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I Tell of Greenland: An Edited Translation of the Saušarkrokur Manuscripts, Berry, Francis
1 Berry, FrancisI Tell of Greenland: An Edited Translation of the Saušarkrokur Manuscripts
London Routledge & Kegan Paul 1977 0710085915 / 9780710085917 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine 8.5" x 9.5" 
First printing. Dark green binding with gold spine titling. 205 pages. ~ Book is clean, tight, appears unread, with a wrinkle at upper edge near spine and another wrinkle at tail of spine. Dust jacket is near fine, crisp and bright, with light rubbing wear at head of spine and a single short closed tear at tail of spine. Now in a clear archival cover. ~~ Berry (1915-2006) was a respected British poet, critic and professor of English at the University of London and the University of Sheffield, and he published a number of his own collections as well as numerous works of criticism. This book is an unusual one. It purports to be Berry's translation of manuscripts that he happened upon while boarding at a farmer's home in Reykjavik, these writings being the autobiography of an Ingolf Brandsson, "largely attested by saga, historical document and archaeological find," and which tells of "Ingolf's emigration from Iceland to Greenland as a child and of his lifetime's experiences in that country. These experiences include the conversion of Greenland to Christianity and his participation in the Norse expedition to Vinland, where he perhaps fathered the first child of white man to be born in America." This book is classified as historical fiction, due to the nature of such personally written history, much like the sagas themselves, being a confusing mix of story and history. But the question also arises: Where does the fiction in Berry's book begin and end? Did he really meet an individual who produced these documents for him to translate, or is his entire experience as relayed in this book a fiction? In any case, this piece is a fascinating piece of narrative Icelandic and Greenlandic history, laced with corroborated 'fact' from the sagas, and at the very least, a masterful work of historical fiction. The intrigue is continued in the appendix, where Berry provides a verbatim reproduction of a cryptic letter he received from an unidentified sender. 
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Wiregrass Country: A Florida Pioneer Story, Chapman, Herb; Chapman, Muncy
2 Chapman, Herb; Chapman, MuncyWiregrass Country: A Florida Pioneer Story
Sarasota, FL Pineapple Press 1998 1561641561 / 9781561641567 Soft Cover Fine 7" Tall Regina Stahl Briskey (cover art) 
Second printing. Paperback. 361 pages. Book is in fine, clean condition, appears unread with no reading crease, and interior pages unmarked. ~~ This historical fiction novel set in early Florida is one title in Pineapple Press's "Cracker Western" genre. The year is 1835, and this is the saga of the pioneer Dover family and their adopted son Treff Barlowe, as they deal with the various challenges of maintaining their cattle ranch. The harsh environment of frontier Florida, rustlers, hostile Indians and the threat of the Second Seminole War tests their mettle as they also deal with additional characters and situations that enter their lives. 
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The Welsh Girl, Davies, Peter Ho
3 Davies, Peter HoThe Welsh Girl
Boston Houghton Mifflin 2007 0618007008 / 9780618007004 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Very Good+ 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
338 pages. Book is fine and appears unread. Dust jacket is bright and crisp with two small closed tears at head of spine. Now in clear archival cover. ~~ Acclaimed debut novel by Davies, hailed as one of Granta's "Best of Young British Novelists," and the author of two award-winning short story collections. The life of a young Welsh woman's life in a remote mountain village changes when a German POW camp sets up on the outskirts of her town, and she becomes involved with a German corporal. An emotionally gripping and thought-provoking novel. 
Price: 18.00 USD
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Voyager, Gabaldon, Diana
4 Gabaldon, DianaVoyager
New York Delta/Random House 2001 0385335997 / 9780385335997 Trade Paperback Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
870 pages. The third in the bestselling series featuring Claire Randall, which began with "Outlander" and continued with "Dragonfly in Amber." Two decades earlier, in Outlander, Claire had traveled back in tme to 18th century Scotland and fell in love with Jamie Fraser, a gallant Scot warrior. She returned to to her own century to bear his child, believing him dead. When she discovers that he may have survived, she is launched on another daring voyage into the unknown. ~~ This copy is in fine condition, clean, tight, no reading crease. 
