13101
ABSE, Dannie.
Dannie Abse:
Pocket Poet series.
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London, Vista Books 1963. First edition. A paperback original. A small light stain showing mainly on the upper hinge area of the verso of the front cover, o/w fine in wrappers in a protective glassine cover.
Signed by the poet. A selection of poems from earlier books, and some appearing here for the first time.
$35
12907
ABSE, Dannie.
A Poet In The Family.
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London, Hutchinson 1974. First edition. Faint erasure mark on the top corner of the fly-leaf, o/w fine in very good dustjacket a little worn at extremities and with the laminate cracked near the spine.
An autobiography by the British poet and author of "Ash on a Young Man's Sleeve".
$20
20407
ACKERLEY, J.R.
The Letters of J.R. Ackerley.
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London, Duckworth 1975. First edition. Ten pages have top corners browned (triangular in shape, perhaps from some sort of thoughtlessly inserted bookmark), o/w fine in like price-clipped dustjacket.
With a frontispiece portrait. Letters to many literary figures of the time, by the editor "The Listener" (from 1935 to 1959), best know for two of his books, the family memoir, "My Father and Myself" and the travel classic, "Hindoo Holiday".
$35
16515
ACKROYD, Peter.
Hawksmoor.
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London, Hamish Hamilton 1985. First edition. Top edge slightly spotted, bookseller's label on front paste-down, o/w fine in fine price-clipped dustjacket.
$35
12542
ACTON, Harold.
Old Lamps for New.
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London, Methuen 1965. First edition. Small ownership label on fly-leaf, o/w fine in very good dustjacket with a couple of closed tears on the bottom of the front panel.
$45
10504
ADAMS, Richard.
The Girl in a Swing.
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London, Allen Lane 1980. First edition (first issue). Fine in fine dustjacket.
The second issue had the name of the heroine changed throughout (because of a libel suit).
$25
16376
ADAMSON, Joy.
Queen of Shaba.
The Story of an African Leopard.
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London, Collins & Harvill Press 1980. First edition. Large octavo. Fine in like dustjacket.
Illustrated with photographs. Adamson was murdered a few days after she completed this book.
$25
21252
ADDISON, Julia de Wolf.
Arts and Crafts in the Middle Ages.
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London, George Bell & Sons 1908. First edition. Original green cloth, spine and front cover lettered and elaborately decorated in gilt, orange and white, top edge gilt, very good in protective archival jacket.
Profusely iIllustrated in colour and b/w. "A description of Mediaeval Workmanship in several of the departments of applied art, together with some account of special artisans in the early Renaissance."
$75
11837
AGEE, James.
A Death in the Family.
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London, Victor Gollancz 1958. First edition. Edges and prelims somewhat foxed, o/w very good in like dustjacket with a few small closed tears.
Pulitizer Prize winning novel.
$45
20419
AGEE, James.
Letters of James Agee to Father Flye.
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Boston, Houghton Mifflin 1971. Second edition. Faint foxing on fore and bottom edges, and endpapers, o/w very good in like price-clipped dustjacket.
This is the first printing of the 2nd edition, with a new preface and previously unpublished letters by Father Flye. Introduction by Robert Phelps.
$25
23068
AGEE, James & EVANS, Walker.
Let Us Now Praise Famous Men.
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Boston, Houghton Mifflin 1960. Second printing (but actually second edition). Fine in very good dustjacket.
This new edition (20 years after the first) has twice the number of powerful b/w photographs by Evans than were included in the first printing. A ground-breaking literary and photographic study of the sharecropping families and rural poor of the American South in the 1930s.
$50
26028
AICKMAN, Robert.
Night Voices.
Strange Stories.
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London, Victor Gollancz 1985. First edition. Very fine in like dustjacket.
With a foreword by Barry Humphries.
$45
23911
ALDINGTON, Richard.
Death of a Hero.
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London, Chatto & Windus 1929. First edition. Top edge a little spotted, a bookshop's tiny label on the front paste-down, o/w fine in a good price-clipped dustjacket with a few small closed tears, some almost imperceptible light staining on the back panel near the spine, with some small restored chips (eighth of an inch deep) along the head of the spine (no lettering affected).
A classic of WWI fiction, in the superbly designed jacket by Paul Nash. This dustjacket belongs to the second impression and has reviews on the back panel (the book had its first British impression inf September 1929, the second in October of the same year).
$150
24040
ALDINGTON, Richard.
Women Must Work.
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London, Chatto & Windus 1934. First edition. Slightly faded on the spine (lettering still clear) o/w very good in like price -clipped dustjacket.
An early novel by Aldington on feminine independance in a wonderful jacket by George Plank.
$200
13601
ALEICHEM, Sholom.
Old Country Tales.
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New York, G.P.Putnam's Sons 1966. Second impression. Top edge very slightly spotted, o/w fine in very good dustjacket with a few closed tears and some soiling.
A treasury of stories by the master of Yiddish humour, selected and translated by Curt Leviant.
$35
16527
ALLINGHAM, Margery.
Hide My Eyes.
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London, Chatto & Windus 1958. First edition. Edges and prelims spotted, o/w good in good price-clipped dustjacket with some closed tears.
$40
20067
ALLINGHAM, Margery.
Mr Campion's Clowns.
An Allingham Omnibus.
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London, Chatto & Windus 1967. First edition. A few faint spots on bottom edge, faint off-setting on rear endpaper, bookseller's label on front paste-down, o/w fine in very good price-clipped dustjacket with slight rubbing on rear panel and a little worn at extremities.
Contains the novels: "Mystery Mile", "Coroner's Pidgin", & "More Work for the Undertaker".With a warm and informative memoir by the author's husband, Philip Youngman Carter, who also supplied the striking jacket for the book.
$90
15742
AMADO, Jorge.
Gabriela,
Clove and Cinnamon.
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London, Chatto & Windus 1963. First edition. Edges and prelims lightly spotted, cloth spine a little faded, o/w very good in like dustjacket with light wear at edges, small repair at tail of spine and spine slightly darkened.
Translated by James L. Taylor and William L. Grossman.
$20
16526
AMBLER, Eric.
The Ability to Kill.
And Other Pieces.
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London, The Bodley Head 1963. First edition. Edges and prelims very lightly spotted, o/w very good in like price-clipped dustjacket with a few closed tears and small repairs at head and tail of spine and some wear at extremities.
$25
10373
ARNOLD, Matthew.
Letters of Matthew Arnold.
1848-1888. Two volumes.
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London, Macmillan & Co 1895. First edition. Blue linen cloth, gilt lettering. Volume I slightly mottled. Edges very slightly browned, o/w very good. A handsome set.
Collected and arranged by George W.E. Russell.
$75
16371
ARNOW, Harriette.
The Dollmaker.
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London, William Heinemann 1955. First edition. Top edges slightly browned, bookseller's label and stamp on the bottom edge of the front endpapers, o/w fine in good price-clipped dustjacket with a few small closed tears, 2 small chips restored at the head of the spine, and 2 larger pieces (half inch) at the foot of the spine and on the back panel.
An acclaimed and influential novel set in the Cumberland Mountains of Kentucky, which compares the values found there with those the author experienced in Detroit during WWII. In a striking pictorial wrap-around dustjacket designed by Albany Wiseman, in contrast to the rather plain design used on the US edition.
$50
22011
ASHLEY, Mike.
The Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction.
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London, Elm Tree Books/Hamish Hamilton 1977. First edition. Some slight soiling on the bottom edge, o/w fine in very good dustjacket with the green background faded slightly (but not affecting the black lettering).
An excellent reference with over 400 biographical entries, as well as many lists of genre works.
$25
13213
ASIMOV, Isaac.
Words of Science
and the History Behind Them.
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London,' Harrap 1974. First UK (and first one volume, revised) edition. Very good in very good price-clipped dustjacket.
$35
16085
ASTOR, John Jacob.
A Journey In Other Worlds:
A Romance of The Future.
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London, Longmans, Green, and Co. 1894. First edition. Original silver and gilt-stamped cloth. A ownership signature on the front paste-down, some very light foxing on the prelims, o/w a fine attractive copy in a protective glassine wrapper.
"The book opens with Utopian description of the Earth in 2000 A.D., but quickly shifts to a series of voyages to the planets. Mysticism dominates all the voyages." (Barron). Antigravity devices, aliens, and ten wonderful illustrations by Dan Beard. John Jacob Astor (1864-1912) was an American writer, the great grandson of the famous fur trader and financier of the same name. He served in the Spanish-American War, and lost his life in the Titanic disaster.
$150
26323
BACH, John.
The Australia Station:
A History of the Royal Navy in the South West Pacific 1821-1913.
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Sydney, New South Wales University Press (1986). First edition. Small quarto. Top edge slightly foxed, o/w fine in like dustjacket.
Illustrated with b/w maps and plates.
$60
10299
BAGEHOT, Walter.
Biographical Studies.
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London, Longmans, Green & Co 1899. 4th impression. Original maroon cloth, spine gilt. Cloth slightly mottled around edges, ownership inscription on half-title, prelims spotted, o/w very good.
Edited by Richard Holt Hutton. Essays on Sir Robert Peel, Mr Gladstone, William Pitt, Adam Smith, Lord Palmerston, etc. by the great English economist and journalist.
$35
17045
BARICH, Bill.
Laughing in the Hills.
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New York, The Viking Press 1980. First edition. Fine in very good dustjacket with very slight wear at extremities and a faint stain along the bottom of the back panel, showing mainly on the verso.
A journalist's book, his drop-out season at the racetrack, "part pilgrimage, part meditation", part travelogue on aspects of America's weird and wonderful psyche.
$40
21794
BARR, Pat.
The Coming of the Barbarians:
A Story of Western Settlement in Japan 1853-1870.
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London, Macmillan 1967. First edition. Fine in very good dustjacket with a repair to a flap's clipped corner.
Illustrated.
$20
12426
BARSTOW, Stan.
A Kind of Loving.
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London, Michael Joseph 1960. First edition. Top and fore-edge slightly spotted, light offsetting and spots on endpapers, bookseller's stamp on fly-leaf, o/w very good in like dustjacket with small repairs at head and tail of spine and slight wear at extremities, lightly rubbed on rear panel.
Author's first book.
$40
20963
BEHN, Aphra.
Oroonoko
and other stories.
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London, Methuen 1986. First UK edition thus. Very fine in like dustjacket.
Aphra Behn (1640-1689) has a strong claim to be the first female professional writer. She was the author of many novels, prose works, poems, translations and 18 plays. The title novella is the first prose work in English to have a black hero. Edited, selected and introduced by Maureen Duffy.
$45
20214
BELLOW, Saul.
It All Adds Up:
From the Dim Past to the Uncertain Future.
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New York, Viking Penguin 1994. First edition. Very fine in like dustjacket.
A non-fiction collection.
$25
22938
BERENDT, John.
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.
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New York, Random House 1994. Reprint. Very fine in like dustjacket.
$20
26356
BERNHARD, Thomas.
Concrete.
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New York, Alfred A. Knopf 1984. First edition. Fore-edge slightly foxed, o/w fine in like dustjacket.
Translated by David McLintock.
$60
14700
BERNHARD, Thomas.
Wittgenstein's Nephew:
A Friendship.
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London, Quartet Books 1986. First edition. Very fine in like dustjacket.
Translated by Ewald Osers. The British edition precedes the American by 3 years.
$120
26248
BEYNON, John (John Wyndham).
The Secret People.
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London, George Newnes (1935, though possibly 1936 according to Ahearn). First edition (second issue). Original dark pea-green cloth, spine lettered in black. Covers lightly soiled, a couple droplet marks on the spine, which has two tiny 3mm professionally repaired tears at the tail, o/w very good in a supplied archival jacket.
The author's first novel, a lost race story set in the subterranean Sahara. Rather scarce in any issue of the first edition, with or without jacket.
$300
20804
BIERCE, Ambrose.
In the Midst of Life:
Tales of Soldiers and Civilians.
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London, Chatto & Windus 1898. New edition & Second English edition. Original blue cloth, spine and front cover lettered in gilt, front cover decorated in blind, an attractive tulip design, complemented by olive-coloured endpapers with a floral motif. Top edge slightly foxed, bookseller's label on the bottom corner of the front paste-down, some light foxing on a few prelims, gilt of publisher's name at the foot of the spine rubbed, o/w very good in a protective archival jacket.
