24058
ADAMS, Richard.
Watership Down.
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Sydney/London Angus & Robertson/Rex Collings 1975. Second printing. Hardcover. Fine in a very good, slightly soiled dustjacket with a few small professionally closed tears.
Author's first book, a Carnegie Award winner. The UK edition and the Australian edition, which is a clone of it, are in bindings superior to the US edition.
$40
11894
AGEE, James.
The Collected Short Prose of James Agee.
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London, Calder & Boyars 1972. First edition. Hardcover. Bookseller's label on the front paste-down, o/w fine in very good dustjacket with a couple half inch closed tears.
Edited and with a memoir by Robert Fitzgerald.
$35
20828
AMIS, Kingsley.
The Alteration.
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London, Jonathan Cape 1976. First edition. Hardcover. Endpapers and fore and bottom edges slightly foxed, ownership ownership signature on the fly-leaf, o/w very good in like wrap-around dustjacket wonderfully designed by Tom Adams, slightly rubbed at extremities.
An fairly uncommon Amis title, an alternative-world novel where the year 1976 is not quite the same. There has been a slight alteration in history involving Catherine of Aragon, Martin Luther, Thomas More and others. A Machiavellian Pope sits on the throne of England, and a young choirister by the name of Hubert Anvil, who possesses a voice from heaven, must decide whether the operation (the alteration) to keep his voice thus is all it's cracked up to be.
$35
16466
BALDWIN, James.
Going To Meet The Man.
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London, Michael Joseph 1965. First edition. Hardcover. Tiny spot at the top of fore-edge, o/w fine in very good price-clipped dustjacket a little worn at extremities.
Stories. An unusually clean copy.
$35
12645
BALLARD, J.G.
Empire of the Sun.
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London, Victor Gollancz 1984. First edition. Hardcover. Top edge faintly spotted, o/w fine in like dustjacket faintly rubbed on rear panel.
First issue with only two reviews on the back panel of the dustjacket. Booker Shortlist 1984.
$40
20575
BARON, Alexander.
From the City, From the Plough.
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London, Jonathan Cape 1948. First edition. Hardcover. Edges and endpapers very slightly foxed, ownership ownership signature and date (year of publication) on the fly-leaf, o/w very good in like dustjacket with a couple tiny closed tears and light wear along the extremities.
Author's first book, a rather unjustly neglected novel of WWII.
$65
16087
BARTOLINI, Luigi.
Bicycle Thieves.
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London, Michael Joseph 1952. First edition. Hardcover. Edges and endpapers slightly foxed, o/w good in like dustjacket with some small repairs at the head and tail of the spine, and the back panel quite foxed.
Translated by C.J. Richards. Inspiration for the film of the same name, Academy Award for Best Foreign Film of 1948.
$75
20410
BATES, H.E.
Colonel Julian
and other stories.
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London, Michael Joseph 1951. First edition. Hardcover. Edges slightly foxed, ownership ownership signature and date (1951) on the front paste-down, o/w very good in like dustjacket with a couple tiny closed tears and a small repair at the head of the spine.
A fine collection of stories in an attractive edition.
$35
14915
BOBROWSKI, Johannes.
Levin's Mill.
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London, Calder & Boyars 1970. First edition. Hardcover. Top edge lightly spotted, bookseller's label on front paste-down, o/w very good in like price-clipped dustjacket, lightly faded at spine.
Translated by Janet Cropper. A lyrical novel by this German poet, set in a West Prussian village in the 1870s, chronicling the struggle between a rich mill owner and an immigrant Jew.
$50
26029
BROOKS, Terry.
The Sword of Shannara.
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New York, Random House 1977. Reprint (Book Club edition). Hardcover. Previous owner's bookplate on the front paste-down, o/w very good in good dustjacket (clipped of the book club notation), with a few small closed tears and equally small restored chips.
The first novel in the series, illustrated in colour and b/w by the Brothers Hildebrandt. This is a large book, only adhesive-bound, but this copy is sound and tight. A good hardcover alternative to the expensive first edition.
$50
15537
BURNS, John Horne.
A Cry of Children.
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London, Secker & Warburg 1952. First edition. Hardcover. Embrowning of edges and endpapers with light spotting, bookseller's stamp on front paste-down, name stamp on fly-leaf and fore edge, o/w good in like price-clipped dustjacket with a few closed tears, small repair at head of spine and slight wear.
The UK edition is considerably less common than the US version, and has a jacket illustrated by Roy Sanford (who also contributed a compelling jacket to the UK edition of Davis Grubb's "The Night of the Hunter" around the same time).
$50
16474
CARPENTIER, Alejo.
The Lost Steps.
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London, Victor Gollancz 1956. First edition. Hardcover. Edges, endpapers and prelims slightly foxed, ownership signature and date (1959) on fly-leaf, o/w very good in like dustjacket with a few closed tears, spine and top of rear panel browned, with a few small repairs at the head of the spine.
Translated by Harriet de Onis. Cuban author's major work, and his first book translated into English. Carpentier was a musicologist and radio scriptwriter. "The Lost Steps" concerns a musician's search for primitive wisdom and his eventual decision to return to civilization. The UK edition precedes the much more common US edition. This copy has the scarce wrap-around band, with reviews by Edith Sitwell and J.P. Priestley. The portion of the spine covered by the band has remained bright yellow; the portion above has browned slightly.
$175
15408
CAUTE, David.
At Fever Pitch.
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New York, Pantheon Books 1961. First edition. Hardcover. Edges and prelims spotted, o/w very good in very good dustjacket with a few closed tears and repairs.
Author's first novel, winner of the John Llewelyn Rhys Prize. In a John Alcorn designed jacket.
$35
28083
CHABON, Michael.
Summerland.
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New York, Miramax/Hyperion 2002. First edition. Signed by the author. Hardcover. Very fine in like dustjacket.
Flat-signed by Chabon on the title-page.
$40
27719
CHANDRA, Vikram.
Red Earth and Pouring Rain.
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London, Faber and Faber 1995. First edition. Hardcover. Fine in like dustjacket.
$40
13188
CHEEVER, John.
The Enormous Radio and Other Stories.
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London, Victor Gollancz 1953. First edition. Hardcover. Edges and prelims slightly spotted, bookseller's label on front paste-down, o/w very good in good dustjacket with some small repairs.
Author's second book, first to be published in the UK.
$150
12567
CHEEVER, John.
The Stories.
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London, Jonathan Cape 1979. First edition. Hardcover. Fine in like dustjacket (completely unfaded at the spine).
$85
27831
CLARE, John.
Selected Poems of John Clare.
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London, Routledge and Kegan Paul 1950. First edition thus (The Muses' Library). Hardcover. A bookseller's label on the front paste-down and a small ownership signature on the fly-leaf, o/w fine in like price-clipped dustjacket.
One of an elegant, handsomely-bound series dedicated to English poetry. This Clare edition edited, with a 20 page introduction by Geoffrey Grigson.
$40
23581
CONNELL, Evan S.
Notes from a Bottle found on the Beach at Carmel.
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London, Heinemann 1964. First edition. Hardcover. Edges a little foxed, o/w very good in like dustjacket with a few small closed tears, light wear at the extremities, and slight fading along left side of the front panel.
A long prose poem, wide-ranging in history and metaphysics. The US edition is uncommon, and the UK edition even more so.
