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Where the Swallowtail Kite Soars  The Legacies of Glades County, Florida and The Vanishing Wilderness, Dale, Nancy
1 Dale, Nancy Where the Swallowtail Kite Soars The Legacies of Glades County, Florida and The Vanishing Wilderness
iUniverse, Inc. 2004 First Edition; First Impression Paperback Near Fine with no dust jacket Signed by Author
Bok looks new. Very Rare Author inscribed poem in front along with Authors Signature. Book now in archival sleeve to protect condition. "May you walk with a gentle breeze upon your face- May you wake to the beauty of a lavender sky- May you sleep under a blanket of stars- In Florida Last pristine wilderness- Nancy Dale. Looks new. Palmdale, a remote town in Glades County, population less than 1,000, is on the curb of creeping urbanization. Today, more people than Palmdale's entire population are moving into Florida each day. The pioneer culture and Florida's last wilderness is threatened by growth that exploits "blue gold" water and the land. The sprawling ranches set amidst tall cabbage palm prairies are disappearing. The cost to stay is more than the price to sell with high inheritance taxes and the evaporation of a cattle based economy. The early pioneers forecasted Florida's future in their own lifetime as they struggled to hold onto a way of life in a place where few chose to carve a living.

Their stories predict the high premium of development: light pollution, traffic, sewage, crime and the "napalming" of native trees replaced by "ornamental" shrubs, cement, and gated communities. They foresaw the destruction of natural eco-systems, water shortages and communities where wildlife extermination businesses spring up to destroy "pesky" intruders such as squirrels, woodpeckers, snakes and other Everglades species.

The story of Palmdale, Florida, and its people reflects a proud cultural heritage living on the edge of civilization. Palmdale is a ghost town today with only a few ranches left and the Seminole Indian Tribe living off a small market economy against the odds of metropolitan growth, dollars and political power.This story reflects a tragic national trend threatening the survival of rural America. ; 0.5 x 8.8 x 6 Inches; 180 pages; Signed by Author 
Price: 19.19 USD

