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War Monthly, Issue 5, Hogg, Ian et al
21 Hogg, Ian et al War Monthly, Issue 5
London Marshall Cavendish, London 1974 First Edition; First Impression Magazine Very Good with no dust jacket 
Magazine- in good to very good condition. Many interesting articles and photos. Includes among others Birth of the 'Flat-Top', Tel-el-Kebir, Dien Bien Phu, Tank vs Missile... Scarce if not rare. Magazine in archival sleeve to protect condition.; Photos, Maps, illustrtions; 10.83 X 8.07 X 0.20 inche 
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The Virginia Adventure  Roanoke to James Towne: An Archaeological and Historical Odyssey, Hume, Ivor Noel
22 Hume, Ivor Noel The Virginia Adventure Roanoke to James Towne: An Archaeological and Historical Odyssey
Knopf 1994 0394564464 / 9780394564463 First Edition; First Impression Hardcover Very Good with no dust jacket Signed by Author
Signed by author on bookplate. Dust Jacket now in Mylar Protective Cover. Beautiful scarce collectors grade copy of this book. For thirty-five years, as writer, lecturer, and chief archaeologist at Colonial Williamsburg, Ivor Noel Hume has enlivened for us the material culture of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century America. After his warmly praised book Martin's Hundred, he now turns to the two earliest English outposts in Virginia -- Roanoke and James Towne -- and pieces together revelatory information extrapolated from the shards and postholes of excavations at these sites with contemporary accounts found in journals, letters, and official records of the period. He illuminates narratives that have a mythic status in our early history: the exploits of Sir Walter Ralegh, Captain John Smith, and Powhatan; the life and death of Pocahontas; and the disappearance of the Roanoke colony. He recounts a recent important excavation at Roanoke where he and his colleagues found the work site of a metallurgist named Joachim Gans, whose findings about the mineral wealth of Virginia helped to convince London merchants that America was a worthy risk This is an account of high and low adventure, of noble efforts and base impulses, and of the inevitably tragic interactions between Indians and Europeans, marked by greed, treachery, and commonplace savagery on both sides. The astonishment of this history is that despite bad luck, bad management, and bad blood, the English presence in America persisted and the Virginia settlements survived as the birthplace of a country founded on English law and language.

With clarity, authority, and elegant wit, Noel Hume has enhanced our understanding of the historical forces and principal players behind England's first perilous ventures into the New World, and proved again that he is without a doubt one of the great interpreters of our early colonial past. ; 1.5 x 9.3 x 6.4 Inches; 491 pages; For thirty-five years, as writer, lecturer, and chief archaeologist at Colonial Williamsburg, Ivor Noel Hume has enlivened for us the material culture of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century America. After his warmly praised book Martin's Hundred, he now turns to the two earliest English outposts in Virginia -- Roanoke and James Towne -- and pieces together revelatory information extrapolated from the shards and postholes of excavations at these sites with contemporary accounts found in journals, letters, and official records of the period. He illuminates narratives that have a mythic status in our early history: the exploits of Sir Walter Ralegh, Captain John Smith, and Powhatan; the life and death of Pocahontas; and the disappearance of the Roanoke colony. He recounts a recent important excavation at Roanoke where he and his colleagues found the work site of a metallurgist named Joachim Gans, whose findings about the mineral wealth of Virginia helped to convince London merchants that America was a worthy risk This is an account of high and low adventure, of noble efforts and base impulses, and of the inevitably tragic interactions between Indians and Europeans, marked by greed, treachery, and commonplace savagery on both sides. The astonishment of this history is that despite bad luck, bad management, and bad blood, the English presence in America persisted and the Virginia settlements survived as the birthplace of a country founded on English law and language.

With clarity, authority, and elegant wit, Noel Hume has enhanced our understanding of the historical forces and principal players behind England's first perilous ventures into the New World, and proved again that he is without a doubt one of the great interpreters of our early colonial past.; Signed by Author 
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23 Jullian, Marcel The Battle of Britain
The Orion Press 1967 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dust jacket 
Book has small former owners signiture in front. Dust not price clipped. Stated First Printing. From the Preface: Marcel Jullian has carefully reconstructed the story of the Battle of Britain from a mass of factual evidence, from minute-to-minute accounts of the fighting, from a careful examination of Winston Churchill's three "official" crucial days: August 15, September 15 and September 27, as well as a thorough examination of three less well known days when decisions and mistakes - not combat - determined the outcome of the Battle: May 16, when Air Chief Marshal Hugh Dowding prevent the dispath of more squadrons to France; August 24, when London was bomed in error; and Setember 3, when, mistakenly, the Germans decide dupon the Zielwechsel, the change of target. ; Photographs; 8vo 8" - 9" tall 
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Prime Time, The Life Of Edward R. Murrow., KENDRICK, Alexander
