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1 MacNEIL, Robert Breaking News. proof.
Nan A. Talese, Doubleday, 1998, 
MacNEIL, Robert. Breaking News : A Novel. NY: Nan A. Talese, Doubleday, (1998). Bound galley copy. Pp 406. 8vo, ill. card covers. Slightly rubbed, creasing to spine, front corners bumped slightly, else vg. 20.00

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2 MacNEIL, Robert LISMER, Arthur, (dj art) Burden of Desire. 1st US in dj. signed
1992, 
MacNEIL, Robert. Burden of Desire. N.Y. & Tor.: Doubleday, (March 1992). First Edition. Pp (12), [3]-466, (4). 8vo, blue cloth spine with blue paper-covered boards. MacNeil's first novel, set in Halifax, at the time of the Halifax Explosion. Vg in dj. With signed inscription from author. 25.00

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3 MacNEIL, Robert. Burden of Desire. First Dell Paperback Printing
Dell Publishing, New York, 1993, ISBN:0440215099 1993 0440215099 / 9780440215097 
MacNEIL, Robert. Burden of Desire. (New York) : A Dell Book, (April 1993). First Printing. Pp. (12), [3]-559, (7). With 2-page map spread of the Halifax peninsula. 12mo, art-illustrated cardcovers.

The first mass market issue of MacNeil's first novel, set in Halifax, at the time of the Halifax Explosion. It boasts an almost bodice-ripper style cover by an un-credited artist with the Julia Robertson character in a long chaste cloak on the front.

"Set against a vivid backdrop of a world at war Burden of Desire opens with a cataclysmic explosion that provides the novel's extraordinary central metaphor. The blast and its aftermath, which devastates Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1917, and ensures that the world as they know it will never be the same again.

Brilliantly blending suspense and eroticism with rich historical detail, Robert MacNeil sets the stage for one of the most provocative tales of desire and obsession to be found in recent fiction. magnificent in scope, Burden of Desire is a work of rare emotional power in which acts of love and war come vividly and sensually to life." - from rear cover.

Very good. 7.50



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4 MacNEIL, Robert LISMER, Arthur, (dj art) Burden of Desire. First Edition in dustjacket,
Doubleday, 1992, ISBN:0385420196 
MacNEIL, Robert. Burden of Desire. New York, London, Toronto, etc. : Nan A.Talese, Doubleday, (March 1992). First Edition Stated. Pp. (12), [3]-466, (4). 8vo, blue cloth spine with blue paper-covered boards, gilt lettering to spine. With map end-papers. MacNeil's first novel, set in Halifax, at thetime of the Halifax Explosion. "In his first novel, Robert MacNeil, the di stinguished co-anchor of PBS's 'MacNeil / Lehrer NewsHour," author of Wordstruck and co-author of The Story of English, reopens the wounds of history to trace three lives caught in the whirlwind of World War I. "The setting is Halifax, Nova Scotia, whose inhabitants are introduced first-hand to the horror of the war when a freighter ship carrying TNT explodes in the harbor, leveling an entire district. In the wake of this disaster, Peter Wentworth, a young minister who typefies the cautiousness and propriety of upper-class Halifax, finds, misplaced amid clothes donated by the blast, a diary containing the sexually frank confessions of a young woman. Peter is shocked,intrigued, and finaly obsessed by what he has read. In an attempt to ident ify the woman and return the diary, Peter shows it to a friend from childhood, Stewart MacPherson, a psychologist acquainted with the revolutionary theories of Freud. Stewart, too, falls under the woman's spell." - from the dustjacket.. Very good in dustjacket. 30.00

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5 MacNEIL, Robert. LISMER, Arthur, (dj art). Burden of Desire. First Edition, Paperback
Nan A. Talese, Doubleday, New York, 1992, ISBN:0385420196 
MacNEIL, Robert. Burden of Desire. New York : Nan A. Talese, Doubleday, (1992). First Edition. Pp. (12), [3]-466, (4). 8vo, cardcovers, with Lismer cover art on frnt, b&w photo of MacNeil on rear. MacNeil's first novel, set in Halifax, at the time of the Halifax Explosion. A peculiar version with nocover price and the same ISBN as the First Edition hardcover. Very good. 1 5.00

