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OCTOBER 2015

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ALDERSON, Brian, 1930- : THE LUDFORD BOX AND

ALDERSON, Brian, 1930- : THE LUDFORD BOX AND "A CHRISTMASS-BOX" : THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO OUR KNOWLEDGE OF EIGHTEENTH CENTURY CHILDREN‘S LITERATURE.

Los Angeles : University of California, (1989). First edition : limited to 600 copies. A meticulous bibliographical examination of the boxed eighteenth century collection of children‘s books known as "The Ludford Box". The University Research Library, Department of Special Collections, Occasional Paper No. 2.
Medium 8vo (23cm). (48)pp. Colour frontispiece. Eighteen plates. Original wrappers; one faint mark on upper wrapper, but a very good copy.

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ALDINGTON, Richard (Edward Godfree), 1892-1962 : IMAGES.

ALDINGTON, Richard (Edward Godfree), 1892-1962 : IMAGES.

London : The Egoist, [1919]. Second edition : a much extended version, now containing forty-six poems, of his first collection - originally published with thirty poems by the Poetry Bookshop in 1915, and here with additional poems from Imagist anthologies, etc. Includes "Church Walk, Kensington", "Hampstead Heath", "Whitechapel" and other London poems.
Crown 8vo (19cm). [ii],(60),[ii]pp. Original linen-backed brown boards, with white paper labels, ruled and lettered in brown, on upper cover and spine; spine crease; mild tanning of endpapers, but a very good copy in the original tissue dust-jacket - torn, tattered and tanned.

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ALLAN, Francis K. (1916-1997) : FIRST COME, FIRST KILL.

ALLAN, Francis K. (1916-1997) : FIRST COME, FIRST KILL.

London : T. V. Boardman & Co., (1947). First British edition. Mystery set in the millionaire properties of an elderly man - Westchester country house, Manhattan town-house. Originally published by Reynal & Hitchcock in New York in 1945. Apparently the author's only UK publication.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (160)pp. Original pictorial wrappers - a stylish design from Denis McLoughlin; a little rubbed and worn; crease affecting lower wrapper and final leaves; a reasonable copy of an uncommon title. TVB Books 45.

£20

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ALVAREZ, A. (Alfred), 1929- : [COVER TITLE] THE FANTASY POETS. NUMBER FIFTEEN. A. ALVAREZ.

ALVAREZ, A. (Alfred), 1929- : [COVER TITLE] THE FANTASY POETS. NUMBER FIFTEEN. A. ALVAREZ.

Eynsham : Fantasy Press, (1952). First edition. His first collection - six poems, apparently published in an edition of just 300 copies. Designed and printed by Oscar Mellor.
Post 8vo (21cm). [8]pp. Original stapled self-wrappers, lettered on upper wrapper in blue and black; staples rusted, but a very good copy.

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"AMBLER, Dail" - [WILLIAMS, Betty Mabel Lilian, 1919-1974] : A CURTAIN OF GLASS.

London : Merit Books, [1954]. First edition. A Danny Spade story in hardback - a midnight call from Leanda Ireland brings Danny across the Atlantic to Europe to pit his wits against evil Elwin Rickaby, snakelike Jacob Zealous, glitter-eyed Rital Khan - and hypnotic Fay, the unknown quantity. Betty Williams was among the most glamorous, unexpected and toughest of the mid-century pulp writers, and under her 'Dail Ambler' and 'Danny Spade' personas became one of the most successful of them all. Merit Books was a shortlived offshoot of Milestone Publications, aimed partly at moving into 'respectable' hardback publishing. The present book was one of its first batch of titles.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 176pp. Original blue cloth, lettered in gilt; spine a touch dulled; a few slight marks; edges a little spotted, but a nice copy in the original pictorial dust-jacket - slightly worn and chipped, with a couple of tears on the lower panel. Contemporary (1955) ownership inscription of Melvyn R. Williams.

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AMIS, Kingsley (Sir Kingsley William), 1922-1995 : THE RIVERSIDE VILLAS MURDER.

AMIS, Kingsley (Sir Kingsley William), 1922-1995 : THE RIVERSIDE VILLAS MURDER.

London : Jonathan Cape, (1973). First edition. How Mr Hakim died - Amis in sparkling form with a book both a coming-of-age novel and a genuine murder mystery.
Post 8vo (21cm). 224pp. Original green boards, blocked and lettered in gilt; top edge pale green; a very good copy in a very lightly used and just faintly sunned dust-jacket.

£25

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ANDERSON, Oliver, 1912-1996 : RANDOM AT RANDOM.

ANDERSON, Oliver, 1912-1996 : RANDOM AT RANDOM.

London : Arthur Barker, (1959). First edition. The fourth Guy Random novel - ranging from East Anglia to the Costa del Sol, via the gilded drawing-rooms of Belgravia and Soho's Vulture Club.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (232)pp. Original jade boards, blocked and lettered across spine in pink; slight spotting of edges; faint tanning of endpapers, but a very good and bright copy in the original John Dugan dust-jacket - a pictorial design in orange, green, black and white - just faintly sunned and with just a hint of rubbing.

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"ANDOM, R." - [BARRETT, Alfred Walter, 1869-1920] : TRODDLES AND US AND OTHERS.

London : Jarrold & Sons, 1901. Second edition (i.e. impression) of the original 1901 edition. Troddles purchases a camera and we arrange a holiday for him to work it. "In putting out this book I have several purposes in view; but as they mostly concern myself and might be considered somewhat sordid by the reader at large, I will forbear to dwell on them ...".
Crown 8vo (20cm). 8,[ii],(9)-(304),[xviii]pp. Silhouette illustrations by Charles Harrison. Original green cloth, ruled and lettered in black and red, and pictorially blocked in black; spine lightly worn, faintly tanned and a little spotted; mild spotting and browning, mainly of edges, but a good and sound copy of a difficult title.

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ARLEN, Michael, 1895-1956 : MAY FAIR : BEING AN ENTERTAINMENT PURPORTING TO REVEAL TO GENTLEFOLK THE REAL STATE OF AFFAIRS EXISTING IN THE VERY HEART OF LONDON ...

ARLEN, Michael, 1895-1956 : MAY FAIR : BEING AN ENTERTAINMENT PURPORTING TO REVEAL TO GENTLEFOLK THE REAL STATE OF AFFAIRS EXISTING IN THE VERY HEART OF LONDON ...

London : W. Collins Sons & Co., (1925). First edition. A prologue and twelve short stories in Arlen's best vein - his last great success - London's "charming people" and their "follies, misadventures, and galanteries". Includes "The Ace of Cads", "The Battle of Berkeley Square", "The Ghoul of Golders Green", etc.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (viii),(320),[vi],[2]pp. Original black cloth, ruled in gilt and blind and lettered in gilt; mild rubbing; some spotting, mainly of edges; a very good copy in the original Edmund Dulac dust-jacket - a striking butterfly design in black and gold - a little worn and slightly chipped at extremities, with a repaired diagonal tear and some creasing to upper panel, but complete and still attractive.

£50

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ASHTON, John, 1834-1911 : CHAP-BOOKS OF THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY : WITH FACSIMILES, NOTES, AND INTRODUCTION.

ASHTON, John, 1834-1911 : CHAP-BOOKS OF THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY : WITH FACSIMILES, NOTES, AND INTRODUCTION.

London : Chatto & Windus, 1882. First edition. A ground-breaking compilation, giving the text and illustrations of many of the famous chap-books in an accessible and convenient form for the first time and illuminating their history with real scholarship.
Crown 8vo (20cm). xvi,486,[ii]pp. Numerous illustrations and facsimiles. Original pictorial cloth gilt; a very good and bright copy.

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AUCHMUTY, Rosemary, 1950- & GOSLING, Juliet, 1962- - editors : THE CHALET SCHOOL REVISITED.

AUCHMUTY, Rosemary, 1950- & GOSLING, Juliet, 1962- - editors : THE CHALET SCHOOL REVISITED.

London : Bettany Press, 1994. First edition. Studies of Elinor Mary Brent-Dyer (1894-1969) and her oeuvre, with essays on various aspects, a checklist, a price-guide, illustrations, etc.
Post 8vo (20cm). viii,328pp. Illustrations. Original pictorial wrappers; very good.

£15

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AUDEMARS, Pierre, 1909-1989 : WHEN THE GODS LAUGHED.

AUDEMARS, Pierre, 1909-1989 : WHEN THE GODS LAUGHED.

Hounslow : William Foster Publishers, (1946). First edition. An early Hercule Renard tale from Audemars, born in London of Swiss parents and a dealer in watches and jewelry as well as the author of a sizeable number of novels.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (112)pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; staples rusting; a few faint marks, but overall a very good copy. Only two copies (British Library and Bodleian) located on WorldCat.

£40

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AUDEN, W.H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973 : MOUNTAINS.

AUDEN, W.H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973 : MOUNTAINS.

London : Faber & Faber, (1954). First edition. A poem in the New Series of the Ariel Poems.
Demy 8vo (22cm). [8]pp. Title-page, colour lithograph, and tailpiece by Edward Bawden. Original self-wrappers, printed black on pale yellow; a fine copy in the original pink envelope - itself near fine. Bloomfield & Mendelson A34.

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AUDEN, W.H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973 : SUE. SYCAMORE BROADSHEET 23.

AUDEN, W.H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973 : SUE. SYCAMORE BROADSHEET 23.

Oxford : Sycamore Press, (1977). First edition. A previously unpublished dark and cautionary ballad from the nineteen-thirties. Loosely inserted is an autograph post-card from the publisher, John Fuller, signed "John F.", to the late B. C. Bloomfield (Auden's bibliographer) concerning a 1923 Auden notebook, etc.
Post 8vo. Single white sheet, printed in blue and black, folding to form three leaves; fine.

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AUSTER, Paul (Paul Benjamin), 1947- : THE BROOKLYN FOLLIES.

AUSTER, Paul (Paul Benjamin), 1947- : THE BROOKLYN FOLLIES.

London : Faber & Faber, (2005). First edition : precedes the 2006 New York edition. "I was looking for a quiet place to die. Someone recommended Brooklyn, and so the next morning I traveled down there from Westchester to scope out the terrain ...".
Medium 8vo (25cm). [vi],304,[x]pp. Original black boards; very good indeed in the dust-jacket - also very good indeed.

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AYCKBOURN, Sir Alan, 1939- : THE NORMAN CONQUESTS : A TRILOGY OF PLAYS.

AYCKBOURN, Sir Alan, 1939- : THE NORMAN CONQUESTS : A TRILOGY OF PLAYS.

London : Chatto & Windus, 1975. First edition. One of the great theatrical events of the twentieth century - six characters and three interwoven plays: Tables Manners in the dining-room; Living Together in the living-room, and Round and Round the Garden. The first West End production (1974) starred Tom Courtenay, Michael Gambon, Penelope Keith, Felicity Kendal, etc.
Post 8vo (21cm). 226,[ii]pp. Original bright blue boards, lettered in gilt; light spotting of top edge, but a very good and bright copy in the pictorial David Brinson dust-jacket - just lightly tanned (as often), but also very good.

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AYCKBOURN, Sir Alan, 1939- : THREE PLAYS : ABSURD PERSON SINGULAR ; ABSENT FRIENDS ; BEDROOM FARCE.

AYCKBOURN, Sir Alan, 1939- : THREE PLAYS : ABSURD PERSON SINGULAR ; ABSENT FRIENDS ; BEDROOM FARCE.

London : Chatto & Windus, 1977. First edition. The plays which established his reputation - "Because it's funny, it can't be serious - which of course isn't true at all - it can be funny, but let's make it truthful".
Post 8vo (21cm). (230),[ii]pp. Original turquoise boards, lettered in gilt; front endpaper lightly browned, but a very good copy in the Ionicus dust-jacket - just lightly tanned, with a couple of tiny nicks, and a couple of marks to inner flap, but also very good. Although not marked in any way, this copy was purchased from the publishers as their file copy.

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BAIKIE, James, 1866-1931 : THE SEA-KINGS OF CRETE.

BAIKIE, James, 1866-1931 : THE SEA-KINGS OF CRETE.

London : Adam & Charles Black, 1910. First edition. Legends, Homeric civilisation, Schliemann and his work, Knossos, Minoan culture, etc.
Post 8vo (22cm). (xvi),(274),[ii]pp. Plates. Maps. Original decorative cloth; top edge gilt; a very good copy indeed. Contemporary bookplate of Newton Don.

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BAILEY, Truman, 1902-1959 : POLYNESIAN VENTURE.

BAILEY, Truman, 1902-1959 : POLYNESIAN VENTURE.

New York : Doubleday, Doran & Co., 1939. First edition. Photographer and designer looking for fashion ideas in Japan, Korea, China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Polynesia, Samoa, etc.
Royal 8vo (24cm). (x),(234),[ii]pp. Plates. Original decorative cloth; a few very faint marks, endpapers a little browned, but a very good copy.

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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.

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BARNES, Melvyn (Melvyn Peter), 1942- : BEST DETECTIVE FICTION : A GUIDE FROM GODWIN TO THE PRESENT.

BARNES, Melvyn (Melvyn Peter), 1942- : BEST DETECTIVE FICTION : A GUIDE FROM GODWIN TO THE PRESENT.

London : Clive Bingley / Hamden : Linnet Books, (1975). First edition. A narrative bibliography of the best of detective fiction, with the first English-language or first British editions identified.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (122),[ii]pp. Original boards; just a hint of bruising to tips, but a very good, bright and sound copy in a lightly marked dust-jacket.

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"BARRY, Ray" - [HUGHES, Denis Talbot, 1917-2008] : OMINOUS FOLLY.

London : Curtis Warren, [1952]. First edition. Jane and Dinah take the Jaguar to Spain looking for adventure, ignore the fisherman's warning, and take an ill-advised short-cut to another dimension.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 112pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - a design attributed to Ray Theobald; some wear and creasing; staples rusted; a reasonable copy. No copy located in any major UK library.

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BARSTOW, Stan (Stanley), 1928-2011 : A KIND OF LOVING.

BARSTOW, Stan (Stanley), 1928-2011 : A KIND OF LOVING.

London : Michael Joseph, (1960). First edition. His celebrated first novel, on which the 1962 John Schlesinger film with Alan Bates, June Ritchie, etc., was based.
Post 8vo (21cm). (286),[ii]pp. Original black boards, ruled, blocked and lettered across spine in gilt; edges lightly spotted; a few slight marks, but still a very good copy in the original Adrian Bailey dust-jacket - a pictorial design in olive, lilac, sepia, black and white - just lightly used, slightly nicked and a touch sunned.

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BARTHOLOMEW & SON, John : BARTHOLOMEW'S REFERENCE ATLAS OF GREATER LONDON : COVERING THE WHOLE METROPOLITAN POLICE AREA, WITH LARGER SCALE MAPS FOR CENTRAL LONDON AND INDEX FOR QUICK LOCATION OF OVER 59,000 NAMES.

BARTHOLOMEW & SON, John : BARTHOLOMEW'S REFERENCE ATLAS OF GREATER LONDON : COVERING THE WHOLE METROPOLITAN POLICE AREA, WITH LARGER SCALE MAPS FOR CENTRAL LONDON AND INDEX FOR QUICK LOCATION OF OVER 59,000 NAMES.

Edinburgh : John Bartholomew & Son, 1963. Twelfth edition. A fine London atlas, giving the central area on a scale on ten inches to the mile, the suburbs at four inches to the mile, and the outlying areas (north to St. Albans, east to Upminster, south to Caterham, and west to Eton) at two inches to the mile. There are also maps of the postal districts, the parliamentary constituencies, the Metropolitan Police area, the main thoroughfares, the underground railways, etc.
Medium 8vo (24cm). xxxii,(302),[ii]pp. 155 double-page and two single-page coloured maps. Original cloth; a few minor marks to cloth and edges, but otherwise a very good copy in a much worn and repaired but substantially complete dust-jacket. From the library of the distinguished London artist and historian Geoffrey Scowcroft Fletcher (1923-2004), with his ownership inscription.

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BATES, H.E. (Herbert Ernest), 1905-1974 : SUGAR FOR THE HORSE.

BATES, H.E. (Herbert Ernest), 1905-1974 : SUGAR FOR THE HORSE.

London : Michael Joseph, (1957). First edition. A collection of a dozen Uncle Silas stories, illustrated by Edward Ardizzone.
Post 8vo (21cm). (120)pp. Illustrations. Original blue cloth, blocked and lettered in gilt and red; endpapers a little tanned, but otherwise a very good copy indeed in the Ardizzone dust-jacket - bright and fresh, with only the merest hint of rubbing. Eads A85.

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BATTLEY, John R. (John Rose), 1880-1952 - editor : CLAPHAM GUIDE (PICTORIAL AND DESCRIPTIVE).

BATTLEY, John R. (John Rose), 1880-1952 - editor : CLAPHAM GUIDE (PICTORIAL AND DESCRIPTIVE).

London : Westminster City Publishing Co., 1935. Second edition. A revised and enlarged version of the original edition published earlier in 1935. A well-illustrated history, guide and companion.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (228)pp. Illustrations. Maps, some folding. Original stiff wrappers; very lightly rubbed and just a little soiled; large folding map neatly reinforced; but a nice copy.

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[BEDFORD, John Thomas, 1812-1900] : ROBERT; OR, NOTES FROM THE DIARY OF A CITY WAITER.

[BEDFORD, John Thomas, 1812-1900] : ROBERT; OR, NOTES FROM THE DIARY OF A CITY WAITER.

London : Bradbury, Agnew & Co., [1885-1888]. First edition : a composite issue, with both the first and second series bound together. A presentation copy inscribed by the author to his youngest son, Frank Bedford (b.1875), and dated December 19th 1894. "This is how I come for to be a Waiter ..." - amusing and popular sketches on the life of a City of London waiter, originally published in 'Punch' and enlivened with numerous caricatures by Charles Keene (1823-1891). Includes 'Robert at the Guildhall Banquet', 'Opening the Law Courts', 'Sunday in London' and 'Robert at the Royal Academy Dinner', etc.
Crown 8vo (19cm). vi,122; (viii),144pp. Original pale green pictorial cloth; some minor wear; spine somewhat darkened and dulled; a few small marks, but otherwise a good copy.

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BEETON, Isabella Mary, 1836-1865 : THE BOOK OF HOUSEHOLD MANAGEMENT; COMPRISING INFORMATION FOR THE MISTRESS, HOUSEKEEPER, COOK, KITCHEN-MAID,  BUTLER, FOOTMAN, COACHMAN ...

BEETON, Isabella Mary, 1836-1865 : THE BOOK OF HOUSEHOLD MANAGEMENT; COMPRISING INFORMATION FOR THE MISTRESS, HOUSEKEEPER, COOK, KITCHEN-MAID, BUTLER, FOOTMAN, COACHMAN ...

London : Jonathan Cape, 1968. An attractive facsimile of the original 1861 edition. The much-loved Mrs Beeton - "this book has more wisdom to the square inch than any work of man" (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle).
Foolscap 8vo (18cm). (xl),1112pp. Coloured frontispiece, extra title and twelve coloured plates of dishes, etc. Numerous illustrations in the text. Original cloth; a few slight marks to text edges, but a very good copy. Contemporary gift inscription.

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BELL, J.J. (John Joy), 1871-1934 : SCOTLAND IN TEN DAYS.

BELL, J.J. (John Joy), 1871-1934 : SCOTLAND IN TEN DAYS.

London : George G. Harrap & Co., (1934). First edition. The author of "The Glory of Scotland" etc., with an attractive and informative planned itinerary by road or rail for those with only a fortnight's holiday.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (288)pp. Plates. Folding map. Original cloth; top edge a mite dusty; a few slight internal marks, but a very good copy in the striking dust-jacket - an art-deco design in puce, black and white by Leo Newman - worn, slightly split and a little tanned at spine.

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[BETHELL, Victor (Albert Victor), 1864-1927] : TEN DAYS AT MONTE CARLO AT THE BANK'S EXPENSE : CONTAINING HINTS TO VISITORS AND A GENERAL GUIDE TO THE NEIGHBOURHOOD. BY V. B.

[BETHELL, Victor (Albert Victor), 1864-1927] : TEN DAYS AT MONTE CARLO AT THE BANK'S EXPENSE : CONTAINING HINTS TO VISITORS AND A GENERAL GUIDE TO THE NEIGHBOURHOOD. BY V. B.

London : William Heinemann, 1898. First edition. An amiable tale of touring the neighbourhood, dining well, and persistent success at the tables - but "I quite recognise the fact that my system is of no use to gamblers".
Foolscap 8vo (17cm). xii,[ii],(182),24pp. Folding map of recommended bicycle rides. Advertisements, etc. Original red cloth, blocked and lettered in black and white; covers a little marked; rear endpaper partly cracked; a little shaken; some spotting; one leaf with a minor repair, but a good copy of a fragile production.

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BETJEMAN, John (Sir John), 1906-1984 : A NIP IN THE AIR.

BETJEMAN, John (Sir John), 1906-1984 : A NIP IN THE AIR.

