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ALINGTON, Adrian (Adrian Richard), 1895-1958 : THE CAREER OF JULIAN STANLEY-WILLIAMS.

ALINGTON, Adrian (Adrian Richard), 1895-1958 : THE CAREER OF JULIAN STANLEY-WILLIAMS.

London : Chatto & Windus, 1931. First edition. An uncommon early novel from Adrian Alington – the career of a conceited actor.
Demy 8vo (22cm). (xii),(436)pp. Original dark red cloth, ruled and lettered on spine in gilt; a touch bowed; covers very faintly marked and flecked; top edge a little dusty; mild spotting and light bruising of fore-edge; but still a good, sound and by no means unattractive copy.

£20

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ALINGTON, Adrian (Adrian Richard), 1895-1958 : ANN & AURELIA : SOME CHAPTERS FROM THE LIVES OF TWO FRIENDS.

ALINGTON, Adrian (Adrian Richard), 1895-1958 : ANN & AURELIA : SOME CHAPTERS FROM THE LIVES OF TWO FRIENDS.

London : Chatto & Windus, 1934. First edition. The interwoven lives of two girlhood friends – Ann the great actress, Aurelia the homely and suffering.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [viii],(412)pp. Original yellow cloth, lettered and decorated on spine in red; a few tiny marks and faint creases, but a very good, bright and sharp copy in a price-clipped dust-jacket with a single short tear.

£25

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ALINGTON, Adrian (Adrian Richard), 1895-1958 : MOSS IS THE STUFF : A ROMANCE.

ALINGTON, Adrian (Adrian Richard), 1895-1958 : MOSS IS THE STUFF : A ROMANCE.

London : Chatto & Windus, 1937. First edition. A London novel in the Dickensian mode – the varied career of the unusual character of Godolphin Cox – adventures in a crimson suit, etc.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [viii],(376)pp. Original pale green cloth, lettered across spine in red; top edge green; a few minor marks, mild spotting of endpapers, but a very good copy in the handsome Nicolas Bentley dust-jacket, a little rubbed and slightly nicked.

£25

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ALINGTON, Adrian (Adrian Richard), 1895-1958 : ROSIE TODMARSH : A NOVEL.

ALINGTON, Adrian (Adrian Richard), 1895-1958 : ROSIE TODMARSH : A NOVEL.

London : Chatto & Windus, (1944). First edition. “Rosie took herself off to the pub. She had to escape from the supercilious highbrows on whom she was billeted. To them she was ‘common’, middle-aged and homeless” – a pub landlady bombed out of her premises in wartime, young son in the R.A.F., etc.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [vi],(262)pp. Original red cloth, lettered on spine in light blue; hint of spotting to top edge, but a very good copy in a lightly tanned, slightly nicked, scuffed and price-clipped dust-jacket.

£20

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ALINGTON, C.A. (Cyril Argentine), 1872-1955 : BLESSED BLUNDERS.

ALINGTON, C.A. (Cyril Argentine), 1872-1955 : BLESSED BLUNDERS.

London : Faber & Faber, (1954). First edition : in the variant and almost certainly primary binding of orange-brown cloth, blocked and lettered in maroon. Absent-minded and dotty old autocrat, bright young godson, endless muddles, mismanagement of the village fête, charming young woman – “Everyone will agree they are in good company from beginning to end”.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (214),[ii]pp. Original cloth; just a hint of sunning; light spotting to edges and endpapers; erasure mark from front free endpaper, but a very good and sound copy in the original yellow, blue, black, red and white dust-jacket – just lightly used and with slight fraying of inner flaps, but still very good.

£20

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AMES, Delano (Delano L.), 1906-1987 : A DOUBLE BED ON OLYMPUS.

AMES, Delano (Delano L.), 1906-1987 : A DOUBLE BED ON OLYMPUS.

London : Grayson & Grayson, (1936). First edition. “Nor do the characters of Jove and Juno, Apollo and Daphne, Orpheus and Eurydice, thinly veil the identity of any living person ... if they misbehave themselves, that is their own fault”.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 288pp. Original red cloth, lettered in black; very slightly sunned and darkened; very faint spine crease; mild spotting of edges, but a very good copy in the original pictorial dust-jacket – worn, torn, chipped, darkened and repaired, with some loss (about 1cm – less than half an inch) at head of spine and across part of upper panel.

£40

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ARLEN, Michael, 1895-1956 : MAY FAIR : BEING AN ENTERTAINMENT PURPORTING TO REVEAL TO GENTLEFOLK THE REAL STATE OF AFFAIRS EXISTING IN THE VERY HEART OF LONDON ...

ARLEN, Michael, 1895-1956 : MAY FAIR : BEING AN ENTERTAINMENT PURPORTING TO REVEAL TO GENTLEFOLK THE REAL STATE OF AFFAIRS EXISTING IN THE VERY HEART OF LONDON ...

London : W. Collins Sons & Co., (1925). First edition. A prologue and twelve short stories in Arlen’s best vein – his last great success – London’s “charming people” and their “follies, misadventures, and galanteries”. Includes “The Ace of Cads”, “The Battle of Berkeley Square”, “The Ghoul of Golders Green”, etc.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (viii),(320),[vi],[2]pp. Original black cloth, ruled in gilt and blind and lettered in gilt; mild rubbing; some spotting, mainly of edges; a very good copy in the original Edmund Dulac dust-jacket – a striking butterfly design in black and gold – a little worn and slightly chipped at extremities, with a repaired diagonal tear and some creasing to upper panel, but complete and still attractive.

£50

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ARNOLD, Ralph (Ralph Crispian Marshall), 1906-1970 : HOUSE WITH THE MAGNOLIAS.

ARNOLD, Ralph (Ralph Crispian Marshall), 1906-1970 : HOUSE WITH THE MAGNOLIAS.

London : William Heinemann, (1931). First edition. The Kentish novelist and historian’s uncommon first novel. A publisher’s presentation copy, with a Heinemann compliments slip loosely inserted.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [vi],322pp. Original red cloth, ruled and lettered in gilt; publisher’s device in blind on lower cover; mild bruise at head of spine, a handful of spots, but a very good, bright, clean and sound copy in the original dust-jacket – a design primarily in white, blue and red, with a colour-printed magnolia on the upper panel – the jacket very faintly rubbed and with a sprinkling of spots – but fresh and without a nick.

£50

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ARNOLD, Ralph (Ralph Crispian Marshall), 1906-1970 : DESPAIR AND DELIGHT.

ARNOLD, Ralph (Ralph Crispian Marshall), 1906-1970 : DESPAIR AND DELIGHT.

London : Constable & Co., (1939). First edition. "Old Miss Grierson had had her social flowering in the days when a man was a man and was properly rated as such by the ladies. In the year 1908, or thereabouts, one man, however weedy and inefficient, was considered the equal of at least three highly gifted and beautiful women ...".
Crown 8vo (20cm). [vi],(302)pp. Colour extra-title by Toby. Original light green cloth, ruled and lettered in blue; mild tanning of endpapers; some spotting of edges, but a very good and bright copy.

£40

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ATKINS, Vic : A STORY.

ATKINS, Vic : A STORY.

Leicester : Black Knight Press, 1966. First edition : limited to 100 copies, signed by the publisher, Duine Campbell. A legend, with colour illustrations by Pete Harper.
Landscape pott 4to (11 x 12cm). [12]pp. Illustrations. Original plain yellow-grey wrappers; very good.

£20

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AUSTER, Paul (Paul Benjamin), 1947- : THE BROOKLYN FOLLIES.

AUSTER, Paul (Paul Benjamin), 1947- : THE BROOKLYN FOLLIES.

London : Faber & Faber, (2005). First edition : precedes the 2006 New York edition. “I was looking for a quiet place to die. Someone recommended Brooklyn, and so the next morning I traveled down there from Westchester to scope out the terrain ...”.
Medium 8vo (25cm). [vi],304,[x]pp. Original black boards; very good indeed in the dust-jacket – also very good indeed.

£25

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BALLARD, J.G. (James Graham), 1930-2009 : EMPIRE OF THE SUN.

BALLARD, J.G. (James Graham), 1930-2009 : EMPIRE OF THE SUN.

London : Victor Gollancz, 1984. First edition : in the earlier dust-jacket. The haunting novel based on his wartime experiences as a boy in Shanghai – filmed by Spielberg in 1987.
Medium 8vo (24cm). [viii],278,[ii]pp. Map. Original black boards; text a little tanned as always, but otherwise a very good copy indeed in an unflawed dust-jacket.

£100

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BALLARD, J.G. (James Graham), 1930-2009 : THE DAY OF CREATION.

BALLARD, J.G. (James Graham), 1930-2009 : THE DAY OF CREATION.

London : Victor Gollancz, 1987. First edition. A river appears in parched central Africa – “classic Ballard. Mesmerising. No one else writes with such haunting impact” (William Boyd).
Foolscap 4to (24cm). 254,[ii]pp. Original black boards, lettered on spine in gilt; near fine in the Paul Wright dust-jacket, also near fine.

£25

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BARNES, Julian, 1946- :  ENGLAND, ENGLAND.

BARNES, Julian, 1946- : ENGLAND, ENGLAND.

London : Jonathan Cape, (1998). First edition. Signed by Julian Barnes on the title-page. His savage satire on England and the idea of England. Shortlisted for the Booker.
Demy 8vo (23cm). [vi],266pp. Original black boards, blocked and lettered in silver; very good in the Bill Gregory dust-jacket – also very good.

£25

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BELLOW, Saul, 1915-2005 : DANGLING MAN.

BELLOW, Saul, 1915-2005 : DANGLING MAN.

London : John Lehmann, 1946. First British edition of Bellow’s first book. “If you have difficulties, grapple with them silently, goes one of their commandments. To hell with that! I intend to talk about mine, and if I had as many mouths as Siva has arms and kept them going all the time, I still could not do myself justice”.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (192)pp. Original yellow cloth, blocked and lettered in brown; a touch of browning; mild spotting of edges and endpapers, but a nice, very bright and sound copy in the stylish Robert Medley dust-jacket – just lightly tanned at spine, but also very good and virtually unworn.

£250

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BERNERS, Lord (Gerald Hugh Tyrwhitt-Wilson, 14th Baron), 1883-1950 : COUNT OMEGA.

BERNERS, Lord (Gerald Hugh Tyrwhitt-Wilson, 14th Baron), 1883-1950 : COUNT OMEGA.

London : Constable & Co., (1941). First edition. The decidedly eccentric but musical Lord Berners with a tale of a “young composer who, under the auspices of a mysterious millionaire looks forward to a sumptuous production of his first symphony. Entangled with a heroine of enormous size, and assisted by a fashionable dressmaker who is also a reincarnation of Joan of Arc, the aspiring musician goes from one adventure to another”.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [viii],208pp. Frontispiece by Berners. Original magenta cloth, lettered across spine in silver; top edge pink; slight spotting of edges, but a very good, sound and bright copy in the original white dust-jacket – a monochrome design repeating the frontispiece image – lightly rubbed, just a touch dusty and lightly soiled.

£75

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BERNERS, Lord (Gerald Hugh Tyrwhitt-Wilson, 14th Baron), 1883-1950 : FAR FROM THE MADDING WAR.

BERNERS, Lord (Gerald Hugh Tyrwhitt-Wilson, 14th Baron), 1883-1950 : FAR FROM THE MADDING WAR.

London : Constable & Co., (1941). First edition. Emmeline Pocock, daughter of the warden of All Saints, tries to see out the war in her sound-proof room – disturbances from the university town – tangled love drama, the eccentric provost, the sensational reports of Mr Jericho, the volcanic Lady Caroline Paltry, the melancholic Lord FitzCricket, poltergeists, etc.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [xii],(194),[ii]pp. Three plates by the author. Original magenta cloth, lettered across spine in silver; slight touch of wear at foot; some spotting, mainly of endpapers and edges, but a very good copy in the original Berners dust-jacket – lightly worn and very slightly tanned, with some minor chipping at extremities (not affecting design or lettering), but also very good.