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Ghosts of the Green Swamp: A Cracker Western, Gramling, Lee
5 Gramling, LeeGhosts of the Green Swamp: A Cracker Western
Sarasota, FL Pineapple Press 1996 1561641200 / 9781561641208 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Near Fine 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall 
First printing. Cover art by Regina Stahl Briskey. 295 pages. Map of Central Florida, 1877. ~ Book is clean tight, appears unread, a small red dot on top of the text block, perhaps a remainderr mark. Dust jacket is crisp, no edge wear, with some color fading on the front cover. Now protected in a clear archival cover. ~~ Gramling is a sixth-generation Floridian and admirer of Louis L'Amour. This is his fourth novel in Pineapple Press's "Cracker Western" genre, featuring the pioneering inhabitants of frontier Florida. Good guys and bad guys, strong women, horses, cattle, and gunfighting, and more can all be found against the backdrop of the swampy wilderness of early Florida. ~ In this story, Tate Barkley is robbed and left for dead by two henchmen of a beautiful but cold-hearted woman. He recovers and meets up with a quirky traveling "elixir" salesman, and the two go in search of the attackers into the heart of the Green Swamp. There they encounter the evil doings of the ne'er-do-wells who are behind the local legends of ghosts and witches, and eventually have a showdown. An action-packed frontier Florida-style tale. ~ At the back of the book there is a "Historical Notes" section where several Cracker terms and features of early Florida are explained. First edition hardcovers of this title or any of Gramling's Cracker westerns are quite uncommon, especially in such nice condition. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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Thunder on the St. Johns: A Cracker Western, Gramling, Lee
6 Gramling, LeeThunder on the St. Johns: A Cracker Western
Sarasota, FL Pineapple Press 1994 1561640646 / 9781561640645 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall 
Textured orange papered boards with silver Cracker with lasso illustration stamped on front cover. 288 pages. Book is tight, clean, appears as new. Dust jacket is also clean, crisp, as new. Now protected in a clear archival cover. ~~ Gramling is a sixth-generation Floridian and admirer of Louis L'Amour. This is his third novel in Pineapple Press's "Cracker Western" genre, featuring the pioneering inhabitants of frontier Florida. Good guys and bad guys, strong women, horses, cattle, gunfighting, and more can all be found against the backdrop of the swampy wilderness of early Florida. A reviewer with the Tampa Tribune newspaper described these novels as "adventure-packed cowboy yarns set right here in Florida as historically accurate as anything Zane Grey or Louis L’Amour wrote." ~ In this story, a riverboat gambler on the run after killing a man in self-defense encounters a young family traveling to their destination to start a new life in the 1850s Florida wilderness. They must rely on all their sillks and wits to prevail against outlaws out to capture land and livestock. ~ At the back of the book there is a "Historical Notes" section where several Cracker terms and features of early Florida are explained. This is an uncommonly nice first edition copy of this title. First edition hardcovers of any of Gramling's Cracker westerns are scarce. 
