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“ALAIN-FOURNIER” – [FOURNIER, Henri-Alban, 1886-1914] : THE WANDERER (LE GRAND MEAULNES).

“ALAIN-FOURNIER” – [FOURNIER, Henri-Alban, 1886-1914] : THE WANDERER (LE GRAND MEAULNES).

London : Constable & Co., 1929. First edition in English : the London issue of the 1928 American sheets. Alain-Fournier’s 1913 masterpiece – also known in English as “The Lost Domain” or “The Lost Estate” – translated by Françoise Roussel Delisle (1886-1974) and with a lengthy introduction by Havelock Ellis (1859-1939), at whose instigation the translation was made. “The greatest novel of adolescence in European literature” (John Fowles). Memorably filmed in 1967 with Brigitte Fossey and Jean Blaise, and subsequently in 2006 with Clémence Poésy and Nicolas Duvauchelle.
Post 8vo (195 x 125mm). xxxii,306pp. Bound in an attractive recent half green morocco, banded and gilt; original cloth spine bound in at rear; a few faint spots, but otherwise a very good copy.

£400

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“ANDOM, R.” – [BARRETT, Alfred Walter, 1869- ] : THE IDENTITY EXCHANGE : A STORY OF SOME ODD TRANSFORMATIONS.

“ANDOM, R.” – [BARRETT, Alfred Walter, 1869- ] : THE IDENTITY EXCHANGE : A STORY OF SOME ODD TRANSFORMATIONS.

London : Jarrold & Sons, 1902. First edition. An uncommon fantasy of identity switching from the irrepressible “R. Andom” – different identities assumed by means of a “magic green packet of transmigration tablets” – “The hero ... is projected into the twenty-first century through the agency of an explosive clock, and this is how he comes in contact with the Identity Exchange ... To those who like fun fast and furious, the story may be cordially commended” (The Scotsman, 10th November 1902). Later republished as “The Marvellous Adventures of Me”.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 286,[vi],[16]pp. Numerous illustrations by Charles Harrison (1860-1943). Original pinkish-brown pictorial cloth, blocked and lettered in black and red; a few faint marks; some rusting to staples; just a touch shaken, but a good copy of an engaging fantasy.

£100

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BACON, Francis, Viscount St. Alban, 1561-1626 : BACONIANA. OR CERTAIN GENUINE REMAINS OF Sr. FRANCIS BACON, BARON OF VERULAM, AND VISCOUNT OF ST. ALBANS ... BACON, Francis, Viscount St. Alban, 1561-1626 : BACONIANA. OR CERTAIN GENUINE REMAINS OF Sr. FRANCIS BACON, BARON OF VERULAM, AND VISCOUNT OF ST. ALBANS ...

BACON, Francis, Viscount St. Alban, 1561-1626 : BACONIANA. OR CERTAIN GENUINE REMAINS OF Sr. FRANCIS BACON, BARON OF VERULAM, AND VISCOUNT OF ST. ALBANS ...

London : by J. D. for Richard Chiswell, 1679. First edition. “Now among all the benefits that could be conferred upon mankind, I found none so great as the discovery of new arts, endowments, and commodities for the bettering of man’s life” (Francis Bacon) – an important collection of his various writings, letters, speeches, etc., grouped into several sections: political and moral discourses, with a good many aphorisms – “Discretion in speech is more than eloquence”; his scientific experiments, particularly relating to metals and minerals; his thoughts on medicine and theology; and the “Baconiana Bibliographica”, with thoughts on his own writings by himself and others. With an introduction by Thomas Tenison (1636-1715) – “Nature gives the world that Individual Species, but once in five hundred years”.
Crown 8vo (176 x 109mm). [2],272,[ii],104,[viii]pp – the introduction and contents leaves bound at the rear in this copy. With all fly-titles, imprimatur leaf, final blank, errata, etc. Engraved portrait frontispiece by Frederik Hendrik van Hove (1628?-1698). Contemporary calf, skilfully rebacked, preserving most of the original spine and label; sprinkled edges; lightly rubbed; endpapers rejointed; a few minor internal marks, chips and slight creases; tiny hole to one leaf; occasional light spotting and browning, but a sound and attractive copy of an important compilation. Bookplate of Dr and Mrs H. R. Knohl.

£750

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[BANVILLE, John (William John), 1945- ] – “BLACK, Benjamin” : CHRISTINE FALLS.

[BANVILLE, John (William John), 1945- ] – “BLACK, Benjamin” : CHRISTINE FALLS.

London : Picador, (2006). First edition. “It was not the dead that seemed to Quirke uncanny but the living” - the first of Banville’s addictive Quirke series, written initially under his “Benjamin Black” pseudonym - we meet the pathologist in the morgue long after midnight in 1950s Dublin. “It’s soaked in my recollections. It is more connected to the circumstances of my life than my Banville books” (John Banville).
Demy 8vo (23cm). [viii],(390),[ii]pp. Original black boards, lettered in silver; a very good copy indeed in the dust-jacket - the jacket also very good indeed.

£50

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BEERBOHM, Max (Sir Henry Maximilian), 1872-1956 : THINGS NEW AND OLD. BEERBOHM, Max (Sir Henry Maximilian), 1872-1956 : THINGS NEW AND OLD.

