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JUNE 2016

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“ANDOM, R.” – [BARRETT, Alfred Walter, 1869-1920] : MARTHA AND I : BEING SCENES FROM OUR SUBURBAN LIFE.

“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 ...”.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 256,[xlviii]pp. Numerous illustrations by Alec Carruthers Gould. Original yellow pictorial cloth, blocked and lettered in black; some minor wear; cloth a little darkened and slightly marked; front endpaper slightly cracked; lacks rear free endpaper; some childish scrawls on three preliminary blank pages; a touch shaken, but a good copy of a difficult title.

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ASQUITH, Cynthia (Lady Cynthia Mary Evelyn), 1887-1960 : WHAT DREAMS MAY COME.

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”.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (256)pp. Original turquoise cloth, lettered in gilt; a touch of fading to tips and the occasional slight mark, but a very good copy in the atmospheric Philip Gough dust-jacket – lightly used, with a couple of tiny chips and short tears, and some light discolouration to rear panel, but also very good.

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AUTOMOBILE ASSOCIATION – publishers :  MAP OF CENTRAL LONDON :  SHOWING – THEATRES, GARAGES, PARKING-PLACES, ONE-WAY STREETS AND ROUNDABOUT TRAFFIC.

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.
Lithograph in three colours on paper. Printed surface 533 x 745mm (approx 21” x 29-1/4”). Some minor wear and slight holing to folds; a few nicks; creasing to one corner, but otherwise in very good condition for an ephemeral and fragile production. Just a single copy of this edition located in libraries worldwide – none in the UK.

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BALLANTYNE, R.M. (Robert Michael), 1825-1894 : THE LAKES OF KILLARNEY.

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.
Foolscap 8vo (18cm). (112) + 16pp inserted advertisements dated May 1858. Frontispiece, folding map and eleven plates. Original decorative cloth gilt; spine just a touch darkened; some very minor wear at tips; a few faint marks; some spotting to prelims and adverts, but overall a very good copy. Gift inscription dated Christmas Day 1859 from Mrs Hunter to Miss Read on front free endpaper.

£200

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BALLANTYNE, R.M. (Robert Michael), 1825-1894 : THE LONELY ISLAND : OR THE REFUGE OF THE MUTINEERS.

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.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (viii),(414),[ii],(16)pp. Frontispiece, extra pictorial title, and four plates. Original blue pictorial cloth gilt over bevelled boards; some minor rubbing and wear; endpapers slightly cracked; a little shaken; a few edge spots, but overall still a good copy. Gift inscription dated 1883 to William Lawrence from Howard Gilliat (1848-1906).

£100

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“BECKMAN, Charles” – [BOECKMAN, Charles, 1920-2015] : HONKY TONK GIRL.

“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”.
Foolscap 4to (20cm). [iv],7-130pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; some mild rubbing and a couple of creases, but otherwise a very good copy of an elusive title. No copy of this edition located in any major library worldwide.

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BELLOW, Saul, 1915-2005 : DANGLING MAN.

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”.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (192)pp. Original yellow cloth, blocked and lettered in brown; a touch of browning; mild spotting of edges and endpapers, but a nice, very bright and sound copy in the stylish Robert Medley dust-jacket – just lightly tanned at spine, but also very good and virtually unworn.

£250

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BERNERS, Lord (Gerald Hugh Tyrwhitt-Wilson, 14th Baron), 1883-1950 : FAR FROM THE MADDING WAR.

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.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [xii],(194),[ii]pp. Three plates by the author. Original magenta cloth, lettered across spine in silver; slight touch of wear at foot; some spotting, mainly of endpapers and edges, but a very good copy in the original Berners dust-jacket – lightly worn and very slightly tanned, with some minor chipping at extremities (not affecting design or lettering), but also very good.

£100

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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.

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).
Crown 8vo (20cm). (xii),(190)pp. Folding panorama. Errata slip. Spare label. Original cloth-backed printed boards; some spotting of prelims and edges, but a very good, bright and fresh looking copy. Loosely inserted is the interesting original blurb – “The author protests that this book is intended to infuriate its readers ...”.

£250

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“BLIGH, Norman” – [NEUBAUER, William Arthur, 1916-1982] : HARLOT IN HER HEART.

“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.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (3)-129,[i]pp. Sixteen full-page photographic illustrations. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; just a hint of wear; text lightly tanned; staples slightly rusted, but overall a very good copy of an uncommon title. Just a single copy (Bowling Green State) located in major libraries worldwide.

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[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.

[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.
Copper line engraving on paper. Later hand colour. Engraved surface 219 x 330mm (approx. 8-5/8” x 13”). Faint vertical fold, but despite minor evidence of age and use, a very good and still most attractive map. A guaranteed genuine antique map. Adams 38/007. Howgego 19a.

£400

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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.

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.
Copper engraving on paper. Original hand colour. Printed surface 388 x 552mm (approx. 15-1/4” x 21-3/4”). Dissected and mounted on linen. Some wear and splitting to folds, with some folds neatly strenghtened and repaired on verso with archival tape; a good and serviceable copy of a fragile and ephemeral item. Howgego 158A/008.

£400

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BOWRING PETROLEUM CO. – publishers : MEX MOTOR SPIRIT MAP OF THE RIVER THAMES.

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”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 36pp. Thirty-one coloured maps by George Philip & Son. Original tan cloth wrappers, lettered and decorated in black and yellow; some minor external wear, but a very good copy. No copy located in any major library worldwide.

£75

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BRAINE, John (John Gerard), 1922-1986 : ROOM AT THE TOP.

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.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 256pp. Original green boards, lettered in gilt; tiny bruise and sliver of sunning to covers, but a very good copy in the John Minton dust-jacket – price-clipped and very lightly tanned; very slightly worn at head, with some very shallow chipping to folds, but otherwise very good and still attractive.

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BRITTAIN, Vera (Vera Mary), 1893-1970 : ENGLAND’S HOUR.

BRITTAIN, Vera (Vera Mary), 1893-1970 : ENGLAND’S HOUR.

London : Macmillan & Co., [1941]. First edition. Heart-breaking personal essays on aspects of London “bombed, burned and battered”, illustrated with poignant and evocative photographs of the Blitz.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (xviii),(302)pp. Eight plates. Original red cloth, lettered in gilt; a few tiny patches of fading where the jacket is chipped; endpapers very lightly tanned; first few leaves very slightly creased, but otherwise a very good copy in the striking dust-jacket by the poster artist G. R. Morris – lightly tanned, a little worn, nicked and slightly chipped, with an unobtrusive tear to lower panel. Contemporary ownership inscription dated April 1941.