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Buffalo Grass - Star Weekly Complete Novel: May 19, 1956, Gruber, Frank
7 Gruber, FrankBuffalo Grass - Star Weekly Complete Novel: May 19, 1956
Toronto, Canada Star Weekly 1956 First Edition Unbound Wraps Near Fine 11" x 15.25" Bill Book 
"Never before published in book or any other form" stated on front page. 16 oversize newsprint pages. Color illustration by Bill Brook on front page. Back page has the "Vignettes of Life" feature: a series of comic panels by Harry Weinert, collectively titled "Watching Little Acorns Grow." ~In near fine condition, no tears or wear, with some light foxing spots on upper front and back covers near spine edge, and some scattered ones on interior pages near center crease. ~~ The Star Weekly was a weekend supplement to the Toronto Star newspaper, and it was also sold as a stand-alone publication in other cities in Canada. It consisted of four parts: the main section, a magazine section, a comic section, and the novel section. Offered here is the novel section of the Saturday, May 19, 1956 issue, which contains the very first published appearance of Gruber's novel "Buffalo Grass," i.e., it preceded the publication of the first edition in book form. Gruber was a prolific writer of the pulp era, known chiefly for his westerns and detective fiction, and he published over 60 novels as well as material for magazines and original screenplays. Buffalo Grass was made into a movie, as were many of his books, and according to an inset in this issue, the sale of this novel was the highest rate ever paid for a western historical novel. The movie, titled "The Big Land," (and also known as "The Stampeders") starred Alan Ladd and Virginia Mayo. Set in Texas and Kansas after the end of the Civil War, some cattle ranchers attempt to build a small town as a strategic link for a railroad line to connect Texas to the Rio Grande, as a way of helping the cattle business. A love story is mixed in. This scarce "first issue" version of Gruber's novel is an attractive, collectible piece of ephemera. 
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The Quiet Girl, Hoeg, Peter
8 Hoeg, PeterThe Quiet Girl
New York Farrar Straus & Giroux 2007 0374263698 / 9780374263690 First American Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
Textured beige paper binding with red spine titling. Translated from the Danish by Nadia Christensen. 408 pages. Book is clean, tight, with a minor wrinkle at head of spine. Dust jacket is fine, now in a clear archival cover. ~~ Fifth novel by the author of "Smilla's Sense of Snow." A renowned circus clown is deeply in debt from gambling and is wanted by the authorities. He is sought out and taken in by an order of nuns who also harbor children who have the same special mystical abilities that he has. Events lead him to make some startling discoveries about the children. Described as a "philosophical thriller that blends social realism with the literary fantastic." 
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Leif the Lucky: A Romantic Saga of the Sons of Erik the Red, Hough, Clara Sharpe
9 Hough, Clara SharpeLeif the Lucky: A Romantic Saga of the Sons of Erik the Red
New York Century Co. 1926 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine No Jacket 7.5" Tall 
Green cloth with gilt spine titling and illustration, and illustration of a Viking ship blind-impressed on front cover. Blue illustrated endpapers. 346 pages. Book is in very nice condition; clean, binding tight and square, gilt titling unfaded. There is a small stamp on the front pastedown-"The City News, Akron , Ohio". A story description cut out from the jacket flap is pasted onto the front free endpaper. ~~ Clara Sharpe Hough (1893 - ?) was a newspaperwoman who, with her husband Charles Hough, owned the Falmouth Enterprise (MA) newspaper for many years. She was also an author of fiction books. In this work of historical fiction she draws from the adventure and romance of the Old Norse Sagas, specifically the Saga of Eirik the Red and the Greenlander Saga. It tells the story of Leif, Erik's son, who with his brother Thorwald, embark on their seafaring adventures between Norway, Greenland and America in the year 1000. Rather than focusing on the eventual discovery of Vinland, as related in the sagas, this story embellishes Leif's romantic entanglements: his passion for Gudrid, but also his love affair with Brenda (Thorgunna in the saga), and the child borne out the affair. Though he leaves Brenda, she eventually sends the child to Greenland to be with Leif. He is then rejected by Gudrid and further complications arise involving his brother Thorwald and his friend Karlsefni. Amidst this drama, Christianity is also being introduced to the Greenland settlers. Hough weaves a spellbinding tale of love, pride, courage, and cruelty, but was criticized by one reviewer of the time, William Hovgaard, himself a published saga scholar, for representing Leif as much less honorable and heroic than in the sagas. Such is historical fiction, and a good yarn. Copies of this novel are quite scarce. WorldCat shows 24 copies held by institutions worldwide. 