Bierce's first major work, a powerful and poetic collection of stories published in the US in 1891 as "Tales of Soldiers and Civilians". The stories are reminiscent of Poe's tales of horror (though Bierce was to become irritated at the comparisons to Poe). Bierce makes wonderful use here of surprise endings, sardonic humour, and realistic studies of tense emotional states. The English edition followed in 1892 (enlarged by 3 stories), and its contents were adopted as the standard edition. The second US edition, published the same year as this second British edition, adopts the British title, which is the one the author preferred.
$125
21295
BLACKWOOD, Algernon.
John Silence:
Physician Extraordinary.
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London, Eveleigh Nash 1908. First edition. Original rust-red cloth, spine and front cover lettered in gilt, with a gilt swastika on the bottom corner of the front cover. Edges and endpapers foxed, as well as some early and late pages, a few small tears at head and tail of the spine repairs, missing fly-leaf professionally (and imperceptibly) restored, o/w good in a protective archival jacket.
One of the author's highlights, along with "The Empty House" (1906) and "Strange Stories" (1929), and very scarce in the British first edition. A series of stories about a occult investigator, which Blackwood had originally planned as essays about his own psychic experiences, but fictionalised at his publisher's behest. In essence John Silence is Blackwood, and it is Blackwood's intense involvement with his fiction that makes it all so real and thus more terrifying. This copy lacks the 31 page ad catalogue found in some copies of the first edition.
$400
16574
BLYTHE, Ronald.
The Stories of Ronald Blythe.
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London, Chatto & Windus/Hogarth Press 1985. First edition. Fine in very good dustjacket slightly rubbed.
Stories set in the Suffolk countryside, some in the supernatural/fantasy genre.
$30
16008
BOLL, Heinrich.
Absent Without Leave
and other stories.
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London, Weidenfeld and Nicolson 1967. First edition. Fore-edge faintly foxed, o/w fine in like dustjacket with a couple tiny closed tears at the tail of the spine.
The first collection of stories by this Nobel Prize winner to be translated into English. Contains one of Boll's best stories, "Murke's Collected Silences", in which an assistant radio producer collects snippets of silent tape to preserve his sanity. Two novellas are also included here, one of which gives the collection its title. The British edition is less common than the American.
$55
16577
Boll, Heinrich.
Group Portrait With Lady.
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New York, McGraw-Hill 1973. First edition. Remains of ink mark and bookseller's label on fly-leaf, o/w very good in very good dustjacket.
Translated by Leila Vennewitz.
$20
13494
BORCHERT, Wolfgang.
The Man Outside.
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London, Hutchinson International 1952. First edition. Top edge and prelims spotted, bookseller's stamp on front paste-down, o/w very good in very good price-clipped dustjacket with a few closed tears.
Prose works translated from the German by David Porter, with an introduction by Stephen Spender.
$40
22016
BRIDGE, Ann.
Peking Picnic.
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Toronto, McClelland & Stewart 1934. First edition. Very good in like dustjacket with a couple tiny closed tears.
A sensitive and sophisticated novel of Legation life in China, by this under-estimated English writer. Bridge's second novel and winner of the Atlantic Monthly Prize of $10,000.
$100
12891
BROOKS, Terry.
The Sword of Shannara.
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New York, Random House 1977. First edition. Magenta lettering on the cloth spine a little rubbed and faded in places, a few spots of foxing on the top edge, the outer edges of llast 10 pages of text just slightly moisture rippled, o/w very good in fine dustjacket with one tiny closed tear.
The first book in this epic fantasy series. Illustrated by the Brothers Hildebrandt with b/w drawings and a colour centre fold-out. This is the true first edition (so stated on the copyright page, with correct number row), the issue without a price on the jacket flap. This Random House title is no longer as puzzling as it once was. It would seem all copies were printed in the US: the domestic versions had a price of $12.95 on the flap, the ones for the UK market were co-published by Raven Books and Random House, with 6.95 sterling on the flap, and the export versions had no price on the flaps, to give the destination counties (Canada, Australia and New Zealand etc.) the flexibility of their own pricing. It is also likely some unpriced copies stayed, like the proverbial little piggie, at home.
$350
13168
BROWNING, Robert.
The Ring And The Book.
3 volumes.
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London, Smith, Elder, & CO. 1889. Early edition, twenty years after the first. Original olive-coloured cloth, spines gilt. Vol. 1 has had the half-title and title-page restored with copies done on period paper, a few small cloth tears in all volumes repaired with archival tissue, some small neat pencil notations in the text, o/w all volumes are very good. c
$125
26285
BRYANT, Arthur.
Protestant Island.
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London, Collins 1967. First edition. Fine in like dustjacket.
Bryant's masterful synthesis of "those three great centuries during which Britain placed her stamp upon world history", from the age of the Stuarts to that of Victoria. His sequel to "The Medieval Foundation".
$20
15801
BURGESS, Anthony.
Earthly Powers.
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London, Hutchinson 1980. First edition. Page edges slightly browned, o/w very good in like dustjacket.
Booker Shortlist 1980. This copy has the export issue dustjacket, identical to the domestic British version, but carrying no sterling price on the front flap.
$25
11448
BURGESS, Anthony.
The Long Day Wanes:
A Malayan Trilogy.
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New York, W.W.Norton & Co 1965. First edition. Fine in fine dustjacket.
Consists of "Time for a Tiger", "The Enemy in the Blanket" and "Beds in the East". The UK equivalent is a paperback.
$65
12397
BURNETT, W.R.
The Asphalt Jungle.
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London, Macdonald 1950. First edition. Very good in like dustjacket with a few small closed tears and a fingernail-size chip restored near the top of the spine (not affecting lettering).
By the author of "Little Caesar". This novel was made into a classic movie of the same name, directed by John Huston, and one of the first films to show a "caper" from the criminal's viewpoint. The UK edition (evocatively illustrated by Stein) is much less common than the US edition.
$400
26305
CANNON, Michael.
Australia in the Victorian Age:Australia in the Victorian Age:
"Who's Master? Who's Man?", "Life in the Country", "Life in the Cities". Three volumes complete.
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Melbourne, Nelson 1974, 1974, 1975. Reprints. Quarto. Fine in dustjackets.
A history of the period, profusely illustrated with b/w photographs, plates, and maps.
$75
23533
CAREY, Peter.
True History of the Kelly Gang.
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St. Lucia, Qld., University of Queensland Press 2000. First edition (paperback issue). Octavo-size paperback original. Very good in wrappers, in an added archival jacket.
The author's novel about the Australian bushranger Ned Kelly, told in a first person narrative, with prose which is inventive, primitive and often demanding. The paperback issue (simultaneous with the hardcover) had three printings in Australia in this attractive octavo format, and then went into fourth printing in the smaller standard format.
$40
11251
CARVER, Raymond.
No Heroics, Please:
Uncollected Writings.
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London, Harvill 1991. First edition. Very fine in very fine bright orange dustjacket.
Edited by William T. Stull. Foreword by Tess Gallagher. Published in the US only in a paperback.
$85
26313
CARVER, Raymond.
Where I'm Calling From:
The Selected Stories.
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London, The Harvill Press 1998. First edition thus (The Memorial Edition). Fine in like dustjacket.
With an author's foreword. This edition was published ten years after Carver's death.
$60
24790
CHANDLER, Raymond.
The Little Sister.
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London, Hamish Hamilton 1949. First edition (precedes the US edition). 1949. First edition (precedes the US edition). Orange/pink cloth uniformly mottled and lightly faded on the spine, though the gilt lettering is still strong and clear, all natural aging with this edition (not exposure damage), top edge very slightly foxed, o/w very good in good price-clipped dustjacket with a few small closed tears and small professionally restored chips, with some non-acidic archival tape removed from the verso of the jacket, and one strip of the same sound and almost undetectable tape left on the outside of the jacket at the front fold.
An attractive and presentable copy (though not in truly 'collectible' condition), in the handsome jacket signed CWB (Cecil W. Bacon, 1905-1992, a British illustrator who did some fine jackets for crime novels, notably the British first of Chandler's ""A Simple Art of Murder"").
$600
12567
CHEEVER, John.
The Stories.
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London, Jonathan Cape 1979. First edition. Fine in like dustjacket (completely unfaded at the spine).
$75
13658
CLARKE, Arthur C.
Of Time and Stars.
The Worlds of Arthur C. Clarke.
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London, Victor Gollancz 1983. Second UK edition, with a new author foreword and bibliography. Bookseller's label on front paste-down, o/w fine in like price-clipped dustjacket wonderfully illustrated in wrap-around style by Terry Oakes.
Eighteen stories, including some the author's most famous: "The Nine Billion Names of God", and "The Sentinel", on which the film "2001: A Space Odyssey" was based.
$40
20574
CLAVELL, James.
Shogun.
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Sydney, Book Club Associates. 1975. First edition. A little foxing on the top and fore edges and endpapers, a small thumbnail-size repair to a bump on the bottom edge of the front boards, o/w fine in like dustjacket.
Australian-born author's most massive, and best known novel. This edition is a book club issue and technically the first Australian edition at the same time, printed from the Atheneum sheets, courtesy of Hodder & Stoughton, UK. Ironically, this book club edition is produced in a better binding (good quality paper, sewn gatherings) than either US and UK trade editions, and is usually, as here, found in finer condition. All editions share the same striking jacket design.
$75
26287
CLOETE, Stuart.
Turning Wheels.
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London, Collins 1937. First edition. Page edges slightly foxed, spine cloth slightly faded (light brown colour is prone to this) with a couple tiny closed tears at the foot of the spine, tasteful period bookplate on the front paste-down, o/w very good in like dustjacket with a few small repairs.
Popular author's first novel, about the great Boer trek of 1836, in a striking dustjacket seldom found intact.
$100
25935
COHEN, Morton N.
Lewis Carroll.
A Biography.
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London, MacMillan 1995. First edition. Fine in like dustjacket.
Illustrated with b/w drawings and photos.
$25
26254
COMYNS, Barbara.
The Vet's Daughter.
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London, Heinemann 1959 First edition. Ownership signature on the fly-leaf, top and fore edges slightly foxed, four faint marks on the boards from a previously attached jacket protector, o/w very good in like dustjacket attractively illustrated by Charles Stewart.
$125
11237
CONNOLLY, Roy.
John Drysdale and the Burdekin.
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Sydney, Ure Smith 1964. First edition. Quarto. Edges faintly foxed, o/w fine in very good dustjacket with a couple small closed tears.
A history of John Drysdale and cane-farming on the Burdekin Delta of North Queensland. With a foreword by Sir Arthur Fadden. Profusely illustrated, including a 16-page "Burdekin River Sketchbook" by John's grand-nephew, Russell.
$60
10080
COOPER, J.F.
The Pilot.
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London, T. Allman and C. Daly (no date, circa 1840). Early UK edition. Small octavo. Cloth, spine gilt, neatly rebacked. Engraved title-page. Slight foxing throughout, confined mainly to the margins. Good in a protective glassine wrapper.
Cooper's fourth book, his first sea tale, with a central character loosely based on John Paul Jones. Written in 1824, it is still valued for its exciting portrayal of life and combat at sea. This copy has the bookplate of the Macarthur family of Camden Park.
$85
26245
CORBETT, Jim.
My India.
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Bombay, Oxford University Press 1952. First Indian edition. Fine in like price-clipped dustjacket with a few tiny closed tears at the extremities.
$150
14378
COWLEY, Malcolm.
The Faulkner-Cowley File:
Letters and Memories, 1944-1962.
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London, Chatto & Windus 1966. First edition. Bookseller's label on front paste-down, o/w very good in good dustjacket faded at the spine (not affecting lettering), with a few small repairs.
Essential reading for anyone interested in Faulkner and the publication of his books.
$25
23181
CRAIG, Clifford, FAHY, Kevin, and ROBERTSON, E. Graeme.
Early Colonial Furniture in New South Wales and Van Diemen's Land.
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Melbourne, Georgian House 1972. First edition. Quarto. Fine in very good dustjacket with a few small closed tears.
An important study, profusely illustrated with b/w photos and drawings. This copy bears the book-plate of noted Australian historian Freda MacDonnell ("Before Kings Cross") with an admiring inscription to her by one of the authors, Kevin Fahy. A nice association copy of the first work on Australian colonial furniture.
$500
26299
CRAIG, Gordon.
Henry Irving.
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New York, Longmans, Green and Co., 1930. First edition. Moderate foxing on the fore-edge, and less on the other two edges, o/w fine in very good dustjacket with some small closed tears at the edges.