£50

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BRITTAIN, Vera (Vera Mary), 1893-1970 : TESTAMENT OF EXPERIENCE : AN AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL STORY OF THE YEARS 1925-1950.

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.
Post 8vo (21cm). 480pp. Original red boards, lettered in gilt; a touch dull; a few minor signs of age and use, but a very good copy in the yellow Gollancz dust-jacket – price clipped, slightly nicked and chipped, with tears to upper fold, but still bright and attractive.

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BRONOWSKI, Jacob, 1908-1974 : WILLIAM BLAKE 1757-1827 : A MAN WITHOUT A MASK.

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”.
Crown 8vo (189 x 121mm). [vi],(154)pp. Plates. Bound in a handsome, slightly later, full green crushed morocco (for Hatchard’s); banded and gilt; all edges gilt; marbled endpapers; a few minor scuffs, but overall a very good and attractive copy. Pictorial bookplate of J. Hodges.

£125

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BROOKE, Rupert (Rupert Chawner), 1887-1915 : 1914 AND OTHER POEMS.

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.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (64)pp. Portrait frontispiece (the Sherril Schell photograph). Spare title-label tipped in at rear. Original dark blue cloth, with white paper spine label, ruled in red and lettered in black; tiny nick at foot; label lightly tanned; endpapers a little tanned; some spotting of edges and prelims, but a very good and rather better than usual copy.

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BUCHAN, John, 1875-1940 : THE POWER-HOUSE.

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”.
Crown 8vo (20cm). x,238pp. Original red cloth, lettered in black; lightly sunned; some light marking to lower cover; text a little tanned as always; endleaves also tanned with a slight crack to lower hinge, but overall a nice copy of a fragile wartime production. Blanchard A35.

£150

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BUCHAN, John, 1875-1940 : HUNTINGTOWER.

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.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 318,[ii]pp. Original blue cloth, ruled and lettered in darker blue; a little rubbed, some very light wear to extremities, but a good copy. Blanchard A53.

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BUNTING, Basil (Basil Cheesman), 1900-1985 : COLLECTED POEMS.

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.
Medium 8vo (25cm). 160pp. Original grey cloth, lettered down spine in gilt; just a touch sunned, but a very good, clean and sound copy in the Barnett Newman dust-jacket – price-clipped, but also very good. Small bookseller’s label of Scott Martin of San Francisco on rear paste-down.

£100

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“BURGESS, Anthony” – [WILSON, John Anthony Burgess, 1917-1993] : [THE MALAYAN TRILOGY].

“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.
Three volumes. Crown 8vo (182 x 118mm). [viii],214,[ii]; [vi],222; [vi],(238)pp. Bound in a smart recent half blue calf, banded and gilt; top edges gilt; original backstrips preserved at rear; a very good set, housed in a cloth slip-case.

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BURTON, John Hill, 1809-1881 : THE BOOK-HUNTER ETC.

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”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). viii,384pp – and with the rare publisher’s announcement slip. Original quarter roan; a little rubbed; some marking to lower cover; neat manuscript number on title-page; text a little fingered in places; some marks, but still a very good copy. From the collection of the late Barry Bloomfield, former Director of Collection Development at the British Library – and himself a book-hunter of no little accomplishment.

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“BUTLER, Joan” – [ALEXANDER, Robert William, 1905-1979] : DOUBLE FIGURES.

“BUTLER, Joan” – [ALEXANDER, Robert William, 1905-1979] : DOUBLE FIGURES.

London : Stanley Paul & Co., [1946]. 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 ...”.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 200pp. Original jade-green cloth, lettered in white; very lightly rubbed, but a very good and sound copy in the original Fouet dust-jacket – price-clipped, but very lightly worn and just a touch soiled.

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CARLYLE, Thomas, 1795-1881 : THE FRENCH REVOLUTION : A HISTORY ...

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.
Two volumes. Crown 8vo (186 x 121mm). viii,342; viii,412pp. Bound in a smart contemporary prize binding by Henry Bickers & Son of Leicester Square – full polished tan calf, banded and gilt, contrasting red and black labels, marbled edges and endpapers, with the crest of Liverpool College on the upper board of each volume; some minor wear and scuffing to corners, a few slight marks, but otherwise a very good set. Prize label made out to C. L. Williams for French (senior) and dated Midsummer 1882.

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CASTELLO, Inez : MAN-EATER.

CASTELLO, Inez : MAN-EATER.

London : Arthur Gray (Books), [1934]. 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.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 256pp. Original blue cloth, lettered in black; a touch sunned; a little shaken and slack; lower hinge slightly cracked; text a little tanned, but a good copy in the striking art-deco dust-jacket by H. W. Perl (1897-1952) – a little rubbed, marked, worn and darkened, with a few tiny nicks and a near invisible 4cm tear at fold, but complete and most attractive still.

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CASTELLO, Inez : MAN-EATER.

CASTELLO, Inez : MAN-EATER.

London : Arthur Gray (Books), [1934]. 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.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 256pp. Original blue cloth, lettered in black; cloth a little used and blotched; text a little marked and tanned, but a serviceable copy in the striking art-deco dust-jacket by H. W. Perl (1897-1952) – a little wornd and slightly smudged, with repairs to folds – but complete and attractive still.

£50

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CAYWOOD, Mark : VIRGINIA’S QUEST.

CAYWOOD, Mark : VIRGINIA’S QUEST.

London : Arthur Gray (Books), [1934]. 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.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 254,[ii]pp. Original blue cloth, lettered in black; a few faint marks; edges and prelims a little spotted, but otherwise a very good copy in the striking original dust-jacket – unsigned but by H. W. Perl (1897-1952) – a little rubbed, nicked and slightly soiled, but still very good. Just a single copy (British Library) located in the major UK libraries.

£100

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CHANDLER, Raymond (Raymond Thornton), 1888-1959 : FAREWELL, MY LOVELY.

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.
Crown 8vo (182 x 122cm). [viii],276,[iv]pp. Bound in an elegant recent half blue morocco, banded, and lettered in gilt; original cloth upper panel and backstrip preserved at rear; a handful of minor marks, but a very good and attractive copy. Bruccoli II-1a.

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CHATWIN, Bruce (Charles Bruce), 1940-1989 : WHAT AM I DOING HERE.

