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CATALOGUE 105 : A SUMMER SELECTION
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AUDEN, W.H. ; BETJEMAN, John ; HEANEY, Seamus ; LARKIN, Philip & OTHERS : POEM OF THE MONTH.
London / Bourton : Poem-of-the-Month Club, 1970-1977. A complete set of these forty-eight separately issued broadside poems, each signed by the poet and limited to 1,000 copies (the later ones almost certainly produced in considerably smaller numbers). Signed original poems by Kingsley Amis, W. H. Auden, George Barker, Patricia Beer, John Betjeman (with a manuscript correction), Austin Clarke, Robert Conquest, Donald Davie, C. Day Lewis, Douglas Dunn, D. J. Enright, Gavin Ewart, John Fuller, Roy Fuller, Robert Graves, Thom Gunn, Ian Hamilton, Seamus Heaney, Philip Larkin, Norman MacCaig, Derek Mahon, John Montague, Norman Nicholson, Brian Patten, Peter Porter, Vernon Scannell, Stevie Smith, Julian Symons, Anthony Thwaite, Ruthven Todd, Hugo Williams, and many more. Loosely inserted are forty-four announcements, lists, flyers, biographical and autobiographical notes, and miscellaneous items of correspondence from the Club, including both Roy Fuller's 5pp appreciation of Auden, and an original poem - "A Christmas Way" - by C. Day Lewis produced as the Club's Christmas card in 1970 and in fact making a forty-ninth poem in the series.
"BB" - [WATKINS-PITCHFORD, Denys James, 1905-1990] : WILD LONE : THE STORY OF A PYTCHLEY FOX.
London : Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1938. First edition. "It was a March evening in Hieaway Wood, and the light seemed to linger interminably ..." - his first full-length novel - Rufus, the one-eared fox - and an immediate classic of English countryside writing.
BECKETT, Samuel (Samuel Barclay), 1906-1989 - contributor : OUR EXAGMINATION ROUND HIS FACTIFICATION FOR INCAMINATION OF WORK IN PROGRESS.
London : Faber & Faber, [ca.1933]. First edition : the London issue of the French sheets, originally published in wrappers by Shakespeare & Co. in Paris in 1929, but here in hardback with a Faber title-page. Beckett's first appearance in book form - the opening essay (Dante... Bruno. Vico.. Joyce) in this major collection of essays on James Joyce and in particular the work which was eventually to become "Finnegan's Wake". Other contributors include Eugene Jolas, Robert McAlmon, Thomas McGreevy, John Rodker, William Carlos Williams, etc. The extracted passage on Jonathan Swift and blindness on p.109 was ultimately not to appear in the published version of "Finnegan's Wake".
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.
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BOULLE, Pierre, 1912-1994 : THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI.
London : Martin Secker & Warburg, (1954). First edition in English of "Le Pont de la Rivière Kwai" (1952), translated by Xan Fielding (1918-1991). A presentation copy, with several lines of inscription in a foreign tongue, dated (March 1954) and signed (X) by the translator. The famous semi-fictional story of the notorious Burma-Siam Death Railway in the version which was to become the seven-Oscar winning David Lean film in 1957. Boulle was to go on to write "La Planète des Singes" (1963), also translated by Fielding and the basis of another blockbuster film, "The Planet of the Apes".
BOYD, William, 1952- : ANY HUMAN HEART.
London : Hamish Hamilton (Penguin Group), (2002). First edition. Boyd's haunting novel charting the life and times of Logan Mountstuart - flawed writer, flawed life - a character inspired by both Cyril Connolly and William Gerhardie, and introducing many other real writers, from Virginia Woolf to Ian Fleming, along the way. The basis of the BAFTA-winning 2010 Channel 4 television dramatisation.
BUCHAN, John, 1875-1940 : THE COURTS OF THE MORNING.
London : Hodder & Stoughton, (1929). First British edition. Sir Richard Hannay, Sandy Arbuthnot, John Blenkiron - industrial tycoon plots to rule the world.
BURNSIDE, Helen Marion, 1844-1923 : FAIRY FINE-EAR'S FANCIES.
