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One Red Rose Forever, Jordan, Mildred
41 Jordan, Mildred One Red Rose Forever
New York Alfred A. Knopf 1941 8th printing Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good- dj Illustrated by (dj drawing) Bob Smith 
[nice solid book, very slight dust-soiling to top and bottom edges of covers; jacket edgeworn, some shallow chipping along top edge, slight fading to spine, small puncture-tear near bottom of front hinge, original printed price on front flap obscured by black ink mark]. The author's first novel, biographical/historical fiction based on the "tempestuous life" of Henry William Stiegel (born Heinrich Wilhelm Stiegel, aka "Baron" Stiegel), who came to Philadelphia from Cologne, Germany, in 1750, and subsequently established himself as a renowned glassmaker and ironmaster, "whose name is perpetuated in that glass which is one of the most beautiful products ever made in the United States." 
Price: 45.00 USD
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Legacy, Kay, Susan
42 Kay, Susan Legacy
New York Crown Publishers Inc. 1986 (c.1985) 0-517-56064-X / 9780517560648 1st U.S. edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj) Nigel Chamberlain 
[tight, clean and square, minimal shelfwear; jacket has a virtually invisible 1-1/2" closed tear at upper right corner of front panel, 1" tear and a little chipping/paper loss at bottom of rear panel, some wear at spine ends, minor soiling to rear panel]. Winner of the Georgette Heyer Historical Novel Prize and the Betty Trask Prize; the author's first novel, the story of Queen Elizabeth I. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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and Tell of Time, Krey, Laura
43 Krey, Laura and Tell of Time
Boston Houghton Mifflin Co. 1938 NO 3rd impression Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj 
[good solid copy, minor soiling to fore-edge, a couple of lightly bumped corners, top edge somewhat darkened, previous owner's address label on ffep; jacket has a couple of small tears, modeate wear at extremities, colors still bright and attractive]. "From the final years of the Civil War to the eve of the eighteen-nineties, from Virginia to Texas, this story sweeps forward with an epic breadth and rhythm. Cavin Darcy, soldier in Lee's army, returns through the country where Sherman has passed. Cavin is a product of the Old South. But he is a pioneer at heart, with a sure faith in the future. On the rich black land of Texas beside the Brazos River, a land of few men and wide horizons, Cavin's father awaits his son's return." 
Price: 30.00 USD
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Saint Patrick's Battalion, Krueger, Carl
44 Krueger, Carl Saint Patrick's Battalion
New York E. P. Dutton & Co. 1960 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by Jacket illus: Hofmann 
(price-clipped) [discoloration/browning to ffep, some scuffing & a bit of soiling on bottom edge, otherwise just mildly worn; jacket shows slight wear at edges/corners/spine extremities, mild soiling to rear panel]. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Gentleman Harry Retires, Lindsay, Philip
45 Lindsay, Philip Gentleman Harry Retires
London Ivor Nicholson & Watson 1937 First Edition Hardcover Very Good 
(no dust jacket) [moderate shelfwear, spine slightly turned, tiny rip in cloth at top of spine, some dust-soiling to top edge]. Historical novel derived from the exploits of an 18th-century English highwayman, Henry Simms. The author, for reasons that are not quite clear (angling for a sale of the movie rights?), addresses the book's 4-page Dedication to Douglas Fairbanks Jr., citing the actor's "admiration for the heroic deeds of great men in the past," and at the same time begging his forgiveness "for placing your name before the fictional history of a notorious blackguard." The author acknowledges his heavy debt to Hogarth for innumerable period details, as well as to the "Newgate Calendar" and Simms's own autobiography, "a thin book so disregarded that it has to be held together with string, can be read in the British Museum Reading Room where I chanced upon it." (For the record, it would appear that the author's shameless ploy was a complete failure, since the saga of Simms did not inspire Doug Jr. -- or anybody else -- to commit it to film.) 
Price: 35.00 USD
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The Saints, the Devil and the King, Mabie, M.L.
