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“ANDOM, R.” – [BARRETT, Alfred Walter, 1869-1920] : MARTHA AND I : BEING SCENES FROM OUR SUBURBAN LIFE.
London : Jarrold & Sons, 1898. First edition. “To save disappointment, I may as well state straight out that the book is limited in range, being confined chiefly to those things that affected my sojourn in ‘Myrtle Villa’. Politics are not introduced; theology I have been particularly careful to steer clear of; the classics are conspicuous only by their absence, as in a work of this description they should be ...”.
ASQUITH, Cynthia (Lady Cynthia Mary Evelyn), 1887-1960 : WHAT DREAMS MAY COME.
London : James Barrie, 1951. First British edition. A presentation copy, inscribed ‘C. B from C. A 1952’ – the recipient being the journalist and broadcaster Collin Brooks (1893-1959), generally known simply as ‘CB’. The author has also carefully corrected a number of misprints in the text. The first collection of her celebrated ghost stories to appear in this country, including “The Lovely Voice”, “The White Moth”, “The Corner Shop”, etc., the contents differing slightly from the collection earlier published in the USA as “This Mortal Coil”.
AUTOMOBILE ASSOCIATION – publishers : MAP OF CENTRAL LONDON : SHOWING – THEATRES, GARAGES, PARKING-PLACES, ONE-WAY STREETS AND ROUNDABOUT TRAFFIC.
London : Automobile Association, 1934. A boon and a blessing for 1930s motorists – a map of Central London on a generous scale of seven inches to the mile and dedicated to their concerns, with potential parking places highlighted in green, one-way streets highlighted in a warning red and various tricky gyratory systems picked out in pink. Theatres and cinemas are indicated in a keyed index, as are garages, while the verso of the map lists parking places, car parks outside the central area, parking regulations, etc.
BALLANTYNE, R.M. (Robert Michael), 1825-1894 : THE LAKES OF KILLARNEY.
London : T. Nelson & Sons, 1859. First edition : the first issue, with the map printed in purple. A charming little tourist guide to the Irish Lakes, illustrated with the distinctive and recently introduced two-colour lithographs made popular by the Nelson firm.
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BALLANTYNE, R.M. (Robert Michael), 1825-1894 : THE LONELY ISLAND : OR THE REFUGE OF THE MUTINEERS.
London : James Nisbet & Co., 1880. First edition. Ballantyne’s fictionalised take on the Bligh Mutiny, Fletcher Christian, Pitcairn, and subsequent events.
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“BECKMAN, Charles” – [BOECKMAN, Charles, 1920-2015] : HONKY TONK GIRL.
New York : Falcon Books, (1953). First edition. The last of the two dozen Falcon Book titles (No. 44) – a classic of noir from the jazzman Charles Boeckman Jr. – Johnny Nickles meets the Queen of Honky Tonk Street – “She’s like no lady you ever met! She’s a gal you’ll never forget”.
BELLOW, Saul, 1915-2005 : DANGLING MAN.
London : John Lehmann, 1946. First British edition of Bellow’s first book. “If you have difficulties, grapple with them silently, goes one of their commandments. To hell with that! I intend to talk about mine, and if I had as many mouths as Siva has arms and kept them going all the time, I still could not do myself justice”.
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BERNERS, Lord (Gerald Hugh Tyrwhitt-Wilson, 14th Baron), 1883-1950 : FAR FROM THE MADDING WAR.
London : Constable & Co., (1941). First edition. Emmeline Pocock, daughter of the warden of All Saints, tries to see out the war in her sound-proof room – disturbances from the university town – tangled love drama, the eccentric provost, the sensational reports of Mr Jericho, the volcanic Lady Caroline Paltry, the melancholic Lord FitzCricket, poltergeists, etc.
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BETJEMAN, John (Sir John), 1906-1984 : GHASTLY GOOD TASTE : OR, A DEPRESSING STORY OF THE RISE AND FALL OF ENGLISH ARCHITECTURE.
London: Chapman & Hall, 1933. First edition : the first issue, with the reading “Come Mowbray swell the praise” at p.119. Betjeman’s second book, illustrated with the splendid forty-inch long folding panorama of “The Street of Taste or the March of English Art Down the Ages” by Peter Fleetwood-Hesketh (1905-1985).
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“BLIGH, Norman” – [NEUBAUER, William Arthur, 1916-1982] : HARLOT IN HER HEART.
New York : Publishers Productions, 1950. First edition. An iconic pulp – a copy of which Uma Thurman is seen clutching in Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction” – “Part woman, part lusting animal, Hazel Appleby could take the abuse men dished out, as long as it brought her more excitement, added success, increased riches”. Published as the March 1950 issue of Ecstasy Novel Magazine. Also included is “Kisses of Passion” by Viola Cornett.
[BOWEN, Emanuel, fl.1714-1767] : A PLAN OF THE CITY AND LIBERTIES OF LONDON AFTER THE DREADFUL CONFLAGRATION IN THE YEAR 1666. THE BLANK PART WHEREOF REPRESENTS THE RUINS AND EXTENT OF THE FIRE; & THE PERSPECTIVE THAT LEFT STANDING.
[London : for T. Osborne & J. Shipton; and J. Hodges, 1756]. A handsome antique map of the City of London and its surrounds, designed to show the vast extent of the Great Fire of 1666. The excised detail leaves a good clear outline of the streets of the seventeenth-century city and the principal sites and buildings are given in keyed indices. The map was based by Bowen on an earlier map by Wenceslaus Hollar. Originally produced for William Maitland’s “The History of London, from its Foundation” (1739), and here in a later edition, with Bowen’s name burnished out.
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BOWLES, Carington, 1724-1793 : BOWLES’S REDUCED NEW POCKET PLAN OF THE CITIES OF LONDON AND WESTMINSTER, WITH THE BOROUGH OF SOUTHWARK, EXHIBITING THE NEW BUILDINGS TO THE YEAR 1791.
London : Carington Bowles, 1791. An attractive late eighteenth-century map of central London, engraved on a generous scale of four inches to the mile, extending out to Islington in the north, Stepney in the east, Newington Butts in the south and Hyde Park Corner to the west. Originally engraved by Joseph Ellis (fl.1758-1802) and published in 1773, the map was regularly revised through to the end of the century. Below the map is an extensive ‘Table of References to the Churches and Principal Buildings, Shewing their Situation in the above Plan’, together with a ‘Geometrical Explanation’ of how to read from grid squares.
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BOWRING PETROLEUM CO. – publishers : MEX MOTOR SPIRIT MAP OF THE RIVER THAMES.
