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AINSWORTH, William Harrison, 1805-1882 : SAINT JAMES’S; OR, THE COURT OF QUEEN ANNE. AN HISTORICAL ROMANCE.

AINSWORTH, William Harrison, 1805-1882 : SAINT JAMES’S; OR, THE COURT OF QUEEN ANNE. AN HISTORICAL ROMANCE.

London : John Mortimer; Parry, Blenkarn & Co., 1844. First edition. Ainsworth at the height of his fame with a tale of political intrigue and power at the court of Queen Anne – the Duke and Duchess of Marlborough; Robert Harley, first Earl of Oxford; Henry St. John, first Viscount Bolingbroke, etc. “Many would have backed Ainsworth’s talent against Dickens’s in 1840” (John Sutherland).
Three volumes. Demy 12mo (188 x 111mm). viii,(300); iv,(296); iv,(384)pp. Frontispiece and two etched plates in each volume by George Cruikshank. Bound in a superb later (turn of the century) half crimson morocco, banded and gilt in a rose design, by Lucien Broca (1839-1910) of Soho – the finest finisher in London at this time; all edges gilt; marbled sides and endpapers; marbled sides just lightly rubbed; a couple of spots, but overall a fine, clean and handsome set. Contemporary circular white morocco book-labels of Alexander Lawson Duncan (1859-1917) of Chalfont Grove and Jordanstone House, Perthshire.

£1,000

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ALLINGHAM, Margery (Margery Louise), 1904-1966 : HIDE MY EYES.

ALLINGHAM, Margery (Margery Louise), 1904-1966 : HIDE MY EYES.

London : Chatto & Windus, 1958. First edition. “It begins with murder on a rainy night in a cul-de-sac off London theatreland. Who were the strange couple in the country bus, certain witnesses of the crime?” – Inspector Luke and Mr Campion – a left-hand glove, a lizard-skin lettercase, a museum of oddities and a blood-chilling dump in the East End. The present copy once belonged to the family of the girl depicted on the dust-jacket – apparently Margery Allingham’s niece – in a photograph taken by Margery Allingham’s sister Joyce and incorporated into the collage design by her husband, Youngman Carter.
Post 8vo (21cm). (220)pp. Original orange boards, blocked and lettered in gilt; a touch of bruising and fading; endpapers lightly tanned; top edge a little spotted, but a good copy in the Carter dust-jacket – just lightly nicked and used, with a faint touch of spotting on the rear panel.

£100

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ALLINGHAM, Margery (Margery Louise), 1904-1966 : CARGO OF EAGLES.

ALLINGHAM, Margery (Margery Louise), 1904-1966 : CARGO OF EAGLES.

London : Chatto & Windus, 1968. First edition. Her final book, finalised from her manuscript after her death (at her request) by her husband, Philip Youngman Carter. A young woman doctor is bequeathed a house on an Essex estuary – anonymous letters, ton-up tearaways, an angry farmer, a shifty solicitor, an aged poet – and Albert Campion. “The seedy, half-alive village explodes into violence like a fire-cracker”.
Post 8vo (21cm). (224)pp. Double-page map by Youngman Carter. Original violet boards, lettered in gilt; a hint of bruising and faint sunning; a few slight spots, but a very good copy in the striking Carter dust-jacket –

£50

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BENT, William, 1747-1813 – publisher : THE NEW WEEK’S PREPARATION FOR A WORTHY RECEIVING OF THE LORD’S SUPPER, AS RECOMMENDED AND APPOINTED BY THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND ...

BENT, William, 1747-1813 – publisher : THE NEW WEEK’S PREPARATION FOR A WORTHY RECEIVING OF THE LORD’S SUPPER, AS RECOMMENDED AND APPOINTED BY THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND ...

London : for W. Bent, (1792). An interesting late eightenth-century edition of both parts of this popular devotional guide, constantly in print since its first appearance in the 1730s. The present copy was bound, almost certainly in Liverpool, for “Pudsey Dawson, Esqr. Bailiff, 1797”, whose name is unusually but prominently tooled in gilt on the upper cover. Dawson (1752-1816) was rather more than just a bailiff, serving as Mayor of Liverpool at one time (Pudsey Street is named after him and there is a portrait in the Liverpool Record Office). A man of notable piety as well as wealth, remembered as one of Liverpool’s “most active, enlightened and useful citizens”, he was also the founder of the first school for the blind in the country. An internal inscription records his gift of the book to his eldest daughter, Mary Dawson (1779-1855) on Christmas Eve, 1803.
Crown 12mo (160 x 94mm). [iv],[2],viii,142,144pp. Engraved frontispiece. Contemporary full blue-black goatskin, ruled and tooled in gilt; all edges gilt; marbled endleaves; lightly rubbed and a touch bruised; a few minor internal marks, spots and tiny flaws, but overall a very good copy of most attractive survival. Later armorial “Fac et Spera” bookplate on front pastedown.

