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Abyssinian Adventure
Author: HARMSWORTH, Geoffrey Year: 1935
Publisher: Hutchinson Dust Jacket: Yes
Place: London Signed: No

pp 306. First edition, second impression of a journalist's travels in Mussolini's colonies in East Africa. Possible presentation copy with inscription from Lady Hutchinson on ffep. Very good in black ...

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Bliss [signed]
Author: CAREY, Peter Year: 1981
Publisher: University of Queensland Press Dust Jacket: Yes
Place: St Lucia, Queensland, Australia Signed: Yes

pp 296 The First Edition of Peter Carey's first novel, Bliss, published by the University of Queensland Press. This is a very clean copy, fine in a near fine example of the tin foil jacket with just a...

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Californian Stories
Author: Bret Harte Year: 1884
Publisher: Chatto and Windus Dust Jacket: No
Place: London Signed: No

[7] pp 8-192, pp 32 ads. The first English edition of Harte's four Californian Stories. Attractively produced as a yellowback, the illustration on the front cover shows a rescue attempt in progress, w...

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Captain Bottell
Author: HANLEY, James Year: 1933
Publisher: Boriswood Ltd Dust Jacket: Yes
Place: London Signed: Yes

First edition. Very good plus in black boards with striking silver and red decoration on spine and front cover. Very light foxing to extremities. In good jacket designed by Boswell. Not price-clipped....

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Collected Poems of Robert Frost 1939 [signed]
Author: FROST, Robert Year: 1939
Publisher: Longmans Dust Jacket: No
Place: London Signed: No

pp 436 Uncommon British first edition signed by the poet on the second blank: 'Robert Frost Vermont 1939' in blue ink. Bound in brown buckram, boards rubbed and lightly stained; internally a near fine...

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Death in Deep Green [inscribed]
Author: HASTINGS, Michael [John Minton Dustjacket Artist] Year: 1952
Publisher: Methuen and Co Ltd Dust Jacket: Yes
Place: London Signed: Yes

Inscribed first edition, 'For Eileen Cond To complete the set! With every Good wish Richard Hastings . A very good copy in an excellent example of the John Minton-designed wrapper, price-clipped, ligh...

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Family Curse [inscribed]
Author: HAMPSON, John Year: 1936
Publisher: Chapman and Hall Dust Jacket: Yes
Place: London Signed: Yes

pp 376 Very good first of Hampson's novel set around a dying matriarch. Very good, black boards with yellow lettering; inscription from the author on the first blank: 'for Arnold with all good wishes ...

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Heidegger [inscribed by Steiner]
Author: George Steiner Year: 1979
Publisher: Fontana/ Collins Dust Jacket: No
Place: London Signed: No

pp 160 Steiner's Modern Masters study of Heidegger, attractively inscribed to a friend: 'For Jim, in fond recollection of a season in Eden! George (9/9/78)'. Jim is James Sheehan, then working at Nort...

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Madame Maillart
Author: AVELINE, Claude; Hamish Miles; L Houghton Year: 1932
Publisher: The Bodley Head Dust Jacket: No
Place: London Signed: No

First edition in a striking art deco style dustjacket by 'L Houghton' of a work translated by Hamish Miles. Light green publisher's cloth with lettering, no ownership signatures, spotting to edge of t...

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Metro: Le Chemin de Fer Metropolitain de Paris
Author: COMPAGNIE DU CHEMIN DE FER Metropolitain de Paris Year: 1931
Publisher: A R Cooper Dust Jacket: No
Place: Paris Signed: No

Strongly art-deco styled history of the Paris Metro published on the occasion of the International Colonial Exhibition of 1931. Large quarto format with metallic boards, old staining close to foreedge...

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Mops versus Tails, The Great Match - Come and See
Author: AINSLIE, Katherine Year: 1907
Publisher: Cassell and Co Dust Jacket: No
Place: London Signed: No

Katherine Ainslie's distinctively illustrated childen's book, Mops versus Tails, in oblong pictorial boards, rubbing to edges, decorative endpapers, pencilled gift inscription from 1907. A very good c...

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Old Lights for New Chancels [signed]
Author: BETJEMAN, John Year: 1940
Publisher: John Murray Dust Jacket: Yes
Place: London Signed: Yes

pp 67 [1] A humorously inscribed first edition of Betjeman's collection of 'Verses Topographical and Amatory'. The book is very good with browning to the endpapers; the jacket is good only with loss ...

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One Shot: A Jack Reacher Novel
Author: CHILD, Lee Year: 2005
Publisher: Bantam Press Dust Jacket: Yes
Place: London Signed: No

pp 363 A signed first edition of Lee Child's Jack Reacher novel, One Shot. The book is fine in black boards in the gold, brown and white photographic dustjacket. Recently filmed for the first time sta...

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Rogue Male
Author: HOUSEHOLD, Geoffrey Year: 1939
Publisher: Chatto & Windus Dust Jacket: Yes
Place: London Signed: Yes

[8] pp 270 [2] First edition, later issue, in a later issue jacket conforming closely to the design of the first but repriced at 4s 6d and with changes to rear flap. The first edition book appears in ...

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The Collected Poems of D H Lawrence
Author: D H Lawrence Year: 1932
Publisher: Martin Secker Dust Jacket: Yes
Place: London Signed: No

viii, pp 1-529 [1] [4] pp 5-508 [4] A scarce dustjacketed copy of the first appearance of D H Lawrence's collected poems in a single volume. The collected poems first appeared in two volumes in 1928 a...