London : Sydney J. Saunders & Co., . First edition. Charmingly illustrated poetic fancies for children, with "The Mermaid and the Zoophite", "Swinging - Swinging - To, and Fro", "The Fairies and the Bees" and "Said a Dewdrop to a Skylark". Seemingly a variant issue, with the imprint of Sydney John Saunders (1837-1923), stationer and manufacturer of Christmas cards, etc. - the only other copies traced bearing the imprint of the similar Sockl & Nathan firm. Undated, but the book, beautifully printed in Leipzig, was noticed in the press in the latter part of 1889 ("full of such wonderfully nice pictures", Newcastle Courant, 14th December) and here has a Christmas 1889 gift inscription.
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CARY, John, 1755-1835 : CARY'S REDUCTION OF HIS LARGE MAP OF ENGLAND AND WALES. WITH PART OF SCOTLAND ...
London : J. Cary, 1830. The 1830 revision of the standard map of England and Wales, sanctioned by the Post Master General, which began life in 1796 and continued in use to 1840. Constructed on a scale of fifteen miles to the inch, the turnpike roads, cross roads, navigable rivers, and canals are given particular attention, and differentiations made between cities, market towns, borough towns and smaller towns where yet post-horses and carriages could be supplied. England, Wales and a large portion of Scotland as they stood on the eve of the railway revolution, which was to change the face of the countryside and the concept of transport forever.
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[CLARK, Samuel, 1810-1875] : REUBEN RAMBLE'S TRAVELS THROUGH THE COUNTIES OF ENGLAND.
London : Darton & Clark, [1843?]. First edition. A delightful, rare and charming county atlas designed for children or "the little geographer", with simple text relating to the size, position, resources and history of each county, and forty maps, decorated with vignettes of local scenes intended "effectually to fix the counties on the recollection". The maps themselves had appeared in earlier publications, but not with the illustrations, which the authority on Darton publications, Jill Shefrin, has firmly attributed in personal conversation to James Richard Barfoot (1796-1863). Generally dated to about 1845, a copy has recently been reported with an ownership inscription dated 1843, which is perhaps closer.
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[DE MILLE, James, 1833-1880] : A STRANGE MANUSCRIPT FOUND IN A COPPER CYLINDER.
London : Chatto & Windus, 1888. First British edition : with advertisements dated 1887 and possibly pre-dating the New York edition published in 1888. A posthumously published novel from the Nova Scotian professor of classics and fantasy writer - lost world in a volcanically heated Antarctic, lost races of prehistoric people, plants and animals, and an utterly reversed moral order - "the outstanding example of the lost race subgenre" (Barron).
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DOYLE, A. Conan (Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan), 1859-1930 : THE VALLEY OF FEAR.
London : Smith, Elder & Co., 1915. First British edition. The fourth and final full-length Sherlock Holmes novel - Holmes decodes a cipher warning from Moriarty.
EGAN, Pierce, 1772-1849 : LIFE IN LONDON; OR, THE DAY AND NIGHT SCENES OF JERRY HAWTHORN, ESQ. AND HIS ELEGANT FRIEND CORINTHIAN TOM, ACCOMPANIED BY BOB LOGIC, THE OXONIAN, IN THEIR RAMBLES AND SPREES THROUGH THE METROPOLIS.
London : for Sherwood, Neely & Jones, 1821. First edition : the second issue, with the footnote on p.9. Pierce Egan's roaring and runaway success - racy, slangy and riotous adventures among the highest of high life and the lowest of low life in Regency London - "In his particular line, he was the greatest man in England" (John Camden Hotten). The sparkling text which took the country by storm as it appeared in instalments between August 1820 and July 1821 is gloriously accompanied by the superb aquatints of the brothers Isaac Robert and George Cruikshank, many depicting recognisable London scenes.
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"ELIOT, George" - [EVANS, Marian, 1819-1880] : THE MILL ON THE FLOSS.
Edinburgh & London : William Blackwood & Sons, 1860. First edition. The tale of Maggie Tulliver.