£400

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BOWMAN, Anne, 1796-1886 : TOM AND THE CROCODILES.

BOWMAN, Anne, 1796-1886 : TOM AND THE CROCODILES.

London : George Routledge & Sons, 1867 [i.e.1866]. First edition. One of a number of tales of derring-do written by the bookseller Anne Bowman of Richmond (Yorkshire) either side of 1860 – “A new work, from the pen of Miss Anne Bowman, full of adventurous excitement and hair-breadth escapes from all kinds of peril. A family are shipped from London to a West India island, where they pass through a never-ending series of vicissitudes enough to daunt the energies of the strongest amongst the members of it. No one can complain of monotony who peruses these spirit-stirring pages” (Bell’s Life in London, 24th November 1866).
Foolscap 8vo (17cm). [ii],446pp. Frontispiece and seven suitably dramatic plates. Inset slip advertising the Broadway Magazine. Original pictorial cloth gilt; just faintly rubbed; spine just a touch sunned; one or two slight marks, but a very good example of the genre. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£125

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BOYD, William, 1952- : AN ICE-CREAM WAR.

BOYD, William, 1952- : AN ICE-CREAM WAR.

London : Hamish Hamilton, (1982). First edition. His third novel – “It is far too hot for sustained fighting ... we will all melt like ice-cream in the sun”. Evelyn Waugh meets John Buchan as eccentric settlers take up arms in the East African Campaign of the First World War.
Demy 8vo (23cm). [xii],370,[ii]pp. Map. Original blue boards, blocked and lettered in gilt; a sprinkling of edge spots, but overall a very good copy indeed in the Paul Webb dust-jacket – also very good indeed.

£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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CRANE, Stephen, 1871-1900 :  MAGGIE : A CHILD OF THE STREETS.

CRANE, Stephen, 1871-1900 : MAGGIE : A CHILD OF THE STREETS.

London : William Heinemann, 1896. First British edition. His first book, “regarded as the first work of unalloyed naturalism in American fiction” (Milne Holton) and immediately inviting comparison in Europe with Hardy, Zola and Arthur Morrison’s “Tales of Mean Streets”. Originally published under a pseudonym at Crane’s own expense in 1893, but not issued under his own name until after the success of “The Red Badge of Courage” on both sides of the Atlantic. The British edition has a telling introduction by William Dean Howells (1837-1920) – “the girl herself, with her bewildered wish to be right and good, with her distorted perspective, her clinging and generous affections, her hopeless environments ...”.
Foolscap 8vo (17cm). (viii),(148),4pp. Original decorative navy buckram gilt; top edge gilt; endpapers a little tanned; a touch shaken; a few minor marks and spots, but overall a very good copy. With the dated (October 1896) ownership inscription and armorial bookplate of Walter Wren (1833-1898), briefly a radical Member of Parliament and later a member of the first London County Council.

£150

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DEVONSHIRE, Deborah Vivien Cavendish, Duchess of, 1920-2014 : HOME TO ROOST AND OTHER PECKINGS.

DEVONSHIRE, Deborah Vivien Cavendish, Duchess of, 1920-2014 : HOME TO ROOST AND OTHER PECKINGS.

London : John Murray, (2009). First edition. Signed by Debo Devonshire, the last of the Mitford Sisters, on the title-page. Vignettes and reminiscences, funny, shrewd and moving – both at J. F. Kennedy’s inauguration and at his funeral, at the local post office, the 1938 London season, the Farmers’ Club dinner, book signings, tiaras, auction catalogues, motorways, deportment, Christmas at Chatsworth, shopping as your eyesight begins to fade, and much more. Edited by Charlotte Mosley and with an amusing and affectionate introduction by Alan Bennett, who has also signed the title-page.
Post 8vo (21cm). viii,168pp. Full-page illustrations by Will Topley. Original blue boards, lettered in gilt; pictorial endpapers; very good indeed in the equally very good dust-jacket. Ownership blind stamp of John Connolly in two places.

£50

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DICKENS, Charles (Charles John Huffam), 1812-1870 : HARD TIMES. FOR THESE TIMES.

DICKENS, Charles (Charles John Huffam), 1812-1870 : HARD TIMES. FOR THESE TIMES.

London : Bradbury & Evans, 1854. First edition. “What I want is, Facts. Teach these boys and girls nothing but Facts ...”. The book edition appeared a week before the completion of the serialisation in “Household Words”.
Crown 8vo (183 x 121mm). viii,352pp. Bound, complete with half title, in an elegant late nineteenth-century half sealskin, banded and gilt; marbled sides, edges and endpapers; a few internal slight marks and spots, but overall a very good and attractive copy. With the attractive bookplate of A. Muriel Ritchie. Smith 11.

£1,000

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