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The Devil in the Bush
Author: Felix Faure - Translated by Robert Glennie Year: 1933
Publisher: The Carey Press Dust Jacket: No
Place: London Signed: No

[6] pp 7-135 [136] A First Edition that describes itself as 'stories of the Pahouin negroes of the Great Forest of Gaboon. True stories these, not invented.' The book is bound in its original boards...

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The Flower Beneath the Foot
Author: FIRBANK, Ronald Year: 1923
Publisher: Grant Richards Dust Jacket: Yes
Place: London Signed: No

pp 224 [8] adverts First edition of Firbank's novel with a jacket by C R W Nevinson and a frontispiece portrait of the author by Augustus John with a vignette on the title page of Firbank by Wyndham L...

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The House that Beebo Built
Author: GREE, Alain; Janine Ast Year: 1969
Publisher: Paul Hamlyn Dust Jacket: No
Place: London Signed: No

First British edition of this turbo-charged French-authored fantasy about Beebo and his friends Mop and Hector, eventually ousted from their fantasy mansion by planners and bureaucrats. Folio sized la...

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The Little World Horse and Bamboo [artist's book]
Author: F., B [Peter Brueghel - Breugel] Year: 1979
Publisher: N/A Dust Jacket: No
Place: N/A Signed: No

[16] Artist's book of linocuts inspired by the work of the Netherlandish artist Peter Breugel. Several of the cuts are signed in the plate 'B.F. [19]79' but we can find no record of the book or its au...

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The Lollipop Trollops [Poster]
Author: GOREY, Edward Year: 1992
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press Dust Jacket: No
Place: London, New York Signed: No

Edward Gorey poster for poetry collection, The Lollipop Trollops, printed by the Dalkey Archive Press. A very good example of this uncommon poster. ...

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The Man with the Golden Gun
Author: FLEMING, Ian Year: 1965
Publisher: Jonathan Cape Dust Jacket: Yes
Place: London Signed: No

pp 221 [1] First edition of the final Bond novel bound in black boards with gilt spine lettering, no gun on the upper board; green patterned end-papers with no ownership inscriptions, a near fine book...

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The Mineworker. For Workers Control
Author: Dave Douglass Year: 1975
Publisher: D Douglass Dust Jacket: No
Place: Doncaster Signed: No

pp 18 A mimeographed periodical from the 1970s, the most intense period of political activity for Britain's mineworkers. Douglass contributes an editorial on the 'dynamic advance of militancy' with a ...

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The Pocket Hardy: Being Selections [1906 jacket]
Author: HARDY, Thomas [Edited by] Alfred H Hyatt Year: 1906
Publisher: Chatto and Windus Dust Jacket: Yes
Place: London Signed: No

pp 312 An early compilation from Hardy's novels and poems in the uncommon jacket. The book is near fine in blue decorative cloth and the typographic jacket is rubbed and nicked to extremities. The jac...

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The Pointless Book: Or Nature, and Art
Author: GOREY, Edward - Garrod Weedy Year: 1993
Publisher: The Fantod Press Dust Jacket: No
Place: New York Signed: Yes

[unpaginated] Edward Gorey's biblio-joke, his miniature 'Pointless Book' in 6x4 cm oblong format published pseudonymously under the Fantod Press imprint. Maintaining the joke, Gorey has signed the boo...

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The Spy Who Loved Me [First edition]
Author: FLEMING, Ian Year: 1962
Publisher: Jonathan Cape Dust Jacket: Yes
Place: London Signed: No

pp 221 Near fine first edition of the only one of Ian Fleming's novels told from the perspective of a woman, the fictional Vivienne Michel who is credited by the author as his co-author. The boards ar...

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The Unwanted [with Foyle's Luncheon Programme]
Author: BARNARD, Christiaan Year: 1976
Publisher: Hutchinson Dust Jacket: Yes
Place: London Signed: Yes

pp 390 A signed copy of Barnard's novel, inscribed on the title page: '19/3/76 To Patricia Christiaan Barnard' no doubt at the Foyle's Literary Lunch on the same day whose programme is laid in, showin...

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The Waste Land [inscribed by Valerie Eliot]
Author: ELIOT, T S; Valerie Eliot Year: 1971
Publisher: Faber and Faber Dust Jacket: Yes
Place: London Signed: No

Valerie Eliot's facsimile edition of her late husband's manuscript, inscribed by her - though not presented as she ruefully admits - on the first blank: 'Venetia [Newhall] with love from Valerie (I wi...

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Three Loves
Author: CRONIN A J Year: 1932
Publisher: Gollancz Dust Jacket: Yes
Place: London Signed: No

pp 592 Gollancz first edition of Cronin's novel about a woman's love for her husband, her son and for God. An excellent copy, very good indeed, red Foyle's sticker on front pastedown, no ownership ins...

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Trees: Poems by Michael Hamburger
Author: HAMBURGER, Michael [Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes, Frieda Hughes] Year: 1979
Publisher: Embers Press Dust Jacket: No
Place: Llangynog Signed: No

Copy number 24 of 226 published examples of Trees, a sequence of poems by Michael Hamburger with wood engravings by R Samaraweera. This limited edition is signed by the author and artist, fine in gree...

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Wuthering Heights [Film tie-in edition]
Author: BRONTE, Emily Year: 1939
Publisher: Collins Dust Jacket: Yes
Place: London Signed: No

The 'Read the Book:See the Film' edition of Emily Bronte's masterpiece published alongside Samuel Goldwyn's 1939 film adaptation. Very good in burgundy cloth, with photographic frontispiece of Merle O...

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