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ARCHER, John Wykeham, 1806-1864 : VESTIGES OF OLD LONDON, A SERIES OF ETCHINGS FROM ORIGINAL DRAWINGS ...
London : David Bogue, 1851. First edition. A sumptuously produced collection of etchings, “illustrative of the monuments and architecture of London, in the first, fourth, twelfth, and six succeeding centuries, with descriptions and historical notices”. Archer was a gifted antiquary, as well as a meticulous artist and engraver, and he here searches out out-of-the-way survivals of London's past not noticed or pictured elsewhere – portions of London Wall, Roman survivals, mediaeval remains and interiors, the houses of Milton and Dryden, the Fleet River underground, ancient street monuments and signs, etc.
AUDEN, W.H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973 : ANOTHER TIME : POEMS.
London : Faber & Faber, (1940). First British edition : [one of 2,000 copies]. One of the finest and most celebrated collections of poetry of the twentieth century, including the first appearance in book form of “Lay your sleeping head, my love”, “Musée des Beaux Arts”, “Spain 1937”, “In Memory of W. B. Yeats”, “September 1, 1939”, “Funeral Blues”, etc. “Certainly his best collection of poems ... Auden was for many of us the last poet we learnt by heart” (Cyril Connolly).
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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BETJEMAN, John (Sir John), 1906-1984 : HIGH AND LOW.
London : John Murray, (1966). First edition : one of 100 special numbered copies on handmade paper, bound in white buckram, and signed by Betjeman. A collection of thirty-four new poems, with a verse preface, including “Cornish Cliffs”, “Monody on the Death of a Platonist Bank Clerk”, “The Cockney Amorist”, “Cricket Master”, etc.
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BUCHAN, John, 1875-1940 : PRESTER JOHN.
London : Thomas Nelson & Sons, (1910). First edition. Buchan in South Africa with a Haggardesque tale of uprising, myth, fabulous necklace, etc.
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CHESTERTON, G.K. (Gilbert Keith), 1874-1936 : THE SECRET OF FATHER BROWN.
London : Cassell & Co., (1927). First edition. The fourth of the Father Brown volumes – ten short stories and pieces, including “The Song of the Flying Fish” and “The Red Moon of Meru”. Dedicated to Father John O’Connor of Bradford – reputed to be the original of ‘Father Brown’ – and certainly the priest who guided Chesterton to catholicism.
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CHURCHILL, Winston (Sir Winston Leonard Spencer), 1874-1965 : LONDON TO LADYSMITH VIA PRETORIA.
London : Longmans, Green & Co., 1900. First edition. Churchill’s personal account of the early months of the Boer War and his extraordinary adventures in South Africa. A particularly interesting copy in having been annotated in pencil in numerous places by an eye-witness to a number of the military actions – at Spion Kop, etc. At one point the anonymous annotator identifies himself as the field officer of the East Surreys who pointed out to Churchill “an expansive bullet of a particularly cruel pattern” being used by the Boers. For the most part the officer accepts Churchill’s account – “Very well described. I watched all this”, etc. – adding and identifying a name here and there, but elsewhere he bluntly corrects with a “Wrong” and other tokens of disagreement.
DAHL, Roald, 1916-1990 : THE WITCHES.
London : Jonathan Cape (1983). First edition. “This is not a fairy-tale. This is about REAL WITCHES” – Dahl in top form in Norway and Bournemouth. Filmed by Nicolas Roeg in 1990, with Anjelica Huston, Mai Zetterling, Rowan Atkinson, Bill Paterson, etc.
DAVIES, W.H. (William Henry), 1871-1940 : THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A SUPER-TRAMP.
London : A. C. Fifield, 1908. First edition. The first appearance of the book which made Davies’ name – a tramp by road and rail on both sides of the Atlantic in the late nineteenth century. A work of “primitive splendour and directness” (Osbert Sitwell). “Another effect of this book on me is to make me realize what a slave of convention I have been all my life. When I think of the way I worked tamely for my living during all those years when Mr. Davies, a free knight of the highway, lived like a pet bird on titbits, I feel that I have been duped out of my natural liberty” – from the preface by George Bernard Shaw.