24 KENDRICK, Alexander Prime Time, The Life Of Edward R. Murrow.
Little Brown 1969 First Edition; First Impression Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dust jacket 
Stated first edition. Not price clipped. Has small neatly written name of previous owner. "Edward Roscoe Murrow, KBE (born Egbert Roscoe Murrow;[1] April 25, 1908 – April 27, 1965) was an American broadcast journalist and war correspondent. He first gained prominence during World War II with a series of live radio broadcasts from Europe for the news division of CBS. During the war he recruited and worked closely with a team of war correspondents who came to be known as the Murrow Boys." Murrow was born Egbert Roscoe Murrow at Polecat Creek, near Greensboro,[2] in Guilford County, North Carolina, the son of Roscoe Conklin Murrow and Ethel F. (née Lamb) Murrow. His parents were Quakers.[3] He was the youngest of three brothers and was a "mixture of Scottish, Irish, English and German" Murrow's reports (during WWII), especially during the Blitz, began with what became his signature opening, "This is London," ; Photographs; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 548 pages 
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Jared Lillie, 1776, His Book, Lillie, Jared
25 Lillie, Jared Jared Lillie, 1776, His Book
None listed Jared Lillie 1776 First Edition; First Impression Ephemera Good with No dust jacket as issued 
This handwritten paper booklet dated 1776 looks to be a journal/diary of the author. Strings holding text block. It could also be a practice booklet for Universial Penmanship as many of the illustrations follow this penmanship style akaThe Universal Line of Beauty style which was utilized in the 14th Century through the 19th Century. There are two references to Penmanship, one is a letter to Joseph Champion the writing Master to St. Pauls School London and one a Poem on the Universal Penman by M. John Bancks (an English writer (1709-1751).. There seems to be a missing page and two pages are missing half pages. This is a personal diarylike journal that contains handwritten notes or penmenship practice writing of author in ink , Ben Franklin obituary, a sample Bill of Parcel, an Epitaph. The List of children with birth dates from 1785 to 1806 appear to be family members. (Thomas born Jan 25,1786,Lucy born Novermer 27, 1785 0r 6, Jack Oct. 19, 1788, Bradford b. Dec. 27, 1790, Elisha b. Oct 21, 1792, Jared born Nov 7, 1795, Susanah b. May 25, 1797, Susanah departed this life June 29, 1800, Washington B. Nov. 10, 1793, Mary b. Oct 12, 1802 (?), Abram, b. April 11, 1806. At the bottom of each page is written "Jared Lillie's book 1776" The handwriting is excellent and there are handwritten "decorations" throughout. Many of the pages have "ink blotting" that makes some pages hard to read. There are also arithmetic computations/calculations on a few pages. Research shows a Jared Lillie born March 27, 1759 to a Elisha and Hulda (Tilden) Lillie from Windham, Ct. This may be the same Jared as one of the children listed in the Journal is Elisha which would be Jared's father's name and Abram Little who's birth date corresponds with an Abraham Little in the Windham Ct. genealogies. There is no listing of a city, state or location in the journal but Windham, Ct could be correct based on the exact date in an online genealogy.. This is an excellent example of a "period" piece of early Americana ephemera dated the year 1776 which is 240+ years old. See scan of cover. Book now in archival sleeve to protect condition. Rare, unique. ; Drawings; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 12 pages 
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The Fighting Sailor turned Peaceable Chirstian: manifested in the Convincement and Conversion of Thomas Lurting with a short relation of many great dangers, and wonderful deliverances, he met, Lurting, Thomas
26 Lurting, Thomas The Fighting Sailor turned Peaceable Chirstian: manifested in the Convincement and Conversion of Thomas Lurting with a short relation of many great dangers, and wonderful deliverances, he met
Leeds, England Davies and Booth 1816 Later Printing; First Impression Ephemera Very Good with no dust jacket 
