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Hear the pennies dropping

By: Whilsmith, Gwyneth J

Price: $49.95

Publisher: Canada, Gunbyfield Publishing: 1987

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 151H0530

ISBN: 0921078005

Condition: Very Good


0921078005 158 pages. Signed by author atop title page. Reproductions of photos in text. "Account of a family's capacity to bear hardship and share blessings when blessings were few and hardship all too common. The author's family left Ontario in 1913 to settle in Brock, Saskatchewan, where they endured the Great Depression." - from back cover. Gift greetings atop title page. Light wear. A quality copy. View more info

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Commanding Canadians: The Second World War Diaries of A. F. C. Layard (Studies in Canadian Military History)

By: Whitby

Price: $49.95

Publisher: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, UBC Press: 2005

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 118C8566

ISBN: 0774811943

Condition: Very Good


0774811943 383 pages. Index. Selected bibliography. Footnotes. Black and white photographic plates. "Commander Layard wrote almost daily in his diary, in bold, neat script, from the time he entered the Royal Navy as a cadet in 1913 until his retirement in 1947. The pivotal 1943-45 years of this edited volume offer an extraordinarily full and honest chronicle, revealing Layard's preoccupations, both with the daily details and with the strain and responsibility of wartime command at sea." - from back cover. Clean, bright and unmarked with very light wear. Tight and square. A ple... View more info

Gentlemen Engineers: The Careers of Frank and Walter Shanly

By: White, Richard

Price: $99.95

Publisher: Toronto, ON, Canada, University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division: 1999

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 15104042

ISBN: 0802008879

Condition: Fine


0802008879 262 pages including notes, bibliography and index. Tells the engaging story of the working lives of Frank and Walter Shanly, two well-connected nineteenth-century Canadian civil engineers and businessmen who worked on many of the significant projects of the age. An important contribution to our understanding of the professionalization of civil engineering, and to the modernization of business practices in nineteenth-century Canada. Clean, bright and unmarked with negligible wear. Dust jacket in nice Brodart cover. Beautiful copy. Gift quality. View more info

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No Heroes - An Account of a Wellington Bomber Wireless Operator and Gunner During the WWII African Campaign

By: White, Robert Arthur

Price: $199.95

Publisher: Canada, Self-Published: 1995

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 553H1474

Condition: Fine


Signed and inscribed by author and his wife inside front board. 166 pages. Several illustrations in colour and black and white. "I expect that most readers will find especially gripping the author's account of having been shot down over the desert, but it is the description of the mechanics of everyday life which will be most valuable to those who, I hope, will use it to recreate a world that even we who lived in it find increasingly remote." - James H. Winter. Clean, bright and unmarked with negligible wear. An excellent copy. View more info

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The Patricks: Hockey's Royal Family

By: Whitehead, Eric

Price: $295.00

Publisher: USA, Doubleday: 1980

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 154H3833

ISBN: 0385156626

Condition: Very Good


0385156626 viii, 280 pages. Index. Black and white reproductions of archival photos. "Covering three generations of hockey heroes, this is a fascinating history of the sport, and of its royal family." - dust jacket. Prior owner's name atop front free endpaper, otherwise book clean and unmarked with moderate wear. Above-average wear to price-clipped dust jacket which is now preserved in archival-grade Brodart. A sound copy of this important hockey history. View more info

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Tokyo Underworld: The Fast Times and Hard Life of an American Gangster in Japan

By: Whiting, Robert

Price: $149.95

Publisher: New York, New York, U.S.A., Pantheon: 1999

Edition: Second Printing

Seller ID: 111A9615

ISBN: 0679419764

Condition: Very Good


0679419764 372 pages including notes, bibliography and index. Black and white photographs. "A riveting account of the role of Americans in the evolution of the Tokyo underworld in the years since 1945... Chronicles the half-century rise and fall of the fortunes of Nick Zappetti and his comrades." - from dust jacket. Clean and unmarked with moderate wear. Quality copy. View more info

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Wenn der Farmer Schriftleiter wird: A collection of editorials as they appeared in Der Bote 1963 to 1976 (German Edition)

