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H. H. A.   Letters of the Earl of Oxford and Asquith to a friend: First Series  1915-1922
1 H. H. A. Letters of the Earl of Oxford and Asquith to a friend: First Series 1915-1922
London Geoffrey Bles 1933 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Good dust jacket 
Dust jacket chipped with short tears, DJ spine soiled. Previous owner's name of FFEP. ; A tight solid book, DJ in Mylar. Small bookseller stamp base of front pastedown ; 218 pages; This book one of a 2 book series. 
Price: 17.50 CDN
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Rockman  One man's crusade against apartheid police, Abrahams, Eugene & Gregory Rockman
2 Abrahams, Eugene & Gregory Rockman Rockman One man's crusade against apartheid police
Melville South Africa Senior Publications 1989 0947025669 / 9780947025663 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good- dust jacket 
White paper covered boards show only light wear, pages lightly tanned. Dustjacket chipped head and tail of spine, a couple of short tears with attendant creasing. ; Tight solid book, DJ in Mylar. ; B&W Illustrations; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 185 pages; Lieutenant Gregory Rockman was a young 'coloured' policeman who fought for years against apartheid in the police force and the excesses of the riot police. His experiences are written as told to a young jornalist, Eugene Abrahams. Forewords by Bishop Desmond Tutu and Allan Boesak. 
Price: 21.50 CDN
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Go to School, You're a Little Black Boy  The Honourable Lincoln M. Alexander: A Memoir, Alexander, (PC Ont), Lincoln with Herb Shoveller
3 Alexander, (PC Ont), Lincoln with Herb Shoveller Go to School, You're a Little Black Boy The Honourable Lincoln M. Alexander: A Memoir
Toronto Dundurn Press 2010 155488733X / 9781554887330 First Edition Softcover Very Good+ Illustrated by Colour Photographs 
Slight wear to card covers, shallow crease bottom back fore corner. ; A bright, solid book ; Trade PB; 8.90 X 5.98 X 0.71 inches; 256 pages; Among the important stories that need to be told about noteworthy Canadians, Lincoln Alexander's sits at the top of the list. Born in Toronto in 1922, the son of a maid and a railway porter, Alexander embarked on an exemplary life path that has involved military service for his country, a successful political career, a thriving law career, and vocal advocacy on subjects ranging from antiracism to the importance of education."In this biography, Shoveller traces a remarkable series of events from Alexander's early life to the present that helped shape the charismatic and influential leader whose impact continues to be felt today. From facing down racism to challenging the postwar Ontario establishment, becoming Canada's first black member of Parliament, entertaining royalty as Ontario's lieutenant-governor, and serving as chancellor of one of Canada's leading universities, Alexander's is the ultimate, uplifting Canadian success story, the embodiment of what defines Canada." 
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4 Alm, Edwin A. I NEVER WONDERED
Vancouver, BC Evergreen Press 1971 First Canadian Edition Hardcover Very Good in Good+ dust jacket 
DJ in mylar. DJ is scuffed, lightly soiled with small chips and tears. The author's autobiography, detailing his lfe in real estate, construction, hotels and dance halls. Illustrated by Karin Jonsonn. 
Price: 12.50 CDN
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Thinking with Both Hands; Sir Daniel Wilson in the Old World and the New, Ash, Marinell &  Elizabeth Hulse (editor)
5 Ash, Marinell & Elizabeth Hulse (editor) Thinking with Both Hands; Sir Daniel Wilson in the Old World and the New
Toronto University of Toronto Press 1999 0802044433 / 9780802044433 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket 
Only slight wear ; A bright, solid book, dustjacket in Mylar. ; B&W Illustrations; 9.29 X 6.28 X 1.27 inches; 392 pages; "This book is an exhaustive look at the life and career of one of the last century's most interesting and accomplished educators. Widely admired in his own day, Sir Daniel Wilson has been largely forgotten. This collection reappraises his contribution to many fields of endeavour and to the development of the University of Toronto. As well as his own life and work, the authors examine aspects of Victorian culture and science through the prism of the career of this most interesting and accomplished educator. The volume also includes a chronology of Wilson's life and a comprehensive bibliography of his published and unpublished writings." 