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).
Demy 8vo (23cm). (viii),(368),[viii]pp. Original black boards, lettered in gilt; a very good copy in a very good jacket.

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CHESTERTON, G.K. (Gilbert Keith), 1874-1936 : THE INCREDULITY OF FATHER BROWN.

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”.
Crown 8vo (189 x 120mm). [viii],296pp. Bound in a smart recent half black morocco, banded and gilt; top edge gilt; original cloth backstrip and upper cover preserved at rear; a few slight marks and spots, but overall a very good copy. Sullivan 63.

£250

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CHESTERTON, G.K. (Gilbert Keith), 1874-1936 : THE SECRET OF FATHER BROWN.

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.
Crown 8vo (188 x 119mm). [viii],(310),[ii]pp. Bound in an elegant recent half black morocco, banded and gilt; top edge gilt; original cloth backstrip preserved at rear; a few very faint spots, but a very good copy.

£250

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CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : TIME FOR CAUTION.

CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : TIME FOR CAUTION.

Hounslow : William Foster (Publishers), (1946). First edition. Fourteen Lemmy Caution short stories.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 96pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design in blue and black by Jefferies; some mild rubbing and minor wear; short tear to rear wrapper; staples rusted, but otherwise a very good copy. Just two copies (Bodleian and British Library) located in the world’s major libraries.

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CHURCHILL, Winston (Sir Winston Leonard Spencer), 1874-1965 : WE’RE IN!

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 ...”.
Bromide press print. 255 x 204mm (10” x 8”). Old folds and creases; short tear to left-hand margin; slight show-through of pencilled notes on verso, but a reasonable copy of an ephemeral and fragile survival.

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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.

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).
Copper line engraving on paper. Later hand colour. Engraved surface 364 x 229mm (approx. 14-3/8” x 9”). In very good and clean state. A guaranteed genuine antique map. Adams 38/103.

£200

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COLLINS, Norman (Norman Richard), 1907-1982 : LONDON BELONGS TO ME.

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).
Post 8vo (21cm). (640)pp. Original green cloth, lettered in lighter green; a few minor signs of age and use, but a very good copy in the pictorial dust-jacket – a little rubbed, used and tanned, the spine lettering a little faded, but a complete and welcome survival.

£100

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“COMMORDE, Ricky” : A DAME IS SNATCHED.

“COMMORDE, Ricky” : A DAME IS SNATCHED.

Leigh-on-Sea : Barrington Gray, [1952]. 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.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – redhead pouts in blue; spine and edges partly scorched and blackened; some minor marking and wear; staples rusted, but a reasonable copy of a scarce production. No copy located in any major library worldwide.

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CROFTS, Freeman Wills, 1879-1957 : SUDDEN DEATH.

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.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 284,[iv]pp. Original orange cloth, lettered across upper cover and spine in black; covers lightly but extensively splash-marked, with faint bleeding of colour on to lower edges, final leaves, and rear endpapers, but nonetheless a very good, still bright, and sound copy, with the striking upper panel of the original dust-jacket laid-in to front endpaper.

£100

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“CROMPTON, Richmal” – [LAMBURN, Richmal Crompton, 1890-1969] : JUST – WILLIAM.

“CROMPTON, Richmal” – [LAMBURN, Richmal Crompton, 1890-1969] : JUST – WILLIAM.

London : George Newnes, [1922]. 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.
Foolscap 8vo (18cm). 248,[iv],[4]pp – including integral endpapers. Full-page illustrations by Thomas Henry (1879-1962). Original red cloth, lettered in black; some minor wear and fading; a touch shaken; front endpaper slightly cracked; a few internal marks, nicks, creases and signs of age and use, but a rather better than average copy of a fragile and uncommon title.

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CUNNINGHAM, Paul : [DROP TITLE] TOAST TO SATAN.

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..
Crown 8vo (18cm). 80pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – man crawls after a leggy blonde and typical Perl-girl by H. W. Perl; some minor creasing and marking; pencil marks to upper wrapper; short tear to lower wrapper; staples rusting; text tanned, with one leaf much creased, but overall still a very good copy of a rare and fragile item. Not recorded on the Holland & Williams Hamilton checklist – and no copy traced in any major library worldwide.

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“DELAFIELD, E.M.” – [DASHWOOD, Edmée Elizabeth Monica, 1890-1943] : THE PROVINCIAL LADY IN AMERICA.

“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.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (viii),(252),[iv]pp. Plates by Margaret Freeman. Original green cloth, ruled in blind on upper cover, ruled and lettered in gilt across spine; just a touch bruised; very mild tanning of endpapers; a few faint edge-spots, but a very good copy in the original Freeman dust-jacket – printed blue on fawn – price-clipped, lightly worn, slightly nicked and a little tanned.

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DICKENS, Charles (Charles Culliford Boz), 1837-1896 – publisher :  DICKENS’S DICTIONARY OF LONDON, 1886. (EIGHTH YEAR.) : AN UNCONVENTIONAL HANDBOOK.

DICKENS, Charles (Charles Culliford Boz), 1837-1896 – publisher : DICKENS’S DICTIONARY OF LONDON, 1886. (EIGHTH YEAR.) : AN UNCONVENTIONAL HANDBOOK.

London : Macmillan & Co., [1886]. 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.
Foolscap 8vo (17cm). 312pp. Sixteen maps. Original decorative cloth; covers slightly marked and dulled; a few minor marks and spots; a few marks and ticks in the charities section, but still a very good and sound copy.

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[DICKENS, Charles (Charles John Huffam), 1812-1870] : OLIVER TWIST : OR, THE PARISH BOY’S PROGRESS. BY “BOZ”.

[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.
Three volumes. Demy 12mo. [iv],(332); [iv],(308); [ii],(316)pp. Thirty-three etched plates (including the additional plates) by George Cruikshank (1792-1878). Bound, with the two half-titles called for, but without the three advertisement leaves, in a neat contemporary half green roan, banded and richly gilt; marbled sides and matching endpapers; top edges gilt; some very light wear and scuffing; some intermittent internal marking and slight soiling, with occasional spots, chips, creases, short tears and small flaws, but overall an attractive set of one of the more difficult Dickens titles. Pencilled ownership inscriptions of A. W. Bowman in two volumes. Smith 4.

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DOBELL, Nora (Nora Selina), 1841-1924 : TWO WOMEN OF KENT.

