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ALINGTON, C.A. (Cyril Argentine), 1872-1955 : BLESSED BLUNDERS.

ALINGTON, C.A. (Cyril Argentine), 1872-1955 : BLESSED BLUNDERS.

London : Faber & Faber, (1954). First edition : in the variant and almost certainly primary binding of orange-brown cloth, blocked and lettered in maroon.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (214),[ii]pp. Original orange-brown cloth, blocked and lettered in maroon; just a hint of sunning; light spotting to edges and endpapers; erasure mark from front free endpaper, but a very good and sound copy in the original yellow, blue, black, red and white dust-jacket - just lightly used and with slight fraying of inner flaps, but still very good.

£25

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AMES, Delano (Delano L.), 1906-1987 : A DOUBLE BED ON OLYMPUS.

AMES, Delano (Delano L.), 1906-1987 : A DOUBLE BED ON OLYMPUS.

London : Grayson & Grayson, (1936). First edition. "Nor do the characters of Jove and Juno, Apollo and Daphne, Orpheus and Eurydice, thinly veil the identity of any living person ... if they misbehave themselves, that is their own fault".
Crown 8vo (20cm). 288pp. Original red cloth, lettered in black; very slightly sunned and darkened; very faint spine crease; mild spotting of edges, but a very good copy in the original pictorial dust-jacket - worn, torn, chipped, darkened and repaired, with some loss (about 1cm - less than half an inch) at head of spine and across part of upper panel.

£40

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ARLEN, Michael, 1895-1956 : MAY FAIR : BEING AN ENTERTAINMENT PURPORTING TO REVEAL TO GENTLEFOLK THE REAL STATE OF AFFAIRS EXISTING IN THE VERY HEART OF LONDON ...

ARLEN, Michael, 1895-1956 : MAY FAIR : BEING AN ENTERTAINMENT PURPORTING TO REVEAL TO GENTLEFOLK THE REAL STATE OF AFFAIRS EXISTING IN THE VERY HEART OF LONDON ...

London : W. Collins Sons & Co., (1925). First edition. A prologue and twelve short stories in Arlen's best vein - his last great success - London's "charming people" and their "follies, misadventures, and galanteries". Includes "The Ace of Cads", "The Battle of Berkeley Square", "The Ghoul of Golders Green", etc.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (viii),(320),[vi],[2]pp. Original black cloth, ruled in gilt and blind and lettered in gilt; mild rubbing; some spotting, mainly of edges; a very good copy in the original Edmund Dulac dust-jacket - a striking butterfly design in black and gold - a little worn and slightly chipped at extremities, with a repaired diagonal tear and some creasing to upper panel, but complete and still attractive.

£50

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ARNOLD, Ralph (Ralph Crispian Marshall), 1906-1970 : HOUSE WITH THE MAGNOLIAS.

ARNOLD, Ralph (Ralph Crispian Marshall), 1906-1970 : HOUSE WITH THE MAGNOLIAS.

London : William Heinemann, (1931). First edition. The Kentish novelist and historian's uncommon first novel. A publisher's presentation copy, with a Heinemann compliments slip loosely inserted.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [vi],322pp. Original red cloth, ruled and lettered in gilt; publisher's device in blind on lower cover; mild bruise at head of spine, a handful of spots, but a very good, bright, clean and sound copy in the original dust-jacket - a design primarily in white, blue and red, with a colour-printed magnolia on the upper panel - the jacket very faintly rubbed and with a sprinkling of spots - but fresh and without a nick.

£50

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ARNOLD, Ralph (Ralph Crispian Marshall), 1906-1970 : DESPAIR AND DELIGHT.

ARNOLD, Ralph (Ralph Crispian Marshall), 1906-1970 : DESPAIR AND DELIGHT.