Uneven cut paper has been rebound using beautiful marbled paper boards, gold on black title, Parchment end papers with buffered and restored text block. Very handsome presentation of the 1816 printing. There is foxing to the original pages. The recent pirate activities on the horn of Africa have sparked interest in a phenomenon which in the years of yore characterised the high seas i.e. hostage taking. Combating this ill is the primary objective of the present treatise. Through his autobiographical narrative, The Fighting Sailor Turn'd Peaceable Christian, Thomas Lurting (1632-1713) distinguishes himself as one of the emblematic defendants of the early Quaker ideals for International Peace. In this treatise Lurting takes the fight for these ideals to the maritime scene. Most of the narrative takes place on board the Bristol Frigot, ship on board of which he was convinced. Despite staunch opposition facing the rise of Quakerism in the maritime milieu, which at the time was characterised by the spirit of belligerence, the determination of Quakers to die for their convictions, their pacific resistance ended up appealing to many a seaman who became convinced also. Numerous warring and fighting scenes constitute the ingredients for Lurting's plot development. And most especially the " ... True Account of George Pattison's Being Taken by the Turks; and How Redeemed by ..., Without Bloodshed, Putting the Turks on Shoar in their Own Country ..." Lurting makes of this episode the turning point around which he articulates his spiritual journey to illustrate the very Quaker ideal for an everlasting universal brotherhood and pacifism. Thomas Lurting was born in 1632, probably in Ireland. But he spent his childhood in London where at the age of fourteen he was impressed and forcefully taken to war in Ireland where he spent roughly two years. Upon his return to London, he was turned over into the Bristol Frigot, one of the war vessels belonging to Admiral Blake's fleet. On board this same ship he became convinced of the evils of war and decided to quit warring for the merchant service. He was however impressed many a times into the navy. He published his spiritual autobiography, The Fighting Sailor Turn'd Peaceable Christian. in 1710. Three years later, he passed away on the 30th March 1713, at the age of 81 in London and was laid to rest at Burmondsey. There is also an account of Lurting's mate George Pattison being taken by the Turks in 1663. Rare imprint.; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 32 pages 
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27 Lyall:, Edna The Autobiography of a Slander.
New York, NY London: Longmans, Green and co, 1892. 1892 First Edition; First Impression Hardcover Near Fine with no dust jacket Illustrated by L. Speed 
Beautiful book. Dark blue cover with gold, silver and grey image depicting Slander’s avenger riding through the night perched upon a giant bat before a crescent moon, quill & book in hand. Page edges gilt. “Lyall” was a Unitarian of the liberal persuasion who argued for women’s suffrage, English injustices in Ireland, and the immorality of the Boer War. In this title she shows how a freedom loving Russian Democrat is destroyed by the false label of ‘nihilist’. Other books she published were Donovan, We Two, In the Golden Days, Knight Errant, etc. Sadleir 1454a. Wolff 4206.; Drawings 
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Eric Gill, MacCarthy, Fiona
28 MacCarthy, Fiona Eric Gill
Great Britain Faber and Faber 1989 0571137547 / 9780571137541 First Edition; Second Printing Hardcover Very Good with no dust jacket 
Black cover with gold print. xlibrary with no damage just a couple of small stamps. Very clean book. Gill was a great artist-craftsman. Sculptor, wood engraver, letter cutter, and typographer. Sections on Brighton and Chichester, London, Sussex, Welsh Mountains and Pyrenees, and Home Counties. Completly indexed and bibliography. ; Photographs; 12mo 7" - 7½" tall; 384 pages 
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The Blast of War   1939 - 1945, MACMILLAN, Harold
29 MACMILLAN, Harold The Blast of War 1939 - 1945
Macmillan and Co. 1967 First Edition; First Impression Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dust jacket 
Stated first edition. Former owners name neatly written in front. "The Blast of War" is a personal, remarkably fresh account of how the Second World War was fought and won on the political front. In London, North Africa, Italy, and Greece, Harold Macmillan was in the center of great events and on intimate terms with the giant personalities who forged the Allied victory: Churchill, Roosevelt, Eisenhower, De Gaulle, Tito.; Photographs; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 623 pages 
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In Peril on the Sea  War Exploits of Allied Seamen, Masters, David
30 Masters, David In Peril on the Sea War Exploits of Allied Seamen
London: the Cresset Press 1960 First Edition; 10 th Printing Hardcover Good in Very Good dust jacket 
Cover may be somewhat tattered and have soiling due to age and storage. browning to end papers. Dust jacket now in Brodart mylar protective (clear) cover. Scarce with dust.; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 256 pages 