A witty and informal biography of the colossus of the English stage at the end of the Nineteenth Century, told by Craig, a pupil of the master and the son of Ellen Terry, Irving's leading lady. Illustrated with drawings and plates, in a striking jacket illustrated by Frank McIntosh.
$200
20390
CRICHTON, Michael.
The Andromeda Strain.
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New York, Alfred A Knopf 1969. First edition. Fine in like price-clipped dustjacket with a couple quarter inch closed tears.
Author's first book under his own name. Pestilence, politics and suspense. The US edition is much more attractive than the UK one.
$150
26358
CROOK, J. Mordaunt.
The Greek Revival:
Neo-Classical Attitudes in British Architecture 1760-1870.
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London, John Murray 1995. First Revised Edition. Small quarto paperback. Fine in stitched wrappers as issued, in an added archival jacket.
A classic work, profusely illustrated with b/w photographs and plates. Originally published in 1972.
$60
26316
CRUMLEY, James.
The Mexican Pig Bandit.
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Royal Oak, Michigan, A.S.A.P. 1998. First Edition (Limited to 300 copies, this being #145). Small quarto. Very fine in 3-colour boards, with a large pictorial label on the front cover.
A story with an introduction by Lisa McClendon, a front cover and interior illustration by Phil Parks. Signed by Crumley, McClendron and Parks on the limitation page. A handsome production.
$100
21110
DE LA MARE, Walter.
The Connoisseur.
and Other Stories.
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London, W. Collins Sons & Co 1926. Third impression. Original quarter orange buckram and papered boards, spine lettered in gilt, front cover pictorially decorated in gilt. Edges slightly foxed, endpapers and a few pages early and late more noticeably so, gift inscription (dated 1927) on the bottom of the fly-leaf, bookseller's label on the front paste-down, o/w very good in a protective archival jacket.
A handsome production which contains one of the author's most famous horror stories, "All Hallows".
$30
21065
DE QUINCEY, Thomas.
Life and Manners;
from "The Autobiography of an English Opium-Eater".
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Boston, Ticknor, Reed and Fields 1851. Reprint. Original dark-brown blind-stamped cloth, spine lettered in gilt. Neatly rebacked, with appropriately toned endpapers. Prelims, including frontispiece portrait, foxed, o/w good.
Volume V in this edition of De Quincey's writings. Not to be confused with his best known work, "Confessions of an English Opium-Eater". This is the part of his autobiography which deals with childhood, early manhood and education. Two later volumes of autobiography focus mainly on literary reminiscences.
$50
26319
DELDERFIELD, R.F.
The Avenue Story.
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London, Hodder & Stoughton 1964. First edition thus. Page edges and endpapers slightly foxed (paper quality good), bookseller's label on the front paste-down, o/w very good in good dustjacket (designed by Brian Wildsmith), with some rubbing at the extremities and small repairs at the head.
A scarce Delderfield title, the saga of a suburban avenue between the years 1919 and 1947 as told in "The Dreaming Suburb" (1958) and "The Avenue Goes to War" (1958).
$100
26249
DELDERFIELD, R.F.
A Horseman Riding By.
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London, Hodder & Stoughton 1966. First edition. Top edge rather foxed, fore-edge less so, previous owner's tasteful bookplate on the half-title, bookseller's label on bottom corner of the front paste-down, repair to a thumb-nail size abrasion on the rear endpaper, o/w very good in like price-clipped dustjacket with a couple small closed tears.
The author's first large novel (first in a run of good English-country and commercial life sagas), and quite difficult to find in a UK first.
$125
23387
DERLETH, August (edits).
Beachheads in Space.
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London, Weidenfeld & Nicolson 1954. First edition. Edges, endpapers and pages early and late a little foxed, two ownership stamps on the front endpapers (one from a bookseller), o/w good in like price-clipped dustjacket with some closed tears and a few small restored chips.
A selection of seven S/F stories, all dealing with the theme of invasion from another world, or counter-attack from Earth against the planets. The authors are: Simak, del Rey, Eric Frank Russell, Asimov, Wyndham, Wandrei, and Clark Ashton Smith. An influential anthology: however, this British hardcover omits 7 stories, as does the US paperback of the same title. The US hardcover contains the full quota.
$50
22077
DIBDIN, Michael.
The Last Sherlock Holmes Story.
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London, Jonathan Cape 1978. First edition. Fine in like dustjacket with just a touch of fading on the spine (affecting neither lettering nor illustration).
British crime writer's controversial first novel, a wonderfully imaginative confrontation between the famous sleuth and Jack the Ripper. The UK edition is quite scarce and enhanced by an evocative wrap-around jacket design by British artist, Tom Adams. This copy's jacket bears the price of 3.95 pounds, rather than the 4.95 pound sticker found on later issues.
$475
10489
DICKENS, Charles.
Memoirs of Joseph Grimaldi.
Edited by "Boz".
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London, George Routledge & Sons 1869. Early UK edition. Green silk slightly rubbed, half-leather, raised bands on spine, gilt decorations and lettering. Edges gilt, bookplate on front paste-down, small sticker mark on fly-leaf, some spotting throughout text, prelims and endpapers slightly foxed, half-title noticeably so, paper slightly browned throughout , o/w very good.
Grimaldi (1779-1837) was "celebrated clown and pantomimist, who first appeared as an infant dancer at Sadler's Wells, and acted there and at Drury Lane for many years". One of the author's earliest works (published in 2 volumes in 1838, and in 1 volume in 1846), with ten illustrations by George Cruikshank. Dickens rather unenthusiastically edited these lengthy memoirs for his publisher Bentley, adding introductory and closing chapters.
$125
26357
DOERNBERG, Erwin.
The Life and Symphonies of Anton Bruckner.
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London, Barrie & Rockliff 1960. First edition. Top edge slightly foxed, free endpapers rather more so, with a couple small faint fingernail-size abrasions on the front free endpaper, o/w very good in like price-clipped dustjacket.
Illustrated with b/w photographs. With a foreword by Robert Simpson.
$75
14936
DU MAURIER, George.
The Young George Du Maurier:
A Selection of His Letters, 1860-67.
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London, Peter Davies 1951. First edition. Two-tone cloth, spine gilt, no dustjacket. Endpapers slightly foxed, o/w very good.
Edited by Daphne Du Maurier. With a biographical appendix by Derek Pepys Whitely and illustrations from contemporary drawings by Du Maurier.
$30
22001
DUGGAN, Alfred.
Three's Company.
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London, Faber & Faber 1965. Second impression. A gift inscription on the half-title page, dated Paris, 1965, o/w very good in like price-clipped dustjacket designed by Michael Ayrton.
One of the author's best novels, the story of the Roman Triumvirate, told from the point of view of Lepidus, its least distinguished member.
$40
26222
DURRELL, Lawrence.
Justine.
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London, Faber & Faber 1957. First edition. Edges and prelims slightly foxed, with a very faint sign of a book-plate removal from the fly-leaf, o/w very good in a good price-clipped dustjacket with a few small closed tears, a couple small restored chips at tips of the flaps, and a larger (1.5 " square) restored piece at the head of the spine, restoring the title (professionally and seamlessly done, using a piece from another 1957 "Justine" jacket which used the same paper stock, coloring and typography).
A nice copy of the rare first impression of the first novel in Durrell's "Alexandria Quartet", one of the masterworks of 20th Century English literature. Published in a small print run (and followed quickly by another two impressions in the same year, and a couple more in 1958), "Justine" is both a cornerstone and stumbling block in building a set of first British editions of the quartet.
$1750
16225
DUTOURD, Jean.
The Man of Sensibility.
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London, Macmillan 1961. First edition. Boards a little mottled, top and fore edges lightly foxed, o/w very good in good dustjacket by Milton Glaser, rubbed and slightly foxed, worn at extremities.
A study of Stendhal and his time. Translated by Robin Chancellor.
$15
23057
EASTLAKE, Charles L.
A History of The Gothic Revival.
An attempt to show how the taste for Medieval architecture which lingered in England during the last two centuries has since been encouraged and developed.
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London, Longmans, Green & Co., 1872. First edition. Small quarto. Original light-brown bevelled cloth, spine and panels lavishly lettered and decorated in blind and gilt. Cloth at fore-edges slightly mottled, corners a little worn, neatly rebacked at some early stage (circa 1930), with the original spine laid down, o/w very good in an added clear archival jacket.
Illustrated with b/w drawings and engravings. A handsome edition of an important study, getting difficult to find in the original cloth.
$350
26278
FEUCHTWANGER, Lion.
The Jew of Rome.
A Historical Romance.
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London, Hutchinson (1935). Four impression. Top edge slightly foxed, bookseller's label on the front paste-down, o/w very good in good dustjacket with a few small closed and repairs at the extremites (none affecting lettering or illustration).
The second volume in the author's massive Josephus trilogy about the Jewish historian and general ("Josephus" 1932, "The Jew of Rome" 1935, & "Josephus and the Emperor" 1942). Translated by Willa & Edwin Muir. In a handsome illustrated jacket by C. Walter Hodges.
$100
16647
FINDLEY, Timothy.
The Wars.
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London, Macmillan 1978. First edition. Edges very slightly foxed, o/w fine in like dustjacket.
One of the best modern novels about the First World War, winner of the Governor General's Award for fiction. The British first, a quality binding with fine paper, and strong, uncredited jacket art using a b/w WWI photograph, is considerably less common than the Canadian Clarke Irwin first and the American Delacorte first.
$75
26247
FINNEY, Jack.
Good Neighbour Sam.
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London, Eyre & Spottiswoode 1963. First edition. Very fine in like dustjacket.
With a rather more fetching dustjacket than the US edition.
$100
21137
FLEMWELL, G.
Alpine Flowers and Gardens.
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London, A.& C. Black 1910. First edition. Small quarto. Original two-tone green cloth, spine lettered in gilt, front cover decorated pictorially and lettered in gilt. Edges browned slightly, some light foxing on the endpapers, a few discreet ownership stamps (from an Australian gardener) on the prelims and the fore-edge, and an attractive bookplate on the half-title, o/w very good in a protective archival jacket.
Painted and described by the author, including twenty colour plates.
$60
20413
FORESTER, C.S.
Hunting the Bismarck.
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London, Michael Joseph 1959. First edition. All edges slightly foxed and browned, o/w very good in like price-clipped dustjacket with a couple tiny closed tears.
The account of the six day pursuit of the German battleship by the British navy. Illustrated with maps.
$30
12249
FORESTER, C.S.
Long Before Forty.
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London, Michael Joseph 1967. First edition. Bookseller's small label on the bottom hinge corner of the front paste-down, o/w fine in like price-clipped dustjacket.
An autobiography of Forester's early life (to age 31), which includes the text of the "Hornblower Companion". A nice clean copy of a book which often turns up grubby.
$45
20223
FORESTER, C.S.
Lord Hornblower.
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Sydney, Angus & Robertson/Michael Joseph 1947. First Australian edition. Edges slighty browned and a little rubbed, ownership signature on fly-leaf, o/w very good in like dustjacket with a few small closed tears and wear at extremties.
The Andrew Wyeth dustjacket art for the American edition has been here reworked by an uncredited artist, handsomely done, with some slight changes.
$75
10125
FORSTER, E.M.
The Life to Come
and other stories.
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London, Edward Arnold 1972. First edition thus. Cloth slightly mottled at the foot of the boards, o/w fine in like dustjacket.
The Abinger edition, Volume 8. Twelve of the fourteen stories in this collection were previously unpublished. With a substantial biographical introduction by Oliver Stallybrass.
$30
21525
FOWLES, John.
The Collector.
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London, Jonathan Cape 1963. First edition (first issue, in variant cloth colour). Neat ownership signature at the top corner of the fly-leaf, and date (1964) at the bottom corner, o/w fine in very fine price-clipped dustjacket (all first issue copies have had clipped jackets) with a couple tiny closed tears at the head of the spine, wonderfully illustrated in colour by Tom Adams.
