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ACKERLEY J.R. (Joe Randolph), 1896-1967 : E. M. FORSTER : A PORTRAIT.

ACKERLEY J.R. (Joe Randolph), 1896-1967 : E. M. FORSTER : A PORTRAIT.

London : Ian McKelvie, 1970. First edition. “My first letter from E. M. Forster is dated 1923 ...” – reminiscences and recollections from J. R. Ackerley.
Post 8vo (21cm). [iv],28pp. Original pale green wrappers, printed in black; very good.

£15

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BALLANTYNE, R.M. (Robert Michael), 1825-1894 : AN AUTHOR'S ADVENTURES OR PERSONAL REMINISCENCES IN BOOK-MAKING.

BALLANTYNE, R.M. (Robert Michael), 1825-1894 : AN AUTHOR'S ADVENTURES OR PERSONAL REMINISCENCES IN BOOK-MAKING.

London : James Nisbet & Co., [ca.1905]. A reprint of the 1893 "Personal Reminiscences in Book-Making" under a slightly livelier title, and with a galleon in full sail on the cover rather than the the original small boat.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [viii],238 + 32pp. Portrait frontispiece. Plates. Original pictorial cloth; some minor wear; a few slight marks; endpapers slightly strained; some spotting of edges and endpapers, but a good copy. Prize label of St. Matthias Sunday School, Stoke Newington, made out to Arthur Moore and dated 1906 - this presumably the thirteen-year old son of Charles and Alice Moore, his father shown as a porter on the 1901 Census.

£20

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BENKOVITZ, Miriam J. (Miriam Jeanette), 1911-1986 : RONALD FIRBANK : A BIOGRAPHY.

BENKOVITZ, Miriam J. (Miriam Jeanette), 1911-1986 : RONALD FIRBANK : A BIOGRAPHY.

London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, (1970). First British edition. The first full-scale biography of the author of those “gossamer novels of scintillating nonsense”.
Demy 8vo (23cm). xviii,300,x pp. Plates. Portraits. Original pinkish-grey boards, lettered in black; mild spotting of edges, but a very good copy in a lightly used dust-jacket with a couple of short tears.

£20

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BIRRELL, Augustine, 1850-1933 : THINGS PAST REDRESS.

BIRRELL, Augustine, 1850-1933 : THINGS PAST REDRESS.

London : Faber & Faber, (1937). First edition. The posthumously published reminiscences of the lawyer, politician and essayist - with much passing reference to Liverpool, Cambridge and London, as well as Asquith, Balfour, Campbell-Bannerman, Gladstone, Parnell, Rosebery, Tennyson, etc. - and of course much on Irish Home Rule and the Easter Rising (Birrell was Chief Secretary for Ireland from 1907 to 1916).
Demy 8vo (23cm). (xii),(318),[ii]pp. Plates. Portraits. Original cloth; just a touch bruised; a few minor marks, spots and slight creases, but a very good copy.

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CHAMBERS, William, 1800-1883 : STORY OF A LONG AND BUSY LIFE.

CHAMBERS, William, 1800-1883 : STORY OF A LONG AND BUSY LIFE.

Edinburgh & London : W. & R. Chambers, 1882. First edition. The autobiography of the distinguished Scottish publisher William Chambers, partner with his brother Robert in “W. & R. Chambers”, founder of “Chambers’s Journal”, “Chambers’s Encyopaedia”, etc. Contains material on many of the leading writers and public figures of the day.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (118)pp. Portrait frontispiece. Original armorial cloth gilt; slightly rubbed and a little sunned; rear endpaper slightly strained; a few creases, but a good copy.

£20

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CLARE, John, 1793-1864 : JOHN CLARE’S AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL WRITINGS.

CLARE, John, 1793-1864 : JOHN CLARE’S AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL WRITINGS.

Oxford / New York : Oxford University Press, 1983. First edition. Extensive selections from Clare’s scattered autobiographical writings. Edited by Eric Robinson. Illustrated with wood engravings by John Lawrence.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (xxii),(186)pp. Illustrations. Maps. Original boards; mild spotting of edges, but a very good copy in a just faintly rubbed dust-jacket.

£20

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CLIFFORD, James L. (James Lowry), 1901-1978 : DICTIONARY JOHNSON : SAMUEL JOHNSON'S MIDDLE YEARS.

CLIFFORD, James L. (James Lowry), 1901-1978 : DICTIONARY JOHNSON : SAMUEL JOHNSON'S MIDDLE YEARS.

