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  • A Dark Lantern. by ROBINS, Elizabeth (C. E. Raimond)
    ROBINS, Elizabeth (C. E. Raimond)
    A Dark Lantern. A Story with a Prologue.

    London: William Heinemann, 1905. First edition. This novel was turned in to a (now lost) silent film in 1920. Bound in green cloth, with black and silver decoration to the front. Silver title to spine. 368 pages. 200 x 130 mm (7¾ x 5 inches). Elizabeth Robins was an American actor, playwright, novelist, and important suffragette. For a time Robins wrote under the name C. E. Raimond in an attempt to keep her acting and writing careers separate.

    Condition: Covers lightly rubbed, spine very slightly faded. Prelims are moderately foxed, page edges also. Otherwise a good copy.

    Book ID: 2711
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  • A Day in a Child's Life by GREENAWAY, Kate (illustrator) FOSTER, Myles B. ( music)
    GREENAWAY, Kate (illustrator) FOSTER, Myles B. ( music)
    A Day in a Child's Life

    London: George Routledge & Sons, [1881]. First Edition. Hardback. Green cloth spine with light green paper covered bevelled boards. Beautifully illustrated throughout with colour vignettes, words and music to nine charming songs. Boards are rubbed and book has been dropped at some point so top right corner has some creasing, otherwise good and clean. 29 pages. 250 x 215 mm (9¾ x 8½ inches).

    Book ID: 2863
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  • A Dictionary of the English Language compiled from Dr Johnson by Johnson, Dr.
    Johnson, Dr.
    A Dictionary of the English Language compiled from Dr Johnson With the Addition of Words since Familiarized to us. Also a Dictionary of Heathen Mythology to which is added a complete list of all the Cities, Boroughs, Towns and Remarkable Villages in England and Wales. And a Comprehensive view of English Grammar.

    London: Peacocks and Bampton, 1811. An attractive pocket edition of Johnson's Dictionary. Recent leather spine with label. Original boards with gilt edging. Frontis of the statue of Dr Johnson in St Paul's Cathedral, London. Mostly unpaginated.

    Condition: Spine and boards are in excellent condition. Internally, the book is in very good condition, but with some foxing, particularly to the initial pages. 3 contemporary signatures to the end paper, and an inked 'D' to the title page.

    Book ID: 2217
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  • A Gentleman of France. by WEYMAN, Stanley
    WEYMAN, Stanley
    A Gentleman of France. Being The Memoirs Of Gaston De Bonne Sieur De Marsac

    London: Longmans Green & Co, 1894. New edition. Blue cloth hardback beveled boards with gilt title to front and spine. From the library of the author Maarten Maartens. Black end papers. Frontis with tissue guard, illustrated title page. Book is in a fair condition only, as it is foxed throughout. 412 pages. 190 x 130 mm (7½ x 5 inches).

    Book ID: 2857
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  • A Hundred and Eleven Years Without a Chauffeur. by SPARK, Muriel.
    SPARK, Muriel.
    A Hundred and Eleven Years Without a Chauffeur.

    Edition: First Edition

    London: Colophon Press, 2001. A lovely copy of this limited edition work. Signed by the author to the colophon. Blue soft covers with white label to the front cover. Sewn with white cotton. This is number 37 from a total limitation of 157 copies printed by letterpress on Velin d'ARCHES. Short story, (first published in The New Yorker in June 2000), about a famous woman writer who searches through her family photographs at the request of her biographer. Upon doing so, she discovers that some she remembers are missing...

    Condition: A lovely copy, without flaws.

    Book ID: 1071
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  • A Moveable Feast by HEMINGWAY, Ernest
    HEMINGWAY, Ernest
    A Moveable Feast

    London: Jonathan Cape, 1964. First UK Edition, first impression of Hemingway's charming memoir. Hardback in original price clipped dust jacket. Dust jacket is slightly chipped at the spine and top, which is also lightly age toned. Boards clean. Internally very clean. 192 pages. 205 x 135 mm (8 x 5¼ inches).

    Book ID: 3116
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  • A Passage to India by FORSTER, E.M.
    FORSTER, E.M.
    A Passage to India

    London: Edward Arnold & Co, 1924. First edition. Hardback. Olive green publisher's cloth (variant binding) with black titles and device. A little bumping and rubbing to the boards, but overall a very good copy. Inside a clean and tidy copy, with a little darkening to the edges only. 190 by 130 mm (7½ by 5 inches). 325, [iii] pp.

