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41 Gillis, John Graham A Lovely Letter from Cecie The 1907-1915 Vancouver Diary and World War I Letters of Wallace Chambers
Vancouver BC Peanut Butter Publishing 1998 0897168151 / 9780897168151 First Printing Paperback Near Fine 
Light scuffing of card covers ; A bright, solid book ; 0.5 x 8.7 x 6 Inches; 181 pages; The 1907-1959 Vancouver diary and World War I letters of Wallace Chambers give a rare glimpse into the world of middle-class young people in Vancouver of the early 1900s. Raised in B.C.'s Nicola Valley, John Graham Gillis is a Vancouver cardiologist and historian. His mother, Gertrude, was a younger sister of Wallace Chambers. 
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Docteur Bethune; L'histoire du Docteur Norman Bethune de la Guerre d'Espagne de la Révolution chinoise, Gordon, Sydney; Ted Allan; Jean Paré translator
42 Gordon, Sydney; Ted Allan; Jean Paré translator Docteur Bethune; L'histoire du Docteur Norman Bethune de la Guerre d'Espagne de la Révolution chinoise
Montreal éditions l'étincelle 1973 0885150244 / 9780885150243 Second Printing Paperback Very Good in Very Good dust jacket 
DJ shows light edge wear and creasing, short tear top DJ spine, previous owner's name back of front card cover. ; A tight solid book. DJ in Mylar ; Trade PB; B&W Photographs; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 313 pages; This was originally published in English as 'The Scalpel, the Sword'. Text in French. 
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Ralph Edwards of Lonesome Lake, Gould, Ed; Ralph Edwards
43 Gould, Ed; Ralph Edwards Ralph Edwards of Lonesome Lake
Saanichton, BC Hancock House Publishers Ltd. 1981 0919654746 / 9780919654747 1st; Second Printing Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good- dust jacket Illustrated by Colour Plates 
Light edge wear, creasing & short tears to DJ. ; A bright, solid book, dustjacket in Mylar, unclipped.; 8.30 X 5.90 X 1.20 inches; 296 pages; This is an oral history narrated by Edwards and written by Gould. This is the first of a trilogy of books about and by Edwards family members. It is the amazing story of a man who lived a self dependent life in the wilderness of British Columbia, learned to fly at 65 and became a commercial fisherman at 70. Edwards is best known for his efforts to preserve the wild life of northern British Columbia. Lonesome Lake became a wildlife refuge which after his death was tended by his son John. Unfortunately in 2004 wildfires destroyed the buildings at this remote outpost. "Often called The Crusoe of Lonesome Lake, because of a best-selling book written by the American journalist Leland Stowe, Edwards has gone on to live at least one more life and reveals himself to be a pioneer of a breed that no longer exists. Best known for his almost single-handed rescue of the trumpeter swans from extinction in North America, Edwards now related in his own words other aspects of his long, varied life, including experience with his missionary parents in India, as a telegraph operator under fire in World War I and his eventual return to Lonesome Lake." 
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R.B. Bennett  The Calgary Years, Gray, James H.
44 Gray, James H. R.B. Bennett The Calgary Years
Toronto University of Toronto Press 1991 0802059759 / 9780802059758 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good- dust jacket 
DJ shows light edge wear, some damage to front cover, bottom fore corner of book bumped. ; Dust jacket in Mylar jacket protector. A tight, solid book.; B&W Photographs; 9.26 X 6.17 X 1.10 inches; 310 pages; A young New Brunswick lawyer arrived in Calgary in 1897. In the 30 years before he assumed the leadership of the federal Conservative party, Bennett served in many capacities in the Northwest Territories and the Alberta legislature. Business was another love - oil development, grain, real estate, mining. This book covers those 30 years of hard work. 