London : John Murray, (1974). First edition. Twenty-seven poems from the period 1967-1974, including The Costa Blanca, A Wembley Lad, A Mind's Journey to Diss, etc.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 62,[ii]pp. Original yellow cloth, blocked and lettered on spine in gilt; a very good copy indeed in the original turquoise, white and black dust-jacket - just faintly sunned at spine, but otherwise itself very good indeed.

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BIGGS, John R. (John Reginald), 1909-1989 : THE CRAFT OF WOODCUTS.

BIGGS, John R. (John Reginald), 1909-1989 : THE CRAFT OF WOODCUTS.

London : Blandford Press, (1968). A reprint of the original 1963 edition. A very attractively produced and illustrated guide to the tools and techniques of woodcut, linocut, wood-engraving, printing, paper, etc.
Foolscap 4to (23cm). (64)pp. Illustrations throughout, many in a second colour. Original boards; a fine and bright copy in the just slightly rubbed but still very clean and fresh dust-jacket.

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BINYON, T.J. (Timothy John), 1936-2004 : 'MURDER WILL OUT' : THE DETECTIVE IN FICTION.

BINYON, T.J. (Timothy John), 1936-2004 : 'MURDER WILL OUT' : THE DETECTIVE IN FICTION.

Oxford : Oxford University Press, (1989). First edition. A scholarly history of the fictional detective, from Dupin, Lecoq and Sherlock Holmes through to the moderns - with discussion of types, professional amateurs, amateur amateurs, policemen of various kinds, the private eye from Williams to Warshawski, etc.
Demy 8vo (23cm). viii,166,[ii]pp. Original boards; very good in a very good dust-jacket.

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"BLAKE, Nicholas" - [DAY LEWIS, C. (Cecil ), 1904-1972] : HEAD OF A TRAVELLER.

London : for The Crime Club by Collins, (1949). First edition. Headless corpse found near the haunting and secret-ridden country house of a great poet - the stylish and enigmatic Nigel Strangeways investigates.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (256)pp. Original orange cloth, blocked and lettered in black; just a touch sunned; a few faint edge spots, but a very good copy.

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BODENHEIM, Maxwell, 1885-1954 : MY LIFE AND LOVES IN GREENWICH VILLAGE : COMPLETE AND UNCENSORED.

BODENHEIM, Maxwell, 1885-1954 : MY LIFE AND LOVES IN GREENWICH VILLAGE : COMPLETE AND UNCENSORED.

New York : Belmont Books, (1961). First paperback edition. Memoirs of the poet, novelist and king of the bohemians, ghost-written by Samuel Roth and published six months after Bodenheim's murder at a flophouse in Manhattan. "Living my life is the only art I know anything about".
Crown 8vo (18cm). 141,[iii]pp. Original pictorial wrappers; all edges yellow; a little rubbed and used; edges a little spotted; text lightly tanned, but a good copy of an extraordinary book.

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BOUTELL, Anita (Anita Day), 1895-1972 : TELL DEATH TO WAIT.

BOUTELL, Anita (Anita Day), 1895-1972 : TELL DEATH TO WAIT.

London : Pocket Books (G.B.), (1950). First paperback edition. The witty and dangerous Miss Leo Thane reluctantly drives to the Cotswolds for the weekend. The first of her novels, first published by Michael Joseph in 1938.
Foolscap 8vo (17cm). [xii],142,[vi]pp. Original pictorial wrappers - a stylish design by Glyn Jones; all edges red; light wear and mild rubbing; a couple of tiny chips, but overall still a very good copy.

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BRACKENBURY, Alison, 1953- : SELECTED POEMS.

BRACKENBURY, Alison, 1953- : SELECTED POEMS.

Manchester : Carcanet Press, (1991). First edition. Inscribed, signed with forename and dated (1991) on the title-page by Alison Brackenbury. A selection of seventy-three poems from three earlier collections.
Demy 8vo (22cm). 142,[ii]pp. Original wrappers, printed in black and purple; very good.

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"BRAHMS, Caryl & SIMON, S.J." - [ABRAHAMS, Doris Caroline, 1901-1982 & SKIDELSKY, Simon Jasha, 1903-1948] : SIX CURTAINS FOR STROGANOVA.

London : Michael Joseph, (1945). First edition. St. Petersburg, 1910 - Stroganoff promises his wife six curtains - another of the splendid ballet mysteries from Brahms and Simon.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (190),[ii]pp. Decorative endpapers. Original green cloth, lettered in silver; tiny patches of sunning where the jacket is damaged, but otherwise a very good copy in the original pictorial Rolf Gérard dust-jacket; lightly sunned, a little used, with a few small nicks and chips, but still good.

£25

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BRANDON, John G. (John Gordon), 1879-1941 : DEATH IN 'D' DIVISION : AN A.S.P. STORY.

BRANDON, John G. (John Gordon), 1879-1941 : DEATH IN 'D' DIVISION : AN A.S.P. STORY.

London : Wright & Brown, [1943]. First edition. Gordon's monocled investigator, the Hon. Arthur Stukeley Pennington of Jermyn Street, finds a golden-curled damsel in distress.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 220,[iv]pp. Original orange cloth, ruled and lettered in black; a few slight marks, but a very good copy in the striking dust-jacket - a design by George Peace Micklewright (1893-1951) - manacled hands raised in supplication towards Old Scotland Yard - just lightly rubbed but also very good.

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BRIDGES, Victor (Victor George de Freyne), 1878-1972 : TROUBLE ON THE THAMES.

BRIDGES, Victor (Victor George de Freyne), 1878-1972 : TROUBLE ON THE THAMES.

London : Macdonald & Co. (Publishers), [1945]. First edition. A well-worked and thoroughly professional thriller, set in London and the Thames Valley on the eve of World War II - blackmail, espionage, kidnap, colour-blind naval commander and pretty Chelsea interior designer.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 192pp. Original blue cloth, blocked and lettered in lighter blue; slivers of sunning at tips, but a very good copy in the stylish pictorial dust-jacket - slightly chipped, a little tanned, splitting at some folds, but complete and still attractive.

£20

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BROSTER, D.K. (Dorothy Kathleen), 1877-1950 :  SHIPS IN THE BAY!

BROSTER, D.K. (Dorothy Kathleen), 1877-1950 : SHIPS IN THE BAY!

London : William Heinemann, (1931). First edition. The daughter of the precentor of St. David's Cathedral in South Wales falls in with a young seaman, a deserter from a privateer, on the run from the Bow Street Runners - but not all is as it seems. Set in 1796 and researched in her usual meticulous way, the story also incorporates the French landing the following year.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [x],436,[ii]pp. Original olive cloth, riled and lettered in gilt; a few faint edge spots, but an excellent copy, bright, clean and sound, in the original red and white dust-jacket - the jacket with a few tiny nicks, a couple of very short tears, and a sprinkling of spots, but itself very good indeed, clean and fresh.

£50

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BROWN, Horace, 1908- - [ALLEN, Leslie] : MURDER IN THE ROUGH.

BROWN, Horace, 1908- - [ALLEN, Leslie] : MURDER IN THE ROUGH.

London : T. V. Boardman & Co., (1948). First British edition. A scarce golfing mystery first published by Five Star in New York in 1946 under the name Leslie Allen - the name here appended to a preface introducing the great detective, that "mastodon of a man", Napoleon B. Smith.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 160pp. Original pictorial wrappers - a design by the incomparable Denis McLoughlin; a little worn and creased; some spotting of edges; a reasonable copy of an uncommon title. TVB Books 52.

£40

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BROWNJOHN, Alan (Alan Charles), 1931- : THE OLD FLEA-PIT.

BROWNJOHN, Alan (Alan Charles), 1931- : THE OLD FLEA-PIT.

London : Hutchinson, (1987). First edition. Warmly inscribed, signed "Alan B." by the poet and dated (1991) on the title-page. A collection of forty-one poems - "our finest social poet since Larkin" (Peter Porter).
Post 8vo (20cm). [iv],(60)pp. Original pictorial wrappers (Jane Russell in The Outlaw); very slightly rubbed and faintly bruised; text a touch tanned as usual, but a very good copy.

£20

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BUCK, Anne (Anne Mary), 1910-2005 : DRESS IN EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY ENGLAND.

BUCK, Anne (Anne Mary), 1910-2005 : DRESS IN EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY ENGLAND.

London : B. T. Batsford, (1979). First edition. A well-illustrated and scholarly survey, with chapters on crown and court; people of fashion; the gentry; servants; common people; buying and making clothes; fabrics and wearers; dress and society, etc., with a glossary, a bibliography, etc.
Crown 4to (26cm). 240pp. Four colour plates. Over ninety illustrations. Original boards; very good in a price-clipped dust-jacket.

£25

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BURROWS, Allan : [COVER TITLE] THE GIRLS OF TODAY : SKETCHES AND VERSES.

BURROWS, Allan : [COVER TITLE] THE GIRLS OF TODAY : SKETCHES AND VERSES.

London : Allan Burrows, [ca.1942]. First edition. A charming sequence, dedicated "to all our brave girls", of fifteen colour sketches of women and war work - Wrens, Waafs, munition girls, land girls, etc. - each accompanied by enthusiastic and exhortatory verses.
Long crown 8vo (12 x 18cm). [32]pp. Colour illustrations throughout. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; a few marks and spots, but a very good copy of a scarce and fragile production. Only a single copy located on WorldCat - not in the UK.

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BURTON, Edmund : [DROP-HEAD TITLE] RUBIES OF ELEPHANTA : A STORY OF EASTERN ADVENTURE.

BURTON, Edmund : [DROP-HEAD TITLE] RUBIES OF ELEPHANTA : A STORY OF EASTERN ADVENTURE.

London : U.T.B., [ca.1945]. First edition. "Since resigning from a brilliant career in the Bengal Cavalry, Captain Bainbridge had settled down in the Malay Peninsula, where he had purchased an estate some twenty-five miles up country from Singapore".
Crown 8vo (19cm). 32pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; lightly marked and slightly creased; staples a touch rusted; a few slight spots, but a very good copy. No copy located in any major library worldwide.

£40

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BUSH, Arthur : PORTRAIT OF LONDON.

BUSH, Arthur : PORTRAIT OF LONDON.

London : Frederick Muller, (1950). First edition. A district-by-district guided tour of the history and heritage of the City and the West End.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 232pp. Twenty-four photogravure plates. Endpaper map. Original cloth gilt; a very good copy indeed, in a just slightly nicked and creased dust-jacket. Inscription dated 1951 on half-title.

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CADOGAN, Mary & CRAIG, Patricia, 1952- : WOMEN AND CHILDREN FIRST : THE FICTION OF TWO WORLD WARS.

CADOGAN, Mary & CRAIG, Patricia, 1952- : WOMEN AND CHILDREN FIRST : THE FICTION OF TWO WORLD WARS.

London : Victor Gollancz, 1978. First edition. A survey of the impact of war on fiction - at every level - with material in particular on Richard Aldington, Elizabeth Bowen, Angela Brazil, John Buchan, Henry Green, W. E. Johns, Evadne Price, Ernest Raymond, Henry Williamson, etc.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (302),[ii]pp. Illustrations. Original boards; a few marks to edges, endpapers, etc., - but a very good copy in a price-clipped dust-jacket - just very lightly used.

£15

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CALLCUTT & BEAVIS - publishers : [COVER TITLE] 32 VIEWS OF SOUTHEND-ON-SEA AND DISTRICT.

CALLCUTT & BEAVIS - publishers : [COVER TITLE] 32 VIEWS OF SOUTHEND-ON-SEA AND DISTRICT.

London : Callcutt & Beavis, [ca.1900]. First edition. Photographic views, primarily of Southend and Clacton, but also Prittlewell, Rochford, Leigh, St. Osyth, Walton-on-the-Naze, etc.
Long medium 8vo (18 x 24cm). [28]pp. Original cloth gilt; faintly rubbed; staples slightly rusted; a few faint marks, but a very good copy.

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"CARTER, Dee" - [HUGHES, Denis Talbot, 1917-2008] : BLUE CORDON.

London : Curtis Warren, (1952). First edition. "When Lieutenant Thomas Savage of the Polar Warfare Research Section found the frozen corpse of a woman from another age he little knew ...".
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers (an unsigned design by Ray Theobald); minor wear; some creasing to upper wrapper; staples rusted, but otherwise a very good copy of a fragile item. No copy located in any major UK library.

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"CHARLES, Neil" - [HUGHES, Denis Talbot, 1917-2008] : THE LAND OF ESA.

London : Curtis Warren, (1952). First edition. Naked, mysterious and well-educated young woman fished out of the Mediterranean - the presentation of a golden clasp leads to another time.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - Prega in full dress (almost); some light wear, slight scuffing and minor creasing; staples rusting, with slight discolouration, but overall still a very good copy. No copy located in any of the major UK libraries.

£40

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CHARPENTIER, Armand, 1864-1949 : THE DREYFUS CASE.

CHARPENTIER, Armand, 1864-1949 : THE DREYFUS CASE.

London : Geoffrey Bles, 1935. First edition in English of "Historique de l'Affaire Dreyfus" (Paris : 1933), translated by J. Lewis May. Reputedly the best account of the trials and tribulations of Alfred Dreyfus (1859-1935).
Demy 8vo (23cm). 278,[ii]pp. Plates. Portraits. Folding facsimiles at rear. Original cloth; slight discolouration to lower half of spine; lightly bruised; edges spotted; very mild discolouration at foot of a few plates, but a good copy in a soiled and price-clipped dust-jacket, slightly defective at foot of spine.

£20

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"CHASE, James Hadley" - [RAYMOND, René Brabazon, 1906-1985] : THE WORLD IN MY POCKET.

London : Robert Hale, (1958). First edition. Four desperate men and a girl plan to rob an armoured truck.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 191,[i]pp. Original black boards, blocked and lettered in red; a few faint spots to top edge, but a very good copy indeed, bright and sharp in the original Holt dust-jacket - just faintly sunned, but also very good indeed.

£40

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CHERRY, Bridget & PEVSNER, Nikolaus, 1902-1983 : DEVON.

CHERRY, Bridget & PEVSNER, Nikolaus, 1902-1983 : DEVON.

London : Penguin Books, (1989). Second edition : combines and much amplifies the original North Devon and South Devon volumes published in 1952. In the celebrated "Buildings of England" series.
Demy 8vo (23cm). 976pp. Plates. Map. Original rexine; very good in a just slightly used dust-jacket.

£25

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CHESTERTON, G.K. (Gilbert Keith), 1874-1936 : THE COMMON MAN.

CHESTERTON, G.K. (Gilbert Keith), 1874-1936 : THE COMMON MAN.

London : Sheed & Ward, 1950. First edition. Forty-four lively essays previously unpublished in book form - Chesterton on reading, novelists, the pantomime, from Meredith to Rupert Brooke, A Tale of Two Cities, necromancy, Dr Johnson, Henry James, Tolstoi, Pierpont Morgan, books for boys, nudism - and much else.
Post 8vo (21cm). vi,(280),[ii]pp. Original blue cloth, lettered in gilt; mild tanning of endpapers; slight spotting of top edge, but a very good copy in the dust-jacket - also very good. Contemporary ownership inscription.

£40

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CHESTERTON, Mrs Cecil (Ada Elizabeth Jones), 1888-1962 : IN DARKEST LONDON.

CHESTERTON, Mrs Cecil (Ada Elizabeth Jones), 1888-1962 : IN DARKEST LONDON.

London : Stanley Paul & Co., (1926). First edition. Mrs Chesterton poses as a woman without a home, without references and without money to examine the plight of the destitute in the City of Dreadful Night.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (256) + (40)pp. Portrait frontispiece. Original cloth; lightly worn and a little marked; front endpaper cracked, pencilled sketch on final leaf, but a good copy. Ownership inscription of Evelyn E. Hipwell.

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CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : THE DARK STREET : A NOVEL.

CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : THE DARK STREET : A NOVEL.

London : Collins, 1944. First edition. "The women, of course, dress superbly, move like angels, are as beautiful as diamonds and, with one notable exception, behave abominably". An early Cheyney 'dark' novel of counter-espionage.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (192)pp. Original sand cloth, lettered in green; a touch bruised; a few edge-spots, but a very good and sound copy in the original atmospheric pictorial dust-jacket - ruby-lipped brunette in green stares us down - lightly rubbed and just very slightly worn at head. Contemporary (1944) gift inscription.

£50

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CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : NIGHT CLUB.

CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : NIGHT CLUB.

Henfield : Poynings Press, (1945). First edition. We begin with a gentleman with nerves - and move on to the girl with a gun. The Silver Ring Club, Bruton Street, Berkeley Square, Regent Street and London in the rain.
Demy 8vo (22cm). (68)pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - a stylish design by RMS; a little marked and slightly worn; some scribbles on lower wrappers; staples a little rusted, but a good copy of a scarce and fragile item. Just a single copy (British Library) located on WorldCat.

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CHRISTIE, Agatha (Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa), 1890-1976 : DEATH COMES AS THE END.

CHRISTIE, Agatha (Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa), 1890-1976 : DEATH COMES AS THE END.

London : Collins for The Crime Club, [1950]. First British paperback edition. A Christie curiosity, a detective story set in ancient Egypt. First published in the UK in 1945 and here in the attractive Collins 'White Circle' format.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 160pp. Original wrappers; a few very minor signs of age and use, text lightly tanned, but a very good copy.

£20

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CHRISTIE, Agatha (Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa), 1890-1976 : PASSENGER TO FRANKFURT : AN EXTRAVAGANZA.

CHRISTIE, Agatha (Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa), 1890-1976 : PASSENGER TO FRANKFURT : AN EXTRAVAGANZA.

London : Collins (The Crime Club), (1970). First edition. A young woman strikes up a conversation with a British diplomat in the Transit Lounge at Frankfurt - leading to a maze of conspiracy, plotting and danger.
Post 8vo (21cm). 256pp. Original red boards, blocked and lettered in gilt; mild spotting of edges, but a very good and bright copy in the dust-jacket - just faintly sunned, but fresh, bright and unworn.

£40

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CLAPHAM, H. : MONTE CARLO UP TO DATE : WITH FOUR ENTIRELY ORIGINAL METHODS OF PLAY, THE ONLY ONES THAT CAN SUCCEED UNDER THE PRESENT CHANGED RULES.

CLAPHAM, H. : MONTE CARLO UP TO DATE : WITH FOUR ENTIRELY ORIGINAL METHODS OF PLAY, THE ONLY ONES THAT CAN SUCCEED UNDER THE PRESENT CHANGED RULES.

[Nice] : for the Author, [ca.1925]. First edition. Simple rules to break the bank - the Garcia System and others.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 48pp. Original wrappers; very lightly worn; a few faint marks, but a very good copy.

£20

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CLARK, Leonard, 1905-1981 : THE HEARING HEART.

CLARK, Leonard, 1905-1981 : THE HEARING HEART.

London : Enitharmon Press, 1974. First edition : [one of 230 copies (of 500) in hardback]. A collection of thirty poems, printed at the Daedalus Press.
Foolscap 4to (22cm). (46),[ii]pp. Original red-pink cloth, lettered in gilt; very good in the original Daniel Samuels dust-jacket - a striking design in white, pink and black - just lightly marked on lower panel, but also very good. Halliwell 39.

£20

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"CLAY, Bertha M." : BY A WOMAN'S HAND.

London : C. Arthur Pearson, [1931]. First edition. Lucy wanders the corridors of Wayland Manor on a dark and stormy night - the master of the house found shot. "Bertha M. Clay" was originally a pseudonym of Charlotte Mary Brame (1836-1884), but had long since become a house-name, disguising numerous later writers. In Pearson's Copyright 6d Novels series.
Demy 8vo (22cm). 124,[iv]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - a design by E. Brier dated 1927; light wear, slight creasing; lower wrapper lightly marked; text a little tanned; slight rusting to staples, but a very good copy. No copy traced in any major UK library.

£50

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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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COOPER, A.E. (Austin Eric Sisson), 1899-1982 - editor : SEA FISHING.

COOPER, A.E. (Austin Eric Sisson), 1899-1982 - editor : SEA FISHING.

London : Seeley Service & Co., (1956). A reprint of the pre-war Lonsdale Library volume on sea fishing. Contributors include Eric Parker, etc. "Certainly the most comprehensive book on the subject ever published" (British Sea Anglers' Quarterly).
Demy 8vo (23cm). 352pp. Plates. Illustrations. A very good, clean and bright copy in a price-clipped dust-jacket with one short tear.

£20

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COOPER, John, 1944- & COOPER, Jonathan, 1975- : CHILDREN'S FICTION : 1900-1950.

COOPER, John, 1944- & COOPER, Jonathan, 1975- : CHILDREN'S FICTION : 1900-1950.

Aldershot : Ashgate, (1998). First edition. An illustrated decade-by-decade survey, with biographical notes and checklists of over 200 authors from the English-speaking world. A review copy, with the manuscript review notes of the late B. C. Bloomfield loosely inserted.
Medium 8vo (25cm). (xii),228pp. Numerous illustrations. Original boards; just a hint of bruising, but a very good copy in the dust-jacket.

