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AINSWORTH, William Harrison, 1805-1882 : WINDSOR CASTLE : AN HISTORICAL ROMANCE.

AINSWORTH, William Harrison, 1805-1882 : WINDSOR CASTLE : AN HISTORICAL ROMANCE.

London : Henry Colburn, 1843. First one-volume and first fully illustrated edition. One of Ainsworth’s abidingly popular historical tales set in the time of Henry VIII – Anne Boleyn, Cardinal Wolsey, Jane Seymour, etc. Originally published in book form in three volumes earlier in1843, but here with the full panoply of illustrations utilised in the contemporary serialization in the author’s own “Ainsworth’s Magazine”.
Medium 8vo (24cm). x,[ii],324pp. Engraved portrait frontispiece after Daniel Maclise (1806-1870), decorative woodcut title by Thompson after Antoine “Tony” Johannot (1803-1852), with eighteen etchings – fourteen by the peerless George Cruikshank (1792-1878) and four by Johannot – plus eighty-seven wood engravings in the text by W. Alfred Delamotte (1775-1863). Bound in a handsome later (early twentieth-century) half crushed crimson morocco, banded and richly gilt by William Worsfold (1856-1929) of Frith Street, Soho, with his stamp; top edge gilt; marbled sides and endpapers; original cloth backstrip and upper cover (the earlier blue cloth) preserved at rear; a few minimal signs of age and use but a very good copy. Bookplate carefully removed, but a pencilled note and a loosely inserted credit card receipt record the book’s purchase from Kensington Palace State Apartments in 2006.

£200

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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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COOPER, W. Heaton (William Heaton), 1903-1995 : THE TARNS OF LAKELAND.

COOPER, W. Heaton (William Heaton), 1903-1995 : THE TARNS OF LAKELAND.

London : Frederick Warne & Co., 1960 First edition. “The very word tarn – from the Old Norse tjorn, a small lake or a tear-drop – suggests to me an expedition and a discovery” – Cooper describes and gloriously illustrates his beloved Lake District tarns or “eyes of the mountain”. With a foreword by Sir John Hunt.
Crown 4to (26cm). (xlv),(238)pp. Sixteen delightful colour plates and eighty-seven drawings by Cooper. Endpaper maps. Original cobalt blue cloth, blocked in red and lettered in gilt and red; top edge blue; a very good copy indeed – bright, clean and sound copy – in the original Cooper wrap-around dust-jacket – the jacket price-clipped, just faintly sunned, and with a single short nick, but still very good. Neat contemporary 1960 gift inscription to Freda from Gerald.

£30

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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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HUGHES, Ted (Edward James), 1930-1998 : RECKLINGS.

HUGHES, Ted (Edward James), 1930-1998 : RECKLINGS.

London : Turret Books, (1966). First edition : limited to 150 numbered copies signed by Ted Hughes – this copy also inscribed by Hughes to its publisher, Bernard Stone (1924-2005), legendary owner of the Turret Bookshop and a central figure in the poetic world of the period. A collection of thirty-two poems, including “Guinness”, “To be a Girl’s Diary”, “Poltergeist”, etc.
Crown 4to (24cm). 44pp. Original grey canvas lettered in gilt; a very good copy indeed in the original dust-jacket – also very good indeed. Sagar A10.

£500

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LEIGH-BENNETT, E.P. (Ernest Pendarves), 1882-1937 : DEVON AND CORNISH DAYS.

LEIGH-BENNETT, E.P. (Ernest Pendarves), 1882-1937 : DEVON AND CORNISH DAYS.

London : Printed by Waterlow & Sons, [1932]. First edition. A leisurely and delightfully illustrated tour with the civil servant and writer – from Padstow to Lyme Regis, taking in Bude, Bideford, Barnstaple, Okehampton, Exeter, Exmouth, Sidmouth, etc. A charming production, evidently although not explicitly intended as a promotional tool for the Southern Railway.
Oblong 8vo (19 x 24cm). 63,[i]pp. Sixteen highly attractive full-page colour illustrations, not included in pagination, plus the onlaid plate on the upper cover, by the well-known poster artist Leonard Richmond (1889-1965), who had a studio at St. Ives at this period. Two identical Southern Railway maps of the area at front and rear. Original boards with pictorial onlay; a sprinkling of pink spots at the foot of the upper cover; a few minor marks and signs of age, but otherwise a very good copy.

£20

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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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RISDON, Marian : THE MASQUERADE.

RISDON, Marian : THE MASQUERADE.

London : Fiction House, [1942]. First edition. A foggy night in a London park – “beastly murder” followed by “a second utterly heartless crime. From a quiet, uneventful life as companion to an eccentric aunt, Diana Barry finds herself precipitated into this turmoil”. Swift-moving adventure, moving to the Riviera. Piccadilly Novel No. 193.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 96pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – blonde, gloves, gun; a few faint marks and slight creases; staples a touch rusted, but overall a very good copy. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£25

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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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