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“ALAIN-FOURNIER” – [FOURNIER, Henri-Alban, 1886-1914] : THE WANDERER (LE GRAND MEAULNES).
London : Constable & Co., 1929. First edition in English : the London issue of the 1928 American sheets. Alain-Fournier’s 1913 masterpiece, translated by Françoise Roussel Delisle (1886-1974) and with a lengthy introduction by Havelock Ellis (1859-1939) at whose instigation the translation was made.
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BALZAC, Honoré de, 1799-1850 : TALES FROM BALZAC.
London : Eveleigh Nash & Grayson, 1927. First edition of this collection of eleven translations of Balzac’s “most spell-binding” stories, including “At the Sign of the Cat and Racket”, “The Unknown Masterpiece”, “The Atheist’s Mass”, etc. Translated variously by Clara Bell, Ellen Marriage and John Gilmer, and edited and introduced by George Saintsbury (1845-1933).
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“BARCELONE, Georges” – [RAIS, Françoise] : PASS WORD (MOT DE PASSE).
Stoke-on-Trent : Archer Press, . First edition in English. Spy story with an English setting – kidnapped professor, atomic secrets, etc. First published in Paris the previous year.
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BASSET, Elizabeth (Lady Elizabeth), 1908-2000 – editor : LOVE IS MY MEANING : AN ANTHOLOGY OF ASSURANCE.
London : Darton, Longman & Todd, 1973. First edition. An anthology of writings of comfort, consolation and belief – compiled with the assistance of John Betjeman and with a foreword by H. M. Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, to whom Lady Elizabeth was a lady-in-waiting. Signed by Elizabeth Basset on the title-page and with two 2pp autograph letters on her notepaper loosely inserted, both signed with her forename. Also inserted at the rear is an additional manuscript prayer in her hand on Clarence House notepaper. The recipient has added a further prayer to the front endpaper and loosely inserted a related press-cutting, etc.
BEERBOHM, Max (Sir Henry Maximilian), 1872-1956 : FIFTY CARICATURES.
London : William Heinemann, 1913. First edition. Edwardian society dissected and made playful in an inspired sequence of Max caricatures – Asquith, Balfour, Sir Edward Carson, Caruso, Roger Fry, Lloyd George, George Grossmith, Thomas Hardy, John Masefield, George Moore, Auguste Rodin, Lord Rosebery, George Bernard Shaw, etc.
BEERBOHM, Max (Sir Henry Maximilian), 1872-1956 : OBSERVATIONS.
London : William Heinemann, 1925. First edition. Beerbohm in fine form with a series of studies of the luminaries of the day – Stanley Baldwin, Arnold Bennett, Frank Brangwyn, Austen Chamberlain, Joseph Conrad, Walter de la Mare, Lloyd George, Edmund Gosse, Augustus John, Rudyard Kipling, Ramsay MacDonald, George Moore, Bertrand Russell, George Bernard Shaw, Walter Sickert, Osbert and Sacheverell Sitwell, Lytton Strachey, H. G. Wells, and many more.
BENNETT, Arnold (Enoch Arnold), 1867-1931 : CLAYHANGER.
London : Methuen & Co., (1910). First edition. The first (and scarcest) of the Clayhanger trilogy – Edwin Clayhanger comes of age in the Five Towns. With the advertisements dated August 1910.
BENSON, E.F. (Edward Frederic), 1867-1940 : THE FREAKS OF MAYFAIR.
London & Edinburgh : T. N. Foulis, (1916). First edition. Benson’s perennially popular fictional studies of the anthropology of Mayfair society – “The Compleat Snobs”; “Aunt Georgie” and his passion for embroidery; the gossips; “The Sea-Green Incorruptible”; “The Grizzly Kittens”, incapable of growing old gracefully; social climbers – both vertical and horizontal, etc.
BETJEMAN, John (Sir John), 1906-1984 : OLD LIGHTS FOR NEW CHANCELS : VERSES TOPOGRAPHICAL AND AMATORY.
London : John Murray, 1940. First edition. An early collection of twenty-five poems, including “Upper Lambourne”, “Pot Pourri from a Surrey Garden”, “Blackfriars”, “Holy Trinity, Sloane Street”, “Myfanwy”, etc.
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“BLIGH, Norman” – [NEUBAUER, William Arthur, 1916-1982] : FAST, LOOSE AND LOVELY.
New York : Quarter Books, (1950). First edition. “Talented, beautiful, and famous, Delia Wallace had everything ... but she would gladly have forfeited it all”. Her little sister decides “to go the way of all wantons”.
BOND, Francis, -1918 : GOTHIC ARCHITECTURE IN ENGLAND : AN ANALYSIS OF THE ORIGIN AND DEVELOPMENT OF ENGLISH CHURCH ARCHITECTURE FROM THE NORMAN CONQUEST TO THE DISSOLUTION OF THE MONASTERIES.
London : B. T. Batsford, 1905. First edition. Bond’s monumental account of gothic in England – rich in architectural detail of ridge-ribs, tiercerons, liernes, corbel-tables, gargoyles, dripstones, hood-moulds, and much more. Illustrated with 785 photographs, sketches and measured drawings, as well as 469 plans, sections, diagrams and moldings.
BOTTARI, George L. (George Leo), 1919- : MABEL AND MEN.
New York : Falcon Books, (1952). First edition. His first novel – “Her beauty is fabulous, her passion insatiable” – Mabel deals with the suave rogue, the happy clown, the romantic hero and the virile lover. Falcon No. 23.
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BROWN, Fredric (Fredric William), 1906-1972 : THE CASE OF THE DANCING SANDWICHES.
New York : Dell Publishing Co., . First edition in book form – a classic novella from the subtle and versatile Fredric Brown, originally published in “Mystery Book Magazine” the previous year – but here under its own name and with delicious cover art (quizzical brunette in low-cut red dress, furs and long red gloves) by the young Robert Stanley (1932-1997) – just at the outset of his career. No. 33 in the short-lived sequence of thirty-six Dell Dime series.
[BULLOCK, Leslie George, 1895-1971] : [COVER TITLE] CHILDREN’S MAP OF LONDON.
Edinburgh : John Bartholomew & Son, [ca.1950]. A delightful evocation of central London, with characters from nursery rhymes, quotations from Kipling and Noyes, coats of arms, and the tutelary giants Gog and Magog. Central London is depicted from Euston and St. Pancras down to Victoria and the Elephant, and from Marble Arch across to Fenchurch Street Station. Originally published in 1938 and here in a post-war impression, listing some of Bartholomew’s more recent publications on the paper guards.
[BURROUGHS, William (William Seward), 1914-1997] – “LEE, William” : JUNKIE : BY WILLIAM LEE.
