 3/4" H. Profusely illustrated with b&w and colour photographs, drawings/diagrams. Contents: Forms and shells; Rocks; Ground textures; Bushes and trees; Water; Scenic detailing; Buildings; Backgrounds and backdrops. "Over 100 pages of hints and ideas to bring your layout to life! From the experts - for all scales and gauges." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - minor rubbing on rear over, minor soft crease at corners of front cover. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
BE NOT FAR FROM ME:  THE OLDEST LOVE STORY.  LEGENDS FROM THE BIBLE., Kimmel, Eric A.
51 Kimmel, Eric A. BE NOT FAR FROM ME: THE OLDEST LOVE STORY. LEGENDS FROM THE BIBLE.
New York Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers 1998 0689810881 / 9780689810886 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine David Diaz 
256 pp, 11" H. Colour illustrations. "This collection of stories reveals the tumultuous relationship between people and God that started four thousand years ago and continues to this day. It begins with Abraham - who was the first to believe in one God and therefore the first to receive His blessing - and spans over 1,500 years as it explores the lives of his descendants. We meet warriors who dole out God's justice, kings anointed by God, and prophets who preach God's word. We see awesome miracles made by God's hand and incredible accomplishments made in God's name. Master storyteller Eric Kimmel draws upon the Bible and the Midrash to create vivid portrayals of favorite heroes like David, Samson, Deborah, and Elijah and of lesser-known ones like Miriam, Hosea, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel. Their human frailties make the tales enduring and timeless, and Kimmel's modern language makes them accessible and riveting. More than just a collection of Bible stories, (this) is a though-provoking epic that brings past, present, and future together in the ongoing love story between God and humanity." Very tiny bump at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has very minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
52 Kimmel, Eric A. THE VALIANT RED ROOSTER. A STORY FROM HUNGARY.
New York Henry Holt 1995 0805027815 / 9780805027815 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good Katya Arnold. 
Unpaginated (approx. 30 pp), square (10 1/4" H x 10 1/4" D). Profusely illustrated in vibrant colour. "While pecking through the dirt to find the grain that keeps him and the kindly old woman with whom he lives alive, the Valiant Red Rooster finds a diamond button. His troubles are over! They will never be hungry again. But a greedy sultan wants the diamond for himself and commands his soldiers to take it. How the rooster gets his button back is the substance of this story in which right and justice prevail over power and greed. Marvelous occurrences, funny details, and surprising twists of events will keep young readers eagerly turning the pages right until the final, hilarious end." Very light wrinkling at top/bottom of hinges. Dust jacket has light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, small area of color loss in printing process on rear panel, a few minor rub lines on front panel. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE GRATEFUL CRANE., Kuwata, Masakazu.  Translated by Eric Sackheim.  Introduction by Miyoko Matsutani.
53 Kuwata, Masakazu. Translated by Eric Sackheim. Introduction by Miyoko Matsutani. THE GRATEFUL CRANE.
Tokyo Kodansha International 1963 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Good+ 
Unpaginated, 6 3/4" H. Beautifully illustrated in full color. " 'The Grateful Crane' ('Tsuru no Ongaeshi' in Japanese) is a tale which has been told all over Japan for many generations. It exists in many different versions, both popular and literary, depending on the geographical area in which it was told. There have been versions designed to please children, and others for the edification of adults. But the basic outline is always the same: the beautiful transformed crane repaying the old man for his kindness." Very small tear at top of inside front hinge, light browning to edges of textblock. Dust jacket has light edge wear/wrinkling - mainly along top edge, small chips at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, several closed tears - larger one archivally taped, light rubbing. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
THE 1960 STRATFORD FESTIVAL.  (STRATFORD FESTIVAL CANADA 1960.), Langham, Michael; Applebaum, Louis.
54 Langham, Michael; Applebaum, Louis. THE 1960 STRATFORD FESTIVAL. (STRATFORD FESTIVAL CANADA 1960.)
Stratford, Ontario Stratford Shakespearean Festival Foundation of Canada 1960 Stapled in Wraps Good- Cover design By Walter Yarwood. 
