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GREENE, Graham (Henry Graham), 1904-1991 : IT’S A BATTLEFIELD.

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.
Crown 8vo (174 x 111mm). [viii],(276),[ii]pp. Bound in a smart recent half red morocco; original cloth backstrip preserved at rear; some spotting of edges, but a very good copy.

£400

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GREENE, Graham (Henry Graham), 1904-1991 : IT’S A BATTLEFIELD.

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.
Crown 8vo (185 x 118mm). [viii],(276)pp. Bound, without the final blank, in a smart recent half blue calf, banded and gilt; internally a few minor spots and faint creases, but overall a very good copy. Small stamp of Halifax Parish Church on one leaf.

£250

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GREENE, Graham (Henry Graham), 1904-1991 : THE MINISTRY OF FEAR : AN ENTERTAINMENT.

GREENE, Graham (Henry Graham), 1904-1991 : THE MINISTRY OF FEAR : AN ENTERTAINMENT.

London : William Heinemann, (1943). First edition. Greene’s powerful evocation of London in the blitz – and a spy thriller full of guilt, menace and deceit. Informed by his work at the Ministry of Information – and turned into the 1944 Fritz Lang film noir, with Ray Milland and Marjorie Reynolds.
Crown 8vo (181 x 119mm). [vi],236,[ii]pp. Bound in a smart later half green morocco, lettered in gilt; top edge gilt; marbled endpapers; tiny corner clipped from front free endpaper; mild tanning of edges, but a very good and attractive copy of a difficult wartime Greene.

£200

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GREENE, Graham (Henry Graham), 1904-1991 : THE HEART OF THE MATTER.

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.
Crown 8vo (180 x 119mm). [vi],(298)pp. Bound in a neat recent quarter black morocco, richly banded and gilt; top edge blue; some mild tanning of text and edges, but otherwise a very good and attractive copy.

£200

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

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

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

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