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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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AMBLER, Eric (Eric Clifford), 1909-1998 : JOURNEY INTO FEAR.
London : Hodder & Stoughton, (1940). First edition. One of the finest spy novels of the century – a British armaments engineer takes passage home on an Italian freighter from a mission to Istanbul – shots in the night, exotic cabaret dancer, Nazi assassins, etc. Filmed by Orson Welles in 1943, with Joseph Cotten and Dolores del Rio (in an amazing cat-suit), and again in 1975 by Daniel Mann, with Sam Waterston,Yvette Mimieux, Zero Mostel, Ian McShane, Donald Pleasence, Vincent Price, etc.
BAYLY, A. Eric (Arthur Eric Cochrane), 1879-1900 : THE SECRET OF SCOTLAND YARD : A MYSTERY.
London : Sands & Co., 1900. First edition. A rare, early, and entertaining murder mystery which opens with a young “unofficial investigator” in an office off Fenchurch Street. Anonymous letter, overheard telephone call, strange visitor, cab-ride to an empty house beyond Ealing Common, a corpse handcuffed to an insensate young man – “a maze of mysteries”.
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BEETON, Isabella Mary, 1836-1865 : THE BOOK OF HOUSEHOLD MANAGEMENT; COMPRISING INFORMATION FOR THE MISTRESS, HOUSEKEEPER, COOK, KITCHEN-MAID, BUTLER, FOOTMAN, COACHMAN ...
London : S. O. Beeton, 1861. First edition : the first issue, with the plainer pictorial title. The much-loved Mrs Beeton – “this book has more wisdom to the square inch than any work of man” (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) – still the most famous of all English cookery books as well as one of the earliest to have coloured illustrations.
BENNET, J.F. (John Frederick), 1852-1937 – publisher : UP AND DOWN THE RIVER. BENNET’S MAP & ABC GUIDE TO THE RIVER THAMES FROM OXFORD TO GRAVESEND WITH USEFUL NOTES FOR BOATING AND ANGLING.
London : J. F. Bennet, 1892. Sixth edition. A popular and attractive map of the best-known stretch of Thames, produced by the City of London printer and stationer, John Frederick Bennet of Queen Street, manufacturer of “Wryte-eezy” stationery, and whose shop is illustrated among the numerous and entertaining advertisements. The map is accompanied by twenty pages of text, with notes on angling, boating, steam-launches, locks and tolls, with a distance-table, and an A-Z guide to the riverside towns and villages. First published in 1889.
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BENNETT, Arnold (Enoch Arnold), 1867-1931 : THE GRIM SMILE OF THE FIVE TOWNS.
London : Chapman & Hall, 1907. First edition. Signed by Arnold Bennett on the front free endpaper. A collection of thirteen bitter-sweet short stories of the Five Towns, all but one previously unpublished. Includes “Baby’s Bath”, “The Silent Brothers”, “Vera’s First Christmas Adventure”, “The Murder of the Mandarin”, etc.
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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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BETJEMAN, John (Sir John), 1906-1984 : OLD LIGHTS FOR NEW CHANCELS : VERSES TOPOGRAPHICAL AND AMATORY.
London : John Murray, 1940. First edition. An early collection of twenty-five poems, including “Upper Lambourne”, “Pot Pourri from a Surrey Garden”, “Blackfriars”, “Holy Trinity, Sloane Street”, “Myfanwy”, etc.
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BETJEMAN, John (Sir John), 1906-1984 : NEW BATS IN OLD BELFRIES : POEMS.
London : John Murray, 1945. First edition. An early collection of twenty-four poems, including “Henley-on-Thames”, “Parliament Hill Fields”, “South London Sketch, 1944”, “May-Day Song for North Oxford”, “In a Bath Teashop”, etc.
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BLUNDEN, Edmund (Edmund Charles), 1896-1974 : PASTORALS : A BOOK OF VERSES BY E. C. BLUNDEN.
London : Erskine Macdonald, (1916). First edition : [one of 1050 copies]. Edmund Blunden’s first regularly published work – a collection of twenty-one poems, including “By Chanctonbury”, “Song of Summer Midnight”, “The Memory of Kent”, etc.
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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.
BRAINE, John (John Gerard), 1922-1986 : ROOM AT THE TOP.
London : Eyre & Spottiswoode, (1957). First edition. His still powerful debut novel – rejected by four publishers before turning into one of the defining novels of the mid century – an immediate success and rapidly turned into the 1959 Jack Clayton film with Laurence Harvey, Simone Signoret, etc.
“BRAMAH, Ernest” – [SMITH, Ernest Brammah, 1868-1942] : THE EYES OF MAX CARRADOS.
London : Grant Richards, 1923. First edition. “The Virginiola Fraud”, “The Missing Actress Sensation”, and seven further mysteries featuring the all-seeing blind detective of Richmond.
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BUCHAN, John, 1875-1940 : PRESTER JOHN.
London : Thomas Nelson & Sons, (1910). First edition. Buchan in South Africa with a Haggardesque tale of uprising, myth, fabulous necklace, etc.
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BUCHAN, John, 1875-1940 : THE COURTS OF THE MORNING.
London : Hodder & Stoughton, (1929). First British edition. Sir Richard Hannay, Sandy Arbuthnot, John Blenkiron – industrial tycoon plots to rule the world.
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BULLOCK, Michael (Michael Hale), 1918-2008 – editor : EXPRESSION.