BEERBOHM, Max (Sir Henry Maximilian), 1872-1956 : THINGS NEW AND OLD.

London : William Heinemann, 1923. First trade edition. A sequence of fifty plates – Beerbohm at his finest and funniest – includes portrait caricatures of H. G. Wells, Arnold Bennett, Aldous Huxley, Rudyard Kipling, Osbert and Sacheverell Sitwell, Frederic Manning, E. V. Lucas, etc., with a particularly delightful rendering of a communist Sunday school.
Demy quarto (29cm). viii pp. Colour frontispiece and forty-nine plates, with captioned tissue guards. Original tan cloth, lettered in gilt and blocked in blind; some mild discolouration to cloth; some very minor spotting, but a very good copy in the substantial remains of the dust-jacket, with front rear and panels almost complete.

£125

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“BOGARDE, Dirk” – [VAN DEN BOGAERDE, Sir Derek Jules, 1921-1999] : A POSTILLION STRUCK BY LIGHTNING.

“BOGARDE, Dirk” – [VAN DEN BOGAERDE, Sir Derek Jules, 1921-1999] : A POSTILLION STRUCK BY LIGHTNING.

London : Chatto & Windus, 1977. First edition. Signed by Dirk Bogarde on the title-page. “A most enviable piece of (largely) pastoral recall, nostalgic to the point of being aromatic with the smells, colours, sounds, characters of English pre-war rural life, further embellished by the author’s own pen-and-ink sketches, in the style of E. H. Shepard” (Birmingham Daily Post, 2 April 1977). The first and most celebrated of Bogarde’s sequence of autobiographies.
Medium 8vo (23cm). [xii],268pp. Photo plates and seventeen illustrations by the author. Original bright blue boards, ruled, blocked, and lettered in gilt; a few faint marks, but overall a very good, clean and sound copy in the jacket designed by the author, also very good.

£100

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BOYD, William, 1952- : ORDINARY THUNDERSTORMS.

BOYD, William, 1952- : ORDINARY THUNDERSTORMS.

London : Bloomsbury, (2009). First edition. Signed by William Boyd on the title-page. A chance encounter with a stranger in a Chelsea bistro leads to Adam Kindred losing everything – home, family, friends, job, reputation, passport, credit cards, mobile phone – he needs to disappear.
Medium 8vo (25cm). [viii],(404),[iv]pp. Original black cloth, blocked and lettered in metallic red; a very good copy in a very good dust-jacket.

£75

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CHRISTIE, Agatha (Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa), 1890-1976 : HICKORY DICKORY DOCK.

CHRISTIE, Agatha (Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa), 1890-1976 : HICKORY DICKORY DOCK.

London : Collins for The Crime Club, (1955). First edition. “A series of petty thefts brings Poirot to a students’ hostel where psychological, racial and sexual differences provide a rich field for Miss Christie’s conjuring tricks, Poirot is mellowed and delightful” (Yorkshire Post, 18th November 1955).
Crown 8vo (184 x 115mm). (192)pp. Bound in a smart recent half burgundy oasis, banded and gilt; original linson spine preserved at rear; a few slight spots, but a very good copy, attractively bound.

£250

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CHRISTIE, Agatha (Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa), 1890-1976 : THE MIRROR CRACK’D FROM SIDE TO SIDE.

CHRISTIE, Agatha (Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa), 1890-1976 : THE MIRROR CRACK’D FROM SIDE TO SIDE.

London : Collins for The Crime Club, (1962). First edition. “Miss Jane Marple was sitting by her window” – the last of her true country village mysteries. “The story is of an apparently unmotivated murder at a fête held in Miss Marples’s village, where a famous film star has recently bought the local mansion ... classic Christie sleight-of-hand technique” (Birmingham Daily Post, 4th December 1962).
Crown 8vo (182 x 115mm). (256)pp. Bound in a neat recent half blue calf, banded and gilt; original linson backstrip preserved at rear; a very good, clean and sound copy.

£250

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DE LA MARE, Walter (Walter John), 1873-1956 – editor : LOVE.

DE LA MARE, Walter (Walter John), 1873-1956 – editor : LOVE.

London : Faber & Faber, (1956). Seventh impression of the original 1943 publication. A sparkling anthology of over 700 passages of poetry and prose as De La Mare explores the differing themes of love – First Love, Grace and Beauty, Eros, The Fever and the Fret, Love Thwarted and Unrequited, Love Betrayed, Love Lamented, Constancy, Love in Grief, and much else besides. Spanning works from Homer to T. S. Eliot, and including Chaucer, Shakespeare, Jonson, Donne, Marvell, Shelley, Keats, Yeats, Blake, Emily Brontë, Oscar Wilde and many more. “From its first page, then, to its last, this book has had for its compass merely my own personal, defective and deficient idea or conception of love. On that, apart from indolence and ignorance, the choice of its every poem, its every fallible statement has depended”.
Demy 8vo (214 x 129mm). cxliv,592pp. Coloured frontispiece, title vignette and black-and-white illustrations by Barnett Freedman (1901-1958). Bound by Zaehnsdorf in a contemporary full crushed russet morocco, banded and gilt; all edges gilt; marbled endpapers; a few extremely faint marks, but a handsome copy. A few interesting pencilled notes by a previous owner.

