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121 Paterson, Michael Winston Churchill; His Military Life, 1895-1945
Newton Abbot, Devon UK David & Charles 2005 0715319647 / 9780715319642 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dust jacket 
Only light scuffing of DJ; A bright, solid book, DJ in Mylar ; 1.34 x 9.29 x 6.06 Inches; 320 pages; -An incredible and unique insight into the life of Winston Churchill. Draws on previously unpublished, contemporary firsthand accounts of those who met him. Published in time for the 40th anniversary of Churchill's death "I play for high stakes and given an audience there is no act too daring and too noble." -Winston Churchill. Born to a privileged family, Winston Churchill was first a Conservative then a Liberal politician, a painter, a writer, Britain's greatest military leader, a prime minister, a Nobel Prize winner, and a proud father. But who was the real Winston Churchill? In this important book, Michael Paterson juxtaposes Churchill's prolific commentaries on himself with the opinions of those who knew him. From his dramatic escape as a prisoner of war in South Africa, his political career, his dark days following the Dardanelles failure and his resurgence as Britain's great wartime prime minister, this is a truly rounded portrait of one of the best-known public figures of recent history. 
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The Cutting Edge;   Reminiscences of Surgery at the Vancouver General Hospital and the University of British Columbia, 1915-1985, Patterson, Frank P.
122 Patterson, Frank P. The Cutting Edge; Reminiscences of Surgery at the Vancouver General Hospital and the University of British Columbia, 1915-1985
Vancouver BC Hatzic Publishing 2000 0968566006 / 9780968566008 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dust jacket Signed by Author
Signed by Author; Only slight wear; Signed by the author on half title page. A bright, solid book, DJ in Mylar ; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 235 pages; Doctor Patterson was head of Orthopaedics at the UBC School of Medicine from 1950-1973 at which time he became Head of Surgery 
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The Weilmoringle kid, Pettit, B. J. (Brian)
123 Pettit, B. J. (Brian) The Weilmoringle kid
Nanaimo, BC Waratah Press 1997 0968127304 / 9780968127308 Paperback Near Fine Signed by Author
Signed by Author; Author's signature on title page. Only slight wear ; A bright solid, book ; Trade PB; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 204 pages; Outback people are a different society, distinctly frontier in mind and deed. In 1961, a young and inexperienced teacher found himself in a small community facing a challenge few others had met. He endured, going in a boy and coming out a man, forever grateful to the extrodinary Aboriginal boy who gave him an eye for the bush. "Brian Pettit was born in Sydney AU. In 1965, he and 2 outback colleagues, Stephen Stewart and Terry Hill, sailed to Canada to teach for two years. There, as their mothers lamented, they forgot to come back. Pettit accepted a teaching assignment in Nanaimo and stayed, eventually serving as an elementary school principal since 1976. 
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A Presley Speaks, Presley, Vester  (as told to Deda Bonura)
124 Presley, Vester (as told to Deda Bonura) A Presley Speaks
Memphis, Tennessee Wimmer Brothers 1988 0939114097 / 9780939114092 First Edition; Seventh Printing Paperback Very Good Signed by Author
Signed by Author; Shelf wear on edges and spine, some creasing to covers, light bumps on corners. ; Signed by author on half title page. A tight solid book, hinges intact. ; Trade PB; B&W and colour photographs; 8.90 X 5.90 X 0.60 inches; 150 pages; A biography of Elvis Presley, written by his uncle Vester Presley. Vester was the gate attendant at Elvis' Graceland mansion in Memphis for over 20 years. A very personal account of the life of the King of Rock & Roll. 