    Book ID: 2501
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  • A Philosophical Investigation by KERR, Philip
    KERR, Philip
    A Philosophical Investigation The Mind of a Killer - the Heart of Murder

    London: Chatto & Windus, 1992. Nice copy of this first edition. Signed by the author to the title page. Clean and tidy dust wrapper. White is still bright! Book itself is clean and tidy. A little darkening to the pages only. Neatly signed.
    330 pages
    240 by 160mm (9½ by 6¼ inches).

    Book ID: 2306
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  • All on the Irish Shore. by SOMERVILLE, E. Œ and ROSS, Martin
    SOMERVILLE, E. Πand ROSS, Martin
    All on the Irish Shore. Irish Sketches

    London: Longmans, Green & Co, 1903. First edition. Eleven short stories of rural Irish life, with illustrations by Somerville. Frontis with tissue guard, and nine other full-page illustrations. Original grey cloth, lettered in black and gilt. This copy was a gift from the author Philip 'Henry' Gosse, the English naturalist, to Ada (the daughter of the author Maarten Maartens ). Dedication to FFEP is dated 1905. [viii], 274, [6] pp. 200 x 135 mm (7¾ x 5¼ inches).

    Condition: Spine cloth is starting to split at the head, and there are signs of tiny water splashes to tail of spine. Foxing throughout, but overall this is a reasonable copy.

    Book ID: 2817
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  • Americans Abroad. An Anthology. by NEAGOE, Peter [Editor]
    NEAGOE, Peter [Editor]
    Americans Abroad. An Anthology. With Autographed Photographs and Biographic Sketches of the Authors.

    The Hague: Servire Press, 1932. First Edition. Hardback in dust jacket. Orangey yellow boards with grey cloth spine. Top edge with publisher's blue stain. Authors and poets included range from Ernest Hemingway to Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams to Gertrude Stein, and many more. This would be the first appearance of Henry Miller in a book. The dust jacket is fragile and has some tears and small losses to the edges, and spine of dust jacket has a split, but now protected by a clear wrap. The book is very clean and tidy both inside and out with no markings. Prelims are age toned, but clean. Overall a good copy. xi, 475 pp. 235 x 165 mm (9¼ x 6½ inches).

    Book ID: 3204
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  • An Awkward Lie. by INNES, Michael
    INNES, Michael
    An Awkward Lie. The third detection featuring Bobby Appleby together with his father, Sir John Appleby.

    London: Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1971. First UK edition. Publisher's red cloth. In an unclipped dust jacket. 192 pages. 205 x 140 mm (8 x 5½ inches). The preceding books are: 'A Family Affair' and 'Death at the Chase', in which Bobby Appleby played only a minor part. This time he does most of the detecting; and even finds the corpse!

    Condition: Both book and dust jacket in a very good / near fine condition.

    Book ID: 2556
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  • Belfast Story, A Novel by O'DOHERTY, Malachi.
    O'DOHERTY, Malachi.
    Belfast Story, A Novel

    Whitley Bay, Tyne & Wear: Erdesdun Pomes: 1976. Published in Conjunction with Ostrich by Erdesdun Pomes. Original yellow illustrated wrappers. Slightly soiled - a very good copy. The novel was produced as a fund raiser for the Tyneside Socialist Centre. O'Doherty is a writer, broadcaster and journalist from Donegal. He is based in Ulster. Raised as a Catholic, he has written for a variety of publications in Northern Ireland, and was a regular on Radio Ulster. Belfast story is not listed on his own website bibliography. 56pp

    Book ID: 1811
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  • Big Hart and Balls by CHILDISH, Billy
    CHILDISH, Billy
    Big Hart and Balls

    Chatham: Hangman Books, 1994. First Edition. In deep red cloth covered boards, with black embossed design and title. Poetry and drawings from Childish. A beautiful edition published to coincide with the painting exhibition of the same name, which took place at Cubitt gallery in London. Contains the poem that The Stuckists Art Group took their name from. In a fine / as new condition. 99 pages. 240 x 160 mm (9½ x 6¼ inches).

    Book ID: 2806
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  • Book of Ballads by GAULTIER, Bon
    GAULTIER, Bon
    Book of Ballads

    Edinburgh: William Blackwood and Sons, 1884. Fourteenth Edition. Hardback in green cloth with red title and gilt illustration to front board and spine. Some minor spine and edge rubbing and light soiling. Complete with full page frontis and many b/w in text illustrations. 292 pages. 175 x 120 mm (7 x 4¾ inches).

    Book ID: 2846
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  • Cassandra: The Fam'd Romance. The Whole Work in Five Parts by Cotterell, Charles.
    Cotterell, Charles.
    Cassandra: The Fam'd Romance. The Whole Work in Five Parts Written originally in French, and Now Elegantly rendred into English by Sir Charles Cotterell, Master of Ceremonies to His Late Majesty of Blessed Memory, and to our present Soveraign Charles II....

