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Ghosts from the Coast - A Collection of Twelve Stories from Georgetown County, South Carolina, Bolick, Julian Stevenson
1 Bolick, Julian Stevenson Ghosts from the Coast - A Collection of Twelve Stories from Georgetown County, South Carolina
Clinton, South Carolina The Presses of Jacobs Brothers 1966 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Good+ dust jacket 
Illustrated by Bolick, Julian Stevenson

xvii + 158 pp, 24 illustrations, red boards with gold lettering. Spine slightly slanted, corners bumped, a little edge wear. Original owner's name stamped on front end paper and fore edge, along with gift inscrip. from them 20 years later. Jacket shows a little darkening, some edge wear and a couple small closed tears, a small chip missing at top of spine, and a 2" tear to front cover starting close to bottom of spine. Stated limited edition, although the copy number is not written in the appropriate spot.

"The stories in this collection were told to Julian Bolick by various people who had themselves received the stories first and second hand. In preparing them for printing Mr. Bolick has tried to relate the facts as given him, while expanding the stories to make them more enjoyable. . . These stories are part of the "Ghost Lore" of the Coast."
"The author's original illustrations have the other-worldly effect of ruined textures and surfaces. These woodcut-like renderings of old coastal houses and scenes make plain they were meant to be haunted. . ."; 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall
004168 
Price: 65.00 USD

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Imperial Woman, Buck, Pearl S.
2 Buck, Pearl S. Imperial Woman
New York The John Day Company 1956 Apparent First Edition Cloth Good+ with no dust jacket 


Spine somewhat slanted, boards somewhat scuffed w/ a faint waterstain ring. A few pages dogeared. Text is clean and unmarked.; 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall
003312 
Price: 5.95 USD
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Saints, Card, Orson Scott
3 Card, Orson Scott Saints
New York Tor Books 1988 0812535219 / 9780812535211 Mass Market Paperback Very Good 
Illustrated by Richardson, Hiram [cover]

Spine somewhat curved and lightly creased, minor bumping. A nice, tight, attractive copy.

"When ten-year-old Dinah Kirkham saw her father leaving in the middle of the night, she asked when he would be back. 'Soon,' he said. On that night in 1829, John Kirkham built the foundation of his daughter's certainty that the only person she could ever really trust was herself. From that day forward, Dinah worked to support her family, remaining fiercely devoted to their welfare even in the face of despair. An epic of independence and devotion, of hardship and fulfillment. . . of a woman so strong that knowing her could change your life."; 6¾" - 7¾" Tall
006118 
Price: 6.50 USD

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4 Cartland, Barbara The Wild, Unwilling Wife
New York E. P. Dutton & Co 1977 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dust jacket 
Illustrated by Marshal, Francis (cover)

Very minor shelfwear. DJ has very minor edgewear w/ one tiny tear. A little yellowing at pastedown. A clean, unmarked, attractive copy.

"Alvaric Verne was on safari in the heart of Africa when he received a letter written six months earlier. Informed that his uncle and cousin had been killed in a carriage accident, Verne is summoned to England to assume his title as the 11th Lord Verhnam. When Verne arrives in the spring of 1825 he discovers that the duties attending his title are more than he anticipated. His relatives had sold the family treasures acquired through the centuries and mortgaged the estate to support their gambling, wine, and women. Verhnam Abbey is dilapidated and empty, the lands and farms in ruin. Theobold Muir, a multimillionaire neighbor, is the new owner of the treasures and holds the notes. He is quite willing, even anxious, to return all and restore the abbey to its former splendor - on one small condition - that Verne marry Muir’s daughter, Jarita. Able to find no alternative, Verne agrees to the loathsome scheme and finds himself married to a woman much harder to tame than the lions, cheetahs, and parrots he has collected for his menagerie."; 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall
003279 
Price: 5.95 USD

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Captain Ebony (Dell # D125), Cochran, Hamilton
5 Cochran, Hamilton Captain Ebony (Dell # D125)
New York, NY Dell Publishing 1943 Mass Market Paperback Good 
Illustrated by Mueller, Carl (cover)

Spine well creased, slanted. Covers somewhat creased, corners bumped, some edge wear/chipping. Back cover scuffed up somewhat. Yellowing. No publication date listed.