London : Constable & Co., (1939). First edition. "Old Miss Grierson had had her social flowering in the days when a man was a man and was properly rated as such by the ladies. In the year 1908, or thereabouts, one man, however weedy and inefficient, was considered the equal of at least three highly gifted and beautiful women ...".
Crown 8vo (20cm). [vi],(302)pp. Colour extra-title by Toby. Original light green cloth, ruled and lettered in blue; mild tanning of endpapers; some spotting of edges, but a very good and bright copy.

£40

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ATKINS, Vic : A STORY.

ATKINS, Vic : A STORY.

Leicester : Black Knight Press, 1966. First edition : limited to 100 copies, signed by the publisher, Duine Campbell. A legend, with colour illustrations by Pete Harper.
Landscape pott 4to (11 x 12cm). [12]pp. Illustrations. Original plain yellow-grey wrappers; very good.

£20

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BERNERS, Lord (Gerald Hugh Tyrwhitt-Wilson, 14th Baron), 1883-1950 : COUNT OMEGA.

BERNERS, Lord (Gerald Hugh Tyrwhitt-Wilson, 14th Baron), 1883-1950 : COUNT OMEGA.

London : Constable & Co., (1941). First edition. The decidedly eccentric but musical Lord Berners with a tale of a "young composer who, under the auspices of a mysterious millionaire looks forward to a sumptuous production of his first symphony. Entangled with a heroine of enormous size, and assisted by a fashionable dressmaker who is also a reincarnation of Joan of Arc, the aspiring musician goes from one adventure to another".
Crown 8vo (20cm). [viii],208pp. Frontispiece by Berners. Original magenta cloth, lettered across spine in silver; top edge pink; slight spotting of edges, but a very good, sound and bright copy in the original white dust-jacket - a monochrome design repeating the frontispiece image - lightly rubbed, just a touch dusty and lightly soiled.

£100

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BERNERS, Lord (Gerald Hugh Tyrwhitt-Wilson, 14th Baron), 1883-1950 : FAR FROM THE MADDING WAR.

BERNERS, Lord (Gerald Hugh Tyrwhitt-Wilson, 14th Baron), 1883-1950 : FAR FROM THE MADDING WAR.

London : Constable & Co., (1941). First edition. Emmeline Pocock, daughter of the warden of All Saints, tries to see out the war in her sound-proof room - disturbances from the university town - tangled love drama, the eccentric provost, the sensational reports of Mr Jericho, the volcanic Lady Caroline Paltry, the melancholic Lord FitzCricket, poltergeists, etc.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [xii],(194),[ii]pp. Three plates by the author. Original magenta cloth, lettered across spine in silver; slight touch of wear at foot; some spotting, mainly of endpapers and edges, but a very good copy in the original Berners dust-jacket - lightly worn and very slightly tanned, with some minor chipping at extremities (not affecting design or lettering), but also very good.

£100

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BOYD, William, 1952- : THE BLUE AFTERNOON.

BOYD, William, 1952- : THE BLUE AFTERNOON.

London : Sinclair-Stevenson, (1993). First edition. “His name is Salvador Carriscant and thus begins Kay Fischer’s journey into the past of this beguiling and seductive older man who claims to be her father ...”.
Medium 8vo (25cm). [viii],(324),[iv]pp. Original black boards, lettered in gilt; the merest hint of bruising, but overall a very good copy indeed in the Robin Rout dust-jacket – also very good indeed.

£40

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BROPHY, John, 1899-1965 : THE NIMBLE RABBIT.

BROPHY, John, 1899-1965 : THE NIMBLE RABBIT.

London : Chatto & Windus, 1955. First edition. A comedy of manners on the world of publishing, writing, literary prizes, etc. - set in New York, London and Paris.
Post 8vo (21cm). (280)pp. Original green boards, lettered across spine in gilt; a very good, clean and sound copy in the attractive Val Biro dust-jacket - a pictorial design in grey-green, pink and black - just very slightly nicked, but also very good.

£20

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CARY, Joyce (Arthur Joyce Lunel), 1888-1957 : MEN OF TWO WORLDS : THE BOOK OF THE FILM.

