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  • CADILLAC JACK - 2ND HAND
    CADILLAC JACK - 2ND HAND
    MCMURTRY LARRY
    ISBN: 9780491037402
    Title: CADILLAC JACK - 2ND HAND
    Author: MCMURTRY LARRY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A near fine copy in like dust jacket. First UK edition.

    In Cadillac Jack, Larry McMurtry -- Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Lonesome Dove -- proves his unique talent for conjuring up the real, often eccentric people who inhabit the American heartland and for capturing the peculiarly American search for new frontiers and adventure.
    Cadillac Jack is a rodeo-cowboy-turned-antique-scout whose nomadic, womanizing life -- centered on his classic pearl-colored Cadillac -- rambles between the Texas flatlands of flea markets and small-time auctions and Washington, D.C.'s political-social life of parties, hustlers, vixens, and spies. Along the way he meets a cast of indelibly etched characters: among them, the strikingly beautiful, social-climbing Cindy Sanders; Boog Miller, the tackily-dressing millionaire good ole boy who patronizes Jack's business and who has more political muscle than a litter of lobbyists; Khaki Descartes, the pushy, brain-picking, Washington woman reporter; Freddy Fu, an undercover CIA agent working out of a greasy barbecue joint called The Cover-Up; and Jean Arber, the mother of two and a fledgling antique-store owner who can't quite figure out if she'll marry Jack or not.
    Wild, touching, and hilariously funny, Cadillac Jack is Larry McMurtry's raucous social satire of sex, politics, and love in the fast lane, peopled with Americans only he could render.


    Imprint: W H ALLEN
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • CARIBOU ISLAND - 2ND HAND
    CARIBOU ISLAND - 2ND HAND
    VANN DAVID
    ISBN: 9780061875724
    Title: CARIBOU ISLAND - 2ND HAND
    Author: VANN DAVID
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A near fine copy in like dust jacket. First edition.

    On a small island in a glacier-fed lake on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula, a marriage is unravelling. Gary, driven by thirty years of diverted plans, and Irene, haunted by a tragedy in her past, are trying to rebuild their life together. Following the outline of Gary's old dream, they're hauling logs out to Caribou Island in good weather and in terrible storms, in sickness and in health, to patch together the kind of cabin that drew them to Alaska in the first place. Across the water on the mainland, Irene and Gary's grown daughter, Rhoda is starting her own life. She fantasizes about the perfect wedding day, whilst her betrothed, Jim the dentist, wonders about the possibility of an altogether different future. Brilliantly drawn and fiercely honest in its depiction of love and disappointment, David Vann's first novel confirms him as one of America's most dazzling writers of fiction.

    Imprint: HARPER U S
    RRP: $30.00

    Price: $30.00
  • CENTURY FOR THE CENTURY : Fine Printed Books - 1900-1999
    CENTURY FOR THE CENTURY : Fine Printed Books - 1900-1999
    HUTNER MARTIN / KELLY JERRY
    ISBN: 9781567922202
    Title: CENTURY FOR THE CENTURY : Fine Printed Books - 1900-1999
    Author: HUTNER MARTIN / KELLY JERRY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A near fine copy in like dustjacket.


    Any serious book collector (and the most serious belong to The Grolier Club, that pre-eminent New York shrine) harbors a latent penchant for lists.

    These lists are usually generated in neat doses of one hundred titles. Here then (at least in the opinions of Messrs. Hutner and Kelly) are the hundred greatest printed books of the twentieth century. Given another pair of editors, you d probably be offered a different list, but this one serves and serves well, for it concentrates not only on the recognized chestnuts, but also lesser-known, and often exceedingly récherché volumes that have left their mark. It is noteworthy that only two books in the survey were printed by offset; the rest are all letterpress. And although America is strongly represented, there are also selections from Italy, France, Germany, the Netherlands, England, Wales and Switzerland. Every book is illustrated in fine line duotone, many in color, and best of all, the captions that accompanied the original Grolier exhibit have been transcribed intact. In their two prefatory essays, Hutner has provided a convincing defense of his choices (1900 1948), and Kelly, a spirited apologia for his (1949 1999).

    Joe Blumenthal ended his survey of fine printing in America with the observation that the art of the book, one of the slender graces of civilization, works its charm on each new generation. This survey, while admittedly neither comprehensive nor definitive, provides an excellent overview of fine printing over the past hundred years. Despite Morison s contention that typography is the most conservative of all the arts, the form of the book continues to mutate, evolve, and advance. If we are to overcome the complexities of a digital age, we would do well to appreciate, if not embrace, that heritage.

