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Fiction: Historical

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Fiction: Historical


The Love-Artist, Alison, Jane
1 Alison, JaneThe Love-Artist
New York Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2001 0374231796 / 9780374231798 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
First printing. Mustard spine and red boards with gilt spine lettering and decorative gilt stamp on front cover. 242 pages. Book is in fine condition, appears unread, still falls back shut when opened. Dust jacket is also fine. In clear archival cover. ~~ Author's acclaimed debut novel. She has since published two additional well-received novels, "The Marriage of the Sea" and "Natives and Exotics," and a memoir, "The Sisters Antipodes," in 2009. ~ "Why was Ovid, the most popular poet of his day, banished from Rome? Why do only two lines survive of his play Medea, reputedly his most passionate, most accomplished work? Between the known details of Ovid’s life and these enigmas, Jane Alison has created a haunting drama of psychological manipulation, and an ingenious meditation on love, art and immortality. When Ovid encounters a woman who embodies the fictitious creations of his soon-to-be published Metamorphoses, he is enchanted, obsessed, and inspired. Part healer, part witch, she seems to be myth come to life, and Ovid lures her away from her home by the Black Sea to Rome. But the inexorable pull of ambition leads him to make a Faustian bargain with fate that will betray his newfound muse." --Publisher. ~Original clipping of NY Times Book Review article about the book is laid in. A beautiful, collecitlbe first edition copy. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Portrait in Sepia, Allende, Isabel
2 Allende, IsabelPortrait in Sepia
NY HarperCollins 2001 0066211611 / 9780066211619 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
First printing. This historical novel continues the story begun in Allende's acclaimed "Daughter of Fortune." Having lost her memory of the first five years of her life as the result of trauma, Aurora del Valle searches for the secrets of her past. Fine copy in near fine dust jacket that has one small corner crease on back flap. Protected in clear archival cover. 
Price: 18.00 USD
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1492: Life and Times of Juan Cabezon of Castile, Aridjis, Homero
3 Aridjis, Homero1492: Life and Times of Juan Cabezon of Castile
New York Summit Books 1991 0671644998 / 9780671644994 First English Language Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
First printing. Translated from the Spanish by Betty Ferber. Original Spanish edition was published in 1985. 285 pages. Book is fine in a fine dust jacket. ~~ Aridjis is one of Mexico's foremost poets and novelists. This historical novel takes place during the Spanish Inquisition and is a picaresque love story between two conversos (converts to Christianity). 
Price: 25.00 USD
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White Shadow, Atkins, Ace
4 Atkins, AceWhite Shadow
New York G. P. Putnam's 2006 0399153551 / 9780399153556 First Edition Hardcover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall Signed by Author
First printing. Black spine and gray boards; maps on endpapers. Three black & white illustrations. 370 pages. Book is clean, tight, unmarked, appears unread. Lower front corners very mildly bumped. Dust jacket is fine, with a light crinkle at head of spine. Now in a clear archival cover. ~~ A stylish and atmospheric crime novel, hailed as "classic Florida noir," based on the real infamous murder of ex-kingpin Charlie Wall, set in 1950s Tampa, Florida. This copy is signed by the author on the title page. Collectible and gift quality. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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Raptor Red, Bakker, Robert T.
