Category: Fiction: Historical


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Hostage to Alexander

By: Andrews, Mary Evans

Price: $35.00

Publisher: New York, David Mckay Company: 1962 (c.1961)

Edition: 2nd printing

Seller ID: 13049


Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj

(price-clipped) [nice copy, tight and clean, very light spotting on top edge; jacket has a couple of tiny closed tears, small surface-peeled spot on front panel where somebody (not me!) apparently started to remove the foil "guaranteed binding" label (which crosses the spine and extends about an inch into the front panel) but then thought better of it]. "In the Fourth Century B.C., Alexander of Macedon was vying with Darius III of Persia for mastery of the world. This is the story of a great man who not only built a vast empire but, in so doing, put into practice his forward-looki... View more info

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The Road to Glory: A Biographical Novel of Napoleon

By: Austin, F. Britten

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Grosset & Dunlap: (c.1935)

Edition: Reprint

Seller ID: 19869


Condition: Good in Very Good dj

[front hinge cracked, otherwise a solid copy with minimal shelfwear, some fading to cloth at top edge and base of spine, offsetting to endpapers in gutters, one-time owner's name and date of original purchase at top of ffep; jacket has a small ragged tear at top rear hinge, light edgewear and a couple of tiny nicks here and there]. "This is an amazing novel of the thrilling and little-known first act in Napoleon's marvelous career -- seen exclusively through the eyes of the 26-year-old Bonaparte, with almost the vividness of actual presence." Set during his first Italian campaign, th... View more info

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Brothers Under the Skin

By: Bader, Salem

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Los Angeles, Bookhaven Press/Kellaway-Ide Company: (c.1940)

Edition: Presumed 1st

Seller ID: 18751

Condition: Very Good+ in Fair dj

[solid copy, minimal shelfwear, light age-toning to page edges; jacket missing front flap, edgeworn, ragged tears at top spine corners, a number of creases, a little fading at spine]. Historical novel set in the Middle East, against the backdrop of the last two decades of the Ottoman Empire (roughly 1908-1922). From the Preface: "This gripping narrative, woven around intriguing and authentic international happenings, unfolds in the most ancient metropolis in the history of the world -- Jerusalem, the cradle of Christianity, Judaism and Mohammedanism -- [and] then the story carries one int... View more info

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Dmitri the Impostor

By: Bain, F.W. (G. Mercer Adam, Editor-in-Chief)

Price: $18.00

Publisher: Akron OH, The St. Hubert Guild: [1906]

Edition: Unstated edition

Seller ID: 13031


Condition: Good

(no dust jacket) [worn but still solid copy, binding intact, exterior wear/soiling, gilt lettering on spine dulled but still readable, minor bumping at all extremities, some discoloration to endpapers and a bit of soiling to a few pages]. (The Academy Edition of International Authors) Series (color frontispiece) "A narrative of stirring events in the career of one of the numerous pretenders to the throne of Russia that arose after the strong rule had passed of Ivan IV, or, as he is known in history, 'Ivan the Terrible.' The tale recalls the one by M. Prosper Mérimée, the French histori... View more info

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Who Fought and Bled

By: Beebe, Ralph

Price: $75.00

Publisher: New York, Coward-McCann, Inc.: (c.1941)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 22785

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj

(price-clipped) [nice clean solid copy, with just a bit of shelfwear to the bottom edge, attractive private-library bookplate on front pastedown; jacket is edgeworn, with tiny tears and minor paper loss at several corners, a little creasing, 2-inch tape-repaired closed tear and associated creasing at bottom of front panel, vertical creasing to front flap, a few nicks to edges of rear panel]. Two of the land campaigns of the War of 1812 furnish the setting for this novel. "It is chiefly the story of the Ohio country and Michigan Territory, and the campaigns of the Western Army against the B... View more info

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Salt Lake

By: Benoit, Pierre (translated from the French by Florence and Victor Llona)

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Alfred A. Knopf: 1922

Edition: 1st (U.S.) edition

Seller ID: 14259

Condition: Good

(no dust jacket) [solid enough book with binding intact, but should be considered a reading copy only due to external wear and bumping, an unsightly beverage-ring scar on the front cover (see scan), and internal tape repait to a page that had been ripped in half]. Uncommon novel, originally published in France in 1921. It's "historical fiction" in a sense, but as the New York Times described it in 1922, "it is not a history of Salt Lake City as occupied by the Mormons so much as the story of the mental and physical anguish of a young widow who is unsuspectingly drawn into marriage... View more info