The author's important first novel, a psychological thriller about a repressed clerk and butterfly collector who spends a fortune won at the football pools on the kidnapping of a female art student (a similar theme has been used subsequently by Thomas Harris in "The Silence of the Lambs", and by scores of modern writers of pyschological thrillers, usually with less emphasis on the pyschology and atmosphere and more on the perverse violence and forensics). Made into a William Wyler film in 1965, starring Terence Stamp and Samantha Eggar. This is a copy of the exceedingly rare first issue, in charcoal-coloured papered boards, no top edge stain, of which less than a handful have been noted in the last 40 years. It is evident this was a trial or variant binding, rather than an issue of any substantial number. The charcoal-papered binding was a standard "house cloth" for Cape at the time (used on most of the Ian Fleming 'Bond' books, for example), and it is probable the bindery began the production of the case in the charcoal colour before directions were given for the rust-coloured binding and matching top edge stain of the standard issue, which is perhaps a slightly better match for the predominately cream-coloured jacket. On the other hand, the variant charcoal-coloured boards match the large key in Adams' illustration, as well as the black lettering of "The Collector" on the front panel and spine of the jacket, so the chance first issue is every bit as aesthetically pleasing as the standard issue. The bibliographical importance of all this is debatable, but the scarcity of the first issue is not in question. Only a few fervent Fowles collectors have spotted copies in the last four decades, and the Marie de France epigraph which graces "The Collector" can be applied ironically to the first issue's elusiveness: "Que for aus ne le sot riens nee" (No one knew of it but them"). The cornerstone of a complete Fowles collection.
$16000
21516
FOWLES, John.
The Collector.
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Boston, Little, Brown and Co., 1963. First edition, Advance Reading Copy. A couple tiny pinpricks on the front wrapper, o/w fine in cream-coloured pictorial wrappers as issued. In a protective archival jacket.
One of those rarities, a well-bound, clean, attractive advance copy on good quality paper. The front wrappers feature a butterfly design and an enthusiastic, laudatory blurb by the American publisher touting the novel's originality; in this case not completely exaggerated.
$500
26260
FROST, Alan.
The Precarious Life of James Mario Matra:
Voyager with Cook, American Loyalist, Servant of Empire.
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Melbourne, The Miegunyah Press 1995. First edition. Very fine in like dustjacket.
Written with the assistance of Isabel Moutinho. Illustrated with diagrams, maps and plates.
$60
13261
GADDA, Carlo Emilio.
That Awful Mess on Via Merulana.
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New York, George Braziller 1965. First edition. Fore and bottom edges slightly foxed, o/w very good in like dustjacket.
Translation and introduction by William Weaver.
$60
22552
GADDIS, William.
JR.
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New York, Alfred A. Knopf 1975. First edition. Fine in like dustjacket with a touch of wear at the head of the spine and the author and publisher lettering on the spine faded slightly from scarlet to pink (barely noticeable against the black background).
Author's second book.
$400
11849
GALLANT, Mavis.
Green Water Green Sky.
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London, Andre Deutsch 1960. First edition. Bookseller's small label on front paste-down, spine a little a little bumped at the head, o/w fine in like in like price-clipped dustjacket slightly soiled on the back panel.
Author's first novel, second book, in a colourful jacket design by Stephen Russ.
$150
26525
GARCIA MARQUEZ, Gabriel.
One Hundred Years of Solitude.
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London, Jonathan Cape 1970. First edition. A little trace of foxing on fore and bottom edges, o/w fine in like price-clipped dustjacket with a little rubbing at the corners and spine ends.
Translated by Gregory Rabassa. The British edition is uncommon in this fresh, tight condition.
$400
21303
GASKELL, Mrs.
Cranford
and other tales.
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London, Smith, Elder & Co., 1892. Reprint. Original green cloth, spine lettered in gilt and decorated in black, front cover lettered and decorated in black. A few stamps and a short inscription from a Swiss hotel library (dated 1896) on the prelims, o/w very good in a protective archival jacket.
One of the seven volumes in the Illustrated edition of Mrs Gaskell, each with four b/w illustrations, handsomely bound, with smallish but not unreasonably sized print.
$75
21292
GASKELL, Mrs.
Cranford.
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London, Macmillan 1895. Reprint. Original dark-green cloth, spine and front cover decorated in gilt with a plant and tea set design, all edges gilt. Some tears to head and tail of the spine (and part of the joint) repaired professionally, hinges strengthened with archival tissue, presentation inscription (from 1897) and a few stamps from a Swiss hotel library on the prelims, o/w good in a protective archival jacket.
With a preface by Anne Thackery Richie, and detailed b/w drawings by Hugh Thomson, including vignettes incorporating the initial chapter letters. A story, or rather a series of amused, loving sketches dealing with the life of a peaceful little English village, inhabited chiefly by old ladies who practise elegant economy and a quaint social decorum.
$50
21255
GASKELL, Mrs.
North and South.
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London, Smith, Elder & Co 1893. New, illustrated edition. Original green cloth, spine lettered in gilt, front cover lettered and decorated in black. A few brief ownership notations and stamps from a Swiss hotel library on the prelims, hinges strengthened with archival tissue, a few small tears at the head and tail of the spine repaired, o/w good in a protective archival jacket.
A novel which is a study of the contrasts between the values and habits of rural southern England and industrial northern England. This is Volume 2 in the 7 volume Illustrated edition of Gaskell, each with 4 b/w drawings.
$175
15616
GERHARDI, William.
Anton Chehov: A Critical Study.
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London, Richard Cobden-Sanderson 1923. First edition. Cloth. Edges and prelims slightly spotted, ownership signature on front paste-down, o/w very good in protective glassine wrapper.
Author's second book, and the first English book on Chehov..
$55
15949
GIRODIAS, Maurice.
The Frog Prince.
An Autobiography.
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New York, Crown Publishers 1980. First edition. Top edge faintly soiled, o/w fine in like dustjacket.
An autobiography which focusses on the ground-breaking Olympia Press.
$15
26282
GLENDINNING, Victoria.
Vita: The Life of V. Sackville-West.
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London, Weidenfeld and Nicolson 1984. Reprint. Small ownership signature and date on the top corner of the fly-leaf, o/w fine in like dustjacket.
A handsome edition, illustrated with many b/w photographs.
$30
10477
GOSSE, Edmund.
More Books on the Table.
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London, William Heinemann 1923. First edition. Original dark-brown cloth, spine gilt. Bookseller's label on front paste-down, o/w very good.
Reviews and essays drawn from Gosse's work for 'The Sunday Times'.
$35
26295
GREENER, Leslie.
High Dam over Nubia.
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London, Cassell 1962. First edition. Edges and prelims foxed, bookseller's label on the bottom corner of the front paste-down, o/w very good in like price-clipped dustjacket with a thumbnail-size erasure mark on the corner of the back panel.
An important and timely study of Nubian culture and history, completed before the flooding of this area in Eygpt by the building of the Aswan Dam. Profusely illustrated with b/w photographs and maps. This copy is signed by the author, an Australian archaeologist and historian involved in the recording project. The fly-leaf has a 1962 gift inscription to a father from family members, one of whom has written (on a laid-in envelope) of meeting Greener a couple of times, the last just before he returned to Eygpt.
$75
21223
GRUBB, Davis.
The Night of the Hunter.
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New York, Harper & Brothers 1953. First edition. Very good in like price-clipped dustjacket with a couple small repairs to the head and tail of the spine (not affecting lettering).
Author's first book, filmed memorably in 1955, directed by Charles Laughton.
$150
21274
HAGGARD, H. Rider.
Ayesha:
The Return of She.
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Toronto, William Briggs 1905. First edition. Original blue-grey cloth, spine and front cover decorated in gilt. Top edge slighty browned, small ownership stamp on fly-leaf, o/w fine in a protective archival jacket.
Monochrome frontispiece (by an unnamed artist) and other monochrome plates by Maurice Greiffenhagen . A handsome binding, quite possibly the nicest of the three English language editions.
$150
15975
HAGGARD, H. Rider.
Heu-Heu or The Monster.
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London, Hutchinson (1924). First edition (Colonial issue). Foxing on edges, endpapers and a few spots through text, noticeable off-setting to endpapers, bookseller's label on front paste-down, edges and corners of boards a little worn or faded, o/w very good in good pictorial dustjacket with repairs at head and tail of spine and corners, Colonial Issue label affixed to spine, a few closed tears, well rubbed and worn.
$500
10428
HAGGARD, H. Rider.
King Solomon's Mines.
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London, Cassell & Co. 1886. An early UK printing, a few months after the first (twenty-fifth thousand). Original red cloth, decorated in black on front, back and spine, neatly rebacked with toned endpapers. Spine lettered in gilt (worn but visible) and black. Some scattered foxing and a few tissue repairs to the frontispiece map, o/w good in a protective archive jacket.
This is Haggard's best known title, and one of the most difficult to find in an early edition in decent condition. This copy has 18 pages of ads at the back, with different monthly dates, but all from the same year, 1886. One of the great adventure stories, where Sir Henry Curtis and his party search for, and find the mythical source for the fabulous wealth of King Solomon. An affordable copy of a classic.
$75
15999
HAGGARD, H. Rider.
The People of the Mist.
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London, Longmans, Green, and Co. 1894. First edition. Original bevelled blue-green cloth, spine and front cover gilt. A few small tears to head and tail of spine repaired, a finger-nail size ink spot on front cover, very light foxing on prelims and occasionally on other pages, one plate may be a replacement (it is foxed and an eighth of an inch shorter, possibly from a Colonial edition), short inscription dated "Xmas 1894" on the half-title , o/w very good in a protective glassine wrapper.
With 16 illustrations by Arthur Layard, and 24 pages of ads at the back dated 11/94. An African 'lost race' novel.
$150
13625
HALDANE, J.S.
The Philosophy of a Biologist.
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Oxford, Clarendon Press 1935. 2nd printing UK edition. Original dark-blue cloth, spine gilt. No dustjacket. Edges slightly foxed, prelims considerably foxed, some scattered foxing throughout, bookseller's label on front paste-down, o/w good.
$25
26338
HARRIS, Frank.
The Women of Shakespeare.
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London, Methuen 1911. First edition. Original dark-green cloth, lettered in gilt on the spine and front cover. Edges very slightly foxed, neat ownership signature on fly-leaf, o/w fine in an added archival jacket.
With a cancel half-title page. Harris's dedication page states "To/ W.S. Simpson/True Friend And Wonder-Worker/Who Weds Steel To Copper And Invents/A New Metal As A Poet Invents/ A New Word". The dedicatee has warmly inscribed this copy to an acquaintance or friend, and dated the inscription "Hogmanay, 1912".
$125
21268
HAUSERMANN, H.W.
The Genevese Background.
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London, Routledge & Kegan Paul 1952. First edition. Fine in very good dustjacket a little rubbed and worn at extemities.
Studies of Shelley, Francis Danby (the Irish painter), Maria Edgeworth, Ruskin, George Meredith and Joseph Conrad in Geneva, making use of new source material, mainly letters from the Genevese State Archives and from various private collections in Switzerland. Illustrated.
$30
21159
HAZLITT, William.
The Letters of William Hazlitt.
Edited by Herschel Moreland Sikes, assisted by Willard Hallam Bonner and Gerald Lahey.
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London, Macmillan 1979. First edition. Edges very slightly foxed, o/w fine in like dustjacket.
$35
13084
HERBERT, James.
The Fog.
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London, New English Library 1975. First edition. Top and fore edges foxed, some faint moisture staining at the bottom edges of front and back endpapers (no wrinkling damage), a small neat ownership signature on the inside top corner of the fly-leaf, o/w very good in good dustjacket.
The author's scarce second book.
$150
25388
HIGHSMITH, Patricia.
The Glass Cell.
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London, Heinemann 1965. First edition. Edges and prelims a little foxed, o/w very good in like dustjacket with a few small restored pieces (the largest being less than half inch long).
In a jacket designed by M. Mohan.
$75
10622
HIMES, Chester.
Blind Man With a Pistol.
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London, Hodder & Stoughton 1969. First edition. A few tiny indentations at the bottom corner of the front paste-down, o/w fine in like dustjacket.
Laid in is an interesting typewritten letter which appears to be from the British publishers. It mentions the book's release date and the fact that Himes will be in London at the time, as well as giving a short biography and assessment of him. Attached to the letter is an earlier article on Himes, from the Sunday Times, dated 5.5.68.
$125
26259
HORNER, Frank.
Looking for La Perouse:
D'Entrecasteaux in Australia and the South Pacific 1992-1793.
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Melbourne, The Miegunyah Press 1995. First edition. Very fine in like dustjacket.
A handsome production, illustrated with diagrams and illustrations.
$75
20832
HOSKYNS, Barney.
Beneath the Diamond Sky.
Haight-Ashbury 1965-1970.
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London, Bloomsbury Publishing 1997. First edition. Small quarto. Very fine in like dustjacket.
Profusely illustrated in colour and b/w.
$25
23246
HOWELLS, W.D.
Roman Holidays
and Others.