    Imprint: DAVID R GODINE
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • CHICAGO OF EUROPE : AND OTHER TALES OF FOREIGN TRAVEL - 2NDHAND
    CHICAGO OF EUROPE : AND OTHER TALES OF FOREIGN TRAVEL - 2NDHAND
    TWAIN MARK
    ISBN: 9781402758690
    Title: CHICAGO OF EUROPE : AND OTHER TALES OF FOREIGN TRAVEL - 2NDHAND
    Author: TWAIN MARK
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A near fine copy in like dust jacket. First edition.

    With a gimlet eye and a caustic wit, Mark Twain is the quintessential tour guide to parts known and unknown, and in these 68 travel yarns he trots readers around the globe from Hawaii to the Holy Land, from Lake Tahoe to Berlin—"Europe's Chicago"—with a combination of breezy insouciance and droll barbarism. This fine edition, edited by Mark Twain Prize founder Peter Kaminsky, includes pieces from Innocents Abroad, Roughing It, and A Tramp Abroad, as well as a variety of rarely seen articles and lectures, trips to magical realms ("Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven"), and a letter from 18-year-old Sam Clemens to his mother.

    "There is no great American writer easier to love than Mark Twain, and—as I realized reading this delicious collection—no part of Twain's oeuvre easier to love than his travel writing. Wandering around exotic places and among foreign people gives him the ideal opportunity to be his uniquely engaging self—not quite an innocent or a tramp but a curious, clear-eyed and totally American chronicler abroad: totally game, bewitched and appalled, funny and astounded."—Kurt Andersen



    Imprint: UNION SQUARE
    RRP: $28.00

    Price: $28.00
  • CHILDHOOD OF JESUS - 2ND HAND
    CHILDHOOD OF JESUS - 2ND HAND
    COETZEE J M
    ISBN: 9781922079701
    Title: CHILDHOOD OF JESUS - 2ND HAND
    Author: COETZEE J M
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A near fine copy in like dustjacket. First edition. Signed.

    The child is silent. For a while he too is silent. Then he speaks. 'Please believe me - please take it on faith - this is not a simple matter. The boy is without mother. What that means I cannot explain to you because I cannot explain it to myself. Yet I promise you, if you will simply say Yes, without forethought, without afterthought, all will become clear to you, as clear as day, or so I believe. Therefore: will you accept this child as yours?'

    David is a small boy who comes by boat across the ocean to a new country. He has been separated from his parents, and has lost the piece of paper that would have explained everything. On the boat a stranger named Simon takes it upon himself to look after the boy. On arrival they are assigned new names, new birthdates. They know little Spanish, the language of their new country, and nothing about its customs. They have also suffered a kind of forgetting of old attachments and feelings. They are people without a past. Simon's goal is to find the boy's mother. He feels sure he will know her when he sees her. And David? He wants to find his mother too but he also wants to understand where he is and how he fits in. He is a boy who is always asking questions.

    The Childhood of Jesus is not like any other novel you have read. This beautiful and surprising fable is about childhood, about destiny, about being an outsider. It is a novel about the riddle of experience itself.

    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $75.00

    Price: $75.00
  • CHRISTINA STEAD : A BIOGRAPHY - 2ND HAND
    CHRISTINA STEAD : A BIOGRAPHY - 2ND HAND
    ROWLEY HAZEL
    ISBN: 9780855613846
    Title: CHRISTINA STEAD : A BIOGRAPHY - 2ND HAND
    Author: ROWLEY HAZEL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very good copy, gift inscription has been crossed out on title page, in a like dustjacket. First edition hardcover.

    This critical biography of Australian novelist Christina Stead, drawing on her private correspondence and conversations with intimate friends, paints a picture of a passionate and intense woman for whom fame came too late in life, and sheds new light on the impulses behind her writing. It describes her tempestuous early years in parochial Sydney, her escape to London, the discovery of love with Bill Blake, Paris in the 1920s and the move to New York. After the war they returned to Europe but moved restlessly from place to place. Then, in 1965, "The Man Who Loved Children" was reissued, turning Stead into an international celebrity.

    Imprint: WILLIAM HEINEMAN
    RRP: $22.00

    Price: $22.00
  • CIVILIZATIONS : Culture Ambition and theTransformation of Nature - 2ND HAND
    CIVILIZATIONS : Culture Ambition and theTransformation of Nature - 2ND HAND
    FERNANDEZ-ARMESTO FELIPE
    ISBN: 9780743202480
    Title: CIVILIZATIONS : Culture Ambition and theTransformation of Nature - 2ND HAND
    Author: FERNANDEZ-ARMESTO FELIPE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A near fine copy in like dust jacket. First edition.