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Smithy  The Kingsford-Smith story, McNally, Ward
31 McNally, Ward Smithy The Kingsford-Smith story
Cranbury, N. J. A. S. Barnes 1967 First American Edition; First Impression Hardcover Very Good in Good dust jacket 
Stated first american edition. Yellow cover, black print. Fully Indexed. Dust jacket has chips, but now in Brodart mylar protective cover. We provide delivery tracking on US orders. Sir Charles Edward Kingsford Smith MC, AFC (9 February 1897 – 8 November 1935), often called by his nickname Smithy, was an early Australian aviator. In 1928, he earned global fame when he made the first trans-Pacific flight from the United States to Australia. He also made the first non-stop crossing of the Australian mainland, the first flights between Australia and New Zealand, and the first eastward Pacific crossing from Australia to the United States. He also made a flight from Australia to London, setting a new record of 10.5 days. ; Cartoons; 190 pages 
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Typee  A Romance of the South Seas, Melville, Herman & Miguel Covarrubias
32 Melville, Herman & Miguel Covarrubias Typee A Romance of the South Seas
New York Heritage Press 1963 First Edition Thus; First Impression Hardcover Very Good with no dust jacket 
In slipcase. Looks never read. Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life is the first book by American writer Herman Melville, published first in London, then New York, in 1846. Considered a classic in travel and adventure literature, the narrative is partly based on the author's actual experiences on the island Nuku Hiva in the South Pacific Marquesas Islands in 1842, liberally supplemented with imaginative reconstruction and adaptation of material from other books. The title is from the province Tai Pi Vai. Typee was Melville's most popular work during his lifetime; it made him notorious as the "man who lived among the cannibals". (Wikipedia) ; 409 pages 
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The Fall of Jerusalem A Dramatic Poem, Milman, H.H. Rev.
33 Milman, H.H. Rev. The Fall of Jerusalem A Dramatic Poem
London John Murray 1821 First Edition; First Impression Hardcover Very Good with no dust jacket 
Rebound in brown cover with gold print. The text is clean and tight. A few pages have darkened due to age. Inscription in front dated 1867 and a seminary library stamp on end paper. Henry Hart Milman (10 February 1791 – 24 September 1868[1]) was an English historian and ecclesiastic. He was born in London, the third son of Sir Francis Milman, 1st Baronet, physician to King George III (see Milman Baronets). Educated at Eton. n 1821 Milman was elected professor of poetry at Oxford; and in 1827 he delivered the Bampton lectures on The character and conduct of the Apostles considered as an evidence of Christianity. In 1835, Sir Robert Peel made him Rector of St Margaret's, Westminster, and Canon of Westminster, and in 1849 he became Dean of St Paul's. He was elected a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1864. Rare. ; 12mo 7" - 7½" tall; 167 pages 
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Spiritual Reconstruction "By the Author of Christ In You", No Author Listed
34 No Author Listed Spiritual Reconstruction "By the Author of Christ In You"
London, England John M. Watkins 1918 First Edition; First Impression Hardcover Very Good with no dust jacket 
Rare original 1918 edition not a reprint, Blue cloth cover has minor rubs to corners. Contents very clean. Fully indexed. About the publisher "Over a century ago, Watkins, the "University of Rejected Sciences", was born. In April 1897, John M. Watkins issued the first second-hand and remaindered book catalogue in his own name, giving 26 Charing Cross in the centre of London as his business address. Since 1895, perhaps earlier, he had published similar lists on behalf of "The Theosophical Publishing Society', initially from 7/8 Duke Street,' Adelphi, later from Charing Cross and then from "... a shop near the Friends' Meeting House in St. Martin's Lane." These lists had been preceded by Book-notes, which he had edited from March 1893. The premises of this profitable business would shift location from nautical Whitehall to thespian St.Martin’s Lane.John Watkins eventually moved the business to its present famous site in No.21 in Cecil Court in 1901. Two frequent visitors in those very early days were the Irish poet W. B. Yeats, himself a member of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, and G. R. S. Mead, author of numerous works on gnosticism and a prominent figure in the Theosophical Society. J. Watkins himself introduced our famous Egyptian logo that depicts the Great God Thoth, ancient deity of learning, writing, science and