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Stars and dust  A collection of poems, paintings and photographs covering 30 years of work and thoughts, Finch, Mary Roberts
2 Finch, Mary Roberts Stars and dust A collection of poems, paintings and photographs covering 30 years of work and thoughts
Mary Roberts Finch 1969 First Edition; Various Hardcover Very Good with no dust jacket Signed by Author
Signed twice. Inscribed and signed and also signature on title page. ; 190 pages; Signed by Author 
Price: 12.97 USD
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New York City baseball  The last golden age, 1947-1957, Frommer, Harvey
3 Frommer, Harvey New York City baseball The last golden age, 1947-1957
New York Macmillan 1980 0025417002 / 9780025417007 First Edition; First Impression Hardcover Very Good in Good dust jacket Signed by Author
Inscribed and signed by author. Rare. Dust has minor chips and some sunfading to spine. Now covered in mylar protective cover. ""More than ever before, baseball was the national pastime during the post-war years. It was a game with easily identifiable heroes in tempo with the rhythm of the times. For a nation eager for heroes, baseball met that need. For New York City, eager for entertainment after the lights went on again following the darkness of World War II, the Yankees, the Giants, the Dodgers -- their rivalry, their successes, their stars -- attracted the fanatical attention of millions. New York City Baseball recaptures the golden decade, 1947-1957, when the three New York teams -- at least one of whom played in the World Series every year but 1948 -- were the uncrowned kings of the city. More than just nostalgic, it is an exciting recreation of a passionately lived era a pulse-quickening play-by-play account of some of the greatest moments in sport and the people who made them happen." Editorial Review. ; Photographs; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 219 pages; Signed by Author 
Price: 29.97 USD
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Ice Run (Author Signed), Hamilton, Steve
4 Hamilton, Steve Ice Run (Author Signed)
St. Martin's Minotaur 2004 0312301219 / 9780312301217 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Fine in Fine dust jacket Signed by Author
Signed by Author on Title Page. Dust Jacket now in Mylar Protective Cover. Beautiful scarce collectors grade copy of this book. Steve Hamilton is one of the rising stars of crime fiction. His Edgar and Anthony Award-winning series featuring private investigator Alex McKnight took a dramatic turn in last year's acclaimed Blood Is The Sky. With Ice Run, Hamilton raises the stakes once again, creating another masterpiece of modern crime fiction. It's March in Paradise Michigan, and Alex McKnight is happier than he can remember in a long time-because of a woman, Natalie Reynaud, the Canadian police officer whose partner died in Blood Is The Sky. When Alex and Natalie take a romantic weekend to an old luxury hotel, they find an ominous message in their hotel room-someone has left a picture of Natalie's father and grand-father atop a handwritten note: 'They were here, so was I. I know what happened.' Alex and Natalie must now face a terrible Reynaud family secret, a secret that has driven men to kill for decades. Taut and atmospheric, Steve Hamilton's Ice Run stakes out compelling new ground in crime fiction. ; Alex McKnight Novels; 1.18 x 9.29 x 6.22 Inches; 320 pages; p; Signed by Author 
Price: 14.97 USD
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Smile, bitte! Bitte, Recht Freundlich, Kemper, Harold Duvall
5 Kemper, Harold Duvall Smile, bitte! Bitte, Recht Freundlich
Stars and Stripes 1953 First Edition; First Printing Paperback Very Good with no dust jacket 
Looks almost new. Book now in archival sleeve to protect condition.; bitte, recht freundlich!; Illustrations; 12mo 7" - 7" tall; 64 pages 
Price: 8.97 USD
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My Appalachia, Pipestem State Park Today and Yesterday, Lee, Howard B.
6 Lee, Howard B. My Appalachia, Pipestem State Park Today and Yesterday
Parsons, WV Mcclain Printing Parsons, 1971 0870121030 / 9780870121036 First Edition; First Impression Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dust jacket 
The Sequel to Bloodletting in Appalachia. Dust jacket now in Brodart mylar protective (clear) cover."I 'm giving this five stars as someone who unabashedly loves the Pipestem area of southeast West Virginia. Lee's book covered both angles of that region: life in the early 20th century before the state park came in, and then the park's entrance along with the effects it had on the residents. If you've ever been to Pipestem or you're interested in a good history of 20th century (up to the 1960s) Appalachian West Virginia, you should grab this one." Reviewer ; Photos; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 186 pages; 
Price: 39.97 USD
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Devil's Island  Colony of the Damned, Miles, Alexander
7 Miles, Alexander Devil's Island Colony of the Damned
Ten Speed Press 1988 0898152755 / 9780898152753 First Edition; First Impression Paperback Near Fine with no dust jacket 
Looks near fine, except for former owners lightly embossed stamp. No writing. "The book gets across its message in a clear, accessible, ENTERTAINING manner, which a more academic, sophisticated work may not be able to as effectively. All things considered, I think it's only fair to give this book four stars. I was truly entertained by this book, and it did a great job of opening my eyes. Miles obviously put an enormous effort into it and I believe I succeeded. I also appreciate the photographs of the penal colony, prisoners, and other penal memorabilia. (Reviewer); 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 205 pages 
Price: 17.97 USD
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8 Philip, George Signpost to the Stars with Philips' Planisphere wheel
London, England George Philip & Son Ltd. 1982 0540002143 / 9780540002146 Fourth Edition; Various Paperback Very Good with no dust jacket 
Black cover with white lettering. Includes the Planisphere wheel. Has chapters on Taurus, Andromeda, Pegasus, and other Constellations and planets.Rare set. Booklet; 8vo 8" - 9" tall 
Price: 38.67 USD
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9 Reid, Bertha Westbrook Wallace Reid His life story
New York Sorg Pub. Co 1923 First Edition; First Impression Hardcover Good with no dust jacket 
Blue cover with gold print shows spotting Very rare account of Wallace Reid by his mother. William Wallace Reid was named the silent "screens most perfect lover" by Motion Picture Magazine. Born William Wallace Reid in St. Louis, Missouri into a show business family, his mother Bertha Westbrook was an actress and his father, Hal Reid(1860-1920), worked successfully in a variety of theatrical jobs, travelling the country. As a boy, Wallace Reid was performing on stage at an early age but acting was put on hold while he obtained an education at Freehold Military School in Freehold, New Jersey. A gifted all-around athlete, Reid participated in a number of sports while also following an interest in music, learning to play the piano, banjo, drums, and the violin. As a teenager, he spent time in Wyoming where he learned to be an outdoorsman.Reid was drawn to the burgeoning motion picture industry by his father who would shift from the theatre to acting, writing, and directing films. In 1910, a 19-year-old Wallace Reid appeared in his first motion picture called The Phoenix. while working on location in Oregon making The Valley of the Giants (1919), Reid was injured in a train wreck and in order to keep on filming he was prescribed morphine for his pain. The powerful drug almost immediately led to a deadly addiction but Reid kept on working at a frantic pace in films that were growing more physically demanding and changing from 15-20 minutes in duration to as much as an hour. Reid's morphine dependency deepened at a time when proper help for any form of addiction was non-existent. By late 1922, his health had deteriorated badly and after contracting the flu, he fell into a coma from which he never recovered.Dead at age thirty-one, Wallace Reid was interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.Unlike the self-destructive behavior of other stars of that era such as Barbara La Marr, Jack Pickford, and Jeanne Eagels whose death resulted from drugs and/or alcohol abuse, historical records point to Wallace Reid being a victim of medical ignorance. (Wikipedia). Very Rare.; Photos; 104 pages 
Price: 39.97 USD
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10 Woodrum, Lon Riley Stars over the storm
Springfield IL Paul A. Johnson 1943 First Edition; First Impression Paperback Good with no dust jacket Signed by Author
Paper cover with black lettering. Cover soiled. Author has poems in congressional record. Inscribed by author on index page. This book is protected by an archival quality sleeve to maintain present condition. Rare work.; 128 pages; Signed by Author 
Price: 22.78 USD
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