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RULES AND REGULATIONS for the government of the degrees from the 4° to the 32° inclusive under ths Supreme Council 33° of the Ancient and Accepted Rite for England and Wales, and the Dependencies of the British Crown...
London: Ancient and Accepted Rite for England and Wales, 1906.
Title page continues: "Togethr with a list of members, June, 1906". 16mo, 16.5 cm, original red cloth gilt. (6), x, 274,  + folding map frontispiece. Chips to cloth at foot of spine and upper outer corner of front cover and to edges; inner hinges and inner edge of p (3) repaired with rice page; short creased tear to bottom edge of pp 5-8; good clean copy otherwise, no tight in the binding. Freemasonry.
$25.00 Book Number: 42948 Order / Enquire
The Werkbund: Design Theory and Mass Culture before the First World War
Yale University Press, 1996.
Yellow boards. pp 262. Illustrations, notes, bibliography, index. Ink owner name at front, else fine in fine jacket. "During the period before World War I, the German Werkbund was at the center of attempts to forge new theories of architecture and design in light of the momentous technological and economic developments of modernity. In this fascinating book, Frederic J. Schwartz explores the ideological and aesthetic positions at the core of debates that embroiled the prominent architects, critics, sociologists, economists, and politicians who had united in the Werkbund during this pivotal era." - jacket. 1.5 kg parcel
$49.95 Book Number: 47783 Order / Enquire
GLAZEBROOK, G. P. de T.
LIFE IN ONTARIO. A Social History. Drawings by Adrian Dingle.
Toronto: University of Toronto Press., 1968.
Octavo. Green cloth. (x), 316 pp + 3 double-sided plates, map. Previous owner's bookplate, some pencil lines to margins early in text, otherwise fine. Price-clipped jacket has nicks and tears at head of spine, VG otherwise.
$17.95 Book Number: 23272 Order / Enquire
THE MAN OF PLEASURE
London: Chatto & Windus, 1912.
Dark grey cloth. xii, 310, (2) pp, indexed. 28 plates inserted (3 in colour). Spine a bit sunned, else a VG clean, tight and unworn copy, no owner names. In a home-made plain beige dust wrapper, with nicely printed spine label. English social history of the 19th century - the amusements of fashionable men. Sporting resports; gulls, pigeons, books [grouped together]; duelling; reckless spendthrifts; pleasure-loving undergraduates; dancing places and music halls, and much on France. Note: 1.5 kg parcel, extra postage may be required.
$45.00 Book Number: 22442 Order / Enquire
LIGHT COME, LIGHT GO: Gambling-Gamesters-Wagers-The Turf
London: Macmillan, 1909.
Maroon cloth lettered and decorated in gilt, top edge gilt. pp x, 448, (4, ads) + colour frontispiece with tissue guard and 8 other colour plates + 13 b&w plates; 1 illustration in text, indexed. Ex library, with paper label at lower spine, cloth splits to joints neatly repaired; small rubber stamp and small remains of label on front endpapers, front inner hinge neatly repaired; else a VG copy, text clean and tight, no other library marks. A fascinating history of gambling in England and the Continent in the 18th and 19th centuries. Note: 1.5 kg parcel, extra shipping may be required.
$35.00 Book Number: 31659 Order / Enquire
The Great Farini
Toronto: Viking, 1995.
Octavo. Black & grey boards. pp viii, 457 + plates. Fine copy. Jacket has creased nick at head of spine, else fine. Biography of William Leonard Hunt, "The Great Farini". William Leonard Hunt was born in Lockport, New York. His parents moved to Hope Township (Port Hope) in 1843, and then to Bowmanville, ON, where he grew up. Fascinated by the circus from an early age, he determined to become an acrobat and trained himself to proficiency. Changing his name to Guillermo Antonio Farini and adopting the stage name "The Great Farini", "he made his most famous tightrope performances at Niagara Falls during 1860, commencing on August 15. His feats included crossing a high wire with a man on his back or with a sack over his entire body, turning somersaults while on the rope, hanging from it by his feet, and other seemingly impossible manoeuvres." (Wikipedia). Farini toured the USA and Europe as an acrobat, becoming famous, retiring in 1869, but not before inventing the standard circus stunt "the human cannonball". "Farini purportedly overcame many obstacles when he traversed the Kalahari Desert on foot during his stay in Africa, allegedly becoming the first white man to survive the crossing. He also claimed to have found the famous Lost City of the Kalahari, but his claims have never been verified." - Wiklipedia. The Lost City is almost certainly a fable.
$19.50 Book Number: 45064 Order / Enquire
QUINLAN, Maurice J.
VICTORIAN PRELUDE. A History of English Manners 1700-1830.
New York: Columbia University Press, 1941.
First edition. Tall octavo, hardcover, green cloth. , 301 pp. Spine a bit tanned, with tips a little frayed; yellowing to page edges; else a VG clean and tight jacketless copy, no previous owner names or marks.
$15.00 Book Number: 18264 Order / Enquire
THE ART OF FOLLY
Philadelphia: Chilton, 1961.
Tall octavo. Cloth and decorated boards. (xx), 259 pp. VG+ copy, no owner names. Pale green price-clipped jacket sunned; tanned, spotted; tears and small chips all along top edge; good. A book about human fads, fashions, and folly, the author is again "on the trail of stupidity". A good read.
$19.50 Book Number: 7174 Order / Enquire
THE SEDUCTIVE SHOE: four centuries of fashion footwear
New York: Stewart, Tabori and Chang, 2007.
Square quarto, black boards. pp 288. Colour photos, b&w reproductions of ads, glossary, index. Fine in fine jacket. Signed by the author on the title page. Note: 2 kg parcel, extra postage may be required.
$24.95 Book Number: 45674 Order / Enquire