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Vacant Niche or Land of Gold, Bennett, C. E. (A.M) (Clarence E.)
1 Bennett, C. E. (A.M) (Clarence E.) Vacant Niche or Land of Gold
Schenectady, NY Robson and Adee 1928 1st Edition; 1st Printing Hardcover Very Good 
B&W Illustrations; This book is in Very Good to Near Very Good+ condition and was possibly issued without a dust jacket. The book and its contents are in clean, bright condition. There is some lioght bumping, rubbing and wear to the spine ends and corners of the book covers. The top spine end has a two inch long noticeably faded portion. The text pages are clean and bright. There is a previous owner's inked name and notation on the front endpaper. "In the grim, silent nook of the Saratoga Battle Monument, it explains to all that there was once a hero who dashed across the fields of battle, leading his men to glorious victory; but it describes equally well how that same hero later in life sold himself for a paltry sum and that he was, at the same time, endeavoring to sell his own country." 
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BUENAVISTA A Saga of Old Spain, Bew, Jack Shields
2 Bew, Jack Shields BUENAVISTA A Saga of Old Spain
Philadelphia, PA Dorrance & Company 1975 0805921389 / 9780805921380 1st Edition; 1st Printing Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust jacket 
Review Copy. This book is in Very Good+ condition and has a Very Good+ dust jacket. The book and its contents are in clean, bright condition. The text pages are clean and bright. There is a laid-in review card and blurb page. The edges of the text block have some light toning. The dust ajcket his clean and bright but does have some light rubbing to the joints and two pinhole sized nicks to the front dust jacket spine joint. "In an historical setting, that of sixteenth-century Spain, follow the story of Don Alejandro de Buenavista, the head of a wealthy family of Castilians whose horses are bred for only the noblest of riders in the tercio, the Spanish caballeros. See the political machinations which led to the inception of the Enterprise of England and the catastrophic results of the Invincible Armada." 
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Ruan, Bryher (pseudonym of Annie Winifred Ellerman)
3 Bryher (pseudonym of Annie Winifred Ellerman) Ruan
New York Pantheon Books, Inc. 1960 1st Edition; 1st Printing Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dust jacket 
This is a Review Copy. This book is in Fine condition and has a Near Fine dust jacket. The book and its contents are in clean, bright condition. The text pages are clean and bright. There is a beginning hint of toning to the edges of the endpapers. The dust jacket has some noticeable toning to the spine and spine joints. "In this her latest magical evocation of the past, she takes the reader into sixth-century Britain, to Cornwall, the Scillys, Ireland, and Wales. Young Ruan, nephew of the Druid high priest, is destined and prepared for the priesthood. Turbulent, avid for adventure, and restless for fulfillment, he feels caged in the monotonous schooling of the Celtic priests, and longs for the high seas." 
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The Coin of Carthage, Bryher (pseudonym of Annie Winifred Ellerman)
4 Bryher (pseudonym of Annie Winifred Ellerman) The Coin of Carthage
New York Harcourt Brace & World, Inc. 1963 1st Edition; 1st Printing Hardcover Fine in Very Good+ dust jacket 
This book is in Fine condition and has a Very Good+ to Near Fine- dust jacket. The book and its contents are in clean, bright condition. The text pages are clean and bright. The price clipped dust jacket has some beginning ground-in dirt. "It was a familiar story. The armies plundered, the farmers died, merchants starved, nobody sowed the field. Bryher, acclaimed for her magical skill in recapturing past periods of crisis, has taken the confusion and hazards of the Second Punic War as background for her new novel." 
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The Fourteenth of October, Bryher (pseudonym of Annie Winifred Ellerman)
5 Bryher (pseudonym of Annie Winifred Ellerman) The Fourteenth of October
New York Pantheon Books 1952 1st US Edition; 1st Printing Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust jacket 
This book is in Very Good+ condition and has a Very Good+ dust jacket. The book and its contents are in clean, bright condition. There is some light bumping ot the bottom spine of the book cover. The text pages are clean and bright. The dust jacket has some edge wear, small edge tears and a couple of small chips missing. The dust jacket has also been price clipped and there is some toning / darkening to the white portions of the dust jacket. "Like a Saxon companion piece to the Bayeux Tapestries, the pages of Bryher's novel discloses the warm and colorful story of Saxon resistance to the Norman invasion of Britain." 
