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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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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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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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[BURROUGHS, William (William Seward), 1914-1997] – “LEE, William” :  JUNKIE : BY WILLIAM LEE.

[BURROUGHS, William (William Seward), 1914-1997] – “LEE, William” : JUNKIE : BY WILLIAM LEE.

New York : Ace Books, (1953). First edition. His first book and a landmark of twentieth-century counterculture, written under a pseudonym in the aftermath of shooting dead Joan Vollmar, the mother of his son, in a drunken party game in Mexico City – “I am forced to the appalling conclusion that I would never have become a writer but for Joan’s death ... I have had no choice but to write my way out”. The original publication, published as an “Ace Double”, bound tête-bêche in “two books in one” format, with an abridged reprint of Maurice Helbrant’s 1941 “Narcotic Agent”.
Foolscap 8vo (17cm). (150); (170)pp. Original pictorial wrappers – the Helbrant artwork (handcuffs applied to sorrowful woman in undress with drug paraphernalia on table) clearly attributed to Al Rossi, and the Junkie artwork (man restrains blonde attempting to reach syringe) probably by the same hand; orange edges; a touch of rubbing and mild creasing, the creasing a touch more marked to the Helbrant cover; tiny and unobtrusive split at head; three small ink digits to Helbrant preliminary leaf, but overall a very good, firm and clean copy. Maynard & Miles A1a.

£400

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CAIN, James M. (James Mallahan), 1892-1977 : DOUBLE INDEMNITY.

CAIN, James M. (James Mallahan), 1892-1977 : DOUBLE INDEMNITY.

New York : Avon Book Co., (1943). First separate edition. Originally serialised in an abridged form in “Liberty” before the war, this story on which the famous 1944 Billy Wilder film (scripted by Raymond Chandler) was based did not appear in book form until 1943, when it appeared in hardback as one of three stories published by Knopf in “Three of a Kind” and here as Murder Mystery Monthly 16. Cover and illustrations by William Frost.
Post 8vo (20cm). [ii],11-128pp. Illustrations. Original pictorial wrappers – couple flee from railway lines, bandaged foot and crutch; just lightly rubbed and very slightly chipped; faint creasing; text very lightly tanned and with a few faint creases; a few spots to inner wrappers, but still a very good copy. Bruccoli I. p60.

£50

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COLLINS, Norman (Norman Richard), 1907-1982 : LONDON BELONGS TO ME.

COLLINS, Norman (Norman Richard), 1907-1982 : LONDON BELONGS TO ME.

London : Collins, 1945. First edition. Now somewhat belatedly recognised as a Penguin Modern Classic, the writer and broadcaster presents a novel of South London in the years from Munich through to the worst of the Blitz – “real Londoners – some in love, some in debt, some committing murders, some adultery, some trying to get on in the world, some looking forward to a pension, some getting drunk, some losing their jobs, some dying, and some holding up the new baby” – “One of the great city novels: a sprawling celebration of the comedy, the savagery, the eccentricity and the quiet heroism at the heart of ordinary London life” (Sarah Waters).
Post 8vo (21cm). (640)pp. Original green cloth, lettered in lighter green; a few minor signs of age and use, but a very good copy in the pictorial dust-jacket – a little rubbed, used and tanned, the spine lettering a little faded, but a complete and welcome survival.

£100

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DE LA MARE, Walter (Walter John), 1873-1956 : THE THREE MULLA-MULGARS.

DE LA MARE, Walter (Walter John), 1873-1956 : THE THREE MULLA-MULGARS.

London : Duckworth & Co., 1910. First edition : a later issue, in the secondary binding, and with inserted advertisements datable from internal evidence to perhaps 1920. De La Mare’s neglected masterpiece – an enduring fantasy of the quest of the three royal monkeys.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (viii),312 + 16pp advertisements. Coloured frontispiece and colour plate by John Robert (Jack) Monsell (1877-1952). Original olive pictorial cloth, blocked and lettered in black; a few minor signs of age and use; some minor spotting, mainly to edges and endpapers; one leaf a little frayed, but overall a very good, bright and sound copy in the matching dust-jacket – just slightly rubbed, but very good indeed.

£200

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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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DUNMORE, Helen, 1952- : THE SIEGE.

DUNMORE, Helen, 1952- : THE SIEGE.

London : Viking, (2001). First edition. Signed by Helen Dunmore on the title-page. Her powerful and much-lauded novel of the Siege of Leningrad.
Medium 8vo (25cm). [vi],(294),[iv]pp. Original blue boards, lettered in silver; very good indeed in the dust-jacket, likewise very good.

£50

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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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ELLROY, James (Lee Earle), 1948- :  L. A. CONFIDENTIAL.