£100

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BRADBURY, Ray (Ray Douglas), 1920-2012 : SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES.

BRADBURY, Ray (Ray Douglas), 1920-2012 : SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES.

London : Rupert Hart-Davis, 1963. First British edition. Bradbury’s lyrical, mysterious, dark and fantastic coming of age novel as Cooger & Dark’s Pandemonium Shadow Show comes to town – See Mephistophele, the Lava Drinker, the Demon Guillotine, the Dangling Man, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World ...
Post 8vo (21cm). (254),[ii]pp. Original black boards, blocked and lettered in silver; very good indeed in the evocative Joe Mugnaini dust-jacket – also very good indeed, barring one tiny nick.

£250

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BROOKNER, Anita, 1928-2016 : A MISALLIANCE.

BROOKNER, Anita, 1928-2016 : A MISALLIANCE.

London : Jonathan Cape, (1986). First edition. “Blanche Vernon is one of those discreet, smart women one sees in restaurants alone ...”.
Post 8vo (21cm). (192)pp. Original blue boards, blocked and lettered on spine in gilt; text faintly tanned, as usual, but otherwise very good indeed in the dust-jacket – just faintly creased, but also very good.

£20

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BROOKNER, Anita, 1928-2016 : BRIEF LIVES.

BROOKNER, Anita, 1928-2016 : BRIEF LIVES.

London : Jonathan Cape, (1990). First edition. “They might have met far earlier, since Fay had had success as a singer, and Julia was at one time a famous diseuse, her glamour and repartee a legend. But when Julia sweeps in, wearing ravishing black silk, their celebrity is already past ...”. Love, friendship, dependence and disenchantment.
Demy 8vo (23cm). [iv],(218),[ii]pp. Original brown boards, blocked and lettered in gilt; very good indeed in a just very lightly marked dust-jacket.

£20

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BROPHY, John, 1899-1965 : THE NIMBLE RABBIT.

BROPHY, John, 1899-1965 : THE NIMBLE RABBIT.

London : Chatto & Windus, 1955. First edition. A comedy of manners on the world of publishing, writing, literary prizes, etc. – set in New York, London and Paris.
Post 8vo (21cm). (280)pp. Original green boards, lettered across spine in gilt; a very good, clean and sound copy in the attractive Val Biro dust-jacket – a pictorial design in grey-green, pink and black – just very slightly nicked, but also very good.

£20

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BROSTER, D.K. (Dorothy Kathleen), 1877-1950 :  SHIPS IN THE BAY!

BROSTER, D.K. (Dorothy Kathleen), 1877-1950 : SHIPS IN THE BAY!

London : William Heinemann, (1931). First edition. The daughter of the precentor of St. David’s Cathedral in South Wales falls in with a young seaman, a deserter from a privateer, on the run from the Bow Street Runners – but not all is as it seems. Set in 1796 and researched in her usual meticulous way, the story also incorporates the French landing the following year.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [x],436,[ii]pp. Original olive cloth, riled and lettered in gilt; a few faint edge spots, but an excellent copy, bright, clean and sound, in the original red and white dust-jacket – the jacket with a few tiny nicks, a couple of very short tears, and a sprinkling of spots, but itself very good indeed, clean and fresh.

£40

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CARTER, Angela, 1940-1992 : NIGHTS AT THE CIRCUS.

CARTER, Angela, 1940-1992 : NIGHTS AT THE CIRCUS.

London : Chatto & Windus / Hogarth Press, (1984). First edition : an advance proof copy in the publishers’ wrappers. Fevvers – the toast of Europe’s capitals, courted by the Prince of Wales, painted by Toulouse Lautrec, the greatest aerialiste of her time.
Medium 8vo (24cm). (296)pp. Original cloth-backed decorative wrappers; very slightly bruised and faintly creased, but still a very good copy.

£20

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CARY, Joyce (Arthur Joyce Lunel), 1888-1957 : MEN OF TWO WORLDS : THE BOOK OF THE FILM.

CARY, Joyce (Arthur Joyce Lunel), 1888-1957 : MEN OF TWO WORLDS : THE BOOK OF THE FILM.

London : World Film Publications, 1946. First edition. A “Book of the Film” adaptation by E. Fisher of an original story with dialogue by Joyce Cary, adapted via the Herbert Victor and Thorold Dickinson screenplay. Illustrated with stills and studio portraits (Phyllis Calvert, Eric Portman and some seldom seen black actors).
Crown 8vo (19cm). (78)pp. Plates. Portraits. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; a little rubbed and slight creased; text a little browned throughout, more heavily and unevenly on opening leaves, but a good copy of a fragile production.

£20

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CASTELLO, Inez : MAN-EATER.

CASTELLO, Inez : MAN-EATER.

London : Arthur Gray (Books), [1934]. First edition. “Who is she? Oh, come! You surely can’t tell me that you don’t know she’s the great Lulu Le Sainte?” – the lovely, famous and scandalous man-eater meets a confirmed woman-hater on a terrace in Monte Carlo. Inez Castello, author of half a dozen similar novels of the Bright-Young-Things period, was perhaps the London-born ‘actress’ who took ship from Havana to New York under that name in 1920, but has otherwise eluded identification.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 256pp. Original blue cloth, lettered in black; cloth a little used and blotched; text a little marked and tanned, but a serviceable copy in the striking art-deco dust-jacket by H. W. Perl (1897-1952) – a little wornd and slightly smudged, with repairs to folds – but complete and attractive still.

£50

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CAYWOOD, Mark : VIRGINIA’S QUEST.

CAYWOOD, Mark : VIRGINIA’S QUEST.

London : Arthur Gray (Books), [1934]. First edition. “When I first saw the yacht she was lying at anchor in Rushcutter’s Bay, Sydney Harbour” – a sharebroker yearns to return to the South Seas. Shanghaied on the yacht of the beautiful Virginia Mortimer, he is offered a thousand pounds to pilot the yacht on a secret mission.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 254,[ii]pp. Original blue cloth, lettered in black; a few faint marks; edges and prelims a little spotted, but otherwise a very good copy in the striking original dust-jacket – unsigned but by H. W. Perl (1897-1952) – a little rubbed, nicked and slightly soiled, but still very good. Just a single copy (British Library) located in the major UK libraries.

£75

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CHATWIN, Bruce (Charles Bruce), 1940-1989 : THE SONGLINES.

CHATWIN, Bruce (Charles Bruce), 1940-1989 : THE SONGLINES.

London : Jonathan Cape, (1987). First edition. “In Alice Springs – a grid of scorching streets where men in long white socks were forever getting in and out of Land Cruisers – I met a Russian who was mapping the sacred sites of the Aboriginals”. His finest work – a novel of ideas – a “profound journey into the geography of the mind”.
Demy 8vo (23cm). [vi],(294),[iv]pp. Original black boards, blocked and lettered in gilt; a few faint edge spots, but otherwise a very good copy indeed in the dust-jacket – also very good indeed.

£100

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CHURCHILL, Winston (Sir Winston Leonard Spencer), 1874-1965 : VICTORY : WAR SPEECHES BY THE RIGHT HON. WINSTON S. CHURCHILL O.M., C.H., M.P. 1945.

CHURCHILL, Winston (Sir Winston Leonard Spencer), 1874-1965 : VICTORY : WAR SPEECHES BY THE RIGHT HON. WINSTON S. CHURCHILL O.M., C.H., M.P. 1945.

London : Cassell & Co., (1946). First edition. The great set-piece speeches of 1945 – the atomic bomb, the death of Roosevelt, the 1945 election, etc. The sixth volume of the war speeches, edited by Charles Eade.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (xii),(240)pp. Plates. Original blue cloth, lettered across spine in gilt; some spotting, mainly of edges and prelims, but a very good copy in a lightly worn dust-jacket.

£20

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CLARKE, Lindsay (Victor Lindsay), 1939- : THE CHYMICAL WEDDING : A ROMANCE.

CLARKE, Lindsay (Victor Lindsay), 1939- : THE CHYMICAL WEDDING : A ROMANCE.

London : Jonathan Cape, (1989). First edition. His second novel – the winner of the 1989 Whitbread Fiction Prize. Lives intertwined across time – alchemy, occult, fate, passion and obsession.
Demy 8vo (23cm). 542,[ii]pp. Original black boards, lettered in gilt; very faint spine crease; a few faint marks, but overall a very good copy in the dust-jacket – just lightly used.

£20

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COMPTON-BURNETT, Ivy (Dame Ivy), 1884-1969 : A FATHER AND HIS FATE.

COMPTON-BURNETT, Ivy (Dame Ivy), 1884-1969 : A FATHER AND HIS FATE.

London : Victor Gollancz, 1957. First edition. A father and three daughters – “A normal part of life may not be a thing to dispense with”.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (208)pp. Original maroon boards, lettered on spine in gilt; a couple of spots, but a very good and bright copy in the original Gollancz yellow dust-jacket, printed in magenta and black – just lightly tanned, lightly marked and slightly worn at tips.

£20

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COMPTON-BURNETT, Ivy (Dame Ivy), 1884-1969 : A GOD AND HIS GIFTS.

COMPTON-BURNETT, Ivy (Dame Ivy), 1884-1969 : A GOD AND HIS GIFTS.

London : Victor Gollancz, 1963. First edition. “What harm is there in hearing a pin drop?” said Joanna.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 224pp. Original orange boards, lettered on spine in gilt; a handful of edge spots, but very good copy in the original Gollancz yellow dust-jacket, printed in magenta and black – just faintly marked and lightly chipped.

£20

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“COOPER, William” – [HOFF, Harry Summerfield, 1910-2002] : FROM EARLY LIFE.

“COOPER, William” – [HOFF, Harry Summerfield, 1910-2002] : FROM EARLY LIFE.

London : Macmillan London, (1990). First edition. “Written in the rinsed-pebble prose of an outstanding man of letters” – the early reminiscences of the author of “Scenes from Provincial Life”.
Demy 8vo (23cm). [iv],(170),[ii]pp. Original maroon boards, lettered on spine in gilt; very good in the Paul Collicut dust-jacket – also very good.

£20

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CROWLEY, Mart, 1935- : THE BOYS IN THE BAND.

CROWLEY, Mart, 1935- : THE BOYS IN THE BAND.

New York : Farrar, Straus & Giroux, (1968). First edition. His first play, produced off-Broadway in 1968 and subsequently made into the memorable 1970 William Friedkin film.
Post 8vo (21cm). [vi],182,[iv]pp. Original sand cloth, lettered down spine in metallic green, magenta and blue; a very good copy in the striking original Diane and Leo Dillon dust-jacket – lightly sunned, with a few faint marks and one short nick to lower panel. Neat illegible name on front free endpaper.

£25

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DAHL, Roald, 1916-1990 : MORE TALES OF THE UNEXPECTED.

DAHL, Roald, 1916-1990 : MORE TALES OF THE UNEXPECTED.

London : Michael Joseph, (1980). First edition. A TV-tie-in collection of nine short stories, some old, some new – with four appearing in book form for the first time. Includes “Georgy Porgy”, “The Umbrella Man”, “Mr Botibol”, “Vengeance is Mine Inc.”, etc.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (128)pp. Original black boards, lettered in gilt; faint fringe of discolouration to endpapers, but otherwise very good in the dust-jacket – also very good save a few faint marks and some spotting to inner flaps.

£25

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DAY LEWIS, C. (Cecil), 1904-1972 : THE BURIED DAY.