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Black Fire  The True Story of the Original Tom Sawyer--and of the Mysterious Fires That Baptized Gold Rush-Era San Francisco, Graysmith, Robert
45 Graysmith, Robert Black Fire The True Story of the Original Tom Sawyer--and of the Mysterious Fires That Baptized Gold Rush-Era San Francisco
New York Crown 2012 030772056X / 9780307720566 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dust jacket 
Light wear to DJ. Remainder dot on bottom page edges. Previous owner's initials on FFEP.; A bright, solid book, dustjacket in Mylar, unclipped. ; 9.30 X 6.60 X 1.20 inches; 268 pages; "The first biography of the little-known real-life Tom Sawyer (a friend of Mark Twain during his brief tenure as a California newspaper reporter), told through a harrowing account of Sawyer's involvement in the hunt for a serial arsonist who terrorized mid-nineteenth century San Francisco.When 28-year-old San Francisco Daily Morning Call reporter Mark Twain met Tom Sawyer at a local bathhouse in 1863, he was seeking a subject for his first novel. As Twain steamed, played cards, and drank beer with Sawyer (a volunteer firefighter, customs inspector, and local hero responsible for having saved ninety lives at sea), he had second thoughts about Shirley Tempest, his proposed book about a local girl firefighter, and began to envision a novel of wider scope. Twain learned that a dozen years earlier the then eighteen-year-old New York-born Sawyer had been a “Torch Boy,” one of the youths who raced ahead of the volunteer firemen’s hand-drawn engines at night carrying torches to light the way, always aware that a single spark could reduce the all-wood city of San Francisco to ashes in an instant. At that time a mysterious serial arsonist known by some as “The Lightkeeper” was in the process of burning San Francisco to the ground six times in eighteen months – the most disastrous and costly series of fires ever experienced by any American metropolis." 
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46 Grayson, David Thomas Fogarty THE FRIENDLY ROAD
New York Grosset & Dunlap 1913 Reprint Hardcover Very Good in Good dust jacket 
342 pages; DJ in mylar. DJ has small tears and chips. Blue cloth boards have light shelfwear and soiling. The continuing stories by this author and his adventures on a hike around England. 
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Eavesdroppings  Stories From Small Towns When Sin Was Fun, Green, Bob
47 Green, Bob Eavesdroppings Stories From Small Towns When Sin Was Fun
Toronto Dundurn 2006 1550026291 / 9781550026290 First Edition; First Printing Softcover Near Fine Signed by Author
Signed by Author; Only slight wear to card covers; Signed by the author on the front fly leaf. A bright, solid book.; 8.82 X 5.98 X 0.55 inches; 200 pages; "Eavesdroppings recounts life in the small towns of Ontario before sin arrived on the Internet - a time when churches were never locked and parents, not wishing to be disturbed while they listened to the radio, shooed their children out to play in the dark, unguarded streets without fear. Here you'll find comedy, outrage, and tragedy but no disguise. Included are actual events and the names of all persons involved.The author tracks the quaint immorality of smalltown sin in the 1930s and its evolution from full-frontal bingo in the churches to the current degeneracy of nude women wrestling men in vats of Jell-O in licensed nightclubs, but he never moralizes. Indeed, he provides no uplifting messages at all - just gossip, which, as Oscar Wilde said, "is what history is all about and more fun." 
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Echoes From a Frozen Land, Haagensen, Borge
48 Haagensen, Borge Echoes From a Frozen Land
Victoria, BC Island Pacific Publishing 2013 0973713674 / 9780973713671 Second Edition Softcover Near Fine Illustrated by Peter Klokker cover art 
As new, 1 copy is creased on back fly leaf. ; Glossy pictorial card covers ; Trade PB; B&W and Colour illustrations; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 95 pages; As a young man in Denmark, Haagensen became enamoured of the ham radio and what it could be used for. As he grew and obtained his education, he discovered the Institute of Technology and a course for Radio Operators in Copenhagen. WWII was approaching and Denmark, being on the border with Germany, everyone was affected. Borge was too young to serve as a soldier but he still found interesting ways to use his knowledge to help the resistance movement, stiing up clandestine broadcast transmitters. After the war was his compulsory military service, a time working as radio technician in the navy and most interesting of all working in remote stations in Iceland and Greenland. Haagensen gradually built his network of international friends and a varried work experience and eventually married and moved to Vancouver on Canada's West Coast. He has continued his love of the North and has had a great deal of experience in Canada's high North. He worked for Trans Canada Airlines but eventually ended up breaking into a new form of communication with the newly formed CHEK television station in Victoria BC and on to other equally interesting occupations. The world was his oyster. 
