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  • COMPLETE GUIDE TO MIDDLE EARTH : From The Hobbit to The Silmarillion  - 2ND HAND
    COMPLETE GUIDE TO MIDDLE EARTH : From The Hobbit to The Silmarillion - 2ND HAND
    FOSTER ROBERT
    ISBN: 9780007169429
    Title: COMPLETE GUIDE TO MIDDLE EARTH : From The Hobbit to The Silmarillion - 2ND HAND
    Author: FOSTER ROBERT
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A near fine copy in like dust jacket. Reprint

    A peerless A-Z guide to the names, places and events in the world of J.R.R. Tolkien, fully illustrated in colour throughout by acclaimed Tolkien artist, Ted Nasmith.


    J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy works The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion have delighted millions of readers over the years.


    Middle-earth, the world in which the stories take place, is as real and complex as our own. Events, geography and names were created with care and loving attention by Tolkien, who wanted every single detail of his books to fit into their total pattern. A belief in perfection, the fun of the sub-creation and the desire to create something totally convincing involved him in map-making, endless charts of dates and events and the development of his many invented languages.


    The Complete Guide to Middle-earth was designed to add to the enjoyment of the reader of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion by bringing together in an A-Z sequence facts and information about names, languages, places and events from these central books which will provide an indispensable aid to every reader's discovery of Tolkien's world - and the new edition has been enhanced by stunning illustrations, courtesy of celebrated Tolkien artist Ted Nasmith.


    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $150.00

    Price: $150.00
  • COMPLETE STORIES - 2ND HAND
    COMPLETE STORIES - 2ND HAND
    WAUGH EVELYN
    ISBN: 9780316216548
    Title: COMPLETE STORIES - 2ND HAND
    Author: WAUGH EVELYN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    . A near fine copy in like dust jacket. 1st edition.

    Evelyn Waugh's short fiction reveals in miniaturized perfection the elements that made him the greatest satirist of the twentieth century. The stories collected here range from delightfully barbed portraits of the British upper classes to an alternative ending to Waugh's novel A Handful of Dust; from a "missing chapter" in the life of Charles Ryder, the nostalgic hero of Brideshead Revisited, to a plot-packed morality tale that Waugh composed at a very tender age; from an epistolary lark in the voice of "a young lady of leisure" to a darkly comic tale of scandal in a remote (and imaginary) African outpost.The Complete Stories is a dazzling distillation of Waugh's genius-abundant evidence that one of the twentieth century's most admired and enjoyed English novelists was also a master of the short form.


    Imprint: LITTLE BROWN
    RRP: $30.00

    Price: $30.00
  • CONAN DOYLE : The Man Who Created Sherlock Holmes - 2ND HAND
    CONAN DOYLE : The Man Who Created Sherlock Holmes - 2ND HAND
    LYCETT ANDREW
    ISBN: 9780297848523
    Title: CONAN DOYLE : The Man Who Created Sherlock Holmes - 2ND HAND
    Author: LYCETT ANDREW
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A near fine copy in like dust jacket. 1st edition.

    Arthur Conan Doyle's name is indelibly linked with the greatest of all fictional detectives, Sherlock Holmes. But while Holmes may have been the epitome of reason, the real life of his creator was very different. Andrew Lycett explores the mysteries surrounding the life of an author, who, as well as being a prolific writer, was a fervent advocate of justice, a political campaigner, and an ardent spiritualist.

    Imprint: WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
    RRP: $28.00

    Price: $28.00
  • COST OF LIVING : EARLY AND UNCOLLECTED STORIES - 2ND HAND
    COST OF LIVING : EARLY AND UNCOLLECTED STORIES - 2ND HAND
    GALLANT MAVIS
    ISBN: 9781408806104
    Title: COST OF LIVING : EARLY AND UNCOLLECTED STORIES - 2ND HAND
    Author: GALLANT MAVIS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very good copy in like dust jacket. First edition

    Mavis Gallant is admired and beloved as one of the masters of the modern short story. Selected from early collections and the New Yorker , where many of the author's stories have appeared over the last fifty years, and with an introduction, this title reveals a writer coming into her own.


    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $10.00

    Price: $10.00
  • CRAVE : THE FEAST OF THE FIVE SENSES - 2ND HAND
    CRAVE : THE FEAST OF THE FIVE SENSES - 2ND HAND
    LEFEBVRE LUDO
    ISBN: 9780060012854
    Title: CRAVE : THE FEAST OF THE FIVE SENSES - 2ND HAND
    Author: LEFEBVRE LUDO
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A near fine copy in like dust jacket. First edition.

