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The Czar  -  A Tale of the Time of the First Napoleon, Alcock, Deborah
1 Alcock, Deborah The Czar - A Tale of the Time of the First Napoleon
London T. Nelson 1895 Hard Cover Very Good No Jacket 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Gilt and coloured title and royal shield to front with blue and gilt title and crest to spine on grey cloth boards which are bevelled at edges. Boards have fading to spine, some wear to spine head and tail and corner tips. Internally there is a coloured decorative prize bookplate to front pastedown, a blind embossed name and address stamp to front endpaper, age darkening to endpapers else clean and unmarked. 446 pages. Illustrated frontispiece and illustrated extra title page. Author stated as by the author of the 'Spanish Brothers &c' , but is in fact Deborah Alcock (1825-1913), a Victorian writer of historical fiction. First published in 1882, it is set during Napoleon's invasion of Russia. **** NOTE THAT THIS IS AN ACTUAL BOOK HELD IN STOCK **** 
Price: 12.00 GBP
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A Theft of Honour, Armitage, Aileen
2 Armitage, Aileen A Theft of Honour
Surrey Severn House 2000 0727855581 / 9780727855589 First Thus Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Signed by Author
SIGNED BY AUTHOR on title page. A near Fine unmarked copy with pictorial laminated boards as dustjacket. Dustjacket is near Fine and complete. First published in 1970 under the title 'Bloodstone' and pseudonym 'Aileen Quigley'. An historical novel set in 17th century England, 1660-1688, during the years of the Restoration, of Colonel Thomas Blood, Irish upstart, unscrupulous rogue or one of the most loyal subjects Charles II could wish for? *** NOT EX LIB *** *** A SCARCE SIGNED COPY *** 
Price: 15.00 GBP
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Child of Promise, Ashton-Jinks, Cicely
3 Ashton-Jinks, Cicely Child of Promise
London Cassell 1944 First Edition Hard Cover Good No Jacket 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall Signed by Author
SIGNED BY AUTHOR on title page. Black title on blue cloth boards. Spine and some of upper and lower boards sunned, light bumping to corners but no appreciable wear or marks. Internally clean and unmarked. Overall a Good+ copy of a SCARCE SIGNED FIRST EDITION. An historical novel set around Richard III and the houses of York, Lancaster and Nevill. Genealogical trees and 266pp. Cicely Ashton-Jinks ( 1881-1972) **** NOT EX LIB **** 
Price: 18.00 GBP
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4 Aylwen, Axel The Falcon of Siam
London Methuen 1988 0413163407 / 9780413163400 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A near Fine unmarked copy with near Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. A fantastic tale set in 17th century Siam, the Venice of the East, fabled land of lavish courts and dazzling wealth but Siam is now forced to emerge from it's isolation as foreign adventurers, opportunists and buccaneers approach, hungry for wealth and empire. An adventure story in the grand tradition of piracy, war, history, opportunity and a man's love for two women. PLEASE NOTE: A HEAVY VOLUME OF 0.99 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH MAY REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST **** NOT EX LIB **** 
Price: 25.00 GBP
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5 Bird, Antoinette Kelsall The Daughters of Megwyn
London Headline 1987 0747200394 / 9780747200390 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A Very Good+unmarked copy which has usual age darkening to page edges with VG+ dustjacket which is not price clipped. A novel rich in fantasy and poetry and is the story of four women living lives steeped in the age old mysteries of birth and death against a background of political upheaval set in the 15th and 16th centuries of the Cotswolds. 
Price: 4.00 GBP
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6 Blake, George The Westering Sun
London Century 1983 0712602054 / 9780712602051 Hard Cover Fine Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy with VG dustjacket which is price clipped. First published in 1946 it is a novel of a family who created, built then lost a shipping empire during the 19th and early 20th century. A novel, by the Scottish author, which moves from Glasgow and the northern estuary to the Highlands then to London and Paris as the family face not only two wars but also the depression of the 1930's. *** NOT EX LIB *** *** NOT BOOK CLUB *** 
Price: 4.00 GBP
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7 Brandt, Jane Lewis La Chingada
London Cassell 1980 0304306541 / 9780304306541 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Near Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
First UK edition. A Fine unmarked copy with near Fine dustjacket which is not price clopped. Map endpapers. An epic novel of the Aztecs, the conquistadors and the discovery and conquest of Mexico, told in counterpoint narrative by both Arturo Mondragon, a young Spanish foot soldier and the Amerind of high birth, Malinche. PLEASE NOTE: A HEAVY VOLUME OF 0.87 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH MAY REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST 
Price: 8.00 GBP
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8 Brown, Benita The Captain's Daughters
London Headline 2004 0755301668 / 9780755301669 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
First Edition, First Printing. A Fine unmarked copy with Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. An historical novel set in turn of the century Tyneside where Captain Samuel Walton is grief stricken after the death of his young wife in childbirth. He had idolised his wife Effie and now faces the task of bringing up his two daughters alone. Fifteen years later, the baby Flora that brought such tragedy is the mirror image of her mother and has inherited her tempestuous temperament and her elder sister Josie, who inherited her father's sensible nature, worries that Flora may be led astray. 
