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SNOW, C.P. (Charles Percy Snow, 1st Baron), 1905-1980 : TIME OF HOPE : A NOVEL.

SNOW, C.P. (Charles Percy Snow, 1st Baron), 1905-1980 : TIME OF HOPE : A NOVEL.

London : Faber & Faber, (1949). First edition. The elusive third novel in the “Strangers and Brothers” series, although the first in terms of chronology – the early life of Lewis Eliot, from an impoverished upbringing in a provincial town to youthful success and failure 1914-1933. “A brilliant, penetrating and absorbing novel, far out of the common run” (Illustrated London News, 15th October 1949).
Crown 8vo (20cm). 416pp. Original orange cloth, lettered in gilt; a few slight marks to covers and a sliver of fading at foot; two tiny holes to back cover; some light spotting of edges; internally clean and sound; a good copy in the dust-jacket – the jacket price-clipped and very lightly tanned, with a few slight marks and small unobtrusive chips, but still good and complete with a promotional Book Society wraparound band. A few small pencilled notes to rear endpaper.

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SNOW, C.P. (Charles Percy Snow, 1st Baron), 1905-1980 : THE NEW MEN.

SNOW, C.P. (Charles Percy Snow, 1st Baron), 1905-1980 : THE NEW MEN.

London : Macmillan & Co., 1954. First edition. The uncommon fifth book in the “Strangers and Brothers” series – a key modern novel concerning the discovery of atomic fission and its consequences, 1939-1946. “From now on the drama of the conscience takes place in the laboratory” (Elizabeth Bowen in The Tatler, 12th May 1954).
Crown 8vo (20cm). (viii),311,[i]pp. Original blue cloth, lettered in gilt; top edge blue; a very good, clean and sound copy in the original dust-jacket – a striking design in red, black and white by Cecil Walter Bacon (1905-1992) – the jacket a little worn and slightly chipped at extremities, with a few small marks, slight nicks and short tears, but complete and not unattractive.

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SNOW, C.P. (Charles Percy Snow, 1st Baron), 1905-1980 : THE AFFAIR.

SNOW, C.P. (Charles Percy Snow, 1st Baron), 1905-1980 : THE AFFAIR.

London : Macmillan & Co., 1960. First edition. The eighth volume in Snow’s “Strangers and Brothers” sequence – 1953-1954 and a young scientist is dismissed from his Cambridge college over an allegedly faked experiment – “the blinkered malice which can activate a group of clever men” (The Sphere, 30th April 1960).
Crown 8vo (20cm). vi,(376),[ii]pp. Original red cloth, lettered in gilt; very faint spine crease; light spotting of edges, but otherwise very good in the original Sidney Nolan dust-jacket – lightly used, slightly worn, mildly tanned on verso, and with slight creasing to rear panel, but complete, attractive still, and better than usual.

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SNOW, C.P. (Charles Percy Snow, 1st Baron), 1905-1980 : THE SLEEP OF REASON.

SNOW, C.P. (Charles Percy Snow, 1st Baron), 1905-1980 : THE SLEEP OF REASON.

London : Macmillan & Co., (1968). First edition. The tenth and penultimate novel in Snow’s “Strangers and Brothers” sequence. Sir Lewis Eliot returns to his home town – militant students and a murder trial – “Put reason to sleep and all the stronger forces were let loose”.
Demy 8vo (23cm). viii,406,[ii]pp. Original grey boards, lettered in silver; some faint spotting of edges, but otherwise a very good, bright, clean and sound copy in the John Gorham dust-jacket – the jacket price-clipped, with just a faint hint of sunning and wear, and a slight mark on the rear panel, but also very good.

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SNOW, C.P. (Charles Percy Snow, 1st Baron), 1905-1980 : LAST THINGS.

SNOW, C.P. (Charles Percy Snow, 1st Baron), 1905-1980 : LAST THINGS.

London : Macmillan & Co., (1970). First edition. The eleventh and final volume in Snow’s “Strangers and Brothers” sequence – “The long and memorable cycle has ended, and through it as in no other work of our time we have explored the inner life of the new classless class that is the 20th century establishment” (Stanley Weintraub).
Demy 8vo (23cm). vi,346pp. Original red boards, ruled and lettered in gilt; tiny bruise at foot; mild and faint spotting of edges, but otherwise a very good, bright and sound copy in the original purple dust-jacket – the jacket price-clipped, with just a hint of wear at foot, but without the usual fading and sunning, and also very good.

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