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“ALAIN-FOURNIER” – [FOURNIER, Henri-Alban, 1886-1914] : THE WANDERER (LE GRAND MEAULNES).

“ALAIN-FOURNIER” – [FOURNIER, Henri-Alban, 1886-1914] : THE WANDERER (LE GRAND MEAULNES).

London : Constable & Co., 1929. First edition in English : the London issue of the 1928 American sheets. Alain-Fournier’s 1913 masterpiece, translated by Françoise Roussel Delisle (1886-1974) and with a lengthy introduction by Havelock Ellis (1859-1939) at whose instigation the translation was made.
Post 8vo (20cm). xxxii,306pp. Original green cloth, lettered across spine in black; a little sunned and a touch bruised; a few marks and small moth-holes to cloth; a little shaken and slack, but a good copy of an uncommon title. Time Book Club label on lower pastedown.

£125

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BETJEMAN, John (Sir John), 1906-1984 : OLD LIGHTS FOR NEW CHANCELS : VERSES TOPOGRAPHICAL AND AMATORY.

BETJEMAN, John (Sir John), 1906-1984 : OLD LIGHTS FOR NEW CHANCELS : VERSES TOPOGRAPHICAL AND AMATORY.

London : John Murray, 1940. First edition. An early collection of twenty-five poems, including “Upper Lambourne”, “Pot Pourri from a Surrey Garden”, “Blackfriars”, “Holy Trinity, Sloane Street”, “Myfanwy”, etc.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (xx),(67),[i]pp. Silhouette portrait frontispiece by Apollo. Ribbon marker. Original blue pebbled cloth; paper title label on spine; label very slightly rubbed; a few very minor marks and signs of age and use, but a very good copy.

£125

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CHESTERTON, G.K. (Gilbert Keith), 1874-1936 : THE NAPOLEON OF NOTTING HILL.

CHESTERTON, G.K. (Gilbert Keith), 1874-1936 : THE NAPOLEON OF NOTTING HILL.

London : John Lane, The Bodley Head, 1904. First edition : in the variant binding with “The Bodley Head” rather than “John Lane” at the foot of the spine (Sullivan D). Chesterton’s fantasy of a future London – the monarch is drawn by lots and the choice falls on Auberon Quin, easily recognised (even without the illustrations) as Max Beerbohm, incarnation of the spirit of satire. His polar opposite is the fanatically serious Adam Wayne, provost of Notting Hill. War breaks out literally between opposing philosophies. “Mr. Chesterton is well known as a sprightly essayist, with a pen much mightier in dialectics than the sword. This, however, is his first serious attempt as a novelist, and at the outset we make haste to say he has done exceedingly well ... Brilliant always, fantastic, and full of polished epigrams” (Leeds Mercury, 5th April 1904).
Crown 8vo (20cm). (302),[ii] + [4],[xvi]pp inserted advertisements. Seven plates by Walford Graham Robertson (1866-1948). Map of the seat of war. Original pale green pictorial cloth in a striking design by Robertson; top edge green, others untrimmed; a little worn at tips; spine a little darkened and sunned; some signs of age and use; endpapers a little tanned; a few internal spots; a few minor nicks and creases; occasional light pencil marks, but overall a good copy. Sullivan 7 – not noting the inserted advertisements, which appear to be slightly later.

£100

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DOYLE, A. Conan (Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan), 1859-1930 : THE CASE-BOOK OF SHERLOCK HOLMES.

DOYLE, A. Conan (Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan), 1859-1930 : THE CASE-BOOK OF SHERLOCK HOLMES.

London : John Murray, (1927). First edition. “I fear that Mr. Sherlock Holmes may become like one of those popular tenors who, having outlived their time, are still tempted to make repeated farewell bows to their indulgent audiences” – the last of the Sherlock Holmes books, a dozen final stories including “The Adventure of the Illustrious Client”, “The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone”, “The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire”, etc. Two of the stories are narrated by Holmes himself, rather than Watson.
Crown 8vo (187 x 120mm). 320pp. Bound in an elegant recent full blue morocco, banded and gilt; marbled endpapers; a few very minor signs of use; a few internal spots, but a very good copy, attractively bound.

£400

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ELIOT, T.S. (Thomas Stearns), 1888-1965 : OLD POSSUM’S BOOK OF PRACTICAL CATS.

ELIOT, T.S. (Thomas Stearns), 1888-1965 : OLD POSSUM’S BOOK OF PRACTICAL CATS.

