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ANDERSON, Oliver, 1912-1996 : RANDOM AT RANDOM.

ANDERSON, Oliver, 1912-1996 : RANDOM AT RANDOM.

London : Arthur Barker, (1959). First edition. The fourth Guy Random novel - ranging from East Anglia to the Costa del Sol, via the gilded drawing-rooms of Belgravia and Soho's Vulture Club.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (232)pp. Original jade boards, blocked and lettered across spine in pink; slight spotting of edges; faint tanning of endpapers, but a very good and bright copy in the original John Dugan dust-jacket - a pictorial design in orange, green, black and white - just faintly sunned and with just a hint of rubbing.

£40

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ANDERSON, Oliver, 1912-1996 : RANDOM ALL ROUND.

ANDERSON, Oliver, 1912-1996 : RANDOM ALL ROUND.

London : Arthur Barker, (1960). First edition. The fifth and last of the Guy Random novels - "a peer caught in a mouse-trap; three dozen mixed gadabouts stuffed into the boot-cupboard ... a striptease artiste roosting in the chandelier; and a weight-lifter entombed in the grand piano".
Crown 8vo (19cm). (232)pp. Original maroon boards, blocked and lettered across spine in yellow; a few faint spots, but a very good and sound copy in the original Sinc dust-jacket - a pictorial design in black, cerise, yellow and white - lightly rubbed and worn, and slightly dusty on lower panel.

£25

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"ANDOM, R." - [BARRETT, Alfred Walter, 1869-1920] : TRODDLES AND US AND OTHERS.

London : Jarrold & Sons, 1901. Second edition (i.e. impression) of the original 1901 edition. Troddles purchases a camera and we arrange a holiday for him to work it. "In putting out this book I have several purposes in view; but as they mostly concern myself and might be considered somewhat sordid by the reader at large, I will forbear to dwell on them ...".
Crown 8vo (20cm). 8,[ii],(9)-(304),[xviii]pp. Silhouette illustrations by Charles Harrison. Original green cloth, ruled and lettered in black and red, and pictorially blocked in black; spine lightly worn, faintly tanned and a little spotted; mild spotting and browning, mainly of edges, but a good and sound copy of a difficult title.

£25

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"GORDON, Richard" - [OSTLERE, Gordon Stanley, 1921- ] : THE CAPTAIN'S TABLE.

London : Michael Joseph, (1954). First edition. An early title from the author of "Doctor in the House", etc. - disappearance overboard of ship's most glamorous passenger, etc.
Post 8vo (21cm). (220),[iv]pp. Original black boards, blocked in white and gilt, and lettered in gilt across spine; very faint tanning of endpapers; one leaf with tiny mark, but overall a very good, clean and sound copy in the original pictorial dust-jacket - a caricature design in red and black - just very faintly rubbed and slightly nicked - but also very good.

£20

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"GORDON, Richard" - [OSTLERE, Gordon Stanley, 1921- ] : DOCTOR AND SON.

London : Michael Joseph, (1959). First edition. Simon Sparrow, Dr Grimsdyke, Sir Lancelot Spratt, etc.
Post 8vo (21cm). 190,[ii]pp. Original black boards, blocked in white and gilt, and lettered in gilt across spine; a very good, clean and sound copy in the original pictorial dust-jacket - a caricature design in yellow and black - just very faintly rubbed and slightly nicked - but also very good.

£20

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"GORDON, Richard" - [OSTLERE, Gordon Stanley, 1921- ] : DOCTOR IN CLOVER.

London : Michael Joseph, (1960). First edition. Dr Grimsdyke gets involved with the Riviera Film Festival - and Miss Melody Madder.
Post 8vo (21cm). 184,[iv]pp. Original black boards, blocked on spine in gilt and white, lettered across spine in gilt; a very good copy in the original pink, white and black dust-jacket - just lightly sunned.

£15

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“GORDON, Richard” – [OSTLERE, Gordon Stanley, 1921- ] : DOCTOR ON TOAST.

“GORDON, Richard” – [OSTLERE, Gordon Stanley, 1921- ] : DOCTOR ON TOAST.

London : Michael Joseph, (1961). First edition. Dr Grimsdyke falls for a beautiful model – and Sir Lancelot Spratt has brothers – Captain Spratt of the Merchant Marine and Alphonso Spratt Q.C.
Post 8vo (21cm). 190,[ii]pp. Original black boards, blocked in white and gilt, and lettered in gilt across spine; a very good, clean and sound copy in the original pictorial dust-jacket – a caricature design in yellow and black – also very good.

£15

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JEROME, Jerome K. (Jerome Klapka), 1859-1927 : ON THE STAGE - AND OFF: THE BRIEF CAREER OF A WOULD-BE ACTOR.

JEROME, Jerome K. (Jerome Klapka), 1859-1927 : ON THE STAGE - AND OFF: THE BRIEF CAREER OF A WOULD-BE ACTOR.

London : The Leadenhall Press, [1891]. First illustrated edition. "I thought that all acting was making love in tights to pretty women" - Jerome's first book, originally published in 1885. Through some accident of fate, nowhere near as well known as "Three Men in a Boat", but just as funny - and in this edition enlivened by the brilliant illustrations of Kenneth Mathieson Skeaping (1857-1946).
Crown 8vo (20cm). viii,(220) + 14 [but 16]pp advertisements. One hundred illustrations, many full-page. Original orange-brown cloth, ruled and lettered in black; covers slightly splashed; faint marks to top edge; a little shaken and slack, but a good and serviceable copy.

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"LE BRETON, Thomas" - [FORD, Thomas Murray, 1854-1932] : MRS MAY : SOME CHAPTERS FROM THE LIFE OF A CHAR-LADY.

London : Herbert Jenkins, 1922 [i.e.1921]. First edition. The second of the Mrs May books - the combative and comical Cockney char - originally a music-hall turn played by the first Fred Emney (1865-1917) - and who later had signal success both on screen and in book form.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (254),[ii]pp. Illustrations by A. Jones. Original fawn cloth, blocked and lettered in brown; a few minor marks; mild spotting of edges; endpapers a little tanned, but a very good copy.

£25

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"LE BRETON, Thomas" - [FORD, Thomas Murray, 1854-1932] : MR. AND MRS. MAY.

London : Herbert Jenkins, 1924 [i.e. 1923]. First edition. The redoubtable Mrs May on the art of managing a husband - Mr May is her "third".
Crown 8vo (20cm). 256pp. Illustrations by A. Jones. Original fawn cloth, blocked and lettered in black; lightly rubbed and a little worn; a little shaken and slack; some spotting; a good copy.

£20

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"LE BRETON, Thomas" - [FORD, Thomas Murray, 1854-1932] : MRS. MAY'S LECTURES.

London : Herbert Jenkins, 1925. First edition. The redoubtable Mrs May on friends, on giving, on landladies, on obliging, on love, on kids, on housework, on shopping, on scandal, and on much else.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 256pp. Illustrations by A. Jones. Original green cloth, blocked and lettered in black; a few minor marks; some spotting, mainly of edges, but a very good copy.

£20

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MORTON, J.B. (John Bingham), 1893-1979 : THE DANCING CABMAN AND OTHER VERSES.

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 ...”.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [iv],(160)pp. Original blue cloth, lettered in darker blue; some tanning of endpapers, but a very good, bright and firm copy in the original Nicolas Bentley dust-jacket – a design in orange, white, yellow and black – faintly sunned, price-clipped, slightly nicked, small chip from lower panel, and with some small tape reinforcements on verso.

£50

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