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Saxenhurst: A Story of the Old World and New

By: Eddy, Daniel C.

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Philadelphia, American Baptist Publication Society: (c.1896)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20880

ISBN: NO

Condition: Good


(decorated cloth; no dust jacket) [light external soiling, bumped at all corners, slight exposure of board at lower front corner, some wear to spine ends, vintage bookseller's rubber-stamped name (Bertrand Smith's Acres of Books, Long Beach, Calif.) on front pastedown; gilt/maroon decoration on front cover and spine still reasonably bright and attractive]. (B&W plates (photos and drawings)) Historical/religious fiction set in 17th-century England and America, backgrounded by the English Civil War, the execution of Charles I, the rise and rule of Oliver Cromwell, and so on. To escape all this... View more info

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Guns Forever Echo [*SIGNED*]

By: Ellis, Kenneth M.

Price: $35.00

Publisher: New York, Julian Messner, Inc.: (c.1941)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 20858

ISBN: NO

Condition: Good


(no dust jacket) [moderately shelfworn, light bumping and minor wear evident at corners and spine ends, front hinge starting, vintage bookseller's rubber-stamped name (Bertrand Smith Acres of Books, Long Beach, Calif.) on front pastedown]. (endpaper maps) INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the 2nd ffep: "For A. George Volck / With Sincere Personal Regards / Kenneth Wallis / 1941." Historical novel tracing five generations of the Elys clan of Great Yarmouth, England, through the 13th and 14th centuries, climaxing with the Battle of Crécy (1346), one of the most important battles o... View more info

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Dance of the Assassins [*SIGNED*]

By: Fagyas, M[aria]

Price: $175.00

Publisher: New York, G.P. Putnam's Sons: (c.1973)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 18202

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[no significant wear to book, but some fading to cloth at spine and around edges of covers (apparently the gray-background jacket didn't keep out the sun); jacket has a one-inch closed tear and associated minor creasing at bottom of front panel, a bit of wear along top edge and rubbing and tiny tears at several upper corners and at top of spine]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the half-title page. Historical thriller centering around the assassinations of the King and Queen of Serbia in 1903. Signed books by this Hungarian-born author are exceedingly uncommon; the wife of playwright ... View more info

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A Wall for San Sebastian

By: Faherty, William Barby, S.J.

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Fresno CA, Academy Guild Press: (c.1962)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 7568

ISBN: NO

Condition: Good in Very Good dj


[a solid copy, but Good only due to some rust-colored staining along both hinges, wear to top edge of boards (almost as if the book had been shelved upside-down for a long time; boards exposed at a couple of points), top 1/8" of the spine is missing, pages browned; the jacket is moderately edgeworn, split (2") at bottom front foldover, mild diagonal crease along bottom of front panel, top quarter- inch of spine missing (no text affected)]. Novel about a former soldier, now a Franciscan friar, who arrives at his first mission to find it recently devastated by Comanche raiders. Faced wit... View more info

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A Shadow of Gulls

By: Finney, Patricia

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, G. P. Putnam's Sons: (c.1977)

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 13951

ISBN: 0-399-11979-5

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[nice copy, light shelfwear to bottom edge and minor bumping to bottom corners; jacket shows light wear at extremities, minor soiling to rear panel]. Historical romance set in Celtic Ireland; the author's first novel. Nice photo of the then-19-year-old author on the rear panel, the caption of which informs us that "she plans to study history at the university and is already at work on her second novel." View more info

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To the Sun

By: Fisher, Arista Edward

Price: $100.00

Publisher: New York, Cosmopolitan Book Corporation: 1929

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 18736

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[attractive copy, very light wear to bottom edge, nice vintage bookplate on ffep, 1931 purchase date in ink at top corner of ffep; jacket shows unobtrusive spotting/soiling, and has a couple of tiny edge-tears]. A biographical novel about William Shakespeare, per the jacket blurb "a book that would have charmed any Elizabethan, because it has vitality and the breath of life," an opinion shared by a contemporary reviewer, who observed: "Instead of an unconvincing, clothes-horse god of letters, Mr. Fisher has given us a perfectly credible and vigorous Elizabethan playwright who, it i... View more info

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The Foster Brothers

By: Frankland, Edward

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, The John Day Company: (c.1954)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 14556

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[very nice copy, tight and clean, slight bumping to base of spine; jacket shows light wear at extremities, one tiny closed tear at bottom corner of front panel]. "A novel of life in eleventh-century England as it really was." "To Vikings of the eleventh century, the prospect of English plunder seemed preferable to the Spartan life of their homeland. And so in the year 1002 two young men, Arnvid and Gunnar, set forth from Iceland to seek their fortunes in the weak and divided cluster of petty kingdoms and Danish colonies that was England a half century before the Norman conquest.... View more info

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Doña Lona; A Story of Old Taos and Santa Fe

By: Grant, Blanche C.

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Wilfred Funk, Inc.: (c.1941)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 13724

Condition: Very Good+ in Good dj


[quite a decent copy, light soiling to page edges, a couple of very minor dents at top of front cover, slight bumping to a couple of corners, attractive vintage bookplate (with a sort of Lady Godiva motif, if you catch my meaning), original date of purchase written at upper corner of front pastedown; jacket worn and soiled, various small tears and chips, some paper loss at spine ends (affecting first word of title), but with the front panel largely intact]. "The life and loves of a beautiful Spanish girl in old New Mexico. This romance of old Taos and Santa Fe revolves about the famous cha... View more info

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Doña Lona; A Story of Old Taos and Santa Fe [*SIGNED*]

By: Grant, Blanche C.