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DOUGLAS, Norman (George Norman), 1868-1952 : SIREN LAND.
London : J. M. Dent & Sons, 1911. First edition : although 1,500 copies were printed, 200 were sent to New York to make up the American edition – and 890 were later pulped, leaving a maximum of 410 surviving copies. “A new stage of intimacy in the Anglo-Italian love affair and one of the happiest of travel books” – Cyril Connolly citing this among his 100 Key-Books of the Modern Movement.
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FRASER, George MacDonald, 1925-2008 : FLASHMAN IN THE GREAT GAME.
London : Barrie & Jenkins (1975). First edition. What caused the Indian Mutiny? It began with Lord Palmerston commissioning Flashman at Balmoral – the Siege of Cawnpore, Lucknow, etc., with notable appearances from Queen Victoria, Prince Albert, Lord Cardigan, Florence Nightingale, etc.
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“GASH, Jonathan” – [GRANT, John, 1934- ] : SPEND GAME.
London : William Collins Sons & Co. (Crime Club), (1980). First edition. Lovejoy witnesses the murder of a fellow dealer – the dead man had recently bought some “unimportant” items from the estate of a local doctor. One of the more difficult Lovejoy titles to find.
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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GRAVES, Robert (Robert von Ranke), 1895-1985 : AT THE GATE : POEMS.
[London] : Privately printed, 1974. First edition : one of 500 copies (of 536) numbered and signed by Robert Graves. A collection of twenty poems, with Graves’ own foreword – “At least I never repeat myself, and I have never yet been accused of imitating my contemporaries or predecessors”. Includes “Earlier Lovers”, “The Moon’s Tear”, “The Ugly Secret”, etc. Printed at the Stellar Press at Hatfield.
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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[GREIG, John] : THE ANTIQUARIAN ITINERARY, COMPRISING SPECIMENS OF ARCHITECTURE, MONASTIC, CASTELLATED, AND DOMESTIC; WITH OTHER VESTIGES OF ANTIQUITY IN GREAT BRITAIN. ACCOMPANIED WITH DESCRIPTIONS.
London : for the Proprietors, by William Clarke; J. Murray; S. Bagster [and others], 1815-1818. First edition. A charming compilation, originally published in monthly parts, bringing images and descriptions of out of the way architecture and antiquities throughout England, Wales and Scotland. The images, many of them the earliest known of the various towns, buildings and architectural features, were supplied by an array of local and travelling artists, including principally John Hassell, George Arnald, Frederick Wilton Litchfield Stockdale, Luke Clennell and William Deeble – the plates engraved by Greig himself, some from his own designs, as well as Thomas Higham, Edward John Roberts, William Wallis, John Charles Varrall, Deeble himself and numerous others. Although generally ascribed to Greig’s former partner, the artist and engraver James Sargant Storer, Storer was by now working with his son on other projects – his name appears nowhere in the credits and the work would appear undoubtedly to be Greig’s, he himself engraving around one third of the plates. The engraved plates are supplemented by hundreds of anonymous but exquisitely worked head and tailpieces giving further detail.
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HEANEY, Seamus, 1939-2013 : THE SPIRIT LEVEL.
London : Faber & Faber, (1996). First edition. Heaney’s first post-Nobel collection of poems – some forty poems, including “The Rain Stick”, “Poet’s Chair”, “At the Wellhead”, etc.
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HEANEY, Seamus, 1939-2013 : OPENED GROUND : POEMS 1966-1996.
London : Faber & Faber, (1998). First edition. 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.
HOLTBY, Winifred, 1898-1935 : SOUTH RIDING : AN ENGLISH LANDSCAPE.