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Crusade, Byrne, Donn
6 Byrne, Donn Crusade
Boston, MA Little, Brown and Company 1928 1st Trade Edition; 1st Printing Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust jacket 
This book is in Very Good+ to Near Fine- condition and has a Very Good+ dust jacket. The book and its contents are in clean, bright condition. There is a light slant to the spine of the book. The text pages are clean and bright. The price clipped dust jacket has some light ground-in dirt, a couple of small spots of rubbing and nicking and some light discoloration / color changing to the bottom edge of the front dust jacket cover due to foxing / sunning. "It seemed to the man on horseback, now that he was once more outside Jerusalem, now that from the Damascus gate he could see over the fortifications, over the huddle of houses like the massed backs of turtles, the cupola of the Holy Sepulchre, and farther toward the left the miracle of cool delight that was the Templum Domin, the Temple of the Lord, and farther still, the blue mountains of Moab becoming purple in the sunset, that all his pain to be once more among his own people had gone. He blamed himself for wishing, as he knew he wished, he were still back in Damascus, a prisoner of the Saracen." 
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THE LINE OF LOVE, Cabell, James Branch
7 Cabell, James Branch THE LINE OF LOVE
New York Harper & Brothers 1905 1st Edition; 1st Edition Hardcover Very Good with no dust jacket Illustrated by Howard Pyle 
Color Illustrations; This book is in Very Good condition. Olive green cloth covered boards have gilt lettering to spine and front cover of book and cream / white decorations to both front cover and spine along with a small cameo pictorial pastedown on front cover. There are a couple of light wrinkles to the cloth on the front cover of book that appear to be a publishing error. The cameo has one small scratch and three beginning rubbed / nicked spots. The gilding on the front cover has started to flake a bit and the white / cream decorations on the spine and front cover have some flaking and rubbing. The text pages are generally clean and bright, though there are some patches of foxing. The text pages are decorated with vine and flower illustrations as a border to each page, as are end papers. This book includes 10 color plates by Howard Pyle. All plates are present and in generally very good condition, with some small patches of foxing to foredges. Top Edge Gilt (TEG) and fore and bottom edges of pages are uncut. This is the author's second book. "It was some four years ago, in an out-of-the-way corner of the library at Allonby Shaw, that I first came upon -Les Aventures d'Adhelmar de Nointel-. The manuscript dates from the early part of the fifteenth century and is attributed - though on no very conclusive evidence, as I think - to the facile pen of Nicolas de Caen, better known as a lyric poet and satirist (circa 1450)." 
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Gallows Thief, Cornwell, Bernard
8 Cornwell, Bernard Gallows Thief
New York Harper Collins 2002 1st American Edition; 1st Printing Hardcover Fine in Fine dust jacket Illustrated by Chris Moore 
Cover Art; This book is in Fine condition and has a Fine dust jacket. The book and its contents are in clean, bright condition. The text pages are clean and bright. The dust jacket is crisp and clean. Cover art on the dust jacket is illustrated by Chris Moore. "It is the end of the Napoleonic Wars, and England has just fought its last victorious battle against the French. As Rider Sandman and the other heroes of Waterloo begin to make their way back to England, they find a country where corruption, poverty, and social unrest run rampant, and where - justice - is most often delivered at the end of a hangman's noose. Nowhere in London are the streets as busy as in front of Newgate Prison, the city's largest penitentiary, where mobs gather regularly to watch the terrible spectale of the doomed men and women on the gallows' stands." 
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Rebel, Cornwell, Bernard
9 Cornwell, Bernard Rebel
New York Harper Collins 1993 1st American Edition; 1st Printing Hardcover Near Fine in Fine dust jacket Illustrated by Nancy Sabato 
Cover Art; This book is in Near Fine condition and has a Fine dust jacket. The book and its contents are in clean, bright condition. There is a slight slant to the spine of the book. The text pages are clean and bright. The top edge of the text block has some beginning toning. The dust jacket is clean and crisp with the exception of some light wear and beginning rolling to the bottom front edge by the flap joint. "Rebel is a dramatic story in the tradition of the bestselling historical narratives of John Jakes of the Civil War's first great battle, First Bull Run / Manassas, and how Nate Starbuck, a renegade from Boston, comes to play a crucial part in it. Running away from his stern preacher father and a shattered love affair, Nate arrives in Richmond on the eve of hostilities. Rescued from a Yankee-hating mob by the quixotic landowner Washington Faulconer, Starbuck shows his gratitude by joining Faulconer's Legion, even though he knows, in joining the Confederate cause, he will be fighting against his own people." ; Vol. 1 
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The Musket and the Cross The Struggle of France and England for North America, Edmonds, Walter D.