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).
Crown 8vo (19cm). 215,[i]pp. Original tan cloth over bevelled boards, lettered in black and red; lightly rubbed; cloth slightly discoloured; front free endpaper neatly excised; some occasional spotting; a little shaken, but a good copy of an uncommon title. With the dated 1933 ownership inscription of Mrs L. Cooling of Gillingham, Kent – this Lillian Cooling (1885?-1950).

£50

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DOYLE, James E. (James William Edmund), 1822-1893 : A CHRONICLE OF ENGLAND  : B.C. 55 – A.D. 1485.

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”.
Post 4to (262 x 200mm). [2],viii,462pp. Eighty-one coloured illustrations. Bound in an equally lavish contemporary full red sealskin, banded and richly gilt in compartments and on edges; panelled boards with trophy corners; all edges gilt and gauffered with fleurs-de-lys; marbled endpapers; some minor rubbing and faint wear; one leaf slightly marked; another torn without loss, but a handsome copy of a handsome book. With a contemporary (October 1864) gift inscription from Albert Goodman to Mrs and Mrs George Ekins Daintree – George Ekins Daintree (1828-1919), a farmer, and his wife Caroline Sarah Ruston (1829-1921), who were living at Pidley-cum-Fenton in Huntingdonshire at this time.

£400

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“DRAYTON, Ricky” – [BARNES, Michael Lethbridge Gorell, 1926-1982] : THE NUDE WAS FRAMED.

“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”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a nude redhead poses behind purple drapes; wrappers a little creased, nicked and worn; heavier diagonal crease to lower wrapper; staples a little rusted; some marks and occasional spotting; some internal creasing; a few leaves a touch proud, but otherwise a good copy of a scarce title. No copy located in any of the major libraries worldwide.

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DU MAURIER, Daphne (Dame Daphne), 1907-1989 : REBECCA : A PLAY IN THREE ACTS.

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.
Crown 8vo (19cm). [iv],120,[iv]pp. Original wrappers; wrappers a little worn and somewhat marked and dulled; text a little spotted and tanned, but a reasonable copy of a fragile wartime production with an interesting provenance.

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DURRELL, Lawrence (Lawrence George), 1912-1990 : [THE ALEXANDRIA QUARTET].

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”.
Four volumes. Post 8vo (203 x 128mm). 254,[ii]; 250,[vi]; 320; 288pp. Bound in a smart recent full blue morocco, banded and gilt; all edges gilt; a few minor marks and spots, but a very good set.

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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 ...

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.
Crown 8vo (180 x 122mm). [4],xxxvi,140pp. Portrait frontispiece, plate and folding mezzotint portrait. Neat contemporary calf, ruled in gilt and with morocco title-label; a little rubbed and lightly worn; front free endpaper slightly defective; smudge to title-page; a few marks and faint creases, but overall a very good copy. ESTC T113409.

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FENN, George Manville, 1831-1909 : NAT THE NATURALIST : OR A BOY’S ADVENTURES IN THE EASTERN SEAS.

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).
Crown 8vo (20cm). 320,32pp. Eight plates in black and tint by Gordon Browne. Original pictorial cloth, blocked in gilt, green and brown; some wear to tips and joints; endpapers slightly cracked, but a good copy. Ownership stamp of Kilfillan House at Berkhamsted.

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FENN, George Manville, 1831-1909 : THE GRAND CHACO : A BOY’S ADVENTURES IN AN UNKNOWN LAND.

FENN, George Manville, 1831-1909 : THE GRAND CHACO : A BOY’S ADVENTURES IN AN UNKNOWN LAND.

London : S. W. Partridge & Co., [1892]. 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.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 416pp + 16pp advertisements. Illustrations, some full page. Original pictorial cloth, gilt and enamelled, over bevelled boards; all edges gilt; a touch dulled; some very mild rubbing and wear; a little shaken; endpapers lightly tanned; some occasional spotting, but a good copy. Contemporary ownership stamp of George Reid Ackerley (1877-1928), a wool merchant himself born in Buenos Aires.

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FENN, George Manville, 1831-1909 : JUNGLE AND STREAM : OR THE ADVENTURES OF TWO BOYS IN SIAM.

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.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (428)pp + 24pp advertisements. Plates by Harold Hume Piffard (1867-1939). Original pictorial cloth, gilt and enamelled; top edge gilt; just very slightly rubbed; endpapers tanned, but otherwise a very good copy. Dated 1920 ownership of H. M. Shepstone.

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FLEMING, Ian (Ian Lancaster), 1908-1964 : FROM RUSSIA, WITH LOVE.

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?”
Crown 8vo (182 x 120mm). (254),[ii]pp. Bound in a stylish recent half black morocco, banded and gilt; the backstrip and upper panel of the original boards, blocked and lettered in silver and metallic red, preserved at rear; a very good, clean and crisp copy.

£250

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FORD, Ford Madox [formerly HUEFFER], 1873-1939 : PARADE’S END.

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.
Demy 8vo (22cm). [2],xxii,[2],836,[ii]pp. Demy 8vo (214 x 139mm). [2],xxii,[2],836,[ii]pp. Bound in a handsome recent half black morocco, banded and gilt; original cloth covers preserved at rear; top edge red; a very good copy.

£400

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FORD, Richard, 1944- : WOMEN WITH MEN : THREE STORIES.

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).
Crown 8vo (20cm). [x],(256),[vi]pp. Original black boards, ruled, blocked and lettered in gilt; a very good copy in the dust-jacket, also very good.

£50

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

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

London : Michael Joseph, (1969). First edition. “Yesterday I lost my licence ...”.
Post 8vo (21cm). 224pp. Original red boards, blocked and lettered across spine in gilt; very faint spine crease, but a very good copy in the original Carl Bernard dust-jacket – a photographic design lettered in white and red – just lightly worn and slightly nicked. With the December 1969 ownership inscription of Suzanne Eastmease and the label of the Sandon Saddlery Company of Buntingford.

£100

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GRANT, James, 1802-1879 : SKETCHES IN LONDON.

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.
Demy 8vo (24cm). viii,408pp. Frontispiece, extra vignette title, and twenty-two etched plates, mainly by “Phiz” (1815-1882) in his best Dickensian style. Original cloth, blocked in gilt and blind; lightly sunned; slight crease to upper cover; a touch shaken; some occasional browning and spotting, mainly to plates, but overall a very good copy of a major precursor of Mayhew and the later nineteenth-century researchers.

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

“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.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 112pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – an unsigned design by Ron Turner; some very minor creasing and wear, but overall a very good copy. Just a single copy (Bodleian) located in the major UK Libraries.