magic. He has been affectionately called the "scribe of the gods" by the bookshop' s staff of every epoch, and can be seen today adorning the creaking sign outside – but way back in 1901 the shop had only begun its tradition as a London nexus, a Mecca for occultists and mystics from all over the world - people from all walks of life.The Early Intellectual EnvironmentThe Watkins story starts in the innovative intellectual ferment of Victorian London. For many people the 'Victorian Age' evokes images of steaming industrial and smoky commercial power, iron & funerals, reminiscent of Blake's 'Satanic Mills', moral evangelical conservatism and starch-collared high mindedness although as history begins to peel off the onion layers it seems that it may not all have been as 'moral' and 'high' as some of us were taught at school. The hustle & bustle of the West End in this heyday was that of packed-out multicoloured omnibuses and tipped hats, the ringing cries of the newspaper boys echoing and the scuffling barrow boys of the busy Covent Garden markets rumbling forward the quality market centre of the huge British Empire. The rich mixing scents of soot, horse manure, perfumed blooms of flowers downwind, open bakeries and the gas lamps filled the air.The late 19th century was a time of vigorous questioning of long-held beliefs about the nature of man, his origins and his destiny as well as of the universe, which he inhabited. All these developments were to have a considerable impact on the thinking of many intellectuals preoccupied with spiritual and metaphysical questions.Amidst this intellectual upheaval there arose several organisations putting forward alternative views of man and his spiritual nature. There was an upsurge of interest in the hermetic and kabbalistic traditions, an impulse that lay behind the formation of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. Additionally the new interest in the spiritual and metaphysical culture of Asia was to find an outlet in the founding of H.P.Blavatsky's Theosophical Society in America, Britain and India. Thirdly, there was the phenomenon of the appearance of mediumship, and the possibility of establishing the fact of personal survival after death. This last resulted in the establishment of the Society for Psychical Research as well as the growth of the Spiritualist movement.John WatkinsIt is into this concentrated context that we may view the establishment of Watkins Bookshop in the mid 1890's. John Maurice Watkins, the founder of this bookshop, was a friend and disciple of H P. Blavatsky and was himself personally involved in seeing the first edition of The Secret Doctrine, her great metaphysical classic, through the press.The ideal of founding the bookshop is said to have occurred to Mr Watkins in a conversation with Madame Blavatsky in which she lamented the fact that there was nowhere in London one could buy books on mysticism, occultism and metaphysics.This book is protected by an archival quality sleeve to maintain present condition. Original book not a reproduction. Rare.; 24mo 5" - 6" tall; 210 pages 
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The Holy Spirits Threefold Conviction of Men A Sermon Delivered On February 25, 1883, No Author Listed
35 No Author Listed The Holy Spirits Threefold Conviction of Men A Sermon Delivered On February 25, 1883
Brooklyn NY The Spurgeon Memorial Sermon Society 1883 First Edition; First Impression Paperback Good with no dust jacket 
Set 17 #8 in series. Brown paper cover with black lettering. The sermon is printed and stapled inside this cover. A very collectible historical imprint of Charles Spurgeon distributed by the American Section of the Society. Covering may have chips and minor writing, otherwise very good to fine condition. This booklet is protected by an archival quality sleeve to maintain present condition. Rare booklet intended for distribution, ciculation and return to the Society for re-circulation. Booklet Paperback may indicate a booklet, phamplet, tract or book. Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-92) was England's best-known preacher. Spurgeon remains highly influential among Christians of various denominations, among whom he is known as the "Prince of Preachers". He was a strong figure in the Reformed Baptist tradition. In 1854, just four years after his conversion, Spurgeon, then only 20, became pastor of London's famed New Park Street Church, later the Metropolitan Tabernacle where he pastored for 38 years. Spurgeon frequently preached to audiences numbering more than 10,000 people.His oratory skills are said to have held his listeners spellbound in the Metropolitan Tabernacle and many Christians hold his writings in exceptionally high regard among devotional literature. 