$100
10218
COOPER, J.F.
The Pioneers;
or, the Sources of the Susquehanna.
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London, T. Allman and C. Daly. no date (circa 1840). Early UK edition. Hardcover. Small octavo. Cloth, spine gilt, neatly rebacked. Slight foxing throughout, ownership signature on engraved title-page, o/w good in protective glassine wrapper.
Cooper's third book, and the first of five to feature Natty Bumppo, variously known as Leatherstocking, Hawkeye, or Deerslayer. If we follow the simplified explanation the author once gave of the origin of his first three novels, his first, "Precaution", a domestic story with an English setting, had been written to please his wife; his second, "The Spy", a patriotic adventure story of the American Revolution, had been undertaken as an atonement and to please his friends; his third he had written to please himself.
$75
15614
CREWS, Harry.
The Hawk is Dying.
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London, Secker & Warburg 1974. First edition. Hardcover. Fine in like dustjacket.
A fine-looking copy of a book which usually turns up (the UK edition, at least) with fading and other faults.
$225
12061
DAVIES, Robertson.
The Personal Art. (Published in Canada & the USA as "A Voice from the Attic").
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London, Secker & Warburg 1961. First edition. Hardcover. Edges and prelims noticeably spotted, bookseller's label on front paste-down, o/w very good in very good price-clipped dustjacket.
The British edition is subtitled: "Reading to Good Purpose". Witty, wide-ranging account of a writer's reading. Published in the US and Canada as "A Voice from the Attic". All editions have rather sedate jacket designs for a book written in such a sparkling, erudite style.
$50
21666
DICKENS, Charles.
Dombey and Son:
Dealings with the Firm of Dombey and Son, Wholesale, Retail and for Exportation.
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London, Chapman & Hall (circa 1920) Reprint. Hardcover. Original red cloth, spine lettered in gilt. Neatly rebacked. Very good.
A handsome, large volume with 40 coloured engravings by 'Phiz'.
$40
13902
DOBSON, Rosemary.
The Three Fates & Other Poems.
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Sydney, Hale & Iremonger 1984. First edition. Hardcover. Very fine in like dustjacket.
The scarce hardcover issue.
$65
21290
DUNCAN, Sara Jeanette.
The Path of a Star (U.S. title: "Hilda: A Story of Calcutta").
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London, Methuen 1899. First edition. Hardcover. Original red cloth, spine and front cover lettered in gilt. Cloth slightly mottle along one edge, a neat ownership inscription on the fly-leaf, and a few discreet stamps from a Swiss hotel library on the prelims, hinges (imperceptibly) strengthened with archival tissue, o/w very good in a protective archival jacket.
A rather melodramatic novel by this 19th Century Canadian novelist, with an actress as the protagonist. Set in Calcutta (where Duncan spent almost three decades), with a wide focus taking in the religious, theatrical, and commercial communities, as well the civil servants. Now very scarce in the original edition.
$250
25940
FADIMAN, Clifton.
Appreciations.
Essays.
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London, Hodder & Stoughton 1962. First edition. Hardcover. Edges and end-papers foxed, small ownership signature on the fly-leaf, o/w very good in like price-clipped dustjacket.
Essays and reviews of one of America's finest critics, selected and introduced by Peter Green. There is really no single comparable US to this, it having been selected from "Party of One" and "Any Number Can Play".
$75
28505
FERMOR, Patrick Leigh.
Roumeli:
Travels in Northern Greece.
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London, John Murray 1966. First edition. Hardcover. Page edges a little browned and slightly foxed (though paper is sound), neat ownershipship signature on the fly-leaf, o/w very good in like price-clipped dustjacket with some light soiling and some foxing at the flap folds.
Fermor explores the minority communities of Northern Greece, and the fusion of classical and Byzantine elements in the culture. Profusely illustrated with b/w photographs by Joan Eyres Monsell, and with a wonderful jacket by John Craxton.
$125
24671
FITZGERALD, Robert D.
Product.
Later Verses.
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Sydney, Angus & Robertson 1977. First edition. Signed by the author. Hardcover. Fine in like dustjacket with a few small professionally closed tears.
An association copy, signed by the poet on the title page, and with the signed bookplate of Freda (Stamper) MacDonnell, Australian historian, on the fly-leaf.
$65
21525
FOWLES, John.
The Collector.
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London, Jonathan Cape 1963. First edition (first issue, in variant cloth colour). Hardcover. Neat ownership signature at the top corner of the fly-leaf, and date (1964) at the bottom corner, o/w fine in very fine price-clipped dustjacket (all first issue copies have had clipped jackets) with a couple tiny closed tears at the head of the spine, wonderfully illustrated in colour by Tom Adams.
The author's important first novel, a psychological thriller about a repressed clerk and butterfly collector who spends a fortune won at the football pools on the kidnapping of a female art student (a similar theme has been used subsequently by Thomas Harris in "The Silence of the Lambs", and by scores of modern writers of pyschological thrillers, usually with less emphasis on the pyschology and atmosphere and more on the perverse violence and forensics). Made into a William Wyler film in 1965, starring Terence Stamp and Samantha Eggar. This is a copy of the exceedingly rare first issue, in charcoal-coloured papered boards, no top edge stain, of which less than a handful have been noted in the last 40 years. It is evident this was a trial or variant binding, rather than an issue of any substantial number. The charcoal-papered binding was a standard "house cloth" for Cape at the time (used on most of the Ian Fleming 'Bond' books, for example), and it is probable the bindery began the production of the case in the charcoal colour before directions were given for the rust-coloured binding and matching top edge stain of the standard issue, which is perhaps a slightly better match for the predominately cream-coloured jacket. On the other hand, the variant charcoal-coloured boards match the large key in Adams' illustration, as well as the black lettering of "The Collector" on the front panel and spine of the jacket, so the chance first issue is every bit as aesthetically pleasing as the standard issue. The bibliographical importance of all this is debatable, but the scarcity of the first issue is not in question. Only a few fervent Fowles collectors have spotted copies in the last four decades, and the Marie de France epigraph which graces "The Collector" can be applied ironically to the first issue's elusiveness: "Que for aus ne le sot riens nee" (No one knew of it but them"). The cornerstone of a complete Fowles collection.
$12000
13261
GADDA, Carlo Emilio.
That Awful Mess on Via Merulana.
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New York, George Braziller 1965. First edition. Hardcover. Fore and bottom edges slightly foxed, o/w very good in like dustjacket with a few small professionally closed tears.
Translation and introduction by William Weaver.
$55
22213
GOLDSMITH, Oliver.
The Poetical Works.
With Remarks attempting to ascertain, Chiefly from Local Observation, the Actual Scene of the Deserted Village; and Illustrative Engravings, by Mr Alkin, from drawings taken upon the spot. By Rev. R.H. Newell, B.D.
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London, Suttaby, Evance and Co. 1811. First edition thus. Hardcover. Quarto. Contemporary light-brown half calf, spine lettered in gilt (label) and decorated in gilt and blind, with raised bands and marbled boards. Small embossed stamp from a bookseller (S. Drayton & Sons, Exeter, Devon) on the corner of the front free endpaper, a small (1") paper repair to an erasure blemish on the top corner of the title-page, a little foxing on some of the margins, and some offsetting from the 6 engravings, one tissue guard replaced, as well as the bottom corner of one page, corners and head and tail of the spine rubbed (with some minor professional restoration at these points), o/w very good.