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From Emperor to Citizen  The autobiography of Aisin-Gioro Pu Yi, Volume one, Pu Yi; W.J.F. Jenner (translator)
125 Pu Yi; W.J.F. Jenner (translator) From Emperor to Citizen The autobiography of Aisin-Gioro Pu Yi, Volume one
Peking Foreign Languages Press 1979 2nd Hardcover Very Good in Good+ dust jacket 
Sticker removal damage front panel of dust jacket, DJ scuffed with light chipping, top fore corners a little bumped. ; Volume one only. A tight solid book, dust jacket in Mylar jacket protector. ; 8.10 X 5.60 X 0.80 inches; 247 pages; First published in Chinese in 1964 and then banned by the revolutionaries ten years later, this remarkable autobiography presents the story of a man who served twice as emperor of China, once as emperor of the Japanese puppet state in Manchuria, and then underwent a complete re-education in the prisons of the Communist Chinese government, finally leading a life as an ordinary citizen.Placed on the throne in 1908 at the age of two, Aisin-Gioro Pu Yi became the tenth ruler of the Ch'ing Dynasty and the last emperor of China. Forced to abdicate four years later but permitted to remain in the Forbidden City until the Ch'ing court lost power in 1924, Pu Yi spent his youth surrounded by eunuchs, princes, cooks, consorts, tutors, and the decadent, often wild excesses of the Imperial Palace. During this time, Reginald Johnston, a Scottish district officer and magistrate of the British-leased territory of Weihaiwei in Shantung, became Pu Yi's tutor and established a bond with the young emperor that both remembered fondly in their writings.Recounting those early days, Pu Yi then describes his installation by the Japanese as puppet emperor in Manchuria, the defeat of Japan by the Allies in World War II, his imprisonment in the Soviet Union, and his eventual forced return to the People's Republic of China in 1950. Re-educated in Chinese prisons, Pu Yi learned how to dress himself, work on an assembly line, and criticize his former uselessness and pride. Pu Yi ends the account with his release from prison--pardoned by the Communist Party--and the beginning of his new life as a gardener and then as a researcher of literary and historical materials.This fascinating account not only depicts an empire in the throes of death and the zeal of a new-born regime, but also reveals the tragic story of a man who was a helpless subject of family and government turmoils and not really a ruler at all. 
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Prison Doctor  One man's story that must be told in Canada today, Richmond, Guy
126 Richmond, Guy Prison Doctor One man's story that must be told in Canada today
Surrey, BC Nunaga 1975 0919900089 / 9780919900080 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good- dust jacket Signed by Author
Signed by Author; Dust jacket show light edge wear, short tear base of spine and top back edge ; Lengthy author inscription on front free end paper. A bright, solid book, DJ in protective Mylar sleeve, unclipped. ; 0.9 x 8.8 x 5.9 Inches; 186 pages; First full-time prison physician in British Columbia gives his thoughts on prison reform. From Dr. Richmond's pre-War experiences at Dartmoor and Portland prisons in England, the book moves quickly into Oakalla Prison at Burnaby, British Columbia. The author describes the people and problems that confronted him daily, including drug addiction, psychopathy, sexual problems and corporal and capital punishment. 
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An Appetite For Life  The Education of a Young Diarist, 1924-1927, Ritchie, Charles
127 Ritchie, Charles An Appetite For Life The Education of a Young Diarist, 1924-1927
Toronto Macmillan of Canada 1977 0770515738 / 9780770515737 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dust jacket 
Light edge wear and soil to dust jacket, embossed stamp of previous owner on front free end paper ; A bright, solid book, DJ in Mylar ; 1 x 8.4 x 5.6 Inches; 173 pages; Charles Ritchie’s first volume of diaries, 'The Siren Years', created a sensation when it was published in 1974. Besides winning the Governor General’s Award for Non-fiction, it was hailed by reviewers on both sides of the Atlantic. 'An Appetite for Life', his second volume, first published in 1977, deals with his youth in Halifax and his career at Oxford – the years when Charles Ritchie turned from a callow, blundering youth into a callow, blundering young man.As these diaries show, Charles Ritchie had a sharp eye, a keen ear, a highly developed sense of the absurd, and – despite his unhappy knack of landing flat on his face – a thorough “appetite for life.” This is not only a hilariously funny book, but it presents a vivid picture of two worlds – Halifax and Oxford in the mid-twenties – that are now long gone. It also introduces us to an astonishing range of characters, but the most astonishing of all is the young Charles Ritchie himself. 