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New York, Harper & Brothers 1908. First edition. Original blue-green cloth, with top edge gilt, and spine and front panel elaborated lettered in gilt and red in illuminated style. A small elegant bookplate on the front paste-down, o/w fine in an added archival jacket.
A handsome production of Howells' travel writing, with numerous b/w photos.
$60
10016
HUGHES, Richard.
A Moment of Time.
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London, Chatto & Windus 1926. First edition. Edges slightly foxed, light erasure blemish on the front paste-down, o/w very good in good dustjacket with minor soiling, a few closed tears and a small restored one inch triangular piece at the top of the front panel (not affecting lettering or illustration).
First collection of stories by the author of "A High Wind in Jamaica", in an evocative jacket by Pamela Bianco. Quite scarce.
$300
12398
HUNT, Leigh.
Stories in Verse.
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London, G. Routledge & Co. 1855. First edition. Original blue decorated cloth (one of the variant colours used), spine, front cover and all edges gilt. Spine slightly darkened, some foxing to the prelims, small repairs to head and tail cloth, o/w very good in a protective glassine wrapper.
Illustrated frontispiece and title-page. Includes all Hunt's well-known narrative poems, an essay on versification, and some translations (mainly from the Latin and Italian).
$175
21254
HUTCHISSON, W. H. Florio.
Pen and Pencil Sketches:
Being reminisences during eighteen years residence in Bengal.
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London, Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington 1883. First edition. Original pale green cloth, spine and front cover lettered and decorated in gilt and black, edges a little browned, a few spots of foxing on prelims and early pages, repairs along joint and head and tail of spine, boards slightly rubbed and worn at edges, hinges strengthened with archival tissue, o/w good in protective archival jacket.
Illustrated with engravings and drawings. Hutchisson is the pen-name of George Trigger, an appropriate surname for an author who obviously enjoys the sporting seasons in India, though social history, travel and mythology are not neglected in this account. Edited by Rev. John Wilson. This is a heavy binding on good quality paper, with a striking cover design depicting a rampaging water buffalo in gilt, and other Indian motifs in brown. With 32 pages of ads, dated November 1882.
$300
21304
IBSEN, Henrik.
John Gabriel Borkman.
A Play in Four Acts.
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London, William Heinemann 1897. First edition. Original two-tone green cloth, dark-green spine lettered in pale-green, with the reverse colour scheme on the front cover. Missing fly-leaf professionally (and imperceptibly) restored, a few stamps and a brief inscription (all dated March 1897) from a Swiss hotel library on a few of the prelims, a few spots of light soiling on the covers, o/w very good in a protective archival jacket.
A story of a man who sacrifices love for ambition. As a young man Borkman dreams of power and breaks off his engagement to Ella Rentheim, in order that Hickel, the man whose help he needs to succeed, can woo her. The consequences include romantic rejections, bank fraud, imprisonment, and meetings after many years. This elegant first edition is limited to 1000 copies. This particular copy bears the armorial book-plate of John Addington Symonds, and an inscription notes that a Miss Symonds donated the book to the Buol Hotel library, in Switzerland, shortly after its publication. Translated from the Norwegian by William Archer.
$250
20345
JACOBS, W.W.
Many Cargoes.
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London, Methuen & Co 1912. First illustrated edition. Top edge gilt, gilt decorated cloth. Bookseller's label on front paste-down, o/w very good in an added archival jacket.
Sixteen colour illustrations by Maurice Greiffenhagen.
$125
13467
JAMES, Henry.
The Scenic Art.
Notes on Acting & the Drama: 1872-1901.
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New Brunswick, Rutgers University Press 1948. First edition. Cloth, no dustjacket. Edges and endpapers lightly spotted, ownership signature on fly-leaf, o/w very good.
Edited, with an introduction and notes by Allan Wade.
$30
13015
JAMES, Henry.
Washington Square: The Pension Beaurepas: A Bundle of Letters.
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London, Macmillan 1881. First UK one volume edition. Original dark blue cloth, spine and front panel gilt, edges uncut. Edges and early prelims slightly spotted, faint letters showing on top edge, o/w very good in protective glassine wrapper. c
Published a few months after the 2 volume edition, in a smaller printing of only 500 copies.
$700
26365
JENKYNS, Richard.
Dignity and Decadence:
Victorian Art and the Classical Inheritance.
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London, HarperCollins 1991. First edition. Very fine in like dustjacket.
Profusely illustrated with b/w photographs, drawings, and plates.
$40
26297
JONAS, George.
Vengeance:
The True Story of an Israeli Counter-terrorist Mission.
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London, Collins 1984. First edition. Edges slightly foxed, o/w fine in like dustjacket.
Illustrated with b/w photographs. The account of the massacre of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics, and the vengeful aftermath, told here by an Hungarian-born Canadian journalist. Recently filmed.
$30
15926
KAZIN, Alfred.
A Writer's America:
Landscape in Literature.
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London, Thames & Hudson 1988. First edition. Small quarto. Fine in very good dustjacket a little rubbed.
With 102 illustrations, 16 in colour.
$30
15991
KEARY, A. & E.
The Heroes of Asgard.
Tales from Scandinavian Mythology.
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London, Macmillan 1925. Reprint (Macmillan's Cardinal Series). Original maroon diced calf, spine lightened to brown (gilt still clear); spine, front cover and all edges gilt. Bookseller's label on front paste-down, light off-setting on endpapers, ownership inscription on half-title, o/w very good in worn, but mended slipcase.
With illustrations by Huard. A handsome gift edition.
$75
13109
KINGSMILL, Hugh.
After Puritanism.
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London, Duckworth 1931. Second edition. Original maroon linen cloth, spine gilt. Edges and prelims slightly foxed, bookseller's label on front paste-down, o/w very good in a protective glassine wrapper.
In Duckworth's attractively bound "Georgian Library". Perceptive essays on Shakespeare, Dean Farrar, Samuel Butler, Frank Harris, and W.T. Stead. The title comes from Matthew Arnold's comment, that after the Civil War the English middle-class "entered the prison of Puritanism, and the key turned upon their spirit there for two hundred years".
$50
23093
KNIGHT, Eric.
Lassie Come-Home.
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London, Cassell 1941. First edition. A touch of foxing on the fore-edge, o/w very good in a good/fair dustjacket with many closed tears, wear at the extremities, a little soiling and a few retored chips, including one triangular piece on the top of the back panel (2" in diameter), all professionally done.
A classic dog story set in the author's native Yorkshire, wonderfully illustrated in b/w (with a colour frontispiece and jacket) by Marguerite Kirmse. The US edition precedes (1940), but the UK first is often preferred, since Knight remained a British subject for most of this life (though he lived in the US) and this, his most famous book, is rooted in regional England. This British first printing is well-bound, on good quality paper (lucky to be published early in the war, when paper restrictions hadn't yet taken effect) and stands up well. The jacket is more than presentable, though not in truly collectible condition.
$1000
16790
KOCH, C.J.
Crossing the Gap:
A Novelist's Essays.
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London, Chatto & Windus 1987. First edition. Very fine in very fine dustjacket.
A collection of essays by the author of "The Year of Living Dangerously". Koch has also twice won the Miles Franklin Award, lately for "Highways to a War". Signed by the author on the title-page.
$60
20182
KOONTZ, Dean R.
Night Chills.
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London, W.H. Allen 1977. First edition. A few light spots on edges, o/w very good in good dustjacket with slight foxing stains at top and bottom edges of inside flaps, very slightly worn at front corners and head of spine and with two faint stains near the corners of the back panel, showing only on the verso.
Quite an uncommon title.
$65
10295
La FONTAINE, Jean de.
The Fables.
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London, William Heinemann 1933. First UK edition thus. Cloth. Edges and prelims spotted, bookseller's label on front paste-down, o/w very good in protective glassine wrapper.
Translated by Edward Marsh. With twelve reproductions from engravings by Stephen Gooden. A comprehensive edition.
$40
25255
LAWMAN, Tony.
From the Hands of the Wicked.
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London, Robert Hale 1960. First edition. Edges and endpapers slightly foxed, o/w very good in like price-clipped dustjacket, handsomely designed by Biro.
Biography of Scottish missionary, pioneer and explorer Frederick Stanley Arnot, in Central Africa at the end of the 19thC. Illustrated with b/w photos and maps.
$35
15953
LAZARUS, Mary.
A Tale of Two Brothers:
Charles Dickens's Sons in Australia.
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Sydney, Angus & Robertson 1973. First edition. Edges very lightly soiled, o/w very good in like dustjacket a little worn at extremities.
Illustrated with b/w photos.
$20
13169
LEWIS, M.G.
The Monk.
In three volumes.
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London, Gibbings & Co 1906. Reprint UK edition. Original dark-green cloth, top edges gilt, spines and front covers quite lavishly so, slight browning along endpaper hinges, ownership signature and address on volumes 2 and 3, o/w very good.
An attractive set of a horror classic, featuring frontispiece drawings in each volume, as well as title-page vignettes.
$150
21522
LEWIS, Sinclair.
Dodsworth.
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Toronto, George J. McLeod Ltd. 1929. First (Canadian) edition, from the American sheets. Neat contemporary ownership signature on the front paste-down, hidden by the jacket flap, o/w fine in fine jacket with some tiny restored chips at the spine tips and at the top and bottom of the flap fold-ins.
Perhaps the last of Lewis's great novels, the plot rather simple (a supposedly solid Midwestern marriage on the rocks during a cultural tour of Europe), but still with the ability to stir readers to sympathy, envy and anger. The character of rich automobile manufacturer, Samuel Dodsworth, was portrayed with quiet strength and pathos by Walter Huston in the William Wyler film of 1936, probably the best adaptation of any Lewis work for film. The book is becoming very scarce in a clean jacket. This Canadian edition is nearly identical to the US first (with "Published, March, 1929" on the copyright page, and $2.50 on the jacket flap): the differences beings the name of the Canadian publisher, appearing on the title-page, jacket flap, spine, and back panel. A decidedly scarcer edition than either the US or UK counterparts.
$2000
26291
LEWIS, Wilmarth.
Collector's Progress.
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London, Constable & Co., 1952. First edition. Page edges slightly foxed, with a some offset toning on the endpapers, o/w very good in good dustjacket with some small repairs and closed tears and the background of the spine faded slightly, from pink-brown to beige, not affecting the lettering which is done in black.
A fascinating study of a collector of Walpoliana and everything to do with Strawberry Hill. Still one of the most readable and erudite accounts of the spirit of book-collecting. Illustrated with b/w photographs and plates.
$45
12930
LOCKE, Lt. Col. A.
The Tigers of Trengganu.
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London, Museum Press Ltd. 1954. First edition. Bookseller's small stamp on the front paste-down, o/w very good in like price-clipped dustjacket.
Tiger hunting in Malaya. Illustrated with photographs and maps, and included here (laid in) is a review of the book in the British newspaper, "The Listener", 29/7/54/
$75
16366
LOFTS, W.O.G. & ADLEY, Derek.
The Saint and Leslie Charteris.
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London, Hutchinson Library Services 1971. Second edition. Ownership stamp on the top corner of the fly-leaf, o/w very good in good/ fair dustjacket with top half of back panel restored.
"The full life-story, plus a complete bibliography of his work."
$25
10297
LONDON, Jack.
The Game.
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New York, Macmillan 1905. First issue of first edition, without the small handstamped two-line Metropolitan magazine notice which often occurs on the copyright page of later issues. Original grey-green cloth pictorially decorated in white and brown. Small booksellers' label and stamp on the front endpapers, a ownership signature on verso of the frontispiece, a few small marks on cloth, o/w a fine bright copy protected in a glassine wrapper. c
A prizefighting tale, with illustrations and decorations by Henry Hutt and T.C. Lawrence. A handsome, but oddly bound book, with symbols of death and fate on the binding, on the endpapers, and throughout the text.
$300
21264
LOWES, John Livingston.
The Road to Xanadu.
A Study in the Ways of the Imagination.
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London, Constable & Co 1930. First edition. Original green cloth, front cover lettered and decorated in gilt. Lacks dustjacket. Edges slightly browned, light foxing on prelims, spine a little darkened, some light pencil marks in some margins, o/w very good in protective archival jacket.
Illustrated with engravings, maps, and chapter vignettes. A study of Coleridge's writing, and of his voracious reading. One of the great works of literary exegesis.
$75
26292
LUDLUM, Robert.
The Ludlum Triad:
The Holcroft Covenant, The Matarese Circle, & The Bourne Identity.
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London, Grafton 1989. First edition thus. Top slightly foxed, other edges a little toned, small ownership signature on the top corner of the fly-leaf, o/w very good in like dustjacket.
