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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 touch dulled, with some mild wear; a handful of spots to edges and endpapers, but a good copy in the dust-jacket – the jacket with a couple of tiny nicks and some slight marking to the lower panel.

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

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

London : Faber & Faber, 1960. First edition. The fourth and the final instalment of the Alexandria Quartet – Darley returns to an Alexandria at war. “As well as being a rounding-off and, in many ways, an explanation of the previous three books, ‘Clea’ is also a work on its own ... different, perhaps less subtle but, on the whole more moving” (The Sphere, 6th February 1960). One of the most memorable and extraordinary performances in twentieth-century fiction.
Demy 8vo (21cm). (288)pp. Original tangerine cloth, blocked in green and lettered in gilt; light spotting of edges and endpapers, but otherwise a very good copy in the dust-jacket – the jacket very lightly marked, with a handful of nicks and short repaired tears, but complete and attractive still.

£50

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DURRELL, Lawrence (Lawrence George), 1912-1990 : STIFF UPPER LIP.

DURRELL, Lawrence (Lawrence George), 1912-1990 : STIFF UPPER LIP.

London : Faber & Faber, (1958). First edition. “As for sport (said Antrobus), the very word makes me uneasy. I’ve never believed in its healing power. Once I was forced to referee a match between H.M.S. Threadbare and the French Fleet which resulted in my nearly being dismembered”. Ten Antrobus tales of diplomatic life, each neatly captured in a full-page Nicolas Bentley illustration.
Post 8vo (21cm). 94,[ii]pp. Illustrations and decorative chapter headings by Bentley. Original turquoise cloth, lettered in yellow; a single tiny edge-spot, but otherwise a very good, clean and sound copy in the Bentley dust-jacket – the jacket also very good.

£75

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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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