5 Bakker, Robert T.Raptor Red
New York Bantam Books 1995 0553101242 / 9780553101249 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine 8vo - 9.25" Tall 
Black cloth spine and black papered boards with gold spine titling and maps on endpapers. 246 pages. Color frontispiece and a 2-page spread: "Dramatis Personae" which has B&W illustrations of dinosaurs in the story. ~ Book is clean, tight, with no wear or corner bumping, interior pages are unmarked save for previous owner's name and phone number on front pastedown. Dust jacket is clean, bright, with only minor crinkling at head/heel of spine and a mere hint of rubbing at tops and bottoms of flap folds. Now in a clear archival cover. ~~ Bakker (1945- )is a respected paleontologist renowned and credited for his theory that some dinosaurs were warm-blooded, which led to a small revolution in scientific thinking in the 1970s known as the "dinosaur revolution." He published the nonfiction book "The Dinosaur Heresies" in 1986. He was also an unofficial consultant for the special effects artists working on the "Jurassic Park" film, and the paleontologist in "The Lost World" was a caricature of Bakker. ~ In a dramatization of Bakker's revolutionary theories, this novel tells of a year in the life of Raptor Red, a female 'Utahraptor' of the lower Cretaceous period, told from within the mind of the dinosaur herself, "revealing the powerful instincts and Darwinian forces that shape her remarkable consciousness." Her survival odyssey begins when her mate is killed and she rejoins her sister's clan as they migrate, weather storms and evade predators, and as Raptor Red searches for a new mate. A unique and compelling novel, and a must for dinosaur buffs. 
Price: 17.00 USD
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Mr. Timothy, Bayard, Louis
6 Bayard, LouisMr. Timothy
New York HarperCollins 2003 0060534214 / 9780060534219 First Edition Hardcover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
First printing. Black binding, red endpapers. 384 pages. Book is fine, clean, no wear. Dust jacket is fine with just a hint of wear at heel of spine. Third novel by this imaginative and acclaimed author. A grown-up Timothy Cratchit is struggling to shed his past and make his own way in the underbelly of 1860s London. When he discovers the bodies of two young girls with disfiguring brand marks, he suddenly enters the world of a very dangerous killer while also facing his own demons from the past. A thriller full of atmospheric action, surprising twists, and heart. In archival cover. 
Price: 18.00 USD
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The Black Tower, Bayard, Louis
7 Bayard, LouisThe Black Tower
New York William Morrow & Co. 2008 0-06-117350-9 / 9780061173509 First Edition Hardcover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
First printing. Red spine and black boards; maps on endpapers. 352 pages. Book and dust jacket are clean, tight, fine. ~~ The fifth novel by this bestselling author. A historical mystery based on the real-life convict turned informant/criminalist Vidocq in the Parisian underworld of 1818. Vidocq investigates the fate of Dauphin Louis-Charles, son of Marie Antoinette and King Louis XVI, and comes across a man with no memory of his past. This story "deftly weaves political intrigue, epic treachery, cover-ups, and conspiracies into a gripping portrait of family redemption--and brings to life . . . Eugene Francois Vidocq, history's first great detective" (dust jacket). In archival cover. 
Price: 18.00 USD
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I Tell of Greenland: An Edited Translation of the Saušarkrokur Manuscripts, Berry, Francis
8 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. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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The Transformation of Bartholomew Fortuno : A Novel, Bryson, Ellen
9 Bryson, EllenThe Transformation of Bartholomew Fortuno : A Novel
New York Henry Holt & Co 2010 0805091920 / 9780805091922 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
331 pages. Book is in fine condition in a fine dust jacket. Now in clear archival cover. This debut historical novel is set in 1865 in the P.T. Barnum Museum in New York City. Fortuno, the World's Thinnest Man, searches for the truth concerning a new, mysterious veiled woman performer, while falling in love and also dealing with repeated arsonist occurrences. 
Price: 38.00 USD
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Jack Maggs, Carey, Peter
10 Carey, PeterJack Maggs
Toronto Random House of Canada 1998 0679309187 / 9780679309185 First Canadian Edition Hardcover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
306 pages. Book and dust jacket are clean, tight, bright. From the two time winner of the Booker Prize, this is a "vivid and robust novel of Dickensian London--a place and a story teeming with mystery, science, and passion," in which Jack Maggs, a street-smart foundling who was betrayed and deported to Australia, has reversed his fortunes and returns home to his milieu to fulfill his innermost desire. In archival cover. 