    Edition: First Edition

    London: Peter Parker: 1676. First Edition. Folio. Original full leather binding. 7 raised bands, with gilt ornamentation and label to spine. A little bumping and rubbing with some splitting to the spine edge. Armorial plate to the inside front board. Various inscriptions (see notes below). Frontis engraving. There is a little nicking to the edge of the engraving. Title in red and black. Closed tear to the title page. [viii], 1-576. pages. Most of the book is clean and tidy, but with a little marking to the last few pages. Overal a decent copy. A gift and legacy of the Earls of Lindsay. An old inked inscription to verso of the Frontis states "The legacy of King Charles the 1st…

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    London: Peter Parker: 1676. First Edition. Folio. Original full leather binding. 7 raised bands, with gilt ornamentation and label to spine. A little bumping and rubbing with some splitting to the spine edge. Armorial plate to the inside front board. Various inscriptions (see notes below). Frontis engraving. There is a little nicking to the edge of the engraving. Title in red and black. Closed tear to the title page. [viii], 1-576. pages. Most of the book is clean and tidy, but with a little marking to the last few pages. Overal a decent copy. A gift and legacy of the Earls of Lindsay. An old inked inscription to verso of the Frontis states "The legacy of King Charles the 1st to Montague Earl of Lindsey. L. M. Bertie." There is another copy of Bertie's signature on the book dated 1732. This would appear to be Capt. Lord Montagu Bertie (died 1753). He was the great grandson of the Earl referred to. (Montagu Bertie, 2nd Earl of Lindsey). The term "legacy" here cannot be taken literally, and is more likely to refer to the statement to the title. Both the King and the Earl were dead by the time of publication of the book.
    A large armorial plate to the inside front board states "The Hon. James Bertie esq. of Westminster. Second son to James late Earl of Abingdon 1702." These were the son and grandson of Montague the second earl
    A further inscription to the inside front board states "The gift of Montague Earl of Abingdon to Charles Bertie Rector of Uffington." Charles another of the sons of the second earl (and brother of James whose bookplate is here) – so the book would appear to have moved around the family.
    The important relative here is Montagu (or Montague) Bertie, 2nd Earl of Lindsay. He was a Royalist, courtier, Member of Parliament and Gentleman of the Privy Chamber. He fought for Charles in the Civil War and was wounded at Naseby. He remained at the side of the King through the war, his surrender, imprisonment and execution.

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    Book ID: 1958
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  • Cocaine Nights by BALLARD, J. G.
    BALLARD, J. G.
    Cocaine Nights

    London: Flamingo / Harper Collins, 1996. Very good copy of this first edition. Silver and black dust wrapper. Black boards. 330 pages. Ballard was born in 1930, and grew up in Shanghai. He spent several years in a Japanese internment camp. (Which informed his most famous work, "Empire of the Sun"). Ballard is know for his dystopian novels, and later wrote: "I don't think you can go through the experience of war without one's perceptions of the world being forever changed. The reassuring stage set that everyday reality in the suburban west presents to us is torn down; you see the ragged scaffolding, and then you see the truth beyond that, and it can be a frightening experience." This…

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    London: Flamingo / Harper Collins, 1996. Very good copy of this first edition. Silver and black dust wrapper. Black boards. 330 pages. Ballard was born in 1930, and grew up in Shanghai. He spent several years in a Japanese internment camp. (Which informed his most famous work, "Empire of the Sun"). Ballard is know for his dystopian novels, and later wrote: "I don't think you can go through the experience of war without one's perceptions of the world being forever changed. The reassuring stage set that everyday reality in the suburban west presents to us is torn down; you see the ragged scaffolding, and then you see the truth beyond that, and it can be a frightening experience." This is clear in this work, where a secret world hides behind the ex-pat luxury of Spain.

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    Condition: Clean and bright dust wrapper. A touch of handling only. Clean boards. Fractional lean to the book. Pages are clean but slightly darkened.

    Book ID: 2683
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  • Signed by the author - his own copy
    Come to the War by THOMAS, Leslie
    THOMAS, Leslie
    Come to the War

    New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1969. First American edition, first printing. Signed to the half-title by Thomas. In unclipped dust jacket, which states: Author of "The Virgin Soldiers." This was his fourth novel, and is set in Israel. Fine book in a a good dust jacket, with a small tear to the front of the dust jacket. This was the author's own copy. 254 pages. 220 x 140 mm (8¾ x 5½ inches).

