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    W. S. Merwin : essays on the Poetry by Nelson, Cary ; Folsom, Ed [ Editors

    Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1987. William Stanley Merwin was an American poet who wrote over fifty books of poetry and prose, and produced many works in translation. During the 1960s anti-war movement, Merwin's unique craft was thematically characterized by indirect, unpunctuated narration. xiii,405p. : facsims. Bibliography: p363-396. Includes indexes. A neat clean copy, but with a light lean, in clean and complete dust jacket. . First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.


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    Man of mercury : an appreciation of the mind of Henry St. John, Viscount Bolingbroke by Jackman, S. W. (Sydney Wayne)

    London: Pall Mall, 1965. Dr. Jackman examines the fascinating life of Viscount Bolingbroke, his political, literary and personal achievements, and presents a determined and powerful man who was equally fallible and vain. This masterly reconstruction recreates the man and his times, and portrays a character with whom we can all identify. The author refutes the belief that Bolingbroke was the progenitor of George III's 'Constitutional Experiment' and sets his subject among the number of those 'true conservatives' who do not beget a school of followers. Yet Bolingbroke occupies a special position in that he attempted to define a conservative political philosophy - perhaps the only speculative politician to do this reasonably successfully. The author examines in detail the different aspects of Bolingbroke's thought and shows that, far from trying to put back the historical clock, this leading Tory of the Augustan Age was at one with the rationalist, empirical movement of his day. Of all the great 18th century personalities, Bolingbroke has been the most depreciated and neglected. There has been little attempt to give a general estimation of his ideas on philosophy, history and politics. Dr. Jackman's book addresses this deficiency. Bolingbroke left a definite mark upon English History, and whether his career is to be admired or regretted, it cannot be ignored. Author's Foreword; Introduction by Sir Charles Petrie Bart; Life and Political Career; On History; On Religion and Philosophy; On Society and Government; On Political Parties; On The Patriot King; Bolingbroke's Place in the English Political Tradition; Appendix; References; Select Bibliography; Index.ix, 166 pages frontispiece : (portrait) ; 22 cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. A very good copy in a like dust jacket. No inscriptions. [ Location: Fp1]. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.


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    The Brassbounder by Bone, David William

    New York: E. P. Dutton, 1928. This work is David William Bone's 1921 novel, The Brassbounder . This is a later copy from 1928.It is 4th Printing: the story of a young apprentice whose parents have paid for him to do three years work aboard a ship that is set to sail round Cape Horn. Based on the author s' own life experiences, and is a gripping and authentic story of sailing, and constitutes a desirable title for fans and collectors of Bone s work.Clean andtight in blue cloth, stamped in black, very minor evidence of foxing, in a complete, if lightly chipped dust jacket, now protected by way of a removeable plastic cover. pxxii [ii], 280.. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good - See Images. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾".


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    Boswell's Life of Johnson [ 6 Volume Set ] by Boswell, James ; [ Edited By Augustine Birrell

    Westminster, London: Archibald Constable and Co, 1896. 6 Volume set: Original cloth, printed paper spine labels. Neat copies. Paper title labels all intact, if with rubs and some crease lines. A tight very solid set. p.266, p.286, p. 307, p. 302, p. 295, p. 322, with frontispieces. [ Location: BR1/4/4 ]. Hard Cover. Very Good. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾".


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    Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff