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6 MacNEIL, Robert. Burden of Desire. First Edition, Uncorrected Proof
Nan A. Talese, Doubleday, New York, 1992, ISBN:0385420196 
MacNEIL, Robert. Burden of Desire. New York : Nan A. Talese, Doubleday, (March 1992). First Edition. Uncorrected Proof. Pp. (12), [3]-466, (4). 8vo, white cardcovers. MacNeil's first novel, set in Halifax, at the time of the Halifax Explosion. With printed label on front cover : "Published by Doubleday Canada / Publication Date: March 7, 1992 / Price $28.00" which is affixed over text for the American release: "Tentative Publication: June 1992 / Price $22.50". In his first novel, Robert MacNeil, the distinguished co-anchor of PBS's 'MacNeil / Lehrer NewsHour," author of Wordstruck and co-author of The Story of English, reopens the wounds of history to trace three lives caught in the whirlwind of World War I. The setting is Halifax, Nova Scotia, whose inhabitants are introduced first-hand to the horror of the war when a freighter ship carrying TNT explodes in the harbor, leveling an entire district. In the wake of this disaster, Peter Wentworth, a young ministerwho typefies the cautiousness and propriety of upper-class Halifax, finds, misplaced amid clothes donated by the blast, a diary containing the sexual ly frank confessions of a young woman. Peter is shocked, intrigued, and finaly obsessed by what he has read. In an attempt to identify the woman and return the diary, Peter shows it to a friend from childhood, Stewart MacPherson, a psychologist acquainted with the revolutionary theories of Freud. Stewart, too, falls under the woman's spell." - from the dustjacket. Light wear to covers, light edge creasing to covers, else very good. 50.00

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7 MacNEIL, Robert. LISMER, Arthur, (dj art). Burden of Desire. Harcourt Paperback
Nan A. Talese, Doubleday, New York, 1992, ISBN:9780156006095 
MacNEIL, Robert. Burden of Desire. Orlando, &c : A Harvest Book, Harcourt Inc., (1998). First Harvest Edition. Pp. (12), [3]-466, (4). 8vo, yellow art-illustrated cardcovers. MacNeil's first novel, set in Halifax, at the timeof the Halifax Explosion. "The citizens of Halifax, Nova Scotia, are intro duced first-hand to the horror of the war on December 6, 1917, when a freighter carrying TNT explodes in the harbor, leveling the entire north end of the city. In the wake of the disaster, as survivors sort through the rubbleand tend to the dead and wounded a young clergyman finds a woman's diary. First intrigued and then obsessed by her sexual confessions, he enlists thehelp of a friend in the hope of unveiling her identity. Together they find the diary's author, and soon all three are faced with conflicting emotions , struggling with duty, destruction, and an overwhelming burden of desire."- from rear cover. Very good. 12.00

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8 BELL, John , (ed.). MacNEIL, Robert, foreword. MARRYAT, Frederick. SAUNDERS, Marshall. Halifax : A Literary Portrait. First Edition.
Pottersfield, Lawrencetown Beach, 1990, ISBN:0919001653 
BELL, John, (ed.). Halifax : A Literary Portrait. With a Foreword by RobertMacNeil. Lawrencetown Beach, Nova Scotia : Pottersfield Press, (1990). Fir st Edition. Pp (6),v-viii,1-228,(2). 8vo, black cardcovers with a colour reproduction of Elizabeth Nutt's painting, "Winter, George Street, Halifax, N.S." (1935) on the front cover. John Bell (b. May 4, 1952, Montreal). "Halifax: A Literary Portrait is a lively anthology of thirty-one selected writings about this colourful Nova Scotian port city dating from the early eighteenth century to the present. Included are works by such varied writers as Thomas Chandler Haliburton, Joseph Howe, Charles Dickens, Rudyard Kipling, L.M. Montgomery, Hugh MacLennan, Thomas Raddall, Will R. Bird, Irving Layton (from Waiting for the Messiah), Earle Birney, bill bissett and Spider Robinson". - from rear cover. The others included are Jacob Bailey, Charles Bruce, Leslie Choyce, George Elliott Clarke, Richard Henry Dana, Jr, Sieur deDièreville, Juliana Horatia Ewing, Oliver Goldsmith, Mark Gordon, Bill How ell, Pauline Johnson, Elizabeth Jones, Kenneth Leslie, Douglas Lochhead, Archibald MacMechan, Captain Frederick Marryat (from The Naval Officer), Thomas Moore, Marshall Saunders, and Israel Zangwill (from The Master). Very good. 15.00

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9 MacNEIL, Robert Looking for My Country. in dj.
Random House Canada, Toronto, 2002, ISBN:067931248x 
MacNEIL, Robert. Looking for My Country : Finding Myself in America. (Toronto): Random House Canada, (2002). Pp. 203. 8vo, blue cloth spine with blue paper covered boards, gilt lettering to spine. Memoirs of the American journalist who grew up in war-time Halifax. Vg in dj. 20.00

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10 MacNEIL, Robert. MORRICE, J.W.). Portrait of Julia. A novel. First Edition in dustjacket.
Formac Publishing Company Limited, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, 2013, ISBN:9781459502796 
MacNEIL, Robert. Portrait of Julia. A novel. (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada): Formac Publishing Company Limited, (2013). First Printing. Pp (6),[7]-347,(5). 8vo (160 x 236 mm), tan cloth with gilt lettering to front cover & spine.