    For top chef Ludo Lefebvre, cooking is a sensual process that involves all five senses at every stage of preparation. In Crave, Lefebvre offers more than one hundred original, elegant, and unbelievably delicious recipes that teach us the joy -- and skill -- of cooking with the senses.

    In dishes such as his signature Glazed Langoustines with Ceylon Cinnamon, he shows that through our senses we can bring creativity and a sense of playfulness to cooking while still preserving the great traditions behind cuisine. Lefebvre brings a whole new level to the sense of taste with groundbreaking techniques for contrasting and balancing spices; he shows how to choose meat and produce and how to test food through touch; he teaches the difference between the sound of butter and oil that's ready for cooking and the sound of burning; he offers visual cues that can enhance technique and presentation; and he introduces recipes that tantalize the powerful sense of smell to heighten both the flavor and experience of a dish.

    Along with his desire to put delightful recipes into the hands of the home chef, Lefebvre wants us to expand our perception and understanding of the cooking process. "I want people to cook with love. I want them to be aware of what they're doing," says Lefebvre. "The act of cooking can be as much of a pleasure as eating, and if you really cook with your senses, you begin to find that cooking isn't work -- it's play."

    These inspiring recipes will encourage you to slow down and become fully absorbed as you learn to cook with and for all five senses:

    See: Oysters on the Half Shell with Red Beet Jelly and Shallot Cream
    Touch: Fried Stuffed Tomato Beignets
    Smell: Chicken Etouffée in Dried Verbena and Curry Leaves
    Hear: Roast Beef with Long Pepper and Spiced French Fries
    Taste: Lemon Sorbet with Saffron

    With Lefebvre's highly original interpretation of French cuisine and his sensual, almost spiritual, approach to every culinary endeavor, Crave invites us to make home cooking a rich, sensual, and rewarding experience.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
  • CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN - 2ND HAND
    CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN - 2ND HAND
    TESNOHLIDEK RUDOLF
    ISBN: CUNNING
    Title: CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN - 2ND HAND
    Author: TESNOHLIDEK RUDOLF
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A very good copy in a dust jacket that is a trifling sunned. 1st Edition.

    First published in 1920, this hugely popular Czech tale is only now translated into English, though it has long been familiar to Americans through the Leos Janacek opera based on it. The eponymous vixen is trapped by a forester and raised for a time in his home, where she adapts for her own needs the ways of humans and their house pets. All her basest instincts are sharpened: she kills fowl less to feed her body than her pride; she flatters adoring young males for personal gain and leaves them heart-broken; she mouths church litany to allay the suspicions of woodland critics. But when a handsome young fox takes a shine to her, she is as defenseless as a schoolgirl, risking notoriety for the joys of sex. In other words, animals are neither better nor worse than humans, neither more nor less hypocritical, greedy and self-serving. That the whimsy is heavy-handed and the little vixen far from endearing may be the fault of the translation. Except in those passages where the beauty of the Bohemian landscape is evoked, the language is pedestrian and the dialogue filled with locutions difficult to utter in any tongue. But since fables and fairy tales have delighted generations of readers, this one will probably prove no exception, especially since Sendak's illustrations add enchantment and an implicit commentary: the humans are depicted as drab and dour, the denizens of the animal and insect worlds, as charming and fey.



    Imprint: Farrar Straus and Giiroux
    RRP: $65.00

    Price: $65.00
  • CUSTODIANS - 2ND HAND
    CUSTODIANS - 2ND HAND
    JOSE NICHOLAS
    ISBN: 9780330352710
    Title: CUSTODIANS - 2ND HAND
    Author: JOSE NICHOLAS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A near fine copy in like dust jacket. 1st Edition.

    A group of childhood friends from Australia, the custodians of the title, meet again after their travels and find divisions have opened up between them. Then the discovery of ancient bones at a dried-up lake leads to a high-level battle for land and the custodians are caught in the thick of it.

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $22.00

    Price: $22.00
  • DANTE GABRIEL ROSSETTI : An Alien Victorian
    DANTE GABRIEL ROSSETTI : An Alien Victorian
    DOBBS BRIAN / DOBBS JUDY
    ISBN: DANTE
    Title: DANTE GABRIEL ROSSETTI : An Alien Victorian
    Author: DOBBS BRIAN / DOBBS JUDY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A very good copy in like dust jacket. 1st Edition

    Dante Gabriel Rossetti, painter, poet and founder member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, was one of the most talented and paradoxical personalities of Victorian England. This new biography is perhaps the first to place this striking individual firmly within the Victorian society in which he was simultaneously Bohemian revolutionary and puritan conformist.