DAY LEWIS, C. (Cecil), 1904-1972 : THE BURIED DAY.

London : Chatto & Windus, 1960. First edition. Autobiography of the poet and (as Nicholas Blake) crime-writer.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (244)pp. Plates. Portraits. Original tan buckram, blocked and lettered in black and gilt; a few minor signs of age and use, but overall a very good copy in the Reynolds Stone dust-jacket – just lightly tanned and slightly spotted, with a chip to rear panel. Contemporary (1961) ownership inscription of Mary Mitchell.

£20

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DOBELL, Nora (Nora Selina), 1841-1924 : TWO WOMEN OF KENT.

DOBELL, Nora (Nora Selina), 1841-1924 : TWO WOMEN OF KENT.

London : Henry J. Drane (Ye Olde St. Bride’s Presse), 1905. First Edition. An interesting novel from a sister of the ‘spasmodic’ poet, Sydney Thompson Dobell. Nora Dobell married Edmund Williams and subsequently lived in Kent, where the novel is set – Doris Carter experiences life and love down on the farm: ‘It is difficult to divine the reasons for the writing, much more the publication, of such books as ‘Two Women of Kent’... Its author has not the gift of telling a story; her characters are but colourless replicas of the heroes, heroines, and villains of ‘novelettes’. Certainly her intentions are blameless and pious in the extreme, but the absence of a sense of humour makes most of her dramatic moments ludicrous’ (A rather unfair review from the ‘Manchester Courier’, 17th November 1905).
Crown 8vo (19cm). 215,[i]pp. Original tan cloth over bevelled boards, lettered in black and red; lightly rubbed; cloth slightly discoloured; front free endpaper neatly excised; some occasional spotting; a little shaken, but a good copy of an uncommon title. With the dated 1933 ownership inscription of Mrs L. Cooling of Gillingham, Kent – this Lillian Cooling (1885?-1950).

£50

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DONLEAVY, J.P. (James Patrick), 1926-2017 : A SINGULAR MAN.

DONLEAVY, J.P. (James Patrick), 1926-2017 : A SINGULAR MAN.

London : Bodley Head, (1964). First British edition. His second novel – a dark masterpiece of love and imagination. Originally published in Boston the previous year.
Post 8vo (21cm). [iv],340pp. Original brown boards, ruled and lettered in gilt; mild tanning of fore-edge, but a very good copy in the intriguing Lehtola dust-jacket – also very good.

£100

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DOUGLAS, Norman (George Norman), 1868-1952 : AN ALMANAC.

DOUGLAS, Norman (George Norman), 1868-1952 : AN ALMANAC.

London : Chatto & Windus / Martin Secker & Warburg, (1945). First British and first trade edition. A day-by-day almanac of epigrams selected by Douglas from his own earlier works. The text varies considerably from that of the twenty-five copies privately printed at Lisbon in 1941. With decorations by Enid Marx.
Post 8vo (21cm). Original deep yellow cloth, lettered in gilt; top edge very lightly spotted, but a very good and bright copy in a just faintly tanned dust-jacket – also very good.

£20

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DUNCAN, Ronald (Ronald Frederick Henry), 1914-1982 : THE DULL ASS’S HOOF : THREE PLAYS.

DUNCAN, Ronald (Ronald Frederick Henry), 1914-1982 : THE DULL ASS’S HOOF : THREE PLAYS.

London : Fortune Press, [1940]. First edition. A review copy, and so stamped on front free endpaper. Three verse plays: “The Unburied Dead”, dedicated to Gandhi; “Ora Pro Nobis”, dedicated to Richard March; and “Pimp, Skunk and Profiteer”, dedicated to Ezra Pound.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (136)pp. Original green buckram, lettered in gilt; cloth a little dulled and faded; some spotting of edges and prelims, but otherwise a very good copy in the original beige dust-jacket, printed in black, with a striking design on the upper panel – very slightly tanned and with just a hint of wear. Neat contemporary (1941) inscription on front free endpaper. D’Arch Smith 169.

£25

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DUNCAN, Ronald (Ronald Frederick Henry), 1914-1982 : SAINT SPIV.

DUNCAN, Ronald (Ronald Frederick Henry), 1914-1982 : SAINT SPIV.

London : Dennis Dobson, (1961). First edition. Very much a London novel – starting in Stockwell and recounting the satirical tale of a spiv who suddenly finds himself possessed of the power of healing.
Post 8vo (21cm). 192pp. Original black boards, lettered in silver; endpapers very slightly tanned, but otherwise a very good, clean and sound copy in the original dust-jacket – a stylish pictorial design in red, green and black on white – just a touch dusty, but otherwise very good indeed.

£20

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DUNN, Nell (Nell Mary), 1936- : UP THE JUNCTION.

DUNN, Nell (Nell Mary), 1936- : UP THE JUNCTION.

London : MacGibbon & Kee, 1963. First edition. Her first and most famous book – sixteen short stories and sketches of working-class life in Battersea and Clapham Junction “Out with the Girls”, “The Tallyman”, etc. Adapted for television by Ken Loach in 1965 and subsequently filmed with Suzy Kendall, Susan George, Dennis Waterman, etc.
Post 8vo (20cm). 110,[ii]pp. Illustrations by Susan Benson. Original blue-green boards, lettered down spine in gilt; very good in the original photographic Tina Tranter dust-jacket – very slightly worn and a touch soiled on lower panel.

£75

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DUNSANY, Lord (Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, 18th Baron), 1878-1957 : THE SWORD OF WELLERAN AND OTHER STORIES.

DUNSANY, Lord (Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, 18th Baron), 1878-1957 : THE SWORD OF WELLERAN AND OTHER STORIES.

London : George Allen & Sons, 1908. First edition. A collection of twelve stories, including “The Kith of the Elf-Folk”, “The Fortress Unvanquishable, Save for Sacnoth”, “The Doom of La Traviata”, etc. Illustrated by the great Sidney Sime (1865-1941) and linked to Dunsany’s two earlier collections via the gods and goddesses of Pegãna, who appear in several of the stories.
Foolscap 4to (21cm). (xii),(244)pp. Ten black and white plates by Sime. Original decorative green cloth gilt; a touch sunned; some very faint rubbing and wear at tips; a few slight spots; small tape-marks on endpapers, but overall a very good and still bright copy.

£250

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DYMENT, Clifford ; NOTT, Kathleen & SMYTH, E. Warington :  THE JOY OF LIVING : A SHORT STORY BY CLIFFORD DYMENT / UNCLASSIFIED COASTAL RESORT : A POEM BY KATHLEEN NOTT / THE CROSS : A SHORT STORY BY E. WARINGTON SMYTH.

DYMENT, Clifford ; NOTT, Kathleen & SMYTH, E. Warington : THE JOY OF LIVING : A SHORT STORY BY CLIFFORD DYMENT / UNCLASSIFIED COASTAL RESORT : A POEM BY KATHLEEN NOTT / THE CROSS : A SHORT STORY BY E. WARINGTON SMYTH.

London : Dorset Books published by E. Warington Smyth, [1943?]. First edition. Inscribed, signed with forename, and dated (1943) by Clifford Dyment on the verso of the title-page.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 20pp. Original turquoise stapled wrappers, ruled and lettered on upper wrapper in red; wrappers a little sunned, slightly creased and a little split; lower wrapper lightly stained; staples rusted; a good copy of a scarce and fragile item.

£20

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FAULKS, Sebastian, 1953- : ON GREEN DOLPHIN STREET.

FAULKS, Sebastian, 1953- : ON GREEN DOLPHIN STREET.

London : Hutchinson, (2001). First edition. Signed by Sebastian Faulks on the title-page. The ending of the Eisenhower years, the Kennedy campaign, Washington 1959 – a novel to the jazz rhythms of Miles Davis and John Coltrane.
Medium 8vo (25cm). [vi],(342),[iv]pp. Original green boards, blocked and lettered on spine in gilt; very good in the Robert Harding dust-jacket – price clipped, but with minimal signs of use. Gift inscription on half-title.

£40

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FORD, Ford Madox [formerly HUEFFER], 1873-1939 : LADIES WHOSE BRIGHT EYES : A ROMANCE. BY FORD MADOX HUEFFER.

FORD, Ford Madox [formerly HUEFFER], 1873-1939 : LADIES WHOSE BRIGHT EYES : A ROMANCE. BY FORD MADOX HUEFFER.

London : Constable & Co., 1911. First edition. A modern man adrift in the Middle Ages – Ford’s popular fantasy, dedicated to Violet Hunt – “I have worked at it harder, I think, than at any story I ever wrote, because it was to please you”.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [viii],(364),[xii]pp. Original brown cloth, pictorially blocked in blind on upper cover; a touch bruised; endpapers a little spotted, with a sprinkling of spots elsewhere, but a very good copy. Contemporary ownership inscription of G. M. Bradley. Harvey A33a.

£100

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FORD, Ford Madox [formerly HUEFFER], 1873-1939 : NO MORE PARADES : A NOVEL.

FORD, Ford Madox [formerly HUEFFER], 1873-1939 : NO MORE PARADES : A NOVEL.

London : Duckworth, (1925). First edition. “No more hope, no more glory, not for the nation, not for the world I dare say, no more parades”. The second of the “Parade’s End” tetralogy – Christopher Tietjens, “the last Tory”, struggles with love and war. “There are not many English novels which deserve to be called great: Parade’s End is one of them” (W. H. Auden).
Crown 8vo (19cm). (320)pp. Original green cloth, ruled in blind and lettered in gilt; a little rubbed and bruised, some spotting, labels neatly and inconspicuously removed from upper cover and rear endpaper, but a good and acceptable copy. Harvey A59.

£50

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FORD, Richard, 1944- : WILDLIFE.

FORD, Richard, 1944- : WILDLIFE.

New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, (1990). First edition. Signed by Richard Ford on the title-page. His highly acclaimed fourth novel – on the edge of the Great Plains and “coming out into the world as it is and not as we had hoped, but as it resolutely is”.
Crown 4to (24cm). [x],(178),[ii],[2]pp. Original grey cloth, lettered in metallic pink; top edge very slightly spotted, but otherwise a very good copy in the Marc Cohen dust-jacket – fresh, bright and unflawed.

£40

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FORD, Richard, 1944- : WOMEN WITH MEN : THREE STORIES.

FORD, Richard, 1944- : WOMEN WITH MEN : THREE STORIES.

London : The Harvill Press, (1997). First British edition. Signed and dated (4th September 1997) by Richard Ford on the title-page. “One of the glories of modern American writing” (Jonathan Raban).
Crown 8vo (20cm). [x],(256),[vi]pp. Original black boards, ruled, blocked and lettered in gilt; a very good copy in the dust-jacket, also very good.

£50

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GATHORNE-HARDY, Jonathan, 1933- : ONE FOOT IN THE CLOUDS.

GATHORNE-HARDY, Jonathan, 1933- : ONE FOOT IN THE CLOUDS.

London : Hamish Hamilton, (1961). First edition. His first book – a novel set on the rarer fringes of London literary society.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 288pp. Original orange-red boards, blocked and lettered in gilt; a few edge-spots, but a very good, bright and sound copy in the original dust-jacket – a pictorial design by Quentin Blake in purple, ochre and black on white – also very good indeed.

£20

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GERHARDI, William (William Alexander), 1895-1977 & LUNN, Brian : THE MEMOIRS OF SATAN : COLLATED BY WILLIAM GERHARDI  AND BRIAN LUNN.

GERHARDI, William (William Alexander), 1895-1977 & LUNN, Brian : THE MEMOIRS OF SATAN : COLLATED BY WILLIAM GERHARDI AND BRIAN LUNN.