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Leif the Lucky: A Romantic Saga of the Sons of Erik the Red, Hough, Clara Sharpe
10 Hough, Clara SharpeLeif the Lucky: A Romantic Saga of the Sons of Erik the Red
New York Century Co. 1926 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good + Very Good - 7.5" Tall Signed by Author
Green cloth with gold spine titling and illustration, and Viking ship illustration blind-impressed on front cover. Blue illustrated endpapers. 346 pages. Book is in very good condition; binding secure and straight, gold titling unfaded, bottom corners and base of spine rubbed with one small closed 1/4" tear at spine base. Interior pages are clean and unmarked. Signed by the author on the title page. Dust jacket is price-clipped; has several edge chips, mostly at head/heel of spine and flap folds; some age soiling on the white back panel.~~ Clara Sharpe Hough (1893 - ?) was a newspaperwoman who, with her husband Charles Hough, owned the Falmouth Enterprise (MA) newspaper for many years. She was also an author of fiction books. In this work of historical fiction she draws from the adventure and romance of the Old Norse Sagas, specifically the Saga of Erik the Red and the Greenlander Saga. It tells the story of Leif, Erik's son, who embarks with his brother Thorwald on their seafaring adventures between Norway, Greenland and America in the year 1000. Rather than focusing on the eventual discovery of Vinland, as related in the sagas, this story embellishes Leif's romantic entanglements: his passion for Gudrid, but also his love affair with Brenda (Thorgunna in the saga), and the child borne out the affair. Though he leaves Brenda, she eventually sends the child to Greenland to be with Leif. He is then rejected by Gudrid and further complications arise involving his brother Thorwald and his friend Karlsefni. Amidst this drama, Christianity is also being introduced to the Greenland settlers. Hough weaves a spellbinding tale of love, pride, courage, and cruelty, but was criticized by one reviewer of the time, William Hovgaard, himself a published saga scholar, for representing Leif as much less honorable and heroic than in the sagas. Such is historical fiction, and a good yarn. A hard-to-find book: WorldCat shows 24 copies held by institutions worldwide. ~ This copy is distinguished by the author's full signature on the title page, making this a rare signed and jacketed copy of an already scarce title. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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Burial Rites, Kent, Hannah
11 Kent, HannahBurial Rites
New York Little, Brown & Co. 2013 0316243914 / 9780316243919 First North American Edition Hard Cover As New As New 4to - 9.5" Tall Signed by Author
First printing of the U.S. edition. Originally published by Picador/Pan Macmillan Australia, May 2013. Dark blue spine and light blue boards with blue endpapers. 322 pages. Book is in fine, clean, like-new condition in a fine dust jacket, now protected in a clear archival cover. ~~ This highly regarded first historical novel by Australian author Hannah Kent takes place in Iceland in the 1820s, and is based on a true event. A young woman, Agnes Magnśsdóttir, has been accused of murder and is sentenced to execution by beheading. She is sent to live for several months with a family on a remote farm until the time of her execution, and is visited by a priest to assist her in reconciling herself with God. As Agnes awaits her inevitable fate with dread, the priest and the family get to know her and learn another side to the story of her involvement in the murder. The narrative provides a convincing portrait of the Icelanders of the time: noble and intelligent, yet strong-minded and passionate; God-fearing, but still connected to the natural spiritualism of earlier times. A captivating read. ~~ This copy is signed by Kent on the title page. 
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The Thrall's Tale, Lindbergh, Judith
12 Lindbergh, JudithThe Thrall's Tale
New York Viking 2006 0670034649 / 9780670034642 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Near Fine 9.25" Tall Signed by Author
Black spine and gold boards. 450 rough-cut style pages. Book is clean, tight, with a touch of crinkling at base of spine. Dust jacket is clean and crisp, with light rubbing along flap folds. Now in a clear archival cover. ~~ Author's first novel, about a period in Scandinavian and Viking history when Christianity was being introduced to a pagan culture that was already replete with its own mythological beliefs and practices. A young Icelandic woman named Katla sets sail as a slave ("thrall") to Greenland, where she gives birth to an ill-begotten daughter. While Katla embraces Christianity, her daughter has special gifts and, under tutoring from a prophetess, begins to use her pagan powers indiscriminately. 
