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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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BONSEY, Lionel (Alfred Lionel), 1912-1989 : MRS. PRIVETT.

BONSEY, Lionel (Alfred Lionel), 1912-1989 : MRS. PRIVETT.

London : Pilot Press, 1946. First edition. His first book – the comical Chelsea landlady makes a bow. With some stylish illustrations by Robert Jordan.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 110,[ii]pp. Illustrations. Original green cloth, lettered in silver; a touch of sunning at foot; slight spotting of edges and prelims, but a very good copy in the original Jordan dust-jacket – a pictorial design in red and black on white – a little worn, chipped, nicked and soiled.

£20

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DE POLNAY, Peter, 1906-1984 : TRAVELLING LIGHT : A GUIDE TO FOREIGN PARTS.

DE POLNAY, Peter, 1906-1984 : TRAVELLING LIGHT : A GUIDE TO FOREIGN PARTS.

London : Hollis & Carter, (1959). First edition. A witty guide for the new generation of innocent and not-so-innocent tourists, delightfully illustrated by Anton.
Post 8vo (22cm). (128)pp. Illustrations. Original red boards, ruled and lettered in gilt; a very good copy in the original Anton dust-jacket – a pictorial design in red, white and black – price-clipped, very slightly rubbed and lightly tanned, but also very good.

£20

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“ERSKINE, Rosalind” – [LONGRIGG, Roger Erskine, 1929-2000] : THE PASSION-FLOWER HOTEL / PASSION FLOWERS IN ITALY / PASSION FLOWERS IN BUSINESS.

“ERSKINE, Rosalind” – [LONGRIGG, Roger Erskine, 1929-2000] : THE PASSION-FLOWER HOTEL / PASSION FLOWERS IN ITALY / PASSION FLOWERS IN BUSINESS.

London : Jonathan Cape, (1962-1965). First edition set of all three novels in Longrigg’s succès de scandale – purportedly written by the fifteen-year-old Rosalind Erskine, Nabokov meets Angela Brazil as well brought up nymphets set up a bordello in the gym of their highly respectable boarding-school. Adapted into a musical by Wolf Mankowitz and John Barry, and later filmed in Germany with Natassja Kinski.
Three volumes. Crown 8vo (20cm). (190),[ii]; (196); 190,[ii]pp. Original boards; top edges coloured; some light edge-spotting; slight sliver of fading to one volume, but a very good set in the original dust-jackets – the jackets lightly used, a little spotted in places, with a couple of short tears, but a nice set of these increasingly difficult titles.

£200

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FOSTER, George C. (George Cecil), 1893-1975 : CRACKSMEN ALL.

FOSTER, George C. (George Cecil), 1893-1975 : CRACKSMEN ALL.

London : Herbert Jenkins, [1943]. First edition. The Secretary of State in time of war has need of the services of Herbert and Horace, professional cracksmen. The statesmanlike burglary does not go according to plan.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (206)pp. Original orange cloth, lettered, ruled and blocked in black; a few marks; very slight spotting of edges, but otherwise a very good, bright and sound copy.

£25

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GATHORNE-HARDY, Jonathan, 1933- : ONE FOOT IN THE CLOUDS.

GATHORNE-HARDY, Jonathan, 1933- : ONE FOOT IN THE CLOUDS.

London : Hamish Hamilton, (1961). First edition. His first book – a novel set on the rarer fringes of London literary society.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 288pp. Original orange-red boards, blocked and lettered in gilt; a few edge-spots, but a very good, bright and sound copy in the original dust-jacket – a pictorial design by Quentin Blake in purple, ochre and black on white – also very good indeed.

£20

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“GLYDER, John” – [ROPER, Allen George, 1888-1957] : RUDE AWAKENING.

“GLYDER, John” – [ROPER, Allen George, 1888-1957] : RUDE AWAKENING.

London : Herbert Jenkins, [1948]. First edition. “His was the white flower of a blameless life till the day he was sent to Somerset on business. For then immediately followed the unfortunate incident of the Anthology of Verse, the lost bus, and the peculiar effects of a glass of cider”.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (252),[iv]pp. Original orange cloth, ruled, blocked and lettered in black; a few faint edge-spots, but a bright, clean and fresh copy in the original Frank Ford dust-jacket – just a little used, slightly rubbed and scuffed, with some nicks and short tears, but still complete and attractive.

£20

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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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HUXLEY, Elspeth (Elspeth Josceline Grant), 1907-1997 : THE PRINCE BUYS THE MANOR : AN EXTRAVAGANZA.

HUXLEY, Elspeth (Elspeth Josceline Grant), 1907-1997 : THE PRINCE BUYS THE MANOR : AN EXTRAVAGANZA.

London : Chatto & Windus, 1982. First edition. Prince buys manor in Cotswolds – a comic extravaganza ensues.
Post 8vo (21cm). (216)pp. Original red-pink boards, lettered in gilt; text a little tanned, but otherwise very good in the original John Sutcliffe dust-jacket – a touch sunned, but also very good. Bookplate of Peter Apap Bologna.