£125

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DEVAL, Jacques, 1890-1972 : – AND BLONDES PREFER PARIS.

DEVAL, Jacques, 1890-1972 : – AND BLONDES PREFER PARIS. DEVAL, Jacques, 1890-1972 : – AND BLONDES PREFER PARIS.

DEVAL, Jacques, 1890-1972 : – AND BLONDES PREFER PARIS.

[Paris] : Publié sous les auspices de La Société Internationale des Intérêts Commerciaux, pour les Chemins de Fer de l’État, par Devambez, [1930]. First edition. The well-known French playwright and screenwriter with a witty response to Anita Loos (1889-1981) and her “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” (1925). From the library of Anita Loos, with her delightful portrait bookplate by Frank Walts (1877-1941), and two small “From the estate of Anita Loos” stamps. “Four letters twenty two post cards two night letters and one cable from his sweet, sweet Annabel Flowers to her darling, darling George Sabran”. Produced as English-language promotional and publicity material for both French State Railways and a range of French businesses, with overt plugs for perfumes, dresses, resorts, hairdressers, hats, jewels, cars, hotels, restaurants, shoes, etc., and even Kellner the body-builder of the Champs-Élysée. A leaflet list of “firms recommanded [sic]” is loosely inserted.
Crown 4to (24cm). [64]pp. Coloured illustrations throughout. Original wrappers; just lightly rubbed and slightly bruised; a touch shaken; a hint of tanning, but otherwise a very good copy in the silver dust-jacket, lettered and decorated in red and black – the jacket similarly lightly worn and slightly bruised, with a short tear at head, but in good condition for a fragile survival. Just three copies (Bibliothèque Nationale. Cambridge, and California) traced in major libraries.

£500

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GOLDING, William (Sir William Gerald), 1911-1993 : [TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH] - RITES OF PASSAGE / CLOSE QUARTERS / FIRE DOWN BELOW.

GOLDING, William (Sir William Gerald), 1911-1993 : [TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH] - RITES OF PASSAGE / CLOSE QUARTERS / FIRE DOWN BELOW.

London : Faber & Faber, 1980-1989. First editions. The complete “To the Ends of the Earth” trilogy, the three novels published successively in 1980, 1987 and 1989, the first winning the Booker Prize. “The work of a master at the full stretch of his age and wisdom ... Golding is quite simply the best living writer of the short novel in the English language” (Andrew Sinclair, The Times). The basis of the 2005 BBC TV series starring Benedict Cumberbatch, etc.
Three volumes. Demy 8vo (23cm). [vi],278,[iv]pp; [iv],(282),[ii]pp; [iv],(314),[ii]pp. Original boards; very mild tanning of endpapers to first volume; text of third volume a little tanned, as always, but otherwise a very good set in the dust-jackets by Cathie Felstead and Paul Hogarth. Neat dated ownership inscription of Timothy Langdale in the first volume.

£200

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GRAVES, Robert (Robert von Ranke), 1895-1985 : POEMS 1926-1930.

GRAVES, Robert (Robert von Ranke), 1895-1985 : POEMS 1926-1930.

London : William Heinemann, 1931. First edition : [one of 1,000 copies]. A collection of forty-five poems, including “Thief”, “Castle”, “Bay of Naples”, “To the Reader over my Shoulder”, “Dragons”, “The Age of Certainty”, etc. “It must also be remarked about Mr. Graves that though a modern of the moderns, and for all his exclusiveness, there is nothing freakish in his technique. The above extract, for example, might quite well have come out of Shakespeare” (Liverpool Daily Post, 4th March 1931).
Post 8vo (21cm). [xii],(90),[ii]pp. Original maroon cloth, overprinted in a white cobbled design [by William Nicholson]; mauve paper labels, printed in black, on spine and upper cover; a few faint edge-spots, but a very good, crisp and sound copy, with the spare title-label tipped in at rear. With the ownership inscription of Clare Pakenham.

£50

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HARINGTON, Sir John, 1560-1612 & OTHERS : NUGÆ ANTIQUÆ : BEING A MISCELLANEOUS COLLECTION OF ORIGINAL PAPERS IN PROSE AND VERSE : WRITTEN IN THE REIGNS OF HENRY VIII. QUEEN MARY, ELIZABETH, KING JAMES, &C. HARINGTON, Sir John, 1560-1612 & OTHERS : NUGÆ ANTIQUÆ : BEING A MISCELLANEOUS COLLECTION OF ORIGINAL PAPERS IN PROSE AND VERSE : WRITTEN IN THE REIGNS OF HENRY VIII. QUEEN MARY, ELIZABETH, KING JAMES, &C.

HARINGTON, Sir John, 1560-1612 & OTHERS : NUGÆ ANTIQUÆ : BEING A MISCELLANEOUS COLLECTION OF ORIGINAL PAPERS IN PROSE AND VERSE : WRITTEN IN THE REIGNS OF HENRY VIII. QUEEN MARY, ELIZABETH, KING JAMES, &C.