46 Mabie, M.L. The Saints, the Devil and the King
Indianapolis The Bobbs-Merrill Co. (c.1930) NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj) F.H. Horvath 
[very nice copy, virtually no wear to book, vintage bookseller's label (The Seven Arts, Carmel) on rear pastedown; jacket similarly nice, with just light rubbing here and there]. Historical novel about King Louis XI, who ruled France from 1461 to 1483, "bring[ing] back to life that great, cruel, patriotic and crafty king in all the strange and splendid color of the fifteenth century." The Hungarian-born jacket designer, Ferdinand Horvath, worked as a layout artist and character designer in several American animation studios from the 1920s through the 1940s, including a stint at Disney from 1934-1937; he created some of the early character designs for the Seven Dwarfs in SNOW WHITE, but received no credit for his work on the film, which reportedly led to his departure from the studio. According to one scholar, while at Disney Horvath worked on "everything from advertising to illustrations for a pop-up book to painting backgrounds and doing layouts to constructing three dimensional models ... to character designs and gags for over fifty Silly Symphonies and Mickey Mouse shorts." 
Price: 30.00 USD
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47 Macdonald, Robert S. The Catherine [*SIGNED*]
Princeton NY Petrocelli Books, Inc. (c.1982) 089433-181-7 / 9780894331817 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Signed by Author
[very slight wear at extremities; jacket has a bit of wear along bottom edge of front panel with one small closed tear, some dog-earing at base of spine]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the ffep. Historical novel about a Rhode Island family of ship-builders and seafarers, who at the outbreak of the Civil War are commissioned by the Navy to build a special, fleet, armed sailing vessel, to roam the seas as a privateer preying on Southern shipping lanes. Signed by Author 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Ramping Cat, Mawson, Christian
48 Mawson, Christian Ramping Cat
London Jonathan Cape 1941 First Edition Hardcover Good in Fair dj 
[spine turned, bottom edge worn, spotting/soiling to page edges, covers and interior clean except for original owner's signature in pencil on front pastedown; jacket is spotted, rubbed, faded, small piece missing at top of spine, a few small edge-tears]. An "outrageous novel" (the author's first), according to the dust jacket, which also says that "if you know your way about English history, it will not be long before some of the characters strike a familiar note. From that moment you will realize that you are reading the story of perhaps the most harrowing among the many crises through which the English people have passed. Yet you would hardly call [the book] an historical novel. Its characters do not move about in period rooms dressed in period costumes." Basically, the novel is populated with 16th-century characters (notably Thomas Cromwell, agent of Cardinal Wolsey and later loyal adviser to King Henry VIII until the latter fell out with Anne of Cleves, Cromwell having arranged the marriage, at which point he got himself beheaded) moving about in what to all intents and purposes is England circa 1940, with cars,telephones, references to the War Office, "the Reich," and so forth. [ Somewhat reminiscent of the Ian McKellen RICHARD III film of a few years back.] The narrator is the younger brother of the Duke of Norfolk, referred to throughout the book as "Spanker"; the book's title comes from Shakespeare ("Henry IV," if you must know); and "Cat" is the familiar name of the narrator's daughter, as well. It's all a little too much for me, but no doubt a fascinating read for someone steeped in the historical period. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Mounted Messenger, Meigs, Cornelia
49 Meigs, Cornelia Mounted Messenger
New York The Macmillan Company 1943 NO Second Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Good dj Illustrated by John Wonsetler 
[good solid copy, some darkening to cloth at top/bottom edges, mild wear at spine ends; jacket worn at edges and corners, faded along spine and 1/2" or so adjacent, quarter-size irregular chunk missing at upper left corner of front panel, also some paper loss at both ends of spine]. 
Price: 18.00 USD
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For This One Hour; a historical novel, North, E. Lee
50 North, E. Lee For This One Hour; a historical novel
New York The William-Frederick Press 1968 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj 
Very Good+ in Very Good dj [book mildly shelfworn, inside clean and bright; DJ spine sun-yellowed, slightly chipped at top of spine]. The post-World War II history of Poland, as told through the fictional hero Jan Komaiko, Polish air ace who is captured by the Russians and sent to the infamous Kozielsk prison camp -- but who survives "to single-handedly mastermind the sabotage of the Communist blueprint for Poland." Preface by Stanislaw Mikolajczyk, former Prime Minister of Poland. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Ulzana, Olson, James R.