Price: 22.00 USD
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Wiregrass Country: A Florida Pioneer Story, Chapman, Herb; Chapman, Muncy
11 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. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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The Last of the Mohicans, Cooper, James Fenimore
12 Cooper, James FenimoreThe Last of the Mohicans
Avon, CT Heritage Press 1932 Reprint Edition Hard Cover Fine Near Fine 7" x 10.25" Edward A. Wilson 
Book shows only the 1932 copyright date, but this volume was printed in the mid-to-late 1970s. Introduction by Edward Everett Hale. Beige cloth spine with gold titling on a green block background, and two-color illustration pasted on covers; cream endpapers. 377 pages. Color and b&w illustrations by eminent American artist Edward A. Wilson. ~ Book is in fine condition, in a near fine, mildly age-darkened slipcase. ~~ The Last of the Mohicans is the second bookand also the most well-known title in Cooper's 'Leatherstocking' series, followed by The Pathfinder. This is a very attractive copy of this historical fiction classic. The Heritage Club "Sandglass" leaflet number IV:37, in fine condition, is laid in. 
Price: 16.00 USD
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The Green Age of Asher Witherow, Cunningham, M. Allen
13 Cunningham, M. AllenThe Green Age of Asher Witherow
Denver, CO Unbridled Books 2004 1932961003 / 9781932961003 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine 8vo - 9.25" Tall Signed by Author
Green binding with gold spine titling. 275 pages. ~Book is clean, unmarked, with a slight spine lean and wrinkling at base of spine. Dust jacket is clean, with slight crinkling at head/heel of spine. In archival cover. ~~ Lauded debut novel by this Oregon writer whose work has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Award. This novel was number one ALA Booksense pick. In 1860s San Francisco, when the coal mining industry was in full swing, a young Welsh boy becomes a victim of superstition and an unorthodox minister, finding himself "trapped in a nightmarish crucible. . . . Gorgeously written, historically authentic, [this book] is a novel of tested loyalties, of condemnation and redemption." This copy is signed by the author in black marker on the title page. 
Price: 14.00 USD
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The Welsh Girl, Davies, Peter Ho
14 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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Tipperary, Delaney, Frank
15 Delaney, FrankTipperary
New York Random House 2007 1400065232 / 9781400065233 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Near Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
Pale green spine and ivory boards with maps on endpapers. 445 pages. Book is clean, tight, no wear or marks. Dust jacket is nearly fine with a hint of rubbing to bottom of front flap fold and at bottom edge of rear panel. Now in clear archival cover. ~~ By the author of "Ireland" and "Shannon." An Irish traveling healer in Paris to treat Oscar Wilde falls in love with a beautiful Englishwoman but is rejected. Vowing to win her, he returns to Ireland to refurbish his estate and to write the history of his life and his country. "With storytelling as sweeping and dramatic as the land itself, myth, fact, and fiction are woven together with the power of the great nineteenth-century novelists." 
Price: 14.00 USD
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Seven Men of Gascony, Delderfield, R. F.
16 Delderfield, R. F.Seven Men of Gascony
New York Simon and Schuster 1973 0671217941 / 9780671217945 First Edition Thus Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall Arthur Barbosa (jacket painting) 
Originally published in 1949. Delderfield died in 1972 and his wife May renewed the copyright in 1973. Blue binding with silver spine titling and illustration stamped on front cover; red endpapers. 383 pages. Book is clean and tight, still falls shut when opened; a hint of rubbing to base of spine and lower front corner; text block toned. Dust jacket is bright and crisp, spine and upper edge darkened, and only minor wrinkling/wear mainly at upper edge. Now in clear archival cover. ~~ Delderfield's first novel and considered by many to be his finest. A saga of seven soldiers during the Napoleonic Wars, tracing their stories of love, misfortune, adventure and danger, up until they meet their fate at Waterloo. 
