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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).
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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.
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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”.
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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 ...
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.
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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).
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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.
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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”.
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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 ...”.
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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.
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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”.
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