London : Faber & Faber, (1939). First edition. The first appearance of Growltiger, the Rum Tum Tugger, Old Deuteronomy, Mr Mistoffelees, Macavity the Mystery Cat, Bustopher Jones, Skimbleshanks, etc. The cover and dust-jacket illustrations are by Eliot himself, neither being repeated inside the book.
Foolscap 4to (23cm). (46),[ii]pp. Original yellow pictorial cloth, blocked and lettered in red; a few slight marks; some spotting, mainly of edges, but otherwise a very good copy in the dust-jacket – a little rubbed, worn and sunned; lightly marked; slightly chipped at head, with a few nicks and very short tears, but a still attractive and welcome survival. With the ex-libris label of Ruth Kitching. Gallup A34a.

£750

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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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GREENE, Graham (Henry Graham), 1904-1991 : IT’S A BATTLEFIELD.

GREENE, Graham (Henry Graham), 1904-1991 : IT’S A BATTLEFIELD.

London : William Heinemann, (1934). First edition. Greene’s first overtly political novel – “the injustice of man’s justice”. Greene called it “a panoramic novel of London” – in some sense an inversion of the traditional detective story, as a communist London bus-driver awaits his hanging.
Crown 8vo (185 x 118mm). [viii],(276)pp. Bound, without the final blank, in a smart recent half blue calf, banded and gilt; internally a few minor spots and faint creases, but overall a very good copy. Small stamp of Halifax Parish Church on one leaf.

£250

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GREENE, Graham (Henry Graham), 1904-1991 : THE HEART OF THE MATTER.

GREENE, Graham (Henry Graham), 1904-1991 : THE HEART OF THE MATTER.

London : William Heinemann, (1948). First edition. “If one knew, he wondered, the facts, would one have to feel pity even for the planets? If one reached what they called the heart of the matter?” – the moral crisis of Henry Scobie in Sierra Leone – and the heart of Greene.
Crown 8vo (180 x 119mm). [vi],(298)pp. Bound in a neat recent quarter black morocco, richly banded and gilt; top edge blue; some mild tanning of text and edges, but otherwise a very good and attractive copy.

£200

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HAGGARD, H. Rider (Sir Henry Rider), 1856-1925 : SHE : A HISTORY OF ADVENTURE.

HAGGARD, H. Rider (Sir Henry Rider), 1856-1925 : SHE : A HISTORY OF ADVENTURE.

London : Longmans, Green & Co., 1887. First edition : the so-called “first issue”, with all the misprints noted by Scott and Whatmore – although these would appear to be common to the whole of the edition. Endlessly reprinted ever since and the basis of at least eight film versions: in Margaret Atwood’s phrase, Ayesha (She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed) has become “a permanent feature of the human imagination”.
Crown 8vo (186 x 114mm). [viii],(318),[ii]pp. Two colour plates. Bound in a smart later (late twentieth-century) full crimson morocco, banded and gilt, by Bayntun-Riviere of Bath; all edges gilt; marbled endpapers; original decorative cloth gilt bound in at rear; a few slight and minor marks, but a very good and handsome copy. Scott 5. Whatmore F4.

£750

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HAGGARD, H. Rider (Sir Henry Rider), 1856-1925 : AYESHA : THE RETURN OF SHE.

HAGGARD, H. Rider (Sir Henry Rider), 1856-1925 : AYESHA : THE RETURN OF SHE.

London : Ward Lock & Co., 1905 First edition. As Haggard points out in his prefatory note, not so much a sequel to “She” as the conclusion to his famous tale – a conclusion he had deliberately waited twenty years to write. He also points out that the correct pronunciation is ‘Assha’.
Crown 8vo (184 x 120mm). 384pp. Frontispiece and thirty-one atmospheric plates by Maurice Greiffenhagen (1862-1931). Bound in a smart later (late twentieth-century) full crimson morocco, banded and gilt, by Bayntun-Riviere of Bath; all edges gilt; marbled endpapers; a few slight and minor marks and nicks, but a very good and handsome copy. Scott 45. Whatmore F28.

£400

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KIPLING, Rudyard (Joseph Rudyard), 1865-1936 : JUST SO STORIES : FOR LITTLE CHILDREN.

KIPLING, Rudyard (Joseph Rudyard), 1865-1936 : JUST SO STORIES : FOR LITTLE CHILDREN.