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128 Robinson, William M. Novice in the North
Surrey, BC Hancock House Publishing 1984 0888399774 / 9780888399779 Paperback Very Good 
Some creasing of front card cover ; A tight solid book. ; Trade PB; B&W Photographs; 8.25 x 0.5 x 5.25 Inches; 176 pages; A young Bill Robison is hired by the Hudson's Bay Company in their Fur Trade Department in 1938 and has many adventures in the North 
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Generally Speaking  The Memoirs of Major-General Richard Rohmer, Rohmer, Richard
129 Rohmer, Richard Generally Speaking The Memoirs of Major-General Richard Rohmer
Toronto Dundurn Press 2004 155002518X / 9781550025187 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Very Good+ in Near Fine dust jacket 
Only slight wear ; A bright, solid book, DJ in protective Mylar sleeve, unclipped. ; 8.98 X 6.38 X 1.81 inches; 656 pages; "Major-General Richard Rohmer is arguably Canada's most decorated citizen. A commander of the Order of Military Merit and an Officer of the Order of Canada, his career began in World War II where he earned the reputation as one of Canada's top Mustang reconnaissance pilots. For his service, which includes flying over the beaches of Normandy on D-Day, he received the Distinguished Flying Cross. A lawyer, litigator, journalist and best-selling author of 28 fiction and non-fiction books, Rohmer has met with such public figure as Queen Elizabeth, General George Patton, "Intrepid" Sir William Stephenson, Presidents Eisenhower, Regan, and Clinton, and has flown with John F. Kennedy." 
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The Life of Adam Smith, Ross, Ian Simpson
130 Ross, Ian Simpson The Life of Adam Smith
New York Oxford University Press 1995 0198288212 / 9780198288213 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Near Fine with no dust jacket 
Missing dust jacket. ; A bright, solid book.; B&W Illustrations; 9.30 X 6.30 X 1.50 inches; 495 pages; "Few would argue that Adam Smith was one of the great minds of the eighteenth century. He is perceived through his best-known book, The Wealth of Nations, as the founder of economics as a science, and his ideas about the free market and the role of the state (in relation to it) continue to influence modern economic thought. Yet Smith achieved even more as a man of letters, as a moralist, historian, and critic.The Life of Adam Smith, the first full-scale biography of Smith in a hundred years, is a superb account of Smith's life and work, encompassing a career that spanned some of the defining moments in world history, including the American and French Revolutions. Here author Ian Simpson Ross examines Smith's family life, education, career, intellectual circle (including David Hume and Francois Quesnay), and his contemporaries (the likes of Immanuel Kant, Voltaire, and Thomas Jefferson), bringing to life this great thinker and author. Readers will meet Smith as a student at a lively Glasgow University and at a sleepy Oxford; a freelance lecturer delivering popular classes on rhetoric; an innovative university teacher ("by far the most useful, and therefore," Smith wrote, "by far the happiest and most honourable period of my life"); then a tutor travelling abroad with a Duke; an acclaimed political economist; a policy advisor to governments during and after the American Revolution; and finally, if paradoxically in view of his strongly held tenets, a Commissioner of Customs coping with free traders in the smuggling business. But it his impact as a writer that continues to set Adam Smith apart today. The Wealth of Nations, published in 1776, as the British Parliament was deep in debate about the American colonies, continues to influence modern economic theory throughout the world. Ross sheds new light on this classic work and on its meaning for today. And he also paints a vivid portrait of Smith's personal life, revealing a man of singular generosity of spirit, who believed that with wit and logic and sensitivity to our feelings, we might aspire to virtue rather than wealth, and so become members of a truly civil society.Upon Adam Smith's death in 1790, a friend wrote of him, "Happy are those who at the close of life can reflect that they have lived to a valuable purpose by contributing, as he did, to enlighten mankind, and to spread the blessings of peace and liberty and virtue." The Life of Adam Smith illuminates the world of a man whose legacy of thought concerns and affects us all." 