London : Cassell & Co., (1932). First edition. Satan narrates the epic of mankind – his versions of the biblical stories, the days when he possessed Tiberius, Nero, the Caliph, Cromwell and Napoleon, his final possession, last days in a Bayswater boarding-house, and cremation at Golders Green. Gerhardi, or Gerhardie to use the spelling he later adopted, and something of a lost masterpiece – Evelyn Waugh once remarked to him, “I have talent, but you have genius”. He was also the principal model for the central character (Logan Mountstuart) in William Boyd’s “Any Human Heart”. His collaborator, Brian Holdsworth Lunn (1893-1956), of the Lunn travel-agency family, historian and schoolmaster, is chiefly remembered for his “Switchback” autobiography, with its portrayal of wartime mental breakdown.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 382,[ii]pp. Original black cloth, lettered in red; a few spots to covers and edges; small patch of fading at foot, where the dust-jacket is chipped; endpapers lightly tanned, but overall a very good copy in the striking pictorial dust-jacket – sunned at spine, tiny chips at head, a slightly larger one at foot; some nicks and short tears, with some local discolouration from tape-repairs, but still good and not unattractive.

£100

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GIBBS, Philip (Sir Philip Armand Hamilton), 1877-1962 : DARKENED ROOMS : A NOVEL.

GIBBS, Philip (Sir Philip Armand Hamilton), 1877-1962 : DARKENED ROOMS : A NOVEL.

London : Hutchinson & Co. (Publishers), [1929]. First edition. The best-selling book of the early months of 1929 – a tragic tale of séances, spiritualism and messages from the other side, which opens with “goings-on” on the corner of Ezra Road and Electric Avenue in Brixton, where “young females a bit short in the frock, with young gents in evening clothes” have taken to turning up in smart cars late at night. Gibbs faultlessly captures the milieu of a certain time, a certain mood and a certain place. Filmed later in 1929 by Louis J. Gasnier – an early talking picture with Evelyn Brent, Neil Hamilton, etc.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 286,[ii]pp. Original cloth grey cloth, ruled and lettered in black; a hint of wear; a few small splash-marks; some spotting, mainly to edges and prelims, but a good copy in the original dust-jacket – a strikingly atmospheric design in black and white, with darkened room, crystal ball, etc., by Sydney Seymour-Lucas (1878-1954) – very slightly used, nicked and chipped, with a couple of marks, one tiny hole and a short repaired tear, but complete, and overall a well-preserved and very welcome survival. Bleiler p.81.

£200

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GIBSON, William (William Ford), 1948- : IDORU.

GIBSON, William (William Ford), 1948- : IDORU.

London : Viking, (1996). First British edition. A strange predictive tale of the beautiful, mysterious and entirely virtual media star – from the man who coined the term cyberspace.
Medium 8vo (25cm). [x],292,[ii]pp. Original black boards, lettered in silver; just a hint of bruising, but a very good copy in the Gary Marsh dust-jacket – similarly with a hint of bruising, but also very good.

£20

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GOLDING, Louis, 1895-1958 : THREE JOLLY GENTLEMEN.

GOLDING, Louis, 1895-1958 : THREE JOLLY GENTLEMEN.

London : Hutchinson & Co. (Publishers), [1947]. First edition. American and Scotsman live in emnity on Italian island – Mussolini and Fascism unite them. An uncommon novel from the author of “Magnolia Street”.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 208pp. Original red boards, lettered in black; faint spotting of top edge, but a very good, clean and sound copy in the Paul Dessau dust-jacket – just lightly used and slightly nicked.

£25

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GRAHAM, Rigby, 1931-2015 – illustrator : THE POPPY AND THE POMEGRANATE : THE STORY OF DEMETER AND PERSEPHONE OR THE ORIGIN OF THE SEASONS.

GRAHAM, Rigby, 1931-2015 – illustrator : THE POPPY AND THE POMEGRANATE : THE STORY OF DEMETER AND PERSEPHONE OR THE ORIGIN OF THE SEASONS.

Leicester : Grange Fibre Co., 1962. First edition. Illustrated in colour throughout and with a stunning colour cover design by Rigby Graham.
Post 8vo (21cm). [32]pp. Original linson, printed in gold and colours, and lettered down the “linson vellum” spine in gilt; a touch darkened at tips and very slightly bruised, but still a very good, bright and sound copy.

£25

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“GREEN, Henry” – [YORKE, Henry Vincent, 1905-1973] : DOTING : A NOVEL.

“GREEN, Henry” – [YORKE, Henry Vincent, 1905-1973] : DOTING : A NOVEL.

London : Hogarth Press, 1952. First edition. A middle-aged London couple have evenings apart – alright until a younger woman appears.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [iv],(252)pp. Original turquoise cloth, lettered in gilt; small spot on lower edge, but a very good copy in the Lynton Lamb dust-jacket – a little worn and just slightly chipped at extremities.

£50

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HANLEY, James, 1901-1985 : CAPTAIN BOTTELL.

HANLEY, James, 1901-1985 : CAPTAIN BOTTELL.

London : Boriswood, 1933. First trade edition. The self-taught former ship’s stoker with a powerful novel of a captain obsessed with his only passenger, the wife of a diplomat. A mysterious stoker named Mulcare joins the crew at the last minute. “You are not reading about a ship, you live on it ... I am happy that Mr. Hanley has achieved this first-rate novel. For me he is now easily first among living writers of sea stories” (Richard Aldington).
Demy 8vo (22cm). (424),[viii]pp. Original black cloth, ruled and lettered in red and silver; top edge red; endpapers lightly tanned; edges spotted, but otherwise a very good copy indeed, bright and sound, in the delightful art-deco dust-jacket by James Boswell (1906-1971), also very good indeed, bar a single small mark on the lower panel. Loosely inserted are the original publisher’s flyer and a press-cutting of the Richard Aldington review quoted above.

£125

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HARRIS, Robert (Robert Dennis), 1957- : ENIGMA.

HARRIS, Robert (Robert Dennis), 1957- : ENIGMA.

London : Hutchinson, (1995). First edition. His second novel – Bletchley Park, the Ultra Secret, etc. – filmed with Saffron Burrows, Dougray Scott, Kate Winslet, etc., with a Tom Stoppard screenplay, in 2001.
Medium 8vo (25cm). [viii],390,[ii]pp. Endpaper plans. Original black boards, lettered in silver; a few faint signs of use, but a very good copy in the dust-jacket – equally with just minimal signs of use.

£25

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HART, Josephine, 1942-2011 : DAMAGE.

HART, Josephine, 1942-2011 : DAMAGE.

London : Chatto & Windus, (1991). First edition. Signed by Josephine Hart on the title-page. Her first novel, dedicated to her husband, Maurice Saatchi, and the basis of the 1992 Louis Malle film, with Jeremy Irons, Miranda Richardson and Juliette Binoche.
Medium 8vo (25cm). [vi],216,[ii]pp. Original black boards, ruled and lettered in gilt; text a touch tanned, a few tiny spots, but a very good copy in a very good dust-jacket.

£40

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HEYER, Georgette, 1902-1974 : PISTOLS FOR TWO AND OTHER STORIES.

HEYER, Georgette, 1902-1974 : PISTOLS FOR TWO AND OTHER STORIES.

London : William Heinemann, (1960). First edition. Eleven short stories.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [vi],(250)pp. Original red-pink boards, ruled and lettered in gilt; blocked in blind on upper and lower covers; a very good, bright, clean and sound copy in the original Barbosa dust-jacket – the pale pink sunned to white at spine, a few nicks and short tears, and a couple of marks, but also very good.

£20

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HUDSON, W.H. (William Henry), 1841-1922 : A HIND IN RICHMOND PARK.

HUDSON, W.H. (William Henry), 1841-1922 : A HIND IN RICHMOND PARK.

London : J. M. Dent & Sons, 1922. First edition. The great naturalist’s final thoughts – on deer, on ears, the wind, ways back to nature, smell, noses, sense of direction, migration, sound, music, art and the unanswered questions.
Demy 8vo (22cm). (xvi),(336)pp. Original green cloth, ruled, blocked and lettered in black and gilt; spine lettering a touch dull; slight spotting of edges and prelims, but otherwise a good and sound copy. Payne A43a.

£25

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HUXLEY, Aldous (Aldous Leonard), 1894-1963 : THE DEVILS OF LOUDUN.

HUXLEY, Aldous (Aldous Leonard), 1894-1963 : THE DEVILS OF LOUDUN.

London : Chatto & Windus, 1952. First edition. Mass hysteria and possession in seventeenth-century France – with power, corruption and political expediency. The basis of the 1971 Ken Russell film, with Vanessa Redgrave, Oliver Reed, etc.
Post 8vo (21cm). [viii],376pp. Original orange cloth, blocked and lettered in black and gilt; a little dulled; faint spine crease, but otherwise very good in the Val Biro dust-jacket – a pictorial design in orange, yellow and black – lightly worn and slightly spotted, with some light repair and reinforcement.

£25

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ISHIGURO, Kazuo, 1954- : AN ARTIST OF THE FLOATING WORLD.

ISHIGURO, Kazuo, 1954- : AN ARTIST OF THE FLOATING WORLD.

London : Faber & Faber, (1986). First edition : the variant issue, printed by Richard Clay. His second book – winner of the Whitbread Book of the Year. An aging painter in post-war Japan looks back – art, politics, ambition, integrity, past, and present.
Demy 8vo (23cm). [viii],7-206pp. Original black boards, lettered in gilt; text just a touch tanned, as always, but still an excellent copy in an equally good dust-jacket.

£75

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JAMES, M.R. (Montague Rhodes), 1862-1936 : A THIN GHOST AND OTHERS.

JAMES, M.R. (Montague Rhodes), 1862-1936 : A THIN GHOST AND OTHERS.

London : Edward Arnold & Co., 1919. First edition. His third collection of atmospheric tales – five stories, including “The Diary of Mr. Poynter”.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [viii],152pp. Original grey-black cloth, lettered and decorated in a cobweb design in pale blue; some mild rubbing; a touch of bruising; a few minor marks, but a very good copy. With the pencilled ownership inscription at front and inked note at end of Sir Percy Loraine (1880-1961), British High Commissioner to Egypt, Ambassador to Turkey, Ambassador to Italy, and racehorse owner.

£200

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JOHNSON, Pamela Hansford, 1912-1981: THE UNSPEAKABLE SKIPTON.

JOHNSON, Pamela Hansford, 1912-1981: THE UNSPEAKABLE SKIPTON.

London : Macmillan & Co., 1959. First edition. Her high comedy of a deluded and utterly unspeakable author at large in Bruges.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (viii),(246),[ii]pp. Original turquoise cloth, lettered in gilt; a touch sunned; a few slight spots, but a very good copy in a lightly used dust-jacket – a little spotted on reverse. Bookplate of David Graham.

£40

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JOYCE, James, 1882-1941 : A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN.

JOYCE, James, 1882-1941 : A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN.

Leipzig : Bernhard Tauchnitz, 1930. First Tauchnitz edition : the first printing, with the advertisements dated May 1930. Seemingly the first appearance of the book outside England and the U.S.A.
Foolscap 8vo. (304),(32)pp. Original cream wrappers, printed in black; a little minor spotting and tanning; just a touch rubbed, but a nice copy. Slocum & Cahoon p.21. Todd & Bowden 4937a.

£50

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KAVANAGH, P.J. (Patrick Joseph), 1931-2015 : A SONG AND DANCE.

KAVANAGH, P.J. (Patrick Joseph), 1931-2015 : A SONG AND DANCE.

London : Chatto & Windus, 1968. First edition. His first novel, winner of the Guardian Fiction Prize – set in London and the South of France – “cold indifference ... tugs at them like a dirty wind”.
Post 8vo (21cm). 222,[ii]pp. Original black boards, lettered in gilt; very good in the dust-jacket, also very good.

