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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a farmer's home in Reykjavik, these writings being the autobiography of an Ingolf Brandsson, "largely attested by saga, historical document and archaeological find," and which tells of "Ingolf's emigration from Iceland to Greenland as a child and of his lifetime's experiences in that country.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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Oh, Play That Thing, Doyle, Roddy
4 Doyle, RoddyOh, Play That Thing
Toronto, ON Alfred A. Knopf Canada 2004 0676976875 / 9780676976878 Canadian First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
Orange cloth with black lettering and illustration on spine. 376 pages. Book is fine in a fine dust jacket, protected in archival cover. ~~The second novel in "The Last Roundup" trilogy, preceded by "A Star Called Henry." It is the year 1924, and young Irish revolutionary Henry Smart has fled Dublin for New York City during the Prohibition. He quickly becomes threatened by mobsters and next flees to Chicago. There he enters the the world of jazz music, and meets Louis Armstrong. Henry becomes Armstrong's champion and manager. Throughout, Henry's bold attitude, sexual encounters and high living keep the story hopping. "This is a novel of prodigious energy and invention. Its language and its rhythms are as breathtaking as the music it celebrates. " --Publisher. 
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The Little Book, Edwards, Selden
5 Edwards, SeldenThe Little Book
New York Dutton 2008 0-525-95061-3 / 9780525950615 First Edition Hardcover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
First printing. Dark brown spine with light brown boards. 405 pages. Book is in fine condition with lower front corner very lightly bumped. Dust jacket is fine. Author's lauded debut novel, thirty years in the making. An all-American hero finds he has traveled ninety years back in time to Austria, where he meets Freud and also encounters Hitler, Mark Twain and Winston Churchill, as well as some of his own family members, and has an opportunity to change the course of history. "The Little Book announces Selden Edwards as one of the most dazzling, original, entertaining, and inventive novelists of our time." In archival cover. 
Price: 28.00 USD
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Voyager, Gabaldon, Diana
6 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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People of the Owl: A Novel of Prehistoric North America, Gear, Kathleen O'Neal; Gear, W. Michael
7 Gear, Kathleen O'Neal; Gear, W. MichaelPeople of the Owl: A Novel of Prehistoric North America
New York Tom Dougherty /Forge 2003 0312877412 / 9780312877415 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
Blue papered boards with metallic blue spine titling and pictorial map endpapers. 560 pages. Book is clean, straight, with no wear. Dust jacket is bright and crisp, also with no wear. Now protected in a clear archival cover. ~~ The Gears, both anthropologists, are the best-selling authors of 'The First North Americans' series of historical fiction which deals with the earliest Native American cultures. Their books are marked by accurate historical and cultural detail, as well as their fast-paced action and psychological drama. This title is the eleventh book in the series. Salamander is a young man of fifteen, living four thousand years ago in what is now the southern United States. When his older brother is killed, he must step up to become leader of his people. Facing pressure from competing clans, and realizing that though he loves them, his three wives have been ordered by their own clans to assassinate him, he must quickly come to terms with his position and realize his duty to protect his family. ~ Rich in atmospheric detail, this series combines adventure, mystery, and authentic anthropological detail to create an absorbing read. Fans of Jean Auel will also enjoy these books. 
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Ghosts of the Green Swamp: A Cracker Western, Gramling, Lee
8 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
9 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. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Buffalo Grass - Star Weekly Complete Novel: May 19, 1956, Gruber, Frank
10 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
11 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
12 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
13 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
14 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. 
Price: 52.00 USD
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The Thrall's Tale, Lindbergh, Judith
15 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. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Harlot's Ghost, Mailer, Norman
16 Mailer, NormanHarlot's Ghost
New York Random House 1991 0394588320 / 9780394588322 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
First printing. Quarterbound in blue cloth with black boards and silver lettering. 1310 pages. ~ ~~ Book is in fine condition save for a short gift inscription on front free endpaper. Dust jacket is fine but corner price-clipped. In archival cover. Please see bookseller photo (click to enlarge). ~~ Hailed as Mailer's masterpiece. A book about spies and intelligence officers--men and women for whom deceit and the invention of alternate selves become an horable calling, a way of life, a kind of religion. Fictional characters mix with real figures to create a vast novel of daily life in the CIA, and "re-creates, like no other work of American fiction, the majestic and harshly twisted strands of the American soul." 
Price: 19.00 USD
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Depths, Mankell, Henning
17 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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Lost Man's River, Matthiessen, Peter
18 Matthiessen, PeterLost Man's River
New York Random House 1997 0679403779 / 9780679403777 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Very Good+ 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
Quarterbound in black with green boards, and gilt lettering on spine. Maps on endpapers. Book is fine, clean, square, unread. Dust jacket is near fine, with very light wrinkling along top/bottom edges and just a touch of wear at top corner of spine. Protected in clear archival cover. ~~ This is the second novel in this National Book Award-winning author's "Watson trilogy." The first title was "Killing Mister Watson," and the final title was "Bone By Bone." This is historical fiction set in the early Florida frontier, and makes for absorbing reading. 
Price: 16.50 USD
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The Wedding Gift & Other Stories, Raddall, Thomas H.
19 Raddall, Thomas H.The Wedding Gift & Other Stories
Toronto McClelland & Stewart 1947 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Fair 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
Stated first edition. Blue-gray binding with gold letting on black background, attractive rough cut pages. 325 pages. Dust jacket design by C. W. Jeffreys. ~ Book is in very good plus condition; binding intact, spine rounded; light sunning on edges only of head and heel of spine; bottom corners only very lightly worn; a touch of foxing at upper inside edge of back cover NOT affecting pastedown. Dust jacket has some chipping loss at head and heel of spine and at tops and bottoms of flap folds, not affecting any lettering; wear, creases and small tears along edges and flap folds. Please see bookseller image. Now protected in archival cover. ~~ A collection of fifteen of Raddall's historical stories about eighteenth century Nova Scotia, which made him famous. Included: The Wedding Gift, Memorial to Miss Letty, Pax Britannica, At the Tide's Turn, A Harp in the Willows, The Sword of Justice, The Outcasts, Between the Lines, The Passing Show, The Siege, the Resurrection of Malachai Beld, The Love Moon, The Trumpeter, Full Cargo South, By Tellygraft. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Daniel Plainway: Or, the Holiday Haunting of the Moosepath League, Reid, Van
20 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. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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