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“GRIFF” : THE CITY OF LOST WOMEN.

“GRIFF” : THE CITY OF LOST WOMEN.

London : Modern Fiction (London), [1953]. First edition. Kidnappers prey on the Hollywood wealthy – inducing something “damn near to dithering fear”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 126,[ii]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – tough blonde, spilt glasses; slight puckering of spine; a few faint marks, but overall a very good, sharp and clean copy. Only the British Library copy located in any of the major UK libraries.

£75

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GROSS, Alexander, 1879-1958 :  PICTORIAL MAP OF LONDON.

GROSS, Alexander, 1879-1958 : PICTORIAL MAP OF LONDON.

London : Geographers’ Map Co., [1941]. 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.
Colour printed lithograph on paper. Printed surface 485 x 715 (approx 19” x 28-1/4”). Mounted on linen and folding into the original pictorial wrappers. Wrappers very lightly rubbed, with a few faint marks, but overall in very good condition.

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“HALE, Laura” – [HELLER, Lawrence, 1909-1987] : WILD IS THE WOMAN.

“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.
Foolscap 4to (20cm). [iv],7-128,[ii]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; mild rubbing and a few tiny creases, but a very good copy of a scarce title. Just a single copy (Bowling Green State) located in major libraries worldwide.

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HALE, Mary Ann, 1796-1830 : A CATECHISM FOR CHILDREN. BY THE LATE MRS. HALE.

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.
Post 12mo (18cm). (96)pp. Original sheep-backed boards; a little rubbed and worn; some staining to boards; stitching slack and a few leaves loose; a serviceable copy of a very uncommon book. Contemporary (1833) pencilled ownership inscription of a member of the Pulford family. Only a single copy (Roderic Bowen Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£75

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HAMMETT, Dashiell (Samuel Dashiell), 1894-1961 : A MAN NAMED THIN AND OTHER STORIES.

HAMMETT, Dashiell (Samuel Dashiell), 1894-1961 : A MAN NAMED THIN AND OTHER STORIES.

New York : Joseph W. Ferman, [1962]. 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.
Foolscap 4to (20cm). (3)-128,[ii]pp. Original wrappers – a design in blue, yellow, green, black and white; very slightly rubbed; text a little tanned, but a very good copy of a fragile production.

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HARDY, Thomas, 1840-1928 : A GROUP OF NOBLE DAMES.

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.
Crown 8vo (188 x 123mm). [viii],(272)pp. Bound, without blanks, in a slightly later smart olive half crushed morocco (for Hatchard’s); top edge gilt; marbled sides and endpapers; some mild rubbing and couple of slight scuffs; a few faint internal creases, but an attractive copy.

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HEANEY, Seamus, 1939-2013 : NEW SELECTED POEMS 1966-1987.

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.
Demy 8vo (23cm). x,(246)pp. Original cloth, ruled and lettered in gilt; a hint of a bruise to one corner; some faint spotting to top edge; small mark near signature, but overall a very good copy in the dust-jacket, which bears a portrait by Louis le Brocquy – lightly rubbed at extremities. From the library of the actress, poet, socialite and bohemian aristocrat Pauline Tennant (1929-2008), later Lady Rumbold, with her pastoral Pauline Rumbold bookplate on the front pastedown.

£250

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HEANEY, Seamus, 1939-2013 : OPENED GROUND : POEMS 1966-1996.

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.
Demy 8vo (23cm). [2],(xiv),478,[ii]pp. Original green boards, lettered in orange; tiny hint of a bruise at foot, but otherwise a very good copy indeed, in the dust-jacket – also very good indeed.

£400

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HEANEY, Seamus, 1939-2013 : DISTRICT AND CIRCLE.

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”.
Demy 8vo (23cm). [x],76,[x]pp. Original green boards, lettered in gilt; a very good copy indeed, in an equally very good dust-jacket.

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HERVEY, Michael, 1915-1979 : [DROP TITLE] WIDE GIRL.

HERVEY, Michael, 1915-1979 : [DROP TITLE] WIDE GIRL.

[Southend] : Hampton Press, [1945]. 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!”
Crown 8vo (19cm). 32pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a London street scene from J. Mace; staple rusted; a few faint marks, but otherwise a very good copy of a scarce and fragile item. Just a single copy (British Library) located in the world’s major libraries.

£50

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HILL, Susan, 1942- : THE ENCLOSURE.

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 ...”.
Post 8vo (21cm). (192)pp. Original black boards, ruled in red and blocked and lettered in white; mild spotting of edges and endpapers, but otherwise a very good copy in the Jillian Willett dust-jacket – a touch sunned, lightly marked and slightly creased, with a couple of unobtrusive short tears, but also very good.

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HILL, Susan, 1942- : I’M THE KING OF THE CASTLE.

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.
Post 8vo (21cm). (252),[iv]pp. Original blue boards, blocked and lettered in gilt; top edge red; final text leaf creased, but otherwise a very good copy in the famous Bernard Higton dust-jacket – also very good, bright, and clean, barring a single nick and a very short tear to one corner.

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HOME, Gordon (Gordon Cochrane), 1878-1969 : OLD LONDON BRIDGE.

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.
Royal 8vo (26cm). (xx),382,[ii]pp. Fifty-six collotype plates. Three folding plans, etc. Illustrations in text. Original blue cloth; some very minor rubbing; a few faint marks; some spotting of edges,but a very good and bright copy. Neat gift inscription dated 1935.

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HORNUNG, E.W. (Ernest William), 1866-1921 : MR. JUSTICE RAFFLES.

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.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [viii],(316),[iv]pp. Original blue pictorial cloth, blocked in red and black and lettered in gilt and red; a few slight marks; some spotting, mainly of edges and prelims, but otherwise a very good copy.

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HUTCHINSON, Horace G. (Horatio Gordon), 1859-1932  – editor : THE NEW BOOK OF GOLF.

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.
Crown 8vo (21cm). (xii),(362)pp. Fifty-two photo plates – all the shots displayed by the leading players of the day. Original enamelled cloth in an attractive pictorial design; some mild rubbing and faint wear; a few slight marks and minor signs of age and use; endpapers tanned; some spotting of edges and prelims, but a very good copy. Ownership inscriptions of R. L. Aston and C. E. Evans.

£200

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JAMES, M.R. (Montague Rhodes), 1862-1936 : A THIN GHOST AND OTHERS.