FLECKER, James Elroy (Herman James Elroy), 1884-1915 : THE LAST GENERATION : A STORY OF THE FUTURE.
London : New Age Press, 1908. First edition : the variant with all edges trimmed. His first work of fiction - the Wind of Time and a fantasy of the end of human life. The pictorial upper wrapper depicts apes making fire in the ruins of London.
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FORD, Ford Madox [formerly HUEFFER], 1873-1939 : PARADE'S END.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 1950. First collected edition of all four volumes of the Tietjens Saga: "Some Do Not -" (1924); "No More Parades" (1925); "A Man Could Stand Up" (1926) and "Last Post" (1928). The first edition to appear under this collective title - the one chosen by Ford before his death - here with an interesting and sensitive introduction by Robie Macaualy (1919-1995). There was no equivalent UK edition and the "Parade's End" title was not used in the UK until the collected works appeared in the 1960s.
[GASTINEAU, Henry, 1791-1876] : DOVER CASTLE.
ca.1828. The original ink, pencil and sepia wash sketch used to produce the print of "Dover Castle, Kent", engraved by Henry Adlard and published by George Virtue in 1828. A boy with a telescope looks out to sea - the castle rising beyond. Captioned in pencil below image and with a further inscription naming Gastineau on verso.
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GERSAINT, Edme-François, 1694-1750 : A CATALOGUE AND A DESCRIPTION OF THE ETCHINGS OF REMBRANDT VAN-RHYN, WITH SOME ACCOUNT OF HIS LIFE ...
London : Thomas Jefferys, 1752. First edition in English. An interesting catalogue, originally compiled by the charismatic Parisian art-dealer Edme-François Gersaint and based on the collection assembled by Rembrandt's personal friend the Burgomaster Six. Some 342 works are listed, together with a further twenty-seven doubtful attributions and a number of further related pieces by other masters and pupils. As the preface makes clear, Rembrandt was heavily collected, prices were high, and skilful forgeries were in circulation: one of the purposes of the catalogue was to offer a safeguard to collectors. First published in Paris the previous year, the catalogue is also interesting as a sidelight on the career of the publisher, Thomas Jefferys, principally known as a mapmaker and Geographer to George III, but a man also evidently engaged in the more general art market.
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"GLINTO, Darcy" - [KELLY, Harold Ernest, 1899-1969] : ROAD FLOOZIE.
London : Robin Hood Press, 1950. Second edition. "She was Irish and her hot blood could not submit to the steamy confinement of a machine shop". First published in 1941 - both author and publisher were found guilty of publishing obscene books at an Old Bailey trial the following year, the present book characterised as "coarse and brutal". Kelly was heavily fined (£100 at 1942 prices) and remanded in custody until payment had been made.
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HORACE , (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), 65-8 BC : THE ODES, EPODES, AND CARMEN SECULARE OF HORACE, TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH PROSE ...
London : for Joseph Davidson, 1740-1741. First complete edition of this translation, responsibility for which was disputed in a war of words between David Watson (1710-1756) and the publisher Joseph Davidson. The present edition gives the parallel Latin text, with extensive critical commentary and historical and geographical notes, a life of Horace, notes on scansion, etc. This edition (ESTC T42038) usually includes the 1742 'editio secunda' of a separately titled and paginated Latin text assembled in the order of construction, but in the present copy this final portion bears the earlier date of 1740.
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HUGHES, Ted (Edward James), 1930-1998 : THE HAWK IN THE RAIN.
London : Faber & Faber, (1957). First edition : [one of 2,000 copies]. His uncommon first book - a collection of forty poems, dedicated to Sylvia Plath, whom he had married the previous year. An attractive association copy - the review copy sent to fellow poet Roy Fuller (1912-1991), with the publishers' review slip, Fuller's pencilled notes on the reverse of the slip, and his inked ownership inscription. Fuller's review appeared in the "London Magazine" in January 1958.
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AN IMPARTIAL HAND : A FULL AND AUTHENTIC HISTORY OF THE REBELLION MDCCXLV. AND MDCCXLVI ...