London : Bowring Petroleum Co., [ca.1917]. An attractive pocket atlas of the Thames, comprising a double-page general map and twenty-eight sectional maps covering the Thames from Westminster Bridge to Cricklade, with a further sectional map showing the Thames and Severn Canal as far as Trewsbury House near Kemble. Four pages of text add material on the 1914 Bye-Laws affecting motor launches and a brief history of Mex Motor Spirit – helping the allies to victory in “the present great War”.
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BRAINE, John (John Gerard), 1922-1986 : ROOM AT THE TOP.
London : Eyre & Spottiswoode, (1957). First edition. His still powerful debut novel – rejected by four publishers before turning into one of the defining novels of the mid century – an immediate success and rapidly turned into the 1959 Jack Clayton film with Laurence Harvey, Simone Signoret, etc.
BRITTAIN, Vera (Vera Mary), 1893-1970 : ENGLAND’S HOUR.
London : Macmillan & Co., . First edition. Heart-breaking personal essays on aspects of London “bombed, burned and battered”, illustrated with poignant and evocative photographs of the Blitz.
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BRITTAIN, Vera (Vera Mary), 1893-1970 : TESTAMENT OF EXPERIENCE : AN AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL STORY OF THE YEARS 1925-1950.
London : Victor Gollancz, 1957. First edition. “What is the price of Experience? Do men buy it for a song? Or Wisdom for a dance in street? No, it is bought with the price of all that a man hath” (William Blake). Marriage, literary fame, pacificism, Spain, Hitler, war, Labour landslide, etc.
BRONOWSKI, Jacob, 1908-1974 : WILLIAM BLAKE 1757-1827 : A MAN WITHOUT A MASK.
London : Martin Secker & Warburg, 1943 (i.e.1944). First edition. The dazzling Jacob Bronowski shares his passion for the genius of William Blake, whose frontispiece to “Songs of Experience” was to become the final plate in the book version of Bronowski’s “Ascent of Man”.
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BROOKE, Rupert (Rupert Chawner), 1887-1915 : 1914 AND OTHER POEMS.
London : Sidgwick & Jackson, 1915. First edition : [one of 1,000 copies]. A collection of thirty-two poems published some seven weeks after his death – and including the first appearance in book form of “If I should die ...”, “The Funeral of Youth”, “The Way that Lovers Use”, the Tahitian poems, etc.
BUCHAN, John, 1875-1940 : THE POWER-HOUSE.
Edinburgh : William Blackwood & Sons, 1916. First edition. Edward Leithen comes up against an anarchist plot to destroy western civilisation – set in London before the Great War. One of Buchan’s defining novels, with the quintessential line “You think that a wall as solid as the earth separates civilisation from barbarism. I tell you the division is a thread, a sheet of glass”.
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BUCHAN, John, 1875-1940 : HUNTINGTOWER.
London : Hodder & Stoughton, (1922). First edition. “The girl came into the room with a darting movement like a swallow, looked round her with the same bird-like quickness, and then ran across the polished floor to where a young man sat on a sofa with one leg laid along it ...”. Dickson McCunn and the Gorbals Die-Hards.
BUNTING, Basil (Basil Cheesman), 1900-1985 : COLLECTED POEMS.
London : Fulcrum Press, (1968). First edition : the trade issue. “These verses were written here and there now and then over forty years and four continents. Heaped together they make a book”. The first collected and readily accessible edition of Bunting’s work.
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“BURGESS, Anthony” – [WILSON, John Anthony Burgess, 1917-1993] : [THE MALAYAN TRILOGY].
London : William Heinemann, (1956-1959). First editions of the separately published “Time for a Tiger” (1956), “The Enemy in the Blanket” (1958), and “Beds in the East” (1959) – his earliest novels, together comprising the Malayan Trilogy, also collectively published as “The Long Day Wanes” – a masterly tragi-comic saga of the last days of Empire, part farce, part elegy, which provoked at least one libel action.
BURTON, John Hill, 1809-1881 : THE BOOK-HUNTER ETC.
Edinburgh & London : William Blackwood & Sons, 1862. First edition of “A Vision of Mighty Book Hunters”, “The Prowler and the Auction-Haunter” and other fine essays on book-buying by the Scottish historian John Hill Burton. A book was greeted by “The Saturday Review” on its first appearance as “beyond measure delightful to those who are in any degree members of the above mentioned fraternity”.
“BUTLER, Joan” – [ALEXANDER, Robert William, 1905-1979] : DOUBLE FIGURES.
London : Stanley Paul & Co., . First edition. The Irish writer with a Wodehousian tale of the making of movie epics – “Aubrey Kenneth Sefton, author of that world-wide best seller, Pulsing Hearts, was a modest and unassuming young man who in moments of repose looked rather like a drowsy dogfish pulling itself together after a late night ...”.
CARLYLE, Thomas, 1795-1881 : THE FRENCH REVOLUTION : A HISTORY ...
London : Chapman & Hall, [ca.1880]. A standard edition of Carlyle’s magisterial if controversial history of the French Revolution. The full text of the original three volumes published in 1837 – The Bastille, The Constitution, The Guillotine – here compressed into two volumes.
CASTELLO, Inez : MAN-EATER.
London : Arthur Gray (Books), . First edition. “Who is she? Oh, come! You surely can’t tell me that you don’t know she’s the great Lulu Le Sainte?” – the lovely, famous and scandalous man-eater meets a confirmed woman-hater on a terrace in Monte Carlo. Inez Castello, author of half a dozen similar novels of the Bright-Young-Things period, was perhaps the London-born ‘actress’ who took ship from Havana to New York under that name in 1920, but has otherwise eluded identification.
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CAYWOOD, Mark : VIRGINIA’S QUEST.
London : Arthur Gray (Books), . First edition. “When I first saw the yacht she was lying at anchor in Rushcutter’s Bay, Sydney Harbour” – a sharebroker yearns to return to the South Seas. Shanghaied on the yacht of the beautiful Virginia Mortimer, he is offered a thousand pounds to pilot the yacht on a secret mission.
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CHANDLER, Raymond (Raymond Thornton), 1888-1959 : FAREWELL, MY LOVELY.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 1940. First edition. “It was a warm day, almost the end of March, and I stood outside the barber shop looking up at the jutting neon sign of a second floor dine and dice emporium ...”. His second and most widely celebrated novel – a Haycraft-Queen cornerstone of the genre.
CHATWIN, Bruce (Charles Bruce), 1940-1989 : WHAT AM I DOING HERE.
London : Jonathan Cape, (1989). First edition. A personal selection of his stories, profiles and travelogues – friends, encounters, Russia, China, and the art world. “The best travel-writer of his generation, and one of its deepest writers of any kind” (Peter Levi).