10 Edmonds, Walter D. The Musket and the Cross The Struggle of France and England for North America
Boston, MA Little, Brown and Company 1968 1st Edition; 1st Printing Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust jacket Illustrated by Samuel H. Bryant 
B&W Illustrations; This book is in Very Good+ to Near Fine- condition and has a Very Good+ dust jacket. The book and its contents are in clean, bright condition. The text pages are clean and bright. All edges of the text block have some light to medium toning and spotting / foxing. The dust jacket has some light edge wear and nicking to the spine ends and corners along with a couple of small edge tears to the bottom spine ends. "...is a historical chronicle of colonial America from its earliest settlement to the early eighteenth century. The focus of this vast undertaking is the protracted, complex struggle between France and England for possession of North America, a struggle Mr. Edmonds calls the most momentous and far reaching - brought to issue on the continent until the Civil War." 
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JANICE MEREDITH A Story of the American Revolution, Ford, Paul Leicester
11 Ford, Paul Leicester JANICE MEREDITH A Story of the American Revolution
New York Dodd, Mead & Company 1899 Limited Edition; 1st Printing Hardcover Very Good+ Illustrated by Howard Pyle & students 
B&W Illustrations; Two Volume Set. Limited Edition. Both volumes are in Very Good+ condition and possibly issued without dust jackets. Volume two is in slightly better condition. Together, The books and their contents are in clean, bright condition. The spine of both volumes have some sunning / fading, while volume one has several small edge tears to the top spine end. The text pages are clean and bright. The text is uncut and untrimmed. There is an inked former owner's name and date (1899) on the front endpaper of volume one and again on the half title page of volume two. Volume one includes a Miniature of Janice Meredith by Lillie V. O'Ryan while volume two includes a miniature of George Washington by Sharpless. The text of both volumes is illustrated with 172 plates - most of which are by the students of Howard Pyle. This copy is missing three plates (pgs 186, 188 & 192 - however they do not appear to have been excised, but conversely, left out during the binding process). The majority of the plates appear to be by his students, especially some of his more favored female artists, including Ellen Bernard Thompson and Anna Whelan Betts. It is possible that Howard Pyle is responsible for up to 58 of the illustrations (according to Howard Pyle: Imagining An American School of Art by Jill May, etc.). This volume sold very well as an illustrated holiday edition, in fact it was listed as the best selling book in February 1900. 
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Charity Girl, Heyer, Georgette
12 Heyer, Georgette Charity Girl
New York E. P. Dutton 1970 1st American Edition; 1st Printing Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dust jacket 
The dust jacket art is by Barbosa. This book is in Near Fine condition and has a Very Good+ dust jacket. The book and its contents are in clean, bright condition. There is some beginning toning to the endpapers and the edges of the text block. The text pages are clean and bright. The dust jacket has several small edge tears, nicks and some wrinkling to the spine ends. The dust jacket illustration is by Barbosa. "My aunt said in future I should be called Charity, -said Cherry Steane pathetically, - to keep me in mind of the fact that that is what I am - a charity girl. - Lord Desford's chivalrous instincts are instantly aroused, and, in spite of support from Miss Henrietta Silverdale, his childhood playmate and best of friends, and from his irrepressible younger brother Simon, he finds himself in a rare case of pickles, in which he is balked by Cherry's lickpenny grandfather and her rascally, worthless father, and from which he is finally delivered by the timely intervention of Henrietta's worthy suitor, Cary Nethercott." "Georgette Heyer / (16 August 1902 – 4 July 1974) was an English historical romance and detective fiction novelist. Her writing career began in 1921, when she turned a story for her younger brother into the novel The Black Moth. In 1925 Heyer married George Ronald Rougier, a mining engineer. The couple spent several years living in Tanganyika Territory and Macedonia before returning to England in 1929. After her novel These Old Shades became popular despite its release during the General Strike, Heyer determined that publicity was not necessary for good sales. For the rest of her life, she refused to grant interviews, telling a friend: "My private life concerns no one but myself and my family." 