London : Collins, 1936. First edition. “South Riding is unquestionably the greatest novel we have been privileged to publish ...” say the publishers on the front flap of the dust-jacket. The critics agreed – “For South Riding is a book you can walk about in. A book in which you come up against life on every page. A book in which the seasons pass and men and women and children fail and succeed, in which poverty is recognised as a very present evil, in which fallible and not always disinterested human beings work together for common ends ... None of your love-in-a-bandbox plots for Winifred Holtby. She wanted the earth – She sanely accepted life as it is, and had eager visions of what it could become. And, at the end of her short, passionately experienced life, she left us, in her generosity, a great book” (Daily Herald, 5th March 1936).
HOYLE, Edmond, 1672-1769 : HOYLE’S GAMES IMPROVED; BEING PRACTICAL TREATISES ON WHIST, QUADRILLE, PIQUET, CHESS, BACK-GAMMON, DRAUGHTS, CRICKET, TENNIS, QUINZE, HAZARD, LANSQUENET, BILLIARDS, AND GOFF OR GOLF ...
London : for J. F. & C. Rivington ; T. Payne & Son ; R. Baldwin and others, 1790. An important eighteenth-century edition of Hoyle, revised by Charles Jones – and including for the first time a section on “Goff, or Golf” – “Light Balls are used when playing with the wind, and heavy ones against it”. Although compressed into the last few pages of the book, this would appear to be the first extended description of golf in any work of this kind. Also included are sections on cricket (the Star and Garter Rules of 1774), tennis (“a net hangs across the middle”), billiards, etc., as well as whist, chess, backgammon, etc.
HUGHES, Ted (Edward James), 1930-1998 : WODWO.
London : Faber & Faber, (1967). First edition : in the primary binding, lettered in gilt rather than silver. A collection of forty poems, five stories and a radio play.
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HUGHES, Ted (Edward James), 1930-1998 : CROW WAKES.
Woodford Green : Poet and Printer, (1971). ~ First edition : limited to 200 copies, with an additional “no more than thirty” copies for academic or review purposes. In theory, half of the 200 copies were to be distributed by the publisher and half given to Hughes, but there was evidently a certain amount of muddle. The present example has the additional colophon indicating that it was printed as one of the review copies, but it is from Hughes’ own personal stock and numbered 59/88 below his signature. A collection of twelve poems, including the title-poem, as well as “Bones”, “Amulet”, “Snow Song”, etc.
HULBERT, Charles, 1778-1857 : [THE WORLD].
[Shrewsbury : C. Hulbert, 1826]. A charming and extremely rare miniature twin-hemisphere map of the world by Charles Hulbert of Shrewsbury – author, historian, publisher, bookseller, printer and stationer. Surrounding the map are depictions of a stately home, what appears to be a tropical forest, a bridge over a gorge, an elephant and a camel. Engraved by Smith and Greaves and evidently originally intended to accompany Hulbert’s “The Select Museum of the World, or, One Thousand Descriptions of Remarkable Antiquities, Curiosities, Beauties & Varieties of Nature and Art in Asia, Africa, America and Europe” (1822-1826), the four volumes of which were also issued separately as “Museum Africanum”, “Museum Americanum” etc.
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“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : LADY, MIND THAT CORPSE.
London : S. D. Frances, . First edition. The second full-length Hank Janson title, and probably definitive in terms of fully establishing his modes of characterisation, gritty dialogue and overall style. “Sheila was disguised as a boy until another fella tried to strip away her pants. That started a rumpus which involved the important citizens ...”. The subject of forty-seven destruction orders from local magistrates.
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LAMB, Charles, 1775-1834 : SPECIMENS OF ENGLISH DRAMATIC POETS, WHO LIVED ABOUT THE TIME OF SHAKESPEARE : WITH NOTES.