Harrow : Michael Bullock / London : Ian Robinson, (1966-1970). A complete run of all twelve issues of Bullock’s poetry quarterly. Contributors include Anne Beresford, Bullock himself, Marcus Cumberlege, Marguerite Edmonds, James Kirkup, Alan Massey, Gerda Mayer, Susan Musgrave, Michael Schmidt, Eddie Wainwright, Nigel Wells, etc. – with illustrations and cover designs by Victor Bunn, Miriam Cartwright, Peter Johns, Sonia Lawson, Dick Platt, Deirdre Storey, Olga Sullivan, etc.
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BURKE, James Lee, 1936- : A STAINED WHITE RADIANCE.
New York : Hyperion, (1992). First edition. Signed by James Lee Burke on the half-title. “Dave Robicheaux finds himself entangled with the Sonnier family, childhood friends whose lives have been unalterably shaped by abusive parents” – oilman Weldon Sonnier is bound to the CIA, the Mob, and the Klan. “No-one captures Louisiana culture as well as James Lee Burke ... it is also possible that no one writes better detective novels” (Washington Post).
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BURKE, James Lee, 1936- : DIXIE CITY JAM.
New York : Hyperion, (1994). First edition. Signed by James Lee Burke on the title-page. “They’re out there, under the salt – the bodies of German seamen who used to lie in wait at the mouth of the Mississippi for unescorted American tankers sailing from the oil refineries of Baton Rouge ... As a child, Dave Robicheaux had been haunted by the sailors’ images ...”.
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BURNETT, Frances Hodgson, 1849-1924 : LITTLE LORD FAUNTLEROY.
London : Frederick Warne & Co., 1886. First British edition. The runaway Harry Potter success of its day, condemning a generation of small boys to the purgatory of velvet cut-away jackets, knee-breeches and ruffles. Like Burnett herself, the illustrator Reginald Bathurst Birch (1856-1943), whose illustrations played so significant a part in the book’s success, was born in England before finding initial fame in the USA.
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[BURNEY, Fanny (Frances), 1752-1840] : CAMILLA: OR, A PICTURE OF YOUTH.
London : for T. Payne; and T. Cadell & W. Davies, 1796. First edition. One of the most popular and influential novels of its time – the tale of Camilla Tyrold and her sisters, their cousin the beautiful Indiana Lynmere, and their suitors – love and marriage, darkness and light, intrigue, contretemps and mistake. The book also has probably the most distinguished list of subscribers ever to grace a novel – featuring not least the twenty-year-old Miss J. Austen of Steventon – Jane Austen, much influenced by Fanny Burney (Madame d’Arblay), specifically referring to “Camilla” in “Northanger Abbey” as one of those works “in which the greatest powers of the mind are displayed, in which the most thorough knowledge of human nature, the happiest delineation of its varieties, the liveliest effusions of wit and humour, are conveyed to the world in the best-chosen language”. Also on the subscription list, besides a broad swathe of the aristocracy, were Edmund Burke, Sir Joseph Banks, James Beattie, George Canning, Maria Edgeworth, Warren Hastings, Richard Heber, Edmond Malone, Hannah More, Hester Piozzi, Anne Radcliffe, and Humphrey Repton.
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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CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : A MATTER OF LUCK AND OTHER STORIES.
London : Bantam Books (Todd Publishing Group), (1947). First edition. “Peter Cheyney’s knowledge of the night haunts of London is extensive and has provided him with the material ...” – a collection of six short stories, including “The Peacock Fan” and “The Black Mantilla”.
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CHURCHILL, Winston (Sir Winston Leonard Spencer), 1874-1965 : LONDON TO LADYSMITH VIA PRETORIA.
London : Longmans, Green & Co., 1900. First edition. Churchill’s personal account of the early months of the Boer War and his extraordinary adventures in South Africa. A particularly interesting copy in having been annotated in pencil in numerous places by an eye-witness to a number of the military actions – at Spion Kop, etc. At one point the anonymous annotator identifies himself as the field officer of the East Surreys who pointed out to Churchill “an expansive bullet of a particularly cruel pattern” being used by the Boers. For the most part the officer accepts Churchill’s account – “Very well described. I watched all this”, etc. – adding and identifying a name here and there, but elsewhere he bluntly corrects with a “Wrong” and other tokens of disagreement.
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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DAVIES, W.H. (William Henry), 1871-1940 : THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A SUPER-TRAMP.
London : A. C. Fifield, 1908. First edition. The first appearance of the book which made Davies’ name – a tramp by road and rail on both sides of the Atlantic in the late nineteenth century. A work of “primitive splendour and directness” (Osbert Sitwell). “Another effect of this book on me is to make me realize what a slave of convention I have been all my life. When I think of the way I worked tamely for my living during all those years when Mr. Davies, a free knight of the highway, lived like a pet bird on titbits, I feel that I have been duped out of my natural liberty” – from the preface by George Bernard Shaw.
DAVIS, Henry George Davis, 1830-1857 : THE MEMORIALS OF THE HAMLET OF KNIGHTSBRIDGE. WITH NOTICES OF ITS IMMEDIATE NEIGHBOURHOOD.
London : J. Russell Smith, 1859. First edition. “Knightsbridge and Pimlico form the only suburbs west of the metropolis, whose history remains unwritten ... I trust the following pages will show that Knightsbridge is far from destitute of associations deserving to be recovered and saved from the ravages of time”. With material on the streets, buildings, eminent inhabitants, society and politics, etc., and separate chapters on Belgravia and the sub-district of St. Barnabas. The work was edited for publication by Charles Davis after the early death of his brother.