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A Wilderness of Days  An artist's experiences as a prisoner of war in Germany, Bates, Maxwell
6 Bates, Maxwell A Wilderness of Days An artist's experiences as a prisoner of war in Germany
Victoria, BC Sono Nis Press 1978 0919462561 / 9780919462564 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good- dust jacket Illustrated by Maxwell Bates drawings 
Only light wear to book and DJ, 1" tear front fore edge of DJ. ; A bright, solid book, dust jacket in Mylar jacket protector. ; 133 pages; "The Canadian painter Maxwell bates is on of the few men who experienced and survived both the infamous 'long march' of prisoners of Allied prisoners into Germany at the fall of France and the equally notorious march out of Germany before the advancing Allied troops in 1945." The artist could not resist illustrating the hardships of life as a prisoner of war with often humourous drawings. Twenty-six of these are scattered throughout the book. 
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Liebe zu Deutschland heisst leiden an Deutschland  Briefe aus Kanada 1962-1976 - Ausgewahlt, herausgegeben und mit einem Vorwort versehen non Otto Roders, Bauer, Walter
7 Bauer, Walter Liebe zu Deutschland heisst leiden an Deutschland Briefe aus Kanada 1962-1976 - Ausgewahlt, herausgegeben und mit einem Vorwort versehen non Otto Roders
Gifkendorf Merlin Verlag 1983 3875361458 / 9783875361452 Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dust jacket 
Light wear, some creasing head & tail of spine ; Text in German. DJ in Mylar, bright, solid book ; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 479 pages 
Price: 20.00 CDN
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None of it Came Easy  The story of James Garfield Gardiner, Benson, Nathaniel Anketell
8 Benson, Nathaniel Anketell None of it Came Easy The story of James Garfield Gardiner
Toronto, ON Burns & MacEachern 1955 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good- dust jacket 
Signed by Biographee; Light wear to book, DJ chipped and scuffed with short tears ; A tight solid book. DJ in Mylar, unclipped. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 272 pages; Inscribed by Gardiner on FFEP. 'The Gardiner story tells with a wealth of dramatic detail the career of an indomitable Ontario farm boy who used the precious tool of an education obtained step by step, the hard way, to rise from hired man to country teacher, to high school principal and political leader, to Provincial Premier and lastly to a position of national eminence as Canada's Minister of Agriculture.' (blurb) 
Price: 19.95 CDN
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The Charles Bentall Story - A Man of Industry and Integrity, Bentall, Shirley
9 Bentall, Shirley The Charles Bentall Story - A Man of Industry and Integrity
Vancouver, BC The Bentall Group Ltd. 1986 0969237502 / 9780969237501 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Fine dust jacket Illustrated by B&W and Color Photos 
Light edge wear, previous owner's name on front free end paper ; DJ in Mylar. ; 198 pages; Charles Bentall, a giant in the development of the downtown core of Vancouver is featured in this book along with his family. 
Price: 15.00 CDN
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I Married the Klondike, BERTON, LAURA BEATRICE
10 BERTON, LAURA BEATRICE I Married the Klondike
Toronto McClelland & Stewart 1961 Later Printing Hardcover Very Good+ in Good dust jacket Illustrated by Map Endpapers 
DJ chipped with short tears, light soil, some creasing. Two gift notations on half-title page, only light wear to book ; A tight solid book, hinges intact, DJ in Mylar ; B&W Photographs; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 231 pages; The author, mother of Canadian writer and journalist Pierre Berton, writes of her 25 years in Dawson City, Yukon. Beginning in 1907, when she was offered the position of Kindergarten Directress for Dawson City, the author tells of life in the Canadian North, and her travels around the Yukon Territories. Preface by family friend, Robert Service 
Price: 25.00 CDN
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Klondike; the Life & Death of the Last Great Gold Rush, Berton, Pierre
11 Berton, Pierre Klondike; the Life & Death of the Last Great Gold Rush
London W. H. Allen 1960 1st UK Hardcover Very Good+ in Good dust jacket Illustrated by B&W Plates 
Price clipped DJ chipped with light delamination, short tears & some creasing. Light yellowing of pages ; DJ in Mylar, bright, solid book ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 456 + index pages; A classic Canadian history by someone who spent his first 12 years in Dawson City. Berton was born there after the big rush and was imbued with the history of the place by his parents, especially by his mother, Laura Beatrice Berton, who wrote the biographical classic 'I Married the Klondike'. 
