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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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Bury My Heart at W.H.Smith's
Author: Brian Aldiss Year: 1990
Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton Dust Jacket: Yes
Place: London Signed: Yes

pp 221 A signed first edition of Aldiss's memoir with a most interesting inscription. He has written on the first blank: 'To dear Leon - who will observe I not only wrote the book: I also designed the...

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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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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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Fantastic Mr Fox [First Edition]
Author: DAHL, Roald Year: 1970
Publisher: George Allen and Unwin Ltd Dust Jacket: No
Place: London Signed: No

pp 64 First edition of one of Roald Dahl's more uncommon works in its first published form. Publisher's laminated boards, well illustrated by Donald Chaffin, light bumps to corners otherwise very good...

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From Russia with Love [very good jacket]
Author: FLEMING, Ian Year: 1957
Publisher: Jonathan Cape Dust Jacket: Yes
Place: London Signed: No

pp 253 [1] First edition of the fifth James Bond novel in a very good jacket with an unusually bright spine. The book is in near fine or slightly better with the silver revolver and red rose bright o...

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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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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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Octopussy & The Living Daylights
Author: FLEMING, Ian Year: 1966
Publisher: Jonathan Cape Dust Jacket: Yes
Place: London Signed: No

pp 95 [1] Fine first edition in a fine jacket of this collection of Ian Fleming's Bond stories. A couple of tiny browning spots to the first state jacket ('10s 6d net' price to front flap) otherwise a...

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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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On her Majesty's Secret Service [crisp copy]
Author: FLEMING, Ian [Raymond Chopping; Amherst Villiers] Year: 1963
Publisher: Jonathan Cape Dust Jacket: Yes
Place: London Signed: No

[8] pp 9-288 A very pleasing first edition of the eleventh James Bond novel, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, bound in the original dark grey-brown boards with white ski tracks on the front board. The...

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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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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 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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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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