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The Methodist Magazine for April, 1816, No Author Listed
36 No Author Listed The Methodist Magazine for April, 1816
London The Conference Office 1816 First Edition; First Printing Paperback Good with no dust jacket 
Original printing not a reprint.This is for the month mentioned in title only. Leaves complete for that month. Currently in archival sleeve. Foxing due to age. No cover. Begins with the memoir of Mr.Matthew Mayer (continued from March). Essay on Sermon on John I, 14 by Rev. Joseph Benson, Memior of Letita Norris, ,letters onMissionary intelligence, and obituaries. Some articles and submissions may be complete while others are from preceding months or carried forward to suceeding months.Rare inprint. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall 
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The Methodist Magazine for May, 1816, No Author Listed
37 No Author Listed The Methodist Magazine for May, 1816
London The Conference Office 1816 First Edition; First Printing Paperback Good with no dust jacket 
Original printing not a reprint. This is for the month mentioned in title only. Leaves complete for that month. Currently in archival sleeve. Foxing due to age. No cover. Begins with some account of Thomas Pearse. Essay on Sermon on John I, 14 by Rev. Joseph Benson (conclusion from April edition), letters on Missionary intelligence, and obituaries. Some articles and submissions may be complete while others are from preceding months or carried forward to suceeding months. Rare inprint. ; 12mo 7" - 7½" tall 
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The Mildmay Conference, 1882 Report of the Addresses. Corrected by the Speakers., No Author Listed
38 No Author Listed The Mildmay Conference, 1882 Report of the Addresses. Corrected by the Speakers.
London, England John F. Shaw and Co. 1882 First Edition; First Impression Hardcover Very Good with no dust jacket 
Reddish brown cover with gilt print. Very clen contents. Report of the speakers at the Mildmay Conference held in London. Speakers such as Stevenson Blackwood, W.P. Mackay, C.A. Fox, Henry Varley, George Muller, H. Grattan Guinness, William Haslam, Otto Stockmayer. The missionary meeting covers China and there are two articles on the Jews. Numerous ads in back. Rare.; 12mo 7" - 7½" tall; 230 pages; p 
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Roger Ingleton, Minor, etc. A tale, Reed, Talbot Baines
39 Reed, Talbot Baines Roger Ingleton, Minor, etc. A tale
London sampson l 1896 First Edition; First Impression Hardcover Very Good with no dust jacket 
Grey cover with black and gold print. Very handsome book. Endpapers have turned brown from age and becoming brittle. Talbot Baines Reed (3 April 1852 – 28 November 1893) was an English writer of boys' fiction who established a genre of school stories that endured into the mid-20th century. Among his best-known work is The Fifth Form at St. Dominic's. He was a regular and prolific contributor to The Boy's Own Paper (B.O.P.), in which most of his fiction first appeared. Through his family's business, Reed became a prominent typefounder, and wrote a standard work on the subject: History of the Old English Letter Foundries. Reed's father, Charles Reed, was a successful London printer who later became a Member of Parliament (MP). Tributes honoured him both for his contribution to children's fiction and for his work as the definitive historian of English typefounding.Reed's regular readers included the young P.G. Wodehouse, who particularly loved the school stories. (Wikipedia); 8vo 8" - 9" tall 
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The Fabulous History of the Dismal Swamp Company  A Story of George Washington's Times, Royster, Charles
40 Royster, Charles The Fabulous History of the Dismal Swamp Company A Story of George Washington's Times
Knopf 1999 0679433457 / 9780679433453 First Edition; Various Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket 
Maroon cover with gold lettering. Dust Jacket now in Mylar Protective Cover. In this absorbing narrative Charles Royster traces the rise and fall of the eighteenth-century transatlantic culture that was built on the insatiable demand in Europe for Virginia tobacco and the equally insatiable American demand for European manufactured goods.

Moving from the plantations of Virginia and Antigua to the warehouses of London and Glasgow, from the Gold Coast of Africa to the valleys of the Allegheny Mountains, from the iron furnaces of southern Wales to the subscribers' room of Lloyd's of London, Professor Royster gives us the story of the Dismal Swamp Company, a fantastically delusional enterprise that proposed draining and developing a vast morass along the Virginia-North Carolina border. Examining the interconnected lives of the company's partners, Royster reveals a colonial order built on a system of cronyism, conspicuous consumption, and debt that seems hauntingly familiar. He writes about the many schemers and dreamers (including George Washington, Robert "King" Carter, two William Byrds, Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, and Robert Morris) who failed to amass their desired fortunes, and a few realists (Samuel Gist, Dr. Thomas Walker, and Anthony Bacon) who succeeded, but at the dire expense of others. And we see the breakdown of this culture and the transition to a more democratic, though similar, system after the Revolution.

Throughout Royster's narrative we seepossessors possessed by their possessions, slaveholders possessed by slavery, and heirs possessed by litigation. Connecting all their stories are their unceasing efforts to make something substantial out of the insubstantial--chief among them the almost unbelievable delusion that fortunes could be made from the Dismal Swamp.; 2.1 x 9.7 x 6.7 Inches; 640 pages 
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