    Exquisitely designed book , gold titling spine , black wrapped boards, and papers with scenes from the Nile , very good, just the slightest amount of wear at the head foot of book at spine bottom / top , Corners good deckle Edge pages dust jacket crisp bright very good minimal amounts of wear on its edges --Magnetic queen whose death ushered in a new world order.Palace shimmered with onyx - gold, richer still in political, sexual intrigue. Cleopatra was a shrewd strategist, ingenious negotiator. Married twice, each time to a brother. Wagering a brutal civil war against the first, poisoned the second; incest, assassination were family specialties. Having, children by Julius Caesar - Mark Antony, two of the most prominent Romans of the day. With Anthony she would attempt to forge a new empire, an alliance that spelled both their ends. Famous long before she was notorious, Cleopatra has gone down in history for all the wrong reasons. Losing in the drama of circumstance and personality Lost in Time. -----Cleopatra: A Life Author Stacy Schiff, 1st Edition 11th printing, Pub. -Little, Brown, Ny, 2010 November, book design Fritz Metsch, maps by George W. Ward, jacket design Mario J Pulice, jacket photo Jose Picayo, author photo Elena Siebert, ISBN. 0316001929, 9780316001922 384 pages Subjects Biography & Autobiography / Historical / Women, Queen of Egypt, royalty, ancient Egypt. Ruth Reaser..LAX Vespa,Los Angeles Culver City- maybe this will do it! -At least you know what you're getting into- City- Media Mail USPS-you get the copy you were viewing carefully Drop kick-packed to protect it - in - transit. . Cleopatra 4381 biography 40


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    The Ismay Line. The White Star Line, and the Ismay family story. by OLDHAM, Wilton Joseph

    Liverpool: Journal of Commerce, 1961. The Ismay family had been in shipping for two generations. Joseph’s grandfather had founded a business called Ismay, Imrie and Co., and his father, Thomas Ismay, established White Star. Bruce Ismay took over as Chairman on his father’s death in 1899. In 1902 J. Bruce Ismay sold White Star to the fabulously wealthy American railroad owner, J P Morgan. With the extra financial backing, Ismay set out to expand White Star to try to compete with Cunard, Britain’s leading passenger ship operator. He commissioned the building of three new super liners to ply the North Atlantic route. Titanic was the second of these ships to see service. The Titanic disaster became a personal tragedy for J. Bruce Ismay. He was on the maiden voyage of the ship but did not perish. Instead he fled in one of the all too few lifeboats and was criticised for not staying behind and going down with his ship, as did the Captain, Edward Smith. Ismay was described as the coward of the Titanic and J. Brute Ismay. He became a pariah even though he tried to make amends by giving generously to charity throughout the rest of his life. xviii, 283p., 8p. of plates : ill., frontis., ports. ; 23cm. Includes index. Bibliography p.273-274. A firm, clean copy, without the dust jacket. Some light offset to colour of boards. Solid copy. [ Location: BR1/1/4 ]. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. Illus. by [With plates, including portraits, an illustration, a bibliography and a genealogical table.]. 8vo.


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    The pure clear word : essays on the poetry of James Wright by Smith, Dave [ Edited By

    Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1982. CONTENTS: James Wright / Dave Smith -- A foreword to James Wright's The green wall / W.H. Auden -- In the mode of Robinson and Frost / Henry Taylor -- James Wright / Peter Stitt -- The work of James Wright / Robert Bly -- The continuity of James Wright's poems / William Matthews -- A world immeasurably alive and good / James Seay -- The rise and fall of James Wright / Edward Butscher -- Open secrets / Stephen Yenser -- The tradition of sadness and the American metaphysic / Leonard Nathan -- That halting, stammering movement / Dave Smith -- James Wright / Robert Hass -- James Wright / Miller Williams. xxviii, 260 p. ; 24 cm. Bibliography: p. 247-257. A neat and solid copy, a few dusty marks to ffep, but a tight clean book thereafter, in a little edge worn wrapper. . First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Good+. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.


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    The trials of Frances Howard : fact and fiction in the Court of St James by Lindley, David

    London: Routledge, 1993. SUMMARY: David Lindley re-examines the murder trials of Frances Howard and the historical representations of her as 'wife, a witch, a murderess and a whore', challenging the assumptions that have constructed her as a model of female villainy. x, 227 p., [13] p. of plates : ill., facsims. ; 22 cm. A fine copy in a like dust jacket. [ Location: Landing Case ]. 1st Edition. Hard Cover. Fine/Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.