New York : Ace Books, (1953). First edition. His first book and a landmark of twentieth-century counterculture, written under a pseudonym in the aftermath of shooting dead Joan Vollmar, the mother of his son, in a drunken party game in Mexico City – “I am forced to the appalling conclusion that I would never have become a writer but for Joan’s death ... I have had no choice but to write my way out”. The original publication, published as an “Ace Double”, bound tête-bêche in “two books in one” format, with an abridged reprint of Maurice Helbrant’s 1941 “Narcotic Agent”.
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“CAPELLI, Ace” : DAMES LIKE DOUGH.
London : Kaye Publications, [ca.1950]. First edition. “Steve Ready had a sweet set up in Seattle. He had a loyal gang, a good pal in Wal – and Carole. And Carole was more than something, apart from being a two timing little broad. The racket was foolproof. But Steve was not top man”. Capelli was a name originally used by Stephen Daniel Frances (Hank Janson), later taken over by Geoffrey Pardoe, Norman Lazenby, and others.
CARR, John Dickson, 1906-1977 : THE SLEEPING SPHINX : A DR FELL DETECTIVE STORY.
London : Hamish Hamilton, (1947). First British edition. The mystery of a man who comes back to London from the dead. Also published in New York the same year.
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CARY, John, 1755-1835 : SURRY [sic].
London : J. Cary, 1809. A beautifully worked and detailed map of Surrey on a scale of four miles to the inch from John Cary. Sir George Fordham wrote of Cary as the prototype of the modern mapmaker, “the most prominent and successful exponent of his time”, the cartographer who “first combined care and beauty of design, with something really approximate to geographical accuracy”. Originally produced and freshly engraved for the revised edition of “Cary’s New and Correct English Atlas” (1809).
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CHESTERTON, G.K. (Gilbert Keith), 1874-1936 : THE NAPOLEON OF NOTTING HILL.
London : John Lane, The Bodley Head, 1904. First edition : in the variant binding with “The Bodley Head” rather than “John Lane” at the foot of the spine (Sullivan D). Chesterton’s fantasy of a future London – the monarch is drawn by lots and the choice falls on Auberon Quin, easily recognised (even without the illustrations) as Max Beerbohm, incarnation of the spirit of satire. His polar opposite is the fanatically serious Adam Wayne, provost of Notting Hill. War breaks out between opposing philosophies. “Mr. Chesterton is well known as a sprightly essayist, with a pen much mightier in dialectics than the sword. This, however, is his first serious attempt as a novelist, and at the outset we make haste to say he has done exceedingly well ... Brilliant always, fantastic, and full of polished epigrams” (Leeds Mercury, 5th April 1904).
CHESTERTON, G.K. (Gilbert Keith), 1874-1936 : THE SCANDAL OF FATHER BROWN.
London : Cassell & Co., (1935). First edition. The fifth and last of the Father Brown volumes – eight short stories, including “The Pursuit of Mr. Blue”, “The Crime of the Communist” and “The Insoluble Problem”.
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CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : NIGHT CLUB.
Henfield : Poynings Press, (1945). First edition. We begin with a gentleman with nerves – and move on to the girl with a gun. The Silver Ring Club, Bruton Street, Berkeley Square, Regent Street and London in the rain.
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COLE, G. & ROPER, John : LIVERPOOL.
London : Vernor, Hood & Sharpe, 1807. A neatly worked and detailed town plan of Liverpool as it stood at the beginning of the nineteenth century. Engraved by John Roper (fl.1792-1810) from a draught by G. Cole – probably the surveyor George Cole of Soho. The map is decorated with the city’s coat of arms and a vignette view of St. Paul’s Church – the latter separately engraved by John Smith from an original study by George Sidney Shepherd (1784-1862). Originally produced to accompany the part-work “Beauties of England and Wales” (London : 1801-1818).
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CONNELLY, Michael, 1956- : THE BLACK ICE.
Boston : Little, Brown & Co., (1993). First edition. His second novel and the second to feature Harry Bosch – the corpse in the motel room is that of a narcotics officer, rumoured to have gone wrong and to be involved in the distribution of the latest Mexican designer drug, black ice. It’s labelled a suicide, but Harry doesn’t believe it.
CONNELLY, Michael, 1956- : TRUNK MUSIC.
Boston : Little, Brown & Co., (1997). First edition. Signed and dated (1-18-97) by Michael Connelly on the title-page. The fifth Harry Bosch novel – Hollywood producer found in the boot of his Rolls Royce, shot twice in the head – a mafia hit, or is it? Complexity, threat, Las Vegas and Eleanor Wish.
CROMWELL, Thomas (Thomas Kitson), 1792-1870 : WALKS THROUGH ISLINGTON; COMPRISING AN HISTORICAL AND DESCRIPTIVE ACCOUNT OF THAT EXTENSIVE AND IMPORTANT DISTRICT ...
London : for Sherwood, Gilbert, & Piper, 1835. First edition. Nineteenth-century Islington, Barnsbury, Battle Bridge, Canonbury, Finsbury Fields, Highbury, Highgate, etc., traversed in a series of five thorough and well-informed walks with the historian and unitarian minister, Thomas Kitson Cromwell. The walks are prefaced by a general history of the area and illustrated by charming engravings of the more important buildings.
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[DAWSON, William James, 1854-1928] : THE HOUSE OF DREAMS.
London : James Bowden, 1897. First edition. “In the dark of night, while the city slept, there came to me a vision of certain things that happened behind the Veil”. A most attractively produced fin-de-siècle tale – “A very beautiful allegory concerning the mysteries of life and death, of the power of love, and the wages of sin ... The author’s deep reverence and exalted fantasy never ring false” (Pall Mall Gazette, 24th April 1897). Printed at the Chiswick Press.
DE QUINCEY, Thomas (Thomas Penson), 1785-1859 : CONFESSIONS OF AN ENGLISH OPIUM-EATER.
Edinburgh : James Hogg, 1856. Second edition. The important 1856 edition of De Quincey’s famous “Confessions”, in which the original 1821 text is much revised, greatly enlarged, and furnished with a new explanatory preface. It represents the final version of the text overseen by De Quincey before his death in 1859. Designed as the fifth volume of the collected works, the present edition also includes his “The Daughter of Lebanon”. It has here been bound together with the same author’s “The English Mail Coach and Other Writings” (Edinburgh : Adam & Charles Black, 1862), which includes De Quincey’s famous “On Murder, Considered as one of the Fine Arts”, as well as his “Revolt of the Tartars”, “Dialogues of Three Templars on Political Economy”, “On War” and the three sections of “The English Mail-Coach” – “The Glory of Motion”, “The Vision of Sudden Death” and “Dream Fugue”.
DICKENS, Charles (Charles John Huffam), 1812-1870 : MASTER HUMPHREY’S CLOCK.