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Dangerous Refuge

By: Bentley, Joyce

Price: $40.00

Publisher: London, Hurst & Blackett Ltd.: 1974

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 9762

ISBN: 0-09-118610-2

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj

[nice copy, minimal shelfwear, faint dust-darkening to top edge; jacket rubbed/edgeworn, mild soiling]. The author's first novel, about "Lucy Pitt, [a] Latin mistress at a fashionable boarding school for young ladies [who takes] the coach north to Manchester, a journey not to be undertaken lightly in the year 1793 by an unescorted female. But Lucy was an independent young woman, with an adventurous spirit and had lived and travelled in India. However, nothing in her previous life could have prepared her for what she was to encounter, when, having endured what proved to be a nightmare jo... View more info

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Tennessee Outpost

By: Bolton, Ivy

Price: $80.00

Publisher: New York/Toronto, Longmans, Green and Co.: 1939

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 17197

Condition: Near Fine in Good dj

[nice clean copy with only minimal shelfwear, vintage bookplate affixed to verso of ffep with yellowing scotch tape; jacket is bright and attractive despite some edgewear, a one-inch missing piece at top of spine (partially affecting first word in title) and several old tape-repairs along bottom hinges and at top and bottom edges of rear panel]. (line drawings) Historical fiction for juvenile readers, "a lively story of courage and patriotism" about a 16-year-old boy who "took a part in keeping Tennessee for the United States in an undeclared but bitter fight with the Spaniards.&#... View more info

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By: Borden, Lucille Papin

Price: $65.00

Publisher: New York, The Macmillan Company: 1937

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16406


Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj

[minor wear at spine ends, light dust-soiling to top edge, one-time owner's signature on ffep; jacket worn and wrinkled along top and bottom edges, various small tears and shallow chipping, unobtrusive tape-repair to base of spine]. "Maris, the chief character in the novel, is playmate and then lady-in-waiting to the Princess Mary Tudor, and the action takes place partly in the reign of Henry VIII, then of Edward VI, of Mary Tudor, and the first year of Queen Elizabeth." A sequel to the author's earlier novel "White Hawthorn" (1935). View more info

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Ashes of Gold [with letter from author]

By: Botsford, Helen Virginia

Price: $75.00

Publisher: New York, Dodd, Mead & Company: 1942

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 21173


Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj

[light shelfwear, very slight fraying to bottom front corner; jacket slightly chipped at top of spine, minor soiling to rear panel, a couple of short closed edge-tears]. Novel set in Mexico during the period prior to the Mexican Revolution, concerning the impact on a small mountain village in Mexico when the gringos arrive, in particular on the ultimately exploitative relationship between an American mine owner and the locals who work in his mine: "Finally came the day of revolution, the glorious, long-looked-for revolution that was to give them back their land." It's noted in the ja... View more info

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Fusee: The Adventures of Ethan Allen

By: Boyd, Dusty

Price: $30.00

Publisher: New York, Carlton Press Inc.: (c.1975)

Edition: Presumed 1st

Seller ID: 4686

ISBN: 0806201398

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj

[minimal shelfwear, mild tanning of pages, two previous owners' signatures on ffep (plus an annotation from one about when and where he bought the book); jacket mildly soiled, a couple of small closed tears, chipping with a little paper loss at both ends of spine]. Vanity-press novel about the exploits of Ethan Allen and his Green Mountain Boys during the American Revolution. The author (shown examining his horse's teeth in the rear jacket photo) is described as once having been the "star of his own television program, 'Dusty Boyd, the Happy Cowboy' [and] a comic book with the same title.&... View more info

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North by Night

By: Burchard, Peter

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Coward-Mccann, Inc: (c.1962)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 9188


Condition: Very Good in Very Good dj

(price-clipped) [solid copy, moderate shelfwear, some soiling to top edge, long diagonal trim at top of half-title page (possibly to remove previous owner info); jacket mildly edgeworn]. (maps by the author) Civil War novel for young readers, about a young Union prisoner who escapes, with a friend, from a Confederate jail in South Carolina, and sets out on a long arduous journey to his home in Connecticut. View more info

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Barbary Brew: A Romantic Novel

By: Charters, Zelda Stewart

Price: $35.00

Publisher: New York, Stackpole Sons: (c.1937)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 13476