£25

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COTTERELL, Constance, 1864-1947 : SUMMER HOLIDAYS IN NORTH EAST ENGLAND. ILLUSTRATED WITH PHOTOGRAPHS BY PAYNE JENNINGS, AND COMPRISING VIEWS IN NORTHUMBERLAND, CUMBERLAND, WESTMORLAND, DURHAM AND YORKSHIRE.

COTTERELL, Constance, 1864-1947 : SUMMER HOLIDAYS IN NORTH EAST ENGLAND. ILLUSTRATED WITH PHOTOGRAPHS BY PAYNE JENNINGS, AND COMPRISING VIEWS IN NORTHUMBERLAND, CUMBERLAND, WESTMORLAND, DURHAM AND YORKSHIRE.

London : Walter Scott, [1895]. First edition. An attractive late Victorian survey of the north of England - or those parts of it reachable via the North Eastern Railway Company, whose arms appear on the upper cover - the sites memorialised in the evocative photographs of John Payne Jennings (1843-1926), who also oversaw the printing. The accompanying text was compiled by the novelist Constance Cotterell of York, author of "Strange Gods" (1889), etc.
Foolscap 4to (22cm). [6],xvi,(144)pp. Photo illustrations almost throughout. Original pictorial cloth gilt; all edges gilt; lightly rubbed; a few faint marks; endpapers slightly strained, but a very good copy.

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CRAIG, Elizabeth (Elizabeth Josephine), 1883-1980 : THE WAY TO A GOOD TABLE : ELECTRIC COOKERY.

CRAIG, Elizabeth (Elizabeth Josephine), 1883-1980 : THE WAY TO A GOOD TABLE : ELECTRIC COOKERY.

London : British Electrical Development Association, 1937. First edition. "I've no patience with roundabout or vague methods. I've less with out-of-date cookers" - no nonsense as the wonderful Elizabeth Craig takes us through the whole range of recipes - soups, fish, game, poultry, meat, vegetables, sauces, pastry, biscuits, cakes, drinks, pickles and chutneys, etc.
Demy 8vo (22cm). 288,[viii]pp. Plates. Original pictorial silver cloth, blocked in red and blue; a couple of tiny marks, edges and endleaves spotted, but otherwise a very good copy.

£25

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CREASEY, John, 1908-1973 : THE LEAGUE OF DARK MEN.

CREASEY, John, 1908-1973 : THE LEAGUE OF DARK MEN.

London : Stanley Paul & Co., [1947]. First edition. Post-war counter-espionage, Department Z, plots against the United Nations, etc.
Post 8vo (20cm). 208pp. Original black cloth, lettered across spine in gilt; a few minor marks; mild edge spotting; a few faint creases, but otherwise a very good copy in the pictorial dust-jacket - blonde threatens gunman with telephone - a little used and slightly nicked, price-clipped, but still very good. Neat ownership stamp of Raymond J. McCarthy of 54 Mandalay Terrace.

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CREASEY, John, 1908-1973 : A KNIFE FOR THE TOFF.

CREASEY, John, 1908-1973 : A KNIFE FOR THE TOFF.

London : Evans Brothers, (1951). First edition. "The Toff faced the gross Rumpelmeyer and death on the high seas. Then a knife gave him hope".
Crown 8vo (20cm). 214,[ii]pp. Original red cloth, blocked and lettered in black; light spotting of edges and very mild tanning of endpapers, but a very good, sound and bright copy in the original pictorial dust-jacket - a design by Jarvis - just lightly rubbed and worn.

£50

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"CREED, Will" - [LONG, William, 1922- ] : DEATH WEARS A GREEN HAT.

London : Walter Edwards (Publishers), 1946. First British edition. Gossip columnist dead in Manhattan. Originally published in New York earlier in 1946.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 126,[ii]pp. Original stapled wrappers in an attached dust-jacket in a striking design by Sinclair; a very good, sharp and clean copy.

£40

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"CRISPIN, Edmund" - [MONTGOMERY, Robert Bruce, 1921-1978] : FEN COUNTRY : TWENTY-SIX STORIES.

London : Victor Gollancz, 1979. First edition. A fine posthumously published collection, with a foreword by Philip Larkin.
Post 8vo (21cm). 160pp. Original red boards, ruled and lettered in gilt; very good indeed in the Gollancz yellow dust-jacket, printed in magenta and black - also very good indeed.

£40

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CROFTS, Freeman Wills, 1879-1957 : THE PIT-PROP SYNDICATE.

CROFTS, Freeman Wills, 1879-1957 : THE PIT-PROP SYNDICATE.

London : for The Crime Club, by W. Collins Sons & Co., [ca.1935]. First paperback edition. Seymour Merriman stops at the side of the road outside Bordeaux - his life about to change. Inspector Willis unravels one of Crofts' most popular tales. Originally published by Collins in 1922.
Crown 8vo (23cm). 128pp. Original pictorial wrappers in a striking design; a little worn; slightly chipped and creased; text a little tanned, but a good copy. No copy of this edition located in any major library worldwide.

£25

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CROSSLEY-HOLLAND, Kevin, 1941- : THE WAKE.

CROSSLEY-HOLLAND, Kevin, 1941- : THE WAKE.

[Richmond] : Keepsake Press, 1972. First edition : limited to 180 copies. A poem, with a wood-engraving in two colours by Angela Lemaire. Keepsake Poem No. 2.
Crown 4to (24cm). [4]pp. Original orange wrappers, lettered and ornamented on upper wrapper in black; very good indeed in the original Keepsake envelope. Lewis (Keepsake Poems) 2.

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CROSSLEY-HOLLAND, Kevin, 1941- editor : THE OXFORD BOOK OF TRAVEL VERSE.

CROSSLEY-HOLLAND, Kevin, 1941- editor : THE OXFORD BOOK OF TRAVEL VERSE.

Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1986. First edition. Signed by Kevin Crossley-Holland on the title-page.
Demy 8vo (23cm). xxxiv,(424)pp. Original blue boards, ruled in blind and ruled, blocked and lettered in gilt; very good in the dust-jacket - also very good..

£25

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CUNNINGHAM, Louis Arthur, 1900-1954 : SULTRY LOVE.

CUNNINGHAM, Louis Arthur, 1900-1954 : SULTRY LOVE.

Stoke-on-Trent : Archer Press, [1950]. First edition. News comes to Canada of Jeremy's marriage in wartime London - passions erupt in those left behind. A tale from one of Atlantic Canada's most prolific writers.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 160pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - a teasing design by Reginald Heade; American price over-printed on upper wrapper; "Printed in England" stamp on title-page; slight nick to lower wrapper, but otherwise an exceptionally good copy - clean, crisp and unworn.

£50

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CUSK, Rachel, 1967- : ARLINGTON PARK.

CUSK, Rachel, 1967- : ARLINGTON PARK.

London : Faber & Faber, (2006). First edition. The sixth novel from this prize-winning author - troubled souls in a provincial suburb.
Demy 8vo (23cm). [vi],240,[x]pp. Original grey boards, lettered in black; very good in the original dust-jacket - a design by Darren Wall, incorporating a William Morris pattern - and also very good.

£20

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DAHL, Roald, 1916-1990 : THE MAGIC FINGER.

DAHL, Roald, 1916-1990 : THE MAGIC FINGER.

London : George Allen & Unwin, (1968). First British edition. "I am a girl and I am eight years old..."
Crown 4to (24cm). [vi],(42)pp. Illustrations throughout by William Pène du Bois. Original laminated pictorial boards; some light wear and creasing to boards, but a reasonable copy of a popular title.

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DALE, Peter (Peter John), 1938- : EARTH LIGHT.

DALE, Peter (Peter John), 1938- : EARTH LIGHT.

Frome : Hippopotamus Press, (1991). First edition : one of just ten special copies in hardback numbered and signed by Peter Dale. A collection of fifty-four poems.
Demy 8vo (23cm). 72pp. Original green rexine, lettered in gilt; very slightly bruised, but otherwise very good in the original green dust-jacket - inevitably a little sunned at spine, but otherwise also very good.

£40

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DAVIS, Alec : ERIC FRASER.

DAVIS, Alec : ERIC FRASER.

Uffculme : Uffculme Press, (1985). Second edition. An amplified and expanded version of the original 1974 edition of this illustrated survey of the graphic work of Eric Fraser (1902-1983).
Foolscap 4to (22cm). viii,(106)pp. Numerous illustrations, some in colour. Bibliography. Original cloth; very good indeed in the dust-jacket, also very good.

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DAVIS, Dick (Richard), 1945- : FOUR VISITATIONS.

DAVIS, Dick (Richard), 1945- : FOUR VISITATIONS.

[West Chester (PA)] : Aralia Press, 1985. First edition : limited to 240 copies hand-printed on Nideggen paper. Four poems.
Foolscap 4to (21cm). [20]pp. Original blue and gold striped pastepaper wrappers (by Claire Maziarcyzk); cream paper label printed in blue on upper wrapper; very good indeed.

£20

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"DE CAMPIGNY, H.M." - [DE MESLIN, Henri-Louis] : POUR GAGNER A LA ROULETTE ET AU TRENTE-ET-QUARANTE : THÉORIE ET PRACTIQUE, LES LOIS DU HASARD, LE JEU MÉTHODIQUE, LES MEILLEURS SYSTÈMES.

Paris : Librairie Garnier Frères, [1936]. First edition : a secondary issue, with a manuscript price revision to the lower wrapper. A study of roulette and other games of chance, with explanations of the various winning systems.
Crown 8vo (19cm). [vi],(122) + 32pp. Diagrams. Tables. Original pictorial wrappers; a little minor wear, but a very good copy of a fragile production.

£25

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DE LA MARE, Walter (Walter John), 1873-1956 : PEACOCK PIE : A BOOK OF RHYMES.

DE LA MARE, Walter (Walter John), 1873-1956 : PEACOCK PIE : A BOOK OF RHYMES.

London : Faber & Faber, (1941). First Rowland Emett illustrated edition. De La Mare's enduring book of rhymes, first published in 1913 and previously illustrated by Heath Robinson, Lovat Fraser, and others - but here given idiosyncratic treatment by F. R. Emett - Frederick Rowland Emett (1906-1990).
Post 8vo (22cm). 128pp. Illustrations. Original buff cloth, lettered across upper cover and down spine in blue-green; a very good copy in the Emett dust-jacket - a design in yellow, green and tan on white - just lightly worn at tips.

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DE LA MARE, Walter (Walter John), 1873-1956 - editor : LOVE.

DE LA MARE, Walter (Walter John), 1873-1956 - editor : LOVE.

London : Faber & Faber, (1943). First edition. A sparkling anthology of over 700 passages of poetry and prose as De La Mare explores the differing themes of love - First Love, Grace and Beauty, Eros, The Fever and the Fret, Love Thwarted and Unrequited, Love Betrayed, Love Lamented, Constancy, Love in Grief and much else besides.
Demy 8vo (23cm). cxliv,592pp. Coloured frontispiece, title vignette and black-and-white illustrations by Barnett Freedman (1901-1958). Original grey cloth, decorated in red and gilt in a design by Freedman; lightly sunned, but a very good copy in the Freedman dust-jacket - slightly sunned, price-clipped, lightly worn and with a couple of short tears, but also very good.

£50

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"DEL MARTIA, Astron" : SPACE PIRATES.

London : Gaywood Press, [1951] First edition. Spaceships on the scheduled services between Earth, Mars and Venus start being kidnapped. One of the three Space Express titles, one of which appeared under the "Franz Harkon" pseudonym.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 112pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - a design by Leroi (Robert Osborne); some minor wear; tiny nick to upper wrapper and opening leaves; a few slight creases, but a very good copy.

£25

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"DEL MARTIA, Astron" - [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : THE TREMBLING WORLD.

[London] : S. D. Frances, [1949]. First edition : the first issue, with the S. D. Frances imprint and advertisements demonstrably datable to 1949. An astronomer is summoned by the President of the World Council - is the earth breaking up in a spate of earthquakes from an extra-terrestrial cause?
Crown 8vo (19cm). [iv],9-128,[iv]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - an unsigned design by Philip Montague Mendoza; slight wear; slight fraying to upper wrapper; lower wrapper with slight chip and light crease; staples lightly rusted, but overall still a very good copy. Only a single copy (British Library) located in the major UK libraries.

£40

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DICK, Philip K. (Philip Kindred), 1928-1982 : LIES, INC.

DICK, Philip K. (Philip Kindred), 1928-1982 : LIES, INC.

London : Victor Gollancz, 1984. First edition of the complete and definitive text of "The Unteleported Man", first published in "Fantastic" in 1964 and then in a 100-page paperback in 1966. The present version, rather more than doubling the original length, incorporates the lost pages, omitted text and the revisions Dick was working on at the time of his death.
Post 8vo (21cm). (200)pp. Original blue boards, blocked in gilt; a very good, bright, sound and clean copy in the original dust-jacket - price-clipped but otherwise very good indeed.

£40

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DICKENS, Charles (Charles John Huffam), 1812-1870 : EMLYN WILLIAMS : READINGS FROM DICKENS.

DICKENS, Charles (Charles John Huffam), 1812-1870 : EMLYN WILLIAMS : READINGS FROM DICKENS.

London : Folio Society, (1953). First edition. Lightly adapted excerpts from Dickens prepared for the memorable stage readings given by the great Emlyn Williams (1905-1987). With an interesting introduction by Bernard Darwin (1876-1961).
Demy 8vo (23cm). [xx],164pp. Endpapers and portait frontispiece by Barnett Freedman (1901-1958). Portraits. Original pictorial cloth gilt; top edge red; faint tanning to endpapers, but otherwise a very good copy in the Barnett Freedman dust jacket – just faintly sunned, with minor wear at extremities and a couple of very short tears, but also very good.

£25

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DIX, Maurice B. (Maurice Buxton), 1889-1977 : THIS IS MY MURDER.

DIX, Maurice B. (Maurice Buxton), 1889-1977 : THIS IS MY MURDER.

London : Ward, Lock & Co., (1938). First edition. Detective-Sergeant Frank Osborne of the CID waits for his girl on the corner of Jermyn Street - but his attention is distracted by the blonde in white and her red hat. An engaging crime novel from the Anglo-Canadian Maurice Dix.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 288pp. Original tan cloth, lettered in brown; mild creasing to spine; some spotting to edges and prelims, but otherwise a very good copy.

£40

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DOOLEY, Allan C. : AUTHOR AND PRINTER IN VICTORIAN ENGLAND.

DOOLEY, Allan C. : AUTHOR AND PRINTER IN VICTORIAN ENGLAND.

Charlottesville : University Press of Virginia, (1992). First edition. An absorbing study of the impact of new printing technology on the handling and shaping of texts - with chapters on composition, proofing, printing, reprinting, authors, authorial control - and much on Matthew Arnold, Robert Browning, George Eliot, Alfred Tennyson, Anthony Trollope, etc.
Medium 8vo (24cm). (xiv),192,[ii]pp. Original cloth-backed boards; very good in a just faintly marked dust-jacket.

£20

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DOOLEY, Maura, 1957- : EXPLAINING MAGNETISM.

DOOLEY, Maura, 1957- : EXPLAINING MAGNETISM.

Newcastle upon Tyne : Bloodaxe Books, (1991). First edition. Inscribed and signed by Maura Dooley on the title-page. Her first full-length collection - sixty-one poems.
Foolscap 4to (22cm). [ii],(78)pp. Original yellow wrappers, lettered in orange and green and with a Cyril Power design; very good.

£20

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DOYLE, A. Conan (Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan), 1859-1930 :  DANGER! AND OTHER STORIES.

DOYLE, A. Conan (Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan), 1859-1930 : DANGER! AND OTHER STORIES.

London : John Murray, 1918. First edition : in the secondary binding of tan cloth, ruled and lettered in black. Ten short stories, including the title-story, as well as 'The Prisoner's Defence', the science fiction story 'The Horror of the Heights', and a brief excursion 'About Cricket'.
Crown 8vo (19cm). [x],246pp. Original cloth; spine a touch darkened; some minor bruising; a little rubbed at extremities; a few minor marks and spots; outer leaves lightly tanned, but otherwise very good. Crossed through ownership inscription and address on front free endpaper.

£50

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DU BOIS, Theodora (Theodora McCormick), 1890-1986 : MURDER STRIKES AN ATOMIC UNIT.

DU BOIS, Theodora (Theodora McCormick), 1890-1986 : MURDER STRIKES AN ATOMIC UNIT.

London : T. V. Boardman & Co., (1947). First British edition. University research unit starts work on something hush-hush. Originally published by Doubleday in New York in 1946.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 158,[ii]pp. Original pictorial wrappers - a striking design by Denis McLoughlin; a little worn and creased; slight chip at foot; some internal spotting and tanning, but a good copy. TVB Books 42.

£20

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DUNMORE, Helen, 1952- : THE RAW GARDEN.

DUNMORE, Helen, 1952- : THE RAW GARDEN.

Newcastle upon Tyne : Bloodaxe Books, (1988). First edition. Inscribed and signed by Helen Dunmore on the title-page. The Yorkshire-born poet and novelist's third book - a collection of forty poems.
Demy 8vo (22cm). 60,[iv]pp. Original colour printed wrappers, the principal lettering in white and green; very good indeed.

£20

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DUNMORE, Helen, 1952- : THE SIEGE.

DUNMORE, Helen, 1952- : THE SIEGE.

London : Viking, (2001). First edition. Signed by Helen Dunmore on the title-page. Her powerful and much-lauded novel of the Siege of Leningrad.
Medium 8vo (25cm). [vi],(294),[iv]pp. Original blue boards, lettered in silver; very good indeed in the dust-jacket, likewise very good.

£50

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DUNN, Douglas (Douglas Eaglesham), 1942- : THE HAPPIER LIFE.

DUNN, Douglas (Douglas Eaglesham), 1942- : THE HAPPIER LIFE.

London : Faber & Faber, (1972). First edition. Signed by Douglas Dunn on the title-page. An early collection of thirty-nine poems, including "Modern Love", "A Faber Melancholy", etc.
Post 8vo (21cm). 72pp. Original blue boards, lettered in gilt; very good indeed in the dust-jacket - also very good.

£40

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EBERHART, Mignon G. (Mignon Good), 1899-1996 : DEADLY IS THE DIAMOND.

EBERHART, Mignon G. (Mignon Good), 1899-1996 : DEADLY IS THE DIAMOND.

New York : Dell Publishing Co., [1951]. First edition in book form - a classic novella from Mignon Eberhart, once ranked only just below Agatha Christie on a list of highest-paid and best-selling women authors - originally published in the American Magazine in 1942 - but here under its own name and with fine cover art by Bill Fleming. No. 7 in the short-lived sequence of thirty-six Dell Dime series.
Foolscap 8vo (17cm). [64]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; lightly worn and slight creased; corner of title-page chipped, but a good copy of a fragile production.

£25

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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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"ELLIOT, Lee" - [HUGHES, Denis Talbot, 1917-2008] : BIO-MUTON.

London : Curtis Warren, (1952). First edition. Scientists on an isolated island try to create a living entity from a synthetic biological structure, accidently opening a window in time and exposing themselves to the Forces of Darkness. The Watchers come to the rescue.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - a design attributed to Gordon Davies; worn at foot; a little rubbed and darkened; staples rusted and discoloured, but overall a good copy. Just a single copy (British Library) located in the major UK libraries.

£25

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EWART, Gavin (Gavin Buchanan), 1916-1995 : POEMS AND SONGS.

EWART, Gavin (Gavin Buchanan), 1916-1995 : POEMS AND SONGS.

London : Fortune Press, [1939]. First edition. His first book - a collection of thirty-eight poems.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (54),[ii]pp. Portrait frontispiece. Original blue cloth, lettered in gilt; just a touch sunned; very mild spotting of endpapers, but a very good copy in the pale lilac dust-jacket, printed in red - sunned at spine and seemingly in second state, price-clipped by the publisher and with a 6/- price over-sticker on the unclipped portion of the flap. D'Arch Smith 185.

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FARLEIGH, John (Frederick William Charles), 1900-1965 : ENGRAVING ON WOOD.

FARLEIGH, John (Frederick William Charles), 1900-1965 : ENGRAVING ON WOOD.

Leicester : Dryad Press, (1954). First edition. John Farleigh and a masterly illustrated essay on the techniques of wood engraving - the blocks, the printing, the use of the graver, the spitsticker, the round and square scorper, the tint tool and the multiple tool, etc.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (52)pp. Illustrated with Farleigh's diagrams, illustrations and examples throughout. Original decorative boards in a three-colour Farleigh design. Very good.

£25

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FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960 : THE SLAVES OF IJAX : A COMPLETE MYSTERY ROMANCE.

FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960 : THE SLAVES OF IJAX : A COMPLETE MYSTERY ROMANCE.

Llandudno : Kaner Publishing Co., [1947]. First edition. The dystopian twenty-eighth century and the peoples of earth hypnotised into servitude, the Ebon Sphere of Surrey, etc.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 80pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; some very minor wear and a tiny chip on lower wrapper, but a very good copy. Just two copies (British Library and Liverpool) located in the major UK libraries.