    Book ID: 2810
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  • Signed by the author
    Constance Trescot by WEIR MITCHELL, S.
    WEIR MITCHELL, S.
    Constance Trescot

    New York: The Century Co, 1905. Nice clean reprint edition of the novel. Signed by the author with a gift inscription to the Dutch novelist Van Der Poorten Schwartz (Maarten Maartens). Original blue cloth with gilt titles. A touch of handling / bumping to the covers only. Internally clean and tidy with a little foxing to the end papers.
    384 pages
    200 by 140mm (7¾ by 5½ inches). "In 1905, Mitchell seemed to take on the challenge of violence set by The Virginian, while teasing out the moral complications it avoided, in his novel Constance Trescot. This work takes a young married couple from New England to Missouri,here named 'the wilder West'. The husband, lawyer Hugh Trescot,…

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    New York: The Century Co, 1905. Nice clean reprint edition of the novel. Signed by the author with a gift inscription to the Dutch novelist Van Der Poorten Schwartz (Maarten Maartens). Original blue cloth with gilt titles. A touch of handling / bumping to the covers only. Internally clean and tidy with a little foxing to the end papers.
    384 pages
    200 by 140mm (7¾ by 5½ inches). "In 1905, Mitchell seemed to take on the challenge of violence set by The Virginian, while teasing out the moral complications it avoided, in his novel Constance Trescot. This work takes a young married couple from New England to Missouri,here named 'the wilder West'. The husband, lawyer Hugh Trescot, is challenged to a duel by the creole villain Greyhurst. Trescot resists the challenge, debating issues of cowardice, violence and honor at some length. Ultimately, however Greyhurst shoots the unarmed Trescot, and he goes unpunished."--Christine Bold ; Constance vows to track down Greyhurst herself, at any cost

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    Book ID: 2226
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  • One of the most beautiful illustrated editions of La Fontaine's work
    Contes et nouvelles en vers. Two Volumes by LA FONTAINE, Jean de
    LA FONTAINE, Jean de
    Contes et nouvelles en vers. Two Volumes

    Amsterdam: [ ], 1764. the most beautiful of the reproductions of the «des fermiers généraux» edition. (This was first issued in 1762).
    The illustration includes a portrait of La Fontaine as the frontispiece of the first volume, 65 vignettes including 1 on each of the engraved titles, 2 full page vignettes, and 2 woodcut vignettes to the contents page. And of course the 80 plates engraved by Charles Boily from Eisen's compositions. Most of the vignettes are after Choffard. The portrait of La Fontaine is engraved by Macret after Ficquet.
    Half calf. This has been recently restored, with the original leather sympathetically laid onto a new spine. Mottled boards. Minimal rubbing. Internally clean and tidy, with a touch…

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    Amsterdam: [ ], 1764. the most beautiful of the reproductions of the «des fermiers généraux» edition. (This was first issued in 1762).
    The illustration includes a portrait of La Fontaine as the frontispiece of the first volume, 65 vignettes including 1 on each of the engraved titles, 2 full page vignettes, and 2 woodcut vignettes to the contents page. And of course the 80 plates engraved by Charles Boily from Eisen's compositions. Most of the vignettes are after Choffard. The portrait of La Fontaine is engraved by Macret after Ficquet.
    Half calf. This has been recently restored, with the original leather sympathetically laid onto a new spine. Mottled boards. Minimal rubbing. Internally clean and tidy, with a touch of darkening only. A few minor marks and edgewear to the pages, but nothing to detract from the enjoyment of this copy. The plates are good impressions with firm strikes.
    frontis portrait, x pp., (1 f.), 214 pp., (1 f.), 16 pp., 39 plates; (1 f.), viij pp., (1 f.), 254 pp., (1 f.), 41 plates.
    20.5 x 12 cm.

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    Book ID: 2736
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  • De Dankbare Indiaan. by [VON SCHMID, Christoph.]
    [VON SCHMID, Christoph.]
    De Dankbare Indiaan. een oorspronkelijk verhaal voor de jeugd

    Edition: First Edition

    Amsterdam: Ten Brinki & De Vries: 1841. First edition. A scarce Netherlands children's story of the Thankful Indian. Original card covers with titles and decoration to front and rear. Half title. Engraved title with vignette. 2 full page engraved plates. 2 page adverts to rear. 58, [ii]. pp

    Condition: The card boards are somewhat darkened, but still in sound condition. The spine is almost gone - but the text block and boards are not coming away. Pages slightly darkened. The plates are rather darkened and one has a little staining.

    Book ID: 1936
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