London : for J. Dodsley, and T. Shrimpton, Bath, 1779. Second and best edition, corrected and enlarged to three volumes from the earlier two volumes published in 1769 and 1775. A fascinating compendium of Harington family papers, chiefly those of the mischievous Sir John Harington, translator of Ariosto, godson of Elizabeth I, alternately in and out of favour at both her court and that of James I & VI, but always at the centre of affairs – with his sometimes scurrilous accounts of the leading clergy; his report to Elizabeth on the Earl of Essex in Ireland; correspondence with Elizabeth, James, Prince Henry, Essex, Burleigh, Cecil, and others; conversations, letters and speeches by Elizabeth; his treatise on play; a letter to Isaac Newton on harmonic ratios from a later family member, with Newton’s detailed reply and a diagram; a letter from Prince Rupert at the time of the Civil War; earlier letters from John Cheke to King Edward, Somerset, Bishop Gardiner, Queen Mary, etc.; letters from Roger Ascham, and so much more. Edited by Henry Harington (1755-1791).
Three volumes. Post 12mo (164 x 96mm). [8],(xxii),[10],296; (xviii),326; [4],(vi),312pp. Miniature engraved portrait of Elizabeth I, said to be taken from a plate given by Elizabeth herself to Isabella Harington in 1554; two folding plates. Bound in elegant nineteenth-century half tan roan, ruled and tooled in gilt; green labels; marbled sides; some mild rubbing; tiny areas of surface abrasion and insect damage to two volumes; a few minor internal marks, spots and signs of use, but a good set. From the notable collection of Robert James Hayhurst (1929-2016), with his bookplate.

£250

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HEMINGWAY, Ernest (Ernest Miller), 1899-1961 : FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS.

HEMINGWAY, Ernest (Ernest Miller), 1899-1961 : FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS.

London : Jonathan Cape, (1941). First British edition. Inspired by Hemingway’s own experience as a war correspondent in Spain and already a best-seller in the United States, incidentally making a rediscovered John Donne briefly an American best-seller too. The film rights were sold for a record sum – and the resulting 1943 technicolour movie with Gary Cooper and Ingrid Bergman was nominated for nine Academy Awards. “There are some unforgettable scenes ... the description by the woman Pilar of the massacre of the mayor, priest and local Fascisti ... the shooting of the civil guard ... For sheer descriptive power ... the blowing up of the bridge would be difficult to equal in fiction. In other words, best-seller or not, this is a magnificent novel” (The Sphere, 15th March 1941).
Post 8vo (198 x 129mm). 462,[ii]pp. Bound in a smart recent half navy morocco, banded and gilt; top edge gilt; a few faint marks but a very good, clean and sound copy in an attractive binding.

£400

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HOGG, John, 1803?-1880 : LONDON AS IT IS; BEING A SERIES OF OBSERVATIONS ON THE HEALTH, HABITS, AND AMUSEMENTS OF THE PEOPLE.

HOGG, John, 1803?-1880 : LONDON AS IT IS; BEING A SERIES OF OBSERVATIONS ON THE HEALTH, HABITS, AND AMUSEMENTS OF THE PEOPLE.

London : John Macrone, 1837. First edition. A searching analysis, backed up with statistics and tables, with chapters and sections on the moral and physical health of Londoners of all ages and classes; life expectancy; infectious diseases; the prevalence of epidemics; causes of illness; the geology; the sewers; the London climate; the use of coal; population growth; streets, buildings and the failures of town planning; proposed improvements; slaughterhouses; the effect of gas works and other factories; number of burials; deficiencies in water supply; adulteration of food and impurity of water; abuse of alcohol; the demoralising influence of pawn shops; manners and customs; gluttony and “the pernicious effects of suppers”; keeping late hours; urban improvement; government apathy; factory smoke; life insurance; Mr Babbage’s calculations etc. “The great metropolis supplies a tolerably abundant store of materials ... so ample, indeed, that an author must bring a corresponding share of courage to the task of comprising and condensing its topics ... The first chapters of the work contain much valuable statistical information, and those which follow present a very amusing and instructive selection of varieties peculiar to ‘London as it is’“ (Morning Post, 4th October 1837).
Post 12mo (175 x 105mm). xii,(390)pp. Tables. Bound in an attractive later full marbled calf, banded and gilt; marbled edges; slightly rubbed; slight splits at foot; a few very minor marks but otherwise a very good copy of an extraordinary production.

£250

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“INNES, Michael” – [STEWART, John Innes Mackintosh, 1906-1994] : THE WEIGHT OF THE EVIDENCE.

“INNES, Michael” – [STEWART, John Innes Mackintosh, 1906-1994] : THE WEIGHT OF THE EVIDENCE.

London : Victor Gollancz, 1944. First edition. “What fun it is! A don at a provincial university has been crushed by a meteorite, evidently hurled down on him of malice aforethought; and our old friend Appleby investigates in the richest atmosphere of dons and dukes. The talk is enchanting. In fact, the whole thing is enchanting” (Illustrated London News, 13th May 1944).
Crown 8vo (20cm). (168)pp. Original blue cloth, lettered in gilt; a touch of sunning to spine, but otherwise a very good copy in the dust-jacket of a fragile wartime production – the jacket lightly fingered and slightly sunned, but with only a hint of wear and also very good.

£100

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“INNES, Michael” – [STEWART, John Innes Mackintosh, 1906-1994] : SHEIKS AND ADDERS : A NOVEL.

“INNES, Michael” – [STEWART, John Innes Mackintosh, 1906-1994] : SHEIKS AND ADDERS : A NOVEL.