With an engraved dedication page, and six engraved aquatints of Irish scenes which would have been familiar to Goldsmith. A nice edition with a clear, robust type-face, in a strong, original binding with only minor sophistication.
$275
28066
HAMILTON, Patrick.
Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky.
A London Trilogy.
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London, Constable 1947. Third printing (the first being in 1935, the second in 1943). Original maroon-red cloth, spine lettered in black. Lacks jacket, some endpaper hinge cracking has been professionally repaired, spine background cloth just a touch faded (not affecting lettering), o/w very good in an added clear archival jacket. A clean, tight copy free of foxing.
With an introduction by J.B. Priestley. These three early novels by Hamilton ("The Midnight Bell", "The Siege of Pleasure", and "The Plains of Cement") are almost unobtainable in any early hardcover form, so this early gathering of all three in one book is a handsome option.
$150
15771
HARDY, Thomas.
Moments of Vision
and Miscellaneous Verses.
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London, Macmillan 1917. First edition. Hardcover. Original olive-green cloth, spine and front cover gilt. Fore-edges of cloth mottled with very light mould damage, o/w good in like dustjacket slightly darkened at the spine, with some small closed tears and restored chips along the edges (none affecting lettering).
Includes some of Hardy's powerful war poetry. Rather scarce in the early dustjacket.
$350
28067
HECHT, Ben.
The Collected Stories.
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New York, Grosset & Dunlap (1945). Reprint. Hardcover. Endpapers somewhat browned through offsetting, not carried through the text block, some light wear at the head and tail of the spine, o/w very good in good dustjacket with some small professional repairs to chips and tears.
A well-presented and comprehensive selection of stories by a novelist, playwright and journalist who flourished in Chicago after WWI. Hecht also wrote an entertaining and frank autobiography entitled "A Child of the Century" (1954) and a famous play on newspaper life, "The Front Page" (1928), filmed a couple of times.
$40
27486
HIGHSMITH, Patricia.
Ripley Under Water.
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London, Bloomsbury 1991. First edition (Uncorrected Book Proof). Octavo-size paperback original. Top edge a little foxed, with some scattered light foxing on a few prelims, o/w fine in an added archival jacket.
The fifth Ripley novel.
$75
12398
HUNT, Leigh.
Stories in Verse.
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London, G. Routledge & Co. 1855. First edition. Hardcover. Original blue decorated cloth (one of the variant colours used), spine, front cover and all edges gilt. Spine slightly darkened, some foxing to the prelims, small repairs to head and tail cloth, o/w very good in a protective glassine wrapper.
Illustrated frontispiece and title-page. Includes all Hunt's well-known narrative poems, an essay on versification, and some translations (mainly from the Latin and Italian).
$150
21304
IBSEN, Henrik.
John Gabriel Borkman.
A Play in Four Acts.
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London, William Heinemann 1897. First edition. Hardcover. Original two-tone green cloth, dark-green spine lettered in pale-green, with the reverse colour scheme on the front cover. Missing fly-leaf professionally (and imperceptibly) restored, a few stamps and a brief inscription (all dated March 1897) from a Swiss hotel library on a few of the prelims, a few spots of light soiling on the covers, o/w very good in a protective archival jacket.
A story of a man who sacrifices love for ambition. As a young man Borkman dreams of power and breaks off his engagement to Ella Rentheim, in order that Hickel, the man whose help he needs to succeed, can woo her. The consequences include romantic rejections, bank fraud, imprisonment, and meetings after many years. This elegant first edition is limited to 1000 copies. This particular copy bears the armorial book-plate of John Addington Symonds, and an inscription notes that a Miss Symonds donated the book to the Buol Hotel library, in Switzerland, shortly after its publication. Translated from the Norwegian by William Archer.
$215
27866
ISHERWOOD, Christopher.
Goodbye to Berlin.
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London, The Hogarth Press 1939. First edition. Hardcover. Just a touch of foxing on the endpapers, o/w fine in fine dustjacket with a very small amount of professional restoration to a few tiny chips at the extremities and the few small tears. A clean, square tight copy in a fresh jacket, and rather exceptional thus.
This is Isherwood's most celebrated book (linked to his earlier success, "Mr Norris Changes Trains"), a series of linked sections/stories which fixed the Weimar Berlin in the public's mind, and gives a vivid portrait of Germany on the eve of Hitler's rise to power. The author's famous statement: "I am a camera with its shutter open, quite passive, recording, not thinking" was later qualified by him, but does indicate the sharp focus of these rather semi-autobiographical pieces. The most famous section of this book, 'Sally Bowles' was the basis for a not terribly successful film in 1955, "I am a Camera", and a much better musical effort, "Caberet" in 1966. An important 20th Century book.
$6000
27449
JOYCE, James.
Ulysses.
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London, The Bodley Head 1947. Third printing of the first English Unlimited (Trade) edition (done in 1937). Hardcover. A thicker octavo than later printings, and bound in blue-green cloth, spine lettered in gilt and front cover embossed with Eric Gill's Homeric bow design. Edges and endpapers foxed and somewhat embrowned (though the paper and binding is sound), fly-leaf restored professionally, o/w very good in a good/fair dustjacket with some closed tears and restored chips, some restoration work on a few of the letters on the spine, and a 1"x 2" piece restored at the bottom corner of the front panel.
This printing was done in Holland (by L. van Leer & Co.), possibly for reasons of economy (paper shortages or production difficulties possibly, in England) so soon after the war. However, it was definitely done for the English market, with the jacket flap touting it as the "definite edition" and price noted at 25s net. Any pre-1950 printings of "Ulysses" in the original hardcover format in reasonably intact jackets are now becoming uncommon.
$175
22847
KAFKA, Franz.
Wedding Preparations in the Country
and other posthumous prose writings.
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London, Secker & Warburg 1954. First edition. Hardcover. Top edge very slightly foxed, o/w fine in like price-clipped dustjacket with a few tiny edge nicks, but with the red lettering on the spine bright and unfaded.
In the Definitive Edition, translated by Ernst Kaiser & Eithne Wilkins, with notes by Max Brod. An important collection of writings, containing the never completed "Wedding Preparations", "Letter to My Father", printed in full for the first time, as well as a number of short pieces, stories and fragments from the notebooks.
$225
25378
KENNAWAY, James.
Tunes of Glory.
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New York, Harper & Brothers 1957. First edition (correct Harper code C-G on copyright page, jacket price $3.00 intact). Hardcover. A faint small stain on the inside corner of the front boards, corners a little bumped, o/w fine in good dustjacket with a few small closed tears and a little wear along the extremities.
Scottish author's first book, a taut story of a highland regiment and the new disciplinarian CO who crosses swords with his lax, hard-drinking predecessor. Memorably filmed in 1960 with Alec Guiness, John Mills, Susannah York, and Gordon Jackson.
$150
12706
KOCH, C.J.
The Doubleman.
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London, Chatto & Windus/The Hogarth Press 1985. First edition. Signed by the author on the title-page. Hardcover. Edge slightly foxed and embrowned, previous owner's neat ownership signature on the top corner of the fly-leaf, o/w fine in very fine dustjacket.