London : William Heinemann, (1980). First British edition. Dr. Johnson in the years of the Dictionary, The Idler, Rasselas, etc.
Medium 8vo (24cm). (xii),372pp. Illustrations. Facsimiles. Portraits. Original cloth; tiny nick at head; mild crease to front free endpaper and half-title, but otherwise a very good copy in the dust-jacket, a touch sunned, and similarly slightly nicked at head.

£15

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COCHRANE, J.A. (James Aikman) : DR. JOHNSON’S PRINTER : THE LIFE OF WILLIAM STRAHAN.

COCHRANE, J.A. (James Aikman) : DR. JOHNSON’S PRINTER : THE LIFE OF WILLIAM STRAHAN.

London : Routledge & Kegan Paul, (1964). First edition. A life of the celebrated eighteenth-century printer, William Strahan (1715-1785).
Demy 8vo (23cm). (xiv),(226)pp. Portrait. Table. Facsimiles. Original boards; very good in a lightly used, rubbed and creased dust-jacket.

£15

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"COOPER, William" - [HOFF, Harry Summerfield, 1910-2002] : FROM EARLY LIFE.

London : Macmillan London, (1990). First edition. "Written in the rinsed-pebble prose of an outstanding man of letters" - the early reminiscences of the author of "Scenes from Provincial Life".
Demy 8vo (23cm). [iv],(170),[ii]pp. Original maroon boards, lettered on spine in gilt; very good in the Paul Collicut dust-jacket - also very good.

£15

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DAY LEWIS, C. (Cecil), 1904-1972 : THE BURIED DAY.

DAY LEWIS, C. (Cecil), 1904-1972 : THE BURIED DAY.

London : Chatto & Windus, 1960. First edition. Autobiography of the poet and (as Nicholas Blake) crime-writer.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (244)pp. Plates. Portraits. Original tan buckram, blocked and lettered in black and gilt; a few minor signs of age and use, but overall a very good copy in the Reynolds Stone dust-jacket – just lightly tanned and slightly spotted, with a chip to rear panel. Contemporary (1961) ownership inscription of Mary Mitchell.

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EDWARDS, Ruth Dudley, 1944- : VICTOR GOLLANCZ : A BIOGRAPHY.

EDWARDS, Ruth Dudley, 1944- : VICTOR GOLLANCZ : A BIOGRAPHY.

London : Victor Gollancz, 1987. First edition. A weighty biography of one of the most influential publishers and public campaigners of the twentieth century, Victor Gollancz (1893-1967) - "I hate everything that is pro and anti (different peoples). I am only one thing: I am pro-humanity." With much passing reference to Clement Attlee, Violet Bonham Carter, Winston Churchill, Communism, Daphne du Maurier, Adolf Hitler, the Labour Party, Harold Laski, the Left Book Club, Stanley Morison, George Orwell, Frank Pakenham, etc.
Medium 8vo (24cm). [ii],782pp. Plates, portraits, etc. Original boards; top edge faintly spotted, but a very good copy in the dust-jacket, just slightly nicked and lightly spotted.

£25

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HALL, Duncan : THE PRIEST OF THE LEGION.

HALL, Duncan : THE PRIEST OF THE LEGION.

London : Peter Lunn, 1947. First edition. A study of Charles de Foucauld (1858-1916) - among the Tuaregs, etc. Illustrated by William Stobbs.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 180pp. Illustrations. Maps. Original cloth; a very good and bright copy in the Stobbs dust-jacket - just faintly tanned.

£20

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HAMILTON, Mark : RARE SPIRIT : A LIFE OF WILLIAM DE MORGAN 1839-1911 [i.e. 1839-1917].

HAMILTON, Mark : RARE SPIRIT : A LIFE OF WILLIAM DE MORGAN 1839-1911 [i.e. 1839-1917].

London : Constable & Co., (1997). First edition. A life of William Frend de Morgan, his ceramic work at Chelsea, Merton Abbey and Sands End, the novels, friendship with William Morris and Burne-Jones, etc. The dust-jacket corrects the erroneous biographical date of the title-page.
Medium 8vo (25cm). xiv,236,[vi]pp. Plates, some coloured. Portraits. Original boards; slightly bruised, a few faint marks, but very good in a similarly lightly bruised dust-jacket, with a short repaired tear.

£20

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HAMMOND, J. L. (John Lawrence), 1872-1949 : C. P. SCOTT OF THE MANCHESTER GUARDIAN.

HAMMOND, J. L. (John Lawrence), 1872-1949 : C. P. SCOTT OF THE MANCHESTER GUARDIAN.