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”.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [viii],152pp. Original grey-black cloth, lettered and decorated in a cobweb design in pale blue; some mild rubbing; a touch of bruising; a few minor marks, but a very good copy. With the pencilled ownership inscription at front and inked note at end of Sir Percy Loraine (1880-1961), British High Commissioner to Egypt, Ambassador to Turkey, Ambassador to Italy, and racehorse owner.

£200

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[“JANSON, Hank”] – FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989 : ONE MAN IN HIS TIME.

[“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.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 158,[ii]pp. Original reddish cloth, lettered across upper cover and spine in black – the author’s name mis-spelt Francis on the upper cover; lightly rubbed and slightly worn and sunned; a few marks, but a good copy of a scarce title.

£500

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“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : THIS WOMAN IS DEATH.

“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : THIS WOMAN IS DEATH.

London : S. D. Frances, [1948]. 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.
Foolscap 8vo (19cm). 112pp. Original stapled pictorial wrappers – a fine design by Reginald Heade of an alluring blonde, strapless and with an incredible cigarette holder; just a touch of wear at foot; one corner lightly bruised; staples just a little rusted, but a very good copy of a scarce book. Just a single copy of this edition (British Library) located in the world’s major libraries. Williams & Holland 1.

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JAY, Peter (Peter Anthony Charles), 1945- – editor : NEW MEASURE : A QUARTERLY MAGAZINE OF POETRY.

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.
Ten issues. Demy 8vo (23cm). Bound, retaining original wrappers, etc., in a smart red buckram; very good.

£100

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KANER, H. (Hyman), 1896-1973 : PEOPLE OF THE TWILIGHT.

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.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [ii],188,[ii]pp. Original tan cloth, lettered in black; some spotting to edges and endpapers, but a very good, sharp and bright copy in the original dust-jacket – a design by H. W. Perl – lightly worn at tips, slightly rubbed, with a few nicks and spots, but also very good.

£50

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LOWRY, Malcolm (Clarence Malcolm), 1909-1957 : DARK AS THE GRAVE WHEREIN MY FRIEND IS LAID.

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.
Post 8vo (21cm). xviii,[2],(256)pp. Original black boards, blocked and lettered in gilt; top edge lilac; an unusually good copy, the book very good indeed, the jacket fresh, white, unworn and the lettering unfaded.

£100

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MACLAREN-ROSS, Julian (James), 1912-1964 : THE WEEPING AND THE LAUGHTER : A CHAPTER OF AUTOBIOGRAPHY.

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).
Post 8vo (22cm). (230),[ii]pp. Original blue boards, lettered in silver; minute patches of fading where the dust-jacket is worn; a few spots to edges and endpapers, but otherwise a very good copy in a lightly worn and rubbed dust-jacket.

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MALET, Harold Esdaile, 1841-1918 : ANNALS OF THE ROAD : OR, NOTES ON MAIL AND STAGE COACHING IN GREAT BRITAIN.

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.
Foolscap 4to (24cm). (xvi),(404)pp. Errata slip. Coloured frontispiece and nine coloured plates. Woodcuts in text. Original pictorial cloth gilt; very lightly worn at spine tips and a little sunned; a few minor internal marks, nicks and slight creases, but a very good copy.

£250

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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.

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., [1910]. 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.
Post 8vo (21cm). 382,[ii]pp. Frontispiece and three plates. Illustrations, some full page. Original pictorial cloth over bevelled boards, gilt and enamelled; all edges gilt; some very slight rubbing and wear; endpapers a little spotted; some pencil marks to contents leaf, but overall a very good copy.

£50

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“MISTRAL, Bengo” – [LAZENBY, Norman Austin, 1914-2003] : THE BRAINS OF HELLE.

“MISTRAL, Bengo” – [LAZENBY, Norman Austin, 1914-2003] : THE BRAINS OF HELLE.

London : Gannet Press, [1953]. 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 ...”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 127,[i]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – an unsigned design by Gerald Facey; a touch pinched at head, some trifling wear, but otherwise a very good copy. Just a single copy (Liverpool) located in the major UK libraries.

£50

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MOUNT, Ferdinand (Sir William Robert Ferdinand, 3rd Baronet), 1939- : THE CLIQUE : A NOVEL OF THE SIXTIES.

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.
Post 8vo (21cm). 230,[ii]pp. Original aquamarine boards, lettered in gilt; some spotting of edges, but a very good copy in the original Philip Lloyd Smee dust-jacket – also very good.

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NASH, Irene : FOLLOWING A STAR.

NASH, Irene : FOLLOWING A STAR.

London : Arthur Gray (Books), [1934]. 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”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (250),[ii]pp. Original jade cloth, lettered in black; a few minor marks, but a very good copy in the striking art-deco dust-jacket by H. W. Perl (1897-1952) – a little sunned, label neatly removed, but very lightly used and bright and attractive. Just two copies (British Library and New York) located in the world’s major libraries.

£125

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NIN, Anaïs, 1903-1977 : THIS HUNGER – .

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.
Foolscap 4to (22cm). [iv],(184),[iv],[4]pp – including integral endleaves. Five woodblock illustrations by Ian Hugo. Original decorative boards in a Hugo design in maroon and cream; some very minor wear and a few slight marks; tiny sticker mark on rear board; endpapers a little tanned, but a very good copy.

£500

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NORWOOD, Victor (Victor George Charles), 1920-1983 : THE TEMPLE OF THE DEAD.

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.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 112pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a design by Ron Turner – Jacaré ejects the priests from the temple; a little worn and creased; 2.5 cm hole to lower wrapper; some browning and spotting, but a presentable copy of an uncommon title. No copy located in any major library worldwide.

£50

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“O’BRIEN, Flann” – [O’NOLAN, Brian, 1911-1966] : THE DALKEY ARCHIVE.

“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.
Post 8vo (21cm). 222,[ii]pp. Original green boards, lettered in gilt; a very good, clean and sound copy in a just lightly used and slightly creased dust-jacket.

£250

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OLIPHANT, Laurence, 1829-1888 : ALTIORA PETO.

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).
Two volumes. Demy 8vo (22cm). [vi],286; vi,270,(6)pp. Frontispieces, extra pictorial titles and two plates. Original pale blue pictorial cloth, blocked and lettered in gilt and darker blue (as Wolff); chocolate endpapers (as Sadleir); spines a little dulled, with some light rubbing and wear at extremities; corners a little bruised; a few marks; outer leaves lightly tanned, but a good set. Sadleir 1841 – “very uncommon in cloth”.