Miles Franklin Award winner. Included with this copy is Chatto's publicity poster (printed for bookshop advertising, oblong, measuring approximately 40 x 60 cm/ 15" x 24") duplicating the wonderful wrap-around colour jacket illustration by Donald MacPherson, the poster in fine condition and suitable for framing.
$75
27051
LE FANU, J. Sheridan.
In A Glass Darkly.
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London, Peter Davies 1929. First edition (in the scarcer, first issue black cloth binding). Hardcover. Original black cloth, spine lettered in gilt. A touch of foxing on the endpapers, an ownership signature, dated 1930, and a handsome period bookplate belonging to the signatory on the front endpapers, a couple very small professionally closed tears at the head of the spine, o/w fine in an added archival jacket.
This collection of supernatural stories was first published in three volumes in 1872. This edition is notable for being the first book illustrated by Edward Ardizzone, who supplies wonderful b/w drawings.
$275
17013
LEES-MILNE, James.
Round the Clock.
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London, Chatto & Windus 1978. First edition. Hardcover. Fine in like dustjacket.
An uncommon and interesting novel by a writer best-known for his biography of William Beckford, his volumes of autobiography, and his architectural books, especially those on the baroque style.
$125
21153
LONDON, Jack.
Before Adam.
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London, Macmillan 1907. First edition (Colonial issue). Hardcover. Original light brown cloth decorated in brown and grey, and lettered in red and white. Endpapers browned just where the dustjacket flaps have laid, neat ownership signature (most likely the original purchaser) and address on the front fly-leaf, o/w fine in a good copy of the very scarce dustjacket, one printed on fragile brown paper duplicating the cloth design of transverse ape-like footprints. The jacket (somewhat darkened on the spine) has the following professional repairs: seven small closed edge tears, and a few longer ones along the folds of flaps and spine, some restored chips along the edges, the largest being a 1" triangular piece on the plain back panel, the most significant one being a piece of the same size at the head of the spine, which includes the restoration of the title word "Before" and the last two letters of "Adam".
A nameless narrator recounts (dreams) prehistoric adventures of an atavistic ancestor. With colour plates and numerous b/w illustrations by Charles Livingstone Bull. With four pages of ads for London titles. This copy is special in a few aspects. It's a Colonial edition (or rather, a Colonial issue of the British domestic edition, both of which are essentially issues of the American edition, all three being published by Macmillan in nearly identical formats). This Colonial issue differs only in its cancel title page ("Macmillan's Colonial Library" is printed at the top) and verso with a small notice about this edition being for circulation in India and the British Colonies. This copyright page also dispenses with any mention of the printer (Norwood Press of Massachusetts). This edition would have had a much smaller printing than either the UK domestic or US editions. The 1907 jacket, which was 95% complete before restoration, has kept the cloth, decorative design and lettering bright and clean for over ninety years.
$2300
27364
LONDON, Jack.
Burning Daylight.
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London, William Heinemann 1937. Reprint. Hardcover. Edge quite noticeably foxed, but the binding and paper quality are good, bookseller's label and small price-sticker mark on the front endpapers, o/w very good in good price-clipped dustjacket with some professional restoration, some small closed tears and restored pieces (notably four fingernail-size round pieces where the UK price on all three panels had been excised by the original Australian bookseller).
A novel (first published in 1910) set partly in the Yukon and partly in California, probably the last "superman" type of story by the author, a romantic and incredible tale in which London reconstructs the myth of his past and his future. This copy, in Heinemann's Adventure Library, has a good binding (larger and better than the common "Readers Library" editions of the same period, which have attractive fragile jackets, but very acidic paper). In addition, this jacket is wonderfully illustrated by British artist, Cecil W. Bacon (1905-1992) who's provided a strong Yukon scene and quite aptly drawn the hero in a likeness of the author.
$185
10609
LONDON, Jack.
Jerry of the Islands.
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London, Mills & Boon 1917. First edition. Hardcover. Edges and prelims foxed, some scattered throughout text, mostly on outer margins, ownership signature and address on front endpapers, professional restoration of a one inch strip along the outer edge of the fly-leaf, o/w good in a good dustjacket with a few closed tears and small repairs.
A minor London title, but truly rare in dustjacket. All the US editions were issued in jacket (though few survive), but they were mostly just printed versions of the cloth cover design, not really illustrated as such. The dustjacket on this UK edition is a handsome colour pictorial one designed by Richard Bertram Ogle, a British portrait painter and illustrator of children's books, quite well-known in his time for his animal drawings.
$1000
13330
LYESKOV, Nicolai.
The Enchanted Wanderer.
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London, Jarrolds 1926. First edition. Hardcover. Cloth. Lacks dustjacket. Corner of fly-leaf repaired, small tears at head of spine repaired, edges slightly spotted, o/w very good in protective glassine wrapper.
Translated by A.G. Paschkoff, with an introduction by Maxim Gorky.
$60
26220
MACDONALD, John.
The Only Girl in the Game.
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London, Robert Hale 1962. First edition. Hardcover. Fore edge and free endpapers slightly foxed, with a little margin foxing on a couple prelim, o/w fine in like price-clipped dustjacket with a very little soiling on the back paneland a few tiny professionally closed tears at the head of the spine.
A very scarce early Macdonald title, a crime thriller set in the casinos of Las Vegas, published in the US only as a paperback original. Many of Macdonald's novels published before the Lippincott hardcover of the seventh Travis McGee title, "Darker than Amber" in 1970, had only paperback printings in the US (albeit with fetching period cover art). However, Robert Hale in the UK published Macdonald in attractive hardcovers from the mid-1950s, in most cases these editions being the first hardcover versions. Unfortunately for collectors, crime thrillers (and to a lesser extent, science fiction titles) were bought in large numbers by libraries in the UK and Commonwealth who had standing orders with certain publishers, meaning few copies escaped in collectible condition. There are at least a dozen early Macdonalds hardcovers from this period which never, or only rarely, turn up uncompromised. "The Only Girl in the Game" is one such example.
$2250
16438
McMILLAN, Terry.
Mama.
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London, Jonathan Cape 1987. First edition. Hardcover. Some light soiling (finger marks) on the covers, o/w fine in very good dustjacket with some small spots on the rear panel.
First novel by the author of the acclaimed "Waiting to Exhale".
$50
16378
McMURTRY, Larry.
Moving On.
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London, Weidenfeld and Nicolson 1971. First edition. Hardcover. Top edge just slightly browned, o/w fine in like dustjacket with a couple tiny tears at the head of the spine repaired.
McMurtry's fourth novel, a huge one rarely found in this condition. The British edition (or, at least this copy) has a British title page tipped in, is bound in the two-tone quarter cloth and papered boards (of the American edition), with Simon and Schuster stamped at the bottom of the spine. The US dustjacket (designed by Paul Bacon) has been printed with the British price and publisher on it. The copyright page states "Printed in Great Britain...", but this may refer only to the title page. Both binding and paper are good quality, and this copy does not suffer from the remainder stamp found on many copies of the American edition. The unclipped jacket still carries the original two prices (2.75 pounds and 55 shillings), a publishing precaution because February 15th, 1971 was the date the UK made the change from a duodecimal to a decimal currency system.
$225
11283
MALRAUX, Andre.
The Conquerors.
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London, Jonathan Cape 1929. First edition. Hardcover. Top edge faintly foxed, o/w fine in very good dustjacket slightly darkened on the spine (not affecting lettering) with a couple spots of light soiling on the back panel.