"In treacherous West Indian waters the notorious 'Captain Ebony' plied a dangerous trade-smuggling slaves. Here, too, he sailed a dangerous course between two beautiful women."; 16mo - over 5¾" - 6¾" tall
001903 
Price: 6.95 USD

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The Tontine, Vol. II, Costain, Thomas B.
6 Costain, Thomas B. The Tontine, Vol. II
Garden City, NY Doubleday & Company 1955 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good- dust jacket 
Illustrated by Ryman, Herbert

Spine somewhat slanted, corners slightly bumped. DJ has edgewear with a 1 1/2" chip/tear approx. mid-spine, a few small chips along edge , with a 1/2" chip at top of spine. A clean, attractive copy.

"The story of a tontine ( a strange and enticing form of gamble, part lottery, part insurance) begins with th4e day when the battle of Waterloo was fought and ends when the nineteenth century was drawing to a close. It is above everything else, therefore, a story of great variety: for although it marches briskly ahead with the interweaving narrative of the lives of its main characters, it takes time also to linger in the back wash of change, in the dingy squares, the inns, the coaching yards and railway stations, in the greenrooms and courts and jails of a colorful century." It carries along the suspense of the tontine as the years go by until finally there are but three survivors in this fascinating human lottery. Then there are two. And at last-one."; 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall
004075 
Price: 11.50 USD

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Two for the Lions (a Marcus Didius Falco mystery), Davis, Lindsey
7 Davis, Lindsey Two for the Lions (a Marcus Didius Falco mystery)
New York Mysterious Press 1998 0892966939 / 9780892966936 Book Club (BCE/BOMC) Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dust jacket 


DJ has very slight wear at spine ends. A bright, attractive copy.

"Nothing's certain except death and taxes. Catching tax evaders for the Emperor Vespasian looks like a plum position for Marcus Didius Falco, who has teamed up with his old boss, Anacrites, the crotchety chief spy of Rome. Soon, however, Falco is bogged down in bureaucracy, stuck at his stylus, and longing for a good murder to investigate. He gets one when someone kills Leonidas, the Empire's official executioner. Feared by plebeians and citizens alike, Leonidas administered justice with a swift, sure blow. Then he ate the offender. Now this king of beasts lies stabbed to death in his cage. Sniffing around after clues, Falco is soon led into the rowdy, decadent world of gladiators and bestiarii, fighters who specialize in contests against animals."; 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall
006078 
Price: 13.50 USD

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8 De Lisser, Herbert G. The White Witch of Rosehall
London Ernest Benn Limited 1968 Third Edition Hardcover Very Good in Good+ dust jacket 


Black cloth with white lettering, 255 pp. Spine slanted, corners bumped, slight edge wear. Jacket is in new Brodart, some edge wear with a couple small tears to top edge, some chipping at all corners and along flap creases. Overall a nice copy.

"A very striking and curious story, founded on fact, of the West Indies of the early nineteenth century. Robert Rutherford is sent to the Islands to learn the planter's business from the bottom. He becomes an overseer at Rosehall, the property of a young widow, Mrs. Palmer, whose three husbands have all died in curious circumstances. She takes a violent fancy to Rutherford, who is also embarrassed by the attentions of his half-caste housekeeper, Millicent.
"His housekeeper is urging him with some success, to fall in with West Indian habits, when Mrs. Palmer arrives. Millicent defies her and threatens her with the power of Takoo, an Obeah man. Mrs. Palmer, herself skilled in Obeah magic, puts a spell on the girl, which Takoo's rites, shattered by the white woman's stronger magic, are powerless to remove. "; 6¾" - 7¾" Tall
006835 
Price: 8.95 USD

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The Waterworks, Doctorow, E. L.
9 Doctorow, E. L. The Waterworks
New York, NY Random House, Incorporated 1994 0394587545 / 9780394587547 First Trade Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust jacket 


Corners slightly bumped, a couple pages creased from being paper clipped together. Red marker stripe on top edge (remainder mark?). Pages clean and bright.