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ORDNANCE SURVEY : [COVER TITLE] S. W. ENVIRONS OF LONDON.

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.
Electrotype on paper. Full original hand colour. Printed surface 680 x 1000mm (approx. 26-3/4” x 39”). Dissected, mounted on linen and folding into red shagreen guards, ruled and lettered in gilt. Guards very slightly rubbed, just a hint of tanning to some folds, but overall in very good and clean state. With the contemporary ownership inscription of Arthur Edgell Eastwood (1860-1949), solicitor and J.P.

£150

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PROCTOR, Richard A. (Richard Anthony), 1837-1888 : WATCHED BY THE DEAD : A LOVING STUDY OF DICKENS’ HALF-TOLD TALE.

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.
Crown 8vo (19cm). viii,166,[ii] + (48)pp advertisements dated December 1887. Extra engraved title-page. Original decorative cloth gilt; spine slightly tanned; slight wear to tips; endpapers cracking; a little shaken and slack, but a clean and serviceable copy. With the ex-libris label of the well known doctor-cum-actor, Eric John Llewellyn Jones-Evans (1898-1989), and the earlier dated February 1888 ownership inscription of A. M. Heathcote of Winchester – Arthur Malcolm Heathcote (1847-1934), publisher, author of verse plays for children, reciter, entertainer, etc. Loosely inserted is a stamped and receipted 1935 invoice from the booksellers H. M. Gilbert & Son of Southampton to Dr. Jones-Evans.

£50

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RAVEN, Simon (Simon Arthur Nöel), 1927-2001 : BROTHER CAIN.

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.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [vi],(248),[ii]pp. Original black boards, blocked and lettered in gilt; a touch bruised; mild tanning and spotting of edges, but a very good copy in the Oliver Carson dust-jacket – just lightly used and faintly tanned.

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“REED, Mark” – [DANIELS, Norman Arthur, 1905-1995] :  FOUR DAMES NAMED “SIN”.

“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.
Crown 8vo (19cm). [iv],7-128,[ii]pp. Three full-page photographic illustrations. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by Rudy Nappi; just a hint of wear; a few minor spots; text a touch tanned, but otherwise a very good copy of a scarce title. No copy located in any major library worldwide.

£50

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RIMMER, Alfred, 1829-1893 : ANCIENT STONE CROSSES OF ENGLAND.

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.
Demy 8vo (23cm). xii,(160)pp. Seventy-two wood-engraved illustrations. Original pictorial cloth gilt over bevelled boards; just a hint of wear and bruising; small mark to back cover; slightly shaken, but a very good and bright copy. With the armorial bookplate of Lieutenant-Colonel the Rev Christopher T. Perowne (1904-1973), the ‘Chindit Bishop’, and occasional neat pencilled notes. Small bookseller’s ticket of James Gemmell of Edinburgh at rear.

£75

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SADLEIR, Michael (Michael Thomas Harvey), 1888-1957 : THESE FOOLISH THINGS : A STORY.

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”.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [viii],344pp. Original purple cloth, blocked in gilt and lettered in green across spine; top edge pink; a touch sunned; mild spotting of edges, but a very good copy in the original dust-jacket – a design in purple-red, white and black (with words from the song) – just lightly used, a touch sunned and very lightly tanned – but in very good order.

£50

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“SARTO, Ben” – [FAWCETT, Frank Dubrez, 1891-1968] : MISS OTIS GOES UP.

“SARTO, Ben” – [FAWCETT, Frank Dubrez, 1891-1968] : MISS OTIS GOES UP.

London : Modern Fiction, [1949]. First edition. A murder in the Otis Restaurant – a revenge killing by a strange young man.
Crown 8vo (18cm). (128)pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a typical H. W. Perl design; some minor wear and creasing; a few slight marks; staples rusting; text faintly tanned, but overall a very good copy of a scarce and fragile item. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£100

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SCOTT, Paul (Paul Mark), 1920-1978 : A DIVISION OF THE SPOILS : A NOVEL.

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.
Demy 8vo (23cm). [viii],(600)pp. Original brown boards, blocked and lettered in gilt; very faint spine crease; mild spotting of edges, but a very good copy in the original Bill Richmond dust-jacket – just faintly sunned at spine.

£50

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SHARP, Dennis (Dennis Charles), 1933-2010 : THE PICTURE PALACE AND OTHER BUILDINGS FOR THE MOVIES.

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.
Post 4to (26cm). 224pp. Illustrations and diagrams throughout, some in colour. Original cloth; very good in a just lightly used dust-jacket. From the library of the distinguished illustrator and architectural historian Geoffrey Fletcher (1923-2004), with his ownership inscription – a review copy, with Fletcher’s 1969 Daily Telegraph review tipped in.

£50

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SMITH, Thomas, 1798-1875 : A TOPOGRAPHICAL AND HISTORICAL ACCOUNT OF THE PARISH OF ST. MARY-LE-BONE ...

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.
Post 8vo (194 x 114mm). [x],(320)pp. Folding lithographed map by Jeremie Graf and James Lewis Soret. Six lithographed views (five by Edward Hassell), again printed by Graf and Soret. Bound in a stout later half black pigskin; cloth sides; sprinkled edges; just slightly rubbed; short repaired tear to map; a few slight marks; some spotting to plates, but a good and sound copy. An interesting later letter presenting the book to a Mrs Welbury, laid in at the front, reads in part, “I am glad to say I have at last picked up a copy of Smith’s Marylebone. For books our of print one must bide one’s time ...”.

£125

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SOMERVILLE, E.OE. (Edith Anna OEnone), 1858-1949 & “ROSS, Martin” – [MARTIN, Violet Florence, 1862-1915] : NOTIONS IN GARRISON.

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.
Foolscap 4to (22cm). (x),(134)pp. Illustrations. Original orange cloth, lettered on spine in black; tiny patches of sunning where the jacket is chipped, but a very good copy in a nicked and chipped dust-jacket, slightly split along flap of upper panel. Hudson p.58. Vaughan p.270.

£75

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STANFORD, Edward, 1827-1904 : STANFORD’S GENERAL MAP OF AUSTRALIA.

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.
Lithograph on paper, with full original hand colour. Printed surface 645 x 870mm (approx. 25-1/2” x 34-1/4”). Dissected, mounted on linen, and folding into the original cloth case, with Stanford’s printed label. A few minor spots, but overall in very good condition. No copy of this edition located in any major UK library, and only one (State Library of New South Wales) in libraries worldwide.

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“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : THE RENEGADE STAR.