An early and attractively bound Ludllum omnibus, published years before such publications became ubiquitous and poorly done. With a 6 page informative introduction by the author, for this edition.
$50
11863
MACDONALD, John Ross.
Find A Victim.
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London, Cassell 1955. First edition. Bookseller's ticket on bottom of fly-leaf, o/w very good in very good price-clipped dustjacket with a few small closed tears and slight rubbing along the edges.
Cassell's "Crime Connoisseur" books of this period have wonderfully designed dustjackets with the trademark fingerprint on the spine.
$200
13156
MANSFIELD, Katherine.
Novels and Novelists.
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London, Constable & Co., 1930. First edition. Original grey cloth, lettered in purple on the spine and front cover. Lacks dustjacket. Edges and prelims very slightly foxed, o/w very good in a protective glassine wrapper.
Book reviews which Mansfield regularly wrote for "The Athenaeum". This collection, like "The Athenaeum" itself, was edited by John Middleton Murray.
$45
26302
MARK, Herman F., GAYLORD, Norman G., BIKALES, Norbert M. (editorial board).
Encyclopedia of Polymer Science and Technology:
Plastics, Resins, Rubbers, Fibers. Complete set of 16 volumes, including Index.
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New York, Interscience Publishers/John Wiley & Sons 1965-72. First edition Thick, heavy quartos. Very good in like dustjackets with a few small closed tears and nicks.
This is the scarce first edition of an important science reference, in near original condition, having been in private, not public library hands. Granted, a newer, updated ( and considerably more expensive) set has been recently published, but a newer set would not sit so substantially on a bookshelf (a strong bookshelf, that is, since this set weighs in at 40 kilos). Surface postage anywhere worldwide is set at $150.
$1850
13208
MASTERS, John.
(Works.) Nightrunners of Bengal etc.
A Collection of his 25 Books.
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London, Micheal Joseph 1951-1983. First editions. Some light foxing on the edges of some books, a few ownership signatures and brief inscriptions on endpapers, a few small repairs and closed tears, o/w good to very good in like dustjackets (a third of which are price-clipped).
The books in this collection are all UK first editions in their original dustjackets, all published by Michael Joseph very regularly over 32 years. John Masters was born in India in 1914, educated at Sandhurst, and served with the British Army on the North West Frontier, Iraq, Syria, Persia, and Burma. He has received deserved acknowledgement as an accomplished narrator of dramatic and exciting adventure stories, but he has not received his full due as novelist per se. He is a writer of thorough scholarship, considerable organizational skill, and keen imaginative insight when dealing with his characters. Many of his novels are set in the India he knew well, and it would be difficult to find in fiction a more thoroughly sympathetic understanding of the situation of the Anglo-Indian at that time. This collection consists of 20 novels: "Nightrunners of Bengal" (1951), "The Deceivers" (1952), "The Lotus and The Wind" (1953), "Bhowani Junction" (1954), "Coromandel!" (1955), "Far, Far, The Mountain Peak" (1957), "Fandango Rock" (1959), "The Venus of Konpara" (1960), "To The Coral Strand" (1962), "Trial At Monomoy" (1964), "The Breaking Strain" (1967), "The Rock" (1970), "The Ravi Lancers" (1972), "Thunder At Sunset" (1974), "The Field-Marshal's Memoirs" (1975), "The Himalayan Concerto" (1976), "Now, God be Thanked" (1979), "Heart of War" (1980), "By the Green Grass of Spring" (1981), and "Man of War" (1983); 3 volumes of autobiography:"Bugles And A Tiger" (1956), "The Road Past Mandalay" (1961), "Pilgrim Son" (1971); and 2 other volumes :"Fourteen Eighteen" (1965), a pictorial history of the Great War, and "Casanova" (1969), a pictorial biography, both quarto size . These British editions are all true firsts and share a common publisher, whereas the American editions were put out by five or six different publishers over the same period. Masters received some long deserved critical acclaim for his late work, notably the trilogy of novels on the Great War. This collection includes all the author's published works, with the exception of his first book, the non-fiction fishing title, the "Compleat Indian Angler", published by Country Life in 1938.
$3000
11799
MAUGHAM, Robin.
The Servant.
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London, The Falcon Press 1948. First edition. Bookseller's label on front paste-down, some light brown offsetting to the endpapers, o/w very good in very good price-clipped dustjacket with a few small closed tears, wonderfully illustrated by G.N. Fish.
Author's first novel. Memorably filmed in 1963, starring Dirk Bogarde, James Fox and Sarah Miles, with a script by Harold Pinter. A thin, fragile production which most often turns up missing the jacket.
$65
17032
MAUGHAM, W. Somerset.
The World Over:
The Collected Stories.
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London, Reprint Society 1954. Reprint. Two volumes. Edges slightly foxed (endpapers in Volume 1 heavily so), o/w very good in fair dustjackets, with repairs and closed tears, but intact.
An attractive, well-bound set (close to 1500pp) of Maugham's stories.
$45
21448
MELVILLE, Herman.
Israel Potter:
His Fifty Years of Exile.
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London, Jarrolds 1925. Reprint. Original light-grey linen cloth, spine lettered in gilt. Some foxing, confined to endpapers and prelims, o/w very good in a protective archival jacket.
A romance based on real-life adventures of an archetypal American who fought at Bunker Hill, crossed paths with Benjamin Franklin, John Paul Jones, and Ethan Allen, the American Revolutionary soldier. With an introduction by Raymond M. Weaver.
$75
21447
MELVILLE, Herman.
Redburn:
His First Voyage.
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London, Jarrolds 1925. Reprint. Original light-grey linen cloth, spine lettered in gilt. Some foxing, confined to the endpapers and prelims, with a cancel title page, o/w very good in a protective archival jacket.
A novel giving a fine account of a boy running away to sea, with an introduction by Raymond M. Weaver. A nice copy to hold and read.
$75
16348
MILLER, Henry.
Big Sur and the Oranges of Hieronymus Bosch.
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London, Heinemann 1958. First edition. Page edges a touch browned, slight foxing on the rear endpapers, o/w fine in very good dustjacket with a couple small chips restored at the head of the spine, slight edge wear and a few tiny closed tears.
Illustrated with photographs. One of the most attractive of the author's trade editions. The UK dustjacket features a detail from "The Millenium" by Hieronymus Bosch, and the book as a whole is a more handsome edition than its US counterpart, published by New Directions a year earlier.
$200
21306
MILTON, John.
Poetical Works.
2 volumes.
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London, Macmillan 1874. First edition thus. Original dark green cloth, spines lettered in gilt, front covers decorated in gilt (a portrait vignette of Milton). A faint, fading ink inscription (from 1875) on one fly-leaf, hinges strengthened with archival tissue (almost imperceptible), o/w very good in protective archival jackets.
A handsome little set, with introduction and notes by the Scottish scholar David Masson. A larger format 3 volume edition (the Cambridge Edition, 1874) preceded this "Golden Treasury" edition. However, this smaller format does contain a 69 page "Memoir", biographical sketch of Milton, not included in the larger edition. Both editions contain extensive introductions to the major works, and comprehensive useful notes.
$125
26311
MONAGHAN, David.
Smiley's Circus:
A Guide to the Secret World of John le Carre.
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London, Orbis 1986. First edition. Fine in like dustjacket.
Illustrated with maps and b/w photographs.
$20
17123
MORRIS, Holly (editor).
A Different Angle:
Fly Fishing Stories by Women.
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Seattle, Seal Press 1995. First edition. Very fine in like dustjacket.
Stories by E. Annie Proulx, Pam Houston, Lorian Hemingway and others.
$15
21301
MORRISON, Arthur.
The Hole in the Wall.
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London, Methuen 1902. First edition. Original blue-green ribbed cloth, spine and front cover lettered in gilt. Some very light foxing on the endpapers and prelims, a few tiny tears at head and tail of the spine professionally repaired, neat presentation inscription from the year of publication on the fly-leaf, o/w very good in a protective archival jacket.
Morrison (1863-1945) is today best remembered for his 'realist' tales of East End life in London, collected in "Tales of Mean Streets", and for his novel "A Child of the Jago". However, he wrote a small number of crime novels as well, the present title being one of the best, and rather scarce in the true, British first edition. With a 40 page Methuen ad catalogue (dated August, 1902).
$600
25032
MORTIMER, John.
Charade.
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London, The Bodley Head 1948. Second impression (a year after the first) Edges and endpapers very slightly foxed, o/w very good in like dustjacket with a few tiny closed tears.
The first novel, a satire on the film world, by the creator of Rumple of the Old Bailey. This second impression carries the same designed jacket as the first, a wonderful wrap-around colour illustration by British artist, James Holland who did some fine work on Puffin Picture books, many Bodley Head jackets of the period, as well as Lilliput magazine.
$125
23256
MURRAY, Les.
Dog Fox Field.
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Sydney, Collins/Angus & Robertson 1990. First edition. A paperback original. Very fine in an added archival jacket.
Poems. Signed on the half-title page by the author. The Australian edition precedes both the UK and US editions by a year.
$70
26271
MURRAY, Les A.
The Daylight Moon.
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Sydney, Angus & Robertson 1987. First edition. Octavo paperback original. Very fine in an added archival jacket.
Poems. Signed by the author on the half-title page.
$80
10663
NAIPAUL, Shiva.
Fireflies.
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New York, Alfred A. Knopf 1971. First edition. Endpapers lightly foxed, spine slightly canted, o/w fine in very good dustjacket with a few tiny closed tears and a small stain at the bottom of the spine (showing only on the verso).
The author's first novel, set in Trinidad. This US edition uses the same striking dustjacket design as the UK edition, by Tony Meeuwissen, but on a large scale.
$50
12969
NAIPAUL, V.S.
An Area of Darkness.
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London, Andre Deutsch 1964. First edition. Fine in like price-clipped dustjacket with a few tiny closed tears at the head of the spine.
Author's first travel book, and first of the three he has written about India.This dustjacket's primarily orange and red spine is usually found faded. This copy is fine.
$75
12968
NAIPAUL, V.S.
Miguel Street.
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London, Andre Deutsch 1959. First edition. Top edge faintly foxed, bookseller's label on bottom edge of front paste-down, spine slightly canted, o/w fine in very good price-clipped dustjacket with a few small closed tears, light rubbing at the extremities, and a fingernail size smudge on the outer edge of the back panel.
Naipaul's third book, quite scarce, in a wonderful dustjacket designed by Stephen Russ.
$700
23426
NAYDLER, Merton.
The Penance Way:
The mystery of "Puffin's" Atlantic voyage.
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London, Hutchinson 1968. First edition. Very good in like dustjacket.
The doomed voyage of the fifteen-foot Puffin, crewed by two men in their attempt to row the Atlantic in 1966. Illustrated with b/w drawings and photos. A review copy with a small slip from Hutchinson Australia tipped onto the hinge area of the fly-leaf.
$20
20745
NORRIS, Frank.
The Octopus.
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Moscow, Foreign Languages Publishing House 1962. Reprint. Original beige cloth, decorated in brown, black and green. Edges and endpapers slightly foxed, cloth lightly soiled, o/w very good in a protective archival jacket.
A handsome decorative binding of the author's finest work, the first novel in a projected trilogy called "The Epic of Wheat". Includes a frontispiece portrait of Norris. Text is in English, but there is a foreword and glossary/footnotes at the back in Russian.
$50
23498
O'CONNOR, Flannery.
Everything That Rises Must Converge.
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London, Faber & Faber 1965. First edition. Fine in like dustjacket.
A collection on nine stories.
$125
26214
OLLARD, Richard.
Cromwell's Earl:
A Life of Edward Mountagu, 1st Earl of Sandwich.
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London, HarperCollins 1994. First edition. Fine in like price-clipped dustjacket.
Illustrated with b/w plates.
$45
26360
PAGE, Christopher.
Command in the Royal Naval Division:
A Military Biography of Brigadier General A.M. Asquith.
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Staplehurst, Kent, Spellmount 1999. First edition. Very fine in like dustjacket.
Illustrated profusely with colour fold-out maps and b/w photographs. With a foreword by Correlli Barnett. A biography of the one of the great soldiers of the First World War, friend of Winston Churchill, Bernard Freyberg (the New Zealand general) and Rupert Brooke (whom he buried on the Greek island of Skyros). His promotions and decorations were earned not in staff posts, but in the terrible fighting that characterised that war, in which he was wounded four times.
$50
20434
PASTERNAK, Boris.
Doctor Zhivago.
