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BUCHAN, John, 1875-1940 : PRESTER JOHN.
London : Thomas Nelson & Sons, (1910). First edition. Buchan in South Africa with a Haggardesque tale of uprising, myth, fabulous necklace, etc.
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BUCHAN, John, 1875-1940 : THE MOON ENDURETH : TALES AND FANCIES.
Edinburgh & London : William Blackwood & Sons, 1912. First edition. A collection of ten short stories, including “The Company of the Marjolaine”, “The Lemnian”, “The Grove of Ashtaroth”, “The Kings of Orion”, etc., interspersed with accompanying poems – “Few writers have Mr. Buchan’s ability for expressing through the medium of the short story the dramatic, or poetic, significance of so wide a range of subjects ... the psychology of heredity, in Jacobite romance, in fishing, in mountaineering ... In ‘A Lucid Interval’ ... we are told how a deadly, mysterious Indian drug administered to the members of a Liberal Cabinet creates the greatest confusion ... The satire of this is delightful ... a welcome addition to the shelves of all who appreciate the literary side of fiction” (The Globe, 24th May 1912).
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BUCHAN, John, 1875-1940 : THE POWER-HOUSE.
Edinburgh : William Blackwood & Sons, 1916. First edition. Edward Leithen comes up against an anarchist plot to destroy western civilisation – set in London before the Great War. One of Buchan’s defining novels, with the quintessential line “You think that a wall as solid as the earth separates civilisation from barbarism. I tell you the division is a thread, a sheet of glass”.
BUCHAN, John, 1875-1940 : THE PATH OF THE KING.
London : Hodder & Stoughton, . First edition : in a variant binding of light blue cloth lettered in dark blue, with double rules at the head and tail of spine, and the JB monogram on the upper cover. Regarded by Buchan as his first serious piece of fiction – an episodic tale of the descent of kingliness through history – from Nordic prince to Abraham Lincoln.
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BUCHAN, John, 1875-1940 : A PRINCE OF THE CAPTIVITY.
London : Hodder & Stoughton, 1933. First edition. Adam Melfort takes the blame for his wife’s attempt at forgery, but on his release from jail is recruited to work behind enemy lines in Belgium during the Great War.
BUCHAN, John, 1875-1940 : THE ISLAND OF SHEEP.
London : Hodder & Stoughton, (1936). First British edition. The fifth and last of the Richard Hannay novels (although he does make a brief appearance in one later book). “Three men stood on a hill in an African kraal, and swore life-long loyalty to a fourth man and his descendants ... in two well-directed leaps we are in the thick of a kidnapping plot as menacing and as credible as any of the author’s best inventions ... from the first chapter one realises that men who feel as they do about duck-shooting and the English spring can never be allowed to lose whatever game they are playing” (The Sphere, 1st August 1936).
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