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THE WOMAN WHO HAD IMAGINATION AND OTHER STORIES.

THE WOMAN WHO HAD IMAGINATION AND OTHER STORIES.

BATES, H.E. (Herbert Ernest), 1905-1974 : THE WOMAN WHO HAD IMAGINATION AND OTHER STORIES.

London : Jonathan Cape, (1934). First edition. A unique copy and so inscribed by the author - "A. W. Steele, just to make this unique copy a bit more so - ever, H. E. Bates - April 5 1934". The uniqueness lies in this copy having a second dust-jacket - a design in pink, with the principal lettering in red, and promising fifteen stories, rather than the fourteen which the book actually contains. This is evidently an earlier design for the jacket, lacking the January 1934 "Statesman" tribute to Bates from David Garnett which appears on the regular jacket - the book was printed January 4th 1934 and published 26th February - a design never used, either because of the error over the number of stories, or perhaps because an intended story had been omitted. The recipient was Alan William Steele (1905-1985), the bookseller and publisher responsible for the charming series of Furnival Books, to which Bates had contributed "The Hessian Prisoner" in 1930.
Crown 8vo (21cm). 288,[ii]pp. Original grey cloth, blocked and lettered in green; spine a touch dulled; spotting to edges and endpapers, but otherwise a very good copy in both dust-jackets - the regular jacket in cream and green tanned at spine and with a chip to upper panel, the pink jacket just lightly worn with some shallow chipping at head and a tiny scuff to upper panel, but also very good. Eads A20.

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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 Eighteen short stories, seemingly dedicated to the publisher Charles Lahr (1885-1971) - fourteen previously unpublished and the remainder previously unpublished in book form.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.

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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. - "There is no living English writer of whose future work I feel more confident" (David Garnett).
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.

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BATES, H.E. (Herbert Ernest), 1905-1974 : THE DAFFODIL SKY.

BATES, H.E. (Herbert Ernest), 1905-1974 : THE DAFFODIL SKY.

London : Michael Joseph, (1955). First edition. A collection of fifteen short stories, including "The Good Corn", "The Maker of Coffins" and "Go, Lovely Rose" - "a short story writer unlike any other in his generation ... a most independent artist at the height of his gifts" (C. P. Snow).
Crown 8vo (20cm). (256)pp. Original black cloth, blocked and lettered in gilt; mild tanning to endpapers, but a very good, bright and sound copy in the Wildsmith dust-jacket - also very good indeed. Eads A81a.

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BATES, H.E. (Herbert Ernest), 1905-1974 : SUGAR FOR THE HORSE.

BATES, H.E. (Herbert Ernest), 1905-1974 : SUGAR FOR THE HORSE.

London : Michael Joseph, (1957). First edition. A collection of a dozen Uncle Silas stories, illustrated by Edward Ardizzone.
Post 8vo (21cm). (120)pp. Illustrations. Original blue cloth, blocked and lettered in gilt and red; endpapers a little tanned, but otherwise a very good copy indeed in the Ardizzone dust-jacket - bright and fresh, with only the merest hint of rubbing. Eads A85.

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BATES, H.E. (Herbert Ernest), 1905-1974 : A BREATH OF FRENCH AIR.

BATES, H.E. (Herbert Ernest), 1905-1974 : A BREATH OF FRENCH AIR.

London : Michael Joseph, (1959). First edition. The second of the Larkin novels.
Post 8vo (21cm). (160)pp. Original blue cloth, blocked and lettered across spine in gilt; a very good copy in the Broom Lynne dust-jacket, just lightly used. Bookplate of Peter Apap Bologna. Eads A87a.

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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. 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. Eads A99.

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BATES, H.E. (Herbert Ernest), 1905-1974 : A LITTLE OF WHAT YOU FANCY.

BATES, H.E. (Herbert Ernest), 1905-1974 : A LITTLE OF WHAT YOU FANCY.

London : Michael Joseph, (1970). First edition. The fifth and last of the Larkin novels. Not published in the USA.
Post 8vo (21cm). (216)pp. Original light green boards, blocked and lettered in gilt across spine; a few faint signs of age and use, but very good copy in the Oliver Elms dust-jacket, just faintly rubbed at extremities. Eads A108.

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