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“DELMAINE, Georges Louis” : AFFAIR IN PARIS.
London : Edwin Self & Co., [ca.1953]. First edition. Country-bred innocent gets a job in Paris – “the fascinating world of beautiful artists’ models and dangerous demi-mondaines”. Ostensibly a translation of “Les Affaires de Paris” by “one of the most exciting and glamorous” of modern French authors – but Delmaine appears to be unknown to the Bibliothèque Nationale.
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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.
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”.
DORAN, John, 1807-1878 : LONDON IN THE JACOBITE TIMES.
London : Richard Bentley & Son, 1877. First edition. A lively, anecdotal and detailed history of the Jacobite cause in London from 1714 on into the nineteenth century, but with emphasis on the activities surrounding the momentous events of 1715 and 1745. Compiled by the journalist and historian Dr. John Doran, editor of “Notes and Queries”.
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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.
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DURRELL, Lawrence (Lawrence George), 1912-1990 : CITIES PLAINS AND PEOPLE : POEMS.
London : Faber & Faber, (1946). First edition. An early collection of twenty-eight poems, many foreshadowing the Alexandria Quartet. Includes “Eight Aspects of Melissa”, “Levant”, “Alexandria”, “Delos”, “Conon in Alexandria”, etc.
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DURRELL, Lawrence (Lawrence George), 1912-1990 : CLEA : A NOVEL.
London : Faber & Faber, 1960. First edition. The fourth and the final instalment of the Alexandria Quartet – Darley returns to an Alexandria at war. One of the most memorable and extraordinary performances in twentieth-century fiction.
ERASMUS, (Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus), 1466-1536 : IN PRAISE OF FOLLY, ILLUSTRATED WITH MANY CURIOUS CUTS, DESIGNED, DRAWN, AND ETCHED BY HANS HOLBEIN ...
London : Reeves & Turner, 1876. “How slightly soever I am esteemed in the common vogue of the world ...” – an attractively produced edition of one of the great books of the Renaissance, said to have been written in London at the house of Sir Thomas More, and first published in 1511. Here illustrated with Holbein’s contemporary illustrations and in the much-admired seventeenth-century translation made by White Kennett (1660-1728). Also included are a life of Erasmus and the introductory “Epistle Addressed to Sir Thomas More”.
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”.
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FRANCIS, Dick (Richard Stanley), 1920-2010 : ODDS AGAINST.
London : Michael Joseph, (1965). First edition. Inscribed, signed and dated by Dick Francis in the year of publication. The first Sid Halley novel – steeple-chase jockey turned sleuth investigates the cunningly contrived decline of a race-course.
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GOLDSMITH, Oliver 1728-1774 : THE VICAR OF WAKEFIELD. A TALE.
London : Suttaby, Evance & Fox, and Baldwin, Craddock & Joy, 1820. A most attractively bound pocket edition of Goldsmith’s great classic, originally published in 1766. “There are a hundred faults in this thing; and a hundred things might be said to prove them beauties; but it is needless. A book may be amusing with numerous errors, or it may be very dull without a single absurdity” (Oliver Goldsmith).
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GORDON, W. J. (William John), 1849-1937 : HOW LONDON LIVES : THE FEEDING, CLEANSING, LIGHTING AND POLICE OF LONDON WITH CHAPTERS ON THE POST OFFICE AND OTHER INSTITUTIONS.
London : Religious Tract Society, . First edition. An absorbing and well-illustrated behind-the-scenes look at the mechanics of Victorian London – with chapters on how London is fed; cleaned; lit; the police; the Thames police; Bart’s Hospital; the Post Office; the commissionaires; the Mint, and coming to London. Gordon was a London accountant as well as a prolific writer on a wide variety of topics. A volume in the “Leisure Hour Library” series.
GRANT, George : A COMPREHENSIVE HISTORY OF LONDON, FROM THE EARLIEST PERIOD TO THE PRESENT TIME.
Dublin : for James M’Glashan, 1849. First edition. A concise and yet wide-ranging history of London – “A distinct view of the moral, municipal, medical, political, and religious state of the British metropolis; a particular account of all the establishments connected with literature and science; public schools and charitable institutions; trade and commerce; public companies, docks, markets, &c., public buildings, national establishments, and other important edifices; exhibition of works of art, and the places of public amusement – in fact everything there is to see, and how it is to be seen, are here fully explained”.
GREEN, J.R. (John Richard), 1837-1883 : A SHORT HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH PEOPLE.
London : Macmillan & Co., 1902-1903. The magnificently “illustrated edition” of Green’s magisterial and hugely popular account, first published in 1874. “It is a history, not of English Kings or English Conquests, but of the English People”. Green was among the first to switch attention from political and military to social and cultural history, although remaining well aware of that “recurring tendency to the formation of oppressive oligarchic structures from which, periodically, ordinary Englishmen had to liberate themselves” (Anthony Brundage in ODNB). The illustrated edition was prepared after his death by Green’s wife, Alice Stopford Green, and his former assistant, Kate Norgate – “It was a favourite wish of my husband’s to see English History interpreted and illustrated by pictures which should tell us how men and things appeared to lookers-on in their own day, and how contemporary observers aimed at representing them”.
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HAGGARD, H. Rider (Sir Henry Rider), 1856-1925 : BLACK HEART AND WHITE HEART AND OTHER STORIES.