CARY, Joyce (Arthur Joyce Lunel), 1888-1957 : MEN OF TWO WORLDS : THE BOOK OF THE FILM.

London : World Film Publications, 1946. First edition. A “Book of the Film” adaptation by E. Fisher of an original story with dialogue by Joyce Cary, adapted via the Herbert Victor and Thorold Dickinson screenplay. Illustrated with stills and studio portraits (Phyllis Calvert, Eric Portman and some seldom seen black actors).
Crown 8vo (19cm). (78)pp. Plates. Portraits. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; a little rubbed and slight creased; text a little browned throughout, more heavily and unevenly on opening leaves, but a good copy of a fragile production.

£20

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CUSK, Rachel, 1967- : ARLINGTON PARK.

CUSK, Rachel, 1967- : ARLINGTON PARK.

London : Faber & Faber, (2006). First edition. The sixth novel from this prize-winning author - troubled souls in a provincial suburb.
Demy 8vo (23cm). [vi],240,[x]pp. Original grey boards, lettered in black; very good in the original dust-jacket - a design by Darren Wall, incorporating a William Morris pattern - and also very good.

£20

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DOBELL, Nora (Nora Selina), 1841-1924 : TWO WOMEN OF KENT.

DOBELL, Nora (Nora Selina), 1841-1924 : TWO WOMEN OF KENT.

London : Henry J. Drane (Ye Olde St. Bride’s Presse), 1905. First Edition. An interesting novel from a sister of the ‘spasmodic’ poet, Sydney Thompson Dobell. Nora Dobell married Edmund Williams and subsequently lived in Kent, where the novel is set – Doris Carter experiences life and love down on the farm: ‘It is difficult to divine the reasons for the writing, much more the publication, of such books as ‘Two Women of Kent’... Its author has not the gift of telling a story; her characters are but colourless replicas of the heroes, heroines, and villains of ‘novelettes’. Certainly her intentions are blameless and pious in the extreme, but the absence of a sense of humour makes most of her dramatic moments ludicrous’ (A rather unfair review from the ‘Manchester Courier’, 17th November 1905).
Crown 8vo (19cm). 215,[i]pp. Original tan cloth over bevelled boards, lettered in black and red; lightly rubbed; cloth slightly discoloured; front free endpaper neatly excised; some occasional spotting; a little shaken, but a good copy of an uncommon title. With the dated 1933 ownership inscription of Mrs L. Cooling of Gillingham, Kent – this Lillian Cooling (1885?-1950).

£50

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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. 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; a very good, clean and sound copy in the dust-jacket – the jacket bright and also very good indeed barring a tiny smudge on the upper panel.

£100

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FORD, Richard, 1944- : WOMEN WITH MEN : THREE STORIES.

FORD, Richard, 1944- : WOMEN WITH MEN : THREE STORIES.

London : The Harvill Press, (1997). First British edition. Signed and dated (4th September 1997) by Richard Ford on the title-page. “One of the glories of modern American writing” (Jonathan Raban).
Crown 8vo (20cm). [x],(256),[vi]pp. Original black boards, ruled, blocked and lettered in gilt; a very good copy in the dust-jacket, also very good.

£50

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GIBBS, Philip (Sir Philip Armand Hamilton), 1877-1962 : DARKENED ROOMS : A NOVEL.

GIBBS, Philip (Sir Philip Armand Hamilton), 1877-1962 : DARKENED ROOMS : A NOVEL.