London : Chapman & Hall, 1840-1841. First edition, in book form, bound from the original parts, of both “The Old Curiosity Shop” and “Barnaby Rudge” – “Master Humphrey” was never reprinted, and even unsold copies were cannibalised (within weeks of issue) to make separate books of the two titles we know today. “I am conscious that my pen winces a little even while I write these words. But it was done, and wisely done; and ‘Master Humphrey’s Clock’, as originally constructed, became one of the lost books of the earth, – which, we all know, are far more precious than any that can be read for love or money” (Charles Dickens, in 1848). A specimen wrapper from both the weekly and monthly issue of the parts is preserved at the rear of each volume.
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DOYLE, A. Conan (Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan), 1859-1930 : THE CASE-BOOK OF SHERLOCK HOLMES.
London : John Murray, (1927). First edition. “I fear that Mr. Sherlock Holmes may become like one of those popular tenors who, having outlived their time, are still tempted to make repeated farewell bows to their indulgent audiences” (from Conan Doyle’s preface) – the last of the Sherlock Holmes books, a dozen final stories including “The Adventure of the Illustrious Client”, “The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone”, “The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire”, etc. Two of the stories are narrated by Holmes himself, rather than Watson.
DOYLE, A. Conan (Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan), 1859-1930 : SHERLOCK HOLMES : THE COMPLETE SHORT STORIES. HIS ADVENTURES, MEMOIRS, RETURN, HIS LAST BOW & THE CASE-BOOK.
London : John Murray, (1928). First edition of this complete collection of all fifty-six of the short stories – “It begins with his first appearance in this form in ‘A Scandal in Bohemia’ which came out in 1892, until he made his final exit in ‘The Adventure in Shoscombe Abbey’ in 1925” (from Conan Doyle’s preface).
“ELIOT, George” – [EVANS, Marian, 1819-1880] : NOVELS OF GEORGE ELIOT.
Edinburgh & London : William Blackwood & Sons, [ca.1890]. New edition. A handsome standard set of the novels – “Adam Bede”, “The Mill on the Floss”, “Silas Marner”, “The Lifted Veil”, “Brother Jacob”, “Scenes of Clerical Life”, “Felix Holt”, “Romola”, “Middlemarch” and “Daniel Deronda”.
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ELIOT, T.S. (Thomas Stearns), 1888-1965 : OLD POSSUM’S BOOK OF PRACTICAL CATS.
London : Faber & Faber, (1939). First edition. The first appearance of Growltiger, the Rum Tum Tugger, Old Deuteronomy, Mr Mistoffelees, Macavity the Mystery Cat, Bustopher Jones, Skimbleshanks, etc. The cover and dust-jacket illustrations are by Eliot himself, neither being repeated inside the book.
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[ENGLISH SCHOOL] : SHOREDITCH. NORTON FOLGATE AND CREPPLEGATE WITHOUT. TAKEN FROM YE LAST SURVEY WITH CORRECTIONS.
[London : for A. Churchill, J. Knapton & others, 1720]. An attractive eighteenth-century map of the area lying just to the north of the City of London, extending from the lower end of the Goswell Road along Old Street to Shoreditch High Street and including Chiswell Street, Upper Moorfields (the site of the present Finsbury Square), the Artillery (H.A.C.) Ground, Bunhill Fields and Hoxton Square. Keyed tables identify eighty-three of the smaller courts, alleys, yards, inns, etc. Originally produced for the 1720 edition of John Stow’s “Survey of London”.
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[ENGLISH SCHOOL] : AN ACTUALL SURVEY OF THE PARISH OF ST. DUNSTAN STEPNEY, ALIAS STEBUNHEATH BEING ONE OF THE TEN PARISHES OF MIDDLESEX ADJACENT TO THE CITY OF LONDON.
[London : for W. Innys & J. Richardson, J. & P. Knapton & others], 1755. A most attractive eighteenth-century map of Stepney parish and the East End hamlets of Bethnal Green, Bow, Bromley, Limehouse, Mile End, Poplar, Ratcliffe, Spitalfields, Wapping and the Isle of Dogs. A keyed table gives the names of over 100 streets, courts, walks and alleys. Although seemingly rather earlier, both in style and content, the map was first published with the 1754-1756 edition of John Stow’s “Survey of London”.
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FARROW, G.E. (George Edward), 1862-1919? : THE WALLYPUG OF WHY.
London : Hutchinson & Co., . First edition. The first of the wonderful Wallypug books (for specially nice girls and boys only) – a talking doll takes Girlie to the land Why, “where all the questions and answers come from ... but, before we start, you must promise me that you will be very kind to the Wallypug, for he is a kind of relation of mine”. The fish with a cold, breakfast for tea, the socialist cockatoo, the invisible joke, the ride with the alphabet, and other superb fantasies.
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GIBBS, Philip (Sir Philip Armand Hamilton), 1877-1962 : DARKENED ROOMS : A NOVEL.
London : Hutchinson & Co. (Publishers), . First edition. The best-selling book of the early months of 1929 – a tragic tale of séances, spiritualism and messages from the other side, which opens with “goings-on” on the corner of Ezra Road and Electric Avenue in Brixton, where “young females a bit short in the frock, with young gents in evening clothes” have taken to turning up in smart cars late at night. Gibbs faultlessly captures the milieu of a certain time, a certain mood and a certain place. Filmed later in 1929 by Louis J. Gasnier – an early talking picture with Evelyn Brent, Neil Hamilton, etc.
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GODWIN, William, 1756-1836 : MANDEVILLE. A TALE OF THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY IN ENGLAND.
Edinburgh : for Archibald Constable & Co., 1817. First edition. “Invisible things are the only realities; invisible things alone are the things that shall remain” – his fourth and darkest novel – the philosopher and originator of the psychological novel takes an interest in the issues of the English Civil War. Published not long before his daughter Mary Shelley produced “Frankenstein” and much admired by Shelley himself, who immediately sent a copy to Byron and described it as Godwin’s best.
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GRAVES, Robert (Robert von Ranke), 1895-1985 : I, CLAUDIUS: FROM THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF TIBERIUS CLAUDIUS EMPEROR OF THE ROMANS BORN B.C. 10 MURDERED AND DEIFIED A.D. 54. / CLAUDIUS THE GOD AND HIS WIFE MESSALINA ...
London : Arthur Barker, 1934. First editions of the two separately published volumes of Graves’ “I Claudius” masterpiece. “I, Tiberius Claudius Drusus Nero Germanicus This-that-and-the-other (for I shall not trouble you yet with all my titles) who was once, and not so long ago either, known to my friends and relatives and associates as ‘Claudius the Idiot’, or ‘That Claudius’, or ‘Claudius the Stammerer’, or ‘Clau-Clau-Claudius’ or at best as ‘Poor Uncle Claudius’, am now about to write this strange history of my life ...”.
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GREENE, Graham (Henry Graham), 1904-1991 : IT’S A BATTLEFIELD.
London : William Heinemann, (1934). First edition. Greene’s first overtly political novel – “the injustice of man’s justice”. Greene called it “a panoramic novel of London” – in some sense an inversion of the traditional detective story, as a communist London bus-driver awaits his hanging.