London : Longmans, Green, & Co., 1900. First edition. The title story, set in the period of King Cetywayo, and two other longish tales, “Elissa” (also known as “The Doom of Zimbabwe”) and “The Wizard”.
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[HALIBURTON, Thomas Chandler, 1796-1865] : THE ATTACHÉ; OR, SAM SLICK IN ENGLAND.
London : Richard Bentley, 1843. First edition. Sam Slick arrives in England in the unexpected guise of an Attaché to the American Legation at the Court of St. James. A sharp satire on English life by the first Canadian international best-selling author – “If our old friend, Sam Slick, be not the very wittiest person in the world, he is assuredly one of the most humorous. He is one of the few whose humour hath always point and purpose in it, and is ‘near about’ the only Yankee we have ever made acquaintance with who succeeded in warming us to feelings of hearty trustful cordiality” (Morning Post, 8th August 1843).
“HAYTHORNE, John” – [PARSONS, Sir Richard, 1928-2016] : NONE OF US CARED FOR KATE.
London : Cassell & Co., (1968). First edition. Inscribed and signed by the author, “With all good wishes from ‘John Haythorne’” – “overly provocative Kate is dead and although nobody was particularly crazy about her, she had been the personal assistant of the British ambassador to a South-East Asian kingdom, and the Foreign Office should try to find out who killed her, and why”. The first of four thrillers written under the Haythorne pseudonym by the career diplomat Sir Richard Parsons, later himself to become a British ambassador – to Hungary, Spain and then Sweden.
HEAL, Sir Ambrose, 1872-1959 : THE LONDON GOLDSMITHS 1200-1800 : A RECORD OF THE NAMES AND ADDRESSES OF THE CRAFTSMEN, THEIR SHOP SIGNS AND TRADE CARDS.
London : Cambridge University Press, 1935. First edition. Heal’s monumental study – with sections on goldsmiths, bankers and pawnbrokers; eminent London goldsmiths; Samuel Pepys and his goldsmiths; a list of known trade-cards; marks, shop-signs and emblems; and a directory of goldsmiths, jewellers, bankers and pawnbrokers.
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HOTTEN, John Camden, 1832-1873 – publisher : THE SLANG DICTIONARY; OR, THE VULGAR WORDS, STREET PHRASES, AND “FAST” EXPRESSIONS OF HIGH AND LOW SOCIETY. MANY WITH THEIR ETYMOLOGY, AND A FEW WITH THEIR HISTORY TRACED.
London : John Camden Hotten, 1864. [Third edition]. First published in 1859 as “A Dictionary of Modern Slang”, containing 3,000 examples, the present edition has more than tripled in size to include some 10,000 definitions – cant; gipsy slang; jaw-breakers; beggars’ maps and hieroglyphics; slang history; fashionable slang; parliamentary slang; military and dandy slang; university slang; religious slang; legal slang; literary slang; theatrical slang; money slang; shopkeepers’ slang; workmen’s slang; slang oaths; drunk slang; back slang; rhyming slang – and a bibliography.
HUGHES, Ted (Edward James), 1930-1998 : MOORTOWN.
London : Faber & Faber, (1979). First edition : [one of 2,000 copies in hardback] – complete with the separately printed errata slip. A major collection of 125 poems, including “Dehorning”, “Coming Down Through Somerset” and “Teaching a Dumb Calf”, as well as the sequences “Prometheus on His Crag”, “Earth-Numb”, “Orts”, “Adam and the Sacred Nine”, etc.
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HUGHES, Ted (Edward James), 1930-1998 : THE DREAMFIGHTER AND OTHER CREATION TALES.
London : Faber & Faber, (1995). First edition. Signed by Ted Hughes on the title-page. “How God got his Golden Head”, “The Moon and Loopy Downtail”, “The Last of the Dinosaurs”, and eight further stories.
HYDE, H. Montgomery (Harford Montgomery), 1907-1989 – editor : THE TRIALS OF OSCAR WILDE : REGINA (WILDE) v. QUEENSBERRY : REGINA v. WILDE AND TAYLOR.
London : William Hodge & Co., (1948). First edition. The most authoritative account, with most of the evidence given in transcript. The historian, barrister and politician Montgomery Hyde, who was deselected from his Belfast North seat in 1959 partly as a result of his vociferous campaigning for homosexual law reform, contributes a lengthy and comprehensive introduction, as well as half a dozen interesting appendices, while Sir Travers Humphreys (who was Wilde’s junior counsel) adds his own personal recollections. In the much-admired Notable British Trials series.
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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.
JACKSON, John, 1801-1848 [& CHATTO, William Andrew, 1799-1864] : A TREATISE ON WOOD ENGRAVING, HISTORICAL AND PRACTICAL. WITH UPWARDS OF THREE HUNDRED ILLUSTRATIONS, ENGRAVED ON WOOD, BY JOHN JACKSON.
London : Charles Knight & Co., 1839. First edition. A monumental and attractive treatise on the whole history and practice of wood-engraving, with much on the antiquity of the process, the age of Durer, the revival under Thomas Bewick, the precise techniques and tools employed, etc. Jackson had served part of his apprenticeship under Bewick himself and was one of the finest practitioners of his time. His collaborator, William Andrew Chatto (father of the publisher), also wrote on the history of playing-cards, etc.
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“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : CORRUPTION.
