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BATES, H.E. (Herbert Ernest), 1905-1974 : THE STORY WITHOUT AN END AND THE COUNTRY DOCTOR.

BATES, H.E. (Herbert Ernest), 1905-1974 : THE STORY WITHOUT AN END AND THE COUNTRY DOCTOR.

London : White Owl Press, 1932. First edition : one of 100 copies (of 130) numbered and signed by H. E. Bates. Two short stories, the first set in a London restaurant.
Demy 8vo (23cm). [vi],(52),[vi]pp. Striking art deco frontispiece. Original ochre bevelled buckram, lettered in gilt; top edge gilt; merest hint of tanning to endleaves; light offsetting of frontispiece to title-page, but a very good copy indeed – bright and sound.

£200

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BATES, H.E. (Herbert Ernest), 1905-1974 & OTHERS : CHARLES’ WAIN : A MISCELLANY OF SHORT STORIES.

BATES, H.E. (Herbert Ernest), 1905-1974 & OTHERS : CHARLES’ WAIN : A MISCELLANY OF SHORT STORIES.

London : Mallinson Publishing Co., (1933). First edition : the trade issue. Eighteen short stories, seemingly dedicated to the publisher Charles Lahr (1885-1971) – fourteen previously unpublished and the remainder previously unpublished in book form. Contributors include H. E. Bates (A Little War), John Brophy, Rhys Davies, Rupert Croft-Cooke, John Hampson, Eimar O’Duffy, Sean O’Faolain, Liam O’Flaherty, T. F. Powys, etc.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (viii),(238),[ii]pp. Original pale yellow cloth, lettered across spine in gilt; a touch rubbed; very slightly dulled; a few faint marks; outer leaves a little tanned, but a very good and sound copy.

£20

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BATES, H.E. (Herbert Ernest), 1905-1974 : THE FLYING GOAT.

BATES, H.E. (Herbert Ernest), 1905-1974 : THE FLYING GOAT.

London : Jonathan Cape, (1939). First edition. A collection of sixteen short stories, including “I Am Not Myself”, “Shot Actress – Full Story”, “Elephant’s Nest in a Rhubarb Tree”, etc.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (316),[iv]pp – but without the inserted publisher’s advertisements reported by Eads. Original green cloth, blocked and lettered in blue; mild tanning of endpapers; edges spotted, but otherwise a very good copy indeed in the Hans Aufseeser dust-jacket – a pictorial design in black, lilac, jade, peach and white – also very good indeed. Eads A34.

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BATES, H.E. (Herbert Ernest), 1905-1974 : THE BEAUTY OF THE DEAD AND OTHER STORIES.

BATES, H.E. (Herbert Ernest), 1905-1974 : THE BEAUTY OF THE DEAD AND OTHER STORIES.

London : Jonathan Cape, (1940). First edition. An uncommon collection of fifteen short stories, including “The Bridge”, “A Scandalous Woman”, “Love is not Love”, etc. – “Grave, touching, low-toned, Mr. Bates’s stories are like the effect of a gleam of pale sunshine on a grey landscape – suddenly, in the most sordid and unexpected circumstances, beauty is there” (Daily News, 1st January 1941).
Post 8vo (20cm). (256)pp. Original grey-green cloth, blocked and lettered in red; a touch tanned; some spotting of edges, but a very good copy in the dust-jacket – a typographic design in black, white and pink – lightly tanned, with some minor wear, a couple of short nicks, and a tiny chip, but still very good.

£200

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BATES, H.E. (Herbert Ernest), 1905-1974 – contributor : ARGOSY : SEPTEMBER, 1956.

BATES, H.E. (Herbert Ernest), 1905-1974 – contributor : ARGOSY : SEPTEMBER, 1956.

London : Amalgamated Press, 1956. The September 1956 issue of the well-known short story magazine, featuring the first appearance of Bates’ novella “The Queen of Spain Fritillary”, illustrated by Shirley Hughes, as well as contributions from Joan Aiken (“Cricket”); Neil Bell; Ray Bradbury (“Summer in the Air”); John Collier; Christopher Landon and others.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 144pp. Original decorative wrappers; lightly tanned and a little spotted, but a good copy.

£15

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BATES, H.E. (Herbert Ernest), 1905-1974 : WHEN THE GREEN WOODS LAUGH.

BATES, H.E. (Herbert Ernest), 1905-1974 : WHEN THE GREEN WOODS LAUGH.

London : Michael Joseph, (1960). First edition. The third of the Larkin novels – “A delight and worthily to be ranked with ‘The Darling Buds of May’, that preposterously gay and warm-blooded novel which had much the same effect as a bottle of champagne” (The Sphere, 30th July 1960). Later published in the USA as “Hark, Hark, the Lark!”.
Post 8vo (21cm). (158),[ii]pp. Original green cloth, blocked and lettered in gilt; faint tanning to endpapers; edges a little spotted, but otherwise a very good copy in the Broom Lynne dust-jacket, just lightly rubbed and with some mild spotting on the inner surface. Gift inscription dated Xmas 1961.

£40

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BATES, H.E. (Herbert Ernest), 1905-1974 : NOW SLEEPS THE CRIMSON PETAL AND OTHER STORIES.

BATES, H.E. (Herbert Ernest), 1905-1974 : NOW SLEEPS THE CRIMSON PETAL AND OTHER STORIES.

London : Michael Joseph, (1961). First edition. A dozen short stories – “each of them perfectly shaped, perfectly balanced and filled with delight ... an admirable writer at the very top of his form” (The Sphere, 13th May 1961). Includes “Lost Ball”, “The Place Where Shady Lay”, “Daughters of the Village”, etc. Later published in the USA as “The Enchantress and Other Stories”.
Post 8vo (21cm). (206),[ii]pp. Original red cloth, blocked and lettered in gilt; a very good copy in the Charles Gorham dust-jacket, very slightly tanned and just a little nicked.

£40

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BATES, H.E. (Herbert Ernest), 1905-1974 : THE FABULOUS MRS V.

BATES, H.E. (Herbert Ernest), 1905-1974 : THE FABULOUS MRS V.

London : Michael Joseph, (1964). First edition. A collection of twelve short stories, “by a master, who, at his best, equals Chekhov and who seems incapable of writing a shop-worn phrase” (The Sphere, 4th April 1964). Not published in the USA.
Post 8vo (21cm). 192pp. Original pale mauve-grey boards, blocked and lettered across spine in gilt; a very good copy in the Kenneth Farnhill dust-jacket, also very good barring a few faint marks and a couple of tiny nicks.

£25

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