London : for W. Reeve and W. Owen, . A seemingly unrecorded variant issue of this anonymous but well-informed account of the Jacobite Rising. Sometimes attributed to James Ray of Whitehaven, author of "A Compleat History of the Rebellion" (Manchester: 1747?), although ESTC firmly attributes it to Andrew Henderson, author of the "The History of the Rebellion" (Edinburgh: 1748). Although called for on the title-page, the present copy completely omits the transcription of the papers of Archibald Cameron, and ends firmly and clearly with a "Finis" on p.360 (Q12). It perhaps represents an early issue, put out before the papers, which usually appear on pp.361-370 ([R1-R5]) had come to hand, or possibly a later issue in which they have been suppressed. Apart from the final gathering (Q), which omits the usual mention of the Campbell papers, the text and setting appear identical to that of British Library RB.23.a.18449 (ESTC N7858), with the catchwords at the end of each section all matching, the headlines on pp.49-71 wrongly stating Book I, p.143 wrongly headed Book III, and F5 wrongly signed E5.
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[JAMES, G.P.R. (George Payne Rainsford), 1801-1860] : RICHELIEU, A TALE OF FRANCE.
London : Henry Colburn, 1829. First edition. His first and probably most famous novel, a huge popular success, and the springboard for a meteoric career. "Richelieu is one of the most spirited, amusing, and interesting romances I ever read; characters well drawn - incidents well managed - story perpetually progressive - catastrophe at once natural and unexpected - moral good, but not goody - and the whole felt, in every chapter, to be the work of a - Gentleman" (Contemporary review in Blackwood's).
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"JANSON, Hank" - [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : LILIES FOR MY LOVELY.
London : S. D. Frances, . First edition. The sixth book of the first series - Janson in Des Moines, Iowa - "She was a dead dame. But that took an awful lot of believing because folk just don't die that way ... So that started everything, including a lotta misery for June and a live guy winding up in a coffin that was due for cremation".
“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : SADIE DON’T CRY NOW.
London : New Fiction Press, . First edition. A reflective and anxious Janson waits for Sadie in a deserted cafe. The first New Fiction Press Janson to risk a return to the exotic Heade covers – although he was apparently asked to tone down the image (Holland p.90). Even so, the book managed to attract twenty-eight destruction orders (Holland p.323). It was later republished as “Don’t Cry Now” under the Alexander Moring imprint in 1957 and as “Delicious Danger” under the Roberts & Vinter imprint in 1961.
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KINGSLEY, Charles, 1819-1875 : WESTWARD HO! OR, THE VOYAGES AND ADVENTURES OF SIR AMYAS LEIGH, KNIGHT ...
Cambridge : Macmillan & Co., 1855. First edition. Kingsley's ever-popular saga of the days of Drake, the Armada, etc. - the first novel to be published by Macmillan and probably unique in Victorian fiction in having a holiday resort named after it.
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LEHMANN, Rosamond (Rosamond Nina), 1901-1990 : THE WEATHER IN THE STREETS : A NOVEL.
London : Collins, 1936. First edition. Ten years on from "An Invitation to the Waltz" and we meet Olivia Curtis once more - "I think Rosamond Lehmann is the best of the younger generation of English novelists ... She is, I think, at the head of the world of fiction that derives on the female side from Virginia Woolf and Katherine Mansfield and on the male side from Joyce and Lawrence ..." (Hugh Walpole).
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LEWIS, C.S. (Clive Staples), 1898-1963 : THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE : A STORY FOR CHILDREN.
London : Geoffrey Bles, (1950). First edition. Illustrations and colour frontispiece by Pauline Baynes. The first and best-known of the Narnia chronicles.
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"MARS" - [BONVOISIN, Maurice Charles, 1849-1912] : LA VIE DE LONDRES : CÔTÉS RIANTS.
Paris : E. Plon, Nourrit & Cie., . First edition. The lighter side of London life and fashion as seen by the popular and irrepressible Belgian caricaturist - Charing Cross Station, lunch-hour on the Strand, Royal Ascot, Hyde Park and Rotten Row, Kensington, Piccadilly Circus, the Lowther Arcade, Piccadilly and Park Lane, Henley, the Music-Hall, Christmas parties, Kensington Gardens, Maidenhead, and so much more - sketches, studies and wry observation.