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Depths, Mankell, Henning
13 Mankell, HenningDepths
New York New Press 2007 159558-0891 / 9781595580894 First U.S. Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
Dark blue spine and grey papered boards; dark blue endpapers. 403 pages. ~ Book is near fine with no appreciable flaws, in a near-fine dust jacket with minor crinkling at head of spine. Now in a clear archival cover. ~~ This book, a divergence from the renowned author's successful Kurt Wallander mysteries, is a historical novel set at the time of World War I. A Swedish naval officer arrives on an isolated rocky isle during a mission and finds a "half-wild" woman living in a complete disconnect from the rest of the world. His orderly life begins to unravel as his obsession grows while he also tries to maintain his normal life with his wife. "Matters of shame, fidelity, and duty are swept to sea as he struggles to maintain his parallel lives, with devastating consequences for the women who love him." 
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Daniel Plainway: Or, the Holiday Haunting of the Moosepath League, Reid, Van
14 Reid, VanDaniel Plainway: Or, the Holiday Haunting of the Moosepath League
New York Viking Press 2000 0670891711 / 9780670891719 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - 7¾" - 9¾" Tall Signed by Author
Blue spine and grey boards with metallic red spine titling. 385 pages. Book is fine, clean, tight, with no wear, and interior pages are clean and unmarked. Dust jacket is also fine, bright and crisp, protected in a clear mylar cover. ~~ Sometimes it's just nice to escape modern-day stress with a wholesome, lighthearted yarn. Van Reid's series of novels about the Moosepath League is just such a fictional tonic. In late 19th-century Maine, the Pickwickian foursome of the jovial Tobias Walton and his gentleman friends have a knack for engaging themselves in all sorts of predicaments and escapades, involving mystery, crime and romance. In this third installment of their adventures, it is Christmastime, and a country lawyer is despondent over the demise several years earlier of a close friend. When a missing portrait of her suddenly turns up, he sets out on a quest which involves an orphaned child, a ballplayer, some hooligans, and a special woman. His efforts involve Mr. Walton, his companion Sundry moss, and of course his Moosepathian cohorts, who in the meantime have been investigating a Viking rune. At once poignant and comical, full of engaging characters and inflected with genuine local color, this is a picturesque novel that makes for a perfect holiday read. ~~ This copy is inscribed by the author on the title page: "Best wishes!" Van Reid." A lovely book and a perfect gift. 
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Fiddler's Green, or, A Wedding, A Ball, and the Singular Adventures of Sundry Moss, Reid, Van
15 Reid, VanFiddler's Green, or, A Wedding, A Ball, and the Singular Adventures of Sundry Moss
New York Viking 2004 0670033200 / 9780670033201 First Edition Hard Cover As New As New 8vo - 7¾" - 9¾" Tall Signed by Author
Mint green spine and yellow boards with gold spine titling. 300 pages. ~Book is as new and unread in a fine, crisp dust jacket, now protected in a clear archival cover. ~~ Fans of Van Reid's gently comic and atmospheric series about the gentlemen of the Moosepath League in late 1800s Maine will delight in the wedding of Mister Tobias Walton, the leader of the Pickwickian foursome, and will then proceed to follow his compatriot, Sundry Moss, on a Good Samaritan journey-turned-perilous odyssey involving two feuding families endeavoring to cover up a dark secret. Phrases such as 'rollicking escapades,' 'endearing comedy' and 'old-fashioned romance' all apply to these appealing novels which have been acclaimed by the critics. "Reid's one-man campaign to resurrect the eighteenth- and nineteenth novel is a campaign well worth enlisting in." --Kirkus Reviews. This copy is inscribed on the half-title page: "See you on the Moosepath! Van Reid." 