    In "Civilizations, " Felipe Fernandez-Armesto once again proves himself a brilliantly original historian, capable of large-minded and comprehensive works; here he redefines the subject that has fascinated historians from Thucydides to Gibbon to Spengler to Fernand Braudel: the nature of civilization.

    To Fernandez-Armesto, a civilization is "civilized in direct proportion to its distance, its difference from the unmodified natural environment..".by its taming and warping of climate, geography, and ecology. The same impersonal forces that put an ocean between Africa and India, a river delta in Mesopotamia, or a 2,000-mile-long mountain range in South America have created the mold from which humanity has fashioned its own wildly differing cultures. In a grand tradition that is certain to evoke comparisons to the great historical taxonomies, each chapter of "Civilizations" connects the world of the ecologist and geographer to a panorama of cultural history. In "Civilizations, " the medieval poem "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" is not merely a Christian allegory, but a testament to the thousand-year-long deforestation of the trees that once covered 90 percent of the European mainland. The Indian Ocean has served as the world's greatest trading highway for millennia not merely because of cultural imperatives, but because the regular monsoon winds blow one way in the summer and the other in the winter.

    In the words of the author, "Unlike previous attempts to write the comparative history of civilizations, it is arranged environment by environment, rather than period by period, or society by society." Thus, seventeen distinct habitats serve as jumping-off points for a series of brilliant set-piece comparisons; thus, tundra civilizations from Ice Age Europe are linked with the Inuit of the Pacific Northwest; and the Mississippi mound-builders and the deforesters of eleventh-century Europe are both understood as civilizations built on woodlands. Here, of course, are the familiar riverine civilizations of Mesopotamia and China, of the Indus and the Nile; but also highland civilizations from the Inca to New Guinea; island cultures from Minoan Crete to Polynesia to Renaissance Venice; maritime civilizations of the Indian Ocean and South China Sea...even the Bushmen of Southern Africa are seen through a lens provided by the desert civilizations of Chaco Canyon.

    More, here are fascinating stories, brilliantly told -- of the voyages of Chinese admiral Chen Ho and Portuguese commodore Vasco da Gama, of the Great Khan and the Great Zimbabwe. Here are Hesiod's tract on maritime trade in the early Aegean and the most up-to-date genetics of seed crops. Erudite, wide-ranging, a work of dazzling scholarship written with extraordinary flair, "Civilizations" is a remarkable achievement...a tour de force by a brilliant scholar.

    Imprint: FREE PRESS - SIMON AND SC
    RRP: $28.00

    Price: $28.00
  • CLERKENWELL TALES - 2ND HAND
    CLERKENWELL TALES - 2ND HAND
    ACKROYD PETER
    ISBN: 9781856197069
    Title: CLERKENWELL TALES - 2ND HAND
    Author: ACKROYD PETER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A near fine copy in like dust jacket.First edition.

    'I am sister to the day and night. I am sister to the woods.'

    Sister Clarisse, a nun in the House of St Mary at Clerkenwell, experiences visions. She dreams of the English King. Are her prophecies the babblings of the crazed? Or can she 'see' a future in which Henry Bolingbroke overthrows Richard II?

    This clever and colourful novel begins with The Nun's Tale, and continues with The Friar's Tale, The Merchant's Tale and The Clerk's Tale-. Thus, story by story, Peter Ackroyd builds his portrait of medieval London. The people are disenchanted by the Church, with its wealth and corruption, its Pope in Rome and its Pope in Avignon. But heresy is dangerous- almost as dangerous as rebellion.

    This is a novel about spies and counter-spies, radicals and idealists, murderers and arsonists, sects and secret societies...


    Imprint: CHATTO & WINDUS
    RRP: $25.00

    Price: $25.00
  • COLD MOUNTAIN - 2ND HAND
    COLD MOUNTAIN - 2ND HAND
    FRAZIER CHARLES
    ISBN: 9780871136794
    Title: COLD MOUNTAIN - 2ND HAND
    Author: FRAZIER CHARLES
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very good copy in like dust jacket. Reprint.

    A soldier wounded in the Civil War, Inman turns his back on the carnage of the battlefield and begins the treacherous journey home to Cold Mountain, and to Ada, the woman he loved before the war began.As Inman attempts to make his way across the mountains, through the devastated landscape of a soon-to-be-defeated South, Ada struggles to make a living from the land her once-wealthy father left when he died. Neither knows if the other is still alive.