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Measure of The Year, Haig-Brown, Roderick
49 Haig-Brown, Roderick Measure of The Year
Toronto William Collins Sons & Co. 1950 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Very Good in Fair dust jacket 
DJ is soiled, with tape repaired tears, creasing and chipping. A large wedge-shape on the back panel of the DJ, approx. 2" X 1.5" is missing. ; A tight solid book. DJ in Mylar. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 279 pages; "Roderick L. Haig-Brown welcomes us onto his lush farm for a year of insights and observations. In this eloquently written account, Haig-Brown, his wife Ann and their four children tour us through each season, and teach us the ways in which the Earth governs the events in our lives. Haig-Brown observes salmon, blue grouse, blacktail deer and robins, with a soft eye and gentle appreciation for their trials. He discerns how the weather interacts with the land, and how the land interacts with our attempts at civilization. Haig-Brown also discusses his work at a magistrate, and the challenges of marriage, amateur book collecting, the craft of the writer, and the meaning of community. A snap shot of rural BC in the 1950s, Measure of the Year is a country story, told by a man happy in his chosen way of life." 
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Rick Hansen  Man in Motion, Hansen, Rick, Ph.D. &  Jim Taylor
50 Hansen, Rick, Ph.D. & Jim Taylor Rick Hansen Man in Motion
Vancouver BC Douglas & Mcintyre Ltd 1987 0888945604 / 9780888945600 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust jacket 
Signed by All Authors; DJ shows light shelf wear, some pages at the beginning show some creasing. ; Signed on the front free end paper by both Rick Hansen and Jim Taylor. A bright, solid book dustjacket in Mylar, unclipped.; B&W Photographs; 9.10 X 6 X 1 inches; 191 pages; "In 1973, Rick Hansen was a carefree teenager hitchhiking home from a fishing trip, a kid who lived and breathed sports. But after the truck he was riding in went out of control and crashed, Hansen was left a paraplegic. For some people that could have been the end. For Rick Hansen it was the beginning of a story that is at once sad and funny, heartbreaking and inspirational.Hansen takes you from the first painful days and frightening nights in hospital, through the gritty process of rehabilitation, to his return to competition as a world champion of wheelchair sports. It is the story of the Man in Motion Tour -- Rick Hansen's incredible 24,901.55-mile wheelchair journey through 34 countries around the world. It is also the love story of Hansen and his wife, Amanda, a physiotherapist whom Hansen calls his "lifeline." And it is a success story -- Rick Hansen has raised millions of dollars for spinal cord research, rehabilitation and wheelchair sports as well as raised awareness about the disabled." 
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Plan B  One Man's Journey from Tragedy to Triumph, Harcourt, Mike & John Lekich
51 Harcourt, Mike & John Lekich Plan B One Man's Journey from Tragedy to Triumph
Mississauga, ON John Wiley & Sons 2004 0470835044 / 9780470835043 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Fine in Very Good+ dust jacket Signed by Author
Signed by Author; Slight edge wear.; Signed by author on title page. A bright, solid book DJ in protective Mylar sleeve, unclipped. ; 0.79 x 9.45 x 4.72 Inches; 244 pages; "Mike Harcourt is an exceptional person who has tirelessly dedicated his life to public service and making a difference in the lives of others. His courage, determination and inspiration were evident as he dealt with a potentially devastating spinal cord injury. 'Plan B' is the story of how Mike turned tragedy into triumph to overcome his situation and make the best of it, and in turn inspire many other people with SCI. Mike's story applies to anyone who is faced with a challenge in life and is looking for encouragement along the way." An accidental fall from his island home into the Pacific Ocean could have been tragic but his wife, Becky, found him floating face down before the water could finish what the fall had started. Rick Hansen Man In Motion Foundation "As an adolescent, fellow student and journalist, I've known Mike Harcourt for more than 45 years. He has been unchanging, nothing less than the best of the values I want for my country the personification of civility, decency, compassion and a determination to build a better world. " 
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Plan B  One Man's Journey from Tragedy to Triumph, Harcourt, Mike & John Lekich
52 Harcourt, Mike & John Lekich Plan B One Man's Journey from Tragedy to Triumph
Mississauga, ON John Wiley & Sons 2004 0470835044 / 9780470835043 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Fine in Very Good+ dust jacket Signed by Author
Signed by Author; Slight edge wear, short crease top front flap of DJ ; A bright, solid book DJ in protective Mylar sleeve, unclipped. ; 0.79 x 9.45 x 4.72 Inches; 244 pages; "Mike Harcourt is an exceptional person who has tirelessly dedicated his life to public service and making a difference in the lives of others. His courage, determination and inspiration were evident as he dealt with a potentially devastating spinal cord injury. 'Plan B' is the story of how Mike turned tragedy into triumph to overcome his situation and make the best of it, and in turn inspire many other people with SCI. Mike's story applies to anyone who is faced with a challenge in life and is looking for encouragement along the way." An accidental fall from his island home into the Pacific Ocean could have been tragic but his wife, Becky, found him floating face down before the water could finish what the fall had started. Rick Hansen Man In Motion Foundation "As an adolescent, fellow student and journalist, I've known Mike Harcourt for more than 45 years. He has been unchanging, nothing less than the best of the values I want for my country the personification of civility, decency, compassion and a determination to build a better world. " 