Jacket design based on artwork by James Wilson Morrice.

Robert Breckenridge Ware "Robin" MacNeil, OC (b. January 19, 1931, Montreal).

"In 'Portrait of Julia', Robert MacNeil returns to a character who first appeared in 'Burden of Desire'. It is 1920, and Julia Robertson is a beautiful young war widow, aware of radical new ideas bursting into the emerging 20th century world of painting, music, and literature; new ideas about sexual frankness, about the Modern Woman, and growing skepticism about religion.

Julia struggles with her conscience and her feelings over two men, one of whom leads her into the orbit of the young and charming Prince of Wales. Leaving behind the stuffy world of Halifax, she goes to London and Paris and then the south of France where she renews her close friendship with one of the great Canadian painters of the period, J.W. Morrice. She becomes part of Morrice's inner circle, which also includes Morrice's close friend Henri Matisse. Ultimately, Julia has to resolve a dilemma that dramatically tests all her progressive ideas.

The result is a fascinating account of a young woman ion the midst of a world in transformation." - from the dustjacket.

Very good in unclipped dustjacket. 16.00

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11 MacNEIL, Robert Right Place at The Right Time. 1st US in dj
1982, 
MacNEIL, Robert. The Right Place at The Right Time. Boston & Tor.: Little, Brown and Company, (1982). First Edition. Pp (16),3333,(5). 8vo, black cloth spine & gold paper-covered bds. With the Halifax chapter "White Christmas". Vg in price-clipped dj. 25.00

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12 MacNEIL, Robert Voyage. proof
Nan A. Talese, 1995, 
MacNEIL, Robert. The Voyage. NY: Nan A. Talese, (1995). Advanced Uncorrected Proof. Pp. 288. 8vo, ill. card covers. Vg. 20.00

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13 MacNEIL, Robert Voyage. 1st US in dj
Doubleday, 1995, 
MacNEIL, Robert. The Voyage. (N.Y.: Doubleday, 1995). First Printing. Pp 288. 8vo, blue cloth spine. Vg in dj. 17.50

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14 MacNEIL, Robert Voyage. 1st US in dj. signed
1995, 
MacNEIL, Robert. The Voyage. (N.Y.: Doubleday, 1995). First Printing. Pp 288. 8vo, blue cloth spine. Vg-fine in dj. Inscribed by MacNeil. 20.00

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15 MacNEIL, Robert Wordstruck : A Memoir. Unrevised and Unpubished Proof.
Viking , 1989, 
MacNEIL, Robert. Wordstruck : A Memoir. Unrevised and Unpublished Proof. N.pl.: Viking, (1989). Pp 232. 8vo, peach cardcovers. "Although I was born inMontreal, it was in Hialilax that I learned to talk and later to read and write. So it was as a Nova Scotian that I joined the English-speaking peoples: my first English came flavoured with a saltv tang and with odd names for things, like chesterfield for sofa." - p.2 Much on Halifax and environs throughout the book, with, naturally an emphasis on his early days in broadcasting. And, happily, books and reading also predominate, e.g. this passageon his father : "Whatever he was doing, his books were a constant; even wh en he was short of cash for anything else, like paying bills, books appeared. In fact, he used books to hide the bills he couldn't pay. Occasionally Ifound little nests of them when I pulled out a book. My mother said scornf ully that was Irish — dealing with unpleasant reality by putting it away somewhere, out of mind. She never knew which books to look behind. It made her both funous with him and tender. He always wrote on the flyleaf of each new book the date and where he was, so i can follow him: reading Chesterton just after they were married in November 1929, Scottish poets the followingspring, Conrad tnrough the eariy thirties, and Proust at sea in wartime — Swann's Way, 1941, in HMCS Dauphin; Within a Budding Grove, in 1944, aboardHMCS Columbia. Some books spent the war in sea bags and still show it. The re were always books and they were moved each time we moved. His brother, Corty, an artist, designed bookplates, and after the war, my father spent weeks pasting them into his books. He treated the bindings of his leatherbound books with oil to keep them supple. He loved the feel of books, good paper, well- sewn bindings; while still a small cniid I was hearing about half-calf and morocco bindings." - pp.11-12. Very good. 20.00