CHESTERTON, G.K. (Gilbert Keith), 1874-1936 : THE INCREDULITY OF FATHER BROWN.
London : Cassell & Co., (1926). First edition. The third of the Father Brown volumes – eight short stories, including “The Oracle of the Dog”, “The Miracle of Moon Crescent” and “The Doom of the Darnaways”.
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CHESTERTON, G.K. (Gilbert Keith), 1874-1936 : THE SECRET OF FATHER BROWN.
London : Cassell & Co., (1927). First edition. The fourth of the Father Brown volumes – ten short stories and pieces, including “The Song of the Flying Fish” and “The Red Moon of Meru”. Dedicated to Father John O’Connor of Bradford – reputed to be the original of ‘Father Brown’ – and certainly the priest who guided Chesterton to catholicism.
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CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : TIME FOR CAUTION.
Hounslow : William Foster (Publishers), (1946). First edition. Fourteen Lemmy Caution short stories.
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CHURCHILL, Winston (Sir Winston Leonard Spencer), 1874-1965 : WE’RE IN!
London : P. A. Reuter Photos, (1955). A charming and delightfully affectionate press photograph filed on 2nd June 1955, stamped and captioned on the verso, with explanatory text – “There was little doubt of the result, but here’s an end to the strain of electioneering and Lady Churchill, laughing her delight, leans upon her husband’s shoulder while Sir Winston Churchill looks quizzically down at her after he had retained his seat at Woodford, Essex, in the General Election ...”.
COLE, Benjamin, 1697?-1783 : A NEW AND ACCURATE SURVEY OF THE PARISHES OF ST. ANDREWS HOLBOURN, WITHOUT THE FREEDOM, ST. GEORGE QUEEN SQUARE, ST. JAMES CLERKENWELL, ST. LUKE OLD STREET, ST. MARY ISLINGTON AND THE CHARTERHOUSE LIBERTY.
[London : for T. Osborne & J. Shipton; and J. Hodges, 1756]. A handsome antique map of Islington and the smaller parishes of Holborn and Clerkenwell to the south, decorated with a fine rococo cartouche and a compass rose. Islington, still at that point semi-rural, is shown as far north as Canonbury House. Upper Street and Lower Street are clearly marked and, to the south, the much more heavily built up area from Queen Square and Great Ormond Street across to Bunhill Row and the (Honourable) Artillery Ground is given in some detail, with Red Lion Square, Grays Inn Road, Leather Lane, Clerkenwell Green, Charterhouse Square, Old Street, etc., clearly shown. Originally engraved by Benjamin Cole for the part-work edition of William Maitland’s “History of London” (London : 1753-1756).
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COLLINS, Norman (Norman Richard), 1907-1982 : LONDON BELONGS TO ME.
London : Collins, 1945. First edition. Now somewhat belatedly recognised as a Penguin Modern Classic, the writer and broadcaster presents a novel of South London in the years from Munich through to the worst of the Blitz – “real Londoners – some in love, some in debt, some committing murders, some adultery, some trying to get on in the world, some looking forward to a pension, some getting drunk, some losing their jobs, some dying, and some holding up the new baby” – “One of the great city novels: a sprawling celebration of the comedy, the savagery, the eccentricity and the quiet heroism at the heart of ordinary London life” (Sarah Waters).
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“COMMORDE, Ricky” : A DAME IS SNATCHED.
Leigh-on-Sea : Barrington Gray, . First edition. Ricky is soured by his five years in prison for a crime he did not commit – but now he sees a blonde with the type of nose he went for.
CROFTS, Freeman Wills, 1879-1957 : SUDDEN DEATH.
London : for The Crime Club Ltd., by W. Collins Sons & Co., (1932). First edition. The inner and outer history of a crime as seen alternately by Anne Day and Inspector French.
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“CROMPTON, Richmal” – [LAMBURN, Richmal Crompton, 1890-1969] : JUST – WILLIAM.
London : George Newnes, . First edition. The first and most elusive of the William books. “William Goes to the Pictures”, “A Question of Grammar”, “The Outlaws”, “Jumble”, and eight further stories.
CUNNINGHAM, Paul : [DROP TITLE] TOAST TO SATAN.
London : Hamilton & Co. (Stafford), [ca.1946]. First edition. Nick and Joan come under rifle fire as they investigate a powerful speed launch on the Channel coast..
“DELAFIELD, E.M.” – [DASHWOOD, Edmée Elizabeth Monica, 1890-1943] : THE PROVINCIAL LADY IN AMERICA.
London : Macmillan & Co., 1934. First edition. The Provincial Lady visits the Cotton Club in Harlem – and other delights.
DICKENS, Charles (Charles Culliford Boz), 1837-1896 – publisher : DICKENS’S DICTIONARY OF LONDON, 1886. (EIGHTH YEAR.) : AN UNCONVENTIONAL HANDBOOK.
London : Macmillan & Co., . The eighth appearance of this splendidly informal handbook produced by the younger Charles Dickens, eldest son of the novelist. Sixteen pages of maps are followed by a mass of detailed, practical and sometimes quirky information – a calendar of historical and forthcoming events from May 1886 to April 1887, advertising, athletics, auctions, banks, bargains, baths, beggars, bicycling, billiards, boxing, bricabrac, cabs, charities, chess clubs, chops and steaks, churches, concerts, co-operative stores, cricket, dog stealers, dress, fairs, fish dinners, flats, fogs, football, homes for working girls, horses and carriages, hospitals, hotels, jews, ladies shopping, libraries, lodgings, maps, markets, magistrates, milk, museums, newspapers, nuisances, omnibus routes and colours, postal regulations, poultry and fancy fowls, private wires, racing, railways, restaurants, sea-water baths, servants, sharpers, shoeblacks, Sundays, suppers, theatres, tramways, vegetarian restaurants, etc., with an appendix on the principal amusements, distance-tables, and some attractive contemporary advertisements.
[DICKENS, Charles (Charles John Huffam), 1812-1870] : OLIVER TWIST : OR, THE PARISH BOY’S PROGRESS. BY “BOZ”.
London : Richard Bentley, 1838. First edition : the first issue, with the pseudonymous ‘Boz’ title-pages and Cruikshank’s cheerful final ‘Fireside’ plate – both of which infuriated Dickens and were replaced within a week of publication by title-pages giving his name and a far more sombre ‘Church’ plate to conclude the story. Subsequent alterations were also made to the third last plate (likewise unseen by Dickens prior to publication) and Sikes’ dog is made to look less like the ‘tailless baboon’ that Dickens (quite rightly) judged it – and as it appears here. The evidence is strong that only the 528 sets already subscribed for by the trade were issued in this earliest form (Tillotson, The Library, 1963, p.121) and that all subsequent copies had the revised titles and the substituted and altered plates. The present copy has also had the later substitute ‘Church’ plate bound in, as well as alternative impressions of eight further plates, and (somewhat inexplicably) a duplicate of the text leaves F1 and F8 in vol.iii.