London : for Longman, Hurst, Rees & Orme, 1808. First edition. Lamb’s hugely influential rediscovery of the Elizabethans and Jacobeans, many of the specimens of their work culled from “plays which are to be found only in the British Museum and in some scarce private libraries” – Francis Beaumont, George Chapman, Thomas Decker, John Fletcher, John Ford, Fulke Greville, Ben Jonson, Thomas Kyd, Christopher Marlowe, John Marston, Philip Massinger, Thomas Middleton, George Peele, Cyril Tourneur, John Webster, and many more – “the most striking anthology perhaps ever made from English literature” (Edmund Blunden).
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LEIGH-FERMOR, Patrick (Sir Patrick Michael), 1915-2011 : A TIME OF GIFTS : ON FOOT TO CONSTANTINOPLE: FROM THE HOOK OF HOLLAND TO THE MIDDLE DANUBE.
London : John Murray, (1977). First edition. On foot across Europe at the age of eighteen in the 1930s – “like a tramp, a pilgrim, or a wandering scholar” through Holland, Germany, Vienna, Prague, and on into Hungary – the first instalment of a famous journey reconstructed from maps, memories, and a diary – fascinating on every page. One of the twentieth-century classics – a “sublime masterpiece” (William Dalrymple).
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MARRYAT, Frederick, 1792-1848 : THE TRAVELS AND ROMANTIC ADVENTURES OF MONSIEUR VIOLET, AMONG THE SNAKE INDIANS AND WILD TRIBES OF THE WESTERN PRAIRIES.
London : Longman, Brown, Green & Longmans, 1843. First edition : the second issue, with the variant title. “A vigorous, dashing sketch of the prairies of California, the wildernesses of the Rocky Mountains, and the swamps of Texas” (Court Journal). Originally issued a little earlier as “Narrative of the Travels and Adventures of Monsieur Violet in California, Sonora and Western Texas”, Sadleir suggests that the book was relaunched with a more exciting title specifically for the gift-books for boys market. Scarce in either incarnation, Marryat’s novel, full of factual information drawn from (unacknowledged) contemporary sources and his own visit to the Americas, is perhaps the earliest children’s book with an American Wild West setting. It is certainly the first work of fiction to contain Mormon characters and remains an important source of information on the pre Gold Rush California of the 1830s.
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MASON, A.E.W. (Alfred Edward Woodley), 1865-1948 : THE FOUR FEATHERS.
London : Smith, Elder & Co., 1902. First edition. Mason’s enduring tale of courage, cowardice and redemption – made into popular films on at least seven occasions from 1915 onwards, of which perhaps the most memorable is that directed by Zoltan Korda and starring Ralph Richardson, C. Aubrey Smith, and June Duprez.
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MOLL, Herman, fl.1678-1732 : A NEW MAP OF THE WHOLE WORLD WITH THE TRADE WINDS ACCORDING TO YE LATEST AND MOST EXACT OBS-ERVATIONS.
[London : for Thomas Bowles and John Bowles], 1727 [but ca.1732]. A handsome map of the world in hemispheres – the extremes of the earth as yet unknown in Europe – California shown as an island, the coastlines of “New Zeeland”, “New Holland” and “Japon” hazy and incomplete. Inset between the spandrels are a map of the North Pole, notes on the prevailing trade-winds and the northern and southern signs of the zodiac, while along the lower border is a frieze depicting the people and riches of the earth. Originally produced in 1727 for Moll’s “Atlas Minor”, but here in a slightly later but still early impression.
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MONTAGU, Lady Mary Wortley, 1689-1762 : THE WORKS OF THE RIGHT HONOURABLE LADY MARY WORTLEY MONTAGU. INCLUDING HER CORRESPONDENCE, POEMS AND ESSAYS. PUBLISHED BY PERMISSION FROM HER GENUINE PAPERS.