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MAUGHAM, W. Somerset (William Somerset), 1874-1965 : ASHENDEN : OR THE BRITISH AGENT.
London : William Heinemann, 1928. First edition. Clearly based on Maugham's own experiences working for British Intelligence during World War I and very much the prototype of the modern espionage novel. It is alleged that Churchill himself urged Maugham to burn a number of further stories originally intended for the book.
MILNE, A.A. (Alan Alexander), 1882-1956 : WHEN WE WERE VERY YOUNG.
London : Methuen & Co., (1924). First edition. "They're changing the guard at Buckingham Palace ..." - the first and most difficult of the Winnie the Pooh books.
MILNE, A.A. (Alan Alexander), 1882-1956 : THE HOUSE AT POOH CORNER.
London : Methuen & Co., (1928). First edition. "One day when Pooh Bear had nothing else to do, he thought he would do something ...".
"ORWELL, George" - [BLAIR, Eric Arthur, 1903-1950] : NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR : A NOVEL.
London : Secker & Warburg, 1949. First edition. "It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen ...". One of the major works of the twentieth century - a novel which grows in power with the passing years as so many of its sinister predictions become true.
RATTIGAN, Terence (Sir Terence Mervyn), 1911-1977 : THE WINSLOW BOY.
London : Hamish Hamilton, (1946). First edition. The pursuit of justice for the unimportant - one of the defining plays of the mid twentieth century, frequently revived and here inscribed by Rattigan to his secretary Mary, signed with forename (Terry) and dated October 1946. Mary Herring began working for Rattigan shortly before the play opened at the Lyric and was to become his confidante, companion, guardian of his reputation, controller of his finances, and keeper of his secrets for the next seventeen years.
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RATTIGAN, Terence (Sir Terence Mervyn), 1911-1977 - contributor : FAMOUS PLAYS OF TODAY : THE DEEP BLUE SEA ...
London : Victor Gollancz, 1953. First edition. Inscribed by Rattigan to his secretary Mary ("without forebodings", signed with forename (Terry) and dated November 1953. Mary Herring had worked with Rattigan since 1946 - confidante, companion, guardian of his reputation, controller of his finances, and keeper of his secrets. The Gollancz "Famous Plays of Today" series had just been revived for the first time since 1939 and opened with a strong quartet led off by Rattigan's "The Deep Blue Sea" - first performed in 1952, co-starring Kenneth More and Peggy Ashcroft, soon filmed with More and Vivien Leigh, and filmed again more recently with Rachel Weisz and Tom Hiddleston. The other plays are N. C. Hunter's "Waters of the Moon" (1951), Frederick Knott's previously unpublished "Dial 'M' for Murder" (1952), and "Dragon's Mouth" (1952) by J. B. Priestley and Jacquetta Hawkes.
RAVILIOUS, Eric (Eric William), 1903-1942 : RAVILIOUS & WEDGWOOD : THE COMPLETE WEDGWOOD DESIGNS OF ERIC RAVILIOUS.
London : Dalrymple Press, (1986). First edition : limited to 750 numbered copies. A fully illustrated account of the 1936-1940 Ravilious designs for Wedgwood, with a memoir by Robert Harling, and a catalogue by Maureen Batkin and Robert Dalrymple.
REED, W. - publisher : RAILWAY MAP OF ENGLAND & WALES, SHEWING THE ACTUAL & PROPOSED LINES, ALSO THE DISTANCES TO THE PRINCIPAL SEAPORTS OF FOREIGN STATES.
London : W. Reed, [ca.1845]. A handsome map of England and Wales, displaying the burgeoning railway network on a silk scarf or handkerchief. The map shows both completed lines and those under proposal and can be fairly precisely dated - the line from London to Exeter is completed (1844), but not the extension to Plymouth (1846); the line to Colchester is completed (1843), but not the extension to Ipswich (1846), etc. The publisher may possibly be identified with William Reed, linendraper, of Church Street, Rotherhithe.