London : Macmillan & Co., 1902. First edition. “How the Camel got his Hump”, “How the Leopard got his Spots”, “The Elephant’s Child”, “The Cat that Walked by Himself” and a further eight of the finest stories for children ever written. Illustrated by Kipling – the only one of his books graced with his own fine illustrations.
Crown 4to (232 x 174mm). [viii],(250),[ii]pp. Illustrations, twenty-two full page. Bound, without the preliminary blank, in a handsome recent full red morocco, banded and gilt; top edge gilt; retaining the original pictorial cloth in Kipling’s design at the rear of the volume; internally a few minor marks and spots, with a couple of short tears, but overall a very good and attractive copy. Stewart 260.

£750

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MITCHELL, Gladys (Gladys Maude Winifred), 1901-1983 : FAINTLEY SPEAKING.

MITCHELL, Gladys (Gladys Maude Winifred), 1901-1983 : FAINTLEY SPEAKING.

London : Michael Joseph, (1954). First edition. “If an impecunious author had not accidentally intercepted a telephone call, the mysterious case of Miss Faintley might have defied even Mrs Bradley’s efforts at solution ...”.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (224)pp. Original black cloth, lettered in gilt; top edge a touch dusty, but otherwise a very good, bright and sound copy in the Peter Rudland dust-jacket – just lightly rubbed, with a short tear to one corner, but otherwise very good.

£100

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MORRISON, Arthur (Arthur George), 1863-1945 : TALES OF MEAN STREETS : LIZERUNT : SQUIRE NAPPER : WITHOUT VISIBLE MEANS : THREE ROUNDS AND OTHERS.

MORRISON, Arthur (Arthur George), 1863-1945 : TALES OF MEAN STREETS : LIZERUNT : SQUIRE NAPPER : WITHOUT VISIBLE MEANS : THREE ROUNDS AND OTHERS.

London : Methuen & Co., 1894. First edition. Morrison’s extraordinary vision of the late Victorian mean streets of the East End of London – “Unquestionably an achievement of art ... something more than remarkable. The tune is new in the sense in which the new woman, and the new drama, and the new hedonism, and the other clamant bores of the period are not new ... It is akin to a shock, to a sudden gust of east wind. But to those who care for all humanity ... it should be something like a godsend” (Pall Mall Gazette, 19th November 1894).
Crown 8vo (20cm). (302),[ii] + 32pp advertisements dated October 1894. Original dark green cloth, ruled and lettered in gilt; a few trifling signs of age and use; mild tanning of endpapers; a few slight spots, but a very good copy. Wolff 4949.

£250

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Ó’FAOLÁIN, Seán – [WHELAN, John Francis, 1900-1991] : MIDSUMMER NIGHT MADNESS & OTHER STORIES.

Ó’FAOLÁIN, Seán – [WHELAN, John Francis, 1900-1991] : MIDSUMMER NIGHT MADNESS & OTHER STORIES.

London : Jonathan Cape, (1932). First edition. His first book – his ‘firstling’ – seven stories, including “Fugue”, “The Small Lady”, “The Bombshop”, etc. With an interesting, not to say explosive, introduction from Edward Garnett – praising Ó’Faoláin, but lambasting Irish literature and culture in general.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (284),[iv]pp. Original green cloth, lettered in yellow; a very good, clean and sound copy in the dust-jacket – a little marked, slightly sunned, and a little edgeworn, but also very good.

£250

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“PATRICK, Michael” : TOMMY HAWKE : DETECTIVE.

“PATRICK, Michael” : TOMMY HAWKE : DETECTIVE.

London : George G. Harrap & Co., (1939). First edition. Tommy joins his uncle’s detective agency, but it is less interesting than he thought until a valuable diamond is stolen from a Suffolk country house. Tommy poses as a guest, but it is not until the end of the cricket match that the mystery is unravelled. The first of three Tommy Hawke novels – Michael Patrick’s identity is uncertain, but he appears to have some connection with Leonard R. Gribble (1908-1985), author of “The Arsenal Stadium Mystery” (1939).
Post 8vo (21cm). (256)pp. Colour frontispiece, reproducing the jacket artwork. Original cloth – an attractive design in jade and black; a touch of sunning at tips, where the jacket is slightly chipped; some spotting of edges and prelims, but otherwise a very good copy in the dust-jacket – a design by Nina Miller Davidson (1895-1957) – cricket match, safe-breaker, etc. – price-clipped, lightly marked, slightly chipped at extremities and foot of lower panel, but substantially complete and a welcome and attractive survival. December 1941 ownership stamp of P. Hitchman of 6 Grosvenor Park, Tunbridge Wells – possibly Percy Hitchman (1890-1944).

