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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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BURTON, John Hill, 1809-1881 : THE BOOK-HUNTER ETC.

BURTON, John Hill, 1809-1881 : THE BOOK-HUNTER ETC.

Edinburgh & London : William Blackwood & Sons, 1862. First edition of “A Vision of Mighty Book Hunters”, “The Prowler and the Auction-Haunter” and other fine essays on book-buying by the Scottish historian John Hill Burton. The book was greeted by “The Saturday Review” on its first appearance as “beyond measure delightful to those who are in any degree members of the above mentioned fraternity”.
Crown 8vo (175 x 113mm). viii,384pp. Bound in an elegant later (early twentieth-century) half olive morocco, banded, worked and onlaid in a strapwork design, by Andrew Hislop (1858?-1936) of Edinburgh; top edge gilt; marbled sides and endpapers; spine a touch tanned; slight scuff to upper cover; a few minor internal marks and small flaws, but an attractive copy in an interesting binding. Contemporary inscription on title-page washed out and illegible, but with the later (1947) ownership inscription of David Fyfe Anderson (1904-1988), the Scottish obstetrician.

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CASTELLO, Inez : MAN-EATER.

CASTELLO, Inez : MAN-EATER.

London : Arthur Gray (Books), [1934]. First edition. “Who is she? Oh, come! You surely can’t tell me that you don’t know she’s the great Lulu Le Sainte?” – the lovely, famous and scandalous man-eater meets a confirmed woman-hater on a terrace in Monte Carlo. Inez Castello, author of half a dozen similar novels of the Bright-Young-Things period, was perhaps the London-born ‘actress’ who took ship from Havana to New York under that name in 1920, but has otherwise eluded identification.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 256pp. Original blue cloth, lettered in black; cloth a little used and blotched; text a little marked and tanned, but a serviceable copy in the striking art-deco dust-jacket by H. W. Perl (1897-1952) – a little wornd and slightly smudged, with repairs to folds – but complete and attractive still.

£50

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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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“ERSKINE, Rosalind” – [LONGRIGG, Roger Erskine, 1929-2000] : THE PASSION-FLOWER HOTEL / PASSION FLOWERS IN ITALY / PASSION FLOWERS IN BUSINESS.

“ERSKINE, Rosalind” – [LONGRIGG, Roger Erskine, 1929-2000] : THE PASSION-FLOWER HOTEL / PASSION FLOWERS IN ITALY / PASSION FLOWERS IN BUSINESS.

London : Jonathan Cape, (1962-1965). First edition set of all three novels in Longrigg’s succès de scandale – purportedly written by the fifteen-year-old Rosalind Erskine, Nabokov meets Angela Brazil as well brought up nymphets set up a bordello in the gym of their highly respectable boarding-school. Adapted into a musical by Wolf Mankowitz and John Barry, and later filmed in Germany with Natassja Kinski.
Three volumes. Crown 8vo (20cm). (190),[ii]; (196); 190,[ii]pp. Original boards; top edges coloured; some light edge-spotting; slight sliver of fading to one volume, but a very good set in the original dust-jackets – the jackets lightly used, a little spotted in places, with a couple of short tears, but a nice set of these increasingly difficult titles.

£200

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[GALT, John, 1779-1839] : THE ENTAIL : OR THE LAIRDS OF GRIPPY.

[GALT, John, 1779-1839] : THE ENTAIL : OR THE LAIRDS OF GRIPPY.

Edinburgh : William Blackwood / London : T. Cadell, 1823. First edition. Family and obsession – “Galt’s most admired work. It won the unconditional praise of Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Walter Scott, while Byron was reduced to tears and judged Galt’s portrait of Leddy Grippy one of the most original women figures in the history of literature” (Massimiliano Demata).
Three volumes. 12mo (181 x 101mm). [iv],321,[i]; [ii],(334); [ii],304pp. Bound, without half-titles and final blank in vol.ii, in a smart contemporary half calf, banded and gilt; red labels; marbled sides; sprinkled edges; a few minor marks and faint creases, but a very good set. Wolff 2391.

£250

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HUNT, Leigh (James Henry Leigh), 1784-1859 : MEN, WOMEN, AND BOOKS; A SELECTION OF SKETCHES, ESSAYS, AND CRITICAL MEMOIRS, FROM HIS UNCOLLECTED PROSE WRITINGS.

HUNT, Leigh (James Henry Leigh), 1784-1859 : MEN, WOMEN, AND BOOKS; A SELECTION OF SKETCHES, ESSAYS, AND CRITICAL MEMOIRS, FROM HIS UNCOLLECTED PROSE WRITINGS.

London : Smith, Elder & Co., 1847. First edition. A sparkling collection of Hunt’s essays for the magazines – Hunt on fact and fiction; inside an omnibus; a visit to the zoo; beds and bedrooms; the world of books; a few remarks on the rare vice called lying; female beauty; statesmen-poets; English queens; social morality in Suckling and Jonson; the other side of Alexander Pope; the beneficence of bookstalls; bookbinding; British poetesses; Lady Mary Wortley Montagu; Pepys in Tangier; Madame de Sévigné – and much else.
Two volumes. Post 8vo (195 x 121mm). Bound in a delightful later (early twentieth-century) full emerald green crushed morocco, banded and extra gilt in an ivy design, by William Worsfold (1856-1929) of Soho; boards and turn-ins ruled and gilt in an extension of the design; top edges gilt; original pink cloth preserved at rear; spines just a touch darkened; a few minor internal marks and spots, but overall a very handsome set. Armorial bookplate of the book-collector Charles Waterman Armour in each volume, and discreet bookseller’s stamp of G. P. Putnam’s Sons.

£300

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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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NORTON, R.A. : THROUGH BEATNIK EYEBALLS : A NOVEL OF TEEN-AGE LIFE.

NORTON, R.A. : THROUGH BEATNIK EYEBALLS : A NOVEL OF TEEN-AGE LIFE.

London : Pedigree Books (Edwin Self), (1961). First edition. “Here, for the first time, is a serious book written about teenagers, by a teenager and in a language that has delighted teenagers in America and Britain. It is written mainly in the now famous Kookie-talk” – the story of Fenella the clinker from way out – “Orbit strictly unknown. Destination nowhere!” – a cult classic of the beat generation, with a seven-page glossary of Kookie-talk for “Bods from Squaresville”.
Crown 8vo (18cm). (160)pp. Original pictorial wrappers – a design by M. Atkinson; wrappers rubbed, lightly worn, slightly creased and a little split; minor discolouration in places, but a reasonable copy. Just five copies located in major libraries worldwide – only one (British Library) in the UK.

£50

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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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