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London, Collins and Harvill Press 1958. First edition. Page edges slightly browned, some light offsetting to the endpapers, o/w fine in very good dustjacket with a few tiny closed tears.
Translated by Max Hayward and Manya Harari. The UK edition precedes (by a year) the US edition, which was published thereafter with some revisions. A modern classic which had many impressions and is now uncommon in a first impression in collectible condition. This copy has an export jacket with the flaps left blank of any price (often found on books sent from the UK from about 1950-1970, and often preceding their domestic trade editions).
$200
26289
PEARCE, Susannah (editor).
Who's Who in Australia 2006.
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Melbourne, Crown Content P/L 2006. First edition. Full maroon faux-leather, spine and front cover lettered and decorated in gilt. Very fine.
An Australian Biographical Dictionary and Register of Prominent People, with which is incorporated John's Notable Australians (first issued 1906). 2000+ pages.
$200
26364
PEISSEL, Michel.
Mustang:
A Lost Tibetan Kingdom.
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London, Collins and Harvill Press 1968. First edition. Page edges very slightly foxed, o/w fine in like dustjacket.
Profusely illustrated with colour and b/w photographs, and maps and drawings.
$55
10298
POE, Edgar Allan.
The Poetical Works of Edgar Allan Poe.
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London, J.& C. Brown & Co circa 1861. Early reprint of the (1852) first Complete and first Illustrated UK edition of Poe. Cloth, all panels and edges gilt (a more sumptuous binding than the first edition). Scattered foxing throughout, most noticeable in the prelims and introduction. Front inner hinge strengthened, front fly-leaf restored with contemporary paper stock, o/w good in protective glassine wrapper. c
With a Notice of his Life and Genius, by James Hannay, Esq. Illustrated with engravings by various hands.
$375
26363
POWELL, Violet.
The Life of a Provincial Lady.
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London, Heinemann 1988. First edition. Very fine in like dustjacket.
A study of E.M. Delafield and her works (her best-known being "The Diary of a Provincial Lady"). Illustrated with b/w photographs.
$100
20992
PREVOST, L'Abbe.
The Story of Manon Lescaut
and of the Chevalier des Grieux.
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London, Richard Lesley & Co. 1947. First edition thus. Original light blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt, and the front cover with a gilt decoration. Lacks dustjacket. Page edges slightly foxed, o/w very good in a protective archival jacket.
Translated by John Manton. With 10 colour illustrations by S.W. Coleman. Prevost was professional soldier, Benedictine priest, prolific writer, literary hack, and translator (he translated Richardson's "Clarissa" and "Pamela", evidence of a remarkable stamina, as well as a desperate need for money!). He is best remembered today for this adventurous story of the mutually destructive passion between a weak nobleman and a bewitching lower-class woman. The story has been the subject of operas by Massenet, Auber and Puccini.
$20
26265
PROUST, Marcel.
Jean Santeuil.
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London, Weidenfeld and Nicolson 1955. First edition. Fine in like dustjacket.
This novel was discovered among Proust's papers after WWII. Translated by Gerard Hopkins & with a preface by Andre Maurois.
$70
22427
RANKIN, Ian.
Mortal Causes.
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London, Orion 1994. First edition. Very fine in like dustjacket.
An Inspector Rebus novel.
$200
26315
RIDDELL, Elizabeth, ABBEY, Ron (and other interviewers).
The Golden Age of Booksellers:
Fifty years in the trade.
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Sydney, The Abbey Press 1981. First edition (limited to 900 numbered copies, this being #841). Small quarto. Fine in like dustjacket (attractively designed using marbling pattern provided by Judy Hungerford, Australian paper-marbler).
Interviews with Australian booksellers, each with 50 years or more in the trade. Illustrated with b/w photographs and plates. This copy is inscribed by Sydney bookman Ron Abbey, at Christmas 1994, to a colleague in the NSW Bookbinder's Guild. A look at the practice and profession of bookselling in the first half of the 20th Century.
$100
25040
RUSKIN, John.
The King of the Golden River:
or the Black Brothers, a Legend of Stiria."
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Orpinton, Kent, George Allen (1880-1882) Seventh edition. Original full navy-blue calf, all edges gilt, spine lettered in gilt, back cover decorated and lined in blind, front cover the same, but augmented by a wonderful bright gilt illustration duplicating a gnome-like cloaked figure from the Doyle illustrated title-page. Some foxing to the prelims, and occasional light foxing on a few margins, o/w fine.
Ruskin's classic fantasy, written at the behest of a young lady called Effie, who was later to become his wife. With the original wonderful b/w illustrations by Richard Doyle. This elegant binding includes a Prize book-plate on the front paste-down, dated 1883 from Whiteland College, which has a facsimile of Ruskin's signature at the bottom, and the printed script notation that the prize is ""Mr Ruskin's special May day gift to the college"". This edition had a considerable number of its early impressions made into school prizes, but most were in cloth, not this more sumptuous leather version.
$200
26280
RYAN, J.S. (writes on Tolkien).
Tolkien: Cult or Culture?
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Armidale, NSW, University of New England, Australia, 1969. First edition. Quarto. Paperback original. Ownership signature on the fly-leaf, o/w very good in an added archival jacket.
A early university thesis on Tolkien, published in the decade when the fascination for his work was rekindled. This exegesis (250 pages) is complete with datelines, extensive bibliography, photographs and drawings.
$250
22017
SABATINI, Rafael.
Venetian Masque.
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Toronto, McClelland & Stewart 1934. First edition. Edges slightly foxed, tiny (Hudson's Bay Company) label on the corner of the back free endpaper, o/w very good in like dustjacket with a half dozen small closed tears and a little mild chipping.
An historical romance set at the time of Bonaparte's campaign in Italy, and quite uncommon in first edition form. In an attractive N.C. Wyeth jacket design (shared by Canadian, US, and UK editions).
$300
12824
SARBAN.
The Doll Maker
and other Tales of the Uncanny.
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London, Peter Davies 1953. First edition. Top and fore edges foxed, neat small ownership signature on the fly-leaf, o/w very good in like dustjacket with a few small professionally closed tears at the extremities.
Sarban (Persian: "Caravan-driver") is the pseudonym of John William Wall, a British career diplomat who spent half his lifetime in the Near East, led to the Levant first by a liking for travel and oriental philology. As an "occasional spare-time recreation" while serving there, Wall wrote a number of supernatural tales between 1947 and 1951. A nice copy of a book which usually turns up sunned and dusty.
$400
23889
SCHAEFER, Jack.
Shane.
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London, Andre Deutsch 1955. Second impression. Fine in like price-clipped dustjacket.
A handsome copy of a Western classic, in exactly the same format as the first British edition which was published in November 1954 (this second impression is from February of the following year). The jacket is a striking pictorial design quite different to the one used on the more common (and considerably more expensive) US first edition.
$250
16931
SCHREINER, Olive.
Stories, Dreams and Allegories.
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London, T. Fisher Unwin 1923. First edition. Original purple cloth, spine gilt. No dustjacket. Edges and prelims noticeably foxed, some scattered foxing throughout, bookseller's label on front paste-down, ownership inscription on the fly-leaf, o/w good in a protective glassine wrapper.
By the author of "The Story of an African Farm". This collection, published shortly after the author's death, with a preface by her husband, contains all of Schreiner's previously unprinted and uncollected imaginative writings.
$65
26307
SCOTT, Ernest.
Historical Memoir of the Melbourne Club.
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Melbourne, The Specialty Press P/L 1936. First edition. An edition limited to 650 copies, this being numbered 520. Original black morocco, spine lettered in gilt, front cover and top edgedecorated in gilt.Fore-edge slightly foxed, o/w fine in the original plain pale-green (faded to beige) tissue jacket which has a few closed tears and some soiling.
Illustred with b/w photographs and plates.
$175
20134
SCOTT, George Walton.
Robert Herrick:
1591-1674.
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London, Sidgwick & Jackson 1974. First edition. Edges and endpapers very slightly foxed, previous owner's small ownership signature on the fly-leaf, o/w very good in like dustjacket.
Biography of the poet. Illustrated with photographs and drawings.
$25
23430
SELINCOURT, Aubrey de. (editor).
The Book of the Sea.
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London, Eyre & Spottiswoode 1961. First edition. Fine in like price-clipped dustjacket.
Illustrated with b/w drawings and colour plates. A handsome, well-bound volume of sea writings.
$30
11215
SHAPCOTT, Thomas (editor). (AUSTRALIAN POETRY).
Poets on Record.
Fourteen volumes complete.
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St Lucia, Qld, University of Queensland Press 1970-75. First edition. Small quarto volumes, some slightly foxed, and rubbed on the illustrated boards o/w all in very good condition, records complete with protective plastic sleeves, in a new slipcase of light tan buckram housing the set.
A complete set of fourteen volumes of this excellent series of recordings of Australian poets reading from their own work. Each volume contains: a small vinyl 45 rpm record in a sleeve attached to the front paste-down, the text of the poems, bibliography of the poet's work and critical publications of relevance. The volumes are: 1. Rodney Hall, 1970. 2. Rosemary Dobson, 1970. 3. James McAuley, 1970. 4. R.D. Fitzgerald, 1971. 5. Bruce Dawe, 1971. 6. Douglas Stewart, 1971. 7. Bruce Beaver, 1972. 8. A.D. Hope, 1972. 9. Judith Wright, 1973. 10. Chris Wallace-Crabbe, 1973. 11. Randolph Stow, 1974. 12. Peter Porter, 1974. 13. Francis Webb, 1975. 14. David Campbell, 1975. Major Australian poets gathered together in a now scarce set of recordings.
$500
26337
SHIEL, M.P.
The Purple Cloud.
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London, Victor Gollancz 1963. First edition thus. A bookseller label on the bottom hinge corner of the front paste-down, o/w fine in like price-clipped dustjacket.
A title first published in 1901 and here re-issued in Gollancz's "Rare Works of Imaginative Fiction" series.
$100
26359
SIM, Katherine.
Desert Traveller:
The Life of Jean Louis Burckhardt.
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London, Victor Gollancz 1969. First edition. Top edge slightly foxed, fore-edge more so, o/w very good in like price-clipped dustjacket.
A fine biography of the great Swiss explorer of the Middle East (the first European to enter Petra, and the discoverer of the colossal figures at Abu Simbel). Illustrated with b/w plates, drawings, and maps.
$80
12964
SMITH, Stevie.
Novel on Yellow Paper,
or Work it Out for Yourself.
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New York, William Morrow 1937. First edition. Page edges very faintly browned, cloth lightly mottled along top of spine and a bit of the back cover, o/w very good in good dustjacket with a few small repairs and closed tears, and some wear at the extremities.
The first novel by the English writer known mainly for her stylish, witty, often caustic verse. The British edition preceded the American by a year, but the latter sports a more interesting, illustrated dustjacket. It also comes in two issues (there still being some question about priority); this is the one in blue cloth, with dustjacket priced at $2.50.
$200
26261
SMITH, Wilbur.
The Courtneys.
"When the Lion Feeds", "The Sound of Thunder" & "A Sparrow Falls".
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London, Heinemann 1987. First edition. Top edge foxed, o/w fine in like dustjacket.
A handsome, well-bound Smith omnibus, before such volumes became cheaply done and ubiquitous.
$100
13178
STERNE, Laurence.
A Sentimental Journey Through France & Italy.
With Selections from the Journals, Sermons & Correspondence.
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New York, Liveright Publishing Corp. 1942. Reprint. Quarter morocco and cloth boards, raised bands, spine gilt, marbled endpapers. Edges slightly browned, o/w very good. A handsome modern binding of a comic novel which shares some characters with "Tristram Shandy".
Edited and with an introduction by Professor Wilbur L. Cross.
$150
16312
STEVENSON, Robert Louis.
The Black Arrow:
A Tale of the Two Roses.
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London, Cassell & Company 1888. First edition. Original red cloth, spine gilt, covers decorated and lettered in black, the front cover with a long black arrow pointing downward, the spine featuring a crossed sword and torch. Cloth slightly discoloured at the upper corners from a mild staining, bookseller's label on fly-leaf, o/w good in protective glassine wrapper.
Novel set in the time of the Wars of the Roses. With 4 pages of undated ads, plus 16 pages of ads dated July, 1888.
$300
17232
STEVENSON, Robert Louis.
The Master of Ballantrae.
A Winter's Tale.
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London, Cassell & Co., 1889. First edition. Original red cloth, pictorially decorated in black on all three panels, spine gilt. A small mottled, lightly rubbed area at the top of the front cover, o/w fine in a protective mylar wrapper.