London : for Richard Phillips, 1803. First collected edition of the convention-defying Lady Mary Wortley Montagu – with an extensive selection of her letters from Constantinople, Venice and other foreign parts, a selection of poems, some of the essays, her translation of Epictetus, etc. Anonymously edited, with a memoir, by James Dallaway (1763-1834), from materials supplied by her son-in-law, Lord Bute – apparently in exchange for the suppression of other manuscripts held by Richard Phillips, the publisher.
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[MOULE, Thomas, 1784-1851] : YORKSHIRE, WEST RIDING.
[London : George Virtue, 1836]. A most attractive antique map of the West Riding, decorated with a “gothick” border, an inset view of Harewood House, a white rose, coats of arms, mythical figures, etc. Originally engraved in 1836 by William Schmollinger (1811?-1869) for Moule’s part-work series “The English Counties Delineated” (1830-1837) – and here in very early state, before the addition of railways, etc.
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PLATH, Sylvia, 1932-1963 : CROSSING THE WATER.
London : Faber & Faber, (1971). First edition. A collection of thirty-four poems, mainly from the years 1960-1961, and including “Parliament Hill Fields”, “Stillborn”, “Heavy Women”, “Love Letter”, “Small Hours”, etc.
RACKHAM, Arthur, 1867-1939 – illustrator : SOME BRITISH BALLADS.
London : Constable & Co., . First edition : the variant issue, with the addition of the pictorial Rackham endpapers in place of the original plain ones. “Clerk Colvill”, “Chevy Chase”, “Hynd Horn”, “The Bailiff’s Daughter of Islington”, “The Fair Flower of Northumberland” and many other traditional ballads, with sixteen tipped-in tissue-guarded colour plates by Rackham and numerous black-and-white illustrations in the text.
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REYNOLDS, James, 1817-1876 – publisher : THE THEORY OF THE SEASONS AND SIGNS OF THE ZODIAC.
London : James Reynolds, [ca.1850]. One of the well-known series of educational diagrams on card published by James Reynolds of the Strand. The diagram displays the earth’s annual rotation round the sun, with markers of the seasons, solstices and equinoxes, set within an oval framework of the signs of the zodiac. Corner notes add information on the size, speed and rotation of the earth, as well as on the zodiac. Six lines of longer text below the image offer a clearly written explanation of the phenomena of the seasons.
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[SCOTT, Sir Walter, 1771-1832] : WOODSTOCK ; OR, THE CAVALIER. A TALE OF THE YEAR SIXTEEN HUNDRED AND FIFTY-ONE.
Edinburgh : Archibald Constable & Co., 1826. First edition. Scott in the thick of the Civil War – Cromwell, Charles II, etc. Written rapidly to earn his way out of financial difficulties, the reviewers found the novel flawed and occasionally wayward in its history, but it became a huge commercial success and remains one of his most popular titles.
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SELLAR, W.C. (Walter Carruthers), 1898-1951 & YEATMAN, R.J. (Robert Julian), 1898-1968 : 1066 AND ALL THAT : A MEMORABLE HISTORY OF ENGLAND COMPRISING, ALL THE PARTS YOU CAN REMEMBER INCLUDING ONE HUNDRED AND THREE GOOD THINGS, FIVE BAD KINGS, AND TWO GENUINE DATES.
London : Methuen & Co., (1930). The first edition of this enduring classic – “the result of years of research in golf-clubs, gun-rooms, green-rooms, etc. ... for Pheasant read Peasant, throughout”. Illustrated by John Reynolds (1909-1935).
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SILLITOE, Alan, 1928-2010 : THE LONELINESS OF THE LONG-DISTANCE RUNNER.
London : W. H. Allen, 1959. First edition. His second book, winner of the Hawthornden prize, the title novella memorably filmed by Tony Richardson, with Tom Courtenay and Michael Redgrave, in 1962. With eight further short stories, including “On Saturday Afternoon”, etc.
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TENNYSON, Alfred (Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron), 1809-1892 : IN MEMORIAM.