DOBELL, Nora (Nora Selina), 1841-1924 : TWO WOMEN OF KENT.
London : Henry J. Drane (Ye Olde St. Bride’s Presse), 1905. First Edition. An interesting novel from a sister of the ‘spasmodic’ poet, Sydney Thompson Dobell. Nora Dobell married Edmund Williams and subsequently lived in Kent, where the novel is set – Doris Carter experiences life and love down on the farm: ‘It is difficult to divine the reasons for the writing, much more the publication, of such books as ‘Two Women of Kent’... Its author has not the gift of telling a story; her characters are but colourless replicas of the heroes, heroines, and villains of ‘novelettes’. Certainly her intentions are blameless and pious in the extreme, but the absence of a sense of humour makes most of her dramatic moments ludicrous’ (A rather unfair review from the ‘Manchester Courier’, 17th November 1905).
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DOYLE, James E. (James William Edmund), 1822-1893 : A CHRONICLE OF ENGLAND : B.C. 55 – A.D. 1485.
London : Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts & Green, 1864. First edition. The antiquary and illustrator James Doyle (brother of Richard, uncle of Arthur Conan) compiles and illustrates a sumptous chronicle of England from the invasion of Julius Caesar to the death of Richard III. Long celebrated as perhaps the finest example of Victorian colour-printing, with the glowing colours of Doyle’s illustrations engraved and printed by Edmund Evans (1826-1905) in eight to ten overlays on a hand-press – “as bright as if they had just been painted” (ODNB) – and, as Evans later recalled, “the most carefully executed book I have ever printed”.
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“DRAYTON, Ricky” – [BARNES, Michael Lethbridge Gorell, 1926-1982] : THE NUDE WAS FRAMED.
London : Milestone Publications, (1953). First edition. “Art, as such, never bothered Drayton until he saw the gorgeous flesh-tints of a naked lady reclining on a pink couch. Unfortunately it bothers a lot of other people too, including the lady’s husband, one Tony Rospo, who happens to be as quick with the trigger as with the zipper – a possessive guy at that. That’s the bare issue, and the outcome is a gang war. Here is Ricky Drayton at his alarming best, mixing pleasure with pleasure and calling it business”.
DU MAURIER, Daphne (Dame Daphne), 1907-1989 : REBECCA : A PLAY IN THREE ACTS.
London : Victor Gollancz, 1940. First trade edition of the stage version, preceded by the Samuel French acting edition. The basis of the 1940 Hitchcock film, his first Hollywood success – the present copy being that once belonging to his first choice for the leading role, the English actress Nova Pilbeam (1919-2015), who despite having starred in two earlier Hitchcock films and being the initial choice of producer David O. Selznick, was eventually overlooked for the part, which went to Joan Fontaine.
DURRELL, Lawrence (Lawrence George), 1912-1990 : [THE ALEXANDRIA QUARTET].
London : Faber & Faber, 1957-1960. A first edition set of the four separately published novels – “Justine” (1957), “Balthazar” (1958), “Mountolive” (1958) and “Clea” (1960). One of the most memorable and extraordinary performances in twentieth-century fiction – “a four-decker novel whose form is based on the relativity proposition”.
EVELYN, John, 1620-1706 : SCULPTURA; OR THE HISTORY AND ART OF CHALCOGRAPHY, AND ENGRAVING IN COPPER : WITH AMPLE ENUMERATION OF THE MOST RENOWNED MASTERS AND THEIR WORKS ...
London : for J. Payne, 1755. Second edition. Originally published in 1662 and the earliest treatise in English on the art of engraving, also including the earliest account of the mezzotint technique. The present edition introduces corrections and additions taken from Evelyn’s manuscript notes, a portrait of Evelyn by Thomas Worlidge (1700-1766), translations of the passages in Greek and Latin, and a memoir of the author.
FENN, George Manville, 1831-1909 : NAT THE NATURALIST : OR A BOY’S ADVENTURES IN THE EASTERN SEAS.
London : Blackie & Son, 1883 [i.e. 1882]. First edition. “Deserves a longer notice than the very large number of Christmas books on our table enables us to give. It is not a story of uneventful rambles in English woods, but of more stirring adventures in strange lands. To boys with a fancy for natural history (and what boy is without such a fancy?) this handsome book will be a welcome gift” (Sheffield Daily Telegraph, 14th December 1882).
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FENN, George Manville, 1831-1909 : THE GRAND CHACO : A BOY’S ADVENTURES IN AN UNKNOWN LAND.
London : S. W. Partridge & Co., . First edition. “This here’s rather different to Clapham Common, isn’t it?” – a naturalist’s expedition to Paraguay – two teenage boys are among the party – and plenty of scope for serpents, insects, pumas, jaguars, quarrels, people going missing, and loss of reason.
FENN, George Manville, 1831-1909 : JUNGLE AND STREAM : OR THE ADVENTURES OF TWO BOYS IN SIAM.
London : S. W. Partridge, 1898. First edition. The son of an English resident and the son of the king, with uprisings, missing serpents, crocodile hunts, etc.
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FLEMING, Ian (Ian Lancaster), 1908-1964 : FROM RUSSIA, WITH LOVE.
London : Jonathan Cape, (1957). First edition. “Will he take the lure – the beautiful lure called Tania, first proffered to Bond wearing nothing but a black velvet ribbon round her throat?”
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FORD, Ford Madox [formerly HUEFFER], 1873-1939 : PARADE’S END.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 1950. First collected edition of all four volumes of the Tietjens Saga: “Some Do Not -” (1924); “No More Parades” (1925); “A Man Could Stand Up” (1926) and “Last Post” (1928). The first edition to appear under this collective title – the one chosen by Ford before his death – here with an interesting and sensitive introduction by Robie Macaualy (1919-1995). There was no equivalent UK edition and the “Parade’s End” title was not used in the UK until the collected works appeared in the 1960s.
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FORD, Richard, 1944- : WOMEN WITH MEN : THREE STORIES.
London : The Harvill Press, (1997). First British edition. Signed and dated (4th September 1997) by Richard Ford on the title-page. “One of the glories of modern American writing” (Jonathan Raban).
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FRANCIS, Dick (Richard Stanley), 1920-2010 : ENQUIRY.
London : Michael Joseph, (1969). First edition. “Yesterday I lost my licence ...”.
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GRANT, James, 1802-1879 : SKETCHES IN LONDON.