Unpaginated (approx. 52 pp excluding wraps), 10 7/8" H. Many b&w and colour illustrations (photographs, drawings, costume studies). A souvenir brochure of the season that included: King John; A Midsumer Night's Dream; Romeo and Juliet; H.M.S. Pinafore, etc., with performances by Julie Harris, Christopher Plummer, Mervyn Blake, Glenn Gould, Leopold Stokowski, et al. Postage will be reduced for this light item to most destinations. Interior - small area of dampness wrinkling/light staining at lower fore-edge of pages, small light water staining on inside edge of both covers, minor rusting on staples. Exterior - light to moderate rubbing on covers, light edge wear, corner creases on front cover. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
55 Lee, Betty. Foreword by Robertson Davies. LOVE AND WHISKY: THE STORY OF THE DOMINION DRAMA FESTIVAL.
Toronto McClelland & Stewart 1973 0771052219 / 9780771052217 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good 
335 pp, 8 5/8" H. "For almost forty years - from 1932 to 1970 - theatre enthusiasts from across the nation congregated annually to participate in the msot spectacular cultural event in Canada - the yearly Dominion Drama Festival. Months of painstaking ajudication culminated in the staging of the best amateur theatre in the country, with further judging to choose the prize-winning performances. The drama was as intense offstage as on. (The author) recreates it within these page; the fledgling organization's struggle against overwhelming financial odds; the vying for presigious positions; the public furors and ther personalities involved in them; the ultimate transformation into Theatre Canada." Dust jacket has very light edge wear/wrinkling, some areas of light browning. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
AIR TRAILS PICTORIAL.  FEBRUARY, 1948.  VOLUME XXIX, NO. 5., Lewis, Albert L., ed.  (James M. Landis, C.B. Colby, William Winter, Eric Sloane, Gilbert C. Close, Douglas J. Ingells, Richard G. Naugle, William S. Friedman, Irving S. Babcock, Don Pollard, Peter M. Bowens, William Seidler, Chuck Lee, et al.)
56 Lewis, Albert L., ed. (James M. Landis, C.B. Colby, William Winter, Eric Sloane, Gilbert C. Close, Douglas J. Ingells, Richard G. Naugle, William S. Friedman, Irving S. Babcock, Don Pollard, Peter M. Bowens, William Seidler, Chuck Lee, et al.) AIR TRAILS PICTORIAL. FEBRUARY, 1948. VOLUME XXIX, NO. 5.
Street & Smith, New York, 1948. 
134 pp, 11 1/4" H, soft cover (magazine format). Profusely illustrated in b&w with photographs, drawings, plans, advertisements, 2 color plates. Contents: Where Do We Go From Here?; Versatility Unlimited; We Fly the Cessna 140; See The Air; Proce ss Engineering; Seadrome at the 500; Sweepback - The Supersonic Shape; Douglas Skyrocket; Cameo Air Racing; World Distribution by Air; The Air-100; Down With Lifting Tails; Aeronca Champion Duo-Plane; Drafting for the Model Builder, Part II I ; N i m b u s I; Know Your Films; Nieuport Triplane; Prop Talk; Flash; We Build the Cessna 140. Departments: Development Highlights; Air Trails' Showcase; Meet the Authors; Aviation Tomorrow; Solo Club; Club Chatter; A.M.A. News; Dope Can; Race C ar Ne ws ; Ou t We st; Air Trails Model Design Lab. Interior - very light browning to pages, otherwise clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - light wear at top/bottom of spine, a few small wrinkles on spine. light brownin g t o e d ges of t ext bl ock , very light browning on spine and rear cover. Very Good 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
THE BLACK WATCH:  THE HISTORY OF THE ROYAL HIGHLAND REGIMENT., Linklater, Eric and Linklater, Andro.
57 Linklater, Eric and Linklater, Andro. THE BLACK WATCH: THE HISTORY OF THE ROYAL HIGHLAND REGIMENT.
Barrie & Jenkins, London, 1977, first edition. 
240 pp, small 4to (10 1/8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0214200833 B&w photographs, reproductions, maps, colour plates. "....The Black Watch, since its formation in the 18th century, has been committed in so many engagements in so many par ts of the world that its history is indissolubly intertwined with the history of Britain. The War of American Independence, Napoleon's Egyptian campaign, Quatre Bras and Waterloo, the Crimea, the Indian Mutiny, and World Wars I and II - i n a l l t h e s e, and more, The Black Watch has played a distinguished part. In (this) history of the Regiment from its formation to its recent duties in Northern Ireland, the spirit, resourcefulness, fierce courage and regimental pride of The B la c k Wa tc h c an b e seen throughout. Based on a multitude of contemporary records, diaries and memoirs and fully illustrated, this history was begun by Eric Linklater, himself a private in the Regiment in World War I, who had written several cha pt er s a nd do ne muc h r es earch by the time of his death. It has been ably completed by his younger son, Andro." Previous owner's small stamp on front pastedown, faint erased pencil marks on free front endpaper, faint tiny foxing marks on top of tex tblo ck, mi nor edg e we ar, very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket is price clipped, has light edge wrinkling, very light edge wear, light rubbing. Very Good/Very Good 
Price: 45.00 USD
 
 
A DICTIONARY OF SURNAMES., Lower, Mark Antony.