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131 Roy, Gabrielle; Alan Brown translator Fragile Lights of Earth Articles and Memories, 1942-1970
Toronto McClelland and Stewart 1982 0771078285 / 9780771078286 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Good+ dust jacket 
DJ chipped with light creasing and short tears, previous owner's name on FFEP ; A tight solid book. DJ in protective Mylar sleeve, unclipped. ; 0.9 x 8.9 x 5.7 Inches; 222 pages 
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On The Edge of the Primeval Forest Experiences and Observations of a Doctor in Equatorial Africa, Schweitzer, Albert
132 Schweitzer, Albert On The Edge of the Primeval Forest Experiences and Observations of a Doctor in Equatorial Africa
London A. & C. Black Ltd. 1934 Ninth Printing Hardcover Very Good in Good dust jacket 
DJ has darkened spine with some discoloration. Dust jacket chipped with tears head and tail of spine and bottom back fore edge, bookplates on front pastedown, previous owner's name on front free end paper. Only light wear to book. ; A tight solid book. DJ in protective Mylar sleeve, unclipped, hinges intact. ; B&W Illustrations; Small 8vo 7½" - 8" tall; 180 pages 
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A Woman Tenderfoot, Seton-Thompson, Grace Gallatin
133 Seton-Thompson, Grace Gallatin A Woman Tenderfoot
Toronto George M. Morang & Co. Ltd. 1900 First Edition Hardcover Good+ with no dust jacket Illustrated by Ernest Seton-Thompson 
Green cloth boards are worn, soiled with short tears and fraying to the top and bottom of spine. Previous owner's name in ink opposite title page. Missing half title page. ; Illustrated front board with gilt lettering, also gilt lettering on spine. B&W illustrations throughout. ; B&W Illustrations; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 359 pages; The acclaimed wildlife artist wife and naturalist's wrote this volume on her experiences in the wild. Several full-page illustrations by Ernest Seton-Thompson. This is the first Canadian edition with same binding as the American from Doubleday 
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The Art of Emily Carr, Shadbolt, Doris
134 Shadbolt, Doris The Art of Emily Carr
Toronto Clarke, Irwin & Co. Ltd. 1979 0772012555 / 9780772012555 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust jacket Illustrated by Emily Carr 
Dust jacket has light soiling, light shelf wear. Blank bookplate has been pasted on half-title page. ; A bright, solid book, dustjacket in Mylar, unclipped. ; Colour & B&W Plates; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 223 pages; Emily Carr, an skilled artist, buried herself in the spirit of the West Coast of Canada where she was born. "This book represents the culmination of Doris Shadbolt's long fascination with the work of Carr, a painter she views as one of the strongest and most individual of Canadian artists. It reflects more than a decade of meticulous research, and excerpts form Carr’s own prolific writings have been skillfully woven into the narrative, combining with exquisite reproductions of over 200 paintings, charcoals and drawings, two thirds of them in colour, almost all of them specially photographed for this book.Never swallowed by the mainstream in art. Emily Carr remained extraordinarily loyal to her inner vision. The world she created lingers persuasively in the Canadian psyche." 
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Nostalgic Moments of a Lifetime in Paradise and Belated Confessions   Book 1, the First in a Series Under the Heading : A Lifetime in Paradise, Shaw, Bill
135 Shaw, Bill Nostalgic Moments of a Lifetime in Paradise and Belated Confessions Book 1, the First in a Series Under the Heading : A Lifetime in Paradise
Victoria, BC Bill Shaw 1997 Second Edition Softcover Very Good+ 
Only light edge wear to white card covers. ; Laid in is a program from the funeral of Bill Shaw in September 2003 (aged 93). A bright, solid book ; Trade PB; Shaw doesn't claim any great distinction in life but only wishes to impart some of his life experiences and humorous anecdotes for any who are interested. Upon browsing through the book, I am impressed at how well spoken he is. This is not an amateurish attempt at autobiography. His life, for the most part was spent in Victoria, British Columbia, a very English, provincial capital, full of tea houses and gardens on Canada's west coast. 
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From War to Wilderness, Shelford, Cyril
136 Shelford, Cyril From War to Wilderness
Victoria, BC Shelford Publishing 1997 1550565338 / 9781550565331 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine with No dust jacket as issued Signed by Author
Signed by Author; Only light wear to glossy paper covered boards ; Signed by author on title page, bright, solid book ; B&W Photographs; 0.89 x 9.31 x 6.24 Inches; 250 pages; Cyril Shelford believes there is a bright future for young people today-providing they develop clear goals and strive towards attaining them. Goals seldom come easily, which makes them all the more rewarding once achieved. From War to Wilderness is a true-life story of Cyril's Dad's life beginning in South Africa during the Boer War. He had such deep feelings about the the horrors of war that he wanted to get as far away as he could and chose the wilderness of Alaska. He landed in New York and worked his way across the continent, from Buffalo to Hayse City, Kansas, and on to San Francisco, by boat up to Vancouver, and then by coastal steamers to Nome, Alaska. The book is based on a "trail of letters" he wrote to his parents and other family members in England. Real history is the story of people such as Jack Shelford and his brother Arthur who left their homes in England to find a better and peaceful life far away from the clamour and ugliness of war. they had a sense of adventure and refused to let this vast and sometimes cruel land overwhelm them. They endured unbelievable hardships in order to acheive success-first building their homestead and then turning it into a productive farm. 
