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[HUDSON, W.H. (William Henry), 1841-1922] : A CRYSTAL AGE.
London : T. Fisher Unwin, 1887. First edition. An anonymously published landmark in dystopian fiction, with the narrator recovering from unconsciousness into a future William Morris arts-and-crafts ecological world without cities, money or politics – pre-dating Morris’s own “News from Nowhere” by several years, and Wells’s “A Modern Utopia” by even more. Inserted, in its original envelope, is a remarkable single-page signed autograph letter on his North Parade, Penzance, notepaper, dated 31st December 1920, from W. H. Hudson, replying to an enquiry about the scarcity of the book – “I am pleased to learn the first edition is scarce as I would be glad to have it out of existence. The book is a poor thing but in the later editions one or two of the most glaring absurdities are eliminated. The first edition had an ugly black and red cover. I have succeeded in recovering a few copies for the pleasure of destroying them”.
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HUDSON, W.H. (William Henry), 1841-1922 : BIRDS IN LONDON.
London : Longmans, Green, & Co., 1898. First edition : in the secondary binding and with the inserted catalogue dated January 1903. A wide-ranging and attractively illustrated survey of the remarkably varied bird-life of the capital from the master naturalist, with much on individual birds, individual areas of London, adaptive behaviour, occasional visitors, the cat problem, rookeries, suggestions for introduction, a bibliography, etc.
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HUDSON, W.H. (William Henry), 1841-1922 : EL OMBÚ.
London : Duckworth & Co., 1902. First edition : the cloth issue. Two short stories and two novellas, all set in South America. “They are, really, studies in anthropology ... descriptive cameos – there is no word wanting, there is no word wasted – he gives us precisely the true impression as none but a master of the craft could give it” (Sheffield Daily Telegraph, 30th April 1902).
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HUDSON, W.H. (William Henry), 1841-1922 : DEAD MAN’S PLACK AND AN OLD THORN.
London : J. M. Dent & Sons, 1920. First edition : in the primary binding of green cloth. Two Hudson stories, handsomely printed on laid paper. “We knew Mr. Hudson could make beautiful things, but even he has not made anything more beautiful than this story, unless it may be the second story ... They are like a finer lyric” (Review in the Manchester Guardian). “A little crock of gold ... A masterpiece” (The Nation).
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HUDSON, W.H. (William Henry), 1841-1922 : A HIND IN RICHMOND PARK.
London : J. M. Dent & Sons, 1922. First edition. The great naturalist’s final thoughts – on deer, on ears, the wind, ways back to nature, smell, noses, sense of direction, migration, sound, music, art and the unanswered questions.
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