    Imprint: ATLANTIC BOOKS
    RRP: $15.00

    Price: $15.00
  • COLLECTED PROSE - 2ND HAND
    COLLECTED PROSE - 2ND HAND
    AUSTER PAUL
    ISBN: 9780571218479
    Title: COLLECTED PROSE - 2ND HAND
    Author: AUSTER PAUL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A near fine copy in a bright, clean and lightly scuffed dustjacket. First edition. Signed by the author on the title page.

    The celebrated author of The New York Trilogy, The Book of Illusions and Invisible presents here a highly personal collection of essays, prefaces and occasional pieces written for magazines and newspapers. Ranging in subject from Walter Raleigh to Kafka; Hawthorne to the high-wire artist Philippe Petit; conceptual artist Sophie Calle to Auster's own Olympia typewriter; the 9/11 attack on the Twin Towers to his beloved New York City itself, Auster displays all his customary flair, wit and insight.

    Including several of his major works - important books in their own right, such as Hand to Mouth and The Invention of Solitude - this collection demonstrates and reaffirms the pre-eminent position Paul Auster holds in contemporary literature and criticism.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $75.00

    Price: $75.00
  • CON MEN AND CUTPURSES : SCENES FROM THE HOGARTHIAN UNDERWORLD - 2ND HAND
    CON MEN AND CUTPURSES : SCENES FROM THE HOGARTHIAN UNDERWORLD - 2ND HAND
    MOORE LUCY
    ISBN: 9780713993929
    Title: CON MEN AND CUTPURSES : SCENES FROM THE HOGARTHIAN UNDERWORLD - 2ND HAND
    Author: MOORE LUCY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A near fine copy in like dust jacket . First edition.

    This text is a collection of historical accounts of 18th-century roguery, criminality and skull-duggery. It features a diverse gallery of criminals, ranging from infamous thieves and murderers, whores and highway men, pirates and fraudsters. With extracts from popular journalism and biographical accounts, this volume presents the 18th-century criminal underworld in the idiomatic language of the time.

    Imprint: ALLEN LANE
    RRP: $25.00

    Price: $25.00
  • COST OF LIVING : EARLY AND UNCOLLECTED STORIES - 2ND HAND
    COST OF LIVING : EARLY AND UNCOLLECTED STORIES - 2ND HAND
    GALLANT MAVIS
    ISBN: 9781408806104
    Title: COST OF LIVING : EARLY AND UNCOLLECTED STORIES - 2ND HAND
    Author: GALLANT MAVIS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very good copy in like dust jacket. First edition

    Mavis Gallant is admired and beloved as one of the masters of the modern short story. Selected from early collections and the New Yorker , where many of the author's stories have appeared over the last fifty years, and with an introduction, this title reveals a writer coming into her own.


    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $15.00

    Price: $15.00
  • CRAVE : THE FEAST OF THE FIVE SENSES - 2ND HAND
    CRAVE : THE FEAST OF THE FIVE SENSES - 2ND HAND
    LEFEBVRE LUDO
    ISBN: 9780060012854
    Title: CRAVE : THE FEAST OF THE FIVE SENSES - 2ND HAND
    Author: LEFEBVRE LUDO
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A near fine copy in like dust jacket. First edition.

    For top chef Ludo Lefebvre, cooking is a sensual process that involves all five senses at every stage of preparation. In Crave, Lefebvre offers more than one hundred original, elegant, and unbelievably delicious recipes that teach us the joy -- and skill -- of cooking with the senses.

    In dishes such as his signature Glazed Langoustines with Ceylon Cinnamon, he shows that through our senses we can bring creativity and a sense of playfulness to cooking while still preserving the great traditions behind cuisine. Lefebvre brings a whole new level to the sense of taste with groundbreaking techniques for contrasting and balancing spices; he shows how to choose meat and produce and how to test food through touch; he teaches the difference between the sound of butter and oil that's ready for cooking and the sound of burning; he offers visual cues that can enhance technique and presentation; and he introduces recipes that tantalize the powerful sense of smell to heighten both the flavor and experience of a dish.

    Along with his desire to put delightful recipes into the hands of the home chef, Lefebvre wants us to expand our perception and understanding of the cooking process. "I want people to cook with love. I want them to be aware of what they're doing," says Lefebvre. "The act of cooking can be as much of a pleasure as eating, and if you really cook with your senses, you begin to find that cooking isn't work -- it's play."

