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DURRELL, Lawrence (Lawrence George), 1912-1990 : CITIES PLAINS AND PEOPLE : POEMS.

DURRELL, Lawrence (Lawrence George), 1912-1990 : CITIES PLAINS AND PEOPLE : POEMS.

London : Faber & Faber, (1946). First edition. An early collection of twenty-eight poems, many foreshadowing the Alexandria Quartet. Includes “Eight Aspects of Melissa”, “Levant”, “Alexandria”, “Delos”, “Conon in Alexandria”, etc.
Demy 8vo (23cm). 72pp. Original yellow cloth, lettered in gilt; fore-edge a little marked with a curious pink stain in two places, but otherwise a very good, bright and sound copy in the original pale blue dust-jacket, lettered in black and red – lightly worn at tips; a little marked and sunned, with a small chip to rear panel, but complete and by no means unattractive.

£50

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DURRELL, Lawrence (Lawrence George), 1912-1990 : BALTHAZAR : A NOVEL.

DURRELL, Lawrence (Lawrence George), 1912-1990 : BALTHAZAR : A NOVEL.

London : Faber & Faber, (1958). First edition. The second volume in the Alexandria Quartet – “Balthazar’s merciless ‘Interlinear’ to the love-story of Justine”.
Post 8vo (22cm). 250,(iv)pp. Original blue cloth blocked in red and gilt; a very good, bright, sound and clean copy in the original dust-jacket – price-clipped and lightly tanned, with a couple of short nicks, but also very good. Pictorial bookplate of C. Rüesch-Karatzoglou on front free endpaper.

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DURRELL, Lawrence (Lawrence George), 1912-1990 : MOUNTOLIVE : A NOVEL.

DURRELL, Lawrence (Lawrence George), 1912-1990 : MOUNTOLIVE : A NOVEL.

London : Faber & Faber, (1958). First edition. The third volume in the Alexandria Quartet – David Mountolive, youthful passion, politics, diplomacy, and conspiracy.
Post 8vo (22cm). 320pp. Original yellow cloth blocked in violet and gilt; just a touch bruised, very mild spotting of edges, but a very good copy in the original dust-jacket – slightly worn and nicked at extremities.

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DURRELL, Lawrence (Lawrence George), 1912-1990 : CONSTANCE : OR SOLITARY PRACTICES.

DURRELL, Lawrence (Lawrence George), 1912-1990 : CONSTANCE : OR SOLITARY PRACTICES.

London : Faber & Faber, (1982). First edition. The central volume in the Avignon Quintet series, set mainly during the Second World War, and located in France, Egypt, Poland and Switzerland. Nominated for the Booker Prize.
Post 8vo (21cm). [xii],(394),[ii]pp. Original blue boards, lettered in silver; a very good, clean and sound copy, in the original David Gentleman dust-jacket – the jacket with a few tiny spots and one slight nick, but also very good.

£25

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