London : G. Bell & Sons, 1934. First edition. A presentation copy, inscribed to Samuel Telley, signed and dated (1934) by John Hammond. A full-scale biography of the legendary journalist Charles Prestwich Scott (1846-1932), with specific chapters on women’s suffrage, Ireland, the Great War, etc.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (xvi),(366),[ii]pp. Plates. Portraits. Original cloth; a little dulled; a few small spots, but a very good and sound copy.

£25

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HOLROYD, Michael (Sir Michael de Courcy Fraser), 1935- : BERNARD SHAW.

HOLROYD, Michael (Sir Michael de Courcy Fraser), 1935- : BERNARD SHAW.

London : Chatto & Windus, (1988-1992). A complete first edition set of this magisterial biography of George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) – the individual volumes sub-titled “The Search for Love : 1856-1898”, “The Pursuit of Power : 1898-1918”, “The Lure of Fantasy : 1918-1950” and “The Shaw Companion” – the last comprising “The Last Laugh : 1950-1992”, as well as the appendices, complete notes, a cumulative index, etc.
Five volumes, bound in four. Medium 8vo (25cm). viii,486,[ii]; (x),422; (x),544,[ii]; viii,490,[vi]pp. Plates. Portraits. Original boards; a very good set in the dust-jackets – the jackets just faintly creased in one or two places.

£100

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HORWITZ, Sylvia L. (Sylvia Laibman), 1912-1995 : THE FIND OF A LIFETIME : SIR ARTHUR EVANS AND THE DISCOVERY OF KNOSSOS.

HORWITZ, Sylvia L. (Sylvia Laibman), 1912-1995 : THE FIND OF A LIFETIME : SIR ARTHUR EVANS AND THE DISCOVERY OF KNOSSOS.

London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, (1981). First British edition. A biography of the extraordinary and "very odd" archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans (1851-1941).
Medium 8vo (24cm). x,278pp. Plates. Portraits. Original boards; a very good copy in the dust-jacket.

£20

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HUGHES, Spike (Patrick Cairns), 1908-1987 : OPENING BARS : BEGINNING AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY.

HUGHES, Spike (Patrick Cairns), 1908-1987 : OPENING BARS : BEGINNING AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY.

London : Pilot Press, 1946. First edition. An engaging autobiography from the “Crazy Feet” jazz musician – with much on music, but on much else besides : Eric Gill, W. B. Yeats, cricket, pubs, and grey suede shoes.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 382,[ii]pp. Original blue cloth, lettered in gilt; a touch sunned, but a nice copy in a lightly used, slightly chipped and price-clipped dust-jacket. With the decorative 1946 bookplate of the writer Paul Tabori (1908-1974), designed by his fellow Hungarian Val Biro (1921-2014).

£20

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JERROLD, Walter (Walter Copeland), 1865-1929 : DOUGLAS JERROLD AND ‘PUNCH’.

JERROLD, Walter (Walter Copeland), 1865-1929 : DOUGLAS JERROLD AND ‘PUNCH’.

London : Macmillan & Co., 1910. First edition. A full-length account of the writer, playwright and wit Douglas Jerrold (1803-1857) and his distinctive voice in the emergence of “Punch” as a national institution. Also includes four of Jerrold’s longer pieces for “Punch” – “Capsicum House for Young Ladies”, “The Life and Adventures of Miss Robinson Crusoe”, “Our Honeymoon” and “Exhibition of the English in China”, as well as a full listing of all his anonymous or pseudonymous contributions to the magazine.
Demy 8vo (24cm). (xii),(448)pp. Plates. Illustrations. Original decorative cloth gilt; small puncture to upper board; endpapers tanned; rear endpaper cracked; some leaves a little roughly opened, but a good and still bright copy. Ownership inscriptions of the solicitor William Vaughan Best (1867-1942) and A. W. Best.

£25

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JOHNSON, Diane, 1934- : THE LIFE OF DASHIELL HAMMETT.

JOHNSON, Diane, 1934- : THE LIFE OF DASHIELL HAMMETT.

London : Chatto & Windus / Hogarth Press, (1984). First British edition. A full-length and definitive life and study of Dashiell Hammett (1894-1961).
Medium 8vo (25cm). (xxii),344pp. Illustrations. Portraits. Original orange boards, lettered in gilt; very good in the dust-jacket – also very good.

£20

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KEYNES, Florence Ada, 1861-1958 : GATHERING UP THE THREADS : A STUDY IN FAMILY BIOGRAPHY.

KEYNES, Florence Ada, 1861-1958 : GATHERING UP THE THREADS : A STUDY IN FAMILY BIOGRAPHY.