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He Moved A Mountain  The Life of Frank Calder and the Nisga'a Land Claims Accord, Harper, Joan
53 Harper, Joan He Moved A Mountain The Life of Frank Calder and the Nisga'a Land Claims Accord
Vancouver BC Ronsdale Press 2013 1553802276 / 9781553802273 First Edition Softcover Near Fine 
Only slight wear to card covers. ; A bright, solid book.; B&W Illustrations; 8.98 X 5.98 X 0.63 inches; 201 pages; "Dr. Frank Arthur Calder of BC's Nisga'a First Nation was the first aboriginal person to be elected to any Canadian governing body. For twenty-six years he served as an MLA in the legislature of British Columbia. He was the driving force behind Canada's decision to grant recognition of aboriginal land title to First Nations people throughout the country. He accomplished this goal by guiding the controversial request through a series of court cases, finally to the Supreme Court of Canada, achieving success when Parliament, in an all-party resolution, passed a measure recognizing indigenous title. Because of this historic decision, Canada serves as a resource for other aboriginal populations in countries where similar accommodations for aboriginal people have not yet been made. Calder received many honors in his lifetime, including the Order of Canada. The one he most cherished, however, was one rarely bestowed by the Nisga'a Nation: "Chief of Chiefs." While growing up, Frank went to grade 10 in residential school, completed high school and then graduated from the University of BC (in the Anglican Theological College). It took him two years longer than usual to complete university, as he had to return home during the fishing season to earn the money for his tuition." 
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Saga of a Henchwoman A true story, Harrison, D. Phyllis
54 Harrison, D. Phyllis Saga of a Henchwoman A true story
Penticton, BC Self Published 1994 0969828306 / 9780969828303 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ with no dust jacket Signed by Author
Signed by Author; Signed by author on title page. A bright, solid book.; Glossy white paper covered boards, a little scuffed, small bumps on corners.; B&W Illustrations; 195 pages; An addendum laid in. Harrison has investigated her family's genealogy and concentrated on her great, great, great grandmother, Elizabeth Russell Baile. She has fleshed out her life and added some documentation and a lot of supposition 
Price: 23.00 USD
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Vision from the Heart, Haun, Gary
55 Haun, Gary Vision from the Heart
1st Book Library 2003 141073918X / 9781410739186 Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket Signed by Author
Signed by Author; Light edge wear only; Author signature base of front free end paper with inscription above, probably a different hand ; B&W Illustrations; 9.36 X 6.50 X 0.68 inches; 165 pages; "In Vision From the Heart, Gary Haun shares his perspective on facing life's challenges. After losing his eyesight while in the Marine Corps, Gary did not let his limitations control his life. He hopes that by focusing on some of his experiences, others, especially those with limitations, will push themselves in a positive direction. As Gary says, 'when we accept the challenges in our lives, we can then attempt to overcome them.'This book contains Gary's personal philosophy. He has felt the snow on Mount Kilimanjaro and has been bumped around by Great White sharks. He tells you what it is like-from his perspective. A perspective that is unique. Not because of his blindness, but because of his attitude of never giving up. In Vision From the Heart, Gary shares how he became a professional magician and a master instructor in Japanese swordsmanship. He also shares his heart when he talks about his wife's suicide, with a hope that it can help others. This book is not about living with blindness - it's about living. (Introduction by Dr. Jane Goodall)" 
Price: 24.95 USD
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Caroline Courtier  Life of Lord Cottington, Havran, Martin Joseph
56 Havran, Martin Joseph Caroline Courtier Life of Lord Cottington
Columbia SC University of South Carolina Press 1973 0872492842 / 9780872492844 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dust jacket 
White dust jacket scuffed and showing some edge wear and shelf soil. ; A bright, solid book, DJ in protective Mylar sleeve, unclipped. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 232 pages; "He served the early Stuart monarchs in Spain and in Parliament.... became privy councillor and Chancellor of the Exchequer during the so-called "eleven years of tyranny" of CharlesI. ....Cottington helped mastermind the Royalist war effort until he fled to France in 1646. ...he followed Prince Charles 's court-in-exile and forwarded the Royalist counter revolution...." 