£25

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KIPLING, Rudyard (Joseph Rudyard), 1865-1936 : A CHOICE OF KIPLING’S PROSE : SELECTED WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY CRAIG RAINE.

KIPLING, Rudyard (Joseph Rudyard), 1865-1936 : A CHOICE OF KIPLING’S PROSE : SELECTED WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY CRAIG RAINE.

London : Faber & Faber, (1987). First edition. An extensive selection from across the full range of Kipling’s work, edited and selected by Craig Raine.
Demy 8vo (23cm). [x],448,[vi]pp. Original black boards, lettered in silver; text lightly tanned; one leaf damaged (without loss of text); otherwise very good in the dust-jacket – also very good.

£20

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LANGLEY, Noel (Noel Aubrey), 1911-1980 : THE RIFT IN THE LUTE.

LANGLEY, Noel (Noel Aubrey), 1911-1980 : THE RIFT IN THE LUTE.

London : Arthur Barker, (1952). First edition. An innocent born in the year of the Amorous Dragon – abroad in ancient China.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 192pp. Original black cloth, blocked and lettered in gilt; top edge crimson; a very good copy in the original dust-jacket, printed in red, black and gold – just a little sunned and with a few short nicks repaired on verso.

£20

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“LE CARRÉ, John” – [CORNWELL, David John Moore, 1931- ] : SMILEY’S PEOPLE.

“LE CARRÉ, John” – [CORNWELL, David John Moore, 1931- ] : SMILEY’S PEOPLE.

London : Hodder & Stoughton, (1980). First edition. The last duel with Karla.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (328)pp. Original blue boards, blocked and lettered on spine in gilt; a few faint marks and spots, but a very good copy in the original dust-jacket – a photographic design by Stephen Cornwell – very lightly used and faintly spotted on lower flap.

£20

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“LE CARRÉ, John” – [CORNWELL, David John Moore, 1931- ] : THE RUSSIA HOUSE.

“LE CARRÉ, John” – [CORNWELL, David John Moore, 1931- ] : THE RUSSIA HOUSE.

London : Hodder & Stoughton, (1989). First edition. The third summer of perestroika – a package from Russia for Barley Blair, jazz-player, drinker and derelict English publisher.
Medium 8vo (25cm). 344,[ii],[6]pp. Original grey cloth, blocked in blind and lettered in blue; text just a touch tanned, but a very good copy in the dust-jacket – also very good.

£25

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LEE, Harper (Nelle Harper), 1926-2016 : TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD.

LEE, Harper (Nelle Harper), 1926-2016 : TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD.

London : William Heinemann, (1960). First British edition. The celebrated Pulitzer Prize winner, voted ‘best novel of the century’ in a 1999 poll.
Post 8vo (21cm). 296pp. Original maroon boards, lettered in silver; a few faint marks and minimal signs of age and use, but a very good copy in the original Fratini dust-jacket, just faintly spotted on lower panel with a couple of tiny nicks, but also very good.

£750

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LEE, Laurie (Laurence Edward Alan), 1914-1997 : CIDER WITH ROSIE.

LEE, Laurie (Laurence Edward Alan), 1914-1997 : CIDER WITH ROSIE.

London : Hogarth Press, 1959. First edition : the first issue, with the potentially libellous passage, “There was a fire at the piano-works almost every year, it seemed to be a way of balancing the books”, still present on p.272.
Post 8vo (21cm). [iv],(282),[ii]pp. Full-page illustrations by John Ward. Original green boards, blocked and lettered in gilt; a couple of faint and tiny marks to edges, but a very good copy in the original John Ward dust-jacket – a pictorial design in sepia, ochre, green, black and white – with a couple of spots to flaps but otherwise bright and unworn.

£200

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LEVI, Primo, 1919-1987 : OTHER PEOPLE’S TRADES.

LEVI, Primo, 1919-1987 : OTHER PEOPLE’S TRADES.

London : Michael Joseph, (1989). First (British) edition in English of “L’Altrui Mestiere” (1985). Forty-four essays on everything from astronomy to linguistics and zoology, with autobiographical pieces and on the nature of writing. Translated from the Italian by Raymond Rosenthal.
Demy 8vo (23cm). [2],(x),(210),[ii]pp. Original maroon boards, blocked and lettered in gilt; a very good copy in a likewise very good dust-jacket.

£15

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LOWRY, Malcolm (Clarence Malcolm), 1909-1957 : DARK AS THE GRAVE WHEREIN MY FRIEND IS LAID.

LOWRY, Malcolm (Clarence Malcolm), 1909-1957 : DARK AS THE GRAVE WHEREIN MY FRIEND IS LAID.

London : Jonathan Cape, (1969). First British edition. An “essential companion” to “Under the Volcano” – Lowry’s return to the scene. Edited by Lowry’s widow, Margerie Bonner, and his first biographer, Douglas Day, from 700 pages of Lowry’s notes and drafts.
Post 8vo (21cm). xviii,[2],(256)pp. Original black boards, blocked and lettered in gilt; top edge lilac; an unusually good copy, the book very good indeed, the jacket fresh, white, unworn and the lettering unfaded.

£100

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MACDONELL, A.G. (Archibald Gordon), 1895-1941 : A VISIT TO AMERICA.

MACDONELL, A.G. (Archibald Gordon), 1895-1941 : A VISIT TO AMERICA.

London : Macmillan & Co., 1935. First edition. An entertaining account of the novelist’s trip to the U.S.A. – New York, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, the Mid-West, North-West, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Monterey and “the horrors of Hollywood and Los Angeles”.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [vi],(266)pp. Original blue cloth, lettered in gilt and ruled in blind and gilt; a hint of rubbing; a little light spotting, mainly of edges; a very good copy in the original pictorial dust-jacket – red and blue on white – a little worn, chipped and lightly repaired.

£20

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MACDONELL, A.G. (Archibald Gordon), 1895-1941 : LORDS AND MASTERS.

MACDONELL, A.G. (Archibald Gordon), 1895-1941 : LORDS AND MASTERS.

London : Macmillan & Co., 1936. First edition. A satirical novel, set in South Kensington, in which “men arrange the affairs of the world, while women stand back and admire”.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [viii],356,[iv]pp. Original red cloth, ruled in blind on upper cover; ruled and lettered across spine in gilt; covers and endpapers lightly marked; slightly bruised; a few edge spots; a good copy in the original Eric Fraser dust-jacket – a pictorial design in red, black and white – price-clipped, lightly tanned, lightly rubbed, very slightly chipped and with a few short tears.

£25

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MACDONELL, A.G. (Archibald Gordon), 1895-1941 : MY SCOTLAND.

MACDONELL, A.G. (Archibald Gordon), 1895-1941 : MY SCOTLAND.

London : Jarrolds, (1937). First edition. Reflections and studies on the character and genius of Scotland from the author of “England, Their England”. In the My Country series.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (280),[iv]pp. Portrait frontispiece. Plates. Original jade cloth, lettered across spine in white; some spotting of edges, but a very good copy in the original dust-jacket – a monochrome photographic design, lettered in green and black – lightly worn.

£20

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MACDONELL, A.G. (Archibald Gordon), 1895-1941 : FLIGHT FROM A LADY.

MACDONELL, A.G. (Archibald Gordon), 1895-1941 : FLIGHT FROM A LADY.

London : Macmillan & Co., 1939. First edition : in a dust-jacket over-printed with Macmillan’s Overseas Library information and restrictions on lower flap. An epistolary novel in which the hero flies round the world to escape the “cold blue eyes” of the lady.
Crown 8vo. viii,(308),[ii],[2]pp. Original blue cloth, lettered in gilt and ruled in gilt and blind; a few slight marks; endpapers and edges a little tanned; a very good copy in the original Bip Pares dust-jacket – cream, lettered in red and decorated in sky-blue – price-clipped, lightly worn, very slightly chipped and a little tanned. Small bookseller’s label of Angus & Robertson of Sydney on front paste-down.

£25

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MALLINSON, Allan (Allan Lawrence), 1949- : WARRIOR.

MALLINSON, Allan (Allan Lawrence), 1949- : WARRIOR.

London : Bantam Press, (2008). First edition. Brigadier Mallinson with a further instalment of the much-lauded adventures of Matthew Hervey of the 6th Light Dragoons- South Africa in 1828, Hervey escorts an embassy to Shaka, King of the Zulus.
Medium 8vo (25cm). x,(338),[ii],[2]pp. Endpaper maps. Original blue boards, blocked and lettered in gilt; very good in the pictorial Robert Papp dust-jacket – just faintly creased.

£20

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“MANSFIELD, Katherine” –  [MURRY, Kathleen Mansfield, 1888-1923] : SOMETHING CHILDISH AND OTHER STORIES.

“MANSFIELD, Katherine” – [MURRY, Kathleen Mansfield, 1888-1923] : SOMETHING CHILDISH AND OTHER STORIES.

London : Constable & Co., (1924). First edition. A collection of twenty-five stories written between 1908 and 1920, including the semi-autobiographical “An Indiscreet Journey”, etc.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [2],(x),(260)pp. Original grey cloth, ruled and lettered in blue; some spotting of edges, but a very good copy in the typographic dust-jacket – lightly tanned and with minor wear and a few short nicks, but also very good. Pictorial bookplate of Marjorie Dickson and small bookseller’s label of the Bucks County Book Shop of Amersham on front endpaper.

£150

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“MANSFIELD, Katherine” –  [MURRY, Kathleen Mansfield, 1888-1923] : JOURNAL OF KATHERINE MANSFIELD.

“MANSFIELD, Katherine” – [MURRY, Kathleen Mansfield, 1888-1923] : JOURNAL OF KATHERINE MANSFIELD.

London : Constable & Co., 1927. First edition. Mansfield destroyed all but a fragment of her “huge complaining diaries” prior to 1914, but the journal – here edited and introduced by John Middleton Murry – made up of notes for stories, diary entries, unposted letters, comments and confessions, preserves all that she wished to survive for the period 1914-1922.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (xvi),(252)pp. Original grey cloth, ruled and lettered in blue; endpapers a little tanned, but a very good copy in the typographic dust-jacket – lightly tanned and just slightly worn – but also very good. Bookseller’s label of Edgar H. Wells & Co. of New York on rear pastedown.

£50

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MASON, A.E.W. (Alfred Edward Woodley), 1865-1948 : THE FOUR FEATHERS.

MASON, A.E.W. (Alfred Edward Woodley), 1865-1948 : THE FOUR FEATHERS.

London : Smith, Elder & Co., 1902. First edition. Mason’s enduring tale of courage, cowardice and redemption – made into popular films on at least seven occasions from 1915 onwards, of which perhaps the most memorable is that directed by Zoltan Korda and starring Ralph Richardson, C. Aubrey Smith, and June Duprez.
Crown 8vo (181 x 117mm). viii,338,[vi]pp. Bound in a handsome full recent walnut crushed morocco, banded and gilt, by Bayntun-Riviere; all edges gilt; marbled endpapers; very occasional mild spotting, but overall a very good copy indeed, most attractively bound.

£1,000

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MASON, A.E.W. (Alfred Edward Woodley), 1865-1948 : FIRE OVER ENGLAND.

MASON, A.E.W. (Alfred Edward Woodley), 1865-1948 : FIRE OVER ENGLAND.

London : Hodder & Stoughton, 1936. First edition. A Elizabethan tale of the days leading up to the Armada – filmed in 1937 with Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh (their first pairing), as well as Flora Robson, Tamara Desni, James Mason, etc.
Crown 8vo (21cm). 316pp. Original pale blue cloth, lettered in gilt and black; a few slight marks to cloth; top edge lightly spotted, but a very good copy in the handsome Bip Pares dust-jacket – lightly worn and creased at extremities, with a couple of nicks, but also very good. Contemporary ownership inscription of Kathleen F. Martin.