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Pillar Of The Sky, Holland, Cecelia
13 Holland, Cecelia Pillar Of The Sky
New York Alfred A. Knopf 1985 1st Edition; 1st Printing Hardcover Fine in Fine dust jacket 
This book is in Fine condition and has a Fine dust jacket. The book and its contents are in clean, bright condition. The text pages are clean and bright. The dust jacket is crisp and clean. (there is a bare hint of rubbing to the top rear spine joint of the dust jacket. "We are among the People: a tribe whose tenuous balance of peacefulnes and strife is deeply trheatend by Ladon, the chief - his is dangerously determined to undermine an age-old custom by insuring that his own son will be chief after his death. To this end, and with ruthless single-mindedness, he has banished his sister from the village - she was carrying the child who would be the rightful heir to his title." "As of 2011, Holland lived in Fortuna, a small town in rural Humboldt County, California. She has three daughters and five grandchildren. For ten years, Holland taught two three-hour creative writing classes a week at Pelican Bay State Prison in Crescent City, California. She was visiting professor of English at Connecticut College in 1979 and was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1981–1982." 
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Rakossy, Holland, Cecelia
14 Holland, Cecelia Rakossy
New york Atheneum 1967 1st Edition; 1st Printing Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dust jacket 
This book is in Near Fine condition and has a Very Good+ to Near Fine- dust jacket. The book and its contents are in clean, bright condition. The text pages are clean and bright. There are two beginning edge nicks (due to the front pastedown and front endpapers sticking together during production) to the bottom end of the front endpaper. The endpapers have some beginning toning / color changing to the edges of the pagesl. The price clipped dust jacket has some beginning sunning to the spine, but is otherwise clean and crisp. "It is 1525. The scene is Hungary, bordering on Turkish domains, where Baron Janos Rakossy is preparing to defend Hart Castle against the possibilitiy of Turkish invasion. Rakossy, shred, ruthless and cynical, quick to perceive weakness or stupidity, relies on expediency and his own resources to accomplish his ends. He is unwilling to work within the framework of the social order, and he dismisses the traditional obligations of personal and political allegiance." This is the author's second novel. "Most of her novels have grown slowly in the back of her mind, often the result of non-fiction articles and essays she has written, though The Belt of Gold and The Lords of Vaumartin were written "cold" as the result of requests by her editor. While she claims not to choose fictional settings because of their sparse usage by other writers, she has said, "I wouldn't dare do the Civil War, because it's so well known, every damn detail, it would be so stifling. " 
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The Death Of Attila, Holland, Cecelia
15 Holland, Cecelia The Death Of Attila
New York Alfred A. Knopf 1973 1st Edition; 1st Printing Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust jacket 
This book is in Very Good+ to Near Fine- condition and has a Very Good+ dust jacket. The book and its contents are in clean, bright condition. There is some beginning fading to the bottom spine end of the book cover. The text pages are clean and bright. The endpapers (both front and rear) have some beginning toning / foxing. The dust jacket is clean and bright but does have several small edge nicks and chips, especially to the spine ends and corners. "Set in the fifth century, The Death of Attila deals with the conflict of Hun, Goth, and Roman. At the heart of the book lies the moving and dangerous attempt of two men to build a friendship across every barrier of race and custom. Dietric - the young, protected son of a German chief, awkward, not yet experienced in the ways of men and soldiering - believes, as naturally as he believes that the coming of Jesus Christ brought the world out of a terrible darkness, that the brutish, flat-faced Huns, the almost-savage invaders out of the East, are hardly more than animals." In the Autumn 2002 issue of in the Historical Novel Society magazine, Solander, Sarah Johnson writes, "What sets Cecelia’s work apart in the genre is not just her productivity but also her versatility; she has the unique ability to make most any historical period her own. She records the often harsh details of life in the distant—or recent—past and her depiction of it involves considerable research. Her character-driven plots often are developed from the viewpoint of a male protagonist. While including plenty of action (her battle scenes are noteworthy for their bottom-up viewpoint and understated verisimilitude) , her work focuses primarily on the life of the mind—whatever that might mean in a particular culture—and especially on politics, in the broadest sense." 
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The Sheik A Novel, Hull, E. M. (Edith Maude Winstanley)
16 Hull, E. M. (Edith Maude Winstanley) The Sheik A Novel
Boston, MA Small, Maynard & Company 1922 68th Printing Hardcover Very Good+ 
This book was the basis for the movie which made Rudolph Valentino's name, and was an early entry into the genre of romantic fiction. This book is in Very Good+ to Near Fine- condition and is lacking the dust jacket. The book and its contents are in clean, bright condition. There is a slight dip to the spine of the book and some beginning bumping and wear to the spine ends. The text pages are clean and bright. There is a previous owner's inked name on the front endpaper. "Are you coming in to watch the dancing, Lady Conway? I most decidedly am not. I thoroughly disapprove of the expedition of which this dance is the inauguration. I consider that even by contemplating such a tour alone into the desert with no chaperon or attendant of her own sex, with only native camel drivers and servants, Diana Mayo is behaving with a recklessness and impropriety that is calculated to cast a slur not only on her own reputation, but also on the prestige of her country." 