£40

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FIRTH, N. Wesley (Norman Wesley), 1920-1949 : [DROP-TITLE] A COWARD AT HARCOURT.

FIRTH, N. Wesley (Norman Wesley), 1920-1949 : [DROP-TITLE] A COWARD AT HARCOURT.

London : Mitre Press, [1944]. First edition. "What the dickens is it, you chaps?" - it's Eustace Green turning up for his first day at Harcourt College in tight velvet and a frilly silk collar. Firth very much in Frank Richards mode.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (16pp). Original two-colour pictorial stapled wrappers - a design by H. W. Perl; staples rusted, with resultant damage; a few spots, but otherwise a good copy.

£40

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FIRTH, N. Wesley (Norman Wesley), 1920-1949 : STUDIO REVELS.

FIRTH, N. Wesley (Norman Wesley), 1920-1949 : STUDIO REVELS.

London : Hamilton & Co. (Stafford), [1946]. First edition. Girl from a sweat shop responds to a modelling advertisement - the "inside story" of Greenwich Village - "queer, crazy characters, torn from a page of life, the riotous studio parties, the life of a professional model, and the excitement of the hunt for a crazed strangler ...".
Crown 8vo (19cm). (128)pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - a design by H. W. Perl; a little creased; cover artwork a little blurred from faulty register; short split at foot; a few marks; staples rusted, but overall a good copy. Heavily blurred purple bookshop stamp on lower wrapper.

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"FLAMMÊCHE, Pierre" - [DAWSON, George H.] : WHEN PASSION RULES.

Stoke-on-Trent : Archer Press, [1950]. First edition. Sylvia is abandoned for Elsie, Battersea for Knightsbridge - "I am going to the woman who is not so straight-laced, who will give herself to me whether I marry her or not - And maybe her money is more important than her body! - Goodbye"! The author's pseudonym is mis-spelt Flannêche on the title-page.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - a woman in abandon from Reginald Heade; American price over-printed on upper wrapper; "Printed in England" stamp on title; slight split at foot; circle of discolouration near the American price; a few minor marks; text a little tanned, but a very good copy.

£50

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FLEISHER, Wilfrid, 1897-1976 : VOLCANIC ISLE.

FLEISHER, Wilfrid, 1897-1976 : VOLCANIC ISLE.

Garden City : Doubleday, Doran & Co., 1941. First edition. An account of "totalitarian Japan as it has evolved over the last ten years, the new Japan which aims to be supreme in Asia and to emerge as a partner of the Axis in a new world order". Fleisher's family had owned "The Japan Advertiser" and he had lived there between 1914 and 1940, also working as a correspondent of "The New York Times", "The New York Herald Tribune", etc.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (xii),(346),[ii]pp. Original cloth; endpapers tanned, but otherwise a very good copy in a chipped and price-clipped Hawkins dust-jacket.

£25

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FLETCHER, Geoffrey (Geoffrey Scowcroft), 1923-2004 : PEARLY KINGDOM.

FLETCHER, Geoffrey (Geoffrey Scowcroft), 1923-2004 : PEARLY KINGDOM.

London : Hutchinson & Co., (1965). First edition. Fletcher explores the "dim and disappearing" old East End of London.
Post 4to (28cm). (102),[ii]pp. Colour frontispiece. Numerous full-page illustrations. Original boards; a few faint spots, but a very good copy in the original pictorial Fletcher dust-jacket - a little worn, creased, slightly torn and repaired.

£20

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FLETCHER, J.S. (Joseph Smith), 1863-1935 : GREEN INK AND OTHER STORIES.

FLETCHER, J.S. (Joseph Smith), 1863-1935 : GREEN INK AND OTHER STORIES.

London : Herbert Jenkins, [ca.1931]. A smaller format reprint of the original 1926 edition.
Foolscap 8vo (18cm). 312pp. Original orange cloth, ruled, blocked and lettered in black; endpapers a little tanned; edges a little spotted, but otherwise a very good copy in the striking art deco dust-jacket - a little worn and with a neatly repaired tear.

£20

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FORD, Ford Madox [formerly HUEFFER], 1873-1939 : NO MORE PARADES : A NOVEL.

FORD, Ford Madox [formerly HUEFFER], 1873-1939 : NO MORE PARADES : A NOVEL.

London : Duckworth, (1925). First edition. "No more hope, no more glory, not for the nation, not for the world I dare say, no more parades". The second of the "Parade's End" tetralogy - Christopher Tietjens, "the last Tory", struggles with love and war. "There are not many English novels which deserve to be called great: Parade's End is one of them" (W. H. Auden).
Crown 8vo (19cm). (320)pp. Original green cloth, ruled in blind and lettered in gilt; a little rubbed and bruised, some spotting, labels neatly and inconspicuously removed from upper cover and rear endpaper, but a good and acceptable copy. Harvey A59.

£50

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FRANCIS, Dick (Richard Stanley), 1920-2010 : KNOCK DOWN.

FRANCIS, Dick (Richard Stanley), 1920-2010 : KNOCK DOWN.

London : Michael Joseph, (1974). First edition. Murky business in the world of bloodstock auctions - and a blonde in an orange MGB.
Post 8vo (21cm). (206),[ii]pp. Original cerise boards, blocked and lettered on spine in gilt; a touch bruised at foot, but otherwise very good in the Chris Yates dust-jacket - price-clipped, but also very good.

£40

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FRANCIS, Dick (Richard Stanley), 1920-2010 : LESTER : THE OFFICIAL BIOGRAPHY.

FRANCIS, Dick (Richard Stanley), 1920-2010 : LESTER : THE OFFICIAL BIOGRAPHY.

London : Michael Joseph, (1986). First edition. Biography of the Long Fellow.
Medium 8vo (25cm). [2],(xii),338pp. Original black boards, blocked and lettered in silver; very good in the dust-jacket - also very good.

£20

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FREMLIN, Celia (Celia Margaret), 1914-2009 : A LOVELY DAY TO DIE AND OTHER STORIES.

FREMLIN, Celia (Celia Margaret), 1914-2009 : A LOVELY DAY TO DIE AND OTHER STORIES.

London : Victor Gollancz, 1984. First edition. Thirteen stories to thrill and chill, including "The Post-Graduate Thesis", etc.
Post 8vo (21cm). (152)pp. Original red boards, lettered in gilt; very good in the yellow Gollancz jacket - just faintly sunned but also very good. Contemporary dated ownership inscription of Betsy Crabtree.

£20

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FREMLIN, Celia (Celia Margaret), 1914-2009 : DANGEROUS THOUGHTS.

FREMLIN, Celia (Celia Margaret), 1914-2009 : DANGEROUS THOUGHTS.

London : Victor Gollancz, 1991. First edition. A journalist escapes from his Middle Eastern kidnappers - his wife becomes even more alarmed.
Post 8vo (21cm). (192)pp. Original black boards, lettered in gilt; very good in the dust-jacket - just lightly sunned and with a faint bruise, but also very good. Small contemporary ownership inscription.

£15

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[FRITH, Henry, 1840-1910] : THE COMPLETE LETTER-WRITER FOR LADIES AND GENTLEMEN.

[FRITH, Henry, 1840-1910] : THE COMPLETE LETTER-WRITER FOR LADIES AND GENTLEMEN.

London : Ward Lock & Co., [ca.1920]. A revised and updated version of Frith's Victorian "Letter Writer's Handbook" - advice and specimen letters of every conceivable kind - forms of address, social invitations and replies, brief notes, requests, business letters, employment, parents, children, betrothal, marriage, condolence, congratulation, miscellaneous, etc. Includes a communication from a lady inviting another to visit her in painful circumstances; from a lady to a sanitary inspector complaining of defective drains; letters regarding the characters of servants; letter to a young lady on her engagement (disapproving); a letter from a maid servant taxing her lover with neglect; letter from a lady remonstrating with her fiancé for flirting at a party, and so many other delights.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [288]pp. Frontispiece. Original olive cloth, ruled, blocked and lettered in black; edges a little spotted; endpapers lightly tanned, but a very good copy in the original pictorial dust-jacket - a little, worn, chipped and frayed.

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[FULLER, Roy (Roy Broadbent), 1912-1991] -

[FULLER, Roy (Roy Broadbent), 1912-1991] - "MEMBERS, Mark" : IRON ASPIDISTRA.

Oxford : Sycamore Press, (1985). First edition : one of 400 copies. Fuller's spoof poem produced to honour Anthony Powell's eightieth birthday and his fictional creation, Mark Members - complete with a biographical note on Members, a facsimile of the original mansucript, etc.
Demy 8vo (21cm). [8]pp. Facsimile. Original yellow wrappers, printed in red and black; a very good copy indeed in the original mailing envelope.

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GALE & POLDEN : TYPE IN USE AT THE WELLINGTON PRESS, ALDERSHOT.

GALE & POLDEN : TYPE IN USE AT THE WELLINGTON PRESS, ALDERSHOT.

London : Gale & Polden, [ca.1935]. An attractive small type specimen book - with a pleasant array of faces for display and mechanical composition - Bodoni, Clearface, Gill, Goudy, Grotesque, Plantin, Rockwell, Times and other rather more unusual examples, with numerous borders, etc.
Pott 4to (15cm). [48]pp - including integral endpapers. Original cloth, paper label; a few faint marks, but a very good copy.

£15

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GARDINER, Wrey (Charles Wrey), 1901-1981 : SHARP SCORPIONS : POEMS.

GARDINER, Wrey (Charles Wrey), 1901-1981 : SHARP SCORPIONS : POEMS.

Billericay : Grey Walls Press, 1941 [i.e.1940]. First edition. A scarce early collection of sixty-one poems.
Crown 8vo (19cm). [xiv],(74)pp. Original grey canvas, lettered in green; top edge just a touch dusty, but a very good copy in the original pink and blue marbled dust-jacket - a little worn and slightly sunned. Dated contemporary gift inscription (1941) to N. K. Banister from B. P. on fly.

£20

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GARDINER, Wrey (Charles Wrey), 1901-1981 : THE DARK THORN.

GARDINER, Wrey (Charles Wrey), 1901-1981 : THE DARK THORN.

London : Grey Walls Press, (1946). First edition. Autobiography and reminiscence, much of it relating to life in wartime London - "I ought to be buying books instead of paying for women's breakfasts the next morning".
Demy 8vo (23cm). (228)pp. Frontispiece portrait by Gregorio Prieto. Original blue cloth, ruled and lettered in gilt; top edge a touch dusty, but very good in the original green, maroon and cream dust-jacket - price-clipped, lightly worn and a little tanned. With the ownership inscription of the late B. C. Bloomfield.

£15

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GARDNER, Fitzroy, 1855-1931 : MORE REMINISCENCES OF AN OLD BOHEMIAN.

GARDNER, Fitzroy, 1855-1931 : MORE REMINISCENCES OF AN OLD BOHEMIAN.

London : Hutchinson & Co., [1926]. First edition. Further reminiscences from the author of "Days and Ways of an Old Bohemian" (1921) - ranging in extraordinary variety across the Victorian law courts, newspaper men, the stage, travels in the Far East, and service in the Great War ("lying largely about my age").
Demy 8vo (23cm). 314,[ii]pp. Plates. Portraits. Original cloth; cloth faintly marked; some spotting of edges, etc., but a good, sound and still bright copy. With the neat ownership stamp and initials of J. Wright.

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GIBBS-SMITH, Charles H. (Charles Harvard), 1909-1981 : THE FASHIONABLE LADY IN THE 19TH CENTURY.

GIBBS-SMITH, Charles H. (Charles Harvard), 1909-1981 : THE FASHIONABLE LADY IN THE 19TH CENTURY.

London : Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1960. First edition. A systematically arranged series of contemporary illustrations, from the Victoria and Albert Museum collections, depicting the fashions at five year intervals throughout the nineteenth century. With a descriptive commentary.
Crown 4to (26cm). [vi],184pp. Illustrations throughout. Original cloth; top edge a touch dusty; one leaf slightly creased, but overall a very good copy in a price-clipped, lightly tanned, and very slightly rubbed dust-jacket.

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GIFFORD, Denis, 1927-2000 : VICTORIAN COMICS.

GIFFORD, Denis, 1927-2000 : VICTORIAN COMICS.

London : George Allen & Unwin, (1976). First edition. A lavishly illustrated survey, with chapters on the Comic Paper, the Comic Hero, the Comic Kid, the Comic Animal, the Comic Age, the Comic World, the Comic War, and the Comic Artist.
Demy 4to (29cm). 144pp. Illustrated throughout. Original pictorial boards; just a touch of rubbing and sunning; mild spotting of edges, but a very good copy.

£25

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GILMOUR, Pat : ARTISTS AT CURWEN : A CELEBRATION OF THE GIFT OF ARTISTS' PRINTS FROM THE CURWEN STUDIO.

GILMOUR, Pat : ARTISTS AT CURWEN : A CELEBRATION OF THE GIFT OF ARTISTS' PRINTS FROM THE CURWEN STUDIO.

London : Tate Gallery, (1977). First edition : the hardback issue. An account of the Curwen Press, published to accompany the 1977 Tate exhibition. Includes a full catalogue of the exhibition (340 items), a checklist of the complete donation, a glossary of printing terms, etc. With colour plates by Edward Bawden, Claud Lovat Fraser, Barnett Freedman, David Hockney, McKnight Kauffer, John Nash, Paul Nash, John Piper, Eric Ravilious, Ceri Richards, etc.
Crown 4to (26cm). (168),[viii]pp. Plates, some coloured. Illustrations. Facsimiles. Original boards; a very good copy in the dust-jacket.

£30

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"GOODWIN, John" - [GOWING, Sidney David, 1877-1943] : BLACKMAIL.

London : Amalgamated Press, [1910]. First edition. Kenneth Thorne, self-made merchant prince, handsome bachelor of Grosvenor Square and Cornhill, has eyes only for his typist. Daily Mail Sixpenny Novel No. 109.
Demy 8vo (22cm). 4,vi,170pp. Decorative title by Garth Jones and three dramatic plates by Ernest Francis Sherie (1869-1929). Original pictorial wrappers - a striking design by Gil; worn at foot, with partial loss of series number; short split at head; upper wrapper slightly nicked and creased; lower wrapper spotted; a good and sound copy of a scarce, fragile and rather handsome production. Just a single copy (British Library) traced in the major UK libraries.

£50

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GORDON, Arthur, 1912-2002 : DANGEROUS TWILIGHT AND OTHER STORIES.

GORDON, Arthur, 1912-2002 : DANGEROUS TWILIGHT AND OTHER STORIES.

London : Gordon Martin Publishing Co., [1946]. First edition. Five stories, some evidently drawing on Gordon's wartime experiences in Germany, his time at Yale, and in England as a Rhodes Scholar.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (126),[ii]pp. Original stapled card wrappers; staples rusted, but a very good copy in the dust-jacket - a striking design in red and black by Griff. Only the British Library copy located on WorldCat.

£40

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"GORDON, Richard" - [OSTLERE, Gordon Stanley, 1921- ] : THE CAPTAIN'S TABLE.

London : Michael Joseph, (1954). First edition. An early title from the author of "Doctor in the House", etc. - disappearance overboard of ship's most glamorous passenger, etc.
Post 8vo (21cm). (220),[iv]pp. Original black boards, blocked in white and gilt, and lettered in gilt across spine; very faint tanning of endpapers; one leaf with tiny mark, but overall a very good, clean and sound copy in the original pictorial dust-jacket - a caricature design in red and black - just very faintly rubbed and slightly nicked - but also very good.

£20

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GOSLING, Cecil (Cecil William Gustaf), 1870-1944 : TRAVEL AND ADVENTURE IN MANY LANDS.

GOSLING, Cecil (Cecil William Gustaf), 1870-1944 : TRAVEL AND ADVENTURE IN MANY LANDS.

London : Methuen & Co., (1926). First edition. The former Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Bolivia reminisces on his travels as "a minor official in the employment of the Foreign Office". Includes much on Bolivia, but also with chapters on Guatemala, Vryburg and Kimberley, Paraguay, and much else.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (xii),(296)pp. Twelve plates by Maximilian von Poosch. Original cloth; endpapers lightly tanned; a few slight edge spots, but a very good copy in the dust-jacket.

£40

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GOWAR, Mick, 1951- : SO FAR SO GOOD : POEMS.

GOWAR, Mick, 1951- : SO FAR SO GOOD : POEMS.

London : Penguin Books, (1989). Second edition : a revised version of the original 1986 collection. Inscribed, signed and dated (1990) by Mick Gowar. Twenty-four poems.
Post 8vo (20cm). (80)pp. Original pictorial wrappers - a design by Debbie Hinks; very good.

£15

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GRAHAM, Henry, 1930- : PASSPORT TO EARTH.

GRAHAM, Henry, 1930- : PASSPORT TO EARTH.

London : Rapp & Whiting / André Deutsch, (1971). First edition : the hardback issue. Signed by Henry Graham on the title-page. A collection of twenty-nine poems from the Liverpool poet.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (48)pp. Original blue-brown weave boards; very good in the original Kaye Bellman dust-jacket - a design in black, red and white - just faintly spotted on inner flaps, but also very good.

£20

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GRAHAM, Virginia (Virginia Margaret), 1910-1993 : SAY PLEASE.

GRAHAM, Virginia (Virginia Margaret), 1910-1993 : SAY PLEASE.

London : Harvill Press, (1949). First edition. "This is a book on etiquette for ladies, neither of which or whom now exists, as everybody knows; so the whole thing ... is the most shocking waste of time". Illustrated by Osbert Lancaster.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [vi],202pp. Six full-page illustrations. Original blue cloth, lettered in gilt; a very good and clean copy in the original Lancaster dust-jacket - a design in lilac, white and black - price-clipped and just slightly nicked at head. Contemporary gift inscription from E. P. M. S. to C. H. dated Dedham October 1949, and stamp of the Bodkin Bookshop of Kensington Church Street on rear paste-down.

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GREENE, Graham (Henry Graham), 1904-1991 : A BURNT-OUT CASE.

GREENE, Graham (Henry Graham), 1904-1991 : A BURNT-OUT CASE.

London : William Heinemann, (1961). First edition in English. Loss, faith, vocation and despair in the Belgian Congo.
Post 8vo (21cm). [viii],256pp. Original black cloth, lettered in silver; edges and endpapers spotted, but a good, sound and still bright copy in the Lacey Everett dust-jacket - unworn, but price-clipped and a little discoloured and soiled on lower panel and flaps. Later (1980) ownership inscription of Joan Johnson.

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GREENE, Hugh (Sir Hugh Carleton), 1910-1987 - editor : THE RIVALS OF SHERLOCK HOLMES : EARLY DETECTIVE STORIES.

GREENE, Hugh (Sir Hugh Carleton), 1910-1987 - editor : THE RIVALS OF SHERLOCK HOLMES : EARLY DETECTIVE STORIES.

London : Bodley Head, (1970). First edition. A collection of thirteen stories featuring London detectives from the 1891-1914 period - by Clifford Ashdown, Guy Boothby, Ernest Bramah, William le Queux, Arthur Morrison, Baroness Orczy, Max Pemberton, etc. Selected and introduced by Sir Hugh Greene.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (352)pp. Original cloth; a touch bowed, but a very good copy in a price-clipped and lightly creased dust-jacket.

£20

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GREENE, Hugh (Sir Hugh Carleton), 1910-1987 - editor : THE CROOKED COUNTIES : FURTHER RIVALS OF SHERLOCK HOLMES.

GREENE, Hugh (Sir Hugh Carleton), 1910-1987 - editor : THE CROOKED COUNTIES : FURTHER RIVALS OF SHERLOCK HOLMES.

London : Bodley Head, (1973). First edition. A collection of thirteen stories from before the Great War - crime in the shires - by M. McD. Bodkin, Ernest Bramah, Dick Donovan, J. S. Fletcher, Jacques Futrelle, Fergus Hume, Arthur Morrison, Victor L. Whitechurch, etc. Selected and introduced by Sir Hugh Greene.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (318),[ii]pp. Original boards; a few faint edge spots, but a very good copy in a slightly nicked dust-jacket.

£20

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GREY, J.R. & GREY, B.B. (Beatrice Buckland) : SOUTH SEA SETTLERS.

GREY, J.R. & GREY, B.B. (Beatrice Buckland) : SOUTH SEA SETTLERS.

New York : Henry Holt & Co., [1927]. First edition : the American issue of the British sheets. An English couple set up home on Moorea, the neighbouring island to Tahiti.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (264)pp. Plates. Linocuts by B. B. Grey. Endpaper maps. Original cloth; very good indeed in slightly nicked and chipped dust-jacket.

£25

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"GRIDBAN, Volsted" - [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : THE MAGNETIC BRAIN.

London : Scion, (1953). First edition. Regular space travel has begun (in 1987) - a Martian brain-surgeon operates on a human salesman, endowing him with dangerous powers.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; some wear to tips; diagonal creases to upper wrapper; American price over-sticker on upper cover and USA copyright notice over-stamped on verso of half-title; text a little tanned, but a good copy.

