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BUCHAN, John, 1875-1940 : PRESTER JOHN.

BUCHAN, John, 1875-1940 : PRESTER JOHN.

London : Thomas Nelson & Sons, (1910). First edition. Buchan in South Africa with a Haggardesque tale of uprising, myth, fabulous necklace, etc.
Crown 8vo (180 x 116mm). vi,(376),viii pp. Frontispiece map. Bound in an attractive recent half green morocco, banded and gilt; original cloth backstrip preserved at rear; a very good and clean copy. Attached to the verso of the front free endpaper is a contemporary prize label of the North Merchiston Continuation Classes - made out to James B. Campbell for general excellence. Blanchard A21.

£400

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BUCHAN, John, 1875-1940 : THE THIRTY-NINE STEPS.

BUCHAN, John, 1875-1940 : THE THIRTY-NINE STEPS.

Edinburgh & London : William Blackwood & Sons, 1915. First edition. The first and most famous of the Richard Hannay stories - and a Haycraft-Queen cornerstone.
Crown 8vo (186 x 119mm). (254),2pp. Bound in a smart recent half blue morocco, banded and gilt, retaining the original cloth upper cover and spine at rear; some internal browning and tanning to outer edges, as always, but a very good and attractive copy of a fragile book. Blanchard A32.

£750

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BUCHAN, John, 1875-1940 : THE POWER-HOUSE.

BUCHAN, John, 1875-1940 : THE POWER-HOUSE.

Edinburgh : William Blackwood & Sons, 1916. First edition. Edward Leithen comes up against an anarchist plot to destroy western civilisation - set in London before the Great War. One of Buchan's defining novels, with the quintessential line "You think that a wall as solid as the earth separates civilisation from barbarism. I tell you the division is a thread, a sheet of glass".
Crown 8vo (20cm). x,238pp. Original red cloth, lettered in black; lightly sunned; some light marking to lower cover; text a little tanned as always; endleaves also tanned with a slight crack to lower hinge, but overall a nice copy of a fragile wartime production. Blanchard A35.

£150

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BUCHAN, John, 1875-1940 : THE PATH OF THE KING.

BUCHAN, John, 1875-1940 : THE PATH OF THE KING.

London : Hodder & Stoughton, [1921]. First edition : in a variant binding of light blue cloth lettered in dark blue, with double rules at the head and tail of spine, and the JB monogram on the upper cover. Regarded by Buchan as his first serious piece of fiction - an episodic tale of the descent of kingliness through history - from Nordic prince to Abraham Lincoln.
Crown 8vo (20cm). viii,310,[ii]pp. Original cloth; spine very faintly marked and just a touch sunned; endpapers a little tanned; some spotting, mainly of edges, but a very good copy. Blanchard A51 - not noting this binding.

£50

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BUCHAN, John, 1875-1940 : HUNTINGTOWER.

BUCHAN, John, 1875-1940 : HUNTINGTOWER.

London : Hodder & Stoughton, (1922). First edition. “The girl came into the room with a darting movement like a swallow, looked round her with the same bird-like quickness, and then ran across the polished floor to where a young man sat on a sofa with one leg laid along it ...”. Dickson McCunn and the Gorbals Die-Hards.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 318,[ii]pp. Original blue cloth, ruled and lettered in darker blue; a little rubbed, some very light wear to extremities, but a good copy. Blanchard A53.

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