London : Edward Moxon, 1850. First edition : the putative first issue, with the misprints “the sullen” for “thee, sullen” on p.2, and “baseness” for “bareness” on p.198. Tennyson on love and death – “one of the key works of the nineteenth century, and one which has been described antithetically as the epitome of Victorian scepticism and of Christian faith ... a great work of art precisely because it contains no single clear moral” (Christopher Rush).
TENNYSON, Alfred (Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron), 1809-1892 : MAUD, AND OTHER POEMS.
London : Edward Moxon, 1855. First edition. A major collection of Tennyson’s poetry (and his own favourite to the end of his days), which added not only “Come into the garden, Maud”, but also “Half a league onward”, “Theirs not to reason why” and “Cannon to the right of them” to the universal canon of most quoted lines.
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THE GENTLEMAN ANGLER : THE GENTLEMAN ANGLER. CONTAINING SHORT, PLAIN AND EASY INSTRUCTIONS WHEREBY THE MOST IGNORANT BEGINNER MAY, IN A LITTLE TIME ...
London : for A. Bettesworth, 1726. First edition. “I may, without vanity, affirm that the following treatise upon angling, is the most perfect and compleat of any that has hitherto appeared in print ...” – and so it probably was, becoming the standard eighteenth-century work, combining practical instruction on fishing with the making of flies, descriptions of the individual fish, the laws of angling as then understood, material on rock-fishing and sea-fishing, an extensive glossary of the “technical words, and phrases”, and a selection of appetising fish recipes, etc.
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THOMAS, Dylan (Dylan Marlais), 1914-1953 : 18 POEMS.
London : The Sunday Referee and The Parton Bookshop, (1934). First edition : just 500 copies were printed, this copy being one of the second batch of 250 to be bound, with an additional inserted leaf bearing [February 1936] advertisements. The most remarkable debut in all twentieth-century English-language poetry – written before and published just weeks after Thomas’s twentieth birthday and already containing several of his greatest poems – “I See the Boys of Summer in Their Ruin”, “The Force that Through the Green Fuse Drives the Flower”, “Where Once the Waters of Your Face”, etc.
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THOMAS, Dylan (Dylan Marlais), 1914-1953 : QUITE EARLY ONE MORNING : BROADCASTS BY DYLAN THOMAS.
London : J. M. Dent & Sons, (1954). First edition. A collection of the radio scripts – stunning in their use of language. Twelve are personal – reminiscences of childhood, memories of Christmas, quite the best account of the Festival of Britain ever written, etc. – and ten further broadcast essays: Dylan Thomas on Wilfred Owen, on Welsh poets, on De La Mare, on Sir Philip Sidney, on reading poetry, and on poetry itself. With a perceptive introduction by Aneirin Talfan Davies on “the deliberate skill of the craftsman who weighed every word and every syllable”.
TREWMAN, Robert, 1738-1802 : THE PRINCIPLES OF FREE-MASONRY DELINEATED.
Exeter : Printed (and sold) by R. Trewman, 1777. First edition. An attractive provincial masonic miscellany, compiled, printed and published by the Exeter bookseller Robert Trewman. Comprises various charges and addresses – on masonry, initiation, charity, masters of lodges, etc., with prayers, laws for lodges, ceremonies of consecration, installation and laying foundations, funerals, etc., a rebuttal of objections to freemasonry, material on Freemasons’ Hall, the antient masons, the York masons, together with anthems, odes, an extensive selection of songs, a list of English lodges, etc., and a list of some 260 mainly local subscribers.
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TROLLOPE, Anthony, 1815-1882 : THE CLAVERINGS.
London : Smith, Elder & Co., 1867. First edition. Julia Brabazon marries for money, but her reprobate husband dies leaving her a rich widow. What now for Harry Clavering, her jilted former suitor, recently engaged to Florence Burton? One of Trollope's finest studies of marriage and morality, featuring also Sophie Gordeloup, one of his most wicked women – “But Trollope was best at that very thing: writing about women born out of their time” (Max Egremont).