London : Hutchinson & Co. (Publishers), [1929]. First edition. The best-selling book of the early months of 1929 – a tragic tale of séances, spiritualism and messages from the other side, which opens with “goings-on” on the corner of Ezra Road and Electric Avenue in Brixton, where “young females a bit short in the frock, with young gents in evening clothes” have taken to turning up in smart cars late at night. Gibbs faultlessly captures the milieu of a certain time, a certain mood and a certain place. Filmed later in 1929 by Louis J. Gasnier – an early talking picture with Evelyn Brent, Neil Hamilton, etc.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 286,[ii]pp. Original cloth grey cloth, ruled and lettered in black; a hint of wear; a few small splash-marks; some spotting, mainly to edges and prelims, but a good copy in the original dust-jacket – a strikingly atmospheric design in black and white, with darkened room, crystal ball, etc., by Sydney Seymour-Lucas (1878-1954) – very slightly used, nicked and chipped, with a couple of marks, one tiny hole and a short repaired tear, but complete, and overall a well-preserved and very welcome survival. Bleiler p.81.

£200

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GRAHAM, Rigby, 1931-2015 - illustrator : THE POPPY AND THE POMEGRANATE : THE STORY OF DEMETER AND PERSEPHONE OR THE ORIGIN OF THE SEASONS.

GRAHAM, Rigby, 1931-2015 - illustrator : THE POPPY AND THE POMEGRANATE : THE STORY OF DEMETER AND PERSEPHONE OR THE ORIGIN OF THE SEASONS.

Leicester : Grange Fibre Co., 1962. First edition. Illustrated in colour throughout and with a stunning colour cover design by Rigby Graham.
Post 8vo (21cm). [32]pp. Original linson, printed in gold and colours, and lettered down the “linson vellum” spine in gilt; a touch darkened at tips and very slightly bruised, but still a very good, bright and sound copy.

£25

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HANLEY, James, 1901-1985 : CAPTAIN BOTTELL.

HANLEY, James, 1901-1985 : CAPTAIN BOTTELL.

London : Boriswood, 1933. First trade edition. The self-taught former ship’s stoker with a powerful novel of a captain obsessed with his only passenger, the wife of a diplomat. A mysterious stoker named Mulcare joins the crew at the last minute. “You are not reading about a ship, you live on it ... I am happy that Mr. Hanley has achieved this first-rate novel. For me he is now easily first among living writers of sea stories” (Richard Aldington).
Demy 8vo (22cm). (424),[viii]pp. Original black cloth, ruled and lettered in red and silver; top edge red; endpapers lightly tanned; edges spotted, but otherwise a very good copy indeed, bright and sound, in the delightful art-deco dust-jacket by James Boswell (1906-1971), also very good indeed, bar a single small mark on the lower panel. Loosely inserted are the original publisher’s flyer and a press-cutting of the Richard Aldington review quoted above.

£125

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JAMES, M.R. (Montague Rhodes), 1862-1936 : A THIN GHOST AND OTHERS.

JAMES, M.R. (Montague Rhodes), 1862-1936 : A THIN GHOST AND OTHERS.

London : Edward Arnold & Co., 1919. First edition. His third collection of atmospheric tales – five stories, including “The Diary of Mr. Poynter”.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [viii],152pp. Original grey-black cloth, lettered and decorated in a cobweb design in pale blue; just a hint of rubbing; a touch of bruising; a few minor marks, but a very good copy. With the pencilled ownership inscription at front and inked note at end of Sir Percy Loraine (1880-1961), British High Commissioner to Egypt, Ambassador to Turkey, Ambassador to Italy, and racehorse owner.

£200

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JOHNSON, Pamela Hansford, 1912-1981: THE UNSPEAKABLE SKIPTON.

JOHNSON, Pamela Hansford, 1912-1981: THE UNSPEAKABLE SKIPTON.

London : Macmillan & Co., 1959. First edition. Her high comedy of a deluded and utterly unspeakable author at large in Bruges.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (viii),(246),[ii]pp. Original turquoise cloth, lettered in gilt; a touch sunned; a few slight spots, but a very good copy in a lightly used dust-jacket - a little spotted on reverse. Bookplate of David Graham.

£40

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JOYCE, James, 1882-1941 : A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN.

JOYCE, James, 1882-1941 : A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN.