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16 MacNEIL, Robert Wordstruck : A Memoir. First Edition in dustjacket
Viking, 1989, 
MacNEIL, Robert. Wordstruck : A Memoir. (New York, Markham, Ont., &c) : Viking, (1989). First Printing. Pp (10), 1-230. Illustrations in the text. 8vo, brown cloth spine, beige paper-covered boards, gilt lettering to spine. Robert Breckenridge Ware MacNeil, OC, (b. January 19, 1931, Montreal). "A winter's night in Halifax, Nova Scotia, half a century ago: a small boy, warmfrom his bath. dressed in striped flannel pajamas and a wool dressing gown , nestled among the cushions of a sofa, listens to his mother read aloud, ".. . keeping nothing back but the bearings of the island, and that only because there is treasure not yet lifted." Entranced, this small boy never forgot the spell of those words - and others - read to him as a child, words that seemed magical then, and now are clues to remembering his childhood, a trail along which he uncovers his earliest experiences. In Wordstruck, Robert MacNeil hauntingly and poignantly re-creates his own youth, his own growing love of words, the world they opened up to him, the experiences they enriched. Delving into his past to unearth these treasured experiences, he recaptures the lost world of his childhood. MacNeil's delight infuses his ownwords with magic, with an incandescent vitality that reminds us of the pow er of words to evoke, to enthrall, to move. " - from the dust jacket. "Although I was born in Montreal, it was in Hialilax that I learned to talk and later to read and write. So it was as a Nova Scotian that I joined the English-speaking peoples: my first English came flavoured with a saltv tang andwith odd names for things, like chesterfield for sofa." - p.2 Much on Hali fax and environs throughout the book, with, naturally an emphasis on his early days in broadcasting. And, happily, books and reading also predominate,e.g. this passage on his father : "Whatever he was doing, his books were a constant; even when he was short of cash for anything else, like paying bi lls, books appeared. In fact, he used books to hide the bills he couldn't pay. Occasionally I found little nests of them when I pulled out a book. My mother said scornfully that was Irish — dealing with unpleasant reality by putting it away somewhere, out of mind. She never knew which books to look behind. It made her both funous with him and tender. He always wrote on theflyleaf of each new book the date and where he was, so i can follow him: r eading Chesterton just after they were married in November 1929, Scottish poets the following spring, Conrad tnrough the eariy thirties, and Proust atsea in wartime — Swann's Way, 1941, in HMCS Dauphin; Within a Budding Grov e, in 1944, aboard HMCS Columbia. Some books spent the war in sea bags and still show it. There were always books and they were moved each time we moved. His brother, Corty, an artist, designed bookplates, and after the war, my father spent weeks pasting them into his books. He treated the bindings of his leatherbound books with oil to keep them supple. He loved the feel of books, good paper, well- sewn bindings; while still a small cniid I was hearing about half-calf and morocco bindings." - pp.11-12. Remainder mark tobottom edge, else vg in vg dj. 20.00