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"GRIDBAN, Volsted" - [TUBB, Edwin Charles, 1919-2010] : FUGITIVE OF TIME.

London : Milestone Publications, (1953). First edition. The ultimate dilemma of a futuristic world - the essential fuels are now exhausted.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 112pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - an unsigned design by Ron Turner; text lightly tanned, but overall a very good and fresh copy. Only a single copy (Trinity College Dublin) located on COPAC.

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"GRIFF" : MAIN STREET MORGUE.

London : Modern Fiction (London), [1953]. First edition. Crooks, communists, the ghoulish Dr Kraatz, Gentle Hoggarty and the gorgeous Dolores Van Der Elst - oh, and the waxworks.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 126,[ii]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - a blonde in the waxworks; some light wear; some marking and light creasing, but a very good copy. Only the British Library copy located in any major UK library.

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GRIGSON, Geoffrey (Geoffrey Edward Harvey), 1905-1985 : PAINTED CAVES.

GRIGSON, Geoffrey (Geoffrey Edward Harvey), 1905-1985 : PAINTED CAVES.

London : Phoenix House, (1957). First edition. An extended exploration of the caves and prehistoric cave art of France and Spain - "may be described as a book of archaeology, a book of art, as a book of travel and experience, but it is the fusion of all three which Mr. Grigson alone could have written".
Demy 8vo (23cm). (224)pp. Plates, maps, plans, text illustrations. Original green cloth, lettered in gilt; top edge green; mild spotting of edges, but a very good copy in the Dodie Masterman dust-jacket - price-clipped, but with only the faintest wear. Small bookseller's label of Sweetens Bookshops of Preston.

£25

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GRIGSON, Geoffrey (Geoffrey Edward Harvey), 1905-1985 : BRITAIN OBSERVED : THE LANDSCAPE THROUGH ARTISTS' EYES.

GRIGSON, Geoffrey (Geoffrey Edward Harvey), 1905-1985 : BRITAIN OBSERVED : THE LANDSCAPE THROUGH ARTISTS' EYES.

London : Phaidon Press, (1975). First edition. A fine and well-illustrated survey of landscape painting in the British Isles - from Rubens to Victor Pasmore.
Post 4to (26cm). 208pp. Illustrations throughout, some in colour. Original boards; top edge a touch dusty; mild tanning of outer margins, but otherwise very good in the dust-jacket.

£25

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HAMMETT, Dashiell (Samuel Dashiell), 1894-1961 : THE CONTINENTAL OP.

HAMMETT, Dashiell (Samuel Dashiell), 1894-1961 : THE CONTINENTAL OP.

New York : Lawrence E. Spivak, (1945). First edition. A collection of four stories previously unpublished in book form, edited and introduced by Ellery Queen. Bestseller Mystery B62.
Foolscap 4to (20cm). 126,[ii]pp. Original wrappers – a design by George Salter in blue, black and white; a little worn and creased; slight tear to title-page; text tanned, but a good copy of a fragile production. Stoddard 13.

£40

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HAMMETT, Dashiell (Samuel Dashiell), 1894-1961 : THE DASHIELL HAMMETT STORY OMNIBUS.

HAMMETT, Dashiell (Samuel Dashiell), 1894-1961 : THE DASHIELL HAMMETT STORY OMNIBUS.

London : Cassell & Co., (1966). First British edition, originally published in America earlier the same year as "The Big Knockover". Eight Continental Op short stories, the novelette "The Big Knockover", and a chapter from the unfinished novel, "Tulip" - none of which had previously appeared in hardback form. Edited and introduced by Lillian Hellman. A review copy, with the publishers' slips loosely inserted.
Demy 8vo (22cm). (xxii),356,[ii]pp. Original black boards, lettered across spine in silver; top edge a little spotted; a few slight marks, but a very good copy in the original red, white and black dust-jacket - lightly rubbed, a touch sunned, slightly nicked, and a little marked on lower panel.

£40

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HARDY, Thomas, 1840-1928 : OUR EXPLOITS AT WEST POLEY.

HARDY, Thomas, 1840-1928 : OUR EXPLOITS AT WEST POLEY.

London : Oxford University Press, 1952. First trade edition. A long-forgotten tale for children from Hardy - adventures in a cave in the Mendip Hills. The story (his only children's book) was serialised in an American women's magazine in 1892-1893, but until a limited edition was published a few weeks before the present edition, it had never appeared in the United Kingdom or in book form. Edited and introduced by Hardy's bibliographer Richard L. Purdy, who rediscovered the original publication. A review copy, with the publisher's slip loosely inserted.
Post 8vo (21cm). [viii],(110),[ii]pp. Illustrations by Lynton Lamb (larger than those in the limited edition). Original maroon cloth, lettered in silver; faint bruise at head; slight spotting of edges, but a very good copy in the Lynton Lamb dust-jacket - just lightly rubbed at tips and with a single short nick to lower panel.

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HARDY, Thomas, 1840-1928 : AN INDISCRETION IN THE LIFE OF AN HEIRESS.

HARDY, Thomas, 1840-1928 : AN INDISCRETION IN THE LIFE OF AN HEIRESS.

London : Hutchinson & Co. (Publishers), (1976). First British trade edition. All that survives of Hardy's partly autobiographical first novel, never published in its original form or under its original title, "The Poor Man and the Lady", but later cannibalised for other novels and eventually published in its present shortened form in the "New Quarterly Magazine" in 1878. A tale of a Dorset village schoolmaster and the squire's daughter. A limited edition of 100 copies was published by his widow in 1934. Edited and introduced by Terry Coleman.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (126),[ii]pp. Original blue boards, lettered in silver; mild tanning of edges, but a very good copy in the pictorial Bill Dare dust-jacket - also very good.

£25

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HARRISSON, Tom, 1911-1976 :  LIVING THROUGH THE BLITZ.

HARRISSON, Tom, 1911-1976 : LIVING THROUGH THE BLITZ.

London : William Collins, Sons & Co., 1976. First edition. An account of the Blitz and those who endured it - in London, Coventry, the southern ports and the northern towns - compiled from contemporary reports, diaries and the Mass-Observation archive.
Demy 8vo (22cm). [iv],372,[viiii]pp. Original boards; very mild spotting of top-edge, but a very good copy in a just lightly tanned dust-jacket. With the ownership inscription of the late B. C. Bloomfield.

£20

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HAYCRAFT, John (John Stacpoole), 1926-1996 : BABEL IN LONDON.

HAYCRAFT, John (John Stacpoole), 1926-1996 : BABEL IN LONDON.

London : Hamish Hamilton, (1965). First edition : a presentation copy, warmly inscribed to Francis (the novelist Francis King), signed and dated January 1965 by John Haycraft. Teaching English to London's overseas population - and what it told us about London. A fervent internationalist, Haycraft left a network of 100 language schools worldwide, as well as the International House Trust.
Demy 8vo (23cm). [vi],(216),[ii]pp. Original boards; a few slight marks and creases, but a very good copy in the striking Youngman Carter dust-jacket - just a touch sunned, lightly nicked and worn, with a small tape-repair at foot, but complete and attractive. Publisher's compliments slip loosely inserted.

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HERBERT, Cyril : JUSTICE PEEPS OVER THE HANDKERCHIEF : AN ERNEST HOSTAGE STORY.

HERBERT, Cyril : JUSTICE PEEPS OVER THE HANDKERCHIEF : AN ERNEST HOSTAGE STORY.

Dublin : Pillar Publishing Co., [1946]. First edition. A young wife endures the flying bombs of the London blitz, her husband at war in Italy. One of several Ernest Hostage titles published by Pillar at about this time.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (79),[i]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; lightly rubbed and a touch dusty, but a very good copy.

£40

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HIBBERT, Christopher, 1924-2008 : THE GRAND TOUR.

HIBBERT, Christopher, 1924-2008 : THE GRAND TOUR.

London : Thames Methuen, (1987). First edition. The splendour, squalor and all the minutiae of the young Englishman abroad in the eighteenth-century - Hibbert in fine form with a richly illustrated account.
Crown 4to (26cm). 256pp. Numerous illustrations, many in colour. Original boards; a very good copy in a slightly sunned dust-jacket. From the library of the distinguished artist and architectural historian, Geoffrey Scowcroft Fletcher (1923-2004), with his 1990 ownership inscription, recording the book as a gift from his wife and his dog.

£25

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HILL, Geoffrey (Sir Geoffrey William), 1932- : PREGHIERE.

HILL, Geoffrey (Sir Geoffrey William), 1932- : PREGHIERE.

Leeds : Northern House, (1964). First edition. Eight poems hand-set at the School of English, Leeds University. Hill's third collection of poems.
Post 8vo (21cm). 12pp. Original white stapled wrappers, lettered in black; some very minor wear and a hint of creasing, but still a very good copy of a fragile production.

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HILL, Geoffrey (Sir Geoffrey William), 1932- : TENEBRAE.

HILL, Geoffrey (Sir Geoffrey William), 1932- : TENEBRAE.

London : André Deutsch, (1978). First edition. A fine collection, including the Lachrimae sonnet sequence.
Demy 8vo (23cm). 48pp. Original green boards, lettered in gilt; a touch bruised; slight spine crease, but a very good copy in the dust-jacket - also very good.

£40

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"HILL, Headon" - [GRAINGER, Francis Edward, 1857-1927] : THE GOLDEN TEMPTRESS.

London : Herbert Jenkins, 1924. First edition. "That's how the blighters pitch their flap-doodle" - American millionaire pursued by assassins, etc.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 256pp. Original stone pictorial cloth, blocked and lettered in dark blue; just slightly rubbed; tiny nick to spine; a few faint marks; mild tanning of endpapers; a few minor flaws, and signs of age and use, but a very good copy still. Neat contemporary ownership inscription of G. R. Fordham.

£25

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HODGES, Sheila : GOLLANCZ : THE STORY OF A PUBLISHING HOUSE 1928-1978.

HODGES, Sheila : GOLLANCZ : THE STORY OF A PUBLISHING HOUSE 1928-1978.

London : Victor Gollancz, 1978. First edition. With interesting material on Kingsley Amis, Norman Collins, A. J. Cronin, Daphne du Maurier, Tom Harrisson and Mass Observation, 'Michael Innes', the Left Book Club, Ursula le Guin, Stanley Morison, 'George Orwell', Dorothy L. Sayers, Colin Wilson, etc.
Medium 8vo (24cm). 256pp. Plates. Portraits. Facsimiles. Original boards; one very minor bruise; edges a little spotted, but a very good copy in the Berthold Wolpe dust-jacket, just very lightly creased.

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[HOFFMAN, Aline Lydia] : NEARER THE IDEAL: INTIMATE TALKS TO GIRLS BY A. H.

[HOFFMAN, Aline Lydia] : NEARER THE IDEAL: INTIMATE TALKS TO GIRLS BY A. H.

London : Pilgrim Press, [1913]. First edition in English of "Näher zum Ideal! Ein Mädchenbuch" (Hamburg, 1912), although here apparently in a translation (anonymous, but by Harriet Mary Capes) from a French version. Well-intentioned but frankly scary advice and encouragement for "always cheerful, always gracious" young women - on destiny, sacrifice, complete consecration, duties, purchases, alcohol, good manners, hygiene, purity, humility, marriage, etc.
Post 8vo (20 cm). xii,304,[iv]pp. Original decorative cloth; just faintly sunned, but a very good copy.

£25

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HOFFMAN, Ruth, 1900- & HOFFMAN, Helen, 1900- : OUR ARABIAN NIGHTS.

HOFFMAN, Ruth, 1900- & HOFFMAN, Helen, 1900- : OUR ARABIAN NIGHTS.

New York : Carrick & Evans, (1940). First edition. "Women of Western nations have upon rare occasions lived in oriental harems. But surely this must be the record of the first time twins have performed the feat. And American twins at that" - the irrepressible Hoffman Twins (authors and illustrators of "We Married an Englishman") in Baghdad.
Demy 8vo (22cm). (308),[iv]pp. Illustrations by the authors. Original cloth, with pictorial onlay; cloth lightly spotted and a little scuffed; one leaf slightly creased; otherwise very good in a worn, torn, creased, chipped and price-clipped dust-jacket.

£25

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HOME-GALL, Edward R. (Edward Reginald), 1896-1974 : THE HUMAN BAT.

HOME-GALL, Edward R. (Edward Reginald), 1896-1974 : THE HUMAN BAT.

London : Mark Goulden, [1950]. First edition. “The ‘hero’ is The Human Bat, a costumed psychotic who makes Batman appear almost normal” (Harbottle & Holland A235). The first of Home-Gall’s two Human Bat titles, the first in the “Caught in the Spider’s Web” series, and No. 1 in the Goulden Fantasy Library. The Human Bat takes on a robot spider criminal mastermind.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 127,[i]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by R. S. Davis; some wear, creasing, light chipping and a few nicks; staples rusting; text a little brittle and tanned; a serviceable copy. Just two copies (British Library and Bodleian) located in the major UK libraries.

£50

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HORLER, Sydney, 1888-1954 : VIRUS X : A PAUL VIVANTI STORY.

HORLER, Sydney, 1888-1954 : VIRUS X : A PAUL VIVANTI STORY.

Stoke-on-Trent : Archer Press, (1950). [Second edition]. Paul Vivanti, the worst man in the world, “the most dangerous enemy the British Intelligence Departments had perhaps ever known”. Originally published in hardback in 1945.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 126 [i.e.128]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; American price over-printed on upper wrapper; “Printed in England” stamp on title-page; some very minor wear at tips; a few slight marks and small flaws; text lightly tanned, but a very good copy.

£20

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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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HOWARTH, David (David Armine), 1912-1991 : THE VOYAGE OF THE ARMADA : THE SPANISH STORY.

HOWARTH, David (David Armine), 1912-1991 : THE VOYAGE OF THE ARMADA : THE SPANISH STORY.

London : William Collins Sons & Co., (1981). First edition. The Armada story as interpreted from Spanish sources previously ignored by English-language writers.
Medium 8vo (24cm). 256pp. Plates. Endpaper maps. Original boards; very good in a lightly tanned dust-jacket.

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HUGHES, Ted (Edward James), 1930-1998 : GAUDETE.

HUGHES, Ted (Edward James), 1930-1998 : GAUDETE.

London : Faber & Faber, (1977). First edition : with the misprint "soelmn" for "solemn" on p.75. "An Anglican clergyman is abducted by spirits into the other world ...".
Demy 8vo (23cm). 200pp. Original black cloth, lettered in orange and gilt; an excellent copy in the Leonard Baskin dust-jacket - price-clipped but otherwise fine. Sagar A51a.

£50

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HUGHES, Ted (Edward James), 1930-1998 : MOON-BELLS AND OTHER POEMS.

HUGHES, Ted (Edward James), 1930-1998 : MOON-BELLS AND OTHER POEMS.

London : Chatto & Windus, 1978. First edition. Twenty-two poems for children, including "Nessie", "Horrible Song", etc.
Narrow demy 8vo (23cm). 32pp. Original laminated boards in a colourful design by Charles Keeping; tiny bruise at head, but a very good copy. Sagar & Tabor A54.

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HUNTER, John (Alfred John), 1891-1961 : THE WIMBLEDON COMMON TRAP.

HUNTER, John (Alfred John), 1891-1961 : THE WIMBLEDON COMMON TRAP.

London : Amalgamated Press, [1946]. First edition. "The three men had been sitting a long time in the Soho Cafe. They sat there because for two of them the surroundings summoned up, as much as was possible to heavy-handed London, old memories ...". Sexton Blake Library, Third Series, No. 113, issued in February 1946.
Foolscap 4to (18cm). 96pp. Original stapled pictorial wrappers - unsigned but by Eric Parker; spine a little tanned, and worn at foot; lower wrapper a little marked and slightly torn; staples rusted, with minor marking; edges a little spotted, but a good copy. Ownership initials J. F. on verso of front wrapper.

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HUTCHINGS, R.S. (Reginald Salis), 1915-2003 : A MANUAL OF DECORATIVE TYPEFACES : A DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO SERIES IN CURRENT USE, INCLUDING INLINE, OUTLINE, SHADED, THREE-DIMENSIONAL ...

HUTCHINGS, R.S. (Reginald Salis), 1915-2003 : A MANUAL OF DECORATIVE TYPEFACES : A DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO SERIES IN CURRENT USE, INCLUDING INLINE, OUTLINE, SHADED, THREE-DIMENSIONAL ...

London : Cory Adams & Mackay / New York : Hastings House, (1965). First edition. Display alphabets and commentaries, with some fine and little remembered faces, including Eusebius Open, Profil, Neon, Éclair, Phosphor, Cristal, Flash, Stop, Film, etc., with a checklist of designs, dates and founders.
Crown 4to (26cm). 96pp. Original boards; some spotting of edges and prelims, but otherwise a very good copy in a spotted and price-clipped dust-jacket.

£25

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"INNES, Michael" - [STEWART, John Innes Mackintosh, 1906-1994] : THE OPEN HOUSE.

London : Victor Gollancz, 1972. First edition : with the ISBN correction sticker over the original number on the verso of the title-page. Appleby stumbles upon Palladian mansion, dotty professor, saturnine butler, woman in white, art thieves, South American conspirators, corpse, murderers, gun battle, etc.
Post 8vo (21cm). (192)pp. Original red boards, lettered in gilt; very faint spotting of top edge, but a very good, crisp, and clean copy in the yellow dust-jacket - also very good. Contemporary ownership inscription of C. J. S. Kyte.

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[JACKSON, Guy Atwood, 1878- ] : A PRIMER OF RARE BOOKS AND FIRST EDITIONS : TEN LECTURES BY THE BIBLIOPHILIST.

[JACKSON, Guy Atwood, 1878- ] : A PRIMER OF RARE BOOKS AND FIRST EDITIONS : TEN LECTURES BY THE BIBLIOPHILIST.

Boston (MA) : Guy A. Jackson, 1930. First edition : limited to 500 copies. A useful if somewhat didactic little guide on both collecting and dealing - with advice on books not to buy, points, pamphlets, imperfect books, how to sell books, determining first editions, dime novels, collected authors, condition, English authors, rare magazines, pricing, books in demand, etc.
Foolscap 8vo (17cm). [ii],106,[iv]pp. Original cloth; minor wear at tips, but otherwise very good.

£15

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JAGGER, Arthur : MURDER INTENDED.

JAGGER, Arthur : MURDER INTENDED.

Glasgow : McKenzie Vincent & Co., [ca.1950]. First edition. Murder on the outskirts of St Albans - Scotland Yard is called in.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 96pp. Plan. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; staples rusted with attendant discolouration; a few edge spots, but overall a very good copy. Only a single copy (National Library of Scotland) located in major libraries worldwide.

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JAMES, Neill, 1902- : PETTICOAT VAGABOND : AMONG THE NOMADS.

JAMES, Neill, 1902- : PETTICOAT VAGABOND : AMONG THE NOMADS.

New York : Charles Scribner's Sons, 1939. First edition. A modern "Miss Marco Polo" endures a Lapland winter.
Demy 8vo (22cm). (x),350pp. Photo plates. Original decorative cloth; very good in a lightly worn, slightly tape-stained, and price-clipped dust-jacket.

£25

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"JANSON, Hank" - [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : CORRUPTION.

London : Top Fiction, [1953]. First edition : in the variant wrapper with just forty-eight series titles and three specials listed on the lower wrapper. The last book of the fourth series and the first under the Top Fiction imprint - with a theme of a high-class call-girl racket being used to ensnare public officials, the book opens with an unsual corruption trial. Top Fiction Ltd. was a new company hurriedly formed by Reg Carter after the police raids and seizures at the premises of the Janson publishers, printers and distributors in September 1953 (Holland pp.135-136). Later republished under the Roberts & Vinter imprint as "Secret Session" in 1960.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 142,[ii]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - a design of brunette in green with pink champagne and long cigarette holder; spine chipped at head with the loss of three letters; wrappers a little worn and somewhat creased; a few slight spots; small manuscript mark on title-page; a good copy of a difficult title. Stamps of Morgans Broadway Bookshops of Scunthorpe on fly-title and (very faintly) on lower wrapper. Just a single copy (British Library) traced on WorldCat. Williams & Holland 48.

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"JANSON, Hank" - [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : SITUATION - GRAVE!

London : Alexander Moring, (1958). First edition under this title. Made and printed in France under the Moring imprint, but originally published by Frances in 1949 as "Sweetheart, Here's Your Grave!". An early Janson, set in Hollywood - the action switching from studio to marijuana den, and with intimations of the making of a snuff movie.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 160pp. Original pictorial wrappers - a leggy design quite different from that of the earlier edition; lightly rubbed, with some faint creasing; lower panel faintly sunned; text lightly tanned, but overall an acceptable copy.

£20

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JEROME, Jerome K. (Jerome Klapka), 1859-1927 : ON THE STAGE - AND OFF: THE BRIEF CAREER OF A WOULD-BE ACTOR.