London : Victor Gollancz, 1982. First edition. A presentation copy to the author’s son, inscribed “Angus, with love from the author” (Angus John Mackintosh Stewart, 1936-1998), and dated Fawler (the family home) 1982. A retired Appleby at a fancy dress fête, featuring an unusual number of sheiks, where the entertainment gets rather out of hand.
Post 8vo (21cm). (158)pp. Original red boards, lettered in gilt; just the faintest signs of use but a very good copy in the eye-catching yellow dust-jacket – the jacket also very good.

£200

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LAWTON, John, 1949- : BLACK OUT.

LAWTON, John, 1949- : BLACK OUT.

London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, (1995). First edition. “Wonderfully captures the atmosphere of wartime London ... an original and entertaining detective story” (Robert Harris). The first of the Frederick Troy novels – “A severed human arm leads to an unholy web of spying, murder, and betrayal in war-torn London ... Newcomer Lawton has an urban documentarist’s eye and ear for his jangled world ... and a nasty sense of how little slips can indeed sink ships” (Kirkus Reviews, 1st April 1995).
Medium 8vo (25cm). [vi], 342,[iv]pp. Original red boards, lettered in silver; a couple of faint and tiny spots, but a very good copy in a very good dust-jacket of an elusive modern rarity.

£250

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LOFTING, Hugh (Hugh John), 1886-1947 : DOCTOR DOLITTLE : BEING THE HISTORY OF HIS PECULIAR LIFE AT HOME, AND ASTONISHING ADVENTURES IN FOREIGN PARTS.

LOFTING, Hugh (Hugh John), 1886-1947 : DOCTOR DOLITTLE : BEING THE HISTORY OF HIS PECULIAR LIFE AT HOME, AND ASTONISHING ADVENTURES IN FOREIGN PARTS.

London : Jonathan Cape, (1922). First British edition and first edition under this title. The first appearance of Doctor Dolittle, who shuns his human patients in favour of his animal ones – “Heartily recommended ... There they will read, among other strange beasts, of the ‘pushmipullyu’, or ‘marvellous two-headed animal from the jungles of Africa’, and also watch it go through its incredible performances under the Doctor’s care” (The Scotsman, 7 December 1922).
Post 8vo (21cm). (186),[vi]pp – including integral pictorial endpapers. Over thirty black and white illustrations, some full-page, by the author. Original blue cloth, lettered in black and blocked pictorially in blind; a touch of bruising and a few faint signs of use; occasional light spotting, mainly of edges, but a very good copy of an instant classic.

£400

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MACINNES, Colin (Colin Campbell), 1914-1976 : ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS.

MACINNES, Colin (Colin Campbell), 1914-1976 : ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS.

London : MacGibbon & Kee, 1959. First edition. His astonishing novel of London youth and changing mores – “Though the language is jazz and the mood very hip, this is the truest, shrewdest and kindest eye that has yet looked over the new world made by the ‘kids’ themselves”. Filmed in 1986 with Eddie O’Connell, Patsy Kensit, David Bowie, James Fox, Ray Davies, etc.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (224)pp. Original red-pink boards, lettered in gilt; a touch dulled; some tanning of endpapers; a few tiny spots, but a good copy in the original Roger Mayne dust-jacket – the jacket a little worn and somewhat creased, but complete and intact.

£125

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MAUGHAM, Robin, (Robert Cecil Romer, 2nd Viscount Maugham), 1916-1981 :  THE MAN WITH TWO SHADOWS.

MAUGHAM, Robin, (Robert Cecil Romer, 2nd Viscount Maugham), 1916-1981 : THE MAN WITH TWO SHADOWS.

London : Longmans, Green & Co., (1958). First edition. A presentation copy, inscribed to Trevor – the actor Trevor Howard (1913-1988) – signed with forename, and dated 28th March 1959 by the author. Spy with a split personality caused by a wartime injury in North Africa. As a final note makes clear, the novel was to a considerable extent autobiographical. “A spy with a second self which takes over at the most unexpected moments. One result is that there are times when he cannot be sure which side he is on ... Given the Maugham magic no reader could ask for more” (Belfast Telegraph, 23rd May 1975).
Crown 8vo (20cm). [vi],(166),[iv]pp. Original blue boards, lettered in gilt; one rear corner a little bumped; endpapers lightly tanned; a handful of spots but otherwise a very good copy in the Bruce Petty dust-jacket – the jacket just a little worn and slightly marked. Loosely inserted is a 1961 stamped, postmarked, typed, addressed envelope to Mrs Trevor Howard – the actress Helen Cherry (1915-2001).

£125

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MAUGHAM,  W. Somerset (William Somerset), 1874-1965 : MRS. CRADDOCK.

MAUGHAM, W. Somerset (William Somerset), 1874-1965 : MRS. CRADDOCK.

London : William Heinemann, 1903. First edition : the second issue, with a cancel-title dated 1903. “Worth a thousand of the average books published nowadays” (Westminster Gazette, 19th November 1902). “Mr W. S. Maugham has given us his strongest book. In fact, the novel is in many ways one of the strongest of the year ... In this case he deals with the problem of marriage, and gives all his strength to the delineation of the husband and the wife” (The Sketch, 26th November 1902).
Crown 8vo (184 x 120mm). vi,(374)pp. Bound in an attractive recent half blue morocco, banded and gilt; slight nicks to a handful of early leaves; some spotting, mainly of prelims and edges, but otherwise a good copy, handsomely bound. Neat library stamp of the Harman Church Bungalow Library of Fairlight on final leaf.