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GREENE, Graham (Henry Graham), 1904-1991 : THE HEART OF THE MATTER.
London : William Heinemann, (1948). First edition. “If one knew, he wondered, the facts, would one have to feel pity even for the planets? If one reached what they called the heart of the matter?” – the moral crisis of Henry Scobie in Sierra Leone – and the heart of Greene.
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HAGGARD, H. Rider (Sir Henry Rider), 1856-1925 : SHE : A HISTORY OF ADVENTURE.
London : Longmans, Green & Co., 1887. First edition : the so-called “first issue”, with all the misprints noted by Scott and Whatmore – although these would appear to be common to the whole of the edition. Endlessly reprinted ever since and the basis of at least eight film versions: in Margaret Atwood’s phrase, Ayesha (She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed) has become “a permanent feature of the human imagination”.
HAGGARD, H. Rider (Sir Henry Rider), 1856-1925 : AYESHA : THE RETURN OF SHE.
London : Ward Lock & Co., 1905 First edition. As Haggard points out in his prefatory note, not so much a sequel to “She” as the conclusion to his famous tale – a conclusion he had deliberately waited twenty years to write. He also points out that the correct pronunciation is ‘Assha’.
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HAMILTON, Trudy : A BODY TO OWN.
New York : Publishers Productions, (1949). First edition. “Even a murder charge could not dim the passion of the hot-blooded redhead from Georgia ...” – it all seems a bit steamy but the lady has a ‘spacious library’, so that’s alright then. The first of the Ecstasy Novel Magazine series. Also includes the short story “Illicit Desire” by Vera Henry.
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HAMMETT, Dashiell (Samuel Dashiell), 1894-1961 : WOMAN IN THE DARK : MORE ADVENTURES OF THE CONTINENTAL OP.
New York : Lawrence E. Spivak, . First edition. A collection of seven short stories (including three Continental Ops) previously unpublished in book form, edited and introduced by Ellery Queen. Jonathan Press Mystery J59. The 1951 copyright date in the book is erroneous, and the book was in fact published on 18 July 1952.
HANLEY, James, 1901-1985 : CAPTAIN BOTTELL.
London : Boriswood, 1933. First trade edition. The self-taught former ship’s stoker with a powerful novel of a captain obsessed with his only passenger, the wife of a diplomat. A mysterious stoker named Mulcare joins the crew at the last minute. “You are not reading about a ship, you live on it ... I am happy that Mr. Hanley has achieved this first-rate novel. For me he is now easily first among living writers of sea stories” (Richard Aldington).
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“HANSEN, Frank” – [BARNES, Michael Lethbridge Gorell, 1926-1982] : I’LL GET BY.
London : Scion, (1953). First edition. “Frank Hansen” runs into his old pal “Ricky Drayton” in a Port of London bar and the story emerges. Michael Barnes was the English name behind both allegedly American authors.
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HARRIS, John, 1756-1846 – publisher : HISTORICAL PASTIME : OR A NEW GAME OF THE HISTORY OF ENGLAND.
London : for J. Harris, 1803 [but later]. A popular and colourful early nineteenth-century board game, first produced in 1803 – the slip-case so dated here, but with the 1813 rule-book. “No. 1. Battle of Hastings – Pay one to the King ... No. 3. British Baron – Pay one the Norman” – the players pursue their English history through 158 numbered spaces from 1066 to the American War of Independence. “This will naturally excite a curiosity in the youthful mind; and that curiosity will be gratified in the short account of each reign sub-joined. – On the whole, the writer flatters himself, that the public approbation will convince him, that the hours he has devoted to the formation of this little Scheme, have not been spent in vain”. Complete with the 48pp “Rules and Directions for Playing the Historical Pastime ... with a Short Account of the Principal Events”, and the original slip-case.
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“HARVEY, Gene” – [HANLEY, Jack, 1905-1963] : CUTIE (PASSION’S SLAVE).
New York : Star Guidance, (1950). First edition under this title. “From the moment that Drusilla said ‘I do’, she knew that she didn’t”. Originally published as “Passion’s Slave”, but here in a re-titled and revised version. Venus Book No. 108.
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HOLROYD, Michael (Sir Michael de Courcy Fraser), 1935- : BERNARD SHAW.
London : Chatto & Windus, (1988-1992). A complete first edition set of this magisterial biography of George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) – the individual volumes sub-titled “The Search for Love : 1856-1898”, “The Pursuit of Power : 1898-1918”, “The Lure of Fantasy : 1918-1950” and “The Shaw Companion” – the last comprising “The Last Laugh : 1950-1992”, as well as the appendices, complete notes, a cumulative index, etc.
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HORNUNG, E.W. (Ernest William), 1866-1921 : A THIEF IN THE NIGHT : FURTHER ADVENTURES OF A. J. RAFFLES CRICKETER AND CRACKSMAN.
New York : Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1905. First American edition : in the primary (pictorial) binding. The third of the Raffles titles – a collection of ten stories. Published contemporaneously with the London edition, the American edition is much the more attractive of the two, with a dramatic pictorial cover of a hansom cab in the moonlight, as well as nine additional atmospheric plates by Cyrus Cuneo (1879-1916), which did not appear in the British edition.
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HUGHES, Ted (Edward James), 1930-1998 : SPRING : SUMMER : AUTUMN : WINTER.
London : Rainbow Press, (1974). First edition : limited to 140 copies, each numbered and signed by Ted Hughes. A collection of twenty poems, five for each season – later produced in a trade edition as “Season Songs” (1976), with a slightly different selection of poems. Designed and printed by Sebastian Carter at the Rampant Lions Press.
INGLIS, Harry R.G. (Harry Robert Gall), 1869-1939 : THE ‘CONTOUR’ ROAD BOOKOF ENGLAND [AND WALES] : A SERIES OF ELEVATION PLANS OF THE ROADS, WITH MEASUREMENTS AND DESCRIPTIVE LETTERPRESS / THE ‘CONTOUR’ ROAD BOOK OF SCOTLAND ...
London : Gall & Inglis, 1913-1915. The india-paper edition, with additional material. Originally developed for the cyclist in 1897-1900, but here adapted for the motoring age – a complete guide with 1,612 maps and plans, including general maps, town plans, district maps, photographic plates of the principal sights, a gazetteer, elevations and descriptions of the roads, lamplighting tables, etc. The separately paginated Scottish section adds a further 500 maps and plans.
“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : SMART GIRLS DON’T TALK.
London : S. D. Frances, . First edition. The fifth book of the first series, published in April 1949. Hank admires both Muriel and the statue of a campaigning journalist.
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“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : THE BRIDE WORE WEEDS.
London : S. D. Frances, . First edition. The opening theme is one of judicial leniency, public opinion and newspaper responsibility – the book ran up thirty-five destruction orders by the end of 1953 (Holland p.323).
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JEFFERIES, Richard (John Richard), 1848-1887 : AMARYLLIS AT THE FAIR : A NOVEL.
London : Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1887. First edition. His late novel, to some extent autobiographical and based on his own family and their small Wiltshire farm.
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KIPLING, Rudyard (Joseph Rudyard), 1865-1936 : JUST SO STORIES : FOR LITTLE CHILDREN.
London : Macmillan & Co., 1902. First edition. “How the Camel got his Hump”, “How the Leopard got his Spots”, “The Elephant’s Child”, “The Cat that Walked by Himself” and a further eight of the finest stories for children ever written. Illustrated by Kipling – the only one of his books graced with his own fine illustrations.
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LA FEUILLE, Daniel de, 1640-1709 : [MAP OF THE WORLD] MAPEMONDE PLANISPHERE OU CARTE GENERALE DU MONDE = GENERALE WARELD KAART.
Amsterdam : chez D. de la Feuille, . A most attractive antique map of the world in hemispheres. Originally produced for the “Oorlogs Tabletten ...” published by Daniel de la Feuille at Amsterdam in 1706.
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LE FEUVRE, P.E. : THE BOOK OF THE CHRONICLES OF J. K. : OR THE BATTLE OF THE TAPES.
London : George Gregory & Co., . First edition. Spoof biblical account of the 1894 Stock Exchange battle with the “outside brokers” which led to the Exchange Telegraph Company being compelled to withdraw their price tape facilities from eighty-seven of these non-members. The Stock Exchange Committee awakes from its slumbers to find it is no longer the reign of Queen Anne. “Then said Softly unto himself, Surely, my brethren, the Brokers and Jobbers are mugs of the first water”. Interesting in being issued by George Gregory of Tokenhouse Buildings, Lothbury, known as the king of the outside brokers and notorious for his prolific advertising – a practice not permitted to actual members of the Exchange.
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LEAR, Edward, 1812-1888 : MORE NONSENSE, PICTURES, RHYMES, BOTANY, ETC.
London : Robert John Bush, 1872. First edition. “There was an old person of Ealing, Who was wholly devoid of good feeling” – a very extensive collection of 100 Lear limericks, together with much of his nonsensical botany, and further nonsense rhymes – all with his own idiosyncratic illustrations.
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LEE, Laurie (Laurence Edward Alan), 1914-1997 : CIDER WITH ROSIE.
London : Hogarth Press, 1959. First edition : the first issue, with the potentially libellous passage, “There was a fire at the piano-works almost every year, it seemed to be a way of balancing the books”, still present on p.272.
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McKENZIE, D.F. (Donald Francis), 1931-1999 : THE CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS 1696-1712 : A BIBLIOGRAPHICAL STUDY.
London : Cambridge University Press, 1966. First edition. A monumental study of the Press in the time of Queen Anne – providing the first detailed study of a hand-press printing house and its workings. With a bibliography of items printed at the Press, lists of principal types and ornaments, etc. The second volume provides a transcript of all the original documents on which the study is based.
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MANESSON-MALLET, Allain, 1630-1706 : DE IERSEY ET DE GARNESEY.
[Paris : Denys Thierry, 1683]. A striking antique map offering an image of the seventeenth-century Channel Islands, with a naval action taking place to the south. Designed by the French mathematician, engineer and surveyor Allain Manesson-Mallet. Originally produced for Mallet’s “Description de l’Univers : Contenant les Differents Systemes du Monde” (1683).
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MARIE, Adrien-Emmanuel, 1848-1891 : LEADENHALL MARKET AT CHRISTMAS TIME.
[London : The Graphic, 1884]. A most attractive print of Leadenhall Market illuminated by gaslight, with racks of poultry and game being sold to Christmas shoppers. Engraved by Horace Harral (1817-1905) from an original study by the French painter and illustrator Adrien-Emmanuel Marie. Originally produced for “The Graphic” of 20th December 1884.
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MARRYAT, Frederick, 1792-1848 : POOR JACK.
London : Longman, Orme, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1840. First edition. “My father does what most sailors do – he makes a foolish marriage” – set in Greenwich – from urchin and mudlark to pilot, then to wealthy squire, with all Marryat’s usual command of seafaring folk.
MASTERS, John, 1914-1983 : NIGHTRUNNERS OF BENGAL.
London : Michael Joseph, (1951). First edition. His first novel and our first introduction to the Savage family – India at the time of the Mutiny.
“McBAIN, Ed” – [HUNTER, Evan, 1926-2005] – editor : ED McBAIN’S MYSTERY BOOK. NO. 1 / NO. 2 / NO.3.
New York : Pocket Books, 1960-1961. A complete set of this short-lived bi-monthly. Contents include McBain’s own “The Empty Hours, An 87th Precinct Novel”, with novellas, short stories and contributions by Robert Bloch, Lawrence Block, Fredric Brown, Kenneth Fearing, Bruno Fischer, Henry Kane, Rex Lardner, Ross Macdonald (Midnight Blue), J. J. Marric, Richard S. Prather, Donald E. Westlake and many others.
MITCHELL, Gladys (Gladys Maude Winifred), 1901-1983 : FAINTLEY SPEAKING.
London : Michael Joseph, (1954). First edition. “If an impecunious author had not accidentally intercepted a telephone call, the mysterious case of Miss Faintley might have defied even Mrs Bradley’s efforts at solution ...”.
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MOODY, Henry, 1805-1871 – translator : HAMPSHIRE IN 1086. AN EXTENSION OF THE LATIN TEXT, AND AN ENGLISH TRANSLATION OF THE DOMESDAY BOOK, AS FAR AS IT RELATES TO HAMPSHIRE ...
Winchester : for H. Moody, by John T. Doswell / London : J. Russell Smith, 1862. First edition. A handsome production, offering the full text and a translation of the Hampshire portion of Domesday Book. The work, as was originally intended, is accompanied by the elegant Ordnance Survey lithographic facsimile of the original – “The Domesday Book or the Great Survey of England of William the Conqueror A.D. MLXXXVI. Facsimile of the part relating to Hampshire” (Southampton : 1861). Henry Moody, a former printer, was curator of the Winchester Museum.
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MORRISON, Arthur (Arthur George), 1863-1945 : TALES OF MEAN STREETS : LIZERUNT : SQUIRE NAPPER : WITHOUT VISIBLE MEANS : THREE ROUNDS AND OTHERS.
London : Methuen & Co., 1894. First edition. Morrison’s extraordinary vision of the late Victorian mean streets of the East End of London – “Unquestionably an achievement of art ... something more than remarkable. The tune is new in the sense in which the new woman, and the new drama, and the new hedonism, and the other clamant bores of the period are not new ... It is akin to a shock, to a sudden gust of east wind. But to those who care for all humanity ... it should be something like a godsend” (Pall Mall Gazette, 19th November 1894).
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MORTON, J.B. (John Bingham), 1893-1979 : THE DANCING CABMAN AND OTHER VERSES.