Cambridge : W. Heffer & Sons, 1950. First edition. A history of the distinguished Keynes family, with much personal reminiscence – on Cambridge, on her husband John Neville Keynes, and on her sons, Geoffrey Langdon, and John Maynard.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (viii),120pp. Plates. Portraits. Original blue-black cloth, lettered in gilt; mild spotting of edges and endpapers, but a very good copy in the original pictorial dust-jacket (unsigned, but attributed to Gwen Raverat) – the jacket just faintly creased and lightly tanned, but also very good.

£20

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MILNE, James, 1865-1951 : THE MEMOIRS OF A BOOKMAN.

MILNE, James, 1865-1951 : THE MEMOIRS OF A BOOKMAN.

London : John Murray, (1934). First edition. Inscribed, signed and dated (1934) by James Milne. Reminiscences of the journalist and novelist, literary editor of the "News Chronicle" and founder in 1903 of "Book Monthly". Includes mention of Edward Clodd, Thomas Hardy, George Meredith, R. L. Stevenson, Alfred Tennyson, H. G. Wells, etc.
Post 8vo (22cm). (xiv),316,[iv]pp. Plates. Portraits. Original cloth; a few very minor signs of age and use, but a very good copy.

£25

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POWELL, Violet (Violet Georgiana, Lady), 1912-2002 : THE LIFE OF A PROVINCIAL LADY : A STUDY OF E. M. DELAFIELD AND HER WORKS.

POWELL, Violet (Violet Georgiana, Lady), 1912-2002 : THE LIFE OF A PROVINCIAL LADY : A STUDY OF E. M. DELAFIELD AND HER WORKS.

London : William Heinemann, (1988). First edition. A full-length study of the life and works of E. M. Delafield (1890-1943) – “a novelist of a distinctive and remarkable talent” as well as the author of the abidingly entertaining “Diary of a Provincial Lady”.
Medium 8vo (25cm). xiv,190,[iv]pp. Plates. Portraits. Original black boards, blocked and lettered in silver; just a touch bruised, but a very good copy in The dust-jacket – just lightly used and a touch sunned, but also very good.

£20

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QUAYLE, Eric (Eric Stanley), 1921-2001 : BALLANTYNE THE BRAVE : A VICTORIAN WRITER AND HIS FAMILY.

QUAYLE, Eric (Eric Stanley), 1921-2001 : BALLANTYNE THE BRAVE : A VICTORIAN WRITER AND HIS FAMILY.

London : Rupert Hart-Davis, 1967. First edition. The biography of Robert Michael Ballantyne (1825-1894), the author of "Coral Island", etc. - a complex man who went to extraordinary lengths to establish the verisimilitude of his novels.
Demy 8vo (23cm). [xiv],316,[ii]pp. Plates. Portraits. Facsimiles. Original boards; mild spotting of edges, but otherwise a very good copy in a very faintly rubbed and lightly used dust-jacket.

£15

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SCHOENBAUM, S. (Samuel), 1927-1996 : WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE : A DOCUMENTARY LIFE.

SCHOENBAUM, S. (Samuel), 1927-1996 : WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE : A DOCUMENTARY LIFE.

London : Oxford University Press / Scolar Press, 1975. First edition. A splendid life of Shakespeare, rooted in the documentary evidence, and reproducing in full-size facsimile over 200 of the key documents.
Crown folio (37cm). (xx),(274),[ii]pp. Over 200 facsimiles, some folding. Original cloth; mild spotting of top edge, but a very good copy in the original dust-jacket – price-clipped and a little creased and rumpled under the laminate on the upper panel.

£75

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SPURLING, Hilary, 1940- : IVY WHEN YOUNG : THE EARLY LIFE OF I. COMPTON-BURNETT, 1884-1919.

SPURLING, Hilary, 1940- : IVY WHEN YOUNG : THE EARLY LIFE OF I. COMPTON-BURNETT, 1884-1919.

London : Victor Gollancz, 1974. First edition. “A story as eventful and often as startling as any of Dame Ivy’s own plots”.
Medium 8vo (24cm). (320)pp. Plates. Portraits. Table. Original tan cloth, lettered in gilt; very good in the D. H. Smith dust-jacket – just faintly sunned, but very lightly used and also very good.

£20

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SPURLING, Hilary, 1940- : SECRETS OF A WOMAN’S HEART : THE LATER LIFE OF IVY COMPTON-BURNETT, 1920-1969.

SPURLING, Hilary, 1940- : SECRETS OF A WOMAN’S HEART : THE LATER LIFE OF IVY COMPTON-BURNETT, 1920-1969.

London : Hodder & Stoughton, (1984). First edition. The reassessment and rediscovery of a major novelist.
Medium 8vo (25cm). 336pp. Plates. Portraits. Original tan cloth, blocked and lettered in gilt; very good in the D. H. Smith dust-jacket – just faintly tanned, but also very good.

