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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: 20.00 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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Time's Harvest, Charques, Dorothy
4 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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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
5 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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The Bordeaux Narrative, Courlander, Harold
6 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. 
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The Glory of the Empire, D'Ormesson, Jean
7 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 WILL REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST *** NOT BOOK CLUB *** 
Price: 8.00 GBP
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The Road to Kaluga, Dean, Dinah
8 Dean, Dinah The Road to Kaluga
London Heinemann 1974 0434183008 / 9780434183005 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Gold title on black boards which are clean and unmarked with a small indentation to rear top edge. Internally there is usual age darkening to page edges else clean, tight and unmarked. A Very Good+ copy. Dustjacket has some marks to back and a little wear to back top edge and is not price clipped and is quite bright and clean to front and spine and has a protective cover fitted. An historical FIRST NOVEL by the author (1928 - 2009) which commences her Russian series and is set at the time Napoleon is pushing the Russians back towards Moscow. The wounded Major Orlov, fearing that the wounded would be left at Smolensk, leads a company of wounded Russian soldiers, and the recently met Countess Irina Barova, to Kaluga and safety. A vivid recreation of the horrors of the Napoleonic War. **** THE SCARCE FIRST EDITION **** **** NOT EX LIB **** 
Price: 20.00 GBP
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Romola, Eliot, George
9 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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The Life and Death of Cleopatra, Ferval, Claude
10 Ferval, Claude The Life and Death of Cleopatra
London Hurst & Blackett 1924 Hard Cover Good No Jacket 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Black title on green cloth boards which have a few small minor marks and a little wear to spine head and tail and corner tips. Internally clean and unmarked. A Good + copy. 302 pages. 13 illustrations. Translated from the French by Herbert Wilson. An historic romance, vividly presented with picturesque local detail, written without sacrificing historic accuracy. 
Price: 8.00 GBP
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Mary, Called Magdalene, George, Margaret
11 George, Margaret Mary, Called Magdalene
Basingstoke, United Kingdom Macmillan 2002 1405005408 / 9781405005401 Hard Cover Fine Near Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A Fine copy with near Fine dustjacket. An historical novel by the American author which presents a moving story based on the life of Mary Magdalene, of which little is known since her name first appeared in the Gospel of Mark. Well grounded in biblical and secular research. PLEASE NOTE: A HEAVY VOLUME OF 1.06 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH WILL REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST 
Price: 10.00 GBP
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The Virgin's Lover, Gregory, Philippa
12 Gregory, Philippa The Virgin's Lover
London Harper Collins 2004 0007147309 / 9780007147304 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING. A near Fine unmarked copy with near Fine complete dustjacket. An historical novel of Elizabeth I and Robert Dudley. The book answers the question which has fascinated historians for centuries, based on an unsolved Tudor incident, using documents and evidence from the time, the author paints a picture of a country on the brink of greatness, a young woman grasping at her power, a young man whose ambition is greater than his means and the wife who cannot forgive him. *** NOY EX LIB *** 
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The Many Lives and Secret Sorrows of Josephine B., Gulland, Sandra
13 Gulland, Sandra The Many Lives and Secret Sorrows of Josephine B.
London Review 1995 0006481027 / 9780006481027 First Edition Soft Cover Very Good No Jacket Uncorrected Book Proof 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
UNCORRECTED BOOK PROOF. A near Fine unmarked copy. The book is the first of three spellbinding volumes inspired by the life of Josephine Bonaparte, wife of Napoleon, and which is studded with rich detail and engaging facts and pulls back the veil of history to reveal Josephine's extraordinary life. 
Price: 7.00 GBP
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The Bombay Marines, Hill, Porter
14 Hill, Porter The Bombay Marines
London Souvenir Press 1985 0285626515 / 9780285626515 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Fair 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Silver title on black boards which have a small bump to lower front and a very small indentation to top edge but clean and unmarked. Internally very clean and unmarked. Dustjacket is complete with wear to top and lower edges and spine head and tail with shelf scuffing marks. An Adam Horne historical novel, where Captain Horne, newly returned from a successful assignment to rid the Arabian Sea of pirates, is summoned to the presence of his commanding officer, Commodore Watson. Watson is head of the East India Company's private fighting unit, the much derided Bombay Marine, the time being 1761 and the setting Pondicherry, the last stronghold of the French in the Indian Subcontinent. 