London : W. S. Orr & Co., 1838. First edition : bound from the original parts. A compelling view of the ‘Modern Babylon’ from the journalist James Grant – “Everything the Author has described, has either come under his own observation, or been verbally communicated to him by friends who were cognizant of the facts stated, and in whose veracity he could place the utmost reliance”. With chapters on begging imposters, debtors’ prisons, the lumber troop, parliament, penny theatres, workhouses, lunatic asylums, Bartholomew and Greenwich fairs, gaming houses and gamblers, the police, and other aspects of the underworld of the metropolis. Published in instalments at just the same time as “Oliver Twist” was being serialised in “Bentley’s”, the work provides an interesting factual counterpart and companion to the Dickens novel, not least in that the young Hablot Knight Browne (“Phiz”) was responsible for the bulk of the illustrations.
“GRIDBAN, Volsted” – [TUBB, Edwin Charles, 1919-2010] : FUGITIVE OF TIME.
London : Milestone Publications, (1953). First edition. The ultimate dilemma of a futuristic world – all things are now possible, but the essential fuels are exhausted.
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“GRIFF” : THE CITY OF LOST WOMEN.
London : Modern Fiction (London), . First edition. Kidnappers prey on the Hollywood wealthy – inducing something “damn near to dithering fear”.
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GROSS, Alexander, 1879-1958 : PICTORIAL MAP OF LONDON.
London : Geographers’ Map Co., . A brightly coloured wartime bird’s-eye plan of central London on a scale of some three-and-a-half inches to the mile – the buildings shown in elevation. The area shown extends north to Swiss Cottage, east to Wapping, south to Lavender Hill, and west to the Goldhawk Road. A large chunk of the City of London is marked as “destroyed by enemy action 1940-1941”. Inset panels give an index to places of interest, a map of ‘Cinemaland’, and a map of ‘Theatreland’. On the lower wrapper is a map of the underground railways, while the inner wrappers contain an index to the principal streets.
“HALE, Laura” – [HELLER, Lawrence, 1909-1987] : WILD IS THE WOMAN.
New York : Magazine Productions, (1951). First edition. From West Coast to East, from college dancer to specialty dancer in a burlesque house – the road Eve Barry travelled to get her man. Rainbow Romance No. 103.
HALE, Mary Ann, 1796-1830 : A CATECHISM FOR CHILDREN. BY THE LATE MRS. HALE.
London : W. Simpkin and R. Marshall, 1831. First edition. An extended catechism, with a supplementary table of biblical texts pointing out various duties, sins to be avoided, threatenings to the wicked, blessings to the righteous, etc., compiled for the use of the Harewood Sunday School in Yorkshire, and prepared for publication by the local vicar, Richard Hale (1773-1854), evidently in memory of the compiler, his late wife, Mary Ann Hale, née Loft, and their short marriage of just five years.
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HAMMETT, Dashiell (Samuel Dashiell), 1894-1961 : A MAN NAMED THIN AND OTHER STORIES.
New York : Joseph W. Ferman, . First edition. A collection of eight short stories previously unpublished in book form, edited and introduced (with a good Hammett bibliography) by Ellery Queen. Mercury Mystery No. 233.
HARDY, Thomas, 1840-1928 : A GROUP OF NOBLE DAMES.
London : James R. Osgood McIlvaine & Co., 1891. First edition : [one of 2,000 copies]. “A Tale of Tales”, in Hardy’s description – various voices – the local historian, the old surgeon, the rural dean, the colonel, the quiet gentleman, etc., recount the stories of ten different women – the stories based on genuine incidents from Wessex history. The stories had all appeared earlier in magazines, but generally in heavily bowdlerized or significantly different versions.
HEANEY, Seamus, 1939-2013 : NEW SELECTED POEMS 1966-1987.
London : Faber & Faber, (1990). First edition. Signed by Seamus Heaney on the front free endpaper. A fine selection of Heaney’s work, the selection made by Heaney himself from his ten earlier collections – well over 100 poems, with notes, etc.
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HEANEY, Seamus, 1939-2013 : OPENED GROUND : POEMS 1966-1996.
London : Faber & Faber, (1998). First edition. Signed by Seamus Heaney on the title-page. A very extensive selection of Heaney’s work, “as close to being a ‘Collected Poems’ as the author cares to make it”, also including a few poems not previously published in earlier collections, some translations, and ‘Crediting Poetry’, his Nobel Prize acceptance speech.
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HEANEY, Seamus, 1939-2013 : DISTRICT AND CIRCLE.
London : Faber & Faber, (2006). First edition. Signed by Seamus Heaney on the title-page. A collection of over fifty of the later poems – “With more relish and conviction than ever, Heaney maintains his trust in the obduracy of workaday realities and the mystery of everday renewals”.
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HERVEY, Michael, 1915-1979 : [DROP TITLE] WIDE GIRL.
[Southend] : Hampton Press, . First edition. The title-story – Beryl’s having trouble getting rid of Harold – and nine further short stories from the prolific Michael Hervey – “If you’re nervy, Don’t read Hervey!”
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HILL, Susan, 1942- : THE ENCLOSURE.
London : Hutchinson & Co. (Publishers), (1961). First edition. Her scarce first novel, published while she was still an undergraduate. “What was the enclosure? Virginia saw it only as something from which she could not escape. As love declined, so the enclosure grew up around her ...”.
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HILL, Susan, 1942- : I’M THE KING OF THE CASTLE.
London : Hamish Hamilton, (1970). First edition. “Edmund did not want any other boy in the ugly, isolated Victorian house, set back behind the dark rhododendrons. It was his house, he was King here, in the empty attics, on the staircase, even in the Red Room, where his grandfather’s collection of rare moths lay, crumbling in the dusty glass cases ...”. Winner of the Somerset Maugham award.
HOME, Gordon (Gordon Cochrane), 1878-1969 : OLD LONDON BRIDGE.
London : John Lane, The Bodley Head, (1931). First edition. A wonderfully researched and illustrated history of the famous bridge from ancient times until the nineteenth century. With a supplementary chapter on the trade-cards and trade tokens of the dwellers on the bridge (by Ambrose Heal), and appendices listing the wardens, dimensions, residents, the principal pictures, prints, maps, etc.
HORNUNG, E.W. (Ernest William), 1866-1921 : MR. JUSTICE RAFFLES.
London : Smith, Elder & Co., 1909. First edition. “Raffles had vanished from the face of the town ... That was on the Tuesday before the ’Varsity Match”. The final appearance of the amateur cracksman, cricketer and gentleman thief – and the only full-length novel to feature him.
HUTCHINSON, Horace G. (Horatio Gordon), 1859-1932 – editor : THE NEW BOOK OF GOLF.