The book is set in a post-Civil War New York City of the 1870s with maimed veterans begging in the streets, the Tweed Ring & conspicuous wealth glittering among mass misery. Young Martin Pemberton, a newspaper freelancer, encounters an old man who he recognizes as his supposedly dead & buried father. While searching for his father he disappears. His editor pursues the truth & in the process the author reveals New York City at a time of great energy & creativity. Doctorow states: "The soul of the city was always my subject and it was a roiling soul, twisting and turning over on itself and opening out again like a blown cloud."; Remainder; 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall
001513 
Price: 7.95 USD

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Hungry Hill, Du Maurier, Daphne
10 Du Maurier, Daphne Hungry Hill
Garden City, NY Doubleday, Doran, & Company, Inc. 1943 First Edition Cloth Good with no dust jacket 


Corners bumped, one chipped, edgewear especially along spine, blue boards which show some soiling, front board beginning to puul away from spine at half-title page, edges darkened, text has occasional foxing but is clean and unmarked.

The story of a family in Ireland which spans the time from 1820 to 1920, beginning with Copper John and ending with John-Henry.; 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall
002814 
Price: 7.25 USD

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Year Of The French, Flanagan, Thomas
11 Flanagan, Thomas Year Of The French
Holt, Rinehart, and Winston 1979 0030445914 / 9780030445910 Second Printing Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dust jacket 


Spine slightly slanted. Maps on pastedowns & free endpapers of County Mayo and Ireland. DJ shows slight shelfwear and a 1/2" tear. A bright, attractive copy.

"The year is 1798, when a band of determined, romantic Irishmen rise up in County Mayo against their English rulers. The French, secure in the success of their own revolution, decide to come to the aid of the Irish, less for the sake of an ideal than to harass the English. Out of a minor historical episode, Thomas Flanagan has forged an epic. Scores of characters are brought to life in his teeming pages. The panorama unfolds to show us a distant world in all its squalor and splendor, its barbarousness and gallantry, in a novel that promises to win an enduring place in our literature."; 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall
003719 
Price: 11.95 USD

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Bennett's Welcome, Fletcher, Inglis
12 Fletcher, Inglis Bennett's Welcome
Indianapolis Bobbs-Merrill Company 1950 Limited Edition Cloth Very Good- in Fair dust jacket 

Signed by Author
451 pp. The Cavalier Limited Edition (a first edition) signed by the author. Dark blue boards with gold lettering. Spine somewhat slanted, small spot on front board. Front and back pastedowns show the James and York Rivers at the Chesapeake Bay with the five main characters of the book: Nicholas, Bennett, Kathryn, Richard and Sibyl. PO name on free endpaper, DJ in protective Brodart plastic wrap. DJ has 4" tear at back of spine, chipping along edges, and some small tear mended with tape. Text is clean and unmarked.

"This is Inglis Fletcher's sixth Carolina novel and with it her large design becomes apparent. In the seven book series which began with Raleigh's Eden and now includes Men of Albemarle, Lusty Wind for Carolina, Toil of the Brave and Roanoke Hundred, she has purposed to tell the story of the 200 years' history of the colony and nascent state, from first settlement to North Carolina's ratification of the Constitution." This novel begins in August of 1651 and encompasses the impact that the Cromwellian period in England had on the New World.; 7¾" - 9¾" Tall; Signed by Author
005727 
Price: 25.00 USD

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Bennett's Welcome, Fletcher, Inglis
13 Fletcher, Inglis Bennett's Welcome
Indianapolis Bobbs-Merrill Company 1950 First Edition Hardcover Good with no dust jacket 


451 pp. This is a first edition (stated) that has been rebound by the library in orange patterned boards. Ex-library, of course, with the usual stamps markings, and pocket residue. Boards show a little shelf wear and a sunned spine. Interior is a bit tanned, but text is clean and unmarked. A good reading copy.