Price: 19.95 CDN
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The Dionne Years  A Thirties Melodrama, Berton, Pierre
12 Berton, Pierre The Dionne Years A Thirties Melodrama
New York W. W. Norton & Co. 1978 039307529X / 9780393075298 1st; Second Printing Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good- dust jacket 
Light edge wear to DJ a couple of short tears, small chip to fore edge.; Dust jacket in Mylar jacket protector, tight solid book. ; B&W Illustrations; 9.50 X 6.50 X 1 inches; 232 pages; "An account of the struggles of the Dionne quintuplets, from "million-dollar babies" to impoverished adults, and their ultimate triumph in the battle for compensation after years of exploitation.In February 1998, a press conference was held by three tired 63-year-old women, who held up a sign that read JUSTICE NOT CHARITY. Eight days later, the Ontario government -- who had ignored the three surviving Dionne quintuplets' pleas for three years -- bowed to public opinion and awarded $4 million to the sisters and to their two nieces, Marie's daughters. The miracle babies -- to this day the world's only surviving identical quintuplets -- were raised in a compound separated from their family and put on display for thousands of tourists. "Quintland" became a cash cow for the Ontario tourism industry, and many people benefited from the bizarre, micro-managed lifestyle the children were forced to live. As teens they were returned to their family, who were like strangers to the girls. As young adults they turned to convents or to marriage and motherhood, desperate to establish lives of their own. Physical ailments continued to plague them, however, with two sisters dying tragically young: Emilie at age 20, and Marie at age 35. In addition to the personal struggles the three sisters candidly relate, 'The Dionnes' recounts the stories of their friends, families, lawyers, supporters, and legions of admirers. It was journalist Ellie Tesher's heartfelt coverage of the sisters' plight that led to a public outcry, ultimately forcing Ontario's Harris government to come up with the money they had pledged not to give." 
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13 Bierman, John Dark Safari; the Life Behind the Legend of Henry Morton Stanley
New York Knopf 1990 039422180X / 9780394221809 Stated First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dust jacket 
Front flap creased, slight edge wear to book & DJ ; DJ in Mylar, unclipped, bright, solid book ; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 401 pages; A savagely deprived childhood rendered John Rowlands something of an emotional cripple, yet this unloved illegitimate son of a housemaid became Sir Henry Morton Stanley, the celebrated African explorer. Evasion, suppression and falsification were his defenses against the abandonment, rejection and betrayal that haunted his life--and it is the reality behind these Walter Mitty-like defenses that is the subject of this stimulating, well-documented biography. Until he "discovered" Livingstone in 1871, Stanley was essentially a ruthless, driven reporter on the trail of a scoop, but after their meeting he became a searcher for rivers and mountains, lakes and deserts, in a quest for self-esteem. This is an epic tale of epic journeys by a swaggering little man who, at his worst, writes Bierman, was "a bully, a braggart, a hypocrite and a liar" and at his best was "steadfast, brave, enduring, resourceful, and an inspired leader." 
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14 Bryant, Elvira Christina Before It's Too Late; a Decade of Life in the Queen Charlottes
Victoria, BC Self Published 2001 0968176526 / 9780968176528 First Edition Paperback Fine 
Inscribed by author on title page. A bright, solid book ; 0.5 x 9 x 6 Inches; 140 pages 
Price: 13.50 CDN
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Young Winston's Wars  The Original Despatches of Winston S. Churchill War Correspondent, 1897-1900, Churchill, Winston &  Frederick Woods (editor)
15 Churchill, Winston & Frederick Woods (editor) Young Winston's Wars The Original Despatches of Winston S. Churchill War Correspondent, 1897-1900
New York The Viking Press 1973 0670795151 / 9780670795154 First American Edition Hardcover Very Good- in Good dust jacket 
DJ shows shelf wear with small tears and light chipping, front flap creased. Previous owner's name on FFEP, half title and title page. A couple of pages show water damage at fore edge, shelf soil bottom fore corner ; A tight solid book, hinges intact, dustjacket in Mylar, unclipped. ; B&W Photographs and maps; 8.66 X 5.83 X 1.57 inches; 350 pages; "Few people realize that Winston Churchill's fame began with the name he made for himself as a war correspondent during the years of Britain's last imperial wars. Beginning 1897 and continuing for about 3 years thereafter, he sent electrifying and unusual despatches to two London morning papers from the front lines of battle at the Northwest Frontier in India, where he had found service with the Bengal Lancers; from General Kitchener's campaign to resubjugate the "whirling" Dervishes in the Sudan; and from the height of the Boer War in South Africa. Churchill's brilliant and fluent writing, infused with immediacy and the genuine excitement of a soldier at the front, earned him a place beside the most famous correspondents of the era. But he never forgot his political ambitions. Time and again he intruded on his own reports with comments which went far beyond the normal scope of war correspondence, the rolling Churchillian perorations ringing sonorously from the tightly packed columns of type. Aided by an unexpected journalist bonus provided by his capture and subsequent escape from the Boers, Churchill returned to England the most glamorous national figure of the day and won a seat in the House of Commons at the age of 25." 