London : Longmans, Green & Co., 1912. First edition. Hutchinson, the first official amateur champion in 1886, covers all apsects of the game – with additional essays by Bernard Darwin, May Hezlet Ross and others.
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JAMES, M.R. (Montague Rhodes), 1862-1936 : A THIN GHOST AND OTHERS.
London : Edward Arnold & Co., 1919. First edition. His third collection of atmospheric tales – five stories, including “The Diary of Mr. Poynter”.
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[“JANSON, Hank”] – FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989 : ONE MAN IN HIS TIME.
London : Pendulum Publications, (1946). First edition. His first novel – a fictionalised account of a young man growing up in poverty in South London between the wars – stealing second-hand books, left-wing politics, in Spain with the International Brigade, gambling in Monte Carlo, etc. Produced under the imprint of his own Pendulum Publications, a short-lived but extraordinarily diverse publishing house set up in the closing months of the war. Frances subsequently adopted the “Hank Janson” pseudonym and became almost cetainly the best-selling author in the country.
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“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : THIS WOMAN IS DEATH.
London : S. D. Frances, . First edition : a variant on thinner stock, with the price printed on the upper wrapper in black. Although Frances had used the Hank Janson pseudonym twice before on unrelated books, this is the elusive first book of the first series of Hank Jansons proper, where author and hero become one – it was also the beginning of his extraordinary collaboration with the cover artist, Reginald Heade (1901-1957). Although published in an edition of 10,000 copies (Holland pp.59-61), the subsequent destruction orders imposed by various local authorities and the notoriety that attached to the 1954 and 1955 obscenity trials have made this a scarce book.
JAY, Peter (Peter Anthony Charles), 1945- – editor : NEW MEASURE : A QUARTERLY MAGAZINE OF POETRY.
Oxford / Northwood : Donald Parsons & Co. / Peter Jay, 1965-1969. A complete run of all ten issues of Jay’s sixties poetry magazine, including new poems by W. H. Auden, Gavin Bantock, Alan Brownjohn, Jack Clemo, Edward Dorn, Lee Harwood, John Heath-Stubbs, Anselm Hollo, Michael Horovitz, Peter Levi, Christopher Middleton, Tom Raworth, Vernon Scannell, Gary Snyder, D. M. Thomas, Gael Turnbull, etc.
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KANER, H. (Hyman), 1896-1973 : PEOPLE OF THE TWILIGHT.
Llandudno : Kaner Publishing Co., 1946. First edition. Professor Hayton discovers a gateway drug to an amazing and idyllic parallel world – but shatters the peace and happiness of the lost race. Probably the best of the self-published science fiction of the Romanian-born civil servant, also the author of “Balance Sheets Explained”, etc.
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LOWRY, Malcolm (Clarence Malcolm), 1909-1957 : DARK AS THE GRAVE WHEREIN MY FRIEND IS LAID.
London : Jonathan Cape, (1969). First British edition. An “essential companion” to “Under the Volcano” – Lowry’s return to the scene. Edited by Lowry’s widow, Margerie Bonner, and his first biographer, Douglas Day, from 700 pages of Lowry’s notes and drafts.
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MACLAREN-ROSS, Julian (James), 1912-1964 : THE WEEPING AND THE LAUGHTER : A CHAPTER OF AUTOBIOGRAPHY.
London : Rupert Hart-Davis, 1953. First edition. Maclaren-Ross remembers his childhood – a “writer who never wasted words or chose a wrong one” (Sir John Betjeman).
MALET, Harold Esdaile, 1841-1918 : ANNALS OF THE ROAD : OR, NOTES ON MAIL AND STAGE COACHING IN GREAT BRITAIN.
London : Longmans, Green & Co., 1876. First edition. A valuable and beautifully illustrated history of coaching – with chapters on most aspects of the history, the coaches and the roads, as well as “some road slang terms”. Illustrated with striking colour-printed plates (finished with hand colour) by Hanhart and woodcuts in the text. As well as Captain Malet’s own work, this edition also collects together for the first time all the “Nimrod” [Charles James Apperley] essays on the subject.
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MILES, Alfred H. (Alfred Henry), 1848-1929 – editor : HEROINES OF THE HOME AND THE WORLD OF DUTY : STORIES OF LIFE AND ADVENTURE.
London : Stanley Paul & Co., . First edition. A collection of thirty-two inspirational stories of bravery by F. W. Orde Ward, Caroline Zuyland, Franklin W. Calkins, Mariana M. Tallman, Susan K. Glaspell, Clive R. Fenn, etc.
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“MISTRAL, Bengo” – [LAZENBY, Norman Austin, 1914-2003] : THE BRAINS OF HELLE.
London : Gannet Press, . First edition. “Chev Markham landed on the tiny planet of Helle and felt bored as soon as he entered the spaceport hotel bar. It was always the same ...”.
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MOUNT, Ferdinand (Sir William Robert Ferdinand, 3rd Baronet), 1939- : THE CLIQUE : A NOVEL OF THE SIXTIES.
London : Chatto & Windus, 1978. First edition. His third novel – a sparkling satire on the London of the swinging sixties. Mount later became head of the Policy Unit at 10 Downing Street and subsequently editor of the TLS.
NASH, Irene : FOLLOWING A STAR.
London : Arthur Gray (Books), . First edition. “Someone once said that the parties in Hollywood sounded like school treats compared to those given by Maisie Bellamy” – film critic Peter Day knows everyone in the Elstree set – young Lucinda Carey does not. Conflicts between love and career, “the glamour of the film world; written with first-hand knowledge”.
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NIN, Anaïs, 1903-1977 : THIS HUNGER – .
New York : Gemor Press, (1945). First edition. “The unveiling of women is a delicate matter. It will not happen overnight. We are all afraid of what we shall find”. One of 1,000 copies of the regular edition, illustrated with five woodcuts by “Ian Hugo” – Nin’s husband Hugh Parker Guiler (1898-1985). This copy signed by Nin and amicably inscribed to Raymond Daum – “Hoping we may colloborate!” – Raymond Witham Daum (1923-2003), cameraman and archivist, perhaps best-known for his “Walking with Garbo” (1991). His archive documenting his friendships with Gloria Swanson, Greta Garbo and other well-known figures is now housed at the Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
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NORWOOD, Victor (Victor George Charles), 1920-1983 : THE TEMPLE OF THE DEAD.
London : Scion, (1951). First edition. The third of Norwood’s ‘Jacaré the Untamed’ jungle novels set in South America, where he himself had tried his hand at prospecting for diamonds. The Tarzan-like Jacaré battles with a native priestly sect.