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ROCK & CO., William Frederick, 1802-1890 : [COVER TITLE] VIEWS OF LONDON.
London : Rock & Co., [ca.1850]. A bound sequence of fifteen handsome vignette plates of London scenes, somewhat larger than the usual Rock & Co. views and including some new additions to London's built environment erected in the 1840s. Views include the new Royal Exchange, the Post Office (the view incorporating a man holding up a placard for "Rock's Conversation Cards"), St. Paul's, the British Museum, Exeter Hall, the Horse Guards, Westminster Abbey, Westminster Hall, the Houses of Parliament, Lambeth Palace, the Hungerford Suspension Bridge, the Port of London, the Thames Tunnel, etc.
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RUTTER, Owen (Edward Owen), 1889-1944 : [THE WHITE RAJAH SCRAPBOOK].
A scrap-book relating to the publication by Hutchinson of Owen Rutter's "White Rajah" in 1931. Historian, novelist and travel-writer, Rutter later went on the become a partner in the Golden Cockerel Press. The contents of the album include two preliminary sketches for the dust-jacket by Dorothea Braby (1909-1987), specimen panels of the published jacket, a specimen of the paperback edition jacket, a facsimile of a portrait of Sir James Brooke (1803-1868), on whose life the novel is based, Hutchinson publicity material, seventy-three national, international and provincial press-cuttings, and some thirty letters and other communications to Rutter relating to the book, from his publishers, from various editors and correspondents, etc.
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[SHERIDAN, Richard Brinsley, 1751-1816] : THE RIVALS, A COMEDY. AS IT IS ACTED AT THE THEATRE-ROYAL IN COVENT-GARDEN.
London : for John Wilkie, 1775. First edition. His first play and the first appearance in print of this great classic of the London stage - the immortal Mrs Malaprop, Lydia Languish, eighteenth-century Bath, etc.
SPARK, Muriel (Dame Muriel Sarah), 1918-2006 : THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE.
London : Macmillan & Co., 1961. First edition. Miss Brodie in her prime in pre-war Edinburgh - the basis of the 1969 film with Maggie Smith, etc.
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STEVENSON, Robert Louis, 1850-1894 : KIDNAPPED : BEING MEMOIRS OF THE ADVENTURES OF DAVID BALFOUR IN THE YEAR 1751 ...
London : Cassell & Co., 1886. First edition : the first issue, with the various errors - "nine o'clock" for "twelve o'clock" in the first line of p.64, etc., without the numerals at the foot of the last page of text, and with the advertisements dated April 1886.
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STEVENSON, Robert Louis, 1850-1894 : THE MERRY MEN AND OTHER TALES AND FABLES.
London : Chatto & Windus, 1887. First edition. A powerful collection of six stories from Stevenson, including the title story - a dramatic tale of shipwreck and treasure hunt in the Hebrides; the moving and philosophical "Will o' the Mill"; "Markheim" and murder in an antique shop; the horror classic "Thrawn Janet"; the gothic "Olalla", set in Spain, and the interesting and unusual "The Treasure of Franchard".
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"STORME, Michael" - [DAWSON, George H.] : MAKE MINE DANGEROUS.
Stoke-on-Trent : Archer Press, . First edition. Nick Cranley hunts down a boyfriend for ten dollars a day and a few stolen moments - "beautiful dames and ugly corpses".
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SUMMERS, Montague (Alphonsus Joseph-Marie Augustus Montague), 1880-1948 : THE PLAYHOUSE OF PEPYS.
London : Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co., 1935. First edition. Alongside Summers' own "The Restoration Theatre" (1934), the indispensible scholarly work on the London theatre in the days of Pepys, the Restoration comedy, etc. - not just the plays and playwrights, but the conditions under which the plays were written and performed. With much pioneering material on Elizabeth Barry, Aphra Behn, Mary and Thomas Betterton, Mrs Boutell, Sir William Davenant, John Dryden, Nell Gwynn, Thomas Killigrew, Edward Kynaston, William Wycherley and many others, not least Samuel Pepys himself.