Leipzig : Bernhard Tauchnitz, 1930. First Tauchnitz edition : the first printing, with the advertisements dated May 1930. Seemingly the first appearance of the book outside England and the U.S.A.
Foolscap 8vo. (304),(32)pp. Original cream wrappers, printed in black; a little minor spotting and tanning; just a touch rubbed, but a nice copy. Slocum & Cahoon p.21. Todd & Bowden 4937a.

£50

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LOWRY, Malcolm (Clarence Malcolm), 1909-1957 : DARK AS THE GRAVE WHEREIN MY FRIEND IS LAID.

LOWRY, Malcolm (Clarence Malcolm), 1909-1957 : DARK AS THE GRAVE WHEREIN MY FRIEND IS LAID.

London : Jonathan Cape, (1969). First British edition. An “essential companion” to “Under the Volcano” – Lowry’s return to the scene. Edited by Lowry’s widow, Margerie Bonner, and his first biographer, Douglas Day, from 700 pages of Lowry’s notes and drafts.
Post 8vo (21cm). xviii,[2],(256)pp. Original black boards, blocked and lettered in gilt; top edge lilac; an unusually good copy, the book very good indeed, the jacket fresh, white, unworn and the lettering unfaded.

£100

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McEWAN, Ian (Ian Russell), 1948- : AMSTERDAM.

McEWAN, Ian (Ian Russell), 1948- : AMSTERDAM.

London : Jonathan Cape, (1998). First edition. Signed by Ian McEwan on the title-page. The winner of the 1998 Booker Prize, cited by the judges as "a sardonic and wise examination of the morals and culture of our time".
Demy 8vo (23cm). [viii],178,[vi]pp. Original black boards, lettered in silver; a very good copy indeed in the second state dust-jacket (with the addition of the Booker announcement) - also very good indeed.

£100

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McEWAN, Ian (Ian Russell), 1948- : ATONEMENT.

McEWAN, Ian (Ian Russell), 1948- : ATONEMENT.

London : Jonathan Cape, (2001). First edition. “McEwan’s finest achievement. Brilliant and utterly enthralling in its depiction of childhood, love and war, England and class ...” – filmed in 2007 with Keira Knightley, James McAvoy, etc.
Medium 8vo (24cm). (372),[iv]pp. Original black boards, lettered in silver; a very good, bright and clean copy in the Chris Frazer Smith photographic dust-jacket – also very good barring a corner crease to the inner flap.

£50

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NASH, Irene : FOLLOWING A STAR.

NASH, Irene : FOLLOWING A STAR.

London : Arthur Gray (Books), [1934]. First edition. “Someone once said that the parties in Hollywood sounded like school treats compared to those given by Maisie Bellamy” – film critic Peter Day knows everyone in the Elstree set – young Lucinda Carey does not. Conflicts between love and career, “the glamour of the film world; written with first-hand knowledge”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (250),[ii]pp. Original jade cloth, lettered in black; a few minor marks, but a very good copy in the striking art-deco dust-jacket by H. W. Perl (1897-1952) – a little sunned, label neatly removed, but very lightly used and bright and attractive. Just two copies (British Library and New York) located in the world’s major libraries.

£125

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NIN, Anaïs, 1903-1977 : THIS HUNGER – .

NIN, Anaïs, 1903-1977 : THIS HUNGER – .

New York : Gemor Press, (1945). First edition. “The unveiling of women is a delicate matter. It will not happen overnight. We are all afraid of what we shall find”. One of 1,000 copies of the regular edition, illustrated with five woodcuts by “Ian Hugo” – Nin’s husband Hugh Parker Guiler (1898-1985). This copy signed by Nin and amicably inscribed to Raymond Daum – “Hoping we may colloborate!” – Raymond Witham Daum (1923-2003), cameraman and archivist, perhaps best-known for his “Walking with Garbo” (1991). His archive documenting his friendships with Gloria Swanson, Greta Garbo and other well-known figures is now housed at the Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Foolscap 4to (22cm). [iv],(184),[iv],[4]pp – including integral endleaves. Five woodblock illustrations by Ian Hugo. Original decorative boards in a Hugo design in maroon and cream; some very minor wear and a few slight marks; tiny sticker mark on rear board; endpapers a little tanned, but a very good copy.