£200

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MASON, A.E.W. (Alfred Edward Woodley Mason), 1865-1948 : MUSK AND AMBER.

MASON, A.E.W. (Alfred Edward Woodley Mason), 1865-1948 : MUSK AND AMBER.

London : Hodder and Stoughton, (1942). First edition. “A powerful, fascinating novel of the Eighteenth Century in England and Italy; the drama of a primitive crime in a polished setting and the slow working of a strange revenge”. A wartime novel by the popular author of “The Four Feathers”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 318,[ii]pp. Original light blue cloth, lettered in black; slightly sunned; some minor wear; a few slight marks, flecks and spots, but internally a very good, clean and sound copy in a dust-jacket designed by Pip Pares (1904-1977) – a little chipped and worn with a few nicks, but substantially complete and not unattractive.

£25

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MASTERS, John, 1914-1983 : FAR, FAR THE MOUNTAIN PEAK.

MASTERS, John, 1914-1983 : FAR, FAR THE MOUNTAIN PEAK.

London : Michael Joseph, (1957). First edition. One of the most powerful of Masters’ Indian tales, commencing in 1902 and charting the career of Peter Savage, administrator, mountaineer, soldier and a man of “ruthless will and stupendous ambition”.
Post 8vo (21cm). [ii],(416)pp. Original black boards, lettered in gilt; slight bruise to lower edge of upper board; slight production flaw affecting the tops of some leaves; endpapers a little tanned, but a good copy in the Donald Green dust-jacket – lightly worn and a touch tanned. Tiny inscription on front free endpaper.

£20

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MONTHERLANT, Henry de, 1895-1972 : LAMENT FOR THE DEATH OF AN UPPER CLASS.

MONTHERLANT, Henry de, 1895-1972 : LAMENT FOR THE DEATH OF AN UPPER CLASS.

London : John Miles, (1935). First edition in English of the Grand Prix winning “Les Célebataires” (1934), here in a translation by Thomas McGreevy. A powerful novel of minor aristocracy failing to come to terms with the modern world.
Post 8vo (21cm). [iv],(268)pp. In the secondary binding of blue cloth, lettered in darker blue; very good in the secondary Frederick Muller dust-jacket – a little rubbed and slightly sprinkled and tanned.

£25

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MORGAN, Charles (Charles Langbridge), 1894-1958 : THE FOUNTAIN.

MORGAN, Charles (Charles Langbridge), 1894-1958 : THE FOUNTAIN.

London : Macmillan & Co., 1932. First edition. Morgan draws on his Great War experiences in the Netherlands – a great success in its day and winner of the Hawthorden Prize.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (xii),434,[ii]pp. Original blue cloth, lettered across spine in gilt; tiny split at foot of front endpaper, some spotting of edges, but a very good, bright and sound copy in the attractive original dust-jacket – a pictorial design signed VMM – a little tanned and slightly nicked, but also very good.

£50

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NAIPAUL, V.S. (Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad), 1932- : THE LOSS OF EL DORADO : A HISTORY.

NAIPAUL, V.S. (Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad), 1932- : THE LOSS OF EL DORADO : A HISTORY.

London : André Deutsch, (1969). First edition. The Port of Spain and the twinned stories of the dispossessed conquistador and the later Venezuelan revolution.
Demy 8vo (22cm). [2],334pp. Frontispiece plan. Endpaper maps. Original brown boards, blocked and lettered in gilt; top edge orange; very good in the original Keith Rawling dust-jacket – a design in brown, gold and orange – a little sunned and just slightly nicked.

£40

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NAIPAUL, V.S. (Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad), 1932- : THE OVERCROWDED BARRACOON AND OTHER ARTICLES.

NAIPAUL, V.S. (Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad), 1932- : THE OVERCROWDED BARRACOON AND OTHER ARTICLES.

London : André Deutsch, (1972). First edition. A collection of essays and articles – Naipaul on being an Indian West Indian, on London, on cricket, on India, on John Steinbeck and Monterey, on Norman Mailer and New York, on Jacques Soustelle, on St. Kitts, on Anguilla, on Mauritius, etc.
Demy 8vo (22cm). 286,[ii]pp. Original navy boards, ruled, blocked and lettered in gilt; a touch of sunning to spine, but a very good copy in the original Peter Freeman dust-jacket – a design in blue, yellow, cerise and white – just slightly creased on an inner flap, but otherwise very good.

£20

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NASH, Irene : FOLLOWING A STAR.

NASH, Irene : FOLLOWING A STAR.

London : Arthur Gray (Books), [1934]. First edition. “Someone once said that the parties in Hollywood sounded like school treats compared to those given by Maisie Bellamy” – film critic Peter Day knows everyone in the Elstree set – young Lucinda Carey does not. Conflicts between love and career, “the glamour of the film world; written with first-hand knowledge”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (250),[ii]pp. Original jade cloth, lettered in black; a few minor marks, but a very good copy in the striking art-deco dust-jacket by H. W. Perl (1897-1952) – a little sunned, label neatly removed, but very lightly used and bright and attractive. Just two copies (British Library and New York) located in the world’s major libraries.

£125

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NIN, Anaïs, 1903-1977 : THIS HUNGER – .

NIN, Anaïs, 1903-1977 : THIS HUNGER – .

New York : Gemor Press, (1945). First edition. “The unveiling of women is a delicate matter. It will not happen overnight. We are all afraid of what we shall find”. One of 1,000 copies of the regular edition, illustrated with five woodcuts by “Ian Hugo” – Nin’s husband Hugh Parker Guiler (1898-1985). This copy signed by Nin and amicably inscribed to Raymond Daum – “Hoping we may colloborate!” – Raymond Witham Daum (1923-2003), cameraman and archivist, perhaps best-known for his “Walking with Garbo” (1991). His archive documenting his friendships with Gloria Swanson, Greta Garbo and other well-known figures is now housed at the Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Foolscap 4to (22cm). [iv],(184),[iv],[4]pp – including integral endleaves. Five woodblock illustrations by Ian Hugo. Original decorative boards in a Hugo design in maroon and cream; some very minor wear and a few slight marks; tiny sticker mark on rear board; endpapers a little tanned, but a very good copy.

£500

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“O’BRIEN, Flann” – [O’NOLAN, Brian, 1911-1966] : THE DALKEY ARCHIVE.

“O’BRIEN, Flann” – [O’NOLAN, Brian, 1911-1966] : THE DALKEY ARCHIVE.

London : MacGibbon & Kee, 1964. First edition of the last novel published in his lifetime – “the best comic fantasy since ‘Tristram Shandy’” – mad scientist plots the end of the world, time travel used to age whiskey, both James Joyce and St. Augustine with speaking parts, etc.
Post 8vo (21cm). 222,[ii]pp. Original green boards, lettered in gilt; a very good, clean and sound copy in a just lightly used and slightly creased dust-jacket.

£250

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Ó’FAOLÁIN, Seán – [WHELAN, John Francis, 1900-1991] : MIDSUMMER NIGHT MADNESS & OTHER STORIES.

Ó’FAOLÁIN, Seán – [WHELAN, John Francis, 1900-1991] : MIDSUMMER NIGHT MADNESS & OTHER STORIES.

London : Jonathan Cape, (1932). First edition. His first book – his ‘firstling’ – seven stories, including “Fugue”, “The Small Lady”, “The Bombshop”, etc. With an interesting, not to say explosive, introduction from Edward Garnett – praising Ó’Faoláin, but lambasting Irish literature and culture in general.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (284),[iv]pp. Original green cloth, lettered in yellow; a very good, clean and sound copy in the dust-jacket – a little marked, slightly sunned, and a little edgeworn, but also very good.

£250

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Ó’FAOLÁIN, Seán – [WHELAN, John Francis, 1900-1991] : A NEST OF SIMPLE FOLK : A NOVEL.

Ó’FAOLÁIN, Seán – [WHELAN, John Francis, 1900-1991] : A NEST OF SIMPLE FOLK : A NOVEL.

London : Jonathan Cape, (1933). First edition. The daughter of a county family marries the son of one of the tenants and is rejected by her kith and kin – a fine and unsentimental novel of Irish life.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (414),[ii]pp. Original olive cloth, blocked and lettered in yellow; edges spotted, but otherwise a very good copy in the stylish dust-jacket – slightly darkened at foot of spine and with just a touch of edge-wear, but also very good.

£200

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“ORWELL, George” – [BLAIR, Eric Arthur, 1903-1950] : THE COMPLETE WORKS OF GEORGE ORWELL : VOLUME THREE. A CLERGYMAN’S DAUGHTER.

“ORWELL, George” – [BLAIR, Eric Arthur, 1903-1950] : THE COMPLETE WORKS OF GEORGE ORWELL : VOLUME THREE. A CLERGYMAN’S DAUGHTER.

London : Martin Secker & Warburg, (1997). A definitive edition of Orwell’s second novel, originally published in 1935, restoring for the first time a number of previously censored readings, and indicating other passages known to have been “toned down”. Edited, and with a lengthy textual note by Peter Davison. First published in this form in 1986.
Medium 8vo (25cm). [viii],(308),[iv]pp. Original blue cloth, blocked and lettered in silver; very good in the original dust-jacket – a design in blue, orange, red and white – just very faintly sunned.

£40

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[“PARROTT, Ursula”] – [TOWLE, Katherine Ursula, 1900-1957] : EX-WIFE.

[“PARROTT, Ursula”] – [TOWLE, Katherine Ursula, 1900-1957] : EX-WIFE.

London : Brentano, (1929). First British edition. An intriguing and sensational first novel, first published anonymously in New York earlier the same year, and soon turned into a film as “The Divorcee” (1930), for which Norma Shearer won an Academy Award for best actress. “As a young woman’s comment on marriage, divorce and sex equality, seen in a city like New York, it is a profoundly moving revelation” (Daily Mirror). Towle herself, who usually wrote under the name Ursula Parrott, had been divorced in 1928 – and was again in 1932, 1938 and 1944. Nine of her other novels and short stories were also made into films, including “Strangers May Kiss”, “Next Time We Love” and “There’s Always Tomorrow”.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (288)pp. Original indigo cloth, lettered in gilt; some sunning and uneven fading to covers; endpapers lightly tanned; some spotting of edges, but a good and sound copy in the dust-jacket (probably in second state, with press reviews) – a stunning art deco design by Alan Rogers – the jacket just slightly darkened, but still very good.

£200

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PRITCHETT, V.S. (Sir Victor Sawdon), 1900-1997 : IT MAY NEVER HAPPEN & OTHER STORIES.

PRITCHETT, V.S. (Sir Victor Sawdon), 1900-1997 : IT MAY NEVER HAPPEN & OTHER STORIES.

London : Chatto & Windus, 1945. First edition. A collection of fourteen stories from the “complete short-story writer”. Includes “The Sailor”, “The Saint”, “Aunt Gertrude”, “The Night Worker”, etc.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [vi],(186)pp. Original sand cloth, lettered in gilt; top edge deep yellow; a few faint edge-spots, but a very good, bright, clean and sharp copy.

£20

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PRITCHETT, V.S. (Sir Victor Sawdon), 1900-1997 : COLLECTED STORIES.

PRITCHETT, V.S. (Sir Victor Sawdon), 1900-1997 : COLLECTED STORIES.

London : Chatto & Windus, 1956. First edition. A collection of thirty-seven stories from the “complete short-story writer” – an East End funeral; the colonel’s daughter seduces a sailor; two clergymen and a bottle of whisky in a bombed church; a loss of faith while punting, etc.
Post 8vo (21cm). (408)pp. Original turquoise cloth, blocked and lettered in red and gilt; top edge turquoise; slight spotting of edges, but a very good, bright and sound copy in the original dust-jacket – a touch tanned; price-clipped and with a tiny hole at upper fold, but with minimal wear and also very good.

