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BENNETT, Arnold (Enoch Arnold), 1867-1931 : HUGO : A FANTASIA ON MODERN THEMES.

BENNETT, Arnold (Enoch Arnold), 1867-1931 : HUGO : A FANTASIA ON MODERN THEMES.

London : Chatto & Windus, 1906. First edition. Bennett's scarce excursion into modern gothic - the sealed rooms, the phonograph, the tomb - deliberately written to be "sensational" and much enjoyed by H. G. Wells - "glittering and absurd and we like it no end".
Crown 8vo (20cm). (viii),(324),4 + 32pp inserted advertisements dated September 1905. Original blue cloth, blocked and lettered in gilt and blind; very lightly rubbed; a few slight marks and spots; inserted advertisements a little tanned, but a very good and bright copy. Pink booksellers' label of Cawthorn, Hutt & Son of Cockspur Street, Charing Cross, on upper cover.

£200

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PHILLPOTTS, Eden, 1862-1960 & BENNETT, Arnold (Enoch Arnold), 1867-1931 : THE SINEWS OF WAR : A ROMANCE OF LONDON AND THE SEA.

PHILLPOTTS, Eden, 1862-1960 & BENNETT, Arnold (Enoch Arnold), 1867-1931 : THE SINEWS OF WAR : A ROMANCE OF LONDON AND THE SEA.

London : T. Werner Laurie, [1906]. First edition. Their first collaboration - "That monster, London, was just lying down to rest. The clocks of the Strand churches and the Strand hotels, keeping nocturnal vigil, showed a quarter to one under the February moon ..." - later published in the USA as "Doubloons".
Crown 8vo (20cm). viii,344pp. Original green cloth, ruled and lettered in gilt; lightly worn and bruised; tiny nick at foot; a little shaken and slack; front free endpaper torn and slightly defective; rear endpaper a little cracked; some spotting, mainly of prelims and edges; a few internal chips and small flaws, but a reasonable copy of a difficult title.

£40

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BENNETT, Arnold (Enoch Arnold), 1867-1931 : WHOM GOD HATH JOINED.

BENNETT, Arnold (Enoch Arnold), 1867-1931 : WHOM GOD HATH JOINED.

London : David Nutt, 1906. First edition. The best of Bennett's more serious early novels - adultery and divorce in the Five Towns. Seemingly the first novel entirely built on an examination of divorce and the divorce laws, a theme which would perhaps have been considered inconceivable only a few years earlier - and a powerful plea for human decency.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [viii],(420)pp. Original red cloth, lettered in black; a couple of tiny spots to upper cover; a few edge spots, but a very good, bright and sound copy. Dated (1911) ownership inscription of Annie H. Hunt.

£200

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BENNETT, Arnold (Enoch Arnold), 1867-1931 : THE OLD WIVES' TALE : A NOVEL.

BENNETT, Arnold (Enoch Arnold), 1867-1931 : THE OLD WIVES' TALE : A NOVEL.

London : Chapman & Hall, 1908. First edition. Bennett's celebrated chronicle of the lives of two contrasting sisters.
Crown 8vo (182 x 114mm). viii,578pp. Bound in an elegant recent half red morocco; a few minor marks and spots, but a very good copy of a notoriously difficult title.

£400

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BENNETT, Arnold (Enoch Arnold), 1867-1931 : CLAYHANGER.

BENNETT, Arnold (Enoch Arnold), 1867-1931 : CLAYHANGER.

London : Methuen & Co., (1910). First edition. The first (and scarcest) of the Clayhanger trilogy – Edwin Clayhanger comes of age in the Five Towns. With the advertisements dated August 1910.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (viii),(576) + (32)pp. Original blue-green coloured cloth, blocked and lettered in gilt on upper cover and spine; minor wear and nicking at tips; slightly sunned, lightly bruised and a touch marked; endpapers neatly rejointed; mild spotting of prelims, but a good copy of a difficult title. With the 1920 ownership inscription of Viola Duckworth, née Davies-Evans (1871-1944). Emery 7.

£200

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BENNETT, Arnold (Enoch Arnold), 1867-1931 : THE MATADOR OF THE FIVE TOWNS AND OTHER STORIES.

BENNETT, Arnold (Enoch Arnold), 1867-1931 : THE MATADOR OF THE FIVE TOWNS AND OTHER STORIES.

London : Methuen & Co., 1912. First edition. A fine collection of twenty-two stories from Bennett.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (viii),(326),[ii] + (32)pp advertisements dated September 1911. Original decorative cloth gilt; a few faint marks; some spotting, mainly of edges, but a very good and bright copy. Contemporary ownership inscription dated 1912.

£100

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