London : Frederick Muller, (1938). First edition. The collected edition of Morton’s “Beachcomber” verses – including some previously unpublished. With illustrations and decorations by Nicolas Bentley. Includes “Horrible Araminta”, “Lovely Big Cow”, “The Danger of Queer Hats”, “Epitaph for a Foolish Lady”, “Song for a Hunted Financier” – and the Zoological Verses: “I think the hippopotamus, Is really almost one of us; Even the way he eats his grub, Reminds me of the Savage Club ...”.
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MURDOCK [VAN DEVENTER], E.M. (Emma), 1853-1914 : THE DIAMOND COTERIE : A DETECTIVE STORY.
London : Ward, Lock, Bowden & Co., [ca.1891]. An undated reissue of the British edition, originally published by Ward, Lock & Co. in 1887, but here with the addition of James Bowden to the title-page imprint (the upper wrapper retaining the original imprint). The shadowy nineteenth-century American woman crime-writer was most often published under her “Lawrence Lynch” pseudonym, but here appears under her genuine maiden name with a tale of the theft of a trove of diamonds. First published in Chicago in 1884 as by Lawrence L. Lynch.
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NORDEN, John, 1547?-1625 : MIDDLESEX OLIM A TRINOBANTIBUS HABITATA.
[London : 1637]. A fine early map of the metropolitan county – London and its northern and western environs, the coverage extending up to Enfield Chase and westwards beyond the Middlesex border to Eton and Windsor, with also a number of place-names to the south and east (Kingston, Richmond, Putney, Wandsworth, Clapham, Deptford, Greenwich, Stepney, Hackney, Leyton, Walthamstow, etc). Originally produced for the 1607 edition of William Camden’s “Britannia”, the present example is dated to 1637. Decorated with a strapwork title-piece topped with birds and snails, a compass rose, etc.
Ó’FAOLÁIN, Seán – [WHELAN, John Francis, 1900-1991] : MIDSUMMER NIGHT MADNESS & OTHER STORIES.
London : Jonathan Cape, (1932). First edition. His first book – his ‘firstling’ – seven stories, including “Fugue”, “The Small Lady”, “The Bombshop”, etc. With an interesting, not to say explosive, introduction from Edward Garnett – praising Ó’Faoláin, but lambasting Irish literature and culture in general.
ORCZY, Baroness Emmuska Magdalena, 1865-1947 : LORD TONY’S WIFE : AN ADVENTURE OF THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL.
London : Hodder & Stoughton, . First edition. A complex Scarlet Pimpernel tale of the young peasant, Pierre Adet, whose quest for revenge brings him to England and leads to the kidnap of Lady Yvonne.
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ORDNANCE SURVEY : [REIGATE, REDHILL, DORKING, ETC].
[Southampton : Ordnance Survey Office, ca.1895]. Sheet 286 of the nineteenth-century one-inch scale Ordnance Survey maps – centred on Reigate and Redhill, and taking in Leatherhead, Banstead, Caterham, Godstone, Dorking, etc., extending northwards to include much of Epsom, eastwards to take in Oxted and Lingfield, south to cover Horley and Newdigate, and westwards beyond Abinger, Effingham and Church Cobham.
PARSONS, Thomas, 1838-1926 : THE CHRONICLES OF CLAPHAM (CLAPHAM COMMON) : BEING A SELECTION FROM THE REMINISCENCES OF THOMAS PARSONS, SOMETIME MEMBER OF THE CLAPHAM ANTIQUARIAN SOCIETY; TOGETHER WITH NUMEROUS ILLUSTRATIONS FROM DRAWINGS & PHOTOGRAPHS, AND AN INTRODUCTION & SUNDRY ADDITIONS IN THE FORM OF APPENDICES BY J. H. MICHAEL BURGESS. F.R.G.S.
London : privately printed by A. V. Huckle & Son, The Ramsden Press, (1929). First edition. A well-illustrated and attractively produced tour of Clapham and its older houses, former residents, etc., with appendices including material on the Windmill Inn, sports and pastimes – cricket, golf, etc., the ponds, the flora and fauna, the geology, fossils, the wells, etc.
PATER, Walter (Walter Horatio), 1839-1894 : MARIUS THE EPICUREAN : HIS SENSATIONS AND IDEAS.
London : Macmillan & Co., 1885. First edition. The great stylist’s philosophical novel of ancient Rome – the young Marius, secretary to the stoic Marcus Aurelius, pursues integrity and the aesthetic life. One of the most remarkable novels of the period, stretching the boundaries of fiction, and exploring questions of morality, religion, philosophy and gender. A key text of the modern movement, influencing authors as diverse as Hardy, Joyce, Wilde and Woolf. “We consciously looked to Pater for our philosophy” (W. B. Yeats).
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“PATRICK, Michael” : TOMMY HAWKE : DETECTIVE.
London : George G. Harrap & Co., (1939). First edition. Tommy joins his uncle’s detective agency, but it is less interesting than he thought until a valuable diamond is stolen from a Suffolk country house. Tommy poses as a guest, but it is not until the end of the cricket match that the mystery is unravelled. The first of three Tommy Hawke novels – Michael Patrick’s identity is uncertain, but he appears to have some connection with Leonard R. Gribble (1908-1985), author of “The Arsenal Stadium Mystery” (1939).
PROULX, E. Annie (Edna Annie, 1935- ) : THE SHIPPING NEWS.
New York : Charles Scribner’s Sons, (1993). First edition. A review copy of her Pulitzer Prize winning second novel, with the publishers’ promotional biographical notes, etc., loosely inserted – “The story is a dark comedy that revolves around Quoyle, a third-rate newspaper hack who ends up in Newfoundland reporting the shipping news for a rough-and-ready local weekly”.
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RAVEN, Simon (Simon Arthur Nöel), 1927-2001 : THE RICH PAY LATE.
London : Anthony Blond, (1964). First edition. A presentation copy, inscribed, signed with forename, and dated by Simon Raven in the year of publication – “Rosemary, With best wishes from Simon, October, 1964” – the recipient being Rosemary Whitamore, a neighbour in Deal. Ambitious young men down from the University in 1950s London – the opening novel in the “Alms for Oblivion” sequence.
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RAVEN, Simon (Simon Arthur Nöel), 1927-2001 : FRIENDS IN LOW PLACES.
London : Anthony Blond, (1965). First edition. It’s 1959 and they were all at the wedding – ministers, patrons, editors, friends high and low, and a skeleton at the feast. The second volume in the “Alms for Oblivion” sequence.
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“REED, Mark” – [DANIELS, Norman Arthur, 1905-1995] : TEASE THE WILD FLAME.
New York : Magazine Productions, (1952). First edition. Three women stand between private eye Tony Hannock and the dangerous $10,000 assignment – beautiful Jill, fresh and exciting; warm and loving Madge, and shy, mysterious and passionate Chris. From the backstreets of New York to the blazing sunshine of exotic Havana – danger and romance. Rainbow Book 114.