£20

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PRITCHETT, V.S. (Sir Victor Sawdon), 1900-1997 : THE CAMBERWELL BEAUTY.

PRITCHETT, V.S. (Sir Victor Sawdon), 1900-1997 : THE CAMBERWELL BEAUTY.

London : Chatto & Windus, 1974. First edition. Nine short stories – antique dealers and their fantasies; the lady from Guatemala; Molly – “as noisy as a blowlamp, but pretty”; an innocent abroad; an ambitious film-producer, etc.
Post 8vo (21cm). (204),[iv]pp. Original light green-gray boards, lettered in gilt; very minor adhesion damage to endpapers, but a very good copy in the John Sutcliffe dust-jacket – also very good.

£20

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PYNCHON, Thomas (Thomas Ruggles), 1937- : MASON & DIXON.

PYNCHON, Thomas (Thomas Ruggles), 1937- : MASON & DIXON.

London : Jonathan Cape, (1997). First British edition. Pynchon’s Grand Tour of the Enlightenment’s dark hemisphere.
Medium 8vo (25cm). [viii],(774),[ii]pp. Original black boards, blocked and lettered in gilt; very good in the Raquel Jaramillo dust-jacket – also very good.

£25

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PYNCHON, Thomas (Thomas Ruggles), 1937- : INHERENT VICE.

PYNCHON, Thomas (Thomas Ruggles), 1937- : INHERENT VICE.

London : Jonathan Cape, (2009). First British edition. “It’s the tail end of the psychedelic sixties in L.A. ... a bizarre tangle of motives and passions whose cast of characters includes surfers, hustlers, dopers and rockers, a murderous loan shark, a tenor sax player working undercover, an ex-con with a swastika tattoo and a fondness for Ethel Merman, and a mysterious entity known as the Golden Fang, which may only be a tax dodge set up by some dentists”. Filmed in 2014 with Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Katherine Waterston, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, etc.
Medium 8vo (25cm). [x],(370),[iv]pp. Original black cloth, blocked and lettered in gilt; very good indeed in the dust-jacket – also very good indeed.

£50

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RICHARDSON, Dorothy M. (Dorothy Miller), 1873-1957 : DAWN’S LEFT HAND.

RICHARDSON, Dorothy M. (Dorothy Miller), 1873-1957 : DAWN’S LEFT HAND.

London : Duckworth & Co., (1931). First edition. The tenth volume in the “Pilgrimage” sequence – Miriam once more in London – trying to reject the influence of Hypo G. Wilson (so clearly based on Richardson’s former lover, H. G. Wells). With an afterword by John Cowper Powys – “It is hard to think of any woman in fiction more living, more real ... Certainly she is one of the master realists of our tongue. Like all great writers, she really and truly creates a completely new world ...”.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (254),[ii]pp. Original purple-blue cloth, lettered in gilt; a few faint marks, but a very good copy in the dust-jacket – lightly worn and slightly spotted, with a faint crease to rear panel, but also very good.

£100

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“ROHMER, Sax” – [WARD, Arthur Henry, 1883-1959] : THE ORCHARD OF TEARS.

“ROHMER, Sax” – [WARD, Arthur Henry, 1883-1959] : THE ORCHARD OF TEARS.

London : Methuen & Co., (1918). First edition. Rohmer tries to escape from the Doctor Fu Manchu genre with a restrained but serious excursion into the occult and philiosophical novel.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [vi],250pp + (32)pp. Original tan cloth, lettered in black; very slightly rubbed; a touch bruised; very mild spotting of edges; a few small marks and spots; advertisement leaves a little tanned and brittle, with a short tear to final leaf, but overall a very good copy of a difficult title. Bleiler p.170.

£75

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SADLEIR, Michael (Michael Thomas Harvey), 1888-1957 : THESE FOOLISH THINGS : A STORY.

SADLEIR, Michael (Michael Thomas Harvey), 1888-1957 : THESE FOOLISH THINGS : A STORY.

London : Constable & Co., (1937). First edition. Young love in France – "a book which begins and ends with their farewell, under the cliff-like side of a Cunarder on the docks of Cherbourg in the rain".
Crown 8vo (20cm). [viii],344pp. Original purple cloth, blocked in gilt and lettered in green across spine; top edge pink; a touch sunned; mild spotting of edges, but a very good copy in the original dust-jacket – a design in purple-red, white and black (with words from the song) – just lightly used, a touch sunned and very lightly tanned – but in very good order.

£50

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SANSOM, William, 1912-1976 : THE LOVING EYE : A NOVEL.

SANSOM, William, 1912-1976 : THE LOVING EYE : A NOVEL.

London : Hogarth Press, 1956. First edition. "One moment the window was empty, a dark square – and the next this strange new woman was standing against the sill ... " – the rich and private jungle within the brick façades of Kensington. A fine novel from this quirky and neglected master of London lives.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (240)pp. Original bright blue boards, lettered in gilt; top edge pink; slight sliver of fading at foot; mild tanning of endpapers; a few slight edge spots, but overall a very good copy in the stylish Charles Mozley dust-jacket – price-clipped, lightly tanned and with a few short nicks, but still attractive. Small bookseller’s label of George’s of Bristol on front pastedown.

£20

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SCHREINER, Olive (Olive Emilie Albertina), 1855-1920 : UNDINE.

SCHREINER, Olive (Olive Emilie Albertina), 1855-1920 : UNDINE.

London : Ernest Benn, (1929). First British edition : in a secondary but nonetheless striking dust-jacket – an art deco design by "Barbara" in Benn’s 3/6 Library format. Her first novel, previously unpublished but pre-dating "The Story of an African Farm" (1883) and taking up the same themes of childhood and adolescence in nineteenth-century South Africa. With an explanatory introduction by her husband, Samuel Cron Cronwright-Schreiner.
Crown 8vo. 254,[ii]pp. Portrait. Plate. Original brown cloth, lettered across spine in gilt; a few marks and spots, mild tanning to plates, but a very good copy in the dust-jacket – a little worn, nicked and slightly chipped, the spine lightly tanned and a little spotted.

£40

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SCOTT, Paul (Paul Mark), 1920-1978 : A DIVISION OF THE SPOILS : A NOVEL.

SCOTT, Paul (Paul Mark), 1920-1978 : A DIVISION OF THE SPOILS : A NOVEL.

London : William Heinemann, (1975). First edition. The final volume of Scott’s ‘Jewel in the Crown’ quartet – the British Raj moves inexorably towards its end.
Demy 8vo (23cm). [viii],(600)pp. Original brown boards, blocked and lettered in gilt; very faint spine crease; mild spotting of edges, but a very good copy in the original Bill Richmond dust-jacket – just faintly sunned at spine.

£50

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SMITH, Stevie (Florence Margaret), 1902-1971 : THE HOLIDAY.

SMITH, Stevie (Florence Margaret), 1902-1971 : THE HOLIDAY.

London : Chapman & Hall, 1949. First edition. Her third novel and her own favourite – hopeless relationships amid post-war reconstruction.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (202),[ii]pp. Original dove-grey cloth, the spine enamelled in pink and lettered in gilt; top edge pink; a very good, clean and sound copy – the pink wash on the spine fresh and clear – in the original pink, white and black dust-jacket, decorated with a Stevie Smith drawing – just faintly tanned, very slightly rubbed and just lightly used.

£75

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SOSKICE, Juliet (Juliet Catherine), 1880-1943 : A GAY ROVER.

SOSKICE, Juliet (Juliet Catherine), 1880-1943 : A GAY ROVER.

London : D. C. Thomson & Co., [1931]. First edition. Soskice was Ford Madox Ford’s younger sister, best remembered for her “Chapters from Childhood : Reminiscences of an Artist’s Granddaughter” (1921), but here with a tearful romance – “Nevertheless, a few months later Rhoda and her sister, pretty, wilful Phyllis, dressed in deep mourning, sat motherless and friendless, alone in the threadbare little room”. Red Letter Novels No. 270.
Foolscap 4to (21cm). 160pp. Original stapled pictorial wrappers – masher in striped tie seemingly wearing lipstick; lightly rubbed; mild tanning of text; a touch of rusting to staples, but a very good copy of an extremely rare book. Only the British Library copy located in any of the major UK libraries.

£200

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SPARK, Muriel (Dame Muriel Sarah), 1918-2006 : THE GIRLS OF SLENDER MEANS.

SPARK, Muriel (Dame Muriel Sarah), 1918-2006 : THE GIRLS OF SLENDER MEANS.

London : Macmillan & Co., 1963. First edition. “Few people alive at the time were more delightful, more ingenious, more movingly lovely, and, as it might happen, more savage, than the girls of slender means”.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [vi],(184),[ii]pp. Original blue boards, lettered in gilt; a very good, sound and clean copy in the evocative autumnal dust-jacket by Harry Cowdell (1912-1987) – just lightly sunned and slightly rubbed at extremities.

£75

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SPRING, Howard (Robert Howard), 1889-1965 : A SUNSET TOUCH : A NOVEL.

SPRING, Howard (Robert Howard), 1889-1965 : A SUNSET TOUCH : A NOVEL.

London : Collins, 1953. First edition. A London bank-clerk pursues a strange inheritance in remote Cornwall.
Post 8vo (21cm). 256pp. Original green cloth, lettered across spine in gilt; very good in the pictorial Harry Toothill dust-jacket – a little creased, with a few short repaired tears and a chip on lower panel.

£20

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STAPLEDON, W. Olaf (William Olaf), 1886-1950 : LAST MEN IN LONDON.

STAPLEDON, W. Olaf (William Olaf), 1886-1950 : LAST MEN IN LONDON.

London : Methuen & Co., (1932). First edition. A science-fiction novel fusing the end of humankind with elements of Stapledon’s own life and the London of the nineteen-thirties. After a sustained period of neglect, Stapledon is now once more “generally considered the most important and influential British practitioner of the scientific romance after H. G. Wells” (Robert Crossley for the ODNB).
Crown 8vo (20cm). viii,312 + 8pp advertisements numbered 932. Original blue cloth, ruled and lettered across spine in gilt; a couple of faint marks, but a very good and bright copy, with just the slightest hint of wear. Contemporary ownership inscription and stamp of Guise(?) Nilsson.

£125

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STEINBECK, John (John Ernst), 1902-1968 : SWEET THURSDAY.

STEINBECK, John (John Ernst), 1902-1968 : SWEET THURSDAY.

London : William Heinemann, (1954). First British edition. “One night Mack lay back on his bed in the Palace Flophouse and he said, ‘I ain’t never been satisfied with that book Cannery Row. I would have went about it different’” – the sequel.
Post 8vo (21cm). viii,264pp. Original dark green cloth, ruled and lettered across spine in gilt; very faint cup-mark on lower cover, but otherwise a very good, sound and bright copy in the original pictorial dust-jacket by PG – very lightly worn, with just a few tiny chips and a few short tears.

£40

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THEROUX, Paul (Paul Edward), 1941- : SAINT JACK : A NOVEL.

THEROUX, Paul (Paul Edward), 1941- : SAINT JACK : A NOVEL.

Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., 1973. First edition. Jack Flowers, Singapore fixer and pimp, in a spot of trouble with the locals – memorably filmed by Peter Bogdanovich in 1979, with Ben Gazzara, Denholm Elliott, Joss Ackland, etc.
Demy 8vo (23cm). [viii],(248)pp. Original stone cloth, blocked and lettered in blue and red; top edge pink; some spotting of cloth and edges, but a good and sound copy in the Paul Bacon dust-jacket – price-clipped, but very good, fresh and clean.