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The Trailblazers; Indo-Canadians of British Columbia, Claire, Sucha Singh
16 Claire, Sucha Singh The Trailblazers; Indo-Canadians of British Columbia
Chandrigarh, India Tarlochan Publishers 2013 8179146049 / 9788179146040 Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dust jacket 
Translated to English by Dr. Jagtar Singh Dhiman. A bright, solid book, dust jacket in Mylar jacket protector. ; B&W Photographs; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 172 pages; This gives backgrounds and brief biographies of a number of South Asian notables in British Columbia. 
Price: 65.00 CDN
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A Land Apart  A South African Reader, Coetzee, J. M. &  Andre Philippus Brink
17 Coetzee, J. M. & Andre Philippus Brink A Land Apart A South African Reader
London Faber & Faber 1986 0571139337 / 9780571139330 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Near Fine dust jacket 
Prev. owner's name on FFEP in black ink, some tanning of pages as is common in British books of this era.; Dust jacket in Mylar jacket protector. A bright, solid book.; 8.66 X 5.59 X 1.10 inches; 256 pages; "A Land Apart explores the literary traditions (Black and White, English and Afrikaans) of South Africa as they engage with the reality of life there today." 
Price: 25.00 CDN
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John A. Macdonald;  The Young Politician, Creighton, Donald
18 Creighton, Donald John A. Macdonald; The Young Politician
Toronto The Macmillan Company of Canada Ltd. 1952 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ with no dust jacket Illustrated by Map Endpapers 
Blue cloth boards show light shelf wear. Previous owner`s name and address inside front board. ; A tight solid book. ; B&W Illustrations; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 524 pages 
Price: 15.00 CDN
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Three Winters Cold, Crosbie, Philip
19 Crosbie, Philip Three Winters Cold
Dublin Browne & Nolan 1955 First Edition; Third Printing Hardcover Very Good+ in Good dust jacket Illustrated by Map Endpapers 
Shelf wear is evident on DJ, with small tears and chips missing, lightly soiled. Previous owner's name on half-title page and FFEP. Price-clipped. ; A tight solid book. Dust jacket in Mylar jacket protector. ; B&W Illustrations; 221 pages; "The story of a group of civilians, including the Irish Monsignor Quinlan and Father Canavan, who vanished during the Korean War. The author tells the story about man's inhumanity to man and the rise of the human spirit under the most difficult conditions." (blurb) 
Price: 35.00 CDN
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JFK A Hidden Life, Cross, Robin & David F. Powers &  Charles U. Daly
20 Cross, Robin & David F. Powers & Charles U. Daly JFK A Hidden Life
London Bloomsbury Publishing PLC 1992 0747512787 / 9780747512783 1st Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dust jacket 
Light edgewear to DJ, short tear head of DJ spine ; A bright, solid book, dustjacket in Mylar, unclipped. ; B&W Photographs; Small 4to 9" - 11" tall; 192 pages; An illustrated life of John F. Kennedy. It focuses in part on the six months of the American Presidential campaign which changed Kennedy from a virtual unknown into a major world figure. It goes on to document the Kennedy Presidency, with dozens of photographs of Kennedy's 'Thousand Days' in the Whitehouse. 
Price: 25.00 CDN
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