£200

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MORRISON, Arthur (Arthur George), 1863-1945 : THE HOLE IN THE WALL.

MORRISON, Arthur (Arthur George), 1863-1945 : THE HOLE IN THE WALL.

London : Methuen & Co., 1902. First edition. A pub in Wapping, scuttling, smuggling, receiving, murder and more – “Cap’en Nat is among the most unforgettable characters in fiction ... Mr. Morrison’s masterpiece so far, or, rather, an absolute masterpiece which any novelist might be proud to claim” (The Graphic, 4th October 1902). “Total genius. A depth of characterisation and atmosphere worthy of Dickens ... While it is a mystery story, following loosely in the genre of Morrison’s earlier Martin Hewitt detective stories, its power lies in its exquisitely restrained writing. Why is Morrison not taught at universities, alongside Conrad?” (John Yeoman).
Crown 8vo (193 x 125mm). viii,348 + 40pp advertisements dated August 1902. Bound in a smart recent quarter green morocco, banded and gilt; original cloth front cover and spine preserved at rear; a little light spotting, mainly to edges and prelims, but otherwise a very good copy.

£250

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NAIPAUL, V.S. (Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad), 1932-2018 : MR STONE AND THE KNIGHTS COMPANION.

NAIPAUL, V.S. (Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad), 1932-2018 : MR STONE AND THE KNIGHTS COMPANION.

London : André Deutsch, (1963). First edition. “Marks the first time this very distinguished West Indian author has written a novel which deals exclusively with the English against their own background. The result is completely successful ... beautifully written, restrained and sensitive” (The Sphere, 8 June 1963).
Post 8vo (21cm). (160)pp. Original tan boards, ruled, blocked and lettered in gilt, top edge lilac; a handful of edge spots. but a very good, clean and sound copy in the Leonard Rosoman dust-jacket – the jacket lightly used, a touch nicked and sunned, with some strengthening and repair on verso.

£100

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“NIKOLA, Louis” – [SMITH, Walter James Obree, 1878-1936] :  HAND SHADOWS : THE COMPLETE ART OF SHADOWGRAPHY. “NIKOLA, Louis” – [SMITH, Walter James Obree, 1878-1936] :  HAND SHADOWS : THE COMPLETE ART OF SHADOWGRAPHY.

“NIKOLA, Louis” – [SMITH, Walter James Obree, 1878-1936] : HAND SHADOWS : THE COMPLETE ART OF SHADOWGRAPHY.

London : C. Arthur Pearson, 1913. First edition. An exemplary and thoroughly illustrated guide to the art of creating amusing hand shadows – animal forms, with rabbit, wolf, elephant, tortoise, crocodile, etc. – birds, with pigeon, vulture, swan, rooster, etc. – character studies, with postman, rake, vagrant, Wellington, Bismarck, etc. – with some more complex shapes made with the aid of accessories, and finally a section on mounting a whole shadow pantomime.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 109,[iii]pp – including integral endpapers with advertisements. Eighty-five diagrams. Original pictorial boards, with price revision overlays; lightly rubbed and very slightly bruised, but a very good copy of a fragile production. From the collection of magician Paul Daniels (1938-2016), with his portrait bookplate and blind-stamp on the half-title.

£100

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STOPPARD, Tom (Sir Thomas), 1937- : VOYAGE : THE COAST OF UTOPIA : PART I  /  SHIPWRECK : THE COAST OF UTOPIA : PART II  /  SALVAGE : THE COAST OF UTOPIA : PART III.

STOPPARD, Tom (Sir Thomas), 1937- : VOYAGE : THE COAST OF UTOPIA : PART I / SHIPWRECK : THE COAST OF UTOPIA : PART II / SALVAGE : THE COAST OF UTOPIA : PART III.

London : Faber & Faber, (2002). First edition : the uncommon hardback issue of Stoppard’s trilogy of plays set in nineteenth-century Russia and London, first directed at the Olivier Theatre by Trevor Nunn in the summer of 2002. “Heroically ambitious and wildly uneven ... it contains passages of breathtaking beauty and surprising ordinariness. But I wouldn’t have missed it for worlds and at its heart it contains a fascinating lesson about the nature of drama ... I think it is time we began to appreciate Stoppard not for his intellectual legerdemain, but for what he is actually best at: exploring the mystery of existence, the anguish of the human heart and the stranger fact that it is our apprehension of death that gives joy and intensity to life” (Michael Billington in The Guardian, 5th and 7th August 2002).
Three volumes. Post 8vo (21cm). [xii],114,[ii]; [xii],106,[x]; [xii],(120),[xii] pp. Original black boards, lettered on spine in pale yellow; a fine set in the original pictorial dust-jackets – also fine.

£400

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TROLLOPE, Anthony, 1815-1882 : THE LAST CHRONICLE OF BARSET.

TROLLOPE, Anthony, 1815-1882 : THE LAST CHRONICLE OF BARSET.