Translated by Winifred Stephens Whale. Malraux's first novel, an important work on the Chinese revolution by one who was on the spot. Included here is a US paperback (Beacon Press, Boston, 1956) of "The Conquerors", which prints for the first time an essay-length postscript by Malraux. To quote from the publisher's note, "The Conquerors" was "the first work of fiction in which social and political events were dealt with in the perspective of a philosophy of history and a metaphysics of man's fate. It was indeed the first modern novel in which the raw material of politics was subordinated to the real subject matter: the characters' search for the meaning of their lives". Unusual to find in this condition, in dustjacket.
$250
27867
(MANNING, Frederic).
The Middle Parts of Fortune:
Somme & Ancre, 1916. Two volumes complete.
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(London), The Piazza Press, Issued to Subscribers by Peter Davies, 1929 (though the spines are stamped 1930 at the feet, as usual). First edition. Limited to 520 copies, this being #169. Hardcover. Original brown, filled buckram, top edge gilt, with maroon place-marker ribbons in each volume, marbled endpapers, handmade paper (a considerable number of pages in this set being still unopened). The fore-edge part of the front boards on Volume One has had some light professional restoration of colour to a half inch strip of wear and fading down that edge, o/w a fine set (lacking the original slipcase and fragile glassine jackets--replaced here by new, formed clear archival jackets).
One of the landmark novels of the First World War, written by Manning (though he was not identified as the author until 1943), an expatriate Australian who lived in England from his mid-teens. He served as a private in the King's Shropshire Light Infantry Regiment, during the period covered by this largely autobiographical novel. The punning title of "The Middle Parts..." is taken from Shakespeare's Hamlet, about Fortune being a strumpet with men gathered round her various parts, abiding by her absurdities and injustices. "Her Privates We" is the title used for the slightly bowdlerized version of this book, published in 1930.
$2500
27752
MANNING, Olivia.
The Danger Tree / The Battle Won and Lost / The Sum of Things.
The Levant Trilogy, complete in three volumes.
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London, Weidenfeld & Nicolson 1977/1978/1980. First edition. Hardcovers. Edges slightly foxed on two volumes, o/w uniformily fine in like price-clipped dustjackets.
A nice set in collectible condition, without ownership inscriptions or signatures. The jackets use illustrations by David Hockney, Edward Ardizzone, and Alun Hood, all nicely melded in the overall jacket layout.
$175
20972
MANZONI, Alessandro.
The Betrothed.
2 volumes.
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London, G. Bell & Sons 1914. Reprint, first in Bohn's Popular Library series. Hardcover. Original maroon cloth, spine decorated and lettered in gilt. Ownership signatures on the fly-leaves, o/w fine in protective archival jackets.
A handsome little set of the great Italian classic, in a complete English translation. Illustrated with period engravings, within the text, and at chapter headings.
$65
12516
MARSHALL, Paule.
Soul Clap Hands and Sing.
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London, W.H. Allen 1962. First edition. Hardcover. Top edge faintly foxed, o/w very good in like dustjacket.
Author's first collection of stories, really four novellas, entitled: "Barbados", "Brooklyn", "British Guiana", and "Brazil". Paule Marshall was one of the first North American- born black writers whose fiction dealt significantly with the rich texture of West Indian life and experience. In a dustjacket quite different to that of the US edition.
$125
21009
MAUGHAM, W. Somerset.
The Razor's Edge.
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Melbourne, William Heinemann 1944. First edition. Hardcover. Edges faintly foxed, mild offsetting to the endpapers, o/w fine in very good dustjacket with a few small closed tears, a couple small restored pieces (quarter and half inch) at the head and tail of the spine (not affecting lettering), and a light stain which only shows on the verso of the jacket.
One of Maugham's most ambitious novels, ostensibly about a worldly young man, Larry Darrell, who is converted to Hinduism and leaves his inheritance for the holy life. However, the story focuses just as strongly on characters allied to the protagonist, namely his fiancee, Isabel, and her snobbish uncle, Templeton; as well as episodes entwined with the First World War, the Great Depression, and Paris salon life between the wars. The American edition precedes, the British is probably the most desirable (and the most fragile in terms of binding, jacket and wartime paper), and this Australian edition is an attractive one in the British mode (sharing a jacket design), but bound with superior paper, bulking wider across the spine.
$275
27864
MICHENER, James A.
Tales of The South Pacific.
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London, Collins 1951. First UK edition. Hardcover. Top edge slightly foxed, endpapers a little more so, the bottom rough-cut edge has a little green discoloration (possibly from a powder) which has crept up a bit onto the bottom of the front endpapers (none of this terribly noticeable), very small stamp on the back endpaper from a Bombay bookshop, and a neat ownership signature on the fly-leaf, o/w very good in like dustjacket with a small amount of professional restoration to close a few tears and to repair a chip at the head of the spine, not affecting any lettering.
Michener's first book, a Pulitzer Prize winner, consisting of 18 related sketches drawn mainly from the author's naval experiences in WWII. The American first edition, published in 1947, is scarce now, and pricey in collectable condition, suffering as it does from poor paper. The Australian first edition, sharing the jacket design of the American first, followed in 1951, as did this uncommon British first edition, though with a different and colourfully romantic illustration by John Rose.
$350
28077
MIDDLETON, Richard.
The Ghost Ship & Other Stories.
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London, T. Fisher Unwin 1912. First edition. Hardcover. Original blue cloth, spine lettered and lined in gilt, front cover lettered and decorated in gilt. Endpapers and prelims moderately foxed, with occasional light foxing on some of the page margins, tasteful personal bookplate (from a notedAustralian collector and editor of horror literature) on the fly-leaf, o/w very good in an added clear archival jacket.
A fine collection of fantasy/horror stories, dark and sad and sometimes wryly humorous. As Ashley's "Who's Who in Horror & Fantasy Fiction" notes, "it is a tragic irony that the man who wrote one of the most successful humorous ghost stories, "The Ghost Ship", should himself be dreadfully unhappy to the point that he killed himself when only 29".
$300
21881
MITFORD, Nancy.
The Pursuit of Love.
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London and Melbourne, Hamish Hamilton 1946. First edition (Australian). Hardcover. Top edge slightly very slightly foxed, paper a little embrowned, but very sound, o/w very good in like dustjacket (price intact 9/-net) with a couple small professionally closed tears.
Mitford's first popular success, featuring the reckless upper-class Bohemianism and sharp, witty dialogue for which the author became famous. This title was published in England in 1945, but the war-time production causes it to suffer rather more than this Australian version. Both editions share the striking graffic design by Furge. A difficult title to find in collectible condition.
$175
21998
MOTTRAM, R.H.
The Spanish Farm Trilogy:
1914-1918.
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London, Chatto & Windus 1930. Early reprint (the first gathering the trilogy being in March 1927). Hardcover. A little foxing in the gutters of the hinges, but none on the pages edges ( however there have been two different paper stocks used, one whiter than the other), Belfast bookseller's small stamp on the back endpaper, o/w very good in a good scarce dustjacket from the period, with some professionally restored tears and small chips, and a larger piece on the spine restoring the title (the spine cloth underneath faded at this area, gilt unaffected). Original price of 12/6 net intact on the spine.