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17 MacNEIL, Robert Wordstruck : A Memoir. First Edition in dustjacket, signed
1989, 
MacNEIL, Robert. Wordstruck : A Memoir. (New York, Markham, Ont., &c) : Viking, (1989). First Printing. Pp (10), 1-230. Illustrations in the text. 8vo, brown cloth spine, beige paper-covered boards, gilt lettering to spine. Robert Breckenridge Ware MacNeil, OC, (b. January 19, 1931, Montreal). "A winter's night in Halifax, Nova Scotia, half a century ago: a small boy, warmfrom his bath. dressed in striped flannel pajamas and a wool dressing gown , nestled among the cushions of a sofa, listens to his mother read aloud, ".. . keeping nothing back but the bearings of the island, and that only because there is treasure not yet lifted." Entranced, this small boy never forgot the spell of those words - and others - read to him as a child, words that seemed magical then, and now are clues to remembering his childhood, a trail along which he uncovers his earliest experiences. In Wordstruck, Robert MacNeil hauntingly and poignantly re-creates his own youth, his own growing love of words, the world they opened up to him, the experiences they enriched. Delving into his past to unearth these treasured experiences, he recaptures the lost world of his childhood. MacNeil's delight infuses his ownwords with magic, with an incandescent vitality that reminds us of the pow er of words to evoke, to enthrall, to move. " - from the dust jacket. "Although I was born in Montreal, it was in Hialilax that I learned to talk and later to read and write. So it was as a Nova Scotian that I joined the English-speaking peoples: my first English came flavoured with a saltv tang andwith odd names for things, like chesterfield for sofa." - p.2 Much on Hali fax and environs throughout the book, with, naturally an emphasis on his early days in broadcasting. And, happily, books and reading also predominate,e.g. this passage on his father : "Whatever he was doing, his books were a constant; even when he was short of cash for anything else, like paying bi lls, books appeared. In fact, he used books to hide the bills he couldn't pay. Occasionally I found little nests of them when I pulled out a book. My mother said scornfully that was Irish — dealing with unpleasant reality by putting it away somewhere, out of mind. She never knew which books to look behind. It made her both funous with him and tender. He always wrote on theflyleaf of each new book the date and where he was, so i can follow him: r eading Chesterton just after they were married in November 1929, Scottish poets the following spring, Conrad tnrough the eariy thirties, and Proust atsea in wartime — Swann's Way, 1941, in HMCS Dauphin; Within a Budding Grov e, in 1944, aboard HMCS Columbia. Some books spent the war in sea bags and still show it. There were always books and they were moved each time we moved. His brother, Corty, an artist, designed bookplates, and after the war, my father spent weeks pasting them into his books. He treated the bindings of his leatherbound books with oil to keep them supple. He loved the feel of books, good paper, well- sewn bindings; while still a small cniid I was hearing about half-calf and morocco bindings." - pp.11-12. Very good in price-clipped dustjacket. Signed by the author. 25.00

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18 MacNEIL, Robert Wordstruck : A Memoir. Second Printing in dustjacket
Viking, 1989, 
MacNEIL, Robert. Wordstruck : A Memoir. (New York, Markham, Ont., &c) : Viking, (1989). Second Printing. Pp (10), 1-230. Illustrations in the text. 8vo, brown cloth spine, beige paper-covered boards, gilt lettering to spine. Robert Breckenridge Ware MacNeil, OC, (b. January 19, 1931, Montreal). "A winter's night in Halifax, Nova Scotia, half a century ago: a small boy, warm from his bath. dressed in striped flannel pajamas and a wool dressing gown, nestled among the cushions of a sofa, listens to his mother read aloud, ".. . keeping nothing back but the bearings of the island, and that only because there is treasure not yet lifted." Entranced, this small boy never forgot the spell of those words - and others - read to him as a child, words that seemed magical then, and now are clues to remembering his childhood, atrail along which he uncovers his earliest experiences. In Wordstruck, Rob ert MacNeil hauntingly and poignantly re-creates his own youth, his own growing love of words, the world they opened up to him, the experiences they enriched. Delving into his past to unearth these treasured experiences, he recaptures the lost world of his childhood. MacNeil's delight infuses his own words with magic, with an incandescent vitality that reminds us of the power of words to evoke, to enthrall, to move. " - from the dust jacket. "Although I was born in Montreal, it was in Hialilax that I learned to talk andlater to read and write. So it was as a Nova Scotian that I joined the Eng lish-speaking peoples: my first English came flavoured with a saltv tang and with odd names for things, like chesterfield for sofa." - p.2 Much on Halifax and environs throughout the book, with, naturally an emphasis on his early days in broadcasting. And, happily, books and reading also predominate, e.g. this passage on his father : "Whatever he was doing, his books were a constant; even when he was short of cash for anything else, like paying bills, books appeared. In fact, he used books to hide the bills he couldn't pay. Occasionally I found little nests of them when I pulled out a book. Mymother said scornfully that was Irish — dealing with unpleasant reality by putting it away somewhere, out of mind. She never knew which books to look behind. It made her both funous with him and tender. He always wrote on th e flyleaf of each new book the date and where he was, so i can follow him: reading Chesterton just after they were married in November 1929, Scottish poets the following spring, Conrad tnrough the eariy thirties, and Proust at sea in wartime — Swann's Way, 1941, in HMCS Dauphin; Within a Budding Grove, in 1944, aboard HMCS Columbia. Some books spent the war in sea bags andstill show it. There were always books and they were moved each time we mo ved. His brother, Corty, an artist, designed bookplates, and after the war,my father spent weeks pasting them into his books. He treated the bindings of his leatherbound books with oil to keep them supple. He loved the feel of books, good paper, well- sewn bindings; while still a small cniid I was hearing about half-calf and morocco bindings." - pp.11-12. remainder mark on bootom edge, else very good in very good unclipped dustjacket. 17.00

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