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“RÉNIN, Paul” – [GOYNE, Richard, 1902-1957] : THE WOMAN IN THE CASE.
London : Phoenix Press, [ca.1950]. [Second edition]. Young Mayfair socialite left penniless. Reported to have originally been published by Modern Fiction in 1948, although no copy of this edition has been traced. Published from Phoenix’s post-1949 Kennington Lane address.
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REYNOLDS & SONS, James – publishers : THE OARSMAN’S AND ANGLER’S MAP OF THE RIVER THAMES FROM ITS SOURCE TO LONDON BRIDGE.
London : James Reynolds & Sons, 1884. A handsome folding nineteenth-century map of the Thames (from above Cricklade to London Bridge) on a scale of one-inch to the mile – with extensive printed marginal notes on locks, weirs, fishing, bathing, tolls, etc., and with towpaths, ferries, watermills, distances from London, etc., clearly marked. A further three pages of printed notes on boating, bye-laws, pleasure-boat tolls, angling, netting, fish sizes, night fishing, rods and punts, etc., are attached to the lining of the case. A revision of the map first produced for James Reynolds (1817-1876) by Ernest George Ravenstein (1834-1913) in 1861.
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“SARTO, Ben” – [FAWCETT, Frank Dubrez, 1891-1968] : MISS OTIS HAS A DAUGHTER.
London : Modern Fiction, . First edition. Playing with his own name, Fawcett gives us cheapstore dressmaker Frank Driffield Tawfitt, who has taken a shine to the mysterious and alluring new partner in Manhattan’s Paradise Restaurant – Miss Otis has gone incognito.
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“SARTO, Ben” – [FAWCETT, Frank Dubrez, 1891-1968] : MISS OTIS MAKES HAY.
London : Milestone Publications, (1954). First edition. “The Otis prowess with her pearl-handled gat preserves her scorching personality – she’s a combination of guts and glamour, a gal who leaves 3-D pictures in the memory”. The eighth in the new series of Miss Otis titles.
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SCHLESINGER, Max, 1822-1881 : SAUNTERINGS IN AND ABOUT LONDON.
London : Nathaniel Cooke, 1853. First edition in English of this amiable and much-quoted primary source on Victorian London. An acute overseas visitor shines a light on London street life, the London squares, life on the Thames, the London police, Newgate, the Post Office, the London of fogs and gaslight, the City, the Bank of England, Hyde Park, the haunts of fashion, the newspapers and periodicals, the theatres, and much else. Originally published as “Wanderungen durch London” (1852-1853) and here in a translation by Otto von Wenckstern (1819-1869), translator of Goethe, writer on slavery, the Schleswig-Holstein question, etc.
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SCHOENBAUM, S. (Samuel), 1927-1996 : WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE : A DOCUMENTARY LIFE.
London : Oxford University Press / Scolar Press, 1975. First edition. A splendid life of Shakespeare, rooted in the documentary evidence, and reproducing in full-size facsimile over 200 of the key documents.
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SHAFFER, Peter (Sir Peter Levin), 1926-2016 : AMADEUS : A PLAY.
London : André Deutsch, (1980). First edition. Mozart and Salieri – first produced by Peter Hall at the National Theatre in 1979 in a dazzle of brilliance – Play of the Year in London and later New York – then the basis of the multiple Oscar winning 1984 film.
SMITH, Stevie (Florence Margaret), 1902-1971 : THE HOLIDAY.
London : Chapman & Hall, 1949. First edition. Her third novel and her own favourite – hopeless relationships amid post-war reconstruction.
SOMERVILLE, E.OE. (Edith Anna OEnone), 1858-1949 & “ROSS, Martin” – [MARTIN, Violet Florence, 1862-1915] : FURTHER EXPERIENCES OF AN IRISH R.M.
London : Longmans, Green & Co., 1908. First edition : in the primary binding, the white cloth band extending across both front and back covers. The second volume of Major Yeates stories – eleven tales, illustrated by Somerville.
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“STATTEN, Vargo” – [FEARN, John Russell, 1908-1960] : THE SUNMAKERS.
London : Scion, (1950). First edition. An attempt to make a model artificial sun for the London Planetarium (now at Greenwich in the year 2,000) has unexpected consequences ...
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STEPHEN, Leslie (Sir Leslie), 1832-1904 : HOURS IN A LIBRARY.
London : Smith, Elder & Co., 1909-1917. A revised and rearranged edition of Stephen’s three series of literary essays originally published 1874-1879. The great Victorian critic on Honoré de Balzac, Charlotte Brontë, Sir Thomas Browne, Daniel Defoe, Thomas de Quincey, Benjamin Disraeli, George Eliot, Henry Fielding, William Godwin, Nathaniel Hawthorne, William Hazlitt, Samuel Johnson, Walter Savage Landor, Philip Massinger, Alexander Pope, Samuel Richardson, Walter Scott, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Laurence Sterne, Horace Walpole, William Wordsworth and others.
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STRINDBERG, August (Johan August), 1849-1912 : BY THE OPEN SEA.
London : Frank Palmer, (1913). First edition in English of “I Hafsbandet” (1890). Strindberg’s novel of isolation and resistance – a clever outsider arrives at a remote village in the archipelago as the Superintendant of Fisheries. Translated by Ellie Schleussner.
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SUMMERS, Montague (Alphonsus Joseph-Marie Augustus Montague), 1880-1948 – editor : THE GRIMOIRE AND OTHER SUPERNATURAL STORIES. COLLECTED BY MONTAGUE SUMMERS.
London : Fortune Press, . First edition. A fine collection of fourteen stories – including John William Polidori’s “The Vampyre”, Charles Robert Maturin’s “Leixlip Castle”, and three tales by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, with Summers’ lengthy introduction and his own “The Grimoire”.
SWIFT, Graham (Graham Colin), 1949- : OUT OF THIS WORLD.
London : Viking, (1988). First edition. Signed by Graham Swift on the title-page. Light aircraft, archaeology, terrorist bomb and the age of aftermaths.
[THACKERAY, W.M. (William Makepeace), 1811-1863] : REBECCA AND ROWENA. A ROMANCE UPON ROMANCE : BY MR. M. A. TITMARSH.
London : Chapman & Hall, 1850. First edition. Thackeray’s parody sequel to Scott’s “Ivanhoe”, poking gentle fun both at his contemporaries’ taste for all things mediaeval and the marriage-and-happy-ever-after school of writing. Young women who get their “knowledge of life from the circulating library” are warned particularly of the latter – “Let us have middle aged novels, as well as your extremely juvenile legends: let the young ones be warned, that the old folks have a right to be interesting: and that a lady may continue to have a heart, although she is somewhat stouter than she was when a school girl, and a man his feelings, although he gets his hair from Truefitt’s”.
THOMAS, R.S. (Ronald Stuart), 1913-2000 : COLLECTED POEMS : 1945-1990.