    Imprint: MACDONALD AND JAMES
    RRP: $25.00

    Price: $25.00
  • DARK PALACE - 2ND HAND
    DARK PALACE - 2ND HAND
    MOORHOUSE FRANK
    ISBN: 9780091836764
    Title: DARK PALACE - 2ND HAND
    Author: MOORHOUSE FRANK
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very good copy, pages tanned, in a very good dust jacket. First edition.

    The Edith Trilogy Volume 2

    Five years have passed since Edith Campbell Berry's triumphant arrival at the League of Nations in Geneva, determined to right the wrongs of the world. The idealism of those early Grand Days has been eroded by a sense foreboding as the world moves ever closer to another war. Edith's life too, has changed: her marriage and her work are no longer the anchors in her life – she is restless, unsure, feeling the weight of history upon her and her world.

    Imprint: KNOPF
    RRP: $20.00

    Price: $20.00
  • DARK PLACES - 2ND HAND
    DARK PLACES - 2ND HAND
    GRENVILLE KATE
    ISBN: 9780732907891
    Title: DARK PLACES - 2ND HAND
    Author: GRENVILLE KATE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A very good copy, pages beginning to tan, boards a little rubbed, in a very good, bright and clean dust jacket. First edition. Signed

    In the award-winning "Dark Places," celebrated Australian author Kate Grenville tells the tale of Albion Gidley Singer--a man with a comically grand exterior who believes he has the right, and the duty, to conquer the mocking flesh of any woman. Even his own daughter.

    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $30.00

    Price: $30.00
  • DAVINCIS GHOST : TheUntold Story of the World's Most Famous Drawing - 2ND HAND
    DAVINCIS GHOST : TheUntold Story of the World's Most Famous Drawing - 2ND HAND
    LESTER TOBY
    ISBN: 9781846684548
    Title: DAVINCIS GHOST : TheUntold Story of the World's Most Famous Drawing - 2ND HAND
    Author: LESTER TOBY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A near fine copy in like dust jacket. 1st Edition.

    Vitruvian Man is the world's most famous drawing, by one of the world's most famous artists. The image - named after a Roman architect and engineer, Vitruvius - has become visual shorthand for artistic genius and scientific inquiry, and yet nobody knows anything about it. In Da Vinci's Ghost, critically acclaimed historian Toby Lester examines the forces that converged in 1490 to turn an idea that had been around for centuries into this iconic image, bringing the ghost of an unknown Leonardo da Vinci back to life.

    Rooted in little-known episodes of the artist's colourful career, and taking in ideas including theories of the cosmos, Roman land-surveying and the relationship between anatomy and architecture, the book tells the story of his evolving, lifelong study of the human body, restoring in vivid detail the intellectual and cultural spheres of fifteenth-century Florence and Milan. Beautifully illustrated with da Vinci's drawings and those of his predecessors, Da Vinci's Ghost is both a personal story and a grand saga of intellectual discovery that brilliantly reconstructs the artistry and scholarship of one of the world's greatest creative minds.

    Imprint: PROFILE BOOKS
    RRP: $25.00

    Price: $25.00
  • DAYS WITHOUT END - 2ND HAND
    DAYS WITHOUT END - 2ND HAND
    BARRY SEBASTIAN
    ISBN: 9780571277001
    Title: DAYS WITHOUT END - 2ND HAND
    Author: BARRY SEBASTIAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A near fine copy in like dust jacket. 1st Edition,

    SIGNED

    Winner of the Costa Book of the Year. Longlisted for the 2017 Man Booker Prize.


    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $60.00

    Price: $60.00
  • D-DAY : The Battle For Normandy - 2ND HAND
    D-DAY : The Battle For Normandy - 2ND HAND
    BEEVOR ANTONY
    ISBN: 9780670887033
    Title: D-DAY : The Battle For Normandy - 2ND HAND
    Author: BEEVOR ANTONY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very good copy in like dust jacket. 1st Edition

    The Normandy Landings that took place on D-Day involved by far the largest invasion fleet ever known. The scale of the undertaking was simply awesome. What followed them was some of the most cunning and ferocious fighting of the war, at times as savage as anything seen on the Eastern Front. As casualties mounted, so too did the tensions between the principal commanders on both sides. Meanwhile, French civilians caught in the middle of these battlefields or under Allied bombing endured terrible suffering. Even the joys of Liberation had their darker side. The war in northern France marked not just a generation but the whole of the post-war world, profoundly influencing relations between America and Europe.