£500

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OSBORNE, John (John James), 1929-1994 : LOOK BACK IN ANGER : A PLAY IN THREE ACTS.

OSBORNE, John (John James), 1929-1994 : LOOK BACK IN ANGER : A PLAY IN THREE ACTS.

London : Faber & Faber, (1957). First edition. An association copy, with the pencilled ownership inscription of the diarist and diplomat, Sir Harold Nicolson (1886-1968), a few pencilled marks against the text, and a few pencilled notes at rear. There is the further ink ownership inscription of Anthony King-Deacon, Nicolson's secretary and writer on gardening.
Post 8vo (21cm). (96)pp. Original brown cloth, lettered on spine in gilt; endpapers tanned and spotted, but otherwise very good in the original dust-jacket - a monochrome design with Julie Hamilton photographs from the original production - a little worn and chipped, with slight loss at tips.

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SADLEIR, Michael (Michael Thomas Harvey), 1888-1957 : THESE FOOLISH THINGS : A STORY.

SADLEIR, Michael (Michael Thomas Harvey), 1888-1957 : THESE FOOLISH THINGS : A STORY.

London : Constable & Co., (1937). First edition. Young love in France - "a book which begins and ends with their farewell, under the cliff-like side of a Cunarder on the docks of Cherbourg in the rain".
Crown 8vo (20cm). [viii],344pp. Original purple cloth, blocked in gilt and lettered in green across spine; top edge pink; a touch sunned; mild spotting of edges, but a very good copy in the original dust-jacket - a design in purple-red, white and black (with words from the song) - just lightly used, a touch sunned and very lightly tanned - but in very good order.

£50

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SANSOM, William, 1912-1976 : THE LOVING EYE : A NOVEL.

SANSOM, William, 1912-1976 : THE LOVING EYE : A NOVEL.

London : Hogarth Press, 1956. First edition. "One moment the window was empty, a dark square - and the next this strange new woman was standing against the sill ... " - the rich and private jungle within the brick façades of Kensington. A fine novel from this quirky and neglected master of London lives.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (240)pp. Original bright blue boards, lettered in gilt; top edge pink; slight sliver of fading at foot; mild tanning of endpapers; a few slight edge spots, but overall a very good copy in the stylish Charles Mozley dust-jacket - price-clipped, lightly tanned and with a few short nicks, but still attractive. Small bookseller's label of George's of Bristol on front pastedown.

£20

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SCHREINER, Olive (Olive Emilie Albertina), 1855-1920 : UNDINE.

SCHREINER, Olive (Olive Emilie Albertina), 1855-1920 : UNDINE.

London : Ernest Benn, (1929). First British edition : in a secondary but nonetheless striking dust-jacket - an art deco design by "Barbara" in Benn's 3/6 Library format. Her first novel, previously unpublished but pre-dating "The Story of an African Farm" (1883) and taking up the same themes of childhood and adolescence in nineteenth-century South Africa. With an explanatory introduction by her husband, Samuel Cron Cronwright-Schreiner.
Crown 8vo. 254,[ii]pp. Portrait. Plate. Original brown cloth, lettered across spine in gilt; a few marks and spots, mild tanning to plates, but a very good copy in the dust-jacket - a little worn, nicked and slightly chipped, the spine lightly tanned and a little spotted.

£40

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SCOTT, Paul (Paul Mark), 1920-1978 : A DIVISION OF THE SPOILS : A NOVEL.

SCOTT, Paul (Paul Mark), 1920-1978 : A DIVISION OF THE SPOILS : A NOVEL.