ELLROY, James (Lee Earle), 1948- : L. A. CONFIDENTIAL.

London : Mysterious Press (Random Century Group), (1990). First British edition. Signed by Ellroy in a title-page scrawl. His extraordinary exercise in powerful neo-noir – the basis of the award-winning 1997 film with Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Kim Basinger, etc. "Shatters the boundaries of the contemporary crime novel" (Jonathan Kellerman).
Demy 8vo (23cm). [viii],480,[viii]pp. Original white boards, blocked and lettered in silver; mild tanning of text, as always, but a very good copy indeed in the David Scutt dust-jacket, equally fresh and unworn.

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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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HAMMETT, Dashiell (Samuel Dashiell), 1894-1961 : THE CONTINENTAL OP.

HAMMETT, Dashiell (Samuel Dashiell), 1894-1961 : THE CONTINENTAL OP.

New York : Lawrence E. Spivak, (1945). First edition. A collection of four stories previously unpublished in book form, edited and introduced by Ellery Queen. Bestseller Mystery B62.
Foolscap 4to (20cm). 126,[ii]pp. Original wrappers – a design by George Salter in blue, black and white; a little worn and creased; slight tear to title-page; text tanned, but a good copy of a fragile production. Stoddard 13.

£40

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HARTLEY, L.P. (Leslie Poles), 1895-1972 : THE GO-BETWEEN.

HARTLEY, L.P. (Leslie Poles), 1895-1972 : THE GO-BETWEEN.

London : Hamish Hamilton, (1953). First edition. “The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there. When I came upon the diary it was lying at the bottom of a rather battered red cardboard collar-box ...” – Hartley’s haunting evocation of a boy out of his depth in the golden summer of 1900 – the basis for the 1971 Joseph Losey film with Julie Christie, Alan Bates, etc.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 296pp. Original red cloth, ruled, blocked and lettered in gilt; top edge red; a couple of minor marks, but a very good, clean and sound copy in the Val Biro dust-jacket – the jacket lightly rubbed, with a few unobtrusive nicks and tiny tears, but also very good. Contemporary Rex Whistler designed Book Society bookplate with the name Bennell.

£250

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HOLTBY, Winifred, 1898-1935 : SOUTH RIDING : AN ENGLISH LANDSCAPE.

HOLTBY, Winifred, 1898-1935 : SOUTH RIDING : AN ENGLISH LANDSCAPE.

London : Collins, 1936. First edition. “South Riding is unquestionably the greatest novel we have been privileged to publish ...” say the publishers on the front flap of the dust-jacket. The critics agreed – “For South Riding is a book you can walk about in. A book in which you come up against life on every page. A book in which the seasons pass and men and women and children fail and succeed, in which poverty is recognised as a very present evil, in which fallible and not always disinterested human beings work together for common ends ... None of your love-in-a-bandbox plots for Winifred Holtby. She wanted the earth – She sanely accepted life as it is, and had eager visions of what it could become. And, at the end of her short, passionately experienced life, she left us, in her generosity, a great book” (Daily Herald, 5th March 1936).
Post 8vo (21cm). (xviii),(590)pp. Original pale green cloth, lettered in violet; some very minor signs of age and use; a few faint spots; endpapers a little tanned, but a very good copy in the dust-jacket – the jacket just lightly used, with a few tiny nicks, but also very good.

£400

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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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“LE CARRÉ, John” – [CORNWELL, David John Moore, 1931- ] : A PERFECT SPY.

“LE CARRÉ, John” – [CORNWELL, David John Moore, 1931- ] : A PERFECT SPY.

London : Hodder & Stoughton, (1986). First edition. British spy Magnus Pym goes missing – and the whole story of his con-man father emerges – the author’s most autobiographical novel. “The book that is and may always be Le Carré’s masterpiece” (Matthew Bruccoli) and “the best English novel since the war” (Philip Roth).
Medium 8vo (25cm). (464)pp. Original blue cloth-backed boards, lettered in gilt; a few slight edge-spots, but a very good copy in the Howard J. Shaw dust-jacket – the 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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McEWAN, Ian (Ian Russell), 1948- : ATONEMENT.

McEWAN, Ian (Ian Russell), 1948- : ATONEMENT.

London : Jonathan Cape, (2001). First edition. “McEwan’s finest achievement. Brilliant and utterly enthralling in its depiction of childhood, love and war, England and class ...” – filmed in 2007 with Keira Knightley, James McAvoy, etc.
Medium 8vo (24cm). (372),[iv]pp. Original black boards, lettered in silver; a very good, bright and clean copy in the Chris Frazer Smith photographic dust-jacket – also very good barring a corner crease to the inner flap.

