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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). Nouvelle édition. Plats biseautés cartonnés en toile bleue avec titre doré au recto et au dos. De la bibliothèque de l'auteur Maarten Maartens. Feuilles de garde noires. Frontis avec garde en tissu, page de titre illustrée. Le livre est dans un état passable seulement, car il est entièrement recouvert de rousseurs. 412 pages. 190 x 130 mm (7½ x 5 pouces).

    Book ID: 2857
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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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  • 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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  • Billets-doux. by REISBORD, Coriander
    REISBORD, Coriander
    Billets-doux. Being an exquisite Nosegay, or Posy, now newly pluckt from popular Letter-writing Manuals of Yore, that is to say, the early Nineteenth Century. Here offered as an edifying Guide to affairs of the heart for the Amorous, the Pestered, or the merely Confused. And lovingly embellished with numerous ingenious Decorations, cunningly wrought.

    [New Haven, Conneticut]: Prickly Pair Editions, 1998. First edition. Bound in gold cloth hardback boards with inset cover decoration and label. Lovely colour illustrations. Decorated title page, frontispiece, and page decorations. Titles printed in red. Printed in an edition of only forty-five copies. The type is Walbaum, machine-set by Michael & Winifred Bixler. Decorations and binding by Coriander Reisbord; typography and printing by Asa Peavy. With compliment slip from Coriander Reisbord oose inside. Boards and pages water stained to bottom third, hence low price. Boards and 21 pages. 235 x 185 mm (9¼ x 7¼ inches).

    Book ID: 3761
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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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  • D.H. LAWRENCE and the Body Mystical by CARTER, Frederick
    CARTER, Frederick
    D.H. LAWRENCE and the Body Mystical

    London: Dennis Archer, 1932. First edition. Hardback. One of limited edition of only 250 copies. With gilt and black design to front board, and burnt orange cloth spine. Boards a little darkened at edges, pages slightly age-toned. Overall a good,clean example. 63 pages. 255 x 160 mm (10 x 6¼ inches).

    Carter was a close friend and confidante of Lawrence. They planned to write together about mysticism, symbolism, Man's place in the Universe - and so much more. In fact, they were almost ready to publish a book togetherwhen Lawrence died.

    Book ID: 3608
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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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  • Death of a Salesman. by MILLER, Arthur
    MILLER, Arthur
    Death of a Salesman. Certain private conversations in two acts and a requiem

    London: The Cresset Press, 1949. First British Edition. First Impression in publisher's original dust jacket. The dust jacket has some age toning amd foxing, and a very small closed tear to the back. Boards are clean and tidy. The pages inside are clean and tidy, with sporadic foxing to a few pages. Overall a good copy. 133 pages. 190 x 125 mm (7½ x 5 inches).

    Book ID: 3122
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  • Double Nought by LE QUEUX, William
    LE QUEUX, William
    Double Nought

    London: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd, 1927. First Edition. Red cloth hardback, in original colour illustrated dust jacket. Dust jacket has one or two nicks to spine. Offsetting from dust jacket to FFEP. On the title page, Le Queux is described as 'The Master of Mystery'! Overall in good condition. 312 pages plus 8 pages of adverts to rear. 180 x 115 mm (7 x 4½ inches).

    Book ID: 3522
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  • Een Kijke in de Hut van oom Tom, door Tante Marie voor hare neefjes en nichtjes met eene toespraak van de Schrifjster by STOWE, H. Beecher
    STOWE, H. Beecher
    Een Kijke in de Hut van oom Tom, door Tante Marie voor hare neefjes en nichtjes met eene toespraak van de Schrifjster Uit het Englelsch door A. G. Bruinses met platen

    Sneek: Van Druten S. Bleeker, 1853. First Dutch Edition. Original brown buckram with gilt titles and decoration to the front board and spine. (Slightly bumped and with a slight lean to the book. Owner's ink inscription to the inside front board. There is a faded library stamp and quite a few small perforated stamps throughout to the bottom edge (not affecting text). 7 lithographed plates (by Steen & P.W.M. Trap). Plates are in good condition. The pages are a little darkened to the edges, but overall a decent copy of this scarce first edition. VIII, 346, [ii] pages. 190 by 120mm (7½ by 4¾ inches).

    Book ID: 3777
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  • Elena by WOODWARD, William Harrison.
    WOODWARD, William Harrison.
    Elena

    Edition: First Edition

    London: The Medici Society, 1929. First Edition. Octavo. Original cream dust wrapper, with red decoration to the front cover. There was a limited presentation edition in 1910. This was the first trade edition. Printed at the Curwen Press. 256 pages. 215 x 140 mm (8½ x 5½ inches).

    Condition: Dust wrapper has a tiny amount of nicking to the head and tail of the spine. A couple of spots / marking to the cream, otherwise in very good condition. Dust wrapper is neatly clipped. Clean and tidy pale cloth. Internally very nice condition throughout.