London : William Heinemann, (1975). First edition. The final volume of Scott’s ‘Jewel in the Crown’ quartet – the British Raj moves inexorably towards its end.
Demy 8vo (23cm). [viii],(600)pp. Original brown boards, blocked and lettered in gilt; very faint spine crease; mild spotting of edges, but a very good copy in the original Bill Richmond dust-jacket – just faintly sunned at spine.

£50

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SMITH, Stevie (Florence Margaret), 1902-1971 : THE HOLIDAY.

SMITH, Stevie (Florence Margaret), 1902-1971 : THE HOLIDAY.

London : Chapman & Hall, 1949. First edition. Her third novel and her own favourite – hopeless relationships amid post-war reconstruction.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (202),[ii]pp. Original dove-grey cloth, the spine enamelled in pink and lettered in gilt; top edge pink; a very good, clean and sound copy – the pink wash on the spine fresh and clear – in the original pink, white and black dust-jacket, decorated with a Stevie Smith drawing – just faintly tanned, very slightly rubbed and just lightly used.

£75

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SOSKICE, Juliet (Juliet Catherine), 1880-1943 : A GAY ROVER.

SOSKICE, Juliet (Juliet Catherine), 1880-1943 : A GAY ROVER.

London : D. C. Thomson & Co., [1931]. First edition. Soskice was Ford Madox Ford’s younger sister, best remembered for her “Chapters from Childhood : Reminiscences of an Artist’s Granddaughter” (1921), but here with a tearful romance - “Nevertheless, a few months later Rhoda and her sister, pretty, wilful Phyllis, dressed in deep mourning, sat motherless and friendless, alone in the threadbare little room”. Red Letter Novels No. 270.
Foolscap 4to (21cm). 160pp. Original stapled pictorial wrappers - masher in striped tie seemingly wearing lipstick; lightly rubbed; mild tanning of text; a touch of rusting to staples, but a very good copy of an extremely rare book. Only the British Library copy located in any of the major UK libraries.

£200

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SPARK, Muriel (Dame Muriel Sarah), 1918-2006 : THE GIRLS OF SLENDER MEANS.

SPARK, Muriel (Dame Muriel Sarah), 1918-2006 : THE GIRLS OF SLENDER MEANS.

London : Macmillan & Co., 1963. First edition. “Few people alive at the time were more delightful, more ingenious, more movingly lovely, and, as it might happen, more savage, than the girls of slender means”.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [vi],(184),[ii]pp. Original blue boards, lettered in gilt; a very good, sound and clean copy in the evocative dust-jacket by Harry Cowdell (1912-1987) – just lightly sunned and slightly rubbed at extremities.

£75

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TREVOR, William, 1928-2016 : ANGELS AT THE RITZ AND OTHER STORIES.

TREVOR, William, 1928-2016 : ANGELS AT THE RITZ AND OTHER STORIES.

London : Bodley Head, (1975). First edition. “Good short stories are hard to come by, but when William Trevor produces a new collection one can be sure that they are more than merely good”. Twelve stories, including the title story, as well as “Afternoon Dancing”, “Mrs Silly”, “Office Romances”, etc.
Post 8vo (21cm). (254),[ii]pp. Original blue boards, lettered in gilt; a very good copy in the original John Walsh dust-jacket – also very good, fresh and unworn.

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TYLER, Anne, 1941- : MORGAN’S PASSING.

TYLER, Anne, 1941- : MORGAN’S PASSING.

London : Chatto & Windus, (1980). First British edition. “You would say he was a man who had gone to pieces, or maybe he’d always been in pieces: maybe he’d arrived unassembled ...”. A fine early Anne Tyler. Originally published in New York earlier the same year.
Post 8vo (21cm). [iv],(312)pp. Original brown boards, ruled and lettered across spine in gilt; a very good, fresh, sound and bright copy in the pictorial Oliver Elmes dust-jacket – price-clipped by the publisher and with a revised price over-sticker – also very good indeed.

£50

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