58 Lower, Mark Antony. A DICTIONARY OF SURNAMES.
Ware Wordsworth 1988 1853269166 / 9781853269165 Reprint Hard Cover Very Good- Very Good- 
443 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H). "The origins of words are always a fascination, and the origins of our own names can tell us a great deal of our family history. But the twists and turns of dialect and other influences often obscure the meanings, and a good eye and ear, and a wide knowledge of places, crafts, professions and languages, are needed to unravel many family names. A sense of humour helps, too, and here Mark Antony Lower takes his place in the tradition of observers of linguistic drift and foible such as Dr. Johnson, H.W. Fowler, Eric Partridge and Ernest Gowers. The book is full of fascinating anecdote and detail, and the introductory chapters cover American nomenclature, Scots, Irish and Welsh, and tables of statistical distribution. As for Mr. Lower's engaging style and unstuffy approach, one need only look at his entry for surnames beginning with the letter 'X', where he admits to following the example of a Northern naturalist 'who introduced into his work a chapter entitled 'Concerning Owls in Iceland', the chapter itself consisted of the words, 'There are no Owls in Iceland'. Mark Antony Lower's 'Dictionary of Surnames' is a book of endless delight, full of both scholarship and surprises." Light browning to pages, moderate browning to top and fore-edge of textblock, light edge wear, minor wrinkling at top of spine. Dust jacket has light edge wrinkling, two 3" creases at top of front panel. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
EARLIEST TORONTO., MacIntosh, Robert M.
59 MacIntosh, Robert M. EARLIEST TORONTO.
Renfrew, Ontario General Store Publishing 2007 1897113412 / 9781897113417 2nd Printing Soft Cover Near Fine 
107 pp, 8 1/2" H. B&w and colour illustrations, maps. "Beginning with the dramatic conflicts in the aboriginal communities around Lake Ontario before the coming of the Europeans in the early seventeenth century, followed by two centuries of French exploration and settlement, the city's early history will surprise many Torontonians. Simcoe, the founder of the Village of York in 1793, is often presented as a great administrator and military leader. In fact he was a poor manager with no attachment to Canada, and a vigorous advocate of English snobbery and class distinction. His chief concern was to gain preferment in London and to transplant the values of the British class system to the forest frontier. (This book) makes a plausible case that the real founder of Toronto was William Berczy, a remarkably cultured and determined man who led an expedition of German immigrants to Markham in 1794, and who contributed significantly to the early development of the new settlement. Later chapters focus on the people and events that shaped the early years of a struggling frontier community. One of the stories is about the sinking of the Speedy on Lake Ontario, and how it led to the building of The Grange, today one of Toronto's oldest extant buildings and the birthplace of the Art Gallery of Ontario." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - a few pages with a tiny wrinkle at bottom edge. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
WILD MARY: THE LIFE OF MARY WESLEY., Marnham, Patrick.  (Mary Wesley).
60 Marnham, Patrick. (Mary Wesley). WILD MARY: THE LIFE OF MARY WESLEY.
London Chatto & Windus 2006 0701179910 / 9780701179915 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
289 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H). B&w plates. "She was born Mary Farmar, related to the Duke of Wellington, and grew up a rebel who believed that she was her mother's least favourite child. Like many girls of her background, she married for escape. In the late 1930s, she began a fascination with Heinz Ziegler, a Czech university professor and wartime air gunner; his brother, Paul, later a Benedictine monk, also fell under her spell. At the outbreak of the Second World War she was, as she put it, 'roped into Intelligence', where she worked on breaking codes. MI5 and her rackety life during the Blitz eventually inspired her novels ('Jumping the Queue', 'The Camomile Lawn', 'Not That Sort of Girl', 'A Sensible Life', etc.), many of which were concerned with multiple wartime love affairs. She wrote about the atmosphere of the home front and how the imminence of death loosened inhibitions - her fiction was as sexy and as candid as she was herself. She drew on her eccentric friends and her love of Cornwall and the West Country, while the darkness of her novels was illuminated by a caustic sense of the ridiculous. Her style has been described as arsenic without the old lace. (This) is a remarkable book about a woman who was courageous, sensual, talented and ruthless. Readers will enjoy her story not only for its witty anecdotes and devastating one-liners, but also for the intimate portrait it builds of a multi-layered personality in which much was hidden." Light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, previous owner's place, date and signature on half-title page; light browning to edges of text block. Dust jacket has light wrinkling and wear at top.bottom of spine and flap-folds, some edge wrinkling - mainly along top edge. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
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