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AMIS, Kingsley (Sir Kingsley William), 1922-1995 : ONE FAT ENGLISHMAN : A NOVEL.

AMIS, Kingsley (Sir Kingsley William), 1922-1995 : ONE FAT ENGLISHMAN : A NOVEL.

London : Victor Gollancz, 1963. First edition. Tubby Roger St. John Micheldene pursues the wife of a Danish philologist through American academe – “Kingsley Amis is, indeed, very good at destroying other people’s snobberies and promoting his own. One Fat Englishman is a better, funnier novel than anything Amis has done since Lucky Jim” (Daily Herald, 14th November 1963).
Post 8vo (21cm). 192pp. Original red boards, lettered in gilt; mild tanning of endpapers; edges somewhat spotted, but otherwise a very good copy in the dust-jacket – the jacket very good indeed, fresh and unworn.

£40

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AMIS, Kingsley (Sir Kingsley William), 1922-1995 : I WANT IT NOW.

AMIS, Kingsley (Sir Kingsley William), 1922-1995 : I WANT IT NOW.

London : Jonathan Cape, (1968). First edition. Amis takes precise aim at the idle and very rich, with some body-blows too at the new breed of television personalities – “What I like most about him, however, is his ability to pick off a character with a single sentence rather like a sniper wiping out an enemy with a single bullet” (Michael Billington in the Birmingham Daily Post, 14th December 1968).
Crown 8vo (20cm). (256)pp. Original blue boards, blocked and lettered in gilt; top edge orange; a very good, bright, clean and sound copy in the George Coral dust-jacket – the jacket with the merest hint of rubbing, but also very good. bright and fresh.

£50

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AMIS, Kingsley (Sir Kingsley William), 1922-1995 : THE RIVERSIDE VILLAS MURDER.

AMIS, Kingsley (Sir Kingsley William), 1922-1995 : THE RIVERSIDE VILLAS MURDER.

London : Jonathan Cape, (1973). First edition. How Mr Hakim died – Amis in sparkling form with a book both a coming-of-age novel and a genuine murder mystery.
Post 8vo (21cm). 224pp. Original green boards, blocked and lettered in gilt; top edge pale green; a very good copy in a very lightly used and just faintly sunned dust-jacket.

£25

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AMIS, Kingsley (Sir Kingsley William), 1922-1995 : THE OLD DEVILS.

AMIS, Kingsley (Sir Kingsley William), 1922-1995 : THE OLD DEVILS.

London : Hutchinson, (1986). First edition. His Booker Prize winning novel – people with a past decline into old age – “the most outrageously funny Amis novel for many years as well as the most overtly serious” – “It stands comparison with any English novel of the century” (Martin Amis).
Demy 8vo (23cm). [x],294pp. Original tan boards, blocked and lettered in gilt; a very good copy in the Alastair Taylor dust-jacket – the jacket with just a faint hint of creasing, but also very good.

£40

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