"This is Inglis Fletcher's sixth Carolina novel and with it her large design becomes apparent. In the seven book series which began with Raleigh's Eden and now includes Men of Albemarle, Lusty Wind for Carolina, Toil of the Brave and Roanoke Hundred, she has purposed to tell the story of the 200 years' history of the colony and nascent state, from first settlement to North Carolina's ratification of the Constitution." This novel begins in August of 1651 and encompasses the impact that the Cromwellian period in England had on the New World.; Ex-Library; 7¾" - 9¾" Tall
006995 
Price: 14.75 USD

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Lusty Wind for Carolina, Fletcher, Inglis
14 Fletcher, Inglis Lusty Wind for Carolina
Philadelphia The Blakiston Company 1945 Reprint Edition Hardcover Good in Fair dust jacket 


470 pp. Brown boards with dark brown lettering. Scuff mark at top of spine, edgewear at bottom, corners a little bumped, 1/4" chips at top of spine. DJ in protective Brodart plastic wrap. DJ has shallow chips at spine and flap ends, edgewear along ends, flaps and spine, starting to detach at front of spine. Text is clean and unmarked.

"Three streams of action interweave as through colorful scene after colorful scene the full river of the narrative rolls on. There is the struggle of Robert Fountaine's colony against loneliness, against the terror of the deep forest , against the hidden secret voices of dark swamps, against pirate attack and Indian raid. There is the stormy love story of Gabrielle Fountaine and David Moray, and the dangerous romance of gay 'Mary Lepel' and 'Michael Cary'. And there is the epic combat of outraged trade with the swarming pirate crews."; 7¾" - 9¾" Tall
005720 
Price: 7.95 USD

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Lusty Wind for Carolina, Fletcher, Inglis
15 Fletcher, Inglis Lusty Wind for Carolina
Philadelphia Bobbs-Merrill Company 1944 Limited Edition Hardcover Good with no dust jacket 

Signed by Author
509 pp. Blue cloth boards with rubbed gold lettering. Some edgewear, corners bumped and worn, dent at top edge, PO name inside. Stated limited edition -- Clarendon Edition. Signed by author on limitation page. Text is clean and unmarked.

"Three streams of action interweave as through colorful scene after colorful scene the full river of the narrative rolls on. There is the struggle of Robert Fountaine's colony against loneliness, against the terror of the deep forest , against the hidden secret voices of dark swamps, against pirate attack and Indian raid. There is the stormy love story of Gabrielle Fountaine and David Moray, and the dangerous romance of gay 'Mary Lepel' and 'Michael Cary'. And there is the epic combat of outraged trade with the swarming pirate crews."; 7¾" - 9¾" Tall; Signed by Author
006191 
Price: 35.00 USD

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Queen's Gift, Fletcher, Inglis
16 Fletcher, Inglis Queen's Gift
Indianapolis Bobbs-Merrill Company 1952 Book Club (BCE/BOMC) Hardcover Very Good in Good+ dust jacket 


384 pp. Blue boards with purple lettering along spine. Corners very slightly bumped with minor edgewear. DJ in protective Brodart cover. DJ has shallow chipping at spine and flap ends, with minor edgewear. Text is clean and unmarked.

"This is the seventh novel in Inglis Fletcher's celebrated Carolina series, and the keystone volume in her large design to compass in story the 200 years history of North Carolina from first settlement to ratification of the Constitution. The year is 1788 and Albemarle folk who have been united in war are divided in peace. A Constitution has been shaped in Philadelphia. Friend stands against friend in the bitter dissension over whether North Carolina shall ratify it and join the new union of the states. Leaders like brilliant, farsighted James Iredell and staunch Governor Sam Johnston use all their eloquence and prestige to persuade fellow citizens of the advantage in strong central government. As in 'Raleigh's Eden,' the principal characters are Adam and Mary Rutledge. Mary's strong conviction that the Constitution will safeguard all she holds dear. . . is opposed to Adam's belief that the new plan of government ignores the rights of men. His vote at the Hillsborough convention could estrange him from Mary."; 7¾" - 9¾" Tall
005721 
Price: 7.95 USD

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Queen's Gift, Fletcher, Inglis
17 Fletcher, Inglis Queen's Gift
New York Bantam Books 1973 Mass Market Paperback Good 


496 pp. Spine somewhat creased and slanted, corners bumped or creased, minor edge wear and darkening, a few pages with small dent to leading edge. Some yellowing but text is clean and unmarked. A solid reading copy.