JEROME, Jerome K. (Jerome Klapka), 1859-1927 : ON THE STAGE - AND OFF: THE BRIEF CAREER OF A WOULD-BE ACTOR.

London : The Leadenhall Press, [1891]. First illustrated edition. "I thought that all acting was making love in tights to pretty women" - Jerome's first book, originally published in 1885. Through some accident of fate, nowhere near as well known as "Three Men in a Boat", but just as funny - and in this edition enlivened by the brilliant illustrations of Kenneth Mathieson Skeaping (1857-1946).
Crown 8vo (20cm). viii,(220) + 14 [but 16]pp advertisements. One hundred illustrations, many full-page. Original orange-brown cloth, ruled and lettered in black; covers slightly splashed; faint marks to top edge; a little shaken and slack, but a good and serviceable copy.

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JEROME, Jerome K. (Jerome Klapka), 1859-1927 : JOHN INGERFIELD AND OTHER STORIES.

JEROME, Jerome K. (Jerome Klapka), 1859-1927 : JOHN INGERFIELD AND OTHER STORIES.

London : Frank Palmer, [1912]. Second edition. The title story - "a story of old London" - and four others, attractively illustrated. Originally published in 1894.
Foolscap 8vo (16cm). (viii),220,[iv]pp - the advertisements dated 1912. Frontispiece and seven plates. Original red cloth, blocked in blind and lettered in gilt; text a little tanned, a few minor marks, but a very good and bright copy in the attractive and unusual pre-Great-War pictorial dust-jacket - just lightly used, a little rubbed and faintly tanned. Neat ownership inscription.

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JERROLD, Walter (Walter Copeland), 1865-1929 : IN LONDON'S BY-WAYS.

JERROLD, Walter (Walter Copeland), 1865-1929 : IN LONDON'S BY-WAYS.

London & Glasgow : Blackie & Son, [ca.1950]. An undated reprint in Blackie's charming "Beautiful England" series - an essay from Jerrold on London's more secluded corners, illustrated by twelve delightful pictures by Ernest William Haslehurst (1866-1949). First published in 1925, but here issued from Blackie's 1941-1951 London address at 66 Chandos Place.
Foolscap 4to (23cm). [iv],(64)pp. Twelve colour plates. Original fawn cloth, lettered in brown; a few slight edge-spots, but a very good copy in a slightly worn, lightly chipped and price-clipped dust-jacket.

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JONES, Herbert, 1905- : STANLEY MORISON DISPLAYED : AN EXAMINATION OF HIS EARLY TYPOGRAPHIC WORK.

JONES, Herbert, 1905- : STANLEY MORISON DISPLAYED : AN EXAMINATION OF HIS EARLY TYPOGRAPHIC WORK.

London : Frederick Muller, 1976. First edition. Concentrating on the 1920s, with material on the Cloister Press, Victor Gollancz, Monotype Corporation, Pelican Press, etc.
Crown 4to (26cm). (128)pp. Numerous illustrations. Original boards; a few faint marks; but a very good copy in a slightly used, price-clipped and lightly spotted dust-jacket. Neat ownership stamp of Ken Hewis on front free endpaper.

£20

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JOYCE, James, 1882-1941 : A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN.

JOYCE, James, 1882-1941 : A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN.

Leipzig : Bernhard Tauchnitz, 1930. First Tauchnitz edition : the first printing, with the advertisements dated May 1930. Seemingly the first appearance of the book outside England and the U.S.A.
Foolscap 8vo. (304),(32)pp. Original cream wrappers, printed in black; a little minor spotting and tanning; just a touch rubbed, but a nice copy. Slocum & Cahoon p.21. Todd & Bowden 4937a.

£50

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KANE, Henry, 1908-1988 : HALO FOR NOBODY.

KANE, Henry, 1908-1988 : HALO FOR NOBODY.

London : T. V. Boardman & Co., (1949). First British edition : precedes the Boardman hardback of 1950. "One of the best pulp mystery writers ever to walk this misbegotten world" (Robert K. Lewis). Originally published in the USA in 1947 - the author's first book, introducing Peter Chambers, sybarite, who drinks like a camel but holds his liquor like a revenue agent. Later republished as "Martinis and Murder".
Crown 8vo (19cm). 160pp. Original pictorial wrappers - the artwork by the unmistakeable Denis McLoughlin; a little rubbed and worn; short splits; a serviceable copy. TVB Books 63.

£20

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KAVANAGH, P.J. (Patrick Joseph), 1931-2015 : A SONG AND DANCE.

KAVANAGH, P.J. (Patrick Joseph), 1931-2015 : A SONG AND DANCE.

London : Chatto & Windus, 1968. First edition. His first novel, winner of the Guardian Fiction Prize - set in London and the South of France - "cold indifference ... tugs at them like a dirty wind".
Post 8vo (21cm). 222,[ii]pp. Original black boards, lettered in gilt; very good in the dust-jacket, also very good.

£25

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KEATING, H.R.F. (Henry Reymond Fitzwalter), 1926-2011 : THE PERFECT MURDER.

KEATING, H.R.F. (Henry Reymond Fitzwalter), 1926-2011 : THE PERFECT MURDER.

London : Collins for The Crime Club, (1964). First edition. The uncommon first Inspector Ghote novel - "Ghote is the most endearing of detectives. Take up with him if you haven't already".
Crown 8vo (20cm). 256pp. Original red boards, partly patterned in black, and blocked and lettered in gilt; slight spotting of edges, but a nice, bright copy in a lightly worn and slightly nicked dust-jacket - a typographic design in pink, white and black.

£40

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KEATING, H.R.F. (Henry Reymond Fitzwalter), 1926-2011 - editor : WHODUNIT? A GUIDE TO CRIME, SUSPENSE AND SPY FICTION.

KEATING, H.R.F. (Henry Reymond Fitzwalter), 1926-2011 - editor : WHODUNIT? A GUIDE TO CRIME, SUSPENSE AND SPY FICTION.

London : Windward, (1982). First edition. Essays on Crime Fiction and its Categories by Michael Gilbert, Reginald Hill, Keating himself, Jessica Mann, Hillary Waugh and others - on How I Write My Books by Eric Ambler, Len Deighton, Stanley Ellin, Patricia Highsmith, P. D. James, Keating again, and others, with a consumers' guide, etc.
Medium 8vo (24cm). 320pp. Numerous illustrations. Original ivory boards, lettered in red; very good in the original Roger Pring dust-jacket - a little sunned at spine.

£20

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KINSELLA, Thomas, 1928- : DOWNSTREAM.

KINSELLA, Thomas, 1928- : DOWNSTREAM.

Dublin : Dolmen Press, 1962. First edition. A collection of twenty-five poems.
Post 8vo (22cm). (64)pp. Original grey cloth, lettered in black; faint spotting to top edge, but a very good copy in the dust-jacket - just lightly used, but also very good.

£25

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KIRKUP, James (James Falconer), 1918-2009 : THE TRUE MISTERY OF THE NATIVITY.

KIRKUP, James (James Falconer), 1918-2009 : THE TRUE MISTERY OF THE NATIVITY.

London : Oxford University Press, 1956. First edition. Signed by James Kirkup on the title-page. A verse play - adapted and translated from the French Medieval Mystery Cycle of Arnoul and Simon Gréban.
Crown 8vo (19cm). vi,(42)pp. Original ivory stapled wrappers, lettered in black and decorated with typographic ornaments in green; staples very slightly rusted, but a very good copy.

£20

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KNAPP, James B. - publisher : ENGLAND : PICTORIAL AND DESCRIPTIVE.

KNAPP, James B. - publisher : ENGLAND : PICTORIAL AND DESCRIPTIVE.

London : James B. Knapp, [ca.1895]. First edition. A pictorial guide - Kent heavily represented, with short chapters on Folkestone, Dover, Deal, Rochester, Chislehurst, Knole, Eltham Palace, Hayes and Keston Common, Downe, Cobham Hall, Hever Castle and Penshurst - with further similar chapters on Twickenham, Kingston-on-Thames, Hampton Court, Ilford, Epping Forest, Alexandra Palace, High Barnet, Lakeland, Huntingdonshire, Tewkesbury Abbey, Ross, Belvoir Castle, Sedgemoor, Dorchester, etc. The eighth volume in a series of "Illustrated Books descriptive of Home and Foreign Travel" - drawing heavily on earlier publications for content and illustration.
Foolscap 4to (23cm). 144p. Numerous wood-engraved illustrations. Original pictorial cloth, blocked in silver, gilt and black; a touch rubbed and just slightly darkened; endpapers a little tanned; some slight spotting of edges, but overall a very good copy.

£40

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KÖRBER, Lili, 1897-1982 : ADVENTURES IN THE EAST.

KÖRBER, Lili, 1897-1982 : ADVENTURES IN THE EAST.

London : John Lane, The Bodley Head, (1937). First edition in English of Körber's "Begegnungen in Fernem Osten" (Budapest : 1936). An absorbing eye-witness account of "social and political life in China and Japan to-day" and the approaching conflict. From the author of "Life in a Soviet Factory" and with chapters on Osaka, Kyoto, Tokyo, Shanghai, Pekin, etc. Translated by Krishnarao Shivarao Shelvankar.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (348),[iv]pp. Original cloth; a few faint spots, but a very good copy in the original dust-jacket - price-clipped, lightly rubbed, and a little sunned.

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LAND, Rosina : HOME'S WHERE THE HEART IS.

LAND, Rosina : HOME'S WHERE THE HEART IS.

London : Raphael Tuck & Sons, [ca.1944]. First edition. A pocket romance in the Tuck's Better Little Books series - "This series, now famous, had its origin in the early days of the war, and was intended to provide a suitable diversion during air-raid alerts. Handy little books like these could easily be carried in the pocket, and handed on from one reader to another in the shelters. At the same time, by their small size, the books made the most of the very limited quantities of paper then available".
Pott 16mo (10cm). 32pp. Illustrations. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; staples rusting, a couple of creases, but a very good copy of a scarce and fragile survival. No copy located in any major library worldwide on WorldCat.

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"LAROCHE, Rene" - [McKEAG, Ernest Lionel, 1896-1974] : LADIES OF LEISURE.

London : Modern Fiction (London), [1951]. First edition. Diane repents of her hasty marriage in a wartime suburb - the chapters tell the tale: loveless marriage, on the verge, marriageless love, bitter parting, out of her past, unwilling wife, silken sin, the goad of loneliness, the way of transgression, conquest, gathering clouds, betrayed, the choice - aftermath. "Translated from the French" claims the cover - a statement even less accurate than the mis-spelling of McKeag's nom-de-plume as Rene Larouche on the title-page.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 136pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a stylish design by the reliable John Pollack (1918-1985) - woman vamping a car-driver in a stock French setting; some wear to extremities; minor creasing and marking; price faintly over-stamped on upper wrapper; a few internal nicks, creases and a chip; one leaf a little proud, but overall a not unappealing copy. Only the British Library copy located in any major library worldwide.

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"LE BRETON, Thomas" - [FORD, Thomas Murray, 1854-1932] : MRS. MAY'S LECTURES.

London : Herbert Jenkins, 1925. First edition. The redoubtable Mrs May on friends, on giving, on landladies, on obliging, on love, on kids, on housework, on shopping, on scandal, and on much else.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 256pp. Illustrations by A. Jones. Original green cloth, blocked and lettered in black; a few minor marks; some spotting, mainly of edges, but a very good copy.

£20

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"LE CARRÉ, John" - [CORNWELL, David John Moore, 1931- ] : SMILEY'S PEOPLE.

London : Hodder & Stoughton, (1980). First edition. The last duel with Karla.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (328)pp. Original blue boards, blocked and lettered on spine in gilt; a very good copy in the original dust-jacket - a photographic design by Stephen Cornwell - also very good.

£25

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LE QUEUX, William (William Tufnell), 1864-1927 : THE BROADCAST MYSTERY.

LE QUEUX, William (William Tufnell), 1864-1927 : THE BROADCAST MYSTERY.

London : Robert Holden & Co., [1924]. First edition. The usual Le Queux fare - Sir Hugh Sassari, criminal mastermind of Berkeley Square, Master of the World with strange and appalling powers - but some interesting and informed background on the very early days of broadcasting and the BBC. The action opens in the "artistic studio" of the British Broadcasting Company in York.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 285,[iii]pp (including integral endpapers). Original blue cloth; some mild rubbing; a few faint marks; some spotting, mainly to edges and prelims, but a very good and still bright copy. Small contemporary bookseller's label of Philip, Son & Nephew of Church Street, Liverpool, at rear.

£40

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LEON, Donna, 1942- : BLOOD FROM A STONE.

LEON, Donna, 1942- : BLOOD FROM A STONE.

London : William Heinemann, (2005). First British edition. Signed by Donna Leon on the title-page. Death of an illegal immigrant in Venice - Commissario Guido Brunetti finds more to it.
Demy 8vo (23cm). [viii],276,[iv]pp. Endpaper maps. Original blue boards, blocked and lettered in gilt; a few very faint signs of use, but a very good copy in the Richard Dunkley dust-jacket - also very good.

£25

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LESTER, J.H. (John Henry) - editor : BAT V. BALL. THE BOOK OF INDIVIDUAL CRICKET RECORDS, &C. 1864-1900.

LESTER, J.H. (John Henry) - editor : BAT V. BALL. THE BOOK OF INDIVIDUAL CRICKET RECORDS, &C. 1864-1900.

Nottingham : Boots Wholesale Printing & Stationery Department, [1900]. First edition. A highly useful compilation, with births and deaths of cricketers, the laws, names and addresses of umpires, an article on cricketing curiosities by Alfred J. Gaston, and comprehensive listings of all scores of fifty or more, annual batting averages, Australian records, county records, partnership records, bowling averages, blank pages for notes, etc. The first blank page for notes has been annotated in pencil with some figures relating to Jessop and Fry in the 1901 season.
Crown 8vo. [vi],l,366,[xxxii],[2],[viii] pp. Original pictorial cloth; lightly rubbed and a touch bowed; a few marks; endpapers a little spotted, but still a very good copy. With two neat ownership inscriptions dated 1900 and 1960. Padwick 118.

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LEWIS, Griselda, 1917-2014 - editor : HANDBOOK OF CRAFTS.

LEWIS, Griselda, 1917-2014 - editor : HANDBOOK OF CRAFTS.

[London] : Edward Hulton, 1960. First edition. Essays by various hands on all manner of craft work - Edward Bawden on lino cutting, David Gentleman on wood engraving, and further chapters on embroidery, patchwork, fabric collages, rugs, handweaving, upholstery, chair-caning, rush basket-work, toys, dolls, glove puppets, toy theatres and much more.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (372)pp. Plates. Illustrations. Diagrams. Original patterned boards; very good in a just lightly used and slightly nicked dust-jacket. Ownership inscription of Beryl G. Miller.

£25

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LILLYWHITE, Bryant, 1895-1974 : LONDON SIGNS : A REFERENCE BOOK OF LONDON SIGNS FROM THE EARLIEST TIMES TO ABOUT THE MID-NINETEENTH CENTURY.

LILLYWHITE, Bryant, 1895-1974 : LONDON SIGNS : A REFERENCE BOOK OF LONDON SIGNS FROM THE EARLIEST TIMES TO ABOUT THE MID-NINETEENTH CENTURY.

London : George Allen & Unwin, (1972). First edition. Historical notes on over 15,000 London signs - alphabetically listed from the ABC (a sixteenth-century bookseller's sign in St. Paul's Churchyard) to the Young Devil Tavern in Fleet Street - with material on the origins of certain signs, etc.
Royal 8vo (26cm). (xx),696pp. Plates, some coloured. Original cloth; a very good copy in a slightly nicked and creased dust-jacket. Ex-libris label of N. G. Jones.

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LINEBAUGH, Peter, 1942- : THE LONDON HANGED : CRIME AND CIVIL SOCIETY IN THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY.

LINEBAUGH, Peter, 1942- : THE LONDON HANGED : CRIME AND CIVIL SOCIETY IN THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY.

London : Allen Lane, The Penguin Press, (1991). First edition. A fine and detailed study of poverty, community and society in the shadow of the gallows in eighteenth-century London.
Medium 8vo (25cm). (xxviii),484pp. Illustrations. Tables. Figures. Maps. Original boards; a very good copy in the dust-jacket.

£40

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LOCKHART, R.H. Bruce (Sir Robert Hamilton Bruce), 1887-1970 : MEMOIRS OF A BRITISH AGENT : BEING AN ACCOUNT OF THE AUTHOR'S EARLY LIFE IN MANY LANDS AND OF HIS OFFICIAL MISSION TO MOSCOW IN 1918.

LOCKHART, R.H. Bruce (Sir Robert Hamilton Bruce), 1887-1970 : MEMOIRS OF A BRITISH AGENT : BEING AN ACCOUNT OF THE AUTHOR'S EARLY LIFE IN MANY LANDS AND OF HIS OFFICIAL MISSION TO MOSCOW IN 1918.

London & New York : Putnam, (1932). First edition. The colourful Bruce Lockhart - acting Consul General in Moscow during the Great War, later arrested for his alleged involvement in various plots, notably to snatch the Tsar and to assassinate Lenin. He escaped death via a prisoner exchange for Litvinov. Inserted at the front are two additional leaves on which various related press-cuttings have been laid in.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (xii),(356)pp. Facsimiles. Original blue buckram, lettered in gilt; a few trifling signs of age and use, but a very good copy.

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LOWNDES, Robert W. (Robert Augustine Ward), 1916-1998 - editor : FUTURE : COMBINED WITH SCIENCE FICTION STORIES. NO. 1.

LOWNDES, Robert W. (Robert Augustine Ward), 1916-1998 - editor : FUTURE : COMBINED WITH SCIENCE FICTION STORIES. NO. 1.

Leicester : Thorpe & Porter, [1951]. The first issue of a new American Science Fiction magazine from Doc Lowndes and Columbia Publications - here in the British issue, with the wrappers and outer leaves modified for the UK market. Novellas and short stories by James MacCreigh, Wallace West, Richard S. Shaver, Edwin James, H. B. Fyfe and William Morrison, with some striking illustrations by Virgil Finlay, Fawcette, Milton Luros, Peter Poulton and others. With an introduction by James Blish.
Crown 4to (26cm). (3)-(98)pp. Illustrations, advertisements, etc. Original pictorial wrappers - a full-on design by Milton Luros (1911-1999) to illustrate 'The Genius-Beasts'; slight split at head; small tape-repair at foot; some minor wear; a few slight nicks and tiny flaws, but overall in very good condition.

£25

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"LUIGI, Belli" - [BLEECK, Gordon Clive, 1907-1971] : MASTER-MIND MENACE.

Manchester : Sydney Pemberton, (1950). First British edition. Mind-borrowing criminality from an Australian (Sydney) writer, originally a railway signalman, who at his peak was turning out a short novel every fortnight under at least nineteen different pseudonyms. His diaries and records are held by the National Library of Australia. Also published in Australia in August 1950.
Crown 8vo (18cm). (128)pp. Original pictorial wrappers; light wear and short split at foot; bruising, creasing and short tear to lower wrapper and final few leaves, but a good and clean copy. Only a single copy (Liverpool) located in the major UK libraries.

£40

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LYTLE, H.M. (Hal Mcleod) : TRAGEDIES OF THE WHITE SLAVE : TRUE STORIES OF THE WHITE SLAVERY TAKEN FROM ACTUAL LIFE, EACH ONE DEALING WITH A DIFFERENT METHOD BY WHICH WHITE SLAVERS HAVE LURED INNOCENT VICTIMS TO DESTRUCTION.

LYTLE, H.M. (Hal Mcleod) : TRAGEDIES OF THE WHITE SLAVE : TRUE STORIES OF THE WHITE SLAVERY TAKEN FROM ACTUAL LIFE, EACH ONE DEALING WITH A DIFFERENT METHOD BY WHICH WHITE SLAVERS HAVE LURED INNOCENT VICTIMS TO DESTRUCTION.

London : United Anglo-American Book Co., [ca.1950]. First British edition. "The lives of 5,000 young girls are laid upon the altar of lust every year in the city of Chicago alone". Originally published in Chicago in 1909.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 126,[ii]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - an abandoned design by Perk; wrappers lightly spotted with a couple of faint creases; staples lightly rusted, but a very good copy. No copy of this edition located in any major library worldwide.

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McDERMOTT, C.L. (Chauncey Lereign), 1922-1997 : A YANK ON PICCADILLY.

McDERMOTT, C.L. (Chauncey Lereign), 1922-1997 : A YANK ON PICCADILLY.

New York : Popular Library, (1952). First paperback edition. A fictionalised and very lively memoir of wartime London from a B17 bombardier-navigator in the US Air Force - "Piccadilly Circus in wartime was the only place I had ever known which exemplified such complete, universal lack of restraint, in which so many people so openly and frankly pursued the same libertine objectives". Originally published in hardback in 1951. There was no British edition.
Foolscap 8vo (17cm). 160pp. Original pictorial wrappers - a lively bar-room scene, unsigned but stated on good authority to be by Earle Bergey (1901-1952); all edges green; some very minor creasing and rubbing; text lightly tanned, but a very good copy. Stamp of The Book Shack, Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey, on fly title. No copy found in any major UK library.