51 Olson, James R. Ulzana
Boston Houghton Mifflin Company 1973 0-395-17123-7 / 9780395171233 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj photo) Edward R. Curtis 
(price-clipped) [solid copy, minor shelfwear and very light soiling to bottom edge, small green "BTP" label on front pastedown; jacket a little worn at extremities, a few small tears, small scrape mark on front panel (slightly affecting author's middle initial)]. (endpaper maps) Novel about "an American Indian hero," an Apache whose life is traced from infancy to adulthood, "and through forty years of war against both the Mexicans and the 'White Eyes.'" In telling this story, the author "has also told the story of the Chiricahua Apaches, their eventual surrender to the U.S. Army and their betrayal by the government." (This book would seem to be based on the same character and incidents as Robert Aldrich's film ULZANA'S RAID, released the previous year, although there is no apparent relationship between the film and the book.) 
Price: 12.00 USD
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Many Are the Hearts, Palmer, Bruce
52 Palmer, Bruce Many Are the Hearts
New York Simon and Schuster 1961 NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good- dj Illustrated by (dj design) Seymour Chwast 
[tight clean copy, minor shelfwear, light smudge on top edge; jacket browned at spine and fore-edge, several ragged tears, moderate soiling esp. to rear panel]. A group of four stories set during the Civil War. "Here the men on both sides of the war are seen, not as historical figures, but as living human beings bathed in an atmosphere of devastating reality. It is as if the [Matthew] Brady prints, in all their sharpness and honesty, had suddenly become infused with life, with sound and smoke, with the fear and tedium of war." The story titles are: "The Butcher's Bill"; "My Brother's Keeper"; "The Rooster"; "The Short Straw." 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Rebels of Babylon, Parry, Owen
53 Parry, Owen Rebels of Babylon
New York William Morrow/HarperCollins (c.2005) 0-06-051392-6 / 9780060513924 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Barbara Levine 
[lovely copy, book itself is clean and flawless; jacket shows minor wear along top and bottom edges, light surface scratching to rear panel]. The sixth book in the author's Abel Jones mystery series, set against the backdrop of the Civil War. This one takes place in New Orleans in 1863, where the "corpse of a Yankee heiress washes up on a levee. Citizens disappear in the night from the alleys of the French Quarter. Tales of ritual murder taunt the authorities. And the uneasy truce between the city's fiery inhabitants -- newly freed slaves and their bankrupt former masters, voodoo priestesses, smugglers, and unwelcome Union troops -- stretches to the breaking point." 
Price: 18.00 USD
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Abram Force: A Novel of the American Revolution, Peters, Arthur
54 Peters, Arthur Abram Force: A Novel of the American Revolution
Pinckney MI Lee-Howard Company 1975 First Edition Softcover Near Fine 
[tight and clean, minimal handling wear]. Trade PB "Abram Force," a young Massachusetts farmer, wrenched from peaceful ways into the fury of wwar, found that his dreams of a rich farm, his love for Amy, his very survival depended on his willingness to fight. He, and thousands of aroused colonists like him, formed the backbone of the American Revolution. The disruption of the Force family by divided loyalties, Abram's hard choice, and the growing awareness among Americans of the meaning of the struggle are set forth in this realistic novel in historially precise yet richly human terms." Uncommon. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Silent Thunder: A Civil War Story, Pinkney, Andrea Davis
55 Pinkney, Andrea Davis Silent Thunder: A Civil War Story
New York Jump At the Sun/Hyperion Books for Children (c.1999) 0-7868-0439-4 / 9780786804399 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Fine dj Illustrated by (dj) Jerry Pinkney 
[nice tight clean copy, with a couple of super-tiny dents at top edge of covers; jacket is perfect, or awful darn close]. (frontispiece map) Two slave children, in alternating narratives, tell about the effects of the Civil War on their life on a Virginia plantation in 1862. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Phillida; or, The Reluctant Adventurer, Reid, H[ilda]. S[tewart].
56 Reid, H[ilda]. S[tewart]. Phillida; or, The Reluctant Adventurer
Boston/New York Houghton Mifflin Company 1928 NO First American Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj) B.F. Shaw (?) 