By: Wiens, Peter B

Price: $69.95

Publisher: Saskatoon, SK, Canada, Heese House of Printing: 1977

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 862A5232

ISBN: 0969074409

Condition: Fine


0969074409 310 pages. Text in German. "For 13 years (1963-1976) the author served as Editor of Der Bote. His touch with the 'grass roots', his love for the Church, his kindness and sense of humour combined to make his editorials refreshing. Some of these editorials which explored his special interests in leadership, Church schools and the Mennonite Brotherhood now appear in this book." - from dust jacket. Book clean, bright and unmarked. Moderate wear to dust jacket which is now preserved in a glossy new archival-grade Brodart cover. Very nice copy. View more info

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Liszt (The musicians series)

By: Wilkinson, Anthony

Price: $39.95

Publisher: UK, Macmillan: 1975

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 117A0456

ISBN: 0333150643

Condition: Fair


0333150643 112 pages. Many illustrations, some in colour. "... His spectacular and tumultuous career as a travelling virtuoso led him into the arms of countesses and princesses from one end of Europe to the other. His brilliance, showmanship and unforgetable personality covered a deeply divided and self-doubting mind, struggling to reconcile the ambitions of a serious composer with the corrupting glory of public adoration." - from dust jacket. Above-average wear. Binding intact. Usual library markings. Worthy reading copy. View more info

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Carbolic & Leeches

By: Wilks, Janet

Price: $49.95

Publisher: Great Britain, Arthur H. Stockwell Limited: 1991

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 623H1598

ISBN: 0722324723

Condition: Fair


0722324723 154 pages. "The story of a young nurse in training in the 1930s - and subsequently as an Army Nursing Sister during the (WWII) War years." - from back cover. Above-average wear. Binding intact. Bit of writing on title page. A worthy reading copy. View more info

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American Artist Magazine, January 1998, Volume 62, Issue # 666 - Otto Duecker

By: Willard, Christopher; Arenz, Peggy; Sturtz-Davis, Shirley Zampelli; Moss, E. Lynne; Parks, Timothy; Sullivan, T.; Metcalfe, J.; Et al

Price: $59.95

Publisher: USA, BPI: 1998

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 838G4593

Condition: Good


72 pages. Features: Otto Duecker Cover Illustration; Combining materials can lead to special techniques; Otto Duecker; Shirley Sturtz-Davis experiments with landscape painting; Jane Culp; Perfect Values for Pastels; Jane Sutherland's New Works; Virginia Artist Anthony Watkins; and more. Average wear. Unmarked. A sound copy. View more info

The man for a new country: Sir Matthew Baillie Begbie

By: Williams, David R

Price: $39.95

Publisher: Sidney, British Columbia, Canada 333 pages Includi, Gray's Pub: 1977

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 71306625

ISBN: 0888260687

Condition: Very Good


0888260687 333 pages including index. The first biography of the first judge of British Columbia, who, after his death, became known as "The Hanging Judge". An extremely humane, literate, generous, humorous and fair-minded man, this misnomer has prevented appreciation of his well-rounded personality and of his importance in the development of British Columbia. Significant rubbing to left side of front panel of dust jacket. Several medium-sized closed tears to top edge of dust jacket. View more info

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Mayor Gerry: The remarkable Gerald Grattan McGeer

By: Williams, David R

Price: $69.95

Publisher: Canada, Douglas & McIntyre: 1986

Edition: First Printing

Seller ID: 463A4957

ISBN: 0888945043

Condition: Good


0888945043 319 pages. Selected references. Footnotes. Index. Black and white illustrations. "McGeer's enduring struggle to give British Columbia better terms in Confederation fuelled the politics of western protest... his story in a province on the rise is an essential chapter in the story of western Canada." - from dust jacket. Moderate wear. Unmarked. A sound copy View more info

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A Vancouver boyhood: Recollections of growing up in Vancouver 1925-1945

By: Williams, Robin

Price: $49.95

Publisher: Canada, Peanut Butter Pub: 1997

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 124C7999

ISBN: 089716721X

Condition: Good


089716721X 301 pages. Signed by author upon title page. "A masterpiece of stories and history." - from back cover. Unmarked. Moderate wear. A quality copy. View more info

Divine Rebel: The Life of Anne Marbury Hutchinson

By: Williams, Selma R.