£25

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MACHRAY, Robert, 1857-1946 : THE NIGHT SIDE OF LONDON.

MACHRAY, Robert, 1857-1946 : THE NIGHT SIDE OF LONDON.

Edinburgh : Paul Harris Publishing, (1984). A facsimile of the 1902 London edition. The Scottish novelist, who lived in Clements Inn, explores London night life at the turn of the last century - Piccadilly, in the streets, in society (and not in society), an East End music-hall, Earl's Court, the masked ball, the shilling hop, club night, the Savage Club, the Eccentric Club, a night club, etc. - the whole illustrated with the fine drawings and sketches of Tom Browne (1872-1910). This edition with an introductory essay by David Cuppleditch.
Demy 8vo (23cm). xi,[8],300pp. Numerous illustrations. Original boards; very good in a very faintly creased dust-jacket. From the library of the distinguished artist and London historian, Geoffrey Scowcroft Fletcher (1923-2004), with his 1986 ownership inscription.

£20

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MACNEY, A. : A BANDIT IN PETTICOATS.

MACNEY, A. : A BANDIT IN PETTICOATS.

Leeds & London : Alf Cooke, [ca.1930]. First edition. Rudolph Blotton - the Blot of Park Lane and Throgmorton Street - is overheard scheming at a charity ball by Phyllis Hemley, "slender ray of loveliness".
Crown 8vo (19cm). 160pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - a design by Hill; worn at head, with loss of a few letters; extensive acid-free tape repairs to spine and lower wrapper; one corner nibbled - an indifferent but presentable copy. No copy traced in any major library worldwide.

£40

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MAGEE, David (David Bickersteth), 1905-1977 : INFINITE RICHES : THE ADVENTURES OF A RARE BOOK DEALER.

MAGEE, David (David Bickersteth), 1905-1977 : INFINITE RICHES : THE ADVENTURES OF A RARE BOOK DEALER.

New York : Paul S. Eriksson, (1973). First edition. Memoirs in London and San Francisco of the distinguished English-born antiquarian bookseller, bibliographer, collector of P. G. Wodehouse, and president of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America.
Demy 8vo (22cm). (xiv),274pp. Frontispiece. Original cloth; mild spotting of edges, but a very good copy in a lightly used and slightly creased dust-jacket. With the pencilled ownership inscription of another highly distinguished bookseller, Ben Weinreb (1912-1999).

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MANASEK, Francis J. : UNCOMMON VALUE : A RARE BOOK DEALER'S WORLD.

MANASEK, Francis J. : UNCOMMON VALUE : A RARE BOOK DEALER'S WORLD.

Ann Arbor : Arbor Libri Press, 1995. First edition. Recollections and reminiscences of the American book and map dealer F. J. Manasek (of G. B. Manasek of Vermont) - with chapters on what things are worth; dealers; the London bookshops; auctions; fairs, etc.
Medium 8vo (24cm). [ii],146,[iv]pp. Original cloth; a very good copy indeed, in an equally very good dust-jacket.

£15

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"MANNHEIM, Karl" : VAMPIRES OF VENUS.

Manchester : World Distributors / Sydney Pemberton, (1950). First edition. The sequel to "When the Earth Died" - Plato and Helen, last survivors of Earth, travel accross the Flamless Fire. In the World Fantasy Classic series. We take it that this is not the work of the eminent sociologist Karle Mannheim (1883-1947).
Crown 8vo (19cm). (128)pp. Original pictorial wrappers; some light wear and some splitting; a few minor marks, but a good copy. Just two copies (British Library and Liverpool) located in the major UK libraries.

£30

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MANTEL, Hilary (Dame Hilary Mary), 1952- : THE GIANT, O'BRIEN.

MANTEL, Hilary (Dame Hilary Mary), 1952- : THE GIANT, O'BRIEN.

London: Fourth Estate : (1998). First edition. Charles O'Brien, bard and giant, seeks his fortune in London - "lyrical, shocking and spliced by black comedy".
Demy 8vo (23cm). [viii],(212),[iv]pp. Original purple boards, lettered and decorated in gilt; a very good copy indeed, bright, clean and sound in the transparent Tracey Winwood dust-jacket - a tiny crease to inner flap, but also very good indeed. Neat name inscription and personal shelfmark.

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MANWARING, G.E. (George Ernest), 1882-1939 & DOBRÉE, Bonamy, 1891-1974 : THE FLOATING REPUBLIC : AN ACCOUNT OF THE MUTINIES AT SPITHEAD AND THE NORE IN 1797.

MANWARING, G.E. (George Ernest), 1882-1939 & DOBRÉE, Bonamy, 1891-1974 : THE FLOATING REPUBLIC : AN ACCOUNT OF THE MUTINIES AT SPITHEAD AND THE NORE IN 1797.

London : Geoffrey Bles, (1935). First edition. "A chapter in Social History, a queer, poignant, naked-nerved chapter, which even at the present day contains lessons that have never been properly learnt".
Demy 8vo (23cm). (xii),(300)pp. Plates. Original blue cloth, blocked and lettered in red; a little dull; lettering faded; slight spotting of edges, but a good, sound and serviceable copy of a fascinating study.

£20

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MASON, A.E.W. (Alfred Edward Woodley Mason), (1865-1948) : MUSK AND AMBER.

MASON, A.E.W. (Alfred Edward Woodley Mason), (1865-1948) : MUSK AND AMBER.

London : Hodder and Stoughton, (1942). First edition. 'A powerful, fascinating novel of the Eighteenth Century in England and Italy; the drama of a primitive crime in a polished setting and the slow working of a strange revenge'. A wartime novel by the popular author of 'The Four Feathers'.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 318,[ii]pp. Original light blue cloth, lettered in black; slightly sunned; some minor wear; a few slight marks, flecks and spots, but internally a very good, clean and sound copy in a dust-jacket designed by Pip Pares (1904-1977) - a little chipped and worn with a few nicks, but substantially complete and not unattractive.

£20

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MASSINGHAM, Hugh, 1905-1971 & MASSINGHAM, Pauline : THE LONDON ANTHOLOGY.

MASSINGHAM, Hugh, 1905-1971 & MASSINGHAM, Pauline : THE LONDON ANTHOLOGY.

London : Phoenix House, (1950). First edition. A quite splendid anthology of nearly 700 extracts, mainly from memoirs and private letters, offering thoughts on every aspect of London life - from accidents, actors and air-raids to traffic and the weather. Extensively illustrated from contemporary sources.
Demy 8vo (23cm). xiv,514pp. Plates. Illustrations. Original cloth; a very good copy in a lightly repaired and reinforced, price-clipped, dust-jacket.

£25

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"MAULE, Donovan" - [MAULE, Gerald Herbert (Donovan), 1899-1982 & MAULE, Mary Florence (Mollie), 1898-1984] : PHILIPPA SEES IT THROUGH.

London : Modern Publishing Co., [ca.1935]. First edition. Her secret service fiancé has disappeared and her typing bureau on St. Martin's Lane is struggling - but "There is no doubt about it, Philippa Dare certainly had pluck. Many a girl would have caved in long ago, and developed into a weepy-waily sort of female who went about with a mournful expression and a mouth that drooped at the corners - a nuisance to herself and all her friends". A crime thriller not listed by Hubin.
Crown 8vo (18cm). [iv],(11)-166pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - a design by George Peace Micklewright (1893-1951); light wear; lower wrapper wrinkled and partially discoloured; text lightly tanned, but a good copy. No copy traced in any major library worldwide.

£40

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MILLER, Agnes : THE COLFAX BOOK-PLATE : A MYSTERY STORY.

MILLER, Agnes : THE COLFAX BOOK-PLATE : A MYSTERY STORY.

London : Ernest Benn, 1927. First British edition. Reputedly the only murder mystery ever written to revolve around a bookplate. Some feisty and attractive women characters, a dashing British bookseller and a great deal of zest, but somewhat nonsensical on bookplates. Originally published in New York the previous year.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [ii],312,[iv],[2]pp. Original green cloth, ruled and lettered in black; a touch of wear; splash mark on upper cover; mild tanning of endpapers; some spotting of edges, but otherwise very good.

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MILNE, James, 1865-1951 : A LONDON BOOK WINDOW.

MILNE, James, 1865-1951 : A LONDON BOOK WINDOW.

London : John Lane, The Bodley Head, 1924. First edition. Twenty essays - on best-sellers, first novels, publishers' readers, Byron and the Murrays, Mudie's, and other aspects of the world of books, from the journalist and novelist James Milne, literary editor of the "News Chronicle" and founder in 1903 of "Book Monthly".
Crown 8vo (20cm). xii,(196)pp. Original cloth; some spotting and browning, but otherwise a very good copy.

£15

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MITCHELL, Gladys (Gladys Maude Winifred), 1901-1983 : THE DEATH-CAP DANCERS.

MITCHELL, Gladys (Gladys Maude Winifred), 1901-1983 : THE DEATH-CAP DANCERS.

London : Michael Joseph, (1981). First edition. Folk-dancer killed on the Yorkshire moors - Dame Beatrice investigates.
Post 8vo (21cm). 192pp. Original black boards, lettered on spine in silver; the faintest hint of bruising, but otherwise very good indeed in the Graham Rogers dust-jacket - also very good.

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MITCHELL, W.S. (William S.) : EAST SUSSEX : A SHELL GUIDE.

MITCHELL, W.S. (William S.) : EAST SUSSEX : A SHELL GUIDE.

London : Faber & Faber, (1978). First edition : with a printed label correcting the caption of the frontispiece. A richly illustrated survey and detailed gazetteer in the usual Shell format.
Crown 4to (24cm). 192pp. Coloured map. Photo illustrations throughout. Original cloth; a very good copy in a price-clipped dust-jacket.

£25

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"MORELLI, Spike" - [NEWTON, William (William Simpson), 1923-2009] : COFFIN FOR A CUTIE.

Stoke-on-Trent : Archer Press, [1950]. First edition. "Sam Case was brought up in a swamp cabin in Georgia. He was a rough kid who was used to finding things out for himself. This is the story of how he found out plenty ...". Typical post-war pulp fare from one of the Archer Press stable and William Newton under one of his various pseudonyms.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial staplede wrappers - cutie on a coffin from Reginald Heade; American price over-printed on upper wrapper; "Printed in England" stamp on title-page; GB copyright label (1950) on verso of half-title; tiny chips at foot and and corners; a few faint marks; text lightly tanned and slightly bruised at one corner; overall still a very good copy.

£50

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"MORELLI, Spike" - [NEWTON, William (William Simpson), 1923-2009] : THIS WAY FOR HELL.

New York : Leisure Library, (1952). First edition. "When dames get tough anything can happen" - a Shaun O'Malley mystery. Although there was presumably an English edition, perhaps under a different title, this has not been traced.
Foolscap 4to (18cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - a green-eyed redhead with a gun from Reginald Heade; a touch of wear to tips; a hint of rusting to staples, but a very good copy. Only a single copy (Bowling Green State University) located on WorldCat.

£50

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MOULT, Thomas, 1885-1974 - editor : THE BEST POEMS OF 1942.

MOULT, Thomas, 1885-1974 - editor : THE BEST POEMS OF 1942.

London : Jonathan Cape, (1943). First edition. Includes the first appearance in book form of poems by Conrad Aiken, Edmund Blunden, Frances Cornford, Walter de la Mare, Roy Fuller, Oliver St. John Gogarty, John Masefield, Nicholas Moore, Edwin Muir, Norman Nicholson, William Soutar, etc. With decorations by N. I. Cannon and others. A review copy, with the publisher's slip loosely inserted.
Crown 8vo (21cm). 112pp. Spare label tipped in at rear. Original blue and yellow cloth; white paper spine label, lettered in black; a touch darkened at upper edges of covers, but otherwise very good in the original dust-jacket - a Cannon design in white, blue and black - a little used, worn and faded.

£20

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MUIR, Augustus (Charles Augustus Carlow), 1892-1989 :  THE SILENT PARTNER.

MUIR, Augustus (Charles Augustus Carlow), 1892-1989 : THE SILENT PARTNER.

London : Methuen & Co., (1929). First edition. "As soon as he heard the crash, and felt the lurch and quiver of the ship, the man in deck-cabin number seven threw aside the bed-clothes and, pulling on a dressing-gown, went quickly across to the flat trunk that lay in the corner. It had three heavy locks, and for each one he used a differently shaped key ...".
Crown 8vo (19cm). (256)pp. Original blue boards, lettered and ruled in black; just a hint of rubbing to tips; very mild tanning of endpapers; a few edge spots, but overall a very good, bright and sound copy.

£25

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MUIR, Percy (Percy Horace), 1894-1979 : ENGLISH CHILDREN'S BOOKS 1600 TO 1900.

MUIR, Percy (Percy Horace), 1894-1979 : ENGLISH CHILDREN'S BOOKS 1600 TO 1900.

London : B. T. Batsford, (1979). A reprint of the original 1954 edition, with a fresh preface updating the list of recommended reading, etc. An illustrated history and collectors' guide to English children's books, with checklists of the most important authors, the publishing history of the major works, etc.
Crown 4to (26cm). (256)pp. Colour plates. 107 illustrations. Original boards; a few faint marks, but a very good copy in a just slightly dusty and price-clipped dust-jacket.

£25

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MUNBY, A.N.L. (Alan Noel Latimer), 1913-1974 : THE CULT OF THE AUTOGRAPH LETTER IN ENGLAND.

MUNBY, A.N.L. (Alan Noel Latimer), 1913-1974 : THE CULT OF THE AUTOGRAPH LETTER IN ENGLAND.

London : Athlone Press, 1962. First edition. A study of the growth of collecting autograph letters between the early eighteenth century and about 1914. With chapters on the Early Collectors; William Upcott; Dawson Turner; Other Nineteenth Century Collections, etc.
Demy 8vo. viii,(118),[ii]pp. Plates. Original cloth; mild spotting of edges, but a very good copy in a lightly sunned dust-jacket. With the pencilled ownership inscription of the late B. C. Bloomfield, former Director of Collection Development at the British Library.

£25

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NELSON, Claudia : BOYS WILL BE GIRLS : THE FEMININE ETHIC AND BRITISH CHILDREN'S FICTION, 1857-1917.

NELSON, Claudia : BOYS WILL BE GIRLS : THE FEMININE ETHIC AND BRITISH CHILDREN'S FICTION, 1857-1917.

New Brunswick : Rutgers University Press, (1991). First edition. An absorbing study of models of masculinity in (mainly Victorian) books for boys - "asexuality and virility as social ideals".
Medium 8vo (24cm). [xiv],(216),[ii]pp. Illustrations. original cloth; very good in dust-jacket.

£20

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NUGENT, Edmund C. (Sir Edmund Charles), 1839-1928 : COUNTRY-HOUSE CHARADES FOR ACTING.

NUGENT, Edmund C. (Sir Edmund Charles), 1839-1928 : COUNTRY-HOUSE CHARADES FOR ACTING.

London : John Camden Hotten, [1870]. First edition. A dozen short plays in various styles - the operatic, the sensational, the bombastic, the farcical, the burlesque, the pathetic, the domestic, the maritime, the shoppy, the fantastic and juvenile, etc. - designed for under-rehearsed and jovial amateur players, complete with music, etc. The author was variously a captain in the Grenadier Guards, a Justice of the Peace, and subseqently High Sheriff of Norfolk.
Foolscap 4to (20cm). (2),(8),(3)-(194),38pp. Entertaining frontispiece and illustrations by William R. Snow. Original pictorial cloth gilt over bevelled boards; all edges gilt; just a touch bruised, a few slight spots, but a very good, bright and sound copy. Small bookseller's label of J. MacGill of Belfast.

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NYE, Robert, 1939- : MRS SHAKESPEARE : THE COMPLETE WORKS.

NYE, Robert, 1939- : MRS SHAKESPEARE : THE COMPLETE WORKS.

London : Sinclair-Stevenson, 1993. First edition. Shakespeare imagined and examined from the point of view of his down-to-earth wife - "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?" - "No thanks".
Demy 8vo (23cm). [vi],216,[ii]pp. Original tan boards, blocked and lettered in black; very good in the dust-jacket - also very good.

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O'BRIEN, Frederick, 1869-1932 : WHITE SHADOWS IN THE SOUTH SEAS.

O'BRIEN, Frederick, 1869-1932 : WHITE SHADOWS IN THE SOUTH SEAS.

New York : Century Co., 1919. First edition. A vivid account of a year in the Marquesas - later filmed with Monte Blue and Raquel Torres.
Demy 8vo (23cm). xiv,450,[ii]pp. Plates. Original pictorial cloth; tiny nick at head; endpapers cracked, but otherwise a good copy.

£25

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O'BRIEN, Frederick, 1869-1932 : MYSTIC ISLES OF THE SOUTH SEAS.

O'BRIEN, Frederick, 1869-1932 : MYSTIC ISLES OF THE SOUTH SEAS.

New York : Century Co., 1921. First edition. O'Brien looks back on his time in Tahiti - some of the time spent in company with the poet Rupert Brooke, of whom he provides a little-known first-hand account.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (xvi),534,[ii]pp. Plates. Folding map. Original pictorial cloth; just lightly rubbed; some slight spotting and browning, but a very good copy.

£30

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ORCZY, Baroness Emmuska Magdalena, 1865-1947 : THE WAY OF THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL.

ORCZY, Baroness Emmuska Magdalena, 1865-1947 : THE WAY OF THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL.

London : Hodder & Stoughton, (1933). First edition. "The house had once been the home of a rich Austrian banker who had shown the country a clean pair of heels as soon as he felt the first gust of the revolutionary storm blowing across the Rue de la Monnaie. That was early in '89"
Crown 8vo (19cm). (318),[ii]pp. Pictorial title-page. Original blue cloth lettered in black; some very minor wear to extremities; spine just a touch sunned, but a very good and clean copy.

£50

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OSBORNE, John (John James), 1929-1994 : LOOK BACK IN ANGER : A PLAY IN THREE ACTS.

OSBORNE, John (John James), 1929-1994 : LOOK BACK IN ANGER : A PLAY IN THREE ACTS.

London : Faber & Faber, (1957). First edition. An association copy, with the pencilled ownership inscription of the diarist and diplomat, Sir Harold Nicolson (1886-1968), a few pencilled marks against the text, and a few pencilled notes at rear. There is the further ink ownership inscription of Anthony King-Deacon, Nicolson's secretary and writer on gardening.
Post 8vo (21cm). (96)pp. Original brown cloth, lettered on spine in gilt; endpapers tanned and spotted, but otherwise very good in the original dust-jacket - a monochrome design with Julie Hamilton photographs from the original production - a little worn and chipped, with slight loss at tips.

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OUSBY, Ian (Ian Vaughan Kenneth), 1947-2001 : THE CRIME AND MYSTERY BOOK : A READER'S COMPANION.

OUSBY, Ian (Ian Vaughan Kenneth), 1947-2001 : THE CRIME AND MYSTERY BOOK : A READER'S COMPANION.

London : Thames & Hudson, (1997). First edition. A richly illustrated overview of the genre, with sections on the origins, the great detectives, the hard-boiled school, etc.
Crown 4to (25cm). 224pp. Illustrations throughout, many in colour. Original wrappers; a few faint marks, but a very good copy.

£15

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PACEY, Philip, 1946- : IN THE ELEMENTS FREE.

PACEY, Philip, 1946- : IN THE ELEMENTS FREE.

Newcastle upon Tyne : Galloping Dog Press, 1983. First edition : one of 290 regular copies [of 300]. Four long poems, with notes.
Demy 4to (30cm). [56]pp. Original wrappers in a monochrome design by Peter Downing; short tear and faint mark to upper wrapper, otherwise very good.

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PARRY, Edward Abbott (Sir Edward Abbott), 1863-1943 : GAMBLE GOLD.

PARRY, Edward Abbott (Sir Edward Abbott), 1863-1943 : GAMBLE GOLD.

London : Hutchinson & Co., 1907. First edition. Judge Parry and an extraordinary Scottish fantasy tale for children, in which a Swiss Seal umpiring a cricket match seems relatively normal. Illustrated by Harry Furniss (1854-1925).
Foolscap 4to (21cm). viii,248pp. Illustrations. Original red cloth, pictorially blocked and lettered in gilt and black on upper cover and spine; all edges gilt; a little bruised; covers with some patches of fading and discolouration to edges; endpapers tanned; some internal marks and creases; but a good and still bright copy. Ownership inscription.

£25

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PAYNE, Laurence (Laurence Stanley), 1919-2009 : DEAD FOR A DUCAT.

PAYNE, Laurence (Laurence Stanley), 1919-2009 : DEAD FOR A DUCAT.