London : Top Fiction, . First edition : in the variant wrapper with an advertisement for the never-to-be-published “Blonde Dupe” on the lower panel. The last book of the fourth series and the first under the Top Fiction imprint – with a theme of a high-class call-girl racket being used to ensnare public officials, the book opens with an unsual corruption trial at which no defence is offered. Top Fiction Ltd. was a new company hurriedly formed by Reg Carter after the police raids and seizures at the premises of the Janson publishers, printers and distributors in September 1953 (Holland pp.135-136). Later republished under the Roberts & Vinter imprint as “Secret Session” in 1960.
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JONES, George – publisher : LONDON.
London : G. Jones, 1815. An attractive antique map – London from Chelsea and Paddington across to Stratford, and from Hackney down to Kennington – presented on a scale of just under two inches to the mile. Originally produced for the serially published “Encyclopaedia Londinensis” (London : 1810-1829).
LANG, Andrew, 1844-1912 : THE LIBRARY.
London : Macmillan & Co., 1881. First edition. Lang opens with an “Apology for the Book-Hunter” – with remarks on biblography, taste, bookstalls, catalogues, auctions, etc. – before moving on to libraries great and small, and the books of the collector – the care of books, the enemies of books, the book-ghoul, the iniquities of bookbinders, manuscripts, early printed books, first editions, fashions in book-collecting, etc. The final chapter (contributed by Austin Dobson) deals with English illustrated books of the previous hundred years.
LUMSDEN, James, 1753?-1821 – publisher : THE STEAM BOAT COMPANION: AND STRANGER’S GUIDE TO THE WESTERN ISLANDS AND HIGHLANDS OF SCOTLAND ...
Glasgow : James Lumsden & Son, 1820. First edition. A charming companion, both to the west of Scotland and to the early days of steam travel. Even by 1820 there were over tweny steamboats plying the Clyde, and the present work includes details of tours both by water and by road; Edinburgh to Glasgow; Glasgow to Inveraray, to Fort William and on to Skye; from Oban to Mull, Staffa, and Iona; from Glasgow to Campbelton by the Kyles of Bute; to Arran; to Largs, Millport and Ardrossan, and even to Belfast and Liverpool, etc. The land tours take us to Inveraray via Dumbarton, Luss, Oban, etc.
MARSH, Ngaio (Dame Edith Ngaio), 1895-1982 & JELLETT, Henry, 1872-1948 : THE NURSING-HOME MURDER.
London : Geoffrey Bles, (1935). First edition : in the secondary binding, lettered in black. An early Ngaio Marsh murder mystery which opens at 10 Downing Street – Inspector Alleyn, etc.
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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.
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MASS OBSERVATION : WAR BEGINS AT HOME.
London : Chatto & Windus, 1940. First edition. The countrywide part-time observers and full-time researchers of the legendary and hugely influential Mass-Observation report on “the anthropology of ourselves” in the first four months of war – the impact of the blackout; gas-masks; air raid neurosis; blimp reassurance; the collapse of the football pools; the drought of news; the A.R.P. wardens; class conflict and evacuation; the red poster fiasco; the Ministry of Information; the rise of jazz; saving versus spending; public versus private opinion; civilian morale; leaders and led. Edited and arranged by Tom Harrisson (1911-1976) and Charles Madge (1912-1996) – “This book is possible because we live in a democracy”.
MAXWELL, Gavin, 1914-1969 : RING OF BRIGHT WATER.
London : Longmans, Green & Co., (1960). First edition. “Nowhere in Scotland is more evocative of a specific book than Sandaig, near Glenelg, Inverness-shire, which Maxwell disguised as Camusfeàrna ...” (ODNB). Otters, nature, and the basis of the 1968 film, with Bill Travers, Virginia McKenna, etc.
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MILLER, Thomas, 1807-1874 : PICTURESQUE SKETCHES OF LONDON PAST AND PRESENT.
London : Office of the National Illustrated Library, . First edition. An attractively illustrated series of “poetic prose” sketches, many of which had originally appeared in the “Illustrated London News”, but are here revised and expanded. Sections on Ancient London; St. Paul’s; Cheapside; London Bridge Wharf; the Tower; London Docks; Whitechapel; Guildhall; Christ’s Hospital; Smithfield Market; Newgate; Fleet Street; St. Clement Dane; Westminster Abbey; St. Giles and the Rookery; London Fog; Southwark; Street Amusements; Spring-Time; Cemeteries; Greenwich Park, and Holidays of the London Poor.
MITFORD, Nancy, 1904-1973 : CHRISTMAS PUDDING.
London : Thornton Butterworth, (1932). First edition. Her second novel – farcical goings on in the world of the Bright Young Things at Yuletide. The hapless young writer, Paul Fotheringhay, is said to have been based on John Betjeman.
MOGG, Edward, 1769-1851 : AN ENTIRE NEW PLAN OF THE CITIES OF LONDON & WESTMINSTER; WITH THE BOROUGH OF SOUTHWARK: COMPREHENDING THE NEW BUILDINGS AND OTHER ALTERATIONS, TO THE YEAR 1807.
London : Edward Mogg, 1807. Fifth edition. A handsome plan of early nineteenth-century London on a generous scale of over six inches to the mile. Extending north to Pentonville, eastwards to Stepney Green, south to Lambeth Palace, and westwards to Knightsbridge and Paddington, the map first appeared in or about 1803 and was revised annually through to the late 1820s. Both engraved and published by Edward Mogg, the planned new streets and bridges are also included.
