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BUCHAN, John, 1875-1940 : PRESTER JOHN.

BUCHAN, John, 1875-1940 : PRESTER JOHN.

London : Thomas Nelson & Sons, (1910). First edition. Buchan in South Africa with a Haggardesque tale of uprising, myth, fabulous necklace, etc.
Crown 8vo (180 x 116mm). vi,(376),viii pp. Frontispiece map. Bound in an attractive recent half green morocco, banded and gilt; original cloth backstrip preserved at rear; a very good and clean copy. Attached to the verso of the front free endpaper is a contemporary prize label of the North Merchiston Continuation Classes – made out to James B. Campbell for general excellence. Blanchard A21.

£400

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BUCHAN, John, 1875-1940 : THE POWER-HOUSE.

BUCHAN, John, 1875-1940 : THE POWER-HOUSE.

Edinburgh : William Blackwood & Sons, 1916. First edition. Edward Leithen comes up against an anarchist plot to destroy western civilisation – set in London before the Great War. One of Buchan’s defining novels, with the quintessential line "You think that a wall as solid as the earth separates civilisation from barbarism. I tell you the division is a thread, a sheet of glass".
Crown 8vo (20cm). x,238pp. Original red cloth, lettered in black; lightly sunned; some light marking to lower cover; text a little tanned as always; endleaves also tanned with a slight crack to lower hinge, but overall a nice copy of a fragile wartime production. Blanchard A35.

£150

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BUCHAN, John, 1875-1940 : THE PATH OF THE KING.

BUCHAN, John, 1875-1940 : THE PATH OF THE KING.

London : Hodder & Stoughton, [1921]. First edition : in a variant binding of light blue cloth lettered in dark blue, with double rules at the head and tail of spine, and the JB monogram on the upper cover. Regarded by Buchan as his first serious piece of fiction – an episodic tale of the descent of kingliness through history – from Nordic prince to Abraham Lincoln.
Crown 8vo (20cm). viii,310,[ii]pp. Original cloth; spine very faintly marked and just a touch sunned; endpapers a little tanned; some spotting, mainly of edges, but a very good copy. Blanchard A51 – not noting this binding.

£50

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BUCHAN, John, 1875-1940 : THE COURTS OF THE MORNING.

BUCHAN, John, 1875-1940 : THE COURTS OF THE MORNING.

London : Hodder & Stoughton, (1929). First British edition. Sir Richard Hannay, Sandy Arbuthnot, John Blenkiron – industrial tycoon plots to rule the world.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (406),[viii],[2]pp. Three maps. Original blue cloth, ruled, blocked and lettered in black; slight tanning of endpapers, but a very good and sound copy. Blanchard A81.

£100

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BUCHAN, John, 1875-1940 : A PRINCE OF THE CAPTIVITY.

BUCHAN, John, 1875-1940 : A PRINCE OF THE CAPTIVITY.

London : Hodder & Stoughton, 1933. First edition. Adam Melfort takes the blame for his wife’s attempt at forgery, but on his release from jail is recruited to work behind enemy lines in Belgium during the Great War.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (384)pp. Original green cloth, lettered in gilt; a couple of tiny nicks at foot, but a very good, bright and sound copy in the dust-jacket – the jacket just lightly marked and faintly rubbed, with a tiny chip and a very short tear to rear panel. Heraldic silver label of the Musson Book Company of Toronto to spine of jacket and the ownership stamp of A. E. H. Whitehouse of Oxbow. Small booksellers’ label of Hazen Twiss of Saskatoon at rear. Blanchard A99.

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