Price: $49.95

Publisher: New York, NY, U.S.A., Henry Holt & Co: 1981

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 46501264

ISBN: 0030558468

Condition: Fine


0030558468 246 pages including index. Subject clearly emerges as a feminist before her time, a champion of individual liberty, and a significant figure in American history. "In American history Anne Hutchinson is usually written off in a defamatory one-liner as a religious nut or menopausal neurotic. In this sympathetic biography, Selma R. Williams peels off those perjorative labels, returns to original sources for another careful look, and gives us at last Anne Hutchinson's side of the story." - Ann Jones, author of Women Who Kill. Book and dust jacket clean, bright and unmarked w... View more info

Forests, Power and Policy: The Legacy of Ray Williston

By: Williston, Eileen; Keller, Betty

Price: $39.95

Publisher: Prince George, BC, Canada, Caitlin Press Inc.: 1997

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 71507918

ISBN: 0920576699

Condition: Fair


0920576699 318 pages including index plus black and white plates. Inequalities in the BC education system sparked Ray Williston to jump into politics in 1953: the education system and the forest industry have never been the same since. Williston was one of W.A.C Bennett's foremost cabinet ministers. Above-average wear. View more info

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All in a Lifetime

By: Wills, Archie H.; Wilson, Eileen (Editor)

Price: $199.95

Publisher: Ontario, Self-Published: 1985

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 322G3466

Condition: Very Good


88 pages. Reproductions of black and white photos. The very engaging autobiography of Archie Wills who was born in Victoria, BC in 1892, servied in the first world war and later worked as a reporter. Includes historical information about the Butcharts and Dunsmuir families of Vancouver Island. Clean and unmarked with light wear. A nice copy. View more info

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Wayne Gretzky: Countdown to immortality

By: Wilner, Barry

Price: $299.95

Publisher: USA, Leisure Press: 1982

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 15404513

ISBN: 0880110848

Condition: Good


0880110848 232 pages. A rare and prescient early Gretzky publication. Documents his game-by-game progress through the 1981-82 NHL season. Dozens of black and white photos. Colour plates. Unmarked. Light to moderate wear. One inch opening at top of back cover. Binding sound. Nice solid copy. View more info

The King and the Gentleman: Charles Stuart and Oliver Cromwell, 1599-1649

By: Wilson, Derek A.

Price: $39.95

Publisher: New York, NY, U.S.A., St Martins Pr: 1999

Edition: First U.S. Edition

Seller ID: 55402995

ISBN: 0312244053

Condition: Fine


0312244053 473 pages including bibliography, index and black and white illustrations. Details the parallel lives of a foreign-born aesthete-prince and a down-to-earth country squire. The passions they aroused and the conflict they unleashed would forever change the face of a nation. Book virtually as new. Lightest wear to dust jacket. Gift quality. View more info

Diefenbaker for the defence

By: Wilson, Garrett

Price: $49.95

Publisher: Toronto, ON, Canada, Lorimer: 1988

Edition: First Edition, First Printing

Seller ID: 46501312

ISBN: 1550281046

Condition: Fine


1550281046 286 pages including index. An ambitious and engrossing portrait of an insecure, ambitious and not always scrupulous young man who invented a personality, and a myth, to make it to the top. Clean, bright and unmarked with very light wear. Excellent copy. View more info

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Out of My Mind

By: Winspear, Francis G.

Price: $195.00

Publisher: Victoria, B.C., Morriss Printing Company Ltd.: 1988

Edition: Revised

Seller ID: 464H4431

ISBN: B001PQSYMY

Condition: Fair


B001PQSYMY Signed, without inscription, by author upon half-title page. An updated version of the 1968 first edition. 193 pages. Presents "not only his experiences in business, in University teaching, and in the public service generally, but his views on those qualities of mind and heart and behaviour which are essential to leadership in our modern world. They include integrity, keen observation, broad vision, a willingness to work hard, and a sense of urgency." - Foreword. Above-average but not excessive wear. A worthy copy of this fascinating autobiography. View more info