[light shelfwear and slight bumping to bottom edges/corners, otherwise a clean and solid book, with a vintage bookseller's label (Capwell's Books, Oakland, California) on the rear pastedown; the jacket is lightly soiled, with tiny tears at a few corners]. Historical novel set in the time of Oliver Cromwell, about "a young gentleman of the University" who gets caught up in the events of the day and condemned to death. He escapes, but ends up being shipped off to work in the African mines; escaping in turn from that predicament, he "finds sanctuary with a Portuguese who has set up a new Carthage among the blacks. [Our hero] becomes the leader and eventually the inheritor of this savage state, wars with the Dutch and the natives, and after his long exile returns at length to England, the place of his boyish love." (Phillida, by the way, is the name of the girl he left behind.) The somewhat "cartoony" nature of the dust jacket illustration makes me suspect that the book is a bit tongue-in-cheek, but I've found no contemporary reviews to support that, so short of reading the darned thing (which I would rather leave to you), my speculation remains idle. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Disciple of Temptation; a biographical novel of Guy de Maupassant [*SIGNED*], Richards, Carol
57 Richards, Carol Disciple of Temptation; a biographical novel of Guy de Maupassant [*SIGNED*]
London Robert Hale 1988 0-7090-3411-3 / 9780709034117 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by Jacket design Barbara Walton Signed by Author
Very Good+ in Very Good DJ [pages a little "wavy, " a couple of corners mildly bumped, small brown spot on edge of ffep, top of one page slightly damaged by clip-on bookmark; DJ laminate has a number of diagonal wrinkles]. SIGNED by the author on the title page, just below her printed name (which she has lined through), dated 8th March 1989. Signed by Author 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Mr. Brady's Camera Boy, Rogers, Frances
58 Rogers, Frances Mr. Brady's Camera Boy
Philadelphia/New York J. P. Lippincott Company (c.1951) NO First Edition Hardcover Good+ in Very Good- dj Illustrated by Dudley G. Summers 
(price-clipped) [ex-school library book, moderately worn, typical markings (incl. date due slip & pocket in rear of book, library stamps on all edges), ffep cut away, tape marks on covers; jacket rubbed, a few small tears, some scarring to spine from label removal]. "The young camera expert of today -- and any boy or girl who likes adventure -- will enjoy this story of a boy who had the luck to get a job as an apprentice to Mathew Brady, the great pioneer in photography. 'Brady's Gallery' was a busy place in Washington even before Civil War days, and at the Battle of Bull Run, Brady drove his dark-room on wheels to the battlefields and took photographs which are now famous as the first official American war photographs." 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Eroica, Rostov, Mara
59 Rostov, Mara Eroica
New York G. P. Putnam's Sons (c.1977) 0-399-11926-4 / 9780399119262 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj) Charles Mall 
[spine a little turned, otherwise a nice clean book with minimal shelfwear; jacket shows faint wear at top/bottom edges]. "A spellbinding tale of a German heiress' triumph over the legacy of Nazi genocide. Eroica von Heyditch knows little of sadness until she discovers her brother's lifeless body -- a tragic suicide. Destined now to inherit the von Heyditch business empire, Eroica becomes the focus of her father's fanatic commitment to the theory of Aryan superiority. With growing suspicions about the von Heyditch role in World War II, she turns to Jans, a young journalist, whose concern for the fragile girl blossoms into love. While protecting her from the grisly facts about her father's Nazi involvement, he infiltrates the von Heyditch hierarchy to discover a murderous worldwide conspiracy which would force Eroica, living or dead, to carry out her father's mad dreams of a 'final solution' to the Jewish problem." 
Price: 12.00 USD
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The Great Powwow: The Story of the Nashaway Valley in King Philip's War, Sears, Clara Endicott
60 Sears, Clara Endicott The Great Powwow: The Story of the Nashaway Valley in King Philip's War
Boston/New York Houghton Mifflin Company 1935 (c.1934) NO 2nd impression Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj 
[lovely book, virtually as new, appears unread; jacket moderately worn at extremities, slight fading/scraping to spine, addtional minor scraping to front panel, tiny chip at top of rear panel]. (B&W plates) "Through this book, which adheres strictly to historical facts, there surges the complete misunderstanding between the white man and the red man; the fierce struggle of the latter for freedom; the tragedy, the sweep of civilization overcoming and overpowering the more primitive race; the hopelessness of the dream of the young Chief, patriot of the Indian cause, whom the English named King Philip, and who strove against all odds to save his people from the tyranny of an alien race, but failed." 
Price: 40.00 USD
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