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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Geschichten vom herrn Keuner by BRECHT, Bertolt
    BRECHT, Bertolt
    Geschichten vom herrn Keuner

    Berlin: Aufbau-Verlag, 1958. Tissue thin printing paper with handmade paper. First edition Thus. With the express note: "Issue for the German Democratic Republic. Distribution in the German Federal Republic and in West Berlin is not permitted." Red leather covers in excellent clean condition. 72 pages. 150 by 110mm (6 by 4¼ inches).

    Book ID: 3277
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  • Signed by Robin and Marsha Williams with a dedication to the Set Dresser of the film.
    Jakob the Liar. A Screenplay. by KASSOVITZ, Peter, DECOIN, Didier and HUTCHINSON, Ron.
    KASSOVITZ, Peter, DECOIN, Didier and HUTCHINSON, Ron.
    Jakob the Liar. A Screenplay. Based on the novel Jakob der Lügner by Jurek Becker.

    N/A, 1999. Full embossed leather, (very) limited edition copy of the screenplay for Jakob the Liar. Beautifully bound by the Vogel Bindery. Typescript, produced for those involved in the 1999 film starring Robin Williams. There is a black and white photograph of Williams (in role) tipped onto the half title. The work comes with a card, with the "Blue Wolf" logo to the top. This has a Picasso quote, and "In appreciation of your artful lies. Marsha and Robin." In a large hand across the title page, a gift inscription states "Ian, you made a world that was painfully real. Thank you. Robin Williams". The title is also signed "Dear Ian, thanks, Marsha Williams." 290 x 230 mm (11½…

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    N/A, 1999. Full embossed leather, (very) limited edition copy of the screenplay for Jakob the Liar. Beautifully bound by the Vogel Bindery. Typescript, produced for those involved in the 1999 film starring Robin Williams. There is a black and white photograph of Williams (in role) tipped onto the half title. The work comes with a card, with the "Blue Wolf" logo to the top. This has a Picasso quote, and "In appreciation of your artful lies. Marsha and Robin." In a large hand across the title page, a gift inscription states "Ian, you made a world that was painfully real. Thank you. Robin Williams". The title is also signed "Dear Ian, thanks, Marsha Williams." 290 x 230 mm (11½ by 9 inches). 143 pages.
    This book belonged to Ian Whittaker - a notable Set Dresser, who managed the decorating of this set, in Hungary. Born in 1928, Whittaker won an Oscar for his design of the Howard's End set, he was also nominated for three others, including his work on the films 'Aliens' and 'Remains of the Day'. He was an actor from 1949-1990, and a set designer / dresser from 1967-2009. Jakob the Liar is an American war comedy-drama film directed by Peter Kassovitz, produced by Steven Haft, Marsha Garces Williams and written by Kassovitz and Didier Decoin.

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    Book ID: 2605
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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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  • Palmers Green by CAVEN, Stewart
    CAVEN, Stewart
    Palmers Green

    London: G.P. Putnam's, 1912. Scarce First Edition in dust wrapper. Signed to the front end paper by the author, and dated April 1914. Olive green wrapper with coloured vignette to the front of the wrapper, adverts for Putnam fiction to the rear. The author's first novel.
    Wrapper is clean, but with a little chipping to the edges, and with a touch of loss to the head and tail of the spine. The boards of the book are spotless, with just a touch of bumping to the edges. Internally clean and tidy, with a little foxing to the end papers. 376, iv pages. 190 by 130 mm (7½ by 5 inches).

    Book ID: 2499
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  • Penelope. A Comedy in Three Acts by MAUGHAM, W. S.
    MAUGHAM, W. S.
    Penelope. A Comedy in Three Acts

    London: William Heinemann, 1912. First edition. 8vo. Original tan card wrappers, titles to spine and upper cover in brown.
    [vi], 214 pp. 180 x 130 mm (7 x 5 inches).

    Condition: Slight creasing to spine and minor chip to bottom edge. Separation to bottom inch of front cover. Slight foxing to the cover and title page. The rest of the book is clean.

    Book ID: 2378
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  • Progress at Pelvis Bay by LANCASTER, Osbert
    LANCASTER, Osbert
    Progress at Pelvis Bay

    London: John Murray, 1936. First Edition. Hardback in its original illustrated dust jacket. The detailed account of the metamorphosis of a fictitious seaside town from poverty stricken fishing village to flourishing resort. Osbert Lancaster uses his words and illustrations to enable the reader to follow the architectural changes. Dust jacket is age toned, particularly to spine. A small nick to jacket at head of spine. Illustrated endpapers with small previous owner's name to front. Inside pages very fresh and clean. Overall in good condition. 68 pages. 200 x 145 mm (7¾ x 5¾ inches).

    Book ID: 3359
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  • Rhymes of Nonsense. An Alphabet by LEAR, Eward
    LEAR, Eward
    Rhymes of Nonsense. An Alphabet With an Introduction by Philip Hofer

    London: Bertram Rota, 1968. Limited edition of Lear's Alphabet. Limited to 500 copies. This copy is not numbered. Clean yellow boards, slight marking only. Clear stiff plastic dust wrapper (original?). Inside, the book is spotless. Unpaginated.

    Book ID: 2455
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