£20

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JOWETT, John (John Aves), 1921-1960 : TRAVELLERS’ JOY.

JOWETT, John (John Aves), 1921-1960 : TRAVELLERS’ JOY.

London : Herbert Jenkins, (1950). First edition. “It was unwise of Sally to suggest to Woolcott, her husband, and Spencer, his life-long crony, that the two of them should go off on a golfing holiday without her ...” – a novel based on the radio serial.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 254,[ii]pp. Original orange cloth, ruled, blocked and lettered in black; mild tanning of endpapers, but a very good, bright and sound copy in the original Frank Ford pictorial dust-jacket – just lightly worn and nicked, and with a repaired tear to upper panel.

£20

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JOWETT, John (John Aves), 1921-1960 : THE PRINCE OF SUAVIA.

JOWETT, John (John Aves), 1921-1960 : THE PRINCE OF SUAVIA.

London : Herbert Jenkins, (1954). First edition. The further adventures of Spencer and Woolcott – in the Balkans – “comic characters of epic proportions”.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (256)pp. Original red boards, lettered in black; corner clipped from front free endpaper; endpapers a little tanned; otherwise very good in the original Frank Ford dust-jacket – price-clipped, worn, chipped and slightly defective on lower panel.

£15

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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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LLOYD, Stanley : JAM SAUCE : A HUMOROUS NOVEL.

LLOYD, Stanley : JAM SAUCE : A HUMOROUS NOVEL.

London : Stanley Paul, [1947]. First edition. Three young men, beautiful young woman found bound and gagged, missing jewel, crazy crooks, maharajah, opera-loving policeman, etc. His first novel.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 224pp. Original stone cloth, lettered in red; a touch of sunning at foot; a few faint edge spots, but a very good copy in the original pictorial Thompson dust-jacket – a little worn and slightly chipped at extremities.

£20

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MILLIGAN, Spike (Terence Alan), 1918-2002 : A BOOK OF BITS OR A BIT OF A BOOK.

MILLIGAN, Spike (Terence Alan), 1918-2002 : A BOOK OF BITS OR A BIT OF A BOOK.

London : Dennis Dobson, (1965). First edition. Square bits, simple verse for simpletons, twit bits, so-so stories and dense jungle for dense people.
Demy 8vo (22cm). [iv],(90),[ii]pp – including integral endpapers. Numerous illustrations. Original blue boards, lettered in gilt; a very good copy in the dust-jacket, lightly worn and with tiny chips at extremities. Contemporary gift inscription to Gerald from Inga.

£25

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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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SHARPE, Tom (Thomas Ridley), 1928-2013 : WILT ON HIGH.

SHARPE, Tom (Thomas Ridley), 1928-2013 : WILT ON HIGH.

London : Martin Secker & Warburg, (1984). First edition : in the primary dust-jacket (designed by Red Ranch). Wilt resurfaces teaching at the Fenland Tech – complications with drug-dealing, Inspector Flint, accusations of voyeurism, and the local US airbase ensue.
Demy 8vo (23cm). [iv],(236)pp. Original black boards, ruled and lettered in gilt; very good in the original dust-jacket – the principal design in red, black and green on white – just a touch sunned and slightly bruised.

£20

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STIVENS, Dal (Dallas George), 1911-1997 : THE GAMBLING GHOST AND OTHER TALES.

STIVENS, Dal (Dallas George), 1911-1997 : THE GAMBLING GHOST AND OTHER TALES.

Sydney : Angus & Robertson, (1953). First edition. Laid in on front free endpaper is a label signed, dated (1969) and inscribed by Dal Stivens. A collection of thirteen stories – Ironbark Bill, Frying-Pan Fred, Furious Jack and other legendary Australian heroes.
Post 8vo (21cm). [x],(114)pp. Illustrations by H .J. Rothe. Original yellow cloth, ruled, lettered and pictorially blocked in red; a touch bruised, but a very good copy in the original Rothe dust-jacket – a design in green, pink, brown and white – lightly worn and slightly chipped.

£20

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THURBER, James (James Grover), 1894-1961 : CREDOS AND CURIOS.

THURBER, James (James Grover), 1894-1961 : CREDOS AND CURIOS.

London : Hamish Hamilton, (1962). First edition : precedes the American edition. A posthumously published collection of twenty-one pieces, including “Menaces in May”, “The Lady from the Land”, “The Manic in the Moon”, etc., with a preface by Helen Thurber.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (xii),180pp. Illustrations by Thurber. Original red boards, blocked and lettered in gilt; a very good copy in the original Thurber dust-jacket – a design in yellow, black and red – also very good.

£25

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WILLIAMS, Nigel (Henry Nigel), 1948- : THEY CAME FROM SW19.

WILLIAMS, Nigel (Henry Nigel), 1948- : THEY CAME FROM SW19.

London : Faber & Faber, (1992). First edition. The second volume of the Wimbledon trilogy – “a touching and hilarious story of growing up in the suburbs”.
Royal 8vo (25cm). [vi],250pp. Original boards; text a little tanned, but otherwise very good in the Pierre le Tan dust-jacket – price-clipped, but otherwise very good.

£20

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