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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 (174 x 111mm). [viii],(276),[ii]pp. Bound in a smart recent half red morocco; original cloth backstrip preserved at rear; some spotting of edges, but a very good copy.

£400

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GREENE, Graham (Henry Graham), 1904-1991 : THE MINISTRY OF FEAR : AN ENTERTAINMENT.

GREENE, Graham (Henry Graham), 1904-1991 : THE MINISTRY OF FEAR : AN ENTERTAINMENT.

London : William Heinemann, (1943). First edition. Greene’s powerful evocation of London in the blitz – a spy thriller full of guilt, menace and deceit. Informed by his work at the Ministry of Information – and turned into the 1944 Fritz Lang film noir, with Ray Milland and Marjorie Reynolds.
Crown 8vo (182 x 118mm). [vi],236,[ii]pp. Bound in a smart recent half black morocco, banded and gilt; some spotting of edges and prelims, but otherwise a very good and attractive copy of a difficult wartime Greene.

£400

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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 smart recent half red morocco, lettered in gilt; a few edge-spots, but otherwise a very good and attractive copy.

£400

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GREENE, Graham (Henry Graham), 1904-1991 : TRAVELS WITH MY AUNT : A NOVEL.

GREENE, Graham (Henry Graham), 1904-1991 : TRAVELS WITH MY AUNT : A NOVEL.

London : Bodley Head, (1969). First edition. “I met my Aunt Augusta for the first time in more than half a century at my mother’s funeral ...”. On Greene’s own admission, the only one of his books written “just for the fun of it” – memorably filmed in 1972 by George Cukor, with Maggie Smith, Alec McCowen, etc.
Post 8vo (21cm). (320)pp. Original green cloth, lettered in gilt; a very good copy indeed in the original pictorial Stephen Russ dust-jacket – the jacket just a touch toned with age, with a couple of spots, but also very good.

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GREENE, Graham (Henry Graham), 1904-1991 : A SORT OF LIFE.

GREENE, Graham (Henry Graham), 1904-1991 : A SORT OF LIFE.

London : Bodley Head, (1971). First edition. An illuminating segment of autobiography, taking Greene’s life past his first encounter with espionage and up to his first genuine success with the publication of “Stamboul Train” in 1932 — complete with the changes in the text made off the cuff from a telephone box to ward off a threatened libel action from J. B. Priestley. “I have tried, however unsuccessfully, to live again the follies and sentimentalities and exaggerations of the distant time, and to feel them, as I felt them then, without irony”.
Post 8vo (21cm). [2],(216),[vi]pp. Original green cloth, lettered in gilt; top edge grey; a very good bright clean and sound copy in the Michael Harvey dust-jacket — the jacket just a touch tanned and with some minuscule wear to the extremities, but also very good.

£50

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