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9 Burton, Hester Riders of the Storm
London Oxford University Press 1972 0192713450 / 9780192713452 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Ambrus, Victor G. 
A Very Good+ clean, tight and unmarked copy with VG+ dustjacket which is not price clipped and has a protective cover fitted. Hester Burton (1913-2000) produced 18 books for children. This novel, a sequel to 'The Rebel', is set in the 18th century, where Stephen Parkin, a teacher at a school for poor children in the slums of Manchester, is drawn into the political activities of the city. His past as a revolutionary in Paris, and where he escaped by the expediency of accepting a bribe to spy for the French, catches up with him and he finds himself facing trial for sedition. Original publisher's review slip loosely included. Delightful illustrations by Victor Ambrus. **** NOT EX LIB **** 
Price: 5.00 GBP
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10 Cannam, Helen The Highwayman
London Severn House 1998 0727853937 / 9780727853936 First Thus Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Originally published in 1980 as Captain Black under the pseudonym Caroline Martin. Pictorial laminated boards of the highwayman and heroine with matching dustjacket. Dustjacket has the smallest of creases at the spine head. A near Fine copy with near Fine dustjacket. An historical novel set in the time of the exiled Charles II. **** NOT EX LIB **** **** NOT LARGE PRINT **** 
Price: 10.00 GBP
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11 Carr, Philippa The Changeling
London Collins 1989 0002235293 / 9780002235297 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A near Fine unmarked copy with age fading to page edges with near Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. A further historical fiction novel in the author's 'Daughters of England' series. The author is also the best selling novelist Jean Plaidy and Victoria Holt and as Philippa Carr does not let the history overwhelm the story. PLEASE NOTE: A HEAVY VOLUME OF 0.83 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH MAY REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST 
Price: 4.00 GBP
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Time's Harvest, Charques, Dorothy
12 Charques, Dorothy Time's Harvest
London Hamish Hamilton 1940 Hard Cover Very Good No Jacket 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Gilt title on brown cloth boards which are clean and unmarked with some light wear to spine. Internally clean, tight and unmarked. An historical novel set in the mid 19th century of country people, their lives and a military campaign to Afghanistan of the 28th Foot. Published September 1940 (First was also September 1940) 
Price: 10.00 GBP
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13 Close, Robert S. The Voyage Continues
London Michael Joseph 1969 0718105907 / 9780718105907 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A near Fine unmarked copy whose only fault is a gentle bump to one corner tip with VG+ dustjacket which is not price clipped. An historical novel which involves the wreck of the Dutch vessel 'Batavier' off the West Coast of Australia in 1629 with more than 300 men, women and children aboard. 
Price: 4.00 GBP
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14 Clynes, Michael The Gallows Murders - Being the Fifth Journal of Sir Roger Shallot Concerning Certain Wicked Conspiracies and Horrible Murders Perpetrated in the Reign of King Henry VIII
New York St. Martin's Press 1996 0312146051 / 9780312146054 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy with Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. First US Edition, First Printing. Set in 1523, mysterious and grisly murders are occurring among the hangmen of London, and Cardinal Thomas Wolsey has only two people to turn to : his beloved nephew, Benjamin Daunbey, and Daunbey's faithful servant, Roger Shallot, who reluctantly agree to go to London to unmask a blackmailer and end the macabre murders. They enter the murky Tudor underworld, the ghastly world of the Gallowsmen, and at the same time they must confront the mystery of the princes of the Tower of London. **** NOT EX LIB **** 
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Jan Van Elselo   -  Being An Account of His Adventures During the Reign of His Most Catholic Majesty Philip II., King of Spain, Coleridge, Gilbert & Marion
15 Coleridge, Gilbert & Marion Jan Van Elselo - Being An Account of His Adventures During the Reign of His Most Catholic Majesty Philip II., King of Spain
London Macmillan 1902 First Edition Hard Cover Good TEG No Jacket 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Gilt titles and Art Nouveau blind embossed decoration to front on red cloth boards. Some light marks to front and back boards with a little wear to spine head and tail. Internally there is foxing to endpapers, a stain to rear endpapers and publisher's catalogue, small bumping to top of six pages and some very minor marks to a few pages. Top edge gilt and blind embossed 'presentation copy' stamp to title page. Overall a Good + copy. Pages vii + 416 and publisher's 15 page catalogue.This is an historical novel by Hon. Gilbert James Duke Coleridge (1859-1953) and his wife, he was a sculptor and writer, the son of John Duke Coleridge, Lord Chief Justice of England, First Baron Coleridge. He was also a relative of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, the English poet. **** A VERY SCARCE TITLE **** 