A sequence of novels based on the author's experiences in France and Flanders during the First World War. The titles are: The Spanish Farm/ Sixty-Four, Ninety-Four!/ The Crime at Vanderlynden's. Early reprints of this bestseller are reasonably common, but not so copies of the individual titles, or the trilogy, in their early graffically attractive jackets.
$150
23256
MURRAY, Les.
Dog Fox Field.
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Sydney, Collins/Angus & Robertson 1990. First edition. Signed by the author on the half-title page. A paperback original. Very fine in an added archival jacket.
Poems. The Australian edition precedes both the UK and US editions by a year.
$45
16496
NAIPAUL, V.S.
The Overcrowded Barracoon
and other articles.
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London, Andre Deutsch 1972. First edition. Hardcover. Fine in like price-clipped dustjacket.
Author's first book of essays, uncommon in fine condition.
$75
27269
O'BRIAN, Patrick.
Master and Commander.
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London, Collins 1970. Second impression (February, the first being in January). Hardcover. Fore-edge foxed, with some scattered foxing on the endpapers, o/w very good in like dustjacket designed by Dell'Orco.
The first novel in the acclaimed Aubrey/Maturin series, albeit a second printing with reviews of this title on the back panel.
$275
22008
POWYS, John Cowper.
Maiden Castle.
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London, Cassell 1937. First edition. Hardcover. Original light-blue cloth, spine decorated in blue within a gilt panel. Lacks jacket, bookseller's label on the front paste-down, some light foxing on the back endpapers, o/w very good in a protective archival jacket.
$100
26023
PRESCOTT, H.F.M.
Son of Dust.
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London, Constable 1932. First edition. Hardcover. Page edges very slightly tanned, with some light offsetting neat the endpaper gutters, a neat ownership signature and date (1936) on the top corner of the fly-leaf,o/w very good in like dustjacket with a few small closed tears, slightly darkened on the spine (not affecting the lettering).
The third of the author's mystical historical novels, this one set in 11th Century Normandy before the invasion of England. Uncommon in the English first edition, more so in jacket.
$75
24714
ROBINSON, Kim Stanley.
Red Mars (&) Green Mars (&) Blue Mars.
Three volumes.
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London, HarperCollins 1992/1993/1996. First edition(s). Hardcover. "Red Mars" has a couple very light marks of soiling on the front boards, and the edges are slightly foxed, o/w very good in fine dustjacket. "Green Mars" is fine in like dustjacket, and "Blue Mars" is very fine in like dustjacket. No volume is price-clipped (all have the original sterling prices).
A nice set of the author's award-winning trilogy on the colonization of Mars.
$450
27346
SABATINI, Rafael.
The Black Swan.
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London, Hutchinson (1932). Second impression. Hardcover. Edges and endpapers slightly foxed, bookseller's label on the front paste-down, o/w very good in a good/fair dustjacket with some professional restoration, including closed tears, small restored chips, the largest a half inch strip at the tail of the spine, just below the publisher's name. One small piece of tape at the head of the spine has been left as is by the restorer, deemed archivally sound.
One of the author's best known titles, about the pirate Henry Morgan in Jamaica, filmed memorably in 1942, with Tyrone Power, Maureen O'Hara and George Sanders. The wrap-around jacket of the British first is by Solomon Abbey (1993-1955)
$175
27347
SABATINI, Rafael.
The Carolinian.
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London, Hutchinson (1925). First edition (Colonial Issue). Hardcover. Edges slightly foxed, a little typical offsetting to the endpapers, o/w very good in good dustjacket with professional restoration (none affecting either illustration or lettering), which includes numerous closed tears and a few restored pieces, notably at the head and tail of the spine.
An early Sabatini title, exceptionally scarce in jacket. The British edition precedes the American version, and has jacket art signed "C. Morse", a pseudonym for Solomon Abbey (1883-1955). The American edition has jacket art by Schoonover. This copy is a Colonial issue only by virtue of the jacket, printed without the price of 7/6, just the Colonial notation on the spine, and listing on the back panel Hutchinson's Colonial Library titles for 1924.
$400
27348
SABATINI, Rafael.
The Minion (U.S. title "The King's Minion").
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London, Hutchinson (1930). First edition. Hardcover. Light tan buckram binding, with lettering and a diagonal line design on the front panel in brown. Top and fore edges slightly foxed, a little typical offsetting to the endpapers, including some foxing spots in the hinge gutters of the front endpaper, bookseller's label on the front paste-down, o/w very good in good price-clipped dustjacket with some professional restoration, including some closed tears and restored pieces, notably at the head and tail of the spine, including part of one letter in the title and a couple letters in the publisher's name at the tail.
The UK edition precedes the US, but both share the striking wrap-around jacket art provided by N.C. Wyeth. This copy has the 24 pages of ads at the back, dated Autumn 1930.
$275
27862
SACKVILLE-WEST, Vita.
Collected Poems.
Volume One (but complete because no other volume was ever issued).
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London, The Hogarth Press 1933. First edition. Hardcover. Edges a little foxed and endpapers with some foxing and jacket flap offsetting, a couple very tiny professionally closed tears on the cloth of the spine tips, o/w very good in a good dustjacket with some overall age soiling and some professional restoration to small chips and tears, with spine background darkened.
$125
11215
SHAPCOTT, Thomas (editor). (AUSTRALIAN POETRY).
Poets on Record.
Fourteen volumes complete.
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St Lucia, Qld, University of Queensland Press 1970-75. First edition. Hardcover. Small quarto volumes, some slightly foxed, and rubbed on the illustrated boards o/w all in very good condition, records complete with protective plastic sleeves, in a new slipcase of light tan buckram housing the set.
A complete set of fourteen volumes of this excellent series of recordings of Australian poets reading from their own work. Each volume contains: a small vinyl 45 rpm record in a sleeve attached to the front paste-down, the text of the poems, bibliography of the poet's work and critical publications of relevance. The volumes are: 1. Rodney Hall, 1970. 2. Rosemary Dobson, 1970. 3. James McAuley, 1970. 4. R.D. Fitzgerald, 1971. 5. Bruce Dawe, 1971. 6. Douglas Stewart, 1971. 7. Bruce Beaver, 1972. 8. A.D. Hope, 1972. 9. Judith Wright, 1973. 10. Chris Wallace-Crabbe, 1973. 11. Randolph Stow, 1974. 12. Peter Porter, 1974. 13. Francis Webb, 1975. 14. David Campbell, 1975. Major Australian poets gathered together in a now scarce set of recordings.
$375
27001
SMITH, Ray.
Lord Nelson Tavern.
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Toronto, McClelland & Stewart 1974. First edition. Signed (inscribed) by the author. Hardcover. Top edge foxed, o/w fine in very good price-clipped dustjacket with some small closed tears along the top edge and some general light wear at the extremities.
The second book (a novel/collection of linked stories) by the Canadian author of the wonderfully titled "Cape Breton is the thought control centre of Canada". "Lord Nelson Tavern" looks at a group of university students, habitues of a Halifax saloon, who weave in and out of one another's lives over the years. The post-modernist style is heightened with Smith's remarkable control of voice, and the stories are elaborately crafted, playful, and self-referential. This is an interesting association copy inscribed by the author to Australian poet and novelist Roger McDonald, with some references to shared drinking bouts.
$185
26261
SMITH, Wilbur.