MURRAY, David Christie, 1847-1907 : THE BRANGWYN MYSTERY.
London : John Long, (1906). First edition. A scarce Edwardian murder mystery from the war correspondent turned novelist. An old man well-known in London and sinfully rich disappears off the face of the earth. A drunken journalist identifies the body seven years later and decides to investigate – then changes his mind. Belle Molloy, whose Irish lilt tends to lapse into broader brogue, and her beautiful young friend Miss Lilian Lee also feature.
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ORCZY, Baroness Emmuska Magdalena, 1865-1947 : THE ELUSIVE PIMPERNEL.
London : Hutchinson & Co., 1908. First edition. The third of the Scarlet Pimpernel series – “Paris this September, 1793! – or shall we call it Vendémiaire, Year 1 of the Republic”?
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ORTON, Joe (John Kingsley), 1933-1967 : ENTERTAINING MR SLOANE : A COMEDY.
London : Hamish Hamilton, (1964). First edition. One of the most sensational stage debuts in British theatre history, originally produced at the New Arts Theatre in May 1964, with Madge Ryan, Dudley Suton and Peter Vaughan – Terence Rattigan thought it the best first play he had ever seen.
PANTER-DOWNES, Mollie (Mary Patricia), 1906-1997 : LONDON WAR NOTES : 1939-1945.
New York : Farrar, Straus & Giroux, (1971). First edition. Inscribed, signed and dated by the author – “For Marie, with much love from Mollie 1972”. The author wrote a regular “Letter from London” column for the “New Yorker” throughout the war years, while “all that is best in the good life of civilized effort appears to be slowly and painfully keeling over”. Her editor, William Shawn, has here assembled the letters to provide a consecutive eye-witness chronicle. Precedes the London edition, which did not appear until the following year.
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[“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”.
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[PEACOCK, Thomas Love, 1785-1866] : GRYLL GRANGE.
London : Parker, Son & Bourn, 1861. First edition : in Carter’s primary binding of green pebble-grain cloth. Peacock’s final novel – a country house, eccentric guests – and full to the last of his “inveterate prejudices and pugnacious hostility to every modern innovation” (Garnett).
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PLATH, Sylvia, 1932-1963 : CROSSING THE WATER.
London : Faber & Faber, (1971). First edition. A collection of thirty-four poems, mainly from the years 1960-1961, and including “Parliament Hill Fields”, “Stillborn”, “Heavy Women”, “Love Letter”, “Small Hours”, etc.
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POWELL, Anthony (Anthony Dymoke), 1905-2000 : CASANOVA’S CHINESE RESTAURANT : A NOVEL.
London : William Heinemann, (1960). First edition. The fifth volume in the “Dance to the Music of Time” sequence – London in the thirties, Moreland, Maclintick, the Tollands, Spanish Civil War, Stringham reappears, etc.
POWELL, Anthony (Anthony Dymoke), 1905-2000 : TEMPORARY KINGS : A NOVEL.
London : William Heinemann, (1973). First edition. The penultimate novel in the “Dance to the Music of Time” sequence – Nicholas Jenkins in Venice in the late 1950s, Widmerpool a life peer.
PUGH, John : REMARKABLE OCCURRENCES IN THE LIFE OF JONAS HANWAY, ESQ. COMPREHENDING AN ABSTRACT OF SUCH PARTS OF HIS TRAVELS IN RUSSIA, AND PERSIA, AS ARE THE MOST INTERESTING; A SHORT HISTORY OF THE RISE AND PROGRESS OF THE CHARITABLE AND POLITICAL INSTITUTIONS FOUNDED OR SUPPORTED BY HIM ...
London : for the Author, by J. Davis, 1787. First edition. The essential source for the life of the remarkable Jonas Hanway (1712-1786), merchant and philanthropist. Actively engaged in the Russia trade, and here, there, and everywhere in the pursuit of good causes, his 1767 Act of Parliament (Hanway’s Act) is regarded as “the only piece of eighteenth-century legislation dealing with the poor which was an unqualified success”. John Pugh had been Hanway’s secretary for a number of years.
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.
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RAVEN, Simon (Simon Arthur Nöel), 1927-2001 : BROTHER CAIN.
London : Anthony Blond, (1959). First edition. A resignation from the army, a mysterious and murky organisation steps in.
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RAVEN, Simon (Simon Arthur Nöel), 1927-2001 : THE SABRE SQUADRON.
London : Anthony Blond, (1966) First edition. The third novel in the “Alms for Oblivion” series, set in still occupied Germany in the early 1950s – Daniel Mond solves a mathematical enigma and becomes a wanted man, Captain Fielding Gray of the Sabre Squadron, Earle Restarick the friendly American, Herr Pappenheim the allegdly civil observer, etc.
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REID, Mayne (Thomas Mayne), 1818-1883 : THE BUSH-BOYS : OR THE HISTORY AND ADVENTURES OF A CAPE FARMER AND HIS FAMILY IN THE WILD KAROOS OF SOUTHERN AFRICA.
London : David Bogue, 1856 [i.e.1855]. First edition. “There is no living writer in our language who is at all to be compared with Captain Mayne Reid for the power with which he unites fact and marvel” (Morning Advertiser, 7th January 1856) – “As a writer of books for boys, commend us above all men living to Captain Mayne Reid! Wherever his new book goes this new year there will be abundant delight for hours of reading, and plenty to talk about by the evening fire. Toils and adventures, dangers, darings, and sufferings ...” (The Nonconformist, February 1856).