"This is the seventh novel in Inglis Fletcher's celebrated Carolina series, and the keystone volume in her large design to compass in story the 200 years history of North Carolina from first settlement to ratification of the Constitution. The year is 1788 and Albemarle folk who have been united in war are divided in peace. A Constitution has been shaped in Philadelphia. Friend stands against friend in the bitter dissension over whether North Carolina shall ratify it and join the new union of the states. Leaders like brilliant, farsighted James Iredell and staunch Governor Sam Johnston use all their eloquence and prestige to persuade fellow citizens of the advantage in strong central government. As in 'Raleigh's Eden,' the principal characters are Adam and Mary Rutledge. Mary's strong conviction that the Constitution will safeguard all she holds dear. . . is opposed to Adam's belief that the new plan of government ignores the rights of men. His vote at the Hillsborough convention could estrange him from Mary."; 6¾" - 7¾" Tall
006992 
Price: 3.95 USD

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The Scotswoman, Fletcher, Inglis
18 Fletcher, Inglis The Scotswoman
New York Bantam Books 1974 Mass Market Paperback Good 


532 pp, spine somewhat creased and slanted, corners creased, minor edge wear and darkening, a little creasing to front cover. Some yellowing but text is clean and unmarked. A good reading copy.

"They came as refugees through an arduous journey marked by private passions and political power struggles - only to find new hardships in a young land.
"Eighth in a prize-winning series about the early days of North Carolina, this is the story of the remarkable Flora MacDonald, a woman whose talents enabled her and those she loved to survive amidst rebellious strife in Scotland and revolution in a new land. "; 6¾" - 7¾" Tall
006994 
Price: 4.25 USD

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Toil of the Brave, Fletcher, Inglis
19 Fletcher, Inglis Toil of the Brave
New York Bantam Books 1971 Mass Market Paperback Good 


548 pp, spine somewhat creased and slanted, corners bumped, a little edge wear and rubbing, reading crease and a little creasing to front cover. Some yellowing but text is clean and unmarked. A solid copy.

Sixth novel in Inglis Fletcher's 'Carolinas' series.
"1779. Family against family. The powerful proprietors of the Albemarle estates in the Carolinas are bitterly divided as Washington rights the greatest revolution in history. Reflected in the mirror of history is the blazing central love story - the impassioned triangle of beautiful Angela Ferrier, desperately, wilfully in love with two men, Anthony Allison, handsome and dangerous British spy, and Captain Peter Huntley dashing staff officer of the Continental Line. These three! Glamorous, youthful, reckless! Dominant figures in the gigantic canvas of old friends and vital new faces that is Toil of the Brave. "; 6¾" - 7¾" Tall
006993 
Price: 3.95 USD

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Hornblower and the Hotspur (Horatio Hornblower series #3), Forester, C. S.
20 Forester, C. S. Hornblower and the Hotspur (Horatio Hornblower series #3)
New York Pinnacle Books 1974 0523003838 / 9780523003832 Mass Market Paperback Fair 


Spine curved, cover shows edgewear, rubbing and creasing. Text starting to yellow and cracked at p. 150, but clean and unmarked.

"The newly promoted Commander Hornblower faces his most trying assignment in this, the third episode in the world-famous Hornblower saga. Ignoring the lure of prize money, he risks death to defend the British Atlantic Fleet from a French warship many times the size of his own sloop, Hotspur. It is 1803. War with France has resumed, and Napoleon is preparing for a naval conquest of England. Hornblower, attached to the English Channel Fleet, is commissioned with the Hotspur to act as a spy along the French coast, near Brest. He masterminds a daring plan to sabotage a major signaling station on French soil - a plan that nearly fails before culminating in a spectacularly successful land raid. And then he sails on. Harried by blizzards and short of supplies, Hornblower - a genius at the helm and an intrepid warrior always - fights his way to brilliant victories and recognition by non other than the Admiral of the Fleet himself."; 6¾" - 7¾" Tall
005647 
Price: 6.00 USD

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