The Courtneys.
"When the Lion Feeds", "The Sound of Thunder" & "A Sparrow Falls".
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London, Heinemann 1987. First edition. Hardcover. Top edge foxed, o/w fine in like dustjacket.
A handsome, well-bound Smith omnibus, before such volumes became cheaply done and ubiquitous.
$85
16312
STEVENSON, Robert Louis.
The Black Arrow:
A Tale of the Two Roses.
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London, Cassell & Company 1888. First edition. Hardcover. Original red cloth, spine gilt, covers decorated and lettered in black, the front cover with a long black arrow pointing downward, the spine featuring a crossed sword and torch. Cloth slightly discoloured at the upper corners from a mild staining, bookseller's label on fly-leaf, o/w good in protective glassine wrapper.
Novel set in the time of the Wars of the Roses. With 4 pages of undated ads, plus 16 pages of ads dated July, 1888.
$225
17232
STEVENSON, Robert Louis.
The Master of Ballantrae.
A Winter's Tale.
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London, Cassell & Co., 1889. First edition. Hardcover. Original red cloth, pictorially decorated in black on all three panels, spine gilt. A small mottled, lightly rubbed area at the top of the front cover, o/w fine in a protective mylar wrapper.
A powerful tale of two feuding brothers, the elder (the Master) goes off to fight with Bonnie Prince Charlie, is reported killed at Culloden, but after many adventures returns to find his younger brother, Henry, succeeded to his place and married to his bethrothed. This copy is in beautiful condition, with the proper July ads at the back and 14 titles mentioned of the verso of the free endpaper.
$250
27751
STEWART, Angus.
Snow in Harvest.
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London, Hutchinson 1969. First edition. Hardcover. A tiny amount of foxing on the top edge, o/w fine in like dustjacket with a little rubbing at the extremities (price of 30s net intact).
The second novel by the English novelist (son of J.I.M. Stewart/Michael Innes) who had a bestseller of sorts with his first novel, "Sandel" set in a boarding school. The present story is set in Morocco, built around the lives and mutual entanglements of a strange and diverse group of expatriates. A decidedly uncommon book in collectible condition, by a writer whose output was small (two novels, a travelogue, and a book of verse).
$500
27745
STEWART, Angus.
Tangier: A Writer's Notebook.
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London, Hutchinson 1977. First edition. Hardcover. Top and fore edges slightly foxed, with "Sample Not For Resale" lightly stamped on top edge (most likely from a publisher's showroom or a newspaper's review library), small price-sticker impression on the top corner of the fly-leaf, and a small patch of discoloration on the bottom of the front paste-down, o/w very good in like dustjacket (price intact at 5.50 pounds net).
An uncommon book, an English writer's commentary/travelogue on Morocco, illustrated with b/w photographs by the author.
$125
10187
STRAUB, Peter.
Ghost Story.
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London, Jonathan Cape 1979. First edition, Uncorrected Proof Copy. Wrappers. Edges lightly foxed, o/w very good in like dustjacket worn and lightly rubbed at extremities.
An uncommon, attractive proof copy of a modern classic in horror literature. Most proofs are drab cousins of the trade editions, but this one has the stunning dustjacket by Tom Adams, best known for his artwork on the British editions of Fowles's "The Collector", "The Magus" and "The French Lieutenant's Woman, as well as the Fontana paperback edition of Agatha Christie's novels. The proof jacket has the UK price of 5.50 sterling on the front flap, and the back flap, beside noting the publication date of March 29, 1979, carries multiple British reviews of Straub's previous novels "Julia" and "If You Could See Me Now", reviews left off the jacket of the trade edition.
$185
20981
TAYLOR, Robert Lewis.
The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters.
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London, Macdonald 1959. First edition. Hardcover. Top and fore edges slightly foxed, a little offsetting to endpapers, o/w fine in very good price-clipped dustjacket slightly rubbed on the back panel.
A great, picaresque novel of the California Gold Rush of 1849, in an attractive dustjacket illustrated by Hookway Cowles. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1959.
$150
21281
TOLSTOI, Leo.
What To Do?
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London, Walter Scott (1887). First edition. Hardcover. Original blue cloth, spine and front cover lettered and decorated in gilt. Edges and endpapers rather foxed, some small tears at head and tail of spine and hinges professionally repaired. This edition suffers from a binding practice occassionally used in the 1880s, of using steel staples instead of thread, making for fragile bindings a hundred years on. This copy, however is still sound. Good in protective archival jacket.
Translated by Isabel Hapgood. This unusual book of Tolstoy's is sometimes known by a variant title, "What Then Must We Do", from a biblical passage about charity, and sums up the author's ethical and moral principles regarding social and ecomonic conditions in Russia at the time. He condemns private property, the traditional uses of money, and the exploitation of man by man. His published beliefs brought followers flocking to him, his fame spread worldwide, and his country home, Yasnaya Polyana became a kind of Mecca. The Russian Church excommunicated him; the government feared him and yet wisely left him in peace, although vigorously persecuting many of his disciples.
$150
16061
TOLSTOY, Count Leo.
The Forged Coupon
and Other Stories and Dramas.
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London, Thomas Nelson & Sons (1912). First edition. Hardcover. Original purple-blue cloth, decorated in blind and gilt. Small tissue repairs to top of spine, edges and endpapers slightly spotted, ownership signature on top of thetitle-page (dated 1912), o/w very good in protective archival jacket.
Besides the title story (a novella), this edition contains five other stories:"Alyosha The Pot", "After the Dance", "The Cause of It All", "My Dream" and "The Man Who Was Dead, as well as a fifty page introduction by C. Hagberg Wright, and a list of Tolstoy's posthumous works and their published dates.
$175
21257
TOLSTOY, Leo.
Father Sergius
and Other Stories and Plays.
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London, Thomas Nelson & Sons 1911. First edition. Hardcover. Original blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt, and spine and front cover decorated in blind. Edges slightly browned, small tears at head of spine repaired, o/w very good in protective archival jacket.
Edited by Dr Hagberg Wright, with an introductory essay by Aylmer Maude and a colour frontispiece. The UK edition was published a year before the US.
$175
21253
TOLSTOY, Leo.
In the Days of Serfdom.
And other stories.
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London, Constable & Co 1911. First edition. Hardcover. Original red cloth, spine and front cover lettered in gilt. Edges, endpapers, prelims and some pages foxed, small tears at head and tail of spine professionally repaired, o/w good in protective archival jacket.
Translated by L. & A. Maude.
$175
26279
TREECE, Henry (retells).
The Burning of Njal.
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London, The Bodley Head 1964. First edition. Hardcover. Gift inscription on the fly-leaf, bookseller's label on the front paste-down, fore-edge slightly foxed, o/w very good in like price-clipped dustjacket.
The eleventh century Icelandic saga of Njal retold, with b/w drawings supplied by Bernard Blatch.
$35
22672
UNSWORTH, Barry.
Sugar & Rum.
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London, Hamish Hamilton 1988. First edition. Hardcover. Fine in like dustjacket a little rubbed at the head of the spine ( but with the red spine lettering completely unfaded).
$75
27116
WAUGH, Evelyn.
Decline and Fall.
