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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. A resignation from the army, a mysterious and murky organisation steps in.
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.

£75

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RAVEN, Simon (Simon Arthur Nöel), 1927-2001 : FRIENDS IN LOW PLACES.

RAVEN, Simon (Simon Arthur Nöel), 1927-2001 : FRIENDS IN LOW PLACES.

London : Anthony Blond, (1965). First edition. It’s 1959 and they were all at the wedding – ministers, patrons, editors, friends high and low, and a skeleton at the feast. The second volume in the “Alms for Oblivion” sequence.
Post 8vo (21cm). (248)pp. Original green boards, blocked and lettered in white; a few edge-spots, but a very good copy in the Oliver Elmes dust-jacket – just very faintly sunned at spine, but also very good.

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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 sunning to extremities; a few tiny specks, 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.

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RAVEN, Simon (Simon Arthur Nöel), 1927-2001 : SOUND THE RETREAT.

RAVEN, Simon (Simon Arthur Nöel), 1927-2001 : SOUND THE RETREAT.

London : Anthony Blond, (1971). First edition. The elusive seventh novel in the “Alms for Oblivion” sequence. It is 1945 and “there is a feeling of Domesday over every white man in India ... Simon Raven goes back in time to the hectic death throes of the Indian Empire, when Tradition and Honour were giving way to Riot, Nationalism and Hatred”.
Post 8vo (21cm). 224pp. Original black boards, lettered in gilt; slightly bruised at foot; a couple of spots, but otherwise a very good copy in the Oliver Elmes dust-jacket — the spine sunned, creased, and worn at tips, with a three-inch (8cm) repaired tear to fold of upper flap and one much shorter repair at foot. Foyle’s label on front pastedown. Contemporary ownership inscription of William Diver.

£25

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

£40

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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.

£20

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