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The American Zig-Zag: Volume One, Reid, Van; other Contributors
16 Reid, Van; other ContributorsThe American Zig-Zag: Volume One
Augusta, ME Moosepath Press 2010 1450737153 / 9781450737159 First Edition Soft Cover As New 8vo - 9.5" Tall Signed by Author
First printing, October 2010. Green and black wraps in zig-zag design. 192 pages. Black & white illustrations by various artists: Jeff Suntala, Bruce Rosenberger, Glen Chadbourne, Thaddeus Lyford, David Hunter, Barbara Neeson, Michael Neno, Randy Sargent. ~ In fine, clean, unused condition, and inscribed by Van Reid on the title page: "Best Zig-Zagian Wishes! From Maine and the Moosepath! --Van Reid." ~~ Van Reid is the author of the successful and charmingly nostalgic series of novels about the Moosepath League, set in 19th-century Maine. From the back cover: "Van Reid's picaresque novels . . . have garnered loyal fans and warm reviews (including a New York Times Notable Book of the Year) with their unique mixture of adventure, romance, and laugh-out-loud humor. Now he returns with this inaugural 'Zig-Zag' across the Americas--with six of his own short stories that veer geographically from the Portland waterfront to the Chicago stockyards, from the wilds of Manitoba to a lonely chain of islands off the coast of Brazil and ranging in tone from the suspenseful to the comic. In the grand tradition of 19th century journals, he has recruited talented poets, humorists, and musicians to bring even more weight and variety to the proceedings--and also ten fine artists to illustrate the resulting stories, poems, cartoons, and essays--all with the express purpose of hearkening to an earlier era of American journals that delight and entertain." Complete with a supernatural story, a Western, a story about pirates, as well as anecdotes and vignettes. Also contains an Ongoing Tale titled "Fustianne Mae (Part One)" which is to be continued in Volume Two. Two-column text formatting and nostalgic-style illustrations recreate the design of period literary periodicals. Includes biographical blurbs about each contributor. Fun and entertaining. 
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The American Zig-Zag: Volume Two, Reid, Van; other Contributors
17 Reid, Van; other ContributorsThe American Zig-Zag: Volume Two
Augusta, ME Moosepath Press 2012 1467556009 / 9781467556002 First Edition Soft Cover As New 8vo - 9.5" Tall Signed by Author
First printing, December 2012. Orange and brown wraps in zig-zag design. 192 pages. Black & white illustrations by various artists: Jeff Suntala, Glenn Chadbourne, Mary Herndon Boothby, Thaddeus Lyford, Bruce Rosenberger, Rhea Butler, Randy Sargent, Joe Zierman, Stephen Prescott, Michael Neno. ~ In fine, clean, unused condition, and inscribed by Van Reid on the title page: "See you on the Moosepath! --Van Reid." A one-page errata slip, also signed by Reid, is laid in, describing and correcting a formatting error on page 46. ~~ Van Reid is the author of the successful and charmingly nostalgic series of novels about the Moosepath League, set in 19th-century Maine. From the back cover: "The American Zig-Zag is back with a second volume of tales . . . that range from the meditative to the humorous to the suspenseful--sometimes all in the same setting. From the waterfront of Portland, Maine (where fans of the Moosepath novels will recognize several supporting characters) to the polyglot slums of turn-of-the-century Chicago; from the coast of Oregon to a small town in Indiana--Reid's characters stumble into mystery, surprise, and adventure. Seasoning this throw-back to late 19th century magazines is an engaging collection of poets, essayists, and humorists. And ten wonderful artists . . . illuminate the entire proceedings with a wide variety of styles and tone." The issue also contains Part Two of the Ongoing Tale titled "Fustianne Mae" which was begun in Volume One. Two-column text formatting and nostalgic-style illustrations recreate the design of period literary periodicals. Includes biographical blurbs about each contributor. 