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London, Chapman & Hall 1928. First edition. Hardcover. Original red and black marbled boards, spine lettered in gilt, all particularly clean and bright. Page edges foxed, endpapers with only a couple foxing marks, rather foxed on early and late pages (though the paper is high quality and sound), bookseller's small stamp on the bottom hinge corner of the fly-leaf, o/w very good in the exceeding rare dustjacket designed and illustrated by the author. The jacket is very good, with very little soiling or wear,spine slightly darkened, title label faded a bit, but still clear and light red, with a few small chips at the extremities restored professionally. The price of 7/6 is intact on the front flap.
This was Waugh's first novel (preceded by a poem and an essay on the Pre-Raphaelites, both privately printed), and was a remarkably assured fictional debut, marking the author as a vigorous new comic talent. It remains one of the funniest novels of the twentieth century. Waugh contributed the wonderful dustjacket and five interior drawings, and dedicated the book to his Oxford contemporary, Harold Acton. It is quite simply the scarcest of the five classic novels the author published before 1940.
$15000
27754
WEBSTER, Jean.
Much Ado About Peter.
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London, Hodder & Stoughton (circa 1920). Early reprint. Hardcover. Original dark olive-green cloth, spine and front panel lettered and lined in dark blue. Front endpapers uniformily browned, and some scattered light foxing in margins, o/w very good in a good jacket with some professionally closed tears and small restored chips (no illustration or lettering loss).
An uncommon book in jacket, by the author of "Daddy Long-Legs", 1912, a very popular romance involving an anonymous benefactor and an orphan girl.. Webster, the daughter of Mark Twain's business partner and publisher Charles L. Webster, was a well-educated, well-travelled and independent woman who produced some rather witty adult and juvenile novels, before her untimely death (at age 40, shortly after the birth of her daughter). This jacket is handsomely illustrated by Solomon Abbey (1883-1955), a leading British illustrator of the period.
$100
20837
WELTY, Eudora.
A Curtain of Green.
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London, John Lane The Bodley Head 1943. First edition. Hardcover. Original green cloth, spine lettered in black. Lacks dustjacket. Cloth has a few light stains and rubbing, spine darkened a little, though lettering remains sharp, edges and endpapers very lightly foxed, ownership inscription on fly-leaf, o/w very good in an added protective glassine wrapper.
Stories. Author's first book, with an introduction by Katherine Anne Porter. A book which went quickly to second impression in England, so firsts are uncommon.
$100
21517
WELTY, Eudora.
The Wide Net
and other stories.
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London, John Lane/The Bodley Head 1945. First edition. Hardcover. Some inoffensive staining along the top and bottom edges of the cloth, a discreet stamp from a South Australian institute on the front paste-down (hidden under the front flap), o/w very good in like dustjacket with a few small closed tears and equally small repairs at the head and tail of the spine (with the loss of the small "the" in the title).
Welty's second collection of stories, and quite scarce in jacket, due partly to the economic standards of binding in war-time (the jacket, for instance has printed on the verso artwork for "Unlucky Farm" by F.E. Mills Young, as called for in this first printing).
$175
27642
WHARTON, Edith.
The Collected Short Stories.
Two volumes complete.
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New York, Charles Scribner's Sons 1968/1968 First edition. Hardcovers. Bound in strong, filled black buckram with spine lettered in gilt in a blue panel. Fore and bottom edges of Volume I slightly foxed, o/w both volumes are near fine in very good dustjackets with a few small professionally closed tears and some light rubbing at the extremities. Neither jacket is price-clipped, each showing $12.50.
A comprehensive and important scholarly edition of all Wharton's short fiction (1500 pages between the two volumes), assembled, introduced and edited by R.W.B. Lewis. One suspects the bulk of this edition went to lending institutions, so a set in collectible condition is noteworthy.
$285
22358
WILSON, A.N.
The Sweets of Pimlico.
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London, Secker & Warburg 1982. Re-issue. Hardcover. Fine in like dustjacket.
A reissue of the author's first novel, most likely using warehoused first editions, with a reissue date added to the copyright page, and the first printing jacket price-clipped and a new price added.
$40
20905
WINTON, Tim.
In The Winter Dark.
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Melbourne, McPhee Gribble 1988. First edition. Hardcover. Fine in like dustjacket.
$125
13016
WOLFE, Gene.
The Fifth Head of Cerberus.
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New York, Charles Scribner's Sons 1972. First edition. Hardcover. Fine in very good price-clipped dustjacket with a few closed tears and some rubbing.
Author's second book, three linked novellas. Setting is a two planet system, colonized by French settlers.
$40
26339
WOOLF, Virginia.
The Complete Shorter Fiction.
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London, Hogarth Press 1989. First edition thus, a revised and expanded version of the 1985 edition. Hardcover. Small, neat ownership signature on the corner of the fly-leaf, o/w fine in like dustjacket.
Edited by Susan Dick.
$100
26248
WYNDHAM, John ( writing as John BEYNON).
The Secret People.
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London, George Newnes (1935, though possibly 1936 according to Ahearn). First edition (second issue). Hardcover. Original dark pea-green cloth, spine lettered in black. Covers lightly soiled, a couple droplet marks on the spine, which has two tiny 3mm professionally repaired tears at the tail, o/w very good in a supplied archival jacket.
The author's first novel, a lost race story set in the subterranean Sahara. Rather scarce in any issue of the first edition, with or without jacket.
$250
16494
YERBY, Frank.
The Foxes of Harrow.
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London, William Heinemann 1946. First edition. Hardcover. War-time paper rather browned, with edges and endpapers foxed, slight off-setting on endpapers, o/w very good in good price-clipped dustjacket with a few closed tears, small repairs at head and tail of spine, rubbed and slightly foxed.
Author's first book, a bestseller filmed in 1947 with Rex Harrison and Maureen O'Hara. Contains the memorable line: "I don't care what they call you! I only care that you are all man--and all mine!.
$150
20116
YOUNG, Andrew.
The Collected Poems.
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London, Rupert Hart-Davis 1960. First edition. Hardcover. Fine in like price-clipped dustjacket.
With a bibliographical note by Leonard Clark, and wood-engravings by Joan Hassall. Young (1885-1971) was an English clergyman, botanist and poet, an heir in many ways to Thomas Hardy, George Crabbe and George Herbert. This is the definitive edition of his shorter poems, a collection mystical in character, and rich in language depicting the sights and sounds of the English countryside.
$65
16475
YOURCENAR, Marguerite.
Coup de Grace.
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London, Secker & Warburg 1957. First edition. Hardcover. Edges and rear endpaper slightly foxed, ownership signature and date (year of publication) on fly-leaf, o/w very good in like dustjacket with a few small closed tears and light foxing on rear panel.
Translated by Grace Frick in collaboration with the author. Review copy, with the British publisher's slip laid in , noting the Australian retail price. By the author of "Hadrian's Memoirs".
$50
20906
ZWEIG, Arnold.
Education Before Verdun.
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London, Martin Secker & Warburg 1936. First edition. Hardcover. Fore-edge foxed, slight offsetting to endpapers, fly-leaf restored (professionally, with contemporary paper stock), tiny inked date (21. iii. '41) on the half-title, o/w very good in like dustjacket with a few small closed tears and a minor repair at the head of the spine.
Translated by Eric Sutton. Dustjacket handsomely designed by Victor Reinganum. A powerful picture of the German army in the First World War. The UK edition precedes the US, and is less common.
$125