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“O’BRIEN, Flann” – [O’NOLAN, Brian, 1911-1966] : THE DALKEY ARCHIVE.
London : MacGibbon & Kee, 1964. First edition of the last novel published in his lifetime – “the best comic fantasy since ‘Tristram Shandy’” – mad scientist plots the end of the world, time travel used to age whiskey, both James Joyce and St. Augustine with speaking parts, etc.
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OLIPHANT, Laurence, 1829-1888 : ALTIORA PETO.
Edinburgh & London : William Blackwood & Sons, 1883. First edition. “Brilliant and delightful ... singular originality and independence ... it contains enough to equip a score of ordinary novelists for the production of a score of extraordinary novels” (The Athenæum). “A brilliant picture of life and manners” (The Spectator).
ORDNANCE SURVEY : [COVER TITLE] S. W. ENVIRONS OF LONDON.
Southampton : Ordnance Survey Office 1878-1889. A composite map of the southern and western environs of London made up of various ordnance survey one-inch sheets. Centred more or less on Weybridge and extending north to Slough and Ealing, east to Greenwich and Oxted, southwards to include Godalming and west to take in Farnham, Sandhurst and Waltham St. Lawrence, and including Windsor, Richmond, Chiswick, Putney, Fulham, Clapham, Camberwell, Croydon, Caterham, Redhill, Reigate, Dorking, Guildford, Aldershot, etc.
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PROCTOR, Richard A. (Richard Anthony), 1837-1888 : WATCHED BY THE DEAD : A LOVING STUDY OF DICKENS’ HALF-TOLD TALE.
London : W. H. Allen & Co., 1887. First edition. An interesting study and possible solution to ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood’, supplied by the prolific writer on astronomy, mathematics, etc.
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RAVEN, Simon (Simon Arthur Nöel), 1927-2001 : BROTHER CAIN.
London : Anthony Blond, (1959). First edition. A resignation from the army, a mysterious and murky organisation steps in.
“REED, Mark” – [DANIELS, Norman Arthur, 1905-1995] : FOUR DAMES NAMED “SIN”.
New York : Magazine Productions, (1951). First edition. “Lois French was what some people consider a good girl, but she had what every bad girl wants most – a man of her own. She had to wage a hell of a fight though, before she could call him hers to keep”. No 105 in the Rainbow Romance series.
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RIMMER, Alfred, 1829-1893 : ANCIENT STONE CROSSES OF ENGLAND.
London : Virtue, Spalding & Co., 1875. First edition. A charmingly illustrated study and guide to the town-crosses, market-crosses, Eleanor crosses, roadside crosses, etc., scattered all across England. This copy has been extra illustrated by the insertion of additional matter, including seven early photographs of crosses, etc., at Launceston and Lostwithiel, press cuttings, etc.
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SADLEIR, Michael (Michael Thomas Harvey), 1888-1957 : THESE FOOLISH THINGS : A STORY.
London : Constable & Co., (1937). First edition. Young love in France – “a book which begins and ends with their farewell, under the cliff-like side of a Cunarder on the docks of Cherbourg in the rain”.
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“SARTO, Ben” – [FAWCETT, Frank Dubrez, 1891-1968] : MISS OTIS GOES UP.
London : Modern Fiction, . First edition. A murder in the Otis Restaurant – a revenge killing by a strange young man.
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SCOTT, Paul (Paul Mark), 1920-1978 : A DIVISION OF THE SPOILS : A NOVEL.
London : William Heinemann, (1975). First edition. The final volume of Scott’s ‘Jewel in the Crown’ quartet – the British Raj moves inexorably towards its end.
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SHARP, Dennis (Dennis Charles), 1933-2010 : THE PICTURE PALACE AND OTHER BUILDINGS FOR THE MOVIES.
London : Hugh Evelyn, (1969). First edition. A fine illustrated study of cinema architecture – with chapters on the precursors; kinetoscope parlour to nickelodeon; the itinerant show; pre Great War cinemas in Britain; the American origins; British cinema in the 1920s; the advent of talkies; the super cinema; continental cinemas; design considerations in the 1930s; drive-ins, news-theatres and art-cinemas; post-war innovation and experiment, etc.
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SMITH, Thomas, 1798-1875 : A TOPOGRAPHICAL AND HISTORICAL ACCOUNT OF THE PARISH OF ST. MARY-LE-BONE ...
London : John Smith, 1833. First edition. An account of that part of London forming the original parish, from Abbey Road and St. John’s Wood in the north to Oxford Street in the south, bounded to the west by the Edgware Road, and to the east by Primrose Hill, London Zoo, Regent’s Park, and Cleveland Street. Includes material on Roman roads, Tyburn, the Portland family, the local churches, chapels, schools and hospitals, Oxford Street, Cavendish Square, Portman Square, Portland Place, Lord’s Cricket Ground, conduits and waterworks, Marylebone High Street, the Gardens, local worthies and eccentrics, the Cato Street conspiracy, etc., etc.
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SOMERVILLE, E.OE. (Edith Anna OEnone), 1858-1949 & “ROSS, Martin” – [MARTIN, Violet Florence, 1862-1915] : NOTIONS IN GARRISON.
London : Methuen & Co., (1941). First edition : [one of 2,490 copies]. Somerville on poltergeists, magic, ghosts and much else besides. Illustrations by Somerville.
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STANFORD, Edward, 1827-1904 : STANFORD’S GENERAL MAP OF AUSTRALIA.
London : Edward Stanford, 1894. The earliest edition of this handsome and popular map of Australia, versions of which remained in print until the 1960s. Late nineteenth-century Australia is shown in some detail at a scale of eighty miles to the inch, while special features include spot-heights, tracks of travellers, etc. An inset map of the British Empire marks out the telegraph lines and cables connecting Asia, Australia and Europe.
“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : THE RENEGADE STAR.
London : Scion, (1951). First edition. “At first it was only a smudge on the face of infinity ...” – a runaway star threatens the solar system.
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“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : TO THE ULTIMATE.
London : Scion, (1952). First edition. The XM-12 exploration space machine finds a new artificial planet beyond Mercury. Based on Fearn’s celebrated pre-war short story “Mathematica”.
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STEVENS, Wallace, 1879-1955 – contributor : VOICES : A QUARTERLY OF POETRY. NUMBER 121. SPRING 1945. WALLACE STEVENS ISSUE.