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SLOOP OF WAR, Kent, Alexander
17 Kent, Alexander SLOOP OF WAR
New York G. P. Putnam's Sons 1972 1st American Edition; 1st Printing Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust jacket 
This book is in Very Good+ condition and has a Very Good+ dust jacket. The book and its contents are in clean, bright condition. The spine of the book has a light, but noticeable slant. The text pages are clean and bright, however there is a previous owner's inked gift notation on the half title page. Spine ends & corners of dust jacket have a bit of light bumping & rubbing. Dust jacket has been price clipped. The price clipped dust jkace has several small edge nicks and tears and some light rubbing to the spine and flap joints. The rear panel of the dust jacket has noticeable toning. "The year 1778 was to be recorded as a turning point in the American War of Independence. What was first thought to be a colonial rebellion had changed to an all-out struggle for freedom from British rule, and with the evacuation of Philadelphia and the mounting involvement of French forces, the British Navy's resources were stretched to the point beyond which there were no safety margins." 
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Fair Blows the Wind, L'Amour, Louis
18 L'Amour, Louis Fair Blows the Wind
New York E. P. Dutton 1978 1st Edition; 1st Printing Hardcover Very Good+ in Fine dust jacket 
This book is in Very Good+ to Near Fine - condition and has a Fine dust jacket. The book and its contents are in clean, bright condition. The text pages are clean and bright. There is a rectangular patch of glue residue from a previous owner's name plate on the front pastedown page - well hidden by the dust jacket flap. The dust jacket is crisp and clean. "As a child Tatton Chantry lived on the wild rugged seacoast of Ireland. But his happy childhood was not to last; enemies stormed and killed his parents; Tatton alone escaped. Orphaned and exiled, fearful of pursuit, he fled to England where he roamed the countryside, warily escaping recognition." "Louis Dearborn L'Amour (22 March 1908 – 10 June 1988) was an American novelist and short story writer. His books consisted primarily of Western novels (though he called his work 'frontier stories') ; however, he also wrote historical fiction (The Walking Drum) , science fiction (The Haunted Mesa) , non-fiction (Frontier) , as well as poetry and short-story collections. Many of his stories were made into film. L'Amour's books remain popular and most have gone through multiple printings." 
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Laughter Out of the Ground A Novel in Cadence, Lampson, Robin
19 Lampson, Robin Laughter Out of the Ground A Novel in Cadence
New York Charles Scribner's Sons 1935 1st Trade Edition; 1st Printing Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust jacket Signed by Author
SIGNED EDITION. This book is in Very Good+ condition and has a Very Good+ dust jacket. The book and its contents are in clean, bright condition. There is some light ground-in dirt to the covers of the book. The text pages are clean and bright. The dust jackat has edge wear, several small edge nicks and tears and some beginning rubbing. "Robin Lampson was born in 1900, in a mining camp in Calaveras County, California, a grandson of one of the original Forty-niners. His father was a successful farmer in Sonoma County, and the village blacksmith." ; Signed by Author 
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GUNS FOR REBELLION A Novel about the American Revolution, Mason, F. Van Wyck
20 Mason, F. Van Wyck GUNS FOR REBELLION A Novel about the American Revolution
New York Doubleday 1977 9997403134 1st Edition; 1st Printing Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dust jacket Illustrated by John Allen Maxwell 
Cover Art; This book is in Near Fine condition and has a Very Good+ dust jacket. The book and its contents are in clean, bright condition. The text pages are clean and bright. There are two small spots of discoloration underneath the front flap of the dust jacket on the front pastedown page. The dust jacket has several small edge tears and one small chip missing to the top spine end. "For Lieutenant Andrew Hunter on the H. M. S. Lively, the summer of 1775 is becoming unbearably hot . As the sultry days dawn over Boston harbor, where his ship is anchored, the antagonisms between the Colonies and the Crown are becoming openly hostile. Andy, too, faces the dilmma of conflicting loyalties, torn as he is, between his sworn oath to the King and love of his land and countrymen." 
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