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Tudor Masquerade, Hyde, Eleanor
15 Hyde, Eleanor Tudor Masquerade
London Robert Hale 1972 0709131577 / 9780709131571 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Gold title on brown boards which are clean and unmarked with no wear. Internally there is foxing to closed edges else clean, tight and unmarked. Dustjacket by Biro has a little wear to top edge and foxing to flap edges and is not price clipped. Although in love with Martin Lanyon, a young sea captain, Mary Helme is betrothed to Lord Wellingham, a middle-aged man. On returning from Oxford, Mary's brother, Richard, finds himself in serious trouble through the treachery of a friend, and joins a troupe of players and is befriended by one of them, a certain William Shakespeare. Determined to help her brother, Mary dresses as a boy and goes with a page to the playhouse, and there takes Richard's place and with the help of Martin Lanyon and William Shakespeare achieves her purpose, Shakespeare also finds that all's well that end's well. **** NOT EX LIB **** 
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The Court-Martial of George Armstrong Custer, Jones, Douglas C.
16 Jones, Douglas C. The Court-Martial of George Armstrong Custer
London W.H. Allen 1977 0491024908 / 9780491024907 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A near Fine, clean, tight and unmarked copy with a little light foxing to top and fore edges. Dustjacket is VG+ and is not price clipped although price is crossed through and has a repaired closed tear. First British edition. Vignette illustrations in the text by the author. A novel that blends fact and fiction, premised on the supposition that George Armstrong Custer did not die at the Battle of the Little Big Horn, but that instead he was found close to death at the scene of the defeat and was brough to trial for his actions. Was Custer a military genius who had made an understandable mistake or a glory-seeker who recklessly risked his men's lives ? 
Price: 8.00 GBP
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The Expected One  -  Book One of the Magdalene Line, McGowan, Kathleen
17 McGowan, Kathleen The Expected One - Book One of the Magdalene Line
London Simon & Schuster Books For Young People 2006 0743295323 / 9780743295321 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A near Fine unmarked copy with dustjacket which has a touch of wear to front top corner tip. First edition, First printing. 449 pages. 2000 years ago, Mary Magdalene hid a set of scrolls in the rocky wilds of the French Pyrenees, scrolls that contained her own version of events and characters of the New Testament. Protected by supernatural forces, these sacred scrolls could only be discovered by a special seeker, one who fulfills the ancient prophecy of The Expected One. **** NOT EX LIB **** 
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A Mercy, Morrison, Toni
18 Morrison, Toni A Mercy
London Chatto and Windus 2008 0701180455 / 9780701180454 First Hard Fine Fine 8vo - over 7 
A Fine unmarked copy with Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. First UK edition, First printing. A powerful tragedy distilled into a jewelled masterpiece by the Nobel Prize-winning author of 'Beloved' and, like a prelude to that story, set two centuries earlier. In the 1680's the slave trade was still in its infancy. In the Americas, virulent religious and class division, prejudice and oppression were rife, providing the fertile soil in which slavery and race hatred were carefully planted and took root. 
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Rose Without a Thorn, Plaidy, Jean
19 Plaidy, Jean Rose Without a Thorn
London Robert Hale 1993 0709051840 / 9780709051848 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A near Fine clean, tight and unmarked copy (Fine apart from a little light foxing to top edge) with VG dustjacket. The eleventh novel in the Queens of England series. The 'Rose without a thorn' was the name given by Henry VIII to his fifth wife, Katherine Howard, when he was a devoted and uxorious husband. Born to an impoverished branch of the Howard family, Katherine was, at an early age, taken into the household of her grandmother, the Dowager Duchess of Norfolk, who neglected her upbringing. 255 pages. She planned an idyllic future with her kinsman, Thomas Culpepper, who gained her affection, and this was a possibility, until she was given a place at Court in the new Queen's household, and there she was noticed by the King. **** NOT EX LIB **** 
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The Heart of the Lion, Plaidy, Jean
20 Plaidy, Jean The Heart of the Lion
London Robert Hale 1979 0709152833 / 9780709152835 Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Biro, B.S. 
A near Fine unmarked copy which has a bump to one lower corner tip else very clean, tight and unmarked. Dustjacket, by Biro, is also near Fine. The third volume in the Plantagenet Saga. Henry II was dead and his son Richard had come to the throne. He had vowed to win back Jerusalem for the Christian world and was ready to place his kingdom in jeopardy to fulfil that vow even though his treacherous brother John was casting covetous eyes on his crown. Text decorations by B.S. Biro. **** NOT EX LIB **** 
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