£50

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MAXWELL, Gavin, 1914-1969 : RING OF BRIGHT WATER.

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.
Demy 8vo (23cm). x,(212)pp. Numerous photographs by the author. Illustrations in the text by Michael Ayrton, Peter Scott, and others. Original blue boards, lettered in gilt; a hint of sunning at tips; some spotting of edges and decorative endleaves, but overall a very good copy in the dust-jacket – price clipped and with some minor signs of age and use, but also very good.

£100

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

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

London : A. & C. Black, 1919. First edition. Morgan’s extraordinary and “deadly true” first novel, written while a prisoner-of-war and rewritten after his manuscript was lost at sea. His searing account of the systematic and sadistic bullying of tyro midshipmen in the Royal Navy of the time led to the book’s strange disappearance from the bookshops – never officially suppressed but, as Morgan later recalled, “the ordinary means of distribution ceased to be available to it. How this was brought about I do not know, but as the Navy has a Secret Service, I draw my own conclusions”.
Post 8vo (21cm). viii,348pp. Original blue cloth, lettered in gilt and ruled in blind; a touch rubbed; spine a little sunned (as often); some spotting of edges and endpapers, but a good and sound copy of a difficult title. Related press-cuttings loosely inserted.

£100

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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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PROULX, E. Annie (Edna Annie, 1935- ) : THE SHIPPING NEWS.

PROULX, E. Annie (Edna Annie, 1935- ) : THE SHIPPING NEWS.

New York : Charles Scribner’s Sons, (1993). First edition. A review copy of her Pulitzer Prize winning second novel, with the publishers’ promotional biographical notes, etc., loosely inserted – "The story is a dark comedy that revolves around Quoyle, a third-rate newspaper hack who ends up in Newfoundland reporting the shipping news for a rough-and-ready local weekly".
Medium 8vo (24cm). [xii],(338),[ii]pp. Original turquoise cloth-backed grey boards; an excellent copy in the original Paul Gamarello dust-jacket – also excellent and without the usual fading to the spine.

£250

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RATTIGAN, Terence (Sir Terence Mervyn), 1911-1977 : THE WINSLOW BOY.

RATTIGAN, Terence (Sir Terence Mervyn), 1911-1977 : THE WINSLOW BOY.

London : Hamish Hamilton, (1946). First edition. The pursuit of justice for the unimportant – one of the defining plays of the mid twentieth century, frequently revived and here inscribed by Rattigan to his secretary Mary, signed with forename (Terry) and dated October 1946. Mary Herring began working for Rattigan shortly before the play opened at the Lyric and was to become his confidante, companion, guardian of his reputation, controller of his finances, and keeper of his secrets for the next seventeen years.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (110),[ii]pp. Original grey cloth, lettered in red; original production flaw to two leaves leaving them proud, but otherwise a very good copy in the dust-jacket – a little tanned at spine and slightly worn and chipped at tips.

£400

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RICHARDSON, Dorothy M. (Dorothy Miller), 1873-1957 : INTERIM.

RICHARDSON, Dorothy M. (Dorothy Miller), 1873-1957 : INTERIM.

London : Duckworth & Co., (1919). First edition. Christmas in 1896 and Miriam arrives in Putney to stay with the Broom sisters. It was in the previous year that the phrase “stream of consciousness” was first used in a literary context, specifically to describe the style of Richardson’s “Pilgrimage” sequence of novels, of which this is the fifth and probably the most experimental – “Never, perhaps, has the familiar definition of a realistic novel as a ‘transcript from life’ been capable of a more exact application than in the case of the series of books in which Miss Dorothy Richardson is recording the experiences of her heroine ... brimful of the most brilliantly vivid impressions ... a curious reminder that life is a flashing succession of photographic impressions” (The Scotsman, 22nd December 1919).
Crown 8vo (20cm). [iv],(294),[ii]pp. Original blue cloth, ruled, blocked, and lettered in black; mild tanning of outer blank leaves, but a very good, clean and sound copy in the dust-jacket – the jacket (the front flap of which advertises Virginia Woolf’s earliest novels) lightly tanned, with a few slight nicks and tiny chips, with just one slightly more substantial chip to the upper corner of the rear panel, but also very good.

£200

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RUNYON, Damon (Alfred Damon), 1884-1946 : SHORT TAKES : WITH A MEMOIR OF THE AUTHOR BY DON IDDON.

RUNYON, Damon (Alfred Damon), 1884-1946 : SHORT TAKES : WITH A MEMOIR OF THE AUTHOR BY DON IDDON.