London : Smith, Elder & Co., 1867. First edition. Grace Crawley, Mrs Proudie, Septimus Harding, etc. – “Mr. Trollope has seldom been in greater force” (Illustrated London News, 9th March 1867). “Taking it as a whole, I regard this as the best novel I have written” (Trollope in 1883). With lively wood-engraved plates and illustrations after George Housman Thomas (1824-1868), mainly engraved by his brother, William Luson Thomas (1830-1900).
Two volumes. Demy 8vo (209 x 129mm). [iv],384; [iv],384pp. Thirty-two full-page plates and thirty-two vignettes. Bound in a stylish recent full burgundy crushed morocco, banded and gilt; top edges gilt; mild browning and spotting to outer leaves; a few faint marks; one plate trimmed tight, but overall a very good and handsome set, housed in a custom-made cloth case.

£500

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TROLLOPE, Anthony, 1815-1882 : THE EUSTACE DIAMONDS.

TROLLOPE, Anthony, 1815-1882 : THE EUSTACE DIAMONDS.

London : Chapman & Hall, 1873. First British edition. One of Trollope’s best and most enjoyable – and “one of the most entertaining, worthless, attractive women in the history of the novel: the totally amoral Lizzie Eustace” (P. D. James). “The novel is rare in fine state, for it had great library popularity ... few copies in good original condition have survived the zeal of contemporary readers” (Sadleir, writing in 1928).
Three volumes. Crown 8vo (183 x 123mm). viii,354; viii,(364); viii,(354)pp. Bound (for Hatchard’s of Piccadilly), complete with half-titles, in a smart later (early twentieth-century) half red morocco; top edges gilt; marbled sides and endpapers; silk ribbons; a few very minor internal marks, spots and small flaws, but overall a very good set in a handsome binding. Monogram bookplates – possibly of George Capel Cure (1853-1943) of Blake Hall, Ongar – engraved by Allan Wyon (1843-1907), together with the more recent bookplate of the notable modern collector Robert James Hayhurst (1929-2016).

£1,250

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[WADE, John, 1788-1875] :  THE EXTRAORDINARY BLACK BOOK : COMPRISING AN EXPOSITION OF THE UNITED CHURCH OF ENGLAND AND IRELAND: CIVIL LIST AND CROWN REVENUES; INCOMES PRIVILEGES AND POWER OF THE ARISTOCRACY ... LISTS OF PLURALISTS, PLACEMEN, PENSIONERS, AND SINECURISTS ...

[WADE, John, 1788-1875] : THE EXTRAORDINARY BLACK BOOK : COMPRISING AN EXPOSITION OF THE UNITED CHURCH OF ENGLAND AND IRELAND: CIVIL LIST AND CROWN REVENUES; INCOMES PRIVILEGES AND POWER OF THE ARISTOCRACY ... LISTS OF PLURALISTS, PLACEMEN, PENSIONERS, AND SINECURISTS ...

London : Effingham Wilson, 1831. First edition under this title of “The Reformers’ Bible”, Wade’s “accessible critique of elite parasitism” (ODNB). A publisher’s presentation copy, inscribed on the title-page, “To the Editor of the Weekly Dispatch. With the Publisher’s Compliments”. Based on Wade’s earlier “The Black Book; or, Corruption Unmasked” (1820), but here “composed entirely afresh, newly arranged ... in all respects a new book”, and published by Effingham Wilson (1785-1868), radical bookseller of the Royal Exchange. The editor of the Weekly Dispatch, presumably Robert Bell, recipient of this copy, was quick to review it: “a complete view of the expenditure, patronage, influence, and abuses of the government, in church, state, law and representation”, warning the sinecurists, “who have too long been permitted to fatten in luxurious and useless idleness on the industry of this tax-eaten nation, this is a most dangerous publication. In the present age, we hold it to be an incontrovertible maxim, that a perfect knowledge on the part of the people of the existing abuses in Church and State, is all that is required for their abolition” (Weekly Dispatch, 6th February 1831). The passing of the Great Reform Act in 1832 was not coincidental.
Demy 8vo (213 x 132mm). xx,576pp. Caricature frontispiece. Bound in contemporary half tan calf, banded and gilt; marbled sides; sprinkled edges; spine expertly repaired at head and joints; light offsetting and spotting to opening leaves, but otherwise a very good copy. With the contemporary small bookseller’s label of Richard James Kennett (1802-1885) of Great Queen Street on front pastedown.

£400

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WATTS, Isaac, 1674-1748 : THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE HEAVENS AND THE EARTH MADE EASY : OR, THE FIRST PRINCIPLES OF ASTRONOMY AND GEOGRAPHY EXPLAIN’D BY THE USE OF GLOBES AND MAPS …

WATTS, Isaac, 1674-1748 : THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE HEAVENS AND THE EARTH MADE EASY : OR, THE FIRST PRINCIPLES OF ASTRONOMY AND GEOGRAPHY EXPLAIN’D BY THE USE OF GLOBES AND MAPS …