London : Hodder & Stoughton, (1985). First edition. It all begins in a butcher's shop in Wimbledon Village. Suspected kidnapping, terrorist group, the windmill on Wimbledon Common, Chelsea houseboat, Covent Garden, the Prospect of Whitby.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (224)pp. Original black boards, blocked and lettered in gilt; small indentations to upper board, but otherwise very good and sound in the dust-jacket, the principal lettering in pale yellow and white, also very good, but with similar small indentations.

£15

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PEARSON, Emily C. (Emily Clemens), 1818-1900 : GUTENBERG; OR, THE WORLD'S BENEFACTOR, A BOOK FOR BOYS ON THE ART OF PRINTING.

PEARSON, Emily C. (Emily Clemens), 1818-1900 : GUTENBERG; OR, THE WORLD'S BENEFACTOR, A BOOK FOR BOYS ON THE ART OF PRINTING.

London : Ward Lock & Co., [1881]. First British edition. A slightly flowery biography of Gutenberg, followed by an interesting illustrated account of more recent printing-house developments - automated typesetting, stereotyping, electrotyping, photo-engraving, etc., with material also on the latest edition-binding techniques. Originally published in Boston in 1871, but here in a somewhat revised form, noting the introduction of even faster newspaper presses on both sides of the Atlantic in 1879.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (vi),304,[ii]pp. Plates. Illustrations. Original decorative cloth; some very minor rubbing; slight browning of endpapers, but a very good copy. Gift inscription dated 1903 from J. S. Benton to Percy Fullagar "for 7 years' unbroken punctual attendance".

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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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PINNOCK, Geoffrey (Robert Geoffrey), 1893- : DARK PATHS : THE STORY OF MODERN CONTRABAND RUNNING IN EUROPE.

PINNOCK, Geoffrey (Robert Geoffrey), 1893- : DARK PATHS : THE STORY OF MODERN CONTRABAND RUNNING IN EUROPE.

London : Nicholson & Watson, 1938. First edition. A journalist's account (with photographs of both capture and success) - liquor-running to Scandinavia, human contraband from Russia, cattle smuggling in Poland, illicit silks and spirits across the English Channel, dope and armaments across the Alps, and much more.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (264)pp. Plates. Original cloth; a touch bowed; a few slight marks and spots; inscription erased; a good copy in the original Hastain dust-jacket - worn, soiled and slightly torn.

£25

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POWELL, Anthony (Anthony Dymoke), 1905-2000 : A DANCE TO THE MUSIC OF TIME.

POWELL, Anthony (Anthony Dymoke), 1905-2000 : A DANCE TO THE MUSIC OF TIME.

London : William Heinemann, (1962). First British omnibus edition of the scarce first three novels in the 'Dance' sequence - A Question of Upbringing (1951), A Buyer's Market (1952) and The Acceptance World (1955). Nick Jenkins, Kenneth Widmerpool and Charles Stringham, etc., begin their journey of life.
Demy 8vo (22cm). (178),(202),158,[vi]pp. Original blue boards, ruled and lettered in gilt; a touch of sunning to head of spine, where the jacket is chipped; small and faint mark to front endpaper, but a very good copy in the Broom-Lynne dust-jacket (based on the Poussin painting) - a little worn, lightly sunned, slightly torn and chipped, with a 4cm scuff on the lower panel.

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REILLY, Helen, 1891-1962 : MURDER IN THE MEWS.

REILLY, Helen, 1891-1962 : MURDER IN THE MEWS.

New York : Popular Library, [1950]. First Popular Library edition. An Inspector McKee mystery, first published in 1931. "A man 'bumped off' in a Rolls-Royce on Fifth Avenue in the middle of a thunderstorm".
Foolscap 8vo (17cm). 192pp. Original pictorial wrappers - an unsigned design by Rudoph Belarski; some light rubbing, but a very good copy. Small date-stamp on front free endpaper and stamp of Vivian's Swap-n-Shop of Project City, California, on title.

£20

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“RÉNIN, Paul” – [GOYNE, Richard, 1902-1957] : THE GIRL WITHOUT A SOUL.

“RÉNIN, Paul” – [GOYNE, Richard, 1902-1957] : THE GIRL WITHOUT A SOUL.

[Leicester] : Beacon Publishing Co., [ca.1948]. First edition. Renin with “the most modern of seductive vampires, who brings mingled glamour, tawdry splendour, and shameful disillusion wherever she goes”.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 112pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; wrappers creased, with some splits and short tears; staples rusted, but a reasonable copy of a scarce title. No copy located in any major library worldwide.

£50

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"RHODE, John" - [STREET, Cecil John Charles, 1884-1964] : THE VENNER CRIME.

London : Odhams Press, (1933). First edition. Dr. Priestley solves "the trickiest and most dangerous problem of his career".
Crown 8vo (20cm). 248pp. Original red-purple cloth, blocked and lettered in gilt; a little marked; gilt blocking dulled (as usual); edges and endpapers a little spotted, but a good and sound copy in the striking original dust-jacket - a design in black, yellow and white - a little worn and chipped, with some neat repairs.

£25

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RICHARDS, Grant (Franklin Thomas Grant), 1872-1948 : THE AMIABLE CHARLES.

RICHARDS, Grant (Franklin Thomas Grant), 1872-1948 : THE AMIABLE CHARLES.

London : Cassell & Co., (1935). First edition. An attractive presentation copy, inscribed and signed to 'Hélène from her father, the author Grant Richards' - Hélène Charlotte de Berquely Richards (b.1908) became Richards' step-daughter on his marriage to her widowed mother, Maria Magdalena Ágnes Csanády de Berquely, in 1915. The last of the raffish continental adventures of the very amiable Charles Caerleon, who had first appeared in 'Caviare', published by Richards himself in 1912 - 'Young wives are the sunderers of friendship'.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [viii],(312)pp. Original jade cloth, lettered in red; the spine sunned to an amiable shade of tan; a hint of shelfwear; some occasional spotting, but a good and sound copy with a very pleasing provenance.

£50

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ROSA, Vicki : PALM BEACH PLAYGIRL.

ROSA, Vicki : PALM BEACH PLAYGIRL.

London : Bush Publications, 1948. First edition. "From the torrid atmosphere of Palm Beach, to the warm Atlantic seaboard, she was known as the PLAYGIRL. This strange being was the cause of many tragedies, and broken hearts". The first novel published by the firm that went on to become Brown, Watson Ltd.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; lightly rubbed and a little worn; lower wrapper damp-stained; staples rusted; a few leaves slightly soiled; uneven tanning of text; a reasonable copy of an uncommon title. No copy located in any major library worldwide.

£50

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ROSCOE, Theodora & WERE, Mary Winter - editors : POEMS BY CONTEMPORARY WOMEN.

ROSCOE, Theodora & WERE, Mary Winter - editors : POEMS BY CONTEMPORARY WOMEN.

London : Hutchinson & Co., [1944]. First edition. Wartime poems and others from Vera Brittain, Joyce Grenfell, Sylvia Lynd, Ruth Pitter, Marie Stopes, and many others, including the two compilers. Foreword by P. H. B. Lyon.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (76)pp. Original pink cloth, lettered across upper cover in black; top edge lilac; a little sunned; a good and sound copy in the original grey, red, white and black dust-jacket - lightly worn and with a few small repairs. Contemporary (1945) ownership inscription of D. Hayward.

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ROSTEN, Leo (Leo Calvin), 1909-1997 : DARK CORNER : A NOVEL.

ROSTEN, Leo (Leo Calvin), 1909-1997 : DARK CORNER : A NOVEL.

London : Walter Edwards (Publishers), 1946. First British edition. The novella on which the classic 1946 Henry Hathaway film noir starring Lucille Ball, Clifton Webb, William Bendix, etc., was based.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (96)pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - a design by Griff; a little rubbed; short split at foot; upper wrapper very faintly spotted; light crease and some marking to lower wrapper; a few internal spots; a good copy of an uncommon title. Contemporary dated ownership inscription of G. W. Rollings of Larkwhistle Farm, Brimpton Common, Berkshire.

£25

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ROWELL, George (George Rignall), 1923-2001 : THE VICTORIAN THEATRE : A SURVEY.

ROWELL, George (George Rignall), 1923-2001 : THE VICTORIAN THEATRE : A SURVEY.

London : Oxford University Press, 1956. First edition. A highly-regarded survey of nineteenth-century theatre and drama - in fact covering the period 1792-1914 - with much incidental reference to Harley Granville Barker, Dionysius Lardner Boucicault, Sir William Schwenck Gilbert, Sir John Hare, Sir Henry Irving, Charles Kean, William Charles Macready, Sir Arthur Wing Pinero, James Robinson Planché, Thomas William Robertson, etc. - and much also on the London theatres themselves.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (xiv),(204),[ii]pp. Plates. Original cloth; a very good, clean and sound copy in a lightly used dust-jacket.

£20

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RUNCIMAN, Steven (Sir James Cochran Stevenson), 1903-2000 : THE LAST BYZANTINE RENAISSANCE.

RUNCIMAN, Steven (Sir James Cochran Stevenson), 1903-2000 : THE LAST BYZANTINE RENAISSANCE.

London : Cambridge University Press, 1970. First edition. The 1968 Wiles Lectures - on the scholarship and intellectual life of the late Byzantine Empire - imperial decline and hellenic revival; contoversy and faction; the scholars, and the achievements of the renaissance.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (x),(112),[iv]pp. Original cloth; a very good and clean copy in a price-clipped dust-jacket. Ownership inscription of Anthony Payne.

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RUTTER, Owen, 1889-1944 : TRIUMPHANT PILGRIMAGE : AN ENGLISH MUSLIM'S JOURNEY FROM SARAWAK TO MECCA.

RUTTER, Owen, 1889-1944 : TRIUMPHANT PILGRIMAGE : AN ENGLISH MUSLIM'S JOURNEY FROM SARAWAK TO MECCA.

Philadelphia : J. B. Lippincott Co., (1937). First American edition. The true story of "the English Muslim", David Chale - his pilgrimage to Mecca with his Malay wife. "A remarkable picture of Arabia and of her powerful king, Ibn Saud."
Demy 8vo (23cm). 296pp. Plates. Map. Original cloth; faint fading at tip of spine, but otherwise very good in a rubbed and slightly chipped dust-jacket.

£40

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SANSOM, William, 1912-1976 : THE LOVING EYE : A NOVEL.

SANSOM, William, 1912-1976 : THE LOVING EYE : A NOVEL.

London : Hogarth Press, 1956. First edition. "One moment the window was empty, a dark square - and the next this strange new woman was standing against the sill ... " - the rich and private jungle within the brick façades of Kensington. A fine novel from this quirky and neglected master of London lives.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (240)pp. Original bright blue boards, lettered in gilt; top edge pink; slight sliver of fading at foot; mild tanning of endpapers; a few slight edge spots, but overall a very good copy in the stylish Charles Mozley dust-jacket - price-clipped, lightly tanned and with a few short nicks, but still attractive. Small bookseller's label of George's of Bristol on front pastedown.

£20

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SAYERS, Dorothy L. (Dorothy Leigh), 1893-1957 : THE MYSTERIOUS ENGLISH.

SAYERS, Dorothy L. (Dorothy Leigh), 1893-1957 : THE MYSTERIOUS ENGLISH.

London : Macmillan & Co., 1941. First edition. Wartime speech on the nature of Englishness - "mongrels who are proud to be mongrels and, partly because of the fact, are not a 'volk' but a nation". Macmillan War Pamphlets No. 10.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (32)pp. Original stapled wrappers, a design in orange and blue; a few slight marks; some spotting; staples atouch rusted, but a good copy.

£15

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SCOTT, J.W. Robertson (John William Robertson), 1866-1962 : THE STORY OF THE WOMEN'S INSTITUTE MOVEMENT IN ENGLAND & WALES & SCOTLAND.

SCOTT, J.W. Robertson (John William Robertson), 1866-1962 : THE STORY OF THE WOMEN'S INSTITUTE MOVEMENT IN ENGLAND & WALES & SCOTLAND.

Kingham : Village Press, 1925. First edition. The earliest history of the W.I. - "the most important body formed during the century".
Crown 8vo (19cm). (xvi),(290),[xvi]pp. Plates. Portraits. Original cloth; a few faint signs of age and use; a few spots, but a very good copy.

£20

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SENDAK, Maurice (Maurice Bernard), 1928-2012 : CALDECOTT & CO. : NOTES ON BOOKS AND PICTURES.

SENDAK, Maurice (Maurice Bernard), 1928-2012 : CALDECOTT & CO. : NOTES ON BOOKS AND PICTURES.

London : Reinhardt Books, (1989). First British edition. Essays, thoughts and interviews from the master on children's books, their history and their illustrators - on Hans Christian Andersen, Edward Ardizzone, Jean de Brunhoff, Randolph Caldecott, Walt Disney, Claude Lovat Fraser, George MacDonald, Maxfield Parrish, Beatrix Potter, and many more.
Medium 8vo (24cm). [viii],216pp. Illustrations. Original cloth gilt; a very good copy in a just slightly dusty dust-jacket.

£20

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SHARP, Evelyn (Evelyn Jane), 1869-1955 : THE HILL THAT FELL DOWN : A STORY OF A LARGE FAMILY.

SHARP, Evelyn (Evelyn Jane), 1869-1955 : THE HILL THAT FELL DOWN : A STORY OF A LARGE FAMILY.

London : Blackie & Son, 1909. First edition. One of the offbeat and mildly subversive children's stories concoted by the 'rebel woman' - Evelyn Sharp, suffragette, feminist and radical journalist. The day the garden woke up.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (276) + 16pp advertisements. Six stylish plates by Gordon Browne (1858-1932). Original pictorial enamelled cloth; olivine edges; lightly marked and bruised; a little rubbed; a few spots; front free endpaper partially excised and now repaired; one advertisement leaf torn with slight loss, but a good copy. The remaining portion of the front free endpaper retains a portion of a contemporary Essex County Council school-prize label made out to Dora Whipp for regular attendance - this Dora May Whipp, later Sammels, (1900-1986) of Walton-on-the-Naze.

£40

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SHARP, Evelyn (Evelyn Jane), 1869-1955 : THE LONDON CHILD.

SHARP, Evelyn (Evelyn Jane), 1869-1955 : THE LONDON CHILD.

London : John Lane, The Bodley Head, (1927). First edition. Studies of childhood in London in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, by the 'rebel woman' - Evelyn Sharp, suffragette, feminist, radical journalist and off-beat writer for children. The nursery school, playing in the street, park and playground, going to the pictures, the panto, the school play, the Christmas party, the swimming-baths, the children's library, the children's court, the certified school, the clinic, the hospital, etc. With drawings and illustrations by Eve Garnett (1900-1991).
Crown 8vo (20cm). [xii],(256),[iv]pp. Frontispiece. Colour plates. Numerous illustrations. Original orange cloth; just a little sunned; very slightly rubbed; a few faint marks, but an attractive copy of a very attractive book.

£40

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"SIMONS, Roger" - [PUNNETT, Ivor Macaulay, 1927-2013 & PUNNETT, Margaret, 1932- ] : MURDER JOINS THE CHORUS.

London : Geoffrey Bles, (1960). First edition. Inspector Wace and Sergeant Crow backstage with the nudes.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (192)pp. Original maroon boards, ruled and lettered in silver; lightly rubbed and a little dusty; a few marks, but a good copy in the original dust-jacket - a monochrome photographic design - the legs of the chorus lettered in cerise - lightly worn, slightly creased, and a little nicked and repaired.

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SPAIN, Nancy (Nancy Brooker), 1917-1964 : THE KAT STRIKES.

SPAIN, Nancy (Nancy Brooker), 1917-1964 : THE KAT STRIKES.

London : Hutchinson & Co. (Publishers), (1955). First edition. The last of her crime novels - beautiful young woman sets out single-handed to smash the rackets which grip post-war London.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 216pp. Original black boards, ruled, blocked and lettered in yellow; a little bruised; some minor marking and spotting; slight tear to one leaf; small date stamp on rear endpaper, but a very good copy in the original black, white, yellow and red dust-jacket - just lightly rubbed and slightly nicked.

£20

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"STATTEN, Vargo" - [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : INFERNO!

London : Scion, (1950). First edition. A lone space machine returns to earth with the single survivor of the exploration fleet - his colleagues all dead on the desolate wastes of Pluto.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - an unsigned rocket design by Ron Turner; some wear at tips; a few faint marks; staples rusting, but otherwise a very good copy.

£40

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STONIER, G.W. (George Walter), 1903-1985 : ROUND LONDON WITH THE UNICORN.

STONIER, G.W. (George Walter), 1903-1985 : ROUND LONDON WITH THE UNICORN.

London : Turnstile Press, (1951). First and sole edition. A whimsical London guide - a mixture of essays, visits, prose poems and "cockney idylls" - delightfully illustrated by Lynton Lamb.
Post 8vo (22cm). [viii],142,[ii]pp. Original black cloth, lettered on spine in gilt; some spotting of endpapers, etc., but a nice copy in the price-clipped Lynton Lamb dust-jacket - a design in orange, black, yellow and white.

£20

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TOLSTOI, Lev Nikolaievitch, 1828-1910 : THE KREUTZER SONATA.

TOLSTOI, Lev Nikolaievitch, 1828-1910 : THE KREUTZER SONATA.

London : Maclaren & Co., [1904]. An attractive early paperback edition of this powerful and once-banned novella of love, sex, adultery and murder - here in a translation by Henry Sutherland Edwards (1828-1906). Produced in Maclaren's scarce "Continental Author Series of Sixpenny Novels". First published in 1889 and first translated into English in 1890.
Demy 8vo (22cm). 91,[v]pp. Original pictorial wrappers, with a dramatic design by J. Menzies; wrappers just slightly split at head and tail; some spotting, mainly of edges; a few slight creases, but a good copy of a scarce and fragile publication. Ownership initials on upper wrapper. No copy of this edition traced in any major UK library.

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URE, John (Sir John Burns), 1931- : THE QUEST FOR CAPTAIN MORGAN.

URE, John (Sir John Burns), 1931- : THE QUEST FOR CAPTAIN MORGAN.

London : Constable & Co., (1983). First edition. The British Ambassador to Cuba explores the Caribbean, Mexico and Panama in search of Sir Henry Morgan (1635?-1688), pirate turned Governor of Jamaica.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (232),[vi]pp. Illustrations. Maps. Original boards; very good in a just lightly sunned dust-jacket.

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"VANE, Roland" - [McKEAG, Ernest Lionel, 1896-1974] : WILLING SINNER.

Stoke-on-Trent : Archer Press, [1952]. First edition. "Joan, like most modern young women of the post-war period, was a fully self-assured young person, ambitious, and full of belief in herself to achieve her ambitions" - Peter's rather a dear, but doesn't quite get it.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - a design by Reginald Heade; American price over-printed on upper wrapper; "Printed in England" stamp on title and copyright sticker (misleadingly dated 1950) on verso; a little wear at foot; spine a little tanned; a few nicks to lower wrapper; a few minor marks and slight creases; text a touch tanned, but a good copy.

£50

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VISCONTI, Arnold : CORSAIR WENCH.

VISCONTI, Arnold : CORSAIR WENCH.

London : Gaywood Press, (1952). First edition. The second of the adventures of Carlos Lezama - the Black Pirate turns his back on seventeenth-century Paris, on luxury, and on love.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 95,[i]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - a design by Stephen Chapman; spine a little worn and creased; staples a little rusted; two leaves creased and flawed in production, but a good copy. No copy located in any major library worldwide.

£40

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VON PORTHEIM & CO. - publishers : STREET SKETCHES OF LONDON LIFE.

VON PORTHEIM & CO. - publishers : STREET SKETCHES OF LONDON LIFE.

London : Von Portheim & Co., [ca.1880]. An attractive suite of chromolitho studies of Victorian street characters - shoeshine boy, paperboy, sweep, milkman, etc., each accompanied by jaunty and occasionally satirical verses. Appears to date from about 1880.
Pott 4to (17cm). [20]pp. Original pictorial stiff wrappers; wrappers detached, creased, marked and split; a little browned, but a good copy of a scarce and fragile production. Only the Newcastle copy located in any of the major UK libraries.

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"WARREN, Vernon" - [CHAPMAN, George Warren Vernon, 1925-1996] : NO BOUQUETS FOR BRANDON.

London : John Gifford, (1955). First edition. Another in the once popular series of hard-living Mark Brandon private detective novels - "She was dark, fat and fifty and she waddled into my office one sunny afternoon like a warship under full steam ...".
Crown 8vo (20cm). (192)pp. Original black cloth, blocked and lettered in gilt; a few faint marks, endpapers a little tanned, but a very good copy in the pictorial dust-jacket - lightly worn and slightly nicked at extremities.

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"WESLEY, Mary" [SIEPMANN, Mary Aline, 1912-2002] : NOT THAT SORT OF GIRL.

London : Macmillan London, (1987). First edition. Signed by Mary Wesley on the title-page. Rose looks back on a lifetime of fidelity - faithful to two different men.
Demy 8vo (23cm). [vi],(280),[ii]pp. Original red boards, lettered in gilt; a touch bruised but a very good copy in the dust-jacket - sunned at spine, price-clipped, similarly lightly bruised, but otherwise also very good.

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