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RAVEN, Simon (Simon Arthur Nöel), 1927-2001 : THE FEATHERS OF DEATH.

RAVEN, Simon (Simon Arthur Nöel), 1927-2001 : THE FEATHERS OF DEATH.

London : Anthony Blond, (1959). First edition. Signed by Simon Raven on the title page. “A first novel of great power and compassion. Its author, Simon Raven, has a great gift as a story teller and creator of character ... A young officer in command of a small detachment in some imaginary island shoots the young soldier with whom he has been having an affair for disobeying orders during a terrorist attack. The officer is court-martialled on a charge of murder. The whole argument turns on his state of mind at the time of the shooting. Was he acting as a soldier or a slighted lover?” (Daily News, 28th January 1959).
Crown 8vo (20cm). 254,[ii]pp. Original black boards, blocked and lettered in gilt; a touch bruised; mild tanning of endpapers; a few spots, but a very good copy in the Symonds dust-jacket – in second state, with press reviews on the rear flap – price-clipped and a touch sunned with a tiny hole to rear flap, but otherwise very good with only minimal wear and signs of use.

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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. His second novel — a resignation from the army, a mysterious and murky organisation steps in. Murder required. “A thriller written in a sort of lurid phosphorescence” (Siriol Hugh-Jones in The Tatler, 4th November 1959).
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.

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RAVEN, Simon (Simon Arthur Nöel), 1927-2001 : THE JUDAS BOY.

RAVEN, Simon (Simon Arthur Nöel), 1927-2001 : THE JUDAS BOY.

London : Anthony Blond, (1968). First edition. Tom Llewyllyn prepares a current affairs television series, Fielding Gray heads to Cyprus to research what others do not want researched, Gray becomes distracted. The fifth novel in the “Alms for Oblivion” sequence.
Post 8vo (21cm). (196)pp. Original lilac boards, blocked and lettered in gilt; a hint of bruising at foot; a sliver of sunning to extremities; a sprinkling of edge-spots, but otherwise a very good, clean and sound copy in the Oliver Elmes dust-jacket – the jacket just lightly tanned, but with minimal wear and also very good.

£75

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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. “In the sixth novel in the ‘Alms for Oblivion’ sequence, Lancaster College, Cambridge, has had a windfall of about a quarter of a million pounds from the sale of farms in Lincolnshire, and there are strongly divergent views on how the money should be spent” (Nottingham Guardian, 4th March 1970).
Post 8vo (21cm). 224pp. Original green boards, blocked and lettered in silver; a sliver of sunning at tips; mild tanning of endpapers; a handful of spots, but a very good copy in the Oliver Elmes dust-jacket – the jacket with a couple of unobtrusive short nicks, but otherwise also very good.

£75

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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 a little sunned and with a few spots on flaps, but also very good.

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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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RAVEN, Simon (Simon Arthur Nöel), 1927-2001 : BLOOD OF MY BONE : A NOVEL.

RAVEN, Simon (Simon Arthur Nöel), 1927-2001 : BLOOD OF MY BONE : A NOVEL.

London : Frederick Muller, (1989). First edition. The demise of the Provost sets off a chain of disgraceful doings. “Raven has the mind of a cad and the pen of an angel” (Guardian review). The fifth volume in “The First Born of Egypt” sequence.
Demy 8vo (23cm). [vi],(198),[iv]pp. Original boards; just a hint of bruising, but a very good, bright and sound copy in the Patrick Mortemore dust-jacket – also very good.

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