£40

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THEROUX, Paul (Paul Edward), 1941- : KOWLOON TONG.

THEROUX, Paul (Paul Edward), 1941- : KOWLOON TONG.

Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., 1997. First edition. Hong Kong on the eve of the hand-over to China – Bunt Mullard struggles to adapt and a young woman disappears from his factory.
Demy 8vo (22cm). [viii],(244),[iv]pp. Original quarter red cloth; red boards; lettered in gilt; a very good, bright, clean and sound copy in an the Michaela Sullivan dust-jacket – equally very good.

£25

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TROLLOPE, Joanna, 1943- : THE BEST OF FRIENDS.

TROLLOPE, Joanna, 1943- : THE BEST OF FRIENDS.

London : Bloomsbury, (1995). First edition. Inscribed and signed by Joanna Trollope on the title-page. Two intelligent, ordinary, recognisable families intertwined in friendship in a country town – intimacy, betrayal and loyalty.
Medium 8vo (25cm). [vi],(262),[ii],[2]pp. Original navy boards, blocked and lettered in gilt; top edge a little spotted; faint press-crease to title-page, but otherwise a very good copy in the Jenny Wheatley dust-jacket – just faintly rubbed, but also very good.

£20

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TUROW, Scott (Scott Fredrick), 1949- : THE BURDEN OF PROOF.

TUROW, Scott (Scott Fredrick), 1949- : THE BURDEN OF PROOF.

New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 1990. First edition. Signed by the author on the title-page. The “Presumed Innocent” attorney finds his wife has killed herself.
Medium 8vo (25cm). [x],(518)pp. Original half cloth; a very good copy in the Neil Stuart dust-jacket – also very good.

£25

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TYLER, Anne, 1941- : MORGAN’S PASSING.

TYLER, Anne, 1941- : MORGAN’S PASSING.

London : Chatto & Windus, (1980). First British edition. “You would say he was a man who had gone to pieces, or maybe he’d always been in pieces: maybe he’d arrived unassembled ...”. A fine early Anne Tyler. Originally published in New York earlier the same year.
Post 8vo (21cm). [iv],(312)pp. Original brown boards, ruled and lettered across spine in gilt; a very good, fresh, sound and bright copy in the pictorial Oliver Elmes dust-jacket – price-clipped by the publisher and with a revised price over-sticker – also very good indeed.

£50

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TYLER, Anne, 1941- : NOAH’S COMPASS.

TYLER, Anne, 1941- : NOAH’S COMPASS.

London : Chatto & Windus, (2009). First British edition. A pedant adrift in his own life.
Medium 8vo (25cm). (278),[ii],[4]pp. Original grey boards, lettered in gilt; just the faintest signs of use, but very good in the dust-jacket – also very good.

£20

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UPWARD, Edward (Edward Falaise), 1903-2009 : THE RAILWAY ACCIDENT AND OTHER STORIES.

UPWARD, Edward (Edward Falaise), 1903-2009 : THE RAILWAY ACCIDENT AND OTHER STORIES.

London : Penguin Books, (1988). A reprint, in the Penguin Modern Classics series, of this collection originally published by Heinemann in 1969. Signed by Edward Upward on the title-page.
Post 8vo (20cm). (234),[vi]pp. Original colour-printed Paul Leith wrappers; text edges very mildly tanned; a few very small spots on title-page, but otherwise in very good state. Walker A3c.

£15

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UPWARD, Edward (Edward Falaise), 1903-2009 : THE UNMENTIONABLE MAN.

UPWARD, Edward (Edward Falaise), 1903-2009 : THE UNMENTIONABLE MAN.

London : Enitharmon Press, 1994. First edition : [one of 1,000 copies in wrappers]. Signed by Edward Upward on the title-page. Six short stories, including “A Ship in the Sky”, with an introduction by Frank Kermode.
Demy 8vo (22cm). 102,[ii]pp. Original pale blue-grey wrappers, with a Glenn Sujo design, printed in blue and black; very good. Walker A7a.

£20

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VERNEY, John (Sir John), 1913-1993 : FINE DAY FOR A PICNIC.

VERNEY, John (Sir John), 1913-1993 : FINE DAY FOR A PICNIC.

London : Hodder & Stoughton, (1968). First edition. Satirical and still fresh fable of town-planning in Sussex.
Post 8vo (21cm). 224pp. Original blue boards, blocked and lettered in gilt; some spotting of edges, but a very good and bright copy in the Verney dust-jacket, just a little worn and faintly dulled.

£20

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WENTWORTH-JAMES, Gertie de S. (Gertrude de Soilleux), 1874-1933 : SECRET PLACES.

WENTWORTH-JAMES, Gertie de S. (Gertrude de Soilleux), 1874-1933 : SECRET PLACES.

London : Stanley Paul & Co., (1924). First edition. One of the author’s “smartly witty novels, self-consciously progressive especially about sex, published between 1908 and 1929” (Oxford Companion to Edwardian Fiction). “A frank and convention-defying story” (Aberdeen Press, 1st January 1925). The rather supercilious Lily Kesterton lives in the worst part of Kensington with her rather dull husband, but longs for high society and the smart set of bright young things exemplified by her friend Mrs Flare – a character who could slip effortlessly and without alteration into the pages of any of Evelyn Waugh’s early novels. “An entertaining and brightly written story. All the characters are well drawn” (Times Literary Supplement).
Crown 8vo (20cm). 256 + (40)pp advertisements. Original grey cloth, ruled and lettered in black; cloth lightly rubbed and a little marked; a handful of edge spots, but a good and sound copy in the dust-jacket – a lively design of redhead dancing with a devil on a string – a little worn, torn, chipped, marked and repaired, but substantially complete and attractive still. Ownership inscription dated August 1926 blocked out.

£50

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WESKER, Arnold (Sir Arnold), 1932-2016 : CHIPS WITH EVERYTHING : A PLAY IN TWO ACTS.

WESKER, Arnold (Sir Arnold), 1932-2016 : CHIPS WITH EVERYTHING : A PLAY IN TWO ACTS.

London : Jonathan Cape, (1962). First edition. Square-bashing with the RAF – and the undermining of a rebel.
Post 8vo (21cm). [ii],74,[iv]pp. Original holly green boards, blocked and lettered up spine in silver; top edge red; a very good copy in a lightly worn and slightly creased dust-jacket featuring a scene from the original Royal Court Theatre production. Contemporary (1963) ownership inscription of P. M. Turner on front free endpaper.

£25

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“WEST, Nathanael” – [WEINSTEIN, Nathan Wallenstein, 1903-1940] : THE DAY OF THE LOCUST.

“WEST, Nathanael” – [WEINSTEIN, Nathan Wallenstein, 1903-1940] : THE DAY OF THE LOCUST.

London : Grey Walls Press, 1951. First British edition. Hollywood in the Depression years – and the first appearance of Homer Simpson. Originally published in New York in 1939.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (208)pp. Original dark blue cloth, lettered in gilt; a few faint marks; very mild tanning of endpapers, but a very good and bright copy in the original pale blue dust-jacket, printed in maroon and black – just a little tanned, and with a few very faint streaks of discolouration.

£40

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“WEST, Nathanael” – [WEINSTEIN, Nathan Wallenstein, 1903-1940] : A COOL MILLION : THE DISMANTLING OF LEMUEL PITKIN.

“WEST, Nathanael” – [WEINSTEIN, Nathan Wallenstein, 1903-1940] : A COOL MILLION : THE DISMANTLING OF LEMUEL PITKIN.

London : Neville Spearman, (1954). First British edition. The dismantling of the American dream – a sharp satire originally published in New York in 1934.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (140)pp. Original red boards, blocked and lettered in white; very good in the original dust-jacket, printed in yellow, red and grey – a little sunned at spine, lightly nicked and slightly holed and creased on lower panel.

£20

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WHITE, Patrick (Patrick Victor Martindale), 1912-1990 : THE EYE OF THE STORM.

WHITE, Patrick (Patrick Victor Martindale), 1912-1990 : THE EYE OF THE STORM.

London : Jonathan Cape, (1973). First edition. White’s novel of a matriarch and her impact – drawing on his own relationship with his mother. Published in the year White won the Nobel Prize.
Post 8vo (21cm). 608pp. Original blue boards, blocked and lettered in gilt; a few slight spots, but a very good copy in the original Desmond Digby dust-jacket – price-clipped and just lightly used.

£25

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WILSON, Angus (Sir Angus Frank Johnstone), 1913-1991 : SUCH DARLING DODOS AND OTHER STORIES.

WILSON, Angus (Sir Angus Frank Johnstone), 1913-1991 : SUCH DARLING DODOS AND OTHER STORIES.

London : Martin Secker & Warburg, 1950. First edition. The author’s second book – a collection of eleven stories, including “Sister Superior”, “Heart of Elm”, “What do Hippo’s Eat”, etc.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 212pp. Original dark red cloth, lettered in gilt; slight tanning of endpapers; mark on fore-edge, but otherwise a very good, bright and unworn copy in the original grey dust-jacket, printed in red and black – alao very good, with just a few faint signs of age and use.

£25

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WILSON, Edmund, 1895-1972 : MEMOIRS OF HECATE COUNTY.

WILSON, Edmund, 1895-1972 : MEMOIRS OF HECATE COUNTY.

New York : Doubleday & Co., 1946. First edition. Wilson’s celebrated collection of short stories of the “lost generation” – “the adventures of an egoist among the bedeviled”. Banned on first publication.
Post 8vo (21cm). [xii],338,[ii]pp. Frontispiece. Original green cloth, blocked and lettered in gilt; a very good copy in the original grey, green and white dust-jacket – lightly tanned and slightly chipped.

£25

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WOLFE, Tom (Thomas Kennerly), 1931- : THE KANDY-KOLORED TANGERINE-FLAKE STREAMLINE BABY.

WOLFE, Tom (Thomas Kennerly), 1931- : THE KANDY-KOLORED TANGERINE-FLAKE STREAMLINE BABY.

London : Jonathan Cape, (1966). First British edition. Wolfe’s first collection – twenty-two essays and half a dozen caricatures. An entirely new voice in journalism skyrockets metaphors, neologisms, hip-talk and learned reference into the pursuit of the form and style of the new. Includes “The Fifth Beatle”, “The First Tycoon of Teen”, “The Last American Hero”, “The Girl of the Year”, “The Nanny Mafia”, “A Sunday Kind of Love”, “The Woman Who Has Everything”, “Why Doormen Hate Volkswagens”, etc. First published in New York the previous year, but here in the period-defining dust-jacket by Jonathan Miller.
Post 8vo (21cm). (xviii),(340),[iv]pp. Original pink boards, blocked and lettered in gilt; mild tanning of edges, but a very good copy in the dust-jacket – a touch sunned, with some very minor edge-wear and a single short tear, but also very good.

£100

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WORSLEY, T.C. (Thomas Cuthbert), 1907-1977 : FELLOW TRAVELLERS : A MEMOIR OF THE THIRTIES.

WORSLEY, T.C. (Thomas Cuthbert), 1907-1977 : FELLOW TRAVELLERS : A MEMOIR OF THE THIRTIES.

London : London Magazine Editions, (1971). First edition. Studies of five lightly fictionalised characters who went to fight in Spain – Martin Murray, the rebellious young novelist; Lady Esmerelda Griffiths, politically connected aristocrat; Gavin Blair Summers, undergraduate who had lost belief; ex-guardsman Harry Watson, and playboy Pugh Griffiths.
Post 8vo (21cm). (250),[ii]pp. Original black boards, blocked and lettered in gilt; a few spots, but a very good copy in the original dust-jacket – just very faintly marked and creased, but also very good.

£20

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