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From War to Wilderness, Shelford, Cyril
137 Shelford, Cyril From War to Wilderness
Victoria, BC Shelford Publishing 1997 1550565338 / 9781550565331 First Edition Hardcover Very Good with No dust jacket as issued Signed by Author
Signed by Author; Light wear to spine tips, top corners a little bumped; Author inscription on title page; B&W Photographs; 0.89 x 9.31 x 6.24 Inches; 250 pages; Cyril Shelford believes there is a bright future for young people today-providing they develop clear goals and strive towards attaining them. Goals seldom come easily, which makes them all the more rewarding once achieved. From War to Wilderness is a true-life story of Cyril's Dad's life beginning in South Africa during the Boer War. He had such deep feelings about the the horrors of war that he wanted to get as far away as he could and chose the wilderness of Alaska. He landed in New York and worked his way across the continent, from Buffalo to Hayse City, Kansas, and on to San Francisco, by boat up to Vancouver, and then by coastal steamers to Nome, Alaska. The book is based on a "trail of letters" he wrote to his parents and other family members in England. Real history is the story of people such as Jack Shelford and his brother Arthur who left their homes in England to find a better and peaceful life far away from the clamour and ugliness of war. they had a sense of adventure and refused to let this vast and sometimes cruel land overwhelm them. They endured unbelievable hardships in order to acheive success-first building their homestead and then turning it into a productive farm. 
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Long Lance  The true story of an impostor, Smith, Donald B
138 Smith, Donald B Long Lance The true story of an impostor
Toronto Macmillan of Canada 1982 0771595859 / 9780771595851 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good- dust jacket 
DJ shows some shelf wear with small tears and light chipping, scuffing, small bump top edge of book. Pages are toned; A tight solid book. Dust jacket in Mylar jacket protector. ; B&W Illustrations; 8.50 X 5.70 X 1.20 inches; 304 pages; "At the turn of the century, a boy named Sylvester Long, the son of mixed blood parents, living in the "colored" section of Winston-Salem NC, signed on with a traveling Wild West show where he fell in with the Indians who worked the show and started to pass as one. Thereafter he fabricated a wholly fictitious past and won favor in the white man's world as a Blackfoot chief, a West Point scholar, a war hero who served with the Canadian troops at Vimy Ridge." Smith untangles the truth from the fiction. 
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From the Land of Shadows The Making of Grey Owl, Smith, Donald B.
139 Smith, Donald B. From the Land of Shadows The Making of Grey Owl
Saskatoon, SK Western Producer Prairie Books 1990 0888333099 / 9780888333094 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dust jacket Signed by Author
Signed by Author; Minor creasing to dust jacket edges, front flap creased.; Signed by author on title page. DJ in Mylar. A bright, solid book.; B&W Photographs, maps; 9.10 X 6.30 X 1.10 inches; 320 pages; "Grey Owl was born Archibald Stansfeld Belaney in 1888, in Hastings, England. He died in 1938 in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, as the famed North American Indian conservationist Grey Owl. On emigrating to Canada, he spent his early years as a trapper in northern Ontario and Quebec. By his mid-thirties he had become a protector of wildlife, particularly beaver, and a popular author and lecturer. An enormously successful impostor, he played the part of an Indian with a dramatic flourish. Wearing his trademark costume, he was granted an audience with King George VI, to whom he preached his message of conservation. He lived in a cabin in Prince Albert National Park that was specially constructed so his beaver could build their lodge in it." 
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The Life and Lines of a Pioneer, Smith, Stanley J.
140 Smith, Stanley J. The Life and Lines of a Pioneer
Chilliwack BC Vista Heritage Books 1980 1st Softcover Very Good Signed by Author
Signed by Author; Light wear to pictorial card covers ; Signed by the author on acknowledgment page. Photos and poetry throughout. A bright, solid book ; B&W Illustrations; Small 8vo 7½" - 8" tall; This was written in honour of the the author's grandmother, Annie Smith who moved with her husband and sons from Nottingham England to the Canadian Prairies to set down roots. Her life experiences and Christian beliefs inspired the poetry she was known for. 
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