Price: 8.00 GBP
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16 Collier, G.K. The Golden Web
London Robert Hale 1996 0709058047 / 9780709058045 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Near Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy with near Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. An historical novel set against a backdrop of England's South Coast with its fascinating history of bold and daring smugglers. After the end of the Peninsular War, Wellington's army is disbanded and a young officer of Hussars, Major Alexander Lacey, returns to England, to his native Sussex, to take up residence at Blakestone House. In bygone days the house was a grand and ancient mansion but now is a blackened ruin devastated by an inexplicable fire and also the scene of an untimely death. His sudden and unexpected arrival is greeted with immediate suspicion and deep hostility from his near neighbours. **** NOT EX LIB **** 
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The Bordeaux Narrative, Courlander, Harold
17 Courlander, Harold The Bordeaux Narrative
Albuquerque, New Mexico University of New Mexico Press 1990 0826309151 / 9780826309150 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Near Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy in red cloth boards with near Fine dustjacket. Harold Courlander 1908-1996 was an American novelist, folklorist, and anthropologist, an expert in the study of Haitian life. The author of 35 books and plays and numerous scholarly articles, Courlander specialized in the study of African, Caribbean, Afro-American (U.S.), and American Indian cultures. He took a special interest in oral literature, cults, and Afro-American cultural connections with Africa. In the Bordeaux Narrative he brings to life in fictional form the frequently terrifying (and sometimes reassuring) supernatural world of the back country peasants of Haiti. The story is set in the 19th century and tells of Dosu Bordeaux's quest to find his brother, who has been captured , reduced to a zombie state, and put to work as a slave on a remote mountain plantation. The narrative brings into play the vodouns (deities or spirits of traditional Afro-Haitian religious belief), the need for constant placation of the vodouns, trances in which the deities enter the heads of their devotees, and the transference of human souls or spirits from one person to another. 
Price: 12.00 GBP
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The Glory of the Empire, D'Ormesson, Jean
18 D'Ormesson, Jean The Glory of the Empire
London George Allen & Unwin / Religious Book Club 1975 0048231193 / 9780048231192 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Gold title on red cloth boards which are clean and unmarked with no wear but with a little bumping to corner tips. Internally clean and unmarked. Dustjacket is complete with some creasing and chipping with a few closed tears. Translated from the French by Barbara Bray. An historical novel spanning the centuries and recapturing the style and manner of the great historians, filled with legend and adventure, philosophy and warpassion and poetry and scholarship. It's principal and rival families the Porphyries and the Venostae. PLEASE NOTE: A HEAVY VOLUME OF 0.86 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH MAY REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST *** NOT BOOK CLUB *** 
Price: 8.00 GBP
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19 Elbling, Peter The Food Taster
London Atlantic Books 2005 1843543699 / 9781843543695 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
First UK edition, First Printing. A Fine copy with Fine pictorial dustjacket. A story of a starving peasant and his daughter who are snatched from their farm by a despotic Duke to act as his food taster, a job made even more hazardous by the Duke's many enemies including his cook. His daughter's beauty also brings more perils as he needs to protect her from her admirers. An excellent fairy tale story set in the kitchens of a sixteenth century Italian palace. 
Price: 6.00 GBP
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Romola, Eliot, George
20 Eliot, George Romola
London Smith , Elder 1874 Hard Cover Very Good No Jacket 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall 
A New Edition. Gilt title on blue cloth boards which have a few light marks to front. Contemporary neat name and date to front endpaper. Etching 'will his eyes open' from the text to frontispiece tissue protected. A few foxing spots to title page, tissue guard and contents page else very clean, tight and unmarked. Set in the fifteenth century, it is 'a deep study of life in the city of Florence from an intellectual, artistic, religious, and social point of view' and takes place amidst actual historical events during the Italian Renaissance, and includes in its plot several notable figures from Florentine history. **** Published originally in 1863 this is an early edition of the author's (Mary Anne Evans - 1819-1880) classic work in very good condition **** 
Price: 10.00 GBP
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