TENNYSON, Alfred (Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron), 1809-1892 : POEMS, CHIEFLY LYRICAL.
London : Effingham Wilson, 1830. First edition : with p.91 correctly numbered and the reading "carcanet" on p.72. The young Tennyson's first solo collection of poems, including "Mariana", "Claribel", "Ode to Memory", "The Burial of Love", "The Kraken", etc.
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TENNYSON, Alfred (Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron), 1809-1892 : POEMS.
London : Edward Moxon, 1833 [but 1832]. First edition. Tennyson's most important early collection - thirty poems, including the first appearances of "The Lady of Shalott", "Mariana in the South", "Eleanore", "OEnone", "The Palace of Art", "The May Queen", "New Year's Eve", "The Lotos Eaters", "A Dream of Fair Women", etc.
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TROLLOPE, Anthony, 1815-1882 : THE BERTRAMS. A NOVEL.
London : Chapman & Hall, 1859. First edition. An uncommon and interesting early Trollope - the usual elements of love, marriage, money and family - "perhaps the most serious objection which can be brought against the book from the point of view of literature is that it is too much like life" (Algar Thorold).
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TROLLOPE, Anthony, 1815-1882 : THE WAY WE LIVE NOW.
Leipzig : Bernhard Tauchnitz, 1875. First edition : noticed in the "Allgemeine Bibliographie für Deutschland" in July 1875 and apparently preceding the London edition, which appeared in September of that year. The monstrous Augustus Melmotte - "as a satire, powerful and good ... the interest of the story lies among the wicked and foolish people" - such was Trollope's later verdict on one of the most enduringly popular and most "modern" of his novels.
WALLIS, James, fl.1810-1825 : WALLIS'S NEW POCKET EDITION OF THE ENGLISH COUNTIES OR TRAVELLERS COMPANION IN WHICH ARE CAREFULLY LAID DOWN ALL THE DIRECT & CROSS ROADS, CITIES, TOWNES, VILLAGES, PARKS ...
London : J. Wallis, [ca.1814]. First edition : the second state, with the addition of plate numbers to Wallis's delightfully engraved sequence of maps. A very pretty pocket atlas of the English counties, generally dated to 1810, although surely post-dating Wallis's larger county atlas of that year and probably datable to about 1812, with the present issue (distinguished by the addition of plate numbers) probably dating from about 1814.
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"WATERS" - [RUSSELL, William, 1805?-1876?] : RECOLLECTIONS OF A DETECTIVE POLICE-OFFICER.
London : J. & C. Brown & Co., 1856. First edition. The very first appearance in fiction of a Scotland Yard detective, indeed the very first English detective - stories by 'Waters' of the Yard, the narrator invented by journalist William Russell - the very first English detective stories. Originally published in Chambers' Edinburgh Journal between 1849 and 1852, with some of the stories appearing in book form in New York in 1852, the present publication is the first appearance of all eleven, with a final twelfth tale not previously published.
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WAUGH, Evelyn (Evelyn Arthur St. John), 1903-1966 : [SWORD OF HONOUR - THE CROUCHBACK TRILOGY].
London : Chapman & Hall, 1952-1961. First edition set of the separately published "Men at Arms" (1952), "Officers and Gentlemen" (1955) and "Unconditional Surrender" (1961).
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WELLS, H.G. (Herbert George), 1866-1946 : THE BULPINGTON OF BLUP : ADVENTURES, POSES, STRESSES, CONFLICTS AND DISASTER IN A CONTEMPORARY BRAIN.
London : Hutchinson & Co. (Publishers), . First edition : in the primary binding in black cloth, with the pictorial endpapers. "I am a liar in a world of lies" - a much under-rated late Wells novel - a Jungian exploration of the psychological impact of the Great War, the principal character based at least in part on Ford Madox Ford. Dedicated to Wells' current mistress, Odette Keun.
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WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : MUCH OBLIGED, JEEVES.
London : Barrie & Jenkins, (1971). First edition. Jeeves, Wooster, Aunt Dahlia, Roderick Spode - and Madeline Bassett once more.
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