Price: 17.00 USD
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Life Mask, Donoghue, Emma
17 Donoghue, EmmaLife Mask
Orlando, FL Harcourt 2004 0151009430 / 9780151009435 First U.S. Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
Black spine and red boards with gilt spine lettering; dark red endpapers and attractive rough-cut pages. 650 pages. ~ Book is in fine condition save for a very small dent on bottom edge of back cover. Dust jacket is fine, in archival cover. Please view bookseller photo (click to enlarge). ~~ By the author of the bestselling Slammerkin. A historical novel that "vividly brings to life the Beau Monde of late eighteenth-century England, turning the private drama of three celebrated Londoners into a robust, full-bodied portrait of a world on the brink of revolution." 
Price: 14.00 USD
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A River in Flood and Other Florida Stories, Douglas, Marjory Stoneman
18 Douglas, Marjory StonemanA River in Flood and Other Florida Stories
Gainesville Univ Press of Florida 1998 0813016223 / 9780813016221 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
Light blue cloth. 230 pages. Edited by Kevin N. McCarthy. Cover illustration by Larry Leshan. Book is near fine, clean, tight, appears unread with a small, very faint and barely visible yellow mark near bottom of front cover. Dust jacket is fine. Protected in clear archival cover. ~~ A companion volume to her earlier collection "Nine Florida Stories" published in 1990. These stories are collected here for the first time since their original appearance in the Saturday Evening Post in the 1920s and 1930s. McCarthy introduces each story and places it in the context of Florida's history and Douglas's ongoing concern for the Everglades and the South Florida environment. A very nice copy of this second anthology of Florida stories. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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Freedom River, Douglas, Marjory Stoneman
19 Douglas, Marjory StonemanFreedom River
Miami, FL Valiant Press 1994 0963346156 / 9780963346155 First Paperback Edition Trade Paperback Near Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall Jack Amoroso 
This novel was first published in 1953. This is the first printing of this reprint edition with black & white illustrations by Jack Amoroso. 224 pages. This copy is near fine, with a tiny crease at upper corner of cover, minor wrinkling at heel of spine and a tiny smudge on bottom of text block. Aimed at youngsters ages 9-12, this is a fictional account of life in South Florida during the 1840s. Three boys---a black slave, a Miccosukee Indian, and an abolitionist white settler develop a bond through their adventures and struggles for survival and gain a better understanding about prejudice and freedom. This story "teaches children about the history, environment, and development of Florida in an interesting and relevant way. Explore the Everglades, Biscayne Bay, and Miami River . . . and meet the cast of characters who transform South Florida pioneer days into an adventure worth reading!" (back cover). 
Price: 14.00 USD
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Freedom River: Florida 1845, Douglas, Marjory Stoneman
20 Douglas, Marjory StonemanFreedom River: Florida 1845
New York Charles Scribner's Sons 1953 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Poor 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall Edward Shenton 
Green cloth with yellow endpapers, color illustration on front free endpaper and back pastedown. 264 pages. Black & white illustrations by Edward Shenton. Scribner seal and "A" on copyright page, with no additional printings. $3.00 price on DJ flap. Part of the "Strength of the Union Series" edited by Erick Berry. ~~ Book is clean and tight, with one spot of light soiling on upper spine and slight wear at head of spine. Remnants of a sticker on front free endpaper. Dust jacket is fragile, tattered, and in pieces. It has been pieced together with archival tape; however, the top fourth of the spine is missing and there is a piece missing from center top front panel and top and bottom of back panel near the flap fold. There are also numerous tears and chips along the jacket edges. It is now preserved in a clear archival cover. ~~ This novel about Florida at the time of its entry into the Union centers around three boys: Richard Robinson, a white boy; Billy Micco, a Miccosukee Indian boy; and Eben, an escaped Black slave. It takes place on Biscayne Bay, along the Miami River and in the Everglades, and is a story of freedom and how each boy ultimately finds his own version. Though Douglas did not write this novel with young people as its intended audience, it has always been marketed as such. Freedom River is also one of Douglas's own favorites. This historical novel can in many ways be described as the Florida version of Twain's "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." First edition copies of this book in good condition are scarce. This is a nice copy despite the tattered jacket. 
Price: 42.00 USD
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