“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.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 112pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – an unsigned design by Ron Turner; cheap paper-stock lightly spotted in places (as always), but a very good copy of an uncommon title. Just two copies (Bodleian and Liverpool) located in major UK libraries.

£50

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“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : TO THE ULTIMATE.

“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”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a design by Gordon C. Davies; light creasing and furling; text a little tanned; one leaf chipped, but overall a very good copy. Aside from a microforms in the Bodleian and National Library of Scotland, no copies located in any major UK library.

£50

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STEVENS, Wallace, 1879-1955 – contributor : VOICES : A QUARTERLY OF POETRY. NUMBER 121. SPRING 1945. WALLACE STEVENS ISSUE.

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”.
Medium 8vo (23cm). 64pp. Original printed wrappers – printed in red and black on ivory; a few very minor marks and signs of age and use, but a very good copy.

£50

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STONE, Reynolds, 1909-1979 : REYNOLDS STONE : ENGRAVINGS WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY THE ARTIST AND AN APPRECIATION BY KENNETH CLARK.

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.
Imperial 8vo (30cm). (xliv),(154),[ii]pp. Original buckram; a very good, bright and clean copy in a dust-jacket with a couple of short tears.

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“STORME, Michael” – [DAWSON, George Herbert, 1916-1980] : DAME IN MY BED.

“STORME, Michael” – [DAWSON, George Herbert, 1916-1980] : 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.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a lively design by Reginald Heade; slightly worn at head and chipped at foot; wrappers slightly worn and chipped; text lightly tanned, but still a good copy. Just two copies (British Library and Indiana) located in major libraries worldwide.

£50

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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.

[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.
Demy 8vo (24cm). [viii],358,[ii],8pp. Twelve etched plates by “Phiz” (Hablot Knight Browne, 1815-1882). Original publisher’s pictorial morocco cloth, extensively blocked in gilt and blind; some very minor wear at foot; top edge a touch dusty; plates showing light spotting and offsetting in places, but a very good copy indeed, in a most attractive and early example of a publisher’s cloth gilt case. With the unusual contemporary armorial ownership stamp of the London solicitor Charles Ranken Vickerman (1817-1897).

£500

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TAMBIMUTTU, M.J. (Meary James Thurairajah), 1915-1983 & DICKINS, Anthony – editors : POETRY [LONDON].

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.
Crown 4to (25cm). [32]pp. Photograph by Edwin Smith. Three wood engravings by Diana Gardner. Original stapled wrappers, with a design in red and black by Hector Whistler; some mild spotting, mainly to wrappers; just a hint of wear and a touch of rusting to staples, but overall a very good copy of a highly evocative survival.

£250

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[TENNYSON, Alfred (Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron), 1809-1892 & TURNER, Charles Tennyson, 1808-1879] : POEMS, BY TWO BROTHERS.

[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.
Crown 8vo (this copy well-margined at 181 x 109mm). xii,228pp. Bound in a handsome later (mid twentieth-century) full red calf by Bayntun of Bath, banded and gilt; top edge gilt; inner gilt dentelles; marbled endpapers; a handful of faint spots, but a very good and most attractive copy.

£1,250

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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 ...

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.
Crown 12mo (167 x 93mm). (xii),(189),[iii]pp. Bound in a neat recent half calf, red label, marbled sides; half-title supplied in facsimile; leaf E3 expertly repaired, with some forty words supplied, in whole or in part, in facsimile; occasional light browning and a few spots, but otherwise a most attractive copy of a scarce book. ESTC T67673.

£250

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TROLLOPE, Anthony, 1815-1882 : CASTLE RICHMOND. A NOVEL.

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”.
Two volumes. Foolscap 8vo (16cm). [vi],350; [vi],354pp. Bound in a neat contemporary quarter roan, ruled and lettered in gilt; pastepaper boards; very lightly rubbed; oval labels removed from spines, leaving very faint marks; a few minor spots and small flaws, but a very good set of any early Trollope. Todd & Bowden 1493.

£200

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TROLLOPE, Anthony, 1815-1882 : ORLEY FARM.

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).
Two volumes. Demy 8vo (211 x 131mm). viii,320; viii,320pp. Forty plates after Sir John Everett Millais (1829-1896). Bound, complete with half-titles, in an elegant contemporary half calf, banded, gilt and worked in blind; contrasting red and green labels; marbled sides, by Walker & Son of Plymouth, with their ticket in each volume – this a partnership between William Fluke Walker (1801?-1891) and his son William Henry Walker (1836?-1905); a little rubbed, with some very minor scuffing and slight wear; endleaves tanned, with some slight splash-marks to those at the front of the second volume; plates lightly spotted, but still overall an attractive set in a handsome and fully contemporary provincial binding. With the contemporary armorial bookplate of the Rev. Prebendary Hedgeland – Philip Hedgeland (1825-1911), vicar of Penzance – in each volume. Sadleir 13.

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TUBB, E.C. (Edwin Charles), 1919-2010 : JOURNEY TO MARS.

TUBB, E.C. (Edwin Charles), 1919-2010 : JOURNEY TO MARS.

London : Scion, [1954]. 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.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 144pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a design by John Richards; worn, rubbed and creased; short nick to title-page; some internal repair and tightening; a reasonable copy of a notorious rarity. Just a single copy (Liverpool) located in the major UK libraries.

£75

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UPWARD, Edward (Edward Falaise), 1903-2009 : IN THE THIRTIES.

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).
Crown 8vo (20cm). [vi],282pp. Original green boards, lettered in white; a very good copy in the Brian Russell dust-jacket – a stylish architectural design in mauve and tan – also very good.

£50

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VIZETELLY, Ernest Alfred, 1853-1922 : WITH ZOLA IN ENGLAND : A STORY OF EXILE.

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.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [2],(xviii),218,[ii] + 32pp advertisements dated March 1899. Four portraits. Original decorative cloth, blocked in red and black; endpapers a little tanned; occasional mild browning and spotting, but a very good copy. Ownership inscription (1954) of Kenneth Wilkinson.

£75

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WAUGH, Evelyn (Evelyn Arthur St. John), 1903-1966 : BASIL SEAL RIDES AGAIN : OR, THE RAKE’S REGRESS.

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.
Crown 4to (26cm). [vi],(50)pp. Coloured frontispiece by Kathleen Hale (1898-2000); original pictorial blue cloth gilt over bevelled boards; top edge gilt; just a touch sunned, but overall a very good copy.

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