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Captain Len's Ferry Tales, Hayman, Bob
57 Hayman, Bob Captain Len's Ferry Tales
Kelowna Self-published 1988 0889257892 / 9780889257894 First Edition Softcover Good+ Signed by Author
Signed by Author; Book has creasing, stains on bottom back cover by spine which have penetrated pages. ; Signed by the author (Bob Hayman, who was the son of Captain Len, and edited his father's stories). A tight solid book. ; Trade PB; B&W Illustrations; 8.43 X 5.85 X 0.73 inches; 144 pages; A collection true stories about ferry experiences on Okanagan Lake prior to the opening of the first bridge across the lake in 1958. Stories are from Captain Len Hayman, the author's father, who was a ferry captain on the lake during the 30's, 40's and 50's. 
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58 Haynes, Sterling Bloody Practice Doctoring in the Cariboo & Around the World
Prince George, BC Caitlin Press 2003 0920576974 / 9780920576977 Paperback Very Good Signed by Author
Signed by Author; Light moisture damage lower front corner ; Signed by author on title page ; Trade PB; 0.4 x 8.96 x 6.08 Inches; 196 pages; Beginning his medical practice in the wild frontier town of Williams Lake, the author reflects on his life, which takes him through northern Canada, Alabama, Africa and Central America. 
Price: 13.50 USD
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M. E. : A Portrait of Emily Carr, Hembroff-Schleicher, Edythe
59 Hembroff-Schleicher, Edythe M. E. : A Portrait of Emily Carr
Toronto Clarke, Irwin Company Limited 1969 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Good dust jacket 
DJ has light soiling and some chipping, creasing with tears along top edge. Green cloth boards show light edge wear. ; A tight solid book, dustjacket in Mylar, unclipped.; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 123 pages; "M. E. (the title is taken from the signature Emily Carr frequently used) is a moving study of an artist's struggle against despair and loneliness. It is also an intimate portrayal of a close friendship. To her fellow Victorians, Emily Carr was an eccentric character who kept outlandish pets, wore outlandish clothes, painted outlandish pictures, and had a very sharp tongue. Recognition of her artistic depth and vitality came slowly. But to Edythe Schleicher it was self-evident from the very beginning of their relationship." 
Price: 19.95 USD
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Abe The Newsboy Hero of a Thousand Fights, Hollandersky, Abe
60 Hollandersky, Abe Abe The Newsboy Hero of a Thousand Fights
Los Angeles Abe The Newsboy 1953 Seventeenth Edition Hardcover Very Good- with no dust jacket Signed by Author
Signed by Author; Blue cloth boards show some shelf wear, corners bumped. ; Signed by the author in blue ink on the frontispiece. A tight solid book, hinges intact, gilt stamped front and spine. B&W plates throughout. ; B&W Photographs; Small 8vo 7˝" - 8" tall; 531 pages; "After he tried to sell a newspaper to Teddy Roosevelt aboard the presidential yacht USS Mayflower in September 1906, Roosevelt had Admiral Robley D. Evans create the official unpaid title "Newsboy of the Navy," for Hollandersky, giving him the right to sell papers to any Navy ship and travel to any destination on U. S. Naval vessels." (Wikipedia) This Russian emigre maintained close ties with the navy selling newspapers to the ships, taking cruises on the ships, engaging in boxing matches on the ships. He met many famous personages, became a renowned boxer and amassed a remarkable collection of signatures over his lifetime. 
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