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    The Perilous Sea by Silitch, Clarissa (editor)

    Salt-drenched tales of true adventure on the High Seas from the pages of Yankee Magazine.Fine in price clipped, else fine dust jacket. The dust jacket is protected by an adjustable mylar cover. 6 x 9 inches. 192 pages. tv4


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    Mr. Secretary Cecil and Queen Elizabeth by Read, Conyers 1881-1959

    London: Jonathan Cape, 1956. Second impression copy of 1956, the original edition was published in 1955. SERIES: Bedford historical series ; 17. 510 p. : ill., facsim., ports. ; 26 cm. Includes index. Companion volume to: Lord Burghley and Queen Elizabeth. Bibliographical references included in "Notes" (p. 469-495). An uncommon title, and in excellent condition. A fresh and crisp copy, tightly bound, pages excellent, in a very nice dust jacket, excellent colour, with light extremity rubs only. [ Location: Landing Case ]. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.


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    OUT OF PLACE: A Memoir by Said, Edward

    Knopf, 1999. Book. Original Wraps. The controversial, much debated memoir, UNCORRECTED PROOF, plain tan wrappers, second page is a glossy, pictorial of the dustjacket cover. FIRST PRINTING, NEAR FINE, illustration pages are stapled to the inside of back cover..


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    The Ultimate Dream : 75 Years of the Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup by Harman, Bob

    Edinburgh: Mainstream Publishing, 2000. Since its inception in 1924, the Gold Cup has grown in status to the point where it is widely regarded as the world's greatest steeplechase. The aim of this book is to encapsulate both memories from the race's history and views of the 1999 challengers. 223p.,[16]p. of plates ; 24cm. Fine in a like dust jacket. [ Location: BR2 / 1 ]. 1st Edition. Hard Cover. Fine/Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.


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    The history of Edward Latymer and his foundations : including the life of William Latymer Dean of Peterborough [ SIGNED COPY - SEE BELOW/IMAGES ] by Wheatley, William

    Cambridge: Printed for the Latymer upper school at the University Press, 1936. SIGNED COPY: Not only has the Author Signed the title page with a personal dedication to an esteemed colleague L.E.B. Powell. But Flat Signed alongside 54 other signatories to ffep and half title. There is also inserted a photograph of Wheatley? teaching within his Chemistry class, this is also Signed by him. The book is firm and clean, tightly bound. Faded spine. The Latymer School is a selective, mixed grammar school in Edmonton, London, England, established in 1624 by Edward Latymer. According to league tables, Latymer is one of the top state-schools in the country. xv, 136 p : front., illus., x pl. (incl. facsims.; 1 double) ; 23 cm.. SIGNED - By Author. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good ( See below/images ]. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.


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    Denis Compton : Cricketing Genius by West, Peter 1920-2003

    London: Stanley Paul, 1989. SUMMARY: Denis Compton made his debut in county cricket with Middlesex in 1936 at age 18. A year later he played his first Test match against New Zealand and from then on he maintained his position at the top of first class cricket until 1957 when he was forced to retire with a knee injury. During that time he scored nearly 40,000 runs, including 123 centuries and took 622 wickets. But statistics tell only half the story; Compton was an extrovert and a brilliant improvisor on the cricket field. He was one of the first sporting "personalities", whose name drew large crowds. As well as cricket, Compton played football, he was left-winger in Arsenal's FA Cup winning team in 1950. This biography, written by a friend, tells the story of those years. viii,184p,[12]p of plates : ill, ports ; 24cm. Includes index. Is a nice clean copy, free of any inscriptions. Edges of pages with the beginning of tone, else Fine, in a bright and clean, complete dust jacket. [ Location: BR2 / 1 ]. First Edition. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Near Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.


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    Gerard Manley Hopkins and the language of mystery by Ellis, Virginia Ridley

    Columbia : University of Missouri Press, 1991. Summary: With detailed readings of major poems and analysis of manuscript revisions, Ellis examines how Hopkins' particular vision of "mystery" pervasively affects, not only his own language, but a reader's approach to that language. Ellis begins by establishing a context of theory, inheritance, and terminology, both theological and literary, with emphasis on Hopkins' definition of "mystery". Part 2 offers a detailed (and in organization unorthodox) reading of The Wreck of the Deutschland. Part 3 explores major poems from the years 1877 to 1889, grouped thematically rather than chronologically. The fourth and final section examines the "terrible sonnets". Gerard Manley Hopkins and the Language of Mystery will appeal to scholars and new readers of Hopkins alike because it combines depth of comprehension with fundamental usefulness. Ellis' love of poems and her desire to convey that love are fully evident in the care with which she explores each poem. A nice copy, just minor sign of some age, but a firm clean copy, in a similar dust jacket. xviii, 352 p : ill ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 337-343) and index.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Near Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.