A powerful tale of two feuding brothers, the elder (the Master) goes off to fight with Bonnie Prince Charlie, is reported killed at Culloden, but after many adventures returns to find his younger brother, Henry, succeeded to his place and married to his bethrothed. This copy is in beautiful condition, with the proper July ads at the back and 14 titles mentioned of the verso of the free endpaper.
$400
23254
STOUT, Rex.
Royal Flush:
The Fourth Nero Wolfe Omnibus.
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New York, Viking 1965. First edition. Fine in like price-clipped dustjacket with a few small (quarter inch) closed tears.
A handsome edition, in a jacket by Bill English, containing two full-length novels, "Fer-de-Lance" and "Murder by the Book" and one threesome "Three Witnesses".
$225
12408
STRACHEY, Lytton.
Portraits in Miniature
And Other Essays.
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London, Chatto & Windus 1931. First edition. Original light grey-green cloth, spine lettered in gilt. Lacks dustjacket. Spine slightly faded, edges and prelims slightly foxed, occasional spots of foxing throughout text, o/w very good in protective archival jacket.
Fascinating biographical sketches on a variety of people, including: John Aubrey, Dr. North, Congreve, Boswell, Mary Berry (Horace Walpole's executor, and last love, to whom he bequeathed "Strawberry Hill"); as well portraits of six English historians: Hume, Gibbon, Macaulay, Carlyle, Froud and Creighton, the first editor of the "The English Historical Review".
$35
15480
STRINDBERG, August.
By The Open Sea.
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London, Frank Palmer 1913. First (Colonial) edition. Original brown cloth, pictorial decorated on the front panel . Edges and prelims spotted, with considerable spotting throughout text, fly-leaf professionally restored, o/w good in an added archival jacket.
Translated by Ellie Schleussner.
$75
12017
STRINDBERG, August.
Married:
Twenty Stories of Married Life.
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London, Frank Palmer 1913. First (Colonial) edition. Original light-brown cloth, lettered and pictorially decorated in black on the spine and front panel. Edges slightly foxed, tasteful period bookplate and bookseller's label on front paste-down, a couple tiny repairs to the cloth at the foot of the spine o/w very good in an added archival jacket.
Translated by Ellie Schleussner. This single volume, first English edition contains the two part Swedish version, published separately in 1884 and 1885. After the publication of the first part, Strindberg had to stand trial in Stockholm on charges of blasphemy. Although freed of the charges, Strindberg received a violent nervous shock from which he never fully recovered. The second part of this collection of stories reveals a gravitation toward misanthropy. From this time forward the domestic scene and the cruel battle of the sexes features prominently in Strindberg's writing. Later editions of this work (usually entitled "Getting Married") are common, but early first editions quite uncommon.
$125
21827
SWIFT, Jonathan.
A Voyage to Laputa.
From Travels by Lemuel Gulliver.
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(New York), The Angelica Press 1976. First edition thus. Original two-tone pictorial cloth, spine lettered in gilt. A slight discolouration from a mild stain about the bottom half of the boards (no wrinkling or deterioration), o/w very good in original linen slip-case.
Limited to 1000 copies, this being #700, and signed by the artist Warren Chappell.
$50
15617
TCHEHOV, Anton.
Select Tales.
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London, Chatto & Windus 1927. First UK edition thus. Original red cloth, spine lettered and decorated in gilt. Edges and prelims spotted, occasional spots through text, small tears at head and tail repaired, o/w very good in protective glassine wrapper.
Translated by Constance Garnett. Frontispiece portrait of Tchehov. A large selection of his best stories (850 pp).
$55
22936
THOMPSON, Jim.
The Getaway.
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London, W.H. Allen 1972. First hardcover edition. Edges and endpapers slightly foxed, o/w very good in fine dustjacket with three small professionally closed tears.
One of Thompson's highlights, filmed in the same year as the publication of this British first edition, the film directed by Sam Peckinpah, and starring Steve McQueen, Ali MacGraw, and Ben Johnson. The first US edition was published earlier, but only in paperback form. This hardcover edition with its attractive illustrated jacket, red spine unfaded, and flap price intact, is now uncommon.
$500
16061
TOLSTOY, Count Leo.
The Forged Coupon
and Other Stories and Dramas.
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London, Thomas Nelson & Sons (1912). First edition. Original purple-blue cloth, decorated in blind and gilt. Small tissue repairs to top of spine, edges and endpapers slightly spotted, ownership signature on title-page, o/w very good in protective archival jacket.
Besides the title story (a novella), this edition contains five other stories, including "Alyosha The Pot", a fifty page introduction by C. Hagberg Wright, and a list of Tolstoy's posthumous works and their published dates.
$200
21257
TOLSTOY, Leo.
Father Sergius
and Other Stories and Plays.
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London, Thomas Nelson & Sons 1911. First edition. Original blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt, and spine and front cover decorated in blind. Edges slightly browned, small tears at head of spine repaired, o/w very good in protective archival jacket.
Edited by Dr Hagberg Wright, with an introductory essay by Aylmer Maude and a colour frontispiece. The UK edition was published a year before the US.
$200
21253
TOLSTOY, Leo.
In the Days of Serfdom.
And other stories.
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London, Constable & Co 1911. First edition. Original red cloth, spine and front cover lettered in gilt. Edges, endpapers, prelims and some pages foxed, small tears at head and tail of spine professionally repaired, o/w good in protective archival jacket.
Translated by L. & A. Maude.
$200
13219
TOLSTOY, Leo.
Stories and Legends.
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New York, Pantheon Books (no date, circa 1945). Reprint. Short ownership inscription on the front paste-down, o/w fine in quarter cloth & pictorial boards, in a protective glassine wrapper.
A handsome collection of eight tales, including the novella "Master and Man". Translated by Louise and Aylmer Maude. Introduction by Dorothy Canfield Fisher. The colour and black & white illustrations by Alexander Alexeieff are wonderfully done. This copy contains a typewritten reply by the publisher to a customer's enquiry about the typeface used in this edition.
$50
23857
TOMES, Jan (text). Oskar KOKOSCHKA (illustrations).
Oskar Kokoschka: London Views, British Landscapes.
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London, Thames & Hudson 1972. First edition. Oblong quarto. Fine in very good dustjacket with some of the clear laminate fraying along the edges of the back panel.
With a commentary and introduction by Tomes, and 16 colour plates and 3 b/w sketches by Kokoschka.
$100
20083
TRAVEN, B.
The Death Ship.
The Story of an American Sailor.
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London, Jonathan Cape 1940. First edition. Edges and endpapers slightly foxed, faint off-setting on rear endpaper, bookseller's label on front paste-down, o/w very good in like price-clipped dustjacket slightly worn at extremities with rubbing and soiling on rear panel.
The mysterious Traven's first book, published in the UK in 1934 in an inferior translation, 60 some pages less than this version, the author's own English version. This UK edition (in "The Collected Works" by Cape) is preceded by the US edition which first appeared in 1934. An attractive, well-bound book (jacket illustration uncredited, but most likely by Hans Tisdall who provided many fine designs for Cape at the time) at less than a sixth of the cost of the US version.
$250
15708
TREVOR, William.
A Standard of Behaviour.
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London, Hutchinson 1958. First edition. Fine in good dustjacket with a few small closed tears, tiny repairs at the head and tail of the spine, and a couple light abrasions.
Author's very scarce first novel, which he never allowed to be reprinted in this form. There was no American edition. Included here is a copy of the first revised edition, a Sphere paperback original, London, 1967.
$2000
25260
TROW-SMITH, Robert.
Life from the Land:
The Growth of Farming in Western Europe.
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London, Longmans 1967. First edition. Edges slightly foxed, o/w very good in like price-clipped dustjacket.
Illustrated with b/w drawings and photos.
$25
26320
Various authors (Abboud, Bezirgan, Erwin etc.).
Elementary Modern Standard Arabic.
Part One and Part Two. Complete in two volumes.
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Ann Arbor, Michigan, Department of Near Eastern Studies, University of Michigan, 1980 & 1982. Revised edition (of 1975), reprints. Quarto. Original orange wrappers, lettered in black. Spine backgrounds slightly faded, not affecting lettering. Very good.
A comprehesive work, rather uncommon in the complete two volumes.
$100
12241
VOLLMANN, William T.
Thirteen Stories and Thirteen Epitaphs.
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London, Andre Deutsch 1991. First edition. Very fine in like dustjacket.
Published in an edition of only 1000 copies, and two years before the US edition. Some of this prolific author's best writing; minimalist compared to the "Seven Dreams" saga.
$50
11661
VON KLEIST, Heinrich.
The Marquise of O and other stories.
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London, Faber & Faber 1963. First edition. Fore and bottom edges slightly foxed, bookseller's label on the front paste-down, o/w very good in good price-clipped dustjacket with a few closed tears, one fingernail-size chip replaced at the foot of the spine, and the bottom half of the back flap restored (having been cut away for some reason).
Translated and with an introduction by Martin Greenberg; with a eighteen page preface by Thomas Mann first published in this edition.
$30
20877
WATT, James and BLACK, Joseph.
Partners in Science.
Letters of James Watt and Joseph Black.
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London, Constable 1970. First edition. A few faint spots of foxing on edges, boards a little mottled, o/w very good in good dustjacket with closed tears on rear panel, small repair at tail of spine, rubbed and worn at extremities.
Scientific correspondence and notebooks, edited with introductions and notes by Eric Robinson and Douglas McKie.
$35
21518
WELLS, H.G.
Mr. Britling Sees It Through
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Toronto, Macmillan 1918. First (Canadian) edition. Original light orange cloth, lettered in black. Neat, contemporary ownership inscription on one the late prelims, o/w fine in a good dustjacket with some closed tears, rubbing and creasing at the extremities, and restoration of the bottom third of the spine (involving only the ivory coloured background and the publisher's name).
Wells's novel of wartime experience, very autobiographical, and charting the changing attitudes in English society to war, class, gender and Christian values. The publisher was initially lukewarm to the book (first published in 1916, midway through the war), but it sold quickly and went through 9 printings before the end of the year. Any early printing in jacket is scarce; this first Canadian printing in a Canadian issue jacket (no price on the flap) sports a handsome illustration and is quite uncommon.
$500
26286
WHEATLEY, Nadia.
The Life and Myth of Charmian Clift.
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Sydney, Flamingo/HarperCollins 2001. First edition. Very fine in like dustjacket.
A fine, extensive biography of an important Australian literary and cultural figure. Illustrated with photographs.
$85
11259
WHITE, Patrick.
The Tree of Man.
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New York, Viking 1955. First edition. Previous owner/s signature on fly-leaf, o/w very good in like dustjacket with a few closed tears, small repairs and light soiling.
$200
10621
WILDER, Thornton.
The Bridge of San Luis Rey.
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London, Longmans, Green and Co. 1929. First UK illustrated edition. Some light foxing and offsetting on endpapers, bookseller's label on the bottom corner of the front paste-down, o/w very good in good dustjacket with a few small closed tears and a couple small repairs.
The author's best known novel, a delicately ironic study of the way Providence has directed disparate lives to one end. It won the Pulitzer Prize when it was first published in 1927 (the UK edition preceded). This UK Illustrated edition has 16 tipped-in woodcuts by Clare Leighton, for which she was justifiably acclaimed. The US Illustrated edition, published the same year, has illustrations by Rockwell Kent.
$150
26250
WILSON, Robert.
A Small Death in Lisbon.
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London, HarperCollins 1999. First edition. Page edges just slightly toned, o/w very fine in like dustjacket.
$75
26142
WYETH, Andrew & Betsy.
Wyeth at Kuerners.
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Boston, Houghton Mifflin 1976. First edition. Thick, oblong quarto. Fine in like dustjacket with a few tiny closed tears.
A handsome production chronicling Wyeth's visits to Kuerner's Farm in Pennsylvania, accompanied by many b/w sketches and water colour paintings, with an introduction by Betsy Wyeth, the painter's wife.
$65
21185
ZOLA, Emile.
Ladies' Delight.
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London, John Calder 1957. First edition thus. Edges lightly foxed, bookseller's label on front paste-down, off-setting to endpapers o/w very good in good price-clipped dustjacket.
Originally published in 1882, here translated by April Fitzlyon. One of the later novels in the Rougon-Macquart series, a detailed picture of Parisian society during the Second Empire, told against the background of the rise of a revolutionary new commercial enterprise, the first big department store.
$30