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“RÉNIN, Paul” – [GOYNE, Richard, 1902-1957] : THE STREET OF MANY SHADOWS.
London : Federation Press, . First edition : with a copyright date of 1924 and issued from the publishers’ pre-1925 Fetter Lane address. “A story of love that came too late to a woman of sin” – a tale also commencing with two contrasting impoverished writers on Fleet Street. With a 3pp authorial preface quoting from Omar Khayyam omitted in later editions.
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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 ...”.
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ROBERTS, George, 1803?-1860 : THE LIFE, PROGRESSES, AND REBELLION OF JAMES, DUKE OF MONMOUTH, &C. TO HIS CAPTURE AND EXECUTION WITH A FULL ACCOUNT OF THE BLOODY ASSIZE, AND COPIOUS BIOGRAPHICAL NOTICES.
London : Longman, Brown, Green, & Longmans, 1844. First edition : a later binding up of the first edition sheets, with inserted advertisements dated 1850. An absorbing full-length account of the Monmouth Rebellion, drawing on previously unknown sources and records. The author was a schoolmaster at Lyme Regis (and also at one time the mayor) and is particularly strong on local records and traditions.
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ROWSE, A.L. (Alfred Leslie), 1903-1997 : THE ENGLISH PAST : EVOCATIONS OF PERSONS AND PLACES.
London : Macmillan & Co., 1951. First edition. “Now that the great days of England are perhaps over – it is extraordinary to think that we have lived through the very greatest of them in our lifetime – it is somehow consoling to pursue and evoke the past, recent as well as remote”. Twelve essays – on All Souls; on Hillesden and Oliver Cromwell; on Milton; on Jonathan Swift; an afternoon at Haworth Parsonage; on Thomas Hardy and Max Gate; on John Buchan; on Nottingham – “what an astonishing town it is”; on D. H. Lawrence, and on Alun Lewis, etc.
RUDING, Walt (Walter), 1870-1895 : AN EVIL MOTHERHOOD : AN IMPRESSIONIST NOVEL.
London : Elkin Mathews, 1896 [i.e. 1895]. First edition. The short-lived Ruding’s scarce and only novel – he died at the age of twenty-five less than a month after it was published. Slated by the critics and undeniably flawed, but very consciously a new kind of fiction – startling, impressionistic, psychological, experimental and fin-de-siècle – and marked out as so by a dramatic cobwebby cover and a fine frontispiece by Aubrey Beardsley.
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SAYER, J.P. (John Pearson), 1901-1984 : THE CITY OF YORK.
[London : George Newnes, 1946]. An attractive pictorial map, with historical notes and vignettes, of the centre of York. On the verso of the map are further notes and views, with a larger view of Walmgate Bar in the nineteenth century. Originally produced for the “Strand Magazine” – Jack Sayer produced a number of similar maps used as railway posters in the interwar years.
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SCOTT, Sir George Gilbert, 1811-1878 : REMARKS ON SECULAR & DOMESTIC ARCHITECTURE, PRESENT & FUTURE.
London : John Murray, 1857. First edition. More or less a manifesto from the great architect of St. Pancras, the Albert Memorial, the Foreign Office, etc. – modifying the gothic vision by incorporating plate glass and cast iron as he urges a national style.
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SHAFFER, Peter (Sir Peter Levin), 1926-2016 : THE PRIVATE EAR AND THE PUBLIC EYE : TWO ONE ACT PLAYS.
London : Hamish Hamilton, (1962). First edition. Two early Shaffer plays, recently successfully revived. Shy Bob, awkward Doreen (first played by Maggie Smith) and a disastrous date – and the tale of a pompous accountant, eccentric private eye (first played by Kenneth Williams) and a frustrated wife (Maggie Smith again).
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SHERRIFF, R.C. (Robert Cedric), 1896-1975 & BARTLETT, Vernon (Charles Vernon Oldfield), 1894-1983 : JOURNEY’S END : A NOVEL.
London : Victor Gollancz, 1930. First edition. Signed by R. C. Sherriff on the title-page – the full-length novel version of his famous play of the same name – frequently regarded as “the greatest war play ever written”.
SMITH, Ali, 1962- & BURNS, Christopher, 1944- : UNDER WATER.
Carlisle : Cumbria County Council, 2003. First edition : limited to 250 copies, this copy numbered 99 and signed by Christopher Burns. Two short stories specially commisioned for the “Words by the Water” festival – “Drowned” by Burns, and “The Education Officer” by Ali Smith.
SMITH, Charles, 1768?-1854 : SMITH’S NEW PLAN OF LONDON, WESTMINSTER & SOUTHWARK; COMPREHENDING ALL THE NEW BUILDINGS, AND 350 REFERENCES TO THE PRINCIPAL STREETS WITH THE NEW DOCKS AT WAPPING & BLACKWALL.
London : for C. Smith, 1816. An attractive pocket-map of London from Charles Smith of the Strand at a scale of four inches to the mile, extending northwards to Pentonville, east beyond the Isle of Dogs to the East India Dock, south to Newington Butts, and west to Knightsbridge and Paddington. First published in 1801, the map was revised more or less annually through to the 1840s – the present edition including the proposed new Vauxhall and Strand Bridges and their approach roads. A keyed index to the 350 or so principal streets, giving their location square, is engraved below the map.
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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”.
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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).
SUPERIOR PUBLISHERS : MARIJUANA MURDER.