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    This was my choice by Gouzenko, Igor 1919-1982

    London: Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1948. Igor Sergeyevich Gouzenko was a cipher clerk for the Soviet embassy to Canada in Ottawa, Ontario. He defected on September 5, 1945. ust three days after the end of World War IIwith 109 documents on Soviet espionage activities in the West. Here we have the elusive English 1st edition, with a dust jacket in two pieces, with about 1/3rd of the spine retained. The book, is firm, clean and tight, a little foxing to prelims. p. vii, 324. . 1st Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Fair - - See Comments. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.


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    A Life Of James Boswell by Martin, Peter

    Yale University, 1999. Book. Trade Paperback. A New York Times Notable Book, biography of Boswell who is considered the greatest biographer for his "Life Of Johnson". FIRST TRADE PAPERBACK PRINTING, NEAR FINE COPY.


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    Sir Humphrey Mildmay: Royalist gentleman. Glimpses of the English scene, 1633-1652. by Ralph, Philip Lee 1905-

    New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1947. SERIES: Rutgers University. Rutgers University studies in history ; no. 3. With extracts from the diary of Sir H. Mildmay. xi,245 pages : facsimiles ; 21 cm. A nice copy, clean and tight, free of any inscriptions, in a like dust jacket, price clipped. [ Location: BR2 / 1 ]. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.


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    Critical Choices: a Journey with the Filipino People by Friesen, Dorothy

    MI: Eerdmans. Very Good with No dust jacket as issued. 1988. Light edge wear 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. trade paperback bx159


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    The blanket makers, 1669-1969 : a history of Charles Early & Marriott (Witney) Ltd by Plummer, Alfred 1896-; Early, Richard E. 1908-

    New York: Augustus M. Kelley, 1969. xii, 205 p. : 26 plates, illus. (incl. 1 col.), 2 geneal. tables, 2 maps (on lining papers) ; 26 cm. Includes bibliography and index. A fine copy, in a near fine dust jacket, a tad dust to edges, in minor areas. . First Edition. Hard Cover. Fine/Near Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.


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    A Library of Universal Literature: Part II, Vol. 5, the Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus by Irving, Washington

    New York: P. F Collier & Son, 1900. Hard Cover. Good. Good. No DJ Issued 12mo-over 6¾"-7¾" tall. Red cloth over boards, cover shows some wear considering this book is over 100 yrs old. elcellent clean condition inside. Some bumps on the edges. Part of a series this is only Part 2, Vol. 5. If you are purchasing for your set, please not colors in covers and ask me for a picture and we can help match your set.


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    Zoro's field : my life in the Appalachian Woods ( Superb Signed Dedication from Author ) by Crowe, Thomas Rain

    Athens and London: University of Georgia Press, 2005. SIGNED COPY: ( see image for full handwritten words from Author ): 3rd impression - After a long absence from his native southern Appalachians, Thomas Rain Crowe returned to live alone deep in the North Carolina woods. This is Crowe's chronicle of that time when, for four years, he survived by his own hand without electricity, plumbing, modern-day transportation, or regular income. It is a Walden for today, paced to nature's rhythms and cycles and filled with a wisdom one gains only through the pursuit of a consciously simple, spiritual, environmentally responsible life. Crowe made his home in a small cabin he had helped to build years before - at a restless age when he could not have imagined that the place would one day call him back. The cabin sat on what was once the farm of an old mountain man named Zoro Guice. As we absorb Crowe's sharp observations on southern Appalachian natural history, we also come to know Zoro and the other singular folk who showed Crowe the mountain ways that would see him through those four years. Crowe writes of many things: digging a root cellar, being a good listener, gathering wood, living in the moment, tending a mountain garden. He explores profound questions on wilderness, self-sufficiency, urban growth, and ecological overload. Yet we are never burdened by their weight but rather enriched by his thoughtfulness and delighted by his storytelling. A very clean copy, with light corner bumps, in a complete and clean dust jacket, just a little top edge turn, else all fine. xiv, 221 p. ; 24 cm.. Signed Dedication from Author. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.