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Fort Everglades - Star Weekly Complete Novel: November 3, 1951, Slaughter, Frank G.
18 Slaughter, Frank G.Fort Everglades - Star Weekly Complete Novel: November 3, 1951
Toronto, Canada Star Weekly 1951 First Edition Unbound Wraps Near Fine 11" x 15.25" 
16 oversize newsprint pages. Color illustration on front page. Back page has a "Vignettes of Life" feature: a series of color comic panels by Kempt Starrett, collectively titled "More Isolationists." ~Near fine condition. No edge tears or other damage; only the slightest age toning to edges and occasional, faint spotting. ~~The Star Weekly was a weekend supplement to the Toronto Star newspaper, and it was also sold as a stand-alone publication in other cities in Canada. It consisted of four parts: the main section, a magazine section, a comic section, and the "complete novel" section. Offered here is the "complete novel" section of the Saturday, November 3, 1951 issue, which contains Frank Slaughter's novel in its entirety. Many issues of the Star Weekly complete novel section state that the novel therein is the first appearance ever, but this issue does not have that statement. However, the 1951 publication date does correspond to the year of publication of the Doubleday first edition, and it is possible that this may be the first Canadian appearance. Fort Everglades is one of the earlier novels in Slaughter's prolific writing career, and his third adult novel set in Florida. It takes place at the time of the Second Seminole War of 1835-42. From the Fort's location on the Miami River, the U.S. troops plan to invade the Everglades. Interesting to note is that the Warner Brothers movie which came out later the same year, "Distant Drums," starring Gary Cooper, had taken the liberty of using numerous scenes from this novel, and were forced to purchase the movie rights after the fact. A nice collectible piece of ephemera for collectors of historical or Florida-based fiction. Scarce. 
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Prince and the Pilgrim, Stewart, Mary
19 Stewart, MaryPrince and the Pilgrim
New York William Morrow & Co. 1996 0688145388 / 9780688145385 First U.S. Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
Green spine and ivory papered boards. 292 pages. Book is clean, straight, has a single small red mark on back cover. Interior pages clean and unmarked and book falls shut as though unread. Dust jacket is fine, now in a clear archival cover. ~~ A "story of adventure, love and sorcery" set in the world of King Arthur and Camelot, featuring Prince Alexander, who wishes to avenge the death of his father, and Alice, who rescues a French nobleman who possesses the Holy Grail, and Morgan LeFay, the evil sorceress. 
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Guns of the Palmetto Plains: A Cracker Western, Tonyan, Rick
20 Tonyan, RickGuns of the Palmetto Plains: A Cracker Western
Sarasota, FL Pineapple Press 1994 1561640700 / 9781561640706 Paperback As New 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall Signed by Author
Third printing. Cover art by Guy LaBree. 405 pages. Map of Northeastern Florida, 1863-1865. Book is fresh, bright, unread. ~~ A novel in the "Cracker Western" genre, featuring the pioneering inhabitants of frontier Florida. Good guys and bad guys, strong women, horses, cattle, and gunfighting, and more can all be found against the backdrop of the swampy wilderness of early Florida. ~This story takes place near the end of the Civil War. Tree Hooker, tough as alligator hide and quick with gun, knife and whip, takes on the job of driving cattle north to feed the hungry Confederacy. Quicksand, snake-filled swamps, Yankee raiders, and outlaws try to block his way. ~ At the back of the book there is a "Historical Notes" section where several cracker terms and features of early Florida are explained. This is Tonyan's debut novel. He worked for 17 years as a reporter for the Orlando Sentinel before turning to fiction. This copy is inscribed by the author on the half-title page: "To -------, Hope you enjoy this book. God bless you. Rick Tonyan 11/07/09." 
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