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, Wilfred Funk, Inc.: (c.1941)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 5242

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


[clean and solid, mild spotting on top edge; jacket edgeworn, various tiny tears and dog-earing along top edge, chipping with a little paper loss at top of spine]. SIGNED by the author on the title page. "The life and loves of a beautiful Spanish girl in old New Mexico. This romance of old Taos and Santa Fe revolves about the famous characters of the period such as General Sam Houston and Kit Carson.It is a colorful story of a beautiful woman who became a power in Mexican and later American politics and also a leader of local society. It is a tale of the many loves in Doña Lona's excitin... View more info

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I, Claudius; from the autobiography of Tiberius Claudius, born B.C. 10, murdered and deified A.D. 54

By: Graves, Robert

Price: $300.00

Publisher: New York, Harrison Smith and Robert Haas: 1934

Edition: 2nd printing

Seller ID: 18289

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good- in Very Good dj


[light wear to book at extremities, binding just starting to crack between first and section signatures (with slight misalignment of first and second signatures visible at fore-edge), slight indentation and dampstain at top edge of rear cover, light foxing to top edge and fore-edge; jacket shows some wear along top and bottom edges, slight fading at spine, light soiling to rear panel]. (B&W photographs) Biographical/historical fiction at its very finest, not only a compelling read itself but also the basis for one of the most highly-regarded television adaptations of all time, the 1976 BBC pr... View more info

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The City of Libertines

By: Hardy, W.G.

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, Appleton-Century-Crofts, Inc.: (c.1957)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 18335

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[solid copy, light shelfwear and mild soiling to bottom edge, slight age-toning to all page edges; jacket edgeworn and lightly rubbed, shallow chipping at top of spine, a little soiling to rear panel]. Historical novel centered around "one of the great love affairs" of ancient Rome, the liaison between Clodia, "the beautiful patrician of Rome whose affairs and intrigues shocked even that licentious capital," and Catullus, "whose passion led to suffering, and whose suffering was fused into poetry which is read to this very day." (Cicero and Julius Caesar figure into th... View more info

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Wampum and Sixpence

By: Hayes, Marjorie

Price: $75.00

Publisher: Boston, Little, Brown and Company: 1936

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 18770

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj


[slight bumping to top corners, otherwise a solid clean book with minor shelfwear to bottom edge; jacket has very slight paper loss at bottom corners, a bit of wrinkling/creasing at spine ends]. (B&W drawings, endpaper maps) Historical fiction for young readers, set in the Connecticut River valley in the 17th century. The story revolves around a pioneer family, specifically the children (a brother and a sister) and their relationship with a Native American boy and his sister, the latter paid taken in by the white folks after their parents die of smallpox. (Brought to them by the settlers the... View more info

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Lotus Land

By: Highland, Monica [pseud. for Carolyn See, Lisa See, and John Espey]

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Coward-McCann: (c.1983)

Edition: 3rd impression

Seller ID: 17227

ISBN: 0-698-11202-4

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj


[spine slightly turned, moderate dust-soiling to top edge, previous owner's signature on ffep; jacket shows minor surface wear, light soiling (mostly to rear panel)]. A multi-generational, multi-ethnic novel of Los Angeles, spanning the 1880's through World War II, "a story whose color, violence, and drama are equaled only by the history of Los Angeles itself." The authorial bio blurb on the jacket is a great joke, stating that Ms. Highland "was born in Shanghai, was a Van de Kamp's waitress, studied demotic Greek in Thessaloniki, and is a Rhodes scholar. Although she has publish... View more info

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Undaunted

By: Hoffman, Nathan

Price: $60.00

Publisher: Los Angeles, Wetzel Publishing Co., Inc.: (c.1937)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 19199

Condition: Very Good+ in Good dj


[moderate bumping to bottom corners, otherwise a nice clean book with minimal shelfwear; jacket edgeworn (and possibly insect-nibbled along the right edge of the front panel), faded at spine, with various tiny nicks and chips]. Historical "novel of Romantic Ireland," set against the background of Ireland's struggle for independence from England in the 19th century. At first glance, the jacket illustration -- which appears to be the flag of Israel crossed with a version of the "Irish harp" flag dating back to the 17th-century Confederacy of Ireland -- seems like an utter histo... View more info

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The Lonely Heath

By: Hunter, Alison

Price: $20.00

Publisher: London, Robert Hale & Company: 1973

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 9754

ISBN: 0-7091-3379-0

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[nice tight copy, no discernible wear, very faint dust-soiling to top edge; jacket a bit rubbed, minor scuffing to rear panel, light edgewear]. "Amid the confusion that follows the battle of Sedgemoor and the rout of the Duke of Monmouth's army the rebel soldier, Randall Ainsley, [escapes and] with two companions he takes refuge for the night in a barn where a dying man gives a valuable ring into his charge. He rapidly becomes aware of the avarice of his companions and, knowing that the ring and his own life are in danger because of their greed, he decides that it would be wiser to travel... View more info

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One Red Rose Forever

By: Jordan, Mildred

Price: $45.00

Publisher: New York, Alfred A. Knopf: 1941

Edition: 8th printing

Seller ID: 21898

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good- dj


[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, "who... View more info

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and Tell of Time

By: Krey, Laura

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Boston, Houghton Mifflin Co.: 1938

Edition: 3rd impression

Seller ID: 8504

ISBN: NO

Condition: 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 fut... View more info

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Saint Patrick's Battalion

By: Krueger, Carl

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, E. P. Dutton & Co.: 1960

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 3289

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj


(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]. View more info

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Gentleman Harry Retires

By: Lindsay, Philip

Price: $35.00

Publisher: London, Ivor Nicholson & Watson: 1937

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 14165

Condition: 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."... View more info

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The Saints, the Devil and the King

By: Mabie, M.L.

Price: $30.00

Publisher: Indianapolis, The Bobbs-Merrill Co.: (c.1930)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 18917

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[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 Disne... View more info