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RAVEN, Simon (Simon Arthur Nöel), 1927-2001 : BROTHER CAIN.

RAVEN, Simon (Simon Arthur Nöel), 1927-2001 : BROTHER CAIN.

London : Anthony Blond, (1959). First edition. A resignation from the army, a mysterious and murky organisation steps in.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [vi],(248),[ii]pp. Original black boards, blocked and lettered in gilt; a touch dulled; mild tanning and spotting of edges, but a very good copy in the Oliver Carson dust-jacket – just lightly used.

£75

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RAVEN, Simon (Simon Arthur Nöel), 1927-2001 : THE RICH PAY LATE.

RAVEN, Simon (Simon Arthur Nöel), 1927-2001 : THE RICH PAY LATE.

London : Anthony Blond, (1964). First edition. A presentation copy, inscribed, signed with forename, and dated by Simon Raven in the year of publication – “Rosemary, With best wishes from Simon, October, 1964” – the recipient being Rosemary Whitamore, a neighbour in Deal. Ambitious young men down from the University in 1950s London – the opening novel in the “Alms for Oblivion” sequence.
Post 8vo (21cm). (238),[ii]pp. Original blue boards, blocked and lettered in white; a few very minor signs of age and use, but a very good copy in the Oliver Elmes dust-jacket – just a touch sunned at spine, but also very good.

£200

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RAVEN, Simon (Simon Arthur Nöel), 1927-2001 : FRIENDS IN LOW PLACES.

RAVEN, Simon (Simon Arthur Nöel), 1927-2001 : FRIENDS IN LOW PLACES.

London : Anthony Blond, (1965). First edition. It’s 1959 and they were all at the wedding – ministers, patrons, editors, friends high and low, and a skeleton at the feast. The second volume in the “Alms for Oblivion” sequence.
Post 8vo (21cm). (248)pp. Original green boards, blocked and lettered in white; a few edge-spots, but a very good copy in the Oliver Elmes dust-jacket – just very faintly sunned at spine, but also very good.

£100

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RAVEN, Simon (Simon Arthur Nöel), 1927-2001 : THE SABRE SQUADRON.

RAVEN, Simon (Simon Arthur Nöel), 1927-2001 : THE SABRE SQUADRON.

London : Anthony Blond, (1966) First edition. The third novel in the “Alms for Oblivion” series, set in still just occupied Germany in the early 1950s – Daniel Mond solves a mathematical enigma and becomes a wanted man, Captain Fielding Gray of the Sabre Squadron, Earle Restarick the friendly American, Herr Pappenheim the allegdly civil observer, etc.
Post 8vo (21cm). (240)pp. Original tan boards, blocked and lettered in white; a few edge-spots, but a very good copy in the Oliver Elmes dust-jacket – also very good.

£125

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RAVEN, Simon (Simon Arthur Nöel), 1927-2001 : PLACES WHERE THEY SING.

RAVEN, Simon (Simon Arthur Nöel), 1927-2001 : PLACES WHERE THEY SING.

London : Anthony Blond, (1970) First edition. The sixth novel in the “Alms for Oblivion” sequence – 1967 and Lancaster College has received a handsome bequest, factions develop, the students become revolutionary, etc.
Post 8vo (21cm). 224pp. Original turquoise boards, blocked and lettered in silver; a handful of spots, but a very good copy in the Oliver Elmes dust-jacket, also very good.

£75

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RAVEN, Simon (Simon Arthur Nöel), 1927-2001 : AN INCH OF FORTUNE.

RAVEN, Simon (Simon Arthur Nöel), 1927-2001 : AN INCH OF FORTUNE.

London : Blond & Briggs, (1980). First edition. His previously unpublished first novel – rejected over libel fears in 1950 and here resurrected. A semi-autobiographical tale of acting as tutor to the “erratic and erotic son of an hysterical millionairess” – London, country house, Aldeburgh, Biarritz.
Demy 8vo (23cm). 176pp. Original black boards, lettered in gilt; small mark on fore-edge, but a very good copy in the Craig Dodd dust-jacket – also very good indeed.

£25

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RAVEN, Simon (Simon Arthur Nöel), 1927-2001 : SHADOWS ON THE GRASS.

RAVEN, Simon (Simon Arthur Nöel), 1927-2001 : SHADOWS ON THE GRASS.

London : Blond & Briggs, (1982). First edition. Raven’s hilarious cricketing reminiscences – cricket at Charterhouse, Cambridge, Bangalore, Kenya, Aden and Corfu – feuds, scandals, intrigues, liaisons, loves, hates, tragedies, comedies, farces – “from the virtuous to the vicious, from the clever and beautiful to the dreamy and debased”.
Demy 8vo (23cm). [viii],(228),[iv]pp. Original blue boards, ruled and lettered in gilt; very good in the Lawrence Toynbee dust-jacket – the jacket just faintly sunned and with a few spots on flaps, but also very good.

£40

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RAVEN, Simon (Simon Arthur Nöel), 1927-2001 : BEFORE THE COCK CROW : A NOVEL.

RAVEN, Simon (Simon Arthur Nöel), 1927-2001 : BEFORE THE COCK CROW : A NOVEL.

London : Muller, Blond & White, (1986). First edition. The third novel in the “First-Born of Egypt” sequence – “in some Italian gutter there is a snipe with a legitimate claim to the entire Canteloupe estate”.
Demy 8vo (23cm). [viii],274,[vi]pp. Original black boards, blocked and lettered in gilt; just a little bruised, but otherwise a very good copy in the Lawrence Toynbee dust-jacket – also very good.

£25

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