    Making use of overlooked and new material from over thirty archives in half a dozen countries, D-Day is the most vivid and well-researched account yet of the battle of Normandy. As with Stalingrad and Berlin, Antony Beevor's gripping narrative conveys the true experience of war.


    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $25.00

    Price: $25.00
  • DEAD MAN IN DEPTFORD - 2ND HAND
    DEAD MAN IN DEPTFORD - 2ND HAND
    BURGESS ANTHONY
    ISBN: 9780091779771
    Title: DEAD MAN IN DEPTFORD - 2ND HAND
    Author: BURGESS ANTHONY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A very good copy in like dust jacket . Reprint

    'One of the most productive, imaginative and risk-taking of writers... It is a clever, sexually explicit, fast-moving, full blooded yarn'Irish TimesA Dead Man in Deptford re-imagines the riotous life and suspicious death of Christopher Marlowe. Poet, lover and spy, Marlowe must negotiate the pressures placed upon him by theatre, Queen and country. Burgess brings this dazzling figure to life and pungently evokes Elizabethan England.

    Imprint: HUTCHINSON PUBLISHERS
    RRP: $15.00

    Price: $15.00
  • DEAR MILI - 2ND HAND
    DEAR MILI - 2ND HAND
    GRIMM WILHELM
    ISBN: DEARMILI
    Title: DEAR MILI - 2ND HAND
    Author: GRIMM WILHELM
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A very good copy in a very ngoos marked and stained dust jacket. 1st edition.

    Preserved in a letter written to a young girl, Mili, in 1816 and not discovered until 1983, the Grimm story is prefaced by a tender address in which he underscores the story's message: although there are many obstacles that can prevent people from being together, ``one human heart can go out to another, undeterred by what lies between.'' The story that follows implies that love transcends even death. Like many fairy tales, this one deals with extraordinary events. A widow sends her child into the forest to protect her from an approaching war. The girl is led by her guardian angel past menacing cliffs and chasms to the house of Saint Joseph with whom she lives for three days. Before she goes back to the village, Saint Joseph gives her a rosebud as a symbol of her return to paradise; when the girl reaches her home, she finds that the three days have been in reality 30 years. ``God has granted the widow's last wish'' to see her daughter once again. In the morning, mother and child are found dead, with Saint Joseph's rose ``in full bloom.'' Sendak's haunting interpretation of this stark tale is often more emotionally compelling than the story itself. Dear Mili is a variation on the themes of loss, separation and love that Sendak has explored before, most recently in Outside Over There . In the tradition of 19th century Sunday school literature, the plot and language of the text are often predictable and obviously preachy. For example, after Mili's long journey and prayer, a cleansing rain falls: ``God and my heart are weeping together,'' she says. In an attempt to transcend the limitations of the religious story, Sendak infuses it with images that are both nonsectarian and universal. Trees and roots in the valley of death become grasping, whitened bones scattered beneath an outline reminiscent of buildings at Auschwitz. The images are rich: dark clouds of war are etched with claws of yellow fire, and paradise is filled not only with music, but with lush flowers that burst, like those of Van Gogh or O'Keeffe, with passionate life. The volume may have more appeal for adults than for children, but nonetheless it contains unforgettable artwork of resonant power.

    Imprint: Farrar Straus and Giiroux
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • DECENCY AND DISORDER : The Age of Cant 1789-1837 - 2ND HAND
    DECENCY AND DISORDER : The Age of Cant 1789-1837 - 2ND HAND
    WILSON BEN
    ISBN: 9780571224685
    Title: DECENCY AND DISORDER : The Age of Cant 1789-1837 - 2ND HAND
    Author: WILSON BEN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A near fine copy in like dust jacket. 1st Edition.

    Brilliant young historian Ben Wilson explores a time when licentious Britain tried to straighten out its moral code, ridding itself of its boisterous pastimes, plain-speaking and drunkenness - raising uncomfortable but fascinating parallels with our own age. Decency and Disorder is about the generation who grew up during the turmoil of the Napoleonic Wars, and some of its most exciting figures


    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
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