London : Constable & Co., (1948). First British edition. A selection of over seventy of the best of the short stories and articles arranged under various headings. Includes “Tripping over Trivia”, “Horse Sense”, “Larcenous Ladies”, “A Dog’s Best Friend”, “Smoking Ladies”, etc.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 278,[ii]pp. Frontispiece. Original dark green cloth, lettered in silver; a very good and bright copy in the original pale blue dust-jacket, printed in red and darker blue – slightly sunned and a just a little marked.

£25

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SILLITOE, Alan, 1928-2010 : THE LONELINESS OF THE LONG-DISTANCE RUNNER.

SILLITOE, Alan, 1928-2010 : THE LONELINESS OF THE LONG-DISTANCE RUNNER.

London : W. H. Allen, 1959. First edition. His second book, winner of the Hawthornden prize, the title novella memorably filmed by Tony Richardson, with Tom Courtenay and Michael Redgrave, in 1962. With eight further short stories, including "On Saturday Afternoon", etc.
Post 8vo (21cm). 176pp. Original grey cloth, blocked and lettered in gilt; a touch of fading; endpapers very lightly tanned, but a very good copy in the original Mona Moore dust-jacket – just lightly used.

£250

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SMART, Elizabeth (Elizabeth Ann), 1913-1986 : BY GRAND CENTRAL STATION I SAT DOWN AND WEPT.

SMART, Elizabeth (Elizabeth Ann), 1913-1986 : BY GRAND CENTRAL STATION I SAT DOWN AND WEPT.

London : Editions Poetry London, (1945). First edition. “I am standing on a corner in Monterey, waiting for the bus to come in, and all the muscles of my will are holding my anticipation to face the moment I most desire”. Smart’s celebrated fictional account of her love affair with the poet George Barker (1913-1991) – “a visceral journey into the human heart, written in a language so urgent, raw and lyrical that each sentence is a bruise or a kiss” (Raffaella Barker).
Demy 8vo (211 x 130mm). 54,[ii]pp. Bound in an elegant recent half red morocco, lettered down spine in gilt; top edge gilt; a most attractive copy of the first edition of this scarce modern classic.

£250

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SPARK, Muriel (Dame Muriel Sarah), 1918-2006 : THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE.

SPARK, Muriel (Dame Muriel Sarah), 1918-2006 : THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE.

London : Macmillan & Co., 1961. First edition. Miss Brodie in her prime in pre-war Edinburgh – the basis of the 1969 film with Maggie Smith, etc.
Post 8vo (21cm). [iv],(172)pp. Original deep turquoise cloth, lettered in gilt; a little dulled; a few faint marks and slight creases, but a good copy in the stylish original pictorial jacket by Victor Reinganum (1907-1995) – slightly rubbed on rear panel, but otherwise very good with only a hint of wear.

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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 copy indeed – bright and fresh – in the evocative autumnal dust-jacket by Harry Cowdell (1912-1987) – with the merest hint of sunning and very faintest suggestion of use, but also very good indeed.

£100

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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.

£25

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UPWARD, Edward (Edward Falaise), 1903-2009 : IN THE THIRTIES.

UPWARD, Edward (Edward Falaise), 1903-2009 : IN THE THIRTIES.

London : William Heinemann, (1962). First edition. The first novel in the "Spiral Ascent" trilogy – failed poets and communism in the 1930s – "I believe that it may well be the first part of one of the greatest and most original novels of our time" (Christopher Isherwood).
Crown 8vo (20cm). [vi],282pp. Original green boards, lettered in white; a very good copy in the Brian Russell dust-jacket – a stylish architectural design in mauve and tan – also very good.

£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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“WESLEY, Mary” – [SIEPMANN, Mary Aline, 1912-2002] : THE CAMOMILE LAWN.

“WESLEY, Mary” – [SIEPMANN, Mary Aline, 1912-2002] : THE CAMOMILE LAWN.

London : Macmillan London, (1984). First edition. The family gathers in Cornwall on the eve of the World War II. Oliver, Calypso, Polly, Walter, cousin Sophy, Max and Monica the refugees, the twins, and the rest of a rich cast of characters in her best-loved novel. Adapted for television in 1992, directed by Peter Hall, and starring Felicity Kendal, Paul Eddington, Jennifer Ehle, Tara Fitzgerald, Virginia McKenna, Claire Bloom, and the young Rebecca Hall, etc.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (298),[vi]pp. Original red boards, lettered in gilt; just a hint of shelfwear, but a very good copy in the pictorial dust-jacket (the 1930 Christopher Wood painting, Anemomes in a Cornish Window) – lightly sunned at spine, but also very good.

£100

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WOLFE, Tom (Thomas Kennerly), 1931-2018 : THE KANDY-KOLORED TANGERINE-FLAKE STREAMLINE BABY.

WOLFE, Tom (Thomas Kennerly), 1931-2018 : 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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