London : J. M. Dent, The Orion Publishing Group, (1993). First edition. The complete R. S. Thomas, published to commemorate his eightieth birthday.
TIMBS, John, 1801-1875 : CURIOSITIES OF LONDON : EXHIBITING THE MOST RARE AND REMARKABLE OBJECTS OF INTEREST IN THE METROPOLIS ...
London : David Bogue, 1855. First edition. The final realisation of an idea first hatched in 1828 – an encyclopaedic dictionary of London – from the Adelphi to the Zoological Gardens – mixing the “entertaining and anecdotic” with “social statistics and other Great Facts”. Compiled by John Timbs F.S.A., author, journalist and antiquary. As “agreeable a book as you could wish to meet with. There is so much out-of-the-way reading in it – such apt introduction of personal experience” (The Examiner, 5th May 1855).
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“TRENT, Paul” – [PLATT, Edward, 1872-1946] : A MODERN PORTIA : THE ROMANCE OF A WOMAN BARRISTER.
London : Ward, Lock & Co., (1938). First edition. Doctor Lomax is a known proponent of euthanasia. One morning his mother, suffering from an incurable illness, is found dead. Conclusions are drawn. His fiancée is young barrister Octavia Bayne. In the days before Platt gave up the law to become a writer, it was in his office that Count Esterhazy dictated the confession which unravelled the Dreyfus Affair.
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TREVOR, William, 1928-2016 : ANGELS AT THE RITZ AND OTHER STORIES.
London : Bodley Head, (1975). First edition. “Good short stories are hard to come by, but when William Trevor produces a new collection one can be sure that they are more than merely good”. Twelve stories, including the title story, as well as “Afternoon Dancing”, “Mrs Silly”, “Office Romances”, etc.
TROLLOPE, Anthony, 1815-1882 : FRAMLEY PARSONAGE.
London : Smith, Elder & Co., 1861. First edition : with the inverted punctuation at iii.238, which Sadleir suggests may be a mark of early printing. Barsetshire revisited – “the story was thoroughly English ... a little fox-hunting and a little tuft-hunting, some Christian virtue and some Christian cant”, was how Trollope summed it all up in 1883.
TYLER, Anne, 1941- : MORGAN’S PASSING.
London : Chatto & Windus, (1980). First British edition. “You would say he was a man who had gone to pieces, or maybe he’d always been in pieces: maybe he’d arrived unassembled ...”. A fine early Anne Tyler. Originally published in New York earlier the same year.
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[UPHAM, Edward, 1776-1834] : RAMESES; AN EGYPTIAN TALE : WITH HISTORICAL NOTES ON THE ERA OF THE PHARAOHS.
London : for G. B. Whittaker / Bath : John Upham / Exeter : Charles Upham, 1824. First edition. Bookseller, orientalist and quondam mayor of Exeter, Upham intended his anonymous tale to introduce readers to the full glories of ancient Egypt – “a series of data, whereby may be formed a knowledge and appreciation of this ancient and illustrious kingdom, resorted to by the wisest and best of the philosophers, the sages, and legislators of Greece, and pronounced by them to be ‘the mother of arts, and the fountain of wisdom’”. Each volume concludes with copious historical notes.
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“WESLEY, Mary” – [SIEPMANN, Mary Aline, 1912-2002] : THE CAMOMILE LAWN.
London : Macmillan London, (1984). First edition. The family gathers in Cornwall on the eve of the World War II. Oliver, Calypso, Polly, Walter, cousin Sophy, Max and Monica the refugees, the twins, and the rest of a rich cast of characters in her best-loved novel. Adapted for television in 1992, directed by Peter Hall, and starring Felicity Kendal, Paul Eddington, Jennifer Ehle, Tara Fitzgerald, Virginia McKenna, Claire Bloom, and the young Rebecca Hall, etc.
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WHITE, J. Eric : CUPID ON THE TRAPEZE AND OTHER STORIES.
London : James Macmillan, [ca.1948]. First edition. Nine stories in various settings, London, Russia, India, Constantinople, etc.
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WITTGENSTEIN, Ludwig (Ludwig Josef Johnann), 1889-1951 : PHILOSOPHISCHE UNTERSUCHUNGEN = PHILOSOPHICAL INVESTIGATIONS.
Oxford : Basil Blackwell, 1953. First edition. Parallel German and English texts of perhaps the most important work of philosophy of the twentieth century and a turning point in the study of language, meaning and semantics. “The most perfect example I have ever known of genius as traditionally conceived” (Bertrand Russell). Although the bulk of the work had been ready for publication some years earlier, it was completed from the manuscripts and edited and published posthumously by Elizabeth Anscombe (1919-2001) – also responsible for the translation – and Rush Rhees (1905-1989).
WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : THE CODE OF THE WOOSTERS.
London : Herbert Jenkins, (1938). First edition. “I reached out a hand from under the blankets, and rang the bell for Jeeves ...” – the third Jeeves and Wooster novel.
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WOLFE, Tom (Thomas Kennerly), 1931-2018 : THE KANDY-KOLORED TANGERINE-FLAKE STREAMLINE BABY.
London : Jonathan Cape, (1966). First British edition. Wolfe’s first collection – twenty-two essays and half a dozen caricatures. An entirely new voice in journalism skyrockets metaphors, neologisms, hip-talk and learned reference into the pursuit of the form and style of the new. Includes “The Fifth Beatle”, “The First Tycoon of Teen”, “The Last American Hero”, “The Girl of the Year”, “The Nanny Mafia”, “A Sunday Kind of Love”, “The Woman Who Has Everything”, “Why Doormen Hate Volkswagens”, etc. First published in New York the previous year, but here in the period-defining dust-jacket by Jonathan Miller.
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WOOLF, Virginia (Adeline Virginia), 1882-1941 : NIGHT AND DAY.
London : Duckworth & Co., (1919). First edition : [one of 2,000 copies printed]. Her second novel – an intriguing exploration of contemporary mores – love, marriage, happiness and success.
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[WOOLRICH, Cornell (Cornell George Hopley), 1903-1968] – “IRISH, William” : I MARRIED A DEAD MAN.
New York : Avon Publishing Co., (1949). First paperback edition. “Oh, yes, the summer nights are pleasant in Caulfield. But not for us”. Originally published in hardback the previous year, but without the gloriously literal artwork of the present edition.
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WYLD, James, 1812-1887 : A NEW MAP OF THE COUNTRY TWENTY-FIVE MILES ROUND LONDON.
London : James Wyld, [ca.1869]. A large and handsome map of the Greater London area – extending on a one-inch scale northwards to take in Tring and Hertford, east to Chelmsford and Basildon, south to Tonbridge, Dorking and Guildford, and west beyond Beaconsfield and Windsor. Originally published by William Faden (1749-1836) in 1788, but here much modified and updated to show the latest extensions to the railway system, etc.
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