Brattleboro : E. L. Vinal, 1945. A special Wallace Stevens number of the Harold Vinal magazine, with selected poems from all his earlier collections and the first publication of six pages of “New Poems” – the four parts of “The Pure Good of Theory” (All the Preludes to Felicity, Description of a Platonic Person, Fire-Monsters in the Milky Brain, and Dry Birds are Fluttering in Blue Leaves), as well as “A Word with José Rodríguez-Feo”, “Paisant Chronicle” and “Flyer's Fall”. The issue also includes John Malcolm Brinnin’s essay, “Plato, Phoebus and the Man from Hartford : An Essay on Wallace Stevens”, as well as contemporary reviews of Robert Lowell’s “Land of Unlikeness” and Robert Frost’s “A Masque of Reason”.
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STONE, Reynolds, 1909-1979 : REYNOLDS STONE : ENGRAVINGS WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY THE ARTIST AND AN APPRECIATION BY KENNETH CLARK.
London : John Murray, (1977). First edition. A handsome recapitulation of Reynolds Stone’s lifetime of work in wood engraving – over 550 illustrations (many in colour) – illustrative work, decorations, title-pages, bookplates, labels, etc. – each of them described and set in context. Printed at the Curwen Press. Loosely inserted are a copy of the original prospectus and a 1978 Cambridge University Press invitation, utilising the armorial device by Stone illustrated on p.132.
“STORME, Michael” – [DAWSON, George H.] : DAME IN MY BED.
Cleveland : Kaywin Publishers, (1951). First known edition : although the book records an earlier (UK) Archer Press copyright date of 1950, there appears to be no trace of an earlier UK edition, which is not listed in the Holland checklist. Soft-mouthed dames and hard-eyed gamblers, thrills, chills and frills – the usual Nick Cranley scenario.
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[SURTEES, Robert Smith, 1803-1864] : JORROCKS’S JAUNTS AND JOLLITIES ; OR, THE HUNTING, SHOOTING, RACING, DRIVING, SAILING, EATING, ECCENTRIC, AND EXTRAVAGANT EXPLOITS OF THAT RENOWNED SPORTING CITIZEN, MR. JOHN JORROCKS, OF ST. BOTOLPH LANE AND GREAT CORAM STREET.
London : Walter Spiers, 1838. First edition. The first appearance of Jorrocks – ten stories from the “New Sporting Magazine” here revised and polished for their first publication in book form.
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TAMBIMUTTU, M.J. (Meary James Thurairajah), 1915-1983 & DICKINS, Anthony – editors : POETRY [LONDON].
London : Poetry, 1939. The first issue of this legendary magazine, originally called simply “Poetry”, the first series of which ran until 1951. This copy signed next to their contributions by nine of the original contributors – Audrey Beecham, Dorian Cooke, Walter de la Mare, Lawrence Durrell (twice), Clifford Dyment, Philip O’Connor, Herbert Read, Edwin Smith and Stephen Spender (twice). Other contributors to a highly impressive first issue include George Barker, Gavin Ewart, John Gawsworth, J. F. Hendry, Rayner Heppenstall, Louis Macneice, Nicholas Moore, Keidrych Rhys, Tambimuttu himself, Dylan Thomas and Laurence Whistler.
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[TENNYSON, Alfred (Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron), 1809-1892 & TURNER, Charles Tennyson, 1808-1879] : POEMS, BY TWO BROTHERS.
London : for W. Simpkin & R. Marshall and / Louth : J. & J. Jackson, 1827. First edition. Tennyson’s uncommon first book – an anonymous collaboration (although the 102 poems were individually written) with his elder brother Charles, who later adopted the surname Turner – locally printed at Louth before the brothers went up to Cambridge. A former owner has neatly and carefully ascribed the poems to A.T. or C.T. in pencil, correctly noting that some are of uncertain authorship and that a few are in fact by a third brother, Frederick Tennyson.
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THE GENTLEMAN ANGLER : THE GENTLEMAN ANGLER. CONTAINING SHORT, PLAIN AND EASY INSTRUCTIONS WHEREBY THE MOST IGNORANT BEGINNER MAY, IN A LITTLE TIME ...
London : for A. Bettesworth, 1726. First edition. “I may, without vanity, affirm that the following treatise upon angling, is the most perfect and compleat of any that has hitherto appeared in print ...” – and so it probably was, becoming the standard eighteenth-century work, combining practical instruction on fishing with the making of flies, descriptions of the individual fish, the laws of angling as then understood, material on rock-fishing and sea-fishing, an extensive glossary of the “technical words, and phrases”, and a selection of appetising fish recipes, etc.
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TROLLOPE, Anthony, 1815-1882 : CASTLE RICHMOND. A NOVEL.
Leipzig : Bernhard Tauchnitz, 1860. First Tauchnitz edition : noticed in the “Allgemeine Bibliographie für Deutschland” on 14th June 1860 and presumably set from advance sheets, as the London edition had appeared only a few weeks earlier on 10th May. Love, inheritance, blackmail and famine in Ireland – as Trollope recalled in later life, “The heroine has two lovers, one of whom is a scamp and the other a prig”.
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TROLLOPE, Anthony, 1815-1882 : ORLEY FARM.
London : Chapman & Hall, 1862. First edition, in book form, bound up from the original monthly instalments published between March 1861 and October 1862. Wills, codicils, property, family and love – “The plot of ‘Orley Farm’ is probably the best I have ever made ... I do not know that there is a dull page ... especially proud of its illustrations by Millais, which are the best I have seen in any novel in any language” (Trollope).
TUBB, E.C. (Edwin Charles), 1919-2010 : JOURNEY TO MARS.
London : Scion, . First edition. Verrill needs to get to Mars where a spaceship is making ready for the Big Jump to the stars, but he is stranded on Venus without money, papers or weapons.
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UPWARD, Edward (Edward Falaise), 1903-2009 : IN THE THIRTIES.
London : William Heinemann, (1962). First edition. The first novel in the “Spiral Ascent” trilogy – failed poets and communism in the 1930s – “I believe that it may well be the first part of one of the greatest and most original novels of our time” (Christopher Isherwood).
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VIZETELLY, Ernest Alfred, 1853-1922 : WITH ZOLA IN ENGLAND : A STORY OF EXILE.
London : Chatto & Windus, 1899. First edition. A powerful account of Emile Zola’s exile in England in the wake of the celebrated “J’Accuse ...” letter and headline concerning the Dreyfus furore. Compiled by Ernest Vizetelly, son of the English publisher who went to prison for publishing Zola, and himself the translator of many of Zola’s novels.
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WAUGH, Evelyn (Evelyn Arthur St. John), 1903-1966 : BASIL SEAL RIDES AGAIN : OR, THE RAKE’S REGRESS.
London : Chapman & Hall, 1963. First edition : limited to 750 numbered copies signed by Evelyn Waugh. His last published work of fiction, resurrecting Peter Beste-Chetwynde, Lady Metroland, Ambrose Silk, Basil Seal, etc.
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