£50

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SHAFFER, Peter (Sir Peter Levin), 1926-2016 : THE ROYAL HUNT OF THE SUN : A PLAY CONCERNING THE CONQUEST OF PERU.

SHAFFER, Peter (Sir Peter Levin), 1926-2016 : THE ROYAL HUNT OF THE SUN : A PLAY CONCERNING THE CONQUEST OF PERU.

London : Hamish Hamilton, (1964). First edition. “The greatest play of our generation” (Bernard Levin) – and the first world premiere staged by the new National Theatre, originally produced at Chichester – with Colin Blakeley, Michael Gambon, Derek Jacobi, etc.
Crown 8vo (20cm). xii,84pp. Original brown boards, ruled, blocked and lettered in silver; top edge a little sotted, but a very good copy in the original dust-jacket – a Brian Seed photograph of the original production, lettered in red, white and black – just very slightly nicked, but also very good.

£40

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“TRENT, Paul” – [PLATT, Edward, 1872-1946] : A MODERN PORTIA : THE ROMANCE OF A WOMAN BARRISTER.

“TRENT, Paul” – [PLATT, Edward, 1872-1946] : A MODERN PORTIA : THE ROMANCE OF A WOMAN BARRISTER.

London : Ward, Lock & Co., (1938). First edition. Doctor Lomax is a known proponent of euthanasia. One morning his mother, suffering from an incurable illness, is found dead. Conclusions are drawn. His fiancée is young barrister Octavia Bayne. In the days before Platt gave up the law to become a writer, it was in his office that Count Esterhazy dictated the confession which unravelled the Dreyfus Affair.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 316,[iv]pp. Original red cloth, lettered in black; some minor fading; some spotting, mainly of prelims and edges, but otherwise a very good copy in the pictorial dust-jacket – tanned at spine, price-clipped, a little rubbed, lightly worn, slightly creased, nicked and a little split and chipped, but still an attractive survival. Gift inscription dated 1947 and small blurred stamp on front free endpaper.

£75

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[UPHAM, Edward, 1776-1834] : RAMESES; AN EGYPTIAN TALE : WITH HISTORICAL NOTES ON THE ERA OF THE PHARAOHS.

[UPHAM, Edward, 1776-1834] : RAMESES; AN EGYPTIAN TALE : WITH HISTORICAL NOTES ON THE ERA OF THE PHARAOHS.

London : for G. B. Whittaker / Bath : John Upham / Exeter : Charles Upham, 1824. First edition. Bookseller, orientalist and quondam mayor of Exeter, Upham intended his anonymous tale to introduce readers to the full glories of ancient Egypt – “a series of data, whereby may be formed a knowledge and appreciation of this ancient and illustrious kingdom, resorted to by the wisest and best of the philosophers, the sages, and legislators of Greece, and pronounced by them to be ‘the mother of arts, and the fountain of wisdom’”. Each volume concludes with copious historical notes.
Three volumes. Crown 8vo (187 x 111mm). viii,(342); [ii],(322); [ii],328pp. Bound, without half-titles and a final blank, in an attractive near contemporary half blue-green polished calf, worked in blind on broad bands, ruled and lettered in gilt on red labels; marbled sides; some mild rubbing and a few minor signs of age and use, but a very good, crisp and sound set. Bookplate with the unicorn crest of the Marquesses of Conyngham in each volume and the contemporary ownership inscription of A. Conyngham in vol.i – presumably the diplomat Albert Denison Conyngham (1805-1860), later first Baron Londesborough. Wolff 6925 – not in Sadleir.

£300

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WOOLF, Virginia (Adeline Virginia), 1882-1941 : NIGHT AND DAY.

WOOLF, Virginia (Adeline Virginia), 1882-1941 : NIGHT AND DAY.

London : Duckworth & Co., (1919). First edition : [one of 2,000 copies printed]. Her second novel – an intriguing exploration of contemporary mores – love, marriage, happiness and success.
Crown 8vo (188 x 119mm). [iv],538,[ii]pp. Bound in a smart recent full black morocco, banded, gilt and worked in blind; top edge gilt; marbled endpapers; a few minor internal marks and tiny creases, but a very attractive copy with a custom-made slip-case. Kirkpatrick A4a.

£750

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