London : for J. Clark & R. Hett; E. Matthews, and R. Ford, 1726. First edition. A popular and much reprinted text, with very clear expositions and worked examples of the problems and principles, intended to lead on “to the higher speculations of the great Sir Isaac Newton and his followers”. Dedicated to John Eames (1686-1744), recently elected to the Royal Society on Newton’s recommendation and himself a serious scholar of physics. “The same perspicuity of thought and ease of expression which distinguish his other works running through the whole of this, I don’t question but the world will meet with equal pleasure and satisfaction in the perusal” (from Eames’ preface). Watts was perhaps better known as a hymn-writer, but was also the author of such works as “Logic, or The Right Use of Reason in the Enquiry After Truth” (1724), which became the standard text on logic at Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard and Yale.
Post 8vo (196mm x 16mm), [2](xiv),(220)[xii]pp. Title-page in red and black, six folding plates. Contemporary full calf, silk headbands; rebacked, labelled, banded and gilt to style; sprinkled edges; some light wear; neat repair to title-page, not affecting lettering; some occasional internal marking and spotting; small ink stain to fore-edge but a good, sound and attractive copy of an important and accomplished work, particularly good on the use of maps and globes.

£500

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WAUGH, Evelyn (Evelyn Arthur St. John), 1903-1966 : BRIDESHEAD REVISITED : THE SACRED AND PROFANE MEMORIES OF CAPTAIN CHARLES RYDER : A NOVEL.

WAUGH, Evelyn (Evelyn Arthur St. John), 1903-1966 : BRIDESHEAD REVISITED : THE SACRED AND PROFANE MEMORIES OF CAPTAIN CHARLES RYDER : A NOVEL.

London : Chapman & Hall, 1945. First edition. “Chapter One : I meet Sebastian Flyte – and Anthony Blanche – I visit Brideshead for the first time” – “Each of his novels has hit its intended mark. He has not, up to now, aspired to write a great book. This time he has; and he has done so” (Elizabeth Bowen in The Tatler, 13th June 1945).
Crown 8vo (187 x 122mm). 304pp. Bound in an elegant recent crimson quarter morocco, banded and gilt; a few faint edge-spots; a couple of minor internal marks, but otherwise very good copy, handsomely bound.

£750

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WAUGH, Evelyn (Evelyn Arthur St. John), 1903-1966 : MR. LOVEDAY’S LITTLE OUTING AND OTHER SAD STORIES.

WAUGH, Evelyn (Evelyn Arthur St. John), 1903-1966 : MR. LOVEDAY’S LITTLE OUTING AND OTHER SAD STORIES.

London : Chapman & Hall, (1936). First edition. A collection of eleven short stories, including “Excursion in Reality”, “Love in the Slump”, and “Bella Fleace Gave a Party”. “One of the few living authors who is incapable of being a bore. One of the few whose books are worth buying and keeping ... ‘Excursion in Reality’ is a brilliant study of the unreality of cinema production ... Mr Waugh is the much-imitated author of our time. Yet we all know that he is inimitable” (Daily Mirror, 30th June 1936).
Crown 8vo (20cm). [ii],(238)pp. Frontispiece in two colours by Thomas Derrick (1885-1954). Original lizard pattern red and black cloth, lettered in gilt; spine just a touch sunned; a scattering of edge spots, but a very good copy, bright, sound and unworn.

£350

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WELLS, H.G. (Herbert George), 1866-1946 : THE FOOD OF THE GODS AND HOW IT CAME TO EARTH.

WELLS, H.G. (Herbert George), 1866-1946 : THE FOOD OF THE GODS AND HOW IT CAME TO EARTH.

London : Macmillan & Co., 1904. First edition. A publisher’s presentation copy, with a presentation stamp on the title-page, and a review slip loosely inserted. Wells in full satirical mode as research chemists in Kent create a substance causing colossal growth – of chickens, plants, wasps, rats – and humans. “The Food of the Gods is, though it is hardly necessary to say so, a strange book. There is more in it than in half-a-dozen ordinary novels put together” (King and His Navy & Army Magazine, 15th October 1904).
Crown 8vo (20cm). (viii),318,[ii] + 16pp advertisements dated July 1904. Original sage-green cloth, lettered in gilt and decorated in blind on front cover; top edge gilt; some very minor rubbing and bruising; some spotting, mainly of edges and endpapers; just a touch shaken, but still overall a very good copy.

£200

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YEATS, W.B. (William Butler), 1865-1939 : POEMS, 1899-1905.

YEATS, W.B. (William Butler), 1865-1939 : POEMS, 1899-1905.

London : A. H. Bullen / Dublin : Maunsel & Co., 1906. First edition. “I walked among the seven woods of Coole ...” – fifteen poems (some previously published in a limited edition), including “In the Seven Woods”, “Never Give all the Heart”, “The Withering of the Boughs” and “Under the Moon”, together with much revised versions of three verse plays (“The Shadowy Waters”, “On Baile’s Strand” and “The King’s Threshold”). Yeats’ preface provides a highly interesting commentary on his work at this period. “We have gradually come to think of Mr. Yeats as the greatest of the younger poets who use the English tongue” (Daily News).
Crown 8vo (20cm). xvi,(280)pp. Original decorative blue cloth gilt in a design by Althea Gyles (1867-1949); just very faintly rubbed and bruised; mild tanning of endpapers, but a very good and bright copy. Neat contemporary gift inscription dated Xmas 1906 and later decorative bookplate of Ronald and Jay Hamilton.

£400

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