    These inspiring recipes will encourage you to slow down and become fully absorbed as you learn to cook with and for all five senses:

    See: Oysters on the Half Shell with Red Beet Jelly and Shallot Cream
    Touch: Fried Stuffed Tomato Beignets
    Smell: Chicken Etouffée in Dried Verbena and Curry Leaves
    Hear: Roast Beef with Long Pepper and Spiced French Fries
    Taste: Lemon Sorbet with Saffron

    With Lefebvre's highly original interpretation of French cuisine and his sensual, almost spiritual, approach to every culinary endeavor, Crave invites us to make home cooking a rich, sensual, and rewarding experience.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
  • CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY : The STruggle for Global Justice - 2ND HAND
    CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY : The STruggle for Global Justice - 2ND HAND
    ROBERTSON GEOFFREY
    ISBN: 9780713991970
    Title: CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY : The STruggle for Global Justice - 2ND HAND
    Author: ROBERTSON GEOFFREY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A near fine copy in like dustjacket. Reprint

    This text explains, without legal jargon, exactly what the rules of international human rights are and what they should be, how they have developed, and in what courts and tribunals they may be asserted and vindicated. There is a discussion of the development of human rights as philosophy, then as law. A series of chapters deal with particular late-1990s issues, also explaining the procedures for asserting the rules in different courts and tribunals. A concluding chapter makes proposals for the future, suggesting a shift from diplomacy to institutions which can recognize and enforce human rights rules. The book includes an analysis of the war crimes trials at the Hague, the first occasion since Nuremburg on which the international community has attempted to punish violators of human rights.



    Imprint: ALLEN LANE
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • CROOKED LETTER CROOKED LETTER - 2ND HAND
    CROOKED LETTER CROOKED LETTER - 2ND HAND
    FRANKILN TOM
    ISBN: 9780060594664
    Title: CROOKED LETTER CROOKED LETTER - 2ND HAND
    Author: FRANKILN TOM
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very good copy in like dustjacket. First edition.

    Amos, Mississippi, is a quiet town. Silas Jones is its sole law enforcement officer. The last excitement here was nearly twenty years ago, when a teenage girl disappeared on a date with Larry Ott, Silas one-time boyhood friend. The law couldn't prove Larry guilty, but the whole town has shunned him ever since.

    Then the town's peace is shattered when someone tries to kill the reclusive Ott, another young woman goes missing, and the town's drug dealer is murdered. Woven through the tautly written murder story is the unspoken secret that hangs over the lives of two men – one black, one white.

    Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter is a masterful crime novel, sizzling with deep Southern menace, and distinguished by brilliant plotting and unforgettable characters.

    Imprint: MORROW
    RRP: $18.00

    Price: $18.00
  • CUBISM AND AUSTRALIAN ART - 2ND HAND
    CUBISM AND AUSTRALIAN ART - 2ND HAND
    HARDING / CRAMER
    ISBN: 9780522856736
    Title: CUBISM AND AUSTRALIAN ART - 2ND HAND
    Author: HARDING / CRAMER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A near fine copy. Illustrated boards showing minor signs of wear. No dustjacket, as issued. First edition.

    This is number 124 in the second numbered series of the Miegunyah volumes.

    Cubism was a movement that fundamentally changed the course of 20th-century art. Cubism and Australian Art shows the impact of this revolutionary and transformative movement on Australian painting from the early 20th century to the present day.

    The book traces the first manifestations of Cubism in Australian Art in the 1920s, when artists studying overseas under leading cubist artists began to transform their art.

    By the 1940s, artists working within the canon of modernism referred to Cubism as part of their evolutionary process, and following World War II Cubism's reverberations were being felt as part of the abstraction movement. Cubism continues to have an influence on contemporary art by giving the geometric basis from which to seek an inner meaning beneath surface appearances, the exploration of the spiritual dimension of painting and a key to understanding modernism.

    More than 80 international and Australian artists are showcased with over 200 works featuring Alexander Archipenko, George Braque, Juan Gris, Fernand Leger and Pablo Picasso as well as Margaret Preston, Roy de Maistre, Dorrit Black, Sam Atyeo, Grace Crowley and Adrian Lawlor.

    Author Information: Lesley Harding joined Heide Museum of Modern Art as Curator in 2005. She has curatorial experience spanning 15 years and is an art historian specialising in Australian modernism.

    Sue Cramer joined Heide Museum of Modern Art as Public Programs Co-ordinator in 2005 and in January 2009 took up the position of Curator.

    Imprint: MIEGUNYAH PRESS
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
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