    Book ID: 2000
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  • Fumeurs D'Opium by BOISSIERE, Jules.
    BOISSIERE, Jules.
    Fumeurs D'Opium

    Paris: Louis Michaud, 1909. First edition. Attractive period illustrated soft cover. A little nicking to the head and tail of the spine, but overall a clean and tidy copy. Slight lean to the book where read. Frontis portrait of the author. 315 [iii] pp. 190 by 120mm (7½ by 4¾ inches). Première édition. Jolie couverture souple illustrée d'époque. Une petite entaille en tête et en queue du dos, mais dans l'ensemble un exemplaire propre et bien rangé. Légère inclinaison. Portrait Frontis de l'auteur. 315 [iii] p. 190 par 120 mm

    Book ID: 2130
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  • Ilustrated Fiction Volume 1-3: Comprising Schlomo Raven Public Detective; Starfawn; Chandler Red Tide by PREISS, Byron. & Steranko
    PREISS, Byron. & Steranko
    Ilustrated Fiction Volume 1-3: Comprising Schlomo Raven Public Detective; Starfawn; Chandler Red Tide

    New York: Pyramid Books, 1976. Three volumes in the "Illustrated Fiction" series published by Pyramid books. All are first editions Softback. Full colour adult graphic novels. Byron Preiss wrote Schlomo Raven Public Detective with art by Tom Sutton. "Smarter than Marlow! Shorter than Spade!" Schlomo is described as being in the footsteps of the Maltese Falcon. Byron Preiss also wrote Starfawn, with illustrations by Stephen Fabian. (An adventure in the Star Trek tradition with a fantastic multinational crew on the Starship Destiny). Red Tide was illustrated by Steranko and is an illustrated Chandler novel.
    All three are in good clean condition, with just a touch of edgewear / handling. Vol 1 unpaginated but approximately 128 pages. Volume 2…

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    New York: Pyramid Books, 1976. Three volumes in the "Illustrated Fiction" series published by Pyramid books. All are first editions Softback. Full colour adult graphic novels. Byron Preiss wrote Schlomo Raven Public Detective with art by Tom Sutton. "Smarter than Marlow! Shorter than Spade!" Schlomo is described as being in the footsteps of the Maltese Falcon. Byron Preiss also wrote Starfawn, with illustrations by Stephen Fabian. (An adventure in the Star Trek tradition with a fantastic multinational crew on the Starship Destiny). Red Tide was illustrated by Steranko and is an illustrated Chandler novel.
    All three are in good clean condition, with just a touch of edgewear / handling. Vol 1 unpaginated but approximately 128 pages. Volume 2 is approximately 128 pages. Volume 3 is 128 numbered pages. 170 by 125mm (6¾ by 5 inches).

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    Book ID: 3769
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  • Nice copy of this scarce novel
    Love By Accident by MARLOW, Louis
    MARLOW, Louis
    Love By Accident

    London: Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1929. First edition. Bound in rust / orange cloth, and in its original dust jacket. The book cloth is looking a little faded. The dust jacket is age-toned, and has some very minor chipping to top and bottom of spine. Internally, the book has virtually no foxing. A very good copy. 288 pages. 190 x 130 mm (7½ x 5 inches).

    Louis Marlow was the pseudonym for Louis Umfreville Wilkinson, a British author, lecturer and biographer.

    At the time, The Observer's reviewer thought this story, turning on the protagonist's self-imposed celibacy, was an inadequate vehicle for the book's more serious injunctions against warmongers and literary censorship.

    Book ID: 2323
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  • Notebooks of a Naked Youth - Signed, Limited by CHILDISH, Billy
    CHILDISH, Billy
    Notebooks of a Naked Youth - Signed, Limited

    Hove: Codex, 1997. Scarce limited first edition. This is #96 - written to rear board by Childish - limitation of 100 signed copies. Frontis b/w woodcut by Childish. Quarter mustard yellow cloth and grey cardboard hardback covers - in near fine condition. Semi-autobiographical work by the outspoken and unorthodox British poet, artist and songwriter. Contents unread and in as new condition. 190 pages. 215 x 145 mm (8½ x 5¾ inches).

    Book ID: 3734
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  • On Swallowing the Anchor by DUFF, Douglas V.
    DUFF, Douglas V.
    On Swallowing the Anchor

    London: John Long Limited, 1954. First Edition in original dust jacket. A memoir written by Douglas Valder Duff, once a British merchant seaman, Royal Navy officer, police officer, and author of over 100 books, including memoirs and books for children. Red cloth hardback book, with a photographic b/w frontis and several other b/w plates throughout. Dust jacket is lightly rubbed and soiled, but in good shape. Book in very good shape, with some light foxing inside, and to page edges. Also includes a loosely inserted letter from a couple called Mac and Phyllis gifting the book to their friends for Xmas 1954. The letter reveals that Mac was going with his friend Fatty Duff - as the letter calls…

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    London: John Long Limited, 1954. First Edition in original dust jacket. A memoir written by Douglas Valder Duff, once a British merchant seaman, Royal Navy officer, police officer, and author of over 100 books, including memoirs and books for children. Red cloth hardback book, with a photographic b/w frontis and several other b/w plates throughout. Dust jacket is lightly rubbed and soiled, but in good shape. Book in very good shape, with some light foxing inside, and to page edges. Also includes a loosely inserted letter from a couple called Mac and Phyllis gifting the book to their friends for Xmas 1954. The letter reveals that Mac was going with his friend Fatty Duff - as the letter calls him - to Palestine in the following February at the request of the Israeli government. 224 pages 220 x 145 mm (8¾ x 5¾ inches)

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    Book ID: 3190
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  • Orange Wednesday by THOMAS, Leslie
    THOMAS, Leslie
    Orange Wednesday

    London: Constable & Co, 1973. A very nice copy of this reprint, signed by the author to the front free end paper. Burgundy boards. Book is in immaculate condition. Dust wrapper is clean and tidy, with a little rubbing to the edges of the spine. The dust wrapper of this book was the author's favourite wrapper, and he took great delight in showing me how the picture changed when you turned the book upside down.
    356 pages
    210 by 140mm (8¼ by 5½ inches).

    Book ID: 2303
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