WAUGH, Evelyn (Evelyn Arthur St. John), 1903-1966 : PUT OUT MORE FLAGS.
London : Chapman & Hall, (1942). First edition. The bright young things – “the wreckage of the roaring twenties”, in Waugh’s phrase, face the realities of the phoney war – with Basil Seal in counter-intelligence, Ambrose Silk, Peter Pastmaster, Angela Lyne, etc., and cameo roles for Parsnip and Pimpernel (based on Auden and Isherwood). “The greatest English novel of the Second World War” (John Keegan).
WAUGH, Evelyn (Evelyn Arthur St. John), 1903-1966 : THE LOVED ONE : AN ANGLO-AMERICAN TRAGEDY.
London : Chapman & Hall, . First edition. Waugh unhappy in California and the Whispering Glades – sharp satire on the Los Angeles funeral industry, the ex-pats of Hollywood, the movie business itself, and "that impersonal insensitive friendliness which takes the place of ceremony in that land of waifs and strays".
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WAUGH, Evelyn (Evelyn Arthur St. John), 1903-1966 : TACTICAL EXERCISE.
Boston : Little, Brown & Co., (1954). First edition. A collection of a dozen Waugh stories and sketches, some of which had previously been separately published or included in collections, but with others reprinted from magazines, etc. Includes “Bella Fleace Gave a Party”, “Winner Takes All”, “An Englishman’s Home”, etc. There was no equivalent UK edition.
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WELLS, H.G. (Herbert George), 1866-1946 : THE NEW WORLD ORDER.
London : Secker & Warburg, 1940. First edition. An uncommon late Wells – as a World War develops he advances a grim choice between revolution and destruction – “I mean exactly what I say, the disastrous extinction of mankind”. He proposes a “way to a world realisation of collective unity”, via scientifically planned and directed socialism, the rule of law, and total freedom of speech. “The book is full of things that bite and sting ... He is at any rate thoroughly alive. And towards the end he rejoices ... ‘The world has never been so awake’”(Aberdeen Press, 1st January 1940).
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WILLIAMSON, Henry (Henry William), 1895-1977 : SALAR THE SALMON.
London : Faber & Faber, (1935). First edition. The perilous journey home through Devon rivers of a twenty-pound salmon – “a rare and beautiful book that should take its place as a classic among the few that are written at once with a poet’s insight and a naturalist’s knowledge” (New York Times).
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WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : AUNTS AREN'T GENTLEMEN : A JEEVES AND BERTIE STORY.
London : Barrie & Jenkins, (1974). First edition. The final Jeeves & Wooster novel – later published in the USA as the “The Cat-Nappers”. Aunt Dahlia wants Bertie to steal something – and Jeeves’ aunt also appears.
WOOLF, Virginia (Adeline Virginia), 1882-1941 : A HAUNTED HOUSE AND OTHER SHORT STORIES.
London : Hogarth Press, (1943) [i.e. 1944]. First edition. Eighteen short stories, twelve of them either previously unpublished or unpublished in book form. With a foreword by Leonard Woolf. “All the great qualities of Mrs. Woolf’s work are to be found in this volume ... the magical power of observation, the finest sensibility of the age, the loving command of language ... that elusiveness which is at the same time, in Mrs. Woolf’s hands, a kind of precision” (Birmingham Daily Post, 11th February 1944).
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WYLD, James, 1790-1836 : ENVIRONS OF LONDON.
London : James Wyld, 1891. An attractive circular map of the environs of London on a scale of half an inch to a mile, extending north beyond Hertford and Ware, east to Tilbury, south to Dorking and Edenbridge, and westwards to Windsor and Eton. Coloured circles indicate places respectively within four miles and twelve miles of Charing Cross. Originally published in 1832 and revised and updated by Wyld’s son and grandson until the present version, which is the last known.
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