Toronto : Superior Publishers, [ca.1950]. First edition – evidently a British issue, with the advertisement leaves all relating to products issued by the Empire Mail Order Agency of London. Nine “authentic police cases – every story true” – giving a sensational and powerful anti-drug message, but evidently at least based on real murders which took place in the United States between 1938 and 1946.
SURTEES, Robert Smith, 1803-1864 : JORROCKS’S JAUNTS AND JOLLITIES : THE HUNTING, SHOOTING, RACING, DRIVING, SAILING, EATING, ECCENTRIC AND EXTRAVAGANT EXPLOITS OF THAT RENOWNED SPORTING CITIZEN MR. JOHN JORROCKS OF ST. BOTOLPH LANE AND GREAT CORAM STREET.
London : Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co., 1903. A handsome and lavishly produced edition of Surtees’ classic of sporting humour, produced for the Trübner Sporting Library series. John Jorrocks originally surfaced in the “New Sporting Magazine” in 1831, and first appeared in book form in 1838, but here appears with the original illustrations from all the various early editions – by Henry Alken, “Phiz” and William Heath – including an Alken illustration previously unpublished. With an interesting introduction on the history of the book and its illustrations by Joseph Grego (1843-1908), noted authority on illustration and its techniques.
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TANSWELL, John, 1800-1864 : THE HISTORY AND ANTIQUITIES OF LAMBETH.
London : Frederick Pickton, 1858. First edition. A thorough account of the parish, with individual chapters offering a general survey; the history of the manors of Lambeth, Kennington, Vauxhall, Stockwell and Levehurst; Lambeth Palace; the archbishops; the churches; the rectors; the monuments and epitaphs; the older and more important buildings, and remarkable events, with appendices on the subisdy rolls, the charities, etc.
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TENNYSON, Alfred (Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron), 1809-1892 : THE HOLY GRAIL AND OTHER POEMS.
London : Strahan & Co., 1870 [i.e.1869]. First edition : the first issue, before the addition of the “all rights reserved” notice to the foot of the title-page. The first appearance of “The Coming of Arthur”, “The Passing of Arthur”, etc.
TENNYSON, Alfred (Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron), 1809-1892 : BALLADS AND OTHER POEMS.
London : C. Kegan Paul & Co., 1880. First edition. Ballads, poems, sonnets and translations – including “The First Quarrel”, “The Sisters”, “The Defence of Lucknow”, etc.
“TREVOR, William” – [COX, William Trevor, 1928-2016] : BEYOND THE PALE.
London : Bodley Head, (1981). First edition. A collection of a dozen short stories, including “Downstairs at Fitzgerald’s”, “Sunday Drinks”, “The Paradise Lounge”, etc. “Good short stories are hard to come by, but when William Trevor produces a new collection one can be sure that they are more than merely good”.
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“TREVOR, William” – [COX, William Trevor, 1928-2016] : A BIT ON THE SIDE.
London : Viking, (2004). First edition. A collection of a dozen short stories, eight set in Ireland and the other four in a more secular London, “toying with the impact and debris of affairs and ill-judged attachments” (James Urquhart).
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TROLLOPE, Anthony, 1815-1882 : THE KELLYS AND THE O’KELLYS.
London : Chapman & Hall, 1867. “Seventh edition”. Trollope’s rare second book, originally published in three volumes in 1848 under the longer title of “The Kellys and the O’Kellys; or, Landlords and Tenants. A Tale of Irish Life”. The book was first published in this one-volume format in 1859.
TROLLOPE, Anthony, 1815-1882 : THE LAST CHRONICLE OF BARSET.
London : Smith, Elder & Co., 1867. First edition. Grace Crawley, Mrs Proudie, Septimus Harding, etc. – “Taking it as a whole, I regard this as the best novel I have written” (Trollope in 1883). With lively wood-engraved plates and illustrations after George Housman Thomas (1824-1868), mainly engraved by his brother, William Luson Thomas (1830-1900).
WELLS, H.G. (Herbert George), 1866-1946 : ANN VERONICA : A MODERN LOVE STORY.
London : T. Fisher Unwin, 1909. First edition. A young woman rejects surburban conventions for science, socialism, suffragettes, and living in sin – and Wells fictionalises his relationship with his mistress Amber Reeves (1887-1981), who gave birth to his daughter later in 1909. Macmillan flatly declined to publish the book and Canon Lambert railed, “I would just as soon send a daughter of mine to a house infected with diphtheria or typhoid fever as put that book into her hands”.
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[WILDE, Oscar (Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills), 1854-1900] : THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST : A TRIVIAL COMEDY FOR SERIOUS PEOPLE. BY THE AUTHOR OF LADY WINDERMERE’S FAN.
London : Leonard Smithers & Co., 1899. First edition : limited to 1,000 copies – this copy not numbered and out of series. Wilde’s most famous and most enduring play, published quasi-anonymously after his fall from grace, just eighteen months before he died.
WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : THE CODE OF THE WOOSTERS.
London : Herbert Jenkins, (1938). First edition. “I reached out a hand from under the blankets, and rang the bell for Jeeves ...” – the third Jeeves and Wooster novel.
WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : JOY IN THE MORNING.
London : Herbert Jenkins, . First British edition. The fourth Jeeves & Wooster novel – with Florence Craye, Stilton Cheesewright, Zenobia Hopwood, Lord Worplesdon, Boko Fittleworth, and Edwin the Boy Scout.
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