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    Investment Biker (On The Road With Jim Rogers) by Rogers, Jim

    New York, New York: Random House. Fine in Fine Dust Jacket. 1994. First Printing. Hard Cover. 0679422552 . 003673: Dustjacket now protected by a new Brodart Mylar Cover. Front and back endpapers are decorated with world map of author's travels. "He'd always dreamed of taking a trip around the world on his bike, and in 1990, with his girlfriend, Tabitha Estabrook, he did just that. They set out not only to travel, but to learn about the world's developing countries and investment markets by actually going to them. " : 6.25 x 9.5 in.: 402 pages .


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    The selected letters of Yvor Winters ; Language as Being in the Poetry of Yvor Winters ( 2 Volumes ) by Winters, Yvor 1900-1968.; Powell, Grosvenor

    Athens: Swallow Press/Ohio University Press, 2000. 2 Volumes concerning Yvor Winters: 1st Listed: - A very nice copy of the First Edition 1st impression: Summary: Poet, teacher, and critic, Yvor Winters was a man of letters in more ways than one. This selection of his personal correspondence spans half a century of literary history and a lifetime of intellectual development and growth. As a record of a serious artist and thinker's grappling with important issues and, sometimes, with his notable friends, the letters offer new and often unexpected insight into the creative mind at work. The reader who comes to these letters with the standard-issue caricature of Yvor Winters- cantankerous, dogmatic, Calvinistic- will not be disappointed. Like all caricatures, this one contains partial truth, but partial truth is ultimately more destructive than an outright lie. What these letters portray clearly is a complex individual: he can be cantankerous and dogmatic (he was never Calvinistic) but he is also generous in the extreme, egalitarian, sensitive, noble, and downright funny. Rich with Winters's personal impressions and honest appraisals and addressed to a panoply of poets, writers, and editors, including Marianne Moore, Allen Tate, Lincoln Kirstein, Louise Bogan, and Katherine Anne Porter among many others, The Selected Letters of Yvor Winters offers that unique glimpse of a writer of stature in private conversation with his peers. Yvor Winters (1900-1968) was a poet, critic, and Stanford University professor of English literature. He won the Bollingen Prize in 1961. R. L. Barth is the author of A Soldier's Time, Abandon Hope, and, most recently, First Morning, Last Night. As Robert L. Barth he is a publisher of chapbooks. xxii, 423 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm.bibliographical references and indexes. Includes Clean and tight, free of any inscriptions, square and fresh, in complete and excellent unclipped dust jacket. 2nd Listed: Published Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, in 1980, 1st Edition. ISBN: 0807105856, Very good, clean book, in a Good only dust Jacket, with rubs to extremities. p.xii, [ ii ], 172, index. [ Location: BR1 ]. First Edition. Hard Cover. Fine/Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.


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    Life of the Lady Arabella Stuart : containing a biographical memoir and a collection of her letters, with notes and documents from original sources, relating to her History [ 2 Matching Volumes ] by Bradley, E. T

    London: R. Bentley, 1889. 2 Volumes: Half-title and running title: Life of Arabella Stuart. - Spine title: Arabella Stuart. Spine publisher shows Macmillan & co. A nice set. In the green gilt, with gilt medallion to the centre of each volume. Both volumes possess a frontis portrait of Lady Arabella. Clean and bright examples, with patterned ep's and pastedowns. Vol 1 has a small additional portrait neatly affixed to ffep ( Not from the original Work ) .p.xvi, errata slip, illustrations, 274; p. xii, illustrations, 300, Index. Very good indeed. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good - See below/images. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.


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