Condition: Very Good in Very Good- dj

[solid copy, some wear to the lower extremities (slight fraying at bottom corners and base of spine), light dust-soiling to top edge; jacket has minor tears at a couple of corners, small nick at fore-edge of front panel, slight paper loss around top of spine (no text affected), moderate soiling]. Historical romance set against the backdrop of the American war with Tripoli (1801-1805). "The infant American Republic had no navy with which to fight pirates at the beginning of the nineteenth century -- and that is how the young American physician, who is the hero of [this book], came to be c... View more info

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By: Childs, Joy

Price: $50.00

Publisher: London, Robert Hale: 1984

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 15056

ISBN: 0-7090-1661-2

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj

[nice clean copy, spine slightly turned but no significant wear; dust jacket lightly scuffed at spine, faint edgewear, rear panel shows light soiling, a couple of small closed tears at top & bottom edges]. Historical romance set in Elizabethan England, presenting an alternate version of the story of Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall. View more info

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Deep Are the Valleys

By: Closs, Hannah

Price: $75.00

Publisher: New York, The Vanguard Press: (c.1960)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 14769

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj

[nice clean book, minor age-toning to top page edges, but no significant wear; jacket slightly faded at spine, with minor wear along top and bottom edges, a few itsy-bitsy tears, light browning at edges of jacket flaps]. The author's second historical novel (in what would later be known as "The Tarn Trilogy"), set in 13th-century France. This book re-encounters "Wolf of Foix, the searching young idealist," who is obsessed with avenging the death of his patron -- "an obsession that takes him from brutal warfare to the quiet endurance of the Cathar believers; from the frivol... View more info

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King Hal's Fifth Wife

By: Clover, Sam T.

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Los Angeles, Saturday Night Publishing Company: 1933

Edition: 1st (unstated)

Seller ID: 2622

Condition: Very Good+

(purple cloth, no dust jacket) [clean and tight, top 3/4" of spine cloth faded, tiny brown spot on bottom edge]. (color frontispiece, halftone illustrations) "In Vindication of the Memory of the Much-Maligned Katharine Howard." In addition to the color frontispiece, there are four half-tone illustrations in the text, and both endpapers are a half-tone of Hampton Court. View more info

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Son of Haman

By: Cochran, Louis

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Caldwell ID, The Caxton Printers, Ltd.: 1937

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 13287


Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj

[solid, good-looking copy, light browning/soiling to page edges; jacket a bit edgeworn but still very attractive, marred only by some paper loss at top of spine (losing about one-third of "Son") extending to the top corner of the rear panel]. "Lije Smith is the illegitimate son of Nancy Smith, who comes to the river town of Delta City some time after the Civil War. Her lover has deserted her in New Orleans, and she gives herself up to the task of making a man of her son." View more info

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The Human Rope

By: Comorre, Patrick A.

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Vantage Press: (c.1960)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 7552

Condition: Very Good in Fair dj

[moderate shelfwear, old sale price stamped on ffep, faint foxing on fore-edge; jacket water-damaged (especially along spine, which is faded, peeled, and has a couple of holes in it), internally stained with some bleed-through on rear panel and left edge of front panel; about the best that can be said for the jacket is that at least the front panel is complete and only moderately stained/ soiled]. As with many "write-what- you-know" vanity-press novels, this one appears to be derived from personal experience (in this case that of the author's father). The novel is set in the 1930's, an... View more info

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"Irlich": The Stalin Assassination

By: Costopoulos, Tom

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Granada Hills CA, The NPC Publishing Company: (c.1979)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 1868

ISBN: 0932634001

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj

[top corners slightly bumped; jacket a bit rubbed, a little corner wear, no tears or chips]. "...a story of a young man brought up in a tumultuous era. ... At twenty- three, Western intelligence recuits him for a vital mission to Mt. Kwanmo, near the Russian border. While preparations are underway, he vanishes over Korea below the 38 parallel. In his disappearance, a chain of incredible, chilling events flare up across the continents of the Red world. Six months later, the night after Stalin is assassinated, he re-appears in Bulgaria as a top Soviet officer. He is now General Irlich and ... View more info

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Montana Road

By: Drago, Harry Sinclair

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, William Morrow & Co.: 1935

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 5379

Condition: Good

(no dust jacket) [general overall wear, soiling to yellow cloth, spine a little turned, agency sticker on front pastedown, two previous owners' addresses (in pencil) on ffep]. View more info