£20

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SREBRNIK, Patricia Thomas, 1950- :  ALEXANDER STRAHAN : VICTORIAN PUBLISHER.

SREBRNIK, Patricia Thomas, 1950- : ALEXANDER STRAHAN : VICTORIAN PUBLISHER.

Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, 1986. First edition. A life of Alexander Stuart Strahan (1833-1918), with interesting material on George Macdonald, Alfred Tennyson, Anthony Trollope and other Strahan authors, as well as the other publishers of the day.
Crown 4to (24cm). (x),(270),[ii}pp. Portraits, etc. Original cloth; a very good copy in a spotted dust-jacket.

£20

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STANFORD, Derek, 1918-2008 : INSIDE THE FORTIES : LITERARY MEMOIRS 1937-1957.

STANFORD, Derek, 1918-2008 : INSIDE THE FORTIES : LITERARY MEMOIRS 1937-1957.

London : Sidgwick & Jackson, (1977). First edition. Absorbing reminiscences of John Bayliss, Roy Campbell, Ian Hamilton Finlay, G. S. Fraser, Wrey Gardiner, Robert Greacen, John Heath-Stubbs, J. F. Hendry, Nicholas Moore, Herbert Read, Julian Maclaren-Ross, Muriel Spark, Dylan Thomas, etc.
Demy 8vo (23cm). viii,242pp. Plates. Original boards; top edge lightly spotted, but a very good copy in the original John Sewell dust-jacket – lightly tanned and somewhat sunned at spine, with one short nick, but otherwise good.

£15

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STREATFEILD, Noel (Mary Noel), 1895-1986 : BEYOND THE VICARAGE.

STREATFEILD, Noel (Mary Noel), 1895-1986 : BEYOND THE VICARAGE.

London : William Collins Sons & Co., 1971. First edition. The third of the author's lightly fictionalised autobiographies - covering her career as a writer, her wartime WVS work in Deptford, etc.
Demy 8vo. [viii],214,[ii]pp. Original green cloth, enamelled in red and lettered in gilt across spine; a very good copy in the dust-jacket - a pictorial Charles Mozley in khaki, green, black and red - just very slightly nicked.

£25

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TAYLOR, Judy, 1935- : BEATRIX POTTER : ARTIST, STORYTELLER AND COUNTRYWOMAN.

TAYLOR, Judy, 1935- : BEATRIX POTTER : ARTIST, STORYTELLER AND COUNTRYWOMAN.

London : Frederick Warne, (1986). First edition. A richly illustrated biography of Beatrix Potter (1866-1943), with much new material, including previously unpublished photographs and illustrations.
Crown 4to (26cm). 224pp. Illustrations throughout. Colour plates. Original boards; a very good copy in a price-clipped and just faintly rubbed dust-jacket. Pictorial bookplate of A.W. & P.M. Best.

£20

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TRELAWNY, Edward John, 1792-1881 : THE LAST DAYS OF SHELLEY AND BYRON.

TRELAWNY, Edward John, 1792-1881 : THE LAST DAYS OF SHELLEY AND BYRON.

London : Folio Society, 1952. First Folio Society edition. Trelawny’s celebrated account of his adventures with the two great poets, first published in 1858 – and here with the addition of other contemporary accounts and illustrations. It was Trelawny who saw to Shelley’s cremation and who plucked his heart from the flames. “His description of his first meetings with Shelley and Byron is one of the most vivid pieces of writing in the language ... In his portrait of Shelley we have the real Shelley as we have it nowhere else” (ODNB). Edited and introduced by Jack Morpurgo (1918-2000).
Demy 8vo (23cm). (xviii),208,[ii]pp. Eight plates and portraits. Original cloth; a couple of spots, but a very good copy in a price-clipped and slightly chipped dust-jacket. Dated 1988 ownership inscription of C. P. Jones.

£20

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UPDIKE, John (John Hoyer), 1932-2009 : SELF-CONSCIOUSNESS : MEMOIRS.

UPDIKE, John (John Hoyer), 1932-2009 : SELF-CONSCIOUSNESS : MEMOIRS.

London : André Deutsch, (1989). First British edition. Updike on his home town, his psoriasis and stuttering, Vietnam, his ancestors, his faith and sense of self.
Royal 8vo (24cm). x,(246)pp. Original boards; just lightly bruised, but otherwise very good in a slightly creased dust-jacket. From the collection of the well-known bookseller and crime-writer, George Sims (1923-1999), with his attractive book-label.

£20

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